My life has become more enjoyable since I ignored Zomby on social media and re-focused on the reason I came to love him in the first place: his music. His latest production is a remix of Wiley’s Step 20, the latest addition to Big Dada’s recent series of records reworking the London MC’s back-catalogue. Previous entries included reworks from Actress and Special Request, and this new one will be available from September 24, 2015.
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Apparently, Zomby‘s follow-up to his 2011 album Dedication is in the making – if not near completion. Truth is that no details have been revealed at this time, just the track you can listen to above. Rumour has it, that it will be out around summertime via 4AD.
Happy New Year to all of my readers, I hope 2012 will be a good one. It should easily be better than last year, at least when it comes to my private life: in 2011 I was robbed and later I suffered an ear stroke, possibly as a late reaction to the robbery. But well, we’re not talking about my private life so much, let’s talk about music!
In the first year of this blog, I wrote an article on best-of lists and I still think they’re kinda ridiculous. However, I also think it can be of benefit for those who only read this blog every now and then and wonder what good music they might have missed. I tried to limit each list to 5 items, because otherwise I wouldn’t know where to stop as 2011 was another year of rich releases. So without further ado, here are my personal top releases.
Thundercat – The Golden Age of the Apocalypse
Dimlite – Grimm Reality
Zomby – Dedication
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Hyetal – Broadcast
Floating Points – Shadows EP
Arkist – Rendezvous
Ossie – Set The Tone
Actress – Harrier ATTK
Mr Beatnick – Synthetes
Kutmah – The New Error 2
Jamie xx – Essential Mix
Jamie xx – Guestmix for Benji B
Dauwd – Clashmusic Podcast
FaltyDL – Fader/MoMA PS1 mix
Apparat – Groove Podcast
An honorable mention to Elzhi’s Elmatic, as it’s a more than worthy tribute to the classic debut album by Nas – and it was available for free throughout the year.
The Weekly Bits collect some of the most noteworthy news from our Twitter stream. Let’s see if you missed any of these.
With his self-titled debut album finally in stores, here’s a music video for SBTRKT‘s single featuring Yukimi Nagano
Another much anticipated album is Zomby‘s forthcoming Dedication. Two of its tracks are available now on a highly limited 7-inch and one of them is a free download.
Drexciya‘s DJ Stingray contributes to Electronic Explorations second Legends Guest Mix Series, playing a selection fast paced techno.
Another Detroit legend, Planet E founder Carl Craig, has been interviewed by We Love Music. The video also features comments by the likes of Derrick May, Paul Woolford and The Mole.
Spain’s 2011 Sónar festival came to an end, RBMA Radio has caught some of the live-sets including these from Teebs, Illum Sphere, Cosmin TRG or The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. BBC Radio 1 aired Scuba’s set on this week’s Essential Mix, and Benji B has even more.
I got two more mixtapes for you: DJ Andy Smith’s never released Document 4 and this Groove Merchants radioshow with a guestmix from Mount Kimbie.
Lastly, here’s the sad story of Andy Baio, who recently got sued by Kind of Blue cover photographer Jay Maisel for “using” his picture for his Kind of Bloop project.
As we’ve lost one of the greatest, Gil Scott-Heron, many people dug out their favourite records and payed tribute. Check these from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Twit One, Black Classical, Ennio Styles, DJ Mayhem, Cookin Soul, Melting Pot or the previously recommended JJ Smoking Sessions. There are probably 500 more of these, but maybe you should start buying his albums instead – if you don’t have them by now.
The city of Munich will host an exhibition on electronic pioneers Kraftwerk later this year in autumn. I’m particularly interested in its catalogue, Kraftwerk: 3D, which should make it to regular bookstores around the world.
FACT Magazine had quite some exciting album news this week, including Zomby’s Dedication, Silkie’s City Limits Vol. 2 and Björk’s iPad album. There were some links up for a stream of Zomby’s album, but they currently don’t seem to work
Frsh Slcts not only put up the second part of the Analogue Monsta Mix, you can also get a free Suzi Analogue EP from the same link.
More free music comes from Georgia Anne Muldrow, who gives away last year’s SomeOthaShip via Bandcamp
Aus Music’s Midland did an exclusive mixtape for URB Mag. So did Dego for W Hotels, but it’s kinda hard to find (click on Living Room, then switch to playlist mode.) Lastly, here is another Kutmah mix for the Sketchbook radio show.
Let’s go back to Gil Scott-Heron one more time: Ninja Mixdump just posted an old concert from 1977. You can listen to the stream on Mixcloud or find the download link over here.
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!
Following last year’s acid-soaked rave album Where Were U In ’92? and his dubstep 12-inches on Hyperdub and Ramp Recordings, London’s anonymous producer Zomby keeps on twisting the genres on his latest output.
What can I say? I remember myself sitting in front of my Commodore 64, listening to a game’s music for hours. Or connecting my Gameboy to the stereo, because this tiny gadget could produce some damn fine sounds. There were countless chiptune-inspired tunes in the 00’s, but it only started getting interesting when people began using those sounds for different kinds of music. Harmonic 313, Joker or Hayzee were among the first to got me excited again.
And now, it’s Zomby who delivers this fireworks of 8-bit sounds, 4/4 beats and deep basslines. I’m still wondering why it took a second listen to get into this, because now I’m loving it. If this was Super Mario, then Pumpkinhead’s Revenge and Bubble Bobble are the fillers, like those ghost worlds nobody really likes. Right? But the rest of the levels are pretty stunning! You have the underwater world with Godzilla, lots of tricky platform jumping in Mescaline Cola or Polka Dot, and finally an end boss to defeat in Helter Skelter. Once you saved the princess, you sit back and read the credits accompanied by Firefly Finale.
Or something like this! Maybe you better listen to those snippets anyway.A1. One Foot Ahead Of The Other
A2. Helter Skelter
B1. Pumpkinhead’s Revenge
B2. Polka Dot
C2. Expert Tuition
D1. Bubble Bubble
D2. Mescaline Cola
D3. Firefly Finale
The white-sleeve promos are selling quickly, but you can grab still them at Juno or Sounds of the Universe. In September the final product in its beautiful artwork will be available, including a CD version.
Earlier in July, Ahu did a very nice summer mix for the folks at Brainfeeder. Vida Ahu Nova has music from Henri Mancini, Marcos Valle, Les Baxter and that kind of stuff.
Another mixtape comes from Werk Discs, presumably mixed by Zomby. Like the album, it is called Where Were U in 92? (direct link). Unfortunately, there’s no tracklist.
Swindle Magazine got an article with two legendary artists in conversation, Obey‘s Shepard Fairy interviews Bristol street artist Banksy. Great and highly entertaining read!
The guys of Beyondjazz have posted a video and a download for Jazzanova‘s recent concert at the 10 Days Off festival in Belgium.
And then, there’s a teaser to the Mary Anne Hobbs’ upcoming compilation on Planet Mu.
August 3, 2009 As my girlfriend just pointed out, the Banksy interview is three years old already – haha!
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.