Perhaps not the most fitting vibe for a Friday, and a little different from what we normally post, there’s something about this track that caught our attention. A busy combination of chopped vocals, synths, and percussion, somehow it manages to still sound cohesive. Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) is a producer on the verge of bigger things, and with his When You’re Gone EP dropping next month, we’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot more of his name in the future.
From Brisbane, Australia, a place with next to no history in (current) electronic music, we introduce to you Tincture (aka Luke Dalton). Utilizing the R&B vibes that are currently popular in the Bass music world, ‘You’ll Learn’ is essentially a remix of Usher’s ‘Burn' - a track we haven't heard in at least five years. After all, there's nothing quite like reminiscing over a song from your youth, right?
Another one of a host of Juke, and R&B inspired producers to appear in the past few years, Montpelier native Raziek is part of the always bangin’ Top Billin crew. He dropped his Love Vs Bass EP late last year, which we’ve duly given a heavy rinsing in the GP office since. This one is heavy on the R&B vibes, which coupled with the thumping percussion, makes for a total floor destroyer. Big ups.
Whilst we sometimes find Future Garage a little tiresome - there’s only so much reverb-soaked, Burial wannabes we can take, Synkro manages to absolutely nail the sound here. It’s atmospheric, the vocal is perfect, and the overall vibes are just beautiful. If anyone ever asks what the genre sounds like, after god (Burial), this would probably be a pretty good starting point. Enjoy.
Spam Chop (known to his moms as Lukas Cole), is a Nottingham based producer, and founder of Wigflex Records. ‘Blergzz’ starts relatively relaxed, before dropping into a heavier middle section, then getting even heavier again with an absolute monster bassline. Despite being a somewhat hectic track, heavy on percussion, and synths, it never feels cluttered. It’s available on the Boiler Room Soundcloud, which we suggest following immediately if you’re not already doing so.
Smooth may not be the first word that enters your mind when someone mentions Techno. This track however is one of the smoothest, and deepest tunes you’re likely to hear - of any genre. It’s contemplative, late night vibes are so well executed, that we’d almost call it the perfect tune. The Weekly Contract Events EP from which it’s from, also includes tracks from Kowton, and Kareem Moser, and is an absolute essential for any good DJ’s collection.
We posted a Bambounou track last week from the forthcoming Sinterklaas Society compilation, which is set for release next Tuesday, and includes tracks from all of the Youngunz crew. Now, arguably the biggest name in the crew, French Fries (aka Valentino Canzani) has dropped his contribution towards the compilation. It takes a heavier approach than the other tracks so far, going with a more Dubstep inspired sound, rather than a House tip. Be sure to have Tuesday marked on your calender - we sure do.
Why are we posting this? Well, other than diggin’ Ms. Banks, the beat is actually produced by none other than Machinedrum (aka Travis Stewart). Stewart fans will no doubt recognise it as ‘SXLND,' which has been floating around the net for a month or so now, after first appearing on the LuckyMe Soundcloud. We mentioned a few days ago that he’s going to struggle to top his massive 2011, but it seems like he’s already on the way, particularly if the massively hyped Banks continues to show love (or luv).
We’ve been waiting for this release for a little while now - and luckily it dropped in time for our next club night. ‘Make U Understand’ is a a prime-time UK Garage track, with some Dubstep wobble, transported into 2012’s more freakier side. We’re tipping big things from not only 5kinAndBone5 this year, but also from Unknown To The Unknown, who had a stellar 2011. Get to know.
If you’ve been sleeping on Sydney based producer Dro Carey - then you better wake the fuck up. Born as Eugene Hector, he’s a prolific beatmaker, constantly uploading new material to his Tumblr. However, he’s gone one step further here, dropping a whole mini-LP for free download. This tune is dark, edgy, and most of all perfect for late night listening. Download yourselves a copy here. Now.
