Scratcha DVA – Shazam City Mix

Hyperdub man Scratcha DVA goes all broken on his latest mixtape uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Despite being called Shazam City Mix, the software was not able to identify all the tracks. Even worse, it includes a couple of tracks I know sitting somewhere in my shelf, but I wasn’t able to identify them all (the Bembé track mixing into Jill Scott bugs me the most!)01. Reel People feat. Darien – Upside (Bugz Dubside Mix)
02. unknown
03. Shokazulu – Hips Don’t Fail Me Now
04. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks – Stars Shine For You
05. unknown
06. Dego & Kaidi – Acting up on that Shit Don’t Count
07. Vikter Duplaix – Manhood
08. Jill Scott – Golden (Remix)
09. unknown
10. Jazzanova – Soon (Domu Vocal Mix)
11. Shokazulu – Sammy Sebastian
12. DVA feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome – Solid
13. IG Culture – DJ Power (Use It)
14. The Free Design – Lullaby (J-Nova Remix)

If you’re able to help, feel free to post a comment!

Weekend Mixtapes #38

From the french capital to the West Indies. The Paris DJs Soundsystem is back with their famous thematic mixes. Following the more than 7 years old “West Indies Vintage Funk Vol. 1” it’s thankfully now time for the second edition of Caribbean soul.

Red Light Radio’s All Around The Globe is back with a tropicália special, tracklist included!

Funkycan out of Berlin made a nice sunny mix, from “Strawberry Letter 23” to “Can You Feel It” it’s very well rounded. 

Also out of Berlin, Jazzanova associate Alex Barck dropped his fourth My Kind of House mixes and it’s as good as the previous three.

Already a week old, but Romare’s summer mix is still worth a mention.

Jazzanova like a band

The last couple of years it’s been rather quiet around Jazzanova. Only recently they resurfaced with a collection and with another album by Micatone in the pipeline, their label Sonar Kollektiv seems to be reactivated as well.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Berlin based group announced the making of a Jazzanova documentary, covering their 15-year long career.

Jazzanova like a band was initiated by freier.eckert, who filmed for three years in locations such as Berlin, London, or Rio de Janeiro. To finish their project, they’re relying on your support. You can back up their campaign on the crowd-funding platform Inkubator, where you can choose between several options.

Jutojo

Following previous features on designers working in music business, such as Machine, Ian Johnson or Mat Design, the guys of Jutojo were on my list for a while already. The trio of Berliner based designers is probably best known for their work with Jazzanova and Sonar Kollektiv, for whom they produced countless record artworks, but also visuals for their clubnights.

Below you browse through a selection of their work, primarily their history of record covers, and read a little interview.

Jutojo

Can you please introduce Jutojo to us?
Jutojo are Julie Gayard, Toby Cornish and Johannes Braun, three cousins – two of them studied graphic design in London and one architecture in Berlin.
They formed the studio Jutojo when they started working for Jazzanova and their label Sonar Kollektiv in 2001, designing their record sleeves and doing the visuals for their weekly clubnight in Berlin.

When it comes to your influences, what are they and was there a common factor that helped you get together?
I think a lot of our first abstract film work for clubs came out of seeing Hans Richter films from the 1920s in which he filmed flat black and white shapes moving back and forth in space, created with simple means that gave the illusion of space and a sense of rhythm. Graphically we also like things produced with simple means: making objects, projecting onto them with light or a 35mm slide image and re-photographing them. Creating things in space and then moving a camera around an object, to find the best view, comes more out of curiosity rather than in reference to any particular graphic designer. Although we do like the work of Julian House/Intro for Stereolab and Broadcast, early Peter Saville Factory stuff and the way Saul Bass worked.

How do you work together? Does everybody have their own projects or do you work as a team?
Since our field of work is comprising print as well as film/projections, we tend to divide the areas between ourselves: Julie is responsible for the printed matters and Toby and Johannes for the projections and films, and making animations for video installations.

What makes Jutojo tick, the things you have in common or the differences?
We share an interest in creating visual products printed or filmed that use techniques where visual effects are often created through a physical process in a real space and where the computer is just a tool to finish the product off and make it reproducible. Be it photographing objects distorted by water, a typeface as a sculptural object or confetti on a scanner.

Before I came across your new website, I knew you primarily through your work for Sonar Kollektiv. Do you remember how that happened?
It was the starting point for us. Julie had just come back from studying in London and Alex Barck from Jazzanova, whom she knew, asked her to design the sleeves for their new label Sonar Kollektiv. It quickly went on to take it into the clubnights, since Berlin’s clubscene at that time was experimenting with club visuals a lot. It gave us the opportunity to try out various things and find a common language between print and projection.

Designing countless covers for the label, how did that usually work? How much were the musicians involved?
In general, the label heads Jazzanova had trust in our style and were quite open to anything. Most of the time the music was club orientated and concentrated on a singer, so it could be quite abstract. Sometimes the artist/musician would have an idea or photograph that we should work with. They only got really involved when the album was for a singer: then the marketing and distribution departments took over and argued that the singer “has to be on the cover” in a certain style to be clearly marketed. But we only did 3 or 4 of those.

Jazzanova Logo (2001)

I think the Jazzanova logo deserves special mentioning. Can you recreate the process of how that came about?
Jazzanova wanted a flexible logo, that could be used in any medium and that could change but still be recognizable as such. Inspired by tubular furniture, we created an alphabet made out of bent wire, so that it becomes 3-dimensional and can be photographed, filmed, hung… We first used them for the Jazzanova album cover, and also filmed and animated them for their clubgigs. A Japanese designer made a version of it in japanese letters for their Japan Tour and for t-shirts.

Is there something like an all-time favourite among your work for Sonar Kollektiv?
Jazzanova’s 12″ series that came out just before the In Between album, but that was actually for JCR Records, where Jazzanova released their own music at the time.

The first two Secret Love compilations we conceived and worked together with illustrator Maria Tackmann on.

The Off Limits 2 series of 12 inches with confetti

You also did visuals for some of the Jazzanova parties at WMF. What do you (dis)like about the medium?
The initial buzz with club visuals came by making moving images with quite primitive means in a low-tech way in our bedrooms and then showing them in a space full of people and seeing how the visuals fitted to the music and could effect the atmosphere of a room. Our first loops were things like a growing and shrinking red dot or a pulsating, slightly out of focus white line made by zooming in and out of a neon light in a subway with a super 8 camera on “auto-b”. After a few years we realised that although we got some positive feedback and invitations to big music festivals around Europe and even Japan and USA, the club was not really the place where an audience really follows the visuals – also, the club music often didn’t have a lot to do with the content of our images. We were always trying to follow and react to the music but not the other way round. Just now we have performed a new piece called “Staub” with Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin where sound and image are generated at the same time and interact more with each other.
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You can find a lot more of Jutojo’s work on their website and of course the Sonar Kollektiv release page. I also want to point out the possibility to buy the font resulting from the Jazzanova logo design and their Vimeo page.

Weekly Bits 31/2009

Earlier in July, Ahu did a very nice summer mix for the folks at Brainfeeder. Vida Ahu Nova has music from Henri Mancini, Marcos Valle, Les Baxter and that kind of stuff.

Another mixtape comes from Werk Discs, presumably mixed by Zomby. Like the album, it is called Where Were U in 92? (direct link). Unfortunately, there’s no tracklist.

Swindle Magazine got an article with two legendary artists in conversation, Obey‘s Shepard Fairy interviews Bristol street artist Banksy. Great and highly entertaining read!

The guys of Beyondjazz have posted a video and a download for Jazzanova‘s recent concert at the 10 Days Off festival in Belgium.

And then, there’s a teaser to the Mary Anne Hobbs’ upcoming compilation on Planet Mu.

August 3, 2009 As my girlfriend just pointed out, the Banksy interview is three years old already – haha!

New Sonar Kollektiv Compilations

Sonar Kollektiv has released two new iTunes-exclusive compilations. Fans of Jazzanova should check these out, as each contains a mix by the Berlin discjockeys.

First up is Digital Gems, a collection of tracks from sublabel Digital Kollektiv. Included artists are Christian Prommer’s DrumLesson, Soulphiction, Eva Be, Stee Downes and many more. An exclusive track comes from Daz-I-Kue of Bugz in the Attic.

Based on Misunderstandings is the name of a clubnight hosted by Jazzanova’s Alex Barck, in which he delivers his personal vision of club music. Following the nite’s success, Sonar Kollektiv put out a series of three 12-inches “dedicated to hot club sound that takes you by surprise”. All the tracks are now available on the compilation of the same name, completed by three previously released tracks.

The mentioned mixes are only available if you buy the whole release, the tracks included are the same as on the unmixed parts.

Jazzanova Remix Contest Finalists

In the last few weeks, the guys from Jazzanova were busy going through more than 400 submissions to their remix contest. There is no winner yet, but the remixers have been narrowed down to 10 finalists. You can listen to them on Soundcloud.

“We were virtually blown away by the general quality of the remixes submitted. It was absolutely thrilling for all of us to listen to the variety of different approaches these remixers took to our music. And it took quite some time to sort out our personal favorites […] Besides, we agreed on releasing digitally on our label Sonar Kollektiv not only one but at least three of these remixes.” – Jürgen von Knoblauch/Jazzanova

If you haven’t had enough yet, you can still listen to the 410 remaining submissions over here.

Mar 3, 2009 The winners have been chosen, the other tracks have been removed from the player

Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards 2009

Flyer

Flyer

Once again, London’s Cargo will be hosting the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards. On top of the announcement for the best tracks and albums, there will be a lot of live music and some DJs aswell. On the stage, you will be witnessing Jazzanova, Robert Mitchell Trio, Dorian Concept, Quiet Village, Mama Milk, Stacy Epps and Jonathan Jeremiah.

Wait a minute, Jazzanova? That’s right, it is going to be the first Jazzanova live-show in the UK.. ever!

The whole thing takes place on January 24, tickets for the night are now available.

Jazzanova Remix Contest

Jazzanova and Verve invite all the producers out there to participate in a remix contest to their upcoming single I Can See with Ben Westbeech on vocals. The winning entry will not only make it onto a digital release, but also receive a copy of Ableton Live and a SoundCloud pro account for a year – both companies being partners to the contest. If you are interested, download the track and its samples from SoundCloud (you will need an account!). Unfortunately neither deadline or legal modalities are mentioned anywhere.

Nov 18, 2008 Deadline appears to be December 15, 2008.

Sonar Kollektiv 200

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

Following last year’s 10th anniversary, Jazzanova’s Sonar Kollektiv label is about to celebrate its 200th release with a compilation simply titled SK200. Two-hundred releases, not bad for an independent label, but there already was a big retrospective with Ten Years, Who Cares? So instead the boys from Jazzanova decided to include tracks that were (almost) all released in the last year.01. Soulphiction – Sun Children
02. Christian Prommer’s DrumLesson – Around The World
03. Paul Bryan – Like A Rainy Night
04. The Black Seeds – Take Your Chances
05. Thief – Somewhere
06. Roland Appel – Inner Soul (Slow Version)
07. Season & Sygaire – Cowboys & Angels feat. Randolph Matthews
08. Quasimode – Object In The Mirror feat. Carmen Lundy, Masato Nakamura
09. Two Banks Of Four – Wake me 5.30
10. Lars Bartkuhn – Prayer / Dance Into The Sun

One might say that makes it just one of their annual compilations, but why would that be any bad? If you’re that critical, you can listen to the SK200 Preview, playing for about 18 minutes.

SK200 is exclusively available on CD and will be released on November 17, accompanied by a t-shirt similiar to the cover artwork.

Jazzanova – I Can See

The guys from Jazzanova have posted a video to the second single from their new album Of All The Things on YouTube.

I Can See is among my favourites from the album (if not the favourite) and features Ben Westbeech on vocals. Unfortunately the video is nothing special, in fact it’s kinda stupid.

The single is not yet out, but it will feature remixes from Holy Ghost and Mark E.

Nov 6, 2008 Release date for Germany, Austria and Switzerland is December 2nd!

Jazzanova – Of All The Things

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

There were many rumors about the new Jazzanova album weeks prior to its anticipated release. Six years after their debut In Between, the founders of Berlin’s Sonar Kollektiv would deliver a new album, produced and recorded like it’s the 1960s again. However, not everybody seemed to have welcomed that idea, some forums reacted fairly sceptical about it, pushing Jazzanova next to Amy Winehouse. Me in contrast, I was very excited and welcomed that approach.

Maybe all those rumours and previews from the last weeks made me hope for an uplifting soul album, from start to finish. The first three tracks supported that hope, but what followed was going into various directions. So it’s not exactly a concept albums in my book.01. Look What You’re Doin’ To Me (feat. Phonte)
02. Let Me Show Ya (feat. Paul Randolph)
03. I Can See (feat. Ben Westbeech)
04. Lie (feat. Thief)
05. Little Bird (feat. José James)
06. Rockin’ You Eternally (feat. Leon Ware & Dwele)
07. So Far From Home (feat. Phonte)
08. What Do You Want? (feat. Joe Dukie)
09. Lucky Girl (feat. Paul Randolph)
10. Gafiera (feat. Azymuth & Pedro Martins)
11. Morning Scapes (feat. Bembe Segue)
12. Dial A Cliché (feat. Paul Randolph)
13. Let Me Show Ya (feat. Paul Randolph – Henrik Schwarz remix)

The opener was one of the first tunes playing on various podcasts, Phonte of Little Brother scoring with his smooth soulful vocals on Look What You’re Doin’ To Me. Up next is Detroit’s Paul Randolph, who also contributes the vocals on two more tracks. I must say, though Let Me Show Ya is a tight tracks, it is also very mainstream-accessible. But it doesn’t hurt at all. Ben Westbeech raises the bar with his superb vocals on I Can See, a very joyful soul/beat track.

At this point I loved the album already, with two tracks having conquered my heart. Unfortunately the album can’t or doesn’t want to keep up with that. Thief fails on adding something to the track Lie, his vocals are simply too fragile – which I noticed from his live-performances earlier. With José James next in the cue, I thought there is nothing to worry about. But it was before Dwele and Leon Ware on Rockin’ You Eternally, the album’s next quality track. Followed by the second track with Phonte, rapping this time: So Far From Home, a funky hip hop track that would’ve worked equally as a soul number.

Well, I decided not to make a final verdict on the album yet, so I won’t give you a full review – it want to be fair and give it more time. From the remaining tracks, the Azymuth and the Bembe Segue tracks were stand out. Jazzanova will surely get the deserved attention, especially with Universal/Verve behind them. It should find a wide audience and will could well be remembered as their best album yet. However, there remains a small disappointment for myself, I want more of those retro-soul tunes!

Oh, Jazzanova also have a new website, much inspired by the Of All The Things album cover. There you will find additional information or simply buy the album. It’s supposed to be available in multiple editions, the review was for the Japanese Edition, it has the Henrik Schwarz remix of Let Me Show Ya as bonus track. The release-dates of the album differ immensely, here’s what I found out:

Oct 15, 2008 – Japan
Oct 21, 2008 – USA
Oct 24, 2008 – Austria, Germany, Switzerland
Oct 27, 2008 – France, Greecy
Oct 28, 2008 – Spain
Oct 31, 2008 – Netherlands
Nov 10, 2008 – Portugal
Jan 2009 – United Kingdom As mentioned above, the album can be ordered from Juno or JazzEcho, but it should also be available on iTunes soon!

Jazzanova – Of All The Things

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

It’s no secret anymore, the new Jazzanova album will be out through Verve Records on October 24th. The first single Let Me Show Ya is already available and features Detroit’s Paul Randolph on the vocals. Several editions, including two limited editions and a double-vinyl LP will then be available, the following tracks are probably from the standard edition.01. Look What You’re Doin’ To Me (feat. Phonte)
02. Let Me Show Ya (feat. Paul Randolph)
03. I Can See (feat. Ben Westbeech)
04. Lie (feat. Thief)
05. Little Bird (feat. José James)
06. Rockin’ You Eternally (feat. Leon Ware & Dwele)
07. So Far From Home (feat. Phonte)
08. What Do You Want? (feat. Joe Dukie)
09. Lucky Girl (feat. Paul Randolph)
10. Gafiera (feat. Azymuth & Pedro Martins)
11. Morning Scapes (feat. Bembe Segue)
12. Dial A Cliché (feat. Paul Randolph)

Apart from Mr. Randolph, there the likes of Dwele, José James, Bembe Segue, Ben Westbeech, Marcos Valle, Phonte, Joe Dukie, Clara Hill, Paul Kleber, Five Corners Quintet and Azymuth featured on the follow-up to In Between.

As you can hear from in the video above, the recordings and the production process apply schemes from past periods, especially the 60s soul and funk. Unlike their dancefloor-oriented remix production, Jazzanova take the trend the albums from Nicole Willis, Jamie Lidell or even Amy Winehouse started. As harsh as this comparison might sound, one should expect this retro-sound is playing in its own league.

Videos from a record-session (here and there) are leaking through-out the internet, and various tracks from the album have been played on podcasts such as the OFFtrack show.

This topic on BeyondJazz has more details, and of course I will keep you updated!

Oct 15, 2008 French-German TV channel Arte has another clip about the new album (French and German), along the European tour dates.

Oct 22, 2008 Review of the new Jazzanova album!