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Electro Swing Roundup – August 2014

Boomtown 2014

Well it’s that wonderful time of year again and the festivals are coming thick and fast. Top of the pile in the swing world goes to the mighty Boomtown which has an absolutely cracking swing lineup once again. If you haven’t been before, get in there quick because you truly won’t regret it. Instead of paying over the top for over-rated pop stars and indie bands, Boomtowns policy is all about strength in depth. They have one of the biggest lineups of bands and DJ’s you’ve ever seen and the sheer effort they put into the setup of the site and their production values simply has to be seen to be believed. Come down, check it out, and if you find these blog posts useful come tell me after I play in the Ballroom!

It’s been sad to hear that Dutty Moonshine have lost one of their founding members with Alex Furley moving on to other projects. You’ll be sadly missed sir and good luck for the future. (Do realise though that if you quit now you’ll never to be able to snog our best friend again like happened last year at Swingamapig. Apparently he said that doesn’t normally happen to him but I don’t believe a word of it… )

Finally Bertie Dastard happened to mention that if I advertise this Roundup as always coming out on the 1st of the month, I should deliver. Well, this one just about squeezes in but I’ve still got a few more tracks to include so I might do an update in a day or so!

Free Music

The Jenova Collective seem to be going well at the moment with a great looking live show and a regular stream of releases. They’ve chipped in here with a nice little remix of Caravan Palace.

Like this. Grant Lazlo with a deep electro blues groover:

Great little balkan groover here from Savages & Suefo:

Another month, another remix of I Heard It Through The Grapevine? Yep although do quite like this.

Kiwistar seems to be heavier. I reckon this is a new genre – Horn n Bass?

This is back on gentler ground. Sophisticated swing and beautiful singing from Elle, The Bells & The Trick:

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2 Bad Mice Interview + Competition

2 Bad Mice

Shut That Sh*t Down presents Stepback Sessions

Randall, 4 Hero, Foul Play, Doc Scott, Krust, Tango & Madcap, 2 Bad Mice + Many More

When: Friday 1st August
Music: Drum & Bass, Bass Music, Jungle
10pm – 6am
£10 Advance Over 18s only, ID required

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The Line up:
Room 1

Randall
4 Hero
Foul Play
Doc Scott
Krust
Tango & Madcap
Stretch
Cool Hand Flex
MC Moose

Room 2

Edzy
2 Bad Mice
Nookie
Madd Ice
Vapour
Neil Trix

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Anyone with a decent record collection from the early 90s will treasure a fair few releases from the producers on this line up. The likes of 4Hero, Foul Play, 2 Bad Mice and Nookie don’t really need any hype to those familiar with the beginnings of drum n’ bass and jungle. Each of them can boast an incredibly impressive back catalogue of influential and often game-changing tracks that were played and played again by the likes of Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Doc Scott, Jumpin’ Jack Frost, Ray Keith, and all of the original DJs who led the scene back in the day. Still to this day, those of us who were there will tell you that the vibe of that era can’t be beaten… and that’s a fact largely due to the innovation of these producers. Often working on studio set-ups that would confound and totally frustrate a modern producer, the sheer number of hours they put into completing each track made the whole effort a labour of love, which is very evident in the tunes themselves. The mastery and precision of these guys’ breakbeat manipulation remains, in many ways, unsurpassed to this day.

This is a bit of a special line-up. And it’s truly a very rare chance to hear these guys together on the same bill. Don’t miss it.

 

Our resident old skool/hardcore nutter Tariq, caught up with Si from 2 Bad Mice to delve a little deeper…

How did you guys get into raving and the scene in general?

I basically got into it through Sean – I was a Hip Hop kid and he introduced me to a whole different sound….

And when did you start producing?

It was 91-92

Who were your early influences when it came to production?

Joey Beltram, Break the Limits, Frank de Wulf, Shut Up and Dance, Blapps Posse to name a few…

Tell us a bit about the iconic ‘Bombscare’ track, how did it come together?

Bombscare is Seans baby and it was masterminded by him. If you break it down to the raw components though – it is a very simple and effective track….Try doing it. I think that there is about 10 samples in it if that.

How did you meet Rob Playford and what led to you getting signed to Moving Shadow?

Rob lived in the same village as me and we knew his girlfriend. We hassled her to hassle Rob to let us in the studio and the rest is history.

Of all the events you have played at down the years doing P.As and DJ sets, is there a favourite moment and can you tell us a bit about it?

Too many to mention but playing Glasto 2013 is my moment. Loved it. Recently Sean and Paul did Dourfest and that was pretty amazing.

We’d love to hear your take on the debate about what the greatest year of the rave scene was?

For us 1992.

Moving forward to the present, what do you think of the ‘NuSkool’ scene I.e 140/Future Jungle, Hardcore/Rave Breaks etc. Any artists and labels you rate in the present era?

I follow it and love it. So many decent producers out there like Radiokillaz, Pressa, Breakz, Vinyl Junkie and the Sub Slayers mob…

Can you tell us 3 tunes that are currently a mainstay of your sets?

Wow!! Difficult one. Rocking down the House remix, Johnny Osborne – In your Eyes and anything by Radiokillaz!!

Now, you’re going to be DJ’ing at ‘Stepback Sessions’ @Jamm, Brixton on the 1st August, along with a whole load of old skool legends, that’s going to be a pretty special night, what can we expect from 2 Bad Mice on the night?

Mainly heavy drinking from one member – the other is the designated driver and the more sensible one (me)

Lastly, any shout outs?

So many – everyone knows they mean the world to me and have contributed so much to the 2BM tale. Special mention to Randall who was such a massive influence and friend to me back in the day. So glad he has asked us to play…..

So massive big ups to Si for answering our Q’s. Make sure you’re heading down to Jamm for this one, it’s gonna be massive!

 

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My Head is a Jungle (Freestylers Rerub)

My Head is a Jungle Freestylers rerub

The Freestylers come correct once again with this huge, on point remix of the Radio 1 favourite “My Head Is A Jungle” by Wankelmut & Emma Louise. Calling on their experience as dance music producers for the last 18 years they blend slick piano licks and kickin’ breakbeats with the vocals and harmonies of the original to produce a perfect summer festival smasher!

Download now and blast this in the sunshine, LOUD!

 

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ZHU – FADED (Jason Laidback Remix)

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Ex Slyde man, Jason Laidback, is bothering your speaker cones once again with another on point bootie for your collection. Taking the Radio 1 playlisted track Zhu “Faded”, he turns out a subtle, bass led track that well fit in perfectly with the 808, bass & breaks sound that is taking over clubland.

Free download below and be sure to check loads more on his Soundcloud!

 

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Benny Page – Champion Sound

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Following his debut Glastonbury Festival appearance headlining The Cave, Benny Page announces his new single Champion Sound available worldwide 23 August 2014 on his own label High Culture Recordings. A huge summer festival hit in the making, the catchy future jungle/140 roller really epitomizes the sunshine months of the UK but also draws influences from around the globe with Jamaican Dancehall artist, Assassin, on vocals.

Check out the video below and be sure to grab your copy on release.

 

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DJ Hybrid-Out There EP-36Hertz recordings

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There is no doubt that DJ Hybrid is an amazing producer with an infectious sound and style, check out his latest EP for 36Hertz Recordings, the ‘Out There’ EP which opens with the breakneck old skool hardcore influenced DnB/Jungle smasher ‘Nothing Left’, ‘Bring It On’ goes for a Hip Hop/Ragga tinged mid 90′s style DnB roller, ‘Smash & Grab’ kicks off with an atmospheric intro and slick percussion giving way to a filthy 808 workout, finally for the old skool crew, DJ Hybrid teams up with My Selecta for a back to 92 style Jungle Tekno workout ‘Reach’, absolutely must have!!!!!

 

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B-Roll’s Bassbins #2

Morning breakers!  Couple of belting releases for you this week, and in a new addition to this column – I flick back through my breaks vinyl to highlight a tune from what I consider to be the golden age of breaks.  Not to take anything away from the releases these days, but I seem to hear a lot of older mixes cropping up again online, and the tunes still do the business.  Nothing wrong with looking back and reflecting how we got to where we are today!

