Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa – 187 - 29th December 2011

well, the last show of 2011! I'd thought I'd go back to the roots of what the Disc Breaks show is all about - bringing you the best from the deeper end of breaks.... so, there are some new tracks (RUNE, Warped) and some classics (Glack, Scarcity, DSUK) all with the deepness that you and I love

I want to send a big thank you to all of you that tune in live, download the archives each week and drop me emails or FB messages - thanks for the support, it makes it all so much more rewarding knowing that peeps around the world are listening. Also, a massive thanks to all the artists and labels that work tirelessly all year bringing us the quality we love for nothing but the love - thank you.

see you all in 2012!

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 118MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 187 - 29th December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

01. Dream Logic - Wake Me Up [Morphosis Limited]
02. A-Mase - Emotions & Dreams (Digital Department Remix)[Digital Sensation UK]
03. Stiven Rivic, Michael & Levan - Angel Dream (Retroid Remix) [Liquid Surface Recordings]
04. Blusoul - Vertigo Bender [Mistiquemusic]
05. Monojoke - Surreal Things (Abdomen Burst Remix) [Spring Tube]
06. Trukers - Round-Trip Dreams (Digital Department Remix) [RUNE Recordings]
07. Sidel & Dallean - Lost In Time [Scarcity Records]
08. Trukers - Beyond Place (Sonority remix) [RUNE Recordings]
09. Reii - Ghostly Sea [Lost Language]
10. East Cafe - Flashback (Aeron Aether Remix) [Morphosis Limited]
11. Flashtech - Granulated (Yanix Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
12. Halobeatz - A Journey (Helbot Remix) [VIM Records]
13. Future Funk Squad - Alien (The Peepshow Ownerz Remix) [En:Vision Recordings]
14. Achron - The Door (Retroid Remix) [Ego Shot Records]
15. 9b0 - Sad Cat (Flack.su Remix) [Glack Audio]
16. Digital Breaks Foundation with Retroid - No Remorse (MDK Remix) [Ego Shot Recordings]
17. Abdomen Burst - Karkelure (Aeron Aether Remix) [Morphosis Limited]
18. Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence (Mesmer Remix) [Scarcity Records CDR]
19. Parallax Breakz - Immersion [RUNE CDR]
20. Cuervo, Dezibelio - Overdrive (MDK Remix) [VIM Records]
21. Andy Faze - Another World [Warped Recordings]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 118MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 187 - 29th December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 186 - ft. Fisso & Spark - 22nd December 2011

This special Christmas edition of the show we're bringing you an exclusive guest mix from some guys that have been dropping some bombs this year - Fisso & Spark. I got into these guys when they hit Dead Famous and really liked their ability to mash styles and vibes between releases - never constrained to one sound, but never losing the consistent groove and vibes that they brought. They've had a really strong end to 2011 with a recent release on Highgrade and fantastic remix for Digital Sensation UK that I've been rinsing.

The guys answered some questions I threw at them with the full interview is here - Disc Breaks Interview: Fisso & Spark



Fisso & Spark

Fisso & Spark is the story of a great friendship, an unconditional love for music and a common dream.

Fisso and Spark's paths first crossed in 2007, and from that spawned a studio partnership that saw them meld house, breaks and techno together and make it their mission to craft music that is giant in vibe.

In 2009 they proudly signed with Dead Famous Records with the well received single "You Are Right". Taking inspiration from a great variety of styles they kept producing and remixing, specializing in breaky techno with great energy...

www.soundcloud.com/fissoandspark
www.facebook.com/fissoandspark

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 115MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 186 - ft. Fisso & Spark - 22nd December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

Ah... a great way to see in Christmas with all these unreleased bangers from Fisso & Spark, so cool to have a back 2 back guest mix from the guys - that went down very well.... Have had quite a bit of psy hit my inbox this week, so thought I'd lay it all down in my first hour - enjoy :)

Next Week - last mix for 2011, what shall I play...............

Llupa

01. 48k - Barb Wired (Bad Tango Remix) [Yellow Finger Communications]
02. Hedflux, Neurodriver - Energy Vibration [Broken Robot Records]
03. Bad Tango - Analogue Hedgehog (Original Mix) [Logariddim Records]
04. Tim Healey & Atomic Drop - Take Control (Hedflux Remix) [Surfer Rosa]
05. RMS & Peak - Ten Dimensions [Broken Robot Records]
06. Acidova Break - The Dream (Monk3ylogic remix) [RUNE Records]
07. Unconscious Minds vs. Peak - 5D Hologram [Psychoactive Records]
08. LuQas - Dark Matter [Broken Robot]
09. Andy Faze - Alternative Kontrol [VIM Records]
10. Beatman, Ludmilla - Leeroy Jenkins (Triple Agent Remix) [Ayra Recordings]

Guest mix - Fisso & Spark

01. Fisso & Spark – Girls Jump [unreleased, upcoming on Kick it Records]
02. Kid Digital – Banging Machine (Beta Remix) [Bombtraxx Records]
03. Fisso & Spark – Fusion [unreleased) [upcoming on Rune Recordings]
04. Kiwa – Drop Control [High Grade Recordings]
05. Aaaren Sun – Apes From Space (Dirtyloud Remix) [The Book of Electronomicon]
06. Uktu S. – Disco Fever (Disco Fever)
07. Fisso & Spark – Phat me Up [unreleased, upcoming on Hard Hits]
08. Kid Digital – Done With That feat. Profit (Colombo Remix) [Hardcore Beats]
09. Fisso & Spark – Usual Suspects [unreleased, upcoming on Kick it Records]
10. Slyde - Move Your Body [Slybeats]
11. Shimon & Nixon – White Noise [Finger Lickin Records]
12. Quadrat Beat – Dancefloor Pressure (Bubu Remix) [Rave art Records]
13. Fisso & Spark – Funk Trip [unreleased]
14. Bsd – This is It [Mental Machine Music]
15. Far Too Loud & Alex Mind – Bring Back Boogie [Bazooka Records]
16. Fat Boy Slim – Star 69 (Rogue Element Remix) [Skint Records]
17. Kultur + Colombo - Blow Me [iBreaks]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 115MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 186 - ft. Fisso & Spark - 22nd December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Disc Breaks Interview - Fisso & Spark

This special Christmas edition of the show we're bringing you an exclusive guest mix from some guys that have been dropping some bombs this year - Fisso & Spark. I got into these guys when they hit Dead Famous and really liked their ability to mash styles and vibes between releases - never constrained to one sound, but never losing the consistent groove and vibes that they brought. They've had a really strong end to 2011 with a recent release on Highgrade and fantastic remix for Digital Sensation UK that I've been rinsing.

The guys answered some questions I threw at them with the full interview below - the guest mix will feature on tomorrows show.



Fisso & Spark

Fisso & Spark is the story of a great friendship, an unconditional love for music and a common dream.

Fisso and Spark's paths first crossed in 2007, and from that spawned a studio partnership that saw them meld house, breaks and techno together and make it their mission to craft music that is giant in vibe.

In 2009 they proudly signed with Dead Famous Records with the well received single "You Are Right". Taking inspiration from a great variety of styles they kept producing and remixing, specializing in breaky techno with great energy...

www.soundcloud.com/fissoandspark
www.facebook.com/fissoandspark

INTERVIEW - Fisso & Spark

How did you guys meet and decide to write tunes together?
Our path crossed in 2007 behind a dj console on a New Years Eve party where we ended up spinning some records together. There was a great vibe and flowing communication about music between us from the very start on and so we kept and doing music together. For a long time we were mixing on 3 decks and 2 mixers and recording hours and hours of sets...the wish to do our own tunes got stronger and so one day we sat down and get Fisso & Spark productions started!

From there on producing became a real passion and addiction at the same time. Beside the hours in studio we share also a great friendship, which is awesome.


Why breaks and what got you guys into it?
Labels such as Finger Lickin Records let us both fall in love with breaks in the beginning. At that time we were playing and producing a lot of drum and bass, but the flow, energy, creativity and groove of breakbeat just amazed us. We discovered that we could express our ideas much better in breaks and we had a hell of fun doing it.


How do you work together when crafting a new tune or a remix?
Fisso & Spark is a proper example of teamwork from the beginning till the end. Of course one day one comes up with a idea, the other day it´s the other way round, but work process is always done in two. Sometimes we have a different ways to approach a project, which is inspiring and keeps the work innovative.
For original tracks we mainly start with some freestyle sessions on synths and collect some ideas. We like to let the things flow and get inspired while doing it.
If we do a remix we try to keep the heart of the original adding our own touch.


What is your musical background?
Even if we come from different countries, we got a similar background. We grew up listening to a lot of different music back in the days. Which goes from hip hop to warehouse raves all over, were we collected lots of experience behind the decks.


What are your musical influences and who is exciting you musically at the moment?
Music is all the day with us, not only in studio. When we are not working on our project we really love to listen to other music genres. Because so much amazing things going on everywhere and it´s great to get inspired. Depending on the mood, it can be Coldplay, Florence and the Machine or Jay-Z. From the electronic side we listen to things like Guy Gerber, Skream, Robert Babicz, Chase and Status and many more…


What instruments do you play, if any?
Fisso plays Piano and Spark is into percussions.


