Monday, June 29, 2009

Joker and Ginz Put The Soul In Dubstep

Undoubtedly, if you’ve been paying attention to the world of dubstep in the last 6 months, you’ve heard the name Joker spouted repeatedly and his music played endlessly. His fresh, unique style of dubstep takes cues from hip hop, soul, funk and IDM with an almost joyful aura and backs it up with the harsh agressive, grimey basslines that has come to signify contemporary dubstep. I think if there’s one artist who embodies the bridge over the gap between dubstep and hip hop it is the one called Joker.

More recently we’ve seen a deluge of tunes from Joker with his somewhat new ally Ginz. Seemingly new to the dubstep scene from the perspective of those only recently getting into the music, Ginz has actually been part of the Bristol scene for quite a while. Originally hailing from Washington DC, he moved to Bristol in ’98 when he was only 17, went to school, started a business (Multiverse) and became a citizen. His label, Tectonic, founded with Pinch, has been pioneering the Bristol Sound since 2005 and their first release, War Dubs, was an early dubstep hit produced by Ginz (under the name P Dutty) and Pinch. He also gained quite a bit of notoriety for his work as 30Hz , with breakbeat genius Baobinga as The Body Snatchers, and his label, Vertical Sound.

For years Ginz has been a huge proponent of all things Bristol and was actually the guy who turned me onto dubstep. When he was riding in my car after a gig in chicago we had him out for and I was listening to a shitty 1xtra grime mix. He told me that I can’t truely get this music on tiny car speakers and that in Bristol they listen to it on giant subwoofers that rattle your brain. The next month i ran into him at Winter Music Conference and he handed me Tectonic Plates #1 and told me that this is the stuff he was talking about. The compilation had tunes from dubstep heroes like, Pinch, Digital Mystikz, Skream, Loefah, and Distance. I was immediately enchanted.

Now, the team of Joker and Ginz is changing the face of dubstep with their new soul/funk based sound. Think of it as if Zapp and Roger grew up listening to Roni Size and Timbaland. It is by far the funkiest dubstep ever created and destined to be co-oped and mimicked by the mainstream. As a taste of this breakthrough we have for you a remix they did for the indiepop band Zero 7. Originally a gentle dreamy tune, the boys add their pitch-bending, analogy twist turning it into a grimey, plodding banger that still retains the dreaminess and beauty of the original.

Be sure to pick up their recent release “Purple City/Re-Up” on Kapsize and their upcoming remix for Basement Jaxx new single “Raindrops”. Also, keep an eye out for an upcoming release on Hyperdub called “Stash” due out in September.

Zero 7 – Everything Up (Zizou) (Joker & Ginz Remix)

And as a bonus, to solidify my point about Joker being the bridge between dubstep and hip hop, here is South Philly underground hip hop supergroup Rap Pack’s remix of Jokers big big tune “Do It”.

Joker – Do It (Rap Pack Remix)

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posted by Local Hero at 12:32 pm  

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Can you hear my heart? Burning!

Ah, this guy! Let me tell you, I can’t get enough of his remixes and productions!

And he keeps sending more of the good stuff. Way to go, Burns!

Burns – Heartbeats (Extended Mix)

Go get his Turbo EP on  Beatport! And tell him how good all this is over on his myspace.

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posted by PD Williams at 1:10 pm  

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Trash Menagerie Radio on THEHYPE.FM feat. Mikix the Cat

Tune in TODAY, Wednesday 24 June, for the second installment of Trash Menagerie’s online radio show on!! We’ve picked a special guest for this next one, in the form of Trouble & Bass artist, wonky Parisian, MiKiX The Cat!!

Radio show time – Wednesday 24 June at 4PM EST //  9PM GMT!!
Listen to the mix here!!!!

Click here to access the show and stay tuned as we will post the mix in the coming weeks! Listen to our first show, which aired Wed, 27th May, from Trash Menagerie’s Local Hero!!

To get you ready for the show, here’s a favorite Mikix remix of mine, Mendel’s “Beatburger” (Mikix The Cat Mac Honey Remix). Love it!!

Mendel – Beatburger (Mikix The Cat Mac Honey Remix)

Previous Mikix The Cat music on Trash Menagerie –
Mikix The Cat Movin Around Ep
Bass Welterweight Kanji Kinetic

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posted by Lovestar at 3:45 am  

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Fever Ray – Triangle Walks

Photo courtesy of Johan Renck

It’s easy to lose yourself in the music of Swedish artist Karin Dreijer Andersson, aka, Fever Ray, with it’s dark, intense, haunting sounds. Described by Filter magazine as “sublime and magically creepy,” Fever Ray continues to take us down another luminous path with the third single, “Triangle Walks” off her self-titled album. Available on 12″ and download, the single features remixes from the likes of Tiga, Spektre, James Rutledge, Tora Vinter, Ben Hoo and Allez-Allez. I quite like all the remixes, but can’t stop myself from repeating Tiga’s catchy, “1-2-3-4″.

The music video for “Triangle Walks”, was directed by Mikel Cee Karlsson, who has collaborated with Andreas Nilsson on videos for Jose Gonzales and Bonde do Role. Nilsson has designed a stage show for Fever Ray’s North American tour, which kicks off 28th September at Webster Hall, NYC.

Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Tiga’s 1-2-3-4 Remix)

Triangle Walks from Fever Ray on Vimeo.

