Monday, August 31, 2015

#BassMondays - Sahil Madaan (Interview + Dubplate 007)




1. For those that might not have heard of you, can you give a short introduction?
A: I have been Djing for 7 years now during which I have been lucky enough to be part of amazing festivals like Sunburn and Supersonic and also got to share the decks with some of the biggest names in industry like Vachan Chinnappa, Engine Earz, Caspa, and the list goes on. Drum and Bass has given me a different perspective all together in terms of music.  


2. How and when did you discover Drum and Bass?
A: I think I heard Smack my Bitch up in my college days when my friend actually introduced me to Prodigy. But I would definitely say that its is because of Vachan Chinnappa that I discovered DNB when I heard him play. The rawness in every track and I was like wow!



3. What do you feel about the Drum and Bass scene in India and what are your thoughts on its evolution?
A: Drum and Bass scene in India is growing and I think it is the future of Dance Music. I remember when I started playing DNB back in 2011-12, there were hardly any DJs in the scene but the times have changed and a lot of people are joining this community.



4. What is your studio / DJ set-up?
A: When I Dj, I love playing on Turntables so I always prefer playing on them. My studio doesn’t have a lot of stuff, it's just my laptop with Focusrite sound card and Monitors, thats it. I like to keep it minimal.



5. You recently released your first EP, Mixology. Please tell us a little about it.
A: Well its a 2 track EP.
My first track DUB TRIBE involves more of harder,darker and aggressive sounds.
 My second track MIXOLOGY is more on the funk side. I like having funk elements in my tracks and my sets.

Mixology by Sahil Madaan





6. What can we expect in terms of future releases and what kind of sounds are you looking to produce next?
A: Am working on a album currently which will have 5 tracks. Not restricting any one genre of music though. Its going to have electronica, Funk and DNB.



7. Can you list 3 tunes you are feeling right now (any genre) and give a short reason why?
A: 1st one is Go by Chemical Brothers because of the old school elements in the track.
2nd one would be Praveen Achary’s remix of Above and Beyond we are all we need because I love the feel of the track.
3rd would be Chase & Status : No Problem because of the Vocals and the way they have arranged the track.



8. What is the best gig you have played so far. In terms of Sound Systems, Venue and Crowd Response?
A: Well my best gigs I have quite a few but I would say Warehouse For Bangalore Underground Movement 2nd year Anniversary. The Vibe of the night was way beyond I expected.



9. What's the funniest / craziest thing that has ever happened to you during a gig?
A: Funniest thing would be seeing people doing MJ moves on DNB, though its kind of irritating as well.



Connect with Sahil Madaan :
 - Facebook 


Check out the Exclusive Mix Set I did for Drum and Bass India's Dubplate.





Tracklist : 


01. Technimatic - The Unspoken
02. Sabre & Alix Perez : Solitary Native
03. Blue Motion - Meteoric Shower
04. Human Factor and Mijazzy - Live Circle
05. Loving Soul and Sunset - Love Us
06. Tokalosh -  That One Time Thing
07. Marvel Cinema - Sweetest Memories
08. Intelligent Manners - Acting, Thinking, Feeling
09. David Boomah - Spread A Little Love (Rowpieces Remix)
10. Lenzman Ft. Kevin King - Starz
11. FullCasual & Disturb!a ft Kooka - Walking Slow
12. Mage - Love In The Dark Colour
13. Ted Ganung Ft. GGoodei - The Writings On The Wall (Msdos Remix)
14. Monaco - The Root Of All Evil
15. Retraflex & Ben Fawce Ft. $pyda - Apocalypse (Serum Remix)
16. Ed Solo, Elijah Mc - Ruff Neck
17. Wizard - Sign Of The Times (BladeRunner Mix)
18. Spectrasoul - Bugsy
19. Red (Feat Susie Ledge & Jakes) (Document One Remix)

Monday, August 24, 2015

#BassMondays - August 2015 Favorites

Here is our top 5 favorite releases from the month of August, for this #BassMondays.




1. Flower Of Life - Tyke
from 'Flower Of Life' EP





Hype and Pascal present 'Flower of Life' EP the latest from their little upstart Tyke - whom you might have caught recently killing it on the Playaz Rough Tempo takeover. Tyke draws inspiration from Nassim Haramein for this EP, going all 'quantum physics' on us. Our favorite is the Title Track.


Tracklist

1. Tyke - Flower of Life
2. Tyke & Vegetarian Zombie - Guantanamo
3. Tyke - This Track Is Not Real
4. Tyke - Little Universe
5. Tyke - No Mans Land
6. Tyke & Prestige - Cool Breeze

Released by : Playaz Recordings

Release Date : 3rd August 2015




 2. Above & Beyond Feat. Gemma Hayes - Counting Down The Days (Keeno Remix)





Fresh from Breaking Bad on the MainStage of Electric Daisy Carnival (which saw Bryan Cranston resurrect his infamous Walter White character on stage with the band in front of 80,000 people), UK trio Above & Beyond release their latest single 'Counting Down The Days'.

Taken from their Billboard dance number #1 album 'We Are All We Need', 'Counting Down The Days' is also Above & Beyond’s first track to feature the vocals of former Mercury Music awards nominee Gemma Hayes. "We first came across Gemma through a bootleg mix that found its way on to our Group Therapy radio show ," said the band's Jono Grant. "Coming from a folk background, her voice has an honesty and emotion to it that really stood out from the pack and felt a perfect match for this song co-written with Victoria Horn."

Set against a laidback summer groove, Gemma's hazy vocal tones perfectly capture the melancholia of the drifting relationship in the Extended Mix. Hotly tipped Finnish star Yotto's takes things in a deep and dreamy direction, while London based Shur-i-kan adds a refined deep house flavour to the mix, fresh from his excellent 'My Love' on Anjunadeep which found favour with everyone from Dusky to Radio 1's Annie Mac.

Hospital Records sharp shooter Keeno is on point again with his melodic d&b rework, while US duo Dan Davis and Chris Nelson, aka Judah, go funk heavy for their groovy Pryda-esque interpretation.


Released by : Anjunabeats

Release Date : 7th August 2015




3. Wusi Street - Arkaik
from 'My Love' EP




Arkaik comes through with an absolutely incredible 5 track EP to mark his first release on Flexout Audio, whilst still maintaining his signature sound, Arkaik's first EP since 'The Hustle' shows the evolution of his minimal yet heavyweight approach to production, with bags of character, originality and groove this EP is landmark in his career so far.


Tracklist

1. Arkaik - My Love
2. Arkaik  - Isolate
3. Arkaik - Doppleganger
4. Arkaik  - Wusi Street
5. Arkaik : Moving On

Released by : Flexout Audio

Release Date : 14th August 2015


4. Rubricate Sessions #4 Feat. Niems, Format and Lucidia 




Rubricate Sessions #4, featuring Niems, Format and Lucidia.


Tracklist

1. Niems – Undue Alarm (Original Mix)
2. Format – Cambodia (Original Mix)
3. Lucidia – Cold New (Original Mix)

Released by : Rubricate Records

Release Date : 16th August 2015



5. Amsterdam - Majistrate
from 'Amsterdam EP'





Hot on the heels of his album release, ‘Twenty’, Majistrate uploads a blistering 4 track EP that’s chock full of energy, bubbling basslines and some seriously catchy heavyweight beats, synths and samples. The Amsterdam EP is as much reminiscent of Majistrate’s unmistakable brew of DNB as it is of the city itself. And here’s why….

