Up On Selecta TV Now: KXVU – Jaqqum EP Minimix

Big up KXVU for sending across this minimix of his forthcoming Jaqqum  EP on his own imprint, CubsDubs.

Featuring the original and 3 remixes from Triple S Gunman, Eclypse and Aranha, the Southpoint co-owner has come in heavy with his brand of hard hitting grime.

Gaining support early support on Rinse FM, we’re expecting this to release to do big things.

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Blackboxx – Adonis [Review]

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NM Recordings keep up their assault on the UK underground with a top notch EP from Edinburgh based producer Blacboxx featuring remixes by Doctor Nick, Cellardore and Moony.

Adonis [Original Mix]

The title track opens brightly with some beautiful sounding plucks creating a dreamy backdrop for the r’n’b vocal cuts and 2 step drums. ‘Adonis’ then drops into a serious sub work out, with a variety of basses. There’s so many different bass sounds, but it does’t sound messy or congested; each one sits in the mix perfectly, subtly providing variation to keep the track progressing. An organ occasionally cuts across, giving the vocal a melodic element to bounce off. Our favourite part of the track is in fact the vocal. The chops are tastefully done, very nearly creating a ‘singalong’ element and they’re a nice contrast with the plucks against the darker sounding bass. The drums are mixed really well, with the fat kick and a wicked, old school sounding snare anchoring the whole tune.

Link Up

The chords at the start of ‘Link Up’ are spine tingling-ly lush. Full, gorgeous and soulful, we knew we were in for a treat from, quite literally, the first second. This track sounds like a modern take on old school, chilled out UKG, and the production standard is top notch. The vocal chops on ‘Link Up’ eventually expand into full phrases, allowing more emotion to flow through the track. Even though it’s far more relaxed than ‘Adonis’, there is still a slight edge provided by a few of the basses, though the majority of the track rolls over a no-frills sub. ‘Link Up’ is definitely the stand out track on the EP for us, it’s straight up good vibes.

Adonis (Moony Remix)

The first remix out of 3 of the title track, Moony has turned ‘Adonis’ into a banger. The chords he uses create tension alongside the original vocal and uncompromising drums. The kick / snare combo are so large we’re surprised Moony has managed to squeeze a bassline alongside them at all, let alone one so fat sounding! It’s an absolute room shaker, and the most dance floor orientated mix on the release. There’s plenty of melodic content on offer too as an almost muted riff sounds off against the vocal snippets, and the chords slide back into the fore every now and again.

Adonis (Cellardore Remix)

Cellardore consistently proves he’s one of the most creative forces in the scene and his mix of ‘Adonis’ has done that once again. Taking chopping to a new level, Cellardore makes the vocal almost the complete focus of the tune, as it not only provides the majority of the rhythmic and melodic content for the first 1 minute and 53 seconds, but also sets the tone for the whole remix. The intro is swathed in 80s sounding sustained synths, stabs and strings. On the drop the vocals are pitched up an octave and a plucky bass, also sounding like something straight from an 80s dance tune, comes in. The second section is a work of art; a break is introduced to give the drums some high end, but it’s in the other percussion and the reverb-laden claps Cellardore shows off his attention for detail. The resonance on the bass increases over time, giving it a laser-like sound, and together with everything else and the vocal reasserting itself, the track goes from sparse and open to intense and intricate very quickly.

Adonis (Doctor Nick Remix)

The final remix of the release is easily the most chilled out of the 3, and it’s immediately noticeable who is on the buttons. The original intro has almost been kept the same but for some clever EQ, and Doctor Nick’s calling card of crisp, wonderfully produced drums with yet more silky, soulful chords. It’s a testament to the Doctors abilities that he’s able to create a completely new vibe using just these elements with a well rounded sub and some further cutting of the vocals. The highlight of this tune for us are the 4×4 switch and the keys solo. This remix oozes pure class and will be the go-to version of ‘Adonis’ in warmer months.

Selecta’s Favourite Track: Link Up

Overall Rating: 8/10

A quality all rounder from Blackboxx and NM Recordings, with something each for the ravers and the people looking for chilled garage. The production standards on both originals and all 3 remixes are sky high. 

Selecta talks to Hypho about his debut vinyl release ‘Gong Tau’ [Interview]

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With many labels now starting, or returning, to release on vinyl and the sales of physical records booming, an opportunity has arisen that many modern day producers could have only dreamed of a few years ago. Making music worthy of a release on wax is certainly a milestone in this day and age, and it’s something all round bass badboy Hypho is excited about. Selecta briefly caught up with him ahead of his debut vinyl release ‘Gong Tau’, a 3 track EP via London based collective and label eatmybeat.

