Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Presenting "Pin Ups" - New UKGH night for London


Glitch & Bowl in London town!

On 19th September 2014 a new Glitch Hop club night hits central London.  From 9pm-3am some of the UK's hottest talent hits Bloomsbury Lanes WC1 for a night of phat tunes, big vibes and if we're lucky plenty of strikes!

Joint the Facebook event page HERE for more info.


UK Glitch Hop crew from Colony Productions, Wonk#ay Records and Skanky Panky Records have clubbed together to bring this for you so whatever style of Glitch Hop you're into, expect some top notch tunes.

DJs on the 1st night are…


Skope (Adapted Records)
https://soundcloud.com/skopeuk

Vent (Colony Productions)
https://soundcloud.com/vent

William Breakspear (Skanky Panky Records)
https://soundcloud.com/william-breakspear

Bunkle & Duskky (Wonk#ay Records)
https://soundcloud.com/duskky
https://soundcloud.com/bunkle-music

Krymes (Colony Productions)
https://soundcloud.com/krymespage

Tickets are available from http://pinups.ticketsource.co.uk/ but move quick and get some in advance to get them for the frankly ridiculous price of 
£3.  Otherwise £5 on the door (still a bargain even if we say so ourselves!)


On top of the bargain door price, Wonk#ay Records will be giving away download codes to the first 50 people through the door for their next EP by "Twins are loud".

Want to know about future PinUps events? Like the Facebook page! ;)



www.twitter.com/pinupsuk
www.facebook.com/ukglitchhop
www.bloomsburylive.com

Monday, 18 August 2014

UKGH Radio Archives



Hey UK Glitch Hoppers!  Been a minute since our last blog post, but there's plenty going on over at UK Glitch Hop HQ… more news coming soon about our new club night for London, the new format for our Glitch.FM radio shows and releases & gigs from your favourite UK Glitch Hop labels.

Our radio archives are available on Soundcloud, and now Mixcloud too!  Over the last 2 years we have smashed out over 110 shows.  Whether from the Morbidly Obese Midget, Colony Productions, Skanky Panky Records, Wonk#ay Records, Beta Test, Mouldy Soul, Your Niece or a whole host of other guest DJs the shows have always been full of killer jams and info about your favourite genre.

You can listen again to most of the shows on Soundcloud, and we try to keep this playlist updated with all the latest shows!  Most of them can be downloaded too!


Due to popular demand, our latest shows are now also available on Mixcloud by clicking the image below…

Don't forget you can listen LIVE to UK Glitch Hop on www.glitch.fm every Wednesday night from 10pm - midnight UK time of course!  Big ups!

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Review: The Glitch Mob / Opiuo / Your Niece @ The Forum, Kentish Town, London, 30 May 2014

Mike Wabro (glitchrate) reports on The Glitch Mob's Love Death Immortality Tour from a sweat-soaked Forum. Opiuo and our kid Your Niece in support.



We arrive at The Forum just in time to catch the end of Your Niece’s first opening set of the night. It seemed like he had set a great tone for the night’s events.

London goes mad for Opiuo

Kiwi glitch-hop don, Opiuo was next to hit the stage and was greeted with a huge reception from the crowd. Boasting a new live setup replete with laptop, controller, mixer, fresh drum-pad & his big orange drum-sticks, he began knocking out the beats live over his set - moving swiftly into, and mixing seamlessly between, some of the new corkers like 'Clumpy Cider', 'Snorkle' and 'Misty Digit' from his latest album, Meraki. His staple crowd favourite remixes of Koan Sound and Ray Charles got the, now nearly full, dance-floor vibing, bums shaking to his infectious stage energy. As ever, he kept his set diverse and fun - effortlessly spanning between tempos and styles - yet always with that trademark, cheeky, super funked-up Opiuo sound we have grown to love so much. After a set filled with more funky fun than you can shake a glitchy stick at, the whole place was buzzing with anticipation of The Glitch Mob.

Mike & Donna during Opiuo’s set

Your Niece got his second sneaky 15 minute set of the night on after that, whilst the stage was set for the mighty Mob, starting with Boards Of Canada’s 'Dayvan Cowboy'. The dancefloor started cramming fuller than a sardine can. As I was pressed hard against the front side wall of the live mixing desk area, I realized then that the dancefloor had not actually been full at all until that point. I wondered again why they chose The Forum over Electric at Brixton- as they did on their last tour. Crowd dispersion, sound system, & room acoustics all seemed to suffer somewhat at The Forum.

The lights dimmed. That sudden feeling of being at a massive rock gig- crowd screaming with all hands in the air as Ooah, Boreta & ediT walked onto the stage. As the stunning lazer light show began, the mysterious cover was drawn away, to reveal the massive silhouettes of their awesome new drums- looking like an HR Geiger inspired fusion of a jumbo jet engine and a Kyoto Drum. Each of them had the same setup in front of them, with the massive drum behind them, another electronic kit below that, & a pillar in front with 4 ipad-like screens in each, angled down facing towards the crowd- on which they played most of the riffs live, in divided colour quadrants that lighted up each time they did.


The energy was immense as they began pounding their drums with explosive visuals to the tune of the epic, ‘Drive Like You Stole It’, from their previous album, 'Drink The Sea'. Surrounded by such a diversely eclectic array of people, made for an electrically inclusive atmosphere. Their grueling schedule of almost a show in a different country every alternate day, had clearly done nothing to hamper their energetic spirit and passion for their sound, and the love for their fans.


I must confess that by that stage, the rounds of beer & shots in-between in celebration of my extended birthday, had started taking effect as the specifics of which track was which, became somewhat blurred- especially since they were mixing tracks into one another. All the epic bangers: the old & a lot of the new off their latest seminal album, ‘Love Death Immortality’. I was fully enveloped in their performance. I remembered the contrast of seeing them in their very early days on their first ever UK visit in 2008- in the very shanty surroundings of the Rhythm Factory. That was like sitting on a couch in someone’s over-sized living room, watching a bunch of guys having fun mixing tunes up all-over each other on one controller. This, in contrast, was like an extremely tight and flawless extravaganza of sound and visual orgasm! The Glitch Mob are undeniably a powerful force now, entirely unique with their own take on that infamous big West Coast Lazer Crunk Metal sound- yet always relevant & nodding to the current sound.

twitter.com/theglitchmob
After their last song, it did not take long for them to be screamed back on stage for an encore, dropping one of my favourites, 'We Can Make The World Stop' - which seemed like a climax for the crowd- with extra high crowd jumping & fist pumping action. They ended with the new rework of 'West Coast Rocks' - to huge standing applause and Glitch Mob finger signs. They seemed so happy, taking a moment to take a bunch of selfies against the backdrop of the crowd, while Boreta took to the mic & confessed how much it meant to them to have so much love & appreciation from the UK crowd- as all their influences came from UK.

facebook.com/theglitchmob
This was my third time watching The Glitch Mob preform over the years; and they certainly didn’t disappoint. I had to buy a T-shirt this time- purely on the basis that my T-shirt was utterly sweat-drenched.

Mike & Lizzy after the show
To round things up, Your Niece took back to the decks, keeping the remaining crowd moving to some fresh ghetto bassy trap and dubstep. A brilliant night all-round.

By Mike Wabro (glitchrate) for UK Glitch Hop





Friday, 4 April 2014

UK GLITCH HOP AWARDS - BEST OF 2013 POLL WINNERS


As voted for by YOU!

