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My dude Arctic is on the attack. Some may remember past features here on James Arctic. He’s shortened his artist name, and is showcasing some impressive, dark new sounds. He’s got a fantastic release on Coyote Records called the Shook EP which features two tough grime tracks and a remix by Kid Smpl. Hear from the man himself in this new interview for Disco Droppings..

 

DD Feels strange to say, but it’s been over a year since I last talked to you on Disco Droppings. Welcome back.. 

A I know, time has flown. Great to be back, always a pleasure mate.

DD Your Shook EP was on June 3rd. Look at you dude! First I see “Kings” in that Tracks 4 My Mom release, and now this EP. It makes me smile seeing my friends such as yourself pushing out and doing shit. How are you feeling about it all?

A Thanks man. I was stoked to be a part of the Tracks 4 My Mom comp. The “Kings” track was receiving a great response when I first made it (over a year ago now), but nothing much came of it, so when March’85 hit me up I jumped at the chance…It’s a great home and fits really well in the compilation. The Coyote EP is a real proud moment. Having my music pressed on wax has been a goal of mine for a while and seeing it all come together alongside an amazing back catalogue is such a great feeling. Tom @ Coyote has fully supported my music from the get-go and the whole experience has been a pleasure. 

DD You are really into Grime, a style of music I’m not too familiar with. How would you describe Grime and how has it influenced your new EP?

A What attracted me to Grime music back in the day was the old school clashes – the rawness & energy behind the productions and the hype between mc’s sending for each other. The sounds were unpolished, the quality didn’t necessary have to sound good, which I feel made it exciting & unpredictable to listen to. I like to think that comes across in my productions also. 

 

DD How’d you connect with Brackles? I see he’s played a remix of yours recently and also brought you on to do a 15 minute production showcase mix for Rinse.fm. 

A I initially wanted to run a tour with Brackles in Australia, so we were discussing plans for that originally. During that time I’d send over tunes every few months, which he ran on Rinse and were getting picked up on by a few blogs & dj’s. Not long after signing the Shook EP, Coyote organized a guest mix which Brackles requested a 15min production showcase…I was over the moon to say the least! 

 

DD How have your shows in Australia been going?

A The gigs are going well here, they kinda come along every few months or so. It’s usually my mates organizing stuff, sometimes international supports but mostly local events. I locked down a monthly residency at a bar in the city not too long ago, which I prefer doing the most. It gives me 5 hours to play whatever I like and get extremely pissed in the process…shouts to the E55 crew every time. 

DD Any last words? Hope our paths cross again very soon.. 

A Big thanks for getting us back and shouts to everyone supporting. The Shook EP is available  on select digital stores now and will be available everywhere & on 12″ vinyl as of June 24th. More releases to follow, keep an eye out!

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Ben Thomson, better known as Ben UFO is a DJ of a rare kind these days. When it seems like most people set out to make a name for themselves and their music, he appears to be content exploring his artistry in his selection and curation. His refined ear for quality in his DJ sets and as head of Hessle Audio (the record label he runs alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea), has gained him the utmost respect from DJ’s and electronic music enthusiasts around the world. 

 

His talents as a selector landed him a FabricLive mix that was released January of this year, an honor bestowed on not even most of the world’s most talented DJ’s. He’s been seen on Boiler room on numerous occasions (once doing a four hour mix) and hosts the Hessle Audio showcase every Thursday on Rinse FM. He’s been described as a DJ who not only shows us where we are, but where we’re going. As the DJ who shed light on such producers as Joy Orbison and Blawan, seeing him DJ for myself will be all the more special.

Flash, presented by Decibel Festival and Shameless, brings him to Seattle tonight at Q Nightclub with the prolific Portland producer Ben Tactic. Residents Nordic Soul and Recess will also be playing. 

$10 advance tickets available here  / FB Event / Doors at 9pm / 21+ @ Q Nighclub : 1426 Broadway, Seattle

* Tonight is also the 2 year anniversary of Mindfield Productions

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– Tremel 

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I’m always keeping my eyes and ears on Slick Shoota. I’ve done many features on this dude, and now 2 new tracks have my head spinning. The first is “She Like That”, which can be heard above. No clue when this is supposed to be released, but a 2 minute preview is just not enough time to witness his high flyin’ juketastic energy. Also feelin’ his remix of OL & Yoin’s “Sink”. This was played on Scratcha DVA’s Hyperdub Show for Rinse.fm a few months ago. Huuuuuuge sounds Slick!

Check his Soundcloud upcoming shows. I see gigs in Aberdeen (UK), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Oslo (Norway), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Bodo (Norway), and Barcelona (Spain)! 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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In a very recent interview with Zane Lowe of BBC Radio 1, Frank Ocean named the UK’s King Krule as someone he’d like to collaborate with. This was my first time hearing his name so I jumped over to his Soundcloud, “Rock Bottom” and “Octopus” were waiting for me. I can see why Ocean is into Krule. Their styles compliment each other in interesting ways. They both have a sensitivity and emotional pull with their music and lyrics. They quickly and easily, can draw listeners into a world that’s partially their environment, and at the same time, something imagined. 

 

After first hearing those couple Soundcloud tracks I was dumbfounded when I checked out King Krule interviews, revealing a very unassuming Archy Marshall. All that depth, emotion and wisdom coming from such a young dude (He turned 18 last August). His ultra low voice had me thinkin’ he was much older. Another great example of not judging a book by its cover. There can be so much more beneath the surface, if you’re willing to look, and in King Krule’s case, listen.

I’m now traveling through his productions. Going back to his first releases in 2010, titled U.F.O.W.A.V.E., back when he was called Zoo Kid. A series of singles can be found on Zoo Kid’s Bandcamp. “Has This Hit” comes in with a lot of low end, a dark tune with interesting electronic bits. “Ocean Bed” is blissed the fuck out, so lovely.

 

After a name change, his next release was the King Krule EP on True Panther Sounds in 2011. “Bleak Bake” is another track showing some interesting delving into electronic beats. Combined with Marshall’s melancholy swooning, this one is a wonderful, modern melting pot of influences. A live video from Pitchfork Festival 2012, features a perfect performance of “The Noose of Jah City”. Can’t say enough how amazed I am by the clarity and maturity of Marshall and his band. If I could see Tame Impala and King Krule back to back I would be the happiest man.

 

 

Rinse, the majorly epic London radio station and label, put out a King Krule 12″ of Rock Bottom / Octopus late last year. It’s refreshing to see this kind of diversity from Rinse. They help drive the underground dance music scene, and now with Krule, show that they can work in many different sonic mediums. Both songs are just a pleasure to listen to, moving around freely and easily enveloping. In addition to the release, Rinse invited King Krule to their studio to host a Rinse FM Podcast. It’s just under 2hr’s long, with Archy Marshall guiding us through some of his influences and other tunes that he’s into. 

 

King Krule has an album set for release this spring via True Panther Sounds. In a very well done interview with The Fly, Marshall discusses his big plans for the future. This conversation shows another dimension to this incredibly gifted artist. He may appear shy and timid onstage, but he has a sharp perspective and confident understanding of what he is capable of. He aims to create a movement through his work, inspire other young artists and bring a fresh, organic perspective to the music community around him. He says, “..We are all creative people with a really big longing for something raw to come along. We want to make music more physical. Don’t wait for something on the internet, go and see it down the road, meet the people involved and find out how real it is..”. 

 

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– Jimi Jaxon 

It’s been nearly a year since I last talked with Daega Sound and I’m happy to report, they’ve been very busy. This duo from Vancouver showcases powerful tracks in the dubstep realm , an expanded live pa and a string of excellent releases in 2012, into 2013. Extensive interview below..

 

DD I was just up in Vancouver to see XI, thought about you guys. What are you up to in Canada? I still gotta see one of your shows. 

DS Yup we’ve been busy keeping up with our releases and forthcoming releases, as well as writing LOTS of new music for 2013.  We have 8 tunes slotted for release at the end of 2012 and early 2013. We are super stoked for our latest releases, our tune “Fonica” and the seriously banging Fonica remix by DJG out on limited edition 10” as well as digital on Crude Records.  Also our remix of Longwalkshortdocks “You Berg” out on King Deluxe. Forthcoming we have 2 dnb tunes coming out on Loxy’s CX:Digital label, Mind Like Water. It’s a half time very textured dnb bit and “Flight” which is akin to the older school dnb steppers but with a melodic and layered up Daega sound. Also a 3 track minimal style dubstep EP coming out on Dat Pressure Records. Our collab with HxdB, which has been super fun, will be out on 12” and digital on Crude Records. You can catch the dub of “Spheroid” (Daega and HxdB) being snuck onto SubFM and RinseFM by a select few Dj’s. Also a couple remixes we have done, “Regenerate” by Moldy, a super sick proper tune coming out 12” and digital on Tuba, and a remix of the notorious Mat The Aliens “Hsptl Wobble”..a mad mid bass wobbler we totally daegafied, for his label Really Good Recordings. So keeping that going as well as getting to work other new projects. We are working with vocalist Lady Maroo on a couple tunes, who has worked and released music with DJ Madd, excited to see where that goes, she has a great voice. Outside of the studio we are starting to book in some shows in Vancouver and are looking at the spring for a North Amercian tour.  In the immdediate future we’ve got some DJ gigs and some Live PA gigs in Vancouver comin up!

