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  

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

TM Exclusive – Jamie Grind

I haven’t been sure how to usher in fall here at Trash, but fortunately the transition landed in my inbox in a rather timely and unexpected manner, such as seasons often do.

Earlier this summer we shined some light on rapidly ascending Leeds producer Jamie Grind, whose Sonic Router mix came shortly after his first release, an auspicious split EP with producer Gon on the well-executed Infrasonics label.

In addition to his own production work Jamie plays host to the UK underground at his monthly Modulate party along with co-host Louis Saville. Former guests include UK bass hopefuls like XXXY and Hackman, both of whom released stellar records this year on Fortified Audio and PTN respectively.

Not only will you find some exclusive dubs from the likes of XXXY, but new material from Jamie himself, Darling Farah, Mista Men, and The Phantom. Don’t the let the mix’s rainy opener damper your spirits, this mix is an excellent snapshot of the rising UK producers Jamie Grind his surrounding himself with and a foreshadow of Jamie’s rightful place in a stalwart collection of new artists to watch.

Jamie Grind – October Mix for Trash Menagerie


Submerse – Move On [Forthcoming Formant]
Midland – Leitmotif (Midland Remix) [Phonica]
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated [Hot Flush]
Jamie Grind – Without You [Unreleased]
The XX – Crystalised (Dark Sky Remix) [Forthcoming Young Turks]
Kidkut & Arkist – Vanilla Imitate [Unreleased]
Darling Farah – Berline [Forthcoming Civil Music]
Roska & Untold – Myth [Numbers]
Deckstar Vs Kut Klose – Lovely Thang
The Phantom – Night Game (Hackman Remix) [Forthcoming Senseless]
Jamie Grind – Rum n Raisin [Unreleased]
Tina Moore – Never Let You Go (Kelly G Bump-N-Go Vocal Mix) [RCA]
Pariah – Railroad [R&S]
XXXY – Ordinary Things [Forthcoming Ten Thousand Yen]
Mista Men – What U Do To Me [Unreleased]
Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis [Notown]

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 5:56 pm  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Lamin Fofana – What Elijah Said EP/#Calypso Mix

Google “Lamin Fofana” and you may discover that I’ve been a Fofana proponent for the last year, giving his “Fatmata Was Here” mixtape the shine back in August of ’09. Lamin’s mixes have always ranked in my most-played; their disregard for seamlessness and love of space tug at the strings that stretch from head to heart. Mix structures and sonic intersection aside, Lamin’s mixes often showcase what an eager and omnivorous music listener he his. From Rap nerdery to ambient aesthetics, to his musical affection for his Sierra Leonian heritage, it’s no surprise Lamin is now making music that defies categorization.

Out today on Lamin’s homefield, Dutty Artz turf is his first EP What Elijah Said. Featuring 4 of Lamin’s original productions, the depth and range of Lamin’s sound palette is staggering for a first outing. The EP is at times haunting, at times celebratory, experiences that are often the result of Lamin’s use of complex rhythms and punchy percussion. Vocal samples thread through the record as well, stretching each song’s resonance beyond beats and into metaphysical realms worthy of discussion. Asked to describe the EP, Lamin quoted Elijah Muhammad, the Nation of Islam founder who said,

“Yet, he would refer to the Mother Plane, a mysterious space ship with superior beings, giant black gods or something like that, that patrolled the universe, keeping an eye on the devil and ready to rescue Black Muslims from Armageddon.”

A couple weeks back XLR8R magazine debuted Lamin’s “Dance In Yr Blood” for a free, high-quality download and I will re-up it here to pique your interest. I also received a brand new mix from Lamin today entitled #Calypso (yes, hashtag and all), that is in keeping with the impeccable taste of his previous mixes and is sure to further intrigue newcomers into the musical world of Fofana.

What Elijah Said is out now on Dutty Artz and can be found at Boomkat, Juno, and iTunes.

Lamin Fofana – Dance In Yr Blood

Lamin Fofana – #Calypso

#Calypso Track List:
Kuedo – Shutter Light Girl
Lucky Dragons – Realistic Rhythm
The Big Pink – Tonight (oOoOO Remix)
Ikonika – Yoshimitshu
Scissors and Sellotape – Chapter 4
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated
Svpreme Fiend – Heartache VIP
Shed – Ostrich-Mountain-Square
Spoek Mathambo – Control
Oneohtrix Point Never – Preyouandi
Mike Ladd – Planet 10
Mark Pritchard – Heavy As Stone
Digital Mystikz – Unexpected

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posted by TheCrookedClef at 6:41 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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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ill Pharaoh- My Own Pocket Mixtape

Please enjoy this mid-week exclusive, the first in a two-part exclusive mix series from the Broken Teeth crew. Properly oriented amidst the New York underground dance music scene, Broken Teeth has been as resilient as any crew pushing progressive sounds in NYC. Today I’m happy to present a mix from Venezuelan DJ/producer Pharaoh!

After years of playing different instruments that limited his musical ideas, Ernesto Pantin aka Pharaoh started producing and DJing at the age of 17 in his home country of Venezuela. He found his true medium in the mixer and jumped on the express highway of Electronic Dance Music. Pharaoh has produced and DJed for many Hip Hop acts, such as 3 Dueños, Dj Trece, Budu, and many others. His career also took him to be part of the Venezuelan Band Todosantos (Flamin Hotz Records), which later gave him the opportunity to tour North and South America after relocating to Brooklyn. Pharaoh has collaborated with such artists as Cardopusher, Krames, Ninja Sonik (Green Owl), and Dev79 while accomplishing all this before the age of 21. Once in New York, Pharaoh’s musical persona took definite shape in Dubstep and Bassline House. His Salvation Army parties gave way to guests like Kid Kameleon and Dj Ripley (Sub Surya), Dj C, Mathhead(Trouble & Bass), Dave Q(Dubwar), Kingdom(Fools gold), Savage Skulls(Mad Decent) and many others. Pharaoh has recently remixed Body Language, Crystal Fighters(Kitsune), Sun Splash (Djs Are Not Rock Stars) and is currently in the studio with Trouble & Bass artist Star Eyes. You can catch Pharaoh DJing at Sin Sin every Tuesday and the Broken Teeth Monthly at Public Assembly.

4/15 – Austin, TX – Barcelona with Irresponsible Voltron
4/16 – Norman, OK – Royal Rumble at Step Brothers with Blake Ward
4/17 – Dallas, TX – Say Something at Fall Out Lounge with Broken Teeth
4/20 – New York City, NY – Broken Teeth at Sin Sin Lounge with Geko Jones & Uproot Andy

My Own Pocket Mixtape by Pharaoh

Jason Chance – Diesel
Sound of Stereo – Button (Beataucue Remix)
Scalix and Ramirez Del Flow – M.I.L.F. (Music I Like To Feel)
Drop The Lime – Set Me Free (Lil Silva Remix)
Smith Christian & Gabe – Fidelidade
Crystal Fighters – I Love London (ILL Pharaoh Summer Remix)
Hatiras & Jelo – Speaker Humper
Renaissance Man – What Is Guru (Riva Starr Remix)

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Saturday, March 20, 2010


So I’ve been signed up for regular updates from Boomkat (the awesome Manchester-based record distributor that specializes in electronica, reggae, and various other breeds of contemporary art/party music) for about a year now, and every week they come through with a genre-centric 14-tracks package, a compilation of the best and brightest representing one genre, sub-genre, musical discipline, or even one significant musician.  The series has included packages from individual geniuses like Vladislav Delay, Rustie, and Roska, as well as comprehensive anthologies of long-buried rave genres like early 90s hardcore jungle. (Sorry junglists!)

This week, they’ve decided to showcase the sounds of urban Scandinavia’s best-kept secret, an intriguing sub-genre known simply as Skweee! It’s kind of like IDM, except it doesn’t suck.  It’s got the complicated, cerebral rhythms and sparkling lead synthesizers of IDM, but with glitch-hop coherence and consistent attention to the low-end presence.  Alot of the stuff in this package brings an interesting throwback lo-fi approach, sounding like it was dubbed to tape and re-recorded through giant guitar amps.  Perfect for bedroom listeners and ketamine-fiend warehouse ravers.

Here in Boston, the sound has started to pick up alongside wonky styles, glitch-hop, dubstep, and other variations of quirky bass music and now we’ve even got an on-topic monthly party night, aptly titled Lost in Bass, with residents Dsub, Professor Pious, and Stickem.  You can check out the associate blog at the link above, which sports event listings, live mixes from the residents (and their favorite artists), along with other goodies.

Here’s a mix from our man Dsub, originally released by the Boston-centric blog On a Friday, recorded live at one of Boston’s best party nights, Bassic, a monthly dubstep/future-bass residency that has brought in the likes of Appleblim, Starkey, Caspa, The Bug + Warrior Queen, Headhunter, Untold, Martyn, and more!   Just so you’re aware that Boston doesn’t sucks as much as they say it does.

This mix is fucking ba-na-nas.  It really clicks in at around 40 minutes, big ups to DSub and Jason Bergman over at On a Friday.  Download it here. Or stream it below.

Dsub Bassic Mix

No tracklist right now, being that it’s recorded live, we were all hella drunk, and I don’t think anybody bothered to write down what got played and when.  But you can expect a carefully assembled selection of glitch-hop, skwee, dubstep, and half-step fidget jams for your aural pleasure.  Enjoy.

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