Tuesday, 22 June 2010
It's perhaps the fact that Dark Sky are a collective of three separate producers (two of whom make up London's Boogaloo Crew) which makes their productions so varied. Their debut release of 'Ghost Notes' and 'Something To Lose' on Black Acre Records displayed incredible production talent in building both 8-bit dubstep and euphoric breakbeat, and the forthcoming digital 'Frames EP' on Pictures Music (release date is set for July 12th) is no less varied: swinging from future garage, to 2-step, to grime-flecked UK funky.
'Night Light' features on this EP and begins with barely-there atmospheric samples, before crashing in with a scale-ascending bassline and gunshot snares fired out in tight pairs. The control of the track's movements is what is most striking here, as jumps are made from that initial heavy drop, down to a solo synth and quarter-time beat without unsettling the flow of the tune.
Download: Dark Sky - Night Light
Monday, 21 June 2010
With his sophomore album 'Outside The Box' due out later this year, as well as an album alongside Benga and Artwork under the Magnetic Man moniker on the horizon, it seems unfair to expect much more of Skream. Yet due to the popularity of the Skreamizm series which followed his debut album from 2006 there is still a rising anticipation for the sixth installment of the run of EPs. With talk, also, of a Skream remixes EP (featuring remixes of his tunes by other artists, such as Silkie's 'Filth' remix) it seems the man causing all the hype has stepped up to the unwritten challenge in releasing the first installment of the punning 'Freeizm' series. The Free-P features a healthy mixture of sounds, with the mellow, spacious 'Minimooool' alongside the tripped-out 'Cut Like A Buffalo' remix, dirty tearout tune 'Pitfall' and old school garage stepper 'Show Me Love' and is definitely worth grabbing before the next two in the series are released in the run up to the highly anticipated album.
Download: Skream - Freeizm Vol. 1
1. Skream - Pitfall
2. Skream - Minimoool
3. The Dead Weather - Cut Like A Buffalo (Skreamix)
4. Robert S - Show Me Love (Skreamix)
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Following up from last month's 'Get Grimey Or Die', here's another mix for the GETDOWNORDIE guest mix series, featuring the best bass-driven beats from Digital Mystikz & Loefah.
Download: Fukhed - Get Mystikal Or Die
Mala - Blue Notez
Loefah - Goat Stare
Digital Mystikz & Loefah - Twisup
Coki - Tortured
Movado - Gangsta 4 Life (Coki Remix)
Coki - Red Eye
Coki - Burnin'
Digital Mystikz - Haunted
Mala - Hunter
Digital Mystikz - Jah Fire
Digital Mystikz - Neverland
Digital Mystikz - Anti-War Dub
Friday, 18 June 2010
Download: Plan B - Prayin' (Breakage Remix)
The latest tunes to be aired are in keeping with Damu's eclectic style as 'Mermaid' works as a development of the synth-laden summer vibes of tunes such as '2010' (forthcoming on Swing & Skip audio), whereas 'Gargoyle' and 'Sashima' move away from this style in opposite directions with the former setting cascades of jilting 8-bit sounds over a rolling bassline and the providing the listener with far less direction in terms of an obvious rhythm, yet still managing to hold the ear throughout.
And despite these new additions to his portfolio, he's still found time to put together the 'Silverback Mix' for the guys over at Voltron.
Download: Damu - Silverback Mix
Flying Lotus - Brainfeeder
Holgi Star - Pretender (Ascion Remix)
Brey - Bengela
Lil Silva - Night Skanker
Girl Unit - IRL (DVA's High Emotion Mix)
Altered Natives - God Made Me
Marcus Price & Carli - Mat Bira Kvinnor Weed (Kingdom Remix)
Ultravid - Total Recall (Maddjazz Remix)
Pier Bucci - Verte
Atki2 & Dub Boy - Tigerflower
T. Williams - Anthem
D-Rashid & Kid Kaio - Tarzan
Dubbel Dutch - Deep Underground
Damu - LED
Shortstuff & Mickey Pearce - Tripped Up (Ramadanman Re-Edit)
Supra1 - Still Believe (feat. Amy Douglas) (Brackles Remix)
Format B - Edding 850
Egyptrixx - Just Can't Sleep (Egyptrixx Remix)
Doc Daneeka - Deadly Rhythm
Damu - Mermaid
Brey - Trois Couleurs Rouge
Whilst this is a relatively late recommendation (release date was June 14th) it's one we feel strongly about. The result of a two week collaboration between Machinedrum and Praveen, 'Love Pressure', a four-track EP, combines dubbed-out atmospherics, organic 2-step beats and warm synth thrusts perfect for the early morning dance-floor or late afternoon sun. Title track 'Love Pressure' is an emotional fuzzy swell of a tune with euphoric female vocals and warm motoring synths , whilst 'Down' brings rich, lush textures coupled with end-of-the-night ambience. The submerged, Mount Kimbie-esque 'Every Day Of My Life' and deep mood of 'The Warning' finish off an EP we cannot recommend highly enough; if you're a fan of the likes of Joy Orbison, Scuba, Mount Kimbie, James Blake, Pangaea, Blue Daisy or Ramadanman this is a must!
