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
17.Mar.2011 EMPD021: EAVESDROP – AIR ON FIRE
New Zealand based drum and bass producer Eavesdrop is no stranger to our ears. He is building up a growing list of impressive releases including the recent “Matter of Time” single (EMPD019). Moving on from that successful outing, Empathy is proud to bring you “Air on Fire” a new 4 track EP featuring Benson and Willie C.
The title track “Air on Fire” brims with energy as Willie C leads a Shapeshifter-esque call to arms that is bound to get the floor moving. ‘Solitary Confinement’ with Benson and Willie C is a soulfully reflective chill-out perfect for after the party or one of those lazy autumn evenings heading our way. ‘Eastern Wind’ and ‘Secret Soul’ close out the release incorporating elements of Good Looking style jazz fusion with a calculated dance floor sensibility – equally at home in front of the crowd or on your stereo.
This release will be available Friday 25 March from: beatport.com, itunes, amazon mp3, addictech.com, junodownload.com, trackitdown.net and all good digital stores. Search Keyword: Empathy Digital.
Preview this release on our soundcloud