August 22, 2012 § 1 Comment
DJ Pinch doesn’t fuck around. Seemingly not content with snagging some of the most forward thinking, eclectic, genre transcending beats from the likes of Distal, Roska and Grenier, he is also continuing to lock down some of the heaviest riddims eyes-down dubstep has to offer. Rumours of a new VIVEK plate landing on the legendary Bristol based label have been doing the rounds over the last few months and this entry on Red Eye Records seems to confirm the tracks, meaning we will finally see a release for two highly sought after constructions – Against The Tide & Trinity.
Collectively, these two hold more weight than a packed out Police van – we all know VIVEK knows how to make a thunderous sub – and are typified by those rough around the edges, raw aesthetics he never fails to infuse in his beats. No official previews as of yet but you can hear a clip of Against The Tide here, and Trinity here, although the best plan would be to just hit System this Friday and hear them on a soundsystem instead.
August 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
In a week where you could cut the excitement in the air for Outlook & Dimensions with a knife, there is little better to listen to than this typically fresh mix from talented musician and all round badman Planas. The Ranking Records chief has put together a veritable feast of bass-laden classics and sun drenched licks, peppered with a few forthcomings and exclusives; the perfect soundtrack to get you in the mood for the impending Croatian festivities.
The mix is being streamed via Outlook’s Soundcloud, and they have asked for a few more likes on the Planas Facebook page before a download link is made available – little to ask for such a rudeboy mix if you ask us…..get on it!
August 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
June was another busy month for bass music in America. Things kicked off in Brooklyn for Reconstrvct vs. Outlook with special guests V.I.V.E.K, Author, Pinch, and Jack Sparrow, alongside residents Joe Nice and Truenature. Audio from Author’s set is linked at the end of the post.
In the Midwest, Joe Nice made his long awaited return to Chicago for Bassweight at Smart Bar. Joe showcased brand new dubplates, including a world exclusive first play of DMZ – Misty Winter pt 2. Video footage from the night is linked below, and full interviews / documentation is coming soon.
Down south, Gritsy played host to Goth-Trad, who toured the States off the back of his album New Epoch. New Zealand natives Truth continued to gig across the country, and start up their own night at Ritual San Francisco called Deep, Dark and Dangerous – the newest in a growing number of foundation sound nights in the US. Elsewhere in California, SMOG’s Sunday Sessions continued to set the bar for monthlies, attracting international talent including Von D and MRK 1 alongside homegrown talent Kelly Dean and Eshone, respectively.
US producers released quite a bit of music this past month – Dubtek returned to form, dropping two quality tearout tunes entitled “Doin’ Wrong” and “Cerebral”. Grenier AKA DJG released a brand new 12″ on Photek consisting of “Say Something” / “Here Come The Dark Lights”. Both tunes delve into techno territory, retaining a 4×4 groove in place of a traditional half-step vibe.
July looks to be another big month, with Digital Mystikz hitting Los Angeles, Houston, and other cities as well as Coki doing several solo gigs, Seven beginning his US tour, Kahn debuting in the States and many more parties showcasing the low end across the country.
August 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Two producers who have been on everyone’s tongue as of late, Killawatt and Thelem, prove why they’ve been so highly revered with their latest Black Box release. The A-side, “Kaba,” begins with an atmospheric intro before descending into a rolling, techy, tribal affair. As usual with Killawatt tunes, the percussion is on point and his drums are as crisp as ever. The flip, “Point Of No Return,” has been a staple of Youngsta’s Rinse FM show for months. Truly, this tune is minimal at its best. Pulsating bass kicks, eerie vocal samples, and entrancing percussion round out this 12” as Black Box continues to show why it is arguably the best label in dubstep at the moment.