The Illuminated – ‘Scavenger/TMSV Remix’ [New Moon]

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EZZZZZZ everyone, thanks for checking in again.

Today I wanted to shed some (more) light on the forthcoming single from New Moon Recordings, ‘Scavenger’, written by Dutch trio ‘The Illumninated’.  These guys have been on a healthy path of progress for the past year, receiving support from the likes of VIVEK, Skream & Benga (first time I heard Scavenger!), Joe Nice, and N-Type to name a few.  As The Illuminated discography begins to parallel the maturation of their sound, the signing with New Moon signals a certainty with regard to their longevity in the dubstep scene.

As mentioned above, ‘Scavenger’ has been receiving support for some time now from top DJ’s.  The tune’s uncanny fusion of nostalgic minimalism and depth, oriental strings and tropical wildlife, in the context of modernized engineering capabilities provide a stunning output built to batter soundsystems and elevate the listener’s mind into a rainforest of sonic bliss.  TMSV takes the reigns on the B side with his remix of ‘Scavenger’, adding his notoriously stunning percussive energy and dropping the bass into subterranean realms while still maintaining the song’s original aesthetic.

Have a listen below, and mark your calendars for the release of this one!

RELEASE DATE:  16TH DECEMBER 2013

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The Illuminated || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD ||

TMSV || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

New Moon Recordings || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

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I hope you enjoyed the sounds.  I’ll catch you next time.

One love.

– Kinman

TMSV – ‘Theory’ EP [BOX CLEVER]

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Tomas Roels has secured a very strong release schedule for himself since recently finishing university.  Whether this is a result of, or just coincidence, I’ll never know.  Truthfully, I don’t care either.  Anyways, the man has been on a sonic-assault rampage, writing and signing beats quicker than false information regarding Montsanto spreads through the internet.  After announcement of his Artikal UK release backed with a naughty remix from the legend LX One, the underground was left stumped by the immensity of ‘Haze’.  To continue the momentum with a brute force, Box Clever has just announced the six-track (2 digital exclusive) EP that will be released sometime mid-September.  Featuring collaborations with Beezy & Widowmaker, the release promises to be diverse and immensely powerful, as the previews will attest to.

Tracklist:

1. Crashing feat. Beezy
2. Too Much
3. Theory
4. Persei feat. Widowmaker
5. Explain [digital exclusive]
6. Scientific [digital exclusive]

Below are previews to the four beats put on the vinyl.  The tracks ‘Theory’ and ‘Persei’ ft. Widowmaker are my personal favorites, but you can decide for yourself.  Keep your eyes locked on the pages below for future announcements regarding this release and anything else related to the  parties involved.

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TMSV || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

Box Clever || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

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I’ll catch you next time.  One love.

– Kinman

Horace Andy – Cuss Cuss – DJ Madd Remix / TMSV Remix [MS011]

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EZ everybody.

With the recent launch of J:Kenzo’s label – Lion Charge – and the announcement from DJ Madd that he will also be launching a label called ‘Roots & Future’ it seems that there is a surge of appreciation and nostalgia being aimed at the massive amount of influence that dub-reggae played in the inception of the ‘foundation sound’ of dubstep.  Not that it had gone away or anything, but with the evolution of the genre the influences became less explicit, and are also being taken from a vastly greater pool of musical styles.

Moonshine Recordings has also taken it upon themselves to pay homage to the dub in dubstep with their most recent catalog addition.  Both DJ Madd (seems to be a pattern here with him lately) and TMSV have taken a legendary reggae song from the 80’s and injected their interpretation with modern-day production quality and weight.  Both of these producers are dons in their own right, and Madd is my most respected producer within the dubstep framework – EVER.  Both interpretations are top-notch with TMSV utilizing a more percussive approach with his bongos weaving in-and-out, and DJ Madd coming correct with a wall of pulsating bottom-end that could be felt from blocks away.  If you were quick enough, you would have been able to grab the single-sided 10″ release of DJ Madd’s version a few weeks back, out to those that did (like me).

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The release is set to drop on March 11th and will be available at all good record stores, in both vinyl and digital format.  Don’t sleep!

Stay connected:

DJ MADD |  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

TMSV |  FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

MOONSHINE RECORDINGS | FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD

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This post was taken via a feature I published on my other blog at Sub.Mission Dubstep, I just wanted to get it out there for as much exposure as possible, so I’m re-blogging it here.  It’s a seriously massive release so be sure not to sleep on it!

It drops March 11th.

You can pre-order it through Surus right now and if you purchase the vinyl, you get the digital copies for free!  Killer deal, so support the scene and buy some good music 🙂  Link below…

SURUS STORE

I’ll catch you guys next time.

– Kinman

Back To Your Roots: Foundation Sound UK

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EZ fam’.  Hope all is well, as always.
 
I’ve got a super duper special feature lined up for today.  I thought that it would be really dope to showcase styles that go back to the roots of most of the music that you find here on this website.  I think it’s safe to say that dub-reggae has had a pretty prominent role in the formation of dubstep.  The ‘soundsystem culture’ today as we know it can be greatly attributed to the dub-reggae movement.  So, in light of that, I have reached out to a crew that has been building sound system’s and pushing reggae/dub-reggae music since days that precede my birth.
  
Foundation Sound has been up and running in Norwich, UK since 1981.  Talk about some deep roots!  It’s been over 30 years and these guys are still pushing the music, message, and culture that they love.  Just as in any genre of music, landscapes have changed, technology has evolved, and the music, too.  Productions have become digital-based, although the analog kings still exist with a very respectable presence. I was thankful enough to get in touch with Ed King from Foundation Sound earlier this year when he reached out to me for promotion of the ‘My Burdens’ EP, which featured the ever so heavy remix by TMSV.  After I did some research on what the label/sound has been doing for the past 30 years and chatting with Ed a bit, I came to the conclusion that it would be really cool to feature some sounds inna’ proper roots fashion.  I don’t want to say much more because I want Ed to give some light into the crew and sound that he represents with us here today.  At the end of the feature you will find a mix done by Ed featuring Foundation Sound artists as well as others.  This is a mix that is 100% vibes throughout its entirety.  I hope everybody has their spliffs lit, or whatever you do to get into a meditation mind state, before you press play.  Makes me realize that I have not had enough dub in my life lately.  A message of love and positivity, no doubt!  Catch what Ed has to say below…
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BWS:  Big up Ed!  Thanks for supporting us with this interview.  Now, for our readers that don’t know who you are and what Foundation Sound is, can you please give them some background information on yourself and the soundsystem?

Yes greets, full respect and thanks for the support.  Foundation Sound is a reggae and dub sound system and record label based in Norwich, UK.  The sound system was originally set up in 1981 by Tony Roots (of the Liberators band, Norfolk) when he returned from time in Jamaica, and after touring as a DJ with Joseph Hill and the band Culture.  It was Joseph who named the sound system.  Basically, Foundation is a vehicle to help promote and spread the positive message of Rasta Reggae music.  Since the early years the crew has evolved and our works now include the record label, which runs alongside the sound system.

BWS:  Now, to my knowledge (and please correct me if I’m wrong), right around the mid 1980’s, England became one of the, if not THE main home of dub music.  Are there any memories or events during that time that still standout to you today?

Well it was really the late 70’s and early 80’s that reggae exploded in the UK. I think and I was only about 3 or 4 then so my experiences within the music are much more recent really.  From what Tony Roots and other (more veteran) friends tell me of them days is it was like the Jungle/early D&B scene here in the early nineties.  Reggae was THE music.  Sound systems from every corner of every city across the UK, big dances all over, and record shops constantly packed out with people wanting the latest music.  

I suppose a lot of people understandably link UK dub artists like Mad Professor and the early On-U sound stuff to being instrumental to the development of dub music but really no one but King Tubby can take the crown when it comes to being the originator and thus I think Jamaica, although not now, will always be the original home of dub.

BWS:  Foundation Sound has been around since 1980, that’s some experience under your belt!  Respect for that.  How would you say things have evolved or changed over the past 30 years?

