Orakel – When Time Doesn’t Know Itself

More music by the way of Austria comes from an outfit called Orakel. I got excited when I found this in my inbox and read the list of collaborators: the legendary Dwight Trible, Microkorg wizard Dorian Concept or drummer Richard Eigner, who has already worked with Flying Lotus and is one half of Ritornell.

More snippets from the album can be heard on this album teaser. Fans of artists such as Jazzanova and Build an Ark should keep an eye out for the album, it’s scheduled for a release on 4lux anytime soon.

The 2xLP will be available in limited quantities only, but you can already pre-order your copy from Rush Hour.

May 16, 2011 It took a while, but the album is finally available and can be ordered from Rush Hour, Juno or Clone!

Sofa Surfers – Sinus (Dorian Concept Remix)

A collaboration like this was inevitable if you ask me. Austrian wunderkind Dorian Concept takes the music of fellow band Sofa Surfers to a new generation of listeners.

I haven’t really followed the Sofa Surfer’s career since the late nineties, but obviously they are still around making music. The remix above is taken from their latest EP titled Blindside Remixes, which is already available from most digital stores.

Scion A/V interviews Carl Craig

With Planet E turning 20 this year, I’m sure this isn’t the last post on Carl Craig to appear on this side. Here is a short interview in which the Detroit producer talks about his beginnings and how he started the label.

If you haven’t checked out Carl’ humorous take on bootlegs, you should do so now. There are currently five tracks you can download for free!

SHOOK Volume 10

Our favourite UK music magazine has unleashed its tenth issue this week. And Shook #10 focuses on the all things Great Britain, with articles on Bristol’s Wild Bunch soundsystem (Massive Attack!), former pirate radio Kiss FM, and features on various labels from the UK.

If you like what you see and want to support those who spread the word on good music, ask your local record dealer or order your copy directly from the SHOOK store.

Krystal Klear – FACT Mini Mix

About a week ago, FACT Magazine has posted a feature of 10 producers to watch in 2011, one of them being Manchester’s Krystal Klear. Alongside an interview with the man comes this sweet minimix.

01. Krystal Soul – The Only Way (Instrumental)
02. Krystal Klear – Greensilver (Dub Organizer)
03. Krystal Klear – Tried For Your Love (All City)
04. Krystal Klear – Chapp
05. Krystal Klear – Swandive
06. Krystal Klear – No Sweat
07. Jimmy Edgar – New Touch
08. Krystal Klear – Pistol Chauffeur
09. Kenny Vaughn – Feels Like Heaven

While we’re looking forward to all new music from this talented producer, you can download the mix for the time being.

Ghostpoet – Cash & Carry Me Home

In two weeks time, the debut album by Ghostpoet will be released on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings. Earlier this week, the label released one last teaser: the single Cash & Carry Me Home with remixes from Alex Patchwork and Gang Colours.

If you like it, you can download Alex’s remix for free, the Gang Colour version is available for streaming.

For more previews of the album, make sure to watch this video on YouTube. Titled Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, it will be out on February 7th, 2011.

Bilal – Levels

Taken from Bilal‘s 2010 album Airtight Revenge, this video for the new single Levels was directed by (former film student) Flying Lotus.

In case you’re wondering, those are indeed Erykah Badu, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and producer Shafiq Husayn in the video. Oh, you have to go elsewhere for the fullscreen video!

Weekly Bits 3/2011

The weekly bits are a great way to sum up a week of my Twitter posts. They are also a great excuse for being lazy and not writing articles for a week.

Brainfeeder has posted some give-aways titled Lunch Special II and Lunch Special III this week, fans of Jeremiah Jae watch out! They’re also giving a first preview to the forthcoming album by Austin Peralta, which really sounds like something.

The Leaf label has put together a 7-disc Caribou bundle, featuring previous albums, exclusive tracks and two DVDs. You can order it here.

As mentioned before, the new Pixelord EP will go on sale tomorrow. Read the interview in Knowledge Magazine and enter their competition to win copies.

LA’s Stones Throw is sharing a previously unreleased Jaylib track, well it was released not long ago on Madlib’s Medine Show #11.

Celebrating their 4th anniversary, Fine Art Records are giving away the Fabrice Lig album for free.

Not many mixtapes this week. You probably heard Morgan Zarate‘s guestmix for URB already. You also should have heard the Mark Pritchard podcast for Ho Hum before, if not you can now find it on Mixcloud.

But the best mix I’ve heard in a while is Jamie xx guestmix for Benji B. In case you missed it the first time around, you can still download it.

