Breakbeat

add news feed

tweet a story

News came in yesterday via Rolling Stone India that Canadian IDM and house (and most recently a fair amount of “CreeperStep“) producer Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5 will finally tour India. What that means for deadmau5 fans is ...
News came in yesterday via Rolling Stone India that Canadian IDM and house (and most recently a fair amount of “CreeperStep“) producer Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5 will finally tour India. What that means for deadmau5 fans is something like OMFGjfdsfndsfgreatestshitever and all, but for us here, at ground level, with so much going on this season, it’s all of that and also just another amazing gig fixture on the Indian concert calendar. Major dance music festivals in the country have already seen most of the world’s top DJs and producers play shows in India (Skrillex and deadmau5 are the only two in the first 20 names in DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll that haven’t played a show here), and most of India’s massive dance community has been waiting for an announcement like this. deadmau5 will play the Sunburn Arena in three cities in 2013, check out dates below. March 14 – Mumbai March 15 – Delhi March 16 – Bangalore If you don’t know what the man behind the big mouse mask is all about, here’s a quick glance through the career of the man now known globally as deadmau5. We start with Zimmerman’s releases that weren’t put out on Ultra Records, namely his debut Get Scraped in 2005, and Vexillology in 2006. Get Scraped is by far deadmau5′s most diverse-yet-house-oriented album, borrowing liberally from electronic music sub-genres like breakbeat, IDM, ambient and chillout. Take ‘Message From Nowhere’ below as an example. Vexillology saw Zimmerman bust out more dance-floor-oriented electro tunes and also delve into deep house territory, the latter a genre making somewhat of a comeback in 2013 much thanks to Lee Foss’ and Jamie Jones’ Hot Creations label and regular releases from Get Physical and more that are hitting the mainstream. Sample some of Vexillology below with ‘Apply Overnight’. 2007 onwards saw Zimmerman make up massive ground in the dance mainstream. His 2008 release Random Album Title was his first on a major label (Ultra, MoS) and is considered the breakthrough of deadmau5, where Zimmerman moves away from the more experimental music on his previous releases and embraces a friendlier, bigger, progressive house sound. If you remember that far back, you’d definitely recognize the track below. It’s the hit ‘I Remember’ with Kaskade. Zimmerman’s last three major releases have been his most commercially successful and have even charted in places. 2009′s For Lack Of A Better Name had Pendulum’s Rob Swire collaborate with Zimmerman for the album’s biggest hit, ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff’ that’s blasted out of worn out speakers at a lot of house parties since, and still does to this day, and also occupies a pretty permanent spot on deadmau5 setlists. For old times’ sake, ‘Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff’ from the Live at Earls Court DVD below. 4×4=12 was Zimmerman’s biggest output in the year 2010 and dropping a couple of weeks before Christmas, the album was another big success that charted and even earned Zimmerman a Grammy nomination in the Best Dance Album category. Here’s ‘Raise Your Weapon’, probably Zimmerman’s most recognizable singalong, both due to its solo success and the fact that it’s been remixed the shit out of since. Nothing like this to get people to raise their weapons hands at a festival. Dropped live at T in the Park below. A lot of people dissed 2012′s Album Title Goes Here because it was “too experimental”, what with Zimmerman collaborating with artists like Imogen Heap, Cypress Hill, and MCR’s Gerard Way for an album that managed to sidestep the progressive house flotsam of 2012, and explore some electro-rock, complextro, hip-hop and ambient music. deadmau5′s recent sets have featured plenty of material from Album Title Goes Here, along wi
about 4 hours ago
Following on from their Imperial' EP release in May 2012, Noisia and Calyx & Teebee lock together for two heavyweight collabs with Evol Intent helping out on the b-side for an epic breakbeat rave-up. 'Hyenas' drops it down to...
Following on from their Imperial' EP release in May 2012, Noisia and Calyx & Teebee lock together for two heavyweight collabs with Evol Intent helping out on the b-side for an epic breakbeat rave-up. 'Hyenas' drops it down to 115bpm for an intense bone-rattler, and if you had any notion of what the unity of Noisia and Evol Intent would sound like, 'The Liquid' is it. Pure aggression on the bassline with fucked-up drum work to make for a drum & bass Read MoreBlog: Stoney RoadsRelated: Noisia Hyenas/The LiquidNoisia & Evol Intent : The LiquidEvol Intent Punchout! Drum and Bass download!Calyx And Teebee Essential Mix | 08-12-2012Sandro Silva and Quintino vs. Kelly Charles Youre No Epic For Me (Mike Candys Mashup) PREVIEW
about 16 hours ago
Once upon a time, there was a style known as "drill 'n' bass," a rotor-rattling, rivet-busting take on jungle that shook up breakbeat science like a bag full of marbles. By extension, we might call the music that Germany's...
Once upon a time, there was a style known as "drill 'n' bass," a rotor-rattling, rivet-busting take on jungle that shook up breakbeat science like a bag full of marbles. By extension, we might call the music that Germany's Frederic Robinson makes "quill 'n' bass," given its feathery beats and delicately filigreed melodies, colored as richly as an illuminated manuscript...
1 day ago
The latest tracks from Noisia are phenomenal! Hyenas is a collaboration with Calyx & Teebee and The Liquid has Noisia teaming up with Evol Intent. Hyenas is a haunting track with great atmosphere. The Liquid is a heart stopping breakbeat...
The latest tracks from Noisia are phenomenal! Hyenas is a collaboration with Calyx & Teebee and The Liquid has Noisia teaming up with Evol Intent. Hyenas is a haunting track with great atmosphere. The Liquid is a heart stopping breakbeat jam. Both songs are worth checking out and will be available October 21st. -Filippo Noisia On: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud Calyx & Teebee On: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud Evol Intent On: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud Related posts: Noisia – Could This Be Daily Tracks: Noisia, Laidback Luke, DJ G. Brown Daily Tracks: Noisia and Foreign Beggars Collabo, 3 Stripes Remix Outkast
4 days ago
Kieren Hebden, otherwise known as Four Tet, is a UK-based experimental musician whose prolific influence in pioneering the misfortunately-titled electronic subgenre of “intelligent dance music” has brought him both renown and respect. No...
Kieren Hebden, otherwise known as Four Tet, is a UK-based experimental musician whose prolific influence in pioneering the misfortunately-titled electronic subgenre of “intelligent dance music” has brought him both renown and respect. Now, after a three year stint of releasing vinyl-exclusive singles and providing guest production for other musicians, Four Tet has returned with his latest original album titled Beautiful Rewind. Beautiful Rewind is, technically, Four Tet’s seventh studio album, directly preceded by his 2012 vinyl single-compilation Pink and his last studio album There is Love in You in 2010. Although shorter lengthwise compared to that of “There is Love…”, Beautiful Rewind is no less strange or wonderful for it. The album opener, “Gong” sounds,… 320 kbps | 100 MB | UL | TB | MC …like a manic yet terse contraption of sounds cobbled together from field recording samples. The track combines a couple stapled elements typical of Bristol electronic sound, the complicated drum sequences and muted moans of “Jungle Breakbeat”, the incomprehensible sentence clip that acts as the bridge of the song, a characteristic of UK Dubstep and Four Tet’s musical contemporary, Burial. I love it; it’s an apt representation for what’s to come for the rest of the album. “Gong” segues perfectly into the second track “Parallel Jalebi”, which I think is not only one of the standouts of the entire album but one of my favorite tunes of the year. A serene mish-mash of a tireless drum-line and a heavenly cascade of echoes wrapping in on one another with the occasional pop-up of what sounds like an alien turning the dial of a frequency radio. “Our Navigation” possesses a lot of the elements featured in “Gong”, with the addition of some popping electronic blips that make the track sound like it was being performed from the belly of a whale swimming through space. I know that sounds crazy, but I don’t know how to describe it otherwise. It is what it is. “Ba Teaches Yoga” is a little more fast-paced, starting out pretty subdued but gradually swells into something trance-like and ephemeral. “Kool FM” is one of those tracks that either grows on you with time or not at all. One of the stranger tracks on this album that has a pretty solid opening with wafting strings stretched to waver out and a pulsing drum hook that morphs into a series of Hey-Hey-Hey’s and breakbeat cymbals distorted through what sounds like a turntable scratching, which eventually falls back to reveal a straight breakbeat loop with a sweet “rewinding” sound that’s a pretty awesome way to cap off the entire experience. “Crush” is a fanciful composition of undulating 8-bit pops and sporadic flute sounds, “Aerial” is a gorgeous five-minute piece melding electronic sounds and a smattering of organic wooden drum sounds. “Unicorn” is a real treat, with playfully flourishing synths, light electronic blips, and djembe drums to create a fluttering collage that sounds like what frosting must taste like and the final track “Your Body Feels” sounds like something out of the soundtrack of an episode of Miami Vice, the sound of a scanning printer, pitched trumpets, and a vocal sample that sounds suspiciously like a certain lead singer from Radiohead.
5 days ago
In my conversation with New York-based songwriter Jonathan Dagan, who goes by the alias j.viewz, I found that he was a man who assimilated much from what he observed, constantly learning and adding it all to his music. Dagan’s stin...
In my conversation with New York-based songwriter Jonathan Dagan, who goes by the alias j.viewz, I found that he was a man who assimilated much from what he observed, constantly learning and adding it all to his music. Dagan’s stint as a musician began with his band Violet Vision, an electronic, breakbeat group that was pretty popular in Israel, the country of his birth. It was in the downtime between albums that Dagan began making some of his own music. The more chilled-out sound that is associated with j.viewz began this way and it continued to flourish while he experimented with it. “I had no expectation for it, which was pretty beautiful. But somehow, labels began picking up my demo and it was getting released in compilations alongside big bands like Massive Attack and Paul Oakenfold,” says Dagan. It was during this time that he came up with the name j.viewz. “Someone called me from one of these labels in the UK and said he needed a name right away because he needed to put it out. My demo was called j.viewz so I just went with it,” he explained. All this happened in 2003 when Violet Vision moved to Los Angeles. Dagan had now found the music that he had begun to make for fun was slowly turning into the outlet he always wanted. He quit Violet Vision and agreed to let his partner Shay Raviv continue using the name. Over the next decade or so, j.viewz made innovative music and the music videos that went along with them. He’s collaborated with a very broad range of artists and released two albums, Muse Breaks (2005) and rivers and homes (2011) and one EP, The Besides EP. We’ve even debuted his innovative music video for ‘rivers and homes’ on our website (check it out here). This year, j.viewz will play the Delhi NCR edition of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender, and if you haven’t already, get your tickets here. I spoke to j.viewz about his outlook on music, creativity and his ambitious plans for a new album. NH7: Since you started j.viewz, you’ve played with genres of music. You’ve still got the chilled-out elements in there, you’ve got powerful vocalists bringing in a lot of soul, and you’ve even got some great covers. Is this experimentation part of what you decided to start j.viewz for in the first place? Jonathan Dagan: I guess so. When I just started j.viewz, I was just into jazz and I was kind of intrigued by it. I felt that there was something so amazing about chill-out music, but there was also something so annoying about it. I felt that there were two kinds of chill-out music, one that made me happy and blissful and really chill and one of them made me feel like I’m in a porn movie. I was kind of fine with that thin balance, and I started to add a lot of electronic and jazzy elements. It was around then that I started to form the live act that I wanted for j.viewz, which consisted mostly of jazz musicians. It was really cool to play electronic music with jazz musicians because it gave the music that kinda of jazz twist. Now that twist started to bleed into the music and in the studio, and I started recording the people who I played with on tour. That was the first version of j.viewz, that had this jazzy and chill-out element. We did ‘Smooth Criminal’ which came about in one sound check that we did. We just couldn’t play our own songs anymore and so we just launched into the song. Slowly, over time, we just enjoyed doing it and so we slowed it down. That was when it became fun. That’s the thing about the fun element though, when fun presents itself you just go, “Fuck everything. This. I want this!” You have your mainstream and you have your main focus, but then something pops out in the corner of your eye and you feel okay with it. It’s almost like the real enjoyment exists in the outskirts of what you are doing. With j.viewz, I find that I have learned to look at things from the corner of my eye a
8 days ago
Make Go Sound (2013) Peogressive, House, Club | Electronic Music 320 kbps | MP3 | unmixed | 2013 | 03:25:50 | 465 Mb Tracklist: 01. Babysitters And Jazzy Rossco – Feel So Free 05:49 02. Bob Fanzidon – Boiler (Original Mix) 05...
Make Go Sound (2013) Peogressive, House, Club | Electronic Music 320 kbps | MP3 | unmixed | 2013 | 03:25:50 | 465 Mb Tracklist: 01. Babysitters And Jazzy Rossco – Feel So Free 05:49 02. Bob Fanzidon – Boiler (Original Mix) 05:15 03. Arty & Nadia Ali & Bt – Must Be The Love (Dannic Radio Edit) 03:31 04. Brockman & Basti M – Steel (Club Mix) 05:09 05. Africanism Presents Bob Sinclar – SaMba In Hell (Original Mix) 06:12 06. Calippo – Senses Of Scripture (Original Mix) 06:01 07. Alexander Gallomoretti – CucuMber 05:31 08. Brain Bma – Fukushima Express 07:02 09. Anthony Mea – Be Yourself (Original Mix) 05:35 10. Ananda Project – I Was A Seed That Became A Flower (Intro) 01:24 11. Butch Feat. Benjamin Franklin – Highbeams (Original Mix) 07:24 12. Artento Divini – Drop Off (Edit) 05:31 13. Alexdoparis – Kani (Original Mix) 06:09 14. Aiho – Break The Cycle (Original Mix) 06:03 15. Alex Faraci – Forte Piano 04:20 16. Andy Voice Project Feat Matthew Sanders – Tanz FN?r Mich (Andy Voice Remix) 05:22 17. Ben Pearce – What Might I Do (Club Mix) 06:29 18. Alex Barattini – My Play (Main Mix 06:13 19. Bart Claessen – Showtime (Radio Edit) 02:59 20. Arash Feat Sean Paul – She Makes Me Go (Mike Candys Remix) 04:45 21. Bits & Buzz – Foggy Morning Seattle (Original Mix) 08:30 22. Ahmet Sendil – No Way (Vocal Mix) 07:33 23. Avio – Jamaica (Original Mix) 07:14 24. Art Inc., Stavros Martina – Amigo (Original Mix) 05:15 25. Arkadium – Oxygen (Original Mix) 05:00 26. Bt, Tiesto – Love Comes Again Feat. Bt (Manufactured Superstars Vs. Jqa Remix) 06:11 27. Bobby Burns – Montblanc 06:01 28. Blacktron – Flaute Sound (Original Mix) 07:14 29. Blasterz – Does He Look Like A Bitch (Original Mix) 06:29 30. Antoine Clamaran Feat Fenja – This Is My Goodbye (Radio Edit) 03:22 31. Alex Mine – La Musa (Original Mix) 07:15 32. Andrew K – Uncertainty (Original Mix) 06:24 33. Bbk, Kl2 – Breakbeat Killa (Vize Remix) 05:39 34. Brainpain – Rock To The Beat (Original Mix) 04:20 35. Arthur B – Theory (Original Mix) 06:07 36. Airdice – Every One (Bunched & Tom Bosley Remix) 06:12 Short preview: ( Lower quality – 64 kbps ) mp3 download links: uploaded.net VA-Make Go Sound (2013)
13 days ago
Chris Munky, otherwise known as Snareophobe, is a jungle music producer who has earned himself the reputation of being a high energy, explosive live act. His music draws influence from the genres of hip-hop, breakbeat, garage, drum ̵...
Chris Munky, otherwise known as Snareophobe, is a jungle music producer who has earned himself the reputation of being a high energy, explosive live act. His music draws influence from the genres of hip-hop, breakbeat, garage, drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep, and is characterised by heavy bass lines, samples, loops and scratching. Today, he spins five tracks that he likes and thinks you should check out. Catch him at BASS CAMP #11. 1. Roy Ayres – ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ This has always stood out as one of my alltime favourite tracks. I love the simplicity of it, especially the keys/piano 2. Snareophobe feat. Eva Lazarus – ‘Power Up’ I loved recording this track. I’m big into soul music. I made the beat fairly quickly and sampled some nice strings to put into the mix. There was only one thing left to do and that was record one of the best voices in the UK. Luckily me and Eva Lazarus are tight and we nailed it down in an afternoon. We released this for free on Gravitas Recordings and have a nice remix from Aries & Gold that I’ve ben spinning over the last 6 months. 3. Break & Die feat. MC Fats – ‘Peace & Dub’ This is pure Bristol sounds with a little feature from Buggsy in the video version. I love this track because it is a classical dubwise track made by some of the finest drum & bass producers with the legendary Mc Fats. The bassline is super warm & heavy on this one! 4. Flying Lotus feat. Andreya Triana – ‘Tea Leaf Dancers Not much to say about this classic track. It is sexual funk with a perfect vocal. It gives me memories of sunset DJ sets in Thailand. It just grooves, this one! 5. Roni Size – ‘Brown Paper Bag’ This was a game changer for me. Roni’s ‘New Forms’ album helped introduce me to jungle. I listened to the album back to front then went to see them on the first live band tour Reprezent did in the UK. This is one of the most important albums in dance music. I love the vocal on the track and the crispness of the rest of the instruments and sounds in the track. Big tune! Check out previous editions of the Indiecision Five at 5 here.
