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Went to see him a few a weeks back and despite having an annoying MC and falling into the "lets play drum'n'bass for the last 15 minutes of the set" habit, it was great. He's got such a distinctive pastiche quality to all his music, brilliant!
I kind of miss the massive grimey abrasiveness of something like 'Gullybrook Lane', but his newer material is sounding pretty smooth and sophisticated - in a great, post-'Gin & Juice' way, as opposed to watered down or dull.
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VIP: http://soundcloud.com/multiverse/tron-vip-mix-128 I love hot it flips the vibe completly.
There is audio of a Kromestar remix about too Anti Social have played it on Rinse its damn good too.
I can feel this one getting a second wind already, even though its hardly gone away from the clubs. Firt time I heard this Mala rewound it three times in a row.
Does this guy have a proper LP out or what?
There's another huge track, 'My Trance Girl', which should hopefully find its way onto there as well.
I know I said this at the start of last year as well, but if the album drops this year, 2010 could well be his year. Serious crossover potential. Although Guido's music arguably does the pop/RnB thing a tiny bit better, Joker's feels like the more rounded entity.
Joker is working on the album, has been for some time. He wants to get Tron out before it gets toooooo rinsed as its such a fucked up track that everyone wants to play, footcrab.
Guido has an album in the works for Punch Drunk I think... Gemmy has been working on one for Planet Mu for a while too.
Love this stuff.
Footcrab? Do I need to step my inside-joke game up or what?
Its an anthem in dubstep right now and I cant get it out of my head. Juke inspired dubstep beast by Addison Groove aka Headhunter.
Tron and Footcrab are likely to be played at leats twice each by one or more DJs at a dubstep club right now.
of a slightly retarded but charming Underworld tune. Something rather Karl Hyde about it.
I drunkenly harassed him about it a while ago, and he said he's doing some more stuff with singers as well, which should be amazing, given that Beautiful Complication is one of the best things that came out last year. Footcrab.
cool that they feature it but they seem to ramble on about fuck all while they do it...
it's scary how many great records joker's already made.
i was shocked at how souped-up tron sounded, even knowing it was joker.
and I didn't really think I was a fan of dubstep. Could somebody recommend stuff like this pls? I'm listening to other joker stuff now and its baaaaaaaadaaaasss!
Guido - Beautiful Complication
Gemmy - Bk 2 The Future
Hyetal - Pixel Rainbow Sequence
Ikonika - Please
Crystal Fighters - I Love London (Brackles Remix)
Rustie - Bad Science
Could go on, but that's probably enough for now. It's an area well worth exploring though, there's a lot of really fantastic stuff of the same ilk out there.
The bit towards the end where it suddenly picks up the pace and hits a proper two-step vibe for a few seconds is a great motivator, really makes you pick up the pace. Well, until you collapse on the front doorstep, unable to get your key into the lock properly.
What's the Ikonika record like, while I'm here?
Reviewing it for DiS, so expect a rant in forthcoming weeks. But suffice to say, it's everything I'd hoped for. A real grower as well, and conforms to the same pattern that a lot of her productions do - far more slow-burning and considered than her DJ sets but with the same wild, divergent kind of energy.
more stuff kinda like this. synth/bass heavy shit.
rustie-bad science, sooooo good.
and i guess starkey is vaguely similair too. s'all good though.
and that Ikonkia album is goooood. Really enjoying it at the moment.
carrying on from Starkey, you guys heard the slugabed remix of stars? another massive tune.
Slugabed's remix of Stars is madness too. He twisted such a mellow vocal track into a big filthy hip-hop beast. IV&MIX: http://thequietus.com/articles/03311-sonic-router-008-your-dubstep-column-profiles-slugabed
especially considering it was early....
Elijah & Skilliam's FACT mix. Looks like it'll be pretty massive, this is a Friday night listen waiting to happen...
Yeah Joker is as much grime as he is dubstep really.
Terror Danjah, Swidle, D.O.K., Royal T, Silencer, SRC, Starkey, Griminal.
All have really interesting hyperfunk workouts in there own ways. Grime beats are doing ALOT right now, if I want some hype in a DJ set I'm going to reach for stuff like this instead of wobbly halfstep dubstep, its just so much more HYPE!
I mean, listen: http://soundcloud.com/swindleuk/airmiles More: http://drownedinsound.com/community/boards/music/4250694 < I got aired haha.
Original & VIP
12" shipping on friday.
I think he inherits the grime way of releasing stuff, randomly. Or Boomkat stuck it up as soon as they got it.
and Tron was in there. didn't thnk it had been around that long
but I think that was the first time he let a recording of it out. DJs keep tracks like this to just their clubs sets for ages maybe a year or so... before even thinking about getting them on the radio or on recorded sets. Let alone releasing them. Dubplate cultre and all that, keeps the clubs sets exciting and more of a one off experiance like a live event.
i might be going to my first ever dubstep night this friday. just trying to enlist some drinking buddies. they're pretty rare, as in once-a-month, round where i'm from
Hopefully the soundsystem's up to it!
hope you have fun and the soundsystem is big enough to shake your insides a bit.
Very nice twist up, makes it into a hard skanker.
Kromestar can really bring it sometimes when he's on the hard funk anti-social entertainment thing.
'we've been doing it for years, old school like Tears For Fears'
I see where he's coming from, but this still does it for me. It just works. His first load of 12"s are insanly exciting though and Gully Brook Lane is THE Joker go to joint still. But I like that he's tweaking his style gradualy rather than making big leaps. Stash grew on me the more I heard it too even though at first I didn't think it was far off Purple City or Re-Up. There is still magic in his ideas and all the tracks still sound pretty damn fresh in the clubs. I wana hear if he's got any more digidesign's locked up somewhere though that track is sublime.
I do know what he means, but I do have a real soft spot for 'Tron'. Maybe it's because it's been all over the clubs for so long -- I would say that it's a lot more repetitive than a lot of his recent things, built around a really simple and straightforward melody, but it's hugely addictive.
I wonder whether it's because so many other producers are following his style - and as the reviewer says, he's accepted a load of random remix commissions - that its impact has been watered down a little. Admittedly, not much he's done of late has the same physical and mental impact as 'Gully Brook Lane' or 'Purple City' (and 'Gully Brook Lane' is, as you say, THE definitive Joker tune), but I'd definitely say that 'Stash' manages to reach that mark. Agreed with him on the City Hopper 12" though, that's the first Joker thing I didn't bother grabbing on wax.
'My Trance Girl' is still immense though.
its fun to mix with, but it does feel morer like a stripped back DJ tool rather than a full on Joker track.
I think Tron, My Trance Girl and There She Goes all see Joker twisting his style up a little further. As he adds those hyper synths that sound more anthemic. Its big room stuff, but its good big room stuff. It'd be a shame if he only did that kind of thing but I doubt he will.
interesting review though, he makes some fair points
its been around for ages and most of the big DJs have had it for a long time too. So if you went to a dusbtep night you might hear every DJ play it, which is fun for a while but not for a year none stop haha.