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:

FACEBOOK || WEBSITE || SOUNDCLOUD

Raggs:

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD

Buy links:

ELKBEATS.COM

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That’s the word for Tuesday.

See you in a bit.

One love.

– Kinman

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Release Highlight – Asa & Stumbleine Your Secret EP

 

Hello fellow brothers and sisters. Hope your weekend was everything you needed to focus on the things that bring balance to your life.  Last night Kinman and myself embarked on some bass-ridden madness as we stomped it out in proper fashion to ultra selector J:Kenzo.  Big up to the SMOG family for booking him and letting him rinse out on a proper system, it was definitely a night of high grade riddims.  Kenzo displayed his mastery at his art as he smashed in one tune after another.  He laid the intro of his set with a tune that spoke to the crowd in almost hypnotic brainwashing sense, with creepy computerized vocals leading into a smashing low end foundation.  he played tune after tune that I’d never heard before, tunes that hopefully we’ll see in circulation in the near future.  Highlight tunes that I could actually remember included LX One – You VIP, some big ass Kenzo tune with Footsie spitting over it, and the massive Distance remix of Ruffhouse.  All in all Kenzo displayed flawless skills mixing in one bassline after another.  It was a big night, big up to J:Kenzo and Kelly Dean from Smog for bringing heat to the speaker boxes.

With that out of the way, I want to introduce a couple artists we’ve never mentioned before and highlight their 5 track EP that dropped today.  On a beautiful, soulful, mellow tip this album is a great way to start the week and focus on all the beauty around you.  Introducing, Asa & Stumbleine, UK based artists hailing from Bristol; their EP Your Secret released today on Inspected Records and it is one that you should definitely lend an ear to.  Every tune on the album brings something unique to the table while maintaining an essential central theme that’s displayed by their style of production.  This is atmospheric, emotionally provoking music that displays a truly high calibre of musical showmanship.

The first tune titled Vapour opens the album with a soft trickling snare lead into a lovely string composure and light cracking drum pattern with background echoing vocals.  For 7 minutes the tune takes you to another place as the atmospheric ambiance provokes you to think.  The next tune Glow, finds its base around a solid kick drum and a looping vocal sample.  The piano and low end strings guide the tune continuing the journey.  The third tune titled Tourniquet displays collaborating vocals from Shura & Coma.  As the keys and strings build in the middle of the tune the vocals mesh with the bass line to push things to another level.  Tinderbox, the fourth tune on the EP, is the mellowest tune of the bunch in my opinion.  Amazing quality, reminds me of a rainy day.  Without You, the last tune, has a lot of low end pressure with a steady bass line filling the speakers controlling the vibe of the tune.  The tune steadily builds until around the 4 minute mark where it slowly leads the listener out the dream, with rain falling in the background.  This is a great EP and an amazing display of a lot of skill and emotion put into every tune.  Be sure to give it a good listen and go out and support the artists by purchasing the record.

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Asa, Stumbleine – Your Secret EP

Big up to Asa & Stumbleine. You can bet that we will be following closely these two and hopefully have some new material or an interview feature with them in the near future.  I’ll leave all our family off today with a free tune by them that they upped on their soundcloud a couple months back.  An original by Stumbleine titled More Than Words with Asa on the remix.

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Make sure to big up Asa & Stumbleine for the freebie.  Hope you enjoyed the post, thanks as always for checking in!

Bless,

-BWS (Lowkey)

Weekly Selections: Seven, Lurka, Mella Dee

Big tings ladies and gents.  Happy to be checking in today, and selecting some biggies to hit the soundwaves for you.

First on deck we got Seven with a large release forthcoming.  Black Box is set to release his album Evolution, a 13 track journey through all of his newest soundscapes, in the near future.  He upped a teaser onto his Soundcloud to get us psyched for the release.  The tune titled ‘Morning Light’ featuring vocals by Alys B has a wicked atmospheric vocal intro that transitions into a heavy rock and roll type riddim.  Large party rocker no doubt.

