The Range (live @ On The Sly)

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Our latest cloudcast comes from 23-year old producer James Hinton aka The Range, out of Providence, Rhode Island.  His knack for lush chopped and de-tuned RnB vocal samples anchored by footwork percussion earned him high accolades on his album 'The Big Dip' released on Astro Nautico this past December.  In the case that it may have eluded you, you can still stream and support the release HERE on the Astro Nautico bandcamp page.

Earlier this month The Range joined fellow astronautibro Kuhn to both throw down sets at OnTheSly at The Gallery @ LPR.  We recorded the sets from the night and James was gracious enough to let us share it with all you beautiful people.  You can also currently DL his remix of Timewharp- yrLyf for free over on his soundcloud.

For those who haven't yet made it out to OnTheSly, our next party will be February 16th with extended sets from NJ's DJ SLiiNK, Turrbotax resident Contakt, and our boy knomad.  As always there's #NOCOVER and #NOEXCUSES.  Come out and support!!  We're also happy to announce our continued partnership with Oaxaca Taqueria (16 Extra Pl. off Bowery) where we'll be hosting a taco happy hour from 8-10pm before the show with 2$ tacos and free beers until they're gone.  Hope to see some of you there and continuing to grow the family.
it's a word of mouth thing

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Joe Nice - Gourmet Beats - January 2012

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Joebama delivering his annual State of the Union address this month.  Fresh dubs from Reconstrvct alums VIVEK, Commodo, Tunnidge, & DJG as well as some exciting new bits from up-n-comers District, Sleeper, & Compa.  You can catch Joe live this Saturday night at Reconstrvct alongside Jack Sparrow, Lurka, and Truenature at the House of Yes in Bushwick, BK.

Mala - Enter Dimensions
Addison Groove - This Is It VIP
Commodo - Buckwild
Compa - Spektor
VIVEK - Asteroids
Cyrus - Nostalgia
VIVEK - Trinity
Compa - Antact
Pinch - Grump
District & Sleeper - The Siege
Lurka - Blondez
Distance - Troubles
Tunnidge - Twenty12
Mala - Get Up
District - Modulate
LD - Encladus
Coki - Marduk
Von D - Fantom
Mala - 2 Much Chat
Sleeper & District - Colony
Coki & DJ Raggs - Celestial Dub
DJG - Pressure VIP
LD - Northern Lights
Kromestar - Monster Dub
DJG - Melon

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tweakin for the weekend

The weekend that we've all had circled on our calendars this month is finally almost here.  For those frighteningly unaware, the stars will align themselves for a 24+ hour bass binge in Brooklyn, NY staring this Friday night.  It all kicks off with Turrbotax hosting Mosca, Altered Natives, and Braille down at the Cove, while Saturday night Jack Sparrow and Lurka make their U.S. debuts at Reconstrvct alongside Joe Nice and Truenature.  Hop on an Amtrak, slum it on a Chinatown bus, sleep at Penn Station...by any means necessary get yourself to NYC this weekend if you know what's good for you.

To help power you through the 9-5 grind until then, here's a taste of what you can expect to hear out in the dance:

Friday, January 27th, 10pm – 4am
@ The Cove
108 N. 6th Street, Williamsburg BKNY (btw Berry & Wythe)

FREE before 11pm, $5 btw 11pm and Midnight, $10 after Midnight
FREE Sixpoint Beer from 11pm [till it runs out!]

With:
Mosca [ ✈ London → Numbers → Night Slugs]
Altered Natives [ ✈ London → Eye4Eye]
Braille [ Hotflush → Rush Hour ]

Residents:
Contakt
Rem Koolhaus
C-Sick
Space Jam
Mayster

Facebook Invite HERE.



