Substatic; they’ve been up to stuff

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So, “what’s been going on in the world of Substatic?” I hear you ask. Gather ‘round, I’ll tell you.

Well, mostly the Bristol based Indie-Electro trio have been chained to the mixing desk. Spending their time slaving away in Substatic HQ, the guys and gal have been preparing a brand new live show and tracks for a forthcoming release. If you’ve been keeping an eye on their SoundCloud page you’ll have been treated to a stream of demo versions coming straight out the studio. The most prominent of these is a new version of ‘Bloodlust’. It was back in April that the first demo of Bloodlust surfaced but this new upload is cleaner, more refined. Instruments are given more space within the mix to make themselves heard, which compliments Colleen’s croon better and more emphasis on the Acid build lends and new level of excitement to the tune. ‘Drawn In Chalk’, the most recent track to emerge, eases you in with an atmospheric opening and some really nice lyrical imagery. It’s definitely epic in scope and sound. Powerful too, with Alex and Steve conveying just as much of an emotional narrative with the shifting moods of the tune as the layered, emotive, vocals. ‘Inside These Walls’ brings together influences from Drum & Bass, Electro-House and ElectroPop in that way only Substatic can. The most Poppy and catchy of the new batch, ‘Inside These Walls’ show Colleen on top form in Pop chanteuse mode while the guys mix up deep basses and broken beats but never let them run amok and cause chaos.

♫ Substatic – Bloodlust (Demo.)

♫ Substatic – Drawn In Chalk (Demo.)

♫ Substatic – Inside These Walls (Demo.)

So now you know what’s going on!

Substatic are just starting to announce some new shows for this year including 26th August at our very own Start The Bus in Bristol and 14th September at one of my favourite London venues, The Dublin Castle in Camden, London.

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Ellie Goulding & Bassnectar; the video

Well, they’ve gone and taken the video for ‘Lights’ by Ellie Goulding and chopped it up to fit Bassnectar’s reMix of the tune.

I’m not sure how much crossover there is between heavy Dubstep and fluffy ElectroPop, but Bassnectar does a bloody good job of trying.

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Cenob1te

Kick out those mid-week blues with Dubstep duo Cenob1te.

Cenob1te are part of the Chocago based Electro, Drum & Bass & DubstepDead Fame collective which includes electronic rumors faves Midnight Conspiracy. Their track, ‘Hell’, is pure, unashamed robotic evil. Textbook Electro heavy Dubstep that infects both body and brain.

Cenob1te – Hell (Original Mix)

Check out more from Cenob1te on SoundCloud.

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Gwaiiu (ex-of CHEW LiPS) reMixes Thomas Tantrum

Thomas Tantrum are a Southampton based Indie-Pop outfit who’s new single, ‘Hot Hot Summer’, has been reMixed by Gwaiiu.

Gwaiiu is none other than Will Sanderson, ex member of CHEW LiPS, who applies his ElectroPop skills to the track to create an awesome mid-tempo head nodder. Driven by electronic burbling and chirping and a solid beat and more than a little Dubstep influence. It’s actually like a Dubstep early Gary Numan track with female vocals. Interesting stuff!

Check it out:

Thomas Tantrum – Hot Hot Summer (Gwaiiu reMix)

‘Hot Hot Summer’ is 5th june.

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Purity Ring

I don’t know much about Purity Ring beyond what was contained in the email we received, they seem to have a few fans on Facebook so maybe I’ve been missing out on something.

I know they are a duo composed of Corin Roddick and Megan James, I know they are Canadian, and I know the music a completely enchanting. Mixing up BedroomPop and Dubstep on their début single ‘Ungirthed’. There might, at first glance, be a contradiction between the deep , spooky heavy bass and the cute, quaint, vocals and melodies, but the the two halves of the track combine to form a whole greater than the sum of it’s parts. Like a kitten with a switchblade you don’t know whether to be scared of ‘Ungirthed’ or embrace it, but what you will do is nod your head and become enveloped in Purity Ring’s soundscape.

Purity Ring – Ungirthed

‘Ungirthed’ is released this month on 7”.

Purity Ring @ Pure Groove

Purity Ring @ Plastic In Paper

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What have Substatic been up to?

