Monday, 23 May 2011

russ and tonic

I don't think there are many producers, bands or solo artists that I have stuck with, through and through, from the very beginning. However, good old Russ Chimes is one of them.
I was still being fed mashed bananas and squashing hot lumps of poo into my pants when 'Afterbunner', 'She's Got The Heat' and 'Mulsanne' glided onto the dancefloor of club blogosphere. His dazzling use of synthesisers sat alongside the bottles of Canadian Club, dusty box of johnnies and traffic cones of Fresher's week. God sometimes I wish I was back at Uni with that little rodent Denzi. Perhaps nostalgia is why my fondness for Russ has not only continued but escalated into a restraining order.

As weekdays inevitably devolve back into Eastenders and a big bag of Doritos, Russ' music has evolved to the extent where now, premièring new EP Tonic/Helix on his own label Uno Mas, his productions are almost unrecognisable from past originals and remixes. With each release, the long, orgasmic synth solos are gradually being replaced by electro-house loops and sirens. Only the mid-break of 'Tonic' reprises that distinctive sound of old.

Russ Chimes - Tonic

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Russ Chimes - Helix

Please support Russ and Uno Mas by purchasing the record at iTunes or Beatport.


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Tickling the Gooch.

Afternoon gentleman. As I sit in a unbelievable hungover state in my bed, occasionally walking to the toilet for a sit down piss, It's given me a bit of time to pick a few tunes for you lot. I'll get straight to it.

First up, a second version. James Blake. As much as I enjoyed Mr Blake's debut album, it was lacking my favourite aspects of his past work - the estranged warble, synth organ swelling contrasted with bizzare plucking, filtered vocal snippets, all mixed in with with the bass from 'Footnotes'. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way, but there we go. Anyways, Mr Blake has reworked one of his tunes to a bigger beauty than it already was. I love the cowbell, it really does make it. Hopefully this is a taster of things to come.

James Blake - Give the Man a Rod (Second Version)

Next up is a man who brought an absolute game changer to the Dubstep scene in late 2009/2010, it's Emalkay. I recently purchased his new LP 'Eclipse' and it is actually far better than I thought it was going to be, because every single tune is masterfully produced. Chilled and sexy in places, and tastefully rowdy in others; Emalkay has obviously kept his thinking hat on for the last few years.
This track features the creaming voice of Dee Fearon of Baby D (Let me be your fantasy). Sweet. It's an absolute cracker of a track, with synths attacking you from all directions and some lovely bass below. Get this in your life.

Emalkay - Keep Moving on (feat. Baby D)

Third is a man I pretty much know nothing about, giving that there is very little information of him on the internet. His name is Joe - so google search is kind of tricky. What I do know is I heard this around last November, and the other day it got a release on the Hessle Audio's unbelievable compilation '116 and Rising' - you should go buy it. Even features a top sample nicked off the film Boogie Knights......

...Hahaha. Anyway, this sample chucked in with some shifting minimal tech vibe, mixed in with some lounge - then adding some crisp piano jazz, makes this beautiful track perfect. An Essential.

Joe - Twice

Rising DnB Star Fred V brings us the next tune. Fred goes from strength to strength with his soulful sounds, and is highly regarded in the industry. Bath Spa's finest bring's us this cracking remix which I heard a while ago on a mixtape, but finally found a version...and now I can share that with you. Pump the nostalgia in a new vibe. What a great tune to play around with.

Layo & Bushwacker! - Love Story (Fred V Remix)

Finally, a tune off the cracking Ramadanman/Pearson sound Fabriclive 56 album...a guy called 'Elgato' with a tune called 'Music'. Again, not much information on this fella that I could find. I'm trying to find the right words to describe the sound of this production.....Just listen to it, you won't regret it. Probably the right phrase is 'fuck brostep'.

Elgato - Music (Body Mix)



Monday, 16 May 2011


The other day I ventured into London to check out my friend, and a very talented young man, named Rocky Nti play a set at the Wheelbarrow in Camden. Before his performance, he said, 'Oh, you should meet my mate James!'. The 'James' I realised upon turning around was actually producing machine Jakwob, who had come to check out Rocky's performance also.

To my knowledge the two of them are doing some collab work for Jakwob's new LP in the studio - and I am very interested to see what Jakwob's A-game producing skills mixed up with Rocky's raw soulful voice can come up with.

Anyways, this nicely brings me to Jakwob's new EP, 'Right Beside You'. It's good. Even though the title tune 'Right Beside You' contains a commerical-esque sound, I really don't mind, since the tune itself has lovely shades of light and dark with such overall tight as furrk producing skills. And also I like the fact that Jakwob is collaborating with other UK acts, since we are all in it together right!? However, Jakwob does a complete switch up with another tune off the EP called 'Boomer' which I did not expect at all from the likes of the chap! It's....well....booming! Very dark, unlike Jakwob's earlier stuff, and it just goes to show this boy has come along way since his first release - and gives himself as a producer far more depth.

Also, chucked in on the EP is a remix from DJ Fresh - who claims this remix is....wait...future jungle!? Whaa? Jiggies? Even though it's a great little remix....future jungle? Pfft. Too many people make up genres these days! Seriously Zinc....crack house!?Haha. Let's hope he's delivering an ironic message.

Jakwob - Boomer

Download Jakwob Boomer

Jakwob - Right Beside Ya (DJ Fresh Future Jungle Remix)

Download Jakwob Right Beside You (DJ Fresh Future Jungle Remix)


I am not a massive fan of Cookie Monsta....however this tune....Well, let's just say my sub caught alight and pretty much burnt ALL my Gooch hairs off this morning upon listening. Skank on.

Frozen - Freestylers (Cookie Monsta Remix)- REMOVED



totally sebastiAn

High above the slopes of Montmartre is a billowing cloud of smoke. But this is not the kind of smoke one finds radiating off the steaming hot girls of Paris. No, the source of this plume has been exhaled from a quiet, enigmatic Frenchman; named simply SebastiAn.

For three or so years the Ed Banger obsessive have been through head-banging torture waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting. With impatience brings the daily bombardment of "when's the Uffie album coming out?", "are Justice going to release another bloody album or what?" and "fucking hell is SebastiAn's album ever going to see the light of day?" - just some of what Busy P has had to swallow and politely address. 
But what's the old expression - you wait for one Ed Banger release and three come along at once?

Between putting together a live set, producing a few tracks-for-friends and composing a couple of film scores, the SebastiAn cooling tower has been puffing away, with the man inside fusing together a full length LP, and a rather generous one at that - energised by 22 tracks (although 8 of which are 'interludes' each under a minute long).

The wait for Total has been totally well worth it. Within seconds of opener 'Hudson River' you know the record will: a) burn with that distinctive, punchy SebastiAn sound and b) be really really good.

The Prince-esque 'Love in Motion (featuring Mayer Hawthorne)' and tres chic 'Embody' pull Seb up from the dark, industrial belly and out into the fresh air.
Old favourites 'Ross Ross Ross', 'Kindercut', 'Motor' and 'Doggg' all make welcome returns, alongside the new candidates which, for me, constitute much of the second half of the album.

The Breakbot-friendly 'Arabest' has already brought out some mind-boggling, c.1960's moves from my old man; 'Prime', which follows, brings SebastiAn fans back to an apocalyptic reality. 
Harpsichordal 'Terta' (co-produced by label mate and smoking buddy Gaspard Auge [the hairy one from Justice]) wouldn't be too out of place on a DatA or Birdy Nam Nam record; and 'Yes' answers the question "has SebastiAn absolutely nailed this record?".

Download SebastiAn Love In Motion (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)

SebastiAn - Love in Motion (feat. Mayer Hawthorne)

Download SebastiAn Arabest

SebastiAn - Arabest

Download SebastiAn Prime

SebastiAn - Prime

Download SebastiAn Tetra

SebastiAn - Tetra

Download SebastiAn Yes

SebastiAn - Yes

Pre-order Total here.


Friday, 13 May 2011


For a lot of people dubstep is probably like Marmite: you either love it or you hate it. I see dubstep as more like peanut butter; everyone likes peanut butter don't they? You're either going to like the smooth, velvety type that just glides over your crumpets/toast/girlfriend's bap or the crunchy stuff that's chunkier, angular and gets stuck in your teeth for the whole week. Of course, you also get the dreadful stuff too; the kind of dubstep that is ruined by some sickly sweet jelly (but it's actually jam isn't it).

Dubstep and Drum & Bass producer, Bluze, is right up there on the top shelf with the smooth organic peanut butters. Forget Sun-Pat or Skippy.

Having entered the music scene as a producer (alongside Indian Ropeman in the UK Hip Hop crew First Down) and signing to Blitz Vinyl to record the seminal World Service LP and Mad Dogs & Englishmen EP, he led a double life in the 90's - making Hip Hop during the week and breakbeat/house at the weekend.

A chance meeting with Hank Shocklee in Miami during the Winter Music Conference in 2008 led to his near-instant conversion to dubstep; it's here that he found his musical home. Deep and soulful, Bluze's work is receiving radio play from every corner of this peanut-butter-loving world, as well as a slap on the back from fellow producers.

With several releases due out this year, 2011 is set to see Bluze emerge as one of the freshest new acts in Dubstep. On Lady Destiny's latest EP, a hotly anticipated set of tracks brings him alongside Benga, Distance and Bugz in the Attic, while his collaboration with electronica artist Kennedy has born fruit with a release on Universal Music.

Expect a string of new releases and remixes through ALTOSYNC but, in the mean time, spread these on your gooleys and the girls will be dropping within seconds.


Thursday, 5 May 2011

mates 2

Hi, yeah, look I know we've been gone a while and we should probably be doing a monster of a post on all sorts of music but this is just going to be a quick one as I'm in the middle of watching Showgirls and I have some personal issues to address.

You might remember I told you briefly about an old chum of mine - Oscar and BAFTA award winning DeadJosh - and when he popped down to film SebastiAn and Breakbot? Well, turns out he's also in some hip band called Lighthouses, who were all over Radio 1 a couple of weeks ago so it's likely you heard this Bloc-Party-meets-Justice / Daft-Punk-stripping-Soulwax / DFA-titwanking-Delphic track.

If you like that you'll definitely like their new work in progress which, at the moment, sounds a little like this.

Keep your eyes peeled for more on these chaps as I'll soon be bullying Josh into conducting an interview and maybe even some exclusives...

Monkers, who's hopelessly routing around Australia in search of a decent dubstep club and some semi-fit girls, is a big boy and reppin' Mixcloud these days. This is his latest.

The two masterminds of anything liquid, Kado, sipped on the bong water and produced something new - a track aptly named 'Something New'.

  Kado - Something New by Kado

One half of Kado, Matt Steel, has blatantly been sacking off Uni and bashing out solo tracks instead. Good lad.

  Matt Steel - Three Sheets to the Wind by Mattsteel

  Matt Steel - Silence by Mattsteel

Finally, a few weeks ago Denzi turned up (uninvited) at my house and, in a couple of short, beer-soaked evenings, we threw together an 808-heavy remix of his epic 'Wilmington Man'.

  Denzi - Wilmington Man (McMess & Denzi Remix) by McMess

There will be more posts and more music very soon. Byeeeeeee