(BASS/GRIME) Preview of London Bass Juggernaut Last Japan’s DARSK-EP


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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If you asked me what band you should be following this summer. I’d tell you Wolf Alice. I’ve been infatuated with these North Londoners ever since they erupted on to the scene with “Leaving You”. They’ve released only a handful of singles and each one is more infectious and different from the last.

shifts away from the energetic youthful romp of “Fluffy” and delivers a more tender sentimental tune filled with bright melodies, driving rhythms and a testament to a best friend.

What makes this band so damn cool is they don’t place themselves in a nice neat little musical category. Just look at the diversity  between each of their singles. They blend elements of electro, grunge and pop creating a sound that’s unmistakably theirs and undeniably good.

Their new single “Bros” is out May 2oth on Chess Club Records.

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B-side to forthcoming single ‘Bros’
‘Bros’ out 20th May on Chess Club Records.
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(Chill-Wave) The XX – Together



This week they’ve been releasing some tracks from Baz Luhrmann next big movie The Great Gatsby. Now they’re allot of great artist surrounding this soundptrack from Jack White to Beyonce and Andrea 3000, Lana Del Rey but nothing has really stuck with me until they released “Together” from The XX. This song is probably the best yet I’ve heard from this soundtrack and The XX’s minimalistic approach to production shines thoroughly through with just enough emotion and purpose to make it a worth while listen.

[Future Garage] Sneak Peek AT Dark Sky’s New EP “Confunktion/Double U”

Dark Sky Confunction

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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[Bass] Jeremih – All The Time (Funkystepz Bass Mix)

Jeremih - All The Time (Funkystepz Bass Mix)

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.

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[Indie Rock] Wolf Alice release their second single “Fluffy”

Wolf Alice - Fluffy

“Fluffy” is the second single from North London indie/Rock band Wolf Alice. Now if you’re sitting there scratching your head going who the F*** is Wolf Alice then your about to hear one of the best new comers to Indie Rock in 2013. Their first single Leaving You” is a free download that they released a few months backs and set in motion a buzz that would be hard for any band to live up to. With “Fluffy” I pretty much knew immediately they had exceeded everyone’s expectations and solidified themselves as a serious talent with a massive sound. “Fluffy” is available now on Fluffy - Single - Wolf Alice.

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[Future Garage] New From Last Japan “Anonymous” – 96kbps

Last Japan - Anonymous - 96kbps

Last Japan released his latest track “Anonymous” today.  It’s a damn good thing he did to because we were getting ready to flip into crack head mode if we didn’t get a Bass hit and a Wobble from Marco some time soon. Hey we understand he’s  been a busy boy. He signed with Space & Time Records (Sony RCA)  and he’s been all over the place, hanging out at  BBC Radio 1  doing some guest mixes for Rinse FM,  appearing in Quintin videos . You can check out his Facebook and Twitter  if you want the full rundown on his escapades. We love watching this DJ/Producers grow in to bigger things. His talent is limitless and he continues to inspire and impress us with every track he releases. The future is looking good for Last Japan and I can only hope it means a full length, because I would love to see what he would do with a whole album. Anyways good tune, glad to hear from him Cheers!

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[House] Woozee Preview of “I Like Your Wiggle”

Wooze - I like Your Wiggle

Woozee aka John Seiles coming correct with “I Like Your Wiggle.” This is just a good solid  funky House track that really put my Sunday in the right groove.  It’s just a teaser but I’m looking forward to the finished product. Allot of music genres and sub-genres come and go but House music is for life and Woozee is making sure we don’t forget that. Make sure and check out his Soundcloud profile for more dance floor bangers.

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[Nu Disco] Du Tonc Debut Single Darkness


Du Tonc is a collaboration project from London Producer Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie of the Aussie electro-pop group Van She. After first meeting in a Paris Club back in 2010 they’ve toyed with the possibilities of working on a project together, and we have waited patiently in anticipation for our reward. Well that day has come; “Darkness” is a beautiful blending of bright melodies, funky fuzzy distorted guitar riffs and soft personal vocals. This is an great debut single for these two. It’s bright and beautiful and I found myself coming back to it over and over. Darkness is released on the UK label Cheap Thrills and you can pick it up on Darkness - Darkness - Single.

