Asylum – Exclusive ‘Live From The Future’ Mix Pt. 2

Uprise Audio - Live From The Future

Big up everyone.  Welcome back.

Today marks two important things: the 1 year anniversary of Uprise Audio’s launch and Part 2 of the ‘Live From The Future’ x Bassweight Society exclusive mix series.  Taiko’s contribution for part 1 was an immense display of the heavyweight’s ability to seamlessly blend tunes, as well as the production mastery that continues to push Uprise forward as one of the most promising imprint’s within dubstep.  Asylum follows Taiko’s lead and curates another massive mix jam-packed with VIP’s (including a VIP of ‘Zero Gravity’ off the LFTF LP!) from the man himself and dubs from Biome, Ben Verse and Konvex.  The mix also showcases a healthy collection of tunes recently released, that still pack a punch.

Asylum has had great success since his solo career, taking a breather from the drum and bass alias ‘Vicious Circle’ that had been releasing some of the heaviest nuero-infused 170 tunes to date.  With his signing to Uprise, his recent appearance on GetDarker TV w/ MC Toast and his solo works/collaborations with longtime friend Ben Verse on Crunch Recordings, I think its safe to say that this badman is here to stay, certainly for the near future.

Have a listen below, and make sure you clear enough room to engage in an all-out skank session as Asylum pulls you through a journey of sonic assault.

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Also, don’t forget to check out the ‘Live From The Future’ LP released last month.  Previews and links below.

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The album is available in the following formats:  2 x 12″ Vinyl, Digital, CD

Buy Links || CHEMICAL | JUNO | BEATPORT ||

Uprise Audio || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

Asylum || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

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Until next time…one love.

– Kinman

Taiko – Exclusive ‘Live From The Future’ Mix Pt.1

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Big up fam’.

Monday (the 7th) is a big day for the 2012 freshman imprint of the year – Uprise Audio, and for dubstep as a whole.  With a string of releases that have each sat comfortably at the top of dubstep charts across the board, it’s no secret that Edward and Verity have curated one of the most promising musical outlets within the global underground.  Through these releases Dubtek, Asylum and the boss himself, Seven, have left bread crumbs leading listeners through cavernous sonic explorations – all leading up to this.  ‘Live From The Future’ is the imprint’s debut full-length album showcasing a roster of veteran dynamism, pioneering through the depths of dubstep sound design.  The LP welcomes back Asylum, Dubtek, Wayfarer, Chewie, Klax and Seven, while popping the Uprise cherries of Taiko, Truth, Stealth, Altair, and Nanobyte.

To celebrate the album’s release, Uprise Audio artist Taiko has been so kind as to build you (the readers) an exclusive mix.  I’ve been blaring this thing out for the past couple of weeks, and have been genuinely enjoying the top-notch track selection and blending.  I was lucky enough to grab a few words from the badman himself regarding the mix and his beat ‘Spray Can’ that was included on  the LP.  Take a read below!

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Kinman:  EZ Louis, thanks for taking some time out for the readers. Can you tell us a little bit about the mix you have built? Some DJ’s try to facilitate a very calculated energy dynamic within their mixing, while others just blend tunes that sound good together. What’s the story behind this one?

Taiko:  No worries, happy to! Yeah I’d have to say a bit of both to be honest, I wouldn’t say it was calculated that much but I wanted to start it fairly slow and techy, and beef it up a bit towards the end, I guess any form of progression is good for a mix to keep it interesting. But it’s a small selection of my favourite tunes at the moment and you can hear a few of the forthcomings for the UA album too.

Kinman:  It must be an honor to be part of the Uprise family – especially as the imprint progressively garners more respect with each release. How did you get linked up with Eddy and the label?

Taiko:  I first met Eddy about 2 or 3 years ago when I was playing regularly in Sheffield. He came down to play one time and after the night we got talking, swapped details, then I’d send him a tune every now and again. About a year later he came down again and it was about the time he was starting Uprise if I remember correctly so luckily I had my laptop with me and burnt him a cd. A few months and a few tunes later I was brought along so big thanks to Ed and V as always.

