Chimpo – Backslang EP

A new Chimpo EP, Backslang always means a unique blend of bass music styles, heavy beats, lyrical wit….and maybe some monkey symbolism. He hits on all of those points with Backslang. I especially love Sneaky Cheeky…so good.

You can listen to all four tracks and buy the EP HERE.

Evolcast 011 – hosted by Gigantor

The backlogue to my mix list keeps growing. I am a long-time fan of Evol Intent and most of their offshoots. Gigantor keeps feeding his fanbase with free tunes and crunching podcasts and doesn’t appear to be letting up anytime soon. This week, the podcast features their new signee Bl4ck Owlz, new Noisia and Upbeats collab, new Doctrine, and some fresh WIPs just to name a few. Check it out.

Commix – Painted Smile – Free tune

So, I’m about 5 months late on this one, but just heard it in a Mako mix and had to find out what it was. I couldn’t find it in my archives or in any streaming service, luckily it was a free download from Metalheadz. Enjoy.

Here’s the Mako mix

Dispatch095 – SCAR – Silent Witness & Survival

Ant TC1’s Dispatch Recordings has long been a favored label here at SB HQ. Whether it’s a new release or their plethora of mixes we’re all over it like white on rice. For instance, a quick search shows 26 instances of Dispatch release mentions or mixes in the last two years! Now the label is rapidly approaching it’s 100th release and #95, by SCAR and Silent Witness & Survival, is proudly carrying the banner with Scattered Moments/Skank Demon.

SCAR, aka Script & Survival, are old hats in the drum & bass world under a variety of production duos and aliases (today I learned that Survival was Banaczech on Partisan). And since the duo began their collaboration as SCAR they’ve enjoyed immense success with releases on Metalheadz, Dispatch, 31, and Horizons. Now they swoop back into formation on Skank Demon. A heady stomper featuring Visionobi working out the tempo-setting vocals. It opens with a lengthy War of the Worlds warhorn and dirty radio static, before Visionobi even begins building the break. Next thing you know it’s dropping a filthy bassline and you might actually end up skanking.

Survival sets aside his collab with Script to take back up with another old partner, Silent Witness, for Scattered Moments (also featuring Visionobi). More of a rolling tremor than Skank Demon, it uses bongos as its crispy backing beat. Layered over that are Visionobi’s vocals accompanied by a chopped and screwed male vocal. Both tracks shame the dance.

Survival & Silent Witness / SCAR – Scattered Movements/Skank Demon – Dispatch – Out 21 August

As an added enticement, SCAR recently did a mix for Friction’s DNB60 show on Radio 1.

Still can’t get enough Dispatch? Then CLICK HERE for more mixes, tunes, and content from them.

EHL – Warm Communications Promo Mix – August 2015

Another EHL promo mix has hit the streets! (finally!)

EHL: “Part 1 of a new Warm Communications promo mix. Featuring forthcoming music on the label, alongside some other familiar pieces you fine folks hopefully enjoy. Part 2 in the works & coming shortly. :)

Tracklisting will be posted at a later date. Although we think you all will be able to fill in some of them.

Hope you all enjoy the mix. This one goes a bit harder than Part 2 will. Which will showcase more smoother sides.”

Coy West – Deep Heat (Summer 2015)

We are in the dog days of summer here in Austin where temps are routinely reaching 100° F (38° C) plus everyday. That means you’re either sitting inside enjoying some AC or outside by the pool. Texas-native, Coy West put together this mix (the fifth in his Deep Heat series) to mesh nicely with pool time. Featuring a nice blend of funk and soul house selections, it’s bouncy and fun and makes our heat marginally more bearable.

Tracklist:

Funky Rydim – Groove Assassin
English Rose – Jimpster
Folk Og Ferie – De Fantastiske To, Ost
Da Onda – Sonz Of The Pitch
Why Are U So Mad – Adri Block
Magic Vibe – MOD & Staffan Thorsell
I Can Feel Your Body Rock (JN Pianohead Dub) – Joey Negro
Put Me On – Demarkus Lewis, Luigi Egitto
Take You There (Cubase Dan Remix) – Homero Espinosa, Tobirus Mozel
Acamar – Frankey, Sandrino
Movement – Tim Andresen
Idea – Studioheist
Let Me Show You The Way – Studioheist
You Got This (You Got Groove Dub) – Real Deep, Jaidene Veda, MdCL
We Lost The Night – Fred Everything

Noisia Radio

I love the name and idea behind this. I previously told you about their Thump set where they just played whatever they’ve been digging lately. Well, apparently they turned it into a series. The best part of this series is the varying genres and commentary surrounding some of the tracks. Enjoy!

Anile – 5 Quick Questions

Anile’s debut album Perspective is now available in all it’s glory from Med School Music (click to stream on Spotify and click here to buy) and he was kind enough to stop down to answer five quick questions.

1. Now that Perspective is out are you feeling relieved, excited, or ready to start all over again?

I’m feeling like I can breath again. I’ve spent the last 14 months in the studio at every possible hour I could find and it took its toll on me. I can honestly say it was worth it as the feedback has been incredible and I’m so lucky to be a part of the Med School & Hospital Records gang who have pushed me to feel confident enough to create a project such as this.

2. Are any of these tracks particularly personal or is there a story behind their creation? Do you have a particular favorite?

Without doubt my favorite is Stay With Me. The track is literally the simplest tune Ive ever made yet most probably in my opinion the most emotional and heart felt. It really for me sums up everything I love about DNB and I feel accomplished for making such a track. The album itself feels right and most honest. There’s nothing extravagant or over whelming, neither is there anything on that album Ive created that doesn’t represent me as a producer. When I first set out to create an album I only dreamt this is how it was to sound. It might not be the most loved style of dnb in this day and age surrounded by commercialism and popularity. What matters is its content and understanding as an artist which I feel I’ve done (I hope). lol.

