Friday, December 23, 2011

Max Echo & Bookz - First City Mob podcast Episode #17

We are fast approaching the end of 2011. I can't believe how fast its gone by. its definitely been a year of massive changes, and its possible 2012 will follow suit..

Its been a great year for us here at DontsleepNYC... a lot of connections were made, a lot of great reviews and events happened this year.. not to mention the release of our Insomnia mixtape...!!! Big Up to all the listeners who've been downloading the podcasts thus far... this will be the last one for the year...

With Episode #17 Max Echo & Bookz finish out the year with a hype mix of Grime, Dubstep and all things 140. we had a really good time making it as you will hear lol... this months mix features tracks by an insane amount of producers (too many to mention)... plus some exclusives from the Dontsleep crew...

Be sure to subscribe to our show on Itunes which you can do here.

you can also download it directly from the link below!!

Happy Holidays!!

Episode 17 - First City Mob Podcast: Max Echo & Bookz - End of Year Mash-Up by First City Records
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011


Here's a couple of tracks I've cooked up in the past couple of days and I thought I would share them as a way of showing you the directions my production is going. You'll notice I've moved from slower House tempos back to Grime/Dubstep 140bpm. I've also tried to balance a good variety of synth sounds and sfx without letting the track get too cluttered as a way of training myself towards a less-is-more ideal. They're not professionally mastered but loud enough to throw into a mix. Also, don't watch the transcoded soundcloud playback quality (these are 320kbps and the downloaded file does not have any artifacts) If you play these at a show or on radio let us know how they go off and if you put any in a recorded mix drop us a link. My way of saying thank you for all your support as readers/listeners, Merry Flexmas and a Grimey new year. P£AC£

Dream Tigers by maxecho
Toaster Riddim by maxecho
Get Dark by maxecho
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Hizzleguy - Goonstep Vol 3 - Free DL


Yea you know I couldn't slip up and sleep on this one... and wasn't it just last week I mentioned that the Gangoonz crew really know how to treat their fans... so now you know I wasn't bullsh*tn... I've said it before and I'll say it again.. these guys are def on their grind... This time its Hizzleguy coming through with the latest and last of the Goonstep series... you should def make it a point to download all three Goonstep releases as they won't be up on their soundcloud for too much longer.

Make no mistake, there's no shortage of fire on this release. and clockin in at an impressive 15... yes 15 tracks, I have to wonder if he ever gets a chance to leave the studio.. and that doesn't take into account the releases he has coming out throughout the year on other labels. I'm thoroughly impressed with Goonstep 3. - it could have easily been released as 3 separate ep's. but you won't get any complaints from me... I've downloaded them all so far... two of my absolute favorites on there are "Danger Chamber" and "Hit it Raw"... One track that I was looking for on this release that I didn't see though was a track called "The Massive".. you can barely find it on the net.. so far its only on the Gangoon Dubz GetDarker Takeover Episode #118... The first place I heard it was when Lost (HENCH) came to NYC last month and he dropped it, and it blew my head... after a little recon I found it on the Getdarker set... I hope this ones next to get released.. can't tell you how bad I want that track.. Sick!!...

You can download Goonstep Vol 3 here.

or directly from the soundcloud player below...

Hizzleguy-Goonstep Vol 3 by GangoonDubz
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Friday, December 16, 2011

Flashback Fridays - Public Enemy - Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)


what do I really need to say about this remix... this is one of my many favorite tracks, by the one and only Pete Rock.. the textures in this track are jus sick... whether you get trapped in the swirling horn lines, or the organ thats so deep down in the mix you need a blunt to hear it... (trust me its there, you gotta listen reeaaal hard...) the vocal sample gives me the chills still... reminds me of one of those bands from church back in the day.. eerie and beautiful at the same time...

listening back to this track... it feels like it came from another world.. the new york that spawned this music has long gone away... as sad as that may sound on one hand, the flipside is that hip hop music is universal, and its true fans will continue to pass it down no matter where they are on this earth...

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Liondub, Dave Q, Hellfire & More - Konkrete Jungle OG 12/12

Each and every Monday, NYC's longest running Jungle night brings 360º of bass music deck wreckage to Sullivan Room. Tonight's lineup features heavy-hitters Liondub, Dave Q and Hellfire Machina as well as Konkrete Jungle Minneapolis' Modest. With any luck, Echovision will be in full effect on the visuals and if there's time I will bless you all with a little Grime set as well, so make sure you come through and say hello, check the Monday vibes and bask in the bass-glow ... heh. Click flyer (big up Kimberly!) for full details.
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Crash Test - Navino Reflucz

Just made this 3 hours ago! very rough DJtool/refix of the Navino track I posted here last month. Had a go at chopping up Black Spyda's Rifle Behavior Riddim and laid down some very simple sub and ting. LEave a comment or Download or both. Enjoy...

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Gangoon Dubz - Ewart Vol 1 E.P. Free Download


Massive shout to the Gangoon Dubz crew for hittin us off with the early drop on this.... Bolger is the newest member to join the Gangoon family.... and barely into the first track its easy to see why. His production style melds perfectly within the crews expansive sound... and just to get you up to speed for those who don't know, Gangoon Dubz is a Brighton based DJ/Producer collective which consists of Hizzleguy, Dismantle, Zaius, Rudi Redz, Hanz1, 184, Hurley... and now adding Bolger to this powerhouse lineup. The Dubz crew has been on a serious grind this year, and don't seem to be letting up.... I highly recommend checkin the Gangoonz takeover on GetdarkerTV to get you up to date, with back 2 back mixing from Hizzle Guy, Hurley and Bolger... what a way to get introduced...

thing I really like about the Goonz crew is that they'll hit off their fans with a free ep from time to time... -to be honest I'm still playin beats from one of their previous releases...- the Ewart EP will be no different. Tracks off the E.P. that I've listened to multiple times so far are... "Bloopers", "Jumanji", and "X-Pac"... (most of these tracks are featured in the Getdarker live set as well...)

Definitely a solid release to whet your appetite... you can't go wrong either way...

To download tracks off the Ewart EP you can click on the link here or click on the pic above...

Bolger & Pee Eff - Bloopers (Ewart Vol1) by GangoonDubz
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MR020 - Rainforest EP - DJ Champion

London's DJ Champion smashes it again on Roska's RKS label with the long awaited Rainforest EP. One of the most consistently rated producers in the so-called UK Funky scene, Champion once again brings together a formidable formula of octave-jumping, bone-rattling sub-bass, interspersed with his signature sound effects and percussive elements. As with much his earlier repertoire, the tracks assembled here are built around subtle breaks in the song's patterns that derive most of their impact from the use of silence/pause rather than mid-range wallop. It isn't really worth comparing UK Funky with 90's Jungle, but the EP's equatorial theme and classic bass sound make it quite hard not to do so. Can we think of these bubbling dubs as descended from the frenetic pulse of hardcore? It's quite a stretch but the cool and deadly attitude is there all the same. "Selecta" is a personal favorite but you'll want all three to keep things toasty for the rest of the winter months.

