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New EP: Deadbeat - Wail Ball & Cry / Dub Ball & Flange (ZamZam)

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New EP: Deadbeat - Wail Ball & Cry / Dub Ball & Flange (ZamZam)

Deadbeat graced ZamZam with a release in our very first year of operation. Lending his name & gravitas to our young effort with Zam 06 meant a lot to us at the time, and is something we never forgot, so we couldn’t be happier to have him back for a second outing. Canadian by birth, now residing in Berlin, Scott Monteith is known the world over as one of the most adventurous and reliable producers in the areas of techno and dub-inflected electronic music. Extremely tight quality control over multiple full length albums and countless singles on seminal labels including ~scape, Echochord, and his own flawless BLKRTZ have made him a household name in dub techno and beyond.

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New Mix: Deadbeat - Trojan Records Radio Show (Jul. '18)

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New Mix: Deadbeat - Trojan Records Radio Show (Jul. '18)

For this month’s Carhartt WIP Radio Show, we present almost two hours minutes of Trojan Records music, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic reggae label. Curated by Canadian DJ, producer and record collector Scott Monteith, aka Deadbeat, the show sees him dig deep into his personal collection and the archives of Trojan Records to conduct a mix that mirrors the many ska, rocksteady, reggae and dub hues of the British label.

Founded in 1968, Trojan introduced reggae to a global audience while scoring UK chart hits with artists such as The Upsetters, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff and The Maytals. Additionally, the label licensed Jamaican music by legendary producers such as Duke Reid and Leslie Kong, helping take their sounds global.

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New Mix & Interview: Deadbeat @ FluxMusic (May '18)

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New Mix & Interview: Deadbeat @ FluxMusic (May '18)

Here’s the recording of my set and interview with my good buddy Pawas for FluxFM. I’ll be sharing the airwaves with my good friend Pawas Gupta at 10 pm Berlin time on FluxFM discussing the new album and our joint foggy memories of the amazing night we first met many moons ago in Mumbai
— Deadbeat @ Facebook

 

 

 

 

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New Interview: Deadbeat @ AIR 009 (May '18)

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New Interview: Deadbeat @ AIR 009 (May '18)

Electronic Music Magazine, Website and Blog Editors take note: My good friend Emma Robertson has in a few short years become one of the most comfort inducing interviewers in the business! It is my great pleasure to have contributed to her excellent AIR Podcast series.
— Deadbeat via Facebook

 

 

 

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New EP: Masters of Disasters - MOD2 (MOD)

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New EP: Masters of Disasters - MOD2 (MOD)

SUMMER ANTHEM ALERT!!! The newest installment in my and T.Raumschmiere’s Masters of Disasters project is hot off the presses and a click away from destroying your local dancefloor via our Bandcamp page or via Kompakt Records for the vinyl.
— Deadbeat via Facebook

Get your copy on MOD's bandcamp page HERE.

 

 

 

 

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Review: Deadbeat - Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve (May '18)

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Review: Deadbeat - Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve (May '18)

Rage Against The Light,”” from Deadbeat’s 2015 album, Walls & Dimensions, was based on the Dylan Thomas poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night. His latest album, Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve, finds the Canadian producer staring into another abyss. It was conceived as a response to the Trump presidency, environmental disaster and other global crises. Yet his latest LP’s predominant emotion isn’t rage. Monteith asked friends to record “”messages of hope,”” then constructed tracks around what he received, naming each one after the 17 contributors assembled here.

The album’s monologues are delivered in six different languages, but even polyglots will have trouble understanding everything. The voices are sometimes sunk deep in the mix. When they are foregrounded, as on “”Steve And Fatima,”” Steve Knell’s didactic lecture on the rise of populism stands in unflattering contrast to the subtle arrangement of the music beneath it. Far more interesting is a track like “”Chato And Avril,”” where the vocals are finely diced to form part of the rhythm.

The astonishing sound design and digital production techniques on albums like 2011’s Drawn And Quartered made them dub techno masterpieces. Here, Monteith recorded both live instruments and the sounds of his software through microphones at his Berlin studio. The results give the LP an organic, tactile dimension. The percussion is loose and natural. You can almost sense the air vibrating around the plucked guitar strings that introduce “”Laetitia,”” or reverberate over the dubwise rhythm of “”Hebatallah And Bashar.”” A melodica snakes through “”Argenis And Christobal””‘s smoky atmosphere, and is transformed into an urgent clarion call when Monteith turns up the soundystem pressure on “”Me And Marco.””

The textures of some of these old-school dub influences are balanced with more contemporary sounds. “”Thomas,”” featuring Thomas Fehlman, has a funky electronic bassline that could easily belong to one of the German artist’s housier sets. “”Gudrun”” is dub techno as sonically expansive as anything to bear the Deadbeat name. Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve largely succeeds as the grand statement about community and connections Monteith intended. The music, meanwhile, says a great deal about the quality of his craft.
— 3.8 / 5 Review | Resident Advisor

Find the review HERE.

 

 

 

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