Photek / Pinch – Acid Reign (PPRO16DS)

Similar to any self-respecting electronic music fan, I am a huge fan of Photek, however would be lying if I said I was anything less than unimpressed with his recent contribution on Pinch’s Tectonic Recordings imprint.

Thankfully, I know better than to expect anything less than the best from two of music’s most highly acclaimed producers of the past decade. The pair recently collaborated on a pair of singles released on Rupert’s Photek Productions imprint.

Photek and Pinch - Acid Reign / M25FMSimilar to any self-respecting electronic music fan, I am a huge fan of Photek, however would be lying if I said I was anything less than unimpressed with his recent contribution on Pinch‘s Tectonic imprint.

Thankfully, I know better than to expect anything less than the best from two of music’s most highly acclaimed producers of the past decade. The pair recently collaborated on a pair of singles released on Rupert Parkes’ Photek Productions imprint.

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Pinch speaks to MixMag on Distal’s ‘Civilization’ full-length

Catching up with MixMag for their Scene Selection series, Tectonic label boss Pinch gave some wonderful accolades of the labels forthcoming full length release ‘Civilzation’ from Distal due in April.

Catching up with Mixmag’s Scene Selection series, Tectonic label boss Pinch gave some wonderful accolades of the labels forthcoming full-length release ‘Civilzation‘ from Distal due in April.

Big album dropping next month from a very exciting up and coming USA artist called Distal. ‘Civilization’ drops heavy at the end of April. The LP transcends the boundaries of dubstep, techno, juke, ghetto tech and laces it all with a gritty warehouse vibe. It really sounds like nothing else I’ve ever heard and I love it all the more for that… Keep your eyes peeled for that and some more bone crunching sub heavy rhythms on 12″ too…

In addition to the words, a podcast for stream and download including ‘Amphibian,’ a selection from the aforementioned Distal release.

Scene Selection: Tectonic [via Mixmag]

Download: Adult Swim – Unclassified

Free Download of Adult Swim’s ‘Unclassified’ compilation with free tunes from Pinch, Kode9, Burial, SBTRKT, Geiom, Cooly G, and more

Not too long ago, it was remarked that Atlanta had made no significant contributions to the dubstep and bass music scenes. Hopefully those opinions will be changing; Adult Swim has made available a cache of tunes from a large selection of artists who have been covered on this site, and more on this free download and stream ‘Unclassified

Quite excited here as Pinch‘s ‘Blow Out The Candle‘ is now freely available to the masses.

Download: Adult Swim – Unclassified

Tracklist:

Ikonika – World On Mute
XXXY – Kerpow
Geiom – Pure Bristle
Ginz – Chrome
Lukid – Running From The Demons
Geeneus – Knife & Gun (Dusk & Blackdown 2Step Mix)
SBTRKT – Goldigger
Starkey – Eris
Actress – Murder Plaza
Zomby – Hexagons
Dauwd – Ikopol
Boxcutter – Waiting For The Lights
Babe Rainbow – Give You Time
Burial – Street Halo
Kode9 – Just Inside
Pinch – Blow Out The Candle
Cooly G – R U Listening

Heads up to @johnnybeverton for tipping me off to this one!

RA.247 : Pinch

“In terms of the space dub creates—use of reverb and delay/FX to create soundscape spaces as part of a subtractive process rather than an additive one..[o]vernight it turned a mixing desk into an instrument and that helped massively to break away from the tried and tested ‘band’ format of music making and open up a path for manipulating sound itself as a means of creating music.”

A quote from Pinch that appropriately highlights his approach. Tracks like ‘Qawwali,’ ‘Widescreen,’ and ‘Battered‘ show that he lives what he preaches — moreover I have no qualms in freely admitting that the ‘Underwater Dancehall‘ full length on Pinch’s own Tectonic label might alone be the reason I am a fan of dubstep music. Although ‘wobble’ is often used pejoratively in many circles, none can deny that Pinch has expertly crafted the concept in a way that is intelligent, and classically ‘dub minded.’

This approach to sound gives his Tectonic label and his DJ sets a uniquely identifiable sound, one we have talked about in more than one post on this site. The high esteem of Pinch’s own productions combined with the Tectonic aesthetic, it is clear why Resident Advisor has tapped him for the latest installment to their podcast series. An excellent selection of tracks listed below, and as always a good short interview from the RA team with the artist on the RA page. To be expected, a wonderful mix effortless moving from the sounds of ambient, acid techno, traditional dubstep, and a host of inexplicable styles as well.

And, obviously, much respect to my good friend and Sub.FM radio partner Distal for having two of his original tracks appear in this mix from Pinch, including some bits that are forthcoming on the highly esteemed Tectonic label. Always excellent to see friends getting well-earned and well-deserved attention.

RA.247 : Pinch [via Resident Advisor]
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Pinch / Scientist Feature on Gilles Peterson

In support of the highly anticipated Tectonic compilation featuring remixes from dub reggae pioneer Scientist, the two appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson show a few weeks ago. In support not only the album’s release and the live shows celebrating the release, the two sat in for a short set.

This might be your best chance to experience these tunes before the albums impending release next week on 6-Dec, some deep reggae cuts from the legendary Scientist are mixed in as well. Definitely worth picking this one up for a the listen.

Download Gilles Peterson w/ guests Alice Russell, Scientist, and Pinch [via HotFile]

Full tracklist beneath the fold.

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Sub.FM 21-Nov – Tracklist & DL

Big thanks to all who locked in this week for Distal + Shortstack on Sub.FM, our apologies for all the issues early on getting started but things seemed to mellow out pretty quickly. We have added a streamable and downloadable version of the show below, thanks to Offical.FM for the hosting.

Click below the fold to view the entire tracklist, see you again the first Sunday in December. The stream should appear below, to download the mix click the arrow to the right of the timeline or click here.

 

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V/A – Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space (Reviewed)

I know I am not the only one who was drawn to dubstep by spending formative years of my youth listening to reggae albums, especially dub. Honestly, Scientist has always been a personal favorite; no disrespect to King Tubby for being the originator and no disrespect to Mad Professor for embracing new technologies in an old sound however Scientist seemed to always sit perfectly in the middle of the proto, and the present.

“This project has taken over a year to put together from its conception late last summer. The final results are worth every minute of effort that’s gone into this – this is definitely my proudest moment for Tectonic to date. The influence of dub swings round full circle!” –Pinch

Purchase The Original Mixes
Purchase The Scientist Versions

I know I am not the only one who was drawn to dubstep by spending formative years of my youth listening to reggae albums, especially dub. Honestly, Scientist has always been a personal favorite; no disrespect to King Tubby for being the originator and no disrespect to Mad Professor for embracing new technologies in an old sound however Scientist seemed to always sit perfectly in the middle of the proto, and the present. His “Vampires” and “World Cup” releases having left the biggest impression on me, even still today. Obviously, I’m absolutely enthralled that this release exists and even more having an opportunity to listen to these tracks and relay some early impressions on them back to readers.

Attempting my hardest to stay away from clichéd idioms when writing this review, it is difficult to approach speaking about specific tracks on this release without emphasizing “the sum is greater than the parts.” Honestly, this is something that I hope listeners appreciate start-to-finish as much as selectors and dancers will appreciate hearing singles played in DJ sets, or even more excitingly the upcoming UK tour with Scientist to support the album’s release.

Read below for my complete review:

Also, you can download the Scientist version of King Midas Sound track ‘U’ (U Dub) and Guido’s ‘Korg Back Dub‘ by entering your email information below:

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Scientist / Tectonic – Dubstep Into Outer Space Announced

Read my complete review of this release here

Fact Magazine revealed the tracklisting for Tectonic‘s upcoming collaborative project with dub reggae pioneer Scientist. As I stated on Twitter earlier today, without having discovered the sounds of King Tubby and Scientist I likely would not be listening to or djing dubstep at all. The influence of dub reggae’s aesthetics is prevalent among any honest dubstep releases. It is clear to understand why Pinch regards this release as a seminal moment in the history of Tectonic; it is clearly an important moment for modern bass music in general. Can’t wait to have a copy of Ill Kontent and City Cycle available for personal listening and playing out finally, and obviously can’t wait to hear how Scientist has reworked these tunes.

Disc one: Scientist Mixes
1. Pinch ft Emika – ‘2012 Dub’
2. Armour (Roly Vex’d) – ‘The Long Way Dub’
3. Guido – ‘Korg Back Dub’
4. Shackleton – ‘Hackney Marshes Dub’
5. King Midas Sound – ‘U Dub’
6. Loefah & SGT Pokes – ‘Dog Money Dub’
7. Distance – ‘Ill Kontent Dub’
8. RSD – ‘After All Dub’
9. Jack Sparrow – ‘Red Sand Dub’
10. Mala (Digital Mystikz) – ‘City Cycle Dub’
11. Cyrus (Random Trio) – ‘Footsteps Dub’
12. Kode 9 & Spaceape – ‘Abeng Dub’

Disc two: Dubstep Originals
1. Pinch ft Emika – ‘2012’
2. Armour (Roly Vex’d) – ‘The Long Way’
3. Guido – ‘Korg Back’
4. Shackleton – ‘Hackney Marshes’
5. King Midas Sound – ‘U’
6. Loefah & SGT Pokes – ‘Dog Money’
7. Distance – ‘Ill Kontent’
8. RSD – ‘After All’
9. Jack Sparrow – ‘Red Sand’
10. Mala (Digital Mystikz) – ‘City Cycle’
11. Cyrus (Random Trio) – ‘Footsteps’

9-July DJG, Richard Devine, Shortstack – The SoundTable (ATL)

DJG Flyer (Back)

In case you can’t tell by the increased frequency of posts things have been quite busy around here lately; in addition to the obscene amounts of techno on Thursday night, I will be joining Richard Devine and San Francisco’s DJG.

DJG has been a long time favorite of mine, with a number of releases on early SF-based dubstep label NarcoHZ, which also featured the deep sounds of artists like Djunya, Juju, and Tes La Rok. Focused on a more deeper vibe than what permeates most of the American dubstep landscape, DJG’s music has held a place in my own sets as well as being rinsed by much higher profile DJs such as N-Type, Pinch, and Joe Nice

I am quite excited to be a part of this lineup; these are both artists and performers I have looked up to for quite some time, and it’s definitely an honor to be a part of the evening; especially given how amazing great everything sounded the last event Atlanta Dubstep held at The SoundTable with Headhunter.

If you are looking to check out some more from these artists before heading down to this one Friday night, DJG provided an interview and a downloadable mix available from Sonic Router. Additionally be sure to check out this podcast from Richard Devine for Electric Deluxe, or be sure to come see him the evening before as a part of Heat Promotions’ Thermal at Lava Lounge.