Thursday, June 24, 2010

Visitor bring their love to the club

Visitor caused a great stir almost a year ago when their song “Los Feeling” was unleashed in the blogosphere and remixed by a couple of great musicians like TM favs Fear Of Tigers, Bit Funk, Freak You!, Flashmen, etc.

The official single is now released on Vulture with “Love” as a b-side. Here’s the club edit of this awesome tune:

Visitor – Love (Club Edit)

And as a bonus here’s Alan Braxe’s remix of “Los Feeling”, which might be the best yet.

Los Feeling (Alan Braxe Remix) by VISITOR

Go get the single on Beatport and tell Kyle and Lucas how much YOU love their music!

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posted by PD Williams at 2:00 am  

Friday, June 18, 2010

Phinz – Just An Awesome Guy

Meet Phinz, “an awesome guy from Austria!” He’s from Innsbruck, a city that’s known rather for ski jumping than for electronic music.

Is this about to change with the rise of Phinz? Probably not. But I love how his productions are getting tighter and more mature with every new track.

But listen for yourself:

Phinz – Atari Disco

Little Boots – Earthquake (Phinz Remix)

Phinz – Text To Speech

Phinz – Run Forrest

Sweet Track-The Two-Way Mirror (Phinz Dub) by Phinz

Follow Phinz on Twitter.

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posted by PD Williams at 4:31 pm  

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This week in Dubstep: Gemmy, Sepalcure, I.D., and Kavsrave

So everybody’s been talking about the death of Dubstep (not to mention the death of hip-hop, authenticity, and the author) and the ascendance of lighter, more party-oriented steppas’ delights; you know, the funky, 2-steppy, post-garage stuff that’s been ruling the dancefloors on both sides of the pond. I’d tend to agree that some of this half-time wobbly shit is getting a little old as musicians prioritize industrial synth patches and raved-out aural violence over the percussive subtlety, minimalism, and negative space that early Dubstep borrowed so well from Dub itself. I’m not saying the wobbly shit is no good, I’m just saying that to include banging wobble bass at the expense of the many elements that make a tune worth hearing is a sad mistake, and one that’s being made all over the place. I won’t name any names, but you know who you are.

Regardless, what I mean to say is that, despite all these (understandably) resentful listeners claiming the death of Dubstep left and right (shortest-lived genre ever?), the eyes-down, half-time skank is in fact alive and kicking, thanks to a few innovative artists doing their thing, both in Europe and the United States.

First up is Gemmy, part of the “purple” contingent- you know, Joker, Ginz, Gemmy, Guido, Rustie- that’s managed to tastefully incorporate elements of West Coast hip-hop, glitchy chiptune jams, and bashy Grime, among other things, into the Dubstep vocabulary to stretch the sound just that much further. He’s just released a new single on Earwax, one of my number one labels right now, having released some of my favorite work from Ginz, Liondub, and Jack Sparrow. This is some square-wave, half-step euphoria that builds and drops in all the right places; subtlety certainly isn’t the name of the game, more like satisfaction, precision, and bass-weight. “Last 3 Digits” is definitely the highlight of the single. Buy the vinyl at Boomkat, wait for the digital release, or head over to the Earwax website to enter for a chance to win a signed, limited-edition test pressing direct from the label.

Gemmy “Maroon Chant / Last 3 Digits” by Multiverse

Oh and speaking of wobbly, hardcore Dubstep that doesn’t suck, ‘yall should check out I.D.’s Mustang EP; he’s released a free VIP remix of the title track to promote the EP, which has me eyes down staring at my skanking feet as I rave around my room. You can download I.D. – Mustang VIP for FREE at his soundcloud account, or pick up the whole EP at Beatport; this stuff reminds me of early Benga, N-Type, or Kromestar, except a little busier and with a breakier edge. Good stuff.

I.D. Mustang VIP 320 by bassmusic

Up next is Sepalcure’s debut EP on the indefatigable Hotflush record label; these two dudes, Travis Stewart (Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma are a little bit more on that syncopated, ethereal end of the spectrum, with dense layers of unusual, yet coherent, percussion arrangements, crisp, swingin’ hi-hats, liquid atmospheric sounds, and soulful vocals that create the right mood without being overly referential or tacky. ‘Cuz we all know how tacky soul vocals can be. The four-track EP is undoubtedly feeding off of the energy coming out of this flourishing UK house scene, but manages to retain that marijuana-friendly lean-back lighters-in-the-air vibe that makes us love Dubstep so much. This four track EP is out on vinyl, and available digitally at Beatport.

Sepalcure – Love Pressure EP [HF025] by Hotflush

And while we’re on the subject of that PURPLE ‘ISH – which I may get sick of at some point but definitely haven’t as of yet- I just stumbled upon this brand new Kavsrave EP out on Numbers, another infallible record label with an EXTREMELY AWESOME website.

Kavsrave – Baggage Handler by coltcannon

Though I doubt this record needs any help getting sold, it’s worth talking about; it’s riding on the same contemporary wavelength with gorgeous, floating RnB vocals, fat, saturated synths that can satisfy you even through laptop speakers, and unmistakably hip-hop influenced drum-machine beats that will turn any hype dancefloor into a cavern of nasty stanky slow dance. Download it over at Boomkat and keep your eye on Numbers because I can assure you that label is the future!!

‘Till next time.

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posted by Max Pearl at 4:20 pm  

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Up Close and Personal Interview with Bassline Badboys Black Noise

Black Noise Promo Photo

Black Noise have been making some serious bass and beats. Last year their refix bassline and disco bass remixes of Duck Sauce’s huge hit Anyway blew up in a big way, and was featured in quite a few of my live sets. They’ve been seriously busy undertaking remix work for some of the biggest labels to grace the scene.

When the Futureheads started their new label this year their first choice of remixer was Black Noise. When Southern Fried needed someone to take their Diplo and Laid back Luke release to another level they contacted Black Noise. And when Ministry of Sound put together their wish list for remixers of the globally successful ‘Riverside (Let’s Go!)’ it was Black Noise who were added to that list.

They’ve had two EP’s released on Norman Cook’s celebrated Southern Fried label and have another two to complete before a debut album will drop on the label later in the year. They have racked up 15 remixes and have topped the Hype Machine’s Chart with their remix of Crookers featuring Wiley.

The first EP released introduced the vocal talents of Wizard Sleeve to the world on the track ‘Me Plus You’ which was subsequently licensed by Ministry Of Sound to be mashed up with Sidney Samson’s ‘Riverside’. This reached Number 2 in the UK Charts and stayed in the charts for 3 months and is still continuing to sell, very nearly reaching GOLD DISC STATUS!

Looking up any information on bassline/disco bass/house aficionados Black Noise is a little hard to say the least. Sure you can find their MySpace, Facebook page and huge mix archive but what if you wanted to find out their studio rider or who they’d back in a disco fight? Keith Wilson had the chance to catch up with them and see what made them tick…

What is a typical studio session like for Black Noise?
It quite often involves nudity and drugs

So after the drugs and sex, what Studio food do you prefer jelly sweets or crisps – or are you all vegans who only eat natural berries and herbs!?
Well, 2 of us are veggies… but that’s for home time. Studio is about strong coffee, cakes, crisps and pizza with some Jamaican food thrown in to keep us focused!!! Not sure you can be healthy and work in a windowless environment

It can be an unhealthy 8 hours! Do you guys prefer to produce at night or in the day though?
Daytime, though most of our vocal sessions are done at night… we seem to be more creative during daylight hours

What normally comes first? Bass lines or drums?
Usually we get some stonking beats in and then some music… then we hit the bassline to fit the music as we often have ideas and samples of music that we want to use… and as you know from hearing our music, the bassline is a key player!

What VSTs and hardware are giving you a chubby at the moment?
Hahaha… we do have a secret weapon that we like to use but we keep it quiet… the A1 synth is a cracker! Hardware… well nothing will ever beat an Akai sampler!

Who do Black Noise really want to remix or work with at the moment?
Someone like Lords Of The Underground would be pretty sick! And Bounty Killa… he would be pretty bonkers to get in for a session.

Who would win in a disco fight – Abba or The Supremes ?
The Supremes I think would be better in a street brawl as i doubt the Swedish ‘hood teaches you the art of street bopping! They are a bit gay ABBA… so maybe they wouldn’t do too well. But those Thai ladyboys can kick some ass so maybe ABBA would hold their own (or someone else’s!!!) fuck… i dunno… if i was placing a bet i would put it on The Supremes… yeah, they would do the biz. The Supremes please christ!!!

