Posts Tagged ‘shortstuff’

Icee Hot with Shortstuff, Low Limit, Disco Shawn and Ghosts on Tape


Location: 222 Hyde (map & info)
Description: Third episode in this 2010 monthly is headlined by Blunted Robots headmaster Shortstuff, along with big local support. Pizza music. Check the mix below for a taste.
Date: 2010-03-27
Tickets: Free before 10:30, $5 after.

SHORTSTUFF ICEE HOT MIX MARCH 2010 by ICEEHOT

 

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.

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 012 02.01.10 on Dubstep.FM


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNFBit of darkness in this show.  Mini reggae session with new tunes from Dub Gabriel, Rob Smith & 6blocc vs Pacheko, samplers of the forthcoming ID & Baobinga album, brand new material from Jack Dixon, Rumblejazz, Zeno, EshOne, Daega Sound, and loads of fresh releases.   Every week, Mondays @ 6pm PST Dubstep.FM is the place to be.

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Tracklist:

Jack Dixon - Somebody Said They Saw You (unreleased)
ID & Baobinga - Hush Up Riddim (forthcoming)
Bukkha - Armageddon (forthcoming Filthy Digital)
Dub Gabriel vs U Roy - Luv n’ Liv (Timeblind Remix) (forthcoming Destroy All Concepts)
Rob Smith ft Gaddiel - Living In Unity (Unearthed)
Pinch - One Blood One Source (Distance Remix) (Tectonic)
Subatomic Sound System & Dubblestandart vs Lee Perry & Jahdan Blakkamoore - Respect My Shit (Subatomic Sound)
Pacheko - Lockdown (6blocc Refix) (Seclusiasis)
MA1 - I’m Right Here (N-Type Remix) (free online)
Kid Simple - Fresh Like (Zeno Remix) (forthcoming Double Drop)
Desto - Wizard of Wor (Noppa)
Destiny’s Child - Bills (Harmonimix) (whitelabel)
Desto - Cold VIP (Noppa)
Jack Dixon - We Had A Better Life (unreleased)
Mark K B - Panic Attack (Rumblejazz Remix) (unreleased)
Geiom - Classic Rewinds (Double Science)
F - Energy Distortion (Untold Remix) (7even)
EshOne - Toast Burned (unreleased)
Zomby - The Lie (Ramp)
Desto - Dark Matter (Noppa)
ID & Baobinga - Inland (forthcoming)
EchoWanderer - Eruption Dub (Rogue Dubs)
Rozanski - Internet Millionaires Club (unreleased)
Tribal - Super Ambient Audio (unreleased)
MNUVR ft Werd2Jah - Afternoon Dubs VIP (unreleased)
ID & Baobinga - Still Tippin (forthcoming)
Loefah - It’s Yours (Ringo)
Aiton - Lovers Dub (Abucs)
Daega Sound - Silver Dawn (forthcoming Formant)
F - Energy Distortion (7even)
RX - Fire Flies (Subdepth)
SubReachers - From Point A to B (unreleased)
Pangaea - Why (Hessle)
DJ Rupture and Matt Shadetek - Under Water High Rise (The Agriculture)
Hyetal & Shortstuff - Ice Cream (Punch Drunk)
Swarms - Hypnotize (unreleased)
Forsaken ft Ben Blackmore - Calles Traseras (unreleased)
Pangaea - Neurons (Hessle)
Martin Kemp - Aztec (Blunted Robots)
Mr. Gasparov - Singularity (unreleased)
Daega Sound - Kane’s Son (Blipswitch)
Versa - Killah (Filthy Digital)
The Widder - Go Ask Alice (unreleased)
MusSck - The Town Made Of Clouds (Daly City Records)

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 010 01.18.10 on Dubstep.FM


MLK day special here starting with Quark sampling MLK, into new Forsaken, Hypno, Ramadanman, Scuba, Jus Wan, and tons more. Another episode live tomorrow night at 6pm PST, tune in at dubstep.fm

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Quark - Point of Seeing (Ranking)
Forsaken ft Ben Blackmore - Calles Traseras (unreleased)
Synkro - If Only (Smoke Sessions)
Hypno - Hubble Dub (20% Refix) (unreleased)
James Fox - Put It Back (Ramadanman Refix) (Take Records)
Cinnamon Chasers - Luv Deluxe (Scuba Remix) (Modus)
Millie and Andrea - Temper Tantrum (Daphne)
Logos - Medicate (LV Refix) (Radial)
Instinct - Found (unreleased)
Jus Wan - Stand Dub (??)
Kanka - Step Forward Version (Hammerbass)
Mala - Forgive (Deep Medi)
Cosmic Revenge - Aurora (unreleased)
Hyetal & Shortstuff - Ice Cream (Punch Drunk)
Harry Craze - WA6 (Deep Medi)
Ike Release - Jenova (Infrasonics)
Hypno - Rotating Excursions (unreleased)
Starkey - Rain City (Rwina)
Kid Simple - Dummy (unreleased)
Monkey ft Dread MC - Cygnas X1 (Pesky Plates)
Hyetal & Shorstuff - Dont Sleep (Punch Drunk)
Yong - Bleep Bloop (unreleased)
Geiom - Reminissin (Berkane Sol)
Asusu - Small Hours (Project Squared)
Tribal - Super Ambient Audio (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge - Hurricane Blues (unreleased)
The Widdler - Just Believe (unreleased)
MNUVR ft Werd2Jah - Afternoon Dubs VIP (unreleased)
Rumblejunkie vs The Widdler - Misfit Jazz (unreleased)
Quark - Patagonia (Ranking)
Clubroot - Eastern Promise (free online)
Pledge - Untitled (free online)
LD - Derailment (2nd Drop)
Smith & Mighty - B-Line Fi Blow (Punch Drunk)
Burial - Etched Headplate (Hyperdub)
Gerry R - No Risk (unreleased)
TMSV - Myth (unreleased)
Numan - Secrets (Subdepth)
Starkey - Beatingz (Rwina)
Mite - Creepers (unreleased)
Kush Arora - Empty Alleys (free online)
Silkie - Cyber Dub (Skreamix) (Disfigured Dubs)
Daega Sound - Kane’s Son (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Salva - American Grime (NastyNasty Remix) (Made In Glitch)
Matty G - Bitter Love (Argon)
Instinct - Your Nobody (unreleased)
Forsaken ft Ben Blackmore - Sagrada (unreleased)
Zeno - Stay Together (forthcoming Betamorph)
Mr. Gasparov - Singularity (unreleased)
EshOne - Texas Pete (Rogue Dubs)
Jus Wan - Azure (Pushing Red)
Skinnz - Ukraine (Fabric)
Actraiser - Apocalypto (Haunted Audio)
Shortstuff - Behave (Fabric)
Emalkay - Angie Got Stoned (Dub Police)
Johnny Clark vs Mala - Sinners (Ringo)

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 004 11.30.09 on Dubstep.FM


Steppin Into TomorrowThere’s so much music that comes out in dubstep that it’s deadly difficult to even begin to select tracks!  Because of this I went 30 minutes overtime this show, just too many tunes to play.  New to this episode is a forthcoming release by Jus Wan on Tube10, two tracks from KingThing destined for release, two tracks off Sines’ new EP on L2S Recordings, two off Pinch’s Get Up remix EP just out, and much much more.  To the tunes:

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Tracklist (64 tracks, 2h 35min):

