Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Fukhed: January Mix

Fukhed: Cough Mix Cut:


Sukh Knight - Ganja Dub
Caspa - My Pet Monster
Major Lazer - Hold The Line (Skreamix)
Skream - Calous
Breakage - Hard (feat. Newham Generals & David Rodigan)
Kromestar - The Buddha
Jakes - Warface
Benga - 26 Basslines
Excision & Datsik - Swagga
Flux Pavilion & Trolley Snatcher - Fucking Noise
Sukh Knight - Jinglist
Coki - Red Eye
Cluekid - Chicken Foot
Benga & Coki - Night
Zero G - Bass Culture
Plastician - Intensive Snare (feat. Skepta)
Coki - The Sign
RSD - Pretty Bright Light
Skream - Oskillatah
Rossi B & Luca - Ghost Town
Gemmy - BK 2 The Future
Rusko - Soundguy Is My Target (feat. Lutan Fyah)

Ears to the ground...

Dubplate culture, although enviable for its sentimental value, is an exclusive one; the result of this being that many tunes never actually get a full release. Example: the VIP of Giant's banger 'Drumstick' was, when first played out, generally hailed as one of the best VIPs to be produced. Obviously, DJs and fans across the country begged for its release, but to no avail. The original tune was put out on Hench and that, it still seems, was that. However, there are definite positive aspects to this which must be noted. Firstly, the dubplate format is cheap enough to encourage producers to be more prolific and, furthermore, put much of their output onto wax to be played out by whoever is lucky enough to be getting a steady supply of these 'plates: this keeps the scene fresh. Secondly, hearing tunes played out on dubplate raises anticipation for tunes getting a full release; and these first few months of 2010 are looking ripe for such releases:

Kryptic Minds - Badman / Distant

Since the first airing of the smoke-drenched vocal that introduces this tune, 'Badman' has been on the wishlists of any and all fans of a deep, threatening bassline. The fact that N-Type, arguably the best tune selector in the game, chose to open his mix for Rinse 09 with it is testament to its weight. Yet, it did not make an appearance on 'One Of Us' (Kryptic Minds' outstanding LP released late last year on CD and to be pressed to 3-piece vinyl for early 2010). Dissapointment was not to be shouldered for long, though, as 'Badman', it was announced, was to be given its own release shortly after the album. Bad pressing, however, forced postponement on the release until early 2010 which, unless we are very much mistaken, is now. So: ears to the ground for this one.

Rude Kid - Electric

This one's on a grime flex, but is surrounded by similarly vague release news. Featuring as the instrumental for Scorcher's 'Spartan Gang', this tune can be heard in use as an instrumental countless times on any grime radio show. Despite the Kid's trademark "are you ready?" sample making consistent appearances in grime sets, he is also notorious for keeping his tunes to himself and putting very few out on general release. 'Electric', however, has been flagged for release this month on No Hats No Hoods. So: ears to the ground for this one.

Hatcha & N-Type Present: The Croydon Dubheadz Pt.II

Less ambiguity about this one, but certainly more anticipation as Hatcha (with easily one of the most upfront boxes around) and N-Type (also with a steady stream of dubplates coming his way) collaborate again for the second installment of 'The Croydon Dubheadz'. With the first installment housing its fair share of exclusives from some of the scene's biggest producers, the second looks to continue this idea. Hatcha revealed that the forthcoming double-pack will feature tracks from: Skream, Loefah, Hatcha, Kromestar, Lost, LD and Cluekid. Whilst lips have remained tight as to which tracks will appear, both Hatcha and N-Type have exercised their exclusive rights in playing tunes from the double-pack on their radio on shows on Kiss and Rinse FM respectively: Cluekid puts forth another unique blend of spacious, squelchy bass with a tune which apparently combines his early 'Toadstep'-era tunes with his more recent junglist output; Kromestar has, it would appear, found the middle ground between the deeper, ambient sounds of 'My Sound' with the thinner, more aggressive textures of his 'The Other Syde' collection; Hatcha's effort is a dark stomper in the form of a tighter, heavier take on tunes such as Coki's 'Goblin'. According to N-Type, pressing is now complete and the double-pack waits now on artwork and distribution only. So: ears to the ground...


Monday, 18 January 2010

Gravious rolls out Mixtape 4

Gravious, that's 'Grah-vee-us' as he helpfully points out, has put together another mix tape (his 4th in a series running since '08) showcasing some of his newest and deepest tunes. Influenced by J Da Flex, Femme Fatale, Future sound of London, Boards of Canada, Radiohead, LTJ Buken, Aphex Twin, and a raft of more leftfield DnB artists, the sounds of the Gravious are both varied and Beautiful. Enjoy

[00:00] 1. Intro (Life Support 303)
[03:06] 2. Erik XVI – Gravitationskraftens stilla vrede (Gravious Anti-Gravity Mix)
[06:46] 3. Cascade
[11:48] 4. Omo Delta
[16:36] 5. City of Spheres
[21:11] 6. Ghostly Steps
[25:03] 7. Lunar Module
[28:57] 8. Wu Shin
[33:58] 9. Recoil Unit
[39:00] 10. Deepchild – Wannado (Gravious Remix)
[44:02] 11. Continuum
[48:41] end

Gravious's other mixtapes can be found on his website

Friday, 15 January 2010

FACT: 10 Producers to watch in 2010

Having correctly predicted the rise of producers such as Cooly G, Kowton and Mount Kimbie in 2009; FACT are at it again. This time however, each producer has done a mini mix showcasing their tunes. HEDMUK particularly likes Numan Khan and SRC, but thats just our opinion, isn't it. Check out all the producer's in part one:

And part two (featuring Manchester's very own Illum Sphere):

Thursday, 14 January 2010

M.I.A working with Rusko!?

A recent article in the New York Times in which M.I.A's native Sri Lanka was numero uno of "The 31 places to go in 2010" was the apparent influence for her new track. Angered by the article M.I.A responded in two ways; first uploading gruesome images of dead bodies, apparently victims of civil war, lying on the apparent "pristine coastline", and the second was to call up Rusko to produce her new track entitled "Space odyssey". The dubby track, finished this Monday, will feature on her forthcoming album due this summer according to her label Interscope. Yeh boy!

Starkey: Building Beats.

Way back in the relative warmth of pre-snow December, Mary-Anne Hobbs challenged Starkey to build a beat in just 2 hours, live on air and from scratch -using loops and samples sent in by listeners. Last night, joined by producer/percussionist Reso and vocalist Anneka (whom Starkey handpicked for the project), the challenge was met with quite beautiful results.

Listen to the finished track here:

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Skweee: a low-tech funky/dubstep hybrid from Scandinavia which is surprisingly listenable and in places not too far from any Hessle audio or Hemlock output. More information can be found at skweelicious, , the blogging authority for all thing skweee. There's also a really nice introductory mix to skweee which I borrowed from the good people of Sonic Router. Enjoy:

Friday, 8 January 2010

Unearthed 001

Unearthed, as your remember, is a new sister label from Punch Drunk Records reviving classic Bristol soundsystem anthems of the past. Following the positive feedback received by the labels first release, Smith & Mighty 'Bass is Maternal' / 'U Dub' (Unearthed 002), Peverelist has chosen to stick with Rob Smith's music as his 'Living in Unity' along with Smith & Mighty feat. Fiji 40 'B Line Fi Flow' gets the remastering treatment. Pure fyah!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Joe Nice.2010.New Year.New Mix.

Joe Nice, our favourite DJ from across the pond, has put together the first mix of 2010 for his show on Gourmet Beats ( As always with Mr.Nice there's a ridiculous tracklist and some insane dubs: worth a listen.

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01. Earth Wind and Fire – Let’s Groove
02. James Blake – Buzzard & Kestral
03. Commodo – Crooked Law
04. James Blake – Drop It Like It’s Not
05. Mala – City Cycle
06. James Blake – Drop It Like It’s Not
07. DJ Eastwood – U Aint Ready (Untold Remix)
08. Distal – Serengeti
09. Kutz – Hypno
10. Addison Groove – Footcrab
11. Skream – Repercussions of A Razor Blade
12. Addison Groove – Dumb Shit
13. TRG – Strobelick
14. Boyz Noise – Transmission (Untold Remix)
15. F – Energy Distortion
16. James Blake & Mt. Kimbie – I’ll Stay
17. The Bug feat. FlowDan – Run
18. Kryptic Minds – Badman
19. Distance – No Warning
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