DecibelCast Vol. 18 “All Your Bass Are Belong to Us”


DecibelCast 18 was originally slated to be a compilation of bits from the nascent “alt./future” R&B scene (a particularly fertile area in 2013), but somewhere along the line, that idea was dropped. The revised version still has its share of divas and more than a few love ballads to boot, but there’s also lots of different odds and ends, mashups, remixes, bootlegs and the like. As the name (which is an obvious play on an old internet meme) might suggest the new unifying theme is the bass line. So be certain you listen to this one with a sub.

Download: All Your Bass Are Belong to

Notorious B.I.G. x Flume – “Ezra’s Limit” (Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith’s “BIG Flume” mashup)

Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – “Faden Away”

Kelela – “Guns & Synths”

Jessy Lanza – “5785021”

Sango feat. Atu – “Hold You”

Kelela & MΔRRI$ – “Go All Night”

SZA – “Pray”

Clams Casino x Kendrick Lamar – “Unknown bootleg”

Kilo Kash – “Ghost” (feat. Childish Gambino)

Girl Unit – “Double Team” (Hood Internet Mashup feat. Chance the Rapper)

Riff Raff – “How to Be the Man”

Cassie – “All My Love” (Kingdom Edit)

Kingdom – “Bank Head” (Extended Mix)

Tycho x Three 6 Mafia – “Who Run It” (Hudson Mohawke Edit)

Machinedrum – “Heavy Weight”

MC Tree – “Probably Nu It”

Ghost Town DJs – “My Boo” (Balam Acab Remix)

Tinashe – “Secret Weapon”

James Blake – “Life Round Here” (Chance the Rapper Version)

Jai Paul – “Untitled” (Leak)

JODY – “Echoes”

FKA Twigs – “Ultraviolet”

Iman Omari – “Energy”

Janet Jackson – “Love Scene” (Headlock’s Love Obscene Mix)

DecibelCast Vol. 16 – “GRL PRBLMS”


We’ve all been there at some point in our lives; a relationship gets hard and problems start to occur:  fights, disagreements, arguments—maybe even time apart or breaking up.  Most of the time these issues can be fixed or overcame with time, but this requires some thinking, some love and the right music to make it through.

For me, hip-hop has always served well.  I don’t know why it works, maybe it’s the heavy beats, the nonchalant dismissal of feelings, or just the overall understanding that these types of things are universal, that everyone goes through them.  To that end, this mix is dedicated to the struggles we all go through in relationships and to the problems each and every man has with his woman, as explained by some of the best tracks out there right now.

“Hip-hop isn’t nearly as complex as a woman is.”
– Talib Kweli

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“GRLS” – salute

“Untitled feat. Chance The Rapper” – Mr. MFN eXquire

“Sunday feat. Frank Ocean” – Earl Sweatshirt

“Count On Me” – Lucki Eck$

“When It Rains” – Dag Savage feat. Aloe Blacc

“Serve This Royalty” – Big K.R.I.T.

“Can We Chill” – Riff Raff

“Keyz feat. Gucci Mane, Deniro Farrar, Nacho Picasso” – Blue Sky Black Death

“Constant Conversations” (Remix feat Juicy J) – Passion Pit

“You Song” – Lil Wayne feat. Chance The Rapper

“Float On feat. Charli XCX” – Danny Brown

“Vortex feat. Kid Cudi & Pusha T” – King Chip

“Dreamin’ (Prod. by Ryan Hemsworth)” – Shady Blaze

“Your Drums, Your Love” – AlunaGeorge

“Stay Close feat. Boldy James, Alexander Spit & Aaron Cohen” – Flume

“We Were In Love” – Ta-ku

“If Your Girl Only Knew (WoodysProduce Remix)” – Aaliyah

“All The Time feat. Lil Wayne & Natasha Mosley” – Jeremih

“Take A Fall For Me feat. Rza” – James Blake

“Cocaine Woman” – Lucki Eck$

“She (Shlohmo Remix)” – Laura Mvula


Airhead – “For Years”

Until recently London-based, multi-instrumentalist Rob McAndrews was perhaps known more in connection with James Blake than as a musician in his own right—he toured with Blake as his guitarist and the two collaborated on a couple of 12″ releases before Blake became a household name a few years back.

Hopefully this, his full-length debut, released earlier this summer via electronic stalwart R&S Records, will change that.

Perfect headphone listening, especially on the walk home through the foggy night, For Years is a proper album, not just a collection of tracks (a feat that is maybe more difficult than most people realize).

In and interview with Resident Advisor, McAndrews claimed to have been heavily influenced by Anticon beatmaker Odd Nosdam, although it’s difficult to hear the connection, as his production is practically pristine compared to the murk of Nosdom et al.

The sound, instead, fits loosely into that particular strain of post-post-dubstep— championed by the aforementioned Blake and Mount Kimbie—that some have coined micro-bass.

Like his more illustrious peers, Airhead‘s music is characterized by obsessively tight production standards, cavernous low end frequencies, warped melodies (both synthesized and vocalized), skeletal rhythms made from things that aren’t really drums, and all kinds of little bits of sound, processed beyond recognition and re-purposed into something new and different.

Airhead puts his own spin on the sound, through guest vocalists and deployment of his guitar which add some much needed warmth—at times the songs stray into folk and shoegaze territory at times.

Earlier collaboration with James Blake

Airhead put together a surprisingly weighty DJ mix for 1-800 Dinnosaur back in January, which you can stream or download.

James Blake’s Essential Mix 9/17/11

Before he was Pitchfork‘s darling, James Blake was a FWD attendee. And before his landmark full-length debut, released back in January, he was churning out some of the most forward-thinking “dubstep” around. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Blake is also a wicked DJ.

This mix is pretty much a must for fans of Blake. It’s crammed with new material, several of his incredible Harmonimix bootlegs and a bunch of stuff that has influenced him as an artist. “It’s all there,” Blake says in the interview that kicks off the mix.

Stream the mix here.


Tracklist is as follows:
Erik Satie — Gnossienne No.5
James Blake — Olivia Kept
James Blake Versus Drake — Half Heat Full Versus Up All Night
James Blake — Pan
SALEM — Trapdoor
Snoop Dogg — Drop it like it’s Not (Harmonimix)
[unknown] — Unknown
Klaus — Tarry
D’Angelo — One mo’ Gin
[unknown] — Sicko Cell
Blawan — What You Do With What You Have
James Blake — No More Than A Road (Dub)
James Blake — At Birth (Dub)
The Chain — Suffer For Your Art
Peverelist — Roll With The Punches (Harmonimix)
[unknown] — Navigator

OutKast — Return of the G
Africa Hitech — Out In The Street
DJ Nate — 3 Peat
James Blake — Deeds
Gavin Bryars — Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets II
Gavin Bryars — Three Elegies for Nine Clarinets III
Odi et Amo — Johann Johannsson
Grouper — Vessel
James Blake — Untitled
James Blake — Untitled
[unknown] — What Was It
The Tallest Man on Earth — Love Is All
SALEM — Redlights
Rev. James Cleveland — Jesus Saves
Trim — Confidence Boost (Harmonimix)
James Blake — Evening Fell Hard For Us
James Blake — Placing Us
James Blake — Words We Both Know
Arthur Russell — Love Comes Back
Stevie Wonder — You and I


And in case you’ve been living under a rock without the internet ( translation: for those who don’t care to watch the blogosphere e-circle-jerk), this is James Blake:

And this of course is the blogosphere’s wet dream (although I don’t think it quite matches the hype):