Friday, May 25, 2007

Friday, May 25th 2007 playlist_leak session

No true playlist this week. I haven't been rocking to certain tunes, been lax ever since I got this new gig (I got you, though, Spectreheads!). I do still accumulate a shitload of leaked material, from various blogs and other sources, so let's just get that out there in the forefront:

Fabolous ft. Jay-Z & Uncle Murda "Brooklyn"
Lauryn Hill "Lose Myself"
Rihanna "Shut Up & Drive" and "Say It", from her forthcoming Good Girl Gone Bad
DJ Khaled ft. Young Jeezy, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross, Fat Joe & Juelz Santana "Brown Paper Bag" (not to be confused with the Roni Size/Reprazent classic)
Bounty Killa ft. Cormega "Killin' Fi Pleasure"
Twista ft. Pharrell "Give It Up" (prod. by The Neptunes)
Styles P ft. Kool G Rap "Come One, Come All" (prod. by Fizzy Womack)
Skyzoo ft. Torae "Click" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Vanderslice ft. Reef The Lost Cauze, Verbal Tec & Lex Starwind "Charles Bronson"
This week, a slew of unreleased tracks from The Game's Doctor's Advocate sessions leaked, presumably produced by Dr. Dre: "My Bitch" (dissing 50, Suge Knight AND Jay-Z, supposedly), "Beautiful Life", "Murda", "Still Me" and "Won't Stop"
Young Buck "Daydreams"
Radio rip of Beanie Sigel's "Creep Low"
2 new Common tracks: "Black Maybe" and "Misunderstood" (I believe both of these are from Finding Forever album, but who knows...)
Gwen Stefani ft. Damian Marley "Now That You Got It (Remix)"
N.O.R.E. ft. Three 6 Mafia "Don't Worry I'll Wait"
Marques Houston ft. Juelz Santana "Wonderful (Remix)"
Big Shug "It Just Don't Stop" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Jennifer Hudson ft. Papoose "Special"
Here's 5 leaked R. Kelly tracks, from his Double Up album: "The Champ" ft. Swizz Beats, "Tryin' To Get A Number" ft. Nelly, "Get Dirty" ft. Chamillionaire, "Best Friend" ft. Keyshia Cole & Polow Da Don, and "Rollin'"


J. Rocc has done it again! He has compiled a slew of Madlib remixes, from 1997-2007, and threw down a heavy mix for the latest Stones Throw podcast. Here's the tracklist, from low-bee:

0:10 pb wolf - definition of ill (single)
2:04 foreign legion - nowhere to hide (single)
3:28 zion i - critical (single)
4:40 charizma (madlib remixes vol.1)
5:50 prozack - bang it (death taxes & prozack cd)
7:30 common - the sun god
8:30 madvillain - money folder (single)
9:45 lootpack - long awaited (unreleased?)
12:20 a.g. - take a ride (unreleased?)
14:00 jaylib - strapped (champion sound 2)
15:10 jay z - threat (mind fusion vol.4)
16:40 defari - say it twice
18:10 snoop
18:50 kurupt - ride wit us (madlib remixes vol.2)
19:50 jadakiss - put ya hands up (madlib remixes vol.2)
20:50 mr. cheeks - lights camera action
22:00 j dilla - reckless driving (unreleased)
23:40 (interlude?)
24:00 madvillain - rainbows (unreleased)
24:50 madvillain - one beer
27:18 jazzanova - l.o.v.e. and you and i (remixed cd)
34:00 zero 7 - distractions (simple things remixes cd)
36:40 bilal - soul sista (single)
39:45 common - 8 minutes to sunrise
41:00 lootpack - frenz v endz (unreleased?)
43:30 nas - revolutionary/get down (mind fusion vol.4)
45:40 interlude
46:50 nas - get down
48:20 j dilla - let's take a ride (unreleased)

Fill in those blanks?


