Unit 137 are a col­lect­ive of pro­gress­ive artists drawn togeth­er by a shared pas­sion for con­scious, for­ward think­ing music. Based in SE Lon­don (Lew­isham), Unit 137 have oper­ated suc­cess­fully as a record label, sound sys­tem, record­ing stu­dio and event pro­duc­tion crew since 2012.The col­lect­ive have been defin­ing their sound over the last five years, power­ing and per­form­ing at major events and fest­ivals through­out the UK, includ­ing Boomtown Fair (Tangled Roots — Main Stage). They have made not­able waves via their record label with tracks such as Pres­sure by Hylu & Jago feat. Kosh­er, a huge release cham­pioned by Congo Natty, and the first single from Unit 137 Vol. 1.

Unit 137 Vol. 1 is their debut album, fea­tur­ing twelve ori­gin­al tracks from the crew and exten­ded fam­ily, includ­ing Sero­cee, Jimmy Screech and RTKal, to name a few. This is the first time all the artists go back to back on one release and the res­ult is a fiery body of work that swerves through reg­gae, dub, hip-hop, dance­hall and jungle effortlessly.

Rolling bass lines, flecked with sparks of brass and boun­cing per­cus­sion dom­in­ate the album. Heavy­weight pro­duc­tion from Ed West, Hylu & Sleepy Time Ghost, along­side the lyr­ic­al styl­ings of Jago, Kosh­er, Deemas J, Zico and Galak Spir­itu­al, offer a low end feast, show­cas­ing the fresh energy of new wave UK Sound Sys­tem cul­ture. For the roots heads, the ravers, the old skool, the new skool, there is some­thing here for everyone.

Unit 137 have built their sound over time, on respect, cre­ativ­ity and exper­i­ment­a­tion; mak­ing their much anti­cip­ated first album one worth the wait.

Check out the video below for ‘Hid­den Track’, fresh from the album. Delve into the minds of the Unit 137 crew. Hylu con­ducts the 137 All­stars through a maze of scen­ari­os, inspired by the artists that dwell in them.

Down­load Unit 137 Volume 1 here. 

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.