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[Future House] New Single from Disclosure featuring AlunaGeorge

Disclosure- White Noise feat AlunaGeorge


Disclosure recently released their latest single “White Noise” featuring AlunaGeorge on  Zane Lowe‘s show on BBC Radio 1. It’s a big tune with a retro feel featuring some sexy vocals from AlunaGeorge and some solid future house from the two brothers from the UK Disclosure. These two groups are constantly pushing the boundaries of music and changing the way the world views contemporary music and it’s nice to see two top notch artist working together.


Disclosure - White Noise ft. AlunaGeorge



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[UK Bass] Kidnap Kid -Lazarus Taxon

Kidnap Kid

I caught this track from Sheffield London’s Kidnap Kid on Indie Shuffle and I love it. It’s been out for about a year and his sound is just pure bass heaven and makes my day. So I feel like I’ve just been slacking to have missed such a premium track and big talent.  He made Itune’s Best of 2012  and he’s been featured on Radio1 as well as getting a nod from Diplo on “Diplo and Friends” on BBc 1xtra. This is what the UK Bass sound is all about right now. So here it is better late than never get ready to go real deep with “Lazarus Taxon”.

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Kidnap_kid – Kidnap-kid-on-diplo-and

Kidnap Kid


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[Electro Pop] “Diver” from AlunaGeorge’s debut album

[Electro Pop] AlunaGeorge - Diver

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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[Bass] Culprate – Nightmares in Reality EP

[Bass] Culprate - Nightmares in Reality EP

The “Nightmares in Reality Ep” is the latest from Bristol based DJ/Producer Culprate. Bristol’s underground scene has produced a copia of creative and ground breaking musicians, original Bristolians include  Massive AttackPortishead and Tricky and others such as Way Out WestSmith &MightyUp, Bustle and OutRoni Size, and The Wild Bunch.  Culprate follows in the “Bristol Sound” tradition with an Ep that uses a darkness that’s uplifting and melancholy at the same time. With his sparse instrumentation and deep bass lines he taps into his childhood A.D.D. and twist and tweaks these tunes until you’re not sure where the hell your going to put this in your Itunes. Defying genres and side stepping labels is what Culprate’s all about and you can hear it in his music. As he states on his LastFM page “ I love music, I don’t really follow genres, well, I do to a degree, but I think that most of the time, genres form a prejudgment in your mind, so you think you don’t like something before you’ve even listened to it.”  I can get behind that kind of thinking.  Pick up this Ep on Beatport and all links for social networking are bellow. Make  sure and check  his freebies below.

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Free Download: Check out Last Japan’s Guest Mix on B.Traits (BBC RADIO 1 & 1XTRA)

Last Japan B. Traits Guest mix on Radio1

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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Last Japan – Guest Mix – B.Traits (BBC RADIO 1 & 1XTRA)




Last Japan – “Hoods”

Last Japan - Hoods

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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Last Japan – Hoods 





Maribou State – Native E.P [Southern Fried]



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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Brand Spanking New Video From Bondax “Baby I Got That”


Here it is the music video for  “Baby I Got that” from Bondax. The boys are breaking it down to the essentials here, a banging tune some pretty Girls and Water, simple fun to watch and I don’t have to spend allot of time deciphering some kind of coded message. Nice work!



Relentless Records

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Tuesday Smuzday:Last Japan – Roughed Up & Storm Trooper

Last Japan - Roughed Up & Storm Trooper


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.



Roughed Up

Storm Trooper






AlunaGeorge: You Know You Like It EP



My philosophy is one good artist will always lead you to another one. While digging for some Last Japan tracks I came across his great Analyzer remix he did for AlunaGeorge. That was my first real introduction to them. Aluna’s vocals are lush, interesting and  matched by the support of some great Future Garage Blip-Pop incarnation.

Aluna Francis and George Reid have only been working together for about a year and with just a hand full of tracks out they’ve already been given the nod by Radio 1.  For a young group just hitting birth, that’s a good start. It’s no surprise though the three track Ep is filled with memorable moments that kept  me coming back to it all week.

You know lately it just feels like I can step out my front door and chuck a stick and hit any number of  groups that are saturating the scene with mindless drivel. It’s just dam nice to see some creative and quality artist working together and standing apart from the rest. So go support some good music and check out their site for tour dates and pick up the Ep on Triangle Records, you can also nab it on Itunes as well. The Last Japan remix is a free download via Soundcloud, Grab that below.







