Unwind

Sup fam.  Can’t believe Wednesday’s almost over.  Life gets busy between work, music, and friends, and weeks seem to fly by.  One constant throughout it all is the relief you can find kicking back and listening to some new choons.  We got four gems for you today.  The first few are lurkers, real deep and proper, soundsystem tunes.  The last one is a completely different vibe, less dark, hopefully sending you out with some good vibes.

First one is from a producer named Murdok featuring JBZ.  I really like the intro as it builds up into a serious roller.

Next one is from OG’s Kryptic Minds.  As always these guys deliver maximum bassweight.  The tune titled The Talisman is set to come out on Tectonic Plates Vol. 3 on March 19.  Keep your ears ready for this compilation as it includes tracks from artists such as Tunnidge & Goth Trad.  Follow the link to Tectonic’s website where you can view the full tracklist.

Tectonic Plates Volume 3

The next tune comes from Gemmy titled Freq Factory.  Packed full of punchy bass and hard snapping snares this one will definitely hit your speaker box hard.

Last up we have a tune from a British producer named Calski.  I really like the vibes of this tune.  Not a party tune, no major bassweight element, but the feel of it is nice.

That’s a wrap.  Pay it forward when you can.

Big up

-BWS (Lowkey)

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Get to Know: Anex, Congi and Macabre Unit Digital

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A new day, a new dub! Gonna keep it short and sweet as we have to go drink some beer.  Today we’re featuring a grip of new artists along with a label to surely keep your eyes on.  Macabre Unit Digital was created in October 2011 and is headed up by deep producer Demon, a member of the UK’s Macabre Unit crew, a self described “multi talented music outfit, from drum & bass, grime, to hip hop/rnb… thru to dubstep”.  Under the banner M.U.D, this label keeps delivering bassweight hits. Lets get straight to it!

Flick on the sub and listen to some of their releases:

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Epic 2nd Release

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Free JAM from friend of M.U.D., Occult:

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To best follow M.U.D link up with Demon on Facebook or follow his fanpage.

Affiliated artist Anex is also rumbling pant legs with bassweight via radio waves and live shows with his sub-heavy jams.

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Biggups to FatKidOnFire for exposing Anex to us with a large free EP released via their soundcloud.

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The “Requiem EP”‘s largest track, in our opinion, is Congi’s remix which features goosebump-enducing second drop. Make sure to download the entire EP because it’s rare to get such a good batch of tunes for FREE!

Being the dub-detective type, we checked out Congi’s soundcloud and again were blessed with some deep, minimal dubstep!

Download this track ASAP (Listen till 2nd drop):

http://soundcloud.com/congi-music/congi-cryptic-download

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Make sure to add these guys to add to your ‘who to watch’ List, because they’re surely on a roll. Macabre Unit Digital has big plans for 2012 with a slew of new releases sure to shake the underground. Don’t forget to grab all the free releases in this post guilt free, but be sure to support M.U.D and purchase their tunes here.

Skank it EZ!

BWS (Shice)

In The Shadows Volume 1: Promise One

Ziiiiiingggg! What’s going on people.  We hope you had a great weekend.  Today is the start to a new series here at BWS, called ‘In The Shadows’.  The intent of this series is to highlight up-and-coming artists who represent the deep, dark, and minimal sounds that we love so much.  So, hopefully you guys/gals will receive the material with respect and enjoyment.

To start things off this week we have an artist who has adopted the monicker Promise One.  Coming out of North London, this 24 year old brings a really sick interpretation to the genre.  Originally captured by “dusty” hip-hop, as he puts it, he was introduced to dubstep in 2005 while at school in Leeds.  Instantly intrigued by the spacious and organic productions of Burial and Kode9, he quickly began to delve into the bass scene’s entirety.  As he had already been producing hip-hop under the name ‘Defiant Kinetics’ for a few years before his love for dubstep began, he had experience with programs such as Reason and Cubase.  So, we would imagine, the transition to dubstep production was just a bit easier than those who have never touched a DAW before.  His early influences are apparent in his rolling basslines and reverb-drenched, distant sounding synths.  His debut release was on Reboot Records (Boot09) back in mid 2011, containing the tracks ‘Dissonance’ and ‘Glyph’.  Both of the tunes are superb productions and we highly recommend purchasing them!  Take a listen below.

Promise One – Dissonance

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Promise One – Glyph

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With that release already under his belt, as well as a release on Sub Pressure Recordings, Promise One is back again with another set of masterpieces.  This one, released early this month, came out on Gamma Audio.  Both of the tunes on this release show the evolution of his sounds as well as his maturing production capabilities.    The A side, titled ‘Kilos’, emits growling basslines and very garage-like use of percussion.  The vocal processing on this tune perfectly mesh with the instrumental production laid down.  The B side is a track titled ‘Lowkey’ and is on a different vibe than the flip.  More of a half-step stomper, this tune slows things down a bit.  The synths in this tune truly capture your ears, and quite quickly if we may add. Again utilizing his garage approach to the percussion styling Lowkey brings a classic vibe to the modern era of music production.

Promise One is a man that you should definitely keep your eyes on as he will most certainly be climbing the ranks within the deep scene.  He really embodies the foundation-oriented approach that we here at Bassweight Society love.  Please check out the links below to purchase his latest release on Gamma Audio.  Either from Juno or from Beatport.  Make sure to visit his Facebook page and show the man the support he deserves.  Below you will also find the Soundcloud links to ‘Lowkey’ and ‘Kilos’.

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Promise One – Lowkey/Kilos (Juno Download)

Promise One – Lowkey/Kilos (Beatport Download)

Promise One Facebook Page

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Promise One – Lowkey (GAMMA027)

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Promise One – Kilos

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Alright people, that’s the word for today.  Much respect to the readers that have been/continue to visit our website, it really means a lot to us.  2012 is the “year of the weight”, as the badman Cyrus put it in one of his Twitter posts last month.  So, together let’s bring the deep, dark, and minimal sounds to the United States.  We’re all about spreading soundsystem music to the heads.  See you next time.  Respect!

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)

Killawatt: Exclusive Bassweight Society Interview

What’s up everybody!  We’re back with our monthly interview.  Today, we get words from a man who has established his presence with insurmountable speed.  Killawatt, nominated for best new producer in the Dubstepforum Awards this past year, is on a path straight to the top.  Securing releases on labels such as Black Box/Box Clever, Boka, New Moon, Subway, and DubPride, Matt Watt’s sound has been gaining a really large amount of support from the likes of Youngsta, Thinking, and many more.  All of this action seen has been within less than TWO years!  That is not to say that Killawatt is new to the music scene, though.  He got his hands on his first pair of decks back in 03′, and quickly began to make a name for himself in the jungle scene.  Fast forward to 2010, he is now co-operator of jungle label, Satta Sounds, and continues to carry on that passion.  But, he also gained a strong love for deep, minimal dubstep music.  After gaining his first release on New Zealand imprint DubPride, Matt had decided to part ways with the dubwise tunes he had currently been producing.  After taking classes in soundscaping and sound design he became very infatuated with the appeal of the ambient and cinematic aspects of dubstep.  The rest is history.  Making his debut appearance on Rinse fm in July of 2011, Killawatt has been smashing dance floors with his hard hitting mixing style.   As he continues to build his signature sound he is beginning to slowly drift into a seperate realm of classification. By that I mean that he is pretty much in a category of his own.  On the late he has been fusing a lot of techno influences into his 140 productions and is creating some of the heaviest rollers out there right now.  HUGE rolling kick drums, techno stabs that can make a good girl turn bad, and some of the most well-executed use of bongos the past year has seen, and there has been A LOT of bongo use in the tunes this past year.  His ability to incorporate the multitude of percussive instruments that he does has been, without a doubt, unrivaled in 2011.  Just recently he has had releases on Boka and New Moon and will see one shortly on Wheel & Deal.

Let’s see what the man has to say about the complaints of so-called “purists”, 140 jungle, and who shot Biggie and Tupac.

