Monday, November 22, 2010

Lincolnup – Subsubtropical 2

Since being in San Francisco I’ve watched my native Pacific Northwest begin to flourish as place for forward-thinking dance music. Just recently Nguzunguzu duo graced stages in both Seattle and Portland, and New Years will see a visit from uk producer and co-owner of the Hessle Audio label Ramadanman. These two artists are among 2010′s best new producers, each with their own take on what it means to be related to genres like house, uk garage, or r&b.

As much as these artists deserve our brightest accolades, so too do the promoters and DJs who play host to them. Often these individuals will make little to no money, play to empty crowds, or be driven from their venues due to any number of unfortunate circumstances. One such outfit of bass ambassadors is the Bubblin’ crew located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of DJs Ben Tactic (of the Tactic production duo with co-producer Brent Tactic) and Lincolnup, Bubblin’ has single-handedly injected faith into the hearts of Portland clubgoers.

This mix, from Lincolnup, is one that reminds the west coast (and the world) that U.S. cities are representing for a new world order of international, inter-webbed, and intergalactic sounds that undoubtedly point to the future. Mixed live, Lincolnup blends everything from Tribal Guarachero hero Erick Rincon to equally teenage Northwest-native Cedaa‘s Juke inspired rhythms.

Check Lincolnup’s tracklist and download the mix from the Bubblin’ Soundcloud below. And keep an eye on Bubblin’ and the Northwest-family in 2011 as their ripples will surely continue to be felt.

Lincolnup – Subsubtropical 2
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01. Emmerson and Nehuen “Cocoa Rain”
02. KingThing “Rio She Said”
03. Kashii “Nether Where ft. Simon Lord (Mensah remix)”
04. Velour : Kick It Til It Breaks
05. Helixir : Ride The Wind
06. Warrior One : Lord Of Bashy (Doc Daneeka 2 Step Militia remix)
07. Altered Natives : Bullet Blade Knuckle Slap
08. Gallons : The Crying Man
09. Erick Rincon : Satisfaction
10. Alan Javier : Calambria 2010
11. Erick Rincon : Muevelo y Goza
12. Maxwell : Bad Habits (Dave Nada Club Mix)
13. Supra 1 : Ghoster
14. Shortstuff & Mickey Pearce : Tripped Up (Ramadanman Re-Edit)
15. Terror Danjah : I’m Feelin U
16. Distal & HxdB : Typewriter Tune
17. Cedaa : Hypnotiq
18. Glass Actor : Komodo
19. Pony Pony Run Run : Walking On A Line (French Fries remix)
20. Makongo : Angolan Kung Fu (Dubbel Dutch remix)
21. The XX : Crystalised (Dark Sky remix)
22. Clubroot : Dulcet (Bryan Zentz remix)
23. Kromestar : Love

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 7:00 am  

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Volta Cab Is Feeling Good.

You might have heard of this guy before. Volta Cab is a Russian house / new disco producer. He describes his musical influences to be mostly based on the 70s and 80s disco scene, on chicago house and on jazz music.

Ice (Original Mix) by Volta Cab

His music has been in the blogosphere for a couple of months and now Volta Cab has a couple of  12″ releases coming up. One to be released on Chez Damier’s Finale Sessions France, another one on Maelstrom’s Solar Disco and some on others labels. Quite a busy man.

Once you listen to the tracks below, you’ll know why these great labels are quite lucky to have this new producer on their roster.

Tell Me Why You Come Back Here (Original Mix) by Volta Cab

Say You Need Me (Forthcoming on Finale Sessions France) by Volta Cab

I Feel Good In My Skin (Forthcoming on Finale Sessions France) by Volta Cab

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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  

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Crooked Clef – House Is Burning

Artwork arranged by Sara Sheridan, developed by me.

I’ll never forget seeing Paris Is Burning for the first time this Winter and struggling to contain the thought-flow that emerged. What I grabbed on to most about the film and vogueing culture was how much the concept of Realness (I use caps for reasons) in Harlem’s black homosexual community applies to the fluidity of identity and expression in today’s digital music culture. Realness is obviously bigger than remix and dance music culture and is timeless, though it’s important to remember the timeliness of technology’s opportunity for a grand variety of expression, sharing, and interpretation. Below is a short clip of the film for those unfamiliar.

Dressed in so many styles and sounds, House music continues its tradition as a malleable sound to this today. From South Africa to Monterrey to London, House is hardly recognizable as House, its ashes are everywhere. Nightslugs label-head Bok Bok said in a recent XLR8R interview, “‘House [and] bass is a simple way to explain exactly what’s going on without getting too specific or reductive…’” So rather than play the genre game, lets just call it House and you decide for yourself.

This mix features kids in the Netherlands with their block-Bubblin’-beats, underground House innovators like Mosca and Dubble Dutch, some new faces of Cumbia like DJ Orion and María y José, as well as 4/4-Africa (reductive, i know) from Chief Boima and Debruit. Tracklist and Soundcloud dl below.

House Is Burning by The Crooked Clef

UPDATE: The Crooked Clef – House Is Burning (Direct Download)

1. NGUZUNGUZU – El Bebe Ambiente (Self-Released)
2. DJ Du Marcel – 2º Round (Self-Released)
3. Orion – Sueltala (Orion Edit) (Self-Released)
4. María y José – Duro Duro (Self-Released)
5. Fourt Tet – Sing (Mosca Remix) (Domino)
6. KG – 808 (Self-Released)
7. R1 Ryders – Rubberband VIP (Self-Released)
8. Thunderbird & Mivo – Super Bubski (This My Shit) (Self-Released)
9. De Schuurman – Nu Ga Je Danse (Self-Released)
10. Ralvero – Party People (Self-Released)
11. DJ Posh-E – Dada Supercat (Self-Released)
12. Marcus price – Var E Naaken (Girl Unit Remix) (Palms Out)
13. DJ Mike Q – The Ha Dub 2009 (Self-Released)
14. Dyna feat. Rix Richardson – Drum Along 2008 (Self-Released)
15. Magic Sysem – Zouglou Dance (Self-Released)
16. Debruit – Nigeria What? (Civil Music)
17. Chief Boima – Baobab Connect (Dutty Artz)
18. DJ Sdunkero – NDI (Self-Released)
19. Egyptrixx – Everybody Bleeding (Kingdom Remix feat. Shyvonne) (Nightslugs)
20. Anti – G – Full Up (Self-Released)
21. Brenmar – Kicked Beneath Too (Self-Released)
22. Samo Sound Boy – Taking It All (Palms Out)
23. DJ Miki – Desire On (Total Freedom Editorial) (Self-Released)
24. R. Kelly – Be My #2 (Dubbel Dutch RnB Edit) (Self-Released)
25. Deadboy – Way That I Luv U (Well Rounded)

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 12:51 pm  

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Introducing: SAMO SOUND BOY

What emerged at SXSW this year was surely a seminal convergence of forces, the reverberations of which will hopefully amass to something veteran next year. Tormenta Tropical’s Thursday and Friday night showcases had the sounds of Cumbia, Tribal Guarachero, Dancehall, UK Funky, and Dubstep all under one roof, with some of the most forward thinking producers/DJ’s of tropical bass in attendance. And while it was hard to imagine who could possibly be missing from my own dream-line-up of entertainment, there were no doubt many who were absent.

Someone who I hope will be there next year is L.A.’s Samo Sound Boy, whose club-centric weaving of House, Baltimore Club, Juke and Cumbia are demanding attention within the milieu of Tropical Bass interpreters. Recently featured alongside a host of other nascent producers in Sinden’s Fact Magazine mix, we are delighted to be able to introduce Trash readers to Samo via an exclusive mix and one of his own tunes as the succulent cherry. Samo’s mix is an absolutely essential snapshot at his L.A. influences (NGUZUNGUZU not least of which) as well as what makes him such a stand-out sound boi.


SAMO SOUND BOY – Trash Menagerie Exclusive Mix

5. TRIBAL 2010 – DJ LALO

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Friday, February 5, 2010

DJ King Pop – Curated 1: Confetti System

Criminally overdue, I offer you a near-perfect Friday night pre-funk mix from the brilliant selektah DJ King Pop out of New York City. This is the first in a series of non-dj curated mixes from DJ King Pop, this one from art collective Confetti System. As described on their website, Confetti System is:

“Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, a duo working as artists, stylists, and designers. Their friendship, love of communal celebration, and craft making has brought them together to create a new system.The system is a collection of objects born from simple materials. Tissue paper, cardboard, and silk are transformed into interactive objects that create a point of focus where memories can be made and a spontaneous collaboration between themselves and the viewer is sparked. CONFETTI SYSTEM occupies the space that exists between the ephemeral and the permanent and aims to evoke a sense of nostalgia and lighthearted fun.”

Adeptly working through Hip-Hop’s bounce and Dubstep’s growl at the outset, King Pop finishes with a seamless transition to today most compelling iterations of House music in the underground scene. Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, the pace and scope of this mix is artfully swift and digestible. Look to a particularly transportive transition from Louisiana Ca$h to Basement Jaxx’s unequivocal “Scars”. Do enjoy.

DJ King Pop – Curated: 1 – Confetti System

01. King Pop/Slim Thug/Jay-Z – Swagga Intro
02. Swagga – Excision, Datsik
03. Apocalypse Theme (12th Planet & Flinch Remix) – Dave Nada
04. Eastern Jam – Chase & Status
05. Don’t Stop Looking (High Rankin Remix) – Alex Roots
06. Walk Wit A Dip – Louisiana Ca$h
07. Scars ft. Kelis, Meleka, & Chipmunk – Baement Jaxx
08. Higher – Breakage
09. Shock! (Nero Remix) – Stereo:Type
10. Dope – T-Pain & Shawnna
11. Fever (Mowgli & Bagheera Remix) – Cascada
12. Keep It Goin Louder feat. Nina Sky (Diplo Remix) – Major Lazer
13. Sha, Shtil! – Gucci Vump
14. Afro Nuts (Douster Remix) – Yolanda Be Cool
15. Da Style Deh (Douster Remix) – Busy Signal
16. Right Hand Hi (Kingdom Remix) – Kid Sister
17. Paypur – Udachi & Jubilee
18. Paypur ft. Daytona (Nick Catchdubs Remix) – Udachi & Jubilee
19. Popular Demand (Popeyes) feat. Camron – Clipse

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