I hope all is well with the fam’. I wanted to take some time to highlight the most recent chapter from Mindstep Music, coming from Belgian producer, Digid. Already maintaining a healthy release catalog with imprints like Warriorz and New World Audio, Digid follows up on Trashbat’s ‘Hanako’ EP in a strict dub vein. It’s really nice to see labels like Mindstep pushing an eclectic spectrum of sound rather than isolating their reach within the bounds of a particular offshoot/sub-genre – something that I strongly believe will provide an upper-hand for Mindstep’s longevity in today’s market.
The ‘Dub 2 Bablyon’ EP features seven tracks, three of which are ‘Dub’ edits of the EP’s primary tunes ‘Positive Vibration’, ‘March 2 Babylon’, and ‘Righteous Soldier’. Halfstep rhythms, horns, and a lush array of delay compliment the hefty degree of sub-weight that Digid has put forth in this superb collection of digi-dub. Have a listen below and enjoy the soundboy elevation, compliments of Digid and Mindstep. Available exclusively through Juno until the 10th of March, at which point it will hit all major digital retailers. Also, make sure you snag the whole album to receive the ‘Dub’ edits, as they’re not available individually.
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.
The signing of this release has been doing jumping-jacks through the underground for the past couple of months (maybe only a month, I have no concept of time anymore). After each of the tunes were first aired with Mikael’s TRUSIK feature a couple of months back, there has been an uproar of anticipation among deep-paletted listeners across the globe. This statement is bolstered by the marking of Innamind’s first 12″ 180 gram plate, and the pre-orders on Innamind’s Surus store selling out twice already. Granted, there was a very limited number placed for pre-order, but still, that says a lot about the release! While I’ve been following LAS for some years now (2010 I believe is the first I heard from him w/Desto on Black Box), Mikael I had never heard of prior to TRUSIK featuring him. I’m not sure how the two crossed paths, but if I believed in any nonsensical ideas of “fate” I would say these two were meant to make music together. Their styles on an independent basis are strikingly impressive, but more notable is the seamlessness in which their sounds compliment each other, culminating as one of the most refreshing output’s I can recall since the over-saturation of dungeon plagued dubstep. Quick note: I say “plagued” not because I am displeased with the cavernous and dark aesthetic of that particular offshoot, but because lets face it, there were way too many songs coming out sounding formulaic and there was lull in innovation. Obviously these thoughts can’t be blanketed for the scene in its entirety because there were always innovators, but as a general whole that is how I feel/saw things. Now, back to LAS & Mikael. The warmth in their productions is what immediately hooked me. Their production resonates on more of a human level with me than much of the electronic music coming out of recent. While modern engineering has paved avenue for the biggest, deepest, crispiest, and flawless sounds to date, it at times has neglected the feeling of slight imperfections and nuances often only experienced as a result of the human touch/experience. The nostalgia when listening to music that evokes these associations is something I cherish nowadays so I find solace in the music of those who are able to replicate it.
Have a listen below to the previews and make sure to be quick on Monday if you want to purchase this 12″ – I suspect it will fly off the shelves very quickly.
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.