This EP absolutely slaps. Brought to you by Detroit up and comer DJ Girl, aka Terri Shaska, on D.Tiffany’s excellent label Planet Euphorique. This is Midwestern rave tackle of the highest order – gnarly, acidic, full of grit and personality.
Shirking modesty in favour of absolutely massive moves, the ever-excellent WNCL Recordings (helmed by rave-devoted breaks duster and house hustler West Norwood Cassette Library) are gifting us three hefty slabs this first shaky month of 2021. Jungle legend Justice delivers no less than 10 two-minute slices to the Library Toolkit series, Mani Festo serves up some darkside, future-minded breakbeat science and West Norwood himself digs back in the archives for a valuable relic from 1993, the blistering ‘Out Of My Head’ (backed up with hench remixes from Denham Audio, Mani Festo and Skin Teeth). Head to the WNCL Soundcloud for the previews!
Chesca of Royalty on the buttons, and featuring a turn from her late husband, the much-missed Elliot Yorke.
Dubstep Warz at 15
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Mary Anne Hobbs reminiscing on the anniversary of one of the greatest radio shows to ever hit the airwaves
36 Hours With DJ Hatcha
Pioneering dubstep and UKG DJ Hatcha is taking a (long) break from the festive celebrations to present a 36-hour live stream, in support of the mental health charity, Mind.
The non-stop stream runs from midday UK time on Saturday 26th December, until midnight the following day.
The first 24 hours will be Hatcha throwing down alone, drawing from his unmatched arsenal of golden era dubstep acetates. For the last 12 hours, he will be joined by some friends, and equally influential artists, like Benny Ill, Coki, Loefah, Oneman, Skream and Youngsta.
A day-and-a-half of dub plate pressure for 6 quid. Yes please. Tickets here.
If you build it…
Someone misses legendary Morley techno mecca The Orbit so much, they’ve built it in Minecraft. For a taste of what The Orbit was like in full flight during its 90s heyday, check this. Tip-off courtesy of Martin Guttridge-Hewitt.
Sly & Robbie are the definition of staying power
Listen to the fearsome heat of the ‘Haul & Pull Up’ riddim, taken from the recently dropped album Red Hills Road on the legendary Taxi label. Arguably the greatest rhythm section in Jamaican music history, still slaying it after all these decades.
Virtuoso pianist Chilly Gonzales is in the festive spirit. He will perform a live-only concert on December 23, featuring Jarvis Cocker, Feist and many more, and has recorded an EP with Toddla T (yes, that Toddla T). A Very Chilly Christmas Mixtape: The Coldest Crimbo is out now. It contains Gonzo’s own vocals, and guest features from Nadia Rose, Serocee, Coco and Deli OneFourz.
RSD // Old Fish / Shell Fish (Foundation Audio)
RSD releases a couple of new flips of Kingfisher on Foundation Audio
DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country
DARKSTAR ANNOUNCE ‘HAUNTED HOUSE’ IN COLLABORATION WITH SPITFIRE AUDIO
— 44 presets — SYNTHS: analogue-sounding layered synth textures, from sub basses and gritty, unsettling pads through to beautiful organ-like analogue-sounding synths. — VO1CES: icy, processed vocal samples, performed by Aiden Whalley (Darkstar) — FOUND SOUND: gnarly textural London sounds — RVVM: deep, lo-fi drums and percussion loops — W4PRD: otherworldly synth sounds, made by Spitfire developers from the source material — Attack, Release, Reverb, Delay, Stretch & Flanger controls — Stretch function controls the speed of the sample playback — Dynamics slider taking you from a clean signal to a 100% processed, haunted signal, unique to each preset — Nine custom-made reverbs — Available in Spitfire Audio’s award-winning, dedicated plug-in — For composers: film, TV & games scoring, especially sci-fi and thrillers — tension beds, atmosphere, warmth, texture, and ambience, and also works well combined with orchestral elements — For producers: suited to a range of genres in the electronic sphere, from house to ambient, grime, 2-step and beyond
Razor – LEMSIP
Need For Mirrors – Flames
Listen to DJ Persuasion’s History of Hardcore
Across 10 authoritative mixes, the mysterious DJ Persuasion lays out the evolution of hardcore from late ’80s acid through to mid ’90s tech step. Get yourself schooled.