Quick Mix Fix

Thursday, 11 November 2010 at 15:38

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

Oscillate Wildly

Wednesday, 27 October 2010 at 17:54
Aite Sheffield heads its been a while. Thought I would resurface by informing you (in case you didn't already know) about Oscillate Wildly. Born and bred in Chelmsford, Essex its broadening its horizons and has chosen Sheffield as the next launch city. A night of forward thinking music who have previously booked artists such as Riva Starr, Rusko, Drop the Lime, Roska, Jack Beats & Tomb Crew. The list is huge and stretches wide across the electronic music spectrum.

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

Fresh Felix

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 at 22:33

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

Your Digital Friend

Wednesday, 6 October 2010 at 22:39
Tanıştığımıza memnun oldum. YourDigitalFriend is a name you should know, young and upcoming from Istanbul. Groove is an art and he has it to the detail.

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

Hands Up

Monday, 4 October 2010 at 20:05
I'm sorry, but this is just sick. The drums!!

Pre-order on Shogun HERE - comes out in a week


Wednesday, 29 September 2010 at 21:58
Nice and quick again. 2 tracks. Loud electro squeals and and bouncy fidget style. But ... heavy!

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

Don't sleep

Crossing Cultures

Saturday, 18 September 2010 at 14:56
I'll keep this short. This writer is in Turkey for the next 5 months. Down with the UK scene, up with the Turkish.

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

Fresh Music

Friday, 3 September 2010 at 12:49

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

Creamfields vs SW4

Friday, 27 August 2010 at 19:10
This bank holiday weekend is not only host to the Notting Hill Carnival but two huge dance events are going head to head. Being a neutral and not going to either I'm going to compare them the True Mess Head way and see who comes out on top.


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.

The line up is superb. Artists representing all corners of dance music are here. The likes of Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, David Guetta, Plastikman, Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz, Sven Vath, Major Lazer, Annie Mac, Andy C, Tiga, Tom Middleton, Riva Starr, Evil Nine and many more. The full line up can be found here.

The price of a ticket is a bargain at £100 so no wonder it sold out a couple of weeks ago. The logistics of the festival are my only problem. Camping only opens on Saturday and you have to be out by early Monday morning. The music also stops at 11pm on the Sunday night. I suppose by that time one would be worn out from so much music.

True Mess Head Rating:

Line-Up: 9
Location: 9
Price: 10
Timing: 7

Overall: 35/40


Since becoming a more electronic orientated festival in 2009, South West Four has established itself as a worthy rival to Creamfields. Being held within London at Clapham Common, means no camping but it does allow for after-parties all across London to occur.

The line is really good, not as many artists as Creamfields but those that are playing are the best of the business. Armin Van Buuren, Erick Morillo, Sasha, Digweed, Paul Oakenfold, Mark Knight, Fatboy Slim, Carly Cox, Boys Noize, Skream & Benga and many more.

The price of each day is £45 but again is sold out. Time restrictions mean that it does have to finish at 10pm but that's why there are official and unofficial afterparties all across London town. Ministry of Sound is hosting the official after party with the likes of Pete Tong and Layo & Bushwacka across the two nights.

True Mess Head Rating:

Line up: 8
Location: 8
Price: 8
Timing: 8

Overall: 32/40

I believe that Creamfields triumphs over SW4 as it is a big stand alone dance festival. Being in that field surrounded by all that good music just raises the atmosphere to another level. SW4 is good but there is so many different events occurring in London that weekend the shine of it is taken away a bit. Still both would be amazing.

Mega Mega Mega

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As of Monday 23rd August, The Count & Sinden's long anticipated debut album hit the stores. Ever since their huge club hit Beeper rocked the dancefloor's I especially have been waiting for further collaborations between the two. Mega Mega Mega flows in a crazy pattern through the album moving from one style quickly to another. What it does keep solid throughout is its disco vibe and insatiable beats that cant stop you from tapping your foot along. There are the already released tracks in there such as Elephant 1234 and Mega but its songs such as After Dark (feat.Mystery Jets) & Addicted to You (feat Bashy) which really stand out for me. They show the range of talent that these two great producers have at their disposal.

This album could be the staple for where the Uk's main music trends are at now. The Count & Sinden are making their way to the top.

Check the album here: Amazon or Beatport


Thursday, 26 August 2010 at 21:52
Wow. Its been so long since I have blogged anything. I feel so out the loop. There's one principal reason and that SKY not giving me internet in my new house. All is good now and I have too much to blog at my fingers.

First up its Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. The streets of Notting Hill are taken over with carnival fever for a great party atmosphere run on rice and peas!

If your down there for either Sunday or Monday there's loads going on with soundystems pumping out delicious reggae and dub beats. There's loads of parties and nights happening as well. Here are some of the highlights:

Saturday: Urban Nerds vs Bigger Than Barry - Secret Shoreditch Warehouse

Taking place at a Secret Shoreditch Warehouse, both sets of promoters have put on a stellar line for carnival this year.

Line up is:
Toddla T & MC Serocee
Lady Chann
Katy B
Rattus Rattus & Klose One
Tomb Crew
& Many more

Check out event here: Urban Nerds vs Bigger Than Barry

Sunday: Two Bears and Girls Music Present A Super Secret Carnival Spectacular

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.

With the likes of A-trak, Bot from Crookers and Jaymo & Andy George one does wonder who the very special guest is?

Get tickets here: Corsica Studios

Monday: Red Bull Music Academy Presents: Major Lazer Soundsystem #3

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.

This year there back with a host of hot talent in the likes of RODIGAN, Joker, Drop The Lime & more. There's more artists in the crowd and backstage than there are performing.

Tickets flew out in a first come first served manner a while back in under a minute. True Mess Head luckily snared themselves some so will be repping from down the front.

You can find out more information about the soundsystem and listen to the live podcast here: Red Bull Carnival.

Whatever your doing this Bank Holiday Monday make sure you enjoy the end of summer! True Mess Head certainly will.

Suck my deck!

Monday, 19 July 2010 at 20:29
My oh my, this one is featured on Brodinski's suck my deck mix from last year, managed to get my hands on the full version.

Okain - Jim Raynor [320]



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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:


01:00 - Run Hide Survive (DJ Set)
02:00 - Simian Mobile Disco (DJ Set)

Bungalows & Bears (Club Pony Presents)

20:00 - Riton & More (DJs)
02:00 - Ends

The Octagon

22:00 - Andy H
23:00 - Mary Anne Hobbs
00:00 - Oris Jay
01:00 - Dj Q
02:00 - Toddla T
03:00 - Annie Mac

Best Part is that it's all FREE!

Hope those who are in Sheffield enjoy it. We certainly will!

We love Progressive!

Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 11:38

This could possibly be the best prog tune of the year so far

Leventina - Naked (Incognet Melody Mix)

The tune at 320


Stupid Fresh

Sunday, 11 July 2010 at 12:23

On Friday Night Karakashian and myself hit Noise @ Babalou in Brixton where Stupid Fresh was headlining. Check out his soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/stupidfresh
Some banging tunes on there which can be found on Beatport and Juno Download. Was an awesome night despite one member of the crew (no names being mentioned, but he knows who he is) having to be pretty much carried home, lol!

Anyway back to business. One tune that got the crowd going was Stupid Fresh's own Do The Dog; what an absolute wobbly belter.

You can grab it here at 320


Badman Riddim

Wednesday, 7 July 2010 at 12:34

If you haven't heard of BOKA Records I suggest you check out their catalogue, some seriously heavy dubstep tracks from the likes of; DJ Madd, Jakes, 16Bit and Emalkay!

I have chosen a tune from the Jack Cates EP by JSL (BOKA025) to feature on here as I realised that there isn't much dubstep grime filth on the blog. You can buy the full release here.

The song entitled Badman Riddim is definately BADMAN, despite it coming out at the beginning of the year the chilled out bass sounds are definately for the summer

The tune at 320

Daniel Bedingfield

Thursday, 1 July 2010 at 09:37
The other day I decided that I needed some more vinyls and thought what better way to add to my collection than a cheesy classic!

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 [320]
- Acoustic Version [320]


Global Gathering!

Wednesday, 30 June 2010 at 09:45
For most of you that don't know Global Gathering is one of the biggest dance music festivals in the UK along with the likes of Creamfields.
Just check this line up out!!

