Archive for January 2010
We found this on Brick Lane, don’t know how it got there.
Do YOU know?
Out now on vinyl and digital download, thanks to everyone supporting!
PLAYS FROM: Mistajam on 1xtra, Review in Mixmag, Skream, Vex’d, Baobinga, Tomb Crew, Octapush, Starkey, Warlock, Kanji Kinetic, Sterotyp, Laurent Garnier.
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – You Know
Ghosttown – Greezy (Instrumental)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (DZ Remix)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (Numan Remix)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (Murlo Soca Remix)
Ghosttown ft Badness & Dajla – Greezy (Cracks Remix)
Like his spectral namesake Simon Booth aka Ghosttown has spent the last few years obscured, half out of sight as a producer hiring out his futuristic beat-science to a string of heavy hitting MCs including Foreign Beggars and Skrein here in the UK and a clutch of artists across the Atlantic including Guilty Simpson, Oh No, Frank and Dank and Dudley Perkins from the Dilla/Stones Throw axis of the hip hop spectrum.
His debut release started life like most of his productions, on a beat tape with another 80 or so one minute tracks, all vital snapshots charged with the excitement of what might happen with the right MC but there was something special about the original ‘Greezy’. It wires up squelching formant synths to insistent, minimal drums sounding like a 2010 UK-bass update to Ginuwine’s ‘Pony’ but at 145 BPM with speaker damaging sub.
This devastating but unusual collision of sounds needed a versatile MC and Badness was top of the list. Known for his early work with Lava Unit and Terror Danjah as well as last year’s carnival smash ‘Message is Love’ with Jammer and Silverlink Birmingham born Badness’ star is on the rise.‘You Know’ as the track became features his signature double time bashment/grime flow and a killer hook sung by cosmic-soul powerhouse Dajla. The Parisian born singer is a Radio Nova favourite who has collaborated with Wax Tailor, Foreign Beggars and celebrated hip hop poet Anthony Joseph. The resulting track is unmistakably UK but with a bashment flavour, wonky dancehall?
The vinyl remix comes from DZ (Hot Flush/Tru Tiger) who delivers a mix that turbo charges the dancefloor elements of the track to come up with multi coloured low end work out. Digital only mixes come from rising star Numan who has already done a session for Mary Anne Hobbes and flips the original to come up with a menacing slice of ice cold grime. Resident at Brighton’s Square Roots and Angry Dance Party DJ Murlo cranks it up a notch with his debut remix, a soca destoyer that should bring a ray of Caribbean sunshine to the winter months. Last but not least Cracks rework the original in to a grimy bassline/electro crossover monster.
Senseless will release a Ghosttown album in the future featuring vocalists including Frank & Dank, Olivier Daysoul, Badness, YT, Navigator, Killa P and more.
Support from Numan, Vex’d, Octapush, Stereotyp, Bok Bok
Hitting you below the belt and sounding a 2010 cross between Lil Kim, Rye Rye and The Cool Kids, Senseless are very proud to present their first artist from the US of A. Cheasleauen (Shass-Lowen) is Detroit native now living in Las Vegas with all the style, sex and attitude of Sin City present and correct in her sound. It’s hard-hitting rap with a fiery temper mixed up with futuristic electro beats and a good girl gone bad attitude. Add insane remixes from wonky-gloop-step man of the moment Slugabed (Stuff/Ramp/Planet Mu), new boy Murlo (Square Roots) and Senseless’ resident beat scientist Ghosttown and you have yourself a hot little package.
After hearing her music on the Generation Bass blog Senseless reached outcross the Atlantic to sign Cheasleauen up quicker than losing $500 on the roulette tables. The first fruit of the new deal is, ‘Off The Glass’, an ode to doing that thing that people like doing: drinking. The original sits precise rhymes over an insistent minimal electro beat with a chorus so boozy it makes you want to leap through the swinging doors of the nearest saloon immediately and grab yourself a bottle of Dom P.
Let’s ditch the hyperbole, the Slugabed mix is incredible. Taking the original rap and transforming it absolutely and completely into a squelching slice of wonky space acid. Echoes of French electro mixed with all that’s good about the current crop of forward marching UK beat makers, this one if ready for DJs from any genre. Big room, small room or bedroom you will dance when this is played.
Another new Senseless discovery Murlo serves up some cracked-out house music in a carnival-on-mushrooms style. A 4×4 soca rhythm in the UK funky mould takes a left turn with a wild pitched vocal chorus and some psychedelic percussion, dancefloor energy for late, late nights.
Last but not by any means least Ghosttown steps in to provide what can only be described as two certified bangers. Leaping off from the Neptunes school of beat making, his remix of ‘Off The Glass’ is jabbing white noise and percussive synths plus his own take on those drunk horns and a touch of gangsta whine to get your lean on. Finally he remixes a killer vocal from Cheasleauen’s latest mixtape for the bonus track, flipping Fire over a digital Miami Vice sunset. Watch out for another Cheasleaun single coming early 2010 and a full album not far behind.