Tag Archives: UK Funky

Hemlock Recordings // Chapter One

24 Nov

2012 sees Hemlock‘s 20th release after four years at the frontline of forwardlooking bass music and dark electronica.

To mark the occasion Hemlock boss Untold has curated a 65-minute mix joining the dots between the label’s past, present and future. ‘Chapter One’ weaves his favourite moments from the back catalogue with a series of exclusive material from FaltyDL, Randomer, Joe, Sei A, Guy Andrews and Untold himself. The beautifully packaged CD will be released alongside three 12″ vinyls containing exclusive music.

From modest beginnings in the heady days of dubstep’s conception, Hemlock – founded by producer Jack Dunning (AKA Untold) and designer Andy Spencer in 2008 – quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the sprawling, and often confused, world of UK bass music.

Since then, the label has steadily forged its own curious path, building an enviable back catalogue and garnering a reputation along the way for zeitgeistdefining releases.

It also has a reputation for discovering incredible new talent. It was Hemlock that introduced the world to the James Blake, whose debut release ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ saw the light in 2009, and was followed by his seminal ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ remix later that year.

As well as some phenomenal new talent, Hemlock has also been a place where established producers can find a home for their more surprising, spontaneous or downright deranged music. Key moments include Untold’s game-changing ‘Gonna Work Out Fine’ EP in 2010, Pangaea’s jungle-inspired ‘Hex’ and ‘Fatalist’, and Ramadanman (AKA Pearson Sound’s) seminal 808 anthem, ‘Glut’. With the likes of Cosmin TRG, LV, Mount Kimbie, Girl Unit and Funkineven also passing through their halls, the roster now reads like a who’s who of bass music talent.

‘Chaper One’, as you’d expect from Untold by now, is anything but your average mix. It takes as many twists and turns as Hemlock’s back catalogue and reflects the story of not just the label’s evolution, but also the evolution of the music scene it spawned from.

Starting briskly, it jumps through percussive workouts from Fantastic Mr. Fox and Mount Kimbie, soon blunted with the bassweight of the half-step anthems ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ and ‘Discipline’. The section climaxes into the psychedelic organ studies from James Blake’s ‘Stop What You’re Doing’ remix before gradually fading into an icy noise speckled mid-section.

Cosmin TRG’s brutally sparse ‘Béton Brut’ crumbles into the muzzled chimes of ‘Under’ – one of Untold’s most ambiguous cuts to date. The panic reigns through FaltyDL’s ‘Artemis’, picking up momentum into the metallic jacking 4/4 kicks of Sei A’s ‘Hyphen’. Guy Andrews cements the groove with the epic ‘Resistivity’, morphing into a broken tribal drum workout towards the end. Randomer then picks up the funk with ‘This Train’, before getting nasty with ‘We Laugh, We Scream’.

The final section explores the label’s fascination with reconfiguring the hallmarks of jungle and drum ‘n’ bass, with the rowdy MC chatter on ‘Fatalist’ sparring with the rugged bleeps and bass of ‘Studio Power On’, and the sinister Reece synths of ‘Motion the Dance’. After the last onslaught the mix fades out to the calming neon glow of Nautiluss & Lord Skywave’s ‘Ultraviolet’.
(Surus, 2012)

Release date: 19/11/2012
Catalogue number: HEK020BUNDLE

Mickey Pearce // Swamp 023

13 Nov

Fresh Micky Pearce out now on Swamp81! Get the vinyl here.

Thefft // Distronet EP

6 Nov

A little late on this one, Fulcrum Records‘ second release after the bangin’ Paleman EP. This one is by London’s Thefft – preview below and beatport here.

Slap in the Bass // Utopia

18 Aug

Joining the ever-growing list of Kicks & Snares artists come a pair of Hungarians fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. Slap In The Bass‘ global influence and popularity amongst a worldwide range of DJs comes from their all-inclusive policy of sound, and this progressive outlook is on full display for their first appearance on RKS.

‘Utopia’ contains many elements that has made this label what it is today, in particular the drum programming which is subtly arranged yet still hard hitting. Yet more and more undefined sounds creep into play, and after the bells intensify and signal the incoming mayhem, the bass takes over and completes the fervent workout. Contrasting on the flip comes ‘Searching’ which instantly gets the feet moving with a strongly kuduro influenced drum arrangement. A low bass hum is partnered with exotic maraca shakes building the atmosphere until a fierce and cutting high pitch flips the script and causes ecstatic pandemonium.

The duo’s wide interest and influence can be heard within the release and seems a perfect match for Kick’s & Snares’ all-encompassing musical aesthetic. Another one-two punch from the restless label.

(Slap in the Bass SC, 2012)

SCNTST // Sky Thangz

19 Jul

One of SCNTST‘s first tracks – free download!

_SCNTST – Sky Thangz

Modeselektion Vol. 02

1 Jul

The monkey on the cover says it all. Compared to the rather cute and peaceful cover of Modeselektion Vol. 01, this time it’s all a bit different. The music on Modeselektion Vol. 02 explores darker, more experimental grounds, certainly still with one eye focused on the trademark Modeselektor party-factor. Featuring unreleased exclusive tracks by Monolake, Prefuse 73, Mouse on Mars, Clark, Lazer Sword, Martyn, Siriusmo, Addison Groove, Egyptrixx, Anstam, Diamond Version (a new project by raster-noton’s Byetone and Alva Noto), Phon.o, Bambounou and many more, Modeselektion Vol. 02 again unites some of the best names of electronic music scene. (MS SC, 2012)

Grab it now on beatport!

