Biome – Two Way EP (BLACKBOX029)

 

Bless everybody.  Hope all is well with the fam’.  Today I wanted to take some time out to highlight the recent EP released by Biome.  As if this man has not been absolutely slaying bass bins for the past 6 months (at least), he has made his presence even more visible with this latest release on Black Box.  With one of the hardest sounds in the deeper side of the 140 arena, Biome has carved out his place like a force that cannot be reckoned with.  I have promoted much of his music within the time span of Bassweight Society’s existence and he is definitely one of my favorite producers.  This 4 Track 2 x 12″ release sees a more calm Biome (or at least that’s how I’ve perceived it) than his recent work with the Macabre Unit crew and his release on New Moon not too long ago – I find it very refreshing.  The Two Way EP is an excellent addition to the Black Box discography, holding true to the imprints sound.

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Reality || Vinyl, Digital

This beat starts off with some beautiful atmospherics and quickly progresses into a pressure-ridden halfstep masterpiece.  The space utilized in between each bass element creates grooves that would cause a paraplegic to off his/her chair and straight mash the dance.  I was instantly hooked by the eerie pads used in the track and I’m sure each of you will find an element that tickles your fancy within this one.

Inner Mind || Vinyl, Digital

This tune embodies the “calm” Biome that I spoke of in the introduction of this feature.  Preceding this release I’ve seen Biome on very high-energy trend, utilizing extremely heavy tribal-styled percussion to keep the dance inna’ zone.  Inner Mind utilizes calming vocals, eyes down piano chords, and atmospherics that all equate to a brilliant work of art.  I find this tune to be extremely peaceful, and to be honest, thought-provoking.  I say thought-provoking because each time I play this one I can’t help but reminisce on past memories, analyze current situations, and just think.  I’m going to have to say that this is my persy off the EP.

Charged || Vinyl, Digital

In uniform with the calmer vibe of the EP, ‘Charged’ keeps the beat slow but the vibes large.  Biome’s unmatched ability to modulate growling basslines is apparent in this stomper as the tune is constantly interchanging between them.  The snare hit in this beat really makes me exaggerate my body movements as it is crisp in it’s strike and fades flawlessly, with just the right amount of reverb.

Two Way || Vinyl, Digital

To wrap up the release is ‘Two Way’.  This one is for the steppers!  A very clean and constant kick drum floods the sound field while an array of hats and snares compliment the grooves.  For some reason I picture a mad scientist frantically searching for a lost potion when I listen to this tune.  Haha, yeah, I’m weird.

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Many of you have probably already purchased this but, if you haven’t, DO IT!  It’s available at all good record shops and online stores.  You can preview all of the tunes down below via the Black Box Soundcloud page.

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Hope you enjoy the sounds!  Support the artists, show them some love and most importantly, DON’T PIRATE MUSIC.  Be sure to check later this week, most likely Thursday, as I have a very special feature/interview with a Bristolian producer that has been turning heads on the late!  Big up to all the readers, your support means the world to me.  Until next time…

To the gods.

-Kinman

System Overload: Too Many Men

EZ brothers and sisters.  Hope everybody is doing well, feeling good, and vibing out to this beautiful world that we live in.  Time has been straight up FLYING by lately, it’s truly insane.  I thought that once school was done with I would have all the time in the world to keep this site updated and content constantly rolling through during my summer break.  Life just keeps throwing this and that, and things just haven’t been catering to my free time.  I apologize for that, hopefully all ya’ll heads can understand :).  It’s been almost a week since I last got a post up here and in that time there has been some really amazing music put out and some great news revealed, as well as some saddening news.

Let’s get the sad out of the way first.  Although it seems to be quite speculative, considering no definite statements have been recorded, rumors are spreading that Pendulum will no longer be writing/performing music as they’ve decided to concentrate on their Knife Party project.  I have no hate for what they’ve chosen to do with Knife Party, everybody needs to make money, and I’m sure they really do enjoy the music they make and the reactions they get from the crowds.  However, it saddens me that Pendulum will no longer be.  They provided my youth with some of the greatest EDM experiences and I draw a lot of influence from their innovation and flat-out talent.  I hope that it’s not really the end but, times change, people change, and the game changes too.  Much love and respect out to them boys for doing their thing for so long and I wish them the best in their future endeavors!

To lighten things up a bit, their is two specific events that made me extremely happy recently.  One being that Mala’s in Cuba album was reviewed by Joe Muggs and published on The Arts Desk (read here).  Not that I ever doubted the quality of Mala’s production skills, but it was quite an intriguing concept to incorporate Latin music into the South London brainchild of dubstep.  I’ve heard the two tunes that I’m sure everybody else has heard as well, but to read to Joe Muggs interpretations of the remainder of the album made my heart jump up like a schoolgirl who had just seen the Nsync tour bus pass by.  I truly cannot wait for this album to drop!  It’s going to look all these ignorant bastards, who make claims like “dubstep is dead”, straight in the eyes and tell them to FUCK OFF!  I’m getting really tired of all these jaded listeners who incessantly complain because they are too lazy to do their homework and search through hype.  Dubstep will never die.  Second thing that made me quite happy was the announcing of the boat parties that will be held during both Dimensions and Outlook festival.  HYPED!  The tickets will go on sale this Thurday at 8pm (GMT), so all the US heads that means 11am.  So many unreal parties will be going down, I can’t even begin to imagine the vibes that will be going down.  Make sure you get to your tickets to whichever party you want to attend fast!  They will sellout in an extremely quick fashion.

Now, to the beats.  I’ve got a solid handful of tunes that I want to post up on this beezy, hope you enjoy dem’.

First track is from a favorite producer of mine, TMSV.  It’s a collaboration with the notorious Beezy.  The track is laced up with some awakening lyrics that get your mind thinking about some of the more troubling things occurring on our planet.  The words are abruptly met with percussion that will take your mind back to the tribal roots we all share.  The dread-ridden synth created for this tune is all-time.  Puts out some of the most intense energy.  Massive one out to TMSV and Beezy for this production.

TMSV ft. Beezy – Crashing

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This next bit is a forthcoming on Tempa Records by Consequence.  Proper soundsystem music, this one.  Such a powerful kick, the snare is tailored perfectly, and the space in this tune is just as vital as the notes.  I’m sure there will be lots of great things to come from Consequence after this release.

Consequence – Injunction (Forthcoming Tempa)

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This next track picks the energy up and gets in your face with Biome incredible production skills.  This one is another tune filled with percussion that will incite the most primal of urges inna’ dance.  THIS TUNE IS FUCKING MAD!  I keep finding myself saying this but the man just keeps putting out heat after heat but, Biome has seriously been on a roll for about a year straight, putting out the heaviest and most intricately constructed tunes.  Big respect to the badman.

Biome – Shadows (Forthcoming New Moon Recordings)

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Next up is forthcoming on the almighty Deep Medi imprint.  I’m sure you’ve heard it because it’s been getting so much hype but I have to repost it because it’s such an amazing release.  Medi 59 will be from Jack Sparrow, and it’s about bloody time this man got signed to the Medi fam!  This track, titled ‘Good Old Days’ features Ruckspin on the production with Sparrow and is a jazz-infused bassweight masterpiece.  These guys have nearly unrivaled mix-downs, every element of the track being placed and EQ’d with the finest of precision.  The flip, ‘Afraid of Me’, takes a step away from the jazzy side of things and delves into the sonic exploration of techno-infused bass and analog sounding atmospherics.  Going to be an amazing release and I cannot wait to snag up a vinyl for myself!

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I want to send you off tonight with two absolutely MASSIVE remixes done by Sleeper and Compa.  Sleeper has remixed DCult’s ‘Deadly Hands of Shang Chi’ and done an amazing job!  Rupturing sub-bass on this one!  Compa has chosen to release his rendition of Reamz – Fear on the ‘We Are Wax’ white label imprint.  This tune displays Compa’s top-notch ability to take an original, that is already an amazing tune, and turn it into an equally as large interpretation.  Make sure that your subs are ready to flex on this one!

