Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Boofy - Nank EP (Tumble Audio)

Person 1: “Boofy's really been on a roll recently”
Person 2: “Since when?”
Person 1: “Yeah”

Nottingham label Tumble Audio have had an excellent year. Receiving heavy support across all platforms from a host of DJs (not least Marcus Nasty, Brackles, Slackk and Madam X) they've been steadily making a name as a reliable source of quality club orientated bass music. For 006 they've enlisted Boofy who himself has been having a great few months; Since When was released on Kahn and Neek's Bandulu Records and he's started his own label with collaborator Lemzly Dale. Their 12” was released to virtually universal acclaim. Thus there were high hopes when we first got wind that he had turned his mind to his first solo grime EP...

The title track, Nank, has all the hard-hitting brilliance we've come to expect from Boofy. Hi-hats skitter, claps punch on and off beat indiscriminately and a cut up bass provides the lead. Plenty of sub-bass movement reminds us of his dubstep background while roaming square waves float in and out of the general soundscape. Underneath it all, though, lies a terrifying sense of menace contributed to by the sparse arrangement, the violent samples and the relentlessness of the drum programming.

The other Boofy production on the EP is the aptly titled Warzone, perhaps best described as Nank's hyperactive younger cousin. The riddim switches up not every 8 bars but every 4. Once again faint rumblings from the sub-woofer testify that this music built for and best enjoyed in dark club rooms with big rigs. Intricate rhythms are strung together with ease as Boofy manages once more to make a complex arrangement sound spacious.

Remixes are provided by fellow Bristolian grime artist Hi5ghost and funky producer Nativ. Hi5ghost's remix of Nank makes explicit all of the violent undertones present in the original with an 8 bar remix. Tough square bass stabs are punctuated forcefully by a kick-snare combo that would wreak all sorts of havoc in the club. Nativ's Nank is a UK Funky belter that is as rude as it is infectiously danceable. Dark and sinister, the track builds and builds to a second drop will have punters clambering over each other to reload it.

In short, Boofy (and Tumble Audio!) have done it again.

TUM006 is out now

Monday, 4 November 2013


One man that seems to be working harder than almost everyone else at the moment is Southampton based producer Zha. Championed by DJs such as Spooky and Slackk, I caught up with the man himself for the second installment of the Musically Mad interview series.

Download the mix here

First of all, for everyone not already aware, can you briefly introduce yourself...

Hi! I'm a grime, garage & UK funky producer that makes music under the alias Zha. I'm based in the outer skirts of West London and currently studying Mathematics at the University of Southampton. Not exactly your cliché grime producer but that isn't really a problem these days! aha!

How long have you been involved in music? What made you start producing?

I don't really know why I started making music but it must have been about 2003 when I first got Fruity Loops and, like every producer in the whole world, I made hip-hop, really bad hip-hop. I did this for about two years. I then heard early dubstep and began a more serious approach to music under my Seizure alias.

This music was deep and influenced by Indian, Arab and general ethnic sounds. From 2005 to 2012 I was making deep music and was given the chance to be a BBC Introducing artist amongst other amazing opportunities. It wasn't until November 2012 that I decided to set up the Zha alias. I've always been a grime kid but because of the scene I was involved in I didn't want to affiliate grime with Seizure.

What was the inspiration behind the creation of a grime alias? Was there a frustration at the sort of beats that were prominent at the time?

I've been making grime since 2005 or 2006 but due to my alias constraints, I couldn't put it out there. I suppose it came to a point when I made a Grime track and was just angry that I didn't have a medium to put it out on. And yep, the music that was out and about last year wasn't too great. It's absolutely mental how many incredible producers are hovering in the underground and I wanted to be one of them. I had a strong plan for the year and what I wanted to achieve in terms of remixes, people I really wanted to give my tracks to and how I put out my music to gain exposure and develop a following.

Tell us about your rood.fm radio show...

So my show is on Thursday every week from 4pm till 6pm. Before I say anything, I have to shout out Beeno, Fish & Pixel for their incredible work and effort into putting together such a professional station. It is coming upto three years of being on Rood FM and I think as it stands, I'm the only Grime show. I probably get the lowest level of people being locked in ahaha but it is because it isn't a grime radio station, but this is the exact reason why I keep doing it. Places like Nasty, Wavey and Deja Vu are incredible platforms to push grime, but to people who already love it. I want to have a platform where there isn't any awareness and cultivate a fresh following.

I hear that! Radio is something I feel quite strongly about. I think grime would be a stronger and more unified scene if more people were involved in radio (as musicians and as listeners). It's just as important for MCs.

I think MCs have a harder task of being "liked" or recognised. If someone doesn't like their vibe, no matter how much radio they do or what they achieve, people can be quite stubborn. As producers, we can make a a million tracks that people don't like but make one that turns someone. Radio would be an amazing place for MCs to experiment or try out new flows and what not, saying that, I now want someone to jump on my Rood sets... ahah!

You're involved in running a number of labels. Tell us about the different sounds you're pushing?

Yep! I don't want to chat about all of them as this section will get really boring, but I'll mention two of them. Fent Plates is a label that is now three years old and released over 50 artists along with plenty of vinyl releases. The sound is deep, sometimes uplifting, sometimes sad music. We're quite "anti-synth" on the label and the key aim is to put out timeless music.

The other label is White Peach which is the complete opposite to Fent Plates. White Peach is a label, vinyl pressing service, digital mastering service and Grime & UK Funky specialist record store. The label aspect of White Peach is to push any form of dance floor music. The next 12" is huge for the Grime scene... I'll say no more.

What should people expect from you in the near future?

So, I have the Jackie Chan EP dropping on Bandcamp soon, we're still filming the music video which is just plain stupid. I have my Dullah Beatz - Kill Confirmed Remix coming out soon and my Spooky - Coolie Joyride Remix coming out on 12" via Ghost House Records. I have two vinyl releases coming out on two different labels, but I'm not sure if I should talk about it yet! I have a bootleg Remix pack coming out for free once my Facebook page hits 500 likes, it has about 6 remixes. I think I have forgotten a bunch of stuff, but this'll do!

Thanks for the interview, any shout outs?

Toooo many to shout out and if I start listing people then people will get pissed when I don't mention them specifically. Big up to everyone that is playing my music on radio and in clubs and to every single person that follows me on Soundcloud, Twitter or Facebook. I've only had this alias for 1 year (mid-November) but it's been a pretty good journey so far! :)

Lethal Bizzle - Leave It Yeah (Zha Remix) [Dub]
Zha - Seduction [Dub]
Zha - Ill Riddim [Dub]
Zha - Warp Feat. Rival [Self-released]
Zha - Deckle Riddim [Forthcoming]
Tempa T - Next Hype (Zha Remix) [Dub]
Zha - Dented [UK Bass Music]
Synikall - Man Like Me [Rub a duck]
Zha - Midnight [UK Bass Music]
Zha - Fall To The Side [Forthcoming]
Zha - Muck [Self-released]
Spooky - Coolie Joyride (Zha Remix) [Forthcoming Ghost House 12"]
Zha - Alexandra Palace [Forthcoming]
Rebound X - Rhythm 'n' Gash (Zha Remix) [Forthcoming Block24]
Zha - Jackie Chan [Forthcoming]

Thursday, 10 October 2013

10 Producer Shout-Outs This Week

These guys are killing it at the moment.
1. Treble Clef. The legendary producer behind Ghetto Kyote drops a vibrant, musical mixtape on Spyro's Dragon Punch Records label. Cop Here.
2. Slackk. October sees the boxed resident release perhaps his best work yet in the form of the Failed Gods EP on Local Action Records. Not one to miss. Cop Here.
3. OH91. Bristolian producer OH91 releases his militant Stealth on Coyote Records backed with perhaps an even more violent remix(!) by Spooky. Cop Here.
4. Trends. On his label Mean Streets, the exciting young producer has organised a remarkable set of remixes. Cop Here.
5. Splurt Diablo. His long awaited J3 EP is out on Oil Gang. Dark, menacing grime at it's finest. Cop Here.
6. Spooky. Also now out on Oil Gang are the Coolie Joyride Remixes. Provided by Murlo, Sir Pixalot, Trends and Samename, this is one of the hottest releases of the year. Cop Here.
7. Rabit. The “mad texan scientist” follows the groundbreaking Double Dragon EP with another fantastic release on Disktopia. Cop Here.
8. Kelela. She linked up with several Fade to Mind associated producers to create this RnB mixtape. No, it's not grime (mostly) but yes, it is fantastic. Cop Here.
9. Jam City. Finally, a Jam City Club Constructions release! Eagerly anticipated, it does not disappoint. Cop Here.
10. Logos. Before his album on Keysound drops, Logos first serves up a collaborative EP with fellow wizard Mumdance. Brutal and brilliant. Cop Here.