Seven featuring Alys B – Morning Light – Evolution LP Black Box Records

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Next I wanted to highlight my favorite record release of the week.  Dropping on Black Box sister label Box Clever, Lurka hits the buttons on this one extra deep.  With a large chubby wob intersected by sections of salt shaking snares, this one will really test your shoulder lean capabilities.  High grade tunnidge and lower level lurking results in a tune we absolutely big up.

Lurka – Forgotten Ones

Be sure to scope the record here:  Lurka – Forgotten Ones / Refresher

Keeping on the same vibe, I want to highlight a track set to release on stateside record label Slit Jockey Records.  The tune by a fella named Mella Dee is titled ‘Don’t Be Neesh’.  With the skipping snare pattern and rolling bass this one makes you rock about in your seat.  With support by the likes of Starkey, we’ll be sure to hear this one in circulation once it’s released on May 14th.

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I’ll set you off for the day/night with some rasta riddims.  The next tune is one of high praise.  No major weight in this, but the vibe is right and I wanted to send you out on the right foot.  This one is sick and the words have serious blessing capabilities.  Enjoy!

Proud To Be Rasta

I’m happy I could provide you with a little break in your day.  Be sure to check this space tomorrow as we’ll have some tunes to send you into the weekend with a proper vibe!

Bless.

-Lowkey

Exclusive Interview and Mix with Olie Bassweight


Welcome back friends and family. Today’s special feature comes all the way across the Pacific from New Zealand’s, Olie Bassweight. This producer, DJ, label manager and promoter is known for cultivating and nurturing  NZ’s thriving bass scene via his label, Bassweight Recordings, and his own sub-heavy productions. We recently got the chance to gain some insight into Olie’s personal life, the New Zealand bass-scene and what the future holds for Olie and his label. We touch on the definition of “Bassweight”, Olie’s current ventures and the effect of last year’s devastating earthquakes on New Zealand’s music scene.

It’s not all bad news however. Poised to release the massive “The Void | Remixes” EP this Friday, 04/27, Olie gave us some firsthand experience into the essence of his sound with an exclusive Bassweight Society mix packed full o’ dubs. Keep it locked for a fun an informative chat with New Zealand’s Subsonic Ambassador, Olie Bassweight.

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BWS:  Hey Olie glad to finally be speaking with you. Given our similar names and likewise appreciation for Bassweight music, this interview seems a bit overdue!  Finding from previous interviews, your back catalog, and your label, Bassweight Recordings, it’s apparent you’re firmly rooted in the dubstep community, not only in the New Zealand, but around the globe.  You must be a busy guy.  Can you explain what a day in the life of Olie Bassweight consists of?

Olie:  Well at the moment, I’m doing a lot of work on Olie Bassweight material trying to get my album finished,  but also got a fair bit of label stuff happening at the moment, with the void remixes coming out this week, plus another 3 EP’s scheduled this quarter from Dubfonik, a new comer to the label from Melbourne.  Recently we’ve signed Kaiko Neureus from Perth/London, who are an up-and-coming duo I think will turn some heads.  Also a re-release of the ‘Tides Have Turned” EP I did with Timmy P MC. All this coupled with fairly consistent touring takes up a lot of time!

Promotion-wise, organizing the New Zealand Dubstep DJ competition ‘Dubclash’ is #1 on the cards at the moment, plus an upcoming tour of  New Zealand next month.  Its like it never ends really.  As soon as one thing’s sorted its on to another task.  This last year I’ve taken a big break off promotion and have been concentrating on my own music, which has been really great.  It’s a breath of fresh air after doing sometimes hundreds of events a year to just doing a few recently.  Promotion takes it out of you, its a dog eat dog world.

BWS:  You have plenty of collabs and remixes with American artists like: Kelly Dean, TZR, Antiserum, Triage and vocalist Werd2Jah.  Being a US-based blog, we’re always keen on finding out how other artists view the States.  What do you think of the US dubstep community and its contributions to the global dance scene?  Also do you have any collabs in the works?  Or can think of a US artist you would like to work with, but haven’t already?

