Wednesday, December 29, 2010

London Boy Freestyle by Yung Tallest and Mad Scientist

Here is another sneak peak (and yes its PEAK!) from the "Insomnia" mixtape dropping very soon. This is the "London Boy" Freestyle by Yung Tallest aka Germz. Its a mixture of Grime, Rap and Bashment. This is also the "Total War" Riddim that will be on Ammunition 2, also dropping very soon on First City....

London Boy Freestyle by Mad Scientist Ft Yung Tallest (Total War Riddim) by madscientistnyc

For those that dont know Germz, let me do a little intro to this MC. Germz is a north London Grime MC that joined First City in 2008. He is also in "Locked and Loaded" crew with Snoopy Montana and DZA. Germz has performed along side some of the biggest MCs in the UK scene; P Money, Skepta, Jammer, just to name a few...
He has also featured on production from Rude Kid, Maniac, Static and myself.
Germz is currently serving a sentence at her majesty's pleasure and is expected to be home soon in 2011.

Here is a video of him performing on Tim Westwood from 2008...

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Friday, December 17, 2010


Very excited to announce a third place win on the Akai/Dub Gabriel "No Lies" Remix Competition.

Just want to share the good news and say big up to everyone who entered, some really amazing tracks, and big shout out to the winner "ARtroniks" and Runner Up "Echomer". Really sick productions there, so check em all out on da link below. Also, a special thanks to the Judges, it was an honor to have my work heard by such legendary Artists. BIG UP the people at Akai for making this happen, cant wait to try out my prize!!! Much respect to MC Zulu for such a sick vocal to work with, its was a real pleasure!!! Last but not least, a massive thank you to the man himself Dub Gabriel.... TOP A TOP PRODUCER!!!!!

Full remix details...

Check out the winners here...
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SNEAK PEAK....."INSOMNIA: No Rest For The Wicked" by DontSleep/First City

Its 4:29AM on a weekday! And what am I doing??? Well, Its the perfect time to announce this....
Next weeks launch of The DontSleep/First City's newest mixtape "INSOMNIA: No rest for the wicked". Its been in the works since summer and is chockablock full madness! After months of delay, its finally ready to brake your ears, twist your hips and rattle your torso with bass.

The mixtape started after myself (Mad) and Max Echo were honored with the opportunity to remix a few of M.I.A. newest material from her album. We gave her tracks the funky/bashment treatment that had been asked of and they were then played at her ill fated album launch party at PS1 in L.I.C.
With acapellas of hers going unused and after we put two and two together we figured that with all these exclusive acapellas going unused on our hard drives it was time to have fun with it! So, we called in a few favours here and there and with the use of all these talented artists and connections we had made over the years, Insomnia started to take form. First City's Bookz joined in to give his grimey dubsteppy helping hand and work started a few months ago with over 30 acapellas from thirteen MCs.

So, whos on the mixtape? On Production, myself Mad Scientist, Max Echo and Bookz. On Vocals, representing London we have First City's very own Germz/Young Tallest. Also from the LDN we have M.I.A. Shizzle and Serocee. From NYC we have, Jahdan Blackamoore, Homeboy Sandman, and First City's MC Kush. From Jamaica we have Natel, Unslaught, Black Mattic and Natalie Storm. From Chicago we have MC Zulu and last but not least from Puerto Rico; Voltio and Sensato

So, how can i get it? where? well...Its EASY! Its all gonna be for FREE! YES! thats right FREEEEEEE....MADDNESSESS!!!! and available here ONLY! Podcast version coming after xmas... but really, its gonna be the best xmas present from us to u lot... a must for any serious insomnic, music addict, DJ, badman, your mum and your dad too!!!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Weekly Event - Get Low!

As some of you may be aware, DontSleepNYC has been running a weekly live webcast on Every Wednesday for the past five months, Max Echo and Bookz have brought you their favorite selection of new tunes and original production along with guest DJs from NYC and abroad. For some time we've toyed with the idea of combining the live stream with a live event and now we've found just the right location. Tucked away on Chrystie and Delancey on the Lower East Side,Panda is decked out in art and photography from local artists. The front room sports a cozy bar with sake drink specials assembled by expert mixologists. We'll be handling the entertainment in the back room with residents Max Echo, Bookz, and Enoe and your host MC T.R.A.C. With the gracious sponsorship of streetwear outfit OnlyNY, we are pleased to bring you a night of Bashment, Grime, Dubstep, Funky, House and more. All for free! For those of you not in NY you can catch the stream here on the blog or on our ustream. Get out on the floor and Get Low!

Read the full bio's for our resident DJs here. Bless
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FREE GRIME RIDDIM! by Mad Scientist

Who says I never give anything back??!?!?!
Heres a free grime riddim i did the other day... DOWNLOAD FOR FREE!
Make sure you start following my new soundcloud page for more free madnessess coming soon. In the meantime, here is sum grime from yours truly, have a grimey xmas everyone! DONTSLEEP!
Witch Doctor Riddim by Mad Scientist ( by madscientistnyc
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Remember the Roads?!?!?

Many of our regular readers may of noticed my constant blogging on either grime or Bashment music. This aint gonna change anytime soon! lol
One of the main reasons I post on here about Grime music is; firstly, its what I started out producing (or trying to produce) and secondly... im sick to death of trying to explain every time i meet people out there what exactly Grime music is. So, its time sumbody put these yanks on. The usual response from my friends on this side of the pond is; "oh its like the UK version of Hip-hop??? right???"... to which I roll my eyes in despair and feel like knocking them out... ITS NOT OK!?!?!? yes there are people rapping but to be honest... its got more to do with Dancehall, UKG and Drum and Bass then anything else. To understand grime music fully, you have to understand Dancehall and drum and bass first. This is one of the main reasons (apart from the accent/slang differences) that Grime never really got big over here. Even when First City started using American MCs, the sonic difference was still too much for people and it just ended up sounding like dark angry crunk. Then Dubstep hit the states. The Hipsters moved in. The grime invasion was over like a failed D-day landing.
Meanwhile Back in the UK, people started to switch up and do rolex sweeps and the mainstream vs. underground changed the sound forever. There is still alot of hyper, angry, dark grime being made but its lost that special sutin, that special excitement of the "golden" era when everything felt new... uncharted territory.

What was that excitement about? To me, it was a moment of national pride. A time where a sound had finally arrived that could give the pop-soaked american hip-hop a good shanking for its money. It was aggressive and unashamed of it British urban origins, it represented the streets (or Roads) correctly, a form of rap that the UK could call its own. But most of all, it was the amalgamation of all my favorite forms of music, dancehall, drum and bass, garage and yes, hiphop too.

So, lets rewind to 2005/2006 time. I was still studying at I.A.R. in Manhattan and about to start and internship at a recording studio when "Run the Roads" volume 1 and 2 dropped. In that time it was still the "golden era" and when I played Kano's "Ps and Qs" to my class mates, their jaws dropped. I remember when I first heard it, I remember thinking its gonna be a hit, I mean, it has to be...its the hottest record I heard all year. How can it not sell off?!?!?
The months passed and nothing happened. Not one artist blew up from the whole Run the Road Compilation. It kinda made me sad even. I could understand that maybe Americans could not get what Kano was saying but how could a producer as talented as DaVinche (who produced Ps and Qs) not go on to do well producing for some american Artists?!?!?

So in a way, the the music game being as f-cked up as it is, I can kinda understand now when hardcore grime artists turn around and make some Justin Bieber music for the charts. Many see it as a betrayal of their musical roots, but really if even DaVinche cant go on to make hit records, whats the hope for everyone else?!?!? At the same time if everyone does it then we have a market filled with cheese, which is NEVER good. But, if lets say Skepta for example, can eat off pop tunes like "badboy" and it allows him to go on to make a shit load of really good grime records that year then maybe its worth it.

Another track, that in an ideal world should of sold quadruple platinum but didnt, was DaVinche's "Gotta Man" featuring Doctor. This is probably my favourite track of all time on the Run the Road CDs and from DaVinche. Its the perfect blend of Grimey Bashment. I still play it to this day and both me and the wifey sing along while skanking out like nutters. Its a timeless classic and will never get old. Doctors humorous story telling yard flow and Davinche's hyper party horns that became his trademark sound are the perfect combination.

Here is a special behind the scenes footage I came across by accident the other day of how it went down in the studio, along with a brief but interesting insight into the young prodigy, that is DaVinche.

Also, of course, the finished track complete with music video...dontsleep!

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

RIKO DAN - Sleeping Giant


i've been a little quiet on the blog for the past few weeks but I had to put my typing fingers on for this one...
even tho this album officially dropped last month, it's easily become my favorite of the year...
a lot a times an album might have one.. maybe 2/3 tracks that are aight... but this one..., I can safely say has a truckload of bangers on it...

for starters, one of my favs is "Blowin Up Again" .. i'd consider this one a definite Grime Anthem for the year, no question...
"ima step in the race and take over, badman step in ya face ur games over".... lyrics... he's got em... I first heard Riko on Dj Wonders "God's Gift" track, and he's been on my radar ever since...

Other big tracks on this album that I'm feelin are "The Phone Call" (which Mad Scientist did a piece on), "Call of Duty", "Grime Reaper" and "Greatest Killer" (which reminds me of the Sugarhill Gang Apache track, cause of its percussion)..

but theres soo many others on here.. u just have to check it for urself!!

u can cop this album at Juno... Itunes
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Monday, December 6, 2010

Songs 2 F#ck and Fight 2... FREE DOWNLOAD

Sick new Mixtape from Miss Storm...Free download here...
For more info go to

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Madnessess EP/Riddim Preview by Mad Scientist

This will be coming out early January...
Madnessess Riddim by Mad Scientist Preview by madscientistnyc
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lizard Funk

What is a street bass? This is a perfectly legitimate question for anyone who may not yet have wised up to the steady stream of quality nastyness coming out on Philadelphia’s Seclusiasis label. If Monday’s album release from DNAEBEATS is any indication, street bass resembles a grimey ganja-laden curry that crawled out from the disco stacks and bit you on the leg. Many of the tracks here fall well outside the tempos of the Dubstep/Grime standard 140 bpm. Those tracks that ride slower avoid the jarring loops of LA’s wonky/beat scene to experiment in stickier synth regions.

Blap Zapper, Reptilian MIDI Jazz, Banana Leaf, and Disko Blunt have more in common with San Fran’s more mainstream hip-hop flavors. Of course these only crop up once we’ve gotten a good dose of burbling mental Dubstep, of which Brazilian Bug Bite is an exquisite example. What all of these tracks share is a good level of synth-f*ckery and understated instrumentation that one might expect to find on Planet Mu, Ninja Tune, or Warp labels. This is an absolute crowning gem for the 2010 Seclusias crown and a benchmark for other stateside bass tasters. Don’t bother trying to pick your favorites out of the solid13 track album. This is one you want in full, on repeat, and loud enough to wake the 6 foot iguanas. Bullet Proof Green Curry, baby!

Available now at Halcyondigi!
DNAEBEATS - Reptilian MIDI Jazz by Seclusiasis
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Grind Late Edition

Here's a review from last week of Untold's new release on R&S records on the Halcyon blog. It's something of a more techno twist on the usual bruising garage fair Untold puts out. Among other improvements in webland, I've added a tumblr feed/blog of my writing/design work over at

On the late, late extra late notice, in less than 2 hours I will be rocking Konkrete Jungle OG alongside Nebulla Dotson and some serious real OG's like Odi/I-Cue/Gourage/Praying Mantis as well as Bookz First City and Enoe. All back 2 back rudeness to celebrate KJ's moving to the Sullivan Room streaming live on the ustreamiznoz on this here blog space. And the Holla for a Dolla passcode is ...

Also, there's a new mix up on the right there under the t-shirt if you hadn't seen that yet ...

Grapes of Wrath is playing at Film Forum go see it! Peace,

Maxi Rabbi
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Monday, November 22, 2010


Whats going on people...
Quick teaser post to announce the release date for GBEP2 is now this Black Friday!
Once again, just like part one, its a double EP, containing 8 big riddimz that mixes grime and dancehall together. Look out for the vocalled versions dropping early next month...
Here is the youtube teaser mix to wet the appetite...

