Tempa 100

Tempa's landmark 100th release — a double pack of essential classics to mark the occasion, released on 18th September.

Founded in London in 2000, Tempa swiftly evolved to become one of the most vital and influential labels in the last 15 years of UK dance music. At the epicentre of dubstep as it evolved from a mutant offshoot of garage into its own unique scene and sound, Tempa has fostered many of the genre’s best-known names.

For our 100th release, we’re marking that legacy by casting an ear back into our rich archives. Just as powerful as when they were first released, the music on Tempa 100 is both a celebration and a reminder of the label’s ten-tons-heavy contribution to UK music history.



Appleblim — Avebury


Appleblim’s latest for Tempa is a three tracker that opens with the idiosyncratic ‘Avebury’, whose momentum builds steadily towards the track’s apex before a rude bassline plunges the skittering keys into a deep, measured lull.


The 12’s centerpiece is its most challenging offering, with the almost ten minute ‘Wandered’ bubbling menacingly under the surface for the duration. The grayscale ‘Auburn Blaze’ rounds off an eclectic selection of tracks that as a whole feel most at home reverberating off the walls of a dank south London club, or on the night bus home across a buzzing metropolis.

Available from August 14th on digital and vinyl.


Nomine — Blind Man

Nomine returns with Blind Man, his fifth 12” for Tempa. What marks out Nomine’s takes on dubstep and techno is his innate ability to use subtle sonic gestures to create a massive physical and emotional impact: in his hands, a brief flicker of struck hand drums or a fragmentary drift of melody can hit you as hard as a two-ton heavy blast of sub-bass pressure.

Available April 13 on 12" vinyl and digital. Pre-order now on iTunes.


J:Kenzo — Urban Gorilla feat. Juiceman

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”.

Listen to the lead track in full over at Data Transmission.


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