Posts Tagged ‘Grime’
ZUZUKA PODEROSA and KUSH ARORA Performing Live!
DAMIAN SILVA [Bassic]
C DUBZ [Bassic]
THE SUBLINGS Performing Live [Beat Research]
DJ FLACK [Beat Research]
DJ PACE [Beat Research]
OXYcontinental [Picó Picante]
Pajaritos [Picó Picante]
$3 with costume / $7 without / 21+
28 Kingston Street, Boston
Available on: Hyperdub LP
Despite its ludicrously portentous title, Terror Danjah’s second full-length album isn’t exactly heavy on surprises: it mostly picks up where 2010′s Undeniable left off, all spidery grime rhythms and video game noises. This is apt, as it can often feel like being stuck at a certain, tail-chasing level in a game. You know there are higher levels, you can even imagine what they’re like, but you can only grab at the odd glimpse of them.
Those glimpses on The Dark Crawler come, largely, in the form of vocal collaborations. One gets the distinct impression that Terror Danjah is proud of the ‘Dark Crawler’ riddim itself – rightly so; its explosions, sirens and fanfares could have come straight out of his ‘Cock Back’ days, but this doesn’t make them any less effective. It’s reprised five times here – as an intro, an outro and three interludes showcasing various MCs. It’s a neat idea in theory; in practice Riko Dan, the first MC to take the mic, slays the track so thoroughly with his fire-and-brimstone apocalyptic preaching that every other iteration seems slightly redundant. Mayhem attempts to recreate ‘Next Hype’, and is adequate if unambitious, though Kozzie’s exclamatory verse at least matches the riddim in energy.
One month ago, the party appeared to be over for Brooklyn’s Trouble & Bass. Now, they are reborn.
In a letter and corresponding video (below), Luca “Drop the Lime” Venezia explains what the tombstones meant for the six-year-old label and traveling club night. Feeling limited by the growth of the electronic music world, Venezia says he and his T&B compatriots (DJ-producers Star Eyes, The Captain and AC Slater) have “found [themselves] lost in a battle with all that is personal and real about the music business.”
Now, they are looking for a new start. “We are reborn, fresh and ready to venture onto a new path. We’re expanding our palette even further, releasing everything we love (but not only club music).”
Reinvigorated, the label’s next releases won’t stray too far from their bread-and-butter, with EPs from grime legend Plastician, Dutch trap rave duo Guerilla Speakerz, and Toronto tribalist Damn Kids. Beyond that, the label counts releases from Distal, Bert On Beats, Star Eyes, and a compilation of collaborations…
The old school rave train in a head on collision with Grime!
Grime is an interesting genre. Pundits have long been eager to declare the sound “dead,” yet now, nearly a decade past its initial appearance on the UK musical landscape, grime is experiencing what can only be viewed as an all-out resurgence. The efforts of veteran artists like Terror Danjah and (occasionally) Wiley continue to be celebrated, and a new generation led by Elijah & Skilliam’s Butterz crew has brought a vibrant, neon-streaked strain of grime to the forefront. One of the key figures in that movement is Royal-T, who joined the Rinse FM stable earlier this year and will soon be releasing his debut full-length, Rinse Presents: Royal-T. The album will arrive in early September, but in the meantime, we’ve invited the young British producer to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series…
Slugs. The word could mean unsightly garden pests or lazy dudes, but in the case of London’s Night Slugs imprint, it clearly refers to bullets. Each release on the label is a deadly, precision-crafted thing, whether a swift, blunt grime rhythm or a crisp and carefully sculpted garage riff. A similarly detailed approach is given to Night Slugs’ artwork, under the direction of Bok Bok (a.k.a. Alex Sushon), a DJ/producer and the label’s owner alongside partner L-Vis 1990 (a.k.a. James Connolly). Since the dawn of the Night Slugs label in January 2010, Sushon has designed nearly everything the imprint has put out, from over 20 record sleeves to its iconic logo, a blueprint-like font composed of 3-D building blocks. Somehow, in between making music, hosting shows on Rinse FM, and traveling the globe to DJ, Bok Bok finds time to sit down with his favorite basic tools—a sketchpad and Adobe Illustrator—and knock out the magic. When he’s in London, this means long hours spent working at home in a rambling, three-story house in Camberwell, where he lives with three others (including Night Slugs artist Girl Unit) and a neighborhood cat that can open doors on its own and likes to play analog keyboards.
When we caught up with Bok Bok, he had just finished breakfast and was continuing work on a remix of Parris Mitchell’s “All Night Long,” a dirty Chicago house classic on Dance Mania, that’s being reissued by a Ukranian label. We talked at length about computer-generated environments, grime, simplicity, and the vibes of the virtual world.