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Push Monthly

***** Ableton User Group 8pm-10pm *****
***** Push Monthly from 10pm-2am *****

Thursday, June 16
Beauty Bar
1444 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Sets by:

DJ C [Mashit]
Lokua [Moment Sound]
Vapor Eyes [Boom Juice]
Shazam Bangles [Cutz on Cuts]

Preceded by:

The Chicago Ableton Live user group is starting up again for 2011 with a Free Ableton Workshop and The June Chicago Usergroup Meeting Thursday, June 16th from 8:00PM-10:00PM. Certified Ableton Instructors Thomas Faulds and Orville Kline will host and give presentations on cutting edge studio production and live performance techniques with Live, Max for Live, and Ipad Live control.

New DJ C Album, Umami: Free Downloads

DJ C’s new album Umami comes out May 31. Between now and the end of the month we’re going to give out each of the 17 tracks on the album for free, but each download will only be available for one day. Follow Mashit on Twitter to find out how to get each day’s download. In the meantime, give Umami a listen here:

DJ C – Umami

Party scientist & beat producer DJ C is known far & wide for his Boston-bounce sound, but he’s now called Chicago his home for the past 4 years and the influence of that historical home of house music, those fertile fields of footwork & juke, that booming base of booming bass, has seeped stealthily into his subconscious. Add this new layer to DJ C’s eclectic signature sound and this album equals an irresistibly fresh sonic flavor. From dubstep & club bangers to ravey dancehall anthems; from balkan to bhangara to baile, DJ C mashes it all into the deliciously varied and delectably danceable Umami.

DJ C, “Sonic Weapons” Re-Release

DJ C - Sonic Weapons album coverDJ C’s debut album, Sonic Weapons, was originally released in 2007 as a CD on the Japanese label, WIMM Recordings, and soon after as an MP3 download album exclusively in the Mashit Shop.

Now, for the first time, it’s available all over the internets in download shops like iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Rhapsody and Napster.

This is the 3rd release in our series of DJ C & EOSS back catalog leading up to the release of DJ C’s new album, Umami in May.

Listen: DJ C Sonic Weapons

Hype

A digital-dancehall groove graced by the otherworldly sound of theremin; crunk, dub, [jungle], reggae, & the distroted bass & beats of grime & breakcore crammed into a three-minute track — Sonic Weapons is not your everyday album” 4 Stars – Time Out New York

Riddim Scholar, ragga scientist and remixer of artists from M.I.A. to Gregory Isaacs, DJ C dropped this, his debut full-length album, in the summer of 2007. Straddling dancehall, grime, crunk & dubstep, Sonic Weapons was designed to kill sound-systems and destroy dance-floors.

The album features guest appearances by Chicago bad-man ragga vocalist MC Zulu, renowned Viennise thereminist Pamelia Kurstin, wicked wicked Boston riddim scholar Wayne&Wax, Jamaican vocalists Wasp & Dami D, & U.K. toaster, Quality Diamond. The tracks draw from diverse musical roots deep in the global underground & radically join those genres together into a sturdy trunk The branches reach around the globe like tentacles slapping bootys and moving feet everywhere.

DJ C knows the bass! Sonic Weapons is a perfect collection of digital ragga, post-jungle tracks and big riddims with a really distinctive and personal approach. It’s heavy, bouncy and perfect party music. I play his tracks often in my DJ sets”
– Ghislain Poirier

Bringing out the big guns… Sonic Weapons is a rush.” 4.5 Stars
– Remix Magazine

This is about as proper as it gets. Throughout, C showcases his seemingly effortless abilty… Hard to imagine a summer throwdown without this little beaut. Verdict: C gets an A.”
– Boston’s Weekly Dig

[July 2007] saw the long-awaited release of DJ C’s first full-length album, the formidably enjoyable ‘Sonic Weapons’.
– XLR8R

Like New England weather, the debut from Boston’s own DJ C changes gears without rhyme or reason. Having remixed songs by M.I.A., the mash-up artist works his magic on a set that ping-pongs from hip-hop to dub to bhangra to rock.”
– Boston Globe

DJ C, one of [Boston’s] most accomplished and influential electronic musicians is leaving the Bean and moving to [Chicago]. But not without a bang… Sonic Weapons is the first full-length he’s released as DJ C…. [He] has produced an abundance of some of the best beats and mixes to come out of Boston in the past decade.”
– Sonic Heart

This is a continious mix album. You can buy the tracks individually, but played together as a gapless album they form a seamless DJ-style mix.

