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This mix is the outcome of a beautiful email (below) sent to DRUMZ from a young man called J. ZOOMBA. Hailing from Spain and recently transported to South London, he wrote to tell us that amongst other things, he believes we have similar taste in music…he wasn’t wrong.

Noteably, the tracklist features artists such as Canblaster, Jamie George, French Fries & Riffs and is riddled with earworms, that I for one, have had the pleasure of feeling at some brilliant Youngunz, Club Cheval & Night Slugs nights here in Paris where D.O.T.S is currently based.

As well as being a sonic postcard of current Friday & Saturday bass orientated dancefloors, this mix is also an exciting indication of what to expect from J Zoomba’s new audio-visual night of the same name – PIRI PIRI, set to hit South London’s Amersham Arm’s on April 2. Expect great things.

Here’s the original email from J Zoomba :

I’m 22, London born, but was brought up in Spain where I started the first international Dubstep/Bass Culture nights about 4 years ago. Back then they didn’t have a clue how to take it (like most), but we kept on pushing and now its one of the main urban nights in the country.

We’ve managed to bring all types of bass heads, from Martelo and Redlight through to The Heatwave, Congo Natty, Foreign Beggars, Baobinga……… most of them for the first time in the south of Spain (we were based in Granada).

I’ve just moved back to south London a few months ago and have been working on a fresh take on the UK bass scene with a few like minded producers, trying to incorporate the Latin influence as much as we can.

We’ve started up a crew called PIRI PIRI, and we’ll also be putting on nights in south London (the first being the 2nd April). It’s mostly aimed to break down the barriers between the different UK bass scenes, and hopefully inject a bit of the unpretentious Spanish party vibe into the dance!
We’ll also be putting on documentaries before the gigs, based around the music we’re promoting (be it Baile Funk, Dancehall, Dubstep.. we’ve been speaking to this guy about putting on screenings of his mind blowing docs:
The venue is the Amersham Arms, and its also has a really vibesy little gallery in the top floor that we would be looking to use.
Finally, I heard Martelo’s mix you put up a few weeks back, absolutely massive. Like I said I feel we’re on a similar musical wavelength.
The mix is 1hr of jams, mostly on a skankin’ garage/funky tip, with the odd juke bootleg thrown in, a whole heap of dubs, plus some from myself and the Piri Piri mansdem!


D.O.T.S FALTY DL & Dave Q Hardbody Mixtape

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… a loveletter to UK hardcore

I let out a massive “yeah-eh-eh-eh-eh” going through the entire scale when this mix came into our inbox last week from New York’s finest, Dave Q (Dubwar / Twis’Up) & Falty DL (Planet Mu / Swamp 81).  As good things come to those who wait, we held off until today, Love day, to share it with you.  Below is an email interview with Dave Q & Falty DL, explaining more about it. Enjoy…x

GC- Can you tell me how you made it, why these tunes, what’s it all about?

DQ- The mix is meant to be a loveletter to UK hardcore. We wanted to usebreakbeat oriented tunes at all tempos to draw a connection back to Jungle.  Falty did the first half of the mix. His tune “Hard” is the first track and pretty much sets the tone for the whole thing. He sent it to me a few months ago and it blew me away for how faithful it was to the style of pre-jungle breakbeat hardcore, but at house tempo andcompletely fresh. He gave the tune to Loefah, who signed it to Swamp81, and he’s continued to make a number of these sorta distinctly junglistic tracks that I think are really refreshing.  Muscular femininity is what we’re going for. That explains the female body builder cover photo 🙂  My part of the mix (the second half) is more strictly jungle, though mostly more obscure pre-1994 tunes, where you could still have a hard 4×4 kick drum. Since most of my dj sets have been including Juke atthe end lately, I’ve started pushing the tempo further up and ending with Jungle, which has surprisingly reignited my excitement for jungle. It has been particularly fun to discover a lot of stuff that was made before I got into jungle in ’95 (still my favorite single year for music in my lifetime).

FALTY – I agree with what D said earlier, this represents a lot of history and the present of hardcore music. What’s cool is it is backwards. Present day tunes first half, old school last half.

GC- What’s up with the ‘future garage’ tag/genre ?

DQ- I don’t really have too much to say about future garage. I don’t care for the term personally. Falty probably has more to say about it though.

FALTY – Future garage… errrr… not my fav term tbh, but I don’t really care too much about genre names these days. I try and remind myself how lucky I am to be a producer and not dwell on the petty stuff : )


In preparation for the launch of The D.O.T.S / Georgina Cook photography exhibition at LAVA gallery, our latest mix comes from sonic super hero MARTELO [Santogold / YoYo / EOTW]. After 6 months of tuning in to his distinctively thumpin’ production style and globally minded sets, radio shows and mixes, we’re pleased to present Martelo’s new and exclusive mix, a 64 min. snapshot of his current likes and a pure new music education for the rest of us.


LAVA Gallery presents, Georgina Cook. Launch party 17 Feb 6-9 pm, music from Martelo and Skipple.




DJG January 2011 MixtApe + interview

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Whilst I was first introduced to DJG via the photo site Flickr, those of you that recognise the name, will know that he is primarily a DJ and producer, or in his own words, Dean, a human from San Francisco. A firm part of the Sure Fire family, DJG entered into the world of Dubstep in 2007 with his energetic and dubwise 12″ Shadow Skanking & Joyful Sound via JuJu‘s label Narco Hz. Support from the likes of N-Type, Mary Anne Hobbs, Joe Nice and Skream have sinced helped to propel into the internatty bass & beats arena.

Marking the New Year and in continuation of D.O.T.S MixTape series, DJG has kindly provided us with this vigourous half-hour mix + interview which reveals a little more about him and his music.

GC: How would you describe this mix? / Why did you choose these tracks?

DJG: I think I have a bit of a bad habit over thinking things; whenever I do studio mixes I tend to get a bit bogged down in a concept or theme or labor over what songs to include and how it should all be presented and bla bla bla. This time however I decided to just hit record while I mix some songs I love at the moment and see what happens. A live set in the club would probably include a bit more dubstep, but this is probably what I’m feeling more at the moment.

GC: How connected is your DJing to your production?

It’s very very difficult for me to separate the two really, because when I’m working on music I’m thinking about how it would feel for me to play it for a crowd on a big sound system. I basically visualize the big room of Mass in my head whenever I’m working hahaha! But I’ve taken a break from djing for January and February so I can work on less dancefloor-oriented music as it requires a bit of a shift in gears for me.

GC: I just read an XLR8R article about yours and Sam Supa’s trip to DMZ birthday bash back in 2008, now it’s 2011 and DMZ’s about to celebrate it’s 6th birthday, how does it feel looking back on that?

DJG: Yeah my first real exposure to the sound system aspect of dubstep was at the DMZ 2 year anniversary in 2007 and we went back in 08 to try and relive the magic a bit hahaha. I don’t know how I feel about it. It’s funny. That whole vibe is still such a big part of what I do musically, being there the first time had such a deep and profound impact on me as a person and musician, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to shake that experience from my psyche. I have like this mental map of that place on that night in my brain forever. I’d love to attend a non-anniversary night, feel a different vibe.

GC: What was your musical highlight of 2010?

Djing at Fabric in London and releasing some 170bpm material.

GC: What does 2011 hold for DJG?

DJG: Well as I mentioned I’ve taken time off djing for the first few months of this year so I can focus on writing music for what I think will turn into an album. I don’t really know what kind of music this is or how to describe it, it’s different though and that’s keeping me excited. I’ll be playing at some festivals in a few months and with some luck will return to the UK for gigs and collaborations with friends on that side of the world. Stuff like that!!!

l-r: Barry, GC, DJG, Skream, Random Swedish guy, Sweden 2007

Best of 2010 – Radio & Mixes

Had to give Mary Anne Hobb’s last BBC Radio 1 show a mention, it was one of the most emotional bits of radio I’ve heard and the Kode9 & Burial mix which it featured, is now up on her Mix Cloud Page.

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Also a shout to the guests that graced D.O.T.S blog last year with their wonderful MixtApes: Nmphypnotik , Malilone, Opti, Stand High, Kper, Perkid, Revolva… salute.