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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