Weekend Mixtapes #52

Let me give you a quick update on some mixtapes I enjoyed in the last couple of days, because it’s really been a while since we last did this.

In between her busy tour schedule, Switzerland’s finest DJ Sassy J put together a new mix for Dazed. Make sure to click that link and read the interview and catch her playing festivals all over Europe.

Speaking of festivals, the Dekmantel guys asked Andy Votel to contribute to their Selector Podcast series. The Finders Keepers label head delivers a two hours mix of “Turkish-only female funk/psych/disco/surf!”

And lastly check out a rare mixtape by broken beat innovator and producer extra-ordinaire IG Culture.

Co-Op Studio Session

The day following last year’s Boiler Room-hosted Co-OP reunion, broken beat veteran producers IG Culture, Seiji, Alex Phountzi and Jazz re:freshed host Adam Rock were joined by torchbearer Henry Wu for a recording session at Play Deep Studios. Whatever comes out of this, I’m sure many of you are craving for more. Will keep you updated if there are any news on this!

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!

NameBrandSound – Nowadays Pressure EP

I first heard about NameBrandSound, the new project by IG Culture and Bugz in the Attic’s Alex Phountzi, when the latter sent me a track some months ago. Back then I wasn’t too impressed by most music categorized as juke. Yes, it had a certain energy and rawness that was compelling, but on the downside most of the music sounded cheap. All of that has changed when DJ Rashad’s Double Cup came out on Hyperdub, as it introduced a more coherent, organic sound.

I’m happy to say that the debut EP by NameBrandSound brings along the mature production quality, while keeping the raw energy of its American cousin. It’s good to hear the duo venturing into something new and I’m looking forward to where they’ll take their experimentations with the genre in the future. The four tracker was released yesterday on Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolour and is available on vinyl and digital download. Order your copy directly from the label or try Bleep, iTunes or your favourite record store.

PS: You might also want to checkout the NameBrandSound mixtape on Solid Steel

Weekend Mixtapes #43

It took me a while, but I finally caught up listening to some more recent DJ mixes. Here are a couple worth checking out, including some brand new ones!

There is now way around this first one, as Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet has once again graced the decks at the Rinse.fm studio. If you just look for one mix to listen to, make it this one!

Next up there is Luke Vibert‘s mix for FACT Magazine from a couple of weeks back. Brilliant selection ranging from eighties boogie and electro to proto-acid.

Alex Phountzi and IG Culture have teamed up last year to form NameBrandSound, experimenting with juke and bass music, with an album in the pipeline for Ninja Tune sublabel Technicolor. Here’s their mix for Solid Steel Radio.

Oh, and don’t miss the later part of the same show, featuring a mix by Mo Kolours, whose debut album is available now!

News from Aardvarck are rare, but they usually involve a DJ mix by the former Rednose Distrikt man. Listen to The Present House of Aardvarck before it’s gone (which often happens quickly!)

I remember hearing about a Dublab livestream from UpMyAlley founder Joscha Creutzfeldt, but unfortunately it was only the day after. But the man was good enough to share his selection of soulful music on SoundCloud the other day.

And we’ll end this selection with two of my favourite producers from the early noughties: Domu, now officially back from retirement, recorded a new mixtape for our listening pleasure, while Titonton Duvanté rediscovered one recorded in 1995.

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.

With spring starting in the Northern hemisphere, we restocked our shirts and sell them cheaper than ever before. If you want to show your love and support this site, please consider buying one!

IG Culture – Soulful Shanghai

IG Culture - Soulful Shanghai

Cover Artwork

One of the most underrated cats in the music world to has to be IG Culture. I sometimes think he’s not too unhappy with that status, but there were times when I was worried he might have given up music to focus on making videos. As of today, we all know that’s not the case, as Kindred Spirits announced his new longplayer (The Many Districts Of) Soulful Shanghai.

Among the many collaborators are a couple of familiar faces. Bilal Salaam was already featured on Zen Badizm (hey, that’s my first post ever!) and Akwasi Mensah made his mark on records such as Kaidi Tatham’s Feed the Cat and several of Dego‘s projects. There are plenty more names listed and frankly speaking I don’t know any of them. The snippets however sound most promising, as versatile as IG’s twenty years of making music.01. Can’t Believe It feat. ID4
02. Truth feat. John Robinson
03. Core Exit feat. Bilal Salaam
04. Talkin’ Bout Mine
05. Black Rennaissance feat. Akwasi Mensah
06. Futures Back feat. K Banger
07. Take It There feat. K Banger
08. The (blessed) Mizells feat. Akwasi Mensah
09. Half Black Half Japanese feat. John Robinson
10. Bluff and Fold (Gamble and Bluf)
11. Catalog Pieces feat. John Robinson
12. The Revolution Will Not Be Tell Lie Vise
13. Do The Math feat. ID 4 Windz
14. A Tangible Dream feat. Bilal Salaam
15. Outsider (the lite) feat. Eagle Nebula
16. Whats Happening feat. K Banger
17. The Kikanju Baku Peace Arkestra

I’m very excited about this album, it’s too good to see IG Culture back at what he’s best at. What I couldn’t track down is the exact release date. According to HMV Japan, Soulful Shanghai will be out in April. The guys of Machine, who are once again responsible for the cover-art, confirm it loosely with a release in the first quarter of 2012. In any case you can place your pre-order today directly on the Kindred Spirits website!

May 16, 2012 The album is out now on LP and limited to 1,000 copies, the CD is still a pre-order item

May 23, 2012 Also available on iTunes

Weekly Bits 41/2011

As John Cale is about to release a new album on Domino, he talked to The Quietus about Stockhausen, Velvet Underground, Warhol and the present day.

In all quietness, I’ve added the second part of Erykah Badu‘s Out My Mind Movement video to the original post. Thought I’d let you know!

The King Midas Sound mix for FACT Magazine is one of those that stayed on my iPod since it came out two years ago. Glad they are back with a new one for Dummy Mag.

More recommended mixtapes are Mixmag’s Mix of the Week by Brighton based Greymatter, and Throwing Snow‘s exclusive mix for Dazed Digital.

I’ve kept my favourite finding to end this post: Mikuś Musik uploaded some truly classic radioshows, all of them aired around the year 2000. These include 4hero sitting in for Gilles Peterson, Phil Asher talking to Dominic Jacobson about the first Modaji LP (!), and shows from IG Culture, Patrick Forge and Kirk Degiorgio. You need each and every one of these shows!

Manz at Work Mixtape Vol. 2

We mentioned the first volume some weeks back, now IG Culture released a follow up to the Manz at Work mixtape. Both of them celebrate the launch of his new labels Holy Roller and HR2 and feature remixes, mash-ups, as well as some original productions.

01. Roll players anthem
02. A DJ saved my files last night
03. Mark de Clive Lowe feat. Rahel – Hope (Holy Roller remix)
04. Not 4 sale (NSM re-rub)
05. Nkrumah Santiago – Oneup (manship)
06. Planet rock (electro rewire re-rub)
07. Zapp (I.G Culture remix) – Look of computer love
08. Slum Village – Ez up (Tatham & Culture mix)
09. Holy Roller productions – Roll wid it
10. Scienz of life – Break the spell (SOS remix)
11. Holy Roller productions – Window seat (from the ‘what if’ series)
12. Holy Roller productions – Skooling

To get this thing, head over to the Holy Roller Bandcamp page, register with your email and download the whole thing for free!

Mixtape Monday #22

We klearly have to start with this one, the 267th FACT mix put together by Mancunian Krystal Klear. Mix of the week!

Russian radio Headz FM recorded Africa Hitech‘s Moscow live-set from some weeks back. Get the two-part download while you can and also take a look at this tribute by DJ Rasskazov. And if that’s not enough, give Africa Hitech’s set at Sónar 2011 another spin.

Russian beatmaker Damscray and Sunlike are playing a selection of instrumental hip hop for Ukrainian Sashiradioblog. Available for download or stream.

While we’re still waiting for his new album, Ben Westbeech is playing some summer tunes on his mixtape for Vice Magazine.

New York’s Brennan Green has been playing on Beats in Space numerous times and remember these shows as some of the most entertaining ones. Plus he’s always playing good music, so grab his latest.

Tectonic’s Jack Sparrow has made a minimix for his booking agency, Seiji promotes his new record with his Seiji4 Promo Mix, and Eva Be is playing some house records for you.

Like every week, there are plenty of Boiler Room recordings worth grabbing, but Ossie‘s mix deserves special mentioning.

Mary Anne Hobbs keeps uploading those guestmixes for her new show to her Mixcloud account. Check FaltyDL, Machinedrum, Daedelus or the latest show with Teebs and Blawan.

And lastly, here’s one I was sent when my computer was dead. You might have heard of IG Culture’s new labels Holy Roller and HR2. The first releases on the former is the Manz at Work mixtape and features several unreleases remixes.

Weekend Mixtapes

I have two mixtapes from New York outfit Sepalcure, that’s Machine Drum together with Percussion Lab‘s Praveen, to share with you. First up is their radio show presented by URB Magazine, the second is an older mix from the Little White Earbuds podcast.

Next up is a mix by Jacques Greene, whose new video we have featured earlier this week. The mix is once again available from URB Mag.

Not a mix, but a free track from the new Fabric 55 mix CD, put together by the one called Shackleton.

Bern’s Sassy J is one of Dimlite‘s closest peers and she has put together a truly great mixtape!

I have mentioned this video of IG Culture aka Son of Scientist interviewing his spiritual father Scientist on Twitter. Apparently, the two also recorded a radio show together.

Benji B showcased three new Photek tunes on his show this week, a fellow blogger recorded that segment and put it on his website.

Lastly, I got a mix by Caribou recorded from FM Brussels in late November.

Georgia Anne Muldrow remixes IG Culture

In September 2008, I euphorically wrote about the remixes of IG Culture’s Zen Badizm album. Fast forward to 2010 and it seems they have been forgotten by now, including the label guys.

IG Culture © Jan T. Sott

Only today IG Culture reminded us about one of them, the remix from Georgia Anne Muldrow. IG doesn’t mention whether it will ever get a proper release, but he tells us to “look out for the NSM refit coming soon!” Keep your fingers crossed.

March 23, 2010 Removed the file on request, you can still listen to it on the Holy Roller blog.

Son of Scientist – Let’s Get Ready

I haven’t read the name Son of Scientist for a while, but that’s probably to blame on the lack of new music under that name. It’s one of the countless aliases used by legendary West London producer IG Culture.

This exclusive new track was posted by Spine Magazine, whose off-shoot Spine Radio is also the host of IG’s regular Holy Roller show. Spiced up with samples from Dennis Brown, Johnny Clark, Madlib and Dilla, the track can be downloaded for free!

Build an Ark & IG Culture

As mentioned before, the Broad Casting event featuring Build an Ark and IG Culture’s Zen Badizm Workshop was recorded by RBMA Radio. There is also a video from the night, which was handed over to the Beyondjazz crew.

You can also listen to the concerts from Build an Ark and IG Culture online. For more detailed report, please check out this nice post on the Beyondjazz blog!

Likwid Biskit at Co-Op 5ive

For those of us who aren’t so fortunate to attend IG Culture’s Zen Badizm Workshop tomorrow night in London, I got this video to share with you.

This was recorded back in 2005 at Co-Op‘s fifth anniversary. Support comes from nearly the same setup as for the upcoming show, IG on keys and drums, Kaidi Tatham on keys and percussion and Heidi Vogel on the vocals.