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AKO10 Series Presents De Elite
AKO10 Series Presents De Elite (limited transparent orange vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO 10008. Rel: 04 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Stargazers (9:31)
  2. Cerebral Junglist (5:14)
Review: Right in the midst of celebrating their 25th anniversary, Stretch's AKO Beatz drop two stunners from OG Colin Lindo. The man best known as Nubian Mindz and also Alpha Omega, here we find him in his lesser spotted De Elite guise with two brand new pieces of timelessness. 'Stargazers' is built around a spine-chilling arpeggio wile beautiful brushed drums shake around a warm subby bassline. Flip for 'Cerebral Junglist', where the atmospheres are similarly chilling but the breaks are chopped and re-woven within snares of their lives. Immense.
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AKO10 Series Presents: Decibella
AKO10 Series Presents: Decibella (translucent blue vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO 10005. Rel: 17 Mar 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Outta London (5:52)
  2. Be True (6:24)
Review: Rising London newcomer and regular DJ at the legendary Rupture Decibella makes her debut on Stretch's AKO Beatz with two straight-up jugular-cutters. Both writhing in the dark art of break craft, these are straight up jungle jams tailored for the dance. "Outta London" is the most forthright track of the set with its heavily layered breaks and dynamic flips from soft to savage while "Be True" nods back to the hardcore era with its euphoric pads, classic rave vocal line and more drums that were carved straight from the leathery soles of the devil's dancing feet. Expect more noise from Decibella very very soon.
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Watercolors
Watercolors (blue marbled vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO10 012. Rel: 24 Mar 21
Drum And Bass
  1. Watercolors (9:31)
  2. Simple (8:29)
Review: Enigmatic Canadian producer Dodz last appeared in 2008 on a split EP with Finnish producer Fanu. On what is the second release for DJ Stretch's AKO Beatz this week, 'Watercolors' is jazzy and ethereal drum & bass on the more intelligent side of the spectrum. Unlike most other explorations in the genre thus, far this one really stands on its own - soothing, soulful and emotive. On the flip, we have the pitched down Amens of 'Simple', slowing down the aggression of those frantic drums into a mesmerising sense of freefall.
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AKO10 Series Presents Enjoy
AKO10 Series Presents Enjoy (limited marbled vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO 10007. Rel: 04 Sep 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Crush (7:15)
  2. Don't You Know (5:24)
Review: Fresh from appearing on AKO Beatz Arcade series last year, Italian groove maestro Enjoy returns to Stretch's stable with two emphatic slabs of deep, soulful jungle. 'Crush' is an emotional whirlwind that wouldn't have gone amiss on Goodlooking way, way back in the foundations. Spacey but anchored with a nice dubby touch on the bass, 'Crush' is an ageless ode to breakbeats. 'Don't You Know' takes us even deeper down the soul hole with a surging vocal sample over more space-bound pads and beautifully crafted drum work. Enjoy!
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No More Mind Games
No More Mind Games (translucent pink vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO 10010. Rel: 16 Dec 20
Drum And Bass
  1. No More Mind Games (4:59)
  2. Lost In Love (4:33)
Review: Immortal Minds makes a fantastic debut here on the AKO label with a pair of beautiful soulful tracks that are perfectly at home on this label. They come on fuchsia pink transparent vinyl that's nearly as nice as the tunes themselves. 'No More Mind Games' is super smooth, the deft design and subtle motifs that peel off the groove providing lyle anchors as the beats roll on a heart aching vocal soars up top. 'Lost In Love' then pairs a vocal you will recognise with super spacious drums and cosmic synths that are directly from the heavens. When it drops, you're locked in for the ride and there's nowhere you'd rather be.
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Fly Away
Fly Away (coloured vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO10 011. Rel: 24 Mar 21
Drum And Bass
  1. Fly Away (8:16)
  2. Don't Love (7:15)
Review: AKO Beatz Music return with label chief DJ Stretch, teaming up with Italian producer Alessandro Corsini aka Enjoy as The Last Ronin. The mighty duo presents a soulful and life-affirming expression in intelligent jungle on the A side cut 'Fly Away' which is quite reminiscent of a certain classic by legend Goldie - it's your guess which one. On the flip, more dreamy liquid vibes await on the spiritual roller 'Don't Love' where slick Amens play centre stage beside breathtaking female vocals.
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Akoism Volume 4
Akoism Volume 4 (clear vinyl 12")
Cat: AKOB 021. Rel: 12 Nov 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Pixl - "Tubby's Innovation" (6:06)
  2. Dokta Venom - "Dreadnox" (5:53)
  3. Threshold - "The Lost Knight" (6:31)
  4. SR - "Skat" (6:49)
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Mind Signs
Mind Signs (white vinyl 10")
Cat: AKO 10009. Rel: 16 Dec 20
Drum And Bass
  1. Mind Signs (6:15)
  2. Trust (4:56)
Review: The AKO label has dropped not one but two super sweet 12"s this December. After one from Immortal Minds comes this equally smooth and seductive roller from Specialist X. 'Mind Signs' is a classic soulful gem - the pads are airy and golden, the drums as smooth as silk and the vocal is an aching one from a tender male. 'Trust' then follows suit with more cosmically minded and frictionless liner grooves, this time punctuated with the odd broken kick pattern and icy hi hats that dangle in the air. Both will carry you away to a better place.
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Anachronistic
Cat: AKOLP 004. Rel: 21 Apr 21
Drum And Bass
  1. Hypertrophy (5:10)
  2. Anachronistic (5:24)
  3. Filigree (5:08)
  4. Umami (4:28)
  5. Remedial (4:35)
  6. Solipsism (5:07)
  7. Schadenfreude (5:10)
  8. Idiom (4:51)
  9. Banal (4:37)
  10. Lachrymose (5:00)
Review: Broken soul pioneers Dego & Domu reunite for a collection of pieces that both dig into a very particular time in jungle history while remaining very much contemporary and futuristic. Across Anachronistic the duo imagine an alternative 1997 - a point in drum & bass history where the technical and experimental aspects were at an exciting peak and had become artforms unto themselves - and write modern songs as if that approach were still in place. The result is an exciting range of ideas and dynamics that range from sci-fi disco scutters like 'Idiom' (where the clipped synth notes are chopped on every shard of breakbeat) to almost cute, riffy game-like halftime tracks like 'Filigree' to all-out acid hardcore like the title track itself. Tapping into the Detroit roots just as much as London's, there's a timelessness to this that transcends the typical futurist or nostalgic tropes a lot of concept albums come with. Vinyl only, too. Grab it while you can.
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