The Night Bazaar – interview and mix

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A few weeks ago I spoke to Ash from The Night Bazaar about music and life. This is one of the most honest and in-depth interviews I’ve done for ages (in other words, rambling a load of old shit) and we touched on all sorts of topics.

http://thenightbazaar.co.uk/philth-way-sum-vibe-science-nature/

I also put together a new mix, featuring a collection of new music that excites me and of course a few old favourites. I feel like it’s one of the best mixes I’ve done for ages, I really enjoyed planning and mixing it. Have a read of the article, check the mix, dance to the new music….

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30 Minutes of Philth – July 2017

30 Minutes of Philth JULY 2017

This month I focused on the soulful sounds. With a new EP from Artifical Intelligence, BCee’s album and so much more to play with it made sense to keep the mix deep and rolling. Lots of new sounds, and a few timeless classics.

  1. Artifical Intelligence – Holding Out
  2. Holistix – Abstractions
  3. Bcee ft Logistics – Had It All
  4. Crimson – Give It All
  5. Seba – Say You Love Me
  6. Rizzle – The Only One
  7. Phaction ft Leo Wood – Unified Theory
  8. dBridge and Calibre – Ponderosa
  9. Lenzman ft Riya – Open Page
  10. Mohican Sun – Untold
  11. Imba – Stralight
  12. Imba and Tremah – Destiny
  13. Philth dub
  14. Holistix ft Dubsky – Secret Colors
  15. Artifical Intelligence – True Colours
  16. Dawn Wall – Mantis
  17. Mohican Sun – Fixation
  18. Philth Tangent
  19. Phaction – Ever Present
  20. Zero T – Withstand
  21. Alix Perez and Zero T – The Ladders
  22. Zero T ft Steo – Too Close To See
  23. Zero T – Macushla
  24. Philth Tangent
  25. Artifical Intelligence – Desperado
  26. Lomax – Artisan VIP
  27. Forren and Philth – Shelter
  28. Ivy Lab – Baby Grey
  29. Marcus Intalex – Out of Touch
  30. Klute – Soul Boy
  31. Spirit – Conciousness
  32. HLZ – Corals
  33. Kid Drama – Payback
  34. Amoss and Fre4knc – The Passage
  35. Randall/Goldie/Dego – The R (Seba rework)
  36. Goldie ft Diane Charlemagne – Inner City Life (2017 rebuild)

2016 End Of Year Mix

I am very happy to tell you that this year’s End Of Year mix has been featured as this month’s DJ Mag’s podcast! I’m really chuffed that a 4.5 hour long mix of pure DnB rollers will be reaching their audience and will educate some house and tech heads about the variety of styles in our music. There are 174 tracks in the mix, but still about 100 more that I wanted to use but couldn’t fit into the mix. That’s a good year if you ask me…

Read the full article here: https://djmag.com/news/listen-philths-end-2016-dj-mag-weekly-podcast

 

January

Dawn Wall ‘Spears’ / ‘Longshanks’
Lenzman ‘Cherry Blossom’ / ‘Got My Mind Made Up’
Soul Intent ‘1, 2, 3, 4 (feat. DJ Tango)’ / ‘Go Hustle’
Battery ‘Hornsey Dub’
Mikal feat Xtrah ‘At The Controls’
QBig & Zenith B ‘Heptine’
Ed:it & Pennygiles ‘Set Theory (Ulterior Motive Remix)’
Agressor Bunx ‘Rhodium’ / ‘The Order’
Audio ‘Drop It Human’
Mefjus ‘Suicide Bassline VIP’

February
Zombie Cats ‘Shakaree’
Konichi ‘Contraband’
Nymfo ‘Marching Machines’ / ‘Pitchfork’
Goldie presents Rufige Kru ‘Dark Rider (SCAR remix)’
Malaky & Satl ‘Her’
Olski & Blaztiks ‘The Promise’
Facing Jinx feat. Formik ‘Drifting’
Ivy Lab & Alix Perez ‘Maiden’
Calibre feat. DJ Marky ‘Amen Tune’
Facing Jinx feat. Peta Oneir ‘Meet You There’
Need For Mirrors ‘Tanlines’

