Posted on 25 April 2012
We at HiFi Cartel are excited to announce our upcoming event at Brooklyn’s Glasslands, featuring the likes of some proper badmen…and a badgyal. Stopping off in NYC as part of their Surefire Sound Spring Tour, we bring you the likes of Addison Groove (LIVE) and Doc Daneeka on April 28th. Opening up the night will be bass sweetheart and Miami-based producer/DJ Jubilee. Check out more info on the artists at the jump.
Posted in DJ, Events, HiFi Cartel, Live Music, Local Flavor, Mixes, Music News, New Music, Up & Coming
Posted on 18 April 2012
In honor of Record Store Day on April 21, Cultivora asked DJs to recommend their favorite record stores. Among them? NYCs Flashing Lights crew – Nick Catchdubs, Jess Jubilee, and DJ Ayres. While it’s been a while since these three have gotten together to throw a party (Jubilee moved to Miami last year), we’re keeping our fingers crossed for a reunion.
Check out excerpts from their recommendations after the jump, then head over to Cultivora for the full article, which also includes recommendations from Kid Koala, Mick Boogie, Terry Urban, and Roska.
Posted on 10 April 2012
For years, Trouble & Bass threw some of the best monthlies in NYC, from reckless renegade shenanigans at Boogaloo to huge rave-ups at Studio B. In 2010, we took a hiatus while T&B crew members focused on their various projects and travels. But we got bored with going out, straight up. We’ve decided that maybe NYC is in need of some of the wild and weird bass flavors that put T&B and Brooklyn bass on the map in the first place. On Friday the 13th (of April), we’re taking the night with the return of Trouble & Bass NYC, an underground rumble at 70 N. 6th St. in Williamsburg with a hefty soundsystem and special guest Silkie (Deep Medi/Goon Music, UK) and Elijah (Butterz Reords, UK) plus more raw and ready party music from T&B troublemakers AC Slater, B. Rich, Star Eyes, The Captain and Baauer.
SILKIE (Deep Medi/Goon Music, UK)
One of London’s finest dubstep all-stars. Sick melodies, ruff London bass, and echoes of hardcore and jungle keep Silkie Rose a regular at FWD>, Rinse FM, and DMZ. Check his recent collabs with Joker and Swindle for the finest in deep bass weight.
ELIJAH (Butterz, UK)
The man behind London’s finest new-gen grime imprint, home to artists Terror Danjah, Royal-T, D.O.K., Trim, P-Money, and more. Elijah’s Rinse FM show has been slewing audiences with the freshest beats and MCs, giving US trap, rap, and R&B a run for its money. Appearing in US for the first time.
21+ // RSVP for $5 entry before midnight! / $10 After
70 N 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
**Special release party for a new Butterz x Mishka collab t-shirt & mix, plus Silkie & Swindle’s new Butterz 12″ “Unlimited.”**
Sponsored by Mishka, Audio Ammo & HiFi Cartel
Posted in DJ, Events, HiFi Cartel
Posted on 06 April 2012
Modified and Broken Teeth are bringing the legendary Photek to Brooklyn TONIGHT at Cameo Gallery! We have a pair of tickets just for you. Head over to our Facebook page and simply ‘like’ the flyer to win.
Photek stands mercilessly on the edge. A sonic scientist, pushing both his sounds and fans’ expectations to the outermost limits since 1994, he floods the footnotes of electronica like MP3s clutter up your hard drive.
He was there when Goldie declared it drum & bass but to this day he still prefers the term jungle. Conversations with James Lavelle raise the question – what would’ve become if his remixes of Attica Blues had led to a more affirmed relationship with the agenda setting Mo Wax? His major label link with Virgin is the blueprint of how things once were; endless time and budget-free worries led to ‘Modus Operandi’. A conceptual experiment of time and emotive atmospherics, it pushed the drum & bass template to the edge.
Previously misinterpreted as a lone paranoid soldier, a conspiracy theorist and a man from Ipswich, Rupert Photek Parkes is none of the above. Each tale you’ll be regaled with elsewhere online is based on a spec of truth that’s exploded beyond proportion. May the real Photek please stand up…
2012 will see him drop a series of sounds that reflect the truest perception of him once and for all. Driven by his years of studio discipline; sharpened by an acute awareness that he’ll be received by the heads that know him well and ears that don’t know him at all, Photek’s new sound carries all the barbed motifs and icy atmospherics you’ll know from seminal cuts such as ‘Seven Samurai’ and ‘Hidden Camera’ all tied up tight with his own take on today’s contemporary genre-breaking melting pot.
