Robot Bodypop 28.04.12

artwork by Mat Mcivor

Once again, all stops have been pulled out for the latest Robot Bodypop show and its a killer selection this week. Theres a number of exclusives from the young and incredibly talented local boy (to us anyway), Metrodome as well as Fracture with his forthcoming release on Warm Communications. Standing by these cuts theres the usual mix of freebies, notably this week from Fetch and Epoxy. No fillers on these shows with bangers such as the Doctor vocal cut, an oldie from SBTRKT and some other personal favourites. Last but not least its the frankly awesome Rekchampa with the latest Transmit guestmix and its all original work by himself and its representing the sound he’s working very hard to forge.

We Are – Roofout
So Clear – Commodo
Pilot Like This – Megalodon & Conscious ft. Doctor
Arpeggiated Goon – Keyed Up
Catharsis – Droid Sector & 3rd Eye
Cut Off – Epoxy
Sun For Days – Fetch
Laika – SBTRKT
Warewolf – Versa & Rowl
Nova – Burial & Four Tet
Lately – Fracture ft. Ella Jones
Tunnel Track – Fracture
You Look Better Dead – Amit ft. Rani
Acid Jackson – Boddika
You – Hatti Vatti (Phaeleh RMX)

Inviolable – Clubroot
Icarus – Peaman
For My Dogz – Rush’d
Standing There – Metrodome

TRANSMIT #5 : REKchampa

REKchampa – Cold Feet
REKchampa – You
REKchampa – Bartenders Theme
REKchampa – Urge
REKchampa – Collapsin ft. Brea
REKchampa – Thinking We Still
REKchampa – Forever
REKchampa – Baby Cheesus
REKchampa – Rollers
REKchampa – Complacent
Morning High & REKchampa – About The Inbox

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Transmit Sessions Vol 5 | REKchampa

ON THIS WEEK’S SHOW:

Imagine a sound comprised from the various elements of US Hip Hop and UK bass music – a hybrid unlike anything heard before yet one which sounds uncannily familiar. Well you need imagine no longer as that is what Stefan Ringer aka REKchampa delivers. His excellent debut album ‘Pocket The Rest’ is out now on San Francisco based Two Circles Records and he has a number of tunes knocking about on  a name your price basis which you really ought to take a listen to.

He is part of an emerging underground scene in the Atlanta area alongside artists such as P VillaTime Wharp, heRobust, Ethereal and Divine Interface. These up and coming artists represent a brand new direction for bass music that people are gradually paying more and more attention to, and whilst the big money currently flows elsewhere this fledgeling scene comes from strong foundations and will continue to grow.

REKchampa kindly took time out to talk to us; Here is what he had to say.

We can definitely hear UK garage influences in your music as well as home-grown hip hop vibes. Which artists from these scenes did you listen to as you came up? Is there anybody in particular you would like to pay homage to for influencing your style?

I enjoyed listening to Timbaland when I was younger..the tracks he made back then are some of my favorites. as I got older I started going into electronic genres..I really enjoyed listening to jungle.. Remark, Ray Keith, Tom and Jerry, ShyFx..

Nice! We are pleased to see that your mix is made up entirely of your own tracks. Is this your blueprint for playing out? What kind of venues have you played to so far and where did you get the best reception?

When asked, I’ll get together an ableton set and play out that way.. But I get a few dj’ing gigs around the city.. Ive played at mostly bars, lounges, medium-sized venues… I like this spot in East Atlanta called 529 they play many different styles of music.. I played there my first time ever doing an ableton set performance… The place was smaller at that time but the crowd was there.. Everyone seemed to be really feeling the set.. The vibe was dope.. All love..

We’ve seen you say that you are trying to get out of the habit of using vocal samples in your beats. Will you produce purely instrumental tracks from now on or are there any vocalists you are planning to write songs with?

I’d say that right now, I am still trying to get away from using vocal samples. I’ve been recording my own voice a bit recently. I have made a few tracks that are purely instrumental. I wouldn’t mind working with a vocalist. I have before.. I would want the vocalist to be experienced in writing lyrics.

We would love to host a show for you here in Manchester. Are there any long term plans to tour in the UK?

I would definitely like to do that..But I would have no idea of how to get something like that together.. I’m novice to touring and things of that nature..I would love to come out there though..

We’ll see what we can do.. Finally, what’s the largest animal you can throw over a crossbar?

Tasmanian tiger.

We would like to thank you for this incredible mix, and we wish you great success for the future!

TRANSMIT V, LAUNCH!

http://soundcloud.com/rekchampa
http://rekchampa.bandcamp.com
http://twitter.com/rekchampa
http://facebook.com/pages/REKchampa

Free Beats

Just a few tracks for free this week but they are varied, solid and more importantly legal because thats how we roll on the Robot Bodypop show. Digging out the freebies so you don’t have to.

First up is a deep dubstep track from young Accrington based Epoxy named ‘Cut Off’. Clean production and fierce sounds make this a must-have. Bag it from the Autopsy Audio Soundcloud page and there’s plenty of other free cuts on there too. Indulge.

Next up is another example of why Bandcamp is a badman source for music both free and paid. ‘Sun For Days’ by Fetch features on this weeks Robot Bodypop show and comes part of a 5 track E.P entitled The Formula Vol.1. Summer vibes going on with some slick guitar hooks. Lovely warm riddim. You can bag it for free but it’s nice to chuck these guys even just a quid for their trouble. Do it. Do it now. All 5 cuts are dope.

