Om Unit will release his new EP, ‘Submerged’, this Friday 31st January.
The Bristol-based Cosmic Bridge boss and DJ Mag favourite is on top form across these six tracks, traversing the 160 spectrum with in a typically expert fashion. Stirring a heady mixture of dub, d&b and even a touch of techno, ‘Submerged’ swerves from depth-charge half-time toward full-throttle groove, with a deep, spacious atmosphere tying the whole thing together beautifully.
Ever-reliable Bristol label Livity Sound will release Toma Kami’s new EP ‘Negative Extasy’ this Friday 28th June.
The label’s first release of 2019 – following superb outings from Laurel Halo & Hodge, Facta, Cando, Forest Drive West and more last year – ‘Negative Extasy’ finds Toma Kami on particularly percussive form, bouncing from sharp, dubby trips to the headier hard-drum energy of the title track.
Brighton producer Etch will return with his ‘Ups & Downs’ LP on 19th October. Set for release via Sneaker Social Club x Gully the 12-track album comprises of a wide array of tracks produced between 2014 and 2018 during periods of exciting peaks and difficult lows.
‘Ups & Downs’ is thematically rich and showcases the producer’s – Zak Brashill – continued flourishing as one of the strongest producer’s in the UK’s jungle, half-time and breakbeat sphere.
Don Letts is a true legend of UK punk. A filmmaker, musician and DJ, the London-born icon has stood at the helm of the country’s most vital scene for over four decades, as both a documentarian and participant.
Known for bringing dub and reggae sounds into the punk sphere during his peerless DJ sets at The Roxy and forming the post-punk outfit Big Audio Dynamite with The Clash’s Mick Jones, Letts’ influence cannot be understated.
Half Pint ‘Greetings’
“A rally cry with a wicked bass line that’s an invite to all tribes to come and partake in the festivities”
Cronixx ‘Alpha & Omega’
“One of my current Jamaican favourites with the riddim twins, Sly and Robbie, in full effect - a modern take on the roots vibes that first drew me to Carnival in my early teens”
Chaka Demus & Pliers ‘Tease Me’
“This one’s for the ladies ‘cause once they’re movin’ and groovin’ everything else will take care of itself”
Congo Natty ‘UK Allstars’
“A great tune that perfectly captures the heyday of jungle when it crashed Carnival in the early ‘90s by paying respect to the pioneers of the form"
Bunji Carlin, Kubiyashi & Walsh Fire ‘Chicken and Dumpling’
“....and if you can resist all the culinary delights on offer across the two days of Carnival you're a slimmer being than me!"
Burial and The Bug are set to release a collaborative 12" EP at the end of the month.
‘Flame 1’ is comprised of two tracks, ‘Fog’ and ‘Shrine’ and will be released via a new label, Pressure. This is the first time the two Hyperdub affiliates have collaborated and will be each of their first releases of 2018.
Bryan Ferry's most recent musical odyssey came in the form of 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Avonmore’ album, and now the LP has been remixed and retooled by the leading lights of the modern disco world.
The remixes album features reworks from the likes Leo Zero, Ray Mang, Prins Thomas, Justin Robertson, Leftside Wobble, Idjut Boys, Man Power and many more who’ve all lent their well-trained ears to serve up some sizzling new versions of the superb originals.
It’s glorious midday Sunday sunshine when your DJ Mag hack arrives at the festie. The site — which attendees have been informed about by email a little while before the event — is easy to find, thanks to the wonders of Google Maps, and we immediately run into Barry Ashworth from the Dub Pistols. A tireless supporter of independent festivals and the like, Barry’s a part of the furniture at Shindig Weekender already — so much so that they’ve named a stage after him (and he’s co-curated the stage).
“I think with electronic music and modern day ideas about mastering and all these processes, people want to get rid of the background noise and the life, the depth of stuff, they want to clean it all up, and just have air,” believes Mauritian-English producer Mo Kolours. “But there's no such thing for me. It feels richer when there's more in there.