3. I read on twitter that DRS’ lyrics for City of Injustice were rescued from the proverbial scrapheap. Can you provide a bit of back-story on how that came about?

Yeah basically I wrote Depths for DRS’s second album which had those vocals on. We all agreed that the track suited an instrumental only. The vocals were then forgotten about, It was only when I started to listen back the content of the vocals were far from the scrap heap and needed to be heard. City Of Injustice was born around the vocals and its content just fitted the current times regarding austerity measures etc..

4. Top 5 Fleetwood Mac tunes of all time?

Tuffy… this ones got me thinking such a cracking question I must say!!!….

1. Gold Dust Woman (Link)
2. Gypsy (Link)
3. Seven Wonders (Link)
4. Rhiannon (Link)
5. Stevie Nicks- Edge Of Seventeen (Is this allowed?! Not exactly Fleetwood Mac…) (Link)

[Editor’s Note: We’ll allow the Stevie Nicks solo tune, but c’mon man, no Landslide?!]

5. What’s next for Anile?

Zzzzzzzzz…

The New Step

Back in 2003 a new sound in underground bass music broke through to the surface in the UK – but it didn’t yet have a name.

This essential BBC Radio 1 show, The New Step, hosted by J Da Flex with support from Durrty Goodz, breaks it all down:

Tell us wot you call it

Darkstep, future garage, nu-step, sublow, 8-bar, grime, urban house, dubstep… It all referred to something that came after garage went mainstream and people lost interest, as they do, when an underground culture becomes commercialized and hype.

 

plasticman, terrorhythm © elena goodrum

 

The ‘new step’, whatever it was called, was definitely influenced by the form and structure of garage –
but was moving forward, away from everything the scene and genre had become…the champagne, the designer clothes, and even the vocals. This new step was instrumental, bass-led music fresh from deep.

 

big apple records, dizzy rascal, i love you © elena goodrum

 

Zed Bias explains: “We’ve been merging dub and 2-step, 8-bar sort of beat structures and dub influences and real heavy basslines.”

“It’s a dark sound, it’s a jazzy sound, it’s a techno-y kind of sound, it’s a reggae sound. It’s all got the 2-step swing”, adds Hatcha of Big Apple Records.

Oris Jay’s take: “Dubstep is a little bit more coming from like the ragga dub things – I think that’s where that gets its sound from. It’s like, not fully breaks but it’s not fully garage – at the same time it’s just…whatever you want it to be.”

 

wiley, eskimo © elena goodrum

 

It don’t sound like garage

Both dubstep and grime would go down their separate paths over the next decade; dubstep in particular exported into something I can only describe as cringeworthy, where grime somehow retained its underground character, despite mainstream allure.

I’m a classic grime fan, still somewhat skeptical of new grime (but trying to be open) — my appreciation of dubstep stops after about 2005-6, and definitely doesn’t cross into wobbly basslines, American dubstep or ‘drop’ culture.

I think I’m lucky to have arrived to the UK after garage crashed and returned to the small clubs. Mainstream types (like co-workers) roll their eyes if I mention garage, but to me it’s still fresh as fuck.

My real love, though, is where dark garage and grime meet. In 2003 I stumbled across stairwell grime MC clashes on Soulseek, completely astounded by the music. Were they Lord of the Mic videos? I’ll never know. But no underground bass music has hit me like that since.

 

dizzy rascal © elena goodrum

 

The New Step was produced by Rowan Collinson at Somethin’ Else for BBC Radio 1.

Dead Man’s Chest (aka Eveson) – Dead Man’s Mixtape

Now that you’ve had plenty of time to jam through the MAW and Philth mixes from this morning, you can settle in for some jungle vibes. Eveson, aka Dead Man’s Chest, has combined classic jungle with fresh cuts from his forthcoming Nautilus EP on Ingredients Records to create the Dead Man’s Mixtape.

Click here to read up on the impetus for the mix and the Nautilus EP.

Clive Ingredients has also enabled the download on the mix so you can keep the file in perpetuity.

Tracklist:
01: Dead Man’s Chest – All About U [Ingredients]
02: Dead Man’s Chest – Revenant [Ingredients]
03: Dead Man’s Chest – Liquid 94 [Ingredients]
04: New Blood – Worries In The Dance [London Some’ting Records]
05: Leviticus – Burial [Philly Blunt]
06: Dead Man’s Chest – Dreamscapes [Ingredients]
07: ArpXP & Nitri – Makes Me Wonder [Metalheadz]
08: Dead Man’s Chest – Tears [Dub]
09: Omni Trio – Thru The Vibe (2 on 1 Mix) [Moving Shadow]
10: LTJ Bukem – Rainfall [Looking Good Records]
11: Amazon II – Booyaaa (Open Your Mind) [Aphrodite Recordings]
12: Digital – Spacefunk [Timeless]
13: Doc Scott – Here Comes The Drumz [Reinforced]
14: Dead Man’s Chest – Cutthroat Hardcore [Ingredients]
15: Tango & Ratty – Final Conflict [Tango & Ratty]
16: Dead Man’s Chest – Foundation Days [Ingredients]
17: Hyper On Experience – Lords Of The Null Lines (Foul Play Remix) [Moving Shadow]
18: Dillinja – The Angels Fell [Metalheadz]
19: J Majik – Your Sound VIP [Metalheadz]
20: Dead Man’s Chest – Nautilus [Ingredients]

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