Weekend Mixtapes #28

Gerald Short of Jazzman Records made a great spiritual jazz mix for http://fingersports.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/up-there-spiritual-jazz-mix.html”>A Sound Awareness. Don’t we all need some jazz at the weekend? Highly recommended.

If you are into italo disco, you should really do yourself a favor and check the monthly Disco Biscuits radio show by Vina Yun out of Vienna. The second show of 2013 dropped just a few days ago.

Ki Records’ Christian Löffler, who dropped his well received debut album last summer, made a contribution for the mutecast mix series. Moody and atmospheric (house) sounds for your relaxed weekend soundtrack.

Firecracker Recordings presented a new mix this week, this time by Enio, the mastermind behind Disco Volante, a famous club in Brescia, Italy. Three hours of deep cosmic vibes, jazz and krautrock intermezzi.

And lastly, two older mixtapes by Rednose Distrikt and Moonstarr. The former put together one of my all-time classics in 2002, available again for stream. Kevin Moon also shared one of his older mixtapes, a selection called Winter Samba.

KJM – Mystery of Ages (Moonstarr Edits)

Careful, here are three names you haven’t heard in a while: Kyoto Jazz Massive, Bembé Segué, Moonstarr. If you just felt a pulse of warmth coming from your heart, you’re invited to continue reading.

Back in 1976, composer and saxophonist Carlos Garnett an album called Cosmos Nucleus which features the track Mystery of Ages, which was covered by many years later by Japanese outfit Kyoto Jazz Massive. Fast forward to 2011 and here are two remixes from Montreal’s Moonstarr, both available for your listening pleasures below.

Mystery of Ages (Moonstarr Edits)


A 7-inch is already available on Moonstarr’s own Public Transport label (get it from Dusty Groove or Juno) and the digital release will follow through iTunes on November 15, 2011.

Moonstarr – The Archive

Toronto’s Moonstarr is back with a collection of rare and unreleased music. “The Archive” collects some tracks that were previously out on vinyl only, such as the classic Detriot on Sonar Kollektiv, a contribution to Groovement’s Transcendances compilation, or his own Greed Remix from 2002’s The Dupont Remixes on Compost Records. The second half is made of previously unreleased tracks, ranging from deep techno to broken beats and some drum&bass.

01. Take It Back
02. Detriot
03. Don’t Sweat It
04. Greed Remix
05. Nasdaq
06. Mars
07. The Recipe
08. Running
09. Scarborough RT

You can get the digital-only release directly from Public Transit, iTunes, Juno Download or maybe the merchant of your choice.

Let me also mention Beyondjazz’s all new podcast, which puts the Spotlight on Moonstarr – and nothing but Moonstarr!

Update Oh, and I should also mention the cover was designed by Nik Brovkin

ILL Harmonics All Week Long!

About nine years ago, a certain Kevin Moon had people going nuts over his then released debut album Dupont. Over the years, the Toronto based producer better known as Moonstarr put out some classic remixes for the likes of Rednose Distrikt, Jazzanova, Recloose or Ennio Morricone or. His music was released on 4hero’s Reinforced, Compost, Sonar Kollektiv and his own Public Transit label.

Moonstarr’s latest album Instrumentals Forever was released in 2008, another 7-inch dropped about a year ago. His latest 12-inch ILL Harmonics Vol. 1 came out only a couple of weeks ago, and starting today, we’ll give away a digital copy every day this week.

All you need to do is hit the tweet button below and leave the rest to fortune. Just make sure to follow us on Twitter, otherwise we cannot get in contact with you! If you don’t use Twitter, you can leave a comment and tell your favourite Moonstarr anecdote.

Moonstarr – Farfisa 45

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Kevin Moon’s Montreal-based label Public Transit has put out its first 7″, a collaboration between Moonstarr and organist Tony Ezzy.

Moonstarr teams up with Montreal’s funkiest musician Tony Ezzy on PTRs first 7inch 45 rpm! Farfisa 45 is guaranteed to heat up any dance floor. The songs pay homage to great Brazilian organists like Walter Wanderley and Ed Lincon. Featuring dirty drum breaks and samples played by Moonstarr and jazzy Farfisa Organ work by Tony Ezzy.

While doing some research on the record, I stumbled across three different release dates. However, the record should also be available in most recordshops by now, I spotted it at Juno and Rush Hour.

You know you support this best when you buy directly from the label, Public Transit sells it for unbeatable $3.5!

If you don’t call a record-player your own, you can get a Farfisa 45 from digital stores worldwide, including big players like iTunes or Amazon.

Sarah Linhares – Messages from the Future EP

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A wonderful new release on Public Transit Records comes from Sarah Linhares, Montreal based singer and participant of the Red Bull Music Academy. She was previously featured on Moonstarr’s album Instrumentals Forever and is currently working her debut album Messages from the Future, which is set for release this autumn.01. Step Up
02. It’s All True
03. No Question
04. Step Up (909 Mix)

The tracks were produced by PTR head Moonstarr, Aklimatize and Camplaix. Sarah’s soulful vocals can easily be compared with the likes of Kissey Asplund, Amalia or even Erykah Badu. On the EP you will find diverse styles between hip-hop and brokenbeat. It was hard to pick a favourite tune, but I decided to put up It’s All True, which was produced in a Dilla-esque style by Portuguese beatmaker Camplaix. Make sure you check out the 909 Mix of Step Up as well, it’s my second favourite on the EP.

