Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hizzleguy EP - Sin City

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winding things down for 2012 here at Dontsleep... and although this year has definitely brought it's share of challenges there were lots of wonderful moments in between... hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!!!

 although this probably won't be my last post of the year ;) this is for sure one that I've been waiting for, and it got released when I f**kin' blinked sometime in November... dammit... I still remember the first track off this release, when I saw Lost over a year ago at a Reconstrvct party... track is still one of my favz... Referring to a track called "The Massive" by Hizzleguy which came out on Sin City Records last month. The EP, simply titled Hizzleguy EP, features 4 club smashing cuts.. all of which hit the right spot, track for track imo... Hatcha and N-Type of Sin City never disappoint on releases... top notch beatz... Hizzleguy EP is at all good digital shops.... Juno, Boomkat, Digital-Tunes, Beatport etc...

also if your in NYC January 19th N-Type will be at Public Assembly for Profound Audio's Release Party... more on that soon. very nice line-up. You'll want to come thru for that one...for sure...




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Friday, December 14, 2012

I.N.I., True Nature, Max Mischief, T.R.A.C. NYC Dec. 14th

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 should be some nice flavs tonight...
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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Flowdan VS Kaleidoscope Orchestra - SBTV




as someone who used to be in orchestra way, way, way back in the day. I thought this was pretty dope to see... if I could of done grime covers in class that would've been the sh*t.... hip hop covers even... music is important, and music in school is important. it teaches among many other things, the importance of collaboration... and the idea of working together for a common good... something thats hard to find these days.... anyhow... big up to The Bug on his page, and SBTV for uploading this... wicked to see.... Flowdan is wicked on the mic... two words come to mind "Jah War"



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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Faze Miyake & Merky Ace - Rinse FM Mix

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 A definite gem for all the Grime & Dubstep heads who like a bit of both in their mix.. This is a very HYPE set... so be careful and control the urge to punch anyone in the face while rockin this... all jokes aside this is a truly dope set... Personally speaking I love hearing both Grime and Dubstep in a mix, because thats how I was originally introduced to both genres, by way of DJ's like Tubby (Newham Genz) and Plastician... so to me it will always go hand in hand.

This mix features Faze Miyake on the decks and Merky Ace on mic control. If you've been listening to any of our First City Mob podcasts you know how much we like what Faze Miyake is doing, and I know I've definitely dropped some Merky Ace vocals in a FCM mix fairly recently...

There's some real... real banger's in the mix... probably too many to single out... but there is one lol... that I've had to rewind a ridiculous amount of times... it comes in at 14:55 right after the Rude Kid beat... sick... I'll send someone a Dontsleep tee if they can tell what the hip hop sample is in that beat... I think we got some large(s) left... will have to check tho :) ...make sure you download this mix before they take it down... you can listen or download it by clicking the Rinse FM logo...  below

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tunnidge - 'Brixton Bass EP' [CHST022]

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without letting this one get too far away from me.... much respect to Tunnidge and the whole Chestplate family. The "Brixton Bass EP" [CHST022] which officially dropped October 29th, features 4 crunchy, sub-bass packed numbers... and there's a definite mood to this release... with each track sharing a connection to the next. Tracks that immediately jump for your neck are "Wardrum" (personal fav) and the title track "Brixton Bass"... Had the pleasure this summer of catching Tunnidge play a dope set, right before Coki at the Reconstrvct 1 year Anniversary. It was an absolute treat, and he definitely held it down... a good night for sure!!

You can purchase Brixton Bass at all good record stores, as well as all the usual digital outlets... big up to the Chestplate family for keepin the beats real... Also shouts to the Reconstrvct crew for bringing over quality artists....
also if your lucky enough here in the states, be sure to catch the Chestplate tour if they roll thru your city!!


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Monday, October 29, 2012

First City Mob Podcast #22

Max Echo and Bookz go back 2 back... track for track... switching things up for Episode #22... Lots of new beats to bring you. lots of fun... Just in time for Halloween (or what's left of it) and this already infamous hurricane about to wreak havoc... But before the apocalypse... you can get your fix of fresh beats to chew on before the lights go out!!!

Featuring tracks by:

Cotti - J:Kenzo- Enme - Farkas- Tunnidge - Coki - Christopher Yikes - Jam Prd - Kromestar - El-B - Mr. Mitch - Lost - Lockjaw - Addison Groove - Plastician - M.E.S.H. - Dismantle - Starkey - Bladklaat and more....

Be sure to subcribe on Itunes!!

You can download the podcast below for a limited time.

BLESS

*** Everyone please be safe out there***



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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Roachee, Trim & Stutta - Sick Things

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supa quick-one from me today... on a digital beat diggin expedition this popped up. and even tho this originally dropped over summer it's an ill track. love the beat and vocals by Roachee, Trim and Stutta ...complements it well. This track is taken from Roachee and Trim - The Nangest EP... heavy beats on this ep. including a remix from Starkey... if you haven't... definitely check this one out...


 
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Sum Ting New Hip Hop Instrumentals I: Bangers No Mash


A lot of talk has been made at different times of cross-overs between UK Grime, Dubstep and American Hip-Hop. A&R wizardry and mash-ups aside, Hip-Hop and club, bass music etc. have been taking to each other for a long time through the bottle neck of Pop. How Pop music interacts with so-called underground music is another unfinished story, but unless our ears deceive us the time has never been better for this kind of blurring of lines take form in a less defined sort of way. Case in point is Jakes and Chefal's Get Darker @ Cable Mix, which has several Hip-Hop tracks rub shoulders with dark wobble bass-weight. We've written about Blade Brown here as well just to raise some awareness on how trap music goes down on the London side. So it is with great pleasure that we present to you a top-notch instrumental mixtape from Sum Ting New label boss Cotti. There's a lot going on in here but the tracks fuse Hip-hop with the UK sound so deftly that it comes off as something wholly original. We were stunned when hearing some of these tracks drop at Cotti's last show in New York and it's great hear them packaged into one massive selection of bangers. Now for the vocal to drop on US radio ... all in due time. Big!



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Friday, October 19, 2012

J:Kenzo - Deep Space Oct 22nd NYC

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for all the fans... J:Kenzo will be hittin' up Cielo this coming Monday... get there early cause he's doing an early set... I'm sure he'll be playin tracks from the album that dropped this past September... like this one below... if you in the city that day... you'll want to check it out.... for more information you can find it here



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Thursday, October 18, 2012

SJD023: The Mind Machine EP - Mr. Mitch


You should know by now - Slit Jockey is no stranger to Grime. Last month's amazing "Contrast EP", which injected a full dose of MIK's knife-sharp lyrics over production from Dev79, BD1982, Starkey and J-Sweet, set a milestone for the label in its quest to contribute to the changing shape of Grime on an international scale. What better way to keep the momentum going on this long term project than to return to the laboratory with another of London's instrumental innovators.



