Kutmah – All Dabrye Mixtape

Not only has Dabrye resurfaced from years of hiatus, he also remixed Illum Sphere and is about to return with a London show this coming Thursday.

A teaser for all Londoners, a treat for the rest of us, this mixtape by Kutmah is a reminder of some highlights by the Detroit producer. Kutmah will join alongside Patchwork Pirates at Shoreditch’s Basing House. Tickets here (probably sold out by now), download there.

Illum Sphere Remixed

I don’t recall when I was last impressed by the look at the tracklist alone, but seeing Dabrye, Ikonika, Om Unit and Kid Kanevil remixing Manchester’s Illum Sphere is truly impressive. The snippets have been around for a month now, but it wasn’t until this week that the record became available. If you haven’t heard it before, here you go.

A1. Agent White (Kidkanevil’s Agent Black Remix)
A2. An Old Escape (Dabrye Remix)
A3. Chasing The Midnight Moth (Ikonika Remix)
B1. Never Lie Twice (Om Unit Remix)
B2. One For Dimlite (Scumbag Remix)

Released on Fat City, you can pick up Illum Sphere Remixed from Boomkat (is the sleeve really that nice?), Juno or Bleep. A digital release is available as well!

Weekend Mixtapes

There are quite some mixtapes making the round lately and it’s all quality stuff from what I heard so far. So if you’re not following my Twitter stream, here’s a roundup of recommended mixes to get you into the weekend.

With her new EP out on Brainfeeder, Tokimonsta is currently on touring across Europe and the UK. And for those that can’t make it, she has put together the Analogue Monsta, the first of a two part mix series.

Rinse FM had two absolute killers this week, first a two hours set from Africa Hitech, who also announced their new single this week. And secondly it’s SBTRKT‘s new show, which is even better than the previous. Lot’s of exclusives, new remixes and tracks from his forthcoming debut album.

We got a bit concerned about Dabrye lately, haven’t we? Pulse Radio managed to pin down the man for an interview and even got the man doing his first official mixtape. You wouldn’t want to miss that!

More beats are coming by the man of Jay Scarlett, who is guest on Pixelatique‘s latest podcast. And Pete Concrete has made an exclusive mix for this year’s Oddstream Festival.

Towards the end, let’s go uptempo again with BNJMN‘s mini mix for SHOOK, the new Solid Steel with a guestmix from Jackmaster and lastly a mixtape by Brendon Moeller.

Have a nice weekend everybody!

Mixtape Monday #15

Let’s kick off with a mix from springtime, it was probably mentioned here before. One-Handed’s Alex Chase has uploaded Ahu‘s guestmix for FACT Magazine to the label’s SoundCloud page.

The all new Resident Advisor podcast features a little mix by Mount Kimbie, whose album Crooks & Lovers is now available worldwide!

Russia beatmaker Pixelord delivers a feepy-bleepy Nikola Tesla Is Still Alive mixtape for the guys at Perf10.

Manchester’s Groovement collective have another Hoya:Hoya takeover with DJs Kutmah, James T. Cotton aka Dabrye, Jonny Dub and Illum Sphere.

The first Put Me On It mixtape comes from RBMA 2010 alumni Kid Kanevil and is available for stream on Mixcloud.

Also new: the Mix & Match mix by Cooly G and a proper oldskool jungle/rave mixtape by the one Jonny Miller.

Dabrye – Air (fLako & Robot Koch Remix)

Almost forgot about this one (or how it ended up on my drive), but I’m glad I haven’t. Thanks to MF Doom’s distinct voice, Dabrye’s original version from Two/Three has always been a favourite on the album.

The Kode9 remix managed to take the track into a different direction, and the track was still a bomb. That made me think if there’s anything one could do to make this track sound bad (as in horrible). Though it should be possible, I find it quite hard to imagine!

So, it’s probably all about giving it a unique twist, taking it in a new direction – kinda like Kode9 did. Berlin-based producers fLako and Robot Koch stay in hip-hop territory and still manage just to do just this. The outcome is a nice laid back version of Air. Have to play it on repeat a couple of times, as it only runs for a bit longer than 2 minutes!

Weekly Bits 36/2009

After a couple of delays due to problems with the pressing, the anticipated new 12-inch from Floating Points  is finally available. You can buy your copy of Vacuum EP at Boomkat, Juno or Bleep, full-length previews are available on SoundCloud.

Also out now is Mayer Hawthorne‘s debut album A Strange Arrangement, if you hurry up you will get a free 4-inch record on top. His label Stones Throw has also posted a new remix from Astronote, which you can download for free!

More free tracks this week come from Seiji and Greymatter. K15 has two remixes of Dabrye and Radiohead to share, and Vikter Duplaix also has beautiful new song to give.

Slate Magazine compiled the best (and worst) movie appearances of the Miles Davis‘ epic Kind of Blue. S have a look at Miles at the Movies.

Sonic Router did a review of an album I’m really looking forward to, Unbalance by 2562 (also known as Dogdaze or A Made Up Sound).

Suneel Jethani of Cyclic Defrost is in conversation with Dabrye and Charlie Dark on this article on post-Dilla hip-hop.