Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Fabriclive.40 preview: Noisia
So as you can see by the Fabric Podcast banner to your right that I love Fabric. Go back and read the Fabric=Perfection post if you forgot why lol...
The new Fabriclive? Fucking bonkers awesome. I had this moment where I was in a portable toilet once in a Detroit warehouse and, totally sober mind you, I remember this drum and bass coming SO full force that I felt like the toilet was a space ship that was going to take off... like the power of these beats was so strong, so earth shaking, that this chemical toilet was just going to blow up to the moon from the bass...
...the first half of Noisia's Fabriclive is just that type of drum and bass. It is so powerful it will make your car/shower/closet/swingset explode and suddenly you'll be sitting on the moon remembering how awesome drum and bass is (and obviously can be again). Then all of a sudden come the Noisia original instrumental "Split The Atom" shit goes all blog/fidget and sounds more like an old Switch record with a new twist than anything having to do with drum and bass! And suddenly by "Stigma" you're right back to that 'going 120 in the fast lane' drum and bass that makes this cd so awesome. It's just a brief detour but that house-y bit shows what DJing should be about today... if it fits play it... fuck what you're genre is, if it fits play it... if you're gonna rock shit by switching it up then do it. People like my boy Curt from Flosstradmus making their living switching it up NON-STOP but everyone else could would be making shit awesome by making moves like Noisia here!
Here's a little more background...
"While the renaissance of jungle is filling the dancefloors and stereos of drum’n’bass lovers the globe over, there is still a more scientific or sinister element burning bright alongside the rewinds of the masses. More jump-up than jungle, and perhaps originally suggested in the early work of deep science pioneers like Krust, Matrix, TeeBee and Ed Rush & Optical, this deeply shadowy future tek drum’n’bass uses a relentless and complex collection of upfront dark beats and moody soundscapes to encase the ears and get the dancefloor ready to strike, but also carries an intricate subtlety of skill in production, perhaps witnessed more in the glitch genre, than those hailing a constant repetition of Amens."
I'm going to be blasting the hell out of this come DEMF/Movement whatever they are calling it this year... Moby is on the track listing so I guess that would be appropriate as he is going to be there! I don't care if people slam him I grew up on shit like "Next Is The E" and I've seen him like 3 times... and I really liked "Animal Rights"... so there...
Here's the rest of the press... the release doesn't come out til 16/06/08 in the UK and the rest of the world, and 07/08/08 in the good old U.S of A... but I just had to post now. I know you're interested in more background! (Remember you can get the jump on everyone else by joining FabricFirst where you can hear releases before everyone else!
"Having all gone to the same elementary school, it took other interests to bring these three music fans together: “We all went to elementary school
together but we didn’t really hang out.” – Nik, Noisia; “We met through graffiti; I knew Martijn through skateboarding and graffiti and Nik
through graffiti.” - Thijs, Noisia. But a mutual passion for producing forced their hand to become a collective and they started to create sounds
that were somewhat alien to their peers: “I’ve probably been producing for ten years or so. Nik and I both got a CD from this art school guy
through Nik’s dad and there were some really basic music making programs on there. We just started fucking around, and I started out
basically doing hip hop and house and trance, and Nik and Thijs started doing more like breaks and big beat. At some point they found
drum’n’bass and they played me a couple tunes that they’d made, and I was just really into it. Drum’n’bass wasn’t largely represented in
this neck of the woods. I remember the point in time where we were in the school cafeteria and I asked Nik and Thijs, ‘Would it be possible
for me to join Noisia?’ I didn’t want to just do what all the other kids were doing.” – Martijn, Noisia; “All the other kids were either studying
or doing some kind of extra-curricular high-society type shit. There were a lot of posh people in our school. But when Martijn came up to
us and asked if he could join, I said “we’ll talk about that” – I was already being diplomatic. (laughs) And pretty soon afterwards, it just
kind of happened.” – Nik, Noisia
Their acceptance into the drum’n’bass world seemed to come at breakneck speed, having now released on seminal imprints such as Subtitles,
Moving Shadow, Ram Records, Virus Recordings and Renegade Hardware, as well as collaborating with Cause 4 Concern, Teebee, Phace and
Bad Company UK, and remixing Konflict, Pendulum and Matrix, without even releasing their first artist album. “When we first released with Ram
and Virus, those two were like – whoa! Subtitles was our first big label, after that was Moving Shadow. I think we actually drank
champagne when we signed to Moving Shadow, that was really, really big for us.” – Thijs, Noisia. Others on the periphery of this scene like
The Freestylers and Amon Tobin have asked for the Dutch trio to collaborate, and Robbie Williams requested a Noisia remix of his cover of Manu
Chao's Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'Aime Plus (for EMI). Their remix for Moby, ‘Alice,’ left the illustrious producer so impressed, he said he wanted to
be a DnB DJ. Big things. But more so prolifically, the trio have a constant DJ schedule playing 3 to 5 shows every weekend, and constantly travelling
without reprieve. Although this is more the fuel of Noisia, then the makings and mechanics, “I don’t really see us as mainly DJs, I see us as
professional musicians, producers. We have to DJ for the money but if we can DJ less and still pay the bills, we would be in the studio
more.” – Thijs, Noisia
But conjuring these much in demand DJ skills, NOISIA take no prisoners with FABRICLIVE 40, and create a mix that forces the ear and the feet to
high alert from the word go. Moving through all manner of shadowy darkness with an almost light filled segue way touching on future breaks,
FABRICLIVE 40 is not for the faint hearted, but will open up the ears of every listener who falls into its path.
“We wanted to make a mix that represents what we do in the studio as well as what we play when we play a show. So we've put in a lot of
fresh drum and bass but also some breaks tunes from our label division and some weird downtempo. We use every show and every mix
as a medium to showcase what we make, and as a medium to show people what kind of stuff we really like. Sometimes aggy, sometimes
deep, sometimes just down right weird, but always dirty. A load of filth in a cage that's sometimes opened. I hope people are going to like
it, especially techno people, because so many aspects of techno are related to drum n bass but they may never hear this kind of drum n
bass. Maybe it will open some ears, I hope so.” - Thijs, Noisia"
Here's the tracklisting...
01 Noisia & Phace – Cannonball – Vision Recordings 16 Noisia – Split The Atom [Instrmtl] – Division Recordings
02 The Qemists – Stompbox [Spor Remix] – Ninja Tune 17 Spor – Mordez Moi – Division Recordings
03 Phace – Alive [Dub] – Phace 18 Noisia – Seven Stitches – Division Recordings
04 The Upbeats – Anti Social – Cyanide Recordings 19 Noisia – Brown Time – Division Recordings
05 Break – Splash Step – Quarantine 20 Noisia – Stigma [Dub] - Noisia
06 Noisia – Diplodocus [Dub] – Noisia 21 Moby – Alice [Noisia Remix] – EMI
07 Spor – Claret’s March – Lifted 22 Noisia – Concussion – Vision Recordings
08 Noisia – Head Knot [Dub] – Noisia 23 Noisia – Façade [VIP] – Ram Records
09 Noisia – The Tide – Vision Recordings 24 Ed Rush & Optical – Medicine [Matrix Remix] – Virus
10 Icicle – Nowhere – [Dub] – Icicle 25 Noisia & The Upbeats – Mudslide – Vision Recordings
11 Noisia & Phace – The Feed – Subtitles 26 Misanthrop – Viperfish [VIP] – Subtitles
12 Sabre – Global [Dub] – Subtitles 27 Noisia – Crank [Dub] - Noisia
13 Phace – Cold Champagne [Dub] – Phace 28 Noisia & The Upbeats – Creep Out – Non Vogue
14 The Upbeats – Panic – Subtitles 29 Noisia – Square Feet – Division Recordings
15 Noisia & Black Sun Empire – Infusion – Vision Recordings
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