Alright, I had this coming for a long time, but hey I’m a great procrastinator so it often takes a little extra time to put something down. Well, I’m part of a generation that grew up on (mostly jungle) mixtapes and later the mix CD, a format that had a much higher significance back in the nineties, before the internet, podcasts, even long before SoundCloud or Mixcloud. To me, the mix CD has often been the media that taught me about the music that was available in the clubbing landscape, probably even at a time when I was too young to actually go to parties. !K7, or Studio !K7 as they were known at the time, played a huge part in that with their influential DJ-Kicks series, which will see it’s 50th release this year. My obsession with that series went that far, that I ended up getting the unmixed vinyl of the DJ-Kicks series, for that was a way to own some amazing tracks from those mixes on vinyl — and ultimately broadening my interest in different kinds of music.
Today, I’d like to talk about one of my favourite mix CD, released in 2003 on West London’s Goya Music, at a time when mixed CDs had surpassed their peak time. Interestingly, this is also the first ever mix CD by 4hero co-founder and broken beat innovator Dego. The Selector Series itself was meant to be a way to showcase music released through Goya’s distribution services, selected and mixed by some of the top DJs involved in the legendary Co-op nights: IG Culture, Bugz in the Attic, Domu, Phil Asher and so forth. Instead, only two volumes were ever released.
Unlike Alex Attias‘ selection of „top tunes”, Dego picks more unexpected
01. Likwid Biskit – The All New Ummmph! Part 4 (Everglades Runnings)
02. Meikbar – Feelings
03. Blaktonez – Pleasure Ride
04. Soul Drummers – Space Time (Restless Soul Galaxy Mix)
05. Bugz In The Attic – Waiting
06. Ne-Grove – Let It Ride
07. Bah Samba – Sugar Beet
08. Swell Session vs. Ernesto’s Let Me Decide
09. Mark de Clive-Lowe – The Way That It Goes
10. Stephane Attias – Liquid Pleasure
11. Starlight Express – Starlight Express
12. SK Radicals – Reachin’ 4 Da Farside (Misa Negra Remix)
The fourth trip comes from DJ Fabio Bianco, who plays a part at Vienna based tape label Goldgelb Records. Tearing at the edges of jazz, funk, new wave, minimal, you’ll get one hour of dub in all its facets! An exclusive track from Goldgelb initiator Akrüül is hidden in the last third of the mix.
Abby Lee Tee is a DJ, producer, sound artist, and one of the leading figures in Linz, Austria’s nightlife, where he’s in charge of a monthly club night called “The Future Sound”. Today he shares with us a one hour mix of an amazing 43 pieces, on which he shows his love for soundscapes, field recordings, beats, experimental & electronic music.
Recently, he worked on a tape of field recordings, titled “Imaginery Friends I“, available through UK based label Czaska Records in early December.01. Fred Jüssi – Black Woodpecker
02. Serb – Moat Shore
03. Meitei – Sankai
04. Ricci Rucker & Mike Boo – Cosmophonicphonofunktopolis
05. Sonia Levy – Skjálfandi
06. Carlo Giustini – Eden
07. Dym Quell Holo – Hand With One Mind
08. Gibraltar – Jejunum Two
09. Ogris Debris – Next Life (The Reboot Joy Confession´s Blodge Remake)
10. Dabrye & MF Doom – Air (fLako & Robot Koch Remix)
11. Medaphoar – Nightlife (instrumental)
12. Alain Goraguer – Le Bracelet
13. D-Styles – The Murder Faktory
14. Antiehdas – Whatever (feat. Coco Bechamel)
15. Misel Quitno – Seams Of The Days (Part Three)
16. Sandra Boss – Luft (A1)
17. Red Brut – Garde
18. The East Flatbush Project – Tried By 12 (instrumental)
19. Abby Lee Tee – Simulacrum VI
20. Pete Rock – Collectors Item (instrumental)
21. Nas – The World Is Yours (edit)
22. The Ahmad Jamal Trio – I Love Music
23. Fred Jüssi – Tengmalms Owl
24. D-Styles – Hamburgers & Chocolate Icecream
25. Ricci Rucker & Mike Boo – Listen (feat. D-Styles)
26. Prefuse 73 – Hairy Faces
27. Dj Excess – Mud Bubbles (Abby´s Scratch Break)
28. Dorian Concept – You Give And Give
29. Ricci Rucker & Mike Boo – Homeless In New York
30. Alain Goraguer – Meditation Des Enfants
31. Σ – Struktur III
32. Maria W Horn – Fides Minus
33. Grouphums – Weathered (Side B)
34. X.Y.R. – Purple Sunset
35. K-lone – Clouds
36. Bambooman – Manatee
37. Bambooman – Ricochet (Matthew Herbert Remix)
38. Pascäal – Windows / Doorways
39. Serb – 334th Hurdle
40. Gibraltar – Jejunum Two
41. Meitei – Tsukumo
42. Abby Lee Tee – Quarreling Coots And Booming Bitterns At Avalon Marshes (reimagined)
43. Olivia Block – Dissolution (A2)
The second volume of Black Quartz features a couple of favourites from the last couple of years and is available now for limited download and unlimited stream.01. Dedekind Cut – Tahoe [kranky]
02. Tim Hecker – This Life [sunblind music]
03. Dalhous – Methods Of Elan [Blackest Ever Black]
04. Huerco S – A Sea Of Love [Proibito]
05. HTRK – Give It Up [Ghostly International]
06. Rezzett – Worst Ever Contender [The Trilogy Tapes]
07. Laurel Halo – Chance Of Rain [Hyperdub]
08. Hashman Deejay – Mozaic [Future Times]
09. Lifted – Silver [PAN]
10. Dean Blunt, Inga Copeland – 8 [Hyperdub]
11. Anno Luz – Por Que [Music from Memory]
12. Carla dal Forno – Make Up Talk [Blackest Ever Black]
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On this very day, ten years ago, the first article on this blog was posted. And while the blog is no more, Nutriot lives on as a record label. In order to celebrate, we’re launching a new series of mixtapes called “Black Quartz”. Unlimited stream and limited download for all subscribers!
Mashups have been a huge thing in the early 2000s and you either love or hate them – it’s a tricky territory for sure! I’m not saying that D. Begun’s second volume of Nasimoto is a pure love affair, but there are some tunes on it that are more a reminiscence to your youth, definitely worth checking out the free download. If you missed the first one, let me explain: both records are basically mashups of the Quasimoto albums with Nas lyrics on top.
Houndstooth released Arpo, the new Call Super album only a couple of weeks ago, a great occasion to return to the Hessle Audio show for another guestmix. But that’s no all, the young producer also did an interview with Truancy and recorded a mix for them.
Another favourite album of the last couple of month has been Jonti‘s long awaited third album Tokorats. Make sure to check out his new mix for Solid Steel as well!
One of my favourite feature on Rinse FM has been their label show-cases which have been going on for a while. Last week the radio station hosted a takeover by Amsterdam-based label (and record-store) Rush Hour with mixes by Aardvarck, Interstellar Funk, Awanto 3, and many more.
I’m not sure why I have been under the impression that Far Out Recordings had been on a hiatus for some time (they weren’t!) They certainly released a lot more music that ended up on my radar in recent months and it often felt like in the “good old days”, when they married love for Brazilian music with fresh producers like Henry Wu or Tenderlonious.
Anyway, the London-based label crowns its decade-long success with their 200th release, a long-lost album by one of Brazil’s finest, the living legend of Hermeto Pascoal, who was once described by Miles Davis as “the most impressive musician in the world.”
Recorded in just two days in 1976, at Rogério Duprat’s Vice Versa Studios, São Paulo, the sessions featured Hermeto’s go-to ‘Paulista’ rhythm section: Zé Eduardo Nazario (drums), Zeca Assumpção (bass) and Lelo Nazario (electric piano), as well as saxophonists Mauro Senise, Raul Mascarenhas and Nivaldo Ornerlas, guitarist Toninho Horta and vocalist Aleuda Chaves. Hermeto decided he would record with this particular group following a show at Teatro Bandeirantes, during which an almost spiritual musical connection amongst the group was realised.
“Viajando Com O Som” is available today on vinyl, CD and digital and can be purchased an the Far Out Bandcamp store and all good record stores. And if you’re in London and wondered what to do tonight, why not check out the release party at TRC.
It has already been a long three years since Flying Lotus released his last album You’re Dead, but there have been several signs (new live dates, for instnace) that made me wonder if there’s new music coming at us soon. Most promising of all is the unveiling of this new music video, which ends with the word “Shudder” in bold red letters – possibly the album’s name.
So much for speculation, let this not keep you from enjoying this living collage directed by Winston Hacking.
Dim Grimm, or Dimlite as he’s used to be called, released the follow-up to last year’s Perlissop EP. That’s seven new tracks available for only €4 on his Bandcamp page. And that’s all there is, folks. Hope you enjoy!
First premiered at SXSW this year, Brett Whitcomb’s documentary on Suzanne Ciani finally comes to theatres throughout the U.S. in August, with oversea dates hopefully following soon after. While the name Ciani rings a bell with those who have an interest in 1980s ambient and new age music, most recently a collaboration with Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, her sounds have made an impact on the mainstream through countless commercials, video games and feature films. If the trailer got you excited, make sure to check out her YouTube channel and, of course, her discography.
Only a few days after we repressed a series of oopsie daisies and various other flora, (please check it out!), Auckland’s Christoph El Truento has released a new mixtape on his Bandcamp store. Titled it’s been ________ lately, you can stream the 25 beats in full or buy them for only about $4. Don’t sleep!
My first reaction when I saw the cover artwork of the forthcoming Thundercat album was this: This is madness! It wasn’t my intention to quote lines from Frank Miller, but the express joy at its most extreme. If this new record is half as mad, as in genius, as that look on Stephen Bruner’s face, he will easily surpass all the expectations one could have for that record. The list of collaborators seem to confirm we’re on the right track: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Kenny Loggins. That’s right, Kenny Loggins!
Titled “Drunk”, the new album will hit stores on February 24th, accompanied by an extended world tour. Pre-order here!
If you haven’t had the chance to check out what’s likely going to be remembered as one of the top jazz albums of 2016, take a look at this recording from the Brownswood Basement. Also, let me tell you that Black Focus is finally available on vinyl again, so no more excuses!
And lastly, if you’re in London or plan to go around Christmas, make sure to go and see Yussef Kamaal play live at Phonox on December 18!
There’s probably no need to tell anybody about Yussef Kamaal anymore, the hype machine has been running for weeks. I don’t care too much about a hype anymore, there’s been to much of that in my life and oftentimes it ended in nothing but disappointment. Hype has sort of become a standard tool in our already oversaturated tool. The good news is, that Yussef Kamaal’s debut is impeccable. The pair concisting of United Vibrations drummer Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams aka Henry Wu manages to attract the heads as well as the new generation of jazz listeners, and they do so with the versatility and their ability to groove. Both qualities that have been lacking on other fore-runners of this new jazz revival, say Kamasi Washington’s much hyped album.
Listening to “Strings of Light” and “Yo Chavez” has been enough for me to click on that shiny buy button, but with every listen there’s a new tune that grows on me, that I didn’t seem to pay attention to at all. My favourite album this week and available through Brownswood.