Badly thought out way to get the bad thoughts out.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Orange You Glad You Didn't Say Banana?

I was just about to link someone to Appleblim's Resident Advisor Podcast (which should be HERE) and apparently it's been archived alongside Hitler's brain and the Ark of the Covenant so you can't get it from there anymore. Not to worry though, I've uploaded it HERE for all you Johnny-come-lately's.

This podcast has been giving people in both Hard Wax and DMZ 8th Birthday t-shirts a stiffy for a hot minute now, and that's because it's serious. Don't be put off by the fact that the first tune is one of the peak dubstep moments of the whole year as far as I'm concerned (with the sort of absolutely killer vocal I haven't heard a dubstep tune accompany before) - the rest of it is pretty unbelievable too.

01. Appleblim - Within Dub (Excerpt) - Unreleased
02. Henry & Louis - Rise Up (Pinch Rmx) - 2 Kings
03. Geiom & Appleblim - Shreds - Unreleased
04. Ramadanman - Humber - Apple Pips
05. 2nd To None - Waterfalls (Peverelist Rmx) - ARMY
06. DLX - Matter of Facts (Breakage Rmx) - Smog
07. White Boi - Tide - Unreleased
08. Martyn - Vancouver - 3024
09. Appleblim - Within Dub (Excerpt) - Unreleased
10. Geiom - Reminissin (Shackleton Rmx) - Berkane Sol
11. Adam Marshall - Chordtracking (Mike Shannon Rmx) - Kuji
12. Jim Rivers - Mirage (Tobias Rmx) - Simple
13. Ican Productions - Orquestra de Ican (Martyn Remix) - Unreleased
14. Radio Slave - Tantakatan (Shed Remix) - Rekids
15. Made Up Sound - D1 - Unreleased
16. Appleblim - Within Dub (Excerpt) – Unreleased

I think I'm right in saying that Blim will be playing at Bestival weekend after next (where I'll be trying to force my brain into accepting that the 8 foot tall duck walking around in front of me is just pretending to speak English and drink beer), and so will Oneman, who says:

''ive been added to the bestival line up

i'll be playing in the Vice Magazine tent on Friday 5th @ 1-2AM


with his fingers, but says

''i'll be sending some Does It Offend You, Yeah? gash Corpsey's way on Friday 5th @ 2-9am


with his eyes.

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Generation Space/Generation Bass/Blogstation Gush

WARNING: The following post contains extensive ranting and the sustained use of pretentious and nonsensical metaphor. It hasn't been proof-read either.

Has anyone else been to the cinema recently and been subjected to that awful fucking advert for Radio 1 where all their DJs are stood around on the set of Tron talking about how much they love DNB and Indie? The best bit about it is when they're all saying their names in placid, don't-mind-me voices and Westwood holds his big money-grabbing arms out and screams ''WESTWOOOOOOOOOD!'' They should replace the THX sound tone with a clip of Westwood screaming his own surname. They should also replace the projection screen with the cold lifeless eyes of Jo Whiley.

Radio 1 does occasionally come good though, usually on the brief weekly occasion when Mary Anne Hobbes show is on and we don't have to listen to The Hoosiers and Duffy for two hours. Last night, as anyone reading this blog (i.e. ME) is bound to know already, Dubstep Warz part 2: ''Generation Bass'' was something to make you feel your license fee is going into something even greater than making Graham Norton rich, or helping Jeremy Clarkson to launch a Ford Escort into the mouth of an active volcano.

DOWNLOAD HERE (right click and 'Save As')

Like a lot of other people I didn't really know much about dubstep before I heard the first Dubstep Warz. I used to enjoy pushing dubstep heads around - giving them wedgies, posting them outside Breakin Science, that sort of thing. If I saw a dubstep DJ on the beach, sharing time with their sexy girlfriend, I'd sidle over, kick sand in their face and then steal and step on their spectacles. However, that all changed after my cutting-edge instincts led me, via a friend of mine telling me repeatedly again and again to download and listen to it instead of the DJ Friction @ Da Best of British 2006 with MCs Scrappy Doo and Clegnatty set I was planning on downloading that day, to downloading and listening to the seminal two hour showcase of the UK's freshest sound.

