Brogan Bentley – Ask When I’m Night

Only yesterday I went back to Julia Holter’s great album on Leaving Records, today I came across the new EP on Matthewdavid‘s label. It comes from Californian Brogan Bentley, his debut release, and along with it comes this nice video.

The self-title three-tracker will be available on tape and digital on July 10th, and you can download Ask When I’m Night for free.

Kelpe Live at Home

London’s Kelpe got a new toy and it’s not to make beats on it: it’s the GoPro camera that you might know from these near space videos. Mounted on his head, Kel filmed himself while performing two of his tracks at home.

The Blankout Agreement

Toy Castle

As you can see, there are a lot more toys involved: Akai’s MPD24, a Korg Monotribe, Doepfer Dark Energy and the oh-so-beautiful OP-1 by Teenage Engineering. If you’re more interested in the music, you can find Toy Castle on the Margins EP and The Blankout Agreement on 2009’s Microscope Contents.

91 Fellows – Terrapin Skydome

Technically not a mixtape, Terrapin Skydome is the new project by Pursuit Grooves under the name of 91 Fellows. The new moniker came about as a tribute to her late grandfather and explores a more emotional, atmospheric side of her music.

This original composition is the soundtrack to a fictious short film Terrapin Skydome and was made for Australian website A Colourful Storm instead of an ordinary mixtape. In late July, a first release under the new name can be expected on Aybee’s Deepblak label. After hearing this, you’ll be as excited as we are!

B-Ju – Cry Wolf

When we gave away that Dog Day EP some years ago, B-Ju was known for his instrumental beats at hip-hop pace. But Prozac People on Error Broadcast already signalled the Hamburg-based producer is capable of more, and his latest release was another confirmation of that.

Early next month, B-Ju will release more bass-driven house music on Birmingham’s Squelch & Clap label. The track above is a first taste of what that one has in store, expect to hear the rest when it drops on July 2nd (or maybe the week after!)

Machinedrum – Luster

You might have heard one or the other from Rob Booth’s upcoming Electronic Explorations compilation, but it’s Chicago’s Little White Earbuds blog that provides us with a first freebie.

The 61 track compilation will be out on July 1st for a ridiculously low price tag of only ₤5! It’s already available for pre-order and to make the waiting a bit easier, you can download the Machinedrum track today!

Weekend Mixtapes

We started the week with a Mixtape Monday, now it’s the time to think about the weekend. Here are five mixtapes to get you started.

London’s Tempo Clash collective celebrated its first anniversary about a month ago. They’ve been kind enough to record the B2B set by Kutmah and Om Unit. To get a glimpse of the vibe, stream or download the recording.

I didn’t expect Dego to allow his set recorded at the Boiler Room to go online, but that’s exactly what happened earlier this week. That’s a must have!

There used to be a new Pete Concrete mix every 6 months or so, but for his latest one he took a bit longer. His new one is called Psycho in Active and it’s as good as always.

George FitzGerald‘s releases on Hotflush and Aus Music are always worth checking out, but there aren’t that many of his mixes available. This week, he’s contributed one to the XLR8R Podcast.

And to round this up properly, check out the new iO guestmix for Hyponik. Just to make sure, iO is not to be confused with these cats!

Strange U – Plastique

London’s Eglo Records never ceases to amaze me. Already a platform for a broad palette of genres, their latest addition Strange U adds an oldschool hip-hop angle (think Dr. Octagon) to their portfolio.

Apart from the video there isn’t much info about the track or the artist behind it. This should be the next release, but there’s no hint when it might be coming out.

If you got any inside informations (or tremendous Google skills), feel free to leave a comment.

Azizi Gibson x Jeremiah Jae – Ignorant Prayers Instrumentals

Azizi Gibson x Jeremiah Jae - Ignorant Prayers Instrumentals

Cover Artwork

You might have seen the new mixtape by Azizi Gibson and Jeremiah Jae posted yesterday on the Brainfeeder website. Not that prominently featured were the instrumentals, those are available on Jeremiah’s own Tumblr page. Personally, I prefer them over the Azizi’s raps, though I must admit the instrumentals can feel a bit empty at times.01. Yammaha (Instrumental)
02. Lover$ (Instrumental)
03. Track 2
04. Get Head (Instrumental)
05. Windows (Instrumental)
06. Surrendering your soul Radio
07. Gonna Make a Change (Instrumental)
08. Fish Scale (Instrumentals)
10. Rappin Ain’t Dead Nigga (Instrumental)
11. Where Is Pastor Slick Bak (Interlude)
12. Little Timmy’s Prayers (Instrumental)
13. God (Instrumental)
14. Azizi’s Request (Instrumental)
15. Why you dont date Thugs these days
16. Bonus Beat (Instrumental)
17. Could it Be (Instrumental)
18. P.H.C (Instrumental)

In the end, it’s up to you: grab the instrumentals, grab the full version, grab both – they’re all available for free!

Bongos Ikwue – Ochombolo (Greenmoney Remix)

Former Bugz in the Attic member Alex Phountzi has been supplying me with new Greenmoney material for some time now, but it never felt right to go with my usual selection of tracks. It’s different with the latest tune from the duo, an afrobeat flavoured remix for Nigerian Bongos Ikwue.

Not as hard as what I’m used to from Greenmoney, but still clearly one for the dancefloor. It will be out in the near future on Bik Entertainment.

Fracture – Bad Habit (Om Unit VIP)

There’s hardly a week without anything noteworthy coming from London’s Om Unit, the man is all over the place. We’re not really surprised, but in awe – it doesn’t happen that often that something good gets picked up across scenes so quickly.

In the player above, you can hear his latest offering, a clip from his forthcoming 10-inch record on the Astrophonica label. Limited to 300 copies, all screen printed with hand numbered sleeves, this one is available for pre-order now. That also means you better be quick!

June 26, 2012 We replaced the clip with full version of the track!

Sweet Rendez-Vous (The Remixes)

Our friends at On-Point released a new record by JtotheC & the Bad Mothas the other day and were generous enough to post the full tracks on their SoundCloud page.

The original version by JtotheC is already my favourite in the label’s young history, but wait until you hear the remixes by Kid Sublime, Billy Palmier, Monkey Robot or Sleepin Giant.

A digital release is already available from partnering label Citywurl and On-Point’s Bandcamp. A vinyl record is set for a release later in July.

Bass Clef – Ghost Kicks in the Spiral

What a beautiful reminder to finally take the time and listen to Bass Clef‘s last album Reeling Skullways released in April. The video was directed by the BAFTA awarded Esther Campbell and sports a nice VHS look.

Reeling Skullways was released on the Punch Drunk label, reviews are available on The Quietus, HHV Mag and XLR8R (where we also found the video.)

GB presents The Abstract Eye

Big thanks to Mr Beatnick for the heads up on the latest release from the Eglo family. It comes from LA’s Gifted and Blessed and it’s his second release as The Abstract Eye.

A great and well fitting addition to the Eglo roster, if you ask me and I can’t wait to hold the vinyl in my hands. You can pick up your copy from Kudos (haven’t seen it elsewhere yet) or go for the digital release from GB’s Bandcamp page.

June 20, 2012 The album was taken down for no apparent reason, but you can listen to snippets on Juno and Rush Hour. It also seems the release has been out since April already, sorry for the misinformation!

Dorian Concept & Tom Chant – Dream Works

It’s been terribly quiet around Dorian Concept, but given the possibility he might be working on a new album, that’s probably not such a bad thing. However, a couple of days ago this collaboration with Cinematic Orchestra’s Tom Chant popped up. The two figures have played several live concerts together, so maybe releasing music together is the natural result of this.

The track is part of the Cinematic Orchestra compilation In Motion pt. 1, which also features new material by Austin Peralta and Grey Reverent. All of this will be out on June 25th and it will be available on 2-LP, CD and several digital formats. Pre-order from Ninja Tune, Amazon or iTunes.

Dimlite – Hubris for hubris

A couple of weeks ago, you could listen to 10 minutes from the upcoming Dimlite mini-album Abscission. Now there are two full tracks to listen to, one of them below, and the release-date has been set as well.

You can pre-order Abscission on the Ripl Music Bandcamp page for €5 (or more), it will be available on June 20th, 2012. For your convenience, you can also purchase it on iTunes and Boomkat.

June 20, 2012 Oh, there will also be a vinyl release later in August!