Locksem: Fosseway EP
Locksem: Fosseway EP (Front Cover)
LABEL:Lockdown Recordings
STREET DATE:March 18, 2019
ARTISTS: Locksem  


1. Fosseway Locksem 6:48 Download wav aif mp3
2. Listen Keenly Locksem 6:54 Download wav aif mp3
3. Wall of Silence Locksem 4:57 Download wav aif mp3
4. Movers and Shakers Locksem 4:49 Download wav aif mp3

UK drum & bass label Lockdown Recordings have spent sixteen years developing their musical hub. Over this time, they’ve taken their time in developing a sound from across their roster which is easily recognisable now as Lockdown’s signature. This has been done through painstaking A&R, as well as a commitment to keeping their ears to the ground for new music and producers. From their humble beginnings, right into the powerhouse their viewed as today, they’ve remained part of the underground scene and this shows through each one of the releases delivered to the drum & bass market. Their next EP comes from Locksem and despite being a tender age, the Southern producer is no stranger to the world of electronic music. From his first ventures into production at fourteen, through to his job as a promoter for local club nights, he’s remained an inherent part of drum & bass from the start. Since these moments, he’s been working diligently to shape his craft, whilst becoming a resident at the legendary club night ‘Aperture’ night in Cardiff. Following his debut EP on Lockdown Recordings, channelling the dark sounds he’s spent year committing himself to creating, he’s about to return to the imprint.

The uplifting world of title-track ‘Fosseway’ creates a precedent for the rest of the EP to follow. With pitching instrumentals and rolling beat notes, it’s a slab of musicality which highlights a different side of the producer. Next up comes ‘Listen Keenly’, which is more dancefloor orientated as it crashes into the forefront. For the EP’s second half, you’re moved through ‘Wall of Silence’ and ‘Movers and Shakers’. Whilst ‘Wall of Silence’ pushes your ears against its throbbing drums and rolling clashes of percussion, with distorted vocals drifting in and out of the mix, ‘Movers and Shakers’ is more minimal in its approach. However, it still possesses the complexity which has made Locksem such an imperative force within the newcomers currently coming through. When looking at the EP in its entirety, it highlights the impressiveness of Locksem’s production. And how this has been nurtured by Lockdown Recordings; a label which has remained at the centre of many of similar career paths.

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