After thousand of downloads of my recent El-B mixes, I hope that you will receive this next mixtape just as well. As the last couple in the “Selected Vinyls” series, I am focusing on the UKG-era - here of the alltime brilliant producer Steve Gurley. As the first volumes revolved around the beats and bass from El-B, he himself is earlier cited for “There were no influences in that scene for me at the time [around year 2000], only Steve Gurley”, so on that note, the mixtape in front of you displays Steve Gurleys work inside a UK garage frame. Please enjoy!
01 DJ Phantasy feat. Sonia Redd - Music Is My Life (Steve Gurley Dub) 02 Robbie Craig - Lessons (Steve Gurley Full Vocal) 03 Lenny Fontana feat. Beverly T - Spirit Of The Sun (Steve Gurley Full Vocal Mix) 04 Zed Bias & DJ Principle - All Night Jam (S Gurley Remix) 05 Nu Klass A - The Rhythm (S. Gurley Remix) 06 Dreem Teem - Tingles (Steve Gurley Remix) 07 Victor Romeo - Inside You (S Gurley Penetrate Dub Mix) 08 Precious – It’s Gonna Be My Way (Steve Gurley Dub) 09 Operator & Baffled feat. Colour Girl - Things Are Never (Steve Gurley Mix) 10 M & S - Keep On (Steve Gurley Remix) 11 SAS feat. Leee John - Keep On Reaching (Steve Gurley Remix) 12 Allstars - Walk On By VIP/Vocal 13 Dimensions feat. MC Bronco - Show Me (Steve Gurley Mix) 14 Basement Jaxx - Red Alert (Steve Gurley Mix) 15 Allstars - Hotboy Dub 16 Whitney Houston - Heartbreak Hotel (Undadoggz Club Rub Part 1) 17 Kartik - The Way We Freak (Steve Gurley Rub A Dub) 18 Remi - Talk About It (Steve Gurley Vocal Mix) 19 N.C.A - Goodbye (Steve Gurley Remix) 20 Allstars - What About Us (Crazy Dub) 21 Breakbeat Era - Bullitproof (Steve Gurley Mix) 22 Allstars - Freak ‘N U (Vocal Mix) 23 Antonio - Hyperfunk (Steve Gurley Remix) 24 Zed Bias - Neighbourhood (Steve Gurley Dub) 25 Bias & Gurley - Roll 26 Steve Gurley & Al Brown - Killin Me 27 Alpha Omega feat. Kathy Battistessa - Rhythm Takes Control (Steve Gurley Mix) 28 United Grooves Collective feat. Shelley - I’m Glad You Came To Me (Steve Gurley VIP/Vocal) 29 Tuff Productions v Furious feat. Destry - Top Of The World (Steve Gurley Vocal Mix) 30 Troublesome - Some Girls (Steve Gurley & Al Brown Dub)
It’s an end of year retrospective special. 2 hours featuring some priceless gems from the bygone eras of breakstep, 2-Step, early dubstep and grime. Pure memories and badass tunes from start to finish by the likes of Search & Destroy, Vexd, Horsepower, Plastician, Product 01 and more. Enjoy.
2nd II None - Heavy Artillery Plastician - White Gloves Plastician - Unknown Product 01 - Swords Over Stratford Anti Konsum - Mr Materialism Atki 2 & Renee Silver - Shocking Out Proud Southside Allstars - Southside Alias - Alias Youngstar - Formula Deadletterdrop #1 - white label Darqwan - Round One Protocol X - Future World Dubchild - Shaolin Riddim DJ Narrows - Kick Down The Door Search & Destroy - Food Chain Mark One - Equalizer Vex’d - Pop Pop Vex’d - Gunman Soundproof - Bring The Lights Down (Caspa remix) Marc Ashken - Roots Dyed Dark (Skream remix) Parson - Sons Of God Warlock - Click Clack Crooked One - Annihilation Starkey - Bounce Benga & Walsh - Military TRG - Broken Heart Horsepower - The Swindle
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)
We’ve no idea as to quite what spawned Patrice & Friends’ Cashmere Sheets, but we’re more grateful for its existence than 99% of other albums released this year.
The work of rogue house and grime producer Slackk, whose past releases have come on labels like Numbers and Diskotopia (there’s also the gliding ‘Polar Bear’, due for a December release on Unknown to the Unknown), apparently working in tandem with some undisclosed friends, Cashmere Sheets is effectively ‘80s boogie, funk and r’n’b reimagined at footwork tempo, with ultra high-res vocal samples riding lightning-fast drum rushes. The smooth wildly juxtaposes with the frenetic; think DJ Rashad’s soul-sampling tracks taken to a totally illogical extreme, and you’re in the right ball park.
Patrice & Friends’ FACT mix is only 35 minutes long, but it doesn’t let up once, with stacks of Patrice material both released and unreleased and stop offs from DJ Roc, DJ Manny, Juicy J & Lex Luger, Juke Ellington and more. If you’re bored of the softness of a lot of current UK dance music then trust us, this is your jam.
Patrice & Friends – So I Took It Upon Myself Patrice & Friends – Spellbound Manny – Mystery Patrice & Friends – She Got Ice In Her Mouth Patrice & Friends – Barmaid DJ Roc – Duel Of Fates Lil Jabba – Raiders Patrice & Friends – Gasp Juicy J – Pills Weed & Pussy Patrice & Friends – Waitress Patrice & Friends – (Can’t Stop) Loving You Patrice & Friends – Lovers, Us, The World Falty DL – Brazil (Slick Shoota RMX) Patrice & Friends – I Wanna Take You Juke Ellington – Blow Patrice & Friends – After The Rave
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.