Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Aquasky September Mix

Back to bisnizz with a hot new mix series as diverse as a McDonalds staff base comes Aquasky, with huge support from AC Slater, Andy George and Kelevra... get locked to the 'Deep Fat Frequencies Pt. 1' now!!!


Tracklisting:

1 'Outta Control' (Kelevra's lost it mix) - Aquasky ft. Sporty-O - Passenger
2 'Get Ramped Up' - D-Funk & Hariku - Upstart Music
3 'Stay The Same' (The Rogue Element mix) - autoKratz
4 'The Dozens' - Fake Blood - Cheap Thrills
5 'Falling' - Tee Ski & Shab Ruff Cut - Wearhouse
6 'Reach For The Lazers' - Nick Thayer - Passenger dub
7 'Dirty Gold' (Tonka remix) - Audio Fun
8 'Make Her Say' (Afrojack mix) - Kid Cudi ft Kanye West
9 'Phat Beat' - Calvertron
10 'You Know We Do It Big' (Tonka remix) - Aquasky ft. Slipz N Dapz
11 'House Muzik Hustlers' (Aquasky mix) - Kelevra + Sharooz + MC Flipside
12 'Jungle Iz Em' - Black Noise - Southern Fried
13 'Dont Wanna' - Kelevra & JackDaRippa
14 'Bunk' - Il Diablo
15 'Coming On Strong' (Black Noise mix) - Rhythm Section
16 'Hardcore Uproar' (Lee Mortimer mix) - Together

Monday, 28 September 2009

Club Candy

Ok so I've just had an epic weekend... Orbital Live... saw Boys Noize for the first time... met my No. 1 DJ idol Theo 'Fake Blood' Keating... and finally acquired a Macbook... BOOM!
New tunes, new tunes, new tunes... Drop The Basssss!

Heard Steve Angello play this out a couple of weeks ago @ Ministry of Sound and upon enquiring the track ID from him... he was unable to remember the tune and I left a rather stroppy old sod. Then on Saturday I heard Riton play it, and upon following him up, he yelled only four words: "On The Run, Bitch!". A quick search on the hype machine enlightened me with the banger itself... revel in it!

Little bit of a closet monster this one that was upped to Noiseporn recently. Aparently found on someone's facebook page, but now floating in and around the hard drive's of many-a-people I feel. Propa epic bass... reminds me somewhat of 'Say Whoa'. Got to love the vocal work too... sublime!

Propa feel good tune right here and a return to form for Switch, who's been a bit pre occupied selling out as Major Lazer... hats off to him, truly deserves it!
However, I have missed the Switch swagger, and his awesome production. An awesome rolling build into a cheeky silent drop... so unexepected but so good.

Epic Dub here from a man so much in form, not even Skream could out do him currently. Tunes like this move buildings not just dancefloors, and the drum work here is so good it makes my panties all wet.

Found this track courtesy of Hush House... and holy bejesus wept, it is filth. Imagine a situation where Far Too Loud, Plump DJs, Bare Noize and 16-Bit would all be placed in a smoothie maker... this would be the product. A fresh as fresh comes layer of electro-breaks spread over a rolling wobbly bassline that just doesn't stop.

Friday, 25 September 2009

Sunset

Been a bit quiet on the blogging front from me recently I'm afraid, as preparations for going off to University have rather taken over my life.  But all of that is nearly over, as is the summer - so to signpost the end of summer, a few lovely mixes for you - of the summery variety, although they'll be good all year round!

One gripe of mine at the 'Summer Mix' time of year is the influx of DJs who put together what is apparently a fairly standard mix full of peaktime bangers, albeit labelled as a summer mix.  The whole idea of a summer mix is that it should be listenable on a summers day!  So these mixes represent the antithesis of these self promoting "Summer Mixes", and are instead something truly summery and cheery, full of good tunes - both lesser known ones and the more obvious ones.  Coincidentally, one of these mixes comes from the Palms Out Sounds Summer Mix series - apologies for the poaching POS, but the mixes were so good I just felt it needed airing.

First up is a mix from the producer and DJ known as Haynes:


Tracklist (non numbered tracks are just samples):
1. Moby - Porcelain (intro sample - reworked)
Sole and the Skyrider Band - Shipwreckers
2. Hercules and Love Affair - Blind
3. Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots
4. Hotels - Near the Desert, Near the City
5. Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye (Luvtek Remix)
Apparat - Fractales pt II
8.  Marlena Shaw - California Soul (Diplo-Mad DeCent Remix)
9. Cheatham vs Room 5 - Get Down its Saturday Night (Haynes' Disco To Funky House Edit)
10. Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy (Grum Remix)
11. Kelis - Milkshake (Night Drugs Remix)
Kelis - Milkshake (Acapella)
12. Stay Ali - Emotional Day
13. Duck Sauce - aNYway
14. B-Xcentric - Vice
Sebastien Tellier - Kilometer (A-Trak Remix) 
15. Cicada - Edge
Deekline and Ed Solo - Give it up Booty
16. D-Cup - Epic 
17. Frank Musik - Confusion Girl (Russ Chimes Remix)
18. Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (Mondkopf Remix)


Last but in no way least we have the Mancunian duo Shadow Dancer's Summer Mix for POS.  With a bit less of a discoey vibe than Haynes' effort, SD's mix is still something to be proud of - the breadth of tunes is astounding, and some of the mixing between genres is genuinely breathtaking - the mix from Fridge --> Tunng ---> Peter Gabriel has to be heard to be believed.  The mix clocks in at just over two and a half hours, which might sound a bit weighty, but give it the benefit of your patience - one of the best mixes I've ever heard, I was kept guessing at every turn.  It may have even overtaken the Erol Alkan Bugged In Mix as my favourite non banger mix ever!  Enough chat - just make sure you download this mix - the sheer diversity of it will keep you going long after summer is over.


Tracklist:

BECK // Alcohol

RHYTHM & SOUND // No Partial

THE BUGGLES // I Love You (Miss Robot)

ULRICH SCHNAUSS // Wherever You Are

BANDULU // Selah

μ-ZIQ vs. THE AUTEURS // Underground Movies

THE SABRES OF PARADISE // Return Of Carter

RIC OCASEK // Jimmy Jimmy

THE FLAMING LIPS // Are You A Hypnotist??

HALF COUSIN // Tiles

JONNY L // I Let U

THE CARS // Panorama

AIR // Mike Mills

JON BRION // So Now Then

BROADWAY PROJECT // Revolution Waltz

JEAN MICHEL JARRE // Ethnicolor II

RED SNAPPER // Crusoe Takes A Trip

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE // No One Knows

MOTORBASS // Fabulous

THE CLASH // Guns Of Brixton

PLAID // Coat

HERBIE HANCOCK // Chameleon

MIKE & RICH // The Sound Of Beady Eyes

ULTRAMARINE // British Summertime

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE // Soldier Girl

BRIAN ENO // Signals

FRIDGE // Cut Up Piano & Xylophone

TUNNG // Bullets

PETER GABRIEL // Games Without Frontiers

PAVEMENT // Summer Babe

BEASTIE BOYS // Jimmy James

BOARDS OF CANADA // In A Beautiful Place In The Country

THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT // Mammagamma (Instrumental Version)

JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL-STARS // What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)?

DJ KRUSH // Meiso (DJ SHADOW Klub Mix)

REPEAT // Drifting Sounds Of Wikiki

INCOGNITO // Out Of The Storm (CARL CRAIG's Planet E Special Mix)

PAUL GIOVANNI & MAGNET // Willow's Song

SQUAREPUSHER // Tetra-Sync

GRANDADDY // The Warming Sun

MASSIVE ATTACK // Unfinished Sympathy

DOVES // There Goes The Fear

THE BYRDS // Eight Miles High

SIMIAN // One Dimension

RELOAD // Le Soliel Et La Mer (GLOBAL COMMUNICATION Remix)

BOLA // Forcasa 3

DIOS // Just Another Girl



Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Weekly News

Some very very privilaged material came into my Inbox today that I'm able to share with you all :D... take a pleasureful ganders!



The Japanese Popstars have just released details of they're upcoming Live album titled 'We Are Just: Live'. I've been really impressed with them over the past couple of years and their new Live element has received heaps of praise across the DJ'ing/Clubbing world. Mixmag have hailed them as "THE MOST EXCITING NEW ELECTRONIC ACT ON THE PLANET”, and DJ Mag have coined them as “ONE PART KITSUNE STYLE DISTORTO-RAVE, ONE PART CLASSIC STADIUM DANCE THE LIKES OF WHICH WE HAVEN’T SEEN SINCE ORBITAL”.
These are big shoes to fill, but I'm confident they can stand up to the hype.
The album was released on Monday on Gung-Ho Recordings and is available from all good retailers including HMV.

Here's a pretty snazzy Bio we we're sent over, for anyone whose new to The Japanese Popstars.
Well on their way to becoming Britain’s hottest live dance outfit, Decky, Gary, and Gareth have hammered soundsystems this summer at Glastonbury, Glade, Rockness, Oxegen, Fuji Rock, Planet Love (supporting The Prodigy), and numerous other summer festivals.

They exploded onto the scene in 2008, with a debut album that received heavy praise from The Guardian, Word, Artrocker, NME, Clash, Popjustice, Mixmag, DJ, Radio 1, XFM, and many more, with critics hailing them as the rightful heirs to Underworld, the Chemical Brothers, and Orbital. Remixes for Depeche Mode, Beyonce, Grand National, Ting Tings, Shinichi Osawa, The Music, Groove Armada, and others - came thick and fast.

The Japanese Popstars’ live gigs have seen them tear up stages at Glastonbury, Fabric, Wireless, Oxegen, Matter, Warehouse Project, and countless others. Their tours have taken them across the UK, Australia, Japan, and beyond, supporting the likes of Justice and Basement Jaxx, and cementing a reputation for a blistering live set.



Also making big noises of the Dubby variety at the moment is up and coming Dubstep producerJSaxton. The young man from Leeds has been producing some really dark and deep sounds of late. Here's our pick of the bunch with remixes of Major Lazer and Claude Von Stroke as well as his amazing original production Try On This Scope.






Some top news here about Ghetto-Bass extraordinaire Aaron Udy whose about to release his own EP The Real Hustle on his own new label Kiss My Bass Recordings. The new EP which takes on a whole new feel to the famous Rick Ross acapella features remixes from Knob Jockeys, II Tone, Vortech, Russ & Holmes and Fake Zero.

