30 March 2012

Filastine - Colony Collapse EP / Loot LP (Muti Music)

Grey Filastine a.k.a. Filastine, the producer and promoter of transnational bass music, is a Los Angeles born and Barcelona based audio and visual artist. A few weeks ago he released a "Colony Collapse" EP which precedes a full length "Loot LP" to be released on Muti Music on 3rd April. This will be also the beginning of Filastine's one your world tour from Berlin to Tokyo and Brasil to Bangladesh! "Colony Collapse" features remixes by Beats Antique, Squeaky Lobster, L’Ouef Raide and Fletcher in Dub. The title track is built on a rolling, grinding bass with the acompaniament of traditional, indonesian Gamelan orchestra from Sanur, Bali (oh my sweet Bali, I left a good part of my heart in enchanting Sanur!) and featuring beautiful vocals of Nova, a rapper and singer from Malang, Indonesia. I really, really dig this mixture of occidental dubstep and oriental melodies. Beats Antique brought the track to yet another level adding even more instruments to the mix. My favorite remixer, Squeaky Lobster focused strongly on glitchy distortions and seriously cut-up beat, while refixing gamelan bells into tinkling background of an infectious and ethereal sonic trip. L'Oeuf Raide stripped down Colony Collapse into a minimal, future bass thing, whereas Fletcher in Dub, hailing from Capetown, closes the EP with dark dub full of powerful drums. In general, "Colony Collapse" is a tasty, eclectic package, proving that intelligent producers are still succesfully using dubstep formula, at least as the starting point in their music explorations.

Filastine - Colony Collapse by Post World Industries

Colony Collapse video leaves no doubt about the general concept followed by the artist in his "Loot" LP. It is filmed at sites of ecological friction, the fault lines of conflict between humanity and nature. Filastine & team entered into industrial disasters, floods, traffic snarls and scaled a mountain of garbage to show you the slow-motion apocalypse, uncomfortably close and personal.

In "Loot" Filastine looted the cofers of dubstep, moombahton, cumbia, hip hop, baile funk, rich traditional music scene and even 8-bit nintendo, mixing everything into a big transnational bass feast. In his music statement, he gathered his experience, field recordings and sound samples from travels across the globe, from Morocco through Rio de Janeiro and Asia to Barcelona. But "Loot" is definitely NOT just another trendy transnational moombahton/bass release, it is much more. A work of very self-conscious artist who not only entertains his listeners, showing them the diversity and depth of world music, but who also tries to draw their attention to painful problems of our beautiful Gaia. I believe this concept works quite well. "Loot" comes out on Tuesday, April 3rd at most of the Interweb music dealers. I really encourage you to have a listen, dear fellow Earthlings and support Filastine, because he is doing a very fine job.

29 March 2012

Robox Neotech - 35 FREE TUNES vol. 1 (2009-2011)

Huuuuuge package of free tunes courtesty of forward looking German label Robox Neotech is up for grabs at their bandcamp. This is absolutely the MUST for any fan of intelligent contemporary beatz. For years Robox Neotech has been putting out quality mutant music, introducing to the masses great beatmakers like P-Fang, Cryptical, Demokracy or Planet Terror, releasing wicked tunes by NastyNasty, +verb, Stagga, Lakritze, Doshy, Powell or Monky. They were always generous with free gifts to their listeners and now collected all of them into one gigantic package. Highly recommended by Doktor Krank!

28 March 2012

Let the Music Play - Waves (Akira Kiteshi remix)

Akira Kiteshi from Edinburgh always offers interesting, gender-crossing trips. As in his new remix, of Let the Music Play's Waves. The original is an uplifting electronic voyage reminding me a bit of the French techno productions from the middle of last decade (Laurent Garnier?) with too much soft trance for my personal taste. Akira Kiteshi just used the base melody line to squeeze a totally different juice from this track, full of crazy breaks, super fat bouncy bass and smashing drops, while keeping its cosmic acid appeal. ROLLER!

letthemusicplay - Waves (Akira Kiteshi Remix) by ltmpofficial

27 March 2012

Pixelord Remixed

A Russian label Hyperboloid Records has released a very nice collection of 10 powerful remixes of Pixelord's tunes accumulated over some span of time from the label's friends. My favorites include an amazing synth-laden, neon banger by Naive Machine, an off-kilter, straight in your face beat in 813's remake of Keramika or lo-fi 8-bit remix of Iron and Cream by Kuhn. All in all a very solid release. Not to be missed!

26 March 2012

New beatz new kicks f. +verb, exit!, liar, daniel savio, piotrus pan, souleance, tom encore & paszczak.

I'm back from a short hiatus caused by a nasty viral infection. These small microbes are getting stronger and stronger and produce even weirder and unexpected effects (sigh). I have accumulated tons of music in the meantime, I just throw a bunch of links for you to check. Some really good stuff in here.

Spacey, sonic landscape like no other in Liar's Origami Bound from his latest, amazing EP - Undance. I LOVE this tune.

Cryogenic Lazer Booty by the master of super crispy clean bass - + verb

Cryogenic Awakening by +verb

Glitchy, abstract and amazing beatz in Female by Exit! - a young producer from Tibilisi (Georgia). One of the best releases this year!

Trippy Crunky Skwee by Daniel Savio

Nathan No Face (half of CrimeKillz duo and member of infamous Machina Muerte crew) in a dark, devilish remix by Piotrus Pan - a Polish producer, currently residindg in Berlin.

What The Devil Wants Piotrus Pan Remix by N8NO FACE

When Lowriders Recordings release music, you know it must be good! Power Shuffles V/A is no exception offering footworked skwee ghetto beatz by a/o + verb, damscray, motem, leatherface, acre. RECOMMENDED!

V/A Power Shuffles by Lowridersrecordings

... on a more funky tip - Souleance (Soulist + Fulgeance) from a new EP Le Guarmandise, which preceds their highly anticipated debut LP. Can't stop smiling and shaking my head listening to La Ville Rose :)

B1. La Ville Rose by Souleance

Finally, a funny, banging glitch hop collab between Tom Encore and Paszczak from Poland. Dziwkoooooo!

Tom Encore & Paszczak - Lazer Fetish [FREE Download ! ] by paszczak