Gone to Outlook!

Be back next week with a full write up, pictures, and maybe even a few interviews for you lucky dogs.

CROATIA CROATIA!!!!

DJ Unkut – Trading precious metals

Another absolutely ridiculous mix from DJ Unkut, the German turntablist who you may know from his game-changing “Beware of ze Average Man” routine. The tracklist is pretty ambitious, pulling from the best of worldwide mutant futuristic beat scenes. Yes, there’s some trap. And it’s damn well placed, serving to establish the energy upfront before moving into more interesting, melodic descendents of instrumental hip-hop. The second half of this mix gets into some classier european strains of experimental, 808-heavy, 160bpm stuff, with Para One, Krampfhaft, Om Unit and Machine Drum. Featured as well as are some of the finest American, non-east coast production; notably Colorado’s Paper Diamond, Chicago’s Chrissy Murderbot, Lorn (outta Wisconsin) and California’s Freddy Todd.

Expertly blended and seasoned with choice scratches, Unkut delivers a concise, furious bar-raising mix that invariably leaves one wanting more. Fortunately, he has a few more on his soundcloud that are all equally well crafted.

Tracklist:

1. Melé – Lego
2. Lunice – Bricks
3. Star Slinger – Bad Bitches
4. XXYYXX – Fields
5. Zombie – Spliff Dub (Rustie remix)
6. 123 Mrk – Pleasure
7. Hudson Mohawke – Somebody
8. Lorn – Sworn to Black
9. Gucci Mane – Im da Shit (B-ju remix)
10.+Verb & Bloop Bleep – Innanet Drive by
11. Para One – Empire
12. Bonobo – Eyes down (Machinedrum remix)
13. Chrissy Murderbot – Bionic Penguins
14. Krampfhaft – Spit Thunder
15. Beans – Blue Movie (Salva remix)
16. Krampfhaft – I needed you (Om unit remix)
17. Freddy Todd ft. Black Mic – Star trek shit
18. Paper Diamond – Airlift
19. Lorn – Bretagne

Jon Hopkins – Live at SKIF Festival

50 minutes of Jon Hopkins making gritty, gorgeous instrumental music with a whole bunch of Kaoss Pads. If the beginning is too mellow for you, skip to 15:50 where things get real crunchy. His music has shades of Amon Tobin, DJ Shadow or Lorn, but his live performance far outshines anything I’ve ever seen.

I saw this guy open for Prefuse73 a few years ago and he completely stole the show. At the time, I was blown away at how his hands never stopped moving, seeming almost independent of each other. What I’m noticing now is how he never once puts on headphones. Amazing live electronic music like this is the antidote to the button-pressing cynicism of Deadmau5 and his pre-mixed spectacle

via The Kort

Best releases of July

Rob Booth – Electronic Explorations Compilation
out July 1st on Electronic Explorations – LISTEN ☟/BUY

Eprom – Metahuman LP 
out July 2nd on Rwina Records – LISTEN/BUY

EAN – Darknet EP
out July 2nd on Cosmic Bridge – LISTEN ☟/BUY

Paleman – All Good EP
Out July 16 on Fulcrum Records LISTEN ☟/BUY

DJ Oneman – Fabric Live 64
Out July 16 on Fabric Worldwide LISTEN/BUY

Danny Scrilla – Flash Powder EP
Out July 16 on Cosmic Bridge – LISTEN ☟/BUY

Ikonika – I make Lists EP
Out July 16 on Hum and Buzz – LISTEN/BUY

Doshy – Electrophilic EP
Out July 19 on Lowriders Recordings – LISTEN/BUY

Deft – Masquerade EP
Out July 23 on Rwina Records – LISTEN ☟/ BUY

Om Unit – Aeolian EP
Out July 30 on Civil Music – LISTEN ☟/BUY

Disclosure – The Face Remixes EP
Out July 30 on Greco-Roman LISTEN ☟/BUY

ALL THE THEFFT MIXES

I’ve had a deep and abiding love for the music and mixing of Thefft. As he is making his NYC debut tonight (for free, no less – details HERE), I decided to compile a playlist of all the Thefft mixes on mixcloud. There’s something very addicting about his style; a delicious mixture of jazz-infused techno, 2-step and a slyly swung house grooves that makes me want to listen to his stuff over and over again.

Just hit play below, and yr good for about the next 8 hours.

If yr feelin this then go see him at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. It’s FREE, all the info is RIGHT HERE. Show starts at 10, and is a super stacked lineup –  Policy, Hirshi, Juakali, Nihal and Knomad all play as well. SEE YOU ON THE FLOOR!

Future funk mix from B.Bravo

Brilliant future funk mix from B.Bravo, who we’ve posted here before. Starts with some mellow, syrupy synth funk before moving into some funk-inspired bass music, some sultry Snoop Dogg. Finishing with infectiously funky house from Jimmy Edgar, Zed Bias and Disclosure’s immaculate Jessie Ware remix. This whole mix positively drips with swagger.

B.Bravo is a native Californian, and a worthy scion the West Coast’s legacy of psychedelic, vocoded funk. Equally adept as both a DJ and bandleader, he currently makes his home on two of my favorite labels, Earnest Endeavors and Frite Nite. If yr feelin this, go check out more of his mixes on his website.

 

Tracklist:
1. Devonwho – Strangebrew [All City]
2. Devonwho – Strangebrew ( B. Bravo Remix) [All City]
3. B. Bravo & Teeko – The Roll Out [Frite Nite]
4. Arp 101 – U [Eglo]
5. Koen – 992 [Soulection]
6. Salva & Grenier – Wake the Dead [Frite Nite]
7. French Fries – Vogue [Dirtybird]
8. Baxta – Skyline [Cheap Thrills]
9. Sinjin Hawke & Morris – One Kiss
10. Snoop Dogg – Wet [Capitol]
11. Jimmy Edgar – Switch Switch [Hotflush]
12. Ad Bourke – Rio South [Scenarioo]
13. Zed Bias – Fairplay ft. Jenna G [Tru Thoughts]
14. Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix) [PRM]

Policy in the mix for On The Sly

Really loving this mix of some soulful house (tho not soul-house, per se) and techno stuff from Policy, in advance of his appearance Thursday at OnTheSly. Seriously smooth mix here, I could listen to this on repeat all day. Policy isn’t just a great DJ – he’s also an excellent producer, with several releases on the always-relevant Rush Hour Records.

If yr feelin this, then you should go see him play THIS Thursday at OnTheSly. The lineup is ridiculously stacked with talent, the vibe is always friendly, and it’s FREEEEEEEEEE. No cover, no excuse, as they say.

Also worth checking out his recent mix for DJBroadcast, which I’ve embedded below. Similar vibes as first mix, initially, then the middle of the mix veers deeper into techno. Comes back around to more classic house/electro vibes and finished with some lovely future bass.

DJ Broadcast Tracklist
1. Floating Points – ‘Vacuum Boogie’ (Eglo)
2. Anthony Naples – ‘Tusk’ (Mister Saturday Night)
3. Lone – ‘Living in the Reeds’ (R&S)
4. STL – ‘Silent State’ (Smallville)
5. Jump “Chico” Slamm – ‘Galactic Alignment’ (Rush Hour)
6. Pépé Bradock – ‘Deep Burnt’ (Kif)
7. Altered Natives – ‘Crop Duster’ (3024)
8. Dauwd – ‘Ikopol’ (Pictures Music)
9. Anthony Shake Shakir – ‘The Floorfiller’ (Skudge’s Floor Killer Version)’ (Rush Hour)
10. Blawan – ‘Peaches’ (Coronation)’ (Clone Basement Series)
11. GoldFFinch – ‘Pixel Perfect’ (dubplate)
12. Policy – ‘Remembrance (Enoe Remix)’ (dubplate)
13. Braille – ‘The Year 3000’ (Rush Hour Direct Current)
14. Chrissy Murderbot – ‘Friendship (Legowelt Remix)’ (Halo Cyan)
15. Photomachine – ‘On U’ (2020 Midnight Visions)
16. West Norwood Cassette Library – ‘Coming on Strong (Pangaea Remix)’ (WNCL)
17. VVV – ‘Bound’ (Fortified Audio)
18. Falty DL – ‘The Sale Ends’ (Ninja Tune)

Outlook Festival FINAL LINEUP Adds: Bonobo, Zero-7, Benji B, Newham Generals, Jackmaster, Truth, Kutmah, MORE

Final round of lineup additions to Outlook Fest, and it’s MASSIVE! Press release posted in full below, but here’s the condensed version: Jackmaster, Nicky Blackmarket, Benji B, S.P.Y., Zero-7 (DJ set), Bonobo (DJ Set), Truth, Newham Generals, Kutmah, Enei, Bladerunner, Maffi, Gemini, Funtcase, Kasra, Amoss, June Miller, and Kenny Ken.

The countdown to the biggest party in Europe is well and truly under way! You might think it impossible for the buzz throughout the Bass Music community to grow any more, but it is time to announce the final additions to an already epic line-up. Outlook Festival proudly presents some last minute additions whilst letting you know that only 1000 tickets are left for this amazing event!

Outlook is bursting with excitement! Announcing not only Glasgow’s champion DJ but also Numbers label founder, Jackmaster. Having pioneered the electronic music scene in Scotland and truly becoming an international tastemaker, Jackmaster now boasts a list of artists that have gained global recognition. Not to mention hosting an incredible show on London’s finest Rinse FM!

The long running sound of Deviation returns to Croatia with possibly one of the most important DJs of our time, Benji B! His incredible versatility ranges through so many genres that he finds a comfortable home across main stages, boat parties and more intimate surroundings.

Set in the breathtaking abandoned Fort Punta Christo, the Outlook site looks like something from another world. By far one of the most unique festival sites in Europe,Outlook is located on the northern coast of Croatia and is surrounded by crystal clear Adriatic waters. Outlook boasts the best location for sun soaked beach parties and all night raving till sunrise in the Fort. The legendary Outlook boat parties will also be setting sail with some of the most exciting names in Bass Music and Soundsystem Culture!

Nicky Blackmarket has to be one of the most influential names in the industry having started the world famous record shop BM Soho. Providing a Mecca for almost every artist on the Outlook lineup and labelled as the leading Drum n Bass store in the UK has meant that Nicky Blackmarket is not only prolific in the realms of DnB, but throughout the bass music industry. A true household name in Jungle joins the Outlook line-up this year. Kenny Ken has almost too many achievements to mention; from winning the Jungle Soundclash back in 94, to running two record labels whilst still finding time to play all over the world and spreading the Jungle vibe.

A DJ set from Bonobo (dj set) is sure to bring his melodic, complex and heart thumping electronic basslines. Kumtah has played a huge role in the LA Bass scene and now resides in London where he hosts a show on east London’s NTS. Also appearing will be Zero 7 (dj set), best known for their work in Trip-Hop. This year Sam Hardker will bring his well-known DJ set to Croatia!

Debuting at Outlook we have Gemini; the 21 year old Swedish Dubstep producer with a string of large profile remixes behind him. Outlook then brings you Funtcase; a producer and DJ known for his raw and dirty sound, forging the way with his controversial ‘filthy’ style of Dubstep.

Drum and Bass plays a huge role in the Outlook festival’s heritage and our next additions pay homage to that with the founder of the Critical Music Empire – Karsa. He brings with him Brazil’s S.P.Y, a rising star in the Drum & Bass world who has released tracks through the likes of Outlook veterans Metalheadz. Completing the fast pace edge to the line-up we have Enei -Russia’s number one producer/DJ who has taken the music scene by storm.

This year Outlook is going out of it’s way to bring you the biggest names and the most cutting edge sounds around. With literally a matter of weeks until the gates open, these final 1,000 tickets are nothing short of a golden ticket and should be snapped up NOW!

Get your tickets HERE

Thank you Andres, thank you Turrbotax

Just wanna give a massive shout out to the fine folks at Turrbotax and Discovery for bringing out Andrés aka DJ Dez on Saturday. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a DJ that good. 2 tracks in, I realized I was putty in his hands. FLAWLESS mixing, inspired selections, perfect pacing, some exquisitely tasteful scratching, all in the pursuit of a higher groove. And oh boy did we find it. Walked out of there feeling just ELATED.

Anyway, I’ve had these jams on loop pretty much since I got home that night, reliving the glory. You know it was a good show when yr still basking in the glow 2 days later.

AC Slater – Go Rambo (July DJ Mix)

Fourty seven and a half minutes of heavy partybass from the Don of dat shit, AC Slater. An expert brew of dirty, fidgety electro,  some very rough n bashy UK Funky, and some very tasty dubstep.

If yr feelin this, then GO SEE HIM with Style of Eye this friday at Webster Hall. Here’s all the event infos, make sure to RSVP for $5 admission!

Author live mix from Reconstrvct Outlook Launch Party

US debut of Author, the duo of Jack Sparrow and Dom Ruckspin. Deep, cinematic dubstep infused with soulful vocals, jazz, and a touch of tribal dums. Absolutely hair-raising vibes on this one. This set was a live PA recorded at Reconstrvct’s Outlook Launch Party in Brooklyn on June 2, 2012.

The next Reconstrvct party goes down on July 28th, and features Coki, VIVEK, Jay 5ive, Nihal, Joe Nice, TrueNature, and a special guest from Deep Medi.

Just added RWD.FM showcase with Dave Q, Thefft, Em-Et, J-Hilla, Cloy Pi in Jersey City, 7/28 – VIEW LISTING

Updated Lineup for OnTheSly 7/19: Thefft, Juakali, Policy, Hirshi – VIEW LISTING 

Updated Lineups for BR NYC 002, BR NYC 003 and added BR NYC 004

Electronic Explorations Compilation Previews now on Bandcamp

Rob Booth is winning at the game of culture. His long-running radio show, Electronic Explorations, has consistently foreshadowed the rise of dozens of underground artists, labels, and subgenres since its inception in ’07. Cited as an inspiration by Mary Anne Hobbs, Sonic Router, and gobs of other bass institutions, EE is more than just a pillar of the scene, it’s the foundation. Bedrock.

Now at over 200 episodes, EE is putting out its first release, a huge 60 track compilation. Every track is exclusive and unreleased, donated by a host of legendary artists from across the bass music spectrum. Available July 1st, all proceeds go towards web hosting for the new Electronic Explorations site. Massive doesn’t even begin to describe this.

Check the previews below, and get the full tracklisting over at the EE Bandcamp.

Just added Archie Pelago at Mister Sunday 7/8 to the Events page. See the listing here.

The best damn bass music events blog (and mailing list) in New York City

Big changes are coming to WompBlog, and I want you to all be in the know. Here’s the tl;dr – I don’t have the time to make this a good music blog and a good events listing. And since there are a million music blogs, this is going to become an events blog. For bass music events in New York City. There will also be a mailing list with weekly blasts of what’s coming up.

I work as a UX designer, and we’re always talking about minimum viable product. What is the experience at the core of your product? What provides the value? What makes it different and valuable when a potential user is looking at all the competition? I realized that, as music blogs go, this is a pretty half-assed one – sometimes I go weeks without posting. There are already a million blogs out there who do it better, and more spring up every day. I imagine most are run by college students, or people with mindless dayjobs, or trustafarians with DJ aspirations. Folks with gobs of free time. I can’t compete with them, nor do I want to. My dayjob keeps me challenged and busy, and after work I’d rather spend time with my girlfriend than with my computer. And, oh yeah, go out and see music.

But WompBlog IS a fairly decent events listing (just check the sidebar). And as far as I’ve seen, nobody else is consistently curating bass music events in New York City. Sure, each promoter has a website with listings of their events and stuff they are co-promoting, but that’s hype. There’s resident advisor and songkick, but those are only good if you already know what you’re looking for. What this scene needs is curation – not only in selecting what’s worth going to, but also in telling you why it’s worth going to. My modus operandi here is aggregating the best stuff from both the underground scene and the more established clubs. The only prerequisites are good DJs/producers, a good soundsystem, and a good crowd.

As the prophet Ron Swanson once said, “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing”. The time has come to whole-ass the events section. The basic site structure will remain the same (for now) but the editorial focus is going to shift towards upcoming events. Expect more quick posts to tell you what has been added to the listings, and longer ones focused on upcoming shows. Once a week, all those will get rolled up into an email that will keep you in the know, and probably have some exclusives as well. Signups will be open shortly. There will still be mixes, and gems from bandcamp and soundcloud, but music will be more closely related to who is playing in NYC in the near future.

So if you’re a concertgoer, get ready for a whole lot more awesome events. If you’re  a promoter, get ready for a lot more fans. And whoever you are, get ready for a whole lot more WOMP!

SUBSCRIBE HERE: [nm-mc-form fid=”1″]

iamyank goes beatsurfing

I’m kinda blown away by this live performance by iamyank (via amb). He’s using the forthcoming ipad app, Beatsurfing, which is unique in that it’s designed to let you draw your own midi instruments. iamyank posted the audio from this a few weeks back on soundcloud, and it sounded great, but seeing it happen in front of yr eyes is a whole ‘nother thing.

Lest you think it’s all tricknology (the ipad app he’s using can trigger 8 sounds from one hit), keep in mind that the whole idea behind beatsurfing is that you lay out your own interface, so that you can naturally trigger sounds with a series of smooth motions (aka ‘surfing’). Anyway, to appease the purists, here’s a vid of him rockin out on a traditional mpc.

Hey Producers – Win an all expenses paid trip to Dimensions Festival!

Dimensions Festival have teamed up with SoundCloud and Point Blank to offer aspiring producersthe opportunity to get their tune pressed, digitally released and win an all-expenses paid trip to this year’s inaugural Dimensions Festival in Croatia. After two rounds of public opinion based judging a selection of entrants will be shortlisted to become finalists – special guest judges from the industry will listen to the finalist’s productions and, along with their feedback on SoundCloud, three winners will be chosen.

The Prizes:

The first prize winner will bag an all-expenses paid trip to this year’s Dimensions Festival in Croatia AND will get two exclusive dubplates of their winning tune made, plus, courtesy of Point Blank, a Pro Producer Course of their choice and the option to have their track signed to the Point Blank label and enjoy 100% digital distribution coverage including Beatport, Juno Download, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, along with extensive promotion through social media, marketing and database networks. Point Blank also send tracks to DJs via their promo system Labelworxs; DJs that have supported the label’s releases include; Terry Francis (Fabric Resident), Paco Osuna (Minus), Slam and Magda.

The runner-up will also win two tickets to this year’s Dimensions Festival and, courtesy of Point Blank, a Pro Producer Course of their choice.

Instructions:

Make a tune (must be an original production)

Upload the tune to SoundCloud with correct cover art, labelling + tagging (as described above) andvia the submit button

Name the tune ‘YOUR NAME – TRACK NAME – Dimensions Festival 2012 Competition Entry’

Use the Dimensions Festival Producers competition artwork as your cover art – download it here

PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR TUNE LINK ON THE DIMENSIONS FESTIVAL FACEBOOK FAN PAGE

Judging:

Entrants will be judged on factors including (but not limited to) number of plays, favourites, positive feedback, originality and technical ability.

Producers must gain over 500 plays to be considered for the long list. Producers must then gain over 100 favourites to be considered for the short list.

Dimensions are looking for producers who show commitment and are able to use the tools available on SoundCloud and across the web to promote themselves effectively.

The final decision will be made by Dimensions Festival and the special guest judges.

Voting:

The first round of the competition will run from now until 5pm Friday 29 th June 2012. A tune must have over 500 plays to progress past this round.

The 2nd round will then run until 5pm 18th July 2012. A tune must be made favourite by at least 100 people to qualify for the shortlist – more favourite’s means a higher chance of being shortlisted.

The shortlist will then be chosen, from those complying with the above requirements, with the winners announced 23rd July 2012.

Please note: The chosen winner and runner up will both win two VIP tickets, including two camping passes, to Dimensions Festival 2012 and a Pro Producer Course of their choice from Point Blank.

The first prize also includes: A return flight to the festival*, return airport transfers, two dub-plates of their winning tune and the option to have it digitally released by Point Blank.

*or up to £250 contribution towards travel, whichever is lesser.

Applicants MUST BE OF 18 YEARS OR OLDER

Checklist:

Make a tune (must be an original production)

Upload the tune to SoundCloud with correct cover art, naming and via the submit button

Hype the tune over the next 6 weeks

If you have received over 500 plays you will be long listed – so don’t upload your mix the day before the deadline!

Plus make sure you get people to favourite your mix to be considered for the short list.

Key Dates:

First Round closes: 5pm 29th June – all submissions must be made before this date.

Competition closes: 5pm 18th July

Winners announced:23rd July

Terms and Conditions:

No purchase is necessary to enter this competition. Prize is non-transferrable and there is no cash alternative. The final decision lies with Dimensions Festival. Dimensions Festival reserve the right to withdraw from this competition at any time. Only unsigned artists can enter this competition; if you have had a vinyl release on a record label then you cannot enter.

STRT003: Herobust/Pixelord split 7 inch

For the last 1.5 years, Saturate Records have been releasing dozens of free albums and LPs of unprecedented quality, mining the fertile intersections of post-dubstep, glitch hop, juke and future bass.

This week they blessed us with web previews of a very special split 7″ vinyl (only their third vinyl release ever) from rising stars Herobust (of Atlantarctica, Ga) and Pixelord (of Moscow). Each contributed one track, and also remixed each others’ as digital bonus tracks.

Pixelord’s ‘Modem’ builds a ascending synth riff into a grimey, hyphy crescendo of rattles and claps, while Herobust’s ‘Voxy Lady’ juices his trademark taffy-synths to make for a cinematic stomper with an epic emotional sweep. The real magic, though, is when their styles combine on the reciprocal remixes – especially the way Pixelord recuts Hero’s syrupy synths over a tight 160bpm framework.

If you want this on wax, best preorder NOW at Bandcamp since there are only going to be 250 pressed and it ships next week (6/8).

Kutmah’s ALL DABRYE MIX

Everyone’s favorite expat beat-gourmet, Kutmah just upped his excellent all-Dabrye mix. Best way to introduce this is to quote the comment Shigeto left at 0:00:

DABRYE. THE ONE THE ONLY. THE HEADS ALREADY KNOW & THOSE WHO DON’T – NOW WILL.

When a certified star of the current beat scene is giving you props in all caps, that says a lot right there. Of course Zach Saginaw would have the proper reverence for Dabrye – he’s followed in his footsteps in a lotta ways; they’re both from the Detroit area, both on Ghostly International, both purveyors of richly textural instrumental hip-hop. But I digress. The comment is indicative of the status Dabrye enjoys amongst beat-heads, which is demi-godlike. He was a pioneer of next-level instrumental hip-hop beats in the first few years of the 2000s, laying the groundwork for the lush worldwide beat scene we enjoy today.

Simultaneously more raw and more subtle than anything else going on at the time (hell, or since), Dabrye’s minimalism, unique and detailled palette and hypnotic swing instantly sets his work apart. His beats worked with minimal percussion and sub-bass in a way that eerily forecasted early dubstep. While guys like Shadow and Prefuse73 deconstructed boom-bap, Dabrye went inside boom-bap and reconstructed it from futuristic materials. Bottom line: if you make beats, or enjoy beats, this is essential listening.

If you want to really get the full picture, listen to One/Three and Instrmntl all the way through on good headphones. Then remind yourself that they came out in 2001 and 2002, respectively. I know, I know. It only gets more unbelievable with repeat listens. If you REALLY want to go deep, check out Fact Mag’s fantastic 10 page feature, The Essential Dabrye. And if yr in London, go see em all Thursday at Basing House: Kutmah, Dabrye, as well as Patchwork Pirates, Darkhouse Fam, and Widows (featuring Jams F. Kennedy, the best rapper alive).

Minnesota – Astral Projection – FREE DL

Santa Cruzian Minnesota has blessed the internets with Astral Projection, a FREE 3-track EP. Get it at his bandcamp, and throw him a few bucks while you’re at it. All three tunes lean heavily towards the melodic side but it’s the one titled Stardust one that really gets me, hence the embedding below.

Minnesota is moving in a really exciting direction musically, fleshing out the intersection between the layered hyper-fluorescence synths of Rustie’s Glass Swords and the smokey digital soul of Joker’s purple-wow sound.  If you’re feelin this, then check out the Astral Projection mini-mix he dropped last month.

Headshotboyz – Heartbaked EP

Dunes Guestmix for OnTheSly

Dunes brings us 53 minutes of magnificently funked-up house and bass music. He’s the local guest for this month’s OnTheSly (with Jillionaire and Dre Skull) and accordingly has done guestmix duties for the second installment of OnTheSly’s mix series. Dunes caught my eye via his association with Sleepyhead and their bi-monthly Broke City party at The Cove (1st and 3rd Thursdays).

Anyway, about the mix – seriously deep summer vibes herein. Great selection and solid mixing keeps the energy light and nimble throughout. Versatile without losing focus, the mix touches on warehouse, tropical vibes, some more soulful stuff and a palpable undercurrent of classic hiphop,  all without losing focus on a steady 4×4. Good shit – this definitely puts Dunes on my list of “Good DJs I’d Go See”. Have yrself a listen, and make sure to catch him live next Thursday (for free!)

Tracklist:
Bubba – Keep Love
Tom Demac – Dirty Honey
Toby Tobias feat Brendan Reilly – Tomorrow’s Bringing (Bicep NY Remix)
Unknown Artist – Time Has Come Back (Breach Remix)
Dream 2 Science – How Do I Love Thee
&ME – Matters
Tiefschwarz – Corporate Butcher
Catz ‘n Dogz – Fixation (Worthy Remix)
Luca Bacchetti – On The Moon With You
Lauhaus & Kabale – Hiphouse
Boddika – Basement
Black Orange Juice – Back Of My Car
Mendo & Yvan Genkins – Gods On Hill
The Chain – Geo
Luca Bacchetti – High Life
Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team – Strange Touch
Redwan – Drive ‘N Drugs
House of Stank – Get Up, Yeah! (Hijack Remix)
Bosstone – You (Chaos in The CBD Remix)
Figgy – Know You Better (Dunes Remix)

Chillax Mix Roundup – Thriftworks, Soul Motive, Kelpe, Tanaka

Thriftworks – Live at The Den 4/21

Call it bog-tech. Thriftworks, aka J.Atlas, has a unique sound that combines melancholy beats, moody textures, dismebodied vocals, and exceedingly spooky soundscapes into a soupy, heady mix. If Swamp Thing was a DJ, it would probably sound like this; simultaneously futuristic and organic. Fans of Eskmo or Amon Tobin will find lots to love.

Live at The Den – April 21, 2012 – Thriftworks by Thedensf on Mixcloud

Tracklist:
Thriftworks – Unreleased
Thriftworks – Swamp Gods
B. Lewis – Unreleased
Balam Acab – Apart
Thriftworks – Unreleased
Insightful – Unreleased
Lapalux – Time Spike Jamz
Thriftworks – Soul Of The Cricket
Grouper – Hold The Way (Thrifted)
Lofi Collective – Observations (Thrifted)
Thriftworks – As The Crow Flies
Thriftworks – Zenzero
Thriftworks – Your All
Thriftworks X Russ Liquid – Unreleased
Thriftworks – 87 Dropper
Thriftworks – Pillow In The Woods
Insightful – Milk And Almonds
Thriftworks – Goat Ropes
Thriftworks – Wang Roll
Insightful – Lama With A Scarf On
Thriftworks – Thizza Thizza
Thriftworks – Trotter
Thriftworks – Out Tongue

Soul Motive Records Showcase

Tracklist:
Joker – Snake Eater (Soul Motive 001)
??? – Jump (Soul Motive White 001)
Julio Bashmore – Around (Soul Motive 007)
Eleven Tigers – Made of (Soul Motive 008)
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Kahn – Angeles *Superisk Remix* (Soul Motive White 002)
Eleven Tigers – Stableface *Dark Sky Remix* (Soul Motive 010Pt2)
Coleco – Find Me feat. Victoria Klewin (Soul Motive 011)
??? – Secrets (Soul Motive White 001)
Isola Dusk – Look of Shame (2 Floors Down 002)
Eleven Tigers – Stableface *Peverelist Remix* (Soul Motive 010Pt1)
Coleco – Hypnogogia (Soul Motive 011)
Eleven Tigers – Songs For You (Soul Motive 008)
Isola Dusk – Waiting For You (2 Floors Down 002)
7 Arrows – Emergence (2 Floors Down 003)
Eleven Tigers – Forever (Soul Motive 008)
Eleven Tigers – Stableface *Macc Remix* (Soul Motive 010Pt2)

Kelpe – Sonic Router Mix #128

Tracklist:
Romare – Down The Line
1000names – Water Resistant Rakete
Rechenzentrum – Norden
Coco Bryce – Dub Space
Blank & Kytt – Thursday & Snow (Reprise)
Huess – Splash Pamela
Onra – Hide And Seek
Kelpe – I Felt Fuzzy
Mr Beatnick – Rainbow Road
BNJMN – Black Square
Samoyed – A Small Good Thing
Fulgeance – Hiver Normand
Roj – The Process Revealed
Naive Machine – Back to Basics
Mono/Poly – Glow
Blank & Kytt – Jangle
Ital Tek – Up
Teebs & Jackhigh – Tropics
Hauschka – Schones Madchen

Tenaka – Collected

Tenaka – Collected / tracklist
side a – falling in
a. overhead the albatross – think, thank, thunk (tenaka remix)
b. tenaka – open out (feat. the holy roman army)
c. tenaka – Home (feat. daithi and elaine mai)
d. tenaka – falling in (feat. nadir & declan de barra)
d. tenaka – imes

side b – everytime is different
e. le galaxie – Orion (Tenaka Remix)
f. tenaka – everytime is different
g. tenaka – everything else (feat. daithi & musea)
h. miss elayneous – dominoes (tenaka remix)
i. tenaka – i know (feat. nadir)
j. tenaka – eroica

side c – waves
k. tenaka – three
l. tenaka – waves
m. julie feeney – aching (tenaka remix)
n. daithi – the dog (tenaka remix)
o. owensie – subtle connections (tenaka remix feat. nina hynes

side d – ride out
p. tenaka – throw sevens
q. tenaka – the alaskan (feat. sacred animals)
r. tenaka – universe i (feat. sorcha brennan)
s. tenaka – three (feat. colin j morris)
t. tenaka – ride out

Ana Sia 2012 Mix Series

Ana Sia is goin hard in 2012. She’s just relaunched her website, is helming Frite Nite (putting out tracks by Lazer Sword, Salva, NastyNasty, Distal, Grenier, B.Bravo, EPROM and more) and has just completed a very exciting 4 part mix series.

The first mix, Sparkly Eyes Technique, is a bold and (to me) unexpected move for Ana. I’d always thought of her as a versatile, discriminating purveyor mostly glitchhop and dubstep, but this mix is dominated by muscular house and dark, throbbing techno jams. As with all these mixes, there’s no track list (and it’s not my job to make you one) but I can tell you that Boddika features prominently. It’s a thoroughly warehouse vibe, and shows right off the bat that Ana isn’t interested in the same old, same ole.

Rebound is the second in the series, examining the those primo dubstep vintages in ’05-’09. Every track is a classic – Zombie, The Bug, Mala, etc. This mix will almost certainly mean more to those who felt this music at the time in dark clubs on huge systems, and will feel those goosebumps of nostalgia. But for those who are looking for a dubstep history lesson, you couldn’t find a better place to start (ok, maybe Dubstep Warz). This is the sound of the genre when it was raw and as surprising to the artists as it was to the club-goers. Certainly it’s an ode to a golden era, but it’s by no means a eulogy; it’s a retelling of an origin story – a return to roots and a call to arms.

The third mix, “Hybrid Vigor”, is my favorite of the series, so I want to let Ana explain this one:

I love music that gets caught in-between genres; the unclassifiable, the awkward, the genre of “other”. Hybrid Vigor celebrates these moments of musical purgatory sampling juke, drum&bass, hip-hop, & whatever adjective can be used to decipher the following 45 minutes.

Finally, We-K finished things up by taking us on a tour through the grime-i-verse. Again, her words do it best,

We-K is a salute to a genre that has been mostly uncharted territory in the states to my surprise, but cannot possibly be ignored if you step into the UK, where in my opinion, is where most popular electronic music reaped it’s influences. Grime’s a style that fuses garage/dancehall/hiphop & explores the full range of 140bpm, also serving my love of dubstep & dark riddims & bass

Rook – Lucidity Fest 2012 Set

Rook represents, to me, the absolute best of contemporary dubstep. While many have abandoned the term, terrified of being even remotely associated with such gauche, unsubtle music as “brostep”, Rook has fearlessly (and peerlessly) sculpted his own funk-oriented sound. We have here a recreation of his live set from The 2012 Lucidity Festival 2 weeks ago.

Whereas dubstep started out as music that emphasized space and feeling, in a post-Skrillex world it has become so busy, noisy and overwrought as to have completely lost any semblance of soul or musicality. Rook happily reverses this trend. Fusing the finest wobbles with funky breaks, plenty of “real” instrumentation, and a keen ear for melody, Rook has put the womp in its proper context; as a supporting element to the funk. Perhaps most importantly, it brings the FUN back into the mix.

If you get down with Koan Sound, Blunt Instrument or Love and Light, you’ll fucking love this mix. And if an hour just isn’t enought Rook for ya, then gorge your ears on 15 editions of his MOONBASS mix series.

AC Slater – Sidewinder EP

Trouble & Bass doin what Trouble & Bass do best – balls out, ravejuice-soaked party jams. ‘Sidewinder’ is an explosively energetic peak-hour destroyer. Don’t call it big room though – it’s not at all commercial sounding, maintaining that T&B grit that we know and love. ‘Little Chronic’ is a bit more playful, tweaking out the plaintive cries of Biggie Smalls over stabby ravepiano and gobs of hoover-synths.

Drop The Lime takes remix duties on Sidewinder and turns it into a dark, twangy halfstep banger, while RacknRuin swings the beat on Little Chronic over a rolling bassline for a more UK warehouse sound. Top notch work all around.

Drops May 8th! If you can’t get enought AC Slater, check out his live set from Trouble and Bass a few weeks back.

Dimensions Festival Adds Four Tet, Carl Craig, Mount Kimbie, more

The first ever Dimensions Festival is still five months away (Sept 6-9), but already hype is building around the incredible lineup and setting. Today they announced the final round of additions to a lineup that is already a wet dream for many dance music fans. The additions consist of Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Carl Craig, Portico Quartet, Tom Middleton, Koreless, Todd Terje, John Talabot, Morgan Geist, Axel Boman. Here’s more from the press release:

Kieran Hebden is without a doubt one of the most diverse musicians London has produced and has played a huge role in some of the most memorable music the city has created. Known to many as Four Tet, Hebden has a career that dates back to the late 90’s with a string of impressive albums on Domino Records. Drawing elements from Folk, Jazz, Electronica and Hip Hop, Hebden has worked with a wide range of artists from MF Doom to Radiohead. Currently living in New York, Four Tet sets sail for Croatia for a highly
anticipated live performance.

Embracing the raw energy from live music, Dimensions welcomes a Mercury prize nominated four-piece band. Formed in East London, Portico Quartet have a delicate and cinematic sound drawing influence from a wide rage of genres, encompassing both acoustic and electronic elements. Another great British act to perform this year have travelled the globe with their impressive live show and have certainly made their mark on the Bass music community.
Signed to the prestigious Hotflush Recordings, Mount Kimbie bring the full live set up to Dimensions.

Tom Middelton is an artist who is no stranger to all things deep and wonderful. Prolific during the 90’s as an ambient producer, Middelton is also well versed in House and Electro. This September Middelton joins Dimensions as Sounds Of the Cosmos, his new label which showcases a variety of styles all of which fit in perfectly with the vibe of the festival.
Glasgow has always produced exceptional talent and Koreless is by far the city’s hottest new contributor. His break through moment was back in 2011with his track “4D’ which saw appreciation from Benji B and numerous Dj’s on Rinse FM. Alongside the live acts added, Dimensions boasts some of the greatest DJ’s from Europe and America. New York’s Morgan Geist of Metro Area joins Norwegian Disco prince Todd Terje, Swedish Deep House don Axel Boman and Spanish melancholic master, John Talabot.

And here’s my two cents:

Four Tet is rapidly becoming a living legend. For many 20 somethings, (incl. me, natch) Four Tet was their college dorm soundtrack. And it appealed to people who thought they didn’t like electronic music, like parents or girlfriends! He’s since earned his chops as an amibitious avant garde musician, collaborating with Burial, Thom Yorke, and the late Steve Reich and as an incredibly accomplished remixer (Aphex Twin, Andrew Bird, The xx, Radiohead, Bonobo, Madvillain, etc) . More importantly, he’s learned how to

Mount Kimbie had one of the most universally acclaimed albums of 2010, Crooks and Lovers. And while they haven’t put out a whole lot since then, I hear that their live performance is excellent. I’d be stoked to see them recreate their noodly compositions.

I don’t listen to a ton of techno, but I do know two things – 1, it’s best left to the experts, and 2, it’s best when it’s raw as fuck. So a don like Carl Craig, whose name is basically synonymous with Detroit, doing a live set with a ton of gear, well, you know that’s going to be something special.

Koreless is another big name for me. His boiler room mix was all too short, but one of the finest Dj sets I’ve heard in ages.

Launched as the little sister of Outlook, currently the world’s best bass music festival, Dimensions promises a more intimate experience focused on house, techno, and other grown-folks dance music. What it shares with Outlook, however, is the amazing setting (an abandoned castle on the Croatian coast), the most incredible soundsystems you’ve ever heard, and an absolutely unbelievable lineup. Here’s everyone else who’s already been announced:

Little Dragon, Carl Craig Presents 69 – live, Moodymann, Four Tet – Live,Theo Parish, Mount Kimbie – Live, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Joy Orbison, Dyed Soundorom, Gold Panda, Cassy, Scuba, Surgeon, Shackleton, Jimmy Edgar, Todd Terje, Levon Vincent, Roman Flugel, Floating Points, Andrew Weatherall, Mala – Digital Mystikz, Kode 9,
Morgan Geist – Metro Area, Axel Boman, John Talabot, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ryan Elliott, Pearson Sound, Nathan Fake, dBridge, Loefah, Boddika, Kyle Hall, Benji B, Ben UFO, Blawan, Kassem Mosse, Space Dimension Controller, 2562, Portico Quartet, Pinch, Huxley, Machinedrum, Joel Mull, Iration Steppas, Untold, Mungo’s Hifi, Deadbeat, Jack Sparrow, Author, Pariah, Pangaea, Sigha, Objekt, Midland, Alexander Nut, Anstam, Funkineven, Locked Groove, Fatima (live), Amit, Dub Phizix, Loxy, Synkro, Consequence, SP:MC, Barker, N>E>D, Paul Spymania and David Martin

Tickets are available HERE

For More info about Tickets, Boat Party Tickets, Coach Travel from the UK, Transfers from nearby airports, Camping and Accommodation CLICK HERE

Sub Swara – You Don’t Know – free track from The Rudiment Mixtape

Sub Swara have returned! Not that anyone who knows the work of Dave Sharma and Dhruva Ganeson ever thought they left. They were most likely just off the map finding the finest Balinese cymbals, then recording them in an acoustically perfect Wampa ice-cave with custom-built tube pre-amps reverse engineered from martian sound weaponry, and then doing their final mixdowns it in an Ayahuasca ceremony atop  Mount Kilauea. Shit takes time to do right.

But soon, your patience will be rewarded. They’ve announced that they will be releasing 15 brand new tracks, not as an LP, but as a mixtape titled “The Rudiment”, dropping May 1st. Today they’ve given  us a taste with the Amy Winehouse-sampling track “You Don’t Know”. No easy feat, but they’ve matched the Lioness’s passionate vocals with galloping drums and a ferocious tearout synth-line. Cop the free download on soundcloud so you can really savor all that luscious reverb.

Tinker does Memekast #71

Tinker, who grabbed my ears with her incredibly fresh mix for BigUp, can add yet another EDM institution to her resume with this guest mix for the Memekast. Featuring her trademark lush, classy, textural glitch hop selections, this mix is all too short at 32:36.

Go Listen to it HERE or subscribe to the memekast in iTunes

Tracklist:
Yheti – Pink Shlumper
Kalya Scintilla – The Velvet Squish
Thriftworks – Trotter
Kuhn – Slime Beach
Pixelord – Keramika (Naive Machine Remix)
Moscow – Mind Shine
B-Ju – Gobble Gobble
Robot Koch – Vortex Cookies (Flako Remix)
Rihanna – Rude Boy (Hovatron Remix)
Tinker – Blip Skip
Manuele Atzenti – Bum! Clack!
Mosca – Tilt Shift
Pixelord – Imaginary Friends

From the tracklist you can probably tell Tinker has her finger on the pulse of the underground. But the mix is also really nicely put together – great tunes, in the right order. If your left wanting more fine mixing and impeccable selections, she has many more mixes over on her soundcloud.

YPPAH – Eighty One (Ninjatune)

Ninjatune has done it again, bringing us yet another brilliant release at the intersection of  LIVE and ELECTRONIC. YPPAH is the alias of Joe Corrales Jr., and now a full live band that fuses dusty breaks with poignant instrumentation to great effect. I’d seen the name a few times recently in official Ninjatune communiques, and while my interest was piqued by it’s androgynous unpronouncability, it was hearing the “Eighty One” Album minimix that really got me electrified. Turns out YPPAH has put out a half dozen releases on Ninjatune since ’06. Dunno how I slept on ‘im till now.

One could safely assume from the cover that this is a work awash in texture and nostalgia (and it is) – but to me it sounds a lot more like the nineties than eighty one. Yppah takes a tasteful post-rock/psychadelia sound and infusing it with potent electronics. Imagine if Cinematic Orchestra’s J.Swincoe was producing Do Make Say Think, and you’re not far off. There’s clear evidence of reverence for guys like DJ Shadow, Boards of Canada and the Chemical Brothers, who could squeeze teardrops out of psychadelic samples and breakbeats. But while YPPAH is steeped in nostalgia, they aren’t mired by it. Their sound is urgent, full, and ready to say something new (albiet with familiar pieces).

This album came out April 2nd, and is available for purchase on iTunes and at NinjatuneHQ. If you’d like even more YPPAH, check out the mix that Joe did for Solid Steel this past week, featuring all tracks from 1981.

Tracklist:

Brian Eno & David Byrne _ Mea Culpa _ Sire
Gang of Four _ What We All Want _ EMI
The Cure _ Other Voices _ Polydor
Gary Numan _ Moral _ Beggars Banquet
The Sound _ Judgement _ Korova
Cocteau Twins _ Blind Dumb Deaf _ 4AD
Siouxsie & The Banshees _ Into the Light _ Polydor
The Church _ Sisters _ EMI
Kraftwerk _ Computer Love _ EMI

Over Distant Mountains: A Year In Bass Music by Soulmind

When a mix starts out with a T. S. Eliot quote, you know it has somewhat loftier aspirations than your typical hour of beatmatched tunes. Masterfully put together by Soulmind, these 45 minutes showcase the more introverted, transcendent side of bass music. Burial or Sepalcure fans, take note.

The nature imagery in the title is apt; the vibe here is pointedly non-urban. Whereas early dubstep relied on dread and weight, this breed of future bass is permeated by a kind of lightness and hope. There’s no drops (unless you count the dew on the peaceful morning this mix conjures in your mind). These are headphone jams for your mind-forest.

A lot of DJs go for the jugular; Soulmind goes for the pineal gland. If you like this, grab  some more of his tasty mixes on Soundcloud.

01. Eleven Tigers – With A Little Patience (Soul Motive – 2010)
02. Zomby – Natalia’s Song (4AD – 2011)
03. Pedestrian – Hei Poa (Push & Run – 2011)
04. Submerse & Kuoyah – Bubblin’ (Frijsfo Beats – 2011)
05. Phaeleh – In The Twilight (Afterglo – 2011)
06. Mount Kimbie – Carbonated (Hotflush Recordings – 2011)
07. Disclosure – I Love…. That You Know (Transparent – 2011)
08. Fantastic Mr.Fox – Evelyn (Black Acre – 2010)
09. Clubroot – Lucid Dream (Lo Dubs – 2009)
10. Radiohead – Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene Remix) (Ticker Tape Ltd – 2011)
11. Radiohead – Lotus Flower (SBTRKT Remix) (Ticker Tape Ltd – 2011)
12. Versa – Monsoon (Smokin’ Sessions – 2011)
13. Dauwd – Ikopol (Pictures Music – 2011)
14. Radiohead – Little By Little (Caribou Remix) (Ticker Tape Ltd – 2011)
15. Michael Klein – MK’s Lullaby (Unreleased – 2012)
16. Icicle – Xylophobia (Shogun Audio – 2010)
17. Kidnap Kid – Shouldn’t Be Alone (123Mrk Remix) (Squelch And Clap – 2011)
18. Supra1 – Ghoster (Trouble & Bass Recordings – 2010)
19. Eric Goldstein – Strum (Unreleased – 2012)
20. James Blake – Postpone (R&S Records – 2010)

Doshy live set, full of unreleased goodness

I fucking love Doshy. His brand of abrasive, evil, robotic beats aren’t for everyone, but for me they hit that sweet spot between bitcrushed chiptune nostalgia and menacing trap shit. Kinda like a 909 that transforms into a decepticon. As the title says, this one is packed full of unreleased, exclusive Doshy tunes (some not yet even named), thoughtfully annotated in the timed comments. Probably not safe to consume at work, around infants, or while operating heavy machinery (unless it’s an evil giant robot).

Bigups to Redlight Radio for goin hard in the soundcloud, hosting this and 120 more pages of full sets (including a great sesh with Rwina Records a few weeks back).

What’s that, you say? Just can’t get enough Doshy? I can hardly blame ya. Good thing there’s another recent live set, this one a full hour, over here. His mix is the second hour of the recording. And while there are a few repeat tracks, they all kick ass so it’s well worth it.

Fresh Heat from STAGGA

Stagga, of the venerable Chrome Kids, has just dropped some ferocious new tracks on his soundcloud. FITTEST OF THE FITTEST is a surefire combo of reverb-thickened reggae, a brilliant wobble and perfect percussive touches. My boo says it sounds like the beach at Outlook Festival and I concur. GRIMBOH is a drunken jammmm on a super-grindy bass sample, continuously re-spun and re-pitched to sloppy drums and etherial samples. Tearout for stoners. And the final track of his recent stuff (a collab with Monkey), GLASS BONG, is A hard hitting riddim with heady overtones. Tropical yet grimey. As if Ras G, Pixelord and Dusk n Blackdown hotboxed Dr. Dre’s studio. Hopefully some of these get a proper release, I’d buy em.

Opiuo – Butternut Slap pt. 1, OUT NOW!

First in a trifecta of EPs that will form a complete album, Butternut Slap is everything you love about Opiuo, but fresher. Bombastic, frenetic, and funky-as-hell – this is the bleeding edge of glitch hop. Alongside luminaries like Koan Sound and Blunt Instrument, Opiuo is helping to push glitch hop forward toward a future that is both fun and danceable. This just came out March 1st on Addictech, so go cop it from the source.

Filastine – Colony Collapse (dubstep that means something)

Phenomenally powerful dubstep music from Filastine (ft. Nova) and an incredible video to match. I’ve been keepin an eye on this guy ever since this crazy-ass mix, We Are Experiencing Turbulence (Insurrectionary Bass Music Sin Fronteras), which is pretty much what it sounds like – trans-national heavy bass music with a message. It’s not easy listening, but then, this is revolution music, in the tradition of Dead Prez, Rage, Marley, and Dylan. Cop the release at addictech.

Colony Collapse is filmed at sites of ecological friction, the fault lines of conflict between humanity and (the rest of) nature. For examples we used….

Lapindo (Sidoarjo) Mud Disaster is an eruption of scalding mud and flammable vapors triggered by a gas drilling gone awry. It has buried more than a dozen villages and blocked a major highway, and is expected to keep expanding for the next 25 years. Lapindo is located close to the home town of the the director (Tooliq) and singer (Nova)…

Bantar Gebang is a landscape of trash. Garbage stretches farther than the eye can see. Mountains, rivers, and even villages where the trash-pickers live. Not something easy to summarize in words.

A supermarket nested in a mega-mall within a skyscraper. Air conditioning, shopping carts, muzak, just like any posh supermarket. But right outside is a the permanent traffic jam of Jakarta, a sprawling mega-city of at least 10 million.

Also of note, the Beats Antique remix throws extra glitches and strings into the mix, properly expanding upon the original vibe.

Archie Pelago Sonic Router mix & interview

I’m positively bursting with joy at all the attention my homies Archie Pelago have been getting as of late. Mary Anne Hobbs is a fan. So’s Gilles Peterson. And reigning DMC DJ Shiftee.  They just did a fabulous mix for ep 121 of the very reputable Sonic Router podcast, and a lovely, in-depth interview that really gives you a nice sense of why these guys are different, where the magic comes from (there’s even a diagram).  Anyway, go read it and have a listen below!

Dimensions Fest adds Little Dragon, Machine Drum, Kode9 + more to lineup

Improving on an already stellar lineup of nobel-prize deserving electronic musicians, Dimensions Festival just announced a slough of additions. Little Dragon, without a doubt my favorite band of 2011. Kode9, who has a Ph.D in wompology (no, for real). The mercurial Machinedrum, who has had been in my speakers a lot recently between his own prolific output and as 1/2 of Sepalcure. Also added were JImmy Edgar, Nathan Fake, Amit, and Object, who I’d wager are all amazing as well.

Peep the full lineup below and also check out this short, excellent video about Dimensions, sort of a teaser trailer.

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VIDEO: Stephan Jacobs Remixes Twin Peaks

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.

So Dj Pound and eLan did a split 10″ … and it rules

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….

Frite Nite Podcast 17 – XI

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)

Tracklist:

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

Stream New Mux Mool LP, Planet High School, on soundcloud

Shit yeah new Mux Mool LP! Been waiting a long time for this… enjoy the womps, my friends, and thanks to the Fader for premiering good shit like this.

Dropping on Ghostly International Feb 7th digitally and March 6th physically.

Metske/Metaphi Mix on Mary Anne Hobbs xfm

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.

Boss Kite – Comicon EP preview

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.

 

 

Outlook Festival Official Video

Who’s comin to Croatia this summer?????

Gettin WAY hyped for RECONSTRVCT tonight

Massive tune by the one called Jack Sparrow.

House of Yes
342 Maujer Street
(L Train to Grand)
15$ before Midnight / 20$ after

Intergalactic Sweep by Captain Weedo

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.

Akira Kiteshi – Industrial Avenue album sampler out 2/27 on AfterGlo

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.

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