Revisiting the world’s most important six second drum loop

January 3, 2011 § 1 Comment

This audio/video installation project was produced in 2004 by Nate Harrison as part of an installation project “that unfolds a critical perspective of perhaps the most sampled drum beat in the history of recorded music, the Amen Break.” This 17 minute audio documentary delivers a lot of history and is highly recommended if you haven’t seen/heard this work. Harrison (who is on the faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) takes an academic approach to the material and gets a lot deeper than you’d imagine in under 20 minutes. By the end he’s quoting Lawrence Lessig and using the Amen Break as an example of why laws surrounding sampling are faulty. Great stuff. Below is a piece that Harrison created in 2005 celebrating the mythic Roland TB-303.

SDG mix pick of the week: MJ Cole SUB:STANCE 2nd birthday at Panorama Bar Berlin 9/07/10

October 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Funky, steppy and soulful rhythms from this UK legend at a celebration for Sub:Stance at Panorama Bar in Berlin. Smoking mix that will definitely get you through the mid-week hustle. Wish I had been there for this one. From MJ’s Soundcloud page: “DJ set from Panorama Bar in Berlin earlier in July. Great night. 5-7am set. Love that button for the blinds ;)”

Dubstep Promo Mix from Poland's Tom Encore

April 30, 2009 § Leave a comment


Nice promo mix here from Tom Encore. I hadn’t known of him previously but a quick check of his Myspace profile has some nice original tracks and a link to his March 2009 promo mix. The mix has a nice tracklist with lots of originals. Check out the mix HERE.

1. Excision & DZ – Yin Yang
2. Chase & Status – Saxon [RAM]
3. Bar 9 – Murda Sound VIP [Z-Audio]
4. Vaski – Murder Her [forthcoming Rottun]
5. 16bit- In The Death Car [Boka]
6. Tom Encore – Mostly Harmful [forthcoming Subtopia]
7. Balkansky – Coming Down [Subtrakt]
8. Substep Infrabass – The Unstoppable [forthcoming Apparition]
9. Excision – Know You
10. Barbarix – Jump Start
11. Bassnectar – Heads Up [Amorphous Music]
12. Tom Encore – Jig [forthcoming Rottun]
13. The Prodigy – Breathe (NumberNin6 Remix)
14. Tom Encore – The Union [Rottun]
15. Tom Encore – Recoil [forthcoming Rottun]
16. Tom Encore – The Union (Kompot Remix)
17. DJ Primecuts & Foreign Beggars – Hit That Gash (Itchy Naaan Re-Rub) [Music Response]
18. Bar 9 – Malicious Tactics
19. Tom Encore – Rescue Me
20. The Qemists – Dem Na Like Me (Subscape Dub) [Ninja Tune]
21. Tom Encore – Give Em Wot They Deserve
22. iTAL tEK – Deep Pools [Square]
23. FusionArt – Puissance Futuriste Du Son (Tom Encore Remix)
24. Break – Thin Ice [Symmetry]
25. Tom Encore – Hints
26. Tom Encore – Pyramid Dub

New BURIAL single, "Lambeth" released on Hyper Dub

March 31, 2009 § Leave a comment

The Flashbulb [aka Chr1stpunch3r] Misc. Shit Vol. 4 – UNRELEASED

March 24, 2009 § 1 Comment


The Flashbulb (aka CHR1STPUNCH3R, real name Benn Jordan) is  fast becoming a new favorite of mine. He’s a prolific electronic music composer and producer who slips between sounds, edits, genres with an ear for pace and timing. Melodic, chopped and tossed, usualy short compositions drift from classical backgrounds (reminders of early AFX and squarepusher) into micro-edit journeys of frequency. Props to Benn Jordan for an amazing group of tracks but even more thanks for releasing this FREE to you. Support him any way you can.. start by checking out his website and then download MISC SHIT VOL 4 HERE

Next, dear downloaders, please take a moment and read THIS – a well written piece by Benn Jordan which will explain why I admire this guy better than I could explain myself. Includes links for donations because he is dishing out AMAZING music for free.. READ MORE

Long-anticipaed SHED remixes drop! Reworks by Surgeon and Martyn

March 17, 2009 § Leave a comment


By my record (and RA if I’m not mistaken) Shed’s Shedding The Past was the best electronic music album of 2008. Many fans have been eagerly anticipating the next move and were pleased for today’s release of “The Lower Upside Down (Surgeon Remix)” and “Another Wedged Chicken (Martyn’s 131 Remix.)” While not as groundbreaking as Shed’s own compositions these remixes do the trick of filling our appetite for the moment. Surgeon’s mix is hard and nasty (as expected) while Martyn’s is more playful, breaky, and repeats “Chicken” overtop a throbbing break. More interesting than I expected and definitely worth picking up. Find it at Boomkat online HERE. More elaborate review by Resident Advisor HERE.

Dopestep. F releases "Phantom" / "The Untitled Dub" 12" on 7even Recordings

March 14, 2009 § Leave a comment


This Mary Anne Hobbs fave is a dubstep scorcher.. fusing elements of UK garage with Dubstep.. but retaining an early Basic Channel feel. Rippling bass on “The Untitled Dub” is thunderous in the clubs while “Phantom” is a bit more frenetic breakbeat with dark dub stabs (and my fave of the two.) Can’t stop listening to this one. Check out the RA review HERE and the Beatport review / download HERE.

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