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He’s a good bloke that L-Vis 1990. Aside from re-energising half-step wobblers with some much needed NRG, I got talking to him outside one of London’s reasonably priced (and fully vegan) Samuel Smith pubs and he stuck me on the door for that night’s THEM vs HYP!HYP!HYP! event at Corsica Studios. I had to leave early for ‘personal’ (ahem) reasons but all such rave shame shall be washed away the attendance of us all at him and Alex Bok Bok‘s gutter dance shindig NIGHT SLUGS, where the filthiest in skewed house meets the infinite colours of worldwide electronic party bass.

Wednesday 22nd of July sees Christian Martin and London’s own minimal-funkstress Cooly G backed up by L-Vis and Bok Bok. Grab this mix for some appetite-whetting. Purple funk, Electrik Red and laser bass:


01 – REFUGE – U Best Believe
02 – DONAEO – Love To Happen
03 – MOSCA – Square One
04 – DRE SKULL – I Want You (BOK BOK remix dub)
06 – DJ CLEO – East Rand Funk
07 – R1 RYDERS – Rubberband
08 – DORIAN CONCEPT – Trilingual Dance Sexperience
10 – ZOMBY – With Lasers
11 – ELECTRIK RED – Drink In My Cup
12 – JOKER & GINZ – Purple City
13 – TERROR DANJAH – Sidechain
14 – BOK BOK – Crew dub
15 – DJ ASSAULT – Vandalism
16 – MR DE – Time Space Scrilla
17 – BASUTBUDET – Take Them Out To Eat (BOK BOK’s sundown edit)

L-R Gemmy, Joker and Guido. Thanks to Dan Hancox for photo

L-R Gemmy, Joker and Guido. Thanks to Dan Hancox for photo

Dan Hancox writes about music well. He combines the intelligence to unravel sounds and themes into clear theories with the warmth and honest enthusiasm of someone who is obviously a music fan. His blog is well worth following, although I found his recent fried chicken/pirate radio analogy a little hard to swallow (oof!).

His piece for the guardian on Bristol’s ‘purple’ trinity of Joker, Gemmy and Guido comprehensively sums up the appeal of their rich, dayglo sound; the influence of classic video game themes and g-funk, the importance of using melody to reclaim dance music from the clutches of male dominated xtreme bass-fetishism and the issue of synaesthesia – unavoidable thanks to the trio’s colour orientated reference points. There’s very little I can, or would want to add. So I wont. Just read it.

Of the three, Guido is the one I know the least about. This 29min mini-mix however provides a tasty bite size introduction to his take on purple – the most melodic of the three, not shying away from synth-sax and the easily misused autotune to bring the patterns to life. Grab it here, courtesy of Numbers and their ace podcasts.

Guido – Tantalized
Guido, Aarya & Ruthless – Beautiful Complication
Guido – Chakra
Guido – You Do It Right
Guido – Orchestral Lab
Gemmy – Johnny 5
Guido – Mad Sax
Joker – Do It!
Guido – Tango
Joker – Digidesign


A few Joker remixes (more often than not with Ginz who worked with him on the awesome Purple City) of more mainstream artists have been cropping up on the internetz with all – like this re-rub of carnival house perennials Basement Jaxx – severely pwning the originals. That combination of tropical fruity keyboard twirls and pixxellated bass give it the delectable glow the original only promised…

…come back! Yes, it is Zero 7. No, I haven’t heard the original. The bassline here burns like a digital heatwave before the increasingly recognisable purple synth riff rides over the top like… *a few adjectives later* …, so I don’t think we need to hear the original. This really is er… ‘massive’. Yes, that’ll do.


Grab his mix from the Barcelona SONAR 2009 festival here, thanks to FADER. No tracklist yet, but there’s some lolworthy video of a man whose star is most definitely rising. Watch him fly.

lolcano eruption!

If I’ve learned anything over the years, it’s that people REALLY FUCKING LOVE genres – especially when thrust upon unsuspecting artists by bloggers/journalists etc with quick wits and even swifter attention spans. There’s perpetually a light swarm of potential sub-genres flitting about at any one moment, some more controversial and hilarious than others, so let’s frolic through a few of them over the coming week and see if we can’t desperately wring some fun out of them.

First up, courtesy of rising dubstar and Night Slugs resident (along with Bok Bok) L-Vis 1990Dubblestep. But what does it sound like you bark, impatiently . Well, it appears to be the act of doubling up (y’know, like ‘dubble’ geddit? GEDDIT?!) the rhythm of a half-step dubstep monger, adding extra percussion to give it a brisker pace and a lighter step. ‘It’s just soca’ or ‘2-step’s coming back, heard it before’ I hear you counter wearily but hey! Stop spoiling our fun! Whether or not the form itself is brand spanking new, ’tis the method which provides the appeal. The action of taking a hulking elephant like Caspa’s ‘Where’s My Money’ remix and injecting some of the aforementioned soca/2-step energy strikes me as eminently worthwhile and each of the rerubs below sound better and far more danceable for it. So, maybe not a new sound but I fully back L-Vis 1990 and Dubblestep if it continues transforming existing tunes into slightly-different-but-superior tunes.

Download: Joker + Jakes, “3Klane (L-Vis 1990 Dubble Step Edit)” (via Mad Decent)

Download: Caspa, “Where’s My Money (L-Vis 1990 Dubble Step Edit)” (via Mad Decent)

Download: Benga, “26 Basslines (L-Vis 1990 Dubblestep Edit)”

Also, ahead of his appearance this Friday (05/06)…


…he’s knocked-up a promo mix of Funky and yes, Dubblestep for you all to get on. Do it now, punk!



1. Untold – Anaconda (L-vis 1990 Chopped n’ Screwed Mix)
2. Christian Martin – Elephant fight (Justin Martins Jungle Remix)
3. Crystal Fighters – Exatic Truth (L-Vis 1990 Remix)
4. Boris Rush – Miami Push (Franky Rizardo Remix)
5. Uncle Bakongo – Maasai
6. Emvee – Glitch Dub
7. Zinc – Pimp My Ride
8. L-Vis 1990 – United Groove
9. Lil Silva – Different
10. L-Vis 1990 – Compass
11. Justin Martin – My Angelic Demons
12. Diplo & Laidback Luke – Hey! (L-Vis 1990 remix)
13. L-Vis 1990 – Come Together

(Via Mad Decent, The Fader and Sonic Router)


via dancehall/bashment DJ collective The Heatwave and Prancehall’s excellent ‘Bass Odyssey’ series on the relentlessly engaging Fader blog, it seems UK Funky with its simmering soca rhythms and bright soul energy is finding welcoming arms in the Jamaican dancehall scene. Check this Heatwave refix of golden boy Donae’o’s ‘Party Hard’ anthem for a peek into future prospects:

Download: Donaeo, Rubi Dan, Capleton, Vybz Kartel and Danny English, “Party Harder” (The Heatwave Refix)

Legendary Kingston dancehall producer/MC outfit Ward 21 are attempting to pump some much-needed fire into the staggering frame of dubstep, grab this Heatwave Rinse FM show for the evidence in amongst an almighty Jamaica/UK soundclash.

The Heatwave @Rinse FM, Thursday 7th May 2009


  • Donaeo, Danny English, Rubi Dan, Capleton & Vybz Kartel – Party Harder (The Heatwave Refix)
  • Grievous Angel & Wiley – Ice Rink Refix (Instrumental)
  • Riko Dan & Grievous Angel – Ice Rink Refix (Vocal)
  • Shystie & Sub Zero – Pull It/Bad Gal Bass (Ill Blu Remix)
  • Crazy Cousinz – Inflation
  • Aidonia & Crazy Cousinz – Bounce (Inflation Riddim)
  • Equiknoxx – Swagga Dagga Riddim
  • Lil Joe – Hey Yo (Swagga Dagga Riddim)
  • Lil Joe – Watch Me (Sky Daggering Riddim)
  • Cecile – Push Back (Sky Daggering Riddim)
  • Aidonia – Flying Dagger/100 Stab (Sky Daggering Riddim)
  • Donaeo – African Warrior (Instrumental)
  • Busy Signal – Gyal Dem Chune (Acapella)
  • Ding Dong & Donaeo – Bad Man Warrior (The ASBO Disco Refix)
  • Mavado – Neva Believe U
  • Equiknoxx – Cobba Cobba Riddim
  • Lil Joe – Wine (Cobba Cobba Riddim)
  • Spice – Badmind (Cobba Cobba Riddim)
  • Aidonia – Grab Her Nuh (Cobba Cobba Riddim)
  • Annex – Summer Bounce Riddim
  • Tanya Stephens – Party (Summer Bounce Riddim)
  • Slam – Kasablanca Riddim
  • Vybz Kartel – Badda Dan Dem (Kasablanca Riddim)
  • Perempay – Buss It
  • Natasja & Enur – Calabria 2007 (Acapella)
  • Sticky – Fugitive Riddim
  • Vybz Kartel – Stop Gwaan Stush (Acapella)
  • Maxwell D – Text Text Text (Fugitive Riddim)
  • Lady Chann – Your Eye Too Fast (Fugitive Riddim)
  • Ward 21 – Bang Bang
  • Ward 21 – Dubby Man
  • Ward 21 – Rock The Spot
  • Ward 21 – Electrocution
  • Ward 21 – The Call
  • Ward 21 – Mad Ting Riddim
  • Ward 21 – President (Mad Ting Riddim)
  • Timberlee – Gunny Gunny (Mad Ting Riddim)
  • Bibi Gardnere – Denali (Mad Ting Riddim)
  • Ward 21 – Petrol (Peanie Peanie Riddim)
  • Ward 21 – Bloodstain (Bellyas Riddim)
  • Aidonia – Bang Them (Swagger Like Us Riddim)
  • Frisco Kid – Rubbers (Joyride Riddim)
  • Christopher Birch – Baddaz Riddim
  • Vybz Kartel & Lisa Hype – How You Do It Like That (Baddaz Riddim)
  • Busy Signal – Hustling (Baddaz Riddim)
  • Beenie Man – Tek Back Yard aka Ghetto Yutes (Baddaz Riddim)
  • Sizzla – Awesome (Sleng Teng Riddim)
  • Sizzla & Capleton – Babylon A Use Dem Brain

Cheers guys!


Ahead of her forthcoming release on Hyperdub, bright hope Cooly G stakes her claim to the future of Funky with yet another tight mix from the increasingly on-point FACT. As I said before, her productions provide a guiding light for those uncharmed by the jump-up chants or shmoove house grooves of some of her peers, occupying a space where intricate techno grace meets the tribal bump and soca rhythms that bring it to life – putting the dance in music without stamping out the subtleties. Not unlike N.B Funky’s ‘Riddim Box’. Check.

Download: FACT Mix 46 – Cooly G

UPDATE: get it here instead

01 Cooly G – Weekend Fly
02 Martin Kemp – No Charisma
03 Sami Sanchez – What
04 Fingaprint – Print Rolla (Cooly Special)
05 Fuzzy Logik – Safari
06 Cooly G – Narst
07 Audio Halls Beat – Dougs Wana
08 Mista P – Funky Interlude
09 Cooly G – Dis Boy Pt 4
10 Mista P – Physic
11 T. Williams – Tight
12 T. Williams & Smokey – Dub
13 NB Funky – Riddim Box (Sami Sanchez Remix)
14 Unknown – Unknown
15 Halo & Kemal – African Dream
16 Hard Soul – Self Religion (Believe In Me)
17 Bopstaz at Work – Always Into Journey
18 DJ Gregory – Vasefa Argy Mix
19 Cooly G – Hard
20 Slisonic – Can U
21 Cooly G – Love Dub Refix
22 Dennis Ferrer – Touch the Sky
23 DJ Gregory – Attend 2
24 Frank Rodger – Nothing Feels the Same
25 Jovonn – New York City Banger
26 Iza Tonic – Full Eclipse

It’s scandalous that I have not yet mentioned the greatness of the FACT magazine website or dubstep blog Sonic Router. FACT are an independent, London-based free magazine who also run a clear, comprehensive and most importantly REGULARLY UPDATED website covering most contemporary leftfield musics with with a dancefloor bias. Of particular note are their superb series of free, commissioned DJ mixes available to download from the site, provided by a series of reliably interesting up-and-coming artists. The latest one is from Rinse FM DJ Alexander Nut whose R&B tinged take on the new wave of broken hip-hop, synthed out dubstep and 2-stepped house is a real luxury.


Download: FACT Mix 44 – Alexander Nut

RE-UP EDIT get it here now Fact Mix 44 – Alexander Nut


Nadsroic ‘All Hot’ (LuckyMe)
Martyn ‘Seventy Four’ (3024)
Floating Points ‘Vacuum Boogie’ (Eglo)
Om Unit ‘Cradle’ (Terrorythm)
Floating Points ‘JW Beat’ (Planet Mu)
Joker & Jinz ‘Purple City’ (Kapsize)
Noah D ‘Serrriousss’ (White)
Newham Generals ‘I Heard You Been Smoking’ (Dirtiee Stank)
Ras G ‘5 AM Spliff’ (Poobar)
Joker ‘Digi Design’ (Om Unit remix) (White)
Dam Funk ‘Chocolate’ (Stones Throw)
Dudley Perkins ‘Yo Soul’ (Stones Throw)
Floating Points ‘For You’ (Eglo)
Computer Jay ‘Epiphany’ (Ramp)
Fatima & Pursuit Grooves ‘Are You Satisfied’ (White)
LL Smooth Criminal ‘Turf Talk’

Sonic Router is a dubstep orientated and once again REGULARLY UPDATED source for news, videos and mixtapes from the UK bass world. One of the latest is from Berkane Sol / Ramp affiliate Shortstuff whose mix caught my eye due to the inclusion of the better examples of Funky (Hard House Banton’s ‘Sirens’, Lil’ Silva’s ‘Seasons’, Roska’s ‘Our Father’) blended with some quality skippy dubstep (Peverelist, Pangaea) and personal favourites ‘2 Bad Mice’ and the classic Menta remix of DJ Zinc’s ‘Tonka’. Get on it!


DOWNLOAD: Shortstuff – Sonic Router Mix


1. Falty DL – To London (Forthcoming on Ramp Recordings)
2. Kode 9 – 2 Far Gone (Hyperdub)
3. Ghost – The Club (Tempa)
4. Geiom – Eyl Booty (Forthcoming on Berkane Sol)
5. Roska – Our Father (White)
6. Mickey P – Innami (Unreleased)
7. 2 Bad Mice – 2 Bad Mice (Moving Shadow)
8. Kode 9 & LD – 2 Bad (Hyperdub)
9. Horsepower – When You Hold Me (Tempa)
10. El B – Son De Cali (Forthcoming on Soul Motive)
11. Li’l Silva – Seasons (White)
12. Shortstuff & Mickey Pearce – Tripped Up (Unreleased)
13. HH Banton – Sirens (White)
14. Ramadanman – Revenue [Untold Remix] (Forthcoming on 2nd Drop)
15. LD – Wood Block (Hyperdub)
16. Brackles – Rawkus (Forthcoming on Planet Mu)
17. Peverelist – Clunk Click Every Trip (Punch Drunk)
18. Untold – Anaconda (Forthcoming on Hessle Audio)
19. DJ Zinc – Tonka [Menta remix] (Bingo)
20. Shortstuff – Stuff (Forthcoming on Ramp Recordings)
21. Mala – Forgive (Deep Medi)
22. Pangaea – Memories (White)
23. Joe – Grimelight (Hessle Audio)
24. Shortstuff – Progression (Forthcoming on Formant)


Mike Paradinas aka µ-Ziq’s Planet µ was and still is one of the few truly major labels to emerge from the 90s post-rave electronica scene, along with Warp and Rephlex. While the Aphex Twin affiliated Rephlex slips in and out of obscurity and Warp make some ‘interesting’ choices (although I admit, lately their trend awareness and quality control have synced a little better), Planet µ has become the most reliable and prolific of the three. If there’s any criticism then maybe the retro acid of Syntheme and the considered IDM (sorry) of Boxcutter suggest a little too much reverence to established and respected sounds, but on the whole Paradinas’ label is a well valuable and much loved outlet of quality electronics.

I say all this now as there is a clutch of excellent new releases forthcoming, one of which I feel deserves specific reference:

US ‘street bass’ (read: synth-heavy American grime) producer Starkey‘s debut LP Ephemeral Exhibits dropped at the end of last year but for me he’s really nailed it with his recent single on Keysound and this, coming in June. Jamie Vex’d takes the flashing, neon crunk of ‘Miracles’ into more spacey territory with the sliced diva vocal worming its way between cracking drum machines and blooming chords. Jamie’s carving a warmer, more melodic sound since going solo (heard also on this months In System Travel EP but done better here for my money). Retaining the cavernous expanse of dubstep but happily leaving behind some of the cold, empty sonics.

‘Creature’ on the flip is a crazy beast. Barely under control it rides a shuddering, buzzing groove like a barrel of drunken snakes, sometimes I wonder if it works but for the other 90% of the time it sounds like the best thing he’s done. A fucked jam, wonky as hell and as invigorating as a double-shot espresso.

