Gonjasufi – The Blame

I haven’t read much feedback on Gonjasufi’s MU.ZZ.LE mini-album, but I have the feeling it’s been slightly overlooked. If you haven’t heard it yet, this video is a reminder of its existance.

Director Neil Krug and cinematographer David Myrick are responsible for this and I think they did a magnificent job.

Gonjasufi – Nikels and Dimes

Talk about a new Gonjasufi record was making rounds for some time now and if I remember correctly Mark Pritchard tweeted producing tracks for it as well. Today Warp announced the forthcoming mini-album MU.ZZ.LE with a release date in January 2012, here’s first taste from it.

You can download the track in exchange for your email address. At this point I should also remind you of the free The Ninth Inning EP, which was released only last month.

2010: One Last Look

We’re already halfway through the first month of 2011, so you probably don’t want to hear about my favourites of 2010 – and I usually don’t either. Still there are two reasons for this post. First, the previous year had an amazing output of great new music. And secondly, I took it kinda slow last year, writing not many reviews or other special features. So let me take one last look at 2010.

Before we start, I want to point out I don’t list these in any particular order, but I created these categories.

I. The Unquestionables

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Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
The year started with the release of Four Tet‘s fifth solo album There Is Love In You, in my opinion his best to date. That is probably because it both works on headphones and the dancefloor. Accompanied by remixes from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Mosca, Caribou and Jon Hopkins, it should have been hard to miss the album. The overall quality made it clear instantly: this would remain a top spot by the end of the year.

Actress - Splazsh

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Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Alright, if I had to pick just one favourite I’d have to go for the second album by Werk Disc founder Darren J. Cunninham, better known as Actress. Released in May, Splaszh leaves me with all kinds of weird feelings. It’s sinister and depressing at times, and it puts me in a state of hunger or sleeplessness. I can’t really figure it out , but I keep listening to it over and over again.

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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
There is a whole generation now inspired by the music of Flying Lotus and 2010 saw quite some good attempts to stay in his vicinity. But with Cosmogramma Steve Ellison not only raised the bar, he changed the entire game. He could’ve continued just making beat instrumentals or work with any MC he likes. Instead he chose to make his music broader and richer on all sides. It’s maybe not as easy to get into, but once you’re there you know it was worth it.

II. The Unexpected

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Gonjasufi – A Sufi and A Killer (Warp)
One might argue that sampling a bunch of old records and having a guy sing over them can hardly make a good record these days, I give you that point! Still, Gonjasufi’s debut on Warp has been on rotation for months. It kinda came out of nowhere and it’s the first Gaslamp Killer production that really got me. A great choice of samples and fitting vocals are the simplest ingredients imaginable, but they work terribly well.

Lone - Emerald Fantasy Tracks

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Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire)
Already the fourth album by Matt Cutler, but the first to be released on his own Magic Wire label. It’s a rather mellow dance album with strong links to late 80s/early 90s house music. However, the overall sound benefits from modern production techniques, so you won’t end up with a set of bleeding ears. Instead you will use the repeat function.

Teebs - Ardour

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Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)
The debut album by Los Angeles based Teebs had a perfect timing, for me anyway. At the time I was making my own experiences with the wonders of Northern winter. The bells, harps and other wonderful twinkles on the album seemed to be the perfect soundtrack while walking through snowed in European cities. Probably my favourite Brainfeeder release to date.

III. The Underrated

Ital Tek - Midnight Colour

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Ital Tek – Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)
There were probably a handful of albums that hit into a similar vein as Ital Tek‘s second album Midnight Colour. Ultimately, it was its melodic nature that made the difference to other strong records in the field – say Scuba’s Triangulation or F’s Energy Distortion. The album was also accompanied by a fine set of remixes by Ikonika and FaltyDL.

Sotu the Traveller - Left

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Sotu the Traveller – Left (self-released)
Probably the most overlooked record of the year, partly due to the bad timing (summer holidays) and for being self-released. To me it was a great relieve to hear the record, as I was suffering from an overdose of dark gritty beat albums. Along came Sotu the Traveller to deliver a super smooth record, stroking your ears at every minute. You can buy Left for a fair price at Sotu’s Bandcamp, where you’ll also find remixes by Daisuke Tanabe, Dynooo and Portformat.

Of course now that I got started, I could go on an mention the albums by Ikonika, Caribou or Shackleton’s Fabric 55. But then I’m quite happy with my selection and I already told you I take it kinda slow these days.

Gonjasufi – Stardustin (FaltyDL Rescue)

I just had to share this track with you! It’s a remix of Gonjasufi‘s Stardustin courtesy of FaltyDL and it’s one funky reincarnation.

This is the bonus track of the recently released The Caliph’s Tea Party album and the only place where you can buy it is on iTunes.

Gonjasufi Remix Contest

As you know by now, Gonjasufi’s remix album A Caliph’s Tea Party will be in stores next week and you probably heard some of its tracks yet.

Apart from that album, there is also a contest going on, you can listen to some first results below.

If you’re more interested in remixing yourself, head over to Gonja’s site and download the accapellas for “Love of Reign” or “Candylane”, both taken from A Sufi And A Killer. Results must be in by November 1st, the winner will receive a one-of-a-kind art print signed by Gonjasufi.

Everybody else support your favourite remix and vote for it!

The Gaslamp Killer – When I’m In Awe

The Gaslamp Killer - Death Gate

Fans of the Gonjasufi album A Sufi And A Killer should look out for the new EP from Gaslamp Killer, who already produced most of Gonja’s debut. Below you can listen to one of the tracks off the Death Gate EP with vocals by Gonjasufi.

The release will drop on October 12, 2001 on Flying Lotus‘ Brainfeeder label. If you like the track, here’s the download link.

