Skream - How Real (feat. Freckles) [Tempa]
Thursday, 30 December 2010
Skream - How Real (feat. Freckles) [Tempa]
Wednesday, 29 December 2010
Ice Cast Mix Dec 10 by Subreachers
Kiev - Breach [Dub]
12th Planet - Smokescreen (Jack Sparrow Remix) [Dub]
Killa & Instinct - Indica (Subreachers Remix) [Dub]
Lurka - Conscious [Dub]
Goli & Ashburner - Fields of Vibrations (Subreachers Remix) [Dub]
Subreachers - Void [Dub]
Coki - It [DMZ]
Subreachers - Left Hand Path [Dub]
Ben Verse - Venom [Dub]
Commodo - The Shock [Dub]
Requake - Origin Of Species [Dub]
Core - Suicide [Dub]
Lurka - Return [Dub]
Orphan 101 - Propa [Dub]
JazzyJazzy - Atlantis [Dub]
J:Kenzo - Against The Grain [Dub]
Dubwoofa - Night Sun [Dub]
Cessman - Zion Dreamz [Dub]
JazzyJazzy - Cold Harbour Lane [Dub]
Valor - Frank Jaeger [Dub]
Subreachers - Let Go (J:Kenzo's Digikal Love Refix) [Dub]
JazzyJazzy - Gimme Ya Wallet [Dub]
Subreachers - Let Go (Au Valour's Forgive & Forget Remix) [Dub]
Mr Lager Ft Asher Dust - 4 Leaf Clover (Von D Remix) [Dub]
June Miller feat. Beer - Aged 23 [Dub]
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
As one of the most consistent names in the grime scene, Ghetts' releases are always worth getting hold of for a few listens through. This free Christmas offering is no different as the twelve track collection points toward another good year for Ghetto as his uniquely verbose flows and metaphor-thick lyricism continue to progress to take in a more reflective side to both his vocals and his beat selection. With the usual high-profile producers (including Maniac, Lewi White, Dot Rotten and Zdot) lending beats and names such as Wiley, Griminal and long-time collaborator Devlin appearing as features, this EP delivers.
Download: Ghetts - Merry Christmas EP
1. Merry Christmas
2. Freestyle (feat. Stutta)
3. Flee (feat. Mercston)
4. What Happened
6. Rain (feat. Raws Artilla)
7. They Don't Know (feat. Devlin)
8. Strike Me Dead (feat. Griminal & Dot Rotten)
9. Red Stripe
10. Spun (feat. Wiley & Dot Rotten)
11. Platoon (Old Skool Ghetts)
12. Star / Outro
Monday, 27 December 2010
After many pleas for a follow up to Freeizm 3, Skream gave in and presented the ultimate dubstep Christmas gift. Featuring a huge thirteen tracks ranging from old school favourites such as '10 Bit Dreamz' to tunes that have been doing the circuits this year like 'CTO', aswell as much sought-after dubplates like 'Lightning VIP'.
Skream also included this Christmas message with the .zip folder:
Massive shouts to everyone who's supported me this year in any way…..
This album is compiled of old stuff, lost dubs and some new stuff so I hope you enjoy!
Here’s to 2011!
Massive shouts to Mario Cvetic for the artwork!
Download: Skream - The Freeizm Album
2. No Ready
3. Cold Outside
4. 10 Bit Dreamz
6. Back From The Zoo
7. Krazy Snares
8. Lightning VIP
9. Left The Room (feat. P Money)
10. Commercial Sellout
13. Emotional Shizzle
Friday, 24 December 2010
Manchester garage legend Zed Bias has further secured his legendary status this festive season by releasing a massive pack of twenty tracks worth of old school gold. Featuring original productions from the man himself as well as remixes of the likes of El-B's 'Serious' and 'Girls Like Us' by the B15 Project. With this collection being called 'Volume 1', it can only be hoped that there will be a lot more to come in the near future...
Download: Zed Bias - Lost Dats: Vol. 1
The Christmas presents keep coming, this time from Loefah's Swamp 81 imprint and in the form of one of the most hyped and sought-after tunes of the year: the juke-infused Footcrab VIP by Bristolian Headhunter's Addison Groove alias.
Download: Addison Groove - Footcrab VIP
After a huge year for the trio from New Zealand, which included tours across the UK, Europe and the United States, and releases on the likes of Skream's Disfigured Dubz, Mala's Deep Medi Musik and their homeland label Aquatic Lab, Truth have given out 'Perfect Combination': a tune which aptly describes their approach to both production and DJing as it balances a mid-range melody with an all important bass-weight.
Download: Truth - Perfect Combination
Following from his announcement of the planned release of one final 'Freeizm' EP, the ever-generous Skream has given away the melodic banger 'Gather Round' for free via Twitter. This follows his pledge to make the collection the largest free release he's put out to date and is set to include around '10/11 tracks'. With the chosen tunes coming out tomorrow, Skream tonight has asked for submissions for artwork.
Download: Skream - Gather Round
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Tuesday, 21 December 2010
Goli: Hi I am Oliver Gibbons (Goli) from Nottingham, but at University in Leeds. I would describe our sound as a tough mixture of grime and bass weight aimed predominantly at the dance floor.
H: When did you start making beats, and have you always produced as a duo or is this something that was adopted further down the line?
G: I started building beats about 9 months ago because Mike (Ashburner) and I had been DJing as a pair since last August, so it made sense to produce collaboratively.
H: What were your earliest influences that might have pushed you in the direction of making music? And do these things remain influential to you now?
G: I was first influenced to make music when I first got into drum & bass, this was around 2003. I was listening to people like Amit, DJ Ink and Kryptic Minds, all the darker side of drum and bass, from there I got into DJing and played around on ejay loads, but instead of learning music production and pursuing the DJing I started playing in a death metal band until I was 18, which lead me onto dubstep. All the old drum & bass, hardcore and death metal I used to listen to is a big influence on what I do now: the drops in dubstep are so similar to breakdowns in hardcore music and the intensity in the raves are similar too.
H: What, would you say, are the most prominent advantages or disadvantages to producing as a duo?
G: To be honest from my experience if you find someone you work well with, then there aren’t any disadvantages, because you are both on the same level with every tune so it is second nature to know whether the other one is going to enjoy the ideas you bring to the table. The only disadvantage we have is that I am in Leeds and Mike is in London so we don’t have a full time studio space, other than that its bless.
H: One thing that has always stood out to us here is your willingness to use grime vocals in your tunes, Ashburner's 'Next Hype Refix' being the most obvious example and your more recent use of up-and-comer Merky ACE's vocal: how do you select the vocal to use and how do you approach using these vocals to add an extra layer to your beats?
G: To be honest Mike is the one who deals with all the vocal work. He definitely has an uncanny knack at being able to make vocals sit well on tunes. We like to see the vocal work ‘we’ do as our niche in some ways; not many dubstep producers bridge the gap between grime and dubstep, and we are very heavily influenced by grime so it made sense to use grime vocals in our tunes. The selection process isn’t really something we think about, we get sent a lot of vocals so we just use what we are feeling and either fit the vocals over an existing tune or create a new one. Merky ACE definitely caught our attention; he is a very talented MC coming up the ranks so we have been doing a couple of tracks with him which we are really happy with.
H: Further to that, what's your view on the potential crossover between grime and dubstep?
G: I personally think the crossover potential is huge, just look at Breakage's tune with Newham Generals 'Hard', it is a brilliant reworking of the original Breakage tune 'Together,’ and the vocals have made it an absolute anthem. To be honest I don’t think there is enough collaboration between the dubstep and grime world, a lot of the old grime producers are making UK funky instead of dubstep now, and the MCs are doing more and more tech house aiming for the charts or just working with the biggest artists in the scene. Thus making dubstep and grime collaborations few and far between.
H: You've been previewing a lot of new material lately and you don't appear to have been nailing yourselves to any one sound in particular: what can we expect from you production-wise in the near future?
G: As we are relatively new to the production world we have been playing around with where we want to take our sound and are really happy with what we have achieved so far. Through these experiments we have been making a lot deeper stuff, these tunes are going to be coming out under our new alias, so watch out for them. As for Goli & Ashburner it will be business as usual.
H: You also run one of the UK's best and most consistent new labels in the form of For The Win: what was it that made you want to start your own label?
G: Cheers for the props. We started the label because in Nottingham there were very few outlets for electronic music and we were hearing some really great stuff coming out of the city, so we decided to make a label and start releasing it.
H: How do you go about choosing which beats you want to release on the imprint, as the roster as it stands is a particularly diverse one?
H: Do you find that your location in a city not necessarily strongly associated with dubstep has been a help or a hindrance to your work as both producer/DJs and label managers?
G: When we first started out, being situated in Nottingham was not perfect. Three years ago a lot of nights were bickering and it was very hard to get DJ bookings in the city if you didn’t know someone involved with the night. I mean we played our first five or six gigs outside of Nottingham before we actually got booked in Nottingham (laughs). Thanks to what we have achieved it has allowed us to represent Nottingham all over Europe and even the USA which we are really proud of. Label-wise it was good because we were one of the only dubstep labels not just in Nottingham, but in the whole of the Midlands so this allowed us a pretty free reign with signing beats off the local artists. Also now we have a night in the city and have become pretty established as part of the furniture in the Nottingham dubstep scene, it has made it a lot easier for us to comfortably grow the label and collaborate with different brands coming out of the city.
H: Do you consider most strongly as producers, DJs or label managers?
H: How do you balance these three commitments with each other: do certain aspects of your involvement in music occasionally have to take a back seat whilst you focus on another area, for instance?
G: It is a very difficult balancing act at times especially as I am in the third year of my degree, work part time and have a girlfriend, so from time to time things do get neglected; but I would say on the whole we both keep on top of things pretty well. To be honest I love what I do so I could never complain.
H: Finally, is there any news or projects in the pipeline that you want to put a word out about?
