Introducing Cyclops Recordings: Subtronics launches new imprint with three colossal artist compilations, ‘Boot Camp’
Over the past couple of years, Cyclops Recordings has been providing the music world with some of the industry’s most unique dubstep, bass, trap music. Spearheaded by the musical force that is Jesse Kardon, who most know as Subtronics, the tastemaker imprint has released music by the likes of LEVEL UP, Leotrix, Al Ross, Control Freak, EAZYBAKED, MOLOKAI, and many more while cementing its name as a leading force within bass music. The imprint has always operated quietly, however, so sans being a devoted member of Subtronics’ Cyclops Army, the average bass music fan may not have even known of Subtronic’s side-venture. That all comes to an end with Subtronics’ recent major cryptic announcement of the label, which is now followed by the official launch of Cyclops Recordings with three colossal label compilation albums, Boot Camp.
With three EP-sized volumes of Boot Camp—High Knees Headquarters, Psychedelic Division, and Heavy Artillery Division—the projects have been releasing steadily over the past three days. They now culminate with the Heavy Artillery EP, featuring LEVEL UP, Calcium, Nosphere, Jiqui, and Control Freak, and Vanfleet. Each compilation is named after a corresponding style of music from the label and fully captures the sense of community across the close-knit Cyclops Recordings universe.
Cyclops Recordings – Boot Camp – Hight Knees Headquarters
Additional track features on the Psychedelic Division, and Heavy Artillery Division include familiar faces Akeos, Syzy, alongside the likes of phonon, MAD DUBZ, Smith., G-Space, Cavemen, Kill Feed, Vanfleet, Jiqui, Saka, and Subtronics himself. Tracks have been releasing over the past twelve months, all culminating in three distinctly stylistic forms of bass music coming out of the Cyclops Recordings banner.
The label’s structuration is not far off from Subsidia Records‘ recent formation with three generic directions, dubbed Dusk (for left-field bass), Dawn (for melodic bass), and Night (for heavy bass). Or even Wakaan with their downtempo-focused sister label, SSKWAN—although there is nothing downtempo or melodic with Cyclops Recordings releases. But the trend does nod to an all-too-common theme going on in bass music lately: that is, the commercialized expansion of the genre into three distinct stylistic categories that could guide the industry for years to come as bass music at large continues to infiltrate as the newest “big room” genre.
Cyclops Recordings – Boot Camp – Pyschedelic Division
Riding off a wave of impressive releases including joint heaters like “Bumpy Teeth” with Zeds Dead, “Headband” with Ganja White Night, and “SNAILCLOPS” with Snails, as well as three solo EP projects, Scream Saver, Wooked on Tronics, and Cyclops Army, the Cyclops commander shows no signs of slowing down. Discussing the release of the ‘Boot Camp’ LP, the label says:
‘’Cyclops Recordings is the next step after Cyclops Army (my dedicated online fan group of 40k+ members). The label will be a platform for the most cutting edge sounds we find across the globe and beyond. We intend to promote unconditional kindness to those around us, a principle that also functions as the cornerstone of Cyclops Army, while shining a spotlight on artists that work every day to push the creative boundaries of what we all thought possible.”
Cyclops Recordings Boot Camp arrives at the top of the new year after Subtronics announced his Park and Rave Series alongside Calcium, Al Ross, LEVEL UP, Chee, G-Space, and Abelation. With two shows already sold out, their massive headlining show is set to take place on December 11 – 13 at NOS Events Centre.