Archive for August, 2012

Bob Marley – Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix)(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by J.D.

Pig & Dan – Emotions/Let The Show Begin – Bedrock

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by J.D.

If you’re talking about exciting underground producers, two of the first names out of anyone’s hat should always be Igor Tchkotoua and Dan Duncan (aka Pig & Dan), whose distinctive mixture of influences has given them a sound that is both innovative and easily recognizable, since they first joined forces back in 1999. Right now, it seems like there’s a non-stop flow of success in the air around these two musical madmen. Their last Bedrock release (“Machines”) in April 2012 was a Beatport Top 5 smash and now “Emotions”/”Let The Show Begin” raises the bar even higher.
From the twisted vocalized intro to the deep, deep bass and subtle synth hooks and drops, “Emotions” is, quite simply, a soulful electronic masterpiece. Whilst “Let The Show Begin”, with its quirky nod to Mr. Mojo Risin’, displays a more direct and intense percussive edge to the powerhouse Pig & Dan arsenal.
Once again, it’s hats off to Bedrock for raising the bar even higher with each release. In this day and age to not only survive as an independent label, but also to flourish and constantly evolve by introducing new talent and pushing established artists to their creative best, is something that should be applauded.

Pig & Dan
Emotions / Let The Show Begin
1. Emotions
2. Let The Show Begin
(Bedrock Digital) Beddigi24
Release 03.09.12


Download:Johan Reinhold ‘Heart In A Jar’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by J.D.

Johan is a Swedish indie electro-pop singer/songwriter with influences from Roxy Music to Bowie to Daft Punk.  In anticipation of his EP scheduled for early October he has given away the lead track as a free download.

Debut album from Chilean indie sensations ASTRO (Nacional Records)+Video

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by J.D.

 Astro’s upcoming self-titled US debut, to be released September 4th.

A streaming preview of the album will debut next Monday on NPR Music.  The Chilean indie sensations’ song “Panda” will appear in the upcoming EA Sports video game ‘FIFA 13’ as well as the new Bloomingdales television ad campaign:


Lovely, melodic, reverbed falsetto, epic/dreamlike synth effects and real rock ‘n’ roll drumming.” MTV IGGY

Designers of one of the most universally beloved indie hits to come out of South America in years (“Maestro Distorsión”), Astro is also the protagonist of one of the most divisive young careers in our Iberoamerican pop landscape.” CLUB FONOGRAMA

Astro – Ciervos

PJam – Oxygen EP (BeatCamp)(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by J.D.

Artist: PJam
 Title: Oxygen EP
 Label: BeatCamp
 Release Date: 08.10.12
 Format: Digital
1. Bubble Bum
 2. Quantum
 3. SkyBoy
Grime luminary PJam continues his resurgence to the genre with an eagerly awaited instrumental EP that sees the producer experiment with a variety of sonic elements and rhythmic templates.  After last years re-release of Anger Management on Terror Danjah’s Hardrive imprint, he has now focused his attention on his own label BeatCamp, which will be home for his new productions and the Oxygen EPmarks the first instrumental-based release on the label.

Fusing carnival-esque breaks that are usually associated with UK Funky, the ferocious Bubble Bum is a rollercoaster of bongo drums, high-pitched synths and syncopated percussion. Aggressive as much as it is dancefloor-friendly it’s a myriad of twists and turns with the composition of sounds switching rapidly, all of which gives it serious potential to be a staple in the clubs for the coming months.

Quantum takes things into 8-bar grime territory with instantly gratifying drum stabs and futuristic synth melodies that are reminiscent of the purple sound of Bristol and the early grime sounds of Wizzbit aka Geeneus circa 2003. However PJam makes the track his own as his sinister chord progression gives the cut a narrative and his use of euphoric synths have made this something that wouldn’t sound out of place in an early 90’s Sega Mega Drive computer game.

The EP ends on a sombre and melancholic note with the deep and emotive SkyBoy – where the rough meets the smooth for some truly entertaining results. Touching upon elements of dubstep with a sauntering and atmospheric intro that explodes into a flurry of heavy drum breaks and snares, it’s akin to the funk-infused grime exploits of Swindle but propelled by PJam’s Jungle-inspired drum programming.

