Released 7th October 2016
12" Splattered Vinyl (Ltd Edition)
Release Date - 17th May 2019
Traversing the tempo range, ASC is renowned for his versatility and ability to remain a consistent sign of quality no matter what sound he takes on. With his most recent foray into the Grey Area sound and his own unique take on Techno for labels like Horo, Semantica, ARTS and his own Auxiliary, ASC’s sound repertoire has expanded and been wholeheartedly embraced by a wider audience.
The Abyssal Plain sees James briefly returning to the tempo with which he initially perfected his craft. The Siren and Pyrrhic Parts I & II reboot the 85 / 170 Tempo with an advanced retake on the approach he mastered. Acidic scapes and soaring harmonies colour the discernible ASC frames. This is music to get lost in. Currents is an upfront 128bpm version of the ASC sound, a Grey Area / Techno blend that completes this formidable futurist quartet.
a1. ASC - The Siren
a2. ASC - Pyrrhic (Part I)
b1. ASC - Pyrrhic (Part II)
b2. ASC - Currents
Release Date - 19th April 2019
Homemade Weapons has established himself as one of Drum and Bass’ most vital artists, sculpting a signature style that has garnered wide ranging support from Om Unit through to Calibre, Loxy and on to Donato Dozzy. With his Negative Space debut LP for Samurai Music, Homemade Weapons planted a jagged flag, attracting critical acclaim and igniting a new era of breakbeat manipulation.
Gravity further expands this approach, moving forward his own hyper-advanced amenism while maintaining his position firmly between what people are calling ‘modern jungle’ and the stripped back minimalism of the deep half time sound. Drafting in fellow weaponizers Artilect, Torn, and newcomers Torana for collaborations adds congruous variance to the searing Gravity spice.
While many artists in his immediate musical vicinity concentrate on going deeper, Homemade Weapons continues to make focused, stripped back tunes that have the weight and momentum to work on the dance-floor.
As the first Samurai Music artist LP of 2019, Gravity shows a singular talent confidently moving the creative arrow in drum and bass forward.
Each 12" plate is a different colour on the first press vinyl, any repress will be a different colour.
a1. Homemade Weapons - Constants
a2. Homemade Weapons - Lamia (with Torn)
b1. Homemade Weapons - Crewcut
b2. Homemade Weapons - Patrol
c1. Homemade Weapons - Networth
c2. Homemade Weapons - Red Tide
d1. Homemade Weapons - Svalsat
d2. Homemade Weapons - Lingchi (with Artilect)
e1. Homemade Weapons - Walking K
e2. Homemade Weapons - Heretics (with Torana)
f1. Homemade Weapons - Virga
f2. Homemade Weapons - Zeitgeist
Release date - 16th November 2018
Continuing the Samurai Music 10 year anniversary celebrations, Decade (Phase 2) is a further collection of tracks that map out our distinctive approach to 170 / Drum and Bass in 2018.
Commencing with a searing slow burn from Ancestral Voices, Phase 2 features a rare 170 track from ASC, a dubbed out contribution from Calibre, refreshing beat pattern sorcery from Sam KDC and Lemna and a crucial collection of half step floor freshness from label staples - Homemade Weapons, The Untouchables, Torn, Last Life, and Artilect.
Shiken Hanzo and Antagonist make their first Samurai Music appearances in memorable fashion, while Es.tereo makes a return on the cusp of launching his own label.
Presenting advanced angles on a familiar framework, Decade (Phase 2) is an entree to the next Decade of Samurai Music.
A. Calibre - Snoopers Dub
B. Antagonist - Below
Release Date - 26th October 2018
Samurai Music's Russian connection - Saint Petersburg-based Torn has refined his hi-tech dread to maximum efficacy since his solo vinyl debut on Samurai sister label Shiro in 2017. The Internal EP sees his sculpted malaise reaching a creative peak, completing construction on a distinctive desolation he now inhabits like a second skin. 'Acheron' - an inevitable collaboration with Homemade Weapons, sees these two masters of menace fusing their rhythmic prowess into a sleek, malicious tear, while the 3 solo tunes display Torn's newfound artistic maturity with pride and vigour. Sharpened breakbeat spears are deftly welded to Torn's pounding pulses of gloom, with lead track 'Internal' being the most dominating stylistic showcase on the EP. A forceful statement from one of drum and bass music's more promising new talents.
a1. Torn - Internal
a2. Torn - Acheron (with Homemade Weapons)
b1. Torn - External
b2. Torn - Never Mind
Release Date - 26th October 2018
The debut Shiken Hanzo EP for Samurai Music follows his appearance on Decade (Phase 2). Title track 'Myth' is a signature Shiken style ghostly stomp while 'Yebira' is the most floor targeted of the hidden warrior's rhythms so far. 'Cloud Of Sparrows' drips in tribal complexity and 'Kunai' ricochets in deep hypnosis mode. 4 tracks of sinister vibrations that capture the full scope of the Hanzo style.
a1. Shiken Hanzo - Myth
a2. Shiken Hanzo - Cloud of Sparrows
b1. Shiken Hanzo - Yebira
b2. Shiken Hanzo - Kunai