(via Pitchfork)

Gonjasufi – The Caliph’s Tea Party

Gonjasufi - The Caliph's Tea Party

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Remix albums: a phenomena started by Sly & The Family Stone and popularized (and eventually overdone) in the nineties. Usually a collection of remixes that have been circling around on vinyl for ages, but then the only way for people who traded their turntables for a CD player to listen to them. Well, that’s how it usually goes.

But then there’s one of my favourite albums of the year, A Sufi And A Killer, and a label like Warp Records. How could the outcome be just usual? The announcement is now official, titled The “Caliph’s Tea Party”, the remix album will drop on October 4th, 2010.

Below you can listen to the Mark Pritchard remix of Ancestors, another one by Bear In Heaven can be found here.

01. Ancestors ((Dreamtime) Mark Pritchard Remix)
02. Candylane (Bibio Remix)
03. Ageing (Dam Mantle Remix)
04. The Caliph’s Tea Party (Broadcast & The Focus Group “DedNd” Remix)
05. Kobwebz (Jeremiah Jae Remix)
06. Love Of Reign (Bear In Heaven Remix)
07. She’s Gone (Oneohtrix Point Never Remix)
08. Holidays (MRR Remix)
09. Change (Shlomo Remix)
10. My Only Friend (Hezus Remix)
11. DedNd (agdm Remix)
12. SuzieQ (Dem Hunger Bowel Blood Remix)

The album will be out on LP, CD and download, you can pre-order it now at the Bleep store. Also take a look at the special packaging.

Sept 27, 2010 While this isn’t exactly related to the remix album, I thought you might be interested in remixing Gonjasufi yourself!

Oct 2, 2010 Stream the entire remix-album over at MMN

Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer

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So, here’s a review for a record that has been out for about two months. It hasn’t been ignored, actually the first draft of this review dates back to March 15. What happened since then? I sat back and listened, then listened again. And again.

When the previews to Gonjasufi’s debut album were posted, they definitely got me excited. Still, I did not expect to be as overwhelmed as when the needle first dropped on my fresh copy of A Sufi And A Killer. One might say with Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus and Mainframe involved on production, what else would you expect. I expected good, more than good actually, but I was surprised to hear the timeless masterpiece this has become.

Gonjasufi has been doing music for more than a decade, his first release dates back to 1995, an album from a group called Kilowattz. There are several more outfits mentioned in his discography and I can’t tell you anything about them. I have first heard of Gonjasufi, as most of you, when he sang on the Los Angeles album by Flying Lotus – and thought he was a woman.01. Bharatanatyam
02. Kobwebz
03. Ancestors
04. Sheep
05. She Gone.
06. SuzieQ
07. Stardustin
08. Kowboyz & Indians
09. Change
10. Duet
11. Candylane
12. Holidays
13. Love Of Reign
14. Advice
15. Klowds
16. Ageing
17. DedNd
18. I’ve Given
19. Made
20. Dobermins (hidden track)

Here we are, two years later and the first Gonjasufi album is out on Warp Records. The largest portion of the record was produced by William Benjamin Bensussen, you know him better as Gaslamp Killer. He’s probably the key ingredient for making A Sufi And A Killer into a tour de force. Everybody who has heard a DJ set from Gaslamp Killer knows he isn’t shy to drop a tune from Can, Led Zeppelin or some obscure Turkish funk records.

For the album, he dug out music from Erkin Koray, widely regarded as the first Turkish rock musician – and widely unknown outside his country, though featured in Fatih Akin’s music documentary Crossing the Bridge. His music is used in at least three tracks (Klowdz, Kobwebz and I’ve Given). Other tracks borrow from Las Grecas (Kowboys & Indians) and even Hendrix’ “Hey Joe” (Dobermins).

Vocally, Gonjasufi ranges somewhere between Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart and a male version of Beth Gibbons‘ fragile voice. The Mainframe produced “Candylane” even reminds of Dudley Perkins or Plantlife. Combined with the music, that leaves you with one of the most powerful and versatile albums of recent years.

Psych rock in new clothes, a modern interpretation of trip hop, an eye-opener for never before heard music. Call it what you want, A Sufi and A Killer combines the old and the new like no other. A serious contender for album of the year!

In a perfect world, you already know everything I wrote in this belated review. If you haven’t had a chance yet to get a copy, you can buy the album on CD, 2-LP and as digital download. Also make sure to visit Gonjasufi’s trippy website.

August 16, 2010 Warp Records recently announced the remix album The Caliph’s Tea Party, due in October 2010!

Interview with Gonjasufi & The Gaslamp Killer

Dazed Digital sat down with Gonjasufi and The Gaslamp Killer, the artist and the producer of A Sufi And A Killer.

If you haven’t yet, don’t miss the chance to listen to the album – it’s not only the biggest surprise this year, but also one of the pieces of music!

Gonjasufi – A Sufi And A Killer

Sheffield’s Warp label has posted some more previews to the upcoming debut album Gonjasufi. Apart from the the previously free download Ancestors the preview has three more songs taken from “A Sufi and A Killer”.

The album will be out on March 10, including a 2LP vinyl. You can pre-order it from the Bleep shop.

Mar 1, 2010 With the album release around the corner, Clash Music offers the entire album as stream

Gonjasufi – Ancestors

From the all new 2010 compilation on Warp, comes this track from Gonjasufi. It was produced by no other than Flying Lotus, who previously collaborated with Gonja on last year’s Los Angeles album. Other releases from Gonjasufi include a 7-inch on Warp and several compilation appearances.

This track is one of three downloadable tracks from the Warp site. If you’re looking for the full compilation, you will get a free copy from Bleep – given that you order for at least £30. A digital download will be available early next year.