Two years later and the freshness seems to have disappeared. Listening to dubstep every day, going to loads of dubstep nights, hearing every single permutation of wobble known to man has made me see dubstep as about as changeable as the back of my own hand. And, like the back of my own hand, I've often thought: ''There must be music funkier, more soca-y, more centered around the vocal appreciation of playing Bongos, than THIS''. The raw, minimal, dread-infused sounds of Dubstep Warz has become in the process something to look back on with a combination of melancholic yearning and smug, sod-off-Grandad superiority. The aesthetic that drew me in back then - one based around empty, echo filled spaces ripe for face/wall-at-FWD huggers to hide or slip into a waking coma in, razor-sharp drums, a skunky swagger/shudder, has given way to a new aesthetic more akin to a grenade going off at a Linkin Park concert (a pleasing mental image but not intended to be particularly complimentary), or to the sound of Prog House farting vigorously in a plastic chair.

[Yes, everytime I was complaining about dubstep not being like it was in 2005 Youngsta sets, what I actually meant to complain about was dubstep not being like it was in 2006 on Radio 1. But you see, if I'd said Radio 1 they'd have chucked me out of FWD with a yellowing picture of David Pearce stapled to my shoulder.]

Last night's show was a bit of an eye/ear opener for me in a funny way. Despite listening to this music constantly for those intervening years, I don't think I've really been aware of how rapidly and surreally it's been moving along. There definitely IS a new aesthetic dominating things now, and its one that has at least some foundation in the very ultra-wobbly mid-range-slobbily RJD2-gangbang-beats that I've found myself intensely bored with ever since Spongebob came out. Spongebob itself, while by no means my ''Favouritist Bassline House And Garage Tune In the World 2007'' (compilation out soon on Ministry), is undeniably a dubstep club classic. People love it. In fact, they love it so much that either they a) go off and make their own versions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of it b) play other peoples' versions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of it or c) demand that the DJ plays versions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of it or else they'll go somewhere where their demand for constant spaz-out music is more catered for - say, a 24 hour Gabba marathon in a squat, or at a Hospital Records night.

But the dominance of printer-jam synths in last night's show what I am talking about is almost definitely as much a product of the cluster of ''my synth sounds more like a rapist breathing than yours'' experiments as it is of more tasteful or credible sources such as Sa-Ra, Grime, Bassline etc.** Of course it's more complicated than that in origin, and quite frankly since I usually blog about what my testicles taste like if they're dipped in pickle and wrapped in Honey Roast Ham I'm not going to get into it. The important thing is that a style of dubstep which I've had little time for over the past year has helped to usher in a BRAND NEW (or at least, it would appear that way if you hadn't listened to anything between 2006 and 2008) aesthetic of wonky shock-therapy insanity*... and it's GOOD.

Dubstep used to be about holding back a bit - nowadays there's a whole side of it which is about holding NOTHING back. Even the most violent and abrasive beats on Dubstep Warz (Vex'd, Distance) had a feel of tension and stealth to them. Distance himself, in his introduction to a Cyrus set that showcased Distance tunes as headbangingly (adjective from the dictionary of Ned Flanders, there) upfront and relentless as ''V'', talked about how Cyrus was preserving a style of dubstep - not made purely for the dancefloor and with space to mentally manouevre in - that has largely disappeared. I didn't really hear that in some of the (and this is the only word really) gnarlier tunes Cyrus played, but in other tunes (''Space Cadet'' by the man himself in particular) I could. I suppose a 15 minute long set is as short as a 15 minute wank is long, and given the competition the urge for a DJ is probably towards absolutely smashing it.

Besides which he was following a whole bunch of insanely energetic sets - Quest and Silkie started things off on a rhythmic high and there wasn't really a drop off in intensity after that (though Kulture and Chef both played some nice deep tunes - Martyn's RMX of Fly Lo's Roberta Flack stands out in memory). That's the thing with this new, bursting-at-the-gills style - the beats are often full-on or fucked up too. Married to a workaday half-step, wonky basslines - no matter how fucked up - are just boring, like watching a lunatic eat their own plops in a rubber room. Given a suitably lively rhythmic accompianment, though, and it becomes something far more animated and life-affirming, like watching a lunatic throw their plops at the windscreens of passing cars.

Nowhere was this more obvious than in the set by the ^ genius-like Joker's ^ barn-storming, brain-rodeoing, grin-muscle-tautening set. Throwing down stuff by himself, Gemmy and Rustie amongst others, Joker conclusively proved that there's life in the old dub yet - if you can even call tunes like his insane year 3000 RNB remix of 2000F and JKamata's ''You Don't Know What Love Is'' dubstep anymore (and who cares if you can't?). Joker, Rustie and 'em don't make music that's just superficially twisted - their beats are FUCKED to the core. There's a looseness and sense of things just about holding together which makes their music genuinely exciting and puts me in mind of a huge robot-eyed engine shuddering while someone in a hardhat and overall screams ''Look out! It's about to blowwwww!'' Not only that, but there's some unashamedly melodius and sickly-sweet hooks being pumped out of this malfunctioning Bertha that give a feel of RNB being filtered through a new and alien template - which is the same sort of thing I got from Dubstep Warz back in 2006, when each producer seemed to be using the dubstep sound in order to recontextualise, fuse and appropriate their own influences.

Blah blah blah - basically, Joker made me wish I could stretch my arm both across to London and back in time to wheel up pretty much everything he dropped. Which was nice. Philadelphia bad-man Starkey was on a similar redoinktheclownulously mangled tip, and also killed it.

After those two it was quite a relief when Chef decided to drop some deepness, and it was also noteworthy that the (by 2006 standards) completely fucked up Coki tune 'Robotnik' that Chefal finished with sounded almost pedestrian in comparison. Coki is of course a don, and he led where a lot of others have followed, but just as when other producers copied his style after 'Haunted' and 'Tortured', his tunes have suffered to my ears because of the size of their influence.

But that influence has been as good for the music as bad for it in some ways, and although after the Maida Vaile orgy of synth-sirens and bass-nukes had finished I was kinda longing for a bit of ''Ruffage'' style minimalism (international face of Foot Locker and Marks + Spencers DJ Oneman - who also smashed it, kicking off with an itchy wonkywookie tune by Brackles - played ''Midnight'' but was also playing quite a lot of 2008 niceness), I could also see clearly the benefits that moving away from 2006's sound has had on the music and on the music that it bleeds and feeds into.

So now when I'm grumbling like a GRANDdad to young post-Mercury music awards whippersnappers about how things aren't as good as they were in the olden tymes, I can say original and incisive things like ''What happened to all the pitch-bent synths?'' and ''This doesn't even sound like Dr Who's Robot-Dog choking on a football!'' before I shuffle off to the smoking area to smoke some traditional dubstepper's ketamine and speed.

Best use of my license fee money since Planet Earth filmed that bat dying in a hill of cockroaches and shit IMO.

T/L as follows:

Generation Bass
Recorded live at Maida Vale, hosted by Mary Anne Hobbs & MC Sgt Pokes

Rustie - 'Jagz The Smack' (Stuff)

Silkie & Quest… chosen by Mala
Conquest – ‘Stand’ (Deep Medi)
Silkie – ‘Dam 4’ (Soul Jazz)
Conquest – ‘Hard Food’ (Ase)
Silkie – ‘Test’ (Dubplate)
Conquest – ‘Last Dayz’ (Dubplate)
Conquest – ‘The Seafront’ (Deep Medi)
Silkie – ‘The Horizon’ (Dubplate)
Silkie & Mizzbeats – ‘Purple Love’ (Dubplate)
Conquest – ‘The Unknown’ (Dubplate)

Kulture… chosen by Skream
Kulture –‘Diesel’ (Disfigured Dubz)
Kulture –‘Steppin’ Outta Babylon’ (Dubplate)
Kulture – ‘Spooked’ (Dubplate)
Kulture – ‘Vitamin D’ (Dubplate)
Kulture feat. Ghost 1 – ‘Purple’ (Promo)
Kulture – ‘Rock The Boat’ (Bootleg)
Kulture – ‘Tonight’ (Dubplate)
Late – ‘Misty Morning (Kulture Remix) (Dubplate)

Joker & MC Nomad… chosen by Kode 9
Joker – ‘Stuck In The System’ (Earwax)
2000F & JKamata – ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is’ joker special (Dubplate)
Joker & Rustie – ‘Play Doe’ (Kapsize)
Gemmy – ‘Double Yellow’ (Dubplate)
MR E – ‘Space Invaders’ (Dubplate)
Rustie – ‘Tempered’ (Kapsize)
Joker – ‘80's’ (Kapsize)
Joker – ‘Gully Brook Lane’ (Terrorhythm)
J@kes & Joker – ‘3K Lane’ (H.E.N.C.H)
Joker – ‘Holly Brook Park’ (Kapsize)
Gemmy – ‘Back 2 The Future’ (Punch drunk)
Joker – ‘Snake Eater’ (Soul motive)

Starkey… chosen by Vex’d
Starkey –‘Gutter Music (Keysound / Planet Mu)
Starkey – ‘Striking Distance’ (Planet Mu)
Starkey – ‘Pictures’ (Planet Mu)
Graphic feat. Beans – ‘ I am Metal’ (Starkey remix) (Offshore)
Starkey – ‘Pressure’ (Planet Mu)
Starkey – ‘Dark Alley’ (Planet Mu)
MOVES!!! – ‘All Skate’ (Dubplate)
Starkey – ‘Miracles’ (Planet Mu)
Styles P feat. Swizz Beats – ‘Blow Ya Mind’ (Starkey Remix) (Seclusiasis)
Starkey – ‘Spacewalk’ (Planet Mu)

