Here it is, a look at UK Bass/Future Garage Producer Last Japan’s newest EP “DARSK”. After warming up the bass machines and cranking up the volume I prepared myself for a listen to what Marco Giuliani been doing all locked away in his pod of magic and Bass synth.
“Paid in Full” is gritty grime track that features Merky ACE, a new talent, who’s among group of young London MC’s energizing a 10-year-old genre. “Paid in Full” pays off with an inspired and unrelenting sound that will take you back to what you loved about early grime, raw quality.
Last Japan knows how to deliver the goods and does it every time with the mark of a true original. “Hoods” infuse old school breaks and new school wobbles.”Every Time I” and “Float” are quintessential Last Japan grooves, deep brooding bass lines, infectious melodies and strong vocal samples. Pick it up July 14 or pre-order through the link below.
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London’s Last Japan has always been top of our list of producers that represent what’s really going down in dance music today. The main criteria for this list, consistently produce music that raise the bar every time and Last Japan hits this mark on the spot. He pushes boundaries with tracks that infuse Grime, Garage, heavy bass and deep melodies. He’s a true original and a Sublevel Favorite.
He’s planning on releasing a sneak peek of his EP “DARSK” tomorrow. So while we wait I thought we’d share a few essential tracks from one of the UK’s more important underground beat producers.
If you still need more check out his other project Circadian Rhythms a Bi weekly show he hosted with Black wax on NTSlive and you can always catch up with him on Facebook & Twitter. Don’t be a fool pick up the DARSK Ep Starting July 14.
London’s Dark Sky released this sample of “Confunktion” from their new EP out March 18 on Bristol’s Tectonic Recordings. Think of it as music for space tourism, this is what you’ll hearing when we’ve colonized the moon and your exiting the ship. Deep dark, gritty spaced out melodies that build on bass-lines that bounces along and flexes with massive stuttering mids, yea that’s pretty much how I see it in my head. Great stuff coming out of the UK . Don’t miss them on NTS Radio every other Thursday from 10pm-12 (GMT).
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Some of the best Electro music is coming out of the UK now a days. Every time I turn around there’s another producers setting the bar just a bit higher for everybody else. Last Japan, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Bondax , and Starslinger are just a few that come to mind when were talking about talented boundary pushers who are making moves in the UK. Now from everything I’ve listened to from London’s collective Funkystepz I would definitely have put them on that growing list. Funkystepz specializes in a mind numbing fusion of UK Funky, Garage and Bass It’s been praised and featured at all levels in the UK lately, BBC Radio One, BBC 1xtra, Kiss 100 Choice FM, Rinse and Hyperdub all have praised and supported them at one time or another. Their remix of Jeremih’s single “All The Time” is a big tune with wobbles that hit so deep and that it’s not hard to get lost a bit in it.
Liminal Sounds will officially become a record label when they release the Pulse X Remixes EP on January 21st. Youngstar’s track Pulse X was originally released when he was apart of Musical Mob in 2002. It’s a definitive early grime instrumental that came out during a time when Grime was coming down from its Commercial High and moving towards a darker straight forward minimalist approach. Pulse X’s over driving baselines and distressed bleeps and hand claps was such a major influence in Grime that artist and producers have praised and imitated the tracks element for years. The Pulse X Remixes EP features some great alternative visions to and all ready classic. This Ep has been on repeat for a while in tmy office and have been fully enjoying every track. The ones that jumps out at me and that I keep coming back to are the Visionist remix and Blackwax remix. In fact it inspired me to dig a little further and I found this Blackwax Offkey/Surface EP that I love and would recommend as well. This is not the first time this track has received a remix but it’s defiantly some of the better ones. Make sure and support these artist by picking up their EP’s and following them on your favorite social network.
Future Pop duo AlunaGeorge turned some heads in 2012 with some hugely successful singles Your Drums, Your Love, Watching Over You. So it’s no surprise that they claimed the #2 spot in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll. The #1 spot going to another great band featured here on Sublevel Haim. AlunaGeorge really didn’t have a single bad track last year, and 2013 is moving in the same direction for them. Gearing up for a June album debut they’ve released the title track “Body Love” on BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge earlier today. “Diver” is the stand out track for me so far. Sultry and emotional they use elements of R&B, Minimal Drum N Bass and Synth pop. Then topping it with some Aluna’s signature vocals and well that just feels like home to me.
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Future Pop duo AlunaGeorge turned some heads in 2012 with some hugely successful singles Your Drums, Your Love, Watching Over You. So it’s no surprise that they claimed the #2 spot in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll The #1 spot going to another great band featured here on Sublevel Haim. AlunaGeorge really didn’t have a single bad track last year, and 2013 is moving in the same direction for them. Gearing up for a June album début they’ve released the title track “Body Love” on BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge earlier today. “Diver” is the stand out track for me so far. Sultry and emotional they use elements of R&B, Minimal Drum N Bass and Synth pop. Then topping it with some Aluna’s signature vocals and well that just feels like home to me.
