Mixtape Monday #14

Kindred Spirits sublabel Nod Navigators, home to Mwëslee, Aardvark or Dorian Concept, will release The Blessings‘ debut EP by the end of the month (maybe early August.) In the meantime you can warm up with the podcast they’ve recorded recently.

Russian blog Gimme5 presents a mix by Miracle Libido, a member of the how2make family. Available for download and stream over here.

Hudson Mohawke‘s mix from this year’s Sonar is available from Numbers, there you’ll also find a set by L-Vis 1990.

Rinse FM regular DJ and Eglo Records boss Alexander Nut has put together a mix for Resident Advisor, who voted the home of Floating Points and Funkineven their label of the month.

Also from Resident Advisor is the new podcast by Magda. She plays a selection of her “favorite old post-punk/disco/electro tracks”

The guys of Soulparlor have done an exclusive mix for RBMA Radio, filled with lots of unreleased music. Stream only.

Not that many mixes this time, let’s see what the guys at Mixcloud recommend!

Here Comes Treble Podcasts

Back in 2008, when the Here Comes Treble compilation was set for a release on Domu’s label, there were six mixtapes from featured artists to set you in the mood.

HCT Minicast Volume 01 mixed By Rondenion
HCT Minicast Volume 02 mixed By Nu Era AKA Marc Mac
HCT Minicast Volume 03 mixed By Soulparlor
HCT Minicast Volume 04 mixed by Lukid
HCT Minicast Volume 05 The Domu Oddcast
HCT Minicast Christmas Mixtape Special – Domu live at OOFT!

As these mixes have disappeared together with TrebleO website, I decided to put them online again.

Mixtape Monday #6

My favourite mixtape from last week comes once again from Hotflush Recordings. For the fifth edition of their podcast, San Francisco based Jus Wan put together a nice selection of deep and dubby music. If you haven’t already, subscribe to the podcast!

Soulparlor, a trio of producers and DJs are also the hosts of Germany’s first address for broken beats and soulful vibes, the already legendary You Move Nothing If You Don’t Move Yourself night in Mainz. Only last Saturday, it was 2000black‘s Dego who blessed the place with his records. And following the recordings of Kaidi Tatham & Mark Force and Colonel Red, you can download two hours of Dego’s set.

Viral Radio’s latest show with Hudson Mohawke and Mamiko Motto just went online some minutes ago. Though I haven’t listened to it yet, I’m sure it’s one of the highlights this week. Make sure to check Viral Radio’s archive while you’re at it!  Hudson Mohawke’s mix from Benji B has also been spotted.

Another Dutch recording is the latest offering from The New Worck, who once again managed to get a mixtape from Rednose Distrikt’s very own Aardvarck (did you check his new album?)

One of the most interesting mixtapes was sent to me by Svetlana Industries, a new label based in Serbia. For an unusual and therefore exciting selection of dubstep and hip-hop beats, check out their first minimix.

Most fans of Theo Parrish certainly got his DJ set from The Do-Over already, otherwise I’m more than happy to mention it here.

For the jazz lovers I have one last mix today. Some of my Twitter followers called Blackclassical‘s anniversary mix the best jazz mix of all time. I will let you decide that for yourself.

Nov 12, 2009 Dego’s mix was recorded without permission and removed by request of the artist

Soulparlor Promo Mix

Soulparlor are a DJ and production collective based in Mainz, Germany. Apart from having produced an album, several EPs and a track for last year’s Here Comes Treble compilation, they also run the clubnight You Move Nothing If You Don’t Move Yourself. They previously struck me with their beautiful flyer designs for that night, and today they blew my mind with their latest mixtape.

soulparlor

I’ve got to say, I don’t remember the last time I heard such a fresh set of broken beats! Unfortunately, there’s no tracklist and I’m of no help either.  It contains many tunes I haven’t heard before, but I guess that’s not a bad thing.

You know nothing, if you don’t hear it yourself!

Soulparlor Flyers

Hailing from Mainz in Germany, DJs and production collective Soulparlor has been hosting its You Move Nothing If You Don’t Move Yourself night for the past eight years already, taking place at the city’s longest running club. Their impressive line-ups consist of an all-star selection from broken beat, soulful house and twisted jazz. Today, I want to feature a selection of their most beautiful flyers.


You will find a lot more flyers on their website, or you can listen to their own productions and learn about party dates. Soulparlor are also in charge of the Coopr8 Radio Germany, which is broadcasted on a local station and streamed live on the internet!

Here Comes Treble

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

It’s been one of my favourite compilations of the year and I’m late on my review duties – but in fact this blog didn’t even exist when everybody else was loving it already. Today we’re talking about Here Comes Treble, the first compilation from Domu‘s young TrebleO label. And it’s a great debut, way too fresh to be put in this blog’s classics category! Dominic has proven great taste putting together such diverse collection of styles and artists, even the cover artwork is an outstanding piece of work, designed by Mr. The Beef.

So, being the last blogger on the planet to review this, let’s make it a proper one. Here Comes Treble was preceded by two download-only samplers (via ithinkmusic) and accompanied by mixtapes from Nu Era, Soulparlor, Rondenion, Lukid and Domu himself.

Personally, I’m always a bit sceptical when it comes to compilations of different styles of music. TrebleO on the other hand manages to fuse all these genres, broken beat, hip hop, soul, drum and bass, house and what not in an exceptional sensitive way. The opener Twice is a jazzy-smooth track with soft hip-hop beats, rich of strings and brass. It comes from Lukid, a young London based producer with a nice portfolio on his MySpace page. Next up is Probe DMS, one of half of NYC’s Spymusic. It’s the track Voodoo Magic I didn’t like when first listening to it. But it has grown on me since, it’s a fresh hip-hop tune with raps (from Probe himself?) that has an oldskool Ummah feel to it.

A fantastic sound clash of genre-bending underground music! Simply needs to be heard!
Mark De Clive Lowe (Antipodean)

The music is then makes a twist towards laid back house with Breakin Bread from Chris Barker, followed by the soulful Ben Mi Duck. They already had an EP Stepping Back Patterns on TrebleO, but Pointless Dreams is exclusive to the compilation. Lush strings and soulful vocals with a 4hero feel, that already got some airplay on Gilles Peterson‘s radio show. It is 4hero’s Marc Mac in his Nu Era disguise who contributed Robot Moves, a personal favourite.

When Domu asked me to do a track for the album he used those magic words “you can do anything you want” and that’s how ‘Robot Moves’ came to life. You can clearly hear across the album that everyone involved had the same instructions and the result is a solid compilation of great diverse self indulgence. And that’s not a bad thing…
Marc Mac (4 Hero)

Domu’s first out of three tracks is Izittobe, the first output since the massive Dangerous Minds EP and it goes into a similiar direction. It gets even darker from here with Soulparlor’s Gee, moving between dubstep and broken beat territories. Let’s talk about my favourite track on the compilation, it’s a remix of an old Sonar Circle tune, remixed by Bassclef. I’m not sure if the original of Cry had a proper release on vinyl or if it first appeared on TrebleO’s recent collection of old material from Domu’s drum and bass oriented moniker. Another track from Domu is in the cue, So Move is probably the weakest track on the compilation. Bruk sound with sweet vocals that sound like Nicola Kramer, though it might not be her.

It represents brilliantly everything going on in the house, soul and jazz scenes at the moment.
Aaron Jerome (BBE/If Music)

Before the music makes another twist, Planet Zero from Cartridge is the last and probably darkest tune of the rougher side of the compilation. We go soulful from there! It’s the Baker Brothers with What You Do Is Right. I don’t know who they are or where the come from, but it’s a bright tune, it must have a full band behind the acid jazz flavoured vocals, very rich sounding! More positive sounds are delivered by Bedford’s DJ Marin (Bakura!), the Rondenion mix of Love Fantasy is an atmospheric deephouse track with soulful vocals. Sub Ensemble deliver 22 21, picking up the jazzy sounds of Dalindeo or japanese nujazz, you get the picture.

An interlude comes from Simbad, who teams up with Philadelphia’s spoken word artist Rich Medina for a short Momentum. Wise words, wise words. Everybody keeps talking about Austrian wunderkind Dorian Concept recently. Being heavily featured by Benji B, TrebleO released his Beat Tape and now he contributes Thank Capital Letters. You like Prefuse 73? You like Dimlite? I’m sure you will like Dorian Concept. I should mention he has a free album on Earstroke and another download from TrebleO. Just as we continue, it’s already the last track and it’s Ninja Tunes’ Daedalus. Drummery Jam is pure fun in the sense of Pizzicato Five or Wagon Christ, a bit like a song for children.

Want to listen again?01. Lukid – Twice
02. Probe Dms – Voodoo Magic
03. Chris Barker – Breakin Bread
04. Ben Mi Duck – Pointless Dreams
05. Nu Era – Robot Moves
06. Domu Feat Aina – Izittobe
07. Soulparlor – Gee
08. Sonar Circle – Cry (Bass Clef Mix)
09. Domu – So Move
10. Cartridge – Planet Zero
11. Baker Brothers – What You Do Is Right
12. DJ Marin – Love Fantasy (Rondenion Mix)
13. Sub Ensemble – 22 21
14. Simbad – Momentum
15. Dorian Concept – Thank Capital Letters
16. Daedelus – Drummery Jam
Now where can you get this? Being a young label and this being theig first longplayer, it’s suprising how widespread it is. You can get it on CD from Juno or Fat City, but also from iTunes, HMV or Amazon. To support the artists best, I recommend ordering a copy directly from the label. The CD sells for ₤10, the MP3s for just ₤5.99.