With the Sleepin' Giantz project, legendary garage and broken beat producer Zed Bias joins forces with two heavyweights of UK hip-hop, Rodney P. and Fallacy, to explore the fertile sonic territory between Top 40 radio and raving. The combination of Bias' dancefloor sensibility with Fallacy's and Rodney P.'s head-nod-inducing verses creates a propulsive sound that is equal parts chart material and sweaty rave workout. Sleepin' Giantz glamorizes the lifestyle of young urban England, and makes it sound like a hell of a good time. Read more »
The founder of Portland-based label Boomarm Nation, Jesse Munro Johnson, has just released the Running Times EP under his alias Gulls. Prior to that (last month, to be exact), we brought you the zappy "SOID," and today we have the record's title track. "Running Times" prominently features a sassy bassline that bubbles up from an abyss of ambient mist and metastasizes into a bouncing rhythm accompanied by a waggling, horn-like synth melody. So far, Gulls' EP is only available as a limited-edition vinyl record or even-more-limited cassette tape, but you can stream it now over on Boomarm Nation's Bandcamp ahead of the record's digital release on July 31.
Over the 18 months that have passed since his debut release, Bristol-based producer Kahn has proved a difficult presence to pin down. That debut—the Punch Drunk-released "Like We Used To"—was a note-perfect exercise in clean, hook-laden garage, a track that was energetic and catchy to the point of sounding like some long-lost UK garage edit of a turn-of-the-millenium R&B classic. The tunes that followed however, saw Kahn stepping back from garage to plunge headlong into mood-soaked tones of early dubstep; "Way Mi Defend" was pure 2-step dubplate classicism, while the Eastern samples of "Tehran" brought to mind vintage Pinch. Add to that his varied collaborations with fellow Bristol resident and Sureskank boss Neek—the bare-bones grime of "Percy" and the all-out dub revivalism of the pair's work as Gorgon Sound—plus his association with the ambient-leaning Young Echo collective, and you start to get the (somewhat confused) picture. Read more »
Before his curated FABRICLIVE event goes down next Friday, July 13 (featuring folks like Doc Daneeka, Brackles, Seiji, and Raf Daddy of The 2 Bears), UK funky don Roska has shared an exclusive cut of skittering club rhythms and oversized bass tones, not unlike what Rinse Presents: Roska 2 offered a couple months back. "Grand Theft Audio" isn't exactly pioneering new realms of dancefloor music, but we're nonetheless happy to hear that even Roska's unreleased productions are worth at least four-plus minutes of our listening time.
We first caught wind of Zed Bias's grime supergroup Sleepin' Giantz back in 2010, when the dubstep and garage innovator included "Badungdeng" in his XLR8R podcast. Since then, Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky a.k.a. Dave Jones) and his collaborators—Rodney P of the influential British rap group London Posse and grime/hip-hop emcee Fallacy—have composed a self-titled LP, which is out now. "Hand Grenade" is our first look into the album since "Badungdeng," and boasts Rodney P's and Fallacy's energetic rap styles as they trade off vocal duties over the surging, low-frequency grittiness of Jones' garage-leaning instrumental.
It seems like most techno veterans hail from either Detroit or Berlin. Granted, the key word there is "most," as Ben Sims calls London home and has been dropping records and making his mark in the techno world since the late '90s. Apart from his own numerous releases, Sims has been enlisted to remix a slew of techno heavyweights over the years, including Jeff Mills, Kevin Saunderson, Joey Beltram, and others too numerous to list. He also heads up the long-running Theory label, and more recently launched the Machine imprint with Kirk Degiorgio, which takes its name from the pair's new-music-devoted London party. While many DJs who've been around this long are content to simply continue rehashing the past, Sims remains dedicated to forward movement and innovative sounds, which is why we're excited to see where he takes things when given the freedom to assemble an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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