LA♥JPN♥LA Vol. 2

Compiled and produced by Hashim Bharoocha, the second LA loves Japan will be available starting tomorrow. Once again this compilation is meant as support for the victims of last March’s earthquake. For only $9.99 you get 26 tracks from the likes of TOKiMONSTA, Grooveman Spot, Free The Robots, MONKEY_sequence.19 and others from both sides of the pond.

01. Grooveman Spot – Promise
02. Omid Walizadeh – Gol Azeez
03. KK – op.311
04. Late Bloomers – Eenie Meanie
05. TENGOKUPLANWORLD × BUN – Aliboo
06. Labwaste – Collect All and Save
07. Conflict – Spacesuit
08. Jonwayne – 40 Winks
09. Keita Sano – Problem With Dub
10. ELOS – The Wired
11. MONKEY_sequence.19 – before computa
12. Free The Robots – Alpha Numeric
13. ZOOL.GEL – zoolaa
14. EmV – stop error
15. mabanua – Love Dub
16. The Life Force Trio – Bizarre Bazaar
17. repeat pattern – Bruce Lee Poster
18. Sacred – hope
19. mfp – here comes the lord
20. Languis – Chord
21. kazzzzz – plug_and_play
22. RLP – dukk
23. The Astronotes – wait a moment
24. TOKiMONSTA – Brugge
25. Subsequents(AZZURRO x DULO)- re-generation
26. Helado Negro – Con Suerte (Mezcla Adentro)

Make sure to visit the LA♥JPN♥LA blog to find artist profiles for each of the involved musicians.

Get yourself the download from Bandcamp or wait until tomorrow and find it on iTunes. In case you missed the first volume, it’s still available.

September 6, 2011 The Bandcamp player still isn’t working, but you can listen/buy the compilation at Boomkat or iTunes

Free The Robots – Rattlesnake

If you haven’t checked out the new Free The Robots release The Mind’s Eye yet, here’s a free track to change your mind.

Grab the download and get the digital-only EP from Bleep, Boomkat or iTunes.

And while at it, Redlight Radio had Free The Robots in for a guestmix worth listening to.

Free the Robots for Ableton

So I mentioned this Miguel Atwood-Ferguson concert footage the other day and I ran across some other videos by Greg Ponstingl (check him out!) Here is one with Californian Free The Robots, who explains why Ableton Live is his weapon of choice for both production and live performance.

Free The Robots had his album Ctrl Alt Delete released on Daddy Kev‘s Alpha Pups imprint.

In studio with Free the Robots

Following his visit at Take’s studio, Low End Theory founder Daddy Kev meets up with Free the Robots at his studio in Santa Ana to discuss recording gear.

Wonder what all this sounds like? Check the Free the Robots album Ctrl Alt Delete, released some months back on Alpha Pup.

Alpha Pup Spring 2010

Los Angeles based label Alpha Pup has sent me some amazing new albums over the last couple of weeks, both their own output and from other labels they distribute, like Brainfeeder or Elm&Oak. I previously reviewed the latest (and greatest) from Daedelus, but I didn’t have time for more. So here is some catching up.

Alpha Pup Records

Let’s start with the debut from Free the Robots titled Ctrl Alt Delete, which is available since last week.

Ctrl Alt Delete is a staggering work of mind-warping electronics, fuzzed-out psych and devastating hip-hop beats. Combining dusty swap-meet samples, futuristic synthesizers and live instrumentation.

You can get the digital-only release from a wide range of retailers, including Bleep, iTunes, Boomkat or Turntable Lab.
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As reported, Alex B‘s debut Moments will be out tomorrow. You have heard some of his beats on the Brain Food mix before.While mostly instrumental, the album also has vocals from Count Bass D, Lilla D’mone and Sunk1.

The tracks on Moments are intricately crafted with painstaking care and attention to detail — a careful mix of analog and digital sounds elevated by imaginative samples and the insight of a classically trained musician. The result is a blend of timeless warmth and future beats.

You might also want to check out the official teaser video for the album.
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New music from Jneiro Jarel will surface next week. His new EP “Android Love Mayhem” is probably the most promising of all mentioned releases.

The track above is a first teaser, you can download it from the XLR8R website.
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Another week later and you get a new one from Take, his latest album called Only Mountain.

A dense and groundbreaking work, Take’s Only Mountain stands as a staggering collection of gorgeously brilliant melodies and deep subharmonic bass. Truly future music towards a brighter end.

“Only Mountain” will be out on April 20, 2010.
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As you can see, there’s quite some new music for beat enthusiasts and fans of anything coming out of (or through) Los Angeles. Looking into the future, Alpha Pup has even more to come. Watch out for new music from Lorn (Brainfeeder, May 25), the Precious Cargo EP from FLYamSam (Brainfeeder, TBA) and a remix album of Nosaj Thing‘s debut Drift.

In the meantime, have a look at the free music from Alpha Pup. I will keep you posted on some of the mentioned releases once there’s more to say.