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  

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Graffiti Breakz Presents… The Resurrection

Stuck for something to do this Halloween in London? Well somewhere at an undisclosed location, evil scientists have been developing a serum of broken beats, basslines, Digital visual and spray-can art, so potent it will raise the dead. After what has seemed like an age Graffiti Breakz is proud to present the effects of our serum…

…..We give you Graffiti Breakz – The Resurrection.! Sat 31st Oct ’09 (Halloween)

Graffiti Breakz has gained the reputation of being one of the only events in London to successfully combine Breaks, Hardcore Breaks, Drum and Bass’ Live music and Live Graffiti art all under one roof

Now with a larger venue and longer opening hours we will be adding to the mix Dubstep’ Electro/Dubstep, Live Breaks acts, Full Graff art Instillations, Full Graff Art Galleries, More Giveaways, Brighter Lights, and Louder bass to create a vibe re-born; stronger and more electric than any Graffiti Breakz so far..

All 3 rooms will be in session to their full potential. As you enter the rhythm factory you‘ll be met by the artwork of some of London’s leading artists showcasing at the Graffiti Gallery.

As you pass the gallery instillation, and live 6’x4’ Artwork being created in the front bar you arrive in the main room bursting with Live Acts’ DJ Teams, visual displays and much more.

Drifting further into the East London venue, you will find dirty dubstep, kick driven breaks, and the addictive rumble of dark and dirty bass.

Gracing the stages of the 2 Dance floors we have a line up that includes award winning Djs; Apply The Breaks, pioneering producers; Ctrl-z, inspiring funk soul band; Junkyard scientists, and leading the way in the live breaks scene; Diverted. With Duel Calibre’s tear-out sound belting through the 7k rig there’s be something to wake every corpse

Ctrl Z –
Diverted –
Duel Calibre –
Apply the Breaks –
SNC Audio –
DJ Disowned –
Junkyard Scientists –
Flux Pavillion –
Silly Pundit –
The Tank
Ocarina –
Mark T –
DJ Skywalker –
Slugs & Boyson –
London Culture

MC’s / Hosts on the night:

MC Cutter –
Bass 6 –

Check out the Blogs on the face book groups or Graffiti-Breakz website for competitions, and ways to get involved with Graffiti Breakz from the inside!

Just a quick note…there will be GB merchandise giveaways on the night for the Graffiti Breakers with the most Gruesome Halloween outfits!

After 2 years of successful parties at The Purple Turtle in Camden we have taken time out to regroup and come back at the scene ‘which is our passion’ with a fresh and expanded ethos that insists on bringing the best music and the best visual experiences together to produce a night that cant be forgotten.

When: 31st October 2009

Where: Rhythm Factory
16-18 Whitechaple Road
E1 1EW

What Time: 20:00 – 06:00
How Much: £8 B4 9 / £9 in adv / £10 on the door / NUS £9 all night.
Ticket From: Rhythm Factory / / …more tbc.
Phone: 07595 741 731

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posted by Keith Wilson at 3:42 pm  

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

From the Trash Archives: Crookers Essential Mix – June 21, 2008

Photo credit: RO

Two bouncing hours taking in Hip Hop, Dubstep, Italo-house, Fidget, Ghetto and Techno, from Italy’s Phra & Bot for Radio 1′s essential mix, 21 June 2008.

Crookers Radio 1 essential mix

Betin Cocek – Intro Ca-Ca (PIC)
Erykah Badu – The Healer (Motown)
Nostalgia 77 – Seven Nation Army (CDR)
Dabrye – This Is Where I Came In (Ghostly)
Dabrye – Game Over (Flyin Lotus mix) (CDR)
Mr.Oizo – Z – (Ed Banger)
Portishead – Machine gun (Island)
Ratatat – Bird Priest (XL)
CSS – Lost (Dj Mehdi rmx) (CDR)
Syl Johnson – Different Strokes (Twilight Records)
Benga – Pleasure (Tempa)
Rusko – Mr. Chips (CDR)
Alter ego – F**kingham palace (Modeselektor rmx) (Klang Elektonik)
Radioclit – Secousse (Mental groove)
Radioclit – Secousse (Crookers Spino mix) (Mental groove)
Crookers – Il Buono (Mad Decent)
Tommie Sunshine – Limit Of Your Mind (Nic Sarno Remake) (CDR)
Crookers -Il Cattivo (Mad decent)
AC/DC – Thunder (CRKRS 10 min re-fix) (CDR)
Plastikman – Spastik (CDR)
Jape – Floating (D.I.M. Rmx) (CDR)
Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (D.I.M. Rmx)
Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (Crookers Rmx)
Boy 8 Bit – The Things That Freeks Are Made Of (CDR)
Kw Griff – The Force (CDR)
N.E.R.D. – Everyone nose – Phra re-fix
Outlander – Vamp (CDR)
Crookers – Il Brutto (Mad Decent)
Crookers – Il Brutto (Bloody Beetroots Il Bruttissimo rmx) (Mad decent)
Alan Braxe – Addicted (CDR)
AC Slater – Jack Got Jacked (Jack beats remix) (Palms Out Sounds)
Don Rimini – Let Me Back Up (Crookers Tetsujin mix) (Mental groove)
Crookers – Sveglia (Southern Fried)
Crookers – Knobbers (Southern Fried)
Duke Dumont – Hoy (Dubsided)
Math Head – Get Hype (Trouble and Bass)
Math Head – Turn the music up (Trouble and Bass)
Kid Cudi – Day’n’night (Crookers mix) (Fools Gold)
Busy P – To protect the entertain (Crookers mix) (Ed Banger)
Crookers – Big Money Comin’ (Southern Fried)
Yelle – Ce Jeux Acapella (CDR)
Foamo – Rockerman (CDR)
TJR – Sonic Chronic (Lee Mortimer mix) (CDR)
Bumblebees – Rio (Crookers mix) (Modular)
Crookers – Magic Bus (Southern Fried)
Crookers Ft Kid Cudi – Embrace the Martian (Southern Fried)

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Glamour Release “Fly by Night”

Milwaukee’s greatest thing since beer, cheese, and sausage is production duo, The Glamour. Comprised of strawberry stud Asher Roth and handsome hearthrob Richard Gray. The Glamour takes a bit of french touch, LA Electro, and midwestern party rap and mix them together for some good clean fun. Always pleasing their audiences with genre bending dj sets full of energy and presence. They are also some of the nicest and most hospitable dudes around. They got the attention of Urb magazine, who named them one of the next 100 and also IHEARTCOMIX put one of their songs on the nationally distributed Scion mixtape.

It was only matter of time for a group of their caliber, with their looks, talent and positive attitude that they would get scooped up by a record label and release there tunes “officially”. And what a label to be on, turns out the boys were signed to Calamity Jane.

Calamity Jane Recordings, is Strictly Rhythm‘s newest imprint. Run by Scott Richmond and Dani Deahl, the label works in an interesting way where they find new artists and pair them with world-renowned remixers, and represent them with some of the most respected names in house music.

And on “Fly by Night” the label achieves exactly what they envision. The Glamour has 2 original tracks followed by remixes from The House Moguls, Tommie Sunshine, and Hatiras. The record is definitely a must have for both young and old.

Check out the sample that the record label provided and purchase this record HERE.

The Glamour – kidz night (The House Moguls Remix)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


This is what Trash Menagerie was throwing down during the month of September. Features, interviews, parties, and plenty’a mix and MP3 download. We’re snuggling in for the busy month of October. Have you started thinking about your Halloween costume yet? We’re looking for ideas, so please hit us up and let us know if you’ve got any. Last year we gave you a heads up on how to MAKE YOUR OWN DAFT PUNK COSTUME. Hipster Runoff offered up a bit of inspiration, “WTF SHOULD I B 4 ALL HALLOW’S EVE”, But is it “ok” to be a Justice this year, if you were a Daft last year?

A truly scary option, the United States Vice Presidential Republican
and current Governor of AlaskaSarah Palin.
Sarah Palin Halloween Viking
Hmm, I guess she didn’t get understand the memo regarding last year’s Halloween Party. It was a Nordic theme. Looks like she still won anyway, even though she didn’t really come close to qualifying.

Sarah Palin 7 Months Preggers “I can hide my belly in a sexy, yet sophisticated, little black business suit.”
Sarah Palin seven months pregnant
Goodness, her belly is HUGE, she looks like she’s going to pop any day now, right?

