Killjoy – Memories EP [TUM004]

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Oi!  Hope everyone is good, yeah?

I want to bring the spotlight back to the Tumble Audio imprint today, as Monday saw the release of their 4th installment.  Killjoy (aka Core aka Ashburner) makes his return to the buttons with three original tracks, accompanied by remixes from Caski and Notion.  Killjoy put Tumble Audio on the map after writing the label’s debut release back in October of ’12 with his ‘XTC’ EP, namely (in my opinion) the track ‘Tiki’.  Killjoy brings an eclectic trio of music for 004, each tune embracing its own persona within the UK Funky format.  The 4×4 kick and pumping bassline in the title track offer up a instant party starter, while the groovy drum breaks and crafty vocal sampling of ‘Inaudible Badness’ bring things right back to the dancehall.  ‘Tangle Riddim’ is a breed of its own, sounding like some sort of brainchild of Coki’s ‘Goblin’ after a night of ketamine and Atari – a tool certain to set the energy off!  Ghost Records signee Caski puts a 140 spin on ‘Memories’, with a halfstep skeleton that leaves plenty of room for sub-bass flex and vocal intricacies.  Notion has outdone himself with his take on ‘Memories’, crafting an absolute slumper of a tune.  Infusing grime and funky to provide a track that will convulse your body through a state of boogie like no other!  It’s no surprise that such talent comes from Bristol.

Check the release below, and make sure to keep yourself locked into the Tumble Audio and Killjoy pages for future release/parties/etc.

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TUMBLE AUDIO || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD ||

KILLJOY || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD ||

I’ll catch you next time, heads!

– Kinman

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

Smooth Ride Into The Weekend

We’ve made it through another week.  The weekend is here and it’s that time for us to freely do as we please, taking advantage of all the weekend has to offer.  Maybe it’s going to a show, or making tunes, or just straight relaxing.  Whatever your flavor we got some tunes to get things going for you tonight.  With not much to say on this Friday, we’ll let the tunes speak for themselves and set the vibes for a solid weekend ahead.

Original don El-b comes at us with the first skanker, a fully loaded dance floor riddim.  Accurately titled ‘Romp’, this one is a stomper no doubt.

El-b – Romp

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The next heavyweight is by bad boy Cyrus who never disappoints when laying down low frequency riddims.  The tune ‘Hot Pan’ has been in circulation for sometime now, but sees a release this week.  Be sure to turn that sub up as this one is sure to wake up the granny downstairs.

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Had to throw a dub tune in to send you off on good vibes.  This week sees a release on King Dubbist records with a tune by Chezidek called ‘The Place’.  The album showcases 5 different artists including west coast badman Roommate, and is sure to set minds straight.  Have a listen, its crystal clear.

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And check the remaining tunes on the record here:

King Dubbist Various Artist – The Place EP

Blessings to all.  Send us some feedback if you have a sec, what tunes you want us to mention or who you’d like to see us interview.  We are all ears.  Have a sick weekend!

-BWS (Lowkey)

Rewind Wednesday: Where The Weight Comes From.

What’s up everybody.  Today we are going to take a little journey back in time.  First we are going to go back to a time when Dubstep was just starting to gain the title ‘Dubstep’, as it began to branch off the Dark Garage that was being made in the late 1990’s – early 2000’s.  From there we will slowly ascend into the later years of the 21st century highlighting tunes that really began to cement Dubstep’s foundation as a musical genre and, most importantly, as a culture.  For some of you this might be preexisting knowledge, and if that’s the case there is nothing wrong with hearing classics one more time, but for some of you this could very well serve as a great history lesson of the music you love.  We believe that regardless of what particular style of Dubstep you fancy, be it the aggressive ear-piercing saw waves, or be it the deeper, spacious, and more meditative sounds, it is important to understand the roots of where it all came from.  So here we go.  Today we have 6 songs for everybody that, in a very incomplete manner, show the evolution of Dubstep.

This first tune is one produced by, arguably, the most influential person in the early formation of Dubstep music.  Lewis Beadle, aka El-b, is a man who has been innovating sounds since the days when we were just elementary youth’s.  Owner of Ghost Recordings and all-around badman, he has been keeping sounds fresh and forward-thinking.  The tune that we have for you today is one from late 2002, titled ‘Buck & Bury’, still has many elements of garage but also shows the emphasis on low-end bass-lines that had began to show in the music.  Just a heads up, the HIGHLY anticipated album, ‘Ghost Chaser’, from Ghost Recordings is due out soon.  This is something you should definitely keep your eyes open for as it will surely be a milestone release for bass music.

El-b ft. Juiceman – Buck & Bury

The second tune is from another frontman of Dubstep.  Running the FWD> nights and spreading music through hand-to-hand exchanges of CD’s, Hatcha was a busy man, as he still is today!  Catch Hatcha alongside Crazy D every Tuesday on Kiss FM 12-1 am.  The tune we have for you from the badman Hatcha is titled ‘Dub Express’ and was released on Tempa back in 2003.  Again, we see that Garage break-style drum sequence, but the bass-line has much more presence.  Lend your ears.

Hatcha – Dub Express

The next track hails from the productions of Digital Mystikz.  Composed of two unrivaled producers, Mala and Coki, this production group has released some of the most prolific tunes in the history of Dubstep.  But these guys are more than just a musical icon.  Their philosophies on life, love, and the spirituality of human being’s is of utmost admiration.  These philosophies show through their music as they incite an immense amount of emotion with each tune.  The one we have for you today is a release from 2004 called ‘Pathways’, released on Big Apple Records.

Digital Mystikz – Pathways

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The next track is one that EVERY SINGLE person who calls themselves a “Dubstep head” should know.  If you don’t know this track just pretend that you do, because not knowing is just embarassing.  The production, titled ‘Midnight Request Line’, is by far one of the largest tunes that was, and still is, ever released.  Coming from the world-acclaimed production of Oliver Jones, aka Skream, this tune perpetually flooded the airways of every radio station exhibiting Dubstep music.  Nuff’ said about this one, just turn the sub up and skank out.  Released 2005.

Skream – Midnight Request Line

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This next one is from the likes of Walsh and Kromestar and is a melodic roller with vibes similar to the Dub music made in the late 1980’s from influences such a King Tubby and Scratch Perry.  This one, released in 2006, is truly a spliff riddim’, despite its title of  ‘Panik Room’.

Walsh & Kromestar – Panik Room

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The final tune that we have for everybody today hails from the deepest dungeons of Dubstep music, the archives of Distance.  This tune, ‘Radical’, gave way to many of the purely evil sounds that have been adopted by so many producers today.  Owner of Chestplate Records and some of the heaviest tunes to reach peoples ears, Distance is one our favorite producers to ever grace this earth.  This one was released in 2007 and is an absolute necessity to any heads’ collection.  Be afraid.

Distance – Radical

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Alright people hope that history lesson broadened your horizons a little bit.  That’s all for today.  Be sure to check back Friday for new heat.

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To the gods.

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-Bassweight Society