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More Monsters and Sprites EPRuffneck (FULL Flex) video uploaded to YouTube 12/23/2011. Over 2.6 million views in less than two weeks.
The "remix companion" to Skrillex's successful EP Scary Monsters & Nice Sprites actually features two new tracks, including the opening highlight "First of the Year," which wonderfully shifts from the cute kind of fluff Boards of Canada might appreciate to a grinding dubstep monster threatening to turn the woofers inside-out. "Ruffneck (Flex)" is a dancehall-meets-jungle slammer in that Major Lazer style, then four mixes of the previous EP's title track finish things off with the best ideas coming from remixers Phonat (bringing back the sound of IDM in its heyday) and Kaskade (turning this stuff into bleepy, blissful house music).1. "First of the Year (Equinox)"
2. "Ruffneck (Flex)"
3. "Ruffneck (FULL Flex)"
4. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (Dirtyphonics Remix)
5. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (Phonat Remix)
6. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (The Juggernaut Remix)
7. "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" (Kaskade Remix)$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
88 is the eighth full length studio album from Incubus.
The album was co-produced by Dave Sardy (Slayer, Helmet, Trouble) and Sonny Moore, better known as dubstep icon Skrillex. The album was nearly finished before Moore tweaked the mix on the song "Familiar Faces," which then spiraled into a full co-production job. Guitarist Michael Einziger commented, "It just kind of energized everybody in the band and we're really excited about the album, we can't wait for people to hear it.1. No Fun
2. Nimble Bastard
3. State of the Art
7. When I Became A Man
8. Familiar Faces
9. Love in a Time of Surveillance
10. Make No Sound in the Digital Forest
11. Throw Out the Map$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
London RoadLondon's dubstep rockers second album released on their label, Max Records. The band is lead by brothers, Josh
Friend (singer/producer) & Tony Friend (DJ/Producer). Album features Funtcase, Teddy Killerz, Culprate,
Partysquard, Trolley Snatcha, Skindred, Rude Kid, Big Narstie, Dialect, Discard, Flowdan, Frisco, and LayZ. Promo
DJ tour May/June & Fall tour with full band.1. Damien (Modestep & Funtcase)
2. Make You Mine (Modestep & Teddy Killerz)
4. On Our Own (Modestep & Culprate)
5. Feel Alive
6. Rainbow (Modestep & The Partysquad)
8. Nightbus Home
10. Sing (Modestep & Trolley Snatcha)
11. Circles (Modestep & Skindred)
12. Game Over (Modestep & Rude Kid ft. Big Narstie, Dialect, Discarda, Flowdan, Frisco & LayZ)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ugly Side Of LoveThe Bristol, England duo Malachai has dubstep running through their bones, hip hop in their fingers and '60s psychedelia in their heart. Their debut album Ugly Side Of Love runs the gauntlet from the sounds of a Jamaican garage band at one moment to a b-boy Sid Barrettt to Mersey beat if the beats were supplied by Rza to Dick Dale surfing the River Severn.1. Warriors
3. Snake Charmer
7. Meechs' Theme
8. Only For You
9. Lay Down Stay Down
10. Another Sun
11. How Long
12. Fading World
13. Simple Song$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
James BlakeRising through the ranks of London's Dubstep (a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South East London), James Blake started off as a DJ in various clubs. Influenced by the likes of D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, Blake is known for injecting some soul into the genre of dubstep.
The London-based producer first gave the world a taste of his quirky, R&B-sampling of dubstep in 2009 when his Air & Lack Thereof 12 appeared on the Hemlock label. Blake received quite the endorsement when the heralded Soul Jazz label picked the track up for their Steppas' Delight 2 compilation that same year.
Blake raised his profile during 2010 with a succession of warmly received 12 releases: The Bells Sketch, CMYK, Klavierwerke, and the single-sided Limit to Your Love. The last of the series, a cover of a song by Feist, in which Blake's heartfelt vocal was placed front and center, served as the precursor to this, his first full-length.1. Unluck
2. The Wilhelm Scream
3. I Never Learnt To Share
4. Lindisfarne I
5. Lindisfarne II
6. Limit To Your Love
7. Give Me My Month
8. To Care (Like You)
9. Why Don't You Call Me
10. I Mind
11. Measurements$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-EPI-9144xI Set My Friends On Fire
Astral Rejection (Picture Disc)I Set My Friends On Fire have come a long way since their electro]hardcore cover of Soulja Boyfs gCrank Dath became an internet sensation in 2008. Their Epitaph debut You Canft Spell Laughter Without Slaughter both established them as a unique blend of boy]band pop, Timbaland elctrobeat and Grindcore, and placed them at the cutting edge of a movement that includes breakout bands like Attack Attack and I See Stars.
