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tINI: Why it’s good to be part of her gang

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With Ibiza closing down for the summer, what better time to reflect on the great summer parties and the DJs who made them memorable. For me, one of those was German house and techno DJ tINI, who impressed me with her vivacious DJiing and intimate command of the crowd.

The Munich-born tINI has made her formidable stamp on the electronic music scene over the past five years. She’s been key member of Loco Dice’s Desolat tech house label and their affiliated Artist Alife agency since 2009. She’s earned her stripes as a DJ, playing solidly throughout Europe since 2003 including residencies in London, Ibiza, and Italy, to name a few.

However, tINI also has production clout. In 2009, she released her production debut “That’s Right“ on the Desolat X Sampler, while 2011 saw the release of her debut album “Tessa” again on the Desolat label. It’s an album that fuses the dreaminess of Ibiza and the hard edged tech sound of the sets she loves to play.

So it’s no surprise that on 26 September, tINI won Breakthrough Artist of the Year 2013 at this year’s DJ Awards Electronic Music Awards, held in Ibiza.

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To celebrate the official launch of their new label Heresy, the team behind it are throwing a free party at the Dogstar on 05/10/13.  Set in a private VIP room above the Dogstar in Brixton (London) expect quality music across genres in underground dance music. House – Techno – Afrobeat – Garage – Jungle + More!

For free entry and to add yourself to the guestlist please add your email by clicking here. This will be a party NOT to miss!

Want to know more about what and who Heresy are? Check out the interview co-founder Chris Inperspective gave to KMag here.

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9pm-3am @ VIP Room Dogstar
389 Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8LQ


Sonus Festival 2013 review: Where the party never stops

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It’s Sunday evening, and I’m watching the sunset over the hills from Sv. Duh campsite in Croatia, and already the glorious epic memories from the Sonus Festival feel like a strange and unbelievable dream.

Amongst the fig and olive trees, noisy cicadas and barren hills, legendary German techno party promoters Time Warp presented a spectacular techno and house programme to Croatia’s party beach playground on Zrce beach on Pag Island from some of the world’s best parties and labels, 21 to 25 August 2013.

Despite my wallet getting stolen, moving accommodation three times, an Italian breaking my sunglasses, my tent flooding and ending up in Zagreb with all my belongings wet, sandy and dirty, the fun memories definitely outshine the momentary blips.

Highlights include seeing world-class DJs, securing interviews with DJ/producer and promoters  tINIEnzo Siragusa and Jacob Husley and others, meeting other music journalists, and becoming friends with loads of friendly clubbers from around the world.

The first annual Sonus Festival spanned over two nightclubs on either end of a beach club strip on the island, plus a series of day and night boat parties. Papaya is an awesome multileveled club built about 20 years ago and fitted out with swimming pools, terraced seating and a strong sounding PA on a main stage. On the far end of the strip is Kalypso, an outdoor venue with a medium stage,  smaller covered bar areas and several four poster beds (for the much needed disco naps in the early morning hours.)

Although the festival did not have a typical set up, it was clear you were part of an elite party the whole week when you passed the other beach strip clubs pumping out their abysmal fare and entered top quality clubs with even better beats.


Photo: Goran Peresin Gox

Wednesday 21 August 2013

I arrived in Zagreb on Wednesday morning on Easyjet. The festival offered direct shuttle transport from the airports to Novalja, the nearest town to Zrce beach. I shared a pleasant two-hour ride with an Australian and the Croatian driver.

‘Pag is nice,’ the driver told us, ‘but there’s too many Italians. You’ll see what I mean.’

On the ferry to Pag Island, I clocked a topless man wearing a Croatian sailors cap, holding a large beer who looked wrecked. His friends, also topless and wasted, came up shouting.‘I wonder if they’re Italians,’ I said to the Australian. He nodded.


As we wound through the hills to the ferry, it was like approaching a lunar landscape, with dusky stripped down dunes and blue swathes of sea. Novalja is a beach side resort, and it was clear that the town was busy for the festival.

I spent the first three hours in Novalja waiting in a hotel restaurant for my hotel room, surrounded by the event organisers and DJs  then went to my Hungarian friends’ campsite on Pag beach.


Sv.Duh, literally meaning ‘Holy Water’, is a quiet secluded beach, about 10 km down the road from the festival and obscured by hills. The campsite is owned by a tall Croatian man with a long ponytail called Anthony.  Anthony was born on the land. ‘This is a special place,’ he told us. ‘Many come back here every year.’

The long sandy beaches are testament to why. Straight away, I felt a nice sense of community and thought ‘this is where the festival is.’ My Hungarian friends agreed.


One Londoner said, ‘Sonus is a package clubbing holiday. In a real festival, you’re all staying together and the whole point is that you’re united in a bubble. Right now I feel like anyone can go to the club. It’s a two club week-long party.’

It was dark when we arrived at the clubbing beach strip on Wednesday night on the festival shuttle bus. At night, the strip seemed like a carnival site, with neon whirling lights, oversized novelty drinks and a bungie jump and a hopping beach. The first night was a blow out with a late night hotel move, alcohol blearyness and exhaustion, and I called it a night.

Thursday 22 August 2013

Thursday, however, saw a new day. An alfresco lunch on the seafront, followed by an impromptu party at my hotel with some Austrian DJs and producers set a fresh tone.

That afternoon my Hungarian friends and I explored Papaya and caught Berlin duo Pan-Pot pounding out some top notch house and techno. They played over the swimming pool area, which was awash in neon tops and swimwear.