Well back in the 80’s Foundation was really more a support sound for big acts playing gigs around the UK and Europe.  We wasn’t a sound that would clash (played against other sound systems),  Foundation would play warm up selections before the acts came on.  Highlights from them times would be supporting and warming up for acts like Eek-A-Mouse, The Wailers, Culture and Ini Kamozie.  In the 90’s, after some quieter years for the sound, me and a few other guys linked up with Foundation.  We rebuilt the sound in custom UK style; home built boxes, custom built amps and controls, and from there kinda relaunched Foundation.  Nowadays, as well as playing sessions where we string the set up and play all night we also clash against other sounds.

Foundation Sound – Happens Every Day EP (Promo Mix)

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BWS:  I have heard some people say that dub music died with King Tubby back in 89′, giving birth to the “raggamuffin” era.  Do you have any opinions on the subject?  Regardless, the day that Tubby was shot was an extremely sad day for music.

To me Tubby was the dubwise originator, the original dub organiser.  I don’t know and don’t really think that was specifically instrumental in the birth of the slacker dancehall/raggamuffin era, music changes and evolves, Jamaican music especially.  I think the music was always going to change much like society itself.  I often think that music kind of mirrors what is happening in society at certain times, reggae music especially as it has always been a peoples music, a message music. 

BWS:  Who were your main influences growing up, musically?  When and how did you get into making soundsystems
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I kinda got into Reggae music via the UK Jungle era, I always especially loved the tunes with the reggae samples and sound fx in….  My mate Guv used to get his family in London to record the Kiss FM (it was a london only station then) Jungle show for us and then send it up on cassette to us.  Sometimes on the end of the cassette tape it would run into the Manasseh show.  We started to enjoy the vibes on there and along with his show we started checking Rodigan’s shows as well.  I met Tony Roots around ’96 when we used Foundation as our PA system for Jungle parties we were doing.  He started to play me the original tunes where all the samples in the Jungle came from….  From there I started getting more and more into Reggae and dub.  The dub I could especially identfy with, to me at the time it seemed like slower more interesting Jungle.  
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I really got into the proper UK reggae scene when I moved to live in London around ’98 with my mate Barn.  I became friends with Marcus and Olston from Conqueror Sound, Willesden.  They introduced me to the whole DIY custom culture of building a sound system, checking producers for unreleased music and cutting dubplates.  I am not a Rasta but they took me in and treated me as part of their family.  I learnt a lot from them, the runnins and responsibilities of running a sound system, the culture of playing sound system and clashing others sounds.  I’ll always be grateful to them, cos’ without them and Tony Roots I would not be doing what we are doing now.
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Anyway I’m wandering off topic… those guys along with Tim from Rebel Lion sound here in Norwich are really my main influences in terms of getting into the music and sound system thing…  In terms of musical influences, I would have to say the main people would be King Tubby and in the more modern era Manasseh.  King Tubby, as I said before, is the original dub master and I don’t think anyone can argue that Baby I Love you So, King Tubby meets The Rockers Uptown, has to be one of the, if not THE, greatest ever dub tracks.  When I heard that I all I wanted to do was to make and play music like it, top-a-top.
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BWS:  What sets the Foundation soundsystem aside from any other dub soundsystem?
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Well to be honest I don’t really like comparing our sound to others, I’ll leave people to decide what sets us apart from other sounds… We concentrate on our own things, don’t watch no one else, we aren’t trying to be like anyone, we just play and do our thing as we do, you know?
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BWS:  From what I can tell, this most recent release on Foundation Sound (My Burdens) marks the first dubstep release to be included on a release from the label with TMSV’s interpretation of ‘Lay Down My Burdens’.  Can we expect more dubstep remixes on future releases?
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Yehman more remixes planned, not for awhile though probably.  The whole idea about the 12″ with reggae versions on one side and remixes on the other came from Dirty Specs.  They gave me the remix they had done and then said that TMSV had done one as well.  Me and Sam, who is the main producer for Foundation productions (and one part of the Dirty Specs team), chatted about putting out a 12″ with the remixes, kinda trying something different from our usual reggae only works.  We decided to keep the 10″ inch and 7″ inch vinyl releases reggae only and any 12″ inch releases will feature a reggae A side and then remixes on the filp, AA side style.  We got a few other guys lined up for possible collabs in the future.  The next remix release I am hoping to do will feature Richie Phoe from Brighton, really love his stuff. 
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BWS:  Each release on Foundation Sound has the “Foundation Sound Dub” version on it.  Who is behind these productions?
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As I mentioned my mate Sam is the main man behind our productions, I co-produce and manage the label.  All our releases to date have been produced by Sam, he will build a riddim then we’ll discuss ideas on what it needs.  We’ll usually get it voiced by whichever singers we are working with at the time, maybe get some live instruments on it and then that helps dictate how the tune will end up stylistically.  Once the riddims are fully built we then take it to who ever we are getting to mix it, guys like Nick Manasseh or Dougie Conscious. 
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BWS:  Now, this is definitely a “pet peeve” of mine so it would be great to hear your thoughts on the matter, considering your rooted involvement in dub music.  On the late, many new (hesitant to say uneducated) listeners refer to dubstep as dub music.  Is this something that you’ve heard before?  Any thoughts on that?
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I must admit I don’t know a lot about the dubstep scene but it doesn’t surprise me if thats the case, to me dub music is and always will be mixed up, instrumental reggae, to me dub is all about the mix.  I guess in some ways new music like dubstep is modern day dub music but to be honest words and phrases are always going to be robbed from one scene or style to describe another, like street slang really, and I can’t keep up with it so I ain’t gonna try. 
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BWS:  Will Foundation Sound be in attendance at Outlook Festival this year?  There are some really great performers lined up for this year!
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Nah we aint made it onto that line up yet, maybe in the future some time but not this time around.  We busy over the summer with a few festivals and sessions across the UK and then we should have a few things in France later in the year as well. 
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BWS:  Is there any news about forthcoming releases that the readers should keep their eyes and ears out for?
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We always got works in the pot, bubbling over…  My Burdens was originally voiced and produced over six years ago but it was only really when Sam revisited it last year with fresh ears, making a few adjustments to the riddim that we thought it was a goer, and decided to put it out.  We kinda work that way, always working on stuff, getting stuff voiced/remixed, but never really with an exact idea about what is going to be the next release. If you ask me right now whats coming next all I could say is that there is probably 2 or 3 tunes that could be the next release but we won’t know until we know, if that makes sense… Usually there is a point when we change something or get a live instrument or vocal on there, or something, and suddenly the tune is almost at the point of being ready.  At that point we kinda concentrate on that tune then till it done and ready for release.
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BWS:  Again, much respect for your time and support in this interview Ed.  Respect out to you and all of the crew at Foundation Sound.
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Yes Tyler, give thanks for the support mate and full respects to you and the Bassweight fam, keep up the works. Peace
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Make sure to familiarize yourself with the Foundation Sound crew and the music they push!  Here you will find the mixtape that Ed has put together for you listeners
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I didn’t realize that mixcloud was unable to embed with wordpress (or I just can’t find out how to do so) so just follow the url to the mixcloud page and hold your spliffs in the air, with your subs turned up!
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You can catch Foundation showcasing their latest music on Future Radio every second Wednesday of the month from 8-10pm GMT.  Holding it down for the Unity Sounds segment.  Radio link is here.  Don’t forget to stop by the Foundation Sound pages, too!
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Catch you on the flip.
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To the gods.
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-Kinman

