Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sound Test: BullDog Riddim by Mad Scientist

A new one fresh out da lab....Ammunition 2 droppin soon...but for more Bashy/Ragga goodness like this keep it locked for my "Maddnessess EP" droppin next month...

Bulldog by Mad Scientist by madscientistnyc
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wintry Mix Part II

... we continue with our Wintry music wrap up. Click "Read More" for full post.

Back in October of last year New York City residents had the rare pleasure of hearing London's hottest bashment outfit, Heatwave UK, touch down at Konkrete Jungle. Few individuals know how to rock a party as do Gabriel Heatwave and Benjiman D, running through dancehall classics, funky cuts and exclusive dubs featuring some of the sickest UK and Jamaican dancehall talent in the scene. Mr. Lexx, Ms. Dynamite, Natalie Storm, Maxwell D, Serocee, Rubi Dan, Lady Chann ... basically too many names to mention. In fact I'm sure I've missed a few here so better you have a listen to the mix below to see what kind of hotness they are currently smashing on their Sunday Rinse.FM shows and monthly events. 2010 saw Heatwave breaking the seal and gaining a good bit of media attention. 2011 is sure to be even bigger and bashy-er. Bigging up the London/JA connection every time, don't sleep!

Last off, and in a sort of follow up to Heatwave, I'd like to offer a nod to Funkystepz crew whose remixes and original productions have left a serious mark on 2010. Currently composed of producers Stimpy, Renay & Maxsin (check the recent FACTfeature for the full story) Funkystepz are capable of churning out a remarkably consistent level of quality party material. This past October (something in the air that month I swear!) they grabbed the attention of many radio listeners and club goers with "For U" featuring singer Lily McKenzie, and subsequently remixed by DJ Q, Dodge & Fuski and others. Recent months have seen the release of an instrumental EP (Deep Roller EP) and the regular slew of bootlegs that keep the collective in high demand. Below I've included their take on Vybz Kartel's "Take Buddy Gyal" which adapts the dancehall riddim and requisite string section to a shuffling funky variant with grimey synth interludes. This is the future! Look for their release on Hyperdub on pre-order now.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Back In Business


whats up everybody... its the 1st post of the year for me... things have been a bit full throttle since the end of last year... and believe me, this is year will be no different... if you haven't downloaded the Insomnia Mixtape, be sure you put that at the top of ur list... its 24 unmixed tracks.. all original remixed productions from Mad Scientist, Max Echo, and myself... and best yet, its a free download... see be sure to check that...

And speaking of being Back In Business... look no further than Mr. Slash... a heavyweight Grime producer from South East London, who dropped quite a nice E.P. towards the end of 2010..He's been away from the game a little while but his productions ring as urgently as ever... His style of Grime is one of my favorites.. his tracks pack hard Grime breaks and stabs, with a hip hop head-nod factor that hits home... a track that really does it for me on this EP would have to be "Get Down"... that tracks a monster...def keep an eye out for this one.... you can cop it at Itunes & Amazon... see we try n keep things easy for u!!!

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Wintry Mix Part I

... and we're back!

First off I want to give a big shout out to all that have linked the Insomnia Mixtape on our blog. We've heard a lot of positive feedback so far from the artists involved and would like to extended a massive thank you to everyone that was a part of this project in any way and otherwise offered their support to push it through to the end. Friends and family you know who you are! Time to catch up on some other music ...

Randomer & Fife first came to my attention by way of their Fat City! releases mid last year. Their collaborations and solo production are some of the most original stuff I have heard to date and do a really good job of sneaking some experimental tendencies into what is otherwise a well orchestrated bit of dancefloor-stomping mayhem. Often, what you'll hear is several instrumental lines careening around your eardrums in tandem and offering a very dense sonic experience without loosing any of dynamics present in the intricate drum programming filled with rattling acoustic accents. Reaching back into October we had this talented duo teaming up on the very tastefully named No Sleep (hint hint) on Soul Jazz Records and Randomer going it alone on Be Electric for Brighton based Tru Thoughts label, which I reviewed here. More recently the two have produced some stunning results for Super Records, which you scan hear below. Purchase this joint, dance and be merry

Next up, we take trip over to Wiltshire (Stonehenge mofos!) to visit a house producer, who, judging by the number of plays he's getting on his tracks, is one to look out for in 2011. Sheer simplicity reigns supreme in Josh H's production - simplicity and soul. Barely a note and snare hit is wasted in these gems and a lot of extra mileage is derived from some well placed chord changes and deftly quoted house idioms. Fans of Sunday Roast will find themselves very much at home with these dark house riddims, while comparisons with James Blake's tendency for chopped up RnB samples and bluesy tonalities are terrifically hard to avoid (riddim prince Doc Daneeka is probably a closer match). Since the slush is running quite thick over here in NYC I've included his recent track Rainbow below. Make sure you take a listen to Larf & Sing and Ten Tigers of Guangdong as well!

Part II to follow ..

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Its here! You never have to sleep again. DSNYC and First City have given you the first set of instructions in staying awake. A very special thank you to all the artists involved in this mammoth production. We couldn't have done it without you. Look for the live mix dropping soon. Full press release and download link after the jump.
"Sometimes the rules have to be broken … "

First City Records and DontSleepNYC are setting it off with a bang this year - The Big Bang that is Insomnia Mixtape: No Rest For The Wicked. A massive mixtape compilation 5 months in the making featuring a battalion of lyrical and vocal talent bridging Dancehall, Grime, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music scenes. Top-producers Max Echo, Bookz and Mad Scientist have teamed up and put in numerous sleepless nights to bring you over an hour of twisted original productions and skits. Selections from M.I.A.'s recent M/\Y/\ album, Serocee's Bullring Riddim, MC Zulu's No Lies, and rising Jamaican Dancehall/Hip-Hop star Unslaught are among some of the most recent material presented here. First City soldiers Germz and MC Kush bring in the Grime pressure and together with yard emperor Shizzle make sure the UK scene is well represented indeed. Hot Grabba don Black Mattic, the exquisite Miss Natalie Storm and the silky sounds of Natel put Kingston on the map in a big way, while Jahdan Blakkamoore, Homeboy Sandman and DNC bring you the darker streets of NYC. Insomnia Mixtape is a response of sorts to the current trends emerging in club/bass music genres and a sign of things to come. The sheer amount of talent and raw production on this compilation is sure to keep you bouncing through the night shift into the next millennia!

Insomnia Mixtape: No Rest For The Wicked

First City Records is the publishing arm of First City, New York's premier Grime crew, formed in 2007 and headed by producers Bookz and Nato. Since then they have released a steady march of heavy EP's and full albums showcasing a formidable selection of underground artists and producers from NYC and the UK. 2010 saw the emergence of the Mad Scientist, whose Grimey Bashment project and numerous other releases broadened the scope of the label to include grime-influenced Dancehall and Bashment sounds. In October 2010, First City Records introduced the Funky stylings of Max Echo on his diverse debut Lewisham EP. 2010 is just the beginning and this next year is sure to see even more high-quality material from the First City Records hitting the streets and the clubs.

DontSleep NYC is a collective made up of artists, producers, DJ's, promoters, designers and other creatives. Founded as a means of generating collaborative projects, cross-promotional marketing initiatives and fostering an interest in bass-heavy dance music culture worldwide. The collective promotes and organizes music events around New York City, many of which stream live on their blog, ( where you can also find reviews of new releases, sneak previews of forthcoming material, event listings as well as artist profiles and limited edition merchandise. Money never sleeps and neither do we!

Mad Scientist

(First City Records / DontSleepNYC)

While his laboratory is currently stationed in Queens, New York, the London-born engineer/producer Mad Scientist (aka Nato/Mad) has roots going all the way back to Italy. On moving to NYC, Mad Scientist began his production career at IAR and learned the ropes of beat-building and engineering at Z-Music's "Dan The Man" Productions, where he worked for elite Hip-Hop clientele such as Lil' Kim, Maino, Boot Camp Clik and Uncle Murda. In 2005, as the first waves of Grime music started to reach American ears, he launched his production career into orbit as the co-founder of First City, NYC's first Grime outfit. By 2007, with the group's two producers and three MC's, First City had steadily become a fixture of New York City's burgeoning Dubstep scene, caught the attention of BBC's 1Xtra program and gained international status through the support of Rinse FM's DJ Tubby and DJ Scratcha. Today Mad Scientist is a full-time production machine, churning out exclusive beats night and day for music and entertainment clients around the world. As owner of First City Records, he continues to unleash dutty grime and dancehall riddims on the masses with his Grimey Bashment trilogy and Ammunition compilations. When not tapping out the next riddim scorcher or prize-winning remix, Mad works as author, and managing director of DontSleepNYC. Set loose on the world, no one is safe from the evil genius of Mad Scientist!


(First City Records/Dont Sleep NYC)

Bookz is a Grime and Dubstep DJ / Producer located in Brooklyn, NY. An avid music fan from day one, Bookz has been involved with music of all genres for quite some time. Originally from VA / DC Bookz was involved with the local punk rock scene playing bass in various bands until hearing the new sounds of drum n bass. Grime & Dubstep quickly grabbed his attention and in 2005 he established New York City’s premier grime crew, FIRST CITY, along with UK producer Nato. His tunes have had support from Newham Generals’ DJ Tubby and BBC Radio 1′s Tim Westwood among others. 2010 has proved to be quite a productive year, with Bookz contributing to "Top Producer" and "Ammunition E.P"; both well received E.P.'s released on First City Records. Expect to see more of Bookz on the DJ circuit as part of the Dont Sleep NYC crew, as well as more forthcoming releases on First City Records.

