Archive: Distal on Boiler Room

Distal, the proclaimed “Boss of the South” brings his sound to the legendary Boiler Room as a part of the recent Tectonic Recordings takeover

The crew at Boiler Room have updated their live archives to include the 40-minute set from the Boiler Room Tectonic Recordings Takeover.

Both video and audio archives available for steaming here courtesy of the Boiler Room YouTube and Soundcloud pages, check beneath for the embedded content.

TFB Profiles Distal

Atlanta-based dubstep label and blog The Freak Beat speaks with Distal about his upcoming Civilization LP on Tectonic Recordings, as well as his own Embassy Recordings label and more.

New Earth Music HallFilmed following his performance at New Earth Music Hall the other week, The Freak Beat interviews Distal about his upcoming album Civilization.

Keep a look for a short cameo by yours truly during the obligatory brostep section of the interview, clearly a surprising time for me to voice an opinion.

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Distal – Civilization (TECCD014)

Civilization transcends what most expect from the legendary Tectonic label, with tracks that exploring a wide palette of styles, not simply BPM, and the unmistakable aesthetic of a Distal production.

Distal - Civilization (TECCD014)Distal‘s first full-length release Civilization will finally ship on the highly esteemed Tectonic Recordings label on April 30.

After my first few listens, quite simply, Civilization is a breath of fresh-air to Tectonic. Distal will be the first to cite Pinch‘s influence in his own work, however Civilization transcends what most expect from the legendary label. Tracks exploring a wide palette of styles, not simply BPM, with the unmistakable aesthetic of a Distal production. More importantly the tracks and their arrangement do feel cohesive, a craft that seems to elude many full length releases in the current wave of electronic music.

Read more and listen to previews of Distal’s Civilization LP beneath the fold.

For more in-depth analysis on the release, check the following sites posted reviews:

Resident Advisor, The Quietus, XLR8R, Ear Milk, Sonic Router, MixMag

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Get To Know: Archie Pelago

A comprehensive look at Brooklyn-based jazz trio Archie Pelago, highlighting currently available releases, interviews, and freely downloadable or streaming videos and mixes

Archie PelagoTo get you ready for the Archie Pelago mix on Mary Anne Hobbs’ XFM broadcast Saturday April 7, let’s make sure you know what’s good.

Archie Pelago, a three-man outfit from Brooklyn, combines classically influenced cello, saxophone, and trumpet with contemporary music and modern technology for a sound that reaches beyond other electronic / instrumental collaborations in recent memory.

Lately, too many performers treat Ableton Live as DJ software, not leveraging the software’s potential to reshape music during  performance, a realization not lost on Archie Pelago.

UPDATE:
Listen to Archie Pelago on Mary Anne Hobbs XFM (Broadcast 7-April 2012)
Watch Archie Pelago Live at TekServe (14-April 2012)

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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]

Author (Jack Sparrow / Ruckspin) Review

A bit of a different sound than expected from these two; the self-titled full length from Author brings smooth late-night vibe to contrast the usually upbeat and energetic productions from Sparrow and Ruckspin. Replete with soulful brass parts reminiscent of Good Looking Records’ Cookin’ imprint.

It is no secret that we are big fans of Jack Sparrow here at icnt.mx, having been blown away by the artist’s full length on Tectonic as well as his near endless list of remixes and singles that keep popping up. His latest sees Sparrow teaming up with a familiar collaborator of his in Ruckspin for another full length for Tectonic under the production moniker ‘Author.’

A bit of a different sound than expected from these two; the self-titled full length from Author brings smooth late-night vibe to contrast the usually upbeat and energetic productions from Sparrow and Ruckspin. Replete with soulful brass parts reminiscent of Good Looking Records’ Cookin’ imprint.

No attention to details spared here; the two producer’s alternate lives crafting sound-system focused tunes is not lost here. With strong focus paid to the soundscapes each track paints, the tracks are undeniably deep however, hardly any would seem out of place in the mellower hours of the dancehall.

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Distal – Angry Acid / French Science (TEC051)

Review and preview of Distal’s ‘Angry Acid’ and ‘French Science’ released on Tectonic Recordings

No stranger to the readers of this site, my Late Nite Tip cohort Distal makes his debut on Pinch‘s esteemed Tectonic label today with a single release featuring the two tracks “Angry Acid” and “French Science.”

Angry Acid‘ has been getting a lot of love on our radio show since it was first finished, an aptly named acid influenced banger that clocks in closer to 140 than most of its acid influenced counterparts. The tune is huge, as in, Spinal Tap arena-rock loud — and definitely commands the attention of any dancefloor.

The flip side ‘French Science‘ offers a nice contrast with a much slower track that in typical Distal fashion utilizes myriad sounds that make pegging it down to any definable genre nearly impossible.

The release notes describe this as existing somewhere between Aphex Twin and Drexciya, quite an intense comparison but when through this release, the realization that Distal‘s music defines its own styles more than falling into existing niches makes the comparison valid. Also, check out that artwork…. seriously how can you resist owning a 12″ with that ravetastic design!?

Distal – Angry Acid / French Science (TEC051) is available in vinyl and digital download formats starting today 22-Aug, in all finer shops. Previews and video of the release being played live available beneath the fold.

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Video : Distal @ Bass Church

After a heinous 7 hr drive to Charlotte, NC (typically 4 hr maximum) Distal and I finally arrived at The Fillmore for an interesting night at Bass Church hosted by Mindelixir.

I stitched together some clips of the evening in the video linked on Vimeo below, with clips of Distal’s ‘Angry Acid’ and ‘French Science’ both forthcoming on Tectonic as well as a deep collab cut from Commodo and Lurka

Hurry up and wait seems to be the theme around here lately. I have a number of updates for the website pending but have been busy the past few weeks both in and outside of Atlanta. After a heinous 7 hr drive to Charlotte, NC (typically 4 hr maximum) Distal and I finally arrived at The Fillmore for an interesting night at Bass Church hosted by Mindelixir.

I stitched together some clips of the evening in the video linked on Vimeo below, with clips of Distal’s Angry Acid‘ and ‘French Science both forthcoming on Tectonic as well as a deep collab cut from Commodo and Lurka

Thanks to all our Charlotte crew, HeyWhoreHey, KT Caustic, Buckmaster, BLNGxBDGT and everybody else who helped make it a huge night for us visiting.

Distal – Live at Bass Church from Owen / shrtstck on Vimeo.

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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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

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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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Jack Sparrow – Circadian (TECCD009)

Yesterday, the much awaited full length release  from Leeds based producer Jack Sparrow, on the always high-quality Tectonic label. As true with most Tectonic releases, On ‘Circadian,’ Sparrow delivers a sharp and deep full length, with one foot heavily planted in classic dubstep vibes, and sound-design that is a clear nod to influences from techno and minimal production elements.

The release starts off with ‘Loveless,’ a smooth tune that is a clear indication from the beginning that ‘Circadian’ intends to be much more than a run-off-the-mill dubstep full length release, with an aesthetic that reminds me of early Ramadanman releases such as ‘The Woon.’ Continuing, the release features a VIP remix of his previous release ‘The Chase’ and an exciting and deep collaboration with Ruckspin, the tempo speeds up and the mood approaches autonomic as you hear the syncopated rhythms of tracks like ‘Relapse’

Many many highlights on this exciting and well deserved full length release from Sparrow on Pinch’s Tectonic label, a full length that is equally well served on the headphones as it is in the club. Although releases from Jack Sparrow do seem few-and-far-between at times the sheer volume of keepers on this release and growth in the depth of sound has made this release worth the wait.

Circadian is available for purchase as of this week, and Fact Magazine is currently running a week long free preview of the release via Soundcloud for those looking to stream the tunes in their entirety.

Be sure to check out this remix of good friends’ of mine Subreachers that Jack Sparrow and they recently posted online, deep vibes from both of them each and every.

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’

LWE Podcast 57 – 2562 v. A Made Up Sound

Little White Earbuds cotinues its podcast series with an exciting installment from Dutch-based 2562; who has been constantly blurring the lines between techno and dubstep with two amazing full legnth releases ‘Aerial’ and ‘Unbalance’ both on the Tectonic label. I have been fortunate enough to catch Huisman’s DJ work once before when the Atlanta Dubstep crew brought him through Atlanta a little over a year ago. Hands down one of the most mind-blowing DJ sets I have had the chance to see, and since then have made a concerted effort to try and keep and ear out for any new output.

Glance over to LWE now and check out the interview and download the mix

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Tectonic Readies full length Jack Sparrow

After a brief respite following the releases of his Terminal / Tormented 12″ on Pinch’s Tectonic label earlier this year, October 4th has been marked as the release date for the Leeds’ bass music experimenter. The release “Circadian Rhythms” is marked by a large number of unreleased tracks as well as a VIP reworking of The Chase, and collaborations with Ruckspin and Indi Kaur who’s vocals left a lasting impression on many following her appearance on Pinch’s Angels in the Rain

If you are unfamiliar be sure to check out the mix he prepared as a part of the Fact Magazine Series available for streaming via MixCloud, complete tracklist is available beneath the fold. Continue reading “Tectonic Readies full length Jack Sparrow”