Following a hefty two-track release for Claude von Stroke’s Dirtybird empire, Mr. Daniel Pearce (better known as Eats Everything) returns to Catz n’ Dogz’ Pets Recordings for an equally big EP. ‘Jagged Edge’ is nothing less than stellar, with washed-out vocal samples and brass stabs taking the forefront alongside some ridiculous low-end, and percussion. Pearce makes the track accessible for both ends of the club spectrum - whether it commercial or underground, making it a handy weapon for the floor.
Drama (Canblaster & Sinjin Hawke Remix) by Sinjin Hawke
What happens when you combine Sinjin Hawke’s propensity to make bangers and Canblaster’s love of busy sounding tracks? This. They don’t mess about: this is a straight up, floor filling, bass monster. Anyone doing the early DJ set don’t even bother spinning this one - it’s made for a crowd. For those not already familiar with Mr. Hawke, we suggest following him on Soundcloud, and checking out his collab with Melbourne producer, Lucid. Gun fingaz ready.
Freedom 2K (Malvoeaux Remix) by LA Vampires x Octa Octa
The collaboration between 100% Silk head honcho Amanda Brown (aka LA Vampires) and Octo Octa, entitled Freedom 2K, came out today and is as stellar as the remainder of the 100% Silk discography. While the original is an euphoric excursion into rhythm stretched over six minutes, Malvoeaux gives the track a rather frosty twist, pulling off something not unlike BNJMN’s productions. However, despite the more restrained composure of the remix, it still retains much of the original’s euphoria.
Joe Arthur (aka Applebottom) has delivered yet another soulful House jam. The 17 year old Bristol native is seemingly incapable of putting a foot wrong with his productions - thus we’re expecting it’s only a matter of time before Arthur sees more widespread fame. Get to know.
Since details first surfaced earlier this year, Jam City’s debut album, Classical Curves, has been anticipated greatly by many. Despite its rather short length, ‘Her’ is one of the album’s most frenzied moments. Drum machines and metallic crashes pummel relentlessly from the start, before briefly opening up to a keyboard flourish, then duly returning to their original state afterwards. Only near the end do we get some space, as not-quite-human choirs and soft strings blanket us, with the rhythm section unsurprisingly building to full speed until the track abruptly ends. It may be one of the album’s shorter tracks but still a definite standout. Enjoy.
XI was based in Toronto for a period, but originally seems to be from the UK, and now lives in Berlin. Confusions aside, the producer has captured our imagination with his rather unique take on Bass Music, which brings together a range of influences. ‘Nightlif’ is considerably more upbeat in comparison to his other releases, with a bubbling vibe well suited to summer, and packed floors. It’s available for pre-order here now.
Fatima Al Qadiri is a somewhat unique character. The New York via Kuwait producer releases music under her own name, as well as with the Ayshay moniker, in which she makes Arabic tinged ethereal chants. Furthermore she contributes to the always innovative, DIS Magazine, a New York publication. Kingdom adds his signature percussion to ‘Corpcore’ - reinventing it enough to make it sound fresh and unique. We also suggest checking out the equally solid Girl Unit remix.
We’ve been huge fans of New Yawkers Teengirl Fantasy ever since they burst onto the scene back in 2009. However, they’ve been rather quiet on the release front following 7AM, their debut LP from 2010. Made public just a few hours ago, the first material from the pair in two years - and their first R&S release, is more outright in its 90s House-indebted nature. The synths flow over pulsating basslines, and a thunderous groove, until a gorgeous piano line appears near the track’s end. We can only hope that ‘Motif’ is a little taste of what to expect for LP2.
We’ve been waiting for new Pariah (aka Arthur Cayzer) material since first hearing his Safehouses EP back in 2010. In what turned out to be a hugely important year in the UK Bass world, with influential releases from James Blake, Mount Kimbie, and Girl Unit, Safehouses stood out amongst the best. After a successful collaboration with Blawan late last year under the Karenn moniker, (the track of theirs we posted is still our most viewed post of all time), Cayzer has finally returned with solo material. The Rift EP takes a darker approach - with a sad and somewhat eerie vibe throughout. Don’t sleep on this.
