Friday, 30 April 2010
If you're not already familiar with Deadboy then you should check his U Cheated EP or the sublime 'If U Want Me' (released on Numbers). He is a ridiculously talented producer, something well showcased in his XLR8R mix which can be downloaded here.
01 Wookie "Down On Me" (Manchu)
02 Donga & Blake "Detroitus" (Well Rounded)
03 Groove Chronicles "Shattered" (Groove Chronicles)
04 C.R.S.T "Need You" (Well Rounded)
05 Velour "She Wore Velour"
06 Hackman "Blacksnake" (Well Rounded)
07 Soule:Power "Lost (Bakongo Remix)" (DVA)
08 Skinnz "I Know" (Well Rounded)
09 Andy Bell "Call On Me (Deadboy Remix)" (Mute)
10 xxxy "I Can’t Stop"
11 Destiny’s Child "Bills Bills Bills (Harmonimix)" (white)
12 Todd Edwards "I Might Be (Joy Orbison Remix)" (Scion A/V)
13 Basic Channel "Phylypstrak II" (Basic Channel)
14 Gongon "I Could Be There" (Well Rounded)
15 D-Malice "Full Effect" (white)
16 Deadboy "Here 4 U" (Numbers)
17 Andrea "You Still Got Me" (Daphne)
18 M&M "I Feel This Way (Remix)" (Suburban Base)
In keeping with our predictions for a summer of old skool garage revivalism, we're noting the Days Like That project as one to keep an eye on. Aimed at bringing new and interesting garage and 2-step talent to the the fore by taking a nostalgic look back at the influential artists of the past. This includes a mix series, the second and latest of which comes from DJ Para, an original member of longtime purveyors of the lighter shades of 2-step D.E.A. Project:
Preceding that was a similarly swing-ridden set from legendary 2-steppers Dem 2, and was accompanied by an interview which can be read here:
Both DJ Para and Dem 2 can be seen playing old skool sets at the Days Like That pre-summer dance:
Thursday, 29 April 2010
Ken Evil's seminal Manchester night returns next week. Running since 2004, Bass Camp provided the growing London dubstep scene with a second home up North, giving the likes of Skream, Loefah, Pinch and more recently Truth their debut bookings in the city.
In anticipation check these sets and mixtapes from some of those on the bill:
Oris Jay's 'Thrillaz No Fillaz' mixtape available here.
The impressive DJINN:
Bass Camp Residents Unbalanced Jack's new free EP:
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
The release will feature highly-anticipated stomper 'No Warning' (as featured on Chef's Dubstep Allstars mix), with the sparse, atmospheric 'Jungle Fears' on the flipside.
Monday, 26 April 2010
Yet another slick piece of mixing from grime's current most prominent DJs: Elijah & Skilliam. Again the duo show their absolute tirelessness in hunting down fresh tunes and breaking in new talent, whilst also bringing a few old school tunes into the mix.
We featured this one a while back but now, after multiple delays and a revised tracklist, it has finally got a full release as a double LP collection and doesn't disappoint. Featuring brand new tunes alongside some old classics, this one is guaranteed to be one of the year's must-buys.
Buy: Double LP
Buy: Digital Release
After Skream's Soundcloud giveaway of 'Clap Your Hands' a few weeks back, it seems almost like too much good favour that this breaks-influenced banger from his partner in crime Benga should also be given away for free. A genuine highlight of Chef's mix for Tempa's Dubstep Allstars series , the tune is being given away as part of a series of promo releases leading up to the next Rinse & FWD>> at Matter.
Download: Benga - Who Remembers?
Sunday, 25 April 2010
Nice mix from Lojik (see his free Lovin' You EP and the Is This Love / African Herbsman 12") exploring a deep, ambient and relaxing sound.
Subeena ft. Jamie Woon & Om'Mas Keith - Solidify
Peverelist - Gather
Beep - Darkness
Harry Craze - Thirty Six Hours
Starkey - Stars (Ital Tek remix)
Planas - Kutumba
The Nasha Experience - Clotted Cream
J:Kenza - Mortal Kombat
DJ Abstract - Touch
Martyn - Twenty Four
Funk Ethics - The Blues is Now
Kryptic Minds - Wondering Why
Unknown - Stutter
Ashburner - Fields of Vibration
Benga & Walsh - Biscuit Factory
Relocate - Too Moody to Swing
Tyrone - Tonight
Swarms - Your Words
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Bojcot Selectah is an excellent example of the way in which producers from overseas are currently contributing greatly to the progressive nature of what may more and more loosely be termed 'dubstep'. Based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, Bojcot Selectah first caught our attention with his collaboration with Dawn which featured on the first Echodub Loves collection. This three-track EP, the debut release from new online label Vekta Records, is further evidence of Selectah's production abilities. Opening with the scattered, Benga-like beats and pulsating bassline of 'U Know' which moves into the deep and brooding, sample-flecked 'Dangerous' before wrapping up with perhaps the most interesting tune he's produced to date in the form of 'S Dreams': a tune which blends aspects of old skool UK Garage, the new breed of UK Funky and Dubstep's emphasis on a sharp snare.
Download the entire EP for free here.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Anyone watching GetDarker.TV on a regular basis will be none too aware of one John Kimble. Hailing from Finland and famed (if that's the right term) for his unreal abilities in producing tune IDs, The Kimble is a Get Darker favourite (see Darkside giving him a massive shout on this week's show here). It turns out that the boy is none too shabby behind decks either, as we found out when he sent in this hour long mix.
Seamlessly blending BPMs and carefully controlling the energy in the mix, this one is a genuinely interesting listen.
Karizma - Groove Up A K Ordingly
L-Vis 1990 - Run! (Night Slugs)
F - Epilogue (Ramadanman Rerub)
Roska - Burn In Flames (Rinse)
Zomby - Digital Flora (Brainmath)
Darkstar - Aidy's Girl (Hyperdub)
Ikonika - Heston (Hyperdub)
Scuba - You Got Me (Hotflush)
J.Treole - The Loot (Sully Rmx) (Keysound)
Cosmin TRG - Groove Control (Rush Hour)
Martin Kemp - After The Night
Geiom - Sugar Coated Lover (Shortstuff & Brackles Rmx) (Berkane Sol)
Guido - Chakra (Punch Drunk)
James Blake - Sparing The Horses (Hemlock)
Hindzy D - Target09
Mala - Miracles (Deep Medi)
Fused Forces - Chemical Reaction (GetDarker)
Vex'd - Lion Lion V.I.P. (Planet Mu)
16Bit - Chainsaw Calligraphy (Jakes Rmx) (Boka)
Jakes - Rock Tha Bellz VIP (Hench)
Skism - The Blank (16Bit Rmx) (Wicky Lindows)
The Others - Puppet Walk (Dub Police)
Skream - Filth (Tempa)
Distance - Head Strung (Planet Mu)
Skream - Guitar Hero (Sin City)
LD - Inferno (Sin City)
F-One - Purple Sky (Dubstar)
Macabre Unit - Deep Within Rmx
James Blake - The Bells Sketch (Hessle Audio)
And if you enjoyed that, then cop this one as a similarly pleasing bonus:
Grizzly - Storm - Dub
LD - Primary Instinct - Soul Jazz
D1 - BRB - Scion A/V
Delinquent - Chalice Man -
OpaKe - Wet - Forthcoming Blu Audio
Jakes & Joker - 3K Lane 1999 - Hench
Ashburner - Next Hype - FTW
Kryptic Minds - Badman - Swamp 81
Distance - Twilight - Chestplate
Emalkay - Battle Suit - Storming Productions
The Bug (feat. Flowdan) - Run - Swamp 81
Chasing Shadows - Ill - Hench
501 - Mind Control - Off Road
Shackleton - Blood On My Hands - Skull Disco
Mark Pritchard - Heavy As Stone - Deep Medi
Running since 1995, !K7's DJ-Kicks series has included mixes from Smith and Mighty, Four Tet, and Hot Chip. Next up is Hyperdub boss Kode9 with a set to include his own productions (most notably a new, exclusive dub entiled 'You Don't Wash') aswell as showcasing tracks from Hyperdub's Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, Terror Danjah and Cooly G. Also featuring tunes from Digital Mystikz, and the reclusive Zomby, the mix covers a wide spectrum of the most progressive sounds in urban bass music at the moment.
Release date: 21st June 2010
1. Lone - Once In A While
2. Aardvarck - Revo
3. Kode9 - Blood Orange
4. Kode9 - You Don't Wash (Dub) [DJ-Kicks exclusive]
5. Cooly G - Phat Si
6. Ill Blu - Bellion
7. Ikonika - Heston
8. Scratcha DVA - Jelly Roll
9. Mr Mageeka - Different Lekstrix
10. Grievous Angel - Move Down Low
11. Sticky feat. Natalie Storm - Look Pon Me
12. Sticky - Jumeirah Riddim Sequel
13. Mujava - Pleaze Mugwanti
14. DVA - Natty
15. Aardvaarck - Re Spoken (Nubian Mindz Released Mix)
16. Morgan Zarate feat. Sarah Ann Webb - M.A.B.
17. Rozzi Daime - Dirty Illusions
18. Zomby - Spiralz
19. Kode9 - It
20. J*DaVeY - Mr. Mister
21. Digital Mystikz - 2 Much Chat
22. Terror Danjah - Stiff
23. Digital Mystikz - Mountain Dread March
24. Zomby - Godzilla
25. Digital Mystikz - Mountain Dread March (Reprise)
26. Addison Groove - Footcrab
27. Kode9 vs. LD - Bad
28. Maddslinky - Cargo
29. Ramadanman - Work Them
30. Terror Danjah - Bruzin (VIP)
31. The Bug - Run (feat. Flo Dan)
Friday, 16 April 2010
Long standing Rinse DJ JJ has put together this hyped mix for the Hyperfrank blog. You can catch the full interview with the man here.
Hyperfrank Presents DJ JJ [Digital Outbreak]byhyperfrank
P-MONEY - EXCLUSIVE MADNESS
DOCTOR P - GARGOYLE
DOK&SPYRO - I MISS YOU RMX
SKEPTA - UFO
TRILLA - WOOO
FOOTSIE - WOOO
DJ Q - OH
NOCTURNAL - INNA CORNER REMIX
LIL NASTY&YUNGA - BADA DEN DEM
FLAVA D - PROPER
RUDEKID - ELECTRIC
NEWHAM GENS FT ESCO- I'M A GENERAL
BEARS - RUNAWAY
P MONEY - SLANG
S-X - 0121
WILEY - MC PON 141
TEDDY - LAST PHONE CALL
O.Gz - WAH DA RASS
WILEY - BRAINIAC 5
SUKH KNIGHT - BORN INVINCIBLE VIP
J2K - 2010
JOY ORBISON - HYPO MGNO
DONAEO - SPEECHLESS
FRISCO - OVER
SPOOKY - IRON GATES REMIX
NERO - THIS WAY
TEMPZ - NEXT HYPE ACAPELLA
SKEPTA - RED BULL ACADEMY
DIZZEE RASCAL - STAND UP TALL ACAPELLA
R1 RYDERS - HYDRULIC
Distance & Skream - Wise Men
Headhunter - Experience
Breakage - Open Up
TRG - Feel For You
Benga - One Million
Benga - Descending
Emalkay - Solid State
Tempa T - Par
Maniac - Ugly
Eddie K - Who's The Hardest?
12th Planet & Juakali - Reasons (Doctor P Remix)
Jakes - Rhythm
Benga & Walsh - Bassface
DJ Mondie - Pull Up Dat Forward (feat. Flirta D, Ribz, Napper & Shizzle)
Mensah - Pulse 80's
Joker - Tron
Everyone knows that Wiley is easily one of the best grime lyricists that Bow E3 has thrown up, but what many are not aware of is that he is also among the most talented and influential producers of the last decade aswell. Lauded by such respected and prolific talents as Hyperdub don Kode9, longtime grime producer Terror Danjah (whose latest release on Butterz is also definitely worth a cop) and the UK's longest standing bass music shape-shifter Kevin Martin, Wiley's production talents are not to be sniffed at. However, grime instrumentals are certainly an acquired taste and, as such, do not often bring much cause for release unless they feature an MC going over the beat. The upshot of this is that instrumental album releases are few and far between, and that many of Wiley's beats have never been released in their own right. This changes now, though, as (finally) Avalanche Music: Volume 1 gets a release. Twenty-two previously unreleased beats from the man himself which act not only as a collection of evidence of talent, a document in favour of the value of standalone grime instrumentals and a CD's worth of essential listening, but also as a template for anyone wanting to hone their production skills and take the next ten years by storm themselves.
The leading track from this EP has been absolutely slaying dancefloors for some time now, and has now (thankyou, Caspa) made its way onto wax. Backed by 'Karma', 'Dot 2 Dot' (which were both notable highlights of N-Type's Rinse Mix) and newer tune 'Puppetwalk' this release is an absolute must for the bag.
Pick it up here: http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=294515
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
With the recent, perhaps boring, predominance of halfstep more experimental production is to be welcomed. Cue Cosmonaut, a regular night delivering exclusive downtempo sets from the likes of Blue Daisy and Cooly G. This month sees Mala exploring the space to be found below 140 BPM in a set to include new, unheard and unreleased material. Oh, and it's free.
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257-259 Pentonville Road
London N1 9NL
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Yet another big tune from Skream, except this one comes with the (much appreciated) twist of not only actually getting a release, but also being absolutely free.
Clap Your Hands by SKREAMIZM
This also coincides with news of DJ Chef's plans to launch a website dedicated to pushing regular digital releases for cutting to dubs, burning to CDs or using with digital mixing equipment such as Serato. With the focus currently being placed on beats from Benga and Skream (with other similarly exclusive producers being alluded to), the project is, according to Chef, aimed simply at increasing the availability of the music to fans whilst also putting 'pence in pockets'. Whilst nothing has been said, it is arguable that this surprise move has been brought on by the theft of Skream's CDs towards the end of last month.
