Friday, 11 March 2011

Local Heroes: Raksha Vs HaHaHa - Planet Arium


Fast becoming one of the hottest production duos to come out of Glasgow in the last ten years, Raksha & HaHaHa are getting us very excited. Kicking of 2011 with that gorgeous slice of Garage tinged House 'Running' they now return with new track 'Planet Arium' - a deep-grooving mixture of rumbling sub-bass, spacious rhythms and cosmic reflections. In the same vain as this week's recent fixation with Julio Bashmore and Midland, the combination of a four to the floor foundation and introspective dub is truly intoxicating. Pick up 'Planet Arium' for free on Raksha's 'Spaced Tapes Vol.1' EP.

Raksha Vs HaHaHa - Planet Arium (Free Download)

Also featuring on 'Space Tapes Vol.1' are two solo productions from Raksha which couldn't better represent the current direction of UK Bass. Not strictly Dubstep, but not entirely Garage either, 'You Got Me Down' sits somewhere inbetween - a soundtrack to a true urban soundscape. Comparable to Burial, Raksha has captured the sound of grey skies, tower blocks and decaying suburbs. Download the EP, get it on your mp3 player and walk around the city - you'll see what we mean.

Raksha - You Got Me Down (Free Download)

As always the release of a new Heartbeats compilation means an influx of incredible local heat, and 'Beastiality', the third installment has provided some absolute corkers. If you still haven't downloaded it yet hopefully this slice of Tropical House from Barrientos will inspire you. Using a simple frog sample and some tribal atmosphere this immediately takes you down the local rain forest.

Barrientos - El Sapo (The Frog)

Heartbeats3: Beastiality (Free Download)

Really have to show some love to the Phuturelabs crew at the moment, the Glasgow based label & collective have gifted us EP's from both S-Type and Hissy Fit recently and now they're offering up something hot from Profisee. The Logan's Run EP sees production from Process Rebel, the aforementioned S-Type and the mysterious Glasgow producer Scharkz - who produced this track. Seriously good use of an Ultravox sample yo.

Profisee - This Means (Produced By Sharckz)

Released for free download March 28th at

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