Here’s a dark horse from Soul Jazz Records’ Future Bass releases, No Sleep by Randomer teaming up with newcomer Fife. Big forward-thinking bass vibes, you can buy it on digital of wax from the Soul Clap website.
Last month Addison Groove’s new EP on Techtonic dropped, and it’s big. At 138 and 133 BPM, with lots of 808 kick, booty-style vocal samples, acid bleeps, and chicago drums, both sides are huge, and this is one EP that’s definitely worth picking up.
Something else I’m excited for is information about Addison’s huge remix of Martha & the Vandellas classic Jimmy Mack. I heard him play it first at BLOC, and it took the roof off. Eyes peeled for a quite white label release on this one.
Jamie Woon’s long awaited album Mirrorwriting recently dropped, with a relatively positive reception. The two big singles, Night Air and Lady Luck had already been released prior to the album, but I was also pleasantly surprised by Spiral.
The whole album is well worth picking up, but if you’re looking for something more dancefloor friendly, I’d get up the Lady Luck EP; the Hudson Mohawke is one of my most played tunes of the last while.
I realise I’ve neglected this blog the past month. I was busy with college exams, and music production and promotion and a few things, but it’s all change now. I plan to get Forward/Slash back on track this summer, with more interviews, more guest mixes, new contributors, and most importantly, get it back to daily posts. I’ll let the new contributors introduce themselves, but they all have great taste in house and bass, and will be great. Now, to crack on with a backlog of music I have to post.
Tighten Up Records are one of my favourite new labels. The brainchild of Tek-One & A1 Bassline, they’re churning out quality bass EP after EP. This tasty two track number is no exception. They’re always giving away tracks by Tek-One, Kavsrave and A1 Bassline, to grab them click here, and remember to pick up The Holding EP from any of the good download sites.
This is probably my favourite version of the infamous b-more club ‘every freaking night’ vocal sample. So, when I went to buy it on iTunes, and realised it was up as a free download, it made me pretty happy. So, I thought I’d share it with the rest of you. Enjoy.
Two great tracks, and two examples of great sampling. First up is Christian Fischer’s Lowrider, which samples War’s 1975 hit Low Rider, and does so beautifully.
Next up is a track from Riva Starr’s 2010 album If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade on Made To Play. It’s quite unlike Riva Starr’s other stuff in my opinion, stripped down, with a big 808 kick, and contains a big sample from Lafayette Afro Rock Band’s Darkest Light.
One of the most anticipated releases of 2011 has just dropped on vinyl, Pearson Sound (aka Ramadanman)’s refixes EP on Night Slugs White Label. Both sides are flips of classic tracks in Pearson Sound’s signature style.
Let Me See takes a bass heavy baltimore club classic and strips it down completely, taking the acapella and putting a huge 808 kick under it, with some subtle percussion and industrial hits that just scream David Kennedy.
Rodd Lee – Let Me See What U Workin With (Pearson Sound Remix)
Hardrive’s Deep Inside has one of the nicest ever house vocals in my opinion, but some of the synths in the original, especially the lead synth, jar with me a little bit. Luckily, Pearson Sound gets rid of that synth. In fact, he gets rid of nearly everything, except that instantly recognizable sample ‘deep, deep inside, deep, deep down inside’, and replaces it all with 808 cowbells. More or less. The percussion takes a different route to Let Me See, imitating old school hip-hop breaks. I’m still torn between whether I prefer the original or the refix, but all I know is that this is set to become of one of the biggest tunes of 2011!
Hardrive – Deep Inside (Pearson Sound Remix)