So Womp-Fu grandmaster Stephan Jacobs remixed that song “Sycamore Trees” from the finale of season 2 of Twin Peaks, and there’s a sick video that he also helped make. Check the full story over at StephanJacobs.net where you can also download the full length track… oh yeah, and you can d/l the full track in exchange for you facebooktual affections over at http://listn.to/GroundedTV .
If yr in NYC, COME SEE STEPHAN JACOBS LIVE when he’s here on March 9th, with the Polish Ambassador. Gonna be a hell of a show.
DJ Pound and eLan were, individually, two of my favorite discoveries of this past year. So when I see on twitter just now that they did a split 10″ together, and it’s dropping friday? I bugged. It’s a super limited pressing, and I’ll probably never own one (unless I buy it here), but hey, don’t make that face, it’s on bandcamp for all of us to enjoy. Anyway, big shock, it’s fucking awesome. But don’t take my word for it….
XI turns in a huge mix for the Frite Nite podcast. Herein lies everything I love about the increasingly nebulous genre known as future bass. The reason for this nebulous-ness to be ever increasing is partly because it’s a term that is mostly defined by what it is not (dubstep, house or techno) but also because it kinda sounds like a nebula. I know there’s no sound in space, you killjoy, but the way I imagine a nebula might sound, in a synaesthetic way. An awesome nebula, full of bass and 909s. But I digress.
XI is on tour all spring in support of Zeds Dead, which would be an awesome double bill, but unfortunately they’re skipping the NYC metro area entirely (can someone please fix this?). Anyway, here’s the mix, download, stream below or get it via podcast (itunes link)
Ambalance – Aspirator
XI – Chariots
Quam – No Doubt
XI – I’m The Mayne
Om Unit – Vibrations (Machine Drum remix)
Ambalance – Zero Seconds Remaining
XI – Glythe
Ambalance – Lawn Gong
XI – Sympho
Bwana – It Ain’t Done Til’ It’s Over (XI remix)
XI – Immunity
Falty DL – Atlantis
XI – Antikythera
XI – Squeeze
XI – Nightlif
Cosmin TRG – Fizic
George FitzGerald – Shackled
Lazer Sword – Sounds Sane
Blackwax – Surface
Pariah – Left Unsaid
Blackwax – Offkey
▽nkown ShΔpes – Used To Give A Fk
Glitchy, blippy midtempo minimix from Metske/Metaphi, courtesy of Mary Ann Hobbs. This guy’s outta Nottingham, with the Wigflex crew, but it sounds like something you’d hear at a west coast glitchhop forest rave. A tasty blend of crunchy basslines, pixellated rainbow synths, 8-bit melodys, scifi soundscapes and lush futurebass production. There’s even a track with some harmonica, for all you hippies.
Skwee’d-out Sunday afternoon space funk … for your sunday afternoon. From Boss Kite, aka the Rick James of Brighton. Donkey Pitch comin through big again. The second track is my favorite. I can practically hear Biz Markie relating a story over this beat.
Out Feb 9 on ye olde Donky Pitch Bandcamp. This is the second of three free EPs from Donky Pitch, the first being Ghost Mutt’s much-lauded Sweat Mode.
Guys, I feel bad. I’ve been holding out on you. This mix has been on heavy heavy rotation in my headphones for like a month now, and I just have no excuse for not posting it. So here ya go. Fifty six minutes of the finest in space-hop, curated by Cpt. Weedo for Belgian beat collective UrbanWav.es. Neon arpeggios, spanky beats and futuristic synths galore. No tracklist, but don’t worry; I recognized a few tracks, most were new to me, but I love every single one. Props to Weedo – this mix never loses steam or focus, but has a lovely flow while keeping the aesthetic tightly defined. Picture Dilla and Starchild exploring the galaxy in Moog-powered starships, and you’re starting to get the idea.
Absolutely MASSIVE new sounds from Akira Kiteshi. This lil album sampler minimix will blow you away, and get you excited for the 14 track LP dropping Feb 27th on AfterGlo Records (which so far has only put out stuff by Phaeleh). The album sounds fantastic, and refreshing in it’s scope. There’s plenty of crushing, Pinball-esque bangers (both stompy midtempo and dubstep) but none sound like he’s just going over the same formula – each has a unique vibe. He dabbles in some lovely future bass/garage sounds with stellar results. There’s a pair of vocal tracks (like, the kind with lyrics and a chorus, “featuring” someone on the track name) which would normally be a dealbreaker for me but Kiteshi is just so damn good, he makes me like it anyway. My personal highlight is a track called “version” which has a classic dub sound. Regardless of genre, it displays his trademark ferocious energy, taught production and infectious musicality. Kiteshi is like a master painter – he uses different palettes to communicate a variety of atmospheres, but the sheer skill of his composition, and the clarity of his vision, gives him away every time.
Greeen Linez, “Palm Coast Freeway”
Jesse Boykins III, “B4 The Night Is Thru” (Prod. By Machinedrum)
The Starship Connection, “More Than Just A Dream”
Krystal Klear + Olivier Day Soul, “Never Thought U Would Go”
Mark Ronson f. D’Angelo, “Glass Mountain Trust (Teeko & B. Bravo RE-FUNK)”
Royalty, “Halley’s Trail”
Arp 101, “Groove”
Quitter, “French Press”
Devonwho, “Strange Brew”
Salva, “Obsession (feat. B. Bravo)”
Morri$, “Fishy Riddim”
Dam-Funk, “Inside Of U”
Partial lineup for Outlook Festival has just been announced, and it looks to be huge as ever.
Tickets are ON SALE NOW (since yesterday actually). Get em HERE. £135 (that’s $210 + booking fees). The complete initial lineup, along with all the basic info, is up on the new Outlook Tumblr. Dimensions Festival Lineup was also announced, but skews more heavily towards house and techno, so for the time being I’ll decline to comment.
As for Outlook 2012 tho, here’s my personal hilights:
Kode 9 – the teacher. lookin forward to class being in session.
Zed Bias – living legend.
Pearson Sound – gorgeous sound on a god-like system? yes plz.
DMZ – always a nuthouse
Boddika – YES. so much yes.
ONRA – the beatmaster – hopefully on some live mpc biz
Phaeleh – his beach-at-dusk set last year was legendary
Soom t – such charisma! only caught 1 song by her last year; riveting.
Disrupt – the gameboy dub don.
Submotion Orchestra – their set last year was simply breathtaking. proud to say i was front row center.
Author – one the albums and collabs of the year. no idea what LIVE means but i’m exctied.
SP:MC – w/o a doubt, the best emcee at Outlook last year. This guy is really about “moving the crowd” and being a true “master of ceremonies” not just “mic control”.
Biome – love every mix this dude does, I’m sure his live set it choice
Gold Panda – albums are super refreshing, hopefully his live set isn’t a letdown
Kuedo – ditto to above
Kid Kanevil, Elephino and Blue Daisy – stoked on the beat scene representing.
No complaints – killer lineup as always. BUT if the Outlook Gods are listening, then I’d like to just make a request/recommendation of a select few US artists who would make stellar additions. I know you guys don’t get over here as much so I hand picked a few:
– Archie Pelago
– Sub Swara
Next level future funk/bass music from S.F. producer B.Bravo. Pitchfork.tv dishes up a nicely produced video feature on the live band. The groove they hit around 3:15 is so excellent – kinda like if Bootsy Collins was in Sepalcure.
B.Bravo has been one of my favorite discoveries this year. His Kiss’n’Tell EP was a standout this year, and the inaugural release for the very exciting Earnest Endeavors label. 2010’s releases on Frite Nite, Computer Love and Analog Starship EP are both juicy listens all the way through, and his Swing My Way remix (free d/l!) was one of my favorite guilty pleasures.
Fresh heaters from west coast glitch wunderkid Jay Wikid. He’s dropped a half dozen new tracks on soundcloud in the last 2 days, but these are my picks. POLLY flips some eastern-european vocals into a funky, glitched out party jam, while The Last Night mines a late-80s sound palette for what sounds like Autobot love song. Both quality productions.
Not a surprise given that Jay’s collabbed with Bassnectar AND Opiou in the last year (the latter being easily one of the best tracks on An-Ten-Nae’s Acid Crunk vol 3) as well as remixed such luminaries as Phaeleh and ill-esha. Get to know.
Doc Krank has never lead me astray before. This time, it’s a mix from Tom Encore, and it’s a class-A facemelter. An ambitious tracklist, some might even say eyebrow-raising, but oh boy does it deliver. The tempo is all over the place, and it pulls from an impressive spectrum of party music. But the mixing is more than capable (tho I spose it had better be, this being a studio mix n all).
Tom delves deep into rage territory, and yes, there are a few powertools and vocals that I’d probably not go for in my headphones. But let’s be real, at midnight on a friday I’d be wilin’ to each and every drop on this mix. You’ve got to respect how slyly he mixes deep cuts of underground shit with peak hour anthems, keeping it moving without losing focus. Even if you’re the type to turn your nose up at some of the names on the tracklist, you’d be bobbing your head too hard to notice.
Fizyk – Overcontrolled (Intro)
B.Bravo – Midnite (Broken Haze Version)
K-Theory & Frost Raven – 18th Century Gangster
Opiuo – Robo Booty
Break & Die – Slow Down VIP
DCarls – Flavorhythm
DCarls – All In
Marek Biliński – Ucieczka z Tropiku (Temat)
Skrillex – Kill Everybody (Koan Sound Remix)
Magnetic Man – Fire (feat. Ms. Dynamite)
Opiuo – Patchouli Dump Truck
Take – Paper Garden (Low Limit Remix)
AK Kids – Rock On (feat. Argyle Pimps)
Opiuo – Monkey Crunk (ill Gates &Samples Crunky Monk Remix)
Freestylers & Pendulum feat. MC Sirreal – Painkiller (Kouncilhouse Remix)
Freestylers & Pendulum feat. MC Sirreal – Painkiller (Noisia Remix)
Camo & Krooked – Breezeblock
Nero – My Eyes
Knife Party – Destroy Them With Lazers
Instra:Mental – User
DJ Wildchild – Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Mix)
Noisia – Red Heat
Dimlite – Can’t Get Used To Those (Afterlude)
Wolfgang Gartner & Skrillex – The Devil’s Den
Drums of Death – Cold Lazarus
Chemical Brothers – It Doesn’t Matter
Drums of Death – Cold Lazarus (Starkey Remix)
J:Kenzo – Therapy
Dark Sky – Be Myself
Benga – Baltimore Clap
Chuckie – Who Is Ready To Jump (Dillon Francis Remix)
Benga – Buzzin’
Phrantic – God Of Terror
Wolfgang Gartner – Forever (16bit Remix)
12th Planet, Kill The Noise & Skrillex – Right On Time
Muffler – Controller (Tom Encore Remix)
SebastiAn feat. M.I.A – C.T.F.O. (Nero Remix)
Rob D – Clubbed To Death (Kurayamino Variation)
John Creamer & Stephane K – Forget The World (Acappella Mix)
Syrebral – Broken Angels
TC Crew feat. Eddie, Mike Dunn & Tyree – No More Mr. Nice Guy
Flux Pavillion – Got 2 Know (Squnto Remix)
Tom Encore & Paszczak – Lazer Fetish (feat. Kaspa)
Dakosa & Anile – Settle The Score
NastyNasty – Jelly
Kromestar – In 2 Minds
Slugabed – The System
this mix by WALA was so good i straight up turned it off. I was already hyped because the tracklist included tworecent soundcloud favorites. I ended up looking up the first 3 tracks in a row (thereby turning me on to turnsteak), they were all so good. and when what sounded like a glitchhop white stripes track came one (turned out it was the excellent Unlimited Gravity remix of AWOLNATION, but the guys voice sounds similar) I pretty much threw my headphones at my monitor. This mix was dangerously awesome. Truly hyphy.
Upon a second, thorough and complete listening (performed at a safe distance from any responsibilities), my earlier suspicions were confirmed – this mix is indeed pants-shittingly awesome. Wala’s got a super solid foundation of glitch-hop greats (MiM0SA, iLL-Esha, Opiuo, Vibesquad, Marty Party, Boreta) as well as some of my favorites of the newer breed. Sprinkled liberally with fantastic remixes of classic partystarters by Santigold, Chromeo, Missy, N.A.S.A, Look At Me Now (just the Busta + Weezy verses, natch), this mix sounds like it must have absolutely GONE OFF. I hope the crowd was still raging – I know if I stumbled into this set at 4:30am on NYE, I’d be going stupid.
Wompblog homie Yan Zombie just dropped his LP, The Hold-On Tight:Analogue Slices Of Love and Confusion on Bandcamp yesterday, pay-what-you-want style. Fans of Leonard Dstroy, Kid Koala and Mixmaster Mike should definitely give this a whirl. We covered Yan’s prolific output last week, but this release deserves it’s own collection of words.
I’ve been listening to this for a few weeks now and am continually impressed with the depth and creativity of the sampling and composition. Fundamentally, it’s a beat tape – the sheer volume of samples and track lengths makes it inescapable. There’s more mo-town and vintage soul in this LP than in most of your parents’ record collections. But something more ambitious is going on here. The most recognizable melodies are repurposed as ad-libs. More obscure source material is left mostly in-tact but reverbed and rearranged into something entirely new. There’s some delicious hints of glitch. Rarely does this sound anything like Dilla. At points it sounds like the long-lost twin of Paul’s Boutique, and I ain’t mad about that. Or if Madlib challenged himself to make a song entirely out of songs made from other songs. These are messy, meta beats, and they’re having way, way too much fun.
The cheeky juxtapositions are part of that, sure, but it’s also an unstoppable groove. Most of these tracks are built around a single drum loop, but there’s more than enough detailing to keep things interesting; lots of vinyl spin-up and slow-downs are left un-trimmed, drums flare and stutter, and Yan Zombie rides his beat repeat off into the sunset like Paula Deen rides butter.
It’s sorta like if Prefuse73 did the Girl Talk thing – one could play name-that-sample all day with this record (fwiw I’m pretty sure he also samples Prefuse73). But the real fun is in hearing how the bits you know mesh with the ones on the tip of your tongue to form something entirely new, yet bathed in nostalgia. It’s not seamless – that would be counterproductive. Better yet, it wears it’s seams with pride as it does things you never thought a beat tape could; fascinate.
Purple don MartyParty isn’t fuckin around. He just debuted the single from his upcoming LP, Six Shots of Jameson and no surprise, it’s incredible. Lushly layered minor chords weave over taught percussion and fierce sub bass, punctuated by skanky synth stabs and reverbed synth-horns. The drop is a riveting, spinetingling bass-gasm, but it’s also incredibly smooth and rich, not unlike the some really good bourbon. Or scotch.
The track displays not so much restraint (though there is that – nothing here is overdone or melodramatic) as mastery. MartyParty, now 6+ years and hundreds of tracks deep into the production game, is starting to reap the benefits of all that time spent crafting. This is some jedi master shit here – he’s making it look easy.
Which is not to say he’s getting old. MartyParty may be granddaddy purps to all these young whippersnappers, but his stage energy is second to none. During a live MartyParty show, aka The Purple Opera, he’s building every jam from scratch, assembling loops and samples, as well as mixing in new tunes from other producers, all the while dancing harder than anyone in the crowd. It’s a fucking blast.
So you better get motherfucking hyped that he’s announced a slough of US tour dates from February to March. The purple mothership lands in NYC Feb 17th at Drom. (fb event here) If you wanna be a part of the Street Team for the 6 Shots of Jameson Tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject “6Shots Street Team” and your city name.
Here’s the complete list of US tour dates, with more TBA:
Feb 15 : Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
Feb 16 : Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
Feb 17 : New York, NY @ Drom
Feb 18 : Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
Feb 19 : Lakewood, OH @ Avenue Tap House
Feb 21 : Buffalo, NY @ Soundlab
Feb 22 : Columbus, OH @ Circus
Feb 24 : Chicago, IL @ The Mid
Feb 25 : St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
Feb 28 : Fayetteville, AR @ Georges Majestic
Mar 02 : Avon, CO @ The Snow Ball Music Experience
Mar 05 : Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
Mar 06 : Missoula, MT @ Top Hat
Mar 07 : Spokane, WA @ TBA
Mar 09 : Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
Mar 10 : Portland, OR @ Branx
Mar 12 : Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya
Mar 13 : Tahoe City, CA @ Lakeside
Mar 14 : Reno, NV @ Wurk
Mar 15 : Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Mar 17 : San Francisco, CA @ Mighty
Mar 21 : Los Angeles, CA @ Funktion at The Music Box
Ok so Ewan Hoozami is one of my favorite DJs of all time. I’ve listened to his insanely amazing It’s A Stickup! mix easily a hundred times since March of ’09, and like all great works of art it has continued to reveal new sides to it’s brilliance.
Monsieur Hoozami has also been knocking out some excellent ghetto funk productions as of late, in addition a litany of killer mashups, remixes and mixtapes.
