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Juno: Build boss Baobinga teams up with Ginz (from the “Purple City”) and Cosmin TRG on this debut from his new label. Title tune “The Good Stank” is just as brilliant as you’d expect from this team of post-dubsteppers, with big live drums played at a half-speed and a cavalcade of bubbly synths spewing nicely over the mix, all anchored by a soulful synth melody. “I Get Ruff” on the other hand is uptempo and just as kaleidoscopic – with Baltimore-style drums and deep bass firming up the rhythm. Clearly this won’t be the last diamond to come out on Build.
Cosmin TRG: My new record See Other People/ Groove Control is out now on the notorious Rush Hour label.
So far it has received support from the likes of Apparat, Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B, Gilles Peterson, Martyn, Ikonika, Jackmaster, Marcel Dettmann, A Made Up Sound, the Arpiar collective, Sinden, Roska, MA1, Scratcha DVA, Brendon Moeller, Falty DL, DJ Pete aka Substance.
Many thanks to Christiaan at Rush Hour for making this record happen, and to everyone playing it around the world.
There’s a place in bass electronica, where the percussive house meets spacious dubtech and dense funky. We’re not sure how this place is called but xxxy happens to be quite at it. His futuristic number ‘Just for me’, canny ‘Reflections’ or the cherry on top of Fabric’s last compilation that ‘Sing With Us’ is – it’s really a whole different level.
BBQ mix mirrors the variety of his own styles, but most of all, it unveils his exceptional ability to merge them all in the most enjoyable way. Mixing the likes of Julio Bashmore, Addison Groove or Poland’s own Sekta, xxxy tops his selection with 2 unpublished gems by the man himself – the opening and closing tracks are both BBQ Exclusives.
We’re proud to present second installment in our mix series, enjoy!
LA MIXETTE host this week GREYMATTER and his “Altered Beasts” selecta, including his inspirations and the cream of new dubstep scene.
Getting support from Laurent Garnier or Zed Bias, his new release “Mind Over Matter” is a pure blend thru wonky, dubstep and fine electro music.
Get it on his own label Unique Uncut Recordings.
You can know him better checkin this interview on DATA TRANSMISSION.
ESKAMON is the new colaboration project between Amon Tobin (Ninja Tune) & Eskmo (Warp, Planet Mu, Ancestor). “Fine Objects” is the first single by the duo that’s set for release on Eskmo’s own imprint “Ancestor.”
“Fine Objects” is the result of the pair’s unique take on sonic exploration and the manipulation of field recordings. From the onset, the two went out with a recorder, gathering sounds from around the house, yard and studio. Material recorded out of the studio included sounds from a parking garage elevator, a broken harp and the droning tones from a discarded piano. These were combined with more home-centric sounds to form the central theme to the song. With lumbering alien bass and intentionally dry, off-kilter percussion, “Objects” quickly grew into it’s own symbolic representation of taking “odd pieces” and allowing them to grow into something a bit more “refined and ablaze.”
The digital release is set for an April 5th worldwide release date and the pair plans on giving out a free WAV sample pack of the sounds created for the song. (An announcement for a remix competition is in the works.) As an added goodie, a FREE Ableton pack and 10 minute tutorial video was created by ill. Gates utilizing the material from the original pack. Both packs can be found to the left in exchange for an email address.
So this week, our guest from Bruxelles, Dr Kwest.
He’s mysterious character created by Kalonji. Influenced by Sun Ra, Stereolab and many others, he started sampling in 2006. Two years later, he released the Black Demo and after his space tape “A Starr Called Quest”. He also hosts a radio show on Radio Panik in Brussels every monday and he is a part of laid-back team for his cool interviews. This year, he will be releasing his 3rd beat-tape ‘My Beat, My Life, My Congo’ as to celebrate the 50 years anniversary of Independance of Congo.
Download link and tracklist after the jump. via.
