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.
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.