Weekly Bits 20/2013

Twenty weeks into the year and here comes the first edition of our weekly bits and we only noticed how we missed them.

Two years before the Sex Pistols formed, a year before The Ramones got together, three brothers from Detroit formed Death, arguably one of the first punk bands in the world. There is an interesting looking documentary coming to movie theaters (and iTunes) that you might want to check out!

Read an interview with Jeff Jank, creative directory for Stones Throw and illustrator behind the Quasimoto character.

Hard Wax is Berlin’s legendary record store founded in 1989 by Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, the duo also known for their work as Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound. This interview tells about the early days of Hard Wax.

Domino Records reissued Four Tet’s 2003 album Rounds with a live bonus disc. Out now!

The music video for Kendrick Lamar’s seminal Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe premiered earlier this week, time to revisit the Dr. Dre-produced, Boomclap Bachelors-sampling hit single.

Next up we got two mixtapes worth checking out. The first one comes from Gerry Read ahead of his DJ set at London’s Fabric club, the second from Night Slug’s Girl Unit.

And lastly – it is finally out!

James Blake – CMYK (live)

One of the tracks that gave James Blake‘s career a boost, quite some time before the album came out, was clearly CMYK. In fact the demand was so high, it was repressed several times and in several editions. The rest is history, these days it’s no longer a surprise to hear the man on the airwaves.

This is only one of the tracks performed live on KCRW, you can listen to the entire session on their website.

Also, don’t forget James did a Essential Mix last week, the stream will be online for three more days!

James Blake – Klavierwerke (live)

James Blake played a concert at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall last Sunday. Here’s a video of him performing the title track from his Klavierwerke EP, released on R&S last year.

You’ll find a couple of more videos on Sonic Ambulance‘s YouTube channel, including his cover of Feist’s Limit To Your Love.

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream

Following the live video and only a couple of days before the self-titled album hits the shelfs, Pitchfork TV has unveiled the official video for “The Wilhelm Scream” by James Blake. Simply beautiful!

(via Gimme5)

James Blake Live at Maida Vale

We already brought you a video of James Blake‘s live performance at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in London. Now here is a batch of three tracks that were broadcasted by BBC Radio 1.

And those who haven’t heard the leaked copy yet: you must know that James Blake’s self-titled debut album will be out on February 4, 2011.

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (live)

Listen to James Blake performing his new single “(The Wilhelm Scream” recorded live at the legendary Maida Vale Studios in London.

You all know by now the kid has an album coming on February 7th, 2011 and pre-orders are already open.

(via Lefto)

Merry Mixtapes

If you’re on a trip to your family, this could be your last minute chance to fill up your iPod. We had a couple of merry mixtapes last year, and thanks to an all-week laziness there’s enough good stuff to share with you.

The Crazy Birds have posted a Rush Hour mix by Cool Chris, celebrating the label that just won a couple of awards for the best label of 2010.

This year meant a strong move forward for James Blake, who after a strong series of EPs got an album coming out early 2011. He also played a fine DJ set at the Boiler Room this week, make sure to download that one!

More new music to be expected in 2011 comes from Spacek’s Morgan Zarate, who got an 12-inch on Hyperdub in the making. He also layed down a mix for Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio.

Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson met with one of his musical heroes, jazz pianist and synthesizer genius Herbie Hancock. Listen to what they’ve been up to on the Worldwide Podcast.

Lastly, I got three dubstep mixes for you. The first comes from Peverelist for Futureproofing, the second is the new XLR8R podcast by Oneman, and the third is a promo by Pariah for the NYE party he’s playing at.

Update Also have to mention Fulgeance’s guestmix, which was posted today a year ago. Never growing tired of that one!

James Blake – Limit To Your Love

With his cover of Feist’s Limit To Your Love, young British musician James Blake keeps to amaze with his talent and diversity.

This video directed by Martin De Thurah is the first taster to James’ upcoming debut album, which is set for a release in early 2011. Until then, check out his recent Klavierwerke or the already classic CMYK.

Weekly Bits 34/2010

While I’m not a big fan of the music, the artwork for Skream’s new album Outside the Box is truly remarkable. A nice feature by September Industry.

London’s Mr. Beatnick is back with his follow-up to his Broken Beat Essentials article, just this time he focuses on the great Theo Parrish.

Andrew Meza has posted another gem from the BTS Radio archives, making Domu‘s set from February 2005 available for download!

R&S has a limited repress of James Blake’s CMYK 12-inch on transparent yellow vinyl, be quick if you missed it the first time around.

Dutch director Ramon Gieling has shot a Great Lengths short movie about Martyn‘s deceased father, a prominent football player in the Netherlands.

I got two more videos for you: Aloe Blacc‘s acoustic version of Politician on KEXP, and Danny Krivit talking about The Art of the Edit.

Oh, and just because I feel bad not having posted this 9-hours mixtape by 2000F & J Kamata, I will do so now.

James Blake – CMYK EP

James Blake - CMYK EP

Cover Artwork

If James Blake and Joy Orbison aren’t brothers, flatmates or lovers, then I don’t know. Whatever the circumstances are, CMYK has to be this year’s Hyph Mngo. You have heard it countless times already, but it hasn’t been officially available until today!A1. CMYK
A2. Footnotes
B1. I’ll Stay
B2. Postpone

If you ask me, this new EP is James’ best release since last year’s Air & Lack Thereof came out. It came out through R&S and is available on vinyl and digital release.

Better get your hands on this soon, I have a feeling it might be sold out quickly!

Aug 24, 2010 Boomkat has a limited repress on transparent yellow vinyl in store

Dec 27, 2010 Photographer Jan T. Sott created this magnificent photo using the cyan, yellow and magenta copies of the EP

Mount Kimbie Remixes Part 1

Looks like Hotflush Recordings has another must-have release from Mount Kimbie in the pipeline. The new EP features remixes from the likes of James Blake, FaltyDL and Instra:mental.

Watch out for the EP in all good recordstores on April 19, 2010.

Mount Kimbie are also playing throughout Europe for the next couple of months, check their MySpace page for details!