DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad – Dubby

The relationship between the Chicago footwork scene and Kode9’s Hyperdub label deepens with the release of DJ Spinn‘s debut EP. Titled “Off That Loud”, a first video from the EP has been unveiled today, for a track featuring the late DJ Rashad and rapper Danny Brown.

Available October 2nd, 2015 on Hyperdub.

Laurel Halo live at St John-at-Hackney

A couple of days ago, the trio of Laurel Halo, Demdike Stare and Shackleton each played a live-set at the St John-at-Hackney church in London. Laurel Halo’s Chance of Rain easily gained the top spot of my favourite albums last year, and since then I’m paying a little extra attention to her doings.

PS: you can also check out the Shackleton live-performance that night.

Jessy Lanza – You and Me

Jessy Lanza‘s music is probably the closest thing to pop-music ever released on Hyperdub, but it’s so seductive that I keep revisiting her album regularly. However, I’m even more excited to hear new music from the Canadian producer such as the track you can listen to above.

“You and Me” is part of Hyperdub 10.2, the second compilation celebrating the label’s tenth anniversary. Out on CD and digital on July 21, 2014!

Scratcha DVA – Shazam City Mix

Hyperdub man Scratcha DVA goes all broken on his latest mixtape uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Despite being called Shazam City Mix, the software was not able to identify all the tracks. Even worse, it includes a couple of tracks I know sitting somewhere in my shelf, but I wasn’t able to identify them all (the Bembé track mixing into Jill Scott bugs me the most!)01. Reel People feat. Darien – Upside (Bugz Dubside Mix)
02. unknown
03. Shokazulu – Hips Don’t Fail Me Now
04. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks – Stars Shine For You
05. unknown
06. Dego & Kaidi – Acting up on that Shit Don’t Count
07. Vikter Duplaix – Manhood
08. Jill Scott – Golden (Remix)
09. unknown
10. Jazzanova – Soon (Domu Vocal Mix)
11. Shokazulu – Sammy Sebastian
12. DVA feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome – Solid
13. IG Culture – DJ Power (Use It)
14. The Free Design – Lullaby (J-Nova Remix)

If you’re able to help, feel free to post a comment!

Fhloston Paradigm – The Phoenix

It’s still about five weeks time until the much anticipated Fhloston Paradigm debut album drops on Hyperdub. To get you through that hard time, King Britt and Mike Todd have put together the 10-minute album mix you can watch above. Should you decide to pre-order your copy of “The Phoenix”, you will get an upfront track on both Bleep and iTunes.

XLR8R Podcast by Laurel Halo

When I think of it, it seems like all my favourite records this year were released only within the last couple of months since summer is over. One of those albums is clearly the new Laurel Halo records on Hyperdub. On her mix for XLR8R, the NYC-based artist puts together a selection of music that could have been an inspiration for that making that record.

XLR8R Podcast by Laurel Halo
01. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Something for Trane That Trane Could Have Said (Edit)
02. Escola de Samba da Cicade – Improvisos na Batucada
03. Madteo – Pram Reset
04. TCB – Unchained (KM/MM Mix)
05. Subsaharan Spaceways – Shout
06. Population One – B2 (from A Simpler Form)
07. Matrix – Isthmus #Fast
08. Jam City – Water Edit
09. Boo Williams – Mistical Journey
10. Ken Nordine – Flesh
11. Blk_out – Sergecutty
12. Mass Prod & Herva – Mike vs Speak & Overdub As a Weapon Against Modern Laptop Wanking
13. Smith N Hack – No Gimmicks, No Flash
14. Sleeparchive – 7
15. Laurel Halo – NOYFB (Acapella)
16. Charles Manier – Octopus
17. Vester Koza – Maslo 03B
18. Dalglish – Donsfe
19. NSNT PRJCT – We Invented Dis
20. Ken Ishii – Stretch (Regenerated)
21. Ter(r)a – Underwater Vessel
22. Dresvn – A2 (from Acido 014)
23. Claude Young presents Golem Craft – B2 (from the Of Ages EP)
24. Factory Floor – Turn It Up (Laurel Halo Remix)

Download available in two formats–M4A and MP3–over on the XLR8R website.

