Released 17th February 2017
Shamrock grew up in the township called ‘Kwathema’, In the east of Johannesburg. He has being crazy for music since he was a young child, and at primary school he sang as the soloist in the choir.
Everyone now knows that South Africa is the house music capitol of the world! Most young upcoming producers look up the American and European producers, But Shamrock’s sound is standing out from the rest, as he’s been digging into his African roots to come up with his own style of music, working with mainly South African musicians, only using the computer to record the audio.
On this album he’s also featured international musicians Han Litz,Flutist from the Netherlands, Asali, vocalist from Kenya, Andy Compton, from the UK, and Jimmy Gabriel on Sax from Nigeria.
His first releases came out on a South African label in 2014.
He’s well known in South Africa for his live guitar shows, normally jamming with DJ’s. This is how he first met Andy Compton, and secured the Peng connection.
Shamrock was a main writing contributor for the fantastic ’Sowetan Onesteps’ project, and after that success he knew the home for his album would be on Peng, which offers his sound to a worldwide audience
So here it is! Enjoy the African rhythms and sun drenched music!.
Written & Recorded in Studio 7.5, Johannesburg, South Africa
a1. African Music by African People
b1. Yo Go Share
b4. Unfair Law
Released 30th September 2016
Conceived at a poignant intersection of Killawatt's existence, the Fazed EP evokes an introverted and pedantic nature, tailored for the individual over the collective. Produced during a period of self-reflection and change, the EP signifies a positive gear selection in the mind-set and approach to sound design and music as a whole. A period of sustained momentum and the challenging of previous attitudes resulted in Killawatt consciously isolating himself from specific negativity in and around him, Through forced positivity, elimination of destructive environments and a more embracing approach to introversion, inner thoughts and sentiments are brought to the fore and expose a rarely seen fragility unaffected by external influence. Remixes provided by Bristol based, Peng Sound boss Ossia and Berlin Atonal favorites Sergie Rezza (DJ Deep & Roman Poncet).
b1. Livewire (Sergie Rezza Remix)
b2. Livewire (Ossia Remix)
Released 14th July 2017
Never Ready Records welcomes Dublin's Major Grave to the label delivering Grime, Garage and Dubstep munitions from the Major's sonic arsenal, decimating all that lays in his path.
"Take Charge" drops like a depth charge of shimmering bass cannons and 2-step snaps. Waxing lyrical with "If You Want" sees Grave notch the mood down and get melodic, while still keeping proceedings bouncy. The B-Side is reminiscent of early FWD days with the woofah bass galore of "S.W.A.T" and the dark transient melodies of "Dem Nevah Ready".
From Dublin's first Boiler Room event to 12”s released on Big Dada , Local Action , Sulk and with years behind the MPCs as part of Ireland's premier underground bass crew ‘Standard’, Major Grave cements his position as a force to be reckoned with in the instrumental grime and bass scene.
Never Ready Records' second release in a four part salvo of underground ordnance continues with cover artwork from Nerog, 180g coloured vinyl and limited pressing of 300 units.
a1. Take Charge
a2. If You Want
b2. Dem Nevah Ready
Released 18th May 2018
The hardest working reggae band in southern England, Dubheart is on a mission to spread messages of peace, love, unity and resistance through a heady stew of contemporary roots reggae, delivered on live instruments with a hefty dose of dub in the mix. Cool Under Pressure, their latest offering, is the band’s most compelling set to date, a ‘showcase’-style album where every vocal track is followed by its dub counterpart, and the vital contribution of the Brassica Horns—from rising London ska band Chainska Brassica—is another intriguing element that makes this album tougher than the rest.
Drawing on the foundations laid by Jamaican stalwarts such as Burning Spear, Dennis Brown and Culture, dub pioneers like Scientist and Jah Shaka, plus newer vanguards such as Tarrus Riley, Grounation and Conscious Sounds, Dubheart has crafted a distinctly appealing style that is very much their own, based on the organic presentation of their musical vision. Indeed, this fully self-contained five-piece is firmly engrained in the neo-roots movement of the present, with a sound that faces ever forwards.
The south coast-based band was first formed back in 1999, and slowly built a following through their intense live performances, which always harnessed a live dub element. Their first EP, “The Solid Foundation Rhythm,” issued on their own Karnatone label in 2011 and featuring dub mixes by Russ D of the Disciples, became a regular part of Jah Shaka’s live playlists. It was followed by the 7” 45, “We Chant,” featuring the band’s charismatic Bristol-based lead singer, Tenja (who originally hails from France), the track becoming an underground anthem in Japan (via Rob Smith, aka RSD). Dubheart’s first album, Mental Slavery, was released in 2013, a momentous year that also saw the band win the European Reggae Contest staged by Rototom Sunsplash, leading to a European tour with festival appearances at Summerjam (Germany), Reggae Sun Ska (France), Overjam (Slovenia), Sudoweste (Portugal), United Islands (Czech Republic) and the Sardinia Reggae Festival, as well as Rototom in Spain. Then, in 2015, Karnatone issued the dub companion to Mental Slavery, mixed down in a heavy dubwise fashion by drummer Gavin Sant, otherwise known as Fullness; the band was then invited to participate in the BBC television show, The UK’s Best Part-Time Band, leading to their EP of cover tunes, 2016’s “Full Time Pressure,” again with dub versions from Fullness. Part of the band’s appeal lies in its tightness as a recording and performing unit; when you see them live, you understand that this band of brothers is on a higher mission, united in their wish to use music as a means of upliftment. And that sentiment is entirely evident on Cool Under Pressure. The melodic bass grooves of Mark Shepherd act as the perfect buffer to the furious rolls and expressive drum patterns of Fullness; David ‘Daddy U’ Mountjoy adds scintillating melodies on keyboards, including some delightful Wurlitzer lines, and Richard Ramsey’s guitar licks tend towards the understated, aside from the occasional solo pyrotechnics, as heard here on “Rocky Road.” And on songs like “Can’t Wait,” “Watcha Gonna Do” and the title track, the Brassica Horns add further melodic depth through fanfares of treble brass texture. With the rhythms laid entirely through live recording sessions cut at Fullness’ home studio in Bournemouth (with horn and Wurlitzer overdubs done elsewhere), Cool Under Pressure reveals Dubheart as a band on the rise, heading for unstoppable heights.
The dub deconstructions on the disc allow the listener to hear the exceptional quality of their playing, emphasizing each member’s individual talent, while the lyrics tackle subjects we can all relate to, with “Watcha Gonna Do” addressing social inequalities, “Can’t Wait” alluding to the refugee crisis, “Rocky Road” imploring everyone to hold strong in trying times, and “Rise Up” calling for direct action against the unjust system that rules our lands. Overall, the outstanding title track “Cool Under Pressure” really sums up the band’s ethos: the system may burden us with the stresses of censure and control, but our obligation is to stay true to ourselves and resist. And the music can help us to achieve this.
a1. Cool Under Pressure
a2. High Pressure Dub
a3. Tek Fi Fool
a4. Yard Dub
a5. Watcha Gonna Do
a6. Soul Preservation Dub
b1. Can't Wait
b2. Jah Rock Dub
b3. Rise Up
b4. Yes Dub
b5. Rocky Road
b6. Zion Road Dub
Released 12th May 2017
Raincloud Records has announced its debut release, a two-track 12” from Mancunian duo Alan Johnson. Lead track, ‘Operator’, is a punchy, spacious stomper laced with golden-era grime horns and strings. Delayed, disembodied clicks, claps and pulses echo throughout along with a call-to-arms vocal pulled straight from the soundclash. On the flip, ‘The Poet’ builds an enormous groove out of broken percussion, spoken word and an intermittent woodwind sample in a manner that recalls early DMZ white labels. This will be Alan Johnson’s first standalone release since 2013’s standout ‘Goron Sound’ on Blank Mind. The duo channel golden-era UK soundsystem music of the mid-to-late noughties into a tight techno template, blending serious bass pressure with a dynamic rhythmic approach that pulls in influences from across the spectrum. As much touched by the bounce of UK funky as the driving tempo of techno or the abstract synths of instrumental grime, Alan Johnson’s music is emblematic of a generation that has lived through one of the most fruitful and creative periods of UK electronic dance music to date. Founded by producer/DJs Caski and Near – who have previously released as individuals on labels including Tectonic, Keysound, Ghost, EMF, Trapped Audio & Pretty Weird – Raincloud Records builds on Bristol’s famed heritage as one of the UK’s most exciting musical hubs. Sitting somewhere between early Hemlock and Hotflush, and the more industrial leanings of Livity Sound, Swamp 81 and Houndstooth, Raincloud aims to provide a home for artists reveling in a no-boundaries approach to making music for the dancefloor.