Mr. Mitch, who has appeared previously through remix duties on J-Sweet's "Can't Stop My Grime" release, gets an opportunity to drop range of heavy tracks showing off his various influences all integrated with signature ghost-house flare. The Gobstopper Records boss and Beatfighter entrepreneur sets out with a good bit of trap-ready madness in the form of  "Bethlem Royal" - namesake of a psychiatric facility half-way between Croydon and Bromley in the South London burbs. With that info in mind - which other asylum do you know that was founded in 1247 AD?! - the entire EP takes on a much stranger tone. On "Shit & Sugar" for example, the phasing square-sync lurches into a weird set of climbing major chords only to drop you back into the stomping muck of the track's 8-bar pattern. This plays out again on "Bills", where a bridge-interlude cuts off the heady slew of racing hi-hats and vocal chants with a downward spiral of melancholy arpeggios. The ghostly vibes pour out full bore on the bedlam raising "Dance Tonight", while "Qbert 2" resurrects the vintage video game escarpment with growling high-voltage bass and brick-jumping mid-range stabs.

This dark and twisted echo from the mind of the machine comes out early November. Until then you can watch this brilliant mash-up and ponder the British obsession with masks and mass hysteria!

Mr. Mitch - Qbert 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7R0_PN1kQ8




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Saturday, September 29, 2012

INNA014: Mataglap EP - Chistopher Yikes































Inna Riddim cropped up on my radar back in May of this year with the release of After Dark's None of Them single. These cool and deadly dancefloor crushers fight for space at the borders of Bashment and Funky while sounding nothing like either. The destabilization of genre-specific music appears to be at the core of Inna Riddim's mission as a digital publisher. Reaching back to early 2011, the Sydney based label appears to have emerged out of Reggae and Grime influenced tracks as well as deeper strains of Dubstep. More recent releases have seen them reaching into Drum & Bass and 130bpm territory from the likes of Cato, Hypercolor and Ritual just to name a few.

Rotterdam's Christopher Yikes makes an excellent contribution to this catalog with his Mataglap EP. The title track is some of the oddest half-step house you've likely ever heard, though its use of echo and sparse construction places might place it closer to a new-school Dub continuum. Abandoned picks up the pace and delivers a spine chilling bit of Funky cobalt. Knockout goes in grimier but still very much lurking in the shadows with a bubbling mid-range synth running throughout. Hurt has the feeling of a post-rave comedown with a muted selection of drum sounds immersed in high pressure sub-bass and tooth grinding bristle. Altogether, Mataglap EP is reminiscent of Inna Riddim's Panoramic EP compilation and provides an nice selection of different styles to move your bass bins. Keep an eye out for this come October 12th ... highly recommended!


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cotti - Go To Frank EP STN

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this one.... hails from the Sum Ting New camp. Another bass weight stompah from DJ Cotti, with proper vibes as well. Been lookin forward to Go To Frank's release for a good minute, as it's been on this Back2Back  Cotti vs Enme set that I've been bumping for half a year now...  

Cotti's "Go To Frank E.P." drops just in time for his return visit to the U.S. next month. We had the pleasure of catching him in Brooklyn last November when he came through, and believe me... he had the whole place jumpin... there were many moments in which I wanted to know what track was playing. his set was chock full of gems.. some of which I don't think have been released...

Go To Frank officially drops October 8th, and with the exception of "Speed of Light", which is co-produced by Cotti and Slugz.. he takes the reins the rest of the way and even holds down the mic on the title track. The four track EP showcases Cotti at his best, and does not disappoint... My favs would have to be "No Handouts" and "Go To Frank"... but thats me... be sure to check it.

... and if your in the states I highly recommend you catch Cotti if he's coming through your town. You can get more tour information here.

Ez... to all at the Sum Ting New camp



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Saturday, September 15, 2012

SINE003 - Let Me See/Island - Balofo


It should be clear to anyone checking this blog in the past few months that Brighton label Vital Sines is in a very strong way at the moment. Hitting a strict monthly schedule with one deeply original cut after another, it's hard not to appreciate the planning and effort that have gone into constructing this emerging project. July and August came out of the gate running with fresh Garage flavors from label head Kanvas. Later this month, Vital Sines expands its roster with a neat single from Balofo - Brixton local and one half of tumblr/collective CPanel. Both tracks take a very different approach to the 130 beats-per-minute Garage/House middle-ground, dancing around some of the more predictable formulas and tossing together Detroit techno, progressive synths and dancehall vocals. The end result certainly bears some common influences with the likes of Pasteman, Jay Weed, Night Slugs and other border-blurring underground experimenters. That said, these two tracks shouldn't be taken for cloning - the sounds are smashed together in wholly original ways that leave plenty of room to the imagination. Vital Sines keeps them guessing!

Boomkat

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WRZ005: Foundation EP - Subreachers


Out earlier this month on the fledgling Warriorz label, The Foundation EP the latest turbid revelation from Belgium's Subreachers. As the name suggests, the four track EP is something of a throw-back stylistically. As the label describes, the sounds populating their catalog all bear a "respect for the basic elements of the genre." in one way or another. In the case of Matthias Hoogewijs' latest brew, this idea emerges in the form of loping drum-patterns, breezy chords, high-voltage drones and aquatic sub-pressure. Samples from revered musical minds also grace the too strongest selections, Foundation and Developer.

While the Foundation EP falls a bit far from the swing and bass-work of what many would consider to be at the roots of Dubstep, it does reference some other electronic foundations that have been important to the genre's migrating boundaries and broad appeal. The high-hats, for example, have a digital-steppers feel that leans towards rhythm patterns of both Dub and Drum and Bass. The influence of the later is also at play in the industrial clamor and twinkling spaces of the EP's atmospheric elements. These features fit in perfectly with Subreachers' previous releases, which can be found on labels such as Compound One and Red Shift One to name a few.

Altogether, a strong release for Warriorz label that will appeal to fans of Dubstep's darker and more ambient strains.
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mutated Mindz - Brown Sugar EP

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.... so I've been feeling this track since I first heard it on one of DJ Enme's SUB FM shows a couple of months back or so... it's been gettin heavy rotation from a lot of big DJ's in the game... it's a smoothed out track produced by the Mutated Mindz crew and comes courtesy of SUBFREQ RECs... a label run by the one and only DJ Chef along with business partner Bluesy... and if you haven't read my previous post... Chef and Bluesy have their own release forthcoming on the new Masterdub Recordings imprint.... definitely check for that....

if this is your first introduction to the Mutated Mindz crew, they're definitely a group you should keep your ears out for.... with previous releases on labels such as Bassclash, and Sin City... plus a tight affiliation with the Gangoonz crew... you can expect these guys star to rise even further.... Brown Sugar EP is out on Digital and Vinyl and is chocked full of wonderful beats... it's available at a large list of retailers... Juno, Boomkat, DigitalTunes etc... just to name a few...





