Jack Sparrow Speaks

Jack Sparrow (Author / R. Wild) shares some valuable insights with GetDarker in this recent interview

Some good words from Jack Sparrow / R Wild / 1/2 of Author, one of my favorite producers. One of the more well-spoken, and friendlier artists I’ve interacted with as a result of working on this site. Also, he comes correct with the book recommendations so much respect for him in that regard too.

It’s a therapy for me. It literally is therapy. If I didn’t do music there are parts of me that I couldn’t get out; in conversation, emotionally. It’s not a case of “I’m gonna do this tune and this promo and rah rah rah.” I write tunes because I need to.

Excellent anecdotes and observations on the early dubstep scene, his emergence as an artist, and ironically some allusions to the topics brought up in the musical ability vs neighborhoods of UK post from yesterday.

GetDarker Meets Jack Sparrow

The Absurdity of “EDM Promotion”

Our good friends over at Infernal Techno proverbially “went in” in this well written post about Atlanta’s self-inflicted inability to take it’s electronic music scene seriously.

Our good friends over at Infernal Techno proverbially “went in” in this well written post about Atlanta’s self-inflicted inability to take it’s electronic music scene seriously.

Atlanta is undeniably a music town, and will likely always have a legacy as such but everybody here halfway affiliated with the electronic music scene will attest to a widespread inability to take anything seriously. That being said, I am certain the sentiments raised below are specific to my city alone.

I shouldn’t be paraphrasing here so read for yourself:

Atlanta Dance Music Promoters Are More Irrelevant Than The Crowds They Draw

Without even realizing it, Atlanta promoters single out their crowds, shame their ignorance on musicians and tell them there’s no better place in the city than their parties. This sort of backhanded welcome is embraced by more than just a few promoters; it seems to be an adopted form of advertisement. I don’t know about you, but when I’m told I’ve been sleeping under a rock because I don’t know who Johnny Digital is from Nowhere, USA, I have a lesser interest in finding out.

Mala – The Essential Mix

Mala’s session for Radio 1’s Essential Mix show, download, stream, and view the tracklist of the two hour dubstep session from the legendary Digital Mystikz don.

Digital Mystikz co-creator, and all around dubstep don Mala was finally presented as the featured guest on BBC Radio 1‘s Essential Mix broadcast last evening. Coming fresh off the heels of Mala in Cuba‘s success lock in below for streams and downloads of the two-hour radio session from April 13, 2013.

Check below for download and tracklist information.

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NPR Music's Top 100 for 2012

NPR Music lists it’s 100 favorite tracks from 2012 and provides a Spotify and Rdio station to allow streaming of their submissions

Our friends over at NPR Music have made their list of Top 100 Songs for 2012 available for browsing and streaming over on their website.

Featuring selections this year from a number of albums and artists covered here, including Spiritualized, Mala, and Wiley, it felt only right to share the link here.

 

NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 [article]
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Spotify
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Rdio

Mayhem & Antiserum – Brick Squad Anthem

Free Download Mayhem & Antiserum – Brick Squad Anthem

A huge collaboration from Atlanta’s Mayhem, and San Francisco’s Antiserum on the track Brick Squad Anthem. Large sounds from two artists who have firmly established their place in the upper echelon of US-based producers, giving this one up for download.

Click on over to the Facebook link above to check it out for yourself.

 

DOWNLOAD MAYHEM & ANTISERUM – BRICK SQUAD ANTHEM

Free EP from misk

A free download, five tracks from San Diego’s Misk on his “It’s My Birthday” EP. Help him celebrate another year and enjoy the free tunes

misk - It's My BirthdayHappy Birthday to San Diego’s misk. If you forgot to get him a gift, you can do him a favor and go download a new five-track EP showcasing his tracks, and he’s been nice enough to let you name your own price on this one.

Obviously with it being his birthday, it would be fair for you to pay more than $0 – do something nice for the man on his birthday, and oh yeah – enjoy the tunes.

Author Live @ Reconstrvct

Author (Jack Sparrow / Ruckspin) live performance at NYC’s Reconstrvct available for free download

A free download courtesy of Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin (aka Author) as they make their recent performance at Reconstrvct’s Outlook launch party available as a free download.

Much respect to Author, and the Reconstrvct crew for putting this together as a part of their Outlook Festival pre-launch party.

Download: Author – Live @ Reconstrvct Outlook Launch Party

Mix: Horsepower Productions Live @ FWD>> (2003)

Following their full length release last year, and most recently appearing as a VJ for this years Bass Mutations party at Unsound NYC, Benny Ill of the foundational Horsepower Productions crew recently joined twitter and is giving away this remastered mix from a 2003 performance at FWD>>

Following a full length release last year, and most recently appearing as a VJ for this years Bass Mutations party at Unsound NYC, Benny Ill of the foundational Horsepower Productions crew recently joined twitter and is giving away this remastered mix from a 2003 performance at FWD>>

Download: Benny Ill Dub Mix Live at FWD>> (2003)

Late Nite Tip – June 17, 2012 (w/ Clicks & Whistles)

Clicks & Whistles b2b Shortstack for the June 17, 2012 broadcast of Embassy Recordings’ “Late Nite Tip” radio show on Sub.FM

Petey Clicks (Clicks & Whistles) at Impulse FestivalA very special episode of Late Nite Tip this weekend as I was joined by Petey from Clicks & Whistles following our interesting weekend at the first Impulse Music and Arts Festival in Union Point, GA. More on that weekend in another post soon to follow.

In the absence of Distal and Mite this week, Petey and I went b2b for the full two hours, getting a bit different than we usually do. Thanks to everybody who locked in during the broadcast – and a huge thanks to Petey for grinding through after a month of touring to cap it off with an appearance on Late Nite Tip!

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Indigo – Wake EP (HYPELTD06)

All killer, no filler on three tracks, none clocking in under the six minute mark

Indigo - Wake EP (HYPELTD06)A well-played shift in focus from bass music stalwart Indigo for his latest release for Hypercolour imprint Hypercolour Limited. Moving away from the deeper dubstep sounds Indigo is probably most noted for, Indigo shows his versatility on three strong techno-minded productions.

All killer, no filler on three tracks, none clocking in under the six minute mark. The EP opens with the releases eponymous Wake, utilizing the same sharp percussion that is a trademark of Indigo‘s garage influenced dubstep productions. Aradia plunges the listener deep, opting for  stripped-down, minimally influenced style yet still maintaining a driving beat preventing any semblance of being mistaken for sleepily evolving dub tool. The EP closes with Kali, replete with the requisite filtered white-noise over a driving techno rhythm.

Always having been a fan of Indigo, and a growing fan of stripped down techno sounds as I grow older, I feel privileged to be able to give this a quality listen – and encourage you to do the same with the previews below. Be sure to pick up Wake EP on its release July 2.

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Edgewoode – Damn!/Freak! (EMB011)

LIsten to the latest release from Embassy Recordings, two tracks from Mayhem’s “Edgewoode” moniker and a remix from Clicks & Whistles

Atlanta producer Anthony Rotella expounds on his freshly-minted Edgewoode moniker. Following up his spring release for Los Angeles’ based Deceast, Edgewoode returns with two more originals and a remix from Embassy alumni Clicks & Whistles for a decidedly Southern release.

The release’s A-Side Damn! is a peak-hour track combining biting synth and organ interplay over a shuffling drum beat, a nod to the musical landscapes of Edgewoode and Embassy’s Atlanta roots. The flip-side features Freak!, employing a sparse, expressive arrangement that creates a soulful vibe reminiscent of classic g-funk era rap buoyed by an instantly recognizable vocal. Rounding out the release is a rework of Freak! by Charlotte duo Clicks & Whistles, who ratchet the original up in their signature style.

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Late Nite Tip (June 6, 2012)

Here is the June 6 recording of Late Nite Tip, this one just Mite and Shortstack again as Distal was overseas wrapping up his near month-long Europe tour. Appreciation to everybody who locked in. Shortstack on a brief jungle/dnb session at the end.

Late Nite Tip - June 6, 2012 (Embassy Recordings / SubFM)Sorry for the delay, here is the June 6 recording of Late Nite Tip, this one just Mite and Shortstack again as Distal was overseas wrapping up his near month-long Europe tour. Appreciation to everybody who locked in.

Shortstack on a brief jungle/dnb session at the end.
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