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Kennedy Jones Reveals #KJPayday Initiative

Posted: January 26th, 2015

Beloved on the festival circuit for his energized DJ sets, diverse production, and occasional MC duties, the irrepressible Kennedy Jones may add the title of philanthropist to his bass music resume. 

As a token of his appreciation to his many supporters, Kennedy (KJ) has organized a fun monthly program with a simple goal: randomly select one fan per month and pay a bill of their choice, freeing up money and alleviating financial burden. KJ hopes this gesture will help his fans pursue their goals or merely enjoy a night out with their friends.

Look for the hashtag #KJPayDay & #TeamKJ on Twitter and Facebook to get involved!

 

By Amanda Ross

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Maztek Weighs In With 5 Essential Optical Tunes

Posted: January 22nd, 2015

Hot on the heels of this own scorching Three Point Zero album for Renegade Hardware, the Italian bad boy known as Maztek stops in to hit us with five essential Optical tunes ahead of his appearance alongside the legend himself at the massive Bassrush vs. Virus show in Los Angeles on January 31. Make the jump to listen to the tunes.

Optical - “To Shape the Future” (Optical Remix) (Metalheadz, 1997)
I chose to start with this tune because it not only captures the vibe and essence of that early Virus sound, but it points to the ways in which Optical and Ed Rush would go on to shape the future and present of the drum & bass scene worldwide. While the original was released as a single earlier in the same year, this remixed version from Optical made its way onto the legendary Metalheadz “box set” and beefed up the original in all the right places.

Ed Rush & Optical - “Bacteria” (Virus, 1999)
Those who love drum & bass know and love this tune. This one is an instant classic that I remember hearing—and instantly falling in love with—when I was younger. It is probably one of the most influential tunes of this era.

Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce - “Alien Girl” (Prototype, 1998)
Released on Grooverider’s ever-essential Prototype Recordings imprint, this one is an all-time classic that can still get the dancefloor moving. It’s got that perfect mix of dark and stepping vibes that was way ahead of its time when it was released, and it still is to this day.

Ed Rush & Optical - “Pac Man” (Virus, 2000)
Released as part of their album The Creeps, this one is another all-time classic that never gets old. There are a few remixes of this around, but my favorite has to be the Upbeats version, which I remember rinsing for ages.

Ed Rush & Optical -  “Chubrub” (Virus, 2009)
There are loads of tunes I’d like to write about, but I think this one best represents that unique Virus sound that continues to make you shake and bounce when you listen to it. This one was released as part of their Travel the Galaxy LP in 2009, which is relatively recent compared to what many consider the classic Optical era. This one bridges the future and the past in an amazing way. Just awesome.

 

As told to Chris Muniz

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Figure Handpicks Selected Remixes Vol. 2

Posted: January 22nd, 2015

Who would bass music monster Figure pick to remix some of his filthiest works? On Selected Remixes Volume 2—out on his own Doom Music imprint—none other than Downlink, Midnight Tyrannosaurs and Lumberjvck twist up his beastly tracks. Tunes like “Freddy Krueger,” “Evil Dead,” and other scary titles have been reworked by some of the heaviest in the biz.

Download the monster collection here.

 

Tracklisting

1.    Figure – “Freddy Krueger” (Downlink Remix)
2.    Figure & Brawler– “Pennywise The Clown” feat. Case One (Twofold Remix)
3.    Figure – “Evil Dead” (Dack Janiels Remix)
4.    Figure – “Pumpkinhead” feat. Kool Keith (Lumberjvck Remix)
5.    Figure – “The Werewolf” (Midnight Tyrannosaurus Remix)
6.    Figure – “It’s Alive” (BlackMask Remix)

 

By Amanda Ross

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12th Planet Talks Super Bowl Predictions And Smog City Vol. 3

Posted: January 21st, 2015

Like any landmark in the great city of Los Angeles, it’s always a pleasure to drop in on 12th Planet. While catching up with the artist known as John Dadzie in his own neighborhood of DTLA—shortly before he and the Smog crew take over Exchange—we not only learn that Smog City is expanding with a third installment of its famed compilation, but a stateside tour is also in the works, featuring a slew of Smog affiliates.

With a busy 2015 tour schedule looming, 12th shares info about his latest collabs and offers a prediction for this year’s Super Bowl.

