Category Archives: music

nian dub, dark and dubby dnb

UK-based collective Nian Dub is making some really cool dark and dubby drum’n’bass on EXE project.
I ran into them on Soundcloud and I recommend checkout out the EXE podcast Transmission 002 with Nian Dub and Semiotix linked below. There’s a bit of banter and chatting in there, but the tunes in between are awesome and you learn a thing or two about the lads.
If you like it without chatting there’s the EXE M004 mix featuring much of their music as well.

More cool stuff on the EXE project stream as well like an old favorite Aaron Spectre and Gore tech. Check it *does some of those wicked streetwise finger gesture shizzle and all*

dope beats from lenkemz, jutrØ & co

JutrØ’s Travva came up as a YouTube suggestion at some point and the track blew me away. I can’t really stick a genre label on it, but it’s a chill, dope, beaty track with ripping synth lines and a powerful female vocal layered on top of it. It’s somewhere in-between dubstep (but not the shitty wobble-bass kind) and hip-hop/rnb/dancehall tracks.

JutrØ is apparently Polish, which probably explains the very annoying to type Unicode “Ø ” ;). He also has some friends that make similarly awesome tunes which you can find on the profile blurb on his Soundcloud page. Forxst is one of those for example and their collaboration Aurea is equally awesome. The video’s are also sublime. Cute girls pointing golden Uzis at you or walking around in dark forests at night, what’s not to like.
Their Czeluść label page has more goodness if you are digging their style.

Another artist creating tracks in somewhat the same vain I ran into is Lenkemz. He seems to be from the UK and has some great bangers up as well.
I started a playlist with my personal favs or these artist to blast while coding away in the office. Check it out if you want a taste of these guys and don’t feel like searching around a lot. If you like the list, be sure to favorite it yourself, cause I’ll most likely be adding more awesomeness to it in the future.

time to chill

Breakcore and drum’n’bass are all cool and shizzle but sometimes you just need something to chill to. Or maybe you simply want to block out those blabbing (but otherwise so nice) colleagues in that open landscape office with some non-distracting music. In that case some soothing ambient music is excellent but it’s still a matter of picking the right tracks so they really don’t make you go “da fuk is that?” when weird noises burst into your ears while the whole point is not to be distracted.

Since Soundcloud is such a great library of free, streamable and sometimes downloadable music, I thought I’d try to find me some good ambient tracks for general chillage. I conveniently packed what I found in a playlist for personal office-chillaxing, but since it’s shared you can find it right here and check it out. It might still grow, or not. Suggestions are welcome. share it, like it, whatever.

Another great playlist I ran into on my quest for chill tunes is this one from no other than the great electronic music producer Moby. Long Ambients1 is a list of long ambient tracks (du-uh) produced for doing yoga, catching sleep, meditate or whatever. They are also great for coding with headphones in loud offices I noticed.
There are links to various other download and streaming platforms from Moby’s site but conveniently you can stream them from Soundcloud again.

music of 2015

the audience is shaking ( #CC )Here’s some music I liked in 2015 that I either talked about before or forgot to mention so far. I get stuff emailed to me, listen to it and then forget to write about it sometimes. Dang.

So I’ll mix those in here so they get their mention at last.

Drum’n’bass

Ah, the good old dnb. If you haven’t already checked out the weekly Noisia Radio podcasts on Soundcloud it’s about time you did. You’ll hear new tracks, old ones and get a lot of inspiration on what tracks you can spend that New Years money on.

Another place to check for some fresh, dark drum’n’bass is Syk2ne’s Bandcamp or Soundcloud page. Lot’s of wicked EP’s right there and not strictly dnb either. It easily crosses over into the next category…

Breakcore

Here we have Ruby my Dear of course with his latest Balloon album. Then there’s Venetian Snares, as always, who not only released Your Face this year but also put up the awesome Thank Your For Your Consideration after fans stepped up when Snares hit a rough patch and could use some extra cash. Sissy Growl and Burgershot are my favorite tracks of 2015 for sure.

Mo breackore? Aww yiss. How about YabaiKore! from the Japanese breakcore collective the Ragga Terror Front. Some really wicked sick stuff in there. Totally worth a listen.

Hardcore techno

Here I have 2 podcasts/radio shows to point out, full of all the hardcore goodness you’d want. First there’s the PRSPCT Recordings radio episodes on Soundcloud. Awesome guests, “great” interviews and quite some nonsense in there. And smashing kicks of course.
We can’t leave without mentioning The Outside Agency podcasts as well. Not quite as frequent but that just makes them all the better.

Hope you find your type of beats and bass in here.
Enjoy the holidays, have a happy NY and see you back in 2016!

Photo by Martin Fisch, cc-licensed.

new ruby my dear album balloon

Ruby My Dear "Balloon" album coverWriting a music review is both hard and kinda pointless. It’s music after all and as long as you don’t listen to it you can read all the text you want but you still won’t know what the hell it sounds like.
So I won’t be copying the info from the press release the lads at Kaometry records where so kind to send me for the latest Ruby My Dear release “Balloon“.

Instead I can say that it’s pretty damn solid breakcore album true to the style Ruby My Dear has developed over the years.
If you like his earlier work like the awesome Ginko EP or his earlier Doc Colibri exploits, you’ll love this one too. If his music is new to you but you like things from electronica artists like Aphex Twin, Venetian Snares or even a slice of Squarepusher, you’ll probably find this a treat as well.

So go check out the previews on the Kaometry records Soundcloud page. It’s coming out this Monday the 14th of December, so hit your record store and get that vinyl record or digital album full of breakcore goodness!

noisia does radio and it’s awesome

Oh yessss. The Dutch lads from Noisia are doing their own weekly Noisia Radio show of sorts and they are putting it on Soundcloud for free streaming and download. As you can expect from these guys it’s stuffed with great drum’n’bass, bass music, dubstep, electro, techno, game music… you name it (no not trance of course, who would do that anyway).

In the show they play old stuff, new stuff and basically all sorts of stuff they like. The mix of different styles makes it a sweet listen while you’re working or commuting, or whatever. It’s great to find out about some new tracks, links to free tracks from other producers on Soundcloud etc.

They are at episode 6 already by now, so get over there before you’re way behind on this like the uncool kids!

Go, go, go!

it’s raining hardcore this weekend: get some outside agency, teknoist & prspct beats

It’s been a while so let’s drop it hard thanks to some awesome mixed from our favourite Dutch cross-breeders The Outside Agency, UK madman The Teknoist and some PRPSCT radio bizzle.
Stream online or download them, all free. Your pick.

The Outside Agency lads just put out the first Outcast mix on Soundcloud. As usual, it’s full of hardness.

The Teknoist is placing on Bangface and wants the world to know. Nothing wrong with that IMO.

Then there’s always good stuff coming from the PRSPCT label. Their Soundcloud account is full of goodness, just like this recent one.