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DJ Eastwood ‘U Ain’t Ready’ [w/ Untold + Spooky remixes] (No Hats No Hoods)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2013 by dk

DJ Eastwood 'U Ain't Ready' [w/ Untold + Spooky remixes] (No Hats No Hoods)

Following up from Ruff Sqwad’s critically acclaimed ‘White Label Classics’ at the end of 2012, No Hats No Hoots return with a release from DJ Eastwood. Originally pressed in 2003 on white label vinyl, ‘U Ain’t Ready’ sold over 5000 copies and even earned Eastwood a guest mix on the late John Peel’s BBC Radio 1 show.
This classic 8-bar grime instrumental and pirate radio anthem was a staple at Dirty Canvas and Sidewinder and still regularly features at Wiley’s Eskimo Dance events.
The first remix to arrive back in the No Hats inbox was Hemlock Recordings heavyweight Untold’s “2010 Remix”, a full-on assault complete with his signature experimental percussion. Spooky’s remix comes in strong with it’s dirty saw wave bassline, orchestral stabs and pizzicato strings inspired by the original.


Release Date: 6th May 2013
Format: Digital
1. U Ain’t Ready
2. U Ain’t Ready (Untold 2010 Remix)
3. U Ain’t Ready (Spooky’s Remix)

Mella Dee – Ruff Cut EP (Forefront Recordings)(Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by dk

Artist: Mella Dee
 Title: Ruff Cut EP
 Label: Forefront Recordings
 Release Date: 10.09.12
 Format: 12″ Vinyl + Digital
1. Gassed
2. Fazed
3. In The Bits (Vinyl Only)

One half of the prolific duo Mista MenMella 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 UnknownCheap Thrills and Greenmoney); his work has been revered by the likes of MoscaBlackdownBeneath 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.

Future Sound – An Underground Electronic Music Documentary

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2010 by dk

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.

Deadboy – Cash Antics Volume 1(Preview)+Original Songs

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by dk

artist: deadboy

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.
Preorder HERE

More Deadboy + Mixes

Track 1 :Ashanti -The Way That I Luv U

Track 2:Official Girl

Track 3 Cassie -Long Way 2 Go

Kowton ‘Basic Music Knowledge’ & ‘Hunger’ / New 12″ & Digital release on Idle Hands

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by dk

Cat no: IDLE003
Format: 12″ & Digital
Release date: early May
Distribution: ST Holdings

a) Kowton ‘Basic Music Knowledge’
b) Kowton ‘Hunger’

Listen IDLE003 – Kowton ‘Basic Music Knowledge’

Listen ‘Hunger’

“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’.

Set up last year from the back room of the Rooted Records, the label aims to showcase the best in raw, grooving and experimental electronic music with a particular focus on the UK underground.

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.”

Kowton mix
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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