System Overload: Too Many Men

EZ brothers and sisters.  Hope everybody is doing well, feeling good, and vibing out to this beautiful world that we live in.  Time has been straight up FLYING by lately, it’s truly insane.  I thought that once school was done with I would have all the time in the world to keep this site updated and content constantly rolling through during my summer break.  Life just keeps throwing this and that, and things just haven’t been catering to my free time.  I apologize for that, hopefully all ya’ll heads can understand :).  It’s been almost a week since I last got a post up here and in that time there has been some really amazing music put out and some great news revealed, as well as some saddening news.

Let’s get the sad out of the way first.  Although it seems to be quite speculative, considering no definite statements have been recorded, rumors are spreading that Pendulum will no longer be writing/performing music as they’ve decided to concentrate on their Knife Party project.  I have no hate for what they’ve chosen to do with Knife Party, everybody needs to make money, and I’m sure they really do enjoy the music they make and the reactions they get from the crowds.  However, it saddens me that Pendulum will no longer be.  They provided my youth with some of the greatest EDM experiences and I draw a lot of influence from their innovation and flat-out talent.  I hope that it’s not really the end but, times change, people change, and the game changes too.  Much love and respect out to them boys for doing their thing for so long and I wish them the best in their future endeavors!

To lighten things up a bit, their is two specific events that made me extremely happy recently.  One being that Mala’s in Cuba album was reviewed by Joe Muggs and published on The Arts Desk (read here).  Not that I ever doubted the quality of Mala’s production skills, but it was quite an intriguing concept to incorporate Latin music into the South London brainchild of dubstep.  I’ve heard the two tunes that I’m sure everybody else has heard as well, but to read to Joe Muggs interpretations of the remainder of the album made my heart jump up like a schoolgirl who had just seen the Nsync tour bus pass by.  I truly cannot wait for this album to drop!  It’s going to look all these ignorant bastards, who make claims like “dubstep is dead”, straight in the eyes and tell them to FUCK OFF!  I’m getting really tired of all these jaded listeners who incessantly complain because they are too lazy to do their homework and search through hype.  Dubstep will never die.  Second thing that made me quite happy was the announcing of the boat parties that will be held during both Dimensions and Outlook festival.  HYPED!  The tickets will go on sale this Thurday at 8pm (GMT), so all the US heads that means 11am.  So many unreal parties will be going down, I can’t even begin to imagine the vibes that will be going down.  Make sure you get to your tickets to whichever party you want to attend fast!  They will sellout in an extremely quick fashion.

Now, to the beats.  I’ve got a solid handful of tunes that I want to post up on this beezy, hope you enjoy dem’.

First track is from a favorite producer of mine, TMSV.  It’s a collaboration with the notorious Beezy.  The track is laced up with some awakening lyrics that get your mind thinking about some of the more troubling things occurring on our planet.  The words are abruptly met with percussion that will take your mind back to the tribal roots we all share.  The dread-ridden synth created for this tune is all-time.  Puts out some of the most intense energy.  Massive one out to TMSV and Beezy for this production.

TMSV ft. Beezy – Crashing

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This next bit is a forthcoming on Tempa Records by Consequence.  Proper soundsystem music, this one.  Such a powerful kick, the snare is tailored perfectly, and the space in this tune is just as vital as the notes.  I’m sure there will be lots of great things to come from Consequence after this release.

Consequence – Injunction (Forthcoming Tempa)

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This next track picks the energy up and gets in your face with Biome incredible production skills.  This one is another tune filled with percussion that will incite the most primal of urges inna’ dance.  THIS TUNE IS FUCKING MAD!  I keep finding myself saying this but the man just keeps putting out heat after heat but, Biome has seriously been on a roll for about a year straight, putting out the heaviest and most intricately constructed tunes.  Big respect to the badman.

Biome – Shadows (Forthcoming New Moon Recordings)

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Next up is forthcoming on the almighty Deep Medi imprint.  I’m sure you’ve heard it because it’s been getting so much hype but I have to repost it because it’s such an amazing release.  Medi 59 will be from Jack Sparrow, and it’s about bloody time this man got signed to the Medi fam!  This track, titled ‘Good Old Days’ features Ruckspin on the production with Sparrow and is a jazz-infused bassweight masterpiece.  These guys have nearly unrivaled mix-downs, every element of the track being placed and EQ’d with the finest of precision.  The flip, ‘Afraid of Me’, takes a step away from the jazzy side of things and delves into the sonic exploration of techno-infused bass and analog sounding atmospherics.  Going to be an amazing release and I cannot wait to snag up a vinyl for myself!

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I want to send you off tonight with two absolutely MASSIVE remixes done by Sleeper and Compa.  Sleeper has remixed DCult’s ‘Deadly Hands of Shang Chi’ and done an amazing job!  Rupturing sub-bass on this one!  Compa has chosen to release his rendition of Reamz – Fear on the ‘We Are Wax’ white label imprint.  This tune displays Compa’s top-notch ability to take an original, that is already an amazing tune, and turn it into an equally as large interpretation.  Make sure that your subs are ready to flex on this one!

DCult – Deadly Hands of Shang Chi (Sleeper Remix)

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Reamz – Fear (Compa Remix)(Forthcoming WXWL002)

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BOOM!  That’s it for tonight fam.  Stay locked and stay high.

To the gods.

-Kinman