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The Triple Threat Is (Just About) Here…

The Triple Threat Pre Sale Opens Monday 1st October

And is released on Monday 22nd of October!

WHAT YOU GET IN THE BUNDLE

KF100 – The Triple Threat Vinyl LP

Disk 1 – Kniteforce:
A1. Hyper On Experience – Lift Me Up (Luna-C Remix)
A2. Pete Cannon – The Box (Sunny & Deck Hussy Remix)
B1. Alex Jungle – The Need In Me (M-Project Remix)
B2. Shadowplay – Calling Me (Clayfighter Remix)

Disk 2 – Knitebreed:
C1. Wislov – You Make Me Happy (Audio X Remix)
C2. Paul Bradley – Magic (Empyreal Remix)
D1. Sunny & Deck Hussy – Only You (Mannik Remix)
d2. Ant To Be – Nobody Likes Me (Scartat Remix)

Disk 3 – KFA
E1. Demcore – Believe (Ant To be Remix)
E2. Doughboy – Rock Deh Riddum (Dj Ham Remix)
F1. Anglerfish & Lucider – Rumba! (Shoreman Remix)
F2. Audio X – Set Your Feelings Free (Liquid Remix)

Plus links to the digital Downloads in 320MP3 and 24bit wav versions!

KFCD100 – The Triple Threat CD

CD1
01. Hyper On Experience – Lift Me Up (Luna-C Remix)
02. Pete Cannon – The Box (Sunny & Deck Hussy Remix)
03. Alex Jungle – The Need In Me (M-Project Remix)
04. Shadowplay – Calling Me (Clayfighter Remix)
05. Wislov – You Make Me Happy (Audio X Remix)
06. Paul Bradley – Magic (Empyreal Remix)
07. Sunny & Deck Hussy – Only You (Mannik Remix)
08. Ant To be – Nobody Likes Me (Scartat Remix)
09. Demcore – Believe (Ant To be Remix)
10. Doughboy – Rock Deh Riddim (Dj Ham Remix)
11. Anglerfish & Lucider – Rumba! (Shoreman Remix)
12. Audio X – Set Your Feelings Free (Liquid Remix)

CD2
01. Alk-e-d – Home (Darwin Remix)
02. TNO Project – Start Lovin (Shadowplay Remix)
03. Sanxion – Gettin It (Demcore Remix)
04. Saiyan & Cru-l-t – Only Whats Real (Alex Jungle Remix)
05. Gothika Shade – Enter The Dancehall (Dj Jedi Remix)
06. Future Primitive – Right Here (Doughboy Remix)
07. Timme – Bad Choice (Paul Bradley Remix)
08. Clayfighter – Into My Eyes (TNO Remix)
09. Mannik – Computers Are Taking Over (The Timespan Remix)
10. Luna-C – Alice (Idealz Remix)
11. The Timespan – Sensation (Gothika Shade Remix)
12. Shoreman – Deep Waters (Saiyan Remix)

CD3 – Dj Brisks Triple Threat Mix
01. Dj Brisk Intro
02. Hyper On Experience – Lift Me Up (Dj Luna-C Remix)
03. Dj Brisk – Airhead (Sanxion Remix)
04. Audio X – Set Your Feelings Free (Liquid Remix)
05. Demcore – Believe (Ant To Be Remix)
06. Anglerfish & Lucider – Rumba! (Shoreman Remix)
07. Timme – Bad Choice (Paul Bradley Remix)
08. Clayfighter – Into My Eyes (TNO Project Remix)
09. Mannik – Computers Are Taking Over (The Timespan Remix)
10. The Timespan – Sensation (Gothika Shade Remix)
11. Gothika Shade – Enter The Dancehall (Dj Jedi Remix)
12. TNO Project – Start Lovin’ (Shadowplay Remix)
13. Saiyan & Cru-l-t – Only Whats Real (Alex Jungle Remix)
14. Dj Ham – Most Uplifting (Doughboy & Jimni Cricket Remix)
15. Sanxion – Gettin’ It (Demcore Remix)
16. Pete Cannon – The Box (Sunny & Deck Hussy Remix)
17. Doughboy – Rock Deh Riddum (Dj Ham Remix)
18. Alk-e-d – Home (Darwin Remix)
19. Wislov – You Make Me Happy (Audio X Remix)
20. Shoreman – Deep Waters (Saiyan Remix)
21. Alex Jungle – The Need In Me (M-Project Remix)
22. Paul Bradley – Magic (Empyreal Remix)
23. Triple Threat Outro

Plus links to the digital Downloads in 320MP3 and 24bit wav versions!

BONUS CONTENT:

Exclusive Digital Downloads:

We have a bunch of things that are not quite ready for the bonus content…will add a full list as each thing becomes certain, but we have a few ore tunes including the amazing Sanxion remix of Dj Brisk “Airhead” as featured on the Brisk Mix CD…

AND NOW, THE TALKING BIT!

The Triple Threat is a celebration of 100 releases on Kniteforce, and close to 100 on KFA and…some…on Knitebreed as well! That was the excuse that triggered the whole thing you know. And for the pedantic: We just cut and have test presses of KF88 – so thats 88 Kniteforce releases. Plus there was also KF18R and KF15R and KF21R – so thats 91. Then there is KFSE 1-4, bringing the total to 95. And then there are the 4 KFLPs that were on vinyl bringing it to 99. And then…err….oh, yes, then this! KF100. Phew, that was close lol.

Ands yes, I did those sums for the first time just now ha ha!

But really, it is the culmination of many many long months of hard work and planning. It took a long time to organise because the idea is simple in principle and complex in execution. Basically, each of the 12″ in the triple vinyl pack represents one of the 3 main KF labels – Kniteforce, KFA and Knitebreed. Each vinyl contains four tracks from one of the labels, and the tracks are remixed by the other two labels. So the Kniteforce vinyl has 2 tracks remixed by Knitebreed artists, and 2 remixed by KFA artists, and so on and so forth.

It was tricky because JUST the vinyl means we are talking about 24 artists. And of course, like all of my ideas, it quickly spiralled out of control and we had the CD idea and so on until the whole project became massively complex with over 48 artists involved. I think. I am not counting them. But its a lot. Anyway, the point is, it became so complex that it is actually…lets see…6 months late? Maybe more. Haha, brilliant.

It was worth the wait.

Because I think we have compiled one of the most interesting and era covering hardcore LPs ever. And not only that, it is fucking brilliant. You can tell I mean it, because I did a swear, which I never normally do.

The Triple Threat has artists from 1991 – 2018, of every era and style. It has the very famous, such as Liquid, and Hyper On Experience (who I got to remix!!!…Yeah, I bent the rules a bit, but Luna-C has appeard on KFA so it was that Luna-C that remixed H.O.E, not Kniteforce Luna-C, and if any of you think I was going to pass up the opportunity to remix my greatest influence and hero, then I dont know what to say to you lol…but I digress)…where were we? Oh yes, so big names from the old skool, Liquid, Hyper On, as well as KF old skoolers like Dj Ham and Future Primitive…and Me, I guess? Then there are KFA artists such as Idealz and The Panacea and Empyreal and Saiyan of course. And then the newer artist to the label such as Paul Bradley and Pete Cannon and Clayfighter and Mannik…and…theres a lot of us, it turns out. But what is really great is how unique we all are – Shoreman is not Audio X is not The Timespan and Shadowplay is not Doughboy is not Alex Jungle.

So I think this album very well represents the “alternate” sound of hardcore, but I do not think this sound it is going to remain “alternate” for much longer, if it still is, which it isnt or might not be. Errr. Moving on…The excitement for The Triple Threat is off the charts, we have had to barcode it because it is maybe going to go into Amazon and HMV etc, and once you put a big name like Brisk as the featured Dj on the mix? Well, you are planting a flag in the ground and saying “listen up mofo’s, we are here, and this is what hardcore is.” Sure, some people wont agree, but they arent reading this.

Yet.

And when they do, all I have to say is “Welcome!” ha ha. I honestly belive that the future of hardcore is here, now, and it is inclusive in sound. It is old skool. It is new skool. It is True Skool. It might even be Ghoul Skool ha ha. All I know for sure is, it is what we have always been about. Good music, genre defining and defying, fun and serious, complex and simple.

