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Check out AraabMuzik

If you were to Google the name AraabMuzik, you would discover many videos showing this music producer hammering on an MPC as if he was Travis Barker on the drums. With his fast rhythmic touches on the machine – while donning a New Era fitted, some might call it poetry in motion, others might say it’s suicide on an MPC, but for the this producer it’s just another day on the job.

Born Abraham Orellana in Providence, RI, the middle child of two other siblings, he grew up with affection for music starting at a very young age. “I’ve been drumming since the age of 3. When I was around 10, I started getting into keyboard and producing my own music.” Half Dominican and Guatemalan, he confesses that his Hispanic heritage has influenced his music to a degree. With his mom being a one-time professional singer, he’s been around melodies and beats his entire life, however; growing up in Providence… it’s natural to assume Hip-Hop not having much of an influence in the city, considering that’s it sprawled so far away in New England. “There’s definitely a lot of Hip-Hop here. You’ll find a lot of local rap groups, solo artists out here that are trying make it, it’s just the fact that we’re not on the map like that just yet.”


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Having found much success working with Dipset members Cam’Ron, Duke Da God, Hell Rell and others, he’s also shopped beats to Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Cassidy, Gucci Man, Young Dro and Fabolous. With his rapid beat making techniques, it’s easy to understand why it’s getting him on shows from state to state because it’s amazing to see. “I’ve been getting booked by clubs lately to do shows performing on my MPC live. It’s something different and unique, and it puts me in a position to be a trendsetter, but on the other hand – it’s allowing other producers in the crowd to hear my sound and see what I’m doing, but I don’t think you can really duplicate what I’m doing.”


Putting a name on how to define his music and style is a daunting task, but under the fabric of his beats still lies a blueprint from the influences of Dr. Dre, Swizz Beats, Alchemist, Just Blaze, Scram Jones, Pete Rock, 9th Wonder, Hi-Tek, DJ Khalil and Heatmakers. These famous producers vicariously helped in perfecting his craft to the point now that it’s a full time job. “When I first started making beats, I went from the keyboard to a software program and to an MPC.



My motivation at that time was just for the fact that I wanted to hear and make my own music. All my old beats on the keyboard where like a good 3-4 minutes long and as I got better, so did the beats.” Making new beats also seem to come naturally. “I’m not the type that needs to smoke a blunt or have a drink to be creative. I just sit down and think of what I’m going to do or how I’m going to do it. It doesn’t take long, no more than ten minutes for me to complete a beat. It’s always like 10-15 minutes the most and then I’m done.”




The xx are a UK  musical phenomenon of gargantuan proportion though its a more subtle gargantuan they can be really understood, composed of members Oliver Sim, Romy Madley-Croft Baria Qureshi and Jamie Smith. The forming members of the band Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft met while attending the Elliot school with the other members joining along the way and began performing in 2005.

Since that time The xx have released xx  their debut studio album released on 17 August 2009 by Young Turks. The self-produced album was recorded at XL Studios in West London between December 2008 and April 2009.


Upon its release, xx received general acclaim from music critics, and it was subsequently included in several publications’ year-end lists. In 2010, it was awarded the Mercury Prize. xx spent eighty-seven weeks on the UK Album Chart, and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry- As of September 2011, the album has sold 405,000 copies in the UK.

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The FACT magazine named xx the best album of 2009 and the fifty-third best album of the 2000–09 decade. The song intro was also featured in the NBC coverage of the 2010 winter Olympic games. The Guardian named it as 2009’s top album of their Top 50 Critics Poll and The album won the 2010 Mercury Prize, the annual music prize awarded for the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is general consensus that the xx are a band that will and do have legendary clout these guys are going to do and have done great things. The xx Producer and co writer Jamie Smith (xx) has worked with the likes of legend Gil Scott Heron and had cross over success with collaborated with Rihanna on the song ‘Drunk on love’ and is a featured collaboration on Alicia Keys new Album ‘Girl on fire’- the list of  collaborations and achievements goes on.





