Friday, 3 June 2011

Marsh on the Marshes: The Badical's Hi-Tec Hip-Hop

The first time I saw The Badical they were blowing up a jungle dome in the desert with their twisted science, a potent concoction of multi-flavoured bass music.

Last time I saw Andrew Marsh he was clinging onto the back of a bass buggy mobile soundsystem on Hackney Marshes, a mutant Mothercare vehicle for outdoor-types being put to good use to protect a darling pair of speakers, busy blasting beats into the assembled ranks of BBQ eating warehouse-dwellers. From what I remember, swigging cider as the sun set over the East Coast railway, his set scoped classic hip hop to 90s cheese filtered through various prisms of flitched out hip-hop, IDM and dubstep. There was also lots of other stuff so pleasantly unexpected that I can't remember it.

When I asked Andrew for some compressed BBQ Marsh-hop he pointed me towards the full set of The Badical mixtapes, from which the hi tek hip hop number most closely resembles what I was trying to recapture. It sweeps from J Dilla and Foreign Beggars through RJD2, The Knife and Four Tet to The Glitch Mob, Mochipet and Modeselektor. Badassical innit.

DOWNLOAD The Badical's Hi-Tec Hip Hop Mix (Right Click Save As)

madvillian - all caps
flylo - grapesicles (samiyam remix)
unknown white label
J Dilla - workinonit
MED - Cant Hold On
Foreing beggars - Glacial (ft syntax)
D...iplo - Big Lost
Clark - Herr Bar
Osland and erro - Everything in its right place
Soldier Girl RJD2 remix
Fourtet - Smile around the face
The Knife - We share our mothers health
LOTP - The bears are coming
Kis sister - unknown
Try Again - Simian mix
sentinal - Eliot Lip
Monday - Glitch mod edit
mochipet - Turbo Thizz penetration
Busy P - c-est chollet (or something)
Krazy Baldhead - revolution
Modeselektor - Edgar w/ the first rebirth double drop
All is full of love - plaid remix
TTC - Antenne 2
HudMo - Overnight

In other news, Andrew has designed The Synflower - a multi-player musical instrument for one to eight people - and an Aerodynamic Umbrella. Nice one!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Music for post-traumatic stress decompression on a summer evening

You know how sometimes you just get bored of everything you have on your MP3 player? You've heard it all before. It all sounds the same. Why the hell have you been bothering with all this shit?! Why don't I just listen to pop music or the radio? Or maybe you have more than 8GB capacity...

I've been having this kinda existential crisis with my whole life lately. Thankfully though, after another day of suffocating in my mentally over stimulating and anxiety inducing work, I left the office to the sounds of four mixes I've recently downloaded and went to sit by the river, where I achieved a more zen-like state of glitchitation. Just what the perspective-adjusting mind doctor ordered. Enjoy.

AfroMonk runs a wicked blog right here. He's just got back from Lightning in a Bottle. Git. This is a damn tasty lovestep mixtape he's done for
  Afro Monk Presents: Left Behind - ( by AfroMonk
Featuring music by: Gladkill, +verb, Manni Dee, Guttstar, Nico Luminous, Thriftworks, Elfkowitz, Mimi Page, Omega, Jobot, NastyNasty, Tokimonsta, B. Bravo, Epcot, The Human Experience, Chris B, & Ghetto Sexuual

kLL sMTH from Smoulder, Bollorado makes some proper synapse tweaking insertdescriptivenamehere-step tunes like Smoothstep and a journey through time and bass. This is a live set from the Ghost Ranch wherever the fuck that is
  Live at the Ghost Ranch pt. 2 (all original set) by kLL sMTH
1. Smoothstep vs. Cassie
2. Funky Crunk
3. Slamborghini
4. Gnaardvark vs. Stilettos - crime mob
5. Subsonic (kLL SMTH Remix) - Excision
6. Babylon (kLL SMTH Remix) - NiT GriT
7. Bustle Hustla
8. Rump Shakin
9. Nurrbody into Body Movement - Conquest

Simplify have simply put out some of the best glitch-hop and bass music of the last year from Stephan Jacobs, Love and Light, Chris B, Ben Samples, Elfkowitz and Blunt Instrument. Like a glitch-hop finger buffet, this mixtape by Aaron Simpson has it all and more. Fuck. Yeah.
  Simplify Mix Sessions 7 by Simplify Recordings 
01 Nero – Me & You (Danger Remix) (MTA)
02 Opiuo – Patchouli Dump Truck (Addictech)
03 Love & Light – The Light We Bring (Simplify)
04 Samples – Montauk Point (Made In Glitch)
05 Knight Riderz – Light It Up (Made In Glitch)
06 DCarls – All In (Simplify)
07 Blunt Instrument – Simmer Gently (Simplify)
08 Digital Rust – Loophole (Addictech)
09 Love & Light – Slap and Tickle (Simplify)
10 Freddy Todd – Skattabrain (Simplify
11 Kraddy – Let Go (Instrumental) (Minotaur)
12 Gramatik – The Uprising (Cold Busted)
13 DCarls – Flavorhythm (Simplify)
14 Gramatik – Who Got Juice (Cold Busted)
15 Who Cares – These Three Words (ill-esha Remix) (Simplify)
16 Pretty Lights – Hot Like Sauce (Rustified Remix) (Pretty Lights)
17 Freddy Todd featuring Unc – Homefaced (Simplify)
18 Hirshee & Tonye Aganaba – So Good (Big Fish)
19 Stephan Jacobs – In The Vortex (Simplify)

When you need to chill-the-fuck-out after that one, try Guido's latest 29 minute mixtape, which sends me floating out into a sea of twostep Light Emitting Diode twilight. It's even got some conscious grime vocals set to such beautiful minimal bassline production that it almost sounds like he's not angry. Lush.
  29 min mix 2011 - GUIDO by guido productions
Class act
Quick idea
The PL Remix Type & J B Love (Remix)
Lunar Eclipse
Micro X (Forthcoming State Of Joy)
Most wanted
Ballin' feat Baobinga (Forthcoming BUILD)
What I'm here for feat Scarz
Dust Off
Same Road feat Shadz