Kalbata

Artist:Kalbata
Title:Artikal Youth / Helem
Label:Yellow Machines
Kalbata is Ariel Tagar, is a bass music pioneer from Tel Aviv. Regardless of genre, his distinct musical approach comes through in everything he does - a deep affection for the lowest of frequencies and a collection of vintage effects and instruments which guarantee his razor sharp beats will always have a warm analogue feel, floating in a pool of endless ripples and echoes. Kalbata spent the naughties in east London and was a part of the city's squat party scene. His first productions fusing tuff electro bass and techno made their way into Dave Clark and DJ Hell's sets. Witnessing first hand the beginnings of grime and dubstep, Kalbata was taken by these new sounds, connecting the dots between his ravey start and his deep involvement with London's reggae sound system culture. The inevitable link quickly found its way to his own productions and soon enough, his studio skills became in demand with a line of big remixes for artists such as Roll Deep, Spank Rock, Fat Freddy's Drop, Jacoozi, Sunship and more. In 2009, Kalbata was the man behind the mysterious 'Ninja We Ninja' white label, championed by the likes of Toddla T, Benga, and N-Type (who included it in his Rinse:09 mix-CD). His recent dub release on Soul Jazz won support from heavyweights such as The Bug, Freq Nasty, RSD, and Sinden. This year has also seen the release of Kalbata's 'Wallabee' on Double Science, a dark garage chant featuring a brilliant remix by Cosmin TRG. His latest outing, for Yellow Machines, finds Kalbata paying true tribute to his hardcore roots, mixing it up with a dub and future garage vibe, and both tracks have been secret weapons in many DJ sets for a while now. 'Artikal Youth' delivers pure dancefloor damage as a garage shuffling beat builds to the drop, unleashing the heaviest dub bassline that will slay the crowd in any rave, and bleeps work their way in and out of the track to set up a future rolling ride. On 'Helem', staggered 2 step killer tech rhythms offer a glimpse of a twisted vision of future garage. Robotic bleeps and hair-raising wood percussions build up to the drop, then a squelchy and dense bassline winds through the tech infused landscape, where elements of old school hip hop can also be heard.
Artist:Kalbata
Title:Oh Gosh
Label:Botanika
Kalbata, real name Ariel Tagar, is a bass music pioneer based in Tel Aviv. Regardless of genre, his distinct musical approach comes through in everything he does - a deep affection for the lowest of frequencies and a collection of vintage effects and instruments which guarantee his razor-sharp beats will always have a warm, analog feel, floating in a pool of endless ripples and echoes. With a series of high profile remixes for Spank Rock, Ben Mono, Sunship, Roll Deep & Fat Freddy's Drop & a recent feature on Slices magazine, Kalbata's dark-star is definitely on the rise.

Oh Gosh, the latest release from Kalbata, comes hot on the heels of his recent dubstep banger, the Ninja We Ninja white label, championed by heavyweight DJs such as Toddla T, TRG, RSD & N-Type (who included it in his Rinse:09 mix-CD), and his two 12s on Soul Jazz.

Bass lovers better pay attention, as the 4th release on Tel-Aviv's young Botanika label is one hell of a double smasher. On the A-side, Oh Gosh is an instant classic, dripping late night soul sentiments into the 2-step-garage/dubstep continuum, backed by a mean bassline rumbling beneath it. The short vocal samples come courtesy of Tel-Aviv's pop-tastic songstress Onili. Karl Butter on the B-side is a dubstep/breaks affair, fusing 8-bit analog bleeps with bouncy beats and killer breakdowns into total dancefloor mayhem, which cannot be fully appreciated until heard on a large soundsystem.