Senseless met Reilly during a label showcase in San Francisco and as soon as they heard the demos they knew that a release had to happen. With releases on Top Billin and Hot N Heavy and remixes for Trouble and Bass and more already under his belt it’s fair to say the future is bright for Reilly and this EP proves it. Four original tracks balance electro, techno, deep house and garage influences. There’s spare, minimal production that builds to crescendos of intensity in tracks like ‘ICU’ and ‘The Healing’. Then ‘Taking Me’ equally references Detroit techno and old school hardcore whilst sounding totally contemporary and ‘Inside’ drops things way down deeper. Read more
LTD Edition Vinyl w/poster & Download available from http://senselessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/synesthesia-3-tactioception-touch
Hot on the heels of Synesthesia #2 we’re going straight back in with another technicolour selection of bass music from around the world just in time for summer. Vocals feature heavily on this release with Senseless resident MC Dialect showcasing his tough northern grime flex all over an eski-juke anthem (instro included) from Lenkemz who has been getting support from Diplo, Toddla, Basement Jaxx and many others recently. Next up we have one of our all time favourite artists and a big inspiration for the label, we’re very pleased to welcome Poirier with three absolute killers.
First up he teams up with long time collaborator Face T for the bass heavy ‘What’, lets just say sleng teng in a 2K12 style. On ‘Festival’ he channels African influences into a summer carival workout and then flips it for the slower reggaeton-inspired ‘Ladrillo Por Ladrillo’ featuring Boogat on vox. Finally we have a burning hot newcomer out of the furnaces in the Steel City, Walter Ego drops the monstrous Sidney St, a slab of futuristic 135 BPM grime named after the street where the legendary Niche club was held. More coming from him on Toddla’s Girls Music and UTTU this year amongst others. Finally we have a deeper version of Walter Ego’s track, not on the release, watch this space 😉
Here is part two of the Synesthesia series celebrating Senseless Records’ fifth birthday. Each LTD edition record (250 copies) comes in a hand screen printed sleeve with a poster inside illustrating one of the five senses, each time by a different artist.
For this one, it’s sight. Musically that’s all about looking forward so three of the best new bass music producers have been drafted in. First up Mak & Pasteman, a duo who have been making a lot of noise with releases on Sound Of Sumo and Shifting Peaks. The duo drop ‘Void’, a high tech bass bomb built around a carefully chosen sample that devastates right from the start. Bobby Friction has already playlisted it on his BBC show.
Next up NKC, who impressed with last years ‘Pyramids’ EP, drops ‘Errthing’ matching up some ballroom house attitude with a huge siren like bassline and a stuttering 4×4 beat, early support from Ikonika and Greenmoney. Then we get German duo JTRP, known for their work on T.William’s highly regarded Deep Teknologi imprint, ‘Nothing To Do Here’ builds rattling percussion and their signature tech-atmosphere into a deadly drop that comes out of nowhere, built for basements from Berlin to Brooklyn. Digital exclusives come from NKC with the retro futuristic house jam ‘Finale’ and JTRP with their basic channel-meets-UK funky ‘Apparition’.
Artwork comes from Brighton based Katie Scott who’s arresting and varied work is intricate and detailed, balancing technical ability with a wild creative streak.
“Off The Hinges” – Chrissy Murderbot (Planet Mu)
“Straight In My Set” South London Ordnance (Lucky Me)
“Sentel remix is amazing” – Distal (Tectonic)
Chrissy Murderbot, Distal, Tomb Crew, Martelo, Cedaa, South London Ordnance, Warlock.
Space, ladies Medusa was signed within a day of it being uploaded to Soundcloud after the label were introduced to their music by fellow Senseless artist The Phantom. Also like the Phantom they’ve cooked up their own very unique and exciting sound, fusing elements of classic house and electro with modern bass music. Medusa is minimal in the best possible way building in to a wide open breakdown with time-stretched vocals before snapping back in to a tight 808 rhythm and detroit-like stabs. Fields is all about lush atmospheric pads and a very well chosen vocal sample from a famous singer who better remain nameless.
A great set of remixes comes from Mary Ann Hobbes favourite IO who keeps things old school and house, then Kiev who blends in UK funky influences by way of Venezuela. Sentel, also Polish drop a huge techno style bomb and Sarantis does his high-octane juke with characteristic style and swagger.
Support from Hud Mo, Sinden, Captain, Brenmar, Mumdance and Funkstepz, MA1++
A tropical storm from Venezuela with Pocz and Dj Yirvin offering a taste of the country’s wild underground Tuki scene. The unmistakable rhythm of Tuki music is heard in barrios across Caracas fueling a dance culture every bit as intense as footwork or kuduro from other parts of the world. Very little Tuki music has been released outside of Venezuela which makes this collaboration between Pocz, known for his past work with Pacheko on Enchufada, Tigerbeat and Senseless and DJ Yirvin, one of the godfathers of the scene, all the more exciting. The title, Explotala comes from something to shout at a DJ from the heat of the Venezuelan dancefloor.
Three originals from Pocz showcase his rhythmic flair and dancefloor sensibilities in a style that merges Tuki and Kuduro influences to devastating effect. Yirvin mixes big room sounds with the dark energy of Caracas at night to create a sound that is his and only his, his remix of Explotala is mutant bass madness and Petare is considered one of his classics. The release also features a video with one of the city’s best dancers.
Remixes: Brenmar, Chaos In The CBD, Wheez-ie, Rizzla, Photonz, Rizzla, Lenkemz
Hudson Mohawke, Distal, Bok Bok, Dave Q, Ngunzunguzu, Ill Cosby, Slick Shoota, Klauser +++
We’re proud to prevent this exhilarating collaboration between NYC’s Zebra Katz, hot on the heels of his release on Diplo’s Mad Decent label, and Boyfriend one of the rising stars of the tropical bass world also with remixes on Mad Decent and tracks on many other labels. The originals combine Zebra’s signature late-night flow and faultless delivery with a deep, dark and beautifully produced set of instrumentals from Boyfriend, marking a departure from his normal club friendly style (Fans include Nadastrom, Diplo, Rusko and many more).
The remix package is truly EPIC, starting with Chaos in The CBD (Youngunz) on a rolling 808 flex, moving through a solid gold club hip-hop joint fromBrenmar (Grizzly/Hum & Buzz etc) and a dancehall flex from Rizzla (Fade To Mind). Moving things up tempo Photonz (One Eyed Jacks) turn in a jacking techno cut leaving Wheez-ie (Embassy) and Lenkemz (Senseless/King Pigeon) to round things out in style at the 150+ BPM range. Enjoy!
‘Spooky remix!!’ -Dubbel Dutch [Mixpak]
‘This is a lot!’ – Slackk [Nmbrs/UTTU]
‘Massive EP, love all the remixes’ – Mumdance [Mad Decent]
The first release of 2012 looks backwards but looks to the future with a huge set of remixes of Rossi B & Luca’s lost grime classic ‘Mind The Gap’ featuring original grime don Flirta D. The track was due to come out on the mighty A.R.M.Y back in the day but fate conspired against it and it has remained a secret weapon for a select few DJs.
This release presents the classic original for the first time and it bears all the hallmarks of classic grime with orchestral stabs, swirling samples and booming bass accompanied by Flirta’s signature wordplay. Grime remixes come from two of the best in the current scene, Spooky and Teeza. The former upping the ante on the original with robotic percussion and nasty synths, the former slicing together a classic break and booming 808s for his ‘Temix’. Mutant bass man of the moment Submerse wears his bassline rave hat for a bouncing bassline remix with just the right amount of ’92 and Sarantis turns it up to 160bpm for a menacing juke tempo missile. Old school, new school, bridging the gap.
1. Rossi B & Luca ft Flirta D ‘Mind The Gap’
2. Rossi B & Luca ft Flirta D ‘Mind The Gap’ (Spooky Remix)
3. Rossi B & Luca ft Flirta D ‘Mind The Gap’ (Spooky Instrumental)
4. Rossi B & Luca ft Flirta D ‘Mind The Gap’ (Teeza Remix)
5. Rossi B & Luca ft Flirta D ‘Mind The Gap’ (Submerse Remix)
6. Rossi B & Luca ft Flirta D ‘Mind The Gap’ (Sarantis Remix)
“Dope!” – Brenmar
“Phenomenal! Going to be playing a lot” – Chrissy Murderbot
Support from: Phantom, Numan, Cardopusher, Warlock, Kanji Kinetic, Octapush, Pirate Soundsystem+++
A string of classic grime tracks from Sarantis originally launched the label so it’s fitting that the original Senseless artist returns to help celebrate our 5th birthday. The Greenhouse EP takes the signature Sarantis blend of raw grime and basement and hotwires it to a 160bpm juke tempo to create a fresh hybrid that could only come from one artist.
‘Militant’ jacks up grime strings and a wall of bass alongside the firing bashment delivery of rising star Parly B with a prophetic message given the recent social unrest. Title track Greenhouse FX samples horns hip hop style before splicing them in to a million pieces and reassembling them on tough percussion and elastic synths. More Dead Than Alive is straight grime with menacing, cinematic strings. Distorted Reality references sci-fi, 8-bit and classic Detroit to cook up one of the EP highlights. Scanner Riddim completes the package, an instrumental of militant crying out to be re-voiced by any MCs that can handle it.
Support from: Oneman, Martelo, Doc Daneeka, Slackk, Om Unit, Murderbot, Akira Kiteshi, Cardopusher, Kanji Kinetic, Ikonika, Hackman, Optimum, Kid606+++
XLR8R – “Next Level Club Music”
Oneman (Rinse/FWD) “Love the dub of Arctic”
Slackk (Numbers): ‘”ARCTIC DEVIL MIX IS FUCKING AMAZING’
Murderbot (Planet Mu): “The Venice Calypso Tunguska track is fucking PHENOMENAL”
Ltd Edition of 250 Vinyl with hand screen printed sleeve and art print insert and digital.
The first release ties together three tracks all at around 130BPM which look to the past while sounding like the future. Shades of classic electro, grime and rave in the oven and it smells good.
A. Venice Calypso – Drifting
Futuristic electro bass blaster, as featured by Brenmar in The Fader. An incredible debut release from this London based Polish producer.
AA. Rossi B & Luca – Turbo Island
London grime legends (Planet Mu/ARMY/Havy Artillery) who have been producing certified grime hits for over a decade drop it down low to 130BPM for this energetic new school meets old school workout.
AAA The Phantom – Arctic (Devil Mix)
The Phantom follws last year’s smash EP with his debut vinyl release pays tribute to Wiley’s beatless Devil mixes from grime’s golden age but updates it with cinematic tropical flair.
The Phantom – Arctic (Vocal) The original with full beats and vocal samples.
Venice Calypso – Tunguska The perfect soundtrack to an electronic tribal ceremony.
Song (olfacoception // smell)
Currently residing in Australia, UK born Graffiti artist Gloom has spent many years travelling the globe painting trains, walls and anything else that he can make his canvas. His vibrant, colourful style makes his graffiti stand out amongst the rest.
Project Info: Synesthesia = Five Years // Five Senses
Celebrating five years of international bass exploration Senseless Records presents Synesthesia: a vivid spectrum of colours, shapes and textures drawn together into two pallets, one sonic and one visual to create five very special releases; a series of strictly ltd. Edition (of 250) 12″ records with hand screen printed sleeves and an art print insert created by an exciting collection of international visual artists, each offering their take on one of the five senses. Cutting edge bass on each release from Senseless artists, new discoveries and legendary producers who have inspired the label. Confirmed contributors include Poirier, Rossi B & Luca, Oris J, Stereotyp, Cardopusher, Pacheko, DJ Eastwood, Phantom and JTRP but we’ll announce the full line up for each record only as each is released.
Summer 2011 marks five years of Senseless Records, five years since the soundsystem culture of Leeds, UK inspired Sarantis to press up his first white label grime EP. In that time we’ve searched the UK and far beyond for international heat reaching out from Warsaw to Caracas. We’ve released almost twenty EPs and two albums of technicolour bass music from an extended family of artists including vocalists like Max Romeo, Warrior Queen, Badness, Foreign Beggars and YT and producers like Jack Sparrow, Starkey, Ghosttown, Phantom, Kanji Kinetic, Brackles, MRK1, Pocz & Pacheko and many more.
