Bass Music . Future Beats . Nu Garage


Genre pick of the week Cover of Omen - Inc. Claude VonStroke Remix by Disclosure Feat. Sam Smith.
Another monster smash from the ‘Caracal’ album, Disclosure's 'Omen' is reminiscent of Bobby Caldwell's 'Open Your Eyes', with soaring vocals from Sam Smith and yacht rock smoothness reimagined in a 2015 slo-mo garage pop-house style. As well as the original mix this limited 12" includes three reworks for the club. Claude VonStroke and Jonas Rathsman provide stripped-back tech-house remixes, while Motez goes with a UKG flavour. Vinyl comes with bespoke sleeve artwork. Inner bag and reverse board finish.


Visceral / The Ah Track

Brooklyn producer FaltyDL follows up the batshit bruk of recent Ninja Tune 12", "Rich Prick, Poor Dick", with the melodic dancefloor madness of "Visceral" and "The Ah Track". Opening with the gentle sound of cello, clarinet and chimes, "Visceral" sees Drew work some minimal influences (Glass, Riley, Reich) through his ADHD sound design, chopping and scattering the samples amid a restless and frenetic broken beat while sumptuous snaking synth leads bring to mind the symphonic future jazz of Floating Points. Over on the flip, "The Ah Track" rollocks along at a breakneck pace, feeding filtered strings and the titular "ah" through a solid breakbeat, while sawtooth subs nip at your ankles. On his incendiary return to the dancefloor, FaltyDL holds it down for the grown up ravers.

Cin Cin, a series of split 12’s from Piccadilly favourite Fort Romeau and Warm Record's Ali Tillett. Each installment bringing together friends old and new in a spirit of collaboration and togetherness. Kicking things off is label boss Fort Romeau and ex Ostgut Ton honcho and Panorama Bar man Nick Höppner. “Untitled” sees Fort Romeau whip out the 909 for some bubbling, acid-tinged tech-house done in his fluid, glistening style. "Diana" follows with a more tranquil, dreamy vibe, FR's control of the filters allowing various levels of intensity and dynamics to break through the psychedelic hue bathing the track in technicoloured beauty. Nick Höppner indulges in some UKG influences with steppers “Stay” and “Splicing Hues”. The former utilizing Burial-esque coke-can drums that seem manipulated by bit-rate reduction while a woozy synthline drifts drunkardly through the track. The latter, "Splicing Hues" sees the producer go on a real London tip; sparse, deep and syncopated to the very last drop. Recalling the golden age of UKG but keeping the production tight and up-to-date. Proper.

Klasse Recordings and Grafiti Tapes impresario, Luca Lozano, rolls up to Hypercolour with a 12″ par excellence of genre blending, future dance grooves. Leaning on his Sheffield upbringing, it’s of no surprise that the break beats, edits and bleeps of his native city seeps into his own forward thinking productions. Having racked up some super releases for Sex Tags UFO, Optimo Trax, Crème Organization, alongside his own imprints, Lozano really impresses on his Hypercolour debut. "Gun Fingers" is a strictly heads down affair, luscious synths, tantalising breaks and heavyweight B-line sandwich in-between pounding kicks for a classy cut, whilst "Calling All Dancers" is indeed a call to rave, laced with the familiar components of a golden era of UK dance, that never slips into pastiche, instead sounding fresh, vital and relevant to the times. Kindred spirit, DJ Sotofett, weighs in with two versions of "Gun Fingers" exclusively for the vinyl edition of this release. Those who know Sotofett’s killer style will know the score here, and he certainly does not disappoint. And those who spent time chasing around motorways and A roads in search of the party will most definitely know what’s up on this set of remixes!



As well as reissuing his monster hit 'Lemonade', Numbers hit us with a couple of new Sophie 12"s to get the dancefloor jumping. Samuel Long asks Carol for perhaps one consonant too many on 'MSMSMSM'. He's never going to make a decent word out of that, but he has made a EDM / trap / booty bass banger for the shape-throwing youth. Flipside cut 'Vyzee' is the tweenie child of 'Pump Up The Jam', an electro house jacker with cute / creepy girl rap.


12" Info: 12" comes in plain black sleeve with white screen printed Sophie logo.

Freaky and seductive club studies from NYC producer Via App on the freshest label to come out of Vancouver's THC-laden streets, 1080p. Disparately-sourced vocal samples, twinkling synths, and creeping basslines converge and tangle on this unique producer's cutting table. "Baby K Interaction" takes an almost-recognizable vocal snippet and basically fucks the shit out of if (if you'd pardon my expression) while pouring lashings of analogue goodness, deep bass and fizzing percussion into the mix. "7 Headed" takes cues from Detroit's burgeoning sludge scene and rolls out some gritty, sub-110BPM house dirg. Mainframe glitching melodies, dark buzzsaw bass, and glacial, ghostly vox all joining in the demonic la danse macabre. Flip and "Sunkissed" powers up the pistons for a more high speed ride into chaos. Torn apart vocal delays and penetrating sine tones layered over an uptempo and tuff-ass beat. "Poison" gives Rustie a run for his money as Via App displays an uncanny prowess for head-mangling electronics and disorientating soundscapes, finally bursting into a pummeling 4/4 power-romp towards the end. Finally, "Set You" takes the dark, technoid blueprints of LIES and Trilogy Tapes and sets about making something equally as disturbing. Mechanized, cyclical, foreboding sounds from this out-there-on-his-producer. 1080p have scorched out another belter. Recommended. 

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