In a recent post, Oli Marlow of underground music blog Sonic Router announced his “retirement” from writing (uhm, or something like that), focusing on the label side of the brand. The label achieved to release an impressive body of work in last three years or so, and continues perform strong.
Their latest release “Outlines” is the work of designer-by-day Broshuda, 10 tracks of deep electronic music, featuring a collaboration with label mate B£AMS and Dimlite.01. Altar
04. Decoy Unit (Skit)
06. Champagne (Skit)
07. Celebrity Skin
08. I Never Had A Sega
10. Show Me The Way (Outro) ft. B£AMS & Dimlite
Available from Bandcamp on black tape and digital.
Director Mark Prendergast is reponsible for this new Bambooman video, taken from his Dulcet EP released last May on Sonic Router. I don’t know, why do I feel like this is an overlooked release? If anything this clip is a reminder of what a blaster “Clasp” is, as is the rest of the EP. You can grab a copy on the label’s Bandcamp store.
Almost three months since we last put together a selection of Weekend Mixtapes, what’s going on? To be honest, I wasn’t that thrilled by a lot of mixes. Maybe there are too many, maybe it’s an age thing. Anyway, here is a bunch I’ve been feeling lately.
Let’s start with the oldest and that has more to do with the fact that it comes from one of my favourite producers: Bristol’s Joe. A couple of weeks back he played some records for the Sonic Router podcast and it’s maybe not what you’d expect from him. Recommended download!
Next up we’re talking about a brand-new mixtape by FaltyDL, who just released his new album Hardcourage this week. Tune into his mixtape for Self-titled and read an interview with the man.
The guys of GiveUpArt dug out an old recording made in 2006 at London’s FWD club. Proper selection of dubstep (when it still deserved the name) from Appleblim b2b Headhunter.
And to be honest, this is where I’d like to stop already. Unless you want to hear some Kirk Degiorgio, Tom Trago, Juan Maclean, Ben UFO or Medlar – your decision!
Several of these would’ve deserved a post of their own, but time wasn’t on my side this week.
One of the most exciting was clearly the new Four Tet mixtape Conference of the Birds, on which he plays two yet unreleased tracks. No tracklist, so happy spotting.
Second in the list is the new Lone mix. The occasion of this is the forthcoming album on R&S, but then any occasion is good as there aren’t too many Lone mixes around.
Anything from James Pants is worth taking a listen and so is this mix for oki-ni, “a collection of unique home recordings and rarities.”
I’ve already mentioned the new Sonic Router podcast on a side note, but being from Kelpe I don’t mind repeating myself here. Check it out!
And if you can take another hip hop flavored mix, why not give Jonwayne‘s XLR8R podcast a try?
John Tejada released a magnificent, yet somehow underrated album last year. He doesn’t play any of his new music on this Halo Cyan mix, but he plays some unreleased music from Appleblim, Al Tourette and Arkist – triple A!
I’m gonna sneak in James Murphy’s Boiler Room set without having listened myself, but now matter how famous he is, he’s always up for decent DJ mixes.
And lastly, here’s one I missed earlier. Back in March, LuckyMe‘s very own Eclair Fifi played some new tunes from the label on the Juno podcast.
Work on the backend of the site and traveling around have kept me from posting many mixtapes this year, but then again I don’t recall much worth posting. So here is a selection of recommended mixtapes released throughout the month.
About six months ago, we were happy to have Gerry Read contribute to our own podcast series. Since then, the 20 year old Englishman released three much acclaimed 12-inches on the Fourth Wave label. Reason enough for XLR8R to invite him to do their first podcast of the year.
Boiler Room #69 was easily the most successful session to date, with thousand tuned in for the Thom Yorke’s DJ set. The really good sets that night came from others: Lone, Illum Sphere and Jamie xx with Caribou. And it’s the latter’s mix that’s finally available for download.
Two new mixes come from Hyperdub’s own Ossie. The young Londoner guested on GETME! Radio radio-show, as well as on the Hyperdub show on Rinse.
The latest Sonic Router mix comes from Moscow’s Pixelord, interview and download can be found here!
For some proper house music, check out the latest from Linkwood.
And lastly some older mixes. SBTRKT returned to Rinse for his third show, Kuedo did a mix for Motto Distribution, and King Midas Sound contributed to Dummy Mag‘s podcast.
The good people at Sonic Router premiered this free EP from Golau Glau, consisting of seven tracks in a minimal techno flavour with dubstep influences here and there. Get the music from Bandcamp and don’t miss the the interview.
While we’re at Sonic Router, their latest podcast was mixed by Hotflush’s George FitzGerald and we think you want that.
Another recommended mix comes from Tom Trago, whose new album Iris is finally available in stores around the world. Also check out his podcast for DJ Broadcast.
Former Bugz in the Attic member Seiji was guest on the latest Solid Steel show, you can download his hour long guestmix on SoundCloud.
However, my favorite mix this week comes from Dark Arx signed Gerry Read. If you like a fix of good house music, get this one!
The track of the week comes from New York duo Sepalcure. Their remix for Schools of Seven Bells is a free download on the XLR8R website.
Lastly, here’s a new video from Bibio, whose new album Mind Bokeh is available now (also some nice shirts!)
Bleep have just unveiled their new podcast series and they kick off with a mix by Sonic Router‘s own Oli Marlow. If you’re familiar with the SR blog, you know you’re in best hands when it comes to dubstep and other bass-heavy genres.01. Flying Lotus – Pie Face
02. Dam Mantle – Grey
03. Dibiase – Circuit Breakin
04. Solar Bears – Solarization
05. Blue Daisy – Blood Petal Roses (Remix)
06. MF DOOM – Go With The Flow (Live)
07. Arp 101 – Dead Leaf
08. James Blake – I Only Know What I Know
09. Zomby – The Forest
10. xxxy – Flew
11. Gold Panda – Before We Talked
12. Modeselektor – VW Jetta
13. Superisk – Find Your Way
14. Pariah – The Slump
15. Velour – Booty Slammer
16. Maddslinky feat. Skream – 50 Shades Of Peng
17. Untold – Fly Girls
18. Optimum – Crash Riddim
19. Ikonika – Shouldn’t Be Here
20. T. Williams – Hard Cash
21. Roska & Untold – Myth
If you’re a downloader, then download already! Everybody else go for the stream over at MixCloud.
Also note that Bleep linked all the included tracks, so you can easily purchase your favourites!
F is not only a great name to stay under the radar of every search engine out there, it’s also the name of one of my favourite dubstep producers. For the latest Sonic Router tab on The Quietus, the French producer has put together a mixtape of dark vibes ranging from techno to dubstep.01. Untold & LV – Beacon
02. Helixir – Untitled
03. Instra:Mental – Vicodine
04. Jus Wan – Untitled
05. Headhunter – Evolver
06. F – Chillin’
07. J. Sparrow – The Fullest
08. Ruckspin & Quantum Soul – Venus Project
09. James Fox – Put It Back (Ramadanman Refix)
10. F – Hologram
11. J.Sparrow – Untitled
12. DJG – Avoid The Noid
13. DJG – Avoid The Noid (Headhunter Remix)
14. F – Funk Injection
I’d say go for the download download, press play and read that article.
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.
With so many mixtapes to share, there’s no way I’m letting you wait until next Monday. Here’s some of the stuff I came across.
As the long-awaited debut album Butter from Hudson Mohawke came out this week, The Fader arranged not only to get him for an interview, Hudson also made the mixtape.
Another new album comes from Dâm-Funk, who blessed this week’s Deviation show with an exclusive, two-hour set. He also put together a mix for Clae Amusement, playing music by Kaidi Tatham, Mr. Fingers and Nite Jewel (via Crazybirds).
Nosaj Thing is still touring through Europe, Percussion Lab has one of his sets – it’s almost a year old, but sounds fresh enough to be heard again.
Two very dubby sets come from Brendon Moeller and Ike Release. The former was playing at this year’s MUTEK_10 and his set is now available for download. Ike’s studio mix was exclusively recorded for the great Sonic Router blog. You can download it here.
Not a download, but a mix worth a stream comes from Greenmoney Radio, who had Joy Orbison in to do a guestmix.
Lastly, 4hero’s Marc Mac posted a new podcast featuring unreleased outtakes and some rare remixes. Don’t forget, they’ve got a new album called Extensions in stores!