DZ, one half of the Lurk'N'Gully outfit, has dropped a serious May 2007 Promo Mix. Here is the tracklisting:

Kromestar & Walsh - Panic Room (Hot Flush)
Skream - Lose Control (Tempa)
DZ - Whoa (Dub)
Richboy - Throw some D's [EMU Rmx] (Dub)
Loetech - Apollo11 (Dub)
Toasty - Angel (Hot Flush)
Janner - The Power of Sound (Dub)
Skream - Midnight Request Line [DMZ Rmx] (Tempa)
DZ - Slums Dub (Dub)
Sully - Lynched (Dub)
The Antiserum - Ain't it Funky (Full Melt Dub)
XI - Sunshower (Dub)
Massive Attack - Find my Way [Kode 9 Rmx] (Hyperdub)
DZ - The Distance (Dub)
Luke Envoy - Honour Kill (Hot Flush)
Parson - Conduit (Dub)
DZ - Work it out (Dub)
Monster - Caveman VIP (Dub)
DZ - Chinese Checkers (Dub)
DZ - Chalice Dub (Dub)
Distance - Fallen (Boka)
Plastician ft Skepta - Intensive Snare (CD-R)
Loetech, DZ & Bowzer - Mathematics (Dub)
NIN - Me, I'm Not [DZ & Bowzer Rmx]
Jason Burns - Bad Boy (Dub)
Loetech - Shotgun Harmonica (Independents Dub)
The Fix - This Fire [DZ's Bayswate Mix] (Dub)
DZ - Crime Spree [Sully's Rough Justice Mix] (Dub)
Lurk n' Gully ft The Fix - Forward (Independents Dub)
Babylon System vs Noah D - Take That (Dub)
DZ - Be Cool (Dub)
Bowzer - Last Man Standing (Independents Dub)
Benga - Duel (Big Apple)
DZ - I Don't Pray (Dub)
The Antiserum - Top Shottaz (Full Melt Dub)
???? - ????? (Dub)
???? - ????? (Dub)
DZ - Boombastic (Dub)
Skream - Check It [vocal mix] (Tempa)
Monster - More Fire (Dub)
DZ - Rise (Dub)
DZ - Untitled/Unfinished

This monster clocks in at just over 1hour43mins. Dude's tracks are flame, and he drops a host of sick dubs in there as well. Grab it before it's gone!!!


For your DNB fix, this week's For Your Listening Pleasure features mixes from Goldie, DJ Jambo, Subwave, Fracture & Neptune, Temper D & Vicious Circle. All flava.


Pandamonium Jones hit me up this week with links to TWO Caps & Jones mixes out there (not up on C&J? Get familiar). The first is a lil' promo mix for Professor Murder, which throws everything from Prof. Murder b-sides and unreleased cuts up against Freddie Mercury, Three 6 Mafia, Eek-A-Mouse and a host of other sounds and beats. (check out Caps & Jones' first release on vinyl, a remix of Prof. Murder's "Free Stress Test"! Grab the Professor Murder Rides The Subway EP HERE)

The 2nd is an hour-long fiesta for Top Shelf Motherfucker, a Toronto clothing company. I will just say two things: grab the mix, and check out the tracklistings:

Part One

Metallica – Battery
Junkyard Band – Sardines
Young Black Teenagers – Tap the Bottle
House of Pain – Shamrocks and Shenanigans
Schooly D – I Don't Like Rock'n'Roll
Ice Cube – Check Yo'Self remix feat DAS EFX
DJ Pooh – Whoop! Whoop!
KRS ONE – Sound of Da Police
Jay Dee – Fuck The Police
Body Count – Cop Killer
The Misfits – Hunting Humans
Dub Narcotic Soundsystem – Fuck Shit Up
Can – Vitamin C
Ghostface – Ghost Is Back
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
A Certain Ratio – Do the Du
Banbarra – Shack Up
Paris – The Devil Made Me Do It
Afroman – Palmdale
Afrika Bambaataa and The Soulsonic Force – Looking for the Perfect Beat
Daft Punk – Robot Rock
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Walking on the Water

Part Two

Snoop Dogg – St. Ides In The LBC
Aaliyah – Rock the Boat
The Knife – Heartbeats
Billy Squier – The Stroke
Outkast – Chonky Fire
NWA – Dopeman
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
Public Enemy – Shut Em Down
Beatnuts – Reign of the Tec
Audio Two – Top Billin'
Baby feat The Clipse – What Happened To That Boy?
Three 6 Mafia – Tear Da Club Up
DJ Deeon – Tear The Klub Up
Crime Mobb – Knuck If You Buck
Psychedelic Furs – Dumbwaiters
The Rapture – Dumbwaiters
Guns'N'Roses – Night Train
Beastie Boys – Rhymin and Stealin
Bun B – Trill Recognize Trill feat. Ludacris
Bloc Party – Banquet
Wire – Mannequin

Cotdamn. Grab NOW!! And if you are in NYC tonight, Caps & Jones are throwing down at Savalas.


