Just uploaded The Stepchild x FatKidOnFire mix Vol. 4 (170 special) to Mixcloud. Listen now!
Been a while since I’ve cracked out the bio notebook, but when my boy Malleus hit me up it would’ve been rude not to…
"50m south of Washington and 60m north of Richmond, Fredericksburg is a relatively small American city. Population 25,000 or thereabouts. And, for proper local knowledge, it’s apparently also home to the second-largest mall on the East Coast.
"But that’s not why I know of the city. I’ve never even been to Virginia. Why do I know of Fredericksburg? Because it’s home to one of the most exciting American dubstep producers I’ve heard in recent memory.
"Tyler Sharpes, you may know him as ‘Malleus’, first caught my attention in 2012. Having honed his musical skills in bands and FL Studio, Tyler discovered the forefathers of UK bass music in high school. He, like many of his compatriots, first discovered dubstep via the harsher, tearout-style. Thankfully, for the deep fans amongst us, he researched the genre’s roots and discovered the foundation sound.
"The budding producer built a name for himself with the odd bootleg, coming to my attention two years ago with his astounding rework of BT’s Dreaming. We kept in touch and collaborated on a few FKOF free downloads, with the relationship leading to the 12th EP in our FKOFd release series.
"That may have been where a lot of you discovered Malleus and his music. If his FKOFd012 EP is anything to go by, Tyler’s music may be dark but his future is as bright as some of his more established peers.
"We often urge our followers to support the producers we discover - but with Tyler we don’t need to. If you’re a dubstep fan, you will find that special something in his music. And not every producer in this sound has that touch."
If you missed the Malleus x FKOF interview, mix, free downloads or digital release, find them all here
We are pretty keen on running our first few live stream demos from iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - and Austin Mann’s comprehensive review of the devices’ capabilities have got us even more excited:
"This year I had the opportunity to be at Apple’s Keynote where they announced the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Watch. It was truly a sight to behold, as they unveiled each of these products in a their oh-so-Apple way (and the U2 concert was an amazing bonus!)
"Every year, the new iPhone is packed with new features across the board but for us photographers we really just want to know one thing: what does all this mean for my camera and how does it make my pictures better than before?
"So the night of the Keynote, in partnership w/ The Verge, I left on a mission to find out exactly that answer and have been comparing the iPhone 5s, 6 & 6 Plus for five days in Iceland!
"We’ve run through waterfalls, driven through storms, jumped out of a helicopter, slid down a glacier, and even slept in a cave with an entrance shaped just like Yoda (picture below)… and best of all, the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus were with us every step of the way. I can’t wait to share the images and results with you!"
Read the full review (and see the review images/ videos) here