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Ramadanman + His Aliases

In the world of UK ‘bass music’ there’s a few names that seem to always be pushing the envelope in terms of production style and taste-making; Joy Orbison, who’s been featured here before, Instra:mental, who just released an excellent new LP, Will Saul, who’s Aus imprint has been home to many a seminal release, and many more. One name that will always get mentioned on that list is David Kennedy, aka Ramadanman. Over the past couple years he’s crafted a few aliases as well, in order the release music that wouldn’t necessarily suit the Ramadanman sound he perfected on his Hessle Audio label: Pearson Sound, which slows the tempo a bit and further hones the use of negative space in the songs, something Kennedy is the master of, and Maurice Donovan, Kennedy’s newfound Chicago House alter-ego, and my new personal favourite. Three monikers, three distinct sounds, and a whole lot of awesome music: Kennedy is making his first extended tour through North America at present (with UKG legend  Zed Bias no less!), and I have the honor of opening the show this Friday… very excited to hear a set from the much-vaunted producer, as these NA jaunts are infrequent. Hit the jump for a few more favourites from Kennedy.

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Joy O – Wade In / Jels

Forthcoming this week on Scuba’s Hotflush imprint, Joy O (formerly Orbison, aka Peter O’Grady) has adopted a heavier 4/4 warehouse vibe for this release, and made a distinct evolution from the more broken-beat, ‘bass music’ stylings that have made him an underground star since his breakout single, Hyph Mngo, came out back in 2009. This for me is the most exciting electronic release of 2011 thus far: O’Grady has mastered the layering of raw drum machines and analog waves, for a peak hour result of deep dancefloor victory. Those attending Coachella this year will be able to catch a rare North American appearance by the DJ/producer, and this 12″ is available for pre-order online from Boomkat.

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Most Anticipated 2010: London Bass

My life seems to break down in to a few distinct cities: NYC for fashion, Tokyo for animation etc, SF for bikes and cycling culture, and MTL for that je ne sais quoi. London enters the equation as the undisputed leader in the music I enjoy the most. There are so many good producers coming out of the city and the surrounding area; it seems as if Londoners are always the first to shed a ‘trend’ and move on to creating the next big thing. 2009 was a year when new forms of house, dubstep, and grime emerged from studios, clubs, and record stores, and I’m really excited to hear where this driving, percussive sound goes next. Hit the jump to hear more of what’s good right now, and who I expect to keep making moves in 2010.

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Best Of 2009: Joy Orbison

Possibly 2009’s most internet-hyped producer, Joy Orbsion successfully maintained his trajectory to the top all year with a string of solid singles and remixes. Above is a brand new song entitled ‘She Dressed In Her Best,’ which further developes and emphasizs the percussive, melodic, chop-sample heavy sound that became Orbison’s trademark in 09. Emerging from the same London scene as Shortstuff, Darkstar, L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok (amongst others), this was the year when dubstep-ish tracks with intricate drum syncopation and interweaving harmonies became the focal point for many of the most forward-thinking producers (although the mega-bass wobble scene continued to expand in to the mainstream, leading to such labels ‘brostep’). Well received by both critics and dancefloors alike, I can’t think of an artist who blew me away more in 09 than Joy Orbison. Hit the jump to stream all his goodness from this year, and hit Beatport to purchase the proper releases.

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