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TONIGHT: Do-One with Loefah, P-Money, DJ Muggs & many more


Location: Mighty (map & info)
Description: Three sounds come together tonight, the ATG crew headed by Loefah, DTA Grimetape by P-Money and DJ Muggs of the Soul Assassins (Cypress Hill). Major.
Date: 2010-10-08
Tickets: $10 before 11, $15 after.

 

Starkey sends audio into Ear Drums and Black Holes


Starkey has been perfecting his style of synthesizer gymnastics for years and it culminates in “Ear Drums and Black Holes,” his second full-length solo album released next Monday on Planet Mu.  The sound on this album shows a maturity that is easily predictable given the quality of his recent singles (Rain City/Beatingz, Stars/Millenia, Ok Luv/Multidial).  A few of these singles are included on this album, but for the most part it’s new material, and damn is it tasty.

I always am interested to see how people that produce music built for DJing put together album material.  In some cases it’s just a collection of tracks, some offer so-called “gapless” versions which are minimally mixed (Scuba), some truncate the tracks on the album gearing it for casual listeners and not DJs (Caspa).  It’s rare in electronic dance music to have an album that feels like it has emotional progression, which I get while listening to this album.  Feelings range from the gritty sounds of “Spacecraft and “Fourth Dimension” to the hiphop club feel of “Club Games” and “Murderous Words” to the emotive and lovely sounds of “Stars” and “Neck Snap“.  The album weaves in and out of these different styles keeping it varied while listening and contrasting moments of intensity with mellow segments.

A number of tracks stand out on this album, distancing themselves from cookie-cutter dubstep/bass music and expressing the “street bass” sound of Starkey and Seclusiasis.  Hard hitting beats, deep basslines, expert synthesizer melodies and hiphop/grime vocals form the mainstay of the album.  The top tracks for me are the playfully melodic song “Neck Snap” that I still say is a robotic Grover Washington Jr. on the e-soprano sax, P-Money’s excellent flow over top “Numb” echoes my own desire to “zone out to the kick and the drum”, the build and drop into complete insanity on “Fourth Dimension“, and the combined outro tunes of “Pleasure Points” and “Fidelio“.  I did a feature on this two weeks back, but here’s some more audio samples to whet your appetite:

Starkey – Neck Snap

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Starkey ft P-Money – Numb

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Starkey – Fourth Dimension

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Starkey – Fidelio

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While this album has some of the top tracks so far this year personally, I also feel like some selections were a bit of a let down.  The intro tune “OK Luv” has a ridiculously excellent vocal version with Badness on the mic, but for some reason the instrumental was selected for this album which to me sounds a bit barren, but maybe I’ve just been listening to the vocal version too much.  The second track “Murderous Words” features Vortex on the mic, but I really don’t find that he adds much to the track, the subtle echo effect on his voice and midrange synths make the lyrics sound a bit muddled, and grime MCs really have perfected rapping over beats around 140 bpm far better than most US vocalists have (contrast this track with the Badness version of “Ok Luv” or P-Money’s masterful flows on “Numb“).  The breakdown in “Spacecraft” with Starkey’s autotuned vocals guiding listeners on a spacecraft voyage is ethereal, and the build into the second part is nice, but getting through the first section to the breakdown is a bit rough.  These are the minority though.

On the whole, this album is a very strong entry from Starkey and the Planet Mu crew.  Definitely recommend picking this one up, it’ll be out next Monday digitally, and is shipping tomorrow on CD and 3x 12″.  Get after it.

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 007 12.21.09 on Dubstep.FM


Steppin into Tomorrow with SNFNew tracks this show from EshOne, Argyle, Alien Pimp, Thesis, Misk, The Widdler, Noah D, Martin Kemp, and lots more.  I’m taking a week break after this one for the holidays, back early next year on January 4.  Until then!

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Tracklist (55 tunes, 2h 8m):

Quark – Point of Seeing (Ranking)
Pinch ft Rudey Lee – Step 2 It (Soul Jazz)
Joker – Output 1-2 (Tectonic)
Rachel Bennett – Tell Me (EshOne Dub Refix) (unreleased)
Mr Lager ft Alys Be – Tell Me (Sub Freq)
Benga – Technocal (Tectonic)
Asusu – Small Hours (Project Squared)
DJG – Lichen (forthcoming Lo Dubs)
Argyle – I’d Call It Dope (unreleased)
JazzyJazzy – Loved and Lost (forthcoming Gangsta Boogie)
Alien Pimp – My Garage Is Your House (DubKraft)
KingThing – Beuno (forthcoming Fortified Audio)
Kanvas – Forget the Future (unreleased)
YLEM – Free Your Mind (unreleased)
Starkey ft Badness – Ok Luv (Planet Mu)
DJ Madd – Someone (Breakage Unspecified Remix) (Blackbox)
Hypno – Stay (unreleased)
DJG – Duality (forthcoming Pushing Red)
Yong – Test (unreleased)
Appleblim – Vansan (Gatekeeper Remix) (If Symptoms Persist)
Distal – Attempt at Yellow (unreleased)
HxdB – Prism (Mindset)
Thesis – Escolas (unreleased)
Skream – Bahl Fwd (Tectonic)
Loefah – Truly Dread (Tempa)
Cyrus – Indian Stomp (Tectonic)
The Widdler – Tibet (unreleased)
Moving Ninja – Murky (Tectonic)
EshOne – When I’m Around (unreleased)
Sukh Knight – Diesel not Petrol (Noah D Remix) (True Tiger)
Burial – U Hurt Me (Hyperdub)
Kryptic Minds – Stepping Stone (Swamp81)
Svpreme Fiend – Mover (unreleased)
Loan – Mongol in Dub Steppe (IOT)
Martin Kemp – Aztec (Blunted Robots)
Alien Pimp – Lobster She Wrote (DubKraft)
Mr. Gasparov – Ruffneck (unreleased)
Sines – Twitta Dat (L2S Recordings)
Distal – Tortelli’s Slave (unreleased)
PhoneCall – Dimentional (forthcoming Rogue Dubs)
Numan – The Way (Subdepth)
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Hotflush)
Pearson Sound – PLSN (Hessle)
Misk – Watercolor (free online)
SubReachers – Indigo (unreleased)
Numan – Virgo (Subdepth)
Digital Mystikz – Thief In Da Night (Soul Jazz)
Kode9 – Magnetic City (Soul Jazz)
Headhunter – Experience (Tempa)
Youngsta and Seven – Masai Mara (Wheel & Deal)
Hypno – Elevate (Haunted Audio)
Compound One – Perhaps the Darkness (Compound One)
Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got The Love (The XX Remix) (free online)
DZ – What You Wont Do For Love (Slit Jockey)
Kozee – Child Proof Heart (free online)

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 005 12.07.09 on Dubstep.FM


This might be my favorite show yet.  Ridiculously diverse, with a reggae-influenced dubstep interlude, post-garage riddims, deep basswise sounds and some classic tracks.  New songs in this one from Kid Simple, The Widdler, Starkey, Helixir, Yong, Sines, Hypno, Asusu, and many more.  Get it in your ears!

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Tracklist (63 tracks, 2h 24m):

T2 – Heartbroken (Kid Simple Remix) (unreleased)
Hypno – Autumn (forthcoming Haunted Audio)
Headhunter – 3 Mad P’s (Tempa)
Mr. Gasparov  – Ruffnek (unreleased)
Rustie – Bad Science (Wireblock)
Wachs Lyrical – Fossil (Subdepth)
Materielle – SloJam (unreleased)
Sbtrkt – Rekorda (free online)
KingThing – Monoloop (free online)
The Widdler – Just Believe (unreleased)
Svpreme Fiend – Killer (unreleased)
Deepchild – Wannado (Gravious Remix) (Sub Continental)
DJG – We Don’t Go Home (unreleased)
Starkey ft Badness – Ok Luv (Planet Mu)
Pinch ft Juakali – Gangstaz (Tectonic)
Brown and Gammon – Gwann Plant Refix (unreleased)
DJ Madd – Rizla Dub (War)
Kalbata – Ninja (whitelabel)
LV ft Dandelion – CCTV (Hyperdub)
Henry and Louis ft Steve Harper – Rise Up (RSD Remix) (2kings)
Kulture – Babylon (Ghetto Knowledge)
Scientist – Bad Days Dub (Clocktower)
6Blocc – Times Like These (Digital 6)
Noah D – Polizia Remix (War)
Rusko – Sound Guy Is My Target (Sub Soldiers)
Synkro – King of Kings (whitelabel)
Cotti ft Doctor – Rise the Temperature (MTA)
Dom Hz – Missile (Subdepth)
The Specials – Ghost Town (DJG Remix) (bootleg)
Mungo’s Hi Fi – Dubplate Fi Dem (Scrub a Dub)
Scientist – Dance of the Vampires (Greensleeves)
Radikal Guru – No Good (whitelabel)
Olpek ft Cstar – Morning Dub (Bassism)
MK2 aka MNUVR ft Werd2jah – Afternoon Dubs (unreleased)
Breakage – Together (Digital Soundboy)
Vex’d – Bombardment of Saturn (Planet Mu)
The Widdler – December Demo (unreleased)
YLEM – Free Your Mind (unreleased)
Hypno – Hubble Dub (unreleased)
KingThing – Beuno (forthcoming Fortified Audio)
Jus Wan – Azure (Pushing Red)
JazzyJazzy – Loved and Lost (??)
Asusu – Small Hours (forthcoming Project Squared)
Yong – Test (unreleased)
Hypno – Stay (unreleased)
Helixir – Convultions (7even)
Cosmic Revenge – Diving Deep (forthcoming L2S Recordings)
Sines – That Thing She Does (Forsaken Remix) (Formant free tune)
Mr. Gasparov – Singularity (unreleased)
Jus Wan – Dreamin (forthcoming Tube10)
Von D – Berlin Call (Argon)
Rooflight – The Human Connection (unreleased)
Kidkanevil – Megajoy (First Word)
Ikonika – Fish (Hyperdub)
Materielle – Ceiling Fan (unreleased)
Pinch – Get Up (LV Remix) (Tectonic)
Headhunter – Experience (Tempa)
Tzara – Dobbler Effect (5 Hz)
DJ Snipaz – Swanky (forthcoming Rogue Dubs)
Asusu – Effigy (unreleased)
Helixir – Let Me Drive Now (7even)
Volatil – Automind Pilot (DubKraft Romania)
Turbo Sonidero Futuristico – Gritaria Que Te Amo Tumbia Remix (free online)

 

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)

 

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.

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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)

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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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Lastly this is the first time I’ve distributed this podcast as an “enhanced podcast” in mp4 (m4a) format with built-in cover art and tracklist.  Please get back at me if you have any problems with this new access mode or if you want me to post a standard mp3 and I’ll get right on it.

 

Silverlink ft Badness and Jammer – The Message Is Love (incl Starkey Remix)


UK producer Silverlink released this massive hi-speed digi soca tune “The Message Is Love” back in April and now it’s time for a remix EP.  The original is seriously hype with some dnb-tempo 160bpm flows from both Jammer and Badness over a frenetic beat by Silverlink.  Remixes up now from L-Vis, Rude Kid, Mumdance, Starkey and The Heatwave in five styles.  Highlights for me were the Starkey and The Heatwave remixes, check out the full release out yesterday on No Hats No Hoods.

Silverlink ft Badness & Jammer – The Message Is Love

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The Mesage Is Love (Starkey Remix)

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The Message Is Love (The Heatwave Remix)  (Free DL)

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I also have to include this Mumdance Tropical 8-Bar remix:

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