Receiving a perfect score of 10 and named the “money shot release” in the new issue of Mixmag, “The Low FreQuency Pureland EP” marks DJ/Producer FreQ Nasty’s re-entry – with a vengeance – into the world of boundary-pushing music.
“I specifically avoided making dubstep on this EP as my modus operandi has always been –“look which way the crowd is moving and run in the opposite direction,” FreQ Nasty says. “Having said that, the crunkstep vibe of “1000 Buddha’s…” was made with that 100 BPM-808-Hyphy Hip-Hop sound in mind, but then other influences snuck in there too. And in the end my tunes never turn out quite how I imagine them to. So I don’t know what genre you would put these tracks in specifically. Not dubstep? Post dubstep? It doesn’t really matter at the end of the day as new genre’s often start in one physical location but very soon spread to anywhere you can get a half way solid link to the internet. This EP dropped out of AT&T’s broadband network somewhere between London and California. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed getting back in the studio.”
Digging into the tracks, “Warm Dark Place” is a glitch-hop and drumstep hybrid of equal parts West Coast glitch hop and UK tear-out. The influence of FreQ Nasty’s time in the US Bass heaven of California is obvious with a haunting melodic refrain offsetting the hefty bass pressure. “1000 Buddhas of the Pureland of Bass” is a crunkstep roller that takes the uptempo Hip-Hop beats of the Northern Californian Hyphy movement and welds them to seismic 808 bassline. FreQ Nasty played this across the summer of 2011 and the 808 bass solo in the middle gets them screaming every time. “The Heart of Definitive Meaning” is a journey into the more reflective side of bass music. Swathes of guitar over a backdrop of distant chimes and revolving chords all served on a bed of deep sub bass. It evolves slowly with an almost subliminal drop into angular stabs of low frequency voltage.
Born in Fiji, raised in New Zealand and formed musically in the dance music revolution of London in the late 90’s, FreQ Nasty started his career on the seminal UK label Botchit & Scarper, moving to SKINT Records in 2003. He went on to release a slew of cutting-edge records, collaborating with and remixing a diverse range of artists including Fatboy Slim, Kelis, KRS One, Roots Manuva, Rodney P, and Reggae legend Junior Delgado. 2008 saw the release of ‘Creator’, his crossover hit collaboration with MIA producer Switch and NYC hipster Santogold, and the ground breaking FABRICLIVE 42 mix CD, which was picked as DJ Magazine’s compilation of the month. He is one of Burning Man festival’s most loved DJs, where he brings his signature mix of drumstep, glitch-hop, dubstep and all things Bass heavy every year. 2011 saw the release of “Dread at the Controls” on California’s Muti Music, which launched the 17-city Monsters of Bass tour with Marty Party and Opiuo. With the cutting-edge re-design of his website, launch of his new label, FreQ Nasty Recordings, and worldwide release of his new EP, supported by online, blog, and international press coverage, FreQ is making a powerful entry into 2012.
Worn Free, a renowned Los Angeles-based apparel company known for their reproductions of vintage tees worn by iconic rock stars, has teamed with Marley & Co. to create a new line of T-shirts featuring prints which were originally worn by Bob Marley and reflect his effortless sense of style.
The Worn Free catalog hosts over 40 of pop culture’s most revered icons, including John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Frank Zappa, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, Muhammad Ali, and through this new partnership with Marley & Co., reggae legend Bob Marley.
“We are so excited to add Bob Marley to our roster. We have wanted to work with the Marley family since we started Worn Free,” said Steve Coe, owner of Worn Free. “Bob Marley is a legend and such an inspiration in so many ways. People are drawn not just to his music, but to the message that his music relays, and we are very proud to help continue his legacy”.
The Bob Marley-inspired line will feature a collection of six designs; each one a reproduction of a t-shirt that Bob Marley once wore. All of the t-shirts are made in the U.S.A. They are 100% cotton and are finished with a single vintage soft wash for a “worn-in” feel. They will retail for $45 to $50. As with all Worn Free t-shirts, each design will have its own hang tag bearing a photo of Bob Marley in the shirt that has been reproduced for the collection. The Bob Marley line of t-shirts is available now at www.wornfree.com.