Thanks to 8bitch for posting Liz Copeland‘s in-depth interview with Drexciya‘s James Stinson. Originally recorded in 2002, just week’s before James passed away. The only ever Drexciya interview!

And finally, here’s a nice series of photos taken by Billy Monk at Capetown night clubs between 1967 and 1969.

Paperclip People – The Climax Re-edits

Here’s the “C2 re-appropriated re-edit of the appropriated version by Unknown Artist Track 3 that is The Climax“. Confused? A bootleg of this classic Paperclip People’s made the rounds and Carl Craig is taking it with some humor – he’s stealing it back.

He is also inviting you to support him in his cause, so download his re-edit of the re-edit (!) and if you’re a musician make a version of your own. And that’s what Quinto and Guy’Hom did, listen to their versions below.

Watch out for more versions on Carl’s Twitter account.

Julio Bashmore – Everyone Needs A Theme Tune

Julio Bashmore - Battle for Middle You

Cover Artwork

London’s PMR Records kickstarts with a new single by Julio Bashmore. The EP starts with the Battle For Middle You, which is already one of the best tunes I’ve heard this year. Not quite sure why it keeps reminding me of 12th Planet’s Get Down, it’s probably just the lyrics.

The rest of the EP continues a bit calmer, but never the less every single tune is worth getting yourself a copy.A1. Battle For Middle You
A2. Ask Yourself
B1. Everyone Needs A Theme Tune
B2. The Horn That Time Forgot

In the meantime a remix by new Ramadanman moniker Maurice Donovan has popped up on the PMR page on SoundCloud. You can listen to the stream below, but I haven’t found any info regarding the availability of the track.

“Everyone Needs A Theme Tune” is already available from Rush Hour and Juno has it for pre-order. Or simply get the digital release on Bleep or iTunes.

Feb 14, 2011 The remix EP is available now, featuring mixes by Maurice Donovan and Midland

James Blake Live at Maida Vale

We already brought you a video of James Blake‘s live performance at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in London. Now here is a batch of three tracks that were broadcasted by BBC Radio 1.

And those who haven’t heard the leaked copy yet: you must know that James Blake’s self-titled debut album will be out on February 4, 2011.

Presk – Minimix

This one’s quite an oldie, but it’s a good one nevertheless. Amsterdam’s Presk is the man responsible for this mix, which was recorded for the DUBieus Podcast back in October 2009!

01. Presk – Untitled
02. Presk – Little Control
03. Presk – Gone in two weeks
04. Presk – So Sweet
05. Presk – Untitled

If you like what this sounds like, grab the download and check this more recent mix by him.

Om Unit – The Timps

Coming out in March on Civil Music, London’s Om Unit has completed his yet most electro-infused EP to date. We already know about his passion for legendary Detroit outfit Drexciya and on “The Timps” Om Unit salutes his idols all the way through.

1. The Timps
2. Prawn Cocktail
3. The Timps (alternative version)
4. Prawn Cocktail (Salva remix)
5. The Timps (Hrdivision remix)*

* digital only

I hope you like the snippets as much as I do, but it’s still a long time until you will find this in stores. The current release-date for The Timps is March 12, 2011.

The cover was designed by Mike Lythgoe, who you might know from his work for dEbruit.

Nocow – Homeward Rain

Saint Petersburg’s Nocow is one of the less known in this generation of Russian beatmakers. To put some more attention to his skills, he is giving away a free track.

Make sure to download and for more Russian beatscene checkout Error Broadcast’s Fly Russia, our DZA podcast and this article on Pitchfork.

Cold Mission – The Remixes

Cold Mission - The Remixes

Label Print

This record is quite an oldie, it came out back in 1996 on 4hero‘s Reinforced label. However, I did not know about its existance since Mr. Beatnick wrote his fantastic article on broken beat music.

Behind Cold Mission itself are Reinforced founders Dego and Marc Mac, just one of the production duo’s many monikers alongside 4hero, Tom and Jerry, Jacob’s Optical Stairway or Waterproof.

The Nu Era remix on this 12-inch is a production by Marc Marc, and it can be argued whether it marks the first attempt at broken beat. Reinforced has long been the breeding ground for artists such as Seiji, Domu, Volcov and further inviduals of West London’s Bugz in the Attic collective.

If you like the track above, you can easily find yourself a copy on sites like Discogs, Gemm or MusicStack. For more of a similar vibe, I strongly suggest checking out Volcov’s Soul in Motion compilation released back in 2002.