Mixtape Monday #28

So, I haven’t been posting anything as of lately and it might in fact go on like this for a little more. Thought I through in a selection of mixtapes that popped up during last week.

It was only a question of time until the big ones asked Vakula for one of his rare mixtapes. The Ukrainian house producer put together a selection of his tracks for Resident Advisor and answered some of their questions.

This Wednesday, Ninja Tune’s Slugabed joins Thundercat and Floating Points for a show at London’s Fabric. On the occasion, he did a mix to promote the night.

Berlin-based Machinedrum did a mix for Dummy Magazine last week. If you’re into the records he’s playing, I can also recommend Nightwave‘s podcast by Dazed Digital and Mike Paradina’s personal selection of footwork influenced tracks for RBMA Radio.

It was back in April when Manchester-based Krystal Klear graced Benji B with a guestmix. Unless you downloaded this one before, you can listen to it on SoundCloud and leave some direct feedback on this excellent mix.

And lastly, let me mention these older mixtapes I came across: Blawan’s mix at Boiler Room, Deadbeat for Inverted Audio, and Recloose‘s 2002 guestmix for Gilles Peterson.

Beats in Space with Recloose

I always liked the music by Recloose better when he was still making it in Detroit, Cardiology has to be one of the best albums recorded in the last decade. On the way to this year’s Movement festival in his former home, he visited NYC to play on Beats in Space.01. Disco D – Chicago (Kon Edit)
02. Pablo Sanchez – Glory Stories (Recloose Test Remix)
03. Illja Rudman – Calypso (Extended Mix)
04. Model 500 – Make Some Noise
05. Virgo – So You Know Who You Are
06. Jackname Trouble – Light Again (KiNK Mix)
07. Recloose – Can’t Take It (Carl Craig Remix)
08. Jackmate – Carrier
09. Starblazers – Sunshine (Beta Final)
10. Gary Toms – Hurricane
11. Daniel Wang – Shadows
12. Young Marco – Moving Fast (Very Slowly)
13. Andres – Body And Soul
14. Eddie Chill Posada & Cole Medina – Don’t Byte Our Styli
15. Jacques Renault – Miranda
16. House Master Baldwin – Don’t Lead Me (The Delicate Genius Edit)
17. Ricardo Miranda – Black Acid

On this mix he show that he hasn’t forgotten about his roots. You can download it here!

It's Tunesday!

Here are a couple of new tunes for you, most of them were posted in the last 24 hours. Let’s start with this Brownswood double feature, jazz pianist Elan Mehler gets the remix treatment from labelmate Dobie. Only available for the next seven days! Another remix comes from Recloose, who put his hands on a tune by Shake Aletti.

The new single from the upcoming album The Roots is now available from Okayplayer. Singer Eska is featured on a lot of album recently, here’s her rework of an old Police track.

XLR8R is giving away a free track by L.A. beatmaker Ras G from the upcoming compilation Echo Expansion. And a couple of days back Fresh Selects posted a new one by SA-RA’s Shafiq Husayn featuring Fatima.

Okay, I’m leaving you alone already!

Innerzone Orchestra – Programmed

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As second review in classic reviews I picked Carl Craig’s Innerzone Orchestra album. Craig recorded this album alongside Francisco Mora, percussionist for Sun Ra’s Orchestra, Craig Taborn and saxophist Matt Chicoine, better known as the tape-in-sandwich dropping Recloose. The ensemble’s first effort, Bug in the Bassbin was picked up by the early London drum’n’bass scene around Goldie and 4hero. In Europe the record was reissued by James Lavelle’s Mo Wax label and sported remixes from 4hero and Peshay. For the recording of an entire album, Detroit fellows Paul Randolph and Richie Hawtin joined the ensemble.

“Futuristic is something that I always viewed as being 21st century. Now that there are only months left until the new millennium, it’s pretty difficult to invision what will be futuristic. As far as I’m concerned, we will be living in the future very soon.” -Carl Craig

The album resembles a classically performed, electronic sounding piece of work, offering its listeners different interpretations of how future might sound. The experiment begins with an amusing voice-message, that confuses the listener’s ideas of where the journey is going. It by voices blends into passages of voices speaking in different languages and an introduction by Carl Craig himself. Eruption raises the tension with ever-running drum-rolls and dark synthesizer sounds, just to finally erupt with the start of the third track, The Beginning Of The End, a dark mooded electronic hip hop track.

The following tracks drag you into different directions, not yet being sure what the record should sound like. This passage shares the beat-patterns with nineties trip-hop, hip hop, drum’n’bass, even bigbeat. It’s with the tune Blakula, when the more glorious second half of the album starts. Melancholic strings, not sure if I can hear oriental flavours in it, and deep synths playing underwater bells. The huge single People Make The World Go Round (original by The Stylistics) has Detroit’s very own Paul Randolph on vocals and guitar (there’s a J Dilla remix, too). Over the next few tracks, the jazz portion dominates the electrics, paving the way to the grand finale of At Les (this is the live-recording from Paris) and the previously mention Bug In The Bassbin.

In retrospective one can say Innerzone Orchestra had huge influence on many different styles, be it the early drum’n’bass scene, and even more importantly the West London broken beat scene! Carl Craig repeated the concept on Detroit Experiment and is currently working on an album with classic Detroit jazz outfit Tribe.