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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Inside The Ride: 11th – 13th 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:

London – More Hyped Than We Look Present Rass Out #004 [Clean Shirt]

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Exeter – Jangle: Second to None Takeover [Vital Techniques, Mikey B, Hypho]

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Saturday:

Leeds – For The Love of Garage [Mike Delinquent, TC4, Bad Habit, DJ Trudos]

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Bristol – In:Motion [Geeneus, Fish, Sherry S]

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Selecta TV: Our New Youtube Channel

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This week we launch our YouTube channel, as we prepare to provide the UK underground garage + bass scene the content it’s been lacking.

At Selecta we view garage + bass as more than just the tunes being made, or the mixes the DJs play. There’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than just that and we want to put those things in the spotlight.

Without revealing too much, our aim is to provide you, the viewer, with an insight into what it’s like to be in this particular scene within the music industry. From production techniques to open conversations about politics in garage and bass, we want you to be able to see and hear it all.

On top of this, we’ll also be working with producers and labels to upload what we think are the sickest tunes. 

Make sure you don’t miss a thing by subscribing to the Selecta TV YouTube channel here.

To either send us music for our YouTube channel, or to get more information about this blog post, you can message us on Twitter or Instagram, or email us at selectamusicuk@gmail.com

 

 

Top 5 Tracks of the Week: 29th Oct – 4th 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. Darkzy – Glock Riddim (VIP)

Even though there’s only a 2 minute 37 second clip on Soundcloud we couldn’t not include this monster of a tune in this weeks T5TotW. If the original mix of Glock Riddim wasn’t enough to get you gassed then this VIP must be. The intro has been made even more sinister with a couple of new synths, and the bassline teases enough pre-drop to let you know this is certified wheel up material (we wheeled it at least 6 times on first listen). The bass sounds are large and filthy, briefly interjected with one of the best samples from ‘Hood Documentary’ we’ve heard. The drums are beefy, the clap almost more a slap. When released, this will be doing damage up and down the country, no doubt. “’Old tight man like Darkzy yeah?”

2. Smokey ‘Bubblin’ B – Vintage

Another 2 minute 37 clip (is that optimum amount of preview time?), but this time on a very different vibe. Smokey ‘Bubblin’ B’s ‘Vintage’ is a tip of the hat to old school garage. A shuffling 4×4 beat, 2 lush stabs, a fat sub and a couple of vocal samples, all glued together with a sustained string note doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s definitely enough to get us vibsing, especially with such a high production standard. Smokey has also gone out of his way to do a limited press of 100 copies of ‘Vintage’, and obviously after endorsing the track we’re telling you to make sure you grab a copy before they’re all gone!

3. TMSV – Expensive Suit (Murder He Wrote Remix) [Tumble Audio]

Murder He Wrote is smashing it right now. This brooding remix of TMSV’s forthcoming track on Tumble Audio is somehow both tough sounding yet so so crisp. The bass is so vast we’re left wondering how there was space for anything else in the mix, yet somehow MHW has managed to fit it around some of most sublime drum programming we’ve heard for a minute. Add some dub lasers and vocals from the original, as well as his own, along with the pitched panpipe-esque riff (we couldn’t work out what it actually is), and the tune is complete. And what a work of art it is.

4. Skelecta – Stranger [3000 Bass]

This latest cut from Skelecta is a problem. Listening to the intro for the first time, you have no idea the level of dirt ‘Stranger’ brings. A bright thick stab eases you in with high pitched, bubble gum vocals. Then it drops, and you realise it was a false sense of security. Every bass sound is ruffer and filthier than the one before, sounding like a grimey low pitched assault on your speakers. We love how the pitched vocals are brought in later to add some contrast and also add a slightly more garage vibe to things. Can’t believe it’s a free download either!

5. Pavv – Stomp [Southpoint]

To hear Pavv back to his best is exciting to say the least. The second tune to feature in T5TotW from Southpoint’s ‘KXVU Presents’ release (also featuring last week), this compilation is gonna do bits. The intro to ‘Stomp’ consists of some gorgeous sounding keys, which soon filter out with the drums as the bass barges it’s way in. A helter-skelter riff becomes the mainstay of the track, with the bass sound changing every 8 bars. There’s a brief lull whilst the tune breaks down and builds up, then the bass comes back in sounding harder than ever. The occasional drum rolls and fillers are nice touch too, coupled with a vocal cut to stop things getting repetitive.