MR020 - Champion - Rainforest EP - OUT NOW by RKSLTD
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Rebirth E.P. on Cotti's Bassface Records


what a weekend that just passed!!! I had a ball... If you were in the city, there were quite a few parties happening. We had Cotti from the Sumting New crew at Public Assembly on Friday, and Saturday it was Lost from Jakes (H.E.N.C.H.) crew, along with DJG, Commodo, and Joe Nice... Both were wicked parties and the energy was insane... and it reminded me of why I'm involved and drawn to music in the first place... you need that from time to time.....At Friday's show we had the fortunate opportunity to interview Cotti at length, and have exclusive video footage which we'll be posting here shortly... meeting Cotti was very inspiring, and his perspective on the scene and where its going was insightful...

Cotti's US tour comes on the heels of his label's latest release... the Rebirth E.P. which includes tracks by Cotti himself, DJ Enme, Crazy D, and Euby....I'm definitely feelin this EP... and really like the direction of the release... I'd gladly drop anyone of these tracks in a mix, and they would rip... When I saw the tracklist for Rebirth I was hyped cause I've been waiting for Enme's "Terminator" track to drop for some time.... been reppin it for's a wicked beat. it's hard for me to pick a fav on this release... I can't wait to drop Cotti's "Long Time Coming"... Crazy D is probably more known for his skills behind the mic, but he's got some serious skills behind the boards as well... the intro to his "Can't Wait" track, has an almost Apache styled break... (for the breakdance heads)....

I highly recommend checkin this release... you can cop it at all your fine online stores... such as Boomkat, Itunes, Juno etc..... EZ - and big shouts to the Sumting New crew!!

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Monday, November 28, 2011


So this is gonna be my last post for a while. Im off on sum travels next week and before I go I wanna put u guys on to sutin wicked from Spain that must NOT be slept on. Introducing Omega Style. I met this guy throught Facebook a while ago as I noticed he was a sick dancehall producer from Spain and a fan of yours truly. But to my surprise this young prodical artist doesn't just produce bangers but can sing and rap too! and on top of all that he is barely in his teens and so hungry, he puts all my stateside artist to SHAME! yes he puts in work too!!?!?!? whaaaat?!?!? crazy i know....
Omega is from Toleda, just south of Madrid. And I know most of you will already know about this world famous historic and beautiful city, but if you are a lil behind or on the ig'nant side of things, here is a quick sum up via wicked-pedia...

"Toledo (pronounced: [toˈleðo]; Latin: Toletum, Arabic: طليطلة‎, DIN: Ṭulayṭulah, French: Tolède) is a municipality located in central Spain, 70 km south of Madrid. It is the capital of the province of Toledo. It is also the capital of autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage as one of the former capitals of the Spanish Empire and place of coexistence of Christian, Jewish and Muslim cultures, as well as the place where harsh religious persecutions were held against the Jews.
Many famous people and artists were born or lived in Toledo, including Al-Zarqali, Garcilaso de la Vega, Eleanor of Toledo, Alfonso X and El Greco. It was also the place of important historic events such as the Visigothic Councils of Toledo. As of 2010, the city has a population of 82,489 and an area of 232.1 km2 (89.6 sq mi)."

Anyways, geography lesson aside, Whats special about Omega? Well, apart from being a truly talented producer and artist, he sings about REAL SHIT! not corny love songs, no pop rave bullshit, just wicked sounding songs about real things. About struggle and whats going on in a country going through some major hard times, stuff we can ALL relate to. So, keep your eye on this fella, he has already recorded on a few of my riddims and I plan to link up with him next year as I travel around Spain....So check his video for "Basta Ya" out now (below) and you know where you heard it first! BRRRRAP! DONT FUCKIN SLEEEEEP!!!!

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lost, Joe Nice, DJG - Sat Nov 26th Brooklyn


What a weekend this has turned out to be.... If you missed last night's show at Public Assembly featuring Cotti (Sumting New / Bassface), you truly missed out... He dropped banger after banger... I can't wait to get my hands on some of those... for real!!! and don't despair cause we got you covered with an exclusive interview and pics... coming soon!!!

But the weekend's not over yet and tonight you have Lost, Commodo, Joe Nice and DJG performing in Brooklyn, brought to you by Reconstrvct... that's an insane line-up...

Beware... the L train is not running this weekend, so plan ahead... found that out the hard way last night ... booooo!!!!

The Morgan
25 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY

More info here.

- Big shouts to Cotti and BFM crew... was a lovely night!!
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


While we haven't really covered the now ancient history of Kartel's split with Bounty Killer's Alliance label on this blog, and there are far better comments rating the talent and fate of the Empire Productions leader, we have undoubtedly shared our appreciation of many a Gaza/Kartel chune. More than social commentary, we really prefer to use this blog as a site to help promote artists and music that we feel everyone should know about. Looking for something to add to this week's bashment segment I stumbled on Navino who, under the tutelage of the former GAZA general Aidona, has been putting out a long list of releases throughout the previous month. We could take the space here to offer our own interpretation of Aidonia's split from Gaza to form his own production camp but this video will probably give you a better explanation. Finally, what inspired me to add this to the blog is Navino's "Brave" over the Rifle Behavior Riddim on Black Spyda. Some may also be happy to note that the riddim rides at 130 bpm and so should play well some of the "bashier" sounding UKG/Funky tracks we've written about here.

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Cotti, Liondub, & Guests at Public Assembly Nov 25th


Lots of big shows this weekend...!!!! SumtingNew crew Captain touches down in NYC on Friday, and Lost - H.E.N.C.H. crew on Saturday... better put in some rest beforehand


Bass Fueled Mischief is very proud to present UK Dubstep legend COTTI for his first appearance in New York City.

