Truth – ‘Iron Lung/Medusa’ [NMN007]

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EZ fam’, hope you’ve all been well since the last time I checked in here!  I’ve got a rather large release to highlight today, coming from the New Moon Recordings imprint based out of Poland.  The label has been putting out phenomenal music since it’s inception towards the latter part of 2010; signing artists like Killawatt & Thelem, Biome, Perverse, and Phaeleh.  Their seventh release is in the form of a 12″ single from the globally acclaimed duo – Truth.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these two have perfectly embodied, in my mind, how to go about taking an underground sound and creating a seismic commotion within the mainstream market.  With recent endeavors ranging from launching a new label – Defy Recordings, covering two part of the globe at any given time, launching a club monthly here in the Golden State (Deep, Dark, & Dangerous in San Francisco, CA), and putting out a steady string of releases, it is truly inspiring to see what the team’s evolution has accomplished thus far.

Truth’s first release for 2013 finds itself lurking among the outermost fringes of sanity, plunging through sadistic atmospheres that find themselves engulfed with spacious drum grooves and tectonic sub-pressure.  ‘Iron Lung’ sees the duo incorporate their notorious affinity to vocal progressions into a seemingly void realm of swinging half-step percussion and sinister horns.  ‘Medusa’ pulls out a much more desolate aesthetic than the former, with drawn out pads, pulverant bass lines, and elusive atmospheric scores that have a dissociative effect on the mind.  The power of the sub built for this beat is genuinely one of the most momentous I’ve heard, I can only imagine the feeling running through my flesh when standing in front of a top-notch club system.  This track is a perpetual state of falling, through a dissonant abyss of sound design.

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The release is set to drop Monday, March 25th, and will be available at all major record retailers, both physical and digital.  Links below.

VINYL | CHEMICAL || JUNO || REDEYE

DIGITAL | REDEYE || JUNO || CHEMICAL

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TRUTH |  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

NEW MOON RECORDINGS |  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || WEBSITE

I’ll catch you next time, hope you enjoy the sounds!

One love.

– Kinman

Truth – Evil In The Woods [Smog Records]

Following suit from the appreciation Shice noted in receiving amazing music from a local imprint, it was an amazing day when I received the promo’s for the latest EP from the Smog imprint, based out of Los Angeles.  These guys have been building a dubstep following in the Southern California area for 6 years now – one of the longest running dubstep collectives in the nation!  They’ve seen an evolution from vacant corporate offices and basements of art galleries, to several thousand capacity venues.  I have the utmost respect for what the label has built in my hometown.  Their 20th release couldn’t have been more well represented, than by Truth.  Truth has been on a massive scale global infiltration mission, pushing their sound into every region of the world.  Their fully immersed touring habits, unbelievably high output of music, and the sincere way in which they carry themselves and their values, have all culminated into a following that holds in the highest of places among underground music.  Seeing what they’ve done within 2012 alone makes me extremely excited for what 2013 will bring – especially since they are now officially California residents!

“Making their debut to the Smog label, TRUTH brings you something deep, dark and dangerous from this New Zealand duo. “Evil In The Woods” conjures up images of witch craft and black magic. This four track EP includes a unique collaboration with DATSIK that crosses his mechanical bass with that classic Truth sound.”

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Evil In The Woods ||

This is a track that was perfectly suited for its UKF hosting.  In my opinion, it’s the most aggressive track on the EP (yes, even more so than the Datsik collab).  The tune gets straight to the point with sweeping atmospheres and chords that stab their way through the background.  The square wave bass notes immediately tear through your speaker box as the beat drops into full effect, leaving your mind filled with thoughts of apocalyptic madness (or at least my mind).  This is definitely a track that’s meant to destroy dance floors worldwide.

All Over ||

This beat sees Truth hark back on a nostalgic journey through half-step grooves couple with the seemingly signature ability to process samples in a fashion that just cannot be matched.  From the elongated fade of a single note to the perfect choice in words to splice, Truth make use of their vocal samples in the most efficient way.  The variety of atmospherics, and alternating basslines drenched with delay show their face in every nook and cranny of the track – making it impossible to predict what you’re about to hear next.  Get ready for your soul to be swallowed by rupturing low-end frequencies.

No Chance ft. Datsik ||

This one caused some whispers prior to its preview being released!  It seems that as soon as some saw the name ‘Datsik’ included in the track name, they began to doubt the Truth.  I’m sure there are still some that claim to dislike this beat but, for the most part, I think people have to admit that this tune is an absolute riddim’.  I’ve heard a few Truth & Datsik collabs while having the pleasure of seeing Truth play out, and I’ve never once been dissatisfied.  In all honesty I think the robotic bass techniques, that Datsik is clearly endowed with, compliment Truths undeniable ability to blow your shirt back with bassweight.

Talking To Myself ||

Grabbing hold of your brain with LFO modulation and swinging high hats you’ll be instantly hooked.  With its neck-snapping snare hits and gritty bass horn, that would likely be used to signal roll call for modern day druids, this is an absolute anthem!  Sweeping pads build the energy between each segment of the song magnificently.  The delayed percussion that hits at the beginning of each bar, the filter mod’ing on what seems to be an arpeggiator, and feedback laced bass strikes all equate to a stomping rhythm that will bring charred witches up from their graves.

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BEATPORT || ITUNES

Follow Smog:  FACEBOOK || WEBSITE || SOUNDCLOUD

Follow Truth:  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

That’s what I got for your bass bins today, folks.  Get out there and snag this EP up.  It’s a digital only release, so all the vinyl heads like myself, I recommend finding a reasonably priced cutter to get these to you on acetate.  It’s worth it, in my opinion.  Until next time.

To the gods.

-Kinman

Olie Bassweight FREEBIE!

Yo what up fam!  I usually like to take the weekends off from the site but I was contacted by Olie last night and I didn’t want to hold off until Monday for this one.  He has been generous enough to share this remix he recently did with us and all of his fans.

This jam is a soulful stepper riddim’.  Beautiful vocals and grooved out drum sequencing set the stage for a combination of hard-hitting sub frequencies and a piano riff that will hit home for anybody.

Enjoy the tune, big up Olie, and spread the sounds!  We will see you back tomorrow.

Fear Of The Dark – Inclined (Olie Bassweight Remix) (Mediafire 320 kbps Download)

Fear Of The Dark – Inclined (Olie Bassweight Remix) (Mediafire .WAV Download)

Olie Bassweight Facebook Page

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To the gods.

-Kinman

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

Serious Bassweight Business

Oi! We’re back again with another installment of some of the finest bassweight business being pushed out right now. Obviously we can’t highlight ALL of the quality material being put out right now but we got some really great music for you today. Trying to keep things fresh we have tunes from all different ends of the spectrum. Everything from vocal-drenched to techno-infused.

The first track is one from a man who has finally emerged out of the shadows, beginning to receive that recognition that has been much deserved for the past 5 years or so. With his debut full-length album due out early April, DJ Madd has been boosting bass bins with his extremely powerful sounds. Having had the support of many of today’s highest caliber producers and pretty much every top-notch radio show, Madd’s presence had become quite the force to reckon with. We have previously highlighted the tune ‘Riginal’ and ‘Deeply’ Ft. Lady Maroo, both part of his album, and today we have another gem from the The Real and The Shadow LP. This one, titled ‘No Tomorrow’, features the unforgettable vocal presence of the one and only, Rebel MC. This tune is an absolute gem so lend an ear!

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Coming at you for the second tune is one from Orientis Recordings label boss, Thelem. This guy makes some of the deepest of deep tunes. The track, ‘Cathetus’, is no exception. Utilizing his skills at incorporating some of the illest growls and horns, Thelem builds this one up to be an absolute smasher for all the heads. The double-kick keeps the energy of the tune high while his master-crafted soundscapes incite some truly eerie vibes through your mind. Big up to Thelem!

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This next bit is another one from our good friends, Truth. I honestly don’t understand how these guys keep putting out the number of bangers that they do. Especially amidst the devastation their home has seen in the past year due to a relentless amount of earthquakes pounding through. These two are a true inspiration. This tune, taken from Yunx’s show yesterday, left me speechless. HUGE rolling rave synths layered up with that wall of sub-frequencies that this duo always brings equates to one of the largest tunes of 2012 thus far. Nuff’ respect!

Truth – Haarp (CLIP)

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Next, we have another huge one from Percept. This track is an absolute skank-out tune! Forthcoming on Innamind, ‘Boxed In’ shows his very promising style and skill. Percept is definitely one of the artists you are going to want to keep your eyes during 2012, he is sure to emerge with a highly respected presence.

Percept – Boxed In (Forthcoming Innamind Records)

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The final bit for today is a production hailing from the hands of LAXX, an Oxford based producer who is bringing a very techno-infused vibe to his tracks. The tune, titled ‘System Meltdown’, comes at you hard with a 4×4 beat that will straight MASH-UP the dance! We have really been feeling this particular vibe that producers like LAXX and Killawatt have been putting out. It’s a really fresh take on things. Have a listen and show the man some love!

LAXX – System Meltdown (CLIP)

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That’s it for today.

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)