I spotted three girls wearing ‘I heart Joseph Capriati’ halter tops, while another wore ‘I heart Ibiza’. I wondered if one day people would wear ‘I heart Pag’ T-shirts. One hour in, sound issues were corrected and a loud burst of ‘Do you like motherfucking bass?’ was met with whistles and catcalls, as the party music went progressively deeper. Unfortunately we missed Italian techno legend Joseph Capriati, who was on next, as we had to go chill at the campsite. We knew it was going to be a long night.

Later that evening, I saw German DJ Meat at Kalypso, while at Papaya, DJ Sneak and Loco Dice scooped up the crowds’ awe with their prowess. For the rest of the week, everyone I met went on about Loco Dice. Also, the big debate was, was his name pronounced ‘dice’ or ‘di-ce’? Personally, I loved seeing DJ Sneak who played some nice hip hop based house tunes and who I share a Puerto Rican affinity with.


Photo: Goran Peresin Gox

Sonus Festival attracted a friendly and interesting group of people from around the world.

I met party goers from all over Europe including Scotland, Paris, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Hungary and then beyond, to Chile and the US. I heard about underground clubs in Vienna, a trance festival in Hungary (Ozora), and a psy-trance festival up in the Croatian mountains.


The Brits were few and far between and were easy to spot, groups of Afro-British guys with cool moves or pale white guys and university students. Unless they were the organisers, Croatians also seemed few in attendance.  Someone mentioned that the cost of the festival ticket was more expensive than most Croatians could afford, and the Croatians I met said that income was pretty low in the country.

Last but not least, the Italians, the ‘dreaded Italians’. One person said, ‘They’re all young, rich and stupid and come over here to annoy us.’ My experience was mixed; the majority of Italians I met were lovely and smiley, while only a few were annoying.

For example – during the Saturday after party, one guy kept shoving the barrier closer to the DJ booth during Sonja Moonear’s set in the torrential rain showers. I shouted at him, ‘You’re not being helpful!’ He shrugged and said, ‘I’m Italian, what do you expect?’ Needless to say, I gave him a piece of my mind.


Friday 23 August 2013

On Friday morning, we watched the sun come up at an after party at Kalypso, which saw German DJ/produer tINI playing a legendary rinse out set back to back with British DJ/producer Enzo Siragusa from 6am to 11am. Like all great after parties, it went on later than scheduled, until midday.

Afterwards, I had the opportunity to interview tINI. I asked Enzo for an interview but he smiled and held up his hand. ‘Mate, I’d be happy to but I’ve been awake for two days straight. I’m afraid I won’t make much sense. Catch me anytime, I’ll be here until Sunday.’ (I interviewed him later – see below)

tINI was lovely and obviously a hardworking DJ who had clearly delighted audiences throughout the night, and it was great to interview her.

On Friday morning, I had about three hours sleep on the beach at the campsite.  That evening, a big group of us alternated between the two clubs in equal measures.

Kalypso had on British DJ Scott Bradford and London-based DJs/producers from Wet Yourself!, which has seen 6 glorious years at London’s Fabric so far: Cormac, Peter Pixzel, and Jacob Husley. While at Papaya, we wanted to see Magda and Seth Troxler. Difficult decisions.


While waiting to interview Magda, I met two British photographers from FuturGroov who kept me entertained with their antics.

Together we wandered over to Kalypso for the late night party.  German DJ and producer Matthias Tanzmann played  from 4am to 7am. He was consistently upbeat during the final hours. Epic.


Saturday 24 August 2013

On Saturday, the final evening of the festival, most people were happy but jaded, with barely 11 hours sleep in the past 3 days – if that. In the afternoon, Parisian and Scottish friends and I had a swim, then I said goodbye to my Hungarian friends.

A group of us went to Papaya to catch Chilean DJ Ricardo Villalobas busting out a mammoth four-hour set from 2pm to 6pm. He was on top form, moving from house to techno to acid house, using only vinyl, and doing his funny wave to the crowds cheers. He played loads of old classics like ‘Shake your body’.

When he finished, I wasn’t sure how the next DJ, Turkish Onur Özer would follow Villalobos, but I can assure you he mopped up the hungry crowds, putting on moody techno followed by bass heavy beats that got the crowd moving and dancing.


Photo: Goran Peresin Gox


Photo: Goran Peresin Gox

After seeing Onur, I was keen to interview him, and went to the back parking lot to lurk with the Sonus organisers.

After waiting 10 minutes, Enzo emerged from the darkness, followed by Jacob Husley from Wet YourSelf! and Enzo’s business partner, who I later found out was his cousin. I called out Enzo’s name. ‘Hey mate!’ he said and hugged me.

‘How about that interview?’ I said.

‘Are you going to ask him his deepest darkest secrets?’ his cousin asked.

I shook my head. ‘Nah, I’ll keep the grilling pretty light.’


We decided to have the interview in the parking lot. After, I explained that I was waiting to interview Onur. Enzo shook his head. ‘I don’t think he’s in much of a state to be interviewed,’ he said with a laugh, then added, ‘Hey what are you doing right now?’

‘Nothing, just going to get some food.’

‘So are we. Come with us.’

So 10 minutes later, I found myself in a van, heading to Novalja, talking shop with the guys.

‘Now you’re going to get the deep dark secrets about Enzo!’ Jacob said and we all laughed.

