Bassweight Sessions 4: District

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Bless up everybody!  Today I have a special feature for all you readers consisting of Bassweight Sessions #4.  I’ve been lucky enough to grab a few words with District of the Chestplate Records crew.  With his debut release on Chestplate in 2011 it has been an eventful two years for the Coventry based producer.  With a production style that embodies heavily-charged sub-frequencies, twisted mid-range basses, and staggered drum patterns, the Chestplate  imprint seems nothing less than a perfect home for Dan’s sound.  He now holds a total of three releases on the label, including a collaborative EP with Sleeper and another solo-single released a few months back.  As Dan progressively asserts his sound as an integral component to the Chestplate aesthetic we can rest assured that 2013 will see the release of many District beats.  I was able to catch his set at SMOG Sundays last month and caught wind of some really great tracks that he has hidden in his arsenal.  Check below to see what Dan had to say…
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BWS:  Since your debut release last year, ‘3.5 Grams / Haymaker’, you carved out a very distinct sound for yourself, incorporating what seems to be a significant deal of industrial and nuerofunk influences.  Your sound fits in so perfectly with the ‘Chestplate’ aesthetic, I have to ask, did you have your eyes locked on Distance?  Or were you just sending tunes out to everywhere and happened to get swooped up by Distance first?
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To be honest, I originally set out with the intention of sending tracks to Distance to feature in his ‘New Talent’ section on his Rinse.FM show.  At the time there weren’t many people pushing the darker sounds so it was a natural thing to pass music to him rather than anyone else.  I was just lucky that he heard something in those early tracks and encouraged me to make more.
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BWS:   As far as I know this is your first time in the states?  What are your impressions thus far of the US?  So far you’ve stopped in Houston, Denver, and Detroit, what’s been your favorite stop so far?  Any crowds that have topped the crazy Belgians you spoke of in your AMA a few months back?
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It is!  I’ve been blown away by everything I’ve seen so far (and eaten), especially how polite people are over here.  We’ve had some great crowds already who know the classics as well as the new tracks which is really good.  It’s made the whole experience a lot more fun because I’m testing new tracks as well as playing my favourites.
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BWS:  Regarding the current state of file sharing and its obvious impacts on the artists records sales, what are your thoughts about people who argue that the artists make plenty of money touring and selling merchandise?  From your own experience, and from what you’ve seen with friends, does touring actually provide a realistic/sufficient income?
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It’s true that touring and playing gigs makes the artist the most money but I think as a whole, all areas of the industry are scratching their heads a little bit and trying to work out where the money is.  I’ve watched a lot of four-piece and five-piece bands have to give up playing and touring because it just costs so much, especially now that some venues are putting caps on selling merchandise.  For DJ’s its not so bad because you don’t need to take as many people or as much equipment but its still expensive for promoters.  None of us are millionaire rockstars.  We are just normal people, file sharing stops people like Distance from being able to put out new music and support new artists like myself, Sleeper or Razor Rekta.  Thats the real side of it.
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BWS:   If you collaborate on a tune with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
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I’ve been listening to a lot of drum and bass on the tour so far, I’d love to work Phace or Misanthrop.  I’m very fond of the level of detail that goes into their tracks.  Awesome producers.
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BWS:   What are your thoughts on being exclusively signed to a label, just as you are to Chestplate?  It seems to be something that is becoming more common of the late, what are some of the things that you find advantageous about artists sticking to one label?  Do you ever fear that it could potentially pigeonhole your sound or limit your exposure?  Or do you think that the ‘branding’ that comes along with that approach is more beneficial than hopping from label to label?
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I think it just looks better for all of us being part of a team together. we all have our sound and support each others tunes.  It will only pigeonhole us if we carry on churning out the same stuff which I don’t think there is any emphasis on.
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BWS:  What are you thoughts of the Los Angeles crew?
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Los Angeles was sick! Proper fun going back-to-back at the end with Distance and Tunnidge, thats the sort of thing that only people who were in the room at that time will be able to experience. vibes.
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BWS:  Can you let the readers know of anything as far as releases, tours, etc. to keep an eye out for?
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I’m currently looking at my next Chestplate release as well as a couple of remixes for when I get back home.  I have a collaborative track with Sleeper called ‘The Risk’ which will be out on Osiris just after Christmas I believe.
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BWS:   Who shot Biggie and Pac?
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Hologram 2Pac did it.
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Out to Dan for taking the time out of his schedule to answer these questions for us all!  Unfortunately he wasn’t able to record a mix for you guys due to a busy schedule but hopefully we can get one out of him in the near future 🙂  Be sure to stop by all District’s pages to show him some support if you’re feeling his sounds.  Be on the look for that Osiris release with Sleeper due out anytime now.  Below is a mix that was recorded a few months back as promo for his booking agency, so give it a listen if you haven’t already!  Still plenty of dubs inside!
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I’ll catch everybody next time around.  Got some new features coming to the website for 2013 so hold tight with the improvement massive.  Hope you guys have a dope New Year!
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One love.
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– Kinman
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Raggs – In Your Eyes EP [ELK012]

