Brum producer Diverse comes up with a big production!
Check his soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/diverse-music
A few little treats for your to sink your teeth into after a hard weekend of partying!
Hi. Blog’s been dryer than the sahara desert recently. What is going on? Why is everyone on strike?!
Quickly though, gotta mention the February party. Oh my drizzaayyyyy, what a night. Top form from everyone, especially the girl who apparently had a little accident in the toilets and had to get carried out by Tyson et co. (I’ve heard rumours – will have to confirm them for you lot at a later stage.)
Every DJ smashed it, every single person on the dancefloor was going in, all looking beautiful in the photos (minus George ‘Monty Burns’ Jones). Videos coming soon.
Bass. Vibes. Love. Seediness. Our notorious ramjammed smoking area was once again a huge hit – there’s nothing better than coming back from an incredible night out covered in other people’s sweat. That’s real love.
Systems were blaring, Harry Potter was a success on the screen in the garden (fuck you Voldemort). Techno Morgue was hotter than my grandma’s vindaloo – bit of a problem for some, for others a bit of H20 and nakedness sorted that out.
Website’s up and running – looking very very nice I must say. Check it out here: http://www.seedysonics.com/
To make up for the love and seediness of recent months we’ve chucked a load of resources into creating some future nights which are guaranteed to blow your brains with excitement featuring some of the best artists across the spectrum of EDM. Late March, late April and early June all have stupidly large line ups which means that for the first 6 months of 2012 we have kept to our promises and produced a constant barrage of sick nights to fulfil your raving needs and to keep many going in this hard struggle of working shit jobs, writing dissertations and revising for exams.
Check em atttttttttt………BIG
Anyway reason for the blog is to promote good music.
Here is what I’m feeling at the moment – been listening to some absolute gems recently.
Kasra’s fabriclive 62 is one of the best mixes I’ve heard in my life – dark, techy and incredibly well crafted but also energetic and enough to get a room moving. Pretty much the reason why his label run one of the rooms at Fabric on a friday night.
Enei – Count to ten (forthcoming Soul:r )
Dr Gonzo – Bust em up (French Fries remix)
Free DL from the lovely Annie Mac: http://soundcloud.com/annie-mac-presents/crookers-present-dr-gonzo-bust
Kove – Breach (Viper)
Redlight – Mosquito (SUCH A RIDDIM!!)
Lady Gaga – Marry The Night (TEED Remix)
Joy O & Boddika – Mercy
And finally……UK GARAGE IS MOST DEFINITELY STILL ALIVE thanks to this man….
Adele – Someone Like You (Mike Delinquent Project remix *radio rip*)
Ms Dynamite – Neva Soft (Mike Delinquent Project remix)
Ayah Marah – Follow You (Mike Delinquent Project remix)
And here are some classics for good measure – Seedy Sonics, bringing back the 90’s.
Mark Ruff Ryder ft Special MC – Joy
DJ Luck & MC Neat – Piano Loco
Oxide & Neutrino – No Good 4 Me
The tail end of January/beginning of February has been rather quiet on the tune front in my opinion. Many independent labels are recovering from the hectic xmas/new year period and are setting up for a productive year ahead. Here are some bangers which have come out recently and a couple of juicy bits to look forward to!
Joy O & Boddika – Swims (Swamp 81) Released: Jan 2012
Walk for me. Walk for me. Walk for me.
Redlight – Vampires (MTA Records) Released: Jan 2012
Technicolour – Centrifuge (Spearhead Records) Release date: Feb 2012
Forthcoming gems to look forward to………..
Die and Break – Grand Funk Hustle EP (Digital Soundboy) Release date: Feb 20th 2012
The title track is simply monstrous, but the rest of the EP is equally as phat. Check the video for ‘Peace and Dub’ below.
Stray, Sabre & Halogenix – Oblique/St Clair/Oblique (Synkro remix) (Critical) Release date: Feb 26th 2012
I’m actually lost for words at how good this release is going to be. Kasra (Critical head honcho) is a musical wizard when it comes to finding forward thinking dnb and it’s no wonder he has been praised so well recently. Big things are on the horizon for Critical but I am slightly miffed off that it’s not getting released before Seedy on the 24th! Oblique would have been perfect to play mid way through the night and St Clair is an emphatic dancefloor killer which will get any soul skanking.
Regardless of that, the 24th is going to be incredible! The Foamo party was outrageously good, our best yet…the photos and videos say it all really!
Seedy Sonics continues to take 2012 by storm, with higher capacity events and higher profile bookings then ever before. And the best is yet to come, with some seriously big hook-ups on the horizon.
In the meantime here’s a mix of the kinda vibes we’ve come to expect from the Warehouse, gritty bass and heavyweight electro house. Mixed by Seedy Resident Dave Morri.
Worthy – Bomba (Wax Motif & Neoteric Remix)
Cause N Effect – Love For Me
Keith & Supabeatz – So Excited
NERD – Lap Dance (Coldcuts Remix)
Switch – I Still Want You (Hannah Wants & Lorenzo Remix)
MJ Cole – Sincere (Pete Ellis & Lorenzo Remix)
Nicky Romero – Generation 303
Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Firebeatz Remix)
Apster feat. Bizzey – Moanin’ (Bassjackers Remix)
Bingo Players – When I Dip (Apster Remix)
Heartbreak – ELMO (Extasy, LSD, Marijuana Oxycontin)
Hatiras, Will Bailey & Nom De Strip – Swagnum PI
Dr Gonzo – Bust ‘Em Up
Friendly Fires – Blue Cassette (Tiga Remix)
Seedy Sonics Friday 13th January w/ Foamo, Mistanoize, Escape, Shorterz & more…
Rainbow Warehouse & Garden, Birmingham
After an epic 2011 of increasingly high-profile events, Birmingham’s fastest growing club night Seedy Sonics is kicking 2012 off in style. With a complete re-branding, the launch of a long-awaited website and festival appearances on the horizon, these are exciting times for Seedy Sonics. What better way to start then doing what they do best and throwing a massive party.
Headlining The Warehouse is Foamo. A young talent who has already performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, Foamo’s trademark bass-heavy house sound is perfectly suited for the Seedy Sonics’s main room. Now resident of Chew The Fat (London) and We Love…(Space Ibiza), Foamo has had his mixes played on BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM and radio stations across the world. His return to Birmingham is creating a buzz across the whole city.
Supporting Foamo is local talent Shorterz. Resident of Birmingham’s two hottest weekly nights Face & 2.31, Shorterz has played at most of the second city’s most memorable events of the last few years. Great skills behind the decks and ability to read the crowd have made him Birmingham’s most famous resident and this will be his first appearance at Seedy Sonics. Joining Foamo and Shorterz in the Warehouse are Seedy Sonics residents Mr Morri, Mali, Olee and Max Gold.
Headlining The Garden is Mistanoize. One of the most exciting up and coming talents in the Drum & Bass scene, Mistanoize is famous for his energetic three deck sets. Winner of the prestious RAM records DJ competition last year, Mistanoize is a rising star and one to watch in 2012.
Escape will also be making his first appearance for Seedy Sonics in The Garden. A true legend of the Birmingham Drum & Bass scene, Escape’s involvement with Muzik Hertz and Kool FM has made him a very influential figure in the city. Also in The Garden are Seedy Sonics residents LFM, Brownbear, Impact & LJ.
Seedy Sonic’s underground roots are showcased in The Morgue. Hosted by Seedy Sonics Resident Iggy-Tech, The Morgue captures the house party vibe with a variety of House and Techno sounds. Iggy-Tech will be joined by GRG STTN, Andy Cannel, Ashley Chipcase and Amrit Bhatia.
2012 really is looking like a great year for Seedy Sonics and this event will be the perfect start. Keep it seedy.
