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Dj Zhao – Ngoma 6 – Ukulwa

Posted in Kwaito, mix, South Africa on June 16, 2010 by bentactic

Berlin’s Dj Zhao has dropped the 6th chapter of his Ngoma series of mixes. All of these mixes have been excellent and exposed me to a bunch of producers I wasn’t familiar with.  All the Ngoma mixes are very heavy on the global music tip and this one really bangs with a bunch of African & South African House.

Single track version HERE

Separate tracks version HERE

Kwaito & South African House Music

Posted in Kwaito, South Africa on May 25, 2010 by bentactic

With the current trends in dance music, especially the sounds we here at Bubblin’ are feeling, South African house definitely needs some more shine.  The best known track internationally from this genre has been Dj Mujava’s ‘Township Funk‘. It was an undeniable global anthem with a ton of great remixes.  Dj Cleo is another major name in the South African scene, and one of my personal favorites.

It seemed for a moment that South African house or Kwaito as it is also known was going to be the next big thing globally but that never really materialized.   I have heard that there is a lack of high-speed internet in South Africa and in preparation for the World Cup this summer a huge fiber optic pipeline is being run which will open up more of the country to fast, dependable internet access. Given how integral the internet is in disseminating music today, hopefully this will help spread the sound even more. Plus, the World Cup is going to put a HUGE spotlight on South Africa in general, and hopefully Kwaito will benefit from it.

Dj Mujava recently released a great compilation called Ayobaness! The Sound of South African House. It is a great primer on this style of music.

Bubblin in May

Posted in Bubblin, Lincolnup, Lo Dubs, Ryan Organ on May 4, 2010 by bentactic

About Ryan Organ

A heavy player in the Portland scene, Ryan Organ has been deejaying and promoting since the age of 16. His versatile sets combining oldschool jungle, garage, 4/4 and dubstep have taken him all over the United States.   During that time he has performed alongside heavy hitters such as Shy FX, Skream, Dj Krush, Rusko, Pendulum and many more.

In late 2006 Ryan and Monkeytek established a new event called Various, a monthly party rooted in soundsystem culture that showcased all types of bass driven music.  Various has become nationally known as one of the finest events of its kind, hosting local, national and international talent of highest caliber.  Now into its fourth year, Various shows no signs of slowing down, always bringing the heavy bass and thick vibes it is known for.

In addition to building a stellar reputation as a dj and promoter, Ryan is also heavily involved with two of the US’s most forward thinking record labels, Offshore Recordings and LoDubs.  As co-manager of Offshore Recordings, Ryan has helped to release some of the finest leftfield DnB in recent memory.  With LoDubs, he juggles the roles of design, logistics and publicity, all contributing to what has become one of North America’s finest dubstep labels.   By day, Ryan can be found at Anthem Records (LoDubs HQ) as the jungle and dubstep buyer.

Bubblin has tabbed Ryan to select and mix Bubblin Vol. 2 Mix CD, which will be released at the May 14 Bubblin, free CD copies to the first 20 folks arriving.



About Ill Cosby

Ill Cosby is the Seattle based DJ/Producer behind the Car Crash Set record label and Cosby Show Nights net radio show on Glitch.FM.  This decade veteran has recently turned his attention to the rapidly shifting world of dubstep, UK funky, and Latin house for his recent singles ‘Lo Oyen’ and ‘The Powerful’.  Cosby’s sets bring a cutting edge mix of new and unreleased tracks from producers around the world that have recently combined genres like garage, juke, Baltimore club, and more.

About Tyler Tastemaker

Deejay, Producer, Promoter, Booker for the Crown Room, and Man of the People, Tyler is an instrumental person in the Portland music scene.

About Lincolnup

Lincolnup is a versatile party rocking dj who’s performed at events with talents as diverse as Starkey, Jeff Samuel, Dj Godfather, Storm Large, Dj Assault, Drop The Lime, Tittsworth, Holy Sons, Roska, and Reggie Watts, to name a few. He’s held numerous residencies in both Seattle and Portland, performed at Decibel Festival and at numerous one off events.  His dynamic and carefully selected dj sets span across a wide range regional bass musics.  Lincolnup also makes regular appearances at the Pacific Northwest’s definitive dubstep dance party Various.  He recently released the amazing Bubblin Vol.1 Mix CD with Ben Tactic.

