Despite dubstep's inception into the commerical mainstream, Tectonic has never struggled with the follies of its ugly younger brother. Their fourth compilation since 2006 showcases bassweight cuts to footwork rhythmic finery, introverted explorations and plain sick tunes from Jakes, Distal, Pursuit Grooves and more.
This label is featured in Update #088:
Autechre, Atom TM, Function, Brandt Brauer Frick
As easy to spot as Easter eggs on a snow-covered meadow, the highlights in our March Essentials include great albums by Autechre, Atom TM, Function, Brandt Brauer Frick, Space Dimension Controller, Aera, Basic Soul Unit, and TM404, compilations like '20 Jahre more...
Following releases on Blunted Robots and 50 Weapons, Dark Sky debut on Tectonic, delivering two techno-dubstep bangers: 'Confunktion' contrasts a long ambient breakdown with a jacking, bassline-heavy techno swing, while 'Double U' is a more classic, twitchy dubstep cut. Recommended.
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Drexciya, Night Slugs Allstars, Theo Parrish, Pop Ambient 2013
2013's first month might have started out a bit slow, but in the end a flush of excellent releases should have left none of you cold. Whether it's Theo Parrish's brilliantly experimental house tunes, Kompakt's sublime 'Pop Ambient 2013' or a wealth of great more...
UK producer Beneath (of recent No Symbols fame) arrives on Tectonic with two techno-infused bangers: 'Duty' rides a rumbling bass wave with stomping beats and twisted soundscapes, while 'Texers' menacing stabs and oddly enticing synth-line rest atop its punching snares and bass drums. Mean.
Roska follows up his contribution to this year's 'Tectonic Plates' with a solo single on Pinch's label. 'Blurry' is pure percussive minimalism with an Afro-dub edge, 'Spearhead' steps up the intensity with a pounding beat and grinding modulations. DJ fodder.
This label is featured in Update #084:
Michael Mayer, Anstam, Daphni, Prins Thomas
Right in time for the Northern Hemisphere's inevitable cool-down, some of our favourite artists are injecting human warmth into their music: Daphni, Juju & Jordash, Prins Thomas, Anstam, Elektro Guzzi - all rely on hand-played drums or unquantised synths to more...
This label is featured in Update #079:
Lauer, Actress, Maya Jane Coles, Lazer Sword
As if to salute the northern hemisphere's arrival of Spring, our virtual shelves have been filled to the brim with fantastic music this month, culminating in today's 100+ new releases. For our star-studded Essentials we've done our best to narrow down the more...
Atlanta's Distal is one of the few US artists that have earned their place among the UK's bass music elite. His hotly anticipated debut full-length drops via Pinch's Tectonic imprint, and covering diverse (post-)dubstep and ghetto house styles over the course of its 13 tracks it's a powerhouse of an album. Don't miss.
This label is featured in Update #078:
Addison Groove, Barker & Baumecker, Monolake
Right in time for the weekend here's our selection of this month's highlight releases. And what a great month it has been with new albums by Addison Groove, Vince Watson, Monolake, Soap & Skin, Julia Holter, The Host, and Damon Albarn's Rocket Juice & The Moon more...
Pinch gathers his elite crew of bass music producers for the third volume in his 'Tectonic Plates' series - from stalwart dubstep heroes such as Kryptic Minds, Goth-Trad and Ginz to the free-styling avant-garde of Addison Groove, Om Unit, and Kevin McPhee. Massive recommendation for anyone interested in the current state of bass.
This label is featured in Update #067:
Secretsundaze, Roska, Fennesz, Little Dragon
We hope that you have escaped the grizzly northern European weather in time and will be spending your Monday morning at a sunny beach. But even if you'll be riding the subway to work instead, here is some of our favourite new music to keep you in a summer more...
Photek drops in for his debut on Tectonic with 'Closer', the label's 50th release and truly something special: a brooding, dubstep-rooted, modern-day take on a style reminiscent of his most classic d'n'b recordings. Pinch on the flip delivers with his stepping remix. More to come from these two legends!
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This label is featured in Update #063:
Mark E, Vladislav Delay Quartet, Tiger & Woods
The past month of May provided us with a release schedule almost as erratic as the weather, but sticking to our monthly essentials should keep you on the safe side in terms of musical quality. Outstanding artist albums from Mark E, Dominik Eulberg and more...
This label is featured in Update #059:
Instra:mental, Art Department, Panda Bear
The resurgence of classic electro was a surprising trend this month - check Instra:mental's stunning album below - but really fans of all styles and genres should have something to drool over, with Robag Wruhme, Kode9, Panda Bear, Art Department, Burial, more...
It remains to be confirmed whether Tony Williams has actually visited the Windy City or not, but he undoubtedly captures the essence of Chicago's hyperactive street sounds. Tectonic is the next in a series of high-profile labels to showcase his unique take with 'This Is It / Make Um Bounce'.
This label is featured in Edition #040:
An Interview with 2562
Exploring warped techno as A Made Up Sound and organic dubstep as 2562, The Netherlands' Dave Huismans is one of electronic music's most gifted and versatile artists. On the occasion of the release of his third 2562 album, 'Fever', Richard Brophy interviews more...
This label is featured in Update #056:
2562, Hotflush, Kode9
It's only the beginning of the month, but already a surge of hot new dubstep productions has hit us like a blasting heat-wave. 2562 raises the bar for advanced sample-use with his 'Fever' album, Scuba's Hotflush label treats us to an amazing collection of more...
This label is featured in Update #055:
Ramadanman, Soul Clap, Gold Panda
March has marched on by, but not without pouring a vernal cornucopia of fantastic releases upon us. As usual our newsletter is filled to the brink with our personal favourites of the month, neatly split into genres for your browsing comfort. In techno and more...
Tectonic boss Pinch collaborates with fellow UK heavyweights Loefah and Roska respectively for this latest single. 'Broken' is a broody stepper with a spine-chilling bassline and Loefah's epic beats while the Roska cut has his conga rolls working killer over the dusky, dread-soaked atmosphere. Top release.
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Agoria, James Blake, Moritz Von Oswald Trio
February is rumoured to be the year's shortest month, but looking at the past weeks' shocking amount of great releases we are not sure we can confirm this. Massive artists albums by Agoria, James Blake, Isolée, Siriusmo, Nicolas Jaar, Steffi, Tim Hecker, more...
This label is featured in Update #049:
Shackleton, Jamie XX, James Blake
In the disparate world of bass music, dubstep has unravelled itself in multiple directions. This month, this is no better demonstrated as one of dubstep's most unique pioneers Shackleton returns with two killer EPs on Honest Jon's. Also on the radar are great more...
This label is featured in Podcast #030:
photo: Sarunas Mikalauskas / flickr Our two guests this week are two of the most prominent representatives of Bristol's booming dubstep scene: Rob Ellis a.k.a. Pinch is regarded by many as 'Bristol's Godfather of dubstep', having introduced the sound to more...
Illum Sphere lands on Tectonic with a bang: 'Dreamstealin' could be a piece of grain-synthesised neo-classical music, if it wasn't for the junglistic dubstep beats that convert to hip-hop breaks after the break. Backed by the wonky 'Blood Music' and an Indigo remix. Unique and recommended!