I am really excited to have OWSLA give me the opportunity to share some of my beats with you all. In the process of writing my new album I created these two high energy songs. Let me tell you first hand that I have been playing these out for months now and both tracks are absolute killers in my sets. The Joint is a track that melds banging tom drums and 808s asking you to … “Do a Joint” while dropping you into some smokey hip hop influenced breaks and shooting you back out to the other side with red eyes. On track two, Crying Crickets, works around the sound of crickets that rise and make you go mental while dropping you into some nice grimey bass with house and techno influenced beats. I love this one and the way the vox develops in the break. It gets the crowd every time when it drops for the second time. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have. - Worthy
Kill Frenzy’s storming debut on dirtybird, the addictive, juke charged brute with its ingenious hip hop breakdown, is back for re-release with a slew of remixes from some choice label affiliates. Not content with the originals genre-traversing legacy (including plays from Soul Clap to Skrillex and pretty much everyone in between), Belgiums booty obsessed Kill Frenzy has rallied the likes of The Martin Brothers, Zombie Disco Squad, Plastician and Mark Starr to deliver their own take on the track, bringing the work out to brand new dance floors in the process.
The Martin Brothers set the pace with a characteristically heavy house bass line, the twisted “make that booty clap” vocal sample dancing over the driving groove. Zombie Disco Squad let’s the buttock-smacking claps take centre stage, while a clever percussion score and perfectly timed ellipsis make for certified ghetto house dance floor material. Dirtybird debutant by way of Croydon, Plastician, focuses on the bass elements of the original, creating a swaying dubstep rhythm where booty claps become glock pops before your very eyes, while Mark Starr opts for a similarly languid groove, without losing sight of Kill Frenzy’s playful genre-splicing.
“Make That Booty Clap feat. DJ Funk” became an instant milestone in the dirtybird canon and its great to see Kill Frenzy’s debut receiving such masterful reworks a year on.
Buy it here.
Meant to post this a month ago but better late than never!
Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Limited brings you Sam Russo‘s ‘Losing Things’ this March, backed with a remix from Jack Dixon. Sam Russo has had a long running relationship with the Leftroom label and his collaborative EP ‘The Summer Soundtrack’ with Huxley back in 2011 led to a string of further releases on the imprint, pushing Sam into the limelight and helping to spread his wings further afield releasing original work and remixes with the likes of OFF Recordings, Air London, 1trax and Fullbarr. The release opens with the original version of ‘Losing Things’, employing raw shuffled drums, a bubbling sub bass hook and a processed spoken word vocal line as its driving force. The cut steadily blooms in such a state throughout its near seven and a half minute duration, subtly introducing tweaky acid licks and additional perc lines to fuel its energy. Stepping up next is Hotflush artist Jack Dixon reworking title track ‘Losing Things’. Dixon veers the record in an entirely different direction, creating an ethereal atmosphere with flourishing bell chime melodies and a bulbous sub-bass. The track builds to a peak, where Dixon strips back the groove and puts its focus on drums, bass and vocal snippets. Next we have ‘Delivery’, a low-slung house number with a stripped back vibe, crunchy 909 drums lead the way alongside a gritty saw-wave bass and more tripped out, delayed vocal lines. ‘Mailbox format’ follows, a perfect way to wind down the wax side of the release, Russo takes things deeper here with fluttering pads, a moody evolving bass hook and subtle manipulation on the synthesized elements creating a blossoming dynamic. Offered up, as a digital extra on the package is ‘Not Another Juno Track’, embracing a peak-time edge, with punchy drums, a resonant acidic bass and smooth pads. (Beatport, 2013)
Steel-City youngblood Walter Ego turns in a blinding 3 tracker for his second release on Girls Music. A trio of heaters to keep you and yours warm through the end of this never- ending British winter. Listen and imagine sunnier times, cruising in your car with the window down or dancing in the street with your flies down. The vibes are strong and distinctly British. Music for dancing with soul and adventure. Nice one, Walter. (Girls Music, 2013) Beatport here.
In the 3 years since the 1st Brass Wires & Bass album, DJ Delay has played widely across Europe, and made a few tours in Canada, Australia and the US. Highlights along the way were the Fusion (DE), Glastonbury (UK) and Exit (RS) festivals. Now it’s only fitting that the works on this second collection of remixes travel beyond Eastern Europe to include the cream of global music groups & producers. Most of the tracks were well tested & celebrated during this time by audiences across the planet.
