Archive for July 2009

Mixtape Mountain

We’ve got a stockpile of gigantic mixtapes this month so here’s a quick rundown of just a few that caught our eyes and ears.


Any regular readers of this page know how much we love what’s coming out of the Cape Town scene, and seems our boys Monkey and Stagga’s are getting some love back too as they find their way into this massive Dubstep mix from Liver.

(DivShare) Liver - It Seemed So Peaceful (Dubstep Mixtape)

Tracklisting:

1. Liver - Intro
2. Dank - Dank Make Yur Titties
3. Mix n Blend - Out Of Town (Hyphen/SFR Cherries and Berries Mix)
4. 6 Blocc - Never Scared
5. Bassnectar - Art of Revolution (Original Mix)
6. DJ Fast Eddie - Yo Yo Get Funky (Original Mix)
7. High Rankin - No Money For Guns
8. Jantsen - Bust Jack (Jantsen Remix)
9. Jayou - Township Funk remix (VIP)
10. Deadmau5 - I Remember (Caspa Remix)
11. Rusko - Sound Guy Is My Target
12. Bassnectar - Kingston (2009)
13. Chase and Status - Against All Odds (Dubstep Remix)
14. Kid Sister - Pro Nails (Rusko Remix)
15. Liver - Nasty
16. Mix N Blend feat. SFR - Tantrum
17. Reso - Busted Crunk
18. Rico Tubbs - Gangsters (Tes La Rok Remix)
19. Monkey - Volume (VIP)
20. Rico Tubbs - Ghetto Funk Baby (High Rankin remix)
21. Stagga - Sick As Sin (VIP)
22. Rusko - Go Go Gadge
23. SFR - Kwaito Mandla
24. Mix N Blend feat. Narch(PH Fat) - I Got Bitches


Anybody who was feeling the Jack Beats / Tittsworth mash up we posted a few days ago might well appreciate the widely extended version (i.e. mixtape) from Dizz & Draz.

(ZShare) Dizz And Draz - Fresh Till Deaf Mixtape

Tracklisting:

1.Get Down--Jack Beats
2.Song 2 (Micky Slim Remix)--Blur
3.Sonic Chronic (Lee Mortimer Remix)--TJR
4.Chin Up (A1 Bassline Remix)--Rochelle
5.Polkadots--Afrojack
6.Pon De Floor(R!M!E Remix)--Major Lazer
7.Who's Your Daddy (Act Yo Age Remix)--Don Diablo
8.What U Do To Me.Rue Groove (Filthy Rich Mix)--Ryan Margatroyd
9.Knock You Out (Andy George Remix)--Black Noise (Dizz And Draz More Bassline Edit)
10.Bring The House Down (Dirty Freek Remix) Ivan Allard
11.Ya'll Want Mo--Detboi
12.Rocking It--Black Noise
13.Remedy (A1 Bassline Remix)--Little Boots
14.Gotta Have It Feat.Digga (Micky Slim Remix)--MJ Cole
15.Addict--Mightyfools
16.Baby Baby (This Is Kokuz Remix)--Bill Eff
17.It's Going Down--Foamo and Lee Mortimer
18.FUTP 2009-- Ed Kane
19.Bonkers (Doorly Remix)--Dizzie Rascal(Dizz And Draz MORRE BONKERS EDIT)
20.Make Me Dance Feat.Reese--B. Rich
21.Tetris--Electrixx
22.Jelly Roll--- Udachi
23.a.Ready For The Weekend (Fake Blood Remix)--Calvin Harris
b.Club Action--Yo Majesty
25.Labyrinth (Dizz and Draz "WTF" Bootleg)
a.Labyrinth--Jack Beats
b.What (Boy 8 Bit Remix)--Jack Beats
c.WTF (Beat Assassins Remix)-- Tittsworth
27.IC19 (A1 Bassline Remix)--Buraka Som Sistema
28.I'm Not Alone (Herve Remix)--Clavin Harris
29.U Sure Do (Dj Dunno Remix)-- Strike
30.Song Away--Jack Beats
31.Hardcore Girls Possessed(Dj Ayres Edit)--Rye Rye V.s Hi Jack
32.--Technical Difficultes--Dizz And Draz Edit
a.Not See On The Radio---Deficient
33.That's Kinky--Mangled Bass
34.Rock To The Rhythm (Squatters Club Mix)-- Cutback Feat.Federal
35.Scarzy (Dizz and Draz Keep It Comin Edit)
a.Johnny No Rhymes (A1 Bassline Remix)--Scarzy
b.Dip Dop (Hump Day Project Remix)--Danny T
37.Kiss My Ass (Micky Slim Remix)--The Potbelleez
38.Paypur--Udachi
39.Rush Hour(Quadrat Beat Remix)--Breaking News
40.Yo Yo Get Funky (Tim Healey And Deekline Remix)--Dj Fast Eddie
41.Love You So (B. Rich Remix)---Kelevra
42.Tearing Up The Club--2 Bit Thugs
43.Wardance--Foamo
44.Warp 1.9 (Gtronic Remix)--Bloody Beetroots
45.Blow Ya Mind (Squatters Remix)--Lock 'n' Load
46.Infinite Decimal--Dubbel Dutch
47.Trouserflap (Mightyfools Remix)--Bill Eff
48.I Only Wanna Be With Bass- Squire Of Gotho's
49.London Town (Foamo Remix)--Man Like Me
50.Get Down (Vip Mix)--Jack Beats
--Outro—


To entice you all to join them on their Lazerdaze Summertour 2009, Tim Turbo and Danny Scrilla have put together this ghettofabulous mix of disgustingly filthy bass monsters, hosted by Prince Zimboo. We’re sold, check here for dates. .

