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Your boys – Yaun Lee and Militia Sound Crew – are back with a banger!  A lot has happened since we released our last collab project, Take em by Surprise, in September 2010. This time, we’ve got more than just a few joints to rattle your speakers.

Guilty by Association (click through to download) is rammed with 10 tracks that are sure to have you bouncing off the walls when the beat drops.  It will also bring you some nasty looks from your neighbours.

For those of you who know me and my style, you’ll see that I’ve switched things up this time around. My flow is a little different – a bit more relaxed and nonchalant. This time around, I also focused more on setting the overall vibe rather then telling the story. I think it worked because I was able to just chill and have fun with it.

I put down 100% of the rhymes over 100% original riddms, 6 of the joints produced by me. (Tracks: 2- Hold Me Down,  3-Push, 5-Deep, 6-Do What You Want, 8-Turn it Up, 9-Guilty by Association).

As always, working with J.Gully was smooth – he always brings something fresh to the table. This time around, he eased off traditional dub sounds and brought in some minimalist post-dubstep (Tracks: 1-The Intro, 10-Out). Keep an eye out for future collabs – we’re not nearly done yet.

Working with Desta on this project was a pretty dope experience.  I’ve worked behind the scenes on a bunch of mixtapes, EP’s and mix cd’s with various mc’s and deejays but this one was a bit different because I was able to bring a street element – the mixtape – to a vocalist.

As a producer, I always aim to balance an artist’s personal style with something slightly different but not too far off the wall.  Desta comes from an old school reggae & soul background so I wanted to capture that essence while creating street anthems that work well on underground dance floors.

Highlight: “Separate/Fast or Slow” – not exactly reggae or dancehall, but a combination of the two topped off with a wobble bass at 140bpm.  The idea of putting a dubplate on the back of  a standard song brings the whole track back to a raw/rave feel where there are no rules.

The end result is a one drop, hip hop, dubstep & dancehall amalgam designed to rock out your iPod or your Serato.

Desta Tsion- “One Step Forward” DOWNLOAD

Lets get Madd

Posted: 15/05/2011 in Industry
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Once again dubstep descended on Corsica Studios so of course I wasn’t too far behind.  I reached the spot about 12:30am, just enough time to order some brews, find a space on the floor and settle in for one of the best dubstep sets ever.  At about 1 am, tho I wasn’t really counting the hours, DJ Madd touched the decks and began to infuse the crowd with his signature style.  The Hungarian dub slinger’s set was one of the most versatile and dynamic Dubstep/Bass mixes I’ve heard, definitely the best of the night.  DJ Madd’s style journeys between the most minimal and bare sounds, to the more upbeat “somewhat garage” sounds all while keeping the crowd dancing without missing a beat.  Check this mix from DJ Madd to get a vibe of how he throws down in his live sets, something you should not miss.

A new mini EP produced between myself and MSC, “Secrets of the KGB” contains a few joints we had been working on since late 2010 to early 2011.  It was agreed these tracks needed to be shared with fans because the tracks show the progression and evolution into our current sound which will be displayed on our up-coming mixtape, “Guilty by Association.”  They don’t exactly blend with our new material but the EP definitely stands on its own with its more laid back, dubstep grooves.

Strictly for the underground…

It’s always a good vibe when you’re able to sit and work with an artist, throw together a few ideas and produce something great in the end.  The lyrics to Underneath the Moonlight have been circulating for a minute but the song never really had a beat to call its own.  With a Dancehall style foundation and R&B lyric structure, it was just needing one extra element.  With soft synths and a gentle breakdown in the middle, Underneath the Moonlight morphed into a Dancehall/RnB/Trance record all in one unified vibe.

I set in my living room bored out of my mind while waiting for some contractors to show up, so I decided to make a remix of Adele’s-“Rolling in the Deep” to pass the time.  I love Adele’s voice and the amount of soul it possess.  To me, the track has a somewhat gospel/negro spiritual vibe to it so I wanted to take those emotions of anger, hope and love and present them in a modern way.

Make you mine

Posted: 06/02/2011 in Collabs
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What originally started off as a grungy hip hop instrumental quickly morphed into a melodic and dynamic RnB collaboration . Zion called me randomly from the train to explain that he was halfway to my place with his guitar and suitcase in tow; two things he’s hardly without. As we set down and talked about our musical past, different interests in music and where we want to take our respective styles, we somehow concocted Make You Mine from a few lyrics he had already started. The kid’s vocals are always soft yet extremely dynamic and unmistakable which match perfect with my gritty productions.