The infamous Metalheadz Christmas podcast was put up earlier this week and as usual it’s utter madness.
Yep, you read that right…somehow the BMT crew coerced/bribed/blackmailed/kidnapped (or just asked) the freakin’ Future Sound of London (FSOL) to remix their tune Night Shift as part of the Famous Lost Words Remix project.
You can pick up the digital copy today at your favorite retailer, OR, you can buy one of the super-limited edition 10″ hand-stamped vinyl versions that will never, ever be repressed once they’re gone. I know a friend of mine bought four, audio un-heard, just in case.
FSOL Story Time: Sometime in the 90s, I’d just come home from a rave still wide awake and enjoying the swirly colors when I remembered I had picked up Seven (w/ Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman) at Blockbuster the night before. I was only halfway through the flick and thought it would be a WONDERFUL idea to go ahead and finish it off. I popped it into the VCR just before the infamous heroin body discovery scene. You know, the one with the air fresheners everywhere and the skeletal remains of a junkie tied to a bed? Except he wasn’t dead…yea. I couldn’t hit stop fast enough on the tape and I just sat there in the dark wondering what I was doing with my life. The only thing within reach was my portable CD player and FSOL’s “ISDN.” I sat there for the rest of the night and most of the morning zoning out to that album and clearing my head with their music. They kept me from becoming a vegetable.
The “Night Shift” remix brings me back around to the more pleasant portion of that evening because it has classic FSOL elements. And I love that because, on that morning, FSOL helped me realize that music has an innate ability to take you outside yourself and your immediate existence. It’s hard to capture that again, much less put a price on it, but $1.50 ain’t a lot for the attempt.
Damn! The Critical Music crew destroyed the Imagination Festival a week or so ago. Those opening and closing tracks are drillers! [h/t to DnBPortal.com for the link]
I thought I’d uploaded this years ago, but apparently not. Now a recent mention of Rob Playford made me remember that I even had it in the archives. It’s a line item in my “rave resume” from November of 2000, post-Decibel when we had the Moving Shadow 10th Anniversary Tour roll through town at some run-down theater on the shitty side of South Dallas.
Who’s That Girl is a musical homage of love for some of the most inspirational & influential female artists, presented monthly on NTS.
Marky decided to clean his records today and that lead him to record a quick jungle set featuring some of his favorite tunes from that by-gone age. Go ahead and bask in that tracklist for a minute…
1.The Dark Stranger (Origin Unknown Remix)- Boogie Times Tribe
2.Watch Out (D’ Cruze Remix)- D’ Cruze
3.RRRRoll The Beats – DJ Hype Feat. MC GQ
4.Rolled Into One (Droppin’ Science Remix)- E-Z Rollers
5.Let It Roll – DJ Crystl
6.Inesse (Ray Keith Remix)- DJ Mayhem
7.Presha III (Ray Keith Dubplate Version)- Studio Pressure
8.Dubplate Fever – DJ Hype
9.Project 1 Remix – Tango
10.Bad Boy Tune (Chi Mix)- Da Kings Of The Jungle
11.Want You Now (DJ SS & EQ Remix)- D’ Cruze
12.Being With You – Foul Play
13.Travelling – Dope
14.Air Freshener – Tom & Jerry
15.Northern Lights – Essence Of Aura
16.Revelations (Essence Of Aura Remix)- Tango
17.The Helicopter Tune (Rufige Kru Remix)- Deep Blue
18.Information Centre (DJ Ron Remix)- Gappa G & Hypa Hypa
19.Music Box – Roni Size & DJ Die
20.Basic Principles – Alex Reece
21.So This Is Love (Omni Trio Remix) – Essence Of Aura
The mighty Mampi Swift dropped a freebie jump-up number yesterday afternoon entitled, “T-1000.” It’s a steppy little number and if you dig it enough just give him a Like on Facebook to nab the download.
Furney has long been a staple of the liquid and atmospheric drum & bass scene with a plethora of releases on a myriad of labels. The most high profile of which are LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking and Liquid V Records, respectively. Now he’s leading the charge on LDMusic’s launch with his release, Spaghetti Western/You (LDM001). The label was launched as a new physical presence that evolved from noted digital label, Liquid Drumz. And to celebrate that achievement, Furney has put together a tidy rolling mix of tunes, that includes both sides of LDM001.
Furney – Spaghetti Western/You (LDM001) is OUT NOW!
I’ve really liked everything I’ve heard on CERN’s Under Another Sky LP. It’s been lovely listening. Now he’s done this promotional mix and interview for KMag featuring tunes from said album. Give it a go.
CERN – Under Another Sky is available HERE.