Here is a bpm break down of the Riddims...
1.Tankette Riddim 110bpm
2.Gully Eskimo Riddim 140bpm
3.Coolie Rave Riddim 120bpm
4.Cobra Riddim 95bpm
5.Amhurst Road Riddim 145bpm
6.98 Riddim 98bpm
7.Mad General Riddim 82bpm
8.Street Sweeper Riddim 140bpm

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR; INSOMNIA "No rest for da wicked" MIXTAPE coming early next month, FIRST CITY;AMMUNITION 2, and of course the last part of the trilogy; GRIMEY BASHMENT 3 in 2011! dontsleep!
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

SoundTest: Mosh Pit Riddim by Mad Scientist

Aint made a grime riddim for a while... sutin to get rowdy wit...back to the bashment next week! DONTSLEEP!

Mosh Pit Riddim by Mad Scientist by madscientistnyc
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Saturday, November 20, 2010


U dont like me??? Its fine, cah I DONT LIKE U!!!!
Recently, I have been receiving more and more hate...both types... st8 to the face and sumtimes that coward on da low "chat shit behind yr back" hate. But its cool cah Im doing what I want and am happy, while alot of these aging losers have nutin!!!

Anyways, part of the reason why im called the Mad Scientist is mainly two reasons.... Germz (FREE GERMZ!!!) referred to me in that term due to my obsessive work rate and secondly due to my stereo typical southern Italian temper, which those that know me, well, know about. Music is therapy to me and it helps get out aggression without hospital visits....or doing stupid shit. So, if u got a pack of haters...or just am pissed off wit life, your boss, your job....anything...DOWNLOAD THIS!!! put it on your ipod/sound system....pick sum weights up or get on that floor and do a 100! think of that loser hater and turn that aggression into muscle...

This is the Grimey mashup refix of the newest Lil Jon tune on Mad Decent...
The Riddimz included are sum classicks from Terror Danjah, Big Ship, Skepta, Silencer and Wiley... ENJOY!!! BLE$$!

U Dont Like Me Grimey Mashup by Mad Scienist ( by madscientistnyc
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Relay Tune Resurrections...

Dont worry, I am not going to a do a post about the new 2011 version of "Pow" as I am sure every other music blog in the world will be doing so as I type this.
Instead I want to talk about "Relay" tunes. It seems like poetic timing that Pow 2011 has arrived, as the other day I found myself asking "what happened to dem relay tunes?!?!?!"

To many of the Yanky readers, your proberly wondering; what the fuck is a relay tune?!?!? Well, correct me if im wrong, but its bassically when like a whole bunch of MCs get on one riddim with short 8 or 16 bar verses... A sick and highly over looked example of this is the 2005 "Monsta Riddim"....

As you can see, relay tunes where sutin more common in the "golden era" of UKG and Grime which I see happening less and less these days. WHY?!?!? God only knows, but they were OVERLY sick!!
I always enjoyed seeing the way different MCs would eat up the same riddim and the hype that would create. Something that Grime has much in common with the JA Dancehall traditions it is so strongly influenced by.

The original Pow (or Forward Riddim) was such a big phenomenon, not only in the UK, but in America too, it even got American hipsters jacking the style and making their own versions. I think Busta and Jay Z at one point even jumped on it too. I can remember riding the bus in London and lil school kids making gun fingaz and shouting "pow!!! if u dont know about me!!!! POW!!!!" Infact, I think somewhere in a deep dark pile of old external hard drives I have a radio rip of the debut on Kiss FM... I gotta find it and post it!

Its funny how people also tend to forget how controversial the original Pow was. Getting banned from Clubs and Radio stations across Great Britain, and I remember hearing that DJs where in fact banned from playing it, on fears that it would cause violence or sutin stupid like that. Its seems completely ridiculous now and nothing but old school British racism.

On the Subject of controversy, it brings me nicely on the subject of The So Solid Crew. Fellow south Londoners, and a massive influence on me and so many others, They are also a very important milestone in British Black Music. They are a crew that have had so much controversy and success that I would'nt even know where to begin, so wiki dem ASAP if u dont know! Yesturday I was having a discussion with a few Yanky garage producers. They were educating me on the long tradition of house and american garage (big yawn). But what they dont know is back in early two thousands and late nineties, So Solid, Oxide and Neutrino where making a shit load of money bringing UKG to mainstream attention in the UK. One of the Landmark and chart topping records back in 2001 was "21 seconds"... IT DEFINES THE RELAY TUNE FORMULA....also check out "They dont Know"....CLASSICKS!!!

But forget the hype and all the controversy. What makes So Solid so important is MONEY! They were the first UK "Urban" artists from road to go sutin ridiculous like double or triple Platinum. Not something we will EVER see Garage do again. And for all the arguing yanks obsessing over 140 based music, its something to bear in mind! I dont recall any American garage making millionaires?!?! do u?????
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wormhole I Aint Battered Yet

After slugging away at the first paragraph an early David Harvey text on geography and the corporate state for the third time through, I found myself thinking of Blackdown's essential blog on things London and UKG related. If you ever needed a reminder of where this whole music thing is going look to video's like the one above. It's beautifully shot and edited, not mention perfectly matched with the Shaolin wizardry of it's sonic component. Unlike the instant nostalgia of a Hipstamatic and other awkward digitally aged film effects, Jonathan Howell's photography gives the piece an uncanny timeless presence without feeling like it came out of a can. This film and others found on the Keysound Recordings youtube channel offer an example of a space in which geography, art and music intersect. I have yet to wrap my head around how playing this many layered bit of media in the non-space of the internet can effect its overall meaning. Perhaps these are in-fact wormholes in the 4th dimension through which to connect the balletic tantra of Maya Deren with the sounds of a parallel universe in the back of a night bus. Go figure.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Sound Test: Babylon Krush - Max Echo

After dropping my debut EP on First City Records last month, my production took a small detour effort to create some bashment and dancehall. You can find one or two of these on my soundcloud. It's always good to try something new, as it will help further your capability as a producer, even if the end results of said effort are better off locked away in a dark closet to never see the light of day! Anyway, it was good to try some different and hopefully what I learned will come in handy when I get down to a collaborative project with a certain irate alchemist. But that is for the future.
Today I am pleased to share with the blargospear a little something I cooked up over the last 3 days called Babylon Krush. Holler at me if you are a record label and want to sign this or are a DJ that is playing on radio, live events or making mixes and you don't suck! AOL:MDORE1982 bless!
Babylon Krush by maxecho
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Diddy Curse... The Rise and Fall of G-Dep

So, in true Dontsleep fashion, its 3:42am and I have just woken up as I cant sleep. Turned on the computer to see a post about G_Dep... Some of u young gunz out there may not know who that is, but me and the wifey were just talking about not so long ago...

