The Grime syndicate Butterz has long held a special place in the heart of bass lovers but with the global uprise of Grime happening right before our very eyes, they’re well upon their way in becoming an institution. But despite the global culture, it is not too often we get to see the UK-based power houses of Grime stateside. But this Friday we’re getting an entire onslaught. (more…)
Our job here at HighOnBeats.com is to inform and educate above all else. Our reviews of cutting-edge releases do not contain just a breakdown of the music, they also try to connect the dots between the ever-shifting cultural trends of our global community and illuminate the bigger picture. But every now and again it helps to look at a pattern in whole instead of piece-by-piece. Enter HIGHCAST 38: an exhibitionary mix of G-House.
G-House, short for Gangster House (and, no, not related to DJ Sneak’s self-aggrandizing “House Gangster” fluff), is a particularly fun side of House music that has been bubbling up the last few years that fuses the deep, propulsive bass lines from the Funk pantheon with a bombastic, Hip Hop-derived twist on House and Tech House. Championed by the likes of Amine Edge & Dance and Sharam Jey, G-House, unlike the traditional House scene, tries not to take itself too seriously (thus the somewhat corny name), designed to be just party music and nothing else.
G-House is a particularly fascinating development as it shares many attributes with Bass Music and they have, partially, mirrored one another in growth. But yet G-House, while much smaller in cultural dimension than Bass Music, can’t really be claimed to have been influenced by Bass Music. The key to this is in the aesthetic of the bass line itself: it carries the groove and slap of Funk instead of the ominous boom of Dub and the growl of Jungle (the great-great-grandfather and great-grandfather of Bass Music, respectively). G House’s lineage, on the other hand, stems from Hip House of the late 80s/early 90s.
TL;DR – Hip House of the 80′s and 90′s has been reborn into the fun House microgenre of G-House with big, funky, bombastic bass lines. It’s similar to the House derivatives of Bass Music but funkier and less self-serious.
To showcase this brand of House I tapped the first person to show me G-House a few years ago: Burlington, Vermont’s long-standing local club DJ Helixx (not to be mistaken with the club music demigod Helix from Night Slugs). Enjoy.
A WORD FROM HELIXX
G House, or Gangsta House is a throwback to the ‘80’s Hip House movement, fusing elements of house music and hip hop. Today, the current sounds of deep, funky house are being layered with classic and modern hip-hop to create a techy, funky, modern sound with plenty of hip-hop flavor throughout. Championed by the likes of French duo, Amine Edge and Dance, the sound is gaining momentum throughout the house scene. It’s a genre that is just the right blend of quality house music with enough recognizable samples. This mix is a collection of my favorite G House, with a nod toward some classic hip hop tunes that we’ve all been listening to for years.
- Strange Rollers – Gangster House (Deep House Mix) (Free Download)
- Robosonic – The Edge (Off Recordings)
- Jesse Rose, Playmode – Not Hit Enough feat. Chuck Inglish (Play It Down)
- Pele, Shawnecy – Comin’ At Ya (Terminal M)
- Amine Edge & Dance – Going To Heaven With The Goodie-Goodies (DeMarzo Funked Up Mix) (2DIY4)
- Kolombo, Sammy W & Alex E – Play Ur Chick! (Tobus Limited)
- Sharam Jey – Crap Rappers (Bunny Tiger)
- Amine Edge & Dance – Bitches In The Project (Neim)
- Tapesh & KANT – Ey Yo (Electronique Digital)
- Torren Foot – Rondo (Jump To This)
- Amine Edge &Dance – Rack City Bitch (Sleazy G)
- Jobe – The Jam (Sleazy Deep)
- Matt Fear – That Girl (Kreature Remix) (Mexa Records)
- Amine Edge & Dance – My Girl (Mr. Nice Guy)
- Playmode – Ultrasonic (Sweat It Out!)
- Groovebox – Brooklyn (Deeperfect Records)
With the political tension rising between Ukraine and Russia, London-based Russian-born Lokiboi quickly set out to show that, as far as artists are concerned, there are no boundaries and we are all family. Bringing some of the best Ukrainian and Russian producers together, «Mir» is an outstanding collection of 12 new songs from the likes of Volta Cab, Koloah, Nocow and many more. No to war, Yes to art. Had over to Volna Records website to download the compilation.
THIS COMPILATION WAS CREATED BY UKRAINIAN & RUSSIAN PRODUCERS TO PROMOTE PEACE AND LOVE BETWEEN BROTHER COUNTRIES.
THIS COMPILATION IS NOT AIMED TO SUPPORT ANY KIND OF THE POLITICAL VIEWS.
WE ARE TOTALLY AGAINST ANY KIND OF VIOLENCE IN ANY FORMS.
Sad times sometimes give rise to interesting things – that’s as in this example, the case of: a dozen Russian and Ukrainian electronic musicians on the initiative of Vladimir Strabykina, Muscovite, lives in London and writes under the name Lokiboi, combined to make a collection for the friendship of peoples and world world. No specific anti-war songs on «Mir» No – but noble pathos supported by a variety of topical sounds: here you postdubstep and urban, techno and beautiful and elegant house, and many other fine music. No to war, yes – art.
In a beautiful sort-of-tribute to Jimmy Hendrix, the ever-dynamic Romare has crafted an utterly beautiful track around several twangy, dusty guitar samples and uplifting, heavenly pads. Serving also as a celebration of his forthcoming release on Ninja Tune, Jimmy is a free download via Romare’s website in exchange for your email address.
Night Slugs are making sure to make the most of their recent discovery of Kelela. But they’re even more dutifully focused on changing the landscape of club music. As they have been since their inception. The latest cut from Bok Bok is no different. A frantic, chopped up piece of 80s corporate funk constructed under the guise of modern RnB. Melba’s Call is out March 31st. Pre-order here.
Los Angeles is indeed a fertile hot bed for innovative electronic music but, for every generation, there are a handful of those who truly stand above most of their peers. Stepping away from the relatively safe territory of lush Boombap (for which he is known), LA-based youngster AbJo gets a little experimental and frantic with his new, free 3-song EP on the boutique imprint TAR (run by PBDY). Grab it below or jump over here.
Austin, Texas-based Supraman has been on his grind for a hot minute. Helping lead the cold, Futurist charge alongside his peers at #FEELINGS and Track Meet, the spritely producer effortlessly blends Vogue with Jersey Club, Juke and a laundry list of other Club derivatives. No more is that apparent than in his brand new 4 song EP, released today entirely for free. Download it below or jump over here.
US blog & record label Waxhole is well known for their coverage of that hazy, lean-inducing downtempo soundscape between hip hop and bass music. Putting that knowledge to work, at the end of last year they dropped the second edition of their (very appropriately titled) Chilled Wax compilation series. Featuring both newcomers and relatively well-known producers like Andrea, Gaszia, SevnthWonder and DAILON, the 14 track collection has gone grossly under-appreciated despite being a top-notch, comprehensive look into the wide variety of trapped-out, codeine-soaked, RnB-endowed downtempo with deeply emotive atmospheres.
Without a bad track in sight, picking favorites is no easy task. With that said, personal highlights are 1) Tommy Jacob – Lust, 2) WTCHDCTR – Loop Existence, 7) Gaszia – Crazy, 9) Sampha – Happens (SevnthWonder Edit) and 12) LAPLACE – Heal Me. Download it for free here (or below).
Our friend Grenier (formerly known as DJG) has been steadily evolving side-by-side with the unique, amorphous cultural phenomenon known as Bass Music. His debut LP in late 2012 on Kastle’s Symbols Recordings was a tour de force of the sheer variety that Bass Music encompasses and clearly showcased his powerful individuality as a producer. Now the incredible Intentions from that LP has an amazing music video to properly accompany it, thanks to the talented DJ Dials. Scope the video above and head over to Gotta Dance Dirty for a wonderful, in-depth interview with the man himself.
Brighton-based Alphabets Heaven is entirely on his own plane, musically speaking. While this is the case for most artists on the King Deluxe roster, Alphabets Heaven’s debut EP for the label last year, Siamese Burn, is still one of the most interesting sounding releases I’ve ever heard. Now, nearly a year after it’s release, the beautiful titular track gets a well-deserved beautiful, visual accompaniment in the shape of bright, abstract digital space. Download Muta‘s remix of Siamese Burn for free here.
Dauwd is not a prolific producer. But what the London producer does put out is of the highest quality and a consistent demonstration of a deep-seated, inherent musicality. After a series of singles and remixes on Pictures Music in 2011 and 2012 and an incredible debut EP last year on Ghostly International, it has been announced today that the German megalabel Kompakt has picked up the producer for his sophomore EP. While only revealing one song from said EP, Lydia (streaming above) is a breath-taking journey in warm, simple-yet-anthemic synthwork and is arguably the producer’s best work to-date. Dawud’s Kindlinn EP will be out April 7th.
It is no secret that Australia is gunning for us. Whether it be through polished Indie Rock, Trap, bearded RnB, House, Boom Bap, Techno or even paving the way for new genres like Neon – the previously under-appreciated continent wants to take over the world and seemingly has the talent to do so. And Australian blog Stoney Roads wants to beat that point home. (more…)
Little is available to the public about Maria Sullivan, the Canterbury-based producer known as Koloto, but her music says more than enough. Her debut 5 song EP is our only window into this new producer’s mind and it tells us of a melodically rich tale that never strays towards pretension but presents so much substance and deliberate intent. The sounds are organic, acoustic and deeply inspired by the more classically-tinged, fluttery side of IDM (like Ochre). Listen to the EP above and download it for any price you like here.
Instrumental Grime is poised to take over the world this year. And it will do so through the same mechanics that made Dubstep one of the first global phenomenons of the internet era: by absorbing the best elements from an assortment of pertinent contemporary genres and creating a unique community of producers bent on pushing things forward and fast-tracking innovation by one-upping one another (especially since Grime is a historically competitive arena).
Of the many camps fueling this cultural evolution, Butterz, Coyote Records and Night Slugs are some of the most distinct of-note. And one thing those 3 powerhouses have in common is their mutual support of London’s P Jam. P Jam’s mere 3 years involved with the current scene (having been moderately active between 2003 and 2005) have resulted in a diverse array of productions that effortlessly blend UKG, Bassline, RnB, Jungle, UK Funky and Dubstep into an instrumental Grime framework and display a natural talent for compelling melody intertwined with powerful, driving rhythms.
So in celebration of his new EP on his own Beatcamp label, we have invited P Jam to contribute to our HIGHCAST series and he does not disappoint, extending the eclectic range of styles present in his productions into this mix. Enjoy the ride.
01. | P Jam ft. Hannah Rae – Fight the Feeling (Transcend mix)
02. | Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Get Me What You Want
03. | Champion presents Hayfever – Ground Collapse
04. | Moony – Everything For
05. | Jam City – The Raven
06. | Flava D – Hold On V.I.P (ft Royal-T & P Jam)
07. | P Jam – Groove
08. | Destiny’s Child – Nuclear (J.R Nuetron edit)
09. | Last Japan – Hoods
10. | Transcend – Dampkring
11. | P Jam – Mouse
12. | Spooky – Coolie Joyride (Trends remix)
13. | J.L Sanders – Boxing
14. | Neana – Letter
15. | Notion – In The Corner
16. | MissingNo – XE2
17. | P Jam – 1104
18. | 040 – Let It Be Known
19. | P Jam – Disturbed
20. | Chaos and Order – Adamantium (Logan’s Mind V.I.P)
21. | P Jam – Be Yourself
OFFICIAL WORDS for Fight The Feeling EP
Following on from the second release on his new label, Beatcamp – on top of his recent Hardrive and Butterz releases, Night Slugs white label and double inclusion on Big Dada’s amazing ‘Grime 2.0’ compilation – P Jam continues on his exploration of experimental grime, and kicks off 2014 with his fantastic ‘Fight The Feeling EP’ – a release that takes in grime, funky, house and even jungalist tendencies, mashing them all together to create something compelling, experimental but ultimately accessible and danceable.
Having been on the grime scene since its inception in the early 2000’s, P Jam has always been ahead of the game. With important releases and tracks on Butterz, Dice, On A Level, Night Slugs, Hardrive, Big Dada and his own Beatcamp label reaching back to 2002, as well as his forthcoming dancefloor destroying inclusion on instrumental grime label, Coyote Records’ ‘Coyote Kings’ compilations, his pedigree is not in doubt.
Fusing abstract jungle-esq drum programming with a combination of grime, dubstep and techstep drum and bass’s sound palette, P Jam makes music that sounds like no one else.
Title track ‘Fight The Feeling’, featuring the sultry vocals of Hannah Rae, is a deep, dark, experimental rolling number imbued with jungle’s restless energy and grime’s brash, fidgety, abrasive nature, all tempered and brought together by Rae’s dulcet tones. Throwing the 8-bar format on its head to devastating effect, ‘Fight The Feeling’ is a monster of a track that is sure to set any dancefloor it appears on on fire.
Transcends remix of ‘Fight the Fire’ takes the originals obnoxious feel and turns it around, creating a deep, organic, piano laden house track that is completely at odds with its bastard linage, allowing Rae’s blissful vocals and lyrical content to come more to fore. Urban tropes are still present with a rough, LFO imbued bass hook punctuating the soft instrumentation and a Roni Size-esq double bass lick joining the party to great effect.
‘Victorious’ almost continues where ‘Fight The Feeling’ left off, with pounding breakbeats kicking things off before launching into a pseudo organic exploration of abstract grime replete with rolling percussion, funky imbued snare tracks, string stabs and an experimental 8-bar arrangement.
Founded in January 2012, BeatCamp was set up by P Jam as an outlet for his own experimental productions. Exploring all that is good about London’s urban centric sound, BeatCamp strives to release the best in underground grime and funky. Taking its influence and cues from the ‘hardware continuum’ school of thought, the label always strives to be different and ahead of the game, creating abstract numbers that propel the genres it works in forward, into the future without ever forgetting its past.
Brooklyn’s Archie Pelago have repeatedly established themselves as a powerhouse for truly accessible, experimental bass music (which is an easy way to our heart). And, with the announcement of a custom mini-videogame instead of a music video for the song Saturn V off their recent outstanding Lakeside Obelisk EP, the trio have once again demonstrated why they are on a tier entirely of their own. (more…)