19.Oct.2011 EMPD026: K+Lab vs Funkdamunk
Streaming direct from the near future ‘McFly was a Raver’ is glitch hop at its eclectic best. K+Lab and Funkdamunk hit you with thick slabs of elastic bass bouncing you from floor to ceiling while their synthesizers take aim at your knees.
‘Ahi Haka’ comes at you with explosive force, launching its drive by assault with chainsaw synths that cut to the bone. Subtle variations of old school breaks form the backbone of the attack giving you brief moments of relief before leading you straight back into the fray.
Swag takes the down deep. Funkdamunk lures you in with subtle vocal snippets and relaxed tints of melody before bringing out a bass line that pushes things through the floor..
K+Lab is now a regular feature on glitch hop charts and DJ playlists worldwide. Funkdamunk is nipping closely at his heels. Who will win this battle for broken beat supremacy?
Previews are available on our soundcloud
01.Aug.2011 EMPD025: K+Lab – Kolab Remixes
Kolab are a New Zealand based hip hop outfit who have been tearing up airwaves since 2004. Their style is jazz and funk fusion and inspiration comes via the likes of De La Soul, Common, A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla. Along with regular appearances on the New Zealand Independent Music Charts, Kolab have also featured on the cover of Remix Magazine as well as on Sony Playstation promotional material. Their debut album “What comes next” was featured on the iTunes “hot” list.
Now Empathy Recordings in association with Kolab are proud to bring you a very special collaboration: K+Lab vs Kolab!
K+Lab is quickly becoming the dominant force in New Zealand glitch hop. His signature bass heavy hip hop fusion blends seamlessly with Kolab’s jazz-hop synthesis. K+Lab’s Vibe up remix of “Killin Time” will not disappoint fans of the original and is sure to keep K+Lab’s glitched out hordes pleased with its chopped up breaks and heavy synthesized bass. Next up K+Lab’s remix of “City streets” steps up the pressure. It’s a luxuriously smooth liquid drum n bass exploration which is sure to find a home on many a large sound system in the very very small hours.
Whether you like your funk straight up or crookedly broken, this release has something for you. It will be available 15 August from Beatport.com, junodownload.com, addictech.com and all your favourite online stores.
You can preview it now on our soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/empathy-recordings
Anodyne Industries is a genre defying battlefield of mechanised break beats and subtle melancholy. His sound teases us with the hope of a better future while punishing us for contemplating the futility of our daily existence.
Since he announced his arrival in 2009, Anodyne has released a series of successful singles and EPs to growing acclaim. He has shown little need to conform to genre – moving seamlessly from half time drum and bass to dubstep – always remaining intelligent.
Heart of the Machine comes in the form of a four track EP. Two tracks are pure Anodyne: the title track is a sci-fi infused half time drum and bass exercise in defiance, and Kanjou Nashi: an intelligent dubstep number with subtle IDM edges. The release is rounded off with two remixes by Empathy’s favourite masters of the dark arts: Nanotek, Mars and Lex.
Nanotek lends his immeasurable sonic muscle to Anodyne’s Kanjou Nashi. Nanotek has unleashed his brutality through such eminent labels as Tech Itch Recordings, Obscene and Intransigent Recordings. The blackness of his soul is unquestionable, terrifying even the sturdiest amongst us. The resulting dubstep Frankenstein reveals darkness of spirit so deep it will be studied for generations as archaeologists wonder how ancient souls could be crushed by the weight of breakbeats alone.
Mars and Lex close out the release, visiting us from the vast expanses beyond the Dnieper. Their journey from the source of the sun sees the release end on an uplifting note. Their electro dubstep remix of Kanjou Nashi rises above the darkness to offer the dancefloor just a little hope that they might just survive the night.
This release will be available for bionic transfer into your consciousness from Saturday June 18 2011 in all good digital stores: Beatport.com, junodownload.com, itunes.com, amazonmp3.com and more.