Archive for April, 2010

Review: Nate Mars – Concentric Circles LP with a FREE download


Nate Mars coming out of New York comes with a reggae-infused dubstep offering with his album Concentric Circles out now on Blipswitch.  The album explores a variety of sounds but keeps a consistent heavy, fuzzed out and sometimes wobbly bassline.  The instrumentals are complemented by a host of vocalists from New York and abroad including Juakali, Jahdan Blakkamoore and Junior Culture.  I’m just going to sample a few tracks here, click the cover image or the Juno link below to hear previews of the full album.

Nate Mars ft Juakali – Horizon

Juakali really shines in this track with haunting vocals over a syncopated beat complete with a heavy bassline and echoed sax.  Large.

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Nate Mars – Higher to the Bass

Higher to the bass and higher to the treble on this one with a distorted lead synth taking you through alongside some horns.  Feels to me like the lead synth is dancing around the beat keeping it fresh.

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Nate Mars ft Jahdan Blakkamoore – Praylude

The build in this one is epic but is left out of this preview, trust that it’s serious.  When the bass first hits it’s like a tsunami – this is a formidable intro tune to be sure.

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Nate Mars ft Jahdan Blakkamoore – Above and Beyond Dem (Download)

Last up is the free tune coming from a collabo between Nate Mars and Jahdan, this one I’ve been seriously into for a while now.  The instrumental from Mars hits hard, and the lyrics from Jahdan are among his best.  Download and enjoy this one thanks to Nate Mars & Blipswitch.

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Pick “Concentric Circles” up now at Juno and other online music retailers.

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 024 04.26.10 on Dubstep.FM


Six month anniversary program here with all types of new music from the likes of Albert, DZ, Robot Koch, Girl Unit, Ike Release, Asusu, LV, XI, and more.  There’s a feature of the Mount Kimbie remix EP in this, along with some selections off the recently release Pursuit Grooves EP on Tectonic.  Also look out for the robot love session inside this one, I had a great time with that bit.

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Tracklist:

Black Uhuru – Mondays (Island)
El Rakkas – Seas of Disease (LV Remix) (Lo Dubs)
Asusu – Togetherness (Immerse)
Ike Release – Nature Manipulation (Infrasonics)
Girl Unit – IRL (Night Slugs)
Helix – Brand Nu
Bok Bok ft Bubbz – Citizens Dub (Blunted Robots)
Shortstuff & Mickey Pearce – Coconuts (Ramp)
Dong – Suzuran (Hyperdub)
Aquadrop – Sun and Numbers (Trenchant)
2000F & JKamata – You Don’t Know What Love Is (Hyperdub)
Unknown – On & On (Idle Hands)
Pursuit Grooves – Whisper (Tectonic)
Ruckspin – Get Naked (Ranking)
Mount Kimbie – Maybes (James Blake Remix) (Hotflush)
Mount Kimbie – At Least (Instra:mental Remix) (Hotflush)
Mount Kimbie – Serged (FaltyDL Remix) (Hotflush)
Mr Lexx – Dem A Pree (Cosa Nostra Riddim)
Sduk – Clunge (Slit Jockey)
DJ Cable vs Joker & Ginz & Three 6 Mafia – Stay Fly in Purple City (free online)
Starkey ft Vortex & Leezle – Club Games (Planet Mu)
Outlaw Producer – Rip Me To Shreds (Chango Remix)
Actraiser – Lone Wolf VIP (forthcoming Haunted Audio)
Biome – Industrial (Sub Pressure)
F – 0907 (7even)
Spatial – 90807 (Infrasonics)
Furesshu – Horizons (Asusu’s Strip Lit Mix) (Immerse)
Albert – Darling Now
Autopilot – Less Talk, More Bass
Funk Ethics – Broken Soul Music (Reduction)
Ike Release – Iridescent (Infrasonics)
Wedge & Aesoteric – Detached Reality (If Symptoms Persist)
DZ – Cisco Hills (Brap Dem freebie)
Girl Unit – Shade On (Night Slugs)
Sinden & SBTRKT – Kind of Familiar (Grizzly)
Silkie – Quasar (Dubbel Dutch Edit) (free online)
Deadboy – If U Want Me (Numbers)
El Rakkas – I&I (XI Remix) (LoDubs)
Bonobo – Kiara (NinjaTune)
Pursuit Grooves – Pressure (Tectonic)
Robot Koch – True (forthcoming Project Moonsquared)

 

Bakir and DZ – SFO EP (BRAPD003) plus Free DZ Tune


Bakir (Dubs Alive, The Spit Brothers) teams up with DZ (Badman Press) on this new release on SF-based Brap Dem.  Tunes inside are dark and moody but definitely dance inducing.  The aptly named “Into the Fog” is my fav of the two, with a fuzzed out bassline and echoed horns guiding you through the fog.  “Late Departure” features a heavily chopped wobbly noise over a driving beat, excellent for building intensity in sets.  Big collaboration between these two, taking elements from each of their individual sounds and combining them with great results.

To promote this release Brap Dem & DZ are making “Cisco Hills” available as a freebie.  This one’s a soulful dubsteppy tune with samples from “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” inside and excellent trumpet work, nicely done.  Get on the listen and download below.

Bakir & DZ – Into the Fog

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Bakir & DZ – Late Departure

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DZ – Cisco Hills (free download)

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Surya Dub 3 year with Poirier, Maneesh, Kid Kameleon, Ripley, Kush Arora and more


Location: Club Six (map & info)
Description: Poirier makes music that sits somewhere between dubstep, dancehall, downtempo and other great music that starts with d. Big support from the Surya Dub crew.
Date: 2010-05-29
Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door.

 

Trust with Thrills, Kozee, Commodore69, Salokin and Konnect


Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: Thrills heads down from Seattle to show SF his manner of dubstep, local support from Kozee and more.
Date: 2010-05-08
Tickets: Free before 11, $5 after.

 

Surefire 13 with Distal, Djunya and Psych Tyson ft Audio Angel


Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: 13th Surefire brings Distal from Atlanta on a future dubstep sound with Djunya and Psych Tyson (Blackheart/Spacer) for support.
Date: 2010-05-15
Tickets: $7 before 11, $10 after.

 

Paradise with Dieselboy, Mr Boogie, Djunya, Blackheart and tons more


Location: Lupin Lodge (map & info)
Description: Massive campout with Dieselboy and Mr Boogie headlining. Huge lineup.
Date: 2010-05-07
Tickets: $35 here.

 

Compression with 12th Planet, 6blocc, Knorsq, Pawn and more


Location: 103 Harriet St (map & info)
Description: Split dubstep & dnb monthly gets some LA love from 12th Planet and 6blocc (also performing as RAW on the dnb side).
Date: 2010-05-21
Tickets: Check here for info.

 

Cinco de Mayo with Pawn, Ultraviolet, Tarzan, Osmia Rufa and Evil Sam


Location: Paradise Lounge (map & info)
Description: Celebrate the fifth with some dutty dubstep sounds featuring Pawn.
Date: 2010-05-05
Tickets: $5 before 10

 

Dirty Beats with Mikey Fisher, Psych Tyson, Jon Holliday and more


Location: Paradise Lounge (map & info)
Description: Free Sunday night weekly headlined this time by Mikey Fisher.
Date: 2010-04-25
Tickets: Free  :)