Tuned In Two



Total Science
presents the follow up the now classic seminal compilation album that encapsulated their vision of d&b way back in 2001. ‘Tuned In’ included the cream of the crop & the bright new stars of that era & now after over 10 years they’ve decided the time is right to do it again, piecing together a selection of their favourite artists including some newcomers. These tracks define the CIA sound, label and their definition of d&b as they feel it now & for years to come.

“Trends and fashions come and go within all the dance music genres but even after all this time there is still an underlying straight up timeless Drum & Bass sound & quality we feel & can’t be ignored which needs to be pushed forward and presented as a collection”

‘Tuned In’
featured the best of old skool new skool & unheard artists & thats the theory behind this album too, Calibre & Spirit even appeared on the first incarnation. ‘Tuned In 2’ features once again the cream of the crop & bright new stars of the future , Are you Tuned In ?

TRACKLIST

1. Total Science, Kevin J. King, S.P.Y – Pat Lives (Lenzman Remix)
2. Break – Slipstream
3. Calibre – Clipper Man
4. 8 Bits & Q Project – Low End Theory
5. Riya Ft Zero T – Stolen Moments
6. Fracture – The Breaks
7. Spirit – Dream Demon
8. Proktah – Trust
9. Sinistarr & Grimm – Anything
10. Total Science – Going In Circles (Break Remix)
11. Total Science Ft Riya – Cold Blood
12. Beta 2 – Perceptions

Personal favourites include the Riya ft Zero T cut, ‘Stolen Moments’

and the mighty Calibre with ‘Clipper Man’

Available to buy from Chemical Records on 12th November. Already spinning on rotation here at RBP Towers.

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Transmit Sessions Volume VIII | Peaman & Hicha

Coming from the musical melting pot that is the city of Bristol our first B2B on the Transmit Sessions is mixed by Peaman & Hicha – producers from the Subslags camp.

Over the course of 30 minutes homage is paid to the roots of Dubstep as well as stepping into new bass music territory. We are introduced to the sounds that bring their diverse styles together, featuring Mala, Clouds, Lorca & Throwing Snow.

They also took time out to tell us all about the Bristol music scene, The Subslags music collective and their plans for future world domination.

Give us some insight into the names you have chosen for yourselves – How did they come about?

Hicha: It sounded nice and i saw it on the back of a rice box it’s actually true.

Pea: I’m mixed race and my brother and sisters all have light skin so when i was born my mum thought i looked like a little indian man so she nicknamed me Mr. Patel which then got shortened to Mr. P, then P man etc.

You come under the Subslags collective. Tell us about them, who are they and what do they represent?

Pea: Subslags is fundamentally a group of people I grew up making bass music with who are still working together today. It’s made up of various DJ’s Producers and MC’s currently working in Bristol and London. Hicha joined later and brought a new dynamic to the group in terms of his more experimental sound.

Peaman comes from a Grime and Dubstep template, Hicha with a more experimental and ambient soundscape. How did you two end up working and mixing together? Do you have any projects planned for the future?

Pea: We knew each other through the group and decided to collaborate. We have a few tracks in the making and are in the process of setting up a small Vinyl based label here in Bristol called Obsidian records. watch this space!

Bristol obviously has a rich musical heritage with artists like Pinch and Phaeleh and more recently Kahn making big waves in the wider scene. Nowadays it seems everyone in Bristol is DJ’ing or producing on some level. With such a busy scene does it become harder to make an impression? What are the pro’s and cons?

Hicha: I don’t know if its a harder scene to make an impression in as I don’t have any experience of other scenes, however it is very busy and exciting to be part of and living in this city has a huge influence on my music. Its quite a small city so I think its easy to meet people its also a very diverse city, musically and culturally. I feel theres no real formula and this allows me to do what I want to do, I don’t feel restricted and I can just do my own thing and still get recognition for it.

Pea: I’ve been raised in the Bristol music scene and draw a heavy influence from the city’s cultural history and it’s significance in the emergence of ‘bass music’ culture which is now a global phenomenon. Smith & Mighty and Massive attack paved the way for all the guys my generation now look up to including Peverelist, Guido, and all the people at the frontline of Bristols sound system movement. With so many influential people making moves it’s no wonder there are so many youngers stepping up and trying to blow the clubs up with their own sound. I just reckon its a great thing to be a part of aside from all the competition.

What’s your game plan for a debut release? We know a lot of artists are deciding to release their own material. Are you eyeing up labels or do you think independent is best?

Currently our only plans for a release will be through our label Obsidian but we are both aspiring to release all over the city. The independent record label is something we are both passionate about so it only seems right that we run our own. There’s a number of seriously under rated artists making brilliant stuff in Bristol and beyond, who we feel deserve a platform on which they can stand to help them reach a wider audience.

Finally, what’s the largest animal you could collectively throw over a crossbar?

Probably a German Shepard.

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

Transmit Sessions Volume 3 | Controlled Kaos

ON THIS WEEKS SHOW:

This weeks transmission originates from way across the atlantic in the suburb of Chesterfield, Virginia deep inside the big ole US of A. Whilst yet to gain widespread recognition Controlled Kaos attention to detail and high workrate marks him out as one to watch in 2012.

Big on the drums and atmosphere, his tight sub weighted productions have featured on numerous free releases as well as the ‘Timelapse’ LP on the Dank N Dirty Dubz label. There’s a brand new 3 track EP in the offing on LU10 this month, and he also has forthcoming releases on Depth Records and Illicit Trade, including the heavy roller above – ‘The Force’The brand new ‘Slug Proof EP’ is out now. 

In addition to that you can catch his regular radio broadcast every wednesday between 1pm and 2pm GMT (6pm-7pm EST in the US) via electrolouis.com

We asked what we thought would be a few routine questions to get to the man behind the music.

What was your first musical purchase?

My first musical purchase was a drum set.

Okay, great. Which is your favourite track in this playist? What does it make you think about? 

My favorite tune in the mix has to be Von D – Your the one, I love the jazzy vibes in it.

We’ve not seen you do many remixes – Is there anything you are keen to have a go at? How do you feel about the whole dubstep remixing trend? 

I am not really big on remixes because I prefer to write my own, remixes are fun to mess around with though. As far as the whole remixing “trend” I think some are good some are bad and some are people just doing it to try to get noticed.

What will be the next big thing?

I have no idea what the next big thing is, I just hope it sounds good haha

Whats the biggest animal you could throw over a crossbar?

What’s a crossbar?

Er.. Sooooo..

Transmit 3, incoming!

www.soundcloud.com/controlled-kaos-dub

Check out the Controlled Kaos Facebook Page – Free EP dropping at 500 likes!