Inside The Ride: 4th – 6th 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:

London – CS13 Boxed x Local Action [Mumdance, Sir Spyro, Marcus Nasty, Spooky]

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London – MJ Cole @ Camden Assembly [MJ Cole, Barely Royal]

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Brighton – So Solid @ The Arch [Moony, Notion]

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Plymouth – Andwhat&? x 2SME Presents: Murky Records Takeover [Skepsis, Nadine, Bru-C, Pharaoh K]

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Bath – Metripolis & KINK Presents: B Traits [B Traits, Majora]

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Sunday

London – The Funky House All Dayer [Murder He Wrote, Too Bad DJs]

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Let’s Push Things Forward: SelectaTV and Secret Ideas

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As we aim to progress, we look to members of the scene to contribute.

At Selecta we’re now looking to start moving on with our plan to protect and promote the UK garage and bass scene. To help do so, we’re looking to get in contact with artists, labels and photographers who are actively involved in the scene.

We want to get a number of ideas in motion now,  most of which we won’t disclose publicly just yet. However if you are one of the 3 kinds of people we’re currently looking to collaborate with, don’t hesitate to contact us.

We’ll also be launching our YouTube channel over the weekend. We’ll be using this to upload music from the scenes’ very best, as well as hosting some of the other, currently secret, content. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing.

Contact Selecta:

To either send us music for our YouTube channel, or to get more information about this blog post, you can message us on Twitter or Instagram, or email us at selectamusicuk@gmail.com

Top 5 Tracks of the Week: 22nd – 28th Oct

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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. Sherry S – Ololo [Forthcoming RKS Dubz]

Big up Sherry S cause this is the freshest tune we’ve heard in a minute. Taking a step away from aggy basslines, Sherry has conjured up something special here. The intro consists of some intense riser action, and a brilliant sample that we’re certain is from Mario. The main tune consists of some wicked tribal drums, 2 different vocals echoing around the beat and and a really tasty, reverb smothered, metallic stab. There’s a lot of panning and that really allows space for the thumping bass. Keep an ear out for some cool percussion sounds too, including some scratching in the second buildup. This is an absolute heater.

2. TZ – Dappa Riddim (VIP) [Saucy Records]

TZ has come in hot with this VIP. Straight off the bat the pads and vocal cuts set the vibe, and that kick is huge. The bass slots in perfectly along side it and they bounce off each other nicely. Drum wise, the energy is high. The main hi hat has a really good splashy quality to it and provides the majority of the upper frequencies with the other hats and ghost snares squeezing themselves in the remaining gaps. There’s no one element working harder than any other on this track and that makes it clever; every sound has it’s place and they all come together to make a banger.

3. Dread MC & Young H – Strip Again [877 Records]

We can’t help but feel like the very start to this could have been produced by someone like Joy O, right until the old school rave synth and breakbeat drums. The way this tune drops you know it’s gonna get pulled up a lot. Huge 808-like kicks lay the foundations as the rest of the drums slot in. The pitched noise (is it percussion or a synth?) is very crisp and provides good contrast up against Dread MC’s vocals. Our favourite part is the old school stabs though, they’re sick.

4. Conducta – Still You (ft Lifford)

Conducta, Conducta, Conducta. The main man in UK Garage right now has come through with an absolute gem. Having already proving his banger-making credentials, he’s dipped a toe into the realms of the Artful Dodger with this sing-along smash. He’s not shied away from the wicked basslines though, as it adds bite to garage legend Lifford’s smooth-as-you-get vocal. Predictably, everything else is on point. Lush chords and big, shuffling drums and a catchy little riff in the background. ‘Still You’ has potential to do a LOT for the scene, and we can also imagine up some huge VIP/Remix business for this one.

5. Tengu & Mofaux – Can’t Dance [Southpoint]

If this track is anything to go by, Southpoint have another killer release on their hands; this time a compilation curated by KXVU. Tengu and Mofaux have built a monster here. Crunchy basses peppered with some wobbles for good measure do the damage, with an inspired sample providing the track title. The breakbeat-esque drums on the breakdown are sick touch too and the second drop goes in harder than the first, not taking any prisoners. More of this please.

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