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Gotta be careful about not putting too much Finger Lickin records stuff in here, but it’s hard.  Looking at my collection, I have loads and loads of their records, white labels too.  Part of what makes these records so awesome for me is the great artwork by Jem Panufnik.  Serious talent.  If I had my way, my flat would have every one of his covers framed up on the walls.  Not sure what Mrs. B-Roll would think about that!  Both tracks are absolute corkers, Foxy Moron is a serious acid-tinged banger, but you they both still hold up real well.

Buy it here.

While we are on the subject of Jem Panufnik, here is his tasty release from his musical alter-ego – Jem Stone.  Its a tip top, Hip Hop /Ghetto Funk extravaganza with a slick vocal from Mouthmaster Murph & MC Goldseal. Definitely one for the funked up party floors. With remixes by the one and only GF master Featurecast , you need this in your box.  Digital exclusive, available from Juno here.

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Morlack – Loose Booty

French funk blaster Morlack brings a 14-track album of Nu/Ghetto/Glitch and swing style funk.  Nice mix of styles and vocals, an album you could actually listen to, not just for the dancefloors!

Buy it from Juno here.

Janette Slack & Some DJ Feat. Tuhin Chisti – Kut Me Sum

Renowned breaks DJ Janette Slack recently upped sticks and shifted to the other side of the world.  London’s loss is Hong Kong’s gain though, and here we have her first EP release from that side of the pond.  Solid package here.  Original track is a nice rising breaker, but there are some super remixes too.  Funkanomics turn in a trap-esque re-work, while B-Side brings it to the Ghetto Funk side of things.  The Chamber version though, is the one that sent shivers down my spine.  Deep rolling bassline, total winner.

Lots to like here, can’t wait for the next release!  Buy now from Juno.

 

 

Dastardly Kuts – A.Skillz & Featurecast Support Set – Live Zuri Bar Brisbane

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I was lucky enough to have been apart of the Rome Torti Cancer fund-raiser at Zuri night club a couple of weeks back and as well has having local support from some of Australia’s best djs & producers such as DJ Katch (Resin Dogs), D*Funk, Subzilla, Kenny Beeper and Dead Pixel it also had one of the best double headliners you’r likely to see with both A.Skillz and Featurecast giving their time, effort and abundance of club rocking prowess to this great cause. A big shout out has to go to Paul Master for putting on this stellar night.

You can also show your support here: https://www.facebook.com/supportrome

This is my set from that EPIC night.

TRACK LISTING:

1/ Young Punx vs Off The Cuff – Harlem Shakedown (Qdup Mashup/ DKuts Rip Off)
2/ Javier Morillas – Sugar Free Style
3/ Daft Punk vs 2 Live Crew – Around The Party (Tom Drummond Mashup)
4/ Tom Drummond – All That Junk
5/ DJ LBR & Big Ali – Real Party (Slynk Remix)
6/ Slynk – My Sound
7/ The Commodores & Bobby C vs Beastie Boys – Machine Gun Ladies (DKuts Mashup)
8/ Kool Hertz – Funky Music Till Ya Die
9/ Sticky Bumps, White Boy Awesome & Wes Smith vs. Wild Cherry – Break That Funky Music
10/ The Young Punx & Birdee – Girls Like Disco
11/ Sticky Bumps vs The Juice Squad – Benjamins Wu Breaks
12/ Lady Waks and Marten Horger ft Nu Jam – Shock Out
13/ Black & Blunt – Beats Ya’ll (FTW Remix)
14/ Jimi The Genius – Brass Monkey (Bass Mix)
15/ The Juice Squad – The Breakology Butt Rockin Jump Jam (Dastardly Kut n Paste Edit)
16/ Dr Dre Ft Snoop Dogg – The Next Episode (128bpm to OG to B-Side Remix) Ad’N’Kuts Transition
17/ P.O.D.G.E – Downside Dub
18/ Slynk – Poppin’ It
19/ De La Soul – Ring Ring Ring (Bobby C Remix)
20/ Bob Marley vs Krafty Kuts – Could This Be Krafty

 

 

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