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IN THE LAB: Artist Spotlight w/ Slogun, Logikal, Sharps & Natural Frequency

This past Spring, the BasslineRumble.com staff got together and decided to issue a call to all N. American producers to submit their best tracks to be showcased as part of the BasslineRumble.com Spring 2010 Compilation EP. The winners would be featured in our In The Lab artist spotlight series, get their tunes pushed around the world and get undying love from us for supporting the cause!

In this installment of our “In The Lab” Artist Spotlight series, our video team (courtesy of WOMP.tv) sat down with the winners so that all of you out there could get the lowdown on what’s going on in their world and let us know what we can expect in the future.

We hope you enjoy!

IN THE LAB: Spring 2010 EP Artist Spotlight

In addition to the EP, as part of the In The Lab series that we did with each of the winners, the guys were nice enough to bless us with 4 solid full length mixes to help us say “Thanks” once again! You can stream/download the mixes for FREE, just click on the player below for options.

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Methods NYC’s DZ Interview

New York City- The team over at Methods NYC is dropping their Summer 2010 line soon and Dave Gee & Co. not only have the hot designs for the summertime fly styles, but also sat down last month with Badman Press head honcho DZ just before WMC’s insanity for an “educational chat on this rapidly growing genre of music”.

Be on the lookout for the latest Methods NYC lines online and in stores worldwide and enjoy the interview!

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Originally from Canada, DZ is now based in San Francisco and is one of the most accomplished producers of Dubstep in North America.  He is also the founder and co-owner of the labels Badman Press and Badman Digital.  With a slew of releases forthcoming on his labels and a full tour schedule, this is one of the main artists to watch in the states this year.

Explain exactly what Dubstep is to our readers who might just be hearing about the genre.

Dubstep through my eyes and ears is the ultimate mash-up of every style & genre of electronic music to date, brought about at a very distinct (halftime) 140 beats per minute & built (produced) to maximize & utilize the full low end spectrum of not only a sound system’s sub cabinets, but the system as a whole. We ultimately maximize the sound as far as we can using bass as the primary rhythm component. When it all comes together it’s pretty rad and can get very rawkus.

Why do you think it’s so popular right now and where do you see it going in the future?

If it is so popular right now, I would assume it’s the raw vibe of it all mixed with the awesome software available to go out and do it yourself and the internet to keep in the know about who in the world is stepping up the game with their take on the sound (which is almost daily). There are 20yr old kids right now making tunes in their bedrooms that, after a proper mastering, destroy baby sea lions and heifers with the crushing sounds they built on their laptop. That’s pretty sick, 10 years ago that would have been insane kill you talk. “Yeah, you mastered your last release on a computer hhhahhahha!” Click. Boom. Crazy bastard.

How did your journey into the world of Dubstep begin? Were you making other types of music previously?

I always wanted to be a hip hop dj & producer like Premier (obviously never happened) but my first beats were either 128bpm breaks or 172bpm jungle, which I was really hype on building because of the drum programming involved using all the classic breaks. It wasn’t until me & my boy Mikey Spice (aka
Gully) started hanging out in ’05 that I really started building hip hop again, cause that’s pretty much all he did. He used to build jungle as well and we got down on a load of DnB that was/is dope, but it was the dubstep that grabbed me after my boy Mush brought some back to Ottawa from his UK jaunt in ’06.

How would you characterize your particular sound and what is it that makes your sound different from the other thousands of producers in the game right now?

Hmmmm, see, I don’t hear it like you do. If I had to say it’s a little more melodic than some, definitely more eq than compression (which I try not to use) and always different. That’s what drives me when I make a tune, a certain sound that just sets it off & then I just build around that. One of my boys told me I sometimes build a track ‘backwards’. Whatever gets the job done, and makes me want to drop it.

You’ve had a lot of big tunes released in the last year. What would you say is your personal favorite and why?

