For the most observant of our long-time readers the name Abby Lee Tee might ring a bell. The Austrian producer hailing from the city of Linz has been making beats for a couple of years and most recently released an album title “By accident” with guest spots by Mieux, Affine-signed Wandl and Ritornell-collaborator Mimu Merz. What follows is an interview with the man, spiced up with snippets from his new record and lastly his guestmix.
First of all, can you start by introducing yourself?
I’m a musician (producer & DJ) living in Linz, a tiny town in Austria, despite being the country’s third-biggest city. Beside any kind of sound, records and odd instruments, I’m also in love with silence, visual arts, books, my cats & otters.
I always like to ask about two key moments: do you remember the first time that you responded to music and when was it clear to get involved in makingmusic?
One of my first memories concerning music is my mum listening to Santana’s Black Magic Woman. Also, my older brother used to listen to some nice jazz records back then. Later on I got in touch with hip hop, mainly through skateboarding, radio and music television. Soon after I bought my first turntables and became part of the hip hop group Hinterland, leading from there to music production and a growing interest in other genres.
Tell us about an ordinary day in your hometown, Linz. What’s the city like?
As it’s not the biggest city (about 200k inhabitants), there’s not too much distraction, which makes it a good place to work for me. But for it’s size, Linz also got a remarkably big (independent) art scene, nearly everyone knows each other after some years of living here and you see a lot of different people (from different genres) collaborating with each other. While you can enjoy the river Danube’s beaches and the woods just minutes away from the centre, it’s also only a short hop of a bit more than an hour by train to vienna. And I still find interesting music at the local (second-hand) record stores.
You run a night called “the future sound”, how did this come up and who’s playing at your parties?
Starting point was a night called “The Future Sound of Vienna” in 2010 with Dorian Concept. After that my friend F!no and I teamed up to continue cultivating this kind of sound with a monthly club night, which we’ve been doing for more than 5 years now, hosting artists such as Prefuse 73, Dimlite, Jeremy Ellis, Shigeto, Nosaj Thing, Floating Points, Flako an Julian Sartorius.
Your album “by accident” was just released. Tell us about the process and what it’s about.
While working on the album for the last 1.5 years I bought and tried to work with a lot of acoustic instruments. Besides, I’ve always been into field recordings. After using at least a couple of samples back in the days, I’m now completely stuck into using my own sounds only. The title “by accident” also refers to the more or less randomly layered field recordings, building the foundation of most of the tracks. Also, I’m pretty happy about the lovely collaborations with Wandl, Mimu, Mieux and GC (the latter being responsible for mix and mastering), plus the perfectly fitting visual concept (artwork, video, A/V-show) by System Jaquelinde!
And what’s next in music, is there any new work coming up?
Besides gigs and guestmixes, I’m back into making remixes , but really looking forward to use all the sounds I recorded during the last months preparing the release. And there’s a “by accident” remix-album in the making.
Lastly, tell us about the mix you recorded.
It’s a pretty wild mixture of stuff which inspired me while producing “by accident”, focusing on the more ambient and weird kind of records.