When you sit down to write a tune, do you know what it'll sound like at the end, or do you just go with whatever comes out at the time?
As we said we like improvisation but sometimes we already get into studio with some concrete ideas, for vocal, melodies, beats and so on...

What equipment do you use to produce and what is your favourite bit of studio kit?

For editing we work on Ableton Live, besides we got some Synths. The Virus Ti2 is definitely a top pick.


Do you write any other genres of music?
Fisso produces Tech House under the name Andrea Fissore and is realising on some wicked labels. Spark produces and releases progressive tunes under the alias 21 Hour.


What do you think of the current state of breaks worldwide and where do you see the future?
Colombo, Uktu S., A-Skillz and Krafty Kuts got amazing vibes. But there are some fresh upcoming talents with great energy as well such as Deenk, Home Alone, Ire or Paul Farace just to mention a few. Recently we have seen Elite Force playing here in Vienna, who did an amazing set. People like this are very important for breaks scene to push things forward. Sadly the popularity of breaks is not as big as it´s potential.


In what direction are you heading musically and what new releases have you got in store for us?
We are not too much into categorizing music. We just do what we love and right now this is funky breaks with massive grooves and heavy bass.
We got some upcoming releases on awesome labels such as Ground level, Kick It, VIM Records, High Grade, Dead Famous, Hard Hits, which we are really looking forward to. We were lucky to find so many great respectful people, it´s a pleasure for us to work with them.


What do you listen to that isn't breaks?
We really listen to a great variety of music, from classical to dubstep …no borders.


What do you do when you're not producing music?
Vienna is a great place to be and offers lots of things to do. We love hanging out with friends, enjoying great food or playing some gigs.
Fisso loves to travel with his girlfriend. He likes to read and has big passion for movies. Spark likes to cook for friends, to draw and edit videos and photos. If we aren´t so lazy we´d love to do some sports too



Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Fisso & Spark
Date: Thursday, 21st December, 2011
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (8-10pm here in Melbourne)

Listen: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk
Chat: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk/chat



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Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 185 - ft. Karl Sav - 15th December 2011

This week we're biggin' up the Australian Breakbeat Massive with a guest mix from our own Karl Sav. Karl has been knocking about the scene for a while bringing us quality tracks and remixes in the deep techy vein, but then he disappeared on us... With an EP about to drop on Strontium and a single on Scarcity the big man is back and this guest mix showcases some of his quality new originals and remixes - expect big tings from the man in 2012!

Karl took quite a bit of time out to answer some questions about himself, his productions and where he's been for the last little while with the full interview is here - Disc Breaks Interview: Karl Sav



Karl Sav

In 2009, Beatport listed Karl Sav as one of the names to watch in dance music. In 2010 a massive hard drive crash almost derailed his releases altogether. 12 months later, a campaign ensued to rescue the music of said hard drive and after successfully doing so Karl Sav is back!

One of Australia’s leading exports in the breakbeat world, Karl Sav has been djing and producing electronic music since the early “naughties”. His debut release on Erase Records out of Greece lead to signings with Unstable Label and Re:connect records in the UK and release on Australian label (and club night he was resident Dj at from 2006 to 2009) Destination Label.

Karl Sav has remixed some of the biggest names in dance music in Myagi, Calvertron, Signal Drivers, High Eight, WoNK, Mars, Mesmer as well as Australian bands “The Falls” and “Calerway” who featured his remix of “Imaginary Friend” on their debut album, Midnight Mercenaries. He has received airplay from some big names in Future Funk Squad, Hedflux, Dopamine and Elite Force as well as playing along side some of the front runners in the breakbeat scene over the years in Krafty Kuts, Skool of Thought, Breakfastaz, Chris Carter, Future Funk Squad, Kraymon, Friendly, Klaus Hill, Dj Mutiny, Dopamine , Baobinga, ID, Groove Diggerz, Jhz, Antiform, Mesmer, Hedflux, and Phil K.

