Mix: Massive 2: Metal Plates

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Drum and bass was my first dance-music love (unless you count a flirtation with C&C Music Factory in grade school); I think it was a direct route from seeing Prodigy’s “Firestarter” video on MuchMusic to getting hold of MTV’s first Amp compilation and just playing and replaying Goldie’s “Inner City Life” over and over and over. I was all about the breaks, aside from a lingering fondness for Roni Size (firmly wiped out by paying UK import prices at the Eaton Centre HMV to get hold of the Breakbeat Era album… yurgh). I lapped up anything Goldie-related, discovered Alex Reece, Remarc, Plug, Wax Doctor, goggled a bit at Aphex Twin, Alec Empire and Squarepusher’s cuckoo-bananas contributions to the genre, and even made my poor mother turn the car radio to CIUT to catch a ragga jungle show that aired at 6am while we were on our way to school. (Sorry, mom.)

Tech-step pretty much killed the sound off for me, at which point I was deep into IDM anyway – anyone want to buy some Team Doyobi vinyl, not even slightly used, hit me on my beeper. Don’t all call at once. Anyways, the resurgence of Metalheadz, in the form of a flurry of new releases, is plenty of reason to make a sequel to the original Massive mix I did a while back. But all this grime and footwork business goes rather well with it, I must say…

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Deemo – Massive 2: Metal Plates by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Ishan Sound – Namkha (Kahn Remix) – Namkha (Tectonic)
2. DVA – Solid (feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome) – Hyperdub 10.2 (Hyperdub)
3. Tessela – Rough 2 –  Rough 2 (R&S)
4. Four Tet – Kool FM (Champion Remix) – Beautiful Rewind Remixes (Domino)
5. Cassius Select – Bruv – Tuff Sherm / Cassius Select (Plastic World)
6. Lunice  – Can’t Wait To – Can’t Wait To (LuckyMe)
7. Danny Brown – Smokin & Drinkin (DJ Sliink Remix) – Smokin & Drinkin EP (Fools Gold)
8. Emika – Double Edge (Pinch Remix) – Missing in Action: A Collection of Selected Tracks, B-Sides and Remixes from 2006-2010 (Tectonic)
9. Plastician – Aqua Riddim – Plasticman Remastered (Terrorythm)
10. Footsie  – War Dub 4 (Send For Everyone) – King Original Vol 3 (Braindead Ent)
11. Flowdan – No Gyal Tune – Serious Business EP (Hyperdub)
12. Cam’ron & A-Trak – Dipshits (feat. Juelz Santana) (clean) – Federal Reserve (Fools Gold)
13. Traxman – Da Geto Dj’z And Teklife Anthem – Traxman presents TEKLIVING the Bandcamp Album (Bandcamp)
14. DJ Rashad, MoonDoctoR & FreshtillDef – Don’t Blow My High – WTF! (Freshmoon)
15. Nucleus & Paradox – The Return Of…   – The Return Of… / Analogue Life (Metalheadz)
16. Mako feat. Detail – Tell Me Something – The Truthseekers (Metalheadz)
17. SB81 – Arq – The Blueprints EP (Metalheadz)
18. Lenzman – My Tearz (feat. Steo) – Looking at the Stars (Metalheadz)

Mix: War Games

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Rough and rugged, rugged and raw – is anyone else feeling like grime is having a moment? There’s plenty beyond that realm in this ruffneck bizness mix, but I do have to say that the Boxed Vol. 1 comp feels like the actual resurgence of that sound that the Grime 2.0 comp was trying to manufacture (not that Ninja Tune’s set was unwelcome). Lock into this sound like you’re sitting in a beat-up Ford Fiesta trying to pull in some bashment pirate radio…

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1. TOKiMONSTA – Focused Chaos – Half Shadows (Ultra)
2. Jack Dice – Stash’s Theme (Feat. Stash Marina) – Sip Paint (Modern Love)
3. High Klassified – Scopola – Palindroma (Fool’s Gold)
4. Mumdance & Logos – Proto – Legion / Proto (Tectonic)
5. Dizzee Rascal – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix) – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix) / Signal (Keysound)
6. L-Vis 1990 – Ballad 4D VIP – Ballad 4D VIP / Not Mad (Helix Bootleg) (Night Slugs)
7. Danny Brown – Shouldn’t Of – The OD EP (Fool’s Gold)
8. Strict Face – Saigon Figure – Boxed Vol. 1 (Boxed)
9. Patrick Sexx – Placebo Pinch – Shape (Alpha Pup)
10. Lakker – Mausoleum – Containing a Thousand (R&S)
11. 040 – Minors – Let It Be Known (Butterz)
12. Martyn – Vancouver – Vancouver (Head High Remix) (White Label)
13. Youngsta – Poseidon – Destruction / Poseidon (Tempa)
14. Special Request – Ride VIP – Soul Music (Houndstooth)
15. Crazy Bald Heads – First Born – First Born (Text)
16. Digital Mystikz – 2 Much Chat – 2 Much Chat / Coral Reef (DMZ)
17. Machinedrum – Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real – DJ-Kicks: Brandt Brauer Frick (K7)

Deemo – War Games by Deejaydeemo on Mixcloud

Rappity raps roundup: Pusha T, Danny Brown, Samiyam

Welcome to album roundup week here at a-void, where I trawl through the bins of recent weeks and pull out stuff worth checking. Coming later this week: leftfield dance and also more conventional stuff.