Cop it here.
Thursday, 17 June 2010
We're big fans of Deadboy here at HEDMUK, so are pretty excited to be able to put up his remix of 'Spanish Sahara' by Foals for free download. Clocking in at an epic nine minutes long, the track builds from sparse beginnings in an intricately controlled manner as new parts are brought into the mix and others threaded out before a short burst of pure 4x4 euphoria brings the tune to an end.
Download: Foals - Spanish Sahara (Deadboy Remix)
Distance steps up to lay down yet another heavy mix, this time for Dogs On Acid, and the tracklist is absolutely packed with dubplates from the likes of Benga, Skream, Tunnidge, Tes La Rok and of course the man himself.
Download: Distance - DOA Mix June 2010
Distance - Beyond (Kryptic Minds Remix) [Dubplate]
Deleted Scenes - Reasons [Dubplate]
Distance - Feel Me [Planet Mu]
Mr. Lager & Alys Blaze - Tell Me (Distance Remix) [forthcoming Subfrequency]
Distance - Jungle Fears [Chestplate]
Cyrus - The Calling [Dubplate]
Icicle - Minimal Funk VIP [Dubplate]
Distance - Devastator [Dubplate]
Distance - iLL Kontent [Dubplate]
Skream - Untitled [Dubplate]
Distance - No Warning [Chestplate]
Distance - Reboot [Dubplate]
Distance - Menace [Chestplate]
Distance - Malice [Dubplate]
Distance - Twilight [Chestplate]
Tunnidge vs. Distance - Blame [Dubplate]
Vivek - Pulse [Dubplate]
Benga - Nutty Bass [Dubplate]
Tes La Rok - Them [Dubplate]
Distance - Drawn [Dubplate]
Distance - Koncrete [Planet Mu]
Skream - Mood2Fuck [Dubplate]
Tunnidge - 7 Breaths [Dubplate]
Distance - Clockwork [Tectonic]
Dustmite - Game Over (Distance Remix) [Smog]
Read the DOA interview with Distance here.
Download: Lung. - Sail
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Coming in with a Silkie-esque purple intro, before dropping into a pared back drum arrangement backed by a wall of sound and ascending synth melody. The track builds and builds and certainly does well to whet appetites for what the recently revamped Magnetic Man live show has to offer.
Download: Magnetic Man - MAD
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Innovative producer, DJ, Hyperdub boss and sub-bass theorist: Kode9 is a man who needs little introduction. Leading up to his forthcoming contribution to the DJ Kicks series, he's laid down a mix of old school Jungle for another well-respected mix series over at FACT Magazine. As should be expected, the mixing is tight and the tune selection is absolutely on point:
Download: Kode9 - FACT Mix 156
1. Soundman & Don Lloyde with Elizabeth Troy – Greater Love
2. Lemon D – Manhatten Melody
3. Dope Style – You Must Think First
4. Nut Nut – Special Dedication
5. Undercover Agent – Oh Gosh
6. DJ SS – MA2 remix
7. 12-10 Series Mk 1 – All that Jazz
8. L Double featuring Bassman – Da Base too Dark
9. Urban Jungle – Back in the Daze
10. Sacred – Kall the Kops
11. Fusion Forum – Vintage Keys
12. Maldini – Def Roll
13. Bad Influence feat. DJ Rush Puppie – Time & Time
Also available for download is a dub cut of 'You Don't Wash': the vocalled version of which is a DJ Kicks exclusive:
Download: Kode9 - You Don't Wash (Dub)
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Zed Bias & DJ Principal – All Night Jam (Steve Gurley Remix) [Public Demand]
Antonio vs. Dubcentral – To Da Beat [New London Soul]
Amira – My Desire (Dreem Team Remix) [VC Recordings]
Anthill Mob – Burnin’ [Confetti]
Nu Klass A – Spread Love (2 As 1 Remix) [Public Demand]
The Wideboys – Stand and Deliver (4×4 Mix) [Ice Cream]
Gant – Sound Bwoy Burial (187 Lockdown Mix) [Positiva]
R.I.P Productions – Jump To It [Ice Cream]
Nu Birth – Anytime [Locked On]
Fierce – So Long (Bump ‘n’ Flex X-Rated Dub) [White Label]
M:Dubs feat. Lady Saw – Bump ‘n’ Grind [Locked On]
DND – Diamond Rings (No MC Mix) [DND Productions]
Nu Klass A – The Rhythm (Steve Gurley Remix) [Public Demand]
Unknown – Unknown [White Label]
El-B vs. Kelis – Get Along With You (White Label)
Burial – Near Dark [Hyperdub]
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
