Weekend Mixtapes #29

Oh, we’re early with our weekend mixtapes selection, but there have been quite a few worthy ones this week.

Now that the new album by Space Dimension Controller is finally out, the Belfast-based producer has put together a mix for ClashMusic. And check out this interview while you’re at it.

Ukrainian deep house producer Vakula spent some time in London and played some records at Boiler Room, as well as on Alexander Nut’s Rinse.fm show (direct link!) And if that wasn’t enough, here’s a third one recorded after we first posted this article.

One of music’s best-kept secrets and contributor to our own podcast series, The Reboot Joy Confession, has put together a new mix for the Bebop Rodeo podcast.

Berlin-based Dutchman 2562 (aka A Made Up Sound) hardly gives away mixes, but his set from Amsterdam’s 5 Days Off festival is now available.

Also, you might be interest in Om Unit‘s guestmix for Solid Steel, a new one from Pixelord, and a minimix of unreleased Ital Tek tunes.

Just added: new Truants podcast mixed by Samoyed, Kutmah’s all Sa-Ra mix, and Hepcat Radio with special guest Ikonika

Ital Tek – Discontinuum (Alternative Version)

I hate to admit that I still haven’t heard that new Ital Tek album on Planet Mu, despite spreading the word about it whenever I can. You can of course listen to the snippets to get a pretty good idea what it sounds like, and it’s definitely on my shopping list for November. In the meantime, you can download another outtake, the alternative version of Discontinuum.

(via YSK)

Weekend Mixtapes #25

As the weekend is about to kick off, the internet has a very special selection of mixtapes this week. Let’s have a look at them.

With his much anticipated third album Nebula Dance finally in stores, Brighton’s Ital Tek is about to tour the U.S. in the coming weeks. He also did a mixtape for Self-titled Mag and picked his 10 favourite footwork tracks for Dummy.

Another album to look out for is Kid Kanevil and Daisuke Tanabe’s Kidsuke, which will be out on November 2nd. In the meantime, check out their mixtape for Finest Ego’s Monthly Mix.

Next up, we got a triplet of uptempo mixes: London’s xxxy got to play a show on Russian radio Follow Me Studio, Scuba showcases lots of new Hotflush material on his mix for FACT Magazine, and you can stream Objekt‘s 2-hour mix from this year’s Dimension Festival.

Boiler Room invited Berlin’s Dixon & Âme to play at their ADE party the other day, that’s 4 hours in the mix!

Hyperdub’s first lady Ikonika did a guestmix for Rob Booth’s Electronic Explorations and she included a previously unheard remix of hers.

Legendary Philadelphia DJ and producer King Britt was approached by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage “to curate a show on Afrofuturism and its influences on me and my compositional work.”

Hot on the heels of his new single on Brainfeeder, London’s Lapalux stopped by at Los Angeles’ KCRW to do a mini mix.

The oldie of the week comes from Jneiro Jarel, who posted his Houston We Have A Solution Mix made in 2005 (careful, it’s a Facebook link!)

And lastly, let us remind you we had two new mixes out ourselves: Lokiboi contributed to our own podcast series, and Tetsuo did a mix for Colectivo Futuro.

Ital Tek – Glacial Momentum

I’ve been a huge fan of Ital Tek ever since I came across his Massive Error EP back in 2009. As you might know, his new album will be out on Planet Mu late next month. To make the wait worthwhile, he posted this track that didn’t make it on the record.

Also, you can listen to snippets from the new album which goes by the name of Nebula Dance. Loving the warm sounds and I’m looking much forward to receiving my copy after it drops on October 22, 2012.

Weekend Mixtapes

Not that many mixtapes this time, but enough to get you through a weekend. And hey, it’s never been about quantity, has it?

The latest Solid Steel show just went up on SoundCloud and this week it’s been Brighton’s Ital Tek stepping up on the decks. Download now!

Al Tourettes comes from Bristol and both his production and DJ mixes are a bit darker than what you usually get served here. If you’re not afraid of that, check out his Besti-mix.

Until very recently, I was a bit worried not to have heard any new music from DZA, but the Moscow-based beatmaker just released a new EP on his own label. What a good occasion to promote it with a guestmix for Cosmopolyphonic (there’s also a free tune!)

You are probably subscribed to BTS Radio for a long time, but let me make sure you haven’t missed the latest guestmix from Shigeto!

And lastly here’s one from the archives: 180 recorded sets from the one and only LTJ Bukem!

May 19,2012 I really enjoyed this live-set by Deepblak’s Aybee, so I added it to the list. And while I’m at it, check out the Gang Colours guestmix for Mary Anne Hobbs.

Mixtape Monday #24

It would be a bit hard to believe you’re already through with the weekend mixtapes, but here are some new ones anyway.

