From now on I’m going to summarize some of the news that I did not cover in a full article. These weekly bits might not be a regular thing, but should be posted on weekends. So, let’s start with week 7 of 2009.
Orin Walters from Bugz in the Attic, otherwise known as Afronaught, did an interview for souledup.com. It’s a good read, focusing on the beginnings of his music production, the Co-Op parties and the current state of the West London scene.
The latest show of Deviation had special guest Phil Asher talking about the Phlash & Friends album. You can still listen to the show on the BBC iPlayer for the next couple of days, or grab the full show (or just the Phil Asher part) for your iPod.
Also, the launch party for the album will take place next Wednesday at London’s East Village. The night features singers Zansika, Shea Soul and Sandra Nkake, DJs include Zed Bias, Bopstar and Afronaught, the entry is free! If you need a taste, why don’t you rewind this video.
Sometimes, I’m not quite sure what to choose for my weekly bits. I always hope that I have interesting stuff to share with you. But selection bears limitation and I don’t limit what I select. Perhaps, you are more interested in the leaked tracks from the upcoming Nosaj Thing album or you do care more about wicked mixtapes like Peter Kruder‘s set for Beats in Space? Is your seek for the Gilles Peterson’s Q-Tip Special so desperate again? And have you heard the latest Super Value re-edit already? What about the new episode of Low End Theory Podcast? Did I miss anything on Dorian Concept again? Man, that new Spike Jonze flick is something I wanna see!
I’m sure there is a lot I have missed and I hope there’s something in it for you. There’s too much stuff happening out there, but if you want to share the latest buzz with me, you are more than welcome!
The Weekly Bits collect some of the most noteworthy news from our Twitter stream. Let’s see if you missed any of these.
With his self-titled debut album finally in stores, here’s a music video for SBTRKT‘s single featuring Yukimi Nagano
Another much anticipated album is Zomby‘s forthcoming Dedication. Two of its tracks are available now on a highly limited 7-inch and one of them is a free download.
Drexciya‘s DJ Stingray contributes to Electronic Explorations second Legends Guest Mix Series, playing a selection fast paced techno.
Another Detroit legend, Planet E founder Carl Craig, has been interviewed by We Love Music. The video also features comments by the likes of Derrick May, Paul Woolford and The Mole.
Spain’s 2011 Sónar festival came to an end, RBMA Radio has caught some of the live-sets including these from Teebs, Illum Sphere, Cosmin TRG or The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble. BBC Radio 1 aired Scuba’s set on this week’s Essential Mix, and Benji B has even more.
I got two more mixtapes for you: DJ Andy Smith’s never released Document 4 and this Groove Merchants radioshow with a guestmix from Mount Kimbie.
Lastly, here’s the sad story of Andy Baio, who recently got sued by Kind of Blue cover photographer Jay Maisel for “using” his picture for his Kind of Bloop project.
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.
Despite the ongoing World Cup, I think it’s time to revive that old fashion of weekly bits again.
With Form, producer AFTA-1 presents his latest art project: 100 cassettes with all new music, each wrapped in 1/100th piece of a painting. And if you threw your last walkman away 15 years ago, you can get a digital version as well!
Mixtape-wise, I was mostly listening to the latest Beats in Space show with Kompakt head Michael Mayer (and his set from Sunday Best) or James Holden’s guestmix for the XLR8R Podcast. You might also be interested in this free Jeremiah Jae mixtape or the Kirk Degiorgio podcast for Bleep43
New in stores are the Break Off EP by SBTRKT & Sampha with two tracks first heard on their Worldwide appearance, a picture disc (!) by Jimmy Edgar with a nice Kyle Hall remix, or a new one from Martyn on Ostgut Ton. You might also want to check out the debut album from Swede:art, now available on CD and download.
Recommended free tracks come from Kelpe, fLako and Greymatter.
If you’re into photography, have a look at these portraits by Morgan O’Donovan. He’s had the likes of SBTRKT, Pariah, Brackles, Sinden or Greenmoney in front of his camera.
A bit older, but never mentioned: Flying Lotus interviews Ikonika, SBTRKT mix for Benji B.
Let’s start the latest weekly bits with a remainder from the previous week. The Roots played enough cover-versions of Dilla Joints to fill an album, but they decided to give those away for free!
Another full-lengtt is available for streaming, it’s Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson Zwei, which is now out on CD and MP3 through !K7.
This week has also saw the release of the anticipated new album from Matthew Herbert, the first in his ONE Trilogy.
