Looking for the Perfect Beat

In summer 2014, a first trailer for Looking for the Perfect Beat surfaced, yet another documentation about the Los Angeles scene centered around Low End Theory. Unlike The Beat or All Ears, this film was actually completed and was shown at various festivals around the world. The documentary follows the likes of Teebs, Daedelus, Ras G, Tokimonsta, Jonwayne or Matthewdavid, giving insights into their creative process.

If you’re living in LA, you have a chance to watch it at the Downtown Independent over the next couple of days. Everybody else needs to keep an eye out or wait for some kind of digital release.

February 24, 2015 You can now watch the full documentary on Vimeo On Demand

Looking for the Perfect Beat

From All Ears to The Beat, we have already featured several trailers for films documenting the Los Angeles beat scene. To be honest, I haven’t heard about any of these since their announcements, so you might ask why bother writing about another one? While my personal interest in this so-called beat scene has continuously been fading since its peak in 2009 or so, Looking for the Perfect Beat seems to be the one documentary on the matter that has been completed and documents a relevant part of the movement.

Filmed by Matthew F. Smith, it centers around LA’s Low End Theory club night features interviews with the likes of Thundercat, Gaslamp Killer, Teebs, Matthewdavid, Daedelus, Jonwayne, and many more. The premiere takes place tomorrow at the Downtown Film Festival and will hopefully be followed by more screenings or even on-demand stream.

February 24, 2015 You can now watch the full documentary on Vimeo On Demand

Mixtape Monday #27

Good mixtapes have been scarce and while I’m not aware of too many, here are a few I’d like to share with you.

To celebrate the launch of the Hinge Finger label, Joy Orbison did a little mix that you can stream here or download there.

You might have heard about DJ Spinna’s The Best of MdCL mix by now, but there are some more Mark de Clive-Lowe related items. For once the Los Angeles based producer was invited to play at Low End Theory, and then there’s a new mixtape to promote his own night called Church.

Ahead of the TIEF new year’s party, Greymatter has done a mix for them. And you better be quick on that one, as they usually vanish after a few weeks.

If you’re looking for something more quiet, check out this one put together by Jon Hopkins.

For those remembering Sven Swift’s jazz mix from a while back, check out his latest for Find Magazine.

And as a little bonus, here’s a free download of AD Bourke‘s beat tape released back in 2008 on Domu’s TrebleO label.

December 20, 2011 Let me throw in two more mixes: Beat Dimension’s Danny Corn X ASG and another by Julien Dyne!

Take at Low End Theory

Following the release of his album Only Mountain, Take played it out live at LA’s Low End Theory.

This video was filmed and edited by the guys at Green Lab Cinema, who were also responsible for Take’s Incredibright music video.

Weekly Bits 14/2010

If you haven’t read the email correnspondence between Egon (Stones Throw, Now-Again) and composer Lloyd Miller yet, you’re missing something quite delightful. Comes with a free track.

Dark Roasted Blend has an article on car record player and other cool vintage gadgets.

Warp Films presents the first 10 minutes of the All Tomorrow’s Parties documentary, which is out now on DVD and as download.

Music lover’s favourite car-brand Scion presents the latest installment in the remix series, a new single from Todd Edwards with remixes from the likes of Joy Orbison and MJ Cole. Didn’t exactly blow me away, but hey – it’s a available for free!

On the mixtape front, there is the new Low End Theory Podcast by DJ Nobody and Take, Urb’s exclusive Plastikman set, or Seiji and Joker’s mini-mix for Anne Mac.

For some videos, check out Fullcrate & Mar’s all new music-video I Said, Gilles Peterson and ?uestlove together at Miami’s WMC, or A Minute with Mux Mool.

Dublab has a new mix CD from Daedelus on sale. Called Future Roots, it focuses on rave music from the early nineties.

Also have a look at Zomby’s page on SoundCloud, there’s some new stuff going on!

Mixtape Monday #7

Just when I finished last week’s post, Sonic Router posted an interview with Tokimonsta, accompanied by a nice mixtape. As you might know, she is currently touring through Europe, check out her MySpace for dates.

Speaking of dates, I want to make sure my London based readers don’t miss this Thursday’s concert of Build an Ark at Cargo. The lovely Beyondjazz crew dedicated their latest radio show to the Ark’s very own Carlos Niño, so don’t sleep on this.

More fresh beats out of Los Angeles come from Take aka Sweatson Klank (via YSK) and the Low End Theory podcast makes a return with Daddy Kev and Diabase on the decks.

Kirk Degiorgio, the man behind countless monikers including As One, The Beauty Room and Offworld, has put together a minimal set for Little White Earbuds. It contains many of Kirk’s more recent productions like ART-8 and Isomer Shift.

