J(ay).A.D. gives a first glimpse of his new EP with this gripping emotional bass scorcher !

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The Amsterdam based Surinamese experimentalist Jay Raymann, a.k.a. J(ay).A.D. is a sophisticated producer who has been around for fifteen years now and was already pushing vibes like UK bass and baile funk even before we did – in both the Netherlands and Suriname. Since 2011, his musical wanderings have crystallised into the direction taken under the moniker J(ay).A.D., focusing on energetic, uptempo beats & bass with a very personal flavour.

His previous EP ‘Asema‘, leaned heavily on the ethereal grime & avant garde club sound but built on a solid list of previous EPs as well as single releases and edits that encompass the entire spectrum of influences including juke, footwork, grime, jungle DnB, ambient and more.

With ‘Send Off’, teaser for his impending Keti Koti EP, released via music magazine Complex UK, Jay pushes his personalised sound even further into unique territory. The rhytmical groove reminds of jungle or oldschool dubstep, but combined with the futuristic synths, industrial reverb and minimalistic beat-filling it breathes the similar dystopian atmosphere as Rizzla’s ‘Iron Cages EP‘ except in a more desolate way. Listening to ‘Send Off’ feels like being lost in the maze of an abandoned cyberpunk city, just after an apocalyptic event.

>> Keti Koti EP will be out and for sale on the 29th of April <<

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A Beginner's Guide to Skweee

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Some things remain timeless as is the case with Skweee. To my ears this vastly underrated genre aka Scandinavian Electro-Funk still sounds fresh, much fresher than many genres that have come and gone since its inception.

Here’s a great mix I came across on Soundcloud via a repost by one of the originators in the Skweee scene Randy Barracuda. This takes in a lot of classic Skweee material and indeed the mix dates back to 6 years ago.

This mix demonstrates so much unrecognized potential in this brilliant genre. It’s a shame much more of this stuff is still not being made. Saying that you only have to go back to our most recent release by Center of the Universe which showcased a Transnational element to the genre.

Download link: www.mediafire.com/?numwowwz1m1

— A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SKWEEE
A mix by Allenheimer

Tracks:

Daniel Savio – Diamond Sutra
Rigas den Andre – Lines, Lines, Lines
Joxaren – The Lack-O-Motion
The Munchies – Double Whopper
Wankers United – Superfunky
Eero Johannes – Natt I Spårvagnen
Melkeveien vs. Nio – Tirsdag
Beem – Ducker
Rigas den Andre – Juicy Juice
Flying Lotus – GNG BNG
Easy – Hamada
Rabbi Bananas – New York Diamond District
Rabbi Bananas – Israel
Randy Barracuda – Rick James Is Dead
Randy Barracuda & Mesak – Adult Games
PJVM – Rubard Dream
Melkeveien – Melkeveien ft. Sagtann
Beem – The Famous
Eero Johannes – Leisi Elli
Randy Barracuda – Duck Butter
Eero Johannes – Katt Witt 700 Watts
Randy Barracuda – Shock the Plankton
Randy Barracuda – Love Axe/Heavy Metal

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Most tracks can be found on these awesome releases:

Daniel Savio – Dirty Bomb (Flogsta Danshall)
Randy Barracuda – Randy Barracuda (Flogsta Danshall)
Rigas den Andre – Guilty Feet No Rhythm (Flogsta Danshall)
Various Artists – Skweee Tooth (Ramp Recordings/Flogsta Danshall)
Various Artists – Museum of Future Sound (Flogsta Danshall)
Various Artists – Museum of Future Sound 2 (Flogsta Danshall)
Randy Barracuda & Mesak – Adult Games (Harmönia)
Various Artists – International Skw*** (Harmönia)
Various Artists – International Skweee Vol. 2 (Harmönia)
Various Artists – Skandinavian Skweee Vol. 1 (Harmönia)
Various Artists – Skandinavian Skweee Vol. 2 (Harmönia)
Eero Johannes – Eero Johannes (Planet Mu)
Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (Warp)
Various Artists – Dødpop Vol. 1 (Dødpop)
Beem – The Future (Self-released)

 

CHUCK UPBEAT: ORIENTAL BASS [ALBUM]

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Chuck Upbeat`s Far Eastern fascination continues! Now he unleashed a full album – a must if you like Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese or Korean traditional music, all wrapped in global bass vybez. A must even if you don`t. Check out why:

 

 

That`s what he said about the release:

“Welcome to the gorgeous world of Oriental sounds!