DJ Support includes: Lamont (Swamp81), Ancestral Voices (Samurai), Akkord (Houndstooth), Mumdance (XL / Tectonic), Synkro (R&S / Apollo).
b1. The Poet
Released 18th November 2016
To close out the last of The Space Between Remix Series, we turn over four more prime cuts to some of the freshest producers in the scene. First up, we take one of the most memorable jams from the album, dubwise roller “Backfoot Dub” featuring long time BoS family member the Emcee Child. We turn remix duties over to one of the masters of jungle riddims the mighty Bladerunner. Wasting no time at all, the tune drops into thick amen beats before introducing the ska-tinged horns of the original. From there we go straight into a monster Reese bassline that’s setting floors alight.
Up next, Jaybee & Dave Owen take the delicate “Cartier” and turn it into a rugged liquid roller. Soulful vocals play against the cut up guitar hook of the original as it slinks and slides its way over a tech-fueled bassline.
For our third remix track, we go into the moody “Don’t Hold Back” . For this cut, one of the most promising producers in the North American scene, Flaco takes things deep with a complex blend of pads over crisp claps and rolling beats. One for the sunrise vibes, he keeps the lush vocals of Dylan Germick strong throughout the track.
To close out the EP, we turn our heads to Bristol as The Insiders take the tune “Control” into darker territory. Crisp hats ride along the intro as the track builds before dropping into an old school rugged bassline stepper reminiscent of the jungle roots of their hometown.
a1. Backfoot Dub feat. Emcee Child (Bladerunner Remix)
a2. Cartier (Jaybee & Dave Owen Remix)
b1. Don't Hold Back feat. Dylan Germick (Flaco Remix)
b2. Control (Insiders Remix)
Released 19th August 2016
The Bachelors celebrate the 10th single [16th release] on their Code Recordings label and the second instalment of The Space Between LP remix series. This time its wall to wall vibes as we delve into some of the vocal cuts from the album.
First up, we get a slice of impeccable funk from the mighty Random Movement as he takes on the Bachelors, Ben Soundscape and Collette Warren collab ‘On The Line ’. Mike keeps Collette’s silky vocals for the intro before diving into a stripped back soulful floorfiller that’s got those classic RM vibes to set the dance alight.
Up next, we change gears to the sultry stylings of Dylan Germick with a special harmony cameo from Audio Angel . For ‘Before You Go ’ it’s Nymfo the dynamic Dutchman who’s been ripping up the scene at the controls. Showing us a lighter side to his style, Nymfo delivers an easygoing liquid roller with shimmering pads over classic breaks that’s perfect for the deeper moments.
Last but not least, Jamal delivers a grimey dancefloor roller as he turns up the heat with the ragga influenced ‘Everywhere We Go’ feat. Soultrain Locomotive . While keeping the vocals at center stage, Jamal flips the track with a killer ruffneck bass that transforms the original into a club destroyer.
a1. On The Line feat. Collette Warren & Ben Soundscape (Random Movement Remix)
b1. Before You Go feat. Dylan Germick & Audio Angel (Nymfo Remix)
b2. Everywhere We Go feat. Soultrain Locomotive (Jamal Remix)
Released 26th May 2017
For over two decades, Dread Recordings have time and time again maintained their seminal output with every release. Managing to present a crossover of old school and more modern day techniques, they’ve given fresh life to the jungle riddims which made drum & bass so prominent during its inception. And for this subsequent release, label head honcho Ray Keith steps up to the plate, bringing with his a deliciously rolling selection of bass heavy proportions. With a massive back catalogue and an even more impressive roster, the figurehead’s addition goes on to expand the credibility heralded by both the artists and imprint. Dread Recordings continue to impress, with a history documented through their stellar releases.