It is Kniteforce. We are 100. This is the perfect album for it!

While I am here, I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard the last few months to make this happen. A big thank you to Sara for the artwork cos god damn it is beautiful. To Shane Saiyan for all the help in compiling and getting the remixes in and generally being a soundboard on how we should do things. Idealz for the hard work he is about to do packing and shipping everything ha ha! Glyn Lowercase for all the promotion on his show, and all the KF radio crew for the support come to that.

A massive thank you to very artist on this release – too mamy to name, and that is humbling in itself, but a special shout out to a few who are friends of the label more than on the label – Edd Jedi, top fella! Sanxion – Your Airhead remix is superb and is a special bonus for those who buy the bundle! M-Project, you know we love you! Darwin of course, big up sir! Your remix of Alk-e-d is so good, it appears here as well as on the Alk-e-d Legacy!

A massive thank you to my old mucker Dj Brisk – I am very grateful you mixed this album, because not only are you one of the most skilled Djs in our scene who could handle such a wide array of styles and speeds, you are also one of the original KF crew.

I am sure I have missed people. Liquid and Hyper On and Pete Cannon for being so very generous with thier music and there time…Paul Bradley for wearing a cowboy hat. Shadowplay for yacht rental. Everyone at Curved and SRD. That bloke with the limp. I dont know, I am very tired.

But it was worth it. I couldn’t be more grateful or more proud. And I hope you all enjoy this release as much as I did making it!

Nice one,

Chris / Luna-C

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The Ghoul Skool: Volume One

Good evening boils and ghouls, it’s your master of scare-emonies, Saiyan here!

Okay that’s enough of that, I can only talk like the Cryptkeeper for so long, that’s harder than it looks.

It is with the greatest pleasure that I announce a project I’ve been working on basically since I became manager of KFA, GHOUL SKOOL!

See Halloween is my favourite holiday. Always has been, always will be. I love horror movies, I love decorations, I LOVE CANDY, Halloween is the best. I also love how around this time of year, there tends to be a lot of spooky themed music released. So I thought to myself…well why don’t we do that? Fuck it, we’re doing that.

So I set to work.

The original plan called for an EP, nothing too flashy. It started life (unlife?) as The Ghoul Skool EP, a play on the True Skool EP series, because I am brilliant. I put the call out to all of the artists on the Kniteforce, KFA, and Knitebreed rosters for material, expecting to hopefully fill our four tracks on the EP, and add a remix from a friend of mine who hasn’t done anything in a while and would have been a cool surprise (which didn’t work out, but one day…)

That is not what happened. The entire Kniteforce Family loved the idea, and a big chunk of the roster immediately committed to submitting material. The Ghoul Skool EP quickly became something more akin to a Vinyl Is Better-sized album release, the first such project to be released since I took on running KFA (but not the last, stay tuned). It wasn’t without its bumps in the road, my own track wasn’t finished in time (which led to Demogorgon becoming one of the only Kniteforce vinyl tracks to be released on another format, which actually works out super well because it fits the theme perfectly), people had computer failures, all sorts of shenanigans. But ultimately it was completed, the art was done, it was sent off to manufacture, and here we are!

PRESENTING KFALP01 – GHOUL SKOOL!

10 exclusive tracks, plus one previously only available on vinyl, served up hot and fresh (or cold and dead) just in time for all your Halloween-themed set needs!

But that’s not all! See I wanted this release to be special, and I thought to myself…self, what’s a more interesting way to promote it? Clips are all well and good but we always do clips, we should do something else. And I said self, you’re right! Also I’m talking to myself and this is probably a bad sign. So rather than clips, I decided to do a full-blown promo mix, containing all of the tracks on the album, as well as a carefully cultivated selection of material from across the three labels that fit the theme. Here’s the tracklist.

Intro – Audio X – Spider Pig (KFA Mix) – KFA78
Strange Brotherhood – My Ghost (Saiyan and Cru-l-t Remix) – KFA88
Ben Venom – Needle Sharp Teeth (Audio X Remix)
Dave Skywalker – Dark Inside Me – KFA90
Ant To Be – Nobody Likes Me (Timme Remix) – KFCD18
Dave Skywalker – Pandora (Shadowplay and Dave Skywalker Remix) – KFCD16
Scartat – Mighty Spoop
Abyss – Lord of Darkness – KFCD15
Gothika Shade – 50 Shades of Black – KFCD14
Sunny and Deck Hussy – Don’t You Dare
Gothika Shade – Knite of the Demons
Ponder – Dark Waters
Pete Cannon – The Box (Sunny and Deck Hussy Remix) – KF/KFA/KB100
Luna-C and Saiyan – Demogorgon – Also available on KF79
DJ Deluxe – See You In Hell
Empyreal – IDKFA
Paul Bradley – Scary, Innit
Saiyan and Cru-l-t – Shall We Go On? – KFA69
Mannik – Monster Chiller Horror Theatre
Doughboy x Jimni Cricket featuring Z.P. Gowdy – Kandyman

Wanna have a listen? You can do that here:

Ghoul Skool Mix

A downloadable copy of the mix is included as a special free bonus with every purchase of Ghoul Skool, via a link printed directly on a Nothing Sheet that comes with the CD!

Downloadable copies of the mix are meant to be exclusive to people who buy the album, so do me a solid and don’t be the kind of wally who rips the super low bitrate streaming version from Soundcloud. Don’t be that guy. Nobody likes that guy.

So all told, Ghoul Skool comprises an unmixed CD album (in shiny new packaging, if you’ve seen the Alk-e-d Legacy CD, it’s a variation on that), a bonus DJ mix, and of course, access to the tracks in digital format via the Nothing Sheet!

So when can you get it?

KFALP01 – Ghoul Skool releases October 1st, 2018 on this site right here for US customers, and Kniteforce Bandcamp for the rest of the world. It will be available for the so-low-it’s-six-feet-under price of £9.99, or $13 USD.

One thing to note, is Ghoul Skool will be releasing the same day that the long-awaited Triple Threat album FINALLY goes up for preorder. If you want Ghoul Skool to ship ahead of the Triple Threat’s expected ship date, you will have to make a separate order. If you order together, Ghoul Skool will not ship until The Triple Threat does. If you order both albums and NEED the tracks before then because you have a Halloween-themed event to play at, hit me up at saiyan@kniteforcerevolution.com with proof of purchase and a link to the event and I’ll sort you out. ONLY if you NEED them. I don’t have time to manually send files to everyone. I hope to be able to add automatic dual ownership for releases like this at some point in the future, but for now this is how it’s gotta go.

Well that’s all for me, tune in next week for Luna-C to finally blow the lid off The Triple Threat 😉

Keep it hardcore!

– Shane Saiyan

 

 

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Why Not Join The Kniteforce Mailing List?

Hello,

Firstly, thank you for clicking on the link! In doing so, and in a weirdly ironic way, you have demonstrated one of the reasons for this blog. I wonder, did you click it from a post on Facebook? Or from a link in the Kniteforce the mailing list?

If you came here via Facebook and you are not on the mailing list, you can join using the form on the top right of this page! And please do – its great – and its gonna get a whole lot greater 🙂

If you are already on the mailing list, I thank you! Seriously, you are one of the reasons we are here doing what we do.

Because heres the thing. One of the toughest challenges for any record label or musician is actually getting word of your new music to the people who want it. It is very difficult to do. There is no central place everyone looks anymore – web based forums are mostly dead, magazines are non existent, record shops are very individual and specialist, and TV advertising is obviously way out of our reach, and even that is failing as people do not watch it anymore. All we have really is things like Twitter, Instagram, Reddit and Facebook. The first three are are fairly weak at advertising new music as it gets lost swiftly, and Facebook is not very good although until recently it has been the best option out of the four. And sadly, Facebook is getting worse for anyone who wants to spread the word about anything they are doing.

The reason is that Facebook keep changing their algorithms in favour of paid advertising. And the trouble with Facebook paid advertising is its not very effective in my experience. This makes it very hard to get the information out there about new releases. And the result is a direct hit to every record labels efforts to sell music and survive. Its not that people don’t want the music, they just don’t even hear about it, and worse, they don’t KNOW they are not hearing about it. What would previously come up on their feed no longer does.