On the final thought, I want to big up KJ Sawka, whom I just recently interviewed, and show you why I got so intrigued by his skills. Here is dude playing his song "Axis" LIVE on C89.5 in Seattle:

Until next time...

DJ Krust: in his own words

One of my favorite interviews I've done was with DJ Krust, a staple of the DNB community through V, Full Cycle and his various other excursions. He was one of the first producers I latched onto and truly followed. In my conversations with him, I realized how philosophical of a cat he is, he seems to always be thinking. He sent this piece, which is more of a question/statement, a few weeks back, and I neglected to post it for whatever reason. It is text that ended up on his blog, which needs more shine than it's getting (also needs more posts, but its fuckin' Krust!)... here is the unedited text:

as the jungle drum and bass scene starts to warm up for the summer .we look to what is happening . is there a split are we moving in diffrent directions. has the music changed .is it staying the same. whats happened to the movement called jungle . where is the unity . what about what we used to stand for ? moving forward . welcoming change, the scene was about growing together .when we look around what are we seeing . yes the scene is now much bigger ,yes its world wide, yes the standard is much higher, yes there are more labels, yes there are more dj,s. so this is growth right ? what about the coming together of the people .the communication, the organization. what dose jungle ,drum and bass stand for ? is this jus about music us having a great time .taking drugs and partying til we drop . or are we saying some thing, using this music as our voice. to talk about whats happening to this genaration . to our community. to our people to me to you. NOW IS THE TIME TO SAY WHAT WE NEED TO SAY

You'd think, in 2007, we'd be saying more with this music, expressing more ideas and themes. Who knows what the future holds... but for as much slating and backbiting that goes on, you'd think we'd look to the producers who helped mold the DNB/Jungle scene, and look to them for guidance.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

backlog (5.24.2007)

So at the temp. gig I picked up, I had some breaktime and, since I am allowed to surf the web whilst on breaks and lunch (bonus!), I decided to clean up my primary Gmail account. Boy, did I find a shit load of, well, shit that I hadn't dloaded or responded to, for whatever reason. My life's been kind of hectic since I been on the job search, but some of this shit needed to be posted months ago. SO, I decided to throw some of these accumulations into one blog post... and who knows? Maybe I'll be lazy and forgetful, and throw these up more often! LOL.

let's go:

Here are a gang of leaks that did not make it to last week's playlist (May 18th, 2007) because, well, I never got around to making a playlist:

Trife Da God & Termanology "Trife & T" (prod. by Milkcrate Fam)
Papoose ft. Busta Rhymes "Drop It" (prod. by Dr. Dre)
Ghostface Killah "My Guitar"
Wise Intelligent "I'm Him"
Raekwon "Freestyle" (over ESG's 'UFO' break)
Few new cuts from the Beastie Boys' instrumental album, The Mix-Up: "The Rat Cage (Edited Version)"& "Off The Grid"
Kurupt "Mystic River" (prod. by DJ Battlecat)
Jaylib "The Mission (Stringed Out Remix)"
Mims "This Is Why I Rock" (clean version) (also check out a LIVE interview/freestyle of his from the Kung Fu Show on Pyro Radio)
Red Cafe ft. Mr. Easy "Children of the Ghetto" (prod. by MoSS)
Tragedy Khadafi ft. Prince Ali "Righteous Scrolls"
Lil Wyte "Slap That Sucka" (as seen on Adventures In Hollyhood)
Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (prod. by DJ Toomp)
Chip Fu over Collie Buddz' "Come Around"
Siya "So Crazy" (she is apparently the first openly lesbian rapper?)
Young Cash "Freeze"
DJ Khaled ft. Akon, R. Kelly, T-Pain, Lil' Kim & Young Jeezy "We Takin' Over (Remix)"
Mazaradi Fox ft. Kool G Rap "Gangster Therapy"
Aesop Rock "None Shall Pass"
Crooked I "Cruisin'/Just The King Freestyle"
Strong Arm Steady ft. Talib Kweli "One Step"
Amy Winehouse ft. Jay-Z "Rehab (Remix)" (here is a version featuring Pharoahe Monch)
Metafore ft. Joell Ortiz "Hood Thang"
Blaq Poet & NYGz "N.H.B. (Nigga, Ho, Bitch)" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Styles P "Hold On" (prod. by Fizzy Womack) (grab The Ghost Sessions HERE)
Timbaland "The Way I Are (Manny Faces Remix)" (shouts to Manny Faces on the remix)

