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Footsie – King Original Volume 3 review

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Footsie

“I think the scene needs it,” says Footsie. “I hope it has the impact it should have.”

Does the world know how good a producer Footsie is? Grime heads have known for a while now. Signed to Dizzee Rascal’s Dirtee Stank label as one half of Newham Generals alongside D Double E, Footsie has had a hand in massive tunes like I’m a General and Boom Boom, as well as more recent offerings like Passion and Piff. He’s an MC in his own right too, of course, but it’s his production work that is is pièce de résistance.

Footsie’s debut producer album, King Original Volume 1, named after his dad’s sound system, dropped last year and was quickly followed by the sequel, King Original Volume 2. This week, music fans can get their mitts on King Original Volume 3 — and it does not disappoint. It’s 13 heavy, rough beats fusing elements of grime, dubstep, trap and hop hop. Unlike the previous two albums, however, this one doesn’t feel like a bunch of instrumentals. It’s more of an album in its own right. This is a very forward-thinking collection of tunes — a coming of age, of sorts.

The opening tune, Bubblers, is a perky little number that keeps things funky. The vibe gets a touch darker with the slow plodder Very Alarming, which is followed by the eerie beat of Traps. Spookfest is instantly recognisable from the 2012 release of the same name. War Dub 4 (Send for Everyone) sounds exactly as you imagine it would. It’s a serious beat.

Our favourites on the album, Bombaclart and Cold Winter, show a musical diversity often lacking in grime productions of late. Newham Tribes is in the same league and the final track, Battery, is a murky wobbler with that distinctive Footsie imprint.

So what are you gonna do with an album full of tunes with no lyrics? Well, for us, it’s no-nonsense office-hour listening for the work day. It’s music to chill at home to in your front room. Then it’s beats that DJs can work with, caress and incorporate into sets. Turbtablists have some killer tracks to juggle with and scratch to here, and it goes without saying these beats are going to be pure fire in the hands of the right battle DJs.

Footsie is clearly an exceptional producer who knows bass inside out. It’s probably about time more people started to take note.

Check out what the man himself had to say about his new album here:

King Original Volume 3 is out now. You can get it through iTunes here.

Here’s a little preview mix of tunes from the album by DJ MS1:

Tracklist:

  • Bubblers
  • Very Alarming
  • Traps
  • Spookfest
  • It Feels Safe
  • War Dub 4 – Send For Everyone
  • Exodus
  • Night In The Museum
  • Bombaclart
  • Cold Winter
  • Tekky
  • Newham Tribes
  • Battery

Image: Instagram/itsfootsieagain

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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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