The latest incarnation on the label, is the unearthing of ‘Counter Attack’ – Full pressure, past-midnight soundsystem gear, built by Digistep and Stryda, firing from all angles as soon as the Piano intro-lead gives way to the momentous bass and drum parts – these steppers cuts have acted as crucial dubplate weaponry for Iration Steppas, Gorgon & Dubkasm over the years… Pressed onto heavyweight vinyl with three cuts of the Counter Attack, and the dangerous Gorgon Sound remix, this one is straight soundsystem fire once again.
a1. Dubkasm - Counter Attack (Cut 1)
a2. Dubkasm - Counter Attack (Cut 2)
b1. Dubkasm - Counter Attack (Gorgon Sound Remix)
b2. Dubkasm - Counter Attack (Cut 3)
Over the years Jim Coles has turned his hand to a fair few different styles and made them his own. These days, most know his Om Unit alias as a significant force in fresh developments within D&B (recently found larking about with Alix Perez, Binga and more in the Richie Brains project on Exit Records), but it's not always been that way. From initial moves in the dubstep world via Terrorhythm through to shimmering, playful electro-leaning business on Civil Music, he's graced plenty of high profile labels with his many-sided musical dice and come up trumps. A personal favourite moment for us came in the shape of the All City 7" Lavender / Lightgrids in 2010, which matched Jim's knack for rich and detailed production to a slower, more contemplative groove. This new release for Idle Hands comes from that era, a trio of secret weapons sat waiting for the opportune moment to step out into the world. With the warmer months upon us, it feels like the perfect time to let a track like "Friend Of The Day" roll out in a heavy-lidded haze of sun-kissed, ivory-tinkled finery. This being Om Unit, of course there are different shades on offer here as well. "Basement Superman" plumbs aqueous depths with its appropriation of dub techno tropes in a slow-stepping, meditative framework. "What It Is" too revels in introspection, a laconic bassline loping jauntily against the feathery beat in a succinct encapsulation of Bristolian laissez-faire. Jim's current exploits are reaching ever more interesting pastures, and there's an increasing recognition of his past achievements too (check the Kutmah-curated Lost Stories collection of unreleased 2tall bits from his archives), so it's a pleasure to add to the movement and support some truly special gems from a long time friend of the shop.
a1. Om Unit - Friend of Day
a2. Om Unit - Basement Superman
b1. Om Unit - What It Is
Released 21st October 2016
Electronic music producer and DJ Greg Sanders AKA Distance returns with his third long player ‘Dynamis’, set for release through Tectonic Recordings on 21st October. Alongside recording ‘Dynamis’ over the past four years, Distance has been writing and producing for other artists including Riz MC, Jeb Loy Nichols and Jon More of Coldcut. Working with these artists helped open his mind to other styles of music and led to him veering away from his 140bpm roots. The productions of A$AP Ferg, Drake, Schoolboy Q and earlier Arca and FKA Twigs were a big influence, alongside the soundtracks of Hans Zimmer and Cliff Martinez.
“I get inspiration from everywhere and deliberately try to ignore what is happening in the scene I'm most involved in. ‘Dynamis’ is influenced a lot by film scores, I have geeked out massively to create great dynamics in all of the tracks, sounds are heavily automated and processed to really give the music life.”
a1. Instruction to Survive
a2. Kingdoms Fall
b1. Badman (feat. Killa P)
c1. Sink or Swim
c2. Fear Change
d1. Betrayal (feat. Beezy)
d3. Talk to Me
Released 16th September 2016
Manchester’s Walton returns to Tectonic following last year’s explorations in grime flavoured house/techno offshoots on the killer “Bulldoze EP”. This time Walton leads with a dance floor crushing anthem that cruises a cool line between grime and tribal dubstep. Featuring a looping Riko Dan sample, “Gunman” sets a stone cold tone from the offset, hi-hats setting up the groove before a grime flavoured melody cuts in preparing you for the drop. When the bass and drums come crashing in they bounce off each other to produce a disorientating tribal rhythm that will set the dance floor alight! Flip for a slower, more gentle mood with “Caught In A Trip”. Rolling at 126bpm, “Caught In A Trip” builds around a de- veloping melody played on a glockenspiel-esque instrument, backed with tribal percussion and a driving kick pattern. Ethereal in mood throughout, this one provides a lighter moment for the dance floor.
b1. Caught In a Trip
Release Date: 15th December 2017
Following Swayzak’s Gestures Of A Sycophant, the third release on Beatnik Boulevard sees the return of Appleblim after he launched the label in style with the Conch Shell Motives EP. This time the Berlin-based producer is working alongside long-time collaborator and fellow Bristol bassweight alumni Komon – the duo have turned out EPs for Aus Music and Apple Pips in the past, but this 12” represents the first new material from them since 2014.
The heads-down, meditative lilt of Appleblim & Komon’s Bristol past looms in the shadows on this EP, but it’s shot through with a steely, modernist dance floor bite and high-end sound design. Know Yourself pivots around crafty, 2-step kinked drums but there’s plenty of space afforded to atmospheric synth surges that plunge the track into a mood-altering headspace just to the left of the conventional dance floor.
In a more overt step away from the club, Enigmatic Light finds the pair exploring reduced, experimental approaches without discarding their penchant for heavy drum pressure. The sparse but booming kicks and bass stabs provide a powerful anchor to the swirling array of melodic matter coursing through the track, striking the perfect balance between structured arrangement and free-flowing sonics.
Stepping Out Of Yesterday closes the EP out with a beautiful, crooked reflection peppered with rich, chiming dub ripples, out of which a sprightly acid line emerges to affirm the electronica leanings of the track, and the EP as a whole. It’s a fitting end to a record that sees both producers striking out into exciting territory where the moody soundsystem pressure of their past can coexist with the shimmering, psychedelic production that comes so naturally to them.
a1. Know Yourself
b1. Enigmatic Light
b2. Stepping Out of Yesterday
Release Date - 14th December 2018
Vinyl will feature Individual, hand illustrated sleeves.
Distraction combines thundering bass elements from darker techno with deeper, emotive pads and flourishes to create a meditative yet driving late night groove. Best used to hush dance floor chatter in favour of getting heads down and putting a shift in.
Static and Choke also play with juxtapositions of light and dark elements, with Choke being the firmer of the two. Both offer sounds ideal for creating trippy and introspective dance floor moments, while not allowing those hard fought for energy levels to drop.
a1. Lifedrawing - Distraction
b1. Lifedrawing - Static
b2. Lifedrawing - Choke
Dark, dread-infused and ready to test even the toughest of sound-systems, here Compa delivers three twisted, distorted and deadly electronic experiments.
Removing all but the most crucial elements, Compa combines crushing sub-bass with skeletal percussion and chilling atmospheres to show yet again through his signature sound how less is always more.
Compa has received DJ support from the likes of Mala, Toddla T, Chase & Status, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Youngsta, MistaJam, David Rodigan, Shades (Alix Perez and Eprom) Hatcha, Om Unit and Plastician among others.
a1. Key Mans Car
b2. Buck Man At
Released 29th July 2016
Abstract Elements return to one of the founders of the Autonomic movement with two tracks that are a continuation of what shaped their stripped back, minimal approach to Autonomic and later what would be known as “Microfunk”.
Abstract Elements have released on labels such as Exit, ASC's Auxiliary and recently for Noisia's Invisible imprint.
Nedostatic and Right Way are what you would expect from such talented producers, with both attention to detail and precision execution in their dynamics.
Both tracks feature in dBridge and Kid Drama's “Heart Drive” podcast and followers of Exit Records and recent CNVX releases will find this to be right up their street!
a. Abstract Elements - Nedostatic
b. Abstract Elements - Right Way
Release Date - 19th April 2019
Glume and Phossa have both solidified themselves in the dubstep in the past few years. Middle eastern samples, huge 808’s. Tusk is a tough tough tune, Pariah brings the creepy vibes, Hatchet brings in the bass long a rolling noisy track with some super nice strings.. The title track Buried is middle eastern business!
a1. Buried Feat. Ghidorah
Release Date - 5th April 2019
The next instalment in Banana Stand’s yellow label vinyl series features another three fresh sound system cuts. First tune is a heavyweight roller crafted by the Foundation Audio labelhead Chad Dubz, while the collaboration from the Japanese dubstep enthusiasts Karnage and Dayzero is quite a chaotic stomper.
Although the final track is the highly-anticipated “Persian Dub” from the Bristol-based Guesswerk through which dull flutes and weighty rumbling sub basses are blended smoothly. Great selection overall as in the end all three tracks are connected through bassweight energy.
a1. Chad Dubz - Pricks
b1. Karnage & Dayzero - No One
b2. Guesswerk - Persian Dub