Subdetritus ~ july 2011

August 13th, 2011

This month in Subdetritus we take a snapshot of where things are at in the world of bass music right now. While we are all huddling around heaters, it’s the height of the northern hemisphere’s summer and much of the scene’s big hitters are out on the road peddling their sounds at festivals and clubs the world over.

James Blake took on the Park Stage at Glastonbury last month to rave reviews fuelling anticipation of his imminent Australian tour. The electronic music Mecca that is Sonar Festival descended on Barcelona the week before Glastonbury with a bass line-up only dreams are made of. From many friends of mine who were there, it seemed there was almost too much good music to absorb. While the more pop-leaning bass acts like dubstep supergroup Magnetic Man, Katy B and Zinc reportedly sounded pretty dull and uninspired, there were astounding sets turned in by the likes of Aphex Twin, Downliners Sekt, Raime, Teebs, oOoOO, Buraka Som Sistema, Shackleton and Illum Sphere.

Radio queen and bass champion Mary Anne Hobbs played a 2:30am set to an estimated crowd of 15,000 people at Sonar and backed it up by a sunrise set to 20,000 at Benicassim Festival last weekend. Hobbs has a lot to be happy about at the moment with her much lauded return to radio two weeks ago on Xfm. While her BBC Radio 1 Experimental show (a favourite of this column for years) was in a mid-week timeslot in the wee hours of the morning, her new show on Xfm is a primetime 7-10pm slot on Saturdays. “This is such a victory,” Hobbs said in a press release. “Not just for me, but for all the artists I believe in and all the live listeners who care so deeply. My aim… to create some truly mind-blowing, redefining radio on Xfm.” Her first show featured guest mixes from Deep Medi Musik’s Silkie and LuckyMe’s Machinedrum, while last week featured mixes from Ninja Tune’s Daedelus and Planet Mu’s Falty DL. Highly recommended if you’re hungry for fresh underground bass music.

Speaking of which there have been plenty of new releases to heat up those speakers this winter. Zomby has just dropped his second album Dedication for indie label 4AD which builds on the woozy, synth-heavy Nintendo-step of his highly regarded early releases for labels like Hyperdub, Ramp and Werk. Zomby is an artist who has always operated outside of the status quo and while this album is relatively short, it contains so many great moments and ideas. The latest transmission from Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder collective is the proper debut album from Samiyam. While the LA-centric “wonky” hip hop sound is starting to sound tired in the hands of many, Sam Baker’s Album possesses a funk and fidgetiness that sounds more exciting than most of the woozy, bass-heavy Dilla knock-offs making the rounds. Following two self-released CDRs, recent visitor Pursuit Grooves has also released her debut album Frantically Hopeful. Interestingly released on the Bristol-based label Tectonic run by Pinch, the record is an eclectic listen still firmly rooted in future soul with a definite Dam-Funk vibe that flirts a little with pop music in a good way. Other hotly anticipated bass music releases on the horizon include the new full-length from Ras G on Ramp and the new EP from Scotland’s Hudson Mohawke on Warp Records.

On the Brisbane tip, it would be remiss of me not to mention local duo Science Project who seem unstoppable at the moment with upcoming shows in Melbourne and a support slot for Los Angeles-based Nosaj Thing this week. Their deep love of dub and reggae has been the focus of a couple of beat tapes that are available on their Bandcamp page – one a tribute to Bob Marley and the other to Osbourne Ruddock (a.k.a. King Tubby). The beat tapes feature versions by the boys themselves and locals such as Erther, Syntax, Walrii and Puzahki.

By Brad Swob

(Originally published in Time Off)

 

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RBMA presents Space Invadas and Pursuit Grooves @ Bar Soma, 08/04/2011

April 6th, 2011

 

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Aside from being some of the most highly regarded new-breed musicians, producers, vocalists and DJs, what do Aloe Blacc, Andreya Triana, Dorian Concept, Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke, Poirier and Buraka Son Sistema’s Lil John have in common? They were all students at the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) – the internationally recognised breeding ground and meeting point for the vanguard of electronic music.

Continuing their long held tradition of accelerating underground music culture, this year’s academy will be held in Tokyo, Japan in August. To celebrate this occasion, RBMA is once again bringing a piece of itself to Brisbane’s doorstep with a night of boundary-blurring live soul music.

Maintaining the quality from last year’s RBMA show featuring Tokimonsta, Illum Sphere and Martyn, this year’s event will feature ARIA nominated artists Space Invadas and nu-school vocalist, lyricist and beat maker, Pursuit Grooves (NYC) on Friday April 8th at Bar Soma in the Fortitude Valley.

Space Invadas is a collaboration between producer/DJ Katalyst and singer/producer Steve Spacek and has resulted in the critically acclaimed 2010 album “Soul-Fi”. Space Invada’s live format is a 5-piece band featuring bass, drums, guitar, samplers and electronics with Steve on vocals, harkening back to legendary soul outfits with a modern twist.

Space Invadas – Imaginist by Rock the house

Steve Spacek (aka Steve White) who originates from London and now based in Sydney, earned his stripes in his first group “Spacek” in 1996 and since then his heartfelt falsetto and electronic broken-beats, have become an institution of the underground. Steve has worked with J Dilla on the seminal track “Dollar”, as well as Mos Def, Slum Village and Common, while being hailed by critics and other artists as Curtis Mayfield or Marvin Gaye reincarnated.

Katalyst (aka Ashley Anderson) is a prolific Sydney based DJ/producer known for transforming rare funk and soul into his own dance-floor hip-hop based compositions. The dense mood and soul of his 2002 ARIA nominated debut album Manipulating Agent was a landmark for Australian hip-hop and raised the bar for those who came after.

Vanese Smith aka Pursuit Grooves is an electronic music producer, vocalist and live performance artist living in Brooklyn, New York and was a participant in the 2008 Redbull Music Academy in Barcelona, Spain. Her latest album, “Fox Trot Mannerisms” was released on the reputable Bristol Bass label, Tectonic and has been hailed by BBC radio’s Giles Petersen as one of the best albums of 2010. Pursuit Grooves brings her bass heavy future-funk to life using samplers, drum machines, keyboards and of course the microphone.

Nodding Grand March ’11 by PursuitGrooves

In support, local dons Monster Monster and Saint Surly will mash out their own raw hip hop productions live as well as original heavy weight bass-hop productions from Puzahki, representing the Brisbane label, Ender Records. Local stalwarts Dank Morass will also be holding down DJing duties with their selections of cutting edge soul.

Emergency Exit.

Live Show Details

Event: RBMA and Dank Morass presents Space Invadas (Live) and Pursuit Grooves (NYC, Live) with Monster Monster and Saint Surly (Live), Puzahki (Ender), Dank Morass
When: 9pm Friday 8th April
Where: Bar Soma (Constance St, Fortitude Valley)
Cost: Limited pre-sold tickets $15+BF through OZTIX outlets, $20 on Door

www.redbullmusicacademy.comwww.dankmorass.comwww.spaceinvadas.comhttp://soundcloud.com/pgrooveswww.saintsurly.comwww.myspace.com/musicmonstermonsterwww.puzahki.comwww.ender.com.auhttp://cdraustralia.com/

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