I'm lucky enough to be able to go to Global this year, not only that but going as a VIP! Not to mention I'm gonna be in a chalet/hut type thing with the mrs which has 2 beds in it! Now if that's not how to spend your time at global gathering I don't know what is?!
As you can see from the line up there are A LOT of promising acts! If you go on the website you can see who's on each of the 8 main stages on each of the days. It's gonna be one heck of a 2 days.

People I'm looking forward to seeing the most are:

- Faithless, as I've never seen them before.
- Fedde le Grand, just because he is who he is!
- Booka Shade (Live), will need a deep house fix.
- Friction, because he's a BADMAN on the decks.
- Above & Beyond, because they're just legendary.
- Others include; Spor, Emalkay, Hixxy, Eric Prydz, Kissy Sell Out and possibly Lisa Lashes.

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


Sex Sax

Friday, 25 June 2010 at 09:59

Trouble and Bass head huncho Drop The Lime returns with certainly one of the tunes of summer - 'Sex Sax'. The snazzy saxophone loop combined with a bundle of bass make this a tune for the coming months. On the Ep there's remixes from Bart B More, Sinden & more. You can purchase it here: Boomkat

The Little Guys

Thursday, 24 June 2010 at 17:19

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.


To whet your appetite:

Faction and Modified Motion - The Future

Faction and Modified Motion - Don't Go

Sleep and Smoke

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 at 23:53

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

You Got It?

Monday, 14 June 2010 at 07:29
Shad. Canadian rapper (read 'social poet') extraodinaire. No.3 on my favourite hip hop artists list. His third album TSOL (true sounds of liberty) just dropped.

... 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

Drop The Lime

Tuesday, 8 June 2010 at 00:04
Caught this picture off Drop The Lime's blog. How much would you like to be a fly on the wall in this studio?

From Left - Fake Blood, Diplo, Mumdance, L-Vis 1990, Switch, Ty, Drop The Lime, MJ Cole. WOW!!

New Drop The Lime for ya:

Summer Vibes

Sunday, 6 June 2010 at 16:25
The sun is creeping out and here's the soundtrack. Our man tintin has done a booming mix for the Parklife competition. Chockablock with 2step, tropical vibes and bass. Get it playing.

Mtp Riddim is huuuge

Layo & Bushwacka - Love Story (Solo Bootleg)

Thursday, 3 June 2010 at 23:55
Been bouncing to this all day.

Dirtee Derek

Tuesday, 1 June 2010 at 17:01
Dizzee Rascal's new tune is a disco flashback.

Prediction - will be huge. More importantly, veteran legend DJ Derek is in the video!

Check it


Thursday, 27 May 2010 at 17:07
It's here. Big Boi the rapper with the greatest swagger comes up with the goods in the video for Shutterbug. Great song, greater ringtone.

Mix tape madness.

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Thought it would be important to share these new mix tapes as they are both uniquely awesome.

1) A-trak - Dirty South Dance 2

The sequel to Dirty South Dance (2007) A-trak showcases his mixing skills. Blending house and electro with hip hop is no mean feat and A-trak pulls it off flawlessly. Unique takes on Wile Out and How Low Can You Go really stand out. This is available for FREE so snap it up now!

How Low Can You Bake - A-trak

2) Major Lazer & La Roux - Lazerproof

Recorded in Kingston, Major Lazer bring their unique sound to La Roux's album. Guest featuring Gucci Mane, Drake, Rusko its a 50 minute ride of tasty dubplates and dancehall inspired bliss. You can download it FREE, all you need is your postcode. Apparently 200,000 tried to download it when it was released and crashed the Mad Decent website. Damn!

Mad Sax

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 at 21:15
Guido's debut album is out on Punch Drunk - in a word, it's wicked

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


Tuesday, 25 May 2010 at 14:08
I recently stumbled over this magical song from Hickup, released on the Dirtybird label. It has all the essence of a killer Detroit house song with its snippets of cow bells, bird sounds and varied drum pattern.

To coincide with this, I would recommend purchasing 5 Years of Dirtybird. It's jam packed with all the classics, current and future hits that the Dirtybird label have released. Pick it up here: Beatport

Distant Relatives.