Max Echo

(First City Records/Dont Sleep NYC/Amphibian)

Max Echo (DJ Dore) is a producer/DJ and New York native. He has been banging out beats since 2002 in all styles of electronic music. His current focus is funky bashment but he will occasionally build a dubstep, grime or drum and bass track for kicks. He has been soaking up the vinyl for time and gigging properly since getting his start alongside NY grime crew First City and Code Of Arms owner Nebulla at Konkrete Jungle. His DJ skills have brought him to the forefront of NYC's bass music culture and promise to send him farther afield in the future. He also writes for several online music sites including DontSleepNYC and Halcyonline.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Introducing.... Starz... "King of New Jersey"

Late last year I was put onto a hood video called "Now You Wanna Hate" (BELOW) by New Jersey Rapper "Starz" via his producer on facebook.

If you like Hip Hop or not, you have to respect this guys grind...HE DONT SLEEEP!! Its obvious that Darren Coleman AKA STARZ is going to be an artist to watch in 2011 and beyond. Most people that know me know that I dont listen to much Hiphop these days. With the exception of a few classic back in the day joints, it seems nutin like it once was. This is the main reason I am feeling a lot of Starz's tunes.... Its up to date and fresh but still has the energy and likability (is that a word?!?!) of music from the "golden era".

Full post after the jump ...

Starz is already making boss moves with collaborations with D-Block, mixtapes and high quality music videos....that cater to the streets and mainstream audiences. He has also shown interest in a certain crazy scientist's grimier riddims... so lets keep our fingers crossed on that front for a colab!!! I also have to give him props for the aptly named "Smoke Stack Recordings". Being a big Howling Wolf fan...Im kicking myself I didnt think of it myself. Checkout Starz on this more commercial vibe... "Gettin Twazzled"...

Starz/Sheek Louch Life or Death Trailer....

In the meantime, cop his overly sick latest mixtape "Murder Material Vol. 2" Out NOW!!... BLE$$!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Get Your Shift On

What better way to start of the New Year than with the launch of our new weekly event! Along with Only NY, We've booked some of the hottest underground talent and rising stars of NYC and beyond to push the limit on your Thursday night. With a heavy emphasis on the funkier side of House, Dubstep, Garage and Dancehall, Tilt Shift is the perfect place to get your lean on. Hosted by resident DJs Max Echo, Bookz & Enoe and streaming live on Make sure you get there early to catch the 2for1 one Vodka special! Bless

139 Chrystie (Btwn Delancey & Broome) B/D trains to Grand St. or J/Z to Bowery
10 - 4am 21+ W/ ID No Cover! 2 for 1 Vodka drinks till 11pm

1.6 Lifeline (Survival NYC / Konkrete Jungle) Mr. Chatman (Seattle)
1.13 Hers (Lisbon)
1.20 Jordan Rothlein ( / Little White Earbuds / BK)
1.27 Liondub (Konkrete Jungle / Liondub International / Halcyon NYC)

Resident DJ bio's here
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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Sum painful realness from Chester P...

Lately ive been on a nostalgic vibe. Maybe its because ive been out of Europe so long that yanky land is starting to f-wit my head a bit. Recently, I been listening to a lot of music from back in the day. The kinda stuff the formed me as a person but at the time I didnt even know it was doing it...I just listened to it cah it just sounded right... you kno dem ones there?!?!? Alot of roots reggae, bashment, early grime, and uk hiphop. Among the many groups that ive forgotten about, but found again is Taskforce from Highbury area in north London. Apart from many jems I came across on youtube was this... Probly the most realest freestlye I have ever herd... I aint gonna lie, it moved me... Chester P (from UK crew TASKFORCE) chats so much sense, it puts the whole game to shame... if you got a spare 3 minz... check it...its worth it. Dont watch his farmer/crackhead appearence... this guy is a legend of UK hiphip.

Lastly, the image above i came across by accident, just type "highbury estate" in google and this is what pops up... just to give u an idea where taskforce are coming from.

Another lost gem from the you tube archives... CLASSICK UK HIP-HOP from back inna day...

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Saturday, January 1, 2011


Happy new year people!!!... lets start this year off right!!!
My father always said, "dont hang around with losers...only winners" if we aint talking no more, you know why!!! lolol...
So on that note, lets not waste time with the talking... nuff big tingz in da pipeline...trussssst me, so to celebrate it right, heres sum classick heat from da LDN ragga don Gappy Ranks... enjoy...DONT $LEEP!

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