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

FREE XMAS GIVEAWAY

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

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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)

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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

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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

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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 minute...it'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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