DCult – Deadly Hands of Shang Chi (Sleeper Remix)

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Reamz – Fear (Compa Remix)(Forthcoming WXWL002)

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BOOM!  That’s it for tonight fam.  Stay locked and stay high.

To the gods.

-Kinman

Drummed Out: Quantum Soul, Biome, Benton, & TMSV

Gwwwwaaaarnnn get up now!  What’s good folks…Hope everybody is doing well on this glorious day!  We gotta’ bunch of freshies for your ears today, encompassing a vast spectrum of style.  Hope you enjoy :)

I wanted to start things off with a proper dub-styled jam from the one and only TMSV.  This guy makes some of the cleanest sub-bass in the game.  The tune, ‘Attention’, comes in nice and sends some extremely positive vibrations through your mind and soul.  Endless delays, climbing basslines, dubbed out vocals, the whole-nine yards with this one.  I would really like to see this get a release!  On a side note, I am really feeling these dub-wise tunes that TMSV has been writing on the late.  Stoked to hear more of it!

TMSV – Attention

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This next bit is moving back towards the darker side of the spectrum.  Biome has seriously been on such a massive run lately with amount of top-notch tunes he has been putting out.  ‘Persepolis’ on Macabre Unit Vinyl, ‘The Raven’/’Hybrid’ Remix on Osiris, and his 3 track release on the Deep Heads label.  Like I said, serious business this guy.  This track was put up on the Deep Heads soundcloud page earlier today and is another percussion flooded roller from the badman.  Subs up, eyes down for this one.

Biome – The Road

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Moving straight into the depths of the spectrum now with this preview of Benton’s ‘Defect Mind’, forthcoming on his Wheel & Deal album ‘Reflections’.  Benton is a producer who has a sound distinct to only himself, in my opinion.  The dark and sinister vocal clips, the slumping bass lines, and fine-tuned atmospherics are always present inna’ production with this guy.  Put your ouija board away before you press play on this one ;).

Benton – Defect Mind (Forthcoming Wheel & Deal)

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I wanted save this next tune for last because I believe it will send everybody off with a BANG!  Coming from the hands of our friend Quantum Soul is a remix done for SideProjekt’s tune ‘Temple’.  An absolute sub workout, this one!  Such an immense variety of sounds intricately placed together to create the massive amount of energy that this tune puts out.  Some SEEEERRIOUS soundsystem music!  Clear some space for the skankin’ that will undoubtedly occur once you press play.

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BLESS!  Hope you are all diggin’ the tunes for today.  Support the artists by buying their music and seeing them spin when they come to your town!  It’s a rough lifestyle for most of our favorite artists (obviously not the large names) so don’t make it any rougher on them by jacking the product of their countless hours in the studio.  Fo’ real do’.  We’ll catch you next time.

To the gods.

-Kinman

SPREP009 – Fornax’s ‘Absent Referent EP’

Yes I. Today we wanted to take the time to showcase Sub Pressures forthcoming release from Fornax. The ‘Absent Referent EP’ is a collection of four originals from Fornax and a remix done by the badman Promise One. Fornax comes hard from the start with the self-titled ‘Absent Referent’. Bouncing percussion and spacious atmospherics taking you through a vortex of soulful stabs and pads. A perfect way to bring the listeners into the heart of the release. The following tune, ‘Zodiac’, is another fine display of space and rhythm, following suit nicely from the opening track. The third tune, ‘Kepler’, really starts to bring the energy levels up with its sci-fi drenched soundscape and stomping kick drums that get you in the chestplate. Don’t know if it was all part of the plan but I like the way the EP takes you on this gradual evolution of sounds, starting off with slower more spacious tunes and slowly progressing from there. Fornax’s final tune on the EP is called ‘Genocide’ and it’s my personal favorite from the release. A pounding half-step abyss of dusty pipes and an array of reverb blessed production. The finishing track is Promise One’s take on ‘Kepler’. Definitely another gem for Promise One to put under his belt. A roller meant to make the heads bounce. Definitely a man to keep your eyes on, this Fornax fellow. If you never caught that bit we highlighted with him and Content then I suggest you take a listen to that beauty! The ‘Absent Refernent EP’ is set to release April 23rd, so mark your calenders!