Aaron has kindly made the entire EP available for free. I've made each tune available individually below or alternatively you can catch the entire EP as a Zip file above. Check it out and please support the artists in the future in the best way possible by buying their other works, if you like they're stuff.






Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Colin Perkins In Da Haus!

Got a top, top, top... actually no, savage wee 30 minute mix for your ears today in the form of a DJ by the name of Colin Perkins... I've not much information on this guy, but after today I shall be pursuing my interest in his fine track selection here (dude, get a MySpace now!)... Disco, Electro and Boom-House a-plenty.
Cop a load of these tasty glitch-biscuits and funk stompers...


1. In Flagranti - A Piece Of False Morality (haido's Extendedit)
2. Fake Blood - Fix Your Accent
3. Brodinski & Noob - Peanuts Club
4. Spencer & Hill - Cool (Afrojack Remix)
5. Style Of Eye - Road Race
6. Boys Noize - Jeffer (Para One Remix)
7. Major Lazer - Pon De Floor (Beatau Cue's First Remix)
8. Arveene & Misk - Hells Bells
9. D.I.M. & Tai - Lyposuct
10. Jennifer Delano - Amsterdam (Riptide Remix)

Monday, 21 September 2009

Club Candy

Afternoon all... got to be quite brief with this post, as I only have about half hour of internet in the Library at university (as Virgin Media are not installing my internet until Friday this week... 7 days after they said they would!) to get this beautiful selection of music to your ears. In the words of Kissy... "let's do it!"

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (dangerDAN Remix)
A great new remix from one of my favourite producers at the moment, dangerDAN. Taking on a really positive vibe similar to the remix I enlightened you with last week of AVH's Funk Phenomenon. It starts off quite dark and chilled, with a rather soothing, rolling bassline that sweeps into the main beat. Karen O's vocals really compliment the excellent percussion work as well and the drop is rather Indian Summer-esc ;)... top effort!

Hostage - I Get High
I simply adore the big bass man Alan, far too much! He is simply a one-man-party sensation in action, and this is his latest track, currently getting much love from none other than the lady of the moment Annie Mac. Conjuring up a whole host of Kite-like renditions, then swooping into a rather tasty wobbly bass lick, I Get High really hits on all kinds of levels for me. The recognition Hostage is getting for this track is very long overdue and very deserved in my opinion.

Noob & Brodinski - Peanuts Club (Beatau Cue Remix)
Building on the success of their two recent remixes of Pon De Floor, Beatau Cue takes things a stage further with this new mix... feckin' massive! I literally can't wait for the opportunity to play this out... it is making me wet my little blue panties right now! Epic, epic stuff... much better than Renaissance Man's rather tame effort if you ask me.

Miike Snow - Black & Blue (Savage Skulls Remix) Switch's latest singing to his Dubsided venture show their true colours here with a cracking acid'y make-over of the latest single to be lifted from one of my favourite albums of the year.
If anyone makes a bassy, glitchyeryiness-kind-of tune that is as epic as this, this year, then please point it out to me. Jack Beats... cop a load of that!

rackNruin – Skitzo VIP
Currently taking a nice place on the most recent Orange Rockcorps ad, this tune with a tastier new take is making big noises on the club circuit at the moment and rackNruin's other material also has plenty of clout to boot. I'm not the kind of person to give away tracks like this, like some kind of 'blogwayman'. So instead enjoy the tune from the YouTube link above, and head here to buy it and support their work!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Introducing... Highbloo

Oi oi! Morning chaps... got a really special feature for you today on possibly the newest (and in many cases biggest) up and coming electro producer in the world in my opinion. He's scored heaps of praise from the likes of Louis Louis and Data Sapiens, and since then has seen his MySpace views double and I expect them to double again within the next month.

His own productions have really impressed me of late and I expect big things from him in the near future, so any willing promoters and label owners, sign this guy up ASAP!





He's kindly sent us over a bio and a tasty little mix

I'm Luca, I'm 19 and I've been producing electro music since January. I'm also the drummer of a rock band called romano nervoso so basically I've been making music since I was born!!! I live in Belgium in La Louviere and I'am a resident DJ at the only club in my city.
I've got a lot of influences, but the sound pellegrino stuff and its kind of tropical mood these last months has really interested me. I listen a lot of electro music, I think I spend roughly 4 hours a day downloading all the new music that's released... so I'm always looking for some new tunes.
Although, my music is more a mix of all the people I listen to, it's not really tropical music, but it has the same vibe with a touch of aggressive electro. I think to produce music in general u really need to listen to a damn lot of music. When I create music, naturally I'll put some of my influences and vibes in my productions. In my opinion Popof is just the best producer ever, but I'm also influenced by the likes of Crookers, Wolfgang Gartner, Noob, Renaissance Man, Solo, Mowgli, Style of Eye ...
I use Fruityloops to produce my tunes, usually the first think i do when I'm producing is the beat, after that I try to make a pattern with an oscillator that could stick in people's minds and after I just sample voices from old rock band or jazz artists. I love slicing sounds apart, messing them up and making a new sound, it generally works well with anything. I use the fruityloops oscilators, filters, a lot of compressors, slicers, samplers, reverbs, d blue glitch for the delay stuff, gaters and some free vsts. Then in the end I'll find a name for the song.
My main goal at the moment is to find a label to release my tunes on and then tour everywhere in the world, even at everybody's house hehe.


tracklist :

1. style of eye - grounded
2. mumdance & brodinski - eurostarr ( zombie disco squad rmx )
3. yolanda be cool - afro-nuts - (douster rmx)
4. maps - i dream of crystal ( solo rmx )
5. renaissance man - what is guru ( riva starr rmx )
6. kada manja - the very best ( tim green rmx )
7. popof - E-doser
8. autokratz - stay the same ( noob rmx )
9. daniel haaksmann - kid conga (highbloo rmx)
10. sonic C - Stickin'
11. noob & brodinski - peanuts club
12. underground mexer - seductive
13. highbloo - 50 cl
14. fever ray - seven ( crookers rmx )
15. jack beats - U.F.O
16. Sound of stereo - heads up ( the bloody beetroots rmx )
17. wlofgang gartner - fire power
18. sharooz - get off
19. D.I.M & tai - lyposuct

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Weekly News

First up a bit of event news for those of you from/near to London. The Pull & Bear afterparty is tonight (Wednesday 16th) and is going to be an absolutely massive night - it's going down at the Bathhouse in Liverpool Street, and unbelievably it's free entry... Which considering the lineup is fairly hard to believe: Drums of Death, Joe Goddard, Cooly G, Brackles & Patchwork Pirates. So if you're in London tonight then make sure you get yourself down! Facebook event here.


Warp have released a whole load of new details about the upcoming Hudson Mohawke LP: the LP is called Butter and is due out on the 12th October. You can check the artwork above, and HudMo himself has put together an album minimix, which you can cop here(right click, save as.). For more info about the album and to preorder, head to the Warp Records website, or the HudMo myspace.


Next up we've finally got some news about the Night Slugs EP (which is forthcoming on Jackmaster's Dress 2 Sweat imprint.) The EP was originally due out on the 14th, but I've been assured that it is coming SOON, and problems with the label are responsible for the delay. In the meantime, Bok Bok has put together a Dubplates mix, full of exclusives from both the Night Slugs boys.

Night Slugs Dubplates Mix 2009 (right click, save as.)

BOK BOK // Ripe Banana
Buraka Som Sistema // Generale (L-VIS 1990 remix)
Royal T // Beat Fighter (BOK BOK remix)
Hardhead // Toothbrush Country (L-VIS 1990 edit)
BOK BOK // Citizens Of The City Dub
L-VIS 1990 // Zahonda
Little Jinder // Youth Blood (BOK BOK remix)
L-VIS 1990 // Compass
Untold // Stop What You’re Doing (BOK BOK edit)
BOK BOK & L-VIS 1990 // Wake Up Early
L-VIS 1990 // Hide
Riton & Primary 1 // Who’s There (L-VIS 1990 remix)
Egyptrixx // Just Say Really (BOK BOK remix)
Kingdom ft Shyvonne // Mind Reader (L-VIS 1990 remix)
L-VIS 1990 // Changes
Secret Agent Gel // Crew (BOK BOK dub)
Gucci Vump // Sha, Shtil! (L-VIS 1990 remix)


We've finally been given a glimps at Pioneer's new range of CDJ's, which seem to feature some kind of headup twaveform display (I'm hoping it's nice a touch responsive)... James Zabiela has recently expressed his delight at the new features, which I think are a strong answer for anyone DJs wondering whether to switch to digital... to just stay put with CD decks.
Here's a couple of pics of the proposed 'CDJ 2000'.




Also this weekend sees the third anniversary of one of my favourite labels in the game, Trouble & Bass, who've got Skream and Benga coming over to Brooklyn for a very special party.
I've been a huge fan of the label for the last couple of years and hope to see DTL at least once more this year... fabric sort out another residency night please!

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Dubway - BEAT FRESH!

I've recently been given the low down on a new duo from Maidstone called Dubway. They're very new to the scene but have already caused a stir with their first mix, a ten minute mash-up of beats, rhymes and lyrical genius. Their own hand-crafted acapella of Too Many Men laid over one very such filthy wobble madness is probably the best transition, but see what you think for yourself. Check out their MySpace and stay tuned for the latest material. I've done my best with the tracklisting as they didn't supply one, but enjoy :D



1.Dubway Intro
2. AVH & Dizzee - Bonkers
3. Fake Blood - Mars
4. Go Go Gadget
5. The Kills - Cheap & Cheerful (Fake Blood Remix)
6. TC - Wheres My Money (Adam B Remix)
7. Lady Sovereign - I Got You Dancing (Jack Beats Remix)
8. Eli Smith - Party All Knight (True Pseudo Remix)
9. Rusko - Cockney Thug (DJ Primecuts Remix)
10. Dillinga - Twist Um' Out (Proper Villians Remix)
11 Laidback Luke ft. A-Trak - Shake It Down
12. AC Slater - Hello???
13. Too Many Man (Acapella)
14. Freak Nasty
15. The Proxy - Raven
16 DJ Zinc - 138 Trek
17 Love Bounce
18 Double 99 - Rip Groove
19 AC Slater - Jack Got Jacked (Jack Beats Remix/Dubway Got Jacked)
20 Get Mad Dubway Outro

Monday, 14 September 2009

Club Candy

Hey... apologies for the lack of post from myself over the past week... I have one very good reason for this, and a number of slightly interesting, but also very cool ones.

