Earlier today, Percussion Lab, a collective “dedicated to bringing you underground music for a new beat generation,” premiered an official compilation showcasing cuts from the likes of Sepalcure, Machinedrum, Daedelus and more. Praveen Sharma, who produces as Braille and figures as 1/2 of Sepalcure curated the lineup for Percussion Lab Presents: Cambio. So, with that in mind, head over here to stream and download the collection. Part of the proceeds will be directed towards Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Below, you can listen to Shigeto’s contribution to the pack. “Friends and Lovers” is a sumptuous, simultaneously beat and melody-driven piece that reveals a warmer side of the Detroit-based producer.
Download || Friends and Lovers – Shigeto
Tomas Barfod’s November Skies remix EP isn’t due out until November 26 (via Friends of Friends), though a number of the tracks have already seen the light of day. The EP is packed full of reworks of Barfod’s standout piece from Salton Sea and thus far, folks such as Jerome LOL and Sepalcure have thoroughly complimented the original with their thoughtful interpretations.
There’s something about those pitched-up chipmunk vocals that I’ve always found obnoxious. However, Jerome LOL manages to manipulate Nina Kinert’s with tasteful restraint, resulting in a sparkly, sun bathed tune that, as Gorilla vs. Bear notes, “rivals the soaring euphoria of the original.” Berlin production duo Sepalcure present a different spin on “November Skies,” which rides on shimmering synths that float over elegantly layered percussion.
The minds behind Croatia’s Outlook gathering have self-confidently dubbed their brainchild to be “Europe’s leading bass music and sound system culture festival.” Now this may read as just another self-serving and over-zealous sale’s pitch, but I am happy to inform you that most every bit of zeal in this statement is justified. In fact, through a breif calculation of logic, this proclamation may prove even modest;
If Outlook is indeed the leading bass music and sound-system culture fetsival in Europe, which, from my experience, appears to be quite true, and if Europe is the world’s leading continent in that same category, which, again, I can attest to, then Outlook festival may in fact be the leading bass music and sound system culture festival in the world.
Now, this is a bold statement, so let me begin to tell you why I think so:
First off, the event takes place in, on, and around, an abandoned fortress, which, by my degree of knowledge of 18th Century Mediterranean Architecture, is essentially a castle, and not only is a castle one of the most exciting and appropriate settings that I’ve had the opportunity to indulge in a variety of deep sounds and styles, but acoustically speaking, its almost as if those determined Croates of yesteryear built it expressly for the ideal presentation of contemporary bass music.
Speaking of which, the music was thrilling, utterly so, and I know that I stand risk of sounding like a jittering fan-boy, but today that’s something I may very well be.
So, who was good? Jackmaster, playing his typically eclectic mix of dance music – from Usher to Joy O; Scuba, proving he that he was worth his steep price-tag; Sepalcure, Plastician, XXXY, Eliphino, Disclosure, and, of course, Skream with Sgt. Pokes, were all a bonafied pleasure to catch. Also making it into this congratulatory category is Kode9, Loefah, Oneman, Black Acre newcomer, Alby Daniels, Silkie, and Ben UFO; A tip of the hat to all of them.
Some favorites heard from this category:
Now, who was fantastic?
If I had a crown to give, it’d have to go to Addison Groove. He threw down the most exciting set of the weekend; at the end, mixing from his trade-mark grit-house jams, to a combination of Hudmo‘s “CBat” and Earl Sweatshirt‘s “Drop,” and finally into a booty shaking version of The Chordette’s barbershop classic, “Mr. Sandman,” of which I have yet to track down. A round of applause is more than in order for Mr. Groove. If he’s coming to a club near you, do not miss out, just go.
Dark Sky rounded off the Black Acre party on Saturday night, and even from outside the fort, one could tell it was the place to be, with a line-up extending easily over 50 meters out the gate. The beats from their Black Rainbows EP sounded ripe and juicy on the Courtyard system.
The Swamp 81 party was yet another stand-out, with Boddika standing as the personal highlight of the exhibtion, though only just ahead of his more than worthy label mates, Oneman and imprint-boss, Loefah. And since we’re on the topic of dubstep, big ups to Joker for up-staging the DMZ showcase in a big way. Sorry, Mala and Coki, we still love you.
Friday Night at Mungo’s Arena was a breath of fresh for anyone feeling a bit claustrophobic from the prominence of D&B at Outlook. Girl Unit was the highlight of this party. His work on the Club Rez Ep dazzled between the stone walls of the military fort.
Some respect is to be given to trap stalwarts, Baauer and Hudmo, because their numbers, “Harlem Shake,” and “CBat,” were springing up dj’s sets of every genre. Same goes to Julio Bashmore for his summer anthem’s of 2011 and 2012; “Battle For Middle You,” and “Au Seve,” respectively.
So, we’ve run through the good and the grand, but was it a perfect experience? No, of course not. All things are flawed, even the most wonderful.
The major bone I have to pick is with the audience, who whilst being, for the most part, avid fans of these genres, neglected some of the bare necessities of festival etiquette. Muscling belligerently to the front of the bar line was a common activity. Now that I think of it, muscling any where at any time without an excuse me or a patient moment’s wait was standard practice at Outlook. Friends assured me that this was simply the English way of doing things, but I don’t take that as a valid excuse. Thumbs down. Love thy neighbour next time, boys.
The second pickable bone is not necessarily the fault of anyone in particular. It was the simple fact that Mala, Coki, Loefah, and Disclosure, were far from being loud enough at the Harbour stage on Saturday night. The open ocean is no natural amphitheatre. Fortunately, this is where Dimensions Festival comes in.
Opening tonight, Dimensions festival promises an equal if not more impressive line-up of underground artists, an audience of presumably more committed listeners, and lastly, exclusive use of the Fort stages, which means, better sound and smaller venues for bigger artists. Let’s hope it lives up to these other-worldly expectations.
Outlook, thank you. It was a blessing to be a part of. Considering the legend of setting and sound that your team has etched into bass-music’s youthful history, the title of world’s leading bass music and sound system culture festival is yours to loose. Now, to see what your little brother is packing…
See you next year,