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’.
Release date: 19/11/2012
Catalogue number: HEK020BUNDLE
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)
Tigers didn’t raise him but he bears all the mysteries of the wild world inside of him. Unknown just a few months ago, he appeared just like a storm in the desert. His naivety is not dry. He creates his music compulsively and sincerely. His beats can make an oasis appear in the middle of the Sahara. This shaman has seduced the electro jungle, from Sinden to Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team and Modeselektor. He drops tracks like spells and captivates everyone. Bambounou’s debut album is scheduled for end of the year. (50 Weapons, 2012)
Release/catalogue number: 50WEAPONS021
Release date: Aug 17, 2012
Upcoming Boddika & Joy O release out May 4, 2012!
_Boddika & Joy Orbison – Prone
_Boddika & Joy Orbison – Dun Dun
Some fresh Boddika Acid coming out hopefully soon!
_Boddika – Acid Jackson / Basement
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
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
Kackmusikk (half of Hood Regulators DJ-Crew) has his debut EP “Stella” ready and it is definitely influenced by and dedicated to the dancefloor. Along with crispy 808-sounds and impulsive rhythms, the subtle acidlines and harmonic synth-pads add some extra pressure to the whole release, the smooth and cutted vocals on the title track are sung by the talented Lucerne based post-rock band “Field Studies”. The Affinity to the current UK-Bassmusic hype is just unmistakable. Fast rimshots and rattling clapsnares transform the original into a true footwork-anthem – a massive clubbanger! A 3-track piece to celebrate club culture without disregarding the subtleties of electronic music.
The EP will be released on the 30th of december 2011. More infos here. (Korsett SC, 2011)
_Kackmusikk – Back and Forth