Thursday, 8 April 2010
The second in a series of free showcase compilations from label and experimentalist collective Echodub to follow their quietly influential first selection of last summer. Featuring thirteen tunes from relatively unknown artists pushing the deeper sounds of dubstep, electronica and IDM, the compilation is well worth a listen.
Download: Echodub Loves: Vol. 02
01 Subreachers - "Memories Of Better Times"
02 Box Mouse - "5:37am Outside The Station"
03 Actraiser - "Imaginarium"
04 Egoless - "Back Home"
05 SvpremeFiend - "Prover"
06 Think - "All Wet"
07 SimonOff - "Trip To Luca"
08 Lurka - "Cosmic"
09 Tribal - "White Rain"
10 Vandera - "India Joya"
11 Lojik - "White Room"
12 Jas - "In A Heartbeat"
13 Dminus - "Ultramarine"
And if you missed it the first time around:
Download: Echodub Loves: Vol. 01
01 - Skyence - Precious Time
02 - Martello Rotativo - Get Busy
03 - Apathesis - Untitled
04 - Autopilot - Once More (Echodub Edit)
05 - 3rdeye - Undulate
06 - Kerogen - Hope
07 - Psychonaught - Warm and Easy
08 - Bojcot Selectah & Dawn - Believe
09 - FBOM - Each Day
10 - Mako - Avec La Tech
11 - Moonchild - The Glass Lake
12 - Roof Light - Kamino
Pirate radio stations are something of a dying breed now, as apparently anyone now has the ability to run their own internet radio station. However, this does not mean that the influence of pirate radio on the UK's musical subcultures can be so easily forgotten. Before the internet's popular accessibility provided a platform for the most obscure talents lurking in the underground, pirate radio was the only medium through which anything other than the mainstream's dirge could be accessed.
VBS TV's short documentary film provides an insider's view of the stations and people responsible for driving the UK's musical progression from the capital's tower block rooftops:
Friday, 2 April 2010
Founders of prominent grime label, website and blog Butterz, as well as hosting their own show on Rinse, Elijah & Skilliam are doing big things for a scene that many thought to have died out some years ago. By focusing on the instrumental side of the genre, the pair have succeeded in broadening its appeal beyond the perceived aggression of its MCs.
Their recent FACT mix is an excellent example of this:
Download: FACT Mix 135 - Elijah & Skilliam
Spooky – Murderer (Oil Gang)
Joker & Terror Danjah – Gully Goon Estate
Newham Generals – Hard (Digital Soundboy)
DOK – Sweet & Sour
SRC – Lemsip (Mr Mitch Remix)
Skepta – Red Bull Academy (Boy Better Know)
SRC – Going Out (Swindle Remix) – (Rwina)
Rossi B & Luca – E10 Riddim (Planet Mu)
Terror Danjah – Air Bubble (Swindle Remix) – (Butterz)
OG’z – OGeezus – (OGz)
Terror Danjah – Air Bubble (Royal T Remix) – (Butterz)
Griminal – Cant Be (Silencer Remix)
Royal T – Side Effect
Skepta – UFO (Boy Better Know)
Mr Mitch – Fright Night (SRC Remix)
Terror Danjah – Power Grid (Planet Mu)
Royal T – The Whistle Song
Swindle – Aim Straight (Planet Mu)
Terror Danjah – Creepy Crawler RIP (Butterz)
B Live – Modern Warfare
Rude Kid – Emergency (No Hats No Hoods)
Joker – Tron (Kapsize)
Starkey – Numb feat P Money (Planet Mu)
Terror Danjah – Air Bubble (Starkey Remix)
On a similar flex, is the duo's mix for Blackdown from January of this year:
Download: Elijah & Skilliam 2010 Mix
Swindle - Open Your Mind (Butterz)
Royal T - Hot Ones Remix (Unreleased)
Terror Danjah - Acid (Hyperdub)
Swindle - 'Trending Topic' (Butterz)
DVA feat P Money - Wind It Up (No Right Turn)
Rude Kid - Absolut Vokda (No Hats No Hoods)
DOK & Terror Danjah - Hysteria (Butterz)
Swindle - Air Miles (Planet Mu)
Silencer - Miss Asia (Wow Bass Level 3)
Joker - Output One Two (Tectonic)
Rude Kid & Terror Danjah - The Best Crawler (No Hats No Hoods)
Tempa T - Boy Off The Ting (No Hats No Hoods)
Terror Danjah - Bipolar (Butterz)
OGZ - Hot Ones (Deeco Remix)
Maniac - Lengman Tune (Unreleased)
Terror Danjah - Sidechain (Swindle Remix) (Planet Mu)
SRC - Powerman 9 (Unreleased)
DOK - Keep Making Grime (Unreleased)
Rude Kid - Electric (Earth 616)
J Beatz - Life & Death (SCUK)
Terror Danjah - Air Bubble (Butterz)
Starkey - Ok Love (Planet Mu)
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