Wednesday
Mar182015

Cool Free Stuff: Kill Paris-Space Forest (Bass)

In anticipation for his upcoming album that drops in mid-April alongside an extensive US tour, Kill Paris graces us with a teaser titled “Space Forest”. A half-tempo affair sporting the classic, 808-centric trap motif, Space Forest’s beats leave ample room for its centerpiece: a massive and melodic lead synth. There’s nothing too far out of the ordinary here as far as this style goes, just filler-free bass music. Be sure to check Kill Paris’s site for details on his long-player, which will also be a free download that releases on 4.15!

 

Wednesday
Mar182015

Ticket Giveaway! World of Drum & Bass Feat. DJ SS, Prototypes & More, 3.22.15

Drum and bass’s longest consistently-run record label Formation celebrates a quarter of a century’s worth of releases this year. In a genre where longevity is fleeting, label boss DJ SS continues to make his mark within its ever-changing scene. While building a successful tour from Formation’s bottomless roster of artists is a more recent accomplishment, the World of Drum and Bass Tour is SS’s testament to ensuring even kids young enough to be his son know his brand in 2015.

 
 
The World of Drum and Bass Tour makes a stop in Boston this Sunday before venturing down south to take part in Miami’s Winter Music Conference, one of their staple events. The lineup is thick with talent. Drumsound and Simon Bassline Smith, two veterans with resumes equal to the length of SS’s, spearhead the lineup in celebration of their “15 Years of Technique” album. We’re also getting The Prototypes, easily one of Formation’s most successful recent A&R efforts, along with extra’s Crissy Criss. Faction, who once called Boston home a decade ago warm things up with Modified Motion & Faction, and MC Toddlah and Josiah Scribes will keep the party live and direct on mic.

Expect the dancefloor at the Middle East to be just as packed as the lineup. And thanks to joint collaborators True Crew and Eastcoast Underground, we’re doing not one, but TWO ticket giveaway contests for this. To enter to win, you need to share this post on your Facebook and Twitter pages, then leave your name and email in the comments section below. If you don’t have Twitter, just let us know in the comments as well. Drawing is 12pm Saturday. Good luck!

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Monday
Mar162015

Cool Free Stuff: ABSRDST & Diveo-We're Beautiful

I’ve been a bit slow to share an ABSRDST track on here. This Groton, MA producer has been very quick to make a name for himself over the past six months, with the seal of approval from the one like Skrillex, a handful of releases on NEST HQ, and numerous collabs with fellow New Englander JSTJR.

ABSRDST’s most recent track release is in conjunction with Manhattan-based producer Diveo. “We’re Beautiful” opens as a deliberately saccharine, half-tempo vocal ballad. But between the verses everything descends into full-blown chaos, with random samples dispersed between dialed-up saw wave synths. As most of the Soundcloud comments have implied since going viral there, this track is “super cute”.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Cool Free Stuff: Spurz-Ornate Reflex (Bass)

Vancouver-based artist Spurz debuts “Ornate Reflex”, a nice rhythm track for the free download series on Kastle’s Symbols label. Focusing mainly on the percussion here, Spurz presents us with unpredictable broken beats that are textured in the higher frequencies with tambourines and other shaker instruments. The kicks do most of the heavy lifting, with a plucked bass filling the void in select areas. Because of its stripped down nature, Ornate Reflex is quite DJ friendly, and is already in rotation amongst top selectors at Rinse FM. Get it now!

Tuesday
Mar102015

On the Boogiedownload: Mix 091 by The Mad Mauritian (Drum & Bass)

Chris Narainen aka The Mad Mauritian is no stranger to Boston’s underground music scene. A drummer by trade, thousands of partygoers have witnessed The Mad Mauritian laying down rhythms behind his kit as part of Blue Boy Productions, The Chroma Concept, Vinal, Jazzfirst, Psychic Spies, and Lord Almighty. With a resume equally as vast as the number of styles these acts encompass, this man knows a good rhythm. And he also knows when to experiment and when to go by the books.

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Monday
Mar092015

Cool Free Stuff: Violet-Transition (All-female cover of UR's classic in honor of women's day) 

One of the strongest and most emotionally-charged tracks to ever come from Detroit’s legendary Underground Resistance camp was 2002’s “Transition”. The pinnacle of their live shows for years, as well as the influence behind Richie Hawtin’s DE9 Transitions mix a few years later, “Transition” gets the cover treatment by a select group of talented females in honor of Womens Day. Portuguese artist Violet stays true to the original by re-creating it from scratch, but incorporates the voiceovers from A.M.O.R., Coco Solid, Mamacita, Nancy Whang and Nightwave in multiple languages. Very cool concept here.

Thursday
Mar052015

Cool Free Stuff: Ali Emm & Aaron Jackson-Liquor Store (House)

Nice little free jam from start-up label Audiophile Deep. “Liquor Store” is a collab between 18-year-old British producer Ali Emm and west-coast artist Aaron Jackson. Working with the acapella of Nate Dogg’s “Get Up” here, they’ve got a grooving house jam set to the backdrop of the ever-so popular Korg M1 bassline. Keep your eye out on both these guys (Emm’s only one year deep right now, impressive!)

Thursday
Mar052015

Ticket Giveaway! Shake Presents Aden, Will Martin & Ali Berger @ Goodlife, 3.6.15

Shake returns to Goodlife tomorrow night with a debut appearance from Aden…well sort of debut. Aden is actually one of Machinedrum’s many alter-egos, this specific one being geared towards his house and techno output. Aden’s Ultramajic label, co-piloted by Shake alumni Jimmy Edgar, is the current home of his forays below 130 bpm. With a fresh release for 2015 (the Tanz EP), encased in Edgar’s signature graphic cover art, Aden’s surely going to have some cutting-edge grooves for dancers to chew on tomorrow at 28 Kingston Street.

 
In preparation for this jam resident Ali Berger recorded a live mix on 90.3 WZBC FM last night that comprises a number of vintage, obscure and left-of-center techno bits you probably haven’t heard before. Such as Leron Carson’s “Red Lightbulb”, a Chicago affair from 1987 that remained unreleased for over 20 years, and Cybotron’s “Industrial Lies”, the b-side to the original version of “Clear”…and not the Jose Diaz version everyone knows! But either way this mix fits with WZBC’s “anything unknown” formula quite well, and you can catch Ali Berger and NYC’s Will Martin warming up the decks for Aden tomorrow.

 
As usual, we have a giveaway for this. Please note this one is for a single ticket (no +1). As per usual, “like” Beantown Boogiedown and Shake Boston on Facebook, and leave your name and email in comments section below. I draw the winner at noon tomorrow. Good luck!

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Monday
Mar022015

Ticket Giveaway! CSC Presents Kenny Larkin, Middle East Upstairs, 3.6.15

Everyone knows Kevin Saunderson, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, and Jeff Mills were among the first wave of producers to write Detroit’s ongoing soundtrack to the beat of a Roland drum machine in the 1980s. Which gave way to the second wave in the early 90s: Moodymann, Robert Hood, Theo Parrish and Kenny Larkin. Of all the names I just mentioned, Larkin sadly tends to be the least-mentioned in everyday conversation with techno aficionados. But don’t let that undermine either his extensive back catalogue or flawless DJ skills.

 

Larkin is critically lauded for not trying to musically duplicate his predecessors, unlike many less successful producers both in and outside of Detroit. Since the release of his 20-year-old debut album Azimuth Larkin continuously finds unique ways to transcribe a dystopian city in an advanced state of decline to wax. With a specific knack for the album format, Larkin isn’t afraid to toy with tempos, time signatures, or unconventional structures that would stump even the most seasoned of DJ’s. He has a deep portfolio of releases on Warp, R&S, Plus 8, and Planet E, meaning Larkin’s legacy is equally as commendable as his counterparts I mentioned prior.

 
Kenny Larkin is coming to Boston this Friday, courtesy of the CSC gang. Off the strength of their sold-out NYE show (even without a headliner!), these guys return back to the Middle East Upstairs to put the spotlight on a Detroit legend. Residents Matt McNeill and CS open, and as always I’ve got a ticket giveaway for this one.

You know the drill. “Like” Beantown Boogiedown and CSC (they FINALLY have a proper page) on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. I draw a winner at 12pm this coming Friday. Good luck!

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Sunday
Mar012015

Cool Free Stuff: Minor Rain-Cinematic Improvisation (Drum & Bass)

Live performers in drum and bass are sadly few and far between, with the likes of Netsky and Mistabishi setting the standard. But one producer who has been showcasing his live chops in recent months is Minor Rain. With releases on a number of A-list dnb labels including Med School, Dispatch, and Renegade Hardware, Minor Rain has found his voice within the deeper side of the spectrum. He tends to put a lot of focus on the keys in his work, opting for abbreviated drums and transparent bass to really bring his piano playing into the spotlight. 

“Cinematic Improvisation” is a live jam (and free download) Minor Rain recently posted to his Soundcloud page. While the drums and bass were built beforehand, all the keys are ad-libbed on one take. Inspiring stuff for any budding producer; you can also watch the video he posted here.