With 20 years under his belt involved in music from bands to electronic, the short break from it all has not set him back with releases set for the end of 2011 and beyond. Big tings a gwan!

http://www.soundcloud.com/karlsav
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karl-Sav/94246210911
http://doubleplugger.podbean.com

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 110MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 185 - ft. Karlsav - 15th December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

It's so good to have Karl Sav back and like i said, if this mix is anything to go by then there's big tings in store for him in 2012. Bit of psychitzophrenic mix from me, 30 mins of the deep and then 30 mins of the driving

Next Week - Fisso & Spark on the Guest Mix

Llupa

01. Cloudbuster - Raindrops [Exklusive Records]
02. Abdomen Burst - Lullaby [Armada Records]
03. Line of Sight & Duane Barry - Machina Mori [Digital Sensation UK]
04. East Cafe - Flashback (Aeron Aether Remix) [Morphosis Limited]
05. Duane Barry - Cosmia (Line of Sight Remix) [Digital Sensation UK]
06. Left/Right, Digital Pizza - Every Body (Beta Remix) [Downbeat]
07. Ways & Means - Scissor Fight (Lee Coombs Remix) [Audio 23]
08. Achron - The Door (Retroid Remix) [Ego Shot Records]
09. Aggresivnes - Futurisia (Blazer Remix) [Electroshok]
10. Geon - Perpetual Motion (Colombo Remix) [Acida Records]

Guest mix - Karl Sav

01. Yadek - Night Flight (Art Project Mix) [RUNE]
02. Karl Sav - Infector (Breaks Mix) [Strontium Music]
03. Karl Sav & Nikita - How I Roll (Wrexx Remix) [Scarcity]
04. Mesmer - Le Food Fued (Karl Sav remix) [Scarcity]
05. Beta - Headspace [Sound of Habib]
06. Stylus Rex & Chris K - Halo Ember [Ground Level Records]
07. Karl Sav & Nikita - How I Roll (BuBu Breaks remix) [Scarcity]
08. Broken Eye - Toastjack [Broken Robot]
09. Karl Sav & Nick Division - For Whom Teh Bell Tollz [CDR]
10. Mesmer - Glareglaze (Karl Sav's Never Saw the Light of Day mix) [Supposed to be Scarcity]
11. Veela - Circa1620 (Vespers GLTCHU Remix) [Pop n Lock]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 110MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 185 - ft. Karlsav - 15th December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast


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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Disc Breaks Interview - Karl Sav

This week we're biggin' up the Australian Breakbeat Massive with a guest mix from our own Karl Sav. Karl has been knocking about the scene for a while bringing us quality tracks and remixes in the deep techy vein, but then he disappeared on us... With an EP about to drop on Strontium and a single on Scarcity the big man is back and this guest mix showcases some of his quality new originals and remixes - expect big tings from the man in 2012!

Karl took quite a bit of time out to answer some questions about himself, his productions and where he's been for the last little while...



Karl Sav

In 2009, Beatport listed Karl Sav as one of the names to watch in dance music. In 2010 a massive hard drive crash almost derailed his releases altogether. 12 months later, a campaign ensued to rescue the music of said hard drive and after successfully doing so Karl Sav is back!

One of Australia’s leading exports in the breakbeat world, Karl Sav has been djing and producing electronic music since the early “naughties”. His debut release on Erase Records out of Greece lead to signings with Unstable Label and Re:connect records in the UK and release on Australian label (and club night he was resident Dj at from 2006 to 2009) Destination Label.

Karl Sav has remixed some of the biggest names in dance music in Myagi, Calvertron, Signal Drivers, High Eight, WoNK, Mars, Mesmer as well as Australian bands “The Falls” and “Calerway” who featured his remix of “Imaginary Friend” on their debut album, Midnight Mercenaries. He has received airplay from some big names in Future Funk Squad, Hedflux, Dopamine and Elite Force as well as playing along side some of the front runners in the breakbeat scene over the years in Krafty Kuts, Skool of Thought, Breakfastaz, Chris Carter, Future Funk Squad, Kraymon, Friendly, Klaus Hill, Dj Mutiny, Dopamine , Baobinga, ID, Groove Diggerz, Jhz, Antiform, Mesmer, Hedflux, and Phil K.

With 20 years under his belt involved in music from bands to electronic, the short break from it all has not set him back with releases set for the end of 2011 and beyond. Big tings a gwan!

http://www.soundcloud.com/karlsav
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Karl-Sav/94246210911
http://doubleplugger.podbean.com


INTERVIEW - Karl Sav

Why breaks and what got you into it?
Interesting question that, for ages I thought it was around 2001/2002 just before the so called “boom” of breaks. That’s when the catalyst for my passion for breaks kicked off though – around the time I was just getting into dance music. Having been into bands ever since I was a child and playing guitar/bass guitar in various different groups from acid jazz bands to heavy metal to playing a six string bass in a primus and chili peppers cover band in my late teens (I worked out how to play Tommy the Cat by ear at 15 years old) , it was strange that I finally got into dance music having bagged it out for so many years. A mate brought me along to a few gigs then finally brought me to Ambar in Perth which at the time was pretty much one of the breakbeat mechas around the world (every international that has played there around 2001-2006 will tell you just that) the rest as they say…..

