Krunk Temple – Mr. Moo

This song is crunchy and whompy and really quite weird,

and it’s made by a man who sports a fine beard,

who plays violin over top of his tracks,

while mixing and mastering – amongst other hacks.

Hailing from Portland his real name is Milo,

to the festival scene he isn’t so shy though,

playing numerous fairs near his hometown state;

I would love to see and hear what he might create.

Check out Mr. Moo as you will not regret it,

and if it makes you dance then please won’t you let it!

• Keto

 

 

Dehydrated Funk – High Contrast

“I USED TO THINK YOU COULD BE MORE PRESCRIPTIVE MAKING AN ALBUM, THEN I REALISED YOU CAN’T CONTROL IT IN ADVANCE, YOU’RE BETTER OFF JUST FOLLOWING YOUR HEART AND NOT OVERTHINKING IT. MUSIC IS AN ESCAPE FROM THE LINEARITY OF NARRATIVE AND LANGUAGE AND FROM A WHOLE LOT ELSE.” – Lincoln Barrett

These words resonate deep with me; music is an exquisite escape from reality and a universal language that permeates the very fabric of our souls whether we are aware of it or not. High Contrast’s song Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the first Drum’n’Bass song I ever heard, and it single handedly turned me on to DnB. Hell, it changed the way I danced at shows, and it changed the way I listened to the drums in all music from that point forward. Years later, I am writing a blog post about this incredible DJ and producer known formally as Lincoln Barrett. I didn’t really know anything about the guy until I read the BIO on his website, but he’s a very interesting character. His musical influences are vast and when he started out he was actually more interested in film than music. Thankfully for us he chose the latter as his main vocation, and the rest is history. If you have a minute, please go read his story and jam some of his tunes, this guy really is a legend.

If you don’t have a minute, at least let me perk your ears to some other classic beat-makers that I only just discovered through him:

Theo Parrish

Depth Charge

Grooverider, and this track for something a little darker

DJ Zinc

High Contrast has remained relevant and far ahead of the curve through his dynamic  stylizations of sonic sound waves. With 6 albums in tow and some seriously dope music coming out of 2017, I don’t think we will see him stop any time soon. This track in particular comes off his Questions EP from March of last year and it is a beautiful piece of work. Clear some space in your living room and have a flail session!

Peace and Love >>> Keto

Swerve – GHXSTY

GHXSTY is Malik Mattu, a young whipper snapper from Bristol who is relatively fresh on the UK Bass scene. He brings a higher tempo bangin’ house style very reminiscent of the signature fidget house chops made popular years ago by guys like Jack Beats, SPWN, The Wobbly Sluts and Dylan Holhausen. Check out his page here as well as GASSED, the event coordinating and beat mastering umbrella in which Malik chills under. Get that bass in yo face!

• Keto

Monty – Grinny Grandad

Oooo this song has me grinnin’ from ear to ear with it’s clever overlaying of samples and super groovy psychadelic rollwithitness. That opening lyric and the guitar solo later in the song is from none other than Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 release titled “Oh Well.” You might be thinking, “Wait, that sounds nothing like Fleetwood Mac?!” Precisely correct, my fellow audiophiles; before Stevie Nicks , Lindsey Buckingham, and the McVie’s were ever part of the band this young Londoner named Peter Green formed the group and it was the blues to the core. Ever heard that little jingle from Santana called Black Magic Woman? Green wrote and recorded that first! (listen here) We’re talkin’ late 60’s my dudes, when some of your parents were still running around in diapers! Fast forward to 4 years ago when Chris Morton AKA Grinny Grandad utilized that hook in a super stylish and funkafied fashion. Chris is also an English chap and he is/was involved with Freshly Squeezed UK and Finger Lickin’ Management for some time but hasn’t put out anything new in recent months. Either way, get lost in this track but be warned that one listen will not suffice.

PS – I have yet to figure out who the female vocal is immediately following “Oh Well” but she reminds me of a young Dolly Parton without that characteristic twang. Her lyrics are cool to boot.

Peace & Love  – Keto

 

Stronger Than Me – Amy Winehouse (DJ Devastate)

To say that the passing of Miss Winehouse was a critical blow to the musical universe would be a massive understatement. Hate it or love it, you can’t deny her music as fundamentally raw, her voice unforgettable and her catalogue diverse and impassioned. I only started listening to Amy in recent years and I find myself coming back to her more and more often. Yet another musician that makes you wonder … what if she didn’t die,  where would she be today, how many more albums would she have put out, who would she have collaborated with, and how would her sound have evolved?? DJ Devastate takes on the first track off her debut album (Frank) and spins it into a sexy, silky, smooth rendition. Close your eyes, turn this one up, and please for your own sake have a listen to some of her original tunes.

• Keto 🙂