Tuesday, January 31, 2012

heRobust - Late Night / Early Morning

February brings us something supremely special from Saturate Records: the final release of heRobust's double disc Late Night and subsequent Morning After. You've heard the soundcloud previews, you've heard a teaser on Sub Radar Radio 010, well now here's your chance to snag both albums in all their glory... for whatever price you choose.

Both albums are representative of their nomenclature... Late Night features tracks suitable for midnight mayhem, whilst Morning After brings about the mindset suitable for the recovery stages of said mayhem, plus or minus alcohol induced regret. You'll have to listen for yourself to put yourself in the moment: preview after the jump, download the digital albums / order the supreme t-shirt/vinyl packages Saturate has to offer via the bandcamp pages here and here.

Sun Glitters - High EP

The tongue-firmly-planted-in-cheek label Music Is For Losers has just issued the latest release from the ever-impressive Lëtzebuerger producer Sun Glitters, the High EP.

For the uninitiated, Mr. Glitters has his own unique brand of the '-gazing community, creating rolling pseudo-ambient electronic works that fit right at home in drowsy late night commutes, or (if the album art is any indication) the first moments of bright sunlight stirring you out of slumber to start your day. Rounding off this EP are appropriate remixes from MMOTHS, Jewellers, and Sumsun.

Put on your ear goggles and submerge yourself:



Head on over to the bandcamp landing page for purchase instructions.

Brainfeeder - Sampler 2012



It's that time of year again... the time foretold by the ancients. The time for the mighty Leviathan that is LA's Brainfeeder to rise up out of the Pacific and unleash its yearly sampler out of its gaping maw...

Yes, it is that dramatic, there was no hyperbole in the above statement.

This year's sampler features a whole host of Sub Radar favorites, everyone from Martyn to Tokimonsta to Teebs to Lapalux, among others.

Click here to be whisked away to the landing page to download the album (email required). Tracklist after the jump.

[via Brainfeeder]

Monday, January 30, 2012

UXO & Digi G'Alessio - UXO/Digi

I figured it was about time to check in on the Italian superproducer Digi G'Alessio, and sure enough, he has a fresh release for January 2012.

Combining forces with fellow Italian UXO, the two decided to scramble up each others beats, forming a wonderful concoction of staggering chop-wonky flambé, out now on Plynt Records.

Preview below, click through to the bandcamp page to scoop this up for the very reasonable price of €7.

Knxwledge - Ovrstnd.LP

Brand new dreamy head-nod-ness from Philly's own Knxwledge, a 12 track disc by the name of Ovrstnd.LP.

If you're familiar with Knx's sound, then this record needs no introduction. If not, then perform your most relaxing/inspiring routine and press play, that's all I can recommend. Knxledge isn't one to hold any punches, so listen with an open mind as the samples twist in and out of your ear canals.

This release has that personal touch, as Knx revealed via Twitter that the cover is a glared out picture of his childhood house back in Jersey. After a couple of listens, you definitely start to feel the nostalgia.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

OffBeatKid - Reminiscences

Even more Slavic freshness coming from the other side of the globe, and the talent seems to be getting younger and younger.

Enter Max White aka OffBeatKid from Penza, Southcentral Russia. This 18 year old has been busy this past year, with a whole host of beats spanning everywhere from Souncloud to Bandcamp. His most recent release is Reminiscences, a free 20-tune collection showcasing White's raw talent as a producer.

OffBeatKid is a crossover talent, never shying away from using more traditional instruments and samples in his quest for being a jazzy Slavic boombap powerhouse. That kind of skill is always exciting, because you can never let him settle in your mind, each track is a different direction and mentality. Keep your eyes glued.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sub Radar Radio 010

It's time for a super special Saturday episode of Sub Radar Radio! Well, technically the only thing that makes it special is that it's a day late, but... yeah. Anyway, here it is, in all its glory.

Starts out mellow, then goes into the usual weird territories. Call your loved ones and tell them you'll be indisposed for the next half hour or so:

mikedecline - Calmmunicate

I'm going to have to start a "Sample-Heavy-Saturday" theme soon, as all of these great choppers seem to come out of the woodwork near the weekend.

This time it's Vancouver's mikedecline, presenting Calmmunicate, a 14 track collection of some serious soulful nodders. The icing on the cake is provided by Ashleigh Eymann, whose voice by itself should be enough to sell just about any record.

The album is name-your-price (the best kind of price in my opinion), so you can enjoy it for free but don't hesitate to toss some currency his way if you feel so inclined.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Garo - Sewers

Hey guys, while I finish up recording Sub Radar Radio 010, I figured I'd give you a heads up about this oldie but goodie that I recently came across.

So, what immediately comes to mind when you think about sewers? Probably nothing good.

Well how about sewers and turtles? ...getting warmer...

What about sewers, turtles, and 80s children cartoons? (I'm looking at you, Herc.)

That's right! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, only the raddest cartoon to ever exist!

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What does that have to do with this Garo fella? Well, this talented Lithuanian just so happened to produce three of the funk-wonkiest remixes of the Turtle's theme ever. Each one seems more glitched out than the last, and all vocals are by the characters themselves.



[I tried to make the player colors match TMNT's color scheme, but it ended up looking fairly ugly heh, oh well]

Claviq - Fawns LP

Straight out of the Czech Republic's capital comes 22 year old Claviq Valetudinarian's Fawn LP, a six month work in progress of self-described "warm and lazy" tracks.

He definitely says it best, as this collection is definitely one for chilling out and relaxing over a nice jug of absinthe rather than racing down the freeway. Not that I would either of those things, of course. Heh.

Anyway, the 16 tune collection is a no-minimum name-your-price, so tip him what you think is fair and wrap yourself up in wonky downtempo dreamland.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

B-Ju - Prozac People

Newness from Error Broadcast, this time in the form of an EP from German producer / turntablist extraordinaire B-Ju.

That drippy neon-funk goodness, plus 813, Monolithium, and eLan on remix duty. Snag it digitally via the bandcamp landing page, or achieve superstar status and order the 12" vinyl that comes with a custom screenprinted tee at Error Broadcast's Bigcartel store.

dirtybird b. - Hard Work In Paradise

Check out this beat tape that was sent to me by Aaron B aka dirtybird b. from the Bay ---> NoCal, where he raises chickens and crafts beats. Not a bad deal if you ask me.

The album is 14 tracks long, mostly synthed out jams via an Akai MPC 2500 [gold standard], as well as one tune that features local emcees. Clever, shimmering-lumbering and spacey, what more could you ask for from a Westside producer?

The album is totally free of charge, however you have the option of purchasing a limited CD hardcopy on the bandcamp landing page that will ship mid-February.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Simple Blasta - Yesterday's Hero

A quick midnight update for all you night owls and early birds...



Straight out of Belarus comes this free experimental EP from Simple Blasta, proving that every corner of the globe is coming up with interesting takes on what they perceive to be the next direction for future beats.

Grainy lo-fi head-nod shuffle, perfect for your late night commute or your early morning stumble to the shower, depending on when you're reading this.

Grab it here.

Tracklist:

1. Ystrd'shero
2. Geekdown
3. Bgwhls
4. I'm Fine... And You?

Lapalux - When You're Gone EP



Stuart Howard, aka Lapalux from Essex (UK), has taken a break from making the music scene jump all over his cassette-only release and his bootlegs to plant his feet firmly on the ground in the largest way possible: an EP release on the one and only Brainfeeder.

I had a listen through yesterday, and Brainfeeder couldn't have been a more appropriate label for this release. Each song is chock full of purposeful and finely crafted sounds, like a dancing puzzle that morphs from beginning to end. This kind of intricate downtempo music is tough to pull off, yet Mr. Howard makes it look easy, with multiple sonic surprises with each listen. Hi-fi R&B-Burial-Shloh, if I had to make one of those weird comparisons.

Preview below:



As well as the 6th track "Gutter Glitter":

Lapalux - Gutter Glitter by BRAINFEEDER

(Featured on P4K here)

Due out February 7th: preorder via iTunes UK here, as well as the mack daddy vinyl release here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Jack Vogt - Sea Creatures

Well well well, look at this little slice of lemony wonky beat tape we have right here...

Step Pepper have just released the debut album Sea Creatures by Jack Vogt, a producer from Birmingham, Alabama (I think? Feel free to email me if I'm wrong) who brings his Southern take on the magical audio hills and valleys of wonkyville that we love oh so much.

Have a listen, click through to the bandcamp to purchase for a humble $5. My top picks after the first couple listens are "Tornado" and "Christmas Music", but the whole disc is hap-in-n'.

Malefique - Flashlights (Part 1)

Grappa Frisbee recently dropped this tasty little collection of beats by the ever-talented Russian producer Malefique.

A sweet lil downtempo, sample-ripe bundle of boomBap, and at $5 ($0.31 per tune when you buy the album), certainly a bargain.

Time Wharp - BLK EP

Brooklyn based label Astro Nautico has just released the follow up to the self-released GRN EP by Atlanta based producer Time Wharp, continuing the vowelless color-centric theme with the BLK EP.

This release departs from the hip hop vibe and replaces it with a sort of airy cosmo-dance, with spacious synths backing up a crisp and rolling drumline, all the way from shuffling to juke.

Three remixes extend the EP to seven tracks, including one from the one and only RAJA.

Have a listen and head to the bandcamp landing page to download it for no charge:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Far From Moscow: V/A - Switch

The UCLA fostered project Far From Moscow has just dished out its 11th release, entitled Switch, a massive 33 track collection of tunes spanning 10 time zones, from the Baltic Sea to the Siberian tundra.

We're already well versed in just how awesome producers from that side of the globe can be, so having a compilation of this magnitude to sink our teeth into is more than welcome.

Since this album is so far reaching, you can bet that the genres covered in this disc are just as diverse. Everything from singer-songwriter jams (in English and their native tongues) to garage-y vibes and abstract instrumental hip hop. Don't let me spoil it for you though, have a click through and explore for yourself:



The entire 33 tune collection is completely free, click through to the bandcamp landing page for the download link.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ranvir Bassi - 2▲ZERO▲1▲2

Friends and longtime followers will remember that I like to feature strange, unique and experimental sounds on the weekend (among the usual fare, no compromises) to showcase musicians that are breaking the mold while remaining approachable (read: no noise for the sake of noise).

Ranvir Bassi (UK) has undertaken quite an ambitious project, one that sets to challenge even the most workhorse of producers: compose a 100% original song for each and every day of 2012, no excuses, backsies, wavering or faltering. No loops or samples, either.

Well, it's only been a couple of weeks, but he has stayed true to his goal thus far, updating his bandcamp album daily with a unique track. It's been an interesting journey to observe, to say the least. The tracks are explorative and fairly hit-or-miss, but watching this unfold really does underline the fact that Mr. Bassi really, truly has a love affair with sound.

All of the tracks that he's creating/created are available for free download, if any of them end up tickling your fancy.



Hopefully the player will update itself automatically, but either way we'll revisit this at a later date to see how he has progressed and if he can keep the heat up all the way through 2012.

I did some searching and this was the only interesting "song a day" albums that I came across (that hadn't already given up or faded out). Did I miss one that you're following / enjoying? Email me!
Details on the righthand column, over yonder ----->

Saturday, January 21, 2012

SE1DavidE - BermondseyBeats Vol​.​1

Since I'm on a sample-heavy straightforward kick today, here's some more boomBap goodness straight out of London... Bermondsey, to be more precise.

He may be young, but SE1DavidE draws on mature and well rounded sources for his samples, keeping everything uptempo and and progressive on this release, but he pulls influences from multiple genres across his repertoire. Also you have to admire that work ethic... 39 tracks up on his soundcloud page, as well as 3 EPs outside of this release up on his bandcamp page. Oh and did I mention that all of that was uploaded within the past three months?

Have a listen, the album is name-your-price so grab it for whatever you think is fair.

Ta-Ku - Dusty

Perth's Ta-Ku recently uploaded a collection of short, untitled instrumentals that he has dug out from the dark corners of his hard drive and dusted off for your listening pleasure. This is coming hot on the heels of his fantastic LateNYC release last December, and also serves as a heads up for the Scarlette LP, due out next month.

Sample heavy soul-shuffle, not a bad way to spend $5 if that's your cuppa tea.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Sub Radar Radio 009

It's Friiiiidaaaay! Hope yours is going great. If not, here's something that ought to turn that workweek grimace into an authentic grin: Episode 009 of Sub Radar Radio!

I decided to step up the length a little bit for this weeks show, and I crammed all sorts of future beat goodness into this nearly 50 minute set. Dibiase, Kuedo, D33J, Handbook, Ta-Ku, Natasha Kmeto and many more artists all make appearances, so strap on your good headphones and relax to the ooey gooey Sub Radar goodness.

Timestamped for your convenience, as always!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Handbook - Nomadic

Brand new freshness from York producer Handbook, this time in the form of a mellowed out name-your-price 11 track album entitled Nomadic.