The guys all decided to stop at a place with three pigs roasting on a spit.

‘Man I fancy that pig!’ Enzo said.

‘Yeah!’ everyone agreed. ‘Let’s do the pig!’

While we waited for the pig to arrive, I had an interesting conversation with Enzo’s cousin, who explained how they’d been developing relationships with the Croatian partners for about 5 years to make this festival happen. It was a real coup, after doing their weekly night in Ibiza.


Later over dinner, we were talking about our own drum n bass and jungle roots, and Jacob busts out with this funny story. My memory is hazy, but I think it’s about some time Grooverrider got pissed off when Fabio didn’t return Grooverider’s text messages (or perhaps vice versa?). Anyways, here’s Jacob telling the story.

Jacob: ‘By the way, Fabio, I’m sorry about the last time with your phone, just like right, I’ve just got to tell you this story. This random girl walks in to buy a phone in Carphone warehouse in Brixton. The phone comes out and this geezer is standing outside saying ‘you want to buy this brand new phone for 50 quid?’ She checks it out and the phone works so she buys the phone. When she switches it on, all these texts just start coming and one is from Bryan Gee, and Bryan Gee was the dad of her son.

Enzo: ‘No!’

Jacob: ‘She calls up Bryan and says ‘Bryan, I just got this text’ and he says ‘ah, that must be Fabio’s phone’. So Fabio buys his phone back for 50 quid. What are the chances of that?

Enzo: ‘That’s ridiculous! What are the chances of that?’

Me: ‘That is so funny!’

Enzo: ‘What are the chances of that?’

Jacob: ‘I know, it’s ridiculous. It’s hilarious.’

After our pig meal, with potatoes and mangold (Croatian spinach) and wine, we went back to the festival.  We headed to Kalypso to catch the Club Der Visionare hosted party with Berlin DJ Binh, Sonja Moonear, Margaret Dygas and German DJ Zip.

It was empty when we arrived at 10pm. ‘No one’s here,’ I said.

Enzo’s cousin waved it off. ‘Trust me, in the next half hour, this place is going to be packed. Everyone’s gonna want to be here.’

After about 15 minutes, the outdoor club began to fill, and I watched Binh played a technically tight set. Sometime in the early morning, the rain began to fall hard, and Kalypso got shut down for about an hour.

The final festival after party was due to start at 6am there and there was no end to the rain. I went off to Papaya, who were handing out free rain panchos to clubbers. I became friends with a Croatian during Mirko Loko’s set, had a disco nap in the club, then we returned to Kalypso.

Sunday 25 August 2013

The after party had been moved to the bar area, which was covered with straw beach umbrellas.

Zip did an excellent acid house set. He had the party jumping!


The after party took a sudden turn of events, which incidentally created the real festival highlight. During Sonja Moonear’s set, the rain suddenly came down harder than ever before. Water dripped down the sides of the tarp covering the decks and was threatening to soak the impromptu booth.

The Time Warp promoters went into quick action. Working in relay, they brought in plastic buckets to catch the rain water, then ran outside to dump it.

The crowd crammed into the limited covered shelter, and the vibe intensified as Margaret  continued to DJ around the obstacle course and busted out some awesome tunes, smiling, pushing the volume higher and higher. She played for the next couple of hours to the captive crowds, until about noon,when the rain lifted up and the sun came out.


Ricardo Villalobos never turned up – I heard later he’d gone to Italy to DJ but didn’t come back, most likely due to the intense rain, which flooded all of our campsite tents.

That Sunday, I hung out with new Croatian friends and enjoyed a farewell dinner with campsite friends, then onwards to Zagreb. A Sonus Festival ending on a great note.

Future thoughts


I look forward to seeing what next year’s Sonus Festival brings, but I also wonder how the promoters will deal with a few issues this year’s festival presented, either real or hypothetical.

1) Popularity. There is speculation that Zrce beach is tipped to be “the next Ibiza”. If this is true, this will mean the popular beach resort will become increasingly expensive, outpricing both locals and your average techno enthusiast, who don’t necessarily want to pay through the nose for yet another festival on the increasingly busy festival offer in Europe.

2) General safety and crowd control. Over the week, I heard reports that on Thursday or Friday a man was beaten up and murdered outside one of the Zrce beach clubs – not one of Sonus Festivals – but still a concern for the imminent safety of people coming down to the beach. Someone suggested that it was Italians seeking revenge on another Italian. Although it didn’t happen at a Sonus club, the organisers might want to consider how they protect their audiences from a potentially dangerous environment.

And what about numbers? Already this year there was an issue of overcrowding on the festival’s boat parties. There were six boat parties this year, and I heard from several people that there wasn’t enough room to dance and they thought there were too many people on board. Which is a shame, but something easily mitigated by the festival organisers.

3) Festival’s overall cohesion and togetherness. Several people I talked to complained that anyone could go to the clubs used by festivals, not just the festival-goers, so ‘how was this special?’ A possible solution is to take over the whole Zrce beach club area for the festival and ticket-holders. Or make it all camping? Who knows?

I’m certain Time Warp and Sonus Festival will come back next year stronger and even better prepared to create a new Mediterranean legend.

— Zagreb, 27 August 2013

Manchester dubstep producer Compa – Beat-herder Festival set

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Dubstep has had a bad rap over the past few years, with the pronouncement in 2008 that “dubstep was dead” and then the subsequent development of godawful brostep, which has spread like a venereal disease across the United States.

However, all is definitely not lost with the bass heavy genre, particularly with the post-dubstep generation, where younger and newer producers are returning to the original sounds that first made dubstep, garage, house, drum n bass and other 1990s genres so compelling.

Last month, I caught a set from Manchester dubstep producer and DJ Compa (Will Compa) at electronic music festival Beat-herder, set in Lancashire and is – in my mind – the North’s answer to Glade, and was immediately switched on to his bass-driven sounds.

Since his 2012 debut 12″ single release on Boka Records (‘Sentence’ / ‘Beginning’), Compa has has been getting props for his fresh tunes from the likes of BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Mala (Deep Medi, DMZ), Chase & Status (Ram, Mercury, Renegade Hardware) and American Dubstep Ambassador, Joe Nice.

2013 has seen Compa featured on a FABRICLIVE mix (Feburary 2013) and Mix Mag’s mix of the week (May 2013). The year has also seen him playing out at parties, nights and festivals in Manchester, Portugal, Amsterdam, Belgium, Estonia, Czech Republic and Berlin.

After his Friday night set in Beat-herder’s bass heavy stage Stumblefunk Tent, I caught up with Compa, got his thoughts on the summer’s festivals and nabbed his track listing from the night. While there wasn’t a recording of his mix, I’ve selected a few of his tracks for you to preview below – or check out more from his Soundcloud.

So what did you think of Beat-herder?

“The vibe was right, not just on the Friday night during my set, but all weekend. The people where incredible and the sound system in the Stumblefunk tent was spot on. One of the best festivals I’ve played so far in my career. Hoping to return next year.”

Are there any other electronic music festivals you “rate”? 

Outlook in Pula, Croatia, Mono in Istanbul, Turkey and Summer Saturnalia in Skipton, England. All of which I’ve been booked to play. I’d recommend readers check those festivals out and get involved.”

Compa – Beat-herder Festival set track list 

1. K Griff – Bring In The Katz
2. Skream – Burnin’ Up
3. Compa – Let Them
4. Truth – All Alone
5. Compa – Alpha
6. Skream – Midnight Request Line
7. Compa – Tibetan Chant
8. Compa – Bullets
9. Compa – Straight
10. Dizzee Rascal – Jus’ A Rascal
11. Lurka – Skeptic
12. Mala – New Life Baby Paris
13. Compa – Beginning
14. Compa – Blood Loss
15. DJ Q – Trust Again (Compa Remix)
16. Zomby – Digital Smoke
17. Compa – A’ Mi’ Tell It
18. Compa – Antact
19. Biome – Untitled
20. Distance – Blame
21. Compa – Dem A Talk
22. Gantz – Spry Sinister
23. Compa – Earths Orbit
24. Compa – Kalindi
25. Goldie – Inner City Pressure

You can catch Compa every Friday on every Monday 12pm-2pm GMT. You can also check out his latest releases: Kalindi/Antact out now on London dubstep label Kokeshi (15 April 2013), a remix of Prism’s Future Samba VIP  out now on Brookylyn dubstep label Tuba NYC (10 June 2013), and a remix of Pistonsbeneath’s Neuromancer, which may or may not be out now on Oregon-based dubstep label Lo Dubs.

Feature: Black Bakery Records (Lithuania)

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Back in May, I came across an artist called Gilus and his newly released future garage tracks ‘Feelin’ and ‘He Is’, with a remix of ‘Feelin’ by Canadian artist Teen Daze, released on Black Record Records (8 May 2013).

Slow futuristic shuffley genres isn’t always my thing, but what I heard had a lot of promise, with tracks that drew on the bass heavy sound in a way that I found compelling. Gilus’s ‘Feelin’ alone prompted me to contact Black Bakery label owner Mantas Stankunas via Twitter, wanting to find out more about the artist and the label.

Black Bakery Records is a new independent record label based in Kaunas, Lithuania, set up in April 2013, specialising in “house, techno, broken beat, future garage beats & sounds.” So far the label has released tracks from two artists: NRK1, who released his uptempo ‘Circling’ in April, and Gilus, whose ‘Feelin’ track is a forward thinking, danceable tune.

I was intrigued to discover that Lithuania is home to a strong bass heavy scene, influenced largely by the UK but well placed within a global music community. I also liked the entrepreneurial and young go-getting spirit of the label, particularly because: how much music do you listen to comes from places like Lithuania?  If you’re like me, probably not a lot.

Without further ado, here is my interview with Mantas Stankunas (by email). You too can suddenly want to fly out to Lithuania to see what the fuss is all about.

I’m also featuring a special mixtape from NRK1 with tracks that span across the bass heavy spectrum including garage, dubstep, 2 step and future sounding beats – from Bambooman, FAux, TMRW and more. The mix also includes ‘Gojam’ featuring Ausims, the first track from NRK1’s soon-to-be-released album, ‘Kickophony’.

AZS: What is the garage/bass heavy/future music scene like in Lithuania? 

Mantas: Well we are in Kaunas, just 100km from Vilnius and here things are slower. We are closely aligned with the Kaunas Urban Beats collective (KUB Crew).  These guys are the biggest party organisers in our town. We’ve performed at a few of their gigs this year, and we’re thankful for their support.

The DJ scene in Vilnius and Kaunas is quite interesting but there are only few artists and producers in this genre. Vilnius producers are more oriented to hip hop influenced trap and footwork music, which is called Beats scene here. Most of them are young guys and just starting. A few names worth mentioning are Brokenchord and Fingalick. I think they are our young talents and everything is waiting for them in the future.

There was a good article about our capital Vilnius EDM scene in Resident Advisor last year.  We got support from Vilnius artist Vaiper Despotin, long-time representative of the Lithuanian urban scene as producer, MC, radio presenter, DJ and A&R.

AZS: What prompted you to start the label? 

Mantas: I’ve had some bad experiences with small labels. I didn’t like the way they handled my first art works, mastering and label artists promotion. It’s good to submit your tracks to a big label, but now it seems like something alien to do it for an artist from Lithuania. From what I’ve seen in the local Lithuanian EDM scene, you have to host big parties locally and get in contact with an important label person. For me it looked like shooting anywhere hoping to hit something.

I know a few examples where the right sound at the right time brought good results. So I started a small label to continue my path and passion.

AZS: Why do you think UK garage & 2 step has seen such a resurgence in the past few years?

Mantas: Personally, I am tired of straight 4/4 so often I am searching for something different. Dubstep is dead. A current scene of people off-shooting from dubstep, taking it back to its UK garage roots and fusing it with techno and house elements. A lot of this is down an active UK scene for sure.

AZS: How did you come to select your artists?

Mantas: At the moment I work with my mate NRK1. I’ve known him personally for about 10 years. I can see his qualities, and I’m sure about him as an artist. We are both making tracks in different tempos, but we have something in common regarding our sound. In the future, I’ll release uptempo tracks from NRK1. For our first re-mix I chose Teen Daze. I loved his recent work.

I am open-minded to working with other producers from our local scene and abroad. I tend to keep things under wraps until we’re quite close to a release. Music is moving so fast at the moment so I don’t line up a huge schedule.

AZS: What are your aspirations for the label?

Mantas: It’s just the beginning for the label so we need to put out solid quality work first. Black Bakery’s main artists at the moment are Gilus and NRK1 but soon we’ll bring in new names. I don’t release every Monday or every Tuesday as a conveyor. My main aim is quality over quantity. After that, my next goal is to release vinyl in the future.

My personal aspiration is to create a greenhouse for young talents to grow in Kaunas and be part of my vision. The local scene is too small for anyone with big ambitions.

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SUBSIZE 02.07.13

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Subsize hosts Moggz & Tenz return with the latest in global bass music from garage to underground house, hip-hop, trap, dubstep, rave, juke and footwork. Future sounds meet old-skool with this huge selection of tracks featuring freebies, forthcoming tracks and introducing some new labels on the bass music scene. If there’s such a thing as Tuesday night vibes, then this is it.


  • Moggz
  1.  ExT – I Used To Say – Trapdoor Records
  2. J Cole ft. Miguel – Power Trip (LION KNGS Remix)
  3. Kid Kamillion – X2SEA (Juke Ellington Refix)
  4. Rain City Riot – Killer
  5. Gorgon City – Freeze
  6. Klipar – Wrong – Dissipate
  7. Rektchordz & Ben Remember – Never Be – FutureGarage.NET
  8. Pete Graham & Chris Lorenzo – Who Remembers Cassettes? – Four40 Records
  9. Metome – Watercycle – XLR8R
  10. Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (Dan Farber Remix)
  11. Laura Mvula – Green Gardens (Djemba Djemba Remix)
  12. The KLF – 3am Eternal (Wooferface Remix)
  13. Blynk – Gravity – Forward Ever
  14. Subdue – Recycle – Dubstep.NET
  15. Krimson – Chemical X – Instigate Recordings
  16. Tapecut – Drops
  17. Zangwu – Easy When You’re Cruisin’
  18. Rustie – Slasherr (Flume Edit)
  19. Koloah x Paramoldah – Deep
  20. Kanye West – Mercy (Schlachofthebronx Edit)
  21. B.O.O.M.A – Rollin In Tha Gold (B.O.O.M.A Remix)
  22. DJ Chap – Stolen Cats
  23. Skimatix – Bluework
  24. Moa Pillar – Torchlight – XLR8R
  • Tenz


SUBSIZE 18.06.13

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On this weeks Subsize the Dutty Inspectors, Atki2 & Dub Boy, invade the studio with a rowdy carnival mix of heavy bass from soca to footwork and all sorts in-between. Warming up to St. Paul’s, Subsize comes with the summer vibes, including heavy 808, UK bass, trap, dubstep, house and D&B from hosts Moggz and Tenz.

Moggz & Tenz serve up forthcoming tracks from Scientia, Proximity Recordings, Tumble Audio, Eastern Pressure, Skimatix & DGGZ, showcasing the biggest bass tracks.


