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:

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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.

Benji B and His String Ensemble

It has been over a year since Benji B took his string quartet into the London night sky, but I always had a feeling there would be more to come. Yesterday night, BBC Radio 1 aired a live performance from Maida Vale Studios, featuring Benji B and an extended 16-piece ensemble playing a selection of tracks his fans should be familiar with.01. Dwele – A.N.G.E.L
02. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane
03. Ossie – Love Crazy
04. Bok Bok – Silo Pass
05. Wiley – Highs n Lows
06. S-X – Bricks
07. Timberland – Ayo Technology (Instrumental)
08. TNGHT – Higher Ground
09. Kanye West – Clique
10. Drake – Headlines
11. Jeremih – All The Time
12. Raphael Saadiq – Skyy Can You Feel Me

You can watch the entire session above or find yourself a recording of the night.

Weekend Mixtapes

Remember when there was a new Nosaj Thing article every week or so? It has been rather quiet lately and that could only mean the Los Angeles-based producer is working on a new album. He recently put together a mix for Mary Anne Hobbs and it indeed contains some new material.

Another album to look forward to is Jimmy Edgar‘s Majenta on Hotflush. On that occasion, the Berlin-based producer sat down with URB Magazine for an interview and mixtape.

A third album to look forward to is the collaboration between Tokimonsta and Suzi Analogue: Analogue Monsta. Scion A/V just sponsored their new video, now it’s Suzi doing a little mix for Okayplayer.

The latest oki-ni podcast offers a warm-up mix from Jackmaster & Ben UFO, recorded live at Amsterdam’s Trouw earlier in the year.

New Pixelord mix for Pixelatique, King Britt for Self-titled, and ISAN’s Easter Mix for something more different.

I guess, the latest Benji B Sci-fi Special deserves a mentioning of it’s own, especially if you liked his Space Odyssey mix from some years back. Support it on the BBC iPlayer before you download it, will you?

And lastly, let me share Frequency Module Volume 1 by our good friends Two Hungry Ghosts.

Weekly Bits 11/2012

As you might know by now, the great IG Culture is about to release a new album on Kindred Spirits. Reason enough for Alexander Nut to invite the legendary West London producer on his Rinse FM show to play records. If you missed that one, click here to listen again

Alex Chase’s One-Handed Music is giving away the second Mo Kolours EP for free, the digital that is. You can buy the vinyl at the same link, unless you prefer shopping at Rush Hour, Sounds of the Universe or elsewhere.

Following the very special Julia Holter podcast, FACT Magazine has interviewed the Los Angeles-based producer about her latest album.

I’m very excited to hear there’ll be a new release from Shokazulu, which is likely another moniker of Dego McFarlane and Kaidi Tatham. Should be in stores this week, snippets are available here.

Benji B invited Scratcha DVA on his show to talk about his forthcoming debut album and play some music from it. There’s also a video interview with the man to check out on i-D Magazine.

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2562 – Benji B Mix

Late last year, Berlin resident 2562 was on Benji B‘s show to chat and play some records. Always good to hear him plays Oscar’s Shed and some Nubian Mindz, and that’s part of the reason why I want to share this mix with you!

01. Morgan Geist – Lullaby
02. DâM-FunK – Galactic Fun
03. Klic – Disco Music
04. John Roberts – Relate
05. Unknown – Unreleased
06. Nutmeg – Oscar’s Shed (Rima Remix)
07. Nubian Mindz – Into Another World
08. Unknown – Unknown
09. Altered Natives – Legendary Suffering
10. Peverelist – Salt Water

If you like it, you can download the mix as well. And I think there are still some older 2562 mixes available for grabs.

Jill Scott – Slowly Surely (Ge-ology Unreleased Remix)

Back in 2008, Benji B had a guestmix by Ge-ology which contained this never released remix of Jill Scott‘s classic Slowly Surely.

The track was supposed to be part of a official Jill Scott remix album, but ultimately the project was scrapped. Fortunately BamaLoveSoul got a copy of the full track and made it available for stream.

Those interested in getting your hands on that old Benji B show, you can head over to Potholes In My Blog for a copy.

December 30, 2011 This track is part of the free Still Jill EP, which includes further remixes by Madlib, Zo! and MJ Cole

Mixtape Monday #26

I was gonna dedicate this post to the new Ossie mixtape alone, but with no playlist available and some other quality tapes around I revived that old Mixtape Monday.

So Ossie will be playing Room 3 at Fabric next Friday, and as if we could ever forget Set The Tone, the London producer came up with a very nice mixtape. Download, play, then read the Q&A.

Just like last year, Amsterdam based label Rush Hour put out a mix of their best releases of 2011. Incidently there’s also a compilation of the same name and it’s available now (thanks Green Tea Session!)

Having put out quality house music all throughout the year, Wolf Music can hardly be called a secret anymore. I’ve featured some of their mixtapes before, their latest comes from label head Matt and is available here!

More than three years ago, I’ve posted a video about this Blakai tune and it’s a shame that one never came out. I’m going to wait some more, but first I’ll hear what Mark Force put on his new mix.

Like with the Ossie set above, RAMP Recording‘s Tom Kerridge did a Fabric mix the other week. Kinda forgot about it, but luckily it’s still around.

And lastly, listen to Benji B’s Deviation String Quartet, recorded in October on the London Eye (remember the video?)

Deviation String Quartet

You’ve probably seen photos and heard snippets from Benji B‘s Deviation String Quartet. Now here’s the full performance recorded back in October at Red Bull’s Revolutions In Sound event on the London Eye.

Curated and programmed by Benji B, hosted by MC Judah with Kotono Sato and Rosie Langley on violins, Cat O’Hara on viola and Liinos Richards on violincello.

(thanks to Paul Pre!)

December 5, 2011 For your listening pleasure, here’s an audio recording from the session

January 3, 2012 Watch or listen to Benji’s 16-piece ensemble play at Maida Vale Studios

RBMA Lecture: Pearson Sound

Actually I wanted to check whether the Scuba lecture was online already, but then I came across this one with Benji B talking to David Kennedy aka Pearson Sound. I’m only halfway through and I got to say it’s an extremely nice one to watch, because David has some good stories to share and he tells them in the most likeable way.

RBMA’s archive of new lectures is growing quickly, you can check some of them on their Vimeo page – hopefully the one with Scuba will follow soon!

Update The Scuba lecture is available as well, not sure whether I overlooked it previously

Weekend Mixtapes

One of my favourite podcasts that probably isn’t as popular as it should be is JJ’s Smoking Sessions. Each episode focuses on a specific artists, sometimes a style of music, and the mixes are always spiced up with interview snippets. In their 82th podcast, they decided doing a feature on Moodymann. As always it’s a good one and it deserves the topspot of Weekend Mixtapes.

Next up is an amazing mix from Aardvarck. Download Loopin for the Perfect Beat, try figuring out the tracklist and win a copy of his all new album on Eat Concrete!

With his second release on Fourth Wave out soon, Gerry Read has put an together an exclusive mix for URB Magazine.

The new mix from Los Angeles’ Jon Wayne already got a lot of buzz and it’s not that I Don’t Care.

Another LA native is Take aka Sweatson Klank and he did a guest mix for Mary Anne Hobbs’ radio show. You can listen to it on his SoundCloud or Mary Anne’s Mixcloud.

Up next, here are two mixes from Manchester. First is an exclusive Illum Sphere mix for Fabric. And then there’s Mark E‘s mix for the 2020 Podcast.

Not so long ago, LV were guest on Benji B‘s Radio 1 show. Their guestmix is available for download.

And lastly, check out Jimmy Edgar‘s mix from Boiler room, available here or there.

Weekly Bits 22/2011

As we’ve lost one of the greatest, Gil Scott-Heron, many people dug out their favourite records and payed tribute. Check these from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Twit One, Black Classical, Ennio Styles, DJ Mayhem, Cookin Soul, Melting Pot or the previously recommended JJ Smoking Sessions. There are probably 500 more of these, but maybe you should start buying his albums instead – if you don’t have them by now.

The city of Munich will host an exhibition on electronic pioneers Kraftwerk later this year in autumn. I’m particularly interested in its catalogue, Kraftwerk: 3D, which should make it to regular bookstores around the world.

FACT Magazine had quite some exciting album news this week, including Zomby’s Dedication, Silkie’s City Limits Vol. 2 and Björk’s iPad album. There were some links up for a stream of Zomby’s album, but they currently don’t seem to work

Frsh Slcts not only put up the second part of the Analogue Monsta Mix, you can also get a free Suzi Analogue EP from the same link.

More free music comes from Georgia Anne Muldrow, who gives away last year’s SomeOthaShip via Bandcamp

Aus Music’s Midland did an exclusive mixtape for URB Mag. So did Dego for W Hotels, but it’s kinda hard to find (click on Living Room, then switch to playlist mode.) Lastly, here is another Kutmah mix for the Sketchbook radio show.

Let’s go back to Gil Scott-Heron one more time: Ninja Mixdump just posted an old concert from 1977. You can listen to the stream on Mixcloud or find the download link over here.

SBTRKT & Sampha – Heatwave

You have probably heard this one on the latest show from Benji B, but SBTRKT just posted this to his SoundCloud page. It’s a new track with Sampha, recorded live on the show and I love those rolling drums towards the end.

The entire show is still available on the iPlayer, recordings of the show are also in circulations on the usual sites.

Mixtape Monday #20

I haven’t been feeling that well lately, but that also means I had a lot of time to go through some mixes. This week I want to catch up on some I’ve been enjoying in the last couple of days.

My favourite comes from FaltyDL, who is also one of my favourite producers these days. He’s got a new album coming out this year and talked to Dummy Mag about that. And yes, he also made them a pretty good mix. No tracklist, but I’ve spotted some bits by Floating Points and Oriol.

Coming in as second is this live recording by Greymatter, who’s been playing in São Paulo the other week. The whole thing was recorded and is now available from his SoundCloud page.

Last week, Benji B had a chat with the legendary Carl Craig on his radio show. For me that show was a first highlight of the year, as they revisited some of my favourite music and Carl had some nice stories to share (I never heard that Recloose story in detail!) While the show is still on the iPlayer (where you should always support your favourites), you might want to download the show for later.

While we’re at Carl Craig, you might also want to get your hands on the Essential Mix.

If you prefer some darker sounds, check out Untold‘s guest mix for Clash Magazine, it’s been around for a while already. And for more of that soun check Pinch‘s contribution to the Resident Advisor podcast.

An all guesmix for Spine Radio comes from Seiji, who plays a similiar selection as on his recent SEIJI3 Promo Mix.

Austrian producer Innaseen has sent me some of his music in the past, but I never got around writing about it. His Train Wreck Mix for RBMA Radio is something I don’t want to leave unmentioned.

Lastly, here’s the all new FACT Podcast, put together by another hero of mine: Photek, whose comeback already made a major impact this year.

Benji B’s J Dilla Tribute Shows

Looks like Benji B is finally starting to use his SoundCloud account properly. Only yesterday we mentioned that Africa Hitech recording, today we have to mention two J Dilla tributes.

The first mix was aired in February 2006, only a few days after J Dilla passed away. A year later, Benji put together the J Dilla Inspirations Selection in which he plays some of the music sampled by the legendary producer.

Click on the tiny arrows in each player to download each show to your computer.