To Repel Ghosts (George FitzGerald Remix) by Gang Colours
It’s probably no secret we’re big fans of the one like George FitzGerald. The Man Make Music head honcho has been on quite a streak over the past year - with both his original productions and remixes. His recent remix for Kimbra caused quite a stir, transforming the original Indie Pop tune into a gradual, building Techno jam. FitzGerald takes a similar approach here, with the track morphing eventually into an all out, dance floor destroyer. Massive.
Trikk is a thus far unnamed Portuguese producer who’s based in London. His Jointly / I Fall Down 12” was released in March on George FitzGerald’s, Man Make Music imprint, and proved to be two tracks of excellent Techno. ‘Recharge’ appeared earlier today on his Soundcloud with little information as to whether it’s seeing a release or not. That said - it definitely deserves one.
The UK Bass world been waiting for South London Ordnance’s debut release for quite some time. The Londoner has been making waves online for the past half a year, dropping a steady stream of bangers via his Soundcloud, and Twitter. Released on the always stellar 2nd Drop Records, the Sanctuary / Roofy 12” lives up to its hype, with both tracks nothing simply breath taking. We can only imagine what he has in store for us for the remainder of this year.
If you’re unfamiliar with HEALTH then ‘Die Slow' is probably a good starting point. The L.A based group have never been particularly accessible, with their generally brash and loud sound, probably not for everyone. 'Tears' seems like a logical progression from their previous work - which has gotten progressively more electronic. It pits chugging synths against disturbing percussion, swirling guitars, and absolutely monstrous low-end bass. The result? One of the most interesting tracks you'll hear this year.
Yesterday was FaltyDL’s birthday. In celebration of such an event, the man himself has given us a little peek at what he’s been working on lately. This particular track happens to be nothing but a fine journey into sound, with some distant samples relating to the title and very chill vibes throughout much of the jam. Kick back, relax and thank the man for making some rather delectable tunes throughout the last few years!
Vlsonn seems to get better with each track he produces. The Toronto producer has proven to have a eclectic sound too, with each of the pastthreetracks we’ve posted of his, showcasing a diverse mix of styles. They do however have one unifying feature - they’re all forward thinking. Here, Vlsonn takes a Juke influenced approach, with the result perhaps our favourite track of his yet. Big ups.
When discussing producers with consistently good outputs, few compare with xxxy (or Rupert Taylor to his moms). Originally making Dubstep with a Garage tinged twist, Taylor’s first release, ‘Reflections,’ came out on Mindset in 2009. In the nine releases since he’s continued to develop his sound, and dropped material on Well Rounded, Ten Thousand Yen, and Infrasonics among others. ‘Bash’ is set for a June 6 release - and we’re just a little excited. Get to know.
Kansas based Huerco S. shrouds himself in mystery, preferring to let the music represent himself instead. His No Jack EP has proven to be one of our favourite releases in 2012 thus far, with its take on House sounding both classic, yet original. This mix takes a slower approach than preceding guest mixes, with more of a late night come-down vibe apparent. Either way it’s a mix we love - and we’re sure you will too.
Berlin’s Jami Welch (aka Seams) has what is probably best described as an ‘interesting’ Soundcloud. On it Welch has a tendency to upload - well, whatever really, ranging from field recordings to birthday messages. That aside, he’s had two excellent releases on Pictures Music, and has done a host of solid remixes. ‘Potential’ is an icy House number - not dissimilar in sound to much of BNJMN’s work. It’s forthcoming on London imprint, Full Time Hobby, which has released a number of notable Indie works.