Easy Hypho! Congratulations on your very first vinyl release. Did you make the EP before you knew it was a vinyl release or did you make these tracks specifically to be pressed?

I was originally going to release ‘5AM’ as a solo track, but after speaking to the EMB lads I decided to make a 3 track EP for vinyl. So the first 2 tracks, ‘Gong Tau’ and ‘Shen’ were produced specifically for the vinyl release!

How did the decision to release the EP on vinyl come about?

Basically I mentioned to EMB about the possibility of a vinyl release and about two weeks after, we came to the decision to give it a go and see what happens.

After releasing on so many of the scene’s top labels digitally, how does it feel to be releasing physical copies of your music? Does it feel different to those previous releases?

The feeling couldn’t compare to anything else. I’ve always been a big fan of vinyl and knowing that my tracks are going to be on actual vinyl is so hype for me! This release is different because I believe its my strongest work yet and after the support of my ‘War Time’ EP on 877 Records I think I have the links combined with the EMB lot to push a solid release.

A couple of track titles sound like they’ve been inspired by the Far East. What’s the story behind that?

The Far East sounding titles are to portray an organic feel to the tracks and EP as a whole. Those who listen to my music may know that I’m into very organic sounding productions and these productions usually entail some sort of eastern instrument or vibe.

What was the inspiration behind the release?

When producing the tracks I just had in mind some of the dubs I’d been listening to recently and an image of vinyl culture. The EP was inspired by labels such as Kaizen, Swamp 81, Hessle audio and other similar imprints.

Were there any obstacles whilst writing the EP? 

Not really, no. The EP flowed together nicely after some inspiration from a night out seeing Deep Medi in Manchester! I find the best way to create music is to see stuff live first as it gives you the buzz of what the music really means.

Whats next for Hypho after this release?

Good question. I’ve got another release for Punks Music coming up soon and I’m also working on a joint EP with (LA based producer) Squane, my brother from another mother. That’s due in 2017. You can catch me all over the UK playing sets. There’s a couple of big ones to look out for including Warehouse Project on the 15th of December.

Listen to the preview of Hypho – ‘Gong Tau EP’ below and pre-order the 12″ here.

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week: 19th – 25th Nov

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Exactly what it says on the tin; we share with you (in no particular order) our 5 favourite musical findings over the past 7 days.

1. Tuff Culture – Miami Vice (Moony 99 Remix) [Project Allout Records]

This is the sexiest slice of 2 step we’ve heard in ages. Moony has really gone to town on this remix for Tuff Culture. Using the catchy vocals from the original, they’ve been surrounded with gorgeous chords and shuffling drums. He’s replaced the in-your-face bassline from Tuff Culture’s mix with a more refined, slinky sub and some other very subtle bass sounds to keep things rolling. This is an example of how to remix a song perfectly, just a shame it’s not seeing a summer release!

2. Deekline – I Can’t Wait (Fish x Lucent Remix) [Forthcoming Hot Cakes Bass]

Hot Cakes have now got a sister label and if the current previews are anything to go off, Hot Cakes Bass is going to be just as successful. As you would expect with Fish and Lucent on remix duties, this is an aggressive, high energy, dance floor destroyer of a tune. The drums are large, and the bass is enough to make you screw your face up in disgust. Interestingly, the first and second drops differ a huge amount. The first consists of a crunchy bass riff and interjecting wobs whilst the latter is more focused on higher pitched, wonky sounding bass noises.

3. Tuff Culture – Never Be

Tuff Culture can now put on his CV that he’s the first artist to feature twice in the same Selecta T5TotW. ‘Never Be’ is a 4 to the floor garage track with melodies and chords typical of a Tuff Culture production. The drums shuffle along as a pitched up vocal and lush stabs weave around a mega chunky bassline. As the tune progress we’re treated to arpeggios and organs and a more rounded sounding bass. We reckon this tune is a dark horse and that there is definitely reload potential here.

4. DJ Q – Breathe (J.Kong Edit) [Articulate Sound]

Remixing someone like DJ Q isn’t the easiest thing to do and quite honestly, should usually be avoided. J. Kong however has managed to avoid making a dodgy edit and in fact has cooked up an almost sensual garage re work of ‘Breathe’. The original vocal is open to a lot of musical interpretation and J. Kong has chosen to link it up to smooth pads, soulful keys and a low-key, sub intensive bass line. The second drop does have more energy, taking the stance of 4×4 and a stab providing an extra layer. Solid work for sure.

