Mercurial Attraction by Space Dimension Controller
Those familiar with the works of Belfast’s favourite cosmic export, Space Dimension Controller, will recognise this as the opening track from his Temporary Thrillz EP. It dropped on R&S Records back in November of last year - continuing to be one of our favourite releases ever since. The smooth vibes make it the perfect soundtrack to any night out, or alternatively any morning after, when your head feels a little worse for wear. What better way to reign in the new year than with some Space Dimension Controller? We certainly can’t think of much. Enjoy.
The Streets (aka Mike Skinner) started off as just another ‘geezer’ making music, writing lyrics about what he saw on (excuse the pun), the streets. He quickly became one of the biggest names to come out of the UK in recent times, selling out arenas to thousands of people, before eventually retiring The Streets name this year. Nothing will quite sound like his debut though, Original Pirate Material, where this track is taken from. Then again - we’re total suckers for classic UK Garage.
Whenever You’re Here (LDFD Remix) by Crakk Nicholson
Today seems to be a big day for new music, with a number of well known producers dropping stuff on their respective soundclouds, (see: Kahn, Dubbel Dutch, and our previous post). This one comes by way of Texas, courtesy of up and comer LDFD, who released an EP earlier in the year on Daedelus’ Magical Properties imprint. ‘Whenever You’re Here’ is a futuristic number - probably best described as the polar opposite of minimal, with synths, and percussion skittering about all over the place.
A new joint from Boddika, the man who occupied number eight on our top tunes of 2011 list with his absolute banger, ‘Soul What.’ Obviously that accolade wasn’t enough for the man who is also one half of Instra:mental - so he kindly dropped this on his soundcloud for free. Like most of Boddika’s work, this one is definitely aimed at the floor, and comes just in time for new years eve setlists. Enjoy.
Julio Bashmore was part of the Bristol takeover that we witnessed in 2011. From artists like Eats Everything to Waifs & Strays, Bristol absolutely killed in this year, and then some. Mr. Bashmore was already well established by the end of 2010, but he showed just how talented he really is with the release of this one. Everything in ‘Battle For Middle You’ is perfect: four different DJ’s could play this in a night, and it’d still fill the floor every time - it’s just that good. So what more can we really say? Stomp your feet, let’s get down!
Writing an entire paragraph about how ‘Bax’ has, more likely than not, led to several hook-up moments, many happy revelers, closely-damaged needles, and ruined records from too many rewinds is probably unnecessary. So we won’t. However, from that unforgettable bassline and organ combination, to the memorable throwback to early 00s UK Garage found in the vocal chops and horn stabs, we expect you to dance.
Deadboy has developed a signature sound that’s become as synonymous with him, as it has with UK Funky as a whole. His funky percussion is instantly recognisable, couple that with his soulful R&B vocal cuts, and you have a recipe for floor shakers. The Here 12” came out on Numbers (it’s been a massive year for them too) in May, and hasn’t left repeat for us ever since. ‘Here 4 U’ is the tune that struck us most though - the synth, that catchy Destiny’s Child vocal sample, but most of all the bassline, and how it jumps through the percussion. A certified banger if ever you’ve heard one.
When we first heard this tune on youtube late last year, we knew it was going to be massive upon its release, and we were right. Jacques Greene himself still remains a somewhat mysterious figure though, with his real name unknown, despite releasing two big EP’s in 2011. Effortlessly switching from Future Garage to Deep House, and back again, he was part of a number of Canadian producers who enjoyed big years (see: Prince Club, Grown Folk, Lunice, and co.) ‘Another Girl’ is probably best described as a Ciara-sampling-Future-Garage banger, guaranteed to get asses shaking, and dance-floors moving.
There’s no doubting Pete O’ Grady. Ever since he stepped up to the scene with the now classic ‘Hyph Mngo’ back in 2009, he’s only continued to improve. While ‘Wade In,’ released back in March, proved his malleable nature, the anonymously-named ‘Sicko Cell’ which had floated around for a good year prior to its release, was a much more impressive feat, musically and culturally speaking. It’s not hard to see why either: from the Big Page sample that kicks off the tune, to the fact that it barely drops (it doesn’t even hint at doing so), before it leads straight into rapid-fire 808 claves and unrelenting low-end, the lack of formulaic structure is a refreshing change. While Swamp81 label head Loefah, sample issues notwithstanding, took his fair time getting this one out, in the end it all proved worthwhile.
