Tuesday, 26 February 2013

One year on

One year on from the start of the UK Glitch Hop community and radio show, Morbidly Obese Midget takes a moment to reflect on where we've come from and where we find ourselves in 2013

The first UK Glitch Hop radio show aired on Glitch.FM on 27 February 2012, exactly a year ago this week. I first had the idea when the US-based radio show put out a call for more DJs back in 2010. At the time I was listening to a lot of West Coast glitch hop and bass music - Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob and ill.gates - and wanted to bring these artists to the UK. I figured a radio show would be a pretty good place to start, but I didn't know enough other heads to share the rotation with.

Tipper, who many see as the originator of the sound, hadn't played the UK for years and was living somewhere out in the States. Your Niece was the first DJ I heard playing US crunk music in the UK, but he was busy with other projects at the time. Chrome Kids were also on it, but seemed to have their own thing going on already. Hudson Mohawke was getting a lot of attention with a Glasgow sound, but he was huge in his own right. I began to see other signs of life though. Australian producer Spoonbill had played the Inspiral Lounge at Glade in 2009 and fellow antipodean Opiuo was beginning to grab a lot of people's attention here with a refreshingly funky bounce. The Ghetto Funk crew were leading a mid-tempo breaks revolution, with Parker from Bristol and a guy called Jpod the Beat Chef from Canada playing a lot of Opiuo in their sets. Meanwhile dubstep had gone mainstream on both sides of the pond. Drumstep was starting to blur boundaries and tempos, while G-funk inspired post-dubstep producers like Joker were beginning to get picked up State-side alongside Skream and Benga. Skanky Panky had just started up in Liverpool, but it took me a while to discover they were from the UK.

Then a number of things happened that made me get my act together. First of all, The Glitch Mob and Bassnectar started making regular trips to the UK, playing big nights at Fabric, Matter and Koko. US glitch hop was reaching UK audiences, but where were the homegrown acts and local nights? That summer Zen Death Squad released an EP on pivotal US label Muti Music, which sounded like the UK's answer to The Glitch Mob. Then in November 2011 I heard Zane Lowe play Mr Brown by Koan Sound on Radio 1. Here were a couple of lads from Bristol making full and funky, squelchy glitch hop, AND getting it heard on prime time radio. Another young dubstep producer, Culprate, also took a decidedly funky mid-tempo turn on the same label, Inspected Records, whilst Mouldy Soul and Krossbow's debut EP on Colony Productions shot to the top of the chart on Addictech. Strong signs of some serious UK talent.

Having seen The Glitch Mob play to a packed crowd at Electric Brixton at the start of November, I set up a UK Glitch Hop Facebook community and made another call out for DJs. Mouldy Soul, Mike Wallis of Colony Productions, William Breakspear from Skanky Panky and Your Niece responded. Orangudan designed us a logo based on a jokey tagline about whomp sauce on fish and glitch.

It took until February to get the show off the ground on Glitch.FM, but once we did we instantly begun to find new heads with similar tastes, producers, DJs, listeners, friends of friends. The first show featured an interview with Zen Death Squad. We then began to host regular guest mixers from all the new DJs and producers that we kept coming across, as well as old friends – Inaudible, Beat3, SixAM, Vent, Shamanic Technology, Dephicit, earegular, Pistol Shrimp, It Takes Two to Tango, Spenghead, Tryptich. We began to notice more UK acts gets signed to US labels, not to mention a new Australian outfit called Adapted Records. People started to tune in regularly and to join us in the chat room or on Soundcloud where our archive now receives around 500 plays each week.

One year on and I'm proud to say that it now feels like we actually have UK scene. The Meteor, created by the Uppercut crew at Glade Festival, was a watershed moment. It brought together for the first time producers, DJs, crews and labels from all over the country who had been representing separately until that point. Those who played talked about how happy they were to play together, while for the audience it felt like something distinctly different. Many who'd never heard of glitch hop before returned home with new tunes in their heads and a new love in their hearts. There are now regular glitch hop nights in London, Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Liverpool and Worcester, with other DJs and producers doing their own thing in their own towns where a new night might spring up at any time.

To celebrate UK Glitch Hop's birthday, we've just held our first awards, an opportunity for our listeners to tell us what they've most enjoyed over the last year. Their impeccable tastes are a very true reflection of the way things are going. Opiuo, who has been the most positive influential force in the world for the last five years, was suitably rewarded a winner of five international categories; but he was closely followed by Koan Sound with three UK awards - a testament to their own huge impact and considerable originality and talent.

When I spoke to Freq Nasty at Glade in the summer, he told me that the UK would soon redevelop it's own style, distinct from the origins of Tipper and the influence of the West Coast. In the winners of the first UK Glitch Hop awards I feel that we're already there, with Koan Sound, Culprate&Maksim, Kursa, Reso, Standard&Push, Inspected Records and all of the UK artists on Adapted Records creating something that tastes uniquely here and now, with the influence of d'n'b producers like Spor as strong as any glitch hop act. Signed to OSWLA and with no signs of stopping, I reckon that Koan Sound will be the boys who take this inter-stellar, if they've not done so already. They're certainly set to conquer the US and beyond. Full power to them. 

Looking ahead, March 2013 sees the biggest concentration of glitch hop in the UK to date. It all kicks off with Shoreglitch, London's first monthly night, and our little UK Glitch Hop roadshow touring to Bristol and Liverpool. Then on 8 March Amon Tobin brings ISAM back to the UK one last time. The following week, on 16 March, the UK's leading psychedelic party promoters host US live act Beats Antique at :: Illumination :: alongside a strong home-grown line up. Towards the end of the month Opiuo returns for his second UK tour, with dates in Exeter, Bournemouth, Swansea and Brighton. He also plays two huge parties hosted by Koan Sound in Bristol and London. The month ends with another originator AMB playing yet another new London night and Omni Temple hosting its first major showcase in Bournemouth. Watch it grow.

Glitch Hop love has spread worldwide to, with our friends at Glitch Hop keeping on top of the bigger picture. International labels, artists and events from the US, Mexico, Europe, Russia, South Africa and Australia go from strength to strength.

Our little radio show definitely didn't start this, it didn't create this and it doesn't own this - in fact the term 'glitch hop' will probably become obsolete before long, as the sound continues to change - but we are glad to have been here to pulling people together while it's all been happening.  Huge love out to all our listeners and to the acts who continue to make UK Glitch Hop so pleasurable to our ears. Long may you reign!

Tune into UK Glitch Hop on Glitch.FM every Wednesday from 10PM-12PM GMT for exclusive guest mixes, the latest tunes, gig news and plenty of banter, or catch up with the archive here.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Glitch.FM #51 - William Breakspear / Awards Highlights - 2200-0000GMT Wednesday 20 February

Tune into Glitch.FM from 2200-0000GMT this Wednesday for highlights from the awards, with sets from Your Niece, Beta Test, Lone Drum, Morbidly Obese Midget & Orangudan plus your regular dose of presenter-shaped goodness from the one like William Breakspear.

Check out the archive from last week's show from the one and only YOUR NIECE below!

Love Filth presents ShoreGlitch III: William Breakspear / SixAM / It Takes Two To Tango / Standard & Push / Dyson @ Vibe Bar, London, Friday 1 March

Love Filth is going from strength to strength in its new monthly incarnation as Shoreglitch at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane. Huge line-up for Friday 1st March with our very own William Breakspear headlining alongside fellow Skanky Panky head SixAM; UK Glitch Hop Best Remix winners Standard&Push, fresh from the win; Simplify Recordings' latest UK signing It Takes Two To Tango, showcasing a new EP; plus resident head Dyson. Oh, and it's a birthday party for the Flithy3Some MCs. Funkin awesome!

WILLIAM BREAKSPEAR (Skanky Panky Records)

SIXAM (Skanky Panky Records)

IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO (Simplify Recordings)

STANDARD & PUSH (R3GMA, Adapted records)

DYSON (Boomtown/Zoola live)

Hosted By
SKOLA X & RIZLABLU (Filthy3Some)

6pm - 1am
Free b4 8/ £5 after

Vibe Bar
91-95 Brick Lane
E1 6QL

Twitter - love_filth
Contact - lovefilth@london.com

Mr. 50 - The City of Sin EP out today on Riddim Fruit Records!

Funkin' good City of Sin EP from Bristol's Mr. 50 out today as Juno exclusive on Riddim Fruit Records!! South West reprazent

STITCH N' GLITCH: ITCHY & SKRATCHY DJS / DEPHICIT / WAGGLES - Basement 45, Bristol, Friday 22 February

The UK's Best Glitch Hop DJs as voted for by YOU - Itchy & Skratchy DJ's play Basement 45 in Bristol this Friday with Dephicit + Waggles. CHAMPION!


MAIN ROOM: Hip-Hop / Glitch-Hop / Ghettofunk / Mashup

Nominated for 'Best DJ' in this years UK Glitch-hop Awards, the Itchy & Skratchy Djs are well known for smashing up any party across 4 decks with their endlessly enjoyable mashup style. Expect big remixes and huge vibes from this Devon trio.

Picking up no less than THREE nominations at this years Uk Glitch-hop awards (Best track, EP and best newcomer) Devon lad Dephicit has exploded onto the scene with his blend of chunky rhythmic bass and twisted riddims. 

Purveyor of the finest quality funky global bass and breaks, Waggles will be chopping, seasoning and funkanizing the floor with endless grin-tastic tunes. GET TO KNOW!

Devon Hip-Hop act INDEX will be performing some tunes from his long awaited debut album coming 2013. 



ROOM TWO: House, Electro, Techno


Expect full flavor funky decor and visuals throughout.


( 8 Frogmore Street, Bristol )

10 pm - 4 am

In association with UWE Fashion / Textile Design - Class of 2013
...Raising funds for London Graduate Fashion Week' Show '13

Sunday, 17 February 2013

1st Birthday Party & Awards photos @ Juno, London, Friday 15 February

UK Glitch Hop Award
Standard&Push - Best Remix
Tryptich picks up Best Night for Whomp
Itchy & Skratchy - Best DJs 
Lone Drum / Lumo
William Breakspear + Morbildy Obese Midget
Terrorbyte + Automaton LIVE
William Breakspear
Your Niece
Skanky Panky Represent

Saturday, 16 February 2013

UK Glitch Hop Awards Winners 2012


Huge thank you to everyone who came down to celebrate our 1st birthday and awards at Juno last night! The place was properly buzzing, so good to get the fam together. Thanks as well to Your Niece, William Breakspear, Automaton & Terrorbyte, Morbidly Obese Midget, Lone Drum and Orangudan for truly bouncing sets.  Massive congratulations to all our awards winners. Those who came down each went home with one of these custom made UK Glitch Hop trophies - complete with real chips.



Best Track (UK)
Culprate & Maksim - Nightmares in Reality

Best Track (International)
Opiuo - Fizz Tickler

Best Remix (UK)
Ill.Esha - Blazed (Standard & Push remix)

Best Remix (international)
Infected Mushroom - UR So Fucked (Opiuo remix)

Best EP (UK)
Koan Sound - The Adventures of Mr Fox

Best EP (international)
Opiuo - Butternut Slap Series

Best Album (UK)
Reso - Tangram

Best Album (international)
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes

Best Producer (UK)
Koan Sound

Best Producer (International)

Best newcomer (UK)

Best Newcomer (International)

Best Glitch Hop Label (UK)
Inspected Records

Best Label (International)
Adapted Records

Best live act (UK)
Koan Sound

Best international live act to play UK

Best DJ (UK)
Itchy & Scratchy DJs

Best Night (UK)

Thursday, 14 February 2013

UK Glitch Hop 1st Birthday Tour!!! London - 15 February / Bristol - 1 March / Liverpool - 2 March

Crack out the whomp sauce! The UK Glitch Hop road show is coming to a town near you!!

 London - Friday 15 February @ Juno, 134-135 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JE


Bristol - Friday 1 March @ Warren at The Croft,
117 - 119 Stokes Croft, BS1 3RW

Mouldy Soul (adapted records)
Automaton & Terrorbyte LIVE (beta test records)
Skanky Panky Allstars (William Breakspear vs SixAM)
Morbidly Obese Midget (UK Glitch Hop)
Your Niece (glitch.fm)
RetroBait Dj's (Bambi Legs) 


Liverpool - Saturday 2 March @ Haus, 35-39 Greenland Street L1 0BS

Mouldy Soul (Adapted Records / Colony Productions)
Your Niece (Uppercut)
William Breakspear (Skanky Panky)
SixAM  (Skanky Panky)
Automaton & Terrorbyte LIVE (Beta Test Records)
Morbidly Obese Midget (UK Glitch Hop)
DOORS: 10PM - 4AM 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Glitch.fm #50 - Your Niece, 10PM-12AM GMT Wednesday 13 February

Your Niece is back from outta space with a strip hop style and the kinda dutty tunes you wanna make love to! 

Tune into Glitch.fm from 10pm-12am tonight to warm up for our 1st Birthday and Awards Party at Juno, Shoreditch, London, on Friday 15 February, where you can catch your long lost brother's daughter with the rest of the UK Glitch Hop fam from 7pm-2am ALL FOR FREE!

Your Niece is also playing the Alantines Speakeasy at Brixton Jamm on Saturday 16 February with JFB, Savage Henry and Lunatix, 10pm-6am £8 Advance, £10 OTD

Sunday, 3 February 2013

UK Glitch Hop on Glitch.fm #48 - Morbidly Obese Midget + Break Silence & Fortza, Wednesday 31 January 2013

Morbidly Obese Midget warms up for UK Glitch Hop's first birthday on 15th February, plus a guest mix from Portsmouth's Fortza & Break Silence, Wednesday 31 January 2013.

Morbidly Obese Midget Pt.I
Culprate Vs. Cypress Hill - Let's Go Two (Toast Face Simple Mashup) - FREE
Ionik - Sexy Shapes (Mr. Bill Remix) - Simplify Recordings
Mustard Tiger - Grip - Adapted Records
Skope - Give a F__k - Adapted Records
Lucky Hz feat Grim Glitch - No Money No Paper (ROBOTEK REMIX) - Empathy Recordings
Olux & Tekinizm - Modern Stalking (Tantric Decks Remix) - Empathy Recordings
Shamanic Technology - Unified Frequencies - Be Green

Break Silence & Fotza guestmix
Opiuo - Ripple - Addictech
Schema - Audio Asylum - Colony Productions
Tryptich - Eucalyptus - Colony Productions
Mojo - Kino - FREE
Volatile Psycle & Charged - Gramaphone - Heavy Artillery
Vent - Jump - Colony Productions
Skope - Razor Beam - Adapted Records
Mord Fustang - Champloo - Plasmapool
High Rankin & Tiger Beat - Day To Die - FREE
Clockwork - Hulk (Dillon Francis remix) - Dim Mak Records
Olux & Teknism - Modern Stalking (Krossbow remix) - Empathy Recordings
Melamin & Wicked Sway - When Void Inside - Dubline
Syrebral & Vortek - Laser Punch - FREE

Morbidly Obese Midget Pt.II
Lucky - Au5, Auratic, I.Y.F.F.E - Adapted Records REMIX COMPETITION TRACK
Disprove - Thumper - Caliber Music
Opiuo - Sly Fox (Opiuo Remix) - OWSLA
Ionik - Set Your Heart Free - Simplify Recordings
Cerebral Theory - Bracing Osilisk - The Pooty Club Records
Of Monsters and Men - Dirty Paws (Drift Static Remix) - FREE
ill-esha - Mood Swings - Muti Music
heRobust - WalMartian - Muti Music
Grimes - Skin (ChrisB Remix) - FREE
Seven Lions - Days To Come (Angus Green Remix) - FREE
Zion I + Minnesota - Float - FREE
Opiuo + Badge -Load Landfill ft. Syreneiscreamy - Addictech
Ionik - I Don't Know Me (AMB Remix) - Simplify Recordings
B.Visible - King of my Castle RMX - FREE
Stephan Jacobs - Imagine (feat. Delevo) - stephanjacobs.net

Enig'matik Records Presents, The Perfukt Remix Competition

Another open remix competition, this time from Enig'matik Records. All the information is below, you've got until 1st April to get tweaking!

All files and info zip download:

- 2 Winners will be chosen by Grouch & Sun In Aquarius (Enig’matik Label Head),
All entries must be submitted by the 1st April 2013 @ 8pm.

-Winners will appear in the Organik Mechanic EP series alongside Grouch and possibly other world class artists.

Listen to the original track here: