Footwork married with jungle—the combination of such similar genres (in both tempos and club-specific applications, not to mention current ubiquity) makes so much sense, it's almost baffling that it wasn't explored explicitly until recently. The collaboration of insatiable producer Machinedrum and fellow juke appropriator Om Unit also seems like a match made in bass-music heaven, as the former's Room(s) LP from 2011 and the latter's wax-worthy bootlegs dropped under his Phillp D. Kick moniker both make excellent use of the boom, smack, and skitter that define the aforementioned styles. Dream Continuum's inaugural release, the three-track Reworkz EP, is a record that brings all of those star-crossed elements together, and, at times, nearly becomes something more than the byproduct of its converging influences. Read more »
This ravey house roller is a collaborative effort of a trio of British producers: Lakosa (a.k.a. Steffan Smith) and 2SuckaDJs (pictured above), which is composed of members Jason Foreman and Rich Lewis. Sharp synth stabs, filter sweeps, and a bouncing bassline comprise most of the five-minute banger, which is also peppered with the occasional vocal outburst. And if you're looking for more club-ready tunes, Lakosa dropped a guest mix on Mary Anne Hobbs' Xfm program last month, which you can stream and download after the jump. Read more »
Almost every year that Boston duo Soul Clap heads down to Winter Music Conference, it makes a mixtape to distribute to the party people taking over Miami. In 2010, a breakout year for Soul Clap, the pair decided to go a bit bigger, and arranged a hefty, 45-song mixtape featuring their signature house sound mixed with large doses of funk, R&B, hip-hop, and general goofiness. The package was dubbed E-FUNK: The Mixtape (artwork above) and given a small-batch release via Phonica, but has just resurfaced today. Read more »
We're sure you remember the free tunes that OM Unit was giving away last year under his footwork/jungle-obsessed pseudonym, Phillip D. Kick. Well, it would appear that another high-energy tune was meant to be a part of those offerings, but missed the cut due to a delayed approval from the man behind the original production. But now that UK producer/vocalist Louis Blaise (pictured above) has given OM Unit the go-ahead, we can all reap the benefits of the pair's hard work, as this hard-eged and relentlessly fast-paced remix of "Love and Gwalla" is a rewarding slice of Phillip D. Kick's patented hybrid style.
Over the past few years, Brooklyn duo Sub Swara has developed a rapport for giving a distinctly organic, Eastern flair to the computer-driven world of bass music. "Smoke Riddim" is the latest track from the group, and it combines buzzing, crisp electronics with sampled percussion and mallets. The piece works in an idiosyncratic, minor scale, one that seems somewhat out of place when considering the scope of bass music in 2012, but Sub Swara manages to make it sound completely natural over the two-and-a-half-minute span of "Smoke Riddim," a cut taken from the outfit's upcoming The Rudiment mixtape (artwork above). Look for it drop some time at the end of the month.
Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint has just digitally released its Kutmah-curated Worldwide Family Vol. 2 collection, with a physical release rolling out in the coming weeks. To give us all a bit of insight into the record's curation and creation, the label has shared this clip of Kutmah discussing the compilation at London record shop Eldica. Read more »
Whatever happened to Ill Blu? A few years back, the London duo was seemingly everywhere, an integral part of the UK funky explosion in 2008-2009. However, just as the scene reached its zenith, Ill Blu largely disappeared. In the last two years, the only releases have been 2010's "Bellion" b/w "Dragon Pop" single on Hyperdub and 2011's Meltdown EP on Numbers. However, following the recent announcement that Ill Blu was not only still together, but would be returning to Hyperdub with a new single, "Clapper," at the end of April, we figured now would be a good time to invite the duo to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
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