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Genre pick of the week Cover of No One (Can Tell I) (Zam Zam) by Traces.


No One (Can Tell I) (Zam Zam)

ZamZam 94 is a long-awaited plate from South London duo Traces, fresh from a pair of releases last year on Innamind. Laser-focused on a stripped-down, essentialist strain of UK bass music, Traces’ ZamZam outing showcases two distinct facets of their approach.

“No One (Can Tell I)” is a perfect slice of eyes-down spiritual dubstep for the ages. Waterhouse-flavored rusted metal hi-hats, reverb thick like smoke, expertly-crafted bassweight, subtly ricocheting percussion, perfectly minimal stabs, and a sampled spirit of Jamaica past… Utterly timeless, “No One” is a masterclass in restraint and depth over flash and slickness.

Equally direct and unfussy, “Listen” flips the vibe utterly, running off a winking slice of badman soundtape, shakers and siren, earworming midrange melody, and a mirror-image bassline with more swagger per bar than anyone in a 140 session will be able to resist. Battle-tested on dubplate & ready for early, late, or anywhere in between, “Listen” is a guaranteed sheller


Matt says: Biggest bass tune of the year surely... and it's only February! BAD MAN!!!


A. No One Can Tell
B. Listen

Fresh from delivering a stellar remix on Subtle Audio, Earl Grey drops a stellar four tracker of dark and smoke-filled vibes on Rua Sound. Its a moody, doped-up trip worth taking as a scary soundtrack into the darkness with plenty of frantic, detailed precussion to lead you off the beaten track.


Matt says: Perfectly fusing jungle, breaks, techno and bass into one incredibly kinetic hybrid. Dark and tribal; in parts it reminds me of Mark Ernestus' Ndagga series whilst elsewhere it's pure blasts of rhythm and lasers. Incredible stuff!


1. Amygdala
2. Atanas Aconite
3. Death Rattle
4. Prussia Dub

Pastoral soundscapes pierce through post-industrial dub riddims on this highly distinctive artefact recorded by Jämtland born and Malmö based producer and musician Linus Jönsson. The profound and, albeit paradoxically, decorative sounds on this album consists of a minimal-maximal approach; few, well-leveled elements produces an almost ancient sounding sonic signature of sorts, perfect to immerse ourselves in over the many years to come.

If you enjoyed releases on the Marionette label from a few years ago, or the more experimental side of the ambient-dub axis, then this is for you. 


Matematisk Exakthet

Theo Kottis drops some absolute fire on Dekmantel. The London-based Scottish producer delivers a stone cold bassline-techno banger via the title track "Lighthouse". Combining speed garage timestretching and a big Reece bassline it's the ultimate peak timer for the club. Add some techy glitches and rampant hi-hat you'll see why this is a full throttle top-off banger few can resist.

"Warp" switches tact for a kinetic electro track akin to summat Radioactive Man or DMX Krew might conjure up. Plenty of rumble and snap on this one, with bass and drums mixed nice and upfront as hypnotic pads and drifting bleep melodies come in and out of focus.

"Take Control" returns to a 4/4 template, albeit with a slightly more subdued energy than the first track. A catchy vocal ident supplements the droning acid bass and frenetic house drums beautifully.

"Distance" then flips us back to more electro-flavoured urgency. A skilled drum sequence highlighting glowing pads and nagging acid lines while a neck-snapping snare keeps us locked into the groove.

With full fat production, skilled sound design and carefully attention to club kinetics, Theo Kottis has engineered something rather special for your late night delectation - check! 


Matt says: Galvanized tackle for upfront dancefloors - it's the Dekmantel ethos distilled into four highly electrified tracks spanning techno, electro and acid flavours.


Take Control

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