MADURO : BLOOD TURNS BLACK ALBUM

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American producer Maduro has been making dark, industrial electronic music for over a decade or so now. His sound has found favour amongst the Tribal Fusion Bellydance community across the world and indeed we included one of his tracks on a best selling Bellydance compilation that I was involved in some 7 years ago.

As time has gone on, he has not lost any of his dark, gothic vibe which remains fully intact as he continues to explore the same terrain.

His latest release is a 9 track Dubstep/Trap/Breakcore/Glitch album titled “Blood Turns Black“. This is by no means “Easy Listening” and those with a faint heart might wanna skip, those who want to be scared shitless or enjoy experimental dark noise music might want to stick around and get stuck in tho’.

On the sampler below you can hear what’s in store with 3 tracks. “Mirrorpunch” recalls heavy dubstep infused with glitches and some great industrial percussion. You can imagine this one going down a storm with the Tribal Fusionists. “Tribes of the Night” recalls a kind of Post-Apocalyptic industrial Tom Waits “Bone Machine” kind of vibe with a vintage 40’s cinematic atmosphere. The title track “Blood Turns Black” has got this brilliant 80’s “Yello” feel about it with a nice melodic hook before it gravitates towards a more restrained Brostep meets Parliament kind of jarring FunkStep mood.

All in all really captivating stuff if you are in the mood for something that sounds dark, dirty and gothic but fresh.

Major League Djz – The Bizness (Feat Cassper Nyovest, Siya Shezi & Riky Rick) – Muzi Remix

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Our boy wonder from South Africa drops some more mega-heat!!!

What he says:

This one was really cool for me to do. I loved the original track and when Major League and I got in touch for a Remix, I was more than happy. Well this is what i came up with. Hope you guys like it 🙂

Follow everyone involved here :

Muzi : twitter.com/muziou
Major League : twitter.com/MAJORLEAGUEDJZ
Riky Rick : twitter.com/rikyrickworld
Cassper Nyovest : twitter.com/CassperNyovest
Siya Shezi : twitter.com/siya_shezi

 

BoxedLDN : 2 Free Instrumental Grime Compilations

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Nabbed this from my dude D. Peace. 2 Awesome compilations showcasing Instrumental Grime, which seems to be making a comback lately (well, some would say it never went away).

It’s been put together by new London Club Night Boxed and contains some really dope and deep cutz.  You really need to check this out!

Download Boxed Vol. 2 in full: boxedldn.bandcamp.com/album/boxed-vol-2

Full Download: www.mediafire.com/download/djj6v1d…Boxed_Vol._1.zip

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Ricky Vaughn : ID vs. ID – ID (MoombahLuv Mix)

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So pleased to hear Moombahluv making a lil’ comeback and trust it to be from that dude RV, former Sazon Booya frontman.

I don’t usually blog tracks unless they do something to me and this track does something to me, it might do something for your GF too, why not try it.

Alien Pimp ft Agent MC & DJ Snow – Music Video Launch

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Surprise free tunage for everyone + a mad video production, another Alien Pimp production to salute his SoundCloud supporters as they approach the 5000 milestone.
The Romanian bass music veterans met in Barcelona this spring and decided to make it a lucrative vacation, so we can share the fun with everyone. The result is like nothing you would expect, but it has everything you need and possibly something more.

Stay tuned for the launch and please help us spread the sound!
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Links:

Alien Pimp / SubJazz: www.silviucostinescu.info / https://soundcloud.com/alien-pimp / https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu6FtsssCqTdCuC-lFXqVhw

MC Agent: www.facebook.com/mcagentofficial

DJ Snow: www.facebook.com/djsnowofficial

Unusual Suspects: https://soundcloud.com/unusualsuspects / https://www.youtube.com/user/UnusualSuspectsRo

SlowSexy Volume 2 [A Prince Celebration]

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This was a celebration of Prince that was originally published on Generation Bass on 29th May 2014.

As I said yesterday, you are staring at the greatest artist alive today!

When Prince arrived on the scene there were few black artists who had the balls to break out of the unfair boxes that the industry & the public expected them to be in. Hendrix was one that dared to do so in the late 60’s, as did Miles Davis in the 70’s and Prince arrived in the 80’s. Of course there were others but perhaps none were more so high profile than the ones I’ve just mentioned.

In the 80’s Prince managed to appeal to music fans of different colours and genres. The fact that he surrounded himself with a Transnational looking band really helped in the image stakes too.

