The artist formerly known as B.Rich has set himself up for a promising year with this instant classic. Barrett “Kastle” Richards has taken on a dubbier sound with an almost housey edge to it.
It used to be that the UK had the monopoly on bass, but recently America, mainly the east coast, has started to take over. Artists such as Drop The Lime, AC Slater, Udachi and of course B.Rich stormed the scene with massive bass-heavy “choons” and “club-bangers”.
Naturally, it seems appropriate to post a track featuring two of the biggest names in US bass: Kastle and Udachi. The original is a very mellow bassy piece reminiscent of Burial with a house twist. Now I have to warn you it does feature auto-tune. Luckily, it manages to pull it off by exercising some restraint and it does make it sound like it’s underwater, which kinda fits.
Starkey adds a nice ravey horn-through-a-buzzsaw line to bang it up but it’s Udachi’s Funky mix that does it for me with the most awesome drum samples I’ve ever heard. Honestly, if you’re not sure about Funky listen to this tune. A lot. Then listen to Willy Joy’s Funky/soca mix or I’ll slap your knees.
Under his B.Rich moniker it was more fast heavy bass drops and ghetto/hip-hop samples but with Kastle his productions have taken on a much dubbier, techy sound – lots of arpeggiated synths and handclaps. Definitely the beginning of big things for this chap.
Stand out tracks: Udachi Mix, Willy Joy Mix
Title: Better Off Alone (seclus026) Artist: Kastle Out now soon on Seclusiasis.
London natives King Midas Sound are to release their new single on Kode9,‘s imprint Hyperdub. The release, which XLR8R described as “soulful and lovelorn”, comes out on September 7. The b-side is the equally haunting b-side ‘Frequencies’.
Under this guise Martin’s music takes on a more Bristol-inspired sound as the ragga element takes a backseat. It’s a more thoughtful endeavour and certainly one worth checking out for those lazy summer days in the park with cans of fizzy whatnot.
Last week I told you about the new free Hostage EP. Today I bring news about the latest Alan Parley project (not to be confused with The Alan Parsons Project). His new guise Wira is a departure from the usual Hostage territory and is to be released via the brand new label Phuturelabs (brought to you by the guys behind Nerve Recordings).
This new persona has only really been described as an “elusive” producer from the UK, though with Alan Parley’s picture on the Facebook page the mystery begins and ends there.
The A-side is a track called ‘Vloeitjes’; a slow-paced, a low-frequency piece full of dramatic tension with an unexpected bounce for such dance music. The whole package will be available in glorious 320 from the Phuturelabs website on September 13. In the mean time you can grab another tune of his ‘Animals’ below.
Our good friend in the north Alan “Hostage” Parley has put out another stonking EP on Nightshifters and it’s absolutely free!
It’s good to see him branching out from the sidechain electro/wobble templates and trying something a bit different. Here big Al bridges the gap between dubstep and funky with an incredibly wobbly drop and the trademark funky drum pattern.
Dev79 has been bangin’ out the underground sounds for years. I first heard his music back in the days when he was producing harsh noise-influenced hip-hop and breaks on the Sonic Terror imprint. Today his music retains the hip-hop and glitch influences along with a new dub and heavy bass streak.
His recent remixes for Gobs The Zombie, Guttstar, Dmn Days are sure to raise his profile and jettison him into the stratosphere. I’m told he’s currently working on a collaborative EP with Seattle producer Thrills (of Sub Philo Music/Thrills & Tony Rocky Horror fame) with a new EP out on Seclusiasis called ‘Live N Die 4 The Street Bass’, coming in September.
01. BD1982 – Trails (Gunhead Remix) 02. Siyoung – Kill Whitey 03. Scratcha DVA – New World Order 04. Dev79 – Live N Die 4 The Street Bass (Harlsedon Riddim) 05. Kanji Kinetic – Thrill Seeka 06. Guttstar – Bomb Blast (Dev79 Remix) 07. Chelley – Text Message (SonicC Remix) 08. CRST – The Bells (Girl Unit Remix) 09. Hybu – How To Look Primative 10. Skinny Friedman – Hundred Dollar Salad (Sammy Bananas Remix) 11. The Constellations – Setback (Starkey Remix) 12. Shawty Lo – Say Yeah 13. Starkey – Death Beams 14. Om Unit – Searching (EAN Remix) 15. +Verb – Puddleglum 16. DJ Prime Cuts – Rubber Banned 17. NastyNasty – Dead Star 18. Max Echo – Noshy Riddim 19. Dev79 – In Grain We Trust (Thrills & Tony Rocky Horror Remix) 20. Kaiser – Tasty Lazers (Dev79 & Thrills Remix) 21. Supra1 – Still Believe (Royce Rolls Edit) 22. Kastle – I Know
Kanji Kinetic has released an EP on Chrissy Murderbot‘s label Sleazetone. The release promises to be the biggest for the label so far, with remixes coming from Krazy Fiesta (of Trunkfunk/Turboweekend fame) and upcoming bass or, to coin a wanky term, “post-garage” superstar Kingdom (Night Slugs, Fool’s Gold, Mad Decent, Acéphale).
Here’s what Sleazetone had to say about it:
“We here at Sleazetone are really hyped about this one—an EP from one of the biggest names in forward-thinking bass music right now, Kanji Kinetic. He’s released work on labels like Rag & Bone, Trouble & Bass, Senseless, Tigerbeat6, and Coin Op, to name a few. Now he’s bringing a new take on his distinctive Bassline/Dubstep/Funky/Rave fusion to Sleazetone.
‘Thrill Seeka’ is a huge party tune on a UK Funky tip with some cheeky samples to keep things lively. ‘Griefer’ is classic Kanji—punishing bassline house with really crisp percussion and genius drum edits, while ‘Scatter’ is mind-melting Dubstep drumwork mayhem. Completely next level ish, FOR SERIOUS.”
There’s another Sketches party tonight at the Tyne Bar. Not only is it the last Sketches party at the Tyne, it’s also the last ever club night at the Tyne now the local idiots have learned to use phones.
Anyway, I’m reliably informed they will be moving to another club in October so it won’t be the end of Sketches and it promises to be a spiffy night with the usual musical shenanigans and the return of the art walls in which anyone and everyone can draw penises or ‘LOL’ on them or whatever it is the young people do with paint these days.
Music and whatnot will be provided by:
Shim Capo Ultra Edmondson Veshch Spalec
Plus super secret special guest/s (maybe)
Friday 13th August The Tyne 18.30 – 23.00 Free Entry
Scion A/V and Sound Pellegrino have put together a lovely little compilation album ‘Straight From The Spring’. The new compilation features efforts from Para One, Renaissance Man, Momma’s Boy, and Bart B More & Harvard Bass.