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Only five days to go until the MONSTER party takes place at Corsica studios (London Borough of Bass). Full details for that are below. We’ve almost sold out of advance tickets so to celebrate we’re running a special this week to rinse the last few. All our back catalogue is now up on http://senselessrecords.bandcamp.com and if you buy a ticket for Saturday and email the confirmation to info@senselessrecords.co.uk we’ll give you a code to download any release for FREE from the Senseless catalogue. Running until Saturday. Get involved!

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Because we’re nice like that you can also have this if you already bought a ticket. Just send the confirmation.

Ghostly Chat: An Interview with Phantom

The Phantom EP kickstarted the year very nicely for us and we’re still getting some blog love for it two months after the release. We just dug out this interview we did with him. A lot of it found its way in to the press release but here it is in full for your viewing pleasure, don’t forget the video, there’s a link after the interview and you can buy the release DIRECT from here:

http://senselessrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-phantom-the-phantom-ep

So the name, is it more like a scary ghost, or a superhero?

The comic book influenced the name. Although, never actually wanted to be the centre of attention and used to be very shy – more a scary ghost then! Always there, but lurking in the shadows.

Give us some background on you as a producer/DJ?

Thanks to the Internet, I discovered a lot of rave and techno classics very early – at the age of 10-14? Used to listen to Liam Howlett, Altern 8, Liquid, Joey Beltram, Frankie Bones (and obviously some mainstream big beat acts as well). Then somehow moved to cut & paste, mastermixes, plunderphonics, mashups. Thanks to Pirate Soundsystem (who were shifting at that time from bootlegs to their own, bass heavy tunes), I discovered both Drop The Lime and Faggatronix (Bok Bok & Manara). Lots of name dropping here, sorry. Anyway – started producing my own bootlegs, mastermixes about 5-6 years ago, djing for 3 years now, writing my own music since 2009.

You make quite tropical sounding music, but you live in a cold place, what’s the deal?

It’s not that deliberate, probably just longing for warmer climate. 20 degrees below winter forces you to think about anything hot. Although, I find a couple of my recent tracks quite autumnal really – ‘Connect The Dots’ or my Jack Dixon remix are the best examples. I’m probably getting old.

Do you have a name for the music you make?

Not really. Yet, definitely closer to house than techno or, let’s say, dubstep (despite making some 140 bpm music as well).

Tell us about the tracks, what is the sound, what were you going for?

I always focus on the melody first, as well as trying to keep my music very raw sounding, even though I use a lot of rich synths. I hardly use any background fx samples or build-ups. ‘Night Game’ is a bridge track between my tropical debut – ‘Cambodia’ and recent more synthed-out house tunes. It also has a similar verse/chorus pop structure. ‘Girl’ was to some extent influenced by classic Neptunes or Timbaland beats mixed with a nervous staccato lead. ‘Connect The Dots’ is all about the hypnotic synth line and r’n’b vocals.

There seems to be a good scene for this music in Poland at the moment, tell us about it?

Yeah, Poland’s getting really strong now. Promoters such as Supra1, BBQ or Sorry Ghettoblaster as well as the Unsound people have truly helped the scene to grow here. Literally, almost everyone played in Poland – Bok Bok & L-Vis 1990, Oneman, Untold, Ikonika, Kode9, Joker, Mosca, Jackmaster, Crazy Cousinz, Hard House Banton etc. More and more Polish producers are gaining recognition as well – Cracow’s Supra1 (Trouble & Bass) obviously, Sekta (Top Billin/ Shifting Peaks), Zeppy Zep (Robox), Sentel (Concrete Cut). Plus all the tech-house oriented artists – Catz ‘N Dogz, Marcin Czubala, Jacek Sienkiewicz.

Which producers have been the biggest inspiration to you, old and new?

New: Jam City, Ikonika & Optimum, Deep Teknologi, both Butterz and Night Slugs shows. Old: Rhythim Is Rhythim, Marc Kinchen, Mr. Fingers, some classic detroit bits, early XL Recordings stuff. To be honest – it’s more about the live experience. Seeing Dam Funk live this year or Bok Bok djing in Cracow 2 years ago and the whole Unsound experience.

What is the one classic album everyone should listen to if they don’t already know it?
Hmm… read an interview with Simeon from Silver Apples yesterday. I think their debut album is a good call.

Tell us one thing you couldn’t get through the day without?

Love!

