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Speaking With Sonkin


Recently, I caught up with Sonkin, a long time DJ working closely with the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey imprints gas recently started putting out some new styles. Check it out as he’s been kind enough to provide is with a short Q&A, a hefty mix for your Super Bowl Sunday, and clips from his new single. Hell yes to a man who puts Minimalistix in his mixtapes, I was just lamenting the other day that I don’t hear it as much as I’d like! Definitely keep an eye and an ear out for Sonkin in 2010, and don’t forget about his latest release Saturn on the Bass Wars EP from Atlanta’s Abstract Logic Recordings.

Sonkin & Rx – Saturn

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Check the mix, and tracklist below the fold!

ss: First things first, tell us a bit about where you are from, your label and current projects.

Sonkin: I’m grew up in Tampa, Florida, and have lived in almost ever region of the country. I moved to Philadelphia 3 years ago. I work for and with Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Records, both run by Dev79 and Starkey. You can expect quite a few releases this year on both labels from many exciting artists. (I know, really giving a lot away, eh?) Street Bass Anthems Volume 4 came out earlier this month. As for myself; I’m always working on tunes, have a few mixes on the way, and hopefully more releases this year… maybe even a vinyl release by the end of the year… In addition to playing out as much as possible. I would also really love to do some remix work this year.

ss: For those that don’t know you are a Florida native, who has since transplanted to Philly, both regions have a rich but individually unique musical history. Do you find you draw on influences from either? Tell us a bit on how you’ve developed the sound that listeners have become familiar with from you and the Slit Jockey camp.

Sonkin: grew up listening to a lot of metal and dirty south hip hop… I try to incorporate southern rap whenever I can. I think where someone lives or resides throughout their life definitely has a lasting impact on their music. I lived in LA for a bit prior to Philly, and basically discovered dubstep out there. When I lived in Orlando for college, I first got into drum n bass, bought my first set of turn tables, and started fucking around. I guess the rest is history. Part of the reason I was drawn to Seclusiasis and eventually made a member is my appreciation for urban music, in addition to bass heavy sounds, and the dance floor vibe. I could never really see myself playing anything that wouldn’t hold up in a club. Not to say I don’t enjoy listening to experimental music and what not in my spare time, just not really the sound I chose to define myself. At the same time, I don’t know if there is really any one sound I can chose to define myself as playing, haha. I like to see people dance and have fun… I hope my music can reflect that and not come across as overly angry or aurally assaulting. That would kinda suck, eh?

ss: Other than your release Saturn on the Bass Wars EP from ALR, what recently release have caught your attention the most?

Sonkin: I think Rwina has been killing it with eveything they’ve been putting out, period… Planet Mu also keeps chugging along… Starkey’s forthcoming full-length is ridiculous! I can’t stop listening to it! From what i’ve heard so far, I might go as far as to say that this will be the year of Kastle… just some amazing production from B. Rich! Kingdom is another producer/dj who has really caught my attention. He looks primed to annihilate shit in 2010. BD1982’s full length on Seclusiasis will present a fantastic and very different approach to dance music. Obviously, Numan and SDUK are both young guns with big tunes under their belts already… it’s scary to see how good they’ll get. So much good shit on the horizon!

ss: What can we expect in the future from Sonkin?

Sonkin: You can expect one full length, hopefully by the end of this year… maybe a single or two yielding from that. Perhaps an EP of collaborations with my man Rx, with whom I did “Saturn.” Looking to collaborate with Darrel Asbury (in progress), as well as Plastic Little dj/producer SiYoung Lee, Buddy Leezle and whatever other vocalists I can get down with on tracks. Eliot Lipp and I trade music and have talked about a potential collaboration. My goal is to convince Dev79 to find time in his busy schedule to work on a tune with me, so wish me luck, haha. Aside from that, I’m trying to increase my travel itinerary as much as possible… Doing a lot of shows in the next few months, which should lead to a busy summer on the festival circuit. Of course all of this still must permit time to chill with my 2 cats… they get temperamental when I’m on the road for too long.

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NastyNasty – The Reef and Haterade with Slugabed Remix


NastyNasty - The ReefNastyNasty comes with some futuristic laser music with this new release on Frite Nite including a huge remix by Slugabed.  Slugabed and NastyNasty along with Kid Simple, Zeno, Starkey, and a select few others have been producing this new sound that I can only attempt to describe as synth hiphop, Starkey calls it Street Bass, and I’m completely taken by it.  This release has three flavors, the 142bpm dubstep-compatible “The Reef”, a hiphop tempo remix by Slugabed, and a dancehall/house tempo entry with “Haterade”.  Definitely no haterade consumption personally, I’m enamored with all three tunes.  In your ears, instant:

NastyNasty – The Reef

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NastyNasty – Haterade

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NastyNasty – The Reef (Slugabed Remix)

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There’s a lot of this sound coming from Starkey and Dev79, like In Ya Face, the Try Humanity Remix, the Freeze Step remix, and BD1982’s Space Boots along with anything on Starkey & Dev79’s label Seclusiasis.  Love these all.  Check a full interview with them in XLR8R.

If you’re in the SF bay area make sure to catch NastyNasty this Friday with Joker & Nomad, gonna be a big one.  More to come on that soon…

 

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.

Stream:

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Tracklist:

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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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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Listen and/or purchase the whole remix EP here:

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