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Jason Forrest’s Nightshifters label manages to be consistently quirky and deadly consistent at the same time, providing an outlet for all forms of weirdo dance music to come together under a familial rave umbrella of sorts.

In terms of quality, this release from San Juan, Puerto Rico native Magnum can hold its own to any of the other magnum opuses that the label’s put out so far. Featuring five original tracks and four remixes, its titanic size is backed up by the content.

You might call “Grooveworks” to be classified as dubstep but the beat twists and squirms away from the mind and lands squarely on the hips. “Cash” takes the rave-call to the max with massive build-ups that smashes the crowd into a pogo-frenzy. The deep bass gets under your skin and mingles with sliced Spanish vocals in “Underground” while the sharp snares of “Juracan” cut through sliding electronics and detuned shouts.

On remix duties, England’s Randomer takes Juracan on a multi-rhythmic ride with accompanying video documentation of the madness. But one of the most exciting parts about this package is the contribution from Pelican Fly + latest Nightshifters label signing Lucid. rounds out the EP with a remix of Underground that crosses some interdimensional genre rifts and ends up with a truly unique piece of modern dance music.

Grab the EP on Juno Download or iTunes.

Magnum – Grooveworks (direct link)

Jason Forrest’s new video for “Raunchy” is first and foremost a warning to everyone that they should not make eye contact or try to engage that guy at the mall who’s wearing a sweater with horses on it and rocking a mane of shoulder length hair while browsing for muskets. It’ll just end badly.

But more than that, it’s a stompingly good return from Forrest, who curates North American dance music juggernaut label Nightshifters. The track begins as a laid back clap-along affair, things slowly descend into a dimension of thrashing guitar solos and screaming horns that gradually becomes hotter and hotter until you notice that your shoes have melted onto the floor in a sticky multicolor mess.

Accompanying it is a rework from Canadian contingent Jokers of The Scene, who hone their tact of distilling their remixes to one gigantic eight minute “just-as-the-sun’s-coming-up” moment of ecstatic joy, before veering back off into the darkness. It’s a well paced track that would sound perfect being played somewhere where you can see the stars above you.

Grab “Raunchy” on iTunes now and get some extra goodies, and simultaneously be on the look out for Jason’s new album “The Everything” – Coming April 15th, 2011 on Staatsakt records.

Download the JOTS remix below from Soundcloud:

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Breakin’ Bad

Sep 20 2010

Monday, old new government here in Sweden and apparently we have an extreme right wing party in parliament. Looks like we’re in for a ride these next four years. We need something to cheer us up and luckily we got a little gift in the mail.

Meanbucket, the label from the often overlooked city of Prague are set to drop their second release “Breakin’ Bad” from elusive Tokyo based producer Ethix, it’s out today and has already been grabbing attention around the globe from producers such as Bok Bok, Jason Forrest, Malente and Mumdance etc. If you throw in a couple of stomping remixes such as a 90’s house affair from New Yorks finest Nick Catchdubs & Proper Villains + Prague’s very own dubstep heroes Side9000 and you get an essential release.

Ethix – Breakin’ Bad (Nick Catchdubs X Proper Villains Pumper Remix) (Mediafire)

Ethix – Breakin’ Bad by meanbucket

BONUS: Ethix also made a promo mix for the release.

Ethix – Meanbucket Promo Mix (Sharebee)

Tracklist for the mix after the jump.

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