When Soundcloud emails you saying Bartosz Kruczynski (aka The Phantom) has ‘shared’ a new track, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’re in for some aural pleasure. Whether it’s Funk indebted 140bpm business, UK Funky, or whatever else, Krucyznski nails it every time. ‘I’m Banging’ is an instant floor-filler, with perfectly done synths, and a catchy, repetitive vocal cut. Kruczynski is part of Poland’s burgeoning bass music scene - which he discusses in our recent interview with him.
When we talk about producers having a unique sound, few rival Huerco S. Based out of Kansas City (though his location is inconsequential really), his music is somewhat reminiscent to that of Hype Williams, though with a slightly more bass heavy sound. ‘Hiromi’s Theme’ is one of his most interesting works yet, with a distant sounding Japanese female vocal speaking over a fuzzy, organic beat, and intermediate beeps. It evokes images of 70s or 80s anime films, and is the perfect soundtrack for late, reflective nights.
We’re the first to admit that we love a bit of cheese - and we’re not talking about Cheddar either. We challenge anyone who says cheesy is bad to listen to some late 90s UK Garage and not enjoy it. We also have a soft spot for Juke, a genre which borders on ridiculous much of the time. So what happens when the two are combined? Well, naturally we dig it. Raziek has created an undeniably catchy jam, which is unashamedly aimed at the floor, and will no doubt get bodies moving.
Y’all know by now that we love Dro Carey. The Sydney producer has been steadily increasing his reputation over the past 18 months, crafting a unique and varied sound, which has won praise from Pitchfork to XLR8R. ‘Gunmouth,’ which comes from our free compilation that dropped last week, is a Trap music inspired number, and wouldn’t sound out of place with Waka rapping over it. Be sure to grab the compilation here.
This week has already been massive for new music, with the latest Burial + Four Tet collab, the French Fries EP on Dirtybird finally dropping, and of course Fort Romeau’s debut on 100% Silk. Jack Dixon has been on a House tip of late, which he continues with this track - a soulful, late night jam. With an EP dropping on R&S subsidiary Apollo Records later this month, be sure to keep an eye out, in the meantime though, grab this track for free on his Soundcloud.
100% Silk get the sort of press coverage that most labels can only dream of. Whatever the reason for this (we won’t speculate), they do release some genuinely good music, and this LP is no exception. Kingdoms is Fort Romeau’s debut, though the London based producer doesn’t just make House music, he also doubles as La Roux’s keyboardist. It’s an interesting LP, albeit a relatively short one, which stays in a relaxed vein throughout. We’re tipping Pitchfork will be all over this one, so grab it now before they are, and boast to your friends about how ahead you are.
2562 (aka A Made Up Sound) goes on a tribal tip with this one. ‘Jerash Hekwerken’ is an unsettling number with little resemblance of melody, that shuffles along, building up tension with distant noises. It’s Avant-garde to say the least, and leaves us salivating for his Air Jordan EP, which is set for release on March 19. The EP contains a number of field recordings taken in Jordan (hence the name), some of which are obviously apparent in this track. Stay tuned.
So the majority of people are probably still talking about the most recent Burial and Four Tet collaboration. Which of course is understandable, but this track also dropped today, and we think it’s equally good. George FitzGerald has crafted a lovely remix of Colo’s original, and in the process made possibly the perfect Monday tune. Instead of grumbling about the start of a new working week, listen to this tune, and appreciate that you have ears which enable you to do so.
We were just a little surprised when we got an email from Soundcloud entitled “Public Track Burial + Four Tet - Nova shared to you.” With no prior warning of such a big collaboration, simply upping the track to Soundcloud is an interesting way of announcing it. As for the track, we’ll let it speak for itself, and as for a release date? That hasn’t been announced as yet.
GoldFFinch have emerged as one of the hottest duos to come out of the underground of late. Already onto their second EP for the year, they seem to get better with every release, developing a signature sound in the process. It’s a warped Belgian take on Techno, cross-pollinated with the current club trends, which has won them praise from the likes of Boddika and Loefah. With Techno continuing from where it left off last year, we can only guess what the likes of Blawan and co. have in store for us in the near future.
We posted a track from Toronto producer Bassmynt a few weeks ago, and whilst we thought that tune was pretty cool, we’re feelin’ this one even more. ‘Blind Night’ isn’t trying to be emotive, instead, it’s simply made to destroy dance-floors, and we have little doubt that’s what it’ll do. Bassmynt is definitely a producer worth keeping an eye on, and someone we’re tipping you’ll be hearing a lot more of in the remainder of this year. Get to know.
Arp.101 continues to kill it, and them some. After his incredible U EP late last year, and a recent remix for Bonobo, the London based master of Funk returns with this gem. ‘Mystery Man’ is a slow and easy jam, with short, yet memorable vocals, accompanied by layers of synths which switch from quick bleeps, to waves of cascading pads. Incredibly this one is available for free from the Eglo Records bandcamp. Don’t sleep on this - grab yourself a copy and help bring back the Funk.
