Monday, September 24, 2012

[New Release] Fighting with Wire - Colonel Blood


Well it's been a long time coming but "Fighting with Wire" have released their longly anticipated album "Colonel Blood" through "Extra Mile Records" today, this Irish trio hailing from Derry draw on many influences sounding like a mix up of Weezer and Biffy Clyro with a little bit of classic southern balls out rock thrown in as well for good measure. I've only had one listen through the album but it is by far one of the best things I've heard this year, expect these guys to get some serious attention in the near future. Since its just brand new I haven't been able to share any of the tracks off it but if you have Spotify then you know what to do you clever cats.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A dose of the Alternative #2



Sorry for the long break there guys, just finished my move to Glasgow in my new flat which is not a absolute shit hole so this year is off to a good start already. So I just a few updates for you guys on some awesome music! First though, guess what I did today?..... No it wasn’t that it was that I bought my first ever copy of mixmag! In a day and age where producers are requiring are trying to draw on skills from every genre in the music industry it made sense for me to polish up on my electro scene knowledge, who knows... I might even take to the decks some day but less of me, here's the music!

First of all, The new “Circa Survive” album is out and it is sounding phenomenal of these neo-progressive masters (yeah I don't like using specific genres names either). I have followed them since their “Juturna” album which was released way back in 2005 and it is so refreshing to see these guys rise to the popularity they hold now whilst still keeping their true Circa sound for all these years. Their music defiantly grows on you as it first did on me so I highly recommend you give them some time to listen to their stuff!

Next up is “Exit Ten”'s EP Sunset, I really love this bands epic feel and Ryan Redman's singing style is defiantly unique and really gives their music a awesome edge. Their Previous albums “Remember the Day” and “Give me Infinity” are testament to these guys and a indicator of great things to come so check it out out if you like Balls out epic rock!


A little more close to home on this one, a band I have been a big fan of and have featured before is “Friday Night Lights” who have just released their brand new (not so brand new at the time of writing this because I have had my balls firmly and aggressively against the walls dealing with the increasingly amount of feudalistic activities our capitalist culture promotes) EP which is a phenomenal collection of music that for only being priced £4 there should be no reason for you not follow this link here to get your copy now! These Guys from Wick show that awesome music can be found anywhere. Below you'll find the song "The Only Nightmare I Ever Have, Is Waking Up Without What I Once Had"

[New] John Dahlback - Zeus (Original Mix)




I'm loving John Dahlback at the moment. This guys is producing some whopping electro/house stompers at the moment. Zeus is no different. Massive from start to finish, drop this and your going to have to pay the consequences!


[New] Skrillex ft Damien Marley - Make It Bun Dem (L.E.D Remix)


Local lit up duo L.E.D are back in business with this almost original take on Skrillex and Damien Marley's 'Make It Bun Dem'. A combination of commercial dubstep with electro, not unusual for the Inverness pair to produce something as strong as this.



Make sure you give the L.E.D your vote - VOTE HERE

[New] Herve - Night Turns Into Day


Newest release from UK producer Herve is this piano house banger 'Night Turns Into Day' from his new album 'Pick Me Up, Sort Me Out, Calm Me Down'.

It packs a classic vocal vibe for some good listening.



Monday, September 3, 2012

[Radio] Monster FM DJ Showcase

This month in the Highlands something new and very exiting is happening; A new radio station by the name of Monster FM will be set up for the month of September, and every Friday and Saturday there will be DJ showcase, broadcasting sets from the areas finest djs across a wide selection of genres.

Soundclash djs Teknique and Kaos Theory
Monster FM is run in conjunction with MFR and Radioskills and is used to give trainee radio djs, producers, programmers etc to provide the real hands on experience of working in a live radio station. It all began last year when Sondclash gentlemen Ally Ridgers and Ryan MacLean were playing at Rockness and were spotted by MFR dj Ginno who was impressed by the belting set they played. He got in touch with the chaps and asked them to do guest sets every Friday night in September last year. This year, for 3 hours every Friday and Saturday night , Soundclash will host a choice cut selection of some of the biggest names in Inverness such as Filth djs Ross Lyall and Andrew McGibbon, Polymath, Soundclash, The LED and more, as well as Justice Never Sleep's very own djs Boomshank Redemption and Them & Us. Should the show be a real success (it will), there is hope that maybe MFR may even create a show to run throughout the year on the weekends.

Lets take a wee looky looky at the some of the acts and what we can expect from this bunch of rapscallion rogers:


Stereo Crookz: Two young up and coming whippersnappers from Inverness, consisting of dj/producers Ross Calder and Shaun Leonard. Their set includes their favorite house and electro house tracks at the moment, edits, mash ups, as well as a previously unheard bootleg and their latest track featuring KRTS

Boomshank Redemption (me): Bit of a dick, but I can play some groovy bangers. Co-runs and plays club nights Get With It and of course, Justice Never Sleeps. Expect some deep house vibes to begin with, progressing to a more raw, electro edged techno set with plenty of mash ups and edits. Listen out for latest track, Todd Terry - Samba (Boomshank Redemption Remix)
Boomshank Redemption and Polymath

Polymath: Also a big chief of the club night Get With It, this man knows a thing or two about fist pumping techno and has had some pretty exciting releases such as his remix of Discopolis - Summer Nightmares, his track Sawpump and my personal fave, the bollywood belter that is Thangra. His set will be an energetic blend of some of the latest techno and house tracks as well as some of his own material.

Teknique: Teknique is one half of the Soundclash group and has supported the likes of  Dj Yoda, Toddla T, Jack Beats, Jaguar Skills, Noisia, Soul Of Man, Dj Moneyshot and Boom Monk Ben. For his set Teknique will be playing a pumping breakz mix.


Mastershake
Mastershake: Has supported big names such as Chase & Status and Fake Blood and has played at Belladrum festival in 2010 and 2011. Styles include breaks, electro, drum and bass and dubstep


Foliage: is the small-town boy with the big city sounds. Hailing from Tain in the Scottish Highlands, he has made quite an impact on the Glasgow scene in the last 8 years. His noisy styled vinyl sets predominantly feature breaks but he is known for dropping unexpected belters which catch everyone by surprise.

Alottarhythm: This Brazillian fella is a well known legend on the Inverness scene and is renowned for his soulful, tech and deep house sets. His set for the show brings what you some fresh cutting edge house without forgetting the roots that has made house music what it is. (You can also catch Alottarhythm live @Nocturnal Presents warming up for the legendary "Evil" Eddie Richards (Fabric/London) and DJ Q (Glasgow Underground) on the 6th of October @ Karma Lounge)


Alan MacPherson
Alan MacPherson: Joiner. Full on techno set.

BOSK Djs: BOSK is a clubnight run by a couple of Forresians (that's folk fae Forres, ken?) that brings local djs to medium sized venues around Grampian and the Highlands.

Them and Us: Them & Us are DJ/Producers Mark Mackenzie (also co-founder of this blog!) and Liam Macleod. In their short time together they have already supported Annie Mac, Simian Mobile Disco and Zane Lowe. Their set has been designed to appeal to electronic music lovers both young and old and includes an exclusive first play of an unreleased track as well as plenty of their own mush ups and set edits.


Foley Bear: Foley has been a professional DJ for over 20 years, and held residencies in Kavos, London, Brighton, Cambridge, Inverness, Reading, Kingston, Crawley and Southampton! He has supported tons of big acts including names such as Lisa Lashes, Tall Paul and dj Spoony to name a few. His time on air will be mostly hip hop with some UK garage

Soundclash djs: Soundclash (as previously mentioned) are djs Teknique and Kaos Theory and have supported the likes of  Dj Yoda, Toddla T, Jack Beats, Jaguar Skills, Noisia, Soul Of Man, Dj Moneyshot and Boom Monk Ben. In their set you can look forward to many styles of music from dubstep, breaks, electro and a turntablism bass fest!


The LED
The Led: In the past few years producer/dj duo the LED have been making a great name for themselves. Dressed in their iconic LED masks and suits they have supported the likes of Simian Mobile Disco and have had some brilliant releases and remixs. The LED consist of Stuart Moffat and Darren Malley and their style is a creative blend of cutting edge electro, dubstep and techno.






Ally Ridgers: Ally Ridgers (aka Teknique) returns under his real name this time to deliver a house and UK bass mix.

Filth djs
: Not many people in Inverness will not have heard of these guys! Djs Ross Lyall and Andrew McGibbon are known for bringing huge acts to Inverness such as Erol Alkan, Alex Metric and Jaymo & Andy George, the boys know how to throw a mad techno sesh! Their 2 hour set will be mainly electro with a some techno.


Highland Junglists:The Highland Junglists as the name suggests are about all things Jungle, but also play across a wide range of other genres. They consist of Dj Dropz, Dj Raboon, Dj Silent Assasin, Dj Essay and I am Kojak. Their 3 hour set will include drum 'n' bass, old skool D'n'B, jungle, dubstep, tech, dancefloor and freestyle.

Full line up:

FRIDAY
7th - Stereo Crookz / Boomshank Redemption / Polymath
14th - Alottarhyhm / Alan MacPherson / Scott Langley
21st – Them & Us / Abraham Thunderwolf / Dj Jon (Vault)
28th – Ally Ridgers / Filth Djs 2hrs

SATURDAY
8th – Teknique / Mastershake / Foliage
15th – BOSK Djs 2hrs / Foley Bear
22nd – SoundClash Djs 2hrs / The LED
29th – Highland Junglists 3hrs


You can the catch Monster FM dj showcase on 106.1 in the Inverness area or online at www.radioskills.org.uk/MonsterFM/Listen-Live from 10pm to 1am every Friday and Saturday in September .

Check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/themonsterfm and on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/themonsterfm