Dam Mantle, along with the likes of Rustie, and Hudmo have made Glasgow into one of the most exciting places for electronic music. Known to his moms as Tom Marshallsay, the Glaswegian producer makes music ranging from Dubstep, to wonky Hip hop, and beyond. This remix is heavy on the synth, and whilst still retaining basically the same vocal cuts to the original, it speeds up to a more club orientated BPM. It eventually transitions into a percussive rich latter half, from where it gradually comes down, and ends somewhat minimally. Enjoy.
The first offering for Hotflush in 2012 comes by way of Belgium, from Antwerp based producer, Locked Groove. Since this 12” landed in our inboxes a few weeks ago, we’ve given it a heavy rinsing - the thumping, atmospheric vibes completely hook us in every time. This year promises to be a big one for the forward thinking label, with a new LP from Scuba set to drop, along with a host of other releases. From Dubstep to Future Garage, and now to Techno, Hotflush are always one step ahead of the rest.
Ripped from Kingdom’s (aka Ezra Rubin’s) Fade To Mind mix for The Fader, we assume this one is dropping in the coming months. We’re expecting big things from Rubin this year, and from his Night Slugs affiliated Fade To Mind imprint, both of which had a solid 2011. Rubin also contributed to the most recent Dirtybird compilation, with the track ‘SFX,’ an ominous sounding floor-destroyer.
After having a massive 2011 as both Machinedrum, and one half of Sepalcure, it’ll surely be difficult for Travis Stewart to reach such levels this year. Or will it? Judging by this track it seems possible it could just happen. ‘DDD’ in preview form has been floating around on the LuckyMe Soundcloud for a few months now, but this is the first time it’s been released in full, and it doesn’t disappoint. What will Stewart manage to produce for the remainder of the year? Only time will tell - but we’re betting it’ll be good.
Based out of New Orleans, DJ and producer Jim-E-Stack makes soulful, bass-heavy jams. Stack’s sound has far more in common with the UK, than it does with the Southern United States, which shows just how truly global bass music has become. We suggest getting hold of his Come Between EP, which dropped on Juno yesterday, and is set for release on other sites this Monday. Get to know.
Just when we thought this week couldn’t get any better for new music, this happened. After a groundbreaking 2011, these two young brothers seem destined for even bigger things this year - in fact, we’re almost certain of it. Why? Firstly, they’re soon to embark on a UK wide tour with electronic superstar SBTRKT, and secondly, they make tunes as good as this. ‘Flow’ is characteristically soulful, yet is also poppy enough to be a crossover hit. If you’ve slept on Disclosure ‘til now; rectify your mistake immediately.
Forests (Chaos In The CBD Remix) by Shooting Horses
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Youngunz crew has us on their payroll, in fact, maybe they should - this remix is our third post inas many days from one of their artists. It comes not from France, but by way of New Zealand, from rising duo Chaos In The CBD. The smooth vibes hooked us in immediately, and has subsequently resulted in it being on repeat since. Enjoy.
Youngunz crew member Bambounou has developed a signature sound of his own, however on this tune he strays from that, instead going with more of a House vibe. ‘Fake Jake’ is from the forthcoming Sinterklaas Society compilation, which also features Generic People favourites and fellow crew members, Chaos In The CBD, French Fries, and Coni. They’ll be dropping free tracks daily on the Youngunz soundcloud until its release later this month - so we highly suggest following ‘em.
Dropping officially today on Orca Recordings, XI’sImmunity / Squeeze 12” is a dark, and atmospheric Future Garage affair. A-side ‘Immunity’ is without doubt a solid track, but it’s the B-side, ‘Squeeze’ that really caught our attention. It has a Zomby type vibe to it, with relatively sparse percussive arrangements, and a chopped, melancholy female vocal. All five of Orca’s releases have been sublime, and we’re expecting to hear a lot more from them, and this Berlin based producer in the future.
Despite making bass-heavy House for a good while now, we’ll always remember A1 Bassline for his (cough), Bassline days. That’s probably just us trying to cling onto our fading youth, either way though, his recent output has been sublime. The percussion, that repetitive vocal saying “why do you” over and over, and of course the massive bass - everything about this tune is on point, and made to destroy floors. We’re not sure exactly when Dirtybird plan to release it, but we’re hoping it’s soon, real soon.
So this is hardly even a full tune, fuck it though - when Skream drops something that sounds like his output circa 2007, we take notice. It’s easy to forget that the London producer was one of the pioneers of Dubstep when hearing his latest project, Magnetic Man. Skream (real name Oliver Jones) still caters to his original fans though with sub-bass heavy bangers like this. We’re just hoping that this sees a proper release on Skreamizm Vol. 7. Fingers crossed.
The second release on French Fries’ ClekClekBoom label, comes from fellow Parisian, Coni. Like his label-mates, Coni’s sound is percussion rich, and heavy on R&B vocal samples. ‘Suma’ is made for dance-floors, with its uplifting synth, and funky drums. His Luz In Pool / Suma / Crush 12” dropped recently - and we highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy. We’re also tipping Coni is a name you’ll be hearing a lot more of during the course of this year.
Perhaps Daniel Klauser is a fitting person for our first guest mix, like us, he’s a relative new comer to the bass music world. At just 20, he’s cemented himself as a growing name, getting love from Santiago to Stockholm. Part of the talented Get Flavor crew, Klauser takes a mix of influences, before combining them to form his own unique sound. We’d best describe it as South American tinged House - but we’ll leave you to interpret it for yourselves. He’s also founder of the stellar Diamante Records, which is based out of Klauser’s home-town of Santiago. This mix is definitely aimed towards the floor - and the ladies on it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Look Like has been making his mark on the Bass music world for a year or so now - with his profile continuing to increase. This remix of French duo, CDBL is possibly our favourite track of his to date, and is hopefully an indicator of what’s to come in 2012 from the Swiss producer. In our interview with him back in August, he spoke about the high density of clubs in his home country, yet the relatively small amount of people producing music. So perhaps we’ll be seeing a few more Swiss producers making a name for themselves in the future. Big ups.
Sam Shepherd, better known as Floating Points, had a rather active 2011. He somehow managed to drop the stellar ‘Marilyn' and 'Danger' himself, while juggling a prolific year for his label, Eglo (co-run with Rinse FM DJ Alex Nut), which released some memorable works from Funkineven, ARP101, and Fatima. Shepard then proceeded to cap the year off with the excellent Shadows EP, a collaboration with visual artist Will Hurt, (you can see some of it in action here.) The EP is full of heavily introspective, (yet accessible) grooves, with ‘Realise’ being a prime example. It’s anchored by indecisive percussion and pensive keys, which slowly come in throughout the course of the track. Sit back, turn off the lights, and give this one a spin.
It’s no secret we’re big fans of Californian producer Urulu (aka Taylor Freels), his smooth House vibes seem to ‘get us’ every time, with this track no exception. Freels has mastered the delicate art of vocal samples, again, totally nailing it here. Off the back of a solid 2011, if Freels continues producing tunes of this quality for the remainder of this year, he’s no doubt set for big things. Get to know.
This track is by no means a new one, first released as part of Cosmin TRG’s A Universal Crash EP, which came out last April on Rush Hour. However, it’s also part of the stellar Best of Rush Hour 2011 compilation, which we’ve had on repeat the past month or so. It also includes the likes of Bnjmn, Recloose, Lando Kal, and more, making it an essential release for anyone into House. Get on it.
Slovenian born producer Maya Medvesek has become a relatively well known name in the mostly male dominated UK Electronic scene. Her latest release, the FestivusEP (we’re guessing Medvesek is a Seinfeld fan), came out recently on Fortified Audio. From the smooth Jazz sound, to the well placed rap sample, the vibes on this track are simply perfect.
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.