It’s the day before Thanksgiving and things are looking great as we enter into the holiday season. I have a new trailer for Porter Robinson’s mini-documentary, info on Magnetic Man’s next album, Aus music invading Fabric, M83 on Fallon, and the Mixmag drugs survey, all conveniently packed into today’s GDD™ Morning Update. Please enjoy after the jump.
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After a short hiatus for the festive season, we’re back to bring you the first Dirt of 2011! Starting the year off strong, this week we’ve a fresh 14 in store, accumulating some of the hottest tracks in tropical tech, disco-house, electro and dubstep. Fear not Dirty Dancers, we will indeed be back with another helping next week. Whether it lands on a Wednesday or Saturday is up to the powers that be, but feel free to stick your oar in by voicing your thoughts on our facebook page and the comments section below.
Without further ado, it gives me great pleasure to dish The Dirt, number 22…
As 2010 draws to a close, we at GDD™ have decided to embark on a recap for you guys, and summarize our favorites from a truly epic year in EDM. Every day between now and January 1, our contributors will be pairing up to share their top picks with you. Tre and I drew the short straw and are up first, covering the bassier genres, so without further ado let’s kick things off…
Skream – Outside The Box [Tempa] In my eyes, 2010 saw the start to a great number of full length albums from EDM artists, which is pretty uncommon. The genre of mainstream dubstep emerged and saw the release of Magnetic Man on a mainstream label (Columbia), as well as Rusko’s OMG! on Mad Decent. However, there was only one that really stuck out to me as worthy of my album of the year – Skream’s Outside The Box. A cracking album from start to finish that demonstrates Skream’s versatility as an artist, ranging from the beautiful and entrancing sounds of ‘Epic Last Song’ to the heavy as sin ‘Wibbler’, which was a longtime anticipated by dubsteppers early on in the year. Essential Listening:Wibbler / How Real (Ft. Freckles) / Epic Last Song
Breakage – Foundation [Digital Soundboy] 2010 was the year that saw Breakage (aka James Boyle) burst through the EDM scene with his own unique style. Foundation is a groundbreaking album full of jungle inspired drums, haunting bass lines and an eclectic mix of drum and bass and dubstep. James Boyle has taken a futurist approach to the scene, cranking out tunes that give listeners the best of both worlds while maintaining percussive roots in a scene that has been flourishing since the early 90’s. Breakage follows the simple, yet crucial rule of quality over quantity and while his songs may not be the busiest they sure deliver a sound that can only be described as smooth, haunting and powerful. Essential Listening: Hard (Ft. David Rodigan & Newham Generals) / Run ‘em Out (Ft. Roots Manuva) / Vial (Ft. Burial)
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma [Brainfeeder] 2010 was also the year that IDM finally broke into the mainstream. This is one of those albums that stayed #1 in the unbelievably competitive billboard chart that is my car stereo. FlyLo’s intricate full length was a full force fusion of IDM, Jazz, Classical, 8-bit, hip-hop and so much more. Flying Lotus’ intense amount of work and emotion can be felt throughout the entire record, which arguably flows better than any other album I’ve heard this year. One can’t mention Cosmogramma without mentioning the enormous amount of collaborations that graced the album, from Laura Darlington to Thom Yorke. Essential Listening:…And The World Laughs With You (Ft. Thom Yorke) / Do The Astral Plane / Nose Art
Netsky – Netsky [Hospital]
When I think of Belgium, probably the last thing that comes to mind is Drum & Bass, but this year I’ve been forced to have a rethink, after the success of Belgian DnB sensation Boris Daenen. Relatively new to the game, Daenen under the guise of Netsky unleashed his selftitled debut on the legendary London-based DnB label Hospital Records. Netsky’s liquid DnB sound has acted as a huge spark for the genre, breaking into the mainstream in a similar way to Pendulum when they unleashed Hold Your Color in 2005. With Hospital’s backing, you can expect big things from this guy.
Essential Listening:Pirate Bay / Moving With You (feat. Jenna G) / Escape (feat. Darrison)
Horsepower Productions – Quest For The Sonic Bounty [Tempa] Credited as one of the earliest pioneers of the dubstep genre, Horsepower Productions’ experimental UK Garage sound has been influencing scores of present day dubstep producers since the early noughties. The core duo consists of Benny Ill and Jay King, while Nassis and Lev Jnr drift in and out of the group, they worked together as a four piece for third studio album Quest For The Sonic Bounty which dropped last month. If you’re expecting high energy electronic wobble then this isn’t the one for you, but if you’re expecting a subtler more refined roots and garage album, then this is the one. For some the dubstep genre has begun to sound stale and monotonous, but when you listen to this record, you see that UK Garage is experiencing a second wind and will soon surpass it. Essential Listening:Poison Wine / Water / Damn It
Underworld – Barking [Om Records] While this record only touches the tips of bassier genres via some dank co production duties from Welsh DnB guru High Contrast, it’s definitely one of my top 5 records this year. Seeing an allstar lineup of co-producers including High Contrast, Appleblim, Dubfire, D.Ramirez and Paul Van Dyk, Barking is Underworld’s eighth studio album and it absolutely bangs. While it’s come under flak from some critics, I see it as some of their most ambitious and versatile work to date, ranging from the Deadmau5-ey prog house vibes of ‘Always Loved Film’, to straight up DnB jam ‘Scribble’. Those who were lucky enough to catch Karl Hyde and Rick Smith live this year will agree that these guys are one of the few acts whose live shows are even more mindblowing than their studio work, which is no easy feat. Essential Listening:Scribble (co prod. by High Contrast) / Always Loved Film (co prod. by D.Ramirez / Strumpet Groove
Started in 2005 by the legendary jungle mogul Shy FX, Digital Soundboy has become a household name in the electronic music scene. With both Shy’s musical knowledge and the talent he has recruited it is no wonder Digital Soundboy has become such a widely renowned and highly respected label. DS has had a massive year with hits from the likes of Breakage, Redlight, Benga, Benny Page, DJ Fresh, Caspa, Calibre and many more.
Circus Records was founded in 2008 in Weisbaden Germany, and now contains some of dubstep’s biggest names. Circus’ artists have saturated almost every dubsteppers itunes library and favorite clubs, whether it be the unique high end screeches of Doctor P, the intense layered basslines provided by Flux Pavilion or the diverse singles and remixes that Funtcase has dropped on us, we can’t deny that this was Circus’ year.
Thus, what can we say bassheads, glitch freaks, and IDM nazis…this was truly our year ; ) So grab these tunes, curl up next to the fire hugging your most massive sub and reminisce, because the best has yet to come (and we will keep bringing it to you).
Ain’t nothing like when blogs combine forces to throw fun parties. For a little shameless self promotion, I would like to invite you this Sunday to the 2nd installment of The Sneak, hosted by the UhOhDiSCO blog – happening in Westwood at the Glendon, right behind Westwood BrewCo. I’m gonna spin some chunes with GOJ!RA and Houser MD – and if I remember correctly this space gets crackin’ quick… should be smashing good fun.
For months now, we’ve been waiting for the new record from Magnetic Man; the world’s first dubstep supergroup comprised of Benga, Skream and Artwork. On Saturday night they threw down an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, which features a bunch of tracks off their forthcoming album, due out on October 4th. Due to the number of dubplates and unreleased material in the mix, there’s still a grip of tracks unidentified – if you know what any are, add them to the comments below.
01. Essential Mix – Intro 02. Magnetic Man – Karma Crazy 03. Alright What Happened, Everything Cool? (Acapella) 04. Benga – Electro West 05. Magnetic Man feat Ms. Dynamite – Fire 06. Benga – 808 07. Redlight – Stupid 08. DJ Zinc – Killa Sound (Skream Remix) 09. Nero – Welcome Reality 10. Magnetic Man – Ping Pong 11. Benga – Smack Your Bitch Up 12. Nero – Innocence 13. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Fu Man Chu (Dubstep Mix) 14. Redlight feat. Ms. Dynamite – What You Talkin’ About 15. Magnetic Man – Certified Banger 16. Benga – Monsters 17. Skream – Wonk 18. Joker & TC – It Ain’t Got A Name 19. Magnetic Man – Track ID 20. Magnetic Man – The Bug 21. Skream – Rollin’ Kicks VIP 22. Magnetic Man feat. Angela Hunte – I Need Air 23. Magnetic Man – Mad 24. Skream – Raw Dogz 25. Skream – Wibbler 26. Crissy Criss – Kick Snare VIP 27. Sub Focus – Last Jungle 28. Skream – Stand Up 29. Mr Bratt – Selecta 30. Heist – I’m A Killer 31. P-Money – Left The Room (Skreamix) 32. James Blake – CMYK 33. Estelle – I Can Be A Freak (ID Bootleg) 34. Benga & Youngman – I Warned Ya 35. Trolley Snatcha – Pass Me By 36. TC & Jakes – Real Talk VIP 37. Benga – One & Only (feat. Youngman) 38. Skream – CTO 39. Benga & Youngman – Ho! 40. Benga – Mini MotoCross 41. Benga - Track ID 42. Skream – Untitled 43. Toddla T – Sky Surfing (Benga Remix) 44. Subscape – Just Because 45. Benga – Who Remembers VIP 46. Track ID 47. Skream feat Sam Frank – Where You Should Be 48. Track ID 49. Magnetic Man feat. Katy B – Perfect Stranger
BONUS: Last week Skream released the third and final Freeizm EP, which in my opinion is the best of the lot. Metal Mouth, Dr. Who Dub, Rollin’ & the Geiom tracks are fire. Check it:
Right, let’s get this week of a flyer with some tuneage. Last week the new vid for Rusko‘s ‘Hold On’ was unveiled, and due to some naughty slogan tees and flashing lights, MTV opted to ban it from airing. Luckily the censorship board here at GottaDanceDirty have let it slide, so we’re able to give it you in full.
London-based Night SluggersL-Vis 1990 have just dropped their Forever You EP which they’ve been receiving mad props for. ‘Do You Remember’ is a trancey uk bass anthem reminiscing about 90s house music. Remove the vocals and it sounds more like Orbital than anything L-Vis have released before. The title track ‘Forever You’ is a lighter melodic combination of the UK funky sound and bass genres, I’m a big fan of this track.
• L-Vis 1990 – Do You Remember (Original mix) √+ [removed by request]
“House music takes away all of your pain…”
• L-Vis 1990 – Forever You (Original mix) √+ [removed by request]
If you dig these, then head over to Beatport and buy the EP in full.
From The Vault:
• Caspa – Where’s My Money? (L-Vis 1990 Dubble Step Edit) [removed by request]
Above is the controversial vid for Skream‘s ‘Listenin’ To The Records On My Wall’ from his forthcoming album Outside The Box, set for release on July 26 via Tempa. The video’s dope and the track’s fire, so I’m stoked for the new album. In the meantime, Skream’s just released a second free EP via his twitter. This guy’s production efforts are unmatchable; it’s pretty astounding how many tracks he puts out, while still touring and partying as hard as he does. Be sure to check out Magnetic Man, his side-project with Benga and Artwork; their forthcoming single ‘I Need Air’ is kicking up a lot of heat in the UK right now.