Fever Ray Tour Dates

July 3, 2009 Roskilde Festival, Roskilde
July 4, 2009 Arvika Festival, Arvika
July 11, 2009 Loop Festival, Brighton
July 12, 2009 Oxegen, Naas, Kildare
July 13, 2009 Bristol Academy, Bristol, Southwest
July 14, 2009 Academy 2, Manchester
July 16, 2009 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
July 17, 2009 Latitude Festival, Southwold
July 18, 2009 Melt Festival, Leipzig
Aug 13, 2009 Öyafestivalen, Oslo
Aug 14, 2009 Way Out West, Göteborg
Aug 16, 2009 Flow festival, Helsinki
Aug 29, 2009 Festiwal Tauron, Nowa Muzyka, Katowice
U.S. Tour dates
Sep 28 2009 Webster Hall, New York, New York
Sep 29 2009 Webster Hall, New York, New York
Oct 1 2009 Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec
Oct 3 2009 Metro, Chicago, Illinois
Oct 5 2009 The Grand Ballroom at Regency, San Francisco, California
Oct 7 2009 Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles, California

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posted by Lovestar at 10:55 pm  

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Orb’s Andy Hughes Passes at the Age of 44

I had the pleasure, and privilege, of working with The Orb in Chicago during the early 90′s, they are true living legends, and their contribution and influence on electronic music is immeasurable. Condolences go out to Andy’s family and friends in the light of this sudden tragedy. The following press release was forwarded to us by The Orb’s US agency, WME Entertainment.


Andy Hughes, electronic music producer/DJ who was born 11th November 1965 and, and who lived and grew up in Harrow, Middlesex, tragically passed away on Friday 12th June 2009 after a short illness.

Andy was a genius who gave so much inspiration and passion to all with his incredible work. He was loved by many aficionados of the trance/ambient genre, but will be especially remembered for his work with Alex Paterson and The Orb, most notably the album Orblivion and single Toxygene, which reached number 4 in the UK charts in 1997. Together with his musical partners Alex Patterson and former members Kris Weston, Simon Phillips and Thomas Fehlmann together with Nick Burton of Westworld fame. Andy created electronic and ambient/techno/house/dub masterpieces. These took him across the globe where he played to masses of fans in countries including the USA, Japan and Canada as well as a sell out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 1998.

Prior to his Orb years he had helped to design and build the studios for Bunk Junk & Genius and worked with many famous artists. He was with the Orb until 1999 during which, along with his musical input including the Live 93 album, he assisted with the building of their Back Passage studio in Clapham.

In 2000 he started producing music on his own and more recently produced music for artists such as Kovak and Basement Jaxx at their neighbouring studios in Brixton, London. Andy was an incredibly doting and loving father who always made time for his children Gabriel and Circe and their father’s passing will leave a chasm in both their lives.

Andy’s funeral will take place at West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road SE 27on Monday 29th June ’09 at 11.45am. The service will be open to anyone wishing to attend. It is hoped to arrange a Tribute concert in the future to allow his many fans and friends to meet up. Any floral tributes to Funeral Directors W. Uden & Sons, 265 Southampton Way, Camberwell, London SE9 7EN or donations to the Liver Intensive Therapy Unit, Kings College Hospital via the web site

The Orb – Ba’albeck – Orbsessions Volume 2

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posted by Audio Pimpstress at 3:31 pm  

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

TM Exclusive – Star Eyes

Let me welcome the lovely and endearing leading lady of the Trouble & Bass family, Star Eyes, by first celebrating her work as a writer. For 7 years Vivian Host was Editor-in-Chief of one, if not the foremost U.S.-based music publication devoted to electronic music, XLR8R Magazine. Earlier this month the community of DJ’s, producers and writers said goodbye to Vivian as Editor of the magazine and are now able to finally embrace her in her new full-time job as DJ/producer.

Out of the mire of Drum n’ Bass and Jungle, Star Eyes has been DJing since the genre’s were at their focal point. While paying tribute to those sounds as well as those of Dubstep and UK Garage, Star Eyes is known for her formative role with the Trouble & Bass crew since its inception, and is now only eclipsed by her latest production work on the Trouble & Bass Recordings EP “Disappear.” Vivian’s vocals can be found on the release’s title track as well as the Math Head-produced track “Happy Haus,” with the remix work a particular highlight from Cardopusher out of Spain as well as London’s Dexplicit of Bassline/Niche fame.

To celebrate the release of the first Star Eyes EP and to pay homage to a long relationship with the Trouble & Bass family, Star Eyes has given Trash Menagerie readers an exclusive mix featuring a selection of her own productions and few other heavy hitters from the dark alley ways of bass. This mix also comes in time to celebrate the Trouble & Bass Scion Compilation and tour that began a couple days ago in Miami Beach, Florida. If you’re from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Austin, or Brooklyn you still have a chance to go out for a romping and (free) good time. The Scion CD is out on June 23rd (today) and both the CD and the Star Eyes EP are available on Juno, Boomkat, Beatport, and iTunes. Get bassed.

Star Eyes – Ghost Ride Mix for Trash Menagerie


01. Star Eyes – Disappear
02. Falko Brocksieper – Lament
03. Douster – Ladinian
04. Spruce Lee – Gasolina Remix
05. Da Juice – Hear The Angels
06. Star Eyes – Disappear (Dexplicit Remix)
07. Totally Extinct Enormous Dinosaurs – Bournemouth (Tomb Crew’s South Coast Teenage Pregnancy Remix)
08. Star Eyes – Disappear (Mikix the Cat Remix)
09. Modeselektor – Kill Bill Vol. 4
10. Hostage – The Slave
11. Star Eyes – Happy Haus
12. AC Slater – Banger (Drop The Lime Remix)
13. Blaqstarr – Get Off (Jack Beats Remix)
14. Gun Jack – Ghetto Blasta
15. Caspa – Marmite
16. Star Eyes – Disappear (Cardopusher Remix)
17. Michna – Triple Chrome Dipped (Star Eyes & Mayster Liquid Vision)
18. Dave Gahan – Saw Something (Skreamix)

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