Reconstrvct III

By brockolio

This Saturday night, Reconstrvct returns to it's home at the Morgan in Bushwick for another 6 hours of low frequency with decency.  This month's lineup features the NYC debut for both Lost and Commodo, as well as the return of San Francisco's DJG to the nitty, gritty.  To mark the occasion, Reconstrvct resident Truenature has put together a promo mix to help familiarize yourself with the talent:

artwork by Coh
 TRACKLIST:
DJG - NYC
DJG - Roots
Commodo - Querky
Commodo & Lurka - Gassin'
Lost & Hatcha - Welcome to Tibet
DJG - Pressure
Lost & Hatcha - Al Barsha
Lost & I.E. - Levitate
DJG & Kutz - Hella Tight
DJG - Time Is The Fire
DJG - Plant Food
Commodo - Uprising
Commodo & Lurka - Airtight
Lost - Snake Eyes
Lost & I.E. - Attack
Lost - Escape The Womb
DJG - Automatic

10$ presales for Saturday night are now available through ResidentAdvisor.net

In case you were unable to reach September's event which featured support from Tunnidge, Bunzer0, C Dubs, as well as the Sub Culture: Visions of Sound art exhibition; here's some of what you missed:


video directed and edited by Sergio Padilla



photos by Roslyn Julia for @WHTVRKEEPSYOUUP

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Cloudcast 029: Eyelove

By bassfaced

Eyelove - Mysticism [forthcoming Slime]
Eyelove - Lapis Lazuli [forthcoming Slime]
Eyelove - Mali [forthcoming Slime]
The XX - Crystalized (Dark Sky Remix) [Young Turks]
Galapagoose - Insider [S-R]
Boddika - Electron [Swamp81]
Cory Enemy & Dillon Francis - Ultra [S-R]
Objekt - The Goose That Got Away [OBJKT]
Eyelove & Hirshi - Magnet [unreleased]
Sepalcure - No Think [Hotflush]
Radiohead - Idioteque [Parlophone]
Archie Pelago - Hej Otto (Eyelove Mix) [forthcoming Slime]

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Mixing freshly squeezed love in an elixir of epic beats, juicy analog synthesizers, and atmospheric guitars, California native electronic artist/producer Eric Larin, Eyelove, creates a universe of infinite sonic possibilities.

Eyelove - Prism [Forthcoming Slime] [Clip] by Eyelove

The embodiment of universal love and positive vibration is clear in the spirit of Eyelove's music. Like the sun and the moon, the rise and the fall of the tides, and all of the earth's endless cycles, Eyelove develops music that is naturally balanced. His music, capable of deep outer and inner space transmission, has a mellow vibe, but never lacks energy.

Eyelove's live performances are for every sense, tickling your ear and permeating your soul with bass, allowing you to feel love. Eyelove has even been known to burn sage and incense at his live performances giving the audience an extra dimension of sensory experience. Drawing influence from artists like Air, Flying Lotus, STS9, Daedelus, and Trentemøller, Eyelove is part of a new breed of artists that are pushing the envelope and pioneering in live electronic music.


Eyelove is taking the universe by surprise--guiding those lost in time and space, bringing love along with him wherever he goes…


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DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011 | DAY 5

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Sunday proved to be the day of rest, with 3:00 in the afternoon declared the official wake up call. Thankfully, Seattle was still serving Biscuits & Gravy which functioned as a much needed Morphine Drip. Heavily sedated and in horizontal format, an afternoon of explaining American football to the Canuck and watching "They Live" and "Rumble in the Bronx" on Netflix were the day's sole accomplishments.

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Sunday's weather was shitty at best. It was October after all and the rain had presumably returned to stay for another 9 months. With members of our crew bowing out early, it was unclear how many others would do the same on this rainy Sunday night.

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Unwavering in their support, Onset regulars and Decibel attendees alike filled out The Baltic Room to see what dBridge had in store to close out the week's festivities. To quote Fabio, "Drum & Bass is unique in that Drum & Bass people will go anywhere, in any kind of weather, they love their much so much."

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Kid Hops probably appeared on the most bills throughout festival and spun a wide variety of beats. One can think of a number of monthlies across the United States who could easily afford to diversify their bonds by booking dude. Catch his radio programs twice weekly on award-winning KEXP 90.3fm Seattle. www.kexp.org

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Dbridge's selections included many different sub-genres of Drum & Bass, but for the most part were heavily based around the Autonomic sound. These styles were a great way to wind down the festival,  providing enough energy to keep everyone going, yet chilled out and soothing all at the same time. The deep atmospheres paired with techy hi-hats complimented the Blade Runner type conditions outside.

