One of my favorite providers of fresh music in 2011, a Canadian based label King Deluxe celebrates one year with the release of Year One compilation (in two parts). It includes a few highlights of quite a fruitful 12 months along with new interpretations by forward-thinking beatshmiths from across the globe including Fancy Mike, Ghost Mutt, Alphabets Heaven, I.D., Subp Yao, Option Command, Muta, Vaetxh, Acre and others. Stylistically this release offers diverse and wide-ranging beatz aesthetics with producers freely experimenting with sound, often quite successfully. This is not your typical easy-listening, ump ump sub sub UKG, Dubstep or Future Garage ting. Which is good, cause at the moment I'm really fed up with all this UK* scene. These tracks require some effort on the part of the listener, but trust me - you will be rewarded in the end :) If I am to name a few higlights I'd include: a fantastic Subp Yao's remix of equally great Aether by I.D., Zack Christ's angry, off-kilter refix of Aleph's Sulphozinum or Ghost Mutt's uplifting remix of Alphabets Heaven's Woman. Don't hesitate peeps, grab this nice package, you won't be disappointed.
21 December 2011
20 December 2011
Ha! A very, very nice Christmas gift from my personal Label of the Year. Saturate Records has just released the second V.A. compilation showcasing the works by talented producers from across the globe (though mainly from the Old Continent) under one common denominator - Super Quality Beatz in Abundance. If you are wondering what directions, paths or angles the nu beatz / twisted hip-hop / experimental dance music scene will follow next year, in Saturated! VOL 2 you'll find fine examples. Just listen to the tracks on this compilation and you'll catch the vibe. My personal highlights include, among others, mind-bending tunes by oneone, Subp Yao & Bios, Racoon X, Phokus & Grapes, Microburst or Kijk Een Ster. Never heard of them ?? Time to catch up with the names, 2012 will belong to them. Definitely, one of the best releases this year!!!! Highly recommended by Doktor Krank.
Grab it on Pay-What-You-Want basis through bandcamp.
12 December 2011
Robox Neotech has been a constant vendor of top-notch future robotic beats full of dark, deep and heavy artificial life. Here are a few latest releases worth checking. 2011 was great, guys. Keep up the good work in the year of final Armageddon!
rbxep25 - P-Fang - The CRYPT by Robox Neotech
P-Fang in his The Crypt EP offers Halloween experience like no other. I have been a fan of this mysterious producer hailing from SF since the first time I've heard his mixtape. I've been waiting for this release anxiously and I have not been disappointed a bit. This is the perfect music to enter the (apparantely) apocalyptic 2012. My personal highlights of this EP - Midnight, Devil and Graveyard2010 are full of totally unique, dark vibe which goes so well with my neurons and emotions. Hightly recommended by Doktor Krank! Grab this release on Beatport, Digital Tunes and at other digital retailers.
Bonus: Free tracks by P-Fang.
P-Fang - Graveyard (Lakritze Remix)
P-Fang - Graveyard 2010 f. Three 6 Mafia
P-Fang - The Devil f. Gangsta Boo
rbxep27 - +Verb - Fragments Ep by Robox Neotech
Then comes an old homie + Verb from US, the owner of supersexy lazer bass, in another winning Fragments EP for Robox Neotech. I've been his fan for years and as usual I'm totally impressed with the groovy, warm, bleepy heavens he creates on his machines doing his fantastic button work. Perfect music for home parties in any robot universe. The title track is a slowed-down, mutated robotic juke, a great tool for cerebral exercises in contemporary electronic music. The rest rides on a super solid hyper-bass and great synth improvisations with lots of action in the background plus great vocal samples. Impecabbly produced this is the music I hope hearing more and more in the future. Grab it exclusively on Beatport and elsewhere in a few weeks.
Free Tunes by + Verb:
+ Verb - Bionic Smiles
+ Verb - Light
As a pre-Christmas gift Robox Neotech has recently released a nice package of 4 free downloads by the artists from their rooster. Ghetto Robots includes four juke ghetto-tech bombs by Damscray, Stagga, Doshy and + Verb. Smack a Blackbird boasts a fantastic melody line and Damscray becomes more and more The Juke Champion of 2011 in my ears :) It is a fu fu fuc fuck fu fuc fucking banger! I'd really like to smack a few heads with dat tjun! + Verb in Godzilla is again at the forefront of the music scene, applying his great skills quite successfully to a new Juke'ish territory. All his typical elements are there, but sped up and cut up a bit more than usual :) Good job man! Doshy's Shunt sounds quite ok, whereas the track by Stagga somehow did not convince me at all. Anyway, the package that cannot be missed!
Robox Neotech Ghetto Robots Free Downloads (zip)
Rbxep26 -Planet Terror - Planet Terror EP by Robox Neotech
Finally, next great release from Robox Neotech in which, Giallo meets Wij in the nasty collab project by Italian Planet Soap and a Russian whizz-kid Damscray. Planet Terror will terrorize your speakers and torment your soul with four merciless, stomping, heavy-bass booms. It's even hard to highlight one tune, this unholoy package should be consumed in full with all their smacking gory details. Highly recommended by Doktor Krank.
Grab it on Beatport and scare your friends NOW!
09 December 2011
I'm drowning with nasty, ugly, boring loan/legal work. I wouldn't have survived this horrible week without incjections of nasty global bass and similar. Here is absolutely fantastic Middle Eastern global bass mix by a DJ from Israel - Ido Wido. By Internet standards this stuff is old (one month he he) and has been already posted to a few sites, but it is so daaaaaamn good I have to give props to this guy mixing beautiful arabic melodies with hip hop / dancehall / cumbia / moombathon and whatnot. I really really dig this selection. Eh, all those arabic tambourines, drums, violins and vocals I definitely miss them.
Ido Wido - Dabkes & Darbukas Mix (+ DL Link) by IdoWido
01. Unknown Artist - Untitled (Bedouin Wedding Songs)
02. Butch - Chakra (Deep Down Beatles Cut)
03. Kahn - Sepia
04. Emalkay - Crusader (Levels)
05. Dunya Yunis – Abu Zeluf
06. Lennie De Ice - We Are IE (Caspa & Rusko Remix)
07. Chaba Fadela & Cheb Sahraoui - N'Sel Fik
08. Bjork - Crystalline (Omar Souleyman Remix)
09. Machinedrum Feat. Melo-X - Let It (Acapella)
10. Filastine Feat. Rabah - B’talla
11. Dorrough - Ice Cream Paint Job (Acapella)
12. Donovan Vendetta Bennet – Egyptian Riddim Version
13. Outkast - Elevators (Me & You) (Acapella)
14. Yair Dalal & Tarab Ensemble - Shadi
15. Yard Vybz Ent Limited – Badda Don Riddim Version
16. OC - Times Up (Acapella)
17. Mos Def - The Embassy
18. Mr. Flash - Couscous
19. Congorock Feat. Lexx - Babylon (Lexxapella)
20. Cham - Man A Man (Acapella)
21. Beats Antique - Egyptic
22. Schlachthofbronx - Nasty Bass
23. Maddslinky Feat. Tawiah - Further Away (Acappella)
24. Big Youth - Lee A Low
25. Petey Pablo - Raise Up (Instrumental)
26. Lil Wayne - Up Up And Away
27. Seun Kuti – Rise (Swizz Beatz Remix)
28. Bedouin Jerry Can Band - Ya El Yaleladana
29. Chrissy Murderbot - Braaain
30. Leftside & Shaggy - Jump Up Around
31. Ziad Rahbani - Solo Tabla