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BWS:  Alright, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way first.  Can you give the readers a little background about yourself.
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Killawatt:  Ez, I’m Matt Watt aka Killawatt and i’m currently based in Southsea. I’ve been producing dubstep for around 2 years now, dabbled in making scatty ragga jungle before  but never really took producing seriously until i got into dubstep late 2009. 
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BWS:  The percussive elements in your music are unreal man.  This is an attribute of your music that caught my attention when I first heard your sounds, and it has kept me hooked ever since.  Sometimes, in my opinion, people get too carried away with the focus on sub-bass, leaving other elements of the tune sub-par.  The fact that you are able to recognize the importance of each element and then successfully harness that importance is one of the best things about your style.  Do you use a lot of sampling when building your music or do you play intruments live? Or both?
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Killawatt:  I use a hell of a lot of samples for pretty much all aspects of my music. I never really used to be into sampling, probably because i didn’t really know how to make good use of it, but recently it has taken hold of my productions, largely due to the influence of Ipman and renowned sample based producers such as Amon Tobin. Ipman works as a sound designer and sampling is obviously a major part of that so we’re always talking about it and thats influenced me a lot. It’s also because sampling and resampling opens up so many sonic possibilities. You can create sounds and textures that you could never recreate using purely synthesis, the organicism of real sounds provides an extra layer of depth that really lifts the music. I also like the unpredictability of using sounds i’ve recorded myself or that somebody else has, you don’t have complete control over all the parameters so i think it makes me work harder to achieve a sound i want.  I very rarely play live instruments in. I can play the trombone and the guitar and i have recently started using them in a couple of secret side projects i have on the go, its actually been quite inspiring playing them again so i think it is something i will do a lot more of. Over time i’d like to build up a collection of instruments, both common and obscure, so that i can make use of acoustic and electronic instruments equally.
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BWS:  Your turnover rate for tunes is extremely high.  Is production your only full-time job?  If yes, what did you do to accumulate all your studio equipment before beats were paying your bills?
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Killawatt:  Well, i suppose you’d have to call it my full-time job since i don’t have a job and i do it pretty much full-time. That does not mean, however, that it pays my bills! I’m sure i will start to earn a half decent living off it at some point but its hard work scraping the pennies together at the moment. Luckily my parents are very supportive of me so they are helping me get along for a few months until i start earning more from producing/DJing or until i get a job. I’m pretty lucky in that sense really!
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BWS:  As a fan myself, I have a very large respect for the appreciation that you express to your supporters.  Maybe not in a verbose manner necessarily, but in the tunes that you give out for free.  Usually it’s quite obvious why an artist is giving their particular tune(s) out for free; they were old, unfinished projects thrown together half-assedly at the very last moment.  Your free music, however, is of the same top-notch quality as the music you release on respected labels such as Black Box, Boka, and New Moon.  Is this something that you set out to do?
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Killawatt:  I love sharing my music, it gets me into a bit of trouble with my peers sometimes but i write so much music, and so much of it will never see the light of day unless i give it out for free. I don’t see the point of uploading everything i make to soundcloud if half of its never going to get released or played so i may as well give it out. I would never give out anything i haven’t played or know i wouldn’t play so i suppose thats why they are of that quality. The end of last year went a bit over the top with the free giveaways, literally everybody was doing it and to be brutally honest some of the music that got given away from pretty awful, was almost embarrassing.  I’ve already compiled 2 free EP’s ready to giveaway the promote releases this year so you have them to look forward to! 
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BWS:  Lately you have been making tunes that have a more techno vibe to them.  Can we expect 2012 to be filled with releases like these?
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Killawatt:  haha yes you can expect a LOT more like this. Techno is my main passion at the moment so it was always going to filter down into my own productions. I’m not really making your standard 128 4×4 techno, i’ve tried but i can never shrug off my dubstep production so it ends sounding a bit crap. I’ve gone back to the 140 bpm tempo and tried to incorporate aspects of techno into it and people seem to like it so i think i’ll keep making it! I can’t really make half-step anymore, since ive been producing this more upbeat and energetic style, half-step has just seemed a bit labarious and sluggish, theres just not enough energy in most of the stuff coming out whereas with these techno influenced rollers with the big relentless kick drum lines and the pounding subs there is just so much natural energy, you move instinctively to the music whether you like it or not because of the sheer physicality of it and the rhythms that have been engrained in us over the past millenia from ancient ‘tribal’ music. I say ‘tribal’ because there has been a recent trend in everything with one bongo in being tagged as tribal music, its utter rubbish and is something i find pretty annoying to be completely honest. I’ll stop ranting!  Expect to hear plenty more of this sound this year though, either at 140 or 134 bpm!
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BWS:  There has been a sufficient amount of hype surrounding the 140 jungle that is currently being pushed by artists like Arc88, Benton, Dismantle, etc.  What is your take on it?  Considering that you used to produce jungle/own Satta Sounds, do you see yourself putting out tunes of this vein?  Or have you already, and we just haven’t heard them yet?
