Saturday, 18 December 2010



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Monday, 6 December 2010

Download Shy FX's 'Raver' EP free!

The marvellous Shy FX released 'Raver' quite some time ago but just recently, the whole release has been made available for free.

The video for 'Raver' features a bewildering number of cameos ranging from AC Slater to Peter Waterman. It's almost a game in itself, spotting people. The tune itself features Kano, Donae'o and Roses Gabor (of Gorillaz fame) as well as a whole host of remixes from the likes of Breakage, Benny Page and the mighty MJ Cole.

New Starkey EP on Civil Music

Philadelphia resident Starkey has a new EP out on Civil Music label. The 12 track release — 5 originals, 6 remixes and one narration track — is as expansive as it is ambitious. It harks back to his IDM roots with a science fiction-inspired spoken word track as well as sprawling soundscapes and cold bleeps.

It also comes with a pretty solid bunch of remixes, with Ital Tek and Rudi Zygadlo’s remixes of 'Playing With Fire' and 'Paradise' respectively outshining the others. Grab a copy of it at 7digital.

Space Traitor Vol 1 (preview) by starkey

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New Jason Forrest EP absolutely free!

Berlin resident Jason Forrest has released a brand new EP under his own name, the first in six years. The new EP, entitled 'Utopia' is a noise-driven beast with more than a penchant for melody.

The new EP was born from a meeting between Forrest and Brian Miller (head of the LA-based Deathbomb Arc) when they discussed the possibility of him contributing to the Deathbomb Arc digital singles club. Instead, Jason opted to release a full four-track EP ahead of the full-length LP scheduled for 2011.

The release is a departure from his recent club-friendly bass productions. It marks a return to the more leftfield, intricate productions he cut his teeth on 6+ years ago. It's epic stuff, featuring uptempo melodies that build gradually to distorted peaks and troughs with eerie synth lines.

There's still an element of his beloved prog rock and even hints at disco, progressing the sort of sounds used in 2004's 'Shamelessly Exciting'. Preview the first track from the EP, 'Ciccone Youth', below and then download the whole thing free here.

Download: Jason Forrest - Ciccone Youth

Gorillaz cover The XX in live Radio 1 set with Daley

Damon Albarn's current project, Gorillaz, performed at the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge over the weekend, accompanied by singer Daley. They performed very low-key versions of their new single 'Doncamatic' as well as 'Melancholy Hill', as well as a stunning cover of The XX's 'Crystalised'. You can watch the three videos below (via Some Kind of Awesome)

New Droon mixtape on Soundcloud

I've always loved Droon since he was making nasty, harsh as hell breakcore/mashups. I mean, anyone who's heard Cripplefight knows this is one hugely entertaining producer.

Sadly, with the demise of breakcore a lot of these sort of productions fell out of favour as DJs started making cleaner, more pronounced house and bass music. Most DJs either jumped ship and started on electro or they simply sank into obscurity. Sadly, Droon kinda falls into both categories.

I did however, find this little beauty of his which blends the best of both: b'more and electro with a breakcore sensibility. Dusty mix from the top shelf. expiration date 12-2007 by Droon

Sufjan Stevens tribute LP due for March release

A tribute LP to Sufjan Stevens, will be released via the blog On Joyful Wings in aid of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The LP, 'Seven Swans Reimagined', is a track-by-track re-working of Stevens' 2004 album 'Seven Swans'.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy heads the bill along with DM Stith, Half-Handed Cloud, and the Gregory Brothers. Apparently, Sufjan was not involved in the project but gives it his full blessing.

01 Bonnie "Prince" Billy 'All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands'
02 The Gregory Brothers - 'The Dress Looks Nice on You'
03 Derek Webb - 'In The Devil's Territory'
04 Joshua James - 'To Be Alone With You'
05 Damion Suomi - 'Abraham'
06 Unwed Sailor - 'Sister'
07 Wakey!Wakey! - 'Size Too Small'
08 Elin Smith - 'We Won't Need Legs to Stand'
09 DM Stith - 'A Good Man Is Hard to Find'
10 Half-Handed Cloud - 'He Woke Me Up Again'
11 Carl Hauck - 'Seven Swans'
12 David Crowder*Band - 'The Transfiguration'
13 Jason Harrod - 'I Went Dancing With My Sister' (B-side)
14 Shannon Stephens - 'Waste of What Your Kids Won't Have' (B-side)
15 Inlets - 'Borderline' (B-side)

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

KOTJ Radio | Episode 7: Jubilee

To celebrate our first birthday we asked two of our favourite DJs, BD1982 and Jubilee, to put together a mix each so we could release them both instead of the usual once-a-month deal. We put Brian's mix out two weeks ago and now it's Jess's turn.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Jubilee has been a staple of the heavy bass scene for some time now. As well as running Nightshifters alongside Donna Summer, she also puts on the Flashing Lights parties with Nick Catchdubs and DJ Ayres.

On top of all that, she is also one half of Bassanovva with Grahmzilla. The two have an EP out on Sinden's Grizzly imprint. Check that out here and browse the beatport chart she put together to listen to some of the tracks featured in her mix.


01. R1 Ryders - Pop Shit Off
02. C.R.S.T. - Dance (Mosca Remix)
03. Magnum - Juracan (Randomer Remix)
04. Octa Push - Monkey Island
05. Brenmar - You Make Me Say (Ikonika & Optimum Remix)
06. LV & Okmalumkoolkat - Boomslang
07. Brenmar - Back Beating
08. Seiji - Weedkiller
09. Roska & Untold - Myth
10. Breach - Fatherless (Doc Daneeka MRR SNRZZ Remix)
11. Kingdom - Remember feat. Tiombe Lockhart
12. Contakt - The Otherness
13. Untold - Stereo Freeze
14. Kutz - Hypno

Download: Jubilee - KOTJ Radio Episode 7

Friday, 26 November 2010

New Sharam Jey single with Tommie Sunshine

Sharam Jey has a new single out, entitled 'The Things', which features Tommie Sunshine on vocals. It also features a huge heap of remixes, including efforts from Junior Sanchez, Cuberpunkers, Funkerman, Acid Washed and more.

It's out on King Kong and both volumes can be found at Beatport here and here.

Download: Sharam Jey - The Things feat. Tommie Sunshine (Acid Washed Remix)

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Egyptrixx - Start From The Beginning [Video]

Toronto's Egyptrixx is set to release the first LP on Night Slugs early next year. Below is the video for the first single from the album:

Egyptrixx - Start from the Beginning from Datdatdat / A. N. Fischer on Vimeo.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Drop The Lime - Hot As Hell [Video]

Mogwai to release new LP on Sub Pop

Post Rock luminaries Mogwai are set to release their seventh full-length LP on the legendary Sub Pop. The new LP, entitled 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will', features the single 'Rano Pano' which is available for free download on Sub Pop's website, for the princely sum of your e-mail address.

A 7" of the single will be available January 18th. Go here to download the track and look at the artwork and tracklist.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Debut release from Talk on Nightshifters

One of the most recent signings to Nightshifters, Talk, has released his first EP on the imprint. The new EP, entitled 'Holy Mountain', came out yesterday and promises a sound described as "cinematic" and "gutteral".

As always, Nightshifters have brought out the dark and dirty side of their musicians. I know we've featured most of the NS releases on here but it's simply because they're consistantly solid. It's really impressive the way Jason Forrest and Jubilee have created this label: the striking visual aesthetics and the thoughtfully selected artists combine to inspire their DJs to create genuinely unique productions.

Talk - Burning Alive from Nightshifters on Vimeo.

The EP includes four original productions ('Holy Mountain', 'Finland', 'Burning Alive' and 'Walking Disease') as well as four remixes from newcomes Distal and Skinnz, and blog house veterans Deathface and LOL Boys.

Download the mp3 of the title track and then grab the rest of the release on Beatport, iTunes and Juno.

Download: Talk - Holy Mountain

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Happy Birthday Diplo!

Diplo - Florida from Rory on Vimeo.

To celebrate the birth of Mad Decent's founding father Wesley "Diplo" Pentz, some vagabond has uploaded the original 38 minute Florida DVD in its entirety. That's it up there.

Free Girl Talk LP on Illegal Art

The brains behind Girl Talk, Gregg Gillis, has released a free LP on Illegal Art dripping with samples. The follow up to 2008's 'Feed The Animals' is called 'All Day' and is available to download from Illegal Art here.

In support of the LP Gillis will be embarking on a massive tour. You can check the dates here.

KOTJ Radio | Episode 6: BD1982

This month Kick Out The Jam celebrates its first birthday and to celebrate we've got two - yes, two - mixtapes for you lovely shits. The first is from our good friend BD1982 and the second is from Nightshifters co-big cheese, Jubilee.

Episode six of our podcast series comes from Yokohama resident BD1982. Including Makumba Sound, Roska, XLII and Untold; it also features a couple of BD1982 originals, as well as his remix of 'Mommy' by Planet Soap.

The tape kicks off with an awesome blend of samples before throwing us headlong into a dubby dancehall number. It ties in all my favourite styles of tropical, funky, dancehall, dubstep and house into this really awesome dark trip that almost delves into the realms of IDM at points.

Honestly, just listen for yourself. Either download it below or stream at our Mixcloud page. It's a great place to start if you want an idea of the BD1982 sound. Also, be sure to grab a copy of the awesome 'Trails' EP I wrote about here.


01. Innocent Crew - Bad Like We
02. Makumba Sound - Dutty Girls
03. BD1982 - Magnets On My Back
04. Jali Bakary Konteh - Combination (Hat+Hoodie Remix)
05. Anthm - Fam Ting
06. Roska - Feeline (Guttershake Remix by J:Kenzo)
07. XLII vs. BD1982 - Envy Riddim (MC Zulu Version)
08. Boddika - Syn Chron
09. Gudda Gudda - Demolition Freestyle Pt.1 feat. Lil Wayne
10. Hype Williams - Rescue Dawn II
11. Planet Soap - Mommy (BD1982 Remix)
12. Untold - Come Follow We
13. The Cheese Sticks - Hos Ja!
14. BD1982 - Utukku
15. A Number Of Names - Sharevari

Download: BD1982 - KOTJ Radio Episode 6

New Zed Bias LP due in Spring 2011

Master of the breaks/garage sound Zed Bias has announced he will be releasing a new album this Spring on Tru Thoughts, titled 'Biasonic Hot Sauce'.