Nothing less than a jungle tear-out, the Penny mix of ‘Feel Some’ cuts open Ray Keith’s production standard and opens its raw centre. ‘Feel Some’ is an example of what Ray Keith does best, striving to hit harder each time with sprawling, smashing drums and guttural bass sounds. Taking precedent are those all-important breaks, still standing as the most prominent feature from start to finish. Penny gives it an extra layer, drawing for a heavier flow and firing shot after sonic shot. Neither artist grabs for the brakes.
‘Do You Wanna Cook’ proves that both Dread Recordings and Ray Keith don’t adhere to any trend, instead they spearhead a subgenre which has run its own show for some time now. Rugged subs and rattling percussion help fill out the mix, whilst tinny kicks help to underpin its composition. Biting reese slips through between layers, giving a brooding, intimidating hook which stalks its bassline. Then comes ‘Zion Dred’, slightly more subdued in its rollout but still surging with every succession of pads. It begins to grow in its intensity, not presenting a full-frontal attack like its predecessors but still powerful with every relay. ‘Virus’ finishes the release, with a clanking set of breaks and punchy drums skittering amongst its clicking hi-hats and swathes of static bass. The track is a lesson through the roots of both Dread Recordings and its stalwart Ray Keith. It’s a gradual build, but one which highlights the ingenuity behind both artist and label.
a. Feel Some [Penny's Mix]
b. Do You Wanna Cook
c. Zion Dred
Due 4th November 2016
New York’s DJ Torture drops a lo-fi acid work out on OS XXX fresh from his limited cassette drop on SWAMP TAPES.. wunderkind Bakground holds it down on the flip with 2 lo fi jungle jams.
a1. DJ Torture - Belligerent Criminal
b1. Bakground - Long Live JJ
b2. Bakground - Time Passes
Released 23rd March 2018
Lore’s debut on Kokeshi comes in the form of a 3-track EP featured on 180g heavyweight vinyl, with hand stamped Kokeshi logo. Lore’s influences range from early dubstep, grime and garage, including artists like El-B, Burial, SP:MC, Blawan, Skream, Wiley and Mount Kimbie. The ‘Down The Well’ EP features tracks in the 120–135 bpm range, with dark chunky beats, heavy bass and haunting vocal samples. Be sure to check out his production tutorials on Youtube.
a1 Down The Well
b2 Many Faces
Release Date: 24th November 2017
London based experimental publisher Split Music has rapidly gained a unique reputation for its expertise in placing music in audiovisual projects, from Hollywood movie trailers like Blade Runner 2049, The Dark Tower & Mother to brand films for globally recognised designers Adidas, Dior & Puma. This reputation was affirmed this year upon winning the prestigious Golden Trailer Award in L.A. (for the use of These Hidden Hands’ music in the brutal RAW Worldwide trailer). Now, from their headquarters at London’s live music epicentre Village Underground, they have launched their latest project: the Research label. This new label will showcase the artists they represent by challenging them to push the boundaries of their production process to new levels.
01. These Hidden Hands - Radon
02. Mondkpopf - The Runaway
03. SNTS - Dunkelheit
04. Oake - Blemmyae
05. Headless Horseman - Follower
06. Grebenstein - Meet My Needs
Release Date: 1st December 2017
Release no1 on Entropy Music, the new record label from icicle.
On this first release Icicle teams up with long time collaborator Mefjus to bring ‘Efficient’. In the making for over two years, this quirky roller is steeped in detail and has an incredible amount of layers running through it. In the ever graying landscape of ‘man-tek’ it alludes to the typical formulaic approach with a monstrous intro but soon takes off it’s mask and rolls out like the stepper that it is.
