Dego – Dimensions 2015 Mix

When was the last time Dego had such a momentum? The Two Pages period? The dawn of his 2000Black label? In any case it’s a good thing! Following his recent appearance on Benji B’s show and several NTS Live shows, London’s veteran producer is back for another mixtape for Dimensions Festival. The mix features music “inspired by Claude Young & Titonton Duvante”, namely classic Detroit techno and proto-broken beats.

Also watch out for what’s coming at you in the next couple of months, as Dego has several releases lined up, including a new album and his second EP with Kaidi Tatham on Eglo. Theo Parrish released another EP by the two longtime-collaborators earlier this month, and there’s a new 2000Black EP on Rush Hour.

YSK guestmix on NTS Radio

As you might know (or not), we recently inaugurated Nutriot Recordings with an album by New Zealand’s Christoph El Truento. On the occasion, your’s truly put together a short guestmix for the YSK radio-show on NTS which was aired last Wednesday. In the meantime the show was uploaded to Mixcloud for those that missed it.

The last 22 minutes are made up of old and new music by Christoph and serve as a great introduction to his music and the record we released. This is the tracklist:1. What We Used To Know
2. MoOon Birds
3. Gibbon Saw
4. Waiata’s Favourite
5. We Fly With The Moon As Our Guide
6. Letting Go Of This
7. Sunflower
8. Clowns Limbs Grow Back
9. Swer

If you prefer listening on the go, you can download the whole show via the YSK blog.

Weekend Mixtapes #51

Lukid keeps the “old ivories tinkling”, with this piano music mixtape for Blowing Up The Workshop. Debussy, Ravel, Cage and everything you’ll be looking for on a Sunday.

Not only that the new Solid Steel website is nothing but a disaster in user experience, it appears their mixes are no longer available for download. Fortunately, there’s still the Mixcloud option to listen to their mixes, which makes it more bearable. This week, you can listen to mixes from Anthony Naples (above) and Four Tet.

Stones Throw also has a bit of a weird podcast policy, since there’s no way of listening without iTunes. However, I suggest you give latest episode a try, since it was compiled by the label’s very own Mndsgn.

And since we like to end the selection with and oldie, here’s a Kemistry & Storm mixtape, originally recorded in 1995.

Sassy J brings the Sunday vibes

If you’re following me on Twitter, you heard me more than once recommending the Sassy J guestmix for Carhartt WIP Radio. Recorded live the previous weekend in Zurich, you can listen back via NTS Live. Hear music from Shabazz Palaces, Dego & Kaidi, Lukid, Mr Beatnick and Christoph El Truento.Sassy J’s selection:
Christoph El Truento – Dinosaur Blanket
Lojack – FM Field (Swing Mix)
Shabazz Palaces – They Come In Gold
Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne
Lukid – 108bpm Wake Up
Mr Beatnick – Marshmellows
Dego & Kaidi – Black Is Key
Olmos – Late Nite Stepper
St. Julien – Evenbud (feat. Budgie)
Lonnie Liston Smith – We Can Dream
IND – Into New Dimensions
Georgia Ann Muldrow – Great Blacks

Find more or Sassy J’s excellent mixes on her SoundCloud, and listen to her recent mix for the Hessle Audio show.

Benji B with Dego

Benji B with Dego © BBC Radio 1

I’m always excited when there’s a chance to listen to a DJ set by 2000Black mastermind Dego. Yesterday the legendary underground producer stepped up for an exclusive mix for Benji B’s show on Radio 1. The tracklist reads as follows:Steve Miller Band – Space Intro
Dego – Dego’s Dancehall Cry
Kelela – A Message
Kaytranada – At All
Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
GoldLink – Sober Thoughts
Kendrick Lamar – Complexion (A Zulu Love)
D’Angelo – Dreamin’ Eyes (Jay Dee Mix)
Gila Monsta – I Feel Empty
Logos – Glass
Arca – Sad B***h
Onra – Intro
Residence La Revolution – I Am Paint
Icube – 109bpm
Hardrive – Deep Inside (Deep Inside Remix)
Sandy Rivera – Come Into My Room (D Menace Remix) (feat. LT Brown)
Tuff Jam – Tumblin Down
Chez N Trent – The Choice (Witch Doctor Remix)
Floppy Sounds – Entertainment (Carl Craig Remix)
Cousin Cockroach – This Ain’t Tom N Jerry
Dego – Late Night Fright
Lordamercy – New Guitar New Mars
Dego – We’ve Been Here Before
Dego – Feminist Meetings
Dego – Keep It Moving Right
Dego – With Love
Dego – Moths In Wallets
Dego – The Stronghold Of Itharus
Electric Street Orchestra – Scorpio (2000 Black Remix Version 4)
Harmonic 313 – Flash
2000Black – Steady Jam’
Unknown – PimpSlap (Matt Lord Edit)
Philoso – Fist
MonoPoly – Needs Deodorant
Tension in the Ranks – Untitled Demo
Theo Parrish – Cypher Delight
Marcos Valle – Pista 02
Lil Silva – 606
Pangaea – Something In Your Eye
Anthony Naples – Miles
Quest – The Oceans Of Time

Many of those previously unheard tunes are taking from the forthcoming new Dego album The More Things Stay The Same, which will be out via 2000Black on May 26th, 2015. Listen to the preview:

In order to support quality radio, please do listen to the BBC stream while remaining online. This is the best way to support the show (and you can still grab a copy later on!)

Bluntman Deejay mix on

Since I figured that I haven’t posted a mixtape in quite some time, here’s one I enjoyed a lot recently. How about you, do you figure out the Hashman/Bluntman connection? Same guy I presume? Whether it’s the producer behind last year’s brilliant Sandopolis album or not, this is taken from Bake‘s show on Rinse FM and is brilliant on its own. Available for free download!

Beats in Space with Lena Willikens & Christian S

I probably haven’t heard about German DJ and producer Lena Willikens before this year, but when Ben UFO first played her unsettling track “Nilpferd” on his radio show, the name stuck with me. Since then she has released a fantastic EP on Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label and appeared on the well-known XLR8R podcast series and guested on the Hessle Audio show. However, my favourite mix with her name tag on is taken from last week’s Beat in Space radio, in which she plays nothing but quirky electronic music. Unusual, but great selection!

Brian Not Brian – Fabriclive Promo Mix

Next Friday Vancouver’s Mood Hut family will take over Room 3 at Fabric, featuring the likes of Hashman Deejay, Pender Street Steppers and BAKE. To promote the event, Fabric shared this a mix by Brian Not Brian which you can hear above. It’s tagged “oddities” — and what could be more exciting than that?

Resident Advisor Podcast by Anthony Naples

RA.455 Anthony Naples

Anthony released his debut album Body Pill this week, a record I haven’t listened to enough to make up my mind yet. What I did enjoy tremendously is his guestmix for the Resident Advisor podcast series. Music from Led Zeppelin, Tim Hecker, Terry Riley, into a proper selection of house and techno.

Press play and read the interview on the RA website, where you can also grab the download.

Weekend Mixtapes #50

It’s weekend and I wanted to give you a quick updates on mixes I enjoyed a lot recently:

Untold – Groove Podcast 39

Mr Beatnick – Melbourne Deepcast 129 (interview)

Caribou 7inch Mix on Gilles Peterson Worldwide (interview)

Kan Kick – Kan Crates Funk Soul Mix

Lena Willikens – XLR8R Podcast 376

And here are a couple of radio shows:

Spacebass /w LD

PAN #6 /w Bill Kouligas

Moovmnt Radio Show 01

Have a nice weekend everybody!

Andrew Pekler – Fourth World Problems

Travelling with my family through Europe many years ago, I first ran into Andrew Pekler inside small record store somewhere in Germany. What better opportunity is there for a kid to avoid boring sightseeing to spend some hours digging for records? This is how I eventually got to know Andrew’s own music, from his involvement in several bands to his solo efforts as Sad Rockets and under his own name.

More than 15 years later, I still follow his activities on SoundCloud and occasionally catch one of his mixes on Dublab radio. Here’s one he recorded for the Skyapnea show on NTS Live.01. Andrew Pekler – Untitled
02. Unnamned Burundian Musician – Chant Avec Citahare / Toru Takemitsu – Water Music
03. Mike Cooper – Electricity
04. Joel Chadabe – Yum Yum
05. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Ulu Watu
06. Andrew Pekler – Synthetic Birdsong / Untitled
07. Michael Prime – The Mouth Of Hermes / Barbera Benary – Sleeping Braid
08. Chappel Mood Music Vol. 15 – Électronique / Zazou, Bikaye, Cy 1 – M’pasi Ya
09. Andrew Pekler – Synthetic Birdsong / Madalyn Merkey – Archipelago
10. Barbara Kolb – Solitaire / Waisoni Msusa- Kung’anda Kwa Anyamata
11. Dennis Smalley – The Pulses Of Time
12. Peuls Musicians Of Niger – Pakapak / Mike Cooper – Tahiti Green Island
13. Gordon Monahan – Large Piano Magnified / Andrew Pekler – Untitled
14. Andrew Pekler – Untitled
15. Mbuti Singers – Iyo-o-o / David Keane – In Memorium Hugh Le Caine
16. Jon Hassell – Empire IV
17. Unnamed Burundian Musician – Take Me Back To Mabayi / Pierre Henry – Danse / Additional Sounds
18. Andrew Pekler – Untitled
19. Nuno Canavarro – Bruma / Unnamed Burundian Singers – Akazéhé / Andrew Pekler – Synthetic Birdsong

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.