Friday
Jan232015

Cool Free Stuff: Alexander Koning-Flamingos on Ritalin (Minimal/Techno)

Ever since minimal techno producer Alexander Koning passed up the commercial labels he was originally signed on to start his own, he’s had the flexibility to experiment and evolve as an artist. Recent free tracks such as “Flamingos on Ritalin” illustrate his crafty sensibility, as the track title surely implies. A highly synthesized piece, “Flamingos on Ritalin” wields a repeating hypnotic riff that slowly expands over punchy kicks and a cornucopia of shakers. It’s catchy, highly melodic, and has long DJ-friendly passageways. Check it out below. 

Tuesday
Jan202015

Ticket Giveaway! Flava D at Goodlife, 1.24.15

Flava D has been blowing up on both sides of the pond in the garage/bass scene, thanks in no small part to tracks like “Hold On” and popular remixes she penned of Baby D’s “Let Me Be Your Fantasy” and Erykah Badu’s “On and On”. With these and other cuts gaining proper fanfare on the likes of Rinse FM, FabricLive and Mixmag, you can bet the “flava” comes embedded right in the music, not just in the name.


Using strong melodies rooted in classic London-derived garage from the 90s (think Nice-N-Ripe and early MJ Cole) as a starting point, Flava D’s keeps her tracks up to date with modern basslines and de rigueur vocal edits. She can also wear the grime hat quite well, and can easily navigate her way between 2-step and bumpier 4x4 rhythms. In essence, Flava D is versatile as hell, and when she plays Boston at Goodlife this coming Saturday, you can definitely expect some heat.

On opening duty are Kidd Drunkadelic, Timmy Trax and Waldo.

Basement Movement and Lifted Contingency are hosting this jam, and thanks to these guys you can win a pair of tix to the show! All you need to do is “like” Basement Movement and Beantown Boogiedown on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. I draw the winner this Friday at 12pm. Good luck!

Facebook event page

Tuesday
Jan202015

Cool Free Stuff: John Pon(d)Scum-Midnight Pianos

I don’t dare attempt to try and file this new track from John Pon(d)Scum inside any specific genre folder on my laptop’s hard drive. I mean it’s sort of tough to file something when you’ve got fragments of trap, 50’s bebop, chip-tune, juke, and hardcore all squeezed into just north of two minutes. A freshie on Lifted Contingency’s Goldmine single series, “Midnight Pianos” is a chaotic flurry of 32nd-note 808’s, menacing kickdrums, and dusty piano samples whimsically sequenced as orderly as possible. It’s not easy to make order out of chaos, but luckily vanilla is hardly my favorite flavor of ice cream either. Free download.

Tuesday
Jan132015

Cool Free Stuff: Shy FX-Original Nuttah (Rico Tubbs Remix) (Speed Garage)

Rico Tubbs’s namesake is synonymous with party music; his bottom-heavy beats are dancefloor optimized and serve as important tools for many a DJ. His most recent Soundcloud upload witnesses him giving Shy Fx’ & UK Apache’s two-decade-old anthem “Original Nuttah” a touch-up for 2015. But instead of working with whatever style of bass music is hot at the moment, Tubbs opts for a speed garage throwback. Since jungle and speed garage share many of the same parallels (particularly both being influenced by reggae and dancehall), the direction Tubbs takes this one south of the 160 bpm line is sensible. Check it!

Monday
Jan122015

Let's Boogie! Upcoming Boston Events For January 2015

Upcoming Events 

Zuesday (Leah V & BLK Adonis) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.13.15
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Goodlife Vinyl Sawp @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.14.15
Evan Berube @ Brick & Mortar :: Cambridge MA :: 1.14.15
Diehard on Decks (Basek & Siouxside) @ Half Door :: Quincy MA :: 1.14.15
Re:Set (Asho & Nico, Anand) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.14.15
Wobble Wednesdays (Turbo Suit, DVS & Apel Lightt Laboratory) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.14.15
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Sneaker & the Dryer @ Half Door :: Quincy MA :: 1.15.15
Make it New (DJ Sprinkles) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 1.15.15
Elements (Evol Intent) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.15.15
Digital Tape Machine, Wobblesauce & AJAX @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 1.15.15
Oh Snap 90s Dance Party (Paul Foley, Saucy Lady & Yuki) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.15.15
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Chris Lake @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
DJ Diskino @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
Holy Ghost @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 1.16.15
JuLee & Shar4 @ 49 Temple Place :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
AOBeats, Robokid & Go Yama @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.16.15
Do Your Thing (Whiskey Barons) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.16.15
Unity (Francesco Spagna & Cruzz) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
Draw Boston (Somekid, Kaanerbay & TBD) @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
Kill Frenzy, Hot Pot, Suspence, DuBeats & Thug Funny @ Arc :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
Dusk Till Done (Dat Bounce, Cost Carma, Batwings & Ryan Royce) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.16.15
Pico Picante (Princess Nokia, Blk.Adonis, Oxycontinental & Riobamba) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
Uprising (Midas, Reverence, Jay K, Damien Paul, Twist of Fate, Stegga, John D & Normal Zack) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.16.15
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Danny Howells @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.17.15
DJ Costa’s House Party @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.17.15
Soulelujah (E Dorsey) @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.17.15
Trois Femmes et Les Beats (D-Lux & Les Deux) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 1.17.15
In the Swing of Things (Tommie KidWobble & Alex Russo) @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 1.17.15
Black Party 2.0 (Kavayah, Chris London & Bob Diesel) @ The LAB :: Roxbury MA :: 1.17.15
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Dream (Alain Jakinsky) @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 1.18.15
H.O.M.E. 2-Year Anniversary @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 1.18.15
Plastique (Brian Halligan & James Derek Dwyer) @ Plastique :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 1.18.15
Bass Foundation (JSF, Mike Skillz, Green Love & Lexicon) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.18.15
Mr. Carmack, Djemba Djemba, Great Dane & Penthouse Penthouse @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.18.15
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Soul Drop! (Pastor Philly D & Rev Handsome Chuck) @ River Gods :: Cambridge MA :: 1.19.15
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Zuesdays (Leah V & BLK Adonis) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.20.15
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Re:Set (Black Coffee & Adam Gibbons) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.21.15
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Victor Porfidio @ Icon :: Boston MA :: 1.22.15
Datsik @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 1.22.15
Elements (Riedlinger) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.22.15
Make it New (Gerd Janson) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 1.22.15
Oh Snap 90s Dance Party (Paul Foley) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.22.15
Brass Party Night (Cocek! Brass Band & ALC Funktet) @ Church :: Boston MA :: 1.22.15
Destructo, Motez, Anna Lunoe & T.Williams @ Whisky Saigon :: Boston MA :: 1.22.15
TWRK, SLiiNK, Swizzymack, Dougie F & DJ Fire @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.22.15
Datsik, Kennedy Jones, Loudpvck & Trolley Snatcha @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 1.22.15
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Kap Slap @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 1.23.15
JSTJR & Friends @ Arc :: Boston MA :: 1.23.15
Goldroom & MarkoMilicevic @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 1.23.15
DJ Costa’s House Party :: The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.23.15
Cycle (Gridlok, Todd Buchler, Basek & Fdot) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.23.15
Voyage (Colin Domigan, Fuzzy Fotch & Jaminic) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 1.23.15
Rise Afterhours (Bamboora, Godoii & David, Jaminic & Kranz) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.23.15
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Malyna @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.24.15
Honey Sauce Band @ Yesterday’s Bar :: Quincy MA :: 1.24.15
Soulelujah @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.24.15
Drown (Basek, Rubix & Nick Minieri) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 1.24.15
Rise Afterhours (Brunno Santos & DJ Ericcc) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.24.15
Space Jesus & Freddy Todd @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.24.15
Lifted Contingency (Flava D, Kidd Drunkadelic, Timmy Trax & Waldo) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.24.15
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 4-Year Anniversary (Bianca Oblivion, Stella, Brent Covington, Ian Diver & Colby Drasher) @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 1.24.15
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H.O.M.E. (KC Hallett) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 1.25.15 
Njomza @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.25.15
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Vinyl Fantasy @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.26.15
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Zuesdays (Leah V & BLK Adonis) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.27.15
Scanners (Xerome, Drippy Inputs, Homeworld, Ali Berger, Andrew Gallagher & Oscar Huang) @ Deep Thoughts :: Jamaica Plain MA :: 1.27.15
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Basta @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 1.28.15
MMMMAVEN Graduation Party @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.28.15
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Riff Raff @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 1.29.15
Oh Snap 90s Dance Party (Reel Drama) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.29.15
Elements 16-Year Anniversary @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.29.15
Make it New (Kevin Saunderson) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 1.29.15
Giraffage, Spazzkid, Robokid & Carbo @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 1.29.15
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Chachi @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.30.15
Do Your Thing (Whiskey Barons) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.30.15
Binary (Treasure Fingers) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.30.15
Social Studies (The Black Madonna) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.30.15
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DJ Costa @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.31.15
Soulelujah @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.31.15
Fresh Produce (Young Einstein & Frank White) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.31.15
Glow Boston (Glowkids, Godoii & Davvid, Commerce & Contrast) @ Brighton Music Hall :: Allston MA :: 1.31.15
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Past Events 

