Szare land with three heavy, heavy hitters for the first disc on new Bristol imprint Polity Records, ran by Ellis, a long-time helping hand at RwdFwd HQ.

Murderous debut disc on this label, combining the fierceness of grime with the bassbin pressure of UK techno, and setting it off with cutting edge rhythm workouts to devastating effect.
Each copy comes with a dl code, all served up with artwork & design by Studio Tape-Echo…
Proper job.

Check the official blurb from the label here –

“Over the course of nearly a decade of releases, Szare have have been a mainstay of UK dance music, cementing their reputation through a string of essential releases for labels like Horizontal Ground, Idle Hands, Field, Project 13 and Different Circles. We’re extremely proud to add another name to that list, with this diverse selection of tracks that comprise both new ideas and forgotten loops, re-visited and re-tooled.

The first track, Miner, is named after a street in Downtown Stockton, CA. Whilst Miner isn’t directly about the Central Valley of California, the juxtaposed rhythmic and thematic iterations that outline its structure reflect the uncanny incongruence of the environment that birthed it. From the opening bar, the rhythms are pounding, frenetic, and totally unhinged… We won’t give away the payoff though; listen to the tune.

Cut with Glass, written after a recycling mishap, perfectly encapsulates a vintage side of the Szare sound – minimal, free from ornamentation, and with an approach to uk sound system culture that exhibits a more westward-gazing sound palette than initially meets the eye.

Drop Shadow rounds off the package; as much an exploration of concrète as it is bass music, the drop to 100bpm facilitates one of the most controlled and perfectly executed arrangements we’ve ever heard out of Szare. The spasms of noise throughout are used as a fundamental instrument, complimented by pointillist licks of dubbed out vocals and strings that reach a fever-pitch in the closing third, and rounding out a package that covers the insane diversity that Szare are creatively capable of.”

Edition of 300,
Hand-stamped inner sleeve,
Printed sleeve design by Studio Tape-Echo.
Mastered and cut by Lewis at Stardelta.

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