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PHANTOM PLANET

As you may or may not know we have signed an EP by Phantom from Poland. He’s making a distinctive take on the UK Funky template somewhere between old school garage and futuristic R&B, with releases already on Top Billin and Trouble and Bass. Full details to come but the digital only package will come with remixes from Hackman and Brenmar, two of our favourite producers. Check the Youtube clips for some audio preview biz. Hyyyyyped

Senseless in Cardiff and Bristol

First up another round of huuuuge thanks to everyone that came and partied last weekend at Cafe 1001, ten hours of International Bass mayhem!

Down to business..
Our boy Pacheko is over in Europe and we’re doing a couple of Senseless showcases. Set your co-ordinates for the South and West. First stop is at Cardiff Arts Institute with the crew behind the excellent Chrome Kids blog. Pacheko and DeVille will be dropping the international bass bombs. They know how to party in Wales, get ready…
Here’s what they say:
The the following weekend we head back across the border to Bristol for a MONSTER of a line up. Huge shouts to Hivemind FM and Brock Out on this one, we’ve pulled together a killer line up of Senseless affiliated artists. I could go on but I think the incredible flyer can do the talking. Nuff hyperbole for now come on down:

Slugabed, Warlock, Headcleaner, Ghosttown plus many more coming up later this month...

Massive love and respect to everyone that came and represented last Saturday for the Senseless Karnival Rave showdown. Amazing vibes, amazing variety of music and almost 2000 people passing though across the night. From Jerome Hill’s lazer guided acid through to the massive one mic MC session that lasted through Sarantis, DeVille and Daddy Nature’s sets the night was truly legendary, too many highlights to talk about here (But respect No Names, Balki, Beat3, Absnif, Flirta D, Ishu etc etc) Special mention to all the visual artists who passed through and decorated the place, some legends on the walls too.

Onwards to the next rave, a showcase where we try and pack in as many of the sounds we love at the label in to one an all day Sunday thing on Brick Lane. Keeping the heat up in late summer with a storming line up, two rooms of music all day, live acts, DJs, BBQ and live Graff its going to be proper.
Facebook event is HERE
Line Up:
Slugabed (Planet Mu/Ramp/Senseless)
www.myspace.com/slugabedmusic
A wall of sound 2011 style from the man like Sluga. From gfunk to lazer crunk, your jaw will hit the floor. Like no other
Warlock (Rag & Bone/Senseless)
www.ragandbonerecords.co.uk
One of our favourite artists on the label, a big inspiration from the old school days and right now. We were very pleased he dropped a remix for us earlier this year and even happier to welcome him back to a Senseless rave. A spontaneous mash up of all things dark and bass heavy but above all, big tunes. Expect anything from the contemporary flavas of dubstep, mutant bassline, fidget, funky and tropical, and of course the odd old skool rarity.
Singer Blue LIVE (Dubateers)
www.myspace.com/singerbluedub
An unsung hero of UK roots, Singer Blue has been doing this thing since before most of us and has toured and recorded extensively with the mighty Dubateers. Live and direct with a rare solo set.
Billy Nasty BASS SET (Electrix)
www.myspace.com/djbillynasty
An absolute legend of the UK techno/electro scene drops and exclusive bass music set for Senseless. For the few of you who don’t know Billy started DJing house music, rare groove and funk in the late 1980s and got introduced to electronic dance music while working at the now defunct Zoom Records store in Camden, London. Billy Nasty has long been surfing dance music’s vanguard.

Ghosttown ft Special Guest MCs (Senseless/Dented)

http://www.myspace.com/backwardbeeps

‘You Know’ ft Badness was Ghosttown’s first solo release, before that he was a beatmaker for Foreign Beggars, Frank and Dank, Dudley Perkins and a whole load of other world class MCs. Wonky hip hop meets bashment, funk and grime. 100% his own productions with special guests on the MIC.

Headcleaner LIVE (Terra/Rephlex)

http://www.myspace.com/daveheadcleaner

Analogue rave synth warrior bringing the alien frequencies from his bank of homemade 100% analogue equipment. You will not see another live show like this this year, or maybe ever. Headcleaner made his name with a release on Aphex Twin’s label, and recommendations don;t come much higher than that but since then he’s solidified it with a cutting edge approach to live performance and production and constant shows round the UK and beyond.

DeVille (Senseless)

Co-owner of the label DeVille is known for mixing up the full spectrum of UK bass with international influences from the Carribean, Africa and South America. Heavy bass meets rave in a karnival fashion.

Murlo (Angry Dance Party/Square Roots)

http://myspace.com/djmurlo

Murlo is a multitalented lover of all things tropical and has turned in two excellent remixes for Senseless this year. As a producer he mixes up a unique blend of soca, garage and bashy house that has the blogs on fire. His first release is due later in 2010 on a very exciting new label. Did we mention he’s also an incredible illustrator?

Beat3

soundcloud.com/beat3productions

Representing a UK take on the West Coast USA sound of glitch hop in less than a year Beat3 have played Secret Garden festival and Fabric with a string of releases forthcoming.

Sasquatch (Senseless)

Co-owner of the label, well known for his prolific production output and hi energy sets as raves across the UK and Europe. Mashes up everything from dubstep to soca to drum and bass like no one else.

Donky Pitch DJs (Donky Pitch, Brighton)

www.myspace.com/donkypitch

Our good friends from one of the UK’s best small nights. Responsible for founding Donky Pitch back at the start of 2009 the Donky Pitch DJs approach is one of simplicity, playing and championing exciting and fresh synth and bass music.

Pieface (Life4Land)

Part of the infamous free party crew Pieface is equally well known for his skills on the wheels as with a spraycan. He’ll be diggin deep in to his extensive collection for roots, dancehall, dub, jungle and more.

31.07.12 WAREHOUSE BASS KARNIVAL W/ SENSELESS CREW AND SPECIAL GUESTS

CALL: 07507162708 & 07563808687 on the night for location

Heavy bass karnival with the Senseless Records family and special guests. Two rooms of music all night in a secret London warehouse location. Heavy systems guaranteed and the only rave we know in London featuring a skate park in room two.

Part of a week of events, raves, talks and more, check www.siren-net.co.uk. Technicolour bass music from:

No Names (Foreign Beggars)

www.myspace.com/djnonames

The DJ behind the UK’s best hip hop crew as well as touring DJ work for Unkle and Kyza but just as well known as a DJ in his own right. Hip hop and grime meets future heavy bass. Check his monthly mixes online.

Jerome Hill

http://www.swervingthecommunity.com/

An underground hero who draws from old and new records from his extensive selection of house, techno and acid. Loved as much round the world as he is in London his set is likely to be something special for the late night crew.

Ghosttown ft Special Guest MCs

http://www.myspace.com/backwardbeeps

‘You Know’ ft Badness was Ghosttown’s first solo release, before that he was a beatmaker for Foreign Beggars, Frank and Dank, Dudley Perkins and a whole load of other world class MCs. Wonky hip hop meets bashment, funk and grime. 100% his own productions with special guests on the MIC.

DeVille (Senseless)

Co-owner of the label DeVille is known for mixing up the full spectrum of UK bass with international influences from the Carribean, Africa and South America. Heavy bass meets rave in a karnival fashion.

Sarantis ft MC Dialect (Black Acre/Senseless)

Sarantis is known for his wildly inventive production and heavy, dirty sound. A mix up of dubstep, techno and grime with Senseless Records’ resident MC Dialect on the MIC.

Daddy Nature (Urban Nerds)

One of the brains behind the mighty Urban Nerds and a fine DJ to match, a love of old school jungle meets an extensive heavy bass collection across all genres.

Beat3

soundcloud.com/beat3productions

Representing a UK take on the West Coast USA sound of glitch hop in less than a year Beat3 have played Secret Garden festival and Fabric with a string of releases forthcoming.

Balki

http://www.myspace.com/ononebalki

Wonky electronic beats across the board from a legendary Leeds DJ and Graf artist, a rare chance to catch him in the Capital

Absnif

http://www.myspace.com/z_shed

The man behind the mighty Z Shed raves, host to countless huge names over the last few years. Expect the Shed’s trademark mix of no holds bared heavy bass.

Sasquatch (Senseless)

Co-owner of the label, well known for his prolific production output and hi energy sets as raves across the UK and Europe. Mashes up everything from dubstep to soca to drum and bass like no one else.

Out of this world flyer artwork by Vesna, venue will also be decorated by a number of well known grafitti artists.

Zarbak Mr Gasparov RMX on Soundcloud about NOW

Mr Gasparov RMX of Zarbak pon de Soundcloud. As previously seen on FACT MAG 

http://www.factmag.com/2010/06/22/portugals-mr-gasparov-with-a-light-footed-remix-of-pocz-and-pacheko-on-new-senseless-12/

  

THIS WEEKEND : DEVILLE AT ZSHED VS COIN OP :: SASQUATCH AT GLASTO

Sasquatch is repping at Glasto this weekend, find him on the decks in a few places and tonight DeVille is playing at this monster:

 

ZShed vs Coin Op at the Rhythm Factory. Amazing line up, free all night. Get in!

Senseless vs Mungo's Hifi inna Copenhagen

Senseless took to the streets in Copenhagen this week with Disjunkt and the Mighty Mungo’s Hifi. Here’s some pics from the night, thanks to Loonyworld for the camera work:

 

POCZ & PACHEKO 'ZARBAK EP'

 

Audio is here for the awesome Zarbak EP. Available from June 28th.

 

Support from:

 

FACT Mag, Untold, Starkey, Murderbot, Mad Decent Podcast, Cardopusher.


Blurb:


 

The phrase ‘tropical’ is currently getting used to describe a lot of different music; some good, some bad, some ugly. To save on confusion Senseless went out and travelled the world to find some music from the actual tropics, Venezuela to be precise. Somewhere buried deep in the mysterious rainforest, or possibly just in a studio in Caracas, they found Pocz and Pacheko. It’s so near the equator maybe we can ditch the ‘tropical bass’ tag and go for something new, ‘equatorial bass’ perhaps? Maybe not.

Pacheko, Francisco Mejia, will be familiar to some for his solo releases on Lo Dubs, Murder Channel, Seclusiasis and for his work with legendary Venezualan expat Cardopusher. His partner in bass Pocz (Carlos Majoral) is a classically trained musician and production engineer. Along with a select few others they run Abstractor, a collective of producers, artists and designers, who promote parties, run a blog and do a fine job of representing bass music in Venezuela pretty much solo. The collective includes graphic artist Design or Die who is responsible for the incredible artwork and pretty special video for ‘Zarbak’.

Together by day Pocz and Pacheko run a sound design studio in the rum fuelled pressure cooker of political and social unrest that is Caracas. Their training in high-end audio engineering is evident in the quality and weight of the production. Nights are spent in the tropical heat cooking up beats. Over the years an audio diet that includes salsa, merengue, reggaeton and other local music mixed with old jungle tapes, Rinse FM sets and lots of dub has helped them to build a unique and captivating sound that combines all those things.

The spirit of hardcore, jungle and garage from the UK are all evident from the UK Funky rhythms and rumbling sub bass in ‘Zarbak’ to the melancholy melodic refrains of ‘Dorado’ but there’s something else there too. There’s something tribal in the drums that taps into a deep history of Latin American percussive rhythms and adds a dimension that is clearly their own. If UK bass is about the energy and pressure of the city at night then Caracas bass about the point where the intensity of the city meets the wide open space of the jungle, the beach and the mountains under a carpet of stars. Put the needle on the record, close your eyes and imagine it. Also, there’s remixes from Brackles (Blunted Robots/Planet Mu) and Mr Gasparov (Soul Jazz).

 

Pocz & Pacheko - Zarbak Video

We’re very proud to present the video for Zarbak by Pocz and Pacheko. Its a genuine day glo Latin American acid trip. Made by the awesome Design or Die crew, in part as tribute to the work of http://fatalfarm.com/ who did the FX on that infamous Major Lazer video, amongst many other classics. Here’s what Zachary from Fatal Farm had to say:

 

Chicken head with eyes on fire is great imagery.

So is the slo-mo dinosaur decapitation at 2:20.  It reminds me of some of the elements from this for some reason, which is something we’re pretty into.

 

Zarbak is released at the end of June on Vinyl and Digital download.

 

((tag: Zarbak, Senseless Records, Pocz & Pacheko, Venezuela, Garage, Dub, Dubstep, Kuduro, Funky))

SENSELESS LABEL PROFILE IN KNOWLEDGE MAG

A very nice little profile of the label in Knowledge Mag online, largely consisting of an interview with yours truly. Thanks KMag for the support!

See it on the mag site HERE to prove I’m not lying, or read on below:

Senseless Records is a bass music label founded in Leeds, now based in London but with an international outlook. They sum up the music they release as “the spirit of rave past, present and future”. DeVille, one of the co-owners, explains all…

When did your label begin & why was it set up?

The label started in Leeds in 2004 with a self-funded white label from Sarantis featuring a Leeds MC called Taurus. It got played on 1Xtra and Channel U and those kinds of places and it went from there. The whole thing grew out of soundsystem culture – there’s a lot of it in Leeds – from inspirations like Iration Steppas to systems like High Pressure, who Senseless cut their first tunes for. Things really kicked off with the Warrior Queen track which got played all over the place. Skream, Mary Anne Hobbs, Appleblim and lots of other peeps were on that one and we got distribution on the back of it.

Eleven vinyl releases and two CDs later we’re still going strong, and I think putting out the best and most exciting music to date. Initially the label was set up to release our own music, because we felt separated from the London scene. Now we live in London and put out other people’s music so I guess we’ve either succeeded or betrayed our ideals, can’t decide.

Who is involved with running it?

Me and Sasquatch (Liam) run the label, mainly out of his studio in North London. Sarantis was one of the original founders of the label but doesn’t do so much day-to-day stuff. Let’s call him a very silent partner, that makes him sound dead though, he’s not dead.

What other labels, new or old, have inspired you?

I find XL a big inspiration, I like the fact they came from hardcore and The Prodigy to being the diverse label they are now. Warp as well has managed to stay relevant for over 20 years, as has Ninja. Planet Mu has managed to release consistently interesting music and move with the times. I’ve always respected Rough Trade as well, for what they did back in the 80s and now. Factory for their commitment to artwork over profit.

Just to randomly name check some others: Hyperdub, Mad Decent, Tempa, Locked On, Stones Throw, Ghostly, K7 are all in there. Digging a bit further back I’d have to say jungle labels like V Recordings, Moving Shadow and Suburban Bass because they inspired me so much when I was younger.

Tell us more about your key artists…

The three people who run the label also produce so we’ve always released some of our own music alongside other people’s either as originals or remixes. This year we’ve had our biggest expansion in terms of new artists though; we have Ghosttown, an incredible future hip hop producer who’s worked with Foreign Beggars, Dudley Perkins, Frank and Dank and loads of other people in the past but now we’re helping him go solo.

We also have a new discovery in Cheasleauen, a female MC from Las Vegas who’s got serious mic skills, she sounds like Lil Kim meets Spankrock. Kanji Kinetic has done his first full release for us too, heavy hitting turbo rave kind of business.

Coming up there’s Pocz and Pacheko, two Venezuelan guys who make amazing music that fuses UK bass with with tribal South American influences, I went out there and did a show with them this year which was an incredible experience.

Then there’s Maga Bo, probably our most established artist to date who makes psychedelic electronic music fused with international found sounds and influences he picks up on his world travels, an enviable life. Then there’s The Phantom from Poland, an EP of remixes from Mali, oh and Max Romeo, the legendary reggae vocalist who we met and recorded with in a shed in North London.

What do you look for in potential artists?

A sense of the experimental whilst still maintaining an ear for what works on the dancefloor. An awareness of how to promote your music is useful, labels can’t necessarily do it all. It also helps if you aren’t a complete fool, hanging out is part of the fun. Also although we’re very open, it helps if an artist has a feel for what we put out, we get sent some weird stuff.

How would you describe your label’s sound?

We sum it up as technicolour international bass music. It has to have bass and not be too fixed in one scene, increasingly we’re finding it will have international influences too. We like music that works at the margins and mixes elements together to come up with something new. Also we like vocals, hence the CDs last year. Apart from that we’re very open to new sounds, hopefully that’s reflected in out releases. Up until now we’ve mostly been a dancefloor label but we have a few potential releases coming up for the iPod as well as the club.

Aside from that the label’s main inspiration is ‘rave’ and by ‘rave’ we mean proper raves. Sasquatch works as part of a crew called New World Disorder putting on warehouse parties in London and big outdoor free parties all over Europe.

We also play at a lot of free parties organised by loads of crews around London including Enjoy Kaos, Disjunkt, Hekate and Underkonstuction. Playing and being involved in these events is how the label started out and is still what we get the biggest buzz from. Underground parties are just fun to play at because they are free from the limitations on the mainstream club scene, half the people aren’t outside smoking for a start! It also means the sound gets played to people who don’t care about names and status but just want to dance. I think Sasquatch would see this as an important thing to mention, keep the rave alive!

What have been your biggest releases to date?

Difficult to say, depends how you measure, but the More Than Money EP by Sarantis and Warrior Queen has been our biggest selling release, and the Starkey remix was one of the biggest of 2009. Early on as well we released the debut from Jack Sparrow which was really popular.

Our biggest in terms of effort were the Vocals and Versions CDs, with a total of 30 tracks between them and some amazing names. In terms of DJ response it would have to be the Ghosttown release with Badness this year. I’m also so quite confident both the Kanji release, which just came out and the Pocz and Pacheko ones will do really well too. Probably jinxed them by saying that haven’t I?

What do you have coming out soon?

The bass-rave monster that is Kanji Kinetic’s Zombiezz EP just came out with remixes from Cracks, Kaiser and Johnny Sideways. Then comes Pocz and Pacheko’s UK bass meets Kuduro Zarbak with remixes from Brackles and Mr Gasparov. In the summer we’re really excited to be releasing a set of remixes of Max Romeo, the reggae legend, with versions from Rossi B and Luca, Stagga, Pacheko, Deville and Sasquatch.

After that comes something different from Maga Bo, recorded in Ethiopia (we’re also working on a possible DVD of him in Ethiopia recording and performing) with remixes by Timeblind, African Dope, Filastine, Pacheko and a few more. Then we have an EP from The Phantom, and exciting producer making forward-thinking UK funky in Poland, with some excellent remixes. An EP of vocals from Mali, with some amazing remixes I have to keep under wraps for now. Then more from Ghosttown, who’s been working with Badness, YT, Killa P and Warrior Queen and something else from Cheasleauen.

Anything else you want to tell us about?

We’re increasingly taking a really active interest in our label artwork, every EP now is being designed by an artist from around the world and we’re working out how to start being able to offer prints either for sale or packaged with the releases, so look out for that.

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