Monday, May 23, 2011

Rinse and "Yardman"

We were back on Rinse FM this thursday. Our delayed show from Tues 10th is still here.

Dusk + Blackdown Rinse FM May 11 “Re/nu dark swing mix”

May audio: here

Double Helix “Supreme Architecture” [unreleased]
J-Weed “Dazzled” [forthcoming 502]
Double Helix “LDN” [unreleased]
Double Helix “Beckoning” [unreleased]
Double Helix “Once Loved” [unreleased]
Dusk “Fraction [Kowton remix]” [forthcoming Keysound]
Darqwan ft MC Shinobi “Flow So Hot” [unreleased]
Albert “Side Showed Out” [Studio Rockers]
Vibezin “Hot 4 U” [forthcoming Keysound]
Bok Bok “Look (dub)” [forthcoming Night Slugs]
Vibezin “Mad Sick” [forthcoming Keysound]
Kanvas - Rebound [unreleased]
Visionist “Come In” [forthcoming 502]
Addison Groove “This Girl” [unreleased]
Blackdown “The Drumz of Shanghai” [dubplate]
Blackdown “defocused” [dubplate]
Dusk “Focus (Blackdown VIP)” [dubplate]
Dusk “Fraction” [dubplate]
LV ft Joshua Idehen “Northern Line” [Keysound]
Peverelist "Dance Until the Police Come" [Hessle Audio]

Bok Bok “Silo Pass” [forthcoming Night Slugs]
Mosca “Tilt Shift (Swing Ting Dub)” [forthcoming Fat City]
Bok Bok “Hyperpass” [forthcoming Night Slugs]
Spooky “Spartan (DOK remix)” [Butterz zip]
Slackk “Double Indemnity Riddim” [unreleased]
Side Projekt "Lift Dub" [Family Tree Records]
Walton “Aggy” [unreleased]
Deeco "Zero Zone (Mr Mitch Remix)" [unreleased]
Zomby “Riding With Death” [forthcoming 4AD]
Malente & Jay Robinson ft Yo Majesty "Cherry Pop (Raffertie rmx)" [Fat!]
Donae’o “Swagger (MDP remix)” [forthcoming]
Cardopusher "Antisharkz" [forthcoming Tigerbeat6]
Logos “Atlanta 96 [Slackk remix] [unreleased]
Desto "Remember" [unreleased]
Zomby “Natalia’s Song” [forthcoming 4AD]

In the meantime I just clocked these are online...

Riko Dan in the booth, just vibezin to the riddim...

Following that Jason Transition hard at work mastering it. Those are the compressors and EQs that did Burial's album, the Hyperdub releases, the DMZ dubplates and 12"s, Jah Shakka's dubs and so many more, including the Keysound back catalog. Historic circuits right there, y'kna.

Balistiq Beats ft Jamakabi, Riko, Badness, Killa P "Yardman Riddim" EP is out now, cop that.

Friday, May 20, 2011


I don't normally do this but... this is a thing of wonder.

Sully "Toffee Apple" 10" single sided with hand etching on the flip on Frijsfo. Cop one.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

LDN021 Bias & Gurley “Roll”

LDN021 Bias & Gurley “Roll” [Keysound Recordings]
Released: vinyl and digital end of may/early june
Mastered by: Transition

Keysound Recordings are deeply proud to present the first proper collaboration between two of the UK bass underground’s most seminal producers, Zed Bias and Steve Gurley. Entitled “Roll” it’s an explosive dark UK funky record that’s brimming with garage swing, vocoder funk, jungle rudeness and an edginess straight out of the “roots of” era dubstep. The 12” is backed with a rolling “debt repaid” remix from me, in recognition of what current music owes “Roll’s” co-authors.

Steve Gurley has had a defining influence on pirate music since the early years of jungle, when he was part of seminal outfit Foul Play, releasing an album “Suspected” on Moving Shadow as well as a string of classic 12”s like “Finest Illusion.” He went on to be a defining figure in UK garage, displaying a deft touch for marrying ruff b-lines and razor sharp snares with joyous feminine pressure, as best displayed on his rave-detonating “Spirit of the Sun” remix. His darker garage beats would have a profound influence on the handful of producers, Bias included, who would go on to co-author dubstep. His “Hotboys” refix appeared on the “Roots of Dubstep” retrospective.

In later years Dave Jones aka Zed Bias aka Maddslinky would also acknowledge the influence Steve Gurley had on him personally. As mates in the mid 90s, Jones – then an aspiring producer – was given valuable early breaks by Gurley. And that’s not just a break as in “a helping hand,” but also literally “breakbeats,” samples of funk drum loops or 808 drum machine hits as Octamed samples or on Amiga floppy disc. In reverence of this era of early software technology and the amazing sounds it produced, not least between the blossoming musical friendship between Bias & Gurley, the “Roll” 12” is adorned with a grimey Amiga computer and on the flip a shot of Octamed, which made music through assigning of zeros of ones on a gritty, pixelated screen.

From those technologically humble beginnings, Jones blossomed into a prolific producer, at first making his name in UK garage with anthems like “Neighbourhood” and his remixes for then label mate The Streets (long before Mike Skinner was massive). As the millennium turned, he worked in parallel with producers like El-B and his Ghost camp, as well as Horsepower, Oris Jay and Artwork to help give birth to what is now called dubstep. His two albums from that era, Maddslinky’s “Make Your Peace” and Phuturistics “Feel it Out” were a decade ahead of their time.

With their collective legacies, Keysound Recordings are honoured to welcome to them into their roster.

More by Steve Gurley...

More by Zed Bias...

[Dull, never-before-mentioned trivia, my hand was supposed to be one of the hands on the Phuturistix album cover, I was invited to the shoot but had to postpone when I needed excruciating root canal surgery. I know what I'd have preferred...]

So, what killer Bias & Gurley productions have I missed off this brief summary?

Krept's "Paranormal Activity"

I've been curious about London road rap for a while now because it has obvious parallels with grime, yet when I dip in, the examples I find often seem too close to grime but without all the energy and impact.

Krept's "Paranormal Activity" though has me spellbound. Twitchy and different with something to say, it really stands out. And yes, it bares more than a passing resemblance to early Dizzee...

Monday, May 09, 2011

Rinse FM May 2011 (delayed from April)

Our Rinse FM show from Tues 10th is here. Leave a comment, lemme know what you're feeling...

Dusk + Blackdown Rinse FM May 2011 (delayed from April)

Bias & Gurley “Roll” [forthcoming Keysound]
Bias & Gurley Roll (Blackdown’s a debt repaid remix) [forthcoming Keysound]
Beneath “Bubble” [unreleased]
Spells of Yoruba “Gel Abri l ( Seany B Tribal house remix)” [unreleased]
CRST “Roulette” [Ten Thousand Yen]
Funkystepz “Shocker” [unreleased]
Lil Silva “Cheese and Bun”[Good Years]
G Smallz “Call of Duty” [unreleased]
NDV “Mind Over Matters” [Botanika]
Sully “Let You” [unreleased]
Untold “Nice Story Bro” [Hessle]
Joy O “Elipsis” [unreleased]
Arcade “Contrincante” [S&C]
G Smallz “Daydreamer” [free giveaway]
Vessel “Ton” [Left Blank]
Teeth “Shawty VIP” [unreleased]
TDK Alliance “Locked on” [unreleased]
Kastle “Time Traveller” [Secluciasis]
Goldffinch “Rat Face” [unreleased]

Desto "Final Chamber" [unreleased]
Visionist “Sodium” [unreleased]
D1 “Subzero” [Hessle]
Dizzee Rascal “Stand Up Tall (Kid Smpl remix)” [unreleased]
Kele “On the Lam (CRST Remix)” [Glassnote]
Sunship “Cheque One, Two (DJ Spooky refix)” [unreleased]
Matt Flynn “Empire” [unreleased]
P Money, Blacks & Slickman “Boo Yoo” [Forthcoming Butterz]
Zoltan “Beat It (Sines Bmoe Gutta Remix)” [unreleased]
L Wiz “4 42 Oz” [Forthcoming Kapsize]
Mr Mitch “The Advocate” [Boogaloo City]
Redinho “Edge Off” [Forthcoming Numbers]
Young Montana “Sacre Cool” [Alpha Pup Records]

Wednesday, May 04, 2011