You had the soul/gospel on the early albums which were often repeated on a few tracks on each following album. Soul and groove to rival all the best black soul artists.  This ensured that Prince maintained some sort of Black fan base.  Don’t forget in the 80’s you had seperate radio and awards for Black Artists.  Hard to believe today but yep, music awards were demarcated on racial lines.  Sadly, that kind of demarcation still exists in a lot of places around the world, just be thankful that in the USA and UK, at least, things have moved forward.

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If you were a white rock fan, he made it easy for you to like him because of his work on tracks like “Bambi” which echoed Hendrix or “When you were mine” which was a great rock track that could compete with your Springsteen & U2 and others. Little Red Corvette was the one that broke him out to mainstream American rock fans and Purple Rain cemented that reputation with tracks like “Let’s Go Crazy”, “Computer Blue” and of course “Purple Rain” itself, which became a Rock anthem.

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If you were into New Wave, you had the “1999” album that was full of it, Kraftwerkesque, Numanesque and Human Leaguesque. Some of the best New Wave sounds fused with Funk that you’ll ever hear are on that album.

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The “Around the world in a day” album had Prince exploring psychedelic Beatlesque hues and tapestries in great abundance and it’s one of my favourite albums of his.

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Parade saw him fusing all of these things with the avante garde Funk, Jazz and great pop, more stripped down and minimalistic and strange.

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Sign of the Times saw him fusing everything altogether on one album, rock, pop, gospel, soul, jazz and funk with striking social commentary on the state of the world.

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The infamous “Black Album” was also around in the 80’s but not officially released until 1994 as a Limited Edition. I remember grabbing it on a bootleg tape in Camden Town and I treasured it with my life. For me it was one of his greatest works and perhaps the album I have played most after 1999 and Around The World In A Day. It is said to be the most bootlegged album ever in the world. At the last minute Prince decided to cancel its release in 1987 because he felt the album was too negative and hateful, and not the message he wanted to release. He had spoken of a “dark night of the soul” where everything came to a head, prompting his cancellation of the album.

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He finished the 80’s with “Lovesexy” and the “Batman” soundtrack, pretty decent albums but not his best.

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I can’t think of many black or even white artists that had previously covered this wide range of terrain across genres and styles like Prince had just done.

The 80’s was his most creative and innovative period and if it had ended there then we’d be talking about an artist who could rival the work of the Beatles in terms of such awesome creativity, innovation and change in such a short time-span. Just think about it between 1980 – 1987 Prince had gone from “Dirty Mind” to “Sign O’ Times”.  In just 7 years he had given us Dirty Mind, Controversy, 1999, Purple Rain, Around The World In A Day, Parade, Black Album & Sign O’ Times!!! And that is just his own stuff , don’t forget he also did stuff for the Time, Sheila E and many others.

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Nowadays, you can count yourself lucky if an artist delivers just 1 classic album or even 1 classic song in the same time-span!  Prince delivered 7 in 7 years and amongst them were many classic songs, 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Let’s Go Crazy, Take Me With U, I would Die For U, Raspberry Beret, Pop Life, Kiss, Mountains, Girls & Boys, Sign O’ Times, Housequake, U Got The Look and If I Was Your Girlfriend!!!  Not to mention the ones he wrote for others, Nothin’ Compares 2 U, I Feel For You and Manic Monday!   This also does not include ones that have developed cult status as the years have gone on such as Bob George, 17 Days, Erotic City and many others.

Don’t even get me started on the 1000’s of unreleased tracks, many of which you can get as Bootlegs!!!

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Thankfully, it didn’t end there in the 80’s but continues to today but you always felt that on his recorded works, Prince held back after the 80’s and I’m not sure why. That might be changing soon though with his recent work with 3rd Eye Girl that seems to be coming across as his most interesting work for some time.

So Prince really opened up a lot of doors for newer artists to be able to experiment with different genres and also helped to kick down that racial divide as black artists no longer needed to stay on the soul train but could branch out and be rock singers or whatever they wanted to be.

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Not only was his music the best in the 80’s but as some would say (not me) when did you ever before see a mainstream straight black artist openly wearing make-up, eyeliner and dressing up in such a weird effeminate way with high heels!!! Never, that is the answer!

Not only that, one must also examine the content of Prince’s songs to see originality in terms of many things.  I mean who wrote a song about Oral Sex before Prince and dared to call it “Head”.  Who before Prince made their Girlfriend Orgasm on record like he did on songs such as ‘Do Me Baby”, “Lady Cab Driver” and “Girl”.  He talked about masturbation on “Jack U Off ” & “Darling Nikki”.  I mean he wrote about incest too like on “Sister” (not one of my favourite songs or subjects).  He spoke about being neither male nor female on songs like “I would Die 4 U”. The threat of the Nuclear war, Gun Control. Aids and other important social commentary appeared on songs such as “Ronnie Talk 2 Russia”, “1999”, “America”, Annie Christian” and “Sign O’ Times”.  I mean he even has a conversation with God on “Temptation”.

Totally original in so many ways!

Prince was and still is UNIQUE. Like I said God only made one, he’ll never make another.

This second mix pays tribute to that uniqueness and once again stays on that Slow & Sexy vibe of Volume 1 taking in some of the raunchier and most heartfelt moments of his catalogue. Yet again focusing on tracks that rarely get the sort of attention that I feel they deserve equal to all the big hits he had had.

As with Volume 1, Volume 2 is more of a sonic journey or soundtrack than a DJ Mix that I’ve interspersed with dialogue from people paying tribute to him from the likes of Kirstie Alley and Miles Davis through to dialogue that I’ve taken from Talk shows and award ceremonies.

GRAB VOLUME 1 HERE

SLowSexY 2 by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

1. Segue Vanessa Batholomew
2. God Instrumental
3. Temptation (Edit)
4. Creep Live @Coachella
5. Miles Davis Discusses Prince
6. Condition of the Heart
7. Venus De Milo
8. The Ladder
9. Prince dominates the American Music Awards 1985
10.Insatiable
11.When 2 R In Love
12.I Wish U Heaven
13.Forever In My Life
14.Mayte Garcia & Prince On The Today Show
15.Nothing Compares 2 U Live
16.International Lover
17.Do Me, Baby
18.Free
19.Orgasm
20.Kiss Outro

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Portuguese Trap

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Been off the blog posts for a while and I decided this time to bring you some portuguese trap. By portuguese i’m including producers/rappers based on Portugal and on the luso-african countries. Beware though, this is not the EDM trap a lot of people are getting used. Except some trap with portuguese lyrics, and sometimes, some luso-african influence on it.

Derry Fost, based on Lisbon, needs more recognition here on the hip-hop scene. Two awesome tracks and at least he provides some different flavour to the Portugal hip-hop scene (I could go on about how it is but this is not the time for it). Derry Fost’s coverart on the article picture.

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Three tracks I found that stand a bit out from the others. Bit of RnB influence on the last one.

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Great production on this M.O.B track.

Four tracks from Gaia Beat’s latest mixtape. He doesn’t need much introduction as he’s been covered here quite some times. Pretty much everything he touches is golden and these tracks aren’t any different. Great producer.

https://soundcloud.com/gaia-beat/01-intro-instrumentalmp3

https://soundcloud.com/gaia-beat/04-gaiabeat-x-threebase-smash

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To close this one, this is a great RnB joint with some trap influences on the beat:

https://soundcloud.com/emanacheezyjackson/situacao

Schlachthofbronx : Rave And Romance Free Album

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The brilliant Schlachthofbronx just dropped their new release for FREE!!!!!!

Have not had time to digest the album yet but listened to snippets and it sounds amazing as usual.

It’s 10 songs full of Rave And Romance and contains features like New Orleans Bounce rapper Nicky Da B, Warrior Queen from Jamaica and Bonde Do Role (Brasil) amongst others. They also released a zombies go Springbreakers themed video for their first single Lights Off.

Why are you reading this…go and download it!!!

Full Download: www.raveandromance.com
Vinyl & Shirts & stuff: shop.schlachthofbronx.com

 

SLowSexY Volume 1 [A Prince Celebration]

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This was a celebration of Prince that was originally published on Generation Bass on 28th May 2014.

Been lucky enough to see Prince perform live many times over the years. Indeed caught him on his first ever UK tour some years back and many more after that in the UK and in other places of the world.

However, up until last week, I had never seen him live in my home city of Birmingham and the first show was so good that I had to see him again and so I caught both of his live dates in Brum as part of the Hit & Run Tour Part II.

I can tell you it was magical, spiritual and inspirational, it always is when you see Prince perform live but he is getting better the older he gets. These recent gigs showed him in the best form of his life. I mean I last saw him 4 years ago headlining Roskilde in Denmark in front of a 80,000+ crowd and that was a bit of a spiritual affair but nowhere near was it as good as these recent gigs in Birmingham in front of my home crowd.

I’m not going to do a gig review because I could write a book about the gigs but I’m just going to tell you a little about how they made me feel.

These shows were the most basic and stripped down from what I’ve witnessed in the past in terms of props and stage sets. I mean he spent hardly anything on stage sets or props and the ones he had looked a bit last minute and dirt cheap if you can call a curtain and some artificial fire-burners props. So it was the least extravagant, opulent and professional stage set I’d ever witnessed by him.  I am use to seeing him with huge stage sets, the whole works and so this was a bit of an eye-opener with it being so basic.

BUT c’mon forget the stage sets, PRINCE LIVE has always been about PRINCE, LIVE!

Man his performances just blew me away.

I’ve seen him live with the Revolution and the NPG and makeshift bands in between too and this time I watched him supported by 3rd Eye Girl as his backing band. Not the tightest band I’ve ever caught him live with but definitely the most passionate and enthusiastic. As beautiful as they all are, and they are all quite beautiful, still that wasn’t enough to make you take your eyes off Prince!

3rd Eye Girl are all seasoned master class musicians, more oriented towards Rock but also adaptable to Soul, Funk, Jazz and Classical too. Throughout the gig 3rd Eye Girl were actually worshipping at his altar, not in a geeky fan way but in a most spiritual & respectful way. In the way that most of us would look up to a legend and appreciate that there is no-one else quite like this Artist, past, present or future.

He’s a one-off, God only made one and it’s him. There will never be another, its an impossibility.

He writes and composes all of his own tunes and usually plays most of the instruments, always has done. I mean he can write anything, soul, rock, pop, jazz, funk, Gospel, disco, you name it, Prince can do it and better than most.

He is one of the greatest dancers you’ve ever seen.  One of the greatest and most underrated guitarists ever in the history of music.  One of the greatest voices ever in music, switching from a sweet and sexxy Marvin Gaye falsetto to a manic banshee howl to outrock even the likes of Robert Plant and Ozzy through to a Funk Master, funky enough to give James Brown & Clinton a run for their money.  He plays Piano like a Classical Pro and man he plays bass like the funkiest of them all.

He exudes so much sex appeal that you can actually smell the aroma of moist undies in the air at his gigs, no joke.  He doesn’t need banal dancers to shake their ass in your face to turn you on, his music and perfomance does all that alone.  He is the biggest flirt in the world and also one of the funniest performers at times when he screams throughout some of his songs like a 10 year old brat that has just dropped his ice cream.  When you witness Prince live, you have sex, fun, sadness and also make prayer. He has everything and he makes you feel that you have everything too. It’s a special and unique experience!

I really hope you can appreciate how unique this man is at some point in your lives and if you haven’t done so already, you just have to see this man perform LIVE.  It is an unforgettable experience and it will make you reassess your life, or at the very least, what music will mean to you Post-Live Prince!!!

If I had the means or the opportunity, I would gladly spend my life following this man around the world!  Because when you see Prince Live, you are also on stage with him!  That’s just how it feels!

The greatest living artist of today and one of the greatest artists ever in the history of music!

Now, coming to these mixes, over the course of many years, I have tried to put a Prince Mix together. I’ve always given up cause I could never put together anything that made me feel it had done any justice to the man’s work.

This time around, so inspired was I by his Birmingham gigs that I built the mixes around some of his most underrated and overlooked tracks that have a slow & sexy vibe about them, hence SLowSexY!

The tracks on these mixes are some of my personal faves from his more underground/lesser known cannon.  It will also hopefully provide me with an opportunity to try to educate you about how wonderful this artist is.

It’s more of a sonic journey or soundtrack than a DJ Mix that I’ve interspersed with dialogue from people paying tribute to him from the likes of Alicia Keys and Miles Davis through to Beyonce.

Here is the first volume:

SLowSexY Volume 1 by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

1. Alicia Keys inducts Prince
2. For You
3. God
4. Beautiful Ones
5. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
6. If I Was Your Girlfriend
7. Pheromone (Edit)
8. Breakdown
9. When We’re Dancing Close & Slow
10.With You
11.Segue
12.So Blue
13.Solo (Edit)
14.Crazy You
15.Please Don’t Touch Prince’s Hair (Arsenio)
16.It’s Gonna Be Lonely
17.Chris Rock The Artist 1997 Interview
18.Under The Cherry Moon
19.Slow Love
20.Beyonce on Prince
21.Girl
22.17 Days
23.Tipper Gore on “Darling Nikki”
24.When U Were Mine
25.Prince winning the Oscar® for Original Song Score for – Purple Rain
25.Purple Rain

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Ruby My Dear – Zyw [Acid Breakcore]

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This guy continues to amaze us and has released some of the most interesting music in the past few years.

He has just dropped another absolute Gem, a Sci-Fi Acid Breakcore track that is one of the most interesting things we’ve heard this year. It’s a track that will be released on the new kaometry Records compilation. Out on 2nd june.