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Friday, August 31, 2012

Mastermindz Of Dubstep EP Vol 1 - MDR001

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yes yes... jumping in early on this one...

Masterdub Recordings is a new imprint on the scene that has set it's sights on releasing only top-notch Dubstep riddims... the type of riddims that we at Dontsleep wish there were more of. it can be a bit disconcerting wading through the massive amounts of Dubstep releases only to come to the realization that a large majority of  them are missing their most crucial element.... their soul. on the one hand lfo gymnastics can be very impressive, but at the end of the day... it's more about the mood that is evoked than anything else.... 

Mastermindz of Dubstep Vol 1 features a diverse selection of beats from some of the most well respected producers in the game. An instant classic... "Bad Mind" by none other than Kromestar, kicks things off featuring MC Crazy D on the hook..."snake in the grass my enemies will crawl"... before crescendoing into an undeniable banger. Chef and Blusey's "Children of the Night" is a sub intensive number whose growling bass rears it's head between haunting landscapes and faint screams. "Roaring Lion" produced by EL-B, who is no-doubt one of the earliest innovators of the genre, switches things up with a lovely reggae influenced vocal number, all while giving a nod to the classic sounds of early Dubstep. Itchy Robot's "Straight Up Gangstar"  represents a more lead-synth driven type of Dubstep track, which leans more towards the style of a Hench or Gangoon Dubz crew sound. Closing things out, is Dj Enme's, "The Way It Is In London" featuring Nadia S. on vocals... a track thats been doing the rounds, and been receiving a lot of praise for some time now... yeah big up!!..

Mastermindz of Dubstep definitely gets a strong endorsement... it's a well-crafted release that touches on the different styles of an ever-growing genre... a genre that I hope continues to broaden it's scope, where different styles can all coexist together...  

You can cop this on vinyl and digital at any number of online stores on September 9th!!



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Thursday, August 23, 2012

SINE002: Subverse - Kanvas



Back in June we reviewed the premier digital release on the UK label Vital Sines from Kanvas. It's always exciting to see new labels sprouting up and to watch them progress. Ideally each new release raises the bar on the last or at the very least maintains a continuity of sonic pressure. In this follow up single to June's Blueprint EP, Kanvas has managed a little bit of both. The 'format' of these tracks remains largely the same: an intensely pleasurable combination of bouncing beats and mellifluous atmospherics that neatly steps around the well-worn patterns of UK Garage, inserting elements of Dubstep and Jungle to generate something at once nostalgic and forward-leaning. "Subverse" builds on this previous example by taking the sound into a somewhat darker, hard-hitting vein. Although there is no breakbeat to speak of, some of the Jungle influence in this track is present in the relentless swelling bass line, short-echo snare frills and signature vocal sample. "Bosco Verticale" on the other hand leans more towards Techno and balances out the rougher strains of "Subverse" with a twinkling spaciousness. The name for this track appears to be taken from a "green" architecture project of Milan, Italy, which promises tree-sized balcony planters on each of the towers' 27 floors. Check for this release in digital shops tomorrow and keep stacking that "bosco verticale".


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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First City Mob Podcast - Episode #21

First City Mob Podcast - Episode #21

Max Echo and Bookz at it again. Summer Jam session in effect...
Winding down the summer with a special selection of beats for your feet.
Max Echo opens things up on a House / Funky tip working his way up to some 140 bizness, with Bookz riding things out on a Dubstep and Grime flex....

Episode #21 features tracks from Cardopusher, Guessbeats x Kidmalone, Don Perignon, Buzzin10, Jack Dixon, Canvas, Jack Sparrow, Distance, YKK, Caspa, Badklaat, Nokwell, Lost, Preditah, Enme, Requake, Youngman and many more....


As always be sure to subscribe on Itunes...

you can also download it directly from the Soundcloud player below...




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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

GOLDIE @ SULLIVAN ROOM 8/10



IT'S GOLDIE SON!!~ THIS FRIDAY KONKRETE JUNGLE GETS ILL AT SULLIVAN ROOM- STRICTLY HARDCORE JUNGLIST>DO NOT MISS!


KONKRETE JUNGLE & SULLIVAN ROOM present
GOLDIE (Metalheadz | UK)
August 10th, 2012 10:00pm to 4:00AM

Sullivan Room
218 Sullivan Street
Between Bleecker Street & West 3rd
New York, NY

21+, $20 advanced tickets, $25 at the door

:

GOLDIE (Metalheadz |UK)
DAVE SHICHMAN (Direct Drive, Driven AM, NYC)
CHRISTOPHER ROSS (
AB3 (Saving Bass, NYC)
Micah Chockley (Konkrete Jungle OG, Direct Drive, Knoxville Soundsystem)
Hosted by MC T.R.A.C. (Konkrete Jungle OG, B.B.E., Telluric Records)

Inquiries & mailing list:
http://www.konkretejungle.com/
http://www.sullivanroom.com/
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Monday, August 6, 2012

East VS West EP - ManVSMachine



new in shops this week is the East VS West EP out on ManVSMachine... which outside of First City Records is one of the few (if not only) U.S. label which consistently reps Grime music as a whole. ManVSMachine as a label, launched in 2009 and was founded in the Bay Area, California.  It has released strong Grime instrumentals from The One, and MBZ... two artists currently signed to it's label. But in addition to being a label, ManVSMachine is also a production crew which consists of The One, MBZ, Nokwell, and N8....

The East VS West EP pairs tracks by First City's own Mad Scientist and Bookz with ManVSMachine artists The One and Nokwell. It's an EP that has been in the making for some time, and showcases the varying styles of U.S. Grime between the different coasts and city's they represent... 

- "What happens when 2 of america's leading Grime labels collaborate?? You get the only crews in the USA that rep Grime music.....the East Coast bangers of Mad Scientist and Bookz of First City, and the West Coast bass of Nokwell and The One on one EP!!" - ManVSMachine

Available at all good digital stores.... 
Itunes, Beatport, Juno and many more.... 

Look for other ManVSMachine releases coming soon... more bangers to come...



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Friday, July 27, 2012

Coki - Reconstrvct VII - July 28th

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yes yes yes... you know what time it is... flyer says it all.
Not To Be Missed... I'm hyped!!! Lots of amazing artists performing..

a lil snippet... love this one... everybody has their favorite I'm sure... there's so many...
you can cop tickets here.

