and here's another one, Nero dropping Timewarp and their absolutely badman tune 'do you wanna'....

always good to see a dj going absolutely nuts. nuff respect!



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OK, sorry, i know ive done this before. but carl cox is bloody brilliant. stumbled across this one of him playing an epic looking gig at Timewarp in 2008. Got the full set on the d/l now but this video of him dropping the huge mauro picotto tune is bloomin fantastic. enjoy!



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This is the first in a series of articles to do with the 'soundtrack' to daytime activities....

If you, like me, enjoy listening to music in WHATEVER you're doing, then you probably have a few choice tracks that you like according to the particular situation you're in. Certain music for waking up to, certain music for getting ready to go out to. etc etc etc.

This is a follow on from a couple of previous posts that have inspired this 'series'.....

The first, as the observant amongst you will have noticed is what music to listen to when going to work. This is a troublesome time... inevitably in a bad mood, late, too hot or too cold, and generally your only salvation will come from whatever you are listening to.

You need something that will turn you mood around, get you revved up. I appreciate some will have hour long journey times and others will have 5mins, those with shorter journeys will have to make their selection wisely!!

My criteria for this time of day is something with a pulse, but maybe not too damaging on the ears in case to ease the transition from asleep to awake: here are a few to be getting on with as usual....

Goldtrix feat. Andrea Brown - It's Love (Trippin')
Nero - Do You Wanna
DJ Marky & XRS - No Time To Love
Mauro Picotto - New Time, New Place
Deadmau5 - I Remember
Stanton Warriors - Still Here




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Check out the banner on the left or the below link, click through to download a free Sub Focus tune - Smooth!

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Saw this over the weekend and it made me chuckle - introduced to me by my dear brother in law...

Ever find yourself bored lounging around on a laptop looking for a means to kill time when ill/broke etc etc? Check this out http://remixer.clubcreate.com/v1/dubstep/launch.html.

You can actually piece together your own dubstep tunes online. Obviously its a gadget for messin about and not a serious production tool! just if someone is not to be trusted in the music production department but fancies a bit of messin about then have a look.

Doesn't half inspire you to thinking you're the next Skream/Joker...

PS - More music related blog articles to come. Listening to Music over the internet is buggered on home pcs at the moment, we are however looking for people to contribute articles of their own! whether it be a tune they've written, a mix they've done, or they just wanna shout about some new/old releases or anything that has been bothering them of late!

Just get in touch via mike@stoppauseplay.net. Peace!


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Inline with our rebranding exercise - we've put our heads together with one certifiable legend of a graphic designer - and put together a range of garms for the discerningly fashionable amongst you. (or just for those who like buying cool t shirts without spending a zillion pounds doing it).

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Gotta shout this man quickly. Getting enough respect from Radio 1, 1Xtra, and various dubstep affiliates alike, his producing is pushing dubstep wider than before and generally attracting a lot of good attention!

Mad props to the man. Bristolian as well....

Check his latest tune out, can't wait for this to come out on digi-download:




TurboWeekend - Trouble Is (Joker Remix)


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As the observant amongst you will have noticed.... the below post features a tune easily applied to a long journey where commonly you are staring out of a window whilst travelling on some mode of transport. Everyones been there, you're bored, and the only way to get through is to put some awesome tunes on your ipod and lose yourself following ridiculous thought tangents and generally drifiting off.

It has since occurred to me, this could be applied to several OTHER situations. You know when you need some music that isn't like BOOOOM in your face with all kinds of mad shit coming out of the speakers, but then at the same time you dont want some fluffy floaty "ambient" tunes that will only succeed in sending you to sleep.

The fact that I would describe these tunes as a compromise between the two, by no means assumes that they are average... au contraire! HOPEFULLY you'll see what I mean about the scenarios in which such a compromise of hectic and ambient isi required.
  • When on a long journey looking out of a window
  • When revising or otherwise working
  • When walking to (not from) work (from = happier = more upbeat)
  • When having a bath during the day (not in the evening)
  • To have on the car stereo the first time you take a girl out in your car (it's a happy medium to test the water with music taste of said new girl)
Here are my suggestions to back up such a ridiculous introduction to an alleged genre of tunes....

Meck ft. Dino - Feels Like Home
Pig & Dan - Eiffel Nights
Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea (High Contrast Remix)
Alex Dolby - Hazy Way (Evil 9 Remix)
Leftfield - Dusted
Claude Von Stroke - Who's Afraid of Detroit? (Stanton Warriors Remix)




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Ever have your ipod on shuffle through a long train journey, and something random comes on you never knew you had, and it sounds bloody epic when you're sailing through the countryside with your earphones turned up too loud and staring into the middle distance out the window?

This is that random tune that just came on, and turned out to be bloody epic. I think its the vast use of echo and whatnot - but hopefully you'll agree! Oh, and the video is pretty cool too



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Forget that limp wristed house that can't nobody get into for more than a couple months. (DJ Zinc currently reppin the floppy "fidget" house all over the shop - nuff respect to the man but its pretty regimental). No what im talking about is that old game, seeing a brief revival from the likes of fake blood, but some old breaks and erol alkan heads are still gonna be pining for it in the clubs.... the chainsaw basslines!

Allow me to exemplify this grinding, industrious but chunky style of music that seems to cross genre with relative ease, though mostly centering around breaks and house, can also be found in other types of music.... anyway have a listen. see what you think.

Tiga - What you need
Jude Sebastian - Rubber man (Miles Dyson Remix)
Justice - D.A.N.C.E. pt II
Crookers - Big Money Comin
MGMT - Kids (Soulwax Remix)



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My favourite part of a track. When you have a good sound system, where the bassline sounds crisp and in proportion to the rest of the sound (ie. DJs begone who turn up the gain - thinking it makes them sound better when actually it just gives out a tinny shitty sound that rags the ears of the audience...)

Some tunes have that point where a bassline will come in and literally dominate the crowd. The impact of it is massive over a good sound system, the floor wobbles, everyone goes wild.

Not a huge post this time but here are a few examples to be getting on with....

Xample - Lowdown
The Prodigy - Girls
Emalkay - When I Look At You
Dopamine - Hold You
Bassbin Twins - Woppa
La Roux - Im not your toy (Nero remix)





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DDRRRROOOPPPP. If being into trance when i was 15/16 has taught me anything, (and don't stop reading at this point) it's that a big CRESCENDO is always a winner in a club, or in a tune, or a dj set, or bloomin anything.

It's one of the reasons Andy C is a certifiable bad man, he takes one big crescendo, and drops it with another big crescendo. 2 x big drop = twice as mental. you do the math. One trouble I have always found is that I never find tunes like this in a record shop, im too impatient, and i dont listen to the track long enough to appreciate the suspense. You know, when the beat breaks, to near silence, then layer on layer, drums on drums, bass on bass and BOOM it all comes in one go, lights go mental, folks jumpin around, drinks thrown in the air. Smack my bitch up is a prime example of a slightly overplayed but fantastically well conjured up drop.

I'm sorry to take a poke at this point - but herein lies my gripe with minimal. Music should have an IMPACT, it should MEAN SOMETHING. Especially when you've paid good money to go out and party! not stand near enough still and 'appreciate the layers'. Anyway thats an argument for another day....

Heres a few for you to be getting on with as usual. At some point in each of these tracks whether it be the start or the middle, you will find a big ass crescendo!!

Drummatic Twins - Feelin Kinda Strange (Bass Kleph & Nick Thayer M
ix)
John B - Red Sky
Hybrid - Finished Symphony
Josh Wink - Higher State of Consciousness
Dizzee Rascall - Bonkers (Doorly Dubstep Remix)
Tryptomatik - Babylon System




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Dubstep is not only good for the head banging drum n bass crew who like big drops and chunky beats or hoover basslines. no no no! There are several tunes that fall into that chillout category. Now I know that it's a whole new ball game when you start thinking of chill-out music... and this may disincline some of you to continue.

Allow me to suggest some notions that jump to mind when somebody tells me they are listening to 'chill out music':
  • they want to be a hippy
  • they're stoned
  • they burn too much incense
  • they have those massive throw things on their walls
  • they're a vegetarian/vegan
  • they have an acoustic guitar, that they may or may not know how to play
  • they don't shower enough.
BUT dubstep, in a similar fashion to LTJ Bukem in the jungle days, has continued this trend of hectic music turned-sophisticated.

Here are a few ambient dubstep tracks to be getting on with:

Emiliana Torrini - Ha Ha (Bassleak Dubstep Remix)
Burial - Unite
Synkro - Dub Specialist
Scuba - Subaqueous
Radikal Guru vs The Scientist - No Good
Radikal Guru - Dreamin




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DJ Freehand throws his hat into the ring again.

Tracklist:

1. Unknown vs. The Specials - Ghost Town (Dubstep Remix)
2. Doorly vs Dizzee Rascall - Bonkers
3. Deadmau5 - I Remember (Caspa Remix)
4. Rusko - Soundguy Is My Target
5. Rusko - 2 N A Q
6. Kosheen - Guilty (Plastician Remix)
7. Chase and Status - Saxon
8. Unknown vs Santogold - Creator
9. Nero - Act Like You Know (Dubstep Mix)

All comments gratefully received!




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DJ Freehand is soon to step up and do a complete Reggae style Dubstep mix and short video mix for us.

Meantime I had this tune recommended to me. (Keep your recommendations coming in!)

Absolutely massive is this, I love it.



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