Kieran Hebden has been making electronic music long before the term ‘Bass Music’ came into usage. However, lately Hebden seems increasingly influenced by the current crop of producers who have been labeled into the rather loosely defined, ‘Bass Music’ category. There’s definite Blawan-esque vibes in the organic sounding percussion of ‘Jupiters’ - not that we’re complaining. With a series of successful collaborations alongside Burial under his belt, it’ll be interesting to see if Hebden continues to push deeper into the Bass spectrum, or whether it’s simply a fleeting interest.
Marc Glasser, better known as Dubbel Dutch, was one of many faces that popped up frequently throughout 2011. He released the amazing Hymn EP, and a sneakylittle 12” for the Dutty Artz crew, whilst remixing Brenmar, Vybz Kartel and Nguzunguzu on the side - to name but a few. He’s given this one away for free as promotion for the upcoming European tour he’s embarking on in May, in which he’s playing alongside LOL Boys and Brenmar, as well as ones-to-watch Slick Shoota and the Pelican Fly crew. Continuing on the same rugged path as the tracks from the Hymn EP, ‘No Futuro’ bursts into view with lively Latin percussion and smooth, gliding leads, before king-hitting your ears with an unrelenting riddim that’s bound to heat the floor up. We’re tipping Glasser will maintain his hot streak well into 2012. Don’t sleep on this.
By now, you’ve probably seen a lot of Boddika and Joy O-related posts, so we’ll just cut to the chase. We were rather psyched on the last pair of tracks the pair released back in February (‘Mercy' in particular), so we were just as keen on the next set of tracks they had in store for us - and it duly delivers. In comparison to the hard-hitting flipside, 'Prone' takes things a little easier, with blurry synths, wooden drums and a titular vocal sample leading the way for much of the track. It's a nice little respite from the other three tunes that have surfaced thus far, and we're just as curious to see what the pair bring us for their next Sunklo outings.
Jimmy Edgar’s just released Majenta LP is an album we suggest buying immediately - why? Because it’s exceptionally good. Edgar, a Detroit native, has been making waves since starting out at the tender age of just 15. In the years since he’s released numerous work on a number of labels, though keeps two elements consistent: the quality and the strong funk element. Majenta is an album to get down to - an undisputed crowd pleaser, thus making it an essential weapon in any DJ’s arsenal.
If you’re unfamiliar with Jack Dixon by now then your probably don’t read our blog enough. We’ve been big fans of the London via Brighton producer since our inception last July, posting numerous tracks of his, as well as interviewing him back in March. His soulful take on Garage and House is always well produced, consistently smooth, and makes some of the best use of vocal samples we’ve heard. ‘Lose Myself’ comes from his Above From The BelowEP, which is available now, and also includes an equally impressive Dauwd remix.
We’ve got no idea about how this remix came about - with it a seemingly odd combination. Regardless, the London producer absolutely nails it, which leads to the question: Is there nothing Mr. FitzGerald can’t do? If there is, we’re yet to see it. Enjoy.
It seems like Darren White (aka dBridge) has been around forever. A quick check on Discogs however reveals his first release was back in ‘95, so whilst not quite forever, still nearing on 20 years. White has evidently honed his craft over this time to a delicate art, with the result a near complete inability to not produce bangers. His association with Instra:mental (who is made up of Jon Convex and Boddika) stretches back to a split 12” released in 2009, so it’s of little surprise that this one is out on Convex’s label, Convex Industries. Our suggestion? Grab it on wax.
Huddersfield producer, DJ Q (aka Shollen Quarshie) has been a fixture of the UK Garage scene for sometime now, with his first release dating back to 2004. His most famous track though is possibly ‘Brandy & Coke,’ which dropped in March, and has proven to be somewhat of a floor anthem. ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’ has a strong Bassline and Ragga vibe, with a particularly mean, er, bassline. Quarshie’s sound is probably best described as an ‘acquired taste’ - and definitely one best suited for the dance-floor.