Weekend Mixtapes #43

It took me a while, but I finally caught up listening to some more recent DJ mixes. Here are a couple worth checking out, including some brand new ones!

There is now way around this first one, as Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet has once again graced the decks at the Rinse.fm studio. If you just look for one mix to listen to, make it this one!

Next up there is Luke Vibert‘s mix for FACT Magazine from a couple of weeks back. Brilliant selection ranging from eighties boogie and electro to proto-acid.

Alex Phountzi and IG Culture have teamed up last year to form NameBrandSound, experimenting with juke and bass music, with an album in the pipeline for Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolor. Here’s their mix for Solid Steel Radio.

Oh, and don’t miss the later part of the same show, featuring a mix by Mo Kolours, whose debut album is available now!

News from Aardvarck are rare, but they usually involve a DJ mix by the former Rednose Distrikt man. Listen to The Present House of Aardvarck before it’s gone (which often happens quickly!)

I remember hearing about a Dublab livestream from UpMyAlley founder Joscha Creutzfeldt, but unfortunately it was only the day after. But the man was good enough to share his selection of soulful music on SoundCloud the other day.

And we’ll end this selection with two of my favourite producers from the early noughties: Domu, now officially back from retirement, recorded a new mixtape for our listening pleasure, while Titonton Duvanté rediscovered one recorded in 1995.

Weekend Mixtapes

One of my favourite podcasts that probably isn’t as popular as it should be is JJ’s Smoking Sessions. Each episode focuses on a specific artists, sometimes a style of music, and the mixes are always spiced up with interview snippets. In their 82th podcast, they decided doing a feature on Moodymann. As always it’s a good one and it deserves the topspot of Weekend Mixtapes.

Next up is an amazing mix from Aardvarck. Download Loopin for the Perfect Beat, try figuring out the tracklist and win a copy of his all new album on Eat Concrete!

With his second release on Fourth Wave out soon, Gerry Read has put an together an exclusive mix for URB Magazine.

The new mix from Los Angeles’ Jon Wayne already got a lot of buzz and it’s not that I Don’t Care.

Another LA native is Take aka Sweatson Klank and he did a guest mix for Mary Anne Hobbs’ radio show. You can listen to it on his SoundCloud or Mary Anne’s Mixcloud.

Up next, here are two mixes from Manchester. First is an exclusive Illum Sphere mix for Fabric. And then there’s Mark E‘s mix for the 2020 Podcast.

Not so long ago, LV were guest on Benji B‘s Radio 1 show. Their guestmix is available for download.

And lastly, check out Jimmy Edgar‘s mix from Boiler room, available here or there.

Weekly Bits 35/2011

Our friends at Colectivo Futuro posted an article on Outliers Vol. 1, an interesting series of shortfilms on Iceland’s uncharted music with an soundtrack curated by Deru.

Now-Again has released an deluxe edition of Kashmere Stage Band’s Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974. It not only contains the album on CD and 2LP, but also a DVD with documentaries and a making-of by B+ and Flying Lotus!

Britain’s Guardian wrote a nice article on photographer Elaine Constantine on her love for Northern Soul and her documentary of the same name.

Georgia Anne Muldrow has been working on a new album, which won’t be out before November. However, you can listen to some of its track over at Animated Car Tunes.

Another new album comes from Aardvarck, who just released his third album on the Dutch Eat Concrete label. Get your copy from Rush Hour!

German label !K7 did a Q&A with Motor City Drum Ensemble on his most excellent DJ-Kicks and how he worked putting it together.

More good mixes are coming by the way of Rinse FM. Floating Points did a nice Brazil special, Bugz in the Attic’s Daz-I-Kue guests the Digital Soundboy show, and Simbad played a three hour set alongside Mosca.

We mentioned Dego‘s upcoming live-show in London before, but Europeans can catch him on several DJ gigs as well.

Loopnose Distrikt Vol. 1

Rednose Distrikt

Our favourite Dutch combo Rednose Distrikt was diggin in their friend’s record collection and ended up with this exquisite blend of jazz, soul and some obscurities.

This selection of loops & edits are taken from the old record collection of Stevendepeven’s old neighbour Jan Beckman (R.I.P) He was a big dixie, blues & jazzlover/collector and died on the age of 85 because of the deadly motherf*cker called cancer. However this bad ending, Jan had an amazing beautifull life.
Just before he died he invited Steven for digging in his crates and donated the chosen pieces to him. And so decided Steven to go deeper in this selection. He started to loop and edit the songs he discovered on the wax. A selection was ready…but not without the spirit of close friend & partner in crime DJ Aardvarck. The pig tuned in and dropped the final injection of loops into the area of this dusty deep collection.

This mix is an raw piece, not focused on skills and orders. Just food for all the listeners and original breaks for beatmakers. find the right piece and get inspired to create new music. Which is the true purpose of Jazz.

Dedicated to Jan Beckman.

If you’re more of the possessive kind, here’s a download for you!

(via Crazy Birds)

Aardvarck – Heal

Following the preview release Choice on 12, the new album from Aardvarck will be out on Eat Concrete in September.

Choice is already available on the iTunes store, the CD version can be pre-ordered at Rush Hour.

Mixtape Monday #13

It’s been a while since the last Mixtape Monday, so apart from featuring some of last week’s mixes, I will sneak in a couple of older ones.

Some weeks back, Gilles Peterson did a Drum & Bass Special on his weekly radio show. I never imagined I’d (still) feature that music on this blog, but when it comes to the late nineties I’m all set for that. If you missed the show, you can now download both hours from SoundCloud. Especially the first part is much recommended!

Also from Gilles Peterson is the podcast to promote the forthcoming Havana Cultura Remixed compilation.

Next up are a couple of house mixtapes for you. Aardvarck dug out some records from the 1988-1993 period and made this mix for New Worck. Philpot Records head Soulphiction made a contribution to the Bodytonic Podcast series, and from Mark E comes a new guest-mix for Warm.

Enrico Crivellaro, better known as Volcov or Isoul8, put together one, two, three mixes for Sunday afternoons. Expect folk, jazz and Brazilian music.

My favourite mix in this week’s selection probably comes from Austrian producer Daeque, whose mix ranges from Dimlite to David Axelrod, Wilco to Shafiq Husayn.

And now for you beatheadz: Big Up magazine has a bunch of post-RBMA mixes from the likes of Kid Kanevil, DZA, Swede:art, Tokimonsta, Daisuke Tanabe, 00Genesis and some others!

The latest episodes of Mamiko’s Hepcat Radio are also online, download or stream the shows with Seiji and Hudson Mohawke.

And lastly, I’d like to mention A Tribute to Matthew Herbert mix, which I’ve found on the Brownswood forum.

Midweek’s Mixes

Missed a couple of good mixtapes recently, here is a selection of bass-heavy material.

Following up her album Contact, Love, Want, Have, Ikonika returns with an exclusive mix for the XLR8R Podcast. In the next couple of weeks, you can catch Ikonika touring North America.

I keep recommending to subscribe to the LuckyMe podcasts. If you haven’t yet, you just missed mixes from James Pants, Hyetal, Optimo and many others. Get them all here!

From RBMA graduate Tokimonsta comes a selection of her favourite tunes, available for streaming on the Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

Kindred Spirits have a mix from Mwëslee, Aardvarck delivers a preview to his upcoming album on Eat Concrete, and the latest Resident Advisor podcast comes from Mike Slott.

Lastly, check out these new cloudcasts from Greenmoney: Smutlee and Lil Silva

Rednose Distrikt Interview

Just came across this video interview with my favourite Dutch outfit Rednose Distrikt. It’s quite old, but you probably didn’t know this yet.

The interviewer is Hepcat Radio hostess Mamiko Motto.

Mixtape Monday #6

My favourite mixtape from last week comes once again from Hotflush Recordings. For the fifth edition of their podcast, San Francisco based Jus Wan put together a nice selection of deep and dubby music. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the podcast!

Soulparlor, a trio of producers and DJs are also the hosts of Germany’s first address for broken beats and soulful vibes, the already legendary You Move Nothing If You Don’t Move Yourself night in Mainz. Only last Saturday, it was 2000black‘s Dego who blessed the place with his records. And following the recordings of Kaidi Tatham & Mark Force and Colonel Red, you can download two hours of Dego’s set.

Viral Radio’s latest show with Hudson Mohawke and Mamiko Motto just went online some minutes ago. Though I haven’t listened to it yet, I’m sure it’s one of the highlights this week. Make sure to check Viral Radio’s archive while you’re at it!  Hudson Mohawke’s mix from Benji B has also been spotted.

Another Dutch recording is the latest offering from The New Worck, who once again managed to get a mixtape from Rednose Distrikt’s very own Aardvarck (did you check his new album?)

One of the most interesting mixtapes was sent to me by Svetlana Industries, a new label based in Serbia. For an unusual and therefore exciting selection of dubstep and hip-hop beats, check out their first minimix.

Most fans of Theo Parrish certainly got his DJ set from The Do-Over already, otherwise I’m more than happy to mention it here.

For the jazz lovers I have one last mix today. Some of my Twitter followers called Blackclassical‘s anniversary mix the best jazz mix of all time. I will let you decide that for yourself.

