Conceived by the rising and versatile Mr Mitch, Beatfighter is much a Ronseal ting. Launched yesterday, the concept is simple. Two producers go head to head each month to separate the wheat from the chaff,the yolk from the egg, John Terry from being a xenophobic knobhead (that last one is nigh impossible like trying to make me gobble liver pate for a week)
The first producers to throw their unreleased gauntlets are Sllllllleeeeeew Dem’s Spooky of Spartan fame and Darq E Freaker who crafted one of Grime’s most screwface inducing instrumentals since Forward Riddim in the form of Tempa T’s Next Hype.
Spooky – Energy Boost
Darq E Freaker – Turbo Kids
Vote on the Beatfighter site to decide whose bringing the best beats.
If you’re a producer and would like to get involved in some battles in the coming months, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The man like Plastician drops another long-awaited mix in his now seminal Sounds That Speaks Volumes series. Sick selection and on point mixing is the order of the day. If your not a fan of wobble in your bass…you’ll learn to appreciate it as I did when he dropped and wheeled Flux’s I Can’t Stop about 6 times in Mungos Arena last year.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Alternatively click on the link and send your email address in exchange for a free download.
One of the best journalists in the underground diaspora Martin Clark a.k.a Blackdown talking about the uncompromising and engaging Trim on Pitchfork. I was fortunate to catch Simon Wheatley‘s real Don’t Call me Urban photo exhibition at the Richmix in Shoreditch a few weeks ago and there was an infamous picture of Roll Deep sitting in and around an ice cream van.
Trim was part of the collective at the time but the manner in which he looked away from the camera leaning in a lackadaisical manner at the back foretold what was to transpire. He’s been jumping on pulsating and at times penisive productions which most MCs wouldn’t with one dancehall-like example below. If you hit the exhibition link above and sift through the selection section,you’ll see what I am talking about.
Trim + Pritchard (50% of Africa HiTech) – ‘Kiss My Arse’ [Forthcoming on Planet Mu]
Whilst, Andrew Ryce of the well clued up Resident Advisor speaks to one of electronic music’s ‘ardest working figures in David Kennedy a.k.a Ramadanman,now more widely known under the pseudonym Pearson Sound (I’m struggling to keep up and all)
The feature has an insight into his all-time favourite records which unashamedly span Pendulum,LTJ Bukem and Beastie Boys to name a few. He also makes some interesting points on every “music fans” ire of underground artists selling out and a refreshing take on the current state of play.
Hessle Audio have steadily arisen to be one of those labels that resonate their labour of love from the studio to the (imported) bassbins of Pula.Pangaea and Ben UFO may not get deserved props but producing/mixing music as a flowing entity has a skilled quality to it which some say is dying. However, these young fellas know a ting or two when it comes to “dunning” the dance.
Listen to Ben UFO’s XLR8R mix below (which I banged out in the Templeman a fair bit)
and some classic 2-step,terse timbre lost nocturnal vibe from Pangaea for your ears to digest.
Shout out to the Hessleview man and Hyde Park gal.
BR #47 – Ben UFO at the Boiler Room
The mercury has finally risen above 15 degrees.Ice cream chimes are back,females that were akin to UFO’s in the winter are out of hibernation and the flying antdem are back to rear their butters selves again (They usually love to nest in Afros…so boy off the trim!) This week’s assortment is a tribute to 90’s R&B and Hip Hop,with a few other choice pick ‘n’ mixes sauntered around 808 bass,sparse beats and conscious rhymes.
Ty and Starkey- Heart Is A Miracle feat. Sway and Roses Gabor (Martelo Edit)
Lloyd – Lay It Down (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
Kito – This City
Cassie – Me & U (Brackles Remix)
TLC – Creep PERCY
LL Cool J – Around The Way Girl
A Tribe Called Quest – Electronic Relaxation (sampled by Diplo on Brew Barrymore)
Heartless Crew – Heartless Theme a.k.a Super Glue Riddim VIBEZ
Brandy & Whisky – The Boy Is Mine (Architechs Mix)
Enjoy the sun this weekend people.
I posted this previously as part of a Fresh Ting Friday entry but I feel the Danish duo of 2000F and Jkamata don’t get enough props for their futuristic slowjam bass concoctions. This isn’t just any babymaking music…This is Quadruplet music.
Dukkehus* by 2000F & JKamata
*Dukkehus roughly translates as doll house. So… erm…. yeah!
At first glance it may appear i’ve just gone and hijacked H&M’s latest ad campaign with two sultry birds posing in their finest clobber. (I would never do that *in simple cockney voice*) However, don’t be fooled producer Kito and singer-songwriter Reija Lee both hail from Down Under and have been collaborating for a hot minute now with previous releases such as the warped synth sensibilites of ‘LFO’ which was released on Skream’s Disfigured Dubz label an age ago.
Following their recent signing to Diplo’s Mad Decent label, the duo will be releasing their debut Sweet Talk EP on the imprint next week which features a PERCY in the form of ‘This City’. In anticipation of the imminent release,a brief minimix covering the EP is below for all to sample and soundtrack the warmer climes which await in a few months.
Sweet Talk EP by Kito and Reija Lee
3.On The Jam