It’s been relatively quiet this week, but we still have lots of great stuff for you to check out.
For starters, Sounds of Sumo favourites Mak & Pasteman were on Rinse FM last Monday, guesting on Shox‘s 11-2 slot. Have a listen back to the whole show here, where the duo provided a mix and interview.
Shox himself has released on SOS in the past, remixing Kingsin’s ‘War Den’ for us back in 2011! Check that out along with his lastest mix for Red Bull Studios below:
Now as it’s been such a quiet week, we thought we’d put the spotlight on some our extended family of artists and remixers who’ve helped make some of our great past releases what they are.
Kicking the round-up off is SOS veteran Murlo, who has remixed both Whole Sick’s ‘Voodoo’ and Py & Kadabrah’s ‘Black Magic’ for us in the past few years. He has a new track ‘Icebound’ and a new mix from his (almost) weekly Chateau FM series. Check them both out underneath:
In other news, Grenier who did this wicked rework of HxdB’s ‘Stylish Cadaver’ for us last year has also remixed Ambalance’s ‘Are You Around’. Both can be downloaded for free courtesy of XLR8R:
Cedaa, who remixed ‘Mami’ from the same EP, unveiled his rework of Kid Smpl’s ‘Star Ocean’ this week. Check both of the remixes underneath.
and finally, Man Recordings’ Daniel Haaksman has given away 10 of his remixes for free! How do you think they compare to his take on Kry Wolf’s ‘Black and Blue’?
Thanks for reading,
The SoS Team.
Paul Woolford is generally known for being one of the UK’s most innovative and original producers and has made a name for himself making house music, but around a year ago he launched Special Request, a new project that has given him license to draw inspiration from his youth when he spent a lot of time listening to pirate radio stations.
From unrelenting jungle and hardcore, to brooding techno and house, Woolford’s output under his new alias so far definitely encapsulates the raw and unconventional qualities of the music you can hear on pirate radio. With the previous three releases receiving plenty of praise, Woolford has now served up the fourth instalment, an EP consisting of two tracks that don’t have too much in common, but are both equally at home under the Special Request banner.
First up is ‘Vapour’, a creeper of a track that builds slowly from a beginning of deep and pensive chord stabs. Then the hollow kicks are brought in, transforming the techno construction into an unrelenting stomper, with Woolford putting some of the heaviest sub-bass you’ll have ever heard into effect.
The B-side goes in an entirely different direction, although it is more in keeping with the kind of tracks we’ve heard on the previous Special Request white-labels. Fittingly named ‘Mindwash’ (something you will come to understand once you’ve listened to the track), it definitely fits in with Woolford’s philosophy of emulating the feel of pirate radio. An Amen Break rhythm and arpeggiating synths are combined to excellent effect, and the track takes the shape of an acid-drenched hardcore number that only lets off for a brief interlude of etherial-sounding synth washes, before kicking back into full force.
As these are limited, vinyl only releases, it’s understandable that some of you may be put off (there are only 300 copies of this particular release going), but the sheer brilliance of Woolford’s Special Request releases so far should inspire you to think otherwise. With release number four possibly the best so far, even the most stubborn of you that live solely in the digital age will feel an urge to dust off your record player and grab yourselves a “12.
By Matt Blair
Categorising Mount Kimbie into a neatly packaged genre has always been difficult. Whilst the infamous ‘post-dubstep’ label is something which the duo have carried throughout their career, it offers little in terms of description and has always been a rather dismissive label, applied to artists who don’t quite fit into a rigid tempo-based dance music category. Cold Spring Faultless Youth sees Mount Kimbie expand far beyond their dance music origins. A notable move out of the bedroom and into the studio is evident; production qualities are as high as the instrument range is expansive. The addition of live drums adds percussive depth, and horns intertwine with organs as Mount Kimbie’s familiar degree of sonic texturing develops to new levels. Vocals have never previously been a prominent feature of Mount Kimbie’s sound, yet Cold Spring Faultless Youth sees Kai Campos’ voice come to the fore, something which features significantly during the later part of the leaked track ‘Made to Stray’. The distinctive voice of King Krule also features on two tracks, allowing a strangely captivating juxtaposition of sounds to take hold as Archy Marshall’s deep, forceful vocals languish over laid back hip-hop beats and reverberating melodies.
There is a definite sense of experimentation across the record, whilst ambient beats and earthy synths still reflect Mount Kimbie’s earlier work, expansion into new territories is clearly not something being shied away from here. Like anything with experimental tendencies, there are aspects which are perhaps somewhat hit and miss, yet growth and maturity are evident, and this is unquestionably a record which has been well considered and approached with clarity. Certain fans of the duo’s earlier work may have one or two niggling issues with aspects of the album’s forays into new territories, however Mount Kimbie have always made it clear that they will not be pigeon holed and the expansive variety found in Cold Spring Faultless Youth serves as testament to this.
Cold Spring Faultless Youth is released on May 28th through Warp Records
Alright petal, Watson from Piri Piri with a bunch o’ bloody tunes. There’s no need for any long winded introductions, you’ve probably already started the first tune.
Circula – Redman
Forget eton messy or ever the impeccably punctual Aliasizm Bass. I’m fed up of pictures of tumblr scene girls over ‘deep’ house. When I listen to tracks, I want pictures of skulls coming out of heads or lightning unicorns riding through flames or a mans melting face. That’s what I want over techy craziness. That’s why Hurfyd is the youtube channel for me, subscribing is a must for regular tune-age. This tune comes from Circula, a berlin producer and spherical vampire apparently. Good tune.
Dyme-A-Duzin – Baggin A Bestfriend
This guy comes across like a one man wingman. Changing targets mid-pursuit is something i’m sure we’ve all done but, if you’re me, it hardly works as smoothly this tune sounds. Buttery shit right here.
Carnivores – Leave Me Be
**ALERT! ALERT! SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION AHEAD**
Carnivores is a hip hop side project type deal that me and a mate do. This is a song we’ve done I reckon you may like. Check it out!
CLASSIC CUT: Ohio Players – Skin Tight
Downright one of the funkiest bass-lines in all the land. If this doesn’t get your juices flowing, you probably are out of juice. Go the juice shop and get some more juice.
We’re celebrating this week as, for the first time ever, a Sounds of Sumo release has topped the Juno singles chart! SOS027: Kry Wolf‘s ‘Concrete EP’ has been one of the most successful SoS releases to date, so we’d like to say a massive thanks to everyone who’s supported it!
Kry Wolf were also in the guestmix for B.Traits this week on her last Monday morning show on BBC Radio 1. Don’t worry though, she will be covering Annie Mac’s prestigious Friday evening slot while Annie’s on maternity leave. We can’t think of a better replacement! Check out the Kry Wolf guestmix here.
Benton, who remixed ‘Bluffin’ from the Concrete EP also released his debut album ‘Reflections’ this week. He has kindly given away the track ’We’re Both Lost’ from the album for free. Grab it from XLR8R here.
Long-time SOS affiliate Mele has also had a busy week. He previewed two new tracks, one entitled ‘DMX’ and the other a remix of Jacob Banks. Check them both out underneath:
As well as this, he provided the latest edition of the Trap Magazine mix series and picked his 10 favourite summer tracks for Dummy Mag. The mix is streamable below and his summer chart can be accessed by clicking here.
In other news, vocalist Py has unleashed her follow-up to Kadabrah collaboration ‘Black Magic (released with us). ‘Polyethers’ will be coming out on Champion Records and was played by Zane Lowe on Radio 1. Have a listen to it and see what you think:
Submerse also has a new track, let us know what you think of ‘Twiceshy’ once you’ve had a listen:
and finally, Tony Goods has given away ‘That’s Paper’ but only for the first 100 downloaders though!
Thanks for your support,
The SoS team.
Hello all! Been a while since I have done a post on here, so I thought I would take this opportunity to share the music of two friends that I have seen/bumped into in the last week. Both very different in style, but two hugely talented individuals.
Whether he’s head down, pen to paper and headphones on; or on the buttons in the studio and tweaking the beats, Walha is an artist that is really beginning to find his identity. Reigning from South London his experimental take on hip hop, grime and bass influenced sounds, give him a distinct and fresh style. I have heard some of his bits first hand, and there is a lot of stuff you won’t have heard yet, but will do soon. Singer, producer and rapper rolled into one, we eagerly await to see some of his forthcoming bits, here’s one he recently put up on SC, better to let his music do the talking… Oh and the good news is that he is spending more time in the studio!
Moya is a singer songwriter who has seen a meteoric rise in the past 12 months, from just a raw talent she as now progressed into an artist with huge potential. Currently based in South London, her talents were quickly picked up by the likes of Radio 2 with a whole host of gigs to follow; first in her hometown of Bournemouth, then across the UK. She has just come off a tour as support for no other than Mick Hucknall, and as she is about to embark on a stadium tour with Rod Stewart Moya is an artist that continues to blossom. Top girl and we wish her all the best here at SOS.
Check here tumblr here http://moyamusicuk.tumblr.com/
So after the problems last week, Kry Wolf‘s ‘Concrete EP’ has finally been released! SOS027 is now available on most digital stores including iTunes, Beatport and Juno – where it knocked Breach’s ‘Jack’ off the bass music chart top spot! Thank you all for your support!
Benton has remixed Oscar Luweez‘s ‘If We Ever Make it Home’ for our good friends at Concrete Music:
He also uploaded new track ‘Evening Departure’ onto Soundcloud:
While Woz has released a teaser of his remix of ‘Chairman of the Bored’ by Mikill Pane:
Other new remixes this week from SOS friends include Roby Howler‘s rework of Elias Smith out now on L2S Records:
Serial Sounds of Sumo remixer Arcade released his new EP ‘Feel the Heat’ today on No Brainer Records. He also provided a promo mix to celebrate. Have a listen to them both below:
More mixes came from Mak & Pasteman who were in charge of this week’s DJ Mag podcast:
Hopefully that’s enough to listen to until next week, many thanks for your continued support,
The SOS Team.
After a busy few weeks finishing university, I am all over this blog like a hot rash. Got a couple weeks to catch up on so I’m thinking throw a couple of summer beats in, a sprinkle of house flavours and top it off with some sun-soaked classics. GET DOWN! YOU AINT GOT WORK TOMORROW! GRAB A CAN AND HAVE A BOOGIE.
Chance the Rapper – Smoke Again Ft Ab-Soul
The music industries new crush is Chance and after listening to his mix tape Acid Rap last week, who could blame ‘em? Its like listening to a hip hop version of the Blues Brothers set in Back to the future II when Biff is king and everything is neon. This is one of the heavier tunes on there. Sure to get you nodding!
Mellowhigh – Troublesome
This tune and video can probably get you high through osmosis or some shit. Put this on at a BBQ and pretend your in Cali.
Llesca – Sharks EP
Llesca may be street slang for weed in Mexico, but this EP is more Tron than Desperado. That’s a good thing. Really cool release with some great remixes including one from Watson favourite and possible illuminati member – Neana.
Stuffa – Proof (FCL Remix)
Even though it’s that It’s You tune that is commanding silly money on discogs, this is the big FCL tune for me at the moment. Sleazy vocals and a melt-in-your-ears piano lick makes this a big ol’ summer jam rock a big room just as well as an after party
Kowton VS Julio Bashmore – Mirror Song
I haven’t been keen on a Bashmore tune for a long time, I guess if you add one Kowton to the mix you know shit’s going down. I copped this one record store day and it hasn’t left the record bag yet. I think they’re dropping a full EP soon so you should probably keep an eye on it! A billion times better than fucking Au Serve.
Slave – Son of Slide (Slide instrumental)
You may recognise this from Go Ahead in the Rain by A Tribe Called Quest. You may also recognise this from that dream you had where you were chilling with some weird models in studio 54 and everyone was wearing costumes like the baseball dudes out of The Warriors.
Adonis – No Way Back
Apparently, this is one of the first House tracks that Mike Pickering brought back from Chicago to play in the Hacienda. No wonder everyone went a bit mad and Joe Bloggsy after shit like this!
!!!WARNING!!!/// – WATSON SECRET WEAPON – !!!\\\!!!WARNING!!!
What’re we gonna do tonight brain? Same thing we do every night Pinky, try and take over de dance.
That’s all folks!
Not very long at all now until SOS027 sees the light of day. Kry Wolf’s ‘Concrete EP’ has been a big favourite with the likes of Annie Mac, Mistajam and B.Traits over the past few weeks. If you’re somehow yet to hear ‘Concrete’, have a listen below.
Kry Wolf also unveiled the latest addition of their classic rework series this week. Following on from the acclaimed bootlegs of The Streets and Double 99 last year, they return with an impressive take on Liquid’s ‘Sweet Harmony’:
While Benton is set to release his debut album ‘Reflections’ and was a special guest on GetDarkerTV earlier in the week. He starts his set around 1:49:00:
In other news, massive congratulations are in order for Sounds of Sumo’s Tommy Kid. He will be representing France in Ibiza after his mix made the final of the Burns Studio Residency competition. Check it out here:
Tee Circus has also given us another great mix to listen to. This one is in collaboration with Red Bull Studios:
The SoS Team.
Thanks for checking out this week’s installment.
First up, a quick reminder that Kry Wolf’s ‘Concrete EP’ is out on the 5th May. The release has already seen stong support from the likes of Annie Mac, B.Traits and Claude VonStroke. The package includes a remix from Benton, who releases his debut album the day after on the 6th. This week he gave away his collab with N-Type – ‘Smash That VIP’:
The Kry Wolf boys were responsible for this week’s Urban Nerds Mix of the Week, which you can listen to underneath and read the accompanying interview by clicking here.
Their remix of Foamo’s smash ‘Sherlock’ was unveiled today also:
Plenty more mixes from SOS family members to get your teeth stuck into as well.
Like Sumo favourites Kingsin‘s April 2013 mix and blend:
In other news, there are new tracks to check out from a few familar faces.
Real‘s ‘Don’t Need Ya Love’ is out on XVI Recordings on the 29th, have a listen below:
Thanks for your support,
The SOS Team.