Yally – Dread Risk

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Yally is a collaboration between London-based Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead, known more commonly as the electronic duo Raime.

The band describes their Yally alias as an exploration of “Bass Futures” yet it sounds more like a nod to the Prodigy-esque jungle and garage vibe from early 90s London.

Dread Risk‘ is an absolute heater. It cuts and chops to grime basslines with dub techno thrown into the mix. Meanwhile, the album’s second track ‘U-Eff-O’ seems to mellow out to 2-step vibes.

 

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Joy Orbison -Rite Ov/Walworth Window

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“I still have a lot of time for putting out 12 inches.” – Joy Orbison

He wasn’t lying. It’s been five years since his last solo release, but Joy Orbison is back with all new EP on his own label TOSS PORTAL.

‘Rite Ov’ steps into a dub groove that even Mark Ernestus would appreciate. I just wish I had a better sound system to do the bass justice.

The frequencies on ‘Walworth Window’ sour into a testy beat for the ages. Vocal sample A+.

Download the EP on Bandcamp

Boxcutter – Canopy

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Boxcutter AKA Barry Lynn (image via headphone commute)

Boxcutter is Northern Ireland electronic producer Barry Lynn. I first discovered him back in 2006 with the drum machine track ‘Skuff’d‘ on his Oneiric album debut.

Boxcutter has released multiple albums, EPs, and singles since but on his latest track ‘Canopy,’ he’s proving once again that class is permanent. The chopped jazz break is sure to delight fans who admire his moody dubstep aesthetic.

Grab it on Bandcamp

Big Peace – Peace: Diva

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Big Peace, also known as Big War, is a producer and a co-founder of the multidisciplinary Generic Greeting Collective in Manchester, UK.

According to the Bandcamp page, the Peace/War album is a collection of hip-hop beats made from 2010 – 2016 that incorporate elements of Balearic dance music, dub, and grime. The vibe is next-level, to say the least, as is the artwork.

Favorite tracks:  Peace: Aisha, Diva, War: Hypeeee, War: Bonus edit, Bonus: Eternity

Download on Bandcamp and nod ya head.

PS. For similar tunes, check out Paul White and Illum Sphere.


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Electronic Dance Music Goes Hollywood

Electronic music is mainstream, which is odd considering fifteen years ago it was a niche genre placed in the back section of US record stores.

I grew up listening to Paul Oakenfold, Underworld, The Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, and more obscure electronic DJs like Roni Size and Photek.  I never thought electronic music would be popular. 

To see dubstep break electronic music is even more surprising.  Just a few years ago dubstep was completely underground with the likes of Burial, Skream, and Benga.  Skrillex now makes $15 million a year.

Money taints music development.  Just look at the destruction of hip-hop, which like electronic music grew out of dance parties and peaked out after the rise of Eminem.  When music becomes more about Hollywood than the sound itself, it self-destructs.  Electronic music will burst as well but the real crate diggers will continue to support it.