Already with releases on Inna Riddim and Phantom Hertz, and forthcomings on the latter and Gradient Audio - it’s safe to say Rotterdam’s finest Christopher Yikes is making some pretty solid moves as of late. We recently got talking about him taking the DJing side more seriously, so of course we had to sort a guest mix sooner or later, and here it is: 100% vinyl/dubplate special - you’re in for a treat…
Tracklist - -Christopher Yikes - Rotterdam [Dubplate] -J. Sparrow - Afraid Of Me [Deep Medi] -Christopher Yikes - Vital Reaction [Forthcoming Gradient Audio] -VGB - Phase [Dubplate] -Mala - Maintain Thru Madness [DMZ] -Christopher Yikes - All Of The People [Dubplate] -Christopher Yikes - B.B.M.S. [Dubplate] -Boofy - Abaddon [Dubplate] -Gantz - No Faith [Blackbox] -Christopher Yikes - Abandoned [Inna Riddim] -Christopher Yikes - Prognosis [Forthcoming Phantom Hertz] -M.A.K.Z. - Time Difference [Dubplate] -Christopher Yikes - Dimensions [Forthcoming Phantom Hertz] -J:Kenzo - Therapy [Tempa] -Christopher Yikes - The Craft [Forthcoming Gradient Audio] -John Matrix - You Involve Me [Dubplate] -Kryptic Minds - Nebula [Osiris] -Christopher Yikes - Humanoid [Phantom Hertz] -Dubtek - Plus Ultra [Uprise Audio] -Kaiju - Silverfish [Osiris]
Managed to bag this on white label a couple of weeks ago and the whole EP has been on repeat since
Skepta - Ace Hood Flow
There are a few Skepta tunes I’m really liking at the moment, but this has to be a percy
Boofy - Since When
Been rinsing this for some time now so glad to see it getting a release soon, Boof has been killing it recently - watch out for his 4D mix in the next couple of weeks
Breen - Walk
Another interesting tune from Leeds producer Breen: he’s been getting a lot of DJ support lately from Dusk + Blackdown, Wen, DJ Barely Legal and Kahn, so it’s safe to say big things are to come (check his production showcase mix from October last year for more - http://soundcloud.com/breen/production-showcase-002-oct)
Big Narstie - Smoking and Drinking
Narstie is an all-round don, probably one of the funniest guys in grime I’ve ever seen (contrary to his name of course) - this tune is one of my all-time favourites
Ribz - Shot To Get Paid
Ever since I heard this in Kahn’s MOTW for Mixmag, I’ve dropped it so many times I’ve lost count now - Ribz goes in hard
DJ XTC - Functions On The Low
Also known as Ruff Sqwad’s ‘Functions On The Low’ (released on their No Hats No Hoods white label classics compilation), this instrumental is a favourite among favourites as I love most of their stuff
Big Narstie - Spun A Web
Managed to get this on white label recently as well (produced by P Jam), nice take on the original Coldplay tune, but with Narstie, Solo & Demon on the mic - what could be better?!
Dizzee Rascal - Hoe
Wen’s refix of this classic is huge, but after looking up the original instrumental I can safely say there was hope for Dizzee back in the day - not so much now…
Wen - Sway (Epoch Remix)
You know when Wen and Epoch get on something together it’s gonna be fire and this is no exception - Epoch bringing the tribal flavour to this big Wen production
Ritual kicks off with a tense pad highlighted by timid hi-hats and a high register lead that sets the completely eerie mood of this tune. Without much warning, this production is suddenly brought to life as energetic bongos swoop in to up the pace of the surrounding elements. Additional synthetic elements serve to further the tension of the intro as they dance around the percussion.
The drop hits with a release of the immense energy being built throughout the beginning of the tune.A relentlessly pumping sub is held in check by the rhythm of a distant snare, closely controlling the pace of this tune.Between the intertwined atmospheres and subtle evolution of the percussion, there is no denying the primal energy created by Sleeper on this one.
After easing into a percussion filled break, the listener is hit with an unexpected second drop. Setting up the rest of the release, the tune quickly rebuilds all of the lost tension with a deafening combination of bass swells and heavily reverbed snare hits lined up in perfect, half-step fashion.
Tidal picks up right where Ritual left off: with a lingering, damp atmosphere.Hand drums filter in alongside the shuffle of hi-hats to confirm the tribal rhythms to come.This time through, Sleeper opts to go slow and steady as he builds towards the drop, which flows seamlessly from the introduction.
The arrival of the sub-bass alongside the steady ring of percussion creates a steppy groove which is driven along by the ebb and flow of alternating snare and rim hits. The reverb set to these elements is astounding as it creates a mood perfectly reminiscent of a foggy, twilight shore.
At the second drop, Sleeper showcases his technical abilities as his percussive elements vary to create a seriously mental groove. The hand drums weave in between the heavy kick progression, sure to give any listener an intense, head-bobbing workout. The ever-present atmosphere and developing growls leave listeners intrigued up until the tunes abrupt final bar.
As synthetic echoes fill the room above a swirl of spacey atmosphere and crispy percussive elements, there is an unmistakably organic techno vibe given off by Quadrant.
The drop slices through, dominated by a pulsing sub, rolling percussion, and a sharp, high register stab that keeps the groove pinned to each beat. Without warning a twisting reese takes over the mix, signaling for one final release of percussive tension before Quadrant swiftly drops out into a minimal break that leaves listeners uneasy with anticipation.
The second drop rolls in with an energy that would not be out of place at a warehouse rave, created by extreme low end power and consistent synth stabs that highlight an undying percussive barrage. The missing atmosphere and synthetic growls are subtly added back to the mix, until they run in full force once again. Starting with the heavy percussion, these elements begin to dissipate from their peak, slowly easing the listener off of this enormous tune (and release).
“A formidable record that defies easy classification, although ‘Dillinja making Dancehall’ seems to be the XXXXX favourite analogy around here.”
Both of these tracks have been on repeat daily for me lately; personally my most favourite release of the year so far - patiently awaiting my copy which should be here any day now, make sure you grab yours too - http://rwdfwd.com/products/lurka-full-clip-br-greaze/
This next 4D EP sees Greek bass explorer Duckem on the buttons; within his 3-track exclusive output sitting roughly at about 15mins, he takes the voyage deep in to outer space with a mesmerizing blend of unique pads, subs, synths, drums and everything good - if you haven’t heard of him before this, you’re going to want to now..
‘IronLung’ welcomes the listener with pads and atmospherics reminiscent of an artificial ecstasy, an existence which is soon disturbed by the sharp, mechanical growls that cut through the mix. The Iron Lung is alive and ready to unwind.
The drop is as heavy and calculated as the machinery behind it. The menacing kick beats with each breath of weight exhaled by the low end. Crisp hats and a piercing snare add life in perfect complement to the immense pressure beneath. A morphing midrange whirrs behind the scenes, driving the rest of the elements along with its familiar revolutions. The fleeting groans and returning atmosphere flow perfectly alongside a distant vocal, which serve to add a human characteristic to the surrounding machine. At this point, the depth of production is undeniable. The percussive additions drive the pace through the break as new mechanisms go to work at the heart of this tune. Surrounded by atmosphere, the machine methodically slows to halt.
This lull is short-lived, as the Iron Lung quickly churns back to life with a newfound energy characterized by additional midrange elements. This second drop carries just as much power as the first, holding the pace of the tune steady amidst the heightening emotion that carries the listener to its conclusion.
From the start, a curious seduction beckons the listener to continue forward towards the drop. Sparse percussion cuts through the dark atmosphere to warn of an impending danger… A danger which can no longer be resisted once Medusa’s playful voice invites the listener into her lair. There is no turning back.
The drop carries the full weight of Medusa’s glance, as her eyes reach deeper into her guest’s soul with each hit of the icy snare. Beneath, a slow growl works to freeze the listener until a shuddering flute signals this tune’s truly dark intentions. Surrounded by a menacing atmosphere, eerily comforting chimes enter the high end of the mix as listeners come to terms with their unavoidable fate.
The growls intensify until time is frozen around Medusa’s cold stare. Percussion floats through the atmosphere until her voice once again calls the tune back to life.The second drop draws the listener yet further into the mix with its weighty grip. A tense combination of percussion and bass carry the tune to an exit characterized by one final wave of heightened atmosphere.
Out to Truth on this large release. Not to be missed!