So Facebook is not our friend, unfortunately.

But the mailing list is. The mailing list is my way to be able to talk to you directly. And here I have to apologise a bit. I had always planned to make the mailing list a bit more than just a place to advertise our new releases, but the label raced ahead and I…errr…forgot lol. There has been so much going on I had barely time to breathe, let alone turn my attention to managing the mailing list a bit better. My bad.

However, since I am now between homes and have had time to think about it, and as Facebook is rapidly becoming useless, it seems to me I need to make the mailing list more attractive both to thank you regulars who are always supporting the label, and to encourage new people to join. Since Facebook is actively limiting our reach (and there is no reason to think its going to change for the better) I want to make sure everyone on the mailing list feels valued and gets good stuff out of it! And so, I have made some changes!

Here is whats going on with the Kniteforce mailing list from here on out:

1. FREE MUSIC

From now on, each vinyl release will have 5 tracks. Four of them will be on the vinyl, and one will be exclusive to the mailing list leading up to that EPs release. The first link is right here:

Paul Bradley – Feels Good – ‘Kin Cosmic EP

Usually, the link will not be public. It will be given exclusively in the mailing list and active for a week, and then gone…but for this first one, you can get the exclusive 5th track on Paul Bradleys newly released EP “Kin Cosmic”. The track is called Feels Good, and was always intended for the vinyl, but we decided on the other 4 because they fit together better as a cohesive EP. You can get his EP as part of the bundle right here:

Kniteforce Bundle 11

Or on its own, right here:

Breed22 – Paul Bradley – ‘Kin Cosmic EP

In the folder, you will find the bonus track and also find a mini mix from resident Kniteforce Radio Dj, Dj Beeno. His show is on Friday nights at 6pm, should you want to catch that! We will often add extras, as and when we have them…maybe sample packs or whatever. It will be a surprise!!!

2. Remix Competitions:

We will be running a remix competition very soon. It will be one of my tracks, and like before, the winner will get their remix cut on a Kniteforce vinyl. Again, only the mailing list will be given the samples / competition details.

3. Exclusive Mixes:

There is one in the folder right now, but we will also be doing things like “preview” mixes of upcoming KF / KFA / KFD and Knitebreed releases. One of those mixes is being done as we speak, and will be available in the next 2 or 3 weeks.

4. Discount coupons and codes:

As many of you will know, we have The Triple Threat triple vinyl and triple CD dropping in October. There will be a discount code for that for those on the mailing list.

5. Exclusive mailing list only releases!

I already have a few planned…

6. Anything else fun I can think of really.

If you are a cynic, you could say “Isn’t this just a way for Kniteforce to “buy” loyalty so that they can sell us more stuff?” And I would candidly answer “Yes” lol. But is that a bad thing? Yes, we want sales – we need sales to keep the label going. Every single one matters. Our survival depends on it. But on the other hand, if you know the label at all, you know we are in it for the funny more than the money. Its just…we do need the money too. Otherwise we cant do the funny. And I feel like this will make the mailing list a lot more fun for everyone, plus you don’t HAVE to buy anything. Perhaps you will just enjoy all the free goodies, and thats fine too. Again, if you know the label and me, you know I am always interested in trying new things. And this is me doing that. My hope is that it will be fun for you, and if it generates a few extra sales as well, brilliant.

I really cant emphasise enough how important your support is. We started releasing vinyl again a mere 18 months ago. In that time, we have gone from one or two releases every 2 months, to 3 releases a month, and have featured a huge array of new and old talent. Many were tempted because Kniteforce can offer a proper vinyl release with a full sleeve, and offer an advance as well. i am in talks with two other HUGE old skool legends, and a potential return of one of the biggest acts ever to feature on Kniteforce Records. We can only do those things because of your support. And your support can only happen if you know what we are doing. And I intend for the label to keep growing, I have ambitions beyond my own label. I want to see this scene expand and grow, and there is such huge potential….but it cant be done alone. And it cant be done if people don’t know what we are doing.

So to sum up, heres the deal: Please join our mailing list and buy stuff. In return, I will give you lots of good things for free. And we can all have fun! Yay!

Nice one,

Chris / Luna-C

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The new tunes are good, and other news….

So today I want to talk to you about the forthcoming Kniteforce bundle. It is the last bundle before the arrival of the Triple Threat, and as such, it deserves a little hype. For those of you who do not know, The Triple Threat is a long gestating and ambitious project that we have been working on behind the scenes for over a year. It is a triple vinyl, and triple CD release. It combines all three of the main KF labels – Kniteforce, KFA and Knitebreed, and each label is remixing the other labels. It features pretty much every one of our artists in one form or another, from the big hitters such as Hyper On Experience and Liquid and Pete Cannon, to old skool KF artists such as myself and Future Primitive, to regular KFA and KF and KB-ers such as Ant To Be, Alex Jungle and Scartat, to the newer artists like Clayfighter and Shoreman.

Thats the Triple Threat.

The new releases, out on Monday 17th of September, are sort of like the “Black Panther” to our Triple Threat “Infinity War” in that it introduces a brand new character – Shoreman – who is bound to amaze you, and reminds you of the great skill of one of our regulars, Paul Bradley, and also showcases various hero’s such as Doughboy from KFA on the legendary True Skool Series. Okay, so I am stretching the analogy a bit lol…but…its still important.

These three releases are singles, but there is one from each label and all are on vinyl. All three come in a full sleeve, cos they deserve it. And all three are incredibly strong releases. PLUS there is a bonus “teaser” CD for the actual Triple Threat album too!

So lets start with Kniteforce – KF86 – Shoreman – Deep Waters EP.

So Shoreman started out by randomly sending me the lead track of this EP on its own via the KF music submission page. I think. I can’t remember, honestly. Anyway, the first track sent, and what remained as the lead track for the EP, is Deep Waters, and it is devastatingly catchy. I liked it when I first heard it, and then found myself singing it for weeks afterwards. I cant remember what day it is, so if I remember a tune I only just heard? Thats something. So I signed it for the Vinyl Is Better series, a thing I do with new artists to give me time to get to know them, check they fit with the Kniteforce ethos, and also to see if they have more up their sleeve. I knew Deep Waters was a good track, but I have always thought it is relatively easy to make one good hardcore track. It is much harder to make an EP of good tracks.

But I was quickly proven correct in signing Shoreman because “Deep Waters” was soon followed by “Shake It Up”, and wow, thats a great tune. Proper hardcore in every sense of the word. It would have blown the dancefloor away in 1994, and will do so now. “Still Lonely” came in, and at that point I was like “Ok, this needs to be a vinyl release”…and then “Burn The Manic” arrived and, while it is not as catchy as Deep Waters, it is easily my favourite of the four as it is unique and has this wicked rap bit halfway through that just transcends the rest of the track. I absolutely love it.

I think anyone who hears this EP will agree that this marks the arrival of a true talent. All four tracks are absolutely slamming. In some ways, I liken Shoreman to Alex Jungle, not because they sound similar to each other, but because like AJ, Shoreman has a very distinct style, one that is definetly old skool, yet amazingly fresh and inventive.

I expect big things from Shoreman,..and you should too. I already have one of his latest tunes in my inbox, and this EP is no fluke. I wanted this EP to arrive before The Triple Threat album, and actually delayed that huge release for this EP, because Shoreman HAD to be introduced so you could appreciate his contribution…

KFA95 – Various Artists – True Skool 13

It is no real secret that I am also Radiophonic Oddity. It is not a name I use very often, and it is one of my aliases that is not easy to force music out of. R.O tracks tend to focus on drums and rhythms, and so I have to be in a certain mood for that. When Shane Saiyan said he wanted to do a new True Skool E.P, I knew it would need a new Radiophonic Oddity track. And that is why this EP was slow to happen. Shane wanted it as one of the first “new” KFAs, but I just wasn’t ready to make a new R.O.

And then I was. So I did.

And its one of my best, if I say so myself.

And yet, it almost doesn’t deserve to be the lead track on this EP. Because it is surrounded by phenomenal tunes, all of which are both modern breakbeat and unique in themselves. I found myself repeatedly playing the test press when it arrived, and massively impressed by all the artists featured.

