Trust me, today we’re giving your weekend plans a special treatment, because ahead of you are some best mixtapes we had in this series so far.
This week, Paul Woolford unveiled the fantastic Soul Music album under his Special Request moniker. If you ask me, it’s a close second to the DJ Rashad album on Hyperdub—but this discussion belongs elsewhere. Today we’re talking about the Special Request mixtape for the XLR8R podcast, a 60-minute journey through oldskool breaks from the likes of Ray Keith, Paradox, Krust, Alpha Omega or Photek. Cleary my favourite mixtape this week!
If the paragraph above got your mouth watery, check out the latest show from the Hessle Audio camp. Ben UFO supported by Hemlock co-founder Andy Spencer!
After endless attempts to win him for a guestmix, Big Up Magazine could finally persuade Deep Medi recording artist Silkie to do just that. Their 75th podcast runs for 90 minutes and sounds like there is nothing but Silkie’s own music on it.
DJ Broadcast keeps the London-Amsterdam connection alive as they received an exclusive mix from Hyperdub-signed trio LV. Again, it runs for 90 minutes and features nothing but remixes by the guys.
Our friends at Sonic Router recommend the Altered Natives presents Dr. Cockblocktopus mix. I only had a chance to skip through yet, but I liked what I heard while doing so.
Say good-bye to London, it’s time to head for Detroit. The second XLR8R mix we’d like to recommend this week comes from none other than Kyle Hall, who plays music from the cities’ rich heritage.
To end this week’s selection, we’d like to share an older radio mix from Titonton Duvanté. Back in the olden days, the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer almost single-handedly responded to what happened on the other side of the pond in West London, fusing the sound broken beat and Detroit techno. You can find his mix recorded in 2002 on his SoundCloud page.
Hot new track from Altered Natives here, as the London-based producer put his fingers on MF Doom’s My Favourite Ladies – and as you can hear it’s nothing less than a killer.
And since it makes sense to share the good things, Danny offers the track as a free download on his SoundCloud. Get it!
It’s been a couple of month since Photek‘s contribution to the DJ-Kicks, but !K7 is not letting it slip into the forgotten past yet. Over the years it has become a tradition that each of DJ-Kicks mixes got an exclusive track and in Photek’s case that track was Levitation. More recently, those exclusives got the remix treatment and Altered Natives got the “opportunity to remix one of my musical heroes.”
The track will be out on 12-inch early next week, and it will feature the original version as well as another remix by Tom Bulwer. You can listen to a clip of the latter on his SoundCloud page.
The second release on Fresh Minute Music comes from Danny Native, who finished these two new tracks after completing his album A Thousand Days of Patience. The title track Rass Out is clearly the best broken beat track I have heard in a very long time. Not house in a broken disguise, this is the real thing!A1. Rass Out
B1. Bullet Blade Knuckle Slap
B2. Bullet Blade Knuckle Slap (Souled remix)
On the flipside, Bullet Blade Knuckle Slap takes out some tempo, but still you can expect some quality broken beats. The track also gets a house treatment by Danny’s label mates Souled.
You should be able to get yourself a copy of the Rass Out EP this week, Juno will ship it starting tomorrow.
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!