Among the most anticipated album this autumn (meh!) is certainly Blue Daisy‘s debut full length The Sunday Gift. He gave us an impression on Mary Anne Hobb’s radioshow the other week, now you can listen again on Mixcloud.

The latest FACT podcast comes from Jamie xx and there’s no way around it!

Paul White‘s released a new longplayer in August, giving him the time to play some of his influences on the Potholes podcast.

Amsterdam’s Tom Trago is a figure we’ve been sporting since his debut album came out some years ago. He also knows how to DJ and he proves it on this new mix for URB Magazine.

There’re are too many good radio shows on this planet, here are three worth checking out. Ital Tek plays some records on the Donky Pitch show, and Rinse had Africa Hitech and Floating Points spinning.

I know some of you have mixed feelings about Ricardo Villalobos, but this recording from Romania’s Sunwaves festival really is something.

Mixtape Monday #23

Here’s a micro-edition of our popular Mixtape Monday, featuring four new mixes and another we slept on before.

Let’s start this with Ital Tek‘s summer mix for Percussion Lab. The man will be on an extended tour through the United States in October. Listen to the mix and you’ll know why you want to go.

Barcelona based Cardopusher first came on our radar when he released his (highly recommended) album Yr Fifteen Minutes Are Up on Tigerbeat6. For FACT Magazine Portugal he contributed a mixtape containing music off that album as well as some unreleased joints.

George Fitzgerald had some strong releases on Aus Music and Hotflush this year. We also liked his mixes for URB Magazine and Sonic Router. He has made another one, this time for Resident Advisor!

Remember Sonar Kollektiv? They released a podcast mixed by their very own Stee Downes to promote a label night going down in September.

Lastly, here’s one we slept on before. It comes from Braille, who is one half of Sepalcure, and was released for Hotflush’s podcast series earlier this summer.

Ital Tek – Ulysses

Almost forgot posting this one, it’s a new track from Brighton’s Ital Tek. He has just released a new EP on his own Atom River imprint and this track almost made it on the release.

Instead it has become a free download for you to grab. If you like it, make sure to get the digital Whip It Up EP from Boomkat, Bleep and the likes.

Ital Tek – Babel VIP

The original version has been one of my favourites on Ital Tek’s fantastic Midnight Colour album from last year. As of today, the Brighton based producer is giving away a VIP mix of the same track.

You can download over on his SoundCloud page (leace a comment.) If you’re unfamiliar with his music, here are a couple more tracks – and make sure to get your hands on that album!

2010: One Last Look

We’re already halfway through the first month of 2011, so you probably don’t want to hear about my favourites of 2010 – and I usually don’t either. Still there are two reasons for this post. First, the previous year had an amazing output of great new music. And secondly, I took it kinda slow last year, writing not many reviews or other special features. So let me take one last look at 2010.

Before we start, I want to point out I don’t list these in any particular order, but I created these categories.

I. The Unquestionables

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Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
The year started with the release of Four Tet‘s fifth solo album There Is Love In You, in my opinion his best to date. That is probably because it both works on headphones and the dancefloor. Accompanied by remixes from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Mosca, Caribou and Jon Hopkins, it should have been hard to miss the album. The overall quality made it clear instantly: this would remain a top spot by the end of the year.

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Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Alright, if I had to pick just one favourite I’d have to go for the second album by Werk Disc founder Darren J. Cunninham, better known as Actress. Released in May, Splaszh leaves me with all kinds of weird feelings. It’s sinister and depressing at times, and it puts me in a state of hunger or sleeplessness. I can’t really figure it out , but I keep listening to it over and over again.

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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
There is a whole generation now inspired by the music of Flying Lotus and 2010 saw quite some good attempts to stay in his vicinity. But with Cosmogramma Steve Ellison not only raised the bar, he changed the entire game. He could’ve continued just making beat instrumentals or work with any MC he likes. Instead he chose to make his music broader and richer on all sides. It’s maybe not as easy to get into, but once you’re there you know it was worth it.

II. The Unexpected

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Gonjasufi – A Sufi and A Killer (Warp)
One might argue that sampling a bunch of old records and having a guy sing over them can hardly make a good record these days, I give you that point! Still, Gonjasufi’s debut on Warp has been on rotation for months. It kinda came out of nowhere and it’s the first Gaslamp Killer production that really got me. A great choice of samples and fitting vocals are the simplest ingredients imaginable, but they work terribly well.

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Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire)
Already the fourth album by Matt Cutler, but the first to be released on his own Magic Wire label. It’s a rather mellow dance album with strong links to late 80s/early 90s house music. However, the overall sound benefits from modern production techniques, so you won’t end up with a set of bleeding ears. Instead you will use the repeat function.

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Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)
The debut album by Los Angeles based Teebs had a perfect timing, for me anyway. At the time I was making my own experiences with the wonders of Northern winter. The bells, harps and other wonderful twinkles on the album seemed to be the perfect soundtrack while walking through snowed in European cities. Probably my favourite Brainfeeder release to date.

III. The Underrated

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Ital Tek – Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)
There were probably a handful of albums that hit into a similar vein as Ital Tek‘s second album Midnight Colour. Ultimately, it was its melodic nature that made the difference to other strong records in the field – say Scuba’s Triangulation or F’s Energy Distortion. The album was also accompanied by a fine set of remixes by Ikonika and FaltyDL.

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Sotu the Traveller – Left (self-released)
Probably the most overlooked record of the year, partly due to the bad timing (summer holidays) and for being self-released. To me it was a great relieve to hear the record, as I was suffering from an overdose of dark gritty beat albums. Along came Sotu the Traveller to deliver a super smooth record, stroking your ears at every minute. You can buy Left for a fair price at Sotu’s Bandcamp, where you’ll also find remixes by Daisuke Tanabe, Dynooo and Portformat.

Of course now that I got started, I could go on an mention the albums by Ikonika, Caribou or Shackleton’s Fabric 55. But then I’m quite happy with my selection and I already told you I take it kinda slow these days.

Ital Tek – Moment in Blue (FaltyDL Remix)

I always loved the asian mood of the original, which is probably my favourite on Ital Tek’s Midnight Colour album, now FaltyDL has uploaded his remix of the song to his SoundCloud.

You have probably heard this one already, it was released shortly after the album. If you want to get physical on this, get the 12-inch from Planet Mu, it comes with a remix by Ikonika on the flipside. Digital releases are also available!

Ital Tek – Finally

The last Ital Tek album Midnight Colour is still on heavy rotation over here, but I can’t get rid off the feeling that it’s been widely overlooked. So here’s a free treat from the Brighton based producer, go ahead download and share it with a friend.

Let me also remind you of this other free tune Arashiyama and the rest of Ital Tek’s music on his SoundCloud page.

Robot Koch vs Boxcutter – Cloud City (Ital Tek Remix)

A remix by Ital Tek of the yet-to-be-released Songs For Trees And Cyborgs album by Robot Koch. While there’s no news on remixes yet, the actual album will drop on October 1st, 2010 on Project Mooncircle.

The album features collaborations with 1000names, Doshy, RQM, Graciela Maria and Boxcutter, a preview from the latter is available on SoundCloud.

Ital Tek – Satellite (Extended Version)

Taken off his Midnight Colour album, Brighton’s Ital Tek is giving away an extended version of the track “Satellite.”

You can download the track for free, but make sure to leave Alan a comment on his SoundCloud page. If you’re in or around Cardiff today, make sure to drop by at the Cardiff Arts Institute!

Ital Tek – Midnight Colour

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Just when I started to grow a little tired of “bass music”, Brighton’s Ital Tek came to deliver his second album on Planet Mu. After only a few tracks, my tiredness was gone and replaced with sheer excitement.

Don’t let that booming sound at the very beginning irritate you, this is not another dubstep album, it’s a rich piece of work of many different facets, brought to life by its beautiful melodies.01. Neon Arc
02. Talis
03. Moonbow
04. Babel
05. Satellite
06. Subgiant
07. Black And White
08. Strangelove V.I.P.
09. Moment In Blue
10. Heliopause
11. Midnight Colour
12. Infinite
13. Restless Tundra (feat. Anneka)

The first track is the only track I disapprove of, maybe just an unlucky choice for an opener, as it’s quite bold compared to the subtle array of tracks that follow. From there on, Midnight Colour constantly builds up, every new track seems to outclass its predecessor. Moonbow and Babel pick up the same bleepy sounds I loved on the Massive Error EP already, but these were made for the head – not the dancefloor. Next up is Satellite, a beatless ambient piece carrying the same melancholic vibe as IDM masters Boards of Canada on their Geogaddi album.

More on the techy side of dubstep are the tracks Subgiant and Strangelove V.I.P., they might as well have been taken from a random Apple Pips record. Whenever I listen to Moment In Blue, I can’t help but think of a futuristic Asian scenario, it’s probably my favourite track on the album. Alongside Black And White, it’s one of the tracks that I love for the same reasons as the music of Nosaj Thing and some of his LA contemporaries.

It might take a couple of listens to notice this, but once you’ve reached the only vocal track, Restless Tundra, it feels like you’ve reached the top of the mountain, the climax of the album. (Would be nice to have one final track for the way back down.)

Definitely among my favourite albums this year and I already feel it has much overlooked!

Midnight Colour has already been in stores for three weeks, you can get the 2-LP, CD from Juno or directly from the label, Planet Mu. Also available is a 12-inch with remixes from FaltyDL and Ikonika.