Chef… chosen by Hatcha
Mr Lager & Alys Blaze – ‘Tell Me’ (Sub Freq)
LD + Clue Kid –‘Not Gonna Cry’ (Ringo)
Geoim feat. Marita – ‘Reminiscin’(Berkane Sol)
LD & Kode 9 – ‘Bad’ (Hyperdub)
Flying Lotus feat. Dolly – ‘Roberta Flack’ (Martyn’s Heart Beat mix) (Warp)
Clue Kid – ‘Monkey Style’(Subbalicious)
Cotti – ‘Calm Down’ (Bassface)
Kutz & Benga – ‘I’ll Kut Ya’ (Dubplate)
Coki - ‘Robotnik’ (Dubplate)

Oneman… chosen by Loefah
Brackles – ‘Get A Job (VIP)’ (Applepips)
Loefah – Midnight’ (Dubplate)
Toasty – ‘Lickable’ (Dubplate)
Point B – ‘E Blade’ (Combat Recordings)
Mala – ‘Forgive’ (Deep Medi)
Groove Chronicles – ‘Stone Cold’ (White Label)
Darkstar – ‘Aidy’s Girl is a Computer’ (Hyperdub)

Cyrus… chosen by Distance
Cyrus & Distance – ‘Violate’ (RTP005)
Cyrus – ‘Decisions’ (Dubplate)
Cyrus – ‘Night After’ (Dubplate)
Cyrus & Distance – ‘Surrender’ (Dubplate)
Cyrus – ‘Space Cadet’ (Dubplate)
Distance – ‘Magnesium’ (Dubplate)

LL - 'Out The Club' (Dubplate)

* as per usual I'm stealing from Kode 9 here, his description of Joker beats as inducing something like a ''collective electric shock on the dancefloor'' was absolutely jizz-worthy.

** not playing down the influence of grime here btw. Please don't tell me to suck my mum, because I'm very impressionable, and I'd jump off a cliff and land in my mum's glosh if somebody told me to do it.

Friday, 15 August 2008

Feared by the bad, loved by the gooood

rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrROBERT HOOD! Robert hood! roberthood...

(live at 10 days off in Belgium)

Gurley > Girls

So basically, it was between ^ this ^ and this...

... as an image to properly accompany a mix of Steve Gurley tunes. I still don't know which one to pick, I think in either of those scenes these tunes would go down a storm. Certainly whenever I'm spraying champers up a girl's pisser I'm ordinarily humming 'Inside You'.

For those that don't know, Steve Gurley was one half of jungle dons Foul Play (check this tune for example) and latterly made some of the best two step in the whole wide London. This is a mix by Average Joe off the Uptown Records forum (original thread here) and it will put you in party mood, even if it comes on shuffle as you're swinging from the rafters, stretching your hand out towards your mouse, trying desperately to skip your Winamp player to Jeff fucking Buckley or something.

That DNB tune sticks out like a sore thumb, but still...

Average Joe - All Steve Gurley Mix (Megaupload Link)

Breakbeat Era - Bullitproof(Steve Gurley Mix)
Valerie M - Tingles 2000(Steve Gurley Remix)
DJ Phantasy Ft Sonia Redd - Music Is My Life(Steve Gurley Vocal Mix)
Basement Jaxx - Red Alert(Steve Gurley Mix)
Antonio - Hyperfunk(Steve Gurley Remix)
Victor Romeo - Inside You(Steve Gurley Mix)
Precious - It's Gonna Be My Way(Steve Gurley Vocal Mix)
Zed Bias - Neighbourhood(Steve Gurley Remix)
NCA Ft Robbie Craig - Lessons(Steve Gurley Remix)
Lenny Fontana - Spirit Of The Sun(Steve Gurley Remix)
Kartik - The Way You Freak(Steve's Rub A Dub)
Furious Ft Destry - Top Of The World(Steve Gurley Dub Mix)
Tee Francis - Tell Me Why(Steve Gurley Mix)
Remi - Talk About It(Steve Gurley Vocal Mix)
Urban Groove Collective Ft Shelly - Glad You Came To Me(Steve Gurley Remix)
DJ Phantasy, DJ Mayhem & Steve Guley Ft SG - How It Is
FX - Sounds Of FX(Steve Gurley Remix)

Thursday, 14 August 2008

And it don't stop

Two follow up posts here...

Firstly, that next Berkane Sol tune I posted about has been reviewed in The Wire by strength-of-ten-man-like-Joe-''Mixmag''-Muggs, along with Brackles' and Shortstuff's ''Broken Harp''/Geiom RMX, which is coming out on man-like-the-one-like-the-man-like-the-one-like-the-EFA's label Pollen.

Personally I'd have kept it snappy. Something along the lines of - ''Dog turds all round?'' But then, I don't write for The Wire. I write for the imaginary audience for this blog. They're not a discerning bunch - most of them are wearing their pants at two in the afternoon and think that Steve Reich ran a plastering business in 1930's Germany. But I still love them, almost as much as I love my imaginary girlfriend. There's something uniquely unintrusive about a fictitious being sitting on your face.


Also, those imaginary beings amongst you who are regular readers might remember me recently slobbering like a fidget house DJ in a Hackney Squat over ''Aqua5fresh'' by Zomby. Well, for once it seems that Kode 9 is taking tips from me (guess what I'm joking) as apparently it's coming out on Hyperdub in the near future - go to Zombo's myspace for a clip.

So there's that, which is better than anything else in the world, the new Burial EP, which will probably be better than almost anything else in the world, and a new Ikonika 12 to boot, which is also fucked...

I therefore conclude that Hyperdub beats are like the trenchcoat mafia of dubstep at the moment - A.D.D addled twitching weirdos gunning down the macho conformatistist meathead beats that have jovially posted the marginals against a towering lampost-stiff knob-shaft for the past year or so, and if they're looking for someone to write distasteful and morally abject press releases for them, I'd like to announce that I'm often free between writing pointless blog posts, except on days when I'm eating laughing cows slices whole from the fridge, snipping hair from the shaft of my penis with a pair of nail-scissors, or am just shambolically caned and watching Hollyoaks until my brain curdles.

Spam Chop - ''Decks N FX'' Mix

Spam is usually something to be avoided on the internet - that is, unless you have a one inch long penis and want to meet busted slags in your local area to fuck and then reluctantly comfort as they begin to sob uncontrollably into the bedsheets and show you their scars.

Not in this case though! Spam Chop (pictured above taking the fucking piss out of Semtex) is one of, if not THE, baddest DJ in Nottingham. He's playing at Outlook in Croatia in a few weeks time, and at the Pollen album launch in Nottingham (alongside Gravious, Forsaken, Brackles, Shortstuff and a whole bunch of other n'er do wells) on the 23rd*. He's also playing a load of other places, which is only right as he always absolutely duppies every dance he plays at (including Wigflex, which he co-runs) with a mixture of every genre that's more fun than electro house and psy-trance in the world.

Oh, and also he hosts a show with man-like-Geiom on Kemet Radio every Wednesday 12-2am, which can be listened to online, at that time of night, but at no other time.

I've already posted this mix up but the link died and now it's alive again so why not? To suggest another ''Why not?'', ''Why Not?'' forget about getting a bigger penis and knocking up local birth-marks in your area for today, download this Spam instead and just have a wank to it? That's what I do, often without even having the mix on! Leave feedback here.

Spam Chop Decks N FX Mix (Mega Upload Link)

1.Sampler Routine(various lock grooves and vinyls used)
2.Subversion, Mass Apathy
3.Matthew Jonson, Return of zombie bikers (midnight operator remix)
4.Early Bird, Galavant (wigflex)
5.Skream, 2d
6.Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, Rise
7.The Hizatron, Ulysees 55 (wigflex)
8.Rusko, ??
9.Geiom, Marathon Drums (looped,effects)
10.Marlin Spike, Bongo Rocker
11.Pinch, Lazarus
12.Metaphi, Anticipation (wigflex)
13.Rui Da Silva,Escaping My Mind (tolfrey & inxec mix)
14.Stefan Tretau, Reiner Modern
15.Metaphi,Half Hearted (wigflex)
16.Stefan Bodzin,Pendulum
17.AFX crying in your face & Bodzin (looped)
18.Early Bird,Absence makes the heart grow fonder (wigflex)
19.AppleBlim & Peverilist,Over Here
20.Clouds,Protecting Hands (geiom refix)
21.Thomas Schumacher ,Red Purple
22.Perc & Fractal,Up (perc mix)
23.Chaim, moon
24.Stefan Tretau,??
25.Bodzin & Romboy,Ariel
26.Metaphi,Half Moon (wigflex)
27.Digital Filth (remix)
30.Rekorder 0
32.Ellen Allien,Go
33.Matt Tolfrey & Craig Sylvester, Shakil
34.The Tuss,Goodbye Rute
35.Ricki Rucker HighHat Lock groove
36.Geiom, Auxology & Unessecery Stress (looped)
37.Thomas Schumacher. Kick School 79
38.Moonbeam,Spring Story
39.Ricardo Tobar,El Sunset
40.Citizen Kain,Doppelganger & El Sunset (looped)
41.The Hizatron,?:huh: (wigflex)
43.Butch, On the Line
44.Avus, Furry Hat
45.Peverelist,Erstwhile Rythm (forsaken Remix)
46.2562,Channel One
48.Various Productions,Suj Mix
49.Fairmont, Mobula
50.Rekorder 10.3
51.Bass Clef, Zamayatin vol1
52.DMZ,Blue Notez (looped)

