Friday, March 28, 2008

Goatlab! Sytheme & Toecutter! Fri 18 April 2008

Main Room (Acid/Breakcore/Mash Up):

Syntheme (Planet Mu / WeMe)
Lou Wood make's her Bristol debut with her phenomenal fucky acid. If you liked the The Doubtful Guest's acid rinse out at the last Goatlab you don't want to miss this. Another Planet Mu newcomer shows us how it should be done. Rumours abound about her true identity. Want to know more? Come and see for yourself.

Toecutter (System Corrupt / V/VM) - Australia
All the way from Australia, Toecutter is the original breakcore mentalist. And it's been a long time since he was last in Bristol. Having shared a house with Candi Hank in 99 and taken his name from the character in Mad Max, the desert sun must have got to him as he became the most frightening and original thing to mash it's way across musical styles in memory. Or is it just "Progressive Progressive Progrsv House"? Either way, he's a long way ahead of the rest of the game. With releases on System Corrupt, V/Vm Test, Digital Vomit, Bruchstellen, Mutant Sniper, and Death$ucker you know this must be quality.

General Disarray (Blunderphonics / Laptop Battle)
Matt Jackson one of Bristol's most talented up-and-coming breakcore producers! He is also one half of the Blunderphonics crew, who have organised many a good night down at the legendary Black Swan. He beat Parasite in the first round of Laptop Battle 5 only to be knocked out in the final by house favorite Defazed. His music is raw and full of energy, and he has also been known to play his live set entirely from a game pad using Max/MSP! See for yourself:

Parasite (Death$ucker / Peace Off)
Parasite is the owner of the Death$ucker label and the fantastic online electronic music shop As Parasite he makes some brilliantly twisted ragga jungle that manages to sound extremely dark and yet incredibly funky at the same time. Check out his releases on Peace Off and Damage as well as what Death$ucker back catalogue you can get your hands on. Don’t forget that this party is for his 30th birthday! Why not buy the man a drink while you’re at it!

Anakissed (Death$ucker /
Death$ucker's VJ in residence and founder of the internet filmmaking website Performing a mish-mash-up of politically charged images and low-fi cinema, and pushing the realms of the visual jockey further are her trademark. She has accompanied Venetian Snares, The Bug, Soundmurderer and DJ Scud at the notorious Toxic Dancehall events in Bristol.

Jay Nom (Death$ucker)
Jay Nom is resident at the GoatLab parties, and can be heard out and about Bristol spinning some of the sickest dancefloor breakcore, ragga jungle and evil drum and bass around. His deck skills are worthy of the finest!

DJ Ruk
You might find Pete working at the record shop during the week days, but when night falls beware! This guy will blow you away with his mentalist approach to mixing up the darkest drum & bass with the heaviest breakcore. He debuted at the Goatlab back in May last year at Timbuk2, and returns to get the party started!

Front Bar (Ragga/Dubstep/Bootlegs):

DJ Lumpy (West Of Bastard)
Dj Lumpy is a dj/mashup producer/promoter based in Bristol, England. He has been into playing around with other peoples music behind their backs for fun not profit since 2002 and has still not been sued within an inch of his life. His philosophy is that tunes should be danced to and smiled to if you want to get the best out of them, which has earned him the reputation for being a novelty act. Dj Lumpy specialises in protracted length, highly eclectic chillout sets, which range from ambient thru to drum and bass and breakcore, via ska, soul, rock, rave, calypso and electronica. A chillout room should be there to provide an alternative to whatever else is playing.

Gusset (Death$ucker)
Gusset have been scaring friends and punters alike since 1996, unleashing aural assaults at breakcore, techno and hip-hop nights around the city. Not to mention anywhere else that will have them, from Brighton to Madrid. They don't fit comfortably into any nice little pigeon hole and have a sound all of their own, but strangely no imitators.

Dub Boy (Ruffnek Diskotek)
DJ Dub Boy is a Bristol based DJ (and co-promoter of Ruffnek Diskotek) currently playing a variety of sound-system musics aimed squarely at getting waists winding on the dancefloor. Over the last few years Dub Boy has blazed a trail on the Bristol club scene and beyond helping re-ignite Bristol's underground bass driven music scene. Playing what he has coined "Forward Thinking Bashment", Dub Boy is only confined by his mantra of spinning "riddim and bass".

Ironside (P.R.A.N.K / Bashout)
One of Bristol finest DJs and GoatLab resident, spinning anything from easy listening reggae bashment to 200 bpm jungle breakcore.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Death$ucker: Bringing Back the Raggacore!!!

What is Raggacore? According to Wikipedia:
Raggacore is a genre of music resembling a faster version of ragga jungle, or breakcore with dancehall, ragga or reggae style basslines and vocals.
This unique genre of reggae-infused breakcore first surfaced in 2001 with releases like Venetian Snares' "Clearance Bin" 7" (History Of The Future) and DJ Scud's "Full Watts" series. Artists like Bong-Ra and The Bug (with his label Razor X Productions) were also making ragga-fused music around the same time. Since those early days, there has been a move towards a more defined Raggacore sound from labels like Peace Off, Clash, Mashit, Shockout, Sozialistischer Plattenbau, Sprengstoff, Kool.POP and artists like Aaron Spectre, DJ C, Soundmurderer, Shitmat, FFF, Rotator, Istari Lasterfahrer, Krumble.

