Wednesday July 8th 2015

Noisily Festival 2015 – Specimen A Festival Survival Guide.

The Noisily Festival is coming up on the 8th-12th July in Leicestershire, so we caught up with Specimen A, who is playing at the festival, to find out his essentials for surviving a summer festival.

1. Get yourself a good tent ! The first time I went to Glastonbury I borrowed my friends tent and he failed to tell me it wasn’t a tent, it was a fishing hut ! Make sure its a nice comfortable tent that you can have some relaxing time in, the bigger the better and preferably one that has a proper roof.

2. Money, lets face it, without money you can’t enjoy the festival in the way you want, so don’t turn up empty handed.

3. Drugs (The Prescription kind). Whether you need to take care of that headache or get off your tits, at some time or another you may want some drugs, so think ahead.

4. Wellington boots are a must. No one wants them outside of the festival but in a mud pit, the wellington boot wearers are loving it.

4. Umbrella. To accompany those boots, I would suggest this too.

5. Sun Glasses. On a brighter side of the weather debate, I also think you should pack some sun glasses.

6. Sun Block. To go with the sunglasses, you have to have sun block. Who’s the Squinty eyed Lobster ? Oh its you because you forgot your sunglasses and sun cream. Don’t be that person, protect yourself!

7. Booze. Booze is a good idea to take too unless you like waiting at the beer stand, also they don’t serve cider in 3 litre containers.

Honourable Mentions.
Also I think you should take a torch and a sleeping bag so you can find your way back to your tent and sleep it off. All that packed in your bag and I think you are set!.

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Mendoza – Houdini (S-Man Remix) [Love & Other]

Mendoza, the enigmatic singer joins Love & Other with two brand new remixes of her vibrant record ‘Houdini’.

Already premiered by Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 – veteran British DJ/producer Steve Lawler puts his spin on ‘Houdini’ following his huge Hot Creations release ‘House Record’ and remixing for Azari & III – creating an energetic Jackin’ House remix.

S-Man aka Roger Sanchez follows up taking the original deeper into the club following collaborations with Huxley and Tough Love plus relaunching his infamous Stealth label with his new signature style of stripped back rolling drums and intense sub-bass.

The ‘Houdini’ remixes drop on 6th July exclusively to Beatport.

Adrenalinez – The Lost City EP [Barely Legal]

Hailing from Huelva, Spain, with a resume of amazing tracks on Funndark Records, Musication Records, Buragum Records, Spektra Recordings, and Acida Records – Adrenalinez made his Barely Legal Records debut with ‘Wet Me’ back in March. He now returns with the euphoric ‘The Lost City’, the bass driven ‘Shift’ and the steppy vibes of ‘Food Jazz’.

Owned and operated by veteran DJ Justin Johnson, Barely Legal Records was formed in 1999 while Justin was the manager of the world famous Satellite Records. The label’s artist roster boasts original tracks and remixes from Dom Almond, Beatslappaz, Wardian, discObeta, EvilBeat, Adrenalinez, and more. Upcoming releases will include Wes Smith, RuN RiOT, Geon, B-Phreak, Gulf Gate Project, and Sychosis. Stand out classics releases feature stunning Funky Breaks from Scotty Marz, as well as tracks and collaborations with John Selway, Johnny Dangerously, 3PO, KMH, DJ Icon, Johan Afterglow, and more

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DJ Justin Johnson – Body Movin (The Breaks Remixes) [Barely Legal Records]

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Barely Legal records returns for their unrelenting assault on 2015. After the Adrenanlinez EP ‘The Lost City’ smashed the dance clubs in DJ sets by the likes of Lady Waks & 12th Planet, and got featured on the EDM Network, the label fires right back with an EP from label guru Justin Johnson.

His original version, released on Cable Recordings in 2012, is a bouncing, Tech House number. Bringing it bang up to date is Adrenalinez with a bass heavy breakbeat remix, entwining both a classic breaks feel, with a modern infusion of alternating basslines.