My first exposure to “nu-skool breaks” as it was coined then was probably hearing Propellorheads “Take California” after a big night with some schools mates the year after we finished on new years eve 1998. At the time I had no idea what it was but I knew I loved it.


What are your musical influences and who is exciting you musically at the moment?
So many influences to list. The early years, General Midi, Future Funk Squad, Hyrbid, BT – such a huge list. Id say the prominent ones though are Hybrid. I have always loved their sound.

At the moment, Im really digging Wrexx’s stuff, he’s remixed one of my forthcoming singles coming on Scarcity called “How I Roll”. So glad this tune on his remix (as well as the Bubu Breaks remix) is finally seeing the light of day, we worked out it will be coming up on 4 years since I wrote that tune and its indicative of the stuff I am writing now days. Mesmer has always impressed me with what he does. He just keeps getting better and better. Beta has always floated my boat. Hedflux as well recently , especially after having played along side him over this year a couple of times, he plays out a lot of stuff that either hasn’t come out or won’t ever come out but its always massive. I was really impressed with Stylus Rex’s album “Amplify” when it came out – pretty much summed up the sound I am into at the moment with most of the tunes on there. This year though I think it’s the year of the Colombo. Not only did his album blow my socks off but his tune “Summit” (the original version) just encompasses everything that I love about music, its got depth, atmosphere, emotion and a driving beat and bassline. Its one of those tunes that is just timeless and I will never get bored of it. Outside of dance music I am listening to a lot of Kevin Bloody Wilson – hes providing me some great inspiration for some of my upcoming piss take videos with my good friend – Dj Pass tha Sugar.


How do you go about crafting a new tune or a remix?
A remix I will try and play around with the parts as much as possible to keep the feeling of the original whilst bringing my own flavour to it. An original I tend to get my Dictaphone out and just hum some basslines how I would want them to sound, then try to recreate that somehow in my DAW. Very rarely does it usually turn out how I intended though. There have been a few exceptions though, How I Roll on Scarcity records out soon pretty much wrote itself. I was chilling with Nikita (good friend and vocalist) and we usually pull the piss out of each other . We bounce ideas off each other and she kind of freestyles. I jammed the bassline with my sexy deep voice and she started singing along. I immediately quickly recreated it just with a simple Saw wave so I wouldn’t forget it, Nikita laid down the vocal verse on the spot. I worked on it for about a week just making it sound a bit more interesting. I came up with the chorus riff just to make it sound a bit more interesting and Nikita came over again and laid down a vocal chorus. Just stoked its finally being released – it will also stop me having to field emails/messages asking when its coming out!


What is your musical background?
I started playing guitar at 9 years old. Did the usual straight up chord playing and learning other peoples songs. Later on I got into more technical stuff like Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Tommy Emmanuel. Used to do quite a bit of gigs at Cafes and stuff while I was at uni. Having not played at that level since 2003, I have pretty much forgotten all the songs I played which is a shame.

At school me and mate wrote a heap of piss take songs about other students and recorded them on a 4 track recorder – I got the shit beaten out of me a couple of times for it from some of the school bullies, but fuck it was funny – we were infamous for it and mostly got laughs out of it from everyone else. I also got suspended from school for writing a song about a teacher to one of the tunes of the Cantina Band in Return of the Jedi – you know the one when Luke is trying to get Han Solo back off Jabba The Hutt and he falls in the pit to fight the monster. We wrote some pretty offensive lines to it – the mistake we made was we gave it to a student a few years above us to mix it down in the music classrooms, and the music teacher heard it – we got in the deepest shit for it, my father was called in, and it was played by the school principal to him. Deep down I bet he thought it was the funniest shit he had heard, but he had to put his father hat on , and I got roasted for it.


What instruments do you play if any?
Guitar since I was 9. Bass guitar since I was 13 and a bit of drums too.


Do you write any other genres of music?
Yep – have a dubstep EP I wrote with a guy from New Zealand called Ap3x. I was writing house music under another name for a while but that got boring so I stopped and I am writing some piss take songs as well with my MC – Dj Pass Tha Sugar!


When you sit down to write a tune, do you know what it'll sound like at the end, or do you just go with whatever comes out at the time?
80% of the time it sounds completely different at the end – with a few exceptions. WoNKs Nasty Dog remix was pretty accurate to how I wanted it to sound and The Falls remix wrote itself too – it only took 4 hours from start to finish!

Its amazing though how much stuff I have binned. I have a rule, I will start something, take a break from it for a day or two – if I still like it when I come back then I finish it. I have finished some pretty horrid tunes though which I thought were good at the time. Needless to say , not many , if any people have heard these particular tunes!

