F – Phase Two

Produced around the time when Phase One saw a release on 12-inch, Florent Aupetit aka F decided to give away this previously unreleased tune.

Download might be limited, so you better hurry and grab yourself this fine track!

Kissey Asplund at Jazz Refreshed

Here’s another one of those Jazz Re:freshed sessions at London’s Mau Mau Bar. It was recorded in October 2008 already, but as it’s been played only 427 times since, I took this as reason to dig it out for you.

The performance comes of course from Sweden’s Kissey Asplund, a great singer who is writing a nice blog herself.

Many more of the performances at Jazz Refreshed can be watched on their YouTube channel!

Soul Power

Zaire 1974. Former world champion Muhammad Ali challenges George Foreman to regain “his” title in a fight known as the Rumble in the Jungle. More than this, Hugh Masekela and Stewart Levine convinced boxing promoter Don King to combine this event with a music festival with soul greats James Brown, Bill Withers, The Spinners, the Fania All-Stars and many more.

http://movies.apple.com/movies/sony/soulpower/soulpower_h.480.mov

Soul Power is more than a movie about boxing or music; it captures the journey of some of the most popular Afro-Americans to their motherland, Africa, where two different cultures of the same origin meet, and are able to forget about their problems (racism on one side, dictatorship on the other) during a historical event.

Dorian Concept Radio Session

I started the day checking some blogs and came across this video on Creaminal‘s site. It’s Dorian Concept playing an improvised concert with another Austrian band called Ginga. It turns out to be an exceptional live jazz session, recorded in the studios of a Viennese radio-station.

Following the paths of Internet, I learned that this studio session can be downloaded as a free mini-album.

01. Dorian Concept – Past I
02. Dorian Concept – Past II
03. Dorian Concept – Two Hour Power & One For Oh Ate

The second half of the album is made of tracks by Ginga, who are playing indie rock. Apart from the single tracks, you can also download the entire album with covers on the FM4 website.

Rick Wade presents Harmonie Park Revisited

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Following their Kenny Larkin collector’s set, Dutch label Rush Hour presents another limited edition from a Detroit legend: Rick Wade. The package contains all three previously released Harmonie Park Revisited 12-inches, a fourth (exclusive) record, and a car refreshener (!) in the shape of Harmonie Park‘s logo. There are only 200 available, so better hurry up.

An alternative to the not-so-cheap collector’s set (€84.90) might be the digital download or the CD version, the latter giving you access to an exclusive Rick Wade DJ mix – by providing valid barcode. However, the CD is also limited to 1000 copies.

Finally, there is a free track available for download on Rush Hour’s website, but registration is required.

KidVector presents Infinity City

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I have absolutely no idea for how long this has been available (probably December), but it is definitely worth an article. Graphic artist KidVector has compiled and mixed a proper mixtape for Eat Concrete. Very much in the tradition of a sound popularized by the likes of Flying Lotus, Prefuse 73, Dabrye or the late J Dilla. The mix comes in a nicely designed package (love the typography!) for those who still burn CDs, or just love a good artwork.

Any questions? Let’s have a look at the tracklist.

KidVector presents Infinity City
01. Cornish Waters – Walking
02. FLYamSAM – The Offbeat
03. Rustie – Just for Kicks
04. Hud Mo – Ooops!
05. Prefuse 73 – The Class Of 73 Bells (feat. School Of Seven Bells)
06. Milez Benjiman – Hold Your Head High
07. eDIT – Night Shift (feat. Abstract Rude)
08. Carlos Y Gaby – Hot Heavy Heat (Dimlite’s Hot Air & Thick Plastic Remix)
09. eDIT – The Game Is Not Over (feat. J-Dilla, Phat Kat & Dabrye)
10. JDSY – Else2
11. DJ Kentaro – One Hand Blizzard
12. Tipper – Jibber Jabber
13. Anti-pop Consortium – Dead In Motion
14. Flying Lotus – Beginners Falafel
15. Spacek – Dollar
16. Telefon Tel Aviv – 8 Track Project Cut
17. Headset – Back Before (feat. nonGENETIC)
18. TAKE – Make Believe (Dimlite’s Unbelievable Re-Make)
19. Harmonic 313 – Word Problems
20. Flying Lotus – Spicy Sammich
21. Dabrye – Game Over (feat. J-Dilla & Phat Kat) (Flying Lotus Remix)
22. Saul Williams – Black Stacey (Deadbeat Remix)
23. Dimlite – When Devices Off
24. Omid – World From My Mouth (feat. Ellay Khule)
25. Forss – Atomised
26. Caribou – Melody Day (feat. Luke LaLonde, Adem & One Little Plane)

Okay now, I will let you download (74mins/101MB) already!

Mar 6, 2009 By the way, this mix was featured on Solid Steel in late February!

Hajime Yoshizawa – Innocent Nocturne

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Sleep Walker’s Hajime Yoshizawa returns with his latest album Innocent Nocturne, already his second longplayer on Village Again in 2008 (following Japan).

01. Song To Remember
02. May
03. Jekyll & Hyde
04. Eastern Step
05. Siesta
06. Thursday
07. Cat Chat Poh
08. Summer Backyard
09. Shukaku No Toki

Innocent Nature is on a bit different tip than Yoshizawa’s previous work, though it still has that trademark sound. The piano is the dominant instrument here, accompanied by bass and percussion only. It would be easy to imagine this was recorded in the glorious days of jazz, or to hear it performed in a jazz club or hotel lounge. As with all releases on Village Again, the album is only available in Japan, but Juno Records currently has some imports available.

Kaidi Tatham – In Search Of Hope

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Here is the new year, and it is Kaidi Tatham who deserves the first article of 2009!

It was shortly after Christmas, when the long expected copy of In Search Of Hope finally arrived. While writing this, I noticed how lucky I was, as both LP and CD are currently sold out at Juno Records (Rush Hour still has copies!).

What could one expect from Freedom School, the young Japanese label that brought us two masterpieces from Mark de Clive-Lowe and IG Culture so far. Ever since I read the first impressions from Dego or Daz-I-Kue, I was hungry to find out, impatiently waiting for the moment when the needle would first drop on the vinyl.

The biggest surprise was how unpredictable this album is, being different from everything I have heard from Kaidi so far. Even though one could get a first impression when some tunes showed up on podcasts and radio, this shows a whole new side of the man they call Hands.01. In Search Of Hope pt. 1
02. Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid)
03. Do What You Gotta Do
04. Could I Ever Know
05. He Laughs She Cries
06. So Amazed
07. I’m High
08. Simiya
09. On A Vibe
10. These Things Will Pass
11. In Search Of Hope pt. 2

Apart from the tracks I’m High and Do What You Gotta Do (a favourite!), In Search Of Hope is an instrumental album. Kaidi on the Rhodes, Kaidi on the flute, the drums and all the other keys I couldn’t name. There are strings too! You read somewhere that Kaidi calls this “computer music”? Production-wise that’s true, but the sound is 100% organic. This sound stretches over the entire record, consisting of mellow, yet playful grooves. Listen again and you will discover other details each time.

At the end of the day it’s still computer music. We’re trying to make it as live as possible but it’s still computer music. I just can’t wait until all this stuff goes live, man. I can jump up on the flute; two or three keyboard players; two percussionists; badboy drummer. I want people who can play more than one instrument so we can alternate around.
(excerpt from an interview) After my first listen, I instantly saw him sitting on stage, wearing that smile on his face, like a child playing his latest tricks. Kaidi knows all the tricks! This album not only deserves to be brought on stage, it also taught me why instruments get played, not operated.

Apr 08, 2009 yesasia.com has the album on stock for only €20 or $27!

So I asked around, part 1

Instead of following the usual Best-of talk at the end of each year, I sent some questions to some of the musicians I like. Here’s the first part, looking back at 2008.

Question: What do you feel was the most overlooked thing in 2008?

