Maddslinky – Further Away (Ishfaq Remix)

I’m not always into Zed Bias and it’s usually his Maddslinky output I like best. His 2011 single Further Away featuring the wonderful Tawiah already came with a bunch of remixes, but that didn’t keep Ishfaq from giving the track his own touch.

You can download the remix for free, just make sure to leave some feedback on his SoundCloud. And as Ishfaq pointed out, make sure to check out the Kahn Remix as well.

Lorn – Ghosst(s)

Animated videos, if done well, easily get a spot in my heart. The guys at CRCR came up with this for Lorn who has a new album coming out on Ninja Tune in mid-June.

Titled Ask The Dust, you can pre-order your copy on 2-LP, CD and digital – the Reel-to-reel audio tape is sold out by now.

(via 92bpm)

Volume 12 – mixed by Jay Scarlett

It’s a bit of a flowery phrase, but I guess Munich-based Jay Scarlett tastemaker really shouldn’t need an introduction. Together with Cinnaman, he has released the seminal Beat Dimensions compilations and is regarded by many as the ambassador for beat music. Under the name of Ampsoul Generation, he presents new artists on a blog and radio-show, and for a short time he has been operating the Ubeat label.

We asked Jay to play some of his favourite tracks of the moment and asked him a handful of questions on the scene and the state of Beat Dimensions.


Can you describe what the scene was like at the time you released the first Beat Dimensions? What was your motivation to do so?
The motivation behind the project was simply try to tap into a demographic of producers that weren’t getting their music out to the world because of various reason mainly the confidence level or the path to release it.

Were you surprised how this kind of music took off on a worldwide scale? what has changed?
Surprise yes in terms of how well it was received & how many people were actually looking for a new change in the scene i think these were some of the reason it did quite well on reception.

These days every blog releases its own beat compilation, but unfortunately they often mistake quantity with quality, there seems to be no curation at all. What are your opinions on that?
I agree with the quantity over quality but like most things you find a path to work and the quality purposely gets better with the understanding of whats expected.

That said, are there any plans for another Beat Dimensions and what will be the challenge?
Beat Dimensions has been laid to rest for the present. Partially because the individual ethos might have changed & the necessity to want to continue might be placed somewhere else.

Can you name some releases you enjoyed most this year or look forward to?
Plenty of artists consistently coming thru and i think to name a few is always something thats hard to do with so many new producers just to touch on some. I personally like Bobby Tank, Danny Scrilla, Moresounds, Deft, Manni Dee, Kindness, EAN, DZA, Boyfriend, Darkhouse Fam, Hazeem, Mieux, Pitchben, Skyence, KRTS, Midnight Davis, OL, Pixelord, Clams Casino, heRobust, Ambassadeurs, Lost Twin, Ta-ku, Tensei… could go on.

Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Tensei – 100 Ton Press
02. Swindle – Do The Jazz
03. Eprom – Regis Chillbin (Machinedrum Remix)
04. Eloq – Fruitsy Collins
05. Débruit – Ata
06. Barrington Levy – Vibes Is Right (Om Unit Edit)
07. Joker & Ginz – Purple City (Danny Scrilla Refix)
08. Dibia$e – Some Act Right
09. Midnight Davis – Haze
10. Dza – Finger Snaps (Shigeto Remix)
11. Eloq – Last Night A Random Girl
12. Herma Puma – Pokerface (Lopez Remix)
13. Houseshoes feat. Jimetta Rose – Castles
14. Hazeem – Cosmic Healer
15. Tensei – Passport
16. Kindness – House
17. Ghostface Killah – Mighty Deadly (4di Remix)
18. Om Unit X Daedelus – Vous Etes Stereo
19. SirOj – Natalie Portman
20. Illum Sphere – An Old Escape (Kill Them Kill) (Dabyre Remix)
21. Bee Gees – Love You Inside Out
22. Oh No & Doom – 3 Dollars
23. Just-Ice – Cold Getting Dumb
24. Leo Sunship – Give Me The Sunshine (mini – tro
25. Vessel – Standard
26. Throwing Snow & Py – Wallow (Lapalux Remix)
27. Herma Puma – Jollys (Ariya vs The Ones Edit)
28. The Mahavishnu Orchestra – Power Of Love (Om Unit Edit)

We hope you enjoy this little mix by Jay Scarlett. To stay connected on his activities, find him on Twitter, SoundCloud and Mixcloud.

Weekend Mixtapes

Well, I think you really should listen to the mixtape made by K15, but then there were some others worth checking out as well.

I’ve been following the Modeselektor guys on Soundcloud for some time and I’m used to getting nothing but 1 minute snippets. But this week, they uploaded this 35 minute long mixtape by Anstam, who has been releasing several EPs on their 50 Weapons label.

Los Angeles’ Tom Wilson releases music under the names of Take and Sweatson Klank. He’s currently on tour in Europe and for Playground Magazine he did an interview and a guestmix.

Brainfeeder signed Austin Peralta, son of legendary skateboarder and filmmaker Stacy Peralta, released a wonderful Sun Ra tribute on All City Records. Dazed Digital spoke to the young pianist and he made them an Intergalactic Mix.

Another interview/guestmix combo comes by the way of Inverted Audio, who spoke to 7even Recordings founder Greg G. He plays some new material from the label, get his mix over here.

And lastly, check out the mix by Montreal producer Jacques Greene for Oki-Ni.

Update Forgot to include the Kutmah guestmix for Tom Ravenscroft

Bitches Brew Skateboards

Bitches Brew Skateboards

Remember those Miles Davis Quintet skateboards designed by Ian Johnson? This year, Western Edition pays tribute to the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew with a series of eight four decks. The original artwork for the album cover was created by Mati Klarwein, whose son Balthazar is a passionate skater himself. That little detail led to the commissioning of the artwork, but unfortunately the decks have sold out in no time, despite the high price tag. Maybe you’ll have more luck at your local skate shop.

July 18, 2012 If you don’t mind shady Facebook pages, here is your chance to win the entire set!

July 19, 2012 Turns out I could hunt down the series in a local store. Disappointingly, the series consists of only four decks and not eight as the images suggest. The dark motives are on the upper side of the decks, the bright one on the lower. In the end, I decided against buying as I found the price tag too high.

Daedelus – Live & Interview

Only a couple of days ago I featured One O’Clock’s interview with James Pants, today they posted a new one with LA’s Daedelus.

He talks about performing live, his new Archimedes audio-visual show, and running a label.

If you have the time, take a moment and check out other features by NWMA/One O’Clock on Vimeo. They are more interview sessions like the one above with Kelpe, Anti Pop Consortium or Slugabed, and live material of Taylor McFerrin or Actress.

Jazz Covers Vol. 2

Jazz Covers Vol. 2

Back in November 2008, I wrote about Taschen’s Jazz Covers book, so I wanted to mention the publisher is now offering a follow-up. The book features a selection of top 10 favourite records by the likes of King Britt, Gilles Peterson, Rainer Trüby and others, as well as interview with Blue Note engineer Rudy Van Gelder, label founder Creed Taylor, producer Michael Cuscuna, designer Bob Ciano and Jazz Record Center owner Fred Cohen.

For a better impression, take a look at the images taken from the book over on the Taschen website. The book is 12-inch sized, has 560 pages and is available now for €39.99!

Jazz Covers Vol. 2
Joaquim Paulo, Julius Wiedemann
Hardcover, 2 vols. in slipcase, 30 x 30 cm, 560 pages, €39.99
ISBN 978-3-8365-2406-3

Py – Tripping on Wisdom

London-based vocalist Py released a mixtape last Monday featuring eight collaborations with producers that have been featured here every now and then: Throwing Snow (with whom she also recorded Wallow), Damu and George FitzGerald among others.

01. Wonderful World Interlude
02. Lungs (produced by George FitzGerald)
Whispers (produced by iO)
Black Magic (produced by Kadabrah)
05. Crowns (produced by Greenwood Sharps)
Blind (produced by Damu)
07. These Strings (produced by Throwing Snow)
Marigold (produced by Black and White Diamond Tiles)
09. Withdraw the Ambassador (produced by bretonLabs)

All of this runs for about 36 minutes and is available as a free download. In order to get it, you need a Facebook account and become a fan.

Sam Irl – Safety Hertz (Cid Rim Remix)

It’s been a while since we talked to Sam Irl, but the German producer hasn’t been sleeping since then. Only recently, his collaboration with Ritornell appeared on Kutmah’s Worldwide Family compilation, and now he’s back with a new solo EP.

Titled Slower Bavarian, it comes with four tracks, one of them being the remix above by Vienna’s Cid Rim. The vinyl is already out through Jazz & Milk Records, a digital release will follow next week.

Volume 11 – mixed by K15

It’s been a while since we last had a podcast and we’re very happy to announce this new one by London’s K15, a good friend and very talented producer. We’ll start with an interview and you can listen to a selection of his tunes, and you can listen to the wonderful mix he came up with at the bottom of this page.


What is your first memory of music and what got you into making music yourself?
Music was kinda always in my house, from my mum and my dad. But then I guess it would’ve been in my teenage years, when I was listening a lot of jungle and a lot of drum’n’bass. And I was just in awe of everything produced at the time, drum programming and samples. It was only when I got older when I realized what sampling actually was and where they were taking their sounds from. But that whole thing really got to me. So I used to go to school and I did music as a GCSE. There was a teacher, he had a copy of Cubase, and I tried to make drum’n’bass tracks and they were simply awful by any standard. But that’s when I realized this is fun, but I need to find a way to do it at some stage. And I didn’t do any music in terms of production stuff for years. Then software kinda got better and someone introduced me to Reason. I was listening to a lot of rap music and obviously to people like Jay Dee, Madlib, Hi-Tek, Pete Rock, 88-Keys, all of those guys. I thought I need to try and do this, so it was just years of figuring out ways to create music and not just listening to albums, but studying them, watching interviews, reading interviews. It was around that time, that I realized that actually that is something that’s gonna stick with me for a period of time.

How old were you at the time?
The jungle stuff would’ve been about 13/14 and I was DJing at the time aswell, or learning to DJ and buying records. The production stuff would’ve been 2001, so eleven years ago which is a long period of time to do anything. Some years later, here I am, still the same in my room doing music, buying records.

Give us an insight to the gear you use, do you prefer hardware or software?
I use this guys here, this is an MPC2000XL, so I used that but a lot of it has been software, only because software is kind of easier to get ideas down. Because I attempt to play keyboards and stuff, I have more of a range of sounds in software than I do in my MPC. So just out of convenience, software tends to be my go-to platform. But I’m still very much of a keen MPC advocate and I do still use it from time to time. Sonically, to me my MPC always sounds ten times more intense in terms of the drums than any software I’ve ever used. It just has that raw audio quality, whereas a lot of the sounds in the software I use is heavily compressed before you even do anything. The MPC has an edge to me in terms in sound.

I know you have an incredibly wide range of interest when it comes to music, how does this affect your own production?
I wanted to sound like what I heard as great music, so I wanted to really get my boombap sample stuff tight and for ages I did nothing but focus on that. And then I discovered guys like 4hero and Domu and instantly I thought, hang on a second, there are other rhythms that I could try to do. The rap/soul has always been what I’ve been striving to do, but then over the years I’ve made a lot of house music, a lot of ambient music, and a lot of weird techno type of music. I think it’s because I’m interested in a lot of types of music, is why I don’t just make one thing. I’m literally just finishing an EP and a lot of that is house-ish or dance-ish type music. I’m into all kind of music, so at some stage I’m gonna attempt to butcher a genre and do something with it man [laughs]

You first told me about your EP way back, but it only came out recently. What took you so long?
[laughs] You know what, that EP was meant to come out some years ago and it didn’t, which is fine. I think I’m slightly choosy about what I tend to put out in any way. It just kinda came when it was ready. So that came through WotNot, which is a label in London that put out very amazing modern electronic type of music. One of the guys who is behind it all, I met him over Twitter, met him for a coffee and he’s just the most delightful person. He was always interested in my music, I sent him some bits and he thought cool, let’s do this. I think the way labels work now, or this particular label, is just interest in people, who have a passion for music, different types of music, who come together and want to be part of something. They’re really cool guys, encouraging me to do more stuff. That was fun, it [Theme Music For A Pariah] came out in March of this year.

You must have made a lot of new music since you first finished that EP…
Yeah, I pretty much do music every day. So I get up, go to work, I come home and when come home I go to work again, it’s just music. Music gets made more or less every day. There are two projects that I just finished, two EPs that I’ve done, I’m just trying to get the artwork sorted for that. There’s another project called Culross Close, which is like a band, but it’s like a weird imaginary band, so all the different parts are played by musicians, but all the musicians are just figments of my imaginations. Or maybe they’re all me, I don’t know. There’s a lot of different types of music waiting to come out.

Any good shows you’ve seen recently?
The last week was kind of crazy, I saw the Robert Glasper Experience on Monday. Dude, that was insaaaaaaaane, insane! They played for like three hours, Bilal was there, Lalah Hathaway was there as a guest vocalist. I’ve seen Robert Glasper too many times, I don’t even count, but that show, the size and the feel of it was just magnificent. To see the diversity in his audience that he has now, on the back of this one album, ridiculous. Then on Wednesday I saw Thundercat at Fabric, he’s always a good guy to see, because he just noodles on the bass for ages. Then I saw Kaidi Tatham again on Thursday. I’m going to the Watch The Throne show tomorrow. Lots and lots of shows have been happening and I’m checking out some parties as well. There’s a record label, Eglo, and they have parties every so often and I go and see those guys DJ. There’s Swamp 81 that put good parties on as well and I need to spend some more time there. And the WotNot guys had massive party in conjuction with Lunice and that was a really big thing. This Thursday the WotNot guys are doing a Ustream and there’ll be a group of us DJing, telling jokes and doing some readings from Oscar Wilde.

Any good records you’ve been buying recently?
I bought a pianist called Vijay Iyer, he got a new album out called Accelerando, one of the tracks off the album is on the mix. I’ve been buying a lot of deep house stuff, a lot of Glenn Underground, some old house records, some Kenny Dope and Louie Vega stuff. And a lot of classical stuff as well. Stravinsky, Debussy, Sibelius, just lots of random stuff which is always kinda crazy to listen to, cause you play that and then you sit back at your computer to try and make something and you’re just humbled for like a week. You realize, just stop this, this is what music is supposed to sound like, this is serious.

And lastly, what kind of records did you pick for the mix?
There’s a little bit of everything. I buy a lot of records and initially I used to buy just to sample and then I realized I actually like a lot of the stuff I was buying, so now I just buy music because I enjoy playing records and pretending to DJ every now and again. So on the mix there’s some Larry Heard, some Jessica Williams, Jean Grae, Marcellus Pittman, lots and lots of different records that I bought in the last few months. There was probably an expectation that I was just gonna play hip hop music or electronic instrumental music. I’m into everything, so I tried to keep it as varied as possible and throw the odd Steve Reich loop in there just for the fun. Lots of good music, songs I generally play in my spare time and enjoy listening to.


Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Vijay Iver Trio – The star of a story
02. Happy The Man – Upon The Rainbow
03. Larry Heard – Missing you
04. Omar S & Kai Alice – Jive Time (unreleased beats)
05. Zed Bias – Music Deep Inside
06. Bicep – Stripper
07. N’n’G – I Keep
08. Marcellus Pittman – Razz09
09. Glenn Underground – Chicago Theme
10. Steve Reich – Come out
11. Claus Ogermann Orchestra – Caprice
12. Isotope – Attila
13. Jean Grae – Love Song
14. Camp Lo – Luchini (aka This Is It)
15. The Roots – Concerto of the Desperado (instrumental)
16. Steve Spacek – Peep Live Show
17. Jessica Williams – Return To The Portal of Antrim

You can find of more K15’s music on his SoundCloud profile, on Bandcamp, and he talks about music on Twitter as well.

Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again

On April 4th, many music blogs to remind the world of the great Arthur Russell, who sadly passed away on that day 20 years ago. Must’ve missed that, but then I don’t like to remember brilliant musicians by their deaths. So I’m taking the occasion of his 61st birthday to present you a song I’ve only discovered recently.

If I’m not mistaken, Kiss Me Again was Arthur’s first release ever. In fact, it was a collaboration with legendary Studio 54 disc jockey Nicky Siano. I ran across the record after seeing the first pressing on the Rush Hour newsletter – for 35 euros!

Fortunately, represses are available for more reasonable prices and I’m happy to have bought a copy. As you can hear there are two versions of the song, a disco version and another one with a more folky feeling. Each running for 13 minutes!

And that’s my random story about Arthur Russell. For more, check out the documentarythe book and, of course, his great musical output!

AD Bourke – Raw Ivy EP

I was thinking about AD Bourke the other day, but even before I could check if he’s been up to anything lately, he announced this new EP. On Raw Ivy, the Italian producer reflects a broad variety of influences. Jazz, house, funk, hip hop beats, you can hear a bit of everything on the record.

You can pick this up early next week and you can do so on 180g vinyl or digital. It’s available for pre-order at Bleep.

(via Two Hungry Ghosts)

Dimlite – Abscission

When Grimm Reality came out last year, it was clear he delivered a masterpiece. We probably haven’t figured it out completely, but its genius can’t be denied. It’s not an easy record, but it’s worth taking the challenge.

After many, many listens, I certainly haven’t figured it out. I love it, but that’s only a feeling. In the meantime, Dimlite is at least one step ahead as he plans the release of Abscission, a digital-only release of Grimm Reality outtakes. It’s the first release on Ripl (doesn’t that sound like it could be his label?) and will be out in June 2012.

June 19, 2012 Listen to a first track form the mini-album over here!

December 12, 2012 Vinyl copies are available as of today!

Kutmah – All Dabrye Mixtape

Not only has Dabrye resurfaced from years of hiatus, he also remixed Illum Sphere and is about to return with a London show this coming Thursday.

A teaser for all Londoners, a treat for the rest of us, this mixtape by Kutmah is a reminder of some highlights by the Detroit producer. Kutmah will join alongside Patchwork Pirates at Shoreditch’s Basing House. Tickets here (probably sold out by now), download there.

The Dark Side of the Moon

I guess I’m with Erykah Badu when it comes to picking my favourite record: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. This goes as far that I’ve bought several copies of the record and enjoyed the documentary on the album more than once. Not to mention the Pompeii gig and, of course, Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point.

The one thing I admire about the British band is their pioneering work when it comes to adding a strong visual language to their performances. Below you get to see the final cut of the backdrop films used during their initial US, UK, and French tours for the album.

Let’s hope these are meant to stay online, otherwise you might want to head over to Matthew Fuggi’s Vimeo page where you can download the videos for the time being.