From seminal hits Calm Down, I Don't Give A Dub and Sensi Dub (with Cluekid) to the recent album on SumtingNew, Cotti has been around since day one and has long established himself as one of the main players in UK Bass music culture. Raw beats and bass with a South London attitude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY

Click here for more info

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Monday, November 21, 2011

GH001 - Rusty Bell EP - Spooky

East London producer/DJ Spooky of Slew Dem crew and "Spartan" fame marks the first release for his Ghost House label with yet another round of heavyweight tracks full of unexpected twists and raw energy. Rusty Bell EP kicks it off with Spooky's trademark flair, smashing synth stabs into clanging snares and leaving plenty of room around the sub bass. The overall effect is something like a bashment riddim retooled with grimey synths and forced into an 8-bar format. J-Sweet is an excellent match on the remix of "Rusty Bell", where he effectively doubles the kicks and claps and launches the bubbling bass into 8th-note orbit. Switching up the pace a bit, Mosca offers perhaps one of the best and least expected remixes of the massively popular Spartan track. Though it's a good jump from any of his house/funky work as well as the previous two tracks, it still clocks in at standard Grime tempos and does what no other remix of the original track has done to reconnect the vanguard of instrumental Grime with dub-pressure roots. A personal favorite to be sure. Last but not least, "Snake Charmer" leaves off with deceptively simple, staggered, half-time rhythm and derives most of its punch from the wonderful bass arpeggio. All in all, a very promising development from "Bag of Myths" and for the future of Ghost House label. Buy it here!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Free Music - MC Zulu Vs. Joker - Mash UP by Mad Scientist

Some of you might remember this heavy-as-fuck grime riddim from back in the day on Rinse FM by Joker.... I never heard it vocaled and I had a bunch of seriously wicked acapellaz from MC Zulu to spare for an up coming remixed project and I thought why not?!?!? FREE DOWNLOAD! Enjoy, BLE$$!
BodyWork Mash Up - MC Zulu Vs. Joker (Tempered) by Mad Scientist (DontSleepNYC.Com) by madscientistnyc
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Max Echo 11/11 Mix

For your Saturday listening pleasure, I bring you my 11/11 Mix featuring select picks from this month's new releases, some forthcoming joints and handful of older gems. Of particular note are tracks from Beneath (, GoldFFinch, Zinc, J-Sweet and Teeza. Overall this mix takes you from slower UK Funky, through darker grime-influenced variants, to Garage-club banger hybrids and out on a Grime tip. Much respect to everyone linking us on the promos, Keep 'em coming! Full track list is available in the player. Also a special shoutout to Background Sound (Enoe & Kodachrome) whose debut EP is out Monday. bluku bluku!
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Flashback Fridays... DJ Die - Drop Bear

DJ Die,Drop Bear,Dontsleepnyc

Its so late in the day, I might as well call this one Flashback Saturday... Nonetheless... Gonna jump into some late 90's Drum and Bass for this week... This tune in particular has gotta be one of my all time favorite tracks... I've listened to it many... many times, and bought two copies on vinyl back in the day in case one got f**ked up.... its such a hypnotic track. I swear it sounds like the drums cycle around themselves about halfway in.... Full Cycle was definitely on some other sh*t... I got a few releases from this era... Krust, SUV, Roni Size...Die... killin it!! was always fun to watch the girls dance to this track... fun indeed

Be sure to check out DJ Die's Clear Skyz imprint for new releases!!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Murda Style EP - Profound Audio

Profound Audio,Dontsleepnyc

Back again for more bass abuse??... look no further... a large scale release from New York based label Profound Audio..."Murda Style" features vocals from Jahdan Blakkamoore, Armanni Reign & Diggadee MC, with Trigon & Dave Gee behind the boards on the original... Murda Style also includes accompanying remixes by MRK1,Von D and Codes... a solid release all around...cant go wrong on this one... Big Up

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stinkahbell on GetDarker

the last month or two you've seen us biggin up the Stinkahbell Crew... their huge "Something In Your Eyes" release, as well as their "Dont Tell Mum About Ibiza" collab with Psy:am, proves just how much ammo they have in stock... if I'm not mistaken this is their debut set on GetdarkerTV... which as pointed out in the set has been long overdue...

this live mix is definitely full of high octane beats... there's some serious dubplate business flowin through the set... they drop a few notable classics which is nice to see. sometimes people just drop whats currently hot or new, but that doesn't necessarily make it good...

a track worth biggin up from the set, which I didn't realize had been released, is a track entitled "Grimey"... which features MC Supreme w/ Stinkahbell on the buttons... wicked tune..!!! you can cop here

this live set also includes big sets from Beezy (Hench crew) & the incredible Joe Nice...- reppin for the US.. Big...
[the Stinkahbell set starts 8 min in... ]

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hustler EP - LA Dubstep Nostra Recordings...

DJ Enme,EL-B,6-Blocc,Ether,Dot Rotten,Dontsleepnyc

Big money style release from the heads at LA Dubstep Nostra out in Cali....
Shouts go out to DJ Enme on this one.... a London Producer and DJ that I've been following since hearing his "Terminator" track back in the day.... still bumpin that one... you dun know!!! Not only does this EP feature vocals from badman Grime M.C. Dot Rotten, rising star- Ether L Banks, and Damz... it boasts remix production work from the legendary EL-B, plus LA's own 6BLOCC, and Nterpol... a strong release for sure!!!

Enme is a producer you definitely wanna keep tabs on movin into 2012 and beyond!! Makin moves... Big shouts fam -

Available at all your fine stores... Juno, Beatport etc...

"Hustler" Showreel - Hustler E.P - LADN Recordings - Enme ft Ether L Banks Dot Rotten & Damz by Dj Enme
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Tuesday Bashment Report... G.B.E.P. 3 NEWS!

Ok, so a bit of a selfish promotional report this week! I'm pleased to announce that the last part of my "Grimey Bashment" instrumental EP trilogy will be released early in the new year. For those of you that may be new to my EPs. The massive original 8 track Grimey Bashment EP (GBEP) came out in 2010 and did well in the online charts as well as received a ton of critical acclaim. Then in early 2010, GBEP 2 dropped, accompanied by the free release of Dont Sleep's Insomnia Mixtape, which contained many vocal versions of GBEP 2's riddims. In fact, one particular riddim (Cobra Riddim - MC Zulu/No lies RMX) even helped me win a prize! BRAP!!!

2012 will be the trilogy's third and final year and I aim to end it with a big KA-BOOOM. So what does "Grimey Bashment" really mean for any newcomers to my music? Well, GBEP 3 will be another massive 8 track instrumental compilation of my trademark mash up of styles... Dancehall, Grime, and hard Rap riddims, hence the title! And just like the previous chapters, don't expect just one tempo or one genre. I have always been a big believer in not sticking to one tempo, unlike alot of producers out there. I work on strickly vibes, and despite this being not so great for the weaker DJs, it always pays off when artists are shopping for beats as I've always got sutin they want!

As for the precise due date, I'm not 100% sure but I will keep you non-sleepaz posted. In the meantime, here is a lil taste of what you can expect on GBEP...I just uploaded this so check it...BLE$$!
Big Boss Riddim (Instrumental) by Mad Scientist by madscientistnyc
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Monday, October 31, 2011

TEMPA 060DIGI - Hunted - SP MC & LX ONE

Our pick for today's new releases is a fresh single from SP:MC and LX One entitled "Hunted". The Drum & Bass influence comes through quite nicely on each of these dark bouncing cuts, aligning perfectly with the cool-and-deadly composure for which Tempa is so well loved. "Hunted" is a direct progression from an earlier collaboration on Tempa which featured much of the same sub-pressure esthetics. The loping acoustic drum work and dubbed-out atmospherics are still present but this most recent effort has a distinct edgy tonality and chilling samples to boot. Overall, a very nostalgic sound and much needed break from the usual tear-out fare.

SP:MC & LX ONE - Hunted (Forthcoming Tempa) by LX ONE
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Not Nice...for the haters....

I am glad to see NotNice is still putting out some was a shame when i saw him and di teacha get into it...and then they rob him and seem to want chase him out of JA.

He makes simple beats, that are tough as FUCK. So like i said haters it's Not Nice season...big ting.

That being said...while di gaza world boss looks on his cell floor with 2 murder charges and counting the boy Mavado is getting back in touch with his roots, with talks of repatriation back to Ghana (link copy and paste: )but before he leaves he has put out a tufff track...enjoy my peeps...A more thoughtful post is soon to come...blessings and love to all....We forward ever, won't and CAN'T look the physics of life dictate:

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Benga - Yotel NYC - WED Oct 26th 10pm


funny how things sneak up on you... I woulda been tight if I found out after the fact... make sure you rsvp and get there early... there's always a line, and it gets crowded quick...

click pic for rsvp link


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Friday, October 21, 2011

Flashback Friday's - Black Moon "How Many M.C's"


I'm gonna continue on my 90's hip hop vibe with this video from Black Moon...
This track alone made me go out and buy the whole album back in the day... its a straight classic... the vocals on this album are not for the faint of heart... definitely a dark album as far as lyrics go ("No Extra Smiling" as Funkmaster Flex might say..., but its absolutely an amazing album... the production by Evil D and Da Beatminerz is on point... I love how they filtered everything down to just the bass sample... a technique they used on various tracks on the album

they way the video starts off still gets me to this day... its a real glimpse in to what New York looked like back then... my how this city has changed... some for better / some for worse...

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

"The Dismantle EP"


if your like me, you might find it hard to keep up with the amount of releases that drop during a given period.. there are soooo many that manage to slip through the cracks... at DontsleepNYC we do our best to showcase artists and music that we enjoy... music that grabs our attention...

an artist named Dismantle grabbed my attention recently, and I've been keeping track of new releases from him since... he's part of the Gangoon Dubz crew reppin Brighton.. the crew consists of Hizzleguy (more on him soon), Dismantle, Zaius, Rudi Redz, 184, Hanz1 and Hurley... recently I've been goin in heavy with beats from Hizzleguy, Dismantle and Rudi Redz... i can't exactly remember where I heard about them first, but a Sin City live mix I downloaded off Getdarker was what really got me... Hizzleguy tends to bring the heavier Dubstep flavas, whereas Dismantle has a bit of Funky in his productions... but its definitely still hard if Funky is not quite your thing... to be honest I've been meaning to do a post on these guys for a few months now.... no better time like the present...

"The Dismantle EP" on Biscuit Factory Records is a self-titled 3 track EP which dropped a couple weeks ago... and if I had to choose a favorite it would probably be Clone, although I like all 3 tracks independently... and while were on the subject of Dismantle, his Computation release on Wheel & Deal records, which dropped officially in September is a definite buy as well... both Computation and Word Dance are both surefire crowd pleasers... keep an eye out for these guys...

you can pick up these releases at all good stores: Juno, Boomkat, etc...

"Word Dance" Preview

Word Dance (FORTHCOMING WHEEL & DEAL) by Dismantle

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Introducing G-Frsh Ft. Blade Brown "What you need"

If you know me, you know im a massive Blade Brown fan, his mixtapes this year and last year i've said (and i still stand by this statement) are the best hip-hop mixtapes to come out of the UK in the past 5 years, and maybe even better then alot of this mediocre yanky stuff that i even rate. Personally, I would even go as far as to say that its gone into my top ten mixtapes of all time, if you aint downloaded "bags and boxes" or this years "financial times"...SHAME ON U!!!! Wot kinda mug are u?!?!? time to wake the fuck up....anyways back to this post...

So, having said that, of course anytime I hear some new Blade B. I have go run check it out and recently, this popped up... It features another UK rapper called "G-Frsh" (ABOVE), who i have to be honest i ain't heard of yet, but as you can see from this track/video, the guy has maaad skills and is not to be forgive my ignorance! Anyways, whats more, the riddim is mental.... its got a classic James Brown sample in the hook, making it so hip-hop, that my UK cats are seriously giving the these lazy yanks a run for their money.... Jesus...if there was ever a time for the phrase "dont sleep nyc" ...its NOW!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

ASAP Rocky - "Peso" - Harlem NYC

a short one from me today... this a crew coming out of Harlem with some refreshing new sounds.... if I'm not mistaken its a crew called ASAP, but this video in particular is for ASAP - Rocky.. (they put ASAP in front of all their names)... I'm feelin this beat tho... different vibes... some new sh*t...

I would check for these guys if you haven't been already... I don't think they have an album out yet.... but should be droppin a mixtape soon.... big up the NYTimes [lmao]... for the article... (can't believe I wrote that...) but its nice they biggin this crew up... they could be writing about some bullsh*t instead lol..
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Keep it Honest

What happened to humility in music? what happened to honest confessions of a man in pain...with all the bravado feigned in today's popular culture you seldom hear anything that makes u say " O yea, this person has feelings" or "is human" etc etc.

Honestly, are we so concerned about our image these days that we can't ever show any depth or dimension to our public image?
I like the 'I have a bigger gun and badder chick than you' song as much as the next man...but I miss tunes like these:

Okay, I'm lying, but only because I wasn't alive when this song came out. Which is why I feel like an ancient soul in modern times...that however is another story. Back to the matter at hand, we need to reinvigorate the depth in music. We, the artists/fans/PEOPLE, must do it through the music we choose to stand behind, and namely by just speaking the truth.

I give a lot of respect to Matic for his latest track concept and video, the message is not one that a lot of artists have the confidence, honesty or vision to discuss. And yes i am biased cause thats my dupes, but i would like to say in this case i am just a fan...enjoy:

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Dont Tell Mum About Ibiza... Psy:am & Stinkahbell


a few hours before 12 so I'm still in the running... this one's a big release though so don't watch that... big up all you who knew about this one a year and change almost probably...... "Dont Tell Mum About Ibiza"... is a joint venture / collaboration between Psy:am and Stinkahbell... this one comes barreling through on Plastician's own Terrorhythm Recordings.. glad to see this one out for the masses... personally I think Bannerworx was the first person I heard drop this... but I'm sure there's been many DJ's bashin this one about for sometime now...
Big Shouts go to the man Plastician for pushin these types of flavas...

this one's out at all your fine establishments.. such as Boomkat, Itunes, Beatport, Digital-Tunes... etc.... you def wanna cop this one...

you can preview the EP below....

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Flashback Fridays - Craig Mack - Get Down Remix


even tho were close to being well into Saturday, I had to do a post on this track that's been in my head the last 72 hours... I have no idea where it came from.. I did go see Rich Medina spin this Wednesday, so its possible he might've played it... - I was a little torn up... nevertheless.. this is a classic from the early 90's, featuring Craig Mack... god help us if you don't know who Craig Mack is, if not google him please.. at the very least you've probably heard Flava In Ya Ear...

this version of "Get Down" happens to be a remix by Q-Tip [one of Tips many incredible remixes], and one of my favorites... I love hip hop from the 90's, if for nothing else... the eerie noises and soundscapes in the background... a smokers wet dream

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Badness and Dizzle Kid on Logan Sama

being that there is always a bit of a disconnect between listening to a finished track on an album vs hearing a live set or freestyle from an artist... - the live version always seems to be a truer representation of the sound, allowing the music itself to come alive... that particular moment is captured in time, never to be reproduced exactly the same...

this live set taken from Badness and Dizzle Kid on Logan Samas' Kiss FM show, proves just how true that statement is... the 30+ minute freestyle session showcases how talented both artists are. their interaction and verbal sparring between tracks is spot on... most recently if your coming from a Dubstep angle you might've heard Badness on Nightmare (Coki & Cotti's Remix)... and with Dizzle Kid recently releasing his "Do What I Want EP" on September 19th... featuring production from Bless Beats, Faze Miyake and more... and there's no excuses cause its a free release, which you can download here.

its safe to say without a doubt, you'll be seeing a lot more from Badness and Dizzle Kid well into 2012... some highlights from the set include: ... track that comes in at 15:15, a banger... also a nice Funky-esq flavored number at 19:00 mn ...features a track by Uncle Dreama, + the track immediately following it is nuts... nice flavors throughout... Big Up

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vinyl Wednesday: Tilt Shift Remixes/Put It On

Alright, having given Bashment Tuesday's a miss this week ... (don't tim & barry dat, plenty in the pipeline for you yet) we're switching up our Wednesday Music Tech section as well. Along with the production side of things, we've reserved Wednesday's for vinyl, both new and old, which we deem worthy of your support. I'm going to keep this run brief so I can escape the morning light (dracula status ...) and so turn your attention to one of my favorite labels consistently churning out the goods: Fat City!
After many months of heavy rotation two expertly remixed versions of Mosca's Tilt Shift from Julio Bashmore and Swing Ting get a hand-stamped white label release. These days it's rare when a release comes a long that I feel is a must have on vinyl. Swing Ting has also supplied a haunting dub version that sealed the deal for me on this one. It's out on digital but you know you'll enjoy more on loverly wax.

While you're at it check out this one from Mr. Baobinga ... More Vinyl!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

The Comic Mad Genius of Yannis Pappas

Yeh, we are a music blog, dont get it twis, every so often, we have to school you on some new hot film, a must have item, or in this case a real gem of a comedy event....

I'm sure some of you New Yorkers out there that aint been asleep over the last few years have heard of this guy. Introducting Yannis Pappas!! A real Brooklynite (born and bred, NOT FROM MANHATTAN OR IDAHO that is).

I'm not going to spend an hour on his bio. Take it from me, this guy is amazing and a real credit to the city from which he hails. If you want to find out more just check out his website for the full background.

I live in a predominantly Greek part of Queens and one day at my local barbers my friend put one of the many Yannis Pappas "Mr Panos" sketches on the youtube. It was wicked! I was dying, the whole room was too, and like so many things in comedy, it's so true to reality but yet so exaggerated in just the right ways to make it hysterically funny, reflective, poignant and just MADDDD!!! And just like the best comedy characters, they all have their own trade mark catch phrases.... And if you have been around me the last few weeks, you probably want to punch me in the face as I keep yelling... "Dassit!!!" or "Ballah!!!" and "Chinese Peepol!!!" at the end of every other sentence.

I then became hooked to Mr Panos, a character in the same comic tradition as Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat for example. Created by Yannis Pappas and based on a typical Greek New York diner owner, it struck a chord with me. I then discovered another few of his genius character creations.... most notably there's Mauricia Rodriguez, a transsexual Puerto Rican from the L.E.S. and then there's Brooklyn's The Sneaker Keeper.

Anyways, to conclude this post, you just gotta go check him out this November 10th. You can buy the tickets from Ticketmaster, just check his site for the correct links. It's rare to catch something so good in the early stages before it blows up, especially something so special to New York City. I mean, how long do you have to live here before you know a Mauricia?!??! a Mr Panos?!? or a Sneaker Keeper?!?!?? We all know might even be one!!!

A massive bigup to Yannis Pappas.... creating and innovating in NYC!! Dont Sleep!
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THE KUSHSTEP E.P. feat M.C. Kush

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and without further delay.... we here at First City Records are proud to present the first solo EP, from the one and only... M.C. Kush... a true soldier and early member of First City... no doubt its been incredibly long over-due, but glad it's finally here.... Very hyped about this release... Big Up to Kush and all the fam!!!

The Kushstep E.P. Featuring M.C. Kush

-Born in Birmingham England, and later moving to Brooklyn, NY as a youth, Kush was introduced to sound system culture early on, and by age 4 was moving speaker boxes for his brother’s sound system. With frequent travels between the U.S. and U.K., Kush's passion for music would eventually lead him to Pirate Radio in Birmingham.... hosting shows on Kriss, and Passion FM, where he could be found dropping the latest in RnB, Reggae, and UK Garage... the So Solid Crew being a heavy influence. Back in the states, Kush teamed up with Drum and Bass / Garage producer Dinesh... a collaboration which ultimately landed him at the world renown Drum and Bass weekly Konkrete Jungle. There he would cross paths with MC K Swift, and from which the beginnings of First City would form.-

The Kushstep E.P. stands as a testament to the sounds and influences of the UK music scene. With Bookz on production, the Kushstep E.P. pulls heavily from Dubstep and Grime, with elements of American Hip Hop interspersed. The tongue-in-cheek vocals of “Wheelchair Riddim” are sure to grab even the most jaded of listeners. The hook speaks for itself, and in no uncertain terms... leaving the bassline to smash the dance floor from the ground up. The lyrics of “Shame On A N***a” serves as a warning to M.C.’s bent on disrespect, while its dark, Dubstep imbued synth-line moves with an almost hip hop-esq swing. Next up is “Foolish Games”, which features Brooklyn-based RnB vocalist S.V. and is an ode to fallen First City soldiers... its vocoded style synth work, weaves its way between a haunting backdrop of bass stabbs and eerie pads. Closing out the E.P. is the dubstep roller “Iron Zion”, whose message is directed towards disingenuous revolutionaries, who talk more than act... its driving bassline and sonic landscapes, complement Kush’s lyrics while bringing a definite sense of urgency to the track...

"The Kushstep E.P." is available at Itunes, Amazon, Juno and direct from the
First City Record's Bandcamp page.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Flashback Friday: No Bother Dis Riddim

So in the process of looking for a throwback jam to post up I stumbled on this classic dancehall era riddim inna '89 style. I wont add much about the other versions of "No Bother Dis Riddim" as you wont have to look to far to find a decent recording online. "Pick Of The Past" (indeed) from Admiral Tibett probably sounds the most like 1989 with its sultry saxophone filling in for the vocal part. The version that really brings out the futuristic elements on this digital scorcher is Shaka Shamba's "Space Flight". Synthesizers were worming their way into reggae fairly early on to be sure, but the advent of affordable, programmable drum machines and samplers in the 1980's really changed the shape of Jamaican music in a dramatic way. It's the use of these elements in addition to the psychedelic Juno atmospherics on "Space Flight" that give it a sound much closer to early Jungle. It might be worth some hours of crate digging in ye old den of Deadly Dragon to find either of these prized gems. Dig back, dig well.

Big shouts to stormysky30 for the vids!
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

SOUND Boys R FalliN'

A reggae mini mix brought to you by DJ DA VINCI and the sounds of the Renaissance noiZ!

In order for something to grow, it needs special attention, care, and time spent nurturing its growth process. Renaissance noiZ’s style is ever growing and developing, but remains grounded upon the foundation of roots reggae.

Renaissance noiZ on Soundcould

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011



Second installment from Gemmy's World Of Wonders (W.O.W.) imprint.
This two track ep begins with a definite smasher of a beat... "Too Far"... comprised of a pitched down vocal, riding atop a pulsating bass and synth stab groove... For those of you familiar with Drum and Bass.... I'd dare say I think I hear a little Dillinja in this beat... if for nothing else, its flow... this ones definitely goin into the arsenal - heavy

"Da Dodgems" on the flipside is more of a Grime inspired number... the string and synth progressions actually remind me a bit of a Timbaland beat from back in the day... if you know which one I'm talking about, you'll know what I mean....
-where's my Missy Elliot a cappella's, I'm doin a mash-up... - nod to Mad Scientist... (see last post). Another gem for all the Purple lovers out there.. this ones out on vinyl as well, with a digital release forthcoming... shouts to Multiverse

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Bashment : EXTRA SPICY!!!

Unlike previous weeks, this week's bashment report will focus on just one artist. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you can not have missed this artist's rise to the top of the female dancehall MC ranks. I've been clockin Spice's progress even since I saw her in one of her first video/singles for the Eighty Five Riddim, made famous mainly by Baby Cham and Alicia Keys "Ghetto Story" version.

Spice exploded onto the scene with her raunchy lyrics and provocative style and she's never stopped grinding with constant high level of productivity and quality BIG TUNES!! while almost always yelling out her trademark catch phrase "Scorn Dem!!!!". This has put her at the top of the dancehall charts and scene, and ahead of all her female rivals but what most people probably know her from, is her duet/feature on Kartel's pop hit "Romping Shop", but one only has to look beyond that to see her own extensive list of hits. Just in case you have missed out I recommend you check out 2008's "A NUH ME" and "NOT MY FAULT", 2009's "Slim vs. Fluffy", and last year's "Jim Screechie".

Anyways, back to 2011.... and yes, shes back and back in a big big way. To maintain her seat at the throne of dancehall, the queen of ragga has come not with one, but two big tunes for this year. The first is some classic bashment to get you daggering again, with a wicked Africa themed video.... check out "Hot Patty Wine"....

The second is probably her most adventurous (in terms of mainstream appeal) song featuring none other then the once queen of the pop/hip-hop world Missy Elliot. It's good to see Missy back in action, and where better then in a bashment party anthem. What makes it work so well, is that both artists bring energy and well, "fun", back into the game....

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Monday, September 26, 2011

New Release Top Picks 9-26-11

Dizz1's "Decay/Gone Soon" single out on Blackacre today. It's a seamless fit for the Bristol label and David Norris puts his experimental, beats skills to work on deeper UKG styles. The A-side, featuring fellow Ausie(s) Royalston, is a funky , kick-driven riddim. Ample percussion and haunting, cinematic pads build up throughout the track and the over all result is a hypnotizing club-mover. The second track goes much deeper still with an almost aquatic feel to it. It's hard to pick a single favorite, but I'd have to go with the B-Side just for the amazing sample!?

Sheffield bassline producer Checan has been steadily building his career over the past couple of years with a very consistent output of quality tracks. His new release pairs him up with Ross Orton of Arular fame. The digital EP features remixes from Mista Men, Mr. Dubz, Des Demure and Moony, all of which give the track a truly different (heh ..) appeal. The original has a bruising acid bass and gives the vocal snipet of the track's name a proper work-out. Here's a quick mix of all the tracks included on the release which is out now on Project Allout.

Finally, J-Sweet's Streethawk is out today on Seclusiasis. We perviously rated it here.Absolutely love this track. If you play it in the club I might have to attack somebody. Immense Firepower!
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Bookz - Konkrete Jungle Mix September 2011

For your Saturday night's enjoyment DontSleepNYC presents the latest in an ongoing mix series. This features a special selection from First City Records' co-founder/producer Bookz hand-crafted for New York City's longest running weekly, Konkrete Jungle. Make sure you check out their new digs at One & One on Monday. Special shouts to Mac and the whole Konkrete Jungle Family... Big Up!!!
Full track list after the jump ...

Bookz - Konkrete Jungle Mix Semtember 2011

  1. Prototype - I Believe
  2. Skream - Hats Off
  3. Footsie - DYGMB
  4. Redlight - Feel So Good
  5. Everyman - Redneck
  6. Plastician - Retro
  7. Mz Bratt - Selecta (Redlight RMX)
  8. Kromestar & Lost - Tipsy
  9. Stinkahbell - Stalker VIP
  10. Silencer - Hot Headz
  11. DS1- Stuck In The Machine (Instrumental)
  12. Hizzle Guy - Murda Dem
  13. Blakey GFX - Freq-Skank
  14. Dash EXP - Street Fight
  15. Enme - Cardiac Arrest
  16. Bookz - Get Em
  17. Hizzle Guy - Sidestep
  18. Stinkahbell - GTS
  19. 12th Planet & Plastician - Westside Dub
  20. DJG - NYC

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Hugh Mundell

In 1983, the reggae community lost one of its most promising young artists. Mundell was shot and killed at the age of 21 while sitting in a car with known artist Junior Reid. Mundell's 1975 debut album, Africa Must Be Free By 1983, produced by Augustus Pablo, still remains a classic roots reggae album.

If Hugh Mundell had lived past 1983, there is no telling what his legacy would be today. Africa Must Be Free By 1983 is simply one of the most remarkable debuts in reggae history, considering Mundell was only 16 when it was released.

...Rest easy brother

Also check out this tune here --> One Jah, One Aim, One Destiny <--
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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Footsie - "DYGMB" Braindead Entertainment

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its no secret that DontSleep reps the Newham Generals crew... you don't have to go back too far to find a post about Footsie or D Double E... but there's one person that deserves some serious credit as well, and thats DJ Tubby... In addition to holding down a weekly radio show on Rinse FM, Tubby is also an invaluable part of the Newham Genz family, and the official DJ for the crew. I for one have been downloading sets from him for some time now... a lot of them still on heavy rotation... He's one of the first people I ever heard play Kromestar and Lost's "Tipsy"... a track I still love to this day...

but what some people may not know is, that both Footsie and Tubby are ill producers in their own right. in the early 2000's they formed Braindead Entertainment and proceeded to release nothing short of straight classics... with tracks like "Slush", "Tiger Style", " Its War" and "Morbid" on the label, you'd be hard pressed to find them on vinyl these days...

with that being said, I was hyped to read that Tubby and Footsie were planning a relaunch of the Braindead imprint... the first release being a killer Bassline vocal track by Footsie himself entitled, "DYGMB - Do You Get Me Boss", which features remixes by Skitz Beatz and DJ Tubby respectively... [still however tryn to find the producer of the Baseline version lol].... its an incredibly strong release...

its nice to have a label pushing these types of flavors... can't wait to see what's next... now.. if I could only get my hands on Footsie's - "Big Band" and a vinyl copy of "Tiger Style" and "It's War" I could sleep a little easier at night.... lol

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Music Tech: Massive Dubstep - Nebulla Womp

What's in a womp? Well, for fans of Dubstep, whichever flavor you fancy, it's a lot. The "womp" - an onomatopoetic representation of a modulated bass tone - is perhaps the most well-known, defining sonic feature of Dubstep. Earlier precedents of this production element might be said to have originated in tearout styles of Drum & Bass and Breaks formats, but it's appearance as part the Dubstep lexicon is particularly new. History lesson over.

Among some of this week's new releases I discovered a womp sample pack from New York based Industrial Strength Records. Industrial Strength rose to fame throughout the 90's as a leading source for Hardcore Techno both in the US and abroad. This is the first time we've written up these sample packs here, but from the look of things the label has amassed quite a library of offerings. This one has been assembled by DJ Nebulla of NYC Dubstep label Code Of Arms Records. As with all of the "Massive Dubstep" collections the "Nebulla Womp" pack comes with both audio one-shots as well as the Native Instruments Massive patches from which the samples were created. Also included here, are a selection of "wobble kits" (a whole other history lesson) for NI's Kontakt. Finally, Industrial Strength have also thrown in some climbs and sweeps from their previous sample pack to give this 61 sound set a more well rounded appeal.

It's a little hard to judge the value of "Nebulla Womp" based on the preview track alone. That said, there are some great formant sounds and rises that do stand out. Even if these may not be the sounds that will rocket you to production heaven, they certainly provide a great head start. Beyond the sounds themselves, there is a lot to be said for the added incentive of being able to tweak the patches and make them your own. At a rough $26 that's a pretty sweet deal.
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Monday, September 19, 2011


Okay, well i am about two months too late on this tuesday bashment report...but in an attempt to rectify my image, and hold true to my word here it goes....and this is even a couple hours shy of TUESDAY so boom bang:.

My long time extended family member Trev Street finally made a trip from the city of lost angels...or as he puts it Los Scandalous Killafornia to the Rotten Apple.

The day Trev's plane landed, I welcomed him to Brooklyn to enjoy J'ouvert...which unfortunately has degraded from a place that used to be about fun and people enjoying their West-Indian heritage and culture with festive costumes, good food and drink, and of course scantily clad buxom beauties...

to a place where now little up and coming thugs randomly shoot their guns off in the crowd...well there are no new jobs, PAL closed all their locations and most peopple just dont give a fuck about em...but i digress.

In an effort to make his trip more productive, I made sure that my dupes Matic and him linked up to build a tune...the end result straight heat-rocks to your lie this song is fire.

If you notice...Trev has a higher more relaxed cali swagga flow, while Matic kills it with hard verses and bars in a deeper almost baritone manner. This juxtapostion is even further enhanced in that NOT one of the bars that they spit Rhymes from the last verse of the other...stylistically, culturally, compositionally these guys compliment eachother real well and I hope you all enjoy:

Unfortunately you will need to wait for the final mix to hear it...Imma try and put up a snippet by tomorrow. BLESS

That being said i am back on my shit DONT SLEEP, now mad scientist can go back to being mad about something else.
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Dubstep New Release: 9.16.11

As you can see, we've taken the weekend off. Fun's over ... back to grindin'. As with most Mondays we're looking to the Dubstep/Grime new releases and picking our favorite of the lot. First one up come's from Crushington & Optimus Gryme out on BOKA. Very pleased to hear BOKA label keeping it largely consistent with their earlier releases on this one. Probably more than any other label in 2008, BOKA is one that I bought up consistently on vinyl. Crushington and fellow kiwi Optimus have cooked up a screamer of a track on "Hangman". In truth there is not so much screaming as you might imagine, rather horror-house elements slice the air amid stomping mid-range bass stabs and phasing drops. Probably the best dark/grimey Dubstep I've heard for good while. "Voodoo Skank" on the B-side doesn't disappoint either. Crushington goes it alone with a fair share of heavy bass, well placed vocal snippets and funky breaks thrown in for good measure.
Crushington - Hangman (Ft. Optimus Gryme) / Voodoo Skank [BOKA036] Out 19th Sept by BOKA

