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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:

BOK BOK – LUCKY ME MIX
http://s3.amazonaws.com/luckymedia/32bokbok.mp3

01 – REFUGE – U Best Believe
02 – DONAEO – Love To Happen
03 – MOSCA – Square One
04 – DRE SKULL – I Want You (BOK BOK remix dub)
05 – ALISON HINDS ft MACHEL MONTANO
06 – DJ CLEO – East Rand Funk
07 – R1 RYDERS – Rubberband
08 – DORIAN CONCEPT – Trilingual Dance Sexperience
09 – SHORTSTUFF & MICKEY PEARCE – Tripped Up
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

ALSO

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.

AND ALSO

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.

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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)…

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

DOWNLOAD: L-Vis 1990 – FABRICLIVE Promo Mix

Tracklist:

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)

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A hearty welcome back for Detroit dish Matthew Dear‘s alter ego Audion, left fallow whilst the man in question took the fore visually and vocally for 2007’s Asa Breed, a deft and sultry imagining of Ian Curtis reborn as a louche synth-pop chanteuse.

His two remaining pseudonyms – False, on Richie Hawtin’s Minus label and Jabberjaw on Perlon – appear to be the outlets for his most minimal, experimental work whilst the Audion monikor delivers pulsing, graceful techno with a deep sexual charge carving gradual peaks and wide troughs into the dynamic range. Just listen below to the swarming synths in ‘Mouth To Mouth’ and ‘Noiser’ that gradually rise and fall from the morphing bass undercurrent – he manages to balance hedonism and highbrow sound-sculpting with such a fluid ease it takes my breath away each time. Equal parts dance and art.

New tracks ‘I Am The Car’ and ‘Look At The Moon’ are available now. Youtube sound quality doesn’t do them justice but hey, maybe that’s just me.

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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

GET IT HERE

  • 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!

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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

Inspired by Serge’s top 20, thought I’d share with you all a handful of my personal favourite Italo-Disco cuts (erring toward the ones that are on Youtube), some of which he also mentions. I’m going to leave out Kano as their talent and importance warranted a post to themselves.

Dharma’s ‘Plastic Doll’ from ’82 first, produced by Luciano Ninzatti of the aforementioned Kano with a lot of their huge talent dripping from its tongue. Built around a gutsy synth riff with a punchy, high NRG rhythm this has less of the drifting, druggy pulse of the more cosmic end 0f Italo but bursts with sparkling, youthful exuberance. Playful and a little bit filthy.


Marco Galli and Maurizion Sanginetto aka M&G collaborated in ’86 for not just my favourite Italo track but one of my favourite records ever. It’s that combination of melancholy and fireworks that I don’t hear anywhere else, each melodic flourish and chord shift feels timeless and exquisite and combines into what sounds like an explosion in space.  It feels like it could go on forever, a cyclical throbbing heartbeat.

Dutch act Digital Emotion showing that Italo wasn’t just for Italy, although this is about as electro-pop as it got – some purists dismiss them as being cheesy or too commercial (rrrrr… show me some noncommercial Disco) as if writing the most unabashed fizzing synth lines is bad in some way. Punch the air to the chorus and tell me this doesn’t wipe the floor with electroclash, or most synth-pop for that matter. From ’83.

Glittering beauty from B.W.H. aka Carlo Favilli and Stefano Zito (1983 again), yet another case of a one-off collaboration birthing gold. A louche, pulsing track which melts into the most gently euphoric, mellifluous vocal line possible. Utterly charming and about as rare as anything.

‘Passion’ by the Flirts from ’82, my first flirtation (aha ha) with Italo and produced by Bobby O, one of the true Italo production stars along with Patrick Cowley and Giorgio Moroder. Brilliantly camp and the blueprint for the last two decades of dance-pop, illustrated perfectly when Felix Da Housecat lifted the synth line for his career highlight ‘Silver Screen Shower Scene’. P-A-S-S-I-O-N…

There’s always more…

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Serge Santiago is a DJ and fellow ex-Brightoner who, for me, is one of the few people carrying the torch for italo-disco with the passion and vitality it deserves. This wonderfully powerful and vivacious form of early 80s electronic dance music echoes through most contemporary ‘floorfilling material but Serge is taking it back to its raw, technicolour roots. Now’s not the time for dour minimalism – this is MAXI music.

His top 20 best italo list is a fine starting point for disco gem mining and his re-edits on his own Arcobaleno label (you can DL some from the label’s facebook page) update the originals without foresaking quality. There’s also a fine DJ Mix here for a spacey taster featuring classics from Cerrone and Gino Soccio.

Just wanted to show some love, s’all.

If you’re in London on the 22nd (with cash to burn) then make sure you head down to London Bridge for the Tectonic event at the Arches. The main room houses the expected crew (label boss Pinch, 2562, Distance, Peverelist) BUT the second room is of particular interest due to its less classic(?) dubstep nature and line up consisting of personal sideways hip-hop favorites Bullion and Paul White (of One Handed Music) with Wolverhampton UK bass channeler Alexander Nut. The real pull for me however is an appearance from Débruit who, along with fellow Frenchman Fulgeance has quietly dropped some of the most virile dancefloor music of the last year on the similarly gallic Musique Large.

MPC 2000

MPC 2000

Both worship at the feet of the enduring Akai MPC hardware sampler, an imposing grey box with massive rubber buttons that has been slowly lifted to god-like status by the hip-hop scene, most recently by its new-wave pioneers J Dilla, Madlib and MF Doom. The highly physical and spontaneous nature of composing on one of these lends itself to simple, organic music – rough around the edges but better for it. Screw quantising, forget the intricate digital editing. This is music by people, for people. To dance to, remember?

Débruit

Débruit

wwwwwwww…. wwwwwwwww…. wonky. Note the lower case guys, this is just one of the best adjectives for Débruit. Bumping kwaito rhythms and some nu-jazz undercurrents with big ol’ analogue bass. If Dorian Concept spends the next few years in the club rather than practising his keyboard skills he might come up with something as heavy as ‘Congo Whoomp‘, a track so effortlessly effective you can’t believe nobody thought of it before. There’s a little flavour of the Switch / Sinden B-more house sound but that’s just the sound of people dancing.

Fulgeance

Fulgeance

Fulgeance is more about the loops. Rumbling electro-hop pendulums swing between BLOCK-party chants like Afrika Bambaataa returning from the future AGAIN and re-teaching us how to have a good time. The Low Club EP says it better than I ever could with a Dorian Concept remix thrown in for good measure, watch out also for the forthcoming ‘Smartbanging’ on One Handed.

Oh, and here’s a mix he did for Mac Fly:

Right-click here to download.

01.bogdan raczynski – muzyka dla imigrantow / rephlex
02.tranqill – payroll (fulgeance rmx) / one-handed music
03.fulgeance – glamoure / musique large
04.architeq – birds of prey (fulgeance rmx) / tirk
05.débruit – pouls / musique large
06.fulgeance – lonely night / one-handed music
07.bullion – long promised / one-handed music
08.architeq – sleeping bear (take rmx) / tirk
09.robot koch vs cerebral vortex (flako instrmntl rmx) / up my alley
10.computer jay – distance / ramp recrdings
11.theophilius london (prod by machine drum) live @ black apple – new york city
12.lo – 2brothers / cdr
13.illa j _ r u listennin feat guilty simpson / delicous vinyl
14.stan getz – jazz samba encore / verve
15.letherette – in july focus rite / cdr
16.clark – ted (bibio rmx) / warp
17.fulgeance – sour socca / one-handed music
18.back to the future interlude (french version)
19.souleance – le plaisir / first word
20.the matthew herbert big band – the story (demo version) / k7

Love it or hate it – yes, there really are only two options people – this is the tune destined to be bellowed by the drunk and sunburned and blasted out of builder’s radios all summer long. A ludicrously moronic lyric (sample: Some people think I’m bonkers / But I just think I’m free or A heavy bassline is my kind of silence) that would be cringe-worthy over a moody grime rhythm is slapped into check by the irrepressible pop (dare I say) genius of Armand Van Helden who crafts a bassline hip-house energy flash fully celebrating it’s own stupid vitality, spinning around and falling over like child tripping balls on tartrazine. Dismiss it if you want but those people in the video are definitely having more fun than you. Check it out – I challenge you to meh.