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Podcast 97: Brackles

Something interesting is brewing on the fringes of dubstep, and 24-year-old Rob Kemp, better known as Brackles, is right in the thick of it. The London-based DJ has been spinning garage records and wowing crowds with his insane turntable skills since he was 15 years old, but it's his next-level production work that has truly thrust him into the limelight. Singles on Planet Mu, Applepips, Berkane Sol, and Pollen, not to mention high-profile remixes for the likes of Kid Cudi vs. Crookers, Tempa T, and MSTRKRFT, have showcased Brackles' love for skittery, leftfield garage and his ability to make refined dancefloor tunes—you certainly won't find him resorting to cliché bass overloads that have all the subtlety of a chainsaw to the head. Between making music, DJing regularly at places like FWD, and running the Blunted Robots label with partner-in-crime Shortstuff, Brackles isn't exactly long on free time, but we somehow convinced him to put together this exclusive mix for XLR8R. Full of unreleased gems and a few underground classics, the results are absolutely thrilling.

01 One Tribe feat Gem & MC Nuts "What Have You Done" (Red Rose Recordings)
02 Greena "Tenzado" (Applepips)
03 Shortstuff "See Ya" (unreleased)
04 Martin Kemp "Aztec" (unreleased)
05 Brackles & Shortstuff "Pipey D" (unreleased)
06 Aardvarck "Nosestep" (RH)
07 Joy Orbison "GR Etiquette" (unreleased)
08 Alley Cats "Cover Me" (Locked On)
09 TLC "No Scrubs (Todd Edwards Remix)" (I Records)
10 Jamie Lidell "Another Day (Rustie Remix)" (Warp)
11 Wiley "Freeze" (white)
12 Untold "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine" (unreleased)
13 Mark One "The Greatest" (Boka)
14 Geiom & Spamchop "Cave Rave" (Berkane Sol)
15 Brackles "Rawkus" (Planet Mu)
16 D1 "Crack Bong" (Tempa)
17 SBTRKT "Loving You" (Planet Mu)

15 comments Brackles

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/30/2009 - 12:24

This is the illest

bok bok (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/30/2009 - 13:49


EFA (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 07/30/2009 - 15:33

Smashing it!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 07/31/2009 - 00:03

brap !

Littlefoot (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 08/02/2009 - 02:54

big tings a gwizzarn

shitstuff (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 02:46


JoeRuckus (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/04/2009 - 03:40

that rustie Jamie Liddell refit is champiosity

EG (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 08/10/2009 - 09:33


d fresh (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/14/2009 - 12:30

omg f'n god, it is the illest. sick beats intro.

wikid mix, but... (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 08/14/2009 - 14:36

how come when I try to right click download the mp3 it comes up as an html document. help!

From the 415 (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 08/17/2009 - 21:06

As far as I can tell, this "new wave of dubstep" is just deep house with an occasional lick of dnb/glitch and the odd lfo. I saw FaltyDL this weekend, and it reminded me of a party I went to in 1998. Don't get me wrong - it's good music, but it's hardly revolutionary.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 13:18

@415 yeah that's as far as you can tell

From the 415 (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/18/2009 - 17:16

Insightful comment, Anonymous. Well then, enjoy the music, and feel free to use my old glowsticks.

Cathal O'Rourke (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 08/24/2009 - 01:51

HAHAHA . Everyone knows glowsticks from 1998 won't be any use to anyone now. Nice mix, I like it.

Miz Kay (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 08/25/2009 - 12:22

I have been waiting YEARS for the new school garage / two step to hit... so THANK YOU!!! This was hella refreshing... as Im a big fan of this sound. xo

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