Sunday, 30 September 2012
Hedmuk X PYC Sessions Rood FM - 26/09/12
Download: Hedmuk X PYC Sessions X Rood FM - 26/09/12
Karma - Meanings
Caski - Sandstone
DubApes - Africa Calling
Tes La Rok - Virus
Biome & Demon - Incubus
Cyrus - Ears Lowered
Ruff Sqwad - RSMD
Livewire - Devastate
Gantz & Beezy - First Born
RSD - Pretty Bright Light
Shredexx - Alien Music (Congi Remix)
Pheral - Residue
Fable - Roots
>>Skream - Oskillatah
MIK - Do It (Fable Remix)
Seven - Cerebral
Baitface - Orbital
- K.J. Ill Guest Mix
Bill Sykes - Silly Billy
The Mouse Outfit (feat. Sparkz) - Shak Out
West Norwood Cassette Library - Get Lifted
Indigo - Aradia
Blawan - Kaz
Eleven8 - Tell Tale
Ghosts On Tape - No Go
My Nu Leng ft Majora - Hips ‘N Thighs
Airhead - Black Ink
∆kkord - Back & Forth
Stickman - Double Dutch VIP
The Town - The Movement
Elsewhere - Trippin
Ramadanman & Midland - Your Words Matter
French Fries - What To Do
Piddy Py - Giggle Riddim
TNGHT - Goooo
- Preacha b2b K.J. Ill
Cauze & Wayfarer - Uprising
Merky ACE - Catch Up
Collision - Drop
Preditah - Royal Mess
Moves - All Skate
Bok Bok - Silo Pass (Sir Spyro Remix)
D.O.K - Chemical Planet
Macca - Spaceship Anthem (TRC Remix)
Unknown - Ard
Griminal - ET
Skream - Calous
Roll Deep - Heat Up
Loefah & Pokes - Dog Money (Lovemix)
Synkro - Ballz
Etch - See Me On The Road
Ms. Dynamite - Neva Soft (Mike Delinquent Project Remix)
Dark Sky - Leave
Instra:Mental - Voyeur
Stickman - Little Man’s Shoes
D1 - Sub Zero
Ruff Sqwad - Together (feat. Wiley)
2000F & J Kamata - You Don’t Know What Love Is
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Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Known perhaps more for his skills behind the decks than a computer, BunZer0's productions - notable for their organic, open rhythms and vivid approach to melody - have been stepped up a gear over the last year or so. To celebrate reaching two thousand followers on his Facebook Page, the Belgian maestro is giving out a free beat: 'Sunburn' is, rhythmically, in the vein of the garage-dubstep hybrids which made something of a resurgence on 2007's dancefloors, and flows with BunZer0's characteristic airy yet intricate synthlines.
Download: BunZer0 - Sunburn
Sunday, 23 September 2012
RDG currently stands as one of Denmark's leading dubstep exports, regularly booked throughout the UK and with a steadily-building list of releases on labels including Boka, Dubliminal and Walsh's Biscuit Factory imprint; yet he is also dedicated to pushing the sound in his home country both through his own productions, tight selections and through his own label, Surfase Records. We caught up with him to find about his unique approach to building tunes and more.
Hedmuk: As an introduction, what's your name, where do you hail from and how would you describe your sound?
RDG: My name is RDG, and I'm from the cold northern country of Denmark. I reckon my sound is minimal, but at the same time raw and heavy. I'm very inspired by sci-fi and outer space too so I'm sure that will come to mind when you listen to my music.
H: Do you think of yourself as being from a musical background, or is it something that you picked up on and developed yourself? What was it that make you want to start producing beats in particular?
R: I've have always been involved in music production since I was a little kid; my dad used to show me how to produce on various of programs and gave me shit loads of music at a young age. I had also been active in some bands as a vocalist and drummer for some years.
When I first starting to listen to dubstep properly, I wanted to be a part of it so badly. So I started buying in vinyls and practising: I wasnt really good at DJing, but people liked my selection and I had a lot of good gigs.
After a year or 2 I thought it was time to give producing dubstep beats a chance, and at first it was horrible of course. But I started spending more and more time on production and I ended up with the only choice of moving into my studio permanently after I lost my apartment, and that gave me time to stay up late and focus on music production.
In this time period, I made some of the tracks that made my sounds known outside of Denmark and some of the tracks has been released here in 2012, such as 'Ironman', 'DJ', 'Copenhagen' 'Midnight' and 'Bone Crusher'.
H: I understand that you take a very sample-based approach to making music:
do you view this as working in an extension of the methods used by, as it were, your predecessors and influences in the early jungle and UK garage scenes?
R: I've been collecting samples since I was little kid, so my collection is quiet big and still go hunt for new sounds here and there. I also like recording sounds from the real world and using them in my tracks.
For me it has always been about trying to create sounds and noises that no one else has ever made or can recreate. To make it clear, I dont use sample packs bass sounds etcetera: I create my own sounds by using a sampler, for example making a bass sound from a hi-hat/snare/random noise.
Music has always been about personality, not mass production of the sound that is popular at the given time. And yeah, I'm also influenced by how they used to do it, and how people came up with that raw sound back in the day. But I don't use any VST synth programs, they just don't work for me.
H: You also run your own label, Surfase Records with ROOT collaborator JB; can you tell us a little about the inspiration behind that? And what are your plans are for the label's immediate future?
R: Surfase Records started because both of us always wanted our own label and we got sent so much good music that was too good to be forgotten. At the moment we've only released tracks by Danish artists, but have also signed tracks from both Belgium and the UK to be released in the near future. Hopefully we're going to release some vinyls in the next year or so too.
H: Your homeland of Denmark isn't necessarily known for it's bass music exports, but do you feel that there is a strong scene for it over there?
R: We've actually got some good artists known for their hard, pumping bass, for example the Kraken heroes 2000F and JSL, the techno kings Northern Structures and the drum 'n' bass genius Beastie Respond.
However Denmark is not the biggest country, so it's hard to have a scene for any kind of music that isn't just pop radio material. But we are a small core of people who enjoy and work for bass culture in Denmark and there are a lot of new upcoming talents for example: Server, Triky, Plasticsun, Chapta and let's not forget the not-so-new Albert.
H: Take us through how you went about putting together the mix you've done for us.
R: I chose the tracks I'm feeling at the moment, and the tracks I am playing at gigs. Every track is different from each other and nothing is planned. No tracklist needed really, just pure vibe.
H: Finally, are there any forthcomings or anything in the pipeline that you'd like to put the word out on?
R: I am working with some different vocalists at the moment, including the migthy Beezy, and I am also working on a EP with my good friend Beastie Respond on producing beats for a Danish female rapper called MC Alvarado, which I think its going to be a mind-blowing project, so watch out for that one!
The lab is not on safety at the moment, there's much more to come.
Download: RDG - Hedmuk Exclusive Mix
Loefah - Horror Show [DMZ]RDG - Ayahuasca [Dub]
Hitman & RDG - Mercenary Ship [Dub]
Jack Sparrow & Core - Backer [Dub]
Curzed - Deep Tortment [Dub]
Razor Rekta - Tugboat [Dub]
Server - Unknown [Dub]
Twisted &Rakoon Feat. Beezy - Secluded [Dub]
ROOT - Construct [Dub]
The Dub Mechz - Talking To The Gods [Dub]
RDG - Space Age [Dub]
RDG - A Safer Place [Dub]
Server - Blessings [Dub]
RDG & Server - Valley [Dub]
Core - Vital Nerve [Dub]
RDG - Mind Loop [Dub]
Server - Gravity [Dub]
Subreachers - Sliced [Dub]
RDG - Release The Kraken [Dub]
Squarewave - Snitch (Sukh Knight Remix) [Dub]
JSL - Skin Out (RDG Remix) [Dub]
Jay5ive & Kromestar - Mind Pattern [Forthcoming Deep Medi]
RDG - The Commander [New World Audio]
Occult & Vantage - Contagion [Dub]
RDG - Mountain Walk [Dub]
Perverse - Glacier (RDG Remix) [Dub]
Hitman - All I Need [Dub]
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Following on from the success of the original release, Belgian talent ARtroniks' stripped-back remix is being offered up as a free download. Retaining the airy pads and delicate violins, the rhythm is slowed to a half-step lull and the tune takes on more space allowing the original elements to breathe more deeply.
Download: Thology - Conquer (feat. Joel Grainger) (ARtroniks Remix)
Sunday, 9 September 2012
Mary Anne Hobbs once said there must be something in the water in Bristol, as there was no other apparent explanation for the seemingly endless stream of talent bubbling out of the city. Whatever it was that was enhancing the River Avon then must, we have to speculate, have also made it's way down the Trent to Nottingham, such is the wealth of inspiration that seems to be decorating the city currently. Fable is one of a number, and impressive variety, of producers hailing from the area who are gathering a momentum which is firmly cementing a credible position for Nottingham on the UK's musical map. Fable makes music which wears its influences proudly, but without an awkward hybridity: influence is adopted as an extra element, something which adds character to a core element of warm sub-bass and tight-rope percussion rather than being a fence-post from which the tune hangs like some sort of single lost glove. Ultimately the key is a resulting originality and this is something which Fable, along with the rest of his Notts cohorts, are constantly striving towards and, more and more, achieving with clarity. With this in mind, it was only right to invite him for a chat and to contribute the latest in our mix series.
Hedmuk: As an introduction, what's your name, where are you from and how would you describe your sound?
Fable: Hello, I'm Fable and I'm from Nottingham, UK and I produce dubstep music. My beats hold a range of influences; they mainly consist of raw percussion, rolling subs and anything else over them two things that I think sound good.
H: You've been producing for around seven years now, and started at an early age: what was it that lead you towards producing in particular? Would you say that you're from a musical background?
F: Well I have an older brother who used to listen to a mix between garage and hip-hop, so I was always around that sort of music growing up. I really got into hip-hop and wanted to start making beats but didn't have a clue how, and I remember my Uncle gave me this music magazine which came with a free copy of Ejay. So it started from there, sequencing ready-made hip-hop loops. Then I wanted to progress on to something more challenging, so my mum bought me Fruity Loops for my 14th birthday - and from there I took producing beats more seriously.
I wouldn't say I'm from a very musical background at all, my mum had loads of 70's records that she bought in her teen years and my brother had a load of Michael Jackson cassettes, but that's about it.
H: Having produced a wide variety of styles in the past, is this something that you continue to do? Or has your approach to production become more focussed?
F: Yeah I'm definitely going to continue to write different styles of beats - I have too many influences and icons to stick to one style. It depends what mixes I'm listening to and which producers are pushing boundaries, which then inspire and influence my input to be more creative.
H: You've recently seen a couple of releases come out on Redshift-One; how did this come about? The first of these was a vinyl only release, is this something that you generally consider important when deciding to go ahead with a release?
F: Tallan, who runs Redshift-One, got in touch with me and we started sending each other loads of beats and I guess it went from there. He originally wanted to sign some of my older material but I lost a lot of my original session files because my PC broke down. So I made 'Bad Circles' and sent it to him and straight away he wanted to sign that. Then recently I made a track called 'Roots' and Tallan really wanted to sign that for the second Redshift-One release, which is a digital compilation featuring tracks from myself, Congi, Gantz, Subreachers and more.
Yeah to me vinyl is important because it was the first format that I started independently buying music on, so to have my own music released on vinyl is like a dream come true!
H: Nottingham seems to be a very healthy place for music at the moment, with lots of people working hard to push the city's homegrown talent: what's your view on this? Do you feel, being from Nottingham, like a part of something that is positive and progressive?
F: I agree with you - at the moment there's lots of producers working together and showing each other support which I think is important and what dubstep is about. A great thing about Nottingham is the amount of local support people show you; sometimes I don't realise how many people actually listen to and appreciate my music.
For such a small place, Nottingham is definitely a progressive city with a lot of positive input and great potential to go further.
H: You're also a member of PlayNoGames (PNG); tell us a bit about the thinking behind the collective, who else is involved and the music that you release under the PNG title.
F: PNG is like my music family: Solero, Congi, Neon and our host MC, Pubman. We started working together around 2010. Between us we have so many influences, and therefore try and push and represent all elements of dubstep music. We've been putting out free music for a while now and have received some great support, locally and world-wide. You can download all our free EP's here.
H: How did you go about putting together the mix you've recorded for us?
F: For the mix I've recorded I wanted to include some exclusive music as well as released stuff too, so there's a couple unheard dubplates in there as well as some old favourites. I think it's an enjoyable mix and includes a good variety.
H: Finally, are there any forthcomings or anything else in the pipeline that you'd like to put the word out on?
F: For now, I'm sitting on a lot of music. I've been spending a lot of time in the studio with my boys Congi too, so keep an ear out for some music from us.
Download: Fable - Hedmuk Exclusive Mix
Mr. Rigsby - Run [Soul Prolapse]
Skream - Shake It [Tempa]
Goli & Ashburner - Field of Vibrations (Core Remix) [Dub]
Arkwright - Pum Pum (DT Remix) [Dub]
Parson - Throw Some D's [Planet Mu]
Congi - Cult (Gantz Remix) [Dub]
Congi - Disorder [Dub]
Congi - Disorder (Fable Remix) [Dub]
Fable - Untitled Dub [Dub]
Mala - Left Leg Out [DMZ]
Kontext - Plumes (Relocate Remix) [Immerse]
Fable - Oscillating Dreams [Dub]
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Competition: Win a Black Box T-shirt, Biome vinyl, TMSV vinyl and guestlist entry for Subtitled @ Moho Live, Manchester
A year old, and celebrating in style: Manchester's Subtitled crew are linking up with arguably one of the best independent labels that bass music has to offer to put on a huge night on the 27th of September, and we're joining in the act with a big competition of our own. Featuring Seven, TMSV (making his Manchester debut, no less), Kahn, Biome and label boss Thinking in the main room - with support from Subtitled residents - and the renowned Dub Smugglers soundsystem taking on hosting duties in room 2, this is set to be one of the biggest nights on Manchester's not-exactly-quiet calendar this year. The event is also being sponsored by Chemical Records, WeSC and Soundbase Manchester so if you aren't lucky enough to come up trumps from this competition, then there will still be an opportunity for free merchandise on the night through various giveaways. For more information, including the full lineup and how to purchase tickets, head over here.
With a first prize of a Black Box t-shirt, a copy of Biome's '2 Way EP' on vinyl, TMSV's 'Lost EP' on vinyl and 2 spots on the guestlist for the event, and two runners-up also winning plus-one guestlists, this is not one to sleep on. To be in with a chance of winning, simply email your answer to the following simple question to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Black Box Competition' as the subject.
Who was the first artist to have a solo release on both the Black Box and Box Clever imprints?
The competition will close on the 24th of September, after which the winner and runners-up will be chosen at random by an independent third party and announced during the Hedmuk Rood FM show, with Subtitled and Biome stopping by for a guest mix.