G: Got a few things: release-wise we have the ‘One’ EP 12” coming out on Loft Party Recordings very soon, also Kraken digital release of 'Gutter Riddem' / 'Badness'. FTW011, Magenta's Sphynx EP, is coming out early next year and will be available on Beatport, DJ Tunes, Junodownload etcetera. Then we have our own six track Goli & Ashburner EP coming out in a few months on For The Win, which is our first collaborative release on our own imprint. Then finally, we have started a new label which should be releasing some tunes off our alias soon. Also we are releasing a Free For The Win LP to say thank you for the support this year and that should be out in a week or so. And big up William, Subreachers, Benton, Killa & Instinct, Antics and all the For The Win crew.
2. Core - Switchblade [Dub]
3. Shredexx - Silence [Forthcoming Subdepth]
4. Skream - Amity Step [Tempa]
5. Darqwan - Perplex [Dub]
6. Cyrus - Junk Yard [Get Darker]
7. Subreachers - Voids [Dub]
8. Radic & Saulya - Syndicate [Forthcoming For The Win]
9. Dom Hz - Two Minutes [Dub]
10. Commodo - The Shock [Dub]
11. F - Chillin' [7even]
12. Goli & Ashburner - Dubfare [Dub]
13. Dom - Suntime [Faisty Records]
14. Headhunter - Three Mad P's [Tempa]
15. Skream - Pick Up Ya Knees [Freeizm]
16. Subreachers - Voids (Killa & Instinct Remix) [Dub]
17. Gemmy & Djunya - Sour D [Dub]
18. Benton - The Demons Engineer [Dub]
Monday, 20 December 2010
The latest podcast for Cool'eh Mag sees Tunnidge take a slightly different approach to laying down a studio mix, as he instead uses it to explore his influences from the late '80s/early '90s rave and jungle scenes. The significance of such music to some of the biggest names in Bass Music, from Mala to Kode9, is no secret and Tunnidge shows in this mix that he is no exception. With a tracklist full of classics that speak for themselves, this mix comes highly recommended.
Download: Tunnidge - Cool'eh Mag Podcast 011
Altern8 - Passion Devotion
808 State - Pacific 202
A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray
Rhythm Is Rhythm - Nude Photo
Liquid - Sweet Harmony
Manix - Feel Real Good
Bizzare Inc - Playing With Knives
Jonny L - Hurt You So
Urban Shakedown - Some Justice
Criminal Minds - Baptised By Dub
Krome & Time - This Sound Is For The Underground
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares
Bodysnatchers - Just For You London
Conquering Lion - Code Red
Stelf is one of a small number of young grime MCs who have spent 2010 steadily developing profiles for themselves. With a focus on a dedication to the grime scene which has been a popular topic for 2010, and a main feature of much of the output from other up-and-coming MCs such as Maxsta and Rival as well as more established artists like Ghetts and Lethal Bizzle. This, his first mixtape, provides a snapshot of the work Stelf has been putting in over the year and features beats from the likes of Wiley, Dot Rotten, Bless Beats and Zdot.
Download: Stelf - Shake My Head
1. Shake My Head (Prod. By Wiley)
2. Welcome (Prod. By Bless Beats)
3. Hungrey (feat. Lil Nasty & Shrimpoz) (Prod. By Zdot)
4. Make My Doe (Prod. By Dot Rotten)
5. Check This (Prod. By Warnz)
6. Art Of Grime (feat. S-H & Shrimpoz) (Prod. By Bless Beats)
7. Takeover (feat. Maxsta, Shizz & Shrimpoz)
8. No Chorus (feat. S-H) (Prod. By Zdot)
9. I Grime (Prod. By Hazzy)
10. See You Go (Prod. By Skanka)
11. 1Xtra: Cameo Set (feat. Maxsta & Axeman) [Bonus]
12. HS Anthem (feat. Delirious, Kage, Jokez, Lexi & Lyttle Lyttz) [Bonus]
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Taking the euphoric vocals from Niki & The Dove's original simmering piece of Scandinavian pop and weaving them over climbing synth-lines and driving breakbeats, Phaeleh creates his 'Ravebomb Mix'. Coming on like a more contemplative version of Skream's 'Burning Up' or Rusko's 'Four Seasons Of Rave', Malin Dahlström's vocal tone donates a hands-in-the-air anthem feel rather than that of a tear-out breaks banger.
Download: Niki & The Dove - Mother Protect (Phaeleh's Ravebomb Mix)
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Friday, 10 December 2010
Through his unique approach to producing aggressive jump-up dubstep tunes whilst retaining a noticeable degree of control, Benton has been on a fast rise this year with his tune's getting battered by the likes of legendary up-tempo selectors N-Type and Chef. And despite still being locked up, Crazy Titch has launched something of a comeback this year with the release of the hugely anticipated 'Crazy Times 2' mixtape, and having his 'Silencer Freestyle' featured on the groundbreaking 'This is UK Grime' compilation.
This remix, then, is the perfect blend of instrumental and vocal as Crazy T's characteristic hyped delivery and bars are backed by a simple combination of big oscillating basslines and a hard-hitting snare.
Download: Crazy Titch - Singalong (Benton Remix)