Of course I knew Doughboy’s contribution would be wicked. I have long championed Doughy on KFA, signing him years ago, and always loving his releases. I think he is one of the most under rated artists in the scene and it just boggles my mind that he is not a headliner at all the main events. Rock Deh Riddum is a departure from his usual style, being a more breakbeat affair, but god damn is it good.

Both Innercore and Evolutionize bring stunning tunes to the EP. Both are mental in the best sene of the word, and honestly, if you don’t dig these tracks then I simply dont understand why you are reading this blog. They are both exactly what KFA stands for – new and old, proper, inventive hardcore. All in all, this is one of the strongest True Skools, and I am super excited to have this release in a full sleeve and on vinyl!!!

Breed22 – Paul Bradley – ‘Kin Cosmic EP

It is probably not widely known, but Paul Bradley is one funny fucker. It is rare for me to meet someone who makes me laugh, and Paul does so on a regular basis. This is not a good reason to release anyones music, but it is the icing on the cake when it comes to Pauls work. A thread of ridiculous humour runs through most of his tracks, and he seems to take a real pleasure in throwing in the most bizarre samples and ideas in the middle of what might otherwise be an (almost) normal EP. Quite aside from that, Paul has quickly become a close confidant within the label, often helping out with artwork for KF Digital, and generally being an all round good egg.

I was a bit miffed that his first EP did not sell billions, honestly. Maybe it was that his tracks appear too normal at first glance. I assure you, they are not. Paul is deceptively weird, and he makes deceptive hardcore, in that it can seem almost obvious, but it is in fact incredibly clever. And probably a little sarcastic too.

Maybe its because he uses his real name – Paul Bradley. Its a bit normal, isnt it? Which doesnt suit him at all. I think he should have kept his original moniker which was the much more amusing “Captain Triceps”, but I understand outgrowing a name (suck it, Eko).

So I thought “Right! We will give his new EP a proper good sleeve, and then maybe people will take more notice!”

And here it is. So take notice!

This EP is brilliant. I pushed “Bradders” to get out of his safety zone a little, and you can feel this EP is a huge step up from his last one, both in content and execution, plus it has more variety. It does, of course, still have its daft moments, and those just elevate it to a whole ‘nother level in my humble opinion.

This EP is blinding, and if you miss it, then you are ‘kin daft mate.

And thats the three vinyls. I am not going to talk about the Triple Threat Teaser. Instead, have a look at the track list, and then imagine how good this is. And then imagine this idea spread over a triple pack vinyl. And Triple CD. Did I mention, one of the CDs in the Triple Threat album is mixed by Dj Brisk? no? Well it is.

This bundle and the Triple Threat release are both amazing, basically. So feel free to drooooool…..

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The Creation Process…

So I got into a discussion with Paul Bradley the other night about the how and why I do the things I do, both creatively and with the label, how I make decisions on what goes out and why, that sort of thing. And when I tried to explain it, I realised  I had never tried to put it into words. I thought I would share this, what I said to him but expanded a little, to see what people think and what their methods are? Its really long. What can I say? Phoenix wont sleep in the day anymore which means all I can do is sit and watch him flop about and squeak lol.

Basically, when it comes to my music and career, I never have a real plan. Or if I do, I don’t know about it. Don’t worry – that will kind of make sense. But I never sit down and go “I will make this EP, then have so and so do that one, then put this out, and because of that, this will happen, and then I can do…”

I simply don’t work like that. In a way, I don’t really plan at all. I think maybe I subconsciously plan, or more like,  I am always planning and…for me, its like every part of the business, from musical concept to final release, is a rubiks cube in my head, and I am constantly moving blocks around until I get a whole side in one color, and then I am like “Ok, yes, lets do that”. The aim isn’t to complete the cube and get all the sides right – that will happen anyway if I get each individual side sorted out. And the cube is never complete anyway, there are hundreds of cubes with thousands of sides and infinite colors.

The point is, I don’t really know what color it is I am looking for, and its not done with a purpose. I just move it all about until it becomes clear, and once everything is in place, I can see what color I was always going to be making, and see that it is now complete.

I do that with everything from tracks on an EP, to overall strategy. If I am making a tune, I will only have the vaguest of targets – I will be inspired by a beat or a sound or a tune from back in the day. I will wonder about what would happen if I did this with a vocal, or can I make a beat out of 14 other beats? Or how would this synth effect that sample? Basically, everything I do starts with the question “what would happen if?”

If I am making an EP, mine or one of my artists, I just wait until the right 4 tracks arrive. Sometimes, thats the first 4 I get from the artist, other times it can take ages because the tracks dont quite match in my head. And with overall business, will this EP be on KF? KFA? Knitebreed? KFD? Will it be a download? On a CD? A mixture of formats? Part of an album? All of these questions will just be there, not being answered, until the answers presents themselves in their own time.

Sometimes, someone else on the label will suggest a thing and it is the final piece of the puzzle. Other times, their suggestion is the first piece and it all goes from there. It all spins around, always changing until it works itself out.

But here is where it gets weird. Very often, once the color is complete, it will turn out there was a plan after all, I just didn’t know about it. Let me give you a concrete example. Currently, we release a KFA CD and a KFD CD together every 4-6 weeks. KFAs are Shane Saiyans department, and I leave that with him. KFDs are mine to organise. I use the KFD label for a few things: 1. Many of my artists write music WAY quicker than vinyl releases can cope with so its a nice way to release the music and 2. It allows vinyl artists a little more freedom as the vinyl market is maybe not yet ready for some of the things they make. But ages ago, I thought “It would be good to get a Luna-C release on KFD” so it is not only new artists or whatever, and also I like to do all the formats, all the music. Its the way I am built. But I did not plan on one, I barely have time for anything atm, it was just a thought, one square of the 9 on the face of one of the cubes, not yet connected to anything. One thought or idea amongst 100s of others.

Some of you may have noticed a post I made recently where I was making some slower, old skool hardcore. I am really pleased with how it has turned out, its really good and…its…not really right for KF vinyl. Its quite different to my usual style. It was the genesis of an EP that is unsuitable for Kniteforce or Knitebreed, but is some of my better work. Perfect for KFD. You know what my last release on KFD was? Wonko The Sane – 4 slower hardcore tunes. That was KFD12. The The new KFD is number 24 –  KFD24 – and is slower hardcore. It was just released, and is Luna-C – “Wonko The Sane Vol.2!

Could I have planned the 12 and the 24? No. Is it just a coincidence? Maybe. But it seems to happen an awful lot with me, on both a small scale and a larger one, with individual elements in tracks and my career overall. Something that was in no way planned ends up being exactly the thing I need.

Which is why I said at the start – without planning, I seem to plan. I cant say how I know something is right, or ready, but I always know. Its like a little light goes off and I am like “there, its done, that is perfect!”

Like…I wanted to make some slower hardcore. There was no plan to do a Wonko the Sane 2, but here we are – perfect music for that EP at the perfect time for that EP.

I tend not to analyse it too hard…I feel like its something that functions well and needs to maintain its way of functioning without me prodding at it. If I mess with it, I might lose it. Or interfere with the process.

But I do manipulate it by doing things like…if I cant work out how something should be done, I do something else and I deliberately “not think” about it, to allow the subconscious to work it out for me. I constantly add little squares of color to the cubes, and then they just sit there…waiting…I know that sooner or later, another matching color will show up, and then another, and then suddenly, without warning, it is done and off we go.

lol I feel like a crazy person writing that. But still, its what I do and how I do it. Its not the best metaphor either, but there we are.

Right now, on various cubes, are two excellent jungle tunes that have been submitted to me. Both deserve a vinyl. But…how? I keep moving them around, not finding the right matching colors, and then deliberately not thinking about it while I wait. Will they be on the Jungly Pea 3? a brand new label? A relaunch of Influential? A Jungle EP on Kniteforce? Will they get split up? Will other tunes get added? When? How? I dont know. But I will. For now, they are just floating around, waiting for whatever it is they need to become a project. But when that project arrives, it will seem inevitable, like that was always what was going to happen lol.

Anyway, thats a long and boring post, but its a Sunday and theres not a lot else going on…and thats how I work, I thought you might be interested. If not, sorry to be boring you all lol!

