Today’s smashdown…

Comes courtesy of Hostage, who is already having an impressive year so far via his own material and a wealth of ear slaughteringly good remixes. Keeping up the consistent run he’s slinging his Moombahcore remix of J -Trick’s Def Jam out to you for nowt!

I had to wait till it had finished before I could write a description because this monster frankly removes my capacity for cognitive thought while it is in progress. Its the audio equivalent of being slapped with the flat of an oil starved chainsaw blade, a relentless man sized angry waveform that strides out of your bins and just stands in front of you screaming in your face until its over. It will probably make young children misbehave and kill birds in flight. Bloody excellent!

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Listening Post…

There’s no shortage of stuff knocking about at the moment for your audio delectation. The last couple of days has seen strong offerings on the mix  front with Boy 8 Bit dropping his one hour Triple J mix over the weekend which should keep our ears busy for a while. Its a moody and direct offering a little less playful than some of his more recent mixes but that doesn’t detract from it in the slightest.

Elsewhere Villa brings another one of his sun dappled loose limbed mixes to the table, I’ve come to expect those gentle loping intros to his sets now, the pace builds slowly but never over cooks and while you’ll undeniably be moving to this its not gonna prove overly strenuous.  Its a nice post weekend antidote.

Elsewhere Toddla T’s ‘Watch Me Dance’ drops a little earlier than expected due to a leaky journalist but as a consequence we get to sample the goods sooner than we expected. We’ve come to expect a real melting pot of influences with Toddla’s music  but this time out he steps up his game from the strident tough funk of ‘Watch Me Dance’  to the house infused Shola Ama vehicle ‘Take It Back’ (the one with the huge piano chords, yeah?). Its a strong album that brings in a world of influences and a number of surprises along the way.  Let’s put it this way, you can tell he’s been travelling. All good and thoroughly recommended. (higlights ‘Body Good’, ‘Streets So Warm’ as well as the obvious singles)

Check the video for ‘Watch Me Dance’ below. The album is available to buy on iTunes.

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What Have I Done…

Pixieguts

Marie Craven, Pixieguts.

Been keeping busy, new tracks with a long overdue guest spot from Pixieguts called ‘Blink Blink’ which brings a little bit of bounce to the table and some finely diced vocals. Then there was the MixedInSheffield ‘Now + Again’ project which saw me getting the opportunity to disassemble Double No No‘s Bullfight. Most recently however I got to do a cheeky little remix for Krause (‘Soaring Through The Starlight’).

Krause is Susanne Clermonts from the Netherlands, releasing music under the Krause banner, you can find out more about her here and check out her debut album ‘No Guts, No Glory’ on iTunes etc.

Krause, Susanne Clermonts

Double No No are Sheffield based trouble causers Nicky B and Danielle Maibaum. Sometimes Nick slings keyboard lines out for The Human League, Danni I often see in the pub (when she is not singing as part of Double No No and turning up on other people’s stuff).

Pixieguts is Australian cyber vocalist Marie Craven, who can be found on absolutely tons of stuff, and if you haven’t checked her out so far you can do so here. She’s part of a thriving online collaborative community that spans worldwide.

Double No No, Nick Burke & Danielle Maibaum

Krause

Pixieguts

Double No No

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Coming Soon…

No Brainer Records LogoNew remix by none other than Hostage, and I had to give this one a special mention cos its a cut above, there I was waiting for a trademark bone seperating bassline to come at me like a fucking stabbed dog and what happens…

Its some skittish and lithe business shimmying in front of me like a belly dancing extra with green skin from Star Trek.

Oh and the bpm takes a lovely little dive and brings a seductive/horny as…(delete as appropriate) break down to proceedings. Delightful.

Listen!

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Sensoria 2011

Sensoria returns this month. Sheffield’s annual showcase of music, film and digital media. Previous attendees should be familiar with the drill but for the uninitiated Sensoria is like a micro festival of cultural events that take place all over the city. This time Sensoria runs for ten days starting on the 29th April through to the 8th May.

Beginning with a street party on the Friday (apparently it coincides with some couple or other getting married, who knew?) before moving to some of Sheffield most beloved venues including a three day live music festival at The Washington as well as live music and DJ’s at Bungalows and Bears on the Saturday and bands at Soyo. There will also be the (re)Mixed in Sheffield secret party which will be held…somewhere…

Amongst other happenings you can expect to find I Monster & Skywatchers presenting an event of a suitably cosmic nature on the 1st May with a night of live music and film with a space related theme. The Showroom Cinema will as ever be a vital hub for the event presenting a series of films and documentaries over the course of the ten days with something to appeal to all tastes.

As always housed within the event is Sensoria Pro and for me this is where the event really shines. Pro is a two day industry event and is of importance to anyone who is working within the music and film industry. Expect a series of seminars and panels on subjects such as music placement and clearance as well as masterclasses in composing for film. Guest speakers this year include Feargal Sharkey, John Robb, Mary Anne Hobbs, Rob Da Bank and Martyn Ware.

This year there is also a composer in residence in the form of Bill Drummond, a name that should be familiar to many not least for his involvement in the seminal 90’s dance the KLF/Justifed Ancients Of Mu Mu as well as his involvement with bands such as The Teardrop Explodes and Echo & The Bunnymen, as an artist he has in the past courted controversy, it will be interesting to see if  time has mellowed him at all.

For a more detailed round up of events that will be taking place over the course of Sensoria 2011 you can check out the link below. I’ll be on hand to review as much of the event as is humanely possible without splitting myself in two. See you there.

Find out more about the event here

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UPDATE : Ugly Beautiful Audio Visual Project / Hallam University Sheffield

Hey Sheffield, here’s a quick update on the Ugly Beautiful project set up by Clare Garrett..

Clare is setting up sessions to record voices and take images in the basement of Arundel Gate Court studios next week. She can be available Tuesday afternoon from 2pm until early evening, Weds afternoon from about 3pm until early evening or Thurs morning from 11 to about 2pm. If you would like to participate either voice, image or both and are free, please let me know what time………any help will be great. (Studios are open until 9pm so could arrange later visits if need be) Thank you xx

Arundel Gate Court Studios, 175 Arundel Gate Sheffield South Yorkshire S1 2LQ – This is the address for Unison but our studios are right next door and share the same car park off Froggatt Lane.

You can contact Clare directly  at the following address claregjaneATgmail.com

You can find the location via google

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Jakub23

Jakub23’s music is akin to waking up six miles below the surface of the sea in the grip of an anger fuelled frenzy with only the sounds of your own collapsing diving suit for company. Its like being pounded by an amphetamine fuelled Golem. Relentless.

That’s what I found in my limited exposure. Fierce bizznizz.

I am of course, quite alright with all the above factors.

Find him here

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