This is what Demi Moore looked like when she was seven months preggers . . .

Demi Moore vs Sarah Palin Pregnant
Photo: Vanity Fair

Sarah Palin’s Witch Doctor . . .

Other potential options – “Sarah Palin Mayor of Meth”, “Sarah Palin Miss Alaska”, “Sarah Palin Soccer Mom”. Wow, and to think, the election isn’t even over yet, we’ve still got a few weeks to go . . . goodness, i’m sure we’ll have so many more choices to choose from. Maybe i’ll pull off one of those “couple costumes,” and we can go together as “Foreign Palin Policy“. One of us will be Russia, and the other Alaska, and we’ll stand on opposite sides of the room and say “I can see ya over there, behave yourself!”

“Sarah Palin Miss Alaska”
Sarah Palin Swimsuit Gunslinger

Anyway, Sarah, this song is dedicated to you . . .

Disco Villains – Move Bitch
Get more Disco Villains


2008 End of “Summery”
Division Kent – Gravity in Your Face
Dskotek Emerges From the Rabble of LA
Why Republicans Should Go Down!!!
Bloggers Beware!
Bass Welterweight Kanji Kinetic
Revolver Disco
On A Mission
London Airwaves Festival Line-up Announced!
The BOX is ON
This Juan’s for You
Sarah Palin Beauty Queen
Diesel 30th Anniversary Parties!
Mystery Jets – Half in Love with Elizabeth – Delorean Remix
The Presets & The Aria Awards – They are like . . . GRAMMY’s, YO!
Midnight Juggernauts – Into the Galaxy – DANGER Remix
Charlie Ash
Miss OddKidd – Don’t Be Afraid To Sweat – Remixes – Drop The Lime & Goldielocks
Salem – Dirt Video
Rewind Chicago 1990’s Rave – Hardcore Jungle
Uproot Andy-The Great Migration
Spitzer’s – Rainy winter in Sydney
New Madlib Album & J Rocc Podcast on Stones Throw
Death Set Live at Studio 1087 pt 1 of 2
The Rapture !K7 Mix – Unmasterd
Crying Blood Ties in VV Brown, Holland, Weatherall, Death In Vegas, !!!
Little Boots – Meddle – Designer Drugs Remix
Yo Majesty Makes it Clap
Hold On! Hot Chip Touch Too Much
PLAYBACK – Episode 1 – Andy Butler – Hercules and Love Affair
Krudmart-Steve Kream’s Autumn Love Mixtape
Hey! Hey! Its Hey Champ!
MSTRKRFT – Fist of (oh my) God Tour
Micachu live at DURRR
A Black Hole is Opening
Bang! Bang! Eche!


Bite This! Robotic Mix From Montreal’s DJ Spaz
Little Boots – Computer Fairyland Mixtape
A Very Vanilla Mix from London’s Lesser Panda
4AM Jess vs. Proper Villians
Ruffneck DJ Set @ Brockout! Chicago, 1995
DJ Trace w GQ & 5-0 @ Psychosis – Chicago, 1995
Uproot Andy – Guacharaca Migration
The Toxic Avenger Live at Piknik Electronik – Montreal
Jon Hillcock Xfm Mixes


NY’s New Favorite Place to be on Friday’s
N.A.M.E. festival 2008 – Edition n° 4 – France
NewPop + Dj Mehdi, Local Hero – Chicago!
MSTRKRFT Fist of God Tour
Somewhere In The Universe There Must Be Something Better Than Man’ 2nd Birthday – Brighton
Sinden at LOVE 9/20/08!
Atmosphere on Tour & on Kimmel
Italian Invasion – LA


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Saturday, October 4, 2008

CORRECTION! Hydroz – Common Ft Pharrell & Playdoe


I had all kinds of MP3′s flipped around on my Hydroz post, my excuse, it was 8am when I was getting these up, I probably needed more coffee. Anyway – these first 2 tracks were labeled and listed wrong in the original post- Common, Pharrell, Playdoe, XR2 Get the Hydroz Touch.

Apologies for the confusion, all good now, thanks again to the Hydroz crew!

Common feat Pharrell – Universal Mind Control – Hydroz B-Boy Bass Mix

Playdoe – Its That Beat – Hydroz Electro Bass Remix

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