Alongside the title track are two solo tunes by icicle ‘Time Waster’ & ‘Split Fibers’ both attempting in different ways to find identity in an ever more technical musical landscape. Lending from 90’s drum and bass and rave, both tracks are about groove above anything else. A somewhat stripped back approach to fusion reminiscent to Icicle’s earlier work.
a1. Mefjus & Icicle - Efficient
b1. Icicle - Time Waster
b2. Icicle - Split Fibers
The latest 12" from Detuned Transmissions sees Overlook, ASC and RQ reinterpret works from DAAT's HVAC album. Deconstructing, rearranging and re-tuning the original versions, re-establishing the tracks with new meaning while maintaining their original essence.
Overlook lends his talented hands to ‘Fridge’ which was already a strong dancefloor track. Giving the original a new sheen, Overlook has given the track a new dimension that sends shock waves through the dance like a burgeoning ghost ship relentlessly sailing through the darkness.
ASC’s remix of ‘Apache’ is a story of two halves, building to a crescendo before thundering into some pacey dynamics. As ever ASC has made this track his own, a true remixer at work.
‘Running Man’ was a deep track in DAAT’s hands, but RQ’s delicate nuances deliver ethereal ambience that seamlessly plateaus into nothingness. Let the world just fall away when you listen to this one.
DJ support from Loxy, Skeptical, ASC, Presha, Overlook, DAAT, Rinse FM.
a1. DAAT - Fridge (Overlook Remix)
b1. DAAT - Apache (ASC Remix)
b2. DAAT - 走る男 (RQ Remix)
Released 30th September 2016
A withstanding imprint amongst the veteran style riddims of drum & bass, Dread Recordings is back with another EP to whet your old-school appetite. Leading the charge is Digital, an unparalleled artist with a dignified reputation. With ‘Steady Eddie’ he reaffirms this position between every jungle break.
An atmospheric sonic soundscape emerges throughout opening track ‘Steady Eddie’, one littered with clanking breakdowns. Underpinned by shaking sub and pounding kick, you’re taken through a journey back in time; reminiscent of the earlier days, yet still etching out a contemporary flare. It serves as a signpost for what’s to come, highlighting Dread’s unbridled commitment to antiquity.
‘Moody Runt’ on the other hand comes at you with a lower frequency and floating samples. Introduced with blaring air horn, clinking hi-hats and a conveyor belt of drum patterns carry you forward. Cleverly cut up by stabbing beats, ethereal notes sift between its sheets. Rising and falling between each break, this adds to an even deeper feeling of unease. It’s a trippy time machine, one which perfectly epitomises Digital’s ingenuity.
a. Digital - Steady Eddie
b. Digital - Moody Runt
Released 16th February 2018
Inspired by a fluid mix of global club sounds including UK funky, kuduro, techno and rap, Nervous Horzion co-head TSVI is to kick off 2018 with the release of new EP, ‘Rambo’.
Comprised of six tracks, including collaborations with DJ JM and fellow Nervous Horizon boss, Wallwork, as well as a bonus remix from Luru, ‘Rambo’ details how TSVI’s sound continues to evolve, taking on bold new shapes in the process.
A natural extension of 2016 EP, ‘Sacred Drums’, here he scopes out fresh influences that can be felt right the way through the tracklist. From the blaring kuduro flavours on opener ‘Pull Up’ to outright UK funky club jam, ‘Funky T’ and sparse, frenetic drum workout ‘Roller’, TSVI meshes together a network of powerful, drum-centred tracks.
Features from DJ JM and Wallwork bring new focus to his work too, with ‘Jaguar’ — a cranking, off-piste drum exercise hit by bursts of sharp, metallic synth melodies and zapping bass stabs — spotlighting inventive sound design and brilliantly abstract thinking.
A bold marker for a producer already at the top of his game, ‘Rambo’ forms the perfect 2018 lift-off point for one of the UK’s most exciting young club labels.
a1. TSVI - Pull Up
a2. TSVI - Funky T
b1. TSVI - Roller
b2. TSVI & Dj JM - Xus Lord
b3. TSVI & Wallwork - Jaguar