Promise One – ‘See We Roll’ EP [EARZ004]

Open Earz Promise One

 

1. Promise One feat. Sparkz – See We Roll
2. Promise One & Geode – Chroma
3. DIGI – Promise One – Ghost Note

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Ez everyone.  After a hefty hiatus, Syte has resurfaced his Open Earz imprint with one of the underground’s most talented rising figures, Promise One.  Marking Nick’s third release since his 2011 debut, there is a distinct evolution apparent throughout his sound design – a sense of cohesiveness and clarity that signals the dawn of strong legacy.  The triple track release puts forth two to physical and three to digital, pleasing both sides of the dichotomous format landscape.  Joining forces with Mancunian vocalist, Sparkz, a member of the Voodoo Black trio who can also be spotted running the mic for The Mouse Outfit, ‘See We Roll’ is a dancefloor gem with its vacillating bass variations and entangled percussion being attentively navigated with cunning dialect.  The flip comes with an entirely different flavor as Promise One shares the buttons with Geode, who has been redefining boundaries of his own under the roof of his collective effort imprint, Chord Marauders.  ‘Chroma’ taps into a more soulful and melodic archive with pitched down vocal cuts and synthetic key progressions complemented with shuffling hat rides and lush, spacious pads that give the mix an enduring warmth.  The digital exclusive, ‘Ghost Note’, comes strong with a dreadnaught dissonance vibe.  Phase-drenched synths syncopate across the soundfield with panning and delay as their main mechanisms of movement.  The anomalous atmospheres and guttural sub-pressure compliment the cyborg apocalypse quite nicely, might I add.

PROMISE ONE || GEODE || SPARKZ || OPEN EARZ

Release Date:  14th April (Vinyl) // 21st April (Digital) 2014

PRE-ORDER

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I’ll catch you next time.  Peace and one love.

– Kinman

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Trashbat – ‘Hanako’ EP [Mindstep Music]

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Ez.

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.

RELEASE DATE:  20th January 2014

TRASHBAT || MINDSTEP || JUNO DOWNLOAD|| GETDARKER 194 ft. TRASHBAT

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I’ll catch you soon.  One love.

– Kinman

PREVIEW: Swindle – Mischief [MEDI062]

Big up fam’!  Hope all is well.  A preview of ‘Mischief’, a tune forthcoming track from Swindle on the Deep Medi imprint, has been released via the Deep Medi YouTube page.  The track is part of a 3-track EP, titled ‘Forest Funk’, due out November 5th, 2012.  This tune is a beautifully written track that delves deep into jazz influences, and more so, the actual song structure.

“A producer building a beat and extensively focusing on the harmonic progression and interplay of a jazz band is a little bit of uncharted territory (though I’m sure there are probably more than twenty examples of it I’m overlooking right now). Sure someone like James Blake has that classically trained kind of phrasing but I’m talking about that brass; that concert piano and that serene humanization of the melodies. It’s something Swindle does really well on ‘Mischief’, the flip side of his new 12” for Mala’s Deep Medi imprint.

It’s easy to understand, from a production point of view, how you could just plonk a sick 140 bpm beat on top of a web of sampled instruments but ‘Mischief’ really benefits from the fact that everything is played live. The lithe way it wiggles through the evolutions is a real success suggesting that the direction and interplay between the producer and horn player harbours a next level of maturity for Swindle’s production.”

Words taken from Oli Marlow via Sonic Router

Here’s a preview of ‘Mischief’…

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And if you haven’t had a listen to ‘Forest Funk’ yet, head over to Swindle’s Soundcloud page and give it a go.  Or just listen below 🙂

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Some seriously next level sounds coming from Swindle in this EP – but what else could be expected when the minds of Swindle & Mala are considered.  Again, this EP drops November 5th, 2012 at all major record/digital retailers.  Vinyl heads – this will sell out fast so be sure you’re quick once it hits the shelves!  Until next time…

To the gods.

-Kinman

Subreachers: Foundation EP (WRZ005)

EZ fam’.  I’m finally back to reality.  It was definitely quite the journey I embarked on, and I’m refreshed and ready to go for the next year.  It’s amazing what one week in Black Rock City can do for ones mind and soul.  I’m going to have a feature up soon showcasing a lot of the amazing art and experiences (via photo) that I shared with my family while at Burning Man last week.  It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and energetic cities on the earth – yet only exists for 1 week!

Anyways, for today, I have a little review on the fresh EP from Subreachers.  This 4-track (digital) / 3-Track (vinyl) release is an absolutely outstanding display of deep-rhythm versatility.  With sounds ranging from the foundation reminiscent wobbles of  ‘Developer’ to the jazz-infused ambiance of ‘Foundation’, Matthias Hoogewijs has really cemented himself as a producer that is here to stay.  The EP marks the fifth release for Warriorz Records, an imprint dedicated to the promotion of their fellow Belgian musicians.  The EP hits the shelves today so be sure to get your copy!

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‘Developer’ || Vinyl, Digital

This tune, in my mind, is the ultimate homage to the original dubstep sound.  As the shutter-shaking wobble creeps its way in through the envelope, the masterfully constructed snare hit bleeds a reverb that sends the listener into an abyss of atmospheric groove.  The constant introduction of new sounds and grooves throughout the bars keeps this song eternally fresh and interesting.  Hold tight for the second.

‘Foundation’ || Vinyl, Digital

After the infamously talented duo, Author, formulated and introduced one of the most forward-thinking interpretations of the 140 arena, there have been many imitators – few of which I’ve found noteworthy.  This track is one of the few.  This laid back sunshine anthem has a feel-good vibe often foreign to the cold, dark nature of dubstep.

‘Karnaubawa’ || Vinyl, Digital

This one is so softly melodic and peaceful.  The subtle vocal processing really brings out an extra amount of vibe that “puts a cherry on top” of this production.  The rhythmic delay of the synths and the snap-hat combination really put the shuffle in your step and groove in your hips.  This beat is my persy off the release.

‘Return 2 Reality’ || Digital Only

Stuttered drum sequencing and howling basslines characterize this track.  Definitely takes you through a wormhole of audible frequencies.  This delightfully energetic half-step bit is one for those preparing for the dread march.  Hoods up, fists up, eyes down – bring on the revolution.

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Released today!  Available in all good record shops.  Below are purchase links from Chemical and Juno.  Make sure you head over the Subreachers page and shout him some love and support.  Will be a lot more of this fellow to hear in the near future.  To celebrate the release, the label and artist have been generous enough to give away ‘Return 2 Reality’ as a free download.  PLEASE show the involved parties some love for this.  A fucking massive tune free of charge is always deserving of a simple, yet genuine, “thank you”.

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Chemical Records

Juno Records

Stay blessed.

To the gods.

-Kinman

F*CK YEAH! For Fridays

The weekend is finally here.  Time to bust out Grandpas cough syrup and get stepping!  Today’s music is a very eclectic mix.  The first track, hailing from one of the best producers of the past 2011 year, Kahn, is a remix of an extremely HARD track by Killa P & Badness.  Kahn puts his touch on it and turns into an absolute gangster anthem.  A bit different from Kahn’s typical purpley dance vibes, but it still captures the production talents that this guy has, no doubt.  Tunnidge holds the torch for this next tune.  A foundation-style approach on this one gives it longevity and class.  Somewhere amidst his time spent rendering artistic portrayals of those fortunate enough to get a release on Deep Medi, this long time contender has created another musical gem.  He’s about to embark on a tour over here on the west coast so make sure to check out the tour dates on his Facebook page so you can catch one of his shows!  He is stopping in San Francisco, so all the heads up north, DON”T MISS OUT!  Commodo put out another forthcoming tune just recently, and as you would expect, it’s a BANGER.  Commodo was the first artist we ever highlighted here at BWS, back when he was first signed on as a member of the Deep Medi family.  It’s been sometime since we’ve gotten wind of a tune that will see a release but, after hearing this tune it was definitely worth the wait.  The shuffle-ly drum sequence sets up nice for the rest of the tune.  The synth leads about halfway in are really sick, so hold tight.  Today, we thought there could be no better song to ease you into the weekend than one of Authors latest productions.  These two just cannot stop putting out top-notch music.  Some of the most soulful vibes accompanied by the cleanest mixdowns.  It’s really exciting when you imagine what these guys will be coming up with over the next year, because they are undoubtedly some of the most talented musicians on an individual level, and once they come together,  it’s like they’re the only ones with a gun at the knife fight.  Massive respect to Author, and if you somehow see this, COME TO THE STATES PLEASE!!!!!

Killa P & Badness – Nuh Failer (Kahn Remix)

Tunnidge – Twenty12

Commodo – Jaded

Author – You Made Mistakes Too

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That about wraps it up today.  Have a sick weekend and don’t be a gangster, dance like one!

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)