Release Date 22nd March 2019
Here is four typical weighty dubstep rollers and stompers enchanted with colourful melodies and smooth vibes. As mostly with a White Peach Records plate, the tracks form a cohesive entity, yet this “Zoned Out” EP takes it to a next level and truly should be listened to as one classy masterpiece.
a1. Zoned Out
b1. No Soul
b2. Killing Season
Release Date 22nd March 2019
Deep dubwise on a neat 45′, with Babe Roots at the controls alongside Kojo Neatness –
Killer drop from Babe Roots, who has been coming through with a steady slew of rock-solid dub transmissions from the echo chamber, most notably releases on Rohs! Records and ZamZam Sounds.
This 7″ on the 4Weed imprint, comes knocking at your door with an A1 rootical dub techno style in the way that Rhythm & Sound and of course vocalist Paul St. Hilaire pioneered it back in the 90’s.
Kojo Neatness’ vocal delivery comes through really confident and effortlessly, letting the deepest of subs build the pressure under some expertly filtered chops and a hard-hitting rhythm section… This comes to show especially on the flipside ‘Ruff Out Dubwise’.
High-grade dub techno styles for all the rootsmen and women out there!
a. Babe Roots - Ruff Out Dubwise
b. Babe Roots Feat Kojo Neatness - Ruff Out Deh
Release Date - 1st March 2019
Comma and A.Fruit land two unadulterated bangers on Rua Sound, backed with the unmistakable sounds of TMSV and Itoa on remix duties. Oakland's Comma roars out of the blocks on his Rua debut with a crushed-up glitchy cut entitled Gasworks. Comma rams the heavier end of the West Coast beat scene into the UK hardcore continuum, on a track buzzing with furious energy.
If you don't know Itoa yet – it's time to catch up. Exit Record's latest addition brings his singular production style to the remix with whip-sharp drums, a colourful sound design, and fresh, unconventional arrangements.
A producer in ascendency, Russia's A.Fruit serves up the darkness on the flip with a stepping growler, sodden with bass. Her production is tightly bound together by D.E.'s intense vocal and delivers a punch.
Rua regular TMSV picks up the pace on the remix, rounding off the EP with dancehall-infused dread-rave vibes, like only he can.
01. Comma - Gasworks
02. Comma - Gasworks (Itoa Remix)
03. A. Fruit - Gonman Feat. D.E.
04. A. Fruit - Gonman Feat D.E. (TMSV Remix)
As Dub Reggae music becomes a global force, Vibronics & Conscious Sounds present an album that celebrates 50 years of dub music. Dougie Wardrop & Steve Vibronics present an album that takes classic music from each decade of dub, starting with 1970s Jamaica music right up 2010s worldwide dub sounds. The two prominent UK Dub producers will take each decade in turn, as the listener is catapulted across half a century of roots rocking Reggae music. This unique dubwise concept album will feature reworking of classic tunes from 1970s, 1980s, new versions of crucial music from the Conscious Sounds & Vibronics back catalogue from 1990s & 2000s and some brand new future dubs for the 2010s. Dubwise music across 50 years.
Leave Ya Dub
Try A Dub
Long Time Dub
Jah Light Jah Dub
Dub Down Babylon
China Dub Blaze A Fire Dub
Sampler 3 taken from the Swedish Silver Vol 2 comp.
Ida Engberg then delivers her unique style of techno using old rave sounds and a huge hoover style synth to create a driving techno track that will keep any dancefloor moving.
Joel Mull finishes off the EP with 'Rimson' that uses hypnotic drums to captures the listener's attention to lead into a floaty synth and vocal line before the track introduces a pulsating bass line.
Drumcode reserve their Limited branch of releases for the special and outstanding productions. Pressing them onto vinyl only, providing the perfect collectors item and sound that techno lovers worldwide constantly pursue.
The current catalogue of Drumcode Limited releases include names such as Adam Beyer, Alan Fitzpatrick, Tom Demac & Glimpse, Ben Sims, Steve Rachmad, 2000 and One and Marco Faraone. Dubspeeka proudly joins the list of acclaimed artists to present the forthcoming vinyl only DCLTD20 - sk30.
Continuing his surge through the world of techno, the Bristol based producer has never strayed from the sound that has proven to be so popular amongst colleagues and fans alike.
The dark, haunting and powerful tones that resonate from the opening track sk30 showcase why dubspeeka has made his mark on the underground scene for a number of years.
Once again the chilling synth arrangements that have become synonymous with dubspeeka's style echo throughout the track clashing against the distorted vocal sample.
Yet another example of dubspeeka's unparalleled studio work, the production is intricately woven together with a tight thunderous kick drum demonstrating his prominence as an underground artist of the highest caliber. Markus Suckut provides excellent support on remix duties for sk30. Another purveyor of a unique sound, the German-based producer doesn't hold back when tackling this mammoth remix. The hard and relentless bassline conjures the perfect background for the bubbling synth tones and echoing percussion. Markus Suckut demonstrates his skill and experimentation that he pours into his own production with the powerful and enthralling remix of sk30.
b1. sk30 (Markus Suckut Remix)
Released 21st July 2017
Bristol based 'Arkist' has always been a versatile producer and as a result has an impressive rage of releases under his belt, with revered imprints such as Hotflush and Hypercolour. Recently he has been experimenting further in the studio and is ready to present his first 12inch in few years, under a brand new alias - Astrocat.
In this debut, self-titled EP it is instantly apparent that vocoder-infused funk and disco of the highest order can be expected from this new Astrocat guise. The EP is full of vintage talk box vocals, warm spacey chords and infectious basslines that bring classic records from the likes of Zapp and The Rah Band into mind.
With 5 tracks this EP has a lot to offer. Wether it be the raw, funked up james of the opener 'Small Talk' and title track 'Astrocat' or the more chilled, woozy grooves of 'Nightflare'. With features from Mr Woodnote and a dub remix from Appleblim this EP's roots sit firmly in the South West. Local legend DJ Die even lent his vocoder to the studio for some of the recordings.
a1. Small Talk (featuring Mr Woodnote)
b2. Nightflare (Appleblim Remix)
Released 6th May 2016
Forte Techno is a UK label ran by Ross Alexander and Steven McDonagh that has a firm focus on championing the underground, as the imprint returns with their second vinyl only package.
The first venture featured David Meiser, Ross Alexander, Jake Conlon and Kereni, picking up support from luminaries such as Bas Mooy, Radial, Sunil Sharpe, Rebekah, DJ Hyperactive, Thomas Hessler and many more.
This time there are 4 original tracks by all UK based artists including Paul Mac, Binny, Ross Alexander and John Mitchell.
Binny - Machine 101
Liverpool's Binny is a hot talent and one to keep an eye on following his releases on Dax J's Monnom Black, CLFT and Orbis. Lead by a quirky rolling acid line that skips and jitters with raw analogue warmth, it has unexpected twists that keep the listener in a sense of excited suspense. Fused with the taut rhythms of a 909 drum machine the track has a timeless sound guaranteed to have wide spread appeal.
Paul Mac - Don't Leave Me
Paul is widely considered a legend of the UK scene, having chalked up more than 20 years in the music industry. Spearheading label projects such as Stimulus and C-Side he has also released music on the likes of James Ruskin's Blueprint, Oscar Mulero's Warm Up and Heiko Laux's Kanzleramt. When you hear the quality of Paul's track on this release titled "Don't Leave Me" it's clear to see why he has earned legendary status. Full of energy, it's driven by a heavy sub bass, squelching acidic buzzes and a subtle melody hook that makes it perfect for dark rooms and sweaty dancefloors.
Ross Alexander - Evening Talk
The first of the flip side tracks is supplied by the label boss who has a back catalogue of releases which include labels such as A.Paul's Naked Lunch and Joseph McGeechan's Backwater Community Records. "Evening Talk" is powered by a pulsating lead synth that is as funky as it is infectious. Dark and menacing the track has a hypnotic groove that’s intense and perfectly formed for peak time DJ sets.
John Mitchell - Contaminated Circuitry
Originally from Dublin (Ireland), John's previous releases have been on DJ Hi-Shock's Translucent and Electrorites' Shout Records amongst others. "Contaminated Circuitry" is tough and sinister with a menacing melody part which leads the track, which combined with scything strings creates tantalising tension. Oversized and immensely powerful, it’s the perfect track to finish off this already epic mixed artist EP.
a1. Binny - Machine 101
a2. Paul Mac - Don’t Leave Me
b1. Ross Alexander - Evening Talk
b2. John Mitchell - Contaminated Circuitry
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
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
Release Date: 17th November 2017
a2. Form Is Emptiness
b1. Lokal (DAT Mix)