Malice is having Visions!!

d-malice-studioDubplate Malice, the Bedfordshire based young producer, made us all take notice when he released the Gabryelle Refix EP in the summer of 2008. He’s now back again with some more material to fill the dancefloor with more of the higher quality House that many funky heads are also known to love.

The Visions EP boasts 4 tracks in total including Roska’s complementary Visions VIP. To those that know about Roska ability to break up a track and glue it back together with a whole new skanking perspective, you’ll more than appreciate this rendition. Not to take anything away from D-Malice’s original, which has already gained an underground status of being a classic, simply due to its bubbly appeal. The additional tracks Malice has generously added on the Visions EP, Keep On and Bad Habits have both got an appeal of their own, however Bad Habits has to be my favourite track on the EP. The bassline grabs me everytime I hear it. This is definitely one I continuously look forward to hearing in a club while intoxicated and away with the vibe.

The EP is due to be released on the 9th February 2009 and will be available in ALL good records stores. MP3 release is postponed for the foreseeable future. DJs do not despair if you’re not the type that purchases vinyl, D-Malice will be happy to issue you a special in MP3 format, which can be requested from him directly via his MySpace or Facebook account.

t-shirtsThe Visions EP, D-Malice and Diamond In Da Ruff Limited are marketing on another level all around the globe as Diamond In Da Ruff are recruiting for the launch of a Street Team. All members are being issued with a promotional Visions snippet which can be used as a ringtone upon signing up, as well as being able to purchase OFFICIAL Diamond In Da Ruff personalised merchandise which is at present only available to the current members of the Diamond In Da Ruff Limited team. It has been tipped that there are other incentives available to the members of the street team which will also be enhanced as time goes along. If you’d like to find out for yourself and become a member, send a contact name and email address for info to be sent to the specially designated Facebook profile for the Diamond In Da Ruff Limited Street Team.

Dubplate Malice can also be found showing off his talents as a DJ on Perception 102.4 FM 2-4 PM on Saturdays and 7-9pm on Sundays in the dance studio.

hooked-on-house-topsAlso look out for Diamond In Da Ruff Limited’s event Hooked on House taking place at Isola Bar, 33 Bridge Street, Northampton NN1 1NS on 6th February 2009
Full details of the event can be found HERE!!


New Music Uptown!!!

It’s an eventful time for releases this week with Uptown Records now stocking the following for your vinyl collection:

*D-Malice – The Refix EP
*Roska – Elevated Levels EP
*Perempay – Buss It
*Crazy Cousins – Bongo Jam EP

Yes that’s correct!!….. All 4 are available NOW on vinyl @ Uptown Records!!!

Be sure to purchase your copies!!!

****Click Here for Uptown Records Store****

Whose House??

Deep in the undergrounds of London City and its surrounding counties, a new sound is emerging into the sunlight. It’s unique, has a strong following and is bursting not only its borders, but also its oceans shores. All continents and partying districts of the globe are being injected with this vibe and its connoisseurs are showing true dedication within its following.

DJ Marcus Nasty

Marcus 'UK House' Nasty

The BBC in London has described this sound as Funky House with a Grime flavour. Marcus Nasty who is a leading DJ within the scene has branded it UK House along with many others. The gurus of the House scene have labelled it New-Age Garage. Its followers however, are calling it Funky House.

Those who are familiar with House music know that the sound representing this scene does not fall into the Funky House category, as this is an already established genre which it does not replicate. Leading to the political argument generated upon each evolution within music…… What do you call it??

If we get technical with the basis of the music, it’s bpm for play and production is within 124 – 130 and has the prominent 4×4 kick drum with a common addition of congos delivered in an Afrobeat style. The rhythmic groove has a basis of extension on a single chord, instead of a constant change, which is a strong resemblance to Funk. This sound in general however holds no other conformities, and which other instruments take part in the production, or how, are not regulated. Therefore the diversity found within the sound has caused it to become indefinable as an already established genre or sub genre.

There are huge similarities to Garage which stems from the quantity of vocal contribution in many of the songs, however Garage is also identified for the quantity of bass it carries. In comparison, Garage has a much more simple sound which makes this new sound too complicated to fit within the Garage sub-genre of House music.

Without any limitations on sound, it allows there to be an amalgamation of the various already established House sub genres and therefore can only be recognised as the birth of a new House music fruition. This conquers the requirement to fall into a sub genre and lets its freshness and originality be recognised, yet still flourish as it has not taken its true form.

Highly influenced by the Tribal, Deep, Soulful and Bassline House sub genres, the attraction inevitably falls highly towards the urban orientated individual who appreciates diversity, and is usually mixed with these, as well as other sub genres such as Afrobeat, Broken Beat, Minimal, Electro and of course Garage. This enables the DJs to promote this sound alongside the more established sounds and individuals within the industry, increasing its marketability.

The pioneers within the production of this music have collectively stated that their influences come from the likes of Dennis Ferrer, Masters of Work, Karizma, Kenny Dope, Defected, Quentin Harris and Kerri Chandler. However, as with each evolution within music, there are the cowboys who are simply jumping on a band wagon. Production of which, instead of encouraging the recipient to lose their soul within the music, there is an examination of the imperfections with disgust. Although the creativity is in place, the end result has not been mastered and therefore lacks the desired quality to achieve outside appeal and acceptance. But is it really as simple as these productions are rushed material??

As with any business an entrepreneur has to begin somewhere, and simply may not have the means to produce a replicated sound quality. Is it fair to compare the new to the old? The DJs and listeners are the only judges at this present time as the sound has not yet fully broken out of the underground. However a producer who has shown true innovation in mastering the quality and precision of every beat and instrument sound does not appreciate being associated as making the same music as one that does not. This new type of music is still developing, and in time, with growth and quantity, the divide will be as clear as it is within every genre. The music of higher standard will be shown within its level of listening popularity and DJ playing time.

Within a diverse urban community, this can only be seen as an encouraging advantage as it is bringing the much desired love and unity back to the clubs.

Within a diverse urban community, this can only be seen as an encouraging advantage as it is bringing the much desired love and unity back to the clubs.

This sound has also said to be more attractive to a crowd who have been participants in nightlife for as long as the sound has been around, however there has been a strong interest shown by the much older generations who have been listening to House music throughout the decades. Mainstream enterprises have also started to show an interest. Productions are being signed and aired on commercial radio stations. This new sound has definitely started making its mark on a wider stance demanding recognition from the music industry as a whole.

The attraction for this music falls beyond its sound, towards the vibe that it brings. The mood to dance and be merry is instantly generated. There is no drug culture integrated within the following, and the idea is for everyone to have a good time. Within a diverse urban community, this can only be seen as an encouraging advantage as it is bringing the much desired love and unity back to the clubs.

So this indefinable underground house sub genre is emerging and is soon to be recognised by the mainstream in a commercial stance. Whether the evolution is recognised by those who do not wish to acknowledge it or not, it has already begun. With the various names people would use to refer to this sound the mostly used description is Funky. However Funky House is already commercial. So with its generation being within the urban society, is Urban Funky House the correct and mostly representative term??

A sample CD of the music referred to in the above can be downloaded from the link below.
Diamond In The Ruff Vol 1