Secret Agent Gel - Wildman [Bass Tourist]
Grimelock - 744 [Bass Tourist]
Rob Threezy - Dark Night [Nightshifters]
Klassic - Let Me Love You (Herbzman In The Hood rmx)
Mosca - Nike (club edit) [Night Slugs]
Secret Agent Gel - VIP
Maluca - Hector
Bobmo - My House (Douster Remix) [Institubes]
Bombaman - Bushido Robot v1 [Forthcoming ESP Records]
Appietus - Miss Doctor (Secret Agent Gel remix)
Mista Men - Lengthy Riddim (Hackman remix) [Bass Tourist]
ILL COSBY - Lo Oyen (Emvee remix) [Car Crash Set]
Fstz Feat Mc Zulu - Badman Bounce (Snipaz Remix)
Barboza - Negro Politicien V.I [Dutty Artz]
Concentrating on the perfect mix of danceable and interesting, Secret Agent Gel has spent fifteen years producing, promoting and DJing dance music. After running into him amidst an afternoon burrito in Brooklyn a couple weeks back, it seemed like a ripe opportunity to enlist him to put together a mix for the blog. His mix showcases a variety of sounds from his homegrown Bass Tourist label as well as cuts from European labels such as Night Slugs, Nightshifters and Institubes.
Influenced by cutting-edge dance music from the UK and undiscovered producers online, Secret Agent Gel mixes genres like martinis, shaking together and concocting a blend of UK funky, dubstep, house, grime and bassline. He has collaborated with vocalists Juakali, Warrior Queen, Liz Toft, and RQM, and produced remixes for Sub Swara, Alland Byallo, Kush Arora and many more.
His ability to tap into a wide scope of musical styles has lead to releases as diverse as DubWar001 (dubstep, 2006), tracks on Recordcamp’s "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin’ It" compilation (IDM/breakbeat, 2003), and Badd Inc's first Electroclash compilation (electrohouse, 2004).
In 2008 he founded Bass Tourist Records and recently celebrated his 'Cooking Up Bass / Frankenstein' release on the label earlier this month. You can support the release via the Bandcamp player below.
In 2009, he also founded DubFiler: a file sharing web site for DJ's and musicians.
NYC crew, you can catch him playing at the Alteration 2-Year Anniversary on November 7th.
Benny ill & J. King - Kosmic 78 (Deep Medi Musik 2010) from Deep Medi Musik on Vimeo.
Benny ill & J. King - Lithium Soular (Deep Medi Musik 2010) from Deep Medi Musik on Vimeo.
The night that I first heard this release, I must have listened to both tunes on repeat for at least an hour without realizing it. With Deep Medi releases this is just something that we've all come to respect at this point, their constant output of music that you can completely immerse yourself in. You can always guarantee two quality tunes that are an experience to take in and listen to, whether eyes down in the club or just on a pair of headphones at home. Their latest release comes from Horsepower don Benny Ill & collaborative partner J.King with their debut 12" on the Medi label. Both tunes shy away from the foundational Horsepower garage sound with more of a half-step vibe, but when you really begin to isolate and appreciate all the different layers in the production, it's obvious that this isn't your average dubstep record. Nor are these your average dubstep producers. The release proves yet again that you can make dark and unsettling music without so much as a hint of NI's Brutal Electro patch or chainsaw mid-range. Enjoy the incredible accompanying music videos directed by Brede Korsmo for Wicked Wax productions.
For more information on the forthcoming Horsepower Productions 3x12" 'Quest for the Sonic Bounty' album releasing on Tempa November 29th, head over to Fact.
Order 'Kosmic 78 / Lithium Soular' on 12" Deep Medi vinyl HERE via Boomkat.
2. Digital Jacq+Greg Campbell - Deep Inside (J.Phlip remix) - Full Flavor Music
3. Guidewire - Techno Took My Soul (AJ Orbit remix) - Rebeat Music
4. Mekka - Night Runner - Bass Records
5. Global Surveyor ft K1 & Gab Gato - Global Surveyor (The Exaltics Close Down mix) - Dominance
6. Pip Williams - Computer Talk - Battery Park Studio
7. Boddika - 2727 - Swamp 81 forthcoming
8. 214 - Strackted - unreleased
9. Distal - Apple Bottom - Tube 10 forthcoming
10. Claude von Stroke&J.Phlip - California - Dirtybird
11. Wreck - Culona - unreleased
12. Girl Unit - IRL - Night Slugs
13. Boddika - Syn Cron - Naked Lunch forthcoming
14. Dez Williams - Knewjak - Elektronik Religion
It seems only appropriate to follow up our dB coverage with more fresh Cascadian sounds outta Seattle from 214 (pronounced TwoFourteen) for our next cloudcast. While hopped up on cold medication and battling a head cold one morning, Chris Roman aka 214 decided to channel congestion into production by lacing together this hour-long mix. Upon first listen, it became pretty clear that the sickness had spread to the mix itself. Aptly entitled the 'Snot Nose/Head Cold mix', it was also my introduction to the fine sounds of Dez Williams, a house producer based in North Wales. The mix also showcases forthcoming tunes from Al Bleek's new solo project Boddika, with '2727' set for release on Swamp81 and 'Syn Cron' on Naked Lunch in the near future.
Like most musicians, 214's path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of those influences are obvious on the surface, while others reveal themselves over time. His Puerto Rican birthright and Miami upbringing ring apparent when he’s carefully pumping out Sci-Fi roller disco sounds, but when his vibe turns to the cold, dark comfort of Detroit influenced techno and house, it would seem he forgets his direct musical origins. It’s a memory lapse rooted by a deep love of eclectic and diverse sounds, and always delivered with a skillful balance and creative finesse.
214 'Tork Shuffle' by carcrashset
You can pick up 214's 'Short Stack EP' out now on Car Crash Set via junodownload HERE
This year's annual Decibel Festival marked the seventh year that producers, DJs, visual artists, and electronic music enthusiasts from around the globe have descended upon the city of Seattle for a week of musical performances, conferences, and even the occasional Boat party and outdoor bass rave.
Fresh off the plane and with a quick bite to eat in mind, we made the inevitable trek to Seattle staple Dick's for some much needed sustenance. All jokes aside, Dick's is one of Seattle's oldest and most respected burger joints, as referenced in Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Posse on Broadway". As fellow patrons conquered Deluxe's, milkshakes, and fresh-cut French fries; one hell of a gut-bomb later we ventured up Capitol Hill to Pravda Studios to pick up tickets for the weekend and made some brief introductions as the Decibel staff was well underway with preparations for the week to come. As Lusine shook his head with disapproval at my abomination of a passport (which has since officially been retired, a proper eulogy forthcoming...) we headed over to one of downtown Seattle's premiere loitering destinations, the REI flagship store. With a 65-foot indoor climbing wall, fake waterfalls, and enough outdoor gear for the entire state of Washington at our disposal, the primary purpose of this destination was to capitalize on the free parking in their multi-level parking garage while waiting to check in to our hotel.
Walking inside an almost packed to the brim Neumo's at little past 9pm, it was hard to not take a step back and appreciate the growth of this festival since we first attended back in 2008. The Ghostly Showcase in 2008 had then taken place at the much smaller Baltic Room with sets from Tycho, Lusine, Deru, and The Sight Below. Fast forward to 2010 where droves of ticket and pass-holders alike crammed into a sold-out Neumo's to hear the sounds of Gold Panda and Pantha du Prince, in from the UK and Germany respectively, with stateside producers Lusine and Mux Mool also rounding out the bill.
After being featured as the #2 Sandwich in America according to TLC's "Best Food Ever", we knew that we needed to start Thursday off with the Cuban Roast Pork sandwich at Caribbean eatery Paseo. Now we here at Bassfaced take sandwiches with the utmost seriousness and this beauty was easily one of the Top 5 sandwich induced sensations of my entire life. To get the full effect, make sure you order it to stay and keep your eyes open for the highly sought after open table, which can be hard to come by.
We arrived to the sounds of LA beatsmith and Brainfeeder alum Samiyam appropriately donning a Seahawks fitted, cranking out woozy beats over the PA. Just off a recent tour stint to Australia and NZ, he powered through the jetlag with a set of broken beat and bleary eyed hip-hop rhythms, incorporating the occasional MOP and Rich Boy verses and a Big Band sample flip for good measure. Perhaps the unsung hero of the set was Cupcake Royale for coming through with the mid-set power nosh to energize him through to the end of his set.