Check samples of the tracks –


Hello again! We haven’t spoken for a while but hey… parallel tracks sometimes require specific attention. I’m still getting used to the shameless self-indulgence of blogging so any comments/words of encouragement/vicious diatribes are genuinely welcome. There’s a veritable wealth (wealth I tell you) of good new bass in the coming month or so I’m going to try and cram it all in this week whilst I spend my time staring at screens in various parts of London.

First up Bok Bok, a 23 year-old DJ/producer/graphic designer (check the latter out here Will… and anyone else) who’s keeping all the current varieties of -step firmly on the dancefloor. There’s the jittering, frenetic-yet-intricate rhythms but with just enough of the brashness in the synths and bass to keep it from being too refined. He runs the Night Slugs night with L-Vis 1990 putting on the likes of purple king Joker, Drop the Lime and Funky outfit Crazy Cousinz. In his own words:

‘As a DJ my aim is to gather tracks from a wide range of sources, scenes and styles and make them all work together in a riddim-y, dutty uk soundsystem / pirate context. I’m originally a grime head, but the emergence of the UK Funky scene has got me looking for that raw percussive momentum and bass energy in all sorts of strange places.’

There’s an extensive set to be downloaded, Bok Bok going back-to-back with Braiden on ace bass station Sub FM. Dubstep, 2-step, techno, even deep house – keeps the energy up while successfully treading the line between beard scratching and body moving. Bass, bass, bass…

Download it here, right-click to download.

BOK BOK b2b BRAIDEN live on Sub FM 21-02-09

01 – MOODYMANN – Freaki Mutha F cker
03 – OCTOBER – Invitation
04 – GREENA – Actual Pain
05 – DONAEO – Party Hard ft PRINCESS
07 – KARIZMA – Darqness
08 – GHOSTMAN – 25th Hour
09 – MARKUS MULLER – Chateaubriand (MARIEL ITO rmx)
10 – DISTANCE – Feel Me
11 – DARKSTAR – Need You
12 – L-VIS 1990 – Murder
13 – LIGHTER – Skanker
14 – STARKEY – Gutter Music ft DURTY GOODZ
15 – SCUBA – Ruptured (SURGEON rmx)
16 – MALA – Bury The Bwoy
18 – JOE – Rut
19 – BOK BOK – Ram Riddim
20 – KARIZMA – Outta Control
21 – BRACKLES – Get A Job
22 – PANGAEA – Memories
23 – SHORTSTUFF – Regression // KID KUDI – Day N Nite
24 – KODE9 – Black Sun
25 – L-VIS 1990 – Run
26 – SPOOKY – Shallow Minds
27 – HEADHUNTER – Jukework
28 – SUNSHIP ft WARRIOR QUEEN – Almighty Father (SKREAM remix)
29 – JTREOLE – The Loot (SULLY rmx)
30 – LIL SILVA – Funky Pulse
31 – CRAZY COUSINZ – Bongo Jam (L-VIS 1990 & BOK BOK’s refix)
32 – TVO – Afanc (2562 remix)
31 – HEADHUNTER & ENVOY – Chaos Engine
32 – GUCCI MANE – Freaky Girl
33 – HEADHUNTER – Come Down
34 – N.B. FUNKY – Riddimbox
25 – N.B. FUNKY – 2nd Strike VIP
26 – DLX – Matter Of Fact (BREAKAGE rmx)
27 – DARKSTAR – Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer
29 – MARK BROOM – Twenty Nine (black mix)
30 – D MALICE – Bad Habbits
31 – EMVEE – Glitch Dub
32 – PAUL KALKBRENNER – Steinbasser
33 – HEADHUNTER – Chaosphere
34 – MR DE – On The Floor

I’m glad we get these chances to chat x


Computer squelch-bass from Berlin’s Doshy, first came to my attention thanks to that Jamie Vex’d mix I posted. which features his remix of Stagga‘s ‘Lopsided’ (forthcoming on Robox Neotech). That and the more fractured, looser tracks he’s done are prime underwater g-funk, bubbling away like simmering circuits. Not so bothered about the forthcoming EP on Tigerbass, electro smash-house that belies a more nosebleed background. Keep removing sounds so the ones left can flop around, believe me they like it.

There’s a mix up on his myspace which is a bit closer to the b-more bashing Tigerbass sound, check the tracks on his player instead.