Cinematic Music Group presents "Sean Kingston: Good Talk vol. 2" (hosted by DJ Khaled) [sendspace link]

Dude has an LP dropping on Beluga Heights in Fall '07; Beluga Heights is the label that superhot pop producer JR Rotem started up, and Kingston is his flagship artist. Sean reps Miami by way of Jamaica, and is all of 17 years old. He mixes up rapping, reggae toasting and "soulful harmonization", and seems to be poised to make some big moves. Tracklisting:

1. DJ Khaled, Sean Kingston Intro
2. Colors – Sean Kingston feat. The Game, Rick Ross
3. The Slums – Sean Kingston
4. Skreetz On Lock – Hot Dollar feat Jermaine Dupri
5. Way We Live – Sean Kingston
6. Riding So Slow – Question feat. Sean Kingston, Kyle Lee
7. Ghetto – Smoke & Numbers feat. Sean Kingston
8. Makin Them Swerves – Nipsey Hussle
9. Big Knots, Big Chain – Hot Dollar
10. Colors 2007 (Reggae Mix) – Sean Kingston feat. Vybz Kartel, Kardinal Offishall
11. Never Change – Smoke & Numbers
12. In The Ghetto – Sean Kingston feat. Trey Songz
13. We From SA – Question feat. Dope Supply
14. Prepared For War – Chin Wha feat. Smoke & Numbers
15. All My Ganstas – Sean Kingston
16. Concrete Jungle – Smoke & Numbers
17. Paid The Cost – Sean Kingston
18. Pressure – Chin Wha feat. Smoke & Numbers
19. I’m From – Nipsey Hussle feat. Cuzzy Capone
20. High Life – Question
21. Deep Cover Freestyle – Question
22. Give You Some Love – Sean Kingston
23. Beautiful Girl – Sean Kingston (Summer Smash!!!)
24. Outro

Looks interesting... might be worth the dload. For more info, peep this link.


I'm no big Shady Records fan at all, but the boy Ca$his is getting a lot of burn, for God knows what reason. I have never listened to his Bogish Boy vol. 1.5 mixtape, but a lot of Shady fans online seem to swear by this collection. Maybe one of you will dload this and let me know what to look out for...


Check out Submorphics' May 2007 Studio Mix, which was recorded for The Overfiend's BassDrive show:

Saburuko - Warped
Theory - Versionist
Bungle, DJ Roots & The Ego - Conquest System
Lenzman & Submorphics - Way Back When
Chino - Essence
Mutt - Draw on me
Atlantic Connection - Peace of Mind
Submorphics - Downstyle
Jazz Thieves - Feelin' Easy
Redeyes - Science of Sleep
Lomax & Focus - 5 Weeks
Mutt & Submorphics - Be my Lady
Jazz Thieves - Tonka Stomp
Lenzman & Jubei - Room 237
Lomax - Brain Freeze
Random Movement - Things you do
Switch & Stunna - Together
Lenzman - The Blues

A suite of slickness throughout that mix.


This mixtape is a few years old, but it's new to me, and contains a host of sick blends. DJ Fade's R&B Madness:

1) Intro
2) That's The Way Love Goes - Janet Jackson
b/w: Wait (The Whisper Song) - Ying Yang Twins
3) Something In The Way You Make Me Feel - Stephanie Mills
b/w: Lean Back - Terror Squad
4) Real Love - Mary J. Blige
b/w: How We Do - The Game ft. 50 Cent
b/w: Hush - LL Cool J
5) Think Of You - Usher
b/w: Hate It or Love It - The Game ft. 50 Cent
6) Human Nature - Michael Jackson
b/w: Bonafide Hustler - Young Buck
7) In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
b/w: Alright Groove - The 45 King
b/w: 5 Alarm Blaze - Joe Buddens
8) Back To Life - Soul 2 Soul
b/w: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
9) Clap Your Hands, Stomp Your Feet - Interlude
b/w: Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See - Busta Rhymes
10) I Like It - Debarge
b/w: Tipsy - J-Kwon
11) Walk On By - Sybil
b/w: Hustla (Remix) - Cassidy ft. Mary J. Blige
12) Mona Lisa - Slick Rick **(DJ FADE 2005 Party Mix)
13) Rhythm Of The Night - Debarge
b/w: It's All Good - Fantasia
14) Candy - Cameo
b/w: 1,2 Step - Ciara
15) This Is For The Lover In You - Shalamar
b/w: Hold You Down - Prodigy ft. Nina Sky
b/w: Let Me Love You - Mario
16) Who's Holding Donna Now - Debarge
b/w: Sugar Buddy - Nodesha
17) Friends - Jody Watley
b/w: Again - Faith Evans
18) Be Happy - Mary J. Blige
b/w: Make The Music With Your Mouth - Biz Markie
b/w: Breathe - Fabolous
19) All Or Nothing - Joe
b/w: DaRockwilder - Method Man & Redman
20) I Could Fall In Love - Selena
b/w: Treat U Betta - Big Shug
21) Outro

Kind of reminds me of this slept-on J-Live mixtape, Homemade Blends vol. 1. Check it out, though - Fade did his THING!


Enjoy, and keep it locked here. We have you sorted, don't even worry.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Win You a Van!

The summertime is the time when kids are home from school, and concert season is alive and wheel. While you might not be down with Lollapalooza or some large scale outfit, it doesn't mean you can't still get heard by the people... and the good folks at TuneCore and Guitar Center have devised the perfect giveaway:

During the month of June, head on over HERE and enter the "Win a Van" sweepstakes. The requirements are simple: go there during the month of June and let them know the following info: how could you/your band benefit from a new whip? What's your best tour story, from the past or the future? What are 10 things you/your band would always have in the van? And finally, detail your dedication to your craft. If they choose you, you/your band could win the following goodies:

How sick is that? All the ish you need to rock a few weeks or a month touring in your area, or at least to get you started. Now before you DJ/Rap stars get in a tizzy with all the "band" talk, I spoke to Mary @ TuneCore, who assured me that "anyone who's making music and can articulate their commitment to it" is able to win it. So, get your thinking caps on and get motivated.

Again, this competition is brought to you by the good folks over at Tune Core (check them out - they make it easier for artists to get their music on digital services like iTunes, eMusic, Napster and many more sites) and Guitar Center. Don't miss out - get your music online, then hit the pavement and get it heard!

[rock the dub Interview]: KJ Sawka

Live DNB has always gotten mixed reviews. While some artists, like Paradox and Amit, can truly bring the same fury of their released music doing Live PAs, some fans get confused with acts like "Planet Pendulum" making arena-rock DNB, or Reprazent's jazz fusion sets. As of late, especially with the Jungle Drummer's live sets with dope DJs (he's recently been touring with DJ FU), the idea of a truly gifted DNB drummer has been intriguing hardcore fans. KJ Sawka is the new breed of Jungle Drumming: Seattle, Washington bred, he is a musician that took his gift with the sticks, added his growing love of DNB and Electronic music, and fused them together to further blend the two styles of playing. He has released an album, and is currently working on a new collection of dancefloor-ready tracks, and is on the verge of exploding on the DNB scene worldwide. Dude even has performed with Blake Lewis (yes, that Blake) before, and has him on his new album! We shot the ish with KJ on many topics: his evolution, his production, and the new opportunities he has been affored (London Elektricity? Bassdrive Radio show? new album? Tour?)... get ready!

khal: First things first: how does it feel to be garnering so much publicity over the ‘Net? It seems like word of mouth has lead to things moving in a pretty fast direction for you in the last couple of years. Does it ever feel surreal?

