Archive for September, 2010

Preview: SBTRKT – Step In Shadows (Young Turks)

The latest from the Young Turks camp comes from SBTRKT, on the heels of his recent release Soundboy Shift / Rundown release on the same label. Shuffly kicks drive this one with a bell or chime that’s reminiscent of the organic sounds of Konono No. 1 overtop. Melodic strings take over during the breakdown that then yield to the beat in the second half. This tune’s uplifting for both your soul and your feet. Quality production as usual from the man in an African mask.

Step in Shadows by Young Turks


Darkstar – Gold (Video)

The single Gold taken off Darkstar’s “North” album due out this October has been received favorably all over the place including NPR. This is a bit of a departure soundwise for the Hyperdub label but retains the high quality of all its releases.  The video, directed by Evan Boehm, is extraordinarily well done and fits the song exquisitely.  Images inside include brain MRI scans, 3D models of Darkstar, and abstract deconstructions of their heads. Really though you just need to watch it:

For those wanting a bit more details about the video itself, get some behind the scenes info from the director.


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 045 09.28.10 on Sub.FM

Second episode on SUB.FM with new sounds from Versa, HxdB, Outlaw Producer with Arms & Suites, loads more. Standard amounts of diversity. Catch the next episode on October 12, and if you want to hear this sound live come out this Sunday or October 16.

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Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 045 09.28.10 on Sub.FM by snf



King Midas Sound – Frequencies (Hyperdub)
The Spit Brothers – No Curfew (Djunya remix) (Dubs Alive)
Jack Sparrow – Shoal (forthcoming Tectonic)
Setspeed – Two Blocks Down (Bass Music)
Ruckspin – Shikra (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Pinch – The Boxer (Darqwan remix) (Tectonic)
EshOne – Chingon (dub)
Ramadanman – Pitter (Monkeytown)
HxdB – Miranda (forthcoming Subdepth)
Untold – Fly Girls (Soul Jazz)
Distal – Grape Donut (Soul Jazz)
Leon – VMZY (forthcoming Well Rounded)
Velour – She Wore Velour (Night Slugs)
Versa – 5am (dub)
Incyde – Dusk (Helix reshape) (dub)
Outlaw Producer – Nimbus (Arms & Suites remix) (dub)
KiloWatts – Evolving Revolving Door (KW)
Jam City – Let Me Bang (Night Slugs)
Sonido Rampage y Nader – Let Me Bang (free online)
KiloWatts – Deliriously (KW)
Cooly G – Dis Boy (DVA’s Hi Emotions remix) (DVA Music)
DJ Gregory & Sidney Samson – Dama S Salon (Defected)
Acre – Ghatt (forthcoming Embassy)
Scuba – Latch (Will Saul & Mike Monday remix) (Hotflush)
Mike Monday & Will Saul – Sequence 1 (Scuba remix) (Aus)
Chesus & Diverse Concepts – Baduka (Ten Thousand Yen)
The Count & Sinden – Panther (Domino)
Busy Signal – Picantie (Greenmoney remix) (free online)
French Fries – Senta (Bambounou remix) (Youngunz)
Breach – Fatherless (PTN)
KiloWatts – Black Ink (KW)
Sines – Long Way (dub)
Versa & Rowl – Soul (dub)
Sepalcure – Down (Hotflush)
XXXY – This Much (Fortified Audio)
Cosmic Revenge – Mind Eraser (forthcoming Embassy)
Icicle – Anything (Tempa)
The Bug – Skeng (Autechre dub) (??)
Scott Detail – My Heart For You (dub)
Phaeleh ft Soundmouse – Afterglow (dBridge remix) (Afterglow)
Scuba – Tense (Ramadanman remix) (Abucs)
dBridge, Instra:mental & Skream – Acacia Avenue (Autonomic)
Spectrasoul – Melodies (Exit)
Science Fiction – Last Draft of a Love Letter (Third Earth)


Surefire 16 with Pinch, Gemmy and SNF

Location: Public Works (map & info)
Description: It’s a Bristol invasion with Pinch & Gemmy coming to the new (and MASSIVE) soundsystem at Public Works. If you missed the opening Saturday trust me the sound is on point. Local support from some guy named SNF that runs some blog named Dubstepped and hosts radio on Sub.FM. :)
Date: 2010-10-16
Tickets: $8 RSVP, $10 before 11, $15 after.


Dub Mission with Dubblestandart vs Subatomic Sound System

Location: Elbo Room (map & info)
Description: Weekly standard dubwise sessions continue with a large quadruple record release party featuring Dubblestandart and Subatomic Sound System. Devon D controls the mic and DJ Sep is there for backup. Guaranteed large dubwise and dubstepwise sound.
Date: 2010-10-10
Tickets: $9 advance, $12 door.


Review: KiloWatts – The Right Words EP (KW013)

Sometimes you get broadsided by surprise when listening to new music, and this was definitely the case with the latest EP from KiloWatts out of Philadelphia (Soundcloud, Facebook). The five-track release spans genres with ease and tightrope walks between complexity and danceability to great effect.  BPM, style, beat structure and nearly every other aspect of music vary throughout, the constant is extremely high quality production and an appreciation for melody rarely found in dance music. Personal highlights are first and foremost the 7 minute long voyage in sound “Evolving Revolving Door“, the stuttery, blissful opener “Deliriously” that reminds me of a higher quality Royksopp, and the driving “Black Ink“. This one’s self-released via bandcamp, check the player below for samples and a link to pick this up. Highest recommendation.


Icee Hot presents The XX Afterparty with Untold, Cooly G and Fantastic Mr Fox

Location: Mezzanine (map & info)
Description: MENTAL lineup for $5, SF debut of Untold, Cooly G AND Fantastic Mr Fox. Unreal. Headlining is Jamie of the XX, recently awarded the Mercury Prize for album of the year.Thursday night just got crazy. Oh, also it’s just $5.
Date: 2010-09-23
Tickets: $5 !


Clubroot with DJG, Djunya & Jon AD

Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: Clubroot comes on his first US tour following an amazing debut LP on LoDubs. Massive local support from DJG, Djunya & Jon AD.
Date: 2010-09-30
Tickets: $10


Thats the Blap with XI, Low Limit, Dnae Beats, Kozee, Dials & more

Location: Elbo Room (map & info)
Description: Get your future blap on with XI and a host of others.
Date: 2010-10-01
Tickets: $5


Lights Down Low with Egyptrixx, Dubbel Dutch, LOL Boys and more

Location: The Triple Crown (map & info)
Description: GoldSweat presents this triple headliner night at the Triple Crown with Egyptrixx from Toronto, Dubbel Dutch from Austin & the LOL Boys from LA all coming with their mutant bass styles.
Date: 2010-09-25
Tickets: $10