I will generally get the creative side of a tune done in one or two (sometimes very long) sittings – then take a break for a few days and do the mixdown as your ears can be pretty roasted after a long creative session.


What equipment do you use to produce and what is your favourite bit of studio kit?
I have used Ableton Live pretty much since the beginning (I was a Cubase user when I was doing my band stuff but I hate Cubase with a passion) . I have a Korg EMX-1 Electribe which I use for some of my bass sounds. Of course Massive gets a caining from me, as does Imposcar – lately I have been getting into Reaktor which has opened up a lot of creative flow for me.


What do you think of the current state of breaks worldwide and where do you see the future?
It’s a tough question that because the die hard fans love to say that its alive and well. It pains me to say it but it really isn’t in great health world wide “generally speaking” and this is just going by sales of breaks tunes compared to other genres. That said though there are pockets around the world that are still crazy for breaks. Spain is still obviously pumping but Eastern and Central Europe is definitely where it is at now. The gigs I have done there have had that old vibe from many years ago where people are there just for some dam good breakbeat and they go nuts to it. The promoters also seem to have their finger on the pulse when they actually book people who are at the forefront of the genre, and not a big name to pull punters through the door.

There is still a dedicated bunch of producers and djs that still push some great sounds, its just a shame that promoters aren’t willing to take more risks in booking some of the newer names or those that are pushing the breaks sound rather than the same old that claim that they still play breaks. Having promoted gigs in the past though, I understand that they have to look after their bottom line, so it’s a tough situation.

Dubstep seems to have invaded every orifice on the Earth as well and all the kids are into that. I must be getting old because there is some absolute god awful shit that is supposedly “totes aws” amongst the heads. I now get what my parents used to say about me blaring Master of Puppets as a youth at “11 not 10” .


You've been off the radar for a little while - how come?
Its been an interesting two years. It was a combination of a massive hard drive crash and a few of my releases that were scheduled not happening. As they say, when it rains it pours and I seemed to get shat on from a great height at the same time when it came to my music.

It was definitely a break I had to have though. ClichĂ© but its true in every sense of the word. After moving from Perth to Brisbane, my studio pc was transported via some removalists. When I set my computer back up, the motherboard had died on it. Max from Loops of Fury who was still living here at the time installed a new mother board and all seemed ok. I finished my remix for Myagi – Thug on Pop n Lock which was my last official release (beginning of 2010) and began working on a remix of Mesmer’s Glareglaze. It was sounding so fucking good if I do say so myself and that’s when the problems started, I was an inch away from finishing it and the project wouldn’t load up after it crashed. After many attempts to rescue the project, and to no avail, I had to rewrite it from scratch . It sounded completely different to the first version I did but I was still happy with it. I took a test version to play on my UK and EU tour in 2010 and it went down well. Upon my return, I tried to finish it off with some minor tweaks and polishes so I could get it over to Scarcity Records for release but my hard drive had died!

I had backed up a few things so still had test versions of a lot of the new stuff I had written plus what I had in my CD wallet. But I lost a stack of other new tunes I had written in the crash. I was very disheartened with it and took the “forced break”. On my return from the UK/EU tour it dawned on me I really needed to do something about my health and general well being as it had been neglected particularly since I stopped playing competitive sport. I jumped on the scales and for the first time in my life I had hit 130kgs and it was the wake up call I needed. I got back into playing Rugby for the local club here and I got into Crossfit . Since getting back from Breakspoll in 2010 I have lost around 30kgs just from exercising every day (I get the utter shits if I have to miss a workout through no fault of my own so its really entrenched in my day to day life now) and eating clean, no processed foods, just real food. The golden rule I followed was to stick to the edges of the supermarket! Some of you on my facebook will see my daily “WOD” (Workout of the day) posted. I like to keep track of what I do and it also keeps me accountable to myself. Im still not where I want to be but I know I am on the right track. Its just a matter of being honest with yourself and actually wanting to do it, not talking about it. It’s actually very stimulating getting in the studio after a morning workout with the natural endorphins flowing.

12 months after the hard drive crash (it was actually two partitions on the drive) I had a mate who was good with data rescue and general IT stuff and he managed to rescue one of the partitions on the drive. So I got quite a few of the originals I had written, back. I had a few of the pre-masters on there so I was able to salvage the mixdown’s I had done on most of them but I had unfortunately lost the project files for them so no remixes could be done and it proved very hard shopping the tunes around to labels – the interest was there, only if remixes could be done! I was doing a gig in Melbourne recently and caught up with Youthful Implants and played him quite a few of the tunes that I had that were unsigned and we both agreed to put them out on Strontium Music!

