Designer Drugs feat Cerebral Vortex – Through The Prism out on Ultra Records oct 26th. Watch
out for the remixes featuring some pals of Tighten UP! coming in November.
As promised folks we are dishing out tracks from artists featured on podcast 5. Last week we hit you with Alvin Risk “At Last.” This week we have Nathan Vice’s new project Deathwave. We featured Jack Her on the podcast, and he has so kindly made his new track Pancake available for download. This track is something fierce. And the 2nd drop. Oh Boy! So enjoy, and check out the interview we did with him last month.
Nice. This is what I’m talking about. Some new rap that doesnt suck. And this is coming from a guy who
likes to RAP. Peep this jem from Chiddy Bang featuring Q Tip. Lovely!
Here it is folks. We’re making good on our promises. Every week, we will be giving away a track from Tighten UP! podcast 5. And we are happy to present you with “At Last”, by Alvin Risk.
Fresh off the success of the Designer Drugs remix, Back Up In This, Alvin Risk has debuted his EP, The Making Of. The lead song, “At Last,” touches down on the spaced out tip, painting the loveliest end of the world scenario we have ever heard. All of the tracks have a lush, melodic feel, while still retaining a very approachable, dancefloor vibe. And with this EP, we have officially entered Alvin Risk for the Rookie of the year award. Download away, and don’t forget to check him out on Podcast 5.
We’re big fans of this Puerto Rico native, turned New York transplant. Ever since he came down to DC in May of 09 and played almost an entire set of originals, he’s been heavy on our radar. Last year he teamed up wtih the Tighten UP! crew on his remix of Illy’s Double on the Rocks project, “Thats My Steez.” And was recently featured on Tighten UP! Podcast 4.
So how did you get your start DJ’ing?
I guess it all started when I heard drum & bass for the first time back in 2000 (kind of late I know). I was absolutely blown away. The energy, the sound design. Everything. I didn’t really know how to go about it… I just wanted to make music like that… Somehow. Had a friend who was into promoting parties and knew about this stuff. He recommended I start out DJing first, and then I would pick up on the musical and production skills. Bought a cheap pair of turntables and a mixer, bunch of records, and got to practicing. Played a few small parties for some time, then I took a break to focus on making music for a while. I picked up DJing again around 2008, when I finally jumped from drum & bass to house, electro, etc.
Favorite Jello flavor?
You’ve played in Puerto Rico quiet a bit, what do you find is the difference between there and the states?
PR has a surprisingly active party scene with lots of great, high profile acts dropping by all the time. It’s an island of course and most of the scene concentrates around the capital, so all in all it’s a handful of local people running things and playing most of the parties along with the bigger names. It’s a tight knit scene so once word spreads that you’re doing good work, especially on the production front, and getting outside recognition, it’s easier to get a variety of consistent gigs. But its not a walk in the park either. You have to put in your work and pay your dues like anywhere else. Here in the states things feel more spread out. Lots of promoters, companies, DJs, producers, etc all trying to do their own thing, so it ends up being a little nerve-racking at times… Until you get one or two tracks that really blow up and put you on the map. I’m working on that heh.
GI Joes or Transformers?
teenage mutant ninja turtles
Favorite track or Remix you’ve done so far?
Probably the last two tracks I finished as Deathwave
Deathwave – Pancake
Deathwave – Jack Her (Til She Screams)
Your stuck on an island, and you can only bring 3 DVD’s to watch for the next 3 years. What do you bring?
Scarface (I know it’s a cliche but goddamn I always loved that flick)
What can you tell us about your new project “Deathwave”?
I’ve kind of been focusing most of my energy into Deathwave lately. I’m using this project to experiment with darker, heavier tracks. The Nathan Vice thing will continue to draw from 80′s soundtracks, new wave, italo, disco, rock, etc. while Deathwave will include a broader range of influences like acid house, techno, drum & bass, hip hop, funk, tropical stuff, and whatever else. I’m not really limiting myself with it. No set rules. Just an emphasis on big bass, dark, raw, gritty vibes, and getting people to break a sweat on the dancefloor.
What will make a comeback first? Drum and Bass or the Achey Breaky Heart?
I hope country gets huge in 2012. It will make armageddon feel like not such a bad thing after all.
It’s been an MP3 crazy 2 weeks. We kinda feel bad because we didn’t point this out last week. But now EVERYTHING MUST GO!!! For our Friday Round UP! we’re linking you to all of the mp3′s we gave away with Tighten UP! Podcast 4. We’re also linking you to some of the other great songs we gave away this past week. So download them. Trade them with your friends. Just make sure you collect all 6.
Tighten up Podcast 4
Nelly Furtado – Maneater (Silverback Dubstep Remix)
Yeasayer – O.N.E (Peter Dragontail Remix)
Lazerbitch – Twilight (Booman Baltimore Club Remix)
Painted Face – Undreamt
Ten Toes Down – Mayhem bootleg
Sidefx – HYX & H0U5T0N Dubstep Redit
Yeasayer – O.N.E. (Peter Dragontail Remix Mix)
This ones for the ladies. We are REALLY digging this Yeasayer Remix by Philly’s Peter Dragontail. This guy has been under the radar in Philly for a bit, with some stand out track writing. (And some wild illustration skills too if we might add) This track is def on the deeper tip.