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Starkey: Space Traitor Volume 1


Starkey is Philadelphia’s foremost dubstep, grime and bass artist. His unique take on these sounds has spread around the world and has proved to be a massive hit wherever he tours. His work is always progressive, dynamic, and pushing the limits of sound technology; he has even trademarked his own unique ‘Street Bass’ sound along with a handful of other artists (think Hudson Mohawke and Rustie). His debut album for Planet Mu, “Ephemeral Exhibits“, was extremely well-received and the follow up “Ear Drums and Black Holes“, released earlier this year, was even more successful. Starkey is the co-owner of Slit Jockey Records and a member of the Seclusiasis crew. Despite his record affiliation however, he is best known for his productions full to the brim with futuristic crunk, hip-hop and elements of UK-centric grime and dubstep.

Starkey’s latest release, “ Space Traitor EP Vol.1“, is a 12 track album (13 including the NastyNasty remix) jam-packed full of exciting space-beat adventures. With a wonderful array of originals by Starkey accompanied by a killer lineup of remixes by extremely talented producers, you really can’t go wrong with Space Traitor. Check out some of the tracks included in the post and if you enjoy the album I highly recommend swinging over to Addictech and grabbing the full release. +Verb, a regular on SubSynthesis, has an absolutely gorgeous, melodic downtempo version of Starkey’s “Paradise” on this EP that is a total necessity for any true lover of his music.

Space Traitor EP Vol.1:

Artist: Starkey
Remixes by: Eygptrixx, ARP101, Ital Tek, +Verb, Rudi Zygadlo, Kaiser and Vocals from Anneka.
Release: Space Traitor EP Vol.1
Label: Civil Music
Duration: 49:27
Genre: Dubstep
Tags: Vocal • IDM • Heavy • Glitchy • Glitch Hop • Electro • Dubstep/Grime • Dope
Released: 2010-12-06

Tracklist:
1. Robot Hands
2. Playing With Fire
3. Holodeck
4. Paradise (Ft. Anneka)
5. Lenses
6. Robot Hands (Egyptrixx Remix)
7. Robot Hands (Kaiser Remix)
8. Paradise (Rudi Zygadlo Remix)
9. Paradise (ARP101 Remix)
10. Paradise (+Verb Remix)
11. Playing With Fire (Ital Tek)
12. Starkbot Beats: Space Traitor Volume 1 (Narration by Halfcast and Starkey)

Space Traitor Volume 1 Preview:

Favorite Track:

Starkey – Paradise (+Verb Remix):

Interview with Starkey:
Credit to Laizi of Data Transmissions for the interview with Starkey:

So, give us a bit of an idea of how you first got involved with making electronic music?
I was interested in electronic music or more experimental production from a pretty early age, but I really only started making my own electronic music when I went to college for music production.  I got a PC and installed Acid version 1. I had a Korg N1 that I had running through the audio input on the back of the PC – no real sound card, just ran the audio out to the bookshelf speakers that came with my PC. My early tracks pretty much sounded like trip-hop meets Mogwai…I guess it’s not too far off from some of the stuff I’m writing still to this day.

I’m guessing that being from Philly hip-hop and RnB have played their part in sculpting your sound?
Yeah definitely.  I went through a period where I really didn’t listen to much hip-hop and RnB though; I was really into indie rock and hardcore punk rock and all that. At the same time I was playing jazz and studying classical music as well, so my mind was elsewhere.  But now I probably listen to more hip-hop than anything else.

There does seem to be a kind of sci-Fi theme running throughout your work and the space age sounds you create. Has the fascination always been with you?
When I was growing up I was all about Star Wars, so yeah. I think I’ve always been interested in science-fiction. My parents own the oldest drive-in movie theatre in the world, so I’ve always been around movies. The idea of looking at the possibilities of the future and technology has always interested me, so I gravitated towards those kinds of films. I’m also into a lot of concert electronic music and the experimental tape music from the 20th Century, and a lot of that material has a sci-fi theme running throughout it. People who are drawn to experimentation, I think, are also the type to think about what the future holds for technology, life, politics, basically what the world may look like in the distant and not-so-distant future.

The new release, Space Traitor Volume One, is a pretty hefty package – were the 12 or so tracks planned from the start or did it grow naturally?
This music was definitely written with the intention of putting together these 2 releases, but I wasn’t quite sure which tracks would make each release. I’m actually still working on Volume 2, so we’ve yet to decide on a tracklist. I think when you’re determining which tracks to put on a release, you have to think about which ones work well together.  From the start, we all agreed that Robot Hands was going to be on the first volume, then we built the EP around that tune. Lenses is the only track that was around when I was compiling Ear Drums and Black Holes, everything else was written after I finished up that album. Lenses was one of those tracks that we thought about putting on the last album, but it ended up getting cut.  I always liked the track, and it got a pretty good response when I finished one studio mix last year with it…so we figured, why not, let’s put it on the Space Traitor series.  The way it’s turning out, Volume 2 will most likely be a bit more epic and “song” oriented than Volume 1, which I feel has a bit more immediacy to the writing. <ore “beats” than songs.  But then again, Paradise with Anneka is on there, so I’m probably just making this up in my head.  Haha.

With 6 remixes, from the likes of Kaiser, Egyptrixx, ARP101 and more, were these a group of artists you hand in mind from the start?
Yeah.  When I choose remixers for my projects, I choose people whose music I enjoy, and I like to play out.  Egyptrixx has remixed for a project on my label, Seclusiasis in the past… and Kaiser is an artist on my Slit Jockey label, so there’s definitely a lot of connections with my releases. Rudi Zygadlo also released an album on Planet Mu last year, and I did a remix for his Resealable Friendship single, so it’s always a family affair with the releases I do.

This is the second time we’ve seen you work with Anneka. How did you guys get involved with one another?
Well I met Anneka when I was staying with my friend, Ital Tek, in Brighton. But we didn’t start working together for probably a year or so after that. When I was working on Ear Drums and Black Holes, I was having a discussion with Mike Paradinas about vocalists to work with and her name came up.  I heard the track she had done for Vex’d, and immediately was interested in working with her.  She’s got a really special voice and writes some great lyrics.  I’m a huge fan of hers.

Any other artists you’ve got in mind for future collaborations?
Well I just produced a track for Eligh’s new album Grey Crow called Suffocate. And we’ve been talking about doing a few tunes next year together. There’s a bunch of other things in the works right now as well, but nothing concrete that I can actually tell you about at this time.  I love working with other artists and producers, so it’s definitely something I see myself doing more and more.  I’ve actually been in the studio in London this past year writing with Guy Sigsworth. We’ve been collaborating on a few things together which are really exciting. We found that we have really similar tastes in music and I think when we’re sitting down to write together, there’s a different type of creativity that takes shape. I had always been used to working alone, so you’re kind of thrown out of your comfort zone at first.  But once you get past that, it can be really exciting. I’m also collaborating with producer Aaron Levinson in Philly on a new artist project that’s more in his spectrum of experience, Latin music…so that should be really interesting.

Any current producers/artists you’re particularly rating at the moment?
There are so many, but I’ll just give you a shortlist. I know I’m probably forgetting people in here, but here we go.  First off, obviously everyone on the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey record labels… Kastle, DNAEBEATS, Stagga, Halp, Sduk, Kaiser, Mestizo, BD1982 and of course Dev79 who I run Seclusiasis with.  OK here’s a quick rundown… Eprom, Slugabed, J-Sweet, Badness, Kozzie, Lex Luger, Tinie Tempah, Distal, Scratcha DVA, AC & Dell, Taz, Terror Danjah, Teddy, Ghetts, Kanye West, TRC… the list goes on and on.

Your tracks have always been well received here in the UK – any favourite spots to play out?
In the UK…I have a lot of fun in Bristol usually.  I have a lot of friends there and the parties are almost always pretty lively.  Last time I played Fabric I was in Room 1, and that was a lot of fun as well.

Do find any difference in terms of what’s well received over here compared to the US?
When I play hip-hop in the US it goes over a bit better in general, because in the US, hip-hop is the “dance” music.  That’s the only thing I really notice, but then again, most people who know my stuff, know to expect that in my sets.

Your label, Seclusiasis, has been putting out some great stuff, by the likes of BD1982 and Kastle – how’s that going and what’s coming out in the future?
We’ve got a lot of great things planned for 2011, including some new material from Kastle, some new Street Bass Anthems stuff…it’s really exciting.  On Slit Jockey we’re dropping Sduk’s debut album as well as a ridiculous release from Stagga amongst other things.

So, what’s Starkey got in store for us in the coming months?
Hopefully some exciting stuff.  Haha.  I’m really happy with what’s been coming out of the studio.  In the immediate future there’s of course Space Traitor Volume 2 as well as a 12” for No Hats No Hoods that I’m finishing up.

And lastly, where can we find you playing in the near future?
I’m doing US dates for the rest of year… Miami, NYC, Philly, etc.  But I’ll be back in the UK and Europe hopefully early next year.

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Greg Fisk MegaPost!

Greg Fisk

With over 10 years of DJing and 2 years of Production experience, the last several years have catapulted Greg Fisk into becoming a staple innovator in the Denver/Boulder electronic music scene. Playing shows from Arizona to Tennessee, Texas to Illinois, and all throughout his home-state of Colorado, Fisk knows a thing or two about working crowds into a frenzy. His originally produced tracks explore a synth-driven experimental hip-hop style, which takes the listener on an elusive journey of sound innovation and musical mysteriousness. Blending the likes of Glitch-Hop, Electro, Whomp, Dubstep, and Crunk, Fisk has something up his sleeve for every environment, emotion, and entity his mind can conceive of. Fisk is continually pushing the limits of live music manipulation and strives to keep every live performance unique, fresh, and most importantly “Head Noddin”.

Fisk’s charisma, unique sound and high energy shows have attracted the interest of numerous artists and he is also a key member of the Denver Bass Squad, a crew of DJs and producers that is the forefront of bass-culture music in the Colorado Front Range area. Fisk also performs alongside Ben Samples (aka Samples) in their collab Fresh2Death, or otherwise known as “GirlFriend BullShit”. Look out; both Fisk and Fresh2Death are blazing their names into the Colorado music scene.

Greg Fisk Networking:
Greg Fisk SoundCloud
Greg Fisk Facebook
Greg Fisk BandCamp

Upcoming Shows:

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Recent Releases:

Sunday
released 05 December 2010
tags: bassline experimental groove hip-hop midtempo nod psyphy crunk Boulder

Lollipop (Fisk Remix)
released 02 December 201-
tags: bassline crunch experimental hip-hop mid-tempo psyphy slam crunk Boulder

M80 (Fisk Stormtrooper Deathmarch Edit)
released 02 December 2010
tags: bassline experimental hip-hop psyphy remix crunk Boulder

Samples – Blakka (Fisk Remix)
released 02 December 2010
tags: bassline experimental hip-hop midtempo psy-hop psyphy remix crunk Boulder

-Ethan

+Verb: Xmas 2010 Mini-Mix (All Original)

I have to hand it to +verb, he is insanely prolific and all of his tracks are of the highest quality. +Verb tries to produce a track every day, and is one of those artists that has a library so full of unreleased tracks that he could play a set for as long as the time slot allowed. Many people would say that quality is preferable over quantity, but how can you complain when an artist is constantly putting out tracks, and each one is better than the last?

If you are a fan of +verb, or even if you haven’t heard any of his tracks yet, this +Verb Mini-Mix is one of the absolute necessities of 2010. I have been waiting for weeks for this release, and I must say that it did not disappoint in the slightest. Every track +verb produces is imbued with a part of him that makes it easily recognizable as his own, and frankly, most of his remixes end up as significantly better than the original. If you are looking for artists to follow as a prime example of someone leading and defining the movement, +verb is a perfect choice.

This MiniMix, a free gift from +verb to all of us as an early christmas present, is a perfect sample of the extroardinary work produced by this amazing artist. Many of his recent highlights are featured on the album, including Maltodextrin and his recent collaborations with Stephan Jacobs and Richard Sweat. Give it up for +Verb and check out all his new material, especially the MiniMix, it should keep you dancing long into 2011!


Xmas 2010 Mini-mix (FREE DOWNLOAD) by +verb

Track List:

WUTWUTWUT
PROBLEMZ
MALTODEXTRIN
SYNTHETIC HEART BURST
PLEASE
NEXT TO THE SUBWOOFERS w/ Richard Sweat
BLIND DREAMS w/ Stephan Jacobs

Also check out some of the recently released singles used in the mix:


Wutwutwut by +verb


+verb & Richard Sweat – Next to the Subwoofers by +verb (Absolutely amazing track)


Maltodextrin by +verb

Related Links:

+Verb SoundCloud
+Verb Facebook

Richard Sweat SoundCloud

Stephan Jacobs SoundCloud

-Ethan

NastyNasty – RobotHands Remix

Any day that NastyNasty puts out a new track is a good day; any day he puts out a new track from his famed “Lazer Soul” mixtape is a fantastic day….Today is one of those days. Co-Owner of Seclusias and Slit Jockey Records, Starkey will be releasing a new EP entitled “Space Traitor Vol. 1”, it’s due out on Dec 6 on four track vinyl with a 12 track digital edition. One of the remixes of the upcoming release is done by NastyNasty himself, and has been released for free download thanks to FACT Magazine. Grab the track for free and be able to listen to all your favorite tracks off one of the best mixes of the year!

Robot Hands (NastyNasty Remix)

Starkey – RobotHands (NastyNasty Remix) by NastyNasty

Alternate Download Link

The RobotHands remix is yet another of Jasper’s slow textural journeys through a dark wonderland of Lasers and Bass. Every one of his tracks is imbued with passion and emotion and takes the listener on an adventure through the mind of Jasper himself. Enjoy the new track and check out his Previous Features, especially his LazerSoul mix which I have previously mentioned, it is an absolute must-have from 2010. Make sure to grab the new Starkey EP as well when it comes out on December 6th!

NastyNasty SoundCloud
NastyNasty Facebook

Starkey SoundCloud
Starkey Facebook
Starkey Homepage

-Ethan

Stephan Jacobs: All Original 2011 Mix

Stephan Jacobs is on a roll and is ready to slay some crowds in 2011! A regular on SubSynthesis at this point, Stephan Jacobs is absolutely at the top of the California Bass scene. On top of his game, Stephan has already prepared an All-Original mix just for you, the 2011 Blog Readers. This 100% Original Mix will be released exclusively through blogs and is being featured here before anywhere else! Enjoy this mix, and may it bring you good times throughout 2011. Get ready for the Holiday season in style and crank up the volume, Stephan Jacobs is rolling out the heavy beats.

Grab the Stephan Jacobs 100% Original 2011 Mix and then swing by the Stephan Jacobs SoundCloud to keep an eye on his new releases. The 2011 Mix is leagues ahead of the 2010 Mix, a sure sign that Stephan Jacobs knows how to keep his sound evolving and is constantly striving for musical greatness. Get ready 2011!

Stephan Jacobs – 2011 All Original Mix

2011 All Original Mix by Stephan Jacobs

2011 Mix Set List:

1. Bluetech – Leaving Babylon (Stephan Jacobs Remix)
Notorious Thugs Accapella
2. Ben Samples & Stephan Jacobs – Nano Puppy
3. Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (Stephan Jacobs Remix)
4. Stephan Jacobs & +Verb – Blind Dreams
5. Stephan Jacobs & Sugarpill – Level Attack feat Naada (Original Mix)
7. Stephan Jacobs & ChrisB. – Flux Capacitor (Luniz Edit)
8. Stephan Jacobs – Hyperion
9. Stephan Jacobs – Top Shelf

Previous Stephan Jacobs Feature

Stephan Jacobs Facebook

Also, be sure to keep an eye out for Stephan Jacobs and Sugarpill’s collaborative release “Level Attack” on Muti Music, it comes out on December 6th and will include various remixes by other great producers. Thanks for the Blog Release, Stephan!

Level Attack

Stephan Jacobs & Sugarpill featuring Naada – Level Attack by Muti Music

-Ethan

Invisible Allies (KilloWatts + Bluetech)

Invisible Allies is a collaboration between well-known West Coast downtempo aficionado Bluetech and Philadelphia electronic mastermind KiloWatts.  Both established with numerous releases and projects spanning various genres, the Invisible Allies collaboration is a meeting between two distinct and imaginative minds, each with acute musical sensibilities and signature aesthetics.

Exploring futuristic spacefunk, textural ambient, odd time signatures, complex harmonic developments, detailed digitalia and a sublime sense of the exotic, the first Invisible Allies EP “Hyperdimensional Animals” gives a first look into what promises to be an exciting and evolving conversation between two singular and eccentric producers.” – Invisible Allies

After listening to the EP, I can say for sure that it is not an album to miss. I frequently remark on my belief that the future of electronic music is in collaboration, and this album is a perfect example. A beautiful melding of the two unique styles yields an entirely different form of music new and as yet unheard of. “The EP features five tracks from Invisible Allies and five remixes from Bil Bless, The Great Mundane, Aligning Minds, Mr. Projectile, and Erothyme.  The EP can be purchased at invisibleallies.bandcamp.com, as well as on iTunes and all major online retailers.  Invisible Allies is set to hit the road for a huge US tour in February 2011 featuring a custom built, live A/V set.”

Check out the album at the Invisible Allies Bandcamp (streaming for free); if it suits your taste I highly recommend buying it to support both their individual careers as well as their collaborative effort. Hyperdimensional Animals takes great strides in eliminating the genre boundaries between lush melodic downtempo and intricate, organically evolving beats. I hope you all enjoy it nearly as much as I have!