Nice one,

Chris

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Introducing KFA90 – The Jungly Pea Too!

Here is a message blog essay from KFA Label Manager and all round good egg, Dj Saiyan!

Some of you may have noticed we jumped a catalogue number with the release of Scartat’s Hell’s Reward EP (which is awesome). The reason for that is what was meant to be the true next release on KFA, number 90, was hit with a manufacturing delay…

…BECAUSE IT’S A VINYL!

You read that right. KFA is releasing vinyl again. For those of you keeping score, this will be the first vinyl release on KFA since KFA046, Luna-C’s My Angel Remixes EP (which is also awesome), which came out waaaaaaay back in March of 2009. A little bit over nine years ago. It would have been a little bit less than nine years ago, but, vinyl delivery dates can be fickle sometimes. It’s the nature of the beast. Y’all know how this works by now.

Now I’m sure you all have a great many questions, and I, Saiyan, your fearless leader and perpetual plotter and schemer, will do my best to provide as many answers as possible in this little (big) Q&A post. Strap yourselves in, maybe get a drink and a snack, ’cause we have a lot of ground to cover here.

WHY!?

Because of you! You made this possible. Since I took over the label, sales of KFA releases have gone from strength to strength, even when we released an EP that was a tad incoherent (sup Ponder), or wasn’t necessarily the most marketable thing ever (lookin’ at you Scartat, you beautifully evil bastard). The support was clearly there for us to try something different, and the success of the Kniteforce and Knitebreed vinyl releases proved our audience has a strong interest in the format, so we thought now was the time to give it a shot, so we are. Basically, you crazy fuckers beliving in us and what we do gave us the tools and the motivation we needed to try and pull something like this, so we are.

WHY A JUNGLY PEA SEQUEL!?

Random happenstance, mostly. Ponder and Bustin had done an excellent remix of Bustin’s classic Truffle Shuffle from the original Jungly Pea that while quite good, was a bit too new sounding for Kniteforce (and it was a KFA track anyway). Bucksta had also done a jungle tune he had sent Chris that didn’t quite fit Kniteforce either. Since “jungle” and “too new for Kniteforce” are both well within KFA’s wheelhouse, both came to me instead. It was Chris who then suggested we do a Jungly Pea sequel, and also that it be a vinyl release. All credit in the world goes to him for the idea, because to be compeltely honest I wouldn’t have done it. Not yet anyway. Mostly because I wouldn’t have had the balls to ask him to pay to press it, but he offered, and that absolved me of all responsibility so I was like hey, why not? From there we started reaching out to other artists within the family (along with a guest I knew would be perfect for this project), and the whole thing came together relatively quickly, with few hiccups.

Also, to go a little inside baseball here, from a business standpoint it made sense to do this. Jungle has always played a big part in Kniteforce/KFA’s history (we did do the original Jungly Pea after all, Influential was a thing for a while, there have been jungle tracks scattered about every KF family label over the years, etc), so it just made sense for us to do a jungle record. Doing so didn’t go against the label’s ethos, as it’s something we’ve always done, and will continue to do so going forward. It’s also a style that still has an audience on the format. A close friend of mine Dave Jabba is one of the co-owners of a label called Sweet Sensi Recordings here in Toronto that does extremely well, you can check them out here:

https://sweetsensirecords.bandcamp.com

and talking to him about how his label is doing played a big role in convincing me this was a thing we could pull off. Deciding to go full-on jungle for this release also gave us an oppourtunity to try to branch out a little beyond our usual audience, and hopefully draw more eyes to the label in general. It was a calculated risk that added up to a safe bet, and for re-establishing KFA on vinyl, a safe bet was what we really needed. We wanted to get a W out of the gate to build momentum for future releases on the format, and this was the perfect project to start that ball rolling with.

WHY IS IT SPELLED LIKE THAT!?

Because as hardcore DJs we wear our utter disregard for proper spelling with pride, and because I thought it was funnier this way. Chris agreed.

WILL IT BE GREEN AGAIN!?

You have no idea how badly I wanted this. It was one of the first things I said when Chris and I were discussing doing this, and we both agreed then that it was a good idea. Then excitement gave way to rational thought (as it does, occasionally), so we actually discussed it a little more in-depth, which led to us deciding it wasn’t the best idea. Unfortunately, coloured vinyl is both more expensive to produce, which means we’d have to charge you more for it, and since vinyl technology hasn’t really improved since…well ever, it doesn’t provide sound quality quite as good as traditional black. While the sound quality thing was a sacrifice we were willing to make as while there is a noticable dip it’s not really THAT bad (those of you with some of the older KFA vinyls that were coloured can attest to this, and current improvements to the quality of mastering mitigate it further), the extra cost that we’d have to pass on to you was a line we weren’t prepared to cross. So no, no fancy green vinyl this time. Maybe in the future, but not now. Not yet. To make up for the lack of green vinyl, why not download the epic Supafugee, which has been lovingly remastered?

WHAT’S ON IT!?

Important question! The vinyl tracklist is as follows. Frequent Kniteforce-Radio listeners will have heard them by now:

A1 – DJ Bustin – Truffle Shuffle (Bustin and Ponder Remix)
A2 – Scartat – My Role Model
B1 – Bucksta – Killer Sound
B2 – Mr Arthur and Luna-C – Judgement

JUNGLY PEA SOUNDCLIPS – CLICK HERE

WAIT…WHY DID YOU SAY VINYL TRACKLIST!? IS THERE MORE TO THIS YOU’RE NOT TELLING US!?

Yes! As you may have seen from the teaser image floating around on Facebook and in the digital file links included with the last couple of KF/KB releases, this is more than just a vinyl project. There is a CD with this release too, the aptly titled Jungly Pea Seedy! The reason for this is because while Kniteforce and Knitebreed selling vinyl is a thing that’s firmly established at this point, KFA doing so again is quite new, so we (I) wanted to stack the deck a little by providing as much of a solid value proposition as possible. With that in mind I made the call to expand the project to include both a vinyl and CD component, to make buying the release more enticing to you. It’s like a slightly more extreme Executive Edition, in a way. More on that in a bit.

OKAY WHY IS THE CD SPELLED LIKE THAT!?

Because as hardcore DJs we wear our utter disregard for proper spelling with pride, and because Chris thought it was funnier this way. I agreed.

WHAT’S ON THAT!?

Another important question. The Jungly Pea Seedy contains the four vinyl tracks, as well as SEVEN additional bonus tracks, four of which are brand new and exclusive to this project, each as worthy of being on the vinyl as the four that made the cut (pun intended). Frequent Kniteforce-Radio listeners will likely also have heard these already as well. They are:

5 – Bucksta – Bun Out
6 – Dave Skywalker – Dark Inside Me (making one of his frequent guest appearances from Endor Recordings, check them out HERE )
7 – Mannik – People Always Askin’ Me
8 – Idealz – Wrong World

JUNGLY PEA SEEDY SOUNDCLIPS – CLICK HERE

YOU SAID SEVEN!

That’s not a question, but you are correct. The remaining three tracks are remasters from the original Jungly Pea release:

9 – Luna-C – Here I Come (Remastered)
10 – The Trip – The ‘Erb (Sike and TC Remix) (Remastered)
11 – DJ Bustin – Truffle Shuffle (Remastered)

Clips for these are in the same playlist as the other Jungly Pea Seedy tracks, but you can also check out their original masters on http://kniteforcerevolution.com in the KFA section if you feel so inclined.

Two tracks from the original release were excluded. DJ Sike’s Cut Dem Down didn’t make it due to no longer having access to the original unmastered wav or a way to reliably source it, so we couldn’t get it remastered, and Bexxie’s It’s Amazing because while it was technically released with the original Jungly Pea as the Executive Edition bonus on a cool pink vinyl, it wasn’t actually part of the original EP, so I felt it didn’t really count made the decision myself to leave it off.

All told The Jungly Pea Seedy contains eleven tracks total, eight brand new (four from the vinyl, four CD exclusive), and three remasters, with the CD functions as an extension of the release (even sharing its catalogue number), with a limited number of copies available to people who purchase the vinyl in the “Evening Out The Catalogue Numbers Bundle” with KF80 – Luna-C and Saiyan – A Conspiracy of Awesome, and KB20 – Wislov – From Russia Wislov. Don’t quote me on this, but I *think* we will have some copies set aside for people who buy the vinyl single as well, but Chris would have to confirm that himself as we talked about how many units we were ordering ages ago, I forgot to write it down somewhere, and our Facebook Messenger history is a complete shitshow. That’s my mistake, sorry!