Sublevel Transmissions Picks of the Week: Last Japan, Trim, Baauer, Mach 5, Toddla T

Top Tunes on Sublevel Transmission




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.


Baauer is a new one to me but found this one the Mad Decent blog. The lion roar sample is brilliant, Next Level.


Mach 5 out of Atlanta with and homage to good times.


A little something from a forthcoming release from Last Japan.



Last Japan – East Feat Trim

Last Japan - East Feat Trim out on Bullet Record

Snippet of a tune from our favorite Bassed up Hooligan out of London, Last Japan.  Everything this guy touches is golden. Out next month on Bullet Train Records. Make sure and follow him on your favorite social network of choice.




Last Japan – East Feat Trim out on Bullet Trains Records

A New Track from 3D & Robert Del Naj of Massive Attack

Summertime - 3D vs Scarlett Johansson ,days-of-grace


I pulled out my favorite cassette tape of Massive Attack today. It’s a work of art in itself,  “Blue Lines”  is carelessly scribbled in large sharpie across the top of it. There are some random pen marks, paint splatter and a  few chipped corners from just straight neglect, I really doubt it even plays. Still I can’t bring myself to just throw it out. That one tape changed my whole view on music. It opened me up to and underground culture of  turntablism, vinyl records, warehouse parties and dance music. When kids in Portland were playing House and Techno the Gemini Lounge was on the tip pumping out the Bristol sounds of trip-hop and Drum N Bass. Since then there have been hundreds of incarnations in electro but the members of Massive still remain the epitome of cool. Their Latest “Summertime – 3D vs Scarlett Johansson” is off the soundtrack from Everardo Valerio Gout’s Spanish-language thriller Days Of Grace. It’s got that Massive signature sound, haunting vocals and a tasty build up. It’s a testimony to just how relevant these guys still are. So pay homage to these pioneers and be thankful there still making music.


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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.


King Krule’s new Remix of Metronomy “The Look”

King Krule Metronomy Remix

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.



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King Krule on Band Camp


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New Tune from Hot Chip – Flutes

New from Hotchip - Flutes

The new track from Hot Chip is full of warm fuzzy vibes and splendid melodic moments reminding me of my Moon tribe days of  dessert  sunrises and dance floor euphoria. Thanks for the trip back boys, I hope the rest of the album is as good as this track. Watch for their forthcoming album “In our heads” out June 2012. Pre-order links are available below.



 Don’ make the same mistake I did and watch this video drunk!!

 You’ve been warned.



Pre-Order In Our Heads here

Domino Records

Hot Chip

The Black Keys Record With Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

We’re big fans of Michael Kiwanuka and we follow him so closely that we could probably be given a stalker status. So naturally when we heard he was collaborating with none other than Dan Auerback from the Black Keys, we pretty much wet ourselves on the spot. “Lasan” is a B-side track from the forth coming single “I’m Getting Ready” which is off his début album “Home Again” due out March 12th.  Now if you’re not familiar with Michal Kiwanuka you really have hit that snooze button. So take a minute, grab a cup of coffee or whatever your vice of choice, kick your feet up and prepare to listen to one of the best new artist’s of 2012.

Make sure and check out the links below to pre-order his album and explore older post.

Two amazing talents and one great song.




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Jamie Jone’s Remix of EJ’s “Mama Im Going to Sing”



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


TLGB , G.RabbitDirtyRedEyes, Mud Simple

TLGB , G.RabbitDirtyRedEyes, Mud Simple


OK, I love this mix from The Living Graham Bond.  I put it on my Ipod and went for a run through the park and I was trying to figure out how to dance and run at the same time. I was pumping the fists, shaking my butt and had a groove in each step, nice work Gram Cheers! Pick up the mix right here for free and then shoot over to Beatport and  buy something of his.



Lately its been all about Digi-Cumbia for me. I’ve watched it grow from its infancy through its awkward stages and now its all grown up and keeping people shaking on the dance floor. G.RabbitDirtyRedEyes out of France is no exception, he’s been throwing downs some great grooves using a lot of different elements. Anything from traditional cumbia to Elvis, Adel, Santi Gold to name a few. If you dig that Spanish flava your going to like this.



Here’s a local Portland talent who has put out  some great Moombahton remixes lately. Mud Simple  says it perfectly  “I make music, I like music, I dance to music. I’m a Dj.” A man of few words and Big Beats. Check him out on Soundcloud for more tracks.





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