“Beautifully Intense” – Clash Music
“One of the most emphatic vocal performances you’re likely to hear all year, exquisite” – GoldFlakePaint
“Equals may not be on your radar yet, but they will be soon” – Complex
A deeply soulful, driving hook meets shimmering synth textures and their trademark sub bass. ‘Black on Gold’ follows 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Single Soul’ EP which found favour with BBC6’s Lauren Laverne, The Guardian’s Paul Lester, XLR8R, Line Of Best Fit and many others. The track has been a highlight of their recent live shows including Koko and The Royal Albert Hall and a set on the beach at Dimensions festival in the summer. The track also features Submotion Orchestra’s Danny Templeman on additional percussion.
Also check the beautiful live video filmed in Brixton with members of the Submotion Orchestra, Bonobo and Three Trapped Tigers bands:
“A voracious new talent” – Generation Bass
Support from Tomb Crew, Slick Shoota, HXDB, Coco Bryce, Aquasky, Boyfriend, Dave Q ++
First seen on Senseless with a deadly release on Neon late last year Napo joins label mate Boyfriend in the Lithuanian corner of the roster. His widescreen, expansive beatmaking hints at years of experience behind the desk when in reality he’s still just 17. Already though he’s played at his home country’s renowned Satta Outside festival as well as internationally and released a series of acclaimed free EPs.
For this, his debut full release, he delivers four choice cuts of finely crafted drum machines and intricate synth work with influences pulling at the edges of R&B, rave and deep house. Touch Formed channels old school pads building through a roller coaster of twists and turns, equal parts Lone and Ridge Racer. The track also comes complete with an CGI cityscape video that’s a perfect fit for Napo’s cinematic approach to making beats.
Moonset Reality is programmed from rave DNA with vocal snatches and deep chords giving way to breakbeats and 808s programmed in a 2014 style. FRWRD and Loners take things deeper and more introspective, showcasing his amazing ear for melody.
The icing on the cake is a guest appearance from High Focus’s Jam Baxter, underground hero of UK hip-hop who delivers a short, sharp tongued blast of his signature macabre wordplay over ‘Loners’. It’s the perfect juxtaposition connecting genres, countries and decades, Senseless Records style.
Buy the ‘Single Soul’ EP direct: http://senselessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/single-soul-ep
‘Pyre’ Lauren Laverne Track of the Day BBC6
Support from XLR8R, BBC6, Rinse, Capital Xtra, Amazing Radio
Born in East London during the summer of 2013 Equals are James Low and Ade Omotayo. Drawing on influences ranging from UK bass and garage to modern classical James’ sparse, hypnotic production offers the perfect counterpoint to the raw power and emotion of Ade’s voice. Ade developed his talent as a vocalist relatively late, starting when he was 17 on a whim to impress a girlfriend. He quickly realised singing was what he had to do and set out to forge a career, catching an early break in a covers band with Amy Winehouse. After she was discovered Ade stayed with her, contributing vocals to her albums and singing backing vocals on tour throughout her whole career from pubs in Camden to the main stage at Glastonbury. He’s since gone on to work with a galaxy of other stars including Mark Ronson, Basement Jaxx, Kindness and Quincy Jones.
James took a different route, through a series of hardcore and rock bands arriving at electronic music through Ruckspin, the Leeds based producer for Submotion Orchestra and part of Author on legendary dubstep label Tectonic.
‘Single Soul’ the debut EP on Senseless showcases three original tracks, starting with ‘Pyre’, lead by a colourful wash of synths set against with a UK-bass inspired two step drum pattern and deep sub bass, Ade’s vocals building and dropping to a dramatic climax. ‘Trap’ is more minimal, combining skeletal beats with gently swelling piano, synths and layered vocals and the EP title track ‘Single Soul’ is a love song, referencing both classic soul and new R&B with simple finger snap percussion and low pads allowing a heartbreaking vocal performance to shine through. Killer remixes of ‘Pyre’ come from XXXY (Rinse FM/Ten Thousand Yen) and new London duo Screens.
