TENEMENT SOUND Top Ten of 2014

It's always hard trying to nail down my favourite ten tunes of the year but after much deliberation here it is. It was another huge twelve months of music and it's always great to see talented locals putting out amazing releases that are pushing Melbourne and Australia to the forefront of excellent cutting edge music. The house scene in general seems to keep growing stronger and stronger with a shift away from some of the throwback sounds to a more straight up raw and groovy dance floor ethic, good times to be buying and enjoying music that's for sure. Thanks to all the labels, producers, djs, promoters and heads for an exceptional year, enjoy the countdown and keep it locked.

Tenement Sound Top Ten 2014

TENEMENT SOUND Top Ten of 2014
01. Mr Tophat & Art Alfie - Mood Switch (Junk Yard Connections)
02. Snacks - Purdie (Magic Jams)
03. Harvey Sutherland - Bamboo (Voyage)
04. Pender Street Steppers - Temple Walk (Mood Hut)
05. Moodymann - No (KDJ)
06. Moon B - Green Sky (PPU)
07. Grobbie - Headshot (Samuel Deep Edit) (Slapfunk)
08. Farben & James Din - Heimkehr Der Vulgären (Faitiche)
09. Art Wilson - Rebecca's Theme (Growing Bin Records)
10. Ben Sun & Mic Newman - Fall Upon You (Love Fever)


One of my favourite selectors from Melbourne AC23 back at the controls with an unbelievably deep journey through the murkiest depths of the sub bass spectrum. He's recorded an incredible five and a half hour mixtape for Tenement Sound running a massive selection of classic dubs from the vaults of the DMZ, Deep Medi, Antisocial discographies and too many more. All mixed with an ultra fine attention to bass programming and rhythm treatments this is an absolutely huge mix for the heads, many thanks to Steve for this one, now prepare to have your speakers rinsed!

Tenement Sound Podcast 42 - AC23


01.Mala - Ghost
02. Calibre - Discreet Dub
03. Kromestar - Rainy Dayz
04. Calibre - Tenopause
05. Mala - 2 Much Chat
06. Mala - Return 2 Space
07. Mala - Blue Notez
08. Coki - Celestial
09. Mala - Left Leg Out
10. Coki - The End
11. Mala - Lean Forward
12. Mala - Unexpected
13. Mala - Learn
14. Mala - Education
15. Mala - Stand Against War
16. Mala - Shake Out Dem Demons
17. Loefah - Root
18. Loefah - Root
19. Loefah - Goat Stare
20. Loefah - Goat Stare
21. Silkie - Cyber Dub
22. Coki - Mood Dub
23. Mala - Maintain Thru Madness
24. Coki - Officer
25. Mala - Eyez
26. Mensah - Gambia
27. Digital Mystikz - Ancient Memories
28. Mala - Eyez
29. Loefah - Twisup VIP (Yunx & Task Remix)
30. Mala - Anti War Dub
31. Mala - Anti War Dub
32. Coki - Haunted
33. Digital Mystikz - Neverland
35. 34. Mala - Hunter
36. Coki - Stuck
37. Mala - Bury The Boy
38. Mala - Calle F
39. Johnny Osborne - Fally Ranking (VIVEK Remix)
40. Mala - Cuba Electronica
41. Johnny Osborne - Fally Ranking (VIVEK Southall Community Dub Mix)
42. AC23 - Love Her (Flippo Winter Dub Mix)
43. Clouds - Protecting Hands (Mix 1)
44. Kahn feat. Rider Shafique - Late Night Blues
46. 45. Mala - Miracles (Commodo Remix)
47. Kahn - Dread
48. Hyjak - Dally
49. Quest - Hard Food
50. Hyjak - Babylon Timewarp
51. Clouds - Protecting Hands (Mix 2)
52. Silkie - Dub Breaks
53. Silkie - Test
54. Silkie - Skys The Limit
55. Silkie & Mz Beats - Purple Love
56. Silkie - Poltigeist
57. Quest - ?
58. Mala - Don’t Let Me Go
59. Silkie - Hooby
60. Digital Mystikz - Misty Winter
61. Digital Mystikz - Walkin With Jah
62. Digital Mystikz - Conference
63. Digital Mystikz - Earth A Run Red
64. Quest - Last Days
65. AC23 - Vertigo
66. Quest - The Unknown
67. Mala - New Life Baby Paris
68. Mala Vs Lee Perry - Like The Way You Should
69. Mala - Miracles
70. AC23 - Eyez Closed
71. Mala - Changes
72. Skream - Sub Island
73. Mala - Forgive
74. Quest - Deep Inside
75. Lee Perry - Exercising (Horsepower Remix)
76. Quest - The Seafront
78. Quest - Eden
79. Mark Pritchard - Heavy As Stone
80. Quest - Stand
81. Mark Pritchard - Elephant
82. Fat Freddy’s Drop - Cays Crays (Mala Remix)
83. Harry Crazy - Thirty Six Hours
84. Mala - Revolution
85. Harry Craze - Wa6
86. Mala - The Tunnel
87. Johnny Clark vs Mala - Sinners
88. Gothtrad - Sunbeam
89. Gothtrad - Dark Path
90. Benny Ill vs J King - Lithium Soular
91. Mala - Tribal
92. Tunnidge - Gideon
93. Coki - Shattered
94.Commodo - Uprising
95. Mala - Mulata
96. VIVEK - Frequency