Mickey Pearce // Tempted EP

8 Jun

Tune in to some freshness from Mickey Pearce out later this month on Ten Thousand Yen!

Factory Floor EP

5 Jun

Kamikaze Space Programme‘s Factory Floor EP out now on Decarhythm! Tune in below and beatport here.

Phon.o // Black Boulder

21 May

Phon.o‘s “Black Boulder” delivers… …a fresh blend of bleepin’ Technoid Garage…” (MS SC, 2012) Read full text here!
Out now on 50 Weapons – beatport here.

GoldFFinch // Model EP

14 May

GoldFFinch delivers once again with this bangin EP! For sure feeling Model and Belle the most! Out June 4th on Audio Culture. Preview the three tracks below then re-listen to model while watching the colour halftone trip of a video.

_GoldFFinch Model EP Preview

Pasteman & Tanka // Camaro EP

7 May

Tune in to a preview of Pasteman & Tanka‘s – Camaro EP 12″ EP forthcoming 877 Records 12″ – Release Date : May 2012

_Pasteman & Tanka – Camaro EP

Saulya // I Don’t Want to Sleep

6 May


Couple of sweet tracks from Saulya out soon on Squelchandclap!

_Saulya – I Don’t Want to Sleep

_Saulya – Gravitas

Boddika & Joy Orbison: Prone / Dun Dun

5 May


Upcoming Boddika & Joy O release out May 4, 2012!

_Boddika & Joy Orbison – Prone

_Boddika & Joy Orbison – Dun Dun

Boddika // Acid Jackson & Basement

20 Mar

Some fresh Boddika Acid coming out hopefully soon!

_Boddika – Acid Jackson / Basement

Si Begg // Bad Boy (2009 WIP)

12 Mar

Si Begg has hooked us up with a free download of this here banger! This track has been knocking around for far too long. You may have heard it in my sets and at the end of the Pioneer DDJ-Ergo promo film. To my mind its not finished, but I’m done with it. So take it as it comes and share as you please. In fact I might follow it up with all the layers so one of you clever people can finish it off for me .. ha! (Si Begg SC, 2012)

_Si Begg – Bad Boy (2009 WIP)

GoldFFinch // Tip the Dog / Outer Twigs

3 Mar

Second GoldFFinch release on Saigon Recordings out March 12th!

_GoldFFinch – Tip the Dog / Outer Twigs

Dfind // Visceral Bongo

29 Feb

Fresh mix featuring a medley of UK Funky, Tropical Bass and Techno. Throw it in your car, portable player or home stereo and play it loud!
Cover Art: Pierre Andrey

_Dfind – Visceral Bongo

01. Brackles & Shortstuff – Good Foundations (Doc Daneeka Remix)
02. CSY & Stripes – Footsie
03. DJ Cra$y – Just E (BrEaCh Mix)
04. GoldFFinch – Groove Panda
05. Swick, Tranter – Mad Dings (Keith & Supabeatz Remix)
06. Zulu – Kwaito
07. Daniel Haaksman – Din Daa Daa (Ducks on Repeat Remix)
08. Boddika – Acid Battery
09. Instra:mental – Pyramid
10. Randomer – Lime Pie
11. Hostage – Listen
12. Clouds – Optic
13. Techno Animals – Put Down
14. GoldFFinch – Funky Steppa
15. Renaissance Man – Stalker Humanoid
16. Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Pom Clash
17. Untold – U-29
18. Distal & HXDB – Typewriter Tune

Randomer // Scruff Box

16 Feb

More proper bangers from Randomer coming out Feb 20 on Hemlock Recordings!

A. Scruff Box’s beats roll heavy but with a crafty, garage skip in their step, giving no clues to the obese bass riff that soon rudely exposes itself, tearing through the track roll by roll. 
AA. Get Yourself Together – More of those trademark, overweight beats with one giant, elasticated bassline. For those who like them large and lovely. (stholdings SC, 2012)

_Randomer – Scruff Box

_Randomer – Get Yourself Together

CSY & Stripes // Footsie

13 Feb

Better late than never, fresh material from CSY & Stripes out last week, grab it here! My pick is Footsie all the way where you deep-funk-heads out there may enjoy Speak Easy more!

The debut release for Body Work sees producers CSY & Stripes also step up to release their first original material, following hot on the heels of their recent acclaimed remixes for the likes of Detboi, Penguin Prison and Icona Pop.

Delivering two slabs of heavyweight club music that perfectly combines elements of house and garage, CSY & Stripes have delivered a debut that will see both dancers and sound engineers lose their shit as their supercharged bass pummels the dancefloor. (Body Work SC, 2012)

Graphics // MacGrackleton

2 Feb

Free DL of Graphics‘ track, MacGrackleton! Part of his recent Mama Grizzlies EP out now on Made To Play!

_Graphics – MacGrackleton