Can you see Black Noise pushing any other specific sound, such as DnB or Dubstep?
Of course, i think any producer who decides to forge a career in music would be foolish to work one sound solely… other styles help bring fresh ideas back to the studio. Stay creative kids!

What do think about the idea of allowing fans to remix your work?
Love it… totally down with it. That way they can have fresh and original material for their dj sets

Would you ever release tune parts for people to remix?
We will defo be doing that mate…

Well please keep us posted, I’d love to get involved! What about Black Noise sample packs? You got any plans to drop any at all?
Haha… this is also something we have been approached about so probably yes to that one

What festivals are you guys gonna be going to this year?
We have a month of touring Australia this summer and have some to do down there. We will also be at Glastonbury this year. One thing we haven’t focused much time into is getting out there djing which i think will be high priority over the summer, getting that locked in and touring what we are doing

Are you more “Ten quid tent, Sleeping bag and camping in the mud” or “Boutique Camping with running water, bog roll and face wipes”
Bog roll and face wipes mate!!! keepin it dutty!

Is there any chance that you’d be looking to do a live performance (Ableton/live instruments/etc) any time soon? Disco female vocals and live instruments would surely be a fat sound?
We were asked that same question yesterday. I am not sure at this stage as i don’t think we have enough material to warrant that but perhaps, when the album is completed we will focus on doing something live

What set up are you guys using for DJing at the moment?
Serato with either vinyl time-code, internal mixing or using a Vestax VC1 300… Serato is dope!

Well thanks for the interview guys, really appreciate it. You got any mixes we can download and listen to?

Yeah, check out our Black Noise ‘CONTROL THE GROOVE  DJ MIX’  track list


  1. Kid Kenobi – Breakers Revenge [dcup Remix]
  2. Wizards Sleeve – Get Down Tonight Accapella (Exclusive)
  3. Tom Piper & Destroy Disco  – Dender [Nom de Strip Remix]
  4. Temple of Boom  – Definition Of
  5. Sam Young feat Aphletik – Hee [Sam Rockwell Mix]
  6. Crookers – We Love Animals [Keith and Supabeatz Remix – Southern Fried Gorillaz – Superfast Jelly Fish – Evil Nine Remix)
  7. Black Noise – Control the Groove [Exclusive]
  8. Cassius 99 – Reset! Remix
  9. Will Bailey and Punk Rolla – Kata (Simma Records)
  10. Wizards Sleeve – Me plus You Accapella
  11. Hatiras – Spaced Invader [Nom de Strip Remix]
  12. Black Noise – Speaker Buster [Exclusive]
  13. The Future Heads – Heartbeat Song [Black Noise Remix]
  14. Lars Moston – So Sick [Nick Supply Reboot]
  15. Will Bailey – Hit da Club [Calvertron Remix] (Simma Records)
  16. Heavy Feet – Saving Me – [Black Noise Remix]

Black Noise Discography

Black Noise Releases

Black Noise EP1 – Southern Fried Records 2009
1: Knock You Out
2: Me Plus You ft. Wizard Sleeve
3: Knock You Out (Andy George Mix)
4: Check The Blast
5: Rockin’ It ft. Nick Thayer

Black Noise EP2 – Southern Fried Records 2009
1: Jackin My Fresh ft. Lex One
2: So Damn Fuff
3: Lokking Fly ft. Murs
4: Jungle Iz Dem

Black Noise Remixes
Diplo & Laidback Luke ‘Hey’ – Southern Fried
Crookers ‘Put Your Hands On Me’ – Southern Fried
Crookers ft. Wiley ‘Business Man’ – Southern Fried
Sinden & Trevor Loveys ‘Organ Grinder’ – Cheap Thrills
Rhythm Section ‘Comin On Strong’  – Y4K
The Young Punx ‘Ready For The Fight’ – Mofo Hifi Records
Tonka ‘Jack Track’ – Southern Fried
Tommie Sunshine ’5AM’ – Ultra (US)
Sidney Samson ft Wizard Sleeve ‘Riverside (Let’s Go) – Ministry Of Sound / Data
The Futureheads ‘Heartbeat’ – Big Life Records
Will Bailey ‘Take It To The Club’ – Simma Records
Fugative ‘Sticks And Stones’ – Ministry Of Sound
Costello ft. Ninelives The Cat ‘Get Crazy’ – Boxon
HeavyFeet ‘Saving Me’ – Stamp!
Nick Thayer ‘Gonna Getcha’ – Passenger

