The next installment for the TUBA gang comes from Manchunian, Compa. Still fresh off his debut release with the formative Deep Medi imprint, Will returns stateside for the release of his next three beats (2 Vinyl + Digital, 1 Digital Exclusive), marking his second appearance with TUBA (his remix of Prism’s ‘Future Samba’ featured on 006). 007 is yet another testament to Compa’s intricate sound design and plunging sonic explorations. Each of the three tracks radiates with a dark and meditative vein, harboring feelings of somber splendor through means of ominous atmospheres and warm sub-work. Have a listen below and mark your calendars.
With its recent campaign of #bridgethegap and communications with the FatKidOnFire collective, it will be very interesting to see what label boss Ric has in store for TUBA in 2014 with regard to release schedule and other extraneous endeavors. Anywho, that’s it for today – I’ll catch you soon.
In a scene saturated with dark and sinister aesthetics, hearing the uplifting melodies of Trashbat brings a potent batch of clarity to the senses. Alongside artists like B9, Jafu, Geode, Anex, Author and Vaun among others, Trashbat has curated a movement of support for the dubstep-jazz-dub sonic lovechild. Following the ‘Koanashi’ EP released March’13, Trashbat returns to MindStep with another five-pack of soulfully warm, sub-heavy serenades. The lush piano in ‘Dreaming of Fiji’ is an immediate temptress, inviting your mind and soul into a field of rolling, reverberated tones. ‘The Principles of Evil Made Fresh’ carries the warmth and depth of Fiji into a fusion of swing and breaks, leading us to the melodically powered jazz-dub halfstepper, ‘Hanako’ – one of the finest integrations of jazz, dub, and bass I’ve heard. ‘Shine’ brings a swinging LFO alongside words from one of the West Coast’s finest. The EP is sealed by the mark of Trashbat & Vaun on ‘Ardent’. Without the slightest inkling of doubt in my mind, this is my persy. The beauty of this track is unfathomable in a linguistic context. Just close your eyes and feel the sounds of bliss.
Hope everything is good. Out to everyone who is in the trenches with finals at university right now – I FEEL you. Anyway, I’ve got some time to kill and wanted to give some love to a killer release set to drop late December. Vulcan Audio has been on somewhat of a hiatus since their 006 with Jafu (which was DOPE so check it out if you slept on it) but have returned to the frontline with their recent signing of the Italian dreadnaught, D-Operation Drop. I would be hard-pressed to believe anybody at this point if they said they hadn’t heard at least one tune from DOD. This small army of friends has been pushing out tunes and getting signed like madmen. Recent releases with Wheel & Deal, Bacon Dubs, Redshift One and forthcomings due on Vulcan, Subaltern Records, and NoMad highlight the virtuosity this group has displayed over the past year.
Their ‘Slammer’ EP showcases percussive precision, slumping sub-frequencies, and the signature array of dystopian synth programming that would put a thizz face on Rob Ford quicker than a 10-cloud to his lungs. ‘The Addition’ stands out as my favorite beat off the EP; it’s energetic kick and pumping sub get my blood flowing – definitely one to engage the dance! The collaboration with Piezo, ‘Trench’, is another one that gets a massive salute. The swing in this one is absolutely top-notch and each time I listen to it, I find nearly every appendage on my body subconsciously synchronizing itself to the beat. Bacon Dubs bossman Sparxy closes the EP out with his remix of ‘Slammer’, twisting sounds into an unfathomable dimension, causing a thorough consideration to whether or not you’re still human. This guy knows how to bring the energy.