The ever reliable Scour records crew are back with another complementary compilation, Freemixed Nuts Vol 3. As always the cost maybe zip but the quality is as high as ever with some huge tunes from Scour regulars Father Funk, Lack Jemmon, Leo, Dephicit, J-Sound and The Fritz amongst others.
The squirrel has become synonymous with big, funked up, party music and the latest installment further certifies his ability to stand up alongside the biggest labels and FUNK! If you have been feeling the output over the last 12 months, don’t forget to show your appreciation with a vote for BEST LABEL at this years Breakspoll awards. Voting open now.
Odjbox is back with yet another insanely catchy glitch/swing/bass remix for free download. His take on the classic sounds of Arthur Conley’s ‘Funky Street’ is a head nodding, toe tapping, funky jam that will shake up many a dancefloor with its crispy beats, catchy hooks and soulful vocals. Grab the goods for free download from his Bandcamp page whilst its still fresh.
Odjbox has received wide support throughout the industry over the last few years, including a humbling feature on George Ergatoudis’s ( BBC Radio 1 – Head Of Music) personal blog, a Mixmag Lab session with Brown & Gammon / Flux Pavilion as well as radio support from “Diplo & Friends” Radio One session and 1extra plays from Mistajam. Odjbox has over 21,000 individual bandcamp downloads, 1.8 million total plays on soundcloud and has featured regularly on The Hype machine with a No.1 & No.3 within the same week for his tracks “Birmingham” & “The Only One”. Ontop of all this he also won Best UK Glitch Hop DJ at the 2014 Glitch Hop Awards…
Always look forward to a new Bryx mix so was very pleased to find this in my stream this morning. Superb turntablist skills, matched with stacks of exclusive edits and reworks plus an extra large dose of Bass and you get the perfect combination. Grab this free download and make sure to hit up his Soundcloud for free tracks and more.
This years Noisily Festival is now less than 60 days away (get your tickets) and the countdown to mayhem has officially started. Today we have an exclusive Noisily Promo mix from one of the main players in the UK Glitch Hop scenes, Mike Wallis whose new project Krymes will be playing on the Noisily stage this year.
Check the new directors cut of the 2014 promo vid, read our interview and check out the mix at the bottom of the page.
1. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions. For those that don’t know, who are you and what do you do?
I’m called Mike Wallis and I run Colony Productions with Sam Ashwell. I Dj under the name Krymes with Ben Parker.
2. So you’re playing at this years Noisily Festival right? What are you most looking forward too?
I’m really looking forward to opening the Noisily stage on friday alongside the rest of the UK Glitch Hop family, the funktion one system and seeing Joe Ford and Skope play myself and just having the chance to spend a bit of time listening to wicked tunes in such a beautiful setting. I’m counting down the days..
3. Noisily is a fairly new festival to the scene, whats so appealing to the UK’s underground DJ’s and musicians and festival goers alike?
I think that the festival scene has changed quite a bit over the years, it’s not just a way of seeing bands play like it was when I was a kid and electronic music has really got a stronghold now but there are some really big festivals and some very commercial dance acts playing them. Noisily is fresh, the people running it are passionate about what they are doing and they seem to have seen a gap in the market with the situation with Glade Festival. We played on The Meteor stage at Glade in 2012 and it was one of the best gigs I’ve played to date, I believe that weekend was a turning point for what has now become widely know as Glitch Hop or mid tempo in the Uk and massive props to Andy Ellis and Lowri for curating that and getting us involved. I’d also like to thank James at Liquid/Noisily for getting us involved at Noisily this year!!
4. Mike you have been a part of the Glitch Hop scene from the start really. How have you seen things progress since the early days?
It’s come a long long way. Dave (Tipper) and I were writing beats at this tempo back in 2000 and so were a lot of other artists. Danny Breaks, Harmonic 33, Tipper, Luke Vibert, Push Button Objects, the list is extensive if you go back to where I believe it all came from. Others would say it started with the Glitch Mob, Opiuo, Bassnectar abroad but I think it is widely acknowledged that the Uk has always had a thriving bass and breaks scene. I came in to production back in the days of Hardcore and early drum and bass along side a whole heap of electronica and found sounds often referred to as Trip Hop, all the Mo Wax stuff, Ninja Tune. For me it is a combination of all of that and the more abstract sounds that Warp artists like Autechre, Plaid, Boards of Canada, Prefuse 73 were producing, I also have to big up Aphex Twin just purely on the basis he’s a living legend in my mind. There are no real rules in glitch hop and that is what makes for good music in my opinion, the freedom to do what you want.
5. And out of the new breed of artists that are emerging, who are your favourites?
There are a lot.. my favourites at the moment are Mouldy Soul and Skope if I had to pick two out of a hat but there is a real feeling that a lot of producers are pushing into this genre, certainly that mid tempo 95-115bpm window.
6. You run the long standing Glitch label Colony, alongside Vent, whats coming up?
I wouldn’t say we were necessarily a Glitch Hop label exclusively. We like to think of ourselves as artist based rather than genre based. Saying that however we have released a lot of music in that vein from Vent, Opiuo, Schema, Bran Richards, Mouldy Soul, Krossbow, Earegular, Tryptich, Dephicit, Crunch, Crush (one half of DC Breaks) but we’ve also put out stuff from Bit_Meddler, Kelpe, Point B, Sevenark, Cane aka Funckarma, Funkstorung, Loden, Lone Drum both remixes and original material along the way. Coming up this year we have some really good music we are very proud to be releasing from Nimbus, Kursa & Duskky, Skope, a new Earegular EP, a long awaited Mouldy Soul album, the next Vent EP, a sweet release from a chap called R2EQ and two wicked tracks from Fybe:One. I put out a cheeky free d/l as Psi Spy last year and we just had a Kursa & Shamanic Technology track come out as a free d/l as a warm up to their tour of Canada which kicks off in June. We are always on the lookout for what we like to hear and always hoping we can get it signed up to the label. Sam and I work on the basis that if either of us would want to play it out we’d also like to release it whether it be mid tempo, down tempo or even straight up drum and bass or techno.
7. And UK Glitch Hop is your baby too? Tell us about that. It’s a label but you’ve also got a radio show and recently held the uk glitch hop awards?
It’s not a label as such more of a collective although we did put out a free compilation at the end of last year and intend on putting out more. I am certainly a part of it and do consider it like another child if we are talking in terms of babies but props need to go to the one and only Morbidly Obese Midget aka Chris who really was the founder of UK Glitch Hop. Chris pulled myself, William Breakspear who runs Skanky Panky Records, Your Niece aka Rhys in early on alongside Mouldy Soul aka Rich and Harley Davies who runs Beta Test Records and Beta Birmingham and together we’ve been pushing the scene along as much as we can alongside the many other people who are making it what it is and is becoming and we’ve had a heap of support and mixes and guest dj’s from people like Wonkay Records, Omni Temple, Automaton, Krossbow just to namecheck a few. Koan Sound have really helped bring the scene in to a wider audience in the UK too as an example so we consider ourselves a part of something bigger really and are just pleased to be a part of it.
The idea behind UK Glitch Hop was to create an open platform to showcase the sound by way of a regular weekly show on Glitch.fm and via our soundcloud archive and with the help of the facebook page a way for people to hear about new releases and events going on. Since the conception we have ended up all pooling our contacts and have hooked each other up to the point where we now really are beginning to play as a collective and have been lucky enough to host rooms at Carousel Festival a couple of times with the next one on 13th June, at Liberated Empire where we played alongside Griz who played in the main room last Friday whilst we hosted the other room, at Sub Audio Festival later this month you can catch me and ben playing as Krymes alongside William Breakspear, Noisily Festival is a big one for us though!! We’ve roped Vent into playing with us too for that one. Really looking forward to it.
We are hoping to get a regular UK Glitch Hop residency sorted out later this year too but we need to find the right venue and we’d rather wait and get it right than to just do it for the sake of doing it. We’ve been doing the awards for 2 years now and we do a little tour to celebrate that anyway but a regular night will be wicked when we get there. The awards are our way of letting the people who actually listen to Glitch Hop give back a bit of a thank you for all the effort the promoters, producers and labels are making themselves really. Come check us out here.. https://www.facebook.com/UKGlitchHop and you can listen to some of the shows archived here.. https://soundcloud.com/ukglitchhop
8. So the UK scene is really thriving? Why do you think that is?
The UK is a funny place for music, we have some of the best music on the planet originating here. Drum and Bass, Breaks the list is long (I’ve seen a flow chart online a few times) all the way back to the heyday of the Beatles, the Stones, the Happy Mondays, the Cure and all the music that has come in between that and now. It’s just something we seem to do well. Truth is though we make great music but we don’t party like they do abroad really, there is a different vibe partying somewhere that isn’t cold and wet most of the year and there are less people chin stroking and contemplating production methods but right from when I used to go to Speed on a thursday to see Bukem and Fabio to now there is nowhere else like the UK. I like to think that in 50 or a 100 years time people are going to look back and see what we’ve done for music and sub culture in the UK but what we are also good at is taking sounds and scenes from all over the world and making them ours, or our own take on them and I think we’ll always see fresh ideas coming from this little island we call home.
9. Who else from overseas is doing it right in the Glitch Hop scene?
Opiuo is wicked, Gramatik although he’s his own monster, Stickybuds who played at our awards this year, I’m partial to a bit of JPod and some Gruff, far too many to mention them all really but Mr Bill needs a big ups, his Collaborative Endeavors was something else with my favourite track on there being Rmyth.. Go and d/l this right now if you haven’t got it, you need this in your life!!
10. Krymes is the new project? What can we expect?
Ben and I are in the studio and we put up a free track a little while ago but we’re slow, lots started and just left as we move on to the next thing, it’s a learning curve and we are really focusing on getting out sets right at the moment primarily but we plan on getting a single out later this year. Ben is working on another project with a friend of ours Q called Shake N Herb which is coming together really nicely and Sam and me have been back in the studio writing together as Basik and just had a track out on a 12″ that Beta Test Records pressed up earlier this year. As far as what to expect from Krymes though, a rocking party set of solid mid tempo, glitchy goodness with some unreleased edits from us and anyone else we are digging at that point in time too and a single later this year and a follow up EP and a couple of remixes we’re working on somewhere in between. Links below..
11. Any possibility of some new collaboration material with Tipper?
Haha.. Well we’ve been talking about it for the past two years on and off but I don’t want to be in a situation where we are sending each other stems whilst he’s in Hawaii and I’m over here so when I get round to going there or when I can get him in to a room here and lock the door and hide the key you may just see something else emerge from us. We put our whole discography up for free d/l over a year ago and it has had quite a few d/l’s and fundamentally we are both still very much into what we were back then and in a similar headspace still so let’s see. Luckily his surgery went well last year so we’ve got time on our sides I hope. I’ve been listening to his latest work a lot recently as he just released Forward Escape and it’s next level as always.. Again if you haven’t got that in your life get over to addictech.com now and purchase it immediately!! You won’t regret it, I guarantee you that or I’ll personally refund your money!! If you’ve never heard any of the Crunch material you can check us out here too.. https://soundcloud.com/crunchdiscography
12. Anything else you’d like to add?
Yeah, thank you for giving me the opportunity to spout off about what I love most, glitchy goodness. Hope you like the Noisily promo mix and look forward to seeing some of you at Sub Audio Festival, Carousel Festival or Noisily Festival over the next couple of months!! Gonna be a good summer..
So big thanks to Mike for his answers and now onto the mix. A pumping, fast paced riotous mix of all things Glitchy, taking in Funk, Swing, Ghetto, House and many other influences all Glitched up and whomped out! This needs to be played at high volume!
Don’t forget you can still grab your Noisily Tickets HERE.
1) Kursa & Duskky – Crypsis – Colony Productions
2) Steely Dan – Peg – Dj Twister Edit
3) TC – Burning Starlight – Stickybuds Remix
4) Hit it Maestro – Listen to Jpod
5) Skope – Roll Em – Caliber
6) Love & Light – Monster
7) Vent – Monkey Chew – Hardcore Beats
8) Dephicit & Don Johnston – Babushka Remix
9) Vent – Jump – Skope Remix – Colony Productions
10) Tipper – Off Kilter VIP – Tipper Music
11) Kill Paris – Catch You – Owsla
12) Slynk – Fried Chicken Remix – Rufus Thomas
13) Slynk & Crazy Daylight – She’s Got That
14) Cheshire – One More Dance – Adapted Recs
15) Tipper – Bubble Control VIP – Tipper Music
16) Romor – Kicking Auld Styles
17) My Love – WBBL Remix
18) Tryptich – Eucalyptus – Colony Productions
19) Basik – End of Days – Beta Test Records
20) Krymes – La Dubiously
21) Sammy Senior – Goin’ Crazy
Unless you’ve been living deep in the jungle you probably already know that Bush Doctors is the highly potent fusion of two of the main players in breaks from the last decade: TCR founder Rennie Pilgrem and Finger Lickin’ Records co-founder and Soul of Man, Jem Panufnik.
Bush Doctors Medicine Show is the fruit of their dangerous travels, an intoxicating elixir in which you can smell the funk and taste the souls of a thousand brazen banshees in grass skirts and fishnets. Apply daily and marvel in the results.
And now you can find these dark, twisted disco voodoo breaks in one place, no questions asked, discretion assured, at the only place crazy enough to store it: http://bushdoctors.bandcamp.com
1. Rockin’ on a Speaker
2. Turn It On (feat. Heather McCallum)
3. Space Hoppa
4. There’s a Ghost in my House (Bush Doctors’ Bump in the Night Mix)
5. Night Train
6. Worlds Apart
If you buy the whole album you get FREE, the irresistible and delicious BUSH DOCTORS STEW DJ mix containing an hour’s worth of the hottest voodoo disco, funk, breaks and house, all stewed up the way only those naughty Doctors can. (Preview Below)
And as if that wasn’t enough of the finest funky beats around Mr Stone has dusted off (and I mean dusted, this is 15 years old!) the Soul Of Man classic bootleg of Prince “Kiss”. Mashed with the bassline from “White Lines” and matched with Jem’s trademark beats, this caused some serious casualties on the dance floor when dropped and has only ever been available on a limited white promo run. Its now yours in full digital quality.
Legendary Finger Lickin main man, Jem Stone, has a brand new 3 track Ep out this week entitled the Well Oiled Machine EP. With a varied selection of tracks he kicks things off with the classic house vibes of Storm In A Teacup. This really harks back to the classic sounds of early house music with a gracious nod to the classics but with more than enough originality and modern day swagger to secure it a place in your sets. ‘No Business For A Lady’ And ‘Well Oiled Machine’ blend slo-mo house with swing and funk to create some very unique tracks that will appeal to a wide range of DJ’s.