If you're unfamiliar with Handbook, this album is the perfect introduction. The man has mad skills... mad crazy good skillz, I tells ya. Stop reading and start listening:



For more Handbook, scour his bandcamp, soundcloud, and facebook pages until your ears bleed.

Outlier Recordings - Outsourced Compilation Vol. 5

Well, it seems like we only had to wait a couple of short months for Outlier Recordings to release the next edition of their fantastic Outsourced Compilation series, and wouldn't you know it, we're already up to Vol. 5.

A few new faces and some familiars (including the two logics, Prof. and Odd) grace this 25 track album, and you'd be a fool not to name-your-own-price and add this to your collection ASAP. In addition to the digital version, you can also score the limited edition CD/sticker, the bundle of Vol. 4 + 5 CDs , and the super bundle of Vol. 4 + 5 + Oddlogic's Autumn Wilt CDs via the bandcamp landing page.

M|o|o|n - Moon EP

Boston's own M|o|o|n released his self-titled EP independently last November, and somehow I'm only just now hearing about it.

A little more straightforward than a lot of the recent features here, but by no means does that mean it's any less groovy. As the nephew of recently retired James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), it seems as though M|o|o|n is stepping in to keep that electronic bloodline flowing at full force.

The album is name-your-price, however 20% of all proceeds are donated to The Elixir Fund to help patients and families deal with their individual battles with cancer.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

SOPA/PIPA - Don't Let Congress Censor the Internet Pt. II

Please go read (or even re-read) this post I made back in November concerning the censorship of the internet via the two horribly misguided acts SOPA and PIPA.

The title of that post had the word URGENT in it, but now it's more urgent than ever, as the internet is landing a few victories today, including the co-sponsor of PIPA Marco Rubio withdrawing his support.

This blog will always continue to respect copyrights of everything that it features. I'm not anti-copyright, I'm anti-censorship. SOPA/PIPA are written vaguely enough for rampant abuse, and do nothing to stop online piracy. This isn't just an American issue (I'm not even an American citizen, just a green card holder), it's a global issue. Read this and act now!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mndsgn - Exts



Mndsgn released this collection of short and sweet beats entitled Exts on his official website a couple of days ago, but the divshare link hit the download limit almost instantly and only about 1500 people managed to grab it. Of course, I wasn't about to post something that you guys couldn't listen to.

Thankfully, Mndsgn has heeded our calls for a reupload and put up a brand spankin new mediafire link. Leave him a tip via paypal if you feel so inclined. Either way, run and grab it! Previews below.



Monday, January 16, 2012

Gergaz Netlabel: V/A - Beat Garden Compilation

2012 is chugging along at full audio speed, as evidenced by all the really good compilations that are cropping up left right and center in January alone.

Gergaz Netlabel out of Slovakia are celebrating their third birthday with the release of the Beat Garden Compilation, a collection of 21 exclusive tracks from artists such as Prof.Logik, Ta-Ku, Oddlogic, Evil Needle, and 813.

Even though it's their birthday, you're the one getting the gifts, as this release is 100% free via their bandcamp, soundcloud and official website. Dig in.

Beat Culture - Tokyo Dreamer

Seventeen-year-old Sunik Kim aka Beat Culture has only been making music for about a year now, but is already setting himself up for huge things.

His latest release Tokyo Dreamer does what it says on the tin: that is, taking you off on a dreamlike adventure through lush soundscapes, the peaks of uptempo glistening synths and the valleys of atmospheric, rainy headroom. The album as a whole is uplifting no matter which part you decide to start on. If you've been bored with beat tapes recently, use this as a massive palate cleanser.

Since blogs are notorious for coming up with ridiculous genres for releases like this, I'll go ahead and dub this "Gritty-prettywave".

Up for free download from the man himself via mediafire, here.

Bonobo - Black Sands [Remixed]



Hopefully by now we've all heard Bonobo's amazing album Black Sands, if not I highly recommend you take a couple of minutes to familiarize yourself before continuing.

All caught up? Good, let's proceed.

The do-no-wrong label Ninja Tune has announced the publication of a Black Sands remix album, including the likes of Falty DL, Machinedrum and Floating Points. Purchasing the tangible copy scores you a bonus disc of extra remixes, and at £6 for the CD and £12 for three LPs, how can you afford not to go about things the old fashioned way.

Preview the amazingness below [click the "Playlist" tab for the full tracklist, click here to proceed to the landing page where you can pre-order your own copy.



