It’s a bit of a flowery phrase, but I guess Munich-based Jay Scarlett tastemaker really shouldn’t need an introduction. Together with Cinnaman, he has released the seminal Beat Dimensions compilations and is regarded by many as the ambassador for beat music. Under the name of Ampsoul Generation, he presents new artists on a blog and radio-show, and for a short time he has been operating the Ubeat label.
We asked Jay to play some of his favourite tracks of the moment and asked him a handful of questions on the scene and the state of Beat Dimensions.
Can you describe what the scene was like at the time you released the first Beat Dimensions? What was your motivation to do so?
The motivation behind the project was simply try to tap into a demographic of producers that weren’t getting their music out to the world because of various reason mainly the confidence level or the path to release it.
Were you surprised how this kind of music took off on a worldwide scale? what has changed?
Surprise yes in terms of how well it was received & how many people were actually looking for a new change in the scene i think these were some of the reason it did quite well on reception.
These days every blog releases its own beat compilation, but unfortunately they often mistake quantity with quality, there seems to be no curation at all. What are your opinions on that?
I agree with the quantity over quality but like most things you find a path to work and the quality purposely gets better with the understanding of whats expected.
That said, are there any plans for another Beat Dimensions and what will be the challenge?
Beat Dimensions has been laid to rest for the present. Partially because the individual ethos might have changed & the necessity to want to continue might be placed somewhere else.
Can you name some releases you enjoyed most this year or look forward to?
Plenty of artists consistently coming thru and i think to name a few is always something thats hard to do with so many new producers just to touch on some. I personally like Bobby Tank, Danny Scrilla, Moresounds, Deft, Manni Dee, Kindness, EAN, DZA, Boyfriend, Darkhouse Fam, Hazeem, Mieux, Pitchben, Skyence, KRTS, Midnight Davis, OL, Pixelord, Clams Casino, heRobust, Ambassadeurs, Lost Twin, Ta-ku, Tensei… could go on.
Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Tensei – 100 Ton Press
02. Swindle – Do The Jazz
03. Eprom – Regis Chillbin (Machinedrum Remix)
04. Eloq – Fruitsy Collins
05. Débruit – Ata
06. Barrington Levy – Vibes Is Right (Om Unit Edit)
07. Joker & Ginz – Purple City (Danny Scrilla Refix)
08. Dibia$e – Some Act Right
09. Midnight Davis – Haze
10. Dza – Finger Snaps (Shigeto Remix)
11. Eloq – Last Night A Random Girl
12. Herma Puma – Pokerface (Lopez Remix)
13. Houseshoes feat. Jimetta Rose – Castles
14. Hazeem – Cosmic Healer
15. Tensei – Passport
16. Kindness – House
17. Ghostface Killah – Mighty Deadly (4di Remix)
18. Om Unit X Daedelus – Vous Etes Stereo
19. SirOj – Natalie Portman
20. Illum Sphere – An Old Escape (Kill Them Kill) (Dabyre Remix)
21. Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
22. Oh No & Doom – 3 Dollars
23. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb
24. Leo Sunship – Give Me The Sunshine (mini – tro
25. Vessel – Standard
26. Throwing Snow & Py – Wallow (Lapalux Remix)
27. Herma Puma – Jollys (Ariya vs The Ones Edit)
28. The Mahavishnu Orchestra – Power Of Love (Om Unit Edit)
We hope you enjoy this little mix by Jay Scarlett. To stay connected on his activities, find him on Twitter, SoundCloud and Mixcloud.
Good mixtapes have been scarce and while I’m not aware of too many, here are a few I’d like to share with you.
To celebrate the launch of the Hinge Finger label, Joy Orbison did a little mix that you can stream here or download there.
You might have heard about DJ Spinna’s The Best of MdCL mix by now, but there are some more Mark de Clive-Lowe related items. For once the Los Angeles based producer was invited to play at Low End Theory, and then there’s a new mixtape to promote his own night called Church.
Ahead of the TIEF new year’s party, Greymatter has done a mix for them. And you better be quick on that one, as they usually vanish after a few weeks.
If you’re looking for something more quiet, check out this one put together by Jon Hopkins.
