Within the dubstep realm of music, few have been able to consistently keep things interesting with sound, both in the studio and behind the decks. It's not surprising that one of Hessle Audio's main men, Pangaea, is just one of those types of people. On board for this installment in the Fact Magazine Podcast series, the patient Brit brings us quite an eclectic blend of rhythms.
FACT mix by pangaea
This installment of the Get the Curse Podcast series comes from Half Hawaii, the electronic duo of Sammy Dee and Bruno Pronsoto.
read more about Half Hawaii here
Soul People Music founder, Fred P, is on board for the 38th installment in the Louche Podcast series. Fresh off a new release, The Incredible Adventures of Captain P, the New York native has a firm grasp on what makes house music interesting and refreshing, yet still reflective of past sounds. But the inspirational behaviour doesn't stop in the studio, as Fred P clearly demonstrates in this hour-long mix for the UK blog.
Played last night on Benji B's Radio1 show. Radio rips of Street Halo and Stolen Dog
23 year old Venedikt Reyf/Suedmilch has been quite busy the last several years. With releases on Rotary Cocktail, Sweat Lodge and Niveous, the young musician plans on joining the Underground Quality and Ethereal label families very soon. Be on the lookout for Venedikt Reyf or Suedmilch, as both monikers come together to reflect one.
suedmilch aka venedikt reyf - time marches on by suedmilch / venedikt reyf
Artist: Rennie Foster (and remixers)
Release: Blood Sugar (remixed)
Label: Rebirth Records
Date: 3/14/11(vinyl) & 3/21/11(digital)
Creeping up on its fifth anniversary, Brescia, Italy-based Rebirth Records brings two stunning releases to both digital and vinyl formats, born from Rennie Foster's Blood Sugar album. Available from Juno, the Blood Sugar Remix EP features assistance from Floppy Don (2/3 of Cobblestone Jazz), Samuel L Session, Alain Ho, Jay Shepheard, and vocals from the late Aaron-Carl. Two renditions of Connect Like Four appear, offering different variations of the original. Danuel Tate and Tyger Dhula of Cobblestone Jazz come together for a nice classic sound, blending sporadic chords and rolling percussion. Samuel L Session assumes the duties for the second remix, and the signature sound shows itself right away. Savior gets new treatment from Alain Ho, providing a nice driving groove that dances smoothly around the Detroit native's memorable voice. Afrocentrik rounds out the four-track vinyl EP, with Jay Shepheard offering one of two reworked versions he has crafted, identified as the Bass Mix.
While the personal preferences of this site stand firmly behind labels who are still active in vinyl manufacturing and distribution, there is something about the remaining digital tracks that hits real close to home. The four tracks available on wax appear in digital format as well, but six more Blood Sugar album remixes accompany them. While many producers have spent a lifetime trying to emulate what they have heard in house and techno music of Detroit and Chicago past, Iron Curtis has always presented a refreshingly original take on the sound. His remix of Afrocentrik, here, is nothing short of spectacular. Jay Shepheard presents his second remix of Afrocentrik, a deeper, more sonic groove that fits the name Chord Mix very accurately. The Iron Curtis rework and Jay Shepheard digital exclusive seem to be the two standout tracks of the release, but that doesn't mean the fun stops here. Belgian duo The Youngsters touch upon Foster's “Your Eyes” ever so gently, melding patient tones with familiar rhythms. Paul Mac, Uner, Deep & Suga, Dollar Mambo, and Crowdpleasers split up duties for handling the remaining three tracks on the digital release, but at this point in the review, my mind can only think about the Iron Curtis remix.
Grab the four-track vinyl release here
New York City-based selector Eric Cloutier brings us this really warm mix of dub music. Since his move from Detroit, the Bunker resident has been busy with several podcasts and lots of traveling.
Eric Cloutier - Dub Explorations by eric cloutier
Artist: Nick Harris
Release: Counting Clouds
Label: Climatic Sounds
Date: March 11
This year has already seen a multitude of great releases from the usual suspects, and classic techniques and fresh ideas seem to be coming together again. A personal favorite, NRK's Nick Harris comes to Spanish-based Climatic Records with an outstanding release. Nick provides two bold originals, while label regulars lend a hand in crafting two respective remixes. As with the majority of the British producer's releases, he skates on the fine line that is house and techno, matching dubbed out chords, mechanic percussion, and soothing atmospheres. A deepness permeates throughout both originals, blending rhythms with calming melodies. The self-titled track and paired remix from Jairo Catelo and Aphro seem to play off each other nicely, but the remix does not stray from the original's theme as much as it could. However, Paradise Kissed and its remix brethren offer much more distinguishable differences, and two completely separate emotions come from the same idea. The driving force behind the original stays light, keeping a deep and steady tone throughout the track. Javi Murdock, Jose De Divina, and Cristian Viviano take things a bit darker and more spaced out, providing a moodier rendition of Nick's creation.
In the end, both of the original tracks on Counting Clouds seem to stand apart the most. Not for nothing, the remixers provide wonderful support in rounding out a quality release.
The Jones Girls- Nights Over Egypt Edit - Philadelphia International
Kenny Larkin- We Shall Overcome (Richie's Loonie Mix) - Plus 8
Cuthead- The Sinner - Uncanny Valley
Common Factor- Horizon - Planet E
Marcello Napoletano- Noise Is The Cure - Bosconi
The Tortoise- Next Time Around (Hunee Remix) - 3rd Strike
BNJMN- Blocks - RH Direct Current
Lone- Aquamarine - Magic Wire
Rootstrax- Harlequin - Deeply Rooted
Fhloston Paradigm- The Simple Things - Five Six
The Dirtbombs- Sharevari (Omar-S Remix) - ScionAV
The Oliverwho Factory- Goin' Back - Fingertips
Cosmin TRG- Universal Crush - RH Direct Current
Theo Parrish feat. Larry Mizell- Untitled - Sound Signature
Michael J. Collins- Nothing Wrong With Holding On (Soul Clap Jungle Mix) - Apersonal
Balil - Nort Route - Planet E
Recloose- UHF - Fingertips
Rick Poppa Howard- Do What You Have To Do - HHYR
Roedelius- Regenwurm - Bureau B
Download RA.251 Recloose
Artists: Wasserfall & The Automatic Message
Release: My Father the Hunter
Pittsburgh-based Bleepsequence brings us its 12th release in little over a year of being founded. Kevin Lind runs the label, and selecting artists that variably exist while fulfilling a common theme has been a vital factor in keeping the label refreshing. Wasserfall and the Automatic Message deliver a four-track release with dub chords that explore differing rhythms and environments. The opening sequence is especially nice, as audible chalkiness cuts through the track at a smooth and relaxing pace. The remaining tracks of My Father the Hunter ride on a standard techno rhythm platform, breathing comfortably in a controlled structure.
The Automatic Message - Cathartes Aura
The Automatic Message - Cathartes Aura (Wasserfall Remix)
Wasserfall - Ambivalent Decisions
Wasserfall - Ambivalent Decisions (The Automatic Message Remix)
Cathartes Aura Music Video by The Automatic Message
Photek - Fireside Chat (RBMA Radio)
Red Bull features British legend, Photek, on their newest episode of the Fireside Chat series. Fans of jungle of yesteryear remember Rupert Parkes' Photek moniker for breaking new barriers with broken-beat music in the 90s. But his sound progression didn't stop with quick tempo, UK music. Photek eventually showed his softer side, with Detroit- and Chicago-inspired house music, surprising many all over the world, and gaining new ground in new territories. Over a decade later, Rupert has remained a consistent producer, remixer, and DJ, keeping his unique sound in all of his works.
Rupert brings this hour-long mix of inspirations and original tracks, narrating a history of experiences of music production and label management.
read more about Rupert here
RBMA - Joey Negro: Headphone Highlights
A man of many monikers, Dave Lee is most famously known as his classic disco and house alter-ego, Joey Negro. The British DJ was an extreme influence on many of Europe's youth in the late 80s, and he continues to work with some of the industry's most established and well-known names. He comes to Red Bull Radio with this hour-long venture of some of the disco greats that continue to inspire the world over.
read more about Dave here
Artist: Oliver Deutschmann (remix: Patrice Scott)
Release: Waterfalls EP
Label: Jackoff Records (003)
Oliver Deutschmann (feat Patrice Scott)
Release Date: 03/09/11
Berlin-based Oliver Deutschmann has made quite an impression on the house music scene over the last ten years. As he is busy running both Vidab and FNow he joins the young Jackoff Records imprint, partnering 2 original tracks with a Patrice Scott remix. A digital release came out yesterday, matched with a bonus edit of Do It the Classic Way Honey. Vinyl mavens can rejoice, as the two standout tracks of this release are pressed, and available next week from Juno. Waterfalls Are Good features a deep mood as it develops, reminiscent of Chicago. Matched with dubbed out pads and a soulful progression, it was only natural that Detroit native, Patrice Scott, assume the duties for a remix. Patrice expands on the original's idea, delivering an exhilarating track ready for the dance floor. Acid chords lead the way, but Patrice manages to keep the calm pace throughout the track. With growling bass and classic 808 percussion tones, Do It the Classic Way Honey is about as good as the track infers. The track could easily act as an intermediary routine, but shining on its own is not its strongest suit.
Founder of the now-defunct Skull Disco imprint, Laurie Osborn, aka Appleblim, is gearing up to bombard Room One at Fabric with Ricardo Villalobos, Shackleton, and Craig Richards next weekend. In preparation, he comes to XLR8R with this new selection of tracks reminiscent of past sounds and new ventures in techno.
read more about Laurie here