The Bristol bass specialist is one of our favourite artists. He cracks open his vinyl collection to select over an hour of heavy, heavy riddims to help us celebrate the coming of Notting Hill Carnival in London and the August Bank Holiday weekend in the UK. Fire!
Guitars and pianos play wistful melodies behind haunting ambient tones. The EP contains no percussion, an artistic choice that would leave a lot of music sounding empty and directionless in its pace and rhythm, but works brilliantly for Nyul. Nothing is missing. Every sound and every note serves a purpose.
The music inspires a lot of imagery, partially through its attention to detail. A distant whistle behind a growling bass, noises with timbres that subtly change, all add to the nuances of the picture that is painted.
At times powerful and dramatic, at times minimal, calm, melancholy and sometimes totally still, When the Path Fades is beautiful in its melancholy. Dropping hints of post-rock onto a bed of dark and ambient electronica, it feels almost orchestral in its outlook.
1. When the Path Fades
4. There Is Not Enough Happiness For Everyone In This World
ark Sky return to open the Solid Steel show this week ahead of the release of their new album ‘Imagin’ coming out on Monkeytown Records. In their own words “This mix was recorded using two Technics sl1210s, a Urei 1601 mixer, two CDJs and an RE20 effect pedal. The aim was to showcase music we’re currently listening to, were listening to during the process of working on our debut album and to give a little flavour of what to expect from our shows on NTS radio.”
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Future Shock was a 2hr mix that DJ Food cooked up for an online ‘pirate’ radio station a couple of friends set up earlier this year called Altar Ego Radio. Billed as ‘Music from the Future you remember from your Past’, he mixed sci-fi electronica with a retro feel from Jokers of the Scene, Falty DL. The Books, Sculpture, Nico Motte and Jeremy Schmidt. Here’s the first hour, exclusively sans the chat of the original broadcast which was hosted like a regular radio show. Much like his recent Magpie Music mix of a few weeks ago he intends to expand on these themes in forthcoming Future Shock mixes focussing on the more electronic side of his current tastes. Altar Ego Radio will also be back on the air over the Auguse Bank holiday weekend, more info here http://altaregoradio.tumblr.com/
You can catch DJ Food in Brixton, London on 12th September at the Solid Steel Terrace Party alongside DK, DJ Cheeba, DJ Moneyshot and special guest Dauwd. More details here
N-Type & Surge collaborate again to bring you another genre breaking EP that pushes the boundaries of 140bpm / Dubstep / bass music. Their ethos in the studio is to break from the ‘norm’ an experiment freely with Groove, melody & bass whilst injecting influences from their roots. This is a clear evolution from their last EP “September Sun” which featured and almost classical score (September Sun Ft Pyxis) to hard hitting dance floor fillers like “Zombie apocalypse” & “Mega-tron”. “Stampede EP” is the next step on with a combination of different Flavors that show they are unafraid to experiment within the 140bpm tempo.
The hard hitting Dance floor track “Stampede” kicks off the EP, with an industrial kick and Sub driven stepper! “Colder than Mars” is a more traditional Dubstep Roller with elements of Grime and distorted Reece’s. “Katnip” breaks the mould again with rolling percussion and Jungle / hardcore influenced breaks.
“Increments” is a Reggae / Dub style track with the percussion talents of Anthony Rock on the Hang drum. The Hang drum uses some of the same basic physical principles as a steel pan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator. The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steel pan and other instruments. Anthony is a talented percussionist who plays an infectious melody that compliments N-Type & Surge’s use of instruments and bass. “Increments” has an almost ‘Western’ sound and is Dub track, full of emotion and vibe.
The bonus track “Clobber” completes the EP with a up tempo, 808 minimal baseline roller with massive ‘Acid’ style 303 second drop. The vocal sample puts the icing on the cake courtesy of award winning Breaks DJ/Producer Krafty Kuts.
The “Stampede EP” has gained exclusive support from N-Type on Rinse Fm, Surge, Hatcha on Kiss 100fm, Walsh, Quest (Antisocial ent) and Chefal (Flex Fm).
Rolling in heavy with a double A-side deuce, Liondub International is going deep into the old school for its 22nd release with heavy tracks from Navigator featuring Bass Nacho on the mic and remix work across both cuts from Canadian upcomer Code Red. Marking over 25 years in the game with releases on the legendary Adam C’s RAM Records, Moonshine, Black Butter and previous drops for Liondub, Navigator is coming in strong in 2014 with this teaser package for his forthcoming album for Liondub International / ODT Music. Code Red has been released by Newcastle heavyweight Original Sin’s Image Musik, and is quickly rising to the top in the contemporary drum & bass scene.
‘Kingston 11’ takes no prisoners in a durty jump-up style and rides waves of distorted bass, video game effects and sirens behind Bass Nachos ragged flow. The ominous beginnings of ‘Inequity Worker’ lay the stage for an intense chat from Navigator himself over a stripped-back production with massive waves of sub bass and rolling drum breaks. Firmly on the contemporary tip but carrying the weight of Navigator’s long history alongside Code Red’s rising star, Liondub International is boxing in drum & bass from both sides for 2014.
Early support from Bryan G, DJ Hype, Jumping Jack Frost, A-Sides, Nicky Blackmarket, Marcus Visionary, Crytical Dub and more.
This is not Dirty Skank Beats first rodeo. Before the ‘Mad Combination Riddim’ he has remixed such luminaries as Capleton, Sizzla, Anthony B, Ninja Man, Dreadsquad, Lutan Fyah or Daddy Freddy.
This new assault on your bass bins comes with two versions and an instrumental. Version 1. ‘Step In Ya Face’ has an original vocal from Suku of Ward 21 who has collaborated with Major Lazer or Chase & Status to name a few while version 2. ‘Stamina’ sees the new up & coming artist Doubla J blessing up the mic. Mad Combination Riddim is what you might call Dancehall and Drum & Bass meeting in a sweaty little club, for a dance off.
Andy Smith is no stranger to curating and mixing compilations. His 1998 ‘The Document’, a multi-genre mix album, is considered a defining musical moment of a generation. Of course, you may know Andy’s work as the seminal band Portishead’s tour DJ and record digger for their first 2 albums. Since the Portishead tours he’s established himself as an in demand underground producer working with the likes of Scott Hendy (Boca 45) under the name Dynamo Productions and touring with Fugees, Republica & Prophets Of The City.
Andy’s credentials make him the perfect choice to compile and mix Jet Stars latest offering ‘Lovers Rock’. The selection reaches into the British lovers rock scene and pulls out some gems both classic and hidden from the labels vast b
Jet Star has been synonymous with Reggae in the UK since the 80’s. Arguably the UK’s biggest reggae label, they are know for releasing their ‘Reggae Hits’ albums along with being heavily involved and influencing the early 90’s Rag
ga Jungle scene.
This taster of Andy Smith’s ‘Lovers Rock’ features Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson, Barry Biggs, Sister Audrey and gives you a great impression of what this album is all about.
The full album has been carefully and respectfully pieced together by Andy. It evokes the vibe of the period in a unique and credible way. This album serves as both a gateway to the Lover Rock scene and a comprehensive and essential collection for the discerning reggae fan. Proceedings get underway with Winston Reedys sultry ‘Dim The Light’. Highlights among the many on the album include Dennis Brown & John Holt’ s collaboration ‘Wild Fire’, Barry Biggs version of the classic ‘Love Come Down’ & Kofi’s ‘Black Pride’
Next up for the Sub Slayers Mix Series compilations they’ve drafted in Jersey bass dons Schema to hand select their best Dubstep cuts from the catalogue and compile them together in one mighty DJ mix!
1. Rhythm Riders feat Aswad, Renegade Soundwave & Solomon – Come With The Love (DJ Madd remix)
2. Serial Killaz – Man A Talk
3. Jinx In Dub – Shaka Sonics ft Mikey Don (Rob Sparx remix)
4. I.D. – Fresh Air
5. I.D. – Slope
6. I.D. – Tell Ya
7. Skanx – Afrika (6BLOCC ‘Steppers remix’)
8. RackNRuin – Selecta Dub feat The Black Seeds
9. Toronto Is Broken – Spirit Song 2012 (Schema remix)
10. Black & White – 2Bad 2Rude (Schema remix)
11. High Rankin – Corner Of Ya Block
12. King Yoof – Gangland Riddem
13. Schema – Fumin feat Cheshire Cat (Atomic Drop remix)
14. Ellis Dee & DJ Twista – Touch Me ft Marie Lousie (Rocket Pimp Remix)
15. Jay Cunning & One Sinner – Bad Girls (High Rankin Remix)
16. Yoof (Sonz Of Mecha) – I’m On Fire ft The Dirty Rich
17. King Yoof – Warrior Charge ft. Jah Mirikle (Hellfire Machina Remix)
18. Schema – Savage Henry
19. Various Artists – Sub Slayers: Series 03 – Dubstep (mixed by Schema)