2 decks,1 cdj, sampler/mixer and a kaos pad. All loops n FX are live.


* Pollen Myspace = this.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Wheel Up That Bumbaklart Radioslave MP3

Last Saturday morning, having sated my grotesque sexual appetites by putting on some pants and morosely eating a bowl of Shreddies, I tuned into Sub FM and caught about three hours of Roko's (that's him on the right) four hour spesh. You can check out this thread on dsf for links to the whole show and every one of the twenty six thousand shows he has done before that. The first two hours of the latest show was (to quote Roko himself) ''dubstep'' - those inverted commas mirroring the finger-sign most dubstep heads have to make in the air nowadays when describing what they're into - and was sodding good, but it's part 2 which I've been listening to since, finger placed firmly on the pulse of Berlin's cutting-edge.

That is, if you consider the cutting edge of techno to be located at about a finger's length within an anus, which everybody of course does. Next month, I'll be voyaging with Ewan McGregor, the both of us on BMW motorcycles, 2000 miles inside Richie Hawtin's sphincter, in order to find both myself and Richie Hawtin's head, with which I hope to conduct an interview about what it feels like to have a completely smooth head. I'll also be nailing Jeff Mills to the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and seeing if anybody notices the difference.

In the mean time... ''2 hours of dutty house/techno'' from the one like Roko (who apparently plays stuff like this alongside ''dubstep'' from 1-3pm every Saturday). Link HERE.

anja schneider - maki (original mix) [mobilee]
lützenkirchen - paperboy (d-nox and beckers remix) [great stuff]
style of eye - h-bomb (original mix) [pickadoll]
steve lawler - violet (original mix) [viva music]
pär grindvik & staffan linzatti - 22 [shadow fax]
paul ritch - crazy madness (luca bacchetti remix) [sci + tec digital audio]
solomun - international hustle [four:twenty]
radio slave - grindhouse (dubfire terror planet remix) [rekids]
-> reload
paul ritch - winter ceremony [resopal schallware]
italoboyz - zinga [get physical music]
dubfire - ribcage [sci + tec digital audio]
mihalis safras - chilli sauce [shadow fax]
dusty kid - kore [boxer]
lützenkirchen - monster in my house [great stuff]
luca bacchetti - aerobic (original mix) [tenax]
mihalis safras - doo doo [trapez]
afrilounge & der thal - supafreak [flug von welt]
italoboyz - the big kazoo [dirtybird]
minilogue - jamaica (dubfire dreadmill remix) [cocoon]
lützenkirchen - paperboy [great stuff]
dusty kid - psika [boxer]
gennaro rossi - orange bud [opossum]
october - three drops [caravan]
mihalis safras - colpo grosso [trapez]

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Jesus Christ

You know how most people DJ to hide the fact that they're socially stunted quasi-autists, in order to persuade coked-up socially functional people that they're actually worth fucking?

Not this guy.

Friday, 8 August 2008 - that's you, or you're square

''Auf dem rechten seite ist der Post...'' that's all I remember really, and I probably misremembered that. That probably means ''On right side a Post Office are''. Still, fuck it - this night will be great and I probably won't be there, and that's why I'm now promising that I will be there. That way I can prove that all human ambition is futile and laughable.

Dress Code:

and no Trainers

Mastervibe @ Dreamscape 17/18

Here's my treat of the day. If you don't download and appreciate this set by Mastervibe, then Mastervibe will shoot you in the face and then you won't be able to kiss the hottest boy in High School at the Summer Dance. You wally.

Mastervibe - Dreamscape 17 / 18 (Mega Upload Link)

* Junior Demus - rough nor tough
* Liftin' Spirits - A State Of Mind [Labello Blanco]
* DJ Harmony - Let Me In [Moving Shadow]
* Omni Trio - Renegade Snares (Foul Play VIP mix) [Moving Shadow]
* DJ SS - Black [Formation]
* Notorious - Feel Love [Production House]
* Tekniq - Rewind [Formation]
* Sounds Of Life - Currents [Certificate 18]
* Photek - The Water Margin [Certificate 18]
* Doc Scott - It's Yours [Metalheadz]
* ?

This set is one of my favourite jungle sets, and just one of many that make me want to stab my parents for not whipping me up five years earlier. I think this is about 1995, and stylistically it's all over the place, with (to me) more ideas going on in it than in about ten full DNB tape packs from 2008. There's ragga samples, reggae basslines, euphoric post-hardcore pianos, soaring female vocals, breaks cut every-which-way, huge 808 basslines, eyes-down Reece basslines etc. etc.

SS- Black is the highlight, both of this set and of your life if you download this set.

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Burial To Release New EP On Hyperdub!

You saw a poorly thought out and badly executed photoshop playing on this whole Burial reveals face and name here first.

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Moving Swiftly Along

Another month, another Dusk and Blackdown show on Rinse...

Dusk + Blackdown Rinse July 08 (click for Megaupload link)

St Germain "Alabama Blues (Todd Edwards remix)" (F Comm)
Todd Edwards "Saved my life" (FFRR)
Maddslinky "Desert Fogg" (Sirkus)
Gant "Sound Bwoy Burial" (Positiva)
Dub War "Murderous Style" (Tempa)

Zomby "Gaffling Breakz" (unreleased)
Rude Kid "Photo" (unreleased)
Terror Danjah "Trojan" (unreleased)
Starkey "Pressure" (unreleased)
Black the Ripper and Rudekid "R U Stupid?" (unreleased)
Bruza "Not 2 Nite" (unreleased)
Zomby "Bur5t" (unreleased)

Flying Lotus ft Lil Wayne "Robo-Tussin" (
Joker "Digi Design" (unreleased)
Dot Rotten ft Voltage "Rotten and Voltage" (from "RIP Youngdot" mixtape)
Gemmy "Supligen" (unreleased)
JME "Ps" (Boy Betta Know)
Zomby "Aquafre5h" (unreleased)
Jerzey "Taiko" (unreleased)

Skream "Hedd Banger" (forthcoming Tectonic)
Ekalon "7th Soul (Sully remix)" (unreleased)
XI "Prophet" (unreleased)
Pangea "Router" (forthcoming Hessle Audio)
Landslide "Dreams & Visions (instrumental)" (unreleased)
Dusk + Blackdown ft Farrah "Iqbal's Groove" ("Margins Music" on Keysound Recordings)
Sollabong "Up and Down" (unreleased)
LD & Cluekid "untitled" (dubplate)
Dusk + Blackdown ft Teji & Farrah "Kuri Pataka" ("Margins Music" on Keysound Recordings)
Forsaken ft Joker and Ben Blackmore "Last Saloon Swagger" (Soulmotive)
Forsaken "Do You Know" (unreleased)
Zomby "Tst Me For a Reason" (unreleased)

Corpse Notes

1. If I ever have paranoid schizophrenia, I hope the voices in my head are all cut up RNB singers like on Todd Edwards tunes. ''Kill!'' ''the'' ''baby''- ''Kill!'' ''that'' ''Baby!'' ''Nowawowawowawoah!'' I'd be chopping that toddler up with a spring in my step and a song in my heart. My favourite Todd tune is still that one that goes ''I want you day and night'' ''Uh!'' over and over again like a sex robot from A.I. handjobbing you to death, but the first two on here are crackers also.

2. For menacing halfstep step straight to Skream's new one on Tectonic (good enough to be an old one on Tectonic) and also Rude Kid's beat for Black The Ripper, which sounds more menacing than Black the Ripper himself, even though he himself sounds pretty menacing himself. Basically, it's like being started on in the pub by two scary blokes, one of whom is a bit shorter, gets right in your face with his twitching one and pokes you in the chest repeatedly, the other of whom is about seven feet tall, looks like he was fathered by a breeze block and doesn't say much at all. The beat looms, the MC attacks, and this is better news for your ears than the happiest of happy slaps.

3. Fly Lo makes Lil Wayne sound even more like a cough-syrup addled dwarf than usual by putting him in an enchanted forest of softly shining synths and squirrely crackles. The whole thing sounds like Lotus has let Weezy out of a two-foot high purple and green box to hop around on top of a log with a top hat and cane to entertain a trio of grassy-kneed children in britches. In fact a lot of these tunes have a got a bit of a child-like Sonic the Hedge-vibe to them which I'm feeling.

