Sweatson Klank – Pruma

We first mentioned the Outliers Vol. 1 project in September 2011. In short, a group of photographers, filmmakers and musicians set out to explore Iceland and make a documentary. Los Angeles-based producer Deru is curating the soundtrack and below you can listen to a track made by Sweatson Klank.

To find out more about Outliers Vol. 1, watch the trailer and follow the project on Facebook. The documentary will be premiered in Chicago on July 10th, if you’re in the area get your tickets!

Take – Neon Beams (The Clonious Remix)

The Take Remix Contest is over and it’s Vienna’s Clonious who won the top spot – a release on the official remix album.

Already on that album are mixes from Tokimonsta, Mux Mool, Alex B, Low Limit, Teebs, FaltyDL, Shlohmo and many others. Watch out for a release early next year!

Take Remix Contest

Los Angeles producer Take has launched a remix contest for his Only Mountain album released earlier this year. First results are now available on his SoundCloud page and you can listen to them below.

If you’re a producer yourself and think about entering, head over to the contest website and download the parts of the track Neon Beams. This is what you can win:

1. a spot on Take’s new album “Only Mountain – The Remixes”
2. a special Partner Instrument from Ableton
3. a $100 gift certificate to obeyclothing.com

Take’s remix album will be out in January and already features mixes by Tokimonsta, Mux Mool, Alex B, Low Limit, Teebs, FaltyDL, Shlohmo and many others.

Take – Implosions

Following the Incredibright video, here’s the second video from Take’s Only Mountain album.

It is composed of footage taken from the Shinya Tsukamoto’s 1989 cyberpunk movie Tetsuo: The Iron Man. Have a look at the movies trailer, if you’re interested.

Take at Low End Theory

Following the release of his album Only Mountain, Take played it out live at LA’s Low End Theory.

This video was filmed and edited by the guys at Green Lab Cinema, who were also responsible for Take’s Incredibright music video.

Take – Incredibright

Only Mountain, the new album from Take, finally started going on sale this week. You can get this digital only release from a couple of online shops, including Boomkat, Bleep and many others.

Also new is this video for the track Incredibright, directed by Green Lab Cinema.

Weekly Bits 14/2010

If you haven’t read the email correnspondence between Egon (Stones Throw, Now-Again) and composer Lloyd Miller yet, you’re missing something quite delightful. Comes with a free track.

Dark Roasted Blend has an article on car record player and other cool vintage gadgets.

Warp Films presents the first 10 minutes of the All Tomorrow’s Parties documentary, which is out now on DVD and as download.

Music lover’s favourite car-brand Scion presents the latest installment in the remix series, a new single from Todd Edwards with remixes from the likes of Joy Orbison and MJ Cole. Didn’t exactly blow me away, but hey – it’s a available for free!

On the mixtape front, there is the new Low End Theory Podcast by DJ Nobody and Take, Urb’s exclusive Plastikman set, or Seiji and Joker’s mini-mix for Anne Mac.

For some videos, check out Fullcrate & Mar’s all new music-video I Said, Gilles Peterson and ?uestlove together at Miami’s WMC, or A Minute with Mux Mool.

Dublab has a new mix CD from Daedelus on sale. Called Future Roots, it focuses on rave music from the early nineties.

Also have a look at Zomby’s page on SoundCloud, there’s some new stuff going on!

In studio with Take

Video of Los Angeles producer Take as he guides Daddy Kev through his studio in Hollywood.

Don’t forget that Take’s new album Only Mountain will be out next week, here’s a free track from it.

Alpha Pup Spring 2010

Los Angeles based label Alpha Pup has sent me some amazing new albums over the last couple of weeks, both their own output and from other labels they distribute, like Brainfeeder or Elm&Oak. I previously reviewed the latest (and greatest) from Daedelus, but I didn’t have time for more. So here is some catching up.

Alpha Pup Records

Let’s start with the debut from Free the Robots titled Ctrl Alt Delete, which is available since last week.

Ctrl Alt Delete is a staggering work of mind-warping electronics, fuzzed-out psych and devastating hip-hop beats. Combining dusty swap-meet samples, futuristic synthesizers and live instrumentation.

You can get the digital-only release from a wide range of retailers, including Bleep, iTunes, Boomkat or Turntable Lab.
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As reported, Alex B‘s debut Moments will be out tomorrow. You have heard some of his beats on the Brain Food mix before.While mostly instrumental, the album also has vocals from Count Bass D, Lilla D’mone and Sunk1.

The tracks on Moments are intricately crafted with painstaking care and attention to detail — a careful mix of analog and digital sounds elevated by imaginative samples and the insight of a classically trained musician. The result is a blend of timeless warmth and future beats.

You might also want to check out the official teaser video for the album.
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New music from Jneiro Jarel will surface next week. His new EP “Android Love Mayhem” is probably the most promising of all mentioned releases.

The track above is a first teaser, you can download it from the XLR8R website.
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Another week later and you get a new one from Take, his latest album called Only Mountain.

A dense and groundbreaking work, Take’s Only Mountain stands as a staggering collection of gorgeously brilliant melodies and deep subharmonic bass. Truly future music towards a brighter end.

“Only Mountain” will be out on April 20, 2010.
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As you can see, there’s quite some new music for beat enthusiasts and fans of anything coming out of (or through) Los Angeles. Looking into the future, Alpha Pup has even more to come. Watch out for new music from Lorn (Brainfeeder, May 25), the Precious Cargo EP from FLYamSam (Brainfeeder, TBA) and a remix album of Nosaj Thing‘s debut Drift.

In the meantime, have a look at the free music from Alpha Pup. I will keep you posted on some of the mentioned releases once there’s more to say.

Take – Neon Beams

One of the albums I got a lot on rotation lately comes from LA’s Take. His label Alpha Pup posted this first preview on their SoundCloud page.

The album is called “Only Mountain” and will be out on April 19, 2010. In the meantime, why not download the track above?

Flying Lotus – L.A. EP 3×3

The L.A. EP series from Flying Lotus will complete on June 20th, when Warp Records has scheduled its anticipated release. It will include remixes from Dimlite and Take among others, plus some all new tracks. Two of the remixes can already be previewed in videos like the one below.

As usual, the EP will be available on limited vinyl and digital download. Record collectors better be quick on this one.

Flying Lotus will also play live next weekend at Brainfeeder London, the full line-up including Kode 9 & Spaceape, Dorian Concept, The Gaslamp Killer, Joker, Samiyam, Bibio and Benji B. Man, I feels I’m living on the wrong side of the planet!

June 18, 2009 The release has been delayed, L.A EP 3×3 will be out on August 18 or 19 with an additional digital bonus track

August 18, 2009 “LA EP 3×3 is out now.. Use it as your guide through mystical/non-physical, pineal gland activation experiences” –Flying Lotus

The Brain Stays Fed

I just mentioned Los Angeles beatmaker Take in the last weekly bits and two days later Brainfeeder posts his latest mixtape. It features a wide selection of styles and many names you have read about here before.01. Whole Earth Rainbow Band – My Lady
02. Floating Points – KGBeat
03. Martyn – Feel Me
04. Kalbata feat. Clapper Priest – Solution
05. Paul White – Hustle (Bullion rmx)
06. 2tall – Ritual
07. Mr. Beatnick – Fill me Jesus
08. Wally – Nolan
09. Jack Wilkins – Red Clay
10. Mort Garson – 3500
11. Horace Silver – Open up your Senses
12. Ramp Recordings – Maintain (Mike Slott Reewerk)
13. 2tall – Ether
14. TURF DAY
15. Profisee x Eprom – What it seems
16. Griffi – Obsceno
17. Jack Dejohnette – Picture 4 (SWEATSON KLANK Mix)
18. Solar Plexus – Lace
19. Giorgio Gardini – Plagal
20. Jan Hammer – Earth
21. Flying Lotus – Galactagon
22. Starkey – Miracles (Jamie Vex’d Rmx)
23. Flying Lotus – Riot (TAKE aka SWEATSON KLANK Rmx)
24. Architeq – Oddessy
25. Fulgeance – Sour Soca (SWEATSON KLANK Snake Charmer mix)
26. Paul White – Alien Nature
27. Little Dragon – After (Floating Points Rmx)
28. Teebs – My Whole Life
29. Eddie Kendricks – Intimate Friends
30. TAKE aka SWEATSON KLANK – Soul Particles

Want more of this? You can find another mix on the Sweatson Klank blog. Sweatson who? That’s just Take’s new iTunes-friendly moniker!

(Thanks Paul White)

Weekly Bits 21/2009

Either I was sleeping or there’s simply not much I can write about this week. I’m afraid the former is true, but hopefully there are some interesting bits in for you.

Dimlite just released a new 7-inch on Dublin’s All City Records. It is part of the label’s beat series, which will result in a CD compilation later this year. Shook Magazine offers one of the tracks from Dimlite as download.

From Seiji comes another mixtape, this time entirely focused on UK funky. He also posted two new tracks for download, a remix for Waxolutionists and an original. If there was a proper RSS feed on his site, I’d be writing about this much earlier!

The guys from MOOVMNT have posted two nice remixes from Californian producer Take. There’s a track taken from the upcoming LA EP 3×3 from Flying Lotus and another for Mary Anne Hobbs’ upcoming compilation on Planet Mu.