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Byte presents Cridge - A Mixed Up Kid


Byte presents B-Mix 006:Cridge'A Mixed Up Kid'(Byte, 2011)After a good few years of bringing you the best of Bristol talent, B365 is closing it's doors for good this month. It's been an amazing privilege to showcase the artists we have, all of whom continue to make incredible music and deserve your support; a massive thank you to all of those who contributed to the blog over the years. You can continue to follow the adventures of some of these artists over at Slime Recordings who are celebrating local talent as well as from around the world. Much love to you all.That being said, we couldn't leave you without something truly awesome to be going on with. So for the final post we bring you a mammoth 80+ track mix from one of Bristol's most legendary sons, the man like Cridge. An old skool hero if ever there was one, Cridge's ascent through the underground ranks in the 1990s has seen him tour the world, be signed to arguably the best record label in the world, release multiple albums, run his own influential labels, and still continue to rock shows with as much passion as ever. We spoke to Cridge many moons ago about hitting us up with a mix for our Lifetracks series and he hasn't disappointed, delivering a tour de force of old skool classics which will have you dizzy on the dancefloor and shouting for more! We caught up with Cridge recently to chat about the mix and his career to date. Enjoy!B: Evening to you good sir, how are you and where are you?C: I'm very well indeed, a little tired but that is a common occurrence! I'm in a hotel room in Moscow getting some rest before the promoter collects me for dinner, and then onto the show at a new club opening. I find myself in some of the most diverse places around the world and over the years I have learnt to experience and enjoy everywhere I am lucky enough to to go.B: First up a massive thank you for putting this mix together for B365. Was it a bit of a mammoth undertaking to assemble so many classic tracks together?C: As you know, I promised a mix since you started the series. At first it was daunting as I was changing my mind on the track listing and getting more and more confused! In the end I decided to stick to this selection as I wanted it to include both my diverse tastes and all the styles I have been involved with throughout my musical career. After trying to record the mix at home in the end I thought sod it and decided to do it live, I ended up recording this at Champion Sound at Lakota with two turntables and a CD deck. It was great as the crowd was up for the variety and they sure got that! I usually mix it up when I DJ but never to this extent, as your mix series is called Lifetracks I wanted to capture the twenty years or so I have been involved either making or DJ'ing music.I have played out at a high level playing various genres including Rave, Drum and Bass, Techno, Hip Hop/Funk/Reggae and Dubstep, so I think I could have gone on forever picking tracks but had to stop somewhere! Some of the tracks are mixed in, some are just thrown in to catch the vibe alongside a few scratches here and there, as it's live some of the levels are a bit up and down but in truth I am very pleased with the end result and hope everyone enjoys listening to it and hopefully keep it in their collection for years to come!B: Let's take it back to the old school...growing up what were your musical influences?C: As a young un' I was into all kinds of music, at the time my favourite bands were The Specials, Adam & the Ants and Iron Maiden... A crazy mix that would continue into adulthood! When I was at Monks Park school I used to record and mix the Tristan B show on two cassette decks and take it into Art class as we were allowed to play music, that was a mix of early house music like Steve 'Silk' Hurley and Marshall Jefferson and Hip Hop like The Beastie Boys and Ultramagnetic MCs. I could never exactly categorise my tastes as I was into everything from Acid House, Rave, Hip Hop, American Techno, Reggae Dub and Dancehall. I'm proud of this as it has given me the best ever melting p[...]

Byte presents DJ K-Krush : The Mixdown


Byte presents B-Mix 005:DJ K-Krush'The Mixdown'(Byte, 2010)Hot on the heels of our amazing double mix throwdown from the legendary Vinyl Junkie, we're back on a totally different flex once again with another hot exclusive. This time round for the next installment of the B-Mix series we've got a mix from a man who is truly representing the Bristol underground all around the UK, DJ K-Krush. Krush will be a name familiar to any bassline fans out there as he blesses many a dance with his presence, and you can catch him most weekends hitting up the biggest raves north or south with exclusive dubplates and a fearsome work rate that has seen him rise through the ranks over the last few years to be seen as one of the best up and coming DJs around.For B365 though he's dropped the all-out bassline assault of his much-loved Wheel It Up series to bring something a little different to the table with The Mixdown. Blending elements of funky, dubstep, grime and bassline together with some stone cold classics this is one mix that is sure to get your body moving! B365 caught up with Krush to chat about the mix, his career so far, what's happening in Eastenders, food recipes and what it's like having a famous dad. Enjoy!B: Good evening to you sir, how are you and where are you? K: Yes I'm all good, things are cool right now just wish this damn British weather will figure out if it wants to be winter or still be summer because this constant change in conditions has given me a cold. But I guess that my fault for leaving the house in a t-shirt and no umbrella on the strength of the morning sun I guess. Right now though I'm just at home kickin' back after finishing watching Eastenders on iPlayer (can't miss a episode!).B: What's been happening in the world of Krush recently?K: Things have been going OK in the world of Krush recently. I been enjoying travelling up and down the country a bit more often regarding bookings and going to towns and cities which I have not been to before, but its given me more motivation to work harder.B: Thanks to you on doing this mix for B365. This was something a little different from your usual selection...K: It's no problem, glad to involved. Yeah, all my recent mixes have been my Wheel It Up series where I always aim to bring some of the biggest bassline tracks from established to up and coming producers and artists, but I have been meaning for a while to bring something a bit different than what I normally do, and this was a perfect chance to just mix up some old and current tracks I'm feeling right now.B: Let's take you to back in the day, what were your influences growing up? What music first inspired you?K: Growing up my main influence would have to be my dad, Deli G. Being around records and music from the day I was born it was just in my blood to want to follow in my dad's footsteps. Growing up I listened to a lot of different styles of music - Disco, US House, Swing, Hip Hop, Bashment, Indie, Rock, Speed Garage.... but the music that gave me the most inspiration growing was probably US House as I heard so much of it as that's what my Dad played.B: What was it like growing up with a famous dad like Deli G? Did it click with you he was a big name on the dance music scene? K: Hmmm it didn't really click until I was around 16/17, I started going to venues with my Dad when he was DJing and seeing how people would greet him and act towards him in the clubs - at first I was like he's just my Dad, a normal person like everyone else. But when my Dad started introducing me to big players in the scene like Jazzy Jeff and realizing that all the big producers, singers, record label people saw him as a good friend not just a DJ they supply music to, that's when it clicked.Having him as my Dad has certainly helped me and been good for my mentality, because of my Dad I don't let it get to my head regardless what happens with with my DJ work, because I'm just another person - I just so happen to be lucky enough to get paid for something I enjoy doing.B: You've been repping bassline for a wh[...]

Heads Up for Headfirst



Just a quick one for you all about the online events calendar Headfirst. It's had something of an overhaul recently with the site now being a lot more user-friendly for people running iPhone or Android amongst other things, so you'll never be short of somewhere to go thanks to the intuitive interface and slick visuals.

If you're a promoter it's an essential tool for getting your listings out there, plus it's very easy to use. If you're an artist then also get involved as it has been updated to work with Soundcloud and has some excellent artist pages attached to events. It has a really nice, clean feel to the overall look which makes browsing what's coming up in Bristol a real joy. The one thing it lacks though is more people knowing about it, so spread the word!

Hit up to find out more.

