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One half of the prolific duo Mista Men, Mella Dee, steps up for his second EP of 2012 following up the recent CTRL EP on Coyote Records. Having already had a slew of releases under the Mista Men guise with production partner Woozee (on labels such as Unknown To The Unknown, Cheap Thrills and Greenmoney); his work has been revered by the likes of Mosca, Blackdown, Beneath and B Traits. The Ruffcut EP sees the Doncaster-based producer exemplify his skills as a solo producer touching upon House, Garage and even Grime territory for a snapshot of his own personal influences.
With an intro that contains audio from Grime MC Crazy Titch’s infamous cab driver incident; ‘Gassed’ is a fierce bass-led track with heavy claps and hi-hats that are counter-acted with some playful synth work. Whilst on the surface the track seem rigid and stern the variety of percussive elements make it more than suitable for dancefloor outings.
‘Fazed’ has all the bump and swing reminiscent of UK Garage in it’s heyday. Slightly more raucous than it’s pre-2000 predecessors it carries the signature groove and dexterity that have been a focal point of Mella Dee’s solo productions to date. The Ruffcut EP is rounded off by ‘In The Bits,’ a sultry cut that shuffles with propulsive drum programming and is the closest to a fully-fledged House cut out of all three tracks. With this solo EP Mella Dee manages to stay close to his Garage roots without being limited by traditional genre conventions, manipulated his work into something that is a refreshing account of the state of play in 2012.
Dir: Jamie Whitby & Rachel Lob-levyt // UK // 2010
Future Sound is a short documentary that looks into a small cross section of London’s forward-thinking underground dance music scene, exploring some of the things that define and affect it as it moves into a new age of digital innovation.
Featuring interviews with Roska, Scratcha DVA, Blackdown, Mark Fisher, and Lisa Blanning, plus footage from a live SBTRKT DJ set.
label: well rounded
cat no: WRND004
For release no.4 Well Rounded Records proudly present Deadboy with his effortlessly hype ‘Cash Antics Volume 1’ EP. Three R&B re-rubs that showcase his adeptness at different styles to suit all. The new tracks he has built to support the accapellas sound fresh, natural and exciting. On the A ‘Way that I luv u’ is a breathtakingly, heartbreakingly epic rework at dubstep tempo. Over pon the flip ‘Unofficial Girl’ is a gloriously anthemic Soca-step bomb that is pure fiyah for the dancefloor. This is followed by ‘Long way 2 go’ – a sultry crunk-hop rebuild with some serious soul. DJ support from Martyn, TRG, Bok-Bok, Hot City, Doc Daneeka, Greenmoney, Ramadanman, Blackdown, Hackman, Ikonika…. This year is going to be a big one for Deadboy.
More Deadboy + Mixes
Track 1 :Ashanti -The Way That I Luv U
Track 2:Official Girl
Track 3 Cassie -Long Way 2 Go
a) Kowton ‘Basic Music Knowledge’
b) Kowton ‘Hunger’
Listen IDLE003 – Kowton ‘Basic Music Knowledge’
“After the well received ‘Countryman’ & ‘Stasis (G-Mix)’ 12” for Blackdown’s ‘Keysound’ imprint Kowton returns with his first release of 2010; this time for the Bristol based label ‘Idle Hands’.
Having picked up lots of interest online Kowton is ready to make his mark in 2010, following features in RA, Fact Magazine and Blackdown’s own blog.
The two tracks selected for the release: ‘Basic Music Knowlege’ & ‘Hunger’ operate in the musical middle ground between the darkly swung garage of El-B and the dubstep pioneers, and the submerged techno sound of STL and New World Aquarium.
DJ and radio support has so far come from Appleblim, Mary Anne Hobbs, 2562 and Kevin Gorman, amongst others.”
Download it HERE.
STL – Bird Art (Something)
Andre – Moments in Life (Mahogani Music)
WBeeza – He So Crazy (Third Ear)
Soundstream – “Live” Goes On (Soundstream)
Kowton – Stasis (G mix) (Keysound)
DJ Abstract – Touch (Tempa)
Kowton – Looking At You (unreleased)
Pearson Sound – Wad (Hessle Audio)
Kowton – Countryman (Keysound)
Emvee – Nocturnal (Wireblock)
Kowton – Metronome (LV Remix)(unreleased – Nakedlunch forthcoming?)
Joe – Grimelight (Hessle Audio)
Peverelist – Bluez (unreleased – Punch Drunk forthcoming)
Guido – Beautiful Complication (Punch Drunk forthcoming)
Idle Hands March mix for MUSICBOX™
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