The other week we had a "golden era" mix going on the old youtubez and amongst the selection playing, was a whole bunch of badboy Artists from back in the day. What started the marathon of Diddy Bop music was Skepta's recent video to his grime remix of "Hello, Good Morning". We started there,with the most recent and worked our way back, all the way back to Biggie and the start of the Badboy Empire. To a lot of you out there, you probably know about the "Diddy Curse" that seems to of started and ended so many careers (if not check the hilarious webcam video below from Avenger772)

Among the Loons, Ginuwines, Black Robs, Mario Winans etc etc...There was this rapper, "G-dep" from New Yorks very own Harlem. He got signed to Diddys/Puffy's Badboy during the peak of the Hip-hop boom golden era and like so many badboy artists seemed to simply Disappear not so long after. I remember me and my wifey both saying to each other; "what the fuck happened to G-Dep?!?!?!" I even had a copy of his debut album sumwhere and I always thought he was kinda underrated. So, when I saw this video only this morning, I wasted no time in taking a look. I was kinda surprised, depressed and intrigued all at the same time. The first thing that struck me was the score to this almost "short" film. Its really cool, in that Miles Davis Bitches Brew kinda of way...and really well reflects the jagged ruffness of the story itself. Also the fact that he went back to the street to jack and stack was kinda shocking considering he was on at that time, one of the richest and powerful hiphop labels of all time.... MADDDNESSESS! But above all this, What makes it really unique and relevant to Dontsleepnyc; its a real NYC story. It seems to echo the current state of cultural decline this city is going through and its really a sad state of affairs.

Anyways, check this short film out and lets hope the Diddy Curse does NOT effect people overseas, lets say grime rappers from Tottenham, north London for example!

The Rise and fall of G-Dep...

104 - Night Nurse from ARTE New York Minute on Vimeo.

The Curse of Diddy Part 1 of 3...

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

NYC.. stop harassing your Nightclubs...

santos party house,nyc,dontsleep

Nightlife here in the city the last few weeks have been a bit sh*t..
the police shut down of Santos Party House, right before one of the biggest
weekends of the season was B.S..... Brooklyn has not been immune either,
and has seen its fair share of scrutiny and closures..

But what the city fails to realize is, its actions ultimately deal a financial blow to the promotors, magazines, record labels and
clothing lines that are involved and that do business in the city. When they unjustly shut down a club they effectively kill events that took months to prep... not to mention the costs incurred with bringing talent here: airplane tickets, hotel costs... that everyone must swallow while not being able to recoup their investment..
These types of actions will make businesses think twice....

New York seems hellbent on strangling the life out of its city... then what will be left... ?? a bunch of expensive glass condo's no one will live in, and no where to go...
For all the talk of wanting to help spur business in the city, these actions are obviously not helping...

For the cultural mecca NYC professes itself to be, it owes its nightlife
more respect than this...
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Monday, November 8, 2010

Randomer - Be Electric/Zabu

The joke behind Rohan Walders' name may only tickle the calculus and philosophy heads in our midst, but the wacky inventiveness and sarcastic samples thrown together in his productions are lost on no one. Randomer launched into high demand with his early releases on Med School, Hospital Records' sub-label for all things non-dnb. Med school is a good match for Randomer, considering that he tends to work in divergent forms of either half-step drum and bass or funky carnival-ready garage.
On Be Electric - crafted for Brighton based Tru Thoughts label - Rohan's funky side goes synth-pop-purple, sounding as if one of MJ Cole's synths had gone on a rouge bender and staggered into a Vegas casino full of raw ether and timbales. The echoing vocals also make it a close match for many of Ramadanman's earlier tracks, as does the mid-track transition in which drums and bass are whisked away to allow the detail of the multi-layered organs and sour leads to come through. One of Mr. Walders' best qualities is his ability to provide a density of detail on his tracks without them sounding crowded or losing their impact and this track is no different. Zabu, on the flip, takes you on a mutant-brass ride into tribal-funk territories. Randomer's talent for keys comes through on this track as well adding a wonderful building energy around the elephantine horns and outlining walloping saber-toothed bass. The entire zoological expedition is staked out with some terrific drum fills while the persistent tambourine-shaker combo and subtle hand claps ensure that the uplifting, manic quality runs throughout. If you appreciate any amount of soul in your funky bin, these two are for you!
Buy this and other, more-randomer masterpieces at
Randomer - Be Electric by Randomer
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Get your youtube DJ on

Something i have been meaning to post as well. I rediscovered accidentally while looking through an old fader mag. however i had originally come across this site when I was off some high grade in the city one night and this strange ass kid put me on at a bugged house party. i think i mentally blocked the party out along with this lil gem, but finally its back on the radar:

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Un Prophete

This movie right here is absolute heat. No pulled punches, raw film the only way I like it. Generally we stick to music here, but this film is a must see for its pure dose of reality.

