VA – ‘Bloodstock’ Mixed by DJ Foster [No.Mad Records]

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Ez everyone.  Hope you enjoyed the holidays!  I’m sure you’ve all seen the Dubstepforum 2014 Award results by now, whatever the f*ck those even mean.  Can’t ever seem to wrap my head around trying to publicly award people for achievements with any form of art, especially in such a procedurally flawed manner.  Anyway, big up to those who received the most votes and those who did not, you’re all equally deserving of praise in my book.  Special shout to Alastair, Brett, and the newcomer Jake at TRUSIK as I think they’ve done a fantastic job in taking the blog to the next level with class.  2014 is your year, boys.

In other news, the Italian imprint, No.Mad Records, has been pushing some serious sounds within the past year (and much earlier, too) with artists from all over the globe.  Graziano’s ‘Room 2’ EP, Piezo’s ‘Ptay’ backed with a wicked remix from Killawatt, and Matt U’s ‘Something About You’ EP have all garnered support and respect from various sectors of the deep scene.  The imprint has taken a giant leap with their latest VA compilation, ‘Bloodstock’, which brings a solid amount of new artists alongside some of the imprint’s staple musicians to curate and execute a diverse representation of both the label and the sound.  Everything from the minimal roots vibe of Occult’s ‘Rockers’ to pounding techno-esque percussion of Epitome’s ‘Shinbone’ – it’s all here.  A brilliant way for the imprint to hit 2014 with a running start.  Tracklist and previews below!

01. Dubapes – Forgotten Concept
02. The Dub Mechz (K Man) – Bad Dreams
03. Arp XP – Someone Else
04. Konvex – The Fight
05. Numa Crew feat. Jaja Kisses – I Do
06. Occult – Rockers
07. Content & Mesck – Sweep & Clear
08. De Niro & Ezra feat. Talabun – Man Down
09. D-Operation Drop – Ambivalence
10. Quantum Soul – Timeshift
11. Fable – World Dub
12. Baitface – Nothing To Lose
13. Sparxy & Format – Mutation
14. Von D & Riskotheque – Needed Someone
15. Piezo – Pink Foot
16. Pressa & ARtroniks – Echelon
17. FNC – Quarantine
18. Epitome – Shinbone
19. Seth – Phorte
20. J.Robinson (WhoDemSound) – Lions in Croatia
21. Distal – Light Speed

RELEASE DATE:  4TH FEBRUARY 2014

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While the official release date is set for February 4th, you can pre-order the CD from the NoMad website NOW (limited to 100 copies).  Don’t sleep on your chance to get the CD and digital copies of this release before anybody else!

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Thanks for stopping through, I’ll catch you next time fam’.  One love.

– Kinman

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Southbound Hangers ft. Scratchmaster Techno – Look Better / Marchmellow Remix [LUVSIC003]

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Big up fam’.

The third installment of the Love Sick Records catalog dropped today, featuring Southbound Hangers ft. Scratchmaster Techno and a remix from Marchmellow.  The original is the real gem off this release – it’s an absolute dance-smasher!  No surprise to me that it has received widespread support in the DJ sets of Skream & Benga, Dismantle, and even Funtcase and Walsh.

The notorious vocals of Scratchmaster Techno on ‘Look Better’ flow flawlessly over the bouncing beat structure as it flaunts influence from the early 90’s era of house music (clearly a favorite of the Love Sick crew!).  The kick drums on this beat will send anybody’s person into an unavoidable state of controlled movement, beautifully constructed and EQ’d.  There are some very subtle atmospheres that provide the beat with a quite an analog aesthetic, it’s really refreshing!

Marchmellow slows the tempo down with his take, adding a very dance-able set of chords progressing in a sea of reverb.  Again, this track takes on a heavy influence of early house music with the big room kick drums and chopped up, dubbed-out vocals.  Another refreshing track that embodies the Love Sick ethos of “music that’s at home in the club or the bedroom.”  Hold tight for the second drop!

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You can pick up the release from all major retailers, I’ve provided a couple links below:

|| CHEMICAL RECORDS || BEATPORT || JUNO DOWNLOAD ||

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Love Sick crew pages if you haven’t already!

LOVE SICK | FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER |

SOUTHBOUND HANGERS | FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER |

MARCHMELLOW | FACEBOOK || TWITTER |

SCRATCHMASTER TECHNO | FACEBOOK |

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That’s the word for today!  I hope you’re all feeling the sounds.  Send any complaints to your mom.

One love.

– Kinman

[LUVSIC002] Riskotheque & Marchmellow: Truth – Don’t Explain (Remix)/1-800-LOVE

Bless fam!

Hope all is well with ya’ bad selves. I wanted to take time out today to highlight the forthcoming release from Love Sick Recordings. These badmen were the first crew/artist to give us an interview last year after we got the site up and running so, aside from the fact that they write amazing music, they will always have a deep respect in my heart for the love they showed us back then. If you don’t know about the Love Sick then I strongly suggest that you acquaint yourself with their sound. On an individual level, Love Sick is composed of Riskotheque, Screen Age, Marchmellow, and Max Mudie. Four amazing producers that encompass a vast array of styles. They teamed up to create Love Sick with the mission to bring the sounds of love, funk, soul, and timelessness to the table. Late last year marked the debut release for the imprint with tracks from Riskotheque & Marchmellow alongside Southbound Hangers(Screen Age & Max Mudie). It was a top-notch debut release and if you haven’t snagged that one up do so, it’s a must have! The crew is back again, with LUVSIC002 showcasing an AMAZING remix of Truth’s ‘Don’t Explain’ and ‘1-800-LOVE’ done by Riskotheque & Marchmellow. I first heard the Don’t Explain remix back in October /November of last year and I literally went mental, and have been anticipating this release ever since. Needless to say, I’m quite excited to see if finally get a release onto wax.

The original of ‘Don’t Explain’ was already an absolutely massive track. If you haven’t heard this one it was released back in 2010 on Aquatic Lab on the Puppet’s album. This is one of my many all-time favorite tracks ever written. Usually I’m a snob about remixing tracks that are already of the highest quality but, I must say, Riskotheque & Marchmellow were not fucking around when they built this remix. The interpretation takes on a completely different persona and turns into one of the most dance-friendly tracks that I’ve heard in my life. Hold tight for the second drop. The boys infuse elements from the classic 90’s house era into the present day production quality, creating feel-good vibes that can rival almost any tune written on the late. The energy is kept constant with a 4×4 kick pattern, rolling high hats, and rave stabs that incite orgasms in your ears. Like I said, hold tight for the second drop, it’s absolutely MENTAL. You will skank like no badman has ever skanked before!

Truth – Don’t Explain (Riskotheque & Marchmellow Remix)

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The AA side is ‘1-800-LOVE’. This track slows down on the tempo side of things ending up in the 120-ish arena. This tune progresses with rising pads and chopped up vocals into a rolling house track with an extremely funky bassline and chords that fill the air with “sunrise at the rave” vibes. A truly beautiful track this one is. Between the claps, high hats, and the shakers this beat is laced up with rhythms and grooves that force footwork upon the people dem’. Another perfect fit for the Love Sick imprint. Have a listen:

Riskotheque & Marchmellow – 1-800-LOVE

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Make sure to keep your eyes out on your favorite record store for this one! Due for release on July 2nd in all good shops. This is definitely going to be one of the better releases for the year, in my opinion.

Catch you next time.

-To the gods.

-Kinman

Valentines Day, Love Sick Style

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Happy valentines day everybody!  For those of you that insist on incessantly whining about about this holiday, SUCK IT UP.  Despite the days beautiful display of consumerism, deceit, and misinterpretations, valentines day is a day for lovers.  Love is one of the greatest things about being human.  Or maybe I should say the ability we have to experience/identify any sort of emotion is one of the greatest things about being human.  But that’s neither here nor there.  Let’s get back to the Love.  Valentines day can incite a lot of different reactions among those who share it with their “special someone”; excitement towards the love they have, frustration about the financial journey they must embark, or confusion about what to get, to name a few.  I feel like the whole extravagant gift thing has been taken a bit overboard nowadays but, I mean, at this point I think I would be more caught off guard if our country had a holiday in which tempting citizens with screaming deals wasn’t a major aspect.  With all the BS aside though, take the day as a day to be thankful for the loved ones you have in your life.  It’s not just a day for couples, it’s for everybody.  A lot of times people take what they have for granted and when it’s gone, it’s gone.  Let people know that they are important to you.  Relationships are an integral part of our psyche so doesn’t it seem reasonable that you would want to maintain it in a positive manner?

Today we have a special treat from the boys at Love Sick Recordings.  If you’ve been following this site you should remember that we did a piece on them back in November.  Take a look here, if you haven’t already read about it.  The label, collectively run by 4 artists, represents a style of bass music that is unique and amazing.  Today they have blessed us with a 5 track EP available for FREE download.  FREELUV001 contains songs that are absolutely beautiful.  We have tunes from Riskotheque, Deadbeat, Screen Age, Marchmellow, Max Mudie, and Southbound Hangers.  All of these tunes captures soul, groove, and funk, all necessary ingredients for the formula of love.  A perfect gift for this joyous occasion of valentines day.

1. Riskotheque & Deadbeat – Heartbreak

2. Machmellow – Morphing

3. Southbound Hangers – After Sun

4. Max Mudie – Cross My Mind

5. Screen Age – My Love

Visit this link to download the free EP!:

FREELUV001 Download Link

Give the boys over at Love Sick a big shout out for these tunes!  Hope you all have a great valentines day, and don’t be a sourpuss.

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)

Feeling ‘Love Sick’ : A Look at One of Brighton’s Emerging Bass Labels.

Today we have the very special honor of interviewing with one of Brighton’s newest Bass labels, Love Sick Recordings.  Founded by Riskotheque, Marchmellow, and the Southbound Hangers(Screen Age & Mudie), this label has already been off to a great start.  Prior to starting the label,  each of these artists has had a number of releases from labels such as Disfigured Dubz, Boka, and Skint.  With that said, what can be expected other than HUGE sounds?  The label’s sound has been recognized by some of the most respected names in the scene such as: Kode9, Skream, DJ MADD, Ramadannman, N-Type, Trolley Snatcha, and Mary Anne Hobbes(And that’s just to name a few).  To top it off, they have gained a residency at HOSPITALITY, which is one of the UK’s most successful club nights run by Hospital Records.  With the label’s intention of side-stepping “the more aggressive styles of dubstep”,  they have made a great appeal to “educated music lovers”.  Given the versatility of the genre and Love Sicks production abilities there is no way to identify a distinct sound within the label.  Their ability to incorporate influences from a variety of genres only further accentuates the bright future that this label has.  In the words of the label, “Love Sick is a bass music label with one thing on it’s collective mind……Love!”  Make sure you keep your eyes out for these guys because they’re sure to turn heads, as they already have.

BWS was fortunate enough to get a couple questions answered from these guys aside from their busy schedules:

BWS: What are Love Sick’s  plans for 2011 and 2012?

  •  Love Sick: For 2011 -2012 we really plan to build the Love Sick label/brand. This will include more releases of course, initially from us but with a view to building a strong roster of new talent too, and all within the context we have already established for Love Sick Recordings. We are considering organising Love Sick events too… club nights with a musical policy directly related to the labels output… quality music for music lovers. Maybe even touring with the label too. Our weekly radio shows on the Electric Sound Stage channel of iHeart Radio have been incredibly well received in the U.S. so this could more than possibly lead to some sort of American tour… Watch this space!

BWS:  Much respect for keeping the vinyl culture alive.  What are some of the challenges that come along with pressing vinyls in today digital age?  How do you overcome them?

  •  Love Sick: In this throw-away digital age we think its important to give people the option to buy a product that is more than just a bunch of 1s and 0s on their hard drive… something they can hold, collect, treasure and show off to friends! Obviously we would never disregard the digital format as many people don’t have the luxury of a turntable these days but in the same way we wouldn’t want to leave out those that still love the whole thing of collecting and playing vinyl. Infact we want to encourage this and to this end we will be adding extra bonuses for those buying the limited vinyl, to show that we appreciate their support…. and we have some really cool things lined up, believe me!

BWS: Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up?

  • Love Sick: All four of us have very different musical backgrounds. I (Riskotheque) grew up with rave culture and was influenced very early on by this but having worked in an indie record store for 6 years my influences have diversified hugely. It would be boring to mention them all… just imagine lots of great music in the melting pot of my brain and you might understand.

BWS: If you had to describe your label’s sound to someone who has never heard ‘dubstep’ or electronic music, how would you do so?

  • Love Sick: It’s a combination of the soundtrack to a 70’s porno flick, a Woody Allen romantic farce and that bit in Bambi when his mother dies.

BWS: What about the ‘deeper’ sounds of dubstep appeal to you?

  • Love Sick: We love the longevity of the so called ‘deeper’ sound. The fact that you can keep coming back to this music without tiring of it and discover hidden details and intricacies that maybe you hadn’t noticed on the first few listens. It’s music that gives the listener space to attach their own meanings and emotions rather than thrusting it forcefully down their throats.

The labels first release, LUVSIC001, came out TODAY!!!!, November 14th in 12″ and digital format.  You can find the it at almost every major site such as Beatport, Chemical Records, Surus, and Juno.  This release contains ‘All Alone” on the A side, which is produced by Marchmellow and Riskotheque.  On the flip you’ll find ‘You Don’t Understand’ by Southbound Hangers.  Both of these tunes exemplify great production skills, and exhibit a sense of maturity in the sound that is hard to find these days.  Support the atrists and BUY these tunes!

PS. Don’t forget to envision Bambi’s mother dying next to Woody Allen while he’s watching some old school porno’s when you’re listening to the Love Sick sounds 😉

Below are links you can listen to and follow Love Sick at.

Riskotheque & Marchmellow – All Alone(LUVSIC001)

Southbound Hangers – You Don’t Understand(LUVSIC001)

Von D & Mr. Lager – You’re My ft. Phephe (Riskotheque Remix)

Chase & Status – Time ft. Delilah (Southbound Hangers Remix)

Love Sick Facebook Page

Love Sick Soundcloud Page

Well folks thats what we got for you today. Check back for more tunes and interviews. If you like the content, please share BWS with your friends and fam.

Peace and as always, one love to the gods.

-Bassweight Society