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Icons EP
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Icons EP (12")
Cat: TEC 080. Rel: 01 Dec 14
Bass
  1. Ping
  2. Blue Moon
  3. Icon
  4. Reload
Played by: Untold
Review: Having previously popped up on Cold Recordings with some bleak and futuristic techno, Acre now moves from one Pinch-helmed label to another, making his Tectonic debut with a thunderous clout sure to firmly establish him in the melee of contemporary darkside producers. "Ping" flits between hoover rave pressure, grubby drum breaks and razor-sharp drum programming with deftness, while "Blue Moon" has a psychoactive quality about its finely realised blips and bleeps. "Icon" is an even more daring excursion into a kind of futuristic tribalism, while "Reload" eschews the dancefloor altogether in favour of an experimental study in sound design. It's staggering material produced with flair and imagination, and it sounds like nothing else out there right now.
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Better Strangers
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Cat: TECCD 021. Rel: 09 Nov 15
Bass
  1. Love
  2. Jouska
  3. Always Chasing
  4. Dek U
  5. Spiral
  6. Automatic Fire
  7. Don't Talk
  8. Holding Hands
  9. Ophelia
  10. Tarantula
  11. Ruby Tiers
  12. Better Stangers
Review: Of the many fresh faces that have come to light on Pinch's Cold Recordings, Manchester-based artist Acre has represented one of the most diverse propositions with his spots on Lost Codes (and more recently Codes), but he also has managed to follow label mate Ipman in bridging the gap over to Pinch's original institutional imprint Tectonic. After the Icons EP back in 2014, Acre now steps up with an album which fully explores his unique take on UK bass traditions. There is a lot to take in at first glance, from experimental excursions such as "Spiral" through to winsome beat studies such as "Always Crashing", with plenty of room for moody attitude in a reflection of the ever mutating definition of British soundsystem music.
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Better Strangers
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Cat: TEC 089. Rel: 04 Jan 16
Bass
  1. Love (3:00)
  2. Jouska (3:04)
  3. Always Crashing (4:58)
  4. Dek U (4:04)
  5. Spiral (3:45)
  6. Automatic Fire (5:57)
  7. Don't Talk (5:40)
  8. Holding Hands (5:05)
  9. Ophelia (3:29)
  10. Tarantula (5:49)
  11. Ruby Tiers (1:18)
  12. Better Strangers (4:29)
Review: Of the many fresh faces that have come to light on Pinch's Cold Recordings, Manchester-based artist Acre has represented one of the most diverse propositions with his spots on Lost Codes (and more recently Codes), but he also has managed to follow label mate Ipman in bridging the gap over to Pinch's original institutional imprint Tectonic. After the Icons EP back in 2014, Acre now steps up with an album which fully explores his unique take on UK bass traditions. There is a lot to take in at first glance, from experimental excursions such as "Spiral" through to winsome beat studies such as "Always Crashing", with plenty of room for moody attitude in a reflection of the ever mutating definition of British soundsystem music.
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Falchion EP
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Cat: TEC 072. Rel: 08 Jul 13
Bass
  1. Whirl
  2. Poke
Played by: Tripeo, Shiftee
Review: Jay Fontaine's Decibel project continues to flourish under the tutelage of Rob 'Pinch' Ellis, returning for a second full EP having recently featured on the fourth Tectonic Plates compilation. As with Decibel's previous releases, the Falchion 12"s lead track "Whirl" winds down a lop sided attack on the pace and rhythmics of the Chicago footwork scene, however it's overshadowed by the B Side. Pinch himself gas described "Poke" in excitable terms as "that mad techno 140 rhythm I've been caning for several months now!" and it's hard to disagree as the drum machine jam unfolds, laced with plenty of acidic squelch.