Release date: February 13th, 2012

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Dropping Gems: V/A - Gem Drops Two

PacNW label Dropping Gems recently did what it does best and, well, dropped some gems in the form of Gem Drops Two, the second installment of their v/a compilation series.

The compilation features a whole host of forward-thinking producers, including D33J, Daedelus, Co.Fee, Strangeloop and LDFD, all of whom seemed to pull out the big guns for this.

Aside from already being an amazing set of tunes, the album is "name-your-price"... however: 100% of whatever people decide to pay will be donated to the American Cancer Society. You can't get much better than that: a collection of amazing tunes plus the good vibes of donating to a great cause.

Crack open those wallets and purses and help lay the smack down on cancer, all the while nodding your heads to this amazingly dreamy release:




The release is also available on a limited edition cassette, which you can pre-order here.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kuedo: Sinking In The Datatank [Mix]



Berlin-based publication distributor Motto is celebrating their third birthday by releasing an exclusive mix from the always explorative Jamie Teasdale, aka Kuedo. This mix marks the start of a series entitled "Motto Disco", a set of successive mixes that would be appropriate to play in book shops.

I would say that "avant-garde electronic bookstore ambiance" is quite an ambitious theme for a mix series, leave it to Kuedo to get the ball rolling in style.

Preview / download the mix below:


Kuedo - Sinking In The Datatank

**Update**

Tracklist:

Tangerine Dream - Exit
HTRK - Slo Glo
Oneohtrix Point Never - Stress Waves
Actress - Maze
Laurel Halo - Head
Beaver & Krause - 9 Moons In Alaska
James Ferraro - Cyber Shock Headtropolis
Oneohtrix Point Never- Power Of Persuasion
Alva Noto - Xerrox Monophaser 2
Vangelis - Fading Away
Laurel Halo - Constant Index
Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians:Pulses
Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. - The Continuing Story Of Counterpoint, Part One
Forma - Forma 237A
Zombi - Sequence 1
Bee Mask - Deducted From Your Share In Paradise
Emeralds - It Doesn't Arrive
Popul Vuh - Nachts-Schnee
John Foxx & Harold Budd - Spoken Roses

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sub Radar Radio 008

Happy Friday! Here to help you celebrate the best day of the week, episode 008 of Sub Radar Radio!

For all you new followers, this is a weekly show that I upload weekly for your ear holes to digest, featuring either a guest DJ or a mix that I put together myself showcasing the highlights of Sub Radar. Since there's no guest name next to the episode number, that means that this is one of my own, and boy is it a good'un.

Starts off mellow, featuring a tune off of Shigeto's upcoming mini-LP Lineage, as well as a hit off the Pants Morgan Money Tape by Mattron, but doesn't take long to get seriously bass heavy and experimental. Of course I had to throw in a tune off of Thriftworks' Rainmaker as well, as I'm still heavily buzzing off of that release.

Put on your striped chillin pantsuit and enjoy:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Lianne La Havas - Forget (Shlohmo Remix)

Shlohmo does it again, this time it's a remix of a Lianne La Havas' tune entitled "Forget", off of her Warner Bros. signed full-length coming February 13th.

This tune is stunning, and blends clever vocal chopping right alongside letting the natural voice shine through, layered over the lo-fi goodness that Shlohmo pulls of marvelously.

Listen:



This tune is available as a free download, via XLR8R.

Ghost Mutt - Sweat Mode EP

It's always interesting when you don't hear from Brighton's Ghost Mutt in awhile, because like a lot of the greats you know he'll emerge with something clever when he's ready.

The Sweat Mode EP revives the glory days of R&B and puts them through the filter of Mutt's take on the modern UK bass scene. The end result? Well, you can almost taste the salt dripping off of each of these tracks. Chopped and glistening, they almost seem to bridge the gap between the romantic side of soul and club grinding.

Preview and name your own price (free if you prefer) below:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Thriftworks - Rainmaker

I knew I was in for something special after listening to just the first track of the latest release from Berkeley producer Jake Atlas, aka Thriftworks. By the time I reached the end, this release has slotted itself firmly in contention for album of the year for me, barely over a week into 2012.

I can always appreciate when musicians go above and beyond the call of duty and dig out some truly clever sampling and beat crafting. In this case I'm particularly impressed at how Thriftworks managed to remain unique and experimental whilst still maintaining a chilled, relaxed, and approachable form. 

This is truly one to crank up the sub and groove out to all the way through, there are so many solid deep and worldly jams on this release. Oh and did I mention it's one million percent free? Mr. Atlas shouldn't spoil us like this. No excuses, get to downloading...



For more Thriftworks, keep your eyes locked on to his Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Constrobuz - We Will Die

Some of you may remember my first heads up about We Will Die back in August, when I lamented the fact that the release was cassette-only. I ordered the cassette and have been enjoying it since it arrived, but chances are few of my readers jumped on the same deal.

No, I don't blame you. There are people that read my blog that have probably never even used a cassette player, let alone own(ed) one.

Well, looks like that cheeky producer from Raleigh somehow trolled me yet again by slipping the album online via his Bandcamp page back in December. The release is $5, but odds are that more of my readers would be willing to shell out five clams instead of digging through Amazon or their attics for a dusty cassette player.

Anyway, it's here, in glorious FLAC or whatever format you prefer:



The tracks "Blinking Lights", "Stop Breathing" and "Shrinking" still get me every time... so good.

(If all this talk about tapes has you feeling nostalgic for one reason or another, you can still purchase this album here via Cicada Shell Tapes)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Shlohmo - "Wen Uuu"

Well it wouldn't be Sub Radar without your near weekly Shlohmo update. It's not my fault, the guy is a machine!

Anyway, to herald the release of his latest EP Vacation on Friends of Friends next February, we have a preview of one of the tracks titled "Wen Uuu".

Shlohmo and 808 cowbells? Insta-post!



Shlohmo - Vacation EP album art

Pixelord - Keramika (HNH005)

Pixelord aka Alexey Devyanin aka "that guy whose tweets I always have to translate" (he is Russian, after all), has paired up with Hit and Hope Records to release his latest EP, Keramika.

I just got done listening through it, and it's par for the course as far as Pixelord goes, which is to say, it's a mind-meltingly clever blend of electronic beats. The EP also includes a dreamy cosmic remix of the first track "Imaginary Friends" by LA producer Groundislava, which is similarly splendid.

The release will hit both vinyl and digital shelves on February 6th, but you can let your ears graze over a sneak preview of the EP below:




Pixelord - Keramika album art

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sub Radar Radio Outsource: Night Tracks

The more astute oldschool followers will have noticed a distinct lack of a Sub Radar Radio last Friday, but fear not, I'm not slacking off nor did I forget.

I offered up my mixing services to be part of the amazing mix series over at Night Tracks, and Gareth graciously accepted.

The mix is my take on nighttime tracks, I tried to keep it dark and moody while still being slightly experimental and progressive.

It's perfect for new followers as well, because the mix also comes with an interview, which you can find here. So get to know a little bit more about me (I tried to keep my answers brief) and enjoy the mix! For best results, listen as the sun sets.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Jon Phonics - Grid Games EP

The brand-spankin-new record label PRISM (different than the 70's R&B label) makes its presence known in a big way with the Grid Games EP, a collection of collaborations of various artists with London producer Jon Phonics.

The A side of the release contains collaborations with S-Type (LuckyMe), Jeeks (Civil Music), Pete Cannon and BUG, whilst the B side features remixes by Sub Radar favorites Ghost Mutt, Pedestrian, and Kidkanevil.

I just got done listening to the promo kit, and I'm fairly certain that this will be right at home in my vinyl collection when it drops February 6th (digital version comes in a little later, Feb. 20th, but it'll be worth the wait as it comes with four exclusive bonus tracks).

Check out the preview below, stay sharp on this one:

Friday, January 6, 2012

Walk Off The Earth - Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye Cover)

There are so many things that I love about this video that it would be physically impossible for me not to post it. For starters, I'm a fan of the original song. Second, this cover is pretty much spot on. Add that in with the guy in the middle's weird death stare (until he starts singing) and the dude on the right's job of occasionally plinking the strings above the nut of the guitar and you have me sold.

Oh, and did I mention that it includes five people playing the same guitar? Yeah.



If you like this, you should check out more of Walk Off The Earth and Sarah Blackwood.

And in case you missed the link above, the original song is awesomely addictive.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

M. Constant - Construmentals Vol. 1

Alright, so many of you might accuse me of featuring this beat tape solely on the fact that the album art is a kitten on a turntable.

Well, you wouldn't be totally incorrect, but wait! That's just the start.

M. Constant out of Boston dropped this collection of tunes on New Years day, and definitely fits in the vibe of this being the best year ever (seriously, is it just me or has 2012 rocked anyone else's socks so far?). Smooth, sampled, crackly.... oh and did I mention that the album art is a kitten on a turntable? I did? Oh... well. The album art is a kitten. On a turntable.

Best part? You already know. It's completely free to download in a wide variety of formats via Bandcamp.

Have a listen:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Rain Dog - See Hear EP

This fantastic producer was first introduced to me earlier this week, when Johney included the fantastic track "Beyond Their Years" in his guest mix for Sub Radar Radio.

I was absolutely floored by the atmosphere of the track, so naturally I sought it out like a pack of hungry wolverines.

Lo and behold, the track is included in the amazing See Hear EP, out last September on Cut Records. It's name-your-price, so pay whatever it's worth to you, or enter 0 in the price field and grab it for free. But seriously, if there was ever a time to bust out the credit card and help a musician out, now would be it, even if it's just a dollar or two.

Have a listen, make sure your subs are on:

The Naive Machine - Basket Bass Beat Tape 2

London beatcrafting duo The Naive Machine have recently released the second installment of their Basket Bass Beat Tape series, a gritty, sharp collection of future thinking wonkstrumentals.

10 free tunes for you to play at exceedingly loud volumes for your entire neighborhood to enjoy! Hurray!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Urban Waves - Intergalactic Travels

Another day, another kick-booty compilation to share with you lovely people. 2012 is definitely treating my ears right so far, and it's only the third day in!

This time it's from Urban Waves Records, a meaty (and 100% free) 21 track beat compilation from all sorts of producers, both new and old faces around this neck of the woods.

I've already listened through it several times today, and jotted down some notes for the radio show on Friday. Wonderfully abstract and glitchy, but with enough groove that you can play it for your grandparents. Plus it's free, so you literally have no excuse not to grab this, unless you hate cool things. Not downloading this is the digital version of kicking puppies.

Sub Radar Radio 007: Johney

To make up for the lack of a radio show last week, there will be two shows this week, the first one coming all the way from Slovakia, courtesy of DJ/Producer Johney.

Starts off at a quick pace, but it doesn't take long to delve into deep and bass heavy territory. Breakage, Phaeleh, Kryptic Minds & Youngsta, and Skream all make an appearance, and there's even a super special Christmas-y outro by none other than the anonymous-yet-famous(ly bad) DJ Wanka.

It's 55 minutes long, so strap yourself in and make sure your tray tables are in the upright and locked position, click play, and enjoy.


If you enjoyed this and crave more of Johney, he's all over the internet, so be sure to check out his Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Youtube channel, Facebook page, Mixcloud channel, and Twitter.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Mad-Hop Vol. 4

The beat-beast madmen over at Mad-Hop have just released the fourth installment of their beat tape series featuring artists from all over the globe (previously), and if you're familiar with their releases you don't need me to tell you that it's another smasher.

Volume 4 contains 26 tracks from some of the absolute dons of the current beat scene, including Sub Radar favorites Pixelord, Oddisee, Kidkanevil813 and Digi G'Alesio.

Needless to say, this is audio Christmas and Chanukah and Kwanza all rolled into one for me. 

The album is name-your-price, so it can be 100% free if you want it to be, but consider donating so that those rapscallions over at Mad-Hop can keep those wonky fires burning.

Mad Hop Vol. 4 album art by Stella Ivšek

Mattron - Pants Morgan Money Tape

The new year is kicking off in a big way, starting with the long awaited, much hyped "PersonalTape" beat tape from New York producer Mattron, released by Guns of Kingston.

Chilled, sample-heavy, groovy, and 100% free. Grab it up while the gettin's good. Album art, soundcloud embed and download link after the break.



Sunday, January 1, 2012

Compilation Radar: Finest Ego | Germany/Austria/Switzerland

I'm back! Hope your holidays were as spectacular as mine.

Anyway, back to the tunes! This year is already starting off right, with Project Mooncircle's latest collection of beats from selected areas of the globe (Previously: UK/Ireland), this time from Central Europe. 

Old school readers of Sub Radar will recognize a few of the names (B-Ju, Feux & Kalifornia Kurt, among others), but there are plenty more unknown gems hidden in this release. I won't spoil them for you, as this release is 100% free and worth downloading, so if you're reading this you probably have the capacity for downloading this... what are you waiting for?