Ground Level gets to 50
50th release on Ground Level, one of the finest breaks labels operating in the UK. They’ve managed an enviable level of consistency over their recent releases, when you’d be expecting fatigue to be setting in. To celebrate, they’re releasing the Playground LP and you can listen to the first sampler EP and download a free podcast.
Playground contains 12 new tracks and remixes. Here’s a sampler to listen containing four of the tracks. Bezwun’s Drop sets out Ground Level’s stall with a dirty great bass line rippling through the track. Fisso and Spark lighten the mood with something more synth based and epic. Joe C (previously here) takes the breaks to the rave in a new meets old concoction - Sound Off has a lithe dance floor frug appeal. Cracking. SUBMO remixes Rebel Sketchy (previously here) for the final track on the EP. This is a great remix, loads more funk in the breaks. Will stimulate uncontrollable dancing.
On Beatport now! – http://www.beatport.com/release/playground-album-sampler-ep-1/941557
And, if you wanted more, there’s also a new podcast available today, this time mixed and selected by Rebel Sketchy, which includes tracks from the release – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/ground-level-podcast/id503911944. It’s available for free.
Blurb: 5 years ago this month Ground Level was born with the vinyl release of Serious Wobble by Stylus Rex. 60 months down the line the Ground Level has evolved into a label covering a whole range of music with a broken beat and an underground feel. Rather than do the usual ‘best of’ style compilation to celebrate the occasion we’re presenting a package of 12 brand new tracks and remixes, the first album sampler of which you have here… Submo lives up to his name on his remix of Rebel Sketchy’s last single ‘I Need You’, with a huge array of bottom end. Combine this with massive builds and broken tribal rhythms this track is a bass music monster! Fisso & Spark dropped their first EP on Ground Level earlier this year, with Radio One Support from Annie Nightingale, Freefall charted high in the Beatport breaks charts, then remained in the charts for 8 weeks! For this compilation they bring us Nasty Sound, a darkly melodic peaktime track with a cinematic edge. This track is taken from Fisso & Spark’s debut album which is dropping on Ground Level in the winter. Bezwun is better known as being one half of Beatsmack but is quickly carving a reputation for his solo work. This track rolls from breakbeat to ghetto funk and back with the mother of all filthy basslines and a huge dollop of funk. Joe C, who you’ll be getting to know now from his last two awesome release on Ground Level, weighs in with Sound Off. With his trademark sound combing old and new elements and styles of the broken beat and bringing it bang up to date with some funky bass heavy vibes.
If you’re not a DJ type you can also pre-order this EP from iTunes – http://itunes.apple.com/gb/preorder/playground-album-sampler-ep/id544653945
Release/catalogue number: GL050
Release date: Aug 10, 2012