“Loving the release, played Timeblind Mix on the radio” Sinden (Grizzly/Kiss) “Seriously AMAZING release” Kid Kameleon “Playlisted on my BBC Asian Network show” Bobby Friction (BBC)
DJ Support: Sinden, Rob Smith (RSD), Distal, Kid Kameleon, Bun Zero, Masala Blog
Radio: Sinden (Kiss FM) Bobby Friction (BBC), James Barrie (BBE), Simon Harrison (Basic Soul)
We’re welcoming in the 5th birthday year (see below) for Senseless with an incredible release that mixes cutting edge bass music with traditional Ethiopian instruments and folklore. Combined with the artwork, a ‘making of’ video and backed by a truly international set of remixes, it is a project that has been a year in the making. The man responsible is international bass nomad Maga Bo, a producer and DJ who literally embodies the global spirit of Senseless as a label. You might know him from an extensive discography including is work with the Dutty Artz collective in NYC (DJ Rupture/Matt Shadetek/Uproot Andy etc), or on labels like Shockout, Tru Thoughts, African Dope or Soot Records. For those unfamiliar with his work he lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a place where he draws plenty of inspiration from, musical and otherwise, as he explains,
“Brazil is a massive inspiration… I’m very interested in afro-brazilian rhythms, of which there are many. samba, coco, baião, sambareggae, jongo are all present in my new productions for example”.
There’s another level to his experience in Brazil too, one that informs his work on a deeper level:
“I’m a permanent resident in Brazil, but this has been a very difficult and stressful journey and has really opened my eyes to the experiences of immigrants around the world. I am a migrant musician, as most musicians are, historically, to some degree. Migration and immigration are powerful forces influencing and affecting culture and art. The music that I compose, produce, play and research is a product of migration – my own journeys and the journeys of others.”
That very much sums up Bo’s existence and why we’re so excited to be working with him: a relentless thirst for travel, discovery and collaboration driven by music. This EP came about from a trip to Ethiopia where he met Indriss Hassan who plays the distinctive single-stringed masinqo on title track Ransom. The track was inspired by the infamous hyenas which are fed raw meat outside the gates of Harar, birthplace of Ras Tafari. As Bo explains,
“The way they way move is unlike any animal I’ve ever seen: very powerful. It was their particular way of moving – with caution, but also with desire (to feed) and power – that inspired this track.”
Ransom evolves out of a haze of field recordings driven forward by handclaps with the distinctive masinqo loop rising up out of the atmosphere before a deep sub bass rolls in to underpin it. It’s at once hypnotic and psychedelic, evoking the intensity and energy of a vibrant city like Addis Ababa after dark. The other original track, Gondar, is a traditional Azmari song from Ethiopia, rewired with a dancehall-like riddim and elastic synth bass and more masinqo, this time played by Eritbu “Solomon” Agegnehu.
The remixes come from a truly international line-up all hand picked by Maga Bo himself. First up with a dancehall/dubstep hybrid is the legendary Timeblind of NYC via Berlin, whose varied career has seen everything from techno releases on Hawtin’s Plus-8 to digital dancehall on Kid606’s Shockout. Teleseen (Percepts Recordings), another NYC native atomises the parts and reassembles them in a gloriously schizophrenic electro/acoustic showdown. South Africa’s Fletcher (African Dope) takes the track in a dub direction adding space and FX to the mix. Filastine (Soot/Jarring Effect/Uberlingua/PWI), from Barcelona, comes through with a time-bending groove and ratty, resonant subbass. Last up, Senseless family Pacheko from Venezuela offers up a dub orientated bass-weight monster aimed at deeper dancefloors, something a little different from his recent 4×4 work.
Finally, a special mention for the artwork, a collaboration between local photographer Michael Tsegaye and Venezuelan designer Mad Kick, part of the Abstractor collective with Pacheko. A video clip shot by Maga Bo during the recording of “Gondar” completes the picture.