WILL THE CD BE SOLD SEPARATELY!?

To be determined, but not likely. We have a set number ordered to go out with the vinyl, but there are generally a few extras lying around after artist and label copies are sent out and a few are always held back in case of emergencies (like postal services fucking up and not delivering when they’re supposed to), and it’s possible that these could find their way onto the store for individual sale. But that’s a big ol’ maybe at this point, we have no way to know until we’ve taken stock, added up what we have on hand, and started selling them. Don’t count on it, but don’t count it out either. Safe money on this being a no, however.

WILL KFA VINYL RELEASES BE EXCLUSIVE LIKE KNITEFORCE/BREED!?

Another excellent question, thank me for thinking of it. The answer is…somewhere in the middle. This is something I had to do a lot of thinking about, and Chris and I have discussed it at length. KFA is, at its core, a digital label (I include CDs as a digital format, fight me). Our audience is not necessarily the same as Kniteforce’s or Knitebreed’s (though there is a TON of crossover), and our audience is accustomed to purchasing music a certain way. But we also want the vinyl to sell, and having digitals available alongside the vinyl may serve to harm rather than help as people go for the admittedly cheaper, immediately available option, and that wouldn’t be good, because vinyl is expensive to make and needs to sell to make back our investment, and put some money in the pockets of the artists while we’re at it, because it’s important to us that all of our artist are paid for their work, even though this is hardcore and the money hasn’t been great since like….when I was in high school and didn’t even really know what hardcore was yet. But I’m also conscious of the fact that regular KFA buyers may not necessarily be all about the idea of buying wax, and that’s totally fair, so we needed to strike a balance. Despite sharing most of a name and being part of the same label family, KFA is not Kniteforce or Knitebreed, so should we follow the same format, with vinyl releases remaining vinyl exclusive?

The answer is: not exactly, no, but nor will they follow our usual “two weeks of exclusivity and then off to the digital stores” format either. Digital files will be released, but not until all physical units are sold through, either through our storefronts, or through our distribution deal with renowned distribution company SRD (who distrbuted a great many oldskool records once upon a time and will be distributing Kniteforce/Breed releases to other stores in the future, you may have even seen some popping up already). In other words, the vinyls have to go before the digital files will be put out on the stores (including our own storefront). This was the only way to guarantee a return on the investment of pressing vinyl, while also giving people who prefer to buy their music digitally the option, if they wanted it, provided they don’t mind waiting. The only issue is, you might be waiting a while. It could be months, it could be years, it could even potentially be forever (but fingers crossed, yeah?). Your best bet if you want the tracks (and they are smashingly good tracks that you absolutely do want) is to buy the vinyl, with the CD, and get the tracks that way, as while the plan is to eventually release the tracks digitally, we cannot guarantee that will ever happen. We will when there are no physical copies left to sell, but until then, this is the way it has to be. You have my sincerest apologies for this, but it was the only way to satisfy everyone while still making the investment in doing a vinyl release feasible. If it makes you feel any better, I lost a fair amount of sleep figuring this out. I’m sure this made absolutely no one feel any better, and if it did, you’re kind of a jerk. 😛

As to which tracks will be made available digitally when the time comes, and which will remain exclusive, this is to be determined. This release doesn’t have a proper Executive Edition as such because we’re already stacking it up high with content, so it’s unclear what, if anything, should be held back. This is something that still needs to be discussed. So like I said, if you don’t want to miss out on ANYTHING, buy the vinyl. It is the safest option.

WILL THERE BE MORE KFA VINYL!?

100% yes! We currently have two more vinyl projects on the go which are 100% for sure happening, one will be a “KFA Remixes” release of a very popular non-KF/KFA/KB track from the last ten years from a close friend of mine that never saw a vinyl release (and was a bit of a headache to navigate making it happen, but it was worth it), and the other is the oft-rumoured, leaked heavily on Kniteforce-Radio, but still yet to be officially announced KFA/KF/KB 100 project, which I’m not even sure I’m allowed to say the name of here, so I won’t. There are also a few other ideas we’re kicking around that we haven’t 100% locked in yet, but their release on the format relies solely on the success of these projects. Basically, if you show us that you want KFA vinyl, we’ll keep doing KFA vinyl.

WILL ALL KFA RELEASES BE VINYL RELEASES!?

As cool as I think that would be, the answer is no. Logistically it’s too much work (and oh boy are we overworked, between Chris handling manufacturing orders, US order fulfillment, and all of the bookkeeping, Lee Idealz handling UK/ROW order fulfillment, and my own KFA label responsibilities, not to mention the three of us trying to juggle our personal lives and hobbies with all that, we’re all running a bit low on time and energy, though trust me it’s SO worth it), and WAY more of an investment than we can realistically do at this point in time. We’re doing quite well across the whole label family, but adding another full-time vinyl label is a bit outside the scope of our capabilities at this time. My current goal, which could easily change because the music industry is a fickle beast and because a lot of what we do is dictated by current cashflow as we really do have a ton of projects on the go at any given time, is for every fifth release to be a vinyl, which is why we jumped from 89 to 91, because 90 was locked in as a vinyl release. 95 will also be a vinyl release (and may also release out of order, because vinyl pressing can be subject to delays), 100 is the project I mentioned a second ago, and 105 is TBD but is currently pencilled in as another vinyl release, with the catalogue numbers *hopefully* continuing on in that fashion. We also have some other plans for projects that will involve a vinyl aspect that could happen, but all of it depends on you. Like I said, if you show us that you want KFA vinyl, we’ll keep doing KFA vinyl. But the label will not be shifting completely to the format, as we want each one to be special. An event, if you will. Like the Avengers films of KFA releases (where 100 is our Infinity War). So while, if all goes according to plan, you will see more KFA vinyl out there in the future, we will be maintaining our current limited CD single + digital bundle release format for the vast majority of releases.

ALL THAT SOUNDS PRETTY REASONABLE.

Also not a question. But you’re right so I’m gonna let this one slide too. We put a lot of thought, and a ton of discussion, into how to make this work. Many a sleepness night was had (me because I stress easily and that makes my insomnia go completely batshit, Chris because…well if you keep up with what he’s got going on in his personal life with his family, label work, writing music, and generally trying to have a bit of time to himself you know why he doesn’t sleep much). After all that, we decided this was the best way to go about things. For the foreseeable future anyway. Who knows, a year from now things might change completely. I know I keep saying this in various ways, but the music industry changes FAST. As a label you have to adapt or die, and if there’s one thing Kniteforce as a family has gotten good at over the years, it’s adapting. And occasionally kinda dying. And then coming right back because we’re extremely stubborn. So everything I’ve said here is subject to change at any point, but it was important to me to communicate to all of you what the plans are as of right now, because I’m big on being as transparent as possible without spoiling too many surprises.

SO YOU’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF TALKING, WHEN CAN WE ACTUALLY BUY THIS!?

Good question! We have a tentative release date set for May 14th, but that is obviously subject to change, because things happen. As with the Kniteforce/Breed vinyls we will do a brief pre-sell period once we have a guaranteed delivery date, and then off they go to the post office (American orders subject to Chris not trying to go to the post office on a holiday, AGAIN), and then out to you. We will have more details to share on the exact dates once we have them 100% locked in. We will make sure everyone knows via the mailing list and our social media (and thank you to everyone who keeps sharing our posts, you have no idea how much that helps) exactly when this release, along with KF80 and KB20, will be available for purchase. In other words, wallets at the ready kids!

Until then, it’s time to get excited, ’cause this is a big deal. After almost a decade, KFA is returning to vinyl, and we’re doing it with a bang.

That’s all from me for now, until next time, keep it hardcore! Or keep it jungle or whatever. Keep it something. Keep it tight even. Sorry Austin Creed for the gimmick infringement, follow his gaming channel at https://www.youtube.com/upupdowndown ’cause it’s real good.

