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ABAGAFREE019 – Released on 4th August 2014 through ABAGA Records
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Scottish producer/DJ Tactus – head of ABAGA Records – is back with a 4 track EP out on August 4th, 2014 through his own label. The ‘Relocate EP’ is a collection of tracks made at different points over the last 3 years, and will finally be available for a ‘name your price’ download. Despite being recorded at different times, the songs work together, melding jungle sounds with short edits of reggae vocals and rhythmical basslines, which translate well to dance floors, while retaining melody and a relaxed atmosphere. Tactus’ last EP had a great reception, with plays from various DJs and radio shows, including Sub.fm and Radio 1’s Ally McCrae.
ABAGAFREE018 – Released on 2nd December 2013 through ABAGA Records
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Label boss Tactus heads this EP alongside two collabs with MAKO. Both artists have been busy with a number of projects, Tactus’ recent EP on Gradient Audio and MAKOs’ release on Hot N Heavy have both been well received, and between gigging, Sub FM sessions, BBC Radio 1 and Rinse FM plays, this EP is presented by two like-minded producers, coming together to find new ways in which to meld styles, experiment with sounds and snare placement, whilst retaining melody and emphasis on sub frequencies. It will be the prestigious labels’ 39th release, and acts almost as a follow-up to MAKOs’ ‘The Space Badgers EP’ from late 2010, which also included two collaborations between these two producers.
Included at: Library UK – Jungle’n’Wobbles – BBC Radio 1 – Sub FM/Ashtech – Bass And Space – The Techno Kittens – KCRW/MALCOLM Podcast – The Noise Gate/Diegetics – Pete Cogle: bit.ly/1eM0CiD & bit.ly/1h8Czwq – Soundscape Memoirs – THANKS!
Released on 30th August 2013 through Gradient Audio
Released on 17th April 2013 through Witness (Edinburgh club night)
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BLM0078 – Released on 26th March 2013 through Black Lantern Music
Black Lantern are proud to present an EP of dubstep tracks by Edinburgh-based producer and ABAGA Records founder Tactus, sticking to the heavy bass and 2-step beats laid down by the original innovators of first-wave dubstep.
The skanking rhythms of Change are complimented by the luscious vocals of singer Rebecca Mason, swathed in tripped-out reverb and swelling, pulsing filters.
Dancing Bruise features a throbbing, skittering bassline over a full-throttle garage rhythm, breaking down into skanking reggae patterns in the bridge.
The stunning Buleriass Shake is utterly original, melding the complex time signatures and subtle guitar flourishes of Spanish traditional music with upfront dubstep.
Closer Shake Service is ital dubstep in its purest form, a skanking rhythm with plucked guitar and bass, and supremely dubbed-out drops.
Dubstep with the emphasis on dub and omnipresent 2-step rhythms – recorded in 2009/10, these tracks are Tactus’ riposte to empty-headed brostep and creatively bankrupt trap.
Released 20th December 2012 through Unwashed Territories
This album features a whole range of artists and bands, many of whom have featured on my Dandelion Radio and others who will no doubt do so in the future. All of them deserve to be heard by a wider audience and hopefully this release will go some way towards achieving that.
The album is also dedicated to the Russian band Pussy Riot, whose members were jailed for two years for the ‘crime’ of protesting against Russian president Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox church. Although one of the three members has now been released, the others remain incarcerated and all of those involved in this album support the campaign to secure their freedom.
released December 20, 2012
All tracks have been kindly donated by the artists, bands and labels listed, with all proceeds going to voiceproject.org/programs/pussy-riot-support-fund.php, Any money you opt to donate will go towards supporting Pussy Riot’s campaign for justice and to supporting their familes while they’re in jail. Please feel free to grab the album for nothing and donate directly if you prefer.
Artwork by Dirk Peach.
Album name inspired by Pindar’s Apes.
ABAGA018 – Released on 20th February 2012 through ABAGA Records
The Hold Up EP is Profisee‘s first release on ABAGA Records, featuring a synth laden title track produced by Starkey. Remixes by Tactus, MAKO and The Seup show the track in a variety of styles: a dancefloor banger, a sub laden track with atmospheric chords and a breakbeat vibe with a jungle feel respectively. Plenty of bass!
ABAGA017 – Released on 19th December 2011
ABAGA Records are part of a campaign to help save the BBC Introducing In Scotland show on Radio 1. The BBC are restructuring and are cutting a weekly 2 hour show every Sunday at midnight that showcases Scottish talent. This would be a huge loss for local musicians and listeners, and make it harder for Scottish artists to reach international audiences. We urge you to get involved by downloading this compilation (all proceeds go to the Drake Music Scotland charity). The Pop Cop and Pelmet Nights are also involved in the campaign and have done a great job with the online petition and facebook page. Meetings with SNP MSP Joan McAlpine and Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop in the Scottish Parliament have also shown how important this show is for Scottish music, and they will be a great help in letting the right people know about this campaign. Click here for more information.
Reviewed/included at: Clash Music (Thanks!)
Artists: Profisee – Frightened Rabbit – Paranoise – Tactus – Mike G (Jungle Brothers) – Cadence (Raw Produce) – MCM (Caveman) – Dizzy Dustin (Ugly Duckling) – Dj Sheep – Capitol 1212 – The Setup – Jammin J – Nasty P – DJ Tez – Morphamish – Special Ed – SubShot – Riddim Tuffa – Taz – D.A.R.C. – Denney – Asthmatic Astronaut – Dunt – Stanley Odd – Church of When the Shit Hits the Fan – Project Midnight
Released 15th January 2011
ABAGAFREE006 – Released on 18th October 2010 through ABAGA Records
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MAKO’s ABAGA Records debut, the Space Badger EP, stands out for its light skipping two-steppy beats and fat bass lines, its subtle melodies and its sense of deep atmosphere. The EP kicks off with Venus Or Mars, in collaboration with Tactus, a sweet subby number that kicks off sparse and melodic and eases into a punchy four-to-the-floor beat that catches you off guard. A great start to a superb EP. The eponymous Badgers (also a Tactus collab) hits you straight off with some amazing sub that immediately sets the room shaking. This track is comprised of sparse and delicate layers of staccato melodies and spacey pads, half-heard parts of syllables creating the overall ambience. Goldigga, whilst maintaining the feel of the EP, is punchy, catchy and the sort of tune you definitely want to be hearing in a nightclub or a party. Got to love that bassline as well. Bringing the EP to its danceable conclusion, Head Up reminds us that its not often we are lucky eough to hear an EP that we can listen to again and again and keep on finding something new and interesting each time. Nice one, MAKO.
ABAGAFREE004 – Released on 14th September 2010 through ABAGA Records
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The latest free release on ABAGA Records keeps up the standard of quality that sets apart these EPs from the massive bulk of shoddy dubstep contaminating our dancefloors. The Deranged EP kicks off in typical Tactus style; Dynasty Of Doom is harsh and heavy and yet has a danceable skank that doesn’t let up. Killa Na Run, is again testament to Tactus’ reggae roots, with catchy vocals and melodic guitar riffs offsetting some hefty sub. Tracked Down places itself firmly on the dub side of dubstep, and allows the mellow side of Tactus as producer time to shine through; it also lulls us into a false sense of security before the EPs conclusion with Cuntaminated, which ups the ante for a filthy finish to a belter of an EP.
ABAGAFREE001 – Released on 19th July 2010 through ABAGA Records
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Melodic, dark, subby… These are only a few of the adjectives that could be used to describe the debut EP from Dunt, and barely scratch the surface in explaining the amazing depth and subtlety that can be found in Here Comes The Snake. The EP begins with ‘Sweet’, with Dunt incorporating vocals from Melo and guitars from Tactus into his meticulous production style. This track introduces us to Dunt’s melodic style with danceable finesse. Track two, ‘Castle’, lulls us into a false sense of security with its fantastic chordal structure before dropping one of the heaviest, subbiest, filthiest bass lines on us; like a gold brick wrapped in a silk pillow. Subtle, melodic, and shuffling, ‘Drift’ displays a sophistication rarely found in dubstep. However, crank up the volume and ‘Drift’ becomes a hefty sub odyssey. The Tactus remix of ‘Castle’ transforms the track into a relentless dance number whilst maintaining Dunt’s sublime chord structure. So, to sum up: melodic, dark, subby… fucking sensational.
Released on 30th March 2010 through C-Front Sounds
ABAGA004 – Released on 6th April 2009 through ABAGA Records
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