Sounds Like… BadBadNotGood

Some time last weekend I came across the Sounds Like… Tokimonsta – and then I decided to not write about. Nah, but from there on I came across the first episode of that series, which was centered around Canadian jazz band BadBadNotGood who got to visit Bootsy Collins in his studio.

“Sounds Like…” is a series of videos by the Red Bull Music Academy, who also celebrate their 15 anniversary this year with a new book and I’m sure there’s more to come!

Dorian Concept on the microKORG

Ever since Dorian Concept has been “fooling around” on the microKORG, he’s had a remarkable career that lead to a contract with Ninja Tune (it was their forum where he shared some of his first tracks – a looooong ago!) He’s back at the Red Bull Music Academy, this time sharing tricks he’s using while playing his beloved synthesizer, including a take on Trilingual Dance Sexperience.

Thanks Gavin for the tip-off!

Key Tracks: Egypt, Egypt

The Red Bull Music Academy has started an exciting new video series, in which musicians recreate their signature tune. For the first video in the series, they visited electro producer Egyptian Lover who gives them a walk through on the making of Egypt, Egypt, his debut record released in 1984.

That also brings to mind a video made in 1983, in which he demonstrates the Roland TR-808, the famous drum machine released only a couple of years earlier.

What Is The Red Bull Music Academy?

It’s needless to say that every young musician dreams about going to the Red Bull Music Academy once in his lifetime, but I think it doesn’t stop there. There are actually people who wish they were doing music so they could go or who wish there was a RBMA for different crafts but music.

In 2012, the academy will stop in New York City and here’s a little video explaining you what it’s about.

Applications are open now, but before you fill out your form you might want to take another look at How To Apply For The Red Bull Music Academy.

Best of luck!

RBMA Lecture: Erykah Badu

As I’m still catching up after some days abroad, here’s the lecture with Erykah Badu at this year’s Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid. You might have seen snippets before, but this is the full session of her talking to Now-Again‘s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt.

More and more sessions are coming in, you might have seen the Paul Riser, Carsten Nicolai and Addison Groove lectures before. To stay up to date, you best subscribe to the RBMA channel on Vimeo or keep visiting that site.

Weekly Bits 6/2011

With the new Ghostpoet album available now on Brownswood, the label made the full thing available for stream via Spinner.

Since we posted the video on How To Apply For The Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, several other videos have popped up. Hear more words of wisdom from Recloose, Teebs, Mwëslee or Braiden. What’s Really Good also has one with Lunice and Put Me On It is giving some extra advice to all future applications.

Belgian R&S Records continues putting out quality music, their latest 12-inch sport remixes from Bullion and Space Dimension Controller for Detroit legends Model 500.

Also available on vinyl are the magnificent Scientist dubs of Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space, released on Pinch’s Tectonic label.

When Floating Points recommends a mixtape, you better listen up. The Gospel According to Budgie is the mix in question and will only be available for a limited time!

Legowelt did a megamix for the forthcoming Virgo Four Resurrection boxset on Rush Hour, Ahu gives a preview to Turkey’s Sunsplash Festival and 8bitch made a new mix for Surefire Sound. For some harder sounds, you might want to get this mix from Titonton & Charles Noel aka Black & Blue

Lastly, here’s a free download from Hotflush founder Scuba, an older track that never made it on a release.

How To Apply For The Red Bull Music Academy

The Red Bull Music Academy is easily the best thing that could happen to all up and coming musicians. While I had the pleasure to join it as a visitor last year, I was kinda sad for not being a musician myself. Imagine meeting likeminded people from all over the world, being locked in a building with all the music equipment you dream of, and getting lectures from some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world.

Well, the time has come to apply for the next edition of RBMA, which is going to take place in Tokyo this year. The video above is meant to give you some advice on the application process, but it also gives some impressions of what you can expect there.

So good luck to all of you who are applying. I’d love to visit again, but I don’t think it will happen. Here comes my sadness again!

Dimlite Brainfeeder Session London

Taken from the Brainfeeder Session, the RBMA Radio has started posting the live-sets from the night, including this from Dimlite. The Swiss producer plays material from the new Prismic Tops EP and All City’s 7×7 compilation.

2010 © Red Bull Music Academy

You can listen to his set on RBMA Radio or download it for your iPod. More photos from the night can be found on the RBMA website.

RBMA presents Brainfeeder London


Still no flyer in sight, but at least an official announcement from fabric. To kick-off their quarterly events in partnership with the Red Bull Music Academy, they present the second Brainfeeder London event taking place on March 10, 2010.

“The Brainfeeder London show will be some essential shit for anyone who’s into the future sound. We’re blessed to be throwing the party at fabric of all places. It’s easy to say it will be a night that people will talk about for a very long time.” – Flying Lotus

“The line up for this Brainfeeder event at fabric is unbelievable; every artist is bringing something different. I don’t think we will see a roster like this ever again.” – Nosaj Thing

You might want to hold your breath before taking a look at the full line-up. The Brainfeeder family sends in Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing and Tokimonsta. Without a doubt that’s reason enough to make it there, but you have only seen the first half of the list. The line-up is being completed by Hyperdub founder Kode9, Stones Throw’s J.Rocc, Dimlite, Martyn and Dorian Concept.

Tickets are now on sale for only £12.50. If you don’t want to miss the party of the year, I suggest you get your’s today.

Feb 18, 2010 The fabric website no longer lists Dorian Concept on the line-up

Feb 25, 2010 Added the flyer for the event

Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft at RBMA

Here’s a video of  Henrik Schwarz and Bugge Wesseltoft performing live at the presently ongoing  Red Bull Music Academy in London.

The track is taken from one of Henrik’s EPs that came out in 2005 on Sunday Music.

More videos from that lecture can be found on the RBMA blog.

Weekly Bits 4/2010

Some long awaited releases have been on sale since last week. José James‘ second LP Blackmagic was delayed a couple of times already, but now it’s finally available on CD.

LA’s Stones Throw label has two new releases out now, one of them being the 5-LP box set of Dâm-Funk’s album Toeachizown. The second new offering is quite a surprise to me, it’s the instrumentals of Mayer Hawthorne‘s A Strange Arrangement.

Paul Pre, the man behind the latest podcast, is about to launch his club night Vast and now offers his own podcast series. You can listen to the first three on Mixcloud.

Meatskull have posted this very exclusive mixtape from Massive Attack’s 3D. Back in 2002, this was a give-away to the first 200 attendees of a Nocturne club in Bristol.

More than six hours of music are featured on this recording of a Move D party in Switzerland. Fans of deep house and minimal techno need to grab this 529 megabyte monster!

Chances are high you will find me tuned in on Lukid’s Ustream channel on Monday evening. Lukid, Bullion and Luke Vibert are now featured on a new 12-inch on Ghostly. Limited release, be quick!

Dazed Digital have posted some of Carlos Nino’s favorites. That’s favourite bands, labels, websites and books.

The RBMA in London will kick off real soon and together with Resident Advisor, they curate this special event. Carl Craig, Moritz von Oswald, Matmos, Bugge Wesseltoft, Henrik Schwartz – what are you waiting for?

And speaking of books, the author of my favourite novel The Catcher in the Rye, Jerome David Salinger has passed away this week. Rest In Peace!

Kalimba Lifeswamp

About a year ago, Dimlite was invited to talk about the Red Bull Music Academy in the city of Linz in Austria. These info sessions take place in many countries in order to interest young musicians and DJs to apply for the academy.

However, in the evening Dimlite was playing a concert with local drummer Richard Eigner of Ritornell. The video above shows an improvised piece, now known by the name of Kalimba Swamp.

via Supercity

Dorian Concept at Red Bull Music Academy

Here is more news from Dorian Concept, who already talked about last year’s Red Bull Music Academy in my interview. Every year, tracks from RBMA attendees appear on a compilation called Various Assets. One of the tracks comes from Swedish singer Fatima, and Dorian Concept (among others) was involved in the production.

Fatima – Do I Know You? (with Cohen, Cuthead & Dorian Concept)

The young Austrian also did a show for RBMA Radio, which you can listen to online. It runs for about an hour and there is no tracklist available.