B.Bravo – Computa Love (Mar Variation)
Four Tet – Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)
Martyn – Friedrichstrasse
Epcot – Grav I Be (B. Bravo Remix)
Benga – Loose Synths
2000f & J Kamata – You Don’t Know What Love Is
Turboweekend – Something or Nothing (2000f & J Kamata remix)
L-Wiz – Lips
Mala – Alicia
Silkie – Beauty
Grand Puba – Get It (Caspa’s 80Eighties Remix)
Full Crate – SlumBitMillionaire
Silkie – The Horizon
Full Crate & Mar – Surreal Moments
One of the most inspirational DJing partnerships in the UK, Elijah made a name for himself as the author of the humble Butterz blog, and one of the people behind Grime Forum, an active part of the grime scene which filled a hole left by Rinse FM and RWD’s declining forums and has since become the key hub for grime news and online controversy. More importantly, it spanned sister sites like Grimepedia, an online information source for a genre long associated with misinformation.
They’ve also done more than almost any grime DJs to date to turn the focus of an MC-dominated genre back to behind the decks. Speaking to Pitchfork recently, Elijah explains that he “loves the MCs”, but “[focuses] on the instrumental side because most MCs still don’t do vocal great productions. I’m not into the hype, because it is a distraction from the music.” Three years ago, Rinse FM’s most hyped shows were the ones with the most MCs – now it’s mostly instrumental marathons with Elijah, Skilliam and their peers JJ, Silencer and more.
What’s key with Elijah and Skilliam’s sets is the sheer amount of digging for new material they do, and their constant willingness to play tunes from new, often relatively unknown grime producers over more fashionable artists. While many grime DJs rely on old classics and modern anthems from the likes of Joker for a reaction, Elijah and Skilliam focus on new producers that they believe in, and a significant part of the recent rise in profile of SRC, Swindle, Royal T, D.O.K. and more can be attributed to them. This year, their Butterz label (Butterz 001, Terror Danjah’s ‘Bipolar‘ is out now) looks set to make that commitment physical.
“”I know there are loads of people in their bedrooms making grime for the love, and are not sure what to do with it because they don’t know any MCs.” Elijah explains in that aforementioned Pitchfork interview. “The DJs haven’t really made themselves easy to get in contact with, nor do they actively seek out and play the new ones they find. Some weeks I listen to nearly 100 new beats people sent [to me].”
It should come as no surprise then, that Elijah and Skilliam’s FACT mix is packed – packed – with exclusives. There’s unreleased and forthcoming material from SRC, Skepta, Joker, Terror Danjah (in fact, there’s a collaboration between the two titled ‘Gully Goon Estate’), Royal T, Starkey.
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On Friday, Downtown’s Alpha Pup Records announced the pending release of Only Mountain, a new full-length by L.A. beat scene affiliate Take.
But Take makes it easy. His soundscapes are beat-driven, sure, but they’ve got a bit more to do with late-’90s electronic music like Boards of Canada and Squarepusher. Of course, the Dilla-esque dingy hip-hop rhythms are there, as are the modern bass hits and airhorn blasts — it’s just that the crystalline synths and bloopy etherea take precedence.
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In June 2009, his debut album, “Drift”, put its foot down and took Nosaj Thing to stardom in just a few weeks. With dozens of rave reviews from the specialist press and outrageous sales figures in the Internet’s leading stores, this young producer from Los Angeles showed the entire world his potential with a fistful of tracks of rhythmic electronica, with acoustic echoes and structures resembling hip-hop but keeping a prudent distance from any easy pigeonholing. After remixing Charlotte Gainsbourg, The xx, Radiohead, Flying Lotus and Daedelus, he is now showing off his impressive audiovisual show, in which music, light and colour embark upon a strange relationship of synchrony between the poetic and the abstract.
For whom it might concern, Nosaj Thing will perform with his visual show @ Sonar 2010, 17-19 June, Barcelona, Spain.
Ctrl Alt Delete is a staggering work of mind-warping electronics, fuzzed-out psych and devastating hip-hop beats. Combining dusty swap-meet samples, futuristic synthesizers and live instrumentation, Free The Robots has created a unique harmony of past sounds and future ruminations. Much like his L.A. contemporaries Flying Lotus and Nosaj Thing, Free The Robots knows no genre boundaries.
Ctrl Alt Delete, which also features Ikey Owens of The Mars Volta, has been a long time coming. Originally signed to Alpha Pup over two years ago, Free The Robots has put his heart and soul into this album. Meticulously constructed, the album is a culmination of countless late nights at Low End Theory, combined with a spirit of fearless experimentation. The result rattles with grit and swagger — a firm proclamation of Free The Robot’s sonic arrival.
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