'The BPM Team would like to introduce the birth of our new Record Label - ‘Big People Music’. Born from a passion in discovering and supporting new talent, and a label that will truly represent what is happening in the indefinable UK scene.'
Great EP sampler here from the BPM label. Championing some excellent production talent, who switch up the styles on a number of different vocals for this freebie.
DPM favourite Dark0 remixes his own 'HYLI' with a grimey refix. Bringing in darker sounds, with his own melodies, channelling in a 'Pulse X' influence.
T Vicious takes on the might of Eski-boy Wiley, bringing it onto a funky riddim, with plenty of grime elements reminiscent of some of Champion's work. This is probably my highlight of the sampler, love it when producers take grime vocals onto a different level.
Elsewhere Philly & Jazz take the funky levels up, cutting a recognisable R&B vocal to great effect and G.S.One work Aaliyah's 'Rock the Boat', in what is essentially a full on dance track with plenty of bright snyth work.
The BPM team are putting on a party to launch the label in East London on 20th July, more info can be found here.
Below, the immense Madam X has put together a mix showing the fruits of the label, spoiling us with another free download in the process...
Really great EP package from the collaborative effort of Ivan Dubsky and Great Skies, who bring together a collection of songs titled as 'Sessions Vol. 1'.
The way this EP grabbed me was by how all the track sound so accomplished and are excellently produced. The style and emotive tones of music that the pair are trying to harvest is almost perfectly executed.
This is displayed effectively on the beautifully slow-burning intro track 'Hard to Find (Intro)'. The way that the track progresses with each element stacking delicately on top of each other is a true delight.
Impressive effort from a pair of producers that show that they have great potential to make a lot of special music.
Recommended Listening: Hard to Find [Intro], Bokeh and Change Your Mind feat. CoMa.
'Just when you thought bassline music was on its last breath, someone comes in and revives it with one injection of well-made works. Birthed up North, bassline has had a turbulent ten years. Even when London’s inner bass circle showed the genre no love, it managed to last the distance in club land in its hometown and surrounding counties.
DJ Q is someone who has always championed the sound that brought you chart bangers such as 'You Wot' and T2’s ‘Heartbroken’, and his latest venture is set to win over the ears of the most hard-to-please bass music lover.'
Oh what I pleasant surprise this is from the Baseline don that is DJ Q.
Some insanely huge productions all over this. In all honestly I saw that this was a 17-minute preview and didn't think I'd last the distance. Massively wrong on my part as this flew by, excelling furiously over expectations as it went on.
I can remember being a big fan of baseline when it first started to trickle down into the mainstream, especially with the abundance of remixes there were, although I can't say that I'm particularly deep into the history of the scene.
Love that the sound never died.
From the sounds of the preview above, this is an all round essential release.
Nice slections of tunes for you that I've discovered or have been feeling over the last couple of weeks. Some seriously heavy music from a few choice producers and up-and-comers. Enjoy.
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Straight from the off I fell in love with this one, stunning track. Everything about it is on point, the production/vocal/song writing is immense. From the increasingly brilliant AlunaGeorge and remixed by N55 Hi Emotions, who I must admit I know nothing about although going from a facebook post during the week they are something to do with Last Japan. Free D/L via Annie Mac.
Two excellent producers I've been monitoring for a while now. Great collaborative effort here. Dark, tech and lively. Make no mistake, this is the vibe at the moment. Really looking forward to hearing more on this project from iO and Lakosa.
Been impressed with the whole Mista Men output recently. Not only are they smashing it together, they are putting out quality individually (check the Woozee and Mella Dee SoundCloud accounts). Here they are on form once again championing that beautiful garage sound. This will be a free giveaway when they hit 1000 Facebook likes, get on it people.
Clip taken from Polkadot's forthcoming EP, following up from the excellent arrival with the 'Don't Pigeonhole Anything' EP. Bright sounds ideal for the warmer of weather. Great stuff. Full track can be streamed here.
Stumbled on this after listening to a few other Dusky bits and being told by a friend to check it out. Extremely glad I did. Bouncing drum patterns, baselines and vocal cuts equal feel good house music. Lovely.
Came across this one due to Royal-T and his Rinse FM show during the week. Instantly went looking for it when the track was dropped into the mix. Overly nice old school garage/basslines vibes on this one. Can't get enough of the baselines/vocal sample combination, Flava D works it incredibly well. Great stuff.
Impressive bsss heavy remix from Allmostt, which drives into gear at a fast pace once the drop takes into effect. Great work on the low end and really liked the progression in the tune.
Stumbled on this one from NumBoy, after he sent me another tune and I naturally ended up going through other tunes due to the quality that I heard. This is probably the best piece of dubstep that I've heard in a little while. It's beautiful dark, sinister and nicely bottom heavy that it doesn't over due it self like a lot of stuff that around.
'Co-produced with Radio 1’s Toddla T, ‘Need To Know‘ slows down the pace with the help of Sam Frank’s vocoder-aided lyrics that echo that of Zapp and Roger with ultra funky synths and chord progression.
Frank croons effortlessly about the ‘the other woman’ and all of her positive attributes but protests that she still hasn’t got anything on the main woman in his life. With its seductive slow-mo bounce and love-fueled content don’t be surprised to hear this closing a few DJ sets in months to come for the last dance.'
Swindle's back with another fantastic release.
Little bit of a change of direction with 'Need to Know', where the funk is toned down and the smooth is excelled, making the most of Sam Frank's trademark vocoded vocals. There's such a much unique loved up swagger that oozes all over the track.
A great collaborative effort which also featuring the styles of Toddla T. I knew that something was in the works between Swindle and Sam Frank, but the addition of Toddla on production is a welcome surprise.
I'm also a sucker for animated video's and the visuals for 'Need To Know' compliment the track immensely.
'Need To Know' is released alongside a Takura featured 'Have A Go', which has already been on heavy rotation on radio. Speeding things up with heavy bouncing baselines, glowing pads and funky drum rhythms.
Brilliant all-together package from one of my favourite producers around, I'm going to blast this out and hope that it inspires the sun to shine.
A stream of 'Have A Go' taken from Annie Mac's radio show is below...
'Rising Nottingham-based label and club night Wigflex serve up their first release of 2012 after previously releasing music from artists such as Lone, Shortstuff, Geiom and Hizatron.
This time around it's the turn of the leftfield leaning Metske and his Technoid alter-ego Metaphi as he delivers an accomplished array of experimental tracks that touch upon IDM, Breaks, Hip-Hop and down-tempo House. No suprise then, that his dual personas are pricking up a few ears as the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs have been quick to show their love for his sound.'
This one is a real fascinating listen, lots going on all over the place in each production. 'Conscius' and 'Messmode' are the highlights for me.
Really love tracks that continue to progress and have lots of underlying layers involved, giving you more to discover each time to listen. This is exactly what your getting here.
High quality electronica. Released 25th June by Wigflex.
'Champion’s Formula Records presents its first signee and the debut EP from the prodigious talent of rising star Notion.
Having already turned heads with the rambunctious ‘Icicle’, which was released via Mixmag as a free download recently, the Hereford-based producer serves up three tracks of unpretentious dancefloor weapons.'
Been steadily getting acquainted with Notion's music through various sets from Elijah and Skilliam, along with the immense 'Icicle' which was given away as a freebie with Mixmag and it's still on heavy rotation on my systems.
This release trends along the same lines as 'Icicle', showcasing the sound that Notion has achieved to create. Funky-laden drum pattern rhythms and mean baselines, 'Soundbwoy Killer' is the most raucous of the bunch.
I've been absolutely hammering this tune from Karma Kid.
In all honestly, this is one of the best tracks that I've heard this year and will be the soundtrack to my summer. It's been steadily reaching huge stream figures, included in the great #Unknown series and has now picked up plays from both Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac on Radio 1.
I'm completely smitten with the huge synth lines and the brilliant vocal sample, which brings a delightful top-line melody to the track.
At 17 years old and a SoundCloud full of remarkably excellent electronic music, the sky is indeed the limit for Karma Kid.
Keep your eyes peeled for the release info coming soon.
For people that may have missed it, Karma Kid dropped a mix for dpm a month or so ago and it's seriously worth your attention below...
I've got so much love for this EP from man of the moment Mosca.
Title track 'Eva Mendes' has been blazing the trail for this release and is one of the biggest records likely to light up your summer and I'm completely in love with the vocal version of 'Accidently' featuring Robert Owens.
This EP is highly anticipated and highly recommended.