To give José James upcoming album some more spin, Gilles Peterson has put together a brand new podcast. You probably haven’t heard the latest 12-inch yet.

Hyperdub’s LV has mixed a selection of dubstep, hip-hop and even jazz for French magazine TSUGi.

Musique Large has two new treats for you, La Mixette 13 was mixed by Paul Pre and Vol 14. by Swede:art (hint).

As last, I give you two unusual mixes. First is the 100th FACT podcast put together by Norwegian disco-krautrocker Lindstrøm. Bodytonic invited Sven Weisemann to do a “classical-meats-electronic” mix for their podcast.

Mixtape Monday #3

Other websites have their Follow Friday, here you get a Mixtape Monday every now and then. That’s basically a selection of mixtapes I posted on Twitter before, sometimes more than that.

Let’s start the third edition with a triplet from Bugz in the Attic. Their all new remix collection Got the Bug 2 will be out through BBE on October 5, in the meantime you can listen to the promo mix. Another new mix is their Carnival Spesh podcast for Vulive together with Simbad. And the latest podcast offering from Daz-I-Kue is also available, it goes by the name of Vinyl Love Unplugged Vol. 1.

Low End Theory offers a new podcast mixed by Gaslamp Killer and Mary Anne Hobbs. If you need more of this sound, I recommend downloading TOKiMONSTA’s mix for Musique Large.

I mentioned 2562’s new album just yesterday, today FACT Magazine delivers a new mix by the man. A journey from house and techno towards more dubby territory.

London-based producer Mr. Beatnick was featured on Mary Anne Hobbs’ Experimental some weeks back. That guestmix is now available for download on his SoundCloud page.

Versatile Records‘ I:Cube played at Sunday Best back in July, in case you didn’t grab his set already do it now!

The last mix comes from Ubeat‘s Onur Engin, who also runs Monotape Radio. For over 45 minutes he blends a selection of Turkish jazz music, you can listen to it here (download will follow is here).

Weekly Bits 32/2009

For Cubikmusik’s blog, Dominic Stanton wrote the guest post Under the influence with.. Domu in which he looks back at some of the records that shaped him musically. Also, Domu has been giving away some unfinished tracks on his own blog. Nothing outstanding maybe, but also nothing a true Domu fan would want to miss.

Kode9’s label Hyperdub is about to celebrate its fifth anniversary with a special set of 12-inches and a double CD. That means of course a bunch of exclusive tracks from the likes of Martyn, Flying Lotus, Joker & Ginz, Samiyam, Zomby and many more! Pre-orders can now be placed at Bleep.com!

The fifth installment of Low End Theory’s monthly podcast is now available and has been put together by Daddy Kev and Daedelus.

Bullion‘s second Mix Up In Love tape is also out now, for a tracklist I’ll link you to Orssi‘s blog.

I always realize how fast time goes by when there’s a new issue of SHOOK Magazine available. It happened again, the sixth edition is out now!

Whether you’re a mad sneaker collector or just enjoy nicely done animations, Sneakerized is one of those videos you don’t want to miss.

Weekly Bits 18/2009

The third edition of the Low End Theory Podcast is now available for download, featuring Gaslamp Killer and Ras G on the decks. Gaslamp Killer is currently touring in support for Flying Lotus, there are still some chances to catch them live.

Another mixtape comes from Rednose Distrikt‘s Aardvarck. In fact, this has been around for a while already, but Crazy Birds brought it to my attention.

Speaking of Aardvarck, Dutch label Eat Concrete has put together an exclusive compilation for Nalden!

Detroit producer Waajeed (Bling47/PPP) was the first DJ to play records on Deviation TV, a new live format from Benji B. If the link doesn’t work for you, try this instead.

Weekly Bits 14/2009

Sometimes, I’m not quite sure what to choose for my weekly bits. I always hope that I have interesting stuff to share with you. But selection bears limitation and I don’t limit what I select. Perhaps, you are more interested in the leaked tracks from the upcoming Nosaj Thing album or you do care more about wicked mixtapes like Peter Kruder‘s set for Beats in Space? Is your seek for the Gilles Peterson’s Q-Tip Special so desperate again? And have you heard the latest Super Value re-edit already? What about the new episode of Low End Theory Podcast? Did I miss anything on Dorian Concept again? Man, that new Spike Jonze flick is something I wanna see!

I’m sure there is a lot I have missed and I hope there’s something in it for you. There’s too much stuff happening out there, but if you want to share the latest buzz with me, you are more than welcome!

Low End Theory Podcast #1

Though I cannot provide much info, I consider this worthy news. Los Angeles based club Low End Theory lauched its new podcast with a mix from resident Daddy Kev and SAMIYAM. No tracklist, but a nice treat for all fans of BBC Experimental, Flying Lotus and anything else coming out of LA recently.