The title track, ‘Amsterdam’, touches down quickly with some tough intro beatz and a mysterious, eerie, delightful background synth. Wasting no time mucking about, a sample from the classic film, ‘Full Metal Jacket’, welcomes the dirty bassline and gives a nod to Amsterdam’s unique and world-famous Red Light District, De Wallen. The first two notes of the b-line conjure up imagery of flashing neon lights and the intoxicating mystique of nightlife, while the latter three notes bump and grind about boldly much like the fun you might be hoping to find on the dance floor or whilst taking a stroll through De Wallen and…well, you get the picture. Next on deck is ‘Here It Comes’. Taking a departure from the no-frills intro of the previous track, the arrangement is complex, brilliant and highly immersive. Some keenly placed samples and FX pace the tune, and there is simply no way around the fact that this tune is about blips, blaps and booming bass. Get your stepping shoes on for this one and get busy unleashing some damage to that dance floor.
Continuing the intensity presented in the intro of ‘Here It Comes’, the 3rd track, ‘Remain Calm’ is definitely titled ironically. The intro is fiercely intoxicating and the track’s rock ‘n’ roll inspired abrasive bass riff will have you ready to do anything but remain calm. The closing track, “Attention” is pure vibes and nothing but. If there’s one tune on the EP that captures the vibe of everything Amsterdam from the smoke shops, to the laid-back Dutch mentality, to the nightlife, it’s this one. Some stylistic fills circulate throughout the punchy Hip Hop inspired beat, and the baseline is tasty, militantly tight, and quite frankly exquisite. Add to that the impact the entire brew has, and you’ve got yourself nothing short of some Grade A, head nodding, heart pounding, gut slamming DNB folks.


Tracklist

1. Majistrate - Amsterdam
2. Majistrate - Here It Comes
3. Majistrate - Remain Calm
4. Majistrate - Attention

Released by : Low Down Deep Recordings

Release Date : 17th August 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

#BassMondays - DnB Festival Favorites

So, Let It Roll Open Air just happened. The strictly Drum and Bass 3 Day Festival took place in a disused military zone in Czech Republic and had a lineup that is packed full of all the major labels and club nights like Critical, Shogun, Playaz, Blackout, Metalheadz, just to name a few. Let It Roll Winter Edition will take place on 26th of February 2016.


And for this #BassMondays we are here with our favorites and best of the upcoming drum and bass festivals you should know of.


1. Dimensions Festival


Dates : 26th – 31st August
Location : Croatia
Website : http://www.dimensionsfestival.com/

Dimensions Festival is a four day festival taking place at Fort Punta Christo, Pula, Croatia. Happening in the same location as of Outlook, Dimentions offers a line-up of Underground Drum and Bass names wiith the likes of Metalheadz, Dispatch and Critical. Dimentions is like a mini and less chaotic Outlook. The festival also features artists from genres like House, Techno and similar sub-genres.





2. Outlook Festival


Dates : 2nd – 7th September
Location : Croatia

Outlook Festival is based in an abandoned Roman fort in Stinjan, Croatia. Its the largest Bass music and Soundsystem Culture festival in Europe, featuring the biggest names from the cutting edge dance scenes around. They play underground dancefloor music, whether it be house, techno, durm and bass, dubstep, reggae, dub, hiphop, garage, grime, electronica. The lineup is simply outstanding and has almost every label imaginable. 





3. FM4 Frequency


Dates : 20th – 22nd August
Location : Austria
Taking place in a beautiful venue like Green Park, St. Pölten, FM4 Frequency is a true rock festival  during the day, but at night the electronic fans find what they want. 100 Acts, 7 Stages, 3 Days, over 16 hours of non-stop Music every day. Austria's biggest festival delivers a broad variety of styles, from Indie/Alternative to Metal to Dubstep to Drum 'n' Bass to Techno.





4. Sun & Bass Festival


Dates : 5th – 12th Spetember
Location : Sardinia
SUNANDBASS is an exclusive drum and bass festival, or more precisely a holiday, organised on the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia. Lasting an entire week, the locations vary from swanky hotel poolsides to beach venues all located in the town of San Teodoro. Music lovers from all over the world meet at this incredible location to enjoy heavy basslines and just simply celebrate life!





5. United Festival


Dates : 13th Spetember
Location : London
The UKs leading, multi-award winning brands join forces to launch a brand new outdoor festival experience: UNITED - celebrating over 25 years of British Rave Culture with 11 hours of drum and bass, old skool, jungle, uk garage, classic house, trance, hard house, old skool hardcore, club classics and more.


Monday, August 3, 2015

#BassMondays - Midland Sparks (Interview + Dubplate 006)






1. For those that might not have heard of you, can you give a short introduction?
A: Midland Sparks is my solo project, conceived to showcase the freshest sounds of modern electronica. Treading deep into a multiplicity of genres, Midland Sparks works on a newfangled sound which is contemporary, unorthodox and takes refuge in latter-day bass music. Think lingering bass-lines, sombre yet crisp beats, unstinting atmospheres and floor-rumbling grooves. An unbridled experiment wholly intended on carving out a niche, it is fraught with assorted influences and evolves at every passing juncture. 


2. What is the idea behind your name?
A: Fresh sounds from Central India


3. How and when did you discover Drum and Bass?
A: Discovered drum n bass in my school days with Prodigy n Pendulum on the interwebs of course.


4. What do you feel about the Drum and Bass scene in India and what are your thoughts on its evolution?
A: I think it’s great. We have a healthy flow of established artists come down and a lot of Indian talent taking it up as well. Since the last few years it’s been evolving like mad with so many new promoters coming up new festivals and events!


5. What is your studio / DJ set-up?
A: KRK Rokit 6 Monitors, AKAI APC-20, Audio Technica M-50 Headphones, Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Sound Card.



6. What can we expect in terms of future releases and what kind of sounds are you looking to produce?
A: I’ve been exploring sounds like footwork, jungle n trap a lot lately, so you can expect some hybrid new school bass tunes some time soon.


7. Can you list 3 tunes you are feeling right now (any genre) and give a short reason why?
A: Fracture - From Early - Get’s me grooving always.
Shlohmo - Emerge From Smoke - Vibes Galore!
Homesick - Feelin Me, Feelin U

Have been digging the new age footwork sound lately. 


8. What is the best gig you have played so far. In terms of Sound Systems, Venue and Crowd Response?
A: Cannot lock down one one, but my favorite gigs are always in my hometown venue - The High Spirits at a night that I co-host called The Local Scene.


9. What's the funniest / craziest thing that has ever happened to you during a gig?
A: Haha it has to be the requests and the ridiculous “it’s my birthday, plz play dis song”


Connect with Midland Sparks :
 - Facebook 


Check out the Exclusive Mix Set I did for Drum and Bass India's Dubplate.


Tracklist:

01. Homesick - Feelin Me, Feelin U [Thump]
02. Stray - Award Tour 
03. Machinedrum - The Palace [Exit Records]
04. Om Unit - Sleepwalkers [Metalheadz]
05. Beastie Respond - One More Second [Exit Records]
06. Kaytranada - Killa Cats [HW&W Recordings]
07. Instra:mental - First Level 2B [Exit Records]
08. Danny Scrilla - X (Moresounds Remix) [Cosmic Bridge]
09. Abstract Elements - Essence of Time [Exit Records]
10. Outer Heaven - Genjutsu [Proximity Records]
11. Graphs - Broken legs [Cosmic Bridge]
12. Chimpo - Dooms VIP [NB Audio]
13. Nickbee & Sunchase - Zoned [Horizons Music]
14. Graphs - Sever the Heart [Cosmic Bridge]
15. Hyroglifics - Digital Future [Proximity Records]
16. Clarity - Cold Blank [Samurai Music]
17. Sam Binga - Tek Nuh Chat [Critical Music]
18. Ivy Lab - Sunday Crunk (Mefjus Remix) [Critical Music]
19. Fracture - Get Busy (feat. Dawn Day Night) [Exit Records]
20. Chimpo - Bun it (ft Fixate) [Exit Records]
21. Sophie - Hard (Hyroglifics Remix) [Independent]
22. Dizzee Rascal - I Don't Need a Reason [Universal Island]
23. Fracture & Chimpo - From Early [Metalheadz]
24. Alix Perez & Stray - Rip n Dip [Independent]
25. Machinedrum - Back Seat Ho (Rustie Remix) [Ninja Tune]