Beat Spacek x Kutmah

Who needs a full-grown selection of weekend mixtapes, when there’s 70 minutes of music taken from Steve Spacek‘s back catalogue, put together by master selector and disc-jockey Kutmah. The answer is, of course, nobody! Spanning over 28 tracks, the mix features music from Steve’s band Spacek, Africa Hitech, Harmonic 313 and various other Mark Pritchard collaborations, Theo Parrish, and solo material as Black Pocket and, well, Steve Spacek.

01. Theo Parrish feat. Steve Spacek – Chemistry
02. Beat Spacek – I Wanna Know (Seven Davis Jr Remix)
03. Mark Pritchard & Steve Spacek – Turn It On
04. Black Pocket – Boungie
05. Sun Ra – When There Is No Sun
06. Africa Hitech – Light The Way
07. Africa Hitech – Too Late
08. Spacek – How
09. Space Invadas – Way We Feel
10. Steve Spacek – Take Her Away
11. Troubleman feat. Steve Spacek
12. Steve Spacek – Smoke
13. Black Pocket – Al Softly
14. Steve Spacek – After Beris Step
15. Beat Spacek – Search N Development
16. Kingsbread feat. Steve Spacek
17. GB – Simply So (with Steve Spacek)
18. Spacek – Eve Demo
19. Spacek – Eve
20. Spacek – Eve (Jay Dee Remix)
21. Spacek – Getaway
22. Spacek – Act For You
23. Harmonic 313 feat. Steve Spacek – Falling Away
24. Steve Spacek – Thursday
25. Spacek feat. Mpho Skeef – La Bougie
26. Steve Spacek – Dollar (Let The Dollar Circulate)
27. Steve Spacek – Dollar Live (Breakdown)
28. Raphael Saadiq & Steve Spacek – Pookie Blue Room

Needless to say that the whole reason for this musical celebration is the release of the Beat Spacek album Modern Streets, available now from Ninja Tune. Also read Laurent Fintoni’s article on Steve Spacek in Fact Magazine.

Gaslamp Killer – Break Stuff Unveiling

Gaslamp Killer - Break Stuff

It’s been a while since I last came across a mixtape from Gaslamp Killer, but coinciding the release of his Serato picture disc, the LA-based discjockey and producer put down a mix for Dublab radio.

The Gaslamp Killer is an explosive force within our universe. He is constantly forming chaotic dynamics into physical manifestation through the medium of music. In this special dublab session, GLK unveils the newest crystallization of his creative pursuits, Break Stuff, a Serato Pressing Picture Disc featuring exclusive material from the mind of this matter smasher.

Also available for download from the Dublab website.

Last Dance at Plastic People

I have only been to Shoreditch’s Plastic People a handful of times, but from the very beginning I could feel the magic of the place. Many legendary parties took place there, many being synonymous with the rise of a new kind of music. Co-op, FWD, Nonsense, the regular nights by Four Tet, Theo Parrish or Floating Points, even the CDR listening events will be remembered by many, and not only by Londoners. The Last Dance, literally, took place last weekend as the club closes its doors forever. What you can hear above is the 5 hours of music played during that night.

“Although Shoreditch has now become apocalyptic after 1am, Plastic People never changed. We all maintained that it’s a safe haven away from it all. The people coming down to the nights were so nice, and became regulars; suddenly it became a room full of 200 friends. You knew their dance moves, you knew the guy who screams when you played a certain track. It didn’t feel like randoms off the street.”

What you shouldn’t miss is the article the quote is taken from, in which founder Ade Fakile and resident Floating Points share their memories of the club. And there’s even more memories on Twitter under the #plasticpeople hashtag.

Plastic People, we will miss you!

Weekend Mixtapes #49

It’s been good to catch up on some mix shows lately, and I think there are a couple of stellar ones in this latest edition of weekend mixtapes.

Here’s a top 5 entry for best Hessle Audio shows of the year, as Ben UFO plays an exclusive recording by Terrence Dixon that nobody should miss, ranging from spaced out jazz to techno proper.

Mr Beatnick is joined by the rest of the Pride of Gombe pack on his NTS Radio show. Listen to 2 hours mixed b2b by Lukid, Samoyed, Astro:Dynamics, Kelpe, Adam Oko and the host of the show.

My favourite record of December turns out to be Hashman Deejay‘s debut album “Sandopolis”, released this week on the label Future Times. Had to check out some of his DJ mixes as well.  Here’s one recorded at this year’s Dekmantel Festival.

What can I say, two hours of records selected by Floating Points and Four Tet, playing their recently found records from all over the world.

And lastly, dont’t miss out on the December edition of Funkineven‘s Apron show on NTS Live.

Weekend Mixtapes #48

It’s been a while since we last selected weekend mixtapes for you, but don’t worry, we’ll continue to do so!

My favourite Hessle Show in quite some time and currently on repeat, listen to two hours of house and techno by the one and only Ben UFO.

There’s a new Afrikan Sciences album coming out on PAN in the second week of December. On the occasion he played a guestmix on the label’s radio show.

London’s Mr Beatnick released his Marshmallows EP on Tief Records the other day. On his latest radio show he was joined by Werk Discs’ Moiré to play some music.

And this last one is an older gem I rediscovered more recently, an mix by our podcast-contributor The Reboot Joy Confession.

Beats in Space with Ben UFO & Joy Orbison

Look at that, we haven’t posted any mixes since July? Admittedly, I haven’t had much time for that, especially since my radio-show of choice —the Hessle Audio show on Rinse— has taken that spot. So I guess it’s kind of fitting that the mix comes from Ben UFO, one third of the label and regular on the show. Together with Joy Orbison he has taken over the airwaves of New York’s Beats in Space show. And if you’re digging the show, make sure to check out those recent Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO mixes as well!

Egon Rock Mix

It was only the second volume of Madlib’s Rock Konducta project that convinced buying a copy of both LPs. I first got in touch with krautrock back in 2001 through the official Neu! and consequently widened my knowledge through Julian Cope’s quirky (and now out-of-print) Krautrocksampler. Like the Rock Konducta LPs, this new mix by Now-Again‘s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt is inspired by many of those records, but it also extends to other obscure rock albums from all over the world. 50 minutes of that for your listening pleasure!

Weekend Mixtapes #47

New York’s FaltyDL is about to release his second album on Ninja Tune in less than a month. As always, this goes hand in hand with a promo mixtape like the one above.

Detroit’s Kyle Hall last record came out on Hyperdub, but his 30-minute long Wavey Baby mix was probably made just for fun.


This week’s Solid Steel show has two exciting guest mixers, the first half was put together by one of my favourite producers last year, Keysound’s Logos. It almost feels like Cologne’s Damiano von Erckert puts out mixes on a weekly basis, and so the second half of the show belongs to him.

Let’s end this week’s selection with two mixes broadcasted on LA’s Dublab radio. Tom Chasteen put together an hour long Scientist Tribute Mix, and John Tejada plays a special live hardware set.

A couple of mixes

I’m not gonna let you wait until the Friday for another edition of Weekend Mixtapes, for I’ve got a couple of mixes to share with you right now!

Let’s start with the oldest in the bunch, a nice selection of Brazilian tunes put together by Floating Points. To get you in the mood for the next Brazil game or simply to have a good time. Leave a shout on Sam’s SoundCloud page if you like this!

Next up, listen to music from the private collection of Now-Again founder and Stones Throw associate Egon. Also available as video via Boiler Room LA.

Berlin Community Radio is continuously putting out quality mixes from some of my favourite artists. Most recently, they had Hyperdub-signed Laurel Halo in their studio, playing a wide selection from jazz and folk to dub techno.

Listen to a Kode9 set recorded at London’s Fabric the other day, playing what sounds like mostly records from his label Hyperdub. He also shared his Maida Vale session with Spaceape from a couple of years back.

While I’ve never met LD in real life, I’ve know him since the early days of the Brownswood Forum. His Spacebass show once started as a podcast before making the jump to London’s NTS Live. Enjoyed this one a lot when it was broadcasted the other day!

Scratcha DVA – Shazam City Mix

Hyperdub man Scratcha DVA goes all broken on his latest mixtape uploaded to his SoundCloud page. Despite being called Shazam City Mix, the software was not able to identify all the tracks. Even worse, it includes a couple of tracks I know sitting somewhere in my shelf, but I wasn’t able to identify them all (the Bembé track mixing into Jill Scott bugs me the most!)01. Reel People feat. Darien – Upside (Bugz Dubside Mix)
02. unknown
03. Shokazulu – Hips Don’t Fail Me Now
04. Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks – Stars Shine For You
05. unknown
06. Dego & Kaidi – Acting up on that Shit Don’t Count
07. Vikter Duplaix – Manhood
08. Jill Scott – Golden (Remix)
09. unknown
10. Jazzanova – Soon (Domu Vocal Mix)
11. Shokazulu – Sammy Sebastian
12. DVA feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome – Solid
13. IG Culture – DJ Power (Use It)
14. The Free Design – Lullaby (J-Nova Remix)

If you’re able to help, feel free to post a comment!

Weekend Mixtapes #46

Whenever summer approaches, I reach for my dub records more often for an appropriate soundtrack to the pressing heat. And since it’s not far from there to dub techno, here’s a my favourite mixtape of the month. Berlin-based production duo youANDme, who put together a two hour mixtape full of deep and dubby sounds for the Inverted Audio podcast.

More uptempo sounds can be heard on the latest XLR8R Podcast, selected and mixed by Apron Records-founder Funkineven. Since I missed it before, let me also throw in their previous podcast by Call Super.

I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I’ve really become fond of the new Prins Thomas album (listen on Spotify). Give it a try, if you haven’t! The Norwegian DJ and producer dropped by the Beats in Space to play records for more than an hour.

Listen to a recording of Andrés, who played for more than four hour last May in Cologne’s Roxy club.

We’ll end this selection with a couple of radio shows: Matthewdavid’s latest Mindflight Meditations episode features special guest Mndsgn, while Carlos Niño’s Spaceways Radio has new age musician Iasos. Listen to new music from Dego, Four Tet and Dorian Concept on the latest Benji B show.

Teebs – Boiler Room London

Following the release of his new album Estara, Los Angeles beatsmith Teebs used the last two months to tour around the world. While in London, he played at Sofie’s Boiler Room special alongside Kutmah and Jermiah Jae. Also available for free download to all registered BR users.

Weekend Mixtapes #45

The Reboot Joy Confession
May 22, 2014 would have been the day Sun Ra turned 100 years old. The likes of Mr Beatnick, The Reboot Joy Confession, DJ Aardvarck, and Philadelphia icon King Britt.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to do something different for this Solid Steel mix and I decided to approach the mix as if I was ‘back from a good night out’ and winding down with some late night weird selections from my vinyl collection”, says Bristol’s Pinch about his guestmix for the show.

Bugz in the Attic took over the Rinse airwaves for a rare Bank Holiday special. Then again, much more has been going on in the last couple of weeks, as some former Bugz members started their new label Ten50 Records.

My favourite radio show at this moment clearly is the latest Hessle Audio, which is available now on the Rinse FM podcast channel (direct link) for download.

And there are more radio shows worth checking out:
-Lukid on NTS Live
-Tom Trago on Beats in Space
-Four Tet & Joe Goddard on NTS Live
-Floating Points & Sadar Bahar on NTS Live
-Martyn & Guest on NTS Live

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Maxmillion Dunbar – Gorilla Bliss DJ Mix

Let’s see, we’re one hour away from kick-off in the Champions League semifinals, that’s about enough time to listen to this new mixtape by Maxmillion Dunbar. Featuring new and unreleased music from Future Times artists and Max himself. Available for free download!

Teebs – Wobble Trap

Just don’t you worry, there are no wobbling basslines or trap music involved in the following. The photo for Teebs‘ latest show on dublab depicts the Chino Hills-based artist holding The Free Design’s folk album Heaven/Earth and that’s far closer to what you can expect in his 52-minutes show. A couple of funk and soul records, some hip hop beats. Just the perfect soundtrack for the beginning of Spring!

And since we’re talking about Teebs already, let me make sure you took a listen to his new Brainfeeder-released album Estara by now!