EZ everyone. I’ve got a deep-tech release that has been circulating through my monitors the past couple of weeks. Jamie Ward, who heads up Act Natural Records, has built four tracks for the underground imprint, Kote Records based out of London. Having spent the last couple years curating the releases for Act Natural – signing artists East End Dubs, DJ W!ld, and Chris Lattner among others, Jamie has developed an ear for excellence when it comes to stripped-back, quality deep-tech sounds. Bringing his impeccable palette and production quality to Kote, Jamie lays down a collection of spacious and dark constructions, fueling any dancefloor into early morning hours. Ward joins the Kote roster alongside John Monkman, Sek, and Philip Ort, furthering the label’s reputation of cutting-edge music. Have a listen below.
I’m finally back from my desert hiatus, feeling realigned and fuming with more motivation towards positivity than I’ve ever felt prior in my life.
I’ve got a release that played a huge role in my desert experience as I was constantly blaring it throughout the week, swaying my body through the dust storms and feeling as if I was roaming a completely different planet. The vocal and production don – LX One – comes correct with another dose of his signature swinging grooves and subtlety twisted mid-frequencies. Marking his third return to N-Type’s Wheal & Deal label, following ‘You/Give It Up’ and ‘Losing Control/On My Own’ dropped in 2011 and 2012, respectively, both ‘Scary People’ and ‘Why’ exhibit LX’s affliction for halfstep beat construction and spaciously impactful sub-bass presence. The A-side is a strict roller with the kick energy and heavily modulated bassline creating an aesthetic similar to what I imagine evading a gang of goons through an underground tunnel would produce. Maybe? ‘Why’ takes on a more percussive character with the generous application of subtle drum and atmosphere tracks, providing perpetual movement in the groove.
There is also a massive treat for the listeners that buy through the Wheal & Deal Surus store, as ‘You VIP’ has been included as a digital exclusive to all purchases made through Surus. ‘You’ was one of my favorite tracks from 2011, so to have the VIP in my possession is a dope feeling, and I’m sure many of you will feel the same 🙂
The release dropped today and is available for purchase through all major record retailers, both vinyl and digital. I’ve provided some links below as well as a preview to the release. Hope you enjoy!