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Elk Beats is US-based imprint that operates on 100% self distribution and an intention of facilitating a platform forward-thought.  Founder of the label, Donnie ‘Esh-One’, has been a largely prolific figure in the United States underground scene, whether it’s his dedication to dubplate culture (the man has PILES of acetate!) or his ever-changing styles within the production arena.  You can always count on fresh-sounding music to be hosted by an innovator like Donnie.

The ‘In Your Eyes’ EP marks the twelfth release for Elk Beats and showcases a downtempo cosmic ethos.  Raggs is an OG dubstep figurehead who has long been part of El-B’s infamous Ghost Recordings crew as well as the Croydub event regularly held in Croydon.  One of the baddest females around.  She has done vocals for two beats that are produced by Dubface and Kinzy.  The release definitely holds the vibe of darker, more emotional 140 styles.  The title track, In Your Eyes, is produced by DubFace – who has been producing grime and dubstep for the past 8 years or so – and is my favorite beat off the release.  The swing of the drum pattern and the analog sound of the lead high synth add a perfect amount of gritty-emotion to the vocals laid down by Raggs.  The final track of the release is ‘Surrender’ produced by Kinzy.  Kinzy has long been making a good beat or two as well as hosting his radio show on Rood FM Mondays 2-4PM (GMT).  This track is next-level.  The spacey textures, colorful synth-work, and evocative processing of Raggs vocals make this tune a seriously cosmic piece of bass music.  The minimal percussion that is so intricately placed adds a perfect “cherry on top” to this whole mixdown.

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Be sure to stop by the label and artist pages below!

Elk Beats:

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Raggs:

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Buy links:

ELKBEATS.COM

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That’s the word for Tuesday.

See you in a bit.

One love.

– Kinman

Juss B – Metaphysics / Symbols [VLCN004]

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EZ fam’  Hope everyone is doing well and not going too crazy amidst the madness of everyday life in 2012 – it can be quite challenging!

Today I am very happy to feature the most recent release from U.S./U.K. based imprint, Vulcan Audio.  Headed up by Medik and Biak, based out of Atlanta and London, respectively, these guys are slowly but surely beginning to creep their way into the hard drives of listeners both stateside and across the pond.  I featured 002 a couple months back which was a two-tracker that featured Cauze & KBeatz on the buttons.  Today marks release of the 4th installment of the Vulcan Audio discography, and comes from the hands of American producer Juss B.  You should be familiar with his sound by now with his release catalog containing support from labels like Gradient Audio, Phantom Hertz, and San Diego based collective Sub Pressure.  This mans approach to atmospherics and gritty nuerofunk style energy is definitely a standout characteristic to his production branding.

The A side, ‘Metaphysics’, brings you into a realm of distant chants, twisted reeses, and pressure-ridden grooves that are sure to keep your head nodding.  The high hat panning adds a very nice movement to the percussive presence – especially in conjunction with the delayed drum hits that alternate back and forth with each other.

The flip, ‘Symbols’, is a shoulder-slumper.  Really clean atmospheres fill the mix out, the neuro-swing elements are well-executed, and the beat’s evolution is smooth like butter.  Interested to see how Juss B’s productions evolve in the near future – should be exciting stuff!

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Be sure to stop by the label and artist pages below, respectively.  Also, you will find a buy link so you can snag this release if you haven’t already!

Vulcan Audio:

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Juss B:

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Buy link:

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I’ll catch you guys in a couple days with a really DOPE interview feature lined up.  Blessssss.

