Besides, I'm a 36 year old family man with loads of responsibilities and commitments, fer christ's sake. It amazes me that I find any time and energy to follow the latest developments in electronica, let alone write about them! Still, while I'm on the subject of Vex'd, check this tasty little interview with Jamie over at Grimemusic.com, which pretty much renders my own attempt redundant before I've even begun, as the interviewer covers all the stuff I would've asked anyway. Interesting to note Jamie's comments about "sound in general, the sounds of our environment, of the city" which sort of backs-up my own observations about the "subliminal auras that lurk behind the beats" when reviewing "Degenerate" back in July. Lot's of other insightfull comments there too, although Jamie was rather cautious when endorsing "male, white, 30+" bloggers. Hrrmmm...I think I speak in plain english, don't you? And I'm certainly not highly educated or a professional music journalist, so maybe he wasn't including me in his comments, even though the interviewer name-checked Gutterbreakz directly in the question.
It was also unfortunate that I missed the chance to see local talents Pinch, Blazey and ThinKing in action too, although I have been spoilt recently having seen Pinch on the deckles twice this month already, at Ruffneck Discotek and then back-to-back with Loefah at Subloaded Vs. Heatwave. What was particularly striking about the Ruffneck evening was that Pinch was on the same bill as Atki2 who, as one half of Monkey Steak
The second Ruffneck event promises another extreme clash of ideoligies, as Atki2 teams-up with his Monkey Steak partner Hanuman to do battle with the Joker, a local black sixteen year old unsigned Grime DJ/producer who was an absolute revelation when he played back-to-back with Blazey recently. Although they dropped plenty of heavyweight tunes from artists like Plasticman, Slew Dem and Roll Deep, Joker's own beats (spun off dubplates or laptop) were some of the freshest, craziest sounds I've heard this year. I'd love to get him to do a mix for the blog and after the show I tried explaining to him who I was and what I do, but he didn't seem very receptive. Maybe it'll happen at some point, but until then I urge anyone in the vicinity to reach this event on the 10th September and experience the Joker vibe for yourselves. It's gonna be a heavy night.
Forensics Dubstep Mix #9(new link)
Singing in the rain (intro)
Vex'd - Crusher Dub (Planet Mu)
Supa Stylist - The Culture Anthem (Supastar Recordings)
Geeneus - Congo (Tempa)
Skream - Ain't it Cold (Destructive)
Toasty Boy - Guesswork (Storming Productions)
DJ Distance - Breathing Space (Lix/Sting)
Digital Mystikz - B (DMZ)
Slaughter Mob - Stopper (Destructive)
Eric H - The Lights (Hot Flush)
DJ Distance - The Ritual (Lix/Sting)
Kode 9 - Ping (Rephlex)
Burial - South London Boroughs (Hyperdub)
Kode 9 - Sub-Kontinent (Rephlex)
Kode 9 & Daddy Gee - Babylon (Dub mix) (Tempa)
Toasty Boy - Dibble (Destructive)
Gutterbreakz - Shiverz (demo)
And if you're wondering how one of my tunes got tacked on the end, it's not some condition I imposed on him or anything! What happened was, I knew Krys was gonna be playing that night, so took along this new riddim on cd-r cos I was hoping he might play it that night so I could guage how one of my Fruity Loops productions sounded over a proper PA system. But they hadn't brought any CD turntables (it was vinyl, dubplates and laptops only) so that was the end of that idea. But Krys asked if he could keep the cd-r anyway. Looks like he enjoyed the tune enough to include it in his mix - cheers, mate!
By the way, today is the second birthday of the Gutterbreakz blog. Just so you know...