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L.A.M.P ‘Shades Of Green’ (Peng Records)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2013 by E.N.

L.A.M.P 'Shades Of Green'**ANDY COMPTON FROM ‘THE RURALS’ TEAMS UP WITH PARISIAN DIVA ‘LADYBIRD’ TO PRODUCE A BEAUTIFUL SOULFUL ALBUM ON PENG RECORDS**

L.A.M.P
‘SHADES OF GREEN’
REL. DATE: JULY/AUG 2013
LABEL: PENG
CAT NO: PENGCD023

Bristol is already known worldwide for its top quality musical exports, now Peng Records present L.A.M.P!

Bristol based producer Andy Compton has teamed up with Ladybird (from Paris) to make this timeless masterpiece, with the help of The Rurals in house musical team.

Andy Compton is a well established name in the house/soul music scene, as well as being the frontman and producer of the group The Rurals. He has produced more than 20 albums to date.

Ladybird is best know for her singing talents with her group Soldiers Of Twilight and her collab’s with Llorca. She recently released her solo album on PENG, produced by Andy Compton.

Paying homage to their influences, L.A.M.P have handed over 13 songs of the purist music from the heart! With tinges of Jazz Funk, Acoustic Soul and Reggae.

Watch out for the L.A.M.P experience live!! Coming soon to the town near you

 

Ooko – Sex Sells EP (Mimm Recordings)Stream

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2012 by E.N.

Artist: Ooko
Title: Sex Sells
Label: Mimm Recordings
Release Date: 28.05.12 (Vinyl) + 11.06.12 (Digital)
Format: 12″ Vinyl + Digital
Catalogue No: Mimm003

Tracklist:

1. Downtown
2. Sex Sells (My Nu Leng Remix)
3. Sex Sells

Nottingham’s Mimm Recordings present another hidden gem from the UK’s electronic music scene with Bristolian Ooko making his debut release on the label. With his first major introduction to the scene being through a track called Understand on a free compilation from the label last year, he’s now ready to unleash the cheekily titled Sex Sells EP which references a wide spectrum of dance music from House to Jungle and beyond.

Opening up with a raucous and utterly rhythmic ode to early 90’s Jungle with pitched down breakbeat drum patterns and brutal percussion fading in and out for the duration, Downtown has an unrelenting thump that is sure to rattle a few club monitors in the months to come. The vocal sample of Downtown is looped throughout the track and only expands during the breakdown to increase the tension for the second drop which nods to the stylings of Addison Groove and Machinedrum et al.

Fellow Bristolians My Nu Leng lend their production skills to a remix of title track Sex Sellswhich falls more into broken Techno territory with it’s crisp percussion and erratic arrangement. A more up-tempo effort that the original, it sees the the duo add their harder edged Dubstep-influence into the tracks pores. The original of Sex Sells is a far more patient affair and possesses the seductive slo-mo Bristol House bounce that has been so ubiquitous as of late. Low-end basslines compliment the groove whilst the delayed synths towards the tracks climax add a sense of dramatic edge to an otherwise club-focused EP.

Futureboogie 10

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by E.N.

2012 sees Futureboogie reach a decade in the land of club, a period in which the Bristol-based brands long running night and artist led agency has helped propel the city into the heart of dance music’s path. The special compilation ‘10’ marks their assault and an end to the year that brought new label, Futureboogie Recordings (FBR), into the equation and the brand to dizzying new heights.

Launching with the anthemic ‘Father Father’ by label co-founder Julio Bashmore last April, the Futureboogie label has been swiftly rising ever since. Every vinyl release has been a sell out with demand for new output at high frequencies and new fans have not been disappointed with their ubiquitous and eclectic take on beats and bleeps from an impressive cast of new artists.

FBR has brought a slew of fresh Bristol talent to the wider dance community. From the low slung beats of Behling & Simpson with their sub 116bpm take on house to Christophe & Lukas´ old school referencing but fresh as you like dance floor killers and Waifs and Strays honest interpretation of forward thinking house music, FBR has proved itself to be an authentic and daring imprint dropping anything from Balearic downtempo to garagey anthems and main room thumpers.

Futureboogie’s upcoming, aptly titled ‘10’ long player showcases the breadth of styles that they encompass. The album contains all brand new exclusive tracks from all the label´s core artists – Christophe, Lukas, Waifs & Strays, Behling & Simpson – plus new additions to the stable Eats Everything, Maxxi Soundsystem, Crackazat Type Sun who will all be releasing material on Futureboogie Recordings in 2012.

The album comes in unmixed format and offers a snapshot of Futureboogie’s insight and attitude. A poetic translation of the Bristol landscape that is bold and sharp, ‘10’ emerges triumphantly with the soaring strings of Typesun Last Home’. The broken beats of new Bristol name Crackazat develop this loose improvised feel, before staple artists Behling & Simpson splinter and each serve up tasty solo infusions.

Eats Everything has come to be one of the biggest success stories from Bristol in 2011, following hot on the heels of label cofounder, Julio Bashmore. EE’s BBC Radio 1 Essential mix was even recorded live at Bristol’s nighttime mecca, Motion. This enigmatic local hero contributes two tracks to ‘10’, and notably gears up the tempo while hinting at some exciting forthcoming material from him on the imprint. Other new faces Maxxi Soundsystem and Waifs & Strays have been busy making waves on not only FBR but also many of the best current labels, distilling their influence across styles and borders.

Label: Futureboogie Recordings
Cat no: FBRCD001
Web: www.futureboogie.com
Distribution: Republic of Music
Released: Monday February 27th, 2012

Tracklist

  1. Typesun – Last Home
  2. Crackazat – Passagem
  3. Simpson – Til U Were Dead
  4. Behling – Last Chance
  5. Eats Everything – Slink
  6. Maxxi Soundsystem – Into The Future
  7. Christophe – The Scene
  8. Eats Everything & Lukas Present The Eel – 0200
  9. Waifs & Strays – Back Down
  10. Lukas – Space Junkie Race

 

The past few years have thrown Bristol into the spotlight of house music. The quality levels have blown off the roof and Futureboogie is a huge part of the scene’s success. ‘10’ draws heavily from the strong pool of local talent while introducing some close musical friends who fall outside the postcode. Having not had to look outside the city so far for the quality they have been looking for this will be their first signings from outside the perimeters.

What originally started as a simple club night in good old Bristol town back in 2001, Futureboogie now rolls with global radio shows, a booking agency, management company, a list of A-grade parties and worldwide DJ bookings as long as a long armed man, excursions into festival programming and, most recently their record label, Futureboogie Recordings.

Over the last 10 years the cast of the Futureboogie team has changed but original members and Futureboogie DJs Joe90 and El Harvo are still holding things down, keeping all the plates spinning, and making things go bump in the night. A UK tour will also mark the exclusive 10-year anniversary bash culminating in a raw warehouse affair in the capital equipped with an array of the very best talent the label has to offer.

2011 has been an amazing year for us and the label. The artists who´ve released with us so far have all been friends and we like that, it gives the label strong family vibes and we´re big into that. The fact that we haven´t had to look outside Bristol shows the city has got such a strong pool of talent it looks likely that the majority of our output will continue to come from Bristol. We are first and foremost about putting out great music wherever it´s from; it just so happens that there is so much great stuff on our doorstep. The city has really put itself on the map for house music this year and it seems there is no sign of that stopping soon.”Futureboogie founders

• Futureboogie 10th Birthday London Edition: 24th February 2012, Secret East London Location TBC

Headhunter “Lost Prophet / Chasing Dragons” [IDLE004]+Preview

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2010 by E.N.

The forthcoming release from Idle Hands, direct out of Rooted Records in Bristol, features Headhunter on the heavy UK House / Funky / Techno vibe.

Whether throwing down techno-informed steppers for Tempa or creating juke-fuelled hysteria around crustaceans for Loefah’s Swamp81 imprint, Headhunter (and his Addison Groove alias) always brings a startling level of sophistication to his productions. These two cuts bear the same high standards while also revealing a little more about his sonic palette.

‘Chasing Dragons chimes in on an instantly upbeat tip, pummelling a soca rhythm against an undulating melody. ‘Lost Prophet surges forth on a rock solid four-to-the-floor propulsion, offset by snappy top end percussion before being swathed in haunting pads and dubby FX.

Deep without being downbeat and immaculately crafted, IDLE004 adds ever more breadth to the legacies of Headhunter, Idle Hands and ultimately Bristol music.

IDLE004
Headhunter
a) Lost Prophet
b) Chasing Shadows
Released 13th December on 12″ Vinyl / Digital.

http://www.myspace.com/idlehandsbristol
soundcloud.com/idle-hands-bristol

Ekoplekz- ‘Stalag Zero’ / ‘Distended Dub’ Limited 12” out 15th Nov on on Punch Drunk(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2010 by E.N.


Release date 15th Nov 2010
Limited 12” and digital

Punch Drunk, Bristol’s esteemed electronic music imprint, celebrates it’s 20th release with a strictly limited edition 12″ single.

