Friday, 29 January 2010
Pictures up soon!
Anyway, back in Laaahndan town and we're spoilt for choice tonight, with several awesome parties across the capital. Sadly not all can be reached, and Matter looks the likeliest destination. Let us know if you make it down to any of ther others!
Standardly big line-up, though the fact that Skream and Benga are absent is the reason behind the fact it hasn't sold out in advance. They are currently ensconced in Cornwall recording the forthcoming Magnetic Man album, set for release on Columbia Records in a few months.
Big up to Tom Broadbent whose put together a great looking event at the Bussey warehouse building in Peckham. This is dissertation hand in day for most of the South London arts schools so expect massive queues, broken toilets, warm cans of fosters and Patrick Wolf lookalikes mincing about and getting in fights. Probably.
A very left-field and experimental line-up at Deadly Rhythm this month, showcasing their admirable desire to push the scene forward and give a platform to upcoming artists. Housed at the beautifully refurbed Plan B, Deadly Rhythm has steadily risen to become one of the best loved clubnights in South. Martyn makes a rare appearance in London after relocating full time to Washington D.C, and never fails to disappoint. Watch out for in 2010 aswell.
At Corsica Studios is Trouble Vision, which has rapidly built a fevered following through well balanced line-ups that explore the whole spectrum of electronic music, and often feature live shows and surprises. Seeing Bass Clef and his live orchestra before Christmas was an eye popping live show, and TV has turned me on to exciting new producers such as SBTRKT and Hot City.
So there we go. You choose!
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Kozee hails from San Francisco, California. I met her and became friends whilst I was living in San Francisco. Besides DJing and producing, she also runs a staple Dubstep night in San Francisco called . If you're ever over there, it's well worth checking out.
Here's our interview with Kozee exclusively for Get Lower.
Get Low: You remember how we first met? It was at the night at Matador [a club in SF]. I probably made a poor first impression; not about drunkenly mc'ing on the mic over Noah D!
Kozee: Haha yea you were pretty wasted but I enjoyed chatting with you!
GL: First things first, when and how did you first hear Dubstep and what about it made you lock on?
K: When? It was 2005. Didn’t lock on until a few months after I heard it, took a bit of time, I liked Grime a lot more at that point.
GL: Is it only recently that you've been on a production tip? You collaborated with DZ for the track '' which got banged out by , and even . Big up getting such a response on your first track!
K: Thank you! Yea it’s funny how it happened cos I didn’t like the tune very much, but when we played it out people went mental and then the feeling grew on me.
GL: You've worked with on more than a few tracks. Why is that, what is it like, and what do you like about producing with him? Does his style compliment yours, or does he play more of a mentor role?
K: We do work together, he is my boyfriend and we live together so it’s just what we do. I love working with him because I trust him, and I love his sound, he is very diverse! A lot of you know his sound, and like I said he is very diverse and he is a huge mentor but we have been able to mesh styles very well we do complement each other.
GL: Are you first and foremost a promoter? Was your Redline / Makeout sessions clubnights one of the first Dubstep nights in SF?
K: No, I am first and foremost a DJ. No, Grime City was the first; my respect goes out to them! Redline has been very successful and I am very proud to be a part of that!
GL: You're very established as a Dubstep DJ in SF. How'd you describe your DJ sets? You dance a bit too behind the decks which is entertaining to watch.
K: HAHA! You gotta have fun and show that you love what you do! My sets are dependent on the time I play, I love being diverse and love that Dubstep is so diverse aswell.
GL: I'll get this out of the way. You're part of a strong female presence within Dubstep, with the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs, Ikonika, Kito, Vaccine, & Ultraviolet. In terms of crowds, I went to Croydub the other week and it looked like a nearly 50/50 male : female ratio.
Is it just over analysis bollocks or do you think there's something inherently attractive or accessible about Dubstep (or more so than other genres) to a) promoters, producers etc such as yourself within the scene and b) to females generally? Obviously you're the spokesperson to your entire gender!
K: Yes, there seems to be a more ‘open arms’ feeling towards women, I appreciate that feeling. Women I think find the music very sexy and it def shows because you really feel sub bass in the lower areas which gets to more ‘bumpin & grinding’ … never a bad thing!
Also, can I just say that because of Dubstep I have met some of the MOST amazing women I have ever met throughout my life, it’s such a great thing!
GL: Over here we've got huge venues like Fabric & Matter repping it, Dubstep on the main and pirate radio stations, and the ubiquitousness of anthems such as Skream's La Roux remix in mainstream clubs, (plus a top 10 position on the national music chart with 'Night' by Benga & Coki).
With Rihannia hopping on Dubstep, you seeing a change in mood amongst your fellow country-people? Are people noticing that you might be on to something, as it were?
K: Shoot, I wish Rhianna would holler! Minds and Ideas are def changing here, I mean look at the collabs. Loads of hip hop mcs are teaming with producers, it’s a good look IF it’s done right… I’m all for it!
GL: Let's talk about Dubstep in San Francisco. It took me by surprise the strength of the scene there.
K: I love this city! Honestly, there has to be something in the water, people are so damn creative and have huge hearts! …And shit keeps blowing up bigger. Really proud that we are on the map.
GL: You reckon SF dubstep has a particular flavor that defines it from other regions?
K: It's very diverse but I think we def have that dubby vibe on lock.
GL: Loefah said Dubstep is the new underground hip hop in LA (but probably applicable to the rest of California and the US). What do you think?
K: Eh, maybe. Not much thought on that.
GL: once told me that said to him how nice it was hanging out with Dubstep djs as they all seemed to be mates with each other, especially as he felt that all Drum & Bass djs seem to hate each other behind each others backs! Why do you think that is?
K: Lol no comment
GL: I definitely felt the friendliness with you lot. You especially, safe for taking me under your wing!
K: Yea man it’s all about welcoming people!
GL: Any info or peeps you want to shout out?
K: Yea my Sugarloaf EP drops Feb 2nd, it’s a digital release on Badman Digital. I'm in the States until September then I’ll be in UK and Europe touring for a few weeks, should be good! Shouts to DZ, UV, Sam Supa, Konnect (the man that gets shit done!), and the Redline, Goldsweat, Brapdem!, Grime City, Rukkaz, Mallabel, Big Up & Surefire fam.
Exclusive to Get Low, Kozee whipped up a mix purely featuring forthcoming tunes from herself.
DZ & Kozee feat. Werd2Jah – Spit Fyre – Badman Digital
Kozee – Sugarloaf – Badman Digital
Kozee feat. DZ – Loe Jak - Badman Digital
DZ & Kozee – Sex & Cookies - Badman Digital
Kozee feat. DZ – Gloria forthcoming Hot n Heavy Recordings
DZ & Kozee – Crack VIP - Dub
It's a cracking mix, and a great insight to West Coast Dubstep too. Well worth a listen (or three).
The Garden Rave last Friday was amazing as always. Despite the rain, we still hit maximum capacity for another incredible night. Photos coming shortly.
Gonna be huge!
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Tuesday, 12 January 2010
Happy new year! Sorry its a bit late but Christmas time is extremely busy in this business. I hope everyone had a nice one blah blah blah...
I was planning to do a list of my favourite tracks of 2009, but even typing 2009 seems horribly antiquated, plus theres been plenty of great reviews of the year and of the decade on other sites, and I cant get hold of Jimmy Carr to host it. Instead Get Lower will look forward not backward, onward not downward or Jedward.
Big up to aka Ben Miller for his very funny blog. An old friend from Norwich days, DJHotpoint.com is packed with good tunes, jokes videos and well written musings on the music scene. It was on his blog that I spotted CJ Beatz's mixtape "The best decade of UK Street Music ever". At first I was wary of this high concept idea, but this smashes it. Running from 2000 through to 2009, all the tracks of our youth have been worked into the mix, and in a nice touch big cultural landmarks of the decade feature. Personal highlights are jade goody saying "dr heinstein" and an amazing bit of audio of a radio dispute between Dizzee and Asher D, who used to be a very naughty boy. The mixing isn't as sharp or dancefloor ready as Durrty Goodz's seminal but it is a great idea and a perfect way to salute the last 10 years of fantastic urban music that has come out of the UK.
Ignore the awful artwork and download this great bit of work
:: 2000 ::
2. Artful Dodger feat. Craig David – Re-Wind
3. DJ Deekline – I don’t Smoke the Reefer
4. Sweet Female Attitude – Flowers
5. Gods Gift – MC Tribute
6. Lonyo – Summer of Love
7. Mis-Teeq – Why?
8. Oxide & Neutrino – Bound for the Re-Load
9. MC Luck & DJ Neat – Little Bit of Luck
10. So Solid – Oh No
:: 2001 ::
11. The Streets – Has it Come to This
12. Craig David – Fill Me in
13. Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Through This
14. Ms Dynamite – Booo!
15. Maxwell D – Serious
16. The Masters of Ceremony – Do You Really Like it?
17. So Solid- They Don’t Know
18. So Solid – 21 Seconds
19. Roots Manuva – Witness
:: 2002 ::
20. Blak Twang – So Rotton
21. Shy FX – Shake your body
22. Ms Dynamite – It Takes More
23. Ms Dynamite – Put Him Out
24. Fallacy – Groundbreaker
25. Musical Mobb – Pulse X / More Fire Crew – Oi
26. Heartless Crew – Heartless Theme
:: 2003 ::
27. Dizzee Rascal – Fix Up Look Sharp
28. Fallacy feat. Tubby T – Big N Bashy
29. Dizzee Rascal Vs Asher D – Commander B’s NightFlight
30. Dizzee Rascal – I Luv You
31. Donae’o – Bounce
32. Wiley – Eskimo
33. The Endz – Are you really from the Endz?
:: 2004 ::
34. The Streets feat. Donaeo, Kano & Tinchy Stryder – Fit But you know it
35. Kano – P’s & Q’s
36. Wiley – Wot U Call it
37. Lethal Bizzle – Pow
38. Dizzee Rascal – Stand Up Tall
39. Klash Ne Koff – Murda
40. Swiss – Cry
41. Estelle – 1980
:: 2005 ::
42. Sway – Intro
43. Akala – Roll Wid Us
44. Terri Walker – Oopsie Daisy
45. SLK – Hype Hype
46. Roll Deep – Heat Up
47. Roll Deep – When I’m ere
48. Roll Deep – The Avenue
49. Roll Deep – Shake A Leg
:: 2006 ::
50. Ghetto – Top 3 Selected
51. Akala – Shakespeare
52. Tinchy Stryder – Breakaway
53. Amy Winehouse – Rehab
54. Bashy – Black Boys
55. Fundamental 03 – Playground
56. Corinne Bailey Ray – Put your record on
57. N-Dubz – I Swear
:: 2007 ::
58. Dizzee Rascal – Flex
59. Skepta – Sweet Mother
60. Skepta – Duppy
61. Wiley – Gangsterz
62. Wiley – Bow E3
63. Roll Deep – Celebrate That
64. Benga & Coki – Night / T2 – Heartbroken
:: 2008 ::
65. Giggs – Talkin The Hardest
66. M.I.A. – Paper Planes
67. Chipmunk – Who Are You
68. Sway – F your Ex
69. Wiley – Wearing My Rolex
70. Skepta – Rolex Sweep
71. Estelle – American Boy
72. Tinchy Stryder – Stryderman
73. Dizzee Rascal – Dance Wiv Me
:: 2009 ::
74. Attacca Pesante – Make It Funky For Me
75. Perempay & Dee – Feel it in the Air
76. Egypt & Fuzzy Logic – In the Morning
77. Fr3e – Tribal Skank
78. Gracious Kay / Funky Dee – Show Me Are U Gonna Bang
79. BBK – Too Many Man
80. Lethal Bizzle feat. Donae’o – Go Hard
81. Bashy – Who Wants to be a Millionaire
82. Chipmunk – Diamond Rings
83. Tinchy Stryder – You’re Not Alone
84. Wiley – Take That
85. Donae’o – Party Hard
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So it's 2010, a new decade is upon us. What better way to bring in the new year than with a good old fashioned knees-up to help burn off those big toblerones and those seconds and thirds of christmas dinner.
Yes, Get Low is back. With another night to get your likkle bootsies a-movin', come on down to bust-a-move to the best up and coming sounds from the underground bass heavy music scene.
★ BREAKAGE ★
Headlining this month is man of the moment, Mr Breakage himself!
Signed to Shy FX's label Digital Soundboy, Breakage is a phenomenally skilled live dj and a force to be reckoned with in both the Dubstep and Drum & Bass scenes.
With a masterful understanding of production and freakish ability to manipulate basslines, you will have undoubtedly brocked-out to a number of Breakage's tunes even if you didn't know it. His recent collaboration with Newham Generals entitled "Hard" is still rising in endless popularity with daytime radio play and spawning remixes left right and centre.
Breakage is touring to promote his new album "Foundation", so be one of the first to hear exclusive tracks which have been hyped by DJ Mag as being "packed with more beef than an Argentinean steakhouse”. This is one show that simply can't be missed.
★ TOMB CREW ★
Besides their impressive remixes of some of the greatest, Tomb Crew are renowned for causing involuntary skanking amongst audience members with their high energy sets ranging from Crack House, Electro & Bmore, throwing in some Garage, Dubstep or Jungle - anything to keep you guessing what's coming next.
These boys know exactly what they're doing. To anyone unfortunate enough to have never crossed paths with Tomb Crew, their DJ performance will come as a pleasant surprise/shock-out making sure you have more fun than Michael Jackson stuck in purgatory with all the unchristened babies.
★ GET LOW CARTEL ★
Dash, Towelie and Lightning will be supplying Electronica, Garage, Funky, Grime, Dubstep, Baile Funk, Drum & Bass, and Bmore to top up your earholes, rumble your chestplate, wobble your knees and bring bassline to your nostril.
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