– Shane Saiyan
KFA Label Manager

 

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Dj Ham returns in The Amazing New KF Bundle!

Well, hello. Welcome to a blog post about the latest bundle, and the reasons for things and explanations and other stuff like that! So first up, here are the links:

UK / Europe / Bandcamp Store

KF78, KF79, KFCD12 and KFCD13 Bundle

KF78 – Dj Ham – Most Impressive EP

KF79 – Various Artists – Death To Digital EP

KFCD12 – Various Artists – Vinyl Is Better 4

USA Store

KF78, KF79, KFCD12 and KFCD13 Bundle

KF78 – Dj Ham – Most Impressive EP

KF79 – Various Artists – Death To Digital EP

KFCD12 – Various Artists – Vinyl Is Better 4

Okay, there are a number of things to explain, so bear with me. Or bare with me. I don’t know which is correct. I could google it I suppose? Wait, no, theres enough to go through without getting sidetracked. So, one thing at a time:

So, new Kniteforce Bundle – any good?

I may be just a little bit bias, but OMG YES. Dj Ham returns to the label with 2 absolutely killer tracks, Death To Digital 2 is on another level altogether, Vinyl Is Better 4 is amazing, and the bonus content is perhaps the best we have ever had, with a truly amazing bonus CD and tracks from Shadowplay. I think this one will sell out fast, because Hams stuff always does, and because its a brilliant Bundle, if I say so myself, which I do 🙂

Why is this Kniteforce Bundle so soon after the Breed Combo?

There are number of reasons actually. The first is, after the long delays with vinyl pressing stretching things out and dragging, now everything is speeding up and compressing. So it is that we got Breed19 delivered a while back, then Breed18 and JKF07 delivered at the end of last week, and I have an arrival date for KF78 and KF79 of Thursday this week. This is blatantly too soon, and I apologise. I realise this may well stretch your wallets – It is stretching mine as I pay for the records upon delivery and usually need time to sell some before I can pay that bill. But I cant do much about it. Because things are speeding up, we are also expecting KF80, KFA90 and Breed20 to arrive at the end of April. So I cant even sit on these newest releases for a week or two.

This is also why this is a pre-sale, even though I did not want to do those anymore. To make the next month or two work, we have to be super efficient with how we handle the orders. This way gives us up to 2 weeks to get the orders in and sent out, and some breathing space as well. Also, we now have distribution via SRD for excess stock. This is great, because we simply cannot reach everyone who is interested in buying the records on our own and SRD are a fantastic distributor (they did Smart Es back in the day). The trouble is, they work quite far in advance on each new release, and so they are pre-selling the Dj Ham and Death To Digital releases even though they wont have them for ages yet. And it just seems silly to have that going on and not have the pre-sale open on our store.

Why have the prices in the US store gone up a little?

Sorry about that. There is nothing I can do though. I pay for the manufacture of the records using UK pounds because they are manufactured in Europe. I base the prices in the US store on the prices of the UK store, converted to US dollars. So the vinyl prices are whatever I paid for them converted into dollars. But it does mean future releases will go down in price too. Its just one of those things. And also, after the new year, postage went up as well. Again, nothing I can do – you know I would if I could.

As ever, I am very grateful for all the support, and its going to be a little crazy for a bit, but absolutely worth it. We have so many superb releases lined up, big plans for the rest or 2018, and some projects that are going to blow you away, believe me!

Nice one,

Chris / Luna-C

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All You Need To Know About Remixes 13

Okay, the surprise free record has finally dropped, and caused all sorts of confusion. Which was unintended, but, eh, kinda should have expeced it too, it is Kniteforce after all. So here is some info followed by all you need to know about how to get it!

I had said 12 was the last of the series. I did not lie exactly, I thought it was (although I also thought…maybe…) but then I started to chat with Liquid, and then I asked for a remix, and then I thought it would make a wicked fun surprise as the freebie long promised since Kniteforce started releasing vinyl again, and as I had said 12 was the last that just made it even less likely anyone would guess it!

So I did it.

Liquids remix is of course perfect – taking a classic Jimmy J & Cru-l-t sound and slowing it down to make it even more classic. I love what Liquid did, and that Eamon (Liquid himself) was willing to remain silent about it for nearly 6 months lol. This whole EP had to be absolutely secret for the surprise to work! Big up Eamon, you fine fella you! Added bonus, Liquid have just finished a full EP for Kniteforce to release, coming in early 2018!

But who else to have on the vinyl eh? Well, I thought, why not have the people that made this possible? So obviously Jedi – a good friend, the man who helped me get KF relaunched, and aside from that, an awesome producer in his own right. So his remix is of course excellent.

Dj Deluxe was long overdue to feature on this series – not only did he help me get KFA running back in the day, but he has been a long time fan and supporter of Kniteforce since year one, and is also a good friend. Plus he managed to remix “Cloudy Surface” and make it awesome – and thats no easy task. That tune is tough to remix – I have tried and failed lol

And then Doughboy…well. He doesnt actually fit with the philosophy that I used for Jedi and Deluxe lol. But on the other hand, Doughy is a dear friend, a super skilled producer, and he happened to have done a brilliant remix of Sumaki. So BLAM! Awesome EP a-gogo.

And I did it with a black sleeve cos there had never been one.

Basically, it came out perfect. And i am supremely grateful to all involved for the remix work, and for staying silent, and for making it a very strong release.

Now, to answer questions:

How Can I Get A Copy? Well, you need to have 10 “idiot sheets”. I put an idiot sheet in with each of the new KF vinyls, and will continue to do so up to the next 2 EPs – KF76 & KF77 (out in January). This means there are 14 records that have idiot sheets in them. All you needed to do was email me a picture of you with 10 of them, or 10 of the new vinyls, and then I will add KF00 to your next order.

Can I just, like, give you money or show other records I bought from you? Well, not really. I appreciate every record sale I have ever made, I love every fan and everyone who has ever supported the label(s) – but the whole point of this was to reward the people that made the relaunch of Kniteforce possible. They bought all the records even if some of them were not their particular favourites. And thats a big commitment. So this is a “thank you”. It is basically a loyalty scheme, and loyalty is what it rewards. This does mean some people miss out, but there is no other way to do it, really. Still, there is time!

So thats it, never? Actually, I am sending Jedi some to sell. Not very many. Hardly any at all in fact. But its a way of paying him for his remix work – this was an expensive project to put together, so I could not afford remix fees. He will have some to sell in the next few weeks. I will leave it to him as to how he sells them and when they go up etc etc. And I am sure some will pop up on discogs – if I have one or two left I might even do so myself. But basically, yeah, its gonna be hard to get outside of collecting the 10 idiot sheets, cos thats what it was for!

How many were pressed? Less than 200. And its first come first serve, once they are gone, they are gone!

I got one! Can I get a digital version? Yes, just email me or Facebook me directly, and I will sort you out a link!

You have sheets with the Knitebreed releases too – will there be a 14? Maybe. I have not yet decided what will be the free gift for 10 Knitebreed sheets. I tend to do things for funzies, and it seems a little obvious to do a 14 now. But we will see…

Alright, I think thats all the questions answered! Once again a massive thank you to all involved! Wheeeee…..

 

Nice one,

 

Chris / Luna-C

 

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Writing Titles Is Hard, Here’s A Bunch of KFA News!

This is an important message from KFA Label Manager and all around good egg Shane Saiyan!

It’s been almost five months since I was announced as KFA label manager, six since I took the job, and let me tell you, it’s been a long road getting from there to here. It’s been a long time, but the time is finally here…

…wait, no, it’ll be here in a second. First I need to laugh at everyone who now has the Star Trek: Enterprise theme stuck in their head. Sorry not sorry.

                                      “but why tho”

Now that that bit of fun is out of the way, let’s get serious. It’s time, at last, to announce the next KFA release, and the first that came about 100% under my control. Wait, wait, no. I forgot, this is the Internet. People only read things in lists on here, right? So I have to do a list. You can’t very well have a list with only one thing, so I need to announce a bunch of things. So here we go, a bunch of things!

