Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from everyone at Abandon Silence!

This year, a whole host of producers have been bitten by the festive spirit and decided to give away free downloads. Luckily for you I am waiting for my Turkey, so I am here to give you all the links to get the very best of these giveaways...

Firstly we have the don of the free download, Skream. He has decided to give away a whole album of free tracks, titled 'The Freeizm Album'. Special mentions go to Lightnin VIP, Skwelcha and his remix of P Money's Left The Room, which has been destroying dancefloors throughout 2010.

Secondly we have an exclusive Footcrab VIP from Addison Groove. Footcrab was one of the singles of the year, even popping up in NME's list. The VIP adds an extra dimension to the originals addictive and energetic vibes.

We are still searching for more free giveaways, but for now the third and final of these downloads comes from Mele, who has given away recent Abandon Silence blog hit I Swear Down away for Christmas. Featuring some fantastic vocals and a 'drone' sound similar to the works of Deadboy, this one will get you shaking away your Turkey fat.

As a late addition, we have a fresh instrumental from Manchester based producer Numan. i've been following this guy for a while now, and was more than happy to hear that he had released this grime track 'Red' yesterday. It's a little different from his usual stuff, but is fantastic...

FREE DOWNLOAD: numan - red
Please enjoy, and as an extra Christmas treat we give you our (very early) prediction for our Track of 2011, courtesy of the 2010 winner, James Blake...

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Zen Death Squad Interview

After last month's contribution from Adam Armitage, Abandon Silence is proud to present a second new writer to the blog, Bear Pills. Bear is a Liverpool based DJ and producer who I believe will add an extra dimension to this blog - both in terms of output and quality.

So, here it is, Bear's interview with glitch outfit Zen Death Squad. Take it away Bear...


Zen Death Squad. Besides being one of the bad ass names I’ve ever heard, Zen Death Squad are a group of Glitch Hop/Wonky producers comin’ out of southern England. I discovered them a few months back when I first heard their remix Roger Troutman’s Superman. I decided to get in touch with them.

Abandon Silence (AS): Who is Zen Death Squad and how and when did it come in to fruition?

Zen Death Squad (ZDS): Zen Death Squad are three producers; Screenager, Halogen and Z-Whip. We all come from different musical backgrounds, but all started out in live bands, playing various instruments. We came up with the idea in the summer of 2008, after being inspired by the sound of the US West Coast Hip Hop scene that was blowing up around that time. Originally there were five of us, and it all started with a track called Awesome Patrol, which we all kind of threw at each other across the internet for a couple of months. As it developed, three of us took a more active interest and things went from there.

AS: Awesome Patrol, haha, what a title. How does the writing process go? Is there a process? What does your studio consist of?

ZDS: We use quite a lot of different stuff in the studio. A bunch of old amps, basses and guitars, a load of pedals and samplers. As for software, we use a combination of Logic, Cubase and Ableton Live.

As for writing process, there's no specific starting point. We generally just jam until we find something we like and build it up from there.

We play a lot of video games in the studio which inspire us musically. We feel our music is a cross pollination of Time Crisis and Sonic 2.

AS: Haha! Sounds like quite an organic process. If you could choose a Nintendo 64 or Xbox 360, what would it be?

ZDS: We are Megadrive till death.

AS: Haha, didn't see that one comin’! How do you guys play out? CDJs, Ableton, Serato...

ZDS: We like to keep things as live as possible. We only started playing shows this summer, so it's been a constant learning experience and we try to push things further with each set. We currently run Ableton Live with a couple of keyboards and a variety of other midi controllers. We're actually about to purchase more gear, so there'll be a bunch of new stuff integrated for the new year.

AS: Looking forward to it. What are your opinions on the student protests at the moment & the whole Con-Dem government in general?

ZDS: We all have our own views on it. It's been good to see people get motivated and organised enough to protest effectively. One thing we can all agree on is that David Cameron's face looks like it is made of runny cheese.

AS: Hahahaha! If you guys where to have cheese on toast would it be red, yellow or green cheese?

ZDS: Good question. After much consultation we have decided that no cheese is bad cheese. As long as it's cut in the shape of a triangle.

AS: Good answer. I am a cheddar and brown sauce on toast man myself.

What are your views on the electronic music scene right now? Particularly Dubstep, Wonky & Glitch Hop...

ZDS: It's a strong field right now. Everybody seems to be stepping up their game. It's great to see the sounds coming out all over the world, with everyone putting their own ideas and to a certain extent their cultural heritage into the music. There are people like Spoonbill in Australia, Eskmo in the States and Rustie over here in the UK who are creating incredible music, taking the sound in crazy new directions. The UK seems to be warming to the Glitch Hop sound and we are a excited to see what emerges from it.

AS: Spoonbill makes the craziest music! Who or what do you think played an important role in Glitch Hop in 2010 and who or what do you think everyone should keep their eye on for 2011?

ZDS: There have been so many highlights this year, to list a few: The Glitch Mob at Matter on the UK's best sound system. The proto-funk of Debruit. Guys like Flako and Comfort Fit with great records out there. Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma. Nosaj Thing at Plastic People in London was out of this world. iLL Gates also, through his music and his support for the community with his Ableton seminars.

As for next year, watch out for Virtual Boy from the States and Jai Paul from the UK.

AS: What can we expect from Zen Death Squad in 2011? Also, where the hell did the name come from?

ZDS: The name was actually suggested by a good friend and awesome dubstep producer we know.

2011 is looking pretty exciting. We're in talks to get some releases out there, both here and in the States. And after that, just a lot of shows. We just confirmed our first performance in Bristol for 2nd Feb, so are very excited to be heading to new places after a summer of festivals. Trying to line up some US shows for around March/April time, and then who knows? We'll have to see where we end up.

You can check out Zen Death Squad here:

Keep an eye out as they will be releasing a new free track for Christmas!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

NYE Line Up Announced

Thank you to everyone that came to check out the Abandon Silence Best of 2010 Lists. We got some great feedback, even a retweet from the victorious Best Album Winner Flying Lotus. Over 5000 views in 3 days was, by sadly some distance, our greatest period of traffic ever! Thanks again to you all.

I am here to give you great tidings for this coming New Years Eve... We shall be hosting our own party! Well, we will be hosting the front INK room in Chibuku's legendary NYE party, to be held in The Masque, Seel St, Liverpool.

We are bringing back one of our favourite new producers of the year, MELE, for a third time to join our usual residents Rich Furness and Horza. As well as Mele, Rich and Horza, we have two new DJs coming along, Sheppard and Jake Daniel. Both have been on my imaginary waiting list for a long time, and I am so thrilled to finally be able to find a platform for these guys to party with us.

Abandon Silence NYE at Chibuku

MELE - Grizzly
Rich Furness
Jake Daniel

Firstly, we have Mele's latest release, I Swear Down, which is a fantastic grinding piece of 130 funky that evokes strong Deadboy vibes, but retains it's individuality.

Melé - I Swear Down by Melé


And as a wee introduction to the two new guys joining us, here is a couple of mixes from the pair of them. I'm sure you'll agree that we have pulled these guys out of the top drawer to join us.

Both these mixes are available to download, just click on the arrow symbol to the right of the player...

Definition//Mix 2010 by SPD//SHEPPARD


Horsepower Productions-HDN
Scratcha DVA-Jelly roll
Cosmin Trg-Since last night
Geiom ft marita-Sugar Coated Lover
Cooly G-Dis Boy
Pangea-Bear Witness
King Midas sound&Pupajim-Frequencies
Peverelist ft. Pinch-Revival
Addison Groove-Footcrab
Scuba-Three sided shape
Headhunter-In motion
Commix-Bear Music
High Contrast-Tread softly

Promo Mixtape (03-09-10) by Jake Daniel


Lusine - Two Dots [Pezzner Remix]
Minilogue - Second (Colour & Sound)
Johannes Heil & Extrawelt - Erdbeerfeld
Robert Babicz - Come Closer [Kollektiv Turmstrasse Remix]
Moonbeam - Run For Me
Marcel Dettmann - Reticle
Martyn & The Spaceape - Is This Insanity? [Ben Klock Remix]
Matt Walsh - Honey Comb [Sei A & Logan Remix]
Kevin Gorman - Shakey Stripped
Peter Van Hoesen - Terminal
Glimpse - Employable Enjoyable [Marcel Dettmann Remix]


Playing in the Theatre room in The Masque will be a selection of Chibuku's 'Residents and Friends', including James Rand, Mark Mac, Paul McGuire, Revo and Mr Paul.

Mr Paul is a Liverpool based artist who has a residency with Chibuku and fantastic underground house night Discoteca Poca. This mix is a great exponent for his DJ skills and a good indication at the kind of sounds to expect on NYE!

Bisco by mrpaul7t7


Mark E - Smiling [White Label]
6th Borough Project - The Formula (Dub Vibes)
Chaz Jankel -Glad To Know You (Todd Terje Türkatech) [Permanent Vacation]
The Revenge ft Danielle Moore - Just Be Good To Me (Ron Basejam Remix) [Needwant Recordings]
Timmy P - We Had Disco
Johnny Dynell - Jamhot (Tensnake Remix) [Needwant Recordings]
Disco Channel - Honey (The Ground Floor Chicago's Reworks) [Little House]
Kevin Irving - Children Of The Night (Disco Bloodbath) [Disco Bloodbath]
Jamie Jones - Say What? [Hot Creations]
Russ Yallop - Rock Me [Crosstown Rebels]
MSTRKRFT ft N.O.R.E - Bounce (Maya Jane Cole Remix)
Model 500 - OFI [R&S Records]

Tickets are available at -- see you all down there

Sunday, 5 December 2010

The Abandon Silence Best of 2010 lists

When I approached the compilation of these two lists, I had a general idea as to what the top 5s were going to be. The problems came when decided which tracks to include and leave out, thus I extended my top 10 tracks to a top 25, though still several glaring omissions that I am finding it hard to live with.

When I started to think about creating this lists, I knew that James Blake had to be my number One. I restricted myself by deciding to include only one track per artist, and I just had to put the anthem in. CMYK is just a clarrion call for all that was good about UK music in 2010. This was the sound of an emerging artist finding his feet, but doing so miles ahead of his contemporaries. He is sure to take over 2011 with his vocal works.

Tracks -- (all are YouTube links)

1)James Blake - CMYK
2) Girl Unit - Wut
3) Mount Kimbie - Maybes
4) Foals - Spanish Sahara
5) Flying Lotus – Do the Astral Plane
6) Ramadanman – Glut
7) Kingdom – Fogs
8) Deadboy - If U Want Me

9) Skream/Instra:mental & D:Bridge - Acacia Avenue
10) White Ring - ixc999
11) Gil Scott Heron – New York is Killing Me (Jamie XX remix)
12) Balam Acab – See Birds
13) Sepalcure – The Warning

14)Jamie Woon – Night Air (Ramadanman remix)
15) Gold Panda - You

16) Datsik – Firepower (Moombahcore remix)
17) Burial - Prophecy
18) SX – Woo Riddim
19) Magnetic Man ft Katy B – Perfect Stranger (dBridge remix)
20) Pariah – Detroit Falls
21) Redlight ft Ms Dynamite – What You Talkin’ About
22) Swindle - Airmiles
23) MJ Cole & Wiley – From the Drop
24) Pangaea - Why

25) Joy Orbison – The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow

The album list could easily just be the top 2 on their own, as FlyLo and Kanye's efforts were just streets ahead of the pack this year. No other albums got near to connecting with me and I will always remember 2010 for those two LPs. Notable mentions for the fantastic Mount Kimbie record, Four Tet creating his best album to date, Foals finding maturity within their glitchy indie pop, Arcade Fire stepping up yet again and two obscure record labels, Autonomic and Night Slugs, coming to the fore of 'UK Bass music'.


1) Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
2) Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy
3) Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers
4) Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
5) Four Tet – There is Love in You
6) Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
7) Foals – Total Life Forever
8) Fabric Live 51 – Autonomic
9) Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
10) Night Slugs – Night Slugs Allstars

Please use the comments box below to vent your fury, or maybe even agree, with my decisions.