Knifeshow manages to cut a tale with sharp instrumentation more powerful than their vocal inspiration could ever recite by means of words alone. They wrote a strong narrative arch using big, quality sounds and developed an emotive, powerful atmosphere to get downright literary. It’s a free download. Knifeshow is a duo made up of Jack Inslee and Wreck Tech. The two throw a raw global club party in Bushwick, Brooklyn called Full Service. Wreck has hosted the Math + Science show at WNYU for the past five years and Inslee recently dropped a tuff juke house edit of “Marvin’s Room” by Drake. (Photo by Yasmine Chatila.)
‘Half On A Baby’, the second single from the Vybz Kartel Kingston Story album is out today on Mixpak, complete with 5 exclusive remixes from Mosca, Funkystepz, Dubbel Dutch, Schlachthofbronx and Bert on Beats.
On its own, “Half On A Baby” is a proper Caribbean dancehall/pop anthem, but when combined with remixes from some of the most exciting names in underground bass music it becomes something more. Recent Mixpak signee Dubbel Dutch takes “Half On A Baby” deep into the underground without losing sight of the melodicism that makes the original so enticing. Another member of the Mixpak fam, Schlachthofbronx, flips the track on it’s head, turning it into a tempo-shifting Power Soca heavy hitter.
Bert On Beats and Funkystepz hand in contemporary bass takes on “Half On A Baby”, with the former going hard and the latter taking a more melodic, tropical approach. Finally, Mosca (Number, Night Slugs, etc) comes with a subtle-yet-banging remix that simultaneously references early-90′s house and hyper-modern UK sounds.
Prolific remixers Slackaz have pulled out this quickfire mix of Vybz Kartel’s biggest hits from the last 12 months. Think of it as a stark 20 minute reminder of just how inventive, impressive and productive Di Teacha is. #freekartel
This month’s Mixpak chart is chosen by the one Andy Petr.
1. East Flatbush Project – Tried By 12
A good friend of mine showed me this the other day and it blew me away. Some of the evilest, coldest, most ill NY shit I’ve ever heard. Ultra-minimal thug melancholia covered in a thick coat of dust. If you only listen to one track on this list make it this one.
2. Pusha T feat. Tyler, The Creator – Trouble On My Mind
All hype aside, it’s been very exciting watching Tyler blow up this year and I think he deserves all of the praise he gets. This one’s my favorite thing he’s been involved in yet. Kind of flawless.
3. Danny Brown – Scrap Or Die
Danny Brown is my favorite new rapper. Crazy, crazy shit. The whole XXX record is great. Funny how one of this year’s albums most worthy of your money is free.
4. DBX – Spock’s Brain
A forgotten gem from the B-side of “Losing Control.” Masterfully hypnotizing composition. Almost inhuman, like Spock I guess….
5. Bootsy Collins – Space Bass Solo (Live Extract)
“Bring my space bass, man I got to play! Hurry up and bring my space bass, I got to play before I cum on myself!”
6. Underground Resistance – Panic
7. Isley Brothers – Footsteps In The Dark
8. Tony Allen – Moyege (Mark’s Mix)
Perfect blend of rhythm and texture from one of the greatest drummers ever, mixed by Mark and mastered by Moritz! This is a special one.
9. Clipse – Chinese New Year
I’ve been on such a Neptunes binge lately, and this is one of the evilest joints I think they’ve touched. Just listen.
Soulja Boy lays down a verse on this track with Bay Area, Based producer and rapper, Young L. The beat is a strong dose of L’s signature bass-heavy pound with both rappers waxing in heady, swagged-up flows. Listen to this jam and cook until you become the Master Chef.
It’s rare that an artist creates a new sound, let alone a new country. But that’s what Kadebostan and Rational Diet have done with The National Fanfare of Kadebostany. Rooted in a Balkanized world and infused with a broad array of electronic formulas, they’ve developed their own tradition and ask you to join in the celebrations. The above video is for the album’s single, “Kazak Rules”, which dropped on Swiss label Mental Groove. Although the single is fun and upbeat, Kadebostan‘s background in minimal techno and the orchestra’s often somber construction of classical environs keep it from becoming anything giddy.