I wanted to post the first video the other day, but I guess it makes more sense to post both these videos about the track Phoneline. So here we got FunkinEven showing how the track came about, and in the second video Fatima joins him for an interview.
The Phoneline EP has been released on Eglo Records and is available from Boomkat – Phonica and Rush Hour have it for pre-order.
August 3, 2012 Also, here’s video of FunkinEven & Fatima’s in-store session at Phonica Records
There were other tracks popping up in the last couple of hours that were taken from Hit+Run‘s new compilation, below you can hear the collaborative track by London’s Om Unit and LA’s Sweatson Klank.
25 additional tracks are awaiting you, Road Kill Vol. 2 is out today and available for only $10!
Oh, and before we forget. Om Unit’s Cosmic Bridge label has just released a free EP to all their Facebook followers.
Much has happened since we gave away B-Ju’s Dog Day EP in 2010, the first vinyl to come out on the Italo-German Error Broadcast label. Since the young producer from Hamburg released Prozac People last year (also on Error Broadcast), there has been a notable shift from electronic hip-hop beats to London-flavoured house sounds. The latest examples of his sound can be found on releases from Squelch & Clap and No Brainer.
So who is this B-Ju guy?
I’m a producer and DJ of electronic music, currently living in Hamburg, Germany. Besides music I work as a copywriter for advertising which is as boring as it sounds. I also read poets and hug trees.
What’s your first memory of music and how did you end up making music yourself?
The first thing I remember was the full music video of Thriller by Michael Jackson. I guess this memory had more to do with the fact that I was shitting myself than enjoying the music. When I first saw Mr. Len juggling his coloured records in Co-Flows „End to End Burners“ I wanted to become a DJ. Sounds like the beginning of a fairy tale, huh?!
More recently, there has been a change in your sound. Just one of the many sides of B-Ju?
I always heard and made music of different genres. My Dancing in your head record by Ornette Coleman is next to Ludacris’ What’s your fantasy, which isn’t contradictory to me. Even if the intellectual range is monolithic.
There is now a generation of producers that was influenced by videogame sounds, do you feel like a part of that?
I’m a kid of the 8-bit generation too, but I always were a ousider when it came to videogames. All of my friends owned Nintendo consoles, I was the only one with a Sega Mega Drive. But I wouldn’t say that sounds of the videogames influenced my music a lot even if you can hear some of them on my Dog Day EP. I think that most producers build on 8-bit sounds too much. That’s the reason why I never could relate to a genre that is defined by that specific sound.
You don’t see it often that producers release different styles under the same name. Was that a conscious decision?
Yes, it was a decision out of laziness. Promo-wise it’s probably not the best thing to release different styles of music under the same name. I still get messages from promoters like „Oh, I didn’t know that you doing club music now“. But I also start to realize that it seems to be to exhausting for people to stick to one genre. You are not a weirdo anymore if you like artists like Blawan and Shlohmo at the same. I think people are more honest about their own taste nowadays.
What are you up to next?
I’m doing some remixes and I want to release this strange record I’m working on right now. Don’t know when or where. Collabs are also planned, but I can’t say much about that right now. Playing live is a big issue for me, since a lot of people asked me about that. The thing is: I don’t want to be one of those „I trigger my tracks in Ableton, press the play button and add some random lazer effects“-musicians. That’s the reason why I want to take my time to build a live-routine.
How did you choose tracks for the mix?
When I record a mix I mostly try to choose tracks that I wouldn’t play in a club. For this particular mix I mainly took slow and deep house tracks that have a slight Hip-Hop twist. I like the idea of doing a coherent mix that listeners of all kind of genres could relate to.
Can you name some current favourites from your record bag?
Still like the latest release by 123mrk, Refined Madness, and Kidnap Kid’s Alphaville EP. Urulu’s Sincerely 91 is a bomb! I also like Thundercat’s album a lot.
Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Darling Farah – Fortune
02. Cosmin TRG – Liebe Suende
03. AppleBottom – Diamondz
04. 813 – Monogamous
05. XI – Nightlife
06. B-Ju – Cry Wolf
07. VVV – Traverse
08. aKido – Epoch (Get High)
09. Jimmy Edgar – New Touch
10. Scratcha DVA – Just Vybe (Soule:Power Mix)
11. LOL Boys – Changes (Shlohmo Remix)
As B-Ju knows his way around the internet, you can find him on SoundCloud, Twitter, Bandcamp, YouTube and Facebook. If you want to hear more of his mixtapes, you can find them on Mixcloud!
A week after the release of Hudson Mohawke and Lunice‘s new TNGHT EP on Warp, here’s an official video directed by Dominic Flannigan & Peter Marsden.
Out now on Bleep, iTunes and everywhere else.
As we haven’t updated you on new mixtapes lately, check out these from the last couple of days.
His previous two Lover’s Melt mixtapes still produce a lot of search queries on this site, so you might be happy to hear about the third installment in Flying Lotus‘ series.
And it’s once again one of FlyLo’s pears, London based DJ Kutmah, who has got a mix to deliver. This time he was asked by FACT Magazine to contribute to their podcast series.
Martin Clark’s Blackdown blog did a feature on Om Unit and his Cosmic Bridge label. Comes with a short interview and a mix.
Recorded at an Oslo RBMA party, listen to a live set by Four Tet.
This Linkwood mixtape has been around for a while, let’s download it!
Boiler Room co-founder Thristian aka the bPm put together TOOHOTTOLISTENTOTECHNO for the guys at oki-ni
And lastly, another one from the archives: the Hyponik podcast by Photomachine.
Black Acre is a label to have an eye (and ear) on, otherwise you’d miss out on a lot of good music from a diverse scene of underground producers. Last year’s albums by Blue Daisy or Hyetal have found many fans, and there’s no need to argue about the talents that Fantastic Mr Fox, Lukid, DZA or 1000names are. You find a bit of all that on the label’s new Rebuilds compilation.
01. Fantastic Mr Fox – Sketches (SBTRKT remix)
02. Hyetal – Diamond Islands (Boddika remix)
03. Blue Daisy & Anneka – Raindrops (John Talabot’s Cosmic rework)
04. Hyetal – Phoenix (Fantastic Mr Fox remix)
05. Memotone – Multicolour (Lukid remix)
06. 1000names – Pocket Calculator (Lynx & Hellrazor)
07. DZA – Bullseye (feat Mujuice & Non – Dizz1 remix)
08. Hyetal – Searchlight (Stay+)
09. Blue Daisy & Anneka – Blood Petal Roses (Sunken Foal remix)
10. Von D – Truth (Tes La Rok remix)
Many of these tracks have so far been available on vinyl only, so make sure not to miss it if you don’t collect records. For me, the Phoenix Remix (listen below) makes it worth buying alone.
You can buy Black Acre presets Rebuilds from fine places such as Boomkat, Bleep – or iTunes.
As he did with his previous Golden Glasses EP, Amsterdam’s Full Crate keeps exploring UK garage vibes on his latest tune. It comes as part of 22tracks‘ first 22Beats compilation, containing an overall of 22 tracks by 22 producers from the Netherlands.
You might also want to check out a fan-made video for Full Crate’s track.
It’s been a while since I last bought an Atjazz record, but this new one is pretty exciting. Lush RnB beats accompanying the sexy vocals by Canadian singer Amalia, works pretty well for me.
You might have heard One on Atjazz’s 2009 album Full Circle, a single will be out on July 27 (that’s tomorrow!) and it comes with several remixes by Boddhi Satva. Pre-order available on iTunes!
It’s been a couple of month since Photek‘s contribution to the DJ-Kicks, but !K7 is not letting it slip into the forgotten past yet. Over the years it has become a tradition that each of DJ-Kicks mixes got an exclusive track and in Photek’s case that track was Levitation. More recently, those exclusives got the remix treatment and Altered Natives got the “opportunity to remix one of my musical heroes.”
The track will be out on 12-inch early next week, and it will feature the original version as well as another remix by Tom Bulwer. You can listen to a clip of the latter on his SoundCloud page.
It must have been about a year since work on the Analogue Monsta album has first been announced, now the duo of Suzi Analogue and Tokimonsta have completed Boom. I’m not sure what I expected from the project, but since I liked both artists’ solo efforts, I expected something better. The album clearly has its ups and downs and in my opinion it doesn’t get any better than the track above.
If you’re interested in hearing the rest of it, you can stream the Boom in its entirety on SoundCloud or download it for free from Scion A/V.
Following Dark Sunrise, this is already the second video off Om Unit‘s recently released Aeolian EP. It was directed by the duo of Bison, who you might know from their work for Jon Hopkins.
As for the EP, Aeolian is available now through Civil Music on vinyl and several digital format.
If you’re on Twitter, your stream was probably flooded with tweets about the new Flying Lotus track for the Adult Swim Singles Program. Well, lots of hype but is it that good? I clearly prefer the instrumental version with Brainfeeder co-conspirator Thundercat, which popped up on FlyLo’s SoundCloud earlier today.
Unfortunately, the instrumental isn’t available for download, which brings us back to the vocal version of Between Friends – if you don’t want to leave empty handed.
(via Fresh Selects)
Compared to the previous two or three years, 2012 didn’t have that many albums I fell in love with – and I’m not saying there haven’t been any good albums this year. But I have a feeling the forthcoming Mala in Cuba album will end up in a lot of top fives by the end of the year.
So, FACT Magazine caught up with Mala and Gilles Peterson to talk about the production process of the album. It won’t be out before September, but it will be preceded by a 12-inch with the tracks Cuba Electronic and Calle F. Oh, how I can’t wait to hold it in my hands!
July 27, 2012 The 12-inch EP is now available for order
August 4, 2012 Cuba Electronic now has an official music video
August 29, 2012 You can now pre-order a limited vinyl-boxset of the album. Also, Lefto has confirmed that the tracks from the preceding 12-inch won’t be on the (vinyl) album.
I’ve actually been to Belgium’s 10 Days Off back in 2003 and I have nothing but good memories of the festival and the lovely town of Ghent. Last Thursday, it was Brainfeeder’s Teebs playing there and much to my joy a recording has been made available on SoundCloud.
For repeated listen on your device of choice, grab the download while it’s available!
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen much sun on the weekend… mostly rain! But then there are things that make even a rainy day pleasant, such as the latest mixtape from the Fremdtunes family. Featuring mostly new or unreleased music, it was put together by label co-founder DJ Mace.
01. Fremdkunst – Pictures at an 1889 exhibition (re-edit unmastered)
02. Soosh – Everything you say (Sekuoia Remix)
03. OptiMace – From Lizzie with love (Big Mister Doom Remix)
04. DJ Optimus – Das experiment
05. Emufucka – Paths to otherwhere (Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie Remix) (unmastered)
06. Fremdkunst – Çe soir (live 2009 ft Mete Erker, Optimus, Shycop & Vindictiv)
07. Big Mister Doom – Wilderness (OptiMace Remix ft iET & Budy Mokoginta)
08. Saccage ft DJ Mace & Shycop – Irie for the heads (unmastered)
09. Kelpe – Inklitter
10. Kid Sundance – Clarks’ revenge
11. Moods – My story (unmastered)
12. Emufucka – Time wizard (Quarta330 Remix) (unmastered)
13. Pierce Warnecke – Re-processed
14. Planes – Brevity pact (unmastered)
15. Fremdkunst – To concentrate, to become exhausted (original version)
16. Ben Butler & Mousepad – Pepperoni e lee (unmastered)
17. R&R Grooove Xpress – Ti amo (de la fonque)
18. Julian Edwardes – Mudslide (unmastered)
19. Coco Bryce – Bright lit (unmastered)
20. Also sprach Atari st1040
The mix is available for download from the Fremdtunes page on Soundcloud. For more of those, you can also check out their past mixes on Mixcloud.