The other week I have mentioned a teaser to Behind Closed Doors 2, a documentary on young beatmakers such as K15, FS Green, BUG, Sir OJ and many others. Check out this new and extended trailer.
You have probably seen this article on Information Is Beautiful, as it circulated quite a lot. It’s basically a picture of pie charts showing how much musicians earn on the internet. Quite sad!
Lastly, here are a couple of mixtapes for you. Kyle Hall uploaded his guest-mix for Mary Anne Hobbs’ radioshow. Hoya:Hoya celebrated the launch of their blog with a live-recording from Daedelus. 7even Recordings boss Greg recorded the Modulation Mix with new and exclusive music from the label.
It’s been a while since the last weekly bits, but now that the new website is complete there should be more time for regular posts.
British duo Autechre are back with a new album. It’s their 10th already and it will be released in March on Warp Records. Titled “Oversteps”, it will be available as a deluxe vinyl edition designed by TDR among other formats. They have also announced a tour through Europe, kicking of on March 11.
Another legendary comeback this year is made by Gil Scott-Heron, whose new album I’m New Here will be released on February 8. You can already have a look at his new video for Me and The Devil.
BlastKid has posted a good read on European Jazz for the LaidBack blog. This is only an appetizer for his forthcoming radioshow, in which he will play the music mentioned.
Stuttgart’s Motor City Drum Ensemble has mixed the latest podcast for XLR8R, in which he plays lots of classic house tracks and a few new tunes as well.
You never go wrong paying Sonic Router a visit, but this week was truly exceptional. Following the Best of Ruffage Sessions came an exclusive mix from Blue Daisy, one of the most exciting names to look out for this year.
The Bleep store has announced a most compelling offer this week, for only 30 dollars/euros/pounds you can buy the Top 100 Tracks of 2009. Be quick, the offer is only valid for two weeks!
If you’re looking for some free music instead, have a look at these unreleased demos from Dwele.
From the previous week is the BBC Live Session from Four Tet. Comes with both audio and video.
Twenty weeks into the year and here comes the first edition of our weekly bits and we only noticed how we missed them.
Two years before the Sex Pistols formed, a year before The Ramones got together, three brothers from Detroit formed Death, arguably one of the first punk bands in the world. There is an interesting looking documentary coming to movie theaters (and iTunes) that you might want to check out!
Read an interview with Jeff Jank, creative directory for Stones Throw and illustrator behind the Quasimoto character.
Hard Wax is Berlin’s legendary record store founded in 1989 by Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, the duo also known for their work as Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound. This interview tells about the early days of Hard Wax.
Domino Records reissued Four Tet’s 2003 album Rounds with a live bonus disc. Out now!
The music video for Kendrick Lamar’s seminal Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe premiered earlier this week, time to revisit the Dr. Dre-produced, Boomclap Bachelors-sampling hit single.
Next up we got two mixtapes worth checking out. The first one comes from Gerry Read ahead of his DJ set at London’s Fabric club, the second from Night Slug’s Girl Unit.
And lastly – it is finally out!
My favourite free track this week comes from Greymatter, who reworked Azymuth‘s Carambola. The track was remixed by Mark Pritchard and Roc Hunter back in the year 2000 and this new version brings back some memories.
Jonny Miller was so kind to send me a copy of the latest Jus’Listen digital release. I had no time to review it, but can still recommend giving it a try. It features two tracks from Daco and Chimpo, the latter being a favourite!
For the last 10 years, Mark “Snowboy” Cotgrove has been working on a book about the Jazz Dance scene in the UK. On 300 pages, From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz features many interviews, photos and other documents from the seventies to the mid-nineties. The book is out now!
There are two more bits from the previous week I don’t want to leave unmentioned. Remix Magazine did an interview with Harmonic 313‘s Mark Pritchard, focusing on more techy things like the production process of the album When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence. Should be an interesting read for all you producers out there! Another interview comes from Evil Monito Magazine, who had the chance to speak to legendary DJ Bob Jones.
Either I was sleeping or there’s simply not much I can write about this week. I’m afraid the former is true, but hopefully there are some interesting bits in for you.
Dimlite just released a new 7-inch on Dublin’s All City Records. It is part of the label’s beat series, which will result in a CD compilation later this year. Shook Magazine offers one of the tracks from Dimlite as download.
From Seiji comes another mixtape, this time entirely focused on UK funky. He also posted two new tracks for download, a remix for Waxolutionists and an original. If there was a proper RSS feed on his site, I’d be writing about this much earlier!
The guys from MOOVMNT have posted two nice remixes from Californian producer Take. There’s a track taken from the upcoming LA EP 3×3 from Flying Lotus and another for Mary Anne Hobbs’ upcoming compilation on Planet Mu.
The good people at Sonic Router premiered this free EP from Golau Glau, consisting of seven tracks in a minimal techno flavour with dubstep influences here and there. Get the music from Bandcamp and don’t miss the the interview.
While we’re at Sonic Router, their latest podcast was mixed by Hotflush’s George FitzGerald and we think you want that.
Another recommended mix comes from Tom Trago, whose new album Iris is finally available in stores around the world. Also check out his podcast for DJ Broadcast.
Former Bugz in the Attic member Seiji was guest on the latest Solid Steel show, you can download his hour long guestmix on SoundCloud.
However, my favorite mix this week comes from Dark Arx signed Gerry Read. If you like a fix of good house music, get this one!
The track of the week comes from New York duo Sepalcure. Their remix for Schools of Seven Bells is a free download on the XLR8R website.
Lastly, here’s a new video from Bibio, whose new album Mind Bokeh is available now (also some nice shirts!)
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.
With the RBMA in London being over, the academy’s daily newspaper is now available for the public. You can download all 24 issues as PDF files.
Also from the RBMA website are these two videos from the Brainfeeder Sessions, they capture moments from Gaslamp Killer‘s DJ set and Dorian Concept‘s live-show. For the latter I also got a download link for you.
From SpineTV comes a documentary about London’s Eglo label, the home to Floating Points, Fatima and Funkineven. You might also want to check out the brand new Soul Glo music video.
I was about to post you snippets of Erykah Badu’s upcoming album, but they have been removed in the meantime. You can still win a print of the album’s artwork or download the leaked track Strawberry Incense.
Another anticipated album is finally in stores: F’s Energy Distortion is available on CD and digital. Vinyl lovers have to get it split over three EPs.
There are also a couple of mixtapes you might want to check out. FACT Magazine’s latest podcast was put together by Bristol dubstep producer Peverelist. Berlin’s Robot Koch did a mix for Electronic Beats Radio and Demus of 2 Banks of 4 is featured on the latest OFFtrack radio-show.
If you haven’t read the email correnspondence between Egon (Stones Throw, Now-Again) and composer Lloyd Miller yet, you’re missing something quite delightful. Comes with a free track.
Dark Roasted Blend has an article on car record player and other cool vintage gadgets.
Warp Films presents the first 10 minutes of the All Tomorrow’s Parties documentary, which is out now on DVD and as download.
Music lover’s favourite car-brand Scion presents the latest installment in the remix series, a new single from Todd Edwards with remixes from the likes of Joy Orbison and MJ Cole. Didn’t exactly blow me away, but hey – it’s a available for free!
On the mixtape front, there is the new Low End Theory Podcast by DJ Nobody and Take, Urb’s exclusive Plastikman set, or Seiji and Joker’s mini-mix for Anne Mac.
For some videos, check out Fullcrate & Mar’s all new music-video I Said, Gilles Peterson and ?uestlove together at Miami’s WMC, or A Minute with Mux Mool.
Dublab has a new mix CD from Daedelus on sale. Called Future Roots, it focuses on rave music from the early nineties.
Also have a look at Zomby’s page on SoundCloud, there’s some new stuff going on!
We’ve already been blessed with quite some mixtapes this week, but there are some more to follow in this post.
What is good music? This website of the same name compiled tracks from Daz-I-Kue, Rich Medina, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Peven Everett, Erik Rico, King Britt and many others on their Spring Sampler 2009. What makes this one special is that it allows you not only to listen to the tracks online, but also to download all of them for free in MP3 format.
My favourite podcast this week came from Robotronic Radio. The show is called The Depot and in their eighth edition they not only feature Dorian Concept (including an interview), but also play a nice selection of electronic music from wonky hip hop to dubstep.
Which brings me to the more prominent Deviation show on BBC Radio 1, which also featured Dorian Concept. Benji talks with Dorian about his album When Planets Explode, his live performances and future plans. You can listen to that on the BBC iPlayer for the next couple of days or with some luck you can find a download of the show.
I know there are quite some Parra fans out there. For owners of an iPhone, there’s a free app called Parra Plays. That’s a collection of three casual games (including Memorize and a Simon clone) featuring Parra‘s artwork.
From Ben Westbeech comes this house mixtape, which he has posted via Twitter. So did Alex Phountzi of Bugz in the Attic with the Greenmoney Showcase, a mix that’s more on the broken tip.