Now comes their long anticipated second release, Astral Rejection, continuing the trajectory started with their debut, but finding the band experimenting with dubstep and IDM, and finding a heavier hardcore sound. Building on the successes of the first album, from their triumphant run on the 2010 Scream It Like You Mean It tour with Silverstein and Emery, to the 15 million Youtube views for their Smosh.com collaboration gSex Ed Rocks,h Astral Rejection will launch I Set My Friends On Fire to the stars and beyond.1. It Comes Naturally
2. Infinite Suck
3. Excite Dyke
4. My Paralyzed Brother Taps His Foot To This Beat
5. Astral Rejection
6. Developer, the Horn
8. Kief Catcher
10. Life Hertz
11. Cacafuego, Nuestra Señora de la Concepción!$19.99Picture Disc Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SongsThe takeover for English dubstep producer Rusko (aka Christopher Mercer) has only just begun! His 2010 debut, O.M.G!, replete with his signature bone-rattling bass and anthemic melodies, was a critical and commercial hit that cemented him as one of the most exciting artists on the modern dance music scene.
His peers have championed him and Diplo, Santigold and Switch have featured his tracks in DJ sets and mixes. His own productions and remixes include The Prodigy and Basement Jaxx and his live shows have been drawing rapturous crowds across the globe.
His new album and second overall, Songs, finds the dauntless artist at his absolute best with a set of tracks that will dominate festivals and dance-floors for the foreseeable future and beyond!1. Intro - Year 3000 Style
2. Somebody To Love
5. Love No More
7. Dirty Sexy
8. Be Free
10. Roll Da Beats (Old School Edition)
11. Mek More Green
12. Asda Car Park
13. Whistle Crew
14. M357$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SBTRKTYoung Turks is excited to announce the release of the self-titled full-length debut by SBTRKT, a South London based producer. SBTRKT (pronounced subtract) has recently left his imprint on U.K. music by seamlessly fusing Detroit Techno, Berlin Electro and classic 2-Step into the thriving London Dubstep scene, although this masked man fits comfortably in any category he wishes to occupy.
While massively prolific, a minimalist ethos runs through the work and style of SBTRKT, not just in the name but in the precision of the sonics and arrangements. He has done remixes for M.I.A., Modeselektor & Basement Jaxx, and has previously released 2 EPs via Young Turks (Soundboy Shift and Step In Shadows).
While he has had multiple releases in single and EP forms, this is SBTRKTs first full-length, and about that he says This release is the culmination of a longer period of constant writing and collaboration, tracks on previous EPs were written as singular pieces. This record is much more of a whole project, more representative of my thoughts and ideas as an artist and each track was completed with the aim to be coherent together.1. Heatwave
2. Hold On (Featuring Sampha)
3. Wildfire (Featuring Yukimi Nagano)
4. Sanctuary (Featuring Jessie Ware and Sampha)
5. Trials Of The Past (Featuring Sampha)
6. Right Thing To Do (Featuring Jessie Ware)
7. Something Goes Right (Featuring Sampha)
8. Pharoahs (Featuring Roses Gabor)
9. Ready Set Loop
10. Never Never (Featuring Sampha)
11. Go Band$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sylvan EssoSylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called "Play It Right" and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She'd met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere.
As 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good food. Sylvan Esso became a band.
A year later, their self-titled debut-a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance-arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don't suffer the longstanding complications of that term.
These 10 tunes were realized and recorded in Sanborn's Durham bedroom during the last year, an impressive feat considering the layers of activity and effects that populate them-the dizzyingly crisscrossed harmonies of "Play it Right," the gorgeously incongruous elements of "Wolf," the surreptitiously minimalist momentum of "HSKT." Sanborn's production is fully modern and wonderfully active. He enlists obliterating dubstep stutters and crisp electropop pulses, hazy electrostatic breezes and epinephrine dancefloor turnarounds. But this isn't a workout in production skills or a demonstration of electronic erudition. Instead, his music syncs seamlessly with Meath's melodies, so that the respective words and beats become a string of ready-to-play singles.
The irrepressible "Hey Mami" webs handclaps and harmonies around a flood of bass, a strangely perfect canvas for a tale of dudes hollering at neighborhood tail (and, finally, finding the chivalry not to do so). "Coffee" sparkles and quakes, patiently rising from a muted spell of seasonal affective disorder to a sweet rupture of schoolyard glee. These pop cuts condescend neither to their audience nor their makers.
They are sophisticated, but with none of the arrogance that can imply; they are addictive, but with none of the banality that can entail. There is sensuality and sexual depravity, homesickness and wanderlust, nostalgia and immediacy. Sylvan Esso acknowledges that the world is a tumult of complications by giving you a way to sing and dance with those troubles, if not to will them away altogether.1. Hey Mami
2. Dreamy Bruises
3. Could I Be
9. Play It Right
10. Come Down$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Modern StreetsBeat Spacek is the latest project from UK vocalist/producer Steve Spacek, a man who should really need no introduction. With boundless abilities, his work transcends genre and style - instead focusing more on swing, melody, vibe and atmosphere. From his legendary output with the band Spacek - Curvatia (2001), Vintage Hi-Tech (2003); solo work on the cult Sound In Color imprint and collaborations with the late, great J.Dilla; to his under-the-radar Black Pocket project for dBridge's Exit Records and his most recent work with Mark Pritchard as one half of Africa HiTech, his fearless approach to creation has always been progressive and highly original.
Beat Spacek sees him once again take the reigns as a solo artist creating a record that is as much a love letter to the future as it is an ode to the past. Created largely using iPhone and iPad apps, the album once again finds Steve liberated through new technologies, excited by the prospects of "the new" whilst expressing notions of the past. It's a journey through the evolution of modern Britain from a futurist perspective.
Framed against a particular period in the 1980s when Steve was growing up as a young man in New Cross, South East London, Modern Streets is rooted in the duality of the past and the future. Flim-Flams was the club where he first experienced the clash of sounds and styles that characterised South London's racial, ethnic and cultural melting pot. A spot where Punks, Soul Heads, New Romantics, Dread Locks and Skinheads all converged brought together through a love of music and new sounds.
From the paranoid, post-punk, sleng teng musings of I Wanna Know to the nu wave pop-powered love song Inflight Wave, Modern Streets is a direct reflection of that experience, envisioned through the mind of a 21st Century Rudeboy. Ghanaian Highlife is re-imagined in digital form on Tonight; Stand Firm tips its hat to the dancehall with a futuristic rinse; whilst the sub-bass powered anthem Alone in Da Sun draws on the finest elements of dubstep's sonic vocabulary and reworks them into a loose, new age club jam, brimming with soul and charisma.1. I Wanna Know
3. Inflight Wave
4. Modern Streets
5. I Want You
6. Gotta Get Some Music
7. If You Are My Chalice
8. There is a Love
9. Stand Firm
10. Compact n Sleep
11. Back to School
12. You're the Only One
13. Alone in Da Sun$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UnapologeticUnapologetic is the seventh studio album by Rihanna, originally released on November 19, 2012, by Def Jam Recordings and SRP Records. As executive producer, Rihanna enlisted previous collaborators The-Dream, David Guetta, Chase & Status, and StarGate to work alongside new collaborators such as Parker Ighile, Mike Will Made-It, and Labrinth. Unapologetic is mainly a pop and R&B album that incorporates elements of dubstep, hip hop, EDM and reggae in its production, similar to the sound of her previous albums Talk That Talk and Rated R.The album produced seven singles including Diamonds and Stay. The former peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 where it became Rihanna's twelfth number one song, tying her with Madonna and The Supremes for fourth most number one songs in the history of the chart.1. Phresh Out The Runway
4. Pour It Up
5. Loveeeeeee Song
7. Right Now
8. What Now
10. Nobody's Business
11. Love Without Tragedy / Mother Mary
12. Get It Over With
13. No Love Allowed
14. Lost In Paradise$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Memory ManWith his breathtaking debut album Memory Man, Big Spiders Back (aka Yair Rubinstein) expands on the dreamy, psychedelic sample-based pop from his Warped EP, and pushes his unique sound into a mind-blowing array of new territory. Incorporating everything from British library music to Indian film soundtracks and field recordings, the album flows gracefully between ambient avalanches of sound and hauntingly ethereal vocals, sitting on top of a lush bed of hip-hop and dubstep-inspired beats. The album borrows themes based around memory from a wide array of classic sci-fi books and comics, ranging from J. G. Ballard to William Gibson.
Recorded in the past year both in his garage studio in Seattle and new adopted hometown of Brooklyn, the record is Rubinsteins first effort completely recorded and mixed on his own, save guest contributions and production work from Seattle friends USF. His cross-country relocation coincides with big refinements in his sound, focusing on drum programming more than previous efforts. The more drum-centric approach presents a new style for Big Spiders Back, providing a solid foundation for his lush array of ecstatic, joyfully sung melodies that are staple for the young producer.
At once melancholic, and other times joyful and ecstatic, Memory Man is a diverse and richly-detailed album that rewards repeated listens, and manages to stay consistent and emotionally resonant and compelling.1. Terminal Seat
2. Dead Channel
3. Secret Chiefs
4. Far Light
6. Brigitte Bombay (feat USF)
7. Black Chow
8. Memory Man
10. Playback Singer$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DedicationZomby is both a purist and a perfectionist. One of the most talented producers of a generation and someone capable of negotiating skilfully between genres, be it jungle, dubstep, rave, garage or whatever tag you want to put on it. Couple this with the numerous and incredible 12s, EPs and remixes that have been aired over the past five years and its clear just why hes built quite a heady reputation for himself.
Its been over two and a half years since he released his debut album, Where Were U In 92?, a rave record evoking that titular period, when Dreamscape, Fantazia and Universe flyers adorned bedroom walls, tape packs and pills became a national staple, and the Daily Mail were only hours away from their next denouncement. Using early- 90s equipment like an Akai S2000 and an Atari ST, he captured the moment.
Dedication continues to put Zomby at a distance from his peers. By the time they've caught up, hell no doubt be somewhere else entirely.1. Witch Hunt
2. Natalias Song
4. Black Orchid
5. Riding With Death
7. Things Fall Apart
10. Digital Rain
12. A Devil Lay Here
16. Mozaik$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MASSIVE ADDICTIVEGothenburg's finest, AMARANTHE, have completed their third strike. As per the band's custom, "MASSIVE ADDICTIVE" was tracked at Hansen Studios
in Ribe, Denmark with the sound sorcerer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica etc.) at the helm.
"MASSIVE ADDICTIVE" features some of the best Amaranthe material to date. In addition to the divine duality of pulsating beats and melodic pop
choruses both of which we're accustomed to hear from them, rejuvenated Amaranthe now caters to us further advanced dynamics, a cornucopia of
celestial choruses and of course, sheer melodic bliss. Best known for their danceable upbeat anthems, the band surely has a handful of instant
Amaranthe classics on "MASSIVE ADDICTIVE" such as Trinity and the most contagious chorus of the album, Digital World.
Although already in possession of winning receipt, Amaranthe won't settle for resting on their laurels. Not to tread water, the band has taken to update
their sound so now you'll hear contemporary influences never used before in Amaranthe's songs before such as breakdowns, dubstep, voice studders
and delays. But that's not to say that Amaranthe has forgotten where their fortes lie - as always, song is king.
But it's the whole that has improved. Olof's surgical riffs and soaring solos, Morten's sturdy rhythmic backbone, Johan's booming low-frequency assault,
Elize's ever more emotive singing, Jake's melodic vocal outpour and the new screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson all put together combine for an
entirely new spectrum of nuances. Yes, they've always been ear candy, but now with their MASSIVE updated sound, Amaranthe is more ADDICTIVE
than ever.1. Dynamite
2. Drop Dead Cynical
4. MASSIVE ADDICTIVE
5. Digital World
8. Over And Done
9. Danger Zone
11. An Ordinary Abnormality
12. Exhale$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Peru BoomThis bass heavy and potent collection features the key Peruvian producers and DJs that have helped build Lima's reputation as 'jewel in the crown' of South America's rave & party scenes. Tropical bass artists like Dengue Dengue Dengue, DJ Chakruna, Animal Chuki and Deltatron have long been guided by the roots of chicha and Peruvian cumbia. This sees them reshape and digitally render the original sounds fashioning new cuts inspired by dubstep, techno, trap, grime, house and electronica all aimed squarely at the dancefloor. Detroit has techno, Chicago has house, and Peru's DJs and producers consider Lima as the home of Tropical Bass. Following hot on the heels of the 1960's jazz and '70s funk of Peru Bravo and Peru Maravilloso, this marks a new departure for the label, bringing things bang up to date with the latest electronic sounds. Martin Morales, co-founder of Tiger's Milk Records first took inspiration for the project at a life changing rave in Lima 3 years ago thrown by Dengue Dengue Dengue.LP 1
1. Animal Chuki - Luto
2. Deltatron - Ego Trip
3. Dengue Dengue Dengue - Como Bailar Cumbia
4. Pirana Sound System - Naranja Limones
5. Chakruna - Cumbia Achorada
6. Rolovo - Outropical (Version B)
7. Tribilin Sound - El Carmen
8. Qechuaboi - Iseecumbiapeopleagain
1. Pe Garcia - Subete A La Noche
2. Tribilin Sound - Underground Cumbia
3. Deltatron - El Que Abandona No Tiene Premio
4. Chakruna - Sonido Chichero (ft. Chapilitta)
5. Elegante & La Imperial - Tardes
6. Tribilin Sound - Negroide
7. Los Chapillacs - Marcha Del Chullachaqui (Deltatron Remix)
8. Tribilin Sound - Eduardo Y Hank$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-OWS-6759xKill The Noise
Occult Classic180 Gram Clear Vinyl
The 'OCCULT CLASSIC' LP opens with the Rock City and
AWOLNATION featured "Kill It 4 the Kids" single, whose
whirlwind of lighters-up metal, signature bass growls and
festival sized synthwork make up one of the release's many
style hopping switch ups; including the Youtube flavored
Baltimore Club of the "Dolphin on Wheels" collaboration with
Dillon Francis, the rowdy dubstep-meets-drum & bass head
banger, "Spitfire Riddim" with Madsonik, and the razor sharp
bassline-backed electro thump of "Louder" with Tommy
At times, the album feels like a snapshot of his adrenaline
fueled live sets, which he's performed from some of the
most iconic stages in the world (Coachella, Lollapalooza,
EDC Las Vegas, Holy Ship! and the Mad Decent Block
Party). In the midst of touring and working on music over
the last few years, Kill the Noise has also received MTV
Clubland's Music Video pick of the year twice (2012,
2013), he's collaborated on official releases with Skrillex,
Korn, Passion Pit, and Flux Pavilion, and he co-wrote and
produced 2014's "Shell Shocked" from Paramount
Picture's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack
alongside Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, and Ty Dolla $ign.1. Kill It 4 The Kids (feat. AWOLNATION & Rock City)
2. FUK UR MGMT
3. Mine (with Bryn Christopher)
4. I Do Coke (with Feed Me)
5. Without A Trace (Feat. Stalking Gia)
6. Tommy Trash - Louder (Feat. Rock City)
7. Dolphin on Wheels (with Dillon Francis)
8. Lose Ya Love
9. Spitfire Riddim (feat. twoton with Madsonik)
10. All in My Head (feat. AWOLNATION)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Out Of The BlackThe raucous, schizophrenic sound of Out Of The Black - much like previous Boys Noize records - has as much to do more with Ridha's attention span as his choice in gear. "I get bored really easily with sounds," he explains, "The exciting part for me is trying to come up with new sounds, putting new sounds in a new dress. I'm sound obsessed. I buy a lot of machines and synths, and I'm always looking for a way to destroy sounds in an unconventional way. I'm always drawn to music and productions that sound entirely different or really naïve or sometimes just stupid. I don´t like it when it sounds too clean and generic, there needs to be some sort of soul. I guess that explains a lot about my sound which I think I instinctually capture. But I do try to keep in mind what I loved about dance music when I started doing this and how it made me feel. Those thoughts were also very much on my mind when I was making this record."
The new album nicely bridges the gap between his previous two efforts; providing the requisite in-your-face electro bang of classic Boys Noize on tracks like "What You Want", "Rocky 2" and "XTC", or more melodic songs like "Ich R U" and "Reality". At a time when mainstream electronic music-particularly the pervasive cultures of EDM and dubstep-have moved dance music out of the clubs and into the stadiums, Ridha is quick to acknowledge the old school house and acid records that shaped him as a DJ; the very same records that continue to bubble up as an influence on Out of the Black.
"I never compromise when it comes to creative or musical things," says Ridha. "I only do what I think is cool and what I like. It's not about what the market wants or what people expect. Maintaining artistic freedom has always been the most important thing to me - for my own music or for anyone on my label." As for the title of his new record, Ridha explains that this music isn't coming from out of the blue. In fact, it's the opposite. "I tend to make and produce music only at night," he says. "I also generally only perform at night, so this is music that's coming totally out of the black. Also, they say the color black can absorb all other colors, which is a cool way to think about making music. You absorb every other kind of music-every possible sound-and what comes out of you is something new, something out of the black."1. What You Want
4. ICH R U
5. Rocky 2
6. Ich Jack
7. Circus Full Of Clowns (feat. Gizzle)
8. Touch It
9. Conchord (feat. Siriusmo)
12. Got It (feat. Snoop Dogg)
14. Yellow (feat. Siriusmo)$24.99Vinyl LP + CD - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
London Zoo (Out Of Stock)In Gibson's Neuromancer, when Case and Molly meet the two surviving founders of Zion, there is talk of hearing a mighty dub in the Babel of tongues signaling the final days. If indeed we're living in these end times, as many predict, then there can be no more of an appropriate soundtrack for the coming apocalypse than The Bug's London Zoo.
The Bug is the main project for Kevin Martin, a producer who has headed a diverse range of projects. He is part of Techno Animal, Ice, and God (all with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh and Jesu), King Midas Sound, Razor X Productions (with The Rootsman), Pressure, and Ladybug; runs his Pathological Records label; and has collaborated with noise jazz outfit 16-17, Pete Sonic Boom Kemper's E.A.R. project, John Zorn, Kevin Shields, El-P, and the Antipop Consortium. He has recorded for Rephlex, Position Chrome/Mille Plateaux, Word Sound, Hyperdub, City Slang, Tigerbeat 6, Grand Royal, and now Ninja Tune. He has been personally asked to remix Thom Yorke, Grace Jones, Einsturzende Neubauten, and Primal Scream, and compiled jazz and dub compilations for Virgin Records. London Zoo is the fruition of all these activities.
The album was born of three key moments: an introduction to the thriving dubstep scene (of which The Bug is very much a pioneer from before it carried a name) and its key producers (via Kode 9 and Loefah) where Martin realized there were others on the same sonic trajectory as himself; an introduction to Warrior Queen via his work with Wayne Lonesome on the Razor X Productions project; and a Mary Anne Hobbs Breezeblock session which introduced him to Flowdan (Roll Deep) and Ricky Ranking. All three of these figure heavily in the end result and live presentation.
The obvious entry point to the album is the dubstep tag, particularly after the success of the three lead-up singles, but London Zoo clearly reaches past, brings together, and celebrates reference points from dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise-- it could have only come out of London sound-system culture, while its appeal spans cities and scenes.
From the opening strains of Angry (featuring reggae legend Tippa Irie) it's clear that the world has been served notice from the heart of the UK capital. The message is further strengthened as Ranking (best known for his work with Roots Manuva), Flowdan, Warrior Queen, Spaceape, Roger Robinson, Killa P, and Aya step up to lay waste to the boombastic rhythms put before them, eventually culminating in Judgement where Ranking leaves us with a prophecy: So much people are losing their minds, because we're living in a serious time. I guess it come in like a judgment sign, the people have killing on their mind. Living in end times, indeed. Best start building the Marcus Garvey tug now.Angry ft Tippa Irie
Murder We ft Ricky Ranking
Skeng ft Killa P & Flowdan
Too Much Pain ft Ricky Ranking & Aya
Insane ft Warrior Queen
Jah War ft Flowdan
Fuckaz ft Spaceape
You & Me ft Roger Robinson
Warning ft Flowdan
Poison Dart ft Warrior Queen
Judgement Ricky Ranking$45.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
When Machines Exceed Human (Out Of Stock)Mark Pritchard's first full-length release under the Harmonic 313 moniker, When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence, is a real doozy. Grumbling bassweight, glitchy traces of minimal tech, acid, dancehall and dubstep all combine to form a sound both cerebral and danceable. The elegant juxtaposition of these elements substantiate Pritchard's breadth in both influence and execution; after all, this is the man behind Link, Troubleman, NY Connection, Global Communication, Series 7 (with Stephen Horne), Vertigo (with Danny Breaks)and a dizzying array of other projects. Transmitting his equal love for Detroit techno, Jamrock dancehall and space-age hip-hop, this album should prove to be one of the standout electronic releases of 2009. The sheer bass pressure contained herein is sure to leave an indelible mark.1. Dirtbox
3. No Way Out
4. Music Substitute System
7. Word Problems
9. Cyclotron C64 SID
10. Call To Arms
12. Don't Panic
13. Falling Away
14. When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
15. Quadrant 3$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Cryptocracy (Out Of Stock)From the metal-hewn flatlands of Finland comes a dark new force in electronic music. Forged in the electrical fire of industrial; nurtured through the apocalyptic feedback of art-rock, experimental and all things disruptive; and championed by the most influential names in EDM and beyond, Huoratron is deeper, stranger and harder-core than whatever came before it.
Huoratron came to life in 2003, the brainchild of DJ/producer/mad 8-bit scientist Aku Raski. His sinister vision has taken form in just a few releases: some material for Finnish label New Judas, including the proactively aggressive Prevenge EP, containing angry blip-fest $$ Troopers and Corporate Occult, a slice of electro-house gone horribly awry. A set of remixes that changed H.I.M.'s In Venere Veritas from a jangly bit of radio rock to a doomed ride aboard a haunted 747 and M.I.A.'s Internet Connection from her usual minimal-funky hoedown to a sizzling nuclear rain storm.
After resigning to Last Gang in 2010, Raski hit the studio, emerging a year later with Cryptocracy, his first full-length album. To be blatantly honest I do not personally feel a close resemblance to many, if any artist within my scene, Raski explains. This is mostly because I'm driven by my own vigorous motivation and do what I do despite associations made by others. I mean no disrespect by this. It is simply a fact that I, as an artist am in the center of the storm and feel content there.
Cryptocracy is a journey of destruction, driven by chip synths, distortion and gut-punching bass. Recognizable sounds peak their heads out occasionally: a house riff on Transcendence, a dubstep pass on Sea of Meat, stripped-down techno on A699F. But they're swallowed up by an apocalyptic wave; the noises, textures and sonic sneak attacks that are Huoratron's signature, born more from a feeling than a particular genre focus.1. Cryptocracy
2. New Wave of Mutilation
5. Dungeons & Dragons
6. Sea of Meat
7. Top 1%
8. Force Majeure
10. Unblinking Eye$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Red (Out Of Stock)For the last two years, I've been working on an album called Red, Taylor says. I called it Red because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In my mind, when you experience love that's fast paced and out of control and mixes infatuation, jealousy, frustration, miscommunication, and all of those lovely emotions...in retrospect, it all looks red.
After writing her last album (Speak Now) entirely by herself, for this record Taylor collaborated with several artists, producers, and songwriters she had always wanted to work with for the album's 16 tracks, including the lead single, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. While Nathan Chapman serves as the lead producer, a variety of producers were involved in the recording process. Swift co-wrote the album with people from all different places in music. Collaborators include Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, Max Martin and Ed Sheeran.
Rolling Stone has described the album as Swift's most eclectic set ever, ranging from 'State of Grace,' a howling, U2-style epic with reverb-drenched guitars, to a sweet acoustic duet with U.K. singer Ed Sheeran. Another key track even features a dubstep-inspired bass breakdown. The album's lead single, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, was released in August 2012. The song became Swift's first number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, recording the highest ever one-week sales figures for a female artist.1. State of Grace
4. I Knew You Were Trouble
5. All Too Well
7. I Almost Do
8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
9. Stay Stay Stay
10. The Last Time
11. Holy Ground
12. Sad Beautiful Tragic
13. The Lucky One
14. Everything Has Changed
16. Begin Again$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Birthdays (Out Of Stock)In this frantic Twitterworld, where all the genres of music are either mating with other genres, feeding on the past or searching for the next trending wave, Keaton Henson personifies the moment when time stops still. It's the almost shocking sound of one man and his gently stoked electric guitar, which flicks like the embers of a fire, as the singer's voice glows in the reflected light, safe in his panic room.
Crippled by anxiety since childhood, to the point that he rarely goes out or plays live, the wondrously bearded Keaton is the archetypal tortured recluse who channels his emotions not into shopping or clubbing but his art: he's a skilled illustrator too, of bare-boned drawings that are as starkly delineated as his guitar-playing.
Birthdays follows 2012's cult debut album Dear..., and for its first half, Henson avoids slipping into post-dubstep, chillwave or hiring Skrillex in order to fit in.
But there is change underfoot. Dear featured one drum track, so the subtle beat behind The Best Today is no biggie. But half way through the following Don't Swim, it's like an ember has landed in your lap. The song's sudden electrical charge, which persists through the following, thunderous Kronos, is the sound of Henson wrenched from his comfort zone. Birthdays' second track suggests he's even reached Paris.
In fact, the whole album was recorded in California by American producer Joe Chiccarelli (The Shins, The Strokes). And various guests, including Jesca Hoop on ghostly backing vocals, have chipped in. Birthdays' second half takes Heaton closer to Jeff Buckley's turf: the unforced vibrato, the goosepimply effect and romantic hunger. But it's a subtle shift, and the instrumentation only partially reconfigures the secluded spell.
Beekeeper's occasional bouts of rock doesn't drown out the soft peals of banjo, while the swell of French horns, martial drum and Henson's fluttering voice in Sweetheart, What Have You Done to Us sounds like he's still in his bedroom. Up there, warmed by the fire, he's cloistered away from Twitter and all the other evils of this parish. There's no better way to shut out the din than by putting this record on.