I had no computer for around 12 months as I was putting all my savings for my wedding which was this year. It wasn’t until just before the wedding that I could afford a new computer. I went Mac this time around and haven’t turned back!


In what direction are you heading musically and what new releases have you got in store for us?
Musically I’m still doing the deeper style breaks with the odd exception here and there. Every now and then I will deliberately write a cheesy tune such as How I Roll but I try to stick to the “heads down” stuff. I have an EP called “Waterdog” out in December on Strontium Music (with a picture of my Dog Sandy on the cover – Sandy used to pop up quite a bit on my NSB Radio show) which features quite a few of the tracks that I wrote a couple of years ago before the crash. Ive been thrashing them in my sets over the last couple of years so some will sound familiar. I wrote a collab with Perth based producer Roxright which is featured on the EP. There is also a track on there called “Soundfeer” which is named after the festival in the Czech Republic of the same name. I basically started the tune on the plane on the way over and finished it the day of the festival at my host’s studio – I’m forever I debt to David Vavra! I started my set at Soundfeer with the tune and it was well received so I had to name it after it!

I also am very pleased to see my tune with Nikita - “How I Roll” – out this month on Scarcity Records. Many will know it was originally signed to Re:Connect records but many delays stopped its release (that were completely warranted) so it was an amicable decision between both myself and Re:connect to put it out on Scarcity Records – it would have seemed such a shame not to have put this out. Wrexx is on the remix for it as well as a stomping new remix from Spanish producer Bubu Breaks!

There is about to be some big changes in my life next year (for the good) which will allow me to write more music – but that won’t be common knowledge for a while yet :P .


What do you listen to that isn't breaks?
Kevin Bloody Wilson – lots of ,its inspiring me for my music with Dj Pass tha Sugar. Ive been listening to a lot of 80’s music lately too which is scary, I never really liked much 80s music. I dunno, there is something about driving through the suburbs of northern Brisbane with the Beverly Hills Cop theme blaring…..

I also listen to a lot of podcasts and talk back, I also run my own podcast too with a mate in Canberra, I suppose this is my chance to plug it! The podcast is called “Double Plugger Podcast” hosted by Sav & Pmac. We talk about everything and everything. The first few episodes were heavily focused on the recent rugby world cup, but we do rant on about other stuff, especially now the rugby season is over. You can find it on itunes or at the following link: http://doubleplugger.podbean.com


What do you do when you're not producing music?
I no longer play rugby, but this year I have been appointed assistant coach of our first grade side playing in the Brisbane Suburban Rugby First Division, so pre-season training is well and truly underway. As already mentioned I’ve been doing crossfit 6 days a week and record a weekly talkback podcast with a mate in Canberra. Ive also been doing a weekly radio show on local terrestrial radio on Saturday mornings. Its called the Saturday Sports CafĂ© and we basically talk about sport, sport and more sport for 3 hours on a Saturday morning.


Tell us something about yourself we wouldn't know to ask....
I used to do voice overs for business’on hold audio programs, and I can still hear my voice when I ring some institutions around Australia. Id give you a demo but this is a written interview, not a verbal one :D.


Show: Disc Breaks with Llupa ft. Karl Sav
Date: Thursday, 15th December, 2011
Time: 0900 - 1100 UK (8-10pm here in Melbourne)

Listen: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk
Chat: http://www.nsbradio.co.uk/chat



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Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 184 - 8th December 2011

Thought I'd dig through and dust off some older tunes for tonights show, so this mix features some classic LOT49, Electrofly, Finger Lickin' and TCR amongst others with a couple of fresh tracks from Karlsav and Mesmer.

Next week's guest mix - Karlsav!

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 115MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 184 - 8th December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

01. C83 - Soul Path [En:Vision Recordings]
02. Dylan Rhymes - The Way [LOT49]
03. Rennie Pilgrem, Uberzone - Cous Cous (Royale Mix) [TCR]
04. Lee Coombs & Andy Gardner - Obsessional Rhythm [Finger Lickin’]
05. Atomic Hooligan - Shine A Light (Introspective Remix) [Botchit & Scarper]
06. Burufunk - Outsider Unreleased (Flack Su Remix) [Navigation Records]
07. Evil Nine - For Lovers, Not Fighters (Retroid Remix) [CDR]
08. Dan F - Secret Weapon [Sound Of Habib]
09. Achron - The Door (Mesmer Remix) [Ego Shot Records]
10. Meat Katie - All I Need (Dylan Rhymes Remix) [LOT49]
11. Underworld - Cowgirl (Breaks Mix) [CDR]
12. Misfilter - A Place For You (Hedflux Remix) [CDR]
13. Stanton Warriors - Blue (Extended Mix)
14. Journeyman, Barrcode - Blood For Blood - ID Remix [Born Idle Records]
15. PMT - Gyromancer (Stanton Warriors Remix) [10 Kilo]
16. BETA - Trojan (Original) Re:Connect Recordings]
17. Burufunk & Brett Holland - Feel The Weight (Fretwell Mix) [Shiznit Recordings]
18. Dascyllus - Point Float [Inaspace Records]
19. Lostep - The Roots feat. Lior Attar [Global Underground]
20. Karlsav - Soundfeer (On a plane to Prague mix) [Strontium Music]
21. Neo - Aura (Cosmonaut Rework) [Electrofly]
22. Will Spencer - Oceanica (Stefan Anion's Port Authority Remix) [Olaris Records]
23. Beta vs Mesmer - Tetris [Scarcity Records]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 115MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 184 - 8th December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

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Disc Breaks with Llupa - 183 - ft. BETA - 1st December 2011

This week I have a guest mix from one of my favourite producers - BETA. Ever since hearing Come Again for the first time I have loved BETA's ability to mash tight drivin' beats with growling deep bass and melodic elements. This is his first time on the Disc breaks show and this mix showcase some of his upcoming tunes and remixes, plus tracks that are inspiring him at the moment. This is one not to miss!

BETA took some time out to answer some questions and the full interview is here - Disc Breaks Interview: Beta



BETA

London based breakbeat producer Beta started out Djing nuskool breaks and chunky house at the start of the decade and has since been entertaining crowds cross the globe using his own exclusive material, bootlegs and mashups.

In the studio he takes Influences from funk, drum and bass, house, indie and just about every style to create a unique individual sound. Singles and remixes have gained support from the likes of Hybrid, General Midi, Future Funk Squad and DJ Icey featuring regularly on Beatport’s top 10.

http://soundcloud.com/betasounds
www.myspace.com/betasounds
http://twitter.com/#!/BREAKBETA

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 112MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 183 - ft. BETA - 1st December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast

Damn, that was quality stuff from BETA - lot's of new original tracks and remixes - that went down a really treat! New stuff from Ego Shot, NFB, VIM and Kick It in my first hour.

Llupa

01. Abstraction Unit - Deep Space Probe [NFBmusic]
02. Line of Sight & Duane Barry - Machina Mori [Digital Sensation UK]
03. Home Alone - I'm Ready (Ilya Mosolov Remix) [Scarcity Records]
04. Colombo - Nugatory [iBreaks]
05. Choc St. Clair - Blast Off [Dead Famous]
06. Elite Force - No Turning Back (Hedflux Mix) [U&A Recordings]
07. Achron - The Door (Retroid Remix) [Ego Shot Records]
08. Hyperion - On the Expressway [U&A Recordings]
09. Memory Machine - Midnight [Kick It Records]
10. Bad Tango - Cortex [Broken Records]
11. Cuervo, Dezibelio - Overdrive (MDK Remix) [VIM Records]
12. Vadim Shantor, Lonedog - Body Move (Dirty & Acid Remix) [The Pooty Club Records]
13. Digibox - I See You (Bl1tz Remix) [VIM Records]

Guest Mix - BETA

01. Boddika - Acid Battery [K7]
02. GoldFFinch - Dirty Bird (Jay Deed Remix) [Airflex Labs]
03. Len Faki - Craft Und Licht [Ostgut Ton]
04. Skittles - Dot2Dot (Dub Phizix Brukboot Mix) [Estate Recordings]
05. Scuba - Never [Hotflush recordings]
06. Felix Cartal - The Joker (John Dahlback Remix) [Dim Mak Records]
07. BETA - Wait [CDR]
08. BETA - Break my House [CDR]
09. Colombo - Gravitation [iBreaks]
10. The Soulbrothers - 21st Century Disco Shit (Myles Dyson Breakfest Edit) [Noize]
11. Bill Vega & New Decade - Hurricane (BETA Remix) [STFU Records]
12. BETA - Headspace (Original & Eastend Mix) [Sound of Habib]
13. Guau - 3D [Elektroshok Records]
14. Karton - Chase it High (BETA Remix) [Sound of Habib]
15. Sylus - Rewind This [Downbeat]
16. BETA - Bugal [CDR]

Archive - Roughly 2 hours, 112MB
Direct Download - Disc Breaks with Llupa - 183 - ft. BETA - 1st December 2011
Podcast - Disc Breaks Podcast


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