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Artist Spotlight: Psymbionic

time July 3rd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , ,

Psymbionic is John Burcham. The man is doing it big in Texas and making his way on the national circuit. He’s definitely on his game right now. He recently rocked out Wakarusa & Sonic Bloom this year. John’s constantly hard at work banging out tunes, running a blog, playing out, and staying on top of the music. This guy has some serious love for this and truly welcoming dude. There is a possibility that I might be moving to Austin and he’s been nothing but helpful and making me feel like this giant move will go smoothly if I end up out there. The best part of doing all this is meeting and connecting with up and coming producers but also getting to know some good people in the process.

Check out some of his tracks and LIVE mix from Wakarusa.

Siren – Summertime in Oakland
The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby (4Centers Remix)
Ben Samples and Stephan Jacobs – Nano Puppy
NiT GriT – Hyphycide
Masia One – In Di Streets (Ill.Gates+Meesha Instrumental)
Reso and Vent – Rumble
Mimosa – The Unseen
Vibesquad – Janitor
Siren – Stunna
Knight Riderz – Bring It
Eprom – Bubble
Bassnectar – Bass Head
Opiou – Nun Cha Ka
Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (ProBiotiK Remix)
Tipper – Ton of Bricks
Sound Tribe Sector 9 – EHM (Psymbionic Remix
Ill.Gates – Sweatshop (Subvert Remix)
Akira Kiteshi – Boom N Pow
Bassnectar and Jantsen – Blast Off
Devo – Whip It (Mochipet Remix)
Omega – Ultima Ratio Regum
Stagga – Timewarp (Akira Kiteshi Refix)
Spor – Knock You Down (Eskmo Remix)
Freddy Todd and Elfkowitz – Rage Cage
NastyNasty – Knife Play
Heyoka – Flying Dub Sauce
The Chemical Brothers – The Salmon Dance (Psymbionic Remix)

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Kat1lyst & Pressha – Partners In Grime 3

time July 2nd by John-Michael authorTags: , , , ,

bassdrop-musicKat1lyst & Pressha are back at it again! The Partners in Grime series lives on with it’s 3rd addition. Homies from Seattle bring the heat and know their tunes. Bass Drop is doing big things let me tell you. I can’t wait till Decibel Festival to kick it with everyone on the left coast.

This is probably one of the best mixes to come out in a couple months. Yeah I mean it. There so many dubs on here that are so fire that it’s insane. Every time one of these mixes gets put out I’m like DAMNN track selection is so dope. It maked me want to go record a mix after hearing it. There’s such a great balance of diversity on all these mixes.

Mad respect to both of you!

1.) I Got – Mix n Blend
2.) Nanopuppy – Stephen Jacobs & Samples (dub)
3.) Serial Killer – Shackles
4.) Subject One – Torqx & Twist
5.) Typhoon – Foreign Beggars ft. Chasing Shadows
6.) In Memory – SPL
7.) Coming Closer VIP – Sub Focus
8.) Gangster – Dreadzone (Trolley Snatcha Remix)
9.) Circle of Fire – 501
10.) Over – Drake (Hellfire Machina’s Livin’ Life Right Now Remix)
11.) 3 Fist Style – Datsik
12.) Vortex – Matta
13.) Calypso – Excision (Tom Encore Remix)
14.) Breathe – Samples (dub)
15.) Oil & Gas – Kat1lyst (dub)
16.) Put you on the Game – Knight Riders (dub)
17.) Turn it up – Amp Live (MartyParty Remix)
18.) I can fly – J.ME.J
19.) I get it in – Omarion (Siren Remix)
20.) Basshead – Bassnectar
21.) Myspace & Twitter Murder – Kat1lyst (dub)
22.) Bounce That – Chingy (Jansten Remix) (dub)
23.) Give it up – SPL & D. Poetica
24.) Massive Attack Boot – Bassnectar
25.) T-10 – D.Minds (Gangster Step Remix)
26.) Kick Snare – Crissy Criss & Youngman (Drumstep VIP)
27.) Hold On ft. Amber Coffman – Rusko (Sub Focus Remix)
28.) My Love – Adam John
29.) I Need Killers – Heist
30.) Killa Tune – Knowsleep
31.) Shout it Out – David Starfire (An-Ten-Nae Remix)
32.) Automation – Lorn
33.) Drop Bombs – Samples (Mochipet Remix) (dub)
34.) Mike, Aaron, and Eddie – Haiku d’tat (Boreta Remix)
35.) On My Grind – Kat1lyst (dub)
36.) Suicidal Thoughts – Notorious B.I.G. (Lorn Remix)
37.) Under Construction – J.ME.J
38.) Focus – Subvert ft. Shamik
39.) Basic Space – The XX (Shower Beer Graveyard Remix)

