Traxx: Mike Delinquent Project - Hype Ting

    Review, Traxx, Hype Ting, Mike Delinquent, Bass Music, Garage
    Swerving any kind of pretension, "Hype Ting" does exactly what you would expect: Old school garage vibes from a "Dilemma" style bassline, a rattling Amen break beat and a vocal from the legendary MC Neat. It's not clever but it sure is big! Out Now on Mike Delinquent's label Zeus Sound. ...
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    Swerving any kind of pretension, "Hype Ting" does exactly what you would expect: Old school garage vibes from a "Dilemma" style bassline, a rattling Amen break beat and a vocal from the legendary MC Neat. It's not clever but it sure is big!
    Out Now on Mike Delinquent's label Zeus Sound.

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      On The Dancefloor: Reach

      Where I come from club nights that face forwards and push their DJs to go beyond the average punters expectations are few and far between. With that in mind we've launched something small in our home town to start building a small but focused electronic music community. Drawing together some old friends and some new, the focus is to put on a night that allows the DJ to become the curator once aga ...
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      Where I come from club nights that face forwards and push their DJs to go beyond the average punters expectations are few and far between.

      With that in mind we've launched something small in our home town to start building a small but focused electronic music community. Drawing together some old friends and some new, the focus is to put on a night that allows the DJ to become the curator once again, show casing all that they are passionate about in electronic music. With plans to build the events over the coming months we're playing the long games as we look to looking to build an electronic music community back into a small town.

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        Traxx: D Double E - Frontline (Korma Remix)

        Following on from his 7-track collection of bootlegs, released earlier this month for Hush Hush Records, Seattle based Korma has dropped a chest rupturing remix of D Double E's Frontline. Available as a free download it's been pretty much on loop since we got a copy and rightfully so. The remix centres round a hypnotic vocal chant and warming sub, providing the track with the reserved demeanour t ...
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        Following on from his 7-track collection of bootlegs, released earlier this month for Hush Hush Records, Seattle based Korma has dropped a chest rupturing remix of D Double E's Frontline. Available as a free download it's been pretty much on loop since we got a copy and rightfully so. The remix centres round a hypnotic vocal chant and warming sub, providing the track with the reserved demeanour that juxtaposes despite D Double's vocal and the high energy drums.

        Due out as an instrumental in the near future you can download the remix below:

          On The Dancefloor: Different Circles

          Consistently evolving the ever excellent Different Circles is back for another instalment on March 1st. This month's edition will see the main room playing host to Chicago House legend Marshall Jefferson. Aside from producing 'The House Music Anthem' Jefferson was fundamental in the history of another genre defining anthem 'Acid Tracks'(-5 points if you can't work out what genre got defined ther ...
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          Consistently evolving the ever excellent Different Circles is back for another instalment on March 1st.

          This month's edition will see the main room playing host to Chicago House legend Marshall Jefferson. Aside from producing 'The House Music Anthem' Jefferson was fundamental in the history of another genre defining anthem 'Acid Tracks'(-5 points if you can't work out what genre got defined there - Ed). Not only applying pressure from his A&R position at the infamous Trax Records to ensure it's release but adding additional production touches to the final mix.

          Joining him, playing a Ghetto House set, will be Lit City Trax boss and one quarter of supergroup Future Brown, J-Cush; Different Circles curator Mumdance with a 909 set and sonic architect Logos.

          While up in the bar residents Temple and Chris Yaxley keep the vibes running with an on-point selection of House, Garage and Disco.

          Tickets are £5 in advance and can be grabbed from View London. Or check out the event on Facebook.

          To get you on the vibe we've complied five of our favourite Marshall Jefferson tracks below:


            Throwback: Wu-tang Clan - I Can't Go To Sleep

            The RZA, The GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and Method Man aka Wu-tang Clan, A name that should be familiar to any head with even a passing interest in Hip-hop. Since their debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) their razor sharp tracks have been staples of Hip-Hop sets across the globe, bringing the ruckus on the dancefloor where eve ...
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            The RZA, The GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa and Method Man aka Wu-tang Clan, A name that should be familiar to any head with even a passing interest in Hip-hop. Since their debut Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) their razor sharp tracks have been staples of Hip-Hop sets across the globe, bringing the ruckus on the dancefloor where ever they get played.

