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Review: Nate Mars – Concentric Circles LP with a FREE download


Nate Mars coming out of New York comes with a reggae-infused dubstep offering with his album Concentric Circles out now on Blipswitch.  The album explores a variety of sounds but keeps a consistent heavy, fuzzed out and sometimes wobbly bassline.  The instrumentals are complemented by a host of vocalists from New York and abroad including Juakali, Jahdan Blakkamoore and Junior Culture.  I’m just going to sample a few tracks here, click the cover image or the Juno link below to hear previews of the full album.

Nate Mars ft Juakali – Horizon

Juakali really shines in this track with haunting vocals over a syncopated beat complete with a heavy bassline and echoed sax.  Large.

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Nate Mars – Higher to the Bass

Higher to the bass and higher to the treble on this one with a distorted lead synth taking you through alongside some horns.  Feels to me like the lead synth is dancing around the beat keeping it fresh.

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Nate Mars ft Jahdan Blakkamoore – Praylude

The build in this one is epic but is left out of this preview, trust that it’s serious.  When the bass first hits it’s like a tsunami – this is a formidable intro tune to be sure.

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Nate Mars ft Jahdan Blakkamoore – Above and Beyond Dem (Download)

Last up is the free tune coming from a collabo between Nate Mars and Jahdan, this one I’ve been seriously into for a while now.  The instrumental from Mars hits hard, and the lyrics from Jahdan are among his best.  Download and enjoy this one thanks to Nate Mars & Blipswitch.

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Pick “Concentric Circles” up now at Juno and other online music retailers.

 

Sexadelic Meltdown with Machine Drum, Mozaic, Sleepyhead, Bogl, Dials, Rastatronics, Nasty Nasty and more


Location: Mighty (map & info)
Description: Get ready to bow your heads to the roughest styles of electronic music at the most classic venue in San Francisco!!! PLUS Cruz’s Party Tour Bus! PLUS a fatty Live Art Production! Gonna be serious with two separate rooms of music.
Date: 2009-11-12
Tickets: $7 (BARGAIN)
 

Blackboard Jungle: From Dub to Dubstep (Lee Perry & Jahdan Minidocumentary)


Subatomic Sound brings us this excellent minidocumentary about the evolution of Dub to Dubstep music, focusing on Lee Perry and Jahdan Blakkamoore. Lee “Scratch” Perry is a legend among dub producers and has always been known to push the boundaries of music, consistently bringing new electronic elements into his sound of dub.  It’s not surprising that he started making Dubstep given this since it’s the next evolution of sound.  This documentary traces the roots of Lee Perry’s dubstep sounds and focuses on some fresh developments, with excellent live concert footage and a short interview with Rusko. Featured on vocals are the stylings of Jahdan Blakkamoore.  Subatomic Sound sums it up:

1973, Jamaica.  2009, to the world!  The story of the seminal dub album “Blackboard Jungle” from Lee Scratch Perry and King Tubby that was cornerstone of the dub music craze that would extend around the world.  In 2009 Vienna’s dub masters Dubblestandart called on Perry to revisit the vibes.  This collaboration stretched around the globe to involve New York City’s dub scientists Subatomic Sound System & rising reggae vocal talent Jahdan Blakkamoore, and resulted in the first ever original dubstep tunes from Lee Scratch Perry plus a journey back into the Blackboard Jungle!

Lee Perry has now put out a number of excellent dubstep tunes and has worked with many producers including Kode 9:

Dubwise version of Max Romeo’s – Chase the Devil (produced by the Upsetters), redubbed by Lee Perry, Dubblestandart and G Corp:

And the featured tune of the documentary ‘Blackboard Jungle’ with Jahdan Blakkmoore and the Subatomic Sound System:

Dubblestandart ft Jahdan Blakkamoore – Blackboard Jungle (Subatomic Sound Respect The Foundation remix)

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Dubblestandart ft Jahdan Blakkamoore – Blackboard Jungle (Subatomic Sound Respect My Shit remix)

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Lastly, the first Lee Perry dubstep tune from Subatomic Sound & Dubblestandart:

Dubblestandart – Iron Devil (Subatomic Sound System Remix)

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For the time being you can pick up Jahdan & Subatomic Sound’s version of Blackboard Jungle on wax though I hear it’s almost sold out. Get after this:

