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Julio Bashmore- “Um Bongo’s Revenge” / “Battle for the Middle of You” / “Batty Knee Dance”

Julio Bashmore debuted his first tune “Um Bongo’s Revenge” on Claude Von Stroke’s label Dirty Bird in late 2009. Both Untold and Zombie Disco Squad quickly picked up the track for their respective XLR8R Magazine Podcasts.

Last month, Bashmore released an EP on a new label out of London run by two brothers, Ben and Daniel Parmar, called PMR Records. The EP, Everything Needs a Theme Tune is available for purchase from all your good records shops, including this one. The standout track on the EP, “Battle for the Middle of You” demonstrates the way Bashmore can manipulate bass lines and vocal samples to develop a rhythmic and funky head-bopper.

On top of all these gems, Bashmore is set to release a 12’’ on Martyn’s 3024 at the end of this month. “Batty Knee Dance” is emblematic of the greater trend in music from the London and UK Underground, towards a soulful, funky alternative to the synchronized, main-stream turn dubstep took with the likes of Magnetic Man, Katy B with Benga, Rusko, etc.

If anything, listening to Batty Knee Dance is a repudiation of the popularization of dubstep. In a sense telling the listener – shut up, get your hood up, put your head down and get movin’.

Batty Knee Dance (Radio Rip)

Julio Bashmore – Battle for the Middle of You

Julio Bashmore – Um Bongo’s Revenge

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