Byte presents Vinyl Junkie : Lifetracks


Byte presents B-Mix 004:Vinyl Junkie'Lifetracks'(Byte, 2010)OK, so it's been a little while since the last update on this blog, but with B365 it's all about the exclusive content - so good things come to those who wait....and for our 100th post have we got something good for you! Over a year ago we contacted local legend VINYL JUNKIE (John to his mum) with an eye to doing an old skool mix for the blog. Few DJs are better placed to construct such a mix than this man, one of the key players in popularising early rave music in Bristol.What began as a small project quickly expanded out into a mammoth undertaking, with John painstakingly compiling hundreds of classic tunes that might merit a place on the mix. He wanted to piece together a mix that best represented the amazing music that was being produced in that first big bang of rave music circa 1988 to 1992, music that he loved and defined who he was at that time; and after a lot of hard work he has created something truly extraordinary.Across two mixes he takes you on an incredible journey through a period of time that will never be repeated but irrevocably changed the course of underground music in the UK forever. From early house and Belgian techno through to breakbeat hardcore and proto-jungle, these mixes showcase just how truly dynamic the scene was back then, and how quickly it's evolution took place to create the amazingly diverse scene we enjoy today.Of course a Byte mix isn't complete without an all-terrain interview, and so we sat down with John to talk about the golden years of rave culture, Bristol's musical transformation during that time, his highlights (and lowlights) in the scene and his plans for the future. Read on!B: Good evening to you Vinyl Junkie! Thank you for contributing to this very special edition of Lifetracks for Byte! How are you and where are you?VJ: I am pretty good as it happens. I am sat in front of my Macbook Pro, I spend most of my life sat here, right now I am trying to finish a remix of a BACKDRAFT tune called “We do what we wanna”.B: Backdraft as in the breaks producer?VJ: Yeah.B: Let's start things by taking it all the way back to the early days, before the summer of love, before the big bang of rave. Growing up in Bristol, what were your first musical influences and experiences back then?VJ: Well I lived in Australia for 8 years as a kid. We emigrated there when I was 2 years old. Then returned when I was 10 and moved into the flats in Shirehampton. It was 1977, punk rock was in full swing and I was fascinated by these dudes with green spiky hair and bondage trousers. My cousin played me some SEX PISTOLS tracks and I loved them. I can remember cycling from Shirehampton, all the way along the Portway and into town to buy “Never Mind the Bollocks” and then cycling all the way home again only to find the record was warped, so the following day I had to do the whole trip again.Then I got into THE CLASH, THE RUTS, COCKNEY REJECTS and UK SUBS and lots of others. I went to my first gig when I was about 14 at a place called The Granary ,which was down on Welsh Back. It was an Irish punk band called THE OUTCASTS and afterwards I ended up sleeping on the floor of some dodgy squat on Zetland Rd with loads of mad punk rockers. It was quite scary actually.B: What was it about Punk that appealed so much to you?VJ: In the beginning I just loved the way the music sounded, I didn’t have much of an opinion, I just knew I liked it. I was only a young boy at the time and very impressionable so when I eventually got to see these guys on the TV, I was mesmerized. They just didn’t care; they did and said what they wanted. As I got older and wiser I become hooked on the whole Punk ethos, the spirit of Rebellion and the fact that the guys who were in these bands were just kids from the street. They had no money, not like all the megastar rock groups who preceded them with their flash cars and their mansions with guitar shaped swimming pools. These guys were the re[...]

Byte presents B-Mix 003 : Vast & Bulbous - Beyond The Seventh Seal


Byte presents B-Mix 003:Vast & Bulbous'Beyond The Seventh Seal'(Byte, 2010)It's been a hot second since we last had an update on here (OK, best part of four months but time gets away from you now and then), so we thought it timely before the bank holiday madness hits to return with another installment in the B-Mix series. This time around we have an incredible set from one of the best DJ tag teams to come out of Bristol in some time - Vast & Bulbous. The duo behind interstellar disco wonk extravaganza I Feel Space have been steadily carving out a very intriguing niche in the sometimes anemic Bristol club scene with a raft of guests including Boxcutter, Various Production, Late Of The Pier, Illum Sphere and many more.Promotions aside, these two young whippersnappers are also amazing DJs and producers in their own right, with a breadth and depth of music knowledge that is quite astounding given they are only just out of short trousers. Expect to see and hear many more great things from this pairing very soon, and to get us on our way there we have a blistering throwdown from them which takes us all the way from wonked-out future garage and crazed rhythms to old skool house and majestic disco licks. To ice this incredible bass-cake we also have an exclusive remix from them of another B365 favourite, Antoni Maiovvi. We caught up with the pair to chat about dystopian futures, Jamie Oliver on PCP, cling-film funk and death metal disco. Sit back and enjoy the ride!B: Good evening Vast, good evening Bulbous. How the devil are you?V&B: Good evening. We have both shed our dense winter plumage and are getting ready to revel in the full disappointment of British summertime.B: Fantastic. Where are you right now?V&B: Sat in an armchair taking in a bit of Jamie Oliver. We think it's scandalous the amount ofsalt the man consistently puts in to his dishes, given his ambitions as some kind of modern day prophet of healthy-eating. But the big question is why is nobody talking about it? The popular press is being stonewalled, and it's lucky that these kind of outlets exist to get the message out there.B: What do you think Jamie Oliver likes to listen to when he's 'getting on one'?V&B: We think he probably likes to dip a Sainsbury's Ultimate Chipolata in a bowl of street-grade PCP, roll up his sleeves and get stuck into the lush production sound of Mr. Bobby Orlando.B: Top of the list of queries has to be: why Vast, why Bulbous?V&B: Why yin and yang? Why alpha and omega? Why Tango and Cash?B: Which one in Tango & Cash was vast, which was bulbous? Should girth make a difference in a name anyways?V&B: There's no question that Cash was both Vast and Bulbous, Tango was always just along for the ride.B: What's the history of V&B? How did you find your way into DJing?V&B: V&B started essentially as a shared blame system. When the beer bottles start flying it's nice to have someone to duck behind. We started DJing out of an unhealthy love of vinyl, and a desire to share the combinations we could make out of records. I remember when I first got decks spending days trying to mix a great Vangelis track into my latest drum and bass purchase. We didn't quite realise that wasn't what DJs did, and I'm not sure we've actually learnt that lesson yet.B: Well thanks for taking the time to do this mix for B365. It's quite an eclectic affair - do you feel this represents your live incarnation well?V&B: It's definitely an aspect of what we do. This is kind of our take on bass music, though you'd be just as likely to hear us rassing out some old disco or Tom's new genre of the month cling-film funk. I think whatever we're doing it would probably have the same eclectic feel to it - kind of like a musical ADHD. Except not with the connotations that seems to carry these days, where people play about 20 seconds of the most banging bit of each tune like we're all in some kind of horrible dystopian future where ev[...]

Byte presents B-Mix 002 : Dekoy - Rave Machine


Byte presents B-Mix 002:Dekoy'Rave Machine'(Byte, 2010)A new year, a new decade...and to celebrate Byte brings you the second installment in our ongoing B-Mix series, showcasing the most creative and exciting DJs around. Following on from our debut mix courtesy of Weasel, we are very excited to be able to bring to you a mix many months in the making! This time it's the turn of the infamous Dekoy - DJ, producer and promoter extraordinaire - who has laid down a incredible mix for your delectation - Rave Machine. Just like Ronseal this does exactly what it says on the tin - a speaker-shredding odyssey through dubstep, drum & bass, breaks, rave and much more besides. Tweaked to perfection the set includes some huge tunes and loads of little suprises to make it much more than the sum of it's parts.Kicking things off with a salvo of the best in new wave bass producers we get a healthy dollop of Kanji Kinetic, Bombaman and Zomby alongside more seasoned subheads like Skream and Jakes - all mixed with precision and flair before the set starts to pick up even more pace hurtling into a hyperactive middle section of juicy rave action. Dekoy wheels out two of his own awesome tracks - Lazerface and Isolator - before unleashing Squire Of Gothos, MRK1 and Blackfinger tunes to heap more drama onto the dancefloor. The final quarter rolls on at breackneck speed into some serious D&B pressure with a real sense of this mix taking you through several continents of genres and styles, but without feeling piecemeal or lacking in drive.An assured mix from an artist finding new confidence in his abilities, Rave Machine marks a new chapter in Dekoy's creative progression - and is an essential download for any fan of the cross-pollination of styles that is occuring in the musical underground at the moment.Byte caught up with Dekoy ahead of the release of Rave Machine to talk about the birth and death of genres, the rise and fall of Rusty Needle, his triumphant return to the British Bass Capital that is Bristol and the genius of Phil Collins.B: Evening Mr.Dekoy, how are you? D: Good evening Mr Basic. I'm very well thanks. Just keeping warm in my house after finally convincing my housemates that we're gonna need the heating on so pretty happy at the moment.B: Whereabouts are you right now? D: I'm currently residing in the coastal town of Falmouth in South Cornwall. Some of the more astute members of the Bristol community may have noticed I haven't been about much recently, so this will explain why. I moved down here a couple of years ago for a job I got offered (in fact I had a leaving party at the Byte First Birthday as you may remember).I wasn't doing much at the time so thought it would be a chance to do something a bit different and I've had an incredible time here. The place is beautiful and really peaceful but also has a nice, friendly buzz about it. Falmouth has a big arts college and university specialising in media related courses, so I've met loads of really cool people who are a lot more switched on than I was expecting. Excellent for the ales too!The first year I moved down I was back and forth to Bristol the whole time but I made the decision that as I was only going to be here for a short period, I’d devote the time I had left to just absorb myself fully. That coupled with concerns over the old carbon footprint from racing up and down the M5 every other week helped me make the decision to stay put for the while. I’m still up every couple of months or so though. Does this make me an away fixture for the B-Mix series?B: LOL Maybe it does! Thanks for this amazing mix! A real mash-up of styles and sounds here, would you say this is a good representation of what we could expect from a live Dekoy set? D: Was a pleasure mate. Sorry it took a while! Yeah, I think in some ways this is a decent representation of what I'm playing at the moment. A lot of the tracklisting was put together a few months ba[...]

Byte presents B-Mix 001 : Weasel - This Is My House


Byte presents B-Mix 001:Weasel'This Is My House'(Byte, 2009)In a new mix series for Byte, we've asked some of the most creative and exciting local DJs around to craft upfront mixes which will be available for download as well as being in select Bristol shops and clubs as free, fully artworked CDs. First up, long-standing Byte resident Weasel has stepped up to provide an awesome, booty-shaking dancefloor inferno of a mix. Over a short few years, Weasel has evolved from a fresh-faced new DJ on the block to one of the hardest-working selectors around. Her quick, incisive mix style and impeccable taste in selecting the best in house, techno and breaks has seen her in high demand, lighting up club nights across the city and beyond.This Is My House rips through seventeen tracks of high-octane house, techno and breaks all condensed into Weasel's quickfire mixdown style. Kicking off with some bubbling, wonky house beats before getting stuck into some hypnotic techno rhythms, the mix locks you into a persistent groove from the first bar. It's a testament to Weasel that her precision mixing and intuitive timing adds an extra element to the progression of the mix, complimenting the feel and sound of a selection that doesn't put a foot wrong. Right up to the buzzing crescendo of smash-mouth breaks and noisy rave action, the tempo and pacing is perfect, showing just how far Weasel has come as a DJ to watch in such a short space of time.We caught up with Weasel recently to chat about the mix as well as cats, stoner rock and everything in between. Enjoy!B: Evening Weasel, how are you this freezing winter evening?W: Fine thanks, just scoffed some Ben & Jerry's and am chilling with the moggies. Rock and roll!B: Moggies presumably is the name of your rock hard street crew?W: Oh yes, by moggies I mean gangstas (of the four legged variety).B: Weasels and moggies, who knew? So what's been happening in the world of Weasel recently?W: Just the usual work, play, eat and sleep really. I've recently taken quite a big step back from the DJing thing for a couple of months, and I'm now enjoying getting back on it!B: Any reason for the step back?W: Well...I had a difficult start to the year, and it kind of got a bit much. While all that was going on, I was doing up to three gigs a week and I just got really jaded and apathetic. So I took a break to regain my lacking enthusiasm and get back on track!B: What's your view on the Bristol scene right now? Up until recently you were one of the busiest DJs on the local circuit...W: I love Bristol, and I love the fact it's so close-knit! But I get frustrated at how that can occasionally turn into clickyness...I think some really good DJs are possibly being over-looked because they're not with the in-crowd. Having said that, the DJs that are getting booked regularly are absolutely awesome and I am very proud to be part of the Bristol scene.B: Very diplomatic! Obviously you have a slightly different perspective from a majority of the DJs out there, so do you feel being female in a male-dominated industry has helped or hindered you?W: The girl DJ thing is always there, I know that those that haven't seen me play already and don't know who 'that girl DJ' is are probably thinking, 'oh, a girl DJ....lets see if she's any good'. But in all honesty I don't get worked up about it. What has helped me is that I've never played on being a girl DJ, I've never pushed the whole girl DJ thing to try and get gigs and I think that my fellow DJs and promoters appreciate that. They respect the fact that my mixing ability and hard work has got me to where I am, without ever playing the gender card. I believe quite firmly that it's only an issue if you make it an issue, and I choose not to.B: So do you feel female DJs that do rely on their gender are letting the side down as it were?W: No, because I can understand why they would do that. It is easier to do it that w[...]

Context # 01 : Luke Standing


In a new series for B365, we'll be chatting to up and coming artists who are taking design to new heights. First up is Luke Standing, who is perhaps better known as one of the promoters behind Bristol's premier dubstep night SeasonFive, as well as being a incredible producer and DJ. Luke is an emerging talent who has already been responsible for some key work in the Bristol dubstep community, and is quickly developing into one to watch for the future. We caught up with the man himself recently for a chat.B: Good Evening sir, how are you tonight?L: Very good thank you, another day done in the office and excited about the weekend!B: LOL. What's new in the world of Luke Seasonfive at the moment?L: Well we've just had our Hessle Audio feature at the Tube gone past from Saturday, a nice introduction to the new student clubbing. We had Untold and Pangaea playing for extended sets, it went down very well indeed - lots of people, good vibes, good music! Just finishing the programming for the rest of the year and the start of next year. I'm currently working for a design studio called Halo in Bristol at the mo which is going well, lots of exciting projects which I'm enjoying a lot.B: Does it leave you much time for personal projects now?L: Ummm, in some ways yes and no. I'm also working freelance, but I've been quiet picky about what things I will undertake. I still have time to keep on top of things in the design world!B: Where does your love of design originate from? Is it something that's always intrigued you from growing up, or have you come to it relatively late?L: I suppose it's been a natural thing in my life from when I was very young. It sounds weird, but I used to love to draw despite my strengths being in other places now. I guess when I first got into stuff like that it was when I won an art competition when I was 7 and won a crayola set lol! I even used to keep a pencil and paper under my bed.Since then, I undertook on creative subjects like art and graphics (more like packaging design) at secondary school and then photography and art at A-level. That's when I first started to use Photoshop. As well as this, I used to write graffiti pieces in legalised areas in Brighton. The aspect of image manipulation really excited me, and it was very motivating in the progression of learning computer design.B: So the potential with platforms like Photoshop and Illustrator became a progressive step to where you are now. Without software would you still consider yourself an artist though? I feel there's a lot of people who rely solely on computer design whom lack some of the understanding more traditional artists might bring to a project.L: I would still consider myself as a designer and artist regardless of what platform or media in which I work. I guess in a way programs like Photoshop, Indesign and Illustrator have allowed me to free my hand of weakness. These tools are often interfaces which I use on a daily basis and are what is often happening right now for me in the majority of projects in which i work with, but it is also a means to an end in a way with design nowadays. It's the most efficient way of producing artwork.However, I do very much appreciate the different qualities of using tradition ways like type-setting and screen printing. I have used these methods of producing work successfully. Much of my work during my degree was based on screen printing and laser cutting. I believe there is a right method for every project.Seasonfive Brand Identity, 2009B: Speaking of which let's chat about some of your own work. Seasonfive has had a very strong visual look from day one, which seems to fit the musical content extremely well. Over the years we've seen a definitive evolution in the pieces you've created for the night. What was your thinking behind the concept for this?L: I think a strong branding concept behind anything visual is the k[...]

Lifetracks 06 : Nick Harris


After an extended break, the Lifetracks series is back to add a little joie de vivre to your Sunday leisure activities. This time we've only gone and bagged ourselves a bonafide Bristol legend in the form of one Nick Harris. Nick just so happens to run one of the most consistent and downright awesome record labels in the UK, NRK Music. With over a decade of quality releases behind them, this fiercely independent imprint is still going strong, providing the world with timeless electronic music. Nick has very kindly taken time out of his busy schedule to offer up a stunning mix of absolute classics that have influenced and inspired him across the years, as well as a fascinating interview to boot. Enjoy!B: Good Evening Mr.Harris. How the devil are you?NH: Very well thanks, and thanks for inviting me onto Lifetracks. I like the concept of this, it was quite challenging putting down an influences mix, because I didn’t want to necessarily do a beat mix, but wanted to get a nice flow of all the differing sounds that have twisted my melons over the years. Hopefully your listeners will enjoy the mix.B: I'm sure they will! Whereabouts are you right now?NH: I’m in my office right now, I work in the same building as Optimum Mastering, who cut lacquers and master music for a whole bunch of top labels and artists.B: So what's new in the world of Nick Harris right now?NH: Plenty going on at Harris HQ, it’s a very busy time rebuilding the label after a few months out the game, I’ve just signed up a number of single releases from the likes of Scope, Spencer Parker, Kris Wadsworth and David Durango, all of which will see the light of day before the end of this year. Also I’m ready to drop the new Steve Bug The Lab 02 compilation next week, so plenty going on with that, it’s a superb double mix compilation of contemporary deep techno house.I’m also super busy remixing and producing myself, I’ve got some remixes coming out on NRK, and working on a debut single release. Also always doing my monthly DJ mixes which I post on Soundcloud and the blog, compiling monthly charts, just really getting behind the music and enjoying it. Hopefully club work will pick up for me soon - I used to DJ weekly all over Europe, but took some time out for my family, and I’m eager to get back out there!B: 2010 will see NRK 14 years deep in the music industry. Did you ever think it would get this far?NH: To be honest, I have never really thought about it. Obviously looking back, yeah, I would have had no idea that the label would still be running 14 years down the line, but I never had any doubt that I would still be involved with the music industry in some way, shape or form. I’ve been involved with music since a very early age, so even though the label is 14 years, prior to that NRK ran as a promotions and ents agency since around 1993, and prior to that I was running club nights and gigs since about 1988…now that makes me feel old!B: With such a plethora of quality music released through the label, do you feel excited by the state of dance music as it is today?NH: I feel excited about the climate in which the music is coming out in, yes. The whole way that digital has flipped to become the main medium in which music is consumed, and the way that the Internet is used to promote and market the music….of course, from a label perspective, it has been disappointing to see a major downturn in physical sales, and hence a major downturn in revenue; digital sales no way replace the kind of incomes artists and labels were achieving a few years back, but hey, these are new times, and you’ve either gotta keep up with it or lag behind.Musically, dance is still fresh, there’s always a new angle on the sounds, always new producers pushing things, new software and more accessibility for people to get involved with making music. T[...]

Lifetracks 05 : Placid


Taking a bit of a break from the cavalcade of producers we've featured in recent weeks, we decided for the fifth installment in the Lifetracks series that it was high time a legendary DJ took us through his dusty crates - and so we asked founder Placid to work his magic. For a selector who's knowledge and experience in the rare and forgotten gems of electronic music is second to none, we knew the resulting mix would be a classic in it's own right - full to bursting with early house gold and a smattering of funk, disco and dubstep. Dig in!B: Salutations Placid, how does this fine evening find you?P: Life is going pretty good at the mo.B: Where are you right now?P: Up in my office, with my window wide open and a nice mix on the 'puter...B: Oh really? What mix would that be then?P: A mix by Red D who runs We Play House records.B: Oh OK very nice indeed! Love their design ethos. Perfect listening for a day like today. What's been happening in Placid's world of late? You just got back from a little european mission recently didn't you?P: Yeah the European mission was a social affair, as my girlfriend is French. Although I did partake in some vinyl hunting. Unfortunately it wasn't a gig with Laurent Garnier and Ludovic Navarre...B: I recall an evening spent listening to Monsieur Garnier live back when Man With The Red Face had just dropped. Literally insane skills on the decks. But I digress. Any choice vinyl morsels hoovered up by such a connoisseur as yourself?P: Europe The Final Countdown on 12"...quite tasty.B: A bonafide classic! How many euros for this jewel in the crown of 80s poodle rock?P: It was one whole euro. To be honest I wouldn't have shelled out more of my hard earned for it. It's one of those tracks which constantly seems to be in my head, and I can't get rid of it...I might go and get counselling or hypnotherapy! Also picked up a couple of early DMZ things, early Murk, 808 State Newbuild on Rephlex, Isoleee...not a huge amount but not bad for a flea market.B: Sounds like a worthwhile trip! Are you keen to get yourself out and about in Europe more?P: Absolutely, I've played in Holland, France and Spain - I need to get myself to Germany, check the scene there.B: Is Germany the last box to be ticked on the Fantasy Gig list? Berghain power hour perhaps?P: Yep, though Chicago still rates as my No.1 of the places I'd love to play at that simply don't exist anymore. I'm quite happy just to play on a big rig though - hearing the records on a sound system they were meant to be played on.B: Do you feel that acid and early house is slightly maligned or marginalised these days in terms of those that will actually play it out still, champion it?P: It's quite rare to go out and hear proper old school (well what I consider old school - 87/88/89 stuff) - when i first moved to Bristol, there was a night called Land of Confusion, which didn't play all old stuff but played a fair few bits, and it was incredibly poorly attended. I wouldn't say its maligned, I think a lot of people would like it if they were exposed to it. I've found though, especially here in Bristol, that there's a massive D&B following (and breaks maybe not so much now) - but for a lot of people who got into the scene in the early to mid-90s it's UK Hardcore that people identify with more than the sounds of Chicago 86/87. There's a few of us still championing it though - The Kelly Twins, Sell By Dave, Joe Hart - but I'm not sure how a whole night of it would go down!B: Ever thought about giving it a go?P: Putting a night of retro house on, pre-1990? I toyed with the idea, when I was in London - but as for doing one now here, I just can't imagine it would attract that many people. Unless I could somehow get a very big name in the D&B or Dubstep scene to play it! Saying that though, I did play a pur[...]

Lifetracks 04 : Mulder


For the fourth episode in the Lifetracks series, we tracked down a true survivor of the original rave era and arguably one of the most under-rated producers around, Mulder. Mulder's output during the mid-90s for labels like Aphrodite's Urban Takeover defined the elements of jump-up when that wasn't such a dirty word, producing jungle anthems like Gettin' Blunted, Don't Give A Damn and Stick Up Kid . After an extended break away from music production, Mulder found favour in the fledgling hardcore breaks scene, recording for Malice & Enzyme's 2Fresh imprint with definitive tracks such as Soundclash and Devil Inside. With an encyclopedic knowledge of rave culture and all it's facets, Mulder's selection was always going to be top quality - and we weren't disappointed. Get ready for some stone-cold classics!B: Hi Mulder, how are you today?M: I'm fine.B: Where are you right now?M: Sat in my room, which is quite warm at the moment, in front of my laptop.B: A common position for Mulder up beats?M: I was playing around in Ableton earlier, trying to prepare some samples, yep.B: For an imminent release or just for fun?M: For a potential release, yeah, just trying to sort out the timings on a sample with really loose rhythm so it doesn't clash and flam with the breaks when I'm writing the tune.B: So we're talking Hardcore Breaks or something else? Sounds intriguing...M: Yeah, trying to write a jungly HCB tune with ska samples.B: Sounds awesome! Are you always consciously trying to adjust the template of Hardcore Breaks with other elements?M: Well, I think it's best to keep doing different stuff with it, otherwise I get bored.B: Some people might consider HCB a bit of a creative cul-de-sac, but there seems to be loads of energy and invention in the genre these days...what's your thoughts on that?M: Well, the idea was thought up by people who loved that original Hardcore / Jungle Tekno sound and wanted new tunes in that style to listen to, but you don't have to limit yourself to just that, you can become influenced by other new music around you and throw some of that in the mix too. I've been one of the people to break off a bit from the B2VOS forum where it started too, and do stuff under the 'nu-rave' banner, which whether it's a good idea or not is our way of sticking a finger up at the NME's attempts to pre-empt the oldskool revival by making Indie the 'new rave'.B: NME weren't kidding anybody over 18 with that one! HCB has been fairly divisive amongst old skool heads though wouldn't you agree? Those that think of that era as a set time and should be left as it is, and those who want to take that sound further?M: Yeah, there have been those who've lapped it up and those who just didn't care for it. The divisions within HCB itself were about certain personal differences more than anything else, and a lot of that has blown over now. It took a while for those of us who wanted to use the 'nu-rave' tag for ourselves and join up with the Rave Breaks and J-Tek guys, to get accepted by those who wanted to just stick to promoting HCB on it's own. Hang on, that didn't make any sense ...ah no, it does make sense, just a long-winded way of putting it!B: No it makes perfect sense ha ha! So you feel the future for HCB is looking good?M: It could be great, it could just fade into the background. I think there is a little oldskool revival happening within the fidget stuff and certain dubstep records have even tried to go a bit old skool - Skream's La Roux remix for one, even though he's just stuck a full speed amen at the end. Then there are people like Clipz who is doing some great varied stuff under the name Redlight, a lot of which has subtle or even quite obvious old skool influences in it. All this is good, but we need to bring it all together.B: So w[...]

Lifetracks 03 : Antoni Maiovvi


For the next installment of Lifetracks, we sent the call out to our man in Berlin, the infamous italo maestro Antoni Maoivvi. Maiovvi has been busy spreading the synth l'amour across Europe and beyond, with second album Shadow Of the Bloodstained Kiss due for release on August 3, an imaginary soundtrack to a long-lost 80s giallo. With this in mind, we felt it only fitting to ask him for a selection of his biggest influences in celebration of this fact. What we got back was something truly intriguing that demanded further investigation. Read the full account of Signore Maiovvi's majestic mindwaves below and then download the incredible mix for your aural delectation.B: Buona Serra Signore Maiovvi, how does this fine evening find you?AM: I'm well thank you. I've spent the day hooking my Wii remote up to Ableton Live...B: Sounds intriguing...AM: It's not as responsive as the Max/MSP patch I was using, but it's interesting...needs adjustment.B: You've recently got to grips with Ableton in a serious way, haven't you?AM: Yeah, I don't find it's arrangement layout at all useable, but it's strength lies elsewhere.B: Such as?AM: Essentially I'm using it for improvising my performances now, it's looping capabilities are great. I don't think I'll produce anything with it - just use it for concerts.B: So where are you right now?AM: Wedding in sunny Berlin. It's kind of like the Bedminster of Berlin.B: God help us all! How are you finding the transition from the UK to Germany?AM: Quite strange actually. This is the first time I've actually had an extended period without concerts here. Over the last two months, I've been back and forth between the UK. I'm finally getting settled now, hence the Ableton binge.B: How have you found the reception to your music over there compared to here?AM: Ha, it's quite strange. The more experimental things I do have been received very well. Antoni Maiovvi has been received well too, but it's early days for the Italo scene here I think. Not to say that people aren't doing it and haven't been for a while, but I think there is still some fall-out from the style being so widespread in Germany. I think also because the term Italo has become very much a blanket term for this stuff, some people will forget that some of it was of German origin.A lot of the UK fans have only recently discovered this music, so perhaps it carries a different significance. It's growing though.B: That's intriguing, I think there is a definite groundswell in the UK toward Italo, but I always presumed Europe was a permanent stonghold for it's charms...AM: Well, for example at the first night of the Space Operator club I've started here, DJ Benetti played a track by Modern Talking. A member of which is on Germany's version of the X-Factor as their Simon Cowell judge character...B: Ha ha really?AM: Yeah, the bar staff were laughing about it, I didn't know any of this of course, but they made it clear how amazingly un-cool it was, ha!B: Awesome, I would have drawn for the Nena myself...let's talk about the one Italo track you've included here, possibly the quintessential italo track, Spacer Woman. How did your love affair with this style of music come about?AM: Well, it was Goblin, who are my favorite group. Investigating them I came across the disco stuff, and it really seemed like an extension of the horror / sci-fi / action soundtracks I was already listening to. More research turned into obsession...B: Soundtracks make up a large part of your influence would you say? You've included here Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13 theme, a personal favourite of mine and given Shadow...'s Giallo stylings, is it a vital component of how you shape music, how you produce?AM: A huge part, Carpenter's music especially. There was a period before all [...]

Lifetracks 02 : Wascal


For our second installment in the Lifetracks series, we've selected one of the most promising new producers to emerge from Bristol in the last few years, Wascal. With a handful of releases already under his belt on his own Wascal Dubs label and the classic Hollowpoint on Hammer Records still a favourite amongst many discerning dubsteppers, Wascal looks set to capitalise on a busy year spent producing with a slew of releases lined up to take him to the next level. We asked him to pick a range of tracks that have been important to his growth as an artist, and then we sat down to chat to him one fine summer evening.B: Evening Wascal. How's tricks?W: The sun is out, work has finished for the day and I'm armed with a cup of tea and a rollie. Life is sweet!B: LOL liking the positive attitude! Summer seems to be having some difficulty getting going this year...W: Yes, mainly at evenings and weekends too! At least it was out for St. Pauls carnival though, makes all the difference at things like that. To be honest I've been cooped up indoors finishing tunes through some of the nicer days this year, my studio tan is strong.B: Those 60w light bulbs really do the the trick huh? What's been getting cooked up in the lab then, anything imminent for release on the horizon?W: Quite a lot coming up in the next 6 months by the looks of things. Bit of an essay coming up:Superisk - Eva Takada (Wascal mix) on Time's Audio Banquet label which has been doing the rounds as a 320 for some time. Headhunter played it at FWD a few months back which is good to know. That's going to be MP3 only.Wascal - Overstep b/w SLT Mob mix on Halo (12" etc): Basically future garage trance step. It's better than it sounds on paper I swear! That hasn't gone out to anyone except SLT & Bunzero so expect to hear it soon.Buckfunk 3000 - High Volume (Wascal mix) (12" TBA). Si emailed asking if I wanted to remix any of his old Fuel stuff and I jumped at the chance as him and Tipper are heroes of mine. Took 6 weeks and is probably the most complexly edited tune I've made. Si's sorting out the label for that so more info on the way.Clustered b/w Nephilim rmx on Betamorph (Digi), tech-dubstep that's been doing the rounds for a bit backed with a remix from Hollywood based Nephilim.Wascal - Don't Forget on Cymbstep (12" etc), my second release on the dubstep sister label of Cymbalism, US Based tech dnb label. Crunchy breaks and string section business.Finally Wascal - Glisten Up and an un-named one that's gone out to a few people as Junglish. Better name on the way! These should be coming out on Cut La Roc's Rocstar label - details are scarce at the mo, only confirmed it today.I'm also working on an album but keep getting all the best bits signed so its half done AGAIN lol. Doh!B: Lot of Bristol producers working on albums right now, sounds like 2010 will be the year of the LP! Do you consider yourself more of an "album" or "single" artist then?W: Singles to be honest. Doing an album would be good to get more music out to more people, but I very rarely listen to dance albums in one sitting so it's a bit hypocritical really. I'd love to do something like that, but I find myself covering a lot of bases so its tricky! Right now its a collection of 140bpmish dubstep, 2step, techno and jungle and I'm working on making it sound like a cohesive album.My favourite dance albums are ones that takes you on that (cliched) journey, Exit Planet Dust for instance - most of the tunes on there stand up on their own but the way it progresses keeps you locked in.B: Chemical Brothers a big influence for you then? You've featured a classic track from them in your mix...W: They were a huge influence around Exit Planet Dust. I was playing a lot of guitar in my early teens [...]

Free Download : Canola Tenderfoot - The Light Still Flickers


Canola Tenderfoot'The Light Still Flickers'(Self-Released EP 2009)A welcome return for one of B365's personal favourites, Canola Tenderfoot follow up their debut album Winning Is For Losers with a free EP available from their website. The ethereal sound they honed on that release is surprisingly toughened up here; it's evident there's been some serious work undertaken in galvanising the beats of producer Owen Canola. On Lock Out this works very well, with the sensual vocals of Viki Canola snaking around frenetic drumwork and buzzing keys, yet still reflecting the sparse, candlelit warmth prevalent on their debut.Nothing Set In Stone harks back to the Canlola Tenderfoot of old, with breathless shards of vocal and melody intertwined in a looping groove that more acerbic critics might label indicative of the genre that dare not speak its name, t**p h*p. But if you strip away the accumulated baggage that comes with a name like that, what are we left with? Simply put, Canola Tenderfoot reference the finer elements of downtempo electronica and twist it into their own strange shapes, and it sounds all the better for it.Whilst Nothing Set In Stone and Play On might sit with the more orthodox material from their debut, Lock Out and Vilnius speak of a fresh direction which is maybe thanks in part to Owen's growing confidence as a producer through other remix projects. With a sharper, darker approach to beats and vocals, both these tracks are definitely the stronger of the four presented here. If you haven't picked up their debut album it comes highly recommended, and in the meantime download this EP to get to know the Canola Tenderfoot way.Canola Tenderfoot - Vilnius (Version)Canola Tenderfoot - Play OnCanola Tenderfoot - Lock OutCanola Tenderfoot - Nothing Set In StoneDOWNLOADSCanola Tenderfoot - Vilnius (Version)Canola Tenderfoot - Play OnCanola Tenderfoot - Lock OutCanola Tenderfoot - Nothing Set In StoneFull EP Zip file with all four tracks and artworkFFI: Canola Tenderfoot WebsiteBUY: Canola Tenderfoot - Winning Is For Losers[...]

Lifetracks 01 : Coleco


Here's a new feature at B365. We ask an artist to select a handful of tracks that have influenced them across their lifetime and put them in a mix. We then talk about those choices, hopefully incorporating a little insight into the selected artist at the same time. Pretty simple really, and something we hope you'll enjoy.First up is a rising star of the Dubstep scene, Coleco. After the exhilarating rush of Campfire Funk was released on Soul Motive last year, plenty of people started taking a deeper interest in this young producer who's cinematic scope and ear for melody belies his age and experience. Bristol is not short of dynamic or innovative producers in this genre, but Coleco is operating on the very fringes of the sound in a similar fashion to Soul Motive's label boss Forsaken. Through a prolonged online chat we spoke to him about his chosen tracks and what they mean to him.B: Hiya Coleco, how are you?C: Fairly ill to be honest, mad headache all weekend, but luckily it's not swine flu! (yet) So I've got time to laze around and write beats...B: Perfect activity for a rainy sunday! Where are you now?C: At home, with my feet up.B: Where does the name Coleco come from? My extensive internet research has revealed only ColecoVision, the early video game console - or that company's earlier incarnation of a leather goods manufacturer - as the only likely contenders. So is it retro video games or a love for leather that inspired the name?C: Yes, it came from ColecoVision, but being a bit hypocritical on my part, I never actually owned one! Needless to say I was a bit of a retro computer game fiend, but the MegaDrive was my arena. Ever since I started producing, I dropped the whole gaming thing, but writing little midi files for Sonic fangames when I was younger was where I first came across a sequencer. The name actually comes from when I used to skate (yes, fruitboot!) and someone came up with the crew name "ColecoVision Crew", for comedic reasons. Why I hijacked the name, I have no idea. I suppose it is a bit odd, officially standing for Conneticut Leather Company. But, shh, don't tell anyone that!B: Ha ha! So given that you're a retro games nut, do you have an affinity with the 8-bit sounds other Bristol producers like Joker and Gemmy feature in their music? It doesn't seem to be an overt influence in your own productions.C: No you're right, the 8-bit sound doesn't appear as much as I might have thought it did. Joker and Gemmy seem to have a talent for a clean, techy, well produced, 8-bit influenced sound. I tend to make things more rustic and organic. In some of my older stuff it featured more, but I would still say it has influenced me a lot, especially when I create a leadline. The other 'retro' sound that fascinates is the recording processes of the 60's-70's, especially on old funk/soul tracks. So I try a combine the two a little, that digital sound, verses rusty, distorted, analogue warmth.B: There's a definite 'vintage' quality to your sound - something that links in with your first choice of record here - Boards Of Canada Aquarius. Everybody was mad for Music Has The Right To Children when it came out...there's a strong lineage between that warm, natural analogue sound they created and your own work. Where does this track take you back to?C: To be honest, I probably jumped on the Boards Of Canada bandwagon later than most. But, it was a quite a few years back when, after being into rock, then subsequently introduced to drum n bass, I discovered the whole electronic leftfield, avant-garde, IDM, (or whatever you wanna call it!) thing. The infamously mysterious Boards of Canada are much more repetitive and hypnotic than other Warp or Warp-e[...]

Free Download : Plodocus - Chordata


Plodocus'Chordata (Live)'(Self-Released 2009)Here's a treat for any fans of chilled-out electronica or dubstep. We featured up and coming producer Plodocus on the blog some time ago, and recently he played at Drawn Recordings' Laptop Liberation night - which he was then kind enough to record and upload for your enjoyment. This is a mini-mix of his productions so far, with some incredibly promising content to sink your teeth into. Plodocus has a keen ear for light and shade in his music, and the sense of atmosphere he builds on tracks like opener Chaos Patterns shows an artist really taking huge strides in terms of gaining confidence as a producer. As a bonus, alongside the live recording there's a full studio recording of Eshto for you to download to. Enjoy!Full Tracklisting:01 - Chaos Patterns02 - Hyperskank03 - Take Me04 - Plodocustard05 - Voolamay V106 - Voolamay V207 - Cut Them All Down08 - Assembly Line09 - Eshto10 - ChordataPlodocus - Chordata (Live)Download : Plodocus - Chordata (Live)Plodocus - Eshto[...]

Free Download : Koast - The Koast Is Clear


Koast'The Koast Is Clear'(Self-Released 2008)Hot on the heels of our review of Rogue's new mixtape, here's a blast from the past courtesy of Koast. Originally released last year, The Koast Is Clear was the culmination of a labour of love for the MC which saw him pull together beats from local luminaries like Forsaken, Gudio, Joker and more alongside cuts from Snafu, Rogue and Awkward. Lyrical support came from the Central Spillz family as well as Hollie G, Se Fire’s Mistafire, K.Ners, Bubbz, and B’Tol. With a guest-list like that you know this is the real deal. Here's what we wrote up last year on it's release:"This one has been a long time coming, but well worth the wait...Bristol's Hip Hop heritage is strong and is enjoying a bit of a renaissance at the moment; one of the main MCs pushing things forward is Koast. Simply put this is one of the best Hip Hop releases for a while, forget about local pride or bias...every single track on here in terms of beats and lyrics is pitch perfect - an incredible effort from an artist who has been paying his dues for a long time, surely his time is now."A year on and Central Spillz are truly dominating the local scene, and Koast himself is so in demand it borders on a monopoly. It's been a genuine pleasure to see them ride out the apathy toward Hip Hop in Bristol over the last few years into a time when the genre has seen a true renaissance, and the community that has stood by the sound through thick and thin are reaping the benefits. Again like Rogue's mixtape, this is a document of the amalgamation of a variety of sounds and styles into something that is uniquely Bristol.Stand-out tracks Broken and People with B'Tol still astound, but the whole album is a joy - and after many repeated listens across the year one that stands the test of time.Full Tracklisting:01. Intro feat Johnston, Rogue & Awkward02. Put Your Hands Up (beats by Dexter Sosay, cuts by Johnston)03. Verbally Murderous feat Fusion (beats by JD, cuts by Johnston & Snafu)04. Closer To Closing05. Broken feat Mistafire, Mackie Skillz, Fusion & Hollie G (beats by The Mysteries)06. Do It Right Vip remix feat Con, Fusion, Shadz, C-Strike-Z & Mackie Skillz (beats by Guido)07. Never Leave Me Alone feat C-Strike-Z & Mackie Skillz (beats by Rockit Productions)08. People B'tol feat Koast (beats by Jagos)09. Cold As Me feat Con & Just Jay (beats by Amo)10. Samuel The Skit (skit)11. F**k The Industry feat Redskin, Mistafire & Mackie Skillz (beats by Interface)12. Rum & Ginger (beats & cuts by Lopez)13. Man or Monster feat Conshus, Bubbz aka Chief, Mackie Skillz, D.Scriptive, Stealth MC, K.Ners, Mistafire, B'Tol & Pike (beats by Pike)14. So Much More feat Redskin (beats by Amo & Marcovitz)15. The Koast Is Clear (beats by Forsaken & Joker, cuts by Snafu)***BONUS TRACKS***16. Do It Right (beats by Guido)17. In My Hands feat Balance (beats by The Beat Godz)Koast - Broken (ft. Mistafire, Mackie Skillz, Fusion & Hollie G)B'Tol feat. Koast - PeopleDownload : Koast - The Koast Is ClearFFI: Koast WebsiteFFI: Central Spillz Website[...]

DJ Derek Documentary


Here's a lovely documentary about a living legend who is Bristol through and through. DJ Derek is a true veteran of the reggae and dub scene in the city and this is a great insight into the man himself. Enjoy.

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Free Download : DJ Rogue - Self Harmony Vol 1


DJ Rogue'Self Harmony Volume One'(Self-Released 2009)Hip Hop has had a welcome resurgence in Bristol over the last two years, thanks in part to the rise in popularity of Dubstep in the city which has brought the sound back out of the doldrums and into the clubs again. A key factor in this reversal of fortune is the propensity of the city's artists to approximate the best elements of both genres and mould it into something new and distinctly adhered to Bristol. It's this willingness to extrapolate the elements in each sound that is forging new ground here away from the vagaries of fashion or trends in other cities - and will undoubtedly provide longevity for the community as a whole.A case in point is the latest mixtape from Veterbrae's DJ Rogue. A key player in the local scene for some time now, Rogue is as comfortable perfecting hip hop beats as he is crafting heavy bassweight and dubstep low-end. All beats and cuts here are his own, and it seems fitting that a versatile producer and DJ like Rogue has selected a raft of MC talent that mirrors his own sonic dexterity to guest on the mix. A good chunk of the MCs involved in the project regularly spit over a variety of styles - the Central Spillz full crew who represent here are at the forefront of merging styles into something unique to the Bristol environment - and the confidence of this flexibility shines through on what is an intriguing document of this current state of musical evolution.Se Fire's Mistafire opens proceedings as host with some cursory bars across the string-led intro and showcase scratching, and it quickly becomes apparent that the invention in the beats and samples threatens to overshadow the MCs. Stand-out bars come from Awkward who connects with the beat and flow perfectly, and Koast who's abilities seem to grow and grow with every recorded performance. Rogue's awareness of utilising samples to flip a beat on it's head is invigorating; suddenly what was a rumbling dubbed-out monster becomes a melancholy refrain thanks to the lilt of strings here or the smattering of keys there.Thirteen MCs on a thirty minute mixtape might seem unlucky for some, but the overall creativity in the beats and bars will keep you coming back for repeated listens to digest the density of ideas present here; there's a real sense of a scene collectively reaching a new level of skill here - and whilst that level is not quite there yet, the seeds of that future sound are being sown here and now. "Big on the road like bus drivers" indeed.DJ Rogue - Self Harmony Volume 1Download: DJ Rogue - Self Harmony Volume 1[...]

Dubbed Out In Bristol - Bristol Dubstep Documentary


Whilst dubstep in Bristol is hardly short of column inches these days, it's always good to hear from the artists themselves rather than the self-perpetuating mythology that journalists and hipsters conjure up about the "bristol sound". This two-part documentary can be seen as an companion piece to original Dubstep documentary Living Inside The Speaker, catching up with the producers featured in that film and including newer additions to the city's pantheon of stars. Well worth a watch, enjoy!

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Free Download : Jackov & Frilla - Eyes To The Floor E.P.


Jackov & Frilla'Eyes To The Floor EP'(Self-Released 2009)One-time Bagman and DJ extraordinaire Jackov has been steadily improving his production skills of late, most noticeably in his first publicly-released effort The Plan a few months ago. Now he's back with a whole EP of off-kilter goodness, this time joining forces with Statix frontman and MC Frilla to provide four tracks of wonky action.Opener Hefty has all the hallmarks of a twisted dubstep behemoth but it seems crafted from a different fabric to the usual generic wobblers - there's elements of breakcore and techno floating around in the mix - and the result is strangely hypnotic, the sound of a distressed geriatric Dalek that's fallen over in the shower.Frilla's first offering Redeye again flips the dubstep template into a highly-compressed video game nasty, full of sinister rolling bassweight and clipped percussion that gives the whole track an imminent sense of suspense and drama.Jackov's second attempt Lench offers a more restrained response to the first two tracks, with a half-step bubbler that combines minimal, spacious drumwork with an undulating bassline straight out of a low-budget slasher movie.Final Frilla contribution Who Are You brings the grime scattershot percussion to a breathless vocal sample that owes more to the old school of garage then it does the new wave and is the best track on offer here. It would be disingenuous to say this brace of tracks are perfect - as with much of the up and coming ranks of producers who are still in the embryonic stages of making music, the ideas are all present and correct, but perhaps lack the confidence of experience to push them to that next level. That said, this EP shows a lot of promise in these two young artists, and we're looking forward to what happens next.Jackov - HeftyFrilla - RedeyeJackov - LenchFrilla - Who Are YouDownload the full EP[...]

Album Review : Antoni Maiovvi - Shadow Of The Bloodstained Kiss


Antoni Maiovvi'Shadow Of The Bloodstained Kiss'(Seed Records 2009)"‘Shadow of the Blood Stained Kiss’ is the Antoni Maiovvi score to a nonexistent 1983 Italian Sci-fi giallo starring Barbara Cupisti and Ian McCulloch. In the distant future "Europa," the 2nd moon of Jupiter has been colonized by man. In the midst of this Utopian era a dangerous struggle for power between organised crime and the highest level of government is underway and when Juliet Hardy (Barbara Cupisti), a stunning discotheque singer, becomes witness to a murder the only person who believes her is tough-nosed cyber-journalist, Jason Scott (Ian McCulloch). Together, they unravel more than they bargained for as a sadistic killer runs loose brutally slaying anyone in connection to the crime. Who does this man in black work for and what is the connection between him and an ancient order that have been controlling the known universe since the dawn of time?"When the press release for a new album reads as above, you know you have something special about to be shoved in your ears. But then again this is Antoni Maiovvi, the alter ego of Geisha frontman Anton Maiof, and so the acceptable parameters of what's normal were eroded many, many years ago. After the sticky majesty of debut album Electro Muscle Cult gained widespread acclaim, this sophomore release was an important one. The current italo and euro-synth revival is continually operating on a thin line between homage and pastiche, with very few artists that have adopted the genre taking the sound in anything even remotely approaching a new direction. Can an artist like Maiovvi - who wears his influences so well but so prominently - offer us anything new above the nostalgic?Maiovvi has played a dangerous game in releasing what is considered an imagined soundtrack - not only does the composition have to work within it's concept, it also has to be cohesive as an album in it's own right when that element is removed - as well as offer something intriguing within the genre itself. It's a huge gamble that many artists have tried and failed with - but it's one that Maiovvi wins. This is easily an early contender for our album of the year, regardless of the concept - but made all the more awesome because of it. It's hard to describe the joy you feel when you find an album that perfectly crystallises all that you love about music - but Shadow Of The Bloodstained Kiss is one such album.The elements of it's influence are all present - that twilight period of the late 70s and early 80s where the synth ruled supreme - but Maiovvi has twisted the original sounds of that time into something brand new and exhilarating. The sense of creeping dread prevalent in Argento or Carpenter's finest work bleeds through into the polished chrome and neon of Moroder, but the style has been reinforced with the sensibilities of the new millennium - whilst the vintage synths and undulating rhythms recall Legowelt or Bangkok Impact, the toughened drums and haunting melodies owe more to the sharper, darker styles of Kavinsky. The overall effect works brilliantly on tracks like Plymouth Fury where the elements combine perfectly to transport you to that dark, distant future of masonic cults and sultry chanteuses.Maiovvi's obvious mastery of his craft becomes even more apparent on Nightmoves and Velocity Central were he commands a pitch-perfect ability to control the dynamics of atmosphere. Both tracks visualise instantly the world Maiovvi is dragging you into, the former remi[...]

Rebel With A Cause : An Interview With Jo Hook


Byte recently caught up with Jo Hook, the co-founder of charity Temwa, which has provided much-needed aid and support for the country of Malawi. Malawi is a landlocked country south of the equator in sub-Saharan Africa bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. Life expectancy in Malawi dropped from 45 years in 1990 to 38 years in 2005 (UNDP, 2004) and is expected to drop rapidly in the future due to HIV/AIDS pandemic. Exact figures for the HIV infection rate are difficult to substantiate, but the 2004 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey (MDHS) indicate that 12% of women and men age 15-49 in Malawi are currently infected with HIV. Temwa operates in the Northern district of Nkhata Bay in an isolated rural area called Usisya, and has helped the local community there build a better lives for themselves through a variety of projects.Bristolians may be more familiar with Temwa through the fundraising events arm of their operation, otherwise known as Monsterpiece. They've been responsible for some memorable parties in recent years around the city, all in the name of a great cause. Jo took the time to take Byte through some of the highlights and good work Temwa has accomplished.B: Take us through the evolution of Temwa and your involvement in the organisation. JH: Temwa was started by myself and Sophie Elson, we both lived and worked in Malawi in 1999-2000. Whilst there, we came face to face with the many hardships that the people of Malawi deal with on a daily basis. We saw someone we work with slowly die because of AIDS - Lotti - a member of staff where we worked.We watched Lotti loose his fight against AIDS: a disease that had already claimed the lives of his wife and many of his close family. His death left his sister to look after and provide for all of his six children, plus her other brother's and sister's offspring, who were all orphaned by either AIDS, cholera, malaria or typhoid. We were so moved by the desperate situation that, on our return to England, we decided to send out the equivalent of Lotti's monthly income to support his family.It was apparent that this story was not unusual in this part of the world and the we felt empowered to do more. We spent time researching the specific problems Malawian's were facing and how to best tackle them. They began a three-year fundraising programme that would not only raise awareness, but also the targeted amount in order to start their planned projects.The majority of the money needed to start Temwa was raised by the Monsterpiece nights, in particular by a band called Babyhead. This initial period was truly inspirational; it was amazing to see a dedicated group of people working totally for free, organising events to raise funds for a charity idea that founders Jo Hook and Sophie Elson had on returning from a trip to Africa. The aim was to start a project to help families affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Malawi. Research was undertaken, whilst fundraising, to decide how best to start the project.Now the organisation has been up & running in Malawi for 5 years and we have achieved an amazing amount of stuff! See below:* Building & running the first Community Centre in Usisya. The Community Centre was opened in July 2004.* Organising a variety of HIV & AIDS education programs and reaching over 10,000 members of the community in Usisya with invaluable information relating to HIV & AIDS.* Building & running the first Library in Usisya. The Library was [...]

Bristol Festival 2009


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A little teaser video for the 2009 Bristol Festival, which will be bigger and better than last year so we hear! The event runs from 18-20th September so something to look forward to when those summer nights leave us for another year.

For more info: Bristol Festival

....and we're back.


After a bit of a break from the jet-set lifestyle of local blogging, B365 is back on it - and to celebrate, here's a bumper post to get us back on track with some of the astounding music eminating from this fine city right now.First up we have to say a big WOAH! to the collective mentalism known as MICHAEL J ROCKS for giving up the amazing Symmetry Breaking mix of their own material. We're not going to oversell it - suffice to say it's some of the best music you'll hear all year - and it's free, so what else is there to discuss?>>DOWNLOAD - MICHAEL J ROCKS : SYMMETRY BREAKINGNext up is a sick little session off of Pollen Radio with three local selectors going places fast - TIME, SICKMAN D & EFA. This throwdown popped off a week or so back and is well worth picking up - the set is hot and heavy!>>DOWNLOAD - POLLEN RADIO 12.06.09 : TIME, SICKMAN D & EFAB365 Favourite DAVE BAIN has taken time out from creating awesome illustrations to take to the decks with his alter ego WAXMOUSE. And the results are suitably fantastic! His first podcast with cohort Pupfish is a great mix up of sounds and styles showing Mr.Bain is infuriatingly talented in two disciplines now... >>DOWNLOAD - PUPFISH & WAXMOUSE : PODCAST 01Another month and another absolutely essential mix from WASCAL - this man can do no wrong in our eyes and it's a definite that although his star is on the rise now, next year will be his time to break into the big leagues. Grab this astounding mix whilst you can! >>DOWNLOAD - WASCAL : SUMMER RAVE UP 2009GYU is another producer and DJ on the tipping point to stardom, and none can be more deserving than this man - one of the nicest, and most talented guys in the business. Recently he dropped this devestating Dubstep mix which overnight banished all our growing boredom with the creative cul-de-sac the genre is heading down. A must have mix.Tracklist:Embrace - 2562Sweat - UntoldRain - BreakageSwords - LeftfieldSpeakers Corner - Eskmo vs AntiSerum MixFallen - Distance (Vex'd Mix)The Knowledge - Toasty (Untold remix)Killing it Dead - Cosmin TRG (Emalkay Remix)Rut - JoeDante - UntoldForward Youth - RSDJuice - GyuThey Know - TRG and Kontext (TRG BerlinWall VIP)CCTV - LV feat Dandelion)Unseen - GyuVancouver - Martyn (2562's Pur Natuur Mix)Over Here - Appleblim and PeverelistUpset - GyuLosing Marbles - Dub U and TRG (2562 Remix)Bear Witness - Pangaea>>DOWNLOAD - GYU : DUBSTEP MIXMan of the moment JAKES has still been dropping the heat with his regular mini-mixes, and this feels like the time to update the blog with the last two - both firing on all cylinders! No tracklists this time, it's just a straight cop!>>DOWNLOAD - JAKES : APRIL MINI-MIX>>DOWNLOAD - JAKES : MAY MINI-MIXThat's yer lot for now, more coming up this week![...]