Following the succes of 'Make A Change' under his Maddslinky moniker, the new LP promises brand new Zed Bias material as well as collaborations with Skream and Mark Pritchard among others. There's little more info other than that the artwork will be daubed by Boo Cook, whose CV includes work for Marvel Comics!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

BD1982 - Trails

Having cut his teeth back in Philadelphia, Brian "BD1982" Durr now resides in Japan. Slowly the influence of funky is starting to creep across the east coast of America, with more and more producers bridging the gap between dubstep and funky and so it reaches Brian via his pals in Philadelphia and so on.

The real star of the show is 'Magnets On My Back' with tropical drums and a Nintendo-y synth line. Always keeping his productions progressive and as far from monotonous as it's possible to get.

Gunhead makes 'Trails' into a sort of "tropical n' bass" with ravey synth lines over a heavy Tropical/UKF beat. The Jam City mix is much more of a garage/bassline affair that could just as easily be an L-Vis 1990 or A1 Bassline production, which is no bad thing (or a surprise given Jam City's work with the Night Slugs crew). The chilled out techno element gives it a real deep house edge and once more blurs the lines beyond all Venn Diagrams.

Finally we have the remixes of 'Let's Talk Math'. The first, a remix by Makumba Sound, also takes on a funky element with a very squelchy synth line splashing its way through things. The second mix and final mix is by a chap called Brey who has so far eluded our radars but this mix promises a lot and we're sure to hear from him again.

Stand out tracks: Trails (Gunhead Remix), Magnets On My Back, Trails (Jam City Remix)

Title: Trails (seclusD09)
Artist: BD1982
Out now on Seclusiasis.

Download: BD1982 - Trails

Grab your copy from Beatport, Boomkat, iTunes and Juno.

Also, look out for BD1982's mix for our podcast series out very soon!!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

New Primary 1 single and LP out soon!

Britain's own Joe Flory aka Primary 1, whose career trajectory could only be described as "break-neck" has a new single 'Never Know' out December 6th. The new single is taken from his debut LP which features co-production from Paul Epworth and Phillpe Zdar and is scheduled for a February 2011 release.

If you heard 'Hold Me Down' you'll know this a release to get excited about and one that's sure to set the benchmark for releases in the new year. He already commands an impressive remix roster having Foamo, The Shoes and Yuksek penning reworkings in the past and Gucci Vump providing their take on the new single.

5 new tracks from the latest Horsepower LP at FACT

Those lovely chaps at FACT magazine have uploaded five whole tracks from the highly anticipated new LP by Horsepower Productions, their first in six years. The new album is to be released on the thoroughly consistant Tempa and promises at least as much as can be expected from such a ball-achingly good label.

With such a phenomenal track record, Tempa's reputation needs little explanation or promotion from me. Having put out Skream's debut LP as well as Benga's 'Diary Of An Afro Warrior', their reputation is a formidable one to say the least.

With that in mind, all signs point to 'Quest For The Sonic Bounty' being a stellar release, particularly since many consider them to be the inventors of dubstep. It may also be the last dubstep release to be described as such. Though I'll almost certainly be proved wrong before the year is out.

You can stream the tracks here.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Trentemøller - Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go! [Video]

Widely regarded for his live performances - a quality sorely lacking in some of today's youngsters - Trentemøller should really be a lot bigger than he is. With a stage show that makes Lady GaGa look like a drag act in a working men's club in Dagenham.

Above all, however, is his inclusion of a theremin player - every nerdy electronica fan's wet dream as well as a live drummer. But apart from anything else his music is just ruddy good stuff.

Below you can watch the official video for 'Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!' (from his latest LP 'Into the Great Wide Yonder'), a live performance at the Roskilde Festival in front of 50,000+ fans who I'm supposedly "appear to be floating".

Night Slugs to release first anniversary comp

For a record label that's barely a year old Night Slugs has already amassed an impressive back catalogue of stand out releases in the heavy bass/UK funky scenes: Lil Silva's 'Night Skanker' EP, Mosca's 'Square One' and 'Wut' by Girl Unit to name but a few.

To celebrate their first birthday they'll be putting out a compilation LP of Night Slugs classics from Girl Unit, Mosca and Kingdom as well as some unreleased tracks from Optimum and an unheard collaboration between L-Vis 1990 and T. Williams.

The new LP, entitled 'Night Slugs AllStars Vol. 1', is out November 29th and is sure to make the ideal place start if you don't really know the label. Check out the tracklist below.