Pinch - One Blood One Source (Distance Remix) (Tectonic)
Kromestar - Inside (Dubstar)
Jus Wan - Dreamin (forthcoming Tube10)
Deepchild - Wannado (Gravious Remix) (Sub Continental Dub)
DJ Madd - Someone (Breakage Unspecified Remix) (Blackbox)
Luke Envoy - Feel Red (Stretched)
Shortstuff - Stuff (Ramp)
Headhunter - Prototype (Modeselektor’s Broken Handbrake Remix) (Tempa)
Peverelist - Jarvik Mindstate (Punch Drunk)
Cluekid - Shifty (Earwax)
Gemmy - Wata Down Sound (Planet Mu)
Pinch - Get Up (RSD Remix) (Tectonic)
Headhunter - Sex at the Prom (Tempa)
Synkro - Connected (Synkro)
NAT - Black Widow (Ill Boding Remix) (Bass Punch)
Freeland - Wish I Was Here (TRG Remix) (Marine Parade)
KingThing - Beuno (forthcoming ??)
Littlefoot and Dawntreader - Dreamin of U (Night Audio)
Sines - Still Foolish (L2S Recordings)
Sines - Tenderoni (L2S Recordings)
Cosmic Revenge - Cold Hearted (unreleased)
Pulsar - Splash (unreleased)
Geiom - No More Tears (Berkane Sol)
Peverelist - Bluez (Punch Drunk)
LD - Traumatic Times (Hyperdub)
Mark Pritchard & Ommas Keith - Wind It Up (Hyperdub)
Zomby - Expert Tuition (Ramp)
Spatial - 90807 (Infrasonics)
Planetary Assault Systems - X Speaks to X (Al Tourettes and Appleblim Remix) (Ostgut Ton)
Taz Buckfaster - 20 Red (Rwina)
Clouds - Elders (Wadadda Remix) (Jahtari)
Kromestar - The Buddha (Dubstar)
JazzyJazzy - Loved and Lost (??)
Quest - The Unknown (Deep Medi)
Silkie - Planet X (Deep Medi)
ID and Skinnz - The Blues (Mata Syn)
Wachs Lyrical - Ranger (forthcoming Double Drop)
Distance - Clockwork (Tectonic)
Demon and Versa - Drifter (forthcoming Filthy Digital)
Numan - 7th Key (Wicky Lindows)
Silverlink ft Badness and Jammer - The Message Is Love (Starkey Remix) (No Hats No Hoods)
NastyNasty - The Reef (Frite Nite)
Guido - Chakra (Punch Drunk)
KingThing - Flutter (forthcoming L2S Recordings)
Four Tet - Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) (Domino)
FBOM - Up (unreleased)
Submerse - 94 (Night Audio)
Ramadanman and Appleblim - Justify (Apple Pips)
Untold - I can’t Stop This Feeling (Pangaea Remix) (Hemlock)
FBOM - Like You Did For Me (unreleased)
HxdB - Sunburst (Echodub)
DJG & XI - Putney Says (forthcoming Surefire Sound)
Joy Orbison - J. Doe (Doldrums)
Von D - Berlin Call (forthcoming Argon)
Hektagon - Inside the Tube (Freakz of Nature)
Instra:Mental - Forbidden (Apple Pips)
Bakir and Dubsworth - Beg to Differ (unreleased)
Hyetal - Gold or Soul (Soul Motive)
Scuba - Negative (Naked Lunch)
Dom Hz - Missile (Subdepth)
Pinch - Get Up (Guido Remix) (Tectonic)
Untold - Stop What You’re Doing (James Blake Remix) (Hemlock)
Mount Kimbie - Sketch on Glass (Hotflush)
King Midas Sound - Earth a Kill Ya (Hyperdub)

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 002 11.9.09 on Dubstep.FM


Second radio show is madness!  Inside: new DJG, Cosmic Revenge, Sines, Untold, Eskmo, Kryptic Minds, Clouds, Heny G, and many many more.  Big thanks to Zapruderpedro on lending me a mic on this one, once I have my own the levels should be better in the future.  This one more on the deep side and showcasing some garage/2step influenced tunes.  Big thanks to Tminus on the tip on some tracks, and to tons of producers and labels for sending me tracks for this show.  If you want to submit anything it’s snf @ dubstepped dot net by email or snfdubstepped on aim.  Enjoy!

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Tracklist (2h 20m, 58 tracks):

Cosmic Revenge - Baroness (unreleased)
Littlefoot and Erra - Grave Rave (free online)
DJG & XI - Putney Says (forthcoming Surefire)
Djunya - Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
Demon and Versa - Drifter (forthcoming Filthy Digital)
Eskmo - Let Them Sing (Planet Mu)
Gucci Vump - Sha! Shtil! (L-Vis 1990 VIP Remix) (free online)
Untold - No One Likes a Smart-Arse (Hemlock)
Sines - I Can Try (unreleased)
Fused Forces - Big Foot (Substance Abuse)
Dread Foxx - Werewolf (Outlaw Producer Remix) (unreleased)
Jus Wan - Azure (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Deadboy - U Cheated (Well Rounded)
HxdB - Prism (Mindset)
VVV - Linder Years (unreleased)
Martyn - Mega Drive Generation (Hyperdub)
Sines - Memory Walk (unreleased)
Deadboy - Heartbreaker (Well Rounded)
2562 - Flashback (Tectonic)
Instra:mental - Forbidden (Apple Pips)
Jahdan Blakkamoore - What U Know About This (Gold Dust)
Shortstuff - Relapse (Formant)
Jose James - Blackmagic (Joy Orbison’s Recreation) (Brownswood UK)
Clouds - Era of Black Holes pt 2 (Channel Zero)
Heny G - Arena 1 (Gangsta Boogie)
Rx - Justyanutz (unreleased)
Cosmic Revenge - Late Nights (Kursed)
Kryptic Minds - Wondering Why (Osiris)
Indigo - Fading (Mindset)
Hyetal - Gold or Soul (Soul Motive)
FBOM - Like You Did For Me (unreleased)
Yong - Breathe (unreleased)
DJG - Duality (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Von D - Nouvelle Histoire (forthcoming Argon)
AC23 - Love Her (Formant)
SP:MC and Joker D - Bad Dreams (Tempa)
Distal - Attempt at Yellow (unreleased)
Ruckspin and Fez - All Night (Ranking)
Cosmic Revenge - Street Bass (unreleased)
Benny Ill and Gold Spot Productions - dB Step (GetDarker)
LD - The King of Kong (Dub Police)
Eskmo - From The Standpoint (Planet Mu)
Untold - Never Went Away (Hemlock)
Sully - Jackman’s Rec (Frijsfo)
Tribal - 4000 Feet Under (unreleased)
Selande - Spades (forthcoming Blipswitch)
Data and Cell - Doors of Perception (Tempa)
16 Bit - ADSL (Southside Dubstars)
Wedge & Shadz - Running Away (Guido Remix) (If Symptoms Persist)
RSD - Green Hill (Punch Drunk)
LV ft Errol Bellot - Dont Judge (Fantastic Mr. Fox Remix) (2nd drop)
Outlaw Producer - Left Hand Side (unreleased)
XxXy - Science Fiction (Formant)
Planas - Kutumba (Ranking)
Moderat - Rusty Nails (T++ Remix) (50 Weapons)
Puppy Kicker - The Smooth Over (Rogue Dubs)
Data - Leaves (Tempa)
Darkstar - Aidys Girl’s a Computer (Hyperdub)

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF - First Episode!


I did my first show Monday on Dubstep.FM and it went off!  I had so much fun, massive respect to all listeners both in the chatroom and silent.  Posting this here with a tracklist like I’ll do for all these shows, and I’ve set up a podcast-style feed on the site just for these Dubstep.FM broadcasts.  To subscribe in iTunes go to Advanced, Subscribe to Podcast… and enter this URL:

/index.php/category/steppin/feed/

This will of course work in other readers besides iTunes also.  I should also say that I’ve got loads of new material for dubstepped, so expect a flurry of posts soon come!!!

I should also say that the mic I have at the moment is complete crap so please excuse any inappropriate mic noises  :)  I’ve got a new one on the way currently so this should be solved in the future.

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Check the tracklist (59 tunes, 2 hours):

Distal - Attempt at Yellow (unreleased)
Djunya - Full Circle (forthcoming Brap Dem!)
Jus Wan - Azure (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Brackles - Rawkus (Planet Mu)
2562 - Narita (Tectonic)
Shortstuff - Relapse (Formant)
ID - Nine Tree Hill (Mata Syn)
Hyetal - Gold or Soul (Soul Motive)
Kromestar - Skaredem (Dubstar)
Ital Tek - Chemical Temple (Atom River)
Outlaw Producer - Time Chamber (unreleased)
Phaeleh - Lounge (Surface Tension)
Blackheart - Jupiter (Brap Dem)
Deleted Scenes - Terminate (Deleted Scenes)
El Diablo - Rollin With My Crew (MalLabel)
Joker vs Seal Paul - So Fine Remix (whitelabel)
L.V. ft Errol Bellot - Don’t Judge (Fantastic Mr. Fox Remix) (2nd Drop)
Mungo’s Hi Fi - International Roots (LD remix) (Dub Police)
Silkie - Step Aside (Cloqworq)
Matt U - Jump (Wheel & Deal)
Kid Simple - Fresh Like (forthcoming Double Drop)
Shortstuff - Progression (Formant)
Ikonika - We Could Be Ikons ft Eero Johannes (Planet Mu)
Dusk - Focus (Soul Jazz)
Moderat - A New Error (Headhunter’s Answer Remix)
DJ Madd - I know Its You (Black Box)
Deleted Scenes - Stutter (Deleted Scenes)
Wedge & Shadz - Running Away (Guido Remix) (If Symptoms Persist)
BD1982 - Space Boots (Slugabed Remix) (Seclusiasis)
Playdoe - Freeze Step (Starkey Remix) (Rwina)
Major Lazer - Hold the Line (Numan’s Zapper Remix) (bootleg)
LD - The King of Kong (Dub Police)
Marcus Visionary - St. Vincent (Liondub International)
Planas - Agbekor (Ranking)
Relocate - Dot Dot Dash (Buraka Som Sistema Remix) (Iberian)
Randomer - Scapegoat (Med School)
Distal - Serengeti (unreleased)
Blackheart - Dazed (unreleased)
Kromestar - Technique (Dubstar)
Zeno - Lazer Wolf 2010 (Brap Dem)
Kryptic Minds - 768  (Tectonic)
F & Headhunter - Dedale (Transistor)
Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) (bootleg)
Untold - You Didn’t Win the Holiday (Soul Jazz)
Zeno - Clish (unreleased)
Vaski - Get Down (Rottun)
Dubsworth - Roll On (forthcoming Brap Dem)
Cardopusher - Youthman Dread (Tigerbeat6)
Cluekid & LD - Don’t Wanna Cry (Bullfrog Beats)
Dread Foxx & BMC - Dready or Not (unreleased)
Outlaw Producer - Left Hand Side (unreleased)
Sully - Shanks (LD Remix)
Scuba - Reverse (Hotflush)
Autopilot - She Says (Uncle Smutfist Remix) (free online)
Sigha & Spherix - Separation (Immerse)
FBOM - Vordai (unreleased)
Luthor - Some Place (Haunted Audio)
Distal - Speed of Right (unreleased)
Marcus Visionary ft Liondub & Johnny Osbourne - Coffee or Tea (Liondub International)

 

Dubstepped Radio 005 featuring Distal


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Oh gosh!  This episode is off all chains and hooks.  Introducing here Atlanta producer DISTAL with a boatload of unreleased tunes and the standard complement of fresh releases and unreleased tracks.

Not gonna waste any time on the intro, get this in your ears:

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Tracklist:

01 - FaltyDL - Must Sustain (Planet Mu)
02 - VVV - Linder Years (unreleased)
03 - Nate Mars - Higher to the Bass (forthcoming ‘Concentric Circles’)

– Distal Feature (all unreleased) –
04 - Distal - Attempt at Yellow
05 - Distal - Post-Soul Persona
06 - Distal - Heaven’s Blowback
07 - Distal - Serengeti
08 - Distal - Speed of Right
09 - Distal - Gun Confetti

10 - Vaski - Get Down (Rottun)
11 - NTRLD & Thurgood - Ghetto Fabulous (unreleased)
12 - Kid Simple - Fresh Like (forthcoming Double Drop)
13 - Dev79 - In Ya Face (Pharoah & Peach Remix) (Seclusiasis)
14 - EZ$ - Iron Breath (Get Money)
15 - Playdoe - Freeze Step (Starkey Remix) (Rwina)
16 - Sainttex - So Many Bits (unreleased)
17 - Zeno - Reboot Funk (unreleased)
18 - Jaybird - Work Dat Box (Kraken)
19 - Marcus Visionary - St. Vincent (forthcoming Liondub International)
20 - Noah D & Roommate - Street Sound (Thought)
21 - Jahdan Blakkamoore - Get Hustlin (Gold Dust)
22 - Heavy Heights ft Gina - Want and See (Intager Dubhouse Remix) (unreleased)
23 - Marcus Visionary ft Liondub & Johnny Osbourne - Coffee or Tea (forthcoming Liondub International)

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Introducing: Distal

I first heard Distal tunes a bit ago on the Sub.Traction radio show on Dubstep.FM and when I finally got around to checking out his tracks I immediately contacted him.  The production quality on all the songs is really high, from sound design to mixing to rhythm and diversity.  Detailed in the interview below he has extensive musical experience so in retrospect this makes sense but you can hear it even when you listen to the tracks for the first time.

If you want to learn more about Distal check out this mini interview:

snf: First off, where are you based now and what’s going down that people should know about?

Distal:

Atlanta, Ga.

Atlanta Dubstep was formed 1st quarter of 2009, and has consistently been doing big things for the city. We have a monthly even called “Sub.Traction” at El Bar , and for the ‘recession proof’ price of 200 pennies you can catch local dubstep acts. The best part of Atlanta Dubstep is that we run in a very large group, so we are able to cater to everyone’s tastes whether it be more house influenced stuff or tear out wobble. We also host a bigger one off night once a month at various venues featuring international and domestic talent. We’ve had 2562, Appleblim, Ramadanman, and Noah D through so far; all have done exceedingly well. Atlanta is starting to make a ruckus!

Be on the lookout for Embassy Recordings, a forthcoming Atlanta based label run by myself, and partner Mite (www.myspace.com/mightystep). Our main goal is to build a bridge between slow Southern Crunk , the plastic-like drums and lush synths of Techno, and also the twisted bass of early Jungle and Drum & Bass. We just got a distribution deal with ST Holdings, and our first release should be out shortly.

Lastly I’m involved with a smaller promotion group ‘Heat Promotions’ run by Matt “Inferno” Heat’s goal is to bring up and coming international minimal and techno artists to Atlanta.

S: Tell me a little about yourself, how did you get into production & music in general?

D: I started dj’ing about 10 years ago when I was 16 under the alias ‘Proximal’ At the time I was playing Hardcore / Freeform. It was a very niche market, so I actually had a lot of opportunities stateside, and in Canada to do my thing. That’s where I picked up the etiquette of the beast. Later on in my dj’ing career I started getting into breakcore and the creative possibilities that came with breaking the formula. I began to mash everything I enjoyed (acid techno, jungle, rap, bmore, old country) into one set, and my mixtapes became a novelty act on the Internet.

I also spent a good deal of my time in college studying music theory and classical piano with other musicians. I studied the science of music, and its effects on sensation and perception. My senior research inolved the study of synesthesia or ‘the confusing of the senses’; specifically how pitch / timbre effected your visual perceptions of the world.

I first heard dubstep back in 2005 while shopping for breakcore; sites selling breakcore always carried an eclectic supply as long as it was quality. And more eclectic labels like Planet Mu started to put out dubstep. I began to notice. I bought Darqwan – Stargate 92 on vinyl in 2006, and I fell in love.

It’s cliché I know, but its true 140bpm was the perfect median to experiment and keep the audience. The sound is so ambiguous you can go in so many directions.

Something clicked like it never had before. I looked at all the ammo I had collected throughout the years, the theory I had learned, the science I had learned, and realized how expansive the canvas now was at 140bpm. I opened my laptop, got serious, and haven’t looked back since.

Distal

S: There are elements from all sorts of music in your songs.. hiphop, Berlin techno, reggae, 8-bit nintendo riddims, maybe even indie pop..what are your musical roots?

D: I’ve been influenced by a wide array of sounds throughout my life. I love good melodies and grooves no matter what they are. Last ride in my car I remember hearing Tammy Wynette, Project Pat, Fugazi, David Pajo, and 808 state. Being able to appreciate and understand other and all works for what they are helps you grow as an artist, and along the way you’ll notice it leak into your output. Now the challenge is ‘how do I use what I love and turn it into what I am doing’? Computers and software definitely make the process an easier one.

But I must say I have a soft spot for early acid techno and breakbeat hardcore. It doesn’t get much better than 4Hero, Mr. Fingers or sleezy D (anything off Trax records) from the late 80’s. Hearing dance music that early on always brings a smile to my face. That analog sound has so much warmth and depth to it, it’s like looking at an old photo. Plus you have to admire those guys making it back then, they were doing something big, and they didn’t have it as easy on any front (communication, process, tools, digital distro etc.). They are the real explorers.

S: You tend to produce both more aggressive tunes and deeper ones, do you find it hard to go back and forth between the vibes? This is something that happens often in good DJ sets, mixing all vibes of music, but what’s it like from the production perspective?

D: It all depends on my mood really. I think I’ve found the aesthetic I want to get down for ‘Distal’. I want people to know it’s a Distal tune regardless of the style its in. We’re humans, our emotions and actions change constantly, but it’s always US at the controls, the same applies with the creation of sound.

But I definitely have a sound I’m leaning towards at the moment. Some people are calling it ‘future garage’ some people are calling it ‘future step’. The sound is characterized mainly by its slightly syncopated rhythm, and influence from garage, house and soul music. I know it’s just human to want to categorize things like were on the Galapagos, but at the end of the day it’s all just good mid-tempo bass music.

S: What producers are on your radar that people should know about? What future things are coming from you?

