FREE DOWNLOAD : CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE – NEVER MIND THE BÖREKS EP

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Norwegian artist Center of the Universe aka Jørgen Skjulstads has been on the Generation Bass radar for a few years now. Center of the Universe does a unique brand of quirky electronica that takes in all manner of things. His releases contain traditional songs remade alongside original compositions inspired by archaic entertainment consoles and pre-iPhone computer culture ranging from Azeri Skip, Post-Reggaeton, BalkanBit, Oriental Dub, Arabic Skweee, Balkan Skweee through to Post-Rembetika amongst many other things.

For Generation Bass he has dropped this free Arabic Skweee/Oriental Dub/Greek/Turkish EP which he calls “Never mind the böreks”. This EP consists of 4 tracks.

FREE DOWNLOAD NOW VIA BANDCAMP:

Following our short preface, C.O.U. tells us about the tracks in his own words:

1. Sigara Böreği

This track has a very Kraftwerk vibe about it in terms of tempo and melody.

“This started out as a remix for Oslo avant-rockers Moon Relay. First I sang upon their guitars and added a lot of instruments for their remix. Then I wanted to do a break-dance-version of that remix and in the process everything except some ring modulated synths and the beat was gone out in favour of some more oriental vibes. The track is heavily inspired by Swedish Skweee-pioneer and Dj Daniel Savio.”

2. Black Feta

This is an epic track and we love the way that it builds up to that nastier wobble section. It’s got an air of Oum Kalthoum about it, that epic, lengthy, big Egyptian sound.

“A few years ago I made a bootleg of the Bendaly family “Do you love me?” I wanted to do a similar track but without sampling someone. For this I recorded some oud, some synths and a cimbalon and tried to edit them into an oriental dub-mix.”

3. Songs of Today

At first, we thought this was a Balkan track, Serbian or Bosnian, surprised when we found it was Greek. It’s got a Trap vibe about it and is a great opener for a DJ set. Sounds like a contemporary urban version of a track from a good time musical soundtrack.

“This song started with a sample from a Greek old record bought at a flea-marked. There are only Greek letters on it except of the title “Songs of today” I got a Greek friend to translate the words and it is a nice love song.

Chorus goes like: (get out my delalis* and agas** in
sejiani***) * Turkish word for the man that used to shout the news on the streets ** Turkish word for the prince *** serjiani = relaxing by looking at the horizon without doing anything.

Pretty lyrical innit!”

4. The Power of Börek

This reminds us 50 Cent. A very melodic track with an awesome DnB section.

“This song is named after a home-made semi-modular synth called the Börek energy, which provides the bass-line for the track. It is homage to US producer Lazercrotch that made a lot of nice music a bit similar to this”.

5. Sigara Böreği (Streamer’s Late Night Take-Away Remix)

A bonus remix by our friend Streamer (“Walking with Camels” EP on GB) takes C.O.U. into 90’s Madchester territory with a bumpy, groovy ‘twistin’ my melons man’ mood!

BIO:

Inspired by folk music and rhythmic excesses from all over the world the Center of the Universe made his first recordings in 2000. The group, which admittedly is not a band, but rather Jørgen Skjulstads (Now we’ve got members, Salvatore) solo project, combines heavy bass, odd meters and various exotic elements with a lo-fi approach in his recording methods.

Center of the Universe has been active in the Norwegian underground music scene since 1998 and has in addition to participating in several other projects, found the time to release a whole host of solo albums, including a trilogy where the theme was space and time. It is difficult to give a clear definition of the band’s musical impression, as this tends to change from release to release, but it would not be wrong to say that melody is always at the center. What apparently may begin as a pop song entices you into a world where nothing is as it seems and musical expectations are seldom met. For the Center of the Universe no surna is too high and no bass too deep. He has always walked off the beaten path next to the road less travelled and keeps trudging on in a landscape where the sun shines, vulcanoes erupt and it’s raining guitars, sitars and just plain’ol tars.

LINKS:

C.O.U.
centeroftheuniver.se/
www.facebook.com/centeroftheu
@sissyfus
meau.bandcamp.com/

STREAMER
@streamer
www.facebook.com/profile.php?_rdr=p&id=555299102

Center Of The Universe – Never mind the böreks EP [Exclusive Stream]

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Norwegian artist Center of the Universe aka Jørgen Skjulstads has been on the Generation Bass radar for a few years now. Center of the Universe does a unique brand of quirky electronica that takes in all manner of things. His releases contain traditional songs remade alongside original compositions inspired by archaic entertainment consoles and pre-iPhone computer culture ranging from Azeri Skip, Post-Reggaeton, BalkanBit, Oriental Dub, Arabic Skweee, Balkan Skweee through to Post-Rembetika amongst many other things.

For Generation Bass he has dropped this free Arabic Skweee/Oriental Dub/Greek/Turkish EP which he calls “Never mind the böreks”. This EP consists of 4 tracks.

DOWNLOADS WILL BE ENABLED ON THURSDAY 10 MARCH!  STREAM FOR NOW!

Following our short preface, C.O.U. tells us about the tracks in his own words:

1. Sigara Böreği

This track has a very Kraftwerk vibe about it in terms of tempo and melody.

“This started out as a remix for Oslo avant-rockers Moon Relay. First I sang upon their guitars and added a lot of instruments for their remix. Then I wanted to do a break-dance-version of that remix and in the process everything except some ring modulated synths and the beat was gone out in favour of some more oriental vibes. The track is heavily inspired by Swedish Skweee-pioneer and Dj Daniel Savio.”

2. Black Feta

This is an epic track and we love the way that it builds up to that nastier wobble section. It’s got an air of Oum Kalthoum about it, that epic, lengthy, big Egyptian sound.

“A few years ago I made a bootleg of the Bendaly family “Do you love me?” I wanted to do a similar track but without sampling someone. For this I recorded some oud, some synths and a cimbalon and tried to edit them into an oriental dub-mix.”

3. Songs of Today

At first, we thought this was a Balkan track, Serbian or Bosnian, surprised when we found it was Greek. It’s got a Trap vibe about it and is a great opener for a DJ set. Sounds like a contemporary urban version of a track from a good time musical soundtrack.

“This song started with a sample from a Greek old record bought at a flea-marked. There are only Greek letters on it except of the title “Songs of today” I got a Greek friend to translate the words and it is a nice love song.

Chorus goes like: (get out my delalis* and agas** in
sejiani***) * Turkish word for the man that used to shout the news on the streets ** Turkish word for the prince *** serjiani = relaxing by looking at the horizon without doing anything.

Pretty lyrical innit!”

4. The Power of Börek

This reminds us 50 Cent. A very melodic track with an awesome DnB section.

“This song is named after a home-made semi-modular synth called the Börek energy, which provides the bass-line for the track. It is homage to US producer Lazercrotch that made a lot of nice music a bit similar to this”.

5. Sigara Böreği (Streamer’s Late Night Take-Away Remix)

A bonus remix by our friend Streamer (“Walking with Camels” EP on GB) takes C.O.U. into 90’s Madchester territory with a bumpy, groovy ‘twistin’ my melons man’ mood!

BIO:

Inspired by folk music and rhythmic excesses from all over the world the Center of the Universe made his first recordings in 2000. The group, which admittedly is not a band, but rather Jørgen Skjulstads (Now we’ve got members, Salvatore) solo project, combines heavy bass, odd meters and various exotic elements with a lo-fi approach in his recording methods.

Center of the Universe has been active in the Norwegian underground music scene since 1998 and has in addition to participating in several other projects, found the time to release a whole host of solo albums, including a trilogy where the theme was space and time. It is difficult to give a clear definition of the band’s musical impression, as this tends to change from release to release, but it would not be wrong to say that melody is always at the center. What apparently may begin as a pop song entices you into a world where nothing is as it seems and musical expectations are seldom met. For the Center of the Universe no surna is too high and no bass too deep. He has always walked off the beaten path next to the road less travelled and keeps trudging on in a landscape where the sun shines, vulcanoes erupt and it’s raining guitars, sitars and just plain’ol tars.

EP DOWNLOADS WILL BE ENABLED ON THURSDAY 10 MARCH!  STREAM FOR NOW!

LINKS:

C.O.U.
centeroftheuniver.se/
www.facebook.com/centeroftheu
@sissyfus
meau.bandcamp.com/

STREAMER
@streamer
www.facebook.com/profile.php?_rdr=p&id=555299102

Center of the Universe : Acid Rembetiko

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The awesome Norwegian Center of the Universe’s Oriental Skweee EP “Never Mind the Boreks” will be ready soon for free download on Generation Bass Digital.

Whilst you’re waiting for that sublime slice of Skweee, you can grab his latest release which takes in some Acid Rembetiko. Rembetiko is “a term used today to designate originally disparate kinds of urban Greek folk music which have come to be grouped together since the so-called rebetika revival, which started in the 1960s and developed further from the early 1970s onwards”.

It’s a cut from his latest Yellow Vinyl 7″ which he has released via Bandcamp. It contains 2 other Synth driven Indie tracks in the vein of Kraftwerk/Visage/New Order/Human league and with shades of the brilliant Bobby O’, one of my fave producers of the 80’s!

Coming soon on Generation Bass Digital:

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THE SOUNDS OF THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE

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I’ve been following the brilliant Norwegian artist Center of the Universe aka Jørgen Skjulstads for a few years now. This dude does a unique brand of quirky electronica that takes in all manner of things. His releases contain traditional songs remade alongside original compositions inspired by archaic entertainment consoles and pre-iPhone computer culture ranging from Azeri Skip, Post-Reggaeton, BalkanBit, Oriental Dub, Arabic Skweee, Balkan Skweee through to Post-Rembetika amongst many other things. A great mix and fusion of different types of Electronic music from Video Game Music, Chiptune, Skweee and Dub all inspired by different parts of the world too, including the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Scandanavia.

I was at first struck by his Arabic Skweee, Oriental Dub, BalkanBit and Balkan Skweee productions which got me straight away. He has an impressive track record going back 15 years.

He is due to drop his first EP on the Generation Bass Digital label very soon, it’s an EP I’ve been begging him to do for us for about 2 years now and trust me, it is worth waiting for.

So I thought it was time for us to introduce him and his wonderful creations to many of you who probably have never heard any of his material before.

Check out his stuff here including a playlist that I created especially to highlight some my favourite material from his soundcloud. A lot of his other great stuff is on his Bandcamp label Metronomicon Audio which he defines as “a small record label based in Oslo, Norway. Strictly speaking, it is not really a label, but rather a community with some 20 active members and a wide range of affiliates which together aim to promote new and interesting music.”

Inspired by folk music and rhythmic excesses from all over the world the Center of the Universe made his first recordings in 2000. The group, which admittedly is not a band, but rather Jørgen Skjulstads (Now we’ve got members, Salvatore) solo project, combines heavy bass, odd meters and various exotic elements with a lo-fi approach in his recording methods.

Center of the Universe has been active in the Norwegian underground music scene since 1998 and has in addition to participating in several other projects, found the time to release a whole host of solo albums, including a trilogy where the theme was space and time. It is difficult to give a clear definition of the band’s musical impression, as this tends to change from release to release, but it would not be wrong to say that melody is always at the center. What apparently may begin as a pop song entice you into a world where nothing is as it seems and musical expectations are seldom met. For the Center of the Universe no surna is too high and no bass too deep. He has always walked off the beaten path next to the road less travelled and keeps trudging on in a landscape where the sun shines, vulcanoes erupt and it’s raining guitars, sitars and just plain’ol tars.

WEBSITE

FACEBOOK

SOUNDCLOUD

BANDCAMP

Thias – Let's Fly (Odesza – say my name vox) [Norwegian Bass]

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Norway seems to have been hit by the dance bug following a few of their producers hitting the big time such as Cashmere Cat and Kygo.

I think you’ll find their numbers swelling in the coming year as more young Norwegians aim to emulate that same success. Here’s one guy that shows some promise, Thias. Don’t know anything about him, except that he only has 35 followers and this 1 track on his cloud!

He has flipped this Odesza track into a sublime jazzy Future Bass beauty. Interested to see how he progresses. In the meantime, keep your eye firmly on Norway.

F Dat by Slick Shoota : the interview

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It started with a link that Filipe from the GB team posted. A video about Slick Shoota‘s latest release. It brought out two immediate effects : first i rushed onto a digital plateform to buy the release in good quality format to enjoy the full power of the song. Second i just assaulted Felipe’s chatbox to have as much info as possible about Slick. As the clever man he is he just told me these few valuable words : « contact him, he’s a super nice fellow. He’ll answer you quick »

What you say i do ! And yes indeed, Slick Shoota answered me very quickly !

So i hope you’ll enjoy this little interview with one of the most interesting producers of the moment.

F Dat by Slick Shoota feat. Purple JEFF062 on Mad Decent

 

GB : Can you tell us about your debut as a producer ?

Slick Shoota : My official debut EP as Slick Shoota was the «8 Bit Beauty EP» on Chrissy Murderbot‘s Loose Squares label in march 2012. Before that I was just releasing stuff for free on my soundcloud and a free release through my french fam B.YRSLF. That’s how people started taking notice of my stuff and since then it’s been going steadily forward.

GB : Norway is extremely prolific in terms of new music genres, where do you locate yourself ?

Slick Shoota : Right now I locate myself in a sofa answering these questions. Feels good.

On the real tho, I’ve always felt like bit of an oddball here at home, since there’s not many others doing the same thing.

It’s something I’m quite proud of, all the projects and releases I’ve produced that’s been getting noticed internationally. The support and love people have showed me abroad is humbling.

The bass music scene is growing rapidly in Norway right now tho and there’s talented club concepts and new producers doing really interesting things.

My own club concept Ball Em Up has had some amazing nights in Oslo this year, our next one with Jam City on November 30th is shaping up to be a big one as well. So I’m looking forward to continue pushing things further in 2014.

GB : Can you tell us how you proceed to create a track ? Is there a magic ritual you have to follow ?

Slick Shoota : Wearing nothing but my lucky boxers. Browse reddit.com/r/deepintoyoutube for hours, find cool sample. Bottle of Patrone, one shot for every snare, clap or chopped vocal sample. Try finish track within half hour.

Done.

GB : I’ve heard that butchering a goat during a full moon night worked great, but myself being vegetarian i’ve never tried. Did you get the chance to do something similar ?

Slick Shoota :Once, I got a insect in my eye and it died slow and painfully. That counts.

GB : Your last track is a beautiful patchwork of numerous influences ? Can tell you us more about them ?

Slick Shoota : The chicago juke & footwork sound has had a huge influence on me obviously. I grew up listening to jungle and drum n bass, and I’ve always liked garage,uk funky and other UK styles of music. So all of that inspiration can be found in a lot of my tracks i think. It’s a melting pot of everything I’ve been listening to throughout the years, and F Dat is a nice testament of that I think!

It’s also my first track with original vocals. Really proud to have Purple singing on the track, it’s crazy to think about that this is her first released track. She smashed it.

GB : What do you personally find catchy about Juke/Footwork ?

Slick Shoota : The thing that appealed to me the most was the raw sound. When I first heard it I was hooold up what is going oooon in these tracks. They don’t follow the usual production rules with off grid snares, crazy percussion patterns and insanely loud bass. Discovering juke and footwork really made me to get creative with music at a time I was feeling uninspired.

GB : The video displays strong references to #seapunk. Do you see yourself part of the movement ?

I really like the aesthetics of seapunk, and the whole movement is inspirational. Me and Purple got in touch with director Ossian Melin since we loved his previous work, and his stuff is very early web / sea punk inspired so when we started working on the video that reference just got stronger and it made a lot of sense to go in that direction.

GB : Are there going to be other remixes of F Dat ?

Slick Shoota : We were absolutely blown away by the Djemba Djemba & Hoodboi remix, and it was the perfect remix to complement the release. At this point there’s no plans for more remixes.

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GB : The collab with Purple was excellent, can we expect more things from you two ?

Slick Shoota : We have more stuff in the works, in different tempos and styles so I’m excited to finish them and get them out there. No exact plans for label or any release dates yet tho

In a vinyl store what record would you shoplift, which is totally not recommended because it’s bad, but if you were a super evil personal what would it be ?

Everything by THIS guy

GB : What are you working on now ?

Slick Shoota : I’m working on my first vinyl EP, which will be released on Druid Cloaks Apothecary Compositions label. It’s gonna be a beautiful looking release and I got remixes from two of my favourite producers so I am super excited about that, can’t wait to get it out there. Release date to be announced so keep an eye out for that!

Marius aka Slick Shoota

Twitter: twitter.com/SlickShoota
Soundcloud: @www.soundcloud.com/slickshoota
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SlickShoota

A few words by me :

F Dat is def a must have, in terms of quality of production and originality. It’s just pure energy flavoured with sweet r’n’b vocals. The synergy is perfect, the track works as a club banger and as great piece of work that you can have on repeat on your music pod. I’m of course always enthousiastic about the tracks i post here, but if i had to make a top ten of year 2013 most remarkable sounds this one would certainly reach high in my chart.

 

FLUX TRAX : SHARE THE MOOMBAHLUV

Really engaging mix here covering a spectrum of Moombahton sounds including a hefty amount from the Moombahluv series that we put out, enjoying this!

A mellow moombahsoul mix with a few surprises within. Containing unreleased tracks by Flux Trax.

Tennis Hoodman, Munchi, Heartbreak, Sabo, ZSonic, Oktored, Mendez, Jon Kwest, Heisenberg, Brent Tactic, DJ Quien, Corey Corey Haim, Dave Nada, Yeah!, El Nomada, Dj Archi, Your Headlights Are On, Los Hermanos Latinos, Michelle Amador, Antena, Metro Area, Frank Hebly, The Doors, Jenifa Mayanja, Miss Nicky Trax, Tony Allen.

Mixed on a Ecler Nuo4 mixer, two Vestax PDX2000 and control vinyl running Deckadance and dub effects from a KPmini.

Some mishaps here and there but it’s live!

STELLA drops it for KENIA!…

stellaDamn, any female mc that looks like this can just burp in a mic as far as i’m concerned and I’d still love it… Check out the lovely STELLA MWANGI, from KENIA all the way to NORWAY- she’s not only hot, but also a really gifted MC!

her bio has a lot of high rankin stuff in it, performing for NELSON MANDELA, working on best album of the year from SENEGAL and all that, but we only listen to the tunes. And the tunes are damn good! Check out this answer track to J-SON’s PRETTY BOY. Backed with J-SON’s sturdy beats you can hear the great vocal delivery, check this man: 

STELLA – PRETTY GIRL