Subdetritus ~ april 2011

May 9th, 2011

This month in Subdetritus we take a look at an influx of amazing, long-awaited releases from the world of bass music that are hitting record stores and headphones at the moment. I can’t remember a time in recent years where there has been this much good music stirred into the cosmic soup all at once. Pens and wallets at the ready…

The big one that has just been unleashed is the brand new full-length album from the head of Hyperdub himself – Kode9 & The Spaceape’s Black Sun. A lot has changed in bass music since their first collaborative album dropped back in 2006, but Kode9 is still hailed as a visionary leader of the movement. The album holds all the ominous might and menace you’d expect from this pair but the beats are teased out in slightly different directions. The collaboration with Flying Lotus is as killer as it should be.

Another Hyperdub legend recently gave a rare treat – new music from the elusive and iconic Burial. The three-track EP Street Halo holds its own after an agonizing four year wait for fans on any new solo material from his hallowed studio.  It comes straight off the back of his stunning collaboration with Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Four Tet. Speaking of Radiohead, there are very serious rumours of a remix project of tracks from their incredible The King of Limbs album. Thom Yorke has made no secret of his love affair with the new vanguard of bass producers having previously collaborated with Flying Lotus and recently spinning a surprise DJ set at Gaslamp Killer’s night Low End Theory. Names being mentioned as possible remixers for Radiohead include bass wizards Mark Pritchard and Illum Sphere. Watch this space for more news on this exciting project.

Other amazing albums with a drum’n’bass slant that are shaking up the detritus right now include the eagerly anticipated Instra:mental album Resolution 653 on Nonplus and d’n’b-heads-turned-steppers Kryptic Minds with their third album Can’t Sleep. Dutch producer 2562 has also lifted the lid on his third full-length Fever which heads in a decidedly more housey direction.

The king of them all right now for this bass head though has to be the brand new album from Mr. Amon Tobin. Entitled Isam, this record builds on the dense compositions, moody sound design and disorientating rhythms of 2007’s Foley Room with a more urgent and harsh electronic edge to it. Head to his website here for a free download from this amazing record and details of an incredible art installation to celebrate it’s launch. Also, be sure to check a full track-by-track commentary of the album by the man himself on his Soundcloud. It’s a good time to be alive!


– Brad Swob

(Originally published in 3D World)


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Walrii’s top10 beats of 08 to make you and your walrus bounce…

December 21st, 2008


2008 was certainly a land mark year in electronic music. it saw undreamt of electronic sounds sprouting all over the globe, and all of it being absorbed into a forever swirling sub-gumbo heated by this increasingly uni-cultured, post-pacman, internet age.

I have compiled a list of my top 10 beats of 2008. ive probably left some shit out but all of this is dope…

harmonic 313 – cyclotron (warp)

i think this beat is officially getting released on pritchards album early next year on warp. i first heard it on the harmonic mix on mary anne hobbs. Techno/BassHipHop done to perfection. A sureshot dancefloor slammer.

clark – violenl (warp)

Released on the rewarding Turning Dragon LP early this year. Clark has beautifully concise sound but hes got the dancefloor locked for sure. this is a fine example.

zomby – strange fruit (ramp)

Brilliant dancefloor material on one of the finest new labels, ramp recordings. Zomby is absolutely killing it right now as he leads a revival of early ninties rave through dubstep. But he still remains a nintendo warrior, and classical 8bit arpeggiation runs rife on this beat. next level.

king midas sound – cool out (fly lo remix) (HPB)

One of the more recent 12’s, released on the ever so consistent bass imprint, Hyperdub. Sloppy, live sounding and broken, the haunting vocals resonate with overriding dub stylings. Futurebeats at their finest.

flying lotus – roberta flack feat dolly (martyn rmx) (warp)

Beautiful, 2steppy remix by a tasteful producer. Deep sub-bass and a chugging rhythm accompanied by ahu’s subtle ambient vocals. Release on the 2×3 lotus ep, with the stunning mike slott remix of the same track.

rustie – zig zag (wireblock)

Vinyl only limited press single sided lazer etched fire. Amazing halftime/doubletime baltimore/electro arpeggiated ravemusic. aquacrunk done by a master, live pad drums and bubbling bleeps. need i say more?

hudson mohawke – star crackout (all city)

This is a stunning piece of electronic music. clipped vocals skip their way through a twisted pop melody, emerging from a swarm of digital crackle, which strips back to unleash fleeting moments of improvised brilliance. Ill shit.

samiyam – return (HPB)

A soulful producer for sure. Raw as fuck, melodic dancefloor hiphop done in realtime. Sureshot.

Joker – Gully Brook Lane (kapsize)

Deep, razor sharp dubstep tempo stuff. Its slouched beat is certainly phat and likely to bounce any large mammal.

Free The Robots – Unknown

This beat was released on a limited compilation done by stussy and turntable lab. Really sick organic psychedelic hiphop. fast, chopped up and soulful. a sound in and of itself. really great music.

much love to you all!


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