“It has a sort of Clockwork Orange-esque feeling about it,” says UNKLE’s James Lavelle to Mashable. “It follows the idea of taking the money and running — how vulgar and gratuitous we are financially at this point in time. The story follows the excesses of rich individuals preying on the weak and poor.”
“It is not intended as a direct broadside to any particular politician, though borrows from the iconography and styling of the Bullingdon set who reign supreme,”says director Tom Haines. “I suppose it’s a crude allegory, but in that sense it allows us to have a lot of fun with the scenarios and settings. The kind of fun that makes you feel uneasy in hindsight.”
From the depths of the vast musical universe, MalLabel Music has travelled far and wide to capture the shining light and sounds of some of dubstep’s most talented artists. On the conquest to divine a collection of the greatest of the great, MalLabel has come into contact with one of the most unique and luminous of this ilk, hailing from New Jersey, USA: The Widdler.
The Widdler should be well known to anyone who deftly travels the territories of today’s bass culture. With such classics as Froggy Style, Lady Dub, and the Origin Album in his repertoire, it is with great enthusiasm that MalLabel presents his new masterpiece, Flexstar, a jaunty and jumpy ride through the type of terrain of complex and profound sounds that The Widdler is well known to command.
Supporting the celestial brightness of Flexstar’s intense bass fueled beauty are three diverse remixes provided by some of San Francisco’s finest talents. Seasoned veteran Fresh Young Minds of the dynamic duo Blackheart provides a deep, driving, dance floor directed knocker. El Diablo, another staple in the stable of MalLabel’s crew of commanders delivers a drumstep refix bubbling to the brim with feisty rhythm. And finally, Porkchop, one half of the up and coming killers Adsum, has sequenced a sensational reflection of the track in a minimal and dark flavor.
Be sure and grab the entire Flexstar EP, each of the diverse mixes of the original are sure to fit any listener’s mood of the moment, and every DJ will want the variety.
The Widdler’s “Flexstar”EP is out Today exclusively on Beatport
The Widdler – Flexstar (Fresh Young Minds & Bukkha Remix)
Having passed the landmark half century in releases for Dub Police it’s time to celebrate and what better way to do so then to hand the reigns over to label head Caspa for the big 50!
Following the release of the anthemic ‘Back For The First Time’ last summer on Sub Soldiers – which was vocalled by Mr Hudson as ‘Love Never Dies’ and the brutal ‘Neck Snappah’ earlier this year, Caspa returns with the huge ‘Fulham 2 Waterloo’.
Driven by a hard 4×4 kick and galloping snares, the rhythm is overlaid with the snap of the half step snare providing an impactful percussive counterpoint that flips between house and dubstep. With the tough dancefloor foundations laid, it is the sharp, rave-inflected lead hook that provides an addictive rallying cry for club audiences everywhere.
Having first been aired by Annie Mac on Radio 1 back in February, it has been getting heavy club support from Atrak, Breakage, Mista Jam, Annie Mac, Zinc and Emalkay to name a few and with forthcoming rubdowns from Roska and Emalkay Fulham 2 Waterloo is set to storm the summer soundsystem airwaves.
As the man behind Dub Police and affiliated labels Storming Productions and Sub Soldiers, and an irrefutably top class producer in his own right, Caspa’s influence on the scene is profound. His continuing musical evolution and willingness to champion new talent has marked him out as an international
Fulham 2 Waterloo
ambassador for dubstep as he continues to spread some of the most exciting sounds to come out of the UK in years.
Fresh back from Coachella Caspa now hits the road with an epic list of heavyweight forthcoming tour dates including Glastonbury where he will provide another outing of his’ Dubs, Decks and Visual FX’ multi sensory assault, followed onwards by Global Gathering and Creamfields amongst a massive run of forthcoming festivals and worldwide shows that take him to every corner of the globe, not to mention a 14 date tour throughout the USA in August which will be hitting some major venues alongside Digitalism.
Touring is just the tip of the Iceberg, Caspa still finds time to host a bi-monthly night at the world famous Fabric and not content with running 3 labels, producing dancefloor bomb after dancefloor bomb and the acclaimed album ‘Everybody’s Talking, Nobody’s Listening’, his remix skills are in higher demand than ever, remixing for the likes of Katy B, Buraka Som Sistema, Deadmau5, Miike Snow, Swedish House Mafia, Depeche Mode, Kid Sister to name just a few.
Caspa is working with a host of exciting guest vocalists and collaborators on his forthcoming artist album with full details to be revealed in the not too distant future- stay up-to-date with everything Caspa related with the new official Caspa iPhone application featuring news, music, videos, gig details, photos and much, much more! HERE
FORTHCOMING TOUR DATES:
3rd June: Stylus – Leeds
3rd June: Fabric – London
4th June: Stadsblokken – Arnhem – Netherlands
11th June: Escape in the park – Swansea
11th June: Parklife Weekender – Manchester
12th June: Summer Break – Newquay
18th June: UAF Festival – Vienna
26th June: Glastonbury – Pilton
30th June: Fez Club – Cambridge
1st July: B’estfest – Bucharest – Romania
2nd July: Aquarius – Zrce Beach – Croatia
8th July: Rehab – Chelmsford
9th July: Wakestock – Wales
15th July: Space – Ibiza
16th July: Dour Festival – Hainaut – Belgium
22nd July: Tomorrowland- Boom – Belgium
23rd July: Monegros Desert Festival – Huesca – Spain
29th July: Kendal Calling – Lake District
30th July: Global Gathering – Stratford-Upon-Avon
Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died Friday at age 62.
A friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone listed for his Manhattan recording company, said he died in the afternoon at St. Luke’s Hospital after becoming sick upon returning from a European trip.
“We’re all sort of shattered,” she said.
Scott-Heron’s influence on rap was such that he sometimes was referred to as the Godfather of Rap, a title he rejected.
“If there was any individual initiative that I was responsible for it might have been that there was music in certain poems of mine, with complete progression and repeating `hooks,’ which made them more like songs than just recitations with percussion,” he wrote in the introduction to his 1990 collection of poems, “Now and Then.”(billboard report)
Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
The Belgrade, Serbia based label Svetlana Industries today announced it will release it’s fourth recording on 13th June.
The record comes from BNJMN, the techno alias of enigmatic British producer Ben Thomas. As Jackhigh he released an astonishing collaboration Tropics EP with Teebs on Svetlana last year, attracting praise from figures as diverse as Hudson Mohawke and Falty DL. He followed that up with a totally different but equally acclaimed album as BNJMN for cult Dutch label Rush Hour earlier this year, which won him a new audience in techno circles, with plays and pladits from figures such as Benji B, Surgeon and Laurent Garnier.
The EP boasts four original tracks that build on BNJMN’s organic techno sound and take it in a new direction, absorbing influences from 2step and garage and the bass production of Burial, and combining it with very Detroit and Drexciyan aquatic sounds, all with Ben’s distinctive nostalgic melodies, filtered through a misty lo-fi haze.
These tracks are complemented by two remixes: Lukid’s extraordinary remix has been described as “looking out of a café window through the rain to an empty beach”, while Kelpe’s remix reveals a new aggressive edge and deep sense of foreboding to his sound.
There’s also a stunning video to accompany the Lukid remix of One Sea produced by new Svetlana signing Devon Hansen. The piece works as much as a piece of modern art as it does a promo, and a public screening is planned.
BNJMN – One Sea (Lukid Remix)
FORTHCOMING ON SVETLANASVET005: NIGHTWAVE – THE FEEL EP (Vinyl 27th June 2011, Digital 11th July 2011)
SVET006: POLYKLINIK – + EP
SVET007: 1000NAMES – MACHINE CITY EPSVET008: BREY – BREY
Architecture in Helsinki have released the video for “Escapee,” the third single from their new album Moment Bends (V2/Cooperative Music USA/Downtown Records). Like their last two singles, “That Beep” and “Contact High,” the track is an infectious and danceable slice of indie pop perfection. The song’s wistful, nostalgic, feel is echoed by the video – which features a young protagonist breaking out from the confines of suburban life. Architecture in Helsinki kick off their US tour next week at the Henry Fonda Theater on June 1st.
Architecture in Helsinki US Tour Dates:
06/01: Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
06/02: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
06/03: San Francisco, CA @ Slims
06/04: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
06/05: Vancouver, BC @ Venur
06/06: Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
06/09: Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
06/10: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/11: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
06/12: Montreal, QC @ Le Tulipe
06/13: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
06/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/16: New York, NY @ Webster Hall
06/17: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06/18: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
JOHN DIGWEED & NICK MUIR
B-Side: Abe Duque Remix
Formats: Limited 12” Vinyl & Digital
John Digweed & Nick Muir – ’30 Northeast’
John Digweed & Nick Muir – 30 Northeast ‘Abe Duque remix’
Following, success of their heavyweight “Bilder”, John Digweed and Nick Muir return with a brand new creation, “30 Northeast”. It’s a spine-tingling, fizzing, spiralling, big-room monster in its original form, a blueprint that’s taken deeper, superbly, into classic house territory by Abe Duque.
The track title, “30 Northeast” refers to the street address of Vagabond in Miami, USA. The club that so effectively captured the energy of a John Digweed DJ set last year, that became his first ever commercially available live DJ mix. “John Digweed Live at the Vagabond”, recorded live at the 9th Annual Bedrock/Creations Party at Vagabond Miami 27th March 2010, was included on the “Structures’” bonus DVD as yet another musical milestone. A live mix complete with slideshow, it captured the essence of an amazing Bedrock Party for posterity (http://www.thevagabondmiami.com).
Between them, John Digweed and Nick Muir, producers of the finest electronic dance music, have been involved in many pivotal moments in the world of club music over the years and have in many ways helped to define genres & push the boundaries further. As with all their releases, “30 Northeast” is another mission statement to show that they are not resting on past laurels but always developing their sound in an exciting direction.
Remix duties fall to USA’s Carlos Abraham Duque Alcivar, aka Abe Duque, the perfect candidate to take 30 Northeast in another exciting direction and provide a fitting alternative to the Original, two great versions of one great track, means yet another great release from Bedrock.