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Singles
Cat: KM 3RD1R2. Rel: 07 Apr 20
  1. Screwface (5:07)
  2. Jungle Love (4:58)
  3. Champion Of Champions (4:43)
  4. Bonus Beat #1 (5:02)
Review: Seminal business from 1994, Kemet dust off the original "Borderline" EP which comprised the names Brain Killers and Family Of Intelligence but was all the engineering work of DJ Lewi. The man behind so many sounds on Kemet during their most pioneering years, his touch is on all of these cuts... The still-pristine and quintessential rave anthem "Screwface", the raw drum funk and breakcraft of "Jungle Love", the big raw ragga chat of "Champion Of Champions" and the chaos of "Bonus Beat #1". Lewi we salute you.
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Apocalypse (12")
Cat: INFRALTD 010. Rel: 08 Apr 20
  1. Apocalypse (7:18)
  2. Eastern Spirit (5:48)
Review: Teased with a few cheeky copies at Clashmouth last year, these two unreleased puppies from Adam F's kennel finally get fully let off the leash. "Apocalypse" has a Twin Peaks / "Go" flavour to its chords and eerie feel while "Eastern Spirit" has more of a hardcore feel to it thanks to its stripped back breakbeat nature and iconic psychedelic vocal sample that peppered raves throughout the early 90s. Delivered on J Majik's Infrared, it's another precision excavation from the very source.
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Silence EP (12")
Cat: SUBB 9603. Rel: 01 Apr 20
  1. Silence (4:25)
  2. Essence (6:36)
  3. Lion Awakes (5:26)
  4. Babylon (6:07)
Review: Crucial power jams from longstanding Finnish duo on thriving Finnish jungle imprint, Aeon Four are a perfect fit on Straight Up Breakbeat. Four cuts in total, each one explores a different side of the spectrum. Opener "Silence" praises the rave and the hardcore elements, "Essence" smacks of that authentic Goodlooking feel with its pads while "Lion Awakes" takes a well known vocal for a classic jungle feel. Last but not least "Babylon" closes with the ruffest card of the hand as happy slapping breaks keep us running to the very edge.
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Portra (marbled vinyl 12")
Cat: SMDE 15. Rel: 29 Apr 20
  1. Portra (Hybrid mix) (6:03)
  2. Portra (Jungle mix) (5:42)
  3. Portra (Ambient mix) (3:53)
  4. Portra (Homemade Weapons remix) (5:44)
  5. Portra (Ancestral Voices remix) (8:51)
Review: B Traits unleashes a brand new alter ego: Baby T. Catapulting herself back into the breakbeats she came from, via the mighty Samurai, her entrance is brutal. "Portra" is an ice cold slab of dark jungle that comes in a whole range of flavours and forms from the militant jungle mix to the breath-taking ambient mix via Homemade Weapons' war-primed twist. We can't wait to hear what Baby T's got lined-up next.
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Trust The Process (hand-stamped 10")
Cat: BD 01. Rel: 21 Apr 20
  1. Trust The Process (7:36)
  2. Real Highs (6:18)
Review: Fresh produce! Neighbour Recordings launch a brand new label Bakery Dubs and you can smell the whole goodness a mile off. A new stable for the unclassifiable and experimental, the label launches with two D&B jams from label co-boss Bike TM. "Trust The Process" takes a technoid stance on the genre with Kid Drama style simplicity and unhurried breezy pads. "Real Highs" flips for a deeper jam that nods to more of a Goodlooking rooting. Watch out for those jazzy little flurries. Tasty.
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Cat: NARRATIVES 016. Rel: 06 May 20
  1. Mr Parkers Voice (feat Rhyming In Fives) (7:04)
  2. Drum Machine (5:22)
Review: The Narratives lads Blocks & Escher are back spinning another fine yarn, and you'd be wise to pay attention. "Mr Parkers Voice" sees them teaming up with old friend, the somewhat elusive Rhyming In Fives. So simple in its elements yet so soulfully effective, everything is in the chord progression and space and sporadic elements. Pure future. For something with just a smidgeon of past jump on "Drum Machine". A grizzled techstep damager, there's a strong Trace and DCi4 vibe deep in the evil mix here. These guys seriously never fail.
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Cat: UVB76 015. Rel: 16 Apr 20
  1. Gathering Traces (6:10)
  2. Explored On Film (4:05)
  3. Several Decades Of Depression (5:34)
  4. Other Special Occasions (5:55)
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Cat: AST 032. Rel: 06 May 20
  1. Medieval Draw (2:53)
  2. Falkirk Triangle (4:27)
  3. Imposter Syndrome (5:10)
  4. Lord Chamberlain (2:52)
Review: Fresh outa Glasgow, Creep Woland digs deep into the early jungle sounds. Think young J Majik, think Guy Called Gerald, "Medieval Draw" kicks off with icy pads and stop-start drums creating momentum, "Falkirk Triangle" plays more with harmonics as the bassline flips between layers of shade while "Imposter Syndrome" is a much creepier, tense affair with its harp strums and ominous bass tones and layered breaks. Finally "Lord Chamberlain" closes the show on an orchestral tip. Vibes with a touch of mourn. Perfect for these times.
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Inner Outcast (blue vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: RED 055BL. Rel: 01 May 20
  1. Metal Breakdown (5:01)
  2. The Carcass Carver (4:52)
  3. Freakquencies (5:02)
  4. Pseudocide (5:08)
  5. The Reckoning (4:04)
  6. Inner-outro (2:26)
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Inner Outcast (orange marbled vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: RED 055. Rel: 01 May 20
  1. Metal Breakdown (4:59)
  2. The Carcass Carver (4:51)
  3. Freakquencies (5:02)
  4. Pseudocide (5:07)
  5. The Reckoning (4:03)
  6. Inner-outro (2:25)
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Cat: DDD 08T. Rel: 08 Apr 20
  1. Can't Punish Me (6:41)
  2. Can't Punish Me (Dubplate mix) (5:41)
Review: Let's dance! One of Dom & Roland's most brazenly funky tracks turns 20 this year and he's given it a cheeky limited press 1-up. With its crucial sample craft, oceanic waves of breakbeats and 1.21 gigawatt bass shreds, "Can't Punish Me" is still an absolute weapon two decades later. As is the previously unreleased dubplate version that gives the track a whole new suit of drum armour and much more dramatic and fleeting use of the sample. What do you live for?
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Cat: 3AM 01. Rel: 08 May 20
  1. Control Tower (6:08)
  2. Cut Bwoy (5:23)
  3. Obedience (6:06)
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BRUK1 (12")
Cat: BRUK 001. Rel: 23 Apr 20
  1. Month (5:56)
  2. Fask (live mix) (5:19)
  3. Sacrifice (The Truth mix) (9:00)
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Cream (12")
Cat: SCR 012. Rel: 09 Apr 20
  1. Cream (5:58)
  2. Test 1 (5:53)
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Terminate (12")
Cat: MEDITATOR 018. Rel: 05 May 20
  1. Terminate (6:17)
  2. E-Motion (6:36)
Review: Hyped On Acid, hooked on authenticity; long-time Irish artist John Reilly's latest alias sees him using an old school rig (complete with the all essential Akai and Atari ST) to making tunes the way they used to make them. The results are of course as heavy, gritty and futuristic as you'd expect. Both nodding towards to the Goodlookin sound of around 94, "Terminate" plays with the shades as a soulful vocal cry and west coast synth lines weave around savage amens and toxic bass while "E-Motion" is much more of a dreamy vibe. Think Omni Trio and you're raving on the right boulevard. Hype.
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Cat: MEDITATOR 017. Rel: 09 Apr 20
  1. The Rinsing Don (4:46)
  2. Law Of Attraction (6:54)
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Renegade (grey marbled vinyl 12")
Cat: DREADUK 43. Rel: 22 Apr 20
  1. Ray Keith - "Renegade" (T>I Minimal VIP) (5:58)
  2. Dark Soldier - "Dark Soldier" (Benny L remix) (4:56)
Review: The remixes we've been waiting for! Ray Keith follows up his exceptional album "Prophecy" with two of a whole collection of classics about to hit us over the coming months. First up: T>I and Benny L. The former takes the essential air-piano slapping 94 anthem and juices it up with his flabby bass and attention to hyperoid drum details, the latter takes his 97 weapon and turns it inside out with one of the fartiest, smelliest bassline he's committed to wax so far. Absolutely Dread-full... And we wouldn't have it any other way.
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Cat: PTKK 1. Rel: 30 Apr 20
  1. The Assassinator (6:31)
  2. Visible Thief (5:17)
Review: UK producer Killaklan 001 takes care of the inaugural release on the new Prototype label in fine fashion. The tasteful two tracker rolls deep on both sides, with shadowy grooves and late night atmospheres drawing you in from the off. Opener "The Assassinator" is the moodiest of the pair, with a hunting lead that encourages you to follow it down a deserted urban metropolis in the dead of night. "Visible Thief" has more hard hitting, crashing drum loops but plenty of breaks in between to allow the darkness of the landscape to really sink in. A fine start to what is set to be a fine label.
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Cat: NHS 382EP. Rel: 19 May 20
  1. XXX (5:10)
  2. Burnt Ends (Circuits Rewire) (3:59)
  3. Somebody Else (feat Lydia Plain) (5:14)
  4. Solar Heat (4:57)
Review: They're back! Serum, Voltage and Bladerunner return with their first new originals since last year's album and, as the title "Main Event" suggests, it's a pretty big deal. "XXX" opens with disarming stripped back intent. There's a bleepy techno twist in the tale and the tension is higher than Voltage's monthly fashion budget. Elsewhere "Somebody Else" sees them re-enlisting the scorching vocal diesel of Lydia Plain for another emotional skin-burner and "Solar Heat" ends the EP on a real groany, smelly distorted introspective vibe. Tremendous... And we haven't even got to the dessert event, which is a super sweet Circuits remix of "Burnt Ends". Crumbs!
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Unit 23 (12")
Cat: PLVLGN 001. Rel: 22 Apr 20
  1. Unit 23 (7:29)
  2. Pentacle (9:44)
Review: Say hello to V's new Legends series... A new platform for some of the scene's biggest pioneers to unleash a little unreleased fire of yore. First up, Bristol professor Krust who serves up two heroic jams from around the mid 90s era. "Unit 23" is a tense, slower breakbeat exercise, all rusty and clanky and uncompromising while "Pentacle" hurls us right into the tech-trenched jungle. Industrial strength power and brute force funk, it's mad to even consider how long these have remained on DAT. Let's hope there are many more long lost gems to come!
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Cat: OSMUK 061. Rel: 16 Apr 20
  1. Beyond The Bounds (6:15)
  2. Parallels (5:27)
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Cat: DUBS 01. Rel: 09 Apr 20
  1. Out Of Body Experience (5:56)
  2. Fever Dream (6:14)
  3. Out Of Body Experience (VIP) (6:34)
  4. You Wanted It All (6:21)
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Thermal EP (grey splattered vinyl 12" + MP3 download code)
Cat: CRIT 146. Rel: 22 May 20
  1. Thermal (3:43)
  2. Business Techno (3:56)
  3. Camberwell (3:09)
  4. Glock 19 (2:59)
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Kiss The Ring (brown vinyl 12")
CIA
Cat: CIAQS 026. Rel: 01 Apr 20
  1. Kiss The Ring (5:37)
  2. Wut (4:32)
Review: Bristol's most mischievous rusty button-pushing trio The Sauce return with more tongue-in-cheek fun. "Kiss The Ring" says it all; layers of bass grizzles and a spacious steppy arrangement, it nods heavily at the Dope Dragon style their hometown spawned 25 years before. "Wut" is just as naughty. Reserved, unhurried but smellier than a month old bottle of mayo, it's so good it will cause you to forget how to spell words like 'what' correctly. The brown vinyl is a nice touch and all. Stay clean, stay safe!
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Daybreak EP (orange vinyl 7" + postcard + sticker limited to 100 copies)
Cat: EXALT 006. Rel: 06 May 20
  1. 2020 (3:55)
  2. Sunrise (4:01)
Review: Following last year's fine outing on Further Electronix (the "You Said" EP) as Scan One, veteran producer Jude Greenaway dons the truncated SCN1 alias for a first outing on Exalt. Appearing on a vibrant orange seven-inch single, the two-track affair is joyously retro-futurist and undeniably saucer-eyed in tone. A-side "2020" sets the tone, with Greenaway expertly combining crunchy hardcore/hip-house style breakbeats, bleeping electronic motifs, bubbly bass and ghostly chords. As its title suggests, "Sunrise" is an altogether more saucer-eyed affair. It too features breakbeats, but they're a little more relaxed to fit with Greenaway's gorgeous deep house chords and the kind of sun-kissed, IDM style electronic melodies often found on Boards of Canada records.
