Mala – Noches Sueños (Mala & Simbad Super Dub Mix)

I remember my excitement after last year’s Mala in Cuba album was first announced. It seemed like a good thing to do and the upfront 12-inch didn’t disappoint. Once the record was finally out, it took only one listen and my enthusiasm was gone. It sounded good on paper, but the record was a huge let down.

Anyway, there’s a new 10-inch on the way with a VIP mix of one of the tracks and it sounds like Mala is trying to make up with me. Supported by Simbad, it sounds less like an artificial amalgamation, but has a more natural feel to it. Available for pre-order at Surus.

Weekly Bits 35/2011

Our friends at Colectivo Futuro posted an article on Outliers Vol. 1, an interesting series of shortfilms on Iceland’s uncharted music with an soundtrack curated by Deru.

Now-Again has released an deluxe edition of Kashmere Stage Band’s Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974. It not only contains the album on CD and 2LP, but also a DVD with documentaries and a making-of by B+ and Flying Lotus!

Britain’s Guardian wrote a nice article on photographer Elaine Constantine on her love for Northern Soul and her documentary of the same name.

Georgia Anne Muldrow has been working on a new album, which won’t be out before November. However, you can listen to some of its track over at Animated Car Tunes.

Another new album comes from Aardvarck, who just released his third album on the Dutch Eat Concrete label. Get your copy from Rush Hour!

German label !K7 did a Q&A with Motor City Drum Ensemble on his most excellent DJ-Kicks and how he worked putting it together.

More good mixes are coming by the way of Rinse FM. Floating Points did a nice Brazil special, Bugz in the Attic’s Daz-I-Kue guests the Digital Soundboy show, and Simbad played a three hour set alongside Mosca.

We mentioned Dego‘s upcoming live-show in London before, but Europeans can catch him on several DJ gigs as well.

Worldwide Family Vol. 1

Worldwide Family Vol. 1

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The people at Brownswood never sleep, so just as their last compilation went on sale, they already planned another. Though this one is a bit different from their Bubblers series.

For the new Worldwide Familiy series, Gilles Peterson hands over the duty of compiling to trusted friends of his label. In the case of the first installments, the befriended selectors are Belgian discjockey Lefto and London based Frenchman Simbad.

So let’s take a look at the tracklist and listen to some teasers from each selector’s CD:

CD01 // Lefto
01 UpHigh Collective feat. Delvis – Blend (Revised)
02 Damage Is Done – Meeting Point
03 Exile – Rake
04 Dela & The Headless Hunters – London Town
05 grooveman Spot – Take Back
06 Brassroots – Good Life
07 74 Miles Away feat. AHU & Miles Bonny – Same Dream Again
08 I.N.T. – Raw Funk
09 Karlmarx – Mists
10 Onra – The Perfect Match
11 TOKiMONSTA – Park Walks
12 Trilogy – Automata

CD02 // Simbad
01 Airhead – Stilt Beetle
02 Illum Sphere – One For Dimlite
03 Steve Lynx & Hellrazor – I Don’t Think So
04 Andreas Saag – Nobody Here
05 Greymatter & Klic – Thinking About You
06 Harrison Blakoldman – Full Speed!!!
07 Afrikan Sciences & Kebbi – 5 Spot
08 Ave Blast & Cosmos Rodriguez – Glow In The Dark
09 Kemeticjust feat. Terrance Downs – I Got Life (Justin’s G-Tech Mix)
10 Cooly G – Gritting
11 Zed Bias & Eddy Ramich – Lost Elevator
12 Seiji – The King
13 Kalbata – Silver Balls
14 KU BO – Twist Up
15 Chuck Maurice & Simbad – Summer Badness

Worldwide Family Vol. 1 will be out on CD and digital on January 3rd, 2011. Keep your eyes open for that on the Brownswood Store or your favourite record dealer.

Burial – Fostercare (Simbad Remix)

The original version of Burial‘s “Fostercare” came out about a year ago on Hyperdub‘s compilation for their fifth anniversary. London’s Simbad has retouched the track in a way that keeps the original’s overall mood, yet it’s different.

You have probably heard it on his SoundCloud page before, but due to popular demand he’s now giving it away as free download. So get it while you can.

Mixtape Monday #12

My favourite mixtape this week comes once again from Lukid, who put this together for the LuckyMe collective. You will also have the chance to catch him live on Ustream later today. Lukid streams every Monday at 9pm GMT.

FACT Magazine has two new remixes I want to recommend. Last week’s podcast was put together by Simbad, this week it’s UK techno legend A Guy Called Gerald stepping up.

I already mentioned Floating Points’ mix for XLR8R, but there’s another one from him recorded at a Numbers party last month. You can download it here.

Hyperdub’s Terror Danjah plays some party vibes on his mix for URB Magazine.

Another recording from Brainfeeder London has emerged, this time it’s the set from Tokimonsta. You might have listened to that on RBMA Radio before.

People at the Brownswood board recommended the new mix from Fat Dog, I remember him doing a couple of great ones in the past. His latest was put together for Those That Know.

From Daedelus comes this set recorded at this year’s Reworks Festival in Greece. Speaking of Daedelus, here is a DJ mix recorded at the release-party of his album “Love to Make Music to.”

Let’s finish this with a true classic and one of my all-time favourite mixes. Funkstörung made this promotional mix for their former label back in 2002. It was also aired on the Back to the Basics show some years later.

CDR Knowledge with Simbad

Here’s a nice little interview with London based producer Simbad. It includes bits from a CDR session, in which he explains some of his production techniques used on his track Soul Fever.

I should also mention that the last CDR session of this decade is taking place at London’s Plastic People tonight. For more infos visit the Burntprogress website!

(via Simbad)

José James – Blackmagic (Simbad Dub)

Here comes an unreleased remix of the José James track Blackmagic. It was made by London-based producer Simbad, who already contributed the Izmabad remix with his counterpart Karizma.

The track is available for download from Simbad’s SoundCloud page. Make sure to leave a comment if you like the tune.

Mixtape Monday #3

Other websites have their Follow Friday, here you get a Mixtape Monday every now and then. That’s basically a selection of mixtapes I posted on Twitter before, sometimes more than that.

Let’s start the third edition with a triplet from Bugz in the Attic. Their all new remix collection Got the Bug 2 will be out through BBE on October 5, in the meantime you can listen to the promo mix. Another new mix is their Carnival Spesh podcast for Vulive together with Simbad. And the latest podcast offering from Daz-I-Kue is also available, it goes by the name of Vinyl Love Unplugged Vol. 1.

Low End Theory offers a new podcast mixed by Gaslamp Killer and Mary Anne Hobbs. If you need more of this sound, I recommend downloading TOKiMONSTA’s mix for Musique Large.

I mentioned 2562’s new album just yesterday, today FACT Magazine delivers a new mix by the man. A journey from house and techno towards more dubby territory.

London-based producer Mr. Beatnick was featured on Mary Anne Hobbs’ Experimental some weeks back. That guestmix is now available for download on his SoundCloud page.

Versatile Records‘ I:Cube played at Sunday Best back in July, in case you didn’t grab his set already do it now!

The last mix comes from Ubeat‘s Onur Engin, who also runs Monotape Radio. For over 45 minutes he blends a selection of Turkish jazz music, you can listen to it here (download will follow is here).

Simbad presents Supercosmic Revolution

I was a bit surprised when I saw this mixtape from Simbad featured on the Brainfeeder website. After a first listen, everything is making perfect sense – and here is why:

Simbad presents Supercosmic Revolution Vol. 1 (download)
01. Mount Kimbie – Maybes
02. Pangaea – Router
03. Klic – Karaoke
04. Giant Rain – Mind
05. Untold – Dante
06. Tritone – Meditate Cartwheel
07. Steve Lawler – Kalimba (Shed Mix)
08. Kubo – Mad Decent
09. Zomby – Strange Fruit
10. Mark Pritchard feat. Om Mas – Wind It Up
11. Stereotyp vs Al Haca – Boss it
12. Harrison Blakoldman – Graduation
13. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
14. Marsmobil – Patience
15. Map.Ache – Clouds Over Clowns
16. MXM – Move Me
17. Unknown – Bonus Beat
18. Efdemin – Acid Bells (Martyn Dark Mix)
17. Bugz in the Attic – Booty la la (Landslide Dubplate)
18. Floating Points – JW Beat
19. Shed – Ithaw
20. Geo – The Chain
21. IG Culture – Solution

There is already talk about volume 2, which I will surely post about when it’s out. For now, this should keep you entertained for a while.

Lukid, Dorian & Izmabad

Today, I’ve got a couple of mixtapes for you, which I was going to save for the weekly bits, but I guess they’re too good to hold them back!

The first comes from Dorian Concept and was recorded at the Instore Session at Amsterdam’s Rush Hour, where he played together with Harmonic 313. I was expecting this to be posted on the Future Vintage blog, instead I got this from Dutch blog Crazybirds.

Next up, there’s another mix from Lukid, this time recorded for Subfm. The Lukid set makes up only one part of the show, but the rest is equally nice.

And then there’s a podcast by Simbad and Karizma on Deja Vu, which was aired back in February this year. Despite the low quality, it’s a great mix for fans of house and broken beat!

TettoryBad – Ruff & Tuff

Here’s a video that has been around for a while, it comes from TettoryBad and features Paul Randolph on the vocals. TrettoryBad is a project by Simbad, Masaya Fantasista and Grooveman Spot, who have released their album Unite in autumn 2008 on the Jazzy Sport label.

The video was directed by LCP United, who have already worked with Flying Lotus among others. A high-res version can be downloaded at Vimeo, other videos can be found on TettoryBad‘s MySpace page!

via Nujazz Spirit

Here Comes Treble

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It’s been one of my favourite compilations of the year and I’m late on my review duties – but in fact this blog didn’t even exist when everybody else was loving it already. Today we’re talking about Here Comes Treble, the first compilation from Domu‘s young TrebleO label. And it’s a great debut, way too fresh to be put in this blog’s classics category! Dominic has proven great taste putting together such diverse collection of styles and artists, even the cover artwork is an outstanding piece of work, designed by Mr. The Beef.

So, being the last blogger on the planet to review this, let’s make it a proper one. Here Comes Treble was preceded by two download-only samplers (via ithinkmusic) and accompanied by mixtapes from Nu Era, Soulparlor, Rondenion, Lukid and Domu himself.

Personally, I’m always a bit sceptical when it comes to compilations of different styles of music. TrebleO on the other hand manages to fuse all these genres, broken beat, hip hop, soul, drum and bass, house and what not in an exceptional sensitive way. The opener Twice is a jazzy-smooth track with soft hip-hop beats, rich of strings and brass. It comes from Lukid, a young London based producer with a nice portfolio on his MySpace page. Next up is Probe DMS, one of half of NYC’s Spymusic. It’s the track Voodoo Magic I didn’t like when first listening to it. But it has grown on me since, it’s a fresh hip-hop tune with raps (from Probe himself?) that has an oldskool Ummah feel to it.

A fantastic sound clash of genre-bending underground music! Simply needs to be heard!
Mark De Clive Lowe (Antipodean)

The music is then makes a twist towards laid back house with Breakin Bread from Chris Barker, followed by the soulful Ben Mi Duck. They already had an EP Stepping Back Patterns on TrebleO, but Pointless Dreams is exclusive to the compilation. Lush strings and soulful vocals with a 4hero feel, that already got some airplay on Gilles Peterson‘s radio show. It is 4hero’s Marc Mac in his Nu Era disguise who contributed Robot Moves, a personal favourite.

When Domu asked me to do a track for the album he used those magic words “you can do anything you want” and that’s how ‘Robot Moves’ came to life. You can clearly hear across the album that everyone involved had the same instructions and the result is a solid compilation of great diverse self indulgence. And that’s not a bad thing…
Marc Mac (4 Hero)

Domu’s first out of three tracks is Izittobe, the first output since the massive Dangerous Minds EP and it goes into a similiar direction. It gets even darker from here with Soulparlor’s Gee, moving between dubstep and broken beat territories. Let’s talk about my favourite track on the compilation, it’s a remix of an old Sonar Circle tune, remixed by Bassclef. I’m not sure if the original of Cry had a proper release on vinyl or if it first appeared on TrebleO’s recent collection of old material from Domu’s drum and bass oriented moniker. Another track from Domu is in the cue, So Move is probably the weakest track on the compilation. Bruk sound with sweet vocals that sound like Nicola Kramer, though it might not be her.

It represents brilliantly everything going on in the house, soul and jazz scenes at the moment.
Aaron Jerome (BBE/If Music)

Before the music makes another twist, Planet Zero from Cartridge is the last and probably darkest tune of the rougher side of the compilation. We go soulful from there! It’s the Baker Brothers with What You Do Is Right. I don’t know who they are or where the come from, but it’s a bright tune, it must have a full band behind the acid jazz flavoured vocals, very rich sounding! More positive sounds are delivered by Bedford’s DJ Marin (Bakura!), the Rondenion mix of Love Fantasy is an atmospheric deephouse track with soulful vocals. Sub Ensemble deliver 22 21, picking up the jazzy sounds of Dalindeo or japanese nujazz, you get the picture.

An interlude comes from Simbad, who teams up with Philadelphia’s spoken word artist Rich Medina for a short Momentum. Wise words, wise words. Everybody keeps talking about Austrian wunderkind Dorian Concept recently. Being heavily featured by Benji B, TrebleO released his Beat Tape and now he contributes Thank Capital Letters. You like Prefuse 73? You like Dimlite? I’m sure you will like Dorian Concept. I should mention he has a free album on Earstroke and another download from TrebleO. Just as we continue, it’s already the last track and it’s Ninja Tunes’ Daedalus. Drummery Jam is pure fun in the sense of Pizzicato Five or Wagon Christ, a bit like a song for children.

Want to listen again?01. Lukid – Twice
02. Probe Dms – Voodoo Magic
03. Chris Barker – Breakin Bread
04. Ben Mi Duck – Pointless Dreams
05. Nu Era – Robot Moves
06. Domu Feat Aina – Izittobe
07. Soulparlor – Gee
08. Sonar Circle – Cry (Bass Clef Mix)
09. Domu – So Move
10. Cartridge – Planet Zero
11. Baker Brothers – What You Do Is Right
12. DJ Marin – Love Fantasy (Rondenion Mix)
13. Sub Ensemble – 22 21
14. Simbad – Momentum
15. Dorian Concept – Thank Capital Letters
16. Daedelus – Drummery Jam
Now where can you get this? Being a young label and this being theig first longplayer, it’s suprising how widespread it is. You can get it on CD from Juno or Fat City, but also from iTunes, HMV or Amazon. To support the artists best, I recommend ordering a copy directly from the label. The CD sells for ₤10, the MP3s for just ₤5.99.

Afronaut Y Amigos Presentan Hecho En Casa Part 1

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For the last couple of years, Orin Walters of Bugz in the Attic has been traveling to the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. There he discovered the depths of latin music, its many flavours and in particular the rumba. Many travels later, a friendship with the local scene emerged and led to first collaborations – the most famous being Golpe Tuyo Calinda, a standout broken beat track released under Orin’s Afronaut moniker. First releases through the newly formed ABCD Records raised hope for more tracks of this kind, and many years later a long-announced compilation is finally available through Bipolar Japan.01. Mark De Clive Lowe – Relax Unwind… (feat. Abdul Shyllon – Afrojas Ricanstruction)
02. Candela Allstars – Mambo Roto
03. Broki – Es Que Lo Es (Kay Suzuki mix)
04. Oreja – Julietta (Nautz 20:20 edit)
05. Tito Sensai – Galeta Liquida
06. Broki – Mi Ritmo (feat. Tempo)
07. Totin – Rumba Cultura
08. Afronaut – Golpe Tuyo Calinda (feat. Son Del Batey)
09. Cachete Y Seiji – Batacumbele
10. Local 12 – Kulo
11. Tito Sensai – Shelembe (feat. Cachete)
12. Afronaut – Nuevo Rumbera
13. Neon Phusion – Calle San Sebastian (feat. Tempo)
14. Candela Allstars – Brobombique (Bugz In The Attic edit)

As the titles suggest, the compilation features both original and West London reworks. Long sought after tracks like the Relax Unwind remix or Golpe itself are finally available for those who don’t call a turntable their own. Many of the tracks can be heard on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Podcast or through the sampler in the Coopr8 player. The CD can be purchased directly from Japan or from Juno Records.