posted 04.17.2013 by changet
If you haven’t noticed in the last year the rise of funky, bass line-driven house then you might need to get out more. It has taken the UK and world by storm the past 12 months and is showing no signs of stopping just yet. Next week the UK duo Taiki & Nulight have a new EP coming out on Cheap Thrills that is sure to smash dance floors around the globe.
The ‘Late Nights EP’ is set to be released in a little less than a week on April 21st. Four tracks make up this EP: ‘Take Me Up’, ‘Footwerk’, ‘Late Nights’, and ‘Offkey’. The instant you hear any of these four tracks, a rush of adrenaline flows through your blood stream in anticipation for the onslaught of jittery drums and pounding bass lines. All the tracks except for ‘Footwerk’ stick to the 2-step influenced flow, with the standout being ‘Offkey’. ‘Footwerk’ is a great grime track in the vein of Youngstar’s ‘Pulse X’ just waiting for any MC to step up and take it to the next level.
To celebrate the release they’re giving a track away for free. You can download it down below.
posted 04.10.2013 by cptn
Pantha: Milo, 18 years old, North London. He has been putting out quality boom-bap hiphop with his mate Bruno (16) under the name of Juvenile Techniques for a while now, but has recently started to cook up some very interesting slow-burning future beats. He explains his musical background to us while we patiently wait for his first EP under the Pantha moniker to drop.
What did your parents listen to and in what way did that influence your own taste?
“In terms of music, I certainly owe a lot to my mother. She was a huge hip-hop fan back in the day and when I was younger she was always describing gigs that she went to as a teen. As I got older, these stories became more interesting as I learned that the groups she went to see were acts like Wu Tang Clan! I grew up on a strict diet of artists like Stevie Wonder, Finlay Quae (Maverick A Strike was the first album I ever really got into), Erykah Badu and Marley. My mother saw it as important to give me a rounded musical education so she always made an effort to play me music outside of her own taste. This is something I am hugely grateful for and it is to this that I credit the fact I am able to enjoy a wide range of music.”
What inspired you to become a producer?
“I always find it strange to hear any artist talk of ‘the day the light broke through the clouds’ and they knew they had to make music. It definitely wasn’t like that for me anyway. I started to play around with bits of music software at about 14 but regarded it as an alternative to playing a games console, which I had never really got into but most of my friends were enjoying at the time. A few years later and I guess I am producing (and still losing every game of fifa I am forced to play).”
Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
“Where I would like to be in five years is a difficult question to answer so I will do what every good politician does under fire and answer a different question. What are my plans for the next five years you ask? Well, I have always planned to work as a runner in a studio and try and make my way as a sound engineer. That is something that I plan to do in the next couple of years so rather unexcitingly, I see myself probably being the studio bitch and making cups of tea for some very talented producers! Obviously, I plan to push ahead with my own music and if that went anywhere that would be great, but there is no big plan.”
If you had to pick five records to listen to for the rest of your life, which ones would you pick?
This is one question I hoped I wasn’t going to be asked but here goes:
Slum Village – Fantastic Vol. 1
Rodriguez – Coming From Reality
Pete Rock – Petestrumentals
Shlohmo – Places EP
Bob Marley – Sun Is Shining
I feel sick at some of the artists I have missed out but anyway, these are all albums that both me (and my neighbours) have listened to and will be listening to for a long time.
What can we expect from the upcoming EP?
His gorgeous flip of Aaliyah’s “Rock The Boat” surely rocked ours, sporting low-fi, Kode9-ish synths, staggering percussion and haunting vocal processing. All in all, Pantha ranks high on our “one to watch” list and we’re very curious to see where this new musical direction will take him. If you happen to be more of a hip-hop head, make sure you also check the quality Juvenile Techniques material linked below.
posted 03.23.2013 by changet
The latest from Hypercolour comes out on March 25th and features two songs from Huxley. This is of course the Bellywedge EP. Keeping with the Hypercolour tradition this is, of course, two great quality tunes. ‘Bellywedge‘ is a riding track pushed by a deep bassline that morphs into a dance floor killing stab. The vocals in this track are absolutely perfect. The way they drive the track is something else. ‘Little Things‘ is our favorite from this EP. It fakes you out with a garage teaser drop making you think ‘hmmm, that was rather uneventful‘ until you realize the track has just started to show you it’s magic. There’s not much to say about ‘Little Things’ since it just has to be heard. So all we ask is, turn up the speakers or plug in the headphones, take a deep breath, and listen.
posted 03.22.2013 by changet
Machinedrum, like always, comes at you with his ray-gun sending out frequencies and rhythms centuries ahead of our time. Jungle juke is the term they’ve coined for it. So hundreds of years from now when our great-great grandchildren are digging through our leftover belongings and they come across this 10″ or file on our hard drive, they’ll be stunned to know it was from way back in 2013…
The release is in ten days and is available digitally or on a limited run of 300 one-sided 10″.
posted 03.16.2013 by cptn
23:00 – 05:00 Central European Time.
23:00-00:00 CPTN (futureheads NL)
00:00-01:30 DIMA (stellar)
01:30-02:30 ASA (inspected)
02:30-03:30 PEVERELIST (hessle audio, punch drunk)
03:30-05:00 OTIK (prism, xlr8r, futureheads UK)
posted 02.27.2013 by cptn
Brilliant little EP from crafty Ukranian beat smith Gordikov. Earlier works of his have already been picked up by Loveless Records, and this gem is soon to be released by Italian DIY label Bad Panda Records.
The EP features 4 textured, atmospheric tracks that allow the listener a brief peek into Gordikov’s vision. First tune Stray Cat throws the listener straight into a lush audial urban environment, followed by an excellent, stumbling flip of the same tune by associate Radkovski. Among Crowd is clearly the highlight of the EP: tasteful, skippy garage with gut-churning bass. The final track, Stiff, slows things down to broken, organic rhythms.