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Moods Of Future Joy
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Cat: TEC 074. Rel: 18 Nov 13
Bass
  1. Green Eyed Monster
  2. Heartful Dodger
  3. Same Road
  4. Letting Go
  5. Lucky Git
  6. Jupiter
  7. NRG
  8. Afrika (part 2)
  9. Rain In Sahara
  10. Midnight Savannah
  11. Kalm
  12. Squeaky Jungle
Review: Notable for being one of the foremost exponents of a combination of grime and dubstep that came to be known as the "purple sound" alongside Gemmy and Joker, Bristol producer Guido's intricate approach to melodic composition was perhaps best explored on Anieda, his 2010 album for Peverelist's Punch Drunk label. Although the relevance of "purple" as a critical term has perhaps waned somewhat in the years that have passed since then, traces of the sound can still be heard in the myriad forms of bass music so prevalent today. Aside from an odd 12", Guido has been largely quiet; evidently hard at work on a second LP for Tectonic! Moods Of Future Joy features two collaborations with vocalist Emma Lou and expands Guido's palette, taking in the producer's grounding in jazz and classical music, with subtle Afrobeat influences also present.
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Dreamstealin'
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Cat: TEC 047. Rel: 31 Jan 11
Bass
  1. Dreamstealin'
  2. Blood Music
  3. Blood Music (Indigo remix)
Depatterning
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Cat: TECCD 020. Rel: 19 Oct 15
Bass
  1. Regicide
  2. Tehnicolour
  3. Gravity Dub
  4. IPA
  5. Last One In The In The
  6. Y
  7. O
  8. U
  9. Strong Ones
Review: Having previously set out his stall via a series of well-received singles on Tempa, Wheel & Deal, Osiris Music, Cold Recordings and Boka Records, Jack Gibbons' has finally got round to producing a debut album under his now-familiar Ipman alias. Pleasingly, Depatterning is a thrill-a-minute set with a genuine sense of purpose. Taking heavy, surging sub-basslines as his foundation, Gibbons gleefully lays down a range of tracks that giddily joins the dots between post-dubstep rhythms, early British hardcore, classic jungle, fuzzy 4/4 grooves, IDM, mutant two-step and ambient. Throughout, he retains the perfect balance between redlined funk, crackling soundscapes and the melodiousness of vintage electronica.
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Proto
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Proto (CD)
Cat: TECCD 019. Rel: 16 Feb 15
Bass
  1. Border Drone
  2. Dance Energy (89 mix)
  3. Chaos Engine
  4. Legion
  5. Hall Of Mirrors
  6. Bagleys
  7. Proto
  8. Room 2 Lazer
  9. Move Your Body
  10. Cold
Cabana EP
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Cabana EP (12")
Cat: TEC 091. Rel: 22 Feb 16
Bass
  1. Pyromaniac (4:34)
  2. Brain Sugar (feat Caski) (4:42)
  3. Cabana (5:43)
  4. Drugs Don't Work (4:53)
Review: Macabre Unit Digital founder Demon dons his Nurve guise for a ruthless Tectonic jam. Flickering and fluctuating between techno, breaks and all things dub, there's a dark, twisted physical edge to each track. "Pyromaniac" rattles with chunky 4/4s and distant waves that are reminiscent of Max Cooper, "Brain Sugar" is thundering tribal techno while "Cabana" punches with a really grainy squat party riff and pensive drum arrangements while "Drugs Don't Work" stutters and stalls with Radioactiveman style breaks to darkly trippy effect. Heavyweight.
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Afterglow EP
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Cat: TEC 092. Rel: 28 Mar 16
Bass
  1. Mercurial (5:22)
  2. U8 Phunk (4:43)
  3. Bell Blender (4:18)
Review: Making the leap from 50 Weapons (RIP), German darkmonger Phon O makes the logical leap to Tectonic. And he does so with three barren break-based constructs: "Mercurial" is all about the deep space breakbeats and groaning high-end bass slurs, "U8 Phunk" carries classic electro elements in its synths while the au-natural snare rolls suggest more of a militant march, finally "Bell Blender" takes the bleak dynamics established throughout the previous tracks and repurposes them in a modern day jungle amen-shattering framework. The results are beyond satisfying.
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The Boxer
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The Boxer (12")
Cat: TEC 040. Rel: 13 Sep 10
Dirty Dubstep/Trap/Grime
  1. The Boxer
  2. The Boxer (Darqwan remix)
Review: Rob Ellis aka Pinch drops one of the biggest dubstep tunes of 2010 in "The Boxer". It shows the Bristolian at his no holds barred, unyielding best U militant basslines, skittering tribal percussion and ethereal moans all combine for a tear out that stands above the pretenders. Flip over for a remix from fellow dubstep veteran Darqwan, who throws a cheeky vocal sample on top for added hands-up effect.

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Screamer
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Screamer (12")
Cat: TEC 090. Rel: 01 Feb 16
Bass
  1. Screamer (feat Riko Dan) (5:05)
  2. No Justice (4:32)
Review: It was about time the Tectonic head honcho released an EP on his own label, and especially one as diverse and wild as this one. Pinch's "Screamer" follows the vocal riddims of Riko Dan over a dusty tech house groove, and some furious folds of mutant bass - screaming and yelling like they should. Over on the B side, Pinch contorts the groove back into his more familiar guise, offering up a crusty broken beat pattern that dissolves neatly into blasts of bass laser and swampy, sic-fi echoes. Killah.
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Tectonic Plates Volume 1 (reissue)
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Cat: TEC 093LP. Rel: 20 Jun 16
 
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