Big Up the Reconstrvct Crew


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

MEDI059 - Afraid of Me - Jack Sparrow



Out this week on Deep Medi, the new single from Jack Sparrow boils Dubstep back down to its basics. "Afraid of Me" retains many of the techno-tinged traits found on his earlier Tectonic releases but with a healthy dose of lasers, the end result of which sounds a bit like Kromestar turned inside out. The galloping percussion of "Terminal" and "Chase" are here swallowed up in the bowels of the bass, producing a visceral undulating sound. The paranoid rush of the A-side turns bittersweet on "Good Old Days" where a different kind of nostalgia takes hold. Sounding very much like early DJ Shadow, Jack Sparrow lays out a rainy neon city-scape with rippling vibes, jazzy trumpet and flute rolling over the restrained bass stabs and swells. Both are beautiful tracks, showing the Leeds producer's strengths as he tackles different sides of the urban mind.




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Monday, July 23, 2012

CHST020 - A Result of Sound/Deserted - Distance



Moody beats from Chestplate label-boss Distance celebrating his label's 20th release. Over the past five years the label has become synonymous with a brand of dark, deep, chest-rattling dubstep. Distance has been a constant presence on the label diligently honing his sound along with such well known names as Cyrus, Tunnidge, Skream and Benga and more recently the likes of Sleeper and Razor Rekta. It's to his credit that the label has remained as consistent in the quality and progression of its sound. At four releases over five years we are definitely looking at a goal which emphasizes quality over quantity. And right it should! You only have to listen to the results.

On this latest pair of melancholy bangers, you will hear a kind of culmination past experience and past efforts pulling together a deep rooted jungle influence and a love for creeping distorted mid-range more reminiscent of rock guitar than dub. "Result of Sound" brings to mind 80's flavors with it's Juno-like lead but quickly descends into a cavernous beat periodically interrupted with an oddly familiar sample from Peter Guy Manners exalting the mysterious potential of sound as a generative force in the universe. Distance continues this kind of psychedelic moodiness on the B-side with "Deserted". A wavering vocal-like synth takes the lead on this track creating an uneasy feeling reinforced by the rolling saws and skittering dry percussion. Both of these cuts show how far the sound has progressed toward a particular combination of sonic elements - a combination that would feel slightly more formulaic if it didn't also include an incredible amount of space for variation and growth. As always, Chestplate sets its own trend and shows an evolution within the genre that is deeply organic and uniquely perched atop traditions of Dub and Drum & Bass. A must have for lovers of devastating darkness!

Out now via the label store: http://www.surus.co.uk/chestplate
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Saturday, July 21, 2012

SeclusD023 - Synthesized Landscapes from Future EP - Aquadrop



Video teaser form the latest collection of mind-altering beats from Milan's Aquadrop. The EP, which is out Monday on Seclusiasis digital, promises to deliver on the wide range of genres we have come to expect from a producer like Aquadrop. From dripped-out, synth-rippling beats to spasmodic kuduru riddims, Mr. Airaghi's work maintains a dense layering of electronic textures rooted in a cinematic idiom. More teasers can be found here.

Purchase on Junodownload and other good digital shops.
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Monday, July 16, 2012

JME Murking - Boy Better Know



ok ok ok den.... ;)

I can never get to sleep on time... permanently sleep deprived at this point.. one day I'll have to just sleep for a full 2 weeks straight... I couldn't in good faith, fall asleep without doing a little quick liner about this one.... yeah I know it was out last month but thats ok... this aint a race...

While watching a Butterz interview, courtesy of Dubspot this video came through with one of the sickest beats I've heard in a while... JME's Murking out on Boy Better Know, with Preditah on production duties... yeah... definitely feelin the vibes on this....

"Frisco come thru and take man out like wisdom teeth..." - and luv JME's one-liners...

this is definitely something to cop if you haven't already... feels like some new, new sh*t

you can grab this at all the usuals... Itunes, Amazon and my fav Juno....






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Saturday, July 14, 2012

DJ Tubby, Footsie, D Double E, Slew Dem's Chronik at Butterz

Ultra quick one from me today... Saw this and had to repost.... Fresh live mix from the Newham Generals camp who performed at Butterz night at Cable.... have I ever mentioned the Newham Generals to you? If you've been to this site before you should know the answer to that...

So def big up the Braindead Ent camp... (read Tubby & Footsie) who are dropping a new EP soon, entitled "The Gray Area"... I'm sure we'll be doin a post on that... it's always awesome when the crowd knows all the lyrics... Tubby droppin some shear classics on this as well....

Special shouts to Butterz + The Grime Report... big night



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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

FIRST CITY MOB - EPISODE 20 Max Echo - Bookz

                                Well its that time again... a new dose of beatz for all da headz

                                  

FIRST----CITY----MOB   
EPISODE 20

Max Echo and Bookz bring you some pre-summer flavas... fresh new music and exclusives... Featuring tracks by: Author, Rude Kid, Kromestar, Dark Tantrums, Mad Scientist, Dismantle, The One, Gemmy, Buraka Som Sestima, Seclusiasis Crew, Dubmechanics, Rx & Shiftee, Biome plus many more...

Be sure to download and make sure you subscribe as well!! EZ

*** For a limited time you can download directly from the Soundcloud player below****



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Monday, June 18, 2012

MAD SCIENTIST - GRIMEY BASHMENT III


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So it's official!!! ... June 18th = GRIMEY BASHMENT DAY... so without further ado... GB3 starts now...

---Mad Scientist unleashes Grimey Bashment III on First City Records - the highly anticipated final chapter in his Grimey Bashment series. With GB3, Mad delivers eight of his hardest riddims to date, providing enough heat to make any sound bwoy spit fire.

Grimey Bashment III sits firmly within the trilogy providing production styles and tempos that any MC would grapple for. 

One of the main goals of the Grimey Bashment series has been to reaffirm the connection that exists between Grime and the Bashment / Dancehall genre, and I believe this series has more than achieved its goal...

You can cop Grimey Bashment III in all good online outlets: Itunes, First City's Bandcamp page and many more... Look out for special vocal versions and remixes in the near future... ---

In addition Max Echo and Bookz will be on the decks at Konkrete Jungle tonight... so you know we'll be droppin heat from the E.P.

Be sure to join us at The Cove in Brooklyn... 10pm

Ez



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Friday, June 15, 2012

Count Down till GB3





Mad Scientist's - Grimey Bashment III E.P.  will drop this Monday... June 18th...

And if you didn't know... we got u

Keep it here!!!


