Lickweed & Ctoafn play Skip & Swing @ Loop BarPosted: Friday, May 10th, 2013
When In Rome & This Is For You presents a Drum n Bass special.
Back with our regular programming after last month’s trip back in time, When In Rome brings you a fine collection of Melbourne’s Drum n Bass heavyweights along with some of the best newcomers that have perked our ears so far in 2013.
SKIP & SWING
Friday 31st May 2013
Loop Bar (23 Meyers pl. CBD Melbourne)
Visuals by Alt Esc Del
and as always,
FREE ENTRY ALLLLLLL NIGHT
Monkee Supprorts Fred V, Grafix & Delta HeavyPosted: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Here it is folks! The big one…
Presenting two of the biggest bass acts in world right now in RAM Records’ DELTA HEAVY and Hospital’s FRED V & GRAFIX, together under the one roof for one night afternoon for what will compete your long weekend of partying perfectly.
Inhibit & Hypnosis presents…
DELTA HEAVY (UK)
FRED V & GRAFIX (UK)
Sunday May 19th @ Royal Melbourne Hotel
J.NITROUS / ZAYLER / PODS1 / NAM / MONKEE
Battering down the doors of the genre elitists come a pair of producers plucked from the ranks of Ram’s new generation of incredible music talents. In just under two years, Delta Heavy, or Simon James and Ben Hall to their mums, have already proven their electronic prowess with a succession of heavy-hitting original tracks.
They met at university in Nottingham and after several years of hard work, their production efforts resulted in dance floor anthem ‘Abort’, which came out on Viper’s headroom EP in June 2010 to a huge response and gained them recognition within the scene. With Radio 1 support from Zane Lowe and Huw Stevens as well as Andy C, Friction, High Contrast and the rest, it became a vital fixture in DJ sets across the country. Signing to Ram in early 2010, their debut single ‘Space Time / Take The Stairs’ was nominated as Best Track at the 2010 Drum & Bass Arena Awards as well as nominations for Best Producer and Best Newcomer DJ. Hitting number 1 across all the download stores, ‘Space Time’ was undoubtedly one of the biggest d&b tracks of the year.
The release of their highly anticipated and critically acclaimed EP ‘Down The Rabbit Hole’ in 2012 saw Delta Heavy firmly established themselves as one of the most exciting artists to emerge in recent years. The EP had outstanding radio support from Fearne Cotton, lead track ‘Get By’ was Annie Mac’s special delivery, Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Sara Cox and all relevant specialist DJ support on BBC Radio 1; Mistajam Record of the Week and play listed at 1Xtra, plus spot plays on Capital & XFM. The video for ‘Get By’ was hailed as a ‘cultural back story to the 90s’ and was an outstanding performance of stop motion graphics being used to utter devastation when teamed with the best in electronic music. It had homepage features on Youtube, Vevo, The Sun & CBS News and also saw two additional nominations at the UK MVA’s. Add to this a remix for Nero which hit over 150,000 downloads in the first 3 months of release, 2012 was a big year.
Now working hard on their debut album for Ram Records, they are set to embark on an epic tour of Australia & New Zealand in May 2013 so make sure you catch them in your city for what promises to be the “must see” event of the year!
FRED V & GRAFIX
Fledgling stars Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson a.k.a Fred V & Grafix signed to Hospital at the end of 2011 and have been making waves ever since. A pair of producers who have been working together for the past five years now and showing huge promise, the boys have already brought us such gems as “One Of These Days”, “Long Distance“ and “Room To Breathe”, as well as featuring on a number of Hospitality compilations. When they’re not making uplifting liquid gems and charming D+B fans across the globe, the Devon duo are often found on BBC Radio 1Xtra or doing mini mixes for Annie Mac. Now the duo embarks on their debut Australian tour to tear up shows across the sun burnt land alongside bass heavyweights DELTA HEAVY!……This is a tour not to be missed by lovers of bass music!
Recent recruits to the scene, Fred V & Grafix were initially into live music, with Fred’s guitar talents still coming into good use in their recent contribution to the “Fifteen Years Of Hospital Records” album “Find My Way”. The pair converted to D+B when they heard Pendulum’s controversial and genre-changing album “Hold Your Colour” and High Contrast’s sophomore “High Society”. Influenced by an eclectic range of sounds outside of D+B, from electro/French house, ambient and hip hop, Fred V & Grafix cite artists such as Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Dilla and Jimi Hendrix as key inspirations, alongside fellow Hospital artists High Contrast and Logistics.
Having already released music on Allsorts and Talkin Beatz, and received Radio One support from Zane Lowe and Annie Mac, Fred V & Grafix made their Hospital debut on the “Fifteen Years Of Hospital Records” album with “Find My Way”. As well as producers within their own right, Fred V & Grafix have also stunned us with their remixes of Emeli Sande – “Daddy”, Skepta – “Hold On”, Camo & Krooked – “All Fall Down” and not forgetting their amazing remix of Rudimental’s chart-topping No. 1 hit “Feel The Love”.
Since signing to Hospital, Fred V & Grafix impressed with their Sick Music 3 contribution “Major Happy” and the epic “Purple Gates” which appeared on Hospitality D&B 2013 before finally bringing us their debut solo release, the awe-inspiring “Goggles EP” which dropped in March 2013. With plenty of charisma, talent and the backing of many of the industry’s key players, one thing’s for sure – as we look ahead, the future is most definitely bright for Fred V & Grafix.
Twisted Audio Podcast #24 – SwitchStatePosted: Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
Our May podcast is brought to you by a young up and coming Melbourne DJ who’s known for his hard work and dedication to the craft, he’s been gaining allot of respect from the older crew and is now ready to flaunt his skills, introducing SwitchState !
SwitchState has carefully selected a variety of DnB goodies from all aspects, starting with the melodic and softer side of the genre all through to the deep and heavy style we all love, a smooth ride indeed…
1. Lux Aeterna – Clint Mansell
2. Who We Are – Break
3. Confounded – Superior Selectionz feat Collette Warren
4. Soundshower – Karl Future & Brother Simon
5. Heartfelt – Hybrid Minds
6. Fly Away – Nizzo & Crimson
7. Three Measures – Dose
8. Late Night Caller – Bladerunner
9. Not Far to Go – Technimatic
10. Soul Survivor (DnB Rub) – Rewind feat Ra & Jah Nation
11. Out The Blue (feat. Alice Gold) (Club Mix) – Sub Focus
12. Big Sky – Airwalker
13. Change Your Mind – Trei & Thomas Oliver
14. Desperate Measures – Interface
15. Kill Bill (Levela Remix) – Dope Ammo
16. Break Of Dawn – Metrik
17. Contra feat. Lomax (Original Mix) – Xample
18. Nothing Matters (Noisia Remix) – Mark Knight, Skin
19. Gold Digger (High Contrast Remix) – Kanye West
20. Control – Serum
21. Viagra – Savage Rehab
22. Spring Back – Villem
23. Trailblazer – Kabuki
24. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Remastered) – High Contrast
25. Love So True – Break
26. Doin’ Time (switchState refit) – Sublime
Monkee supporting Wilkinson (RAM Records, UK)Posted: Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Horizons Touring & Hypnosis Recordings are bringing Melbourne a huge night of drum & bass to The Liberty Social on May 4th.
WILKINSON (UK) – Ram Records
SATURDAY 4TH MAY
THE LIBERTY SOCIAL
Local Support from
J.NITROUS / DATURA / MONKEE / NAM
Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson. His first insight into making music came at the age of 9 when his parents bought him a drum kit. Mark ‘Wilkinson’ joined a few bands and was playing at venues as far as the Birmingham NEC and as close as the local old peoples home. This swiftly ended at the age of 14 when Wilkinson discovered his passion for dance music amongst other things.
In his final year at college Wilkinson tried his hand at making beats in the college studio, this lead to him buying his first bits of production gear and turning his bedroom into a studio. A few years and part time jobs later, after driving his family mad with large amounts of bass loosening the brickwork of his house Mark secured himself a studio not far from his home.
After fine-tuning his production skills, Wilkinson passed a few songs on to Hospital Records via Cyantific, which led to his first release on Hospital Records’ ‘Sick Music 2′ compilation. A few months later Wilkinson sent a folder of tunes to Ram Records and within days received a phone call from Andy C inviting him for a meeting at the Ram Records HQ.
October 2010 saw three of Wilkinson’s songs featured on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 5′ album and releases including Moonwalker’ / ‘Samurai’, ‘Refuge’, ‘Get Into It’ and the mighty ‘Everytime’ / ‘Overdose’ doing damage across dance-floors worldwide, winning fans from Skream, MistaJam, Chase & Status and High Contrast in the process.
Since then Mark won the ‘Best Breakthrough Producer’ award at the National D&B Awards 2012 and has remixed Chase & Status, Example, Nero, Professor Green, Wiley and Jess Mills to much critical acclaim. He’s also currently working on production projects for Mercury and Island Records. 2012 saw Wilkinson up the levels once more, releasing the mighty ‘Automatic’ in the summer, followed by the hit record ‘Need To Know’ feat. Iman which topped the iTunes Electronic Chart, was championed by the likes ofZane Lowe, Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw, was Sara Cox’s daytime Record Of The Week and spent 4 weeks on the Radio 1 playlist.
Now hotly tipped to do big things across drum & bass and electronica, Wilkinson is set to release his next single ‘Take You Higher’ and his debut album on Ram Records titled ‘Say No To Lazers’. He continues to tour worldwide from Sydney to Berlin, Barcelona to Brighton with his dynamic and energetic DJ sets. Wilkinson is one to watch for 2013.
Monkee Supports ShockOne (Viper Recordings)Posted: Thursday, April 18th, 2013
Inhibit & Hypnosis present
SHOCKONE & MC XSESSIV
.::UNIVERSUS ALBUM TOUR::.
Hot on the heels of his long awaited album “UNIVERSUS,” ShockOne returns to Melbourne to complete the promise of elevating himself with each recording. This is the big one…
Thursday April 25th (ANZAC Day) @ The Liberty Social, Melbourne
J.Nitrous / Illusiv (WA) / Monkee / Datura / FA
ShockOne is back in storming form, with his killer debut album ‘Universus’. Australian-born Karl Thomas released his first EP as ShockOne in 2009 which featured the smash hit ‘Polygon’ and the experimental Dubstep anthem, ‘Adachigahara’s Theme’. Since then he has been behind a string of successful singles that have seen Beatport and iTunes number ones, YouTube hits by the millions, as well as support from influential industry tastemakers such as: Triple J, Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Pendulum, Knife Party, Matrix & Futurebound, Sub Focus, and Chase & Status.
The album opens up with ‘Chaos Theory’, the latest in ShockOne’s array of chart storming singles that he has unleashed on the Bass music community. Having already ranked #1 on iTunes Australia’s dance charts and racking up close to million views on YouTube, Chaos Theory’s screaming basslines and hard hitting beats have already cemented ShockOne’s place as one of Australia’s premiere bass producers. The ascending synths of ‘Chaos Theory’ prevail, while an epic film trailer-voice pushes punters towards the dancefloor.
Next up is ‘Harmonize’, an uplifting D&B workout with an eastern tinge. Grimey undercurrents complement tearing beats, causing severe dancefloor damage. Moving on, we get into ‘Big Bounce’, a funky jolting contrast from the first few tracks of the album. At first, swaggering bass works closely with chopped up funk synths and off beat drum patterns. Then mid-track, we drop into an epic, arpeggiated keyboard solo, displaying subtlety and refinement, before dropping back into the meat of the 4/4 take, on ShockOne’s sound. ‘Lose Control’ doesn’t take much imagination to know where this one is headed. With vocoder vocals leading up to the drop and a funky, head-nodding bassline, watch out for the ‘sign of the horns’ on the dancefloor!
Mid-album is ‘Crucify Me’, an epic D&B adventure with fellow-Australian, Phetsta along for the ride. Successfully released as a two part single in 2011, this mini D&B saga has already been a festival favourite since its release. Next we have ‘Universes’ (with an “e”). Taking its name from the album title, this vocal anthem features the beautiful vocals of ShockOne’s sister, Reija Lee, as well as Phetsta once again on the production collaboration. The frenetic sirens and rap vocals of Kyza instantly alert the listener that ‘Lazerbeam’ is going to be a heavy dancefloor smasher once it drops. Perfectly capturing the sounds of today’s Drum & Bass, this is the
apex predator of 2013!
Switching gears, ‘Infinity’s Silence’ delivers vintage ShockOne in its truest form, with signature chopped up vocals and a bouncy bassline. Taking us into Dubstep territory, ‘Relapse’ features an epic melody and emotive vocals from Sam Nafie. Previously released as a single, ‘Relapse’ has already registered over 1 million YouTube hits since its release. Once again, ShockOne cranks up the energy with ‘Age of Enlightenment’. Destined to be a clap-along favourite at festivals, this one is sure to keep crowd jumping. To finish off the LP, we are softly brought back down to ground level, with a beautiful euphoric outro, ‘Light Cycles’. An epic journey through the cosmos, ‘Light Cycles’ truly shows the range of ShockOne’s producing skills in what will likely be pegged as the crown jewel of ‘Universus’ when all is said and done.
Monkee supports Eptic (Never Say Die, BEL)Posted: Friday, April 12th, 2013
DAFTWHO? returns after the brain melting Circus Records Showcase to bring you another bass heavy event!
EPTIC (BEL) [Never Say Die Records]
Friday April 19th @ Brown Alley, Melbourne
Doors Open 10pm til late
Zayler / Datura / Carmex / Andy Ukhtomsky / Monkee
Hosted by MC JP
19 year old Belgian prodigy, Eptic has been causing a bit of a stir in the bass scene. Since his debut signing to Never Say Die Records with the ‘Like A Boss’ EP that went straight to the top 5 on the Beatport dubstep charts, he instantly proved his caliber, gaining an insight in to just how big this musical personality will get.
Since, he has moved on to collaborate with artists such as Habstrakt which resulted in ‘Ninja Challenge’ that was featured in this year’s Never Say Die and UKF album mixed by SKisM alongside names like Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, Foreign Beggars and more.
With a remix for SKisM under his belt and signings to Ministry of Sound and Sony, his 4.5 million views on YouTube come as no surprise. The 19-year-old wunderkind has been tearing up the systems of some of the best clubs and festivals on the globe with the demand for his appearance at notable promotions rapidly up scaling. No doubt this talented Belgian is becoming a prominent figure in bass music.