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Best of the Blogs – Sep 13-20

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A roundup of the best streams and downloads percolating through the blogosphere this week

Nine Inch Nails – Find My Way (Oneohtrix Point Never remix)

Props where props are due: not only are Nine Inch Nails making some of their best music since The Downward Spiral, Trent Reznor tapped Oneohtrix Point Never for an opening slot on the tour – sure to drive some audience members nuts – he also tapped him for this remix. Who needs a beat when you’ve got spiralling, noisy arpeggiated synths and an almost obsessive attention to details like the processing on the disembodied voice that creeps in half way through? There are enough neck-snapping-around moments in here to make drums seem like they’d be an unnecessary distraction.

The Field – Cupid’s Head

Axel Willner a.k.a. The Field is gunning for the title of Best Home-Listening-Techno producer in the world with his latest album, Cupid’s Head (due out on Kompakt on Sept. 30) and the title track earns the hyperbole. A stuttering beat, a vocal sample Willner wrings the maximum character out of and a characteristically ecstatic string line combine like Voltron into a rough beast that minimal’s forefathers couldn’t have conceived of.

Danny Brown – Dip

“Like Lieutenant Dan, I’m rolling.” “I keep feeling like I’m gon faint, but fuck that nigga gimme that drink.” “It’s obvious we got some problems so bitch let’s kill that pain.” “I’m grinding on yo bitch while I’m grindin on my teeth.” What is it about Detroit rappers (Eminem I’m looking in your direction) that they make wallowing in shameless drug fiendery sound like fun? (Peep my preview of DB’s new disc.)

Young Chop f Juicy J – I Ain’t Gotta Say Shit

It might be weird to call a throbbing monster of a beat ‘subtle’, but this Juicy J showcase from 19-year-old upstart producer Young Chop (via his debut album, Precious) has a spooky top layer of smoke and texture above the beat. A mournful organ lick and a chant add atmosphere to Juicy J’s stone-faced thuggin’ and damn if it doesn’t send chills up your spine.

Joe – Slope

All hail Hesssle Audio for bringing us new releases by Pearson Sound and the mysterious Joe. The latter – an anonymous North Londonder of some repute – comes with a gem of a 12-inch; “Maximum Busy Muscle” starts with a belligerently wobbly groove and turns into a real banger, complete with big farty horn blasts, while “Slope” has tuned toms rumbling around in the basement while droning strings carry the mood as it morphs into a hard-hitting tech workout. And is it me or does the opening sample in this tune sound like Chewbacca?

The weird, wonderful world of Danny Brown

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Nothing has tested my love of rap like the XXL Freshman Issue cover. Every year it’s the same parade of branding-obsessed douchebags trying to get some press for their permanently-pushed-back debut that’s going to get dropped like a lump of coal sometime in the end of December, a.k.a. record label tax loss season. Detroit MC Danny Brown put out XXX as a free download in 2011 via Fools Gold. He appeared on the XXL cover in 2012 alongside a bunch of worthless sacks of shit, and if it wasn’t for cuts like Scrap Metal, I would never have found my favourite new-ish rapper.

It takes a bad motherfucker to be funny about something as grim as stripping scrap metal out of a foreclosed-on house, but Danny Brown wrings a few wry laughs out of the darkest of material without undercutting the pathos: “you might be laughing because you know that shit is true / rusty flatbed truck the colour of doo doo,” he drawls like he’s talking about a custom low-rider.

By the time A$AP Rocky’s record dropped this past January, the Danny Brown press offensive was in full swing, but even the blog hype cycle hadn’t taken the novelty out of hearing him tear up a posse cut with Biggie-like perversion, only weirder. His verse starts around 3:18:. “Michael Jackson penny loafers / moonwalkin on the sun / barefoot with shades on,” and then, in case you thought he was going all PM Dawn on you, “bitch pussy smell like a penguin.” I mean, what more needs to be said? Makes Kendrick Lamar look like a drama-class try-hard.

After XXX we mostly had to whet our appetites for his next disc, Old, with guest verses, but they rarely disappointed. Listen how he turns out SKYWLKR’s flip of Britney Spears’ Toxic on Childish Gambino’s Royalty mixtape: “Got em drip drip drippin like that lemon and Coronas / Bank roll thick like the neck on Sabonis” – seriously, no disrespect, but how many of Childish Gambino’s fifteen year old teenybopper fans remember Portland Trailblazers passing machine Arvydas Sabonis? I sort of follow the NBA and I sure as hell had to look the shit up. Then Mr. Brown goes ahead and plays off near-rhymes for another three or four words like the english language is there for him to bend to his will?

So Old is due September 30, the iTunes pre-order and album trailer are here, and if you have any doubt in your mind about whether you need it in your life, start with Side A (Old) which is just downright punishing: “wearing jackets in the house, it’s a Michigan winter / boiling water on the stove, ramen noodles for dinner.” Then proceed to Kush Coma, do not stop, do not pass Go, do not collect $200, because if you slow down, this is going to beat your head up like a crash test dummy. This kush coma isn’t a mellow high; dead that Bob Marley shit right quick, because Danny Brown is not playing. Did I mention that ODB is also intensely mind-melting? Stop me before I line up outside the record store a week early.