Juno

 

Jahdan Blakkamoore – Buzzrock Warrior


Vocal prowess, innovative and excellent production, top notch guest MCs and a diversity of styles makes this album one of the tops of the year for me.  It came out two weeks ago now on Gold Dust and I’ve been dying to write about it but things just stacked up, you know.  Featured on vocals is obviously Jahdan Blakkamoore with appeareances from Durrty Goodz (if you slept on his 2009 album get it NOW), 77Klash, and Abena Koomson.  Production comes mostly from Dutty Artz members DJ /Rupture and Matt Shadetek who have generated a stunning diversity of sound from the medieval ’step of ‘Get Hustlin‘ to the bhangra-esque beat on ‘Lets Go‘ and the dancehall feel of ‘Dem a Idiot‘.  Production is tops.  My one complaint is the strong use of autotune on this, but in some circumstances it adds to the vibe.  Personal preference I guess, been hearing a lot of that floating around lately (or maybe I’ve been listening to too much Mavado).

Samples of my picks off the album below, pick it up at the usual places.  Also some free tunes from Jahdan thanks to XLR8R here and here.

Jahdan Blakkamoore – Get Hustlin

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Jahdan Blakkamoore – What U Know About This

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Jahdan Blakkamoore – Lets Go

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Jahdan Blakkamoore ft 77Klash – Dem A Idiot

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Jahdan Blakkamoore – Runaround

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Jahdan Blakkamoore ft 77Klash – She Said

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Beats by the Bay with Sub Swara, Marty Party, The Gaslamp Killer, Lazersword, and many more


Location: Mission Rock Cafe (map & info)
Description: Bigtime afterparty here for the Outside Lands festival over on the east side of San Francisco at the Mission Rock Cafe. Big lineup bringing heat from New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Save some energy for the nighttime!
Date: 2009-08-29
Tickets: $20 presale @ inticketing, $25 at the door.

 

Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General, Buzzrock Warrior, and more


Jahdan Blakkamoore of the Dutty Artz crew caught my eye (ear?) a while ago but I’ve been hooked ever since the XLR8R Full Hundred podcast mixed by Matt Shadetek. There’s strictly fire on this mix, and since it came out many of the tunes have been picked up and a full album has been announced.  I’d like to preview some tunes with Jahdan on the mic, he’s one to watch this year.  The entire Dutty Artz family with their New York Tropical sound are on something delightful and I’ll definitely be keeping a look out for more of this new flavor of music.

Jahdan Blakkamoore – The General (Liondub International)

I featured the original of The General and a remix by Portland’s Noah D in my last podcast and really can’t get enough of it. Four versions total on the 12″ release: the original, the Noah D remix, the Marcus Visionary remix, and the acapella. This is a sampler off the LP Buzzrock Warrior due out soon.  This to me is a perfect blend of reggae lyrics with a dubby beat.  Jahdan control the whole entire district.  You can pick your flavor of choice between these three versions:

Original mix (prod. Liondub & Matt Shadetek):

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Noah D Remix:

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Marcus Visionary Remix:

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Long Road (forthcoming The Agriculture)

I’ve only heard short clips of the original but this sounds like another solid reggae production from Liondub & Jahdan with conscious lyrics and an excellent rhythm. Then came Shadetek with the remix (which I think starts at about 27 seconds in this clip from the XLR8R podcast) and transformed the original via a relentless synth and monster halftime beat. I’ve been trying to hunt down info on this one and happily just heard that it’s slated to come out on The Agriculture next month. Salute!

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Major Lazer – Cash Flow (Downtown)

Diplo & Switch’s project “Major Lazer” has been getting lots of hype including many remixes of “Hold the Line” after they put out the acapella with Mr. Lexx. The full-length LP is an eclectic collection of songs of various bass-related genres with many guest vocalists.  This one featuring Jahdan was made available for free via /rupture’s blog (negrophonic.com).  It’s lyrically solid and ends with a nice synth horn bit, good rootsy tune.

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Download this tune.

