Weekend Mixtapes #49

It’s been good to catch up on some mix shows lately, and I think there are a couple of stellar ones in this latest edition of weekend mixtapes.

Here’s a top 5 entry for best Hessle Audio shows of the year, as Ben UFO plays an exclusive recording by Terrence Dixon that nobody should miss, ranging from spaced out jazz to techno proper.

Mr Beatnick is joined by the rest of the Pride of Gombe pack on his NTS Radio show. Listen to 2 hours mixed b2b by Lukid, Samoyed, Astro:Dynamics, Kelpe, Adam Oko and the host of the show.

My favourite record of December turns out to be Hashman Deejay‘s debut album “Sandopolis”, released this week on the label Future Times. Had to check out some of his DJ mixes as well.  Here’s one recorded at this year’s Dekmantel Festival.

What can I say, two hours of records selected by Floating Points and Four Tet, playing their recently found records from all over the world.

And lastly, dont’t miss out on the December edition of Funkineven‘s Apron show on NTS Live.

Weekend Mixtapes #48

It’s been a while since we last selected weekend mixtapes for you, but don’t worry, we’ll continue to do so!

My favourite Hessle Show in quite some time and currently on repeat, listen to two hours of house and techno by the one and only Ben UFO.

There’s a new Afrikan Sciences album coming out on PAN in the second week of December. On the occasion he played a guestmix on the label’s radio show.

London’s Mr Beatnick released his Marshmallows EP on Tief Records the other day. On his latest radio show he was joined by Werk Discs’ Moiré to play some music.

And this last one is an older gem I rediscovered more recently, an mix by our podcast-contributor The Reboot Joy Confession.

Beats in Space with Ben UFO & Joy Orbison

Look at that, we haven’t posted any mixes since July? Admittedly, I haven’t had much time for that, especially since my radio-show of choice —the Hessle Audio show on Rinse— has taken that spot. So I guess it’s kind of fitting that the mix comes from Ben UFO, one third of the label and regular on the show. Together with Joy Orbison he has taken over the airwaves of New York’s Beats in Space show. And if you’re digging the show, make sure to check out those recent Joy Orbison b2b Ben UFO mixes as well!

Weekend Mixtapes #45

The Reboot Joy Confession
May 22, 2014 would have been the day Sun Ra turned 100 years old. The likes of Mr Beatnick, The Reboot Joy Confession, DJ Aardvarck, and Philadelphia icon King Britt.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to do something different for this Solid Steel mix and I decided to approach the mix as if I was ‘back from a good night out’ and winding down with some late night weird selections from my vinyl collection”, says Bristol’s Pinch about his guestmix for the show.

Bugz in the Attic took over the Rinse airwaves for a rare Bank Holiday special. Then again, much more has been going on in the last couple of weeks, as some former Bugz members started their new label Ten50 Records.

My favourite radio show at this moment clearly is the latest Hessle Audio, which is available now on the Rinse FM podcast channel (direct link) for download.

And there are more radio shows worth checking out:
Lukid on NTS Live
Tom Trago on Beats in Space
Four Tet & Joe Goddard on NTS Live
Floating Points & Sadar Bahar on NTS Live
Martyn & Guest on NTS Live

Have a nice weekend, everybody!

Weekend Mixtapes #42

Recorded live a London’s Plastic People in late January, listen to the second installment of Floating Points’ You’re A Melody mix.

Having impressed us with his debut album released last year, we keep following the doings of Huerco S whenever we can. This week, we came across this 2 hour long mix for Berlin Community Radio.

Next up here are two mixes from the Young Turks label. First it’s the Jamie xx mix for BBC 6music aired in Decemember, then the label’s FBI Radio take-over featuring Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and once again Jamie xx.

UK techno legend Kirk Degiorgio shared a DJ mix recorded at Amsterdam’s TROUW for the Midnight Shift podcast.

Let’s not forget about those Valentine’s Day specials: Hudson Mohawke continues his annual Slow Jams series, while Peanut Butter Wolf goes over the top with a 24 hour long mix for the FACT podcast.

And lastly, one from the archives. Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO mentioned this on the latest radio show, don’t sleep on this podcast for weareie recorded in 2007!

Update Let’s not forget about the latest Hyperdub show on Rinse.fm (direct link), hosted by label-boss Kode9 himself

Weekend Mixtapes #40

Trust me, today we’re giving your weekend plans a special treatment, because ahead of you are some best mixtapes we had in this series so far.

This week, Paul Woolford unveiled the fantastic Soul Music album under his Special Request moniker. If you ask me, it’s a close second to the DJ Rashad album on Hyperdub—but this discussion belongs elsewhere. Today we’re talking about the Special Request mixtape for the XLR8R podcast, a 60-minute journey through oldskool breaks from the likes of Ray Keith, Paradox, Krust, Alpha Omega or Photek. Cleary my favourite mixtape this week!