Partners in Grime 3 Mix Download

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Mt Eden Dubstep

time July 2nd by John-Michael authorTags: , , ,

Mt Eden is on top of the Dubstep game! Mt Eden is Jesse Cooper & Harley Rayner. They are both from New Zealand originally. If there is any dubstep I was into besides the glitchy dubstep it was the chill female vocal dubstep. These guys totally rock out the melodic dubstep vibes. They’ve done some major remixes from Burial, Imogen Heap, and Prodigy. Homies need to put out a mixtape of their stuff. It’s ashame they haven’t put out a proper mix. Go out and check out some of their tunes below. Don’t let anyone tell you these guys aren’t dubstep. This is sound where it all began, well besides their Prodigy remix haha.

Here is a great interview with Jesse. This guy is totally legit.

Here are some tunes of theirs! Also a video of him throwing down hard at SF. Jesus those raves out there look out of control. Even Mt Eden brings it hard when he plays out.

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What is Glitch Hop?

time July 1st by John-Michael authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,
glitch hop

Glitch Hop

What is Glitch Hop?

I’ll be honest I don’t think there is a correct answer to this question nor is there for any genre of music. At the end of the day music is music despite the label or genre. There have been many names for “Glitch Hop” such as lazer bass, crunk bass, etc… The question you probably want to know is what defines a track as glitch hop.

The beauty of Glitch Hop is that it’s not really a genre with specific rules or BPM. I like to consider Glitch Hop the type of music that incorporates glitchy effects like beat repeaters and sweeps. The tempo of the music doesn’t really matter at all. The genre of Glitch is where it falls into because of this. When Hip-Hop/Crunk samples are added with all these effects the result is… Glitch Hop! Yup that’s basically it.

Glitch Hop has really started to take off within the past year or two. The Glitch Hop Forum has appeared and helps unite the community of fans, producers, and Djs. was started and specializes in this sound. Acts like Pretty Lights and The Glitch Mob are headlining festivals all around the world.

I don’t think it has been documented where the term was actually phrased but it most likely has ties to Prefuse 73, Dabrye, Funkstorung, or edIT. Glitch and IDM had been around a good while before Glitch Hop started to appear. It was around 2001 where the sound really started to take shape with the early works of Prefuse 73 on Warp Records. 2004 was when things really took off when Conartist turned into edIT and released Crying Over Pros For No Reason.

Another thing that is worth mentioning about Glitch Hop is that it’s for the most part it’s played Live. This means that most people who play this music use controllers and actually manipulate and create these sounds on the fly. Essentially technology has allowed us to use all sorts of fun toys to create these live glitch remixes. There are many producers and DJs who actually create songs as they play with extended amounts of loops they’ve created before hand. There’s more of a performance element when it comes to glitch hop.

I’ve asked some people who play a major role directly or indirectly with the sound of Glitch / Glitch Hop what they thought Glitch Hop is. These are direct replies when I asked them “What is Glitch Hop”

“It’s bigger than just a music genre it’s an artform, yourself as the beat maker is turning digital sound techniques such as clicks / bleeps / bit crush reduction and many more methods into music.”

–          Mussck

(Pioneer in the Glitch sound)

“To me Glitch Hop is just another term for the latest form of evolved hip hop.  Glitch Hop seems to be regionalized to the west coast of North America, and it is also quite popular in Australia.  Other geographical locations have their own take on the sound.  In England & LA they call it Wonky, In Scandinavia they call it Skweee, etc.  Really it’s all just music, by labeling it we make it more accessible to those who don’t know about it.  If a new artist emerges with a new sound that doesn’t quite fit in any existing (sub) genre, a journalist will come up with a name for it in their attempt to describe it.  This is the same way the term Glitch Hop came about, as well as most genre titles from Rock to Dubstep.”

–          Dewey Db

(Founder of Glitch Hop Forum)

“Glitch hop get its roots from hip hop, obviously looking at its name. It’s a kid or a man- not a rap star or his ego- doing whatever the fuck they want with a what-would-be hip-hop beat. It’s taking the swagger of a rap beat and glitching / stuttering / repeating the shit out of it in an intelligent OR unintelligent way. It’s taking hiphop vocals and mashing them through a blender. It’s NOT tailoring a specific beat for kanye or jayZ, rather to embrace a dancefloor, impress your friends, or just for your own 2010 glitchy satisfaction. And oh yeah, it’s also about the bass. :)”

–          Freddy Todd

(Up and coming Glitch Hop Producer)

“‘glitch hop’ seems to be the most common name for a genre of music which involves electronic production, loud synthetic bass, a hiphop/crunk feel and often (but not necessarily) includes edgy music production techniques which are normally heard in IDM.

although predominantly heard at festivals and underground parties on the west coast of North America it has been gaining popularity in Europe, Australia and Asia lately.”

–          ill gates

(Master Glitch Hop Producer)

“Glitch is taking what most people would consider an error or a mistake and working it into something great sounding.  Like distortion is to an electric guitar, glitch is to electronic production.”

–          Kraddy

(Master Glitch Hop Producer / Former member of The Glitch Mob)

“In a very narrow sense, the term “glitch-hop” could be interpreted as ‘mid-tempo, twisted hip-hop beat with distorted, heavy bass and acapellas’, but I rather see it as a tentative name which somehow stuck and is now wide-spread (relatively at least). It is rather directed outwards to encompass various music styles sometimes also referred to as: acquacrunk, turbo crunk, lazer bass, future blap, future beatz, street bass, heavy bass, wonky, hyphy, usually falling within the broader categories of IDM, EDM and recently, quite often flirting with dubstep”

–          Docktor Krank

(Runs highly respected Glitch Hop Blog)

“Glitch-Hop is like Hip Hop stuck into a blender whipped and then poured over layers of Bass lasagna and topped with a good heaping of Rave Synth Sauce and some 8-bit samples of Chucky Cheese Parmesan”

–          Mochipet

(Producer / Founder of Daly City Records)

“Glitch hop is hip hop based IDM, music heavy with bass and rich in provocative melodic contortions, chopped up samples and artfully designed combinations of ancient drum beats and futuristic sounds. Largely rejecting traditional instrumentation for erroneously produced noises not found in nature, glitch hop is the brash back-talking ethos of HELL YES, I’m pushing buttons- and look what it does to my dance floor. It is the musical representation of the post-modern void of a world in which we live that could end any second with the press of another kind of button. Glitch hop symbolizes the failure of technology and the debunking of the myth of progress. Progress will not save us- but dancing just might.”

–           Shilo

(Runs one of the most well known Glitch Hop/West Coast blogs on the web)

“I think glitch-hop in the most basic sense is just a geeky take on hip hop… splash some slowed down IDM patterns on some bass and add some weird sounds that someone might bob their head to and you’ve pretty much there.”

–          Sugarpill

(Up and coming Glitch Hop Producer)

“It’s slutty imo” “Well I’m drunk at some ho’s house. Write that down” “Glitch hop is about banging groupies till sunrise”

–          Ben Samples

(Up and coming Crunk Producer)

“I think Glitch-Hop is definitely more than just “bass” music by the very fact that it’s prefaced by the term “Glitch.” To me this genre has taken influence from a sort of “Glitch Design Philosphy,” which I interpret to be the act of exploiting any technology available for artistic gain; usually in ways different from the intended use of a particular technology being used. By virtue of the fact that this genre is explicitly influenced by Hip-Hop music, it is then only natural that it is also bass music.

For example, today I was browsing some tutorials from Tom Cosm that one of our bloggers, Binary Ally, had posted about how to make really fast rhythmically-sequenced pseudo-random fx automations. Even though Tom was accomplishing this through Ableton, I would say the techniques he used were clearly hacks in the sense that he exploited several routing/chaining features in a highly inventive way. He didn’t just go in and automate everything by hand, which would have probably taken on the order of days to accomplish, but instead accomplished this similar effect on the order of minutes. It’s truly boundary pushing stuff.”

–          Scott Novich (Great Scott)

(Founder of

Here are some clear examples of what Glitch Hop sounds like. BOOM!

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