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.
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.
I’ve kept my favourite finding to end this post: Mikuś Musik uploaded some truly classic radioshows, all of them aired around the year 2000. These include 4hero sitting in for Gilles Peterson, Phil Asher talking to Dominic Jacobson about the first Modaji LP (!), and shows from IG Culture, Patrick Forge and Kirk Degiorgio. You need each and every one of these shows!
Coinciding with today’s release of the first Wolf Music compilation I Wanna See All My Friends At Once, Dazed & Confused presents an interview with label heads Matt Neale and Stu Clark. On top of that you also get to see the new Greymatter video and an exclusive mixtape from the man.
02. Hot Toddy feat. Danielle Moore – Won’t Let Go (Erdbeerschnitzel Remix)
03. Hunee – Took My Love
04. Jayson Brothers – Monster Box
05. Ethyl & Huxley – Reflexions
06. Julio Bashmore – Batty Knee Dance
07. San Soda – Let’s Go
08. MK – Burning (Original Vibe Mix)
09. Art Of Tones – Too Much
10. Kenlou – The Bounce (Original Mix)
11. Greymatter – Tesla
12. Julio Bashmore – Ribble To Amazon
13. KRL – I Wanna Be With You
I haven’t been feeling that well lately, but that also means I had a lot of time to go through some mixes. This week I want to catch up on some I’ve been enjoying in the last couple of days.
My favourite comes from FaltyDL, who is also one of my favourite producers these days. He’s got a new album coming out this year and talked to Dummy Mag about that. And yes, he also made them a pretty good mix. No tracklist, but I’ve spotted some bits by Floating Points and Oriol.
Last week, Benji B had a chat with the legendary Carl Craig on his radio show. For me that show was a first highlight of the year, as they revisited some of my favourite music and Carl had some nice stories to share (I never heard that Recloose story in detail!) While the show is still on the iPlayer (where you should always support your favourites), you might want to download the show for later.
While we’re at Carl Craig, you might also want to get your hands on the Essential Mix.
If you prefer some darker sounds, check out Untold‘s guest mix for Clash Magazine, it’s been around for a while already. And for more of that soun check Pinch‘s contribution to the Resident Advisor podcast.
On the occasion of their upcoming live show at London’s Scala, the UK’s Wah Wah 45s is giving away a free EP for a limited time. It features music from band performing the night and gives you a first listen to Greymatter‘s remix for Stac.
You should get this from Bandpage while it’s available. There’s also an exclusive mix by Scrimshire available on Mixcloud and of course you can still buy tickets for the night if you’re in or around London!
One of the most infectious tracks of the year for me, I instantly fell in love when Greymatter sent me this. You’ve heard it before on the latest podcast now it’s finally available in stores and it’s a vinyl exclusive release!
Also on the record are three tracks from different artists, all of them in housier territories. Whether you like the others or not, you just know you need to get yourself a copy. Juno will ship it on Monday.
With Form, producer AFTA-1 presents his latest art project: 100 cassettes with all new music, each wrapped in 1/100th piece of a painting. And if you threw your last walkman away 15 years ago, you can get a digital version as well!
Mixtape-wise, I was mostly listening to the latest Beats in Space show with Kompakt head Michael Mayer (and his set from Sunday Best) or James Holden’s guestmix for the XLR8R Podcast. You might also be interested in this free Jeremiah Jae mixtape or the Kirk Degiorgio podcast for Bleep43
New in stores are the Break Off EP by SBTRKT & Sampha with two tracks first heard on their Worldwide appearance, a picture disc (!) by Jimmy Edgar with a nice Kyle Hall remix, or a new one from Martyn on Ostgut Ton. You might also want to check out the debut album from Swede:art, now available on CD and download.
You might have heard the snippets on his SoundCloud page. Apart from the Mr. Lager remix, the 12-inch will sport tracks from Altered Natives, Milyoo and Klic. The release date is mid-July and there will also be a digital version available.
Also hosted by Warm is this new mix by Alex From Tokyo, called NYC Edition.
If you like the music featured on this blog and you’ve been out in London, you know Plastic People as the first address for underground music. Be it the FWD parties, Tony Nwachukwu’s CDR events or IG Culture’s CoOp club, they all take (or in the latter case took) place at the same address in Shoreditch. It now seems Plastic People’s license is currently reviewed by the London Police, threatened to close its doors forever. To stay updated on the events and to learn how you can help, join this group on Facebook.
Stumbled across a couple of interviews this week. No Depression’s Jay Hayes had the rare opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Betty Davis. The Okayplayer forum collected questions for Dego of 4hero and 2000Black fame, you can read it on his blog. While we’re at 4hero, let me also mention Knowledge Mag’s Week In The Life of 4hero with Marc Mac.
Lots of videos from the London Red Bull Music Academy are there to discover on their YouTube page. One of the highlights is the concert of Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft at the Royal Festival Hall.
Greymatter’s collaboration with Domu was posted last week, now there is an extended preview to the forthcoming album “Mind Over Matter”.
And here’s a look at the tracklist:
02. Back In The City (feat. Kev Luckhurst)
03. Raw Root
04. Watch This (feat. Domu)
05. Eu Fumo (feat. Deize Tigrona)
07. When I Was Lost
08. Too Much
11. Mind Over Matter
12. Everybody Needs A Nemesis
13. We Are One (feat. Domu)
14. Believe In Something (feat. Heidi Vogel) (TRG Remix)
On the flipside comes another track with Domu, both of them will be available starting tomorrow. The digital release has been spotted on Soul Seduction and Juno. Will there be a physical release? I can’t answer this yet, but sure hope so!
Here is a track you might remember from back in April, it’s a rework by Greymatter of some classic Azymuth material. I mention it again, as it’s part of his “Edits & Reworks” collection, which you can now download for free. Another favourite is the rework Easy Money, so make sure to grab the entire pack.
Next up should be Greymatter’s debut album, it’s supposed to drop in February 2010. You can listen to some snippets on his SoundCloud page.
After a couple of delays due to problems with the pressing, the anticipated new 12-inch from Floating Points is finally available. You can buy your copy of Vacuum EP at Boomkat, Juno or Bleep, full-length previews are available on SoundCloud.
Also out now is Mayer Hawthorne‘s debut album A Strange Arrangement, if you hurry up you will get a free 4-inch record on top. His label Stones Throw has also posted a new remix from Astronote, which you can download for free!
Sonic Router did a review of an album I’m really looking forward to, Unbalance by 2562 (also known as Dogdaze or A Made Up Sound).