Video: SnapMoney - Catch Me Chillin
SpaceGhostPurrp-approved trap straight from Florida, courtesy of newcomer SnapMoney. Download here, and look out for the forthcoming TrapDistrict2 mixtape dropping soon.
Audio: Mella Dee - Belly (clip)
Doncaster head Mella Dee’s workrate continues to astound us.
Audio: BBrave - Africa In Your Earbuds #37
One man out there doing it for us at the minute has to be France’s BBrave, who’s Akwaaba label regularly find the very best transmissions from Africa, and uncovered one of favourite current selectors in DJ Satelite. Here the intrepid selector comes with almost an hour of the best in dancehall, Afrohouse and rugged, rhytmic dance music for the folks at Okayafrica. Download on the...
Audio: Kode9 - Archive Mix Series
A real treasure trove here, as one of the most defining figures in the modern UK sound uploads 25 classic mixes to his Soundcloud page. [[MORE]] From early dark garage selections, through the “sino-grime” days, to more current journeys through Hyperdub only material, Burial and more - for anyone who’s ever followed Steve Goodman or his label this is absolute gold dust. ...
Audio: Palace - Life Crushed Mix
Solid-as-they-come mix from Unknown To The Unknown’s house/garage boy wonder Palace, delivering just over half an hour of stripped rhythms and gully basslines for Life Crushed. Listen.
Event: Butterz 3rd Birthday feat. Joker, Swindle,...
Not to put too fine a point on it, but if you’re a fan of modern grime, then you want to be at the Butterz 3rd Birthday this Saturday. [[MORE]]Sets from the likes of Swindle, Joker, Terror Danjah, Champion, Lil Silva and of course label heads Elijah & Skilliam are set to reposition your understanding of just what is capable in the world of UK funky / grime / garage, whilst in Bruza you have...
Video: Method Man & The Roots - Protect Ya Neck...
Black Thought joins Meth on the Wu-Tang classic. The outcome is predictably top-notch.
Video: Miguel - Candles In The Sun
“Diamond in the back, Babies on crack, Kickin’ the door, (We’re all one.) Waving the four four .”
Audio: Jeremih - All The Time (Funkystepz Bass...
Been a good while since we posted on one of the hypest (and at times slept on) outfits out there, but here Funkystepz do some serious damage to Jeremih’s All The Time creating a serious UK funky/bass anthem in the process.
Audio: Blludd Relations - Blludd Manifesto
Exciting new poject from the man like Bullion and keyboardist Jesse Hackett, who bring a jumbled bag full of earthy soul and synth-led oddities ahead of an album expected later this year.
Shlohmo - Don't Say No (Feat. How To Dress Well)
Shlohmo’s Laid Out EP can be streamed and pre-ordered here. And How To Dress Well AKA Tom Krell’s brilliant Total Loss album from last year is available here.
Audio: The Black Opera - Queen Of Hearts (Feat....
<a href=”http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/queen-of-hearts-feat-mayer-hawthorne-2” data-mce-href=”http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/queen-of-hearts-feat-mayer-hawthorne-2”>Queen of Hearts (feat. Mayer Hawthorne) by The Black Opera</a> Happy Valentine’s Day baby girls.
Audio: A.M.O.R. - Novo Dia
Hard hitting oddity from Lisbon-based duo A.M.O.R., taking that classic 90s MK melody and mix it up with some creeping warehouse atmopsherics and Portugese bars. Download here.
Audio: Beneath - PVO (clip)
Without doubt one producer out there doing things that blow us away each and every time, Beneath follows last weeks unmissable Tectonic release and reaches for the dutty skunk-soaked UK funky / junglist inflections on this latest clip. Absolutely deadly stuff as usual from the Northern producer.
Free Download: J. Cole - Truly Yours (EP)
An unexpected free EP from Mr. Cole, accompanied by this message: “It’s time. I appreciate you giving me the time I needed to grow, experiment, and find the direction for my 2nd album.. And I have.Along the way I’ve recorded at least 4 albums worth of material, lots of it being unfinished demo versions waiting to be polished up, some of them are great songs and important stories that...
Audio: Lapalux - BETHR
Ahead of his debut album for Brainfeeder, Lapalux brings some seriously weighty sensuality to Quindon Tarver’s take on the Rozala original.
Video: Karriem Riggins - J Dilla The Greatest
In tribute to Dilla’s birthday (today, February 7th) one of his close friends Karriem Riggins brings us this little gem.
Audio: Alex Coulton - Too Much Talk (Preview)
Solid-as-fuck release from London’s 92 Points as they bring in broken techno/bass man Alex Coulton for a rugged slice of UK funky variant, backed with killer remixes from West Country retro-breaks producer Tessela and current Musikal tip Beneath. Released soon via 92 Points.
Event: Special Request V - Valentines Special w/...
We return with our co-run Special Request party, this time with a Valentines special at new venue The Waiting Room in East London.[[MORE]] Headlining will be none other than Butterz label heads Elijah & Skilliam playing an exclusive set of R&B and grime ballads for all the lovers inside. Support comes from To The Bone selector Charlie Bennett, and our very own Louis Not Lewis joining...
Audio: Miriam Makeba - Zulu Song (Homeboyz Muzik...
Angola’s Afrohouse collective Homeboyz Muzik pitch in with a 6 minute ode to one of South Africa’s greatest vocal talents and ‘Mama Africa’ herself, Miriam Makeba.
Audio: Gensu Dean & Planet Asia - Chuck Berry...
<a href=”http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/chuck-berry-feat-shawn-pen” data-mce-href=”http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/chuck-berry-feat-shawn-pen”>Chuck Berry (feat. Shawn Pen) by Gensu Dean & Planet Asia</a> From the duo’s forthcoming album, Abrasians, due for release on Mello Music Group onFebruary 26th. The track is...
Review: Various - Night Slugs Allstars Volume 2...
Since the explosion of dubstep, the UK’s characteristic shade of underground club music seems to be in a state of flux as the Boiler Room generation helps to reposition a once relatively exclusive culture closer to an all-encompassing blandness or creatively rich ground (depending on your viewpoint), and the internet in turn creates and then breaks musical fashions within weeks. Over the...
Audio: Singing Statues - Persian Prince
<a href=”http://astrodynamics.bandcamp.com/album/persian-prince” data-mce-href=”http://astrodynamics.bandcamp.com/album/persian-prince”>Persian Prince by Singing Statues</a> A nothing short of beautiful release from the ever-intriguing Astro:Dynamics camp, as Ben Thomas aka BNJMN unveils his ethereal pop venture Singing Statues. Download here.
Video: Deniro Farrar & BSBD - Just In Case The...
From Deniro & BSBD’s collaborative EP, Cliff Of Death, available here.
Audio: Kingdom - Clubposite Mix
With last years FadeFM live set being one of Musikal’s end of year favourites, a fresh mix from the utter badman that is Kingdom is something to celebrate. Quite possibly stealing the mantle from the one-like Oneman for the month’s best mix, here the LA producer turns in 45 minutes of grimey B-more inflections, strung-out R&B, 2050 club music and hip-hop acapellas readymade...
Audio: Oneman - Solitaire Vol. 1
Been looking forward to this one for a minute (so much so that a few weeks back we posted a reminder of just how good Oneman is when it comes to selection, technique and pure vibes here). The first in the London DJ’s newly launched Solitaire series is an indisputably heavyweight ride through the very latest bass mutations, dubstep, classic hip-hop, garage and more - get on this ASAP. ...
Audio: CTOP - Special Request Mystery Mix #008
Ahead of our next Special Request party in February (more on that later), feast your ears on 45 minutes of quality garage inflections and rugged UK funky business from the one like CTOP - sheer raving vibes and straight up anthems all the way. Download on the player above, and stay locked for further party details.
Audio: The Knife - Fuel Of Fire
Fucking hell - unsurprisingly, The Knife are as brilliant as they were 7 years ago. Taken from forthcoming album Shaking The Habitual, released via Brille / Mute on 8th April.
Video: Justin Timberlake feat. Jay Z - Suit & Tie...
The world needs high-quality pop music, and together, that’s what Justin Timberlake and Timberland make. [[MORE]] With the audio premiere to new single Suit & Tie returning him to his place as the world’s-most-Googled Justin a couple of weeks back (having been usurped by Bieber a couple of years back), JT now releases the ‘official lyric video’ to that same track. ...
Audio: Art Melody - Yamb Sabaab
Some of the best African hip-hop we’ve heard for a while, delivered in style from Art Melody. The West African’s gruff vocals avoid the pitfalls of the over-Americanised cliches taken up by some of his peers and instead creates a highly original take on life in the Burkina Faso capital, Ouagadougou. Download on the player above.
Audio: Appleblim B2B Headhunter - FWD>> December...
How time flies. A look back at a vintage set from two of Bristol’s former dubstep exponents, recorded live at Plastic People for FWD» in December ‘06. This being the year that dubstep broke out of the UK, you can expect all the deepest, chest rattling yet meditative halfstep, with none of the mid-range wobble that was to follow. Download on the player above.
Audio: Boylan - Angel (Edit)
New footwork edit from Nate Boylan, bringing the space-age experimentalism to the TekLife family. Download on the player above.
Audio: DJ Heavy D - Nu Wave EP
<a href=”http://hdteklife.bandcamp.com/album/nu-wave-ep” data-mce-href=”http://hdteklife.bandcamp.com/album/nu-wave-ep”>Nu Wave ep by hdteklife</a> Refined footwork action from DJ Heavy D, bringing some tripped-out G-Funk flavours across six tracks for the TekLife camp. Preview above, and click here to purchase.
Audio: Mister Lies - Hounded (Feat. Exitmusic)
One of Musikal’s favourites right here. This is the third track we’ve heard from his upcoming debut album, Mowgli (due Feb 26th and recorded in a Vermont log cabin), following Align and Dionysian. Clammy with excitement.
