Zomby – Dedication

August 11th, 2011 by

The only constant quality about Zomby is that he never fails to surprise, and his new LP just might be his strangest release yet. Dedication is a much more restrained effort than his previous output with less emphasis on woozy arpeggios and twisted beats, choosing instead to focus on creating certain moods and atmospheres. There […]

August Mix – Summer catch up

August 8th, 2011 by

This months mix showcases the funkier side of UK Bass music and coming in at over 80 minutes is an epic testament to the virility of the current scene. Highlights include Hackman’s futuristic ‘Your Face Pulling My Hair’ and Ramadanman’s dramatic remix of Spark’s ‘Revolving’. Also audible are the energetic riddims of Zander Hardy, Breach […]

Shlohmo – Bad Vibes

August 8th, 2011 by

When Shlohmo aka Henry Laufer appeared on the burgeoning LA beat scene last year with his hit and miss debut Shlomoshun Deluxe, it was easy to dismiss him as just another Californian kid making weird off-kilter beats. However, his prolific work rate has paid off and his recent accomplishments have set him apart from many […]

Eomac to Clap His Hands in Cork this Friday

June 27th, 2011 by

To celebrate the release of his 10″ Clap Your Hands on new Irish label Maigret Recordings, Dublin based producer Eomac will be taking to the decks this Friday at Cork’s Pavilion. Eomac’s previous material with Lakker caught many peoples attention, including Aphex Twin who played no less than three of their songs at his recent […]

Ghostpoet: Us against whatever babe

June 1st, 2011 by

Ever since State profiled Obaro Ejimiwe last year we’ve kept an eye on the steady ascendance of Ghostpoet, the English hip-hop artist whose unique combination of bleeps and perceptive lyrics have won him fans all over the globe. One of those fans is Giles Peterson who released the Londoners debut Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy […]

Dubstep May Mix – WTF is Post-Dubstep? (Part II)

May 16th, 2011 by

In the past few months the bass scene has shown no sign of losing creativity as artists both new and established continue to challenge the loose dubstep template and twist it into weird configurations. This month’s mix catches up with what is happening on the peripheries and draws attention to artists like Lapalux and Asa […]

Various Artists: Back and 4th (Hotflush)

April 20th, 2011 by

On a recent BBC show Paul Rose aka Scuba suggested that “bass” was the best word to characterise the music he has been putting out on his Hotflush label. Listening to Back and 4th is easy to see why these producers don’t see themselves as dubstep producers – only a few tracks here bare much […]

Dubstep April Mix – Dubh Thrian

April 20th, 2011 by

Following on from Eomac’s blazing mix for State last month we have another guest mix from one of Ireland’s up and coming electronic producers. Operating out of the depths of Leitrim, Dubh Thrian (real name Keith Bredin) has been crafting dark atmospheric tunes in the vein of Burial and Boards of Canada. For this mix […]

Interview with Sage Francis

April 13th, 2011 by

Straight outta Rhode Island, Sage Francis has been developing his uncompromising approach to hip hop for over a decade, forming his own record label Strange Famous in the process. Before he takes a rare visit to Ireland later this month we caught up with the rap Gladiator himself to talk about the making of his […]

Bloc 2011: Four Tet, Aphex Twin, Lone, Moderat, Joy Orbison & more

March 31st, 2011 by

Butlins is such a perfect venue for a music festival it’s surprising that its only in the last few years that they’ve opened up the English seaside resort to All Tomorrow Parties and BLOC during their off season. Located in the sleepy town of Minehead, visitors are isolated enough to feel that they’ve gotten away […]

State Meets Mosca and Ramadanman

March 30th, 2011 by

It‘s 10 o’clock on a chilly February night when State sits down for a chat with two of dubstep’s most in demand producers and DJs- Ramadanman and Mosca aka David Kennedy and Tom Reid who are playing to a very lucky crowd at Ignored Playaz this evening. The two DJs are relaxing in their hotel […]

Dubstep March Mix – Eomac

March 20th, 2011 by

Our second guest dubstep mix comes from Dubliner Eomac, aka Ian McDonnell, who has extensive experience moving dancefloors and shaking walls with the !Kaboogie collective over the past few years. His recent EP on Hsuan Recordings is already one of 2011’s essential releases and with more productions in the pipeline Eomac is definitely one to […]

Interview with Cut Copy: “We are trying to capture a euphoric state”

March 1st, 2011 by

It’s a good time to be in Cut Copy. Guitarist Tim Hoey sounds very pleased with himself. And well he should be. The Australian band have just released their third album, Zonoscope to critical acclaim and are about to launch a world tour. The record is a decadent mix of electronic wizardry, thumping beats and […]

Shackleton to play Cork Airport on St. Patrick’s Day

February 21st, 2011 by

Sam Shackleton will be performing in the decommissioned Cork Airport as part of next months Terminal Convention art festival. Joining him at this unusual location on Friday the 17th will be Vindicatrix, Ekoplekz and Baron Mordant for a special Mordant Music showcase. The art and music festival runs from the 17th to the 27th of […]