If you follow us on the twitternets you probably already know how EXCITED (yes I used caps on purposes there) we are about Tectonic‘s forthcoming compilation which brings together 12 of dubstep’s finest producers with legendary Jamaican dub producer Scientist.
Coming out on December 6 and entitled ‘Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space’ the compilation brings 12 unreleased tracks from the likes of The Bug aka King Midas Sound, Guido, Pinch, Mala, Loefah, Kode 9, RSD, Shackleton and more and sees them dubbed by Scientist – unleashing the full extent of his arcane knowledge and in the process realising a timely and historical link between one of dubstep’s founding inspirations and the sound’s homes in London and Bristol. It’s not just an exceptionally well put together and A&R-ed release (I mean it includes dubs like Mala’s ‘City Cycle’) it’s also a sonic tour de force, both on the original and Scientist dub versions. Lastly it’s also a great history lesson, showing the differences between dub and its European child in fascinating ways.
To celebrate the release Tectonic have arranged a UK tour with Scientist vs The Upsetters, Pinch, Mala and Loefah – who will be making a stop in London this Thursday for a special room 1 session at Fabric. Details and tickets here. The night runs 9pm till 3, tickets are Â£12.50.
In addition to this tour, Tectonic have also released two free tracks from the album via Topspin – the dubs of the King Midas Sound and Guido tracks. You can download the King Midas Sound dub via XLR8R and the Guido one below. We’ll also be doing a mini feature on the release for this month’s show – stay tuned for more on that. And you can expect us to be playing tracks from this for a while longer too. Oh and if you were sharp enough you may have heard previews on our inaugural Ustream this past weekend – you can hear a recording of it here, the Scientist previews are roughly 1 hour or so in I think.
That’s it for now, big thanks to Tectonic and Fabric for the freebies and let me say it again – this is the essential dubstep release of the year, if not the decade. Absolutely unmissable.
EDIT: XLII pointed out that the MC Zulu vocal is actually a dedicated vocal, but an accapella the boys used from an older track of his. So apologies if the writing didn’t reflect that! Now if Zulu likes it and wants to vocal a track for them, I’m sure that can be arranged
We’ve known about this one for a little while and very happy to see it’s being shared with the world, freely. The homies XLII (who you should know from our regular RIRS monthly podcast) and BD1982 (from the Seclusiasis collective) went in the studio together in Tokyo a few weeks back and knocked up a riddim, nicknamed Envy. They then got MC Zulu (long time collaborator with the likes of Poirier) to vocal it and have released it via the Raid System label, headed by Broken Haze (the other half of the RIRS equation).
You can preview it below on Soundcloud and download both the vocal and instrumental via the Raid System site. Both tracks are zipped and a right or left click will lead you to the sonic bounty.
Enjoy what is a surefire party riddim from two of Tokyo’s nicest expat producers and look out for more from them, and the Raid System faimly in coming months. Don’t forget to check their monthly podcasts and Ustream sessions while you’re there too.
Due to unfortunate complications we’ve had to remove the free mp3 for this release. Visit All City’s shop to buy the 12″ here.
Now here’s a funny one. I was talking to Olan from All City last week – as you may already know All City is our label of the year and we’re working on some special mixes for December to celebrate this – when he mentioned he was releasing a vinyl-only Ruckazoid single this week and would we be up for sharing one of the tracks. Now anyone who’s followed us for a while probably knows that Ricci Rucker aka Ruckazoid and our good selves go back – to the days of scratch boards, Turntable Radio and more. Since then Ricci has continued to evolve his sound, changing his name in the process.
I’ll be honest his new directions haven’t always been to my taste (like say the Diamond Zoidal stuff) though he has had some outstanding moments (as he always did) such as his production for Theophilius London’s ‘Cold Pillow’ or more recently his remix for Exile’s Radio album. Regardless of what happened, Ricci remains one of the unsung pioneers of the 00s – Dirty Larry was years ahead of the beats/electronic hip hop renaissance of recent years – so it’s nice to see him released on a label like All City which has done a lot in recent years to create sonic catalogues of the most pioneering producers worldwide, both old and new.
This latest release for All City sees him drop two productions that are closer to the aforementioned hip hop and electronic experimentations, or even for those that remember the days of scratch beats and scratch records, while still including elements of his more recent directions – especially in the synth melodies. ‘All City’ (apparently no relation to the label) is a slow paced, head nodder which packs some serious bass weight even on my shitty headphones. ‘Crush’ meanwhile is still subtle but a little more in your face, with a build up that unleashes a pretty monstrous riddim. The label very kindly let us share a 192kbps version of the track for you to download and/or stream. See below.
The 12″ is in shops this week and available to pre-order from most decent online stores and available to buy now from All City – click here to get it on.
For more on Ruckazoid hit up his listen compute website and stay tuned for more from All City before year’s end, including an EP from Krystal Klear and the end of the L.A 10×10 series. Oh and of course some special mixes right here as we mentioned!
Our good friends at Equinox Records are about to celebrate their 25th release, and to commemorate this milestone they’re doing what they do best – putting together an amazing physical package of vinyl and more.
The box set features a 7 inch, a unique, custom USB stick (for the first 50 sets) and a tape featuring megamixes by long time Rhythm Incursions friend and collaborator Buddy Peace and Phonatic! The megamixes (which you can download below digitally) are quite special too with label boss Scientist giving Buddy and Phonatic access to separate layers, vocals and more from the label’s first 24 releases allowing them to create a truly intricate sonic experience. Anyone who knows what Buddy is capable of when it comes to mixes will know that this is an absolute must listen!
Limited to 250, the box sets come in normal and deluxe packages and are available to buy now from HHV and all good stores (check the links). Click here to visit the Equinox site and get the full details of what is included – tape, 7 inch, digital package and USB stick. It’s a truly killer release.
As for the freebie, it’s a high res version of the Buddy Peave vs Phonatic megamix (which is only available on the cassette as part of the box set) – check the link below to grab the zip file. And you can also check a new remix of 2econd Class Citizen’s ‘Wishing Well’ by The Raincoatman and Vangel which is available on the box set’s 7inch.
Congratulations to Scientist and the team for reaching 25 and here’s to the next lot. Much love!
All City return with the 7th instalment of their L.A 10×10 series, this time featuring Computer Jay and Dam Funk – two of L.A’s funkiest providers. As a bonus Om Unit made a dub of one of the Computer Jay tracks, ‘The Phantom’, which the label is giving away for free to promote the release (see below). Having heard this dub a few weeks ago when Om Unit was working on it we can tell you it’s a Rhythm Inc towers favourite and the perfect taster for what is yet another solid release from the Irish label.
The 10″ is out now, with 5 track – 2 from Dam Funk and 3 from Computer Jay. As always the legendary B+ provides the photo for the cover. You can buy the release here. And if you missed any of the other 10×10 releases catch them all here like Pokemon – so far they’ve featured Daedelus, Teebs, Dibiase, GB, Carlos Y Gaby, Take, Matthewdavid and more. You know this is going to be as essential a collection as the 7×7 series from 2008.
You can also preview a lot of these releases and follow All City on soundcloud. Om Unit also lives here on the internets with a shiny new site full of goodies and news. His Corridor EP is finally officially out, so go cop that if you haven’t yet.
For now though, stream and/or download Om Unit’s dub of Computer Jay below. Crank up and enjoy! Oh and look out for more Om Unit remixes on All City in the very near future.