This year for the first time the phantom creator/selector, SBTRKT has graced us with his intelligent yet tangled sound. With the release of his debut self-titled album along with remixes of Radiohead and Goldie, this UK artist has been working the scene from all angles. Like his face, it’s hard for me to describe his sound. SBTRKT’s album hit me on a level that no other recent music project has.
This week, BBC Radio 1 releases the recording of SBTRKT’s Essential Mix… ESSENTIAL ESSENTIAL ESSENTIAL… As most DJs do, SBTRKT has used this session as an opportunity to share with his listeners a taste of something different. Experimental. Driving. In this mix, I hear something primal with a percussive focus; emphasizing the sub bass levels with minimal highs and driving clicks. Most of the mix lives at about 128bpm with a phat four to the floor feel. The drops are cool and calculated and the interludes are expressive. Please provide a solid two hours to listen to this mix in its entirety. It is worth it.
Last night Radio 1′s Essential Mix covered a MASSIVE show, acts featured on the mix included: Deadmau5, Magnetic Man, Annie Mac, Skream & Benga, and, the one I was most excited for with their first show ever , Knife Party! Although some of Knife Party’s sounds may sound slightly “poppy” to some, they are going to be a very prominent name in the Dubstep/Electro world for the next while. They premiered some of their new tunes last night and ohhh man am I satisfied, their choppy, glitchy, intense electro vibes definitely got me hyped and I’m just listening at home! While there may be many other great Electro and Dubstep producers out there I would definitely say to keep an eye out for Knife Party, I mean all you have to do is listen to Set Me On Fire and you will know that Rob and Gareth have a lot in store for everyone. I’ve got great expectations for Knife Party, check out some of the tracks they premiered last night in the links below.
If you like these songs make sure to check out Knife Party’s website to download their full set here
Back in 2010 I downloaded Pendulum’s Essential Mix, there were tons of songs that popped out to me and I had stuck in my head for weeks, but one in particular stuck out. With it’s heavy spacey and very choppy bass lines and the intricate drums this was easily my new favorite song. Sigma definitely is a huge name in the drum & bass community and of all their songs I would go out on a limb and say that their remix of Rescue me if by far their best tune. So check the song out and if you are looking for a good mix definitely hit up Pendulum’s Essential Mix.
And here is the Essential Mix