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Review: Scuba – Three Sided Shape / Latch Rmx (TRI002)

Scuba expounds on this years ‘Triangulation’ release with a forthcoming 12″ on his own HotFlush label.

Side A of the release is ‘Three Sided Shape,’ originally released as the third track of ‘Triangulation.’ A deeply melodic tune featuring a slowly sweeping atmosphere over filtered drums before dropping into hefty and ringed-out kick that marks what is easily one of my favorite drops of the year. Marked with dense vocal layers and panning rhythmic effects. As to be expected by anything coming from Scuba’s studio, ‘Three Sided Shape’ pays strict attention to detail creating a tune that is deep both for the soundsystem and the psyché alike.

The flip side of the release sees a remix of ‘Latch’, the preceding tune to ‘Three Sided Shape’ on the ‘Triangulation’ release. Scuba has tapped the efforts of Aus Music label head Will Saul, and house/techno producer Mike Monday who describes his sound as ‘a bit like Prince getting drunk with Mr Scruff in Royksopps house.’ While devoid of Prince’s trademark blistering guitar speed, Saul and Monday combine to give ‘Latch’ a fresh rework, preserving the smooth pads that marked the selection’s ambience while reworking the percussion and arrangement to give the tune an upbeat house vibe one expects from the Aus Music family of releases. A completely new aesthetic is given to the track, while still feeling distant at times like the original, the strong emphasis on booming house percussion here keep the track high-energy throughout the entire track.

Markedly less minimal than what most critics give credit for, this release re-emphasizes the producer’s current explorations of melody in modern bass music under his the ‘Scuba’ moniker. This release is slated for release both vinyl and digital on Sept 27.


Download: Mount Kimbie – Field, Crooks & Lovers preview

Mount Kimbie (Myspace) out of the London area are releasing their debut album on Hotflush next Monday.  To get you a bit excited for the release they’ve put out a track off it for free download called “Field”.  It’s a rather minimal track with eerie vocals, bleeps and echoey guitars that reminds me of an electronified version of The Album Leaf or some of Four Tet’s more electronic work.

The album as a whole showcases the duo’s diverse production ability with everything from the 1:26 “Adriatic”, a droney clip of chopped vocals, acoustic guitar and claps to the wobbly, 2steppy “Blind Night Errand” and the e-harpsichord sound of “Mayor”.  On the whole this album isn’t the most dancefloor friendly of the Hotflush catalog, but it is beautiful music and definitely worth checking out.

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Review: Sepalcure – Love Pressure EP (HF025)

I first heard music coming from Sepalcure back in February on Praveen’s excellent Lovestep Vol 2 mix and have been anxiously awaiting this EP ever since.  A huge addition to the Hotflush catalog, the Love Pressure EP has four tracks spanning BPMs with a common style of melodic lovestep/future garage/post-dubstep or other genre bending terms.  Prime “bass music”.  Sepalcure are Praveen of Percussion Lab and Machine Drum both out of NYC who just by all accounts played an amazing set at Dub War just last month.  Look out for this duo in the second half of 2010.

The title track “Love Pressure” is driven by a subtle 4×4 beat and well edited vocals that join up with some of the best pads I’ve heard in a while to form what is in my opinion a masterpiece of bass music.  Seriously danceable music that forces a smile onto my face every time I hear it.  In a similar vein the second track “Down” uses more syncopated kicks alongside a great woodblock to take you deep in the underground.  Sounding something like the love child of James Blake and Joy Orbison, this one is masterful also.  Just these first two alone put this EP among the best releases yet in 2010, but there’s two more to go.

The last two tracks on the b-side slow us down to the 125bpm area led up by “Every Day of My Life”.  This isn’t your normal 125bpm EDM though with a shuffly beat carrying pitched down vocals that remind me of both Pangaea’s “Router” and the singing of Michael McDonald simultaneously. Last up is the extremely emotive “The Warning” complete with harps, piano and beautiful atmosphere again over a shuffly, sparse beat.  This one makes me think of sitting by a cove on the pacific coast just watching the waves roll in with birds, wildflowers, and some little fluffy clouds blowing by overhead.

Check out audio of these below & click here to pick the EP up at beatport.

Sepalcure – Love Pressure EP [HF025] by Hotflush


Incyde podcast for Dub War

Big mix out this week from Incyde, a resident at Dub War in NYC.  He’s also linked up with Hotflush so this mix is packed with forthcoming releases.  I’m personally really into the tunes from Asusu, FaltyDL, XI, Djunya, Distance, and the whole mix to be honest.  Exquisite selection on this one.

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01. Dopplereffekt – Calabi Yau Manifold [Rephlex]
02. Al Tourettes – The Next Meal [forthcoming If Symptoms Persist]
03. Asusu – No Kya [dub]
04. XI – Slippin [forthcoming Immerse]
05. Pangaea – Neurons [Hessle Audio]
06. F – Forever [forthcoming 7EVEN]
07. Scuba – Three Sided Shape [forthcoming Hotflush]
08. Ben Verse – Inhale [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
09. F – Spacewalker [forthcoming 7EVEN]
10. FaltyDL – Body Down Mark [dub]
11. Sepalcure – Down [dub]
12. XI – Superwhatever (Incyde VIP) [dub]
13. Incyde – Station [dub]
14. Djunya – On The Verge [dub]
15. Al Tourettes – When I Rest, I Rust [forthcoming If Symptoms Persist]
16. Badawi – Lost Highway (Headhunter Remix) [forthcoming The Index]
17. Distance – Beyond [forthcoming Chestplate]
18. Ben Verse – Flip The Coin [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
19. Seven & Elvee – Breakdown [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
20. Compound One – Perhaps The Darkness [Compound One]
21. F – Funk Injection [forthcoming 7EVEN]
22. EPROM – Never [forthcoming Surefire Sound]
23. Scuba – You Got Me [forthcoming Hotflush]
24. Peverelist – Clunk Click Every Trip [Punch Drunk]
25. Dopplereffekt – Compactification [Rephlex]


Hotflush Podcast 06 ft Tommy Lexxus

Hotflush once again turns to a San Franciscan for their podcast, this time with Bassism records head Tommy Lexxus.  This mix is very diverse: deepness, hype tunes, some four on the floor, wobbles, reggae vibes and who knows what else.  Including the widely nominated tune of the year “Hyph Mngo” from Joy Orbison, fresh tunes from Von D, Scuba, some older Joker, and lots more.  Absolutely huge selections inside trust me, Lexxus is digging deep with this mix.


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Also if you missed the fifth Hotflush cast with Jus Wan, go and listen to that after the Lexxus one.


Hotflush Podcast 5 from Jus Wan

It’s a duality of mixes today, the second from Jus Wan for the Hotflush podcast. This one is the light to the darkness of the NTRLD mix for Redline, both together demonstrate all manner of fresh sounds in dubstep today. Both are also the fifth mix in their respective series.  SPOOKY.

A tracklist isn’t available for this one, but it’s coming from the deeper side of things.  Jacques Cousteau could never get this low.  Productions inside from Jus Wan, Addison Groove, DJG, Von D, DFRNT, and many more.  Look out for loads of new releases coming from these folks, DJG has about 5 coming out very soon, Von D has one soon come on Argon (and probably more), and Jus Wan himself is about set off a new label Pushing Red with the release Azure/Dwell and has one coming soon on Tube 10.

If you’re feeling this check out my Monday night show on dubstep.FM @ 6pm PST, and the Dubs Alive show on Thursdays at 6pm PST.  Also if you’re in the bay area make sure you hit up The Deep End tonight.


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