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March 2012 Mix

Quite a bassy Londoney affair last month for me, of course accompanied by a dash of European and American bass music from French Fries’ ballroom influenced ‘Yo Vogue’ to Helix’s Night Slugs white label 505 rave extravaganza ‘Drum Track’ (renamed ‘No Hook No BS’ as the vocalised version with MC Flirta D). Get all these tracks wherever you can. Peace.

DEEPEND – W.A.B. MARCH 2012 MIX

Tracklisting:
 
Boddika – Acid Jackson (Swamp81)
Renaissance Man – Stalker Humanoid (Renaissance Man remix) (Turbo)
Trikk – Jointly (Man Make Music)
Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure remix) (Universal Island Records)
Joy Orbison & Boddika – Mercy (SunkLo)
Lando Kal – TMRW (Stillcold Records)
Mau’lin – Function Open (Diskotopia)
Lobster Boy – Mosquito (Lobster Boy)
French Fries – Yo Vogue (Dirtybird)
Jam City – The Courts (Night Slugs)
Kodiak – Spreo Superbus (Girl Unit Remix) (Numbers)
Dark Sky – Zoom (Black Acre)
Pearson Sound – Untitled (Pearson Sound)
Distal & Hxdb – Booyant (Tectonic)
Roska – 480 BC (Tectonic)
Helix – No Hook No BS (ft. Flirta D) (Night Slugs)
Lone – Crystal Caverns 1991 (R&S)
 

 

All Apologies

Hi everyone. Yet again we’re slacking on posts and extremely sorry. We’re going through a bit of a transition period at the moment and are considering redesigning the site into something bigger and better. Also with only two busy writers its very hard to constantly post which is what we’d rather do or not do it at all. Hopefully this will all be sorted soon and we apologise to our faithful followers, you know who you are! Meanwhile here’s a few records which were released in the last few months and if you don’t own, well you should. Also a few good mixes and cheeky tracks.

 

It’s an eight track medley from Sound Pellegrino and free, how arousing! Loving the Bambounou track and big ups to the rest of the SP family.

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Night Slugs add another white label to their belt with upcoming producer Jam City who refixes some house and grime classics and fixes them up good into warm, synthy wonders. Only out on vinyl but get it even if you don’t have vinyl equipment in the hope you can obtain the tracks! A real gem.

buy jam city – refixes ep (12″)

Mowgli does it again with some ethnic sample based house. Loving the remix by one of my favourite producers at the moment and for a while, Camel.

buy mowgli – caraibi ep

 
http://soundcloud.com/deadfish-audio/mowgli-caraibi-96
http://soundcloud.com/deadfish-audio/mowgli-caraibi-tom-flynn-rmx-96
http://soundcloud.com/deadfish-audio/mowgli-flor-de-cana-96
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A superb mix from Finish nutters Sharkslayer, French bangers Beataucue and the Canadian supreme dj Neoteric. A mixture of tech, electro and minimal house. You lucky Aussies and Kiwis.

neoteric & sharkslayer & beataucue – australia + nz tour mix 2010

Tracklisting:

Mowgli – Belly Dance (Solo Remix)
LA Riots – Bombah (Mowgli Remix)
Headshotboyz – NIA
The Shoes – Stay the Same (Harvard Bass Remix)
Mom & Dad – Bazic
Foamo – Here Comes
Nujax – Beat Gon Boom
Smalltown Romeo – Love Tempo (Malente Remix)
Gingy & Bordello – Vapourizer (Rynecologist Remix)
Manaré – Voodoo
Flutuance & Dreamtime – Make
Yeah! Woho! – Pushing
Emperatron – King Riddim (Sharkslayer remix)
Dooze Jackers ft Wes De Graaf – Euh!
Canblaster – Chicken Run (Rob Threezy remix)
Sam Tiba – Barbie Weed (Subkittenz remix)
Green Velvet – Harmageddon
Nacey – Six Million
La Riots – I Want to
Tony Senghore – Burnin’
Beataucue – Untitled
Noob – Benga
Savage Skulls & Douster – Bad Gal (Crookers rmx)
Laserkraft 3D – Nein Mann
Skrillex – With your Friends

Now the innovative prodigy Egyptrixx with a minimix for Fabric featuring a few new tracks repping his trippy house style.
http://soundcloud.com/fabric/egyptrixx-fabriclive-promo-mix

Tracklisting:

Egyptrixx – Start from the beginning
Egyptrixx – Collapsing
The Aikiu – Just Cant Sleep (Egyptrixx RMX) [Abracadabra records]
Egyptrixx – Hiawatha
Egyptrixx – Recital (drums version)

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Finally a mix from my man Camel, a serious groover!
http://soundcloud.com/jackmode/camel-electric-cookin-vol-1-july-2010

Tracklisting:

Skit M.I.P.W.
Solid Groove – Throwing Stones
Luna City Express – Mr Jack (Catz n Dogz RMX)
David Keno – Wait for more
Tim Green – Iotan
Pierce & Jeri – Roots 2.0
Dj T – Bateria – Special Dub
Jamie Anderson – Rare Grooves
Hector Couto – On Funk
Camel – Bamboo
Nikola Gala – The Process
Andhim – Quetschkommode
Mowgli – Flor de cana (Camel RMX)
Round Table Knights – Stomper
Camel – Cohiba (Nat Self RMX)

And here’s a real treat a few great tracks from the last one or two months:

mikix the cat – the key ft. shannon (sound pellegrino thermal team remix)

the aikiu – just can’t sleep (egyptrixx remix)

proxy – vibrate (noob remix 2)

felix cartal – world class driver (harvard bass remix) 

toddla t – sky surfing ft. wayne marshall (douster remix)

On the other hand

Here’s an array of tracks thumping around the 128 bpm mark.
 
When it comes to making electro bangers, Blatta & Inesha top my list. This track is no different, some massive usage of the Mightyfools sample pack!
KICK-OH – STOMPIN FT. DREW (BLATTA & INESHA STOMP ON YA PUSS REMIX)
 
Another release from the my up and coming artist Beataucue. Here they dum it down a bit, staying away from loud squeaky synths and bringing a massive amount of rhythm and smoothness yet keeping their trully penetrating kick drum. They remix new tribal/tech house producer French Fries who I also highly rate, look out for some of his releases.
FRENCH FRIES – PREDATOR (BEATAUCUE REMIX)
 
Released late last year, The Subs have created an Egyptian techlectro masterpiece! Really loving this one.
THE SUBS – MITSUBITCHI
 
This track was released even later last year, an absolute fucking banger from Japanese geeza Apajai. Nasty dirty bass.
AJAPAI – WHAT DO YOU HEAR
 
Blog Fluokids and Scion A/V have teamed up to make a 5 track sampler to represent their 5 years in the blogosphere. Here’s one off the sampler by tech hero Renaissance Man with their usual high quality.
RENAISSANCE MAN – FLUTE LOOP
 
I posted a few Alvaro tracks in 2009, I think he produces some really good ravy tribal house. I can’t seem to find him on myspace though, so I kow nothing about him! Here’s another great track by this elusive man.
CHELLEY – TOOK THE NIGHT (ALVARO REMIX)
 
Lee gets down and wobbly once more, this time remixing Cold Blank.
COLD BLANK – LOS ANGELES (LEE MORTIMER REMIX)

Various exciting things

Ok not that exciting, but some nice fresh music here, and a batch of mixtapes which we haven’t done in a while, not that you’ll need them after Mustard Pimp’s 24 hour one!
 
First up Skream’s newish track which featured on the superb Crookers Mishka mix. Its a tonking percussive menacer, with large snares and an evil beat. As the name sugests its pretty minimal, lacking in any large bass roars and just creating a pretty moody dubstep piece.
SKREAM – MINIMALISTIX
 
I posted a Numan track in the large update, and he has other very good tracks out, go buy! This is a MarchMellow remix, the same one which brought you the classic steppa ‘Reel Simple’. Numan uses quite simple yet orginal sounds to make his basslines in a clever way, and MarchMellow has used this to create a banger with an odd twist.
NUMAN – 7TH KEY (MARCHMELLOW PHUNK REMIX)
 
The next artist has some name, but is also known for their tribal/dancehall style infused into a sort of dubsteppy feel and bpm. Cool stuff, quite minimal but a real mover. Get the ‘Ayoba’ EP here. Highly reccomended!
SCHLACHTHOBRONX – AYOBA FT. SPOEK & GUCCI BANANA
 
