‘The Uprising’ EP [UA004]

UA004

This past Monday Uprise Audio released another brilliant collection of music, this time in the form of a 2 x 12” compilation that showcased artists who will be releasing further sounds under the Uprise imprint.  Eddy and Verity have harnessed quite the theme within their imprint’s name.  If the consistency and quality of sounds put forth since the label’s inception isn’t testament enough to the dedication and drive of Uprise CEO’s and the artists they sign, ‘The Uprising’ EP will obliterate any questions or doubts.  To make things clear:  Uprise Audio is not f*cking around and they will continue to assemble an army of sonic samurais, while in the process garnering acclaim and loyalty from the dubstep collective.

UA004 introduces 5 new artists to the Uprise roster – Klax, Disonata, Wayfarer, Quantum Soul, and Chewie – alongside CEO Seven, and returning heavyweight Dubtek.  The tracks uphold a strong sense of meaning to the EP’s title ‘Uprising’.  These songs are ridden with aggressive and intentional surges of authority, or perhaps the complete disregard of it.  It’s as if the songs speak for themselves in saying “We are Uprise, and we’ve come to dominate the dance.”  The first three tracks (‘Go To War’, ‘Lost Souls’, and ‘Shamen’) immediately set this precedent with the thundering drums of Seven and Klax & Disonata, reinforced by the unblunted stabs that Wayfarer has programmed to slice through the sound field.  Moods are lightened with the addition by Quantum Soul, as ‘Underworld’ provides a landscape more suited for the shoulda-rolla skank-out sessions with rolling drums and undeniable groove.  Chewie teams up with Dubtek to close things out and provide a  soundtrack for the march of a victorious but spiritually beaten army, returning home over the bodies of fallen comrades.

SEVEN ||

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KLAX & DISONATA ||

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WAYFARER ||

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QUANTUM SOUL ||

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CHEWIE & DUBTEK ||

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The release is available exclusively through Beatport in digital format until next Monday, when all digital retailers will have it and the vinyl hits the shelves.  DON’T SLEEP.

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Until next time.

– Kinman

In The Shadows Vol. 2: Camu

Happy Friday everybody!  And for all the weed heads out there, happy 420!  I’m sure you’re already knee-deep in glass jars and an assortment of delicious snacks, so I think I’ll just move along to today’s feature as I don’t think many of you will have much of an attention span, haha 🙂
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Over the past few weeks I’ve have  befriended a young producer who has turned out to be a great influence of mine.  The sheer energy that this kid has for life, his friends, and his family really makes you think about the things you are grateful for.  His enthusiastic dedication to his music is something that I believe to be an absolute necessity to success with your music.   I mean, obviously there is no correct/incorrect way to make music but, the way that each of his songs reflects a specific journey or interaction is just very fascinating to me.  When he describes the influences for each of his songs to me, and then I listen to them, the songs seem to perfectly portray his words, but in an audible fashion.  I am very confident that this man is on  a path to great success with his music.
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It should come as no surprise that I am an absolute nut about the “tribal” style beats.  Layers upon layers of hard-hitting, deep, and rythmic percussion.  Maybe it’s the fact that it has been instilled in us over thousands of years of tribal culture, as Killawatt stated in his interview with us earlier this year, but, there’s just nothing else like in my book.
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Today’s feature is on 16 year old Dutch producer, Camu.  I first caught wind of his music after one of my routine scans of Trusik a few months back.  Instantly, I was HOOKED.  It was the tunes ‘You Are’ and ‘Asmat’.  I will never forget it because I distinctly remember thinking to myself, “this is the it!”.  Camu’s incorporation of tribal vocals, spacious soundscapes, and powerfully taunting sub-frequencies is something to really watch out for.  His music perfectly embodies one of the most prolific phrases among deep heads, “meditate on bassweight”.  Every tune is a story, and you can really hear/feel the story progress into each of  it’s different states of emotion.  As he is still quite young, I am very anxious to see the ways in which his sounds evolve and begin to really blow people away.  The man has been generous enough to giveaway THREE of his songs to you, the readers.  I have listened to all of these songs, and they are absolutely beautiful, all of them.  You guys should feel lucky too, as two of the songs have only been heard by myself, Camu, and MAYBE a handful of others.  It was really a shock to me when he came back to me saying that he has three tunes for us, as I was only expecting to do a giveaway of one tune.  It was nuts!  I feel truly blessed and all of you should too.  Please show the man some support by checking out his pages and shout him a personal message or something!  Anyways, enough of my rants, let’s get to know Camu!
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BWS:  Let’s get the formalities out of the way, give our readers a quick rundown on yourself.

Yo Kinman, I’m Shawnee from Amsterdam. I have produced music since 2008 and I focus mainly on Bass and percussive music. I’m a very peaceful person and I’m really honored to be interviewed by you!

BWS:  16 years old.  Not going to lie, you seem to have a much deeper consideration for the spiritual side of life than I would expect.  You mentioned visions that have inspired your songs in your Trusik interview not too long ago, can you tell us more about that?

Well I dream and think a lot, and the last couple of months have been very busy for me. So many things have happened and I’m not really good at expressing my emotions so I close my eyes and I just dream, think about what has happened and what’s going to happen. And with those things in mind I make music.  The past few months have been very hectic, a lot of bad shit has happened but luckily  things are starting to get better now. Much better in fact.  I can finally find peace with the things that happened and put all the stuff behind me, which is something I could never really do before, and I could never do it without my girlfriend. She has helped me get through a lot of the difficulties in the past few years and she’s always very sweet to me. I truly love her with everything I got. She always supports me and always is there for me, and that means much to me.

BWS:  I’m sad to say that I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Amsterdam, although hopefully soon!  How much influence do your immediate surroundings have in your music?

Well in a certain way it does.  When it is busy around me, for instance, my music is always a little harder and more filled with drums. And then at times when it’s quiet my music is more soulful, more emotional.  The city itself also has and influence on me, there’s a lot of great architecture and a lot of creative people and there’s always something going on. Never a boring day here in Amsterdam.  I love to walk and discover new parts of the city with my girlfriend, there are a lot of beautiful places here that many people don’t usually visit.

BWS:  What is the “dubstep” scene like in Amsterdam?  Are there a lot of good opportunities to see and hear the artists you love?

The scene here is mostly bro, of course there are a few good nights, Sonic Warfare, for instance, but unfortunately they stopped after 5 years, which is truly a great loss for the scene here.  I personally don’t really like to go out that much though, so I don’t really have much information about the scene. I just don’t like being around all of these angry, screaming and moshing kids. I really prefer to stay at home and just relax.  If there’s a night with really good artists I might go though, but overall I’m not much of a party person.

BWS:  How did you first get into the 140/dubstep arena?

It came out of the blue to be honest, I had never heard of it before until one day, after my brother came home from a long holiday. He was in his room and played Bar 9 – Triple Drop, I had never heard anything like it and I was hooked instantly!  After that I started listening to artists like Excision and Datsik and so on. Later on I discovered Dubstep Allstars vol. 4, and that completely changed my perspective on the genre and I started getting more into the original sound. Artists like Burial and Kryptic Minds became instant favourites of mine.  Then in December 2009 I went to my first gig, which was Sonic Warfare, and DJ’s such as Youngsta, The Bug and Jack sparrow were performing and I didn’t know any of them until then. Was truly an amazing experience!

BWS:  Each of your tunes is it’s own journey man, straight up.  You have really created your own sound.  Where or how do you see yourself progressing in the near future, as far as your sound?

Thanks a lot man, that really means a lot to me!  Well I hope I get better at doing mixdowns and at making soundscapes and such.  I just basically hope my sound will get better and better over the years, I want to leave people stunned when they hear my music, create a certain vibe that will make people happy and I hope my sound will always stay original. I don’t want to sound like anyone else haha.  It would also be great if I could someday expand my sound to other kinds of music like Hip-Hop, Techno, Drum & Bass and Ambient music.

BWS:  What is your primary means of production?  Laptop? Hardware? Live instruments?

I use my laptop with Renoise and a lot of samples, basically.  Then for the synths and the sub I use Massive, and sometimes I use my microphone to record my own samples. A bit of fieldrecording.

BWS:  Do you any rituals that must be taken care of before you can hit the studio?  If so, what are they?

Well, before I start any serious tune I always make sure it’s completely dark in my room.  I have a nice big glass of water and I burn my favourite incense. (Nagchampa Agarbathi or Vidwan) That is all really.  Before I start producing I usually read or watch something that is very inspirational to get me into the mood, to forget about this place and travel to the place I am going to create.  I start a lot of tunes every day though, like when I’m at school or get a sudden burst of inspiration.  But most of the times I end up leaving those tunes after a while.  My best tunes really come from concentrating, being in the dark and being relaxed.

BWS:  Now, you’ve been generous enough to give us a song today for the readers to download and enjoy, can you tell a little bit about the tune and how it took its form?

I have decided to give away three tunes, since I have reached 100 likes on FB, 200 followers on soundcloud and, of course, because of this interview. All of this really means a lot to me and I would like to give something back in return to all of you!  The first tune is called “You Are”, I made it in December last year. I basically wanted to make something melodic and I found that vocal sample and just had to use it. It’s been one of the best samples I have ever found, really. I had thought for a long time for what I could have done with the second part of the tune, but after trying so many different things I finally made something that sounded good and that made me happy.  The second tune, “Lying Entombed” Is a tune I made early march. I read an amazing book about the Aboriginal people and that gave me a lot of inspiration. I actually made a couple of tunes based on that book but this tune came out the best and I would love to share it with everyone. Nobody has heard it yet and I am really proud of the second drop.  It was really so much fun writing this tune.  Finally, the third tune I’m giving away is called “Visions Of Wings”.  Monday last week I experienced something very unique and that is the whole idea and inspiration behind this tune.  The tune runs at a 174 bpm, something I hadn’t really done before,  but it really turned out great and I’m very pleased with it. This one is also brand new and only a few people have heard it.

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If somebody wants the WAV’s of these tunes feel free to get in touch with me!

Much respect to Bassweight Society and Kinman, I hope all of you have enjoyed reading this and are enjoying my music.

Peace and Love for my Girlfriend, my family and friends.

Take Care,

-Shawnee Camu Alltmann

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Many thanks out to Camu for this interview and, most importantly, his generosity!  Be sure to stop by his pages, drop him a “hello”, and keep your eyes on this one, he’s going to be making waves very soon.  Below you will find his contact info/pages. You will also find all three of the free downloads below, hosted on the BWS Soundcloud page. We all hope you enjoy the music and enjoyed the read.  Until next week….

Camu Soundcloud

Camu Facebook

AIM: camusounds

Skype: camu_dj

Email: Shawnee_altmann@hotmail.com

Camu – You Are (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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Camu – Lying Entombed (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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Camu – Visions Of Wings (FREE DOWNLOAD)

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One love to the gods, ya’ll.

-Kinman

Cato’s Funky Steppa EP, Camu, Stigma, & Gestalt

Eassssyyyyyyy people.  Hope this post is reaching you in good health and spirits!  I am absolutely exhausted from watching Breakage last night in Hollywood.   Up into the early hours of the morning.  Every time I see that man my level of respect jumps up immensely.  He is truly one of the sickest producers/DJ’s in the game.  His style of music is so unique, constantly coming at you with these huge 4×4 kick drums and some of the most ravey synths I have ever heard.  If any of you haven’t been lucky enough to see one his performances I HIGHLY recommend grabbing a ticket to his show next time he comes to your town.  He went into some jungle last night for about 15 minutes too and it was just straight vibes man.  It was really sick to see all these little kids who, for the most part, didn’t even know who he was just go nuts.  I mean honestly I don’t think you can resist brukking out to your fullest potential when he hops on the decks, his skills are unmatched.  Big up to the Bassrush crew for bringing him out to the Funktion Wednesday’s, BWS was there is full effect and had a blast.  Tonight, if you’re in the LA area I would highly recommend checking out Respect at the Dragonfly as Atlantic Connection will be headlining and that performance will most definitely be worth checking out!

Now, let’s get down to today’s music.  First up we have another release coming from the homies over at Inna Riddim.  The Funky Steppa EP, coming from new found talentCato, is filled with 4 tracks of varying stylistic approach, all real quality productions.  Personally, my favorite tune on this release is ‘Dizzy Cow’.  This tune comes with a mad funky drop that sets the dance up perfectly for footwork business!  Cato is definitely a guy to keep your eyes on because it’s very likely that he will be making big moves this year.  Very shortly after Inna Riddim snagged him up for this EP, N-Type took notice of Cato and signed the track ‘Who’s Cato’ to release on his 100% Pure Dubstep vol.2 compilation that was released March of last year.  The Funky Steppa EP will be available for download at all major digital outlets such as Juno, Beatport, and Itunes.  Take a listen below to preview and show Cato some love!

Cato – Funky Steppa EP (INNAR009)

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Also, check out a couple of releases that Cato has due out on Sin City, BANGERS.

Cato – Face The System (Forthcoming Sin City Records)

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Cato – Frenzy (Forthcoming Sin City Records)

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The next track that we have to showcase is one from Camu.  When I first came across this guy, I expressed that his music the definition of “meditating on bassweight’.  This track, called ‘Tajmi’, is no different.  He layers up the track with beautifully sequenced drums, eastern vibe vocal chants, and distant synths that add an ambiance to the track that is so deep.  This guy really needs to get more exposure.  I mean, it could be a longshot, but his vibes are so suited for the Deep Medi imprint, in my opinion.  Hopefully his sounds will blow up because the more effort that this fellow is able to put into his productions the more our ears will be blessed.  Lend an ear below to this gem.

Camu – Tajmi

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The last track of the day is one coming from two up-and-coming producers that go by the names StigmaGestalt.  The tune, titled ‘Tribes’, is a really deep lurker!  Comes hard with a growling bassline that’s fitted to scare the children away, no doubt.  The vocals that come in at the beginning immediately hook you and transport your mind into a very renaissance-esque vibe that I envision myself marching to battle with.  Haha, man that probably sounds weird but, it’s the truth.  Once tune progresses into it’s climax, percussion floods the airwaves and the eyes down business begins.  Again, these are two producers that you should really keep your ears on because if they continue to produce tunes like this they are going to get noticed quicker than you can say “bassweight is king”.  Listen below and make sure to visit their Facebook pages and show them support.  There are some free 320’s on Stigma’s page for those who ‘like’ it, so get amongst it people!

Stigma & Gestalt – Tribes (Unsigned)

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Alright that’s it for today, like I said, I’m exhausted and need to go to sleep haha.  Check back tomorrow as Shice will be bringing some more heat to the table.  Make sure you stay locked on this page because we have an interview with an artist that is of the highest caliber coming your way, as always :).  Bless.

 

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)

Deep From Down Under & Cluekids Latest

Photo Credit: Rae Goss (http://spookygoss.deviantart.com/)

Oi!  What’s good all you frequency lurkers.  Hope you have your sub ready to flex today, because we have some truly heavy music to highlight.  Massive respect out to all the artists that have been pushing these sounds!

To start things off in a proper fashion we have a tune hailing from the hand of Australian producers Spherix & Kwality.  To be honest, don’t really know too much about these two.  I came across this track from browsing the AJP Youtube page, and was struck with awe.  The tune starts off really nice with some heavy atmospherics and a big tribal style kick drum that ruptures through your bloodstream.  I was hooked from there.  Then….. the second breath came.  WOW!  Don’t even want to verbally address this.  Just have a listen and you will know the feeling I had when it dropped.  Mad respect for the percussion utilized in this track, it’s an absolute gem.  These two are definitely a pair that you’re going to want to keep your ears on if you haven’t been following them already, we know we will be.

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This next track comes from the long time OG, Cluekid.  At a very young age he has already placed a release with Skream under his belt on the Disfigured Dubz imprint alongside a number of other anthems on labels like Ringo, -30, and Soul Jazz Records.  The two tracks that we have from him today are off his latest release, Bullfrog 006.  The first tune, titled ‘Ninety Three’, is a really dope jungle-vibed tune with chopped up breaks, ragga vocal samples, and a sub-heavy bassline.  The flip, ‘Swampman’, is an anthemic bassweight stomper!  The kid knows his shit, and his music speaks for that.  This tracks emits a wall of bass that “clear the dust out of the room”.  Lend an ear to both these tracks and support this badman with a purchase from Juno or Surus.

Cluekid – Ninety Three

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To finish things off for the day we have two absolutely phenomenal mixes to showcase.  One from the Budapest born, UK based don DJ MADD.  The other is from the parisian musical mastermind Von D.  Both of these mixes are filled with top-notch dubs and first-class mixing skills.  Both of these mixes are available for download so I would highly recommend getting on top of that before the link disappear.  Madd’s mix was done for Cali-based magazine Big Up and Von D’s for the Stand High Sound crew.  Make sure to show love to both these guys, some of the most prolific artists in the underground (for now ;)).

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DJ Madd – Big Up Podcast 56

Von D – Stand High Sound Mixtape

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Alright folks, that’s it for today.  Check back tomorrow as we will have more great music to feature.  Respect!

To the gods.

-Bassweight Society (Kinman)