This LP also includes a CD of the album.1. Teach Me
2. 10am Gare du Nord
4. Lying to You
5. The Best Today
6. Don't Swim
9. Sweetheart, What Have You Done to Us
10. In the Morning$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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When jazz hits you in the face with a stack of bricks, Mike Dillon is there...twisting chaos into order before turning it back on itself again. -Splinters & Candy
The Mike Dillon Band is a predictably gruesome and sublime elixir of stealthy jazz vibes, street poetry raps and post-punk sonic carnage. -Boulder Weekly
A body in motion tends to stay in motion, at least when The Mike Dillon Band is supplying the dance music. The psychedelic rock group shakes and gyrates with heavy, vibraphone driven grooves, delivering a steady stream of infectious rhythms and hypnotic percussion. -Pittsburgh City Paper
How many artists can claim being praised a punk rock provocateur, jazz vibraphone visionary and percussion virtuoso in the same sentence? There's only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Brave Combo and Ani DiFranco, collaborations such as Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he's fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.
With his latest effort, Band of Outsiders-released via Brooklyn label The Royal Potato Family-Mike Dillon has conjured the perfect storm of all these past endeavors. His manic creative vision found its match in three young musicians he met in New Orleans. Carly Meyers-whom Dillon describes as "a High Priestess of Trombone who channels the energy of Iggy Pop through the chops of JJ Johnson in second-line parade"-provides harmonic counterpoint to his vibes and percussion ("All Walks of Life") as she simultaneously ups the band's art-rock ante ("Carly Hates The Dubstep"). The rhythm section of bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Adam Gertner turns on a dime between snarling punk rock assaults ("Homeland Insecurity"), deep funky go-go ("Head"), ska grooves ("Here The Burro") and experimental hip-hop beats ("7AM At The Jazzfest") with all points covered in between.
Dillon recorded Band of Outsiders at Studio Center in Miami with the help of co-producers Gary Vandy and Richard Maloney Jr. Vandy is an old school engineer whose work includes over 200 platinum records predominantly in the disco and dance genres. His love of Zappa is what attracted him to Dillon's work. In the age of pro-tools chicanery, the production is straightforward, capturing Dillon and his band playing live in a room.
"Two tours of Mexico and a steady dose of Brazilian music was the jumping off point for these new songs," explains Dillon. "Add our love for The Melvins, Deerhoof, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Trouble Funk and all things New Orleans and this album surpasses our intention to make the freakiest, most vibrant dance music on the planet."
Lyrically speaking, Mike Dillon draws from his love of Miguel de Cervantes, William Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut and Robert Anton Wilson to tell stories of New Orleans debauchery mixed with age-old themes of travel, love, self-destruction and greed. Delivered with Dillon's trademark vocal rasp, the record has the intensity of a Tom Waits-meets-Frank Zappa black comedy. Rumor has it that Dillon lived for the past seven years in the same apartment that Waits shared with Rickie Lee Jones. Dillon discounts those rumors: This apartment has housed dudes from Morning 40 Federation, Ani DiFranco, an old Conga player and a bunch of heroin addicts."
Taken in its entirety, Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders is a snapshot of four musicians hitting full stride. Having relentlessly toured the country in 2013-both headlining and opening for artists like Fishbone, Clutch, Primus and Galactic-its 13 songs bristle with a group mind, spill over the sides with the visions invoked during countless dead-of-night drives crisscrossing the country in a van and hit their target with a sonic assault only possible from a band that's played 400-plus shows over the last two years.
"People are always trying to figure out how to describe our music. Maybe we should call it New Orleans punk jazz Brazilian math rock? It's a gumbo of tribal percussion, The Meters, old school hardcore, Brazil, hard bop and anything else that might move us," concludes Dillon. "But you know, I really don't care what you call it. We kick out the jams harder than anyone, and we also know when to heed the lessons of The Minutemen's Double Nickels On The Dime and keep things straight to the point. There's a reason we called the record what we did. We're the living, breathing definition of a band of outsiders, but together we deliver simple majestic beauty, let's leave it at that."1. Head
2. Hand of God
3. Homeland Insecurity
4. Hero The Burro
5. Carly Hates The Dubstep
6. Great Lakes Tuna
8. All Walks of Life 9. Celebrate the Hate
10. 7AM at the Jazzfest
11. So Long Pal
12. Baby Flint Talk
13. Dauphine & Desire$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock