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Codes EP – Sangam – Con Amore Recordings

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sangam - codes and stygian

If you’re someone that’s intrigued by the mystique of an artist you know nothing about (a rarity in the age of the internet), then you might be interested in Sangam, a guy who puts Burial to shame on the mystery front. I’ve made 5 tunes with the guy and interviewed him twice, and I still don’t have the slightest clue what his name is. Nobody does. It doesn’t really matter, of course, and fortunately it hasn’t led to labels overlooking his work…

Whilst there’s more than enough producers who can sit and talk all day about some new impressive production technique, there’s people like Sangam out there who are cutting up samples, making pads and getting things done. I find his tunes share one over-arcing theme, and that’s a startling simplicity, and the ability to pack more feeling into a couple of pads, one vocal sample, a kick and a hat than many others can force in to their ghost-snare filled attempts at a symphony. Listen to Codes. It’s a perfect example of Sangam’s stark work, and whilst he usually works at 130 or below, he’s pushed things into Autonomic territory here, verging on ambient. Now, the original plan was for his original piece, Stygian, to appear but due to an issue with mastering, this was left off, and Codes is backed with two remixes. Traditionally, I’m wary of releases with more remixes than originals, but there’s no need for hesitation when these edits come from Retral and Gasface. Retral’s take retains the vibe of the sun-kissed original, and tosses out a tightly-wound garage beat with just sublime vocal cutting, whilst Gasface’s recreation left me stunned when he told me he used only the original stems to create his bleak, ghostly version, replete with his trademark knocking percussion.

I’ve yet to introduce someone to Sangam that hasn’t gone on to avidly follow him. If that recommendation can’t get you to listen, then what will?

Review by Garathom

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Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album

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Dub FX

Hold onto your butts ‘cos we’re about to get HUGE. The new Dub FX album has just dropped and it’s a barnstormer.

Melbourne born Dub FX has been an underground fan base that spans the four corners of the club. A pioneer of live looping, Dub FX fuses beat boxing, soulful vocals and lush basslines to create a raw, edgy sound that warms the cockles. Thinking Clear is Dub FX’s third album and we’ve been giving it a good listen. You need to get on it!

To whet your appetite and get you in the mood, hear are three tunes from the LP for your listening pleasure. Real party vibes pieces of music. Enjoy!

The album is brought to you by CONVOY UNLIMTED and Membran.

ROAD TO BABYON

WHERE I BELONG

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Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP

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Mantis

It’s a tricky path producers of metal-influenced EDM walk. How do you keep the production values high without sounding cheesy? Thankfully that’s not a problem Mantis have to worry about because their new EP is raw as f-ck. In the span of just five tracks, the two lads from Atlanta explore the rugged side of drum n bass, dubstep and metal. The Avidity EP is a clear attempt at breaking the mould — and it pays off. We wanted to find out more so we went straight to the source to ask the lads a few questions.

The new tunes are doing damage. What made you want to put out an EP that explored so many genres?

Well to be honest, we were tired of just writing an EP that was just an assortment of songs. We wanted to do something with more substance, so we opted for the mini album structure where all the tracks flow continuously as one piece of music. Want to send a big thanks out to Crime Kitchen for letting us do our thing on this record and not nitpicking the songs!

How big a milestone is this new EP for you?

We definitely feel it is our most mature work to date, it’s got something for everyone on it. So, that being said we are very proud of it. The reception thus far has been really good!

You’ve got a show coming up in London soon (April 16). What can people expect from that?

Man, so fucking excited for that one. When we first started out, we would always see the ERGH lineups and drool. Now we get to go and headline it, it’s very surreal. People can expect a no holds barred audio assault though, per usual.

What do you say to people who say dubstep is dead?

Shut up.


Buy the EP on iTunes now!

Go check out Mantis alongside P0gman and Diskord on April 16 at Fire in London on April 16. French readers can get their fill of bassy goodness on Aptil 15 at at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris.

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Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith

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Label spiel: After remaining in the shadows for quite some time, the bass rooted duo CLOAKS is ready to enter the light as they make their debut with the heavy single “Wraith”; out now on Pantheon. in what will be the first of many, the ominous pair of Joey Fisher and Chris Curran make strong first impressions with the moniker as “Wraith” provides an old-school dubstep feel with cutting edge contemporary approaches; providing a trailblaze of a pathway to a new mantra of bass music. And with plenty in their arsenal moving forward, these two are ready for the world to be enraptured in their sound.

Our take: This tune is sweet little surprise. What we love about this one is the fusion of styles, with this kind of dreamy, trancey intro, somewhat Eric Prydz-esque, that builds up to a gargantuan, unforgiving drop. It gets a little happy clappy in the mid-section but then they pull it back with the second drop. It’s that bass and those wicked synths we wanna hear more of in future offerings. Nice job!

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