Robot Koch vs Boxcutter – Cloud City (Ital Tek Remix)

A remix by Ital Tek of the yet-to-be-released Songs For Trees And Cyborgs album by Robot Koch. While there’s no news on remixes yet, the actual album will drop on October 1st, 2010 on Project Mooncircle.

The album features collaborations with 1000names, Doshy, RQM, Graciela Maria and Boxcutter, a preview from the latter is available on SoundCloud.

Kwatro x Robot Koch

As a follow-up to their encounter with Lefto, Berlin’s Kwatro collective has released an all new mixtape from Robot Koch.

No tracklist, just good music. You can listen to this on Mixcloud or download it from the Kwatro blog. The beautiful artwork comes from French artist 96.

Robot Koch – While (Blue Daisy Remix)

I’ve said it before, but with music like this I will not get tired repeating myself: Blue Daisy is one of the most interesting producers in the UK right now. This is his latest remix for the new Robot Koch EP, which will be out on February 28, 2010.

If you haven’t by now, go and check out Blue Daisy’s music on SoundCloud. If you wanna get physical, I recommend last year’s Strings Detached EP on Black Acre.

Mixtape Monday #8

There were quite some mixes to feature recently, including a special for Christmas, but there are already some more goodies for you. Maybe not that many as on a usual Mixtape Monday, but the selection is quite diverse.

I haven’t heard much new music from Âme lately, but as of yesterday, there’s a new mixtape from the German duo.

Alpha Pup sub-label Friends of Friends will put out the debut album from 19 year old Shlohmo, titled “Shlomoshun Deluxe” in early January. To get you in the mood for that, XLR8R’s latest podcast was put together by the man.

From Ben UFO comes this mixtape called Why Not?, which is also available for limited download. As I got the download link from Sonic Router, I should also mention they also feature a second mixtape from Untold.

There was a big hype around the mixtape from Holy Ghost!, which was available in limited quantities on a real cassette. For Christmas, the duo on New York’s DFA label gave it away for a limited, now expired, download. Luckily, you can still find it in other places.

And if you’re into DFA and the likes, you might also want to check out Mehdi Mixmas, a mix put together by Ed Banger’s DJ Mehdi.

Berlin’s Robot Koch and his friend DJ Benski have put together a guestmix for French blog Jekyll & Hyde, you can download it from SoundCloud.

As as fan of the YSL blog, I don’t want to miss the chance and mention they have just launched their podcast. The first episode was put together by Beatsize Beats, who already established a reputation for quality mixtapes.

Ignore the buzzword, just enjoy the good music: Here’s the Lovestep mixtape from one of the Percussion Lab founders. Contains music from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Burial, FaltyDL and so forth.

Last but not least, I stumbled across this old Maida Vale Session from Kode9 & The Spaceape. It was aired on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show from July 2008.

Jan 16, 2010 The Holy Ghost! mixtape is also available from the semi-secret DFA Radiomixes website

Weekly Bits 41/2009

Much sooner than expected AFTA-1 and GAS’D have released the 4th installment of their Love is Real series. To be honest, I haven’t listened to it yet, but knowing the previous volumes and a look at the tracklist you can’t go wrong with it.

And while we’re at soulful music, you probably heard about Bilal’s new album already. It will be released in early 2010 by California’s Plug Research label.

Out soon is the new album from Berlin based producer Robot Koch. It will be available on vinyl and CD, all pre-orders come with these fake Wayfarers sunglasses.

4hero’s Marc Mac twittered this trailer to an upcoming documentary about arranger and producer Charles Stepney called Interrupted Greatness. There isn’t any additional info on the documentary available on the net.

Coinciding with the release of Hyperdub’s anniversary compilation, the Sunday Times has posted an article about the label and its founder Steve Goodman (aka Kode9).

Another enjoyable read are Daniel Wang’s 15 Ways To Clear a Dancefloor for self-titled magazine.

Dabrye – Air (fLako & Robot Koch Remix)

Almost forgot about this one (or how it ended up on my drive), but I’m glad I haven’t. Thanks to MF Doom’s distinct voice, Dabrye’s original version from Two/Three has always been a favourite on the album.

The Kode9 remix managed to take the track into a different direction, and the track was still a bomb. That made me think if there’s anything one could do to make this track sound bad (as in horrible). Though it should be possible, I find it quite hard to imagine!

So, it’s probably all about giving it a unique twist, taking it in a new direction – kinda like Kode9 did. Berlin-based producers fLako and Robot Koch stay in hip-hop territory and still manage just to do just this. The outcome is a nice laid back version of Air. Have to play it on repeat a couple of times, as it only runs for a bit longer than 2 minutes!

Weekly Bits 26/2009

Zero” is offering a free mixtape for you to download, coming from Berlin beatmaker Robot Koch. All you need is an account on the website and that code from the wristband you received at the release party.

Another mixtape is taken from the XLR8R Podcast, who present a set full of electro-funk put together my Berlin’s DJ T.

With one of the most exciting editions of the Sónar festival being over, Radio 1 host Mary Anne Hobbs has filled her YouTube page with lots of new videos. Apart from an overall impression, there are features of Martyn, Joker and The Gaslamp Killer.

Germany’s Sonar Kollektiv made a dream come true. For every vinyl purchased on the webshop, you will get the MP3s for free. That’s the way to go!

If all goes well, the new Beyondjazz website will be online later today. I’ve seen a preview and I can tell you it’s a sleek design.

At last, have you seen this Marvin Gaye inspired poster-design yet?

Mixtape Monday

No weekly bits for you this weekend, instead I’m giving an overview of some of the latest mixtapes. Different kinds of music, hopefully something in for all of you!

The latest from Robot Koch was just posted on the great Mondayjazz site, it’s all complete with playlist and such. Grab the download here, but I strongly suggest you have a good look on the MJ website!

Next up is a set recorded a while ago already. Andy Bird and Blackbeard’s Toni Rossano were playing back to back on Easter Sunday at London’s Horse & Grooms. It’s courtesy of the Birdsong Disco podcast, another favourite of mine.

It wasn’t so long ago, when Daedelus and his wife released their The Long Lost album on Ninja Tune. Last week they put together a new podcast for XLR8R, which you can get here.

Lower Depths dug out some old mixtapes, including a more techno influenced set from Martyn.

If you still think I’m treating you too softly, I’ll give it a last try. Brainfeeder posted a mixtape from Samiyam and Zomby. You might also want to give this new FACT podcast a try, it comes from UK producer Geiom.

Weekly Bits 17/2009

My favourite mixtape this week comes from from Berlin’s Robot Koch, who is responsible for the second Brainfeeder Podcast. This sample-laden mix features a variety of styles from jazz to folk, afrofunk and some obscurities. Highly recommended!

Stones Throw is about to release a new single from soul-singer Mayer Hawthorne and for that occasion they’re giving away a free MP3 of Maybe So, Maybe No. Also, Mayer joined Gilles Peterson for a conversation on the all new Worldwide Podcast.

A new edition of Shook Magazine is finally out. Subscribers should have it in the mailbox by now, while the rest should be able to order a copy starting next week!

The book Designed by Machine was previously featured on this blog, but only now it is available from selected bookshops. I have spotted the book at Rush Hour, where you can conveniently order it by mail.

Let me also mention The Art of Partying from the Parra Soundsystem. This is a collection of re-edits from Tom Trago, Piet Parra and the rest of the team. I have some mixed feelings (ABBA?!) about this, but chances are there’s something in it for you! Plus it’s a free download.