  • Tenz
  1.  Gorgon City – Athena – Black Butter
  2. Funkystepz – Amsterdam, Girls Go Wild (Lazy Flow Remix) – Moveltraxx
  3. Kill Frenzy feat DJ Funk – Make That Booty Clap (Mark Starr Booty Tech Remix) – Dirtybird US
  4. Semedo – RK – Mad Tech x Crystal Culture
  5. Dark Sky – Double U – Tectonic
  6. DGGZ – Butt Shakin – Thoughtrender
  7. Doshy – Phases – Slit Jockey US
  8. Skimatix – Make It JUMP! – Thoughtrender
  • The Dutty Inspectors (Atki2 & Dub Boy)
  1. Atki2 – Jabberwocky
  2. Sandman – No Prisoners
  3. Macka Diamond – Mi Nuh Done (Atki2’s ‘Back From Berlin’ Remix)
  4. Atki2 – Lost In The Medina
  5. Hamza – Wassila
  6. Machel Montano vs Jus Now – Vibes Cyah Done Remix
  7. Kerwin Du Bois – Bacchanalist
  8. The Dutty Inspectors – Break The Ice
  9. Mr Benn – Wine Down Low (ft Mad Dog)
  10. Blaxx – No Getaway (Scratch Master Road Mix)
  11. Shal Marshall – Play D Mas
  12. Patrice_Roberts – A Little Wine
  13. Atumpan – The Thing
  14. The Dutty Inspectors – No1 Bajan
  15. Bunji Garlin – Differentology
  16. Jus Now – Tun Up
  17. Pinta Tirrù – Wa Ya Ya
  18. DJ Marfox – Made In Brazil
  19. Shabba Tigre – A Mi Hé Feat Double-G (Fuckly)
  20. DJ Legal – Toma (Remix)
  21. DJ Vielo – Décalé Mon Afrique
  22. DJ Marfox – Artist Unknown
  23. Blacker Tek – Tek Awf Summin (Marcus Visionary Barefoot Refix)
  24. Kes – Body Parts (Jus Now Refix)
  25. Monkey Steak ft MC ZULU – Hyped Up
  26. Atki2 – All Night Passion
  27. Waxmaster – Hit The Flo!
  28. Face T – We Rule The Area (The Dutty Inspectors Remix)
  29. Chrissy Murderbot – What Should I Do
  30. Dj Taye – So Many Places
  31. Mungos Hi Fi ft Mr Williamz – Ram Dance Faster (The Dutty Inspectors Remix)
  32. The Dutty Inspectors – Get Delirious!!!!
  33. The Dutty Inspectors – O My!
  34. Mungos Hi Fi – Tightest Hole-d
  35. DJ Rashad – Deep Inside ’06
  36. Dutty Inspectors ft Ngaio – Soca Something
  • Moggz
  1. Killjoy – Memories (Notion Remix) – Tumble Audio
  2. Nuphlo – Lucidity – Eastern Pressure Records
  3. M:Pathy – Meditate – Terabyte Records
  4. J Robinson & Loxy – Each & Every – Tribe12 Music
  5. Neverview – Lush – Bass Art Recordings
  6. Bredren feat. M-zine & Scepticz – Faction – Proximity Recordings
  7. Zero-T – Dog Pad Remix (Kolectiv) – Scientia

Hostage feature: Bass heavy producer continues to bring fresh beats to ravers

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Scottish DJ and producer Hostage (Alan Parley) is one of those people who was in the right place at the right time. From early hype on music blogs to a BBC Radio 1 Essential mix and worldwide gigs during the mid to late 2000s, Hostage carved out his unique brand of infectious rave stylings to much success.

I recently had the chance to catch up with Hostage on what changes he’s seen in the music industry over the past four or five years, probe deeper into what defines and influences his sensibilities as a DJ and producer, and ask him a few random questions for extra measure.

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Broken Records Showcase: Monk3yLogic & Pieman – Brap.FM Exclusive – Download

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Brap.FM was very proud to present a special label showcase last Friday; now you can download the full two hours of techfunk, psybreaks, electro business from Broken Records!

This show is packed full of unreleased exclusives and brand new cuts from Broken Records artists Monk3yLogic and Pieman – check the tracklists below for all the details!

Tracklist – Monk3yLogic mix
1. Monk3ylogic – Control the void (Original) [Broken Records] – Out Dec 24 2012
2. Monk3ylogic – Control the void (TOO DUSTY RMX) [Broken Records] – Out Dec 24 2012
3. Charlie Kane – Agent of Texture (Original) [Aux] 4. Neurodriver – Man Made (Hedflux Remix) [Broken Robot Records] 5. Rcaine – Dream Warrior (Original) [Aux] 6. Monk3ylogic – Contact (Original) – Unreleased exclusive
7. Rcaine – The Truth (Original) [Aux] 8. Triple Agent – Pistols and Spaceships (Original) [logariddim Records] 9. Abdomen burst – Shie (MONK3YLOGIC Remix) [Scarcity Records] – Unreleased exclusive out soon
10. Neuroplasm – Epoch (BAD TANGO RMX) – Out Nov/Dec 2012
11. Ap3x & Andy faze – Inhale (original) [In Bloom Recordings] 12. Hedflux – Integrator (MONK3YLOGIC RMX) [Aux] 13. Neurodriver & Neurodriver – Energy Vibration (TOO DUSTY RMX) [Broken Records] 14. Optobot – Man or Machine (Martopeter remix) [Sub element recordings] 15. Monk3ylogic – Evil Tweaky Cat (Original) [Liquid Records]

Tracklist – Pieman mix
1. Nesono – Keith the Wombat (Broken Records 020)
2. Nesono – Yes or No (Broken Records 020)
3. Stupid Fresh – Rustledust (Champion Beats)
4. Human Element – Chain Reaction Gabi 2B Remix (Digital Structures)
5. Perpetual Present – Prophets Not Profits (Broken Records – from Forthcoming “Prophets not Profits” EP)
6. Nesono – No Crisis (Broken Records – from Forthcoming “Nesono – No Crisis” EP)
7. Odissi – Red Headed Devil Woman (Dirt Revolver remix)
8. Dylan Rhymes and Pablo Decoder – Kemptown (Meat Katie Remix) (Vibrate Music)
9. Tactical groove – Take the Funky Back (Broken Records 024)
10. Tactical groove I’m so crazy (Broken Records 024)
11. Optobot – Weird Science V3 (Broken Records 025)

The next Broken Records release is set to be huge, with Monk3yLogic on production and rising star of breaks Too Dusty on remix duties. More details on that here.