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AlunaGeorge – Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)
[Future Garage] New Remixes From Bondax Featuring AlunaGeorge & Rudimental
The Warehouse Project feat. Diplo, AlunaGeorge, Four Tet (Video by Yours Truly)
EARMILK’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 [#50-26]
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Caught this Wolf Alice song “Leaving You” on Music Robot a UK-based blog aggregator that Wolf Alice now holds the #3 spot now. They’re a London trio with a few demos out on SoundCloud but “Leaving You” represents the official début single. Lead Singer Ellie Roswell brings a deep Folksy twang to her vocal delivery that just sound wicked over the harmonies and steel guitar riffs. It’s a song that Jack White himself would be envious of.
Clean Bandit is a fresh-faced London Synth-Pop band that have gained a lot of momentum in the UK. Originally built around a string quartet, they’ve creatively woven together balanced portions of Classical strings, Hip-Hop and Electronica. It’s a difficult task taking elements like these and creating that perfect sound that works together well and doesn’t go overboard or sound cheesy, but they do it with so much style and soul that it’s impressive and they still leave room for vocals. Reminds me of old school Massive Attack just the epitome of cool. Their two vocalist Kandaka Moore & Nikki Marshall were found next door to their studio where a community singing and dancing group rehearsed. They asked them to lay down some vocals on a track and well it worked so well they stuck around. Their first EP “A&E” is being released on Black Butter Records Dec 9 you can Pre order it on iTunes Here. They’re on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud so show them some love.
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Clean Bandit’s Website
Their YouTube Videos
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I just can’t give enough love for this dude, seriously Last Japan killing it and bringing those next level skills with this guest mix he did for B.Traits new show on BBC’s Radio1. Recommended for anyone that digs R&B, UK Garage, Bass, Grime or Hip-Hop. Pick it up free via Last Japan’s Soundcloud.
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Keeping it a short one tonight, have to get ready for the rest of the week. Thought a little Last Japan would help cure those Monday blues. He’s really bring that funky get down on the get down Bass with “Hoods”. This guy is so talented, make sure and hit him up on your favorite social network.
Have a great week!
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Digging this Native Ep by the London duo Maribou State. This came out back in June but some how it slipped past me. Really a perfect bit of mellow Soul Breaks and Future Garage for a lazy Sunday. Make sure and check out their Soundcloud page for a bunch of free downloads and go get the Native Ep out on Southern Fried Records.
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Buy on Beatport:http://www.beatport.com/release/native-ep/915126
Oh it’s Tuesday not the most exciting day of the week. Not as bad as Monday certainly no Friday. Thought I would check in with Last Japan’s Soundcloud for a little something to kick-start this week proper. Not really sure if these are finished pieces or works in progress, either way it’s some Bassed up goodness! Really looking forward to the official releases so I can get my paws on a copy of these, I’ll let you know.
My week has got progressively crazier and crazier and here are the tunes I have turned to for some much-needed decompression and relief.
Last Japan one of the best producers in the UK featuring Trim a true original grime MC at his finest.
Mach 5 out of Atlanta with and homage to good times.
A little something from a forthcoming release from Last Japan.
Peep in to the New York club scene with DJ Will Automagic & Nita Aviance’s new project The Carry Nation on Hannah Holland’s well-known Batty Bass Records. The tune is “This Bitch is Alive” feat Viva Ruiz on vocals and a fierce video filmed at Vandam in New York. The video had me viben hard off this tune and got me geared up and ready for some dance floor debauchery.
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One of my favorite gang of Dub-step hooligans and profligates featuring Marco Del Horno & Last Japan,Stinkahbell, Jack Swift, Nightmare & Oni. A Straight up brain scramble.
The London School for Performing Arts & Technology has been synonymous with high quality musicians (Katy B, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, The Kooks, Imogen Heap, Kate Nash). Archy Marshall, also known as King Krule, is the latest incarnation that is gaining some notoriety. His mixture of Jazz Ballads and high production Post-Dubstep are seamless and infectious. His baritone crooning is reminiscent of Jonathan Richman. With only a self titled EP and a handful of remixes he’s getting a lot of attention. I don’t know what they’re putting in the school lunches over there but I want some.
Buy on Itunes
King Krule on Band Camp
Buy King Krule EP
The Jamie Jones remix of EJ’s debut single “Mama I’m Going to Sing” came out a few days ago. I couldn’t think of a better person to help bring some well deserved attention to this Gospel Soul singer then one of London’s most popular and diverse DJs. “Mama I’m Going to Sing” has been getting a lot of play in the UK including on BBC’s Radio One who have been a massive supporters. I do suspect we are not getting the full force of her talents yet and with only one track to her name its difficult to know what direction her music will go in. What ever she chooses, I’ll be tuning in.
Jamie Jones on Myspace
EJ on Soundcloud