If the paragraph above got your mouth watery, check out the latest show from the Hessle Audio camp. Ben UFO supported by Hemlock co-founder Andy Spencer!

After endless attempts to win him for a guestmix, Big Up Magazine could finally persuade Deep Medi recording artist Silkie to do just that. Their 75th podcast runs for 90 minutes and sounds like there is nothing but Silkie’s own music on it.

DJ Broadcast keeps the London-Amsterdam connection alive as they received an exclusive mix from Hyperdub-signed trio LV. Again, it runs for 90 minutes and features nothing but remixes by the guys.

Our friends at Sonic Router recommend the Altered Natives presents Dr. Cockblocktopus mix. I only had a chance to skip through yet, but I liked what I heard while doing so.

Say good-bye to London, it’s time to head for Detroit. The second XLR8R mix we’d like to recommend this week comes from none other than Kyle Hall, who plays music from the cities’ rich heritage.

To end this week’s selection, we’d like to share an older radio mix from Titonton Duvanté. Back in the olden days, the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer almost single-handedly responded to what happened on the other side of the pond in West London, fusing the sound broken beat and Detroit techno. You can find his mix recorded in 2002 on his SoundCloud page.

Weekend Mixtapes #33

Too many mixtapes, not enough time. So here’s another quick rundown on mixes from the last two weeks.

Kutmah dedicated 60 minutes of Sketchbook to Dimlite
BTS Radio re-uploaded Cinnaman‘s mix from 2007
Cooly G is back with a new promo mix
-Benny Blanco and Theo Pharrish play sets on The Do!!You!!Show
-Leaving Records founder MatthewDavid plays live in the Boiler Room
Ben UFO recorded a mix for Pleasure Principle and another for KNYX Radio
-Roman Rauch’s radio show gets a special treatment with a Glenn Astro guestmix
Bamalovesoul pay a tribute to Steve Spacek with an hour long mix
-Michael Ruetten is back with another Soulsearching show and its quality as always
-„Soundtrack to an illusion“ is the title of Flea Market Funk‘ new laid back mix
-Osunlade shared a new mix with us last week: „Another day at the office

Have a nice weekend all!

Beats in Space with Ben UFO

It’s a good thing there’s actually no shortage of quality DJ mixes by Hessle Audio co-founder Ben UFO. He’s a regular on the label’s monthly Rinse FM show, has a Fabriclive CD coming out in January, and a couple of podcasts here and there. Only yesterday he played a guestmix on Tim Sweeney’s Beats in Space show, you can listen to (or download) it below.

01. Bass Clef – Ghost Kicks In The Spiral
02. Kassem Mosse – We Speak To Those
03. Austin Cesear – Forest Forever
04. Funkineven – Beat Crash
05. Container – Acclimator
06. Bobby Konders – Massai Women
07. Unkown
08. Recloose – LandScaping
09. Omar S – Busaru Beats
10. Bonquiqui – Sansoftime
11. Frak – First Snow In Harlem
12. Elgato – Dream
13. SoundStream – Love Jam
14. Taxi Cab – Chunk A Nova (Red Doug Remix)
15. M Gun – 2
16. Pearson Sound – Clutch
17. Old Apparatus – Eager Beaver
18. Kowton – Sketch 1
19. Kasai Allstars – Maukba Special
20. Round Three – Acting Crazy (Instrumental)
21. Bok Bok & Tom Trago – Jackhammer Jam
22. Ricardo Villalobos – Samma
23. James Blake – Roman Patience
The SoundCloud link might expire at some point, but you can also get the download from the BIS archive.

Versions 1: Ben UFO

Director Rollo Jackson is probably better known for his music videos such as the latest Squarepusher or that Toddla T. one. He recently started an interview series called Versions and for the first episode he spoke to Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO.

He talks about growing up in the wrong part of the town, being influenced by the early 4hero, the excitement of discovering dubstep, running a label etc.

(via Green Tea Session)

Weekend Mixtapes

Remember when there was a new Nosaj Thing article every week or so? It has been rather quiet lately and that could only mean the Los Angeles-based producer is working on a new album. He recently put together a mix for Mary Anne Hobbs and it indeed contains some new material.

Another album to look forward to is Jimmy Edgar‘s Majenta on Hotflush. On that occasion, the Berlin-based producer sat down with URB Magazine for an interview and mixtape.

A third album to look forward to is the collaboration between Tokimonsta and Suzi Analogue: Analogue Monsta. Scion A/V just sponsored their new video, now it’s Suzi doing a little mix for Okayplayer.

The latest oki-ni podcast offers a warm-up mix from Jackmaster & Ben UFO, recorded live at Amsterdam’s Trouw earlier in the year.

New Pixelord mix for Pixelatique, King Britt for Self-titled, and ISAN’s Easter Mix for something more different.

I guess, the latest Benji B Sci-fi Special deserves a mentioning of it’s own, especially if you liked his Space Odyssey mix from some years back. Support it on the BBC iPlayer before you download it, will you?

And lastly, let me share Frequency Module Volume 1 by our good friends Two Hungry Ghosts.

Weekend Mixtapes

The weekend is nigh, so here’s another collection of mixtapes to get you in the mood for the weekend.

Following their massive album Resurrection, Chicago house veterans Virgo Four are this weeks contributor to XLR8R’s podcast series.

More house music comes by the the way of Mark E, who recently release an album on Ghostly. His mix is part of the label’s own podcast series.

We’ve been sporting Pete Concrete‘s mixtapes whenever there was a new one, so why make a difference? His latest is an exclusive for Dublab.

Fellow blogger Tim of You’ll Soon Know invited S. Maharba as guest for his latest radioshow. As with all shows on NTS Radio, you can download this one for repeated listening.

The latest Hessle Audio show on Rinse FM brought together the talents of Joy Orbison, Pearson Sound, Ben UFO and Floating Points. If you missed the show, you can now grab the podcast.

Pearson Sound also played at London’s Boiler Room the other week and as usual you can download the DJ set or watch videos from the party. And while you’re at it, also check out the mixes from Karizma and Cooly G.

AFTA-1‘s guestmix for Onur Engin’s Monotape must have been around for a while, but I only came across this via We’ve Got The Jazz.

Lastly, I have to mention this mix from Raffertie, who’s playing a fantastic selection of UK bass music on Inverted Audio‘s latest podcast.

Mixtape Monday #8

There were quite some mixes to feature recently, including a special for Christmas, but there are already some more goodies for you. Maybe not that many as on a usual Mixtape Monday, but the selection is quite diverse.

I haven’t heard much new music from Âme lately, but as of yesterday, there’s a new mixtape from the German duo.

Alpha Pup sub-label Friends of Friends will put out the debut album from 19 year old Shlohmo, titled “Shlomoshun Deluxe” in early January. To get you in the mood for that, XLR8R’s latest podcast was put together by the man.

From Ben UFO comes this mixtape called Why Not?, which is also available for limited download. As I got the download link from Sonic Router, I should also mention they also feature a second mixtape from Untold.

There was a big hype around the mixtape from Holy Ghost!, which was available in limited quantities on a real cassette. For Christmas, the duo on New York’s DFA label gave it away for a limited, now expired, download. Luckily, you can still find it in other places.

And if you’re into DFA and the likes, you might also want to check out Mehdi Mixmas, a mix put together by Ed Banger’s DJ Mehdi.

Berlin’s Robot Koch and his friend DJ Benski have put together a guestmix for French blog Jekyll & Hyde, you can download it from SoundCloud.

As as fan of the YSL blog, I don’t want to miss the chance and mention they have just launched their podcast. The first episode was put together by Beatsize Beats, who already established a reputation for quality mixtapes.

Ignore the buzzword, just enjoy the good music: Here’s the Lovestep mixtape from one of the Percussion Lab founders. Contains music from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Burial, FaltyDL and so forth.

Last but not least, I stumbled across this old Maida Vale Session from Kode9 & The Spaceape. It was aired on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show from July 2008.

Jan 16, 2010 The Holy Ghost! mixtape is also available from the semi-secret DFA Radiomixes website

Tardy Bits

There were quite some things worth mentioning in the previous week, but once again I was away for the weekend. Rather than waiting for the next weekend, let me give you an update today.

Nicolay’s tribute to Bob James already made it on a lot of blogs I’m reading, still it’s too good to leave it unmentioned. So, if you havn’t heard this one yet, get this track from the unreleased compilation “Sampling Bob James: The Nautilus Project”!

In preparation for his gig at the MoMA, Prefuse 73 has put together this podcast for Flavorwire, containing tracks from the likes of J Dilla, Tim Hecker, Hudson Mohawke and others.

Another nice mix comes once again from Beats In Space, host Tim Sweeney was visited by Faze Action who did a guestmix for the show. I haven’t listened to the most recent show which followed a week later, but it comes from Alex from Tokyo and should be worth a listen as well.

Well, if all that isn’t dark enough for your likings, why not try Ben UFO’s Hessle Audio Mix recorded at London’s Fabric.