Horace Andy – Cuss Cuss – DJ Madd Remix / TMSV Remix [MS011]

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EZ everybody.

With the recent launch of J:Kenzo’s label – Lion Charge – and the announcement from DJ Madd that he will also be launching a label called ‘Roots & Future’ it seems that there is a surge of appreciation and nostalgia being aimed at the massive amount of influence that dub-reggae played in the inception of the ‘foundation sound’ of dubstep.  Not that it had gone away or anything, but with the evolution of the genre the influences became less explicit, and are also being taken from a vastly greater pool of musical styles.

Moonshine Recordings has also taken it upon themselves to pay homage to the dub in dubstep with their most recent catalog addition.  Both DJ Madd (seems to be a pattern here with him lately) and TMSV have taken a legendary reggae song from the 80’s and injected their interpretation with modern-day production quality and weight.  Both of these producers are dons in their own right, and Madd is my most respected producer within the dubstep framework – EVER.  Both interpretations are top-notch with TMSV utilizing a more percussive approach with his bongos weaving in-and-out, and DJ Madd coming correct with a wall of pulsating bottom-end that could be felt from blocks away.  If you were quick enough, you would have been able to grab the single-sided 10″ release of DJ Madd’s version a few weeks back, out to those that did (like me).

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The release is set to drop on March 11th and will be available at all good record stores, in both vinyl and digital format.  Don’t sleep!

Stay connected:

DJ MADD |  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

TMSV |  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

MOONSHINE RECORDINGS | FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD

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This post was taken via a feature I published on my other blog at Sub.Mission Dubstep, I just wanted to get it out there for as much exposure as possible, so I’m re-blogging it here.  It’s a seriously massive release so be sure not to sleep on it!

It drops March 11th.

You can pre-order it through Surus right now and if you purchase the vinyl, you get the digital copies for free!  Killer deal, so support the scene and buy some good music 🙂  Link below…

SURUS STORE

I’ll catch you guys next time.

– Kinman

Vibration Lab Sets The Weekend Off Right

What’s going on bredren?!  That’s right, Friday is finally here – thank jah.  As Lowkey said yesterday it has been really hectic for all of us the past couple weeks with work, school, life, our own musical commitments, etc., so we apologize for the days that lacked posts.  We are doing our best to keep it in a daily fashion, though, so don’t hate 🙂

Today I wanted to highlight a feature that hit the shelves/web today.  It seemed the perfect compilation to set the weekend off with the right kind of vibes.  Hailing from the boys over at Vibration Lab, this EP is jam-packed full of proper Reggae vibes and includes remixes by some really amazing artists.  The EP, titled ‘Tribulation Time’, features vocals from a very prominent figure in Reggae/Dub history, Linval Thompson.  This guy has worked with Scratch Perry, and has produced albums for Eek-A-Mouse, Freddie McGregor, and The Wailing Souls (to name a few).  Not to mention that a lot of the Scientist’s early work was based off of Thompson’s sound.  A true legacy this man is.  But anyways, back to the EP:

The Vibration Lab originals are top-notch digi-dub productions.  You can feel the organic warmth of the old school dub styles, despite it’s digital composition (big up the sound crew for that!).  Thompson’s vocals are extremely uplifting and really hit deep in your soul.  The beat itself brings you back, man.  Closing my eyes I felt like I was sitting in a smoke filled room just smiling and looking around, seeing everyone else smiling and laughing with each other.  Really feeling these jams.

As for the remixes, I’m going to take straight from the press release because I think it is a perfect introduction for the artists involved:

“When it came time to figure out who we wanted to remix this project two names came to mind. First, RSD aka Rob Smith aka Smith & Mighty, who was an original inspiration for our sound and whose records like ‘Kingfisher’ ‘Forward Youth’ and ‘Jah Way’ showed us the possibilities. The other was an artist named Radikal Guru, who was also an early influence for Vibration Lab with tracks like ‘Rudeboy Skank/Kingston Town’ and ‘Strong Dub’.  We really felt blessed when they both agreed to do it and the results blew our mind! The significant thing about this project is that all the mixes have their own unique sound and all our outstanding! Next we found two Dub Stars of the future, Riddim Tuffa who have been blazing up the the scene with their special Digi-Dub style and fashion and the incredible Adam Prescott who has been remixing the likes of Mungos Hi-Fi and making dubs with Brother Culture and Daddy Freddy. “

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All I have to add to this is that the interpretations of Radikal Guru and RSD are seriously unreal.  Take a listen for yourselves and YOU be the judge.

Vibration Lab ft. Linval Thompson – Tribulation Time EP

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Like I said, this release hit the stores today, so make sure that you show some support to these guys.  Available in digital format and limited vinyl (500).  If you want the vinyl before anyone else shoot them an email direct at vibrationlabsound@gmail.com and order direct, using paypal.

Hope these tunes put a smile on your face like they did to mine.  May the vibes be strong this weekend, we’ll see you on Monday.

Massive shout to Vibration Lab, big up to Radikal Guru, one out to RSD, Adam Prescott and Riddim Tuffa.  All parties involved in this release deserve love.  A seriously big one.

To the gods.

-Kinman

Fresh Cuts: Proxima, PanLeft and Epoxy

What’s good fellow bassweight champions? Welcome back this fine Thursday morn. Today we’ve got a couple brand new bangers we’d like to feature from some up-and-comers surely to watch. Don’t sleep on these guys, read on and check out the treats from Proxima, PanLeft and Epoxy.

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Gonna start this one out heavy with the insta-nod jam, ‘Formal Junction’ by Proxima. Released on Tempa in late March this tune is honestly a mind melter. For those who don’t know, Proxima is Icicle’s cousin, and well let’s just say, it runs in the family. With a slammin’ debut release on Tempa of all labels,  Proxima is someone to surely keep on your radar. Don’t forget the flipside either. ‘Grunge’ delivers some hop and bounce while still maintaining the bassweight depth we’ve grown to love . Check out both tracks below, and purchase them here.

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Right, so next up is a club-promoter turned sound designer, PanLeft. His debut release via Blah Blah Blah Records has been in the works for a bit now, but just got unleashed on the public last week. The track that caught our attention, ‘Electrika’, is simply great. It’s epic buildup, snaps back right before the moment of truth and makes for an epic drop. Shying away from the traditional dungeon sounds, PanLeft takes deep in a different direction. The flip, ‘HRTS’, literally will HURT your chestplate, so be careful. Beatport.

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Last up are some straight-forward bassweight slumpers from newbie, Epoxy. Rather than spray you with adjectives about this free release, I’ll let the tracks do the talking. Make sure to like Epoxy on Facebook and stay posted on his Soundcloud. Make sure and download both ‘Cut Off’ and ‘Prec’ and give some love to Autopsy Audio for generously releasing such a nice, free, EP. Thanks!

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Download the EP here.

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Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy these releases as much as we did!

Peace.

Shice

Dub Down Babylon!

Wag wan bredren, yes I!  Thursday is here, meaning that the weekend is right around the corner.  We wanted to bring you some tunes that would get you out of that work mode and ease you into the freedom that the weekend brings.  Today’s focus is going to be on Dub Reggae influenced riddim’s, tunes that incorporate elements of rasta in their production.  It is crucial to appreciate the Dub Reggae influences in the music that we listen to.  All bass music has stemmed from a root that leads back to Dub-Reggae one way or another.  From Jamaican soundsystems with selectahs holding it down on 7″ platters, to influences like King Tubby and his innovative role as a mixing engineer/producer, Dubstep would not have evolved without the help of past soldiers pushing the growth of Roots-Reggae.

The first tunes we bring to you are from an artist from Poland that has consistently provided Reggae infused dubs over the years.  He goes by the name Radikal Guru.  Earlier this year, in October, he dropped a record titled the ‘Rootsteppa’.  With the title of the album used perfectly to indicate the vibe that you’re about to enter when listening to this album, he lays down 12 riddim’s full of Reggae drums and high-quality basslines for listeners to enjoy.  Some tunes have vocals while others are straight forward dubs.  A couple tunes to highlight from the album are ‘Wisdom Dub’ and ‘Tundra Dub’.

Wisdom Dub comes in with a sitar-like intro met with BIG kick drums and a beautifully delayed Reggae horn.  When the tune drops, the combination of bassline, weegie board snares, and horns creates 5 minutes of listening pleasure.

Radikal Guru – Wisdom Dub

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Tundra Dub starts off real nice with the combination of horns, piano, snar, and delayed vocals to mesmerize you.  The tune rocks steady for its entirety, showing the value in its production.

Radikal Guru – Tundra Dub

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The next tune we have for you is one forthcoming on Moonshine Recordings, the primary label for Radikal Guru’s releases.  The tune, titled Cry Murda, by JingBong Ting ft. Ziggi is a massive deep riddim’ laced with sick vocals throughout.  With remixes by Ho T and Roommate, this track will be a massive release when it hits the streets next Monday, January 16 as a digital release.  Classic piano chords and Ziggi chanting rasta flows make this one a great gem for kicking back to or throwing into sets.  Guaranteed to make listeners swagga’.  Check for the bass distortions near the end of the tune and make sure to check the remixes.  Roommate brings his vibes into da’ ting’, while Ho T gives a classic jungle take on it.  Tell a soundbwoy run!

JingBong Ting ft. Ziggi – Cry Murda + Remixes

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The last tune is SO FRESH!  We can’t wait to get our hands on it!  Die & Break recently came out with a video for their new single, Peace & Dub, featuring vocals from MC’s Fats and Buggsy.  Forthcoming on Digital Soundboy as part of the Grand Funk Hustle EP, this is one to watch out for.  With the date of release unknown, it may be a bit of time before you find yourself bagging it if you know what I mean.  Real live sounding drum kits, ragga chants, spot on vocals from Fats and epic flows from bugsy, you can expect this one to be tearing up dance floors for some time.  Kick back and enjoy!

Die & Break – Peace & Dub

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Hope you guys enjoyed the sounds!  We will be coming at you with much more rasta love in the future as this was just a mere fraction of the large tunes out there that fall into this category.

AIYO!

-BWS (Lowkey)