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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.

 

Steppin into Tomorrow with SNF 023 04.19.10 on Dubstep.FM


New sounds this week from Helix, Robot Koch, Albert, Blind Prophet, The Next, Cairo, Africa HiTech, VVV and tons more.  Sounds inside from many different mutations of bass music.  This is also a milestone as this marks the transition from Ableton Live to Serato, which is damn exciting.  Live every Monday from 6-8pm PST @ dubstep.fm.

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Tracklist:

Africa HiTech – Sound of Tomorrow (Warp)
Helix – Vrai (forthcoming Other Heights)
Hate – Human Resources (whitelabel)
Wedge & Aesoteric – A Night on the Wonk (Gemmy Remix) (If Symptoms Persist)
Terror Danjah – Zumpi Hunter VIP (Planet Mu)
Robot Koch – Listen To Them Fade (forthcoming Project:Mooncircle)
Africa HiTech – Blen (remix) (Warp)
Albert – Some are Coming
Udachi & Jubilee – Smoke Rings (Mike Hindle’s “UK” Remix) (free online)
VVV – Project Y (Fortified Audio)
Blind Prophet – When Will We Be Alone
Sinden & SBTRKT – Kind of Familiar (Grizzly)
Zinc – Blunt Edge (Bingo Bass)
Zinc ft Ms Dynamite – Wile Out (Bingo Bass)
Major Lazer – Hold the Line (DJ Madd Refix) (free online)
The Next – Dreamcatcher
Helixir ft G. Rina – Let You Drive (free online)
Kromestar – Jasmine (Dub Philosophy)
LeyeMeyeD – All De Heirs (Autopilot Remix)
Cairo – I Feel
CRST – Turn Away (Bigger than Barry)
Hypno – Over The Top
Albert – Crosseyed
Cairo – Love Fields
Robot Koch – Brujeria (forthcoming Project:Mooncircle)
Hate – Cunning Love (whitelabel)
Joy Orbison vs Young Money – Hyph Mngo To Go (DJ Dials Vocal mix)
J:Kenzo – Tropic Thunda (Argon)
Jack Sparrow – Terminal (Tectonic)
DJ Pastek – Magnesio vs 2562 (free online)
Subreachers – Upside (forthcoming Haunted Audio)
Starkey – Fidelio (Planet Mu)
Starkey ft P-Money – Numb (Planet Mu)
Consequence – Pseudo Echo (Exit)
Spectrasoul ft Mike Knight – Melodies (Exit)
Calibre – Step Toe (Signature)
dBridge, Instra:mental & Skream – Acacia Avenue (Autonomic)
Instra:mental – Watching You (Nonplus)
Fill – All The Same (2circles, free online)

 

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.