You can get this fine release directly from Public Transit Recordings, but if it’s more convenient you can also get it on iTunes.

Dec 10, 2009 Moonstarr is giving away three versions of the track “Step Up”, including the previously unavailable instrumental!

Resident Advisor Podcast by Moonstarr

Kevin Moon aka Moonstarr will be playing at the Resident Advisor party this year’s MUTEK, hence he was asked to do a mix for the latest RA Podcast. If you like Moonstarr’s music, go and get this selection of bossa flavoured music, oldskool hip-hop and broken beat! As usual, Resident Advisor provides a brief interview with the DJ.

Bagpak Selects Vol. II

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New York’s Bagpak Records has been on my radar for quite a while, being the home of names Yellowtail, Nubian Mindz or Arch_typ. They were so kind to send me a copy of their upcoming compilation Bagpak Selects Vol. II, which I believe is set for a release in late February.

Being familiar with the above mentioned artists I was expecting a dancefloor-oriented record, but to my suprise the CD starts with three straight jazz tracks. Turns out, this is a versatile collection of both new and up-and-coming artists from North America, ranging from hip-hop to soul, jazz to broken beat to house to afrobeat.01. Laura Kahle & The West End Composers Collective – Lighter Skies
02. Kendra Ross – I’m So Okay
03. Roxanne feat. UKey – Searching
04. The What!? – Definition Part II (Spinnerty Redefine)
05. Aklimatize feat. Amalia – Frequencies
06. Arch_typ feat. Joni Love – Family Function
07. Asiko – Jibiti
08. Moonstarr feat. Rosina Kazi – Tiger Funk
09. Computer Paul feat. Michelle Amador –  Does It (Peter Munch Remix)
10. DJ C feat. MC Zulu – Body Work (Octa Push Remix)
11. IMC SOUL feat. Dawn Pemberton – Travelin
12. Ne’a Posey w/ LiL Dave –  State of the World
13. Yellowtail – Into the Orion
My favourite tracks are the collaboration with Amalia Townsend, longtime partner of Opolopo, and the Ne’a Posey. Not only vocally the standout tracks here, but together with the Yellowtail tune, this is the sound I was hoping for. I must admit that I prefer the first installment of the series, but there is a lot to discover if these names are new to you.

As mentioned before, I’m not sure about the definitive release-date. I recommend signing up to the Bagpak Newsletter, as I know they have some more goodies (Yellowtail album!) in the pipeline.

Feb 7, 2009 Now available from Juno and iTunes, or directly from Bagpak!

Moonstarr – Instrumentals Forever

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The second album from Moonstarr is finally available in the rest of the world, following the Japanese release earlier this summer.

First of all, Instrumentals Forever is not what the title suggests – an instrumental album. If you love(d) Dupont, chances are good you will like the follow-up just as much. Yes, a lot of the tracks sound like from the predecessor, the fact that this comes from Moonstarr album cannot be denied, even those (funny!) interludes are back. Call it trademark sound but when you listen more closely you will find new elements in each of the tracks, most notably the vocals. I prefer calling it Dupont 2.0, it might not be a suprise soundwise, but it’s still a great album to listen to – from start to end. Have it on repeat and you won’t even notice, it runs like a perfect loop.01. Broken Bossa
02. Interlude 1
03. Clappy
04. Break It Down
05. Tigerfunk (feat. LAL & Guests)
06. Interlude 2
07. Get Outside
08. String Theory
09. Interlude 3
10. Who’s Bitin’ Who?
11. Fucked Up (feat. Fineprint & Sarah)
12. Interlude 4
13. Crazy Jazz
14. Interlude 5
15. Climax
16. Planets Collide (feat. Lotus Jai Nitai)
17. Love Call
Looks like the album is only available as download (spotted on Juno Download and iTunes), a vinyl LP was promised to follow. If you still prefer CDs, there seems no other choice but importing the Japanese release on P-Vine.

Public Transit Downloads

As reported, the new Moonstarr album is currently available exclusively on Dancetracks and It will be available elsewhere on December 9. Until then, Public Transit has some tracks to give-away for free.

Public Transit Recordings

If you’re a devoted reader of my blog, you probably know Broken Bossa already, previously available on the free Next Stop compilation and the opening track for the new album. Break It Down is the second track available from the album, an uptempo tune with Brazilian vocals – also featured Instrumentals Forever. But there’s even more! Moonstarr made a remix of Everyday in February by LAL, a track from their 2008 album Deportation.

Later this week, I will publish my review of the album – so please stay tuned!

Instrumentals Forever?

