Author – Live at Eiger Studios

In mid-November, Tectonic will release the debut album of Jack Sparrow and Ruckspin project Author. In preparation for their live gig at London’s fabric, the duo has shared this stream of their live-set.

The self-titled album features eight spacious arrangements, following examples like the classic The K&D Sessions, but translated to modern dubstep sounds. Keep an eye out for this when it drops on CD and digital on November 15, 2011.

Weekly Bits 6/2011

With the new Ghostpoet album available now on Brownswood, the label made the full thing available for stream via Spinner.

Since we posted the video on How To Apply For The Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, several other videos have popped up. Hear more words of wisdom from Recloose, Teebs, Mwëslee or Braiden. What’s Really Good also has one with Lunice and Put Me On It is giving some extra advice to all future applications.

Belgian R&S Records continues putting out quality music, their latest 12-inch sport remixes from Bullion and Space Dimension Controller for Detroit legends Model 500.

Also available on vinyl are the magnificent Scientist dubs of Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space, released on Pinch’s Tectonic label.

When Floating Points recommends a mixtape, you better listen up. The Gospel According to Budgie is the mix in question and will only be available for a limited time!

Legowelt did a megamix for the forthcoming Virgo Four Resurrection boxset on Rush Hour, Ahu gives a preview to Turkey’s Sunsplash Festival and 8bitch made a new mix for Surefire Sound. For some harder sounds, you might want to get this mix from Titonton & Charles Noel aka Black & Blue

Lastly, here’s a free download from Hotflush founder Scuba, an older track that never made it on a release.

FACT Mix by Pinch

In order to promote the upcoming Multiverse compilation “Dark Matter”, Bristol based Pinch, founder of the Tectonic label, has put together a selection of mostly unreleased music for the latest FACT Magazine podcast.

FACT Mix #164 (download)
01. Bass Clef – Promises (Peverelist & Appleblim Remix)
02. Emika – Double Edge Sword (Pinch Remix)
03. Skream – Amitystep
04. Mala – 2 Much Chat
05. Jack Sparrow – The Cahse
06. Pinch – Midnight Oil (Pangaea Remix)
07. Dubkasm – Hail Jah (Jakes Remix)
08. Jack Sparrow & Ruckspin – Dread
09. WAX20002b (Pinch Remix)
10. Jakes – Time Ends
11. Mala – Eyes
12. Distance – Ill Kontent
13. Jack Sparrow – Terminal
14. Red Light – MDMA
15. Joker – Output 1-2
16. Skream – Phatty Druma
17. Pinch – Elements
18. Goth Trad – Sublimination
19. Distance – Reboot
20. Pinch – The Boxer
21. Pinch – Swish
22. Mala & SGT Pokes – Answer Me

The Dark Matter 2-CD is available now and features contributions from 2562, Joker, Loefah, Vex’d and many more!

2562 – Unbalance

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

It was only this summer, that I first listened to Dave Huismans’ debut under his 2562 moniker, 2008’s Aerial. As I didn’t want to make that mistake again, I followed all news about its successor and eventually got hold of a promo copy of the new album Unbalance.

Back in 2006, I first ran into Dave’s work through his self-distributed album In Dog We Trust, which he released under the Dogdaze moniker. At times it sounded like Mr. Oizo making hip-hop beats, but it also sported a rough broken beat style somewhere between Son of Scientist and fellow Dutchmen Rednose Distrikt. On the first 2562 album, Dave adopted the style that is often referred to as Bristol dubstep, fusing dubby techno with garage beats, a style that got wide attention through Martyn’s Great Lengths album. It’s maybe no surprise that Martyn’s label 3024 previously released some of Dave’s music on 12-inch.

Well, it’s 2009 and the all new album Unbalance, which is the subject of this post, is about to get released. Its artwork struck me the moment I saw it, but the true masterpiece is pressed on the disc. Dave Huismans managed to put together all of his influences on this record, scattered snares, deep moody synths and dubby basslines. The record will (and can) still be labelled “dubstep”, but when you listen to the pieces the music is made of, you will hear more than just that.

2562 doesn’t follow the minimal approach of many other dubstep producers, the beats are plentiful and appear in many shapes. Some broken beat influences can be heard on tracks like Flashback or my very favourite, the title track Unbalance. Lost can easily be confused with a Martyn production, while the keys on Dinosaur are evocative of classic Domu or Rednose Distrikt material . Another favourite on the record, Who Are You Fooling, features keys mellow enough, they could as well be taken from a Moodymann or Theo Parrish record.01. Intro
02. Flashback
03. Lost
04. Like A Dream
05. Dinosaur
06. Unbalance
07. Superflight *
08. Yes/No
09. Who Are You Fooling?
10. Narita
11. Love In Outer Space *
12. Escape Velocity *

* CD exclusive tracks Who would have thought that after Silkie’s City Limits and the already mentioned Great Lengths, another dubstep album claims a spot among the best albums of the year. Albums like these not only prove the genre’s versatility, but can also help to improve its reputation and acceptance among the remaining sceptics. If by the end of 2009 the genre hasn’t grown on you, it probably never will.

Most mail orders seem to have the record in stock starting today. I’ve spotted both CD and triple LP on Rush Hour, but Juno and Boomkat both have it in stock as well. A digital release was spotted on Juno Download.