Mephedrone, Methadone & Notes on Psychedelic Confusion.

Today Ravelrie, Stay Safe Seattle & NY DanceSafe are talking Mephedrone & the modern era of drug confusion. After hearing people confuse mephedrone & methadone for the hundredth time, we decided to parse some bullshit & get the info out to everyone who is looking real dumb at parties talking about the wrong drug. The easiest way to remember the difference between the two is to look at the end of the word. MethaDONE is for trying to quit heroin or pain killers, while MepheDRONE is the first gen bath salt rumored to turn you into a mindless crazy person. So, think “DONE” for “done with opiates” & DRONE for “face eating zombie.”MeowFF graphic More specifically, Mephedrone is the thing your mom got terrified you were doing after the tragic/morbidly hilarious face eating incident in Miami. While it was later proven that the guy didn’t actually have any “bath salts” in his system, the moniker stuck and now we’ve got terrible rumors of how bath salts turn into cannibals. The substance was stupendously popular in the UK from 2010/2011, with an almost total drop off from 2012/2013 on. One note, the only reason they’re called “bath salts” is because labeling them as “not for human consumption” is what allowed headshops to sell these drugs “over the counter” because they were going to be used as incense, not ground up & snorted. For more information on this legal, then terrifying, then banned, then internationally scheduled substance, The Guardian has a fantastic timeline/information vault about the drug.

Mephedrone is a great example of how a substance using population will react to changing conditions on the ground. As the purity of MDMA weakened in the late 00’s/early 10’s in the UK, more and more people switched to legal highs such as Mephedrone. So many did, that an entire ad campaign reminding people they were new psychedelic substances (NPS) was launched, including the first image in this post & others like it. As the purity of MDMA climbed back into acceptable ranges, fewer & fewer people were willing to keep beta testing the drug with their bodies. While the international community finally got around to scheduling the drug this month, some of us asked a. What took them so long, and b. Why now? The drug isn’t cool/used heavily anymore, so what’s the point?

Methadone is the standard treatment opiate (heroin, morphine, Vicodin, etc) users receive, usually after they’ve been processed by the mental health, substance abuse or law enforcement systems. Methadone essentially just replaces heroin with a drug that prevents physical withdrawal, but does nothing for the user, from a mood, pain-killing or recreational perspective. A long-winded explanation of why Methadone is the worst way to treat opiate addiction is beyond the scope of this post, as you’re already getting bored reading this I wager. But for a great write-up of what the process looks like, especially in poor areas of the world, read this VICE report from Saskatchewan, and not the nice part. This is one of the many ground zeros for drugs, crime & gang violence in the world, with heroin & methadone intertwined deeply.

Now that you know the difference, use #meowFF to join the chat this afternoon, 4:30pm EST, 1:30pm PST on Twitter!

Midnight Music: Nero – The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)

Nero - The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)

Nero – The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)

Yea, this collab needs to happen way more often. The track of today could only be Porter Robinson’s stunning remix of The Thrill by Nero. The remix hits this apex when it comes to production, stupendous production values, respect of the original work & blowing the lid off of it at the same time. The arpeggio work is second to none, with Porter reminding everyone he creates soundscapes, not songs. This shimmering remix is one of the first true post-Big Room offerings that aren’t gimmicky. This type of Future Electro really has a shot at unseating the idiocy of Brolectro & Big Room. The power goes crazy, but he never loses control. Porter has shown he can be a master at the massive yet crystalline & this new release is no exception. Put it into your face post haste. At this point, it’s so good & good for you it might as well have Vitamin C in it. (via This Song Is Sick)

Kids Dancing to Sitya Loss by Eddy Kenzo. Ugandan Dancehall?

This is a new one folks. Sitya Loss is a fresh sound coming out of Uganda. This combination between dancehall, dub, reggae & juke footwork is fantastic, and these kids couldn’t agree more. There’a little more information about these kids from the slums of Kampala in an interview they did with Ugandan TV. They were slated to appear on Ellen at some point but the kids were denied visas to travel to the USA. However, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the joyous & energetic work by Eddy Kenzo. I’m not the biggest fan of dancehall, but there’s a tremendous amount to like here. The vibe, instrumentation & production value is wonderful. Check out the official music video below as well. (via Metafilter)

Midnight Music: Ratatat – Cream On Chrome [Indie Pop]

 Any fan of indie, pop or alt dance should be salivating at the fact that the word Ratatat is in my title. This is some classic Ratatat right here. The guitar work doing the heavy lifting, with a clever, understated video to go along with it. Ratatat earned the opening slot at Daft Punk’s shows here in the USA for a reason. The seemingly overly simple music reveals a level of composition complexity that is rare for kids with hair as long as they’ve got. This is definitely a track not to be missed, as is whatever follows. Trust that if this is the herald of a new album or a new tour, you’ll hear about it first right here. This is their first new song since 2010, so, sit up, take note and put it into your face.

Treehouse Of Horror Homer Simpson Trap. You’re Welcome.

In one of the better decisions ever made in the history of Trap music, Bombs Away, an Melbourne Bounce group decided to sample Homer Simpson. That’s right, an Australian bounce act took some of the best quotes from that Simpsons Halloween where they remade The Shining and turned it into a preview/tease. Thanks to Laughing Squid, I’m now of the opinion that this track now needs to come out. I’m sorry. It really, really does. The sample capture is perfect, the use is perfect and the synthetic beat created from Homer’s scream is how you say, Perfect. The last time I heard a competent Simpsons dance remix, it was 2003 and it was psytrance. (Yes, of course I linked it below, and it comes in around 4min, 21sec in)

Gravel, Flakka, or Alpha-PVP. Designer Drugs in a Post-Bath Salts World.

tumblr_n4yoxn48IO1rtpfpio1_400alpha-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone (Alpha-PVP for the rest of us) is a stimulant and also one of the first 2nd generation bath salts. Take a minute to understand what that signifies. We’re creating new psychedelic substances (NPS) so fast that we’re getting refinements on substances that haven’t been popular for 5 years. The original bath salt MDPV developed a reputation for turning people into those face-eating zombies from 28 Days Later, so people started looking for something that had all the energy, but a little less cannibalism. They found Alpha-PVP. Unfortunately for at least a couple of people so far, it killed them. If this drug sounds familiar at all, it’s because the kid who died at Ultra last year took it. The drug can be smoked, snorted, left under your tongue to absorb, vaporized, added to joints & injected. There are terrifying side-effects including seizures, paranoia, PCP-style hulk outs & death by heart attack. In animal tests, the drug created similar activity to straight amphetamines when it came to how stimulated the rats were. But the weird, messed up part is that, at high doses, the rats displayed erratic, hyperactive & bizarre behavior. Which lines up with the stories we’ve seen about violent behavior & crazy cardiovascular distress. Additionally, reports of Gravel, or Alpha-PVP+ stuff have come in. This is a serious escalation that we all need to be aware of. Sometimes Alpha-PVP is mixed with methamphetamines or Klonopin. The idea that you’d be taking a drug that produces, and I quote “impressive degrees of paranoia” mixed with meth? No wonder these people are going on rampages & breaking crap with drug strength. Because this entire spectrum of aPVP containing options exist as “not for human consumption” bath salts, you can get it anywhere in the USA, UK & Australia. Another example of the lengths people will go to get high/stay productive in an ever changing world. If you look at the trip reports on Erowid (linked above), you’ll see a consistent feature, common to most American stimulant usage. It’s done for the sake of productivity, not to get “fucked up.” People are working harder & longer, doing less fulfilling stuff, so they’re frequently turning to prescription or over the counter stims. If I can’t get adderall & I feel like I need something, and my friend tells me about this shit that works great and I can buy at a gas station? I’m in. And that’s how we got here. Not only is the drug war making more dangerous drugs propagate because people can’t buy the things they actually want, it’s creating these drugs faster than ever before. CaptureI need to stress one last point that was gotten to me by the NY DanceSafe chapter leader. Currently, we can’t test for this stuff. Even though the test kits that you can get from DanceSafe & other places do test for cathinones (the family/class of drugs “bath salts” is in), Alpha-PVP doesn’t react to the test. This is super important information to get out to your people, especially because of the wacky side-effects aPVP has. To learn more, join me, Ravelrie, NY DanceSafe & Stay Safe Seattle at 4:30 EST, 1:30 PST on Twitter using #alphapvp!

Mix Of The Week: Memories by Liquicity, Mixed by Maduk

Too many Drum & Bass artists to name on this week’s Mix. Maduk of Liquicity fame has served up a fantastic trip down memory lane for us liquid fantatics. There’s a lot to love here, with tracks from Stan SB, Feint, Rameses B & like a dozen other artists. This is to celebrate their new compilation “Memories.” A good idea, as this allows them to get all of your (and my) favorite tracks from years of listening in one place. 30 of the best liquid tracks in years, and the compilation comes with a big 76min mix as well. The preview mix that’s posted here is just a taste to whet the appetite and honestly, it does exactly that. Tracks I’ve not heard in years, and others I’ve never heard, flow smoothly together as Maduk does work getting the word out about this compilation.  So I want to give them money for it all. Which, you should do as well.

Midnight Music: Backdraft – R U Ready (Part 2) [Vintage Breaks]

Tonight, we’re taking it back to the roots with a classic track that I was recently reminded exists. This is that kind of menacing breaks style that hasn’t really filtered into modern EDM. There’s this menacing feel to it that is really only captured by dark D&B and hardstyle. Dubstep tried to get this gangster, but then Skrillex’s hair ruined that for everyone. I mean, sucks to be hard in the UK at Brixton, because a lot of those cats are legit hard, but back to the point. 1:20 is potent breaks. The track has a no nonsense female vocalist that could probably kick my ass. She doesn’t want to, but she could if she had to. This is backing some serious production that, while simplistic to some of our more technically oriented listeners, there’s some solid fundamentals here that we could all do well to remember.

Attend: The Athena Collective East Coast Kick-Off Showcase @ Verboten

This event is a little different than my usual party recommendations, as it takes place entirely during brunch hours. The days are getting longer, and with them, come day parties you actually want to go to. This Saturday, The Athena Collective shows up at Verboten Brunch.  Working with ENTDECKEN, they’re going to be giving lucky Brooklynites a full day worth of lady DJ majesty. The lineup is stacked with some of the best DJs in NYC today, some I’ve swooned over before, with others entirely new to my mind. In the Control Room, Amy Rogers of The Hoop Movement will be getting us moving. While old people still associate hula hoops with disco, any casual attendee of Burner events, Figment and other flow arts events in the city know hoop dance is here to stay.  Add Dollar Mimosas, one of the best brunch offerings in Brooklyn & the soaring sound system, this needs to be on your weekend’s itinerary. Continue reading