I went back to University last Sunday and found that my new house does not have a BT phoneline, which has meant I've had to go back to Virgin for my internet, and they can't connect it until around next Monday, so I've had no internet. Secondly, because it's been university and all, the first week etc, I've been partying way too much and have been out and about for the last 7 nights out of 8 in a row... excluding yesterday due to the recovery process.

I've had 3 house parties in that process, been out in London twice and DJ'd at Ministry of Sound... holy fuck YES! I was lucky enough to open The Box... :O, for a student night called Kneez Up, which is run by my new employer Rough Hill.

I had such a great time and for just under an hour had the World's Most Powerful Soundsystem as my disposal... :D, I'll upload a piccy of the line-up later in the week... now on with the tunage.



After the recent news that FTL would be turning into a solo-act and Dom Smart had decided to venture into a new solo project of his own, I was intrested to know what would become of their iconic psychedelic enriched breaky-tech sound. Samples of new tracks were uploaded to Funkatech Records' Soundcloud page last week, which have got me all excited, with Bass Association taking the gold.

This reached my inbox this morning via Highbloo himself... an absolute banger. It screams SonicC's Stickin' to me, but the vibe doesn't really smack your face in, but forces you to yell "Holy Shit, I'm MELTING".
The second build is a right stonker also... this deserves a release, top work dude!

More of a minimal disco note here and a superb new take on the legendary Funk Phenonema by dangerDan who's hooked us up with an mp3 here. I love the leads on this remix, and there synthline in the background that vibes through to the foreground at 2:00... top remix!

I don't usually say this about Kissy's edit's, but this is a top top re-work by probably one of the hardest working DJs in the scene. The sheer volume of edits he now must posess on his hard drive is quite literally shocking. I'm talking in the region of probably 10,000. The man is god in my eyes and this edit of the 80s toon is no exception to his high standard.

I got this straight from Kissy's mouth last week from his R1 show... and OMG what a remix. There's a vocal rework before the drops with a female voice ushering the famous "everytime I look into your eyes, I see the future", instead of Tiga's, which really adds to the dynamic layering of sounds in this mix... this will go off!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Urban Update

This is a new kind of post I'll be doing every Friday - as a kind of partner to Lee's Club Candy post. Rather than the more house/techno approach that Club Candy takes, this post will be taking in more of an urban kind of approach - dubstep, bassline, garage, UK Funky, hip hop.

The first track seems to more of a mix of all of these genres than any specific one - Joy Orbison's massively hyped debut single Hyph Mungo is out now to buy on vinyl on Hotflush, and will be on Beatport from Monday for 1 month exclusively.  Quite simply one of the most exciting tunes I've heard all year, Hyph Mungo is composed of pure euphoria.  That moment when the first beat kicks in is simultaneously so unexpected and so right as a contrast to the subtlety of the tracks info that it can't help but produce a smile on your face.  Anyway, nuff words - check this out: Vinyl from here, and youtube clip below.



Back in June this year I posted about an upcoming new Zomby EP - read here.  However I knew disappointingly little about the EP - no name, no actual music.  So I was absolutely over the moon to find the CD in Phonica the other day.  My first vinyl purchase since coming back from the musical wasteland that was my two month's in Greece, I'd had no idea that the EP was out.  A distinct contrast to Zomby's tribute to rave, Where Were U In '92, The One Foot Ahead Of the Other EP is more of a forward thinking EP - shuffling 4x4 riddims slot in between synths that could be straight from a game soundtrack.  Helter Skelter is immediately a standout track for me - each flurry of notes spiralling further and further away from what dubstep once stood for, this has to be another incredibly exciting release for UK urban music.  Another immediate favourite, Polka Dot starts slow and immediately falls into anarchy - this track comes the closest to advancing what Zomby was striving for on '92.


Next up we head into mix territory - one from me showcasing what I reckon to be some of the most exciting new talent in underground urban music (particularly fitting at this point, as I seem to have returned to one of the most exciting times for underground urban music in my memory.)

First up we have a mix from Hyperdub producer Ikonika - her debut 12" Please/Simulacrum remains to this date one of my favourite Hyperdub releases, and never leaves my bag.  This mix showcases a whole load of new songs from her upcoming Hyperdub release, as well as a whole load of fly tunes.  Get right on this:



The-Dream – Fancy 
Burial – Exit Woundz 
??? - ??? 
Joker & Ginz – Stash 
Darkstar – Out of Touch 
Seventeen Evergreen – Ensonique (Bi-Polar Man mix) 
Jordan Knight – give it to you (10 Degrees Below Steelpan vocal) 
Loefah – System 
Benny ill v Dj Hatcha – Poison 
Guido – Cat in the Window 
Untold – Stop What You’re Doing 
Freeland – Do You (Joker remix) 
R1 Ryders – Karnifour rmx
Bok Bok – I Want You 
Trg - Now You Know 
Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl is a Computer (Kyle Hall remix) 
Zomby – Pivot 
Artwork – Red 
Ikonika – Psoriasis 
Zomby – Bump & grind 
Wedge & Shadz – Running Away (Guido remix) 
Ikonika – Millie 
Burial – Unite 
Mala – Learn 
Madd - Reasonz 
Ghostleigh – Dleep off 
Mala – Level 9 
Martyn – Vancouver
Clouds – Napalm 
Zomby – Mush 
Ikonika – Yoshimitshu 
Madd – Starless night 
Joker – Output 1 & 2 
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Time Patrol 
Brackles & Greena – Fursty 
Ikonika – Idiot 
Mickey Pearce – Innami 
Ikonika – Sahara Michael 
Terror Danjah – Sidechain 
Kode9 – 9 Samurai 
??? - ??? (Yes I played it twice) 
Geeneus – Jamhot (Davinche RMX) 
Ikonika – We Could Be Ikons (Remix of Eero Johannes) 
Ikonika - ???


Last (but not least), a mix from me.  This mix is going to showcase the most exciting talent in underground urban music, as well as showcasing a new direction from me in production terms - which is somewhat closer to my listening habits of late (hip hop producers like Paul White, Bullion, Tayreeb, as well as UK Funky producers like Geeneus, Cooly G, Emvee and Julio Bashmore). I'll get right down to business with a quick track by track description, and the actual mix:


Ben White *  Blue Skies All The Way / Living In

Two new hip hop joints from me to kick things off.  Blue Skies All The Way is a dreamy Paul White style ting, vocal samples and lush piano to boot, while Living In is more of a crunky affair all together.  Grab them both from here.

Floating Points * Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub)

Budding scientist tries his hand at production - and happens to create some of the year's finest dancefloor hits.  Cosmic house/ blissed out disco style tunes of the finest order, the live show is especially of interest: Points plays live with a twelve piece band. Not to be missed.  Love Me Like This takes some chunky piano chords, combines them with analog filters, and creates something truly stunning.

Ben White * Waves

This goes hand in hand with another funky tune that comes later in the mix - this is more of a deep affair, with plenty of space.  Get both of them together here.

Silverlink feat. Badness & Jammer * The Message Is Love (Mumdance Remix)

Mumdance's remix of this Soca smash brings a carnival/funky vibe to it - the tropical 8 bar vibe is truly awesome.  No doubt most heads will already know about Mumdance, so in this case I'll let the music speak for itself.

Mount Kimbie * Sketch On Glass

This South London duo combine Mogwai and dubstep, and just about everything else inbetween - their music is highly experimental, and ranges from the more dancefloor friendly offering of Sketch on Glass to largely beatless tracks like Serged.  Micro rhythms and colourful melodies keep the dance progressive and interesting.

Zero 7 * Everything Up (Zizou) (Joker & Ginz Remix)

Enough words have been said about Joker - both on this blog, and many others.  His productions have seen him hail as one of the Purple trinity, and have seen him go from smalltime Bristolian producer to remixer of acts like Basement Jaxx, Example and Zero 7.  This mix absolutely destroys the original, pushing all the layers to 11, before toning it right back down and folding in on itself. Absolute class.  Cop the mix from here (Right click, save as).

Emvee ft Slick Don * Do It The Right Way

Emvee's debut single Glitch Dub was absolutely massive, both in the funky world, and out of it.  Out on Glaswegian label Wireblock, it got massive play from many DJs, including me.  Emvee's followup takes more of a bassline vibe, but still with a classic UK funky beat.  Absolutely class.

Zomby * Polka Dot

Head up to the top of this post to cop the tune, and read more about Zomby.

* Yo Mama (Alex Nut's Deese Nuts Remix)

Head of Eglo records, home to another of my top tips Floating Points, Alex Nuts also hosts a show on Rinse FM.  His shows take in hip-hop, grime, dubstep, house and soul, all impeccably mixed.  His productions offer much the same vibe, so check out his releases, show and his productions!

Dorian Concept * Trilingual Dance Sexperience

Austrian producer returns to Affine Records for his new 12" - arguably his most listenable and dancefloor friendly yet.  Pitch bent treble and fast forward synths make this  a must listen.

Moderat * Rusty Nails (Shackleton Remix)

Don't think there's a lot to say about producer as well known as Shackleton - just listen.

Doc Daneeka * Funky Bit

Relatively new producer emerging from legendary Dubstep Forum - already got support from people like Marcus NastyL-VisBok BokBracklesFootlooseJackmaster and TRG to name a few.  Check out the post Curb Crawlers did on him for more info and other tunes, meanwhile cop Funky Bit here (right click, save as).

Zinc feat Aloe Blacc * All Your Bases

Another producer who doesn't need a lot said about him - he's progressed from jungle back in the day, to crack house these days, even running his own label - Bingo Beats.  This tune is a free download to help celebrate Rinse's 15th birthday, and is an absolute banger.

Ben White * Funkstep

More of a 2 step vibe, this funky tune creates plenty of heat in the dance, and you can cop it along with Waves from here.

Fever Ray * Seven (Martyn's Seventh Mix)

Martyn has been one of my favourite producers in that kind of dubstep/techno/impossible to define genre for a while now, and I think this quote pretty much sums up his production style:  "Although it might sound a tad arrogant, I'd like to think of my music as 'Martyn music.' I try not to think of it as dubstep or techno, or house or drum & bass—it's not about genres, it's about music. This way I feel more freedom to make the music I want to make."

Fantastic Fox & Mr Rich Reason * Plimsouls

Part of that Hemlock crew (James Blake etc), Fantastic Fox combines wonky beats with an IDM background and proggy electronica. Comparable to Zomby, Sukh Knight and TRG.


Friday, 4 September 2009

Ben White September Mix

It's been a long time since I've done a mix now, so I thought I'd ring in the month of September with a new mix from me - I've tried to get a real mix of tunes in there as usual - house, UK funky, dubstep, hip hop, techno etc. It's mixed 100% live, on my Pioneer 400s - enjoy.


Paul White * So Far Away

Onra * The Anthem

DMX * Up In Here

Sharkslayer * So Sincere (Renaissance Man Remix)

Boy 8 Bit * A City Under Seige

Momma's Boy * Give It Up

Popof * Shades

Major Lazer * When You Hear The Bassline (Dance Area Remix)

Kevin Saunderson * World Of Deep (Jesse Rose Respect to Detroit Remix)

Maps * I Dream Of Crystal (Solo Remix

N.B Funky * Riddim Box

Florence & The Machine * Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix)

Seiji * Hohoho

Riton & Primary 1 * Who's There (Style of Eye Vocal Remix)

D-Malice * Praise

Cooly G * Narst

Emvee * Glitch Dub

The Widdler * It's A Fine Day

Example * Watch The Sun Come Up (Joker & Ginz Remix)

Shystie * Pull It (Ill Blu Remix)

Digital Mystikz * Pathways (Doc Daneeka Remix)

Zomby * Float (Skream's In 1992 I Was In Nursery School Remix)

Thursday, 3 September 2009

September Charts

So it's that time of the month again, where me and Ben try and invade you're perceptions of what you might think is good, by telling you what we think is good, and are there some great tunes coming out at moment. I really suggest grabbing a listen of Mumdance's new remix featured in Ben's chart. A right peach of a tune!
Also get locked onto Emalkay's tune, soon out on Caspa's Dub Police syndicate as a 12", which has been tearing up the club scene of late... I had to pleasure of being in the booth with Caspa last week when he dropped it at Under The Radar's recent 16+ party at Ministry of Sound... shit when downnn boi!
A nice juice of tunes to get you're heads around... lots of vibe in all of these tracks. 2009 may have been branded as the year of the weird and the year of the piano... but it's most definitely a year with big vibes!


Vesper's Chart
#1: Emalkay - 'When I Look At You' Dub Police
#2: Eve N Benga - 'Me & My' White Label
#3: The Gossip - 'Love Long Distance' (Riva Starr Remix) Columbia
#4: Major Lazer - 'Pon De Floor' (Drop The Lime Remix) Mad Decent
#5: Fake Blood - 'The Dozens' Cheap Thrills
#6: DJ Zinc - 'Blunt Edge' Bingo
#7: Highbloo - '50cl' White Label
#8: Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer - 'Blau' Fools Gold
#9: La Roux - 'I'm Not Your Toy' (Jack Beats Remix) Polydor
#10: The Cheerz - 'R U Ready' Ho-Ju Recordings


Ben's Chart
#1: Silverlink feat Badness & Jammer - 'The Message Is Love' (Mumdance Remix)
#2: Onra vs DMX - 'Anthem Up' (Pipedown Blend)
#3: Digital Mystikz - 'Pathways' (Doc Daneeka Remix)
#4: Example - 'Watch The Sun Come Up' (Joker & Ginz Remix)
#5: Florence & The Machine - 'Drumming Song' (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
#6: Sharkslayer - 'So Sincere' (Renaissance Man Remix)
#7: Maps - 'I Dream Of Crystal' (Solo Remix)
#8: Hudson Mohawke - 'Rising 5'
#9: Fleetwood Mac - 'Keep On Going' (Cosmic Vitelli Edit)
#10: Zomby - 'Float' (Skream's In 1992 I Was In Nursery School Remix)

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Weekly News

Not had a Weekly News section for a little while and one is much needed. Got some top mixes for you this week, some sexual news about Radio 1, some sexual news about an old man who has a secred fetish for Drop The Lime, and some very very very perculiar news in the form of a Hotel that lets out tents for a night.

First up is the Brooklyn Bass master they call AC Slater. Slater had recently, gone off the radar a little bit as far as productions and remixes go, however, he's come back stronger than ever with a brand new mix full of juicy bass biscuits just for you. 23 tunes in just over 32 minutes, means a running time of just over one minute per tune... not bad!
The net has become awash with overhyped electro synth madness in my opinion of late, so it's a breath of fresh air for me to hear such a delicious array of beats and madness.
I really hope this dude makes it over the pond at least once more this year. Fabric you owe it to us all to book him and Drop The Lime for your 10th Birthday weekend... please, make it happen!


1. Toxic Avenger - "Toxic is Dead" (Drop the Lime Remix)
2. The Count & Sinden - "Mega"
3. B. Rich - "Make Me Dance" (Autoerotique's Hey White Girl Remix)
4. MJ Cole - "AO" (MJ's Open Your Gob dubb)
5. Autoerotique - "Gladiator" (AC Slater Remix)
6. Adam Freeland - "Only a Fool" (AC Slater Remix)
7. Z-Kat feat. Sanna Hartfield - "Under Your Kilt" (HeavyFeet Remix)
8. Plastic Gangsters - "Rock to the Rhythm"
9. Miss Issa - Stay Up" (DJ Influence Remix)
10. Hostage - "Rudeboy"
11. Rico Tubbs - "Respect"
12. Gunstab - "Guts"
13. Prodigy - "Take Me to the Hospital" (Rusko Remix)
14. BOLTAN - "Nine to Five" (DZ Remix)
15. Tempa T - "Next Hype"
16. Newham Generals feat DIzzee Rascal - "Pepper" (AC Slater Remix)
17. B. Rich "It'll Be Alright" feat. Domonique
18. Digital Manges - "Manges" (Sharkslayer Dubmix)
19. Hockey - "Song Away" (Jack Beat's 'Anger Management' Remix)
20. Detboi - "Whine Ya Body"
21. Udachi & Jubilee - "Smoke Rings"
22. Juiceboxxx - "100MPH" (AC Slater Remix)
23. Krause - "Can't Shut Me Up" (AC Slater Remix)
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Some more juicy action for you now with the Trouble & Bass dynamo, Drop The Lime who of late has been putting the finishing touches to his live band, who recently played at Dark Disco in the Park in Central Park, New York to dazzling effect. T&B recently posted up a couple of videos of the event on their blog which you can catch below, including one of a very very excited 'young' chap :).



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New Paul White News

Yep, another of our super-limited white label 7"s. Hand-stamped and individually numbered from 1 to 299*. It's a classic double-sider: 'Versus The BBC's slow, snarling, stomp drags you into Paul's psychedelic swamp and 'So Far Away' lets you float out again, a melancholic love-lorn gem that seems custom fit for the end of summer.
A-side 'Versus The BBC' is vinyl only but we're giving away the other track for free: grab 'So Far Away'by clicking here.
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New Erol Alkan Beatport Chart

1. Erol Alkan & Boys Noise - Waves (Original Mix) [Boys Noize Records]
2. Clark - Growls Garden (Original Mix) [Warp Records]
3. Siriusmo - High Together (Original Mix) [Monkeytown Records]
4. Beni - Maximus (Harard Bass Remix) [Kitsune]
5. Erol Alkan & Boys Noise - Death Suite [Boys Noize Records]
6. Peverelist - Clunk Click Every Trip (Original Mix) [Punch Drunk]
7. Spencer & Hill - Cool (Afrojack Remix) [Tiger Records
8. Riton & Primary 1 - Who's There (In Flagranti Remix) [Phantasy Sound]
9. Heartbreak - Akin To Dancing (The Horrors Remix) [Lex Records]
10. Adam Sparkles & Dave P - Delaze (Strip Steve Remix) [Satellite of Love]

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Introducting... Cavner

Today I want to introduce you to a great up and coming DJ/Producer by the name of Cavner (Dan Pitts) who I've had the pleasure of playing/partying with in the recent past. He graduated from my university (UCA) last year and has now set his sights on scoring some well deserved gigs around the country.
He's hit me up with an array of super hot techno productions and a new mixtape that truly speaks for itself.

First up is Supernova an 8 minute droning monster of a tune. If you're a fan of pumping but melodic beats then look no further than this. Think Tiga splashed with the trancey influences of the Chemical Brothers' Battle Weapon 8, and you end up with this dark, but spiralling, galloping, hypnotic masterpiece that is currenly on a very regularly repeat for me.

Next up is a journey into a new dimension. I first heard this about a couple of months ago after Dan played it at our student union. It's a long effort, but if your willing to give it a go, its the lead synth that your taken away by, as it soars and jolts through your system, as if someone is sticking a rather pleasurable knife into your spine and twisting it round just for the fun of it.
Please make a new edit of this tune Dan... it has some serious potential in my view.

This sounds to me like a slight variation on the synth used in Dirty Oven, but with a very clever percussive element underneath. Frustration and paranoya are words that come to me when I listen to this track. As if Dan is trying to release his emotions in the music, The perfect track begin closing a set with.


Dan has also recently finished a new mixtape, which is ready to download... you can grab it over at his soundcloud or from the link below, had a bang out with it last night... its very subtle for the first 20 minutes, building very nicely until the pumping beauty begins and ensues until the climatic ending, get onto this! Please also check out his other tunes, and leave some feedback. I urge any promoters get in touch with Cavner asap, a huge certain talent for the future!


1. H2 - Clocks
2. The Drill - The Drill
3. Martin Luther King's Last speech
4. Fergie - Blackeye-p
5. Wippenberg - Drumster
6. The Field - The Little Hearts Beats So Fast
7. Oxia - Domino
8. Zoo Brazil - Technik
9. Oliver Huntermann & Dubfire - Dios
10. Twin Peaks Monolouge
11. SQL - Distorted Reality
12. Bjoern Stolpmann - Virtue
13. Tiga - Shoes (Noob Remix)
14. Markus Lange - Ruhestorung Plattenbau (Oxia Mix)
15. Digital X - Exabaquerel (Bjoern Stolpmann remix)
16. Slam - Ghost Song (Joris Voorn Remix)
17. Modeselektor - 2000007 (Paul Kalkbrenners Tap that Bong Mix)
18. Meat Katie - Cracks
19. Xpress 2 - Smoke Machine (James Talk Mix)
20. Meat Katie & D Ramirez - Stop the Revolution (Jamie McHugh Remix)
21. Astronivo - Anything you Want
22. Christian Smith & John Selway - Total Departure