This double A-side is also the official debut release by shadowy Bristol-based experimental electronic musician Ekoplekz. As such, it represents something of a departure for the label, for here is an artist who shuns modern digital production techniques in favour of primitive analogue devices, lo-fi cassette recorders and a spontaneous, improvised approach to composition.

Taking inspiration from ‘Radiophonic’ soundtracks, early dub reggae, krautrock and post-punk D.I.Y. experimenter’s like Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle and Robert Rental, Ekoplekz is intent on introducing a new generation to the kind of raw eruptions of sound that first gave birth to the UK’s electronic underground over 30 years ago.

300 hand-numbered copies for the world, each sheathed in individually hand-painted sleeves.

Ekoplekz ‘Stalag Zero’

Ekoplekz ‘Distended Dub’

http://www.punchdrunkmusic.com/

Download:Kowton- RA.226 podcast

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by E.N.

The Bristol-based producer blurs the lines between techno and dubstep on his mix for the RA podcast.

Can a producer successfully traverse the boundaries between dubstep and techno? Shed certainly doesn’t seem to think so. But the work of Bristol-based producer Joe Cowton may make him think twice about bass music creators meddling with four-to-the-floor dynamics and lower tempos.

Cowton made his first foray into dubstep production while he was studying music technology in Manchester. Inspired by both his visit to a DMZ rave in Leeds’ West Indian Centre, and the records that he was picking up at Boomkat’s now defunct physical store, Pelican Neck, Cowton started to craft his own take on the dubstep sound, pricking the ears of blogger and Keysound owner Martin “Blackdown” Clark at an early stage. His first actual releases came under his Narcossist moniker, fusing together deep sub-bass tones with the rhythmic skip of UK garage on both the Mindset and Clandestine Cultivations imprints, but by the middle of last year, Cowton had started to unveil a much different style to his work.

His debut release as Kowton for Keysound was the first chance for many to hear what he’d been concocting in his new surroundings of Bristol. By dropping the tempo down by a good 15 BPM and trying to integrate heavily swung rhythms and dubstep production tropes into a house and techno template, Cowton has managed to create a genuinely unique niche for himself. The clanking minimalist churn of his 12-inch for Idle Hands from earlier this year only served to compound his reputation in techno circles, but Cowton definitely hasn’t left dubstep behind. His DJ sets frequently combine music from both genres, and that’s exactly what he’s done with his RA podcast, transitioning through low-slung techno into hyper-kinetic dubstep.(…More at RA)

Published / 27 September 2010
Filesize / 63.24 MB
Length / 00:52:41

Download:Kowton- RA.226 podcast

Punch Drunk presents: V/A – ‘Worth the Weight – Bristol Dubstep Classics’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by E.N.

I knew straight away that this was a sound that would fit perfectly in Bristol – there is a lot of tension in the music that carries a satisfactory darkness with it, but it’s also lazy music. You don’t have to dance hard to move with it – it was born with a reefer in its gob!”

So said Pinch when I interviewed him in February 2005. Having witnessed the early DMZ and FWD>> raves that spawned this new sound we now refer to as Dubstep, and having gradually begun integrating it into the fabric of Bristol’s existing club scene, this young DJ’s instincts were proving correct. The following month I attended one of his Context nights – a dubsession by Loefah and Skream, on one of their earliest forays outside the Capital – and experienced for myself the sheer physical impact of dubstep at soundsystem volume. But even that was just a hint of what was to come. In April, Subloaded II sent a subsonic shockwave through the city, as Bristol shuddered under the weight of DMZ’s bass meditations. Those who survived the onslaught were changed forever, and Bristol’s destiny as dubstep’s second city became assured.

May 2005 saw the debut release on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint, which was the first of many new dubstep labels to emerge from the city. Being so much smaller than London, Bristol’s new generation of bedroom DJs and producers mingled freely in a close-knit community centred around the Rooted Records shop and the new club spaces (Dubloaded, Sub- loaded, Ruffnek Diskotek, Noir, HENCH) which sprang-up over the following months to cater for this rapidly expanding scene. Beats and ideas were eagerly exchanged on freshly-burned cd-rs in a period of unprecedented communal activity and cooperation, which would ultimately draw in and re-energise many of the city’s older generation of bass-explorers. Indeed, Bristol’s historical association with bass-orientated music was a crucial factor in the formation of a distinct and cohesive sound that triggered a feedback-loop of influence back to both London and the world beyond.

Almost inevitably, the Bristol micro-scene outgrew it’s grassroots, as producer-DJs like Headhunter, Appleblim, Joker, RSD, Pinch and Peverelist soon found themselves playing venues all over the planet. Once again, the ‘Bristol Sound’ had become an international phenomenon. Yet even today the core community still comes together for the regular mid- week Dubloaded sessions, which remain a testament to this city’s unshakable sense of strength and solidarity, as SGT. Pokes (the Honorary Bristolian who led the first charge at Subloaded all those years ago) calls the monthly congrega- tion to prayer.

- Gutterbreakz, November 2010.

Curated by Punch Drunk Records, Bristol’s premier bass music imprint, “Worth The Weight – Bristol Dubstep Classics” compiles five years of Bristol Dubstep history across two CD’s.

I knew straight away that this was a sound that would fit perfectly in Bristol – there is a lot of tension in the music that carries a satisfactory darkness with it, but it’s also lazy music. You don’t have to dance hard to move with it – it was born with a reefer in its gob!”

So said Pinch when I interviewed him in February 2005. Having witnessed the early DMZ and FWD>> raves that spawned this new sound we now refer to as Dubstep, and having gradually begun integrating it into the fabric of Bristol’s existing club scene, this young DJ’s instincts were proving correct. The following month I attended one of his Context nights – a dubsession by Loefah and Skream, on one of their earliest forays outside the Capital – and experienced for myself the sheer physical impact of dubstep at soundsystem volume. But even that was just a hint of what was to come. In April, Subloaded II sent a subsonic shockwave through the city, as Bristol shuddered under the weight of DMZ’s bass meditations. Those who survived the onslaught were changed forever, and Bristol’s destiny as dubstep’s second city became assured.

May 2005 saw the debut release on Pinch’s Tectonic imprint, which was the first of many new dubstep labels to emerge from the city. Being so much smaller than London, Bristol’s new generation of bedroom DJs and producers mingled freely in a close-knit community centred around the Rooted Records shop and the new club spaces (Dubloaded, Sub- loaded, Ruffnek Diskotek, Noir, HENCH) which sprang-up over the following months to cater for this rapidly expanding scene. Beats and ideas were eagerly exchanged on freshly-burned cd-rs in a period of unprecedented communal activity and cooperation, which would ultimately draw in and re-energise many of the city’s older generation of bass-explorers. Indeed, Bristol’s historical association with bass-orientated music was a crucial factor in the formation of a distinct and cohesive sound that triggered a feedback-loop of influence back to both London and the world beyond.

Almost inevitably, the Bristol micro-scene outgrew it’s grassroots, as producer-DJs like Headhunter, Appleblim, Joker, RSD, Pinch and Peverelist soon found themselves playing venues all over the planet. Once again, the ‘Bristol Sound’ had become an international phenomenon. Yet even today the core community still comes together for the regular mid- week Dubloaded sessions, which remain a testament to this city’s unshakable sense of strength and solidarity, as SGT. Pokes (the Honorary Bristolian who led the first charge at Subloaded all those years ago) calls the monthly congrega- tion to prayer.

- Gutterbreakz, November 2010.

Curated by Punch Drunk Records, Bristol’s premier bass music imprint, “Worth The Weight – Bristol Dubstep Classics” compiles five years of Bristol Dubstep history across two CD’s.

DRUNKCD004
Various Artists
Worth The Weight – Bristol Dubstep Classics

Barcode: 5055317208736
Formats: 2xCD / Digital Download
Release date: 8th November 2010

CD1:
01. Pinch ‘Midnight Oil’
02. Peverelist ‘The Grind’
03. Gatekeeper ‘Tense Past’
04. Peverelist ‘Roll with the Punches’
05. Appleblim ‘Vansan’
06. Pinch ‘Qawwali’
07. Forsaken ‘Hypnotise’
08. Headhunter ‘7th Curse’
09. RSD ‘Pretty Bright Light’
10. Komonazmuk ‘Bad Apple’
11. Appleblim & Peverelist ‘Circling’
12. Pinch ‘Lazarus’
13. Forsaken ft Mr Jo ‘Into the Sunset’

CD2:
14. Smith & Mighty ‘B Line Fi Blo’
15. Atki2 & Dub Boy ‘Tigerflower’
16. Joker ‘Holly Brook Park’
17. Guido ‘Mad Sax’
18. Hyetal & Shortstuff ‘Ice Cream’
19. Pinch ‘Get Up’ (RSD remix)
20. Jakes ‘3kout’
21. Wedge & Shadz ‘Running away’ (Guido remix)
22. Gemmy ‘Bass Transmitter’
23. Guido ‘Orchestral Lab’
24. Dubkasm ‘Hail Jah’ (Jakes remix)
25. Joker ‘Stuck in the System’
26. Hyetal ‘Pixel Rainbow Sequence’

www.myspace.com/punchdrunkrecords
www.rootedrecords.co.uk
soundcloud.com/punchdrunkrecords

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