Scion A/V interviews The Gaslamp Killer

Scion A/V, who you might best known from their Blu Jemz compilation or their podcast series, have recently interviewed The Gaslamp Killer. He talks about where he comes from, how he got his name and what music influenced him.

Also have a look at the Scion channel on YouTube, you might be interested in interviews with Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh, Bullion, Kode9 & Spaceape, The Juan Maclean or Martyn.

SBTRKT – 2020

You’ve heard this on before on SBTRKT’s live-session for Gilles Peterson. Together with the massive Jamlock, it will be part of the upcoming 2×12″ on the Brainmath label.

The release is scheduled for April 2010 and it will also be available as digital release. You should also watch out for SBTRKT‘s forthcoming releases on Young Turks and RAMP Recordings.

Pixelord – Lucid Freaks pt. 2 – The Remixes

Think the first part of Lucid Freaks runs a bit short? Don’t worry, because Error Broadcast has just unlocked the bonus-levels featuring 11 stunning new reinterpretations.

The first part of the record stays faithful to the blips and bleeps of the originals, while on the second half the bass and the beats are predominant. With DZA, Demokracy, OL and Miracle Libido, a lot of Russian producers made their way on the record. Also featured are Dutch Jameszoo and Coco Bryce, Americans AshTreJinkins and Chocolate Girl, and Austria’s Abby Lee Tee.

Lucid Freaks part 2 is now available as digital release from Bandcamp or Bleep. If you want to make up your mind first, you can get the MP3s for free from Error Broadcast.

XLR8R Podcast by Martyn

To become a genre defying producer, it takes a diverse taste and deep knowledge of music. That description certainly fits Dutch producer Martyn, and on the latest podcast for XLR8R he shows why. From “classic house and techno, heady hip-hop, avant-garde beats, new-wave pop, and more”, he takes you on a journey through diversity.

XLR8R Podcast by Martyn01. Washed Out – Get Up
02. Lukid – Veto
03. King Midas Sound – Lost
04. Rotating Assembly – Orchestra Hall
05. Anthony Shakir – Shake it Up Dub (Remix)
06. Robert Owens – Bring Down the Walls
07. Lone – Once in a While
08. Jacob Korn – Grosskariert
09. Joy Orbison – The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow (Actress remix)
10. Prince – When Doves Cry
11. Dez Williams – Abandoned Emotions
12. DJ Duke – Future Blast
13. Glass Domain – Interlock
14. Drexciya – Lost Vessel
15. The Future – Daz
16. Aardvarck – Tulti
17. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #5
18. Basic Soul Unit – Hopy Unity Vision
19. Adonis – No Way Back
20. K-Alexi – Vertigo
21. J Dilla – Nothing Like This

As usual, XLR8R let’s you choose between high-quality MPEG4 Audio and a standard MP3. You can get them both on the original site.

Son of Scientist – Let’s Get Ready

I haven’t read the name Son of Scientist for a while, but that’s probably to blame on the lack of new music under that name. It’s one of the countless aliases used by legendary West London producer IG Culture.

This exclusive new track was posted by Spine Magazine, whose off-shoot Spine Radio is also the host of IG’s regular Holy Roller show. Spiced up with samples from Dennis Brown, Johnny Clark, Madlib and Dilla, the track can be downloaded for free!

Nosaj Thing & Daedelus live on KEXP

Nosaj Thing and Daedelus, two beatmakers from Los Angeles, each performing live for 10 minutes on Seattle’s KEXP radio-station.

There are still a few dates left to catch them both on the Magical Properties Tour through the United States.

Save Plastic People

I briefly mentioned the situation London’s Plastic People, one of the most forward thinking clubs in the world, is currently facing. To make it short, the club’s future is currently at stake and the managers have to appeal to the police to keep their license (check this PDF). You don’t have to have attended a party at Plastics to understand the impact a shutdown would have, a look at their programme reads like the who-is-who of underground music. It has been the home to CDR, a night for producers to present their work and share their knowledge. DJs with a regular night include Theo Parrish and Four Tet, the latter even dedicated a Mix CD to the club. FWD or Co-Op are (or were) institutions that promoted their respective sound to an audience all around the world.

Benny Blanco, whose own Nonsense night is resident at Plastics, set up a group on Facebook where you can show your support for Plastic People. Now, a Facebook group alone will not change the situation. But what it can do is raising the awareness and since this weekend it found more than 10,000 supporters. The group is also the platform to keep you updated on the development and once there is a way to actively support the club, you will read it there first!

As I don’t live in London, I only went to Plastics three times in my life. I instantly fell in love with the intimate atmosphere, I met nice people the second I first entered and of course the soundsystems blew me away. There are a lot of people out there who can tell you more stories than I can.  You could start by reading some one-liners on Twitter or dive in a little deeper by reading these posts on Shook and The Arts Desk. If you want to help, start by reading the official statement from Plastic People, join the Facebook group, then -most importantly- educate yourself on taking action.

Lastly, I have a little something for you. This 3-hours-set was recorded at the Co-Op Easter Spesh at Plastics back in 2005, featuring DJs such as Domu, IG Culture, J Da Flex and Benji B.

February 26, 2010 You can now sign a petition here. Do it!

Illum Sphere's BTS Radio Mix

Here is the third BTS Radio Mix featured this month, I guess that says it all how much Andrew Meza’s show was missed. As you can guess from a look at the tracklist, this is an exquisite selection with lots of unreleased music which Manchester’s Illum Sphere put together.01. Kan Kick – Pop Tunes, Morning Paper
02. Illum Sphere – Never Lie Twice
03. J88 – Stupid Lies
04. Harmonic 313 & Wiley – Scar
05. Ackie – Call Me Rambo
06. Illum Sphere- Go Killum
07. Oddisee & Ken Starr – This Is Hip-Hop
08. Salma Agha – Come Closer
09. Don Leisure & Rodski – Loose Women
10. Joker – Tron!
11. Africa Hitech – Glangslap
12. Three 6 Mafia – Tear Da Club Up
13. Someone – Just A Sketch
14. Computer Jay – Maintain (Falty DL Remix)
15. Lab Rat XL – Lab Rat 1
16. Illum Sphere – Titan
17. Sole Fusion – Bass Tone
18. Alfredo Y Su Salsa Montanera – La Escoba
19. Anthony Shakir – Roaming
20. Rainbow Team – My Darling
21. Exquisite Taste – It’s You That’s Happening
22. Lone – Once In A While
23. Krystal Klear – Since Then
24. Untold – Flexible
25. Africa Hitech – Said Speed
26. Jammer – Better Than (Lorn Remix)
27. Illum Sphere – Supercharged
28. The Beatles – Polythene Pam
29. Champion Soul feat. Ronyx – Holdin’ On (Dr. Who Dat? Remix)
30. Dabrye – Gimme Lowlands

Get the download here!

Kelpe – Crispy Juice Mix

No details, just a tracklist for the latest mixtape from London-based Kelpe. And with tracks from Hudson Mohawke, Fulgeance, Nosaj Thing and Dorian Concept, it contains a lot of classics from recent years.

01. Heralds of Change – Callin Shots
02. Koushik – Beep 06
03. Bibio – S’Vive
04. Bullion – Get Familiar (Paul White Mix)
05. Kona Triangle – Air Lock
06. Buddy Peace – Rcdmrdfish
07. Mike Slott – Home
08. Onra – The Vallee of Love
09. Nosaj Thing – Bach
10. Dorian Concept – Thank Capital Letters
11. UpHygh – Acid
12. Teebs – WTLA
13. Ricci Rucker – Harder Than Hard, Softer Than Soft
14. The Gaslamp Killer – Baiafro
15. Kelpe – Moving Picture Three
16. Tobacco – Tape Eater
17. Tempa – Fallback
18. Hudson Mohawke – ZOooOO00m
19. Fulgeance – Ann Arbor
20. Panda Bear – I’m Not
You can download this from Kelpe‘s SoundCloud page.

It's Tunesday (again!)

Announcing Hudson Mohawke‘s upcoming tour through the United Kingdom, his label Warp has posted this bootleg remix of Jodeci. You can download it from the Warp website, where you will also find the tour dates.

Following Pixelord’s Lucid Freaks EP, a set of remixes are already in the queue. A first taster comes from Dutch beatmaker Coco Bryce, who remixed the track Quartz Boy.

The new Daedelus album Righteous Fists of Harmony is just around the corner, reason enough for XLR8R to give you a first preview.

And the last free download comes from FACT Magazine, who are hosting a new track from Krystal Klear for the next seven days only!

Not for download, but definitely worth checking out are the Om Unit remix for Colonel Red, Illum Sphere’s Titan (did you check Super Charged?) and the last couple of uploads from Lukid (as long as they’re online!)

BUG – Cosmic Lab / 20 Winks

Gavin Handley’s Jus’ Like Music was one of the first music blogs I’ve been into, long time before considering to try it myself. Last year he started his own show on Laid Back Radio and just today he unveiled his new label called Jus Like Music Records.

The first release comes from London-based keyboard player, songwriter and producer BUG.

“Deep bass, and subtle arrangements, groovy and chill!” – Débruit

“Butter!” – Eric Lau

“I dig this BUG ish! Proper vibes, ill post-dilla beats and smooth space jazz synths. Pow! Bumpin’ this hard!” – Kidkanevil

Speaking of Kidkanevil, BUG is currently working on a remix for him – watch out for that one! In the meantime you can download BUG’s debut for free from his Bandcamp page.

Up next from Jus’ Like Music and Apple Juice Break is a compilation called “Oscillations”. I will keep you updated on that one.

Weekly Bits 7/2010

If you like the music featured on this blog and you’ve been out in London, you know Plastic People as the first address for underground music. Be it the FWD parties, Tony Nwachukwu’s CDR events or IG Culture’s CoOp club, they all take (or in the latter case took) place at the same address in Shoreditch. It now seems Plastic People’s license is currently reviewed by the London Police, threatened to close its doors forever. To stay updated on the events and to learn how you can help, join this group on Facebook.

This is what happens, when you try to ignore Valentine’s Days and any related links passed to you on Twitter: I completely overlooked Hudson Mohawke‘s slow jams mix for LuckyMe.

Stumbled across a couple of interviews this week. No Depression’s Jay Hayes had the rare opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Betty Davis. The Okayplayer forum collected questions for Dego of 4hero and 2000Black fame, you can read it on his blog. While we’re at 4hero, let me also mention Knowledge Mag’s Week In The Life of 4hero with Marc Mac.

Lots of videos from the London Red Bull Music Academy are there to discover on their YouTube page. One of the highlights is the concert of Henrik Schwarz & Bugge Wesseltoft at the Royal Festival Hall.

The all new Armchair Dancefloor mix features a guest-spot from Blue Daisy, one of the names to look out for in this year.

Another free download is taken from the highly recommended Mind Over Matter Remixes from Greymatter. You can grab the TRG Remix of “Believe In Something” from his SoundCloud page.

And lastly, I read this article on FACT Magazine with great interest: Basic Channel‘s Mark Ernestus is about to launch a new label called Dug Out, specialized in reissues of classic reggae records.

RAMP Guestmix for Knowledge

With new music coming from Sbtrkt & Sampha, Tokimonsta, Ras G and FaltyDL, RAMP Recordings is one of the labels to look out for in 2010. Knowledge Mag spoke with label founder Tom Kerridge about the label’s philosophy and added a guestmix featuring lots of music from forthcoming releases.01. Shortstuff Minimix
02. SBTRKT & Sampha – Break Off
03. Skweee Tooth Minimix
04. becoming Real – Fast Motion
05. FaltyDL – Hip Love (The xx Remix)
06. Tokimonsta – Cosmic Intoxication EP Minimix
07. P.U.D.G.E. – Idiot Box LP Minimix
08. Maxmillion Dunbar – Cool Water LP Minimix
09. Clouds – Cannibal Generals

Both the interview and the download for the mix can be found here.

Dorian Concept Give-Away

Record Sleve

You might remember the Dorian Concept Remixes that Rush Hour gave away on the eve of the album release last year.

Austrian label (and promoter) The Loud Minority pressed two of these on a highly limited 7-inch which is on sale almost exclusively at their parties in Vienna. While a few copies were available on Juno Records for a short time, it now looks like you have to visit the Austrian capital in order to get a copy.

A. Jamie Lidell – Little Bit Of Feel Good
B. Dirty South – Stay Fly

Upcoming releases on TLM Records include new music from Isoul8, The Clonious or that Bill Withers edit. Each will be limited to 300 copies, with only a fraction of those making it to record stores.

And now for the good news.. Fortunately, my Austrian agent was able to get his hands on three copies of the Dorian Concept 7-inch, so I decided to give them away to three lucky ones. There are two ways to enter the competition:

1. You leave a comment and tell your own little Dorian Concept anecdote
2. You start following me on Twitter and click on the Retweet button below

This give-away will end next Sunday (February 28, 2010) and the winners will be chosen the day after. Make sure you enter a valid email-address alongside your comment, because otherwise I can’t contact you. Same goes for Twitter, you need to be a follower so I can send you a direct message. Don’t worry, I treat all personal data with the utmost respect!

March 1, 2010 It’s over, winners will be notified later today!

José James – Warrior (Sbtrkt Remix)

Here is another tune from one of my favourite new producers in 2009, London’s Sbtrkt. This time he puts hands on “Warrior”, the next single from José James which will be out on March 22, 2010.

Sounds a lot like Benga’s Emotions you might say – and I agree. Further remixes of “Warrior” are coming from San Francisco’s Jus Wan and drum & bass producer Rockwell.

Apr 11, 2010 The 12-inch is out now, get your copy from Rush Hour or Juno