From his Berlin studio to the rest of the world, these 13 gems take in roots music from Hungary, France, Romania, Yemen, Russia, Italy & Indonesia. There’s plenty of bass, solid dubbing, dextrous sonic manipulation, and dancefloor attractors within. All done with care in Delay’s inimitable & playful style.
Anakronik Electro Orkestra’s “Terk In America” marries dub and ska beautifully with a bass heavy and upful version with surprising twists and turns, while Watcha Clan’s beautiful version of “Im Nin’Alu” gets a full percussive future dubstep workout. Right after, the Dolomites receive a driving 8 bit bounce for their wonderful accordion rich “Queen Of The Game”. In the Berlin corner Rotfront get new sinewave-ska boots for “Sigaretta” while Stefano Miele’s “Ninna Nanna” is dubbed into outer space. Jallabanda’s version of “Czardas” swings into a Turkish night club and the Skazka Orchestra received a total club reconstruction, adding helium filled vocals to their Russian children’s tune “More”. DJ Delay himself takes a Bavarian drinking tongue twister – transporting it to a Berlin after-hours tech house party. Ever heard of Balkan / Samba bateria? Uzgin Uver and Balkan Mashina get forceful percussive Brazillian future bass workouts with plenty of bounce. DJ Click’s Doctor is a little more subtel, receiving a dancehall steppers treatment – nicely slicing, dicing and dubbing Killo Killo’s vocals. There’s a gentle wind down towards the end of the album with the second Uzgin Uver selection lounging on the sofa in a dirtier Vienna-K&D style. Winding up proceedings with Filastine’s version of “Gendjer Gendjer” – with a politically charged history, exquisitely sung by Nova, we’re treated to an epic orchestral bass soundtrack rework – complete with full choir, string and percussion sections.
(DJ Delay SC, 2013) Buy it here.
Although it has only one release to its name – Happa’s Beat Of The Drum – London club night turned record label Church is looking to be an imprint to keep close tabs on, especially on the strength of this second EP, from young London producer Rumah. Although his debut from last year demonstrated an atmospheric, syncopated style of bass music, “Stutter” shows a marked progression into swung techno styles, with a weighty track full of concrete rhythms and glassy synths; “Murmur” is similarly powerful, throwing acid flecks and sunken vocals into the mix. Meanwhile, Apes & Seb Wildblood offer their own take on “Stutter”, tempering some of the original’s more ferocious attributes with some subtle dub techno elements, while James Fox refixes “Murmur” into a slinky, mid-tempo house groover, whose swelling synths offer something considerably deeper. (Juno, 2013) Grab it here.
Mike Mago‘s The Beat out now on Blood Music. Grab it here.
Tune in to Hannah Wants‘ upcoming release on Rinse and check out this short interview she did with Fabric.
Having signed a track to Rinse and performed as a DJ across Europe already, the Birmingham hailing DJ, Hannah Wants, has already been present on the lips of a few industry tastemakers. Mixmag tipped her as one to watch earlier this year and she’ll be appearing here in Room Two under the watchful eye of the Roska Presents banner on 10th May. With a style that feeds off bass music as much as it does classic house, she’s fast becoming one of those names that graces numerous lineups, so ahead of her debut in Room Two next month, we sat down with her and asked her some of our cursory introductory questions…
Can you outline the sound of your music as Hannah wants? Where do you think it sits in the current landscape?
I’d say ‘house music’…. Both my tracks and what I play are often heavily bass influenced but I definitely don’t think I could sit in one particular sub-genre of house. It’s all become so cross genre anyway, which I love… You can keep your style and sets really interesting by mixing it up and playing ‘different’ kinda tracks that you’d think wouldn’t ordinarily work together.
You’ve just signed some of your work to Rinse. Can you tell us about the tracks? How does it feel to be launching a new venture on a label as established as Rinse is?
It’s an original collaboration with Jamie George called ‘Butterflies’. Jamie has always been a vocalist that I’ve been interested in working with and together we decided to get something done in the studio. ‘Butterflies’ was the result and I’m excited for the forthcoming release on Rinse. Rinse was the first big radio station I ever played on so I’m proud to now also be featuring on their record label.
What is coming up for you this year?