I did my homework when my copy of Moonstarr‘s upcoming album arrived from Japan. Depending on the sources, Instrumentals Forever should have been released in the rest of the world on November 11 or 18. However, there is no information about the release (or its delay) on the Public Transit website or on Kevin Moon‘s MySpace page. Instead  the free mixtape from Think Twice has been announced, though it has been available for download for several weeks already (and I didn’t find it worthy to mention it). So, I will hold back my little review until the album becomes available outside of Japan (nervous?). Let me just say this: if you liked (and still like)  Dupont, you will like the new album as well. Once I hear news, I will keep you posted.

Nov 22, 2008 I got an official confirmation that the album will be released on iTunes December 9 (Dancetracks Digital will follow), and that a vinyl version is planned to follow (thanks Sarah!)

Nov 25, 2008 For the next two weeks, you can buy the album exclusively on Dancetracks

Moonstarr – Instrumentals Forever

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The speculations came up with the release of Public Transit‘s Next Stop, whether there was a new Moonstarr album in the pipeline. As blog-reader Lay-far pointed out, there will indeed be a release on November 11th (official announcement) or October 22nd (Dusty Groove). I had to do little investigation to find out, that the follow-up to 2002’s Dupont is already available in Japan through P-Vine.01. Broken Bossa
02. Interlude 1
03. Clappy
04. Break It Down
05. Tigerfunk (feat. LAL & Guests)
06. Interlude 2
07. Get Outside
08. String Theory
09. Interlude 3
10. Who’s Bitin’ Who?
11. Fucked Up (feat. Fineprint & Sarah)
12. Interlude 4
13. Crazy Jazz
14. Interlude 5
15. Climax
16. Planets Collide (feat. Lotus Jai Nitai)
17. Love Call

Sup People!

Very excited to announce that I’m dropping a full length album in Japan August 22 2008 on PVINE. World wide release will be November 11th on Public Transit Recordings!!! Advance sales via http://www.ptrmusic.com

‘Instrumentals Forever’ 12 tracks 5 interludes. Appearances from Fineprint, Lotus Jai Nitai, LAL, Sarah Linhares. Styles are from the classic moonstarr era. EXPECT dirty breaks, butter loops, broken technessss etc…

Keep checking back here or http://www.ptrmusic.com for free previews and updates.

PEACE – Moonstarr

You may have noticed, the first track Broken Bossa was already featured on PTR’s free compilation. As I’m looking forward to get my hands on this, I can hopefully provide a full review in near future.

Nov 4, 2008 The album will indeed come out on November 11, unless you want to order the pricey Japan import. The bad news is, that it sounds pretty much like the old album – the good news, that it doesn’t matter at all ;)

Next Stop by Various Artists

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Canada’s Public Transit celebrates its 10th anniversary with Next Stop, a compilation available as a free download. The label’s roster is well-represented with founder Moonstarr, LAL, Voice, Think Twice, Arch_Typ, Murr and InsideAmind. Other artists include Karma & Lotus, Incubator, Grahmzilla and Aadm, but the label website does not indicate if these are signings.01. Voice – Fantasy Pt1 (Think Twice Rmx)
02. Karma & Lotus – The Notice + Lost Beat Revised
03. Think Twice – Stars
04. LAL – Erase Me
05. Tony Ezzy – Give A Damm
06. Moonstarr – Broken Bossa
07. Arch_typ – 3333
08. LAL – Saturn (Alister Johnson Rmx)
09. LAL – Dancing the Same (Abacus Remix)
10. Murr – Addiction
11. Incubator – Dakar Pockey
12. Grahmzilla – Bionic
13. Moonstarr – Into the Out (feat. Sarah Linhares)
14. iNSiDEaMiND – The Tiniest Spy
15. Aadm – Piercing

Next Stop by Various Artists

Public Transit Recordings is one of those record labels that has quietly carved a pocket for all that music we’ll be listening to in 10 years time. Its “Future Now” philosophy permeates its ethos, whether guided by electronic soul tapping into a wider state of consciousness or gritty hip hop that actually says something while you move that ass. Its dubbed-out socialelectroconcious poetics with politics. In its storied 10-year history, surviving the ups and downs of the music biz and holding steady on what moves its core, PTR has remained committed to supporting and releasing innovative music that makes a statement. The idea behind the name of the label still holds true a decade since it’s inception; A wide variety of people getting together for a moment in time, coming from different walks of life, different backgrounds, different life experiences all traveling together to one common destination. PTR artists take a ride on the idea that we must continue to explore the possibilities that music can say something while it makes you move, that you can think a bit about the world around you and be open to change while you nod your head on some sick swing.

Consider this compilation. Soul music is the thread and the songs are it’s children who push the conventional into different tangents and headspaces. They all travel towards timeless music that makes sense now, and will make more sense in the future. Listen to the realness, the rawness. It is pure heart and soul poured in by real people scrambling for rent money, hustling to get their artistic ideas out to the wider world, working through sleepless nights to make deadlines, getting down on a dancefloor to shake the blues away. This isn’t a trend, this is life. This is Next Stop.

Well, so much for that – you better hurry to the download now. One question though: do new tracks from Moonstarr mean, there’ll be his second album soon?

via The Incubator