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I’m a little late on the post, but my thoughts and prayers are with the Elam family.
R.I.P. Keith “Guru” Elam (July 17, 1961 – April 19, 2010)
Here is the official statement from Premier on the death of Guru:
Taken from Live From Headquarters.
IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.
FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT. TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.
I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS. ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM. ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.
I WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE… I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY… I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH… I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER… MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER. I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL…….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO…….DJ PREMIER
Dj Premier – Keith “Guru” Elam Tribute Mix
Gang Starr – Betrayal (Feat. Scarface)
Gang Starr – Intro (The First Step)
Gang Starr – Execution Of A Chump (No More Mr. Nice Guy Pt. 2)
Gang Starr – Name Tag (Premier & The Guru)
Gang Starr – Speak Ya Clout (Feat. Jeru the Damaja & Lil Dap)
Gang Starr – Peace Of Mine
Gang Starr – Eulogy
Gang Starr – Royalty (Feat. K-Ci & JoJo)
Gang Starr – Daily Operation (Intro)
Gang Starr – In This Life… (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Uncle Reo)
Gang Starr – Above The Clouds (Feat. Inspectah Deck)
Gang Starr – The Planet
Gang Starr – Daily Operation (Intro)
Gang Starr – Next Time
Gang Starr – 93 Interlude (Unreleased Moment Of Truth Interlude)
Gang Starr – The Militia II (Feat. Rakim & WC)
Gang Starr – Intro (HQ, Goo, Panch)
Heavy D. – A Buncha Niggas (Feat. The Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes, Guru, Rob-O & Third Eye)
M.O.P. – Salute Part II (Feat. Guru)
D&D Allstars – Hot Shit (Feat. Big Daddy Kane, Sadat X, Guru & Greg Nice)
Gang Starr – PLAYTAWIN
Gang Starr – Soliloquy Of Chaos
Group Home – The Legacy (Feat. Guru)
Gang Starr – Conspiracy
Gang Starr – Stay Tuned
Gang Starr – Zonin’
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It’s been a minute…I know. My wife and I moved again about a month ago back to Arizona…Seems we couldnt hack the rainy season in the Pacific Northwest. Arizona is good and I finally get to see the sun however, there does not seem to be a dubstep community here.. Whats the dills? Anyways, here is a quick dubstep workout.
00:00 Tek-One – A – Broken String
04:34 Emalkay – Battle Suit
11:36 FuntCase and South Bound Hangers – Wizard Sleeve (feat. MC Raff)
13:58 Jakes – Rock the Bells
16:32 Distinction – Fly Eyes (Trolley Snatcha Remix)
18:45 Paul Harris vs. Eurythmics – I Want You [Bar9 remix]
21:58 Skream – Skream – Kinky
25:05 N Type & Seven – Syphon
25:15 Bass Head (SPL Remix)
27:31 N Type & Seven – Syphon
30:26 Jakes – AA – Boom Boom Bass
33:19 Distance – Menace
33:29 Addison Grove – Addison Grove – Footcrab
36:17 Sukh Knight – Jewel thief
41:34 Emalkay – Solid State
43:53 Richie August – Light Ya Ass
47:57 16 Bit – Jump
50:20 Giant – AA – Drumstick VIP
51:41 Trolley Snatcha & Flux Pavillion – Family Fortunes
54:49 FuntCase – Takin’ The Piss
56:50 Flux Pavillion – How Rude – Original Mix
59:03 Mensah – AA – Pulse 80
1:03:03 Borgore – Ice Cream (Claw Von Tiestofold Dethstep VIP)
Noisia – Machine Gun (16Bit Remix)
Donae’o – Riot Music (Skream! Remix)
B.B.E. – 7 Days And One Week (Emalkay Remix)
Von D – Coquine
Mr. Lager & Mz. Alys – Tell Me
Mungo’s HIFI – International roots (LD remix)
6BLOCC – Wave The Guns (Original Mix)
Flux Pavilion – Fucking Noise
Turboweekend – Something Or Nothing (2000F & Jkamata Remix)
Mala – Level Nine
Saviour – People Like You
Von D – Nouvelle histoire
Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)
DZ – Ear Drumz
Bassnectar – Art of Revolution (6Blocc Remix)
LD – The King of Kong
Downlink – Ignition
Vaski – Murder
Joker – ReUp
Distance vs. Cyrus – Surrender
Sub Focus is probably one of my favorite all-around producers. No matter what genre of music he touches, he seems to turn it to fire.
Bio: It all started with a demo CD being passed on by a friend to the biggest drum and bass DJ in the world, Ram Records’ boss Andy C in 2003, with a phone number badly scribbled on the cover.
Impressed by the quality of the production, Andy, after a few tries, managed to dial the right digits and talk to Subfocus. The result of that conversation was the release of ‘Down The Drain’ on Andy C and Red One’s experimental offshoot Frequency in 2003, and the start of Subfocus’ meteoric rise to fame in drum and bass circles.
Followed a couple of 12s on Frequency and Infrared, as eagerly received on dancefloors, and his exclusive signing and first contribution to Ram in 2004 with ‘Strobe’, one of the highlights of the Ram Raiders 6 EP.
His first 12 on Ram was another major step forward. ‘X Ray’, out in spring 2005 and described as ‘Zombie Nation remade by Seattle grungers’, became one of the year’s anthems, enjoyed the rare privilege of being chosen as ‘Single Of The Week’ on alternative tastemaker Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and even got some daytime plays. He was consequently asked to remix The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’ for their Greatest Hits package.
Subfocus released one more single in 2005, the awesome ‘Frozen Solid’, while enjoying a busy DJ schedule. Kick-starting 2006 with an impressive remix of Dr Octagon out-there ‘Aliens’, Subfocus unleashed another killer track ‘Airplane’. Already previewed on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 3’ mix CD, the track’s gigantic synths and vocal hooks gave it the same irresistible appeal as ‘X Ray’. The follow-up, ‘Special Place’ was released late February 2007, and qualified as no less than ‘Modern Art’ by DJ magazine.
2007 was spent DJing all over the world and starting work on a debut album, now about to get released, with a new single ‘Timewarp’ as a taster. After months of dancefloor madness, this uncompromising track managed to get exposure on daytime Radio 1, even scooping the ‘single of the week’ slot on Nihal’s afternoon show.
So what makes Subfocus so special? Passionate about music from an early age, Subfocus played bass in a band at school, before sitting in front of an old Acorn Electron computer at 13 teaching himself the art of sampling and producing. He went on studying acoustics at college. This eclectic formation, allied with an insatiable musical curiosity, with interest ranging from rock to experimental electronic music – happily discussing Vangelis, Nirvana and Justice in the same breath – explains how Subfocus production manages to sound pristine, unique and strangely accessible, and why his imminent album is so massively anticipated.
Daft Punk needs no introduction.. As this song has been remixed 3294872394587234598710 times, this one stood out amongst the rest.
After a year of touring their debut album ‘Black Diamond’, the guys are taking things back to the beginning. FABRICLIVE 49 recaptures the same explosive dynamism, and ebullient enthusiasm of those original Buraka Som Sistema parties in Lisbon on disc; a vibrant reminder of the idea behind the name of the group – Buraka Sound System. Their FABRICLIVE CD encapsulates Buraka’s love for the lost art of the remix album, with a stackful of re-rubs of their own records, putting the emphasis on talent over big names (including versions from L-Vis 1990, Stenchman and A1 Bassline, for instance). Interestingly, what has become clear to Buraka over the last few years is the impact kuduro has had on club music the world over, with more and more sounds beginning to resemble, or show signs of the influence of, kuduro itself.
-> Buy FabricLive 49 HERE
Unfortunately I have heard this song BUTCHERED by other remixers… So naturally I was hesitent to share. This is actually not a bad remix and does the song justice.
Great tribute song by Flying Lotus to the late James Dewitt Yancey. Rest in Power Dilla.
Dj Sega… What more can I say? One of the illest bmore club producers.
As a personal question for the 4 people who read this blog…. What type of content are you looking for? Dubstep? Electro? etc …. Also, what type of file hosting do you prefer?
Again with the excuses on why I haven’t posted much recently, but hopefully this will make up for some lost time. There really has not been much I’ve been diggin on lately in the electro scene, and as I’m sure youve noticed, I was bitten by the dubstep bug. Here are some tracks that Ive had in my stash for a bit… Some electro, some dubstep… a little trancy, a little dancy, but overall not bad. Onesky.
Here is a bit of HIPster HOP that have sampled and remixed the likes of MGMT, Passion Pit, and Ratatat. Download the single below or cop the full mixtape here.
Some fun stuff that is suprisingly catchy stuff by New York’s own Handclap Band
The Phenomenal Handclap Band is a tight-knit aggregation of musicians and artists from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. At the center of it is Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand who, after years of searching and contemplation, through live performance and the manipulation of recorded music, have finally succeeded in assembling the personification of their holy vision: a musical juggernaut comprised of Daniel, Sean, and their supremely talented friends Patrick Wood, Nicholas Movshon, Luke O’Malley, Laura Marin, Bing Ji Ling, Pier Pappalardo and Joan Tick.
The collective started when Collás and Marquand, two New York underground club DJs, became restless with the concept of playing other people’s music. Both had also been involved in the thriving nightlife scene, and had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of esoteric music ranging from Brazilian soul to vintage psych-rock, so becoming producers seemed to be the next logical step.