Olie:  When the whole dubstep thing really started to form in the USA, the New Zealand scene was slowly gaining momentum as well (circa 2007ish).  I was running Bassweight Recordings and was in a lot of communication with North American-based labels, producers and agencies, so I’ve had an eye on the American scene from afar for quite a while.  The U.S. has contributed hugeley to the popularization of bass music in all forms over the last 5 years, its been crazy to watch how it’s developed.

BWS: Are there any other American artists we didn’t mention you find are doing it proper?  Do you have any collabs in the works?

Olie:  It seems the U.S.A guys were always a lot more friendly and easier to approach than alot of their European counterparts, so I’ve found myself collaborating with quite a few over the years,  which has been great.  Massive shout-outs to Mikey Antiserum, that guy is an absolute don of the USA scene.  Seattle’s Dubtek, TZR, SelfSimilar & Lukki and the Shift Family, the Florida crew Deej from Betamorph, John at Stupid Fly Records, and the one like Werd2jah.  Portland’s mighty Triage, The Bassist and SPL.  San Fran’s Roommate, Antiserum, Bird Of Prey, the Hellfire Machina Boys from NYC.  Also the ones like Kelly Dean & 12thPlanet from L.A.  All absolute awesome people and producers I’ve had the pleasure of working with in some way over the years.

BWS: Much love! Can you think of a U.S. artist you would like to work with, but haven’t already?

OB:  Ones I’d like to collaborate with in the studio that I haven’t already would definitely be Dean Grenier aka DJG & Grenier from San Fransico.  The guy’s music has always been amazing and the places he’s taking it these days is going to a mind-blowing new level.  San Francisco is a hub of amazing music in all forms and is putting out amazing stuff into the world.  Another one of these dream collaborations would have to be Eskmo also from San Fran.  He really influenced my tastes and his musical journey has been another one I’vebeen following for years.

BWS: Given we both rep the name Bassweight, could you give us your interpretation of “Bassweight” or what “Bassweight Music” means?  Also, what was your most heavy “Bassweight Moment” at a club or show?

Olie:  I think we can all agree it means proper sub-bass vibes.  The term was originally quoted by Mala, he was the guy that really got me into this whole thing in the way I am today.

The first show he played in Wellington, New Zealand was seminal.  On the same note, the next time he came and played 4 years later at a Bassweight Recordings night in Wellington with Coki.  We had our super-boosted Gardenclub System, was deft a highlight for me thus far. Amazing vibes that night.

BWS:  Sick! In a previous interview you mentioned your debut album for Bassweight Recordings is in the works. How is that coming along?  Also, how does a busy guy like yourself find the time to really sit down and get in the zone?  And when you’re there, do you have any rituals or systems to making tracks?

Olie:  Yeah the album is getting closer and closer.  I’ve had a lot of hold-ups and have changed a lot of the tracklist so I’m hoping to have this out by August now.  I want it to be the best debut LP it can be, so there is a lot of deliberation going into it.

With writing music I find it really can’t be forced, if I’m in the mood, I’m in the mood, and if I’m not, I’m not.  I try my hardest to adhere to my own creative juices and work on things when I really feel like its flowing.  That’s when I write my best stuff.

BWS: EZ. For us foreigners, what is the dubstep scene like in New Zealand and where do you see it going?

Olie:  The scene down here is as solid as you could get with such a small country.  We have an abundunce of events all over the country every week.  The type of stuff thats the most popular is still definitely the heavy “bro-step” vibe, but I feel like that paradigm is changing rapidly and people are opening their ears to a much deeper vibe again when it comes to dubstep, not just in New Zealand, but from what I can tell it’s a global regression, which is very exciting!

BWS:  Our hearts go out to New Zealand in the wake of those massive earthquakes that were hitting last year, and we have the understanding that they literally effected everyone.  Is that true?  And how do you think they affected the musical community as a whole?  We really hope you all can recover swiftly.  In the states we hear nothing but good things about New Zealanders and know a couple really awesome Kiwis personally.