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If you haven’t check out the releases from Sub Pressure I strongly suggest taking a peak at their roster! Releases from the likes of Biome, Kelly Dean, Promise One, TZR, and now Fornax. Mad love to the boys at Sub Pressure for pushing the sounds over here stateside. It’s nice to have a friend in our backyard holding down the deeper sounds, no doubt. Show them some love if you haven’t already!

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Alright people, that’s what we got for today. Stay blessed, and support your local artist.

To the gods.

-Kinman

On The Flex: Biome, Mala, & TMSV

Massive out to all the heads that have been supporting us recently!  This grassroots movement has slowly, but very surely, been growing within the past couple months and the traffic through the website has increased significantly.  It really means a lot to us here at BWS.  We’ve always had a lot of faith in this music/culture because it is one filled with longevity and passion, and all of you readers have affirmed that faith.  As stated at the beginning of the new year, we have plans for 2012 to be a really big year for us and we couldn’t be happier the share the experiences with all of you.  RESPECT!

Now, with all the sentimental sh*t out of the way, let’s get right into today’s music.  Not only has 2012 been a great year for us, it has been a great year for the entirety of the dubstep scene.  No, we are not talking about the Grammy’s given to, thou who shall’nt be named.  We are talking about the foundation scene.  The deep scene has witnessed such a prolific amount of innovation and evolution to dubstep.  From tribal to techno, jungle to classical, the influences are FLOODING the productions.  Today we have a pretty random collection of tunes to showcase, all of them top-notch.

The first batch of tunes come the man known as Biome.  He should be no secret to any of you, and if he is, GET AMONGST IT!  Pushing out high quality releases since 2008 from labels such as Subsonik, Biscuit Factory, Sub Pressure, Osiris, and most recently Black Box, he’s a man who has nothing but WEIGHT up his sleeves.  His most recent release on Black Box, titled ‘Space’, is truly an unreal production.  Seems only suiting that it earned a release as a single-sided vinyl in the XXX series from the box.  Today he announced a release on the imprint M.U.V (Macabre Unit Vinyl).  A tune called ‘Persepolis’.  An absolutely massive production!  Take a listen to Persepolis and few other bits that he has just thrown up on his Soundcloud page.

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Biome – Zen

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Biome – Shadows

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This next track is recent one from the almighty Mala.  Set to release on his album due out sometime this year.  Rumor has it that the entire album is influenced off his recent  travels in Cuba.  You can definitely feel the vibes in this track.  Titled ‘Cuba Electronica’, this tune is seriously MAD.  Listen to the man Joe Nice when he brings in the second drop, it’s straight up badness coming through your speakers.  This will no doubt, as always with Mala, be one of the most anticipated releases of the year so keep your eyes and ears open.

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The last track we are going to leave you off with today comes from the extremely talented hands of TMSV.  This guy has seriously been handling business for the past couple years and 2012 is definitely going to be a HUGE year for the man.  Releases tunes pretty much exclusively on Box Clever/Black Box records, DJ Thinking must be amped on life.  TMSV’s production abilities are hard to pigeonhole so I’m not even going to try.  He can really build music in an amazing fashion,  and I will leave it at that.  This tune, a remix of Dark Angel’s ‘Lay Down My Burdens’, is going to send you all off with a righteous vibe.  It’s forthcoming on Foundation Sound, date still to come.  Let the music speak to you.

Dark Angel – Lay Down My Burdens

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Also, in case you missed this free download he gave out a few months ago, GRAB IT UP WHILE IT’S STILL THERE!  A really sick tune he did with Myrkur called ‘Icarus’. Of course, show the man some love!

TMSV & Myrkur – Icarus (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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Alright fam, that’s all for today.  Stay blessed.

To the gods.

Bassweight Society (Kinman)