He’s linked up with equally awesome dj/producer, Dave Remix and started a project called Box Rocket. It’s the two of them deconstructing “underground classics” and rejiggering them with some serious mid-tempo/glitch/ghettofunk style. For their inaugural track on soundcloud, they couldn’t have made a better selection than to remix the Avalanches Frontier Psychiatrist(!!!) and the results are fucking awesome. But, to quote one of my heros, “don’t take my word for it” Box Rocket – Avalanche Psychiatrist (FREE DOWNLOAD) by Box Rocket
I could write a whole post just on the video to Frontier Psychiatrist, but instead I’ll just embed it here.
Brand new live mix from Author (Ruckspin and Jack Sparrow). Anything these two gents do is gonna be magical, but this is their live set from the legendary DMZ/Exodus night in leeds, so already you know this mix is gonna be extra choice. Expect luscious sub bass, incredibly clear and spaciously mixed tunes, and an unfuckwithably chill vibe.
Fact: Toddla T is a fucking badman. One of the least pretentious, and most prolific gents in UK Bass, Toddla T’s productions are ruthlessly engineered to get your ass on the dancefloor. Witness how many times you (I) wiled out to Take It Back this summer. Fucking love that tchune.
Anyway, fresh womps from the man just went up on his soundcloud, including this remix of Steve Edward’s Love Like Water. It’s a grindy bassline banger with syncopated shouts and absolutely perfect vocal mixing. Grab the free DL while it’s hot!
Between that tune and the amazing David Rodigan T shirt he was giving away on facebook today, Toddla T is making my day. Oh, and a nice bonus – google image search has revealed to me, much to my joy, that he did vol thirty (boh boh!) of Мишка’s foundational Keep Watch mix series.
Synth-master general Sduk has been posting previews this week on Soundcloud from a the upcoming album, Anything Could Happen coming out January 9th on Slit Jockey. Preorder that shit here.
Sduk put out one of my favorite EPs of 2011, YouNyt, especially this jam: TeeHee by Sduk
Here’s my two favorites of the new stuff (there’s lots more on his soundcloud). The new album is definitely diving deeper into purple territory, and I ain’t mad about that. The opening track, Valid, sets off boldly in that direction with some very 80s synth-horns, and a massive, arm-hair raising drop.
The other track I love is called, amusingly, Error. The mixture of a very fashionable r&B vocal sample, absolutely luscious strings, and a snare that slaps like whoa, is just tooo goood. Error (Out 9/1/12) by Sduk
Returning from winter hiatus this week, I’m starting a new feature called BIGGUP, focusing on a worthwhile and underhyped artist and their recent output. To pop things off, we have Yan Zombie, a mysterious masked bass-maker from Nelson, BC. In his own words, dude makes
futuristic/purple hip hop badman dancehall riddims meet with glitchy moog synth stutter funk for today’s sophisticated lady
I first heard of him through Daly City Records, Mochipet’s label. Yan Zombie mixed the first, and I believe the only, episode of the Daly City Records podcast. He mashes the best in 2010 glitch-hop beats (samples, kraddy, mochipet, bassnectar, splatinum, etc) vs. with classic gangsta rap accapellas (slim thug, busta, odb, public enemy, etc), plus some unexpected treats by the likes of Roberta Flack, the Bangles, and Devo, James Brown and Burt “wtf” Bacaharach. Tying it all together are a butt-ton of Yan’s own edits and live glitches. This one enjoyed some seriously heavy rotation last year – tracklist here. Yan Zombie -Daly City Records Podcast #1 by Yan Zombie
So I couldn’t be more pleased when I saw that just before Christmas, Yan dropped another full length mix; episode #153 of J’aime Le Dubstep. Starting with some spooky, west-coast zombie-step, the mix smoothly moves into showcasing Yan’s own hip hop and purple-funk productions before dropping 2 genius mashups (no spoilers, but kraddy would be proud) and finishing out with some grime bangers.
That’s not enough zombie juice for you? Well alright, good thing the man is so generous pon di soundcloud. Here’s a set of mashups and original edits (tooooo many bangers in here to even start breaking it down… but don’t skip the Iko Iko edit):
Oh and here’s another 3 plus hours of fine n tasty bass mixes by dude.
WHAT? You’re still here??? Well then have a listen to Yan’s full length, The Hold-On Tight: analogue slices of love and confusion, which came out in June of 2011 (and available in a magical world where samples are cleared by wishing on a waveform). Pretty similar list of ingredients – recognizable hip hop, MPC trickery, west coast lazerbass production, but in this dish time it’s much more finely granulated. Never mind chopped and screwed, this is straight julienned gangsta funk.
Outlook Festival just announced some info about next year’s fest in Fort Punta Christo, including a very limited round of early bird tickets available here tonight at 6PM (presumably GMT?). More importantly, they announced that next year they will be holding a “sister festival” the following weekend (September 6th through the 9th) at the same gorgeous location, that will be:
… a slightly more intimate affair featuring music from other areas of the musical spectrum that we love. We will be releasing more information shortly but you can trust us that we are putting together an amazing line-up with the same level of pedigree that you have come to expect from Outlook
Watch the video above, which will give you a taste of the footage going into the Outlook film dropping in 2012, as well as info about the UK launch party and formally introduces Dimensions to the world, with nice typography and all that.
Speaking as an Outlook festival goer last year (I had the time of my life, thanks guys!), I fully support this approach – not only keeping the main festival the same size and focusing on improving the experience, but also introducing a smaller version for those of us who don’t want to spend our time in paradise waiting in queues.
Saturate Records is one of the guiding lights in the world of WompBlog, and at barely 1 year old, they’ve already developed quite a catalog. In April of 2011, they put out their first complilation, SATURATED! Vol 1, and I stumbled upon the promo mix. I was hooked on the sound instantly – though at the time I didn’t recognize a single name on the tracklist. But the luscious melange of chunky synths, skronky beats, and copious lazers made for a swaggertastic, robot-sex flavored delight that I kept coming back to.
They’ve already had a huge year; putting out mustic by some of my favorite new artists, such as heRobust, Krampfhaft, Dj Pound, Coco Bryce and +Verb. And now, to top it all off, they just dropped SATURATED! Vol 2 on the world. One look at the tracklist clearly indicated greatness. The first half dozen tracks are all bangers, but don’t neglect the later delights of Om Unit + Disco Nutter’s spooky stomper Question, and Joney’s strangely hypnotic, aggro, tropical jam, Yo Shut Yo Mouth.
If you, like me, also can’t get enough Saturate, then head on over to their mixcloud, where they have 8 full length mixes by their featured artists.
Citing a lack of identity in the London scene, some of the best beat producers have come together (like voltron!) to create a new night. Looks like the RBMA alumni association from the resident list. Check the video below, and if you’re in London – well, if you’re in London and you’re reading this blog, you probably knew about this before I did. I’ll probably never attend, but only good things can come from this.
Apparently Kuedo was the special guest a few nights ago. Dayum.
The peerless Submotion Orchestra drop a remix EP on Monday, 12/19: Finest Hour – The Remixes. The full length, Finest Hour, would be a shoe-in for my year end top 10 list, if I were into that. The remix EP is packed to the gills at 9 tracks, with some of the most respected names in the game – highlights for me were Goth-trad, jack sparrow, planas (both of em) and phaeleh. Nobody phones it in – every one of these is a gorgeous, well crafted journey through luscious bass and the soaring vocals of Ruby Wood.
A new mixtape from Plastic Thumbs is always a cause for celebration (and bloggin). This time around, they’ve ostensibly put together a hip-hop and funk mix, but with “a few basslines thrown in”. The effect is hyphy-producing, in the extreme. You’ve got all the standards of hip hop, funk and soul classics, seamlessly blended with some UK Bass treats. No tracklist provided, but a few of my favorite moments would have to be:
– Public Enemy over Congorock’s Babylon
– a severely screwed Brick House over some tropical house i can’t identify,
– Wiley’s Too Many Men freestyle over disco classic Roll, Bounce, Rock, Skate
but [SPOILER ALERT] the real gem of a party starter here is WHOOMP, There It Is on top of Redlight’s Source 16 – two legendary party jams, cruelly separated by decades, finally united. Had me dancin around in my underwear while making breakfast this morning.
While their XLR8R podcast from a few weeks back is definitely essential listening (in fact, it’s pretty mucha PhD thesis on the relationship between juke and jungle), Africa Hitech’s live set is what really needs your attention.
If you missed them smash LPR in November, here’s a taste of their (very rewarding) live set. The first half is a bit of a history lesson – starting with some actual african music, and moving quickly through a few modern grime anthems and classic DMZ-style dubstep (as well as modern classics like Joes claptrap), Africa Hitech is showing us how we got to where we are today. A trio of tracks by new-school masters (LA’s jonwayne, Joker and Bok Bok) showcase a trend towards more emotive, soulful bass music before diving deep into the heaviest of dubs. The euphoria of Traxman’s Prince-sampling jam, Lifeeeee Is For Ever, marks the midpoint, and the calm before the storm.
A taste of juke from Philip D. Kick sets the stage for an absolutely ripping version of their calling card track, Out in the Streets. From there, it’s straight hyperspace business, as the next 23 tracks recklessly careen through 20 years of juke, jungle, hip-hop and dancehall, sounding ruthlessly futuristic the entire time. If the first half of this set is how we got here, and the second half is where we’re going (as a bass music culture), then perhaps Africa Hitech is suggesting that a key part of successful evolution is embracing our roots.
1 – Nya Asem Hwe – City boys Band
2 – Where i belong – Scratcha DVA
3 – Bluku Bluku – D Double E
4 – 8 Barnaza – DOK
5 – Highs and lows – Wiley
6 – Notice now – Trim (Pedro 123 remix)
7 – Haunted – Coki
8 – Ice Rink Riddim – Riko
9 – Dollar sign – Stush
10 – Its late – Silkie
11- Claptrap – Joe
12 – New Epoch – Gothtrad
13 – Crumbled Luna – Jon Wayne
14 – Silo Pass – Bok Bok
15 – Trance Girl – Joker
16 – Revolution (Not Smiling songs) – Coki
17 – Elephant dub – Mark Pritchard
18 – Shaka the Warrior – House of deb players
19 – Lighter VIP – Champion
20 – Lifeee is forever – Traxman
21 – The Darkest Hype (Philip D. Kick Remix) – Cadenza
22 – Out in the streets – Africa hitech
23 – Out in the streets VIP – Africa hitech
24 – Perfect Gain Structure – Krampfhaft
25 – Welcome to the Chi – Dj Rashad
26 – Heaven sent – Dj Rashad and Gant man
26 – Erotic heat – Jlin
27 – Cbat – Hudson Mohawke
28 – Horizons (Phillip D. Kick Remix) – LTJ Bukem
29 – I’ll Fly Away – Ballistic Brothers
30 – Y’all aint ready – Jay dee – Mark Pritchard remix
31 – Dirtbox – Harmonic 313
32 – Raise it up – Slum Village
33 – Lion – Harmonic 313
34 – Turn it on – Mark Pritchard/Steve Spacek
35 – This aint Tom and Jerry – Cousin Cockroach
36 – In her heart – Capleton
37 – Scud books – Hudson Mohawke
38 – Toothbrush Portamento – Dorian Concept
39 – Sound Murderah – Remarc
40 – England story – YT
41 – True stories – Krust
42 – Light the way – Africa hitech
43 – Viking 1 – Moondog
BIG news for all the old school heads – after a yearlong silence, the dubwarNYC podcast has come back! Episode 13, mixed by Humble Dinosaur, has apparently been out for a few weeks – presumably all the cool kids who read dubstepforum are yawning about now. But for anyone who missed it, this mix is absolutely wonderful. The phenomenal bass from this young producer out of Bridgeport, CT could just as easily have come from Croydon or Bristol. Most of the tracks are his own, and the mix flows just brilliantly.
At 9:30am this morning, my body was on the subway, but the space between my ears was back in the sweet spot, on the dancefloor at Club Love. Which is to say, if you ever went to Dub War back in the day, you will FEEL this mix. And for that, Humble Dinosaur, we can never thank you enough.
DL the podcast on iTunes HERE or get it via RSS HERE.
Humble D. – Suggestion Box
Peverelist – The Grid
Kryptic Minds – Three Views Of A Secret
Humble D. – Evolution
Humble D. – Dwarf Star
Humble D. – Reminder
Julio Bashmore – Um Bongo’s Revenge
Humble D. – Pump!
Humble D. – Hallway
Humble D. – The Gods
Humble D. – Bird Watching
Follow Humble D on twitter (@HumbleDinosaur) and go see him spin at Percussion Lab 10th anniversary party on Thursday (fb event here) Alongside heavyweights FaltyDL, Braille, Dave Q and Nooka Jones.
The insane duo from Toronto has done it again – this 20 minute mix showcases a newer, and very much electro, sound for them. They still bring some roughneck bass towards the end, but more than half these tracks have some ravey vocals – normally that’s a dealbreaker for me, but they pull it off.
Circus Records Winter Mixtape
You’re gonna be hearing these bangers all year, may as well get to know them now. Superbad, in particular, makes me really, really happy – fuckin great to hear what Flux Pavillion can do with live drums and real guitars. These guys are puttin the fun(k) back in dubstep.
0m 0s // Roksonix – Music In Me
2m 32s // Brown and Gammon – Blow My Mind
3m 41s // Scroobius Pip – The Struggle (Doctor P Remix)
5m 30s // Flux Pavilion & Skism – Jump Back
7m 48s // Roksonix – Madness
9m 37s // Doctor P & Flux Pavilion – Superbad
11m 0s // Doctor P – Tetris
13m 3s // Doctor P – Watch Out
14m 53s // Brown and Gammon – Riddle Me This
16m 29s // Krome & Time – The License (Doctor P Remix)
Revolvr – The Chamber Mix Show
Straight electro fire. I don’t know much about Revolvr except that he sent me a track on soundcloud and got an instant follow. And ever since then, it’s one burner after another from this dude. This mix is everything I love about electro – chunky synth lines, big fat fucking kicks, vocals that know their place in the mix and aren’t cheesy, and maximum jackage.
Umek – & Beltek – Pitchcraft
Chris Lake – Sundown (Lazy Rich Remix)
Alesso – Nillionare
Afrojack – Lionhearts Get Fucked (DJ Red & DJ Spryte Bootleg)
Spencer & Hill – Say What (Revolvr Remix)
ETC! ETC! – Move Your Body
Jerry Rekonius – Powahbunga
Digitalchord – Galaxy Mask (Revolvr Bootleg)
Rektchordz – Filthy Inspiration (Jeff T Remix)
TJR, Nome De strip & Sue Cho – This Is My Life
Felguk – Jack It
Wolfgang Gartner – The Way It Was
The M Machine – Promise Me A Rose Garden
Micky Slim – I’m A Freak
Umek & Beltek – Out Of Play
Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf (Dada Life Remix)
From the Old School to the Newschool Mix by Dynamik
Found this mix on the ENK blog, where Wompblog fav flatline also hangs his hat. A really nice garage history lesson. It’s not a genre I’m super familiar with, so maybe this will seem facile to the heads, I dunno, but I enjoyed it from start to finish. This mix does a great job of joining the dots between a sound many people think of as “90s”, but is responsible for a lot of what’s awesome about bass music these days .
Sunship – Try Me out (Let Me Lick It)
Horsepower Productions – Django’s Revenge
Ghost – Lyrical Tempo
Zed Bias – Fairplay (Feat. Jenna G) [Zed Bias Old Skool Remix]
Sunship – Friendly Pressure (Feat. Jhelisa) [Into The Sunshine Mix]
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert [Steve Gurley Mix]
EL-B – The Club
Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood [Ed Case Refix]
Mosca – Bax
Sticky – Booo! (Feat. Ms Dynamite)
Mj Cole – Attitude
Ghost – 2000
M-Dubs – Bump ‘n Grind (Feat. Lady Saw) [Sunship Remix]
Hackman – Agree To Disagree
Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You
Hardrive – Deep Inside (Orignal Mix)
George Fitzgerald – Don’t You
Wiley & Mj Cole – From The Drop [L-Vis 1990 Remix]
Groove Theory – Tell Me [George Fitzgerald Remix]
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name
Jamie Grind – Without You
Dark0 – HYLI
Alicia Keys – Fallin’ [Mj Cole Remix]
Girl Unit – Wut
Silkie – It’s Late
WIley – It’s Wiley [Royal T Remix]
Bok Bok – Silo Pass
James Blake – CMYK
Kingdom – Fogs
Superisk – Find Your Way [Mensah Remix]
J.Sparrow – Red Sand
Pinch – Get Up (Feat. Yolanda) [Guido Remix]
Truth – Stay
Silkie – Outlook
Teena Marie – You Baby
Om Unit Vs Kromestar – Solar Cycle
The Notorious B.I.G – Big Poppa
Luther Vandross – Never To Much
The Hungarian Beat Mix by headshotboyz
A whole fuck ton of awesome spacey futurist beats from producers you’ve never heard of, most of whom come from the mean streets of Budapest. Brainfeeder fans, apply within. I had the opportunity to kick it in Budapest a few weeks this summer before Outlook, and since returning I’ve been consistently impressed by the quality output of the beat scene over there. Fine Cut Bodies, iamyank, and now headshotboys are a few of my favorite dj/producers from that city, and I can’t wait to go back.
01. Headshotboyz: Nightmare On Elf Street
02. iL: For (Polyklinik Remix)
03. Ypnotiq: Newbeatsontheblock
04. ICR: The Risk Of Speaking Nonsense
05. Ozon: Neon Lights
06. Toox: Minden sarkon I’m
07. Ykzn: Nagylevego
08. Dogbite: Private Dance
09. Frenk Drabin: From The Labor
10. Soul Control: Backstage
11. Nome: Svejk
12. Zomblaze: 21
13. Spctrmn: Right Down To Her
14. 9b0: Playing With Stuff On My Desktop
So this video has been absolutely blowing up, all over my feeds the last day or so – and with good reason! Not only does this tune have some SERIOUS bassweight (only watch @ 720p or above, w\ a decent system), but the video is positively transfixing. Bigups everyone at Exit Records. Available for purchase 12/19.
Still moist from the soundcloud, this is everything a glitchhop remix should be. With so many producers hopping on the neutered post-dubstep house/techno hybrid sound, it’s nice to see a producer return to their “crunk glitch roots”. Which is funny, cuz the guy who made this, Cryptex, is supposedly only 17 years old. Can you return to your roots when you’re still in high school? Regardless, this shit is a completely womptastic update of a an already classic tune.
I love it when electronic musicians and classical strings do live shit together. Amon Tobin and the Kronos Quartet. Portishead live at Roseland. London Philharmonic’s “Video Game Heroes”.
But Benji B just took things to a whole other level. Along with the Deviation String Quartet (and masterful arrangement by Grant Windsor) they augmented a number of modern UK Bass hits with luscious strings. Then all of them performed it for together for RBMA. This sort of project could easily veer into cheese, but you can tell there’s a lot of craft and mutual respect between all the players here. Check the whole video below (it’s worth it) or watch select clips on their blog. Not gonna attempt a tracklist here, but you’ll hear tunes you love from Joy O, M. J. Cole, Joker, Switch, Erykah Badu, Burial and many more.
Hat tip to the always onpoint HZA at 92bpm for first posting this.
SUPER premium selection of mixes this week – lots of deep, dubby, filthy goodness. Starting with the most roughneck, and ending with the most chill, here are the best mixes from the last few weeks.
Whenever I see the THE KILLABITS, I get excited (because of THIS FUCKIN TUNE). They absolutely slaughtered their session for J’aime Le Dubstep. What I love about the Killabits is that no matter how aggro they get, they never lose their sense of musicality or tune. Apparently they helped start a long-running weekly in Toronto with Zed’s Dead, called Bassmentality. Fuckin A, I love it when you find out awesome people are related.
Dream McClean f. Sirius – Coke n Vodka
The Killabits & Riggadale – Motown 2000
xKore – Hello
The Killabits – The Streets (10k)
Engine Earz-Experiment – They Live (The Killabits Dancefloor Edit)
Zeds Dead – Hit Me vs. Nero – Promises (Skrillex and Nero Remix)
Twist – Fix Up
Ephxia – Division (Varien Remix)
SebastiAn f. Mayer Hawthorne – Love in Motion (Skrillex Remix)
P Money – Ho! Riddim vs. Monstar f. Roly MC – Put Ya Hands Up
Skrillex – Reptile Theme
The Killabits – Oh Hai
Nadastrom – i!
Porter Robinson – Unison (Knife Party Remix)
Jeuce – As We Move (The Killabits Remix)
Noisia – Machine Gun (The Killabits Edit)
The Killabits – G.T.F.O
Figure – Cryptkeeper VIP
Figure – The Werewolf (The Killabits Remix)
Zeds Dead & The Killabits – Bassmentality (Figure Remix)
Helicopter Showdown f. Messinian – The Great Escape (The Killabits Remix)
Marilyn Manson – The Dope Show
Next, DJ Vilify, from Montreal. Whenever Passion of the Weiss devotes a whole post to rap about a dubstep mix, you better believe there’s more than just bangers thrown into it. Like Sach O says in a way more elegant fashion, there’s a ton of utterly amazing tracks in here that you can’t believe you haven’t heard – at least I couldn’t. Like Zed’s Dead sampling “Say A Little Prayer” to infintely fantastic effect. And Bosh’s “Use The Force” edit of Sweet Shop… if there are two things that are overdone in this world, it’s Sweet Shop and electronic music version of the Star Wars theme. Yet together, they’re sublime.There’s a whole bunch more rad shit in there, a lot of creatively dropped gangsta rap, and a whole bunch of chioce riddims… go see for yourself!
1. HABSTRAKT – 1990
2. CLICKS, WHISTLES – NEVA GET CAUGHT (STARKS & NACEY REMIX)
3. SUPREME, STINKABELL – GRIMEY
4. RACKNRUIN – RIGHTEOUS (FEAT. SEROCEE, NAVIGATOR, ILLAMAN & ATG)
5. MELAMIN, WICKED SWAY – CHICAGO
6. BURAKA SOM SISTEMA – HANGOVER (BABABA) (CASPA REMIX)
7. RICK ROSS FEAT. YUNG JOC – UGH
8. RUSTIE – CITY STAR
9. THE WEEKND – ROLLING STONE (FUNKYSTEPS EDIT)
10. SILOSONIC – SOMETHING (J WIZZA REMIX)
11. ZEDS DEAD – COFFEE BREAK
12. TEXIE – POOR PEOPLE
13. TERRABAD, AWOL – BIG SHOT
14. DOCTOR P – SWEET SHOP (BOSH’S USE THE FORCE REMIX)
15. DJ FRESH – GOLD DUST (FLUX PAVILLION REMIX)
16. CURTAMOS – BEGINNING
17. WIZ KHALIFA FEAT. BIG SEAN – GANG BANG
18. BARE – BROKEN
19. BUKEZ FINEZT – SPAC ATTACK
20. KALBATA – NINJA WE NINJA
21. 6BLOCC – BUDDY BUDDY
22. JAY-Z – BIG PIMPIN
23. COTTI – I DON’T GIVE A DUB
24. STARKEY – BLOOD ROSES
25. ORIGINAL SIN – THERAPY
26. MR LEXX – WINE UP FOR ME
27. BEENIE MAN – WHO AM I
28. MR VEGAS – HEADS HIGH
29. TC – TAP HO
30. BENEFIT – SO SICK
31. PORTER ROBINSON – SPITFIRE (KILL THE NOISE REMIX)
32. COUNTERSTRIKE, KC – EXTREME MUTILATION
33. FIGURE – DOMINATE
34. AUDIO TWO – TOP BILLIN’
DJ MorNYC deserves special recognition for being the first to put the dub in dubstep for me. His mixes always have a strong roots-reggae influence. Perhaps better than anyone, he shows the connection between Jamaican dancehall and NYC’s Webster Hall. Though the bulk of this mix heads well into brostep territory, it’s masterfully constructed, and you can find the thread of soundsystem culture woven throughout. For more cultcha lessons, go check out his oevre on subnav.
King Kong – Radikal Guru
Great man – Truth
The other side of the pillow – DJ Toast
My trance girl – Joker
Blue Sphere – Tronix
We Don’t Eat (James Morrow) – Adventure Club remix
Raise your weapon (Deadmau5) – Noisia remix
Frozen (Freestylers feat. Josh Steele) – Cookie monster remix
The trumpeter (Ray foxx ft. lovelle) – Subscape remix
In your eyes (johnny osbourne) – Brookes brothers
1990 – Habstract
Boston Creme – 16bit
Surge (Amon Tobin) – 16bit remix
The Others – First Flight
Evacuate the dance floor (Cascada) – Barron remix
The first of the year – Skrillex
Power – MRK1
Pimpin – Cyberoptics
Reflections – Habstrakt
Let’s Go – Roksonix and Statelapse
Watch out – Doctor P
Paris Vendetta – Habstrakt
Turn Me On – Subscape
Feels so close (Calvin Harris) – Nero remix
My feelings for you – Avicii & Sebastien Drums
Crusader – Emalkay
Champion Skank – Caspa
Computation – Dismantle
Maximum Boost – Foreign Beggars, Von-D, Spyda
Flatline continues the duppy vibes with a mix that was so finger lickin good that the first time I heard it, I listened to it twice in a row, all the way through. It starts with a stunning minmal dub edit of Amy Winehouse (which really shouldn’t be a surprise, given what Flatline’s can do with vocals – he’s still the only one to ever do a decent dubstep remix of Glory Box) and keeps the heat on, blazing through significantly smooth and irie selection of tunes from DZ, Marcus Visionary, VIVEK, DJ Madd and Radikal Guru.
1. Stronger Than Me (Flatline Remix) – Amy Winehouse
2. Give It Up – LX One
3. Jah Prayer – DZ
4. Stinkin’ Rich (TMSV Remix) – Gappy Ranks
5. Fally Rankin (V.I.V.E.K Remix) – Johnny Osbourne
6. Kali – Radikal Guru
7. Dem A Talk – TMSV vs Mavado
8. Good Old Days VIP – DJ Madd
9. Vampayaa (Marcus Visionary Remix) – Tayo and Acid Rockers ft. PupaJim
10. Slow Down (Adam Faz Remix) – Flatline
Finally, a mix for Mary Anne Hobb’s XFM joint by Author, who I was delighted to find is a collaboration between Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin, two of the best contemporary producers of deep, dark, uberchill dubstep. Ruckspin is also the chief knob-twiddler for Submotion Orchestra (which is why Sunshine sounds so familiar). It’s almost like a dream-team engineered to challenge Phaeleh as the King of Chill. Anyway, this mix certifiable grade-A bedtime-step – enjoy!
Welcome to the weekend, Wompers! This marks the first time I’ve done a second mix roundup in one week, but when there are this many quality jamz, you gotta go the extra mile. All three of the mixes featured in this post were done by incredibly talented DJs, all of whom happen to be female. I didn’t set out to write a “GIRLS ONLY” edition (tokenism is almost as lame as male supremacy in the first place), it just so happened that the last 3 truly quality mixes I heard were all by DJs with the double-X chromosome styles. Onward!
Tinker is a name you should get to know. Reppin the False Profit camp is a good way to get my attention, and doing a BigUp podcast is another. Honestly, I would have fallen in love with this mix based on the tracklist alone – there are more names I trust here than in my phone’s favorites. In particular, it’s nice to see the skronky Northern European beatmakers represented – a lot of Lowriderz Collective and Project Mooncircle affiliates along with the unimpeachable names like Planet Mu and Modeselektor’s Monkeytown. And that fuckin Mux Mool remix! Ughhhh why are the best tracks always the shortest?! But more importantly, the tunes blend together with artistry and create a truly intergalactictechnicoloradventure vibe. And if you like that, she’s got a whole soundcloudfull of wonky spacecrunk mixes! Fuck yeah!
Headshotboyz – Sweton [Mad Hop]
Cocobryce – Ginormous Bliss [MYOR music]
Thriftworks – Port Au Mento [Street Ritual]
Cardopusher – We Want Ca$h (Baconhead Remix) [Tigerbeat6]
Sharps – Dembo [Saedos]
Stardust – Music Sounds Better with You (Mux Mool Remix) [self-release]
Pritch and Trim – Steretype [Planet Mu]
DZA – Fireball [Project Mooncircle]
Flako – Wedjit [Project Mooncircle]
Hovatron – Young Blood [Lowriders Recordings]
Modeselektor – Grillwalker [ Monkeytown]
Ital Tek – Whip it Up [Atom River]
Zo – Computer Luv [Eklektik Recordings]
FilsofischeStilte – Hairdoo [Lowriders Collective]
Pixelord – Quartz Boy [Error Broadcast]
Next up, Zora Jones mixes episode #57 of Concepto Radio’s podcast. Concepto is a spanish music blog covering everything from techno, and dubstep to jazz, rare groove and soul. Their guest selectors for their podcasts are consistently ahead of the curve, eschewing trendyness and bangers for those with a real depth and attention to detail – not that those are mutually exclusive, as Zora Jones proves! She brings a stellar selection of recent cuts from blogosphere-approved producers (HudMo, Girl Unit, Rustie) and also manages to mix in some Luger-esque hip hop beats without making me want to smack somebody. It’s a tasty melange of heavy bass, skittering drums, pitched up vocals and retro-synths; kinda like if Girl Unit’s Wut were stretched out to a full hour. A great weekend warm-up mix, this is trap music on acid, and I like it.
Rustie – Globes
Juelz Santana Ft. Lil Wayne – Home Run (Instrumental)
Hudson Mohawke – All Your Love
Mop Of Head – Retronix Symphony (Seiji Remix)
Breton – RDI (Girl Unit Remix)
TrimzBeatz – Got Me Fu’kd Up (Instrumental)
MORRI$ – Just The Tip Riddim
??? – ???
Hudson Mohawke – Thank You
Rustie – After Light
S-X – Bricks (Instrumental)
Wacka Flocka Flame – Grove St. Party
Kavsrave – Your Love
River Of Slime – Volume One (S-Type Remix)
Rustie – Surph
SPVCXGHXZTPVRRP – SVCK A DICK FOR 2011
Cuizinier – J’ai Trop Gourmand (Sinjin Hawke Remix)
Dorrough Music – Bounce Dat (Instrumental)
The Dream – Fancy (Sinjin Hawke Bootleg)
ITFW – Hood Nigga
Finally, a very special treat in the form of a TOKiMONSTA live mix. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing ToKi live a few times in the last year, and I can tell you she never disappoints. Like she says at the outset, ” I represent a crew called Brainfeeder…I’m here to play some weird shit for you guys!”, and she delivers. Seamlessly mixing originals and classics that are as tasty and fun as they are spacey and unexpected, ToKi keeps the vibe rolling and morphing but still totally cohesive. Like any true DJ, Toki manages to flip every track and make it truly her own. Psychadelic neon boom-bap at it’s finest. Toki’s mix starts at 59:00 (but the rest of it is worth a listen too!).
TOKiMONSTA EXCLUSIVE MIX (recorded LIVE @ Przegląd Form Muzycznych KWADRAT,
Skwer, Warszawa 10.11.2011) – no tracklist available.
On The Sly is a new monthly happening in the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge. Put on by bassfaced and knomad, it’s “A dance party for those who appreciate fun loving music with soul and depth.” Both these cats can always be found at the best shows in NYC, so you better believe when they put something together, it’s gonna have all the right components: killer lineup, great venue/sound, and a fantastic crowd.
If you can make it out on a Thursday, it’s a guaranteed win. Wheez-ie is definitely the new hot juke shit – I know this is true not only because his tunes are the shit but also because Hirshi, passionoftheweiss, and my housemate aaron all were playing it out last week, and the recommendation of those dudes is virtually a guarantee.
Also not to be slept on, Archie Pelago are doing some very, very nice things with dubstep, live cello and horns – if you don’t believe me, hit play on their new EP sampler mix: And if that whets yr whistle, then luxuriate in their live se here.
More importantly, in the words of the event description ” WE WORK HARD TO MAKE THIS CHEAP FOR YOU! Party like a Friday without cutting deep into that rent money. on the sly ; it’s a word of mouth thing”.
Thanksgiving must have come early in the WOMPiverse, because there is a mf’n CORNUCOPIA of hot mixes this week.
First off we have the wobble-don himelf, TIPPER, with his 2011 Promo Mix. Nobody can really fuck with Tipper – he’s been doing his own thing since before anyone ever heard of dubstep, and continues to perfect his own unique style. No tracklist, but these are all Tipper originals (including some brand spanking new dubs from his Bubble Control EP, which came out this week).
Pressha, who is an old school lazer bass magnate, mixes volume 9 of the Simplify Records mix series. For those of you shaky on your modern bass music subgenres, don’t be fooled by the Midtempo/Moombahton tag, this right here is pure glitch-hop, at it’s finest. Sugarpill, Blunt Instrument, Love & Light, Jantsen and many other glitch-hop favorites make appearances.
1.) Did it on em- Nicki Minaj (Lobounce Remix) (Bandcamp)
2.) Trouble Blind-Sugarpill (Subsynthesis)
3.) Money Talks-Deathstar (Bandcamp)
4.) Sun Burst-Minnesota (Tyco Records)
5.) Let me Love You-Stephan Jacobs & Love and Light (Muti Music)
6.) Lucid-Ruff Hauser (Muti Music)
7.) Pretty Boy-Stephan Jacobs & GRiZ (Simplify)
8.) Driving- Sugarpill (Simplify)
9.) Doebd-Sugarpill (Chris B Remix) (Simplify)
10.) Where’s the Love-GRiZ (Soundcloud)
11.) Jewel St-Mimosa (False Idol Muzik)
12.) Dream On- Aerosmith (Griz Remix) (Soundcloud)
13.) Hold up-Minnesota (Mallabel)
14.) Longest Road-Morgan Page ft Lissie (Papa Skunk Remix) (Soundcloud)
15.) Sexy Shapes-iONiK (Simplify)
16.) Activated-Signal Path (Bandcamp)
17) Scheme-STS9 (Polish Ambassador Remix) (Bandcamp)
18.) Fireflies Remax-Lokid (Bandcamp)
18.) Lost in Bass-SuperVison (Pretty Lights Music)
19.) Crunch Pleazer-Freddy Todd (Simplify)
20.) Simmer Gently-Blunt Instrument (Bran Richards Remix) (Simplify)
21.) Phresh- Love and Light (Simplify)
22.) Lightning and Rain- Love and Light (Simplify)
23.) Swamp Gate-Nicoluminous (Subsynthesis)
24.) Rock This-Dj DLG (Lazor Music)
25.) Zingy- Ak’sent (Jantsen and Dirtmonkey’s Boombahton Remix) (Unsigned)
26.) Jump-Kriss Kross (TBMA Remix) (Play Me)
27.) A Bad Place-Mimi Page (Carrier Remix) (Simplify)
On the dancehall side of things, Mungo (of Mungo’s HiFi, pictured above) dropped a Dubspot mix that is pure irie bliss from start to finish. Soom-T makes a notable appearance, and the bass weight is nonstop. I don’t always listen to dancehall, but when I do, it’s Mungo.
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Sugar Minott – Scrubadub Style (from the album Forward Ever)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Daddy Freddy – dubplate
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Eek-A-Mouse – Hire and Removal refix (forthcoming on Scrub a Dub Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Soom T – Jump Up Quickly (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring warrior queen – Poison Dart refix (dubplate)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Mr. Williamz – Call Mungo’s For Me (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Dread MC – Mash Up The Bumboclaat (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Brother Culture – Slip and Slide (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Mr. Williamz – Musically Mad (from the album Forward Ever)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Murrayman – Mash up Jah Earth (released on Scotch Bonnet, Mexican Bean riddim SCOB013)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Lyricson – Grudge and Vanity (released on Scotch Bonnet, Mexican Bean riddim SCOB014)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Ben Jammin – Mexican Bean (released on Scotch Bonnet, Mexican Bean riddim SCOB013)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Mr. Williamz – Give Thanks To Jah (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Little Kirk – Kill Them Out remix (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Pupajim – Ready Ready (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Sugar Minott – Herbsman Hussling (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Soom T – Don’t Defend Me (unreleased)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Mr. Williamz – Computer Age (from the album Forward Ever)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring yt – World News (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Bongo Chilli – Nuttin Nah Gwaan (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Sister Carol – Culture Me Vote (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Daddy Freddy – Dread Inna Armagideon (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Daddy Scotty – Stand Off (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Afrikan Simba and Dixie Peach – Leave The Oil Alone (forthcoming on Scotch Bonnet Records)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Pupajim – Boat People (from the album Forward Ever)
Mungo’s Hi Fi featuring Ranking Levy – New York Boogie (from the album Forward Ever)
Finally, I totally slept on the most recent installment of the Sub Swara podcast, so even tho it’s technically their Halloween mix, it’s way too good to not post this week. Sub Swara have been pushing smart, savage global bass music in NYC for years now, and are criminally under-appreciated. They are also touring with a brand new visual rig that is super-sick-nasty so catch them if you can!
Modeselektor – Grillwalker/Humanize (Medley)
Knight Riderz – Drop This
Anneka – Technicolor – (NastyNasty Remix)
Radiohead – Lotus Flowers (SBTRKT Remix)
DJ G – Rites
Buraka Som Sistema – LOL & POP Feat. Blaya
Lunice – I See U Girl (Girl Unit Remix)
Lana del Rey – Video Games (Sub Swara Remix)
If there’s one name that’s been knocking my socks off this week, it’s Anstam. If you like King Cannibal, or Amon Tobin’s darker, more drum-n-bass flavored antics, you’ll flip your shit over Anstam. They’re a mysterious duo from Berlin, and have been putting out a few tracks a year since ’07. Modeselektor smartly snapped them up on their 50 Weapons label. Here’s an intro to the madness, Baldwin, a single that came out on 50Weapons ealier this year.
Full length LP just dropped on 50Weapons too, cop it here or preview the whole thing on the official Anstam site. I haven’t listened to the whole album, but the clips are tremendously promising.
Probably via the Modeselektor connection, they did an official remix for a little band called Radiohead that came out on the TKOL remix album. Utterly fantastic, and a bit friendlier than their other productions.
Finally, Anstam did a mix for FACT magazine last month, and it’s absolutely riveting. The first act is a dark jungle tour-de-force, and builds into a breakcore crescendo that had me BUGGIN in my cubicle. But then it cools off with a second act of lovely, brooding ambient, before burrowing back into the land of the darkest dubs, and beyond. Around the 20 minute mark, a ultraheavy 3am-Dub-War vibe starts building, and doesn’t let up until the last note.
Got another boatload of dope mixes for you! No messin about this week –
First off, DJ Audio1 came through with MURDA IN AMERICA, one of the most breakneck, reckless, and fucking fun-as-hell DnB mixes I’ve heard in a hot minute. If you’re not familiar, Audio1 is one of the hardest working DJs on any coast – and an appreciator of my constructive criticism! Fair disclosure that I don’t really listen to DnB albums, but I know a good tracklist when I see one. Jam packed with old school gold, modern classics, and crowd-pleasing reworks, this will one have your grandma on the floor like it was a baptasia video. Totally NSFW unless you work at WileOut Industries.
2011 Murdarous Ragga Intro
BTK – Dutty Step (Genotype Remix)
Hoodlum and Wickaman – So Real
D Minds vs Jakes – Gold Chain (Drum and Bass Edit)
DJ Fresh – Gold Dust (Ragga Scum Remix)
Crissy Criss and Youngman – Turn It Up
Phuture-T – To All Ravers
Gambit – Pistol Clip
Rusko – Hold On (Sub Focus Remix)
Audio – Collision (Excision VIP)
Drumsound and Bassline Smith – Vigilante
Bassnectar and Datsik – Yes
Callide and Tyke – Set Style
Premium and Decimal Bass – The Warriors (VIP Remix)
Prestige and Nik Itch – The Maniac (Under Pressure Mix)
Trillbass – Chief Rocka (Psymbionic Remix)
Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar (Doverspike Remix)
Noisia – Friendly Intentions (Shem Drumstep VIP)
Logun – Dat Ass (Crizzly Remix)
Figure feat. Whiskey Pete – Cut Throat
D-Jahsta – The Split
Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (The Juggernaut Remix)
Vaski – Spacemen (Carrier Remix)
Halo Nova – Lady Vengeance
Evanescence – Missing (Trowa Remix)
Bassnectar – Boombox (Datsik Remix)
Ragga Scum vs Bully – Crack King (Interlude)
Zardonic feat. Mumblz – Systems Activated
Vick Vega – Evil Doers
Rufige Kru – Terminator (SPY Remix)
DJ Vapour and Panache MC – Jungle Guy
Serum and Bladerunner – Who Jah Bless
Vission/Revenger/Luciana – I Like That (Die and Interface Pocket Rocket Mix)
DJ AUDIO1 x Vission/Revenger/Luciana x Kreayshawn – I Love The Gucci Gucci (DNB Killa Bootleg)
Locked – This Is The Police
Total Science feat. SPY – While You Were Sleeping
Icicle feat. SP MC – Dreadnaught
Meth and 2Shy – Skank Dub
Breakage – Fighting Fire (Loadstar Remix)
Taxman – Harry’s Revenge
Chase and Status feat. Delilah – Time (Power & Face-T Remix)
Chase and Status feat. Delilah – Time (Wilkinson Remix)
Forbidden Society and Dub Elements – Reborn
Crissy Criss and Youngman – Kick Snare VIP
Traxione – Brush Fire (Drumstep VIP)
Mark System – Love Dub
DJ E – Twisted Playground
BTK – El Commando
General Malice feat. Young Foe – In My Mode (Remix)
Crystal Clear and Zen – Gang Related VIP
Dub-One – Bassment Dub
Rincor Oscuro and PVK – Take Back The Future
Seba and Method One – Mr. Downstairs
2011 Murdarous Outro
Next up, Plastic Thumbs dropped their seventh mix, Still Stoked, and it lives up to it’s name. Volumes one and two both absolutely dominated my listening for months. This one is complete and total 2-step bliss from start to finish. Starts out roughneck, then drops into some very inviting vibes with Zed Bias and Blawan. But Plastic Thumbs keep upping the gully until shit gets absolutely raucous, climaxing with completely bonkers remixes by Caspa and Hostage. Finally, Detboi and Rustie provide a lovely digestif.
1. After Light – Rustie
2. Southern Electric (MJ Cole dubb) – MJ Cole
3. Streets So Warm (Zed Bias Old Skool remix) – Toddla T
4. Do It (feat Dynamite MC) – Zed Bias
5. Getting Me Down – Blawan
6. Work It Out (Disclosure Booty Call Edit) – Q-Tip-1 – Disclosure
7. How Deep Is Your Love? (A Trak aka Dub For Mehdi – The Rapture
8. 212 – Azealia Banks
9. I Still Love You – Switch
10. Gabriel (Compound One Remix) – Joe Goddard
11. Done Me Wrong – Mosca
12. Unleash The Hounds – Detboi
13. Papa Loves Mambo (BHB & CapnHarry Remix) – Perry Como
14. Rumble in The Jungle – Zeds Dead
15. Hangover (BaBaBa) (Caspa remix) – Buraka Som Sistema
16. The Don (Hostage Remix) – Noisses feat Serocee
17. Sanctuary Of Love (feat Mista Men) – Detboi
18. Ultra Thizz – Rustie
Finally, new Solid Steel mix from Redrum hit me in all the right places. 20-years in and they still keep killin it. Lots of excellent glitchy-wompy-party jamz from Koan Sound, Opiuo, and A-skillz (mashing James Brown and Kool Keith to brilliant effect), Kormac brings the Swing-house, then a brilliant bridging of eras from 90s to today, showing why modern masters like Bok Bok and Foamo are the rightful spiritual heirs to the Limelight throne.
Ghostpoet _ FInished I ain’t _ Brownswood
Hudson Mohawke _ Cbat _ Warp
Om Unit vs Kromestar _ Solar Cycle _ Cosmic Bridge
TC ft Dread MC _ Burning Starlight _ Don’t Play
Terror Danjah _ Pat Sharp _ Unknown
Cardopusher _ We Want Ca$h _ Tigerbeat 6
Dj Shadow _ Walkie Talkie (SPR Remix) _ Skanky Panky
Blunt Instrument _ Beans For Pauly _ Simplify Recordings
Ray Charles (Opiuo remix) _ Good Thymes _ Unknown
Koan Sound _ Mr Brown _ Inspected
Gramatik _ So Much For Love _ Pretty Lights Music
Dels ft Roots Manuva & Joe Goddard _ Capsize _ Big Dada
Mooqee _ Supacat Police _ Bombstrikes
ETC!ETC! _ Indian FLute 2011 _ Mad Decent
Dj Def Cut _ B-Boy Stance _ Win The Crowd
A-Skillz _ Poppa Soul _ Insane Bangers
Kormac ft MC little Tree _ People Rising _ Scribble
Dj Food _ African Rhythms _ Ninja Tune
Boddika _ Grand Prix _ Naked Lunch
James Brown (Morlack Re-flex) _ I Need A Help _ Unknown
Warrior One _ 1996 Riddim _ Black Butter
Dark Sky _ The Lick _ 50 Weapons
The Touch (French Fries remix) _ Bodies Waiting _ Palms Out Sounds
Bok Bok _ Ripe Banana _ Night Slugs
Foamo _ Ocean Drive _ Fat! Records
JFB _ Steppaz Dub _ Skint
Wiley _ It’s Wiley (Royal-T remix) _ Prodigal Entertainment
Original digital badman EPROM has been dropping some fresh dubs on his soundcloud this past week and you better believe he’s bringing back that trademark robo-nightmare sound.
Alias, which showed up on soundcloud today, conjures up a merciless, apocalyptic alien invasion force – behold, and tremble, earthlings! Coming out on Rwina Records 2012.
Pipe Dream is actually from an EP of the same name which came out this past May, but I was so caught up in the bit-crushed harpsichord funk of The Symbiote (track 3), that I kinda glazed over the title track. Glad he brought it back to my attention!
LOTS of quality mixes dropped this week – let’s get into the jammzzz:
Budapest’s iamyank dropped the third in his mix series, Bassclectic. The first two parts were instant classics – full of gritty, stompy, tasty glitch-hop. This one is another fine example of his excellent selection and mixing skills – plenty of super womped-out classics, squishy future funk, traditional spacefilth, and a sprinkling of drum n bass and breaks to keep things moving. No tracklist, but you don’t need one because every track rules.
MartyParty came through with a hyphy-as-fuck dubstep mix for the always excellent BWOMPbeats.com Mix Series. It is NOT for the faint of heart – it features quite a few exclusive bangers from his new dancefloor-oriented SUB-ON ep, and it is some powerful bass medicine. Fair warning, if you live in Brooklyn, the ice-cream truck jam MIGHT drive you insane. And that Whip My Hair remix by Crizzly? Outta control. Finally, HOLY SPACE WOMPS BATMAN, that album art is in-god-damn-credible.
1. MartyParty – Lose This
2. MartyParty – Ice Cream Truck
3. Plan B – Love Goes Down (Doctor P Remix)
4. Willow Smith – Whip My Hair (Crizzly Remix)
5. MartyParty – Sassy
6. PANTyRAiD – Testarossa
7. Mimosa – Block Party
8. Sister Nancy – Bam Bam (MartyParty Remix)
9. Rihanna – Rude Boy (TC Remix)
10. Kosheen – Hide U (MartyParty Remix)
Resident DJ-of-the-Gods, Bassnectar, dropped the Color Storm REMIXTAPE a few weeks ago, but no mix roundup would be complete without it. Lorin proves once again here why he has a such a massive and rabid following – he balances sure-fire crowd pleasers with his own unique sound relentless energy. I mean, the second half of that tracklist is a safer bet than most mutual funds.
Bassnectar – Color Storm
Bassnectar & Seth Drake – Above & Beyond
Bassnectar – Upside Down (Bassectar & Terravita Remix)
Top Cat & Rebel MC – Original Ses
Bassnectar & Datsik – YES
TC – Tap Ho (Bassnectar Remix)
Zion I – Juicy Juice (Acapella)
Nine Inch Nails – Closer (Instrumental)
Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Misirlou [Pulp Fiction Theme] (Bassnectar Remix)
Bassnectar – Voodoo (Bassnectar & ill.Gates Remix)
Nirvana – In Bloom (Bassnectar Mashup)
MIA – Paper Planes (Instrumental)
Nas ft. Lauryn Hill – If I Ruled The World (Acapella)
ill.Gates & Captain Hook – Open your Eyes (Bassnectar Remix)
Finally, on the chiller side of things, Sully did a mix for the always-excellent Hyponik mixseries. His recent mixes for FACT and XLR8R were both quality, as well, but this is the one that really drew me in. It starts with some retro vibes from Teengirl Fantasy, Harmonic 313 and Tangerine Dream, and moves into some classy and innovative 2-step/garagey tunes. “Turiya” by DjRUM, is the best damn track I heard all week. Finally, Sully cements my love for him by getting my head boppin to a Klaar remix of “Money To Blow”; I absolutely hate the original.
01. Teengirl Fantasy – Floor to Floor
02. Harmonic 313 – Problem 2
03. The Tough Alliance – Miami
04. Tangerine Dream – Exit
05. Desto – Remember
06. Klaar – $H4D0W5
07. oOoOO – Hearts
08. DjRum – Turiya
09. LV ft. Joshua Idehen – Last Night
10. Vibezin – Mad Sick
11. Sully – 2Hearts
12. Desto – Monsters
13. Villa Nah – Running On
14. Musical Mob – Pulse X
15. Birdman ft. Drake & Lil Wayne – Money to Blow (Klaar Remix)
16. Logos – Atlanta 95
I really, really wish I had a time machine, so these guys could play my Bar Mitzvah
Plastic Thumbs, a criminally underhyped DJ duo from the UK, have just dropped their fourth mixtape, and it’s a whomper! Their last three have all been classics, you can check them all on their soundcloud.
The Plastic Thumbs sound is a fresh mash of classic ragga party jams, big whompy basslines, and extra crunky beats running the gamut from dancehall to b-more to baile to bashment. Their sets are constantly accelerating tornados of crunky, sassy, lose-your-shit party music.
There’s obviously a wealth of collective DJ experience between these two. Their craftsmanship as DJs is masterful. A thick, delicious undercurrent of cheeky juxtapositions runs throughout their work, like a fudge ripple in Ben-n-Jerry’s. I don’t wanna ruin anything for you guys, but there’s a point where he drops “WHOOMP! THERE IT IS” over sped-up Major Lazer and then moves right into a Drop The Lime followed by Luda. No tracklist, just get into it!
Lowriders Collective brings into the world the sixth installment of their mixtape series, curated by Doshy (mysp/soundcld), who is one of my new favorite berliners. While they categorize it (at least in their blog) as ‘dubstep’, the reason I’m taking the time to write about this is that it’s emphatically not dubstep. It’s lush, ebullient future-crunk lazerbass. The kind of stuff that makes your hip hop friends go “Yo, who did this beat!? Shit is fucked up!” Certified next level bastard grand child of techno and hiphop. If you like Lazer Sword, EPROM, or the way you felt when you first heard glitch mob like 3 years ago, then dive right in.