Olie:  The earthquakes have affected everyone in this country.  We have just under 4 million people here, and our communities run deep.  It’s been a real challange and it still is.  Right now, there’s alot of people in Christchurch  still not knowing what is happening with their lives and their homes, and it’s heart-breaking.  It’s been over a year since the big one and rebuilding is still happening, as it is still occasionally shaking.

The earthquakes affected the New Zealand dubstep/bass community hugely. Christchurch was a hub of the scene, always has been since the early nineties and the rise of drum & bass down there, and when Christchurch lost all its venues and couldn’t have events it put huge strains on international and local touring agents that found it even harder to bring artists to NZ.  It’s still ridiculously hard to find good active venues down there now over a year later.

BWS: Going forward, what does 2012 hold for Olie and Bassweight Recordings?  Got any travel plans or releases we should be excited about?

Olie:  Well I actually have to make it over to the Americas sometime soon, its been a long time in the works, but after i get my LP out.  Catching up with my American buddies is something definitely at the top of my list, so expect me over there sometime in the next year.

We’ re making a music video at the moment. Very excited to have locked down the multi-talented guy Capper to do a plastercine animation video for us for the tune I did with Timmy P MC called ‘Tides have Turned’.  It’s a deep reggae-steppa number.  Jermaine Clement from The Flight of the Concords is going to appear on it. We’re hoping to have it all wrapped-up by August, so very excited!  I also started a collab recently with Truth and Bulletproof with MC Rugged Tek that I’m looking forward to people hearing in the near future.

BWS:  Thank you on behalf of our readers for your exclusive Bassweight Society Mix. What can we expect to hear in it?! Is this a studio mix, cds, vinyl? Any special forthcomings to watch out for? Can I play it in on my laptop?

Olie:  Haha, well it’s a studio mix, lots of forthcoming bits from myself and a few collabs and remixes, plus some of the new forthoming Bassweight stuff and some other bits I’m feeling at the moment.  Lots of tracks you can expect to hear on my upcoming NZ music month tour (If you are from New Zealand) .  No I wouldn’t recommend laptop listening at all, I did put a Skrellex tune in the end of the mix just for the laptop mussif!

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Well big up Olie, and thanks for the absolutely smashing mix with a nice surprise at the end. Readers make sure to check out ‘The Void (Remixes)” EP  out this Friday, and keep in contact with Bassweight Recordings.

Olie Bassweight – Exclusive Mix For Bassweight Society

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Large ups!

– Shice

Press Play: TZR & Tallan

Welcome back friends and fellow deep heads. For today’s feature we have a mix and a couple freebies to hold you over until the weekend, but most importantly we’re gonna  introduce a stateside producer that everyone should be keeping their ears out for. Seattle’s TZR started out his electronic epoch as a drum and bass dj, then took hold of dubstep,  and now is giving Us dubstep a good name with heaps of releases to back him up. His sounds can best be described as deep, dark and eerie. The experienced listener can hear his drum and bass background shine through in most tracks and it most definitely proves to his advantage. Coming at people with persistent rolling basslines, energetic drums and spacious synths, TZR is surely an artist to follow.

With a slew of tracks on a range of labels, TZR’s music is widely available to the public and listening is highly encouraged. Check out his most recent EP on California based sub Pressure Recordings:

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He gave out a free tune today with pal, Issa:

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Fellow bloggers FatKidOnFire got an interview and downloadable mix with, TZR back in October. Get the down low here.

Next up is a freshly broadcast radio set from New Zealand’s up and comer, Tallan. Previously featured on the site, check out this post or his Soundcloud to introduce yourself to Tallan, or better yet, listen to this mix of all original tracks.

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The mix was blasted on sub.fm and dives in deep and tribal, then picks up halfway through with a range of percussive and sub heavy bangers (even a 140 jungle track too). Download this mix, do what you will with it, and make sure to follow Tallan on Soundcloud and Facebook

Until next time,

-Shice