Today, my favorite glitch artist, KOAN Sound, released a four-track EP, Forgotten Myths. The UK duo has been getting back to its bass-heavy glitch roots with this release, and the last one, Dynasty. I wasn’t personally impressed with the direction their music was going with the collaborations with Asa. While Dynasty seems to be a bit more funky, this EP is a bit darker and more technical. Below is the title track. It’s a drum & bass masterpiece. If you want the whole EP, you get name your own price and get it here.
While out in Denver, I came discovered what has come to be one of my favorite record stores I’ve been to, Wax Trax. When I ventured into the Jungle section, I found a ton of promos and singles priced for a few dollars each. One simply had “Basement Promo”, and had “LTJ Bukem” written in the center in Sharpie. After a lot of searching, I finally discovered the single was called Listen, and it was absolutely not by LTJ. Jack N’ Phil are the engineer and owner of Basement Records, and they’re released a lot of fantastic jungle music under the label. This is a Jungle classic.
This heavy-hitting house track comes from Sussex’s own James Rockhill, better known as his stage name, Kove. This tune features a hard drum kit, heavy, warping basslines, and a great vocal track. Classic synth hits make it a house classic. Check out the video below, and for more Kove check out his soundcloud.
Dusky, the well known deep-house-duo, has had the honor of jungle legend LTJ Bukem remix of one of their new singles, Yoohoo. LTJ turns this house song into a jungle classic, with swelling, epic synths and fast breaks. He uses the original instruments to build a new melody and rhythmic feel. It’s a great tune.
Also, if you like this, here’s the original song with the (rather strange) music video by Dusky.
Bassnectar’s most recent release, Noise vs. Beauty, hasn’t been my favorite album of his, besides a few great tracks. But I really love the remixes. The first remix I posted is G Jone’s hard-hitting mix of Don’t Hate the 808, and this one’s just as good. It’s still based on a trap beat, but it’s a little more funky, with wavey synths, and has a verse by Zumbi (Zion I). It’s a classic.
I think Bonobo is the artist I have posted most about, but that won’t stop me from posting more. This is by no means new, as this EP came out in December 2014. It’s main song, Flashlight, is a classic Bonobo track, featuring the Cirrus-style slow-house beat. Check it our below.
Also, here’s an incredible live version of Prelude + Kiara in Croatia, filmed on the North Borders Live DVD.
UK hip hop legend Jehst is a favorite of mine when it comes to rap. If you love roots rap and dislike a lot of flashy American hip hop, the UK scene might be more your style. Jehst’s style is raw, dirty, and to the point. It’s what roots rap is all about. If you dig this tune, check out another classic of his here.
Like dubstep did four years ago, trap’s mainstream success had led to the degradation of the genre, and finding good trap has become a chore. But finally I’ve found a reliable artist who pushes the boundaries of the genre, while keeping it interesting and exciting. Santa Cruz’s G Jones is now making his way through the festival circuit, spreading his version of heavy trap that’s well polished but raw, incorporating elements of hip-hop and dub bass. Below is his incredible remix of Bassnectar’s Don’t Hate the 808. If you enjoy this banger, his soundcloud has a ton more to offer.
Being a huge fan of Bonobo and similar styles, Gold Panda has always been a related suggestion. It took me awhile to get into Derwin Scheckler’s music, but a live show of his got the ball rolling. Then I discovered this album. It is a masterpiece all the way through, with a specific, surreal theme. Favorites are English House and Community, listen below.