The Warehouse – House, Electro, Bass
Foamo (Chew The Fat)
Mr Morri – Mali – Olee (Seedy Sonics)
The Garden – Drum & Bass, Dubstep
Escape (Muzik Hertz)
LFM – Brownbear (Seedy Sonics)
Impact – LJ
The Morgue – Deep, Minimal, Techno
Iggy-Tech (Seedy Sonics)
GRG STTN – Andy Cannel – Ashley Chipchase – Amrit Bhatia
I’ve found a couple of new artists who I’ve been loving up recently. One’s a Welsh producer who has been hailed as the next James Blake (understandable as they were roommates at Uni). The other is a DnB producer who has stamped his imprint on the scene.
HOWEVER, I’d like to get something off my chest first. I’m not trying to achieve anything with this post. The football is finished for the day and I have a couple of hours spare.
The ‘Bass’ music scene is structured like a polygon. It’s multi genre. It’s a non specific form of expression which hosts a wide array of talent. Names such as James Blake, Joy O, Bok Bok, Redlight, Ghostpoet, Boddika, Scuba, Pearson Sound, Julio Bashmore, Mosca, SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Eliphino, Hackman, Girl Unit can be (in my opinion) brought under the same collective bracket as the likes of Subscape, Mala, Loefah, Coki, Skream, Von D, Phaeleh and Breakage.
The ‘Bass’ scene is one massive noisy family. The artists which uphold this family badge are all connected and even though people are quick to differentiate themselves from certain rogue members of the family such as Skrillex, Datsik, Doctor P etc (ie the highly successful son’s that many ‘pure blood’ elders love to hate) it is fair to say that the strength of all corners of the scene comes as a result of their quick rise in popularity. I’m not a fan of ‘brostep’/unistep/gurnstep’ (whatever the F you want to call it) anymore but it’s all interlinked with the Bass scene which we should collectively respect. I may get crucified for saying this by the ‘purists’ but without the likes of Skrillex or Circus Records or Magnetic Man, many labels and Bass music in general would still be very underground. Mid range dubstep/wobblestep/whateverstep’s rapid rise in popularity has meant promoters are able to put on more nights, artists have been given more bookings and in general the scene has strengthened due to its sudden exposure. Looking at Outlook Festival, for example, going from a 5,000 strong intimate festival to over 13,000 in the space of year and with demand for possibly over 20,000 tickets in 2012 (though they have thankfully limited it to 13 k again) shows how important this exposure has been for many artists and Outlook as a company. They’ve now created a sister festival (Dimensions Festival) which is going to happen a week after Outlook in the fort which will be dedicated to vibes, intimacy and the highest quality BASS music – 3 things which all the purists asked Santa for Xmas.
People need to stop ‘hatin’. We’re all brothers and sisters in this. It’s getting slightly embarrassing and is most definitely pathetic. There is a civil war, a family feud which is brewing within the EDM scene and it’s a load of shit. If you have the time and effort to complain about certain artists then go out and make a difference to your beloved scene: ie start a night dedicated to vibes music, learn to produce a tune tailored to your taste or just buy some fucking vinyl, have a mix and promote it on the internet. If you’re that arsey to complain then you would do that rather than jacking off to ‘I hate brostep’ facebook pages! Those who feel the need to repeat the same bullshit criticism are the ones slowly stabbing the scene to death, not the artists who they hate. In the word’s of Will.I.Am – WHERE IS THE LOVE?!
Getting back to BASS-ics. I just love bass. Ever since I was 15 all I’ve wanted was to be surrounded by bass. My first bass heavy sound system was a 5.1 Logitech set up from Argos. I adored it! In my first car when I was 17, I installed a 15 inch Kicker sub to fill my bass needs. It was epic, I loved driving. I now have no car and have to use the bus, but my Sennheiser in-ear plugs are a worthy replacement to the Kicker.
In a club scenario if a tunes got some screechy pre-pubescent melody on top and I’m forced to listen to it at a rave then fair play, I tend to cover my ears with my hands and let the B-line rip my body to shreds. Easy solution to a small insignificant problem.
Eliphino – More Than Me
Joy O – Knock Knock
The granddads of the generation, ie the likes of Artful Dodger,Wiley, Wookie and Todd ‘the God’ Edwards (our American Grandad) gave birth to the new wave of producers which are now at the forefront of this ever growing, underground music scene which the UK is pushing. They have influenced the new range of artists which fall under this ‘dubstep’/’2-step’/’forward thinking’/’nu garage’/’brostep/’funky’ umbrella and the scene now exists due to the success of many of these artists all pushing each other’s sound.
Wookie – Down on Me
Since pioneering dubstep from the ashes of Garage in the depths of a Croydon graveyard, the UK has emerged as the global capital for Bass music. By Bass music I mean that of a tempo between 120 – 145 bpm (I could include DnB but we’ll just call the higher tempo’s ‘friends of the family’ and not delve into that). Bass music is a mish mash of intelligent, soulful, sub driven melodies to screw face creating, skank out starting obscenities.
Skream, arguably one of the most influential members of this family (Don of Dubstep), likes to push every single corner of the scene. On his facebook he always links youtube or soundcloud clips from producers all over the spectrum and recently put on his own night at Warehouse Project which included the Night Slugs crew as a means to educate the masses about the other areas of Bass music. This is the way it should be.. Music lovers should be supporting each other, not slating one another! It’s turned into a bullshit online civil war..If people want to vent their frustrations about the ‘commercialisation’ of the Dance scene, they should vent their anger towards that nonce David Guetta (see our Morri’s blog post on his guilty pleasures. It’s a fantastic article).
Link to Skream’s 130 bpm lecture which he took at the Warehouse Project- http://soundcloud.com/skreamizm/free-download-warehouse
Below is Skream’s latest free tunes he’s dropped over Xmas (such a legend). A mixture of new sounding dubstep and a zip file containing 2004 -06 dubs. The 04-06 zip file was, to me, more of a subtle message to the older heads who were calling him a ‘sellout’ to get a grip on themselves. It was also to show his new legion of fans where the mid range dubstep origins came from and where the roots of the scene grew from. A lesson for all.
Skreamizm vol 6 -http://www2.zippyshare.com/v/88017074/file.html
04-06 dubs – http://www.sendspace.com/file/2rgbv6
The cynics continue to chat their shit on the forums, youtube and facebook: “Too much is focused on mid range wobble brostep..” blah blah blah. “The older sound is being overlooked..” blah blah blah.
This is what I say to those death eater purists…
“Quit your jibber jabber and enjoy whatever YOU want to listen to! There’s enough to go around and you’re not being forced to listen to certain types of music so get on with your life and stop moaning you miserable keyboard slapping c-…” Anyways, I could rant about the ranters for hours.
Here at Seedy we don’t stick to specific genres and we are very open minded on music policy. We like to party, and we do that fucking well. Our DJ’s play whatever they want along the broad spectrum of EDM and if you come down to any of our nights you will hear anything from Techno to Garage to DnB to Filthy Fidget to the deepest of dubstep to the screechiest of brostep. Our nights are more of a celebration of good electronic music.
Check the soundcloud if you don’t believe me: http://soundcloud.com/seedy-sonics
Check our youtube channel and this video if you still don’t believe me:
You’re convinced. See you Friday 13th at the Rainbow complex in Birmingham.
Going back to the ACTUAL point of this post. I wanted to introduce you to a new artist I’ve found and finally got to see live in person at Hospitality on Friday. He goes by the name of IFAN DAFYDD and is a shining starlet in the bass scene. Likened to James Blake in many ways he is doing big things in the UK, with some exceptional productions – namely the infamous No Good which beautifully samples the late Amy Winehouse. Instant head bopping/heart melting classic.
Below is a link to his latest mix for The Daily Street blog. It’s a wonderful fuse between techno, disco, house and all things bassy and beautiful. In particular have a listen to the last tune in the mix which samples a very famous global superstar rapper. Real quality!
The second is an artist who’s track ‘Cemetery’ featured in my top 10 of 2011. Foreign Concept has releases on some of dnb’s best labels (Critical/Ingredients/Modulations and Shogun). He’s been smashing it under his first alias Mad Rabbit, but has now been thrust into the limelight as Foreign Concept. With just under 15 bookings for the next 3 months or so, his DJ schedule has picked up and it’s only a matter of time before he establishes himself as one of the scenes innovative talents. I hope he gets signed to Critical or Shogun as he would be an excellent addition to their already ridiculous roster.
Foreign Concept & Kasra – Show You
Foreign Concept – Possessive
Right see you on the 13th – I’m on 1145-1230 apparently in the Garden. Gonna do a UK Bass heavy set. Expect lots of noise!
Brown Bear xoxo
As another year draws to a close I felt it was only right to post my top 3 tunes from every genre of electronic music during 2011. This is a great snapshot of how strong the scene is right now. Instead of writing about why each tune has made it into this chart, I have decided that the music is good enough to speak for itself.
1.Jack Beats – End Of Love (Deconstruction/Columbia)
2. Zinc & A Trak – Stingray (Fools Gold)
3. Fake Blood – Medieval (Cheap Thrills)
1. Eats Everything – The Size (Dirtybird)
2. Pleasurekraft – Satyr Song (1605)
3. Ripperton – I Haven’t Seen Much (Systematic Recordings)
1. Azari & Ill – Hungry For The Power (Jamie Jones Ridge Street Remix) (Turbo Recordings)
2. Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You (PMR)
3. Scuba – Adrelalin (Hotflush Recordings)
1. Extrawelt – Swallow The Leader (Cocoon Recordings)
2. Extrawelt – Vorsprung Durch Hektik (Dominik Eulberg Remix) (Boxer)
3. Mathew Jonson – Learning To Fly (Minus)
1. Audiofly – 6 Degrees (Tale Of Us Remix) (Get Physical)
2. Dj T – City Life feat Cari Golden (Maceo Plex Remix) (Get Physical)
3. Underset – Berlin (Waifs & Strays Preachin’ Remix) (Hope Recordings)
1. Subscape – Apple Candy (Dub Police)
2. Joy O – Sicko Cell (Swamp 81)
3. Buraka Som Sistema -Hangover (Bababa) (Caspa Remix) (Enchufada)
Drum & Bass
1. Dub Phizix & Skeptical – Marka feat Strategy (Exit Records)
2. Wilkinson – Overdose (RAM Records)
3. Rusko – Everyday (Netsky Remix) (Mad Decent)
UK Bass Music
1. Girl Unit – Wut (Claude Von Stroke Remix) (Night Slugs)
2. Mosca – Bax (Numbers)
3. Redlight – Source 16 (Soundboy)
1. Burial – Stolen Dog (Hyperdub)
2. Four Tet – Pinnacles (Text Records)
3. Peter Horrevorts – Siren (Be Real)
It’s pretty obvious that it’s been a steadily rising high from start to finish for Seedy Sonics. With the crew starting 2011 in style together back at the Q Club for NYE 2010 we have set the tone for a lot of successful parties filled with laughter, love and bass. 2011 was BIG to say the least. 2012 looks overly obese aswell with huge parties lined up and our involvement with some MASSIVE events organisers such as Snowbombing and a couple of others secret ones, it looks like Seedy is gonna snowball hard in 2k12. Very excited.
Replicating 2010’s Boxing Day (http://seedysonics.wordpress.com/2010/12/26/brown-bears-top-10-tunes-of-2010/) I have decided to post my top 10 for 2011. Over the course of 2011 I moved away from being known as the 140 Kid as I entered the sacred realm of 174 BPM, ie Drum and Bass. A genre I have always loved, DnB is now at the forefront of my musical taste and has overtaken dubstep which has, in my opinion, become rather ugly. The deeper sides of dubstep I still love and enjoy but in terms of DJing out or having a skank to, I can’t share that same passion as I do with all types of drum and bass. The mid range wobble brostep which I admit I did adore this time last year does not have anywhere near the same appeal 365 days later. In fact I detest quite a lot of it now.
Anyways, I could very easily do a top 250 but I can only offer a top 10 (actually 11). To be in this list each tune had to fit the following 3 criteria:
a) The songs must be overplayed on my iPod and iTunes.
b) The songs must make any crowd go in very hard upon hearing it (or make their appreciation well known ie Techno Posers)
c) Makes my natural serotonin levels rise
The following have done so:
10. DJ Shadow – Def Surrounds Us (Rockwell Remix)
The sounds which have gone into this remix are phenomenal. Rockwell is the most unique producer in DnB at the moment and finds the balance between high quality production and dancefloor bangers everytime. Inspirational.