At One - African Healing Dance (Instrumental)
Ella, Delta 7even & Tom Fales - Illuminate (Lo:Tek Remix)
DJ IC - Dance Ft. Dance Tibets
Artifact - Freezedry (Mosca Club Edit)
Bobby Champs - Klopfgeist
South London Ordinance - Crows Nest
Isaac Christopher - Here On My Own
Ziro - Oni (Mosca edit)
Beneath - Still Hurts
8th Note - Hallelujah
Shifted - B1
 
ALTERED NATIVES XLR8R PODCAST 216

01 El Sudor "DFMA" (Eye4Eye)
02 Altered Natives "Love Switch Off" (Eye4Eye)
03 Grayz "Dubit" (Eye4Eye)
04 Altered Natives "Wanted You" (Eye4Eye)
05 El Sudor "Hermit" (Eye4Eye)
06 Altered Natives "Burnout" (Eye4Eye)
07 Ceramic "The Message" (Eye4Eye)
08 Altered Natives "Heart Shaped" (Eye4Eye)
09 At One "Squallar" (Eye4Eye)
10 Altered Natives "Shake That (feat. ESP)" (Eye4Eye)
11 Altered Natives "Friends and Lovers" (Eye4Eye)
12 Altered Natives "Restaurant Killing" (Eye4Eye)
13 Altered Natives "Wasteman of Love" (Eye4Eye)
14 Grayz and Maliciouz "Mashment" (Eye4Eye)
15 Altered Natives "Indigo Dream" (Eye4Eye)
16 DD Black "Charge (Altered Natives Remix)" (Eye4Eye)
17 Altered Natives "Stoned Love" (WIP)
18 Altered Natives "Illogical Progression" (WIP)
19 Altered Natives "Slugz" (WIP)
20 Altered Natives "Two Graves" (WIP)
21 Altered Natives "Phantom Skank"
22 Misery Peat "Gnat" (Eye4Eye)
23 Altered Natives "Protohype" (WIP)
24 Misery Peat "206" (Eye4Eye)
25 Grayz "Screwloose" (Eye4Eye)






Dark Sky - Be Myself
Breton - RDI (Girl Unit rmx)
Boddika - Underground
Pangaea - Won't Hurt
Harddrive - Deep Inside
????? - Bass 2 Dark
Killawatt - Sidewinder
Mala - Lean FWD
DJ Madd - Murder 96
Benga - Please
Mala - Eyez
Commodo - Touchweed
Snugfelix - Polygon River
????? - Concentration Dub
Commodo - Crooked Law
Lurka - Refresher
Lurka - Shall I
Hijack - Tears (Lurka rmx)
Pinch - Qawwali
Breakage - Staggered Dub

JOE NICE GOURMET BEATS RADIO DECEMBER 2011

DJG - Here Come The Dark Lights
Mala - Tombstone
GothTRAD - Airbreaker
Mala - 2 Much Chat
GothTRAD - Seeker
Mala - Bad Spirits on Shoulders
Jakes - A Case of the Bleeps
VIVEK - Primal
Commodo - Torque
VIVEK - Show Me
Mala - Tiger Dance
Benton - Reflex Realism
Lost - 5 A Day
Lost & Sadam - Combination Style
Dark Tantrums - Volcan Attack
Tunnidge - Brixton Bass
Benton - Alicia

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OUTLOOK/DIMENSIONS 2012

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OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2012

30TH AUGUST - 3RD SEPTEMBER

FORT PUNTA CHRISTO, PULA, CROATIA


 
The success of last years Outlook paid off when the UK Festival Awards crowned us “BEST OVERSEAS FESTIVAL”. Now in its fifth year, Outlook presents the most diverse and interesting line up you will find anywhere in Europe this summer!

Set in a breathtaking abandoned Fort Punta Christo, the Outlook site looks like something from another world. By far one of the most unique festival sites in Europe, Outlook is located on the northern coast of Croatia and is surrounded by crystal clear Adriatic waters. Outlook boasts the best location for sun soaked beach parties and all night raving till sunrise in the Fort. The legendary Outlook boat parties will also be setting sail with some of the most exciting names in Bass Music and Soundsystem Culture!

Those that joined us last year will remember our new additons to the festival. The Moat, The Dockside and The Harbour will all return with the same amazingly crisp soundsystems and stunning visuals as last year!

Showcasing everything from original Dub Reggae pioneers to the new school masters of electronic music, the line up is already starting to take shape and with hundreds more acts yet to be revealed, the 2012 line looks set to be the biggest to date!