“the kind of uk funky that broken beat and jazz heads would get – a lot of people in our corner of the music world wouldnt ever listen to black uk funky house, because the best known stuff is frankly too cheesy, but producers like fuzzy logik and hardhouse banton and donaeo, are making wicked stuff. im a fan. i dont play it in my sets but theres a lot of music types i love that i dont play in my sets so thats nuthin new. then again, in the wider world they havent been ignored at all, banton and donaeo are both huge. but they were ignored by our world.”
– Bopstar (Restless Soul)

“Erik Rico”
– Aybee (Deepblak)

“I think the most overlooked thing in 2008 was individuality. People are so scared of what other people think these days and worry so much that they are looking and sounding current or cool. Lets just slow it all down again and set the pace for change a little less frantic and appreciate things a little longer. With all these 2 minute beats people’s attention spans have got a little short.”
– Domu (TrebleO, Archive)

“I think the the most overlooked thing this year was the ability to get music out to people easily via the Internet. I met too many good artists sat on a huge amounts of music theyve made that they could release via the web but hadn’t, simply because they didn’t really understand what was possible. The age of making a living from selling records and CDs is pretty much over for most artists, they just have to adjust, learn new things (to develop a live show for example…), embrace and trust the online system and get the music out there to the fans somehow.”
– Jonny Miller (Phuture Lounge, Jus’Listen)

“Well being I’m a super hard r&b fan, I’ll have to go with the Day 26 lp. Everything from the production to the harmonies to the writing was all excellent. You would think these guys are lame cause they were formed on making the band but these kids can sing their asses off.”
– Probe DMS (Spymusic)

The second part will follow tomorrow, where you will get a look at 2009!

Altered Natives – A Thousand Days of Patience

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You might have heard of this fellow already, Danny Native had a track on the Our Music Our Culture compilation, as well as some self-released EPs. Now, just as you think that this thing called broken beat is about done, Danny delivers his debut LP with 12 “brukkers” that were made for the dancefloor.

A Thousand Days of Patience starts with the heavy-weight track Tomorrow is the New Today, which you might have heard on a previous download-only EP – just this time you get additional vocals from Amalia Townsend, already famous for her collaboration with Opolopo and her own band Sekoya. There’s one other track with vocals from Aisling Stephenson, while the remaining ten tracks are spiced up with samples.

Unfortunately, I cannot provide you with a proper preview, but head over to the Coopr8 Store to listen or buy the record. There has also been the Pieces of Me mixtape from Danny which features some of the album tracks. Looks like the album is download-only, but I’m still waiting to get this confirmed!

Only the Best!

Like every year at this time, the world feels the need to choose the best of the year. Time magazine has probably the longest tradition in contributing to this: The Person of the Year. Since 1927 (then called Man of the Year) the title is given to the person (or group) with the greatest influence on the events of the year, back then it was Charles Lindbergh, this year it is Barack Obama. And of course every league in all the sports all over the world will vote their favourite in every possible category. Not to forget the Emmy, the Grammy and ultimately the Oscar! You like it or you hate it, but there’s no way to escape it.

So, it’s little surprising that everybody in music with a little reputation, a microphone or a website will come up with a Best-Of list of his own. Don’t get me wrong here, there is not necessarily something bad about it! However, if you follow this phenomenon a bit, there are two conclusions: Either you read more or less the same thing on all your sources. This can get a bit predictable, but it might also flatter yourself – given that you have the same or a similiar opinion. The other option is that you end up reading 100 opinions on 100 sources. Oh, how ridiculous and tiring this can be!

Let’s not deny the fact, I picked a favourite album for myself this year. Incidently, my very first blog entry was about it: IG Culture presents Zen Badizm. My opinion could change when you’d ask me at another point of the year, but I’m afraid you’re running out of time. There was a lot of good music in 2008, and I’m a bit sad I couldn’t cover some of it. Not because I wanted to put it in a ranking at the end of the year, but to share something you might not have known.

No charts from me, maybe another time. However, I will let others speak. Benji B did a show just playing his favorites, and so did Bopstar and Kev Beadle (I’m sure there will be more!). Mark de Clive-Lowe wrote a nice blog entry about the year, which also gives an interesting insight from the perspective of a musician. Gilles Peterson is the Don when it comes to compiling lists, he kinda makes it look like there hasn’t been anything bad this year! Lastly, Resident Advisor chose its albums of the year – and I’m posting this to add some previously unmentioned items.

Maybe have a look at this posting on Beyondjazz and write down your own favourites. I don’t know on which link you will click, but I  hope that you find something suprising, something you never heard before!

Recomposed New Mixes

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Record Sleeve

Even before Deutsche Grammophon‘s Recomposed by Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald was out, rumours of Ricardo Villalobos remixes made the round. This week, a 12-inch finally proved this to be true – at least one Villalobos remix accompanied by another by Carl Craig made it on the record. As you can expect, both are taking the material originally written by Mussorgsky and Ravel and transform it into more dancefloor-oriented versions, and both break the 10 minutes limit easily. If you ask me, they should’ve added an Isolée remix as well.

A. Uli, mein Ponyhof (Ricardo Villalobos remix)
B. Movement 8 (C2 version)

A quick websearch will produce multiple results on where to buy this, I’ve spotted this on Juno, Rush Hour and Piccadilly.

I.N.T. presents Welcome To Christmas Wonderland

It’s hard to escape those Christmas tunes on the radio these days. Dutch producer I.N.T. used many of them as samples, locked himself into his studio and came up with a free album for you to download.

Inspired by the many Christmas albums released every year, the album consists of all new material produced with Christmas samples only. For 3 weeks producer I.N.T. locked himself in the studio to create this 20 track album full of his own unique Christmas songs.

I.N.T. is known as one half of the group La Melodia, he has released instrumental projects on labels such as Kindred Spirits, Fat City and Sonar Kollektiv. He was featured on 4Hero’s “Mixing…” compilation and produced tracks and remixes for Frank-N- Dank, Roc C, Rednose Distrikt & others.

You can download this album consisting of 20 tracks (about 52mins) exclusively from Nalden.net!

Jazz re:freshed presents Kaidi Tatham

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For the final Jazz re:freshed session of the year, it’s no other but Kaidi Tatham returning to London’s Mau Mau Bar to present his new album In Search Of Hope.

This Thursday we will be having a party to celebrate… so expect lots of incredible music played by our resident Jazz re:freshed Dj’s and some very special guests…. PLUS Kaidi will be there with his keys and goodness knows whatever else!

Also, you will have the opportunity to buy copies of the new album on CD and LP, rather than paying for the expensive import from Japan, where the album is now available.

Moonstarr – Instrumentals Forever

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The second album from Moonstarr is finally available in the rest of the world, following the Japanese release earlier this summer.

First of all, Instrumentals Forever is not what the title suggests – an instrumental album. If you love(d) Dupont, chances are good you will like the follow-up just as much. Yes, a lot of the tracks sound like from the predecessor, the fact that this comes from Moonstarr album cannot be denied, even those (funny!) interludes are back. Call it trademark sound but when you listen more closely you will find new elements in each of the tracks, most notably the vocals. I prefer calling it Dupont 2.0, it might not be a suprise soundwise, but it’s still a great album to listen to – from start to end. Have it on repeat and you won’t even notice, it runs like a perfect loop.01. Broken Bossa
02. Interlude 1
03. Clappy
04. Break It Down
05. Tigerfunk (feat. LAL & Guests)
06. Interlude 2
07. Get Outside
08. String Theory
09. Interlude 3
10. Who’s Bitin’ Who?
11. Fucked Up (feat. Fineprint & Sarah)
12. Interlude 4
13. Crazy Jazz
14. Interlude 5
15. Climax
16. Planets Collide (feat. Lotus Jai Nitai)
17. Love Call
Looks like the album is only available as download (spotted on Juno Download and iTunes), a vinyl LP was promised to follow. If you still prefer CDs, there seems no other choice but importing the Japanese release on P-Vine.