That’s a tough question man. I’ve been very lucky to get a lot of my favorite tunes out, first one that came to mind was “Serenity Now” and because I just love the tone of it all, but my winner is “The Tape” that I did with Rozanski. It’s different, it’s angry, it kicks like hell on a system and I think it still hasn’t even really got out there yet as far as it will. LOVE droppin’ it.

Now that you’re touring all over the place, you’ve had the opportunity to see many cities and scenes.  What are your favorite places to play?
I love a good party, and every city brings it different. NYC, LA, SF, ATL, Montreal, Vancity, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Halifax, Chi-town, Austin, Vegas, Champagne, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Santa Cruz. Man, I know I am not even getting all of them in and we haven’t even made
it to Miami for Conference yet. Ohhhh man, can you say RUKKUS!

What other Producers/DJ’s/Labels are you feeling right now?

I like a bit of everything y’know? B.Rich steady kills it and his “Kastle’ bits are just awesome, very inspiring. The T&B kids are just steady pushing things, Itchy rocks the spot for me every time; XI & Bombaman are always on their shit; Starkey’s new album is lush & worth many, many listens; the Circle label is hotness; can’t fuck with Rottun doin’ things big n’ brash; J.Kenzo’s been steady as hell with quality chunes; Taal Mala’s new stuff is VERY inspiring stuff. I had to put a period in there, I could just keep going. There is a lot of quality music out there right now, and it just keeps getting better, more diverse, more inspiring. This is why dubstep rules so hard, the evolution is non-stop.


Tell us a little bit about your label and what you’re future goals are with it.

The label started just being Badman Press Recordings on vinyl, but so far we have only had 2 releases (“Break it Down/ How We Do” & “A.W.O.L./Crack”) with the third coming out this spring (“Itchy Robot – Fatal Maschine/DZ remix”).

I think we are more known now for the sister label Badman Digital Media, which is the main outlet I use to release my music through as well as artists who are close to me. I see us taking on more artists this year that have their own distinct sounds & definitely getting more people directly involved by keeping the free releases going. I also will continue to post up stems & sample packs for tunes we have put out so anyone with a DAW can mess about & have some fun. That’s what I want to see out of the Badman camp this year ultimately – FUN!

What other artists will you be pushing through your label?

Next wax up is my man Itchy Robot, then a sick release from a fellow Canadian badboy Taal Mala & hopefully I have MRK1 on board as well after that, vinyl takes a bit to happen but the ball is rolling on that front.

On the digi side you will see names like Bombaman, XI, High Deaf, B.Rich, Posted, Itchy Robot, Skulltrane, Pacheko, M6, K.Gol, J.Rabbit, Taso, MindElixir, Thrills, Tony Rocky Horror, 2Cents, Roland and Brent Still Life & Thunder St. Claire. There are a few more, but in the development stages for sure right now. Gonna be a thick one kids.

What’s next for you and your label for the remainder of 2010?

For me personally, it’s all about WMC and then a nice April US tour before a very special show in May before I head up to Canada for the summer, play some dates, see some friends, then I reckon it’s time for DZ to hit up the UK & Europe. As for the labels, just steady pushing out material in both formats, with another sister label coming in the summer which will cater more to the 4/4 & garage sounds, so keep your eyes & ears open for the next!

Much, much love out to the worldwide MethodsNYC fam, my Badman Press souljahs everywhere and the people out there who follow their dreams and don’t get ahead at the expense of their fellow man. Dubstep isn’t just a music, it’s a movement, a way of life, and let’s keep pushing it as far as we can!

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IN THE LAB: Jahdan Blakkamore & 77Klash

Over the last few years, there’s been 2 new names in the dancehall/indie reggae world that have made everyone stand up and pay attention.
From his critically acclaimed work with Noble Society on their 2008 release “Take Charge” (Best Reggae Album of 2008- iTunes) to taking the top honors again in 2009 with his solo effort “Buzzrock Warrior”, numerous underground dubstep & DnB releases on Liondub International & an appearance on “Cash Flow” from Major Lazer’s hit EP last year, Jahdan Blakkamore is a name that the world is paying attention to.
Right beside him is 77Klash (Two Seven Klash), one of Dutty Arts’ producers that has a sound that takes a totally different angle on what you’d typically call reggae or dancehall.
Listening to his production, you definitely get taken on a ride thru his mind and the various influences that he’s picked up along the way. His imprint, Klash City Records, gives him an  outlet to push this new sound to the world taking your ears on a journey from hiphop & reggae/dancehall to rock-a-billy (Bosco Delrey) & electro/bassline (Disco D’s “Yes Shotta”).
In this installment of “In The Lab”, our NYC correspondent Kinetic NRG, caught up with Jahdan & 77Klash backstage at the ……. to get their take on…..[fill in later]
KINETIC: First question to you guys, because your music is so different compared to most of dancehall, it seems more like a Kaliedoscope of many different influences, so how would you classify what you do?
77KLASH: Jahdan, you wanna take this one?
JAHDAN: Well, I dunno if you can even put a classification on it really- boy, classification is a funny thing still you know, but it’s a music thing, ya know? Naturally the origin is reggae music, that’s the schoolroom, many man come up listening to, reggae roots, cluture, ya know the vibe.
I’m into anything that my heart is pumpin’, right now, it’s Dubstep &  reggae roots naturally. I’ve got a project called “Buzzrock Warrior” that I’m doin, Klash featured on it and produced for it. To categorize it, it’s bascially a dubstep project, but I also have a roots reggae project called “Babylon Nightmare” that’s coming out this summer, so I’m just doin what I love, ya know?
77Klash: Like Jahdan said it’s hard to classify into one thing or the other. I would say that it’s an amalgamation of genres all mooshed together in one sound. That’s the best clarification I can give for the music we do. It’s like heavy dancehall but then again, it’s not. I’ll just call it Jamaican music, it’s music that’s derived out of Jamaica, but it’s morphing into it’s own being.
KINETIC: Because your music is so unclassifiable- I find that I have a hard time pinpointing exactly what it is, do you think you could help us out by giving us some of the influences or records or artists that you think about when you’re working that help you craft your sound?
JAHDAN: Well, my influences vary ya know- they go from (obviously) reggae, to jazz to rnb to friggin classical even- Bach, Beethoven to Madonna & Bjork in there too. When you’re a musician- a real lover of music, a music connosieur, is going to gravitate to different genres, things outside of his or her element. I gravitate toward anything that’s really original to it’s self, anything that’s really coming with purity from the person. The kind of music we’re doing- know what I’m sayin?
It goes 360 degrees- when you check reggae, reggae is whatever reggae music is sampling. When you check Dancehall, it’s whatever Dancehall is sampling. Hiphop is whatever hiphop is sampling. They could be sampling some banghra drums or some Indian music, but they’re not going to call it Indian music, they’re going to call it hiphop or dancehall.
My influences naturally come from black music, but, right now, you have to be VERY open minded. You’re dealing with a changing business that is rapidly evolving, and if you want to stay on the cutting edge of shit, you REALLy have to check it and focus in on your thing.
It’s not even really about what shape us as artists but what we’re doing as a result of that.
77Klash: I would say influences have answer 1 and answer 2.
First one- the universe…intergalactic, outergalatic, inter-fuckin-planetary, ya know?
And second of all, 400 years of oppression is my inspiration for my music. Everything comes from me, Everything. I am the beginning and I am the end. Ya know what I am saying? One black love from the blackness, all Africa. Everything comes from Africa, the whole world. So we’re gonna bring the planets & the stars & bring em back down to Earth and just say the music is African.
KINETIC: YOu 2 have a long lineage within the industry, from the Boot Camp records (Sound Bwoy Buriel) to a #1 track with Turbulence, and yet, rather than bask in the industry success, you’ve managed to stay low profile & continued to create stuff & find yourselves being relevant, so how do you do it?
77KLASH: It’s like the race between the tortise & the hare, man. Alot of MFers running past looking like they’re runnning, but ain’t really going anywhere. Tortise still win the bumbaclot race yeh know?
(everyone busts out laughing)
JAHDAN: Yeah man, shit, I’m with him! That’s real talk right there.
When you’re a lover of this music, ya can’t stop doing it. You can’t let props and all that get your head delusional. It’s all about the cheddar. Show me those numbers, if there’s money, we’re gonna get it.
It’s straight business, handling your shit to make sure that you’re improving your situation as time progresses and staying on the cutting edge of things. Real talk- that’s what I’m trying to do- make sure my shit gets better!
KINETIC: Can you you give us a list of say your top 5 artists or producers you’d want to work with if you had major budget to handle whatever you wanted?
JAHDAN: Tough question, but right now, in my circle, I have to admit, I feel blessed. The circle of people, singers, songwriters, vocalists, et cetera, that I am involved with really seem to be on the upward spiral right now, ya know?
First off, you know I have to mention Klash, got him producing AND singing on my record & produced “Swarm”, one of the hottest tracks off my band, Noble Society’s album, “Take Charge”, so definitely have to have him in the mix.
Fuego Campo from Noble Society
Andrew MOON Bain & Digital Ancient from Lustre Kings
DJ Child
Nick Fantasic
Adam Dice
With that formula, if I had a couple of million, if I have those people, I can’t go wrong.
77KLASH: Man, that’s a really, really tough question since half of the people I would want to work with are dead.
KINETIC: So go ahead & name em!
77KLASH: Man this a tough one, I would love to have a tune with Peter Tosh, ya know? Get him playin guitars on my shit. I would love to have a song with Nina Simone. A song with Kieth Richards playing guitar. I would like to have a song with David Bowie, he’s still alive you know! I would like to do some shit with Radiohead. Definitely with Sizzla. Miriam Amadou. The list just goes on and on, ya know. Radiohead would probably be the tops though.
KINETIC: What was the ONE record (I’m sure there’s a few), that really made you want to be a part of this? Who did that for you?
77KLASH: For me, my record, (and it’s my inspriation record), I play it before every session…Sam Cooke- “Change Gonna Come”. I was born in a motherfuckin tent, I wasn’t even born in a house man, so like the river, I been runnin’ ever since.
So that’s my shit, that tune gets me all worked up and ready. Anytime I hear that, I’m ready. Light a candle and play some Sam Cooke, that’s the sound of the man working on the chain, gang..yeah, I get revved up!
KINETIC: Damn man, you’re all about the slave music aren’t you…
77KLASH: Yeah man, it’s old negro sprituals man, the anthology of black music.
Oh I forgot to throw in Harry Belafonte for some party shit! “Me seh dey me seh dey”, ya know? That congoline music, when I’m ready to get happy, I put on some Harry Belafonte. But it’s all about old Negro spirituals ya know?
JAHDAN: I second that, but mine, I can’t even front, for me, it’s Bob Marley- “Natural Mystic”. My father would BEAT Natural Mystic from morning to night on our little Fisher soundsystem and we’d be dancing and watching ourselves in the mirror, trying to pick out our jerri curls tryin to grow some notty, ya know…that’s my shit, Natural Mystic.
KINETIC: What artists or tracks are you guys bumpin’ right now?
77KLASH: I’m bumpin a lot of wierd shit right now man! I been fuckin with this wierdo band called Creeps & Androids (?), they got this tune called “Creepy Girl” right now that’s got me revved up. I’ve been bumpin some Rasco, some Passion Pit ya know. There’s this new kid from Jamaica that I’ve been feelin alot named Subverto, always get revved up when I listen to him. Vybes Kartel for the lyrics. The playlist goes on and on ya know? I been fuckin with Jah Wobble alot too. That’s the most recent in the playlist, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I would have to break out my iTunes out here to show you what’s really poppin’.
(Laughter)
JAHDAN: Right now, I’ve been bumpin some Janelle Monet. I’m rockin her shit hard right now because she really is a great performer. I think the next decade is going to be for artists like her, that can reach inside and bringing out something new, but old, but contemporary, crazy shit.
I’m also bumpin alot of Bjork. I like Bjork. For all the ladies out there, you really need to check Bjork, because she’s got something to tell you and you should really listen to her.
Also listening to some Raul Midon, he’s a great guitarist that my producer Diego put me onto. I find that he’s a very classical musician in the sense that he’s so in tune with his instrument. He’s blind, but a great guitarist and an excellent vocalist as well.
Saul Williams! If you don’t know, he got his start as a dub poet but he switches it up on people. They come expecting a scroll full words or lyrics, but he comes with some shit that freaks em out mentally, ya know?
77KLASH: I forgot to put in my homegirl, Bat For Lashes, she got a song called “Daniel”, that’s my shit! (Sings) “Daniel…when I first saw you” (Laughs)
I forgot, actually her and the Skream remix for La Roux, were my favorite tunes for last year!
KINETIC: If you like Bat For Lashes, you should check out Broadcast too..
77KLASH; Haven’t heard of them, but I’ll check em. Been fuckin with Boards of Canada too man, they got some insane shit!
KINETIC: One last question fellas, you got anything you want to tell your fans?
77KLASH: Yeah, SUPPORT! Buy my fuckin records man!
(LAUGHTER)
Seriously though, ghetto people, support this sound! Don’t hate, participate, just support!
JAHDAN: Yeah man, same thing. Log onto the websites, check the music. All the Google alerts I get make a man feel good. Makes me feel like people are really coming to check the music.
So continue your support, straight up! So buy and download that shit straight into your iTunes or what not!
77KLASH: Play it in the clubs, play it in the parties, Have sex to it and make babies my shit man!
JAHDAN: People want to talk about the music business suffering, people ain’t buyin records or magazines anymore.
But I think that the real music purists out there, they’re looking for something, they’re waiting to see what’s the next decade got to offer- and Klash City Records, Jahdan Blakkamore, Noble Society and all of our friends are a part of that..ya know?
77KLASH: Our music is crazy and wierd, but have fun, get drunk, hook up with girls, make some babies, have sex, while out…to OUR music!
That’s why I’m tellin or fans to support it! Come to the show, spend some money on iTunes man! Shit, we’re trying to live out here to help you feel good!
KINETIC: You heard it folks, support your artists! Thanks again fellas, we look forward to hearing what you’ve got cooking in the days ahead!

New York City- Over the last few years, there’s been 2 new names in the dancehall/indie reggae world that have made everyone stand up and pay attention.

jahdan_in the ghettoFrom his critically acclaimed work with Noble Society on their 2008 release “Take Charge” (Best Reggae Album of 2008- iTunes) to taking the top honors again in 2009 with his solo effort “Buzzrock Warrior”, to numerous underground dubstep & DnB releases on Liondub International & an appearance on “Cash Flow” from Major Lazer’s hit EP last year, Jahdan Blakkamore is a name that the world is paying attention to.

77Klash_promoRight beside him is 77Klash (Two Seven Klash), a producer that has a sound that takes a totally different angle on what you’d typically call reggae or dancehall. Listening to his production, you definitely get taken on a ride thru his mind and the various influences that he’s picked up along the way.

His imprint, Klash City Records, gives him an  outlet to push this new sound to the world taking your ears on a journey from hiphop & reggae/dancehall to rock-a-billy (Bosco Delrey) & electro/bassline (Disco D’s “Yes Shotta”).

In this installment of “In The Lab”, our NYC correspondent Kinetic NRG, caught up with Jahdan & 77Klash backstage at reggae superstar producer DJ Gravy’s Benefit for Haiti and this is what they had to say…

KINETIC: First question to you guys, because your music is so different compared to most of dancehall, it seems more like a Kaliedoscope of many different influences, so how would you classify what you do?

77KLASH: Jahdan, you wanna take this one?

JAHDAN: Well, I dunno if you can even put a classification on it really- boy, classification is a funny thing still, but it’s a music thing, ya know? Naturally the origin is reggae music, that’s the schoolroom, many man come up listening to, reggae, roots, culture, ya know the vibe.

buzzrock-warrior_jahdan-blakkamooreI’m into anything that my heart is pumpin’, right now, it’s Dubstep &  reggae roots naturally. I’ve got a project called “Buzzrock Warrior” that I’m doin, Klash featured on it and produced for it.

To categorize it, it’s bascially a dubstep project, but I also have a roots reggae project called “Babylon Nightmare” that’s coming out this summer, so I’m just doin what I love, ya know?

77Klash: Like Jahdan said it’s hard to classify into one thing or the other. I would say that it’s an amalgamation of genres all mooshed together in one sound. That’s the best clarification I can give for the music we do. It’s like heavy dancehall but then again, it’s not. I’ll just call it Jamaican music, it’s music that’s derived out of Jamaica, but it’s morphing into it’s own being.

KINETIC: Because your music is so unclassifiable- I find that I have a hard time pinpointing exactly what it is, do you think you could help us out by giving us some of the influences or records or artists that you think about when you’re working that help you craft your sound?

JAHDAN: Well, my influences vary ya know- they go from (obviously) reggae, to jazz to rnb to friggin classical even- Bach, Beethoven to Madonna & Bjork in there too. When you’re a musician- a real lover of music, a music connosieur, is going to gravitate to different genres, things outside of his or her element. I gravitate toward anything that’s really original to it’s self, anything that’s really coming with purity from the person. The kind of music we’re doing- know what I’m sayin’?

It goes 360 degrees- when you check reggae, reggae is whatever reggae music is sampling. When you check Dancehall, it’s whatever Dancehall is sampling. Hiphop is whatever hiphop is sampling. They could be sampling some banghra drums or some Indian music, but they’re not going to call it Indian music, they’re going to call it hiphop or dancehall.

My influences naturally come from black music, but, right now, you have to be VERY open minded. You’re dealing with a changing business that is rapidly evolving, and if you want to stay on the cutting edge of shit, you REALLY have to check it and focus in on your thing.

It’s not even really about what shapes us as artists but more about what we’re doing as a result of that.

77Klash: I would say influences have answer 1 and answer 2.

First one- the universe…intergalactic, outergalatic, inter-fuckin-planetary, ya know?

And second of all, 400 years of oppression is my inspiration for my music. Everything comes from me, Everything. I am the beginning and I am the end. Ya know what I am saying? One black love from the blackness, all Africa. Everything comes from Africa, the whole world. So we’re gonna bring the planets & the stars & bring em back down to Earth and just say the music is African.

KINETIC: You 2 have a long lineage within the industry, from Smith-n-Wessun- “Sound Bwoy Buriell” to a #1 track with Turbulence- “Notorious”, and yet, rather than bask in the industry success, you’ve managed to stay low profile & continued to create stuff & find yourselves being relevant, so how do you do it?

77KLASH: It’s like the race between the tortise & the hare, man. Alot of cats running past looking like they’re runnin’, but ain’t really going anywhere. Tortise still win the bumbaclot race yeh know?

(Everyone busts out laughing)

JAHDAN: Yeah man, shit, I’m with him! That’s real talk right there.

When you’re a lover of this music, ya can’t stop doing it. You can’t let props and all that get your head delusional. It’s all about the cheddar. Show me those numbers, if there’s money, we’re gonna get it.

It’s straight business, handling your shit to make sure that you’re improving your situation as time progresses and staying on the cutting edge of things. Real talk- that’s what I’m trying to do- make sure my shit gets better!

KINETIC: Can you you give us a list of say your top 5 artists or producers you’d want to work with if you had major budget to handle whatever you wanted?

JAHDAN: Tough question, but right now, in my circle, I have to admit, I feel blessed. The circle of people, singers, songwriters, vocalists, et cetera, that I am involved with really seem to be on the upward spiral right now, ya know?

ns-takechargeFirst off, you know I have to mention Klash, got him producing AND singing on my record & produced “Swarm”, one of the hottest tracks off my band, Noble Society’s album, “Take Charge”, so definitely have to have him in the mix.

With that formula, if I had a couple of million, if I have those people, I can’t go wrong.

77KLASH: Man, that’s a really, really tough question since half of the people I would want to work with are dead…

KINETIC: So go ahead & name em!

77KLASH: Man this a tough one, I would love to have a tune with Peter Tosh, ya know? Get him playin guitars on my shit. I would love to have a song with Nina Simone. A song with Keith Richards playing guitar. I would like to have a song with David Bowie, he’s still alive you know! I would like to do some shit with Radiohead. Definitely with Sizzla, Miriam Amadou, the list just goes on and on, ya know.

Radiohead would probably be the tops though.

KINETIC: What was the ONE record (I’m sure there’s a few), that really made you want to be a part of this? Who did that for you?

77KLASH: For me, my record, (and it’s my inspiration record), I play it before every session…Sam Cooke- “A Change is Gonna Come”… “I was born in a motherfuckin tent, I wasn’t even born in a house man, so like the river, I been runnin’ ever since.” That’s my shit, that tune gets me all worked up and ready.

Anytime I hear that, I’m ready. Light a candle and play some Sam Cooke, that’s the sound of the man working on the chain, gang…yeah, I get revved up!

KINETIC: Damn man, you’re all about the slave music aren’t you…

77KLASH: Yeah man, it’s old negro sprituals man, the anthology of black music.

Oh!!! I forgot to throw in Harry Belafonte for some party shit! “Me seh dey me seh dey”, ya know? That congoline music, when I’m ready to get happy, I put on some Harry Belafonte. But it’s all about old Negro spirituals ya know?

JAHDAN: I second that, but mine, I can’t even front, for me, it’s Bob Marley- “Natural Mystic”. My father would BEAT Natural Mystic from morning to night on our little Fisher soundsystem and we’d be dancing and watching ourselves in the mirror, trying to pick out our jerri curls tryin to grow some notty, ya know…that’s my shit, Natural Mystic.

KINETIC: What artists or tracks are you guys bumpin’ right now?

77KLASH: I’m bumpin a lot of wierd shit right now man! I been fuckin with this wierdo band called Creeps & Androids (?), they got this tune called “Creepy Girl” right now that’s got me revved up. I’ve been bumpin some Roscoe, some Passion Pit ya know. There’s this new kid from Jamaica that I’ve been feelin alot named Subverto, always get revved up when I listen to him. Vybz Kartel for the lyrics.

The playlist goes on and on ya know? I been fuckin with Jah Wobble alot too. That’s the most recent in the playlist, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, I would have to break out my iTunes out here to show you what’s really poppin’.

(Laughter)

janelleMonae_smJAHDAN: Right now, I’ve been bumpin some Janelle Monae.

I’m rockin her shit hard right now because she really is a great performer.

I think the next decade is going to be for artists like her, that can reach inside and bringing out something new, but old, but contemporary, crazy shit. I’m also bumpin alot of Bjork. I like Bjork. For all the ladies out there, you really need to check Bjork, because she’s got something to tell you and you should really listen to her.

raulmidonAlso listening to some Raul Midon, he’s a great guitarist that my producer Diego put me onto. I find that he’s a very classical musician in the sense that he’s so in tune with his instrument. He’s blind, but a great guitarist and an excellent vocalist as well.

saul_williams-breakSaul Williams! If you don’t know, he got his start as a dub poet but he switches it up on people. They come expecting a scroll full words or lyrics, but he comes with some shit that freaks em out mentally, ya know?

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77KLASH: Forgot my homegirl, Bat For Lashes, she got a song called “Daniel”, that’s my shit! (Sings) “Daniel…when I first saw you…”

(Laughs)

Actually, her and the Skream remix for La Roux, were my favorite tunes for last year!

KINETIC: If you like Bat For Lashes, you should check out Broadcast too..

77KLASH: Haven’t heard of them, but I’ll check em. Been fuckin with Boards of Canada too man, they got some insane shit!

KINETIC: One last question fellas, you got anything you want to tell your fans?

77KLASH: Yeah, SUPPORT! Buy my fuckin records man!

(Laughter)

Seriously though, ghetto people, support this sound! Don’t hate, participate, it’s great! Just support!

JAHDAN: Yeah man, same thing. Log onto the websites, check the music. All the Google alerts I get make a man feel good. Makes me feel like people are really coming to check the music.

So continue your support, straight up! So buy and download that shit straight into your iTunes or what not!

77KLASH: Play it in the clubs, play it in the parties, Have sex to it and make babies my shit man!

JAHDAN: People want to talk about the music business suffering, people ain’t buyin records or magazines anymore.

But I think that the real music purists out there, they’re looking for something, they’re waiting to see what’s the next decade got to offer- and Klash City Records, Jahdan Blakkamore, Noble Society and all of our friends are a part of that..ya know?

77KLASH: Our music is crazy and wierd, but have fun, get drunk, hook up with girls, make some babies, have sex, while out…to OUR music!

That’s why I’m tellin or fans to support it! Come to the show, spend some money on iTunes man! Shit, we’re trying to live out here to help you feel good!

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KINETIC: You heard it here folks, support your artists!

Thanks again fellas, we look forward to hearing what you’ve got cooking in the days ahead, so be sure to send us some exclusives as they come available!

IN THE LAB: Brooklyn Academy’s Block McCloud

Welcome to the first installment of “In The Lab”, our artist interview series where we sit down with the movers & shakers in the industry and get a inside look at their lives and what it takes them to keep those basslines rumblin’.

Our NYC Correspondent Kinetic N.R.G. sat down with independent hip hop group, Brooklyn Academy’s founder Block McCloud & his wife Fresh Jones, to talk food, juggling their personal life with their music & their new label, Disturbia Music Group.

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TECH TALK: Ableton & Serato to release new software

UPDATE: The wait is over!!! According to Ableton.com, the new product is officially named “The Bridge”.

ABLETON TO SERATO: “The Bridge provides Ableton Transport Control (ATC), giving you turntable-style control of your own multitrack productions. Simply drag an Ableton Live Set to a deck in Scratch Live or ITCH and use your turntables, CDJ or ITCH controller to control the transport. With ATC, Scratch Live or ITCH provides your productions with deck control, mixing, nudging and DJ style looping, while you can remix, mute/solo tracks, use virtual instruments, change drum patterns, manipulate audio, tweak effects and launch loops on the fly in Ableton Live.”

SERATO TO ABLETON: “Play your mix rather than cut and paste in a DAW. Forget about having to start a mixtape from scratch because of a mistake at minute fifty-nine. The Bridge is the ultimate mixtape creation tool, letting you export your Scratch Live or ITCH mix as an Ableton Live set. Depending on your Serato hardware setup, fader movements, EQ tweaks and Crossfader cuts on your DJ mixer are recorded as automation and can be edited after the tape stops rolling.”

The Bridge is free for anyone who owns both:

  • A registered version of Serato Scratch Live or ITCH hardware and
  • Ableton Live 8 or Suite 8

Check out the video after the jump to see what the hype is all about:

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Taking you back to 1994- Remember when it was all Jungle?

Wayyyyy back when, when things were still called Jungle, the BBC gathered up the top names in the London scene & got their take on the new sounds that were taking over the clubs at the time.

It’s crazy for me to look back this and remember when these records were dropping and the raw energy that the folks like Shy FX, Fabio, General Levy, Fabio, etc. were harnessing. Who knew it would blow up to be as big as it is today! (I did…lol!)

There’s 3 installments of the video, so sit back, relax & enjoy the knowledge getting dropped (after the jump)…

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