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Dubstep Recommendations : 2010 : Part I

Posted in General News on June 1, 2010 by joeki2000

Well, we’ve reached June and as I’m extremely busy in June, I will break down the first half of 2010 in dubstep for you with some excellent recommendations for you just a little bit early.

To put it simply, anything on this list should be in your discography after you’ve read this post!
Here we go, in alphabetical order (and I’ve also added a top 10 at the bottom!)

The best of dubstep (and related) of 2010, Part I :

  • Addison Groove – Footcrab / Dumbshit ( swamp 81 )
  • Benga – Phaze One ( tempa )
  • Breakage – Foundation ( digital soundboy )
  • Clubroot – II : MMX (double CD edition)  ( lo-dubs )
  • Dark Sky – Something to Lose / Ghost Notes ( black acre )
  • Dead Fader – Corrupt My Examiner ( 3 by 3 )
  • Distance – Menace / Beyond ( chestplate )
  • DJG – Avoid the Noid / Duality ( pushing red )
  • DJ Madd – Flex’d (ikonika rmx) / Detroit Skank ( boka recordings )
  • Egyptrixx – The Only Way Up EP ( night slugs )
  • El-B – The Dirty EP ( night audio )
  • F – Energy Distortion (7even )
  • Guido – Anidea ( punch drunk )
  • Headhunter & Djunya – El Presidente ( surefire sounds )
  • Instra:Mental – Let’s Talk / Vicodin ( naked lunch )
  • iTAL tEK – Spectrum Falls / Giga ( atom river )
  • Jack Sparrow – Terminal / Torment ( tectonic )
  • Jakes & Giant – Scanners / Drumstick VIP ( h.e.n.c.h. )
  • Jakes & Mensah – Rhythm / Pulse 80’ies ( h.e.n.c.h. )
  • Joker – Tron ( Kapsize )
  • Kavsrave – Quotes EP ( numbers )
  • Kryptic Minds & Youngsta – Cold Blooded / Surge ( osiris music )
  • Kuedo – Dream Sequence EP ( Planet Mu )
  • Scuba – You Got Me / So You Think You’re Special ( hotflush )
  • Sepalcure – Love Pressure EP ( hotflush )
  • Swarms – Swarms EP ( subdepth )
  • T++ – Wireless EP ( honest jons )
  • Truth – Burglar / Dead Silence ( aquatic labs )
  • VA – Deep Medi Music Volume I & II ( deep medi musik )
  • Vex’d – Cloud Seed ( planet mu )
  • Von D & DJ Madd – U / It’s Over ( boka recordings )
  • XI – Atomspheric Pressure EP ( surface tension )

Artist wise, we see Jakes,  DJ Madd and Jamie Vex’d make two appearances so they’ve had a good and consistent year so far. Headhunter has been probably the best name so far (he’s also the man behind Addison Groove). He’s also got some mad tunes forthcoming on Orca, Pushing Red etc.  .
I’ve made a very varied list :

  • There’s obviously going to be dance floor bangers ( Jakes, Joker, Benga, Breakage…).
  • There’s also room for the dark skankers ( Distance, Truth, Kryptic Minds, Jack Sparrow…).
  • The deeper department is also represented (DJ Madd, Swarms, Clubroot, iTal tEK, DJG…).
  • Can’t forget about the funky styles… (Dark Sky, Egyptrixx, Kuedo, Guido…)
  • Techno/dub cross-over I adore too (Scuba, T++, F…)
  • Got to have some old skool too ( El-B,  Deep Medi Musik…)
  • And of course experimental as well (Addison Groove, Dead Fader, Sepalcure, Instra:M…)

If I was to make a provisional top 10, then this would be it

  1. Clubroot –  II : MMX
  2. VA – Deep Medi Musik Volume I & II
  3. DJG – Avoid the Noid / Duality
  4. XI – Atomspheric Pressure
  5. iTAL tEK – Spectrum Falls / Giga
  6. Distance – Menace / Beyond
  7. T++ – Wireless EP
  8. Jakes & Giant – Scanners / Drumstick VIP
  9. Von D & DJ Madd – U / It’s Over
  10. Vex’d – Cloud Seed

That was it, hope this was usefull to you, get those 10 releases at least, you won’t be dissapointed!
(Note that the Clubroot II :  MMX double Cd edition is sold out so good luck with that!)

New Mix : The Anthem Drops

Posted in General News on May 19, 2010 by joeki2000

Hi everyone,
I’ve uploaded a new mix of mine. It’s a very commercial project this time with basicly only anthems in the mix. It’s only around 30 mins. and deffo worth your attention if you are into party dubstep. You can check it out and download or listen here.
For a full tracklisting, go the soundcloud page (by clicking on the mix name) and download the artwork, or view the mix information on soundcloud. Any feedback welcomed.

The Anthem Drops @ Soundcloud (click on this to download artwork or view full tracklist)

Cheers.

My Dubstep Remixes : Revisited

Posted in General News on February 2, 2010 by joeki2000

I just wanted to take the time to gather all my recordings into one post with all info included.
So here goes .

August 2009 Mix :

01 : Guido feat. Aarya – Beautiful Complication (dubplate version)
02 : Skream – Trapped in a Dark Bubble (tectonic)
03 : Distance & Cyrus – Surrender (chestplate)
04 : Mala – Lean Forward (dmz)
05 : Sukh Knight – Cop Killer (nasha)
06 : Saviour – Scaffold (stainage dub)
07 : Rusko – Sound Guy is My Target (sub soldiers)
08 : Coki – Square Off (dancing demons)
09 : Mode – Recall (z-audio)
10 : Kromestar – Coca Cola (southside dubstars)
11 : Mala & Coki – Haunted (dmz)
12 : Distance – Nighvision [skream rmx] (planet mu)

link (21.21 mb)

October 2009 Mix :

01 : Breakage – Higher (digital soundboy)
02 : JSL – Fight Dub (kraken recordings)
03 : Trolley Snatcha – Scattah (dub police)
04 : Skream – Filth (tempa)
05 : Skream – Simple City (tempa)
06 : Mala –  Changes (deep medi musik)
07 : Mala –  Lean Forward (dmz)
08 : Mensah – Not a Shy Girl (lo-dubs)
09 : Jakes – Rock tha Bells (h.e.n.c.h.)
10 : The Prodigy – Take me To the Hospital [rusko rmx] (hospital)
11 : Joker & Ginz – Stash (hyperdub)
12 : Gemmy – Rainbow Road (planet mu)
13 : Hyetal – Neon Speech (soul motive)
14 : Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (hotflush)

Link (24.24 mb)

Chestplate Mutilashun Mix ( November 2009 )

01 : Loefah – System (tectonic)
02 : Skream – Chest Boxing (tempa)
03 : Cyrus – Bounty (tectonic)
04 : Skream – Wiggly (southside dubstars)
05 : Slack – Kick in the Floor (dark circles)
06 : Rob Sparx – To be in Love (sparx)
07 : Rob Sparx – What u Gonna Do (migrate)
08 : Skream – Just Being Me (southside dubstars)
09 : Skream – Rutten (tempa)
10 : Ed Solo – Watch Your Eyes (sludge)
11 : Skream – Filth (tempa)
12 : Skream – Simple City (tempa)
13 : Mala – Changes (deep medi musik)
14 : Mala – Lean Forward (dmz)
15 : Coki – Spongebob (dmz)
16 : Loefah – Mud (dmz)
17 : Marlow – Bandwagon Junglist (boka recordings)
18 : Hyetal – Neon Speech (soul motive)
19 : Sub Focus – Coming Closer (ram)
20 : Pinch – Attack of the Giant Robot Spiders (planet mu)

Link (33.12 mb)

Everything can also be streamed at those locations.  Remeber to either purchase the records you like on vinyl. For some however this is impossible since they are sold out or currently out of print. A digital download is your awnser. Check juno download or any other quality website. Some tunes are also out on CD which are more widely available than some of the vinyl only releases. Some tunes (like many of the DMZ releases) are just generally out of print. Enjoy them in this mix.
Support the scene! Cheerz.

Dubstep 2009 : The Best tracks, Remixes

Posted in General News on January 8, 2010 by joeki2000

After having taken a look at some of the most consistent 12″ of the year 2K9, it’s tim to go indepth on the best tracks and remixes of 2K9, starting with the tracks.

The Best 25 tracks of 2009 :
in alphabetical order : artist – track (label)

Blue Daisy – Wolf (black acre)
Coki – Square Off (dancing demons)
Darkstar – Aidy’s Girl is a Computer (hyperdub)
Emalkay – When I look at You (dubpolice)
Excision & Datsik – Swagga (ex7)
Falty DL – Human Meadow (planet mu)
Guido – Way You Make Me Feel (punch drunk)
Headhunter – Sex At the Prom (tempa)
Hyetal – Pixel Rainbow Sequence (reduction)
Ikonika – We Could be Icons (planet mu)
Jakes – Rock tha Bells (hench)
Joker & Ginz – Purple City (kapsize)
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (hotflush)
Jus Wan – Azure (pushing red)
Marlow – Cattle Prod (no comply)
Noah D – Seeeriouss! (subway)
Pangaea – Memories (whitelabel)
Radikal Guru – Dub Down Babylon (dubbed out)
Search & Destroy – Blue Mantra (destructive)
Sigha & Spherix – Seperation (immerse)
Skream – Just Being Me (southside dubstars)
Synkro – Autumn (synkro)
Synkro – My Own World (mindset)
Truth – The Fatman (deep medi musik)
Untold – Sweat (hotflush)

So get these tracks on vinyl or digital download asap and you’ll know what 2K9 was all about. It’s got all sorts of dub : from filthy bits, to deep tunes, from wonky to cross over, from 130 to 150 bpm’s. It’s all there. Check these out!

The 10 Best Remixes of 2009 :
In alphabetical order, released tunes only (no dubs).
Original Artist – track name [ Remix by ]

2nd II None – Waterfallz [ Peverelist Remix ]
Deepchild – Wannadoo [ Gravious Remix ]
Distance – Nightvision [ Skream Remix ]
DJ Madd- Someone [ Breakage Remix ]
Jose James – Blackmagic [ Joy Orbison Remix ]
Kontext – Plumes [ Relocate Remix ]
La Roux – In For The Kill [ Skream Remix ]
Rob Sparx – What U Gonna Do [ Numbernin6 Remix ]
Skream & Cluekid – Sandsnake [ Goth-Trad Remix ]
The Prodigy – Take Me To The Hospital [ Rusko Remix ]
Zarif – Over [ Breakage Remix ]

Dubstep 2009 : The best 12″

Posted in General News on January 4, 2010 by joeki2000

Here is an overview of some of the best 12″ dubstep related to come out this year. No full albums in this list, no EP’s either and no dubplates. More on that will follow shortly when I have some more time. The list is generally in alphabetical order by the way.

Breakage – Together / Rain (digital soundboy)
Breakage has been one of the top producers this year. His deep and slower tunes really speak to me as they provide a somewhat old school vibe. Dark dubstep from the 2006/2007 era with great atmospherics. Breakage released a number of tracks this year (including some awesome remixes) but his best and most consistent one was this. The A side is a dark throbbing nodder whilst the AA side is a melodic track suited for blazing out.

Burial & Four Tet – Wolf Cub / Moth (text recordings)
The two tracks are collaborations and both artists take about up 50% of each track. The A side has the two-step rhythm’s of Burial matched with the Four Tet melodies, vice versa on the other side. Moth is surely the superior track with it’s melodies and haunting vocal samples. We want more Burial in 2010.

DJ Madd – Someone / [Breakage remix] (blackbox)
DJ Madd has been a guarantee for quality deeper tunes with a garage touch and some melodic qualities. This shone through most in this track. But it’s really about the remix for me, where Breakage just adds a very dark and heavy atmosphere to the track.

Giant – Drumstick / Swoosh (h.e.n.c.h.)
Let’s face it, we need dance floor crackers in this list too. And this was one of the heaviest about. Also very catchy. There is no compromise in this Russian DJ’s style. Either you brock out, or leave the floor.

Guido – Beautiful Complication / Chakra (punch drunk)
Guido did a hell of a job representing the funky Bristol sound. His other 12″ also deserves a place on this list. But this one is just a little bit superior. The vocal contribution by Aarya is marvellous and the melodic qualities of Chakra are endless. Shake it baby.

Hyetal – Neon Speech / Gold Or Soul (soul motive)
More Bristol based sounds  from Hyetal. His Pixel Rainbow Sequence tune was probably the number one pick along with ‘We Should light a fire’ (featured on MAH compilation cd). But this 12 was the most consistent one as both sides are worth a listen. Heavy bass, great nostalgic melodies and swirling garage rhythms.

Indigo & SYNKRO – Runes / My Own World (mindset)
Indigo perfects the dub techno style, whilst SYNKRO provides the usual garage-inspired quality matched on this cut with a vocal sample from Marvin Gay. What more do you need (other than a spliff perhaps.)

Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo / Wet Look (hotflush)
The A side is a strong contender for track of the year but the aa side is also a much overlooked gem. In my opinion Joy Orbison is easily the best new producer to emerge in 2009. A fresh style in dub forefronted by others like Falty DL. His other 12″ on doldrum is also very good and I can’t wait to hear more from him in 2010.

Kryptic Minds – Life Continuum / Wondering Why (osiris musik)
Kryptic Minds had a slew of releases out this year, each and everyone loaded with quality. But this is probably their most overlooked one. It is also the best one. The A side is a dark stepper in the same style as the full length album but the aa side offers a different approach mixing in a garage/2 step rhythm and gorgeous vocal sample.

Lung – Afterlife / Time (kokeshi)
A late release but surely worth the wait. Though I find his tracks a little thin on the production side (and the rhythm sections a little overcrowded), I can’t help but fall in love with the melodic qualities of both these tracks.

Pangaea – Memories / (whitelabel)
Though his 12″ on hotlfush is also  certainly a contender, this single sided 12″ will also top many end of year lists. Epic swirling rhythms and another beautiful vocal sample make this one hard to forget.

SYNKRO – Everyday / Tell Me (synkro)
SYNKRO could have been on here with any single release as far as I’m concerned. He has been one of the consistent top producers of the last two years. I chose this one simply because it only contains two tracks, but really, any of his releases will do.

Truth – The Fatman / Stolen Children (deep medi musik)
One of the bangers of 2009 which I will always remember. Dark, hard, dance floor dub. You need to have it.

Note that these 12″ have been selected for consistency. It doesn’t mean they are the best tracks. It means both sides are consistent and you can’t go wrong when buying them. I will mention a few other 12″ that are less consistent, but might contain better tracks, later when I talk about the best producers/tracks/remixes of the year in the next edition soon to come.

November Dubstep Mix

Posted in General News on November 24, 2009 by joeki2000

Yet more dubstep!
I return with another edition of my monthly mix. This time I wanted to go for a more old school vibe but I couldn’t help throwing in some of the nastier tunes of 2009 as well.  The tracks range from bits released back in 2005 up to as recent as this month. I’ve tried recording it as loud and heavy as possible and that pretty much worked with the raw file but I feel that it’s lacking a bit in that department after the conversion. Unfortunately I messed up one mix a little bit (you’ll notice which one…).  Anyway here is the track list and the download link and I hope you enjoy it.
This one goes out to the Heist Dubstep Alliance. You can drop us a line right here or on facebook if you feel like it ( group Dubstep Heist-op-den-Berg). Cheers and see you soon (perhaps this weekend at Leuven where Bar 9 is performing ??) .

Tracklist :

01 : Loefah – System (tectonic, 2006)
02 : Skream – Chest Boxing ( Tempa, 2007 )
03 : Cyrus – Bounty ( Tectonic, 2005 )
04 : Skream – Wiggly ( Southside Dubstars, 2009 )
05 : Slack – Kick in the Floor ( Dark Circles, 2009 )
06 : Rob Sparx ft. Zurcon – What U Gonna Do ( Migrate, 2009 )
07 : Rob Sparx – In Love ( Sparx, 2009 )
08 : Skream – Just Being Me ( Southside Dubstars, 2009 )
09 : Skream – Rutten ( Tempa, 2006 )
10 : Ed Solo – Watch Your Eyes  ( Sludge, 2008 )
11 : Skream – Filth  ( Tempa, 2008 )
12 : Skream – Simple City ( Tempa, 2008 )
13 : Mala – Changes ( Deep Medi Musik, 2007 )
14 : Mala – Lean Forward ( DMZ,2007 )
15 : Coki – Spongebob ( DMZ, 2007 )
16 : Loefah – Mud  ( DMZ, 2006 )
17 : Marlow – Bandwagon Junglist ( Boka Recordings, 2009 )
18 : Hyetal – Neon Speech  ( Soul Motive, 2009 )
19 : Sub Focus – Coming Closer ( RAM Records, 2009 )
20 : Pinch – Attack of the Giant Robot Spiders ( Planet Mu, 2009 )

Download Here

(You can also stream it at that location!)

October Dubstep Minimix

Posted in General News on October 6, 2009 by joeki2000

I Took the time to record another dubstep mini mix. Needless to say this new edition surpasses last months by a mile.  I feel this mix is a lot more professional and complete. It shows the wide variaty of styles within the dubstep genre in less than half an hour and 15 tracks.
It moves from slow and dark stuff over into wobble, into dance floor crackers into wonky and garage influenced sounds. Again some older tracks mixed in with recent releases. I feel this worked quite well again.
Some of the mixes aren’t 100% accurate, but hey, that’s life.  Plus it adds a human element to it all.
Again, support the artists and buy the music if you can. I Love Dub Music!

Tracklist & Download link below!

01 : Breakage – Higher (Digital Soundboy)
02 : JSL – Fight Dub (Kraken)
03 : Trolly Snatcha – Scattah (Dub Police)
04 : Skream – Filth (Tempa)
05 : Skream – Simple City (Tempa)
06 : Mala – Changes (DMZ)
07 : Mala & Coki – Lean Forward (DMZ)
08 : Mensah – Not a Shy Girl (Lo-Dubs)
09 : Coki – Goblin (Ringo)
10 : Jakes – Rock the Bells (H.E.N.C.H.)
11 : The Prodigy – Take me to the Hospital [Rusko Remix] (Hospital)
12 : Joker & Ginz – Stash (Hyperdub)
13 : Gemmy – Rainbow Road (Planet Mu)
14 : Hyetal – Neon Speech (Soul Motive)
15 : Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Hotflush)

Linkage ( 26.28 minutes / 24.24 mb)