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Come Again (12")
Cat: SP 002. Rel: 08 Apr 20
  1. Come Again (6:20)
  2. Lifeform (6:20)
Review: Dynamic duo Seba & Paradox follow up their brutal Metalheadz release at the start of the year with another doublet of raw, uncut drum & bass jungle. The second release on their collaborative label, once again it's a blizzard of textures and emotions. "Come Again" is all about the bumping bassline and sheet metal switches in the breaks while "Lifeform" takes on a much more atmospheric, emotional character thanks to the swooning chord progression and surges in the bassline. Ageless.
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A Lost Path (heavyweight vinyl 12")
Cat: RE 24. Rel: 11 May 20
  1. Oblivious (5:19)
  2. 2020 (4:52)
  3. A Lost Path (4:43)
  4. The Untold Story (3:49)
Review: Jazzsticks and Blendits affiliate/Konfront Audio member Simstah makes his debut on a label from his own hometown Bern with "A Lost Path". One of his most comprehensive solo EPs, it showcases his deepest, most contemplative tendencies as we're soothed by stripped back arrangement and organic textures that get deeper the further we explore the path. "Oblivious" opens with some deep jungle science and heavy atmospheres before "2020" takes us on a dark, tribal halftime roll. Meanwhile on the B, "A Lost Path" is a mournful reflective piece that nods at the work of Asa, Sorrow or Phaeleh before "The Untold Story" closes the show with piano-tickling ambience. Time to get lost.
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Computorr (12")
Cat: JMM 217. Rel: 15 Apr 20
  1. Computorr (4:43)
  2. Killasound (3:39)
  3. War Feeds Itself (4:52)
  4. InMyEyeees (2:14)
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Cat: REPRV 022. Rel: 06 May 20
  1. Lanterns (VIP) (5:34)
  2. Unknown Future (feat Law & Kola Nut) (6:18)
  3. Greenscreen (feat Comfort Zone) (5:18)
  4. Sunrise (6:31)
Review: Light up the dance! Reaper returns to Repertoire for his first stand-alone release on the label since the original "Lanterns" back in 2017. Leading with the VIP, it sets the tone for the three new originals... "Unknown Future" (with Law and Kola Nut) is a bright and floaty cut that taps into the Moving Shadow sound, set over some pretty unrelenting breaks. "Greenscreen" takes us even deeper down daydream drive with its gentle twinkles and addictive snare melody before "Sunrise" closes on the most emotional vibe of the EP. Bliss.
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Zen (white vinyl 12")
Cat: NHS 375EP. Rel: 08 Apr 20
  1. Zen (feat Cimone) (5:30)
  2. Algorithm (3:49)
  3. Mic Strangler (feat MC GQ) (3:26)
  4. Datafile (5:12)
Review: Sticky times call for sticky beats. Not content with delivering one of the highlights on his mate Degs' album, gully boy wonder Unglued returns with another full-blast, wide-range EP. "Zen" counters the ruff with the buff as Cimone's soaring vocals are coupled with the smelliest bassline possible. Elsewhere "Algorithm" is a gritty techno-influenced thumper, "Mic Strangler" will be a highlight for many thanks to the tremendous skills of GQ and squidgy Zinc-style basslines by Gluey himself. Finally "Datafile" takes us deep into the rave with a savage array of breaks and layers on layers of darkness.
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Salute EP (12" limited to 200 copies)
Cat: BRINGBACK 005. Rel: 27 Apr 20
  1. Salute (5:56)
  2. Sweet Murda (Dwarde & Tim Reaper remix) (6:03)
  3. Badman Biz (5:00)
  4. Track 4 (locked groove)
Review: Bring Back keep their flawless run of white label junglisms up with this fresh drop from an unknown operator who sounds more than comfortable dicing up breaks in a strictly old-skool style. The A side leads in with "Salute", a rough n' tough roller laced with atmospheric keys that help it come on like the gully end of the Good Looking legacy. On the flip, Dwarde and Tim Reaper come correct with a remix of "Sweet Murda" which originally appeared on BRINGBACK002. Their take is a rolling, deep diving tripper with a rugged drop where it counts. The record rounds off with a nervy trip out in the shape of "Badman Biz", which gets into a more experimental frame of mind, but not at the expense of the beats.