For those remembering Sven Swift’s jazz mix from a while back, check out his latest for Find Magazine.
And as a little bonus, here’s a free download of AD Bourke‘s beat tape released back in 2008 on Domu’s TrebleO label.
December 20, 2011 Let me throw in two more mixes: Beat Dimension’s Danny Corn X ASG and another by Julien Dyne!
A freebie from Beat Dimensions co-founder and head of the Ubeat label, the one and only Jay Scarlett.
No additional info on this one, but you can grab the download for free. And while you’re at it, you might also want to check out this exclusive Dilla tribute.
The Beat Dimensions 2 compilation is now really in stores, I also mentioned these mixtapes from Jay Scarlett and Cinnaman before. Since then, Jay has put together some more BD mixtapes, which you can all download from BD’s SoundCloud page.
Here’s the latest (and longest) mix, put together for Belgian blog (and shop) Mac Fly, a site you should check out if you don’t know it yet.
Jay Scarlett BD Needleskip Mix (download)
01. Huess – Gak
02. Tweet – Call Me (Tokimonsta Remix)
03. Annu feat. Shaunise – Filler (Exclusive)
04. FaltyDL – Mother Beam
05. Leonard Destroy feat. Brother of Moses & Reggie B – Hypnotized (Exclusive)
06. Jay Electronica – Sucka
07. Spaceinvada – Recognise (Exclusive)
08. Abby Lee Tee – Machine handling
08. EWH feat. Steve Spacek – Longtime
09. Dyna – The Apartment
10. Shafiq Husayn – Nirvana
11. Leonard Destroy – Spell Binder (Exclusive)
12. Exile feat. J Mitchell – Your Summer Song
13. Bullion – Caroline No
14. Favorite Flava – So Cruel (Sauce81 Remix) (Exclusive)
15. K-Kruz feat. Steve Spacek – Honest (Exclusive)
16. Little Dragon – Feather
17. Dâm-Funk – West
18. Julien Dyne – Steel Legs
19. Om Unit – Lavender (Exclusive)
20. Flako feat. Amenta – 4500
21. Julien Dyne – Stained Glass Fresh
22. Dave De Rose – Float
23. Hefner – An Evening With Hefner
24. Jose James – Black Magic (Untold Remix)
25. Sbtrkt – Timeless Edit 2 (Exclusive)
26. Mr. Love & Stallions & Nobody Beats the Drum – Big Up This Chemistry (FS Green Remix)
27. Orange breakdown X Just Blaze – Lets go In
28. Sean Paul – So Fine (Joker Remix)
29. Emalkay – When I Look At You
30. Doctor P – Sweet Shop
31. Omar – Making Sense Of It
Another second, much shorter mix has been put together for the KCRW radio-station and can be downloaded here. And lastly, here is an older one recorded for an Austrian station.
Nov 04, 2009 As commenter Gerhard pointed out, I have confused the links – fixed!
With Hudson Mohawke’s new album Butter coming out next month, LuckyMe are giving away two bootleg tracks from Hud Mo. These two have previously been available on a very rare 12-inch pressing, a reissue is supposed to hit the stores soon.
London’s Floating Points has put together another beautiful mixtape, which you can download on his SoundCloud page, featuring music from Martyn, Omar S and FaltyDL.
You most likely have heard of DJ Lefto, be it for his association with Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, his radioshow or the videos he’s constantly adding to his YouTube channel. Another blogger you should know is, of course, Amsterdam’s Nalden. Let’s have a look at their video, the two having a chat about sneakers and DJing.
The second Beat Dimensions will drop in October, in the meantime you can read some interviews with the featured artists. Another good read is XLR8R’s latest cover story Mutant Funk, an article on the dubstep, UK funky and all the garage in between. If you enjoyed that one, you should continue with FACT Magazine’s version on the story.
One last download for you, here is Shackleton’s take on krautrock legends Harmonia, the original version being backed up by Brian Eno.
Switzerland’s finest beatmaker Dimlite has posted a new video, which was made for a track exclusively available on the new Beat Dimensions compilation.
The Beat Dimensions 2 samplers are available on limited vinyl and as digital download, featuring tracks by Nosaj Thing, Dorian Concept, Mono/poly, Fulgeance and others.