Hand Drawn Dracula (http://handdrawndracula.com) brings together three artists’ interpretations of each others work in the first volume of Vicious Circles. Available December 6, the FREE digital EP offers a unique blend of krautrock, psychedelic and electro-pop.
Boasting an epic library of original content only accessible through the app, “RZA’s World” has four main components:
The Sound Track To Your Life – RZA imparts sage advice on various life situations
What’s News – Provides up to date information regarding everything RZA
Vault – Sells exclusive RZA content
3D Chess Chamber – A forum offering entertaining game-play challenging chess players from novice to advance play.
RZA’s Word App for iPhone/iPod Touch – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rzas-world/id477622137
RZAS World HD for all IOS devices – http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rzas-world-hd/id479304006
International recording artist King Roti is back with another HUGE video single! Following up his last official video “Don’t Cry” which featured Toronto rapper Bishop Brigante and hit rotation on Canada’s Much Music (#1 Video Station in Canada) and his last Desi single “Ek Sapna” which hit radio in the UK (BBC Radio One), Roti brings us “Long Gone”. The video will be released in December and is the latest release off his upcoming album project “Half Way Home” (2012).
Roti continues his hard work dropping 2 videos (one for each version) as Long Gone promises to be his biggest and best video yet! King Roti looks to make a name for himself in a big way at the forefront of the South Asian music scene as well as establishing himself as an artist to look out for in the Canadian urban music industry. The “Long Gone” Desi remix has already premiered on DJ Nihal (@TheRealNihal) and The Bobby Friction Show (@BobbyFriction) on BBC Radio One, with the video soon expected to hit video stations internationally.
Look out for “Long Gone” and the official “Long Gone” Desi Remix ft Manificent on Itunes world wide now!
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Long Gone (Itunes)
The SARS Network’s “Puzzle” born January 24, 1984 in Toronto Ontario. Raised in Scarborough, Puzzle was exposed to music early in life. He first started recording songs in the late 90′s, and made his first appearance on the well recognized Toronto mix tape S.A.R.S. Since then he has been featured on every S.A.R.S. mix tape to date.
Puzzle is now ready to show the world what his music is about by releasing a self titled EP produced by TymE & Verbs with The Quarter Inch Kings. The PUZZLE EP is 6 tracks loaded with creativity and highlights Puzzles real personality. Featuring The SARS Network’s Caution, Talksick & TRA, Paradox and Tek-Man also appear on the Brand New Hit Single “LIKE YO”. But this is just the beginning for Puzzle, The PUZZLE EP released December 1, 2011 is a perfect introduction to who he is as a artist, as well as a Man. With so many things on the rise, it is sure to be a successful 2012 for the Toronto native. On stage he has been described as “energetic and captivating”, on the microphone he is referred to as “Mr. Punch line”, but one thing is for sure, he is definitely one artist to keep on your radar.
Toronto Native and OVO associate P Reign drops his latest cut “I Need It All” featuring Capo. During a press run before his Take Care release, Drake appeared on Toronto’s Flow93.5 radio where he previewed this track and spoke about P Reign. Download and stream “I Need It All” produced by Beat Merchant below and expect a whole lot more from P Reign soon.
Los Angeles emcee/producer Menacin Johnson presents “Hear Me Now”, the Alpha MC-produced official first single from his forthcoming full-length Brand New Headsets 2, featuring A-Plus of Souls Of Mischief, Abstract Rude (Rhymesayers/ATU), Oh No, Prince Po of Organized Konfusion, Cookbook of L.A. Symphony, Ariano & LD, Terem, Duke Westlake and more. A product of L.A.’s Project Blowed movement which also spawned Aceyalone, Mikah Nine and Freestyle Fellowship, he dropped his debut album Still Here in 2007 on No Threshold Records, following up with the first installment of Brand New Headsets in 2009.