Nov 12, 2009 Dego’s mix was recorded without permission and removed by request of the artist

Aardvarck – Titi

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Amsterdam’s Mike Kivits must be considered one of the best in the city’s rich music scene and luckily he is also very busy to maintain this status. You know him best as on half of Rednose Distrikt, and when he’s working solo he calls himself Aardvarck. His debut on the Eat Concrete label came out last month already and it’s his 4th solo album following “Find the Cow”, “Cult Copy” and “Pig Style.”

If you heard any of these, you already know Aardvarck as a restless spirit, always in search of something new or different. While Cult Copy was inspired by Detroit techno, Pig Style was his fresh approach on electronic hip-hop. Some of the early Rednose output was played by broken beat DJs worldwide, and if you heard his recent Bloom series, you also know he’s got a growing interest for dubstep.

On his latest, Aardvarck follows a similiar path as on his 2001 album Find the Cow. Released on Delsin in 2001, it’s his most versatile and most experimental production to date, with influences reaching from early Squarepusher to Domu or Tek 9. Well, Titi may not be as radical and not as nineties-inspired either, yet many comparisons can be drawn.01. Unttld
02. Ndutt
03. Nutelt
04. Titun
05. Teutld
06. Tldt
07. Dlunte
08. Lnttd
09. Ltdutn
10. Dnt
11. Duntit
12. Nutt
13. Tulti
14. Edun
15. Titi
16. Tl
17. Ednui
18. Untitle
19. Nl
20. Idlunt
21. Etuti
22. New Acid (Bonus1)
23. Ahahah (Bonus2)
24. Cow (Bonus3)
25. Troooopmix (Bonus4)
Most of the tracks follow an atmospheric, mostly dark synthesizer with beats ranging from hip-hop to broken schemes. Once again, I must quote Soul in Motion for its comparable mood. This mood lasts until the very end of the album, when the bonus tracks take a different direction, each reminiscent of another of Aardvarck’s periods.

I guess one has to be a fan of Aardvarck to like Titi, but I know there are many among the readers of this blog. When you look at the song titles, you won’t get rid off the feeling these are somehow unfinished tracks. The highlights are clearly within the bonus tracks, which would deserve a release on vinyl. However, Titi is a download only album, available directly from Eat Concrete, Juno and many others. In fact, you should still be able to download a low-bitrate version for free, if that helps you deciding on a purchase.

PLUG TWO mixed by Pete Concrete

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Following his PLUG ONE Mixtape, Pete of the fine Eat Concrete label has put together a new one for you to download.

This time, Mr. Concrete decided to go for a selection of music from Warp, Planet Mu, Alpha Pup, Sähkö and Rush Hour.

PLUG TWO mixed by Pete Concrete (download)
01. Meat Beat Manifesto – Happiness Supreme
02. MIA – Pull Up The People
03. Dimlite – Ravemond’s Young Problems
04. The Chap – Carlos Walter Wendy Stanley
05. Low Limit – The Club
06. Blackalicious – Kalakuta Show
07. Fulgeance – Ann Arbor
08. The Normal – TVOD
09. Daedelus – Missing
10. DJ Shadow – Bring Madlib Up
11. Squarepusher – Body Builder
12. Klute – Evo Sniffer
13. µ-Ziq – Burst Your Arm
14. Mr. Scruff – Ug
15. Hearin’ Aid – It’s A Bwoy
16. Debruit – Sole’s Sweat (instrumental)
17. Nosaj Thing – IOIO
18. BBC Radiophonic Workshop – Dr. Who
19. Mika Vainio – Galaxies
20. Funckarma – stub dane
21. Urban Tribe – RNA World
22. Aphex Twin – Inkey$
23. Luke Vibert – Belief File
24. Martyn – Vancouver
25. Black Dog – Tunnels rmx
26. Meat Beat Manifesto – Guns ‘n Lovers
27. Kenlo Craqnuques – Zoid
28. The Orb – EDM
29. Twinnie – Waitin for my love
30. Plastikman – Ping Pong
31. !!! – Pardon My Freedom rmx
32. Hexstatic – Invader
33. Balil – Parasight

In other news, Eat Concrete has just released the latest album from Aardvarck titled Titi. Forthcoming on the label is the debut EP Serious Outtakes by Knalpot and a release from Funckarma.

Weekly Bits 18/2009

The third edition of the Low End Theory Podcast is now available for download, featuring Gaslamp Killer and Ras G on the decks. Gaslamp Killer is currently touring in support for Flying Lotus, there are still some chances to catch them live.

Another mixtape comes from Rednose Distrikt‘s Aardvarck. In fact, this has been around for a while already, but Crazy Birds brought it to my attention.

Speaking of Aardvarck, Dutch label Eat Concrete has put together an exclusive compilation for Nalden!

Detroit producer Waajeed (Bling47/PPP) was the first DJ to play records on Deviation TV, a new live format from Benji B. If the link doesn’t work for you, try this instead.