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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.

KANJI KINETIC 'ZOMBIEZZ EP'

 

KANJI KINETIC – ZOMBIEZZ EP by Senseless Records

Support from Starkey, Donna Summer, Laurent Garnier, The Captain (Trouble & Bass), Slugabed, Chrome Kids, Riskoteque.

Senseless have always believed that the spirit of rave never died, it’s everywhere, but now in 2010 we’ve discovered that spirit distilled into its purest form, let’s call it essence of rave. Kanji Kinetic makes it, a monstrous hybrid of electro, bassline, jungle and, yes, rave. It doesn’t just deny classification, it smashes it to pieces. These tracks look backwards but sound like the future, they’re cheeky but deadly serious, they’re rough and smooth, sweet and sour, bouncy, wonky, hyper and just a little bit insane. In short, the ultimate party music.

The EP is a game of two halves, easing you in at 140 BPM with a wonky mixture of future-bassline and pitch bent synths (ToyGuns) then rolling into the monstrous Scientist. Reach-for-the-lazers rave stabs and scorching bass collide to make something seriously dangerous. We then take a quick diversion for a remix from Kaiser, a newcomer with releases coming on Starkey’s Slit Jockey, who twists Toy Guns into a devastating mix of grime, 8bit bleeps and UK Funky syncopation, this is what it sounds like to be one of those ghosts being eaten by Pacman.

Next up we turn up the pace for ‘New Era’, weighing in at 175 BPM, it’s the fastest thing we’ve ever released but its half time weight makes it feel like jungle chopped and screwed in the fifth dimension. Quite simply it has the biggest drop you will hear this year, possibly ever. It’s jungle tempo but drop this in a dubstep set and watch the floor ignite. The title track, Zombiezz also rocks 175 BPM on the half time but does it 4×4, cheeky cartoon samples and strings building to another seismic sub frequency workout.

Finally Zombiezz gets two remixes, Cracks turn in something pretty special, taking things back down to 140 and turn in a mix they’re calling ‘Horror House’, a visceral mixture of techno, grime and lots of bass. Then just for fun we asked legendary breakcore producer Johnny Sideways to see if he could make Zombiezz a little harder, and he did. Enjoy!

NB New Era and Zombiezz are being released as a split with our good pals Tigerbeat6, thanks guys.

Sasquatch: Out Of The Fishbowl Mix


SASQUATCH OutOfTHEfiShBowl (1hr.10 mix)

SASQUATCH

Sasquatch has cooked up a fresh mix of 100% his own productions and 99% unreleased and unheard material. Should give you a little clue as to what he’s got lurking on the hardrive. Its a high speed romp through heavy bass, dubstep, garage with some international colour. Features a couple of past, present and future Senseless releases in there too. Turn it up!

 

Playlist:

1.VilesOfGlory(Splurt)
2.BloodRiddim
3.GudRide feat Honey B
4.Up In The Tub
5.Don don Chic le feat Aeon Crunc (SQ RMX)
6.Pueblo Riddim
7.Zombiezz – Kanji Kinetic (Cracks RMX)
8.24 Hours Of Dark
9.Hangman
10.Entre-e-sai feat Zuzuka (SQRMX)
11.Afrika feat ash b – enrico (SQ RMX)
12.Crabba Riddim
13.Shakna 34
14.Dangerous Bath
15.B-boy to the deaf
16.Outside ear
17.Out of Mind
18.Voodoo sound – Aeon Crunc (SQ RMX)
19.Kickboxer Riddim
20.Mad again – Ja Lanzo (SQ RMX) courtesy of Blacklindy/Charmax Records

DEVILLE VS BELGIUM

I’m playing in Belgium with my good pal Your Niece and hard music specialist Mustard Gunn (Coin Op), Facebook claims this night runs until 8.30 am. Yeeee Ha! Are they real caves?
DeVille

KANJI KINETIC - ZOMBIEZZ EP. AUDIO IS HERE!!

The Kanji Kinetic Zombiezz EP is out on April 26th and its a stormer! Check the audio here and read all about it…

<span>KANJI KINETIC – ZOMBIEZZ EP by Senseless Records</span>

Senseless have always believed that the spirit of rave never died, it’s everywhere, but now in 2010 we’ve discovered that spirit distilled into its purest form, let’s call it essence of rave. Kanji Kinetic makes it, a monstrous hybrid of electro, bassline, jungle and, yes, rave. It doesn’t just deny classification, it smashes it to pieces. These tracks look backwards but sound like the future, they’re cheeky but deadly serious, they’re rough and smooth, sweet and sour, bouncy, wonky, hyper and just a little bit insane. In short, the ultimate party music.
The EP is a game of two halves, easing you in at 140 BPM with a wonky mixture of future-bassline and pitch bent synths (ToyGuns) then rolling into the monstrous Scientist. Reach-for-the-lazers rave stabs and scorching bass collide to make something seriously dangerous. We then take a quick diversion for a remix from Kaiser, a newcomer with releases coming on Starkey’s Slit Jockey, who twists Toy Guns into a devastating mix of grime, 8bit bleeps and UK Funky syncopation, this is what it sounds like to be one of those ghosts being eaten by Pacman.
Next up we turn up the pace for ‘New Era’, weighing in at 175 BPM, it’s the fastest thing we’ve ever released but its half time weight makes it feel like jungle chopped and screwed in the fifth dimension. Quite simply it has the biggest drop you will hear this year, possibly ever. It’s jungle tempo but drop this in a dubstep set and watch the floor ignite. The title track, Zombiezz also rocks 175 BPM on the half time but does it 4×4, cheeky cartoon samples and strings building to another seismic sub frequency workout.
Finally Zombiezz gets two remixes, Cracks turn in something pretty special, taking things back down to 140 and turn in a mix they’re calling ‘Horror House’, a visceral mixture of techno, grime and lots of bass. Then just for fun we asked legendary breakcore producer Johnny Sideways to see if he could make Zombiezz a little harder, and he did. Enjoy!
NB New Era and Zombiezz are being released as a split with our good pals Tigerbeat6, thanks guys.

 

NYC TONIGHT: CRITICS CHOICE!

The party in NYC tonight is Critics Choice and Senseless gets a little mention in Time Out! Excitement is building >>>>>>>>

 

ZSHED, RHYTHM FACTORY. STARKEY, MURDERBOT AND ME

I’m playing alongside a really pretty massive line up at The Rhythm Factory on May 7th including my good friend Your Niece. Ring the alarm!
dV

 

DEVILLE NYC, AND SOME SOUTH AMERICAN NEWS

We did the gig last night in Caracas, and it was amazing. Monday night and the venue was rammed, I think we have some photos, video and audio so I’ll post a full report in the next couple of days. But all the Abstractor crew (Pacheko, Pocz, Ink, Emerson, Design or Die etc) its been an honour. In the meantime here is next week’s party and my debut in NYC at the legendary club Love with some heavy hitters, H.Y.P.E.D!

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