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Tonight I’m gonna produce like its 2999

Aliens.  Robots.  Lasers.  It’s the year 2999: who are you on the dancefloor with?  Peppermill Records have started a competition to produce dance music for 1000 years in the future inspired by the above painting.  Dubstep or related sounds seem to fit the description of the contest quite well, so if you think you’ve got what it takes head over to the competition page to check out more details.  Producers involved so far include Kid606, Dntel of Postal Service fame, Mochipet, Cardopusher, High Rankin, Stagga and more, so victors from this will be among seriously well-known electronic artists.


It’s the year 2999, and what you see above is your future.   What exactly is going on?  Your job is to soundtrack the above painting by celebrated futurist David Schleinkofer and write a short description of your vision.

This open competition is for a spot on a big upcoming Peppermill release, the chosen piece will be featured alongside many of the most talented forward-thinking electronic musicians around.  Their works will be interpreted by illustrators while you’ll be doing the exact opposite.

What we’re putting together is a futuristic dance album, as the title is a play on the phrase “dance like it’s 1999″.  However this doesn’t have to sound like anything humans currently groove to, in fact we encourage you to paint way, way outside the lines.

Bass is necessary though.  Deep, deep sub bass.  This collection is going to feature songs using a very full range of frequencies, and experimentation with the lower end of the spectrum is a must.

When completed it’ll be freely downloadable under a Creative Commons license, as all our releases are, which means people are encouraged to share the music but aren’t allowed to alter it in any way or use it for commercial purposes without your consent.


- interpret the painting above
- the result should be ready to be played on dancefloors 989 years from now
- use a rich range of frequencies including sub-bass
- the title should be fairly descriptive, as the painting and the song are to be a combo
- include a paragraph-long summary of your vision


Geiom - Sugar Coated Lover (BRK014)

March finally brings us to the first Berkane Sol pressing of the year with label-head Geiom partnering up with female vocalist Marita for an upbeat dancefloor tune in “Sugar Coated Lover.” The label has taken quite a shift from when “Flame Tree” and “Net Weight” were releases;  after the anthemic rise of  ”Reminissin’” Berkane Sol seems set on a path to take over playlist with soul-laced dancefloor grooves.

The A-Side of the release features the original Geiomix of the release, a kick drum sets a quick intro before a fast electric bass groove sets the tone for Marita’s vocals. Do not take my previous assessment totally at face-value, quickly into listening to “Sugar Coated Lover” it’s clear to see Geiom did not intend for this to be a simple follow-up groove to “Reminissin’.” The pace of “Sugar Coated Lover” is an excellent contrast, Marita’s delivery on top of an uptempo rhythmic section are enough to get all the standarounds back to the dancefloor.

The B-Side features a remix of the original from Brackles and Shortstuff, and as always Blunted Robots comes deadly on the remix. The A-Side Geiomix holds an advantage by perserving Marita’s vocals unadultured throughout the track. Blunted Robots comes after the vocal track with an intelligent reinterpretation, looping and editing techniques give Maria’s voice an atmospheric role in the mix, as the duo’s signature bassline drops the remix in to high-gear. Groove-heavy in a totally different manner than the original, these two mixes give two vastly unique interpretations on the expectations of near 140-bpm bass music.

Geiom sets himself, and Berkane Sol apart yet again on this release. Very exciting for two exceptionally different interpretations of the same tune, this is a very refreshing release to take us out of the dark winter sounds and into the uplifting spring / summer dance vibes. I’m itching to get out in the club and hear myself, if not somebody else play these tunes sooner rather than later, the response to these is going to be huge — deservedly so.

Also of note, Geiom recently compiled a wonderful mix for The Wire, click here to see what you might have missed.


Mite & Distal - Chocolate Circuit / Attempt At Yellow (EMB001)

EMB001For as many times as I’ve played both tracks on this release, I feel that I owe it a review; it has been a long time coming for these tunes to see the light of day and have the chance to make it into more people’s music collections and now because of the launch of the Embassy Recordings imprint through ST Holdings, this has become possible.

Read the full review online at shortstack : online


Kid Simple - Fresh Like EP on Double Drop (plus free Example remix!)

Kid Simple - Fresh Like EPSeattle’s Kid Simple first came on the scene in 2009 and continues to grow.  This release is his biggest yet, with DJ support from Starkey among others.  The first tune “Fresh Like” is a space-age but heavy tune with arpeggiators that sound like raindrops falling on the bassline.  This one works with the second tune “Where You Left VIP” to create a nice package.  Things turn dirty with the two remixes from Zeno and Kial, definitely worth listening to for people into the harder sounds in dubstep.  Along with this release, Double Drop and Kid Simple were kind enough to give out a remix of “Won’t Go Quietly” by Example, it’s large.  Sample these below and get on the download of this free remix.

Look for this one out tomorrow (or now on Juno) on Double Drop Recordings.  Serious!

Kid Simple - Fresh Like

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Kid Simple - Where You Left VIP

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Kid Simple - Fresh Like (Zeno Remix)

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Kid Simple - Fresh Like (Kial Remix)

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Example - Won’t Go Quietly (Kid Simple Remix) (Download)

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Eprom - Never with Falty DL remix on Surefire 001 (Free DL!)

Surefire Productions from San Francisco has been running a premier booking agency for some time (since 2006 I think), a monthly for around a year now, and is now launching the third dimension: the Surefire Sound label.  How does Surefire set it off you might ask?  The debut release comes from San Francisco producer Eprom who has been all over the musical map, producing quality Glitch, Dubstep, and more. SFS001 is out on vinyl now with digital coming in about a month.

To promote the release Surefire put out a free download of the title track.  The b-side is a remix by Falty DL which is equally good.

My favorite tracks tend to be the ones that fail to fit into any of the neat categories that exist in music.  “Never” by Eprom blends elements from UK funky, Garage, Dubstep, and music that belongs on the Tron soundtrack to produce an absolute dancefloor killer with a driving 4×4 beat offset by syncopated snares and a wobbly midrange synth.  Whatever this music is, I love it.

Eprom - Never

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Get to know about Sepalcure

The music of Sepalcure aims to carve out a new sound in music - lovestep.  Praveen (Merck, Neo Ouija, and Machine Drum (Normrex, Merck) collaborate to produce the music of Sepalcure and they’ve got an album lined up that’s about to send shock waves through music.  I’m not sure about the lovestep moniker, but I am sure that these sounds are innovative, extremely well produced, and a pleasure to listen to.  It’s like caressing your eardrums with the petal of a California Poppy.

Now for some sounds along with live illustration.  The drawing in these videos comes from Sougwen Chung, a Brooklyn-based designer and illustrator for artwork used by Sepalcure (as above).  This art is in a class of its own as far as most art associated with music (especially dubstep) goes and the match between the designs and music is striking.

For more sounds visit, check out Praveen’s Lovestep mix vol 1 and vol 2, or listen to my radio shows on Dubstep.FM - I’ll be playing these for time.

Sepalcure - Feeling That I Know So Well from sougwen on Vimeo.

Sepalcure - Every Day of my Life from sougwen on Vimeo.


Dread Foxx Free Remix Pack (Q-Project, Remarc, Fugees, Doc Scott, Blackstreet)

Port Arthur, TX producer Dread Foxx just put up six bootleg remixes for free download via his Soundcloud and I thought I’d pass along the love.  Mr. Foxx is a big remixer and these hit hard, trust me.  Inside there’s remixes of classic dnb tunes, R&B, and rap.  Personally I’m all over the Champion Sound remix, the remix of DJ Zinc’s “Ready or Not” (Fugees on the original), Remarc’s RIP in a dubstep style and the sexy step vibes of the Blackstreet reworking.  I’ve linked all these below, for even more freebies visit his Soundcloud.

Dread Foxx & BMC - Dready or Not rework by DreadFoxx

Dread Foxx - Wot’s My Deadline , Champ by DreadFoxx

Dread Foxx - Remarc RIP RMX by DreadFoxx

Blackstreet - Before I Let You Go Refix by DreadFoxx


Blackboard Jungle Volume 2 ft Lee Perry and Jahdan Blakkamoore

With collaborators including the dub legend Lee Perry, Jahdan Blakkamoore, Subatomic Sound System and Dubblestandart you know it’s gonna be large.  I wrote a while ago about the first episode in this collaboration and a video documenting the evolution of dub to dubstep and this is the second chapter.  This one’s been out for a bit but Subatomic recently made one of the tracks available for free download and I gotta pass that along.  The second volume of Blackboard Jungle is a dutty dubstep refix of the original available in three versions on the release.  Plus, the cover art is based on the classic Upsetters album “Super Ape” which is legendary.

If you’re in the bay area check out the release party for this one this Sunday the 14th at Dub Mission.  Rest of the world, click below to download the radio edit of this beast of a tune.

Blackboard Jungle Vol.2: Respect My Shit (Dubplate Radio Edit) w. Jahdan & Lee Perry by SubatomicSound


Dub Gabriel ft U-Roy plus FREE Ming vs Subatomic Sound System Remix

Dub Gabriel just collaborated with the toasting legend U-Roy to produce this dubwise tune Luv n’Liv.  Conscious lyrics flow over a futuristic dubwise beat on this one taking dub in a whole new direction.  Then come a whole host of remixes from Ming (of Ming & FS) vs Subatomic Sound, Timeblind, Lloop and the Dub Gabriel Roots Rewind remix.  The Ming vs Subatomic remix is free for DL if you just click the button on the widget below.  All these mixes are nice but I gotta put my money on the Timeblind one.  Big release.
This one out March 9 on Destroy All Concepts.  Keep a look out.

Dub Gabriel feat. U Roy- Luv n’ Liv & Remixes-Out 3/9/10 by DESTROY ALL CONCEPTS


Different 140 BPM styles from Sunglasses and M.I. Loki

I’m always trying to explore new sorts of music.  This has always been the most interesting music to me, the leading edge, the new new.  Today I’ve got a couple videos that are totally off in space, not sure what this music even is or if I care to label it something.  These tunes are all near 140bpm, pretty bass heavy and electronic so I thought it’s worth seeing what people think.

First up, coming from Savannah, GA is Sunglasses with the tune “Whiplash.”  The video is really whimsical and definitely makes me chuckle.  This is the first in a new direction for Sunglasses, so if you’re feeling it let them know at their myspace or over at the dubstepforum.

The second tune comes from M.I. Loki out of Sheffield, UK who mutates the Temptations “Just My Imagination” into something completely different.  Again, not even sure what this music is.  It’s like Sean Kingston vs Vex’d.  Really catchy beat on this one, and the video is damn well produced.  Check it out, and hit up M.I. Loki at Myspace or Facebook.