Black Noise VIP Blog Tracks
Tonka ‘Jack Track (Black Noise VIP Mix)’ – Southern Fried
Duck Sauce ‘Black Noise Disco Mix’
Duck Sauce ‘Black Noise Bassline Mix’
Black Noise ‘Knock You Out (Black Noise Kick The Break In Mix)’
Crookers ft. Wiley ‘Business Man (Black Noise VIP Mix)’ – Southern Fried
Black Noise ‘Check The Blast (Krafty Kuts VIP Mix)’ – Southern Fried

Black Noise Collab Projects
Sidney Samson ft Wizard Sleeve ‘Riverside (Let’s Go) – Ministry Of Sound / Data – This track is a mash up of Sidney Sampson Riverside & Black Noise ‘Me Plus You’
Wizard Sleeve ‘Get Down Tonight / Hit The Party’ – Southern Fried

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posted by Keith Wilson at 1:46 pm  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Calvi On The Rocks, Please!


I don’t know whether you share this dream with me: I’ve been dreaming of a festival, on the beach; with great music, disco and pop, mostly electronic; nice weather of course; good food and lovely wine.

Apparently some creative people have been not only been dreaming of this but they organize a festival on the isle of Corsica, France, which seems to be too good to be true. Calvi On The Rocks takes place from July 2 – 6 in the town of Calvi.

The line-up is blowing my mind:

LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Carl Craig, Joakim, Mayer Hawthorne, DJ Koze, Chloe, Midnight Juggernauts, Holy Ghost, Munk, Breakbot, The Twelves, Jupiter, Chateau Marmont, Jamaica, Yuksek, and many more.

But it get’s even better: during the day, there are DJ-sets at the beach; the concerts later at night take place at an outdoor venue in town and even later there are, of course, the after parties…

(© Jean-Baptiste Souillat)
5-day-passes are 110€, buy them at Digitick.

More info about the festival, accomodation and travel is found on the official website.

Here’s a great little teaser to get everyone in the right mood for the beach, the party, and the great vibes at Calvi:

Jupiter – Vox Populi (Kid Who Remix)

See you there!

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posted by PD Williams at 3:19 pm  

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ape – Oxygen Riddim

A few weeks ago my twitter colleagues alighted with the sounds of a mysterious riddim-maker uploading his beats to an unassuming YouTube account. Within a matter of a few days his work was uplifted to the critical consideration of World Music 2.0 Doctor Wayne Marshall of Wayne & Wax, (Phd UWisconsin-Madison). As a vocal and articulate support of the malaise of bass and sounds getting kicked up around the world, Wayne cooks up food-for-thought to equal that of the rich flavors of sounds he’s discussing.

Taking the baton from Wayne, a few of us, notably Chicago’s Footwork expert Dave Quam of It’s After the End of the World are putting words to frequencies and giving them a frame and wall-space. This particular riddim-maker, “Ape” he’s calling himself, was givin’ the additional blog-shine over at Dave’s blog for a track he wrote called “Candy Flip Riddim,” a dark moody piece of reggaeton and dancehall business with sultry female vocal samples. The producer, Johnny is his name, lists Lawrence, Massachusetts as an inspiration which he describes as “the dancehall capital [of Massachusetts]” and goes on to cite a tour de force of influences that drive home the startling freshness of his beats:

“Notch – Hay Que Bueno
Ranking Stone – Quiero Hacertelo
Don Chezina – Tra
Yaviah – Wiki Wiki
Unda Wata Riddim
Playero 41
Wisin & Yandel – Por Mi Reggae Muero

Those are directly in the track. other influences would include:

Dancehall, Diplo of course, Dj Blass, Electronica, SALSAAAAAAA, and whatever else I forgot.”

This is his latest beat, entitled “Oxygen Riddim.” Breath in and enjoy.

Ape – Oxygen Riddim

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