Foundation Sounds - Jack

Time to Jack

Looking back to the roots of house with this mix and picking out a selection of my favourite records from the Traxx label and the Chicago house era. There’s plenty of interest at the moment in the old school production techniques these guys used and you can see why. The elements are simple, but the rhythms totally make you want to move, which really is what dance music is all about. If you missed these jams the first time around don’t fear as a lot of them  are being remastered and repressed on high quality vinyl (unlike the first time). Even twenty years later these tunes still kick like hell, guaranteed to make you jack!

Foundation Sounds - Jack

01. Farley Jackmaster Funk - Love Can't Turn Around
02. Blake Baxter - The Sexual Deviant
03. Ralph Rosario - U Used To Hold Me
04. Romanthony - Now You Want Me
05. Frankie Knuckles - Baby Wants To Ride
06. Adonis - No Way Back
07. House Master Boys - House Nation
08. Fingers Inc. - Washing Machine
09. Sleazy D - Ive Lost Control
10. Ele Ferrer - Ill Make You Happy
11. Discipline Ft Bobby Pruit - Reaching
12. Larry Heard - Missing You
13. Frankie Knuckles - Your Love

Foundation Sounds - King Tubby

Continuing on with the Foundation Sounds series and you can’t listen to any kind of bass music without drawing reference to one of the original pioneers of heavy sounds, King Tubby. The Jamaican dub master introduced and developed so many crazy new ways of manipulating music, remixing on the fly and using the studio desk as an amazing musical tool. He’s been one of my main influences when it comes to mixing…put the drums forward and make space for the bass. This mixtape is a just a drop in the ocean compared to the amount of releases Tubby had a hand in, he was a freakishly talented producer the likes of which we may never see again.

Foundation Sounds - King Tubby

01. King Tubby - Invasion Dub
02. King Tubby - Superstar Dub
03. King Tubby - Jehova's Dub
04. King Tubby - Rubber Dunza
05. King Tubby - Declaration of Dub
06. King Tubby - Dub of Rights
07. King Tubby - King Tubbys In Fine Style
08. King Tubby - The Way It Is
09. King Tubby - African Sounds
10. King Tubby - Queen of the Minstrel Ft. Cornell Campbell
11. King Tubby - King Queen and Minstrel Dub
12. King Tubby - Queen of the Ecotion (Scientist Mix)
13. King Tubby - The Champion Version
14. King Tubby - Blood Sweat And Dunza
15. King Tubby - Braces Tower Dub
16. King Tubby - Easy Dread And Check This Dub
17. King Tubby - Queen of the Minstrel Dub
18. King Tubby - King Zion Dub

Foundation Sounds - Groove Chronicles

This year Tenement Sound will be presenting a new semi regular series showcasing some favourites,  artists, labels and sounds, and what better place to start than with the Godfathers of 2-step Groove Chronicles. It's been pretty hard to miss their tunes over the years, but if you have then this mix should be a good jumping off point for tracing the history of some of the best garage releases put out. Take a trip back to '98 with Noodles & El-B keeping it dark and sexy for the next fifty...enjoy!

Foundation Sounds - Groove Chronicles

01. Nu Birth - Anytime (Groove Chronicles Remix) [Locked On]
02. Groove Chronicles - Faith In You [DPR]
03. Groove Chronicles - Life Is What You Make It [DPR]
04. Groove Chronicles VS Booker T Feat. Aaron Soul - Gotta Get Mine [White]
05. Groove Chronicles - Makin Love [DPR]
06. Groove Chronicles - Hold On [GC Records]
07. Groove Chronicles - Shattered [GC Records]
08. Groove Chronicles - Millenium Funk [White]
09. Groove Chronicles - 1999 [DPR]
10. Groove Chronicles - Black Puppet [DPR]
11. Groove Chronicles - Shakedown [White]
12. Groove Chronicles - Masterplan [White]
13. Dru Hill - How Deep Is Your Love (Groove Chronicles Remix) [White]
14. Goldie - Believe (Groove Chronicles Dub Mix) [FFRR]
15. Sia -  Get Me (Groove Chronicles Vocal Mix) [Long Lost Brother]
16. Myron - We Can Get Down (Groove Chronicles Remix) [Island Records]
17. Groove Chronicles - Stone Cold [GC Records]

TENEMENT SOUND Top Ten of 2013

Another massive year of tunes, always hard nailing it down to the top ten releases but here they are. My favourite picks from the world of dancefloors, headphones and home listening experiences. Hope you enjoy the selections as much as I did picking them!


01. Andras Fox - Soft Illusions (Home Loan Records)
02. Ptaki - Krystyna (The Very Polish Cutouts)
03. Motor City Drum Ensemble - Send A Prayer Pt 2 (MCDE)
04. Terekke - Bank 3 (L.I.E.S.)
05. Breach - Jack (Dirtybird)
06. Max Graef - Kaese Schinken Floete (Box aus Holz)
07. Boddika & Joy Orbison - Mercy (Boddika VIP) (Nonplus)
08. Moomin - A Day And A Night (Closer)
09. Tessela - Hackney Parrot (Poly Kicks)
10. Lone - Airglow Fires (R&S)


If you caught Greybeard on our Tenement Sound TRNSMT show you know what to expect here, if not you're in for a proper treat. He's a master at finding those hidden tasty gems and knows the true art of selecting moody soul and boogie for the both the floor and the heart.
Take note heads, you about to witness some serious jams.

A few words from the man...

TS. First off let me congratulate you on an excellent mix, very classy! I gotta say in this day and age of digital music production and consumption, you're swimming against the flow somewhat and sticking to what some would now class as an old school way of collecting music. You're definitely preaching to the choir here but why wax?

GB. I’m definitely not a purist, I haven’t always been playing vinyl and I’m all for the digital format. It’s pretty hard getting a 12” on your iPod to listen to on your way to uni. The main reason for me would be the fact that the labels that I like are generally vinyl only.

TS. I know you've got a soft spot for a good edit, however edits seem to cop a fair bit of flak from some corners of the dance community, and I can certainly see where they're coming from. What's your position on the whole reworking of lost and not so lost classics?

GB. I love edits!!!!!! Especially when it’s an edit of an extremely rare and expensive cut where you never stood a chance of owning, like Claudja Barry’s ‘Love For The Sake Of Love’, you wouldn’t be able to pick up the original for less than $50. Luckily for us it got a touch up by Suonho and now sells for retail.

TS. You've got quite a knack of finding the gems amongst the ton of new releases out there, what's the main thing you look for in new tunes?

GB. I have to like it first, then I’ll usually look to see if the label that released the record sell out and lastly check to see how many copies are pressed. If it’s anything fewer than 500 you might want to get your hands on it before the Discogs vultures do.

TS. And if people want to hear more of Greybeard where's the best place to keep up to date?

GB. I keep my facebook page updated.

Catch Greybeard bringing that heat alongside the Tenement crew on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-8pm on TRNSMT.

TENEMENT SOUND Podcast 37 - Greybeard

01. Cole Medina - I Like You
02. Daniel Drumz - If You Want Me, Say It
03. Unknown Artist - We Love Rose
04. Mark E - Formed
05. 6th Borough Project - If The Feeling's Right
06. Ptaki - Krystyna
07. Onur Engin - I'm Back For More
08. Matthew Kyle - Honey Sugar
09. Dead Rose Music Company - Come Closer
10. Stupid Human - Star In The Ghetto
11. Mathieu Clé - After Midnight
12. JV - Needs Ending