The scene exploring areas between dubstep, techno, house and minimal has produced tunes of real depth, variety, swing and bass; take Appleblim and Ramadanman's 'Justify' , for example, or Jus Wan's 'Action Potential'. Arkist is among the producers, which also include 2562, Al Tourettes and Martyn, pushing this sound forward; but where his music differs is in the seamless integration of his 2-step and Drum & Bass (the Autonomic influence is clear) influences into his music: making it distinct, organic and refreshingly defiant of boundaries. With an upcoming US tour alongside fellow Bristol producer Wedge and a release on Deca Rhythm coming in August, Arkist has found the time to answer a few questions and lay down a mix showcasing his own production and that of producers on a similar vibe.
HEDMUK: Firstly, what's your name, where do you hail from and how would you describe your sound?
Arkist: Hi, my name is Adam, I live in Bristol, UK and I produce bass-driven electronica with influences from across the musical spectrum.
H: Would you say you were from a particularly musical background, or was it something you found yourself drawn to naturally?
A: I'd have to say that I'm not. My dad was a trader in the city and my mum was a podiatrist so there wasn't a lot of musical influence coming from my parents. I think most of my early inspiration came from my friends and their siblings and their friends and so on.
H: The quality of your production is excellent: when did you start to make your own music and what were your early influences?
H: Would you say you still bear these early influences strongly, or has your musical taste, influences and the direction of your music changed as you've developed as a producer?
A: Both! I Still enjoy listening to those bands and I still love Drum & Bass but there have definitely been changes as I have learned to appreciate other genres of music such as House, Techno and Electro, and that has really rubbed off in the studio.
H: What do you think of music right now? Does new music inspire you, and if so, what scenes or particular producers make you want to produce the music you do?
A: I think its great, there are lots of very talented old and new producers that are still managing to do something different and I find it inspirational and very motivating. The people that are doing it for me right now, I'd have to say, are James Blake, SBTRKT, Scuba, Al Tourettes, the whole Autonomic Crew, June Miller and so on.
H: Your tunes seem to fit really well with much of the Applepips catalogue, how did you come to be involved with the label?
A: Appleblim and I became good friends when I first moved to Bristol in 2008 and I found him and the label both very interesting. I especially respected how he was doing something different to what a lot of other labels were doing; so I did a little bit of experimentation in the lab, made a few tunes and Laurie liked them.
H: Bristol is a city with a rich bass music culture; with so many innovative producers based there, what does being part of the city's scene mean to you?
H: Bristol is a wonderful city to live and produce in, I think I owe a lot to its culture and the amazing artists that reside here. There is no way I would be where I am now without people like Komonazmuk, Gatekeeper and Wedge who have been extremely supportive technically and stylistically.
H: There is little information about you available and you often use a cartoonesque image instead of a picture of yourself, is anonymity important to you as a producer?
A: Anonymity is not massively important to me, I think the reason I leave a lot of information out of websites and such is purely because I want the music to do the talking, and as a listener I really couldn't care what star sign and favourite meal an artist that I'm listening to has. As for the 'cartoonesque' image, I use that just because I think all the photographs I have of myself are rubbish!
H: What can we expect from you in the future? Any releases forthcoming or big projects in the pipe-line?
Jus Wan - Warrior Remix - Dub
Arkist - Rendezvous - Apple Pips
Menik - Feel - Dub
Arkist - Until Next Time - If Symptoms Persist
Trutek - Crossrhodes - Dub
Give - Ruckspin & Visions - Transistor
Joe - Untitled - Apple Pips