Please forgive the confusing title of the post. With the Winnipeg Wednesday feature we’re trying to highlight some dj culture here in our freezing city of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada; of which there is an abundance of. The newly resurrected Legit:Fridays is another example of one of the better monthly events going on. Focusing on the wide spectrum of bass music, while simultaneously filtering out the commercially branded noise, Legit:Fridays gives our city a chance to get heavy and keep our shirts on when doing so.
Friday, February 21 (and every 2nd last Friday of the month)
Ozzy’s (160 Osborne Street)
Tix: $5 before midnight / $10 after Facebook event page
This month features a couple of long-time players. LOTEK, who’s often known as my better half as THE SHAKE, is on the bill and will undoubtedly smash it with jams no one’s heard. He always throws down tunes that has other djs, myself included – even when we play together, scrambling up to the stage to ask about. DAN GILSON is another old-timer (at least in dj years). Perhaps he’s most known for playing breaks, but dood can cook nearly anything up in a set. Relative new-comer, but someone who’s been around for seemingly forever is KARMA KAZI. He’s on the bill playing breaks and house, but given his affliction for mid-tempo, anything could happen.
I have no idea, but the night could sound something like this…
It’s been hard to keep up with ROB MADE and his latest project, Sleazy G, the g-house sub-label under the Sleazy Deep umbrella. Releases have been coming rapid fire, like the rat-tat-tat-tat from an automatic weapon. Beats boom more like canons though. Take for instance Bangerz Vol. 1, a little compilation featuring house music gangstas running deep in thug life. Boom.
One of the reasons I like ghetto funk is it’s ability to cross genres and enter territory not easily explored. It’s hella fun to play too. WARP9 has successfully captured that spirit since he was knee high to a bass bin. On his latest effort, he wobbles down an alley in the deep American south, tripping over bluesy harmonica samples and scraping out a little glitch as he falls to the pavement. “Seems Like a Dream” arrives via a new label, Funk Fusion, on their debut compilation available on Juno.
I first heard Warp9 over at our friends ghettofunk.co.uk. One of the staples of the blog, SPINFORTH‘s Scour just reached a milestone and to celebrate the 100th post, Warp9 was asked to put together something special. Preview below, then head to the scour page to grab a few handfulls of mid-tempo love.
Here we have a release that simply can’t come soon enough. Released on STANTON WARRIORS‘ label Punks Music, the tune from mystery producer PIRATE JAMS is a throwback to the ravey heydays of the 90s.
The original captures the warehouse vibes from the era full of sweaty bodies writhing in an unapologetic twisted mess. JUSTIN HARRIS burns through his own 90s flash back with his remix, dropping a few doses of acid tweakery. On the other end, HOWLA punches out a glitch fueled stomper, knocking the bassline well into the future. Watch for the official release coming February 24.
Seems like everyone’s getting a little romantic on this holiday for lovers. JPOD is in on the action with this bassy swing number. Remixing The Puppini Sisters, the Beat Chef is hoping you’ll get in the mood.
OFF Recordings are celebrating their fifth birthday with a smashing EP, featuring a number of core artists on their roster. Proving that OFF Recordings is much more than just a label, they gathered some of the closest members of the OFF family for the release as well as for a series of parties world wide, all in celebration of the milestone.
The first track on the EP comes in the form of a three-way collaboration from ANDRE CROM, CHI THANH, and KEVIN KNAPP. This is a big house stomper, loaded in the low end with smooth vocals for something of a hip-house vibes.
ROBOSONIC and MAT.JOE get back together for yet another fantastic bass-house inspired tune. The epic breakdown in this one provides some much needed dancefloor relief during a deep and stompy set. It would be nearly impossible not to get the heart rate back up once the bassline starts swinging again.
Finally, PURPLE DISCO MACHINE and TEENAGE MUTANTS pair up once again for a funky journey. Loads of tension and release here with the tune’s resonating low end and truncated vocal samples.