Oriental music is a true fire! If you have never tried this before, go and listen to it! It started from Howie Lee and his Chinese Beats and followed by many producers from all over Far East. And right now my own production.

8 tracks consisting of sounds from China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea. Incredible, gorgeous, fresh and absolutely sick sound, you’ve got to have balls to play this shit in clubs!

This is my style of Oriental Bass music, no compromises, no fake, just real sound coming from the culture – Gagaku, Pansori, Xam, Xian music and what not!”

DOC ADAM : ALMOST 50 2016 EDITS

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One of the original Moombahtonista’s and all round nice dude and hyper intelligent guy, Doc Adam unleashes a glorious number of edits, totalling almost 50!

Ranging from Adele through to Young Jeezy and taking in The Beatles, Bowie and Kanye in between. Also includes surprises like Cheap Trick, Prince, A Justin Bieber Diwali edit and The Firm!

What more could you ask for!

Grab all HERE

Here’s the full list:

Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Jamie xx Remix) (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Aminé – Caroline (Doc Adam Edit)

Blondie – Atomic (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Cassie – Me & U R Sorry (Doc Adam Blend)

Cheap Trick – Surrender (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Chedda Da Connect – Flicka Da Wrist (Doc Adam HHBBDS Blend)

David Bowie – Golden Years (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

David Bowie – Panic In Detroit (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

David Bowie – Starman (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Digital Underground – Doowutchalike (Doc Adam Edit)

Exile – Kiss You All Over (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Funky 4+1 – That’s The Joint (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Goldlink – Unique (Doc Adam Edit)

Gregory Holt – The Tide Is High (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Gregory Isaacs – If I Don’t Have You (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Hopeton Lewis – Take It Easy (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

James Taylor – Mexico (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Junie Morrison – Suzie Thundertussy (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Justin Bieber – Love Yourself (Doc Adam Diwali Edit)

Kanye West – Can’t Tell Me Nothing/679 (Doc Adam Blend)

Kenny Loggins – Heart To Heart (Melo Mix) (Doc Adam Edit)

Madonna – Like A Prayer (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Modest Mouse – Dashboard (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Prince – Dirty Mind (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Pusha T – Crutches, Crosses, Caskets (Doc Adam Edit)

Pusha T – MFTR (Doc Adam Edit)

Pusha T – Untouchable (Doc Adam Edit)

Rappin’ 4-Tay – Playaz Club (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Rappin’ 4-Tay/Drake/YG – Playaz Club/Who Do You Love (Doc Adam Edit)

Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Salt N Pepa – Champagne (Doc Adam Edit)

Santana – Oye Como Va (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour (Doc Adam Dub Edit)

The Beatles – Come Together (Daniel Crawford) (Doc Adam Edit)

The Firm – Firm Biz (Doc Adam Edit)

The Hollies – Long Cool Woman (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

The Last Artful, Dodgr – Entitled (Doc Adam Edit)

The Last Artful, Dodgr – Squadron (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

The Specials – Gangsters (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

The Sugar Hill Gang – Superrappin’ (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

The The – This Is The Day (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Three Dog Night – Shambala (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Timbaland & Magoo – Clock Strikes (Doc Adam Edit)

Walter Murphy – A Fifth Of Beethoven (ReDrum) (Doc Adam Edit)

Young Jeezy – Let’s Get It/Sky High (Doc Adam Edit)

 

 

DesertWave Part 4 – Chillin' @ The Pyramids

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Desert Wave is an Arabic/Eastern themed concept which is both ambient and rave in equal measure.

It conceptualizes a hallucinogenic & psychedelic vibe where you can trip’ out in mellow mood at the Sand Dunes (Volume 1) or be more upbeat at the Light Fantastic, raving till dawn (Volume 2) and going back to the past to remember the future in an Arabic Edition of BladeRunner (Volume 3) and now Chillin’ @ the Pyramids (Volume 4).

