Right, time to wow you with some non-bassy wonders. A bit of quiet after the storm of electro and fidget we’ve been posting recently!
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Right, time to wow you with some non-bassy wonders. A bit of quiet after the storm of electro and fidget we’ve been posting recently!
We’re taking a little break from all things wobble and dirt to delve into the tropical, minimal and techy. Douster continues to impress me with the variations on his sound. We’ve got three Douster tracks quite different in style. ‘King Of Africa’ is basically a remix of the title song of The Lion King. It’s a really happy summery track which doesn’t go over the top. It would obviously have a strong afrobeat and he cuts the vocals up to make a real ear pleaser, I literally can’t stop listening to it! ‘Tappse’ is more maximal with a solid house beat, cheeky synths and a smidgen of wobbly bass. The remix of Busy Signal is quite similar to ‘King Of Africa’with African influences, Jamaican singing and a tribal beat. The difference is the stabbing high synth which Douster executes perfectly.
The new single from Momma’s Boy released on Sound Pellegrino is called ‘Wedouwedou’. It’s another housy bleeper like his last single ‘Give it up’ which we loved. Equally loving this one and check out the remix by new Dutch house phenomenon Kid Kaio. Download Kid Kaio’s stuff here from Kid City blog, if you’re into all this kinda stuff you’re in for a treat.
Boy 8-Bit has made a cover, not a remix, of ‘Mars’. He’s taken the famous synth melody from the build up of the original and done it in his own style from scratch. Most of the track is based around this and then for the last minute he cleverly incorporates the nasty monster noises and gurgles with the melody. Very clever, great track.
Another Sharsklayer dub remix. And not a minute too soon! His dub version of Digital Manges’ ‘Manges’ is an absolute stonker. This one’s slightly more laid back with a funky feel to it (Daniel Haaksman is proper funky!) and some hollow metallic bass.
This tune is completely nuts. Probably not one you want to listen to when you’re trying to relax. There’s a crazy percussive sound which is flung all over the shop and some great sounds put in there to devastating effect.
Again not that relaxing. Harvard Bass is another Sound Pellegrino artist producing minimal stuff which is borderline fidget house. Whirring sounds and a solid house beat give me this impression. A real minimal thumper.
Round Table Knights have dropped their much anticipated Belly Dance EP. These guys are hotly tipped for the new era of dance and its a great EP. In the meanwhile we have a cheeky Mowgli remix for a little taster.
BIG NEWS —-—————-
hudson mohawke (oh deeear!) has announced the RELEASE of his obscene incredible sparkly gemstoney unreal fantastic beast (WITH ILL ARTWORK!) of a debut album entitled BUTTER via the superlabel WARP records on the 12th OCTOBER!!!!!
saw him at melt festival back in july and it was probably the best allround dj set i’ve EVER seen – and his production matches up totally. IF YOU ARE GONNA BE AT BESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND DONT YOU MISS HIM – see you there!!!
so here – catch a preview of BUTTER (it sounds so buttery you wont even believe it this man is so talented – and its all done on fruityloops as you will see below!) plus an interview featured over at BLEEP (where you can preorder the album) and finally a whole glistening track – RISING5 -that will be on the album that is total talent! without further ado
What’s behind the name of the new album, ‘Butter’?
I just wanted the title to reflect the production and I felt that word was the perfect description in so many different ways, whether you interpret it literally or you think of a more far out buttery concept.
It’s also partly just because I just really love short-bread.
We heard a rumour that you were asked to put forward some tracks for Michael Jackson. Is this true?
well… it was discussed at one point…it was very much just in initial stages though… but who knows what could have happened if it panned out….quite gutted about that…I am working on submitting tracks for a few other major artists though
In an ideal world, who would you like to collaborate with?
CeeLo, Grace Jones, Busta Rhymes, Tunde Adebimpe, Jay Z, Dexter Wansel, Andre3000, David Bowie, so many…
How did you end up collaborating with Dam-Funk and what was he like to work with?
We were just fans of each others work and I decided to go to him with some tracks to try and involve him in the record. He was great to work with, amazingly humble and genuine guy, we’ll have some more joint goodness coming soon with any luck.
From what we can hear your music has incredibly rich texture and multiple layers of sounds. Can you give us an insight into your technical process of making beats?
Its not a really complicated process, I keep it quite simple, nothing more than just whats flowing out of my head at the time, once I have 1 or 2 elements I kind of get an image in my head of where everything else has to sit on the track and from there it just flows. technically speaking, its all sequenced in fruityloops, I have a few keyboards, a piano and a load of drums and percussion instruments, and also just got a talkbox hehe. I used to be really into sampling but at the moment Im trying to kind of create my own samples, making sort of mini/condensed tracks playing all the parts and melodies myself and then chopping those mini tracks up as if i had sampled them off vinyl.
Who are your top 5 producers of all time?
tough question…theres more than 5, but in no order, 5 of my classics; Quincy Jones, Just Blaze, Timbo, Premier, Neptunes…
How do you feel your music, your aspirations and yourself as an artist sit amongst being part of Warp Records?
For me I think Warp is my ideal home, Its the only place I can get away with basically doing exactly what I want musically, right accross the board, and still know that the label will give me full support and artistic freedom or at least some good crit if its total shit heh. It’s also just a good home for the more twisted end of a genre and so while I sometimes think my my music doesnt necessarily sit with alot of their previous releases, it does definitely fit the principles and ethos of the label and I think that is more important. In terms of my aspirations Warp are right behind me and are helping to push me continually so that hopefully soon I’ll be able to do these collabs and everything else that only exists as a dream in my head at the moment, and even if i end up broke and homeless next year, I at least got to release a record on Warp and a couple of years back even that wouldve been a completely unrealistic aspiration for me, so its alll gooood!!
Firstly we have a euphoric sexy synth driven tune with some funky bass, resolving into a great house track.
Now a new Crookers remix, jackin house to the max with horns!
One of the classic tunes at the moment. Heard it so many times at Glasto to my great delight. Major Lazer is taking over the blogosphere in a big way.
A dirty dirty dubstep remix of La Roux. Quite similar to all the other of its kind but don’t we just fucking love it!
Zinc is another guy taking over the blogosphere and rightly so with a new sub-genre dubbed ‘crack house’ by the man himself. Formerly known for producing drum ‘n’ bass, he’s been converted to the house side of dance and thank the lord for that. Much the same as Hostage who produces banging electro wobble today after being a d’n’b head.
On the subject of convertion from d’n’b to electro, AC Slater has converted ‘Boom Style’ into some funky, bassy electro. GO ON MY SON!
Sexy techno/electro. Clean, punchy drums have a stabby bass to get you moving.
Not just posting bangers here. The Roots vs. Don Diablo is very cool and respect for MJ on the other Don track.
The mixtape was sent to us by a dude called Company C and its very well mixed with loads of our faves Jack Beats and A1 Bassline.
Get Down – Jack Beats
Its What you do to me (jack beats remix) – Steed Lord
What (Dub) – Jack beats Ft Mc Dynamit
Where’s My Money (Caspa Remix – Jack Beats Re-Edit) – TC
Hooligans (A1 Bassline Remix) – Don Diablo & Example
Back of the Van (A1 Bassline Remix) – Ladyhawke
Don’t Let Go (A1 Bassline Radio Edit) – Yo Majesty
Like to Freak (DJ Bam Bam Remix) – Kelevra
It’s Going Down – Lee Mortimer & Foamo
Manabadman (Andy George Re-Fix) – Toddla T
this was the original logo i wanted for this blog. until we made the super psychedelic one that now exists. because i think if i was to be any character in anything IT WOULD BE THE RED DUDE WITH HIS WEIRD HORSE above.. and on the subject of wizards here goes…
i was sent an email by a mysterious creature named ‘neon gandalf’ last week – and i opened it to discover WZRDZ. a new electronic COLLABORATION composed of meterhead and mike genius….. FULLY BADASS!
this was on their website… “Lore has it Two WZRDz exist, one in the east and one in the west. The eastern one lay deep with the knowledge of synths and stabs, while the western one forged samples heavy as though a master hammersmith. Their scrolls proclaim alliances amongst the tribes known as iheartcomix, meterhead, purple crush, and afrodesiac soundsystem. Through struggle and triumph, through uploading and sequencing, brothers they came to be. by the portal known as crushed records, their ancient knowledge shall be revealed.” woooowoowoowow – and this is my favourite of their songs from the recently released ‘IN A LAND OF PEACE AND MAGIC’ e.p. – a stompy bmorey bounce number with some ridiculously nice synths and incredible pre-wobble glitch and general insanity….. MAGIC!
you may already know beyond the wizard’s sleeve from previous posts but if not…..they are a band/dj duo made up of erol alkan and richard norris and they have put together a stunning collection of psychedelic, funky and experimental music. 2 eps and an upcoming remix album. their latest album, re-animations volume 1, comes out on the 2nd of march and is set to be another of erol’s magical aural adventures.
Recently I realised how I’ve only really been posting banging, dirty electronic tracks. I thought to myself, what about the electronic tracks which I listen to and give me that uplifting feeling which isn’t brought up by obscene drops and dirty synth sounds. So I thought I’d share the more relaxing side of electronic music with you which have been a huge part of my listening.
Shinichi Osawa – Main Street Electrical Parade Borerline cheesy but actual electronic genius. The Japanese hero really does have huge array of styles and this one is a real feel good track.
The Chemical Brothers ft. Fatlip – The Salmon Dance I’m sure you’ve heard this one, but if you haven’t, I have nothing to say but LISTEN. An absolute classic with a cheeky synth melody and a chorus to die for.
Red Organ Serpent Sound – Autobahn (La Priest Remix) Only 96kbps, really sorry. La Priest as you may or not know is Samuel Eastgate’s of Late of the Pier superb side project. The last half of this song is so unbeleivably happy and just awesome.
The Chemical Brothers – Burst Generator Electronica/physcadelica genius. With delayed guitar and synth hugeness and a driving beat, this one is euphoria through and through.
Cazals – Poor Innocent Boys (Shinichi Osawa Remix) A fidgety Bloody Beetrootsesque drop with some feel good tunes in there as well.
Blatta & Inesha – El Ritmo Barbaro Some cool Italian fidget. This stuff is a breath of fresh air. Whiring, chugging and squelching, ultra cool!
The Prodigy – Omen (Hervé’s End of the World Remix) Really dirty! You can always trust Herve. Cool vocal samples and a tasty, descending hook.
Hostage – Shake It (AC Slater Remix) We LOVED the orginal. The remix by the successful New York lad is also superb with an ominous wobble bass pulsating ryhtmically rivalling the original’s also freaky sound.
The Qemists – Dem Na Like Me (A1 Bassline Remix) One of his more commercial remixes but doesn’t let you down with the classic A1 bass sound and a catchy hook.
“Every week I am auctioning the space on my t-shirt to the highest bidder. If you win the auction I will print your design and wear it for a week!” HERE!
music for sunday morning is very bloody key for a nice day – so i have compiled a pile of stuff to ease you into life and build you up slowly until you are dancing and breaking furniture amd ready to FIGHT! here goes…
dj shadow – building steam with a grain of salt [dj shadow is just fucking cool and this shows it. makes me go all b-boy]
sister sledge – we’re lost in music [a huge proportion of legs should now be grooving]
and our good friends the ICE BLACK BIRDS have sent us their brand shiny new song ‘ca bouge’ and it is damn brilliant so GET IT!!!! if you missed their other material —-IT IS VERY WORTH OBTAINING ANYBODY WHO CONSIDERS THEMSELVES A WORTHY ROCK N ROLL BEAST! – HERE. and take literally one second to vote for their place at snowbombing festival 2009 HERE.
so many small acts coming big- i mean blogging – it has just been huge – the reality of internet hype – making somebody big in minutes.wowzer
so here it starts// i’ve tried to keep it down but i think you’ll agree a year is a very long time- – – and sorry i have missed out SO much but i’ve had to be selective. and in terms of massive labels/massive artists of course – they dont need posting – kings of leon, HOT CHIP, vampire weekend, BENGA, fleet foxes, lykke li, JUSTICE, cut copy, MG-BLOODY-MT….holy mazoly.
metronomy – nights intro [shit hot melodic intro]
dan le sac vs. scroobius pip – look for the woman [cool, cool act – great album, my highlight along of course with ‘thou shalt always…’]
late of the pier – focker [BEST ALBUM THIS YEAR – NO DOUBT – GET IT GET IT GET IT – AND WHAT A SONG!]
bjork – dull flame of desire (modeselektor remix for girls) [modeselektor have taken over my head a lot this year – extreme peace]
apparat – fractacles pt. 1 [fractacles=insane. insane=fractacles. end of]
modeselektor – godspeed [as above – best (NON ‘ELECTTRO’) electro song of 2008]
HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR – BLIND [dISCO RETURNS in amazing light and brilliance – 2ND favourite album this year!]
crystal castles – untrust us [simple and amazing]
times new viking – call and respond [LO FI GENIUS – THINK ANGRY KIDS]
vivian girls – where do you run to [insane reverb. i am in love with the vivian girls]
the correspondents – rentaclown [BEST new live act – any chance you have – see them!hire them!buy their music!]
laura marling – ghosts [the best of the london folk scene – like one giant fairytale]
florence and the machine – hospital beds [florence kicks ass. its official]
yeasayer – sunrise [HEART MELTING PSYCHEDELIC INFINITY – 3RD FAVOURITE ALBUM ]
man man – whalebones [ again – so good cant describe words RUNNING OUT!]
kimya dawson – loose lips [ if you missed juno or its soundtrack you shouldnt have – her voice is so cool]
animal collective – water curses [UNEXPLAINABLE – BRILLIANT – NEW ALBUM OUT SOON!!!]
mumford and sons – white blank page [up-and-coming folk – tthey will just get better and better and better]
bon iver – lump sum [4TH Favourite alBUM – so serene and beautiful buy buy buy it honestly you cant not like this music]
flight of the conchords – THINK ABOUT IT [JERMAINE WINS COOLEST PERSON PRIZE THIS YEAR]
chase and status – eastern jam [banging bangingness chase and status are on top form]
the bug – poison dart (ft. warrior queen) [bringing dub to the fore]
KID SISTER – pro nails (RUSKO REMIX) [dUBSTEP has been sick this year, so much good stuff, this has been a massive highlight -rusko, caspa, benga, skream – what a lot of talent]
i officially defeated the widely circulated belief that new years eve is never as good as it should be. it was better. YES! but crystal fighters are shit – DO NOT EVER SEE THEM
and i also realize that we get very preoccupied with electronic music here and forget to post stuff just as important and insane. so i managed to weasel myself some tracks SUPER UNBELIEVABLY EXCLUSIVE TO WIZARDS ARE BETTER from the up-and-coming london/brighton four piece…
if you didnt read my post on them a few weeks ago… they make the most peaceful bluesy rocknroll ah it is fucking brilliant.