Ardent displays of his eclectic method were there from the very beginning. The seeds had been sewn back in the dancefloor’s most formative days, attending early raves, pretty much in his school uniform, and hearing DJs like Jumping Jack Frost fire their way through everything from Derrick May to Phil Collins. These influences are clear from his first EP on Metalheadz with the drum & bass meets downtempo ‘Into The 90s’… ‘Yendi’, the flipside to the ‘Modus Operandi’ 12″, was a prototype for dubstep while ‘Mine To Give’, a sassy slab of sexed up house coated in Robert Owens’ iconic soul, set the foundations for the genreless battlefields well trodden by the likes of Commix and Mount Kimbie.
A list of his big screen scores should follow, but it won’t. Photek carelessly yarns his years in LA as ‘doing this and that’, but it wasn’t. Hived in the western world’s most creative hub, his time since 2007′s ‘Form & Function Volume 2′ has been a creative whirlwind. Collaborations with Nine Inch Nails and troubled troubadour Ray LaMontagne; sell out TEKDBZ shows with 12th Planet and DJ Craze; the evening commute down Sunset Boulevard with Fab & Groove on Sirius reminding him of the UK bass culture he helped develop… Photek stands undeniably on the edge of undiluted inspiration.
Destination tomorrow: Photek’s decorated past and diligent work ethic leads us here. The new music you’ll hear this year is yet another chapter in a life spent overdosing on sonic nuances and boundary testing. An exultant voyage in a life that’s shaped the very foundations of the sounds we love, these are sounds that he’s teased at since the techno tickles of his 2000 album ‘Solaris’
Take his collaboration with Switch, ‘Avalanche’; a low-swung modulator, its half-step march belies the crafty subversion of a well known rave sample. Take ’101′; its icy peripheries suggest the Photek we know while kidnapping the principals of classic electro and booting them effortlessly into the 23rd century. Take ‘This City’; a lolloping load of filters and reverse athletics, its somnambulant sounds make it a literal house dream. Take ’4 Aces’, a bassline badguy, smiling a saw-toothed grin. Take the aptly titled ‘No Agenda’; a timeless slice of spine-tingling progression, fluctuating between funk and arm-flinging euphoria.
Take it or leave it; from this moment on Photek has programmed a new system, the code racing mercilessly towards the main stage where an explosive live show, primed with nothing but his own material, patiently awaits.
PHOTEK (Virgin, Astralwerks, K7, Metalheadz – LOS ANGELES) -DJ KICKS TOUR-
w/MC ARMANNI REIGN (Mental Sharp – ATLANTA)
MIKEY DUBS (Mikrosoundsystem Recordings)
SCALLYWAG (Broken Teeth Crew)
FRIDAY, APRIL 6th, 2012
93 N6th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave
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Posted on 05 April 2012
We’re big fans of the street dance documentary, Flex is Kings. Check out the trailer above and be sure to visit their Kickstarter page to support finishing this film. They are hosting a fundraiser tonight with a live concert and special performance.
When: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Doors 7:30 pm
Performance 8:00 pm
Where: Bond Street Theater
303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
SUBWAY: F/G to Carroll, M/R to Union
Also Flex is Kings won Project of the Week on IndieWire. Now, we enter Round Two – Flex Is Kings is in the running for Project of the Month. If we win, we’ll get a meeting with Sundance. We need your votes.
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Flex Is Kings is an independent feature length documentary about street dance in Brooklyn. It’s almost done and now we need your help!
This is a story of urban improbability. East New York is an impoverished section of Kings County with one of the highest crime rates in the borough. And yet a large and growing group of young men have transformed their streets into a stage.
Flex Is Kings looks at the culture of flexing, a unique and vibrant dance form in deep Brooklyn, and the realities of the dancers who practice it. We, the filmmakers, have followed a group of dancers for over two years and have shot over 275 hours of film.
Flex dancing channels the grittiness of East New York into choreographed violence: guns battle, bones break, and hearts are ripped from chests. Using dance to illustrate their everyday lives and their inner aspirations, dancers jump into beautiful and imaginative dream logic and feats of daring: monsters roam train cars, young lovers meet, souls fly from bodies.