I’ve been rinsing Versa as of late, so I was more than I’ve-just-found-a-pound-under-a-sofa-cushion pleased when I discovered he’d put together a new mix for those of us who prefer depth and soul to the rasping vulgarity of the bass cannon. Compiled for Dubstep For Deep Heads, it’s a characteristically chilled out three quarters of an hour featuring tunes from the man himself, his long-time collaborator Rowl, Synkro, Biome, Eleven8 and various other producers with a penchant for the tranquil side of life. Don’t get me wrong though, it still contains a fair amount of booming sub, but it’s the type to envelope you like a warm blanket as opposed to punch you in the face and laugh as you stumble about, bloody-nosed and confused.
Laboured descriptions aside, grab a beer and have a listen. Tracklist after the jump.
I posted about this way back in 2010 (say whut) but the actual day of release is now almost upon us and jeepers creepers it’s making me shake in my boots. I am of course talking about Fabriclive56 and let’s face it, with Ramadanman/Pearson Sound at the helm, it was always destined to be brilliant. Mr Kennedy’s contribution to Dubstep Allstars Vol. 7 was better than a bungee jump into Kelly Brook’s lap and come March 21st, I’m expecting a mix that will blow my toupée clean off.
At this point I must note that I had actually finished writing the rest of the post when my inbox icon flashed and chirped “You got mail!” Contained inside was a link to a 30 minute stream (via The Fader) of the mix, so I deleted my statements of anticipation, attached the preview and instead of rewriting the first paragraph fell into a delirious stupor of intense listening. My linguistic integrity may have been compromised so this next part is probably gibberish…
As always, to mark the release of a new fabriclive, there’s a launch event and the line-up is bigger than the Elephant Man’s head. Ramadanman, Joy Orbison, Pangaea, Mala, Pinch, Julio Bashmore, Ben UFO and Midland will all be there, as well as a host of other DJs spread over three rooms. If that doesn’t excite you, then your heart is black and I’m afraid there’s no hope. Cast yourself into the sea like a stone and begin the eternal sleep! Wait…did I just suggest suicide? I meant sit on your sofa watch Jeremy Kyle and drink a Capri-Sun, that’s kind of similar though I guess.
It’s been a while since I posted one of Solitude’s mixes, but I thought this one was too good to pass up. A 2 hour beast of ambient stylings, it will send you to a tenebrous vista pierced by crossing beams of white light where everything echoes and ancient remnants of sound reverberate in the atmosphere until you don’t even know if you can hear them anymore… Uh sorry, but just by reading the track names — ‘Stolen Generation’, ‘Lurking in the Shadows’, ‘Two Cities’, ‘Feathered Skies’, ‘Archangel’ etc — you know it’s going to be epic.
I wrote this while listening to ‘Tears in Rain’ from the Blade Runner soundtrack, so blame that for the dramatic sentence above. It is the best soundtrack ever made though, so you can’t really blame me. I’ve seen things you wouldn’t believe.
ASC is definitely one of the most interesting dubstep/electronica producers currently inhabiting our glorious planet, his recent LP Nothing is Certain was a tranquil triumph and everything he creates seems to be more delicate and exquisite than what came before. He’s also a pretty prolific DJ and every now and again drops an intriguing ambient mix on his blog. The suitably titled ‘Deep Space Mix 15′ is essentially a 50 minute atmospheric soundscape that submerges you in aural depths as chasmic as infinite…well…space. Beautifully relaxed yet languidly interesting, this is one to slide on when you really need to take a step back and collect yourself.
For some people chiptunes are the aural equivalent of being chainsawed in half, they just can’t handle the awesome lo-bit vibes. For others — myself included — they’re sick. I was brought up on the sound of my Gameboy and Megadrive beeping out dope little tunes and listening to chip music is as exhilarating as listening to the soundtrack from Street Fighter, Toejam and Earl or James Pond II: Codename Robocod (classic). This mix by Henry Homesweet is a comprehensive collection of some of the sickest modern chip available and it’s pure madness. Get your head out of the yoghurt pot and bang it against your Amiga instead!
Recorded at Thekla in Bristol for the Foo Magazine versus Monkey!Knife!Fight! night a couple of weeks ago, ‘The History of Dubstep’ is Plastician’s masterfully compiled journey charting the genre’s evolution from its humble garage beginnings to the diverse landscape we know today. Featuring tunes by the likes of Wookie, Skream, Flux Pavilion, Artwork, DJ Zinc and Sukh Knight, there’s a huge amount of quality running through this mix and some equally good MCing from P-Money — the guy who destroyed Ghetts — augmenting proceedings. If there’s one thing you download today, don’t let it be another Anal Adventure flick…let it be this.