Cern – What We Bring Upon Ourselves – Dispatch
Tokyo Prose ft. Christoph el Truento – 16 Bar Cycles – Samurai Music
Ena – Chemically – Horo
Cern – Serpent Drift – Dispatch
Kimyan Law – Eclairage – BMT Music
Commix – Underwater Scene – Soul:r
Ulterior Motive – You Must See – Metalheadz
Source Direct – A Made Up Sound – Metalheadz
Cern ft. Overlook – Peaks – Dispatch
Blu Mar Ten – In Your Eyes (Ulterior Motive Remix) – BMT Music
Blocks & Escher – Broken – Narratives
Nucleus & Paradox – Prism – Samurai Music
Gremlinz & No Rules – Water – Cylon Recordings
Ulterior Motive – Chapters ft. Meyhem Lauren & Brotherman – Metalheadz
Digital – Gateman – Phantom Audio
SPKTRM – Relevance – Project 51
Cern – False Awakening – Dispatch
Cern – Hopetoun Bridge – Project 51
Cern – Blumei – Dispatch
Cern – Don’t Leave Me – 31 Records
Cern – Under Another Sky – Dispatch
November has been a tough month for blogging. Every waking moment was filled with family activity while my work weeks were booked up with travel to exotic locations like El Paso, TX! Then, of course, it was Thankgiving in the States. Where we consume and purge enormous meals for a day leading up to, the day of, and a few days after the actual holiday.
Anyway, enough about all that crap…I want to talk about music again and since this is the 30th installment of my patented Beats & Pieces column, I’m going to dial in a ton of jams you should be made aware of…
Future Beats: The Album – ThirtyOne Recordings – Out 14 December
I’ve heard rumblings about this compilation album from Doc Scott’s ThirtyOne Recordings for a LONNNNG time, and eagerly awaiting a full tracklist. Well it’s finally here and by god it’s even better than I imagined it would be! An image of the tracklist is below and I linked the Calibre and Thing jams to satiate your ears. ThirtyOne is even releasing a limited edition box set of all the tunes on the album, but there are ONLY 200 and it’ll never be repressed. If you want it, get in quickly at the link above.
Spirit – Reality/Babylon Call – Warm Communications – OUT NOW
WARM032 marks the first appearance of the stalwart Spirit on the label with Reality/Babylon Call and brother…both cuts are mean! Reality gets you all warmed up with rising, infectious synths dropping you into a signature Spirit one-two punch of bass stabs and punchy drums. Babylon Call‘s name suggests it’d be the dubbier of the two, but it’s even meaner with an old skool vibe of reese bass and amens guiding an air raid-like synth. Dutty!
Seba & Paradox – Delusions/Future Now – Secret Ops – Out 8th December
YESSSS! Seba and Paradox have been making beautiful music together for a long time and the latest from Seba’s Secret Operations label is no different. Paradox’s ability to make intricate drum patterns works so well with Seba’s signature sound. Delusions is a spooky roller interspersed with an audio sample of a man repeating “delusions” to the listener. Rising throughout is a stabby synth that ratchets up the foreboding atmosphere. If Delusions is the build-up to madness, Future Now is what happens after you’ve completely lost the plot. Again, a haunting sample tells you that “these people are your future now,” makes you feel like doom has already arrived. Into the mouth of madness.
Anonymous – Blind Music EP 004 – OUT NOW
This is the fourth installment of the Blind Music EPs and, in my opinion, the best of the bunch. I have no idea who made it and that’s the general idea behind the label’s ethos. They let the music speak for itself.
Hybrid Minds – Mountains Remixed – Spearhead – OUT NOW
Hybrid Mind’s Mountains LP was my 2013 album of the year runner-up and the remix EP will be in contention for my 2014 AOTY. I mean, just look at that tracklist of remixers! If you don’t listen to anything else on the album, check out InsideInfo and Nympfo’s remxies….siiiiiick!
NOON – Noonshine EP – OUT NOT
Croatian talent, Noon, has put out four quality rollers on his debut EP on BPM Records. Mr. Noon has been plying his musical trade for more than a decade in the European bass music scene with drum & bass, jungle and hip hop releases to his credit. Done is captures the essence of a jump-up tune that rolls out smoothly. The eponymous Noonshine has that Eastern European flavor leading into a jackin little rinser. Rolling Joints is a quirky bass/dubstep piece while Badness is a quality ragga bass music jam.
Red Eye Hi Fi – Raise The Alarm EP – NB Audio – OUT NOW
Ragga bass music! Fox, Jah Screetchy, Sangy, Yemi and Kwasi go in with Red Eye Hi-Fi for the Raise The Alarm EP for NB Audio. All four tunes are big bouncers with that UK grime MC take from the above mentioned vocalists. Solid work!
Hex – Tin Man/Skitta – Transmission Audio – Out 20th December
Hex comes with two storming neurofunk jams on Transmission Audio. Tin Man rolls in with the metallic drums and squelchy, modulated bassline. Skitta is a hit waiting to happen. If you put this in a mix and let the floor roll with it you’d have a riot on your hands. That building bassline after the break is killing me.
Virtue – You & I/Whatcha Gonna Do – E-Motion Records – Out 12th December
E-Motion presents a tidy little double pack from Virtue, with an assist from Hannah Eve and Soulculture. You & I is picturesque liquid funk jam with Ms. Eve handling the heavy vocal duties. It’s a beautiful tune. Whatcha Gonna Do is the epitome of a classic jazzstep tune with classy horns and a rollicking stand-up double bassline.