Apple Bottom is perhaps the most talented 17 year old producing music at the minute. If you’ve slept on this kid until this point - then now would be the perfect time to rectify your error. How? By grabbing this track for free as part of our compilation with Life Crushed, The Leaving Scene, and The Soul Electronic. Do so here.
Night Slugs boss, Bok Bok, dropped his Southside EP (from where this track is taken) in May of last year. The third track of the EP, it was made in honour of this tune - a hit from the not so distant past, when Grime was the word on everyone’s lips. So we fittingly thought we’d post it as a reminder that there’s some big things coming from the Night Slugs crew. Stay tuned.
The People / The Scene / The Life / The Soul: A Global Compilation
A global compilation between four blogs. Four tracks from each party made exclusively by a unique artist solely for the compilation. Ranging from floor destroying bangers, to soulful Garage, this is the essential compilation for any music lover.
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Pretty much anyone 18 or over will remember the original joint by R. Kelly - it was an absolute anthem of the early to mid 00s. Now it’s been re-imagined for 2012 by Jason Burns, giving the OG a harder, Trap music feel. We’ve always wanted to play this at one of our club nights, and now it seems we’ve found the perfect excuse. Thank you Mr. Burns.
W8WTF (Chaos In The CBD Remix) by Zebra Katz x Boyfriend
Y’all no doubt know we’re big fans of this New Zealand duo by now. With a steady output of material, whether it be original releases or remixes, Chaos In The CBD have yet to put a foot wrong. This number moves away from their usual smooth House sound - yet does this so effortlessly that it’s impossible to tell they’re on a different tip. Probably best described as a somewhat subdued, Booty Bass re-cast of Zebra Katz’s intimidating Ballroom strutter, it’d surely go down a treat on any floor. Enjoy.
Gerry Read shrouds himself in mystery - presumably to let his music do the talking. Few photos of him are available, and he doesn’t have a Facebook page, or use twitter. He does have talent well beyond his 20 years however, with an ability to craft dark sounding Techno, and House. After a number of singles last year, and a recent XLR8R podcast, Gerry Read is name worth watching. We’re tipping big things from him this year. Get to know.
Clicks & Whistles sit somewhere between Bass and Trap music, and whilst this possibly sounds like a somewhat unlikely combination to you, the American duo have got it down to a fine art. ‘Endo’ works as an instrumental, but could easily be rapped over, with the effect possibly similar to this. Trap influenced Bass music is something we’re hoping there will be more of in 2012. So for those of y’all craving more of this sound we suggest spinning some Lex Luger instrumentals, Brick Squad’s finest, and one of our all time favourite producers.
Hotflush boss Paul Rose (aka Scuba) leads the label by example. After the dark Triangulation LP in 2010, and the uplifting AdrenalinEP last year, Rose has returned with Personality. One of the most hotly anticipated releases of the year, it’s somewhat different to his other material, and is eclectic in its range of sounds. ‘Dsy Chn,’ and this tune are our picks from the LP, with the latter’s keys progression simply irresistible to our ears. It makes for the perfect Monday tune, helping to ease those start-of-the-week pains, that only music (and coffee) can fix.
'Remember' is part of the same split EP that 'Different Grvl' by MORRI$ appeared on, which you may remember (pun intended) us posting a little while back. Despite dropping over a week ago, its continued to remain on repeat amongst the GP crew, and yes - we’ve been on a major funk tip lately. This tune has the perfect weekend vibes, so whether you’re getting home after a Friday night out, or getting ready for a big Saturday - make sure this is your soundtrack.
Punch Drunk were responsible for one of our favourite releases last year with the Illy / Tehran 12” by Kahn. Now they’ve come through again with Tessela’s D Jane / Channel 12” - a similarly thumping release. On more of a Techno tip than Kahn, Tessela crafts total floor annihilators on both the A and B side, that are an absolute necessity to any DJ’s arsenal. ‘Channel’ retains more of a Dubstep influence, with a heavy wobble, that really needs a proper system to be fully appreciated. Don’t sleep on this one.
Two of the UK’s biggest names combined in part two of their collaboration series. B-side ‘Mercy’ is our pick from the 12” and here it is in its entirety. Be sure to rinse this one as much as we’ve been doing.
Boiler Room have been on fire with their Soundcloud posts lately, with this lovely little number no exception. Despite being a name unfamiliar to us, Samoyed has a diverse back catalog well worth investigating. This particular tune is a dreamy, relaxed jam, that’s best suited to late night comedowns, and reflection. We’re not sure if, when, or where its getting a release - but it certainly deserves one. While there’s no particular release date for this track, we do know it’s forthcoming on Lukid’s Glum imprint within the next few months. Enjoy.