(Direct Link) Tim Turbo & Danny Scrilla - Lazerdaze Tour Mix

Tracklisting:

01 The Count & Sinden - Mega (Club Mix)
02 Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie - Moombah (Afrojack Remix)
03 Crookers Ft MC Dandao - Soca Ali Baba (Tim Turbo Remix)
04 Laidback Luke - Break Down The House (Funkstar Baltimore Club Bootleg)
05 Shystie - Pull It (Ill Blu Remix)
06 Jamtech Foundation - Golden Hen
07 Danny Scrilla & Tim Turbo - Song For Swjatoslaw III
08 Schlachthofbronx - Mad Instrument
09 Schlachthofbronx - Redbull & Guiness
10 Schlachthofbronx - Regulate
11 Major Lazer Feat Nina Sky And Ricky Blaze - Keep It Goin Louder
12 Schlachthofbronx Ft Kein Vorspiel - Chupchick
13 Schlachthofbronx - Good To Go
14 Boy 8-bit - A Town Under Siege (Danny Scrilla Remix)
15 Vato Gonzalez - Badman Riddim
16 Ms. Dynamite - Badgal (Crazy Cousins Remix)
17 Wittyboy ft. Wiley - Champagne (D.B. Remix)
18 Orien - Look At My Eyes
19 Marco Del Horno - Samurai (Rusko Remix)
20 Dead Prez - Hip Hop (Danny Scrilla Remix)
21 BBK - Too Many Man (Danny Scrilla Remix)
22 Danny Scrilla - Hench
23 The Others - Bazooka
24 Crissy Criss - Kick Snare
25 Rusko - Original Cut
26 Nastee Boi Ft E Man - Mussy Mad
27 Lethal Bizzle ft. Donaeo - Go Hard (DJ Q Remix)


Out of the Red-i Soundsystem crew in Manila who have been spreading the bass heavy gospel across Asia with their Dubplate nights, Astrid aka Soulflower has hit us with a live set of soundboy slaughterers. You can catch her doing her thing across Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia and of course The Philippines.

(SS) Astrid aka Soulflowers - Come Again Live Mixtape

Tracklisting:

Major Lazer - Hold The Line-Sabbo Remix
The Prodigy - Breathe (Numbernin6 Remix)
Dub & Run - Boyz
bjork - nattura switch remix
Pharcyde - Passin' Me By (Heppy J Remix)
Kromestar & Cessman - Dirty South
Lilly Allen - The Fear (JaKwoB Remix)
Ms Dynamite - Bad Gyal (Club)
Ninjasonik - Tight Pants
Michael Jackson -Billie Jean (Tek Step Remix)
The Glitch Mob - West Coast Rocks (The Glitch Mob Remix)
Bassnectar - Heads Up (California Style)
Caspa - Rat-A-Tat Tat
HD4000 - South Street (HD4000's VIP remix)
6BLOCC - Take 2
Bassnectar - Kingston
6BLOCC - Boom
PANTyRAID - Beba
Dubterror - Turn The Tide
Joker - Digidesign
Mungo's Hifi - Haffi Rock



To celebrate their new Fidget / Dubstep release on Electric Sushi Records that has already been getting rinsed on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra, Kitch n Sync have dropped this slick and twisted little mix.

(ZShare) Kitch n SYnc - Boom Selection Vol 4

Tracklisting:

1.Autokratz - Always More (Kitsune Records)
2.Gossip - Heavy Cross (Fred Flake Remix)
3.Orbital - Halcyon (Tom Middleton Re-Model)
4.Lisztomania - Holy Ghost (Loves Paris Remixomania)
5.High Rankin - Bubble & Squeak
6.La Roux - Bulletproof (Zinc Remix)
7.Blatta & Inesha - Aint Nouthin To Fuck With
8.Boltan - Laughing Through My Teeth (Blatta & Inesha Remix)
9.Vega - All To Vivid (The Funk Out Remix)
10.Crookers - Para De Gracinha (Stick K Remix)
11.Dan Thomas - The Real Thing (Kitch 'n Sync Remix)
12.Mikey Dalton - Smart Party
13.Young Nutz Vs Funk Out - Funky Nutz
14.Depeche Mode - Peace (Herves Warehouse Frequencies Mix)
15.Kitch 'n Sync - Agrabah (Original Mix)
16.Mini K - Funk Lover (Original Mix)
17.Malente - Music Forever (Urchins Remix)
18.Kelevra & Whiskey pete - Jak Muzik (Aniki Remix)
19.Frederik Mooij -Big Up

Plus here's a free Dubstep track from the fellas too...

(YSI) Kitch N Sync - All Bless / alt link


Stepping out of the French Drum & Bass and Breaks scene into the world of Electro, Digi-Dancehall and Bass whompin' Hip-hop, Flore has a new single on Botchit & Scarper featuring the Riddim Killa himself Rodney P and Yo! Majesty's Shunda K on vocals and a forthcoming album... oh yes, and she's also got this fantastic new mix too of course.

(SS) Flore - DJ Mix

Tracklisting:

01. Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema rmx)
02. Solo - Congoloid (Mowgli rmx)
03. Jesse Rose, Hervé & Action Man - Wind it up
04. K.Gol - Shell Game
05. BassJackers - Sujo (Bart Bmore Balkan edit)
06. Flore & Shunda K - The Test (Botchit & Scarper)
07. Speech Debelle - Go then, bye (Photomachine & El-B rmx)
08. Dre Skull feat. Sizzla - Gone too far (Dre Skull rmx)
09. Flore & Rodney P - We Rewind (Am I Angry ? Flore mix) (Botchit & Scarper)
10. Unknown - Dance Motha Fucka
11. Bassnectar & Freq nasty - Everybody knows
12. Rock & Junior - Let's get Physical (Frikstailers rmx)
13. Flore & Rodney P - We Rewind (Botchit & Scarper)
14. The Chemical Brothers - Hot Acid Rythm (Flore edit)
15. Digital Filth & Will Bailey - Krusher (Digital Filth rmx)
16. The Widdler - Sensi Samuri
17. Deekline & Wizard - Bounce & Rebounce (Bassnectar rmx)


And lastly but never ever least, Chew Fu gets us ready for the weekend with some straight up big dancefloor remixes that he cooks up so well, including his very own funked up House version of Purple Rain with Steve Clisby bravely taking over Prince on the vocals (and doing a pretty good job of it too).

(ZShare) Chew Fu - Do Drugs, Get High, Pass Out



Tracklisting:

01.Steve Clisby & Chew Fu_Purple Rain(Prince Cover)
02.Ciara & Justin Timberlake_Love Sex Magic(Chew Fu Small Room Fix)
03.Lady Gaga_Paparazzi(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
04.Black Eyed Peas_Boom Boom Pow(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
05.Jason Nevins & Greg Nice_Candyman(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
06.Lady Gaga_Love Game(Chew Fu GhettoHouse fix)
07.Don Diablo_BLOW(Chew Fu "DO DRUGS"fix)
08.3OH!3 feat Kid Cudi_Don`t Trust Me(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
09.P.Diddy_Diddy Bop(Chew Fu GhettoHouse fix)
10.Britney Spears_If U Seek Amy(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
11.Ruffneck_Everybody b Somebody(Chew Fu GhettoFunk fix)
12.Master SHortie_Rope Chain(Chew Fu Big Room Fix)
13.Doug E Fresh & Chew Fu_Do It Like This(Big Room Club Fix)
14.Crazy Cousinz_Its That Funky(Chew Fu "Candy"GhettoHouse Fix)
15.Chew Fu feat Steve Clisby_Stand By Me(Big Room Fix)
16.Linkin Park & JayZ_Encore(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
17.Marilyn Manson_Devour(Chew Fu GhettoHouse Fix)
18.Kings Of Leon_Use Somebody(Chew Fu Festival Fix)

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This Superorganism Is Certainly A Grower


Don't know quite why we've sat on this beautifully sun glazed off-key Hip-hop adventure from Canadian beatsmith ProF for so long but you'd all better get a move on if you want to pick this up for free as you've only got til Saturday. Here's a few of our choice cuts but you can pick the whole thing up here.

(YSI) ProF feat. Eleanor Mante - A Good Day to Play / alt link

(YSI) ProF - A Life Force / alt link

(YSI) ProF - First Encounter / alt link

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The 'Mother Fuckin' Man Himself


Have to give major props to (The Mother Fuckin') Gaslamp Killer for being one of the most animated DJs we've seen drop a Dubstep set yet. Not to mention the fact that it was also one of the heaviest selections, including an exclusive new track Dub from Joker that meant he destroyed a Bristol dancefloor, pretty much using their own weapons against them.

Here's a new track from his forthcoming EP My Troubled Mind, dropping August 4th on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. Something evil dug up from the haunted house of Hip-hop.

(YSI) Gaslamp Killer - Anything Worse / alt link

Support on the night came from Bristol based collective Vertebrae, a live Hip-hopesque crew who have been around for a while in some kind of form but who now seem to be made up of Awkward, Ben One and DJ Rogue, a strong line up of artists who have all earned their stripes and then some.

Although they're yet to have any finished recorded product in their current configuration, here's a few links to some of their recent solo output.


(SS) DJ Rogue – Self Harmony Mixtape Feat. MCs From Bristol


(DivShare) Awkward - Irons Podcast Vol One

Including new and exclusive material from the likes of Open Mike Eagle, Crunc Tesla, Lyrics Born and Awol One including tracks from Awkward's forthcoming Grand Prize LP


If you're feeling the Gaslamp Killer track we posted then you should most definitely appreciate these tasty treats from Ben One.