KJ Sawka: You know, it feels great!! I've been producing and playing music for a long time. I've been striving to be an international artist for a long time.. It feels more deserved than surreal. I am very, very grateful though. No head here :) but I've known in my heart that there really are people out there that want to see and hear my music... And love it!!

khal: I know you’ve been involved in music for a while. Can you talk a bit about your progression? When did you start drumming, when did you start working in bands, your first flirtations with DNB, etc.?

KJ Sawka: I started playing drums at age 11. Playing jazz, rock, and funk. All the basics around at that time. I started teaching drums to my friends right off the bat, so that helped my progression a lot. Along with practicing 8-10 hours a day, everyday. Total nerd!! I was in bands all through high school.. Then, 18 years old, just out of high school, I heard dnb and breakbeat music. LTJ Bukem, Crystal Method, Chemical Brothers. They blew my mind!! I never wanted to listen or play anything else again that I'd played before. I was hooked on electronic music!! I wanted to create what I heard on the drums. And at the same time I bought some drum machines and started programming and playing keys.

khal: OK so now you hear DNB, and you spend time honing your style to, for lack of a better term, recreate DNB-style breaks live. How long did it take for your style to catch on? Did you ever encounter someone who said “you can’t do it”?

KJ Sawka: It didn't take very long for it to catch on. I had some songs and started a band called 94th Street. Which was the name of the street I lived on at the time. I teamed up with my long time guitar mate TJ Berry and roommate sax player Alex Zimmerman. We came out with a big bang in Seattle. Bringing 200+ kids out to every show. The dnb and breaks live drumming styles caught on quick!! I played many Seattle "Loft Parties" and they launched me even further into the professional music scene. My style was catching on so quick, that at one of the first shows I had ever played in Seattle, Michael Shrieve (drummer of Santana) asked me for drum lessons...

khal: In one of the first videos I saw of you on YouTube, you are not just playing the drums, but you have samplers going, and you seem to be doing like 5 things at once at times. Can you break down your set up? How long did it take you to create the kit that you are using now, and how long did it take to start implementing the samplers and effects and such? Also, is your setup still evolving?

KJ Sawka: My setup is always evolving. Since I started playing breakbeats, I also started programming beats and playing with effects and keyboards. My bedroom started looking live a music store. Yes, I usually do like 4-8 things at the same time. If drumming wasn't already 4 things by itself. I used to have a drum kit , drum pads connected to a sampler with tons of effects. Now it's more laptop based. - Currently I have a all odd size drums with a Mac Powerbook running Ableton Live, Reactor, Battery, Pro Tools, etc. A mixer, trigger finger laptop controller, Korg sampler, drum pads/ brain, audio/midi I/O, Kaoss pad, Akai filter, gate unit, Electrix MoFx and many other varieties constantly changing it up...

khal: Now, while some might just be hearing about you today, you’ve been bubbling in the US jungle/DNB scene for a few years. I know you’ve opened for LTJ Bukem, and played the country over a few times over. What point did you start to realize that your style was catching on, and people were truly starting to not just take notice, but be genuinely impressed with your work?

KJ Sawka: Everyone has been really impressed with the drumming aspect since the beginning but the online videos have taken it to a whole nether level. Getting my debut album signed to a real record label has helped in a huge way, not just as a drummer but as a producer as well.

khal: You’ve put out one CD, Synchronized Decompression, and I notice that the styles on that aren’t exactly like your live sets, meaning its not all LIVE DRUMS LIVE DRUMS, but a mixture of the programmed beats and other effects. What do you think is more important: wowing crowds with your dazzling skills in a live setting, or crafting creative tracks on your released output?

KJ Sawka: Well, I see it as sort of two entities. I love playing the drums live, so that is what I do live. But I love electronic music too. And electronic music doesn't have live drums in it all the time. I tried playing the electronic drum samples live without the acoustic drums and there wasn't the same impact as the live acoustic drums. There were big ups and big downs in the sets. When I played electronic drums, it was sort of mellow and when I played acoustic drums it was 'off the hook'... So I've been enjoying playing 'off the hook' shows last few years... haha... As far as the album goes. I want people to get just a small sense of the live show and mainly be able to sit back and enjoy a nice studio album of electronic music.

khal: Word is that you’ve also got a show on BassDrive radio. In listening to the archives, I see that you not only employ the live style you’ve been known for, but you also throw in things like DJ Shadow’s “Six Days”, as well as other familiar tracks. How does this show come about: is it essentially your live performances condensed, or are you actually mixing?

KJ Sawka: Yes, I have a once a month Bassdrive show, the first Monday of every month 6-7 central time US. I have been remixing some of my favorite dnb tunes in my live sets for a couple years now. DJ Shadow's "Six Days" is my own remix, called "Six Day War", off the original Colonel Bagshot record. People want me to release it, maybe I will soon? The Bassdrive show was all live, not unlike other live shows. I put tracks into my Ableton Live session and remix them on the fly. It is definitely like mixing records but way different... It has a similar sounding result. My live show has many different aspects of "on the fly" and pre-recorded material. I separate my tracks into bass, keys, vocal, drum loops, samples, etc. and trigger, tweak, effect, loop and remix them all at one time. And play the acoustic drums.

khal: As stated before, you got into DNB through hearing a track of LTJ Bukem’s. While he is definitely a figurehead in the scene, he is not as prominent of a name as he once was. Do you still keep up with current DNB, and if so, who are you feeling these days?

KJ Sawka: Yeah definitely, LTJ was an eye opener and I try to keep up... I listen to and am influenced by Human Imprint recordings, Hospital, Renegade, Outbreak, EZ Rollers, Moonshine, Noisia, Roni Size, Black Sun Empire, Spor, Evol Intent, London Electricity, Venetian Snares, Amon Tobin, Boards of Canada, Royksopp.

khal: I heard a rumor that you might be doing some work with London Elektricity? Are you able to discuss this at all?

KJ Sawka: Well, we have some recording dates with him in July when I'm in the UK. Who knows what is going to come out of it though. It should be good I feel.

khal: One thing I HAVE to ask: when it comes to playing DNB live, it’s still in its infancy in terms of producers segueing to recreating their music live. LE does it, Pendulum has their “Planet Pendulum” sound coming, and a few other acts have really pushed their sound, but in terms of in demand drummers, it seems like the only guy on the scene has been The Jungle Drummer. Do you feel any competition with him in terms of “jungle drumming superiority”? Would you ever be game for a “drum off” style battle with him?

KJ Sawka: I would definitely be into a drum battle any day!! haha .. But there are a few hand fulls of drummers that do DNB that I'm aware of. Just not to many doing the full on DNB/DJ type sound. I am aware of drummers who can do many things I cannot but I haven't seen any drummers take the performance to a "DJ style" type thing yet... I love making people dance even more then wowing people.

khal: I hear that your next album will be going away from the more “moody” styles of Synchronized Decompression. What steps are you taking to ensure that your new disc will be full of more “club-ready” tracks? Who are you working with to accomplish this – any new players come into the fold?

KJ Sawka: I produced the album myself. I really want to be known as a producer as well as a drummer... Preferably a producer. I still have a long way to go but I feel that the tracks will slay the dance floor. I also want to convey a moody style, for I'm a moody guy. I like to think of my music as Heaven meets Hell, Yin and Yang, Darkness vs. Light. I've been doing live-PA sets, mainly "breaks" and it's been going off!! Very similar to playing the drums live. So I know I'm doing something right.

khal: You’ve linked up with Cyber Groove for your promotions and management. What was your situation like before, and what are the pros of linking up with a company like Cyber Groove?

KJ Sawka: Yes, Cyber Groove contacted me after seeing my YouTube videos and my website. They are booking and promoting me. I am currently managed by Interface Management out of Seattle. I've been with Interface for a few years. The pros of linking up with Cyber Groove are that they are very submerged into DNB and Electronic music, which is perfect for what I'm doing. Interface Management is more broad genre music management and booking company.

khal: Do you have tour dates, and if so, where can fans find you in the coming months?

KJ Sawka: Yes, I have many tour dates coming up - Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Toronto, NYC, London, UK, LA etc, etc ..
I post most current tour dates on my MySpace website, as well as on

khal: Do you have any final words/shout outs to give to the people?

KJ Sawka: Yes, I'd like to thank Cyber Groove Productions, Interface Management, Wax Orchard Records, Grapevinez International, Demo, Zacharia, The Dowes and all the Seattle DNB crews, My singers - Christa Wells and Emilia Sosa. And all the people out there - get ready cause the KJ Sawka ship has landed and it's motha f *kin' bullet proof!!!

suggested links:

Finally, check out the video for "Montreal", which will be available on the DualDisc version of Cyclonic Steel, forthcoming on Wax Orchard:

khal would like to shout out KJ Sawka for providing such a smooth interview, Scott @ Cybergroove for getting things situated, and Chappy Sinclair for making the initial contact for me. Truly appreciated!

Clemens Come

On the heels of his game tonight with the Trenton Thunder minor league baseball team, I was perplexed in thinking/reading about Roger Clemens' return to pro baseball:

Why was the world so shook up when Jay-Z came out of retirement, to seemingly go 1x platinum, but Clemens comes out signing MILLIONS, and there's not even a word of resentment?

I guess in a sport where we can let dopeheads break records, anything is fair game...

I'm feeling local columnist Jeff Edelstein's column from today's Trentonian. Really hits the nail right on the head.

Mixtape, Inc.

For all of you Hip-Hop DVD heads, mixtape lovers, and genuine documentary lovers, I just got word on this new DVD that is available now entitled Mixtape, Inc., which delves into the hypocritical world of mixtapes in Hip-Hop. We all know the game: the Rap industry is quick to snatch up rising mixtape acts (50 Cent, Papoose and countless others) to big contracts, and build brands around them, but on the flipside, they talk with the RIAA and get frustrated about how much money they believe they are losing. The makers of this film might call it a love/hate relationship, but I personally look at is as more of a "do as I say, not as I do" type of relationship. And the only people who get hurt are the consumer...

This doc takes you into the background, speaking with many Hip-Hop luminaries (from the G-Unit camp to Lil' Jon, Kanye West, Xzibit, Chuck D, Fabolous, David Banner, DJ Kay Slay, DJ Clue, Danger Mouse and others), getting their real, hands-on insight into the struggle and drama that has escalated into situations like DJ Drama getting arrested for essentially helping the people he's dropped mixtapes with get more paper.

Once I get my mittens on this, I'll be pouring over it and providing you guys with a review.

For right now, check out the trailer, and if you are intrigued, go cop it.

Monday, May 21, 2007

LOST, Season 3: "Greatest Hits" [recap]

Kind of fucked up how, even with Blogger's new AUTOSAVE feature, my fucking recap just disappeared. So here is my super condensed recap:

I wanted Charlie to die. Karl was acting very strange, as was Ben. What's up with the inconsistencies of the Looking Glass station? Is Jack's plan going to work?

suggested reading:
LostPedia's synopsis of this episode
trailer for the Season 3 finale
Doc Jensen's recap of this episode.


the shuffle. [5/19/07]_late/condensed

In a weekend that invovled my Nets being knocked out of the NBA Playoffs, my wife and I making a cool $1 during our yard sale, and my family enjoyng Pinot Grigio and drama at my cousin's baby shower, I unfortunately did not have the time to sit down and knock out my normal shuffle for the week ending May 19th, 2007, and I apologize. I've been kind of absent, but I will be providing the wealth of links I accumulted.

Before I do that, though, here is a list of things to expect from rock the dub and dubplate digest this week and in the near future:

  1. A leak-exclusive playlist for the 18th of May;
  2. A recap of The Sopranos' episode entitled "The Second Coming";
  3. A recap of LOST's episode entitled "Greatest Hits";
  4. My interview of DNB drummer/producer KJ Sawka;
  5. A recap of my failed yard sale;
  6. Other bits and bobs.

In any case, let's flush out this week's news:

That's the motherlode. Dissect one at a time.

Here's a final thought for that ass:

Three 6 Mafia "Tear Tha Club Up '97"

Get ready for Memorial Day, early!

Until next time...