Weekend Mixtapes #40

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.

Fhloston Paradigm – Chasing Rainbows

King Britt makes music under a lot of names, when I think of it, I probably even heard him first under one of his aliases. On Hyperdub, he goes by the name Fhloston Paradigm, put out an EP last year, and -if I remember correctly- there’s going to be a full length release later this autumn. New music only makes sense, now that this new video popped up. Check it out!

DVA – Walk It Out (VIP)

Hyperdub’s Scratcha DVA revisited last year’s Fly Juice EP and turned some knobs on the track Walk It Out. Just don’t hope to hear an extended version of the track, for it is actually 30 seconds shorter than the original. What has been extended though is the hypnotizing percussion, drilling itself deeper in your head with every loop. Also, it’s a free download courtesy of Thump, so don’t sleep on it.

Kode9 – Xingfu Lu

Some weeks after hearing Kode9‘s latest cut on Benji B’s radio show, the release from the Hyperdub founder is only a couple of days away. Beside the title track which you can stream in full above, the 12-inch is backed up by another track called Kan on the flipside. You can pick this up at your favourite record store starting April 29, or you can order your copy online at Juno or Boomkat. The digital release should be available on the Hyperdub store by then.

(via Abeano)

DJ Rashad – Rollin EP

The longer I write about music, the harder it has become to find a good measure between posting stuff as soon as possible and near the actual release date. The snippets for DJ Rashad‘s debut on Hyperdub have been around for a couple of weeks now, the 2×12 EP will see its release on the acclaimed label in about two weeks time. A good time to mention it on this space. To me, footwork has been an on and off thing, but we have a true quality release here – no surpise Kode9 was interested in signing the release. Check out a full review over on the Truants blog!

LV – Boomslang Sssnake

I’m still a bit suprised that LV‘s 2012 album Sebenza didn’t end up in most of the best-of lists I read, it was certainly one of my most played albums of that year. The London-based trio already released two videos from that album, their third is for a re-edit for the track Boomslang. Their label Hyperdub also announced an instrumental release of Sebenza, which will be available exclusively from their website.

LV – Ultando Lwaka

Stylistically, the new LV video might not be up there with Sebenza, but the tune is so nice I’m going to post it anway. Like the previous video, the track is taken from the group’s new album on Hyperdub and features Cape Town’s kwaito house duo Ruffest on vocals.

One of my favourite albums this year, make sure to check it out if you haven’t by now!

LV – Sebenza

Apparently, there’s a a new LV album in the making and below is a first teaser from the upfront EP Get A Grip that will be out end of July on Hyperdub.

Sebenza (work in Zulu) is also the name of the forthcoming album and besides South African MC Okmalumkoolkat on the title track, it also features collaborations with Spoek Mathambo and Ruffest.

The video was shot by Chris Saunders in downtown Johannesburg city and Orange Farm Township.

Weekend Mixtapes

It’s weekend time, so here’s a selection of mixtapes I mentioned this week on Twitter.

French label 7even Recordings launched their own podcast series and they kick off with a mix by ENA, whose new 12-inch was only released the other day.

The second release on Jacques Greene’s Vase label comes from London duo Arclight and they’ve done an interview and guest mix for Dazed Digital.

King Britt has been releasing music under so many names, it’s hard to keep up. He just released a new EP on Hyperdub under his Fhloston Paradigm moniker and promotes it with a guestmix for FACT.

As Run Dem Crew is getting ready for the Berlin half-marathon, their founding member Morgan Zarate has done a 20-minutes mix for running.

I wish I had the time to keep up with radio shows, but here’s one I have to recommend. Tim’s You’ll Soon Know is on every Monday night and on his latest show his guests are Om Unit and Laurent Fintoni.

And lastly, check this 2003 Four Tet for Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide.