Weekend Mixtapes #40

Trust me, today we’re giving your weekend plans a special treatment, because ahead of you are some best mixtapes we had in this series so far.

This week, Paul Woolford unveiled the fantastic Soul Music album under his Special Request moniker. If you ask me, it’s a close second to the DJ Rashad album on Hyperdub—but this discussion belongs elsewhere. Today we’re talking about the Special Request mixtape for the XLR8R podcast, a 60-minute journey through oldskool breaks from the likes of Ray Keith, Paradox, Krust, Alpha Omega or Photek. Cleary my favourite mixtape this week!

If the paragraph above got your mouth watery, check out the latest show from the Hessle Audio camp. Ben UFO supported by Hemlock co-founder Andy Spencer!

After endless attempts to win him for a guestmix, Big Up Magazine could finally persuade Deep Medi recording artist Silkie to do just that. Their 75th podcast runs for 90 minutes and sounds like there is nothing but Silkie’s own music on it.

DJ Broadcast keeps the London-Amsterdam connection alive as they received an exclusive mix from Hyperdub-signed trio LV. Again, it runs for 90 minutes and features nothing but remixes by the guys.

Our friends at Sonic Router recommend the Altered Natives presents Dr. Cockblocktopus mix. I only had a chance to skip through yet, but I liked what I heard while doing so.

Say good-bye to London, it’s time to head for Detroit. The second XLR8R mix we’d like to recommend this week comes from none other than Kyle Hall, who plays music from the cities’ rich heritage.

To end this week’s selection, we’d like to share an older radio mix from Titonton Duvanté. Back in the olden days, the Brooklyn-based DJ and producer almost single-handedly responded to what happened on the other side of the pond in West London, fusing the sound broken beat and Detroit techno. You can find his mix recorded in 2002 on his SoundCloud page.

Mixtape Monday #25

This was supposed to be a collection of mixes for the weekend, but since Ms Riot was in town over the weekend..

Just hot off the press is the latest Resident Advisor podcast mixed by Martyn. As you all know, his new album arrived today, so maybe you want to listen to this mix on your way to the shop.

The last couple of mixes by Tropics became all-time favourites in no time, so I’m really looking forward to this new one for oki-ni.

2000black founder Dego is currently on tour through Japan. I wonder if he really needs promo mixes to fill clubs over there, but he made one just in case (and for everybody outside of Japan.)

And from there it’s easy to draw a line to Eric Lau’s Last Night on Earth mix for Put Me On It, which went online a couple of days ago already.

Set The Tone is already one of the biggest dance tunes for me this year, so I’ve been following all of Ossie‘s activity since then. Last week he came up with a mix for the Hyponik podcast and it’s a good one.

Jacques Greene was on Rinse FM last week, Phon.o contributed a mix for Electronic Beats, and the Boiler Room‘s back to back from Quest and Silkie is online.

One of the most anticipated albums for this month should be Severant by Kuedo. The other week he guested on the FACT podcast and I think he also made a mix for Mary Anne Hobbs.

If the last one in this selection gets any extra attention, then it shall be Sotu the Traveller‘s mix for DJ Broadcast.

Update This one just came in, it’s an impressive 95 minutes mix by Bristol’s Appleblim for FACT Magazine

Mixtape Monday.. on a Tuesday?!

Just a quick one for the latest edition of Mixtape Monday, so let’s get started.

The latest edition of Electronic Explorations has a mix I’m very excited about. It comes from New York’s Machinedrum, who also got an album in reach.

Glasgow’s LuckyMe always has mixtapes worth checking out, but this time it’s their very own Eclair Fifi having a guest spot on URB’s podcast.

Last weeks’s FACT podcast had a mix from Silkie, which reminds us the London based producer readies his follow-up to our much loved City Limits.

And lastly grab this B2B session from Kyle Hall and FunkinEven. Over and out!

Update Ooops, I just figured it’s not even Monday today!

Weekly Bits 22/2011

As we’ve lost one of the greatest, Gil Scott-Heron, many people dug out their favourite records and payed tribute. Check these from Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Twit One, Black Classical, Ennio Styles, DJ Mayhem, Cookin Soul, Melting Pot or the previously recommended JJ Smoking Sessions. There are probably 500 more of these, but maybe you should start buying his albums instead – if you don’t have them by now.

The city of Munich will host an exhibition on electronic pioneers Kraftwerk later this year in autumn. I’m particularly interested in its catalogue, Kraftwerk: 3D, which should make it to regular bookstores around the world.

FACT Magazine had quite some exciting album news this week, including Zomby’s Dedication, Silkie’s City Limits Vol. 2 and Björk’s iPad album. There were some links up for a stream of Zomby’s album, but they currently don’t seem to work

Frsh Slcts not only put up the second part of the Analogue Monsta Mix, you can also get a free Suzi Analogue EP from the same link.

More free music comes from Georgia Anne Muldrow, who gives away last year’s SomeOthaShip via Bandcamp

Aus Music’s Midland did an exclusive mixtape for URB Mag. So did Dego for W Hotels, but it’s kinda hard to find (click on Living Room, then switch to playlist mode.) Lastly, here is another Kutmah mix for the Sketchbook radio show.

Let’s go back to Gil Scott-Heron one more time: Ninja Mixdump just posted an old concert from 1977. You can listen to the stream on Mixcloud or find the download link over here.

Mixtape Monday #19

We already mentioned mixes from Legowelt, Ahu, 8bitch and Black & Blue in yesterday’s weekly bits, today we already got some more to share.

It’s Valentine’s Day and like every year, Hudson Mohawke has put together a special tape for the occasion. Another mix for lovers comes from Krystal Klear, titled Everything is Shit….Except You Love.

With Swim, Canada’s Caribou delivered an album that found itself in many best-of lists by the end of last year. For Resident Advisor, main man Dan Snaith made a contribution to their podcast series.

Earlier this month, Toro Y Moi delivered a mix for FACT Magazine and it’s been a personal favourite of mine over the weekend. Watch out for the new album coming out later this month!

More mixes come from New York based Brendon Moeller, who made a mix for Field Records. Lone has recorded a stream-only mix to promote his show at this year’s Bloc Weekend.

And lastly, we’re revisiting Silkie‘s mix for RBMA Radio, originally aired in 2009.

Update This one just came in, it’s Bullion’s guestmix for Benji B‘s show last week.

Silkie – City Limits Volume 1

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Silkie’s debut album on Mala’s Deep Medi label came out at the end of July, which is probably the reason why it didn’t get much attention outside the dubstep scene. Summertime means holiday time, so a lot of people were simply out of reach when this one dropped. Which is quite tragic, because for me it’s clear it’s a serious contender for album of the year!

City Limits Volume 1 is the most organic sounding dubstep production I have heard, it’s quite the opposite of the widespread in-your-face mentality of many dubstep producers. In a way it keeps reminding me of Adam F’s Colours album. Not because it sounds similar, but for its overall different approach and its analogue sound.

Over 13 tracks Silkie delivers an array of warm basslines, piano and synths, always hitting a similiar tone without ever boring you. In fact it’s one of those albums that deserves the name, as its general mood will make you forget about time as you listen to it continously.01. Concrete Jungle
02. Turvy
03. Spark
04. Sty
05. Quasar
06. Purple Love
07. Planet X
08. Cats Eyes
09. Head Butt Da Deck
10. Techno 22
11. Mattaz
12. The Horizon
13. Beauty
On the downside, City Limits is only available on CD at the moment. The previous vinyl pressing was withdrawn from sale by the label for having inferior sound quality. A repress is supposed to be announced, but considering how much time has passed since its digital brother came out, I’m getting a bit pessimistic.

However, be advised that copies floating around at the moment are not good to buy. Once I hear news, I will post it on this page.

Nov 8, 2009 I have just noticed that Juno and Boomkat will ship the proper gatefold 3xLP starting tomorrow