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As part of Dazed Digital’s new summer US project “States of Independence” they’ve invited their favorite 30 American curators, magazines, creatives and institutions to takeover Dazed for a day.

Premier record label Fade to Mind staged a mid-week takeover at Dazed Digital yesterday where the members of the unlocked their vault and shared 5 exclusive edits now available for free download.

Kingdom pieces together Fatima Al Qadiri with Gangsta Boo, Prince William flips Miley Cyrus “Adore You”, MA takes on r’n’b singstress Kelela, Massacooramaan goes head to head with Krayzie Bone while Rizzla mixes Lucid with DJ Dior.

The new Rizzla EP on Fade To Mind will floor you. It’s tough to pick a favorite out of the four tracks that are being served up for free, but “Badmind Ha” might employ the most apocalyptic use of airhorns in recent memory. Telephone ringtones, chuckling dancehall MCs sampled overtop themselves, and the familiar Masters at Work sample at the core of the Ha twisted into a snarling four minutes.

Things don’t let up at all with “Church”, with an immediately unsettling drumroll building up overtop shouted chants, building up tension until it’s almost unbearable and then figuratively skeet skeet skeeting all over the dancefloor in messy spasms of dark, ecstatic dancefloor joy.

However, it’s tough to compete with the racing, rushing percussion patterns of Psychoton, accompanied by sirenesque vocals echoing and floating wispily above the rest of the track, which sounds like a thunderstorm is slowly rolling towards a drum and bass rave in a secluded forest in Norway.

Grab the whole EP for free below, and if you’re in Los Angeles or San Francisco, be sure to catch Rizzla’s West Coast debut at those shows.

Rizzla – Fade To Mind EP

Portia Simpson Miller, the former and newly re-elected Prime Minister of Jamaica and representative of the People’s National Party, recently took an historically significant position by openly supporting GLBT legal protection in Jamaica, a country internationally notorious for a “culture of homophobia.” Miller’s statements come at a time of great cultural change in both Jamaica and dancehall music. This is for her.”

Some deeply powerful themes running through the latest mix that blk.adonis + Rizzla premiered over on DIS Magazine today – full of sexually explicit feminist minded dancehall, tracks where the voices are distorted so much that the gender becomes indiscernable, and track after track after track after track after track of heat. The things I’d do for a tracklisting, oh my God.

Download it below, and catch Rizzla in NY at Mixpak Extended Play #2 this Saturday!

Rizzla + blk.adonis – Portia Nuh Play by DISmagazine

“Having gay sex to homophobic reggae is almost as thrilling as blowing lines to anticocaine reggae” reads one of the Rizzla tweets that the Generation Bass blog showcased while debuting the new Blk.Adonis collaboration EP yesterday, whose title is a double play on Jamaica’s beleaguered People’s National Party and “Party and Play,” i.e. drug-fueled gay sex.

For those used to dance music that packs a little less of an socially inquisitive punch, Rizzla’s statements can come off as a little confusing. Is this critical of dancehall? Professing a love for it? Wedged somewhere uncomfortably between these two sentiments?

I’m more familiar with Rizzla than Blk. Adonis, but I can speak to the huge respect that I’ve seen Rizzla proclaim for the dancehall, reggae and soca genres that the “PNP EP” runs through a gauntlet of washing machine style throbbing basslines.

And while the “PNP EP” is full of twisted vocal snippets and amen breaks with sinister ha’s layered in between liquid drum & bass that on first listen might not resemble a dancehall influence, spending some time with it you can see a re-contextualized pastiche of dance music that’s both critical and embracing of the source material it draws inspiration from. At least, maybe. Maybe I’m not so sure.

To that effect, it’s a shame that Rizzla’s now defunct Wasted Youth Soundsystem blog isn’t still active, since it’s maybe a good place to look for more contextualization of the music. As well as pointing out the political hypocrisies of some queer circles exercising an outernational pursuit of sanctions against reggae artists, WYS also had tons of amazing soca edits and great articles, like this one on Gay Imperialism by Jin Haritaworn. If you’re interested in reading more about Rizzla’s relation to the politics of Jamacian music and North America’s somewhat neo-imperialist motivated persecution of it, it’s a great blog to spend some time on, as well as the comments in this thread of the Wayne and Wax blog for his take on imperialism and dancehall.

But geez, enough politics – what does this EP sound like? Pretty fantastic, actually. “PNP” sounds like a slice of moody, dark, cough syrup injected dancehall gets rubbed all over with KY Jelly and starts a wrestling match with Kingdom. “She Only Dance” pitches the phrase ‘she only dance to reggae and calypso’ to a uncomfortably high level, and envelops it in a castle of pounding kick drums, eerie vocal echos and rhythmically aggressive SOS signal bleeps.

“Go Straight Vs. So Fine” is total warehouse fare, integrating dissonant ha beats sampled from the MAW classic staple around some heavy, heavy jungle beats. Finally, the closer “Bekiki” is described fantastically by Generation Bass as being a “melancholy future-bashment” piece of work, and showcases a slower burning style of production that still fits extremely well with the vibe of the rest of the EP.

Download the full EP below, courtesy of Generation Bass (thanks folks)!

BLK.ADONIS + Rizzla – PNP EP

Tracklisting:

1 PNP
2 SHE ONLY DANCE
3 GO STR8 vs SO FINE
4 BEKIKI

Big, big things are in the works from Rizzla, who provided us with an unbelievably hot mix to start the week. Kicking off with what sounds like a dial up internet connection that you might hear dissonantly playing in the background of a David Lynch movie, things only get more frenetic from there.

Amidst the chaos, you can find a plentiful helping of Ha beats influenced by everything from New Orleans bounce to apocalyptic military reincarnations of the classic Masters At Work “HA Dance” track, each providing enough of a variation on the original theme to sound jarringly different every time.

There are also plentiful original productions from Rizzla here, further showcasing a dancefloor versatility that’s positioned itself somewhere hazily in between house, intensely homoerotic rave, techno, garage, bass, soca, dancehall and vogue, all mixed with maybe a little side of scathing political critique. I mean, when you name a track “Battyboy bleeding in the dark”, there’s gotta be some politics at work. Regardless of how you choose to characterize it, some of these gems may be finding a home on a certain fantastic soon-to-be-revealed label later on this year.

As if that’s not enough, the mix is also stuffed to the seams with exclusives from Mikeq, Dubbel Dutch, Kingdom and previously featured dance music disemboweler blk.adonis. Grab it now, you won’t regret it.

Rizzla – FTM Mix (Mediafire)

Tracklist after the jump.

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Shame on us for missing this fantastic edit DJ Gregory’s “Tropical Soundclash” from Fade To Mind alumni, recent remixer of the up-and-coming Pelican Fly label and total heartthrob Rizzla when he posted it up a month ago. Here, he turns the original track into the kinda thing that queer vampires might listen to while trying on clothes in the mirror before going out, glistening with a sheen of mystical apocalyptic nervousness. Spectacular stuff, grab a free download from Soundcloud below:

Perreo Apocalíptico by rizzla_dj

NGUZUNGUZU have never failed to deliver productions that massively shift the way we conceive of dance music, so it makes sense that their release on Prince William and Kingdom’s collaborative record label Fade To Mind.

Billed as “a record label and a movement, a series of club nights and cooperative projects in music, visual art, video, and apparel”, Fade To Mind is off to a stellar start with the NGUZUNGUZU created “Timesup” EP – full of intricately crafted pieces of dance music.

“Water Bass Power” sounds like someone sharpening daggers on a waterfall – unstoppably fluid, movement based dance music with a serious kick to it, and Kingdom’s laid back but anxiety laden R&B recut of the shuffling, “Timesup”, a tune about having to call people back, turned off phones, and an underlying unsettled vibe about one’s relationship. With production like this, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Fade To Mind gang were responsible for 98% of computer hacking that’s going on these days – futuristic, global club virus music going full speed ahead.

Buy the Timesup EP here, with remixes by Total Freedom and Kingdom, as well as three mind eclipsing original tracks by the NGUZUS.

You can also download a mix full of exclusives from Rizzla, Dubbel Dutch, AraabMuzik and more below.

NGUZU NGUZU XLR8R Podcast 205

Tracklist after the jump.

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