March
Random Movement ‘Sleazy Bitch (Ivy Lab Remix)’
Random Movement feat. Collette Warren ‘Same Old Feelings’
Zero T ‘Withstand’ / ‘To Close To See (feat. Steo)’
Philth feat. Collette Warren ‘Water’
Quadrant & NC-17 ‘Dub Central’ / ‘Living A Lie’
Drumsound & Bassline Smith ‘Cobra’
Ulterior Motive ‘Radian’
Current Value ‘Biocellulose’
Dub Head ‘Original Massive’
Break ‘Winter Rain’
Total Science ‘Soul For Sale’
Northern Zone ‘Soul Is Still The Same’
Bad Company UK ‘Equilibrium’

April
Signal ‘No Control’ / ‘Ennair’ / ‘Blindfolded’
Aperio ‘Falling Down’
Facing Jinx ‘All My Love’
Bungle ‘Enclosure’
HLZ ‘Corals’
Seba ‘Hide The Tears’
Nymfo ‘Everyday Emotions’
The Vanguard Project ‘Driftwood’ / ‘Rhode House’
John B ‘Lie To Me’ / ‘Colossus’
Dexta ‘SE4 (The Ends)’
Serum ‘Species’
Mindscape ‘Buzzkill’
Machine Code ‘Planet 9’
Philth ‘Your Love (SCAR remix)’ / ‘Yeti’
HLZ ‘No Peace’

May
Current Value ‘Pelham 123’
Machine Code ‘Test Run’
Emperor ‘Sidestep’
Mayhem and Logam ‘Centuria (Amoss Remix)’
Amoss ‘Rollpipe 2016’
Dabs ‘Thematic’
Voltage & Nicky Blackmarket ‘Dub Tickles’
Artificial Intelligence ‘Ghost Raccoon’ / ‘Shrine’
Calibre ‘Under Bars’
FD ‘More Than Ever’
Response and Pilskin ‘Code 98’
The Upbeats & Ivy Lab ‘Pharaoh’
Spirit ‘Consciousness’

June
Changing Faces feat. Ero Drummer
‘All That You Got’
Satl ‘Girl’ / ‘You and I’
Phil Tangent ‘Drawing You’ / ‘Mea Culpa’
Handra ‘Far Away (Ed:it Remix)’
Arkaik ‘Chu Kou’ / ‘Shapes (feat. Signal)’
Hydro & War ‘Film Noir’
Audio ‘Ambush’
Murdock ‘Original’
Audio ‘Overdose’
Volatile Cycle ‘Subcurrent’
L 33 ‘Clublife’ / ‘Grime All The Time’

July
Jam Thieves ‘Genesis’ / ‘Lustig’
Bredren feat. MC Swift ‘The Legion’
Alix Perez & Skeptical ‘Elephant Dreams’
Alix Perez ‘Had I Known’
Data 3 feat. Blake ‘Caught In The Moment’
Soligen & Type 2 ‘Chasing Clouds’
PFM ‘Drifting On By’
Technimatic feat. Jono McCleery ‘Hold On a While’
SCAR ‘Fractions’
SCAR feat. Naomi Pryor ‘If You Knew’
Conduct ‘Meraki’
GLXY ‘Make Me Feel (Phil Tangent Remix)’

August
MC Fats Collective feat. Squarewave & DRS ‘Rolling Day (Philth Remix)’
Need For Mirrors ‘Rough Trade’
Noisia ‘Anomaly’ / ‘Tentacles’
The Upbeats ‘Joyrider’
Optiv & BTK ‘Inception (Gydra remix)’
Maztek ‘Grinder’
Bass Brothers feat. Jam Thieves ‘Pusher’
dBridge & Alix Perez ‘Through My Eyes’
Pola & Bryson ‘A Good Thing’ / ‘Run From You (feat. Sammie Bella)’
Gerra & Stone feat. Lucy Kitchen & Stephen McCleery ‘Unbreakable (Zero T Remix)’
A-Sides feat. Aletta ‘Voices’

September
Lenzman ‘African Dream’
Mutated Forms ‘Affectionate’
DLR ‘Thinking About Tomorrow’ / ‘PYOYB’
Dawn Wall ‘Ember’ / ‘I See U’
Chromatic ‘Smile’
GLXY ‘Expressions and Impressions (feat. Peta Oneir)’ / ‘Seductress’
Philth feat. Daniela Rhodes ‘Perpetual Motion’
Ed:it ‘Babylon Step’ / ‘Isolution’
Philth & Collette Warren ‘Don’t Let Go VIP’
Narxy One ‘Hydrogen’
Disprove ‘Damage’

October
Signal ‘Parallax’
Melinki x Verva ‘Jumanji’
Alix Perez & Zero T ‘Enemy Of Reason’ / ‘The Ladders’
Dom and Roland ‘Outcast’
Fierce & Zero T ‘Axis’ / ‘Always Something’
Break ‘The Rush’
Dom and Roland feat. Hive ‘DMT’
Digital ‘Crater Face’
Dom and Roland ‘A New Renegade’
Mohican Sun ‘Where Did You Go’
Utah Jazz ‘Growth Comes’
Satl ‘Rescue Me’

November
LSB ‘Missing You (feat. Tyler Daly and DRS)’ / ‘Sketch For My Sweetheart’
Artificial Intelligence ‘Dreams Of Freedom’
Wyman ‘Call Sign’
Zero T feat. Steo ‘Ever Need’
Kimyan Law feat Phentix ‘Mondegreen’
Alix Perez ‘The Raven’
DLR ‘When Tribes Collide’ / ‘Trip Up’ / ‘Science Funktion’ / ‘Journey To Mars’
Survival ‘Trespass’
OneMind feat. Ulterior Motive ‘Early Evolution’
Mefjus and Emperor ‘Sanity Check’

December
M-Zine, Bredren & Sceptikz ‘Then Suddenly’
DLR & Ant TC1 ‘The Grip (DLR’s Tripping VIP)’
Nymfo ‘Coming Through (Quadrant, Ant TC1 & Iris remix)’
Philth & Agman Gora ‘Death From Below’
GLXY ‘Overwatch’
HLZ feat. Awaken ‘From The Past’
Survival & Script ‘Sahara’
Total Science vs. Digital & Spirit ‘Jigsaw’
Riya feat. Total Science & Frank H Carter III ‘Confessions (Break Remix)’
GLXY ‘Astoria’
Riya feat. Philth ‘Silhouette’
Blu Mar Ten ‘Last Life In The Universe’

Sense MC feat. Philth ‘Sinatra’

 

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Philth Tips #4 – Mastering a DJ mix

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I’ve spent the last few weeks working on my 2016 End Of Year Mix; first choosing the tracks, working out the running order, exporting to USB’s, then actually mixing it (it took me 3 shifts because I had to stop for food a few times). The final step is giving the mix a rough master before it goes online. And I do mean rough – this should not be interpreted as a guide to mastering your own music, pay a professional to do that. But you want your DJ mixes to sound good right? The following steps will help you to balance the levels and squeeze the mix up a bit louder.

At the risk of being patronising – watch the levels when you record your mix!! If you are smashing tracks in at wildly different volumes then it is impossible to level your mix later without major surgery. Give yourself some headroom when you record, and watch the input level as you record into Logic, Audacity, whatever you use, to make sure your gains aren’t creeping up.

You also need to bring down the volume faders if you have got two tunes dropped together or you are going to make peaks and troughs every time you double-drop, and end up with one track sounding quiet when you play it solo. Finally, don’t play two basslines on top of each other because that will: a) double the volume; b) sound like shit when the subs clash.

Now your mix is recorded and ready for mastering. Do the basic trimming so you haven’t got any silence at the start and finish. Now it’s time to do some processing. My examples will all be in Logic, but the principles are the same, you need a compressor, EQ, a limiter and a spectrum analyser.

Compression will enable you to level out the mix, bringing down the level of the loudest parts. I use the standard Logic compressor. As a very very basic guide to the functions of a compressor:the Threshold is the volume level that will trigger the compressor, the Ratio is how hard it will compress (reduce) the signal, the Attack is how quickly the compressor will react, and the Release is how quickly it lets go once the level goes below the Threshold.

If you want to stop any peaks completely then set the Attack as low as it can go. and then carefully bring down the Threshold so the compressor only responds to the loudest tracks in your set. You don’t need to compress the tracks that are playing quietly, you just want to catch the bits where you got excited and went too loud. You can now use the Ratio to determine how heavily the signal is compressed. A higher ratio will mean that the level of the louder parts of your mix is reduced more. This comes back to your recording itself, if you have been consistent with your gains then the compressor won’t need to do so much work.

Depending on your compressor of choice this quick attack time can completely remove any spikes, and now you can set the Release of your compressor to determine how quickly it lets go. Too short and you are going to hear the compressor pump in and out. A longer release time will mean that once the input goes too loud, the volume level will be held down for long enough that you don’t really hear it come back up, it just happens naturally when the music lets it. When you are mixing down your music the release time is vital to making your compressor dance with the music. For a DJ set it is better that you don’t hear the compressor moving, so err towards a long release.

