Friday, April 25, 2008
Needing no introduction, we bring you MC Messinian. Besides being a great guy, he's also one of the most talented MC's in the industry. Touring MC for Planet of the Drums, Dieselboy, Monsters of Jungle and even launching his own electro/dance project, Messinian is truly a renegade of funk. We were able to catch Messinian for a brief moment this morning and ask him a few questions on what he's got planned this year, and this is what he had to say.....
WB: Ez Messinian, Hope alls well on your end? You're always super busy, fill our readers in on what the newest of the new is?
MESSINIAN: newest of the new ....Well its my birthday and I'm about to go to the Poconos to relax for several day before I start living out of a hotel room and suitcase from touring so much for the next 5/6 months...I've been blogging my new electro project and staying in the lab making ridiculous amounts of new pop/rock/electro/rap tunes...I'm taking off for the Monsters of Jungle tour soon which should last all Summer...Then right after that touring for 2 months straight with the Planet of the Drums tour. Then a tour for my solo electro/rap/rock project is being planned so I'm keeping mad busy. Labels have been offering deals and people like you guys, URB Magazine, and the iheartcomix crew have been supportive so far- so shit has been off the hook!
WB: Wow, those are some massive projects you're taking on!, Tell us more about Monsters of Jungle?
MESSINIAN: Monsters of jungle is me, Dieselboy, and random peeps from the Human label in each city...one city might have Infiltrata, Evol Intent, etc....Just touring around the country on the drum and bass tip getting the word out about some of the most talented US DNB dudes and rocking the shit out of jam packed crowds.
WB: Sounds like an extremely positive endeavor, And the fact you are bringing in different artists in each city is gonna add such flavor to the whole thing, So tell me, you see crowds and trends constantly, whats your opinion of d&b here in the states right now? all these artists flexing multiple styles, multi-genre nights, it seems electronic music is really undergoing some sort of revamp right now, whats your opinion on the impact American artists are making on it both here in America and worldwide? and what do you see when you go out on the road?
MESSINIAN: Man...I live in a bubble i feel because we play shows that are jam packed a lot...Damian has a pretty established name and we've been doing our thing for years so when people ask me hows dnb's health in the states I say 'its off the fuckin chain nightly!'. We've been fortunate to not get hit by dwindling support or lame set ups. I think the dnb community in the US is alive and well--some of the most die hard supporters of music in the world. There's plenty of artists in the DNB scene that are coming out with electro projects and this and that....and it's not like we all just started doing this shit. people in the electro/dance rock scene need to realize that some of us have been doing these side projects shit for years for our own creative amusement...Making all styles of music and having all types of projects across the board. But now that the shit is cool to the public and has a major fan base with the blogs, we're just like "fuck it". glad to see its poppin....this is how WE roll. Haha- and everyone thats in the cypher is killing it...Treasure Fingers, Ludachrist, True Pseudo, Computer Club, LA Riots,Jayvon there's so many dnb dudes in the scene right now holding it down. Shit--i just headlined the ULTRA festival with Planet of the Drums in the dnb room...I went to check out JUSTICE on the main stage and guess what??...Their biggest tune of the night crowd response wise was a DRUM AND BASS tune! The whole crowd went fucking bananas when it came on. This shit leads me to believe that half the peeps in the electro scene already are inspired by DNB...Its definitely in it's own world. It doesn't get it's dick sucked by the media like Electro does--but it's some of the most emotional crowd moving music there is.
WB: Nice, so what can we expect from your individual projects, what are you working on?
MESSINIAN: I'm just fusing all the music that inspired me as a kid with all the music that I dig performing to now...there's rock,electro, rap,soul all through it--you might hear a little Bowie, might hear a little 2 Live Crew in it depending what you are listening for...I love ALL music and want to make something different then whats out there but still with tinges of POP in there that people can latch on to. I just want to see kids jumping at these festivals and smokey ass clubs. I'm working with all the people i mentioned above as well as Daniel at Grand Hustle in Atlanta, Hatiras, Designer Drugs, Gamet, NoizeTrip (pop producers for Black Eyed Peas, Macy Grey, Etc), Benny Blanco from Spank Rock, Skynet, mad other producers as well....So many different sounds are getting made now. These producers are all so talented and we all wanna flip the game on an underground as well as a commercial level.