The video:

+++ London Borough of Bass Feb 26th @ Corsica Studios ft Stagga, Dexplicit, Burgaboy, Remarc and more +++

OK so this is a BIG one, we’re kicking off our fifth birthday year in style (more info on that to come…) by throwing a huge rave with our friends ZShed, Rag&Bone, Coin-Op, Spam Fritta and Creeps Law. This line up pretty much encompasses everything that Senseless is about with all shades of international and UK bass pressure present and correct. Early bird tickets are an absolute f+*king steal. Get involved!

The info:

On 26th February, six of London’s grubbiest will take over Corsica Studios for a rave that stands to take you lower than ever before. The
London Borough of Bass is here and I can tell you now, it’s not a pretty sight.

THE Z-SHED, RAG & BONE, COIN OPERATED, SPAM FRITTA, SENSELESS
RECORDS AND CREEPS LAW PRESENT…

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Stagga + Skamma & Joe Blow (album launch)
Burgaboy
Dexplicit_
Remarc
Jerome Hill
Rrritalin
Warlock
Pirate Soundsystem
Mustard Gunn VS Spaceface
DeVille & Sasquatch  + MC’S
Silky Boys
Your Niece
Bump n’ Grind VS Josh West
Das Boot

UK BASS// GLOBAL BASS// MUTANT BASS

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Saturday 26th February, 10 til 6am
Corsica Studios, Units 4/5 Elephant Road, SE17 1LB
£4/£6/£8

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£4 EARLY BIRD TICKETS SOLD OUT! £6 TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM:
http://tinyurl.com/4ltv72z

Stagga with Skamma & Joe Blow (Album Launch) (Rag N Bone)
All hail the man like Stagga as he steps up and invites you to get down for an album launch set to go down in the history books. Having spent the last year holed up in his Berlin studio we have have the pleasure of unleashing the first taste of Stagga’s brand new LP “The Warm Air Room” due out on Rag n’ Bone Records. Get ready for woozy basslines and rudeboy steps, all backed with the vocal chatter of long-serving partners in crime Joe Blow and Skamma.

Stagga Soundcloud

Burgaboy (Fat City)
Next up we have Manchester’s one and only Burgaboy as he takes a trip down south for a rare London show. Loved by everyone from Niche regulars to pale faced bloggers, we truly have the king of UK bassline in our midst. All together now, B-B-B-B-Burgaboy!!

Burgaboy Youtube

Remarc (Planet Mu)
To describe our next guest as epic would be an understatement. Take a ton of chopped and screwed amens, an arsenal of dubplates, a back catalogue of over 100 releases, some serious junglist attitude and you’re left with one man. Babylon be weary, Remarc is in the building.

Remarc Youtube

Silky Boys (Brits Aboard)
Global bass bastions The Silky Boys take everything from Cumbia to Guarachero, chop it up, add some saarrf London swagger and spit it out in their own inimitable future styles. With their monstrous Pure Silk mixtapes gaining fans from Deptford to Djibouti it’s anyones guess where a set from these boys will end up.

Silky Boys Soundcloud

Dexplicit (Trouble & Bass)
Dexplicit’s love of grimey bassline has kept London’s underbelly rumbling for nearly a decade. With releases on Trouble & Bass, Mixpack and arguably holding the title of producing grimes biggest ever riddim, it seems only right that we invite him down to test out Corsica’s legendary Soundsystem.

Dexplicit Soundcloud

Rrritalin (Coin Operated)
Coin Operated’s latest minion and all round rave machine goes by the name of Rrritalin. If you haven’t copped his latest 12” ‘Spack to the future’ or checked his Yardcore show on Sub FM you’re really are missing out. Waving the ‘what the hell is this?’ flag from about as high as it can go prepare yourself for an unhealthy serving of mutant bass in all it’s gory forms.

Rrrritalin Soundcloud

If that wasn’t enough we’ve got Rag n Bone’s head honcho Warlock, wonky techno don Jerome Hill (Don’t Recordings), sub-tropical stylings from Pirate Soundsystem, Senseless Records Deville & Sasqutach plus Mustard Gunn, Spaceface, Josh West, Bump n Grind, Your Niece and Das Boot.

See you there?

Phantom EP out today plus watch the video

The Phantom EP is out today, watch the video for ‘Connect the Dots’ and buy on exclusive at Juno from this link for a week:

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Support from Ikonika, Kingdom, Blackdown, Mumdance, Baobinga, Optimum and loads more.

Check out a nice review on The Fat Blog:
http://www.thefatclub.com/reviews/the-phantom-the-phantom-ep/

Coverage in the Fader, Discobelle, Trash Menagerie etc etc.

Last release of the year get involved! News coming soon of the Senseless 5th birthday releases >>>>> 😉

THE PHANTOM 'THE PHANTOM EP'

 

The Phantom – Phantom EP by Senseless Records

“Absolutely Divine” – XLR8R

“Lots of ‘killing it’ going on, in a nice way” – Fader

“Whooshing piano and synth melodies carry his tracks into the heat of the night” – Trash Menagerie

“Sharing an affinity to the perplexingly infectious synthesized grooves of labels like Night Slugs and Hum + Buzz” – Sonic Router

Support from Mumdance, Ikonika, Blackdown, Braiden, Kingdom, XXXY, Optimum, Martelo, Canblaster, Bowly

The last two Senseless releases have been all about tropical music from tropical places, whether that’s tribal drums from Venezuela (Zarbak EP) or roots meets future from Jamaica (Max Romeo – Protest EP). For the last release of the 2010 we continued searching the globe for the best international bass music and found something unexpected: music with warm tropical energy of from a very cold place. Ladies and gentlemen we’re proud to introduce The Phantom aka 23 year old Bartosz Kruczynski from Warsaw, Poland. This is his debut EP but the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed his sterling remix work for countrymen Supra1 on Trouble &amp; Bass or his slot on Top Billin’s PL Funky compilation.

The Phantom’s sound is built around a rhythmic template that shapeshifts somewhere between skeletal UK Funky, speaker shaking R&amp;B and deep house wired up to glacial synths and deep, deep sub bass. He’s got a sound that’s all his own, doubtless the result of interpreting UK bass music from a distance, free to experiment and pull together a diverse set of influences ranging from Altern-8 and Mr Fingers to Deep Teknologi and Jam City. Echoes of the past reverberate with new school values, it’s what Senseless is all about.

The EP has three original tracks: there’s ‘Night Game’, shades of classic 90s R&amp;B bounce along with the kind of synthetic marimbas that make you wish Brandy would jump on a lay some vocals down. Then there’s lushly orchestrated ‘Connect The Dots’, which balances the rough with the smooth with precision and sounds like Floating Points gone to the rave. ‘Girl’ completes the trilogy: punchy, minimal production foregrounds a lush old-school piano riff matched up with tuff carnival drums.

We’ve pulled together three of the very best future bass producers to re-interpret the tracks: Brenmar is currently making tidal waves stateside with his blend of hip-hop, juke and UK bass, here he rewires ‘Girl’ with an insistent juke style clap, splices in some new vocals and lays down some seriously crisp drum work. UK house hero Hackman gets his Bladerunner strings on for a deep reimagining of ‘Night Game’ keeping things on a two step flex that switches things up from his recent 4×4 output. Finally Phantom’s Polish pal Zeppy Zep turns in a completely epic remix of ‘Night Game’ switching up somewhere in the middle from brooding Zomby style digi-garage to carnival house. One of the best ever releases on the label finishing our best ever year. Only one thing could make it better: our 5th birthday celebrations next year with ltd edition releases from the cream of the global bass crop. 2011 here we come.

Back 2 Back Warehouse Madness

This rave is going to be insane. End of story. 4th Dec. DeVille b2b Pirate Soundsystem plus Senseless fam Warlock, Kanji, Jerome Hill and the ZShed gang. See you in the bassbin.

Full details:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=166272136726532

A Phantom Approaches

A great response to the Phantom EP, drops in shops on Dec 6th. Follow the link for a story on Trash Menagerie and little freebie 😉

Audio up on Phantom’s Soundcloud until we stop slacking:

http://soundcloud.com/the-phantom/girl-brenmar-remix

MAX ROMEO 'PROTEST TO THE M1 EP'

Audio is here for all five remixes of the Max Romeo releases coming in November to a digital store near you. Rossi B & Luca, Pacheko, DeVille, Stagga, Sasquatch bring five very different future bass styles to the table. Full info on all the tracks is up on the Soundcloud link below.

OUT OF SPACE: SENSELESS X MAX ROMEO!!

That’s right, your eyes do not deceive. Senseless are extremely proud to be releasing a brand new, never before heard Max Romeo track recorded in London this year for the label. Remixed by Rossi B & Luca, Stagga, Pacheko, DeVille & Sasquatch. This heavyweight package will be dropping in a month or so. Stay tuned for all the info.

PORTRAIT OF A RAVE

Some nice pictures have just surfaced of the big Warehouse rave we did in LDN a month or so back, props to Small Chips from Beat3 for these. Word is we’ll be doing another one of these soon >>>> :-0

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