Most people will probably know Manuel Sepulveda for his work as Optigram, the name under which he designed pretty much every record sleeve put out by Hyperdub. That body of work clearly overshadowed his other operations, including co-founding and running the Citinite label for more than a decade. Today marks the 10th anniversary of their first release and yet it’s a sad day, since they decided to pull the plug and call it “goodnite”.
There’s a new website that let’s you revisit (or discover)twenty releases from the last decade, not all of them actually realised. Some of the unreleased music can be listened to on this special mixtape.
Jimmy Edgar – Hot Raw Sex (Complexxion remix)
Jesse Saunders – On & On (unreleased 1984 remix)
Lil’ Kenny – Straight to Your Head
Mynk Rychardz – Human Robots (Gosubs night dub)
Lil’ Kenny – Cyberlove
Robert O’Dell – Love Me… Can You Hear Me?
Gosub – Slave to You
Robert O’Dell – Miles & Miles
Gosub – Black Nova (AUX 88 remix)
Mynk Rychardz – Blastin
Complexxion – Intro 7
JLin – 808
JLin – Downtown
Rozzi Daime – Dirty Illusions
Mynk Rychardz – Hang Glyde
And if that ain’t enough, make sure to check Manuel’s radio show from last year, in which he played some more lost music from the label.
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.
Following the release of the highly anticipated Mark Pritchard album “Under The Sun”, the man himself stepped up for a two hour radio-show on NTS Live, playing music influencing his sound, the new album and over-all favourites. From Steve Reich to Moondog, Delia Derbyshire to Krzysztof Penderecki, Siouxsie & The Banshees to The Cure, this is a much recommended listen. Finally available on Mixcloud, for those who missed it live!
While there’s still no sign of “Cite”, the new album by Dim Grimm (formerly Dimlite), we’re happy aboutany activity from our favourite Swiss producer. It’s been about a year since he shared his interpretation of Dorian Concept’s The Sky Opposite, but this weekend he uploaded a new mixtape called “From it / To it”, which seemingly contains a new track.Messiaen – Introduction to Turangalila
Yuji Nomi – Procession of the cat king
Iannis Xenakis – Orient-Occident
The Trees Community – Psalm 42
Jake Holmes – Did you know
Erik Satie – Gnossienne 3
Fadimoutu Wallet Inamoud – Yelalela
Dim Grimm – Unity
SQURL, not Squirrel – Spooky Action at a Distance
John Barry – Capsule in space
Go straight ahead and grab the download on his website!
Following the year that marked the 20th anniversary of Goldie’s debut Timeless (Spotify) and in the wake of new material ahead, Gilles Peterson sits down with the Metalheadz founder to chat about past, present and future. The interview starts exploring the early musical influences, before heading over to more interesting topics such as meeting (and learning from) Marc Mac and Dego, his thoughts on producers such as Flying Lotus or Burial, the differences between the drum & bass and the broken beat scene, and –inevitably– the making of “Timeless” and the orchestral reinterpretation by the Heritage Orchestra last summer (see video below!) Over two hours of talk and music, leaving you with the wish for more!
When was the last time Dego had such a momentum? The Two Pages period? The dawn of his 2000Black label? In any case it’s a good thing! Following his recent appearance on Benji B’s show and several NTS Live shows, London’s veteran producer is back for another mixtape for Dimensions Festival. The mix features music “inspired by Claude Young & Titonton Duvante”, namely classic Detroit techno and proto-broken beats.
Also watch out for what’s coming at you in the next couple of months, as Dego has several releases lined up, including a new album and his second EP with Kaidi Tatham on Eglo. Theo Parrish released another EP by the two longtime-collaborators earlier this month, and there’s a new 2000Black EP on Rush Hour.
As you might know (or not), we recently inaugurated Nutriot Recordings with an album by New Zealand’s Christoph El Truento. On the occasion, your’s truly put together a short guestmix for the YSK radio-show on NTS which was aired last Wednesday. In the meantime the show was uploaded to Mixcloud for those that missed it.
The last 22 minutes are made up of old and new music by Christoph and serve as a great introduction to his music and the record we released. This is the tracklist:1. What We Used To Know
2. MoOon Birds
3. Gibbon Saw
4. Waiata’s Favourite
5. We Fly With The Moon As Our Guide
6. Letting Go Of This
8. Clowns Limbs Grow Back
If you prefer listening on the go, you can download the whole show via the YSK blog.
Lukid keeps the “old ivories tinkling”, with this piano music mixtape for Blowing Up The Workshop. Debussy, Ravel, Cage and everything you’ll be looking for on a Sunday.
Not only that the new Solid Steel website is nothing but a disaster in user experience, it appears their mixes are no longer available for download. Fortunately, there’s still the Mixcloud option to listen to their mixes, which makes it more bearable. This week, you can listen to mixes from Anthony Naples (above) and Four Tet.
Stones Throw also has a bit of a weird podcast policy, since there’s no way of listening without iTunes. However, I suggest you give latest episode a try, since it was compiled by the label’s very own Mndsgn.
And since we like to end the selection with and oldie, here’s a Kemistry & Storm mixtape, originally recorded in 1995.
If you’re following me on Twitter, you heard me more than once recommending the Sassy J guestmix for Carhartt WIP Radio. Recorded live the previous weekend in Zurich, you can listen back via NTS Live. Hear music from Shabazz Palaces, Dego & Kaidi, Lukid, Mr Beatnick and Christoph El Truento.Sassy J’s selection:
Christoph El Truento – Dinosaur Blanket
Lojack – FM Field (Swing Mix)
Shabazz Palaces – They Come In Gold
Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne
Lukid – 108bpm Wake Up
Mr Beatnick – Marshmellows
Dego & Kaidi – Black Is Key
Olmos – Late Nite Stepper
St. Julien – Evenbud (feat. Budgie)
Lonnie Liston Smith – We Can Dream
IND – Into New Dimensions
Georgia Ann Muldrow – Great Blacks
Find more or Sassy J’s excellent mixes on her SoundCloud, and listen to her recent mix for the Hessle Audio show.
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:
In order to support quality radio, please do listen to the BBC stream while remaining online. This is the best way to support the show (and you can still grab a copy later on!)
Since I figured that I haven’t posted a mixtape in quite some time, here’s one I enjoyed a lot recently. How about you, do you figure out the Hashman/Bluntman connection? Same guy I presume? Whether it’s the producer behind last year’s brilliant Sandopolis album or not, this is taken from Bake‘s show on Rinse FM and is brilliant on its own. Available for free download!
I probably haven’t heard about German DJ and producer Lena Willikens before this year, but when Ben UFO first played her unsettling track “Nilpferd” on his radio show, the name stuck with me. Since then she has released a fantastic EP on Matias Aguayo’s Cómeme label and appeared on the well-known XLR8R podcast series and guested on the Hessle Audio show. However, my favourite mix with her name tag on is taken from last week’s Beat in Space radio, in which she plays nothing but quirky electronic music. Unusual, but great selection!
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.