Elements (John B) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.1.15
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Soulive @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 1.2.15
Lawn on D Fire & Ice Festival :: Boston MA :: 1.2.15
Brek & YVNG PAVL @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 1.2.15
Resolution (Rugged One) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.2.15
Mike Swells & Ryan Obermiller @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 1.2.15
Do Your Thing (Whiskey Barons) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.2.15
Disco Duck Dynasty (Camino & Buttnekked Wonder) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.2.15
Rise Afterhours (Devon James, JSB, Steve Marsden, Green Love, UMI & Bake Joynton) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.2.15
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Diskino @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.3.15
Hustle & Flow @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 1.3.15
DJ Kon @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 1.3.15
Freedom (Dude-N-Guy) @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 1.3.15
Soulelujah @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.3.15
Social Studies (Derrick May) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.3.15
Controversy (Leah V, Begbick & The Mixtress) @ Controversy :: Boston MA :: 1.3.15
Release Your Dance (Househead Pete & Savuth) @ Club Bohemia :: Cambridge MA :: 1.3.15
Rise Afterhours (John Barera, Pat Fontes, Keith Mattar & Nick Minieri) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.3.15
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H.O.M.E. (DJ Savuth) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 1.4.15
Bass Foundation (Encanti, $0_$0_Gutter & Dinoblunt) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.4.15
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Zuesday (Dayglow, Blk Adonis & Leah V) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.6.15
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Show N Sell (Markus Sebastiano & Frank White) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.7.15
Re:Set (Pat Fontes, Melee & Caseroc) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.7.15
Diehard on Decks (Op Break, Veloci Oscillator, Bookum, T-One Frequency & Glowworm) @ Half Door :: Quincy MA :: 1.7.15
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Elements (Siouxside) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 1.8.15
Make it New (Damian Silva) @ Middlesex :: Cambridge MA :: 1.8.15
Oh Snap 90s Dance Party (Paul Foley) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.8.15
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Sadhu @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.9.15
DJ Costa @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.9.15
Particle @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 1.9.15
Jeremy Olander & Wil Trahan @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 1.9.15
Central Air (Durkin & Evaredy) @ ZuZu :: Cambridge MA :: 1.9.15
Michael the Lion’s Funk Train, Cosmo Baker & Goulet @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.9.15
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DJ Tao @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 1.10.15
DJ JesseJess @ The Estate :: Boston MA :: 1.10.15
Manny Ward & Midnight Society @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 1.10.15
Dusk Till Done (SITH & Chris Luzz) @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 1.10.15
Soulelujah (Ty Jesso) @ Middle East Upstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.10.15
Triple Platinum (Frank White, Evaredy & Durkin) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 1.10.15
Ent Invasion, DJ Storm & DJ Mobetter @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 1.10.15
Sounds of the Underground (Beartrax, Beta Ghosts & Ser Clave) @ Cantab :: Cambridge MA :: 1.10.15
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Rustie @ The Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 1.11.15
H.O.M.E. (Master Millions) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 1.11.15
Bass Foundation (Deekline, Martin Flex & JSB) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 1.11.15
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Monday
Jan122015

Cool Free Stuff: Jonny Flood & Oshea Adams-Lady Ashley (Pat Flynn Edit)

Pat Flynn is a producer from Boston involved with Offbeat and Basement Movement, two collectives instrumental to house music culture in the city over the past year. He recently put the spin on a soulful, minimalist composition by Jonny Flood titled “Lady Ashley” faturing the vocals of Oshea Adams. While the original bears resemblance to recent Frank Ocean work, the second half of Flynn’s re-edit witnesses the up-and-comer turning the peace into a manic collage of synths and footwork-inspired rhythms. Nice bit of contrast between both versions while retaining its melancholy persona. 

Monday
Jan122015

On the Boogiedownload: Mix 090 by Lucius Natick (Drum & Bass)


New year, new podcast mix. Lucius Natick is an up-and-coming drum and bass DJ based out of central Mass who laid down the groundwork for the first BBD podcast of 2015. He pitched to me the idea of a concept mix pulling together songs from the heavier spectrum of the genre mixed in double-time with some of his favorite hip hop acapellas. I quickly warmed up to the idea for its nostalgic merit, as I used to partake in the same formula of mixing rap with jungle in my fledgling days of making mixtapes a decade-and-a-half ago. And a lot of other kids from the 90s were doing the same.

Click here to read more and check out the podcast!

Thursday
Jan082015

Cool Free Stuff: AEONS-WWV (House/Techno)

Keeping the barriers out of their production style, AEONS have stretched their hands across a number of musical styles in dance over the past year. Evolving from making remixes of A-list artists to focusing on original sounds, the two consistencies across every AEONS track on their Soundcloud page is they’re short, and they’re sweet. “WWV”, their most recent effort, goes the ethereal route, complete with moody, enduring pads and an accelerated, swinging rhythm. Check it out.

Wednesday
Jan072015

Cool Free Stuff: Roberto Clementi-Front (Techno)

Italian producer Roberto Clementi breaks out the grooveboxes and analog synths once again for his track “Front”. Originally unleashed last May, Clementi made it a free download and has Soma’s seal of approval (the legendary label much of his recent output has been released on). An unremitting cycle of keys that resonate in time with its thrashing rhythm, “Front” is straightforward, energetic, and full of character with its distorted harmonics. Clementi is a graduate of the school of no-bullshit techno, and “Front” is a good companion to his debut album N Lights, which released last spring. Get it below.

Tuesday
Jan062015

Cool Free Stuff: Benoit B-Fiasco Bingo EP (House/Techno)

Interesting bit of lo-fi house that slid underneath the radar when posted on Soundcloud a few days ago. Benoit B is a producer who has circumnavigated Paris and Berlin, which is evident in Fiasco Bingo EP, a free download to kick off the new year. “Bingo” captures the modern-day French house aesthetic with a filtered disco sample that evolves on a backbone of a swing beat and down-pitched vocals. “Fiasco” ups the Berlin ante with its raw, uncompromising techno craftsmanship. The influence of that city can also be witnessed in its overall song structure, where like a lot of classic techno it’s more a groove rather than a storyline. Links to both tracks below.