Sunday, 28 February 2010

Disrupt:on 002 with Nosaj Thing, TOKiMONSTA & Kutz


Don't forget Disrupt:on 002 is only a couple of weeks away now! After the success of our first night down at Wire, we've upped the ante with a massive line up featuring some of the blog's favourite producers. We've got Nosaj Thing (Live), TOKiMONSTA (Live), as well as man like Kutz!

For an limited time only, you can email names to max.disruption@googlemail.com to get on £6 list!!!!

Saturday, 27 February 2010

ENGINE EARZ FREEBIE



Another free tune from the mighty Engine Earz. Got this one a few weeks ago and played it on Funktion 1's and it is BIGGG! All about the second drop!


Also Engine Earz have been nominated for the 'Best Alternative Act' at the Asian Music Awards VOTE for them HERE. Also check out the next single 'Reach You' fully live from the BBC Maida Studio featuring Lena Cullen of She Is Danger. It is absolutely MASSIVE. Slight Kryptic Minds vibe to it with the potential for the success of 'In For The Kill'. Check it below

Friday, 26 February 2010

Lost Where I Belong


Another Flying Lotus freebie now (they keep on coming), this time singer Andreya Triana gets a FlyLo (re)workout. A soul singer getting remixed by Flying Lotus was always gonna end up with a nice remix, check it out and download it below:


Big up Flying Lotus for being big in the freebie game :-)

Free The Robots

Massive track for free download at 320 from Alpha Pup's latest star Free The Robots. Big boy bass on this one, similar style to that of LA compatriot Shlohmo and Planet Mu's Slugabed. Kind of a cross between dubstep, hip-hop and some outer space electronica. His debut LP entitled 'Ctrl Alt Delete' drops on Alpha Pup on 30th March so keep ya eyes peeled for that cos it's set to be large. Grab the track below to get a taster:

More free Flying Lotus


Another free Flying Lotus tune for download now, this time his tune Quakes from the Warp 2010 compilation. This didn't make it onto the album so it's been put for download on the Warp website, in a zip file along with 2 other free Lotus tunes ('Ancestors', which I posted yesterday, and his Gucci Mane remix). Grab the file below.

Download the free Flying Lotus tunes HERE

Ikonika x The Brown Acid


Another free tune for you to enjoy! I posted it a few days ago and turns out it was given away via Fader the next day! Ikonika on the funky vibe.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Jose James x Flying Lotus


Super smooth track from Jose James up now, this one too produced by Flying Lotus. FlyLo continues to astound me at the quality and variation of his production. Easily the most talented producer around at the moment. Jose James voice over a Flying Lotus beat was always gonna be a winner so grab it below:

Martyn for XLR8R


Fresh mix from Martyn now, this time for XLR8R Magazine. If you haven't already got his Fabric 50 compilation then do so NOW! This mix is different to that, featuring tunes from the likes of Prince and J Dilla (RIP), as well as Joy Orbison, Drexciya and King Midas Sound. Makes for nice listening so enjoy.

01 Washed Out "Get Up" (Mexican Summer)
02 Lukid "Veto" (Werk)
03 King Midas Sound "Lost" (Hyperdub)
04 Rotating Assembly "Orchestra Hall" (Sound Signature)
05 Anthony Shakir "Shake it Up Dub (Remix)" (KMS)
06 Robert Owens "Bring Down the Walls" (Trax)
07 Lone "Once in a While" (Werk)
08 Jacob Korn "Grosskariert" (Permanent Vacation)
09 Joy Orbison "The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow (Actress remix)" (Aus)
10 Prince "When Doves Cry" (Warner Bros)
11 Dez Williams "Abandoned Emotions" (Cheap)
12 DJ Duke "Future Blast" (Music For Your Ears)
13 Glass Domain "Interlock" (Clone)
14 Drexciya "Lost Vessel" (Tresor)
15 The Future "Daz" (Black Melody)
16 Aardvarck "Tulti" (Eat Concrete)
17 Motor City Drum Ensemble "Raw Cuts #5" (Faces)
18 Basic Soul Unit "Hopy Unity Vision" (New Kanada)
19 Adonis "No Way Back" (Trax)
20 K-Alexi "Vertigo" (Transmat)
21 J Dilla "Nothing Like This" (Stones Throw)

Download the mix HERE

Breakage x Florence & The Machine


Another free tune (they keep on coming at the moment) and another remix from Breakage. He's getting a lot of remix work at the moment, with his album release no the horizon as well! This time Florence & The Machine get the Breakage treatment. This one is on a similar tip to his Massive Attack reworking, featuring a catchy female vocal, with a signature Breakage beat and some techno-esque, housey rolling bass. Anyway grab it below and enjoy!

Wedge & Shadz 'Running Away' Video

isp001: Running away from elvis ellis on Vimeo.
Video time now. This is the video that goes with Wedge & Shadz' tune 'Running Away', which was released on If Symptons Persist with the massive Guido remix on the flip a few months ago. The video was shot on a remote location in South Wales on 16mm.

Gonjasufi 'Ancestors'


I slept on this for a while. I kept seeing the name cropping up everywhere, but didn't check out what/who it was. Only recently have I found out that he is in fact some sort of "desert-dwelling yogi", and he happens to have an LP dropping on Warp on March 8th, entitled 'A Sufi & A Killer'. This tune is produced by none other than Flying Lotus, and features his signature beats, with Gonja's crackly, eery vocals over the top. Grab it below and enjoy!


Big up Warp records for keeping it weird!

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Sbtrkt for Young Turks and Brainmath


Sbtrkt has got a fair few releases lined up over the next couple of months. On March 12th Young Turks will release the Sbtrkt tunes 'Rundown' and 'Soundboy Shift'. This will be a super exclusive release, limited to only 500 copies. Later in March, his remix of Jose James' 'Warrior' (a cover of Benga's 'Emotions') will be released on a 12" on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings, along with remixes from Rockwell and Jas Wan. Finally, he's got a 2 x 12" double pack EP coming out on Brainmath, the super limited edition vinyl label, who in the past have released Zomby and Falty DL material, and so far this year some James Blake bits too! The tracks on that are '2020', 'Jamlock', 'Oneweekover' and 'Pauseforthought'. Big ting for Sbtrkt in twenty-ten!!

Hudson Mohawke's 'Pegasus Rising Tour'

Details of Hud Mo's first full UK tour emerged today. The tour is gonna be called The Pegasus Rising Tour, and is gonna be take in 7 cities across the UK. You can find out full details of the tour below:

APRIL
22 Thursday, - Inertia / World Headquarters / Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
23 Friday - Dollop & No Bones/ A Nation Of Shopkeepers/ Leeds
27 Tuesday - FAC251 / The Factory/ Manchester
29 Thursday - Monkey Knife/ The Thekla / Bristol
30 Friday - Dummy 1st Birthday party/ The Macbeth/ London

MAY
1 Saturday - The Plug/ Sheffield
2 Sunday - Detonate indoor festival/ Nottingham

In celebration of the tour, Hud Mo has released another bootleg he did on a similar tip to Ooops. Download it below and enjoy!

Tasters


Breakage seems to be on lil remix flex at the minute with his Massive Attack remix and then this one! It's on the same housey techno tip as the Massive Attack remix and with Florence's vocals the two go hand in hand! I think its about time for the next 'In For The Kill' and by the way he's going I think that Breakage might be able to attain such commercial success especially with the track he's made with Donaeo 'Speechless' which is forthcoming on his album in March. It seems that he just can't stop making anthems!







The Brown Acid - Bastard Kids (Ikonika Remix)

This time is Ikonika on remix duty following in the footsteps of label mate Zomby and Starkey who have both remixed the band. Ikonika has turned the track into a funky number with heavy sub bass and her signature bleeps. This will definately go off in a club and increases the anticipation of her album 'Contact, Love, Want, Have, CD,' forthcoming on Hyperdub April 6th. Watch out for her remix of Manchester's Illum Sphere becasue despite not having heard it I know it will be sick!


BONUS:
The Brown Acid - Try Humanity (Starkey Remix)

The Brown Acid - Try Humanity (Zomby's Vitamin E Remix)

Illum Sphere - Agent White

STARKEY - EAR DRUMS AND BLACK HOLES


Soooo it seems like there's album fever at the moment because everyone seems to be releasing one in the next few months! Starkey's second album shall be with us April 19th on Planet Mu and this one I cannot wait for! Finally 'Capsule' will be released! I haven'theard it since I last saw him play but im pretty sure that it's BIGGG! 'Stars' which feature the ever soulful Anneka is release March 8th featuring a remix from Raffertie as well. I personally prefer the original but hey! She also features on the track 'Hear Space' on Vex'd's next album 'Cloud Seed' coming out on Planet Mu March 22nd which be BIGGG! There's just too many albums coming out I can't wait!


Starkey ft. Anneka "Stars" (12", digital single) Preview by starkbot

He's also hooked up with Grime hot boy P Money to make a what I can only describe as an unexpected track. I would have hoped for a dancefloor banger instead he's switched it up and given us an airy synthy number that is full of summer vibes. BBQ music :-) Just listening it to this tracks gets me excited for the summer time because the fact that it's still snowing is a joke!



Tracklist
01. OK Luv
02. Murderous Words (feat. Cerebral Vortex)
03. 11th Hour
04. Numb (feat. P-Money)
05. Stars (feat. Anneka)
06. Multidial
07. Spacecraft
08. Neck Snap
09. Fourth Dimension
10. Club Games (feat. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle)
11. Alienstyles
12. Capsule
13. New Cities (feat. Kiki Hitomi)
14. Pleasure Points
15. Fidelio


Bonus: you might recognize these from 8bitch's mix hehe

How Low, Luv? - DJ Cable Vs Ludacris & Starkey

I'm A Balla vs. Trilingual Dance Sexperience (Patchwork Pirates Refix) - Lil Flip vs Dorian Concept

Monday, 22 February 2010

Say hello to the 8Bitch!

After hearing about 8Bitch through the mighty FACT, after she featured in their 10 to watch in 2010 special, I got in touch with her so we could do a little interview and get a nice (longer) mix off her for you to enjoy as well. She's another producer pushing the instrumental 8 bit hip-hop sound currently dominating the musical conversations of hipsters up and down the country. She rolls with Rustie and the LuckyMe crew up in Glasgow and it's clearly had an effect on her style, her tunes are a lot more subtle than those of Rustie and Hud Mo, but still feature lots of the same elements of those producers. She sent me over a few tunes a few weeks ago, and I've had them on repeat for a minute now. Just from the tunes she sent to me, I can tell you she's got nice variation, she's not confined to one particular style and all of her tunes showcase different aspects of her musical mind. Some feature huge percussion, some mad 8 bit samples, all are BIG! So check out our interview with 8-bitch below and grab the mix as well, tis a nice one:

Sooo, for anyone who doesn't know you, what name do you write under? How would you describe the sounds and tunes you make?

I'm Maya, I write under 8Bitch and I make all sorts from electronic stuff from techno to hip hop, usually laced with bass, percussions, weird noise, 8 bit samples, chopped up squelchy stuff etc

You live in Glasgow now, pretty different from where you were born in Slovenia. What attracted you to the city? Was it for the music scene there?

I lived in west London for 7 years before I moved to Glasgow. Slovenia's lovely but in a tiny country like that the inspiration and resources for music run out pretty quickly...It's much better now but back then it was impossible to buy vinyl or have easy access to more obscure music. I've moved to Glasgow last year to escape ridiculous London rent prices-I could never have a studio in London but I can in Glasgow. My boyfriend's Glaswegian as well, so that was probably the biggest incentive for me to move. People here are amazing!

Just readin a review of some of your tunes, it says you're a model/TV actress/journalist......Kind of like a mini mogul then eh?

Hell no-moguls have money! I've always been busy and yeah I do loads of different things but I totally agree with 'Jack of all trades, master of none' philosophy, so I'm now fully concentrating in music. Or I'm going to, hopefully.

I heard the movements, scrathes etccccc of the girl characters in DJ Hero were modelled on you....How did that come about? Pretty sick I must say!

Simple-I got f*cking lucky...My agent said they were looking for an actress who can DJ as well as rollerblade and dance so I ended up doing the motion capture for DJ Hero which I'm really proud to be a part of. Ironically, I'm actually pretty bad at the game itself...and I play on easy haha.

You roll with Rustie and the LuckyMe crew up in Glasgow, has he been a big influence on your sound?

Well it was music that brought us together and we have extremely similar tastes but I think it's pretty obvious that currently his sound is very different to mine...I'm his biggest fan and I learn from him constantly but I hope to be musically perceived as an individual, not 'his girlfriend'.

Are there any people we should be looking out for this year?

Loads from Scotland massive...Loops Haunt, Dam Mantle, Samoyed and LuckyMe's American Men are my favourites at the moment but also Becoming Real, Illum Sphere, Krystal Klear...god there's way to many...

What releases have you got forthcoming this year? What have you got planned in general this year?

Quite a few...Svetlana Industries scooped some of my favourite tunes but there's stuff planned for Slit Jockey, Fortified and 3 more labels that I can't yet talk about. There'll be freebies on compilations too and exciting remixes. This year I hope to start working on my live set and I'd like to work with other people-either as a collab, remixer or vocalist. I'm a bit sick of being a studio hermit.

She kindly put together an exclusive mix for us so grab it below and enjoy. Let me tell you, it was no easy task getting this laid down so big ups to 8Bitch for finding the time! No tracklist on this one so spotters do ya best, you know how it is! ;-) I can tell you the first track is Kuedo (Jamie Vex'd) 'Starfox'. TUUUUUNE!

Download 8Bitch's exclusive mix for Disrupt:on Inc. HERE

The Bug ft. FlowDan - Run (Forthcoming Swamp 81)



This one is forthcoming on Loefah's Swamp 81 imprint March 1st and boy o boy is it a biggie! When Loefah dropped it at Exodus /DMZ it got 4 reloads! This needs a sick soundsystem and the Iration Steppas did it justice. It's already on Flow Dan's Album 'Original Dan', which I think slipped under the radar, but now it's getting a vinyl release. Turn up ya speakers!

Jamie Anderson


I got played this song over the weekend and loved it straight away. Having just done a tiny bit of research (myspace) it turns out that the man behind this song is from Bristol! I'm glad I found out about him now because having listened to more of his stuff he is quality.

He's been releasing music since 1997 on his own label called 'Artform' so he's been in the game for a while. Last year he had a release on Sven Vath's Cocoon label with Deepgrove, this being his biggest release to date. His 'Vacations EP' was released at the beginning of the month and features the song 'Vietjam' which I was played. Check it below. Expect to see more techno and house posts in the future!

On April 3rd Sven Vath and Loco Dice take over Matter which is set to be a sick night! I saw Sven Vath at Exit a couple of years ago and it was sick! I then tried to catch him at The End only to arrive to late and only manage to see him leave the club! The tickets are £20 which is pretty steep but definately worth it!



Free Tunes


Everybody loves freebies so here are a couple tunes that have been given away for free lately. If you don't already you should sign up to the RCRD LBL mailing list and you'll recieve their record of the day for free everyday.

Magic Wands - Warrior (The xx Remix)

Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn

Massive Attack - Girl I Love You (feat. Horace Andy) (She Is Danger Remix)

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach


The time has come again for lastest piece of musical genius from virtual band Gorillaz and the forthcoming album is titled 'Plastic Beach'. The LP is due for release on March 8th in Europe and as Albarn said he wanted to do he has rounded up an eclectic mix of artists to feature on the album.

The album features artists such as Snoop Dogg, the UK's own Kano and Bashy, De La Soul as well as living legend and soul singer Bobby Womack - who at first rejected Albarn's request to collaborate until his daughter persuaded him to do it.




"Sweepstakes", the first song Mos Def recorded with Gorillaz, was done in one take. Mos Def described the song as "one of the greatest things as an MC that I've ever done" in an interview with 1xtra's Semtex. He also said that he will be made into a cartoon character named 'Sun Moon Stars' for his collaboration with Gorillaz and that his character is a game vendor at Plastic Beach.

Damon Albarn said he's, "making this one the most pop record I've ever made in many ways," this said, with the Gorillaz you never really know what to expect! All I know is that I am extremely excited to get my hands on this and if it lives up to my expectations then it should be one of the best albums of 2010!

Free Download
Stylo (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack) (Chiddy Bang Remix)


Plastic Beach Tracklist
  1. Orchestral Intro
  2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  3. White Flag (feat. Kano & Bashy)
  4. Rhinestone Eyes
  5. Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)
  6. Superfast Jellyfish' (feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul)
  7. Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon)
  8. Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E Smith)
  9. Some Kind Of Nature(feat. Lou Reed)
  10. On Melancholy Hill
  11. Broken
  12. Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
  13. Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones & Paul Simonon)
  14. To Binge (feat. Little Dragon)
  15. Cloud Of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack)
  16. Pirate Jet

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Scuba 'Triangulation' LP


Details are emerging of Scuba's second LP, entitled Triangulation. It will be dropping on March 22nd on Hotflush Recordings so it's not even that far away! I saw him last night at Exodus /DMZ and he was next level so I'm very excited to hear this. Full tracklist below:

Check out an interview the man himself HERE
  1. Descent
  2. Latch
  3. Three Sided Shape
  4. Minerals
  5. On Deck
  6. Before
  7. Tracers
  8. You Got Me
  9. So You Think You're Special
  10. Heavy Machinery
  11. Glance
  12. Lights Out

Kmag Ramp Recordings Mix



Ramp Recordings, one of my favourite labels, has done a mix for Kmag made up of loads of mini mixes of their forthcoming releases. There are tunes in there from Shortstuff, TOKiMONSTA, P.U.D.G.E., SBTRKT, as well as an xx remix of Falty DL! Grab the mix to see what kind of stuff Ramp are gonna be coming with this year. There's also a little interview with label owner Tom so check that out too.

Tracklist:
  1. Shortstuff Minimix
  2. SBTRKT & Sampha - Break Off
  3. Skweee Tooth Minimix
  4. becoming Real - Fast Motion
  5. FaltyDL - Hip Love (The xx Remix)
  6. Tokimonsta - Cosmic Intoxication EP Minimix
  7. P.U.D.G.E. - Idiot Box LP Minimix
  8. Maxmillion Dunbar - Cool Water LP Minimix
  9. Clouds - Cannibal Generals
Check out the interview and download the mix HERE

And remember you can catch TOKiMONSTA live in Leeds at Disrupt:on 002, alongside Nosaj Thing (Live) and Kutz. This one is gana be messy!

Friday, 19 February 2010

A Wandering Journal


Interview with Sabre over at the K-Mag website. Sabre's debut album is dropping on Critical on 29th March so keep ya eyes peeled for that one cos it's gonna be large. Here's one of the tunes coming on the LP, a remix of the tune Peril by friend of the blog Stray. BIG!

The xx Dubstep Project


Reading on the FACT magazine website about Jamie xx, the producer of the 3 man band, launching a dubstep project, which is gonna be unveiled at Modeselektor's Melt!-Selektor stage at the Melt! Festival. Really interested to hear this cos The xx are causing big waves at the moment, and Jamie xx's production is tight so this bodes well! More info to come.

Free H.E.N.C.H. Tune


Ahead of the release of the H.E.N.C.H. mixtape, label head honcho Jakes has given away his remix of his collaboration with Joker '3K Lane'. This isn't the VIP that has been knocking about for a while, it's a different remix which is much bouncier. The mixtape is mixed by Jakes and features tunes from friend of the blog and label new boy Mensah, as well as Komonazmuk, Tek-One, Chasing Shadows and more. There are gonna be vinyl samplers of the tunes as well, although I'm unsure at the moment whether the full 320 versions of the tunes are gonna be released unmixed, or whether they're only gonna be released in mixed format, similar to the Rinse compilations. Anyway grab the tune below and enjoy!

Download the tune HERE

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Some late freeness


I'm pretty late on these free tunes here. Saw they got given away a while ago, but didn't get round to putting them up for one reason or another so here they are now. An Illum Sphere tune, a Starkey remix and a Wedge & Aesoteric track. Enjoy!



Roska Bizzness




Details of a Roska LP have been emerging over the last few days. The album is slated for release on 27th March on Rinse Recordings. It's the first notable LP coming from the UK Funky scene and is set to cause a big stir. Check the video above for a little taster of what man like Roska has in store for us.

You can stream a few tracks from the album HERE

You can catch Roska at Tropical in Leeds on Wednesday 10th March alongside Shortstuff and Doc Daneeka. This is gonna be a big night!


Thumbtracks Remixes Vol. 1


Devonwho has just put up a whole album of remixes for free download! The remixed tracks are all from his album 'Funraiser Vol. 1: Thumbtracks', and the remixers include TOKiMONSTA, Teebs, Shlohmo and more. Big respect to the artists over in the US, and especially LA, for being super generous and always giving out free tunes. Grab the whole album below and enjoy!

Download the album HERE

FREE KRYPTIC MINDS TRACK

Checked the forum this morning and to my surpise Kryptic Minds are giving away a free track that didn't make it onto their latest album 'One Of Us'. Grab the track below and enjoy!

Kryptic Minds - Torn

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Urban Art Forms Festival


Some information about the Urban Art Forms Festival dropped into my inbox yesterday. This festival, which takes place in Austria between the 3rd and 6th June 2010, looks really interesting and is definitely worth considering as an end of year getaway!

So far on the line up they've confirmed Sven Vath, Luciano, Stephan Bodzin, as well as Andy C, DJ Fresh, Alix Perez, dBridge, Instra:mental and more! There is still loads more to be announced as well so keep your eyes peeled as this festival is serious! But this festival is a bit different as it's not just about the music, they're bringing some of the sickest VJs in the world to Austria as well so there's something for everyone.

Hud Mo's Valentine Mix


Hud Mo has released the 3rd chapter in his series of Valentine's Slow Jam Mixes. Strictly 90s bizzness in this one so check it out.

Sorrrrry no tracklist!

Download the mix HERE

Sunday, 14 February 2010

DMZ is 5

Silly line up for DMZ's 5th Birthday with Digital Mystikz & Loefah, Joe Nice, Skream, Benga, Distance, Pinch, Hatcha, N-Type, as well as Actress, Instra:mental, Oneman and Joy Orbison! This is gonna be one to remember! Defintely gonna try and reach this one!

Friday, 12 February 2010

Daedelus' Righteous Fists Of Harmony

Daedelus "Righteous Fists of Harmony" from DestroyRockMusic Inc. on Vimeo.

Video to get you in the mood for Daedelus' 8 track EP coming on Brainfeeder next month. Really looking forward to this release, from a producer who I'm really feeling at the moment. If you missed our interview with the man himself a few weeks back then check it out below.

Read the interview HERE

Kuedo - Starfox EP (Forthcoming Planet Mu)


Ok so on Norman Records the EP is entitled 'Starfox' and on Redeye 'Dream Sequence' however the same on both sights is the tracklist. Regardless, Planet Mu welcomes back the Jamie Vex'd under new moniker - Kuedo for a release due feb 22nd.

Tracklist : Starfox / Shutter Light Girl / Joy Construction / Glow

I first heard 'Starfox' when Starkey played at Thelka (best club in Bristol in my opinion) and I cheekily had a look at his laptop but there was no artist by the track...This track is amazing!

For me, the track easily likeable becasue even those who do not like the glitchy, bleepy, broken up sound can enjoy because the bleeps and other noises do not distract the listener, they come together to make the track better which I find a lot oif gltchy tracks fail to do. There are number of reasons why I like this track. For one Starfox is a sick game so dig out the SNES, two Starfox is the sickest character on Super Smash Bros and last but not least least simply for the way the song makes me feel when I hear it! For some reason it put me in the mood for driving around a city at night (like how the lead characters do in some films where they need to clear their head) even though I can't drive....AND one reason - the melodies.


I haven't had the chance to listen to the rest of the EP however, if you do want read up on the other tracks then you can read a review here and listen the whole 'Starfox' track.

http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/kuedo-starfox-ep/

Check out the video as well -it's not the official one but it goes hand in hand with the song.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Review: Breakage Foundation LP


Breakage is one of the most in demand and respected producers in the scene at the minute. Fact. His latest LP entitled Foundation, coming on Shy FX's Digital Soundboy imprint, has been one of the most highly anticipated long players of the past year if not more, ever since it was declared "forthcoming" nearly 12 months ago. The album dropped into my inbox this morning and so it appears the time has actually come. Let me tell you know, all the hype around this producer and this album is deserved, in fact it doesn't do it justice.

On Foundation, Breakage is continuously switching up styles, showing he has range and variation beyond that of any other other producer around. On tracks such as Justified and Higher, he takes us 20,000 leagues down to the depths, with his trademark almost white niose-esque bass. Then on title track Foundation and Old Skool Ting, which featured on Commix's FabricLive 44 complilation early last year, he shows his roots in jungle with some proper hands in the air Amen breaks. There is no one sound to this album, Breakage's sound is what Breakage wants it to be. His sound is so unique and yet undefineable. It's Breakage.



Stand out tracks? Justified featuring Erin on the vocals has been one of my favourite tracks ever since I first heard it at the latter end of last year. The deep vocals crackly and echoing, as if it was recorded in the shower, along with that Breakage bass make this track easily the standout for me. On a big system, this tune is serious!

Open Up is another favourite of mine, it's got a sick marching rhythm to it with a Reggae vocal sample. And then there's Speechless, another big track from the LP. This one has got a proper rock vibe to it, with Donae'o on the vocals this time. I could go on and on....



One track that is sure to cause a lot of hype is his collaboration with elusive producer Burial on a track called Vial. Dark garage vibe to this track, aspects of both their production style coming to the foreground and the result is sick! As well as these, tracks such as Hard ft. Newham Generals, Run 'Em Out ft. Roots Manuva and Higher all feature on the album. As well as Over ft. Zarif, which has got a really nice 2 step garage feel to it, and Temper ft. Kemo. For those of you on a non-140 drum & bass ting, Foundation is a proper Amen track, hands in the air business indeed, and Old Skool Ting are the ones for you.

Foundation is definitely gonna be an early contender for album of the year, Breakage shows why he is so respected and proves his weight in gold. It's a musical journey through styles all put together perfectly in a 17 track long player. What's next for him? Who knows, but everyone will be watching!

Release date: 22nd March
Label: Digital Soundboy

Breakage myspace

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Stray FabricLive Promo Mix


Friend of the blog Stray has done a promo mix for Fabric ahead of his debut at the famed London club on 12th February, alongside dBridge, Instra:mental, James Blake, Consequence and more. He's also done a little interview for the Fabric blog as well so check that out.

Tracklist:

Stray - Erase [CRITICAL]
ASC - Mirror Image [N/A]
System - Voices [EXIT]
Stray - Children [N/A]
Commix - Belleview (dBridge's Belle-Reviewed Mix) [METALHEADZ]
Abstract Elements - Essence of Time [EXIT]
Noisia - Floating Zero [INVISIBLE]
June Miller & Syntex - Sleep [HORIZONS]
Sabre - A Wondering Journal (Rockwell Remix) [CRITICAL]
Sinistarr ft. Agzilla - Emo [PLAY MUSIK]
Lenzman ft.Riya - Open Page [METALHEADZ]
Judda - Pressure Plate [CRITICAL]
Commix - Justified (Spectrasoul Remix) [METALHEADZ]
Stray - Can of Cancun [N/A]
Stray - Saturday [CRITICAL]
Data - Termite [CREATIVE SOURCE]
Sabre - Peril (Stray Remix) [CRITICAL]


Check out the interview HERE

Download the mix HERE

Stray - FABRICLIVE Promo Mix by fabric

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Autechre x FACT


FACT continue to be bang on point with their mixes, with number 122 being provided by Warp legends Autechre. They've been on Warp for nearly 20 years now and have released countless albums on the seminal label, with their latest entitled 'Oversteps' dropping in March. Grab the mix below and enjoy!

Download the mix HERE

"No tracklist either, so spotters, please do you worst. What we can tell you is that the mix is an unpredictable, kaleidoscopic affair, rooted in sinuous leftfield hip-hop but with bursts of tremulous ambient electronics, techno, hectic breakbeats and, at one particularly memorable point, metal. We needn’t tell you how rare recorded DJ-mixes from Autechre are, so please, don’t sleep on this."


Monday, 8 February 2010

Sabre 'A Wandering Journal' LP Sampler


The sampler for Sabre's highly anticipated debut LP, entitled 'A Wandering Journal', dropped into my inbox this afternoon. The two tracks that feature on the 12" set the tone perfectly for the album, and increases the anticipation even further before the Critical long player drops on 29th March 2010.

First up is the massive track Marvel, which in typical Sabre style is deep and moody, as well as featuring some big boy bass to boot. Marvel is backed with dancefloor smasher Barefoot, a collaboration with Subtitles-signed Ulterior Motive. This track is serious! The bassline on this one is not to be taken lightly. Fans of Break and Spectrasoul, you'll love this one!

LP Sampler Release Date: 15th February
LP Release Date: 29th March
Label: Critical

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Great Expectations: Dawntreader


Meet Dawntreader. He's another Nottingham boy pushing the hybrid sounds of garage, dubstep and funky, along with friends Geiom, Littlefoot and Brackles. After becoming bored of the dubstep scene, they're forging a new sound and a new style.

He started off mixing hip-hop, before making the switch to drum & bass, then eventually finding a home in the dubstep scene, at a time when it was getting more and more popular, and he was a regular at Nottingham nights Wigflex and Futureproof, getting more and more immersed in the local scene. He draws a lot of inspiration from another local artist Geiom, who he was a 12" coming out with on Double Science Records.

We've managed to get Dawntreader to lay down an exclusive mix for Disrupt:on Inc., which you can grab below, and make sure you go show him some love on Myspace.

Tracklist:

Procedure – Sunshowers

Hackman - Bodies

Geiom Feat. Marita – Sugar Coated Lover (forthcoming Berkane Sol)

Geiom & Spam Chop – Blukup (unreleased)

DVA – Natty (Hyperdub)

Brackles – 6AMELGORDOS (forthcoming Brainmath)

Royal T – 1 UP (Martin Kemp Remix) (No Hats No Hoods)

Kingdom feat. Shyvonne- Mindreader (L-Vis 1990 Remix)(Fools Gold)

Pangaea – Neurons (Hessle Audio)

Sully – The Loot Remix (Keysound Recordings )

Skream – Minimalistix (Non Plus)

Mosca – Square One (Night Slugs)

James Foxx – Put it Back (Ramadanman remix) (Take recs.)


Download the mix HERE

Gigs:

Flight Club w. Geiom - Nottingham - 12th February
AkaAkaRoar w. Whistla- Brighton - 15th February
Girls Go Free w. Scuba & Spam Chop - Nottingham - 19th February
Girls Go Free w. Hot City - Nottinghma - 26th February

Catch Dawntreader & Littlefoot on Sub.FM every Saturday 9-11

Appleblim FabricLive Promo Mix



Apple Pips boss Appleblim has done a promo mix for Fabric ahead of his Apple Pips Room 3 takeover on 19th February. Deep track selection on this one, featuring exclusive and forthcoming material from Scuba, Addison Groove and more. If you're in the London area on the 19th then all roads lead to Fabric. They've got Appleblim, Al Tourettes, Greena and Gatekeeper b2b Wedge in Room 3, as well as Breakage, Rockwell and loads more across the other 2 rooms so it's set to be large! Grab the mix to get you in the mood.

Tracklist:

1. Data - The Fall of Phaeton (dub)
2. False Prophet - Wake Up [Spatial remix] (TAKE Records)
3. Gatekeeper - Atmosphere Processor (dub)
4. Arkist - Switch (dub)
5. Scuba - You Got Me (Hotflush)
6. Wedge - Worry Dolls (If Symptoms Persist)
7. Headhunter & Gatekeeper - Jellyfish (Transistor)
8. Addison Groove - Footcrab (Swamp 81)
9. Al Tourettes - She Shimmers (Apple Pips)
10. Joe - Untitled #2 (Apple Pips)
11. Greena - Actual Pain (Apple Pips)
12. Hard House Banton & Roska - Warning (dub)
13. Atki2 & Dub Boy - Tigerflower (Idle Hands)
14. Midland & Ramadanman - Your Words Matter (Aus)


Download the mix HERE

Friday, 5 February 2010

Cosmogramma


Warp have just released details of Flying Lotus' second album entitled Cosmogramma, including the tracklist and cover art (above) for the long player. It's dropping May 3rd here in the UK and May 4th over in the US. Guests on the album include Thom Yorke, who features on the track "...And The World Laughs With You" (I cannot wait to hear that) and Laura Darlington (Daedelus' wife). Stay locked for any more info!

