Thursday, 29 April 2010
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Friday, 23 April 2010
Sbtrkt Mary Anne Hobbs Guest Mix by sbtrkt
Shab Ruffcut - Hustler (Melé Remix) by Mele
Rich Furness - Abandon Silence Mix - April 2010 by RichFurness
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
AbandonSilence: So, how did you end up producing and DJing music?
Mele: I got into about 3/4 years ago, a mate of my mums son sold me his decks when i was about 13 with a load of techno vinyls, so i just learnt to dj with them, producing came a little bit after.
AS: What was your inspiration to get into music?
M: Definitely seeing the prodigy for the first time, it was like an epiphany
AS: Which three artists are the biggest influences on your sound?
M: I must admit that that changes literally all the time, but at the moment i would probably say the stuff L-vis 1990, Redlight and Toddla T are doing.
AS: When you have created a new original production, how do you go about releasing it? (what order - internet, vinyl, bootleg, etc)
M: it used to be just sending demo's to labels, but now i really only release on labels i know and want to do releases with me.
AS: What are your views on the Liverpool scene?
M: i have been going to clubs like Chibuku for a while now, its getting stronger! I have only played in liverpool once or twice. but local guys like Rich Furness are smashing it.
AS: Why does it have such a small scene by comparison to other cities such as Manchester, Bristol or London? Do you have any idea as to why this is?
M: I often ask myself the same thing?!
AS: What are your views on dubstep? I know that you produce and DJ all forms of electronic music, so why do you feel that dubstep is coming to the fore at the minute?
M: I love dubstep but i would never want to get bogged down in the whole thing, it seems like people are taking it and running with it, which is a good and bad thing i suppose. its just great party music i suppose
AS: Is music your day job?
M: it is!
AS: What is your favourite club night to play in Liverpool? If possible, why?
M: i cant say that yet unfortunately! hopefully i will be able to comment on that soon [AbandonSilence would like to say that we are planning on changing this answer for Mele soon]
AS: What are your three biggest tunes at the minute?
M: stupid by redlight and pulse 80 by mensah and hydraulic by r1 ryders
AbandonSilence would like to thank Mele for his speedy and full co-operation in helping us out.
Flexi - Melé by Mele
Eliza Doolittle - Skinny Genes (Melé Remix) On 1xtra by Mele
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
If you have ever looked at the endless rows of posters plastered on billboards, roadside fences and abandoned buildings around Liverpool, it is likely there is one name that you have seen more often than any other. That man has become a staple of Liverpool’s electronic music scene, he is Rich Furness.
Rich is a local guy who has grown up in and around the city, his musical influences and references are embedded in our local culture. His musical ascent to resident DJ of the mighty Chibuku club night began way back in the early 1990s. After being influenced by his older brother into listening to old rave groups like SL2 and The Prodigy, he began to rob his compilation tapes. After spending his adolescence in 3beat record shop looking for old Drome and Helter Skelter mix tapes, Furness finally got his chance to go to a live show when his older brother took him along to a New Year’s Party in Milton Keynes. When he was standing in the club, surrounded by 10,000 comrades, Rich Furness had an epiphany. He recalls, “I had always wanted to be an MC, but that night I saw Mark EG (hardcore DJ) play, and he looked like he was having more fun than anyone in the entire venue. I remember just watching him transfixed and thinking 'that's what I want to do'.”
A year later, Rich had his first decks.
Rich’s musical influences are not too dissimilar to that of many other dubstep and electronic DJs, he quotes David Rodigan, Marky & Mala as 3 of his heroes. He continues to say, “the influences on what I am actually playing at the moment are mainly from the multi genre ‘post dubstep’ garage stuff, there's so much good stuff around at the moment its getting very difficult to keep track.”
He really isn’t wrong. Through speaking with Rich, it can quickly be ascertained that he has a vast knowledge of the subject; he is a regular contributor to a couple of other music magazines, as well as running his own blog. The evolution of dubstep is a touchy area, especially for those in the inner circle, though Rich shrugs away the animosity for the growing popularity of his beloved music. “Its been really weird to have watched Dubstep grow into what it has become. It’s really strange now really as well as I think Dubstep isn't even Dubstep any more, the main sounds you hear at clubs now are so far removed from what Dubstep sounded like in 2005 when the term was first given, tracks have just been getting more and more aggressive and sillier, which doesn't really bother me because I like it all.”
This one-for-all attitude has lead Furness to being a popular DJ around the city; you are just as likely to catch him playing dubstep at Chibuku or Electro at Korova. His adaptability assures him a place at the top of every promoter’s booking slates, and he has amassed a very impressive list of support slots. He recalls one of those nights as his best, “Warming up for Chase & Status to 700 of the rowdiest people ever in The Theatre rank as some of the greatest hours of my life.”
As I’m sure you have also noticed, Rich has one of the best attributes for anyone associated with the business: he simply loves the music. He revealed that, “I don’t think in the future I could possibly work somewhere doing something that isn't involved in music without becoming clinically depressed within an hour.”
It is this level of respect and admiration for his music that signals Rich Furness out as one of our great city’s leading DJs.
In May and June 2010 you can catch Rich playing at
27 May – Supporting Borgore @ Korova
Sunday, 18 April 2010
This was really unexpected, after the painful electro-Tinchy-pop of Bad Boy, Skepta has blown me away with this huge dubstep banger. After the success of Tinie Tempah, this has given me a new faith in UK Mainstream music. Download this!
Skepta - Rescue Me
(Apologies for the YouTube clip, I could only find a radio rip)
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Liverpool’s dubstep followers circa 2009 were a loutish lot; popping pills and stomping through venues like hordes of Viking warriors. However, as the genre has branched out, so has it’s fan base. The crowd of individuals populating the Leaf tonight were a regression and evolution on that rather sinister and intimidating bunch.
There were dubsteppers trying to find a rhythm that was long lost in the mix, there were Indie kids coming to see what the hype was about, and there were the local glitterati who I assume were the most at home at this gig.
The old crowd did infiltrate these peaceful and serene surroundings, a couple of pissed bellends decided to push into everyone in the venue, and I quote directly, “For a Laugh.” Others in the crowd certainly did not share their outlook, as angry confrontations followed them around the dance floor.
I am not attempting to come across as some ‘Cooler Than Thou’ lothario, just that there is a time and a place, and this certainly was not it. This was a gig for all, from a middle aged couple to the indie kids, everyone was at home. The unifying denominator was the music. And it was enthralling.
Fresh off the release of his The Shrew Cushioned the Blow EP, Joy Orbison sparked this chilled venue into life.
As Joy Orbison stepped up to the decks, there was an air of anticipation rippling through the crowd, and Mr O’Grady certainly didn’t disappoint. He came in hard, playing BRKNCLLN within the first ten minutes. As the crowd warmed to his 2-step/dubstep hybrid, the tunes began to come in heavy.
Continuously mixing the tempos, Joy Orbison’s set was an amalgamation of all that has created such a buzz around the man. Throwing in cuts from Martyn, Instra:Mental, Joker, Roska and a few exclusives from the man himself, his track list was essentially a ‘Who’s Who’ of the new wave of producers.
The crowd stepped on for their lives as they were confined in the No Man’s Land of Percussive Crossfire emanating from the parallel speaker stacks.After the adoration of the crowd over flowed into a huge round of applause, Orbison ended his pulsating set with the rapturously received Hyph Mngo.
After being named in BBC, NME and Pitchfork’s ‘One to Watch’ lists, 2010 is going to be a big year for Joy Orbison.
Here's a mix he did recently, listen while you read the review if you want, it's there to stream or download.
Joy Orbison Greenmoney Mix by elpretentio2