 

What are you looking for when selecting tracks for Smog City compilations?
[The] main criteria is that it has to be an artist that has released on SMOG that year. It’s a way to reflect on the year and all the talented artists we’ve worked with.

We get a fresh art concept with every new Smog release. What is the theme of the artwork for Smog City 3?
It’s [a] futuristic, Blade Runner-type city that happens to look [like] Hong Kong.

What’s the hottest tune you received in your inbox this week?
This Justin Bieber tune produced by Jack Ü.

Can you tell us about any special collaboration in the works?
I’ve got this new collab with Trollphace, JuJu, and Omar Linx.

How did your recent performance in Seoul go? What is the scene like?
Culturally it’s cool because their underground scene is reemerging in a really exciting way. People think of PSY and the gangnam lifestyle, but there’s a new crew from Itaewon that is bringing the underground music to more people. [I] got to go B2B with Off-White owner Virgil Abloh and the Dead End Crew #ddndmvmt at Cake Shop Seoul. I had so much fun out there!

What’s the best/worst thing about living in DTLA?
The fact that all my closest friends live on the same street is the best thing about it. The fact that we never get to see each other in downtown because we’re all on tour so much is the worst thing.

Most memorable festival moments of 2014?
EDC Las Vegas and Electric Forrest for sure. The two are very different kinds of festivals but [I] had an amazing time playing at both in 2014.

How do you keep tour life fresh on the road?
I play Clash of Clans. My clan is called Blooddaggers. Protohype, Mayhem and a bunch of professional paintballers are in it.

Predictions for the Super Bowl?
Seattle 35 - New England 16.

 

Smog City 3 Vol. 3 is out now and available for download here.

 


By Amanda Ross

 

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Circus Reloaded Volume Two

Posted: January 21st, 2015

After releasing a string of hits in 2014, dubstep monolith Circus Records will curate their second jam-packed, 23-track LP, Reloaded Vol. 2, on January 23. The album will include tracks like “Right Back” by Dr. Meaker (featuring Sian Evans), Dead Exit’s “Soundboy Killer,” and KAOS’s “Go Alive,” along with a surplus of quality bass cuts and sought after VIPs. You can pre-order Reloaded Vol. 2 here.

 

Tracklisting

1.  DISKORD – “Release Me”
2.  Doctor P – “Going Gorillas”
3.  Dr Meaker – “Right Back” feat. Sian Evans
4.  Dead Exit – “Love Me”
5.  The McMash Clan – “Shadow Dance”
6.  Fox Stevenson – “Tico”
7.  Robots Can’t Dance – “Bada Bing”
8.  Doctor P – “Shishkabob”
9.  Flux Pavilion – “Exostomp” (Jump Up High)
10. DISKORD – “Go Hard”
11. KAOS – “Come Alive”
12. Cookie Monsta – “Lick It”
13. The McMash Clan – “Jericho”
14. Mizuki – “Block Party”
15. Cookie Monsta – “Lets Get Wobbly”
16. The McMash Clan – “Swing Break”
17. Odjbox and Port Limbo – “Sloth”
18. Cookie Monsta – “Time To Party”
19. Dead Exit – “Soundboy Killer”
20. Doctor P – “The Sound of Science”
21. DISKORD – “Tell Me Why”
22. Cookie Monsta – “Mosh Pit”
23. FuntCase – “Out For Da Milli”

 

By Amanda Ross

 

 

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Terravita Ignite Firepower With New EP

Posted: January 20th, 2015

Blazing trails through the underground drum & bass scene and into the EDM arena, the three-piece known as Terravita offer a slice of their rocking drumstep sounds on their latest offering, an EP aptly entitled Gunpowder. With screaming guitars and grinding basslines, this beast of an EP will see its release on January 20 via heavy weight label Firepower Recordings.

Gunpowder highlights Terravita’s original underground vibes with cuts like “Blaze With Me” and its infectious synth lines and funky streetwise vocal snippits. “My Name” follows suit, providing listeners a solid hip-hop infusion of half-time beats.

Check the tracklisting and pre-order Gunpowder here

1. Terravita – “Blaze With Me”
2. Terravita – “We Can Do It Too”
3. Terravita – “My Name”
4. Terravita – “Gunpowder”

 

By Amanda Ross

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