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Discolure, UK wonder duo brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are on the vigorous surge up in the music world at only 18 and 20, their single Tenderly released  in January has caught the eye of a number of big hitters -as a result their remix of Jessie Wares Running has seen the duo work with people like SBTRKT, Hot Chip and Skream. Heading down under this year for the summer festivals Summerfeildayze, Summerdayze and Feildayze they are set to release their new album early next year. Read their full interview here ITM





Get DISTORTED @ Civic this Sat!!!!

So as we break up and go our separate ways over Christmas Bass legends DISTORTION thought they would help us  end 2012 on a very big BANG!!!Arguably one of the hottest producers of 2012   xKore  (uk) will be smashing out the heavy tunes at the Civic Underground, headlining what will be one of the biggest  bass parties of the year!!
Having just completed the FIREPOWER tour, the 18yr old is ready to annihilate   your eardrums!!
Lets be honest if F3tch wasn’t born in Australia then he’d be touring world wide and we’d be extremely lucky to see  him at any club gig in Aus, he’s simply that good. Signed to Rottun and Play Me,  his original production is next level and his ability to reproduce an original tune when a remix is requested has seen this man’s name on many a dj’s record bag (memory stick, serato playlist etc )
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59ptjiAvDkM]Of course it isn’t a Distortion without the  local bass loving freaks Acetone, Enochi, Deli, Dogg Bless and introducing MetLad who’s fast become one of the Distortion FamilyAs always simply say Distortion at the door for discount entry ($15) AND $25 GENERAL ENTRY

More info on the event HERE.

Tim Hecker / Daniel Lopatin

There’s an air of intimidation surrounding outre electronic artists Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never ) and Tim Hecker’s solo work. It’s accessible enough to get booked at summer festivals, yet awesomely inaccessible from a musicianship standpoint; you don’t hear Lopatin’s Replica or Hecker’s Rave Death, 1972 and think, “Yeah, I can do that.” Their elusive sounds are less composed than conjured out of super-obscure television programs, unearthly drones, and Norwegian church reverb. Yet, when I speak to the two of them about their recent collaborative LP InstrumentalTourist, these masters of electronic manipulation are as flustered by rudimentary technology as the rest of us: Lopatin is having the hardest time trying to patch in Hecker on his iPhone.



I’m not trying to put these guys on blast so much as making it clear that they are disarmingly down-to-earth people, even if their creative process is a thing of mystery. The two interact in a way that reminds me of a typical buddy-cop dynamic, where one’s comic relief plays off the other’s calm, wise-guy demeanor. Talking about his plans for this winter, Lopatin says, “I’m just gonna have one fucking fantasy basketball window open and Ableton in the other monitor, going apeshit.” He calls me “bro.” Meanwhile, Hecker is quick to name French philosophers Deleuze and Guattari as ideal collaborators.

With Lopatin taking a quick break from touring and working on the next Oneohtrix Point Never record and Hecker in his native Canada, we talked about giving up their preferred creative hermeticism, the underlying humor of synth presets, and the “happy hour” vibe that permeated the making of Instrumental Tourist. Full interview here

Kobra Kai Single Launch!!!!

From a residency at Home Nightclub in Sydney, to slots on festivals including The Big Day Out, Future Music, Creamfields and Stereosonic, Sydney’s Kobra Kai have been electrifying dancefloors all over the country!!

Kobra Kai celebrated the release of their acclaimed self titled album in 2011 with a National headlining tour, and are quickly gaining a massive following  with support from JJJ and FBI among others!

The all live bass act utilise powerful music technology to work in a parallel world between the home digital studio and the live stage, combining live electronic and acoustic drums, various synthesizers, guitars and a range of vocals. Kobra Kai wield a unique live setup, to deliver a unique, powerful electronic sound, successfully moulding the club scene with the live scene.

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The 5 piece act have been busy in the studio,and are celebrating the launch of  “Firestorm” the first single to be released off their highly anticipated  2nd L.P, “Insession” this Saturday the 22nd of Dec at FBI SOCIAL!

Joining them for an epic night of dirty basslines and party rhythms will be:

SHAMIK (Canadian  Beat Boxer )
More info on the night here.530611_10151116499436260_622429154_n