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Montreal's Hovatron Drops Some New Turbo Crunk Heat

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It’s called “turbo crunk” and it’s sweeping the nation. And by nation, I mean Canada.

For some time, Lunice has been our favorite Montrealer rehashing hip hop style from the American south into something fresh. A few of his collaborators have begun appearing on the radar as well. Today, we’ve got Hovatron for you.

Hovatron just dropped Hovatron EP, a single packed with three original tracks and a few remixes, including renditions by Sixtoo (as Prison Garde), Spoek Mathambo, and Doshy. The remixes mimic Hovatron’s affinity for 808s and classic synths, and his knack for minimalism. In the tradition of crunk beats, simplicity reigns in turbo crunk productions. Of course, Hovatron’s sound takes crunk to unconventional places; it’s doubtful that Lil’ Jon ever used a Korg MS-20.

Hear Hovatron EP below.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F656650&g=1HOVATRON EP snippets by Lowridersrecordings


Written by M

April 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm

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Northern Ireland's Boxcutter Melts Into The Dissolve

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He’s got an abrasive name, but Boxcutter’s songs are a futuristic take on jazz, funk, and fusion. The Northern Ireland producer got picked up by Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu for his garage and two-step infused beats. The tracks from his newest album The Dissolve are for more organic, sounding more like a band than a single producer at times.

A couple of these tracks will remind you of the good old days of down tempo, led by the sounds of Jazzanova and 4Hero: crisp drums, syncopated rhythms, and sustained key chords. Others kick back to Boxcutter’s affinity for two-step. The bulk of the tracks, however, are fully electronic and packed with bass. But this is all a little more clever than what gets played at clubs and warehouse parties.

Check out the video for “TV Troubles” below and see where Boxcutter got the image for the cover art for “The Dissolve.” Sabrina Ratte’s video kicks back to the color saturated 80s for this track.


BOXCUTTER РTV TROUBLES from Sabrina Ratt̩ on Vimeo.

Written by M

April 27, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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C.O.N.E. is Rotterdam's Most Bass-Heavy Notable

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Yes, Amsterdam has it’s merits; canals, museums, legalized jaywalking. But we’re thinking of another Dutch city.

Rotterdam has a bass scene to compete with the world’s bassiest cities, and the artists from the Footsteppa collective are on its forefront. One notable soul on the roster is local DJ C.O.N.E.

The little preview mix below will give you an idea of the mischief C.O.N.E. is up to. He recently dropped a 25 minute minimix that’s got bits of broken beat, roots, dupstep, and some especially bassified dancehall.

If you happen to be in Rotterdam at the end of this month, Footsteppa is throwing a big jam on the 29th.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F13614256 Footsteppa preview mix 2011 by c.o.n.e

Written by M

April 25, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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Jon Phonics Sees a 7" as a Reason to Party

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Jon Phonics’ beat work can often be heard as the backdrop for UK lyricists like Mr. Drastick, M9, and Verb T, but his new 7″ is just him, and he’s armed with a lot of low end.

Phonics is taking a break from the hip hop production and will drop a couple of serious bass tracks this month.

His solo work ranges from electro and disco to dubstep and grime. Just check out the mix below, a promo session for his launch party this week. Style-wise, it’s all over the place, but Phonics blends it all seamlessly.

Bruck Out/The One is out on April 25th, and if you happen to be in London on Friday, hit up The Old Blue Last for the launch party. Jon Phonic’s Chakra Sounds labelmate Evil Ed will be spinning, and he made this.

That should be reason enough.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F13831134 Jon Phonics Launch Party 22nd April @ Old Blue Last Promo Mix by jonphonics

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April 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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Montreal's Ango Will Own Summer Starting from Day One

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Ango’s EP is coming out in time for summer. As soon as it’s warm, overly mirthful music stops being annoying and becomes the soundtrack to shorts-wearing, cold beer swigging fun.

I’m guessing Ango’s got Wild Styles and Beat Street in constant DVD rotation. The Montreal beatmaker feels no guilt in using 808 sounds to construct breakbeats and lay deliciously cheesy vocals over them. But this isn’t just throwback music. It improves on the awesome tradition of B-boy music that rose and fell in in decades past.

Once summer hits, be careful with this record! You’ll feel repeated urges to start popping and locking while it’s playing, but you must resist. No one likes to see attempted drunken B-boying.

Check out a six minute collection of song snippets from Ango’s upcoming EP. It’s an amalgamation of bass, R&B, breakbeat, and (dare I say!) disco.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F13401653 ANGO EP PREVIEW by ANGO

Written by M

April 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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Getting Ready For The First Full Album From Mexicans With Guns


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While most people residing near the border are avoiding the hell out of Mexicans With Guns, I’m putting myself right in the line of fire. Right now, I’m bumping tracks from his upcoming album Ceremony, and I’ll tell you, it’s absolutely sick. It’s like there’s drug war going on in my headphones just for me.

I won’t divulge too much presently, but expect a review of Ceremony here soon.

In the meantime, check out the track that has been Mexicans With Guns’ rallying cry all the way through Austin at this year’s SXSW. Along with rappers Freddie Gibbs and the legendary Bun B spitting some pitch-dropped vocals, MWG has created one hell of a hard track.

No one sounds quite like this. “Highway to Hell” has a syncopated latin beat buried within its hard and slow crunk rhythm. All the layers make it so grimy and heavy that you probably can’t even handle it. Or can you? Test your might below.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F11887893 01 Highway To Hell ( Big Red & Sizzurp Edit) by mexicanswithguns

Written by M

March 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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