Monday, 23 September 2013

OH91 - Stealth (Coyote Records)

Part of the beauty of instrumental grime at the moment is the huge variety of styles that are being produced all over the world. From the hard-hitting, minimal work of producers like Rabit and Logos through the dark, rollers of producers such as Wen and Epoch to more emotive music like some of the tracks by JT and Murlo it's clear that throughout grime there is a healthy diversity.

Tomas Fraser's imprint, however, have a very clear mission statement. Coyote Records are only interested in bruising club weapons. The unifying theme across the first four releases also holds true with their latest offering by OH91. A member of Bristol collective Sureskank, OH91 has been causing a stir with his remixes and specials (perhaps most notably his percy remix). Stealth is one of his original productions however; backed with a Spooky remix, COY005 is an excellent reminder that grime can be at it's most inspired when it is functionalist, high energy, club music.

Stealth is built around a relentless bassline that drives the track forward. Blasts of percussion add rhythmic interest while a tough square wave synth hits in 8bar style in this minimal in structure, maximal in sound banger. On the remix Spooky takes the hint of 8bar in the original and runs with it, flipping the track into a punchy 8bar riddim that transforms into a halfstep stomper two and a half minutes in.

A devastating 12”. Not one to sleep on.

COY005 is out on vinyl and digital on October 21.  

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Murlo - Adder EP (Unknown to the Unknown)

There's a lot of noise at the moment being made about Midlands born Chris Pell a.k.a. Murlo. His Rinse FM guestmix (courtesy of Brackles) was well received as a strong showcase of his productions and since then we've heard news of a forthcoming EP on Glacial Sound and forthcoming releases on Oil Gang and Mixpak. His new EP comes on DJ Haus' Unknown to the Unknown and is a 3 track demonstration of Murlo's ability to blur genre lines while maintaining his trademark soca-influenced sound.

The title track, "Adder" is a playful riddim that draws from UK Funky and Eski coupling jaunty, off-beat snares with hollow gliding synths and eski clicks. The second track "Irises", this reviewer's favourite, takes the grime influences even further with marcato strings and “Danny Weed snares” to create a piece that's dripping with originality. The lead comes from pipes that come in intermittently with a particularly catchy riff in two octaves that creates a sense of call and response. The closing track, "Palace" will the most familiar of the three to people that have caught one of Murlo's mixes recently. It's a summer tune, an R&B meets dancehall track that channels feel-good Caribbean vibes.

What impresses me the most, however, is that Murlo can display this extraordinary prolificacy (between eps and remixes he still has time to drop free zips) without any sacrifice of quality. This EP is one of the best releases I've heard all year. Can't wait for the next one.

Friday, 19 July 2013

DJ Kakarot - July Mix

Stream/Download the June edition of Musically Mad's DJ Kakarot Mix Series.

Strict Face - Shibuya Gunner
J.T - ???
WZ - Wibey
Arctic - It's Not Beef
Moony - Miyagi Dan
Noaipre - Trampa
Rabit - Black Dragons
Llesca - Sharks (Neana Remix)
Kowton & The Kelly Twins
Circula - Seaview Gardens
Llesca - 7 A.D.
Annoy - Fort 2
T1NY - Wowzerrr
Breen - ...For Life
Tony Phorse - Destro
Lington - Gum Gum Fruit
Bookings/Dubs to dididoesmusic@gmail.com

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Bone Squad - Skal & Bones (Total Fantasy Records)

The first release on Deadboy's label, Total Fantasy Records, comes courtesy of Bone Squad. They deliver a varied EP consisting of one hardcore, one bashment and two grime tracks. These days it's quite easy to feel jaded when listening to new grime, especially when the first track on the EP samples “Ice Rink” so blatantly. But Skal and Bones is a release so well produced, that captures a mood and carries it so effectively through genre barriers that the listener is convinced that this isn't another soulless pastiche, but a great work in it's own right.

The opening track "Skal & Bones" is the first grime cut. It's a minimal composition with a deep sub, a haunting synth and reverberant keys that work to create a dark atmosphere drenched in dread. The hardcore track "Valkyrie" maintains this atmosphere effectively, coupling a strikingly out of tune pad first with a ravey synth lead, then with an arpeggiated flute.

Personally, it's the second grime track on the EP, "Vvinter", that impresses me the most. Clearly Ruff Sqwad influenced, Vvinter is built around a beautifully simple cello riff, that comes in and out throughout the track. A deep sub-cum-atmospheric pad provides the low end while intermittent church bells and sirens contribute to the heavy, sinister character. "Danskhall" is the final track from the EP and, if I'm completely honest, a bit of a black sheep. Fundamentally bashment in terms of sounds and rhythms, it seems to lack bashment's playfulness and dance-ability (to be expected given the rest of the EP) which gives it a slightly lacklustre feel. However it's not a bad track, the bass hits hard on a system, the percussion is impeccably programmed and the FX are exactly what you'd want from a track like this.

All in all I really do feel that this is a fantastic release, a nod to the past without ever feeling out-dated. An exciting start to Total Fantasy Records, a label I look forward to hearing more from.


Thursday, 4 July 2013

10 Producer Shout-Outs This Week

These guys are killing it at the moment. 
1. Rabit. His icy, spacious and weighty Double Dragon EP was one of the highlights of last month's releases. Shouts to Logos and Epoch for the remixes. Cop Here.
2. Arctic. One of the ringleaders of a thriving OZ grime scene right now, his 12" on the ever dependable Coyote Records is a must buy. Cop Here.
3. Spooky. Perhaps the hardest working man in grime has released the powerful Gladiator RIP on Ghost House Records. Cop Here.
4. Annoy. He released this free track to celebrate his 150th soundcloud follower not two weeks ago. Now he's almost passed 200 and banging out tracks with an impressive work rate. Cop Here.
5. Llesca. Received widespread support for Sharks EP (rightly so!) featuring Neana, Pedro 123, Checan and Elsewhere on remix duty. Cop Here.
6. Tony Phorse. He's given away the eski banger Destro to promote his Zartan EP, dropping in September on District Sound. Cop Here.
7. Mumdance. Logos-collaborator Mumdance returned from a two year musical hiatus first with a release on Keysound and now with this brilliant experimental mixtape. Cop Here.
8. E.m.m.a. As we wait for her debut album to drop on Keysound, we've been given a glimpse of what to expect with this bonus track from the LP. Bass music that's colourful while still maintaining a link to the darker side of 2-step. Cop Here.
9. Kid D. The veteran producer has just given away 3 tracks that have been "sitting down collecting dust since 2005". Cop Here, Here and Here.
10.Neon Beats. Dutty Bass EP out now on Mixclique records. We've looked forward to this one for a while. Cop Here.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Chemist [MMM002]

Hertfordshire based Chemist has gone from strength to strength over the past few months. Receiving heavy support from Slackk, ScoreFive, Asa, Breen and more, Chemist released his first single late last month (Cop Here) and we've heard exiting news of a forthcoming Chemist EP on Coyote Records due next year.

Here he contributes the second installment of the Musically Mad mix series.


