Review: Brackles Songs For Endless Cities !K7 … Read more
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01. Flying Lotus - My Chippy (WARP)
02. Floating Points - Peoples Potential (EGLO)
03. Zomby - Tarantula (HYPERDUB)
04. Roska - I Need Love feat. Anesha (RINSE)
05. Brackles - Blo (COOL IN THE POOL / !K7)
06. Martin Kemp - No Charisma (BLUNTED ROBOTS)
07. Kyle Hall - Luv for KMFH (Wild Oats)
08. Cooly G - Love Dub Refix (HYPERDUB)
09. DJ Dom - Sunshowers (Blunted Robots)
10. DJ Mystery - Speechless feat. Natalie K (DJ MYSTERY)
11. Hypno - Over The Top (PTN/RAMP)
12. Rishi Romero - African Forest (MADE IN NL)
13. Breach - Fatherless (PTN/RAMP)
14. Deadboy - If You Want Me (NUMBERS)
15. 2562 - Dinosaur (TECTONIC)
16. Dorian Concept - Trilingual Dance Sexperience (AFFINE)
17. Funkineven - Must Move (EGLO)
New !K7 affilated label Cool in the Pool opens it's account with a state of the art compilation from 24 year old Londoner Brackles. In the last six months, the Blunted Robots co-owner and FWD/Rinse FM regular has been grappling with the "Future Garage" tag that's been pushed his way, and he's not too keen. "Too limiting" he says. He can live with the "Post Dubstep" moniker, but his first commercially available mix album gives us a better snapshot of where this buzzing, vibrant scene is going than any scene name could hope to do.
Songs for endless cities is a new series that will be focusing on the new generation of DJs and producers who have a fresh and individual take on an ever evolving electronic scene.
Anyone with a passing interest in new electronic music may have noticed a generation shift over the last few years, and Brackles comes from that new wave of producers, promoters, DJs, hustlers and bustlers who have little to do with the 40+ year old Ibiza veterans still punting out big tunes for ever diminishing creative returns. They're part of the "hardcore continuum," but not shackled with it, they play "post dubstep" but aren't defined by it, and whilst the likes of Brackles and his contemporaries work dancefloors with the kind of energy only a new, young generation of DJs can, their musical scope and breadth reaches well beyond club confines. "Hearing UK Funky was really refreshing after listening to dubstep for a few years. I still love dubstep but funky contains a lot of elements that I'd been missing since UK Garage died. It opened my eyes to all kinds of house music and I now try and fit a lot of different bits from house, funky and dubstep into my sets"
Songs for Endless Cities aims to capture a slice of Brackles after hours and out of hours, with the afterglow still burning, maybe the rhythms still bumping, but with the freedom to rove around a bit, enjoying and exploring sound without always having to turn back to the dancefloor.
From the langorous, ethereal machine funk of opener Flying Lotus' "Mr Chippy," and the cosmic-jazz tinged 303 energy of Floating Points' "People's Potential," the classy, stripped back future-soul of Roska's "I Need Love" and the UR-style strains of Dorian Concept's "Trilingual Dance Sexperience," to Deadboy's "If You Want Me," a lethal combination of broken, funky rhythms, futuristic machine drones, disembodied soul diva looped up into hypno oblivion, topped off with an M1 organ riff straight out of the Frog and Nightgown in '96, Songs never stays in one musical place, but is a very much a coherent "whole."
Mixed in amongst the well known names are several with which listeners might not be so familiar. That's likely to change, according to Brackles. "The newer artists I've picked I think will go on to be sitting in the same bracket as those big artists at some point. Funkineven already has some great releases and I reckon the Breach tune on the mix is gonna be one of the biggest of 2010."
It's a mix for the mind and the soul as much as the body, and it comes from a legion of musical influences, not all of them conscious ones. It was only when Mike 'Mu' Paradinas commented on the Detroit influence he heard in Brackles' sound that the young Londoner went off to explore and enjoy the Motor City mothership, and now it's there, along with the Garage, the Dubstep, the House, the Funky and the rest of it, all channelling into Brackles' contribution to the continuum, all helping shape his Songs for Endless Cities.
PRESS: Interview and feature in Mixmag, feature in K Mag, reviews confirmed in iDJ, DJ, RA, FACT, The Quietus, Shook, The Times Online, ATM Magazine, Dazed, Dazed Digital, Stool Pigeon, Drowned in Sound, K Mag, POP Magazine, Sonic Router, Prefix Mag.
RADIO: Brackles a regular guest on Rinse FM, tracks from the compilation have featured in numerous mixes and spot plays on dance shows.
LIVE: Regular DJ sets all over UK and Europe.
CLUB: Many of the tracks have featured in the playlists of all the tastemaker DJ's of the scene