Look, sometimes you wake up and you just want to air-punch the planet. Despite being ill, I slept like the dead due to a healthy dose of NyQuil and some Benadryl. So when I woke up I was ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum…and I was all out of bubblegum. Now I’m at work and I found my bubblegum, so the kick-ass has taken a backseat to checking email. C’est la vie.
That’s alright though, because I have Sub Zero’s remix of DJ Phantasy’s jump-up classic 44 Mag to keep me relatively fired up. It was released along with the original, the classic Ray Keith remix, and an instrumental of the Sub Zero refix on October 6th.
The original came out way back in 1996 on Phantasy’s Easy Records
(itself a sub-label of Sub Base) (Ed. Note: Nope!) and was a huge hit. I have tapes from that era where it’s played five or six times a night and gets pulled up regularly. Sub Zero gives it a bit of modern jump-up, Playaz flavor with some thundering bass stabs and builds while keeping the elements of the original.
I was watching Danny Boyle’s Trance last night and I kept hearing this synth come in and out during various points during the film. I was racking my brain thinking…I KNOW THAT SYNTH! WHERE DO I KNOW IT FROM? Then all at once it hit me…it’s Rob & Goldie’s The Shadow (Process Remix) on Moving Shadow Records (1997). Rick Smith aka Underworld handled the remix duties for the Process version and created the synth from the original, which is itself a classic.
They dropped the computer voiceover in Trance, but kept that iconic fading synth. I haven’t finished the rest of the film yet to see if they get to the break, but I keep hoping they do…we’ll see.
A few weeks ago, Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) hosted the Red Bull Culture Clash live on BBC radio. It was a soundclash featuring four separate crews and musical styles going head-to-head for cultural and musical dominance through four rounds of competition.
The clash participants:
Rebel Sound – Chase & Status w/ MC Rage, Shy FX, and David RamJam Rodigan
Boy Better Know (BBK) – Wiley, Skepta, Jammer, JME, Shorty, Frisco, Solo45
A$AP Mob – A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Ant, A$AP Ant, A$AP Twelvy
Stone Love Sound System – World Immortal Sound, Wee Pow, Diamond, Billy Slaughter, Dee Pow, & Shelly Belly
The objective of any soundclash is to play the most exclusive, customized dubplates you can in order to “kill” the other sound. David Rodigan explains the soundclash around 2:00 in this linked video. Simply put, you’re trying to play tunes the other mans can’t play.
Through the four rounds Rebel Sound won 3-1 over BBK, and honestly it shouldn’t have even been that close. BBK were full of grime heavyweights and came to clash, but they couldn’t keep up with Rebel Sounds’ relentless assault. Whereas A$AP Mob were completely unprepared for the soundclash (more likely they had no clue what they were doing) and seemed to just be doing their stage show. Finally, despite being legends in the game, Stone Love looked lost from the get.
Section23 was nice enough to curate all three hours of Rebel Sounds’ rounds into a single stream for your listening pleasure. Check it out because hearing all these custom dubs and listening to the rampant shit talking was a blast.
I’m just going to leave this here and let you press play.
A documentary series about some of the musical styles that have developed in the west of England, and particularly the city of Bristol.
I wrote this last Wednesday, but had no time to post it. Better late than never I guess…
Traveling for work isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Having a nice selection of music is crucial for me when I have to leave my wife and kid for any extended length of time. Eveson was kind enough to link Stray’s new mixtape of old, unreleased material that never saw the light of day. It’s been a welcome addition to my listening options on this trip. Here’s the Fact Mag interview about the release and an interesting Kelly Clarkson tidbit.
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I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect after hearing his remix of Half The Sky, but Run Ames and Eclairage are both excellent.
I genuinely love the xylophone sounds and nursery rhythm of Eclairage…it did a great job relaxing me after I sat waded through a mountain of garbage promos this morning. Run Ames is much steppier with a stand-up bass line and Robert Manos’ vocals moving the tune along with a be-bop pace. Classy as fuck.
For years I had this mix tagged as Kenny Ken & GQ – Studio Megamix Vol. 1 (1994), but I finally found out that the mix is actually an A.W.O.L/World Dance live recording that was included on a double CD set called Hardcore Junglistic Fever Volume 1 on Strictly Hardcore Records. And really isn’t that title the most cliche mid-90s jungle CD name ever? It’s glorious.
I miss the 90s.