Bristol based label Locus Sound have certainly put a shift in since launching in 2017. Throughout their eleven releases, they haven’t been scared to put some fairly unknown figures into the spotlight, giving them a chance to unveil their fresh, innovative sounds to the world and in turn, becoming one of the most freshest, forward-thinking labels about. From fiery digital EPs by Ceramics (LOCUS006), Sedan (LOCUS009) and particularly Ourman (LOCUS008) who’s since made some serious moves, Locus Sound most recently made their way to a first vinyl release where SBK had the honour of displaying his original material on ‘Kingdom Of Sobek‘ (LOCUSV001). And now, the label rounds off the year with their first compilation LP, featuring ten original tracks and a solid group of fresh faces as well as a couple more familiar to the label.
Today we have the pleasure of showcasing SBK‘s offering, where he returns to the label in style with the ice cold sounds of ‘Naiads‘.
Beginning with Roy Bar‘s deep opener ‘You Have Nothing‘, we’re treated to brand new material from artists soon to feature on the label in their own capacity, including Ome, Maes and Duckem, plus the ever active Ourman who returns to Locus Sound with the mean and moody ‘Skullapse‘. In-between those, there’s also a superb collection of collaborations including Baku & Unknown Order, Caba & Substrada, Nigia & Oujdat and my personal favourite ‘Withdrawals‘ by Eater & Stizzla who continue to develop their brand of dark, experimental bass music.
As expected from a label who’s happy to take risks and push the sound forward, LOCUSLP001 offers more than enough material to keep one’s 140 curiosities satisfied. Like with all good compilations, there’s something in there for everyone who likes their music dark with a little weight and murkiness. We also get a welcome signal of what to expect from the trailblazing Locus Sound crew going into 2020.
LOCUSLP001 is out Friday 22nd November and available to pre-order here.