-Kinman

Edgewoode – ‘Me X You’ / ‘Ride Or Die’ [DEC012]

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Today we’re going local with a great release from Los Angeles-based outfit, Deceast. This label run by LA OG, Deco, has knocked our heads back with a soulful new release by rising trap producer, Mayhem’s alter ego, Edgewoode. While this release may have elements of trap (808’s, snare rolls and wild hi-hats) the overall feel is that of some spaced-out soul music with a more-than-acceptable beat. Reminiscent of the “Purple” camp out of Bristol, Edgewoode does not hold back on the keys and goes in creating bending synth lines and funky vibes suitable for courting in a spaceship.

The first track of the release is easily the sexier of the two, made for a nice break in a set and to add some often needed funk. “Me x You” is almost like elevator music (in a very good, and much needed way), if the elevator were going into space and had low-end installed for the ride. Check it out.

The flip-side “Ride or Die” has the similar trap-feel, but with a synth line that makes you want to take off your shirt and wave it around your head like a helicopter. (Just listen) After you re-dress, Edgewoode give you a chance to get yourself together and enjoy the spaciousness of the following verses, which are toned down, but just as soulful.

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Both tracks are fully sufficient in the sub frequency department, and would surely fit nicely into any Bassweight Society reader’s set or playlist. If you are a fan of Joker, Gemmy or Guido, this release is for you. Make sure to listen and support our stateside scene by purchasing the release here.

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Follow Edgewoode here:

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And lastly, make sure to check out the DOPE website that Deceast has up and running:

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Sparxy – Gravitation EP [PORK009]

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“Sparxy is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in dubstep and UK bass music, and with this EP he shows no sign of letting up on momentum.”

What’s good fam’.

Today I want showcase the ninth release on quickly rising label Bacon Dubs.  Since early 2011 the imprint has been releasing music from some of the scenes most deadly newcomers like DubApes, Reamz, and label boss Sparxy.  Here at Bassweight Society we’ve covered more than a few of the tracks put out on Bacon Dubs simply because the production quality is top-notch and many of the beats are of the few that find a common ground between foundation style bassweight and the aggressive nature of mid-range basslines.  PORK009 is another EP from the hands of Sparxy with collaborations from Fused Forces and Mannix.  There’s also a remix of Sparxy’s 006 release ‘Mr. Robot’ from newcomer Area Zero.  The beats from this release have been receiving support across the board from some of the most influential DJ’s in the underground – Skream & Benga, N-Type, Truth, Soap Dodgers, and J:Kenzo to name a few.  It’s honestly no surprise that this release is receiving such a high amount of praise because each of the tracks are absolute rinsers, each having a very unique structure and sound – ranging from 4×4 to groove swung half-step.

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Gravitation ||

As the releases title track it opens up the mood quite nicely with its swinging grooves and droid-like mids.  Placing very minor percussive elements intricately throughout the mix really fills out the ethos of the track.  This is a perfect beat to grab the crowds attention and let them know you’re not here to mess about.

The Guardian ft. Mannix ||

This beat fit is nothing short of a 4×4 techno stomper!  the clean sub hits, pounding tribal kick patterns, and overall energy of create a serious rave vibe.  The tone of the vocal sample used perfectly round off the beat by complimenting its sinister presence.  The reverb-drenched, but still dry, hit of the snare add a great high frequency element to keep the mix fresh throughout.

Leviathan ft. Fused Forces ||

This collaboration with Fused Forces is without a doubt one of the largest tunes I have heard thus far in 2012.  The track title couldn’t be better suited for the monstrous presence of gritty reeses and sci-fi score eeriness heard in distant chimes lurking beneath the mix.  And f*cking hell – that kick drum!  Seriously, the variety of modulations applied to the basslines in this beat are beyond me.  This is one of those that can honestly send blood rushing through your veins in the same fashion our sympathetic nervous system would after seeing a Bengal Tiger turn the corner on us.  Flat-out mental.

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Bladddoowww fam’.  I hope that you enjoy the sounds!  Be sure to stop by Sparxy’s pages (below) to show him some support if you’re feeling his sound:

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Below are links to purchase PORK009 so make sure to cop yours!:

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See you next time!

To the gods.

-Kinman