September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
When you stumble around on the internet, the large majority of what you find is either related to boobs, beer, sports, or more boobs. Rarely is it that you stumble across a musician that makes you actually stop what you’re doing and listen to the point you have to remind your brain what it is you’re actually meant to be doing. Holy Other is Berlin based and the German has a bleak, almost depressive tone towards his tunes, especially in his melodies and plodded drum programming. A quick trip through his Soundcloud and Myspace pages show a nice little collection of tunes that illustrate his skills brilliantly. If you want atmosphere; dark, rich atmosphere from your tunes, then Holy Other, well yeah…just listen.
September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
Whilst the promise of new record labels is always an exciting one, its that little bit more so when the label in question is promising to push some pretty special, experimental sounds.
The plan is a digital release, once a month which will not be limited by genre or bpm. Every four months, there will be a dub/dubstep vinyl release limited to strictly three hundred copies which will never be repressed. This is a model that more grassroots labels should follow.
Another side to the label and business is a 56 page Arts magazine which will be in stores nationwide in February 2011.
The first release from the Fent Plate stable comes on October 4th with a cut by Box Mouse.
The second by Kochari hitting on October 24th
For more release information and news concerning the magazine check the website.
September 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
Okota is based in Norwich, and leans towards the melodic, garagey kind of dubstep. After playing in bands as a teen, he found he preferred to be on the recording side of things, then moving on to Djing after becoming a part of his local Free Party scene. This lead to him playing out at many of Norwichs student nights. This love for the technical aspect of music lead him down the path that many of us have travelled and the very same path where many have lost their way. Whilst he was travelling, he made contacts netting him a deal for a forthcoming EP with New Zealand based label Bassweight Recordings. His music is chock with dark, brooding basslines, melodic squelches and drums that show a quality example of why people should sit up and take notice. His mixes aren’t half bad either!
EP on Bassweight Recordings
Quirk In The Law + remixes on Hole Recordings
Split with Submerse on WAR Cartel
Roll Up on Uncoiled Loops Buy Here
War Cartel Records
September 10, 2010 § 1 Comment
Easy Matt, for those who may have just stumbled upon this site, let people know who you are, the style of bass driven music you produce, how long you’ve been twiddling knobs for and what you’re currently working on if that’s cool?
Hello, my name’s Matt and I produce under the name ‘Phaeleh’. I make a lot of music around 140bpm, most of it quite chilled with the occasional heavy stuff from time to time. Been producing on and off for about 10 years or something, but only seriously in the last 3 I’d say. At the moment I’m having a bit of time off of music to spend time on my label Urban Scrumping Records, just getting the next few releases ready for that, as well as hatching some plans for the future… I recently finished an album called ‘Fallen Light’ which is out on October 25th on Afterglo Records.
Afterglow is one of the most perfect songs I’ve heard this year. How exactly did the collaboration with Lu (Soundmouse) come about? As far as I’m aware, you’re both in opposite ends of the country (Bristol & Canterbury respectively)? Did you expect the mix as a whole to be so well received and what other collaborations can we expect in the future?
Thanks! I’m still pretty amazed at the amount of love this tune has been getting!
As I remember, one of my good mates (and 303 ninja warrior) Jeeroj sent me a link to his friend’s facebook page, as he thought I’d like her voice and it might chill me out after a stressful few days. I was flicking through the songs, when suddenly came across her cover of ‘Heart Shaped Box’ by Nirvana. This completely mesmerized me, and I think I must have listened to it at least 100 times on loop.
Jeeroj suggested I hit her up to see if she’d be interested in doing a tune together. I thought I’d take it one step further and just write the basis of a tune there and then, so quickly knocked out a rough instrumental track in about 20 minutes and sent it over. I then got a reply from Lu saying she really liked the tune and was up for working on some vocals. She then sent over some vocal takes, I did a few tweaks to the mixdown, and the tune was done really quickly. I’ve spent months mixing vocals before, this tune was a relatively simple process.
In terms of collabs there’s always a few on the go with other producers, though it’s often a case of people finding the time to work on things. Started stuff this year with Boot, Indigo, Kidkut, Von D and TMSV, but not sure when we’ll get time to finish those off, hopefully it’ll happen at some point.
I’m currently working on a tune with a new signing to Urban Scrumping, J-One, who’s a ridiculously talented producer.
I was also chatting to another dubstep producer about doing some kind of G-Funk project with slap bass, synth-wah guitars and vocoders. I still can’t work out if we were serious or not, but something like that could be quite entertaining…
You’re in the formative stages of setting up a record label “Urban Scrumping”. No need to guess how the Scrumping reference fits, but what exactly is Urban Scrumping if anything and what styles of music should we be expecting to hear?
I think the name was originally stolen from a Bill Bailey sketch about kids in the West Country stealing car stereos or something. We’ve been going since 2008, though it’s always been done more in the background to my production stuff, but looking to change that now and start putting some more focus on the label and start pushing it more effectively. I guess most people associate us with the deeper end of dubstep, with more 2-step, minimal vibes, such as myself, Apathesis, Gyu and Sclist. But there are a couple of heavier releases on there from people like Darkham and Full Spektrum. I can see us pushing some different sounds in the future, my tastes are always changing, and I’m hoping that the overall label sound develops over time, rather than starting to repeat itself and become too predictable.
Am I right in thinking you used to produce ambient stuff under a different name, can you tell people a little more about that and if anything will surface anytime soon?
I used to produce electronica under the rather lazy name ‘Preston’, which is my surname. I had my first release on a wicked little label called Boltfish Recordings, with an album called ‘Aespatia’. It was mostly tunes written from around 2001 to 2006. There’s still about 3 or 4 tunes on that release I still really like, and a wicked remix by a Russian artist called Test Pressing, but there’s definitely a few tunes which I regret going on there, I wasn’t a big fan of them at the time, and I’m certainly less so now.
I haven’t got any plans to resurrect that project, but I have recently started a few side projects anyway, so who knows if any of them will have a more electronica twist.
Any chance of a free 320? Anything sat around waiting for a while for a release that never came or is it something you just wanted to get out there?
Well I haven’t really got any Phaeleh tunes sitting around at the moment I’m afraid, most of the unsigned stuff is lined up for potential releases. Seeing as you mentioned the older stuff, here’s a couple of older Preston tunes from that album, Time (2006) and Swerky (2001). Production and sounds might not quite be up to the more recent Phaeleh tunes, but you can get an idea of the overall sound which was really my starting point in electronic music, for anyone who might be interested.
Thanks again man, big up!
September 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
From the early 1920’s onwards, the radio has been a source of emerging musical talent and over the years, a lot of radio presenters have come and gone. Many of them disappearing without leaving a mark on their countries music scene, let alone the worlds.
For me, there are two people that radically changed the way the music press and general public appreciated music over the past three or four decades. The first, John Peel.
Through his Peel Sessions he brought attention to extreme metal bands like Napalm Death(One of the most “out there” bands to played on commercial radio at that time). Without his support, they probably would’ve stayed a small, back room of a pub kind of band. He only played music that moved him, and as a consequence, influenced generations of music lovers.
The same thing happened to the second person I’m going to celebrate in this article.
Mary Anne Hobbs.
Another champion of all things strange, heavy and boundary pushing, she cemented her place on the world stage when the Breezeblock show she was in charge of aired its “Dubstep Warz” special. For Dubstep, a small genre played in dark, grimy clubs in the ends of London, it was a monumental event. She broke the careers of some of the worlds best modern dance music producers and shone a light over a dark and ever mutating UK bass music scene. So when it was announced she was to leave her show after 14 years with the BBC, it is safe to say a lot of people were upset. For many, myself included, it meant an end to an era. Where does it go from here, who will take her place, will they be able to fill her shoes; all questions that have flown around the internet forums over the past few weeks. For me, I don’t care. Things end for a reason. Life is finite and the world keeps turning.
Ms Hobbs bowed out in the best way possible. By having two of the scenes most respected and highly influential producers curate a mix that was ultimately heartbreaking. Burial & Kode9 managed to capture everything that the Breezeblock and the Experimental Music show stood for. Progression, artistic integrity and above all, emotion. After all, music is made to stir our primal instincts, is it not?
Long live Radio 1. Long live MAH.
September 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
Another local. Another producing the grim as fuck wobbles. Dr Bloodnugget has sprung up out of no-where and has a massive selection of chest rattling, bowel loosening tracks up on his soundcloud. If its the filthier than thou style of dubstep you’re into, you should find a good few new favourites.
September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment
Doomtrooper is from my hometown. Quite a young lad, but has a wealth of production talent for making absolutely massive dance floor destroying tunes. Part of Dominant Species alongside producers Ill Bill Bachelor, Mr Boogie, Suspect, Skinzmann he already has quite a few well known DJ’s backing him. Check out his tune Tin Grin. Grim wobbles.