1. Mosca – Square One VIP
2. Lil Silva – Golds 2 Get
3. Girl Unit – IRL (Bok Bok Remix)
4. Kingdom – Bust Broke
5. L-Vis 1990 & T. Williams – Stand Up
6. Jam City – Arpjam
7. Lil Silva – Seasons
8. Egyptrixx – Liberation Front
9. Bok Bok & Cubic Zirconia – Reclash Dub
10. Optimum – Broken Embrace
11. Jacques Greene – (Baby I Don’t Know) What You Want
12. Velour – Booty Slammer
13. Girl Unit – Wut

Monday, 8 November 2010

The Bug to release new EP on Ninja Tune

Kevin "The Bug" Martin has been a busy boy recently with the new King Midas Sound single 'Lost' and now a new EP under his Bug alias. The new EP, entitled 'The Infected', ia out on Ninja Tune on November 22nd.

The new release is a four track EP featuring the vocal talents of Roots Manuva and KMS's Hitomi, as well as a remix from Autechre and Scratcha DVA each. You can preorder your copy from Ninja Tune here.

Seriously, the Ninja Tune output has been absolutely stellar recently and the perfect way to celebrate their 20th anniversary, with most of the last month of XLR8R's podcasts being produced by artists on their roster. That coupled with its history (Mr. Scruff, Roots Manuva, Anti-Pop Consortium, DJ Food, Coldcut, Toddla T, etc.) make it an impossible label to dislike. Go here to check out the podcasts.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

New Mikix The Cat EP on Trouble & Bass

Parisian mean machine Mikix The Cat has a new EP out on Trouble & Bass. The new EP 'Girls Keep On Wondering' promises the same tech-house brilliance we've seen in the past.

To coincide with its release he's put together a mix of Chicago House-inspired favourites of his, as well as a selection of MTC tracks from his new EP. With such a high quality back catalogue, it's no surprise the internets have been ablaze with blog-based love for Señor The Cat.

Grab the Smashcast here and then fork out your pennies for the privilege of owning a copy here.

New Malente EP on Southern Fried

The latest release on Southern Fried from Malente is now available for your listening pleasure. The whole release is worth getting just for the opening track 'Ja Ja Ja', which features Spieltrieb and the classic Tarzan holler sample.

Stream the whole release below and then click the beatport link to buy it.

Malente: Tarzan Boys EP by Southern Fried Records

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

DJ Fresh, Warrior One, Jayou @ Inertia - 18/11/10

Drum & Bass giant DJ Fresh will be bringing his beats and pieces to our fair city. Pop down to see him with UK Funky beast Warrior One and James "Jayou" Martin.

Tickets are £6 at Beatdown Records, RPM and We Got Tickets advance or you can pay on the door if you're as disorganised as me. And check out the 'Inertia Global Radio' podcast at iTunes for an idea of what to expect.

Monday, 1 November 2010

New Baobinga EP with Mensah and Scratcha DVA on

Very exciting news here! Manchester's latest cool-person-everyone-likes Baobinga has a new EP on Build. Expect the bassy end of the UKF spectrum.

Along with Poirier, Baobinga has to be one of the most exciting Funky producers going, bringing in elements of breaks, ragga and techno and a lot of bass on dem breaks and ting, etc.

Grab your copy at Beatport, Boomkat and iTunes and Juno.

Monday, 25 October 2010

New Girl Unit EP on Night Slugs!

The infallible Night Slugs crew have put out a new release by Girl Unit today. Following hot on the heels of this year's 'IRL' EP, Girl Unit's new single 'Wut' sits at the dubbier end of the UKF spectrum.

Girl Unit's new EP wasn't wasn't even going to be released this early, but the gossip and bootlegs surrounding this dubby slice of UKF became too much for everyone and they were forced to put the single out soon as. The 'Wut' single comes out next Monday, October 25, and will also include the b-sides 'Every Time' and 'Showstoppa'.

You can nab a copy at Bleep, Boomkat, Juno and Rub A Dub.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Flying Lotus - Kill Your Co-Workers [Video]

Taken from the 'Pattern + Grid World' EP on Warp Records.

KOTJ Radio | Episode 5: Willy Joy

The fifth edition of our (sort of) monthly podcast comes from Chicago's very own Willy Joy. With elements of electro, house, UK funky, pop, techno and heavy bass all coming to the fore, this is a well put together mix capable of getting just about everyone doing the running man.

His newest release with Rob Threezy on Trouble & Bass comes as part of their Heavy Bass Champions Of The World series. With his releases getting support from the likes of Diplo, Drop The Lime, Brodinski & Boy 8-Bit, this mix shows exactly why he has friends in high places.

Check out his Heavy Bass Champions Of The World X EP with Rob Threezy here and look out for a forthcoming release on Plant Music.


01. Alan 1 - Concertmate (Bobermann Remix)
02. Lauren Pritchard - Not The Drinking (Riva Starr Remix)
03. Robyn - With Every Heartbeat (Nacey Bootleg)
04. Heavyfeet - Here We Go Again
05. Foamo - Here Comes
06. Jazzbit - Sing Sing (Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup Dub)
07. Bart Bmore, Nom De Strip & Little Bastard - Bollymore
08. Bird Peterson - Dropsy
09. Homework - I Got One (You're It)
10. Willy Joy - A Woman Like Me (Hot Version)
11. Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way (Carte Blanche Remix)
12. Katy B - Louder
13. Ethix - Breaking Bad (Nick Catchdubs & Proper Villains Remix)
14. Human Life - Wherever We Are (Grum Remix)
15. RCMP - USA Groove (Burnso Remix)

Download: KOTJ Radio Episode 5: Willy Joy

Friday, 15 October 2010

New A-Trak tune on Fool's Gold!

Canadian boy wonder A-Trak (Kanye West's former tour DJ) has returned with a new tune 'Ray Ban Vision' with Kanye's new protégé CyHi Da Prynce. The track is to be released on the Fool's Gold Vol. 1, the debut compilation on Fool's Gold, on October 25.

While A-Trak's focus lays mainly within the field of electro/bass/house these days, he does have more than his fair share of hip-hop credentials, having won the DMC championships at the tender age of 15. The duo will be performing at the Fool's Gold third anniversary party which will be a part of Pitchfork's Offline Festival at Brooklyn Bowl, October 23.

Download: A-Trak - Ray Ban Vision feat. CyHi Da Prynce

Monday, 11 October 2010

Jayou - Zoot Money Promo Mix

To coincide with Jayou's new release on Skint he's put together a promo mix full of bass-heavy anthems we all know and love.

Jayou - Crack Hands
Pyrammid - Trouble
The Freestylers - Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix)
Poirier - Enemies feat. Face-T
Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction (Wideboys Bassline Mix)
Jayou - Ghost
T.E.E.D. - Blood Pressure
The Party Squad - Murderer (Diplo & Jayou Remix)
Boogaloo Crew - Days Go By
Hudson Mohawk - Fuse (Depone Remix)
SX- Woo Riddim
Magnetic Man - Perfect Stranger (Benga Remix)
Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Sigma Remix)
Boyz Noize - Yeah

Jayou x Zoot Money Mix by JAYOU

Celebrate 20 years of Ninja Tune!

To celebrate 20 years of Ninja Tune, XLR8R are putting out a month of podcasts by artists on the Ninja Tune rosta. The first mix is from Poirier and proves to be an incredible start to the series.

Be sure to check the XLR8R and Ninja Tune XX websites for exclusive content from all your favourite artists - there's bound to be some great treats on each.

Download: Poirier - XLR8R Podcast (07/10/2010)

Soul Jazz to release UK Funky compilation

Now that nobody cares about dubstep and UK Funky is pervading our collective consciousness like a nasty case of swine flu, Soul Jazz has decided to put together a well-timed UKF compilation. The two-disc set, entitled 'Riddim Box: Excursions In The UK Funky Underground', simultaneously acts as a starter point for anyone who's been living under a rock as well as a greatest hits of the scene.

The release comes hot on the tail of their well-received Future Bass compilation (which can be streamed from XLR8R here. The compilation features the likes of MJ Cole, Lil Silva, Kode9 and Ghosts On Tape and many more. You can grab your copy from the usual places from November 8. In the mean time, have a look at the tracklist, download the free MJ Cole mp3 and try not to hyperventilate.

01. Altered Natives - Rass Out
02. MJ Cole - Volcano Riddim
03. NB Funky - Riddim Box
04. Tubby T - Ready She Ready (Seiji Remix)
05. Sunship Feat. Warrior Queen - Almighty Father (Solid Groove Underground Souljah Mix)
06. Zumen Feat. Leafnuts and Aaron Phiri - Rolexx
07. Hard House Banton - Sirens
08. Ghosts On Tape - Predator Mode (Roska Remix)
09. Donae'o - African Warrior (Instrumental)

01. Stereotyp Meets Al Haca - Blaze 'N' Cook (Radio Slavermix)
02. Kode9 - Black Sun
03. Lil Silva - Pulse vs. Flex
04. LV Feat. Rubi Dan and Errol Bellot - Crossfire
05. Omar and Zed Bias - Dancing (Instrumental)
06. D-Malice - Gabryelle (Refix)
07. Grievous Angel - Move Down Low (Dubplate Mix)
08. DVA - Natty
09. Shystie - Pull It (Ill Blu Remix Instrumental)
10. Crazy Cousinz - Attract

Download: MJ Cole - Volcano Riddim

Thursday, 7 October 2010

New Roska and Untold collaboration

UKF pioneers Untold and Roska are set to release their first EP together on the highly-acclaimed Numbers label. Having danced around one creatively another with various remixes and shows, the two producers have finally decided to throw caution to the wind and make beautiful music together.

When asked why neither producer had selected their own imprints (Roska's Kicks And Snares and Untold's Hemlock), they explained that it made more sense for the two to meet in the middle so as to keep things on a level pegging.

The new EP is called 'Myth' and is available from Bleep, Boomkat, Clone, iTunes, Juno, Red Eye, Rub A Dub and Sounds Of The Universe.

Friday, 1 October 2010

DJ Aaron-Carl loses battle with cancer

It seems the current onslaught of rain and the recent departure of Mary Anne Hobbs from Radio 1 are not the only grim elements in our collective conscious. Yes, three certainly is the magic number as far as misery is concerned as news reaches us of the death of the genuinely legendary Aaron-Carl (nee Aaron-Carl Ragland).