 

DD Judging by your new productions, I sense a distinct production evolution (the forthcoming “Fonica” on Crude Records is tough!). How do you feel you’ve grown in 2012, and how to you hope to build on that progress? 

DS “Fonica” is a culmination of new inspirations within the bass music realm and our new ever progressing experience in the studio.  The more time we spend in the studio, the more we learn. New information and skills are very inspiring, the results are in an evolution of the sound. We are also looking at the overall organization of what it is that we do and what we want to do.  Looking forward and building on the foundation that we have, we’ll be spending a bunch of time in the studio writing and finishing new tunes, and we also plan to be getting ourselves out on the road more.  All the while, we’ll be upping the focus on making ourselves more accessible and organized online.

DD The Daega Sound remix of Longwalkshortdock’s “You Berg” has a sick rhythm. The change up between the intro and drop is very unexpected. How are you connected with Longwalkshortdock, and what did you hope to accomplish with this remix? 

DS We had been playing the same festivals as Longwalk for a couple years before we actually met. Always loved his live performances, totally off the hook awesomeness; he can produce,  sing, and really put on a show. Once we all met, and nerded out for a bit, we totally got along and now try to catch each other’s shows whenever we can.  We liked Longwalk’s version of “You Berg” with the vocals, he sent the stems over, King Deluxe wanted to do a remix pack with a bunch of other producers and it was on. The format of the song is unexpected. This tune kinda just came out like that, we liked the contrast of the smooth vocal lines and build up from the likes of the original tune, then the way it just fell into a very different drop, which is very us, but still heavily influenced by the original. We didn’t really have an agenda with the “You Berg” remix, it was more about getting a project going with LWSD, cause we like him and his music so much.

DD When is this DPR Recordings release happening? I love the fluid, epic quality of “Falsehood”, and “Whirpool” is tight too. 

DS Thank you! We were going for a full sound using minimal timbre’s and a stripped back arrangement. Master’s of the tunes are completed and they sound awesome. From this stage the tunes begin their journey to the label to queue up for promo, then onto worldwide distribution on all major online retailers. We are waiting for a release date from distribution for the EP, we anticipate a late 2012 release.

 

DD I was sad to see III Cosby, head of Car Crash Set move from Seattle to Washington D.C.  He released the “No Northwest Cycle 2 EP #3” in May, 2012. This features your tracks “Legion”  and “Winter’s Horse”, along with productions from Kid Smpl and Keyboard Kid. “Winter’s Horse” stood out to me, I would love to include this in a future DJ set of mine. What kind of connection do you feel with your close neighbor, Seattle? 

DS Glad you like the tune, of course put it into a mix, that would be awesome! Well, from the few times we’ve been to Seattle, we played with Shackleton there in 2010 and had a seriously good time, we both really like it. We were into all kinds of rock and grunge when we were younger and some our favourite musicians (Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain to name a few) all come from Seattle, so it was awesome to play there..and think about how many amazing artists have performed or come from Seattle. The influence from all those artist is still very there for us.  We’d both really like to be there more and get to know the city better, haven’t made it to Decibel Festival, its been in the plans for a couple years, we’ve heard so many great things about the level of production, and of course the line up always looks so amazing.

 

DD To wrap things up, what’s the best thing that’s happened to you guys this year? 

DS We’re not good at picking favourites, there are certainly a lot of highlights. Some highlights would have to include: releasing a limited edition 10” with an absolute banger of a remix from one of our favorite producers and good friend DJG (aka Grenier), releasing on Loxy’s label is big for us , he has been a sound hero for us since we were teenagers. The success of our new live pa set at this years edition of Bass Coast featuring the debut of a bunch of our new DnB and integration of ipads into our live set up, honing in our production and work schedule (there’s something to be said for time management) and having some space and time to write and prepare for the future.

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– Jimi Jaxon