Our soundsystem heritage is never far from the releases we put out but this one is straight up fire for summer bass-bin bashing. Four tracks of bashy carnival business released on August 19th right on time for Notting Hill.
Ghosttown hails from London with over ten years as a producer behind the scenes for artists including Foreign Beggars, Jehst, Task Force, and J Dilla-associates Frank n Dank. His new Dead Players Club collab with MCs Dabbla and Jam Baxter is gaining a lot of attention on the UK underground. Parly B is one of the UKs baddest new dancehall and roots MCs, recently found rocking Glastonbury with Mungo’s Hifi and Reggae Roast. He’s featured on several Senseless releases in the past including the recent Sarantis LP.
The four tracks blend up bashment, roots and hip hop influences to cook up a unique sound clash, from tough, insistent dancehall style riddims on Demacall and Tightest Summin through to bashy hip hop on the title track Every Manor. The EP finishes up with Wickedest Sound that balances bouncing hip-hop drums on the intro with a dubwise drop that references classic dubstep and digital dub.
The video is filmed by Leeds-born, Berlin based Rob Blake (robblake.tv). Shot in London and Berlin he takes the track’s twin themes of girls and cities and lets his stop-motion imagination run wild.
The time has come!
Senseless touches down on the mighty Meteor stage at Glade this weekend. The line up for just this one stage is quite simply insane with crews like Earnest Endeavours, Robox Neotech and our boys Donky Pitch joining us. Huge shouts to the Uppercut crew for creating the stage, the DJ Box is a UFO with a dancefloor packed with underfloor bass.
We’re bringing the full crew for the showcase repping the whole spectrum of Senseless sounds from bashment, dub and reggae to grime, house, electro and everything in between.
Better late than never we’re launching our podcast series where we get artists, friends and fam to boil up some straight heat. First up one of our favourite artists and a long time Senseless collaborator, Murlo. A big bashy blend of dancehall and funky with plenty of his own edits and productions.
Saturday 16th July, Meteor Stage
17:00-17:30 Ghosttown ft MC Dabbla
18:15-20:15 Senseless Allstars ft Deville, Sarantis, Sasquatch & MC Ishu
20:15 – 21:00 Mak & Pasteman
OMG, check Roll Deep’s Killa P on a Ghosttown beat. Watch out for this one coming later in the year on the Ghosttown LPeeezy. Hyyyyyyped.
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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.