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Monday, June 4, 2012

Hot Poo - P. Money, Little Dee, Blacks - Terrorhythm Recordings

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so many good tunes... so little time. I swear they're about to start comin fast and furious this summer...
Not only do we have Mad Scientist droppin his Grimey Bashment 3 EP this month, we got quite a bit  in the pipeline from our own camp alone... so keep it locked... more info soon.

but... getting back to some hot sh*t, or should I say hot poo!!! this ones certifiable.
"Hot Poo" brings together some of the most highly rated artists in the scene, so it was a no brainer this one would be a banger... with production work from Stinkahbell and Psy:am (powerhouse trio)...
and featuring P. Money (say no more), Little Dee and Blacks... this one is just all types of wicked... in a good way of course...

this is all courtesy of the 'ever-on-it' Plastician... - still settin' the pace... Much respect for his Terrorhythm Recordings... I'm still on the Ibiza beat...

you can pick this one up at all your good online stores... be sure to cop...



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SINE001: Blueprint EP - Kanvas


Blueprints as documents are poised in a strange place between past and future. The plans exist outside of the structures they detail, overlapping the un-built, demolished and extant forms in a singular moment. Due out later this month, Blueprint EP is the debut release for the UK label Vital Sines. Brimming with summer vibes, warm sub-bass and liquid echoes, the four tracks on this EP skillfully recombine elements of Drum & Bass and early Dubstep into the 130 Garage framework to produce an assemblage that is as inspiring as it is nostalgic. Some of you may recognize Kanvas from a 2009 release on Whistla's L2S label amid rising interest in so-called Future Garage. Others, more watchful than I, will be savvy enough to connect the sounds of Kanvas with his earlier moniker, Kion, who is well known for his early contribution to Dubstep's evolution as well as for his Dubpressure Ministry of Sound Radio show and Brighton based event of the same name. With this context in mind, it's possible to hear where the wide range of sonic styles present in the Kanvas work are originating from. The use of vintage drum sounds throughout is very much in line with the ongoing trend favored among both Grime and UKG/Funky/130bpm producers and is the primary feature connecting this EP to early Chicago house. The layout of the songs parts however is distinctly linked with Drum & Bass, as are the echoing/stretched vocals featured in each of the four tracks, which give the EP an effervescent, bubbling feel. The above mentioned qualities are of course also linked with Dubstep and where the vocals breach the rhythm in unintelligible gasps they become reminiscent of 80's UK Dub experimentations like Dub Syndicate and New Age Steppers. The other features, restrained bouncing basslines and modal synth chords for example, are more in line with a standard UKG build and offer an immediate entry point for wide number of listeners on the bass music spectrum. If this release is as much a sign of things to come as it is a retracing of the sounds of the past, then this is a blueprint of something certainly worth remembering.


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Monday, May 28, 2012

Reconstrvct - Outlook Festival Launch NYC June 2nd

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With things as they are, this one might surely sell out... !!!


Line-up:

Secret Guest - London [Deep Medi Musik]
Pinch - Bristol [Tectonic Recordings]
Author Live PA - Leeds [Tectonic Recording/ Deep Medi Musik]
Jack Sparrow - Leeds [Tectonic Recordings]
JoeNice [Dubwar/DataSet/Gourmet Beats]
Truenature [Reconstrvct]
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Planet Reggae - Friday May 25th, 2012





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An ABSOLUTELY *FREE* monthly party in a Super loft with 2 floors, a Backyard, Food and more...
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This month's Reggae & Dancehall international line up:
 
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DJ Mystery (JAMAICA)
King Jam (JAPAN)

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5.17.12 - Lee "Scratch" Perry dubs NYC



Last year we were overly pleased to see the Dub Invasion festival kick-off with events around the city and connecting the many points of the dub constellation in NYC. This may we see the return of Lee "Scratch" Perry aka The Black Pope aka Pipecock Jackson aka Super Ape, musical papa, words mama, originator and dub creator. He will be appearing alongside Emch of Subatomic Sound and members of Dubblestandart and Dub Is a Weapon and blessing the United States with his magical tongue. The music itself will span Dub and Dubstep and feature original Black Ark cuts remixed/remastered as never before. The tour will also feature visuals from myself (echovision) creating a multi-sensory, Perry experience on the stage. Most highly recommended. Music is a must!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Chestplate Bizness this Thursday May 17th NYC

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This one is sure to be dope... Gotta see Distance this time around!!!

I'm hoping he definitely drops this one!! A serious fav!!!






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Friday, May 4, 2012

It's good to be mad ...


Absolutely massive essential watching for any and all dubstep, reggae, roots, dub listeners, lovers and club-goers. Dub Gabriel over on Destroy All Concepts posted this video early last month so a big big respect to him! Mad professor, Ras Muffet, Fatman and an untold number of soundman drop knowledge on this gem from 2008 expounding on sound systems, pre-amps, dubplates, and the state of roots music and DJ culture in the UK today. Dubstep heads especially should really take this stuff to heart and appreciate, if they have not already, the immeasurable influence of 70's, 80's reggae to UK dance music on the subsequent bass-heavy mutations and UK party culture in general. Even if you aren't a reggae or dubstep fan, you can apply much of what's said by the individuals in this doc to other musics and a wider cultural context. Obviously, there's a lot of myths and spirituality surrounding roots music and sound system and the film does it's bit in passing on this vision. From another angle, this film made think about how much we rely on the internet as a kind of cultural arc (in both the timeline and archival sense). The irony of writing that last comment in a post about a film posted in it's entirety on the web is not lost on me, but it's just worth recognizing that the JA->UK sound system created an alternative telling/recording of the history of diaspora. Many in the film are conscious of the sounds system as a culture in crisis and at odds with DJ culture, venue regulations and corporate sponsored festivals. On the other hand, the film's oral history of UK sound system paints a picture of a community focused on longevity and history rather than the ever shorter cycle of pop-cultural trend. Nuff respect.

Update, 05/15/12 - As with any good documentary, the above film - which I failed to mention was directed by Swedish filmmaker Karl Folke - uses plenty of music and archival footage created by other makers and now belonging to "numerous third party sources". As such it's life on youtube was very short lived. It's a little bit sad to see the legal traditions of media industry grabbing at straws on the internet, but so it goes. You can catch a trailer of the film here: http://www.myspace.com/video/karl/musically-mad-trailer/5965541 and if you are truly interested in distributing, screening, seeing this film you can right to folkefilm@gmail.com there is also the films website musicallymad.com with more info and proper reviews.
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Monday, April 30, 2012

"Push Trigger" - prod. Mad Scientist ft. Newz and Mad Cobra



Brand new productions from Mad Scientist featuring lyrics from Newz and screwed vocals off of Mad Cobra's "Press Trigger". It's really a perfect combination and there could be no one better for the task of sewing up the UK-JA link than Mad Scientist. Newz riffs on Mad Cobra's short-fuse warning and expands it to encompass conspiracy theories and street empires. The grim subject matter is nicely matched by the bell-tolling melody which conjures images of slasher films and inclement weather. Really not much else to add here - It's a dope beat, well executed flow and a sign of good things to come. Speaking of which, keep your eyes out for a new EP of riddims from Mad Scientist due out on First City Records. Bigup!


