Weekend Mixtapes #51

Lukid keeps the “old ivories tinkling”, with this piano music mixtape for Blowing Up The Workshop. Debussy, Ravel, Cage and everything you’ll be looking for on a Sunday.

Not only that the new Solid Steel website is nothing but a disaster in user experience, it appears their mixes are no longer available for download. Fortunately, there’s still the Mixcloud option to listen to their mixes, which makes it more bearable. This week, you can listen to mixes from Anthony Naples (above) and Four Tet.

Stones Throw also has a bit of a weird podcast policy, since there’s no way of listening without iTunes. However, I suggest you give latest episode a try, since it was compiled by the label’s very own Mndsgn.

And since we like to end the selection with and oldie, here’s a Kemistry & Storm mixtape, originally recorded in 1995.

Kirkis – Liverbleach EP

It feels like since that Kirkis 7-inch came out on Eglo (and it was only a year ago!), but it was well worth the wait. This time, the Australian producer delivers a 4-track EP and it contains nothing but amazing tunes. I was about to highlight “Kirkis runs the Voodoo Town” and “Vovo”, but after a second listen I tell you to screw that — every single tune is worth buying. An EP to remember for those lists we all love to read at the end of every year!

How is this not available on vinyl, please tell me I’m wrong. Well, you can buy the digital release from the Eglo Bandcamp, Bleep and most digital stores.

Update According to Bandcamp page for the 7-inch, there will be an album of the same name and that will be available on vinyl as well. Keep your fingers crossed!

Lapalux – Puzzle (Live at Maida Vale)

Watch a live performance by Lapalux featuring Andreya Triana on vocals, recorded at London’s Maida Vale Studios. The original is, of course, taken from the new Lapalux album Lustmore, released last month on Brainfeeder.

There are a couple of more videos worth checking out, let’s start with Dorian Concept and Untold.

Georgia Anne Muldrow – Sans Vacay

Californian Georgia Anne Muldrow reveals another track from her forthcoming new album A Thoughtiverse Unmarred, released digitally via her Bandcamp store in mid-May. Also recently, a video for Great Blacks, another album track, has popped up on YouTube.

Get your free download of “Sans Vacay” over at Bandcamp.

Sassy J brings the Sunday vibes

If you’re following me on Twitter, you heard me more than once recommending the Sassy J guestmix for Carhartt WIP Radio. Recorded live the previous weekend in Zurich, you can listen back via NTS Live. Hear music from Shabazz Palaces, Dego & Kaidi, Lukid, Mr Beatnick and Christoph El Truento.Sassy J’s selection:
Christoph El Truento – Dinosaur Blanket
Lojack – FM Field (Swing Mix)
Shabazz Palaces – They Come In Gold
Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne
Lukid – 108bpm Wake Up
Mr Beatnick – Marshmellows
Dego & Kaidi – Black Is Key
(unknown)
Olmos – Late Nite Stepper
St. Julien – Evenbud (feat. Budgie)
Lonnie Liston Smith – We Can Dream
IND – Into New Dimensions
Georgia Ann Muldrow – Great Blacks

Find more or Sassy J’s excellent mixes on her SoundCloud, and listen to her recent mix for the Hessle Audio show.

Benji B with Dego

Benji B with Dego © BBC Radio 1

I’m always excited when there’s a chance to listen to a DJ set by 2000Black mastermind Dego. Yesterday the legendary underground producer stepped up for an exclusive mix for Benji B’s show on Radio 1. The tracklist reads as follows:Steve Miller Band – Space Intro
Dego – Dego’s Dancehall Cry
Kelela – A Message
Kaytranada – At All
Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
GoldLink – Sober Thoughts
Kendrick Lamar – Complexion (A Zulu Love)
D’Angelo – Dreamin’ Eyes (Jay Dee Mix)
Gila Monsta – I Feel Empty
Logos – Glass
Arca – Sad B***h
Onra – Intro
Residence La Revolution – I Am Paint
Icube – 109bpm
Hardrive – Deep Inside (Deep Inside Remix)
Sandy Rivera – Come Into My Room (D Menace Remix) (feat. LT Brown)
Tuff Jam – Tumblin Down
Chez N Trent – The Choice (Witch Doctor Remix)
Floppy Sounds – Entertainment (Carl Craig Remix)
Cousin Cockroach – This Ain’t Tom N Jerry
Dego – Late Night Fright
Lordamercy – New Guitar New Mars
Dego – We’ve Been Here Before
Dego – Feminist Meetings
Dego – Keep It Moving Right
Dego – With Love
Dego – Moths In Wallets
Dego – The Stronghold Of Itharus
Electric Street Orchestra – Scorpio (2000 Black Remix Version 4)
Harmonic 313 – Flash
2000Black – Steady Jam’
Unknown – PimpSlap (Matt Lord Edit)
Philoso – Fist
MonoPoly – Needs Deodorant
Tension in the Ranks – Untitled Demo
Theo Parrish – Cypher Delight
Marcos Valle – Pista 02
Lil Silva – 606
Pangaea – Something In Your Eye
Anthony Naples – Miles
Quest – The Oceans Of Time

Many of those previously unheard tunes are taking from the forthcoming new Dego album The More Things Stay The Same, which will be out via 2000Black on May 26th, 2015. Listen to the preview:

In order to support quality radio, please do listen to the BBC stream while remaining online. This is the best way to support the show (and you can still grab a copy later on!)

Bluntman Deejay mix on Rinse.fm

Since I figured that I haven’t posted a mixtape in quite some time, here’s one I enjoyed a lot recently. How about you, do you figure out the Hashman/Bluntman connection? Same guy I presume? Whether it’s the producer behind last year’s brilliant Sandopolis album or not, this is taken from Bake‘s show on Rinse FM and is brilliant on its own. Available for free download!

Mo Kolours – How I

Mmmh, that’s interesting. I heard this Mo Kolours track before, but it has such a classic feel to it that I expected it to be and old Theo Parrish or maybe a Kenny Dixon Jr. tune. Instead it’s the title track from his latest EP, available digitally and on vinyl from his Bandcamp store. You can probably tell the video is the work of London’s animation studio Plastic Horse, who you might know for their work for Paul White, The Heliocentrics or Nochexxx.

Nils Frahm – Wall

Yesterday on March 29th, Berlin’s composer, producer and pianist Nils Frahms introduced the world to what should now be know as “Piano Day”, a holiday to celebrate this very instrument. On the occasion, you can download a new album entitled “Solo” on the Piano Day website. Erased Tapes also sells physical releases on CD and vinyl in order to provide funding for a unique instrument, the Klavins M450, a 4-meter high piano construction by David Klavins. All music on “Solo” was performed on an early prototype of the M450.

I suggest if you like the music, you consider a small donation to the funding of this wonderful project.

Drew Lustman covers AFX’s “Every Day”

Ahead of the release of his new album on Planet Mu, Drew Lustman (aka FaltyDL) shares a cover version of Richard D. James’ Every Day. The original is taken from the 1995 AFX release Hangable Auto Bulb 2 and is also part of Warp’s reissue on CD.

The Drew Lustman album “The Crystal Cowboy” will be out April 20, snippets can be heard on the Planet Mu website.

Beats in Space with Lena Willikens & Christian S

I probably haven’t heard about German DJ and producer Lena Willikens before this year, but when Ben UFO first played her unsettling track “Nilpferd” on his radio show, the name stuck with me. Since then she has released a fantastic EP on Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label and appeared on the well-known XLR8R podcast series and guested on the Hessle Audio show. However, my favourite mix with her name tag on is taken from last week’s Beat in Space radio, in which she plays nothing but quirky electronic music. Unusual, but great selection!

fLako – Twelve O’Clock Shadow

Looking back, we’ve been writing about fLako‘s music for quite some time. From his humble beginnings on UpMyAlley and his own Kwatro imprint, the German-Chilean producer has come a long way. And if the expectations for his debut album “Natureboy” hadn’t been high enough, his guest appearance on Alexander Nut’s Rinse show made the last week before its release hard to bare.

Always having been a huge fan of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, this is the album track I want to share with you. However, you can actually go ahead and stream the entire album or pick it up from all good record stores.

Cid Rim – Charge (Jameszoo Remix)

Vienna’s Cid Rim has a new record out on Monday, this time released through his hometown’s Affine Records. Among the three tracks you will hear Cid’s trademark synth-lines and complex drum layers and a bugged out remix from Amsterdam’s Jameszoo, which is easily my favorite on the record. You can pre-order your copy today on Bandcamp or pay a visit to your favorite record store next week.

2000Black – Make It Hard

Dego and the usual suspects Kaidi Tatham and Akwesi Mensah have reunited under the name of 2000Black and are about to release their first EP on Amsterdam’s Rush Hour imprint. And whether it’s the name of this renowned label or the fruits of Dego’s creative exchange with FaltyDL, the most suprising element for me in this liaison is big music sites such as Resident Advisor or XLR8R are actually writing about it! A good thing since these cats have been overlooked way out too often in the last decade or so.

“Make It Hard” is one of three tracks on the EP, and you can pre-order your copy from the Rush Hour store. If I remember correctly, Alexander Nut was playing another new cut by Dego & Kaidi, taken from a forthcoming record on Eglo, their second following the self-titled debut from last year. Keep your eyes peeled!

Update Actually, Alexander Nut played the mentioned Dego & Kaidi track again last weekend

BADBADNOTGOOD – Boogie No. 69

A little different vibe from Toronto jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, uploaded “in support” of their SXSW 2015 show this weekend with Ghostface Killah. The tune is the b-side of a limited 7-inch released on Innovative Leisure. And since I couldn’t think of a better vibe to send you off into your well-deserved weekend, I hope you all have a great one!