Looking for the Perfect Beat

In summer 2014, a first trailer for Looking for the Perfect Beat surfaced, yet another documentation about the Los Angeles scene centered around Low End Theory. Unlike The Beat or All Ears, this film was actually completed and was shown at various festivals around the world. The documentary follows the likes of Teebs, Daedelus, Ras G, Tokimonsta, Jonwayne or Matthewdavid, giving insights into their creative process.

If you’re living in LA, you have a chance to watch it at the Downtown Independent over the next couple of days. Everybody else needs to keep an eye out or wait for some kind of digital release.

February 24, 2015 You can now watch the full documentary on Vimeo On Demand

Introducing The Gaslamp Killer Experience

Already famous for his wonderful work with fellow Los Angeles natives including the extended Brainfeeder family, Stones Throw Records, or Low End Theory, photographer Theo Jemison produces this video about Gaslamp Killer. Starting with an interview clip with the parents, the video centers a live performance at LA’s Mayan Theatre with a line-up including the likes of Dexter Story, Kamasi Washington, Amir Yaghmai and the Killer himself.

Dorian Concept playing the Roland JD-Xi

Maybe not as charming as his “fooling around” videos, but then this one mostly serves as a promotional video for the Roland company. In it, you can watch Dorian Concept as he builds a track from scratch on the JD-Xi. Just like that.

Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator

One of the early tracks “leaked” from the latest Flying Lotus album You’re Dead, “Coronus, The Terminator” is the second to receive a video. Still one of my absolute favourites on the record, I love it for pretty much the same reason I loved “Getting There” on the previous album. Directed by Alex Takacs aka Young Replicant.

Mndsgn – Camelblues

Los Angeles’ Ross Harris is a frequent collaborator with Stones Throw, having directed videos for Aloe Blacc or Mayer Hawthorne. His latest video is for Mndsgn’s “Camelblues”, a track taken from his Yawn Zen album released only a couple of weeks ago.

Lone – Restless City

Lone’s Airglow Fires is a hard one to beat when it comes to choosing favourites from his last album Reality Testing (though I don’t really associate the track with the album, since it was first released a year earlier already!). However, “Restless City” is another favourite and it just received a video from the ever amazing Ruffmercy, the Bristol-based video artist (or artists?) responsible for many great videos.

“Reality Testing” came out in June this year on R&S Records.

@peace – Matter

Taken from their debut album@Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony, the Auckland-based hip-hop collective unveiled this video directed Motion Sickness for the album’s closing track. Against my previous assumption, the vinyl is actually sold out from the group’s Bandcamp store. However, I spotted copies available from Berlin’s HHV (and that’s the only ones I could track down!)

Stompy’s Playground & London Contemporary Voices – Two Dots

Ready for some acoustic music for a change? London ensemble Stompy’s Playground teamed up with the London Contemporary Voice choir to record a live reinterpretation of Lusine‘s minor hit single Two Dots taken from his 2009 album A Certain Distance. Goosebumps!

(via RJC)

Bambooman – Clasp

Director Mark Prendergast is reponsible for this new Bambooman video, taken from his Dulcet EP released last May on Sonic Router. I don’t know, why do I feel like this is an overlooked release? If anything this clip is a reminder of what a blaster “Clasp” is, as is the rest of the EP. You can grab a copy on the label’s Bandcamp store.

Dorian Concept & Friends

As you might have noticed, I’m rather busy with other things than blogging lately. But it’s always worth taking the time when there’s some Dorian Concept related news, don’t you agree? It’s still a month to go until his new album Joined Ends drops on Ninja Tune, but the Vienna-based producer couldn’t help it but play a couple of new tunes at yesterday’s Boiler Room event in his hometown. He also brought some friends, namely his fellow Affine family consisting of Cid Rim & The Clonious, Sixtus Preiss et al.

Thundercat – Tron Song

Taken from his 2013 album Apocalypse, watch this hilarious new video Thundercat video directed by Adult Swim’s Eric André. VHS, Mortal Kombat, cats and lots of love (and laughs) — what else do you need?

Lukid – Nine

Finally a sign of life from London-based producer Lukid, who we haven’t heard from since 2012’s Lonely At The Top album on Werkdisc (and what happened to those promised new Glum releases?) The new record is called “Crawlers” and will be out on September 29 on the Liberation Technologies label. First glimpse in that video by Nic Hamilton. Hungry for more!

Mndsgn – Sheets

As mentioned before, Los Angeles’ beatsmith Mndsgn released his debut on Stones Throw following a series of beat tapes. I’m still undecided whether I’m going to grab myself a copy on vinyl or if the Spotify stream does it for me, but it’s certainly a record that deserves a couple of listens. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to Yawn Zen, this new video by PBDY might be a good starting point.

Paul White – Where You Gonna Go?

If you count in the video for the Paul White-produced ODB, then this isn’t the first encounter between the London beatmaker and video artist Ruffmercy. But this is just me obsessing about the footnotes, maybe. What’s more important, we got another new song from the forthcoming R&S debut by Paul White. And I have to say now I’m more curious than ever to hear what he has come up with, it’s very different for sure.

Titled “Shaker Notes”, the album will be available on September 29, 2014. Pre-orders available directly from the label.

Strange U – The Cake is a Lie

I’ve already overused the word “mysterious” when it comes to Strange U, if not overall (damn those masks!) As little as I know about them, they appear to by a duo and they are signed to Alexander Nut’s wonderful Eglo label. I also think we have posted every single of their videos, because they make some of the most exciting hip hop coming out of the UK. In my not-always humble opinion. So, they have a new one coming out on Eglo and this is their latest video. You can cop the track on Bandcamp for a price of your liking. More to follow (mysterious ending!)

(via Colectivo Futuro)