Listen & Buy: HERE
‘Please, Please, Please’ is the second single from Octa Push’s acclaimed long player ‘Oito’. Featuring evocative vocals from Catarina Moreno over a warm, shimmering slice of marimba-lead house the track is already a favourite on national radio in their native Portugal. The video by UK based team IDoublesI is a twilight zone version of the shopping channel with exploding mannequins, eagles and flaming shampoo. The perfect multicoloured wake up call to a grey January.
The single will be released on Feb 10th with remixes from Molo, fresh off the back of a killer Theo Parrish remix and a top secret second remix from one of the UK’s best new producers with releases on Madtech and Unknown to The Unknown under a new alias, Sunless.
Exclusive preview from our latest signing. We’ll let the music do the talking. Expect to hear a LOT from this London duo in the next few months. Single Soul EP is out Jan 2014.
Our soundsystem heritage is never far from the releases we put out but this one is straight up fire for summer bass-bin bashing. Four tracks of bashy carnival business released on August 19th right on time for Notting Hill.
Ghosttown hails from London with over ten years as a producer behind the scenes for artists including Foreign Beggars, Jehst, Task Force, and J Dilla-associates Frank n Dank. His new Dead Players Club collab with MCs Dabbla and Jam Baxter is gaining a lot of attention on the UK underground. Parly B is one of the UKs baddest new dancehall and roots MCs, recently found rocking Glastonbury with Mungo’s Hifi and Reggae Roast. He’s featured on several Senseless releases in the past including the recent Sarantis LP.
The four tracks blend up bashment, roots and hip hop influences to cook up a unique sound clash, from tough, insistent dancehall style riddims on Demacall and Tightest Summin through to bashy hip hop on the title track Every Manor. The EP finishes up with Wickedest Sound that balances bouncing hip-hop drums on the intro with a dubwise drop that references classic dubstep and digital dub.
The video is filmed by Leeds-born, Berlin based Rob Blake (robblake.tv). Shot in London and Berlin he takes the track’s twin themes of girls and cities and lets his stop-motion imagination run wild.
“A wash of neon synths, with a backdrop borrowing liberally from UK garage and a percussion section spliced straight from the DNA of afrobeat.” XLR8R
“A thick helix of sounds: an intuitive beat, relentless glockenspiel line and genuinely catching chorus melody helps the song to sit somewhere between Peter Gabriel and those good bits of Delphic.” Line Of Best Fit
Sinden, Funkystepz, N-Type, Tom Ravenscroft (BBC6), Chrissy Murderbot, Akira Kiteshi, HXDB, Crabbe ++
From the opening bars of ‘Bright Lights’, it’s clear that Lisbon brothers Bruno and Leo aka Octa Push have redrawn the parameters of their sound. They’ve developed the elements that defined their breakthrough releases and expanded them to develop a broad, exciting palette of new sonic textures and colours. Their early releases on Soul Jazz, Fabric, Enchufada and others expertly balanced UK bass and African influences to catch the attention of high profile fans like Thom Yorke, SBTRKT and Gilles Peterson. Setting them apart from the crowd were an undeniable ear for melody and a percussive sensibility drawing on the polyrhythms of African music. On ‘Oito’ their debut LP they’ve taken those two elements and worked them in to twelve compelling tracks that marry the organic and the electronic as well as underground music from Europe and the African continent.
The album takes the sub bass and syncopated rhythms of UK genres like garage as its starting point but once again filters that through a kaleidoscope of influences, mainly stemming from Portugal’s unique cultural ties to Africa. The brothers share a family history in Guine Bissau, growing up in a house full of African masks and stories. Unlike previous work they’ve worked to infuse the album with musical references to music like Nigerian Afrobeat or Funana from Cape Verde without overtly sounding like the music itself. Re-contextualizing instruments like Kalimbas or Xylophones and playing with complex rhythms gives their music a richness without them ever sounding like copyists.
The album also marks and expansion of their work with vocalists, starting on track one with Alex Klimovitsky from the Portuguese/USA group Youthless. After meeting on the Lisbon scene the brothers clicked with Alex and began work in earnest on the album. He’s now a mainstay of the Octa Push live show, lending his skills as a vocalist, programmer and multi-instrumentalist. The three tracks featuring Alex, ‘Bright Lights’, ‘Francoise Hardy’ and ‘Splendor’ balance great songwriting with intricate vocal layering and melodic work that was only made possible by such a close connection between the three artists.
Elsewhere we find Sasha from Berlin’s pioneering Jahcoozi who have carved out a distinctive niche on labels like Ninja Tune, Kitty Yo and BPitch Control over several albums. They’re known for looking to other cultures for inspirationso this was a perfect collaboration, ‘MyShare’ blends Sasha’s sharp stream of consciousness delivery with a deep, melancholic melody and synths that nod towards South African Kwaito.
London based Catarina Moreno is a name to watch with early home recorded demos gaining huge support. This is one of her first electronic collaborations and the result is stunning with her soulful delivery riding a percussive riff, cutting through clouds of white noise. The final collaboration is with Braima Galissa, one of the best kora players in Guine Bissau. The complex melody of that traditional intrument is woven in to ‘Ali Dom’ along with Galissa’s powerful vocals conjuring up the perhaps the most vivid non-European image on the LP.
The instrumental tracks are all equally powerful, from the bright bounce of ‘Glimpse’ through uplifting energy on ‘Afroinscope’ and on to Afro-inflected d&b on ‘Would Be Mice’. Closing track ‘Tamu’, which means sweet in Swahili is just that, a glorious ride out of the album on a wave of computer game arpeggios and the final perfect meeting of that signature melody and percussion.
The arresting artwork comes from Lisbon based Salazare.
Support from Kode 9, Toddla T, Rusko, Starkey, Excision, Dov, RSD, Dubbel Dutch, Warlock, Chrissy Murderbot ++
Buy the CD from us directly HERE and get fully mastered instrumental versions of the vocal tracks and two additional bonus tracks not available anywhere else.
Electric City is the new album from Sarantis out May 27th via Senseless Records. It takes it’s name from an imagined urban landscape caught somewhere between London and the dystopian sprawl imagined by John Carpenter, Warriors and other classic 80s sci-fi. The music takes audible cues from the soundtracks to those films; bold, raw synths and big drums reverberate but also a melting pot of musical styles ranging from motor city techno and electro funk through to cutting edge grime, bashment and footwork.
Vocal tracks come from Parly B (Mungo’s Hifi), South London’s rising grime star M.I.K. & Dialect, a renowned freestyle MC and regular guest on Westwood and 1Xtra.
Building on previous releases for Senseless, Black Acre and Chrissy Murderbot’s Loose Squares, on this LP Sarantis expands his sonic palette and allows all the inspiration and influence collected in the past half decade to breathe and expand. Starting out from his soundsystem roots in Leeds, UK, Sarantis has worked his way in to the record boxes of people like Skream, Brenmar, DMZ & Mary Anne Hobbs with a catalogue spanning six years and work with vocalists like Warrior Queen and Iration Steppas.
Mastered by Hue Jah Fink @ Binary Feeback, London
Artwork by Philth
Additional CD design by Vytis Gruzdys
Deville and Lenkemz both feature with productions on this new mixtape, as well as Busta Rhymes and a whole heap of other good producers. Stream it on the link above and don’t forget to cop last year’s Winter Titty Ep if you haven’t already..
Album launch party
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Sarantis ft Dialect
JUKE/ FOOTWORK/ ???
Zero on the door. Standard.
Alibi, Dalston, London
Link the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/433818510041512/
We’re very excited to announce the Sarantis debut LP will be dropping in May, more info and audio coming very soon. Sarantis is playing with Leeds badboy MC Dialect on mic duties. Then we’ve linked up with extended family Cardopusher, known for his recent work on Loose Squares, DVA and his own Classic Works amongst many other labels, he’s paying us an exclusive visit from Barcelona. Support from Deville and the usual WBG gang. This is going to be lively.