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Kinman:  Are there any plans for a solo-release with Uprise in the near future? Any hints you can give us?

Taiko:  Yeah I haven’t got a set date for anyone but early next year I have a 4 track EP on vinyl and digital coming out. I’ve started shortlisting a few tunes so hopefully when the time comes you’ll be getting the best of the bunch, that’s all I can say I’m afraid!

Kinman:  Haha no sweat bro, fully understand!

Kinman:  Lastly, can you tell us a bit about the song you’ve written to include in the ‘Live From The Future’ LP?

Taiko:  My addition to the album is called ‘Spray Can’, and all I can say really is that I tried to write something keeping unconventional in mind. I’ve also had people saying that I’ve sampled a 400ml can for it and this and that but honestly there’s no spray can samples in the entire tune, I only came up with the name for it once I stopped and thought “that sounds a lot like a spray can”. Hope everyone enjoys the album, big thanks to Tyler (Kinman) and all the readers!

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Alright everyone, I hope you enjoy the mix Louis has built!  Below I’ve listed information regarding the LP’s release, including tracklist, Soundcloud and social network links.  Stay connected fam’!

Full Album Tracklist:

01. Seven feat. Joe Raygun – Live from the Future
02. Wayfarer – Reflections
03. Stealth & Altair – Lost Highway
04. Seven and Youngsta – Masai Mara VIP
05. Asylum – Zero Gravity
06. Chewie feat. Mykal Rose – Silver & Gold
07. Taiko – Spray Can
08. Klax – Link To The Past
09. Dubtek – Kuiper Belt
10. Seven & Dubtek – Stratosfear
11. Seven – Walter White – TRUTH remix
12. Nanobyte – Part Of Life

The album will be available in the following formats:  2 x 12″ Vinyl, Digital, CD

Buy Links || CHEMICAL | JUNO ||

Uprise Audio || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER ||

Taiko || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD ||

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Hopefully you all have purchased your LP samplers and have had the joyful experience of BLARING ‘Live From The Future’ & ‘Reflections’ as loudly as possible.  If you haven’t, I urge to snag your copy while you still can (limited to 500 pressings) —————–> Live From The Future LP Sampler.

I’ll catch you next time!  One love.

– Kinman

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

Olie Bassweight – The Ghost In The Machine LP [BASWGTCD002]

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While I strongly believe the benefits far outweigh the detriments, one thing that always seems to happen to me in the contemporary age of music is that there is just SO much output at any given time, that many gems are likely to fall under the radar, to be discovered later.  I could just as easily consider it a good thing because there’s definitely a unique feeling experienced when you come across a piece of music fitting into this category, as opposed to following/anticipating a release months prior up to it’s actual drop-date.  This is precisely what happened to me with regards to Olie Bassweight’s ‘Ghost In The Machine’ album that dropped towards the end of December of last year.

While Olie’s role within the dubstep movement has been of an undeniably prominent nature – especially in New Zealand – this marks his first full-length album to date.  Featuring 15 tracks, two of which being shorter, more cinematic intro-type pieces,  the album strongly established the artist’s versatility in both stylistic approach and execution of sound engineering.

Below you find the tracklist and my three favorite beats off the album:

Tracklist –

1. Intro (The Ghost In The Machine)
2. Float VIP
3. Duality
4. Odyssey
5. Truth – Spook (Olie Bassweight Remix)
6. Interlude (Tides)
7. Tides Have Turned ft. Timmy P MC
8. Holon
9. Why are you here
10. Broken
11. The Message ft. Dubfonik & DMG MC
12. Tangled Blue Eyes Feat, Dubtek
13. Heavyweight ft. Triage and MC Kryptik
14. Condemned ft. Perverse and TZR
15. Survival

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You can purchase the album from the links below:

BEATPORT || JUNO DOWNLOAD || CHEMICAL

Vinyl Sampler:

CHEMICAL RECORDS

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Make sure to keep up with future projects through Olie’s social media outlets, too!

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

I’ll you guys next time.  Big up for reading.  If you have any artists you’d like to see get some from BWS please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at bassweightsociety@gmail.com with links to music, bio, etc.

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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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