A really busy and exciting summer is shaping up which includes a three week stint in Ibiza, a few festivals as well as gigging around the UK. Other than that I’ll be working, in the studio and also on the radio loads.
Are you excited about playing at Roska Presents…? What can we expect from your set?
Ridiculously excited! As an up and coming DJ, fabric is a club that I’ve always dreamt about playing at and Roska has always been a leading player in the scene, so I’m mega happy to be involved in such an amazing line up and event.
Check out Randomer‘s first release this year: RNDMR001. Tune in below and grab it here.
Some awesome old school vibin tracks from Darius Syrossian, bass included! Grab his new EP here and check him out at our label night on May 8th at the Sedel, Luzern.
Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo make their debut on Food Music with the immense ‘Dappy’. The infectious grooves and THAT bassline have already cemented themselves with of Claude Vonstroke, Justin Martin, T Williams, plus Food’s own Kry Wolf and Shadow Child, and it now looks set to tear roof tiles and big-top canvas off many more parties through 2013. YUM003 now also comes complete with the even darker remix from Belgium’s shining star Kill Frenzy! (Food Music SC, 2013) Beatport here.
2012 was without doubt the breakthrough year for South London Ordnance. In the space of twelve months the 23 year old artist put out three separate 12”s alongside a five track EP, which garnered support from Jamie XX, Scuba, Benji B, Mary Ann Hobbes, Mosca, Claude Vonstroke, Richie Hawtin and more. His jungle-advised, finely honed productions also rightly earned him notable mention in several annual end of year roundups including DJ Mag’s Best of British 2012, XLR8R’s 4th Best New Act of 2012 (alongside Disclosure and Karenn), and Time Out UK’s DJs to Watch in 2013. With this debut outing on Hotflush Recordings scheduled for March, 2013 is set to be yet another strong year for the young producer. (Hotflush SC, 2013)
Tune in to Daboo’s creepy puppet sound going from groovy tech house into some kind of deep creep bass techno and back….hope you enjoy.
“Full Of Feelings” is released only 4 months after “Orbiting”. A clear sign for unrestrained creativity and joy. While the A-Side track “Filled”, an eclectic monster, transitions perfectly from the sound of “Orbiting”, “Brim” merges Chicago House and Minimal Techno, before the home listening etude “Boarder” closes the EP with yet another facet of the broad musical spectrum of pretty boy and young french genius Bambounou. (Monkeytown Records, 2013) Beatport here.
Here’s a mix to use your ears to, featuring some bassy, techy and sometimes deepsterish – but not too much – tracks. Hope you can dig it!
For the next release on Audio Culture we’re happy to present Severn Beach, a new moniker for the already well established Bristolian, James Fox. On the Stitches EP Severn Beach displays an impressive level of constraint and confidence while exploring the more stripped back yet detailed, rugged and tougher territories of house and techno.
(Surus, 2013) Grab it here!
Part two of the massive dirtybird players compilation is here. This time we feature some of the labels biggest Europe based acts Eats Everything & Catz n Dogz along with some European newcomers GoldFFInch, Friend Within & 6 Stroke. In addition we still got that old school Cali crew repping with Leroy Peppers and Claude VonStroke as well as our newest addition Mark Starr from Florida.
This half of the comp goes all the way from booty bass to deep house to future dubstep and represents the various styles and directions of the label. Again, we like to keep the words short and sweet and let the music do the talking.
We hope you enjoy it.
Released by: dirtybird
Release/catalogue number: DB088
Release date: Mar 13, 2013
Here are a few picks from Orphan 101′s new album on DecaRhythm. Beatport here.
Introducing the dirtybird players compilation, the follow-up to last years “Hatched” comp which was picked as the compilation of the year in DJ mag. It’s 14 original tracks split into two releases and featuring up-and-comers and old schoolers on the label. The musical direction of dirtybird is always evolving but that sense of good times is always there in the background, keeping you smiling and dancing in your house parties, giant clubs and car stereos around the world.
Part one of the players comp is totally stacked with killer trax from veteran db artists Justin Martin & Ardalan, Kill Frenzy & Nick Monaco, Munnibrotherz, and J. Phlip. In addition some newer acts like Shadow Child, Nick Olivetti, & Supatrol all deliver monster tunes I really love as well.
As usual the music speaks for itself so we will spare you the 2 page blurb.
Enjoy the tunes!