FaltyDL – 404 FFF

I guess I have been out of the habit to buy CDs for many years by now, but I remember the inexplicable practice to put extra tracks on the Japanese version of almost every album. And how many I bought just to get them. These it’s a bit easier to catch a glimpse of this continuing practice. FaltyDL for instance shared the bonus track of his excellent new album In The Wild on his SoundCloud profile. Judge for yourself whether it’s a worthy addition or just a random extra to please the industry.

Oh, and since we’re at it, don’t miss the FaltyDL guestmix on the latest Beats In Space radio-show (or listen back to his previous one!)

Moodymann – Freeky MF (Live in Japan)

Ah, that Kenny Dixon Jr guy, never ceases to amaze, don’t you think? And since I don’t even know what to say after watching this, let me leave you to his showmanship and a final note that his supporters on stage are none other than John Arnold and Jeremy Ellis.

Bonus: Same track performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival nine years earlier.

(via Green Tea Session)

Madlib Medicine Show: Pill Jar

Madlib Medicine Show: Pill Jar

First of all – if you call yourself proud owner of Madlib‘s entire Medicine Show series, there’s nothing new for you here. On the occasion Japan tour, he has put together a free compilation of eight tracks taken from the 12 volumes.01. Static Invazion [#5: History Of The Loop Digga, 1990-2000]
02. Episode XVI [#5: History Of The Loop Digga, 1990-2000]
03. The Paper feat. Guilty Simpson [#1: Before The Verdict]
04. What Can U Tell Me feat. Frank Nitt & MED [#9: Channel 85 Presents Nittyville]
05. The Frontline (Liberation) [#3: Beat Konducta In Africa]
06. African Voodoo Queen (Drama) [#3: Beat Konducta In Africa]
07. Interview #4080 feat. Karriem Riggins [#11: Low Budget Hi Fi Music]
08. Funky Butt, Part 1 w/ James Poyser & Karriem Riggins [#7: High Jazz]

You can download the entire batch over here!

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
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

Kompakt Benefit Compilation for Japan

From German label Kompakt comes another benefit compilation that is meant to help the victims of the recent Tsunami in Japan. It is filled with music from 30 labels, including prestigious names such as Raster-Noton, Dial Records, Bpitch Control, Ostgut Ton and -of course- Kompakt.

To get you convinced, a mere look at the tracklist might be enough. Otherwise you can stream the entire compilation below.

01. Marsen Jules Trio – OEillet Parfait
02. Ezekiel Honig – Past Tense Kitchen Movement
03. Jahcoozi – Lost In The Bass
04. Space System – Petik
05. Greie Gut Fraktion – Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt (Wolfgang Voigt Remix)
06. Manaboo – Unhuh
07. Efdemin – Time
08. Antonelli – Waiting For You
09. André Lodemann Feat. Nathalie Claude – Searchin’
10. Lawrence – Dwelling On The Drums
11. Michael Mayer – Picanha Frenesi
12. Nhar – Megumi
13. Xaver von Treyer – Lunar Rover (The Wolf Song)
14. Cosmic Kids – Reginald’s Groove
15. My Favorite Robot – The Future Will Judge Us
16. Kaito – Open My Window
17. Audision – Red Sky
18. Monkey Maffia – Yo Baby Yo
19. Nick Höppner – Makeover
20. Gowentgone – Love & Respect
21. Glitterbug – Parted
22. SCSI-9 – Electric Flowers
23. Dusty Kid – America
24. Tassilo – Petite Patate
25. Davenport & Deutschmann – Trump
26. Mr. Statik – Smoothest Cat On The Block!
27. Someone Else – Funny Day Elsewhere
28. Ana Helder – El Groove De Tu Corazón
29. Anne – James Chaton – Vendredi 26 Juin 2009 – Événement N°23
30. Borngräber & Strüver – People Crying
31. Metaboman – Stony
32. Maya Jane Coles – You
33. Dj Olive – Kokanee’s Drop
34. Out Of Plato’s Cave – Rainbow For Dawn Shane Berry’s Rainbow for Japan Mix

You can get yourself the download for only €7.99 over at Bandcamp or Other Music. And take a look at those two Nihon Kizuna compilations, Find Magazine’s The Sun Still Rises In The East and the forthcoming L.A. Loves Japan on Alpha Pup.

Nihon Kizuna Bonus

As mentioned yesterday, there is now a follow-up to the recent Nihon Kizuna charity compilation. Nihon Kizuna Bonus adds another 34 tracks to the previously released 50, enough good music to get you through for some time.

01. +Verb – Hard Fought Sleep
02. Beggars Jargon – Indian Rope Man
03. Blue Daisy – Beneath The Fall
04. Chiba Chemist – 10 Pacez
05. Control Freak – Drop your guns
06. Damage is Done feat. Shuanise – Elements
07. Daniel Savio – Rivers
08. Demokracy – EON
09. Dizz1 – Drastic Measures
10. Geir Helgi Birgisson – Cats
11. Ghost Mutt – Nightly
12. Ike Release – Rendez Vous
13. Jay Scarlett – East
14. Kan Sano – Circle Dancing
15. Kelpe – Ryan Larkin’s Walking
16. Lambent – SRC
17. Machinedrum – Let It (Broken Haze Remix)
18. Mesak – Azeridjavulen
19. Moa Pillar – Ursula
20. Mr Beatnick – Rainbow Road
21. Mweslee – Variations Pour Cx Pallas
22. Myown – 3words
23. Nocow – Abandoned Intent
24. Powell – Da Sun Will Always Shine
25. Professor Ojo – Pass The Map
26. Red Richards feat. Nana Chica – Sakura
27. Rekordah – Burger Sauce
28. RQM – Atomic Fusion
29. Save Slaves – Revolver Juggling
30. Sert One – Morning Rise (Alarm)
31. V.C. – Walk vs Run
32. XLII – Chara-Chara!!
33. YoggyOne – Grey’s Back
34. Young Montana? – Atlas

Though it feels a bit like being put together in a hurry (alphabetical tracklist), you will still get another batch of great music – and more importantly do some good with your money.

You can get buy this for a price of your liking over at Bandcamp.

Nihon Kizuna

Waited all day for the download to become available, now it’s here. Fifty tracks from artists such as Kode9, Om Unit, Paul White, Illum Sphere, Jay Scarlett, Onra and 44 others, available for a tenner for immediate download.

If you feel like doing something good for the people in Japan or just want your hands on this load of good music, don’t think too much about it, it’s worth every penny of it.

01. Kode 9 – 9 Samurai
02. Don Leisure – Trio of Desserts
03. Kuedo – Zap
04. Himuro Yoshiteru – Missing Links
05. Onra – High Hopes
06. Tatsuki – Mirror in Bologna
07. Om Unit – Lavender
08. Danny Drive Thru – Prescience
09. Slugabed – Rockin U
10. Ken-One – Mindrain
11. Paul White – Grimy Light
12. Darkhouse Family – Lemon Drizzle
13. Illum Sphere – Sweat The Descent
14. A Taut Line – Azul
15. Fink – See It All
16. Mus.sck – Happiness Is The Best Face Lift
17. Rudi Zygadlo – Perdu
18. Broken Haze – Move Forward
19. BD1982 – Aluminium Riddim
20. Nightwave – Hokusai Dream
21. The Electric feat. Yarah Bravo – Beautiful (Memory9 Remix)
22. Ernest Gonzales – Beneath The Surface
23. Jono McCleery – Garden
24. Ido Tavori – Haunted Top Hats
25. Jay Scarlett – The Rising Sun
26. Paper Tiger – Lunar Notes
27. Kid Kanevil – One For Tokyo
28. Takuma Kanaiwa – Senpo World
29. B-Ju – Philly Run (Mux Mool remix)
30. Primus Luta & Lonesome D – Lockdown (Instrumental)
31. 2phast – Japan
32. Doshy – Space Attack
33. Sesped – Too High To Drive
34. Yosi Horikawa – Passion
35. Audace – Indestructible Soul
36. Scrimshire feat. Inga Lill Aker – Warm Sound
37. Kan Sano – Bless
38. Elliott Yorke – Wormhole Squirm
39. Daisuke Tanabe – Artificial Sweetener
40. Super Smoky Soul feat. Guilty Simpson – Knockout Kings
41. Emika – Count Backwards
42. Eccy – EFH
43. Throwing Snow – The Luck Without
44. XLII – Standuptall Nippon
45. Pete SasQwax – Aggro A Go Go
46. Virtual Boy – Thrust (Turnsteak Remix)
47. F.A.M.E – Real Surreal
48. re:ill – We Are Possible
49. The Qemists – Stompbox
50. Kper – Chotto

Let’s skip the talking, go visit the Nihon Kizuna website for more details or go straight for the download over at Bandcamp.

April 13, 2011 Also available now is the Nihon Kizuna Bonus compilation, adding another 34 tracks to the batch.

How To Apply For The Red Bull Music Academy

The Red Bull Music Academy is easily the best thing that could happen to all up and coming musicians. While I had the pleasure to join it as a visitor last year, I was kinda sad for not being a musician myself. Imagine meeting likeminded people from all over the world, being locked in a building with all the music equipment you dream of, and getting lectures from some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world.

Well, the time has come to apply for the next edition of RBMA, which is going to take place in Tokyo this year. The video above is meant to give you some advice on the application process, but it also gives some impressions of what you can expect there.

So good luck to all of you who are applying. I’d love to visit again, but I don’t think it will happen. Here comes my sadness again!

Blip Festival Tokyo

Blip Festival Tokyo 2010


If you happen to be in Tokyo for the next weekend, you might want to consider dropping by at the Blip Festival. So if you’re into this whole culture of retrogaming, 8-bit sounds and blocky graphics, the festival should definitely be worth it.

Among the line-up are musicians Quarta330 (Hyperdub) and 8bitpeoples‘ Nullsleep, Bit Shifter, Stu and No Carrier. Each performance is backed up by international VJs and visual artists, check out some footage from previous installments of the festival.

A schedule for the festival is already available, tickets can be ordered on the website or from 8bitpeoples.

Update Have a look at this Invite ROM video!

Flying Lotus Remix Album

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Tokyo-based label Beat Records has repeatedly put out some of Warp Records biggest releases for the Japanese market. They will continue to do so by releasing a collection of all three L.A. EPs from Flying Lotus.01. Rickshaw
02. My Chippy
03. Paper Crane Gang
04. Interference
05. RobertaFlack (Martyn’s Heart Beat Mix)
06. Sleepy Dinosaur (Ras_G Mix)
07. Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix)
08. Grapesicles (Samiyam Remix)
09. RobertaFlack (Mike Slott’s Reflunk)
10. Secrets (Soundmurderer Refix)
11. Melt! (Mono/poly Mix)
12. Infinitum (Exile Remix)
13. Auntie’s Lock/Infinitum(Quarta330 Remix)
14. Parisian Goldfish (Take Remix)
15. Comet (Matthew David)
16. Testament (Breakage’s Bill’s Suit Mix)
17. Endless White
18. Auntie’s Harp (Rebekah Raff Remix)
19. Riot (Take Remix)
20. Infinitum (Dimlite’s Re-finitum)
21. Spin Cycles

While not all of the tracks are available on the vinyl, there’s nothing new on the CD (the Take remix of Riot is digital only). According to HMV Japan, the remix album is called FL/LA/CD and will be released on October 17. One for the die hard collectors and loyal CD buyers out there!

Voices on the Kaidi album

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Cover Artwork

As the release date nears, more details to In Search of Hope emerge. First there’s finally the cover artwork to see, a beautiful photograph of Kaidi on the keys. Then there are voices from Mark de Clive-Lowe, Daz-I-Kue and Dego.

Japanese label Freedom School also confirmed the availability on both LP and CD, both coming on December 13. It is yet unknown whether the vinyl will feature bonus tracks, like the IG Culture album did before. Pre-orders can already be placed through HMV Japan and Tower Records.

The best album for 2008, 2009 and beyond. A classic has been made from the fastest fingers in the west.

Kaidi is like George Duke crossed with alien breakbeat masters zapped down from the far reaches of outer space. Masterfully and magically created.
(Mark de Clive-Lowe)

The dynamic moods the tension the soul the groove and pace all are felt on an lp that the world of jazz,funk and soul needs.what is great for us listeners is KAIDI has only just begun!

And there’s even more good news! This weekend I got a confirmation, that a Blakai album is already in the pipeline and will be released once label issues have been resolved.

Our Music Our Culture Volume 1

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The tracks sound familiar? That’s right, as they’ve been available in different outfits from the Coopr8 MP3 store. First you could get them on the five Cooperation III Samplers, the first two were even out on vinyl. Later this compilation showed up on the same store, under a different name but with most of the tracks, though not all of them. Now Kay Suzuki‘s Bipolar releases it’s first record, and it’s this compilation again.

So much for the introduction, let’s talk about music! The standout track for me turns out to be Simbad‘s Digital Revolution, the only track not featured on any of the previous releases – however, I’d love to hear an instrumental version. Next up are two tracks that were available on the first sampler, I C U from Karizma and Been Here Before from Lewis D. The first took a while to grow on me, but it’s a deep, tension-building dancefloor killer built around a sample of Nina Simone’s See Line Woman. Both tracks have a similiar feeling, broken beat on a house-tip – or vice-versa.

Unfortunately it goes straight downhill from there, though all the big names havn’t been mentioned yet. Afronaut makes a return with Change featuring Blu of Basement Jaxx-fame on the vocals, Domu contributes Nu Vision, from Marc Mac comes Take Ova Me.

The compilations suffers the problem, that it sounds like collection of left-overs or unfinished tracks. A theory that gets support from the Bugz in the Attic’s contribution called Reject. Especially the vocals on the majority of tracks are weak, the wish for instrumental tracks comes up more than just once. The list of artists featured sounds like an allstar roster, with many almost-forgotten names like Ayro or Colonel Red? For me this compilation is a big disappointment, most artists didn’t meet my expectations, I hope this compilation does not replace a proper Cooperation III album. I’m missing tracks of the quality of Domu’s Dangerous Times, Marc Mac’s Throwdown or anything Izmabad (a collaboration of the featured Karizma and Simbad). If you still feel like listening to more snippets, let me recommend you the sampler from the Coopr8 player. Also, Juno Records has this item in stock.

Domu – Discotech

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While the rest of the world only got the 12″ with four tracks, Discotech was released in Japan (through Psychic Phenomena) as a full album – dispite the EP name. It’s been widely dubbed as Domu-does-Theo-Parrish album, which in my opinion applies to the production technique only. The trademark Domu sound is still there, though most of the tracks are more house oriented.

Of all Domu albums, Discotech feels most harmonius, the general mood of the music blends well from one track into another. I couldn’t repeat this for the Return of the Rogue album, which has good tracks, but felt more like a collection of rather unrelated tracks.

It’s very hard to get the CD four years after its release, but there are still some retailers that have it available (e.g. Tower Records Japan). Only recently a digital release has been put out, but it lacks the standout Nu Era remix of The Long Way Up, otherwise only to get on vinyl.

Earlier this year Discotech EP II was released, though it can hardly match the standard of either the first EP or the album.

2000Black – A Next Set A Rockers

Another album currently available in Japan only, is the long-awaited debut from 2000Black on Third Ear. Well not quite a debut, if you leave aside the DKD or Silhouette Brown albums. Seems like Dennis McFarlane (4hero) and Kaidi Tatham (Bugz in the Attic) had the time to finish their baby, and got over their rumoured disagreements on English football (a pair of jokers!).

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So, the album is what everybody was hoping for, or at least what everybody could expect. Dego and Kaidi continue where they left with Breaker’s Yard (Future Rage) and continued with their two EPs (2020Black and 2021Black), to early tracks from album appearing on The Good Good Volume 3. If there’s anything to be disappointed about, it’s that you might know one or the other track from the album already. But there’s no need to worry, with thirteen tracks on the Japanese release (bonus track rumored for the worldwide release) and slightly different versions, there’s enough to discover!

What’s It To Be

On the vocals you get the usual suspects of Face, Rasiyah, Lady Alma and Vanessa Freeman, but also newcomers Ferraz and Baby (both were new to me). Somewhat outstanding are the tracks Febulous, as it’s the only instrumental, and Hey There featuring the only male guest vocalist Ty. The latter track also includes the hidden track Ain’t Nothing You Can Feel. Having been on MySpace some years ago, the vocal version of Got Me Puzzled is finally available – and it’s still my favourite track on the album.

Got Me Puzzled
Hey There

So how do you get the album? Currently you can import the CD from Japan or find it on Juno. However, please mind what Dego has to say:

people people people….

please be patient!!!

the album ‘a next set a rockers’ will drop at the end of july and no later than early august. support us by buying the euro release or downloading it online from itunes etc at the same time. yeah japan has a head start but that is how the business goes until we can gather more support in europe and the u.s

by buying our release you will help 2000black make more new alternative music.

Fairly enough, you can legally download the track So Right in the meantime!

IG Culture presents Zen Badizm

New album from IG Culture, Co-Op founder and innovator of the so-called West London scene, and the first under his own name. If you heard the New Sector Albums before, than you have to adjust your expectations a bit. Don’t get me wrong, as IG is one of my favorite contemporary producer and I certainly think this could be album of the year!

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Recorded in different parts of the world, it features the likes of Corey Wilkes and Tom Ashe (both on trumpet), Pino Palladino (bass), Josh Deeps (vibes) or Ernest Dawkins (reeds). On the vocal side you get Bilal Salaam, Heidi Vogel, Sacha Williamson and Dee Alexander. The result is one of the richest sounding, most versatile concept albums of the year. Its political, its dance-able, its angry, its soulful, its bebop to acid jazz, house to broken beat.

Ra Bops in Blacknuss

The musical richness reveals IG Culture’s musical background, as the album combines any of the periods he’s been involved in. There’s the vocals reminiscent of the Young Disciples and New Sector Movements, the mad keys of Quango or Likwid Biskit, the tight beats of Son of Scientist. As illustrated on the brilliant cover artwork, you will also find his influences from the likes of Sun Ra, Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti or J Dilla.

Girl U Need a Change of Mind
Consumed (Refit)

Though divided into three pieces (Zen I, Zen II and Zen III), it’s an album to listen to from start to end. Still there’s material that has the potential as a  single, like the Eddie Kendricks cover of Girl You Need A Change Of Mind. Being released through DJ Kentaro’s Freedom School label, the album is available in Japan only. However, you can find both CD (FSCX-0002) and gatefold LP (FSLP-002 – two extra tracks!) via Juno Records or Dusty Groove.

Update: There’s a video of the release-party available at Dax TV!