Find more Broken Records online:
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Catching up with Brighton’s own JFB

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Two-time DMC UK Champion and hiphop and drum n bass turntablist and producer JFB is not a man to rest on his laurels. Since winning his second DMC championship for the UK in 2011 (4th in the world championship), the Brighton-based DJ – Jean Marc to his friends – has been busy making other world records. JFB spent 2012 scratching at the Olympics, DJing at festivals and clubs across the world, making new dope tunes and of course continuing to promote and run his popular sampling live music night Battle Jam with beatboxer and long-time collaborator Beardyman.

We ended up talking for half an hour about music, aliens, end of the world and Rihanna (yes Rihanna). JFB is not the kind of guy to take himself oh-so-seriously like many other DJs and producers in other genres, which is refreshing.

AR: So DJing at the Olympics must have been mental.
JFB: Yeah it was pretty cool. Loads of BMXers were going really fast and falling over and hurting themselves badly. There were like 6,000 people there. At one point, I realised that the crowd had no idea what was going on. And like David Beckham was there, and he was clapping to my scratch routines.
AR: Was he clapping in time with the beats?
JFB: I dunno know, I only heard from someone that was there they saw him clapping. It was all organised by Ben Hall, whose actually from Brighton, he was coordinating the entire thing. They had this massive BMX arena. In the very top high up corner there was a little booth with a whole entire control room for the commentators and everything and that’s where decks were as well so it was a tight squeeze. It was sick because it overlooked everything, and I got to see the inside of how they commentate and do all of the VJing stuff because they have a really big screen that everyone sees and also what goes out to tv and that. It’s wicked, you see how it all works and that. And the weather was amazing!
AR: What sort of tunes did you play?
JFB: I had to give them a list for them to clear and it wasn’t like normal DJing – it was scratch routines? So like one scratch routine would have 40 tunes compressed into like 2 minutes of scratching. The other routines would have been stuff like my normal routines like I do in clubs. I’ll give you an example: the first 7 minutes of this video is exactly what I did as one of the routines.

AR: Are you entering DMC next year?
JFB: I’d like to, if I was really good – but I’m not.
AR: Don’t say that.
JFB: If I get really good and know what to make routine-wise and it won’t take me months, then yes but I’d rather make loads of tunes. I’m still going to do scratch routines and stuff like that but just do them for Youtube videos. And obviously getting DMC got me in this year to do a showcase and judging, that was cool. I did performances with DJ Switch.
AR: And how’s Battle Jam going?
JFB: Good. You should have come to Battle Jam last Wednesday at the Concorde. I made Beardyman walk off stage.I got two of my friends to dress up as jam jars and got them up on stage to a Benny Hill tune. It’s on Youtube. Type in ‘beardyman gets raped by jam jars.’

AR: I know you went to tons of festivals this year – which was your favourite?
JFB: In the UK? I dunno. Like a mixture of all of them. They were all different. Probably the best one was Bestival. Rob Da Bank got me playing 9 times in different places. 6 times in big top tent – apart from the main stage, it’s like the biggest one, before the big acts and that was good fun.
AR: Are you playing out much these days?
JFB: I’ve been gigging twice a week since the summer. I’ve done so many gigs in Germany, which is weird but fun. I’ve done the usual Europe gigs too. This week I’m going to the Isle of Wight on Friday for this promoter who runs bars at Bestival and other festivals whose opened up a new club. On Saturday we’re doing a special joint birthday party with me, Deekline and Stanton Warriors on a boat in London. After that, we’ve got an after party at Brixton Jam, which is gonna be sick. And then it’s Christmas time. My agent in North America has organised for me a sick tour at the end of January to half way through February in Canada. I was in Canada just before the Olympics doing this awesome tour in the summer, which was amazing. Then I did this big big festival called Shambala – it’s fucking sick.
AR: How about releases?
JFB: This year I haven’t done that many tunes. I’ve done 3 EPs and quite a few remixes, probably 7 remixes or something. But currently I’m doing a new electro swing beat that will probably be released next year. The style I did in the last EP is more like hip hop – I call it swing hop but it’s classified under electro swing. It’s more – you know glitch hop? – it’s more funky style glitch hop with electro swing samples. Very very simple but very catchy and good for people to dance to. I never rate my production skills, but I can make stuff for people to dance to. I kind of know what DJs want to play and I can get away with doing my thing which is quite cool. I’ve got this new drum n bass EP, I’m just waiting for the last track to be mixed down. It’s party drum n bass, rolling kind of stuff, a bit more musical. Then there’s a remix for Deekline and Ed Solo’s new album, a dubstep remix I did, which has a real old school vibe to it. You can hear a lot of these tracks on Soundcloud.
AR: Do you put all of your tunes on Soundcloud?
JFB: Yeah
AR: Before they’re released?
JFB: Some of them. Like the bass EP is on there even there it wasn’t fully mixed.
AR: Why do you put them on Soundcloud before they’re out – what’s the benefit?
JFB: This drum n bass EP I did for fun for myself, for fun. I put it up on Soundcloud because it needed a label and then the label contacted me because of it and asked to release it.
AR: Do you think Soundcloud is a useful way for artists, producers and stuff to get heard?
JFB: Yeah, it’s the main thing people ask DJs about is ‘do you have a Soundcloud?’ It’s a massive must for producers and for DJs.
AR: Do people have to work hard to get others to look at their stuff, or do you think just being on Soundcloud is enough?
JFB: It depends on how you are. Say you’ve got a massive name, then people are going to check you out where you put stuff. Everyone uses Soundcloud. It’s like everyone uses Facebook, but on Facebook hardly anyone knows how to find people’s music on there. You can make Facebook pages, but you can’t put music on there unless you do it in one of the tabs but most fans don’t go look at that. They’ll look for your Soundcloud or type you into Youtube. I probably wouldn’t be doing half my gigs if it weren’t for Soundcloud and Youtube.
AR: What about Mixcloud?
JFB: Mixcloud is more for mixes. I’ve got 2 accounts and I’ve been disorganised with them. But I did put one mix on there and it got promoted a lot – it got a lot of listens and that – but i mainly do everything on my Soundcloud becuase I upgraded it so I could have more time to upload on there. I got more listens on there. But a lot of people do listen to mixcloud so whenever I do a mix on Soundcloud, I’ll put it on Mixcloud. I’ll obviously promote the Soundcloud through my Facebook.
AR: People are talking about a new myspace.
JFB: Myspace failed miserably. Three years ago it just failed.
AR: No – a new one.
JFB: Oh really? When I see it, I’ll have to put all my shit on there.
AR: You mentioned the electro swing and I know you’ve always played around a lot with different sounds – what are the other kinds of sounds you’d be interested in working with?
JFB: Uh. Everything? Everything except for gabba maybe. But when I do stuff with Beardyman, we end up making weird gabba tunes for a joke. (noise in the background) Just so you know, I don’t like Rihanna. Ben just shouted out that my favourite was Rihanna, but that’s not true. I hope this isn’t going in the article.
AR: It is.
JFB: Cheers Ben. I’ll let Ben do the interview yeah?
AR: So what are your plans for Christmas – are you DJing over New Years Eve?
JFB: I’ve got a gig in Jersey 2 days before Christmas or just after Christmas I think. On New Years Eve, I think I’m playing 2 gigs in London, one of them with DJ Switch – not the Major Lazer DJ but the turntablist – we’ll be doing this routine. It’s a scratch remix of an official dubstep remix for Fatboy Slim. The video has got more hits than the actual tune. It’s had 1 and half million views. Fucking hell – that’s so sick.

JFB: My worst video on Youtube has got over 2 million views now. It’s amazing but it also sucks at the same time. It’s of me testing out these CD decks and because it was these CD type decks I thought ‘I won’t bother making anything good for it’. It’s just literally me messing about with them. Because they call it Dubstep Turntablism, I got over 2 million views. It was all of these kids saying ‘that’s not scratching, that’s fucking shit man’. It’s not good promo, but it is really good promo. It gets you known, but at the same time, 1 and half million of those people won’t check out the other videos.
AR: You don’t think?
JFB: No, not at all. And they’ll just think I’m shit. But then they might and they might like it.

AR: Wicked, so, what do you think about the world coming to an end today?
JFB: It’s not today, it’s the 21st.
AR: So what are we supposed to do when it ends?
JFB: Die. It might not end though – it doesn’t say the end of the world, it says the ‘end of an age.
AR: Oh really?
JFB: This is all based on the Mayan calendar and maybe some other ancient civilisations as well. All of them say a new age, not the end of the world. And coincidentally, the zodiac space like star sign thing changes. We’re moving from the age of Pisces, which is the fish thing to Aquarius, the water thing.
AR: Cool.
JFB: Apparently, this is the end of an interglatatical year or something. Every 26,000, basically all the planets align in our solar system. That’s got to have some gravitational effect and shit.Actually that would scare me. Surely that would do something weird. But then again, it might be a big conspiracy. There’s got to be a way to find out if that’s true.
AR: Yeah, I think if you google some astronomical sites they’ll have something about it.
JFB: Oh yeah, there’s also talk about planet Nibiru, which is the 13th planet.
AR: That sounds like a healthy beer.
JFB: It does. So Pluto isn’t a planet. Wait – are you putting this all down in your thing?
AR: Yeah, it’s funny.
JFB: Just for the record, I don’t think any of this is true, it’s just what I heard! I don’t believe anything unless I see it. In all of the documentaries I’ve watched, they said there’s another planet, which is making an egg-shaped orbit around the sun. We would have seen it by now if it was coming closer, you know what I mean, so I reckon that’s bullshit.
AR: I don’t know – I’m so hopeless with all this stuff – there are so many theories out there.
JFB: So yeah, it’s like bullshit. Anyways, my housemate is an alien. He just told me right now. He said because he likes my scratching he’s going to save me. They don’t have scratching on his planet. We’re going to go in his spaceship ark. Yeah, it’s made out of gaffa tape and cardboard and two bottles of water.

If you’re in Bristol, you can check out JFB at Bass Kitchen on 1 March 2013. JFB’s dubstep remix of Deekline & Hardy Hard’s Can’t Hide will be out on Ed Solo & Deekline’s new album – out soon. More info and tunes from JFB can be found here: