Quick and easy, 2 mixes to sink your teeth into. 1st up is YourDigitalFriend. Easily one of the best mixes I've heard this year and that's no understatement. Atmospheric, hard and rhythmic as hell. How techno should be! Just press download (down arrow on the right)
ben de seni by YourDigitalFriend
Next up is dubstep and grime DJ Stark. The mix is full of interesting, distorted and (crazy) sounds. Loud
STARK - BIRTH ! (studio mix) 01.05.10 by STARK
Tonight they kick things off with the man in form atm James Blake. This guys stock is constantly on the rise and his latest offering Limit to your love is Zane Lowe's single of the week.
Oscillate Wildly kicks off at DQ from 10:30 and runs till 4. Entry is £3 before 11:30, £5 after. Drinks are cheap as chips and the music is good. Come down for a good time.
Here's some James Blake for ya:
Limit To Your Love - James Blake
Maybes (James Blake remix) - Mount KImbie
after dabbling with some more techno / progressive sounds with Keatch (prime example here) it seems Felix has some electro left in him that needs output.
And here it is:
Felix Cartal - Joker (preview) by Felix Cartal
Reminiscent of a certain MSTRKRFT banger
Example 1; Recorded Live at the Nobon Lounge
@Nobon Lounge 27/08/2010 by YourDigitalFriend
This is a taste. More to come. Become a fan on FACEBOOK
Pre-order on Shogun HERE - comes out in a week
First up - MSTRKRFT return the remix favour - remember this?
Laidback Luke - Till Tonight (MSTRKRFT Remix) - Link removed at request
Second, soundcloud superproducer samples Vinnie Jones for cheeky effect
Subliminal - The Juggernaught
Here's a cross cultural banger from Trouble & Squeak; Uskudara Gider'Iken fused with UK Grime and jungleshufflestep (?!) drum patterns.
Download in the box.
UskuDAYUM! by Trouble and Squeak
Enjoy with baklava and cigarettes
DJ Fresh. DnB Pioneer. New album Kryptonite came out a few weeks ago and I managed to get my hands on a copy.
Not gonna lie, it's got some pretty poppy songs - vocal led Golddust and and Lassitude will be popular with radio play but are not his best work. Heavyweight is on there (does what it says on the tin) and a couple of solid dubstep tracks. The bassline on Fight is rude. Talkbox is also a banging intro track. The whole thing is definitely worth a look.
However... the best thing about the release from me was the free track Fresh gave out via Drum and Bass Arena to promote it - Factory. A slice of energetic and refreshing dnb.
DJ Fresh - Factory (320)
A new Camo & Krooked remix coming up soon too. Don't sleep
Set in the heart of the Cheshire countryside an hour away from Liverpool and Manchester it is one of the few full on dance festivals this country has to offer in summertime. It has a great reputation and has international branches all across the world. It has the pulling power to attract the top names in electronic music to showcase their talents to 60,000 + revellers.
Taking place at a Secret Shoreditch Warehouse, both sets of promoters have put on a stellar line for carnival this year.
For a measly fiver you get this line up. It is ridiculous. It is super secret but now ya know, don't hesitate before its too late.
Saving the best till last, Red Bull return to host the best party at Notting Hill Carnival. Major Lazer made their England debut at it last year and rocked the skate park turned outdoor club to its core.
Summer is officially here when there is less than one week to Tramlines festival. Now in its second year, the city of Sheffield becomes awash with free music ranging from drum & bass to Indie to Folk. You name it, you will find it. There is music everywhere, anywhere that has live music capabilities will be showcasing hot new bands and DJs.
Check the website here: http://www.tramlines.org.uk/ (where you can also check out the line up)
For readers of this blog we recommend:
On Friday Night Karakashian and myself hit Noise @ Babalou in Brixton where Stupid Fresh was headlining. Check out his soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/stupidfresh
That's right, Gotta Get Thru This by the man himself!
I bought the release RELENT027T, released on 26 Nov 2001 which features;
- Gotta Get Thru This (D'N'D Full Length Version)
- Gotta Get Thru This (Original Version)
- Gotta Get Thru This (Stella Browne Vocal Mix).
I also came across his album entitled 'Gotta Get Thru This' at a charity shop for a mere £2! So bargained that up straight away. Nostalgic times..
Check out his website at http://www.danielbedingfield.com/
Here are 2 versions of the tune:
- Original Full Length Version 
- Acoustic Version 
People I'm looking forward to seeing the most are:
It has been a while since I posted anything which I'm sorry for, will hopefully be posting more stuff on here soon and will deffo let you know about how the festival is!
