In the world of UK ‘bass music’ there’s a few names that seem to always be pushing the envelope in terms of production style and taste-making; Joy Orbison, who’s been featured here before, Instra:mental, who just released an excellent new LP, Will Saul, who’s Aus imprint has been home to many a seminal release, and many more. One name that will always get mentioned on that list is David Kennedy, aka Ramadanman. Over the past couple years he’s crafted a few aliases as well, in order the release music that wouldn’t necessarily suit the Ramadanman sound he perfected on his Hessle Audio label: Pearson Sound, which slows the tempo a bit and further hones the use of negative space in the songs, something Kennedy is the master of, and Maurice Donovan, Kennedy’s newfound Chicago House alter-ego, and my new personal favourite. Three monikers, three distinct sounds, and a whole lot of awesome music: Kennedy is making his first extended tour through North America at present (with UKG legend Zed Bias no less!), and I have the honor of opening the show this Friday… very excited to hear a set from the much-vaunted producer, as these NA jaunts are infrequent. Hit the jump for a few more favourites from Kennedy.
As Brendan mentioned a couple days ago, times are busy ’round the 84/85 camp. I myself have been in music land, getting ready for a busy summer of shows, working on stuff for a new weekly party, continuing with my bass music involvement, and prepping mixes/edits/etc for some good old fashioned promo. As such I’ve been deep in the internet and have stumbled across a wide range of good new music, from artists both well know and just bubbling up from the underground. Featured above is my favorite jam from the new Broken Social Scene album… pretty haunting stuff, and a worthy followup to their much-vaunted previous two LPs. Keep reading for more of my choice picks for the best new music, and always try to buy the good stuff at places like Beatport or Amazon.
With so much good new music coming out all the time it’s hard to keep up, even if you’re fully in tune the with the right blogs and websites. An interesting and often frustrating part of contemporary electronic music culture is that in the age of singles and EPs so many amazing tracks either lack a proper release, or are exclusives to top DJs and producers for months before they are available to the general public. I find the best way to keep in touch with the direction and sound of my favourite artists is to jam out all the latest mixes; this is where new material is premiered, and where I can gauge my own style against that of the DJs/producers I respect the most, to make sure I’m always keeping it fresh and interesting. Here are my top five mixes at the moment, from UK-based Jackmaster, Ramadanman, Greena (pictured above), Deadboy, and Germany’s Motor City Drum Ensemble.
FACT mix 112: Deadboy
Ramadanman: Ruffage Wire Podcast
Jackmaster Exclusive Numbers Mix For Dazed
XLR8R Podcast 120: Greena
XLR8R Podcast 119: Motor City Drum Ensemble