Blawan – Getting Me Down / Joy O – Sicko Cell

11 08 2011

So we can get things rolling again around the Blog and Bass area thought I’d kick off with a couple of summer anthems. In case you’ve not heard these two stunners (and honestly, if you’ve been to a decent dubstep night recently, you will have) they’re the catchiest beats to drop in recent  months.
Blawan produces a tight house-vibed track with a slick onslaught of blended vocals taken from the 1994 track “Wanna be Down” by Brandy. This stays the right side of cheesy and really packs a massively dancable sound into what would be a worthy if not minimal track without.

Blawan – Getting Me Down

The mysterious Sicko Cell track has been appearing in sets for a number of months now, most notably Loefah early on, leading to a lot of speculation about his creation of the tune. The sound really is easily more Joy Orbison; again prominent vocal sample selection gives the track its instant punch. Reminicent for me of the 1987 track on the Acid Tracks 12″ – Your Only Friend – this could easily be sampled from the same source.

Joy O – Sicko Cell

Both have had recent 12″ releases though unsure of their availablility, especially the white-one-sided Blawan release. Try Boomkat or Discogs.


Released This Week

27 07 2011


Alvin Risk (Telemetrik) & Bulletproof/Black Sun Empire & Counterstrike – One/Traum [BSE Recordings]

Arkist & Kidkut – One Year Later/Vanilla Imitate [Hotflush]

Benga – Faithless/Acid Lie [Kapsize]

Friendly Fires – Hawaiian Air (Totally Enormous Exticnt Dinosaurs/Seiji Remixes) [XL]

Gui Boratto – The Drill/Stems From Hell [Kompakt]

Hybris/Nocturnal – Pyramids/Lair [Revolution]

Lone – All Those Weird Things [Wigflex]

Om Unit & Kromestar – Solar Cycle/Merkabah [Cosmic Bridge]

Optiv & BTK – Get Ready/Submission [Dispatch]

Skream – Exothermic Reaction/Future Funkizm [Nonplus]

Unknown (Joy O) – Sicko Cell/Knock Knock [Swamp81]

Wiley – Link Up [Big Dada]

EPs & LPs:

ASC – Ghost Train EP [Auxiliary]

Breton – Counter Balance Remix EP [Hemlock]

Evol Intent – Cruise Control EP [Evol Intent]

Geiom – Tone Generation EP [Frijsfo Beats]

George Fitzgerald – Silhouette EP [Aus]

Intelligent Manners – Some Day EP [Celsius]

Morphy/Genotype/Ortokore/Raiden – Percussion Concussion pt.1 EP [Voodoo]

Pixel Fist – Talking Heads EP [Rottun]

Vondelpark – NYC Stuff & NYC Bags EP [R&S]

Little Dragon – Ritual Union [Peacefrog]

Machinedrum – Room(s) [Planet Mu]

Ras G – Down to Earth [Ramp]

VA – Ram 100 [Ram]


Free Music: Wugazi

26 07 2011

You could probably be forgiven if you found it a little tough to imagine the lyrics of seminal rap outfit Wu Tang Clan laid down upon the music of alternative punk legends Fugazi. Lucky then, that Cecil Otter and Swiss Andy (yes, that is his name) have taken it upon themselves to bring together these two unlikely bedfellows in one extremely surprising  release so that you don’t have to.  Good ingredients don’t necessarily lead to a pleasant serving, as many a sketchy mash-up will testify, so even more remarkable and pleasing is how well it works. Unlike most bootlegs, this isn’t an album you’ll listen to once, enjoy for novelty, and then discard; it’s a fucking good record in its own right, lovingly put together, and one of the coolest things we’ve heard all year. Don’t believe us? See for yourself, ’13 Chambers’ is available free of charge over at If you want a taster, the opening track is below. All together now…

Released This Week

21 07 2011


Break & Die – Slow Down VIP/Skip Rope (ft Need for Mirrors) [Symmetry]

Bulb – Tenderness [Kokeshi]

Klute – Scooter/Party Hands [Commercial Suicide]

Mindscape/Ryme Tyme/Jade/Mastif – Sickness Remix/Time Trap [Citrus]

Mosca – Tilt Shift (Julio Bashmore/Swing City Remixes) [Fat City]

Oak – Bedroom Community/Kite [Space Cadets]

Radiohead – Good Morning Mr Magpie (Nathan Fake Remix)/Bloom (Harmonic 313/Mark Pritchard Remixes) [Ticker Tape]

Tropics – Mouves (FaltyDL/Keep Shelly In Athens Remixes) [Planet Mu]

EPs & LPs:

Autre ne Veut – Body EP [Hippos in Tanks]

Black Devil Disco Club – Distrust EP [Lo]

dRamatic & dbAudio – Vigilante EP [Liquid V]

Funkineven – Roland’s Jam EP [Eglo]

How To Dress Well – Just Once EP [Love Letters Ink]

Leterette – Letherette EP 2 [Ho_Tep]

Lynx/Malibu/Hellrazor – Sleazy EP [Detail]

Mount Kimbie – Carbonated EP [Hot Flush]

Mr Lager ft Alys Be – Tell Me EP [Sub Freq]

Roska – Jackpot EP [Rinse]

VA – Fabriclive 58: Goldie [Fabric]

VA – Rinse 15: Roska [Rinse]

Sublive: Nosaj Thing at EXIT

14 07 2011

Having just rolled back from what surely must be the hottest festival of the year (definitely in temperature) I felt compelled to write something here about how insanely great this guy is live.

Drifts is astonishingly good in places, and he hit every one of those places, moving on to new highs and lovely new lows. The guy goes and opens with Lords, which really comes close to the title Justice-killer; I’m wondering where the let-up comes, and it genuinely doesn’t, through the whole set.

OK so the “Visual Show” promised a maelstrom and delivered a couple of flashing white LEDs, but the music didn’t need anything to deliver it. A brilliantly constructed set with pure ebb and flow, driven hard and fast but with complete control.

Released This Week

12 07 2011


ASC – Brainscan/Zone One [Samurai Red Seal]

Benny Page – Original Killa/Take You Back [Subway Holland]

Billain – Kontra/Octopamine [Citrus]

BTK, Optiv & Presence Known – Crawler/Music Within [Demand]

DBR UK – Anaconda/Above the Slums [BLKND]

Glitch Mob – We Can Make the World Stop/Warrior Concerto/Palace of the Innocents [Glass Air]

Hybris, Presence Known – Bossa Nouveau/Absolute Power [Blackout]

Hyetal – Phoenix (Fantastic Mr Fox Remix) [Blackacre]

James Blake – Order/Pan [Hemlock]

Nymfo, Cern – Recollection/Desert Heat [Dispatch]

Photek – Closer/Pinch Remix [Tectonic]

Pinch – Swish/Tunnel Home [Deep Medi]

Seiji – No Other/Easy [Seijimusic]

Synkro – Look at Yourself/Girl/It’s [Mindset]

Xxxy – You Gotta Do/Open Your Eyes [Orca]

EPs & LPs:

Drums of Death – Black Waves EP [Civil]

Jam City – Waterworx EP [Night Slugs]

Ill Skillz – Nectar & Ambrosia [Ill Skillz]

Tes La Rok – Them [Noppa]

Toddla T – Watch Me Dance [Ninja Tune]

VA – Best of Tectonic pt.1 (2005-2009) [Tectonic]

VA – Best of Tectonic pt.2 (2009-2011) [Tectonic]

Zomby – Dedication [4AD]

Released This Week

5 07 2011

Firstly, an apology for the complete absence of this feature (and the general quietness of the blog) over the past couple of months. It’s been a hectic time of year and we’ve all been a bit caught up with work, exams, world records, radio awards, drinking, sleeping, debauchery, illness, recovery, moving, sex, drugs & rock & roll. Well, some of those things anyway. Needless to say we’ll be back on it in a big way over the next few weeks so keep checking back to see what we’re saying about the wonderful world of electronica and bass music. Anyway, back to it; some of this weeks highlights…



Alaska – Boreal [Arctic Music]

Blu Mar Ten – Five Summers/Still the One (ft Inside Info) [BMT]

Commix – Double Double [Metalheadz]

DJ Fresh – Louder/Remixes [Ministry of Sound]

Eastcolours, Foreign Concept & DBR – Acidized/Radiation [Samurai]

FaltyDL – Make It Difficult/Jack Your Job [All City]

Guido – Ballin’/Bumba [Build]

Jay 5ive & Kromestar – Wishful Thinking/Electric Avenue [Bass N Love]

Joe Syntax – Signal Drop/Sightlines [Med School]

Kryptic Minds ft Alys Be – Time Flies [Osiris]

Royalston – All My Life/Heisenberg [Bad Taste]

Serum – Twin Blades/New Era (ft Bladerunner) [V]

EPs & LPs:

The Chain – Lostwithiel EP [R&S]

DJ Roc – Killa Combo EP [Booty Call]

Hype Williams – Kelly Price W8 Gain vol II EP [Hyperdub]

Hackman – Close EP [Greco-Roman]

Ital Tek – Whip It Up EP [Atom River]

Kuedo – Videowave EP [Planet Mu]

Blue Motion – Stay Forever [Influenza]

Brian Eno – Drums Between the Bells [Warp]

Ink – Last Scroll [Renegade Hardware]

Motion Sickness of Time Travel – Luminaries & Synastry [Digitalis]

SBTRKT – SBTRKT [Young Turks]

Tevo Howard – Pandora’s Box [Rush Hour Holland]

VA – DJ Kicks: Motor City Drum Ensemble [K7]