Lastly I gotta give a shoutout to Dutty Artz, Shadetek, DJ /Rupture, Geko Jones, and Jahdan’s forthcoming album Buzzrock Warrior due out this September.  It features Modeselektor, Maga Bo, Durrty Goodz, Chancha Via Circuito, 77Klash, Abena Koomson, and others.  The General is a sampler for this which, if that’s any indication, will make this an album to remember.  The General is out now on Liondub International, Noble Society – Take Charge (LP) featuring Jahdan out on Lustre Kings, We Are Radiers on Dutty Artz, and Heartbroken with Liondub and Noah D on the remix out yesterday on Earwax.  Look out also for Marcus Visionary’s soca/kuduro flavored remix of Noble Society – Mama So Divine out soon on Liondub International.  Forward!

 

Two Fresh Releases with Live Instruments (Bakir & Dubsworth, Overcast Radio)


Live instrumentation provides a sound that’s really hard to capture using typical electronic production methods which is nice to hear in dubstep.  I’ve got a couple fresh releases here demonstrating this, Dubs Alive 003 with Bakir (trumpet) & Dubsworth (guitar) and Surface Tension 002 from Overcast Radio (guitar, rhodes), Michael Leonhart (trumpet) & Daniel Carter (sax).  The styles in these two are very diverse from aggy dancefloor beats to post-rock influenced dubstep to jazzy, spacy sounds.  Straight to the releases which are both available online, with a digital release of Overcast Radio slated for June 18.

Dubs Alive 003 – Bakir & Dubsworth

Dubs Alive 003

First up is the most recent Dubs Alive release with both the label and musicians coming from San Francisco.  Bakir & Dubsworth come with three styles on this one, each with various live instrumentation.

Bakir & Dubsworth – Gatekeepers

The first track on this release is “Gatekeepers,” an 8 minute long evolution of sound that really reminds me of work by Godspeed You Black Emperor or Mice Parade, except in a dubstep style.  Definitely a new flavor for me.

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Dubsworth ft. Bakir – Dirty Suthin

Next up is a big wobbler with spacy guitar and ambient trumpet effects which come together to create a serious dancefloor tune.  I love how the wobble plays off the guitar in this one, nicely done.  Look for this one in the next Dubstepped Radio podcast coming soon.

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Bakir ft. Dubsworth – Score

The guitar in this one sounds like it came from a late 70s blaxploitation film crossed with Rockers.  Nice the upbeat guitars crossed with the rugged ambient synth holding things together.

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Surface Tension 002 – Overcast Radio ft Michael Leonhart and Daniel Carter

Surface Tension 002This next one is from Surface Tension Recordings based out of Indianapolis featuring the productions of Overcast Radio (Chris Jones) out of Brooklyn.  I can’t get enough of this music to be honest, and am not the only one.  It’s impossible to listen to this without feeling like you’re wandering down some moonlit street, maybe in the rain, on the hunt for clues.

Overcast Radio – Midnight Sun

The ambiance in this song is amazing, and the imagery it evokes is powerful.  One for the thinkers and the late night crew.  Put this on when you’re driving home after a night out, guaranteed to fit the mood.

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Overcast Radio – Vendetta

My pick of the two is the b-side with gorgeous sax from Daniel Carter and a complex, rolling bassline.  There’s been lots of discussion recently about the sounds used to make basslines and this is a perfect example of excellent sound design when choosing bass notes, at least in my opinion.  The way this rolls out of my speakers is perfect and the sound it makes is positive and uplifting. If you get this one digitally get it in FLAC or you’ll be missing out.

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Dub Mission ft Kush Arora and Juakali with DJ Sep


Kush Arora vs JuakaliLocation: Elbo Room (map & info)
Description: Bashment Session with Kush Arora vs Juakali. Both have new albums coming out and this is the Surya Dub release party for Kush Arora’s Dread Bass Chronicles.  Check the dub mission youtube channel for videos.
Date: 2009-04-26
Tickets: $7 presales @ brownpapertickets
 

Svpreme Fiend – Prover


Svpreme FiendThis one’s a deep song from Svpreme Fiend (v for u in homage to black metal) out of Queens, NY.  The song conjures images of walking home in the rain late at night and watching the city alive with workers and machines.  You pass by a street musician who is singing on an ancient sound system in a church and sit down to have a listen.  Out comes this tune.

Effected vocals coexist with synth bells and clicks for ambiance leading to a sound akin to Synkro, Pangaea, VVV, DFRNT, or Burial.  A must listen for fans of the deeper sound in dubstep/2-step.

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