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Killawatt:  I’m not a fan, although i was smashing Dismantles terrain EP, they’ve got that older jungle aesthetic but with very up to date production and most importantly sound massive through a system.  Again its one of these things where people run out of ideas so they hark back to an older style and then claim its new, most of the time anyway. The majority of it sounds pretty weak compared to actual jungle, with looped 4-bar breaks that have had basically no processing, or have been processed completely wrong. Jungle was well ahead of its time and this stuff just isn’t. The most authentic 140 jungle tune ive heard is Ipmans remix of my track ‘Sidewinder’ that was released on the Black Boxxx series in december, the man knows how to chop up a break or too! I suppose because of my background in jungle i will always have this view. I still love jungle and really miss playing it out, it’s so fun to mix, and a lot more challenging than dubstep in my opinion. I have tried a few times to make jungle again but the production values are so different to dubstep that i just can’t really do it anymore. I’m sure i’ll make it again someday but just not quite yet!  Big ups to the Satta Sounds crew, making big moves in the jungle scene this year!
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BWS:  There has been, among a select population, a growing discontentment for the current state of the genre.  These are typically the people who complain about dubstep not being “underground” enough anymore, or just plain “dead”.  I have a really hard time with those kind of claims, mainly due musicians like yourself, Compa, Phaeleh, Von D, and so many others.  Your sounds are fresh, forward-thinking, and exhibit uniquity, so how someone can claim that dubstep is dead is beyond me.  Where do you see yourself going with your music in the next year or so?  Do you have any insight on where the genre as a whole is heading?
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Killawatt:  Those people need to get a grip on life. This discontentment is something i find very irritating. There is so much good, new music being made and released but these people are either too lazy to go looking for, jumping on a bandwagon or are just bitter. I for one am really happy that dubstep has found the masses. Obviously the biggest crowd pullers are playing the more aggressive and obnoxious style of the sound but who says something isn’t allowed to evolve and adapt? Thats just what the majority are into and fair enough, if they have a good time listening or dancing to it then i don’t see how its a bad thing. Even if just 1% of the people who have discovered dubstep in the last year take the opportunity to delve deeper into the underground then that surely is a good thing? Without it going mainstream, J:Kenzo wouldn’t be doing his Daily Dose of Dubstep on Mistajams show and Skream & Benga would never had got their INDWT show and now their weekly friday night show. They have been representing both the mainstream and the underground consistently on 2 of the biggest radio stations in the country…how can that possibly be a negative thing?!  I honestly don’t have a clue where its all heading, and thats the most exciting thing about it. It will just keep mutating over time, giving birth to more and more different styles. I think dubstep has been a mini paradigm shift in music. Drum & Bass was too much of a clique to really do anything massively beneficial in genre development and house/techno/trance/garage had all gone a bit stale until dubstep came along. Now i think all the genres within EDM feed off each other and thats why there’s so much interesting music being made at the moment, even though a lot of people would say otherwise. Moreover, all genres within the whole of music feed off eachother now, not just EDM.  I see myself just doing what im doing now and hoping things go to plan!!
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BWS:  What should the readers be on the look out for, as far as releases from yourself, in the next few months?
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Killawatt:  January was a fairly hectic month with 4 releases coming out within 3 weeks of eachother. There’ll be a bit of a break now i think. Look out for my 2nd release on Wheel & Deal, my remix of Radikal Guru’s ‘Dread Commandments’ on Moonshine recordings alongside more Radikal Guru remixes by RSD, Hatti Vatti and Adam Prescott.  I have plenty more for the rest of this year already but thats all under wraps for now…there should be some news soon though so hold tight!
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BWS:  Alright, now, just for fun……
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BWS:  Who shot biggie and tupac?
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Killwatt:  MC Hammer
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BWS:  If you were stranded on an island and could only keep with you the following things, what would they be? 1 vinyl, 1 DAW, 1 piece of hardware, and 1 sandwich.
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Killawatt:  The vinyl would be Pink Floyds ‘Wish You Were Here’ – amazing album! Provokes pretty much all your emotions!  Don’t think i’d really be bothered about having a DAW if i was stranded on a desert island. Pretty useless really considering i wouldn’t have a computer!  My choice of hardware would be a solar powered fridge…pretty useful.  My sandwich would be cheese, ham, gherkins, mayonnaise and branstons pickle in homemade white bread! the king of sandwiches!
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BWS:  If you had the ability to make music with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? and what one question would you ask that person?
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Killawatt:  Would have to be Hendrix, he was just a straight up badman! I’d ask why he didn’t read the label on those sleeping pills!!
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BWS:  What would you consider to be the most ideal setting for your performances?  Who would you want to be there?
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Killawatt:  On a beach in the Maldives with my girlfriend, family, friends and all my favorite musicians! sounds like paradise to me!
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We just want to give a massive shout out to Killawatt for taking the time to answer these questions for us!  Respect.
Below you will find links to Killawatt’s Facebook, Soundcloud, and Myspace.  Make sure you check out his music if you haven’t been fortunate enough to yet.  Support the artists, BUY THEIR MUSIC!
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Thanks for reading everybody, make sure to watch this page as we have another great interview lined up for March!  Go ahead, start guessing ;).
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To the gods.
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-Bassweight Society (Kinman)

Atmospheric Vibez

Good day!

First at bat today is big dog Synkro coming at us with a recent release on Exit Records.  Many of you should know him by now, his tunes can be heard on labels such as Apollo, Exit, Autonomic, Med School, Warm Communications, Pushing Red, Blackout Music and Box Clever.  His skills as a producer are undeniable and his sense of producing atmospheric bass music is respected by music listeners across a multitude of genres.  Synkro recently put out a tune on Exit Records, as the 34th release for the label.  The tune we want to highlight here is called Progression.  I heard it at a show that Dbrige played at in LA a couple weeks back.  I like the way Synkro utilizes echoes to make the tune sound really deep and atmospheric.  This is a well suited tune for kicking back to on a week night.  Have a listen!

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Following the vibe of that last tune, here’s another chilled out one.  Skream released a clip last week of a tune he says will be released soon.  It’s only a short clip, but it was enough to get us excited to hear the full version.  Like the previous tune, this one has a spacey feel, almost like you’re about to float out of your skin.  Definitely a tune worthy of smoking a spliff to.  Kick back and enjoy.

Skream – Chitral

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This last tune comes from a producer named Kasket who we’ve never covered before.  He’s a British producer set to have a release out on Apollo records in the near future.  The tune we chose to highlight is called Life Goes On.  We wanted to keep the vibe steady, so as with the tunes above, this is a real chilled back one.  A long intro of fluctuating sounds is met with a nice drum pattern and steady vocal whisper.  Definitely a great tune for kicking back to and letting it take your mind somewhere nice.

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Be sure to check his soundcloud, there’s some free gems on there!

Kasket Soundcloud

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Hope that put you in a steady balance.  It’s good to have that bank of relaxing tunes to level things out.

Bless,

-BWS (Lowkey)