28 Apr #vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with TMSV (NL, Cosmic Bridge / Perfect Records)
#vinyloftheday: Friday Selekts with TMSV (NL, Cosmic Bridge / Perfect Records)
On our Friday Selekts segment at #vinyloftheday, we get an artist to share their top 10 vinyl records in their collection, and share with us the influence and inspiration of the record towards their own music. Our featured artist this week is Dutch producer TMSV!, best known for his work on Cosmic Bridge and Artikal, amongst other brilliant releases.
“I’m Tomas and I make and play music as TMSV. I started taking production seriously about 10 years ago after discovering dubstep and over the years have released electronic music on labels such as Cosmic Bridge, Artikal, Box Clever, Rua Sound and more.
My own taste as a listener and as an artist is shaped largely by underground music from the UK such as jungle, dubstep and drum & bass, the sonic aesthetics of Jamaican soundsystem culture and US hip hop. I came up during the second (or so) wave of deep dubstep popularity, so my own sound as a producer and DJ is usually associated with that genre, but I’ve always been and continue to be interested in other genres. I think this list of records gives an OK overview of what I’m about musically (although jungle and reggae are shamefully largely missing from my vinyl collection!).
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“I’m not sure if I even need to explain why this record is so good. Especially “Moth” is just an incredible piece of music that contains pretty much everything I look for in electronic music. Mood, sound design, progression, groove. One of my favourite records of all time.”
“This compilation is an excellent collection of the ‘slowfast’ hardcore continuum genre that I always find so difficult to describe. The sounds on the album are incredibly diverse, but give an overview of what makes this sound great and what the individual artists on Cosmic Bridge are capable of (full disclosure, one of my own tunes is on this compilation but I couldn’t let that get in the way of praising my fellow CB artists).”
“I originally got into Fat Freddy’s Drop through Mala’s (of Digital Mystikz, see below!) remix of “Cay’s Crays”. I don’t have a lot of my favourite albums on vinyl but I’m glad this one is in my collection. I never seem to get sick of this record.”
This 12” determined what I came to expect from dubstep and ‘bass music’, and it shaped my own palette of sounds as a producer. Conga’s, bongo’s, reverb, sub bass, flutes, incredibly dark and sparse vibes and an audible sense of wanting to do things differently? That never gets old to me.
5. Ikonika – Please / Simulacrum
“I recently bought this one after owning and playing the digital version for years. As others have pointed out, ‘Please’ is just a perfect example of how video games have shaped the sound of electronic music. It’s also one of the first records that got me addicted to detuned synth sounds.”
“Just a stone cold classic. Everybody knows this album. Pure East Coast rawness.”
“This is probably the most pop-adjacent record I own, especially in retrospect seeing what Bon Iver has been up to since this was released. The dusty, overproduced-yet-underproduced sound of this album, the vibe Bon Iver was clearly in when making it, and period of my life when I started listening to it just make this one of the most important albums in my collection.”
“The Trans* series of EPs by Sam Binga and Om Unit are just the best ‘DJ tools’ (their words!) you’re going to get from this particular sound. Infinitely playable and mixable, well produced and honestly just fun while keeping it the realest. The three EPs in the series are fantastic, I recommend them all equally.”
9. Redders – The Redders EP
“One of the most fun underground music releases I own. There’s awesome production by Moresounds, Sam Binga, Hyroglifics and Gorgon Sound on there, but the release is mostly carried by Redders’ amazing personality on the mic (not to mention his honestly top of the line ability as an MC). I haven’t heard any new music from Redders in a while and that makes me sad (release more music Redders! This scene is too moody without you!).”
10. Commodo – F_ck Mountain / Good Grief
“First, Hotline Recordings is fantastic, and second,I can’t seem to talk about music without mentioning Commodo, so here we go. “F_ck Mountain” is one of the most tasteful dubstep bangers ever made, but what I’d like to know is why nobody ever mentions Commodo’s 130 BPM stuff. “Good Grief”, like “Straight Reptilian” is just a delight to listen to, especially as a producer. The sound design, textures, mixdown, arrangement.. It’s one of those tunes that isn’t classifiable in terms of genre without even trying.”
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