Like a good portion of the producers mentioned on the list already, Blawan (or Jamie Roberts to his parents), was responsible for many jaw-dropping tracks throughout the year. ‘Bohla,’ ‘What You Do with What You Have' and 'Lavender' are all distinctive and memorable in their own right, yet none of them quite compare to the impact that 'Getting Me Down' left on the underground. Given Roberts' shy nature towards his work, this Brandy-sampling tune could easily have been left behind in several project files and deliberately blanked mix tracklists. However, there's something in the impeccable percussion and uneasy low-end that slowly creeps up on you, paired with the distinctive 'I Wanna Be Down' vocal, that really struck a collective nerve in the Internet-based underground. Who knew a measly YouTube rip would prove to be such an important factor in the track's release?
We always knew Valentino Canzani - the man behind ‘Senta' and 'Predator,’ would grow into bigger and better things in 2011. We weren’t wrong, in the course of this year he founded the ClekClekBoom label, and made a big impression as part of the Youngunz crew, alongside Bambounou, Manaré and Chaosinthe CBD. It’s not difficult to see why this track and ‘Champagne' have left their marks on ears throughout the world. 'Hugz' is a mix of ghetto-tech circa '96, 'Pulse X' square kick homages, and subversive organs of the deep variety. Add the ever-so-playful humour, and inimitable rhythmic work that belies much of Bambounou's output, and you have the track that graces the 7th spot on our list.
Boddika had a huge 2011, both individually, and as one half on Instra:mental. His 2727EP, which came out in April on Swamp81, was easily one of the biggest releases of the year, and ‘Soul What’ took the cake in terms of our favourite tune of his. It’s made for the floor, with sharp 808 percussion, an infectiously repetitive vocal hook, and sub bass too deep for your iPod headphones. All those elements make this tune impossible to stand still to - and that’s all before the breakdown. When that does comes at two minutes in, you realise just how massive this tune really is… and how much you want to move!
Off the back of last year’s ‘Magic Drops,' and his refixes EP for Night Slugs, Jack Latham (aka Jam City) rose to the top tier of producers in the bass music scene. With a hybrid of influences, ranging from African house and sino-grime, to the highly-polished nature of 80s studio funk, Latham has a truly distinct sound. However, with this year’s Waterworx EP and this cut in particular, he cemented his position as a producer to take notice of. On ‘Aqua Box,’ the frenetic percussion, Drexciyan-like synths, and twisted vocal cuts combine to form an absolute dance-floor anthem.
Whatever Paul Rose produces, whether it’s under his Scuba or lesser known SCB and Spectr monikers, you know one thing - it’ll always be of the highest quality. After making eerie, forbidding Dubstep, and throbbing Techno, with much of it being released on his Hotflush imprint, ‘Adrenalin’ takes a slightly different approach. The ecstatic eight minute long affair, builds up into a euphoric middle section, before again coming gently down at its end. The trance-esque synths, and repetitive pitch shifted vocal, make this tune a totally uplifting floor filler. Just try not to smile from the 3:00 to 4:00 minute mark; because we guarantee you - it simply isn’t possible.
We’re almost into the top 10 now, with 20 to 11 showcasing a mix of tunes, ranging from R&B tinged Bass music to all out Dubstep. Our top 10 will be done over two days, with a blurb about the track, and why we dig it included.
We’ve been working on this list for a few weeks now, scouring through our collective iTunes libraries, looking back at previous posts, and trying to remember set-lists from the Generic People club nights. In our final list, we’ve tried to pick a range of sounds from across the globe, which we think best summarize 2011 in Bass music. The only condition was each producer could only be represented once (unless they made something under another alias). To listen to the track, click the title, and you’ll be taken to the YouTube link. We hope you enjoy the list! If you think we’ve missed a track, feel free to post it on our Facebook page.
Eats Everything (known to his moms as Daniel Pearce) is another producer who has absolutely killed it in 2011. Like many of the aforementioned producers who’ve had a big year, he’s based out of Bristol, whose output for a city of its size is simply incredible. ‘Heard This’ is a bass heavy, Tech House number from Pearce’s Entrance Song EP, which dropped on Pets Recordings in August. Whilst not quite in our top 50, we’ve still given this one a heavy rinsing - at home, and at our club night.
Into The Valley (Julio Bashmore Remix) by Classixx
Y’all know this one already - it’s without doubt one of the best remixes of 2011. In fact, it’s so good that there really is no need for the original to ever be played again. The keys, the soulful vocals, the bassline - absolutely everything on this track is simply perfect. So, with our top 50 tunes of 2011 almost ready to drop, we thought we’d give you a glimpse of what’s to come. Enjoy.
GP on another Techno tip, this time from Bristol based producer, Kowton (aka Joe Cowton). Dubstep heads may know Cowton for his Narcossist pseudonym, under which he made dark, atmospheric tunes like this. ‘Untitled’ still has an eerie vibe to it, yet at the same time is immensely danceable, and would go down a treat on any dance-floor. With Christmas nearly upon us, would it be too much to ask for this one on wax? Anyone?
This might differ a bit from our normal content, but with our top 50 tracks of 2011 ready to drop in the coming days, we decided to post one of our all time favourite dance tunes. ‘Blue Monday’ is absolutely timeless - you could play this on the floor now and it’d get the same reaction as it did at the time of its release. It also acts as a nice forebearer to the Acid House that followed later in the decade; a truly amazing time for electronic music.
NvrSayNvr (Psycatron Dub Mix) by Psycatron & Detroit Grand Pubahs
Psycatron have been making waves in the Techno world for a few years now. Coming out of Ireland, we first came across the duo through their collab EP with Paul Woolford, which dropped on Hotflush earlier in the year. This tune is a eerie, bass heavy thumper, with a nice vocal cut thrown in. Whilst the weekend may be a few days away, we strongly advise dancing to this one, wherever you may be. Never say never.
What can we really say about Futureboogie in 2011? Other than the fact they’ve absolutely killed it. Dropping a host of big releases from names like Julio Bashmore, Behling & Simpson, and this man, Christophe, they’ve helped shape Bristol as one of the most happening scenes for electronic music in the world. With the signature sound they’ve crafted, that’s both funky and bass heavy, they’re quite possibly our pick for label of 2011. So if you’ve slept on them ‘til now - make sure you rectify your mistake immediately.
Rinse listeners out there may recognise this one, with the London based radio station giving it, (cough) quite a rinsing of late. If not however, your minds may have just been blown by that bass, don’t worry - ours were too. This monster came out on Claude VonStroke’s stellar Dirtybird imprint at the end of last month; and is surely a neccsitiy in any DJ’s arsenal. As for those nursing sore heads from a big Saturday, it’s pretty much guaranteed to, um, blow any aches away. Enjoy.
Deep House and the weekend are like pizza and hangovers - perfect complements. Manuel Tur first caught our attention with his About To Fall 12” last month, which is still getting some heavy rotation in the GP office. ‘Misery’ is no less deep, and unlike the name suggests, is a joy for the ears. Grab a drink, sit back, press play, and enjoy the vibes. Have a good Saturday y’all.
Machinedrum and SBTRKT have both had massive years. The latter, along with James Blake, are probably the two biggest names to emerge from the UK Electronic scene in 2011. Both have experienced crossover success, and whilst we found SBTRKT’s self-titled debut just a little too poppy, his remixes never fail to disappoint. ‘U Don’t Survive’ has a futuristic vibe to it, switching between Garage and Jungle tinged rhythms, with wonderfully worked synths, and soulful vocals. We have a feeling it’ll be getting a few spins in the upcoming months. Get to know.
Goth Trad has built a reputation as one of the more unique producers currently kickin’ it. Making tunes in a plethora of genres, ranging from Dubstep to noisy Electronica, the Tokyo native is never one to stagnate. ‘Cosmos’ is a bass-heavy growler, with spacey synths, and Juke style percussion. Be warned - this is definitely not a tune for the faint-hearted.
The Way That You Move Girl (Chaos In The CBD Bootleg) by Ryan Leslie
Continuing on from our theme of R&B tinged tunes, the Auckland based duo Chaos In The CBD posted this bad boy on their soundcloud a few hours ago. This tune is possibly a little too sensual for the floor, and perhaps better suited to the bedroom - if you get our drift. It tops off a big year for the New Zealand producers, who have gone from being relatively unknown, to becoming one of the emerging names in the electronic music scene.
Top Billin are one of our favourite labels kickin’ it right now; releasing material of nothing but the highest quality. Raziek, along with the likes of French Fries and Bambounou, is proving that France doesn’t just produce Filter House. ‘I Can Do It’ takes R&B vocals, couples them with tasteful Juke percussion, with the result being an absolute banger. Raziek’s Love vs Bass EP recently dropped, and the GP crew advise getting on it right away. Big ups.
Gerry Read makes House music so smooth and soulful that even your grandma would dig it. He recently teamed up with another one of the rising producers of 2011, Kevin McPhee, with the pair dropping a nice little 12” on Ramp. ‘What A Mess’ is a jazzy, bass stomper, which blurs the line between House and Techno. Grab his All By Myself / What A Mess12” now, then sit back and feel the vibes.
Much like Teeth, the LA/SF duo 5kinAndBone5 have had a pretty solid 2011, co-producing Kid Sister’s ‘Hide n Seek' with Sinden, and releasing a single on Grizzly (also home to Melé and Brenmar.) Despite having a single forthcoming on Unknown to the Unknown in the near future, they’ve been kind enough to drop a few goodies in the mean time, with this remix one of them. The duo do away with much of the vocals of the OG, twisting the instrumental into a tranced-out take on urban music, in a manner reminiscent to Araabmuzik. We’re willing to bet there’s a good chance these two will reach big heights in 2012. Get to know.
Teeth (aka. Matti Pentikainen) has had a fairly big 2011, with his name behind quite afewmemorabletracks. It seems his hit rate will continue to grow in 2012, given this tune (alongside ‘Need a Refix’), is finally seeing a release sometime in the new year. This one is our pick though, with Pentikainen slowing things down a few notches, and flexing a booty bass-like rhythm that’s likely to get more than a few asses in motion. Keep a look out during the next few months - the new Signal Life imprint will be dropping this as their first single.
Back in the mid 00s, when Dubstep was the sound of the London underground, and the FWD club night was still a relatively small event, Mala and Coki of Digital Mystikz were quietly doing their thing. Along with Skream, Benga, and a few others, they’re some of the undisputed pioneers of the genre. Perhaps a little surprisingly to some, this tune was only released last year, proving that quality Dubstep is still being produced - you just need to know where to look.
Feel Something (The Haxan Cloak Remix) by Holy Other
Brooklyn based Tri Angle Records have proven to be one of the most innovative labels of 2011, releasing works by the likes of Clams Casino, Balam Acab and Holy Other. Now the latter has been given the remix treatment by London based experimentalist, The Haxan Cloak. It’s a dark and atmospheric Garage-esque number, and is simply made for late night comedowns, and contemplating life (you know - deep kinda shit like that). Enjoy.
Any listeners of London based Rinse FM will probably be familiar with Shox’s Friday afternoon program. However, he also makes tunes of his own, and back in April released the stellar Underdog EP from which this track is taken from. ‘Day Dream’ is, rather appropriately, a tune to lose yourself in. Be sure to give the man some love and tune into his weekly show, where he always spins the best new UK Funky.
This track is a little different to what we normally post, but a) It’s Hudmo, and b) It’s Friday. Young L is part of The Pack, the Rap group from the Bay Area that also produced the almighty Based God. Unlike the latter, Young L is more of a conventional rapper, and is worth checking out if you’re into Rap (and possibly purple drank). This remix is made for the club, so raise yo cups, and get crunk to this. Have a dope weekend y’all, stay trill.
Coming out of Kentucky, not generally a place associated with electronic music, Milyoo (known to his moms as Tommy Wilson) makes tunes in a host of different genres. This remix is a smooth, bass heavy number, full of melancholy late night vibes. Wilson’s previous remix is similarly good, with perfectly done keys, and classic UK Garage sounding vocals. Essential listening for any fans of bubblin’ Future Garage. Big ups.
The last release of a gigantic 2011 for Numbers, ‘Stay Together’ is the first single off Redinho’s forthcoming full-length debut, which is expected to drop sometime early next year. This is definitely a tune aimed for the floor, with its heavy bass, and catchy 80s synth and vocals. DJ’s take note: use this banger in moderation, and strictly after midnight.
If you’re not familiar with Dro Carey (aka Eugene Hector) by now, chances are you’ve been living in a cave of late. In the last month or so alone, he’s been featured on Resident Advisor, Pitchfork, and XLR8R. In our interview with him earlier in the year, he spoke about some of his unique influences, and enthusiasm for R&B. Journey With The Heavy is Hector’s debut EP for Ramp Recordings, and takes his sound to a whole new level. It’s as left-field and unique as we’ve come to expect from the Sydney producer, yet it’s also his most coherent and flowing work at the same time.
Love or hate him, James Blake is without doubt the biggest name to come out of the post-Dubstep/UK Bass scene in 2011. Rips of ‘Curbside’ have been floating around the net for a little while, but now it has finally emerged in its entirety. It’s a somewhat left-field sounding track, and features a Quasimoto sample. The Love What Happened Here 12” on which this is from, dropped today on seminal label R&S, and is probably worth grabbing on wax.
Urulu makes some of the smoothest House you’re likely to find - that ain’t even up for debate He’s also a generous dude, giving away this free EP after reaching 500 fans on Facebook. If you’re into classic Chicago vibes, then we recommend grabbing this one immediately. Enjoy.
Our boy from Santiago has been pretty busy since we interviewed him back in September. In those few months, he established Diamante Records, dropped a couple of bangin’ remixes, and has now topped it all off with his new Rootz EP. Featuring three originals, and remixes from the likes of label-mate Look Like, it’s a must have for anyone into South American tinged House. This tune, with its funky percussion is sure to get bodies moving on floors from Santiago to Sydney. We’re also pleased to announce that Mr. Klauser will be responsible for our first mix. Stay tuned.
Some of you may have heard Pearson Sound’s (pictured) stellar Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 yesterday. Classic tunes from Burial, Ordinary People and the Unique 3 were slotted alongside newer business by Joy O, Logos, and James Blake, making for an eclectic mix. This tune was also amongst it, and is nothing short of brilliant - with tense subs squeezing against intrusive pads throughout the track. Let’s just hope we hear more of this guy in the coming months, with his Soundcloud looking a little bare at the moment.
Maya Jane Coles has been dubbed the queen of House, and has been responsible for some brilliant originals and equally bangin’ remixes in 2011. Her most recent Don’t Put Me In Your Box EP is four tracks of minimal, dance-floor suited House. It’s difficult to separate any of the tracks, with all four being of the highest quality, however we dig this tune just a little bit more. Stay posted, as we’re about to drop something pretty big in the next 24 hours…
There’s killin’ a remix, and then there’s this. Mr. Convex has added yet another banger to his name (like he didn’t have enough already), and we’ve found a tune that will definitely be getting a spin at the next Generic People party. The bassline is insanely catchy, and is sure to be a hit on the floor. With Saturday night approaching, this one is a surefire party-starter. Big ups.
George FitzGerald has been responsible for some of the smoothest tunes of 2011, with this remix no exception. The vibes on this track make for a perfect weekend starter, and have got all of the GP office totally addicted. The London based producer’s ShackledEP finally drops on Monday, so be sure to grab it on wax. Have a good weekend y’all. Stay safe.
San Francisco based producer Kastle is another one of the artists coming out of the US making Bass heavy music with an R&B tinge. ‘So You’ is from his EP of the same name, which came out on Silverback earlier this month. If you dig Kingdom, Clicks & Whistles, and Nguzunguzu, then this one will undoubtedly be essential listening for you. Enjoy.
The latest Deep Techno stomper from the Dutch based Clone Basement Series, is by UK Dubstep/Bass heavyweight, Untold. It’s as deep and dark as they come, and is sure to get feet shuffling and heads bobbing until the early hours of the morning. For those unfamiliar with Untold’s other output, we recommend checking it out.
Une Semaine Avec Lui (feat. Lisa Rap) by Voices Of Black
We posted a track by these dudes a few weeks ago, which appeared on their Plastic Dolls LP, a concept album about the fashion industry. If that was a little too avant-garde for you, then you’ll be glad to hear their Her Flower EP takes a more traditional approach. ‘Une Semaine Avec Lui’ is fairly minimal (somewhat ironic considering the name), with an 80s House aesthetic to it. If you’re a DJ and get a residency at a trendy lounge bar, make sure you give this one a spin - there’s a lot of female Francophiles out there after all…