Let me give you a quick update on some mixtapes I enjoyed in the last couple of days, because it’s really been a while since we last did this.
In between her busy tour schedule, Switzerland’s finest DJ Sassy J put together a new mix for Dazed. Make sure to click that link and read the interview and catch her playing festivals all over Europe.
Speaking of festivals, the Dekmantel guys asked Andy Votel to contribute to their Selector Podcast series. The Finders Keepers label head delivers a two hours mix of “Turkish-only female funk/psych/disco/surf!”
And lastly check out a rare mixtape by broken beat innovator and producer extra-ordinaire IG Culture.
I first heard about NameBrandSound, the new project by IG Culture and Bugz in the Attic’s Alex Phountzi, when the latter sent me a track some months ago. Back then I wasn’t too impressed by most music categorized as juke. Yes, it had a certain energy and rawness that was compelling, but on the downside most of the music sounded cheap. All of that has changed when DJ Rashad’s Double Cup came out on Hyperdub, as it introduced a more coherent, organic sound.
I’m happy to say that the debut EP by NameBrandSound brings along the mature production quality, while keeping the raw energy of its American cousin. It’s good to hear the duo venturing into something new and I’m looking forward to where they’ll take their experimentations with the genre in the future. The four tracker was released yesterday on Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolour and is available on vinyl and digital download. Order your copy directly from the label or try Bleep, iTunes or your favourite record store.
PS: You might also want to checkout the NameBrandSound mixtape on Solid Steel
It took me a while, but I finally caught up listening to some more recent DJ mixes. Here are a couple worth checking out, including some brand new ones!
There is now way around this first one, as Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet has once again graced the decks at the Rinse.fm studio. If you just look for one mix to listen to, make it this one!
Next up there is Luke Vibert‘s mix for FACT Magazine from a couple of weeks back. Brilliant selection ranging from eighties boogie and electro to proto-acid.
Alex Phountzi and IG Culture have teamed up last year to form NameBrandSound, experimenting with juke and bass music, with an album in the pipeline for Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolor. Here’s their mix for Solid Steel Radio.
Oh, and don’t miss the later part of the same show, featuring a mix by Mo Kolours, whose debut album is available now!
I remember hearing about a Dublab livestream from UpMyAlley founder Joscha Creutzfeldt, but unfortunately it was only the day after. But the man was good enough to share his selection of soulful music on SoundCloud the other day.
And we’ll end this selection with two of my favourite producers from the early noughties: Domu, now officially back from retirement, recorded a new mixtape for our listening pleasure, while Titonton Duvanté rediscovered one recorded in 1995.
As you might know by now, the great IG Culture is about to release a new album on Kindred Spirits. Reason enough for Alexander Nut to invite the legendary West London producer on his Rinse FM show to play records. If you missed that one, click here to listen again
One of the most underrated cats in the music world to has to be IG Culture. I sometimes think he’s not too unhappy with that status, but there were times when I was worried he might have given up music to focus on making videos. As of today, we all know that’s not the case, as Kindred Spirits announced his new longplayer (The Many Districts Of) Soulful Shanghai.
I’m very excited about this album, it’s too good to see IG Culture back at what he’s best at. What I couldn’t track down is the exact release date. According to HMV Japan, Soulful Shanghai will be out in April. The guys of Machine, who are once again responsible for the cover-art, confirm it loosely with a release in the first quarter of 2012. In any case you can place your pre-order today directly on the Kindred Spirits website!
May 16, 2012 The album is out now on LP and limited to 1,000 copies, the CD is still a pre-order item
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!
We mentioned the first volume some weeks back, now IG Culture released a follow up to the Manz at Work mixtape. Both of them celebrate the launch of his new labels Holy Roller and HR2 and feature remixes, mash-ups, as well as some original productions.
01. Roll players anthem
02. A DJ saved my files last night
03. Mark de Clive Lowe feat. Rahel – Hope (Holy Roller remix)
04. Not 4 sale (NSM re-rub)
05. Nkrumah Santiago – Oneup (manship)
06. Planet rock (electro rewire re-rub)
07. Zapp (I.G Culture remix) – Look of computer love
08. Slum Village – Ez up (Tatham & Culture mix)
09. Holy Roller productions – Roll wid it
10. Scienz of life – Break the spell (SOS remix)
11. Holy Roller productions – Window seat (from the ‘what if’ series)
12. Holy Roller productions – Skooling
To get this thing, head over to the Holy Roller Bandcamp page, register with your email and download the whole thing for free!
We klearly have to start with this one, the 267th FACT mix put together by Mancunian Krystal Klear. Mix of the week!
Russian radio Headz FM recorded Africa Hitech‘s Moscow live-set from some weeks back. Get the two-part download while you can and also take a look at this tribute by DJ Rasskazov. And if that’s not enough, give Africa Hitech’s set at Sónar 2011 another spin.
Russian beatmaker Damscray and Sunlike are playing a selection of instrumental hip hop for Ukrainian Sashiradioblog. Available for download or stream.
And lastly, here’s one I was sent when my computer was dead. You might have heard of IG Culture’s new labels Holy Roller and HR2. The first releases on the former is the Manz at Work mixtape and features several unreleases remixes.
In September 2008, I euphorically wrote about the remixes of IG Culture’s Zen Badizm album. Fast forward to 2010 and it seems they have been forgotten by now, including the label guys.
Only today IG Culture reminded us about one of them, the remix from Georgia Anne Muldrow. IG doesn’t mention whether it will ever get a proper release, but he tells us to “look out for the NSM refit coming soon!” Keep your fingers crossed.
March 23, 2010 Removed the file on request, you can still listen to it on the Holy Roller blog.
I haven’t read the name Son of Scientist for a while, but that’s probably to blame on the lack of new music under that name. It’s one of the countless aliases used by legendary West London producer IG Culture.
This exclusive new track was posted by Spine Magazine, whose off-shoot Spine Radio is also the host of IG’s regular Holy Roller show. Spiced up with samples from Dennis Brown, Johnny Clark, Madlib and Dilla, the track can be downloaded for free!
As mentioned before, the Broad Casting event featuring Build an Ark and IG Culture’s Zen Badizm Workshop was recorded by RBMA Radio. There is also a video from the night, which was handed over to the Beyondjazz crew.
For those of us who aren’t so fortunate to attend IG Culture’s Zen Badizm Workshop tomorrow night in London, I got this video to share with you.
This was recorded back in 2005 at Co-Op‘s fifth anniversary. Support comes from nearly the same setup as for the upcoming show, IG on keys and drums, Kaidi Tatham on keys and percussion and Heidi Vogel on the vocals.