Robot Bodypop 21.07.12

artwork by Matt Spangler

A killer is someone or something that kills, such as a murderer. “Killer” is also a slang term, an adjective denoting something of excellence or a high standard

Bring that slang over here because its more than appropriate. Absolute beast of a show this week on the Robot Bodypop. 1nejack is back within the atmosphere dropping gems and Killian comes with a Transmit mix so out there you might as well stick it in a time capsule and dig it up 20 years.

As always there’s the raw deep beats, this week most notably supplied by Tay, REKChampa and Beats Antique. There’s also freebies for fun such as cuts from Chimpo and an exclusive or two from Hectic & beat fiend Rdubz.

Topped off with a mix that literally pushes audio boundaries. Not even talking in cliches here. Ken Evil serves up 40 minutes of Juke, bass and all manner of original beats in the Transmit mix.



Sugar Rush – Rdubz
Raindancer – Sorrow
Build – Clueless
Mindgrow – Moses
Lost In Tokyo (Jacques Greene Remix) – Koreless
Arrow (Feat. Koreless) – Jacques Greene
Let You Love Me (XXYYXX Remix) – Tinashe
Forever – REKchampa
Soaring – Shigeto
Lofticries – Purity Ring
Shrine – Beats Antique
Crossfader (feat. Kid Koala & D-Styles) – DJ Kentaro
Kemistry (Justin Martin Remake) – Goldie


Spatial – Tay
Just People Step – Chimpo
One Day VIP – Londy
Start Stop – Hectic
Badman Place – Busy Signal ft Movado (Hi Enz & M.E.S.P RMX)

TRANSMIT #9 – Ken Evil

Set It – Dream Continuum
Calling All Freaks – Traxman
B Free – Dream Continum
uFancy Restaurant (Machinedrum Remix) – Gang Colors
Regis Chillbin – Eprom
All I Do Is (Smoke Trees) – DJ Manny
Torture Track – DJ Diamond
Wreckage – DJ Diamond
Pop The Trunk – DJ Diamond
Footwurk Homicide – DJ Nate
Burn Dat Boi – DJ Metro
Door(s) – Machinedrum
When You – Tha Pope
The Statue – Machinedrum
Lost Without You – DJ Roc
I Can’t Control The Feeling – DJ Roc
Giv A Lil Love – Dream Continuum
Free – DJ Nate

Transmit Sessions Volume IX | Ken Evil

The Transmit Sessions are all about musical origins, explorations and boundaries. This weeks guest mix, courtesy of Bass Camp head honcho Ken Evil, touches them all. It’s probably the most exciting mix so far and the selector took a minute to speak to the Robot Bodypop:

1. Tell us about the Drum Music collective you’re involved in

A. Drum Music has been running for over 7 years now and is primarily a collection of DJs, producers and live musicians all living in the Manchester area. We’ve been putting on monthly events in various venues across Manchester since January 2005 when Grandmaster Rufmouth kicked it all off. The event features an eclectic selection of residents tracing the history of dance music right back to it’s roots in live African drumming. We always feature a live set from from MCR premiere African drumming ensemble Tanante and used to have a couple of resident human beatboxers at one time. From time to time we’ve had guest DJs and live acts but at the moment we’re looking for a new home

2. Whats your most memorable night at Bass Camp?

A. There’s been a lot of events I’ve put on that I’m very proud of and it’s hard to pick just one but I guess the Deep Medi night Bass Camp co-hosted with Exodus from Leeds at K2. We had the entire Neuron Pro-Audio Void sound system set up for that one and the whole building was vibratring. We had Mala, Quest, Bass Camp regular Hijak, V.I.V.E.K on his first outing to Manchester, Exodus b2b with myself and the legendary Sgt Pokes and Subliminal on the mic. Mala enjoyed it so much he gave back most of his fee!!


3. How do you feel about how close knit the Manchester community is and why do you think Manchester continues to pump out quality producers and artists?

A. Manchester is a small city and everyone does know everyone, I like that about the place. If you go out regularly to good underground events you very easily end up getting to know people involved in the scene, ideas are exchanged and people colaborate and influence one another. I met MAKO who I’ve been working on some productions with that way. It’s a city with a positive vibe and that comes out in the music I think.

4. Do you feel its important for musicians to keep in touch with fans and followers?

A. I think so, it always impresses me when people like Mala and Chicago’s Juke don Rashad take the time to stay in contact with me. People have busy lives and just staying in touch with friends can be hard enough. It’s nice to be nice.

5. What plans do you have for the future with your events?

A. Well, as a collective Drum Music has just been heavily involved with the Stumblefunk stage at Beatherder this year but I think we all deserve a little holiday after that. A lot of fun but a lot of work. Bass Camp represented too with Djinn and myself playing the final set b2b on Saturday night immediately after Goldie. Man like Kwasi Asante blessed the mic for that one too, I think there’s footage knocking about. September onwards we should have a new home for Drum Music but I think Bass Camp is gonna stay on ice for a while yet.

6. Tell us about some producers we should be looking out for.

A. The producers I’m most excited about at the moment are all coming from over the other side of the pond. People like DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, DJ Nate & DJ Roc from Chicago and Machinedrum from New York. They’re all smashing it in a Juke 160bpm style right now. I’m also really getting into the Moombahton sound and really digging everything I’ve heard from Munchi, from the Dominican Republic but can’t find any vinyl though which is a shame as I pretty much exclusively play out on that.


7. Whats your favourite track in your collection and why?

A. I don’t have a favourite piece of vinyl but I do have a most priced and precious piece; the only dubplate that exists of the original version of ‘Kingdom of Zion b/w Ghost of Frankensine’ by the late great DJ Sine (founder of Tanante, co-founder of Stumblefunk Sound System and Drum Music Collective original member)

8. Tell us about your particular music journey from what you started listening to to where you are now.

A. How far do you want to go back?

All the way.

