Lawrence le Doux – Pollution

Lawrence le Doux marks his return on Vlek with “Pollution”, his second 4-tracker on the label following 2013’s “Terrestre”. The title track of the new EP received this wonderful stop-motion video by La Superette, which we simply had to share with you!

You can pick up “Pollution” from the label’s Bandcamp store, your favourite record shop, or on iTunes.

Prefuse 73 – Still Pretending

I’m still not 100% with the last couple of Prefuse 73 releases on Temporary Residence, but this video —an animation by Lilfuchs— certainly caught my attention. The track is taken from this year’s Forsyth Gardens, released in April 2015 and which you can stream in full under the given link.

In other news, the pioneering beat-producer has signed a multi-album deal with former Warp hiphop sub-label Lex Records, with first releases to be expected in 2016.

Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road

Gerd Janson’s impeccable taste in music is well-documented on two Computer Incarnations For World Peace compilations (I & II) and, of course, his DJ-mixes (make sure to check his appearance on the Hessle Audio show!) The spiritual successor to the mentioned compilations has to be the “Musik for Autobahns” series on Dutch label Rush Hour. Hot off the shelf, the second installment features the majestic tune by Leon Vynehall you can hear above. Reason for me to check, if not buy the record.

You can pick up “Musik for Autobahns” on CD and vinyl, directly from Rush Hour – or every good record store.

Sixtus Preiss – Lololo (Band Version)

A couple of days ago, our favourite Viennese label Affine unveiled their 14th release, a 7-inch by Sixtus Preiss going by the name of “Lololo”. One of the two versions on the record was now graced by the video you can watch above, an brilliant montage of footage showing various musicians (presumably found on the internet.)

The flipside of the same record, the original version, can be heard below:

If you like what you hear, you can grab the entire digital release for only €2 or pay €5.90 for the vinyl. Both are available from the Affine shop on Bandcamp.

Thundercat Live on KCRW

Every now and then, Santa Monica’s KCRW radio station hosts live-sessions from musicians we love. Their latest addition is LA-native bass-player Thundercat, who I should have to introduce to any of you. Outside of his solo-work, he has gained a great following in recent years through his collaborations with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar.

The first track “Them Changes” is taken from the all new Thundercat EP on Brainfeeder, while the second “Heartbreaks & Setbacks” is off his 2013 album “Apocalypse”.

Dorian Concept – 11.04.2012 (Zanshin’s Reschedule Mix)

Following the official Joined Ends Remix EP and a interpretation by Dim Grimm (formerly Dimlite), here is more unofficial business by the way of Zanshin. One half of Ogris Debris and as such label mate with Dorian Concept, the Viennese producer shares his very own version of “11.04.2012”, a track that was part of last year’s Joined Ends album on Ninja Tune.

You can download this in its full glory (and for free) from Zanshin’s SoundCloud page.

The Orb – Moonbuilding 2703 AD (Teebs Moon Grotto Remix)

With “Moonbuilding 2073 AD”, legendary The Orb released one of the biggest surprises of the year (as in surprisingly good) on Cologne’s Kompakt label. If you haven’t given it a try before, please do so, it’s among my favourites for the year. There will be more surprises. The smaller one the mere fact that there will be a remix EP, the bigger one that one the remixes is coming out of sunny Los Angeles, courtesy of Brainfeeder-signed and long-time favourite Teebs.

No other remixers have been revealed as of now, neither the name of the remix EP. What we do know though is the release date and that’s on October 2nd, 2015. Keep your eyes peeled!

Levantis – Jamaican Greek Style

Playing with mystery is as old as art itself. And even when the mysterious isn’t the subject of art, the person behind the artwork has often become the mystery. From the writer picking a pen name to the performer cloaking his identity, it has been done for a long time. Yet, it feels like in recent years there has been an increase of this phenomenon, in particular the use of masks has become more of a gimmick, a marketing tool to increase the interest in or the awareness about an artist. As you can question the motives of an artist, what’s so comforting for the follower to reveal who is using a new name, a new face? Why do we seek the safety-net of a tracklist when it’s more adventurous to listen to something new and unheard, without prejudice?

Well, I don’t necessarily want to be part of that speculation, but it seems the internet has already decided about the true identity of Levantis. Though (or because) I have heard the same said about Rezzett, or in fact quite a number of artists on Trilogy Tapes, I don’t give much of a fuck. Let’s stick to what’s there, and so far there isn’t much more than a most excellent EP released on the said label. Earlier this week, Ninja Tune affiliate label Technicolour revealed its first album release, the 11-track “Romantic Psychology 1” by —you guessed it— the oh-so-mysterious Levantis. You can listen to a first track above, but I’m sure before its release on October 30th, there will be plenty more to be revealed.

Pre-order on Bandcamp or the NinjaShop.

Volume 19 – mixed by Mike Davis

We have neglected our podcast series for way too long and are more than happy to bring it back with an interview and guestmix from Berlin-based Canadian Mike Davis, a young producer we got to know through his release on the Sector 12/12 label.

Hello Mike Davis. You released your first EP on Sector 12/12 last year and that’s pretty much everything I know about you. Why don’t you start introducing yourself to our readers?
Sure, I’m Mike, an unknown electronic musician, who moved from Toronto to Berlin in 2012 to study in the Humboldt University and also find out what electronic could really means to me. I was DJing in Toronto as part of a crew & party called the Deep North, and decided Berlin was where I’d like to grow musically, rather than wait (or hope) for a big release or something before coming here, like many artists do. The three year anniversary of my arrival was just the other day actually, and I’ve since finished studying, put out a couple records, a tape, and co-founded Carousel and a label of my own, Brenda.

How long have you been making tracks and how did that all come together on Baniza?
For only four or five years, maybe two years or less in a serious way, and even less in a relatively calculated way. Only recently have I developed a technique from which I can, to some degree, truly realize ideas. It terms of that coming together for Baniza, it exists early in that process, the tracks are all around two years old, experiments with limited resources and techniques, simply exploring sound and writing some music along the way. The alternate versions of all the tracks on the EP might better illustrate it, but the project is a mess. I think even my old computer failed at some point and I had to remake some of it, I was just pleased that Sector12/12 wanted to release it. It was completed after a bike journey from Berlin to Sofia. There I became acquainted with the baniza, a traditional Bulgarian pastry. It’s not really nice looking, quite messy, wants nothing but to fall apart, but tastes good… so I believe that EP is a baniza.

Do you remember what sparked your interest to make music?
It originated pretty early, I suppose due to my parents. They put me in piano lessons as a kid, and I remember making terrible music on my dad’s Yamaha CS01 and MR-10 drum machine maybe around 8 or 9 years old. High-school in the late 90s brought all that was 90s and my first guitar, a birthday present from my dad. In college I played drums and bass in some punk projects, but nothing too serious. Eventually I became disillusioned with bands. Between jamming and beer drinking, creating was often challenging, so I was drawn to electronic music. I could produce on my terms, ideas and execution are completely up to me, I like that.

Having moved from one continent to the other, how has that influenced your image about electronic music? Are there still that many differences in culture in this globalized world?
That’s difficult to answer, as the move was still quite early in this budding career, I suppose it played a more developmental role than an influential one. Berlin has shaped me more than Europe, outside of Toronto I’ve only played in Germany and France, so there’s still much I need to experience. The accessibility here in Berlin has continually been a motivator, being a more vibrant and tangible scene has made it easier to reconcile the energy input. It’s not just felt at parties… record shops, rehearsal spaces aren’t 90% rock bands, even the small bars and cafes have decks, [ebay] kleinanzeigen is full of gear, albums and events are advertised in public transit, it’s hard not to feel it being part of the social fabric.

What are you future plans for the record labels and your own music in general, is there anything we can look out for?
Well Owen and I are currently working out details for CRSL002, hopefully will be out in 2015. We’re at the same time growing Carousel into a record shop which will soon be operational as an online shop, with the plan to go physical once it makes sense. It will be carefully curated music, nothing we plan to take over the scene with, of course. The second Brenda record, another 12″ from CNCPT, just came out a few weeks ago and I believe is pretty much sold out everywhere it was available, which is good. The third will also come out before the year is over. Personally, I’ve got a couple of collaborative projects actually. One with Owen on his other label Shades later this year, and another with part of my Deep North family Dan (as Jerry Riggs), I’m in on two tracks on his upcoming Run Out Run release.

Tell us about the mix you made
Yeah, as you know, it was not the first one I sent you, but the delay between recording and releasing had me always tiring of what I recorded. Anyway what I’ve settled on are some recent finds and some older stuff selected spontaneously while recording. Nothing so deeply planned, very Baniza.

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01. Michael Holman – Gauntlet of Wriggly’s
02. Steve Moore – Logotone
03. Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit – 124 0 09 (played at 33rpm)
04. Chra – Landmine
05. Dorisburg – Splade
06. Devianza – I Droni A Torvijanica
07. Vakula – Life Internal Sounds
08. Green Gums – Zozomono
09. Beat Detectives – Somethin’s Rippin
10. Bookworms – Exotic Auto Boutique
11. Broken English Club – Glass
12. Mistake Made – Loaded Memory
13. Charlie – Spacer Woman
14. Hiver – Vorticism
15. Obtane – Tericore
16. Johan Hansson – Vassvik
17. Jatoma – Helix
18. Roll The Dice meets Pole – Echo Hands (played at 33rpm)
19. Lena Platonos – Love in Summer
20. Moon B – Moments in Slank

For more of Mike’s doings, his Discogs profile might be a good starting point. Otherwise, you can find his label Carousel on SoundCloud, Twitter and Facebook, and his other label Brenda on SoundCloud, Bandcamp and Facebook as well.

Wiley – Step 2001

My life has become more enjoyable since I ignored Zomby on social media and re-focused on the reason I came to love him in the first place: his music. His latest production is a remix of Wiley’s Step 20, the latest addition to Big Dada’s recent series of records reworking the London MC’s back-catalogue. Previous entries included reworks from Actress and Special Request, and this new one will be available from September 24, 2015.

Pre-order from the NinjaShop!

DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad – Dubby

The relationship between the Chicago footwork scene and Kode9’s Hyperdub label deepens with the release of DJ Spinn‘s debut EP. Titled “Off That Loud”, a first video from the EP has been unveiled today, for a track featuring the late DJ Rashad and rapper Danny Brown.

Available October 2nd, 2015 on Hyperdub.

Journeymann Trax – Smoke Tape

Another of those gifted Vancouver artists that have been popping up lately through the Mood Hut and 1080p labels, Journeymann Trax is a side project of the city’s own Bobby Draino. His album “Smoke Tape” was released in late July on tape and digital, sporting “47 minutes of meditative, floatational house and techno abstractions”. Not just a great album, but my favourite this week!1. Jade Tour (feat. D. Tiffany)
2. Arboreal Harp Jam (feat. Khotin)
3. Inside
4. Canopy (feat. D. Tiffany)
5. Black Forest
6. Dengue
7. Ice Sheets

You can buy the release directly from 1080p and worldwide retailers such as Boomkat.

Lnrdcroy – Sunrise Market (Extended Mix)

Much in the vein of one of my favourite releases last year, Sandopolis by Hashman Deejay, comes more new music out of Vancouver. Well “new” – the short version came out first in May last year, when 1080p released the Lnrdcroy album Much Less Normal on cassette and digital. Since then, Scotland’s Firecracker Recordings pressed it on vinyl, with “Sunrise Market” missing entirely. However, the extended version was part of the first Rhythms Of The Pacific EP, released in October 2014.

I remember hearing this, I believe on the Pender Street Steppers show on Rinse, but wasn’t aware it’s been out for such a long time!

Kuedo – Vertical Stack

So there’s a new EP from Kuedo coming out at at last at the end of this month, his first new music since 2012’s Work, Live & Sleep In Collapsing Space on Planet Mu. And while there’s still a strong dystopian touch in his music, it sounds slighty different, the synthesizers seem to be sharpened up a bit, much like his remix for Dorian Concept from earlier this year.1. Vertical Stack
2. Border State Collapse
3. Boundary Regulation (feat. Egyptrixx)
4. Case Type Classification
5. Eyeless Angel Intervention (feat. Mind:Body:Fitness)
6. Event Tracking Across Populated Terrain (feat. Roly Porter)
7. Cellular Perimeter

The full EP titled „Assertion of a Surrounding Presence” will be out on July 31st and marks Kuedo’s debut on his own Knives label.

Steve Spacek – Fate

Something new from Steve Spacek and taken from his forthcoming release titled „Natural Sci-Fi” (whether that’s an album or an EP remains unclear!) I suggest you follow his label S P A on Bandcamp to hear it first hand when it’s coming out.

And while we’re at it, let me remind you of Kutmah’s special Spacek mixtape from earlier this year, in which he plays music from throughout Steve’s discography.

(cheers Rucyl!)