Subscribe (iTunes)01. Julian Sartorius – Tscholi
02. Kutin / Kindlinger / Kubisch / Godoy – Introspection
03. Sun Ra – Atlantis
04. Brainticket – Era Of Technology
05. Shaolin Afronauts – Abyssinian Suite Part 1
06. Slow Riffs – Gong Bath
07. Jar Moff – Commercial Mouth
08. Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist
09. Toju Kae – Buscheli
10. Mischmeister M – My Brain Is Mashed Eggs
11. Julian Sartorius – Huli
12. Abby Lee Tee – Efeu
13. LV – Quick Return
14. Holden – Self-playing Schmaltz
15. Flako – Gone (reprise)
16. White Noise – Love Without Sound
17. Dimlite – Zoo In Fluttering Red Pt. 1
18. Tim Hecker – Amps, Drugs, Harmonium
19. LV – Carillon
20. Ages – Chances (Abby Lee Tee Remix)
21. Zanshin – Esmeralda The Swift
22. Downliners Sekt – Hors Phase
23. Rolf Liebermann – Les Echanges
24. E.S.T. – Contorted
25. Sculpture – Unhitch Your Program
26. Soft Machine – Out-bloody-rageous
27. Fred Jüssi – Lahemaa Lindude Hääli
28. David Fanshawe – Tarka The Otter O.S.T.
29. Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo – Untitled (Afrojazz)
30. Stereokonzert Der Vogelstimmen – ?
31. Alfred Klapper – Hirschbrunft
32. Dimlite – Stromausfall (interlude)
33. Electric Egypt – Kundalini
34. Prefuse 73 – The Last
You can stream the full Abby Lee Tee album on his Bandcamp page, find more of his music on SoundCloud, and if you want to stay up-to-date, follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
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.
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.
I started this post on November 21st, but never got around to publish it. It has grown in numbers of mixes since then and just would like to get this out quickly, before I forget (or the mixes go offline!)
It’s been a while since our last podcast, but the connection between this and the previous one are tighter than the 9 months gap might suggest. We stay in Turkey and we’re happy to have another female guestmixer: Istanbul-based producer, DJ and radio programmer biblo.
Having been in love with music for as long as she remembers, biblo started playing in several bands before turning towards solo production. Now in her seventh year as biblo, she can look back at a RBMA participation and three albums released on several labels. I first stumbled across her music through Brazilian producer Pazes, before picking up her last record Moved–a record that gets better the more it wears out, as the crackles are a complement to her eerie sounds.
A new album is set for a release in early 2014, followed by several remixes for befriended producers, and–hopefully—a collaborative album with ambient producer Wolf Maps.
Asked about her podcast, biblo calls it an “organically evolving mix which can be listened and enjoyed while working, sleeping, travelling, reading, mourning and making love. For all those quiet but condensed, focused moments in life.”
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01. John Coltrane – Psalm
02. Slow Walkers – Precession
03. Ricardo Donoso – Reflection & Rotation
04. Roll the Dice – Calling All Workers
05. Oneohtrix Point Never – He She
06. [ B O L T ] – Song 2 (biblo Remix)
07. Huerco S – ‘Iińzhiid
08. JK Flesh / Prurient – I Understand You
09. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – Roam the Milky Way (feat. Ekin Fil)
10. Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Rise
11. Roly Porter – Giant
12. Pyramids/Horseback – A Throne Without a King pt. 2
You can find biblo in all corners of her internet, I’d start by checking out her SoundCloud and Bandcamp profiles, needless to say she also has a Facebook page. You can tune into her radio show every Sunday on 12.00 EEST (GMT+2) or listen to previous shows on Mixcloud. And lastly: If you enjoyed the mix above, make sure to check out her contributions for RBMA Radio as well!
We have mentioned several mixtape with an early jungle vibe in our last Weekend Mixtapes, now extraordinary producer Mark Pritchard makes his own addition by looking back at his influences from the early nineties.
01. Public Enemy – Countdown To Armageddon
02. Hijack – Hold No Hostage
03. Silver Bullet – 20 Seconds To Comply
04. Hardnoise – Untitled
05. Think Tank – Hack One
06. Success N Effect – Bass Kickin’ Beats – (Lukeedit)
07. Frankie Bones – Janets Revenge
08. DJ Mink – Can U Relate
09. Renegade Soundwave – Phantom
10. Unique 3 – The Theme
11. Yage – Coda Coma
12. Underkut – Both Ends
13. 4 Hero – Mr Kirks Nightmare
14. 2 Kilo’s – Mohamed’s Mind
15. Genaside 2 – Death of The Kamikazee
16. Pal Joey – Dance Beats
17. Ital Rockers – Ital’s Anthem (Trebledown-Bassup Mix)
18. Shut Up And Dance – 18″ Speaker
19. Meat Beat Manifesto – Radio Babylon
20. Reel 2 Reel – We Are Ie
21. Nightmares on Wax – Aftermath
22. JC001 & Dj D Zire – Favourite Breaks
23. SL2 – Dj Take Control
24. Ragga Twins – Spliff Head
25. Break the Limits – Paranoise
26. Shut up and Dance – The Green Man
27. The Last Emperor Soundtrack – Rain – Mark Pritchard Reedit (Excerpt)
28- Satin Storm – Satin Storm 1999
29- The House Crew – Keep the Fire Burning
30- Nicolette – The Dove Song
31. Masters At Work – Justa Lil Dope
Once your download is finished, FACT’s recent interview with Mr. Pritchard and this rundown on some of his best productions should be your next stops.