As noted above this volume takes in more of a chilled, dubby and ambient tone. Enjoy.

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8ulentina & Tobago Tracks Present : Dismiss U

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A compilation very reminiscent of Muslimgazue and latterly Mutamassik has just dropped on Tobago Tracks label.

It’s been curated by Club Chai resident 8ulentina who you should be familiar with by now if you’ve been checking in on the blog this past 6 months. It features an all femme crew and includes fellow resident Club Chai Foozool and some of our other faves DJ Haram and Maieli.

As 8ulentina told Dummy Mag where the compilation has premiered they “wanted to curate something that centers a feminine perspective within the non western diaspora.”  They further go on to say that the compilation “approaches sound/noise experimentation and diaspora narratives from an expansive yet dismissive perspective. The producers on this compilation dismiss borders and boundaries set by western standards. It’s a sonic dialogue highlighting difference within the diaspora in resistance to generalisations and false notions of solidarity. The compilation engages with the internet and technology as tools for survival, platforms for our creative work and ways to connect and alter our respective sonic archives.”

Head over there to read the rest of the interview.

It’s an experimental compilation that kinda deconstructs club sounds and it ends up sounding like a soundtrack to an art house movie set in the non-western world.  It’s pretty jarring and thought-provoking and amounts to a bunch of sketches over the course of the compilation.  The only fully formed track is the one by Maieli that takes in Bollywood & Deepak Ram vibes underpinned by a Missy rap and that one is a personal highlight for me as I’m a sucker for melody. The Nargiz track is another stand-out for me with its epic Egyptian strings.

Although the compilation is not specific to any one geographical location, its primary sound is Middle Eastern with shades of Armenia, Turkey, India and American RnB thrown in too.

It demonstrates a great deal of promise to come from the featured producers and I love the way it turns expected sound collages of the non-western world on to its head and makes western listeners re-think their preconceptions.

As stated at the outset a huge debt is probably owed to producers like Muslimgauze and Mutamassik.  I think it would have been so fitting if the latter had also been featured on the compilation being both femme and one of the originators of this kind of expansive noise experimentation focusing on non-western samples and vocals.

Overall, a huge heads up, will be on constant rotation at UMB Towers for the forseeable future and watch out for all of these artists who are set to make a mark in the future progression of Transnational vybz in more ways than one.  Full support from the GB crew!

For those in the USA who are interested to hear more of this kind of sound and other crazy off-shoots be sure to check out Club Chai!

You can grab it all for just over a fiver, that’s around 60p per track!

Gqom : Like This!

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Streamer has been at the Gqom again and he’s come up with a storming new track which is an awesome prelude to the Walking with Camels Remix EP that we’ll be dropping soon.  Incidentally, a Gqom remix from the forthcoming EP has been getting support from the BBC at Radio 1 with Toddla T.

The great thing about Streamer is that he doesn’t create all this quality music for fame or fortune or to jump on some bandwagon, he does it because he just genuinely loves the music and loves to create!

This new track is just going to kill it on the dance floors with heaps of bass and tons of bleeps and those PSYCHO Strings! This is GHETTOPHONIC………….LIKE THIS!!

Here’s a few other new tracks too which are just sublime too.

Bored Lord… The Global Artist.

Bored Lord is part of Rare Nnudes, a digital collective that includes fellow cyber artists BastienGOAT, minivan_markus, and p l a i n t e x t. Their Bampcamp contains some truly ace releases by a variety of Internet musicians, and true to the vaporwave/seapunk form, it’s strewn with as many Japanese characters as English ones. The collective’s two slogans are “birthed from the Internet’s mainframe” and “transcendent digital shamanism,” which I think says a lot while meaning nothing at all.

http://rarennudes.bandcamp.com/

Himuro Yoshiteru : Vibe & Dreamcast

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We’ve had a long-standing love affair with Japanese producer HIMURO YOSHITERU who started out in the 90’s alongside guys like Squarepusher and Freeform and who was bigged up by the likes of the late great John Peel. We were honoured and felt privileged to be able to release his excellent Glass Breaking EP on our own little label a few years back.

He is still at it creating sounds unlike anyone else and here are 2 of his latest offerings.  Don’t sleep on this dude.