After a well-publicised struggle with cancer Ragland passed away, despite posts on his Facebook and Twitter remaining positive to the last regarding his diagnosis and treatment. A quick scan of the internet reveals a mass of producers, journalists, DJs and fans alike mourning this loss on a personal level.

In a career spanning two decades, Aaron honed and advanced the Detroit house sound in a way that no other DJ could. While the Belleville Three (Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Derrick May) developed the sound in its infancy, it was Aaron-Carl who nurtured the scene and essentially bank-rolled labels such as Mahogani, Ovum, Underground Resistance/Soul City and his own Wallshaker Music imprint.

"Aaron knew how to move a crowd with an unprecedented warmth and love."

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Mary Anne Hobbs to quit radio

Some sad news on these shores: Mary Anne Hobbs has hosted her last edition of the BBC Radio 1 Experimental Show (formerly the Breezeblock Show) after 14 years. It seems the show will continue without her but it's a collossal understatement to say she'll be sorely missed, not just by the music world, but also by the artists she supported.

She has left the show and radio altogether to become the Media Development Coordinator at Sheffield University. It's no secret the part Hobbs played in the breaking of countless artists: pretty much every dubstep artist you've ever heard of; perhaps most notably Kode9 and Burial, the creators of the mix posted below.

Here's the last edition of the Experimental Show cooked up by the lovely Kode9 and Burial.

Download: Burial & Kode9 - Mix for Mary Anne Hobbs Final Show

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

New Mumdance EP

Mumdance is set to release his first solo effort on the mighty Mad Decent, simply titled 'Mum Decent'. The EP is out this Monday in the UK and Europe and Tuesday in the US and the rest of the world.

The video for the lead single 'Forget Me Now' features Esser and is to premier on Pitchfork the day of the US release. You can preview the EP at Mad Decent.

Check out the bonus track 'Battle' featuring Esser below:

Download: Mumdance - Battle feat. Esser

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Todo El Mundo @ Hyem Bar - 25/09/10

Renowned record hound, LP compiler, international DJ and co-founder of Finders Keepers Records, Doug splits his time between his label duties, involvement in the seminal globetrotting club night/collective B-music and manning his fitful pocket empire Battered Ornaments.

Catch him upstairs at Hyem bar playing exclusive tracks from his forthcoming debut mixtape 'Dedicated Swallower Of Fashion' - a cacophony of syncopated psychedelic ...madness that draws from his enviably expansive record collection and challenging DJ sets, dusting off handpicked fuzz-ridden-break-heavy platters from as far and wide as Malaysia, France, India, Germany, USA, Russia, Spain, Columbia, Italy and Indonesia.

Joining him on the turntables will be Todo el mundo residents Antonio Morales and Major Dawson.

Friday 25th September
19.30 - Late
Free Entry

Follow them on Facebook or go to the event page for more info.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

New Mustard Pimp EP

Mustard Pimp have released a brand-spanking new EP called 'Rock Paper Scissors'. Including the Cherry/Kiwi Remix EP, this is their fourth on Dim Mak and sixth overall.

And for your listening pleasure, you can stream all three tracks or you can download the first track 'Rock' featuring the talents of Hot Pink Delorean in shining 320!

Rock Paper Scissors EP by Mustard Pimp

Download: Mustard Pimp - Rock feat. Hot Pink Delorean

New EP from Udachi and iBeat

New York ravager of parties Udachi has a new EP out on Palms Out Sounds featuring the knob-twiddling wizardry of his old Staten Island pal iBeat. The EP is called 'Swagger' and came out yesterday with remixes from Baobinga, AC Slater, Tactic, Deathface (of Guns N' Bombs fame) & Andreas Bygdell.

Throwing elements of tropical, new york heavy bass, kuduro and good old fashioned rave into the mixing pot, with a storming 808-filled bounce from Baobinga. But as ever when he's on the remix rosta, it's AC Slater's heavy bass remix which is sure to become a classic in the clubs.

While you wait for your copy to download, why not stream the EP below or listen to Udachi's delightful Swagger Promo mixtape? Don't expect to be welcome here if you don't. Oh, and the Baobinga remix is there for you to download as well, you ungrateful oiks.