I was sent this by artist Phono.o who I must admit have never heard of before. It seemed he was repping the future garage/new dub sound so I had to give his remix a listen. I was impressed and had to share his two chord purple wonder with all you.
ROBERT KOCH – GOROM SEM (PHONO.O REMIX)
 
SBTRKT is another artist who’s taking dubstep to a different level. Here is an original track which is actually a remix of Radiohead’s ‘Everything in its right place’, one of my favourite Radiohead songs, surely you can’t wrong with that! Obviously not said SBTRKT.
SBTRKT – RIGHT PLACE
 
Another artist which our mail shed light on is 10 Rapid. This original track is a real electro bleeping banger. With strains of D.I.M.’s drums and synth sounds but more techy, and a dirty bassline! A very large track indeed.
10 RAPID – IT’S NOT RIGHT

 

Now onto some dirty fidget/electro house mixes, all superb…..naturally.
 
BLACK NOISE – 2010 WITH A BANG MIX
 
Tracklisting:
1              ‘The Rusty Pig’ – Joe And Will Ask?   
1.1           ‘Restless’ (Julio Bahmore remix) – Buraka Som Sistema      
1.2           ‘Hurtful’ (ZDS No Song edit) – ErikHassle          
2              ‘Anyway’ (Black Noise unofficial bassline mix) – Duck Sauce
3              ‘5 AM (A Girl Like You)’  (Black Noise remix) – Tommie Sunshine   
4              ‘Bhanga’ (Dan Aux remix) – Two Fresh               
5              ‘Selling Jesus’ (Riva Starr dub mix)       skunk anansie         
5.1           ‘Club Action’ acapella             Yo Majesty            
6              ‘Blau!’ (LA Riots remix)        Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer             
7              ‘Jack Track’ (Black Noise VIP remix)    Tonka                     
8              ‘Bus Dis’ (Lee Mortimer remix)             Eddi Zanetti & Jackinori         
8.1           ‘Pressure Point’ acapella         Nick Thayer & Sportyo                          
9              ‘Elephant 1234’       The Count and Sinden                            
9.1           ‘Me Plus You’ acapella           Black Noise feat. Wizard Sleeve            
10            ‘Just Kill A Man’                    Last Japan              
11            ‘Riverside (Let’s Go!)’ (Black Noise remix)            Sidney Samson & Wizard Sleeve           
11.1         ‘Me Plus You’ acapella           Black Noise feat. Wizard Sleeve            
12            ‘Blau!’ (Doorly remix)            Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer             
12.1         ‘Tell Me You Love It’ acapella               Aquasky & Blu Rum 13        
13            ‘Knock You Out’ (Kik the break VIP)    Black Noise            
14            ‘Comin on strong (Feel the rhythm)’ (Black Noise remix)     Rhythm Section        
15            ‘Bus Dis’ (Aspin & Dipace remix)         Eddi Zanetti & Jackinori         
16            ‘Dirty Cash’ (Tom Piper & Nom De Strip remix)  Dizzee Rascal
17            ‘Dwarfs’ (Sharkslayer remix)   Malente & Jay Robinson      
18            ‘Reach For Lasers’                  Nick Thayer           
19            ‘Outta Control’        Aquasky feat. Sporty-O         
20            ‘Turn That Shit Up’                Tom Stephen          
21            ‘Dirty Balloon’ (Tom Piper & Nom De Strip remix)       Rishi Bass & Melly Mel   
22            ‘Flapjack’                Nom De Strip          Bombsquad
23            ‘Could This Be Real’ (extended mix)      Sub Focus              
24            ‘What A Bass’        Malente Jay Robinson            
25            ‘Jungle Iz Em’ (‘take me away’ VIP)     Black Noise            
26            ‘Hit The Club’ (Mighty Fools remix)     Will Bailey             
27            ‘Without You’         Nom De Strip          Bombsquad
 
 
SLAP IN THE BASS (formerly Dirty Monkeez) – GOODBYE MONKEYS JANUARY MIXTAPE
 
Tracklisting:
01.Crookers feat. Kelis – No Security (Bart B More remix)
02.Mightyfools – Clean It (Original mix)
03.DJ Rockid feat. Lady Bee – Badmen (Mike Mago remix)
04.House Of Stank – Get Up Yeah (Stupid Fresh remix)
05.Sawgood – Ctrl Ur Brain (Calvertons Jedi Mind Trick remix)
06.Wiley feat. Emeli Sandé – Never Be Your Woman (Solo Loves Garage remix)
07.Fall Out Boy – I Don’t Care (Tommie Sunshine & Mightyfools remix) / The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 1977
08.Slap In The Bass – Deep In Murang’a (Original mix)
09.Futureheads – Struck Dumb (Lee Mortimer remix)
10.Slap In The Bass – Crusherz (Original mix)
11.Stress x Wildlife – Hood Up (Club edit)
12.Herve & Jack Beats – Rainstick (Herve’s Monsoon remix)
13.Armand Van Helden – Illin N Fillin It (Lee Mortimer’s Wearhouse Music remix)
14.Laidback Luke & Diplo – Hey! (Slap In The Bass rework)
15.Boemklatsch – Bonafied ( Dem Slackers remix + Mightyfools remix)
16.Irie Maffia – Bacardi Cola (Slap In The Bass remix)
17.Zombies For Money – Sacanagem (Original mix)
18.Crookers – Put Your Hands On Me (Black Noise remix)
19.Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent (Original mix)
20.Lee Mortimer & Laidback Luke vs. Black Eyed Peas – Blau Feeling (Slap In The Bass edit)
21.The Count & Sinden – Mega (Original mix)
22.Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (Diplo remix)
 
 
LEKTROBEERZ – BELGIAN BEERZ MIXTAPE
 
Tracklisting:
1. The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 1977
2. Laidback Luke & Lee Mortimer – Blau
3. Fake Blood – Mars (Jack Beats Remix)
4. Crookers & Congorock – Sbomberz
5. Project Cyborg – Hit It
6. Autodidakt – 15 Seconds (Gtronic Remix)
7. Mightyfools – Hoo Haa
8. Hostage – Valhalla (Momma’s Boy Remix)
9. Lektrobeerz – Frost!
10. Sound Of Stereo – Zipper
11. Geht’s Noch? – Horny
12. Project Cyborg – Oh Oh!
13. Modek – Hiroshima
14. Beatbouncers – Youth Control (Big Booty Edit)
15. Soda ‘n’ Suds – Fuck House (Kill Frenzy Headbanging Remix)
 
 
 

Maaassive Update

 

This trully large update includes some tracks by artists repping the new dubstep style that boasts broken beats, purple sounds and simply more experimental behaviour. Artists like Joy Orbison, James Blake, Rustie, Sduk and Numan are just a few of this clever movement in electronic music. It is sweeping the scene, I mean how many blog top tracks of 2010 has Joy Orbison’s ‘Hyph Mngo’ in it, let alone at number one. This is the stuff we’ll be listening to or should be in 2010, the future of dubstep we hope.

JOY ORBISON – WET LOOK

FOUR TET – LOVE CRY (JOY ORBISON REMIX)

JOSE JAMES – BLACKMAGIC (JOY ORBSION REMIX)

JAMES BLAKE – SPARING HORSES

RUSTIE – PENDULUM

RUSTIE – ZIG-ZAG

CROOKERS – NO SECURITY FT. KELIS (RUSTIE REMIX)

SDUK – CLUNGE

NUMAN – SKULL CRUSHER

 

This post is also bringing tracks by Bass Weazal alias Punk Rolla who are making some banging fresh techlectro house tunes. We also have tracks from classic techsters Riva Starr, Renaissance Man and new jacking tech-head Oliver $

PUNK ROLLA – HEART BROKEN

WILL BAILEY – HUSTLIN AND SCRATCHIN (PUNK ROLLA REMIX)

EMPIRE OF THE SUN – WALKING ON A DREAM (PUNK ROLLA REMIX)

OLIVER $ – GYPSY CARNIVAL

OLIVER $ – RUNNIN LOW

RIVA STARR – DANCE ME (OLIVER $ REMIX)

RIVA STARR – TROMPE D’AMOUR

RENAISSANCE MAN – THE NEW STUFF (TEASER)

HEALTH – DEATH (RENAISSANCE MAN REMIX)

 

And finally some dirt bashers for all you decibel junkies from Kanji Kinetic, Figure and DZ.

16 BIT – CHAINSAW CALLIGRAPHY (KANJI KINETIC REMIX)

FIGURE – THE WARRIORS

GUCCI MANE – I BE EVERYWHERE (DZ REMIX)

 

Big thanks to Kid City Blog from who we knicked a few tracks for this post.

And we DO have a best of 2009 coming soon, just you wait.

And terrific news, it seems as though all my blabbing on about Mightyfools has paid off, we have an exclusive interview with them which has been sent off and should be with you in a few days. Exciting! Enjoy the tunes! Peeeeeace

Early Christmas

Not only do we have many superb tracks for you, but its also worth reminding you for the 10 billionth time that Mightyfools are amazing and their EP ‘For The Kidz’ came out yesterday. Its definately worth a buy, especially ‘Hoo Haa’, my track of the moment. I’m not going to post ‘Hoo Haa’ or any of the others cos they deserve to be bought. But here’s loadsa free beauties ranging from fidget, electro, tropical, tech and dubstep.You may even get some more prezzies on christmas day if your lucky! But there is a guaranteed ‘best of 2009’ post to look forward to.

ASPIN, BECCI – MOVE YOUR BODY (BILL EFF’S BASHMENT BASS REMIX)

BANDISH PROJEKT – DIDI 1

THE BEATLES – GETTING BETTER (PUNK ROLLAS REMIX)

BLACK NOISE – ME PLUS YOU

THE BLOODY BEETROOTS – WARP 1977 FT. STEVE AOKI & BOBERMAN

BRING ME THE HORIZON – SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN (TEK-ONE REMIX)

CHERNOBYL + PRAGA – BALANCA (RENAISSANCE MAN REMIX)

DOUSTER – PUNANI

KID KOMAS – RAVING BUCK (PROWLEY BURGLARS REMIX)

MIGHTYFOOLS, DJ ROCKID – THE LOVE HOUSE

MOM & DAD – JUDAS (DEM SLACKERS REMIX)

TWISTED GROOVE – ACCELERATOR (MINI K REMIX)

VASKI – MURDER VIP

 

BUY MIGHTYFOOLS – FOR THE KIDZ EP

Midget time!

Right, time to wow you with some non-bassy wonders. A bit of quiet after the storm of electro and fidget we’ve been posting recently!

SOLO – MIDGETS IN BRICKLANE

BORIS DLUGOSCH – BANGKOK (ROSKA REMIX) (128)

MAJOR LAZER – PON DE FLOOR (ALVARO REMIX)

JESSE ROSE – HEAVY STILL (ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD REMIX)

THE XX – INTRO (128)

MALENTE, DEX – LIONS FT. NEW KID (DOUSTER REMIX)

RENAISSANCE MAN – 20 MIN MINIMIX

 

Funky techy tribal business

CAMEL – LLEBA (CLARK ABLE REMIX) Superb jackin’ house, addictive bass hook.  

DJ GREGORY & GREGORY SALTO – CON ALEGRIA (SOLO MORE COWBELL REMIX) Full of latin goodness and lots of cowbells!

FM AUDIO – KILLER (AFROJACK REMIX) Dutch house using similar synth sound as the brilliant ‘Moombah’.

HIGHBLOO – 50 CL Huge bleep tune throughout. Massive techster.

NOOB & BRODINSKI – PEANUTS CLUB Tribal/tech with another great bleep tune.

NOOB & BRODINSKI – PEANUTS CLUB (RENAISSANCE MAN REMIX)Loads of percussion, original bleep melody played on bongos.

RIVA STARR – I WAS DRUNK (FT. NOZE) Funky Israeli house number.

WILL BAILEY – HIT THE CLUB (SIDNEY SAMSON REMIX) More tribal tech and catchy synth line.

JEFF DOUBLEU – WOMAN Bouncy jackin’ tech.

MICRO FREAKS – SOFTMAL Minimal tech with syncopating tiny bleeps.

SOLO – AFREAKA Funky, techy, percussionful house.

SOLO – JOGA BOLA More tech and awesome bongos.

Renaissance Man

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The Wizards are catching up with the fast growing minimal scene which exploded a few months ago and Renaissance Man (two men actually) have probably left the biggest impression on us. Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Renaissance Man are producing some originality out of a samey house scene. Thumping yet minimal, yes they’ve done it. We’ve already posted a couple of their tracks, but I still hadn’t delved properly into them and discovered even better tracks, two of them are definitely my most listened this week. One of them is ‘Spraycan’ off the Spraycan EP released back in May on Switch’s Dubsided label, the other is ‘What Is Guru’ off the Aloha EP released the following month on the much talked about Sound Pelligrino label. Here’s a few of their really excellent tracks.

This is the first Renaissance Man track I LOVED. Thumping bass drum, and that’s it for a bit, enter syncopating high synth, then drop into mesmerising and gripping melody and sounds using the high synth and a vocal sample with effects. The second drop then and third then add in a background bass pulsating away with devastating effect. What a tune.

RENAISSANCE MAN -SPRAYCAN

 

‘What Is Guru’ is my other fave which is definitely swayed by the fact that I love anything which incorporates Indian styley. But the other obvious reason is the crude yet beautiful chopping of the vocals taken from a rendition of the famous Hare Krishna chant to produce a rather jolly little ditty! The Riva Starr remix is very similar but with more bongos, reverb on the vocals and a different structure. Equally fucking amazing.

RENAISSANCE MAN – WHAT IS GURU

RENAISSANCE MAN – WHAT IS GURU (RIVA STARR REMIX)

 

‘Aloha’ was the title track of their latest EP. It includes a helplessly tribal beat, wailing singing (Hawaiian I assume), deep resonating bass coming in for the drop almost resembling Proxy’s Raven’ bass which is bold in a minimal tune.

RENAISSANCE MAN – ALOHA

 

The next two tracks a lesser known off the Spraycan EP but still great to listen to. ‘Dubbo’ is very simple yet effective, house beat with some high pitched bongos and a deep, electronic bass sound on the offbeat. ‘Harleem’however is pretty fucking fidgety! Odd, whirring synths form a cool melodic pattern and the track progesses to a higher climax.

RENAISSANCE MAN – DUBBO

RENAISSANCE MAN – HARLEEM

Minimal? We’re trying!

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If you’ve visited our blog a few times before, you’ve probably realised that we only really post particularly maximal bassy jump up tunes. Our favourite dance sub-genres generally ranges from wobble/fidget to dubstep to electro. I’ve always been aware of minimal techno and have recently been introduced to tribal/dancehall, and to be honest I’ve always turned my nose up to that whole scene. Maybe its because I’m afraid of actually having to dance and not just jumping around like a tool (which is excusable and actually most practised at the kind of club nights I go to). But in the last few weeks, I, and surely any blog regular, has noticed a change in the course of the underground dance scene, favouring this minimal/afrobeat/funky phenomena.

When this radical transformation was confirmed, in my mind (over at Pelski), I was actually quite upset, remembering when I used to be excited about the energy the next new maximal tune would give me, then hearing those tunes in the clubs and subsequently going fucking crazy! However, even though I knew of this new scene coming in and threatening to steal away my precious power nuggets, I have realised a slight regurgitation of maximal tunes after hearing similar bassline melodies, rhythms and sounds in various tracks. Basically there isn’t much new happening in our beloved wizardy wobblecoaster world, simply because there isn’t much more to do within it without being a fucking nutjob about it. I can now certainly understand the shift and it angers me no more! Instead of getting worked up, I have tried to embrace minimal, and have been somewhat succesful. With a little help from Pelski’s suggestions and analysises, I think i’m starting to enjoy the syncopating afro drums and bleepy rhythmic synths. There may still be hope yet! Anyway, enough about me, lets see what you think. Here’s a selection of the minimal tunes I’m listening to, some I’m enjoying very much, and some I’m still trying to get my head round.

 

Let’s start off with a couple of tunes from my favourite new artist of the scene, Momma’s Boy, who is probably better known by me and you as Mikix The Cat. There has always been slightly tribal and experimental vibes in Mikix The Cat’s music amongst the tasty basslines, so it comes of no surprise that he has very much delved into the afrobeat/minimal scene. My favourite dancehall track at the moment is his own ‘Give It Up’ and has already been much blogged, boasting a ridiculously infectious square synth. His other tune I’ll post, is a remix of Douster (also well respected on the scene). This tune is a bit more experimental, with descending delayed synths resembling some sort of string instument like a banjo almost!

MOMMA’S BOY – GIVE IT UP

DOUSTER – FOR WEIRDOS ONLY (MOMMA’S BOY REMIX)

 

 

Another familiar face but under the same name is Mowgli. I’ve always loved his wobbly yet minimal style. These two tracks have a very small amount of wobbly bass, if at all. Yes Mowgli’s gone a lot more minimal and afrostyley. The track ‘Sequencer’ is melee of juddery, bleepy and ravy synths with an underlying afrobeat. ‘I’m A DJ’ is on all the mixes at the moment, another very popular tune in the scene, using more high bleepy synths, a very subtle touch of wobbly bass and more of a proper house beat than most tribal tunes.

MOWGLI – I’M A DJ

MOWGLI – SEQUENCER

 

Another signature tune has to be Renaissance Man’s ‘The Rythym’. This one’s probably up there with my favourites of the genre as well, building up with pleasant hollow bleepy synths then adding a lazy minimal bass wobble. Thats probably the first time I’ve used the word ‘pleasant’ to describe a synth on this blog, ha! The other tune is a remix of Sharkslayer’s ‘So Sincere’, which is captiviting with its rhythmic yet subtle tom toms and strange sounding synth producing a good ambience.

RENAISSANCE MAN – THE RYTHYM

SHARKSLAYER – SO SINCERE (RENAISSANCE MAN REMIX)

 

 

Next up artistwise is Zombie Disco Squad, a key artist in the movement. Perhaps slighly more to their music (sound not quality) than others previously posted, using larger sounds and filling in the gaps slightly more. First up is their remix of VV Brown’s ‘Shark In The Water’, a nice build up to a climax of cut up vocals and a couple of synths meshing to create catchy melodies and rhythms. Their next tune is ‘Banton Boot’. Much blogged but not one of my favourites. A bootleg of Hard House Banton’s ‘Zulu Form’ with use of the Fingers Inc ‘In My House’ acapella, notibally used in AC Slater’s ‘Jack Got Jacked’.

VV BROWN – SHARK IN THE WATER (ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD REMIX)

ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD – BANTON BOOT

 

Now a selection of minimal/tribal tunes from various artists. An extroardinarilly happy tune with the help of lovely vocal harmonies from El Guincho’s ‘Kalise’ which Round Table Knights have remixed into an absolute hit. Loving this one!

EL GUINCHO – KALISE (ROUND TABLE KNIGHTS REMIX)

 

Remix by Frenchie minimaller Douster here. Quite intense for a minimal tune! Probably the basshead’s minimal tune of choice in this post. Stabbing synths and a satisfing wet bass note here and there.

MONSIEUR MONSIEUR – AUTOMATIC (DOUSTER AFRICA REMIX)

 

We’ve already heard Crookers’ remix of Mixhell’s ultimate bleepmeister ‘Boom Da’, awesome tune. Now here’s a  stripped down remix of ‘Boom Da’ by Downtown, who doubles the bleeps and adds some better vocals samples in than the Crookers remix whilst obviously creating an subtle afro ambience.  

MIXHELL – BOOM DA (DOWNTOWN REMIX)

 

These next two tracks are the original and a remix. Both containing brilliant dancehall qualities. Afro drums and high descending synths actually causing your feet to jig on the beat!

ALVARO – MAKE IT FUNKY

ALVARO – MAKE IT FUNKY (DJ PUNISH REMIX)

 

Now this one I just had to post to show how ridiculously minimal minimal can be (weirdly!?). Literally a weak bass drum thumping on the beat, throughout, with a few other tom toms and thats about it! Apart from that the odd strange sound and a constant, very much background, ominous ambience. Very hard to get my head round this one!

LEE MORTIMER – THIS IS REAL SHIT (COLOURS REMIX)

 

Well thats all I really know about the new minimal scene which has been emerging recently. I hope you weren’t to offended as I was. Evidently a lot more of that in the future, but don’t worry you basshead’s, still a lot more maximal madness to come as well. Big thanks to Pelski who really jump-started my acceptance to a really quite interesting sub-genre of dance.