Tracklist:

01 Clock Catcher
02 Pickled!
03 Nose Art
04 Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05 Zodiac Shit
06 Computer Face//Pure Being
07 …And the World Laughs With You [ft. Thom Yorke]
08 Arkestry
09 Mmmhmm [ft.Thundercat]
10 Do the Astral Plane
11 Satelllliiiiiteee
12 German Haircut
13 Recoiled
14 Dance Of the Pseudo Nymph
15 Drips//Auntie’s Harp
16 Table Tennis [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 Galaxy in Janaki

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Another free tune...


...this time from none other than Hyperdub new boys Darkstar. Their tune Aidy's Girl's A Computer featured on the Hyperdub '5' compilation and was in our list of tunes of the year....and rightfully so! This tune is called Automating and like their previous tunes features lots of chopped up vocals, rearranged and used as instruments with the mix. Personally, I'm feeling this tune and even though it's rough, me likey! Grab it below and see what you think.

Breakage x Massive Attack


Breakage's remix of Massive Attack was given away for free today, personally I think it's BIGGGG. Typical Breakage vibe to this track, deep and heavy with a nice mellow female vocal over the top. Proper hands in the air bizzness on this one! Gets me veeery excited for Breakage's album Foundation, which should be out soon enough. Fingers crossed! Download the track below.

Dub War Podcast 11: Incyde


This dropped into my inbox this morning so thought I'd post it up cos I'm really feeling this mix. It's got an interesting and eclectic tracklisting, featuring lots of forthcoming tunes so it's good to see a mix full of tunes we'll all be able to get on hands on soon enough! It features tunes from Distance, Ben Verse, Pangaea, Al Tourettes and Scuba so if you're into the deeper end of the scene then definitely check this one out. Big ups Incyde!

Dub War Podcast 11 (right click and download linked file)

Tracklist

01. Dopplereffekt - Calabi Yau Manifold [Rephlex]
02. Al Tourettes - The Next Meal [forthcoming If Symptoms Persist]
03. Asusu - No Kya [dub]
04. XI - Slippin [forthcoming Immerse]
05. Pangaea - Neurons [Hessle Audio]
06. F - Forever [forthcoming 7EVEN]
07. Scuba - Three Sided Shape [forthcoming Hotflush]
08. Ben Verse - Inhale [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
09. F - Spacewalker [forthcoming 7EVEN]
10. FaltyDL - Body Down Mark [dub]
11. Sepalcure - Down [dub]
12. XI - Superwhatever (Incyde VIP) [dub]
13. Incyde - Station [dub]
14. Djunya - On The Verge [dub]
15. Al Tourettes - When I Rest, I Rust [forthcoming If Symptoms Persist]
16. Badawi - Lost Highway (Headhunter Remix) [forthcoming The Index]
17. Distance - Beyond [forthcoming Chestplate]
18. Ben Verse - Flip The Coin [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
19. Seven & Elvee - Breakdown [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
20. Compound One - Perhaps The Darkness [Compound One]
21. F - Funk Injection [forthcoming 7EVEN]
22. EPROM - Never [forthcoming Surefire Sound]
23. Scuba - You Got Me [forthcoming Hotflush]
24. Peverelist - Clunk Click Every Trip [Punch Drunk]
25. Dopplereffekt - Compactification [Rephlex]

James Blake for Hessle Audio & Brainmath


Blog favourite James Blake has 2 releases lined up in the next 6 weeks on Ben UFO's Hessle Audio imprint and Brainmath Recordings, which has put out tunes from the likes of Zomby, Untold and Sbtrkt.

James has done an EP for Hessle, featuring 3 brand new tracks. On the EP will be "Give A Man A Rod" (I've heard from a friend that this is BIGGGG), "Buzzard & Kestrel" and "The Bells Sketch". According to FACT, James continues to experiment on the Hessle release and apparently the results will appeal to everyone from fans of the xx to Untold. I'm very excited to hear that!! On Brainmath, his tune with Airhead "Pembroke" will see a release backed with "Lock In The Lion".

Brainmath release : 22nd February 2010
Hessle Audio release : March 2010