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Come To Me (12")
Cat: CRM 17. Rel: 22 May 20
  1. Come To Me (4:35)
  2. Brainwave (4:33)
  3. Horizon (4:50)
  4. Airwave (5:23)
 in stock $9.91
Albums
Cat: SIGCD 015. Rel: 08 May 20
  1. Things Like This
  2. Years
  3. Latin 2000
  4. Pillow Dub
  5. Guide You Through
  6. Puppet
  7. Trouble
  8. Crazy For You
  9. The Goat
  10. One Drop
  11. Sense Soiree
  12. Be Beautiful
  13. When Sunday Goes
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Cat: DRPLP 006. Rel: 08 Apr 20
  1. Sandcrawler (6:46)
  2. Bad Robot (4:33)
  3. Binary Star (4:38)
  4. A Broken Heart (6:26)
  5. Zeppelin (6:07)
  6. Replicate (4:47)
  7. Hunter (6:03)
  8. Lost In The Moment (5:19)
  9. The Expanse (6:00)
  10. Shunted (5:38)
  11. Delta (5:54)
  12. State Of The Art (5:42)
Review: Album number eight from the big man himself monsieur Dom et la Roland, and it's got mighty big shoes to fill as it follows his incredible "Last Refuge Of A Scoundrel" on Metalheadz. Never one to tread the same old path, it doesn't just fill the shoes, it goes and buys and a whole new pair. Much more stripped back and militant than its predecessor, tracks like "Sandcrawler" and "Zeppelin" take us right back to the Moving Shadow source in their austere, grizzlesome steppy nature while "A Broken Heart" recalls Dom's more emotional side. All bases covered and all eras touched on, once again Dom's delivered a timeless, authentic body of work.
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Cat: EBTG 011V. Rel: 06 May 20
  1. Five Fathoms (6:23)
  2. Low Tide Of The Night (4:43)
  3. Blame (6:16)
  4. Hatfield 1980 (5:09)
  5. Temperamental (5:17)
  6. Compression (7:10)
  7. Downhill Racer (3:50)
  8. Lullaby Of Clubland (5:29)
  9. No Difference (4:24)
  10. The Future Of The Future (7:55)
 in stock $21.59
DJ Kicks (reissue) (2xLP + sticker)
K7
Cat: K7 074LPR. Rel: 08 May 20
  1. Primary Motive - "Venom" (6:36)
  2. Bill Riley - "Closing In" (6:08)
  3. Jonny L - "Uneasy" (5:18)
  4. John B - "Ole" (6:24)
  5. DJ Die - "Clear Skyz" (7:17)
  6. Absolute Zero & Subphonics - "The Code" (7:17)
  7. John B - "Pressure" (7:16)
  8. Dom & Roland - "Trauma" (5:35)
Review: Some 21 years after it first hit record stores, Kemistry & Storm's legendary "DJ Kicks" mix is back in record stores. Released a few months before Kemistry's tragic death in a freak road accident, it remains a timeless snapshot of drum & bass during the sound's formative first decade. This DJ-friendly vinyl edition gathers together some of the mix's most potent club cuts, with highlights including the weighty, mind-altering late night sleaziness of Jonny L's "Uneasy", the hot-stepping heaviness of DJ Die's Bristol D&B classic "Clear Skyz", the majestic mix of spacey electronics and low-end heat that is John B's breathless "Pressure" and the sweeping strings and filthy sub-bass of Dom + Roland's "Trauma".
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DJ Kicks (reissue) (unmixed CD)
K7
Cat: K7 074CDR. Rel: 08 May 20
  1. Dom + Roland - "Trauma"
  2. John B - "Ole"
  3. The Architex + DJ Loxy - "Submerged"
  4. Test - "The Fuse"
  5. Digital & Spirit - "Mission Accomplished"
  6. DJ Die - "Clear Skyz"
  7. Bill Riley - "Closing In"
  8. Sci Clone - "Everywhere I Go" (remix)
  9. Decoder - "Stash"
  10. Goldie - "Hyaena"
  11. Jonny L - "Uneasy"
  12. John B - "Pressure"
  13. Primary Motive - "Venom"
  14. J Majik - "Space Jam"
  15. Test - "Static" (K7 mix)
  16. Absolute Zero & Subphonics - "The Code"
  17. Test - "Tronik Funk"
Review: Some 21 years after it first hit record stores, Kemistry & Storm's legendary "DJ Kicks" mix is back in record stores. Released a few months before Kemistry's tragic death in a freak road accident, it remains a timeless snapshot of drum & bass during the sound's formative first decade. This DJ-friendly vinyl edition gathers together some of the mix's most potent club cuts, with highlights including the weighty, mind-altering late night sleaziness of Jonny L's "Uneasy", the hot-stepping heaviness of DJ Die's Bristol D&B classic "Clear Skyz", the majestic mix of spacey electronics and low-end heat that is John B's breathless "Pressure" and the sweeping strings and filthy sub-bass of Dom + Roland's "Trauma".
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Oeuvre (2xLP)
Cat: METALP 17. Rel: 10 Apr 20
  1. One Reality (5:09)
  2. Light Cycle (feat Andy Skopes) (5:35)
  3. Flip It (5:03)
  4. Hoxton Home (4:57)
  5. Holding You (7:17)
  6. The Scenic Values (4:51)
Review: It's another Headz special! Bristol's finest Utopian, the man like Mako, delivers his debut solo album and it's every bit as deep, detailed and sense-slapping as you'd expect it to be. From the brilliantly brutalist "One Reality" to the rave-melting halftime switching "Flip It" via the bouncy harmonics of "Hoxton Home" and the depth plunge bassline and Subtitles-style rawness of the stripped back arrangement on "Offline", like all Metalheadz albums - and indeed Mako productions - this is a properly considered, thoughtful and detailed body of work. Essential.
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Kodak Dreams (2xLP in die-cut sleeve)
Cat: NQ 014. Rel: 16 Apr 20
  1. Flash Meters (intro) (0:49)
  2. Luminosity (4:33)
  3. Roseville Funk/Musique Nostalgique (interlude) (4:37)
  4. Memories Of You (4:10)
  5. 12 & Woodward (1:59)
  6. Daydreaming (feat Big Brooklyn Red) (4:32)
  7. The Prize/Golden Roots (feat TRAC - interlude) (4:09)
  8. Faded Images (4:46)
  9. Ithaca Blues (4:54)
  10. Morning Alarms/Waverly Place (feat Selfsays - interlude) (2:27)
  11. Find A Reason (feat Christina Tamayo) (5:04)
  12. Feel So Blue (interlude) (5:32)
  13. Return To The Source (4:41)
  14. Hot Ish (feat SelfSays - Dabrye remix - bonus track) (3:09)
Review: It may have taken 15 years, but Michigan bass-head Greg "Submorphics" Axelrad has finally offered up a debut album. He teases us in with a deep, string-laden, scene-setting intro smothered in heady spoken word samples, before jazzily skipping towards the dancefloor via drifting vocals, rich bass, sustained organ chords and smooth liquid D&B rhythms of "Luminosity". He continues in a similarly dreamy, life-affirming fashion throughout, occasionally delivering something a little more soulful (see the superb "Memories Of You" and Big Brooklyn Red hook-up "Daydreaming"), hip-hop influenced (the colourful "The Prize/Golden Roots" with rapper TRAC) or slow and seductive ("Morning Alarms/Waverley Place"). Arguably best of all though is "Find A Reason", a seductively soulful broken beat number that's every bit as good as anything from West London.
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 in stock $22.35
VARIOUS
Black Riot: Early Jungle Rave & Hardcore (2xLP + MP3 download code)
Cat: SJRLP 452. Rel: 22 May 20
  1. Rhythm For Reasons - "The Smokers Rhythm" (5:22)
  2. Babylon Timewarp - "Durban Poison" (5:33)
  3. The Terrorist - "RK1" (6:31)
  4. DJ Dubplate - "Tings A Go On" (6:31)
  5. Leviticus - "Burial" (6:29)
  6. The Freaky - "Time & Age" (5:06)
  7. Trip One (Snowball remix) (6:20)
  8. DJ Krome & Mr Time - "Ganja Man" (5:54)
  9. New Vision - "Way Of Life" (6:22)
  10. DJ Dubplate - "Original Rubadubstyle" (4:42)
  11. Hi Fi Power - "Chill Out" (4:52)
  12. Nu Jacks - "House Sensation" (5:56)
Review: Those interested in the roots of UK bass music have been well-served of late, with a number of books and compilations focusing on the first wave of British dance music in the late 80s and early 90s. Soul Jazz's latest compilation is a superb addition to this growing list. It showcases music made in the post-bleep and early breakbeat hardcore period, where basslines got bigger, drum breaks faster, and ragga influences started to come to the fore. The selections are on-point throughout from the dub-wise rave rush of Babylon Timewarp's "Durban Poison" and the bleep-and-breaks-meets-proto-jungle shuffle of DJ Dubplate's "Tings A Go On", to the rave-rap goodness of The Freaky's "Time & Age" and the heavily edited darkcore/early jungle insanity that is Krome & Time's terrific "Ganja Man". In a word: essential.
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