More recenlty a new wave of artists have been pushing the Raggacore sound. From Cambridge (UK) the Life4Land crew have been putting on free parties, releasing records and churning out tracks like there's no tomorrow. Peace Off have also been on the case pushing artists like Cardopusher, Dr. Bastardo, Krumble, Kovert and Repeater.

Ragga and Reggae music have been an big influence on my musical tastes, especially living in St. Pauls (Bristol's Reggae Mecca!). This can be heard in some of my own productions, in particular tracks like "Strong Like A Lion" and "Toxic Dancehall", but also on some past Death$ucker releases:
  • D$R01 Bong-Ra - Riddim Wars 7" (2002)
  • D$R02 Various - Ballroom Blitz CD (2003)
  • D$R07 Ripley - Ich Bin Defekt CD (2005)
  • D$R12 Aaron Spectre - Evil Most Foul 12" (2005)
Now Death$ucker is taking Raggacore to the next level, with a series of hot new releases in 2008!
  • First up is D$R27, a split 12" by the mysterious Johnny Clash and Stivs of Life4Land. On the A side Johnny Clash mashes up Damian Marley's version of "Exodus" with amen / gabba breaks at 240bpm! On the B side Stivs' classic tune "Dustbinmen" gets remixed and remastered for what has to be the tune of the year!
  • Following swiftly on is D$R28, a split 12" by Eustachian & The Teknoist (currently on tour in Europe). Eustachian proves that they aren't all about experimental thrash metal with "Stronface", a raggacore stormer with crazy time signatures and heavy bass. On the flip the Teknoist's track "Richie's Breakcore Love Song" doesn't quite fit the raggacore mold, but is none-the-less a future breakcore anthem., with lush strings and glitchy gabba kicks.
  • Coming up in April 2008 is D$R29 by Krumble (Peace Off/Jungle Therapy). Krumble brings his unique blend of choppy breakcore and cut-up jungle bass terror to Death$ucker with two dancefloor killers "Time To Burn" and "Fucking Hostile". Link up Krumble's MySpace to hear previews of both tracks!
  • Next up is D$R30 by Stivs (Life4Land), with an 8 track, double 12" album (a 1st for Death$ucker!) featuring some of the finest ragga-jungle, breakcore and wonkstep EVER! Solid production skills and heavy basslines make this a sure-fire hit! Stay tuned for audio previews, but in the meantime check out Stivs @ the Goatlab in Feb 2008!

- info on Death$ucker releases - An interesting article by LFO Demon from 2004

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Goatlab Radio with Parasite, Dan Gusset & Dub Boy

Goatlab Radio with Parasite, Dan Gusset & special guest Dub Boy - March 2008

  1. Tanya Stevens - It's A Pity (Stivs Remix)
  2. Atki2 - Mercury (Domestic)
  3. Leafcutter John - Khom?s (Planet Mu)
  4. Krumble - Time To Burn (Death$ucker)
  5. Dizzy Rascal - I Love You
  6. Portishead - Silence (Exillon RMX) (dub)
  7. Jimmy Cliff - You Can Get It If You Really Want
  8. Polar Bear - Your Eyes The Sea (Babel)
  9. Stivs - Unknown (dub)
  10. Michael J Rocks - Arp Midi Layers (dub)
  11. Rob Smith ft. Wilks - Firewalk
  12. Random Bit Generator - El Barrio (Hula Honeys)


Dub Boy on MySpace
Ruffnek Diskotek - Next event Saturday 22nd March 2008 @ Cosies featuring Moving Ninja / Atki2 / Buf (Octopussy) / Dub boy / Brother Wetlands / Beavis
Gusset's Blog

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

21st Century Smoker's Dubz Mix 2008

This mix is a collection of more bass heavy music from the DSWAT shop and a few gems from my hardive. It was originally mixed for some good friends of mine in Brighton, but I thought I'd share it with you too!

21st Century Smoker's Dubz Mix 2008 (105MB - running time: 76 minutes)

  1. Ghislain Poirier ft. Face-T - Blazin Hurts (DJ C remix)
  2. Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine (DJ Donna Summer remix)
  3. Glowstyz - Aethema Remix
  4. Rusko - Cockney Thug
  5. Kromestar - Bad Boy
  6. 6Blocc & Hoodz - Babylonia
  7. Rusko - Lion's Paw
  8. Rossi B & Luca - Nobody Knows
  9. Digital Mystikz ft. Spen G - Anti-War Dub
  10. Cauto - Bona Vida
  11. 6Blocc & Hoodz - Haile Sellasie I
  12. Math Head - Dream Tigers
  13. Rusko ft. Soul Nana - Love Is Real
  14. Milanese ft. Kate Kestrel - Double Face
  15. Skream - 2D
  16. Modeselektor ft. Paul St. Hilaire - Let Your Love Grow
  17. The Bug ft. Killa P & Flow Dan - Skeng
  18. Vaccine - Wishful Thinking
  19. Cardopusher - Melody Moon Dub
  20. Tanya Stephens - Can't Breathe (Matt Shadetek remix)
  21. Microphyst - New Romantic
  22. Stivs - Big Tune
  23. Heatwave - Limb By LDN
  24. Siriusmo - Wow
  25. Modeselektor ft. TC - 2000007
  26. Modeselektor ft. Pupetmastaz - The Dark Side Of The Moon
  27. Capleton - Respect (DMX Crew remix)
  28. Random Bit Generator - El Barrio
  29. Lily Allen - Smile