Bubblin Vol. 1 Mix: Lincolnup & Ben Tactic

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Lincolnup, mix, Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 by bentactic


First off, huge thanks to everyone that came out to the Bubblin kickoff with Roska this past weekend. It was a great night filled with a whole lot of great music and both Lincoln and I are really looking forward to whats coming up this summer.

We passed out copies of the Bubblin Vol. 1 mix CD at the show, but if you weren’t there here is the full tracklist and download links for your listening pleasure. Big shouts to our man Ryan Organ for the dope design on both the flyer and the CD insert.

Grab the mix HERE or through the soundcloud link below.

1. Numan – Neon Highway
2. Kasper Bjorke – Alcatraz (Zombie Disco Squad Remix) – hfn
3. Doc Daneeka – Bumblebee Riddim – Ramp
4. Dubbel Dutch – Deep Underground – Palms Out Sounds
5. Esko – Faithful – Car Crash Set
6. Riva Starr – Dance Me – Made To Play
7. Roska – Tomorrow Is Today – Rinse
8. Erik Travis – Freaky (Remix) – F.A.C.T Records
9. TRG – Since Last Night – Tempa
10. Karizma – Its What I Am (Simbad Remix) – R2
11. Rod Lee – Latin Groove – Club Kings
12. Sticky – Jumeriah Riddim Sequel – Mixpak
13. Seiji – Elevator – Seijimusic
14. J. Wow – Klang – Deadly Records
15. Egyptrixx – The Only Way Up – Night Slugs
16. Dj Deeon – Don’t Leave – Dance Mania
17. Deadboy – If U Want Me – Numbers
18. Jamtech Foundation – Too Fast (Camel Remix) – Discobelle
19. French Fries – Predador – Youngunz
20. Zombie Nation – Seas of Grease (Harvard Bass Remix) – Turbo
21. Addison Groove – Footcrab – Swamp 81
22. Rossi B & Luca – E10 Riddim – Planet Mu
23. Dj Godfather – Get Low – DET Only
24. Baobinga & ID – Tongue Riddim – Build
25. Norrit – Nobody Baby (Salva Remix) – Think 2wice
26. Todd Edwards – I Might Be (MJ Cole Remix) – Scion A/V

Sergio Mendes – Magalenha (Ben Tactic Jumeriah Riddim Refix)

Posted in Ben Tactic on April 14, 2010 by bentactic

This came about through Lincoln and I working on our Bubblin Vol. 1 mix that will be released later this week.  Its a pretty straight ahead dj tool/refix using the big vocal from Sergio Mendes’ classic Magalenha along with the blazing Jumeriah Riddim by Sticky.   Some Latin funky business.

Sergio Mendes – Magalenha (Ben Tactic Jumeriah Riddim Refix) by Tactic

If Soundcloud isn’t working for some reason  you can also grab it HERE

Scion A/V Remix Series – Todd Edwards

Posted in Ben Tactic, Feadz, Joy Orbison, MJ Cole, My Dear Disco, Scion, Todd Edwards on April 9, 2010 by bentactic

Scion has released some pretty impressive music through their Scion A/V label (that Modeselektor remix of Ghislain Poirier is crazy).  They are back with a true legend in the house and garage game, Todd “The God” Edwards.    This release features 4 remixes of his track ‘I Might Be’ which, of course, features Todd’s signature vocal chops.   Scion went pretty big with the remixes bringing Joy Orbison, MJ Cole, Ed Banger/Institubes affiliate Feadz and My Dear Disco.

Scion is giving the release away and you can download it HERE

Ben Tactic – Bubblin Minimix #1

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin on March 15, 2010 by bentactic

As we ramp up for the launch of our monthly Bubblin’ event (April 16th with ROSKA), we are gonna be posting some mini-mixes for your listening enjoyment.    This one starts with some Dancehall & Bashment vibes then moves up in tempo to some UK Funky, House & Garage.

