Sunday, 29 January 2012

Competition: Win tickets to see Sleeper, District, Lurka and Commodo @ Scruffy Hoodlum

After the success of their 3rd birthday dance in December, Scruffy Hoodlum are back at the Royal Hotel in Southend with another big lineup which takes a look into the near future with some of the freshest recruits to three of the most well-respected labels within dubstep, Chestplate, Deep Medi Musik and Black Box, gracing the decks.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to this Friday's event, which features four of the most exciting new producers around at the moment in the form of Sleeper, District, Lurka and Commodo, simply send your answer to the following question to with the subject 'Scruffy Competition'.

Which South London dubstep originator runs Chestplate Records, the label to which both Sleeper & District signed last year?

The competition will close at midnight on February the 2nd and the winner will be chosen at random by an independent third party.

Find out more about the event, including directions to the venue, by clicking here.


Friday, 20 January 2012

Featuring: Pistonsbeneath

With our first feature for 2012 we introduce Pistonsbeneath, a name that has quietly been doing the rounds on the underground circuit for some time now and one associated with an uncompromising approach to quality bass music. The duo, fronted by Jon Burl, have quietly been building a wide-ranging repertoire of sub-driven beats and are set to unleash seven of them in the next week on the '24th Century EP' via the ever-impressive MindStep Music imprint. Focusing on an effective use of space, interesting sampling and big, lurking basslines, Pistonsbeneath provide a refreshing rework of the original elements of the now-inescapably-global dubstep sound that includes, perhaps most importantly, the wealth of variation that that original sound template was open to. We caught up with Jon for an interview and he's also put together an epic mix to mark the 30th exclusive mix in our series, and the first of the new year.

Hedmuk: To introduce yourself, what's your name, where do you hail from and how would you describe your sound?

Pistonsbeneath: I'm Jon, I'm from the Croydon area and I'd describe Pistonsbeneath tunes as atmospheric, sub-driven, sci-fi horror.

H: How long have you been producing for, and is Pistonsbeneath your first venture into making music?

P: I make the tunes with a friend of mine, we have setups at both of our places. We've both been messing around with music independently since we were young, but we started making a few tunes around 2005/6 when I showed him dubstep. We've been getting a bit more serious over the last 18 months, trying to bring the production up to par and were going to start sticking out some tunes under my alias Pistonsbeneath, sort of the way Goldie and Rob Playford worked: he just likes to sit at the computer making the beats with me and doesn't like to be on the radar, while I'm more the public face and the DJ. Obviously there's the MindStep '24th Century EP' and some of the tunes you're going to be hearing at first we made a long time ago, but we've got a lot of new tunes in the pipeline and hopefully we'll be getting some of them out in the second half of 2012.

Pistonsbeneath - Resonate [EP Sample] [MindStep Music] by MindStep_Music

H: Many will know you as the man behind the now-defunct DubKulture night at the Black Sheep Bar, can you enlighten us as to the reasons behind the night's sudden demise? And do you plan to be running anything similar again in the near future?

DubKulture was great and I made so many fantastic links through it, so I'm not going to try and say I regret it at all: without it, who knows where I'd be. The man that called me up to do it was Gavin, and he had a lot more input at that point, if not for Gavin it would not have happened. It was just to do a cover set as there was nothing on that Wednesday and over 100 people walked in expecting to hear 'Sierra Leone', Dr. P and Borgore and I played DMZ, Vex'd and Distance to them (laughs). They all wanted more though, and not necessarily because of the fact that on that night there was a powercut at 11.

In the beginning it was busy and the Sheep were pushing the event and people came and we got between 100 and 150 people on a Wednesday night in Croydon. It had busier nights than that later, and some huge names played for me that were local. They would say the event ran out of steam but I would argue they didn't want to do anything to promote it given i was running/residenting their night for them. So of course it died a death, I dont think they wanted it there in the end especially given my lack of willingness to compromise to the extent they wanted.

H: Your debut release, the '24th Century EP', is about to drop on MindStep; how did you get involved with the label, and what was the process behind selecting the tracks for your first appearance on the label?

P: I got involved having had Syte play at DubKulture a few times (my favourite DJ technically to watch, and so underrated) and had him crash at my gaff as he lives like a million miles outside London and we got chatting and I showed him some tunes. We had some good chats over greasy spoon brekkies too. I knew Crises already as well, as he'd played DubKulture a couple of times for me and he had 'Unspeakable' a while back and repped it.

The track selection came about from a combination of the three of us and we were initially gonna do a 5-tracker but just weren't willing to let any of those 7 go in the end. There were a lot more tracks than that in the pool at one point, but it got to a point where it had to be those 7. Crises decided the final running order as I had no huge preference.

Pistonsbeneath - Blue Jaunte [EP Sample] [MindStep Music] by MindStep_Music

H: You have, in the past, been quite vocal about some of the divisions within dubstep: is this something you continue to feel strongly about, and do you see some vindication in the recent return to prominence of the sound's original components of bass and space?

P: To be honest, I don't feel that strongly about it these days: people like what they're going to like and there's nothing you can do to prove to someone one tune is better than another as it's so subjective. Most people these days under a certain age are happy listening to YouTube downloaded files, so God knows. It's great that everyone's kind of back on it, it was always on the cards really though. I do feel a load of people had just had enough and willed it to happen.

To an extent it's all an illusion anyway, and you go to a club in a run of the mill city centre a la Croydon and you will find nobody wants to party in the 'dungeon'. They just want the usual suspects regardless, and Youngsta's show hasn't hugely impacted on their lives the way it has to so many new people of late. Of course there is more longevity in this real shit and people are actually willing to pay for it and not just torrent it, but there will always be those people that don't want it and just want to brock out to Nero and Pendulum. One group that've really surprised me and have been sending me the best produced tracks of late are Mt. Eden...

H: You've done something pretty interesting with your mix for us: take us through how you went about putting it all together.

Oh God, where to start? Well some people might remember my older mixes like 'I Love Bassick' (named after the Bassick nights I put on in 2007-2008 in Croydon) and the last one before 'Sound of Gemini' that had loads of tunes mashed together with no edge, well this is a far better realised version of that with cuts, teases, extreme militant EQ-ing and rephrasing tunes where necessary: it's a mix to end all mixes. The mix is treated the same as a tune using Ableton Live, a collage has been built, woven together and comprising of dubs I've been sent and the true sound classics and a few random tunes thrown in. Please note it's not just a 'dungeon' mix, or a tearout mix, or a pad oriented lush atmospheric workout but it covers tons of ground and never leaves you wanting...if I may say so myself.

Pistonsbeneath - Unspeakable [EP Sample] [MindStep Music] by MindStep_Music

H: Finally, have you got any forthcomings or upcoming gigs that you'd like to put the word out about?

P: The '24th Century EP' is released 24/1/12 on MindStep, you can preorder it before this date from all good online retailers and there are ultra-limited CDs that are going fast direct from the MindStep website too. Big up Crises and Syte.

I am playing at 'Mind The Dubstep' at Brixton Jamm on February the 18th with a pretty sick lineup and am back on GetDarker on the 21st of February. Attend either and you will hear a certain VIP of mine that currently is in the hands of only 4 people.

Download: Pistonsbeneath - Hedmuk Exclusive Mix


Digital Mystikz - Ancient Memories [DMZ]
Clubroot - Stained Glass [DUB]
Trashbat - Relic [DUB]
Caski - Collapsed [DUB]
Terrafonix - Path Of Jah [DUBLIMINAL]
Pistonsbeneath - Present Knowledge [MINDSTEP]
Lost & Beezy - Untitled [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Psychic 24th Century [MINDSTEP]
Bandicoot - Left Behind [MINDSTEP]
Pinch - Swish - [DEEP MEDI]
Perverse - The Iceman [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Seven Years [MINDSTEP]
Darqwan - M/a...ximum Reespek [PLANET µ]
Toasty - Unconcious [UNRELEASED FREE]
Skream - Lightning (VIP) [UNRELEASED FREE]
Pistonsbeneath - Primordial [DUB]
Anex - Hurt [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Blue Jaunte [MINDSTEP]
Kode9 - Ping [REPHLEX]
Loefah - Goat Stare [DMZl]
Zed Bias - Boomerang (South3rn Remix) [DUB]
Truth - Don't Explain (Riskotheque&Marchmellow Rmx) [DUB]
Swarms - Polar (Hxdb Remix) [DUB]
Pressa - Technoid [DUB]
Majora - Ayo Technology (Justin Bootleg) [FREE]
Phaeleh - Fuzzbox [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Luminous Body [MINDSTEP]
Widowmaker & Digid - Rollin' [DUB]
Thelem - Waiting Hour [LOFT PARTY RECORDS]
Teknian - Isolation (VIP) [DUB]
Distance - Knowing [CHESTPLATE]
Pistonsbeneath - Resonate [MINDSTEP]
Widowmaker - Cloud City [DUB]
Shredexx - Transporta [DUB]
Wascal - Clustered (Nephilim Remix) [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Proserpine [DUB]
Thelem - Drones (Core Remix) [DUB]
Widowmaker - Voodoo [DUB]
Compa - Security [AREA RECORDINGS]
Subeena - Solidify Feat Jamie Woon[PLANET µ]
Clubroot - Celestial [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Black Sleep [DUB]
Digital Mystikz - Lost City [DMZ]
Djinn - Something You Know [FORTHCOMING MINDSTEP]
Cessman - Six Million Ways [DUB]
Gemmy - Shanti Riddim [PLANET µ]
Pacematic - Green Amnesia [DUB]
Legend4ry - Wandering [FORTHCOMING DUBSTRICT]
Pistonsbeneath - Unclosing Eye [DUB]
Subreachers - Devil's Eyes [DUB]
Surva - Wonbyu [DUB]
Skream - Angry [ITAL]
Curzed - Night Storm [DUB]
Pistonsbeneath - Unspeakable [MINDSTEP]
Loefah - Rufage [DMZ]
Gravious - Ghostly Steps [DUB]
Content - Oxygen Shadows [INNAMIND]
Gravious - City Of Spheres [BROKEN BUBBLE]
Goli & Ashburner - Field Of Vibrations (Core Remix) [DUB]
BadKlaat - Zonk Dem [DUB]
Hatcha & Benga - Progression [PLANET µ]
My Nu Leng - Find You [MINDSTEP]
Compa - Bacteria [DUB]
Boot - Structural Function [DUB]
Core - Out The Cage [DUB]
My Nu Leng - Fireflies [MINDSTEP]
Trim - I Am (De Real Remix) [DUB]
Mr. Projectile - Underneath The Evening [MERCK]


Saturday, 7 January 2012

Free Download: Shredexx - Just For You

Shredexx delivers the deepness with a free tune to celebrate the acquisition of 500 fans on facebook. For those unaware Shredexx put together a dub packed mix for us back in July last year which is worth checking out to get a fuller idea of his music and the sound he pushes.

Make sure to like Shredexx's Facebook and follow on Soundcloud to keep up to date with information on forthcomings and new beats.

Download: Shredexx - Just For You

Friday, 6 January 2012

Free Download: Percept - Seclusion

To mark reaching 800 fans on Facebook, Percept has kindly offered up a beat for free download. With his usual tight production, 'Seclusion' delivers half-step swagger, an intruding bassline and heavy percussion.

Be sure to follow Percept on his Facebook and Soundcloud for more information on new tunes and forthcoming material.

Download: Percept - Seclusion

Free Download: Organics - Classified

Secretive production outfit Organics has offered up a beat for free download to mark their 200th twitter follower. Readers may remember Organics May Mix from last year which served as a nice introduction to the deep, dark, atmospheric sound they push.

Download: Organics - Classified

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Free Download: Goli & Ashburner - Field Of Vibrations (Benton Remix)

A tune that received heavy rotation on Youngsta's Rinse show last year, Benton's reworking of Goli & Ashburner's taught half-step gives focus to the eery atmospherics of the original, hanging them over walking drums and a swelling bassline.

With an album due for release this year on Wheel & Deal and an appearance at tomorrow night's FWD>> alongside label boss N-Type, 2012 is already looking like a good year for Benton.

Download: Goli & Ashburner - Field Of Vibrations (Benton Remix)


Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Competition: Win tickets to see Commodo, DJ Rum, Biome & more @ Project 13

Since beginning as a livestream show back in May of last year, Project 13 has grown into a clubnight and podcast series whilst still maintaining their Wednesday night streaming sessions with appearances from some of the most exciting names in bass music at the moment, such as Biome, Versa, Indigo, Thelem and Shadowfax (and our own selves here at Hedmuk, of course).

In the run-up to their second solo outing as a clubnight, which features a stellar lineup of some of the hottest tips for 2012, we've linked up with the guys over at P13 to give away a pair of tickets to see Commodo, DJ Rum, Biome and Versa smash the basement of last year's Manchester Evening News 'Club Of The Year', Joshua Brooks, alongside some of the best resident DJs in the city. For more information about the night, including how to buy tickets, head over here.

To enter the competition simply send your answer to the following question to with the subject 'Project 13 Competition':

Which four labels has Commodo released on to date?

The competition will end at midnight GMT on the 18th of January and the winner (selected at random by an independent third party) will be announced via the Hedmuk - Bass Music Facebook Page and notified by email.


Sunday, 1 January 2012

Free Download: Killawatt & Thelem - Joom

It seems fitting that the first post of the new year should be a collaboration from two new producers whose progress we have spent the last year supporting, and who are both set to enjoy a strong 2012. Both Killawatt and Thelem have established themselves over the past twelve months as two of the most consistent and forward-thinking producers in dubstep: balancing a dedication to the sound's original ideas of space and bassweight with the need to keep things fresh in order to avoid succumbing to any notions of stagnation.

Download: Killawatt & Thelem - Joom


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