D: Right now I’m ALWAYS happy to hear a new Untold tune. When Hessle Audio released ‘Kingdom’ last year it changed the way I think about music. It challenged me. I love it when a producer successfully challenges the dance floor. Secondly MAYHEM, another ATL homie is just cranking out excellence. He’s making more crunk-influenced stuff. Guaranteed a rewind. His engineering skills are air tight, check out “4th of July Jam” on my latest mix !Embassy Recordings

Anything off of Apple Pips is also going to be a treat. Those guys know how to do things proper! Their quality control bar is set so high! I’m also feeling a lot of stuff from ‘Shortstuff’ his release on Formant Recordings was huge, every time I play ‘Relapse’ people run to the laptop to see what’s going on. I’m also big on DJG right now, his tunes have so much tension behind them; it’s like a good thriller film. Joy Orbison… enough said. Lastly SINES from Texas … he sent me this new bit the other day ‘gravity’ wow so funky and smooth. Def. check him out. So many others I can list right now I could do this all day.

Be on the lookout for a few of my plates to be released on Embassy Recordings by 1st quarter 2010. I also am working deals out at the moment to sort out a good portion of my catalog with a few big labels. Wish I could say who, but I can’t at the moment !

 

Starkey - FACT Mix 91


The deluge of top mixes continues with this one out fresh this morning from Starkey out of Philly for FACT magazine.  Starkey has been refining his ’street bass’ sound for some time now & it’s currently something that I really vibe to.  The mix he did recently for Big Up was also excellent (and by the way you should subscribe to that magazine if you don’t already, excellent mag).  He also does a show on sub.fm on the first Monday of each month.

Things to watch out for in this mix are a bunch of fresh Starkey productions including “Knob Twiddler” and my personal fav of the mix “Rain City.”  Can’t get enough of that one.  Also check out the synth vibes on BD1982 - Space Boots reworked by Slugabed, that one’s out now on Starkey’s label Seclusiasis.  Big vibes coming from San Diego’s Misk with ‘Subterranean Crawlspace’.  Anyway, enjoy this mix thanks to FACT & Starkey, your time.

Stream:

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Tracklist:

01- Starkey ‘Fourth Dimension’
02 - Starkey ‘Multidial’
03 - Nasty Nasty ‘The Reef’
04 - Starkey ‘Knob Twiddler’
05 - Wale ‘Ice & Rain’ (Skrewed by Starkey)
06 - Humble Dinosaur ‘D-Communication Dungeon’
07 - Dev79 ‘Live N Die 4 Tha Street Bass’
08 - Merciless ‘Time Machine’
09 - Starkey ft. Badness ‘OK Luv’
10 - BD1982 ‘Space Boots’ (Slugabed remix)
11 - Misk ‘Subterranean Crawlspace’
12 - Monkey & Stagga ‘Moog Lightning’
13 - Kid Simple ‘Fresh Like’
14 - Wollom ‘Serenade’
15 - SRC ‘Halloucinatin’
16 - Subeena ft. Jamie Woon & Om’Mas Keith ‘Solidify’
17 - Ebola ‘Alpha Paw’
18 - Pacheko ‘Lockdown’ (6Blocc remix)
19 - Starkey ft. Cerebral Vortex & Buddy Leezle ‘Club Games’
20 - PANTyRAID ‘Beba’
21 - Rx ‘Torture’
22 - Drake ft. Travis McCoy & Mickey Factz ‘Overdose’
23 - Starkey ‘Rain City’
24 - Kano ‘Rock N Roller’ (Starkey remix)
25 - Starkey ‘Lenses’
26 - Shortstuff & Hyetal ‘Don’t Sleep’
27 - Monkey ‘Cygnas X1′
28 - Ital Tek ‘Chemical Temple’
29 - Bon Iver ‘Woods’ (Starkey remix)

Download.

 

Zeno - Audiovision


Zeno put out this excellent EP today on Dirty Circuit with six tracks of futuristic basswise music.  Zeno hails from Colorado and does a monthly show on Dubstep.FM, check the archives for the most recent one from this Wednesday it should be posted to the podcast soon.

This EP represents a new direction from a lot of dubstep that’s produced in the US and reminds me of the sounds coming from Untold, Ramadanman or Shortstuff lately.  The final cut “Ease” is just downright mellow with a lead synth singing a robot love song over a strong beat.

My three favorites:

Zeno - The Tuner

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Zeno - Ease

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Zeno - Folded Raspberry

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