Tracklisting:

 

1. Ghost Bridge 09:42

2. Harmonic Tectonics 08:05

3. Turquoise Rain Chant 06:24

4. Techniculus Funkularus 06:24

5. Mulberry Windows 05:10

6. Ghost Bridge (Mr Projectile Remix) 05:21

7. Harmonic Tectonics (The Great Mundane Remix) 05:26

8. Turquoise Rain Chant (Erothyme Remix) 05:13

9. Techniculus Funkularus (Bil Bless Remix) 05:08

10. Mulberry Windows (Aligning Minds Remix) 03:39

Invisible Allies will be setting out on a large 20 date tour in February to support this album.

See also: www.kilowattsmusic.com www.bluetechonline.com

WWW.INVISIBLEALLIES.NET

-Ethan

AfroMonk: What it is to be a DJ

One of the foremost examples I know of someone who has dedicated their life to supporting and strengthening the music community is AfroMonk aka John-Michael. He is a blogger (listed in my Sources of Inspiration), a DJ, a promoter, and an all around supporter for many of the artists in the industry. He has recently undertaken a great many projects within the community, including a weekly column for the magazine/website The Untz (also listed in Sources of Inspiration). His first article, entitled What is is the be a DJ: The Philosophy, seems particularly apt and well phrased, so I thought I would share it with you all. Enjoy, and be sure to check out this guys blog as well as catching him if he happens to play live in your area. Keep an eye on his blog as well as his future releases.

AfroMonk Writes:

“It’s 2010 and in a few weeks we’ll be entering 2011. Music in today’s world is accessible anywhere with technology. The idea of you even getting to this page right now is quite incredible. Technology is everywhere and allows us to do so much in the world, including music and things that make music even more definable. Right now I’m jamming out to a random track posted on Facebook; it’s a group of musicians many of you probably know, recorded live in 1996. Now that things like this are completely available to us if we so desire, what do we do with it? Some of us choose to just build and collect music that we hear on the radio (how does it still exist?), put it on our various forms of mp3 player, or have it randomly on our computer because of some friend.  Considering the amount of music that is possible to find via the internet, friends, internet radio, etc…some of us chose to take it to another level and share it with you in a group environment.  We are called DJs.

I’ve heard people joke around lately about the whole concept of a DJ being a glorified jukebox.  In a way they are right, I’ll admit it. The difference is we are actually going out and finding the music and playing it for you. Could your iTunes shuffle do the same thing and play exactly what you like? Yeah, well Yes. The difference is how boring is that really? Nothing new, the same artist shuffled in together (yeah you know shuffle sucks), and ultimately no story being told. A story? What? Yeah, that’s right. When you ultimately pick your own playlist and tracks depending on your mood, you’re essentially playing a small piece of your life with music that allows you to just listen as you go. That’s how it is for me at least. I can’t allow music to just be there if I don’t want it to be there. It’s gotten to that point.

The other day I was driving and randomly was reminded about that dreadful day as child, Show and Tell. It came to me because it’s sort of what being a DJ is, but with music. You go out and collect pieces of music that you feel connected to, and share them with everyone. At first I was just listening to music, but then it consumed me. The life of a DJ can get so complex and deep that it’s changed my life forever. It can be a simple hobby that you take up and do on your free time at home, or it can become something that takes you all around the world. It truly is that remarkable.

The life of a DJ who devotes their time to music is much more complex than most people think. It’s ultimately the job of the DJ to listen to obscene amounts of music you normally wouldn’t be subjected to, unless you absolutely love music. There are many of you who I think feel that way about music because let’s be honest, how did you even get to this and then take the time to read this.  The main difference is that a DJ’s job is to select and find music they are going to share with the world. Some would say being a DJ is just about hitting play. They are wrong. The true payoff is being able to go through all the music, and find what you are looking for, to tell the story about a certain time of your life. There is so much music out there that you can use to create a story and share a piece of you. The journey is about finding the music that makes you feel good. The true art is sharing a piece of yourself with the world.

Being a DJ can become a lifestyle. Two years ago my life became quite different. I finally bought some gear and start playing music. We all have an epiphany at some point where we say we want to do something new, since life has changed. I took up DJing. It became obvious that it wasn’t normal how much music I listened to, and how much I searched for it.
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This is the first installment of a weekly column I’ve been given on The UNTZ. This is Part One of What it is to be a DJ.  I plan on writing more about this subject, and felt this would be the best way to introduce myself and tell you a bit of what I do, why I do it, and how I do it. I’ll be touching upon my take of many different things going on in the music community and several other topics in regards to music.”

Maybe at some point I will start a column of my own, but for now, John-Michael has explained the situation ever so well. Its not so easy being a DJ!

-Ethan