Category Archives: Release

AFRJCD03 – Kuoyah – Iride»

IRIDE is the debut album of Italian musician Marco Donnarumma aka Kuoyah, whose artist debut also came through Frijsfo back in 2009. Iride is a long player weighing in at just under one hour and like his previous work it makes for intriguing, challenging yet rewarding listening. Iride in Italian translates to ‘Iris’, by the way…

These tracks were written and put together in spurts of productivity between 2012 and 2014. The first fruits dropped in 2013 via the strange yet well-received digital tracks ‘Freight / Rejo‘ – a different version of the latter appears on Iride’s opening stages. Boomkat called it “muscular dark garage moves such as the high-velocity ‘Freight’ and the slicing chops of ‘Rejo’, reminding of older Brackles or Blunted Robot styles…” whilst KMag included it in their top 10 Bass Music releases and said “‘Freight’s fractured 2-step beats, bloated bassline and steely stare make for a shadowy dance floor weapon that steals the show here. On the flip ‘Rejo’s slightly lighter disposition is manifested in bouncy tribal percussion, incomprehensible vocal cuts and warping chords”. Read More »

AFRJ016 – Atki2»

OUT NOW! Buy at RWDFWD // Boomkat // Frijsfo Beats // or your local record shop.

Wire Magazine: “Sam Atkins mangles sound sources like a junglist. Between the waist-winding syncopations and chants of “Bubble” lies pure turbulence – drums contort, subs wriggle, percussion stretches like putty. The effect is undeniable: it’s tough to sit still, such is the temptation to jump up and start throwing gun fingers everywhere. On the flip’s “Galaxy Zoo”, sub pulses are earthy, clearly aimed straight below the belt, but paired with iridescent synth brass. The founder of Bristol’s Ruffneck Diskotek parties, and half of duos Monkeysteak and Dutty Inspectors, Atkins operates at the intersection where his home city’s rich bass city collides with other global sound system musics.”

Bass Clef said “these are great, a nice pairing of a banger and a more blissout summery number, loving the combination of ragga dancehall vibes and a bit of 4/4 technoey attitude great stuff : )” Read More »

AFRJCD02 – Heart of Matter»

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    • Benefactor
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    • Silver Pictures
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    • Faded Patterns
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    • Surely Now
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    • Exception Rules
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    • Jasenovac
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    • Noctiluca
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    • Semaphore
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    • Body of Water
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    • Convergence

Point B’s fourth album Heart of Matter is his second for Frijsfo Beats, following up 2012’s epic and introspective musical voyage, The Veld. Read More »

AFRJ015 – Frijsfo Beats Volume 4»

DJ Oslek continues his mission compiling Frijsfo’s special vinyl series, equipping you with the most vinyl-deserving of their substantial 2step arsenal. This time the music is from an allstar cast of UK producers. You can call it UK Garage music… Read More »

ASFO026 – Erra»

Check his mix and our interview with him HERE and you can now listen to the release at Frijsfo Beats soundcloud – go show it some love, it is OUT NOW!

ASFO025 – Warlock»

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    • Too Late
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    • Trading Insults

15 years or more before Frijsfo Beats even came into existence, Warlock was mixing it up on London’s Pulse 90.6FM as well as up and down the UK at some of the 90s’ best and most legendary raves such as Helter Skelter, Interdance, Labrynth, The Eclipse, Club Kinetic and too many more to mention. Few DJs know dance music history as well as Warlock. He can happily spin a connoisseurs set of just about anything from the heyday of rave up to today’s multi-faceted bass music scene.

You probably also know of Warlock from the Rag and Bone record label Read More »

ASFO024 – Kuoyah»

Frijsfo Beats’ Kuoyàh, aka Marco Donnarumma, is making a return to the label in 2013 having taken some years out to work on his award-winning and internationally-respected “biomedia research, musical and theatrical performance, participatory practices and subversive coding” (http://vimeo.com/marcodonnarumma). Now based in London, Marco’s activity in these areas is ongoing but lately he’s managed to make a lot more time to produce new Kuoyah material.

His last appearance on Frijsfo was in late 2011 remixing Point B’s ‘Fossils’, and before that was with the Aurorae EPs in 2010 – some of his warmest productions to date. Aurorae deservedly drew  glowing comparisons with the likes of T++, Pole, Kontext, Vladislav Delay and the Chain Reaction label, whilst maintaining Kuoyah’s trademark methods of Read More »

ASFO023 – The Veld RMX»

SFO016 – Point B – The Veld (released January 2012)

****see also: frijsfobeats.bandcamp.com/album/the-veld

“Richard Bultitude AKA Point B is an unsung hero of electronic music. He has quietly but meaningfully honed his talent over almost a decade of releases, for labels including SCSI-AV, Erratica, Combat Recordings and Frijsfo Beats. While he has sensitively shifted the shape of his work the whole time, his identity as a producer has never faded from view. The Veld is his third full-length album, and the first by anyone to be released on Frijsfo.

The immediately noticeable fact about The Veld is that it’s a Point B record. That’s why it can sound sharply contemporary almost without the listener noticing. Think about it, and it’s clear a number of today’s more desirable influences are there, but without a hint of gimmickry. Bultitude handles the weight of classic and revitalised dubstep with intuitive balance, populating the music’s customary space with snatches of fascinating, exotic texture. Elsewhere he remoulds the low-end growl and frigid rhythm composition of darkside neo-electro, or he adapts the sound Frijsfo has effectively made its own – a radically updated and remixed form of 2step garage.  Read More »

AFRJ014 – Geiom – Glesprin EP»

In the past our releases have had a lot of support from excellent DJs – but never so much as with Geiom’s Glesprin EP. This year Ben UFO, Sully, Beneath, The Black Dog, Brackles, Midland, Spatial, Al Tourettes, Hackman, Happa, West Norwood Cassette Library and of course Geiom have all played tracks from the EP.

On 12th November Frijsfo Beats is releasing the Black Screen CD, Geiom’s first album in half a decade. But as we favour vinyl over all other formats for DJing, we had to put something on wax too. This EP contains tracks specially selected for mixing in the club, none of which feature on Black Screen. Read More »

AFRJCD01 – Geiom – Black Screen»

Average producers take rhythms straight off the shelf. Geiom takes their prefabricated units apart and builds improbable machines, capable of transforming, interlocking and changing speed. The second striking feature of his music is the signature melodic style, a strange, sweet and sour tonality that can’t be mistaken for the work of anyone else. Already he has released nearly 20 12″s with unique strains of dubstep, UK garage, house, funky and drum ‘n’ bass running through them, interwoven with a fabric of microtones and strange harmonics.

This is Kamal Joory’s third album as Geiom, not counting two (in 1999 and 2000) as Hem and 2002’s Magic Radios with Morgan Caney. 2007’s Island Noise continued his association with the dubstep scene, which included releases on the Skull Disco, Deep Medi and Planet Mu labels, and appearances on Tempa’s Dubstep Allstars and Rinse mix CDs. But before that was 2001’s Sellotape Flowers, a freeform collection of electronica for Neo Ouija (a label which Metamatics, Xela and Apparat have also called home). On Black Screen this whole history comes together – but the album certainly doesn’t showcase Geiom’s repertoire in a museum-like sense. Instead it’s a fertile cross-pollination of his work’s many different facets, fully combining for the first time. The title doesn’t seem to suggest shutdown or dead ends, but rather the sense of possibility you felt before powering up an iPad or a Commodore 64 for the first time.

This is just an outsider’s interpretation, however. Geiom himself says the title came out of the dying moments of a mobile phone, when he imagined its “digital life flashing before its eyes” and lost conversations leaking into the ether. Read More »