A Sonic Weapons 12-inch EP was also released on the Death$ucker label. It featured a couple of tracks from the album, as well as the infamous bluegrass-core tune, Who Wah Seek Yo, and a remix of said track by Leipzig, Germany’s LXC.

Roots Wreck Remix

Originally released at the turn of the century, Roots Wreck Remix was my sophomore full-length album recorded under the name Electro Organic Sound System (EOSS). It was the follow-up to my 1996 album, Herbanism which was re-released here in digital format here a couple weeks ago.

Like Herbanism, Roots Wreck Remix has been out of print for years, but today it’s available for the first time in digital download format from Amazon MP3, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster and other fine online outlets.

On this album, recorded during the late ’90s, I was messing around with ambient-dub, jungle, hip-hop, dancehall and other styles. At the time I called it “wreck-step” which seemed to be an apt description of some of the frenetic beats woven through parts of the album. It mashed genres and styles together, tweaked and recomposed into something eclectic and strange.

Here’s what some of the critics had to say at the time:

Roots Wreck Remix” is “fibrous Jungle and post-Orb dub overlaid with grainy electronics.” – The WIRE Magazine

EOSS is “ground-breaking musical experimentation.” – The Boston Globe

This delightfully hard grinding album, textured with ambient and atmospheric sounds, escapes all genres by pulling pieces from every corner of the underground music scene.” – Deeper Magazine

Up next in this digital download series is a re-release of DJ C’s Sonic Weapons album, followed by a brand new DJ C album called Umami. Stay tuned…

New Release: DJ C “Jump Up & Bounce” / “Mad Again” 10-inch & Digital

New 10-inch vinyl/digital record from DJ C on the London-based West Norwood Cassette Library label.

FACT Magazine has given the record, and the label, a glowing review:

When your first release is something so self-defining and, well, excellent, it’s easy to get painted into a corner … where to go next, without making carbon copies or simply letting everyone down? [label producer, Bob] Bhamra finds a way out by releasing something else entirely; not only is WNCL 002 not composed of his own productions, but they’re full vocal tracks leaning towards ragga and dancehall which still somehow manage to incorporate the burgeoning WNCL aesthetic of rough, chunky sounds dryly rubbing and grinding into each other. Friction never sounded so appealing.

So 002 is a resounding success, helping to further define what might be called the WNCL sound, even through its differences … chunky percussion, sneaky basslines, and a restless energy that keeps the music from settling down into any complacent groove.

DJ C has also recorded a mix for London’s Resonance FM, Exotic Pylon show — timed to correspond with the release of the record.

The 10-inch is available from many fine retailers, including the following:

And you can grab the digital download version all over the internets from wonderful e-tailers like these:

Give a listen:

From the label:

2 fantastic Karnival smashers straight outta Chicago from the creator of the Boston Bounce, DJ C.”

Boomkat’s review:

Thick bashment-style thrusts from junglist DJ C on the second release from West Norwood Cassette Library records. ‘Jump Up And Bounce’ is a clarion call to the sweaty floors and dirty great speaker stacks everywhere, delivering a payload of gruff rolling bass topped with female ragga chat. Over on ‘Mad Again (Du Ting Mix)’ things get a bit more calamitous with a breakbeat midsection anchored with shuddering bass.”

Support:

A great, timeless classic
UNTOLD, HEMLOCK

Loving the crunchy beats
2562 / A MADE UP SOUND

This is going to be such a big release
PARIAH, R&S

This record is a banger
HANUMAN, STEAK HOUSE RECORDS

A giant eruption of jump-up ecstasy
JONNY MUGWUMP, RESONANCE FM

Discontent on Pecheko, Cardopusher

Australian blog, Discontent wrote up this nice little review of our recent release, ThisTroy by Cardopusher & Pacheko:

DJ C’s Mashit label has been going hard and not even considering going home throughout 2008 with releases from the label boss himself, alongside DJ Flack, Zulu, Bong Ra and Murderbot. Coming on like a bottom end Santa Claus, DJ C dropped some yultide cheer at the tail end of the year with a split release that went some way towards representing the new sound of Caracas – four tracks from the prolific producer Cardopusher (who recently dropped his Hyperdub debut), and three from new kid on the Venezuelan block, Pacheko. It’s not a particular surprise to find this pairing back to back – both seem entwined in each other’s back catalogue, with various remixes and mixtapes ricocheting between them. Pacheko also counts Starkey amongst his cohorts – with another recent split single (on Lo Dubs) and a remix from the Philadelphia producer.

The original version of the track below,”Green Bull”, features on the Mashit single, “This Troy”, however this sprightly bleep’n’bass version is released as a non-EP teaser. It’s a fair reflection of Pacheko’s output thus far – a producer with a cheeky spring in his dubstep, unafraid to rub electro melodies and pop-skank rhythms with his heavy bass treatments. Buy the release at mashit.com.

You can download a version of Pacheko’s track Green Bull over at the Dicontent post ->

BOUNCEMENT: Starkey, MC Zulu, DJ C, Timid @ Lava

Aight, folks! Starkey‘s comin’ in to make his Chicago debut on Friday and we thought you might like a taste of what to expect at this sure-to-be-blazin’ party.

Video: Starkey Live Mix on Mary Anne Hobbs’ BBC Radio 1 “Generation Bass”:

cranking out a steady stream of his own remixes, bootlegs, and 12″ tracks. This past year saw the release of his full-length debut Ephemeral Exhibits (Planet Mu), as well as the appearance of [Starkey’s] more club-bumpin’ tracks under his Moves!!! alias… [He] tops the roster at Lava on Friday, taking the headlining slot for what marks his Chicago debut. The opening sets belong to Timid and DJ C — the latter of whom will be performing with Chicago dancehall mic-masher MC Zulu.

– Graham Sanford; Gapers Block –  Read more ->

Here are some free MP3s by Starkey plus Bouncemnt party-mates DJ-C & MC Zulu to wet your wistle:

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Cardopusher & Pacheko “ThisTroy” Out Now

We’re honored to announce the Mashit release of “ThisTroy,” a split EP from Cardopusher and Pacheko. It’s 7 tracks of pure boom-step! The riddims are tight and the bass is HUGE!

Tracklist with Previews:

  1. Cardopusher “Homeless”

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  2. Cardopusher “Twins”

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  3. Cardopusher “Lightning Resistor”

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  4. Pacheko “Pasta de Coca”

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  5. Pacheko “Hielo Seco (Remix)”

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  6. Pacheko “Green Bull”

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Cardopusher emerged out of Caracas, Venezuela a couple years ago and has since exploded onto the international dubcore and breakstep scenes. He now lives in Barcelona, Spain but isn’t home much due to his busy touring secueule. He’s released a wrath of speaker devistation on labels like Peace Off in France, Germany’s Ad Noiseam, Philly’s Flamin’ Hotz, Berlin’s Cock Rock Disco, Portland’s Lodubs, and many more. A Quarta 330 remix of the track “Homeless” (featured on this EP) was recently released on Kode9’s London-based Hyperdub label.

Pacheko is another rising star out of Caracas who’s currently got a split single out on Lo Dubs with street-bass-bot, Starkey. He’s got a couple other releases out too, but what’s more important is his huge, bassy, electro-melodic sound. We’re excited to be in the good graces of this artist who’s gonna be big! In addition to recording gigantic tracks he’s been running the Wob This parties in Caracas and has got lots more in the pipe!

Cardopusher and Pacheko were both featured on Bruno Belluomini’s mix for the XLR8R Podcast called “Dubstep Goes South” of which XLR8R said:

This selection of tracks, many of [them] unreleased, showcases how producers in the Southern hemisphere are interpreting the dubstep sound.

But that doesn’t begin to explain the extreme melodies within the forward-sonic rhythms encapsulated in these tracks. Just give a listen to the previews above.

More Quotes:

…two amazing producers from the streets of Caracas, Venezuela [join] forces on a split seven track EP out on Mashit. The bassheavy sound (dubcore and breakstep) has everything from melodic synthlines, woobly bass and hard hitting dubstep drums. It found its way into my heart [as well] as my Serato instantly.
Discobelle.net

…check the track “Twins” — particularly the way Cardopusher lays down the requisite bass pulsations and smoked-out sonics sculpting, and then gradually builds the track up by layering on some dizzying polyrhythms and snatches of… classic reggae horn riffs. Leave it to a couple of artists from the tropic regions to know how to take the music back to its Caribbean roots.
Graham Sanford, Gapers Block

Tight! is the word. Cardopusher brings an instant floor filler with ‘homeless’. …serious south american jump.
– Chris Widman (Abstract Science Raido)

The wicked artwork is by Inkcore.