Released 14th October 2016
LTD Edition White Vinyl 12"
Following his explorative 'Night Of Visions' LP, Liam Blackburn appears on the Samurai Music label with an EP of 85 bpm diversions soaked in voodoo dust and aimed squarely at the conscious club floor.
a1. Old Earth Voodoo
b1. Distant Stare
Repress Release Date: 21st August 2020
Beginning his musical production career with drum and bass / breakbeats in the late 90’s, ASC became known for his editing abilities and intricate productions. James progressed rapidly with his intuitive talent enabling him to grow into one of the scenes most respected ‘intelligent’ producers of his era with a series of releases - most notably on his own label Covert Operations, Good Looking, 720 Degrees and Paradox’s Outsider label.
Around 2010, ASC became an integral part of the Autonomic sound with an LP on Instra:mental’s Non Plus label, James’ production was reduced into a new form and breakbeats became less and less integral to his sound.
With a recent resurgence in golden era sounding Drum and Bass / Jungle, we began planting seeds to draw James back into flex his considerable editing prowess with 20 years of production experience to draw on.
Once lured into his hard drives to dig out breaks, ‘An Exact Science’ flowed rapidly and effortlessly for James. Covering several prevalent sounds of the most revered era of DnB but propelling them into 2020, the EP once again reminds us that ASC can turn his skill and ear to any sound and make it his own. From the soaring luminous amenism of Moment of Truth to the dead eye precision of In The Shadows and Worlds of Ice, James injects a sensibility that elevates the tracks on An Exact Science into a place of their own, belying any historical anchors attached to their vibe.
An Exact Science is a fantasy of long time ASC fans have had for many years (ourselves included) come to life with results that surpass our imagined results.
Release Date: 19th June 2020
VIPs are becoming more common again with the fast turnover of music in our rapidly evolving musical environment. These enable the producer to continue playing their own tracks in DJ sets but have an edge with a slightly updated version from the released tune. VIPs are mostly never made available outside a select set of DJs, but for the Samurai Hannya series we had a few that were really too strong not to release, so we commissioned a few more to round out the EP. Homemade Weapons is a long term proponent of the VIP and he shows his experience here with his updates of Omen and The Claw, transforming them into entirely different approaches that have been favourites with all DJs that have had these in advance. Roho and Torn strip back their tunes and both provide essential renovations to their initial constructions that propel them back into your crate as essential frameworks to build new blends.
a1. Homemade Weapons - Omen VIP
a2. Roho - Totemz VIP
b1. Presha & Homemade Weapons - The Claw (Homemade Weapons VIP)
b2. Torn - Dance On The Bones VIP
Release Date: 28th February 2020
Samurai Music kicks off 2020 with the debut Samurai 12” from another of Manchester’s rising talents - Antagonist. Mike has already joined the Samurai family with his notable contributions to the Hannya and Decade compilations, but here he claims his own catalog number with 2 crucial slices of deep, gritty half time. Spending years honing his craft to perfect an individual approach that is built to last, Shui and Escapism both see Mike matching razor sharp beat edits with ice cold menace. Shui revels in creeping, spiralling paranoia while Escapism steps loaded with call and response style break play.
a1. Antagonist - Shui
b1. Antagonist - Escapism