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New music from Source Direct is coming on SPEED


Tempo Records present SPEED, a new Tempo Records sublabel and project released on a limited collector’s hand-numbered 180gram coloured picture disc vinyl with original and legendary producers who helped shape the Drum & Bass scene.

After the DJ Trace and DJ Krust releases on Tempo’s SPEED series here’s the living legendary ‘call & response’ originator: Source Direct.

Source Direct, along with Goldie, Photek, Peshay and Wax Doctor, one of a handful of stand-out artists who were signed to major labels in the wake of Jungle’s/Drum and Bass’ popular explosion.

Around 1995 Source Direct would have been primarily known as ‘intelligent’ or ‘Speed’ artists (after LTJ Bukem’s and Fabio’s legendary SPEED midweek club, held at the Mars Bar in central London). Speed, and then Metalheadz at the Blue Note shortly afterwards, helped pave the way for DJ’s and producers like Source Direct to experiment with deeper material.

On this release, you’ll find new Source Direct material with that distinct trademark SD sound. Superbly engineered breakbeats, the relentless sonic, rhythmic, tempo experimentation and haunting ‘Blade’ film-scape ‘dark sounds from beyond’ atmospheres accompanied with deep sub-aquatic resonant bass lines. If there’s one production technique Source Direct applied it’s the ‘call & response’ technique (the latter is also the track title of SD’s contribution to 1998’s Stephen Norrington’s ‘Blade’ cult movie which starred Wesley Snipes).

Source Direct’s ‘Dangerous Curves’ has already gained support from many of the dance music industry’s leading players including: Gilles Peterson, Laurent Garnier, Sherelle, Doc Scott, LTJ Bukem, DJ Ron, Heist and DJ Flight to name just a few…the list is endless!

We have the absolute honour and privilege of presenting ‘Dangerous Curves’ to you today. I won’t waffle on about how good it is, the music speaks for itself, as you would expect!

Check out Source Direct ‘Dangerous Curves’ below. It drops via SPEED on 29th January on digital and streaming platforms, there may be some delay with vinyl distribution due to Covid restrictions. You can get your hands on this masterpiece from here

*** Vinyl collectors, please note: This release comes as a strictly limited 600 copies hand-numbered 180gram Picture Disc Vinyl pressing with a high-quality polybag sleeve (including a hand-numbered qty sticker on polybag corner and hand-numbered A4 insert) + all tracks mastered by Stuart Hawkes of Metropolis Mastering London. First come, first served, no picture disc repress!


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