While I’m not sure about the current state of the Road to Essaouira, LV havn’t been sitting around and worked on an album worth of new music with Nigerian vocalist Josh Idehen. Titled “Islands”, the follow-up to 2011’s Routes will become available on September 15 through Keysound Recordings. More tracks can be heard on LV’s SoundCloud page.
I’ve been a tremendous fan of LV ever since I ran across their music, especially since they released their last album on Hyperdub I try not to miss a thing they do. So, I was more than happy to hear of Laurent Fintoni’s Original Cultures doing a crowdfunding campaign to get them to Morocco to record a full album with Bologna-based experimental group Fawda Trio. That happy, I had to support the project before sharing the news with you. If the video got you convinced you (or if you need more convincing), head over to the project page on Indiegogo and choose your perk.
Trust me, today we’re giving your weekend plans a special treatment, because ahead of you are some best mixtapes we had in this series so far.
This week, Paul Woolford unveiled the fantastic Soul Music album under his Special Request moniker. If you ask me, it’s a close second to the DJ Rashad album on Hyperdub—but this discussion belongs elsewhere. Today we’re talking about the Special Request mixtape for the XLR8R podcast, a 60-minute journey through oldskool breaks from the likes of Ray Keith, Paradox, Krust, Alpha Omega or Photek. Cleary my favourite mixtape this week!
If the paragraph above got your mouth watery, check out the latest show from the Hessle Audio camp. Ben UFO supported by Hemlock co-founder Andy Spencer!
After endless attempts to win him for a guestmix, Big Up Magazine could finally persuade Deep Medi recording artist Silkie to do just that. Their 75th podcast runs for 90 minutes and sounds like there is nothing but Silkie’s own music on it.
DJ Broadcast keeps the London-Amsterdam connection alive as they received an exclusive mix from Hyperdub-signed trio LV. Again, it runs for 90 minutes and features nothing but remixes by the guys.
Our friends at Sonic Router recommend the Altered Natives presents Dr. Cockblocktopus mix. I only had a chance to skip through yet, but I liked what I heard while doing so.
Say good-bye to London, it’s time to head for Detroit. The second XLR8R mix we’d like to recommend this week comes from none other than Kyle Hall, who plays music from the cities’ rich heritage.
To end this week’s selection, we’d like to share an older radio mix from Titonton Duvanté. Back in the olden days, the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer almost single-handedly responded to what happened on the other side of the pond in West London, fusing the sound broken beat and Detroit techno. You can find his mix recorded in 2002 on his SoundCloud page.
I’m still a bit suprised that LV‘s 2012 album Sebenza didn’t end up in most of the best-of lists I read, it was certainly one of my most played albums of that year. The London-based trio already released two videos from that album, their third is for a re-edit for the track Boomslang. Their label Hyperdub also announced an instrumental release of Sebenza, which will be available exclusively from their website.
Here are some things from earlier in the week worth noting, all of them previously mentioned on our Twitter feed.
There will be a documentary on Los Angeles’ Stones Throw label titled Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton and you can support it through their Kickstarter campaign.
Dummy Magazine asked Kuedo to pick the 10 best The Future Is Yet To Come tracks, “10 most forward-thinking, out-there tracks that he takes inspiration from.”
You probably streamed the new Lukid album while it was up on the Resident Advisor homepage earlier this week.If you missed it, Lonely At The Top will be out tomorrow on vinyl and CD. Also read this interview with the man over on Sonic Router.
Following the recent drum & bass revival, check out LV’s remix from the new Débruit EP on Civil Music. Also comes with remixes from Kelpe, Mwëslee and Fulgeance.
New York’s Visualized did a nice video on the story behind the iconic Joy Division cover artwork for Unknown Pleasures.
Here’s a mixtape we wanted to include in the last Weekend Mixtapes selection, it’s West Norwood Cassette Library‘s contribution to the Fill Yer Boots podcast.
And lastly an oldie by Dorian Concept he forgot about himself, available for free download on the Dublab website!
Stylistically, the new LV video might not be up there with Sebenza, but the tune is so nice I’m going to post it anway. Like the previous video, the track is taken from the group’s new album on Hyperdub and features Cape Town’s kwaito house duo Ruffest on vocals.
One of my favourite albums this year, make sure to check it out if you haven’t by now!
Apparently, there’s a a new LV album in the making and below is a first teaser from the upfront EP Get A Grip that will be out end of July on Hyperdub.
Sebenza (work in Zulu) is also the name of the forthcoming album and besides South African MC Okmalumkoolkat on the title track, it also features collaborations with Spoek Mathambo and Ruffest.
The video was shot by Chris Saunders in downtown Johannesburg city and Orange Farm Township.
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.
Just when I finished last week’s post, Sonic Router posted an interview with Tokimonsta, accompanied by a nice mixtape. As you might know, she is currently touring through Europe, check out her MySpace for dates.
Speaking of dates, I want to make sure my London based readers don’t miss this Thursday’s concert of Build an Ark at Cargo. The lovely Beyondjazz crew dedicated their latest radio show to the Ark’s very own Carlos Niño, so don’t sleep on this.
More fresh beats out of Los Angeles come from Take aka Sweatson Klank (via YSK) and the Low End Theory podcast makes a return with Daddy Kev and Diabase on the decks.
Kirk Degiorgio, the man behind countless monikers including As One, The Beauty Room and Offworld, has put together a minimal set for Little White Earbuds. It contains many of Kirk’s more recent productions like ART-8 and Isomer Shift.
To give José James upcoming album some more spin, Gilles Peterson has put together a brand new podcast. You probably haven’t heard the latest 12-inch yet.
Hyperdub’s LV has mixed a selection of dubstep, hip-hop and even jazz for French magazine TSUGi.
Musique Large has two new treats for you, La Mixette 13 was mixed by Paul Pre and Vol 14. by Swede:art (hint).
As last, I give you two unusual mixes. First is the 100th FACT podcast put together by Norwegian disco-krautrocker Lindstrøm. Bodytonic invited Sven Weisemann to do a “classical-meats-electronic” mix for their podcast.