Archive for 04/01/2012 - 05/01/2012
We premiered a cut off of this a few weeks back, and now that #BlueCollar campaign hits full stride with Call In Sick, an EP with a title that's near and dear to my heart. I've got a feeling Hawdwerk was calling in sick to complete some of this. For his first soloe EP, We get two tracks produced by J Bizness, three from Kaleem "Sincere" Wasif and a jawn from CBall. You already know. I won't even sit here trying to go ham with you niggas, trying to talk dude up. If you've slept already, stay out a little late for before coming back from lunch. Pop this one in and get your everyman on. Trust.
DOWNLOAD HawdWerk - Call In Sick
In 2010 and 2011, I've helped put together the mixtape for the Jersey Fresh Jam - shouts to Leon Rainbow for allowing me to be a part of it. These tapes have helped highlight the Jersey Hip-Hop scene, bring funds back to the Jam for future projects and also help cultivate talent for other shows. Instead of dealing with cats submitting tracks via e-mail, they've got a submission form set up where you can enter your info AND submit a track. If you're from Jersey and make that Hip-Hop, you should be up on this. Trust me. Full details HERE - the Jam is on the 11th of August, so get your submissions in early!
Interesting show here. Shouts to Phil for keeping it fair but honest with his interview with Solar, yes 7 Grand "super producer" Solar. Solar speaks on his thoughts about Guru two years removed from his passing, the Gangstarr Foundation and more. Nothing too crazy, and as Phil says, it's a touchy situation, but I'm not mad at him bringing Solar in. It's still #FuckSolar in my book, and him calling Guru a "sweetheart" is mad suspect. Also kind of sideeying him about calling Guru underrated. But who am I? Of COURSE the best of independent and underground Hip-Hop is played, and another dope edition of Side Beatz. You already know.
DOWNLOAD Side-B Radio (5/20/2012)
Today marks the UK release of Fabriclive.63, which was mixed by Shy FX, B.Traits and Breakage, aka the Digital Soundboy Soundsystem (US release is June 19th).You might have seen me going ham about this mix last week on twitter. Couldn't help it - it's such a diverse statement on the Bass Music scene, and I'm just a huge fan of DSB. I just threw up a competition to win a copy of this mix CD on DOA, check it out. Word is Shy, B.Traits AND Breakage have albums on the way. Keep it locked!
DOWNLOAD Skream & Benga - The Dubstep Show (5/19/2012)
Before he remixed Nappy's "This Is Anger", Spooky was making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic with the mighty "Spartan". If you've been checking the Grime scene over the last year or so, you would've surely heard a number of different remixes and vocaled versions of this riddim. For Volume 1 of the Spartan Sessions, Spooky mixes 27 different versions, featuring guys like Merky Ace, M.I.K., J-Sweet, Mr. Mitch, Darq E Freaker, K1, Discarda and PLENTY MORE, doing their collective things over, on top of and around this infectious riddim.
DOWNLOAD blackrasslin podcast, episode 032
SpectraSoul's Away With Me EP is their final single before their Delay No More album drops this summer. Pre-order this EP (which features remixes from Calibre and Kito) before it drops on June 18th.
I missed last month's epic Garden Variety show, but I'm definitely trying to be there for this one. My boys Tone Liv and Venomous2000 are on the bill alongside heavy hitters like FEED, King Don, Base Bronson, Squeegie-O, Yasin, Meatman Da Butcher and many more. On the wheels we have A-Sharp and Latebloomer, with beats by Divine Drummah, Edobeci and Roads-Art. Edobeci will also be hosting. $5, Trenton Atelier, hit the FB page. You already know!!! EDIT this could potentially be one of the final events at the Trenton Atelier, so make it otu there.
First time I heard this bit was on the phone with DJ Nappy last night. He hit play and I instantly got the screwface on some "whothefuckisthat?!?!" shit. This one is taken from Mella Dee's Don't Be Nesh EP, which is out now on Slit Jockey. Not sure what "nesh" is, but I am sure it's some South Yorkshire UK slang shared by the Grime bredren. Word is Mella Dee is 1/2 of the Mista Men duo, and this debut EP finds him focusing on straight up rough riddims. Cop this EP via iTunes, Beatport, Juno Download or Boomkat.
DOWNLOAD Mella Dee "Don't Be Nesh"
For the latest release on The Jeffrees, Mad Decent takes it to Brooklyn with Baauer. Dude's already been featured in mixes from Diplo, Brodinski and Flosstradamus, as well as Rustie's Essential Mix from last month (and even with a little Danny Brown via Nappy's The RefiXXX EP preview), and the boy DJ Cable was hunting this one down earlier this week. Just a big track right here that tows the line between bass music and Hip-Hop just how we like it. You can grab this one FREE via TheJeffrees.com alongside "Yaow!".
DOWNLOAD Nico The Beast - Lost Sessions, Vol. 1
DC Breaks has been on a tear, and their Firez EP for Ram is proof positive of that. They let loose a VIP of "Move Closer" from the EP, but with a twist - where the original has more of a swing-y DnB beat, this VIP is pure dubstep flavor. You can only grab this via their Facebook page, so get on it.
Time for some throwback Drum & Bass stylings from one of the scene's finest, Keaton. I don't think he does much within the DnB scene anymore, but with the Usual Suspects, Keaton crafted a heap of important bits back when it mattered. He's going to be doing a '98-'02 set at Hardware's Cable takeover this Saturday in London, and he cooked up a special '97-'02 promo mix. This one covers the bases like only he can do it - classic tracks from the No U-Turn camp, Hardware and all points in between. If you were vibing when DnB was full of the techstep and neuro vibes, you already know!
Word from Rosenberg is that the idea for the next phase of Juan Epstein is two-three regular Juan Eps, weekly. And he says that by dropping a new Juan Epstein with T.I.! It's less than a half hour, but there's shit you ain't heard before from Tip. Fire.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (5/17/2012)
No word on when. Keep it locked to [adult swim], I guess. I'm just hoping that the last year has actually birthed animation (or at least writing), so we can get this out sooner rather than later. Still wish I had gotten one of those soapboxes, too!
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (5/16/2012)
As Juan Epstein says, everything else is shit, so they're churning out more Juan Eps. I'm not mad at that at ALL. This edition brings forth Curren$y, with Spitta going over his story and plenty more - this might be one of my favorite recent episodes, Spitta just seems like a dope individual. Word from Rosenberg is that Season 4 of Juan Epstein is winding down, with Season 5 being their "biggest ever", including the iPhone app, regular shows, etc. Go in. Shouts to @pleasedontstare, @zillz and @AreaFY for hooking me up with an alternate link of this, so I could download it at work. Appreciate ya!
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (5/16/2012)
I'd tell you how quickly this project turned around, but you wouldn't believe me. When I heard that a limited edition of XXX with a bonus 7" with four acapellas dropped on Record Store Day last month, I had a feeling Nappy would be going in like this. And I fucks with it more than I thought I would. We champion the melding of Hip-Hop and Bass Music all day, everyday, and that "Blueberry" single proves how effortlessly Danny Brown can rip the shit you guys turn your noses at. Fucks with this - fresh cuts from Knight Riderz, Om Unit, Baauer and more get thrown right up against Danny's rhymes. You already.
Not sure if this is a promo mix in support of the 2012 Bad Taste Tour or recorded DURING the 2012 Bad Taste Tour, but it's 31 minutes of fresh DnB funk from Prolix. He drops in tunes of his from releases on Project 51, Bad Taste, Commercial Suicide and Playaz, as well as Hazard's "Food Fight VIP", which is taken from the forthcoming Very Important Playaz EP, which should be out soon. Also, that Upbeats remix of "Diplodocus" get me every time.
DOWNLOAD Max B & Isaiah Toothtaker - Toothy Wavy
TC's back with the sixth episode of his Don't Play podcast. I love the new turn he's taken with his production, dropping whatever form of bass music on the fly. He's the one that introduced me to Drumstep, and he's consistent with his output. Don't Play 006 drops soon, and features Taxman's "Tap Ho" remix. Damage. Loads of cuts in this one, including that "Mysterons" tune by Rollz (I believe it's a VIP), Dub Phizix's "Never Been" and plenty more.
The boy Hollywood Floss (hereby known as FLAWSE) dropped this one off, continuing his "Stray Shots" series, and this one hits like the heat off a hollowpoint out the gat laid int he hand of a nigga with nothing to live fo'. Tracks like this have the crowd swaying and going ham, and FLAWSE rides the beat like it's his whip. Not a clean whip, either - he rides this fucker like that dependable hooptie that you can fuck the fuck up. Nasty. His EP, Power Moves, is on the way. I'm not even sure what the fluck this instrumental was before FLAWSE pimped it, doe. Someone help me out.
DOWNLOAD Hollywood Floss "Don't Need Your Love"
Had no idea Low Key was working with LeBronJames.com on this mixtape, The Campaign, the official playoff mixtape. I like that they used all new music, and it features heads like Nitty Scott, MC, Freddie Gibbs, Fly Union, Chase N. Cashe, Maino and Fabolous, among others. Low Key hosted it, and says that the dirty version of this drops on Wednesday. Great look!
Dope show from yesterday. They keep it light for the most part - loads of dope music, of course, with Side Beatz having a pair of bangin' ass producers, as well as Money Carsin calling in to talk about his new deal (grab his Eastbound And Down mixtape HERE) and more. You already know!
DOWNLOAD Side-B Radio (5/13/2012)
First off, shouts to @MekDot for being a cool individual. Fuck the dumb shit, there's a handful of writers/bloggers/niggas in this Internets thing that I feel "get it", and Meka, one of the (2)Dope Boyz, gets it. I remember him doing the (2)Dope Radio shows for PNC Radio a few years back and that chatroom being dumb ratchet, with the selection being just as fly. He's been on his own journey over the last year, and I finally got to meet him last summer. When I saw that he threw out this 2DBz Podcast the other day, I had to jump on it. He's got a great ear for tracks, and I guess that's what gets him booked on so many gigs that fly into my inbox. Shouts to him for being him, and making it work. I see you, bruh.
DOWNLOAD Meka - (2)Dope Podcast (5/12/2012)
DOWNLOAD Skream & Benga - The Dubstep Show (5/12/2012)
hit them up via PayPal! If you're copping this internationally, hit them via e-mail so they can figure out shipping costs. Pre-orders are a must, with an ideal date of May 28th as the shipping date. Hit the jump for the full tracklist (with some previews). And if you're in the Philly area on June 1st, you should hit the release party, which will feature live performances from the compilation and plenty more! Nice one, Seclusiasis!