October 29, 2013 Part two is now also available, adding another 25 tracks from 1991-92!
I don’t recall when we last highlighted a mix from Resident Advisor‘s podcast series, but the latest from Machinedrum is a worthy one. Tracks old and new from the man himself, including his previously mentioned FSOL remix. Recommended listen!01. Machinedrum – Rise N Fall
02. Machinedrum – The Palace
03. Machinedrum – Show Ur Love
04. Future Sound of London – Ill Flower (Machinedrum Remix)
05. Machinedrum – Knowfuture
06. Skeptical – Eyes Down
07. Om Unit – Deep Sea Pyramid
08. System – Sound Man
09. Tek 9 – Spring
10. Rob & Goldie – Shadow
11. Dwarde – Algid
12. Tessela – Hackney Parrot (Sam Binga Crackney Parrot Refix)
13. Ital Tek – BB
14. Jon Convex – With You (Kid Drama’s Autonomic Mix)
15. Instra:mental & dBridge – White Snares
16. Naibu – Just Like You (Fracture’s Astrophonica Remix)
17. AMIT – Human Warfare (Machinedrum Remix)
18. FIS – Love Drama Stress (Machinedrum Edit)
19. Machinedrum – Overtime
When I’m not listening to the Hessle Audio radio show on Rinse.fm, I’m more than happy to track down other mixes by Ben UFO and company. The Essential Mix is still a big deal and—annoying as Pete Tong’s flat introductions are—you might want to grab this new one featuring Ben.
It’s been a good week (and month) for mixtapes, shall we start with our selection for the weekend?
Ben UFO’s and Pearson Sound’s show on Rinse FM is one of the few I make an effort to listen to on a regular basis. While I recommend tuning in every Thursday, let me highlight the show from August 8th (might go offline soon!)
To keep the uptempo vibes, check out another Boiler Room session from Nutriot Podcast contributor Gerry Read, who is about to release another of those fine 12-inches on Fourth Wave.
You probably remember this video of Marcos Valle playing live in the Brownswood Basement, Gilles Peterson‘s own treasure chamber. That wasn’t all of it, as a 2-hour podcast with Marcos in conversation has been revealed today!Intro medley:
Marcos Valle – Ele e Ela
Marcos Valle – On Line
Marcos Valle – Batucada Surgiu
Marcos Valle – Batucada (Batucada Surgin)
Marcos Valle – Estrela
Marcos Valle – Que Bandeira
Marcos Valle – Wanda Vidal
Marcos Valle – Mentira
Marcos Valle – Samba de Verao
Marcos Valle – Crickets Sing For Anamaria
Marcos Valle – E Vem O Sol
Marcos Valle – Vem
Luiz Gonzaga – Sertanejo do Norte
Marcos Valle – Sonho de Maria
Tamba Trio – Sonho de Maria
Luiz Eca – O Homem Entre o Mar e a Terra
Marcos Valle – She Told Me, She Told Me
Joao Gilberto & Stan Getz – Vivo Sonhando
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Matita Perê
Sarah Vaughan – Something
Elis Regina – Preciso Aprender a Ser So
Marcos Valle – Democústico
Chicago – Life It What It Is
Leon Ware – Rockin’ You Eternally
Marcos Valle – A Vantage de Rever Voce (Rockin’ You)
Marcos Valle – Estrela
Marcos Valle – Crickets Sing For Anamaria
Marcos Valle – Freio Aerodinamico
Jay-Z – Thankyou
The BlogRollCall is a new series in which we close ranks with other blogs we like. When we started this site, it was common practice to feature like-minded blogs in what is known as a blogroll or to link back to content found there. This sense of community is disappearing more and more these days, as blogs become trademarks of their own, competing with one another for their readership. We don’t like that development, we think it’s bullshit to cannibalize one another when the main goal should be promoting good music – not ego!
Part two in this series comes from anonymous UK duo Two Hungry Ghosts, notorious for their online bootlegs, cassette mixtapes and their love for the visual underground cultures.
Press play and read on below for the interview!
Subscribe (iTunes)01. X Minus 4 Minutes (Intro)
02. Men at Amps – Blaq Cougar
03. Erick Sermon featuring Redman – Freak Out
04. Jeru The Damaja – Physical Stamina
05. The Crooklyn Dodgers – Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers (Vocal)
06. The Crooklyn Dodgers – Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers (Instrumental)
07. The Names JJ (Skit)
08. Canibus featuring Rakim – I’ll Buss ‘Em U Punish ‘Em (Remix)
09. Marco Polo featuring Lil Fame Of M.O.P – Fame For President
10. Dennis Farnon – South Bound
11. Ambush (Skit)
12. Ramsey Lewis – Ode
13. Ennio Morricone – Requiem Per Un Operaio
14. I Tell You I Saw Them (Skit)
15. Goblin – Blind Concert (Edit)
16. Babylon (Skit)
17. Ayala – Lull
18. Lee Scratch Perry – Upsetting Dub
19. Boska – Pictures (Edit)
20. Zomby – Florence
21. Tek9 – Pushing Back (Remix)
22. Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – As We Enter (Edit)
Who’s behind Two Hungry Ghosts and what was the motivation to start a blog?
The motivation behind the blog is to support a diverse range of artists and DJs in gaining more exposure and helping them attract a new audience. The site is for all those people that have contributed tracks, mixes or artwork since we began in 2011. When we moved over to Blogspot earlier this year we decided to delete a lot of the old posts and focus purely on exclusive downloads and streams. We could of quite easily changed the name at that time to “The Army of Ghosts” as there are so many people contributing content to the site now. Different heads but with the same goal.
The way the posts are designed is with a huge emphasis on the track/mix alongside original artwork. Minimal words with the musical content delivering the impact afterall its about the artists and their creations, not us.
What do you usually write about and can you highlight some of your features?
Posts are normally quite short with the actual song/mix being the main emphasis. We are lucky enough to be able to post free downloads and exclusive streams from artists around the world in a variety of different styles. We have put this little set together for you and your readers to have a better understanding of what the site is about.
The site changed alot with the switch to Blogspot. We may post less now but the quality control is much higher so its centered around quality rather than quantity. We have also been busy recently working on a range of different projects for the site and are aiming to put out our first Beat Tape entitled “Holy Ghost Power”. Its based around a series of one minute loops and skits inspired by the work of Mattic and Frayker. We put a lot of work into everything we do for the blog and hopefully that shows in the posts.
[As for the feature,] the Timeline LP that features an unreleased song from Manix (Marc Mac of 4hero), it’s a compilation of twenty tracks that demonstrate how drum and bass changed during the 90’s. The love and support from that created the Remix EP of which we are very proud and thankful to the artists who participated, the Gremlinzremix probably being one of the best things we have put out.
Further to this we do mixes for Samurai FM and have an image archive over on our Tumblr. We are also working towards a monthly stream over on our Mixlr. More details on that to follow.
Can you recommend us any blogs you’re reading?
Being honest, not many. There are some that are doing a great job of writing about their chosen genre or helping to expose new music, art or film but reading other peoples opinions or seeing what is currently considered cool isn’t really what the site is about.
Personally we would much rather stick on Rinse, Jungletrain, a Soundcloud stream or watch a Boiler Room set whilst going through images on Tumblr than actually read blogs.
And lastly, can you tell us a bit about the mix you put together for us?
Its really a homage to the radio shows and mixtapes of the 1990’s. Having access to Kiss FM and European radio shows streaming via satellite TV in the UK there was always an open door to brand new underground music from around the world long before the internet and Podcasts. Kiss shows like the legendary Solid Steel and Paul
Thomas’ “Chill Out Zone” as well as the Jazzanova and Pressure Drop shows on Sputnik delivered an eclectic mix of new and cutting edge music each week.
Labels like Mo Wax and Ninja also focused on putting out a wide range of music at that time which still sound as good today as they did in the 90’s and the blog shares that same desire to support great timeless music from a variery of genres.
The mix covers everything from classic hip hop, funk and jazz breaks, dub to drum and bass all squeezed into a single side of a faux C90.
Sunday afternoon, slept too long, way too long. Sunshine, a cup of coffee and Mr Beatnick‘s FACT Mix are all it takes to jump start into the day. No headaches, no bad feelings. It’s all good. If you haven’t heard this one yet (and it’s been out for a week already), I must recommend doing so. Great selection of music, great vibes.
01. Typesun – Last Home (Dj Nature Remix)
02. UMOD – Unreleased beat
03. Kelpe – Answered
04. Mr Beatnick – Symbiosis
05. About Group – You’re No Good (Theo Parrish Remix feat. Andrew Ashong)
06. Pepe Bradock – Lifting weights
07. James Blonde & Oliver Deutschmann – Milanese (Quarion’s Sicilia Profonda Remix)
08. Levon Vincent – ???
09. Walt J – Nite Gruv
10. Tinman – Tip The Acid
11. John Heckle – Life On Titan
12. Marcelus – Enlightenment
13. The Reflektor (aka Gifted & Blessed) – Chicken Itza
14. JTC – Gallup
15. Actress – Holy Water
16. Barker & Baumecker – Nobody (Machinedrum Remix)
17. Kingdom – Stalker Ha
18. Mr Beatnick – Parallax Scroll
19. Samoyed – Sloe Eyes
We’ll keep it short this week, because basically we think that you can’t ask for much more when Resident Advisor puts out a podcast mixed by Kyle Hall and XLR8R responds with someone like Omar-S. Well, we secretly hoped that a third party, say FACT Magazine, would jump in with another from Theo Parrish, but of course that didn’t happen (they have L-Vis 1990 this week!) Anyway, the before-mentioned third generation of Detroit producers also have new releases in store: Kyle Hall’s debut album The Boat Party and Omar-S’ Thank you for Letting Me be Myself.
Since we mentioned them on our Twitter stream earlier this week, let us also notify you about the new Beats in Space guestmix by Four Tet and Bibio’s podcast for The Fader.
South Londoner and frequent Theo Parrish collaborator Andrew Ashong put together his first ever mixtape for the fine people at Hyponik.01. Tom Zé – Complexo de Épico
02. Jack Bonus – Ah Que Lyn
03. Mataya Clifford – Things are Going My Way
04. Monomono – Plain Fighting
05. Gramacks International – Reassembler
06. Bobby Smith – A New Day Dawning
07. Mandrill – Bro Weevil and the Swallow
08. Jon Lucien – Luella
09. Moacir Santos – What’s my Name
10. David Sanborn Band – Promise Me the Moon
11. Devadip Oneness – Free as the Morning Sun
12. Flight – Inca Innuendo
13. Karma – Kwanzaa
14. The Charlie Rouse band – Waiting on the Corner
15. Bill Summers – Brazilian Skies
16. Jackie and Roy – Don’t be Blue
17. Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba
Read about Andrew’s selection here and download the mix there.