Monday, 24 May 2010 at 23:01

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.

A little taster:


New Mustard Pimp Madness!

Monday, 10 May 2010 at 18:44
Easy. Got some new french hotsauce for you, from the RER boys Mustard Pimp.

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

Kaleidoscopic Tropic

Tuesday, 4 May 2010 at 15:57

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


Tuesday, 27 April 2010 at 19:45
Blogging cannot describe how psyched for Rusko's debut album 'OMG' I am. The guy has the golden touch. Word is it's hitting streets early May on Mad Decent.

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

Tunee tune tune

Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 17:07

This one is definitely a banger. Massive jump up track from about a year ago which I've only just discovered.

Ozma & Dangerous - Where's Your Tool [320]

Keep Skankin'

Shoreditch Massive

Tuesday, 23 March 2010 at 19:15

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

Trouble & Squeak - your very own True Mess Head writer spins the wheels of steel
DJ Mixes by Trouble and Squeak

Free mixes galore!


Wednesday, 17 March 2010 at 18:48

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

Tune of the week 15/03/2010

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 at 09:35
This one is short but it's an absolute beautyy!! I've listened to it about 20 times since I got hold of it.

It's Baxter Beez - Voice Of The Ghetto (Vand Vand Remix) [320]

Check out their MySpaces:


Rusko / White Rabbit

Monday, 8 March 2010 at 14:48

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!

Vodka & Milk

Thursday, 4 March 2010 at 12:10
To make a White Russian you need to add Kahlua. These guys have a different ingredient. Their infectious beats that they lay down on their remixes. Not much is known about them but what they do, they do well! Their latest offering of Rihanna's rudeboy combines a 2 step electro beat with her salacious vocals. Its not just Rihanna that they have remixed but Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane. I'm on the lookout for more of these guys in 2010.

Check them out:

Midweek Tunes Vol. 1

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So it's been a while since I've posted anything on here; figured I'd pull my weight instead of just lifting them all the time :P.

March is a massive month for releases and what-not; too many for me to even remember. We all saw the drop of Camo & Krooked's above and beyond (released on Mainframe Recordings) which was pretty decent, but as I've found out quite a lot most full album releases they only have a few good quality tunes on them; i.e sub focus, half the tunes were a let down in my opinion. As you all know we do love a bit of Camo & Krooked on TMH, I've posted Get Funky, Global Warming, No Soul as well as Camo's Lost Heaven (of which a VIP by the deadly duo can be found on their new album; which can be bought here or here)

Personally I think Walk on Air, Tonight and Only Me are the best tracks on the new album.

You want a free tune right? Well I'm not gonna give you one that's on their new album, it's worth buying despite my minor criticism.
This one's called Older Than Yesterday; it's an uplifting song which I think is top notch! [320]

If you want loads of free fidget / electro tunes I highly suggest you check out Mustard Pimps soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/mustard-pimp, I would definately download Partyshank - Virgin (Mustard Pimp Remix), Beetle Gum, Ohh La La Satan, RER C (Versailles Rive Gauche Edit) to name a few, and yes these are FREE! and most of them are at 320kbps. We do like a bit of Mustard Pimp on TMH as well as Blatta & Inesha, there's a post of their collaboration called Pigeon Flu which can be found here.

Whilst talking about Blatta & Inesha I came across a couple of remixes of theirs the other day which are pretty good. Already posted one song by them, the post can be found here.

I've got 2 remixes by them;
- Urchins Feat Spoek - Tickets (Blatta & Inesha Remix) [320]
- Wiesel & Captin Koma - Die Polizei (Blatta & Inesha Remix) [320]

Maybe one day we'll make it to Italy to see them and all the other Italian fidget heads; e.g. Belzebass, Gigi Barocco and Crookers to name a couple. Check out the sidechain massacre for some nice underground fidget artists here.

Stepping away from fidget and back into the line light that is Drum & Bass we have Spor. He's got a new EP out on Lifted Records released on 24/02/2010 for digital users and comes out on 12/04/2010 for those vinyl lovers out there. It's called conquerors and commoners. All 4 tracks on the EP are absolutely banging! My favourite track is called Halogen.
You can grab it here at 320!

Let's also talk about the weekend I've got planned while I'm still here. Tomorrow is Friday and I'm making the long journey to Exeter to see Scratch Perverts, Jack Beats, Utah Saints and Reso. Here is a flyer for the event:

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!

Then on Saturday Jongles and myself are heading upto Plymouth in order to see Cyantific (who is going to have a 3 deck setup!) and Sigma. It's in a small(ish) club with a 12k soundsystem. Lots to look forward to so no doubt I'll be taking my ear plugs for this weekend away.

That's all for now, see you Gs next week!


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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

Crack: Zinc
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



Tuesday, 2 March 2010 at 12:52

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!


Monday, 1 March 2010 at 23:47

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:

Never Be Your Woman (Herve refix) - Wiley (removed by request) (Herve adds his golden touch to an already dope summer song)

Rising Sun (The Boog-a-loo Crew remix) - DRT (removed by request) (Beautiful dub step. What more can I say)

Donut (Boy 8 Bit remix) - M.A.N.D.Y & Booka Shade (removed by request) (Anything Boy 8 Bit remixes is always highly recommended. Great build up & just wait for the drop!)

Technical Failure - Monoline (removed by request) (Driving techno sound all the way. True Mess Head recommends)

Laundry Fresh

Thursday, 25 February 2010 at 11:03

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!

Tune of the week 15/02/2010

Tuesday, 16 February 2010 at 23:48

So here we see a return of tune of the week.

Got one fidget electro track and one DnB killer.

Belzebass - Mad for Filters [320] (Check Da Bootz album can be bought here)

Camo & Krooked - Get Funky [320] (as featured on Viper VIP 006)

Keep yourselves tuned in

Covert Soundsystem!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010 at 15:02

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!

The launch night is Feb 5th. It's £4 advance, £5 on the door. You can get your tickets from the Plug Box Office, Cavendish or Varsity.

Drinks deals are pretty fresh too:

Rum'n'Coke: £1.60
Jager Bomb: £2
Red Stripe Cans: £2.90
Bottled Lager + VS: £1.50
Agwa Bomb: £2

For massive group offers and discounts or anything else in relation to the night contact Kyle@theplug.com. See you down the front.

London DNB Heads Up

Monday, 25 January 2010 at 18:17
Just a quick one. If you're gonna be in London on February 20th, hit this.


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.

Tunes of the week 18/01/2010

Thursday, 21 January 2010 at 17:00
This week I've got 4 tunes cos I know it's a bit late.

First one came out just over a week ago, its Calvertron's take on Teed Off by Donald Glaude [320]

Second one is by one half of what used to be Stupid Fresh; Nom de Strip - Flapjack [320]

Third one is Claude von Strokes take on Put Your Hands up by the legend Fedde, always listen to this before I have a heavy night out [225vbr]

Last one is an absolute electro beat! It's Rock Massive - You Know Why (PH Electro Mix) [320]

Stay updated!

Lets talk 2010 Drum and Bass

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The 'noughties' (yeah, it's an awful name but nothing else really works....) saw the revival of drum and bass. Jungle was losing it's momentum at the end of the 20th century, vinyl sales were gradually dropping and rude boys everywhere were looking for something else to blast out of their tanked up fiestas.

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.

DJ Fresh
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
- everyone needs to know about this
Devil - D.C. Breaks (320)

Tunes of the week 11/01/2010

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 at 14:31

Back again with 2 more tunes of the week. Gonna keep it simple and let the music do the talking!

Little Jinder - Polyhedron (Black Holes Remix) [320]

The Subs - Mitsubitchi (Tea Time Remix) [320]

Time to get rollin'

Tune of the week 4/01/2010

Tuesday, 5 January 2010 at 17:16

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.

Overall it's a pretty decent album, but not one you can listen to over and over, it's more the sort of thing that can be played in background.

My favourite song is Dash Exp - Dried Up (Joint Forces Remix) which can be found here [320]
I love the lyrical sample in it!


Rhythm Code

Monday, 4 January 2010 at 15:17

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

Riva Starr

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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!

Riva Starr will be landing in the city of Steel on the 9th January @ PLUG. It's his album launch so expect to hear fresh exclusives from it in his set. It's only a fiver on the door so do it!

Here's the link to the event: