27 June 2010

Dubstep Directive - Sleeper Cell - on subLogic.fm and soundcloud

Hello, everyone!

It was suggested to me a while ago that I should do a dubstep show for SubLogic.fm, and so I did it. I chose to use artists from soundcloud.com because there is a lot of talent out there and I figured to see if I could find it and bring it to a larger audience. SubLogic.fm is an online radio outfit, and together we could do this.

So, why the name of Sleeper Cell?

In the olden days of espionage during the cold war, apparently the Soviet Union would establish "Sleeper Cells" around the world of agents waiting for the call to be activated to do their bidding. Some of these groups would wait years, and others a lifetime, for this chance.

The artists played on here aren't agents of some country, but they're agents of groove, bass, whomp and filth!

And it's time we activated them for your listening pleasure!

Without further ado, here's the tracklisting

Cable Clef feat. Hannah E. O'Reilly - The Way You

quartex and the intoxicologist - You Will Die

10 June 2010

The Chilldown Period - Episode Seventeen: Whopperjawed

What in the everliving heck does Whopperjawed mean?

Okay - for this we'll have to head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina (the coast), and more specifically the island of Ocracoke and the village of Atlantic with a few areas around there.

They have a unique accent nicknamed "High Tider" which is pronounced "Hoi Toider". It's quite entertaining to hear. The dialect has a list of words such as mommucking (messing around, wind tossed), dingbatter (tourist), and pizer (porch).

Whopperjawed is another local treasure of a word. Let's say you have a building with a tower in the middle of it. Over time, the earth decides move and the foundation settles different than what you had planned for. Now, that tower is not plumb with the rest of the house.

That is whopperjawed. Just like the fence in the picture above - it's closer to the ground than to being straight up and down.

I've decided to hijack this word and apply it to the music on this podcast. The music which you'll find here doesn't really fit in a genre, or if it does - one that isn't mainstream. Tunes will range from dark to danceable to outright experimental. In a sense, if genres were houses, these songs would be the part which is whopperjawed.

And this is not a bad thing!

I did get one thing wrong in the podcast - it is Stage Magick, not Strange Magick, by Hideous Men.

Also: R.I.P. to the "Buzzer" - UVB-76 ... it's now offline.

Now, on with the tracklisting!

What's in a Name EPHipGnosis
"Shallow and Pendantic" (mp3)
from "What's in a Name EP"
(Summer Rain Recordings (White))
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

dama - sats on crash - plan-net dea(r)th - 33recordings - CC

Clytem Scanning - Lions and Montgolfiers - Clytem Scanning EP - Bedroom Research - CC

Erronois - new tones in atmosphere - The Winter Season - 51 beats - CC

Hola One and Poros - Lost Signs (featuring sbtrmnl) - Lost EP - Audio Tong - CC

"A42" (mp3)
from "Condors"
(Monotreme Records)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

bubbles - Plastic Everything - Split Infinitive - CC

"Against Geneva" (mp3)
from "Adevolve"
(Sector 9 Studios)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
More On This Album

cldscp - Look at the funny bunny - Danny the Donkey - Rack and Ruin - CC (see Chimney Fish)

Hideousmen_Via Laser05 - EPHideous Men
"Stage Magick" (mp3)
from "Hideousmen_Via Laser05 - EP"
(Bocumast LTD.)
More On This Album

Mr. Dee - Zero (edit) - Technologies - Frigida - CC

01 June 2010

Meet Valabaluza

I've been currently working on a project and in the midst of doing so I came across an artist on soundcloud who goes by the moniker Valabaluza.

Valabaluza dabbles in quite a few different styles from minimal to dubstep to drum and bass to house. One common thread between them all is they each have a dark quality which is quite delightful (except for Apache).

In Marsch, there is this quite bouncy, deep bass line with a dancing melody layered on top of it which is a full torso mover coupled with an infectious sound.

After Midnight has a great buildup with a low, synthesized melody taking over about midway. It's a nice, slow, grinding song with a nice bounce quality.

The Drum and Bass sounds do not disappoint, either. Gated is a speed freak fun ride! Not as dark as the other stuff, but quite a tasty treat.

Apache is another body mover. The guitar riff makes this song, in my opinion, alongside nice house beats with tight bass are just what the doctor ordered!

The song which caught my attention was Polka Dub! If you've followed me here or on my twitter feed, you'll know that I've been pining for a polka dub artist to come along. Valabaluza intertwines polka, dub and dubstep into a fascinating mix which helped me become a fan of his music.

Also, don't miss out on Valabaluza's minimal mixes: Deluxe and Woodchucker Remix.