Archive for August, 2009

Jus Wan Live at the Night Kitchen in SF

Jega, Kush Arora and Jus Wan threw down excellent sets at The Night Kitchen last Friday, and Jus Wan’s has been recorded and posted thanks to Staypuft.  I had a great time at this show and listening back this set is top notch mixing and selections.  Respect due.

Check out Jus Wan opening for Pinch at the next surefire.  Not to be missed.

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1. Jus Wan – Noir – Dub
2. DJG – Avoid The Noid [Headhunter Remix] – Pushing Red Dub
3. Jack Sparrow feat Biggins – The Fullest – Tectonic
4. Joe – Rut – Hessle
5. Headhunter – Sex @ The Prom – Tempa Dub
6. 2562 – Third Wave – Tectonic
7. F – On The Corner – Dub
8. Jus Wan – Glimmer – Tube10 Dub
9. Jus Wan – Level – Tube10 Dub
10. DJG – Lichen – Dub
11. Daega Sound – Forest Floor – Dub
12. Andrea – Temper Tantrum – Daphne
13. El B – Son De Cali – Soul Motive
14. Jus Wan – Dreamin – Tube10 Dub
15. Ghost – The Spooks – Ghost



Kush Arora – Boiling Over EP

Local Dread Bass champion Kush Arora has a new EP coming out soon fresh on the heels of Dread Bass Chronicles that dropped earlier this year.  Included are a couple of the riddims that were used on Dread Bass Chronicles (Boiling Over and SF Shuffle Riddim), two collaborations with NYC’s Sub Swara, and tunes with SF’s J. Rogers, Rozanski, and The Spit Brothers.  Diverse basswise sounds.  To promote the release one of the tracks is being handed out for free, grab it here.  There’s an excellent writeup over on the Six Degrees blog Global Noize so check that out too.The EP hits the shelves September 8th so keep a lookout over at Record Label, check that link for full audio previews also.

MalLabel Burning Man Camp with Blackheart, Dubsworth, Rastatronics, Ultraviolet, and many more

Location: Burning Man Stateside Dubstep Camp
Description: HUGE burning man lineup here from SF’s MalLabel Music. If you’re going to the burn, get your dubstep on.
Date: 2009-09-02
Tickets: as long as you’re at the burn, just wander over.


Surefire 006 with Pinch, Jus Wan, Dub U, and Juakali

Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: The sixth Surefire monthly has come up quickly and the lineups stay excellent. Pinch from Bristol comes to town with local selector Jus Wan and San Jose’s Dub U with vocal backing from Juakali. Major.  This gorgeous flyer built by Sander and photographed by KNK.
Date: 2009-09-19
Tickets: $7 before 11, $10 after.


Dub Dub Dub Dot with Dubsworth, Tommy Lexxus, Ivry, Nesta and Ax!om MC

Location: The Cellar (map & info)
Description: Dubsworth of The Spit Brothers headlines this bigtime Thursday night packed with local talent. One for the downtown crew.
Date: 2009-08-27
Tickets: $5 donation to the California Dubstep Republic

Night Kitchen with Jega, Jus Wan, Kush Arora and Staypuft vs Harbour

Location: Li Po Lounge (map & info)
Description: Manchester-based electronica guru Jega comes along with local help from Jus Wan, Kush Arora, Staypuft and Harbour to make a very nice and diverse lineup. Sounds solid.

10-10:40: staypuft vs. harbour
10:40-11:30: kush arora
11:30-12:20: jus wan
12:20-close: jega
Date: 2009-08-22
$10 at the door


Beats by the Bay with Sub Swara, Marty Party, The Gaslamp Killer, Lazersword, and many more

Location: Mission Rock Cafe (map & info)
Description: Bigtime afterparty here for the Outside Lands festival over on the east side of San Francisco at the Mission Rock Cafe. Big lineup bringing heat from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Save some energy for the nighttime!
Date: 2009-08-29
Tickets: $20 presale @ inticketing, $25 at the door.


Psychedelic Radio with OSC, Lukieno, Ax!om, NTRLD, Megalodon, and Phleck

Location: Club Six (map & info)
Description: Dubstep, Reggae, and Electro this saturday headed up by OSC who is a duo better known as ROOMMATE + ANTISERUM. Get your dancing shoes on.
Date: 2009-08-22
Tickets: $5 before 11pm

Mary Anne Hobbs – Wild Angels

Mary Anne Hobbs has a new compilation album coming out on Planet Mu on September eighth and man are the selections excellent and diverse, as expected from both MAH and Planet Mu.  If you aren’t familar with Mary Anne Hobbs then get to know: she runs a hugely influential radio show on the BBC’s Radio 1 and has been called the modern day John Peel.  Forward-looking beats from artists like Hudson Mohawke, Brackles, Untold, Starkey, Nosaj Thing, and many more come together yielding an excellent compilation of 2009 dubstep/hip hop/wonky/robot music.  Exclusive tracks from Gemmy, Teebs, Hyetal, Darkstar, and Floating Points should cause even the most well-educated to take note and Planet Mu nailed it by pressing all of those to 12″ vinyl for the DJs.

Surefire sums it up excellently:

This album represents emerging new Transatlantic sounds progressing
future-forward from dubstep, hip-hop, soul and electronic centered in
Glasgow, Bristol, London and on America’s West Coast. The album
displays many tiers of sound, embodying the best from the artists
often featured on Mary Anne’s esteemed BBC Radio 1 show.

It features pioneering tracks, such as Hudson Mohawke’s ‘Spotted’ and
Rustie’s ‘ZigZag’ which have been highly influential in the
evolutionary process, underground dancefloor anthems such as Starkey’s
‘Gutter Music VIP’, devastating cerebral pieces like Mark Pritchard’s
‘?’ and exclusive tracks from next generation artists such as Teebs’
‘WLTA’ and Gemmy’s ‘Rainbow Road.’

The title ‘Wild Angels’ comes from an expression that Mary Anne used
to describe the crucially influential work of the late Alice Coltrane
on her BBC Radio 1 ‘West Coast Rocks’ special. She said: “Alice
Coltrane plays her harp like a wild angel.”  Planet Mu label head Mike
Paradinas loved it so much he suggested it as a title.

Dom Sum of LuckyMe produced an excellent video to go with an abbreviated mix of the tracks on the comp.  Very nice visualizations here that blend superbly with the audio.  Great package here all things considered.

To accompany the compilation release Mary Anne’s doing a US tour north, east, south, and west.  I hope there’s one in your area:

Thursday, September 10 Smartbar (DubFix Party) – Chicago, IL
Friday, September 11  103 Harriet St, (Afterburn Party) – San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 12 The Cellar at Agenda – San Jose, CA
Wednesday, September 16 Holocene – Portland, OR
Friday, September 18  Love (Dub War Party) – New York, NY
Saturday, September 19 Shadow Lounge (SubDivision Party) – Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, September 20  Barcelona (MadClassy Party) – Austin, TX
Wednesday, September 23 Low End Theory – Los Angeles, CA
Friday, September, 25   Cervantes (Bass Invasion Party) w/Skream – Denver, CO
Saturday, September, 26 Decibel Festival – Seattle, WA

Here’s the full tracklist with exclusives in bold – mouthwatering!  Audio previews available thanks to Planet Mu.

01 Mark Pritchard – ?
02 Hudson Mohawke– Spotted
03 Gemmy – Rainbow Road
04 Mike Slott – Knock Knock
05 Brackles – LHC
06 Teebs – WLTA
07 Nosaj Thing – IOIO
08 Untold – Discipline
09 Tranqill – Payroll (Paul White’s Clean Dub)
10 Architeq – Sleeping Bear Lament (Take Remix)
11 Rustie – ZigZag
12 Mono/Poly – Red And Yellow Toys
13 Hyetal – We Should Light A Fire
14 Starkey – Gutter Music V.I.P.
15 Darkstar – Videotape
16 Floating Points – Esthian Three
17 Sunken Foal – Of Low Count And Light Pocket
18 Legion Of Two – And Now We Wait

Keep your ears open – this drops September eighth.


The Get Freaky Afterburn (HUGE LINEUP)

Location: 103 Harriet St (main room) (map & info)
Description: Lineup on this show is out of this world. Welcome back from burning man, but I’m afraid the burning will continue on the dancefloor. First SF appearances from both Akira Kiteshi and Gemmy.
Date: 2009-09-11
Tickets: Limited $20 presale at going
Timeslots (some):

Mary Anne Hobbs – main room — – 12-1

Gemmy – upstairs – 130-230

Akira Kiteshi – main — 2-3