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rockthedub radio: February 2018 Edition

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:29:37 PST

We're back with our favorites from February; sorry for the delay. There's a boatload of lit rap to start, with new material from YG, Nipsey Hussle, SOB X RBE, and that BlocBoy JB featuring Drake song. We also get into some feisty electronic beats, including new drum & bass from Hybris, Bensley, and Need For Mirrors, as well as gems from Wiley, S-Type, and the Foreign Beggars.

Stream below, download via iTunes, and check the tracklist down bottom.

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01/BlocBoy JB feat. Drake - Look Alive
02/Nipsey Hussle - Rap Niggas
03/YG - Suu Whoop
04/2 Chainz - Land of the Freaks
05/Travis Scott - Too Many Chances
06/Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak, and James Blake - Bloody Waters
07/SOB x RBE - Carpoolin'
08/Jericho Jackson - Self Made


09/Foreign Beggars feat. Alix Perez - Flashback
10/Dubloadz - Salt
11/Wiley feat. Scratchy & D Double E - Bar
12/S-Type - Tump
13/Hybris - Iceworm
14/Rockwell & Roni Size - Easy
15/Bensley - Ascension
16/Need For Mirrors - Wiggle


One to grow on: The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk - Starboy(image)

Spotovsky Drops a Perfect EP for 'The Weekend'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:34:25 PST

I was recently watching Drugstore Cowboy for the first time in what feels like at least 15 years. If you haven't peeped this Gus Van Sant film, check it out. It's about these drug addicts who rob the fuck out of drugstores in the early 1970s. Anyways, the lead character, Bob (played by Matt Dillon) said a pair of things that made me think. At first, he randomly walked into a room asking what month it was. Picture that: you're so wacked out of your skull that you've not only lost the track of time, but you aren't even aware of what MONTH you're in. What's weird is, later on, he makes a comment to his wife, Diane (played by Kelly Lynch) about wanted to do some wild shit, because it was Saturday.It made me realize: no matter how fucked up you are, even if you're a drug addict who knows nothing but wheelin' and dealin', the weekend has to still mean something to you. There's a VIBE to Saturdays and Sundays that, even if you work those days, still rings. True. That said, Spotovsky's The Weekend EP, which the Black Marble Collective recently dropped (and I missed, because it was Black Panther weekend), encapsulates that aesthetic perfectly. While both tunes embody the early '90s rave vibe, "Saturday Night" is definitely the more four-to-the-floor hyperactive bounce. "Sunday Jazz (Oh, I Love You)" dives deeper into the edited breakbeat style of classic jungle styles (live-ish bass included), and makes for a dope pair of tunes on their own.BMC doesn't stop there, though; instead of just dropping the two bits, they grab a number of producers to breathe their own sounds into these cuts. Where Ase Manual goes for a more manic, hypnotic boom on his "Saturday Night" remix, STVY RVRE gets euphoric with their uplifting take on the same tune. Sideswipe's "Saturday Night" VIP is probably the most "current" sounding dnb/jungle vibe, and sadly, there's only one rework of "Sunday Jazz." Either way, you can stream all seven of the cuts to your delight below, and grab them for free (for a limited time) via the BMC Bandcamp page. allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%"> [...]

rockthedub radio: January 2018 Edition

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 03:40:55 PST

It's been a minute, but we're back with the first episode of rockthedub radio of 2018. What's crazy is there's a couple of demo mixes sitting somewhere that are on some wild shit, but after figuring out what made the most sense right now, we're trying something out now: one hour shows, roughly 30 minutes of hip-hop along with another set of dance music, all strictly from the month that was. New material from Detboi, Jean Grae & Quelle Chris, EQ Why, R3LL and many more.

Stream below, download via iTunes, and check the tracklist down bottom.

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01/Gantz feat. Dedw8 - Shivy
02/Lil Wayne - Big Bad Wolf
03/Bhad Bhabie feat. YBN Nahmir, Rich The Kid, and Asian Doll - Hi Bich (Remix)
04/Migos - Open It Up
05/Drake - God's Plan
06/Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar and Future - King's Dead
07/Jean Grae and Quelle Chris feat. Hannibal Buress - Ohsh


08/"can I get uuuummm..." (interlude)
09/Goldie & Fraims feat. DRS - Poisonous Darts
10/Detboi - Ice Cold (Blood On The Drums
11/EQ Why - Everyday Last Week (My Jimmy Waxed)
12/R3LL feat. Uniiqu3 - Ride Dat
13/Kromestar - Titanic Riddim


One to grow on: Jana Rush - Beat Maze(image)

EQ Why's Footworkin' On 'East 37th Street'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 04:47:29 PST

I don't know what it is about the footwork scene, especially the heads from Chitown; they are dumb prolific. You'dn eed a dedicated calendar just to keep up with the volume of material they come out with in a year. EQ Why is one of the most prolific; I feel like he dropped eight releases in 2017 alone. The best part? They're obviously high quality, but he's also continuing to push the envelope in new, exciting ways.

His first release of 2018, East 37th Street, finds EQ moving on that same path, with some exciting exercises in the realms of footwork and juke. The EP kicks off with the "We At The Bud Bully" remix of "Drop Lil Booty," which is a thunderous juke workout, but he takes a sharp left turn with "EQ Is Gonna Give It," which is a heavy footwork banger drenched in classic soul samples. On "My Baby (I Love You," EQ goes all acidic with the thumping synths. One of my personal favorites, "Everyday Last Week (My Jimmy Waxed)," is where EQ shines. He always has a cut with a perfect sample from the '90s; on this one, fans of New Jack City should know where these sounds come from. We legit get the entire story of G Money and Nino Brown's rise (and fall) on this one, set to a hypnotic footwork rhythm. The true gem from this release.

The closer for this eight-track release (which is out now on Zona Music) is an 8-bit masterpiece entitled "Spikes." It can be spastic at times, with alternating sprite'd up melodies accented by percussive hits, but it again highlights EQ at his finest. You get the feeling that homey is so nice with the production that he gets an idea and a few hours later, he has a footwork experiment at the ready. And it sho' is funky. Let this EP soak into your regular rotation, and don't be surprised if EQ Why already has another release at the ready in a month or so.

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Get Jazzy: Ornette Hawkins' Journey to 'The Other Side of What'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:01:07 PST

2017 was an interesting time for drum & bass. It felt like my passion for the jazzier, breakbeat-infused side of things was reignited. Not only did I spent most of the jamming out to Earl Grey's Headwinds album, but it was also the 20th anniversary of Roni Size / Reprazent's Mercury Prize-winning debut album, New Forms. It was also the year I got introduced to Ornette Hawkins, who has a new EP, The Other Side of What, dropping on AGN7 Audio on Friday, January 19.One question a number of people had was "um, who the hell is Ornette Hawkins?" They've been around for a bit; a track on a Subtle Audio compilation here, a feature on a Rude Operator single there. This EP would be the real testament to their intricate blending of drum & bass and jazz. Before the holidays, we got a chance to speak with the D.C.-based duo to try and get some answers. Press play on the clips from The Other Side of What and learn something. frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">For those who are new to Ornette Hawkins, please introduce yourselves to the people.That's an interesting question. I'm not even sure we know anymore. What we can tell you for certain is that we currently live in DC and are a collective of improvisational musicians trying to bring together the spontaneity of jazz and drum & bass sensibilities.How do two jazz musicians from the D.C. area get immersed in the drum & bass scene and sound?Well, drum & bass can be a natural extension of jazz, if you let it. We’ve been following its evolution since the early '90s. When it's done right, it retains the same complexities. It's been done before. We just want to take the fusion a step further.For me, it’s hard to tell what’s live and what’s synthetic on a track like “Raw Sun.” How does crafting an Ornette Hawkins tune work?We typically start out by rehearsing an idea with a few musicians until it becomes fleshed out. Then we record the live performances. Once it gets into the machine we take some liberties with the arrangement, though there are those performances that demand we keep them largely intact. Drum & Bass mixing techniques are obviously an important part of the sound, as well.Most of the sounds you hear are live players, though we like to create moments that remind the listener that it’s much more than just live performance.Are there any direct inspirations to the Ornette Hawkins sound, both in drum & bass and in general?If we’re being perfectly honest, psychedelia. We want to push the boundaries of the perception of what is possible. Free flowing streams of consciousness in the studio help us see the music from a different perspective. Not too much, though, or you can’t work a compressor.Talk to us about your upcoming EP, The Other Side of What. We’d seen your name on a pair of releases over the last few years; how long had you been working on this release?This is a fairly new collaboration. Our first tune, "Jazz Police," was released relatively quickly on Subtle Audio after we made it. The Other Side of What is a collection of some of the more jazz-forward work we’ve produced since then. We also had the opportunity to collaborate with studio-mates Rude Operator, on a cut off their recent EP on 31 Recordings ("Witchdoctor"). It’s probably been a few years—maybe even a decade—since the first ideas for these tracks were initially conceptualized, but it takes time to bring a project like this to full fruition. frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="[...]

Mistabishi Is Still Trash (UPDATE)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:22:05 PST

UPDATE 1/15/2018 8:18PM: Surprisingly, Mistabishi released a statement on this situation. He doesn't apologize, but he does mention that he has "ptsd from various things that have happened here and things I've seen here over the years," which I guess is an excuse for using terms like "Muzzy" and "niggeryness"? He then says "People who think like me are just a secondary condition of a much bigger problem that no one seems to want to deal with, but obviously it's much easier to silence and contain that than the actual cause of it." Which is rich, considering that a) the only posts that have been "silenced" are the ones he deleted and b) none of this excuses you being a racist. There are loads of forums where he can speak his mind, which he's done. Many have just chosen to not associate with him.Read his comments in full: allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="390" scrolling="no" src="" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="620">Original story below. Do you remember Mistabishi? He was big on Dogs On Acid years back (user name: mista) who rose to prominence due to his drum & bass productions, many of which were released on Hospital. Most people remember his one track, "Printer Jam," which was made up of sounds of a printer. He got caught a lot of flack in 2009 over a scandal involving him apparently playing pre-recorded mixes during a DJ set. While he was never as big of a dnb producer after that, he still released music, primarily through Noh Music, and outside of the dnb realm.To be fair, his attitude was never one people loved, but not too many people knew that he was a whole racist. Over the weekend, it was discovered that he was on Facebook making racist comments towards London mayor Sadiq Khan, tied to Donald Trump canceling his trip to the UK. Mistabishi said it was because "Kahn (sic) is from a migrant family," going off about how dude's not a real Londoner. When commenters called him out on his comments, Mistabishi went full-on racist, calling someone "Muzzy," which is a derogatory term for a Muslim person.The dnb community isn't having it, with producers like Chimpo taking to socail media to speak out.Wow Mistabishi! How u gonna hate immigrants and make DnB n techno? Racists aren't welcome here mate. Go make some baroque or suttin. Clown.— CHIMPO (@CHIMPOMCR) January 12, 2018 [...]

Xmas Gifts: Patrol The Skies' 'Holiday EP'

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 16:00:01 PST

If you stateside dnb is what you want for Christmas this year, Patrol The Skies has got you covered. DJ Seen and the crew cultivated this five-track Holiday EP to drop for the free on the most magical day of the year.

As the should, the proceedings feature Pish Posh leading things off, but the likes of Noisefloor, DJ Deffcon, Echo Brown, and Todd Buchler all get their just desserts. "This EP is full of attitude," the PTS crew says, "heavy at its core and masterfully engineered to assault dance floors with fury."

You can stream this EP in full below, and grab a .zip of .WAVs over on Dropbox. Rinse and repeat.

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Xmas Gifts: This Ain't Bristol's 'VIP Selections'

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 13:11:33 PST

The This Ain't Bristol crew is great for churning out house music of the deep and bassy variety. For Chirstmas, they put together an 11-track pack of VIP mixes of bangers. Featured VIPers include Bot, Taiki Nulight, Marc Spence, Billy Kenny, and many others.

Now that you've gone through your gifts and (hopefully) had your fill, it's time for Christmas turn up to TRULY begin. Stream the full project down below, and download it for the price of a Spotify login.

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Xmas Gifts: Kyam's 'Seventy Summers' LP

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 10:38:35 PST

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Because of the style(s) of drum & bass I normally gravitate towards, Kyam's been a name I've seen around. It's also been intriguing, because one of my favorite cousins is named Kyam (love ya, Ky!). Kyam's material has been seen everywhere, from Renegade Hardware to Subtle Audio, and earlier this month, he gave away a 10-track album, Seventy Summers.

There's no real rhyme or reason to this one, other than it containing a vibrant batch of tracks that are all within the 170BPM lane, but don't all sound the same. You have more hypnotic bangers like "Dupe" saddled up nicely with more headier breakbeat workouts like "Hole." Truly intoxicating material.

Stream the full release below, and grab it for whatever you want to pay for it via Bandcamp.

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Xmas Gifts: Mister Shifter - "Blood Riddim"

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 04:34:12 PST

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Mister Shifter's someone I've been a fan of for a while. My love for his beats goes all the way back to the early days of Random Movement, of which he was a part of before dipping to do his own thing. He's dropped material everyone from Lightless to establishing his own imprint, Artikal, and for the holidays he gave away this ferocious 130BPM beast, "Blood Riddim."

He says he got a lot of support for this tune, but never got around to hooking up a proper flipside for release, so he decided to unleash it before it got "too old." It feels like something you'd have to dance to in order to not get merked in the middle of the jungle to. Turn up.

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Xmas Gifts: Jam Thieves & Voltage - "LSD"

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 21:26:07 PST

One of my lowkey fav releases, drum & bass-wise, from 2017 was the Hackers release from Brazil's Jam Thieves. It dropped mad early in the year, but it had staying power, especially if you just want your dnb to be crunchy bass over tight drums.

Shouts to the Playaz camp for putting that out, and giving away this freebie from Jam Thieves and Voltage, "LSD." Just a little Christmas banger from DJ Hype's dnb camp. Stream and download below.

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Jon1st Mixes Down His Favorite Tunes of 2017 For Solid Steel

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 10:45:25 PST

Like Solid Steel always does around this time, they've invited Jon1st back for his annual "best of" mix, throwing down ~60 minutes of his favorites from the year that was. He's keen with the turntablism, and we share some of the same vibes when it comes to music, so these are always a treat."This is the 2017 of my annual megamix series that I've been putting together since 2010," Jon1st says, "blending together some of my favorite records of the last 12 months" There's a lot going on in these mixes, traditionally, so you have to have a keen ear to catch all of the transitions and such.Included in this mix is material from Om Unit, Sam Binga, Sinjin Hawke, Syd, Ivy Lab, Spectrasoul, Sinistarr, Mono/Poly, Zed Bias, and many, many more. Download and stream to your heart's delight. frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Tracklist:Sinjin Hawke - Shimmer [Fractal Fantasy]Crypticz - April [Diffrent Music]Sinistarr - Yo Speakerz feat. Detroit's Filthiest [Defrostatica]Spectrasoul - How We Live [Ish Chat]Onyx Collective - Forsyth Street [Big Dada]Dan Marshall - Long Hose [Modula Beats]Zed Bias - Restless feat. Eva Lazarus [EXIT]Dub Phizix.- (Right I'm Gonna Get Shedded This Weekend And Eat Some) Spinach [EXIT]Ticklish x B-Ju - Distant Bells (Jukey Edit) [Self Release]Drae Da Skimask - Vai [Astral Black]Om Unit & Sam Binga - Optimist Prime [Bunit]PLS&TY - Run Wild [Self Release]Ticklish x B-Ju - Mother [Self Release]Dubsknit - Cycles [Phyla]Simpig - Midnight Spleen [Never Slept]Sam Binga & Rider Shafique - Chinchilla [Critical Music]Cesrv - The Joints [Sequel One]Landlord's House Coat - Start Movin [Medallion Sounds]Benny Roach & Jon1st - Nuh Test [Self Release]Om Unit & Sam Binga - Up And Under [Bunit]Halogenix - Velvet [Critical Music]Vromm - Level Up feat. Rider Shafique [Systems]Dead Man's Chest - Avalon Dub [Western Lore]Fracture - Back Up In This [Astrophonica]Fixate - Tweeked [Exit]Fracture - On My Mind [Astrophonica]Spectrasoul - Push & Pull [Ish Chat]Fracture - Cold & Rain feat. Inaya Day [Astrophonica]Crimes - Tagsupquick [Never Slept]Gus Pirelli - Meet In The Middle feat. Andre Espeut (Fracture Remix) [Gutterfunk]Corrupted & J. Nomad - Holdin' On [The Dreamers]Kabuki - Mad feat. TT The Artist [Vandal]Tusais - Blakout [Astrophonica]Sully - X Plus Y [Keysound]Fixate - What Goes Around [EXIT]Sam Binga & Rider Shafique - Proud (Instrumental) [Critical Music]Mosca - Prento Version [Lavalava]Timbaland & Mahoo - Indian Flute (Ivy Lab's 20/20 Bootleg) [Self Release]Banks - Fuck With Myself (Ivy Lab Remix) [Unreleased]Bulu - When He Drop [Fine Dining]DJ Yuto - Wave [Self Release]Kabuki x Homesick - Bounce [Vandal]Benny Roach & Jon1st - Sagarmatha [Self Release]Vromm - Ashes of Shame feat. Agama [Systems]Margari's Kid - Init 1 [Cosmic Bridge]Brian Eno - 2-1 (Crypticz Edit) [Unreleased]Syd - Over feat. 6lack [Columbia]Ola Szmidt - Autumn [Self Release]Cesrv - On The Flo [Self Release]Frenquency - My World (BSN Posse Remix) [Unreleased]A. Fruit - Keep & Go [Slime]Kendrick Lamar - Yah [Aftermath/Interscope]Stray - Blink [Astrophonica]Mono Poly x Alyss - Footprints [Hit N Run]Clerk 37 - A Way For [Unreleased]Sampa The Great - Healing [Big Dada]Lewis James - Your Love Is A Power feat. DanDans K [Astrophonica]Moresounds - Positive Yourself [Cosmic Bridge]Tsuruda - Brrrap!! [Division]Touchy Subject - Cosmic Tales [Astrophonica]Ivan Ave - Now You Don't [Jakarta]Ivan Ave - Young Eye [Jakarta]Eliza Carthy & Dizraeli - Aleppo [...]