Open Source: Magic Money

By Open Source

Open SourceWe’re back with another exclusive from Open Source.  Like Cold Room (covered here previously) Magic Money is a departure from Matt’s older techno productions, but maintains the dark vibe, intelligent arrangement and crisp production.

We’ll be on the lookout for more material from Matt in 2011.

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Download: Magic Money (mp3)

Kill By Inches – Kings In Queens (Instrumental)

Kill By Inches at McCarren Park

Kings In Queens is probably my all time favorite KBI jam. The song is a stew of musical styles dominated by a deep, super low groove. Rather than come up with a different guitar riff, I just followed Kevin’s bass line and tried to thicken it up. Guitar (Steinberger GM, with EMG 85s) is wearing gauge .011 strings and is tuned down to D. The verse riff is played through the neck pickup and the tone pot was used to boost the bass and create big dirt.

While the words (and vocals) are a huge part of the song I think it more than holds its own as an instrumental and I came across this outtake from a 1998 session.

Happy New Year!

Turn it up to 2011. New releases are in the queue as well as lots previously unreleased material. Thanks for tuning in.

Kill By Inches – Underdog

Underdog was a Kill By Inches crowd fave which survived a few vocalist changes. We recorded a few versions of it, but this was the only one that was released on a demo CD.

Featuring Kevin Oriol on bass, Steve on drums and Alex (me) on guitar this version was recorded at Electric Plant Studios sometime in early 1998. The silly photo is an outtake from the Down To 3hree CD sleeve shoot, taken by Beth Benfatti. (Down To 3hree EP would be recorded in early 1999.)

Kill By Inches – Desecrate The Flesh (with Jeff Blanchard)

By Kill By Inches

Ink was the topic of a few KBI tracks, and Desecrate The Flesh is probably the first one that comes to mind. Many versions were recorded, with different vocalists and guitarists.

This one was recorded on January 12, 1998 at Electric Plant Studios with Jeff Blanchard (check out his new band: Eyes Of The Sun) on vocals and Kev, Steve and me (Alex) laying down the rest. A heavy-ass track, this one was often requested during live shows. I’ll put up a another version of it soon.

Kill By Inches – E.F.S. (Instrumental)

By Kill By Inches

Another instrumental KBI jam from the 1998 session at Electric Plant Studios. Once again, Kevin Oriol is rocking the bass, Steve beating the crap out of his drums and I’m on guitar. E.F.S. (Everything Fucking Sucks) was one of my all time KBI faves.

Steve wrote the lyrics but then lost them so it always remained an instrumental. (I remember reading the words once and they were really good. Oh, well.)

Kill By Inches – Animal Farm (Instrumental)

By Kill By Inches

KBI at Electric Plant Studios. January 12, 1998. (Holy shit that’s long ago.) Kev on bass, Steve on drums, me on guitar. Party like its 1998.

If I remember correctly, Animal Farm was always an instrumental so what you’re hearing is the real deal. (I think Kev might have had words at some point but not sure what happened to them.)

Dig it. More KBI to come.

Nastee Stuff

By Alek Biotic

nasteeStuffNastee Stuff is a funky techno jam with a thick bass line, a quality it shares with a few previously covered tracks including Overtone.  About 4 minutes into the track the bass riff is stripped down but the beat is augmented with lots of percussion.  I’ve contemplated making that break more dominant in the track since it was more along the lines of material I would play when DJing, but ended up preserving the original format of the track.

While the track is over 6 years old, it was never aggressively shopped and therefore never released. So here it goes. Let me know if you want the original (.wav) version and I’ll get you a copy.

By the way, the title is a quote occasionally used by Walt “Clyde” Fraizer when calling Knicks games. If I remember correctly the last Knick to stuff nastily would have to be Latrell Spreewell, so he deserves partial title credit.

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Download: Nastee Stuff (mp3)

Mantra

By Alek Biotic

MadeOnEarthReleased in 2002, Mantra appeared on one of the first Made On Earth compilations released by Bush Records.  As Bush was one of my favorite labels at the time having the track picked up by Eric Powell (label owner) was a real treat.  Alongside Mantra were productions by Sean Colt and DJ Kruze, another bonus.

Mantra itself is a raw, loopy track inspired by one of my favorite producers, DJ CZR.  In fact, if I remember correctly, a part of the beat was sampled from a DJ CZR record.

As it turns out I can’t for the life of me find the original digital file of this track.  Its either buried somewhere on some disc, or maybe exists on a DAT someplace.  What I do have is a CD with it which has since become almost unplayable and is the reason you may hear some digital crackle on the MP3 link below. (And yes, I do have a few vinyl copies of the record, but the decks are not accessible at the moment and the busted CD was the best available option for this post.)

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Fresh Mix by DJ GaZeLL: GaZeLL Step

By DJ GaZeLL

l_00813cb1f5edf616546540e71819f6fcHere’s a fresh mix from the Florida based (but Brooklyn born, um hum) DJ GaZeLL. You may know Gazell by his vintage Drum ‘n Bass and TechStep sets which he frequently dropped all over Florida, but here’s a slightly different vibe from the man who has never shied away from experimentation.

For more info on this rising artist check out his SoundCloud page, as well as his side project: Tone Death.

Track listing is below.  A couple of my dub step faves, Swagga and Innosence are represented, and in fact, nicely blended.  Word.

Track List:
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JellyBass – No Love (??? Remix)
Gangster – Trolley Snatcha Remix
Rihanna – Rude Boi (Chrispy Remix)
Swagga – Datsik & Excision
Nero – Innocence
Eminem – Superman (Styust Zooted Remix)
Emikay – - When I Look At You
Major Lazer – Hold The Line (Skream Remix)
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Rick Ross – Hustlin’ (AC Slater Remix)
Luda – How Low (Caspa Remix)
Prodigy – Breathe (Numbernin6 Remix)
Keasha – Tik Tok (Chrispy Remix)
Notorious BIG – You’re Nobody (Til Sombody Kills You)
Guns N Bombs – Riddle Of Steel (12th Planet & Tealong Remix)
Foreign Beggars – Seven Figure Swagger (Bar9 Remix)
Richie August – Stomp
Caspa – Big Headed Slags
Notorious BIG – Come On
Kyza – Go (Bar9 Remix)
Richie August – Cheers
Rob Sparx – What U Gonna Do feat. Zurcon (Numbernin6 Remix)