I hope this makes sense so far. The idea is simple, set your compressor so it only reacts to the bits of your mix that have gone too loud, and then it pulls these loud parts down by the appropriate amount to keep your DJ mix at a consistent level. You don’t actually want to heat the compressor working so use the Attack and Release until the effect is transparent.

Next is EQ. And to be honest I find myself doing less and less EQ to my DJ sets – the tracks have already been mixed and mastered and my job as a DJ is to use the controls of my mixer to keep the sounds balanced. A good mix doesn’t need loads of EQ. If you are working from a live set sometimes it needs more work, especially if the monitoring wasn’t great or if you have a vocalist that is too loud. But for a standard studio mix I will often just use something like Slate’s Revival to give a little bit of extra roundness to the bottom end, and if it is a vinyl mix then a healthy boost in the top end.

Once upon a time I would obsess over getting all my tracks to be level in terms of their frequency balance. This is where your Spectral Analyser comes in, set it up so you are metering the mastering output, and then you can see how much bass, mids, tops is playing at any one time. You can then automate EQ for tracks that really need it, and in this case I would just use a high or low shelf EQ to bring up a wide area while one particular track played. But as I said, nowadays I mainly avoid doing this. I try to stay on top of the Eq while mixing and then if there are slight differences that’s just how the songs sound!

At this point you should have a mix that is balanced in terms of volume and also frequency. The final step is to make it LOUD so get a limiter and push the threshold/gain up until your mix is hitting 0db consistently. If you were mastering a song then you need to think carefully about the Attack and Release of your limiter, but we already established that we will pay a professional for that.

I’ll be honest, I smash my DJ mixes until they are silly loud, there will be no headroom at all on any of the drops, but then I ease off enough that I’m not crushing the breakdowns and there is no audible clipping. If you push the limiter too hard you will start to hear things like vocals and strings distorting. Calm down mate. Ease back.

Bounce your mix to mp3, 320kbps for best quality, 192 0r 128 if it is going straight onto the web to stream. With Logic you can also add ID3 tags, so add a link to your website, Facebook page etc. A top tip is to add some jingles at the start because that seems to stop the Soundcloud police from taking your mix down. Ask a mate who is an MC to do a short jingle/ident for your mixes and layer it over your set in Logic.

The final step for me is to add some artwork, and with iTunes it is easy to embed the artwork onto the file. If you want a guide to making artwork I’m definitely not your man. I have got about a hundred photos of me playing out wearing checked shirts (thanks Apps!) and I have just about worked out how to paste a logo on top of a photo using Preview in OSX. Skillz.

My 2016 End of Year Mix is done, mastered, tracklisted, and has been sent off for an upcoming feature. Watch this space.

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30 Minutes of Philth – December 2016

My last mix of 2016. Full of mince pies and other Xmas goodness. Download it and grab the mistletoe and mulled wine.

Tracklist:

1) Philth and Agman Gora – Death From Below
2) Agressor Bunx – Club Shake
3) Agressor Bunx – The Curse
4) Current Value – Pelham 123
5) Noisia, Ed Rush and Optical – Brain Bucket
6) Chris SU – Solar Eclipse
7) Audio – Overdose
8) Audio – Food Chain
9) DLR – When Tribes Collide
10) Ed Rush and Optical – Wormhole
11) DLR – Trip Up
12) Audio and Inside:Info – Recluse
13) Survival and Silent Witness – Trust No One
14 ) Matrix and Fierce – Climate
15) DLR and Ant TC1 – The Grip (DLR’s Tripped Out VIP)
16) Nymfo – Coming Through (Quadrant, Iris and Ant TC1 remix)
17) Noisia – Facade VIP
18) Signal – Indirect VIP
19) Signal – Parallax
20) Tephra and Arkoze – Feelings
21) Alix Perez – Recall and Reflect
22) Survival and Script – Sahara
23) Frequency – White on Black
24) Matrix – Temperament
25) Noisia – Sandworm
26) Alix Perez and Zero T – The Ladders
27) Riya ft Philth – Silhouette
28) Bad Company – The Pulse
29) Ed Rush and Optical – Medicine (Matrix remix)
30) Noisia – Monster