Sunday, February 27, 2011

Ammunition E.P. 2 - Released!!



Ammnunition E.P. 2
First City Records

Without missing a beat, First City Records drops the second installment of its Ammunition series.
Ammunition 2 is the Instrumental follow-up to the Insomnia Mixtape: No Rest For The Wicked….

No Rest For The Wicked, brought to you by First City Records and DontSleepNYC is a mixtape compilation which features lyrical and vocal talent bridging Dancehall, Grime, Hip-Hop, and Electronic music scenes. 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!
(More information on the Insomnia Mixtape...here)

Ammunition 2 features a choice selection of instrumentals from the Insomnia mixtape compilation .. With Mad Scientist, Max Echo and Bookz on production… Ammunition 2 showcases the diverse talents, and styles of each producer...

From the heavy-weight Bashment production work of Mad Scientist on "Warriors Riddim"; to the rhythmic Funky styling's of Max Echo for the ominous "Stabbie Hoffman"...to the Grime inducing sounds of "Looters Riddim" from Bookz... Ammunition 2 brings enough sure-fire dancefloor pressure to go around...

Ammunition E.P. 2 is available at Juno-Downloads, Digital -Tunes, and on the First City Bandcamp page.. (with Itunes, Amazon and others coming online shortly).

Be sure to download the accompanying Insomnia Mixtape, which you can do for free... here

Next up... Pure "Madness"!!!
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Monday, February 21, 2011

MADNESSESS EP Sneak Peak...



One of the new ones on my next EP.....its gonna MADNESSESSSSSS!!! expect it in the next few...ble$$



Take Over Riddim by Mad Scientist by madscientistnyc
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Where it all Started... BACK TO THE UK.




Next week im flying back to the UK to see some of my family. It will bring a much needed break from NYC, but not the music! NEVER THE MUSIC!! I will be setting up a little studio over there so I can hop back and forth with ease in the future. To celebrate my month back in my country of birth, here is a stunning docu from the BBC on the history of the music and culture I was raised on. Despite my Italian roots, family culture and living in Italy for almost a third of my life too, you cant deny where you were born. This docu brings back a whole bunch of memories triggered by the music my mother playied for me when I was growing up. Before I had even learnt to speak English fully, the music was there first as my mum drove me to school in south west london with the car sound system bumping Aswad, Steel Pulse, Marley, UB40 and countless others....

Living in America can have its good and bad points. An annoying negative aspect is the ignorance towards other cultures, which is bizarre considering NYC has the most diverse mix of people anywhere on this little planet. Most Americans still see England as if it was an episode of "The Tudors"... they think "tea and biscuits with the queen". Yes, there is a flippin queen, but it's more then that. London as been a melting pot of cultures since before Christ. Infact, and almost ironically, it's my ancestors thousands of years ago who first invaded and colonized most of the British Isles during the Roman empire. The idea that there is Italians there confuses them, let alone people from the Islands, or any other part of the world for that matter!?!?! Ok, so im going back a bit too far but you get my point. My connection to this place runs deep obviously. I feel the same way for my beloved Italy. So, anyways thats another story, back to the docu. This documentary really explores and explains the music culture and history of reggae, and reggae inspired music in the last part of the 20th century in the UK and the long and special relationship with music from Jamaica. There's tons I didn't even know about, and lots of sounds that bring back a whole bunch of sweet memories from childhood. But mainly, its a really good insight into the music culture that shaped myself as a person, my parents, and a lot of the artists that inspire me. It's also important as it laid the way for other important music genres and music that a lot of my yankee friends are influenced by today. Anyways, catch it on youtube asap before the suits at the BBC shut it down!!!!

Lastly, Bigup Gabriel for bringing the docu to my attention, I was gonna have to wait till next week to see it in the UK, but at least thanks to the wonders of youtube I can share it with all of you lot!!!

So, back to the UK!!! Don't worry yanks, I will be back to terrorize you in time for summer! My mum has taped all the new "this is England" 2010 sequals for me that im looking forward to and a whole bunch of other good stuff for me to catch up on. It's gonna be nice eating my mum's special pasta, lasagna and other Italian family recipes and watching good old British telly!! Can't wait!!


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Saturday, February 12, 2011

High Grade No Bush...



first a free E.P. from Footsie and now this wonderfull instructional video... gotta wait for the end tho... lol...

Footsie is half of one of the hardest working grime crews out.. Newham Generals... and if u've ever read one of my post u'll know they're one of my favorites... Footsie's latest EP "Rastaman Pickney" is a free download that you can cop here Badman tunes on this one...

been waitin for the next Newham Genz album to drop.. until then, I'll def be bumpin this...
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Stop Search Sneak Preview / Dem Nah Ready


Sneak peek of Saturday's session at Duke Sound over in Queens with young, rising artist Matic, P Man & Freddie Gann, and irate-producer-at-large Mad Scientist. Excess amount of talent a gwaaarn! spitting some extra realness ... and this is only the beginning folks. Well have a more complete video exclusive up soon with the rest of the session and full artist profiles. Much thanks to our badman engineer Dr. Phil! Stay Tuned ...

I've tacked on a new riddim from yours below which will go out as part of new promo pack later this week. Bless!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

HF026 - Sepalcure - Fleur EP


Review up on Halcyonline.com of Sepalcure's new EP out on Hot Flush last week. Anyone with an ear for production can tell that these guys are extremely talented at what they do and if you have a taste for deep bass heavy vinyl you should seriously consider picking up a copy of this EP at El Shop De Halcyon in Dumbo. Full post after the jump ...
Hotflush starts of it’s New Year with the highly anticipated second EP from Brooklyn’s Sepalcure. As their summer release, the Love Pressure EP showed, Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma are capable of crafting some tremendously rich layered sonic landscape s throughout the House/Techno/Dubstep archipelago. Sewn up in between the cliffs of white noise, mountainous sub bass and washing reverb are strands of chopped vocals, ambient percussion, and spasmodic hi-hats. The end result is dangerously hypnotic and an immersive listening pleasure.

Immediate comparisons with this release are Falty DL and Mount Kimbie, both for the clipped tenebrous vocals present in every track as well as for the captivating fidelity of the non-digital source material used.

On Fleur, guitar chords meld into the crackling drum beat and twinkling vibes, reminding one of shorter interludes on the Mount Kimbie album if they had been given a longer workout and more varied progression. Your Love builds up a terrific stack of vocals and pads into a tower of pent up desire and then pummels it half-way through with pounding sub-bass pressure. The true gem of the four is No Think, if only because it makes no bones about it’s dancefloor format. With stripped down drums riding over side-chained hiss, airy sub and an early-techno arpeggiated riff running throughout, this track is really built for the summer. Last, we get a celestial psyche-out refrain in the form of Inside, amassed from feedback propelled vocal yelps, church bells and strings. Overall, this EP is far darker than Love Pressure, with a drive towards a climactic cinematic build-up that ultimately delivers at home or on the dancefloor. If the talented maniacs behind this creation are not scoring films already, they should be. Highly recommended!

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LOC005 - Contakt - Not Forgotten


Just out on digital today this new funky release on London's Local Action label from TURRBOTAX®'s Contakt. Check the the tunes below my review and head over to Halcyondigi to support this local action. Also well worth the free download (follow the link to soundcloud) is Contakt's remix of Svpreme Fiend's Fervor from late summer. Full post after the jump ...
New York's own Contakt makes his debut on Local Action's fifth release and its first of the new year. Headed by FACT magazine contributing editor Tom Lea, Local Action has begun to make a name for itself as an important piece of the current House music puzzle. With EP's from rising artists like T. Williams and Svpreme Fiend laying the foundation last year, the label has continued to pursue its two-pronged attack plan of danceable melancholia and soulful vocal edits. Contakt, has been waiting in the wings of the independent music industry for some time - working in the ranks of important indie outlets such as Fat Beats and XLR8R magazine. He is better known, and perhaps more importantly so, as a resident DJ at Brooklyn's House/Garage/Techno night TURRBOTAX®. Needless to say this release has been a long time coming. Not Forgotten is a excellent take on the UK Funky formula, which spreads out phasing chords and echoing vibes over a scratchy kick-snare combo and muted, growling hover. Were it not for the drums and understated sincerity of the chiming lead melody this track might come off as just shy of progressive. Rolando's remix strips away some of the tracks layering and adds energetic claps to create a more international Funky House flavor. On Rhodophyta, Contakt goes in for a kick-happy 2-step riddim, complete with circa-2000 violin stabs and frolicking stereo hi-hats. This is a hidden gem of a B-side and just as hypnotic as the title track. With early support from Ikonika and Sinden this release makes a very smart addition to the current Funky trend. Bravo!





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