MAGIC MIX

Bass Music . Future Beats . Nu Garage

WEEK STARTING 15 Dec

Genre pick of the week Cover of 200 Press - 12"+7" Edition by James Blake.
The fourth release on 1-800-Dinosaur comes from label co-founder and resident DJ James Blake. Road tested at summer festivals and on the 1-800-Dinosaur BBC R1 residency show the "200 Press EP" consists of 3 off the wall soulful house tracks and a weird poem, split across a 12" and 7" vinyl doublepack. "200 Press" kicks us off in deep and subby fashion, as Blake combines neo soul with deep, bass-led house. Layering slowed down hip hop vocals with his own idiosyncratic vocals over a synth heavy melody and stumbling rhythm, the producer creates a wall of sound that could just as easily be four different tracks being dropped at once. On the flip "200 Pressure" is a dark and disturbed future dub incarnation, which finds the synth line of the original mangled and hung out between rattling beats and echo laden samples. Over on the 7", Blake shows off the poise which made him a star on the sweet and subtle "Building It Still". The producer achieves the perfect balance between the deep and metallic sub and his gently played piano and sampled vocals. I can see this being a secret weapon and collectors item for his fans over the years to come. On the flip, we're treated to a odd and uneasy poem, over the kind of melancholy and jazzy piano Keith Jarret made his own. The artwork has been carefully designed in photoshop by a designer before being printed onto individual labels by a machine and then stuck onto the vinyl. Each vinyl has been carefully placed into a black cardboard sleeve. This is the first ever release to be mastered by a pack of lions at the Addis Ababa Zoo in Ethiopia. For further enquiries please contact Jah.

Unspecified Enemies

Everything You Did Has Already Been Done

OOfft! Now that's what I'm talking about! Pure PRESHA from our favourite brand of up-to-date club tackle, Numbers. Unspecified Enemies return to the label with this ginormous 12" "Ms. 45" mixes the best bits of Marcus Mixx, Jamal Moss and DJ Haus into an unstoppable frenzy. A wrecking ball of wall shaking mayhem, exercise extreme caution when dropping this out in the field. "Chip Mode" works a plethora of Dance Mania / bootybass samples through the mangler at about 150BPM, transforming them into a crazed collage of pumpin', jumpin', workin', thumpin' sound bites that should attack the floor with a purpose. "Liquid Floor" unlocks the door to vintage 90s techno as a classic vocal refrain is looped up across a pummeling rhythm section bringing to mind Dave Clark at his unquestionable best. Heady, unrelenting and purpose built for excessive smoke and strobe abuse come 4AM in the morning. "Lifestyles Of The MiniDisc Era" closes proceedings in experimental form, concentric, circular beats wrapping around a wonderful mélange of tape artifacts, jarred beats and distant vocal murmurings. A breathtaking EP - quite literally; knocked the wind right out of me it did. Great stuff!

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Uncompromising stuff from an uncomprosming label. Numbers have done it again. Showcasing the future of the dancefloor before you've even danced on it.

Gilles Peterson and Brownswood Recordings return with the latest instalment of the much loved 'Bubblers' series... 'Brownswood Bubblers Volume 11'.

Known as something of a musical clairvoyant Gilles Peterson has built an unparalleled reputation for unearthing hidden gems and new and exciting talent over the course of his amazing career.

'Bubblers' has established a great reputation over the years for providing a platform emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. Bubblers Alumni include. Flying Lotus, Tall Black Guy, Mayer Hawthorne, Lone, Bullion, Floating Points & Fatima, New Look, Dam Funk, Jamie Woon, Electric Wire Hustle, Flako, Nick Mulvey, Submotion Orchestra and many many more.

We're treated once again to another typically wonderful and eclectic 'Bubblers' selection of soul, jazz, (electro)funk, hop hop, house, wonky beats and more.



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