Continuing the heavy breaks vibes, Justin himself delivers his Faultline breaks remix that combines the original robotic vocal, with an infectious weighty bassline and a hard hitting, old skool drum sequence.

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MC Xander Festival Guide & Interview

Now that festival season is almost in full swing, we caught up with festival veteran MC Xander to ask him his 3 what essentials you need to survive a festival and what the difference is between being a punter and a performer.

1. What 3 items would you recommend people to take with them and why?

Head elevation is important. I’ve used flightcases as pillows before which I don’t recommend. One of those little bagged-up pillows will dramatically increase your chances of getting some sleep and save you the fruitless attempt of fluffing up your t-shirts all night. Head torch – everyone in your vicinity will be practically blind, but you get to feel like you’re a marine in some sci-fi… and you can put your tent up in the dark. Trolley – those orange ones from B&Q with the blow-up wheels are great for transporting carloads of stuff across every type of terrain. EVERY type. Even across broken glass, or lava, or black holes. I do not work for B&Q and the views expressed here are entirely my own and (probably) not endorsed by them.

2. You have played a lot of festivals all over the world. Whats the strangest experience you have had?

I once spent an afternoon with a group of consenting adults taking turns being whipped by a rubber chicken. Every time it seemed to get funnier. Why?

3. When was the last time you went to a festival as a punter rather than performing. And how do the experiences differ?

The last time I went as a punter was to Boom festival last summer, and I had all the fun. I don’t think I’d gone to a festival I wasn’t playing at for about 5 years before that. Festivals are very different when there is nothing you HAVE to do. I love playing gigs. But I’m always very ‘aware’ on the day and especially if I have been talking over loud music the whole time, I’m generally a bit worried about my voice and things like that. When you are just there as a punter you can just go on whatever adventures present themselves. I think at Noisily I’m playing on the friday night so that makes adventures the rest of the time more likely!

4. You are playing a few festivals this year, but our pick would be the Noisily Festival, what can people expect from your set?

Mainly gonna be my mouth reproducing tunes from the new album, Hymns, which is being released towards the end of ’15, plus some of oldies thrown in for good measure, and most likely a collab or two as there are some wicked artists sharing the bill with me that night.

5. What projects are you working on at the moment?

hmmm.. album, album, a couple of videos (doing a live one for the bass music awards after being nominated for best live act), some touring, and… album!! yeah I’m really excited to get Hymns out there, it’s been a long time coming now but it will be worth it!

6. Where can people find you online?

All the usual,
twitter: @mcxandermusic

You can catch MC Xander at the Noisily Festival 9-13th July. Click HERE for more details and tickets.

Smooth – Saturn 3 / Cardiac Arrest feat Rhymestar

Following up from his devastating release on Viper back in Feb (The Black Hole & Rollercoaster) which gained huge support with the likes of Futurebound, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Sub Focus, Loadstar, DC Breaks, Danny Byrd as well as a premier on Friction’s BBC Radio 1 Show, Smooth brings us his next Drum & Bass assault.

Leading the charge is ‘Saturn 3’, a no holds barred attack club banger that will show no mercy when it comes to tearing down walls. Thundering basslines and punishing kicks will see this one a firm favourite for months to come.

Stepping up for the flip the Viper prodigy calls in MC/songwriter/vocalist Rhymestar to deliver us ‘Cardiac Arrest’. The scene setting half time intro in rolls neatly but when that drop comes you better make sure you know where the nearest hospital is! A full tech work with all the trademark qualities you’d expect from Smooth as he continues is Drum and Bass journey to the top.

Not content with just giving speaker shaking music, Smooth will also be embarking on a huge Australian tour with Viper family members Matrix & Futurebound, The Prototypes, InsideInfo & Rhymestar in July this year.

The quest for world domination continues…

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Harry Shotta Show – Animal

‘I can’t believe he’s beaten Eminem’s record’ – Charlie Sloth (BBC 1 Xtra)
‘This is HARD’ – Jamal (SBTV)
Mistajam – Played 8 Jun on BBC Radio 1

A naturally gifted and multi award winning MC, Harry has always pushed the boundaries when it comes to the art of rhymes, writing an amazing body of releases that have given him continuous accolades from fans and top D.J’s.

As soon as he began to write to the instrumental that would soon become Animal, he realized this production would allow him to challenge himself and push his own levels to new limits. He furiously ripped through a plethora of double time speed rap patterns and quickly wrote to the songs standard radio arrangement. But this wasn’t enough. He now felt he could take on the challenge of beating Eminem’s record of ‘most words in a song’ so the beat was extended to the exact same length as Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ allowing Harry to beat Eminem’s record with an astonishing 1,771 words compared to Em’s effort of 1,560 on ‘Rap God’.

This record-breaking single drops June 8th with a simultaneous launch of the video on the biggest platform for Urban Music, SBTV. The video currently under review by the Guinness World Records and we look forward to receiving a certificate to say Harry has broken the existing world record by Eminem.

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Cause & Affect – Another Time Ft Jamie George [Fat! Records]

Following recent releases “Stampede” on Skrillex’s OWSLA label and “Don’t Like To Do” on Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label, Cause & Affect (aka Chris Lorenzo & Kane) return with a huge new single “Another Place” feat. Jamie George, out June 22nd on Fat! Records.

Birmingham-based producer / DJ duo Cause & Affect, aka Chris Lorenzo and Kane, are widely acknowledged for pioneering the UK House / Bass hybrid sound. Big releases on legendary labels OWSLA, Dirtybird, Strictly Rhythm and Bromance, recent killer remixes for Grades, Shift K3y and Ten Ven & Ripley, plus a ground-breaking weekly show on Rinse FM, has seen them secure incredible, international radio and media support, making fans out of the likes of Skrillex, Claude Von Stroke, Annie Mac, Steve Aoki and Diplo along the way.

On “Another Place”, Cause & Affect team up with Rinse Records vocalist Jamie George (known for his work with Zinc, Toddla T and Roska) – marrying a ridiculously catchy, topline melody with their monstrous, burrowing basslines.

With a phenomenal remix package courtesy of Taiki Nulight, Sinden, Ganzfeld Effect, Knoxa and Jakkin Rabbit, Another Place is set to take the club and festival stages by storm this summer, launching with a very special, debut live performance of Another Place, with Cause & Affect accompanied by Jamie George, at Fabric on June 19th.

BMotion – Bear Hug / Vice City

When Viper posted an anonymous clip from this release and asked their fans who they thought it was the results were unexpected to say the least. From Cyantific to Dimension, ShockOne to Wilkinson, Rene LaVice and The Prototypes, and many others in between, the guesses came in thick and fast but only one person from the dozens and dozens of responses pegged the artist correctly. The mysterious track was in fact by new Viper signing, 22 year old, BMotion, hailing from Wales.

A new addition to the Viper Recordings family, BMotion made his debut on the label last year with the single ‘Feelings’ / ‘Something, Something’, as well as appearing on Viper’s prestigious ‘Decade of Viper’ album with ‘Discotheque’ (a collaboration with Chords). With his sophomore outing, BMotion is showing a dark and heavy side to his production with the absolute club monster ‘Bear Hug’, backed with the musicality and funk of ‘Vice City’.

‘Bear Hug’ is just outright rude, obnoxious and in your face. No dance floor is going to be safe let alone be standing still when this is dropped. You can bet you’ll be hearing this in DJ sets for the rest of the year. Lightening up the mood on the flip, ‘Vice City’ comes correct with its 80s inspired intro and rolling basslines. This feel good tune would happy blast out of Crockett and Tubbs’ Ferrari while on the hunt for criminals on the Miami Vice circuit.

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