Monday, February 11, 2008

Chevron @c90 29th Feb

Yup, we're playing host to CHEVRON (planet µ) and XYLITOL (resonance fm) at the end of this month.

Here's an mpfree of Chevron's stuff off of the free 'Now That's What I Call Wrong Music vol5' LP (originally available from the wrong music website - there's plenty to check out there):

Here's what we're saying (but read on for another mpfree - see how I'm selling this?)

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CHEVRON (live) –
Planet Mu/Wrong Music
Few artists have the ability (or desire) to reconcile acid house, ragga jungle, wistful electronics and rave hedonism as effectively and cohesively as this incendiary performer. First ever Sheffield appearance (shamefully).

XYLITOL (live) –
Resonance FM/Kosmiche/Pierogii Disc
Or what happens when a legendary DJ and Resonance FM presenter Jim Backhaus forms a one-man casiotone electropop outfit inspired by BBC Radiophonic Workshop, early Mute label releases and obscure Krautrock.

Plus your c90 DJs.

Friday 29th February, 8pm til later
The Shakespeare, Gibraltar Street
4 on the door, roar
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Okay, here's something a little different. It's from the planet-µ label sampler 'Amµnition', a mixed-CD from 2004. Stadium rock riffery gives way to driving, skittering spliced-junglist snares which ricochet-reverb off shiny surfaces like applause in an Olympic pool:

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Bashment Specialists

The Heatwave website had an overhaul back in October last year (damn, five months flew past - this Aberdeen contract only lasts 9months and already it's puttin me behind the beat...). Since then, there's been loads to report; these ldn-based bashment specialists have been: 
  • running their mind-blowing, jump-up parties and playin at everyone else's (they blew the dancefloor apart when they came to c90 back in June - pix up here
  • writing a regular blog (sign up to the feed for access to high-quality mpfrees)
  • putting the finishing touches to their 'This Is An England Story' mix (which previously went out as a Blogariddims mix, chat here) for release on Soul Jazz records
  • put together releases on their own label from the likes of dj C
  • put together mixes and charts for us consumers of internet-based content, so as that we might learn together - (particularly check the fresh-hot Rowdy Bashment 2007 Mix, 45 tracks in 68mins, sweatin the riddims out)
  • AND have been producing their own essential riddims...
Their first production is the Piano Riddim. It's got a clean, chunky piano-driven hook which drips with subtle dubbed-delays, riding a bouncing, driving beat. The weight comes from a warping, flexing sub-bass. It's a proper good-vibes riddim, it compels smiling as much as dancing. But if it's infectious as an instrumental, it's the vocal cuts that are irresistible. No less a figure than Warrior Queen voices a version called 'Things Change', which is shortly to be released on Soul Jazz accompanied by a Dj C remix, and further versions featuring Riko Dan, the Heatwave's Rubi Dan and Quality Diamond are on the way. I love these Dj C remixes - his snares and hi-hats are always so Crisp&Dry - this is gonna be an essential purchase...

So I threw together another rush'n'ruff-assembly traktor mix of Heatwave-inspired party tunes, including their 'Things Change' and their 'Tambouriddim' version, as well a wicked Vybz Kartel vocal on 77Klash's Swarm riddim, a recent remix of Enur ft. Natasja's 'Calabria2007' (a tune I first heard through the Heatwave mixes), and some properly hot fiya from dj C's Sonic Weapons LP. Grab it here:

  1. Lady Saw - "I Got Your Man" (Tijuana riddim) [VP records]
  2. Warrior Queen & The Heatwave - "Things Change" (Piano Riddim) [Soul Jazz]
  3. Kanye West - "Gold / A It Dat" (Wayne&Wax remix) [Mashit mashups]
  4. Santogold - "You'll Find A Way" (Switch & Sinden remix)
  5. Sunship feat. Warrior Queen - "Quits" (Sinden remix)
  6. Vybz Kartel - "Catch You Breath" (The Swarm Riddim) [Dutty Artz]
  7. Enur ft. Natasja - "Calabria 2007" (Hatchmatik Clubabria remix)
  8. Toddla T - "Inna di Dancehall" (Count of Mote Cristal & Sinden remix)
  9. Dj C - "Animal Attraction (ft. Zulu)" Sonic Weapons [Mashit]
  10. The Heatwave (feat Rubi Dan +more) - "Tambouriddim refit" Juggling Machine Vol.1 [The Heatwave]

Saturday, February 02, 2008

The Bass Off

We're doing another party - details below -  and in celebration of all things compulsively dancefloor, things with a certain bass heaviness, and also 'cos I won't be there to help you bring the madness, you should grab this really ugly-borne ruffed-up mix and get prepared for some mayhem when any of these tracks drop:

1. Idonia - "Hot Fuck" (on 77klash's Swarm Riddim) [Dutty Artz]
2. Burial - "Archangel" (Leif remix)
3. Proxy - "Decoy" [Turbo recordings]
4. Loefah feat DJ Assault - "Ruffage / Ass'n'Titties" (wordthecat remix)
5. Matt Shadetek - "Warm Hearts Turn To Cold" [Dutty Artz web exclusive]
6. AC Slater - "Bassline Time"
7. Kasia - "Over You" (Dexplicit Remix)
8. Mala - "Alicia"

Notice that label 'Dutty Artz'? Well it's oooooold news but Matt Shadetek and dj/rupture got themselves a new label/family/enterprise/city, and very generously sent out promo material that I kept intending to blog about... Dutty Artz just welcomed ldn's wordthecat as a featured blogger. It's all shapin up somethin beautiful. 

As is our next party in shef. You wanna see a poster by Go_Sheffo? And more details? Bring it on, son...

We've been keepin to our corner of the playground, gathered round a stereo, heads down. Over near the hopscotch them boys with the big trainers started playing electro out of a boombox. We're walkin over there, they step up, and we're watchin each other, close up. One of them shrugs in his jacket, twitchin his skinny frame to the beat. Yeah, those malignant ROUGH DISKO kids really gone done it this time.

Instead of settling this the old-fashioned way, throwin some shapes up in each others faces, gettin all techtonik, we're stepping to the same rhythm, falling into sync, whirling legs round, all jumpstyle. Strength in numbers, that's right, together we’re throwing up THE BASS OFF for a heavy sound clash.

The ROUGH DISKO team (cut to JIMPOTENT, GAG REFLEX and THE LONDON WICKER since BOB FUNKHOUSE’s sad departure to the smoke, although word on the bite-yer-fkn-face-off-book says he'll be in effect) are purveyors of electro, house, bassline, house, techno, ghetto tech and booty shaking business. December saw the ROUGH DISKO Djing/gymnastic team display aerobics both on the floor and behind the decks. The wonk levels were jacked up to 98 with help from South London’s finest purveyers of crunking electronics dragged straight from the gutter, ZOMBIE DISCO SQUAD.

where - Penelopes, Sheffield
when - Friday, February 15th
what - 10.30 while 4
damage - £4

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