Big fans of Diffrent Records here at the Robot Bodypop, mostly because each release genuinely stirs something inside leaving us tapping our fingers, nodding our heads or grimacing in pure audio bliss.
The newest plate from the label due out on the 3rd September and Fathom Audio take control for a double A side. Comprising of members Billion, Sense, Codebreaker & Fybe, they keep the vibe deep but the tight production keeps the listener keen.
‘Promises’ eases you in before the stabs of neuro bass carve out the track perfectly with smooth cuts and vocals interweaving.
‘Ridges’ kicks off with a brief invitiation to fly then hits you with a gnarly drum pattern which filters perfectly between elegant and choppy. Love it.
In anticipation of the forthcoming ‘I Don’t Usually Like MC’s But…’ long player from DRS, Soul:R label boss Marcus Intalex teams up with the mic-man himself with a stunning mix featuring cuts from the album. An exclusive to the DataTransmission collective, its a showcase of talents from both DRS and the producers. The LP is set to drop at the album launch party at the ‘Bunch Of Cuts’ night on the 25th August where DRS will feature alongside Marcus Intalex, Dub Phizix, Calibre, dBridge and S.P.Y amongst others. A truly mouth watering line up which serves this release justice. Tune into the mix to see what all the hype is about.
Not ones for sticking to a particular genre or vibe, here at the Robot Bodypop we are feeling this cut from Until Silence which is on a deep house tip. His second offering on the mighty Pushing Red label and one of the strongest releases yet. ‘That Shine’ kicks off with pulsating kicks and a strong vocal commands your attention. ‘Hands Tied’ is straight up feel good house. A solid 4/4 keeps the momentum strong with soulful male vocals thrown on top. Smooth chords bounce with the deep bassline. Love this. Pushing Red is certainly doing all it can to stay a commendable label amassing a serious back catalogue.
Out now and available at any online music retailer worth its salt.
Sometimes when choosing the selection for the Robot Bodypop show, you struggle to include everything we either find or get sent and when you get a gem like this album with 12 solid beats on it it makes it even tougher. But its one of them brilliant struggles if you dig? Simone Deiana is an Italian graphic artist and producer and his debut solo long player ‘Closer’ on French label IM:LTD is a banger. Meticulous attention to detail here makes these sounds incredibly exspansive and very tight. From the future D&B vibes of ‘Uneasy’ to the downbeat title track ‘Closer’ featuring Estel Luz words dont actually do this LP justice. Simply brilliant and refreshing.
The 10th release on the vibrant UK reggae label sees ‘Show Babylon’ by Linval Thompson given the remix treatment. This collective thrives on providing uplifting vibes either in the series of releases or live at any number of festivals. This 4 track sees Dutch bassweight specialist TMSV on remixing duties alongside 3 dub and version cuts of this mighty track. Featured on this weeks Robot Bodypop show its yet another addition to a fine back catalogue and we’re already excited to see what comes out of release 11.
Hopefully you can catch Reggae Roast this summer as the 3 piece soundsystem takes to the road. Check out their website for more info
Hotly anticipated on the Estate Recordings label, wordsmith Skittles returns with his second LP. The album features Skittles own productions alongside Chimpo, Dub Phizix and DRS alongside vocals from Mr Fox and Fallacy. A serious recipe for a long player. The album features cuts released previously as a taster such as ‘Tip-i-Cally’, ‘Boys In Blue’ and the monster ‘Dot2Dot’ as well as some fresh cuts like Robot Bodypop favourite, ‘Lying Here’. As Estate Recordings like to put it:
Imagine a piece of classical music, put it in a blender and add some reggae/ska to it, throw a load of broken instruments in the mix and a few proper cold rappers, sprinkle in some grime an a vinyl,add a bit of pop an pulse until smooth, an you will have nothing like what this album is.
Released on the 5th March in Manchester where you can catch the launch party at The Deaf Institute with a worldwide release following on the 12th March. Pick this album up. Don’t sleep.
Any fan of the Robot Bodypop show quickly realises this is a mouth-watering line-up for us. Alongside Kryptic Minds, Just Skank bring the mighty DJ Madd, Dub Phizix, Killawatt and the rising Compa. A serious line up staged at the Moho Live venue. Theres a second room featuring upcoming talent and the hosts for the night come in the form of Broke ‘n’ English wordsmith Strategy, GNI MC and Sin Seer. I hear Compa is going to be there selling whites of ‘Dem A Talk’ so be sure to get in early and corner him. Really looking forward to this one and it promises to be as diverse as it does upfront. Big up Just Skank for this
MAIN ROOM : Void Sound Sytem
► KRYPTIC MINDS
► DJ MADD
► DUB PHIZIX FT STRATEGY
► DJ FRED