On the Grime side, it's Kozzie's "I'm Famous" EP out on No Hat's No Hoods. This one has been on heavy circulation since May, but it's only right to give it some mention here. As Kozzie details on the title track - and as many of you are well aware - his more recent success is in a large part due to the immediately recognizable "Spartan" of last year. Kozzie has clearly been enjoying the fruits of his labor, though without slacking one bit. Unfortunately, the instrumental is no Spartan. It's got enough heft to warm things up at the rave but not quite mosh-pit material. Where the Grime instrumental falls short, Virgo's bassline remix picks up the slack bringing some life into the slugging bass of the original by highlighting an assortment of wacky/evilous samples. "My Life" rounds out this album preview with a heartfelt look back at some life-lessons learned the hard way.

I would generally limit this section to one if not two tracks. Today though, I can't help but feel I ought to leave you with another. Stinkahbell have quickly become a favorite around the Don't Sleep camp since volume two of their L.I.T.Z. mixtape cropped up back in March. This Monday brings you the release of three stanky joints on Hatcha's Sin City label. I'll let the music speak for itself on this one:

A must have for all lovers of booming sub bass!
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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday Flashback : Classic Old School Grime Riddims PART 1

During some studio down time, I happened to see Wiley on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" show of all places. I began to wonder if half the people on there really knew how much history and innovation he had done to UK music beyond his recent mainstream successes. It seems a million years ago from his Eskimo days and
today its almost as if the early days of grime never happened. Grime just aint the same. If you ask one of these dubstep-luving-hipster-dickheads whats their favorite grime riddim from back in the day, i doubt they will know WTF your're talking about. So today, in an attemped to re-educate the masses, and those who did not have the privilege of growing up around during the early days of UK grime.

Firstly, lets have a recap of what Grime music really is and how it came about. Its crazy to think that almost a decade ago it all started in London when 2-step/UK 140bpm based garage, blended together with elements of drum and bass, dancehall, hiphop and emceeing to form a highly aggressive bass driven futuristic rap music that was finally to reflect the streets like Hiphop had done to America. Theres so many influences and nuances from the genres that birthed it, its very complicated to disect and explain. But if like me, you remember the crazy early rinse sets, lord of the mics DVDs and DejaVu radio sets, you know what im talking is a few examples...

A good example of one of these nuances is how riddims were built. Much like Dancehall, the producer would build a riddim and there may be several different versions, freestyles or radio sets recorded over them. So today I am posting up one of my all time favourite riddims. So without delay, introducing Slew Dem Crew's "Gunman Riddim".

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Natural Selection 004 @ Highline Ballroom

September 16,2011

Natural Selection, Driven AM & Konkrete Jungle present:


S.P.Y (NYC Debut)
(Soul:r | Metalheadz | Innerground)

(Exit Records | Metalheadz)

(Metalheadz | Soul:r | Hospital)

(Driven AM | Natural Selection | Luv Disaster)

(Natural Selection / NY)

Concert starts @ 11PM
Doors open @ 11PM
Tickets $20.00 in advance
$25.00 day of show.

Buy Tickets Online

General Admission Standing Room / Limited seating available first come, first served


Packages & Discounts for Large Groups of 10 or more
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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dub-to-Dubstep: Taal Mala - Elegant Replica

Alright folks, our Thursday agenda is still being rounded out or sharpened, as it were, but the gist so far is "Dub-to-Dubstep". It is appealing to trace the evolution of today's dance and electronic musics back to Dub Reggae circa 1960's. This allusion provides a comfortable linearity missing (and perhaps rightly so) from most modern/post-modern histories. Anyone with enough time to take a second look at this assertion, will know that it doesn't really apply equally to all styles of underground/bass music.

There are some points which are grounded to specific geography. For example, The role of Dub in the formation of NY Hip-Hop holds some truth via Grand Master Flash's Caribbean roots, among other things. The presence of a substantial West-Indian community in the UK and the importation of the Jamaican sound system to the British isles seems adequate grounds to imagine the influence of Dub on early rave culture and Jungle. Though, locality is clearly important, these points give us only a vague idea of what electronic musical traits can be said to link back to Dub. In an era wherein most music is produced/built digitally, it seems an extra leap is required to see any resemblance between the formulaic comestibles of Tiesto and Osbourne Ruddock's other-worldly reel to reel.

Making this leap is not what concerns us here. Rather than being a question of how far the influence of Dub extends through time and place, it is a question of what is being "said" through such an influence. The emergence of a Dubstep genre in the UK (who's origins are much easier to trace than Dub!) allowed for an opportunity to link two sounds in a very direct method. Dub is subtractive by nature (removing musical elements from the mixing) perhaps more than it is about repetition (use of echo, reverb, versioning of songs). Dubstep circa '05 '06 somehow contains this idea, often stripping down the track to only drums and bass and replacing the frenetic rhythm of Garage and Grime with a half-time pattern. This leaves room for the bass to come into the foreground and vocal samples to echo out in the spaces of the "slower" rhythm. A gross majority of Dubstep today does not make use of silence in this way. More specifically, it does not convey the idea of subtraction: that there was once something present that is no longer there. The ghost in the machine has been overwhelmed by the machine itself ...

The argument is not that Dubstep should be more like Dub or even limit itself to one sound. The point here is to draw attention to the critical potential of sounds that, intentionally or not, illicit the same ethos of experimentation and being both inside and outside of history (timeliness?) As an end to this rant I'd like to offer something new, rather than look back with nostalgia at musics past. I wont add much to this, except to explain that Taal Mala is a Dubstep producer from Vancouver (how British is British Columbia?) who has drawn my interest since Myspace days. His music has evolved in various ways but clearly remains pinned to some of the qualities I've mentioned above. Elegant Replica is out on Aufect Recordings in 2011.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

iZotope - Stutter Edit

It's an effect. It's an instrument. It's Stutter Edit—an innovative tool for both studio and stage, designed by BT and developed by iZotope.

Tear up your tracks in real time, building thrilling fills, complex effects, shimmering sweeps, and staggering stutters that will leave your listeners screaming for more. They'll think you spent hours slaving over the slices…but all it took was a press of a key.

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