AtsuBox - Crossed Roads Ep (+ The Host rmx) - Datamod045

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    AtsuBox - Crossed Roads Ep (+ The Host rmx) - Datamod045

    Catalogue number 45 for this nu release by Modulate Recordings and this time we decided to work on different and unusual sounds for our label - dark, deep Uk garage and footwork. The guys who gave us this possibility are two young and rising producers from Uk - Atsuko & Stompbox aka AtsuBox. The first think when we listened to their demo was something like "WWWOOOOOWWW, this is a journey into deeeeep space!!". The result: 3 amazing tunes played also by Skream & Benga at BBc1 Radio.
    We are really proud to release also an awesome footwork style rmx by a big name of electronic scene like The Host, also known as Boxcutter and out with labels like Planet Mu, Ninja Tunes, Hotflush. Just close your eyes and listen to this release!!!

    1- Crossed Roads
    2- Crush
    3- The Feeling's Changed
    4- The Feeling's Changed (The Host Rmx)

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    AtsuBox - BIO

    Adam Howman and James Rice, better known as Atsuko & Stompbox (AtsuBox), are two Manchester based producers exploring the darkest depths of the music scene. Within only 6 months (3 years individually) of working together they have formed their own unique style of complex, filtered percussion patterns and dark, sub heavy bass-lines which has attracted a lot of attention, most notably, from dubstep pioneers Skream & Benga on their BBC Radio 1 show with Benga hailing them as 'one of his favourite duo's doing something different right now'. As well as this, AtsuBox are the lastest signing to the legendary R&S Records sister label Apollo Records, a label that has released such artists as Aphex Twin, Synkro & Submerse. All of this happening before the pair had even had their first official release! 2012/2013 looks to be an exciting year with releases forthcoming on Modulate Recordings, Soulstep Records and of course Apollo Records. The pair plan to carry on refining and perfecting their sound through a never ending amount of productions, as well, as putting into action their new live set-up. Keep an eye out for these boys in the very near future.

    The Host - BIO
    Although arguably not as widely recognised as he deserves to be, to those in the know, Barry Lynn has been more than a significant blip on the underground's radar since his first vinyl release in 2005. Barry, alias Boxcutter, has restlessly explored a smorgasboard of sonics from his Northern Irish homeland. Having first started as a guitar player, computer-based production with Cubase followed in 1998 (“bought on the advice of a mate who told me DJ Shadow used something similar” he remembers). Come 2004, Barry was experimenting with the grime and garage-influenced sounds which are now so en vogue, and early recognition came from tastemakers like J da Flex at BBC 1Xtra and Paul Rose (aka Scuba) at Hotflush Recordings, the label on which Boxcutter had his first release, namely Brood / Sunshine in 2005. Moving to Planet Mu in 2006 brought the first in a long line of releases on the label, namely the Tauhid EP, swiftly followed by the sometime vibrant, sometime violent, but always innovative full length, Oneiric. For its experimentation, the album drew acclaim from the likes of Wire magazine and the BBC Reviews team, as well as an increased number of live gigs around the UK and Europe. Tirelessly exploring an ever wider palette of sound, 2007 saw Boxcutter craft another full length for his beloved Planet Mu, Glyphic - a record awash with atmosphere and dub rhythms which saw him expand upon the increasingly prevalent dubstep aesthetic of the hour. As well as this, another EP for Hotflush arrived, Philly / Endothermic. Around the same time, this idiosyncratic musical explorer was also commissioned to compose an electroacoustic piece for Irish broadcaster RTE. With 2009 came another album, Arecibo Message, once more on Planet Mu. An unpredictable, personalised affair that envisioned an electronic lineage that goes waaay back, this LP saw Barry shift to an almost completely analogue setup, drawing strange sonorites and tunings out of a selection of vintage machines.
    More recently, 2011 saw Boxcutter take another left turn, this time delving into a range of tempos as wide as the gap between him and his peers: The Dissolve fused the organic with the synthetic into lush, brightly-hued compositions, to critical acclaim. From dancehall to hip-hop via jazz funk and hypnagogic pop, it ranged far and wide for inspiration.
    2012 brought a name change, and with it a refreshed approach to track-building. The Host joined the dots between vintage library music radiophonics, worn out soul music, and cassette-addled footwork, and also notably featured more upfront guitar playing than his previous releases.


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