Rabit - Satellite Transition
Strict Face - Shibuya Gunner
Neana - Bow Kat (8 Bar)
Chemist - Hoodrat
Slackk - Empty Bottles
P2j - Hands in the Air (instrumental)
Baxta - Raindance (Tony Phorse Remix)
Dot Rotten - Green Garden (instrumental)
Devlin - Zdot Freestyle
Tony Phorse - 1984 (Strict Face's "Vector Chase II" Remix)
Chemist - Sticks & Stones
Impey - Royal Flush
Slackk - Silk Robe
Bridge - Do Ya Right (Impey Remix)

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Strict Face

There’s been a lot of excitement at the moment for a young producer from Adelaide. Strict Face has been getting support from DJs like Dusk and Blackdown, and Slackk. I caught up with Jon for the first installment of the Musically Mad interview series.
Download the mix here

First of all, for everyone not already aware, can you briefly introduce yourself...
Hey, hey! My name's Jon. I'm a 20 year-old producer based in Adelaide, which is down south in Australia, and I make music under the name of Strict Face. 

There seems to be a handful of producers doing exciting things with grime in Australia at the moment, producers like yourself, Arctic, Juzlo and Dellity. Do you know each other outside of music? Are there any collaborations on the cards?
Yeah, there's some fuck-off-amazing music being made in Australia by those guys and dudes like Dro Carey at the moment! The grime scene in each of our states is a bit small, but it's definitely getting the attention it deserves now, especially with Arctic and Juzlo. I'm really hoping the four of us get to link up at some point this year... I might be flying over to Melbourne some time to link up with Arctic. Dellity's over in Essex at the moment, but when he gets back, someone should definitely get the four of us in a room with some decks and a good soundsystem.

I know Juzlo and Arctic have done a track together, which is absolutely mental! Arctic and I have just started off on a four-way collaboration with Dellity and Juzlo as well, which is slowly getting off the ground. I'm really looking forward to how it turns out; it'll be an interesting one. 

Talking of collaborations, a video was uploaded recently featuring a track you produced with Rabit. How did that come about? 

That came about shortly after Rabit and I started chatting. It's pretty straightforward, really: I sent him a couple of loops, which he absolutely murked the first time round. We sent 'em back and forth a little bit, but halfway through the process the project file got corrupted, which was a bit of a shame. It actually sounds good in its current (and permanent) state though, I will say.

How long have you been involved in music? What made you start producing?
I think I've been producing for about ten years now... close to about eleven years, I'd say. I've been making stuff under the Strict Face name for three years, though... there are a few older aliases floating about if your detective skills are A+.
When I first started making music, I suppose it was a case of general boredom while living in the Philippines at the time combined with the itch to see how easy it was to make rap beats, since I was listening to a lot of East Coast hip-hop. The only software I had on me at the time was an old version of Fruity Loops and Audacity: a little primitive, but it got work done.

As for the Strict Face stuff, a lot of it was inspired by the "club" stuff I'd stumbled upon during high-school (i.e. some of the early Wiley/Dizzee stuff, the Night Slugs discography, a lot of the American UK funky-inspired stuff), though I was a total outsider to that kind of environment. To a small degree, I still am an outsider to it, really. I haven't heard much of it played in my city outside of the radio station I've done shows at. 

When I listen to a lot of your music (tracks like Mylar Swamp and Grey Saviours) one thing that is very noticeable is the space in your tracks. Does that come from a particular musical influence?

I'd understand if someone thought the usage of space comes from dubstep, but I didn't really 'get' into dubstep until a couple of years ago! I think the 'space' mostly stems from listening to a lot of avant-garde music and dub reggae when I was young. Stuff like Steve Reich, Arvo Part and Alvin Lucier's 'I Am Sitting in a Room' definitely changed my perspective towards music, especially with how stark and stripped-back the music (or sounds) can be. I guess it ties in with a lot of the King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry records I'd listened to religiously during those years as well... those reverb sections are deadly on their own.
As for musical influences, there's a fair few... apart from the obvious stuff and what I've mentioned previously, there's stuff like synth-pop, field recordings, weird stripped-back Chicago ghetto house (i.e. the Dance Mania discography), "quiet storm" R&B and boogie, some of the weirder industrial/post-punk in the 80s (i.e. This Heat, Zoviet France)... it kind of depends on what tracks of mine anyone gets to hear, but a lot of it's pretty influential to the stuff I make.

What should people expect from you in the near future?
I've just wrapped up a couple of remixes which should be out at some point this year: one of them's for Tony Phorse, who's an absolute boss, and another one's for Yung Nation, a rap duo outta Dallas. An EP or two is slowly in the works, though I can't say much more than that at the moment. There are heaps of collaborations in the pipeline as well... I should chase 'em up, actually. I recently unearthed a couple of projects I thought I'd lost forever + revisited projects I'd made early last year which were scrapped as well, and they still sounded really good to me, so "Birthday Riddims III" will probably be a tiny bit larger this year. I've been really happy with the 'styles' I've dabbled in throughout the last year, the 'dystopian/cold' stuff and the 'astral/romantic' music... fuck, that'll reflect badly on me. But yeah, those two worlds will probably co-exist a lot more solidly this year..

Sounds good! Tell me about the mix you've recorded. Is it the sort of set you'd play in a club or a more conceptual mix?
It's pretty straightforward... there's some dubs from friends of mine and stuff I've been feeling lately thrown in there. It'd probably be along the lines of a usual club set from me, but I say that mainly because I never get to play out much in my town... if I pulled this stuff out at peak time, it would probably clear the floor, haha.
Thanks for the interview, any shout outs?  
No problem, man! Umm, I dunno... shout-out to anyone who's ever given a shit about my music, I guess?

Jeremih - R.I.P.
Chemist - Sticks & Stones
Slackk - Bamboo Houses
Strict Face - Shibuya Gunner
Kakarot - Lagos VIP
Codex - Neither
Parker - Niagara
Acre - Physically
Visionist - Try & Resist
Jon DeVille - Crossed Eyes
Gantz - Lifebound
Rabit - Black Dragons (Dellity Remix)
Bloom x Merky Ace - Juniper (SF Edit)
Lemzly Dale - State of War (Lington Remix)
Breen - Bridge
Juzlo - Head Gone!
Spooky - #1 Spot Refix
Filter Dread - Take it Hyper
Rabit - Scully Low

Friday, 14 June 2013

Rabit – Double Dragon EP (Glacial Sound)

Irish label Glacial Sound's first release is brought by Houston based producer Rabit with his Double Dragon EP. The EP contains 3 tracks by Rabit and one remix each by Logos and Epoch. Rabit's a name that will be familiar to many of you, earlier this year he released “Satellite” in Keysound's “This is How We Roll” compilation.

The EP is kicked off by the title track “Double Dragon”. It carries all the Rabit trademarks, being skeletally minimal but still strongly melodic. It also packs a punch due to the rumbling sub, intermittent distorted bassline and surprisingly hard-hitting FX. Rabit's decision to write Double Dragon at 120 bpm (as opposed to the more traditional 140) gives the track yet more space without it ever seeming sluggish. "Black Dragons" is next, driven by a synth line that gets longer and more elaborate until the climax just after the stringed breakdown. "Wolf Spider" is perhaps the most brutal of the three Rabit cuts, with its overdriven 8-bit synth accompanied by a bottom end that switches fluidly between crushed bass and sub-bass.

The first of the remixes is from Epoch, with his aptly titled Soundboy Demolition Remix of Wolf Spider. The track is slowed to a head-nodding, half-stepping 130 bpm and flipped into a total monster driven by two powerful basses. The second remix (digital-only) sees Logos transform Double Dragon into a more emotive track with a delayed call and response melody split between the two lead synths.

A very strong EP that lives up to and surpasses expectations.

Out on 12” and digital on 17.06.2013

DJ Spyro vs. DJ Mak 10 vs. DJ Slimzee

On Thursday we were treated to two hours of the old school grime triumvirate. Legendary stuff.

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

DJ Kakarot Mix Series - June Mix

Stream/Download the June edition of Musically Mad's DJ Kakarot Mix Series.

OL & Yoin - Nails (Noaipre Remix)
Crazy Cousinz - Funky Anthem (Murlo Remix)
Kollectiv - Hung
Annoy - Last Night
Slackk - Roman Empire
Chemist - Scatter
Ooko - Night Moves
JT - Rusty Nail
Lington - Silver Surfer
Tony Phorse - Havana
Bloom - Zing Panther
Epoch - Gun Talk
Mr K-RO - Glitched
Kakarot - Lagos VIP
Kid D - Brave Star
Strict Face - Grey Saviours
Slackk - Fat City

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Oil Gang sign a JT EP

Oil Gang’s release schedule was already looking strong, with Splurt Diablo’s J3 EP and the Coolie Joyride Remix EP both forthcoming over the next couple of months but it’s just gotten even better. Yesterday, it was announced on their twitter that the newest addition to the roster was producer J.T (also known as JT the Goon). Whether you’re aware of it or not, you’ve been listening to J.T instrumentals for as long as you’ve been listening to grime. A Slew Dem affiliate, his discography includes Tempa T - New Day; Esco, Kraze & Shorty Smalls - Bars & Youngas; and grime classic Gunman Riddim.

Recently, however, JT’s been getting a lot of support from DJs like Slackk, Grandmixxer, Spooky, Satarak, Whitecoat and Odie. You’ll even find JT bits in Musically Mad’s DJ Kakarot Mix Series. We don’t have a tracklist for the EP yet, but Oil Gang has hinted at the title being Twin Warriors. Whatever the title, it’s a release that we at Musically Mad are definitely looking forward too. Big up JT!

Terror Danjah and Champion – Sons of Anarchy EP (Hyperdub)

The Sons of Anarchy EP on Kode9’s label Hyperdub sees Terror Danjah and Champion, who worked together before on Air Max 90 from Terror’s Dark Crawler LP, combine to produce an EP. The 12” contains two tracks where the pair collaborate, and one solo track from each producer. The first track on the EP, Terror’s “Glide” will be familiar to anyone who’s caught his sets recently. It’s an infectious track built around two 8 Bar synth patterns masterfully tied together by a booming bassline. “Bowser’s Castle” is Champion’s solo track, a typically danceable throwback to NES video game days equipped with a heavy garage bass.

The first collaborative track, “Stone Island”, is again built around two 8 Bar synth patterns, but is accompanied by the sort of dynamic, detailed percussion one would certainly expect from a collaboration between these two artists. Terror Danjah has been quite outspoken about the dancehall influences in his music and we see this most clearly in the second collaborative track, “Explode” where Terror’s intricate attention to sonic detail couples with Champion’s unparalleled ability to make playful music to create a dance smasher. The vocals only add to the character of this track, emphasising the message that dancehall and grime can really work together.

Monday, 3 June 2013

10 Producer Shout-Outs This Week

These guys are killing it at the moment.
1. Conducta. Galaxy EP recently released. Contains the track Guava which garnered a lot of support from various DJs. Cop Here.
2. WZ. Czech producer that's come a long way. His new track Wibey is a biggun. Cop Here.
3. Breen. Seriously talented producer, with an incredible bag of dubs. Produced the beat for the intro to Wiley's It's All Fun & Games Till... Vol. 3. It's a big look. Cop Here.
4. Bloom. Maze Temple EP out on Visionist's Lost Codes imprint. Every track is a personal. Cop Here.
5. Chemist. This guy has got his musical identity on lock with his dark, heavily percussive beats. This release contains the no holds barred fucking banger Pessimist. Cop Here.
6. Noaipre. Remixed a track for Ol & Yoin's Sink EP. This guy builds some of the most original beats I've ever heard. Cop Here.
7. Slackk. Quietly dropped Passengers EP. Personal Highlights include the brilliant Roman Empire and Sleep Talk. Cop Here.
8. Moony. This versatile producer has released a powerful garage remix of Amy Winehouse's Stronger. Cop Here.
9. Wookie. Storm. Legend. Enough said. Cop Here.
10. Ooko. Another producer building percussive beats. He has recently released his Night Moves EP. Cop Here.



Out to everyone reading. I'm a London producer and DJ that makes music under the alias "Kakarot". I'm starting this blog to document and promote the music I'm been feeling at the moment. Planning to have some interviews and guest mixes coming soon.

If you enjoy any of the stuff I upload, please support the artists by buying the releases. I'll post the links to buy or download the music with each post (where possible). To send me music for one of my monthly mixes or to be featured on the channel, email: dididoesmusic@gmail.com

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