9. Mosca – Square One (Julio Bashmore remix)
It was between this and the ever so loved ‘Battle for Middle You’. But I chose Bashmore’s remix of Square One. I don’t actually know why, it just has that mixed skanky vibe between uk funky, bashment and techno and a silly amount of bass – all things which make a good tune.
8. Azari & III – Hungry for the power (Jamie Jones remix)
The original tune is fucking creepy. The world’s best DJ smashed it with this remix. It will go down as a Seedy classic I’m sure. Went off at Outlook on multiple occasions – big tune (and I’m not even into techno).
7. Girl Unit – Wut (Claude Von Stroke ‘Undressed’ Remix)
I’m a huge Girl Unit fan. Been supporting him since day one and I’m an even bigger fan of Night Slugs. I’m also a fan of the eccentric dirty bird known as Claude Von Stroke. Wut was one of my favourite tunes of 2010 and the 128 remix which Von Stroke provides is even better.
6. Foreign Concept & Bringa – Cemetery
‘Way of the Warrior’ LP from my boys over at Shogun recently won the ‘Best Compilation Album’ at the DJ Mag. Completely deserved because it was…FUCKING UNBELIEVABLY SICK IN SO MANY WAYS.
Obviously everyone knows I’m a huge Shogun soldier and I have embarrassed myself in numerous ways in 2011 by being so (shoulder dislocations, incriminating photos and that bloody podcast) but this album was too much. Every tune on it is incredible. Crafted by the Gods of DnB (such as Friction, Perez, Icicle, Spectrasoul and Rockwell, WOTW was a 12 track musical masterpiece, an album which screamed volumes for DnB. On that album was a tune by 2 of the hottest artists to come out of the dnb womb this year – Foreign Concept (formerly Mad Rabbit) and Bringa.
‘Cemetery’ is the definition of dancefloor destroyer – earthquake-esque basslines, snappy snares and a killer vocal sample. This tune is too much and contains within it everything which I love about EDM.
**No full songs of it on youtube unfortunately though there is a clip of that guy Perez dropping it in July.
5. Total Science and S.P.Y – Magic Hour
Drums drums drums drums drums drums. Bass bass bass bass bass bass bass bass. Will definitely continue to double drop this with track no. 4 in every DnB set I do.
4. Enei – Movin Fast
Could have put a number of tunes this Russian guy’s been involved with into the Top 10 but I chose Movin Fast because it does what it says on the tin. Definitely a tune for the gym.
3. Wilkinson – Overdose
It was a 3 way battle between this, Wilkinson’s recent song ‘Tonight’ and Loadstar’s remix of ‘Fighting Fire’ but ‘Overdose’ came out victorious. What a production this is. The police siren noises in the background of the intro and breakdown are what do it for me. Wilkinson is without a doubt my producer of the year and one to watch in 2012.
2. Redlight – Source 16/Mosca – Bax
I couldn’t choose between these two. Both represent what is incredible about the UK Underground scene at the moment – innovative sounds which aren’t replicated in any other country. Mosca is bringing Garage back to popular underground nights with his forward thinking rework on the all old school tunes people loved at the turn of the millenium. Redlight has created his own genre of music over the past 4 years which is an infusion of dubstep, house, garage and bassline. So good.
The UK dominates dubstep, garage and drum and bass in terms of its popularity and artists, and these are 2 who are showcasing what it’s about.
I have to put them together for Seedy’s good friend Lenguin who always in stupidly hard when hearing either tunes.
1. The XX – Shelter (Alix Perez & Khanage Remix)
Bliss. This is why I love Alix Perez. Sickest producer.
So that’s the top 10. If you haven’t read the blog before then continue clicking through because this year there has been so much unbelievable music uploaded to it. And get the fuck down to one of our nights in Birmingham because we know how to fuck up de rave.