Have you ever seen someone wearing one of those T-shirts that says, “I Love House music,” and all you can do is shake your head? We have, but then we heard this track and something happened. We were getting ready for our weekly radio show - trying to work out a playlist, when this tune came on. Suddenly we were faced with the uncontrollable urge to dance, a primal instinct to move, and there was no stopping it. And there we were - dancing at the (luckily) empty radio station in a moment of unbridled euphoria. For the nearly six minutes that make up this track, the worries of the world slip away, and the listener is faced with the uncontrollable urge to jack their body. Have we bought an “I love House music” T-shirt yet? No, but we fucking love this song.
Pictures Music are another label we dig, a lot. The London based imprint has never put a foot wrong, with this latest release one of our favourites yet, and undoubtedly one of the best EP’s to drop in 2012 thus far. For those not fans of stomping, Acid tinged Techno, then stop reading right now - this EP is heavy. From title track ‘Moonlight,’ to the second jam ‘All Night,’ and then this tune, there’s absolutely no letting up. Straight up floor filling Techno looks like it’ll continue to remain a big trend in 2012, so get out your 303’s, and get dancing.
Disclosure aren’t the only duo blowing up of late. This similarly young pair from Lancaster have also been steadily rising over the past year. In our recent interview with them we discussed their forthcoming EP - which now seems set for release soon. ‘Just Us’ is a lovely relaxed Garage affair, with beautiful vocal cuts, and bubbly synths. Grab it for free on the Boiler Room Soundcloud, and keep an eye out on Bondax, who we’re tipping are set for a big year.
We’ve been Jam City fans since first hearing his Magic Drops EP in December of 2010. His funk indebted sound is one of the most unique takes on bass music, though his versatility is also indisputable, with tunes like ‘Aqua Box' proving his skill at crafting dance-floor destroyers. 2012 seems set to be a big year for the Londoner, with a 12” set for release in the coming days, followed by his debut LP later in the year. This remix transforms the original into an absolute jam (pun intended), with perfectly worked synths, and the same thumping bass of the OG. Jean Nipon’s Girl Complex EP is out now. Get on it.
Unknown To The Unknown is one of our favourite imprints right now. Always innovative, and never stagnant, their releases continue to push the boundaries of bass music. Checan’s EP is the latest such release, combining a mixture of Garage, Bassline, Dubstep, and other genres. The London via Sheffield producer also has a fortnightly show on SubFM, which you can listen to via their website here.
Since this EP dropped into our inbox earlier this month, we’ve had it on repeat. Sigha has been releasing material on Hotflush for a while now, initially starting with Dubstep, and now moving into the realm of Techno. After the brilliant Locked Groove EP already under their belt, and Scuba’s forthcoming LP dropping later this week, Hotflush have started the year strongly. This one comes out tomorrow and we highly recommend grabbing it on wax.
Despite coming out in November, Arp.101’s U / Groove EP has continued to get a heavy rinsing from all of the GP crew (just ask our neighbors). You may know him better as Alix Perez, one of D&B’s smoothest perpetrators, but its his tunes under the Arp.101 moniker that have us hooked. From start to finish it’s some of the funkiest bass music you’ll ever hear. Shout outs to Mr. Perez, Jam City and The Phantom for bringing back the funk.
The Boiler Room has been on fire the past day or so, first posting that Boddika refix yesterday, and now delivering again with this banger. Forthcoming on Martyn’s 3024 imprint, ‘Throw In Dirty’ is a true hybrid of House and Techno in every sense - soulful sample meets repetitive, yet never dulling groove. This tune is surely set to get floors moving when it sees an official release soon, but in the meantime check out Redshape’s Boiler Room mix here. Gun fingers anyone?
MORRI$ has been on our radar for a while now - despite being a little different to what we usually post. There’s something playful and unique about his sound, that makes it instantly loveable, and addictive. ‘Different Gvrl’ dropped on Valentines day as part of a free split EP with Sweater Beats, another producer whose sound is also hard to categorize, though similarly enjoyable. Snag yourself a copy here.
If you’ve been sleeping on Boddika thus far, then now would probably be a good time to rectify that. After finally releasing the long-awaited Swims 12” with Joy Orbison last month, he’s followed it up with this Acid Techno floor-destroyer. For those that know a little Electronic music history, they’ll no doubt be aware that the mid-to-late 80s were the Acid House/Techno years, when Ecstasy usage became widely prevalent for the first time. Clubs like the Hacienda in Manchester drew in huge numbers of people nightly, and helped created a culture of Electronic music in the UK, which has duly continued to this day.
Based out of Zurich, the Swiss producer has been steadily turning heads with his Bass-heavy take on House music. He’s released material on the Get Flavor imprint, a rising label from France, as well as on Stockholm based Top Billin. You may have seen us post his originals previously - all of which have been of the highest quality, and immensely danceable. It isn’t just his OG’s that have caught our eye though, with his remixes similarly good, and as suited to the floor. So, it’s with great pleasure that we present to you our second guest mix, which contains some familiar bangers, as well as some forthcoming cuts from the Get Flavor crew. Enjoy.
Another futuristic number by way of Toronto, this time from Vlsonn, whom we mentioned in our Bassmynt post yesterday. We’re not really sure how to describe this one - but frenetic is probably a good place to start. At 136BPM it’s a fraction slower than your standard Garage tune, though that’s where the percussion is most indebted to, with the vocal cut akin to chopped and screwed Rap music. Vlsonn is generously giving this track away for free, along with two remixes, so make sure you grab your copy here.
The world might be celebrating Valentine’s day right now, but there’s nothing lovely about this banger. From the darkest depths of hell, Dark Sky lovingly crafted this tune, and the result is nothing short of jaw dropping. With its evil synths, and burbling pads, all set to a Garage riddim, ‘Zoom’ is sure to be a hit on floors across the globe. This one is track three on Dark Sky’s forthcoming EP, which drops on March 26 through Black Acre. Get familiar.
We first came across Toronto producer Bassmynt (aka Jeff-Antoine Cote) when XLR8R posted one of his tracks last week. Cote’s sound is hard to pinpoint exactly, with elements of Dubstep, Garage, and Hip hop part of it. ‘Keep It Pretty’ is somewhat melancholy, with Garage-esque vocal cuts, frenetic percussion, and sad sounding synths. It’s forthcoming on Aufect, who also have material on the way from another producer we dig, Vlsonn.
Model 500 is the pseudonym of Techno legend, Juan Atkins. Anyone who claims to be a fan of electronic music should know Mr. Atkins, one of the original godfathers of Techno. Since 1985, Atkins has been using the Model 500 moniker, with a discography that whilst isn’t huge, is of the utmost quality. Dropping today on R&S, the Control12” is a typically layered affair, with this the B-side from it. So if this is your first taste of Atkins’ work, then we suggest heading to your local record store, and doing some research
Tevo Howard has been doing his thing for eons, first as solely a DJ, and since 2005 as a producer also. The Chicago native has his own label, Beautiful Granville Records, and has also released material through Rush Hour. ‘Intersection’ is off one such release - the Pandora’s Box EP, which came out last year. The EP is a deep, acid tinged affair, and one of our favourite House releases of 2011. An essential for any good record collection.
This little unreleased number popped up on Untold’s Soundcloud earlier today. For those unfamiliar with the work of Untold (aka Jack Dunning), the London producer makes gritty, bass-heavy jams. ‘Angry Hat’ is no exception to this rule, with heavy hitting percussion, and threatening synths. Dunning has dropped material on Clone, R&S, Hemlock and Hessle Audio, though it seems like this one, and ‘Hype Track' will unfortunately never get a proper release.
BNJMN managed to drop two LPs in 2011, and unlike some artists who release multiple full lengths in the one year (The Weeknd we’re looking at you), both were of the highest quality. Now with his latest work, he moves away from his signature glacial House sound, towards darker, more Techno orientated territory. Interestingly, he previously produced Glitch Hop under the name of Jackhigh, and whilst it ain’t half bad, we’re pretty glad he decided to make House music instead. Big ups.
Coming out of Warsaw, The Phantom (known to his moms as Bartosz Kruczynsk), makes his own unique brand of Bass music. Whilst still not a hugely well known name amongst wider circles, Kruczynsk has won respect and acclaim from within the underground. Since first hearing this tune a little while back, we’ve been completely hooked - it’s all in the synths innit. For any of the DJ’s out there, this one’s only out on vinyl, so you’re going to have to fork out a little cash for it.
We’ve been following South London Ordnance for a few months now, in which time we’ve seen his profile continue to grow. Dropping tunes on his Soundcloud at a fairly constant rate, he’s won the attention of the likes of Mosca, who included him in a mix he did for Mary Anne Hobbes recently. ‘Fjord’ is a a dark, unrelenting floor-filler, with layers of throbbing bass and synths, impenetrable percussion, and distant noises. After the plethora of rather upbeat House we’ve been posting of late, this, and the 5kinAndBone5 remix sound just that much more menacing. Also be sure to grab your free copy of this one here.
We’ve already discussed in previousposts that Travis Stewart (aka Machinedrum) is set for a big 2012, and so far he’s proven us to be correct. This bubbling Juke jam, with its soulful vocal cut, is probably one of the few footwork tracks as suitable for a lounge bar, as it is the floor. Jokingly, we coined the somewhat dubious term, “Future Footwork” with our friends over at The Leaving Scene on twitter yesterday, will it become a thing? We hope not.