After working with a wide range of artists, from veteran soul acts to up-and-coming rock n’ rollers, the duo set their sights on The Phenomenal Handclap Band, a collective comprised of various luminaries of the indie rock and underground soul scenes. The resulting self-titled debut (which boasts guest appearances by Aurelio Valle, Carol C, Jaleel Bunton, Bart Davenport, Jon Spencer, and Lady Tigra) is the harmonious culmination of numerous diverse musical backgrounds, as well as a testament to Collás’ and Marquand’s singular musical vision. They have crafted a sound that is equal parts anthemic, dancefloor-oriented and orchestral, borrowing elements from progressive rock, disco, electro, and psychedelia.
Live, The Phenomenal Handclap Band is distilled to an eight-member powerhouse, an eye-popping spectacle that overwhelms the senses. It pulses with a savage rhythm section that provides the ultimate foil for cascading guitars and electrified washes of organ and synthesizers. Their delirious sermonizing whips crowds into a charismatic frenzy. Needless to say, their live shows are more akin to a spiritual church revival than an actual rock show.
Always fresh dubstep choons by the scenes most infamous dons 16bit.
–>also, here is a bangin mix by 16bit
16bit – The Tale Of the Exploding Fist [forthcoming Southside Dubstars]
Giant – Drumstick [forthcoming HENCH]
16bit – Jump [Southside Dubstars]
Marchmellow – It’s Reel Simple [dub]
Jakes – Rock Tha Bells (VIP) [dub]
Noah D – Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerious [forthcoming Subway]
12th Planet – 68 [SMOG]
Propa tings – Babylon’s scared (16bit Babylon’s proply scared remix) [Freakz Of Nature]
Skizm – The Blank (16bit remix) [Wicky Lindows]
Madlib – Movie Finale [dub]
Zarif – Over (Breakage 3AM Mix) [dub]
DJ Madd – Better with You [BOKA]
16bit – What time Is It [dub]
Burial – Etched Headplate (Kissy Klub Mix) [dub]
Emalkay – When I Look At You [dub]
SP:MC – trust nobody [Tempa]
16bit – Swine flu [dub]
16bit – Panic [forthcoming Heavy Artillery]
Joker – city hopper [dub]
Darkstar – need you [Hyperdub]
16bit – Skyline [forthcoming Southside Dubstars]
16bit – Otako [forthcoming BOKA]
Pangaea – router [Hessle audio]
16bit – Serum [forthcoming Mindset]
Lisa Gerrard – Space Weaver (16bit remix) [dub]
16bit – ADSL [forthcoming Southside Dubstars]
16bit – Moth [forthcoming BOKA]
This dood impresses me more and more. Although he doesnt give much love to the art of dj’n, his production is top notch and his live setup is pretty bonkers too.
Whats good kiddies, here is a little mix of some of the dubstep jammies that I’ve been feeling.
Skream – 2D
Datsik – Quantization Error
Compound One – Get Loose
Kryptic Minds – One of Us
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy Shimmy Ya (Biscope Dubstep Remix)
Datsik – Gizmo
Bar 9 – Coalescence
Vista – Forcefield
Sukh Knight – Lick It
Skream – Shake It
Bar 9 – Domination
Mr. Sleepz – Sonic Boom
OlliE! & Bare Noize – Dancing In The Dark VIP
Bar 9 – Rapture
Datsik – Jenova Project
B.Rich – We Ball Harder
Druley – Fail
And lastly, here is my newest track…a dubstep remix of one of my favorite jams.
Our boy Audio1’s ragga/drum&bass mix from the Primary Element radio show.
The Primary Element Podcast 002B
Mixed by AUDIO1 – October 14th 2009
Mainframe feat. Marina – WOTW [Celestial Conspiracy]
Drum Unit – Ghetto Youths Rock [Unreleased]
Prodigal Son – Heads High (Remix) [Unreleased]
Dabbler – Soundbwoy Dub [Dabbler]
J Bostron – The Real Thing [Dub Chamber]
Dial-M – The Go Ahead [Unreleased]
Diamond Geezer – Let It Go (Remix) [Unreleased]
Prodigal Son – Styles Immortal [Unreleased]
General Smatboy – Ugly Rude Boy Ting In C Minor (Amen 03 Mix) [Unknown]
R.A.W. – DJ Gangsta [Dstruct]
SHY FX & Gun Smoke – Gangster Kid [SOUR]
Trinity – Gangsta [Philly Blunt]
DJ Stretch – Take It Slow [A-Ko Recordings]
A-Sides & Cool Hand Flex – Uptown [Eastside]
Red Light feat. Garnett Silk – Ruling [Street Tuff]
Rude & Deadly – Lightnin & Tunda [Unity]
Dilinja – Tear Down (Da Whole Place) [Hardleaders]
A-Sides & Cool Hand Flex – After Dark [Eastside]
B-Jam – Funkula (DJ Hype Mix) [No Smoking]
Unknown – Massive [Unknown]
Basic Influence – Still Waters [Hardleaders]