(YSI) Dobie - The New Madness(Ben One's Kold Sweat Remix) / alt link

(YSI) Ben One - The Good Life / alt link

(YSI) Ben One feat Derth Inc & Witchcraft - Over the Moon / alt link

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Deekline & Wizard - Bounce & Rebound

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Bringin' The Roke & Ruckus


if you have been looking closely enough you may have found some dangerously thumpin' Dubstep tunes from Ruckus & Roke hidden away in the depths of the blogosphere, doing major damage to anything they pass through. Just incase you haven't we've got a few scooped up in one hefty heap ready to squash your speakers.

Firstly over at Rub A Dub Dub we found a sick skanker in the shape of Screwface and ESP which is like a fairy with concrete boots as it tries to float off whilst being tied firmly to the depths.

(YSI) Ruckus & Roke - Screwface / alt link

(YSI) Ruckus & Roke - ESP / alt link

Then from The Hush House we got this filthy sound boy killer that's the toughest out of the bunch.

(YSI) Ruckus & Roke - The Cutting Room VIP / alt link


And finally there's a new release from Twenty Twelve which has a whole heap of fresh Dubstep absoultely free, including this rather menacing stomper...

(YSI) Ruckus & Roke - Shatter Cake / alt link

Catch the whole of the Vertical Lion LP.

Ruckus & Roke's forthcoming Neverone EP is due to drop September 1st on Betamorph who have just dropped this mix which includes a sneak preview of the title track.


(Direct Link) Deej Exogenesis - Betamorph Dubstep Mix

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What's Growing In The Botanika Garden


Proving without doubt that there's more to Israeli dance music than Psy-Trance, the Botanika fellas have been bringing the funk in the most delightfully dirty of ways for some time, with their regular events in Tel Aviv featuring the likes of Kode9, Theo Parrish and Stereotyp, plus their Botanika FM podcasts.

Now they're making the most of their finely tuned eardrums by releasing some superb tracks under their very own imprint. Their first 3 releases include some warm and wobblesome Dancehall infused Dubstep from Sabbo, a funk stomping head nodder from Polar Pair alongside Shawn Lee and another Polar Pair collaboration with spoken wordsmith Atlantis from Detroit collective Underground Resistance that sits comfortably between Techno, Breaks and Disco.

(YSI) Sabbo feat MC Zulu - Spanish Fly (Noiz in Zion Remix) / alt link

(YSI) Polar Pair feat Atlantis - This is What Happens / alt link

(YSI) Polar Pair feat Shawn Lee - Ever Happy / alt link

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Low Down Dirty Dogma


Only just found out that Jack Beats is actually Plus One from Scratch Perverts and Beni G from Mixologists, two of the best DJs out there during my Hip-hop days and now by the strength of their forthcoming UFO EP, two of the best dance music producers of the moment too. This is the kind of dirt that we're craving for the dancefloor right now and so we're grateful to Dizz & Draz for dropping us this bootleg of new Jack Beats track Labyrinth and the Beat Assassins remix of Tittsworth's WTF. Fire!

(YSI) Jack Beats Vs Tittsworth - Labyrinth (Dizz And Draz "WTF" Bootleg) / alt link


We've also been sent a whole load of new Bassnectar tracks which are so big I'm not sure how to keep any of them out of our next chart. Why there isn't the love that is due to Bassnectar in the Dubstep world over here is beyond me, definitely a firm favourite. Unfortunately for you guys we can't share any of those but we do have a bootleg they knocked up on more of a laid back Hip-hop tip with a couple of their unreleased tracks and a Lupe Fiasco track. This isn't the club destroyer that the rest are but if the bass in your car stereo is weighty enough then give yourself a few minutes to go cruising round the block with this one cranked up loadly.

(YSI) Bassnectar - Land Of The Lupes / alt link


Dubstep seems to be how Troublemaker satisfies his dark side. One moment his tracks are Electro floor fillers and bass heavy Hip-hop hands in the air head nodders, then out of nowhere he'll drop some moody nastiness like this. The quality still remains constant throughout though so we're certainly nor complaining.

(YSI) Mastodon - Oblivion (Troublemaker Remix) / alt link


Speaking of dark and moody Dubstep, here's a sinister flex from Stagga featuring his Dead Residents badmate and general UK Hip-hop legend Junior Disprol, that still does the damage on the dancefloor.

(YSI) Stagga ft Junior Disprol - Premonition Dub / alt link


Nobody seems to know where this tune appeared from or have any information on it at all. A scan of our inbox reveals nothing. Whoever it was though deserves a major big up though because Kids In Tracksuits provide some gnarly as hell Hip-hop beats that give Mr Lif a new lease of life. Guessing this is a new track and it's good to see the Kids back on fine form, much as we love the Lone solo stuff this kind of toughness can be rather more satisfying at times.

(YSI) Kids In Tracksuits feat. Mr Lif - Zone / alt link

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Justify My Love

Two of us headed to different festivals this weekend, although neither quite hit home for us. Tommy B headed to Lovebox where an over hyped bill were lost to an apathetic crowd and I failed to find anything above middle of the road at Glade. Still, hopefully these write ups are a call to demand more rather than just the grumblings of two disaffected music lovers. Read on and find out...



