K15 – An Introduction To Kaidi Tatham

London’s K15 pays tribute to one of the greatest living musicians (note the emphasis on musician), one of the key figures of the broken beat scene, the magnificent Kaidi Tatham.

01. Kaidi Tatham – Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid)
02. The Blaktonez – Flying High (You And I)
03. Blakai – Don’t Stop
04. Likwid Biskit – Inner War
05. Agent K – Ladies
06. DKD – Future Rage
07. Izzi Dunn – Outta My Hands (Agent K remix)
08. Dego & Kaidi Tatham – Ain’t Nothin You Can’t Feel
09. Supa7 – Innazone
10. Shokazulu – Dis Yah One I Love
11. Gene Harris – Los Alamitos Latinfunklovesong (Bugz In The Attic Rework)
12. Kaidi Tatham – Organic Juggernaut
13. Kaidi Tatham & Dego – Got Me Puzzled
14. Allen Hoist – With Love (Kaidi Tatham Mix)
15. Modaji – Shocka’s Joint
16. Agent K – Feed The Cat
17. Cousin Cockroach & Shox – King Tut, Fool
18. Cousin Cockroach – This Ain’t No Tom & Jerry
19. Silhouette Brown – Check If (Calling You)

For those that still don’t know his name, check out the impressive list of credits on Discogs and get yourself educated by this wonderful mix. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with a couple of these (or had forgotten about them) and had to ask K15 to complete the trackslist. Big up for including the Modaji joint!

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Kaidi Tatham – Oh Yeh

As mentioned, the mighty Kaidi Tatham has finally joined SoundCloud and uploaded some sketches for new songs. One of the more interesting ones can be listened to below.

While Kaidi is known to be a busy cat, we don’t want to forget the long overdue Blakai album and the six years between his last solo albums, Feed the Cat and In Search for Hope. So, if this ever gets released (and I wouldn’t count on that!), it will probably take years.

Anyway, make sure to check out his other uploads as well!

Weekly Bits 11/2009

Kirk Degiorgio has dug out some of his older mixes for Nuphonic‘s London Xpress show. The only chance to listen to them is via his SoundCloud page, downloads are not available.

Another interesting radioshow comes once again from Future Vintage. The reason why this caught my attention is a short recording of Kaidi Tatham playing live at Amsterdam’s Paradiso. It’s only one track and it’s running in the background, but it’s accompanied by a short interview with the man.

Did anybody listen to the album from Heavy yet? I have the feeling I should get my hands on this, I liked their previous output a lot. Let me know what you think!

Kaidi Tatham – In Search Of Hope

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

Here is the new year, and it is Kaidi Tatham who deserves the first article of 2009!

It was shortly after Christmas, when the long expected copy of In Search Of Hope finally arrived. While writing this, I noticed how lucky I was, as both LP and CD are currently sold out at Juno Records (Rush Hour still has copies!).

What could one expect from Freedom School, the young Japanese label that brought us two masterpieces from Mark de Clive-Lowe and IG Culture so far. Ever since I read the first impressions from Dego or Daz-I-Kue, I was hungry to find out, impatiently waiting for the moment when the needle would first drop on the vinyl.

The biggest surprise was how unpredictable this album is, being different from everything I have heard from Kaidi so far. Even though one could get a first impression when some tunes showed up on podcasts and radio, this shows a whole new side of the man they call Hands.01. In Search Of Hope pt. 1
02. Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid)
03. Do What You Gotta Do
04. Could I Ever Know
05. He Laughs She Cries
06. So Amazed
07. I’m High
08. Simiya
09. On A Vibe
10. These Things Will Pass
11. In Search Of Hope pt. 2

Apart from the tracks I’m High and Do What You Gotta Do (a favourite!), In Search Of Hope is an instrumental album. Kaidi on the Rhodes, Kaidi on the flute, the drums and all the other keys I couldn’t name. There are strings too! You read somewhere that Kaidi calls this “computer music”? Production-wise that’s true, but the sound is 100% organic. This sound stretches over the entire record, consisting of mellow, yet playful grooves. Listen again and you will discover other details each time.

At the end of the day it’s still computer music. We’re trying to make it as live as possible but it’s still computer music. I just can’t wait until all this stuff goes live, man. I can jump up on the flute; two or three keyboard players; two percussionists; badboy drummer. I want people who can play more than one instrument so we can alternate around.
(excerpt from an interview) After my first listen, I instantly saw him sitting on stage, wearing that smile on his face, like a child playing his latest tricks. Kaidi knows all the tricks! This album not only deserves to be brought on stage, it also taught me why instruments get played, not operated.

Apr 08, 2009 yesasia.com has the album on stock for only €20 or $27!

Jazz re:freshed presents Kaidi Tatham



For the final Jazz re:freshed session of the year, it’s no other but Kaidi Tatham returning to London’s Mau Mau Bar to present his new album In Search Of Hope.

This Thursday we will be having a party to celebrate… so expect lots of incredible music played by our resident Jazz re:freshed Dj’s and some very special guests…. PLUS Kaidi will be there with his keys and goodness knows whatever else!

Also, you will have the opportunity to buy copies of the new album on CD and LP, rather than paying for the expensive import from Japan, where the album is now available.

Interview with Kaidi Tatham

It’s almost every week now, that Freedom School drops some news about the upcoming Kaidi Tatham album In Search Of Hope, which will finally be available in about two weeks. This week we get an interview with the man, conducted by Zaid Mudhaffer from Spine Magazine.

via Brownswood

2000black Album Launch Party



If you got your hands on the Japanese edition of A Next Set A Rockers, you probably forgot that 2000black‘s album is not yet available in the rest of the world. In order to celebrate the record release, London’s Uprock collective hosts a party with both Dego and Kaidi Tatham on the decks. If you’re in or around London at the end of the month, I strongly recommend dropping by at Room4Movement on November 28 – don’t let the ugly flyer scare you away!

Unfortunately, I haven’t found any information when the album will actually get released or through which label, but the event raises hope that it is imminent. Besides the CD you can expect it to be on iTunes, something rather unusual for Dego. There has been no confirmation about a vinyl release yet, but I take it both Kaidi and Dego would insist on that.

Voices on the Kaidi album

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

As the release date nears, more details to In Search of Hope emerge. First there’s finally the cover artwork to see, a beautiful photograph of Kaidi on the keys. Then there are voices from Mark de Clive-Lowe, Daz-I-Kue and Dego.

Japanese label Freedom School also confirmed the availability on both LP and CD, both coming on December 13. It is yet unknown whether the vinyl will feature bonus tracks, like the IG Culture album did before. Pre-orders can already be placed through HMV Japan and Tower Records.

The best album for 2008, 2009 and beyond. A classic has been made from the fastest fingers in the west.

Kaidi is like George Duke crossed with alien breakbeat masters zapped down from the far reaches of outer space. Masterfully and magically created.
(Mark de Clive-Lowe)

The dynamic moods the tension the soul the groove and pace all are felt on an lp that the world of jazz,funk and soul needs.what is great for us listeners is KAIDI has only just begun!

And there’s even more good news! This weekend I got a confirmation, that a Blakai album is already in the pipeline and will be released once label issues have been resolved.

Kaidi Tatham Genius Selekshan

There were a lot of Kaidi Tatham related posts recently, and as the release-date to the new album approaches, Beyondjazz dug out some gems for their latest radio show.01. Likwid Biskit – Sound Orgy (1998)
02. Kaidi Tatham – Armz R Deh (1999)
03. Stateless – Bringin’ Me Down (Agent K Remix) (2003)
04. Down To The Bone – The Flow (Agent K Instrumental Mix) (2004)
05. Cousin Cockroach & Shox – King Tut Fool! (2004)
06. Agent K – Mark I (2004)
07. Izzi Dunn – Out Of My Hands (Kaidi Tatham Mix) (2004)
08. DKD – No Time (2004)
09. Ivana Santilli – Breathe Inn (2004)
10. Silhouette Brown – Monday’s Coming (Instrumental) (2004)
11. Isoul8 – A Silent Force (feat. Kaidi Tatham) (2006)
12. Innerdaze – Supa7 (2006)
13. Kaidi Tatham – Demo Unnins (2006)
14. 2000Black – Lose It (2008)
15. Kaidi Tatham – These Things Will Pass (2008)

It contains a bit of everything, tracks from the past and the upcoming album, remixes and some unreleased tracks, like the demo track Demo Unnins (posted earlier on his MySpace page).

There are also some news about the album itself, the release date has been pushed back to December 13. 2000black fellow Dego also posted some words on the album.

The dynamic moods the tension the soul the groove and pace all are felt on an lp that the world of jazz,funk and soul needs.what is great for us listeners is KAIDI has only just begun

Freedom School, who will be releasing the album, has posted some pictures of the vinyl cutting on their website (and some more pictures here).

More on the Kaidi album

Either we got fooled by the joker, or HMV is simply wrong about their announcement of the new Kaidi Tatham album. As previously reported the longplayer In Search Of Hope is supposed to be released at the end of the year on Freedom School (they confirmed). However, HMV Japan has announced the new album under the name of Future Black Fusion. Though Kaidi surely has enough good material to fill up another album, think it’s likely to be a mis-information.

Blakai recording with Lady Alma

Following the posting about the new Blakai Productions are two videos from their recording sessions. They have been recorded at the old Bugz studio (where Goya Music was residing) in November 2006. On footage are the recordings for a yet unreleased track with Philadelphia’s Lady Alma. Kaidi Tatham is playing the keys, while Mark Force does all the Logic work.

Thanks to idleberg for posting these on Beyond Jazz only minutes ago!

May 31, 2014 The long wait is over, “Work It Out” is available from Ten50 Records and on Spotify.

Blakai Productions 2009

Mark Force and Kaidi Tatham are both members of the Bugz in the Attic collective, but they also produce music together under the name of Blakai. So far there have been two 12-inches and another track on Dego’s The Good Good 3. Other tracks like a collaboration with Lady Alma were played at the Co-Op nights, but never made it being released.

Mark Force and Kaidi Tatham © Jan T. Sott

However, Mark has mixed together a couple of tracks for the Blakai Productions 2009 mixtape. It runs only about 5 minutes, but it’s something you want to keep until a new release shows up.

May 31, 2014 The long wait is over, “Work It Out” is available from Ten50 Records and on Spotify.

Kaidi Tatham Quartet at Jazz Re:freshed

Turns out the Kaidi Tatham Trio was actually a quartet and Jazz Re:freshed host Adam Rock captured their performance at London’s Mau Mau Bar on video.

More on the classic jazz-tip with Kaidi on keys, Shabaka Hutchin on sax, Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Richard Spaven on the drums.

via Wuzz Magazine

Thylord on the upcoming Kaidi album

Matt Lord aka Thylord from Bugz in the Attic posted a message on the new Kaidi Tatham album.

Kaidi Tatham, photo by Jan T. Sott

hey hey!
just taking a short break from mixing the album and thought i’d write something!… Everything is nearly finished and we have to deliver on Sunday, tomorrow is final overdubs day at my studio and pretty much everything is done. I can honestly say that its some of the most beautiful music he’s made so far, We’ve been working together for 8-9 years and man he just keeps getting better and better and better.. My friend is blessed with extraordinary natural talent and lives and breathes music but also practices 4-5 hours a day and works extremely hard at what he does.. The album has been ages in the making cos it was so difficult to narrow down what style to go for – Kaidi has like 5-600 killer tracks on his computer, he makes a song a day at least, usually more… The album is very different to Agent K, mainly cos it features a lot less live instrumentation and guest spots – this one is truly a sound that is all Kaidi, no-one else guesting or programming, everything done by the man himself, a lot of it recorded straight into his mac microphone (flute parts featuring cars going past in the background, vocals with phone ringing in there etc!! madness! Initially he spent ages putting together different tracks from the last couple of years for it but in the end has ended up making 10-12 brand new tracks specially for the project. “He Laughs She Cries”, “Do What U Gotta Do”, “Could I Ever Know”, “So Amazed”…. I’d just like to urge everyone reading this to go out and buy a copy when it comes out cos theres so much more in the pipeline ready to come out and some really really exciting stuff almost ready for the next one.. The last year or so has really been hard cos of all sorts of %!%# but I think this album is something really really special and feel like its going to bring a lot of good things for him all fully deserved!!
ok I’ll stop rambling and get back to work…really really hope u enjoy the finished LP.
peace Matt Lord.

Other news is the tracklist to the album, which is set to be released in November:01. In search of hope I
02. Swift Inspiration (Quick Kid)
03. Do what you gotta do.
04. Could I ever?
05. He laughs she cries
06. Lose
07. Interlude
08. Si Mi Ya
09. On a Vibe
10. These things will pass
11. In search of hope II
Apparantly the track These things will pass was previously available on Jazz Refreshed Vol. 1, released earlier this summer through Uprock Recordings.

Zen Badizm Remixes

Japanese label Freedom School has announced a remix EP of IG Culture’s Zen Badizm. The scheduled release is this September and it will feature the original version of Girl U Need a Change of Mind, and remixes from Georgia Ann Muldrow and IG Culture himself.

Also, the previously rumored Kaidi Tatham album has been confirmed (in Japanese!) on Freedom School’s website, release date still unknown.

Mar 22, 2010 Who would have thought there are news on this one after such a long time. IG Culture posted the Georgia Anne Muldrow remix on the Holy Roller blog. Probably still coming out?