“I wanted to take the opportunity to do something different for this Solid Steel mix and I decided to approach the mix as if I was ‘back from a good night out’ and winding down with some late night weird selections from my vinyl collection”, says Bristol’s Pinch about his guestmix for the show.
I’ll leave you for tonight with a mixtape by London’s very own Mr Beatnick, who played some records for the folks at the Boiler Room x Sounds of the Universe event back in November 2013. Become one of those folk, stream or download the mix, and have a nice one, everbody!01. Axel Boman – New Krau Era
02. Galcher Lustwerk – Neva Seen
03. Mark E – Midland Nights
04. Nautiluss – Aerochrome
06. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Eats Everything – Lion, The Lion (Gerd’s Deep Dub)
07. Theo Parrish – Paradise Architects
08. OmarS – The Shit Baby
09. Max D – Ice Room Graffiti
10. Rezzett – Yayla
11. Moodymann – Amerikkka
You don’t need to be as wasted as I am on this Sunday afternoon to be able to enjoy the track above. No, not at all. But you can take my word that helps heaps in the process to fully recover from a night of partying. As mentioned before, London’s Mr Beatnick released tracks from his last couple of 12-inches on a CD called The Synthetes Trilogy. If you trust my word by now, you already got yourself a copy of the CD—or maybe the repressed records, if you missed them the first time around. Otherwise, let this remix from Best Available Technology be another reminder for you. Free download for newsletter subscribers!
December 6, 2013 The track is now a public download via XLR8R
It’s been a great decision to bring together Mr Beatnick‘s last couple of EPs and release it on CD, because this music works in an album-context and deserves to be heard by many more people. The Synthetes Triology collects most of the vinyl tracks, adds some bonus tracks and new artwork by illustrator Emily Evans. We’ve talked about the music in detail before, so this one meant to be a reminder for all people that do not own a record player: go and buy this, even more so if you’ve been waiting the last ten years for a new Metro Area album to drop.01. Synthetes
03. Beneath The Reef
04. Waning Moon *
05. Casio Romance
06. Shifting Sands
07. Yacht On The Nile *
08. Sun Goddess
09. Nuit Blanche *
11. Parallax Scroll
12. Never Dies *
* previously unreleased
The album is available as of today and you get your copy from Boomkat, Kudos, iTunes and all good record stores. There will also be represses of the previous EPs and a release party taking place on November 1st.
It’s been a good week (and month) for mixtapes, shall we start with our selection for the weekend?
Ben UFO’s and Pearson Sound’s show on Rinse FM is one of the few I make an effort to listen to on a regular basis. While I recommend tuning in every Thursday, let me highlight the show from August 8th (might go offline soon!)
To keep the uptempo vibes, check out another Boiler Room session from Nutriot Podcast contributor Gerry Read, who is about to release another of those fine 12-inches on Fourth Wave.
Sunday afternoon, slept too long, way too long. Sunshine, a cup of coffee and Mr Beatnick‘s FACT Mix are all it takes to jump start into the day. No headaches, no bad feelings. It’s all good. If you haven’t heard this one yet (and it’s been out for a week already), I must recommend doing so. Great selection of music, great vibes.
01. Typesun – Last Home (Dj Nature Remix)
02. UMOD – Unreleased beat
03. Kelpe – Answered
04. Mr Beatnick – Symbiosis
05. About Group – You’re No Good (Theo Parrish Remix feat. Andrew Ashong)
06. Pepe Bradock – Lifting weights
07. James Blonde & Oliver Deutschmann – Milanese (Quarion’s Sicilia Profonda Remix)
08. Levon Vincent – ???
09. Walt J – Nite Gruv
10. Tinman – Tip The Acid
11. John Heckle – Life On Titan
12. Marcelus – Enlightenment
13. The Reflektor (aka Gifted & Blessed) – Chicken Itza
14. JTC – Gallup
15. Actress – Holy Water
16. Barker & Baumecker – Nobody (Machinedrum Remix)
17. Kingdom – Stalker Ha
18. Mr Beatnick – Parallax Scroll
19. Samoyed – Sloe Eyes
Did we mention Mr Beatnick‘s latest release on Don’t Be Afraid yet? It’s been ten months since we recommended his last one and the new one has just arrived in stores. In short, Savannah is nothing but another recommendation. At this point you’d often read about Mr Beatnick being the producer raised on hip-hop living out his love for house music on this trilogy of 12-inches, but while all of this is true, the description might transport a bit of a limited view of the London-based producer. I’ve come to know Nick as a walking knowledge base of good music from all kinds and ages, and I’m deeply impressed on how he keeps up with all of it. If you heard his show on NTS Live, you might have caught a glimpse of that. Yes, Savannah fits perfectly in the line of its predecessors, but while sharing certain sound qualities, it’s also the most versatile of the three. The title track has most in common with the previous ones, analogue warmth with a determined dancefloor drive reminiscent of classic Metro Area material. On Symbiosis he flexes his muscles and delivers a classic NYC house track, just to surprise you with the UK hardcore inspired Parallax Scroll. He ends the journey with Blue Dream, a track that reminds of early I:Cube, John Tejada and Ian O’Brien.
On my first listen, I was maybe a bit too quick on picking a favourite, with every other listen it left me more undecided and I think it speaks for the EP. You can pick it up in all good music stores, or buy it online at Boomkat, Rush Hour or Juno.
Haven’t done these in a while, but this week there are enough mixes worth a mention. Shall we start?
One-Handed‘s Dedication series is one of the more exciting podcasts, each episode being dedicated to just one artist. This time it’s Mr Beatnick who shares his love for Sun Ra on his eclectic mix (he wrote about him before!)
Next up is something I’ve mentioned before in a side-note, the second podcast by the Tempoclash crew. And it’s a special one as Danny Breaks doesn’t do many mixes these days.
When it comes to football versus music, I guess I’ll take Dego‘s side and choose the world’s finest sport. But as I haven’t posted any mixes lately, I wanted to give you an update on those anyway.
I meant to post those Waajeed beat tapes, but as they weren’t embeddable I never did. If you haven’t heard them elsewhere by now, you can find parts one and two on his SoundCloud page.
Remember those days when Mr Beatnick played records on Ustream once a week? I really miss those! This month there’s no reason to complain, as the London-based producer did a guestmix for Hyponik and another on for i-D magazine.
Not only lies Record Store Day more than a month in the past, the asparagus season is almost over as well. As But discovering good music is never too late, so let us talk about Spargel Trax. The connection between vinyl and asparagus (Spargel in German) might not seem obvious, but the date of asparagus harvest coincides with Record Store Day. Hence London’s Don’t Be Afraid label decided to bring together their love for delicious vegetables and jacking house beats.
1. Lily – Dollen Haze
2. Freeman – Points D’Amour
3. Herbaceous – Love Tips
4. Spargel-Tarzan – Sauce Hollandaise
5. James Duncan – Bed Stuy Beat
6. Untitled-W – Green & White
7. Slazenger’s People – Basel Piss Test
8. Melvin Elephant 303 – Spargel Jack
Mr Beatnick, who released two excellent EPs on Don’t Be Afraid, put together this Ich Liebe Spargel minimix to give you a taste of both EPs. And since it’s all about taste, each record contains a recipe how to make the perfect asparagus – that’s what I call dedication.
Guessing from the numbers stamped on my copies, there might be only 300 of each record available. If these got your mouth watering, get them from Juno, HHV or Boomkat!
I mentioned the Gilles Peterson radio rip of this new Mr Beatnick tune a couple of days ago, now here’s a slightly longer version without voiceovers. My guess is that it’s still not the full version, sounds to me like the intro is missing, but still enough to get an impression.
The Sun Goddess EP is the follow-up to last year’s Synthetes, one of my favourites in 2011. And it’s a good follow-up, don’t you think?
You can pick this up on vinyl on March 19th through the Don’t Be Afraid label, and if you buy digital you have to wait a week longer.