WINNIPEG WEDNESDAY: STANTON WARRIORS [JULY 17]

Stanton Warriors Winnipeg July 17,2014

Can’t really contain myself. STANTON WARRIORS are in town town tomorrow night at the Pyramid. The Warriors, Mark and Dominic Butler and Mark Yardley, is arguably the biggest act in the breaks community, churning out booming 808 rhythms since 2001. The Bristolian duo’s rise to the top has been yield by smashing releases on XL Records, Fabric, Cheap Thrills, Central Station, Universal, and of course their own label, Punx.

Winnipeg, you’re in for a treat as the Warriors make a stop in our small city as part of their North American tour. This is an absolute must-see act so let’s give our friends at RespectTheDJ.org a huge thanks for making this show happen.

Thursday, July 17
The Pyramid Cabaret (176 Fort Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Facebook event details (Note: The RespectTheDJ crew will open this up to free entry if the attending numbers on the event jump to 400 people!)
Local support by HOLLYWOOD HYPE and ELECTRIC KITTEN

We had a chance to ask The Warriors a few questions in advance of the show. Here’s how it went down.

How’s the tour going?
Great! All gigs have been going off so far!

Do you find many differences between shows in the UK and North America? If so, what are they?
Well the UK doesn’t have go go dancers and no one uses the term EDM but apart from that they are pretty similar.

What’s your favourite thing about playing in Canada?
Canadians like good music. You can’t get away with playing cheese or bad mixing.

This tour is looks like it’s mostly club shows and some small clubs at that. Do you have a favourite type of venue to play? How do club shows differ from festival shows?
Club shows have that intimate vibe where as festivals take things to a whole bigger level. So we love doing both!

Can you take us through your typical, if there is such a thing, show routine? What do you do for prep? As a duo, how do you play your shows?
Drink lots! Sometimes we knock up last minute edits at the hotel. I (Dominic) DJ and Mark chucks in accapellas and fx on top.

You’re busy guys too, with a pretty heavy touring schedule, original productions and remixes, and you run a label – how do you find time for all of this?
No real life outside of music!

When the two of you started out as Stanton Warriors, did you ever think you’d be where you are now? What’s it like looking back at your career?
Can’t believe how long it’s been and that we are still clocking the Airmiles. Can’t complain tho. I’m just glad we have stuck to our sound as it seems to still work well!

Was there a moment when you realized you’ve hit stardom?
2001 I guess when we won loads of awards for our Stanton Session vol 1 mix comp.

Has there ever been any thought behind your social media strategy or does it come out more organically?
We do it all 100% organic and real. I (Dominic) run it, whereas everyone else I know pays someone to run theirs.

What can we expect from the Warriors and with Punks?
A new album and lots of new signings to our label like mafia kiss, marten Hoeger and pirate jams

Who is Pirate Jams and where did you find him / her / they? (It’s one of you right, ha.) Happy Days is such a throwback tune, do you think many new fans can relate to it?
It’s a secret! But it’s not us. The tracks are definitely resonating with the new generation tho! Good music is good music!

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JURASSIK: FLAME ON EP [HOT CAKES RECORDS]

Jurassik - Flame On EP (Hot Cakes Records)

London producer JURASSIK is one of the new wave of artists combining jungle, garage, and breakbeat flavours into a rich matrix of roughneck riddims.

His debut on Deekline’s Hot Cakes imprint is a mighty four-track EP exploring nearly every facet of UK bass music. It’s led by a ravey throwback full of breaks, grueling basslines, and a bit of grime.

Next up is “Boomshakalah”, a floor-filling slice of grimey bass music, cut with sampled breakbeats, sirens, snatches of ragga vocal, and a killer drop that just screams carnival time.

We follow up with “Fyah”, which throws a lost acapella from the legendary Ragga Twins over kicks, claps and searing percussion to create another guaranteed future rave anthem.

Finally, Hit Dat (Jurassik’s 2014 VIP) sees the producer revisiting his 2010 smashup, adding strings, ragga vocal licks and searing fx for a bonafide dance floor destroyer.

Grab the EP on Beatport.

Jurassik also put together this mix for Lady Wak’s radio show. Quite nice…

Free download

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FUNKYSTEPZ: KINGS CROSS EP [FOUR40 RECORDS]

Funkystepz - Kings Cross EP

Underground music specialists FUNKYSTEPZ join the Four40 Records family with a knockout 4-track EP, infusing UKG, UK funky, house, and of course bass. The Kings Cross EP draws on a range of underground music influences, condensed into the realm of house music that’s equally melodic and heavy. You can preview below but you can save the trouble and get the 320s from Juno right now. Seriously, this entire EP is a 10/10.

The title track combines a choir chorus and bubbling basslines with subtley funky shuffle.

“Bump X” conjures some 90s nostalgia with its key stabs and 4/4 kicks. This is a track that’ll get the ladies’ hips moving while simultaneously cause a ruckus with the lads.

“Boyz In Da Hood” is an all out jackin’ number, styled with a little g-house flair and the perfect amount of grime for those times when the dancefloor craves something a little dirty.

“Twister” is all about surprises. The tune starts with a garage shuffle but immediately drops into something more sinister. Just as fast, the track changes back. These switches are executed perfectly – even though they’re abrupt, the track flows like vodka at a hen party.

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WINNIPEG WEDNESDAY: FREAKY FLOW [JUNE 30]

freaky flow in winnipeg (june 30, 2014)

What a better way to celebrate Canada’s 147th birthday, than with one of Canada’s top drum and bass exports. Now residing in LA, Bass Therapy is excited to welcome FREAKY FLOW, one of the pioneers of the Canadian electronic scene dropping an all vinyl set!

Monday, June 30
Ozzy’s Nightclub (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $15 adv / $20 at the door
Local support by: CHRIS KOMUS // LOTEK // NATHAN ZAHN
Facebook event

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FREESTYLERS: LOVE MY BASS DJ MIX [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Freestylers - Love My Bass dj mix

We just posted the video for THE FREESTYLERS‘ upcoming single, Electro Shock, but it appears as though the breaks founders have more up their sleeves. The Love My Bass mix reaches nearly every corner of the bass bin. There’s obviously some breaks, but also booty tech, and garage. It’s all here, rammed in a 41 minute package.


Free download with a like

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JASON BURNS: DO WITHOUT EP [LOVE & OTHER]

jason burns - do without - love and other

Having already inspired widespread acclaim, JASON BURNS‘ carefully concocted fusion of garage, house and bass music, shrouded in soulful R&B melodies, has won him support from a host of names and an appearance on XLR8R’s Best of 2013 list.

For his latest release he works more of his bassy house magic for Love & Other on the sensational “Do Without,” where he wraps a garage shuffle in ethereal sweeps and a resonating low end.

Following the lead track, “Hold On” reminds us of Jason’s instinct to produce bass fuelled dancefloor dubs. Here’s a cut for those who like deep, rich, bassy house music, served with a pinch of melancholy.

The EP also includes two remixes of “Do Without” – a sinister rework by BECKWITH who very well darkens the midnight hours to a deeper shade of black.

THE DEALER heads in the opposite direction with a disco-tinged take. Here’s a party jam to get anyone lounging onto their feet, any time of day.

Watch for the package to drop on Beatport on June 30.

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STE E (FT. ERIKA) – INVADE EP [DOMINO EFFECT]

ste e featuring erika - invade ep

Here’s some rather lovely bubbling house music on the garage tip from STE E, released by the indomitable, Domino Effect Records. The Leeds-based producer tapped the sultry vocal talents of ERIKA BURTONWOOD for the a-side, which hits all the marks: rich bassline, key stabs, and of course some sexy vocals.

The single gets some proper remix treatment too. Label founders S. JAY & OSTERTAG (Sam Jay and Nick Ostertag) rub out the polish of the original, pitching the vocals down while simultaneously pounding the kicks subtly deeper.

ANIMIST rolls out the garage vibes with a grinding bassline in his remix…

…While Kane KANE TOWNY buffs the sheen for what could be the club anthem of the summer.

The aptly titled the Invade EP gets rounded out with another pair of originals from Ste E. “Feed You” is another garage stomper and the re-release of “Flirtin’” goes deep in all the right places, paired nicely with more key stabs and a minimal vocal sample.

The EP is available on Beatport.

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