fLako – Lonely Town (K2 Remix)

Haven’t enjoyed a Kaytronik remix as much as this one in a while. fLako‘s original was a smooth tune already, but I think this subtle house touch adds a quite a bit to it.

I’m not sure whether this will actually become available, but the stream should suit you for a while. Also, if haven’t got Carving Away The Clay yet, you should consider buying it.

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.

Lukid, Dorian & Izmabad

Today, I’ve got a couple of mixtapes for you, which I was going to save for the weekly bits, but I guess they’re too good to hold them back!

The first comes from Dorian Concept and was recorded at the Instore Session at Amsterdam’s Rush Hour, where he played together with Harmonic 313. I was expecting this to be posted on the Future Vintage blog, instead I got this from Dutch blog Crazybirds.

Next up, there’s another mix from Lukid, this time recorded for Subfm. The Lukid set makes up only one part of the show, but the rest is equally nice.

And then there’s a podcast by Simbad and Karizma on Deja Vu, which was aired back in February this year. Despite the low quality, it’s a great mix for fans of house and broken beat!

Our Music Our Culture Volume 1

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The tracks sound familiar? That’s right, as they’ve been available in different outfits from the Coopr8 MP3 store. First you could get them on the five Cooperation III Samplers, the first two were even out on vinyl. Later this compilation showed up on the same store, under a different name but with most of the tracks, though not all of them. Now Kay Suzuki‘s Bipolar releases it’s first record, and it’s this compilation again.

So much for the introduction, let’s talk about music! The standout track for me turns out to be Simbad‘s Digital Revolution, the only track not featured on any of the previous releases – however, I’d love to hear an instrumental version. Next up are two tracks that were available on the first sampler, I C U from Karizma and Been Here Before from Lewis D. The first took a while to grow on me, but it’s a deep, tension-building dancefloor killer built around a sample of Nina Simone’s See Line Woman. Both tracks have a similiar feeling, broken beat on a house-tip – or vice-versa.

Unfortunately it goes straight downhill from there, though all the big names havn’t been mentioned yet. Afronaut makes a return with Change featuring Blu of Basement Jaxx-fame on the vocals, Domu contributes Nu Vision, from Marc Mac comes Take Ova Me.

The compilations suffers the problem, that it sounds like collection of left-overs or unfinished tracks. A theory that gets support from the Bugz in the Attic’s contribution called Reject. Especially the vocals on the majority of tracks are weak, the wish for instrumental tracks comes up more than just once. The list of artists featured sounds like an allstar roster, with many almost-forgotten names like Ayro or Colonel Red? For me this compilation is a big disappointment, most artists didn’t meet my expectations, I hope this compilation does not replace a proper Cooperation III album. I’m missing tracks of the quality of Domu’s Dangerous Times, Marc Mac’s Throwdown or anything Izmabad (a collaboration of the featured Karizma and Simbad). If you still feel like listening to more snippets, let me recommend you the sampler from the Coopr8 player. Also, Juno Records has this item in stock.