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Mixes for Monday: Kid Simple vs Slevin Dubs


Pair of fresh mixes for today from Seattle’s Kid Simple and St. Louis’s Slevin Dubs. Both are on the harder side of things but bring their own flavor to your ears. First up, Kid Simple:

Kid Simple - ‘09 Promo Mix

Kid Simple has been making innovative, dancefloor oriented productions for time now and to my knowledge this is his first distributed mix.  He’s lately been picked up by Double Drop recordings here in SF and has been included in a bunch of mixes that are floating around, notably Starkey’s FACT mix.  This one is riddled with his own productions, I hope it gets him some deserving notice.

Tracklist (44 mins):
Kid Simple - Fresh Like (Forthcoming Double Drop)
Kid Simple - Where You Left VIP (Forthcoming Double Drop)
Numan - Virgo (Unreleased)
Eskmo - Let Them Sing (Planet Mu)
Rx - Just Ya Nutz (Unreleased)
NTRLD & Thurgood - Magic Pills (Double Drop)
Kid Simple - Simplify (Unreleased)
Kid Simple - Bananas (Shift)
Starkey - Rain City (Forthcoming RWINA)
Kanji Kinetic - Thrill Seeker (Unreleased)
Numan - Squarebot (Unreleased)
Guido - Chakra (Punch Drunk)
Distal - Attempt at Yellow (Unreleased)
Kid Simple - Dripz (Unreleased)
Kid Simple - Yes Or No VIP (Unreleased)
Synkro - Everybody Knows (Smokin’ Sessions)

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Slevin Dubs - Drum Drops & Bass Bombs

Next it’s Slevin Dubs out of St. Louis.  This one comes with tons of crossover tunes, dubstep remixes of everything from Kid Cudi’s Day & Night to Madonna - Music and even Taylor Swift.  Some people love the crossovers, some hate ‘em, you decide:

Tracklist (78 min):

1.   ramadanman - good feeling
2.   the widdler - sunday (bootleg remix)
3.   outrun - 8 bit spliff (original mix)
4.   kid cudi - day n night (the widdler remix)
5.   the widdler - lady dub feat. aaliyah (hd4000 remix)
6.   (slevin dubs mashup) rumble junkie - dope angel (antiserum remix)
+ the widdler - its a fine day (bootleg)
7.   charle p - somewhere over the rainbow remix
8.   amanda blank - i might like you better.. (rusko remix)
9.   (slevin dubs mashup) jay z - big pimpin (purephase &
panda cub remix) +  busta rhymes - woo ha (skirmish remix)
10. the widdler - we ready (bootleg)
11. noah d & babylon system - california style (original mix)
12. skream - lightening
13. boy crisis - dressed to digress (nero remix)
14. the widdler - make it rain (bootleg)
15. testrack - you keep me hanging on remix
16. prodigy - warriors dance (technologik remix)
17. arctic monkeys - crying lightening (aems remix)
18. taylor swift - you’re not sorry (figit! remix)
19. robert miles - children (hxdb remix)
20. dj mujava - township funk ( vip remix)
21. mike snow - black & blue (caspa remix)
22. madonna - music (the builder remix) (slevin dubs sample twist)

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Redline Volume 5.0 feat NTRLD


This heavy new mix comes from the duo NTRLD (interlude) out of San Francisco, big producers and residents for Redline.  It’s the first of two mixes I’m going to put up today, this one represents the dark side.  Big tunes inside.  Look out for NTRLD at a bunch of events in the Bay Area soon.  NTRLD themselves have a load of unreleased tunes, maybe headed for an album at some point??? Who knows.  :)

On their studio mixes NTRLD like to select choice bits of songs and include them in the mix rather than mixing from the intro of each track, check all the edits inside this one.