Really I would go into more detail, I just dont want to take anything away from the experience so entice yourself if need be by peeping the trailor below. Really you should dedicate a couple of hours, 2 hours and 35 minutes to be exact, and watch easily one fo the best films of the past 10 years. Kudos to Jacques Audiard, def. need to watch more of his films. Also that is the Russian release's cover right there, film is in french with some arabic, and italian as well.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Let the Badman kno... No Lies ft. MC Zulu Remix by Mad Scientist

Ok, so this is my Remix of "No Lies"... Featuring MC ZULU. Big up legend producer Dub G. on the original and Badman MC Zulu everytime. ble$$

P.s. This is the Cobra Riddim
No Lies Ft MC Zulu REMIX by Mad Scientist (Cobra Riddim) by madscientistnyc
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sound Test: Pum Pum Inspector Riddim, Plus GBEP2 News...

Just a few weeks left until Grimey Bashment EP 2 (GBEP2) lands... and here is an update of the artwork (Above)...

Its pretty much done, but this time, much of the EP will have vocal versions for free download coming at the end of the month as part of a special mixtape project we have coming up. More info on that very soon. GBEP2 as many already know is the sequel to my best selling Grimey Bashment EP that came out during the summer. I will be finishing off the trilogy in Spring 2011 with Grimey Bashment 3.

In the meantime, if you aint already got the first one, go cop it! Also, here is a new riddim fresh off the production line...HOLLA for price/licensing...ble$$!

Pum Pum Inspector Riddim by Mad Scientist by madscientistnyc
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Return of the Godfather... SHOWER WILEY

Who remembers Eskimo? and all those Eski-wiley riddimz back in the day? Alot of my yanky friends will not kno wot i talking about.... get to kno yeh... it was one of my favorite periods in Grime or Wotever u call it?!?! (see wot i did there?!?! eh?!?! lol)... anywayz... the ever evolving Wiley has gone back to the eski dayz but in a new bashment styleee... WICKED! its a welcome return of the E3 tiger... and whats the result? sum Eski-Bashment.... and DAMN its heavy... and double DAMN...CAH WHY DIDNT WE ALREADY FLIP THIS RIDDIM LIKE THIS?!?!?!? anyways.... godfather to godfather...BIGUP WILEY!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Two Sevens Clash

Yesterday marked my first release under the Max Echo moniker on partners in crime First City Records. It's the result of at least 6 months of re-educating myself in garage, house, bashment and UK funky genres. Obviously there is always more to learn; this is my take on the music that influences me at the moment thrown in with everything that defines me musically and that, along with the technology I use to produce, will likely never cease to be a presence in my sound. The 5 track EP is titled after a momentous clash between NF supporters and anti-facist groups in the South London borough of Lewisham. This is an effort to tangentially inject history into the work I produce. History is always a part of recorded media in some way, but I wanted to draw attention to this part of the history of social justice movements and community organizing. I feel that a large part of what would be the radical left in the western world, particularly in the U.S., has been beaten into submission by images of power and the dehumanizing realities of late-capitalist empire. My EP wont change this, it's just a reminder that people used to clash in the streets. One day it may happen again but it wont happen on twitter lol ... anyway here's the album at $4.80 which is cheaper than you will find most digital EP's on the web. Thanks to all who have given me support and inspiration in my life. More time forward!

oh yeah! here's a free track to go with it >
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Monday, October 25, 2010

The General Bashment Remix Preview by Mad Scientist

Wow...wot a month...and it dont stop.... next months gonna be hectic!!!
So much going on for dontsleep right now....

Today Max Echo's massive Lewisham EP dropped... on sale now just click on the advert on the bottom of the page... LAAAARGE!

Tonite our very own Grimey Dubstep don and First City surviver Bookz DJs with Logan Sama at Koncrete...Big Ups indeed.

And in a few weeks time a very special record lands with some big names from LDN, NYC and JA....more info coming very soon...but for now its all very hush hush so i wont even mention wot its called YET.

OH yeh.... and in just over two weeks... my second installment of Grimey Bashment (GBEP2) lands... its ALOT! trusssss me.

But for now.... here is a preview of my "The General" by Jahdan, The Bashment Remix! Bigup Liondub and Jahdan everytime.... Enjoy...

The General by Jahdan REMIX PREVIEW by Mad Scientist (Mad General Riddim) by natomadscientist
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

LOGAN SAMA @ Club Love NYC 10-25

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LOGAN SAMA - Konkrete Jungle - Oct 25th - Club Love

For all the Grime, Dubstep, Jungle Headz etc...

Logan Sama.. the KISS FM Grime DJ will be on deck droppin loads of Grime bangers.. This ones gonna be NASTY for real!!!!

Bookz from DontSleepNYC / First City Records will be on deck for this one...
Come out.. will not disappoint!!

BOOKZ (DontSleepNYC/First City Records)
HELLFIRE MACHINA (Bass Fueled Mischief/Brap Dem Recordings)

Konkrete Jungle is now @
40 W. 8TH ST
DOORS @ 10:30<<>>21+(unfortunately)
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DONTSLEEP NYC Job Opportunities!!!

Do you love Dancehall/Bashment Music?
Do you like going to music events/shows/clubs?
Do you wanna get paid for it as a part time job?

Firstly, let me introduce myself...
Hi, My name is Mad Scientist. I am a music Producer here in
NYC. Its one of my main joys in life and most of the time I get paid for it too!
Its a great feeling to get paid for what you love to do. I have only been producing for a few years now, but I work hard and I am always pushing myself to do better. I am currently working on a compilation mixtape of some of my best collaborations with amazing artists from NYC, Jamaica, and London. Look out for it over the next few months its going to be BIG! Music I produce has also been featured on BBC 1xtra, Rinse FM and XXL Magazine. I now sell riddims (exclusively) to clients all over the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and even as far away as Australia.

I am looking for representation and/or a business partner to make more money with.
I have got this far with NO advertising and NO promotion. I need a determined person who loves music to work just part time with me and find me more clients. Payment will be commission based. I need to spend more time making music and less time finding/negotiating with clients.

What kind of person am I looking for?
  • You must be outgoing, confident and down to earth.
  • Even if the product sells itself, you still have to be a good sales person
  • You must be between the age of 20 to 30ish and live in NYC.
  • You must love music and have a basic knowledge of the music scenes.
  • You must be able to keep track, organize and maintain good working relationships with clients.
  • You must be respectful and loyal, with a thick skin when dealing with rude, ignorant, pretentious, or egotistical people, ESPECIALLY in the music scenes
  • You must have good internet skills for social networking sites etc...
  • You must be available to attended events at night time, sometimes till very late.

