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  

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  

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Drummatic Twins Commemorate their Deep Throat EP with a Mix !

Ah, the lovely people over at Finger Lickin’ have sent me a mix from their artists Drummatic Twins, who are poised to launch their breaks EP release ‘Deep Throat’ on 10 August (soon!). The EP features three tracks, “Crazy Love”, “Deep Throat” and “Heart Breaker”, with a remix from Peo De Pitte.

Drummatic Twins featured heavily in my years of falling in love with breaks and it’s good to see they’re carrying the breaks torch alive during these darker years.

Who says breaks is dead? The EP is getting props from all sound corners of the UK dance scene, from Fake Blood, Plump DJs, Groove Armada, NAPT and Utah Saints. Eating it up.

Unfortunately the mix only features two of the tracks on the EP, which is a bit cheeky, as you have to wait til the very end to get a taste of what they’re doing. However, it gives you a good run on the old breaks treadmill, which I’m still partial to.

Drumattic Twins Deep Throat EP Mix


01. Slyde – Bloc Parties
02. Slim – Blue World of Vibrations (Jinx remix)
03. Backdraft – Headcharge 9Ribs IG88 remix)
04. Jinx Feat Brain – Big Fat Ass (Original)
05. Salme Dahlstrom – Hello California (Quadrat beat remix)
06. Breaking News Ya Booty (Breakheadz Remix)
07. Titsworth WTF feat Kid Sister – Pase Rock (Beat Assasins remix)
08. Drumattic Twins – Crazy Love (Peo De Pitte remix)
09. Stanton Warriors – Precinct (Plump Djs remix)
10. Beat Assasins – Put Em Up (Napt remix)
11. Quadrat beat – Hive Inside (VIP Remix)
12. Drumattic Twins – Heartbreaker

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posted by Amy Riley at 4:29 pm  

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

HeavyFeet – Wild for Life!

Heavy Feet come barging in like a herd of hungry hippos, grinding to dust the left over broken china from the Bull’s Greek party the night before. They’re animals. But don’t be fooled by the name, these Hot Steppers also know their way around the dancefloor like mice in balloons…..

RHYS FACT #1: If you are on the dancefloor and you have the choice of either an elephant or a women (or man) in stilettos stepping on your foot. Take the elephant as it’ll hurt less.

Speaking of Creatures great and Small, These Manchurian producers & DJ’s do like a bit of wildlife including DJing in Seal Pits in Ibiza with non-other than MC ROLFI HARRIS. Okay i made that bit up, but as Gabrielle once whined – “things can come true”, he’s pretty down with ye sick pets! You Heard Rolf Harris’ techno track in protest to Canadians murdering Seals?!?! – Check it, it’s dark.

And If the city of Manchester were a DJ then he’d be playing the likes of The Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Oasis, New Order, Joy Division & The Smiths but at some point in the early hours, the City would need to step it up a little to keep the leafy fever moving through the vein pipes of the citizen citadel. Something of the same calibre… What i’m trying to say is, these guys are the shit and they’re not even putting a Donk on it!

Check out their MySpace for their latest bangers! Definitely check out the War remix if you like drum & bass. It’s a belter! And download these tunes pronto ya pussyclart doll!

Heavyfeet – Sasquatch EP Preview

HeavyFeet ft. Bubbz – I am Here (VIP Remix)

HeavyFeet – Spring Mix 2009

Addendum – Any examples labelled as facts held within this post are purely for entertainment value. The author retains the right however, that should any “facts” in fact be “fact”, to claim that he knew all along.

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posted by Rhys Isterix at 5:49 pm  

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MEGA MEGA MEGA Tonight in London!

Ok, So i don’t exactly need to waste a whole load of your eye ink telling you who the hell Count & Sinden are, but you might think i had a stutter if i started ranting at you about their night Mega Mega Mega.

I’m sure once you’ve seen the line-up, you’ll be down to Plastic People in a flash waving your diver at the door staff and dancing dancing dancing to the likes of Scratch Perverts, L-Vis 1990, Calvin Harris & Fake Blood. Oh yes, and not forgetting Martelo! Which leads us nicely onto our free download (you see what i did there?)….

Martelo – Live At The End Of The World

Here’s the tracklist:

01. Jape – Floating (DIM Remix)
02. Jack Beats Vs Dynamite MC – What (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
03. SIS – Trompeta
04. Unknown – Unknown
05. Lil Silva – Diffrent DJ Zinc – Killa Sound feat. No Lay (Skreamix)
06. DJ Narrows – Saved Soul
07. Youngstar – Bongo Madness
08. Redlight – Rock The House
09. Furacao 2000 – The Book Is On The Table
10. As Tchutchucas – Catuca (SIR MIX A LOT – BIG BUTTS)
11. Axe bahia – Sensação (Thong Song)
12. Bonde Do Vinho – Toma Dengosa (Wiseguys Sample)
13. Bonde James Bonde – Detox (Toxic)
14. DJ Edgar – Coracao do FUNK (Groove Is In The Heart)
15. Xxxchange – AA24-7_XXXMASH
16. Unknown – Push Me
17. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor
18. Martelo – Waste (ASAP EDIT)
19. Project Bassline – Drop The Pressure (Jack Beats Remix)
20. Jack Beats – K Hole (PLAY OUT TEST 1)
21. Rusko – Cockney Thug (Scratch Perverts Remix)
22. Basement Jaxx – Bongoloid
23. Buraka Som Sistema – Sem Makas
24. Buraka Som Sistema – Sound Of Kuduro (Radio Edit)
25. ReSo – If Ya Can’t Beat Em
26. Skream – Simple City The Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance (Benga Remix)
27. ZOMBY – Aquafresh
28. ZOMBY – Strange Fruit
29. Dexplicit – Judas
30. L-VIS 1990 – United Groove 0.2
31. Proxy – Raven

For more info check Count & Sinden’s MySpace

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posted by Rhys Isterix at 10:13 am  

Monday, May 18, 2009


Detboi - The Hooligan Eskimo

Detboi is a freak. A bass freak! Ask the man himself “What is a Detboi?” and he’ll give you a straight answer: “Someone who tried out for Boyzone and never made it”. It’s obvious to everyone that Louis Walsh missed a trick there!!! But with Boyzone reforming for a few last ditch recession essential penny pinching concerts, i think it’s definately time for this Irish star to shine… cue spotlight.

With a look similar to that of an Aye-aye (google it), a sound as fruity as mangoes and a luck that would rival Noel edmonds with a bunch of numbered boxes you know you’re onto a sure winner. So, you’re probably wondering why you haven’t already heard of the young man? Well it’s quite simple says detboi, “Cos im not making dubstep. innit. rewind. Im big in the Philippines tho”. And if the Philippines say “Hey” then you, must surely say “Ho!”

Enough of this nonsense! Get on and listen to the music…..

Oh and please don’t forget to annoy detboi on his myspace with your Aye-aye impersonations.

Detboi – Cheap Thrills EP Preview

1. Yall want mo
2. Yall want mo – (sinden rmx)
3. Hump N Shake
4. Whine ya body
5. la la land – featuring toddla t

Detboi – Cheap Thrills EP (Preview Minimix)

Disclaimer: All Analogies are that of the detboi and Trash Menagerie hold no responsibilty for the stupid and whimsical sentences of rhys isterix. And if anyone says we don’t bring you the exclusivist of exclusive stuff then check THIS

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