Juke with a Jungle twist - perhaps not an ideal tune for weary Monday heads. Regardless, we’ve been big on Dabblr for a while and thought it was about time we posted a track of his. If you like your Juke sounding straight out of some kid’s basement, then this probably isn’t one for you, with the Arizona producers’ work at the more polished end of the spectrum. Regardless, you should listen anyway.
We’re going back to late 2010 with this one. Scuba’s Triangulation was one of our favourite LP’s released that year, with its moody, atmospheric sound capturing the isolation of inner city life perfectly. It received overwhelmingly positive reviews and proved to be a crossover success. Less known however is a series of remixes that followed the record, which included the likes of Deadboy, Joe and FaltlyDL. With this remix, Deadboy gives the OG a signature funky percussive twist, coupled with a characteristically deep bassline. The London producer has been keeping a low profile in 2012 thus far, apparently working on a full-length of his own, which in our eyes can’t come soon enough.
Lost and Found (Ifan Dafydd Remix) by Lianne La Havas
How do you start your weekend off? If the answer is by winding down, then this is probably perfect track for you. Ifan Dafydd has been gaining considerable hype for a little while now - and while initially it was mostly due to his similarity in sound to a certain someone (we’re sure you know who we mean), he’s now started to become esteemed in his own right. On this remix he’s captured a lovely, vibrant sound, with pitch-shifted vocals that waft about the place, and beautifully warm percussion. Don’t be surprised if Dafydd rises to major stardom by years end - in fact we’re betting on it. Enjoy.
Lando Kal has been runnin’ tings on a solo tip in 2012 thus far, so its easy to forget that he originally made his name as one half of duo, Lazer Sword. After a relatively quiet past year or so, they’ve now returned with their second full-length effort, Memory. It features some high profile guests appearances from Machinedrum (who seems especially prolific at the moment) and Jimmy Edgar. It’s an undeniably solid release, with a range of apparent influences throughout, with current trends Juke and Techno amongst these. ‘People’ serves as a nice ending to the album, with ‘Better From U' and 'Point Of Return' our two other standouts.
We’ve been fans of Urulu (aka Taylor Freels) since first hearing the Californian producers’ smooth take on House early last year. ‘The Deep End’ whilst not quite yet in its full form, gives enough of a taste to see that this will be a release well worth snagging when it does drop. Be sure to follow Urulu on Soundcloud, and show Mr. Freels some love on Twitter too. Get to know.
We’ve been waiting for this release since hearing ‘Kowloon' in a Ben UFO mix last year. However, the tune had been floating around even longer within underground, so to call it a long anticipated release is probably a slight understatement. The real question though - how does the EP hold up as a whole? The answer? Superbly. All four tracks are supremely crafted floor-fillers, with obvious influences like Grime and UK Funky, along with the 80s indebted Funk of Jam City, and beyond. We recommend grabbing this one on wax immediately.
Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real (Lando Kal Remix) by Machinedrum
Lando Kal has killed 2012 thus far - and then some. Known legally as Antaeus Roy, the Berlin based produced has been on a stellar run of late, already crafting two 12” of the year contenders. Roy has come through with the goods again here however, creating a gradual banger, which builds up through a number of layers. It’s part of the freshly released extended edition of Machinedrum’s ninth LP from last year, aptly titled, Room(s) Extended. It includes new original tracks, and a number of other remixes, including a particularly good FaltyDL one.
There are producers - and there’s Joy Orbison. ‘Hyph Mngo' heralded the beginning of the UK Bass scene as it is today, and is not just one of the most important electronic tracks, but of all genres to be released in the 00s. This release - while not quite as known as the former, is almost as incredible, and capped off what was a monumental year for the Londoner. But the real test of time? Despite coming out in late 2009, ‘BRKLN CLLN’ sounds just as relevant today - nearly three years on.
Actress (known to his moms as Darren Cunningham) is not only one of the most innovative producers out, he’s also head of the excellent Werk Discs imprint, and overall a somewhat enigmatic figure in the UK electronic scene. Cunningham’s 2008 debut full-length, Hazyvilleis a release like no other, as is 2010 follow up, Splazsh. Both showcased a unique sound, that was a combination of influences, ranging from 80s Techno to R&B. So how does his latest LP, the rather gloomily titled,R.I.P., hold up? Supremely. Perhaps Cunningham’s most cohesive record to date, it’s a release essential for any music collection - and is particularly apt for home listening.
This Town Is Ours (Bondax Remix) by Marco Del Horno
For our regular readers, Bondax are no doubt a duo you’ve already heard, if not familiarize yourself here. We’re tipping big things from the Lancaster based producers, who’ve been gaining considerable hype across cyberspace, and beyond. With this remix they create a sound somewhat reminiscent to some of Jacques Greene’s more recent material, which is characteristically melodic, and joined by unrelenting kicks and noticeably prominent bleeps. Enjoy.
Ever since we caught wind of Kansas beatsmith Phil Canty (better known as MORRI$), through his collaboration with Sinjin Hawke last year, we’ve been on the lookout for more material from him and his Bear Club crew. They’ve been just a little generous so far this year, with MORRI$ and Sweater Beats dropping a fewromantic edits back in February, and Richman also giving away a few hard-hitters through Live for the Funk. However, we’re one step closer to finally snagging some proper material from Canty, with this track seeing a release on NY rapper/Diplo homie, LE1F’s Dark York mixtape. Branching out from his usual ‘floatier’ spectrum, he takes a dark turn with bone-quaking low-ends, and perky synths complementing LE1F’s sharp and unrelenting rhymes.
2011 was a rather prolific year for Mancunian xxxy (aka Rupert Taylor), with singles on All City, Orca and Doc Daneeka’s Ten Thousand Yen imprint, alongside stellar remixes for Alpines and Voltron. He seemingly has his sights set on 2012 as ever though, with two long-wanted tracks finally seeing the light of day on the top-notch, Well Rounded label. Whilst (previously-posted) ‘Everything' still holds up well after its release, we've grown to love the Cassie-looping down-cast dramatics of the flip-side more. Its wavering synths and persistent groove make it some rather nice cross-over material. We're looking forward to what Taylor brings out for 2012, and so should you.
The Night Slugs camp always do no wrong when it comes to tailor-made tracks for the floor. Whilst their year has started off a little quietly, the Sluggers’ strong arm gained some momentum with Helix’s Drum Track, and Jam City’s The Courts both seeing releases late last month. Now, as part of the first installment in their Club Constructions series, L-Vis doesn’t mess around. ‘Video Drone’s’ sharp hi-hats whittle away alongside thumping kicks, which only let up for a brief, yet eerie, synth reprieve. The EP is a worthy secret weapon for any brave DJ’s crate and should be bagged at once. It’ll also serve as a nice little tide-over until this beautydrops in May.
Sepalcure cemented their status as one of the biggest names in bass music with their self-titled debut LP last year. It blurred the lines between a range of genres, receiving positive press from beyond solely Electronic focused publications, with Pitchfork giving it the prestigious ‘Best New Music’ title. Their Eternally YrsEP, which was released today on Hotflush, contains this new track along with a couple of solid remixes. We especially advise giving Toronto native, Kevin McPhee’s remix a listen, which you can do over at our Youtube account here.
We’ve mentioned before our love of Trap Muzik, so it’s probably no surprise we’re fans of American producer, Myrryrs. The Trap influence is apparent in much of his sound, with most of it falling within the 135-140bpm range, and the potential for it to be rapped over a reoccurring feature. This and ‘Pulse Wave' are our picks from his freshly released I’m A State Of Mind EP, which came out on L.A based imprint, Body High. Enjoy y’all.
Since we first blogged about Disclosure in the middle of last year we’ve seen the brotherly duo head on a meteoric rise towards stardom. Their Tenderly / Flow 12” from January has been one of the most blogged about releases thus far in 2012, receiving attention from far beyond the Bass music spectrum, and earning them a support spot for SBTRKT on a recent UK tour. We can only guess how big Disclosure will be by the end of the year, but by the way things have gone so far, we’re betting they’ll be headlining major festivals in no time. Watch this space.
It’s Friday which only means one thing - the weekend is nearly upon us, and what better way to start it than with this jam? We can’t think of much. We’ve been waiting for this remix for a little while now, and finally Dauwd has delivered the goods, dropping it on his Soundcloud (literally minutes ago). It doesn’t disappoint in even the slightest, which perhaps isn’t hugely surprising - Dauwd and Dixon are two of the most on point producers currently coming out of the UK. Start your weekend right - play this track.
SBTRKT (aka Aaron Jerome) hasn’t done a whole lot here with the original - essentially just making it more floor orientated. Jerome seems to to be a huge fan of the American R&B singer, leading to the question - perhaps a collab is on the table? We sure hope so.
Fade To Mind if you’re unaware is Night Slugs’ American affiliated imprint, founded last year by L.A based producer, Kingdom. Whilst still in its infancy, it’s already seen solid releases from Nguzunguzu, MikeQ, Gremino, and now Rizzla. ‘Badmind Ha’ and the rest of the EP are straight up, hard-hitting floor jams, which don’t give the listener any respite. This makes it an essential weapon in any DJ’s arsenal, so make sure you head to the Fade To Mind website now, and grab yourself a free copy.
Simply Swag (Chaos In The CBD Remix) by Daniel Klauser
We love Daniel Klauser and Chaos In The CBD - so naturally we love this too. This remix is a wonderfully smooth House gem with a touch of cheesiness (those vocals) to make it fun, and of course, danceable. We also suggest giving Klauser’s Generic Cast from January a spin too, though we do warn you - it contains some of the smoothest, and most sensual House you’re likely to ever hear. Feel the vibes.
'Rhythm Sektion' has been floating around the world wide web in rip form for what seems like an eternity. Unsure if it'd ever see a proper release, we waited in the dark - hoping… Then, Hotflush announced it was forthcoming and suddenly the world became light again. Whilst that's perhaps a slight exaggeration, this one is still undoubtedly huge, with few other tracks released thus far in 2012 possessing such floor-filling potential. B-side 'Inquistion' is similarly big, capping off what is an essential 12” for any decent record collection. Don’t sleep on this one.
Kansas City’s Huerco S. makes some pretty interesting music, ranging from slo-mo House to more experimental stuff. His No Jack EP just dropped on Wicked Bass and we’re recommending you get your hands on it immediately. It’s without doubt one of the releases of the year thus far - if not our favourite. Grab this one on wax immediately.
Everyone’s favourite trouble/music makers, Hype Williams, have just dropped a heap of free tracks - 33 to be exact. Tracks is possibly a loose description of some of the work there, with one ‘remix’ just three seconds long, and other songs basically just samples. Regardless, there are genuine gems to be found amongst this (like this tune), and thus we suggest downloading them for yourself here.
Midland is a producer we’ve slept on a little ‘til now. The Londoner has a growing number of excellent releases to his name, with his Placement EP the most recent of these. His London influenced take on House is wonderfully crafted for both home listening, and spinning out, making it a versatile EP perfect for nabbing on wax. Don’t make the same error we did - get to know Midland right away.
Say what you want about Zomby as a person, but there’s one thing that’s undeniable - his skill as a producer. We like him best when he crafts early 90s Hardcore homages, which are instantly recognizable by their sense of melancholy and underlying menace, along with their abrupt endings. This one originally came out in 2008 on RAMP subsidiary Brainmath (RIP), who recently released a collection of their best tracks, which you can grab here.
Bass and Trap Music is like Alize and lemonade - a perfect combination. Focusing on 135-140bpm business, there’s multi-platinum rappers like Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, and Wiz Khalifa, alongside up and comers like Schoolboy Q and Main Attrakionz. Then of course there’s the Bass producers - Coni, Lunice, and Girl Unit to name a few. If you like your sounds subtle then you’re in the wrong place - this is a straight up, no frills, no bullshit, redline your speakers ting.
Kassem Mosse (pictured) has again collaborated with fellow German producer Mix Mup, this time for the always stellar, Trilogy Tapes. Mosse has never been one to shy away from experimentation in his sound, and judging by this collaboration, Mix Mup has a similar approach. It’s one of the most interesting releases we’ve come across in a while, with its constantly evolving and changing soundscapes, that are simply impossible to categorize into a specific genre. ‘MM KM End To Funk’ isn’t necessarily our favourite track from the record, though it does illustrate well the evolution, and creativity at work across the release. We’re urging you get hold of this one.
We’ve slept on this one a bit considering it came out late last year on 100% Silk - one of the most hyped electronic labels at present. Label power-broker Ital gives the Peaking Lights original a more dance orientated vibe, which coupled with the chant like vocals give it a tribal rhythm, undoubtedly designed for the floor. This is definitely one for spinning later in the night when people are a little more open minded - or just intoxicated. Enjoy.
On May 5th, Matt Cutler (better known as Lone) emerges from the depths of Fantasia to deliver his first LP for the venerable R&S imprint. Galaxy Garden is something we’ve been waiting for with baited breath, following last year’s excellentEcholocations EP and the Pineapple Crush 12” even further back in 2010. However, for the next month, this and ‘Crystal Caverns 1991' is all we get to hear - not that we're complaining of course. The A-side of this release contains a frenetic rush of chord stabs, synths and hard-hitting drums, appropriate for peak time, while the B-side slows things down a little and spices up your stock-standard Acid tune, with chiming chords and jacking percussion. Essential for any pre-rave preparation.
Joe Arthur (aka Apple Bottom) has crafted another soulful House jam. We’ve already mentioned in previous posts Arthur’s age, or lack thereof - he’s just 17. Thus, we’re putting money on him to be the “next big thing” in the UK Bass world, and beyond. ‘I Feel’ is available for free on his Soundcloud, and you can also grab another freebie of his from our compilation with The Leaving Scene, Life Crushed, and The Soul Electronichere.
Producers don’t get much more hotly tipped than Mr. Gerry Read. The mysterious Brit was one of the most promising names to emerge from 2011, with a number of acclaimed releases, all whilst just out of his teens (20 to be exact). His just released, Yeh Come Dance EP is our favourite to date, with four original tracks of the highest quality - any of which we could easily have posted. So don’t be a square and wait any longer - stay cool and grab this one now.