Archive for the ‘dubstep’ Category

Ramadanman Bestival Mix

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Fresh new mix from Ramadanman containing Martyn’s Miniluv and Altered States’ Crop Duster. Download it here.

Flying Lotus talks with Ikonika

Friday, June 4th, 2010

FlyLo talks with Ikonika. Read the interview over at XLR8R

Ikonika – Please

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Ikonika – Sahara Michael

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I’m very proud to announce yet another artist repping Limited Addiction and one of my favorite producers to boot! I met Martyn ten years ago as Dj Pan when he was running his famed Red Zone drum and bass monthly in Eindhoven’s Effenaar venue. Red Zone was a benchmark when it came to quality dnb and I’m honored to be able to say I graced their Erosie-designed flyers twice. Heavily influenced by the late 90′s Metalheadz nights at Blue Note the forward-thinking ethos was omnipresent.
After years of dj’ing he turned his hand to production which quickly lead to releases on labels such as Flight’s Play:Music, Rohan’s Bassbin, Marcus Intalex’s Revolve:R and his very own 3024 imprint. His release on Revolve:R was a taste of things to come as he steered away from the tried and tested paths and the formulaic nature of dnb with the double A-side that was Broken / Shadowcasting which I feel was mistakingly labeled as dubstep. Anyway, the dubstep community quickly embraced their new hero and with tunes such as Velvet, All I Have Is Memories, TRG’s Broken Heart remix and a slew of heavily anticipated releases he quickly cemented his reputation as a figurehead of the genre.
In 2009, after relocating to Washington DC, his long-awaited full length Great Lengths saw the light of day, with timeless cuts such as Far Away, Vancouver, crowd favorite Right? Star!, the heartbreakingly beautiful These Words featuring D-Bridge on vocals and the haunting Is This Insanity? with Spaceape… A very consistent record that ended high in pretty much everybody’s 2009 top ten list and rocketed his career beyond the hemispheres. On a side note, along with Fever Ray’s (which he remixed) and The XX’s debuts, Great Lengths was last years most played record over at the Limited Addiction estate too. 
These days you’ll find his tunes in the dubstep section of your recordstore but the dubstep label underwhelmingly comes short to describe the wide array of sounds the man has been emitting (his fans refer to his music as Martyn-music, which is, in fact, more accurate) and it seems he’s not about to stand still either. 2010 saw yet another side of Martyn with the release of Fabric50, a milestone in the legendary series. With remixes by Redshape, Berlin’s Ben Klock, Illum Sphere from Manchester and Zomby some of his tunes managed to cross over to other genres and were given a second life. Not one to easily pinpoint he plays across the board and caters to a varied crowd as is reflected in his current dj sets at Numbers, Berghain and Fabric to name but a few. The future sure looks bright and he’ll need more than shades… that’s why I sent him some tees as well! Glad to have him on board!

Download his XLR8R podcast here

Below you’ll find an interesting interview by Alex On-Point (Dutch with subtitles)

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The marbled 10 inch monster on Belgium’s Curle Records, his take on Efdemin’s Acid Bells, sheer bliss!

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Far Away taken from Great Lengths

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These Words ft D-Bridge taken from Great Lengths, Artwork by the mighty Erosie

In depth interview with Martyn about Talking Heads’ Fear Of Music album conducted by Finn Johannsen here

More linkage:

Martyn Myspace

Scuba comes with the deepness

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Ever since his first release called Timba, Scuba aka Paul Rose has made heads turn with a constant slew of quality releases on, amongst others,  his very own Hotflush imprint. Next to running one of the most interesting dubstep labels around he’s also responsible for one of the genre’s leading clubnights. If Sub:stance at Berlin’s Berghain doesn’t ring a bell, I suggest you get to know right after reading this post, as it’s widely known to be one of Europe’s best nights in what’s been coined Berlin’s best venue by many. With artists such as Skream, Peverelist, Shackleton, T++, 2562, Untold, Martyn and of course Scuba himself gracing the decks it goes without saying the nights serve as a testament to the forward thinking philosophy that’s been instrumental to the musical legacy of Germany’s capital. Fresh on the heels of his Sub:stance mix cd released on the Ost Gut label comes his 2nd full length LP titled Triangulation.  The dubstep label has come short to describe the music Scuba has been responible for and it sure doesn’t represent the wide variety of sounds on this album. Intricate percussion, haunting synths and otherworldly vibes all come together on this slice of superb electronica. With hints of ambient, house, garage, 2-step and dubstep this album caters to all music enthousiasts and should be able to cross many a border. This album has been on heavy rotation at the Limited Addiction estate so I felt I had to share it with all you beloved readers of this here blog!

Listen to Triangulation here
Buy the album here
Sub:stance myspace
Sub:stance Mix cd


Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

I want to do more than talk tees on my blog so I’ll use this space to put a spotlight on artists from various fields that I’m feeling. Today’s Man Of The Moment is Julio Bashmore. This young Bristolian has been making serious waves the last couple of months and more and more dj’s from the dubstep, funky and house scenes have been battering the sounds of young Julio. I first heard his Um Bongo’s Revenge track last year and then ran into his World Peace tune on the Claude Von Stroke Fact mix and they both blew me away, he’s also had a track, titled The Moth featured on Fabric’s excellent Elevator Music compilation alongside other new school heroes Untold and Martyn and recently Vice magazine jumped the bandwagon and had Mr Bashmore make them a mixtape. Lately, a wicked remix for Delphic’s epic Halcyon has been doing the rounds as well. The hype is well deserved to say the least, as I have yet to hear a bad tune from the man. If you don’t know what i’m on about and if you haven’t heard his offerings I suggest you listen to the Fact mini mix he did a while ago as most essential Bashmore choons are included and it’s a nice little mix to boot. More links right here:
Julio Bashmore’s Myspace page
Fact Magazine Mini Mix
Julio Bashmore Mixtape For Vice