RBP002 | 31.11.12 | Killian

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Easy! Back in the lab with the Robot seeking out some of the finest bass music out there. Theres all styles on there from deep Panda cut, rolling jungle vibes from Phil Tangent and ARP XP right through to the sounds of fellow Mancunians Qualmsound and Earl Grey. All of this is capped off with the mighty Pawcut and a new badman track from RDubz. Dig it! Stream or download the 320 from the link below

Dub – Panda
Too Much War – RSD
Beat Of The Drum (Throwing Snow RMX) – Happa
Omun – Qualmsound
Beneath – Stiver
Romero (Earl Grey RMX) – Floral
Restitution – Phil Tangent
Surrealism – ARP XP
Shadowlands – Lynx & Hellrazor
Soul Truth – Gerwin
Elegy – Pawcut
Too Much Expectation – RDubz

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Transmit Sessions Volume XII – Dekoi

Whilst we have been busy tinkering with the back end of The Robot it’s been a minute since a we have had a Transmit mix gracing the home page. Now, thankfully, the wait is over. We have recieved an awesome blend from resident Mancunian Liquid Drum & Bass and sometimes Dubstep producer Dekoi. Featuring a myriad of vibes, the backbone of the mix is jazzy liquid DnB. Notable favourites in here from Grifta, Dramatic & dBaudio and Electrosoul System.

We also took time to put Dekoi in the interrogation room with our Robot. Here’s what he had to say;

What is Dekoi all about? What do you try to put across in your music, and what inspires you most? 

Firstly i’d like to thank you for having me on Robot Bodypop and taking an interest in my music. Dekoi is all about the music! aha but seriously I’m not trying to convey any political messages or anything, just trying to make music that people can enjoy as well as having my personal progression and sense of constant improvement. I’d say what inspires me most is the music i listen to, not just dnb but jazz, soul, funk, ambient, house etcetera. I learn new things from every song I listen to and try and use them to make my music more original. But also hearing positive things about my music inspires me to keep at it, if I hadn’t had positive feedback from friends and family I would have given up a long time ago.

You’ve had releases on Echowide Music and Liquid Tones to date – What’s next? Any chance of an album? 

I currently have another 2 tunes coming out on Echowide and a collab with Mayforms coming out on Promo audio. I often think i’d love to do an album but I also think i’d rather wait and release one in a couple years when I’m really getting somewhere with my music. I don’t want to release an album only to find in a months time that all the tunes need improving. (though I guess it’s always going be like that as a producer)

True! So what was the first piece of music you ever bought? How did your tastes develop to arrive at where you are now? 

I wasn’t really into music until I was about 12, my mate gave me a Drum And Bass Arena CD mainly filled with jump up which I wasn’t quite into but when I heard High Contrast’s Eternal Optimist I knew DnB was the thing for me, so I went off and bought High Contrasts Confidential album. This lead me to checking out all the old Hospital mixes and their extensive back catalogue. I was disappointed with Hospital Records’ more recent releases because they lacked that soulful, jazzy vibe. I hadn’t realised there were modern producers making the stuff, and one day I stumbled upon Fokuz Recordings and the huge tree of similar liquid labels – I haven’t looked back since. I have started looking into many different genres in the past year, broadening my musical tastes and knowledge.

What’s the weirdest/most random sample or sound you have ever used in a tune? 

I once made a tune using only guitar that i had recorded. I can’t play guitar but that didn’t really matter because it didn’t have any strings! I just recorded random percussive sounds with it and through a lot of experimentation I managed to make synths and bass lines out of it.

Skills! Who would you most like to collab with? 

Aww man that’s too open a question and i’m too indecisive so heres a few: Dave Owen, Blue Motion, mSdoS, Eveson, Random Movement and Intelligent Manners are all at the top of the list – sorry, I can’t pick one!

What sort of music will we be listening to in ten years time? 

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm… I just don’t know.

Ok, well that brings us to our final question. What’s the largest animal you could throw over a crossbar?

I wouldn’t dare throw any animal anywhere unless it was small enough to throw really far so I guess something like a mouse or a frog, but that’s just cruel ey?

Not sure if The Robot has ever considered the ethics of this question to be honest! Here we go..

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C:\>RECEIVING TRANSMIT #XII
C:\>CALLSIGN : DEKOI
C:\>COMMENCE TRANSMIT

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1. LTJ Bukem – Watercolours
2. The Peter Nice Trio – Harp Of Gold
3. Command Strange – Vanilla Dream
4. Well Being – Storms By Streetlight
5. Brother – Get To Know
6. Grifta – Tomorrow
7. Bachelors Of Science – Bounce
8. Silent Dust – 1959 (Calibre Remix)
9. Savage Rehab – Quiet Stars
10. Andy Sim – Palm Trees (Brother Remix)
11. Mutt – Womack
12. Mayforms – Get You Off My Mind
13. Electrosoul System – In The Morning
14. Dekoi – Your Love
15. Capsika – Ghost Orchid
16. Madmen & Poets – Reached Out
17. Well Being – Lend Me Your Troubles
18. Fracture & Survival – Tracks Of Time
19. Redeyes Feat Mutt – Sugar
20. Submorphics – Step In The Spot
21. Concept & Shneck – Bedford Avenue
22. Atlantic Connection – 1979
23. Mayforms – This Is Love Girl
24. Nookie – I Love The Way
25. Dramatic & dbAudio – Subtle Shaking
26. Well Being – When You’re Not Around
27. Intelligent Manners – Still
28. Mayforms – Get High
29. Random Movement – Waterlogged
30. Dekoi – Beautiful Life
31. Intelligent Manners – Close My Eyes
32. Dekoi – Thinking About Thinking
33. Arp XP Feat. Estel Luz – Closer (Stunna Remix)
34. Blue Motion – Fallen
35. Dominic Ridgeway & Displaced Paranormals – City Of Gods
36. Ink & Getz – Road Runner
37. Savage Rehab – Bloom
38. Teebee – Untitled Jazz

www.soundcloud.com/dekoiuk

Dekoi on Juno

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Actraiser – The 160 Sessions Vol 2 (Footwork Jungle Mix) | FREE DOWNLOAD

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, Chrissy Murderbot 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.

www.soundcloud.com/actraiser

Distinction : /mikst#1/ : FREE DOWNLOAD

About a month ago we featured a huge sounding Usher remix  from London based Producer/DJ Distinction. He also recently smashed the main room of the legendary Fabric club at the Dub Police night there at the end of August. It was that set that inspired  the first instalment in a new series of mixes.

/mikst#1/ is what DJing is all about, or should be. We are treated to a wealth of bass exploring early Dubstep stylings, Hip Hop, Grime and Trap beats perfectly melded together in an interesting and varied set, featuring a wide selection of artists from all corners such as Baauer, XXYYXX, Girl Unit, TNGHT, Redlight, Darq E Freaker, Matty G, and Diplo on the playlist.

There’s more to come from Distinction in the near future too:

Having started to experiment outside the confines of any particular genre, Distinction’s recent releases have sided more towards the influence of R&B music on his production, having released his massive ‘Swim Good’ and ‘Climax’ Refix’s, which have received support online from sites like Hypetrak, StupidDOPE and SB.TV amongst others. The tracks have caused quite a stir online & are set to appear on his highly anticipated RVST mixtape, which is to be released in the near future.

Here’s the full /Mixst#1/ mix for free stream and download including full tracklist. Go grab it.

01. Distinction ::: Mɪkst Keep Witching Intro
02. XXYYXX ::: Witching Hour
03. S-X ::: Wooo
04. Major Lazer ::: Original Don [Flosstradamus Remix]
05. The Bug Feat. Flowdan ::: Jah War [Loefah Remix]
06. Redlight ::: MDMA
07. Childish Gambino Feat. Schoolboy Q & Ab Soul ::: Unnecessary
08. Distinction & Sonar Cousin ::: Infinite
09. Usher ::: Climax [Distinction Refix]
10. UZ ::: Trap Shit v7
11. Matty G ::: My 808
12. Joker & Rustie ::: Tempered
13. Girl Unit ::: Wut
14. Sinjin Hawke ::: Crystal Dust
15. Darq E Freaker Feat. Danny Brown ::: Blueberry
16. RL Grime ::: Trap On Acid
17. Taiki & Nulight ::: Im Comin
18. Baauer ::: Harlem Shake
19. TNGHT ::: Goooo
20. Kruegar :::  Neva Knew [Baauer Remix]
21. Sleigh Bells ::: Demons [Diplo Remix]
22. Piff Gang ::: MHC
23. UZ ::: Trap Shit v9
24. Baauer ::: My Nose
25. Flosstradamus ::: Rollup
26. Diplo ::: Express Yourself [Gent & Jawns Remix]
27. TNGHT ::: Higher Ground
28. Carling Ruse ::: Find U [Ruddyp Remix]
29. Frank Ocean ::: Swim Good [Distinction Refix]

http://soundcloud.com/ukdistinction

Transmit Sessions Volume XI – Mloski

A regular in recent months on the Robot Bodypop show, Bulgarian producer Mloski got busy to provide us with a guest mix that showcases his own work. With releases on all the Bulgarian netlabels such as Jisatsuken, Mahorka, Monokom and Stretching Spaces as well as releasing his 5 track EP ‘No Face Hero’ on Russian label Otium, it was his long player ‘Labyrinth’ on ABCD that hooked us onto his sound. Beautiful soundscapes punctured with deep rhythms and solid beats made us excited to get the man in not only for a guest spot but to also find out a bit more about who’s behind these fresh vibes.

1. Greetings. You’re from Varna in Bulgaria. Tell us a bit about the music scene there

Varna is not a huge scene for that type of music. The focus is on more commercial genres. There is a Bulgarian scene but it`s small and the growth is there to be seen but is not significant especially compared to bigger countries.

2. How did you end up producing the music you do? What journey did you take musically?

I`ve created music for many years now. My early days were mostly ambient, drum and bass and IDM. Write now I`m using dub step elements in my music. I have many influences, I listen to a lot of different types of music, not only electronic. For instance – I love jazz. As far as what I`m making right know, I got there from within, led by intuition. I am not aiming for a specific style, I am going for the emmotional charge and the message of the tracks.

3. Do you get the opportunity to play out live and if so tell us about the best gig you’ve played

Yeah, I do. I get invited to open-air festivals annualy, where I can make my fans happy with some of my new stuff. It is almost always moments to remember, because the festivals are held in great locations, either up in the mountains or close to the beach. The nature here is breathtaking and the people are always great. They come for the music and the great atmosphere. If I had to pick one , I`d say Artmospheric Festival is one of the more significant ones in Bulgaria.

4. Whats your favourite record in your collection?

It`s hard to say, they are so many..but FSOL – Dead Cities is one that I have a special appreciation for.

5. Do you have any ideas for a dream collaboration

I would love to collaborate with many musicians, but two of the dream choices would have to be Brian Eno and Harold Budd.

6. We have featured your Labyrinth LP on the Robot Bodypop quite heavily. It’s a beautiful record. How long did it take to put it all together and were you pleased with the final result?

I am very happy you enjoyed the album. It took me about seven or eight months. My producer and I had an idea for an EP with a few tracks and remixes, originally. We started at a few tracks and ended up with a whole album. I am happy with the outcome. I managed to make what I set out to do and I really conveyed the idea and the concept of the album as I wanted.

7. What have you got planned for the future?

To make more music and put more time and effort into it. That’s what I want to do the most.

8. Tell us about some people to keep an eye on whos music youre feeling

There are many musicians in Bulgaria that are making very beautifull and interesting music. 1000 names, Cooh/Balkansky, Esem , Poligon Ring, Kink – are some of the musicians on the Bulgarian scene I often follow. From outside the country I can strongly recommend anything coming out of Project Mooncircle Records

9. Do you have any plans to come to the UK?

I would very much like to visit the UK, but I still haven`t had the chance. If I got an invite to perform there, I`d definitely go. .

10. Recently we have been amazed at the bass music Eastern Europe has been producing. Why do you think EE is excelling at making such deep tracks?

I think it`s the Slavic gene and spirit at play. We are very warm and emotional people and most of the countries here have a predominantly Slavic population. That might be were the depth is coming from.

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

Maybe a dog, but I wouldn’t do that 🙂

You can check out the full ‘Labyrinth’ album here where amazingly you can name your price

This album is available from Ivan Shopov’s ABCD label and theres a ton of music to check out on there

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Djinn – Outlook 2012 Mix

Yeah we’re not there this year either which sucks but in the meantime, stream / download Manchesters own Djinn selecting exclusively for DRS Virus radio. Captures the vibe perfectly of what you can expect from her sets over there this year. Thats right, sets, plural. Lucky sods. Some of Djinns own productions in here alongside some dubs and forthcoming releases and the vibe is deep throughout. Get involved.

eleven8 – Alone
Indigo – Primal
Nanobyte – Ironore
Kryptic Minds – Rule of Language
Razor Rekta – Airborne
Zomby – Liquid Dancehall
Djinn – Something You Know
Thelem – Elemental Fears
Djinn – Deadbeat [tease]
Myrkur – Dancing In The Dark
Quantum Soul – Evocation
The Dub Mechz- Talking To The Gods
Vex’d – Fire
Toasty – The Knowledge

http://www.virus.ch/

The Robot Bodypop | First Annuary Podcast

Big up yourself if you have been listening since our first show dropped here last August. If you are one of the many people who regularly return here each fortnight then this mix is for you! Please be kind enough to show click ‘like’ and your apprecation by sharing on whichever social networks take your preference.

We know you are going to love this mix which is made up of only the creme de la creme – the most hitting productions ever featured in our back catalog of shows. We’ve got Transmit contributors Clueless, Janner and REKchampa, stand out remixes from Distance and Scuba along with some great home grown talent in the shape of Chimpo, Metrodome & Stak One –  Make sure you don’t miss out. Download below in full 320kbps.