I just need hard working/dedicated soldiers.
Email me a paragraph or two with why u would be good for this opportunity at....

Or contact me on Facebook...

Thank you.ble$$/Dontsleep!

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Monday, October 18, 2010

DontSleep Tees / Booty Slammer

T-shirts are here! The first in a series of t-shirts planned for this year ... By spring we might be up to a full line, but first we're going through this limited run of M, L, XL, logo tees. If you feeling the retro logo, like what we do and want to support or have a genuine love for the game, this gem-hungry pacman is for you. Printed on American Apparel 100% cotton adult T-shirts. Go here to purchase. Only $24 smackers!(shipping included)

Speaking of smackers here's a track you've probably heard on some of our shows this past month. Lot's of nice things to say about this raunchy EP but I'll try to sum it up in brief. As with much of the other producers to grace the Night Slugs vaults, Velour combines grime's sarcastic yet deep rooted love for 80's synths with house music's allure, minimalism and palatable drum arrangement. It may be a cheap shot but it still feels pretty good to see people moving to this kind of shit over some tear-out wobbler any day! Vaguely reminds me of something that might appear half-way between Mizz Beats and Dam Funk.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Soundtest: Max Echo - Cloud Machine FREENESS

Inspired enough by everyone who is making music and making moves in my little corner of the world to drop a little unmastered jam on the soundcloud. it's a free dl so please reblog and link back to here if you do. let us know if you play it out as well we like to get feedback from the dancing crew as well! boieeeeeee
Cloud Machine (unmastered) by maxecho
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Sound Test: Heart Surgery Riddim by Mad Scientist

Heart Surgery Riddim by Mad Scientist by natomadscientist
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Konkrete Jungle Oct18th

Thanks to everyone that came out to party with us at the Cove Friday night. Some serious vibes and family in the place! Here's some event photos from the night courtesy of mr. Liondub.
If you liked the 90's classic dancehall baderation you heard on Friday make sure you check out Konkrete Jungle tomorrow for a full-length journey to Liondub's jungle/dubstep/roots side as well as a special DJ SET from the man like Posi-D. Joined by funky Survivalists Human? and Lifeline and your favorite dubstep/hiphop mavens DJ Linz and Valerie Molano will be controlling the decks as well ... Logan Sama on the 25th!braap
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Friday, October 15, 2010

Mix for FULL SPECTRUM Oct. 15th at The Cove

Just wanted to share this mix with you on account of the first FULL SPECTRUM party bumping off this evening at The Cove. Plenty of Hiphop, Dub, Roots, Bashment, Disco, Electro, House, Soul, UK Funky, etc. etc. you get the picture. It's 10 DJ's going head to head for 6hours playing the best party music in their crates ... no cover, open bar 11-11:30pm and $3 Radeberger all night!!!! Rain or shine this is going to be an highly danceable packed-out event.


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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

DontsleepTV 007

The weekly ustream sessions continue this evening with special guest Liondub on the set dropping reggae, jungle, dubstep and more alongside me and Bookz. In case you missed it, here's The Heatwave's impromptu guest appearance from Monday. It's a mad thing with Benjiman D holding it down proper on a DJ tip, plus "hand-made" music videos, plenty of ridiculous behavior and of course a smashing selection from Gabriel Heatwave.

Massive shoutout to those that tuned in and the entire Hot Wuk massive. Was an honor to have them in the studio and we hope they come to destroy it Katsup-side of the pond again soon. Make sure you tune in this evening and next week when we have Turrbotax resident C-sick dropping in on the DontSleepTV.

Oh yeah if you want to get busy on some proper ram dance party thing this is the spot to go to: Que Bajo in Williamsburg where Heatwave are doing their last set before skipping back to the UK. braaap
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Konkrete Jungle October 11th - The Heatwave!

There's not much I need to tell you about this. If you don't know The Heatwave is London's best most ragingingest packed-out dancehall/bashment night and they will be making the populace sweat it out at Club Love tonight with the hottest riddims, remixes and electro-bashy bangers. We say this about everything event we post on here, but seriously folks, it's your last day of your 3-day weekend, you will NEVER see another event at Konkrete Jungle quite like this! Not only do they have Heatwave on the set but also Submerse (UK), myself Max Echo and Amen Assasins. That's bashment, garage, dubstep, funky and jungle all in one night. I'll be warming up 10:30-12:00pm with a special garage/funky selection to set the night in motion. see you there, Don't Sleep!

facebook event page

Konkrete Jungle is now @
40 W. 8TH ST
DOORS @ 10:30<<>>21+(unfortunately)
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New fully automatic heat from Riko Dan...

I know its bad form just to post a video but i cant help it.... this video, track, and riddim is all so overly sick i cant NOT post it up here...

But few issues.... Trident??!? The cannabis warning, and Dave Courtney popping up and the end? Seriously??!?!?! WTF. Very surreal! I would of ended it at 2:45 ;-) lololololol MADDNESSESSS!!

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JME - The Instrumentalz

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swear i was gonna do a post about JME's new album entitled Blam but I came across this release which dropped in June and decided to run with this cause its definitely a must have for any Grime DJ, Producer, or MC ...

if you know Grime music then you definitely know who JME is... as co-owner + CEO of
Boy Better Know Records he's released a large number of ground breaking tracks... "Deadout","Serious", "96 Bars", "Famous" etc.. etc.."

JME is also quite a prolific producer (not to mention music mogul), and this release showcases his production skills.. Personally, I've been waiting for a lot of these instrumentals to come out; there's a lot of bangers on here... think I'm partial to "Mayhem" , "African Zulu Warrior" and "Back 2 Basics" name a few.
this is def one to cop... u can get it here.. can't say u aint got any Grime Instrumentals to play..
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sound Test : Mad Scientist's Shower Riddim

GBEP 2 coming November 8th. Meanime, look out for Max Echo EP droppin this month...more info coming real soon.... Plus Ammunition 2 before Xmas.... MADNESSESS!!!!
OK, not sure what I am going to do with this riddim, so Im just gonna put it out there...holla for exclusive rights.... Shower Riddim, NO, NOT THE SHOWER U WASH WIT!!! Shower is slang in da UK for sutin dat is wicked etc.... just clear dat up for da yanky man dem.ble$$!

Shower Riddim (Version 2) by Mad Scientist by natomadscientist
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Loco for Barcelona

OK, when my wifey told me about this i thought it must be sum kind of joke... anyways...yes that "nuttah" girl Shakira and Dizzee in a song together...whats next?!?!? Wiley and Madonna?!?!? ok so its cheese, fun cheese maybe and i cant be mad at the E3 kid for getting that pop "P" in. Fuck it. why not?!?!? I WOULD! But what I really like about this video is not them, or the music, but the fact its filmed in Barcelona. And this is for a very good reason.

I was lucky to travel there last summer and explore this amazing and vibrant city quite well. I was impressed by it so much, it almost put NYC to shame. Spain and Barcelona in particular is becoming a place world renowned for so many reasons. Its becoming a cultural capital in Europe, for food, art, music, nightlife and in some ways, the better standard of living, cheaper rents, beaches, mediterranean climate and rich culture have me wondering why the fuck i dont live there already?!?! Ok so its not New York. A totally different animal, a far older one but still comparatively un-contaminated by the hipsters and gentrification thats killing off the real NYC, So far at least....So a few hours flight from London, and half that to my family in Italy, its tempting! Expect me in Barcelona more often!!! and If you guys out there get a chance or a few spare minutes, google and look at whats going on in Barcelona, you will not be disappointed.

Dont worry, its not going to turn into a travel blog but Maybe, just maybe.

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Sound Test: Sleep Like A Head

I hate to say it ... I need sleep. 6am and I've just finished a track I started 9 hours ago. It's a fairly good mix, made mostly in the box. I added a few vocal samples from an accapella that seems to be cropping up lately in some circles ... time to get some sleep!
Sleep Like A Head by dontsleepnyc
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Eastsidaz Vs. Sweat Riddim FREE DOWNLOAD!

Back in the day, before I got into UKG and all of that stuff, It was strictly bashment, blues/soul, and west coast gangsta rap in my yard. One of my favourite and I think under appreciated groups was Snoop Dogg's EastSidaz (Snoop, Tray Dee and Goldie Loc). Like all good things, it came to an end, especially when Tray Dee got locked up for doing a drive by on sum youts. When making "Street" music there is always that danger of the lifestyle affecting the music and vice a verser, like what happened with most of my former crew First City...but its this very danger and reality that gives the rap that extra special quaility of realness that alot of these modern studio gangstas dont have. So in honor of Tray Dee, and all those caught up in the system... this goes out to u!

Eastsidaz's "G'd Up" Vs. Don Corleone's Sweat Riddim

Eastsidaz Vs Sweat Riddim Mashup by Mad Scientist (DONTSLEEPNYC.COM) by natomadscientist
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Rude Kid + Frisco = Best of the UK

OK, no real message or discussion today... just pure wickedness.... What happens when u get one of the best grime producers from da UK and one of the best grime spitters from the UK....Maddnessess!!!! on so many levels....I think this one dropped at the beginning of the month so forgive the lateness... cant remember where i downloaded it but holla for a copy or google the fucker...enjoy!

P.s. if i can get a copy of this riddim....ima def. do a ragga/bashy out!

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Wknd Report

New York had an amazing summer as far as outdoor events and dubstep lineups go, and so far the fall is shaping up to be a seamless continuation of much the same caliber - minus the outdoor. Tonight, Mount Kimbie bring their brand of crackling, garagey funk to Public Assembly for The Bunker, alongside versatile deep-end locals Sepalcure and Dave Q of Dubwar. Expect hear more techno and ambient influenced sides of dubstep churned out in live double-team tweakery. The hipsters have been hungering this sort of thing since Burial's last album, so there's sure to be quite the turnout. I honestly have no idea what to expect from these wizards!

It's going to be a difficult choice for many as the Dub Police don Caspa heads up a massive night at Webster Hall on one of the better sound systems bumping in NYC. He's joined by Bass Fueled Mischief bad boys Hellfire Machina, Anitserum and Vibesquad. Posi D and MC Track will be holding down the proceedings for all the womp heads inside. At $1 before Midnight this an absolute steal and the perfect counterbalance to electro-acoustic extravaganza at Public Assembly. I'll be at both putting the word out about our Full Spectrum night coming up on the 15th of this month. Stay tuned for more nightlife updates. Bless
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Marcus Visionary Humble EP 1

Marcus Visionary may very well be one of the most prolific and consistently raw drum and bass and new school ragga jungle producers working today. With a third full album already underway, Marcus's second album hits the digital shelves with the first batch of tunes taken from the forthcoming album featuring unique VIP refixes from Marcus and a sick remix from Bladerunner. Absolute rave anthem bizness, do not sleep!! Full copy and player after the jump.

Liondub International presents the first of two EP's From Marcus Visionary's forthcoming album, Humble. Where his _ saw Marcus applying his formidable drum & bass/ jungle production technique to the dubstep, soca and funky format, Humble is a return to the roots of jungle music in which Marcus first honed his craft. Humble is also an homage to the dancehall reggae music that inspired a generation of ragga jungle producers to meld Jamaican sound system pressure with the urban grit and militancy of breakbeat and hardcore. This most clearly heard on the first two tracks of the EP where Sugar Minot, a most loved cornerstone artist of Jamaican roots and dancehall reggae, lends his superb vocal talents. Ruff & Tuff is a multi-layered match made in Studio One heaven. The lovers rock anthem Mean Girl Dub - already much versioned by Mr. Minot - gets a future-facing jungle re-lick that could make a cold hearted murderer get up and skank-out. On Borderline, the sweet sounds of Sugar Minot's vocal are contrasted by the furious Amen rhythm and make this track an absolute classic that is sure stand the test of time. Musical Murderation starts out in a stripped down dubby style but quickly turns darker with a bristling bass line and merciless reverse drum edits. Bladerunner's jump-up remix is equally dark and relocates the vocal harmony from the end of Marcus' version to a beautiful half-tempo break in the middle of the song. If the two Sugar Minot tracks didn't make your hair stand on end, Bounce, featuring a dancehall vocal and rap lyric from Jah Dan Blakkamoore, most certainly will. The hazy pads, icy chords and hard-edge drum pattern of the vocal and following dub version make this the perfect ending to a priceless EP.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Post-post Psych-out Luminous Tiger Sex

1000NAMES / SECONDARY FAUNA / video by Vitto Valentinov from Vitto Valentinov on Vimeo.

What a tremendous weekend! Had a full rest-up Sunday and now it's back to the grind. Among many of the tasks floating about near the top of pile-deep (mile-deep? hehe ... too much coffee) manana list today is tracking down some tunes residing in the area of 100 bpm to add to a "full-spectrum" set. This is a mix with a selection of tracks that gradually speeds up the tempo of the mix from 80bpm - 160bpm, at which point the speed is double where you started and essentially comes full circle. 100 bpm is pretty standard tempo in which you might find music from a wide range of genres: funk, soul, electro, hip-hop, dancehall, r&b, dub even some house and disco. In my search, I stumbled on a couple of releases that tend to be categorized as left-field or post-something that might be of interest to those with a taste for electro/retro/psychedelic vibes. Along with the obvious stand-outs of Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawk (both of whom seem to have run a little low on creative juice with their more recent releases) 1000Names is another producer whose tracks have crept into Mary Anne Hobbes' sets on BBC 1 and offer a hefty dose of experimental antics along with their crispy, lopping beats. Hailing from Bulgaria, 1000Names landed a phenomenal album release with Bristol-based UK label Black Acre known for both eye-ball crushing dubstep (Akira Kiteshi) and other "wonky" innovators like Blue Daisy. Heading further east, a recent release from Error Broadcast has gathered together a good number of Russian beat experimentalists on a compilation entitled "Fly Russia". Despite not being different enough to be recommended on Boomkat the release does drop original gems from some little-known artists of the Russian "21st Century beat music" scene.
813 - Zondor Fo by Error Broadcast
So yeah, that's my post from my preliminary exploration the post-whosits galaxy. In a way, it is also to introduce for you all what is sure to be a game-changing monthly event at The Cove in Brooklyn starting October 15th. FULL SPECTRUM get to know! Peace
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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Some Like It Hotbox

If you've seen this guy in the union square subway in the past month raise your hand. Pretty talented voice effects and breakbeats going on in this vid. He did manage to somehow pick the subway station in NY with the highest decibel levels (breaking 4,5,6 trains). Nice work!

Swift update here to your weekend plans. If you seek some dope reggae/junglist vibes and some music you can actually dance to it is to be found in plenty at Southpaw this evening with LIONDUB & JAMALSKI with guest dj's HAHN SOLO & CARTER VAN PELT for SOME LIKE IT HOT. Get down in the downstairs lair with the choice sound system and selectors that know how to make you move. Dub, Roots, Rockers, Classic Dancehall, Digital and chart-topping favorites. 125 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY and the cover is a mere 8 bills. See you there!

Also a big shout to the guys at Turrbotax. Brenmar and Untold were f**king brilliant and we're really glad they could make it out here!
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ikonika - NYC Sept 23 Le Poisson Rouge

just a quick note... for all u Ikonika fans... she will be performing at Le Poisson Rouge in Manhattan tonight...
Supporting Dj's include Machinedrum (LuckyMe / CassetteNYC) and Matt Shadetek (Dutty Artz)...

get ur weekend started right!!

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Wknd Report - Extended

Ah yesterday felt like the weekend had already started. Good old sweltering humidity that broke in a summer storm. Anyway, for starters check our vid from yesterdays dontsleeptv. Bookz sets it off in fine style. As you may have noticed we've changed the orientation of the booth allowing more room for the dj and mc's to share the screen. Big shout out to all those that tuned in! See you next week same time less mumbling (lol) +more fresh dubstep/grime/funky weight. Extra shouts to Manlikemac, The One, First City Mob, Mashadasha, Sarah Boomz and Dr. Tim ...

As you may have heard Ikonika will be performing @ several locations (see below) So here's a preview of the kind of bomb Ikonika is going to be dropping with extra-kaka courtesy of the LPR event page

Make sure you stop by the best Thursday warm-up party in New York @ dumbo's Halcyon Record Shop where Liondub will be hold the weekly BlessUp! event along with Sepulcure and a special guest also performing at the red poison! Biggup Lion!

Friday is Jam packed with events and I will only go so far as to mention the two that should not be missed. Lucky Me - scintillating stable of far-out hip-hop and sub-heavy producers/dj's - will be touching down at 88 Palace with HudMo, Machine Drum, Mike Slott and more. check the invite!
Untold, Pitchfork favorite of Hessle Audio and Hemlock labels will be making his first appearance in New York since last year's unsound festival this time at brooklyn's explosive house/garage/jukecetera night, Turrbotax! With all the work he put's into his seemingly endless stream of forthcoming releases there is a good chance you've heard Untold. Face crushing sub-bass and ingenious crackling beats. He is joined by Brenmar and resident DJ Jason Muniz. Massive event dontsleep ny dontsleep! Saturday Turrtax does is it again with Turbro residents Mayster and Contakt with Brooklyn bassline/funky don Udachi and Grime Machine show's Phlegm at Tandem in Bushwick. A brief mention is surely due to Carbon crew in Broolyn who are holding down a *free* deep house garage session at LP and Harmony. And, after a brief hiccup 8th streets Club Love with be opening its doors again for Doc Martyn and DJ Spun and others Saturday as well. Get Housed! Take Sunday off with a bit more of that indigenous Summer hopefully and head back to Love Monday for a massive Konkrete Jungle blowout! Double-stacked DJ's Liondub x Iron Mike, Praying Mantis x Krunchy, I-Cue x Vandal and Hellfire Machina and Welfare bringing in the overseas madness! If you value that sound system at all, go to Love! it might not be there forever ... have a good weekend!
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