Thursday
May282015

Cool Free Stuff: Gohda-Bust a Shot (Bass)

Boston’s own Lifted Contingency delivers another download-on-sight single as part of their goldmine series. Gohda hails from Jersey and is making a repeat appearance on the Lifted roster with “Bust A Shot”. Essentially a classic jungle record from the mid 90s slowed down to 33 rpm, Gohda obviously did his homework by dusting off some vintage Metalheadz, Philly Blunt and Trouble on Vinyl plates from the broken beat heyday. Everything from the stabby bass, the vocal samples and chord progression is true to classic jungle, but while incorporating a slower tempo to add a fresh spin. You can grab this, along with a number of other freebies, on Lifted’s Soundcloud page

 

Wednesday
May272015

Ticket Giveaway! Shake Presents DJ Funk & Parris Mitchell @ Goodlife, 5.29.15

If a trip to Chicago isn’t in the cards in your near future, a trip to Goodlife this coming Friday may be the next best thing. While the pizza ain’t as good (although the Pizzeria Uno one block over means well), Chi-town ghetto house legends DJ Funk and Parris Mitchell will paying Goodlife a visit and showing us how a party should be done thanks to Shake Boston

DJ Funk is a staple both in the rave and club scenes throughout America; he needs little introduction. With his undeniable charisma and his vast body of work (along with the majority of the Dance Mania label’s back catalogue) becoming a source of inspiration for many budding DJ’s and producers, Funk is currently more relevant than ever before. He’ll actually be doing a live set this time around too; not something he’s been booked to do up here in the northeast very often! 

 
Co-headliner Parris Mitchell is also an important cornerstone to Dance Mania’s back catalogue. Even if you haven’t heard of him, you are likely familiar with his work: “Ghetto Shout Out” was one of the centerpieces of Daft Punk’s Essential Mix from 1997 and the inspiration behind their “Teachers” track from the Homework LP. Other Mitchell-driven classics include “All Night Long”, “Butter Fly”, and “Work It”.

 
What sets this party apart from others is just that: it’s a party. Not a bunch of dudes standing in a room, arms crossed, discussing production techniques or how the DJ is mixing the songs or whatever. (Not that I haven’t been guilty of that myself before). Both these dudes know how to get the ladies engaged without resorting to top 40; and when they’re dancing, so are the guys. It’s really that simple.


Residents Ali Berger and Dev/Null are opening; Berger managed to snag a rare interview with both of these guys that discusses their influences, production techniques, and other tidbits which you can check here.

And now for the giveaway. You know the drill. “Like” Shake and Beantown Boogiedown on Facebook. Leave your name and email in comments section below. I draw the winner at 12pm this Friday. Good luck and see you at the show…I’ll be there on photo duty!

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Wednesday
May272015

Cool Free Stuff: Thruster-Entanglement (Deep Dubstep)

Thruster is a producer hailing from Copenhagen who makes dubstep that stays true to its roots from over a decade ago. “Entanglement” is a free download of his which showcases the sound the way many of us first heard it years ago. There’s loads of space in the mix here as the sub bass only adds the most subtle of harmonics. This added breathing room allows Thruster to add loads of reverb and delay to the natural-sounding percussion, as well as incorporate layered ambient drones to give the track a sense of mystery. Get it here. 

 

Friday
May222015

BBD Podcast Series: Mix 092 by DJ Zoses (Glitch-Hop, Drum & Bass, Etc)


What’s great about DJ’ing nowadays is being versatile is more fashionable than ever before. Coming up in the vinyl age when you were panned as a “jack-of-all-trades” if you played anything outside the microcosm of a single sub-genre, the way many curate music in 2015 is like a breath of fresh air. Take Boston’s own DJ Zoses for example. A recent upstart willing to simply play “good music” instead of genres, Zoses has no problems navigating through myriads of tempos, straight and broken beats, vocals and instrumentals, and anthems and obscure slow-burners alike. 

Click here to read more and check out the mix!

Friday
May222015

Cool Free Stuff: Kai Wachi & Squnto-Brain Splat (Trap)

If you live in New England, I recommend getting a chance to witness bass producer Squnto play a local gig before he blows up…which I strongly believe he’s on the brink of doing as we speak. Already a familiar face in the stateside dubstep and trap scene, Squnto just released a collab with Boise producer Kai Wachi titled “Brain Splat”. 

