Brooklyn’s Dutty Artz collective have long been friends of Worldwide Smash, but more than that, it’s safe to say that the show wouldn’t exist in its current incarnation without them. Their championing of tough international sounds with a local mind state has been influential to a whole crop of producers, club nights and DJs, and their unique aesthetic is building an international following. It is my pleasure to have Dutty Artz main dude Matt Shadetek on this week’s show to celebrate and discuss his debut solo instrumental album Flowers, which is available now digitally. Check out “Funny Cats” from the album below, and if you haven’t picked up the Solar Life Raft mix with partner DJ /Rupture, I highly recommend doing so.
Funny Cats by mattshadetek
“Geeked” doesn’t even begin to describe my anticipation for this week’s show. Hank motherfucking Shocklee of the Bomb Squad, easily one of the most influential sonic auteurs of the last century, will be coming by Worldwide Smash to lay down some heavy bass and give the dirty on his always challenging and engaging projects. If for some reason you’re not knowing, The Bomb Squad have been heavy on the sub-bass scene for a while now, regularly leaking lava-hot mixes of full scale sonic assault, and popping up at bass events around the country. I’ll have to let the man himself break down some of the other tricks he has up his sleeve, including a “what’s next” series of projects called Future Frequency, and enough digital and multi-media projects to make even a computer-inclined individual such as myself dizzy.
You can keep up with Hank at his online hub Shocklee.com, and I highly recommend following him on twitter, where he regularly dishes out links to mixes, production tips, new media theory, and other essentials for the digital age. It’s going to be a LOUD show, so tune in expecting to hear some serious NOISE!
Boston’s Sonnymoon is comprised of Berklee College of Music students Dane Orr and Anna Wise. Their debut album Golden Age, which they posted for free download, turned heads across the internet. With a healthy appetite for ambient productions and hypnotizing vocal deliveries, Sonnymoon’s breakout cut from Golden Age is their song “HTLV,” which is currently available on iTunes. Sunday, May 16 9pm at Le Poisson Rouge marks their NYC debut, and they’ll be headed through Worldwide Smash tonight to talk music and play a couple tracks.
The retro soul movement, lead by acts like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Breakestra, etc. has been in full effect for the last several years, and the best artists in the genre have been able to make music that compares favorably to the 60’s & 70’s tunes that inspired it. Michael Leonhart has roots in the same scene (his label Truth & Soul recently released Lee Field’s album to great acclaim), but, while his music features some similar touchstones, it’s hard to think of much vintage music (or any music, for that matter) that sounds quite like this. Applying the recording techniques behind chunky 7″ funk to sun drenched psychedelic pop and world music, Leonhart’s album The Seahorse & The Storyteller scratches the same itch as The Pretty Things, Baby Huey, or Paul McCartney’s Ram, w/out really sounding much like any of them. He’ll be coming by this week to talk about the record, and hopefully share some of his psychedelic favorites. You can check out “Jaipur” over at Rollo & Grady.
And for those in NYC, there will be a release party Wednesday May 5th at the Mercury Lounge, featuring a DJ set by Sean Lennon, and the Antibalas horns will be joining in for the Leonhart performance. Pretty sure to be a good time.
The Los Angeles beat scene has been steadily bubbling, getting more and more difficult to overlook with each passing season. With a serious well of talent & support, LA stays producing some of the world’s most vibrant devotees of low end rumple. Free The Robots is one of the latest to rise to the surface, though producer Chris Alfaro has been doing his thing for years in LA, releasing several singles & EPs in conjunction with Gaslamp Killer, Obey, Jazz & Milk, etc. Ctl Alt Delete is his debut full length (out now on Daddy Kev’s essential Alpha Pup records), and he’ll be coming by Worldwide Smash this week to impose his bass-heavy vision on the airwaves.
Then on Friday we have the official NYC album release party at the loft above Public Assembly in Williamsburg, and I’m on the bill for that one too, so it’s going to be a weekend of skull rattlers. Grab “Orion’s Belt Buckle” for a glimpse of the mayhem in store.
Alex Incyde has his hands in so many aspects of bass culture, it’s tough to keep track of them all. While he’s most visible as a resident at NYC’s influential dubstep institution Dub War, he’s also extremely busy behind the scenes as a manager of Hot Flush Recordings, and as a publicist for Surefire, the premiere dubstep booking agency. His ubiquity on the scene is truly a testament to finding something that you love and immersing yourself in it. This week, he’ll be taking over the decks at Worldwide Smash to give you look at what’s shaping up on the horizons of bass culture. He always comes strapped with dub plates, exclusives, and unreleased joints, so make sure to listen carefully. He’s likely to give you a first taste of some records you’ll be hearing a lot more of.
Is Brooklyn’s Mux Mool a blippy hip-hop producer who flirts towards the dancier, sweatier, housier since of things, or the other way around? Something totally different? Listen to his edit of Snap’s “Rhythm Is A Dancer” and you tell me. With his debut album Skulltaste out this week on Ghostly International he can pretty much define himself on his own terms. Give a listen as he swings by Worldwide Smash this Thursday to drop some new jams, and check out Skulltaste’s lead single “Lady Linda” which is available as a free download on RCRD LBL.