First Listen: Alex Coulton – ‘Direction’ (Tempa)

The Tempa regular returns with two bass-heavy technoid rollers.

Manchester-born producer Alex Coulton has amassed an impressive discography since his first release in 2010. Exploring everything from the darker recesses of techno to heavy-hitting UK bass excursions, Coulton’s productions conjure the kind of peak time energy you’d expect from more seasoned veterans. He’s recently dropped a handful of sturdy 12″s on Tempa – last year’s Recall / Wiretap and Hand To Hand Combat – as well as releasing the excellent Freefall EP on the Bloc label last February.

His DJ sets are also something to behold, with Coulton often weaving ambient pieces around 4/4 stompers from Detroit and the Bristol sounds coming from the Idle Hands and Livity Sound camps – check Hyp 113 for a taste of what to expect from his sets.

Now he’s back on Tempa with the Ambush / Direction record – a spirited union of house, techno, jungle and dubstep that’s out April 11. A-side ‘Ambush’ utilises hefty sub-bass and tightly wound percussion to explore a more pensive side to late night soundtracks. We’re giving you spacious B-side ‘Direction’ today – which takes a techno frame, littering it with a 2-step shuffle and dense atmospherics for more moody heads-down business. Stream it below and pre-order the 12″ here.