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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teddy Music - "Hoods Up"

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this is a hot track... something ny hip hop heads can get behind (or wherever you are)... even if Dubstep and / or Grime aint your thing... (personally I think it's probably cause you haven't heard the right sh*t in the right way.... that's just me...)

you have your choice of a variety of mc's on this release... from Ruff Sqwad, Ghetts etc.. on one version to... Lil Nasty, Double S, Lady Leshurr on the other... with the very talented Teddy Music on production duties... and with a killer instrumental version thrown in as well... I feel like this is a classic imho...

something about this reminds me of a Joe Budden track for some reason... not cause it actually sounds like one.. but just the vibe of it... like some sh*t hot 97 might play on a holiday weekend while your gettin dressed up to go out for the night...

and yeah don't wear your hoodie to the club tho cause you ain't getting in... - depending on where your going of course... (I stubbornly keep learning that the hard way)

all this being said... how can one not see in some ways (for "some" of the lyrics in the song) something like this possibly perpetuating a negative stereotype of youths (current climate the way it is)...

and for the record... I am absolutely not trying to be a judge or jury as to whether this is good or bad for society... I think this track is dope for many reasons... but something to think about is whether the image of what is pushed out there (visually or otherwise) is the same one that comes back to stereotype the youth... should it be considered strictly entertainment or a barometer on society or both... it's a fine line to walk...

and before you send me nasty emails know that I absolutely don't think anyone should be judged by skin color, clothing, gender or what have you... I have been judged myself... - daily

alright... enough chatter... more beats!!! just something to think about

as always... you can cop this track at all your local ; ) online stores such as Juno, Itunes UK-only :( someone fix this please
Boomkat



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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Unsound Festival: Bass Mutations with Sepalcure + 2562 + Teeth + Distal + Nguzunguzu + Dave Q + Throwing Snow

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This definitely looks big... if your in town, will be worth it...

"Each year the Unsound festival brings new, boundary-pushing music to New York, and this year’s lineup promises even more of the same. The Bass Mutations party presented by Percussion Lab & Dub War, happening April 21st in Brooklyn, boasts a jealousy-inciting lineup for anyone who’s unlucky enough to have to miss out. New York’s own Sepalcure will be playing a live A/V set, and both 2562 and Teeth will be making their live US debuts. Atlanta’s Distal, whose album is imminently dropping on Tectonic, will be DJing, as will UK-based Throwing Snow, and the talented en-vogue duo Nguzunguzu. Advance tickets are already available through Resident Advisor, and we suggest getting them very soon. Follow the jump for a full show poster and location details." -URB.com

WHEN:
Saturday, April 21
10pm – 5am

WHERE
Indie Screen
289 Kent Ave (corner S 2nd St)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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Monday, April 16, 2012

RAZOR REKTA: LOKO-MOTIV EP CHESTPLATE 18

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It's Monday..... and a Happy Monday Indeed... tough new Chestplate bizness droppin' today by the one they call Razor Rekta...

Recently signing to Distance's Chestplate imprint earlier this year, The Loko Motiv EP is Razor Rekta's first release on the influential label... and what a debut it is.
The seeming calmness of the intro on the title track "Loko-Motiv" is torn away by deep growling saws, layered over a lovely percussion filled break, which only pauses briefly before diving back in head first into the void. "Development" on the flip, is one of those deep dark tracks that grab you right away, like at the height of a set and the DJ takes it that one step further and you feel like you just might loose your sh*t... thats this track...

Yeah and Big Up to Joe Nice and all the great people at Reconstrvct who hosted Rekta in Brooklyn last month... those guys are doing big things - bringing proper talent to the city... Regardless of where you are make sure to check for Rekta when he comes to your town...

you can cop the Loko Motiv EP on vinyl as well as digital at all your fine online stores.. Surus, Redeye, Boomkat, Juno... etc
EZ


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Friday, April 13, 2012

Episode 19 - New Stylez - Max Echo and Bookz - First City Mob Podcast

Max Echo and Bookz Present Episode 19

First City Mob Podcast


With exclusives and new releases from:
Seclusiasis, Braindead Ent, Chestplate, Swindle, EL-B, Dismantle, Enme, Beneath, Spooky Bizzle Records, Requake, Kromestar, Footsie, Hurley, and Bladklaat... Also featuring new material from Mad Scientist forthcoming on his Grimey Bashment 3 release on First City Records... plus exclusive beats from both Max Echo and Bookz...

With this podcast we decided to do things a little differently opting to give our usual play by play as we go along, which we feel worked out quite well... we had a good time and hope you have a good time listening... Make sure you tune in for next months issue... EZ

Big shouts to Blast Radius for joining us in the studio... good vibes


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Mala, Silkie, Quest at Cielo for Deep Space April 9th

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insane line-up tomorrow for Deep Space... looks like another night where I will not be getting any sleep... not to be missed...

MALA (Digital Mystikz/DMZ)
Silkie (UK- Deep Medi Muzik, Butterz)
QUEST (Deep Medi, Anti-Social)
and Fran├žois K.


and for all the Junglist... don't forget to hit up Konkrete Jungle at The Cove in BK
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

LADN - Renegade Dubstep Compilation

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Happy Wednesday depending on where you are around the globe... just a quick one from me today... From time to time.. and this happens a lot.. I get fixated on a track. listening to it multiple times a day, until it seeps into my subconscious...
feels like one day I'm gonna wear out the rewind button on my ipod.

In this case its Enme's "Back Da F*ck Up", which features vocals from MC Flyte... currently out on the latest compilation from LA Dubstep Nostra. The "Renegade Dubstep" compilation showcases tracks from a wide range of producers including... Itchy Robot, DJ Enme, 6BLOCC, Zaku Chan and others.

On "Back Da F*ck Up" MC Flyte's vocals add a nice touch to Enme's already scorcher of a track. "I'm B.I.G. on tha riddim... I'm vocally buff.. made up of all the right stuff"... lyrics come swift and precise, and with a sense of urgency...

Ironically, 2 days ago I heard some sugar-pop Dubstep with a couple of MC's at an AMF Bowling Alley... no less. it felt like quite an interesting turn of events. I'm all for this genre reaching new heights and audiences... but not at the expense of its soul... its my aim to rep what I feel is the real deal, and this track holds true to that....

You can cop this compilation on Beatport and other fine digital outlets.. shouts to LA Dubstep Nostra



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Monday, April 2, 2012

Before Making Records ...


That's right it's Monday... Konkrete Junglist


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Temps For Mayor Part 1: House Prices


The folks over at Noisey have started a new series leading up to this year's London Mayoral election featuring none other than Grime artist Tempa T! Each vid seeks to point to another part of Temps' platform and speak generally to what should be on the next mayor's agenda. The first installment deals with housing prices, which I'm sure resonates with a lot of you here in New York. It's unclear if Tempa T is actually on the ballot for May, though for London's sake we sincerely hope so. Be sure to check out the next one on urban farming! hold tight jeckle and freckle lol ...

I've also culled a couple of other interesting links on the topics of urban planning and the urban livability:

- Mark Raymond talks about urban sprawl and equitable, sustainable design

- Most expensive cities in the world. These lists proliferate but here's one for
2012

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins @ S.O.B's


We usually reserve Mondays for new releases, but I just wanted to give you all a heads up on some events going on tonight in NYC. Celebrating the release of the Madlib produced album "Seeds" - released earlier this month on SomeOthaShip Connect - west coast vocalist and beatmaker Georgia Anne Muldrow is touching down tonight at S.O.B's in Manhattan with support from life partner and collaborator Dudley Perkins AKA Declaime. The video above is from a studio session for a remix EP of tracks from the J-Dilla tribute "Suite For Ma Dukes" released last summer on Mochilla. Aside from being a great video (who else makes a beat with baby kipping on their lap?) it gives an inkling of the music world this songstress is coming from. If you like the beat you can cop it along with other remixes on digital or dwnld it from the gracious folks at 92BPM

On that other underground tip, if you are heading to the Brooklyn side this evening and are in the mood for some bass-booming Dubstep and junglistic rudeness make sure you get on the guest list for tonight's Konkrete Jungle event @ The Cove with Hellfire Machina, Fishtix, Art Blakey III and more!
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

SECLUSD 019 - Kastle - I Know


For those who haven't noticed, Philly label Seclusiasis has been consistently shelling out pure-fire releases nearly every month since January. Of course the entire catalog stretches back way further - and we strongly suggest you peruse that *sht - but it's worth pointing back to the start of this year, which saw the release of garage legend Todd Edwards' remix of SF producer Kastle's "Time Traveler". The original "Time Traveler" is the title track of Kastle's much acclaimed breakout EP released in '11. As with the rest of the 6 track EP "Time Traveler" deftly combines grime elements, re-emerging garage house variants and Kastle's own unique west-coast lovestep vibe. Forward to 2012 and Kastle's rich work is still generating new content (while he is hard at work supporting 12th Planet on tour!) This time the track given a working over is "I Know", broken down to its constituent parts and offered up on Reverb Nation as part of a heated remix competition. The winning remix comes from Nebraskan producer Inflect and sticks with the rave side of the original track, tossing in classic grime bass notes with the housey chords and spastic vocal snippets. Runner's up Krueger, +Verb and Direct Feed bring out some of the softer elements of the original, whisking us away to bizarre universes a-twinkle with rolling hi-hats, funky snares and cascading, side-chained sawtooths(sawteeth?)The original track and acapella version are included as well for you to have your own go at reconfiguring the R&B flavers.



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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

EL-B and Caski - Ghost Recordings "Romp" / "Lunatic"

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time for some f***in vinyl this week... why does vinyl have to be so expensive to produce / purchase. maybe someone can come up with a viable alternative to bring the cost down.. even just a little would make a big difference (obviously without suffering on sound quality...) I'd be buying more.. thats for sure... one vinyl I did pick-up last week, was the latest from El-B's Ghost Recordings ....

EL-B "Romp" - although this one has been around on dubplate since last year.... (even with an unofficial Wiley vocal... lets make that happen) it's a track I've been keeping an eye out for.... the name alone gives a clue to the vibe of the track... and I don't know what it is... the reverse vocal that fades in reminds me of Black Moon's "How Many M.C.'s" - (the way it comes in at least...) check it out, you'll see what I mean... definitely a big tune!!! bass-line is sick

Caski's "Lunatic"... I first heard this track on a J Da Flex set sometime last year on an unsigned -hype type of thing.. no question why this got snatched up.. pure high energy vibes on this one... and for real.. it would sound lovely next to a Kutz tune... I can hear them together already...

you can cop this 12" at all your good vinyl shops... I'm reppin Juno and Boomkat for this one... also available at Redeye.... Shouts to DJ Raggs!!



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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Noah D + Sub Swara @ Public Assembly FRI March 9th

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man... I hope I can make it to this... but even if I can't you definitely should try.. will be sick... I'm sure he'll be droppin some new bits for sure


This Friday, Bass Fueled Mischief and Sub Swara are teaming up to bring one of the top dubstep producers from the US to NYC: Noah D! You guys might know Noah D from his hit track ‘Seeeriousss’ which became a full-fledged dubstep anthem in 2009, being dropped on virtually every dance floor in the world and is still being rinsed in sets today. His most recent track ‘Clash’ is currently holding a spot in the Beatport Dubstep Top 100.




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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gangoon Dubz - Tryna Test EP

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Wow... this year is movin swiftly... almost too swift. Gotta stay on it tho cause you gotta keep it moving at the end of the day... since the beginning of this year there's been an onslaught of big releases, and one you definitely shouldn't miss is the Tryna Test EP from the Gangoon Dubz camp....this Crew is not new to the DontSleep blog... as we've repped them for a minute now... their high-energy tracks are something I always reach for when mixing...its something that people can immediately vibe to. definite dancefloor pleasers..

Tryna Test features multiple collaborations from within the Gangoon Dubz camp... the title track "Tryna Test" links producers Dismantle and Hizzle Guy with wonderous results... the vocal stabs combined with 808 bass hits and staccato - samplings, give a feel of an almost re-envisioned form of hip hop... I'd say this track definitely manages to straddle mulitple genres, while creating something new at the same time... Big tune. Following up next is "I Don't Care" which rides in with vocal treatment from Felix Joseph... with production detail falling between Gangoon producers, Hizzle Guy and Rudi Redz ... and I'm sure you know by now, I like Dubstep with vocals... and this a tough tune indeed. Wowi.. up next is a monster of a tune from Dismantle.. "Kill Dem Sub" - is a percusive number thats sure to put a smile on a soundbwoys face... pure rewind bizness. Closing out the EP is a sure fire banger produced by Hurley entitled..."Ending The Game" - a wicked close out to a dope EP...

If I'm not mistaken this is exclusive to Beatport... so thats where you need to head to cop it... And to all the U.S. heads, I believe Hizzle Guy will be coming to the states later in the year... so definitely look out for that!! Ez
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Friday, February 17, 2012

MAX ECHO + BOOKZ: EPISODE 18 - Podcast

its that time again... another dose of beats by Max Echo and Bookz of the DontsleepNYC team!!!

Back again... your hosts Max Echo and Bookz bring you the first podcast of the year, for the First City Mob podcast series. Episode 18 kicks off with Bookz on deck... dropping some of the latest beats from Footsie, Guido, Distance as well as many others... including some exclusive productions by Bookz himself.

Next on deck is the man known to many as Max Echo... who charges in on a -take no prisoners- heavy Grime, Funky, Bassline ting.. Featuring tracks by Royal T, Scratchy, Trim. Teeza, as well as a dope Dev79 remix from Lord of the Mics....

Big shouts to all of you who continue to download the podcasts... Please continue to keep it locked... and thanks for listening!!!


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Otherwise you can download directly from the soundcloud player below for a limited time

EZ

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Beneath The Radar: NOSY001


Despite the frequently championed buoyancy of vinyl sales, record stores in New York City are few and far between. There are a few strongholds (Halcyon, Deadly Dragon) and collector havens (Good Records) but for the most part, if you want to get your hands on something specific online distributors are the way to go. This creates something of a puzzle for fans of UK bass musics (Dubstep, Funky, Grime etc.) situated outside of the UK, since an impulse-buy of a "Friday Shipping" new release will often result in receiving your vinyl round about the time the release has hit digital shops. This is by no means standard practice. Many labels now release on digital and vinyl simultaneously. Mysteries of distribution aside, buying vinyl is a choice to invest in an object. It will not crash or become corrupt (well, there are ways to corrupt your vinyl ..) and it can be resold without getting you arrested.

For the label/musician, vinyl is a slightly different kind of investment/strategy. Especially, if your release is vinyl only. Which brings me, finally, to the self-published gem of No Symbols 001. The premier release from Sheffield producer Beneath, NOSY001 is a four track EP of intensely bass-heavy UK Funky. The tracks are stripped down (were they ever built-up?) to a kind of dubbed-out essence, patiently constructed out of echoing pads, efficient drum patterns and the aforementioned foundation-crumbling sub-bass. Mid-range synth does figure here and there but it is hardly the focus of these tracks. To get a sense of this producer's potential you should download this guest mix from Blackdown's blog, which is how I know that any of this stuff exists in the first place. While it's downloading you can also have a listen to another mix which pairs the four tracks on the EP with a choice selection of funky riddims and gospel house(!). The track list can be found here.



I could go more in depth on each of the tracks on the release, but Manchester distro Boomkat has already done a bang-up job of compressing that description into a single, dense insider-speak paragraph. The consensus seems to be that Beneath's work is a throwback to the minimal aesthetic of an earlier era of mid-noughts Dubstep. While I recognize the urge to constantly frame the sounds of the present in relation to the past, I prefer to say that these sounds are part of a new direction in the existing landscape of British underground dance music - something beyond the genre-hybridizing of 2010 into 2011. If there is a tie in this EP to a time when Dubstep was being propagated by a handful of labels, it is in the so-called "outsider" nature of it's marketing strategy, which exploits the allure of the unknowable in an age of the information obsessed. I point this out not to undermine its effectiveness, but rather to show that it is a choice to avoid the double-bind of internet hype. A decision worth respecting since it is mirrored in the well-crafted nature of the sounds themselves. If you are in for the long haul, buy this record. It's the difference between hype and history.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

DISTANCE - "Reboot /Bazurk" TECTONIC -054

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back on dis ting for real... hope everyone's havin a good new year so far. lots... and lots of big releases set to drop in the very near future... definitely keep it locked here and we'll do our best to keep you informed.... were also gonna have something special lined up here very soon, so you won't wanna miss that... and if you haven't yet.. you can add us on Facebook and follow us on twitter as well....

this is a special one for me... Distance, as far as I'm concerned is definitely one of those artists that should always be mentioned when you talk about Dubstep... his beats have a certain rawness to them that you never forget... raw like in a hip hop sense... like how DJ Premier is raw in Hip Hop... Distance is raw in Dubstep -if you can follow me on that... I've definitely dropped quite a few of his tracks when I play out... his Chestplate imprint is a label that I have a lot of respect for... if you made me pick my favorite track by him up until now, it might have to be "Misfit"... cause its just a mean ass track... rugged.... but lets not leave out "Falling" which came out on Universal (Island Records) not too long ago... big moves...

With this release Distance definitely goes in hard... "Reboot" starts things off...
- I love the synth sound and flow on this... def not your carbon copy lfo line here... it has character, so to speak. this track has def been makin the rounds, and I think the first time I heard it was on an N-Type mix... "Bazurk" on the flip, swings into action with a melody that feels like its constantly lurking over your shoulder, winding from corner to corner... the drums pound in heavy as well...

this ones out on the much loved Tectonic imprint. Big Up to them for jumping on this...this one should be out next month in all your online local shops : )

Keep it locked!!


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Footsie - "1 Spliff" - Out Today!! Braindead Entertainment

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so lets just call today Magic Monday's... just because... nevermind the rain and melting snow out there (if your in nyc)... nothings more nasty than getting on the subway when the snow starts melting. slushy black goo everywhere... walking up the stairs the person in front of you steps in a puddle, and it splashes on your face. someone today had the nerve to wear their crispy white sneakers out in this nonsense... don't know what they were thinking...

anyway... todays a good day... and why you might ask... (hopefully its always a good day).. but todays a good day because we got some fresh beats from the Braindead camp... ei Footsie and DJ Tubby's imprint... the track is called "1 Spliff"... and yes the sample might sound familiar to you, especially if you ever heard the Zomby track (Spliff Dub) from a few years back, that made use of that sample...and yes you could go way back to the original.. original - indeed.

This version features Footsie on vocals, and Sukh Knight on production. Glad to see Sukh night on the grind and putting out bangers...
"I'm making Generalz muzik, your just makin a terrible mess"... Nice lyrics from Footsie on this one... and Sukh Knight makes nice use of the samples... which is driven home by the jagged bassline which powers through the middle... the video features many cameo's... from the Generals camp and others...DJ Tubby, Sukh Knight... to Jammer.. just to name a few..

Big track... you can cop it on Itunes, Juno.. etc... all your other favorite online beat stores... yea and Big Up Tubby!!


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