5. Shaun Dean – Complete [Chip Butty Records]

Shaun Dean seems to be everywhere at the moment and if you were just judging his ability off the back of ‘Complete’ you’d see there’s good reason for it. With the intro featuring a tasty arpeggiator / vocal combo, the tune drops into a massive metallic bassline riding 4×4 drums. The staccato strings are a wicked touch, and give the track an almost old school feel. Every bassline DJ in the country needs this one.

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Inside The Ride: 25th – 27th Nov

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Don’t know where to get your fix of big basslines and gully riddims this weekend? We’ve rounded up our favourite lineups, nationwide, for fresh UK garage and bass music.

Friday:

Bristol – My Nu Leng & M8s [My Nu Leng, Woz, Klose One, Buckfast Boys Club, Fish, Sherry S, Underground Traffic]

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Sheffield – Shake The Bass [Deadbeat UK, Witty Boy, Pavv, Pelikann, Forca, Bru-C]

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Saturday:

London – Chase & Status + Friends Official Afterparty [Marcus Nasty, Nadine, Murder He Wrote, Karl Vincent]

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Leeds – Punks Music Warehouse Party [Hybrid Theory, SOBAD, OffMeNut Records Room]

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Sheffield – In:flux Presents [Krissy B, Fiyahman, Tik&Borrow]

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Top 5 Tracks of the Week: 12th – 18th Nov

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Exactly what it says on the tin; we share with you (in no particular order) our 5 favourite musical findings over the past 7 days.

1. Bushbaby – Hold On To Me

 Not only is this track an absolute stomper, it’s a classy one at that. The drum sounds are crisp and to the point; the kick has just the right amount of weight and the clap is in your face, but not to the point it’s overbearing. The bassline doesn’t pull any punches either, keeping it fairly simple but full of aggression. Catchy vocals provide another focal point and the echo applied during the breadkdowns is sick. To round things off is the very slick metallic stab, filling all the right gaps. A perfect example of a few select sounds working together perfectly. Big up Bushbaby.

2. Hypho x Vital Techniques – With You [Second To None]

It seems like it’s been a long time since we’ve heard all round bass badman Hypho on a 2 step vibe and it’s something we weclome back with open arms and gun fingers. Teaming up with Second To None label mates Vital Techniques was always going to result in something big. The chords are soft and silky and match the sexy vocals perfectly. In contrast are the tough drums and absolutely enormous sub, creating a track capable of blowing speakers whilst simultaneously keeping the singalong crowd happy.

3. Spooky – Bun Fire (Notion Remix) [Project Allout Records]

Knowing Notion is putting out regular tunes again is enough to make any bass junkie happy. What makes it even better is each one is somehow bigger and more impressive than the last. On remix duties for Spooky on this one,  Notion has flipped the sinister,  tough, industrial sounds of the original and turned ‘Bun Fire’ into a vibesy 4×4 garage banger. Literally every single element sounds as full and large as it can. The drums are mixed ridiculously well, and the intertwining basslines even more so. There’s something incredibly satisfying about the high pitched bass noises, and the chords during the intro and breakdowns are thick and lush. Fully sick.

4. Joedan – Mashup

Joedan is one of the underground scene’s most underated producers. With an impeccable ear for groove and a serious set of production skills, everything he touches is absolute fire. After smashing garage, and then house and techno for a bit, ‘Mashup’ is Joedan touching on grime. Huge throbbing subs with a slight metallic overtone carry the track alongside the shuffling drums, which somehow manage to squeeze in one of the vastest sounding snares we’ve heard. We can’t wait to hear people vocalling this.

5. TC4 x MOAD – Corona

Ever wondered what happens when 2 of the most creative forces in bass music collaborate? ‘Corona’ is your answer. An energetic fusion of so many genres it almost seems impossible. Imagine Major Lazer made a Latin music inspired track, with a sprinkling of Trap and a UK Funky backdrop after spending months listening to the UK Bass scene and you’d be pretty close to what ‘Corona’ sounds like. We’re not sure how it works, but it does and it is FRESH. Hats off to TC4 and Mind of a Dragon.

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Inside The Ride: 18th – 20th Nov

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Don’t know where to get your fix of big basslines and gully riddims this weekend? We’ve rounded up our favourite lineups, nationwide, for fresh UK garage and bass music.

Friday:

Brighton – In The Face x Tumble Audio [Sir Spyro, Killjoy, Deadbeat UK, Hank Limit, Hadean, King Hydra, Forca]

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Birmingham – Fidget 7th Birthday [Taiki Nulight, Brent Kilner, Joshua]

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Leeds – Butterz [TQD, Swindle, Holy Goof, Vital Techniques]

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Nottingham – Krudd Launch Party [Ussy, Mr Virgo, Darkzy]

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Saturday:

Canterbury – Shapes & Friends [Flava D, Shapes, Draig Cavid]

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