Amongst those already confirmed are names synonymous with Outlook that have seen it grow over the years. Dubstep heavy-weights such as Hatcha, Loefah, Mala & Coki see their residency renewed on the Outlook lineup.

Remaining true to the origins of the music, Outlook will also be supplying some of the biggest names in Dub and Reggae this year. Far from the shores of the Caribbean, hailing from the far reaches of New Zealand, Outlook are proud to announce Fat Freddy’s Drop with be headling the Harbour Stage this year and we can’t wait. This fantastic seven piece band from Wellington effortlessly combine elements from Dub, Reggae, Soul and Jazz with soothing vocals. Perfect for the Outlook vibe.

Joining forces on the Dub and Reggae bill we find other greats such as Jah Shaka, Outlook family friends Iration Steppas and the sought after sound of Mungos HiFi. With their roots deep in soundsystem cluture, expect to see performances from Gentleman’s Dub Club who have never failed to impress with high-energy performances.

The Jungle pioneer Congo Natty will return to Outlook in 2012. As always the enigmatic performer will be accompanied on stage with many of the talented MC’s he is known for working with. MC’s Flowdan & Daddy Freddy have been confirmed for Outlook and will no doubt be backed by the dark, Dub heavy sounds The Bug.

A first timer to the Outlook but by no means a stranger to the music; a truly influential artist who defined the sound of the 90’s with his ground breaking album Timeless and prolific label Metalheadz, Outlook welcome Goldie to the stage. Other popular names in DnB like Norwiegan DJ Teebee and production partner Calyx also make their way to the stage for the first time.

As ever Hip Hop will have a strong presence. This year we are welcoming some real classic acts onto the Outlook shores; with a health of work behind him, Malik Taylor aka Phife Dog
comes to Outlook to perform tracks from classic albums ‘Low End Theroy and Beats’ and ‘Rhymes and Life’. Joining this timeless artist is another classic name in Hip Hop, representing the west coast sound, Souls Of Mischief bring the noise of Oakland in the mid 90’s. Looking now to modern movers in the Hip Hop scene we call on France’s finest beat smith, Onra who will be crash-landing for a seriously colourful live performance.

Outlook would be nothing if not for the wealth of emerging artists it brings to the rave. Pushing the now widely recognised UK sound we present an artist with releases on R & S Records, the rising star Blawan. Another artist we’re excited about is Mosca who rose to fame with his single Bax released on Glasgow based label, Numbers. Another artist gaining pace at the moment is XXXY who has seen releases on Ten Thousand Yen and Orca Recordings. In a similar vain we also bring you the wonder boy of Hotflush Recordings, George Fitzgerald.

Outlook will also embark on a rib rattling global tour bringing a taste of what you can expect from this years festival to a city near you. Watch this space!

With hundreds more acts still to be confirmed as well as some very exciting extras, stay tuned, as Outlook 2012 looks set to blow your socks off! HOLD TIGHT.

OUTLOOK 2012 INITIAL LINEUP:

