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J:Kenzo - Urban Gorilla

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The next release on Tempa marks the return of J:Kenzo, with Urban Gorilla, the dubstep firebrand s first release since last year s crushing Magneto 12 .

Kenzo remains one of the leading lights of the genre s current generation: his tracks are thrilling exercises in futuristic, synapse-scrambling minimalism, but still deeply rooted in the community-led sound system attitude that inspires them.

Lead track Urban Gorilla epitomises that aesthetic - it features the tough, ruffneck yet dextrous vocals of Ghost crew member Juiceman, famous for his loping chat on El-B s perennial Buck n Bury . Here he s on incendiary form with a beat to match, with his deep baritone looping around percussion and bass that slinks and scuttles - equal parts dub soundboy fury and tense dystopian nightmare.

Expansion trips still further into the dark, with its whiplash bolts of sub-bass and eerie, two-note refrain instantly recalling the characteristic immersive, physically powerful sets of scene lynchpin Youngsta.

The EP closes with the instrumental version of Urban Gorilla recast as Technoid , drawing out the track s contours in sharp, brusquely metallic relief. Tough yet fluid, they re potent reminders of the force coiled within J:Kenzo s music.

Release Info

  • Catalog:
  • TEMPA097
  • Label:
  • Tempa
  • Format:
  • 12"
  • Title:
  • Urban Gorilla
  • Artist:
  • J:Kenzo
  • Style:
  • Bass music
  • Country:
  • United Kingdom
  • Released:
  • 2nd of March 2015


pos artists title
A1 feat. Juiceman Urban Gorilla
A2   Expansion
B1   Technoid
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