[P.S. All the hype around Lil Wayne must be effecting me - when I heard him do that ''Like a bitch with no ass you ain't got shit'' line my mind started orbiting around it like a surveillance satellite and I almost did a little wee because I realised that, in his accent, 'got' can translate as 'gotta' - which means that the punchline works on two levels.

Then I thought - a bitch with no ass still would have to shit, wouldn't she? But would it count as a shit if it just fell from her intestine as it dangled from her back? When is a shit not a shit? And so on...

I get the feeling that if Weezily did the old ''I'm sick like AIDS'' punchline I'd start wondering if he was referring as much to his own use of the metaphor as to the physical sickness of a terminal disease. That's internet hype.]

4. There's plenty of sickness elsewhere from producers I've like Pangaea (his mix for Electronic Explorations is great*, although I'm finding it a bit harder to take the deep stuff in large doses at the moment) and Sully. The Joker tune is alright too, though I'm feeling a bit like I might be coming down with flu or cancer or something because I don't want to listen to it again as soon as it's finished...

Z. Unlike ''Aqua5resh'' by Zomby, 58 odd minutes in (after the mildly annoying JME tune) which is definitely the most insane thing I've heard this year and also one of the best. Fuck knows how to describe it - if there was a bit in Super Mario where you took a ketamine and vodka power-up and then immediately afterwards had to fight an eyeless seaweed monster underwater with a strobe light going off in your face, then this would probably be the theme tune (@ Wire magazine - you dun know the email).

There's some of Coki's style in it, I reckon, but his influence is so violently shaken around that the stylistic tip liberates instead of restricting. Like Jakes' '3kout', (but more so) it's just too fucking deranged to stand comfortably in the dino-prints left by 'Haunted', 'Tortured' 'Spongebob' etc. You can spot the influences, but like a lot of the best tunes this sounds like nothing but itself. For its duration it takes you into a world that is uniquely its own- it's the sort of world you might get raped by a man with noses for fingers and a face made of flies in, ''but in a good way.''

Anyway, maybe I'm hyping it but to me it sticks out half a mile from a selection that is pretty much all great anyway. The other Zomby tunes are alright, but not AS alright.

* TL for that Pangaea show

(01) - Skream - Percression - [Forthcoming ‘Tectonic’]
(02) - F - Icon - [Forthcoming ‘7even Recordings’]
(03) - Niederflur - Typo - [Minus]
(04) - Micoland - Pitfall Ft. Holly Bretton - [DirtyLoad Records]
(05) - Forsaken feat. Joker & Ben Blackmore - Last Saloon Swagger - [Forthcoming ‘Soul Motive’]
(06) - Kowton - Drone13 - [Dubplate]
(07) - Kansas City Prophets -Tunneltone - [Dubplate]
(08 - Mike Lennon - Brass Eye (Reso Remix) - [Zaudio]
(09) - Martyn - Vancouver (2562s Puur Natuur mix) - [Forthcoming ‘3024′]
(10) - Ruckspin & Reso - Runway - [Forthcoming ‘Ranking Records’]

Pangaea (Hessle Audio) - Exclusive Mix ‘ELECTRONIC EXPLORATIONS’

01. Unknown - Unknown - [Unreleased]
02. White Mice - Youths Of Today - [Basic Replay]
03. Autechre - Parallel Suns - [Warp]
04. Joe - Grimelight [Unreleased]
05. Peverelist - Clunk Click Every Trip - [Unreleased]
06. Pangaea - Router - [Forthcoming ‘Hessle Audio’]
07. Ramadanman - Blimey - [Hessle Audio]
08. Pinch - E.Motiv - [Planet Mu]
09. Burial - Forgive - [Hyperdub]
10. Rolan Vega - Surface Clense - [Community Library]
10. Delia Derbyshire - Blue Veils & Golden Sands - [BBC/Rephlex]
11. Disrupt - True Creators - [Werkdiscs]
12. Untold - Sweat - [Forthcoming 'Hotflush Recordings']
13. Spherix - In A Hole - [Unreleased]
14. Pangaea - Coiled - [Hessle Audio]
15. Pangaea - You & I - [Forthcoming ‘Hessle Audio’]

(11) - Anansi - Trickster’s Dub - [Forthcoming ‘Dubkraft’]
(12) - Various Production - Hater (Zomby Remix) - [Various Production]

[Got to big up Joe for 'Grimelight', some vintage dubstep deyaaa...]