For now check out my youtube channel and hopefully it will put a smile on your face www.youtube.com/user/danqkewl
Italy just came crashing out of the World Cup. Defeated by Slovakia?! Today is the day of the underdog. Here are a duo who are probably under your radar - Faction and Modified Motion. A 'special partnership' between the USA and UK if you will.
BUY THIS RELEASE
To whet your appetite:
Faction and Modified Motion - The Future
Faction and Modified Motion - Don't Go
2 tracks from Overscore, with plenty of late night ambience and emotion floating about in them. The bass is low so ya might want to turn on your sub. First up we have some mellowed-out old school hip hopstrumental flavour in Antique Memories. Moon Zoot does exactly what it says on the tin - future garage goes to space.
Ideal soundtrack to your cigarette (or anything else you might like to smoke)
Antique Memories by Overscore
Moon Zoot by Overscore
... it's insane. Debut single from it 'Yaa I Get It' is no questions my track of the year so far. The production has been handled by various studioheads but is far more polished than his debut full-length When This Is Over, definitely stepping in the right direction. On that disc, he showed massive promise but suffered overall from slightly lacklustre production ('Question Marks / 'Wild').
Go buy it, you will not be disappointed. Itunes
From Left - Fake Blood, Diplo, Mumdance, L-Vis 1990, Switch, Ty, Drop The Lime, MJ Cole. WOW!!
Mtp Riddim is huuuge
Prediction - will be huge. More importantly, veteran legend DJ Derek is in the video!
Classic tunes like Orchestral Lab and Cat in the Window work really well with the rest of the material. But stand out for me has to be this piece of sleazy sax work over spaceage synths and a grimey subbass.
Download: Guido - Mad Sax
Cop his album Anidea here at Boomkat
For most university students, right about now is exam time. Two to three weeks of stress, anxiety and tension as exams roll in and students realise how little work they have done! Normally I like to work in silence with no distractions in the background, yet recently I have found a little gem in the form of Damien Marley. Already big on the reggae scene, (as a multi award winning grammy star) my knowledge of one of the Marley sons was previously limited. What caught my attention was his upcoming collaboration album with Nas, 'Distant Relatives'. The hype in America for this record is huge and it lives up to its expectations. Two of the biggest stars in their respected fields coming together should be nothing short of great. The album flows beautifully with tracks 'As I Enter' and 'Nah Mean' standing out alongside my personal favourite 'Africa Must Wake Up'. Buy it now from Amazon.
The way I'm describing this one is electromeetssupernintendomeetsthrashmetal.
So basically, it's retroelectrocore. You can quote me on that
Kylesa - Scapegoat (Mustard Pimp Remix) by mustard pimp
Download in the player
The sun is shining. Jeuce apparently knew this was gonna happen cause they've just (I'm talking 53 mins ago) sent us this hot potato.
Summer sunset vibes with this one.
Logistics - Kaleidoscope (Jeuce Rework) by Jeuce
Download in the player, middle button on the right
Get this while it's hot - Sub Focus gives a hip hop lean to this future anthem. Summery chords into a grimey rinse. Think TC remix of Rihianna and you get the idea. Don't worry DnB DJs, it's at 170.
Rusko - Hold On (Sub Focus Remix)
Check Rusko on Myspace and show him some love
This one is definitely a banger. Massive jump up track from about a year ago which I've only just discovered.
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It makes sense of course. Wobbled-up ravey fidget house in a banging, no-nonsense Shoreditch club. Free entry? We got it covered, get there before 11 and you got yourselves 5 hours for 0 pounds.
Just some of the guys representing on the decks are
Melechtric - check their 4th Mix for DRM RLL PLS HERE
Angrychaps - some dubstep flavour from the FiDGET head honcho
ANGRYCHAPS NASTY DUBSTEP VOL 1 PROMO MIX by ANGRYCHAPS
Trouble & Squeak - your very own True Mess Head writer spins the wheels of steel
DJ Mixes by Trouble and Squeak
Free mixes galore!
Some fidget for you. It's so wobbly it's gotta be the devils work.
30 minutes of wib, wub, wob. Perfect pre-club music.
Promo for FiDGET / Pure Fidget Funk Mix by Trouble and Squeak
After that shameless self-promotion, here's Herve's essential re-work of the ubiquitous Fake Blood anthem. Forget the remixes:
Fake Blood - Mars (Herve Re-Fix) (320)
Check the artists here:
Fake Blood @ Here
Herve @ Here
Trouble & Squeak @ Here
West Country massive! After the snow mayhem in January, Rusko has been re-booked to demolish the White Rabbit in Plymouth. For a solid £7, this is a must! The man bangs every time.
Rusko's Minimix for Annie Mac on R1 (320)
His Prodigy remix will take you on a sub-bass work out. Get schooled.
The Prodigy - Take Me To The Hospital (Rusko Remix) (Link removed at request)
Event here: Rusko @ Unleashed
See you at the front!
The only shit thing about it is that it is from 9pm till 2am, which is not what I'm used to when going out in London, but hey at least I get to have some nice West country cider ;). Check out Jack Beats' essential mix which was made a couple of weeks ago, pretty good stuff!
House comes in 101 flavours. Here's some tasters for the weekend.
Fidget: Bill Eff
This guy is criminally unknown. He is everything that is right about fidget. Favourite track of the moment is his monster remix of The Funk Out. Piano build....
The Funk Out - Big Dick (Bill Eff's Big Bass Remix)
Disco: Russ Chimes
Summer-style selector Russ Chimes has synths thicker than butter and twists remix queen Ellie Goulding into his inimitable sound.
Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix)
Progressive: Wolfgang Gartner
He has talent. From what I've heard he's been in the game for years, but the relatively recent releases under his Wolfgang alias all have flawless production, dancefloor cred and killer hooks. A dabbler in all types of house but here's an epic slice of progressive for you.
Wolfgang Gartner & Francis Preve - Yin
As a joke, Zinc's forray into house music got called 'crack' by Dynamite MC. It's deep and it's bassy. That's all you need to know. Here's the beat to Wile Out but minus Ms Dynamite (you can tell I'm not a huge fan...)
Zinc - Blunt Edge
A slice of nu-disco gypsy house for you. Yoland Be Cool and DCUP both on the Sweat It Out lay down this Riva Starr esque tune. Watch out for the horns!
The Sheffield end of True Mess Head has been quiet. That's no lie. However things are changing, turning a new leaf as some might say. More music and nights will be swinging this way in due course. Today was the first day of sunshine of 2010 (well in Sheffield) and it brings a heap load of tunes:
Some new stuff to keep your iTunes library funky.
The USA. Loves hip hop. And as MSTRKRFT know, hip hop tunes equal massive electro bangers. Boston guys The Filth have bootlegged Ludacris for a peak time smash.
Ludacris - How Low (The Filth Remix)
Long time love affair (for me, anyway) Felix Cartal released his debut album this week, provocatively named 'Popular Music'. Firstly, go buy it. Second, here's a rework of The Grinch by Botvox. Techy, grimey, even a little bit progressive! Botvox keep Cartal's signature synth grinds though. Recommended.
Felix Cartal - The Grinch (Botvox Remix)
Moving towards a fidget-electro crossover sound, Dirty Disco Youth have come up with this rudeness - Brains...Off. Some nice piano breaks in it to keep it interesting. Shame it's only at 128..... it's worth it.
Dirty Disco Youth - Brains ... Off
Last up I wanna hype this track. DMC wizard Craze (yeah, THE Craze) is clearly a talented man. Him and protege Klever, apart from smashing up scratch battles and getting paid to play on Serato, both make some serious club tunes. This one takes us on a wobble fest. Loads of different drum breaks going on. Some dub flavours, some hip-hop style and a whole lot of fidgety bass. Real inventive, support this tune. I'll drop a Klever anthem on you next time.
Craze - Drop to the Flo
Keep it loud!
So here we see a return of tune of the week.
This Friday sees the launch of a brand spanking new night at PLUG nightclub. Covert Sound system is the night and its brings a whole new sound to the club. The club will be transformed into a huge UV warehouse with the type of music that TRUE MESS HEAD loves! Expect to hear the likes of : Fake Blood, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots, Hostage, Rusko, Capsa, Skream, Chase & Status, Danny Byrd, Count & Sinden, Mr Oizo, Jack Beats, Justice, Major Lazer, Prodigy and many more. It's going to be massive!
A tasty line up, sure. Plus, it's at the Den. But have a look at the MCs.
WARREN G! The hip hop legend is gonna be making an appearance spitting his G-funk style over drum and bass. Legendary.
But what a come back! Jungle may have been a dying idea but the niche genres it split in to as drum and bass have clearly kept it afloat. Jump up, liquid, neurofunk, darkstep, and deep/atmospheric (to name a few) all have loyal followers in terms of record labels, producers and fans.
Anyway, a new decade and a new year is upon us, so here are a cupla heads up shouts on what's lookin to be big this year.
The Brookes Brothers
They've already made their mark with arguably the biggest anthem of 2008; Tear You Down. Added to that a huge collab with Danny Byrd (Gold Rush), remixing the remix of the Chemical Brothers classic Star Guitar (reworked by Japanese electro-god Shinichi Osawa) and the mighty Dawn Treader ft Futurebound, Dan and Phil Brookes are firmly established players.
2010 Prediction: Crossover kings. Their forthcoming album will be released on BBK, who pushed the now (in)famous Pendulum to huge commercial success. Paperchase, the follow up collaboration with Danny Byrd has been repeatedly hailed in top 10 lists for months, and Fresh has been dropping hints in interviews about the impact he expects the record to make. As drum and bass is gaining more and more attention from clubbers, radio (Radio 1 has been pushing the sound massively, even in daytime playlisting - Chase & Status's Pieces was virtually on repeat in November) and the press, an easily accessible 'jump up' album should get the attention it expects to.
Following on with the BBK camp, Fresh's album apparently titled 'Kryptonite' is set to blow up alongside the Brookes. If we can take the samplers of the anthemic Hypercaine (which even got a video - surprising for a drum and bass release) and sub bass ridden Heavyweight, Fresh has grown up his sound since Escape from Planet Monday.
2010 Prediction: All killer, no filler. A more than solid drum and bass album with something for everything.
Camo and Krooked
Already favourites at True Mess Head, these boys are straight 0utta Austria. Grooverider, Zane Lowe and London Elektricity are all huge fans, and believe me, you should be too. Vampires VIP was featured on the Drum and Bass Arena Anthems 2009 compilation (well worth a look) and I defy you to not like it. It's seriously that good. Their strength is in their compatibility though - they have jump up tracks, rinseout tracks, liquidy anthems and still find time to work with labels like Viper, Renegade Hardware and Sudden Def. If you were at Hospitality at Matter a few weeks ago, you'll have heard their stuff; Skyline was euphoric. Buy their Edge of Mind EP.
2010 Prediction: Breakthrough. Although they're still not a household name, by the end of the year I'll guarantee they will be.
Sick Music 2
Hospital Records are currently riding high as a drum and bass flagship. Winning both Best Promoter and Best Club night for Hospitality, they have the artist roster and the know-how to put on the best nights in the country. Hospital Podcast is over 100 episodes old and is an essential look into the hottest dub plates incoming. And following the ridiculous success of Sick Music, the follow up seems inevitable. Apparently a Camo and Krooked track is already signed to it.
2010 Prediction: Compilation of the year. I can't see anything else coming close.
Eastern Bloc Drum and Bass
Whilst drum and bass has been a predominantly UK scene - nearly every major producer / DJ / MC / label operates from England, europe has been catching up. More importantly however, is the rise of dnb in the former Soviet Bloc. Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Russia to name a few all have thriving scenes. Just youtube 'drum and bass step' and you'll find hundreds of videos of breakbeat mad kids stepping all over eastern europe. B-Complex, responsible for the smash Beautiful Lies is Slovakian, Bop and Electrosoul System from Russia. Hospital themselves have so much faith in the scene there that they distributed The Future Sound of Russia with a full NHS release, instead of marginalising it with a Med School release to which it's sound might actually suit more.
2010 Prediction: Anything could go, but I have my money on a ton of new producers bringing fresh ideas to the table.
Here are a coupla downloads for reading alla that!
Numbers (Camo & Krooked Remix) - John B (320)
- everyone needs to know about this
Devil - D.C. Breaks (320)
First tune of the week of the year. This is a dubstep bomb released on the album The Best Of Stupid Fly Records Volume 1 which is amazing and can be purchased here.
Here's a quick slice of techno for you - a centrepiece to Brodinski's Suck My Deck mix.
Throbbing, driving and progressive. The attention to detail in this is unreal.
Rhythm Code - Scorpion (320)
Riva Starr is set to start 2010 with a bang! He is about to drop his album If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade on Jesse Rose's Made to Play label. This offering is sure to be a hit with its infectious amount of bleeps and wobbles layered to some fine tech house. It will include the single I was Drunk featuring Noze. What a hypnotic tune!
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