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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.

Starkey SoundCloud
Starkey MySpace
Starkey Homepage

Stephan Jacobs + Sugarpill: Level Attack

So unfortunately Tumblr was down all day yesterday and I couldn’t run features on all the amazing music that came out. Fortunately, I will be making up for the missed time today. Stephan Jacobs and Sugarpill have released an absolutely masterpiece in the form of their “Level Attack” EP. Not only is the original song absolutely fantastic, all of the remixes are unique and wonderful in their own way. The Ben Samples remix (Available for free in 192kbs) as well as the +verb remix are absolutely off the charts and sure to be big dancefloor hits. Give it up for this big release and all of the fantastic artists involved, it is sure to have a big impact on the music community!

AVAILABLE NOW ON ADDICTECH PRELEASE
With REMIXES from: Ben Samples,+verb, ChrisB, Great Scott, Willy Whompa & Goodie

Released by: Muti MusicRelease/catalogue number: Muti077Release date: Dec 6, 2010

Level Attack (Samples Remix 192kbs):

—Alternate Download Link—

BEN SAMPLES:
Ben Samples Remix
Ben Samples SoundCloud
Ben Samples Facebook
Ben Samples BandCamp

STEPHAN JACOBS:

Original Mix
Stephan Jacobs SoundCloud
Stephan Jacobs Facebook
Stephan Jacobs Homepage

SUGARPILL:
Original Mix
Sugarpill SoundCloud
Sugarpill Facebook
Sugarpill Homepage

WILLY WHOMPA:

Willy Whompa Remix

Willy Whompa SoundCloud
Willy Whompa Homepage
Willy Whompa Facebook

ChrisB

GREAT SCOTT:

Great Scott Remix
Great Scott SoundCloud
Great Scott Homepage

+VERB:

+Verb Remix

+Verb SoundCloud
+Verb Facebook

+Verb is really just killing it recently with releases all over the map. Keep an eye on all these great artists for future updates!

Enjoy the release everyone!

-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

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

GruntWorthy: Volume 1

“GruntWorthy is a forthcoming Future Bass label, started by Carly-D, & Dr.Knobz,out of the Bay Area concentrating on all forms of bass music, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Glitch Hop, Breaks, and 4X4 Wobble. Their monthly event, GruntWorthy 3rd Wednesdays at Blake’s in Berkeley started June 2010 and has been going strong with featuring dj/producers such as Stephan Jacobs, bensamples, NastyNasty, NiT GriT, Minnesota, and ChrisB..” – GruntWorthy SoundCloud

Everything I have heard from the artists that regularly participate in GruntWorthy events serves as a perfect example of what the label is trying to accomplish; great beats telling exciting stories with a keen attention to precision, production, and the finest details. Keep an eye on all of these excellent producers.

GruntWorthy: Volume One features original and collaborative tracks by Stephan Jacobs & +verb, sugarpill, Minnesota, Dr.Knobz and Carly-D with Doug Surreal; their debut attempt is an overall great album with a powerful selection of artists!

In the near future GruntWorthy will also be working with HiDef, Energy Alchemist, Builder, datgirllive, Erin Jale, ChrisB., Minnesota, Carly-D, Dr.Knobz, SUBADDICTION, CLAY, Bodie, DU3 & many more.

Here are some of my favorite tracks from GruntWorthy: Volume One

Stephan Jacobs & +Verb: Blind Dreams

Stephan Jacobs & +Verb – Blind Dreams by GruntWorthy

Sugarpill – Shine On:

Sugarpill – Shine On
by GruntWorthy

Minnesota – Space Mountain:

Minnesota – Space Mountain by GruntWorthy

Pick up these great releases and several more by purchasing the GruntWorthy: Volume 1 Album @ Beatport

GruntWorthy SoundCloud
GruntWorthy HomePage

GruntWorthy Twitter
AIM: gruntworthymusic

-Ethan

+verb: Please, Caress

Apparently I am addicted and just can’t get enough of +verb. This guy is ON TOP of his game, he has dozens of unreleased tracks and slowly leaks them out to keep his fans stoked. Talk about prolific, he makes music far faster than he releases it and all of it is extremely intricate, balanced, emotive bass music. Already since my last post +verb has put out two new tracks (That is in the last day). Give this guy some love for keeping us music lovers busy, he knows how to keep his fans happy!

Check out the new tracks and the previous +Verb features!!

+Verb – Please:

Please by +verb

+Verb – Caress:

Caress by +verb

+Verb SoundCloud (Follow to keep up with his releases!)

-Ethan

+verb: U Nome

Once again we have a brilliant artist releasing a new track via Music Blogs in order to strengthen the Bass Music community. +Verb is absolutely one of my favorite artists right now, and the rate at which he is putting out new tracks is outstanding. Each track is different and unique from the rest, but all of them have that signature “Laserz n Bass n Bounce” sound of Adverb. Give this man some love for sharing this track with you all for free, and help him reach 2000 viewers so we can get the next free track!

Download U Nome by +Verb now!

+Verb – U Nome:

+verb – U Nome by SubSynthesis

“Laserz n Bass n Bounce
Giant robot lazer battles; tender mechanized love-making; the blinking blips and bleeps of artificial intelligence communications: these are the computerized moods that will wash over you in the most calculated of ways. +verb (pronounced “Adverb” by humans) is a new blog favorite in the genre of bass. Recently featured on Soundcloud’s “What’s Hot” list for his collaboration with Stephan Jacobs, the world is anxiously preparing for an invasion of his robotic army. And with a recent EP on Car Crash Set, a forthcoming remix of Starkey on Civil Music, a forthcoming EP on Vermin Street, a forthcoming EP on Muti, and the collab with Stephan Jacobs about to drop, it may just be time to start listening to the demands of our new robot overlords.” – +Verb

Contact +verb:

twitter: @verbmusics < most active here…
+Verb SoundCloud
+Verb MySpace
+Verb Facebook
email: verbmusics@gmail.com < preferred method of contact