FAT FREDDY’S DROP, JAH SHAKA, PHIFE (A TRIBE CALLED QUEST), DIGITAL MYSTIKZ – MALA & COKI, SCUBA, THE BEATNUTS, GOLD PANDA, CONGO NATTY & FAMILY, GOLDIE, KODE 9, JOKER, HATCHA, N-TYPE, PEARSON SOUND, LOEFAH, THE BUG, FLOWDAN & DADDY FREDDY, IRATION STEPPAS, MUNGOS HIFI, GENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB, ZION TRAIN, SOULS OF MISCHIEF, DBRIDGE, CALIBRE, YOUNGSTA, TRUE TIGER - SUKH KNIGHT, STANZA, BLUE BEAR, ZED BIAS, BODDIKA, ADDISON GROOVE, TEEBEE, CALYX, DISTANCE, BEN UFO, APPLEBLIM, BLAWAN, ICICLE, MARCUS INTALEX, KLUTE, JACK SPARROW, PHAELEH, ONRA (Live), THE HEATWAVE, CHANNEL ONE, THE DISCIPLES FEAT JONAH DAN, CONSCIOUS SOUNDS + KING GENERAL, REMARC, GIRL UNIT, GUSSIE P, SOOM T, DISRUPT, KUEDO, AUTHOR (Live), MOSCA, KRYPTIC MINDS, SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA, STAMINA MC, YT, GEORGE FITZGERALD, THE PROTOTYPES, QUEST, DARKSKY, MARCUS NASTY, PANGAEA, NAVIGATOR, SP:MC, VIVEK, LENZMAN, BROTHER CULTURE, OBF, MICKEY PEARCE, BLACKS, TUNNIDGE, MENSAH, JUBEI, XXXY, DUB PHIZIX, ILLUM SPHERE, BROKE’N’£NGLISH, AKALA, SKITTLES, EARL GATESHEAD (TROJAN SOUNDSYSTEM), STAND HIGH PATROL, RSD, KIDKANEVIL, BLUE DAISY, FANTASTIC MR FOX, ELIPHINO, FLAKO, T WILLIAMS, JACKY MURDA, ANT TC1, MC DRS, LIONDUB, J:KENZO, OCTANE & DLR, SERUM, LX ONE, MC CRAZY D, OSSIE, ARIES, DIGITRON, DANMAN, MC LOWQUI, COMMODO, BIOME, HYETAL, RUCKSPIN, PLANAS, RIDDIM TUFFA, JAY 5IVE, STEPPA & KITCHA, DAUWD, DUB BOY, LURKA, RICH REASON, ALBY DANIELS, INSPIRATIONAL SOUNDS, GORGON SOUND, DJ FU, ADAM PRESCOTT, HYPEMAN SAGE, G DOUBLE, THINKING, LUD DUB, EARTHPIPE, FINWA.

DIMENSIONS FESTIVAL

6-9TH SEPTEMBER 2012

FORT PUNTA CHRISTO, PULA, CROATIA

TICKETS ON SALE – SUNDAY 22ND JANUARY

Dimensions Festival has arrived! Set on the picturesque Adriatic, Dimensions hijacks Fort Punta Christo the weekend after its older brother Outlook. Having made this location a Mecca for bass music lovers, Dimensions makes use of the beautiful surroundings with a smaller capacity; a slightly different take on sound focusing its time on House, Techno and the deeper end of the electronic spectrum.

Keeping themes from its originator, Dimensions will be set against the backdrop of the breathtaking abandoned fort. Located on a peninsular surrounded by crystal clear Adriatic waters, Dimensions combines sun-soaked beach parties by day and all night raving up at the fort until sun rise! The legendary Outlook boat parties also get a revamp as Dimensions takes command for the weekend.

With a higher technical specification of sound systems than you will find at any other festival of its size, Dimensions is the perfect place to enjoy the deep end of the electronic spectrum.

Dimensions will focus its energy on the foundational sound of House and Techno. In Europe House Music found its home in the Island of Ibiza and Techno firmly laying its foundations in the city of Berlin. Anyone that has visited Berlin should be aware of the electronic beat that pumps beneath its streets. Representing the mature and industrious sound of clubs like Berhain, Panorama Bar and Watergate, Dimensions is proud to welcome the magnificent Marcel Dettman! Along side Dettman we find Ben Klock a Dj who has made his mark on Techno as a resident at Berghain since its doors first opened in 2004. New kids on the block Kassem Mosse and Motor City Drum Ensemble join the German clique hot on the heels of their piers. Berlin also houses new talent, supplying a sturdy roof for other exciting new DJ’s in Europe. Leading the migration from London, Hotflush Recordings label boss and SUB:STANCE founder Scuba joins Skull Disco expat Shackelton on the Dimensions lineup.

Recent years has seen UK House evolve into a widely recognised sound. Many will be happy to see the well known British DJ’s Pearson Sound, Pangaea and Ben UFO of Hessle Audio. Other acts championing the UK sound will be Joy Orbison, Sigha and Space Dimension Controller. Joining these great names are up and coming producers Blawan and Midland along side future garage newcomer Pariah whose sounds are set to dominate 2012. Broadening the British Platform is an artist who we are very excited to be hosting Golden Panda. With a significant body of work having been released on American label Ghostly International, Golden Panda is confirmed for his much greatly awaited performance.

Familiar names such as Alexander Nut, Floating Points from Eglo records, dBridge and Boddika representing the sound of Autonomic have been confirmed for this festivals maiden voyage. Radio presenter Benji B joins the bill with long running figure head in Dubstep Mala of DMZ and Swamp 81 label boss Loefah.

Representing the birth place of Techno, Dimensions are thankful to host some great names from Detroit. Known best for his warm, organic and soul inspired take on techno, Moodyman is very highly respected. Expect to see Theo Parrish, one of the longest running DJs on the scene performing with the likes of Detroit young blood, Kyle Hall.

French dance music has always had a distinctive stamp when compared to other scenes in the global community. Dyed Soundorom brings an unforgettable rough, disco lead take on Techno from Paris with help from New York resident Levon Vincent. One of the longest running and most celebrated DJs in British music Andrew Weatherall joins forces to get Dimensions off to a magnificently strong start.

Keeping family ties stronger than ever Mungo’s HiFi supply their legendary sound system for the likes of Iration Steppas, the sideways bass of Untold, Tectonic label boss Pinch and new comer to Locked Groove.

With all the experience and success of Outlook behind them Dimensions is set make its mark on the European Dance Music scene.

TICKETS

Dimensions Festival Ticket: £120 + bf
Dual Weekender, Outlook & Dimensions Ticket: £230 + bf
Boat Party Ticket: £20 + bf
Camping: Starting From £36 + bf

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on the sly

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This Thursday night On the Sly returns to the Gallery @ LPR to celebrate the release of Sleepyhead's 'Motions EP' out on Trouble & Bass at the end of the month.  Astronautibros Kuhn & The Range support, alongside Looney down from Albany and as always, NY State nomad and OtS resident Knomad.

We're also excited to announce a special pre-game collaboration for friends of OtS...

We will be hosting a "taco happy hour" over at Oaxaca Taqueria on 16 Extra Place (near Bowery & Bleecker) from 8p - 10p the night of the show serving up $2 tacos and free brews until we're dry.  Come meet the artists and fam, get some cheap eats, put back a few beers and then head over to The Gallery with us.  All you gotta do to partake in the cheapness is mention "on the sly" at the register.

knomad will be around handing out the beers and saying hey to anyone who makes the journey.


Sleepyhead's EP doesn't drop until the 31st, but you can preview clips on the JunoDownload player below.  Also be sure to grab his Freshmore podcast from last year HERE.


"Brooklyn based bohemian 26 year old Samuel Pohner aka Sleepyhead delivers this strikingly moody and laid back 4 song EP simply titled Motions. Just off a tour a with fellow collaborator Mimosa and like-minded producer Kastle, Sleepyhead starts off the new-year right with this amazing EP. Motions is Sleepyhead's second official release, (first was out on Party Guy Records), so let us introduce you; Sleepyhead started producing music in 2006 when he began working on mostly dubstep and bass music while he was living in San Francisco, CA. SF is also where he started his side project with Mimosa called Sexytime, which you can tell from the name are mostly sultry and floating in the clouds vibed-out tunes. In 2009 Sleepyhead steared away from dubstep and began focusing on the sounds of house, 2 Step and Juke, which brings us to the present. Along side this release in 2012, Sleepyhead has a forthcoming release on our Atlanta home boy's Distal and Mite's label Embassy Records.

Trouble & Bass definitely goes deep on this EP as Sleepyhead delicately interweaves gorgeous melodies while creating layers of space and time using his tools at hand; rolling snares, big kicks, percolating toms, uplifting pads, warm synths, reverbed out vocals, and snips and snaps that all come together to create a feeling of heavy nostalgia that leave you unexpectedly comfortable and almost high. From underwater sounds to club kicks and garage shuffles, you're gonna wish you were listening to this EP up in the clouds or on a deserted island beach."


After some untimely technicals last month, we're bringing back Kuhn to showcase why he's on track to be one of 2012's breakout artists.  Keep it close to RBMAstudios as they will be running a feature on the Brooklyn-based producer later this month.  For now, enjoy the sounds of his Hyponik mix:

Hyp 055: Kuhn by Hyponik


In keeping with our close Astro Nautico ties, we've also slated The Range to perform this month, fresh off the release of his 8-track release 'The Big Dip' on the netlabel in December.



"The Range is James Hinton, a 23-year-old producer from Providence, RI with a facility for melding frenzied footwork percussion and melodic R'n'B vocal cut-ups to generate rich, emotional bass music for the bedroom and the club.

The Big Dip is a thunderous album. On tracks like 'Distractions' and 'Blind Spot,' sub kicks flip effortlessly between ice cold crunk and scorching footwork riddims, with buzzing snare rushes, cowbells, glass hits, rimshots, toms, timbales, and a slew of hand claps up top. The result is the orchestration of a totally percussive sound as baroque as it is sparing, precise, clinical.

Previous to The Big Dip, Hinton released under his alias stegosaurus a full-length entitled 'cower' on his own imprint Sqwal Recordings. More recently and as The Range he remixed the title track of Kuhn's Slime Beach EP for Civil Music and howse's 'bangsless' for Astro Nautico."

You can also listen to his recent mix for the Donkey Pitch crew out in Brighton, UK below:

mix for donky pitch by the range

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Spy Vs. Spy

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In the Drum and Bass world very few took over 2011 like the mighty S.P.Y. Proving to be one of the most versatile producers in the game, S.P.Y. brought us beautifully produced Liquid Funk, alongside a slew of dance floor smashers. Here's a 2011 retrospective mix showcasing his solo efforts alongside collaborations and remixes.
Mixed by DJ Sorted: www.facebook.com/djsortedatl
Recorded live and mixed with Technics 1200's + Serato.

Sorted - S.P.Y. vs S.P.Y. by DJSorted

Tracklisting: 
1. Marco Del Horno - This Town Is Ours ft. Emi Green (S.P.Y. Instrumental) 
2. London Elektricity - Elektricity Will Keep Me Warm ft. Elsa Esmeralda (S.P.Y. Remix) 
3. Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y. - Celestial Navigation 
4. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Past Lives ft. Kevin King 
5. S.P.Y. - Revival 
6. Kasra, S.P.Y. - Surface 
7. S.P.Y. - Sunshine 
8. DJ Marky, S.P.Y. - Mystic Sunset 
9. DJ Marky, S.P.Y. - Days Go Slow ft. Miri (Makoto Remix) 
10. Makoto, S.P.Y. - Beautiful Things 
11. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Castaway 
12. Total Science, Lenzman, S.P.Y. - Narrow Margin 
13. S.P.Y. - Hotspot 
14. Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y. - Make A Raise ft. Ras-T-Weed 
15. Fierce, S.P.Y. - Borderline 
16. S.P.Y. - Untold Future 
17. S.P.Y. - Pressure Drop 
18. Krome and Time - Ganja Man (S.P.Y. and Total Science Remix) 
19. S.P.Y. - Bloodshed 
20. S.P.Y. - Bulldozer 
21. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Venus Prime 
22. Ill Skillz, S.P.Y. - This Is Why 
23. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Magic Hour 
24. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Stay 
25. DJ Marky, S.P.Y. - Brainstorm 
26. Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y. - Triband 
27. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Ghostrider 
28. Kasra, S.P.Y. - Control 
29. Rufige Kru - Terminator (S.P.Y. Remix) 
30. S.P.Y. - Sabotage 
31. Fierce, S.P.Y. - Fury 
32. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Street Sweeper 
33. BTK, S.P.Y. - Save Me 
34. DJ Marky, S.P.Y. - Kontraband 
35. Marcus Intalex, S.P.Y. - Paulista Dub 
36. DJ Marky, S.P.Y. - Yellow Shoes 
37. Sub Focus, Chase & Status - Flashing Lights (S.P.Y. Remix) 
38. S.P.Y. - Turn The Lights Off 
39. Total Science, S.P.Y. - Whilst You Were Sleeping 
40. Bcee, S.P.Y. - Is Anybody Out There? (Friction & K-Tee Remix) 
41. Bcee, S.P.Y. - Diagnosis Murder (metrik Remix) 
42. Zero 7 - In The Waiting Line (S.P.Y. Remix)

