Get To Know: Lossless Music

The brainchild of Soul Intent, Lossless Music began life as many such artist-run labels do – as an outlet for Alex’s own productions. That changed in a big way from 2016 onwards, as Lossless began to welcome other artists to the roster both on the main imprint and two other sub-labels – Exkursions, for more leftfield D&B, and Dope Plates for old-school jungle and rave-tinged outings.

Whether it’s his own work or that of other producers, the label trifecta has gone from strength to strength and shows no sign of stopping. Read on for five of our favourites from the Lossless vaults…

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Locked Up 20

Locked Up Music drop their 20th release today, combining a celebration of the label’s output with some fundraising for a good cause; all proceeds will go to Love Your Hospital, a charity which fundraises for the West Sussex hospitals where Locked Up boss Section works.

Better still, if you wait until Friday to grab the LP then you’ll be doing a charity double whammy – Bandcamp will be donating their share of all sales on June 19th to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Check out the beats below, do some good and grab yourself a fistful of dark D&B to boot!

Premiere: Sicknote – Close Encounters

Heavy hitting break-smashing business from Sicknote on today’s premiere for Locked Up Music! Close Encounters takes no prisoners…hard amens and detuned bass bring to mind vintage Barcode Recordings cuts. Danger danger! Look out for this dropping Jan 27th at Bandcamp with other digital stores following Feb 3rd…

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Premiere: Sicknote – Heat

In Reach Records return with their second release and this time they’ve recruited Sicknote to provide the beats. Heat sees the man channelling old school D&B and rave vibes through a lens of break driven techstep; ominous, darkly funky and generally wicked! Look out for this coming early March at all the usual outlets…

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Premiere: Sicknote & Escher – Trouble

Something pretty special in our premiere spotlight today as we present the exclusive on Sicknote & Escher’s phenomenal new track Trouble. Combining crunchy breakbeat programming with ominous orchestral samples, the sense of drama and tension across the track is really special and the tone is pretty much unlike anything else we’ve heard this year. Wicked stuff. This one is strictly vinyl, and limited to 50 copies – head to the Clashmouth record fair on Nov 10th to snag a copy, or keep a close eye on their social feeds to try and grab any remaining after that…

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Premiere: Sicknote & Sweetpea – Saxxon

London heads Sweetpea and Sicknote team up in the studio for our latest exclusive, laying down a tech-edged drumfunk riddim with tons of atmosphere and seriously tight percussive chops. Sick track! Look for this one coming on Addictive Behaviour’s brand new Rotation Part Three LP; the album drops at Beatport on Monday with full release coming two weeks after.

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Premiere: Sicknote, Dissect & Jay Bionic – Bluffing

Part three of Paws Recordings’ excellent trio of vinyl exclusive white label releases is almost upon us and we’re proud to present the exclusive on B-side Bluffing! Featuring more of the old school hip-hop sampling that has characterised previous tracks like Nowadays, this one is an retro roller with a playful bassline harking back to the heyday of DJ Zinc and the like. Watch the Paws Bandcamp for pre-order details soon; the vinyl drops Oct 27th.

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Premiere: Sicknote, Dissect & Jay Bionic – Nowadays

Paws Recordings return with the second of their vinyl exclusive white label releases and we’ve got the exclusive on A-side Nowadays! Taking a leaf from Paradox’s book, this is a stripped back slice of b-boy breakbeat business with an emphasis on crispy drums and a tasty hip-hop style sample hook to give the tune it’s name. Old school vibes! Hit up the Paws Bandcamp to get your mits on this one; the vinyl drops May 26th.

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