Udachi - Swagger Promo Mixtape
01. Udachi & Mike Cash – Circadian Riddim [Unsigned]
02. Dre Skull & Juiceboxxx – Hype-a-pella [Vicious Pop]
03. Toddla T ft Wayne Marshall – Sky Surfing (Douster remix) [Ninja Tune]
04. Kry Wolf – Stand Up (Vocal Mix) [Forthcoming Party Like Us Records]
05. Lorenzo Vektor – Turn it Up (Canblaster Remix) [Silverback Records]
06. Savage Skulls ft Timbuktu – Bumps [Dubsided]
07. Udachi ft iBeat – Swagger [Palms Out]
08. Bart B More & Harvard Bass – Listen to This [Sound Pellegrino]
10. Congorock ft Mr. Lexx – Babylon [Fools Gold]
10. Nadastrom – Save Us (John Roman Nigerian Dub) [Discobelle]
11. Zombies for Money – Sururumba (Caribe Mix) [Trouble and Bass]
12. Jamal & Commodore 069 – Favela Bounce [Hot N Heavy Recordings]
13. Kastle – Better off Alone (Udachi Remix) [Seclusiasis]
14. Tony Rocky Horror – Champion Sound [Hot N Heavy Recordings]
15. Doug Surreal – Riverman Skank [Badman Press]
16. Udachi & Jubilee – Smoke-a-pella [Nightshifters]
17. FC Kahuna – Hayling (ILS Remix) [SKiNT]
18. Udachi ft iBeat – Swagger (Baobinga Remix) [Palms Out]
19. Flinch – Midnight Hustle (AC & Dell VIP) [Party Like Us Records]
20. Udachi ft iBeat – Swagger (Deathface Remix) [Palms Out]

POS020 - Udachi - Swagger feat. iBeat by Palms Out Sounds

Download: Udachi - Swagger Promo Mixtape
Download: Udachi - Swagger feat. iBeat (Baobinga Remix)

Click here to buy the whole release on Beatport.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Kastle - Better Off Alone

The artist formerly known as B.Rich has set himself up for a promising year with this instant classic. Barrett "Kastle" Richards has taken on a dubbier sound with an almost housey edge to it.

It used to be that the UK had the monopoly on bass, but recently America, mainly the east coast, has started to take over. Artists such as Drop The Lime, AC Slater, Udachi and of course B.Rich stormed the scene with massive bass-heavy "choons" and "club-bangers".

Naturally, it seems appropriate to post a track featuring two of the biggest names in US bass: Kastle and Udachi. The original is a very mellow bassy piece reminiscent of Burial with a house twist. Now I have to warn you it does feature auto-tune. Luckily, it manages to pull it off by exercising some restraint and it does make it sound like it's underwater, which kinda fits.

Starkey adds a nice ravey horn-through-a-buzzsaw line to bang it up but it's Udachi's Funky mix that does it for me with the most awesome drum samples I've ever heard. Honestly, if you're not sure about Funky listen to this tune. A lot. Then listen to Willy Joy's Funky/soca mix or I'll slap your knees.

Under his B.Rich moniker it was more fast heavy bass drops and ghetto/hip-hop samples but with Kastle his productions have taken on a much dubbier, techy sound - lots of arpeggiated synths and handclaps. Definitely the beginning of big things for this chap.

Stand out tracks: Udachi Mix, Willy Joy Mix

Title: Better Off Alone (seclus026)
Artist: Kastle
Out now soon on Seclusiasis.

Download: Kastle - Better Off Alone (Udachi Remix)

Monday, 30 August 2010

New King Midas Sound 7" on Hyperdub

London natives King Midas Sound are to release their new single on Kode9,'s imprint Hyperdub. The release, which XLR8R described as "soulful and lovelorn", comes out on September 7. The b-side is the equally haunting b-side 'Frequencies'.

King Midas Sound is a dubstep project of Kevin "The Bug" Martin and London & Trinidad poet Roger Robinson featuring vocalist Hitomi. Having released their first 12" release 'Cool Out' and debut album 'Waiting For You' Hyperdub.

Under this guise Martin's music takes on a more Bristol-inspired sound as the ragga element takes a backseat. It's a more thoughtful endeavour and certainly one worth checking out for those lazy summer days in the park with cans of fizzy whatnot.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Why nobody cares about music anymore

I can't decide whether this is funny or depressing.

First release on new label Phuturelabs

Last week I told you about the new free Hostage EP. Today I bring news about the latest Alan Parley project (not to be confused with The Alan Parsons Project). His new guise Wira is a departure from the usual Hostage territory and is to be released via the brand new label Phuturelabs (brought to you by the guys behind Nerve Recordings).

This new persona has only really been described as an "elusive" producer from the UK, though with Alan Parley's picture on the Facebook page the mystery begins and ends there.

The A-side is a track called 'Vloeitjes'; a slow-paced, a low-frequency piece full of dramatic tension with an unexpected bounce for such dance music. The whole package will be available in glorious 320 from the Phuturelabs website on September 13. In the mean time you can grab another tune of his 'Animals' below.

Download: Wira - Animals

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Download Hostage's new EP for free!

Our good friend in the north Alan "Hostage" Parley has put out another stonking EP on Nightshifters and it's absolutely free!

It's good to see him branching out from the sidechain electro/wobble templates and trying something a bit different. Here big Al bridges the gap between dubstep and funky with an incredibly wobbly drop and the trademark funky drum pattern.

Hostage - Roll from Nightshifters on Vimeo.

You should also totally check out the new look Nightshifters page. It's right sexy.

Download: Hostage - Roll EP [ZIP]

Monday, 16 August 2010

New LP from The Count & Sinden

On August 23 The Count & Sinden will be releasing a new LP on Domino. As such, the first single 'After Dark' (which features the Mystery Jets) has already been released.

The LP boasts a broad range of styles: from House to Bassline to Funky to Baltimore as well as the vocal talents of B'more star Rye Rye and Londoners Katy B and Bashy.

You can stream the whole thing at FACT magazine for 10 days from today and in the mean time you can download 'After Dark' below.

Download: The Count & Sinden - After Dark feat. Mystery Jets

KOTJ Radio | Episode 4: Dev79

Another exciting podcast comes to us from Philadelphia resident Gair "Dev79" Marking. Starkey and he control Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey with El Carnicero.

Dev79 has been bangin’ out the underground sounds for years. I first heard his music back in the days when he was producing harsh noise-influenced hip-hop and breaks on the Sonic Terror imprint. Today his music retains the hip-hop and glitch influences along with a new dub and heavy bass streak.

His recent remixes for Gobs The Zombie, Guttstar, Dmn Days are sure to raise his profile and jettison him into the stratosphere. I'm told he's currently working on a collaborative EP with Seattle producer Thrills (of Sub Philo Music/Thrills & Tony Rocky Horror fame) with a new EP out on Seclusiasis called 'Live N Die 4 The Street Bass', coming in September.


01. BD1982 - Trails (Gunhead Remix)
02. Siyoung - Kill Whitey
03. Scratcha DVA - New World Order
04. Dev79 - Live N Die 4 The Street Bass (Harlsedon Riddim)
05. Kanji Kinetic - Thrill Seeka
06. Guttstar - Bomb Blast (Dev79 Remix)
07. Chelley - Text Message (SonicC Remix)
08. CRST - The Bells (Girl Unit Remix)
09. Hybu - How To Look Primative
10. Skinny Friedman - Hundred Dollar Salad (Sammy Bananas Remix)
11. The Constellations - Setback (Starkey Remix)
12. Shawty Lo - Say Yeah
13. Starkey - Death Beams
14. Om Unit - Searching (EAN Remix)
15. +Verb - Puddleglum
16. DJ Prime Cuts - Rubber Banned
17. NastyNasty - Dead Star
18. Max Echo - Noshy Riddim
19. Dev79 - In Grain We Trust (Thrills & Tony Rocky Horror Remix)
20. Kaiser - Tasty Lazers (Dev79 & Thrills Remix)
21. Supra1 - Still Believe (Royce Rolls Edit)
22. Kastle - I Know

Download: KOTJ Radio Episode 4: Dev79

New Kanji Kinetic EP 'Thrill Seeka'

Kanji Kinetic has released an EP on Chrissy Murderbot's label Sleazetone. The release promises to be the biggest for the label so far, with remixes coming from Krazy Fiesta (of Trunkfunk/Turboweekend fame) and upcoming bass or, to coin a wanky term, "post-garage" superstar Kingdom (Night Slugs, Fool’s Gold, Mad Decent, Acéphale).

Here's what Sleazetone had to say about it:
"We here at Sleazetone are really hyped about this one—an EP from one of the biggest names in forward-thinking bass music right now, Kanji Kinetic. He's released work on labels like Rag & Bone, Trouble & Bass, Senseless, Tigerbeat6, and Coin Op, to name a few. Now he’s bringing a new take on his distinctive Bassline/Dubstep/Funky/Rave fusion to Sleazetone.

'Thrill Seeka' is a huge party tune on a UK Funky tip with some cheeky samples to keep things lively. 'Griefer' is classic Kanji—punishing bassline house with really crisp percussion and genius drum edits, while 'Scatter' is mind-melting Dubstep drumwork mayhem. Completely next level ish, FOR SERIOUS."

Kanji Kinetic - "Thrill Seeka" EP by sleazetone

Friday, 13 August 2010

Sketches @ The Tyne Bar - 13/08/10

There's another Sketches party tonight at the Tyne Bar. Not only is it the last Sketches party at the Tyne, it's also the last ever club night at the Tyne now the local idiots have learned to use phones.

Anyway, I'm reliably informed they will be moving to another club in October so it won't be the end of Sketches and it promises to be a spiffy night with the usual musical shenanigans and the return of the art walls in which anyone and everyone can draw penises or 'LOL' on them or whatever it is the young people do with paint these days.

Music and whatnot will be provided by:

Capo Ultra

Plus super secret special guest/s (maybe)

Friday 13th August
The Tyne
18.30 - 23.00
Free Entry

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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

New Sound Pellegrino compilation on Scion A/V

Scion A/V and Sound Pellegrino have put together a lovely little compilation album 'Straight From The Spring'. The new compilation features efforts from Para One, Renaissance Man, Momma's Boy, and Bart B More & Harvard Bass.

Download: Scion A/V presents Sound Pellegrino [ZIP]

New free Terror Danjah LP to download!

Terror Danjah, the lovely bugger, has decided to kick off August with another free release. It's hardly been a week since 'Shock To The System' was released, and now the legendary grime MC has lined up 'Hardstrumentals', featuring 29 instrumental tracks from his unreleased repertoire.

Download: Terror Danjah - Hardstrumentals [ZIP]
Download: Terror Danjah - Shock To The System [ZIP]