Hackman is someone who first caught my attention with the Bodies EP on well rounded. It was bassy and melodic, something I really hadn't encountered in Uk house music before. That was followed up by the Always EP on Shifting Peaks, which I wasn't feeling as much as Bodies. Hackman came back strong in june following up Doc Daneeka's release on new RAMP recording's offshoot, PTN (a label purely for stripped down basement house and UK Funky), with More than Ever. The anthemic title track sets the standard with more sweet melodies and pounding drums, then the chopped up vocal breakdown prompts a hands in the air moment, before the chunky bassline hits and it's all over. After poking around his soundcloud I also found this unreleased gem entitled "Whatcha feelin'". The tracks at 96kbs, but you get the gist of it. Enjoy!
If you haven't heard of the Night Slugs label, R U DUMB? Bok Bok's imprint has trail-blazed its way through 2010 with releases from Kingdom, Egyptrixx, Mosca, L-vis 1990, Lil Silva and Girl Unit along with a much sought after limited white label series offering up various forms of bass music; The lastest release is no different. Velour is made up of two producers from the house and dubstep scenes respectively. Their offspring are four slinky, bass drenched late night house tracks entitled "The Velvet Collection"; Bedroom bass at it's finest. Check the previews and then go cop dat
Paris basedHybuis someone I've had my eyes on for about a minute now and with each new upload to soundcloud, it seems his tunes get better and better. With a release already under his belt earlier this year on Dement3d Recordsand with releases forthcoming on Leavelate Records and Four40, along with a few other bits and pieces, Hybu is someone you could be hearing about a lot.
Following on from their HUGE album last year Major Lazer have been on the remix front recently; earlier this month they featured on a remix album of Percolator by Cajmere (Watch the above video for a serious dance lesson) that also featured remixes from Claude VonStroke, Riva Starr, DJ Gantman and others. Expect major lazer signature snares and jukey hits and to have "It's time for the percolator" stuck in your head for days
Mark Ronson is back with a new album this month and it's his second single, The Bike Song featuring American rapper Spank Rockand Kyle Faulkner from the View, that mjr lzr have left their mark upon. The remix focuses mostly on Spank Rock's vocals, that and about a billion major lazer samples, turning the breezy pop ballad into a minimal, snare filled, body jerker.
After following countless blogs and being unbelievably frustrated when really good ones don't get updated for ages, I've decided to make my own. Watch me update it twice a year.
CASH ANTICS VOLUME 2
The forthcoming Well Rounded, vinyl only release, is Cash antics volume 2. Following on from Deadboy's RnB edits on volume 1, the release is comprised of four cuts from 4 different producers. Deadboy starts off with a departure from his recent productions and offers up a slo-mo house tune. The second track (and my favourite) is a soulful garage piece from Gongon and Bad Autopsy; Chopped up RnB vocals ride over some seriously snappy breaks. The third on the release is Lloyd's girls all around the world reworked by Skinnz into a slinky synth led RnB dubstep fusion. The final cut on the release has been been floating around for some time and last year won Gilles Peterson's "remix/mashup of the year".Gatto Viola's Backstabbin Angie for a ten bag samples Angie Stone's classicwish I didn't miss youkeeping much of the original intactbeforeDoc Daneekacompletes the track by switching up the drums. Have a listen to the previews to tide you over until the vinyl release.
Another producer I've had my eye on is Bowlywho comes from across the waters and is one of the big players in the Montreal funky scene; He's just had a release onGeiom's label: Berkane Sol which is dope (Go cop dat)
After a little poke around I found this gem on his soundcloud, have a listen