Bringing you a shorter podcast than previously, we have decided to change up the format for the coming weeks. Almost all of the content in this podcast is featured in some form in the articles below, so have a scroll down while you listen – after you’ve grabbed a download of the show that is.
Featuring exclusives from Silent Dust, REKchampa and Clueless plus some massive free tunes including an EP from Metrodome and a one off track from the new album by Rudi Zygadlo, there is no drift from our focus on quality music. This is just the beginning of a shift in emphasis that we think will help to make this site one of the best bass music blogs out there. Enjoy!
Love Sundered – Silent Dust
Jaded – Akin
Bartender’s Theme – REKchampa
Yeah – Metrodome
Perfect World (Metrodome Remix) – Gossip
Wool (Janner Remix) – Bunzer0
Russian Dolls – Rudi Zygadlo
Brittle – Clueless
5 Bit Blues – Kid Koala
This one is a concept album after my own heart. Digging in the crates for old school blues legends like Son House, Vancouver-born Kid Koala combines turntablism and glitched lo-fi production with the lumbering guitar and piano riffs of the 12 bar blues, creating something epic.
‘The 12 Bit Blues’ is out now on Ninja Tune. He’s also about to begin a world tour featuring dancers, puppets and a huge cardboard gramaphone(?). Playing Manchester UK on the 13th October.
An impressive leftfield choice for September is Glasgow born producer RudiZygadlo‘s debut album out on Planet Mu entitled ‘Tragicomedies’.
Taking just a pinch of the formula from the current sound of Dubstep and Bass music, this journey through psychadelic piano melodies and vocal harmony draws far more from classic bands like Queen or The Beatles than it does Skream or Benga.
Whichever way you look at it, it is a masterpiece which demands your attention. Earlier this month Rudi kindly released the potent ‘Russian Dolls’ track for free download, so if you are stretched for pennies you can grab before buying the full release.
An instant classic – available now from Planet Mu.
In their third release for None60, production mates Dan Blishen & Andy Hobbs (Silent Dust to you lot) continue in triumphant form. The one thing you can be sure to expect is that they will surpass any expectations.
Immediately ‘Love Sundered’ throws you off. An alarm sound is swiftly smothered by lustrous synths and an unexpected yet well placed 808 snare. Soon we are whisked off into space by climbing pads and a dainty reverberating vocal sample.
On the flip, ‘Tell Me’ is just as beautifully laid out, beginning with a church-like drone that palpitates under a heartfelt vocal. Arpeggiated melodies dance along the higher frequencies to give the track a heavenly atmosphere.
In the eyes of the Robot these cats can do no wrong. Bag it on release from all good digital stores, 8th October 2012.
Full Casual teams up with Brais Larkin to create a stirring melody on a scratchy 2-step vibe, giving grace to an elegant vocal by Kooka. This soul-pleasing release from the Solace camp is backed up by a robust remix from Congi making for yet another formidable release. Prepare your pennies for the release date on the 1st of October.
The multifarious Actraiser returns with the second instalment in his Footwork Jungle mix series. Commencing with a frenetic 160 dancefloor focus, artists such as Fishstix, ChrissyMurderbot and Om Unit grace the playlist as it encroaches further and further into Drum and Bass territory. Taal Mala, Mark Kloud and Plug facilitate a mighty conclusion. Pure quality precisely as we have come to expect. Free to download.
Fresh off the plate from the brilliant Slime Recordings, this debut from Sydney producer Akin comes as a mixed bag of Garage, Drum & Bass and Dubstep. With a melancholic vibe supported by a firm groove, the air tight production immediately made our ears prick.
In we go. ‘Jaded’ commences with unearthly chords giving way to springing 2-step beats backed by a stirring vocal. Garage will never die with producers like Akin keeping it alive. The high benchmark is adhered to on the mournful liquid Drum and Bass track ‘Longing’, with tight drums and melancholy piano phrases. Ending on the deep Dubstep vibes of ‘You Don’t Know’ we are treated to a stunning example of the production we can expect from future releases. One of the most impressive debuts we’ve heard this year. Pre-order from Junoahead of the release on 22nd October.