I had already decided that no matter what I did for this weekend, I wasn’t going to Glade. The idea of a muddy K fest where marshmallow teenagers rock dead eyed to repetitive beats just didn’t appeal.

Still, Glade is somehow where I ended up, and to be fair things had changed. The crowd were somewhat older than before, although maybe it was the same crowd that had stuck with it all these years. The site itself has been relocated to Winchester, a damn good move, as despite a fair amount of rain on Saturday, the site never got anywhere near to the quagmire Glade became a couple of years back, infact most of the mud had pretty much dried up by Sunday.


The music too appeared to have been given a boost. Hudson Mohawke, Drop The Lime, Rusko, Tomb Crew and Mumdance were all in attendance and perhaps if I had managed to catch one of these it may have saved my experience. I was also assured that some of the Techno such as Carl Craig and Dave Clarke Was superb… but somehow I managed to miss them too.


It didn’t start off like that. On the Friday I had written down a list of DJs I wanted to catch that day, starting with A Skillz in the early afternoon. We were already in fairly good spirits thanks to the pair of cockney wideboys who had somehow blagged their way into being emcees and proceeded to tell the crowd numerous times that they were 'the fucking bollocks'. The music was pretty standard Breakbeat though so it was a relief when A Skillz came out and proceeded to drop some funked up flavours that got us all bubbling, then we bubbled some more, then we got bored. It’s not that A Skillz isn’t a good DJ, he is, but we had to wander just how many times he had dropped that same set of cut up classics, surely he must be bored of it by now. We certainly were.


But boredom seemed to be the order of the weekend for us. Every tent we went in either had a big bag of same old same old, or simply droned on with no real fire to it. I hear Rusko dropped some killer tunes, including a great DJ Cable mash up which we’ve included below. The first Dubstep DJ we saw though was Pinch, possibly the most bored looking DJ there. Maybe it was just seriousness, he was certainly playing serious (or was it boring?) tunes, but we’re at a festival rather pissed up and so needed something with a bit more meat on it. My girlfriend became quite vocal in her disapproval so we left pretty sharpish. Not that the crowd could have raised more than a serious grumble between them. I also managed to miss Baobinga and ID’s first reunion in 8 months as I left the Boomtown tent just before, meant to return straight away but made it back just after they’d finished, rather inexcusable really when you consider the manageable size of the festival. So you see, even though I can rant about how shit the music was, and the fact that there was far too much bloody Psy-Trance for my liking, it might just be bad luck, and the fact that I made really bad decisions like agreeing to join a load of friends to watch Underworld whilst Drop The Lime were on, then losing them all and only making it out of the crowd after I’d already wanted to stab myself in the ear for the offensiveness of that inoffensive fluffy drivel.


Not that I had a bad time either really, but that pretty much meant giving up on the festival and relocating to the backstage area with a bunch of new experimental drugs such as Megatron and Run DMC (okay maybe these were just our names for them) and just sitting it out with good friends, good randoms and good tunes on the iPod.

(YSI) DJ Cable Vs Tempa T Vs Rusko - Mr Muscle's Hype / alt link

(YSI) Baobinga & I.D. - Jump Up & Buck (DJ Manaia Mash - Baobinga Edit) / alt link

(YSI) Drop The Lime - Tabac Theme / alt link


Although the Glade line-up was packed to the brim with some of the best up and coming electronic producers, I was subjected to a much more accessible and 'music friendly' festival: Lovebox. While nothing had really appealed to me from the line up, which seemed mainly to consist of a variety of acts lombarded together to suit all tastes, the combination of an 80's loving 21 turning girlfriend and the prospect of seeing Duran Duran in the flesh were two forces I was unable to keep apart.

I headed to Victoria Park with an open mind and keen to see a number of eclectic acts. For ages i've been dying to see the Hot 8 Brass Band, and as soon as we stepped onsite the heavy trombone and horn blaring melodies could be heard from miles away. If you haven't heard their rendition of Sexual Healing I suggest you have a quick detour now to check it out. This put me in the right direction for what I hoped would be a great day of live music.


We headed to the main stage to watch a very tired yet impressive Mr Hudson. I'd heard mixed reactions about his performances, but his new songs blended well with his old stuff from his days with the library, even if hanging out with Mr West a little too much may have inflated his ego a little. A tired and past it Kano came out as a 'surprise guest', much to the disappointment of a crowd who seemed little into getting into the full swing of things.

DJ wise i managed to catch a little of the Horse Meat Disco guys at the Relentless arena, who seemed to be trying to fight a pretty poor soundsystem and again a crowd who never really had it in their heart to dance. Even when DJ Sneak came out, one of the sets id been waiting for the whole day, I could only manage about 10 minutes before I had given up trying to get into the swing of things.


One reccuring theme of outdoor festivals this year has been poor soundsystem's, and none was more obvious with N*E*R*D's arrival on the main stage. Playing a variety of hits from all three of their albums, Pharrell and friends seemed to be desperately trying to get the Lovebox crowd to get into such classics as Run to the Sun and new cuts such as Sooner or Later. However, it took a triple header of Lapdance, Rockstar and She Wants to Move, complete with a total stage invasion, to get anyone to really start to enjoy themselves. It was all a bit of a wierd experience to the carnage I had seen at Glastonbury.


However, the amount of corporate advertising thrown in your face, from the Pimms bus parked right next to the fringe stage to the Relentless, Rizla and Gaymers areas all leaving their corporate imprints on the festival goer, it was no surprise to the lack of enthusiasm of the crowd to fully immerse themselves in the experience. It almost seemed people were more interested in getting freebies from certain stalls, i.e. a Warehouse poncho, or had turned up solely to see the headliners Duran Duran, than a general sense of people wanting a unique musical experience.


Don't get me wrong. The downpours changed the mood of the site and, ashamed to say, Duran Duran were bloody brilliant, pulling out a bag of hits and an awesome array of songs which have been used by some of the greatest producers, samplers, rappers and DJs the world has ever known (N.O.T.O.R.I.O.U.S). It just seemed a letdown for a Groove Armada fan and a festival lover to see such a marketed boutique event be so openly sold off to the highest corporate bidder. I recognise the importance of sponsorship in keeping festivals financed, but surely it is an interesting question to ask fellow chromesters.... Does external advertising damage the ethos behind festivals? In the VIP Gin / Vodka bars or charging double the ticket price in the prospect of posh loos? Im not sure, but I know i've had more fun watching local djs spin amazing tunes with everyone openly involved than massive djs and bands with disinterested crowds.

(YSI) Kid Cudi - Day N Nite(DJ Sneak Bang Acido Mix) / alt link

(YSI) Pharell Vs A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It Like That / alt link

(YSI) Hot 8 Brass Band - Get Up (Diesler Remix) / alt link

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Dirty Weekend

It's been a long weekend, one which we shall tell you all about soon, but first we have an inbox overflowing with great tracks so we figured we'd share a few of our favourites with you.


It's perhaps too soon to call Hovatron a legend, especially when he's still living in the future, but we were undoubtedly over-pleased to recieve this track from the esteemed member of Montreal's seminal Turbo Crunk crew, especially as it's such a beauty. Think the Mystery Machine members from Scooby Doo investigating an Acid House rave in an abandoned fairground that has been haunted by an evil Hyphy Monster, and that pretty much sums up the vibe of this one.

(YSI) Hovatron - Gypsy Trader / alt link

The track is taken from a self release that he's just dropped on his Myspace, go and check it out. Also check the page for Hovatron's European Tour dates alongside his fellow Turbo Crunk conspirator Lunice. Here's a little mix from the two of them.

(ZShare) Lunice & Hovatron - Demo Reel


Mochipet just hit us up with a copy of his Mary Anne Hobbs mix from a couple of weeks back. A friggin' evil Dubstep adventure with elements of Crunked up Hip-hop, Rockin' out guitars and of course a touch of Michael Jackson too.

(Direct Link) Mochipet on Mary Anne Hobbs, July 7th 2009 (zip)


16bit will be making their Fabriclive debut this Friday alongside Drop The Lime and Starkey. We shall hopefully see him playing the Music By Numbers night here in Cardiff soon too, as long as some pretty nasty and underhanded promoter politics get's cleaned up properly.

Here's a stinking remix of the Borgore track Foes, that see's a clash of the synths between Dubstep and G Funk. Perfect to play if you happen to be taking a low rider to a demolition derby.

(YSI) Borgore - Foes(16bit Fuck Hoes Remix) / alt link



Our friends over at Attorney Street have dropped their first Digi-12" release from Old Money and have sent us a promo copy of the bonus track to pass out. It's their take on a classic Bon Jovi track, moving it into Electro House territory. One for Saturday night dancefloor filling for sure. You can pick up the 320 version on the Where You Are release, grab it via Paypal here.

(YSI) Old Money - Take My Hand / alt link


Next we have the first in a series of mashups & remixes by Mandrake Sounds. A high energy Electro classic meets a low grumbling Dubstep monster.

(YSI) Afrika Bambaata - Planet Rock (Mandrake Sounds Remix) / alt link


Been a while since we heard from those Texan noise terrorists Chopigula and at first glance they seemd to have mellowed somewhat on their new 12" Magma. But even though the tracks might not carry the organised chaos we've come to know, love and fear, instead leaving space for emcees Zeale and Phranchyze to do their thing, there is still that menacing tribal flavour underlying both of these tracks, so don't say we didn't warn you.

(YSI) Chopigula ft Phranchyze - Pyre Pot / alt link

(YSI) Chopigula ft Zeale - Zapocalypse Dub / alt link


Sweat It Out have just dropped some funk crunching flavour in the shape of Italian producer Pablo Calamari. It has remixes from the likes of Scottie B, DJ Beware and DCUP, so even if you go to the same black market he bought his wife from, you should hunt this down.

(YSI) Pablo Calamari - I Bought My Wife on the Blackmarket (Club Mix) / alt link

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Rambling Free

Before we head off on another long (and messy) weekend to Glade Festival, I do believe we promised to tell you all about some of last weekend’s exploits.


The weekend, like most at the moment, started on Wednesday night with Prefuse 73 at The Globe in Cardiff. Not one for the casual observer / listener as unless you immerse yourself within the full frequency assault taking place I’m sure it just comes across like a noisy tonal mess, certainly a few people present thought so. For me though it’s kind of like taking far too many mind altering substances and ending up in rather a dark state of confusion, then shining out of the chaos comes the answer to life and suddenly it all becomes bright and satisfying. Of course there’s less disappointment when it’s over so it could well be the healthy alternative to drugs, maybe FRANK should take note.


Thursday night we headed down to London for the DMC UK Championships. The only one who really caught our ears was Johnny One Move, unfortunately he messed up a a few times and slipped into third place. Who the others were I couldn't even tell you, but to be honest it doesn’t really matter, there were none there that will change your life should you look them up. Shame really, it does look like a rebirth of turntablism could be on the horizon, and certainly there were signs that the tune selections were being updated well, but the next QBert, Craze or A-Trak looks unlikely to be stepping out from these shores any time soon.


Not to say the night was a complete disappointment however, Inja stepped out of hosting duty for a moment and ripped up the stage with a few new tracks that are sounding hyper than ever. With the bass heavy in the beats and that rather annoying whiny voice he had in the Delegates Of Culture days seemingly lost, seems that the lower frequencies are helping to push Inja ever higher. He was also joined on stage by Skinnyman for an impromptu version of our current chart number one Hats High that was pure fire! Although it wasn’t the Mr Thing version, we did see the Thingster fully appreciating at the back of the stage too.

From the 02 Academy we headed over to the Elbow Rooms for the After Party, which despite the low numbers took a turn for the rowdy (in a good way) after a few rounds of Tequilla entered the equation. For anyone who complains that the UK Hip-hop scene is too serious, you’ve obviously never seen Mystro, Jehst, Farma G, Last Skeptic and Inja dancing to a Michael Jackon medley in the small drunken hours. Also met a rapper by the name of Skandal who I hadn’t heard of before but a few heads assured me he’s the future, he’s certainly got both heart and skills so hopefully there’ll be big things to come.


Next day we headed to the Great Birds Of The British Isles exhibition at the Oblong Gallery in Islington. No we haven’t gone all Bill Oddie on you, it’s actually an exhibition of work by 4 Bristol based female artists: Dora; Milk, Amour and K148 who’s styles meet somewhere in the realm of Street Art. Feeling a few of the pieces in there actually, and it definitely works as a collaborative effort. It’s on for the next few weeks before moving to Bristol again. Check their Myspace for details.


The plan for the rest of the night was to head to Fabric to catch Foreign Beggars, Scratch Perverts, Ghislain Poirier, DJ Hype and Mumdance amongst many others, however I learned a lesson in not gloating when you’re lady’s stuck in the middle of nowhere and the highlight of her day was buying some conditioner, she hexed us... and it worked.

What was turning out to be a great couple of days took a down turn as we decided to gatecrash an industry party with a free bar on a sure fire tip. We couldn’t find any sign of the party and ended up wondering lost amongst the haircuts and try too hards of Hoxton for far too long. We eventually thought we’d better get to Fabric as somebody had told us guest list shuts at midnight (is this true, sure it’s never been a issue before), we were late but it mattered not cos as we got to the back of the queue Nilk’s sister phoned to say his pregnant wife wasn’t too good and we decided to blow Fabric out and head down to his house in Swindon. I learned another lesson, don’t tell your lady she hexed you when this could be taken as meaning she was responsible for the condition of your friend’s pregnant wife, it’s a stupid and rather shitty thing to do. Thankfully Nilk’s wife is okay and it was one of those episodes that dictate we should always love our mums for going through all that shit for us.


So being in Swindon it seemed right to head over to the Swindon Carnival the next day, now Swindon Carnival might seem like a contradiction in terms and certainly it’s far from what goes on in say Bristol or Birmingham but there were a few good Sound Systems such as King Tubby’s pumping out the Reggae classics and one rather rowdier set up with more of a Dubstep and Drum & Bass selection. Plus plenty of food and rides for the kids so long as you’re not intimidated by the classic Estate characters such as ‘tattooed topless man with the dangerous dog’ (of which there were plenty) it’s not a bad afternoon out, infact would have stayed longer but had to be back for Foamo, Curtamos, Chesus & Rodski and Tony Blitz at Glo Bar. Problem is by the time I reached I only had 20 minutes before I had to shoot off and play in another bar so missed the whole thing pretty much. Was pretty quiet thanks to a mix of torrential rain and the uneducated ears of the Cardiff masses but heard the DJs all smashed it and Foamo, seemed happy enough with the night when I caught up with him briefly afterwards. Glo Bar has now been sold but there's some heavy Music By Numbers nights lined up before then, and it's still going ahead in different venues afterwards too.



To top the weekend off on Sunday, headed to the Starving Artists jam at the Shot In The Dark cafe. Some may have caught the twitterings but if not then it was a great jam of the type that is really necessary to help scenes grow. As well as the DJs that included Lurk On Film, there were live drums, guitars and a cello all adding their parts whilst an assortment of emcees such as Redeye and Ming Dy Nasty from Lex Umbra (formerly Shadow Law), Ruffstylz, Louis Boston and Skunkadelic plus various other rappers and singers took turns on the mic. There was also an appearance from Beatbox Fozzy, who is without a doubt one of our favourite vocal percussionists and who has been working on some killer Dubstep that we've been trying to lock down a recording of for a while now. With a healthy fine lady ratio (don't mean to be sexist but can't really say what the reverse ratio was) and a real good creative family atmosphere, hopefully there will be many more of these jam sessions running in future. It was certainly a great finale for our long weekend adventures, just looking forwrds to what this weekend has in store now, catch you all when we return.

(YSI) Santigold - Creator (Mumdance War Bars Remix) / alt link

(YSI) Santigold - Creator (Curtamos Remix) / alt link

(YSI) Mystro - BlitzMess / alt link (from forthcoming Shortee Blitz Mixtape)

(YSI) Shadow Law (Lex Umbra) ft Ruffstylz - Damage Done / alt link

(YSI) Louis Boston & Refound - Spittin' Stixx / alt link

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Some Heavy Sickness


Taliesen out of the Dutty Artz crew dropped us an truly firin' mix of Bass heavy global goodness some time ago and we never got to putting it up.... we won't make the same mistake twice so enjoy this tropical flavour that he cooked up for the Ghetto Bazaar fellas over in Budapest.

(Direct Link) Taliesin - Heavy Sick Mix

Tracklist

El Gunicho- Antillas
Dev79 - Live n Die 4 tha Street Bass
Schlachthofbronx - Too High Feat Slush Puppy Kids
Octa Push - Kolokani
Timberlee - Gunny Gunny (Schlachthofbronx RMX)
The Brick Bandits- The Chase
Movado - Inna Di Carback
Movado - So Special (DJ Yonny Baltimore ClubRMX)
Rod Lee - Let Me See What You Workin With (Rustie RMX)
The Dream - Let me See The Booty
Pirate Sound System - Rush Around
Villa Diamante - Daleduro vs Lady Tigra
Eymnd - It's Hot Down Here
Buraka Som Sistema - IC19 (NGUZUNGUZU RMX)

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A High Rankin Blog Indeed


High Rankin is the latest victim of the Dubstep world to have caught the blogging bug, thankfully for us his sickness is our cure and we can pick up exclusive remixes such as this one for Black Daniel.

(YSI) Black Daniel - Here Comes Caeser (High Rankin Remix) / alt link

He still appears to be struggling with the whole RSS feed scenario so we haven't yet got him on the blog role, but he is most definitely a worthy addition so go and pay him a visit here.

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Dubbilicious

We got a heavy bag of Dubstep for you today people, some chilled some fire for the floor but all help to highlight why the scene is literally taking over right now.


First up is something a little different from the massive jump up remixes we've come to know and love from Doorly. Bit more of a slowly intense grinding smoulderer but no less impact, as he takes on the new Basement Jaxx track Raindrops out on XL Recordings.

(YSI) Basement Jaxx - Raindrops (Doorly's Dubstep Remix) / alt link

This is just a 128 promo but you can pick up the wav or higher quality MP3 here.


Those kind fellas at Brainfeeder have made Mary Anne Hobbs' Sonar set available on their site. As strong a selection as you'd expect from the queen of the scene, with artists such as Reso, Starkey, Pinch, Skream, Martyn and Mala (full tracklisting here)

(Direct Link) Mary Anne Hobbs - Sonar 09 Mix

Plus here's the Joker set from Sonar too, but no tracklisting unfortunately.

(ZShare) Joker - Sonar 09 Mix


Widdler has been busy finishing up the recording of his deep and dark concept album called Origin and will also be releasing some of his older tracks such as Go Ask Alice on a louder, meaner, and more party oriented album. Hopefully he should also be dropping Froggy Style within the next few months with remixes from Zeno, hd4000 and Tekstep remixes.

(YSI) Widdler Vs Collie Budz - Come Around Bootleg / alt link

(YSI) Widdler - We Ready Bootleg / alt link

(YSI) Widdler - Fine Day Bootleg / alt link

(ZShare) Widdler throwback pack (old tunes) (zip)


One of Italy's premier Dubstep groups, Numa Crew EP have just dropped their first full length album on Florida based label FoulPlay Dubstep and have this handy little promo put together by label boss Prolific as an introduction.

(Direct Link) Numa Crew EP - Promo Mix by Prolific

TrackList

1. Lapo-Runner Pig
2. Lapo-Drifting Academy
3. Botz-Forgotten Files
4. Lapo-Badass
5. Botz-Murder
6. Arge-Disasta Dub
7. Arge-Dub Club


Don't know much about Sub-Universe or Prepare To Meet Thy Broom. But this track has been described as 'like a Commodore on crack', which is good a reason as any to post it up.

Sub-Universe - Computer Game (Prepare To Meet Thy Broom Remix) / alt link


Only just got round to subscribing to the Juno Download Dubstep Podcast, very slack we know and it's no doubt left us far behind where we should be. So don't make the same mistake and subscribe now. The latest edition has new tracks from the likes of Ike Release, Bombaman, Vaski, Skulltrane and Brackles.

(Direct Link) Juno Download Dubstep Podcast (iTunes)

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