My personal history into electronic music from the casual to the more serious (some might say obsessive) starts with breakbeats; from drum ‘n’ bass and jungle to 135/140 bpm breaks and breakstep.
Baobinga(himself a member of the breaks/breakstep scene from its early manifestations) put together this 34 minute fast cut and somewhat essential sound lineup covering some of the core tracks of ‘breakstep’ spilling over into some dark garage and grime inspired plates.
Some have debated (internet and back room chin stroking mostly) and discussed the sonic makeup of the genre, where it started and so on. Some believe it to be a recent thing that followed the rise of dubstep, others know it existed before and was if you excuse the pun, instrumental in the early dubstep dubs.
To be honest it doesn’t really matter as much as some balding 30 something blokes might have you believe. What does matter, in the context of me writing this piece, is Baobinga, Sam Simpson to his mum, knows how to pick a deep dark rolling selection laying down many classics of the genre. From Mark One, Darqwan’s huge Said The Spider, Plastician when he was still Plasticman (which confused me as the first 12″ of his I bought I bought blind thinking it was the work of Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman). To Zinc’s alias Jammin’, Search and Destroy, the mighty Vex’d, the much applauded and still sought after Freeze instrumental from Grime kingpin Wiley; Geeneus, early Skream and finally ending up Loefah’s Twisup VIP with a remix lick from Youngsta and Task.
So there we go. Put together for the good folk over at Crazylegs.
“Although it never really got the props it deserved, the music loosely known as breakstep is one of the defining influences on what I do. Chopped up drums with a slight jungle / dnb edge (without being referential to the point of parody), plenty of bass, but with the mid-range held back enough to imply darkness rather than pile the rage on with a spade, and a bit of swing and bounce to the beats to link it with the emerging dark garage and dubstep scenes. J Da Flex’s much-missed show on 1Xtra was the place for the weekly update on these bits, and one of my career highlights is the fact that J played one of my bits on his mix for John Peel’s show way back when.
Anyway, all these tunes kind of came out as garage was dying, grime was starting to move away from hype instrumentals into more MC-dominated territory, and as dubstep was still figuring out what it was supposed to sound like – ie. a time of massive musical flux. Which is sort of where we’re at right now – in a bit of a state of flux, not entirely sure where things are going to go next… So this mix is a bit of tribute to the last time things felt like this. All done on vinyl, and for some random reason on a rotary mixer, which is categorically NOT the right kind of mixer for this kind of stuff!”
Mos Def, Nate Dogg, Pharoah Monche – Oh No (Dj Hype RMX) Darqwan – Cold Symptoms SLT Mob – Stopper Chase & Status – Wise Up Mark One – Rain Dance Shimano – Blues Darqwan – Said The Spider Bogeyman vs DJ Lombardo – Through The Keyhole Wiley – Flat Derik Plasticman – Anger Darqwan – Taiwan Ink Shimano – Roll The Drums Jammin – Hold On Search & Destroy – Mark Of The Beast Wiley – Freez Instrumental Vex’d – Lion Geeneus – The Journey (Shimano RMX) Fyrus – Jaws Daluq – Supafine Skream – Who R Those Guys Loefah – Twisup VIP (Youngsta & Task RMX)
Tip top bumpin bass music. This weeks show features new music from Deca Rhythm, Frisfo Beats, Goldffinch, Warlock, Bok Bok plus some old and new classics thrown in for good measure. Enjoy :)
1. Luke’s Anger Feat. Lee Scratch Perry - Earthworms 2. Lukid - My Teeth In Your Neck 3. Non 5ilent - Fontaine 4. Hxdb & 3rdeye - Transpacific (Resketch Remix) 5. Goldffinch - Burned Bit 6. Goldffinch - Funky Panda 7. Warlock - Space Junk 8. T Williams - Analogue Tour 9. A1 Bassline - Falsehood 10. Rustie - Zig Zag 11. Dismantle - Get On It 12. Kamikaze Space Programme - Rover 13. Bok Bok & Tom Trago - Lil Ma Bonus Beat 14. Martyn - Viper (London Arches Mix) 15. Woz - Loose 16. Warlock - Wilful Damage 17. M Cole And Scruffizer - Southern Electric 18. Warlock - Perana 19. Warlock - Too Late 20. Photomachine - Live & Direct 21. Orphan 101 - Fist First 22. Taz - Robogrime 23. Bert On Beats - Zonin (Woz Remix) 24. Dismantle - Computation 25. Broski - Target 26. Zombies For Money - Kayapo 27. Rack N Ruin Ft Navigator - Territory (Woz Remix) 28. Riffs - Girls Attack 29. Kamikaze Space Programme - Lawn 30. Bok Bok & Tom Trago - Porn Clash 31. LFO - Mentoc 1 32. Lenny D’Ice - We Are I.E.
Hosted byDFRNT, Insight is a regular showcase for new and emerging deep and dub-influenced bass music.
Featuring dubstep, dub-techno, garage, broken beat, IDM and all that falls within the styles of future bass music.
01 Scarlet Monk - Ring (Krts Remix) [unreleased] 02 Little Dragon - Little Man (Tycho Remix) [free download] 03 Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen - Kakina Nimig - All Dance [Balanced] 04 Fabel - Kurumi Gabriel (Le Mar meets Pablo Bolivar Redub) [Avant Roots] 05 Billy Shane - Fahk [Falk] 06 Matthias Springer - Long Way Home [Hypnotic Room] 07 Sigmafly - Monochrome (Everlone Remix) [Cut] 08 Koloah - I’m In Love With U [unreleased] 09 Actraiser - Torchlight [unreleased] 10 Melvin - White Space Conflict [unreleased]
Darling Farah - Berline (Civil Music) Martyn - Masks (Brainfeeder) KLIC - Forward - Greymatter’s Jack is Back Remix (Hit & Hope Records) New York Transit Authority - Off The Traxx (Lobster Boy) Ramadanman & Appleblim - Void 23 (AUS Music) Jon Convex - Streetwalk (IK7 Records) The Artist Formerly Known As 19.4220.127.116.11.5.18 - Speed Bomb - Skudge Remix Untold - Little Things Like That (Clone Basement Series) Braiden - The Alps (Doldrums) Untold - Bones - Rockwell Remix (SSSSS) Four Tet - Pyramid (Text Records) Julio Bashmore - Battle For Middle You - Maurice Donovan Dub (PMR Records) Jacques Greene - Lay It Down (UNO NYC) Girl Unit - Wut - Claude Von Stroke Remix (Night Slugs) Blawan - Vibe Decorum (R&S) Jam City - Barely A Trak (Night Slugs) Addison Groove - An We Drop (IK7 Records) Maurice Donovan - Call My Name Eats Everything - Enterance Song (Label La Musique Fait La Force)
Manchester based Dave hanal is a long time graffiti artist who’s work includes pieces for Autechre and SKAM amongst others. He’s a regular SKAM DJ and podcast supplier for the Icasea, Acroplane, Balkan Vinyl and SWISHcotheque labels. Part owner and artist of Remerge Records and all round general busy bastard.
DVNT Dom + Roland – Terminate [Dom + Roland Productions] Si Begg – How The Internet Ruined Your Life [Addictech] aarrcc – Colonnade At Heliopolis [dub] Lukes Anger – Earthworms (ft. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry) (Duke Slammer inna digi-dub style) [Bonusround] 808 State – Flow Coma (AFX remix) [Rephlex] Ryukau – A View From The Window in Room023 [Entity] Pulsipher – Sculptor of Flesh [Enough Records] Kyle Geiger + Bobby Dowell – Just a Memory (Jerome Sydenham remix) [Driving Forces Recordings] Brendon Moeller – Pink Noise (Jazz Junk Safari mix) [Third Ear Recordings] Death Abyss – Come As A Reaper For Thus You Will Sow [Rodz Konez] Big Narstie – Gas Leak (Ourobonic Plague remix) [dub] George Lanham – Toppling The Tower [The Public Stand] Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches (Killa Productions 91 Revival remix) [Engineroom] Kuniaki Takenage – Graces of Mana [Cicuta Netlabel] tsr – Och Singing in the brain (klenoden) [dub] Milyoo – Tough Enough [Opit] Modeselektor – VW Jetta [Monkeytown Records] DIMENTIA – Dissektion_Live@Katatonik [dub] Moony – Straight Up [dub] Death Abyss – Control Dissent Isolate The Thinkers [Rodz Konez]
HANAL Sugarhill Allstars – Malcolm X No Sell Out Arpanet – I Mode Ceephax Acid Crew – Emotinium 11 Bobby Broom – Beat Freak Indulin – Strangeness DMX Krew – Funk Cube Ali Renault – Flies a Kungan The Housemaster Boyz – Trax U Lost No Sell Out – The Plan The Other People Place – Moonlight Rendezvous Mandroid – Analogue Addict Indulin – Roll on Acid Lab Rat 3 – Lab RatXL Dead Sound and Videohead – Rails LFO – Freak Drums of Death – I Can’t Take It Mark Archer – Frequency (DMX Krew’s Asylum Seekers remix) Hanal/Obi – Truck 4 Hanal/Obi – Truck 1 Out-Or – FGrap One Meriline Avenue – Seaside Street