More from Sorted:
Sorted Bassfaced Cloudcast #8

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BASELFACED: Art Basel Miami 2011

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As Fall began to lend it's way into Winter here in the Northeast, a trip down to Miami for this year's Art Basel seemed to be the best way to absorb some culture and much needed Vitamin D before the Winter's hibernation set in.  With accommodations the only plans set in stone, fresh from the airport it was off to the hostel to get situated.  After the first of many drinks imbibed on the patio with fellow hostellers over the weekend, the next move was to Wynwood to check out the art walk and support some of NYC's graffiti icons.

.:THURSDAY:.

If you reside within the 5 boroughs, than you've undoubtedly seen the works of 2ESAE & SKI (aka Mike Baca & Fernando Romero) on rooftops, billboards, boxtrucks, or perhaps even bought pieces from them down on Prince St. on the weekends.  For those less familiar, you can read up on the UR:NY story HERE.

In collaboration with POP! International Galleries, December 2011 saw the unveiling of their 'Breaking & Entering' gallery show in Miami's Wynwood arts district, celebrating the duo "breaking & entering" into the gallery scene on their own terms.  Thursday night the gallery opened doors to the public complete with a spread of food, tequila, and a DJ spinning tracks in the backyard where just about any surface was plastered with throwies from both artists.

 
Another notorious NYC writer flying South this Winter for Art Basel was Bronx born & bred COPE2.  After lining the stomach with a healthy coat of free booze, it was time to cruise down the alleyway and make moves towards COPE's 'Rise To The Occasion' opening.

One of the MVPs of Wynwood this year, Cope's infamous clean bubble letters could be seen throughout the neighborhood, collaborating on walls with the likes of 2ESAE, SKI, Buff Monster, Lister, & the London Police.
     
His 'Rise To The Occasion' show featured a number of vibrant collage canvases incorporating old Daily News clippings, vivid colors, and his patented graffiti outlines and handstyle.  The ladies behind Kweenz Destroy also created a pop-up shop within the gallery, on their grind hustling a variety of their recent apparel releases.

 
Lister / Col / Chanoir / Cope2 / Pez / Free Humanity

After stopping briefly through Miguel Paredes gallery to pilfer some Sapporo, it was off to survey the Food Truck scene set up in an abandoned lot down the street.  After pangs of drunken indecision, the lure of the Arepabox truck and the "Cachapa", a sweet corn arepa filled with Gruyere cheese and slathered with a variety of green and red hot sauce, proved to be too much to resist.

Thursday night also marked the kickoff of the Sin City tour featuring N-Type, Hatcha, and MC Crazy D.  Miami local Juan Basshead helped get the night started with a set of varying tempos and going in on some DnB heavy hitters during the last half hour of his set.  Hatcha & N-Type's B2B 3-hour set included a healthy variety of music spanning across the dubstep spectrum.  Gritty tunes from Lost, Benton, and Coki, as well as some deeper bits from Mala and Phaeleh with Crazy D holding down vibes on the mic, proving why his banter game is second to none.  Big up the entire Miami Dubstep family for the hospitality.

"largin up full crew, you know what to do"

.:FRIDAY:.

In dire need of an electrolyte transfusion and some greasy sustenance, Friday started out with a trek to Little Havana to get the day started with the famous Cubana Frita from El Rey De Las Fritas.

The chorizo patty, creole sauce, and deep fried potato sticks sandwiched between a fresh Cuban roll proved to be the prescribed hangover cure.  A quick Cuban coffee later and it was time to cruise Calle 8 to sweat out the remaining booze.

After a quick lesson in cigars and dominoes at one of the many Cigar Lounges along SW 8th St, it was off to Maximo Gomez Park to check out the social epicenter of Little Havana in action.  Art seemingly inescapable over the weekend, THIS Blek Le Rat piece was spotted en route.

On the docket for Friday night was another venture to Wynwood for the opening of the Underbelly Project group show.  Started in the Spring of 2009, the large scale art project ushered over 100 artists representing 15 countries through one of NYC's long abandoned Subway stations to leave their mark deep underneath the konkrete jungle.

Taking to a warehouse on NW25th St in Wynwood, the Underbelly Project organizers brought together a sampling of art from the artists involved in the year long project.  The exhibition also featured a wall of screens looping time lapse footage of the artist's contributions to the subterranean art cache back in Gotham.  With some time to kill before heading to the Electric Pickle for the Wolf + Lamb / Soul Clap residency, it was time to take in a beer down at the Wynwood Walls themselves, a huge catalyst in the ongoing transformation of the neighborhood.

 

Dubtribe Soundsystem @ Electric Pickle

.:SATURDAY:.

Saturday started off with a stroll up Collins Ave. to the Aqua Hotel, the site of the Aqua Art Fair.  The two-story hotel's 40+ rooms are gutted for the weekend, as participating galleries from across the country are given a blank room and free reign to showcase the artists in their collections.  While the fair featured many a head-scratching piece of art, a notable standout were the paintings of Jason Bryant courtesy of Porter Contemporary Gallery.  Another highlight being the photography of Dulce Pinzon in room 218 curated by Alida Anderson Art Projects.

Miami Horror covering 'Once In A Lifetime'  @ Electric Pickle

.:SUNDAY:.

After a lifetime being shunned by family and peers in NY, it was time for this Dolphins fan to finally be among his people.  With an Australian in tow primed for his first NFL experience, we headed to Landshark Stadium around 11am to take in the sights and aromas of the bustling tailgate scene.  As hordes of shit-talking Raiders fans descended upon the parking lot, we crushed our remaining domestic piss beers and proceeded to watch the Dolphins absolutely trounce Oakland 34-14.

And the crowd goes wild....

Sunday night's debauchery was provided by the Overthrow's Art Basel edition of their Hard2Leave party at Gold Rush.  Track selections were about what you'd expect from a Strip Club DJ'd by Ninjasonik, Craze, and the Overthrow DJs.  DJ Assault & DJ Funk would have been proud.  Out to Tamara Sky for dropping 'Bassface' and proving that Sound Pelligrino tunes go off in the titty bar too.


.:MONDAY:.

Waking up to a severe dent in the wallet and hangover to match, a walk from South Beach to Wynwood seemed the most economical, albeit extremely inconvenient of options.  After asking many a local for directions and being told that walking simply wasn't an option, the stubborn New Yorker in me refused to be denied.  The causeway connecting the beach from downtown Miami may not have been open for pedestrian traffic, but 7.2 miles later and a few hours worse for ware, it was time for one last stroll through Wynwood before heading to MIA International.

After catching Rime busting the outline for his 50-character mural on Thursday night, it was time to check out the finished product in all it's glory.  In addition to mowing the spot on NE Miami ave, he was also asked to recreate Revok's 'We Own The Night' piece outside of the Underbelly Project warehouse.

The next stop was to the Kohn Compound to check out the murals of the Graffuturim "In Situ" installation.  Participating artist Eric Haze provided a foreward for the Co11ective group exhibition which you can find HERE.

Further down the block was a fresh production wall from IMOK's Ewok (5MH), Jick, & Mast.  For more fresh Ewok debuted at this year's Basel, you can also check out his Brainlington video blog here.


Last but not least, this year's Ironlak wall centered around a fiery piece from Sofles with a background of paint drips provided by OG, Risky.  Other artists participating included VANS, KEMS, VIZIE, JURNE, EWOK (MSK), and REMOTE .



Miami, it was real.  We'll be seeing you next year.  Special shouts go out to the Miami Beach hostel crew for keeping the vibes lively all weekend long.  Out to anyone and everyone I met along the way.  Your time!!

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