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Fracture – Lately / Tunnel Track

Texas based imprint Warm Communications latest cut is a double header from London based Fracture.  Label boss Heath is keen to keep the label diverse whilst pushing some of the finest producers around in Seba, Equinox and Resound to name a few and the new release from Fracture sits perfectly in their catalogue. Both tracks feature on this weeks Robot Bodypop show.

Up first its a sweet remix of Ella Jones’ ‘Lately’ which builds with nice vibes and a track here just in time for the summer.

On the flip the mood is darker with ‘Tunnel Track’ and it’s refreshing to hear D&B sounding this good again. Haunting pads with solid beats gets the head nodding and the feet moving.

Out on May 14th and both cuts perfect for the dancefloor or home. Or on the bus. Or toilet…………you get the idea.

<a href=”http://soundcloud.com/warm-communications”&gt;Warm Communications @ Soundcloud</a>

Clubroot – S​/​T (III – MMXII) I LODUBS

Clubroot is without doubt one of the pioneers of the dubstep/future garage scene. His first album recieved wide acclaim, and despite being somewhat dismissively touted as the next Burial (a rather lazy distinction which is too often used) he has proved a staggering musical force in his own right. The ‘S/T’ (self-titled) trilogy culminates in this third release.

The signature sound is there, deep as we have come to expect, with intricate 2step percussion providing movement in the cold and desolate soundscape. Clocking in at just over an hour in total, there are ambient interludes in the form of ‘Ennio’s Eden’ and ‘Murmur Interlude’ and notable highlights in the shape of oddball unsettler ‘Demon Drum’, the haunting vibes of ‘My Kingdom’ and the hard edged step of ‘Garrison’.

All told, this is a great conclusion to a classic series which is sure to take a prominent place in your CD stack or vinyl collection for years to come. Check below for buy links, this one is out on Lodubs via bandcamp. Oh, and you can catch ‘Inviolable’ on this weeks show.

http://lodubs.bandcamp.com/album/clubroot-s-t-iii-mmxii-lodubs-12001

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/clubroot-iii-mmxii/451914-01/

Rush’d | For My Dogz EP (Forthcoming Square Harmony)

On the Robot Bodypop we espouse 2-step in all it’s incarnations, especially the original old school garage a’la Wookie/Sticky/etc. We bring you something of that distinct 90’s flavour with this nostalgic yet fresh new EP from the one like Rush’d.

The ‘For My Dogz’ EP draws deeply from the original blueprints. The opener -‘Easy’ – is chilled yet anthemic, and we caught vague undertones of The Streets‘ early productions. ‘For My Dogz’ is on a breaksy vibe, and the no doubt familiar old school garage ‘bloop’ sound rolls this one out nicely. Track 3 is a Koalah remix which brings the Juke vibe and comes out sounding all kinds of crazy and fresh. You can preview all 3 tracks below.

Make sure you catch this one on Square Harmony Records from April 23rd. It’s time to take it back folks!

Robot Bodypop 14.04.12

artwork by Zachary Mallett

Another frenetic 2 hour set of some of the finest future beats money can (and can’t) buy. Starting off with some classic Stenchman, there’s also a brand new track by Lorn plus more unreleased goodness from long time supporters Rdubz and Brero. Killian brings slices of up front dnb from Utopia Music and Different Records alongside amen goodness from Earl Grey. In the last part of the show we have the badman sounds of Russian dubstep producer, dj and label boss N.Killah in the Transmit Sessions Volume IV. We’ll have a lot to live up to if we keep bringing it like this!

You Think You Are Hard But You Are Not – Stenchman
Ghosst – Lorn
Sanya TV – Kusto
Here We Come – Kromestar
Electro Sneakers (The Other Side Remix) – Ovrkl
Detroit Falls – Pariah
Be Someone – Scrufizzer
Rattling Cage – Forest Swords
Tape Burn – Midland
Worn – Sangam
Japan – Subaeris
This Is Real – Bwana
Moody – Rdubz
The Old Frequencies – Brero
Romp VIP – El-B feat. Wiley

Still Love You – Heims Noises
Dangerous – Truth feat Yayne
The Chant – Mikal
‘Ave It – Earl Grey
Blabbermouth – Jekyl
Pearls (Ab-Sent & Elki remix) – Sade

TRANSMIT #4 : N.KILLAH

Best Spring – Roofout [NRealm]
Flutter- Sollabong [DubKraft]
Maybe – N.Killah [Forthcoming NRealm]
What U Wanted 2 Feel (Pixelord Remix) – Machinedrum [The Index]
Fogs – Kingdom [Night Slugs]
Omega Point – N.Killah [Forthcoming NRealm]
Centurion – L-Wiz [Dub Police]
Soulfunk – Phaeleh [Free]
X – N.Killah [Forthcoming NRealm]
Minerals – Scuba [Hotflush]
G742 – Kutz [Biscuit Factory]
Other Another – Sunchase [Dubzilla]
Blame – Tunnidge & Distance [Chestplate]
Ordered World – N.Killah [NRealm/Subline]
Close Your Eyes – John Miszt [Free]
The Wrong Path – Nanobyte [Free]
Tes La Rok – Cold Blooded [Tes La Rok]
Blade Runner – Snep [Free]
Bad Boy – Swifta Beater [Swifta Beater]
Eyelashes – Kill Moda [Beauty Default]