AFTA-1 – U N D E F I N E D

So, he’s back! All these years of uncertainty about what happened to one of the most soulful producer in recent years, and whose Love Is Real mixtape still attract plenty of visitors on this website, AFTA-1 makes his return. “U N D E F I N E D” is a collection of 19 “previously unreleased AFTA-1 instrumentals and a few vintage favorites”, including everybody’s all-time favourite: his edit of Boom Clap Bachelors’ Tiden Flyver, the very track that rose to prominence years later thanks to a certain Kendrick Lamar.01. Temple
02. Sway Close
03. Lil’ Bit of Ice
04. Superheroes Remix
05. Flyerthanshe
06. How Eye
07. Medianos
08. Kind
09. Toast To Them
10. Fortune Remix
11. UniversaLove
12. Intro Dream
13. Ahmad
14. Love Suite 3
15. Autumn
16. Ahmad III
17. Connect
18. Tiden Flyver Remix
19. Petal movement Slow

Available on the Pronounced Love store in lossless format for only a fiver or as free MP3 download.

Weekend Mixtapes

The weekend is nigh, so here’s another collection of mixtapes to get you in the mood for the weekend.

Following their massive album Resurrection, Chicago house veterans Virgo Four are this weeks contributor to XLR8R’s podcast series.

More house music comes by the the way of Mark E, who recently release an album on Ghostly. His mix is part of the label’s own podcast series.

We’ve been sporting Pete Concrete‘s mixtapes whenever there was a new one, so why make a difference? His latest is an exclusive for Dublab.

Fellow blogger Tim of You’ll Soon Know invited S. Maharba as guest for his latest radioshow. As with all shows on NTS Radio, you can download this one for repeated listening.

The latest Hessle Audio show on Rinse FM brought together the talents of Joy Orbison, Pearson Sound, Ben UFO and Floating Points. If you missed the show, you can now grab the podcast.

Pearson Sound also played at London’s Boiler Room the other week and as usual you can download the DJ set or watch videos from the party. And while you’re at it, also check out the mixes from Karizma and Cooly G.

AFTA-1‘s guestmix for Onur Engin’s Monotape must have been around for a while, but I only came across this via We’ve Got The Jazz.

Lastly, I have to mention this mix from Raffertie, who’s playing a fantastic selection of UK bass music on Inverted Audio‘s latest podcast.

AFTA-1 – Love is Real Vol. 5

AFTA-1 - Love is Real Vol. 5

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I still got my favourite in the series, Love is Real Vol. 3, sitting on my iPod. Now AFTA-1 has come up with the latest installment and once again he takes us on a journey through laid back soulful music.01. AFTA-1 – Love Suite 3 Pronounced Love
02. AFTA-1 – Occasional Seed : Life Translations
03. Gaby Hernandez – This Tea Makes Love To Me
04. Gaby Hernandez – There Can’t Be More Than This
05. General Strike – Next Day
06. Oriental Sunshine – Across your life
07. Gonjasufi – Sheep
08. Memory Tapes – Swimming Field
09. Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long
10. Dâm-Funk – Brookside Park
11. Hudson Mohawke, Robin Hannibal, Myele Manzanza – Ain’t Nobody like You
12. Nikko Gray – Water On The Moon
13. AFTA-1 – Preparing The Sage
14. The Advisory Circle – Sundial
15. Bilal – Levels
16. GB – Baby Amaia’s Dream About A Spaceship
17. King Britt – Soft
18. Robin Hannibal – Amends
19. Ken Barrientos (KenBts.) – Bumps (Dub)
20. Rucyl – Lovebirds
21. GB & A Race Of Angels – Love Is The End
22. Ken Barrientos (KenBts.) – Gt.R.PM
23. Art – Love Is Real
24. AFTA-1 & KenBts. – Radical Center

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Weekly Bits 24/2010

Despite the ongoing World Cup, I think it’s time to revive that old fashion of weekly bits again.

With Form, producer AFTA-1 presents his latest art project: 100 cassettes with all new music, each wrapped in 1/100th piece of a painting. And if you threw your last walkman away 15 years ago, you can get a digital version as well!

Mixtape-wise, I was mostly listening to the latest Beats in Space show with Kompakt head Michael Mayer (and his set from Sunday Best) or James Holden’s guestmix for the XLR8R Podcast. You might also be interested in this free Jeremiah Jae mixtape or the Kirk Degiorgio podcast for Bleep43

New in stores are the Break Off EP by SBTRKT & Sampha with two tracks first heard on their Worldwide appearance, a picture disc (!) by Jimmy Edgar with a nice Kyle Hall remix, or a new one from Martyn on Ostgut Ton. You might also want to check out the debut album from Swede:art, now available on CD and download.

Recommended free tracks come from Kelpe, fLako and Greymatter.

If you’re into photography, have a look at these portraits by Morgan O’Donovan. He’s had the likes of SBTRKT, Pariah, Brackles, Sinden or Greenmoney in front of his camera.

A bit older, but never mentioned: Flying Lotus interviews Ikonika, SBTRKT mix for Benji B.

SNS Sampler No. 1

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Saturn Never Sleep’s live ensemble, consisting of L.A. beatmaker Ras G, singer Sarah White, LOVE maker AFTA-1, SNS founders King Britt and Rucyl and others, are bringing their music to stages in New York and Philadelphia early next month.

On the occasion, Saturn Never Sleeps presents a sampler with free music from the involved artists.01. Rucyl and King Britt – All Before
02. Sarah White – C Train (original)
03. Ras G – 3am Downtown LA
04. AFTA-1 Document (snippet)
05. Stef Eye – Oxygen
You can download this sampler for free, all it takes is signing up with your email address on the SNS website.

Weekly Bits 41/2009

Much sooner than expected AFTA-1 and GAS’D have released the 4th installment of their Love is Real series. To be honest, I haven’t listened to it yet, but knowing the previous volumes and a look at the tracklist you can’t go wrong with it.

And while we’re at soulful music, you probably heard about Bilal’s new album already. It will be released in early 2010 by California’s Plug Research label.

Out soon is the new album from Berlin based producer Robot Koch. It will be available on vinyl and CD, all pre-orders come with these fake Wayfarers sunglasses.

4hero’s Marc Mac twittered this trailer to an upcoming documentary about arranger and producer Charles Stepney called Interrupted Greatness. There isn’t any additional info on the documentary available on the net.

Coinciding with the release of Hyperdub’s anniversary compilation, the Sunday Times has posted an article about the label and its founder Steve Goodman (aka Kode9).

Another enjoyable read are Daniel Wang’s 15 Ways To Clear a Dancefloor for self-titled magazine.

AFTA-1 x GAS’D – Love Is Real Vol. 3

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It’s already been a couple of weeks back, when AFTA-1 and GAS’D released the third volume of their Love Is Real series. When I first read about it on two of my favourite blogs, MOOVMNT and 92bpm, I downloaded the mix, put it on my iPod and pretty much forgot about it.

Luckily, it’s holiday time and in the meantime I had plenty of time to listen this mix of sweet and schmoove music. And it’s a great one, which is why I don’t want to leave it unmentioned – even if I feel terribly late on this!01. Cazeaux O.S.L.O – Conan Bout With Circumstance
02. Dwilt Sharpp ft. Lorett Fleur – I Need You Close (pts. 1&2 edit)
03. J Dilla – Dimepiece (Instrumental)
04. Self Scientific – Love Bird
05. Boom Clap Bachelors – Tiden Flyver (edit)
06. AFTA-1 – Tiden Flyver Remix
07. Jesse Boykins III – Pantyhose (Instrumental)
08. Platinum Pied Pipers – Stay With Me (Instrumental)
09. Nite Jewel – What Did He Say
10. Dam-Funk – Indigo
11. J Davey – Hi Sun
12. A Race Of Angels – We
13. Sa Ra – Downlow
14. Op Swamp 81 – Another Day
15. Cazeaux O.S.L.O. – Wildo Cheese Wind
16. Shuanise – Etoile (Produced by Fella Vaughn)
17. Dwilt Sharpp ft. Lorett Fleur – U & Endeavour
18. Alpha – Nyquil
19. Steve Spacek – Hidden Track
20. AFTA-1 – Love Suite 2 (Sit Still)

As a little extra, I arranged this mini interview with AFTA-1, so I can give you some more infos on this.

Can you introduce yourself?
Peace, blog world. I am AFTA-1. California native, lover, creator, producer and head of all things SOUND for GAS’D and the Love Is Real movement. For those that may not be familiar with me or my music, i never seem to construct the right words to provide a description, and aside from that, i am a firm believer in removing the genre box and letting the music speak for itself. so, i urge you to visit my myspace or even google “AFTA-1” and see/hear for yourself.

GAS’D is a lifestyle clothing line created by Imani Waddy (lover, visualist, artist, designer) that has been continuously evolving into a free entity fueled by and dedicated to LOVE. represented through 3 basic shapes (triangle, circle, and square) and driven by the simple yet profound truth that, “Love Is Real,” GAS”D’s ultimate goal is to awaken the masses to the realization that there is only one truth, and it starts within us, LOVE…

What were the initial thoughts when you started the series?
The initial thought was actually not a thought at all, more so a feeling. it only made sense to accompany the visuals with their complimentary element, which is music. the clothes, jewelry, art, design and music all form one entity that vibrates to the same center frequency of LOVE. there are certain selections that sound-wise really align with the movement and flow of what we do, and we decided to share them so as to be inclusive of everyone in tune with it.

What else can we expect from you in near future
From AFTA-1 x GAS’D you can expect plenty more music, clothes, film and anything else we are inspired to create. specifically you can expect a video for “Love Suite 2” and of course Love Is Real vol 4 in the coming months as well as the release of my upcoming album

And what’s on your iPod lately?
Simple, Love Is Real vol 3

That last link is of course the download link to this fantastic mixtape. If you need some extra love, you might want to check out the previous volumes in the series.

August 22, 2013 Since it’s still high in demand, here’s a download link for you!