Well…holed up in some kind of Substatic bunker writing tunes, that’s what.

After extensive gigging their highly recommended début EP for the past year (and, I presume, taking a couple of months to get over making it into electronic rumorstop 5 tracks of 2011!) it was time for Bristol’s finest Electro trio to get their groove on and look to their next release. They have let two demos form their next release into the wild via their SoundCloud page. The first to see the light of day was ‘Bloodlust’, a laidback, slightly Dubsteppy, tune with an air of tension running throughout, but in instrumentation and Colleen’s borderline lamentation vocal delivery. Then there is ‘Gold’, a track that deserves to be played loud. ‘Gold’ is an in-your-face Electro beast, Substatic have assimilated both Dubstep and Electro-House’s synth work and sprinkled it with an ElectroPop sheen. ‘Gold’ will defiantly be one of this summers anthems.

Bearing in mind that these are both still works-in-progress, it seems Substatic’s next release will be something to get excited about.

♫ Substatic – Gold (Demo.)

♫ Substatic – Bloodlust (Demo.)

Substatic’s ‘Days Go On’ EP and ‘Days Go On: the_reMixes’ are both available now.

Substatic @ Juno

Substatic @ 7Digital

Substatic @ Amazon

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The new Katy B video; ‘Broken Record’

Katy B is REALLY growing on me! I’ve said before I have a big soft spot for female vocals with a bit of a uniqueness, a quirkiness to them and Katy totally fits the bill. There’s some awesome tunes there too. Her new single ‘Broken Record’ has been on repeat here most of the morning and luckily enough the video has just been premiered.

So have a gander:

Broken Record” drops on 27th March with remixes from Zinc, DJ Fresh, Jacques Greene and Todd Edwards.

Katy B @ Beatport

Katy B @ Juno

Katy B @ 7Digital

Katy B @ Amazon

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Substatic’s reMix EP

Our favourite Bristol based Electro outfit Substatic rock back next month with the reMix flipside to their amazing ‘Days go On’ EP of last year.

The ‘Days Go On: the_reMixes’ EP contains five blistering versions of those tracks which, should you have bought the EP, have been in your head for the last six months. With a definite Dubstep and D&B slant, the collection ranges from Junk’s D&B powerhouse take on ‘Closer’ to Koudbreak’s deep, almost Trip-Hoppy mix of the same It seems Substatic have chosen their reMixers well, the whole EP flows nicely without any one act sounding too much like the next. Highlights of the EP have to be the aforementioned Junk mix, Lightfires’ string heavy House/Pop clash version of ‘Wild Horses’ and the broken beats Dubstep of Sismique ‘s mix of ‘Edge Of Your Love’.

♫ Substatic – Wild Horses (Lightfires reMix)

Substatic – Edge Of Your Love (Sismique reMix)

Would have like a massive French-House/Nu-Disco mix of ‘Closer’, but you can’t have everything, can you?

‘Days Go On: the_reMixes’ is released 1st March, the original ‘Days Go On’ EP is available now.

Substatic @ Juno

Substatic @ 7Digital

Substatic @ Amazon

Photo by Mark Davis

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Danger Vs. Nero

We’ve already bigged-up Nero’s new video game Dubstep tune ‘Me & You’. It’s a track we’re really digging. Just to add to out love of the tune 8-bit Electro-House guru Danger has dropped his reMix of the track.

Danger creates a hybrid of his console Electro and the original’s 80’s action movie theme epicness dropping ElectroPop riffs over the track’s power chords to awesome effect. It’s been a while since we heard anything from Danger, let’s hope this is remedied soon with an EP in the works.

Nero (Feat. Alana) – Me & You (Danger reMix)

Nero release ‘Me And You’ on 3rd January on MTA.

Nero @ Beatport

Nero @ Juno

Nero @ 7Digital

Nero @ Amazon

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Nero – ‘Me And You’, the video

I’m absolutely loving Nero’s latest Dubstep offering ‘Me And You’!

The track, championed by Annie Mac, is like an 80’s action movie theme, Dubstep style! With extra helpings of video game goodness, the video is perfectly fitting too.

Nero drop ‘Me And You’ on 3rd January.

Nero @ Beatport

Nero @ Juno

Nero @ 7Digital

Nero @ Amazon

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