14 days ago
Youngblood Hawke’s Wake Up takes the four cuts from their debut EP and adds eight more for a mostly satisfying full-length. They create colorful, elastic indie electro-pop and, most of the time, it measures up. Opener “Rootless” is a spr...
Youngblood Hawke’s Wake Up takes the four cuts from their debut EP and adds eight more for a mostly satisfying full-length. They create colorful, elastic indie electro-pop and, most of the time, it measures up. Opener “Rootless” is a sprightly track, peppered with early ‘80s U2-style echoing guitars, nestled atop an insistent, pulsating groove that pushes the envelope of feeling cluttered, but never actually gets to that extreme, resulting in a song that pulls off a Goldilocks effect – just right. “We Come Running” keeps the vibe of this album going nicely with a very wild-young thing approach coloring the lyrics. “Dreams” is the first moment the proceedings slow down a bit and yet the epic swoop is still there on the elastic, yell-it-to-the-rafters delivery in lines like “We’ve been… 320 kbps | 108 MB | UL | CL ** FLAC …waiting on these dreams to feel real for so long.” The harmonies and joyful, effervescent feel make it one of this album’s crown jewels. The style-studious feel permeating this album points out how it is both a great beginning and a bit derivative. The band members have clearly done their homework, and often sound more accomplished than a band this early into their career ought to. Most of the time the “homework” results in pleasant variations on the themes they clearly know and love. Occasionally it sounds less like an homage and more like outright cribbing in order to inject a particular feeling into a song. For example, “Stars (Hold on)” opens up with string swells and a beat that feels like a leftover from Viva La Vida era Coldplay. This doesn’t make it a bad song necessarily, just not as original-sounding as it could have been. On the flip side, this approach sometimes works to their favor. “Live and Die” is a slow-moving, near-breakbeat anthem that manages to evoke other styles without sounding like a copy. The hat trick here is fusing breakbeat and electro with pop and actually having it actually sound good. Not an easy thing to pull off and have it sound worthwhile. “Sleepless Streets” pulls a surprise one-two, starting out almost sounding like raw, early Dave Matthews Band, then folding into an electro-reggae groove—building into a track that ends in a similarly almost-cluttered-yet just right instrumental blend. The disc closes out with flair with an opening lyric that neatly brings the “wild and free” theme of the whole disc full circle: “I wrote a letter to my generation just to say / you don’t get a second chance to make the same mistakes / that break our bones.” Plenty of bands have done the “Young, restless, wild and looking to live life to the fullest with eyes wide open” trope. Youngblood Hawke do it with wide-eyed, hungry-young artist flair, to be certain. They have some rough edges to smooth out, but they have a very promising start here (this writer was fortunate enough to see them as an opening act for Keane in January 2013, and the same energy was manifest in their performance.) If further albums show progression and evolution into a style that they make more uniquely theirs, the only way to go from here is up.
15 days ago
Illustrious Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have released their helluva funky single “Good for the City” featuring the vocals of Sam Duckworth. This is pure, unadulterated nu-disco to the core. So they’ve gotten on the...
Illustrious Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak have released their helluva funky single “Good for the City” featuring the vocals of Sam Duckworth. This is pure, unadulterated nu-disco to the core. So they’ve gotten on the disco train along with many other producers. But this is one catchy dance tune. Remixes come courtesy of portuguese disco don Moullinex, ice cool Nordic beatsmith Diskjokke, UK garage hotshot Marcus jakes, leftfield breakbeat blasters Howson’s Groove and reggae masters Yesking. That should do it. Also watch the funky music vid for the single. Buy it on Beatport here. Get more from Kraak & Smaak: Facebook / Soundcloud / Twitter About Kraak & Smaak: 2013 looks set to be another stellar year for Kraak & Smaak with The Future Is Yours – the debut single from their forthcoming album Chrome Waves hitting the # 1 spot in the DMC Buzz Chart, being crowned Tune of the Month in Mixmag and being supported by tastemakers from London To Los Angeles and back to Amsterdam.
15 days ago