A1 Bassline - Without Time EP (FINAWHITE001)

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A1 Bassline’s ‘Without Time EP’ sets the tone: FINA White, FINA Records’ angry little brother is unleashed.

December 2014 marks the launch of FINA White, FINA Records’ breakout channel dedicated to the release of pure and unadulterated peak time bangers whilst staying true to the caliber of artists and quality of music FINA Records prides itself on promoting.

Raw, stripped-back house and techno with no frills is high on the agenda, its focus on a totally different sound to its more subtly experimental and genre-hopping sibling. It’s a distinct outlet for championing artists who wouldn’t so readily suit the more refined, style-shifting styled niche that FINA Records has so carefully carved out for itself. FINA White has set out more specifically to be a go-to label for the discerning straight up house and tough techno purist.

Kicking off FINA White’s catalogue is A1 Bassline’s ‘Without Time’ EP.

A1 Bassline is fast becoming a prominent name on underground house and techno circuits; one of the UK’s new breed of experimental producers who defies any definitive classification. The Brightonian’s hybrid house sound has popped up on reputable imprints as diverse as Pets Recordings, DirtyBird and George Fitzgerald’s Man Make Music and has given rise to collaborations with the likes of Leon Vynhall and Bobby Champs.

But releases on his own label, Source Unknown, a platform upon which he showcases his more techno orientated output, is what captured the attention of the ears behind FINA White. Indeed ‘Without Time EP’ is as strikingly clear indication of the distinctive direction FINA Records’ offshoot label is intent on taking.

The release opens with ‘Bad Timing’, a straight up techno banger whose menacingly melodic low-end tones, relentless thump and rolling toms are the driving force behind its robust and looming groove. A1’s layering of long drawn out synths, industrial drums, heavily reverberated claps and shakers are offset by intermittent tribal calls and deep rasping atmospherics; an organic fusion of sounds which give a sinister edge to what is a gritty, energized stomper.

Next up is ‘Without Time’, a similarly complex percussive cut - but with its junglist inspired eastern horns, trancey synth-lead breakdowns and acid squelches, this time there’s a distinctive nod to Bassline’s old skool rave sensibility. Yet, as the title suggests, the track isn’t confined to one era. It’s a timeless hybrid. The descant melodic and ethereal synths and cut up vocals give the track it’s unmistakable soul and groove, whilst the overriding stuttered mechanical drum and hard hitting bass line make it just as much a techno banger as the lead track.

Wrapping up FINA White’s debut release is Nail’s classy take on ‘Without Time’ - a more direct 4/4 reworking of the original. The more prominent horns and the introduction of softer snares and bells compliment the decidedly warmer bassline and serve to underline Nail’s penchant for classic underground house.

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released January 26, 2015

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Established in 2011, FINA has become one of the most essential and respected house imprints of its time, counting electronic luminaries such as Move D, Leif, Roberto Rodriguez, Cottam and Francis Inferno Orchestra as part of its artistic family.

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