Mark de Clive-Lowe – The Why

As you might know already, Los Angeles based Mark de Clive-Lowe has signed with Tru Thoughts and will have an album out on November 15th. Before that he’s releasing a single featuring the vocals of Nia Andrews and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, just listen below.

The single is completed with a remix from Zed Bias under his Maddslinky alias and Mark himself delivering a remix for the dancefloor (think Restless Soul.) To make the wait until October 3rd a bit shorter, you can download the original version two weeks prior to the release – in exchange for your email address.

Bembe Segue – Sense of Humor

A new track from longtime Mark de Clive-Lowe collaborator Bembe Segue is now available from her brand-new page on Bandcamp. On the track, Bembe is singing over loops sampled from the David Sancious LP “Just As I Thought“.

<a href="http://bembesegue.bandcamp.com/track/sense-of-humor" target="_blank">Sense of Humor by Bembe Segue</a>

Listen or download it to listen some more, the track is available for free!

Weekly Bits 6/2010

Clothing label Stussy has posted the first of their three part documentary on J Dilla. Part two will follow on Wednesday, the third a week later. You might also be interested in their limited edition t-shirt, all profits are going to the  J Dilla Estate.

The story about Google deleting music blogs made the rounds this week and caused much uproar among fellow bloggers. Joe Muggs wrote a good piece on this matter, featuring a video with Jus Like Music‘s Gavin Handley. Also, Google has posted a response on their actions.

Fans of Erykah Badu might want to get their hands on the first recordings from 1993. Also, the video to her non-album track Jump in the Air has showed up on YouTube.

Having been out of print for sometime, the reissue of Dopplereffekt’s classic electro album Gesamtkunstwerk is finally back on vinyl. Get yourself a copy directly from the Clone Records shop.

On the mixtape front, I got new mixtapes from Swede:art, Fulgeance and Sbtrkt for you. The new JJ’s Smoking Sessions portrays soul diva Diana Ross and SoundCloud is hosting a 6 hours mix from Moodymann.

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Lastly, Discogs has posted this rather irrelevant list of the top 100 most expensive records. One for the vinyl nerds I guess.

MashForce – Clear Thru U

Broken beats that don’t suck? Must be from 2004! In this case it’s true, as Mark de Clive-Lowe has uploaded some old demos recorded with Mark Force of Bugz in the Attic. The track below is my favourite, it has Bembe Segue on vocals, beats from G-Force and Mashi playing the keys.

The MashForce tracks were supposed to end up on 12-inch, but as this never happened, you can now download them on SoundCloud.

Mark de Clive-Lowe – Journey 2 the Light

I started this blog with a post about IG Culture’s Zen Badizm album and found Kaidi’s album In Search Of Hope a worthwhile start into 2009. Both were released on Japan’s Freedom School label, which started its seminal releases with another great album, “Journey 2 the Light” from Mark de Clive-Lowe.

There are two reasons, why you never read about this here. First, it was released long before this blog even existed. Secondly, and tragically, I never managed to get a copy of it on vinyl! So why mention it now?

Well, as you can see Mark decided to put the entire album on his SoundCloud page, so you can listen to it wherever you are whenever you want. Or, if you’re not as picky as I am, this should convince you to buy a copy of Journey 2 the Light on CD. You really should, because in my opinion it’s the best album Mark has ever put out!

Let me also share this video of Mark and Bembe at the album’s launch party, recorded at Yokohama’s Motion Blue club.

Update Mark mentions on his blog, that there will be a worldwide digital release later this year. However, it seems that will be a live-version of the album.

Mark de Clive-Lowe Live Session

Mark de Clive-Lowe & Tawiah © Jan T. Sott

Back in May, keyboard maestro and MPC wizard Mark de Clive-Lowe was doing a club-tour through Europe with singer Tawiah. One of their stops was Bulgaria’s capital Sofia and a recording from that show is now available on SoundCloud.

Includes many MdCL classics like “Relax… Unwind”, “Traveling” or “Syndrome”, but the best part is you can download the whole session.

Oh, and as this is the first part I wonder if there’s more to come.

Lady Alma – I Can't Help It

Once again it’s Mark de Clive-Lowe who is taking over nutriot.com, this time producing a track for the upcoming album from Philly’s Lady Alma.

Originally recorded by Michael Jackson and taken from his Off the Wall LP, the track pays homage to the recently passed-away singer. You can download the MP3 in high quality from Mark’s SoundCloud page.

New bits from Mark de Clive-Lowe

Tunnelvision is the new album from Dutch trumpeter Rob van den Wouw produced by Mark de Clive-Lowe. It will be out officially on October 27th, but it looks it will only make it to stores in the Netherlands. However, Mark has put some previews from the album on his SoundCloud page, you can listen to them below.

Also new is this recording of a jam session that took place in Los Angeles only last week. The list of musicians involved reads like an all-star cast that includes Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra, Computer Jay and others.

Have a look at Mark’s blog for details and some photos from the session!

Mashi & Tawiah

From photographer Jan T. Sott I received a set of his latest pictures. It was only last month during Mark de Clive-Lowe‘s tour through Europe, when Jan asked Mark and singer Tawiah to pose for a series of portraits taken in a hotel room.

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Tawiah Tawiah Mashi & Tawiah Mashi Tawiah Tawiah

The entire set can be viewed on Jan’s Flickr page, more photos and a video from the tour can be found on Mark’s blog.

The Politik Competition Winners

In January 2008, Mark de Clive-Lowe announced a remix competition for tracks from the self-titled album by The Politik. With much delay, the judges Phil Asher, Orin “Afronaught” Walters, Benji B and The Politik themselves announced the winners some minutes ago.

Head over to Mark’s blog to read about the winners, the remixers who were close and listen to the tracks!

The remix album should be out this summer with a new exclusive track called Dreams, remixes from Zed Bias, Maddslinky (yes, that’s also Zed Bias!) and C Swing Black Einstein. The Japanese edition will  come with a bonus mix from Jazzy Sport‘s DJ Mitsu The Beats.

Interview with Mark de Clive-Lowe

Two days ago, Nu-Soul Magazine has posted a comprehensive interview with Mark de Clive-Lowe, who is currently touring around the world. I was particularly interested in the part about Mark’s early career, but the interview also covers Freesoul Sessions, the new hometown Los Angeles, and future releases.

120 seconds with Mark de Clive-Lowe

The nice people of Friends We Love posted a new Episode of 120 seconds ..with Mark de Clive-Lowe!

More Freesoul Session Photography

Mark de Clive-Lowe has posted a blog entry linking to various photographers, who have been present at the Freesoul Session London Finale taking place earlier this month at the Cargo.

Mark de Clive-Lowe, photo by Jan T. Sott

Also, Mark has announced the concert has been filmed and recorded on multitrack, which raises speculation over a live CD or even a DVD release (maybe both).

Freesoul Session Photography

The Freesoul Sessions London Finale was taking place on November 9, the last concert in the UK before Mark de Clive-Lowe moves to his new home Los Angeles. It featured an all-star line-up of Bembe Segue, Vanessa Freeman, Tawiah, Sharlene Hector, Mystro, Richard Spaven and guest appearances from Michelle Escoffery and MC Dynamite.


Austrian photographer Jan T. Sott (aka Idleberg) was there to take pictures, which are now online on his Flickr page. They are a bit on the experimental tip, but as these aren’t his first photos of a Freesoul Sessions he felt like trying a different approach. Hopefully, some of these will make it into his small edition book by the end of the year.

New Mark de Clive-Lowe Album

On his blog, Mark de Clive-Lowe is talking about a new album project with Dutch trumpeter Rob van den Wouw. Mark, who’s spending his last days in Europe before moving to his new home Los Angeles, has spent 20 days on the beautiful Dutch countryside to record in a perfectly equipped studio.

Mark de Clive-Lowe, photo by Jan T. Sott

Here’s an excerpt from the original post:

I’m on the final couple of days mixing down the new album I’ve produced for dutch trumpeter Rob van den Wouw. All done it’s been 20 days from inception to completion and we’re all really excited by the results 🙂  it’s an album of jazz, funk, soul and twisted beats in the mashi fashion. ha.. Rob was at the Numoon Festival I played almost two years ago in Rotterdam. I was there with Bembe and the Numoon Collective band doing an improv set. Rob liked what he heard so he hit me up to do a gig fusing the mpc and synths with his big band (heads up… Jan 9 2009 in Rotterdam!), and by the way “I’d love to get you to work on my next album”. Everything fell into place from there…

We started with two days pre-production out at Bullet Sound Studios near Amsterdam. What a sick sick studio – 30 min out of the city in the countryside, with everything you could want or need. Walking in we were greeted with pictures of some people who’d recorded there – Lenny Kravitz, Prince working on the Studio One desk and at the grand piano… the place felt good straight away. Starting off in Studio Two with a great sounding SSL E series desk, Rob played me some simple demo sketches and I’d reinterpret them on the mpc and radias synth. Some of the tunes were pre-produced just on those two machines, some of them with logic running as well. After the two days we had 12 tracks pre-produced and ready to go. The next two day session was recording the band along with the pre-production tracks. Rob brought in his band – keys, guitar, bass and drums – and I had them playing to the pre-production tracks with little sense of arrangement, just the dynamic changes I’d direct during the sessions “play the next 16 bars more open”, stuff like that. The band found the process a bit vague at first – I know what I want to hear from them, while they don’t have a clue about the finished track I’m hearing in my head. It made for some fun exploration and some magic moments coming out of the blue. We added one track at that session where the band played a jazz flip on an ambient interlude… it’s one of many highlights for me.

Those sessions followed with a week of intense editing and arrangement, going through all the live session tracks, editing parts, getting to the core of each tune and building the arrangements around that. That 8 days I worked about hours grabbing a few hours sleep in the hotel when morning hit each day. It was a trip!

Well, sounds like it’s busy times from MdCL, can’t wait to keep you updated on the things happening! You should already know, that the Freesoul Sessions London Finale is taking place at Cargo early November.