BEST PRODUCER OF 2013 (UK)
Tipper



BEST PRODUCER OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)
Mr.Bill



BEST NEWCOMER OF 2013 (UK)
Mat Tha Hat 



BEST NEWCOMER OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)
CloZee

Crédit Photo: Maxime FORT

BEST LIVE ACT (UK)
Koan Sound



BEST LIVE ACT (INTERNATIONAL)
Opiuo



BEST DJ (UK)
Odjbox

Photo by Khris with a K

BEST TRACK OF 2013 (UK)
Tryptich & Dephicit - Get Dirty [Colony Productions]


BEST TRACK OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)
Stickybuds & South Crew feat. Rage - Bouncy Bouncy [Apapted Records]



BEST REMIX OF 2013 (UK)
Krafty Kuts - Feel Like Jumpin (Krossbow Remix) [Instant Vibes] 



BEST REMIX OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)
Defunk feat. Sam Klass, Vindaloo - I Put A Spell On You (Blunt Instrument Remix) [Simplify Recordings]


BEST EP OF 2013 (UK)
Various - Scoured Cream: Vol.03 [Scour Records]

  
BEST EP OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)
Nico Luminous - Music is my Spaceship [Muti Music] 


BEST ALBUM OF 2013 (UK & International)
Mr Bill - The Collaborative Endeavors: A Glitch Opera



BEST COMPILATION OF 2013 (UK & International)
The Glitch Shop - Glitch Shop Vol.1


BEST LABEL (UK)
Riddim Fruit



BEST LABEL (INTERNATIONAL)
Adapted Records


BEST NIGHT (UK)
Koan Sound Presents... 


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

2nd Birthday Party + Awards Shortlists


Celebrate UK Glitch Hop's 2nd birthday + Glitch.fm's milestone 5th year with a traditional East End knees up on Friday 4th April at Juno on Shoreditch High Street. We'll be revealing the winners of the 2013 UK Glitch Hop Awards Poll about 8pm then glitching the night away with UK Glitch Hop residents + super special guests Stickybudz + Mat Tha Hat!!

Tickets are £5 from here: http://tinyurl.com/me722tx 
http://www.facebook.com/events/588162641271275/ 

And because we've kept you waiting long enough already. Here in alphabetical order, as voted for by YOU, are the.... 


2013 UK GLITCH HOP AWARDS SHORTLISTS


BEST TRACK OF 2013 (UK)

Skope - RollerSkates [Adapted Records]
Tipper - Shatterbox (VIP Mix) [Tipper Music] 
Tryptich & Dephicit - Get Dirty [Colony Productions]

BEST REMIX OF 2013 (UK)

Reso - Axion (Koan Sound Remix) [Civil Music]
Krafty Kuts - Feel Like Jumpin (Krossbow Remix) [Instant Vibes]
Mustard Tiger - The Grip (Skope Remix) [Adapted Records]

BEST TRACK OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)

mc2 - Wesh Up [Glitch Hop Community]
Slynk & Crazy Daylight - Moustache Ride [Adapted Records]
Stickybuds & South Crew feat. Rage - Bouncy Bouncy [Apapted Records] 

BEST REMIX OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)

Defunk feat. Sam Klass, Vindaloo - I Put A Spell On You (Blunt Instrument Remix) [Simplify Recordings]
Rebirth- Interpersonal Communication (Ratchet Remix) [Street Ritual]
Sun - On My Radio (Stickybuds & Mr. Bill Remix) [Mr Bills Tunes] 

BEST EP OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)

Cheshire - The Funkd Up EP [Adaped Records] 
Nico Luminous - Music is my Spaceship [Muti Music]
Spoonbill - Boca Fiesta [Addictech Records] 

BEST EP OF 2013 (UK) 

Joe Ford - The Mission EP [Caliber Music] 
Skope - Rollerskates & Hoverboards EP [Adapted Records] 
Tipper - Dusty Bubblebox EP (Tipper Music)
Various - Scoured Cream: Vol.03 [Scour Records] 

BEST ALBUM OF 2013 (UK & International)

Defunk - Welcome to Groove City
K+Lab - Spacedirt
Mr Bill The Collaborative Endeavors - A Glitch Opera

BEST COMPILATION OF 2013 (UK & International)

Adapted Records - The Best of Adapted Records Vol.1 
The Glitch Shop - Glitch Shop Vol.1
UK Glitch Hop - This is UK GLitch Hop vol.1

BEST LABEL (UK)

Omni Temple 
Riddim Fruit 
Scour Records 

BEST LABEL (INTERNATIONAL)

Adapted Records 
Caliber Music 
Glitch Hop Community 

BEST PRODUCER OF 2013 (UK)

Joe Ford 
Skope 
Tipper 

BEST NEWCOMER OF 2013 (UK)

Mat Tha Hat 
Nimbus 
Mr.50 

BEST PRODUCER OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)

Gramatik
Mr.Bill 
Stickybuds

BEST NEWCOMER OF 2013 (INTERNATIONAL)

Cheshire 
CloZee 
Minoru 

BEST LIVE ACT (UK)

Dephicit
Koan Sound 
Krossbow

BEST LIVE ACT (INTERNATIONAL)

Beats Antique 
Gramatik 
Opiuo

BEST NIGHT (UK)

Electric Empire
Koan Sound Presents... 
Rawk Music

BEST DJ (UK)

Odjbox
Orangudan 
DJ Switch 
William Breakspear 

Commiserations to those who haven't made it this far, but we hope you can still join us for the awards party with free entry for all nominated artists!

For everyone else, tickets are £5 from here: http://tinyurl.com/me722tx 

Be there or be a pixelated square!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Glitching Out in March

*Scroll down to plan your social life this month!*


Saturday 1st March @ Hare 'n' Hounds Birmingham

UK Glitch Hop Awards Tour

Beta Test Records and Jam Hott are pleased to confirm the arrival of the seminal UK Glitch Hop crew to the second city. Tickets @ http://www.theticketsellers.co.uk/tickets/beta-test-records-and-jam-hott-present-uk-glitch-hop-awards-tour/10030484


Friday 7th March @ Electrowerz, London
Carousel V: The Casino

The infamous fairground returns to the amazing Islington Metal works, filling its 3 floors and 7+ rooms with all the magic, mystery and mayhem we can muster! 

✯ HALL OF MIRRORS - the ITCHY & SKRATCHY show ✯

♥ Itchy & Skratchy DJs
♣ JFB
♦ Neon Steve
♠ Odjbox
♥ Pimpsoul



Friday 7th March @ The Lanes, Bristol

Tremor Soundsystem and Bass Jump Presents.... Ed Solo


Tremor Soundsystem and Bass Jump proudly present one of the head honcho's of the legendary 'Jungle Cakes' label
With support coming from..
Bear Twists (Scour Records/Tremor Soundsystem)
Magnusonfire (Bass Jump)
Leo (Scour Records / Bass Jump)
Matt Ma G (Tremor Soundsystem)
Tickets on Sale now from Afterdark.co @ £5 + bf


Friday 14th March @ Brixton Jamm, London 

Activia Benz x Donky Pitch

Brighton's Donky Pitch host a joint showcase with Slugabed's label Activia Benz at Brixton Jamm. Lockah will  be previewing new album. Details here.



Saturday 29th March @ Blue Mountain, Bristol
Tremor Audio and WERK Presents….. FAR TOO LOUD & STICKYBUDS !


Full Line up…

FAR TOO LOUD (90min set)
STICKYBUDS
HOWLA
KOTCH
RENNY C
OLD SKOOL SCOTT-E
LEO b2b EAGLES AERIE
F-BLOCK
BEAR TWISTS
MATT MA G
MOLE HUG
ROBERT VAN RYN
AMITY

Early bird tickets £5 (only available at Tremor’s Ed Solo show at the Lanes on 07/03/14)
1st release tickets £7 (afterdark.co)
Final release tickets £9 (afterdark.co and the Bristol Ticket Shop)
M.O.T.D

Blue Mountain Club 2 Stokes Croft Bristol Avon BS1 3PR 




Sunday, 23 February 2014

4bstr4ck3r & Otist Reading: Digital Whomp interview

Abstracker and Otist Reading are making waves on the continent with the launch of Paris’s freshest new glitch and downtempo label Digital Whomp. With some awesome parties under their belt and a debut album now available from Bandcamp, Terrorbyte hit them up for some exclusive guest mixes and thought it only right to get a brief low down on their lo-fi exploits. 


4bstr4cker


Explain the name? 

It came from my love for abstract art and especially abstract music. Thing is, abstract arts let you interpret the way you want, and you give the meaning of it. I wanted to have the same with my music. Editing samples and programming virtual synths allows me to draw some pieces of music that can suggest what the listener wants to be suggested. Then at that time, my good friend Animal Beatz from our collective TSF Sound System was called Labtracker, so I looked for a name with tracker in it too in order to make something like a team name. I finally used the leet alphabet to make it more visual and secret.

How would you describe your music? 

Well I just can't. There are so many influences in it, such as Hip Hop, Dub(step), what is called world music, and all the electronic music range. With my older tracks I tried to make something that has no clear frontier between all these genres. I generally choose to write mid-tempo grooves, but it can be anything else really.


You’ve been running some parties in the French capitol. How has that been going? 

Yes, since I discovered the free parties with TSF something like 10 years ago, I immediately loved it and helped organising cool nights. A few years after, I decided to spread the Glitch Hop madness in France because nobody seemed to do it. I organised a small party with Mouldy Soul and William Breakspear but in the meantime I had the opportunity to host an event with OPIUO in one of the greatest places in Paris, le Divan du Monde (an old and beautiful theatre). I called those nights Digital Whomp because Whomp is THE name for this music style and wanted to make an echo of the other Whomp parties in other countries. The first one with Opiuo was a real success, I couldn't believe it, we filled the room and everybody loved it. Then we did the one with Mouldy Soul in a more intimate place. After those two episodes I couldn't stop the adventure and I managed two other nights in another club called Glazart, with AMB ,Vent, Flatmate, MC2, Opiuo again, ... These were great times and I felt that maybe the Glitch Hop movement could have its chance here.

You’ve just released your debut album on Digital Whomp, tell us about Whompadellic Trip? 

The Digital Whomp adventure has been so exciting and I wanted to push it forward by creating a label. I also chose that the label would focus more on the newcomers of the scene because there are so much talent out there that don't have the exposure they deserve. So I talked to producers I really believe in and proposed them to enter the team. It gave birth to a compilation of 8 smashing tracks, with artists such as Dephicit, Groove Status, CloZee, NiaTrine, Otist Reading, Filip Rasch, Orphic, and Master Minded. It is a free/donation release on bandcamp.

I quitted my job last year to focus on my music, but I can't do only that. I mean I can't focus on myself only and love to share the music of others, so I chose to manage this project that is super motivating. I also always dreamed to run a label since I was young and I just felt it was the good time to launch this project.


Who’s been your biggest influence? 

In Glitch Hop, I think it is Opiuo. I entered this music through The Glitch Mob, which I loved, but Opiuo was the one that brought the real funk in it. His live sessions are gold too!

What is the first thing you do when constructing a track? 

It depends, I generally build a basic beat and bass with older or new sounds, then I struggle editing and programming until I find something that's soulful and gets my attention. It's hard to say but here is an example: you have a cool track but nothing crazy, but then you add a new synth or vocal that makes the thing coherent and full. Finally I come back again on all the different elements. Sometimes I can work hours without having this subtle change, but once I have it, I fell I can start a track.

Any special tricks you swear by in the studio? 

Hum not really, I write everything on my laptop with my fingers. I have a midi keyboard but rarely use it and the other gear is for live performances. No real tricks I think, I am not super fast when writing tunes. Anyway I just wait to feel inspired enough, I generally write music for 2 weeks then stop for 2 weeks, approximately.

What equipment do you use in the studio? 

Ableton Live (still verson 8), Massive, Z3ta, rarely FM8 and Blue, and a lot of samples (i freakin love editing them)

Where do you see yourself in a few years? What’s next? New years resolution? 

Haha I'm not an ambitious person, but I hope music will allow me to travel and meet crazy people. I love sharing, I think that's all on a label side there's a Rob-o-tek track we will release with remixes of some Digital Whomp artists. Filip Rasch will drop a EP soon too. Other cool projects are about to come but I prefer keeping things secret for now.

Top 5 tracks of 2013? 

Wow this is so hard to say, 2013 has been a huge year ! But here I try:

AMB - Dirt Forever
Cheshire - Get Down (Staunch remix)
Skope - Good To Me
Tipper - Shatterbox (VIP)
Culprate vs Dodge&Fuski - Vice
And special big up to Mr 50, Qubit, MC2 and Beat Fatigue for their top notch funk ! But i'm feeling guilty now not selecting everyone I like ^^

https://soundcloud.com/abstracker
https://soundcloud.com/digitalwhomp

OTIST READING


Explain the name? 

When I started electronic music, I knew some artists who have used the misappropriation of famous names! I liked it because humour helps people to easily remember your name! And there were already so many dj and producer who used short names like "Kwak", "push", "wook", "zoom", "dash" and still hundreds more! I chose a name from the legendary artists that I like and whose sounding was well anchored in people's heads, I changed a letter here and there for me and that name is "Otis Redding" became "Otist reading" Otist = autist, because I think every producer of electronic music (especially me) have a side "autist" when they create their sounds! "Reading" because the music binds and connects!

How would you describe your music? 

Well, before making electronic music, I self-taught acoustic instruments such as guitar, piano, bass, double bass and accordion, and electronic music came to me! Before the Glitch Hop, I experienced many musical styles like Breakcore, Electronica, Ambient Dub, then Dubstep! But Hip Hop was always present in all my compositions and when I listen to the first Glitch Hop tracks, I said to myself: "This is it!" A mix between powerful basslines of Dubstep, Groove Funk, Hip Hop rhythms, the disintegration of Breakcore, accompanied synthesizers that have'm crazy glitch, that's what I try to do!


You’ve been Paris too, what’s the scene like there? 

Yes, Paris is an amazing city for events around electronic music! I was very happy to have a few dates there, and each time, the public was beautiful, there are all kinds of people and there are a lot of things, people really have a choice, so you know if they are there, it is to see you play!

Who’s been your biggest influence? 

Hard to tell ... then in chronological order, I'll say: Pink Floyd, Black Bérurier, Assasin, Cypress Hill, Amon Tobin, Label Wordsound, Aphex Twin, Broken Note, Tipper, Koan Sound, Opiuo and many more

What is the first thing you do when constructing a track? 

I do not have a usual recipe, I like to let me go on the sounds that catches my ear but I usually start by working on the beat on a basic melody I have developed then work on a bass line.

Any production tips you’d like to share? 

Yes, when I'm sure with my melodic phrase, I very often transpose my MIDI track in each VST on my composition and I often have very good surprises!

What equipment do you use in the studio? 

I have a computer of course, pregnant HS80 yamaha keyboard, Akai APC40, one pad sampler roland SP connected to the turntables with many records of all genres, and a microphone to record any acoustic instruments such as drums, guitar, etc.

What’s next? New years resolution? 

Next year, I see myself in my studio to compose more fresh tracks again, but mostly I see myself around the world doing a maximum amount of live performances! I dream of playing in the biggest festivals on the planet! There may be a mini tour of Canada planned for spring 2014! Travel is the most beautiful thing that music can offer us!

Top 5 tracks of 2013? 

Feel Roll in - MC2
Get Funky - Habstrakt
We Want - Khurt Velkro
Velkro Envy ft Thankyou City - Opiuo
Fluxillary - Mr Bill & Hedflux

https://soundcloud.com/otist-reading-1

As previously mentioned, Whompadellic Trip is now available from Bandcamp. Grab your own copy now!