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1//THE OBSERVERS - HEADLINE DUB [NTRLD INTRO EDIT]
2//NTRLD & MEASURE D - NOT HUMAN [ORIGINAL MIX] DUB
3//STAN G - RAZORLIGHT [METAPHASE REMIX] (NTRLD EDIT) FORTHCOMING BETAMORPH RECORDINGS
4//BENGA - BUZZIN [ORIGINAL MIX] TEMPA
5//NTRLD - TORSO FEAT. MEASURE D [ORIGINAL MIX] DUB
6//EMU & PAWN - THREADZ [FUCK YOU] DUB
7//BORGORE - ICE CREAM [ORIGINAL MIX] DUB
8//NTRLD - UP [VIP MIX] DUB
9//ULTRABLACK - BEAR TRAP [EXCISION REMIX] ROTTUN RECORDINGS
10//NTRLD & THURGOOD - PILLS [ORIGINAL MIX] DOUBLE DROP RECORDINGS
11//BEEP - MORNING [ORIGINAL MIX] FORTHCOMING BASSISM RECORDS
12//ZENO - LAZER WOLF 2010 [NTRLD EDIT] FORTHCOMING BRAP DEM! RECORDINGS
13//JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE - THE GENERAL [NOAH D REMIX] LIONDUB
14//WARTECH - THE RATTLESNAKE [ORIGINAL MIX] FREAKZ OF NATURE
15//NTRLD - HALLUCINATIONS [THE BASSIST REMIX] (NTRLD VIP) FORTHCOMING BRAP DEM! RECORDINGS
16//CHASING SHADOWS - AMIRAH [ORIGINAL MIX] HENCH
17//PROPA TINGZ - BABYLON SCARED FEAT. DAKINI [16BIT REMIX] FREAKZ OF NATURE
18//TOTAL RECALL - HEADZ ONLY [VIP MIX] DUB
19//DEV - FIREBALL [NTRLD REMIX] DUB
20//SUKH KNIGHT - GANJA DUB [NTRLD EDIT] TRUE TIGER
21//BLACKHEART - JUPITER [ORIGINAL MIX] FORTHCOMING BRAP DEM! RECORDINGS
22//DEAD PREZ - IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP [NTRLD REMIX] DUB
23//MEGALODON - APOLLO [ORIGINAL MIX] DUB
24//NTRLD - LET YA GLOCK BURST [VIP MIX] DUB
25//THE OBSERVERS - HEADLINE DUB [NTRLD OUTRO EDIT]

 

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 !

 

Dubstepped Radio Episode 004


Dubstepped Radio
Yes yes, it’s the fourth episode of Dubstepped Radio.  I had to take a bit of a hiatus making them but we’re back in action.  This one’s heavily vocal with the talents of Jahdan Blakkamoore, Winstrong, Sky-I, MC Zulu, Rankin Scroo, DJ Collage, Jammer and Badness on the mic.  It starts off with some 2steppy rhythms by a trio of Texas producers and then moves into some synthy futuristic ’step from KidLogic and Zeno, a vocal bashment session, some club rhythms and a reggaeish outro.  Big!

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DS Radio 004 Tracklist:

01 - Fragile - Into the Night (Creative Space)
02 - FBOM - Vo Wacune (unreleased)
03 - Sines - Deja Vu (free tune)
04 - Zeno - The Tuner (Dirty Circuit)
05 - KidLogic - Dead Battery (unreleased)
06 - Noah D - Got U Now (Subway)
07 - Silverlink ft Jammer & Badness - The Message Is Love (Starkey Remix) (No Hats No Hoods)
08 - Nate Mars ft Jahdan Blakkamoore - Above & Beyond Dem (forthcoming “Concentric Circles”)
09 - Kush Arora ft MC Zulu - Lose Control (Kush Arora Productions)
10 - Winstrong & Sky-I - Big Up (Benga - Music Box) (unreleased)
11 - NTRLD & Thurgood - Pills (Double Drop Recordings)
12 - Blackheart - Dazed (unreleased)
13 - Austin Speed - Full Clip (Rogue Dubs)
14 - HD4000 - Jekal (forthcoming Mal Label Music)
15 - Megalodon - Apollo (unreleased)
16 - Kid Simple - Where You Left (Double Drop Recordings)
17 - Emu and Pawn - Gone (Perk Recordings)
18 - Rankin Scroo - My Trees (unreleased)
19 - Radikal Guru - Strong Dub (Dubbed Out)
20 - The Spit Brothers - Roll and Tumble VIP (Dubs Alive)
21 - DJ Sep & Jason Short ft DJ Collage - Get Your Dub Wet (Daly City Records)

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Double Drop 004 with NTRLD, Thurgood, Kid Simple and more plus a Free Megalodon Remix


Out last Sunday on Double Drop Recordings is this heavy EP titled “In Sub We Trust” featuring the productions of Fused Forces, NTRLD & Thurgood, Kid Simple, and Stressor.  My pick of the EP is definitely “Pills” which brings a deep subbassline and a wobbled-out synth that spans both ends of the frequency spectrum.  Watch out for that repetitive electronic music.  “Where You Left ” has melodic pads over a big shuffly beat that reminds me of some of Emalkay’s productions.  “Break” is a syncopated rhythm guaranteed to get bodies moving on the dancefloor, and “Strange Forces” is a headbanger with distorted wobbly midrange synths and a rugged beat.  On the whole it’s a dirty EP worth checking out especially for lovers of Roommate, Ultrablack, Stenchman, Richie August and the related artists.

To promote the release label reps Megalodon are putting out this major bootleg remix they did of Buju Banton’s “Vigilante.”  Serious riddim on this one, watch for more things coming from Megalodon in the near future… until then get on the DL!

Buju Banton - Vigilante (Megalodon Remix)  (Free Download)

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NTRLD & Thurgood - Pills

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Kid Simple - Where You Left

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Stressor - Break

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Fused Forces - Strange Forces

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The Preservation Society Presents D-Program, Megalodon, Thurgood, Audio-Dru, and Jale


Location: Underground SF
Description: Excellent Monday night events with local talent on many musical fronts including dubstep, drumnbass, and hiphop.
Date: 2009-08-10
Tickets: Free before 10:30, $5 after.

 

The Preservation Society Art, Dubstep, Hiphop & dnb June 29


Location: Underground SF
Description: Monday night local talent at Underground SF. This one: NTRLD, Thurgood, Troma, Megalodon, Tarzan and Fischer.
Date: 2009-06-29
Tickets: Free before 10:30, $5 after.
 

The Preservation Society Art, Dubstep, Hiphop & dnb June 8


Location: Underground SF
Description: Monday night local talent at Underground SF. This one: Abai, Troma, and more.
Date: 2009-06-08
Tickets: Free before 10:30, $5 after.
 

A Night of Art and Dubstep 12 with Sam Supa, Get Low, and more


Monday Night Dubstep 5/25Location: Underground SF
Description: Big Monday night as usual from the Preservation Society with many hot local acts.
Date: 2009-05-25
Tickets: Free before 10:30, $5 after.
 

NTRLD and Thurgood - Just Dance Remix


NTRLDThis post potentially reveals a dark side of me. I love filthy remixes of Britney Spears (like the 16 Bit remix of Toxic), an all time favorite drum’n'bass bootleg is a remix of Pink - Most Girls, and so on. This tune hits that spot dead on with a killer glitchy dubstep refix of Lady Gaga - Just Dance from NTRLD and Thurgood out of San Francisco. Not sure if this one will see a release for legal reasons but it’s fun nonetheless. As a friend says about music selection sometimes people want gourmet salad with grapefruit, walnuts, and watermelon radishes with a balsalmic reduction, and sometimes you want candy. This is candy.

I should also mention that NTRLD, Thurgood, and more can be seen live on April 13 at Monday Night Dubstep at Underground SF.  Respect.

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