This tune essentially takes the trap rulebook and discards it entirely. You’ll immediately notice the unorthodox tempo — sitting pretty at around 85 bpm, Brain Splat works perfect in a hip hop or drum and bass set. You may also notice this tune lacks trap’s usual TR-808 drums (heaven forbid!!); they’re replaced here with stadium-spectacle stomps, claps and snares that wouldn’t sound out of place at a death metal concert. Finally, we’re dealing with a 6-minute track here, almost double the length of most trap singles. But these guys include enough tension with dramatic build-ups and drops that keep things flowing quickly and cohesively all the way through. In a world littered with over-saturated TR-808 loops and Lex Luger sample packs, it’s nice to see these guys moving trap into unchartered territory. Download it for free today! 

Wednesday
May202015

Backyard: Together Compilation Compiles 22 Great Tracks by New England Based Artists

Last week I was crazy busy handling photo duty during the Together fest that I didn’t even have free time to blog about the second annual music compilation I helped curate for them as well! Rushed Facebook announcement posts aside, we had a tightened compilation this time around that represented an accurate cross-section of talent in the underground dance scene here in our backyard.

Following a sprawling 40-track showcase coupled with a limited vinyl 12” single last year, I buttoned things up a bit for this year’s Together compilation but without making it seem less ambitious. While Boston has a myriad of social circles (many of which are unlinked), my vision for the compilation is simply to cross-pollenate as much as possible between these various groups. Not unlike the ethos of the fest as an entirety. 

The selection process of who to include on the Together compilation is always a tricky one. There’s plenty of talent in New England, and I have to paint broad strokes on a canvas with a very narrow brush. With 22 tracks this year, it’s pretty easy to exclude some local artists. But part of my vision this year was have at least half of the tracks feature artists who have never appeared on this annual project before. I am happy to say I followed through with this. The other half includes local favorites, plus a number of return appearances from last year.

Highlights from this year’s showcase include “Detroit”, a first-time appearance from Twism & B3RAO, a disco-house duo who have been turning heads in a number of influential label offices this year, including Nervous. Local favorite John Barera is also here, wielding a guitar solo and good vibes from Bob Diesel on “No Fly List”. In other musical territory we have the hook endorsed pop-trap hybrid “Rise Up” from Nu.F.O., the Night Slugs-inspired “911 Emergency” by Vaepors, a relentless techno affair from Ali B***cough*** Mr. Marimba titled “Two”, and finally some soulful house by Peter Corvaia, who is one of the city’s best kept secrets right now in my opinion.

 
You can grab all the tracks as free downloads above. I also made a DJ mix that includes all 22 tracks on it as well if you’d like to listen to them continuously. It’s a cohesive mix that starts with the deep house tracks and builds through techno towards the faster, more broken beat sounds of dubstep, trap, and future bass. 

 
Finally, check my annual Together artists mix if you haven’t yet! I’ve been doing these since 2011, and this year’s is the best one I have ever done. It accurately represented the breadth and depth of talent the Together promoters brought to town this year. If you missed the fest, you can live it vicariously through this.

 
Thanks again to all the producers who contributed to the compilation this year!

Tuesday
May192015

Ticket Giveaway & Free Download! Blue Boy Productions Relaunches as PropLydz

If you’ve wandered around the streets of Allston on many a weeknight in previous years, you may recall the name “Blue Boy Productions”. If you never saw them live, then you’ve surely seen a poster somewhere. A staple at Wonderbar, particularly at the Wobble Wednesdays and Music Ecology nights, Blue Boy bandmates Alex Russo and Chris Narainen added a healthy dose of live flavor to their bass-fueled floor fillers. 

In recent months Russo and Narainen went the solo route; the former expanding his chops in Ableton and working with synths while the latter played drums in a number of different outfits and DJ’d drum and bass on occasion. They’ve now joined forces once again with a brand new name: PropLydz.

 
While the name ain’t the same, the same great sound you remember these guys by back in the Lostinsound.org heyday still remains! Their official re-launch takes place at Church of Boston this Friday. Expect lots of gnarly synths, wobbly bass, and slightly unquantized percussive rhythms that span from the slower depths of hip and glitch hop all the way up to faster-paced sounds such as dubstep, trap, and possible even some jungle. With these guys, just about anything goes. 

Thanks to PropLydz, we have two things for you guys: a free exclusive track which we’re debuting on BBD, as well as a ticket giveaway contest for the show.

The download is their remix of “Oh Sheit it’s X” by Thundercat; a perfect testament to their emphasis on the lower frequencies. A bit of a throwback to 2010, PropLydz dials things back a few years to the wobbling bass and slapstick snares many Americans just getting into the scene for the first time fondly recall as they were unknowingly experiencing dubstep for the first time (and particularly, our country’s spin on it). Grab it here:

Thundercat: Oh Sheit It’s X (PropLydz Remix)

And as for the ticket giveaway, same drill as always. Just “like” PropLydz and Beantown Boogiedown on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. I draw the winner at 12pm on Friday. Good luck! 

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Monday
May112015

Cool Free Stuff: Trentino & JRDN-Freedom (Electro House)

Many prominent turntablists ignite their careers by winning scratch battles and tournaments before dabbing in music production. Trentino, on the other hand, has done things the opposite way. Starting out as an electronic artist who’s work has been licensed to the likes of MTV, ESPN, and other mainstream avenues, he’s also developed quite a knack for beat juggling and the crab scratch on the side. A RedBull Thre3style champion, Trentino amasses a bit of his following via his Soundcloud page, where he constantly releases both bootlegs and original tracks for free. Check out “Freedom”, a recent vocal electro-house jam featuring JRDN. 

If you dig and live in Boston, be sure to check Trentino out this Thursday at Great Scott in Allston. He headlines a show in conjunction with Table Manners and the Together fest. Info here!

Friday
May082015

Cool Free Stuff: Andy Stott-Violence (Amber Cox Remix) (Techno)

Violence” by Andy Stott is one of the centerpieces from his last full-length effort Faith in Strangers. A juxtaposition between minimalism and brutalism, “Violence” opens and closes with nary a beat. It also includes powerful vocals covered in layers of distortion. San Francisco techno producer Amber Cox just penned an unofficial version which is available for free. Staying true to the impactful source material, Cox didn’t mess about with the vocals and strings, as the original was based on the delicate balance between the two. The remix was rather done to give it a rhythm section and added DJ friendliness. Link below. 

If you’re in Boston be sure to check Andy Stott this Sunday evening at the Middlesex Lounge, where he plays the opening party for the Together fest!

Thursday
May072015

Ticket Giveaway! Cycle Presents Total Science @ Goodlife, 5.15.15

If you’ve been listening to drum and bass for more than five minutes, you’ve surely heard of Total Science by now. The duo with the most decorated discography in the genre, Q-Project and Spinback have released upwards of 500 tracks since joining forces back in the mid 90s. 

Their release resume reads like a who’s who of noted drum and bass labels. Hospital. Metalheadz. Good Looking. Renegade Hardware. Timeless. 31. Reinforced. True Playaz. Hardleaders. Bingo. Dispatch. Shogun. Eastside. Essentially every well-known imprint has at least one Total Science-penned 12” in their back catalogue. And that doesn’t even touch on what they’ve released on the half-dozen or so labels they’ve owned and operated. I would safely wager a bet that Total Science holds the record for most tracks released per capita and most labels released on in all of drum and bass!

 
 
So there’s obviously little doubt Total Science is one of the hardest-working duos in this genre. They’re generally known for their formula which consists of rolling breakbeats and sparse usage of vintage hardcore, house, and hip hop samples. With a simple and inoffensive formula, Total Science’s music tends to be quite DJ friendly. Must explain why they’ve probably been picked up on many different labels (without being forced to make any compromises in their music regardless of who they released with). 

Both members are also notorious for having a bit of a sense of humor, which is one side of the duo that doesn’t really translate much in the music (save a few amusing song titles)…you have to witness them live to catch their antics. Luckily if you’re in Boston next week, you’ll have that chance next Friday at Goodlife. Cycle is back at it again, with Total Science handling deck duty in the basement, as one of the satellite events of the Together fest.

With Josiah Scribes hosting, along with co-MC Digga Buckshot and opening DJ’s Lenore, EHT and brothers FDOT and Basek, you know this is going to be another one for the record books. Get there early and keep this night healthy as booking drum and bass in this city on the weekend is no small order.

 
And while you’re at it, be sure to check out FDOT’s Total Science showcase mix he put together earlier this week. Featuring forty minutes of back-to-back classics (including Make Me Feel, Squash, and the Dubplate remix) plus a few dusty gems many haven’t heard in years (if at all), this mix is recommended for heads and novices alike.

Oh yeah, the ticket giveaway. Thanks to Cycle, we’re giving away a free pair of tix to this. For this one, you must share this event on Facebook or Twitter to qualify. Once you do that, leave your name and email in the comments section below. I draw the winner at 12pm on Wednesday the 13th. Good luck! 

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