Tonight at Cameo Gallery, some heavyweight bass will be heard in a variety of flavors. If you prefer what’s next on the stratosphere of bass-fueled fantasia, look no further than Max Pearl’s set to start off the night; as the Sci-Fi & Fantasy label head will provide his indicative take on forthcoming sonic textures that are sure to take over NYC soon enough. However, if you’re looking to be courageous, look no further than URB favorite FaltyDL; he’ll be coming off fresh from his latest LP release, Hardcourage, on Ninja Tune. Finally, if you’re looking for booty-bomb kicks and toms, Addison Groove is here to deliver the medicine. He’ll be bringing his signature 808-centric show to Cameo for a special NYC appearance. Check out the flier and show details down below, post-jump.
Addison Groove, one of the first to drive forward the UK bass crossover trend into areas of juke and ghettotek influences, has defied his usual habit of releasing only singles (like the classic Footcrab, or last year’s This Is It), to prepare an entire full-length. Above, you can watch the video for Bad Things (feat. Spank Rock), one of the highlights of the release. The full-length album, entitled Transistor Rhythm, dropped this week on Modeselektor’s 50Weapons (you can buy it here). Addison (real name Anthony Williams) will be touring throughout the US and Canada starting at the end of the month, accompanied by Doc Daneeka, whose collaborative album with Benjamin Damage, They!Live, also came out recently via the same label. Listen to Addison Groove’s “Savage Henry” below, and you can follow the jump for a full list of tour dates.
Antony Williams, who began his DJing and producing career under the alias Headhunter, admits in his lecture at this year’s Red Bull Music Academy that he was inspired to start producing under the newer moniker Addison Groove in order to fill a perceived void as he tried to play both dubstep and juke in his high-energy DJ sets. The material he came up with to bridge the gap was an unclassifiable mix of juke influence and UK ‘bass music,’ shaking up clubs with purely crazy tunes like Footcrab, Make Um Bounce, and This is It.
After a handful of EPs, Williams will be releasing his first full album as Addison Groove through Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label at the end of March. The album, entitled Transistor Rhythm, has a US release date set for April 3rd. 50Weapons will be posting a snippet of tracks from the album every week until its release, the first of which you can hear below. Sooperlooper takes the typical Addison Groove bounce to a whole new level – not your typical rolling TR-808 fanfare, with nods to tribal and funky all around his seminal drum programming.
View the album art and full tracklisting after the jump.
As the grinder known as SXSW Music Festival descended upon Austin, Texas for the 25th time, festival-goers would notice immediately that this was pretty big; in the manner that it was most likely the most-attended festival since SXSW’s inception. Sixth Street was a bastion for hipsters, journalists, photographers, DJs, bands and music-hungry young adults looking to find the nearest fix and free party wherever it may be; whilst it was at time a cataclysmic circus around the area, the festival did provide once again its showcase of every band, every genre, and every party imaginable. Without going into too much specifics, here’s SXSW 2011 from an URB perspective:
Friendly Fires live at AllSaints Showcase @ Shangri-La — Austin, TX
This mix is one for the ages; provided by one of the head honchos of the Glaswegian imprint NUMBERS, Jackmaster has provided DJ sets that stretch time, space and continents simultaneously. Juggling between classic American cuts provided by Chicago and Detroit producers, as well as proper house, funky and bass tunes from the UK and rest of the world, Jackmaster doesn’t hesitate to cue up something that’s a favorite to some and obscure to others. As evident in his Sonar 2010 set, he pushes the envelope of “trendy” and doesn’t just play the newest and freshest dubs, it’s all about vibes. Whether it’s dropping classic Daft Punk, Aphex Twin or throwing down Chaka Khan, he’s fearless and a total maestro on the decks. After a few wishes upon a star, URB got theirs; an exclusive and obviously packed nearly two-hour mix from the man himself. Considering that we’ll be seeing him at UNSOUND 2010 in Krakow (back-to-back with Deadboy) in the coming days, consider this a preview of what his set could be. This very well could be the mix of the year, blending classic, current and everything in between. Be sure to keep your ears peeled for forthcoming NUMBERS tunes in this mix from URB favourites Ill Blu and Mosca. Check the massive tracklist and download link after the jump.