The Oxygen EP acts as a succinct introduction to the sounds of the North London based producer and will be the first of many instrumentals that will be finally be unleashed from the elusive producers’ archives.

Hizatron & Bashley – Discharge EP – Wigflex(Preview)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2012 by J.D.

Artist: Hizatron & Bashley
Title: Discharge EP
 Label: Wigflex
 Format: 12” Vinyl + Digital
 Release Date: 28.09.12
Two of Wigflex’s long-standing family members, Hizatron & Bashley, collaborate on the Discharge EP for some masterful strokes in synth-driven techno that further the label’s agenda of putting Nottingham’s rising talent on firmly on the musical map.
Being one of the founding members of the label, Hizatron previously released the HZA EP in 2010 and also contributed to split EP’s alongside Geiom and Metaphi on Wigflex. Since then he’s released on Fat City and Berkane Sol and recently contributed the stellar Dejig to the Electronic Explorations compilation whilst Bashley is one of the more elusive members of the camp but more than makes up for it on the evidence on show in this release.
Lead track Discharge is a head-mangling exercise in IDM techno that is propelled by chaotic arpeggiated synths. Firmly rooted on the 4/4 template it’s a gnarly nine-minute workout that is an intense take on the stylings of Border Community and the like but with the focus on the impact of the basslines.
Baggah Peeds is a highly charged cut with stuttering synths and emotive chord progression that ebbs and flows throughout whilst Coat Angah is the more brooding effort on the release and the duo display their range here with the subtle arrangements of synths and warped bass melodies.
The Discharge EP has been gaining traction after receiving a stellar 8/10 in DJ Mag and with Wigflex’s reputation on the rise in Nottingham and further afield, it’s only a matter of time before the burgeoning record label and club night becomes a byword for forward-thinking UK electronic sounds.

Download:Mishka Presents Supreme Cuts & Haleek Maul’s Chrome Lips Mixtape

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 30, 2012 by J.D.

Chrome Lips is a haunted house floating in the deepest reaches of space. Chrome Lips is a cloud of weed smoke, twisting into shapes that animate your nightmares. Chrome Lips is Versailles drenched in red light, monarchical monsters roaming its halls. Chrome Lips is the new flesh. The collaborative album from Chicago production duoSupreme Cuts and 16 year old Barbados based rapper Haleek Maul, Chrome Lips is one of the most arresting, dangerously original rap releases of 2012.

The Peach Kings Announce New York City +Free Download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by J.D.

The Peach Kings, Texan Paige McClain Wood and Californian Steven Trezevant Dies, are set to release their new EP Handsome Moves in September 6, 2012 and in celebration are playing 3 special shows in New York City.
They describe their sound as “gypsydelic,” which is just what it sounds like. Stemming from their inability to choose one genre of music to play, they coined the term in order to reflect their own personal view of the band. “Gypsy-” because they were inspired by playing outdoors and “-delic” because it contains just a hint of strange.  Paige and Steven are strongly influenced by visuals in cinema and fashion. In fact, Drew Barrymore discovered their music and selected them to be a part of her Spring Music Preview spread for V Magazine, alongside the likes ofMayer Hawthorne, M83, Spank Rock, Warpaint, and The Drums.
The duo fill the gap between upbeat rock and downtempo electronic, with comparisons being made to The Black Keys, Mazzy Star and The XX. Similarities can also be drawn to Little Dragon, and how they do so much with so little. They draw their sound and inspiration from the smoky smooth crackle of blues, folk, and soul vinyls as well as the hypodermic tones synthesized in various beat laboratories across the globe. Stripped down, The Peach Kings’ power is derived from Paige’s hauntingly sensual vocals combined with Steven’s complementary rhythm and picking.
Sexy is a word used often in describing The Peach Kings sound. The EP features the intoxicating lead single “Fisherman” to the sultry “Like A Stone” and the sweet sounds of “Lonely”. The EP in its entirety has a lot of found sounds that were salvaged from the delirious recordings of giddy musicians with really expensive gear.
It’s been a long time goal for the Peach Kings to press a record on vinyl, as they want themselves and their families to have an artifact that can be found in a crate 50 years from now. Not only that, but in 50 years, that piece of music, like a fine wine, will have gathered all the character and noise that makes vinyl so nostalgic and timeless.

The EP artwork for Handsome Moves was created by Shane A. Richard, a musically inspired artist from California. The Peach Kings are large supporters of their local art scene, with a strong belief in building an artistic community around themselves. Look out for the upcoming video for “Fisherman,” directed by Jace Armstrong, and old friend of Steven’s from Silver Lake.
1. Fisherman
2. Do For Me
3. Lonely
4. Like A Stone
5. Soon Will Be
6. Thieves & Kings

The Peach Kings New York City Dates

8/28/12 Harvard & Stone Los Angeles, CA
9/6/12 Union Hall Brooklyn, NY
9/8/12 Pianos NYC, NY
9/9/12 Cameos Brooklyn, NY

Baauer-Dum Dum (Stream)

Posted in News with tags , on August 30, 2012 by J.D.


Dum Dum: A laser etched Limited Edition 12″ White Label.
A debut on vinyl from Baauer, in preparation for his first full EP on LuckyMe Records. Brain illustration by Eclair Fifi.

A1 Dum Dum
A2 My Nose
A3 Swerve

Pangaea to release ‘Release’ a double EP on vinyl and CD in October

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by J.D.

“Do your thing, just make sure you’re ahead of the game”, warns ‘Game’, the opening salvo of Release, Pangaea’s new double EP for Hessle Audio. It’s a statement of intent for the entire record, reflecting the increasingly idiosyncratic nature of his music. Release’s eight tracks are entities unto themselves, each a natural evolutionary continuation of the rough and rolling pirate radio techno he began to culture on last year’s Hex and Inna Daze 12″s.

Since his early releases, Pangaea’s music has expanded to reflect the growing diversity of dancefloors, reaching outward to integrate jungle, hardcore, techno and house into its rhythmic axis. The result is an incendiary hybrid form rooted in UK hardcore traditions, where ruffneck MC chatter, static-addled voices and sinewy melodies slip in and out of earshot like ghosts channelled from raves past.

These base materials are put to a variety of different uses across Release’s length. Foremost among them is a swung and sub-heavy vision of UK techno, informed by a love of pirate radio and sound-system music. So instead of remaining locked to a four-to-the-floor pulse, rhythms are splayed outwards into vortices – swirling assemblages of kicks, woodblocks and shrapnel that weave in and around one another. ‘Majestic 12’ explodes from the blocks at blistering speed, repeatedly switching in intensity across its length. Hi-hats keep time above roiling kick-drums on ‘Trouble’ and the aptly titled ‘Time Bomb’, which detonates with a billowing thud at the start of each bar.

Other tracks touch on ideas familiar from Pangaea’s earlier music, but twist them almost beyond recognition. Both ‘Game’ and the ‘Release’ are raw steppers’ tracks, but ruder and more abrasive than anything he’s released to date, while ‘Middleman’ offsets a halfstep shuffle with warm brassy melodies. Release saves its largest curveball for last, though, with the seething ambient of ‘High’, whose murky surfaces are pockmarked by bit-crushed screams.
artist Pangaea
title Release
label Hessle Audio
date 29 October 2012
format double EP = 2 x 12″ | CD | digital

1. Game

2. Release
3. Trouble
4. Majestic 12
5. Time Bomb
6. Middleman
7. Aware
8. High
As co-head of Hessle Audio alongside Pearson Sound and Ben UFO, Pangaea’s exploratory approach on Release also reflects the attitude that’s characterised both his and his label’s approach so far. As dubstep has fallen away, they have refused to simply follow many contemporaries into straightforward house and techno territory. Instead they take their influences as jumping-off points from which to explore, a method that’s led them along new and distinctive pathways in ever-noisier surroundings. Release is no exception – the building blocks used in its construction may be recognisable, but they work in a way you might not have heard before.