A. I go back a long long way (I’m old in other words)? DJing-wise I started out as a Drum and Bass selector then got into UK Garage and followed the evolution of that sound into Grime and ultimately Dubstep. I’ve always liked tunes that move you and was into some really heavy and dark bands like the Butthole Surfers, Bogshed and Bad Brains back in my late teens and early twenties. There’s so much other stuff I like I could go for ever from Josef K, Ball and Shockabilly to Jeff Buckley to Bowie to Radiohead to The Police to Throwing Muses to Bongwater to Soundgarden etc etc. The late great John Peel was a massive influence on my musical taste in my formative years.

9. Will you be producing more in the future?

A.Yes, with Alex Mako, getting right back on that one soooon

10. Whats the biggest animal you can throw over a crossbar?

A. A Coati…

Free Beats (or option to buy)

So much fresh music this fortnight. I’ve had a good rummage through Bandcamp and found a whole heap of free niceness. Good for me as I am on the verge of being destitute after an expensive trip away in the south of France. Good for you because we put all the great swag we find in one place for your ease and enjoyment. Whilst you can get all of these for free, you should pay the price you think is right where requested. The artists will certainly appreciate it.

So with heaps more grace than a grumpy French waitress allow me to present to you the first of the show’s offerings; The XXYYXX remix of Tinashe‘s “Let You Love Me’. Go on. Sniff it.

That wasn’t half bad, but wait ’til you hear what’s next – ‘Mind Grow’ by Moses had me reeling from the vibes coming off it. It must be the garlic.

Next up, ethnically inclined duo Beats Antique explore some rhythmic eastern themes in this great free album also available on Bandcamp. Check out our featured track ‘Shrine’. Very palatable.

Eleven8 – SOLACE002 (Alone/Remember Me/Scythe)

The second release from the Solace camp comes from Eleven8, one time Drum & Bass and now deep Dubstep producer with an ear for haunting intro’s and scurrilously dirty beats. Here he is talking about this release in an interview he did recently for KMag.

Preview the full release here:

Out July 23rd on Solace Recordings.

You can also pick up Eleven8‘s recent podcast for Solace free from their Soundcloud, or of course right here.

Fields – Utopia Music 009

Utopia Music are set to drop their latest single on Monday 23rd July and the new release sees Fields on production. With releases on Mars, Symmetry and Ingredients already under his belt, Fields breathes life into D&B with this double A side.

‘Elemntal’ is a progressive roller with harmonic stabs that set the pace for a smooth vibe with atmospheric pads taking you up. The track builds beautifully and carries you right through. A head nodder and a dancefloor track.

‘BTC’ on the AA side is a dark and techy number that eases you in before attacking with sonic hits and twisted bass.

Label boss MAKO certainly knows what direction he wants Utopia Music to go in and its refreshing to know people still want to step outside the norm and formulaic to make drum and bass that sounds this good.

Bag it.

Fields on Soundcloud

Utopia Music

MC DRS – Count To Ten ft. Enei

I first met DRS skateboarding in Manchester. Albert Square was a plaza for wheeled talent and Del used to drop by with Matt Harfield. This was back in the 90’s and I still remember being shocked that this friendly and humble guy was also the voice of LTJ Bukems Progression Sessions alongside Conrad. Fast forward a decade and more and DRS has firmly rooted himself within Manchester’s history. Del is a musician, producer, MC & illustrator and his new long player ‘I don’t usually like MC’s but…’ is about to drop and from a punters point of view it’s one of the most anticipated releases of the year. As well as his hard work with Broke ‘N’ English and the Estate Recordings camp, DRS has managed to put together an album which both himself and his peers are incredibly proud of. The debut single ‘Count To Ten’ ft. Enei is making serious waves most notably since Kasra featured it on his Fabric Live release.

A testament to the albums quality is it’s release on Marcus Intalex’s Soul:R label. ‘Count To Ten’ with ‘Holding On’ featuring Jehst, Lenzman and Riya on the flip is out to buy on 23rd July at any retailer worth its salt.

DRS talks about the forthcoming single:

A. Count to Ten
“This is the second of a trilogy of tunes me Alex (Enei) and Kasra have put
together. Its a play on the count to ten technique used to hold down a bad
temper, which not a lot of people know I do have. I manage to tame it most of the
time but people who are close to me have seen its very ugly face! This tunes
about how I feel before I lose control!! I am not glamourising this in anyway, but
a heavyweight tune came out of telling the tale. Its the part of my character I’m
most ashamed of. If my music is anything its honest.”

AA. Holding On

“This is the first of the two Lenzman collabs. Another sumer roller, driven by a
hip hop piano. It reminded of some old UK hip hop sample, thats what gave me
the idea to get my mate Jehst on this riddim (making his dnb debut). I put my
verse down first, an insight into the actual logistic of life on the road and the
bullshit that comes with it. Jehst followed suit. and desecrated the tune. While
he was recording his verse I came up with the hook. I put it down and we sent it
to Lenzman. He suggested getting Riya to sing along with my hook! oof! that was
the icing on the cake. Bleak,but at the same time feel good. some how??

Bag the single and prepare for the LP and in the meantime you can roll through Del’s influences via the Youtube playlist below. Hardly surprising that its full of warm harmonies and pinnacle tracks.

Clearly a man who understands his music and is right on the cutting edge of whats new, DRS is making himself a ridiculously hard act to follow. Inspirational and aspiring are two words that spring to mind. People have tried to tell me that Manchester is stuck in the past & trying to hold onto the music that made the City famous. It’s people like DRS that give us ammunition in countering those ridiculous arguments.