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14 Frontlines
CLEAR SKYS DO THE HUSTLE UNDER
CONSTRUCTION
We get the lowdown on new label Hustle Audio…
Modern Urban Jazz recently launched its
WHY HAVE YOU SET THE LABEL UP? ‘Constructed Works’ 12” vinyl series. The series
We felt that our district - Mansfield, features a different artist on each side, comes
Sheffield, Nottingham and surrounding in coloured or heavyweight vinyl and is strictly
areas - was missing a base camp for the people limited. The first release features label boss
involved in the less commercial sounds of Justice (pictured) teaming up with debutant
drum & bass. There are many outlets from Momentum to deliver ‘Defragment’, whilst the
all over the country that work hard to deliver AA side finds Hungarian wizard ICR working
great music, we hope that we will soon be his magic on ‘Identity Fragment’. This will be
known as one of them. released on a blue vinyl and will be limited to
300 only copies.
WHO IS INVOLVED WITH RUNNING IT?
Myself, James, and Phil “Jungleman” are Look out for future releases from Sinistarr,
heading up the main duties whilst Dan Hoax Metro, Invincible, Paranoid Society and more
takes care of gigs and DJ bookings. We have to be announced. Also adding to the boutique /
Strike & Benko (Distilled Beats) doing radio bespoke limited nature of the project, a CD will
shows and podcasts and Stav is in place to follow which will be housed in a unique recycled
oversee my ever-changing mind and lend cardboard sleeve which requires no gluing and
his experienced ear in regards to tune will have a hand printed sleeve and the face of
submissions. the CD, making each one unique. These will
be limited to 100 only and will feature Justice,
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR KEY Invincible, ICR, Sub, SH, Sinistarr, D’zine,
ARTISTS? Metro, The Square, Control Remote and Chris
Nusense has releases forthcoming on Mac II, Inperspective.
Renegade Recordings and Viper Recordings
After a brief hiatus Crystal Clear is back on the and Decade has had tracks out on Sidechain
scene stronger than ever. Out now on Ganja Music, Basswerk, Levitated Recordings LOVE OVER GOLD
Records are the tracks ‘Streethawk’ and ‘Cold and Point 9 Audio. We also have whole
Blooded” that he made with Cabbie and out on host of talent including Devize & Shookz,
13 April is ‘King Of The Stars’ / ‘Dolamite’, on Undersound, KI & Expect, Mr Distance,
Ganja’s liquid imprint Liqweed. Puzzler and Grafix.
“‘King Of The Stars’ is a collaboration with a FORTHCOMING RELEASES?
young Belgian producer called Netsky,” says We have a digital LP that we are currently
Crystal Clear. “He got in touch on AIM and I was planning which should be available anytime
impressed with the musicality of the tunes he sent now. It’s entitled ‘Definitions’ and features
so I called him in to work on something I was ten tracks from all of the above artists and
working on. I’ve also got loads of dubs floating more. We also have plans for a digital EP from
around at the moment including a collabora- Undersound who we have high hopes for.
tion with Zen called ‘The Man With No Name’, He has already worked alongside the likes of
another collabo with Cabbie as well as a second High Contrast and Dan Marshall and soon he
collabo with Netsky, this time on a more upfront will be in the studio with Blame and Deeizm
tip called ‘Come Back’. There are also a few dubs to help with some musical elements to their
by me and Rhythm Beater doing the rounds projects as he is a classically trained musician.
about under the Smash Bros alias – ‘So Be It’ in We also have plans to release a CD album and,
particular, which is kinda techy, is getting some of course, our debut vinyl release and a whole
really good support. All that and there are still host of digital goodies to feast on.
some purely solo bits of mine like ‘Bangers n
Mash’ that are going down really well at the mo- www.myspace.com/hustleaudio Goldie’s next UK Solo show has been
ment.” confirmed for the 10 - 26th April at The
Maverik Showroom, 68-72 Redchurch St,
Crystal Clear has also launched a new website at Shoreditch, London E2 7DP. The duplex venue
www.crystalcleardubs.com complete with news, will be transformed into a cutting edge situation
biog, collaboration info and fresh audio. This not to be missed! His long awaited next 27
will be updated regularly with new release info colour Screenprint “Apocalypse Angel” will be
and forthcoming DJ gigs. Finally, if you want released to coincide with the show to feature
to book Crystal Clear then contact Urban DJ a recent retrospective of the artist’s prolific
Agency: www.urbantakeover.co.uk works. www.eddielock.co.uk
www.kmag.co.uk
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