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This is the offical transportation of Bass Music in Seattle. Also the best interior in the game. Much Respect to Adam for being a true pillar of the scene. Always on the grind and holding it down each & every.

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Five days had come and gone all too soon. Extra thanks goes out to all the friends new and old for letting us crash on your couch, steal your cameras, eat your food, and drink your booze; couldn't have done it without you. Can't stress enough how smoothly everything ran over the course of the week. Truly a festival with talent and organization of the highest caliber. Much respect and a big Thank You to Decibel and all the collaborating promoters for continually raising the bar. Can't wait to see next year's line up.

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DECIBEL FESTIVAL | DAY 4

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Washington is home to a plethora of well known companies, many of which are headquartered in downtown Seattle. With it's recent relocation of offices to Fremont, nestled between Adobe, Google, and Getty Images sits Mervin Manufacturing. What goods does Mervin Manufacturing produce? Snowboards mostly, widely acknowledged by many as the best in the industry. With Saturday morning's Bloody Marys meeting their demise,  it was called to attention that just down the street they had a keg.... and even better a mini ramp.

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Decibel in the Park always seems to cement itself as one of the highlights of the festival. This year it's location was back on Capital Hill in Volunteer park after a one year jaunt directly under the space needle. While last year's location provided excellent views and awesome spectating, there is something to be said for the free for all and escape from the city that is Volunteer Park. This was the first year in our attendance that the weather was not absolutely perfect, but hardly anyone seemed to notice.


We arrived to the sounds of Danny Corn, who got the ball rolling for the rest of the Frite Nite crew. Unfortunately at this time it was apparent that the previous three all nighters had taken their toll on the camera batteries. Salva, Comma, and Eprom continued to lay waste for the remainder of the afternoon. Truly awesome to hear those beats in broad daylight outside of a club setting, with children and dogs running amuck.

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By this point in the day much of the crew had pretty much drank themselves sober. Not necessarily a bad thing as it provided a lacking purpose to the pre-game and with that, an opportunity to literally recharge the batteries before the penultimate night's shenanigans. The plan of attack for the evening was to begin at the Showbox, hit up The Crocodile, and formulate the after-party on the fly.

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The Showbox has played host to many legendary performances. Founded in 1939, it's arguably the premiere music venue in the city for live music. It boasts a healthy sized dance floor surrounded by tiered sections with bars flanked on both sides. Spacious enough to accommodate plenty while still retaining an intimate feel.

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Plain and simple, Jaguar Skills put it down. Easily one of the top sets witnessed over the festival. At this point in the night most in attendance [one of dB's few All Ages showcases] probably had a curfew and one could venture to say that this was likely their first rodeo. Most people would complain about this aspect, but personally found that the young'ins contributed a great deal of energy to what would have otherwise been a dull room at 9:30 at night. Couldn't think of a more suitable DJ to school them on all forms of Bass music than Jaguar Skills. Quick with the mix, no genre was left untouched. With a heavy emphasis on jump up Drum & Bass and all the rinsed out dubstep anthems cut up and dropped in a fashion that you've never heard before. Did it matter that the kids didn't believe that Benga & Coki's "Night" was infact a dubstep tune? No. They didn't know any better and presumably had never even heard Drum & Bass music before that night. What mattered was them being exposed to a whole new range of sounds that will hopefully expand their horizons. Jaguar Skills put on a proper clinic for those both young and old.
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BF: Can you give our readers a quick recap on the story of Jaguar Skills? 
JS: I'm a dude from the Uk who plays a lot of bad-ass electronic music in a mask. I have a mix every week on the national radio station in the UK, BBC Radio One. I jump up and down a lot when I DJ.

Tools of the Trade? 
I use two 1210 Technic decks and a laptop running Serato.  

Favourite Festival? 
Bestival in the UK. That shit is crazy dope!

Favourite meal on your North American tour so far?
I've been trying to go to all the spots that the dude from Man Vs Food has been too. I had this massive double-dipped french sandwich in LA which was amazing!

Favourite & Least favourite thing about North America? 
I did notice that San Fran had a whole load of crack-heads walking around. It's a bit like a zombie movie sometimes in the US…..

Favourite release of 2011? 
My Son - Maximus. He popped out at the start of the year!  

Outside influences/inspirations? 
My Dad. He was a Dj in the UK. He taught me everything.  

Most underrated Selector? 
Jazzie B from Soul II Soul. I'm not too sure if he's 'underrated' - but he's definitely an influence and someone I utterly respect as a DJ.

Estimated amount of records in the collection? 
Oh shit, like, 100,000 - maybe more….  

If you had to pic only one D&B label to draw from what would it be? 
Ram Records. Andy C is a hero of mine.  

Working Time Machine: What era are you going to? 
I've always wanted to go into the future maybe 5 years - and get all the amazing records - then go back to 2011 and play them first. Or even remake them and get the credit! Ha! Yeah, take me 5 years into the future, leave me there for a few days, then take me back. I'll be a Back To The Future type thing on this music game.  

One thing a ninja can't live without when assembling some of your massive mixes? 
My computer!  

Much respect for doing what you do, thanks for taking the time! 
Many many thanks….I'd love to talk more, but I have a party to rock!!!! HoooooOOOOO!!!!

Notable Jaguar Skills Mixes that should occupy every hard drive:

History of Drum & Bass
10 years of Ayia Napa Hosted by Kano
30 Years of Hip-Hop, 538 Tracks 1 Mix
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Keeping to the original game plan, it was time to bounce after Jaguar Skills and trek it north a few blocks in hopes of catching the end of Ital Tek's set at The Crocodile. To say the place was packed would be an understatement. Bartenders handled this well though, as little time was spent waiting for the reasonably priced drinks.

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Ital Tek's set was packed full of, for a lack of a better term, just crazy dope beats. Don't really know how else to describe them other than it's probably what the standard hip-hop beat will sound like 20 years down the road if we're lucky.




Machinedrum followed suit and certainly kept it live, as billed on the flyer. At this point the venue had reached the certified sauna phase, and perhaps not ideal for the claustrophobic. Bottles were the preferred beverage vessel for these conditions, as many a drink hit the floor in the twerkd out madness. Slippery, but a godsend for those pretending to footwork.

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Kraddy had closing duties on the night. Having witnessed Kraddy on the buttons numerous times before, this would be the first with a live drummer in tow. Glad to see Kraddy still keeping the Kareem Abdul-Jabbaresque sky hook alive, a staple in every Kraddy set.

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DECIBEL FESTIVAL | DAY 3

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Friday morning started off slow, hungover on bass, and with a mind still trying to process the audio/visual spectacle from the night before. No complaints. The sun, although hesitant to shine at first, decided on an unexpected appearance to usher in the weekend. With little on the agenda, it was time to scout out Seattle's finest wares and touch base with old friends.

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Most of the day was spent in Fremont, home to the best bassface (shown above) in Seattle. An obligatory stop by Paseo's for a Cuban Roast sandwich was high on the Seattle checklist and quite honestly had been occupying a great deal of my thought process since last year's Decibel. Happy to report that it met expectations. Word to the wise: Opt for the Cuban Midnight Press and call your order in ahead of time.

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In terms of catching up with old friends, a Canadian was imported for the remainder of the weekend. Having spent the past months in the U.K. and abroad, our buddy Tom was easily persuaded to keep with the travel itch and hop a Greyhound down from Vancouver, B.C. The supposed 3-hour trek turned into a 6-hour haul, most likely do to square wheels. We bumped into Tom years ago on the streets of Vancouver where he ended up leading us to a real solid D&B rave and have kept in contact since.

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A gallery near the Greyhound station was currently showcasing an Ansel Adams exhibit. Those in the crew who, for whatever reason, were not quite familiar with the photographer were told to look at the price tag to gauge his importance. The Adams prints were going for $200,000.00...

With Friday night's showcases soon closing in, it was time to get the ducks in line for the night ahead. Canadians love Budweiser. All of them. Although their varietal is brewed at closer to 6% ABV, surely Tom was pleased to see that 24 packs don't run you $56 in the States and can be purchased at any gas station. Unfortunately the purveying of the American Lager seemed to encroach on the night's activities as 10PM can be considered a late start at Decibel.



Nuemos was the destination of choice for the evening for Resident Advisor's Blurring the Lines Showcase. The lineup consisted of Martyn, Martin Buttrich, Max Cooper, Egyptrixx, and Cyanwave featuring Night Train. This was probably the most appropriately named showcase of the festival, as musical selections toed the lines between minimal techno, deep dubstep, tech-house and obscure Brainfeeder sounds. This party was about disregarding the barriers defined by genres, as Martyn's dynamic set to cap the night off proved.

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DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011 | DAY 2

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Thursday greeted everyone with clear skies on the day of the U.S. debut of the Amon Tobin ISAM audio/visual spectacle. Knowing well ahead of time that minimal energy would be dedicated attempting to document the actual spectacle on the night of, an attempt to weasel into the venue for some shots of the inital set up was on the days agenda. This attempt was a failure.  An ISAM crew member made it clear that no cat would be let out of the bag at this stage in the game during our brief chat outside the venue.


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At this point in the afternoon, just about everyone familiar with the Pacific Northwest's climate knew this was most likely the last day of Summer. The rest of the day was to be spent outside navigating the tourist traps, scarfing street food, and observing throwies and architecture.


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The night had finally arrived. Personally, this was the most anticipated act of the festival. This was the Super Bowl crossbred with the X-Games for artists and nerds alike. Upon arrival it was clear that this showcase had a draw that extended far beyond just the Decibel Festival goers. Lines for beverages were lengthy; a problem solved with a simple walk up a flight of stairs to the second floor where you were treated to an empty bar with a generous pour. The Paramount's architecture itself was equally mesmerizing as the trailers for the ISAM show and reminiscent of something that would be featured on an Amon Tobin record sleeve.


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TOKiMONSTA opened the night, really wish she went second. Her avatar alone is like star wars, voltron, lord of the rings, star trek, twilight zone, all rolled into one. The above summary is all that really needs to be said. It should also be noted that the ISAM crew were no slouches when it came to sound, as the Pure Filth system proved weighty. If for some reason you slept on this past round of tour dates, you're in luck. You can catch the show again this New Years Eve in San Francisco.


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The only conflict of the night was the fact that the Night Slugs showcase was stacked against the Amon Tobin experience. With the Paramount show letting out around 12:30, this gave attendees adequate time to hoof it an estimated 500 ft to the east in order to catch the remainder of Night Slugs. Pass holders were pulled out of line and given immediate entry. Details at this point in the evening grew hazy but distinctively remember Girl Unit, Kingdom, and Bok Bok going tune for tune to close the night out.


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DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011 | DAY 1

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September in Seattle wouldn't be the same without Decibel; now in it's eighth incarnation and firmly situated as the premiere electronic music and arts festival in the Pacific Northwest. Over the four years that we've covered the festival, it's expansion and evolution from year to year has been nothing short of impressive. Perhaps most notable was this year's inclusion of the historic Paramount Theater, which would appropriately play host to the US debut of Amon Tobin's ISAM live show.

Decibel kicked off on Wednesday and ran thru Sunday. After a quick trip up north to swoop a friend's Nikon on top of various other supplies, the only task left to do was pick up the festival passes for the week. The W Hotel served as Decibel HQ for the weeklong festivities. Situated in the heart of downtown, one would recommend staying there based on location alone. Guests unfamiliar to the Festival were in for a treat as DJ's occupied the front lobby providing a warm welcome for the week to come.


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Parking. Overlooked by ungrateful passengers everywhere, it's always the first order of business. Easiest Solution? Park it for the week in the hills just north of the Space Needle. This leaves you with little to no parking restrictions, homes full of people who would be attentive to a car alarm, a 15 minute walk/5 minute skate to town and no stress for the week. Easy to access, yet just far enough out to use as an excuse to not drive to DB in the Park on Saturday. In the end, you're left with more cab fare and a great lack of responsibility.


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Opening night at Decibel presented the festival-goer with options at four different venues well within walking distance, as well as another showcase a quick cab ride away. It could be played a number of different ways, but starting the festival off getting loose at the Drum & Bass showcase was an easy choice. The line up on the night consisted of Sonic MC hosting for the likes of Grym, Demo, Kid Hops, Total Science, and Hive.



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The commute from the Drum & Bass showcase at The Baltic Room to Re-bar where Zomby was to perform was literally stumbling distance: approximately 3 minutes total and completely downhill. Early arrival was in mind as memories of last year's Decibel lines were still remanent. Despite numerous people milling about outside, entry was instant for pass holders which was a recurring theme throughout the weekend. Out to Decibel for smoothing out that aspect this year.


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This was the scene upon entry into Re-bar. Having done no research before hand, it was to be assumed that the musician at hand was likely a relative of someone in Kraftwerk. Dressed to the nines, armed with an MPC, and a wealth of visuals; his stage presence was interesting to say the least. Initially perplexed by the fact that Araabmuzik (who performed at a different showcase Wednesday night) was not on the same the bill as Zomby, it soon became apparent that ATOM's varietal IDM was indeed a great precursor.



Despite his reputation, Zomby showed. He cleared up questions regarding this matter in his recent interview with the WIRE publication and his appearance at Decibel marked the case closed.


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Selections varied and included Hardcore & Jungle, Wiley’s 'Eskimo', originals such as 'Aquafre5h', a Dipset or Max B Anthem, and perhaps even a dubstep tune in there as well. Flawlessly mixed? Far from. Spliffs of peng ablaze? Nonstop. Zomby's a producer with expensive taste. If production alone covered this, it's hard to imagine the need for his seemingly uncomfortable appearances as a DJ.  Seeing no need to be fixated on the DJ, time was better spent admiring the selection of retro-futuristic meets vintage porn of visuals that Decibel had sorted for the occasion.  Much like the track selection, these too were on point.


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