20 March 2009

Graintable - Live in Portland Mix

Graintable - live in Portland 16 Jan 09 mix

Graintable is a producer and DJ from Portland, US. Thanks to glitchhop forum I grabbed his live mix – actually an opening set for an Abstract Earth Project life music event in Portland which took place in January this year, with none other than turbo crunk master – Megasoid playing as the main guest. And let me tell you, Graintable delivered a very, very tight mix which in my opinion is a must for any glitch hop fans, not necessarily those seeking pure dancefloor bangers (though listening to the mix you will definitely have your share of head swinging), but those appreciating the quality of music coming from this eclectic scene full of creativity and raw energy. The mix is a great showcase of the variety of influences in a broadly understood glitch hop / turbo crunk / dubstep scene starting from ‘big names’, like e.g. Prefuse 73, Starkey, Ghislain Poirier, Rustie, Pinch through younger blood represented by e.g. Lazer Sword, Subvert, Excision, Ill Gates to the producers which came to my radar very recently like Architeq, Heyoka, Mimosa, Eliot Lipp. Plus of course there are tracks by Graintable and his new project Chip Chop – with the drummer/producer AD / AM (the guys are currently working on an EP to be released early this summer, watch out for this – definitely worth checking). In general, the selection is great and mixing skills top-notch.

Highlights of the mix for me are: Machinedrum remix of Mux Mool (f…g infectious shit), Pretty Lights – How We Do (never heard of them, what a great track!), Chip Chop – Bitch Tip (heavy bass overlaid with ambient-like textures – I love it!), Lazer Sword remix (well, I may not be objective as I absolutely love the work of this duo), Ill Gates – Eggplantation (a very typical cut-up sample!- I LIKE), Starkey – Pressure (well this one needs no explanation), Subvert – Size Matters (classic!)

Quite unexpectedly, Graintable also has made a very nice edit of Crookers – What Up y’all track – and this rocks! Check it here

Enough of this verbal diarrhea, just listen to the music and check Graintable beats here: