Release date - 28th September 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: 25th September 2020
With his first releases as Last Life for Loxy’s Cylon Recordings leaving a mark that propelled him into must-check zone with followers of stripped back, progressive DnB, Mauro Picciau has continued to advance the Last Life sound into a distinctive force.
His recent tracks for Samurai Music compilations - Decade, Samurai Hannya, and Outliers, plus his own LL Series honed the deadly step forward carved out with his Samurai Music debut EP - Nootka in 2017.
As the global pandemic hit, Mauro was secluded in his studio in Cagliari, Italy where he spent his time working on the finishing touches for Recon, his debut LP.
The Last Life reputation is built on robust mixdowns, weighty kicks and incisive breakbeat layers. Cassius, Tunnel, Down The Mine and Omega are capsule Last Life tracks and have already found favour with selectors testing out Recon.
Tracks like RVNS, The Minimal and Escape introduce a new angle for the Last Life sound, less dance-floor designed but twisting themselves into essential set additions through sheer power.
Collaborations with Torn and Homemade Weapons add further fresh perspectives, aptly mixing their individual construction talents into a focused attack.
Recon is a confident, assured debut LP from one of Samurai Music’s most important artists, a producer who’s sound is an integral part of our label's sonic identity and will no doubt continue to be in years to come. Salute Last Life!
a1. The Minimal
e1. Dipylon (with Torn)
e2. Down The Mine
f2. Throes (with Homemade Weapons)
Release Date: 28th August 2020
Elliot Garvey aka Quartz joins Samurai Music with 4 tracks of menacing weight for his debut EP on the label. With previous releases for labels like Metalheadz, DSCI4, and Invisible, Quartz’ powerful mix-downs and his knack for technical tunes that retain the vibe factor has him high on everyone’s radar. Into the Mist was the first tune signed for the Snakes EP, a tune that encapsulates the existing Quartz dark / light style with nods to legacy Drum and Bass perfectly. Snakes and Cluster Bomb are possibly Elliot’s 2 darkest tunes to date, focused, creeping sinistism with hulking constructions. Figure It Out lurks low, still retaining his perfectly focused build strength, but with a subtler approach and a pulsing bounce that burns through in the mix. Already garnering DJ support from the likes of Goldie, Flight, Loxy, Mako, Mantra, Double O and more, the Snakes EP looks set to be a new pinnacle for Quartz productions.
a1. Quartz - Into The Mist
a2. Quartz - Snakes
b1. Quartz - Figure it Out
b2. Quartz - Cluster Bomb
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
Release Date: 29th November 2019
In compiling a remix 12” for the most recent Homemade Weapons LP - Gravity, we approached 2 titans of underground electronic music who have both been supportive of Homemade Weapons and Samurai Music. Donato Dozzy and Tommy Four Seven have each been utilising our releases in their sets and we have been inspired and grateful for their fearless deployment of drum and bass to their predominately Techno audiences.
No stylistic directive or requests were given. We trusted these two gifted artists to interpret the music in their own unique fashion, but in all honesty expected remixes around the techno tempo. What we received back are 2 landmark drum and bass versions that re-define the nexus between Drum and Bass and Techno.
Samurai Music has worked for many years in both Drum and Bass and Techno and constantly explored the middle ground between the two. Many Drum and Bass producers have been releasing their version of this cross over but producers from the Techno sphere coming at Drum and Bass have been fewer and less successful.
Donato’s remix is a poignant reduction that strips Svalsat to a potent shuddering core, splashing grey swatches onto a constant rhythmic build. The maestro’s power of subtle, hypnotic transformation applied to the 170 tempo sculpts the rhythm to searing perfection.
Tommy Four Seven reforms Red Tide into a grinding undulation, a thrusting and propulsive menace with titanium strength breakbeats bulging at the edges of it’s construction.
a1. Homemade Weapons - Svalsat (Donato Dozzy Remix)
b1. Homemade Weapons - Red Tide (Tommy Four Seven Remix)