It’s Wednesday. Hump day. The middle of the week. As usual, we’ve been scouring the airwaves and the Interwebs to bring you the biggest, baddest new tunes spanning everything from dubstep to future garage and beyond. Today, we’ve got a wicked little collection for you, with a bit of something for everyone. So don’t despair, the weekend is almost upon us once more.
Asa & Stumbleine – Without You (ZES Remix)
First up, a brand new remix of Asa & Stumbleine’s Without You courtesy of ZES. Now, if you’ve heard the original, you will know it’s a downtempo piece of ambient beauty, serene in its simplicity. A fine offering from two of our favourite producers. Untouchable, you would think. But not if your Holland’s Zes, who throws down a completely different take on the tune. The gorgeous, sweeping melodies are underscored by rattling, cluttered drums and these quirky synth keys, giving a much more chirpy output than the original but staying true to those future garage roots and doing justice to the timestretched vocal snippets. It all drops out about halfway through, inviting you to lose yourself on a hilltop looking out over lush fields. The second drop picks up the momentum once more, twisting and turning those synth keys even more. A fine display from Zes — and a free download.
Lisa Miskovsky – Still Alive (Volant Remix)
Well isn’t this your lucky day. Another free download! This time it’s Volant doing the remix honours for Lisa Miskovsky’s Still Alive. You may recognise the vocal from the game Mirror’s Edge. It’s a great tune in its own right, a feelgood pop music melody. Volant has given it the full-on chillstep treatment, with trademark snares, a punchy kick drum and a drop that will give you goosebumps, with all kinds of synth goodness rising to the surface and oozing out of every pore, while the vocal ditches its popular roots and complements the trancey melodies. The second drop retains the elements of the first, powering home like a maniac on meth. Good job, Volant.
Imagined Herbal Flows – Breeze
Brought to our attention by Mr Suicide Sheep, this one came out a couple of weeks ago. It’s a fantastic bit of future garage, with crisp drums, a simple, dreamy melody and an infusion of classic Japanese instruments. The end result is warm and exotic, punctuated by stretched and twisted vocal samples. Again, it’s a free download, so bag it while you can.
Asa featuring Culprits – Heartbeats
Finally, it’s our favourite tune from the new Asa EP. This was released this week and it’s magnificent. Asa is consistently one of our favourite producers and he delivers in abundance here. Heartbeat is a musical journey, beginning with soothing piano keys and spoken word samples, leading into a dark, rolling bassline and enticing, sweeping melodies. A charming female vocal kicks in after about a minute, leading into a twisting, turning voyage through the inner souls of the producers, stopping and starting, with yet another vocal, a male this time, invading the space of the tune and your mind. By that point, you’re only about halfway through and it just keeps switching up, with new sounds and stabs, building up and breaking down seemingly on a whim. Then you get to 5:35 and all hell breaks loose as the track descends into drum n bass, jungle, acid house and more, woven together by the finest of threads, somehow not coming apart at the seams. How they pulled off a track like this, we’ll never know. Masterful
Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album
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
Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP
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?
Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith
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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