Audio: Dro Carey X TLC - Silly Ditko (Oneman Edit)
More edits from the Oneman popping up ahead of the release of his first Solitaire mixtape next week (news of that here) - this time around meddling with Dro Carey’s remix of TLC’s storming 1999 original.
Audio: Remy Banks feat. Bodega BAMZ - GLDCHN
Unavoidable blend of new and old school styles here from Queens rapper Remy Banks, with a little help from one-to-watch for this year Bodega BAMZ - stream above and download over at Stereogum.
Video: Adidas Originals - All In With Cooly G
Inspiring insight into Brixton-based post-UK funky(?) and electronic producer Cooly G’s history, work/family balance and love for her craft. Cooly remains as inimitable as ever.
Video: Bonobo - Cirrus
There’s a countdown on Bonobo’s website. Got to assume that’s ticking towards news of a new album.
Audio: Beneath - Texers / Duty
More rugged UK funky/bass experimentation from the Stoke producer following his own No Systems release and a double pack for Blackdown’s Keysound imprint. Here he turns in two quality cuts of ready made heads down business - we’ve loved everything this man’s put out so far, with a real keen ear for razor sharp percussion and paranoid, tense dramatics. Absolutely deadly, and...
Audio: Lapalux - Guuurl
We’re ashamed to say it’s been some time since we last checked in with Stuart Howard’s Lapalux project, but with his debut album release Nostalchic on the horizon, we’re hyped to see one of our favourite artists of the past three years coming with what’s set to be an exemplary long player.[[MORE]] Guuurl shimmers with all the filtered astral romance you’d...
Audio: Jacques Greene - Quicksand
Upfront yet deep production from everyone’s favourite Canadian, as Jacques Greene brings some ethereal house movements to proceedings.
Audio: Boddika & Joy Orbison - &Fate (clip)
You’ll have heard this caned by both of these top flight producers in the past year (first appearing on Joy O’s still deadly Hinge Finger mix), but here’s the freshly-upped official clip from the NonPlus man himself, ahead of the Think and Change album release in March. They don’t come much bigger than this.
Exclusive: Interview - Vinnie Paz
Returning with our not-so-regular series of exclusive interviews (following our catch up with Northern garage man Mella Dee), we call upon one of hardcore hip-hop’s eternally underground stars, the man like Vinnie Paz. [[MORE]] Coming through in the nineties as part of legendary crew Jedi Mind Tricks (alongside fellow rapper Jus Allah and producer Stoupe, over the years Sicilian-born,...
Audio: Commix - Satellite Type 2 (Beau Re:call)
Little trip down memory lane here as young London-based producer Beau’ takes former d&b/techno duo Commix’s 2007 rolling Metalheadz cut and flips it into a dubbed-out techno article. One to watch…
Audio: Amy Jean - ManMakeMusic Mix #003
Gorgeous mix of deep, open-ended house and techno from Amy Jean, ahead of her For Her EP release with our friends from ManMakeMusic on 28th January. Featuring tracks from Luke Hess, Julian Neumann, Jus Ed, Rick Wade and more.
Audio: J Beatz - 8Bar Mucktion (Kahn Remix) (clip)
Bristol’s Kahn continues to look like one of the finest grime producers in the game following last years huge Percy track with Neek, here remixing J Beatz’s 8Bar Mucktion and breaking any dancefloor in the process. “Duppy and leave!”
Audio: 813 - Activia Benz Mix
Following Deech’s mix for Slugabed’s keen-eared Activia Benz label, newcomer 813 turns in half an hour of pitched up juked-inflected bass fare, ahead of his forthcoming Recolor EP, scheduled for release in February. Straight pimp steez on this one - tracklist after the jump.[[MORE]] Tracklist Feadz & Kito-Wettex (Cashmere Cat Remix) Doctor Jeep & Obey City – Dem Hoes ...
Review: Burial - Truant / Rough Sleeper (Hyperdub)
Having reviewed Burial’s releases a number of times over the years, it can become frustrating thinking up new ways in which to illustrate Will Bevan’s illustrious musical character without resorting to now well-worn analogies - night travel, alienation, ghost-like apparitions of rave culture and the like. Bevan’s last release, early 2012’s gripping Kindred EP, seemed to...
Audio: Kowton - Sonotown Podcast #054
More from Bristol boy Kowton, who’s reckless TFB we’re awaiting release via All Caps, as the man mixes up just under 45 minutes of deep, dubby grime and techno variations from Sonotown, including tracks from himself, Peverelist, Visionist, D. Malice, Vessel and more. Tracklist after the jump.[[MORE]] Tracklist Kowton - Efx01 (Unreleased) Pev & Hodge - Bells (unreleased) ...
Audio: DJ Satelite - Luanda No Horizonte Vol. 3
Fast-becoming our regular go-to selector for all things Afro-house, Angola’s DJ Satelite comes with yet another edition to his Luanda No Horizonte series, turning in over an hour the finest African riddims going. Download on sight type-stuff. Tracklist after the jump…[[MORE]] Tracklist 01 - Ningana (DJ Satelite Remix) - DJ Dorivaldo Mix feat Dr Tchubi & Pé Quente 02 -...