Mala – Cuba Electronic
LABEL: Brownswood Recordings
GENRE: Dance – Dubstep
In May 2011 Mala (Digital Mystikz) travelled to Havana, Cuba with Gilles Peterson to record and collaborate with local musicians. The results are documented on his album “Mala in Cuba”, Mala’s forthcoming album – single “Cuba Electronic” is out now through Brownswood Recordings, and has the title track and “Calle F” on the track list, both taken from the album.
A devotee of Jamaican sound system culture, Mala led from the front as the first waves of so-called “dubstep” filtered out from Croydon’s Big Apple Records, battering bassbins across South London in 2002/03 alongside the likes of Skream, Benga, Coki and Loefah. Fiercely independent, he co-founded the label and legendary club night DMZ (with Coki and Loefah) and has produced some of the scene’s most vital and acclaimed tracks as Digital Mystikz. He also established his own imprint – Deep Medi Musik – in 2006 as an outlet for his own sonic experimentations alongside those of his favourite producers. Mala is universally respected as an innovator and leader not only within the global dubstep movement but also within the broader electronic realm.
The results of a true culture clash, “Mala in Cuba”’ marries the intricate rhythms and deep, spiritual roots of Cuba with Mala’s own roots in South London and his dedication to bass culture.
Check out “Cuba Electronic” here:
Mz. Bratt – Rocket Launcher
LABEL: Zephron/B.R.A.T.T. Recordings
Out now through Zephron/B.R.A.T.T. Recordings, “Rocket Launcher” is Mz Bratt’s latest dancefloor destroying track. Produced by Donae’o, the track has already gained support from Annie Mac, Toddla T, Mistajam + Trevor Nelson at BBC Radio 1 and has also had widespread support across BBC 1xtra + Choice FM Specialists.
The remix features Grime Legend D Double E of Newham Generals Dirtee Stank fame, and the video was shot by SBTV’s Morgan Keys at this year’s Love Box Festival and Radio 1DJ Charlie Sloth’s Fire On The Beach Event in Ayia Napa.
Following her signing to Atlantic Records, Mz Bratt was recently tipped as BBC Radio 1xtra’s “Hot 4 2011”. Check out the latest from the East London-based grime artist here:
Strangers – Safe/Pain
LABEL: Stranger Sounds
GENRE: Alternative – Electronic / EBM
Formed in late 2012 and led by former Departure front man David Maddox-Jones, Strangers released 3 EPs in 2011. This was followed by their debut single “Shine On You” which was a critical success, picking up plaudits from the likes of Disorder, Artrocker and Music Week. The single was added to the Xfm evening playlist after continued championing from specialists DJ’s their Mary Ann Hobbs, Eddy Temple-Morris and John Kennedy, as well as breaking onto Radio 1’s radar with support from Huw Stephens. The track was also used by the BBC during their coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix in April.
The band sold out the Hoxton Bar and Kitchen for their single launch party, and since then have supported Niki and the Dove on their UK tour. They will also be playing their biggest gig to date at the Club NME night at Koko on 31st August.
Chicken Lips – D.R.O.M.P
LABEL: Southern Fried Records
GENRE: Dance – House – Disco
Andrew Meecham and Dean Meredith have been responsible for some of the dance music movements over the past 15 years, and they aren’t by any means slowing down. “Don’t Rain On My Parade (D.R.O.M.P)” is freakishly funky, devilishly discoy, effortlessly cool yet equally bizarre.
Having worked under a wide variety of names including Big 200, Zeefungk & Randee Jean, The Rhythm Odyssey, Mind Fair, White Light Circus and The Emperor Machine, there’s a sense of homeliness when returning to the deadliest of monikers. Remixes on this package come with depth and soul, by the likes of The Emperor Machine, The Rhythm Odyssey, Robi Ininna Headman, Amine Edge & DANCE and Southern Fried favourite, Sona Vabos.
Black Light Burns – The Moment You Realize You’re Going to Fall
GENRE: Rock – Alternativ
For over half a decade, Black Light Burns has served as a musical outlet for Limp Bizkit/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist Wes Borland. The band released their debut “Cruel Melody” in 2007, and went on to tour with Sevendust, Chevelle, and From First To Last. In 2009, after a year-long stint playing guitar for Marilyn Manson, Wes and Black Light Burns hit the road for an extended run with industrial powerhouse band Combichrist. Borland went on World Tour with the reformed Limp Bizkit until returning in 2012 with the track “Rapes All In Its Path” on the Underworld: Awakening Soundtrack. “The Moment You Realize You’re Going to Fall” is the band’s latest release.
“This is a really personal record for me”, says Borland. “I spent three years writing it and trying to find the right home, and I am confident it’s the best Black Light Burns record yet.
Check it out here:
(iTunes and Amazon Specials have a different bonus track each)
Public Service Broadcasting – The War Room
LABEL: Test Card Recordings
GENRE: Alternative – Electronic / EBM
Public Service Broadcasting are a London based musical duo who, upon given unique access by the BFI to Britain’s propaganda films from the WWII-era, incorporated this material into their music to create their distinctive sound. The duo consist of J. Willgoose, Esq who plays guitar, banjo, samplers and other electronic instruments among many others, and Wrigglesworth on drums, piano and even more electronics.
The band won Steve Lamacq’s Rebel Playlist on BBC 6 Music three times with singles “ROYGBIV”, “Spitfire” and “London Can Take It”, as well as “Spitfire” receiving spot plays from Radio 1’s Rob Da Bank, Radio 2’s Janice Long and Dermot O’Leary and XFM’s John Kennedy.
Check out “The War Room” here:
Various Artists – Hospital Loungecore Classics
LABEL: Hospital Records
GENRE: Dance – Breakbeat
Known worldwide as one of the key independent labels championing the current sound of UK dance music, Hospital Records has long been regarded as a label that helped move Drum + Bass out of the late ‘90s doldrums and usher in a more youthful, vibrant and above all accessible era of the genre’s evolution. Many of today’s Hospital fans may be unfamiliar with some of the early releases which shaped the sound of the label in its formative years in the mid-to-late nineties and into the new millennium. This compilation draws deep into the back catalogue for some of the hidden gems and underground classics which whose influence on a new wave of producers helped shape the sound of drum + bass today.
As well as delving right back to the start, this 28-track digital-only compilation expands on the original “loungecore”, bringing in more recent signings to the Hospital roster including Logistics, Netsky, High Contrast, Nu:Tone and B Complex, alongside the early IZIT, London Elektricity, Landslide and Peter Nice Trio releases.
Check out “Hospital Loungecore Classics” here: