Sonar’s Ghost – The Remixes

While I’m wondering where this whole drum & bass revival will go and how long it will last, I’m still willing to follow it some more as it seems to be the right time to reminisce over that exciting period of my life. And along comes Sonar’s Ghost, half a year after those new/old tracks have surfaced, and this time they bring reinforcements. That term is not only true for the remixes themselves, but also owed to the fact that two old Reinforced label mates are involved in their making: Marc Mac in his Nu Era disguise and Mark Force aka G-Force. All four tracks are available as a download release for £3 (or more) from the Ghost’s Bandcamp store.

Mixtape Monday #26

I was gonna dedicate this post to the new Ossie mixtape alone, but with no playlist available and some other quality tapes around I revived that old Mixtape Monday.

So Ossie will be playing Room 3 at Fabric next Friday, and as if we could ever forget Set The Tone, the London producer came up with a very nice mixtape. Download, play, then read the Q&A.

Just like last year, Amsterdam based label Rush Hour put out a mix of their best releases of 2011. Incidently there’s also a compilation of the same name and it’s available now (thanks Green Tea Session!)

Having put out quality house music all throughout the year, Wolf Music can hardly be called a secret anymore. I’ve featured some of their mixtapes before, their latest comes from label head Matt and is available here!

More than three years ago, I’ve posted a video about this Blakai tune and it’s a shame that one never came out. I’m going to wait some more, but first I’ll hear what Mark Force put on his new mix.

Like with the Ossie set above, RAMP Recording‘s Tom Kerridge did a Fabric mix the other week. Kinda forgot about it, but luckily it’s still around.

And lastly, listen to Benji B’s Deviation String Quartet, recorded in October on the London Eye (remember the video?)

Kele Le Roc – That Rhythm

You might remember this tune from a post back in October 2008. What sounds like a Bugz in the Attic production was indeed produced by duo of Blakai, which consists of fellow bugs Mark Force and Kaidi Tatham.

That Rhythm was produced for singer Kele Le Roc, who previously lent her voice to Basement Jaxx or Shy FX & T Power. It’s supposed to come out some time this year.

December 9, 2010 Apparently, Kele’s single is out now on iTunes (and everywhere else?)

MashForce – Clear Thru U

Broken beats that don’t suck? Must be from 2004! In this case it’s true, as Mark de Clive-Lowe has uploaded some old demos recorded with Mark Force of Bugz in the Attic. The track below is my favourite, it has Bembe Segue on vocals, beats from G-Force and Mashi playing the keys.

The MashForce tracks were supposed to end up on 12-inch, but as this never happened, you can now download them on SoundCloud.

Blakai recording with Lady Alma

Following the posting about the new Blakai Productions are two videos from their recording sessions. They have been recorded at the old Bugz studio (where Goya Music was residing) in November 2006. On footage are the recordings for a yet unreleased track with Philadelphia’s Lady Alma. Kaidi Tatham is playing the keys, while Mark Force does all the Logic work.

Thanks to idleberg for posting these on Beyond Jazz only minutes ago!

May 31, 2014 The long wait is over, “Work It Out” is available from Ten50 Records and on Spotify.

Blakai Productions 2009

Mark Force and Kaidi Tatham are both members of the Bugz in the Attic collective, but they also produce music together under the name of Blakai. So far there have been two 12-inches and another track on Dego’s The Good Good 3. Other tracks like a collaboration with Lady Alma were played at the Co-Op nights, but never made it being released.

Mark Force and Kaidi Tatham © Jan T. Sott

However, Mark has mixed together a couple of tracks for the Blakai Productions 2009 mixtape. It runs only about 5 minutes, but it’s something you want to keep until a new release shows up.

May 31, 2014 The long wait is over, “Work It Out” is available from Ten50 Records and on Spotify.