Friday night featured some of the toughest programming conflicts of this year's Decibel. The PlanetMu Showcase featuring Starkey, Ikonika, and FaltyDL at the Baltic Room while RBMA on The Floor at Neumo's boasted live sets from Shlohmo, Teebs, Addison Groove, Mount Kimbie, and Modeselektor.
From the moment Modeselektor hit the stage, backed by the incredible visuals from Pfadfinderei, you knew this was going to be a world class performance. As the crowd struggled to find room on the floor to throw the occasional elbow or skank, the zany Germans refused to let up, creating absolute pandamonium on the floor of Neumo's.
Waking up to a beautiful sunny day in Seattle on Saturday meant heading to dB in the Park ASAP to soak up some Vitamin D and rays while they lasted. This year saw a change of venues for dB in the Park, previously held at Volunteer Park and now moved directly under the Space Needle at the Mural Amphitheater. As tourists walked past the punishing JV2 Soundsystem, some stopping by to take the occasional peak at the beat-heads, hippies, burners, and Seattle-ites alike all enjoying the earth-shaking bassweight, we headed inside and linked up with BC-based DJ Mat the Alien before his set.
After a quick trek through the tailgating massive outside of Qwest Field on Sunday afternoon we came to grips with the fact that neither a half sleeve of stamps nor will a Modeselektor ticket stub grant you entry to a Seattle Seahawks football game. We wrapped up our stay in Seattle at dB in the Park where Mary Anne Hobbs was already busy blaring some proper Shieffield bassline, winin' up the crowd to Kase & Shinobi- 'Ya Dirty Girl'. Mala 'Eyez', Joker & Ginz 'Purple City', and a picture perfect blend of 'Tron' with 'PClart' by Kavsrave were among the set's highlights. As she dropped 'Sweet Shop' to cap off her set, running down into the crowd to skank out one last time with the supportive crowd, Plastician stepped up to the decks to do his thing sporting a military grade laptop and a fresh Mishka Cyco Symon T.
Now nearing the end of his massive US tour, Plastician threw together a marathon two-hour set that had the feel of Seattle's own personal Rinse.fm show, albeit without the consistently entertaining host MC Nomad. Playing out a selection of crowd-pleasing top Dubstep hits of the Summer from Magnetic Man & Benga, 'Stician also didn't shy away from dipping into some murky Grime selections with tunes from Rude Kid, P-Money, and DDoubleE.
Ghostly Int'l Showcase photos credited to Megan Dapper
1 Aquadrop - Theme From An Abstract Cinematic Love Scene [Eight:FX]
2 Pariah - Crossed Out [R&S]
3 Synkro - Vacant [Z-Audio]
4 Rob Sparx - Independent Life (TRG Remix) [Z-Audio]
5 Icicle - Minimal Dub [Shogun Audio]
6 Sclist - Dubx [Urban Scrumping]
7 Terror Danjah - Air Bubble [Butterz]
8 Sines - Stuff Dreams Are Made Of [Embassy Recordings]
9 Droid Sector - Fathomless [Paradise Lost]
10 Sclist - Cyanide [Urban Scrumping]
11 Pledge - Close 2 U (Acapella)
12 Burial & El-B - Prophecy [Ghost]
13 Clueless - Talk Is Cheap [Dub]
14 Late - Under These Conditions [Immerse]
15 Late - Bittersweet [Immerse]
16 XXXY - This Much [Fortified Audio]
17 Synkro - Just Say [Box Clever]
18 Skream ft Freckles - How Real [Tempa]
This week's mix comes straight outta Norway from L2S recording artist Clueless. After being put on to his music by a friend's recommendation a few months back and being big fans of his recent L2S EPs, we asked if he would put together a mixtape for our Cloudcast series. In addition to his mix, we asked him to drop some Norwegian knowledge on us:
Also be sure to check out local hot-spot Fruugard if you're ever in the neighborhood. To the best of my ability, it seems to be a bakery/coffeeshop/lounge/restaurant/discotek all rolled into one.
Big up Gaute for putting together the mix and keep an eye out for a forthcoming release of his on the Night Audio label soon.