WB: So where can we expect to see you on tour in the next couple months (for any or all projects)?
MESSINIAN: Everywhere.!!!..heres a list of dates from my myspace at www.myspace.com/messinian . Believe me this is just what I posted up...theres tons more coming in for june august Sept and October! -Look out for me on tour in your area soon...I'm all over the world all the time so I'll see you soon enough.
(Month of May)
May 2 2008 8:00P The Mark Atlanta, Georgia
May 3 2008 8:00P Bassrush Los Angeles, California
May 9 2008 8:00P Love New York City, New York
May 10 2008 8:00P Sky Austin, Texas
May 16 2008 8:00P TBA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 17 2008 8:00P TBA San Juan, Puerto Rico
May 22 2008 8:00P Church Nightclub Denver, Colorado
May 23 2008 8:00P Sugar Victoria, British Columbia
May 24 2008 8:00P Lizard Lounge Dallas, Texas
May 26 2008 8:00P Detroit Electronic Music Fest Detroit, Michigan
May 27 2008 8:00P Blue Westminster, California
May 30 2008 8:00P Congress Tuscon, Arizona
May 31 2008 8:00P Static Lounge San Diego, California
WB: Thanks for taking the time, Any promotions you wanna drop?, shouts?
MESSINIAN: My pleasure dawg! Thanks for getting at me- I appreciate the support! I just want to give love to all the fans that come out on the constant, all the producers that help me make hot shit, my clothing sponsors-- Evil Genius, Iron Fist, Zoo York, Fresh Jive, Rockett, SPRFKR, Neff, Lowlife, CAKE-NYC, Instrumental, all the people in LA and Philadelphia that made me who I am and pushed me to the next level personally and musically...and of course my family and G.O.D. for always having my muthafuckin back. See ya'll soon!
BURN IT UP [prod by Jayvon]
NOISE IN HERE [prod by True Psuedo]
THROW IT AWAY [prod by True Psudeo]
CAN'T HIDE HER [prod by True Psudeo]
MESSINIAN ON MYSPACE
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
We chatted everything from new releases & favorite artists to his experiences on the road & favorite restaurants. Read On...
WB: So Will Miles, it's been a while since we've spoken, catch our readers up on what you've been up too?
ILES: Well, I've had a release out on Creative Source drop in December 2007, and spent the first couple months of 2008 in England touring and promoting the single. Also played quite a few gigs in Miami during WMC.
MILES: It was a whirlwind! I flew down on Friday and played Winter Sessions, and the Bassdrive Showcase amongst a few other gigs.
MILES: I have a single coming out on Nu Directions, and tune Kjell and I (Style Control) with Saburuko coming out on Flight's label Play:Music, more digital releases on Sonorous, a tune on Deep Soul Music, and a few other potential releases.
MILES: Oh that's a tough one...I think that because America is so vast, it's hard to determine how the current state of the scene is. There are also a lot of cities I've never played in.
MILES: Kjell, Random Movement, Zero Tolerance, Dave Owen, AC, Spectra Soul, Big Bud, Limewax, M Jazzy, The Insiders, Saburuko, Resound, Icicle, Gremlinz, Eveson, and Andrezz just to name a few.
MILES: Yeah! I would love to come back and play, maybe do a collab or two. I've heard so many good things about dnb nights in LA and San Diego, and want to see for myself!
MILES: I didn't notice too many differences, but one big difference is that people on the west coast tend to dance more than the east, and the number of people at the venues are a little bit larger on the west. The weather was extra balmy, which may make it easier for folks to come out and support.
WB: Since you've been on the road so much, what are some of your favorite resturants?
Insight-No Love (Saburuko Remix)
Random Movement-Swing That Thing J
Dave Owen-Casting Shadows
Random Movement-Ain't Goin Nowhere
Saburuko-Green Horn (Will Miles Remix)
Will Miles-Lottery Winner VIP
Monday, April 21, 2008
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DJ INK ON MYSPACE
DJ INK LIVE @ THERAPY SESSIONS
Originally Posted on DOA (www.dogsonacid.com)
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Fabio provides yet another wicked show, this time bringing in d&b legend Calibre for an interview & smooth rollin mix. You don't want to miss this.
originally posted on DOA
High Contrast – If We Ever [HOSPITAL]
Marcus Visionary – Change [DIGITAL SOUNDBOY]
Omni Trio - Renegade Snares (Unknown Remix)
>>> 1Xtra & Radio 1 D&B Char1 #1
Chase & Status – Brazil [RAM]
>>> Calibre In The House
Calibre – Deep Everytime [CREATIVE SOURCE]
Calibre – Model Way [CREATIVE SOURCE]
LTJ Bukem – Cooling Out [LOGICAL PROGRESSION]
>>> Calibre Live In The Mix
Calibre feat Space K – Shine [SIGNATURE]
Calibre – Mr Right On [SIGNATURE]
Calibre – Oh Please [SIGNATURE]
Calibre – Into The Groove [SIGNATURE]
Calibre – Alone In A Crowd [SIGNATURE]
Calibre – Low Note [SIGNATURE]<<<
DJ Marky & Matoko – Without You [INNERGROUND]
DJ Peyo – What We Do (Random Movement Remix) [N/A]
>>> D&B on the BBC – Zane Lowe Choice
Blame – Stay Forever [CHARGE]
Roni Size – Its Jazzy (Nu:Tone Remix) [LIQUID V]
Sytle Control – Lover [N/A]
Chase & Status – Take Me Away [RAM]
Atlantic Connection – The Real Thing [WESTBAY]
Mobb Deep – Shook Ones LOUD]
BBC DRUM AND BASS W/ FABIO
DOWNLOAD FULL SHOW HERE
STUNNA & BORJA
Recorded live at 'Konkrete Jungle' on April 11, 2008
Cafe Lura, Chicago
A full set of original music by Windy City producer BORJA with guest musician STUNNA performing on keyboards.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
aaaaand, yes its as wild as we all remembered (well some of us remembered).
Here's some visual recaps. Massive thanks to the Fresh crew, United D&B, Parcel Talent Agency & all the other people who made this amazing event happen!
ps...I hear Dstar has posted video somewhere..
All photos by Regal D / originally posted on Junglescene.com
Thursday, April 10, 2008
WB: So Bungle, its been a while since we last spoke, how is everything?
WB: Where's the tour taking you this may?
WB: Thats wicked bro, great to hear & all the best on the tour. Are you releasing any of your minimal techno stuff?
BUNGLE: It's in progress yet. Minimal demands some refined technique and it has taken alot of time to finish the tracks, but I should have all my live PA (with around 8-10 tracks) done by the end of July. Meanwhile, you can check some previews very soon at myspace.com/andresobota. By the way, I am signing Andre Sobota for the project.
WB: Thats big man, good stuff, any shouts or anything you wanna give? Shameless promotion?
Well we never got to review it as we should have, but it doesn't really need a review in words,
check the pics...
All photos by Regal D / originally posted on Junglescene.com
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Heres the offical tracklisting & a couple incoming reviews...
Album drops May 26th!!
1. Intro / Tomorrows Not Enough Ft. Deviant
2. Can’t Destroy Love Part 2 ft. Minds One
3. Good Hood Review Ft. Tali & MC Armanni
4. Touch This (Subculture) Ft. Kemst
5. Danger Zone Ft. Lynx
6. Soul Musiq Ft. Youngman
7. Depth Charge Ft. Minds One
8. Day Dreamers Ft. McClain Sullivan
9. Interlude to LA
10. Been Around the World Ft. Julz & Lady MC
11. Hollywood Freq Ft. Whiskey Pete & Julz
12. Rocksteady (LA Riots VIP)
13. Heat of the Groove Ft. Mental Sharp & Pouya
14. Set Sail Ft. Illy Emcee
15. Another Love Song Ft. Pouya
16. 5’Oclock World Ft. Deviant
17. Outro to Paradise
"LA based AC drops his debut album, a Hip Hop / Drum & Bass concept album featuring a wide array of vocalists & producers hand picked by AC from all over the globe. The likes of Lynx, Tali, Youngman, Mental Sharp & Armani all pass through to bless the album. Dropping in May this will be the soundtrack to your summer."
- DRUM AND BASS ARENA http://www.breakbeat.co.uk/
"...couple of tracks from Atlantic Connection, this cat is apparently well known in the UK Drum 'n' Bass and dance scenes (I wouldn't know) but is from LA. Do US D'n'B producers long to break the UK market in the same way most UK artists ache to conquer the US? I don't know, answers on a postcard please. Anyway, I really do digress. 'Touch This' featuring Kemst, is a soulful and chilled break beat Hip Hop affair and you'll be glad to know that, despite the title, it's not about touching anything rude so you wont have to cringe for 6 minutes and 7 seconds. Instead just let the silky vocals and vibes wash over you. 'Heat of the Groove' does have a title that suggests some new jack swing-esque shenanigans but actually it's another chilled but more straight up Hip Hop track with a simple sung chorus and an MC (Mental Sharp - cool name) with an unoffensive voice chatting his thoughts. Nice stuff, I wanna hear more. Check his myspace page, the track 'Good Hood Review' on there is a bit of banger! Flippin' 'eck, so's 'Can't Destroy Love'! Download the sampler for the 'Tomorrow's Not Enough LP' here."
-CERTIFIED BANGER http://certifiedbanger.blogspot.com/
"This May, Los Angeles based music producer Atlantic Connection drops his debut album on his own independent label, Westbay Recordings. Aside from this hot ass LA Riots remix, his album consists of tracks ranging from future hip-hop all to soul, and then all the way back around to dance. It usually takes some pretty serious production to sway me from my dance likings, but something about this dude has my ear open.
After the sampler was over I ventured over to AC’s myspace to hit up some more of his tunes. Some other beats I was getting into were “Around The World”, “Can’t Destroy Love” and “Touch This”. I decided to throw the remix up because LA Riots just fit the bill for the blog, hip-hop and all that isn’t really my bag, but either way, if you want to hear some solid beats you should check out his myspace page."
Nasty Nate, better known as Atlantic Connection, sorts out the leaked goods from his debut album out next Wednesday, May 26th. Taken from the forthcoming Tomorrow's Not Enough LP is an LA Riots remix of the previously released Westbay single Rocksteady and a new original featuring Kemst titled Touch This. Get a preview of the entire album here.
'Tomorrows Not Enough'
1. TOUCH THIS Ft. KEMST
2. HEAT OF THE GROOVE Ft. MENTAL SHARP & POUYA
3. ROCKSTEADY (LA RIOTS REMIX)
4. YOUR FUTURE (WAKE UP) Ft. POUYA*
5. DESTINY CALLS Ft. RANDOM MOVEMENT*
ATLANTIC CONNECTION MYSPACE
pps, that party was MEGA.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
DRUM AND BASS STAGE:
APHRODITE (urban takeover) UK
TWISTED INDIVIDUAL (Grid) UK
MASON & DSTAR w/ MENTAL SHARP (Gasm) US
ATLANTIC CONNECTION (Westbay) US
EVOL (True Playaz) US
CAFFEINE B2B USED & ABUSED
HOUSE/ BREAKS STAGE:
JOSH THE FUNKY 1
J.BLAKEMORE B2B J.SPLAT
PAUL ANDREW & THOMAS STIEN
DAVID DELANO & MODERN ROMANCE
Over the past two years Fresh Entertainment has wowed LA's dance music scene by consistently drawing thousands to some of the most innovative events of our time, staged at exciting new locations, featuring amazing electronic artists from around the globe. From our first events at the Alexandria Hotel to the now legendary Winterfresh 2006 and 2007, Fresh Entertainment continues our commitment to dance music excellence in 2008 and beyond.Join us on Saturday April 5th 2008 as we embark on our most ambitious event ever at the largest location we have used to date.
The 3rd Annual FRESH Anniversary will set new standards of quality for dance music events in Los Angeles by constructing an unforgettable night of memories in the making, set to an incredible soundtrack spun by Dance Music Superstars on throbbing sound systems with dazzling lasers, lights and decorations, all to be enjoyed by thousands and thousands of beautiful people.4 springtime area to explore Over 30 World class DJ'sFully Permitted 8000 Capacity LA Area Location Separate Entrance for Pre-Sale Holders Full Bar Area for 21+ w/ IDT-Shirt give-a-ways by SUBMIT & OffendAll.comMassive Concert Staging and ProductionThe return of the GIANT Green Laser !!LA's Infamous Insomniac Club Kids to complete the springtime vibe !!Plus Much Much More …
Doors Open at: 7:01 PM Doors Close at: 4:01 AM
Will Call for Ticket Pick-up Closes at: 2:01 AM
Ages: All AgesRemember to bring: A Ticket, Your ID (must have to enter), Positive Vibes, A Costume, and Your Dancin Shoes.
Items not allowed: Weapons, Markers, Outside Alcohol, Drugs of Any Kind, Vapo-Rub, Pacifiers, Negative Energy and Clown Attire.
Event Capacity: 8000 people
LA Center Studios1037 W. 6th St.
http://www.gofreshyourself.com/, CA 90017
1. Mick Boogie and Talib Kweli: Intro
2. Talib Kweli f/ Busta Rhymes: Follow The Leader
3. Talib Kweli: Independent (Amadeus Remix)
4. Jean Grae: Think About It
5. Talib Kweli: Hard Faces
6. Interlude: Origins Of Blacksmith
7. Jean Grae: Mean
8. Strong Arm Steady f/ Planet Asia: A Problem
9. Talib Kweli: D’Evils 2008 (produced by 6th Sense)
10. Talib Kweli f/ Fly Union: Say That Again
11. Talib Kweli and Buckshot: Hold It Down
12. Interlude: MCEO Breakdown
13. Talib Kweli f/ Krondon and Phil Da Agony: Hunters
14. Jean Grae: Love Thirst
15. Talib Kweli and Phil Da Agony: Dat Piff
16. Interlude: Kweli speaks on Strong Arm Steady part 1
17. Strong Arm Steady: Stack It
18. Krondon: Big Homie
19. Interlude: KRS-One Speaks
20. Talib Kweli and KRS-One: The Perfect Beat
21. Talib Kweli, Nina Sky, Blu & Joell Ortiz: Hostile Gospel Remix
22. Interlude: Kweli speaks on Idle Warship
23. Idle Warship f/ MC Chris: Screamin’
24. Talib Kweli and Jean Grae: Thas Wassup Now
25. Interlude: Kweli speaks on Jean Grae
26. Jean Grae: Number Eight
27. Talib Kweli, Jean Grae and Ne-Yo: Hot Thing Remix
28. Talib Kweli and Dr. Cornel West: Bushonomics
29. Talib Kweli & Novel: I Am
30. Idle Warship: Industry Diary
31. Talib Kweli f/ UGK: Real Women
32. Talib Kweli: Outro
Friday, April 4, 2008
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