1. A New KFA Logo!

You’ve probably noticed the shiny new logo at the top of this post. Isn’t it great? When I took over KFA Chris pitched the idea of getting a new logo done and retiring Mit (that’d be our ghost friend from much of the KFA art of the past several years). A new look for a new era, so to speak. Admittedly I was a little apprehensive to the idea, as Mit has appeared on every one of my own releases, and I feel no small amount of personal attachment to him, to the point I’m going to get him tattooed on me at some point (when I’m not broke, I am a hardcore DJ after all lol). But looking at the new logo, I feel like we made the right call, as the new logo is, to quote the Internet, heckin’ dope.

Let me point out that Mit isn’t really retired, he’ll still be around. I decided that I would leave it up to the (musical) artist which style of art they preferred (sometimes it’ll be Annika doing the art, as usual, sometimes it’ll be Sara, who designed the rabbit, some people may decide to do their own art, and so on). The art style will inform which one of our mascots gets used. So Mit will still pop up. Bob may show up again. The oldskool graffiti logo from the early KFAs could make a comeback. Sky’s the limit, really. But as of now our new rabbit is the “official” logo/mascot, which is great, because as I said it’s dope as heck. So dope in fact that its creation led directly to…

2. New KFA Merch!

                    “money money money money moneeeeeeyyyyyyyyy”

Look, I’m gonna be honest here, we REALLY like money. We also really like cool things with our logos and stuff on them. So of course we weren’t going to pass up an opportunity to sell you new things. New KFA shirts featuring the new logo have been ordered and should be appearing on the store in the next 2 weeks! Keep an eye on the mailing list and the KFA Facebook page, and we’ll let you know as soon as they’re up. Fair warning though, these are EXTREMELY limited supply, only a few per size, so keep an eye out and if you want one (and let’s be real here, if you’re reading this you probably want one), snap one up right away, as restocking takes time, and who likes waiting? Not I, says I. And hey speaking of selling you things…

3. A New Release Format!

                                 “what’s the deal with KFA CD singles?”

You may recall that shortly after I took over running KFA, one of the first things I did was institute Executive Editions being sold as wavs, because I know there are a lot of us who prefer that format. I also know there are a lot of you out there who prefer buying music in a physical format. Having a real, tangible product rather than a couple hundred MB of 1’s and 0’s is important to some of you. Well much like wavs, ask, and ye shall receive! We have decided to, beginning with the next release, start offering all KFA Executive Editions in CD format, in addition to the current digital options. This is just a test for now, as there’s always the chance that people just won’t buy them, so if you like the idea of getting all of our stuff on CD, pick them up, yeah? Oh and hey speaking of that next KFA release, whoooooooo could it be?

4. A New KFA Artist!

                                          “look at this smug motherfucker”

One of my first orders of business was to ask a longtime friend who had already been doing some work for the Kniteforce family to join up full-time, because he is very, very good, and I want to release very, very good music, and I know he can make very, very good music, so clearly this was a very, very good idea. So allow me to introduce you to the newest KFA artist, Audio X!

Joel has been around for a while, having tracks appear waaaaaay back on Hardcore Underground 2, Electromagnetic (Feel Free is a great tune), Crush on Hardcore, and a great many more. Including, yes, Spider Pig. Which is a very fun, amusing tune and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. He is an immensely talented, versatile producer, as capable of writing proper oldskool as he is writing bangin’ freeform, and everything in between. We actually really started talking regularly again after the first time I flew down to Luna-C’s to make what ultimately became Back 2 Tha Midskool, as he was living in North Carolina at the time. We went out for chicken and waffles. It was glorious. From there Chris started having him do things for Kniteforce (his Piano Progression The Third remix is great), and the rest is history. He was one of the first artists I spoke to about writing material for the label once I took over (there are more, but they are surprises for now), and after taking a look at his output, and the fact that he was already basically “one of us” anyway, decided to sign him up full-time. His debut EP is absolutely beastly, varied and interesting and unique in all the right ways. Which leads me to the big announcement, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

5. The Next KFA Release!

                                            “not pictured: the actual release art”

The next release will be KFA078 – Audio X – Procrastination Makes Perfect, a four track EP with not one, but TWO Executive Edition exclusive bonus tracks. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t just post the album art, and the reason for that is…Chris and I talked about it and decided it’d be better as a surprise on day of release. The art is insanely good, inspired by Roger Dean’s work on Yes album covers, done in papercraft style by Sara, who also designed the new KFA logo. It sort of evokes the video for the Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight, Tonight to me. You’ll get to see the art when the EP is released, which will be on…

…wait for it

…wait for iiiiiiiiiiiiit

DECEMBER 11TH, 2017! Two weeks from today! Or two weeks-ish, I don’t know if this blog post is going up on Sunday night or Monday sometime, but thereabouts. Now that said, I’m not going to tease you without at least working the shaft a little, so who wants clips? Do you want clips? I want clips. I have clips. I made the clips. Here are clips! Listen to the clips! And then come back and keep reading, we’re not quite done here yet.

KFA78 – Audio X – Procrastination Makes Perfect

Finished?

ISN’T THAT AWESOME!? Seriously, Joel knocked it so far out of the park it landed in a completely different park four states over. I could not be more pleased with how his EP turned out. A bit of something for everyone. My personal favourite is The Hero We Deserve, which I’ve affectionately been referring to as “chiptune Blade Runner”, but the whole thing is very, very strong, and I look forward to hearing them all out at events after release.

6. The Future!

                  “it’s 2 AM, no more funny captions, wit has abandoned me”

So now that the next release has been announced, what’s next? The current plan (subject to change) is for releases to come about every six weeks for the next little bit, before ultimately moving to monthly, and perhaps even more frequently, as at present there are over a dozen releases pencilled in awaiting tracks. Yes, you read that right. Over a dozen. I’ve been VERY busy. 😉

The next two releases are from two guest artists making their solo KFA debuts, namely Eufeion, who I have been a big fan of for a long time, with an EP of tracks taking some rather popular vocals and samples from the happy hardcore era and giving them a modern twist, and Ponder, who is a certified G, and a bonafide stud, and you can’t…teach…that. There is a new True Skool EP waiting on two tracks. Scartat, Doughboy, Empyreal, and myself all have EPs on the go. Audio X has already started submitting tracks for a follow-up. I have a concept for a new, themed compilation EP series along the lines of the True Skool EPs, that you’ll get to see around this time next year. There has been talk of collaborative works with other labels, but it’s very early days on that, so who knows what form those will take, if they ever materialize.

Physical items will, funding permitting, be a big part of the label going forward. There are concepts floating around for even more new merch, including a few that were my own idea that I really, really want to see happen (so buy lots of shirts so we can pay for them lol). I have been talking to a friend of mine who ran a very successful Etsy store providing high-quality handcrafted items that you may see at some point. You may even see KFA material pop up on some of that sweet, sweet black crack in the new year. There are some other things that are 100% happening that I’m not quite ready to speak about in even the vaguest of senses yet, and a few more that are basically concepts in a Notepad file at this point, that if they come to fruition will be really, really cool.

Please note, everything I have just said is subject to change, based on a variety of factors. I decided to include this bit to give you all a peak into what’s going on behind the scenes, but until you see it announced with a release date NOTHING is set in stone.

7. One More Thing!

If you’re still reading this, first of all, congratulations. This post was far longer than I intended it to be, but I’m very wordy, and I had a lot to say. Second, you may recall waaaaaay back in point one that I mentioned that our new rabbit friend doesn’t yet have a name. We thought it would be fun to leave his name up to you guys, so we’ll be holding a “Name The Rabbit!” contest. Chris and I still need to iron out the logistics on how the contest should work, but the winner will receive one of the new KFA logo t-shirts, and a copy of Audio X’s new EP on CD single. We will announce the full details of the contest next  Monday (4th DECEMBER), with the winner being chosen December 11th. The contest will be announced EXCLUSIVELY on the KFA Facebook page, so go give that a like, hit follow, and set your follow settings to “first” so that you don’t miss the announcement.

The KFA page can be found here:

KFA Facebook Page

That’s all for today! Until next time, keep it hardcore!

– Shane Saiyan
KFA Label Manager, Sexiest Man Alive 2017

P.S. Shoutouts to Shannon from Crashedhope Designs for help with the images, and Oliver Spacekitt3n who took all the pics of me that found their way into this blog post. Y’all are good peeps.

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