London’s Jessie Ware features on one my favourite albums of the year with SBTRKT’s debut album and you may remember her sweet collaboration with Sampha – ‘Valentine’. Her own debut single ‘Strangest Feeling’ is a super slice of ethereal yet abrupt electronic rhythms with Ware increasing the intensity as the song progresses. I like. it’s released in late November.
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
Highlights this week include Joker, Two Door Cinema Club, Choice Music Prize, Field Music, Crash Ensemble, The Cast of Cheers (again as their first two gigs were awesome) and Ed Devane’s album launch. Also, Delphic (who I caught an impressive live set from in London last week) will play Propaganda on Saturday in the Button Factory.
Also, ASIWYFA are planning a secret show in the Mercantile after the Choice Music Prize main event in Vicar Street even if they win. Not so secret anymore! Sample MP3s below.
After some conversations with friends about dubstep recently, I thought I’d put up some tunes from last year to serve as a catchup/beginners guide to the genre and its surrounds. I’m by no means an expert but over the next two pages you’ll find my favourites from Burial, Zomby, Joker, Peverelist, Benga, Skream, Samiyam, Darkstar, 2000F, Joy Orbison, King Midas Sound, Kode 9, Guido and more.
Please put your own must-listens in the comments.
Burial (with Four Tet)
Enigmatic dubstepper Burial and electronic experimentaller Four Tet combined on a 12″ last year which had two tracks at 18 minutes in length total. ‘Moth’ was the standout track of the two (the other being ‘Wolf Cub’). Perfectly combining Four Tet’s ability to chop up percussion samples in inventive ways with Burial’s ability to produce some growling yet almost supernatural sub-bass. (more…)
I LOVE the original of this anyway but as The Fader said Joker’s remix of ‘Cruel Intentions’ turns it into a “electro/house/dubstep/ purple/strip club/early/late/anthem”. Go Go multi-genre straddling dinosaur!
Also Joker-related, his track ‘Do It’ was appropriated for the recent excellent Dub Rap Vol.1 mixtape by Starski and DJ Ricky Switch which mixes rap with dubstep from the likes of Akira Kiteshi, Scuba, Benga, Chase and Status and Jamie Vex’d to great effect.
Remember those archaic days when you picked up a magazine or a weekly music paper in your grubby music-hungry hands and read a playlist of what the publication’s writers were playing in the office that week? There is power in those recommendation charts. Here is my version. No great fanfare or descriptions just ten of the best song around right now you should know or you might already know.
You’ve probably heard by now that Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch was diagnosed with cancer recently. In a Youtube video on their site, Yauch explained that he will undergo surgery, that it is very treatable and that he should make a full recovery. Naturally, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1’s release has been pushed back to accomodate him. On the same day, a proper version of their track with Nas – ‘Too Many Rappers’ also appeared and you can hear in this week’s chart.
I’ve been listening to loads of tunes from electronic beatmakers; the likes of Zomby, Samiyam, Flying Lotus, Joker, Take and other headswirling instrumental music. It’s represented here. Pay special attention to 2000F’s robotic g-funk anthem. It’ll stick to the inside of your brain. Worth noting is that The Long Lost is Daedelus and his wife Laura Darlington and they’ve an album dropping soon. Also, frantic nostalgic buzz at the end 🙂