Joey Bada$$ – Born Day

Three years after the release of his mixtape “1999”, Brooklyn-based rapper Joey Bada$$ celebrates the release of “B4.DA.$$”, his long-awaited and first proper album. But that’s not the only thing to celebrate for Joey this week, as today marks also his birthday. On the occasion he shares a free download, another track produced by Statik Selektah.

“B4.DA.$$” is available on iTunes, Amazon or Spotify.

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.

Ill Blu – Blu Magic (NameBrandSound Remix)

Following NameBrandSounds‘ debut EP on Technicolour was followed by several remixes by the duo consisting of IG Culture and Alex Phountzi. One of them was the remix for Ill Blu‘s Blu Magic, which —I think— was never properly released.

Well, as of today you can grab a free download from the NameBrandSound Bandcamp page. Enjoy!

Moxie Presents Vol.1

I first heard the name of Moxie when she was Benji B’s invisible (or inaudible) sidekick on his show many years ago. That said, I don’t even know if she’s still on the job, since the heydays of the show are long over (for me anyway!) What I do know instead is her own regular show on NTS Live.

Today, she released a free compilation featuring music of some of her favourite artists, including the likes of Ikonika, Lokiboi, Kowton, SCNTST and more. Not one of terrible 50 track compilations, this feels more like some real selection has been done.

Check it out for yourself, it’s a free download!

@Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony – Where I Come From

Auckland’s hip-hop collective @Peace and the Plutonian Noise Symphony released their brilliantly odd/oddly brilliant debut album back in March this year. Good things come to those that wait and six months from the digital album, the group releases its self-titled record on vinyl. I’m not sure whether to trust that “sold out” badge on their Bandcamp page, you sometimes get to see that with items that aren’t yet available. But then again, you lot surprise me all the time with your disinterest in vinyl, so maybe you just want to listen to the stream or buy the digital album. In any case you should download this free track you can hear above!

Oh, and should you be in New Zealand in October, why not check one of their live gigs while there?

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.

Mieux – Fishing

It’s been a while since Austrian producers Mieux turned heads with their fun edit of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg’s Next Episode. Today, the duo of consisting of Minor Sick and Feux shared another free download via Cologne’s Up My Alley label. Just the kind of tune I needed to get me out of the low after a hard day’s work.

Biblo – Rebound

Here’s a release that slipped under our radar when it came out back in April, which is somewhat embarrassing considering it comes from the selector of our last podcast: the Istanbul-based singer and producer Biblo. The new EP is a somewhat a departure from her usual sound, though her trademark gritty, warm textures are all over these dark, sometimes dubby techno tracks.

Turkish label Tektosag put out “Rebound” as a free download, so I suggest you give it a proper listen on your headphones.

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.

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!

patten – RE-EDITS vol. 17

What can I say, but repeat myself? There are a couple of new patten reworks available and as always they’re nothing short of amazing (this one features Sade!) So, all you really need to do right now is grab the download.

AFTA-1 – U N D E F I N E D

So, he’s back! All these years of uncertainty about what happened to one of the most soulful producer in recent years, and whose Love Is Real mixtape still attract plenty of visitors on this website, AFTA-1 makes his return. “U N D E F I N E D” is a collection of 19 “previously unreleased AFTA-1 instrumentals and a few vintage favorites”, including everybody’s all-time favourite: his edit of Boom Clap Bachelors’ Tiden Flyver, the very track that rose to prominence years later thanks to a certain Kendrick Lamar.01. Temple
02. Sway Close
03. Lil’ Bit of Ice
04. Superheroes Remix
05. Flyerthanshe
06. How Eye
07. Medianos
08. Kind
09. Toast To Them
10. Fortune Remix
11. UniversaLove
12. Intro Dream
13. Ahmad
14. Love Suite 3
15. Autumn
16. Ahmad III
17. Connect
18. Tiden Flyver Remix
19. Petal movement Slow

Available on the Pronounced Love store in lossless format for only a fiver or as free MP3 download.

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!

patten – RE-EDITS vol. 8

patten - RE-EDITS vol. 8

Been away for a couple of days and I’m sure a lot of great stuff happened during that time. One of the things you have to know about is the latest set of re-edits by Warp-signed patten. Volume 8 in the series contains four new tracks that are as great as all the others. You better be quick on the download, because they usually don’t stay up for too long (clever people will find ways to still grab previous volumes!)

If you don’t know by now, patten’s album on Warp has been released earlier this year and is a first favourite of 2014!

Jameszoo – Cogwheel Gag (Dimlite Cover)

Dutch producer Jameszoo was so kind to share a track by his live-band with us, a cover-version of Dimlite‘s “Cogwheel Gag”. Not the best quality, but a great appetizer to go out and catch him at one of his live-shows. You can download the track for free on his Bandcamp page, or listen to the original on Dimlite’s Abscission mini-album.