            Their third album The W showcased the Wu at their finest, from the ice cold story-telling of Hollow Bones to party starter Gravel Pit this album had it all. Throughout the album there is a sense that there is something more to each track than just some beats and lyrics, their density and structure combined with the vast vocals styles of each vocalist create a sense of aural cinema, a drama soundscaped for your listening pleasure. My pick of the bunch is I Can't Go To Sleep featuring The Black Moses, Issac Hayes. Right from the off you can tell this is going to be emotional, Ghostface Killah is at his very finest on the track. Riding violin crescendos his pain cries out over the first minute and a half of the track before Hayes' smooth vocals calms things down, only for emotions heighten once again as a very agitated RZA steps up for the final verse. Not only does I Can't Go To Sleep stand on it's own as one of Wu-Tang's finest tracks but it showcases exactly what makes The W so special - that cinematic feel, that drama.


              In Talk with Luke Benjamin [+Free MP3]

              Luke Benjamin has been on my radar for a while now but after hearing his production showcase last October he quickly positioned himself as one to watch in 2014. Emotionally rich, his tracks tell stories that captivate imaginations and weigh upon you long after they've finished, their addictive nature drawing you back again and again. Wanting to know more about his productions and time in India I ...
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              Luke Benjamin has been on my radar for a while now but after hearing his production showcase last October he quickly positioned himself as one to watch in 2014. Emotionally rich, his tracks tell stories that captivate imaginations and weigh upon you long after they've finished, their addictive nature drawing you back again and again.

              Wanting to know more about his productions and time in India I hit him up earlier this week for a chat. Catch that interview along with a free download of his excellent track 'Pray For Change' below.


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              Who are you and where are you from?

              Luke Benjamin , I am a vocalist and producer. I grew up in Brighton then moved to London to study at uni, where I met Filter Dread and Visionist. After finishing uni I stayed there for another couple years eventually moving back to Brighton which is where I am based now.

              How did you find the difference between the two cities, Brighton is very laid back in comparison to London? Does it impact on your lyrics?

              Living amongst the 'grittiness' of London, having to do what ever it took to make some money, showed me sides of life that are not very nice and definitely has had an impact on my lyrics. It's nice to be able to retreat back to Brighton to reflect and to put down in words my thoughts and feelings.

              I also did alot of traveling. I visited India where the sights of people living in slums, not even able to feed their children has had more of an effect on my music. It's strange because even without food, clothes, shelter they still have love. They are still so happy. Not the false happiness that we think we have; where we are happy to work to earn as much money as we can while others suffer around us. They are just happy they are alive at that moment in time. So even though my music is very dark, due to my life experiences and certain feelings I have at in that moment, I consciously try to express that love should be our main focus as human beings.

              Going back to India briefly. Do you feel like you have a particular kinship with the country?

              I think my time in India was when I can honestly say I was happy to the purest form for many reasons really. Their whole philosophy on life and their way of living - If an Indian loves you as a friend and companion, which can be after only meeting you he will put his life on the line for you. I remember reading somewhere that any Indian man will tell you that although love might not have been invented in India, it was certainly perfected there.

              Most people in the UK (myself included) don't live in the present moment. They let their ego control their life, worrying about what will happen in the future even though it doesn't exist, worrying about what they did in the past even though it doesn't exist.

              I feel music can lose its originality and its meaning because people become scared to be original. They are worried how people will react to what they say in their music, thier ego takes over and they loose belief in their work so try to conform. Which is why even with depression and anxiety I try to channel it, I analyse it into my music.

              It's a like a therapy to me but even then there are times when I can feel my ego taking control. Often I'll ring up Filter Dread worried about my music saying my music is so different, I'm worried it doesn't fit in to any genre or context.

              What was it that got you into music in the first place?

              My dad was in a band so I was always surrounded by music. Allsorts as well, Reggae, Jazz and then Electronic music. I began producing around the time So Solid had just released their first tracks. I loved the energy and rawness of the sound. So really I started around the time garage turned to Grime. I would make grime music all day. It was difficult living in brighton as there we was always late on picking up new music.

              Before the internet had became such a dominant force in music.

              Yeah, it was very difficult. I remember there was one website at the time that had the Sidewinder sets with Wiley & Dizzee on that I would download but I can't remember the name. I remember them days though. I miss them. The anticipation of finding a new track. The rawness and grit of the sounds. It all goes back to originality. It was something I felt apart of. An underground movement, A rebellion if you like. I refused to listen to anything else other then Grime music. It was who I was, it was an attitude you know. A hidden secret that no one else new about it's a shame really.

              How did you then progress to writing lyrics? Did that come at the same time or did that come later on?

              I produced music under a different name, mostly Grime instrumentals but experimented with different bpms and styles. It wasn't actually until I was at uni that I totally strayed away from conventional Grime music and started to make ambient dark instrumentals.

              I will always remember and be thankful to my uni teacher for helping me after class with ideas. He told me that my music needed a vocalist but as a shy person I never in a million years thought the vocalist would be me, especially as I had never even picked up a microphone.

              It wasn't until January last year that I recorded my first track called 'Why' using my iPhone as a microphone! It feels strange saying it but vocals come more naturally to me than production now. I have a new take on life and it's meaning which for me is easier to speak. You've got to remember Im just a normal working class lad. I'm not trying to be anybody, I just needed a release for my thoughts and music was the natural way. In my tracks I try to keep a healthy balance between vocals and the music, that way the listener can use the pauses between vocals as intervals to dissect what I am saying.

              A number of your tracks are collaborations that have seen you work with not only Filter Dread but Rabit and Underclass. How did those link ups come about? Do you still work on production in those cases?

              I love Rabit's productions. I really get inspired when listening to his work. I heard his tracks on Rinse and got contact with him online. With Blackdown pushing me he introduced me to alot of producers. Same with Underclass, him and Rabit were working on a track together and they pushed it forward for me to vocal. When it comes to working with other producers I tend to let them have creative control on their music, I feel it's more natural.

              I'll only work with something that evokes a certain emotion. I don't like to force things so if it's not right I'll let it go. In that way I try not to give myself too much pressure, I feel it affects my music otherwise.

              Are there any other producers out there that you're looking to work with at the moment? Anyone that you would recommend checking out?

              Definitely look out for Filter Dread, he has some big stuff coming out soon which you will hear about. I also have been listening to a mix from Murlo of tracks he's made which I've really enjoyed, very evocative.

              I would love to work with Visionist - I'm still waiting for that hook up but to be honest if I'm feeling a piece of music I'll write to it.

              What's it been like to work with Blackdown?

              I've been lucky as Blackdown has supported me alot. In fact he has given me alot of confidence and guidance which I'm so thankful for. He brought me onto Rinse FM which was a goal I set myself when I was 18. It only took me nearly 10 years!

              Finally, you've already had a release on a track with Filter Dread and we're giving away a track of yours on here, What else can we expect from you this year?

              Hopefully I'll be getting an album out later this year. No dates as of yet but it's in talks at the moment so look out for that.

              A big thank you to Luke for taking the time out to chat, grab his track 'Pray For Change' below.

              Follow Luke Benjamin on Soundcloud and Twitter.


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                Essential Selection: L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok Boiler Room

                It's a tried and tested formula: Night Slugs + Boiler Room = Fire! Honestly I could of picked any of the set's from this takeover. Each DJ was absolutely on point with thier selection but when it came to the crunch the sheer energy levels coming from crowd on Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990's set tipped it over the edge. Plenty of fresh tracks in the mix along with familiar tracks and re-edits. Highlight ...
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                It's a tried and tested formula: Night Slugs + Boiler Room = Fire!

                Honestly I could of picked any of the set's from this takeover. Each DJ was absolutely on point with thier selection but when it came to the crunch the sheer energy levels coming from crowd on Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990's set tipped it over the edge.

                Plenty of fresh tracks in the mix along with familiar tracks and re-edits. Highlights included L-Vis 1990's edit of How We Relate To The Body by Jam City, Bok Bok's massivley under-rated Reminder and a huge mash-up of Ballad 4D and Bring In The Katz from Georgia Girls.

                Check it out below:

                  On The Dancefloor: Mute [+ Free Mix]

                  Launched last November the team at Mute have been putting on stellar line-ups that have seen Sticky Mike's Frog Bar (yes, that really is a venue in Brighton) squeezed to capacity. With previous set's from Wen, Donga and Her Records' Sudanim & Miss Modular, Mute is quickly becoming Brighton's go to night for those who like their music with a little more grit and a little less cheese. Feburary ...
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                  Launched last November the team at Mute have been putting on stellar line-ups that have seen Sticky Mike's Frog Bar (yes, that really is a venue in Brighton) squeezed to capacity. With previous set's from Wen, Donga and Her Records' Sudanim & Miss Modular, Mute is quickly becoming Brighton's go to night for those who like their music with a little more grit and a little less cheese.

                  Feburary 21st will see them playing host to one of House Music's rising stars, Chubba. Deep and grooving with a playful swagger, Chubba's productions have been supported from the likes of Redlight and New York Transit Authority through to Marcus Nasty and the Swamp 81 crew. Alongside him Kimi, Tropikka, Paxah & Waxman Deep will be keeping the beats rolling and vibes flowing throughout the night.

                  As a specical preview for the night we've got a MUTE ALLSTARS B2B2B mix free to download below.

                  Tickets are £3 in advance from RA or £5 on the door with a special £3 list before midnight for names on the event wall.

                  Murlo - Sea Spray
                  Tropikka - Other Girl
                  Leon Vynehall - Step or Stone
                  Kodiak - Egyptian Kings
                  Soundbwoy Killah - Hackney Veal
                  Wen - Bombarded (War Dub
                  Blackwax - Phobia
                  L-Vis 1990 & Sinjin Hawke - The Pit
                  Mumdance & Logos - Turrican 2
                  Four Tet - Kool FM (Champion remix)
                  Cone - Doppa
                  Dizzee Rascal - String Hoe (Wen Refix)
                  Chubba - Kode 6
                  Tomb Crew - Duppy Pit


                    Essential Selection: Mumdance on Rinse.FM

                    Mumdance is big business this year and deservedly so. After a barrage of releases last year, he closed off 2013 with a stunning FACT Magazine mix and tip's from Oneman as One To Watch in 2014. Opening 2014 with a bang we've already had the release of 'Springtime' on Dj Haus's Unknown To The Unknown and 'Turbo Mitzi', his disorientating drop with Pinch, is lurking evilly round the corner ready to ...
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                    Mumdance is big business this year and deservedly so.

                    After a barrage of releases last year, he closed off 2013 with a stunning FACT Magazine mix and tip's from Oneman as One To Watch in 2014. Opening 2014 with a bang we've already had the release of 'Springtime' on Dj Haus's Unknown To The Unknown and 'Turbo Mitzi', his disorientating drop with Pinch, is lurking evilly round the corner ready to come out on Feburary 24th.

                    It's not just about releasing tracks though, Mumdance has an unquestionable love of music. From hardcore to grime, shoegaze to booty house; the passion for music can be heard in his productions and DJ sets. Take the reese in 'Legion', the ode to Eastwood & Oddz that is 'Kerplunk! Part.1' or the lush shoegaze of 'Demographics'. Each of these tracks highlight how much influence Mumdance's own musical listening can brandish on his productions, and that isn't to say the are unoriginal rather that their foundations have allowed the tracks to expand into greater things. Even as the driving force behind London club night Different Circles his eclecticism is is apparent with a line-up history that has included Lorca, Rabit, Esser and as of March 1st Marshall Jefferson.

                    But back to the mix. Aired at the end of January on Rinse.FM, it's two hours of face-melting bangers with too many highlights to mention. After opening up with some serious electronic architecture the mix launches into asphyxiating selection of tracks from Untold, Acre and Logos, and that's only the first hour. The second head across in a more colourful territory with tracks from JT the Goon, Groovestreet and collaborations with Rabit, Spyro and Novelist before culminating with a Metalheadz classic Doc Scott's Swarm.

                    Follow Mumdance on facebook and twitter


                      Traxx: Sinjin Hawke & MikeQ - Thunderscan

                      Oh my, Sinjan Hawke and MikeQ have concluded Hawke's Fractal Fantasy series with an absolute banger of a track. ThunderScan is the kind of track that throws you curveball after curveball; effortlessly switching momentum throughout while keeping the trademark signatures of each producers style intact. Sinjin's maximal soundscapes and MikeQ's fierce energy are consistently apparent as rippling tim ...
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                      Oh my, Sinjan Hawke and MikeQ have concluded Hawke's Fractal Fantasy series with an absolute banger of a track.

                      ThunderScan is the kind of track that throws you curveball after curveball; effortlessly switching momentum throughout while keeping the trademark signatures of each producers style intact. Sinjin's maximal soundscapes and MikeQ's fierce energy are consistently apparent as rippling timpani style drums deliver waves of tension counter-pointing the tracks plastique percussion and infectious chants. Ha Dance sample's crash through the soundscape like shards of crystal impaling the dancefloor and effervescent shakers punctate phrases across the track.

                      Over the course of the Fractal Fantasy series Sinjin Hawke has collaborated with Zora Jones, Morri$ and Night Slugs L-Vis 1990 with videos for each track being provided, in the most part, by animator Cyberlight whose high definition amorphos fluids capture the tracks synesthetic experience.

                      If you like ThunderScan, Sinjin's recent mix for i-D Magazine (below) is highly reccomend featuring more forthcoming jams from both Sinjin and MikeQ and sounding pretty much like how life would sound if you lived in a bubblegum dispenser.


                        Strange U - Scarlett Jungle

                        Strange U (Rapper Vulcan aka Kashmere The Iguana Man and beatsmith Dr Zygote) dropped Scarlett Jungle on Eglo Records back in March 2013. Spread over 6 bitesize morsels it was a release that passed me by until very recently. Coming off like the UK's very own amalgamation of DOOM and Dr Octagon, wrapped in clever wordplay and warped humour, it's UK Hip-hop but not as you know it, or atleast not as ...
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                        Strange U (Rapper Vulcan aka Kashmere The Iguana Man and beatsmith Dr Zygote) dropped Scarlett Jungle on Eglo Records back in March 2013. Spread over 6 bitesize morsels it was a release that passed me by until very recently. Coming off like the UK's very own amalgamation of DOOM and Dr Octagon, wrapped in clever wordplay and warped humour, it's UK Hip-hop but not as you know it, or atleast not as I remember it.

                        Dirgey, gritty and full of great punchlines. Dr Zygote's beats bump with that all important head nod factor. Vulcan's vocal flow; deceptively restrained despite their aggressive distortion. Each track on Scarlett Jungle is unique in style and creative execution. Plastique's stream of lyrical consciousness is both intelligent and humorous.

                        "Everything is made of plastic, even your face, your eyes, your nose, your ears, your thighs - get wise!"

                        Bad Trip Parent's thunderous beat conjures imagery of hooded cult members knelling before the altar in anticipation of the ritual sacrifice. Sublime in its completion, Scarlett Jungle's biggest let down is that it's just too damn short.

                        Scarlett Jungle is out now on 12" and download from Eglo Records .