1. Stereotyp Meets Al Haca – Blaze N Cook (Peter Kruder Jiggy Remix)
2. Tarik ‘Russian’ Johnson – Go-Go Club Riddim Version
3. Dave Nada – Riverside Moombahton Edit
4. Unknownmix – The Siren (Jahcoozi’s The Paupers Remix)
5. Kopa Riddim Version
6. Roska – Gone To A Better Place
7. Zinc – Wile Out feat Ms Dynamite
8. Mosca – Square One (Julio Bashmore Longhorn Remix)
9. Delphic – Doubt (Doc Daneeka’s All For Space Grime)
10. Lou Rip – End Of The Free World (Tactic Remix Inst)
11. Karizma – Beat Dis (Ben Tactic Lemme See Edit)
12. J-Treole – The Loot (Sully Remix)

Norrit – Now Jack Swung EP – THINK007

Posted in Ben Tactic, Norrit, Think 2wice on March 12, 2010 by bentactic

My production/dj partner, Brent Tactic and I run a digital label called Think 2wice. One of the main reasons we started the label was because our good friend Iggy aka Norrit was sitting on a bunch of amazing songs and we wanted to help get them out there. For our seventh release Norrit is back with the Now Jack Swung EP. Its RnB inflected, sample laden dance music with a ton of soul.

On remix duty we brought in three of our favorite producers. KC ex-pat Chrissy Murderbot juked out Trippin Around in a true Southside Chicago fashion. San Francisco producer Salva, who previously released an EP with us under his Phosho moniker, went super hard with his remix of Nobody Baby. To me, it sounds like what might happen if Joker and Starkey started collaborating. 100% face melter. Rounding out the remixes is rising UK Funky star Doc Daneeka. He offered up two different versions of Nobody Baby, both with thick drums and even thicker vibes. Biggups to Doc, his new EP coming out on Ramp Recordings is bananas.

As a bonus here is 192 of Nobody Baby

You can listen to and purchase the rest of the EP from Beatport, Itunes, Junodownload and Amazon

Moodymann Red Bull Music Academy Interview 2010

Posted in News on March 8, 2010 by bentactic

One of the best, most real interviews I have heard in a long, long time. Highly recommended.

Listen HERE

Ben UFO – Hessle Forever and Ever and Ever Mix (LuckyMe Mixtape)

Posted in Ben Tactic, Ben UFO, Hessle, mix on March 3, 2010 by bentactic


Ben UFO is one of the people behind the excellent Hessle Audio imprint. His Fabriclive promo mix was easily one of my favorite mixes from last year, and if you checked that out then you will be getting more of the same with this mix. Seamless mixing and an excellent track selection. Ben is quickly establishing himself as one of the best djs in the scene and its easy to see why.

Ben UFO – Hessle Forever and Ever and Ever Mix

1. BFC – Galaxy (Fragile)
2. Apple – Seigaliser (White)
3. Addictive – Domino Effect [DJ Naughty Unreleased mix] (Unreleased)
4. Champion – Tribal Affair (White)
5. Floating Points – SHARK CHASE (Eglo)
6. Jo Ann Jones – A Better Love [4am Mix] (111 East Records)
7. Karizma – ICU (Co-operation)
8. Scratcha DVA – Sci Fi (Unreleased)
9. Major Notes feat. Mellody – Friend of Mine (Lossol Productions)
10. T Williams – Afrik (Forthcoming Local Action)
11. Spooky – Rum Punch Riddim (Unreleased)
12. Jam City – A (Unreleased)
13. Girl Unit – IRL (Forthcoming Night Slugs)
14. Mya – Free [Brackles remix] (Unreleased)
15. Wookie – Trooper (Manchu)
16. Jeremy Sylvester – Making Love (United Sounds of London)
17. Ation – Move With You (Unreleased)
18. Solange – I Decided [D Franklin remix] (Unreleased)
19. Ramadanman – Bleeper (Forthcoming Hessle Audio)
20. Addison Groove – Dumb Shit (Forthcoming Swamp 81)
21. Skream – The Bug (Big Apple)
22. Mos Wanted – Hungry Tiger (White)
23. Ruff Sqwad – Misty Cold (White)
24. Cubic Zirconia – Hoes [Ikonika remix] (Unreleased)
25. Joe – Rut (Hessle Audio)
26. James Blake – CMYK (Forthcoming R&S)
27. Mala – Lean FWD (DMZ)
28. Terror Danjah feat. Shola Ama – With You (Aftershock)

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