Weekend Mixtapes #42

Recorded live a London’s Plastic People in late January, listen to the second installment of Floating Points’ You’re A Melody mix.

Having impressed us with his debut album released last year, we keep following the doings of Huerco S whenever we can. This week, we came across this 2 hour long mix for Berlin Community Radio.

Next up here are two mixes from the Young Turks label. First it’s the Jamie xx mix for BBC 6music aired in Decemember, then the label’s FBI Radio take-over featuring Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis and once again Jamie xx.

UK techno legend Kirk Degiorgio shared a DJ mix recorded at Amsterdam’s TROUW for the Midnight Shift podcast.

Let’s not forget about those Valentine’s Day specials: Hudson Mohawke continues his annual Slow Jams series, while Peanut Butter Wolf goes over the top with a 24 hour long mix for the FACT podcast.

And lastly, one from the archives. Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO mentioned this on the latest radio show, don’t sleep on this podcast for weareie recorded in 2007!

Update Let’s not forget about the latest Hyperdub show on Rinse.fm (direct link), hosted by label-boss Kode9 himself

SBTRKT – Boiler Room Mix

We haven’t posted a mixtape in a while and neither have we heard much from SBTRKT either. Luckily, the recent Young Turks special at London’s Boiler Room brought the two together and you can listen/download below (or watch on YouTube.)

01. SBTRKT – Hold On
02. SBTRKT – Right Thing To Do
03. Addison Groove – I Go Boom
04. Shadow Child – So High
05. 4hero – Hold It Down (Bugz In The Attic’s Co-Operative Mix)
06. ?
07. Domu – Worldwide (Solid Groove’s Wednesday At Midnight Mix)
08. Disclosure – My Intention Is War!
09. SBTRKT – Living Like I Do
10. ?
11. Machinedrum – No Respect
12. Jay Electronica – Exhibit C
13. Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut
14. Frank Ocean – Thinking About You (SBTRKT Remix)
15. SBTRKT – Wildfire
16. Machinedrum – Alarma
17. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

Also, feel free to leave a comment if you can help us complete the tracklist!

SBTRKT – Surely

Here’s a true rarity only a few people got a hold of when the SBTRKT album was first released. The track Surely was part of a limited package, consisting of the full LP, the CD version and a bonus 7-inch with just that tune.

You would already have to pay ridiculous prices for this bundle, but at least you can stream it from SoundCloud for the very first time.

SBTRKT – Hold On

I have to admit that I never fully understood how Wildfire could have become the lead single to SBTRKT‘s self-titled album, but then I’ve never been much of a Little Dragon fan. The second single off the album is much more of my liking and it has all the potential to become an equal success.

SBTRKT - Hold On01. Hold On (feat. Sampha)
02. Ride To Freedom
03. Hold On (Sisi Bak Bak rmx)

With the masked face on the cover, Hold On follows the tradition of Soundboy Shift, Step In Shadows, Living Like I Do and of course the album. Apart from the “limited edition deluxe 3D-effect lenticular sleeve”, the real highlight is the new track Ride To Freedom. There’s also a remix by Sisi Bak Bak, but like previous remixes it’s kind of a let down if you ask me.

Nevertheless, I’m looking forward getting my hands on this. The digital release is already available on Bleep, the vinyl will follow rather late on May 7th, 2012.

May 28, 2012 I’ve just been informed by Bleep staff, that the release has been pushed back to June 18th. I don’t know if all pre-orders are affected by the delay.

Bullion – Magic Was Ruler

Following his brilliant You Drive Me To Plastic, his Bullionness returns with another 7-inch on the Young Turks label, the title track is available for stream below.

No idea about the b-side, maybe this will be another one-sided vinyl with an artwork on the flip. What we do know is the release date and that’s May 9th, 2011.

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – We’re New Here

Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx - We're New Here

Cover Artwork

To the day a year ago, I didn’t show much love for the original album, I’m New Here, the first Gil Scott-Heron record in over a decade. And while my opinion remains unchanged, writing a bad review on one of my biggest heroes, left a bad after taste. But then again, I consider that review more as a guide to the good music Gil has recorded over the decades, mainly the late seventies and the early eighties.

However, lucky for me, this new album full of reworks by Jamie xx makes up for last year’s disappointment and gives me the chance to make with peace my conscience.01. I’m New Here
02. Home
03. I’ve Been Me (interlude)
04. Running
05. My Cloud
06. Certain Things (interlude)
07. The Crutch
08. Ur Soul & Mine
09. Parents (interlude)
10. Piano Player
11. NY Is Killing Me
12. Jazz (interlude)
13. I’ll Take Care Of U
My point of criticism back then was the attempt to package Gil’s lyrics into a modern world sound, for it failed by giving it the touch of records made more than 10 years ago. Jamie xx, however, seems like the perfect choice, the right man at the right time. Due to my lack of interest in bands like The xx, I was only recently introduced to his solo work, more dancefloor oriented music, somewhere between house and dubstep, with a touch of Joy Orbison, Ramadanman or James Blake. Arguably a modern sound.

The result is a forward thinking record, deep and playful, perfect headphone music. It works surprisingly well with Gil’s vocals, the very same I still criticized on the original, but they probably just needed the right context. Maintaining the overall sound scheme, Jamie xx made an album you can listen to in one flow, from start to finish, over and over again.

Longtime fans of Gil Scott-Heron might not approve of the record, but chances are they already felt the same about its predecessor. In his review for XLR8R, Michael Byrne mentions the lack Gil Scott-Heron’s persona on the record, something I agree with, but then I probably care more about the consistency of the finished work and leave aside questions about the artists original intent.

Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set

“We’re New Here” is available on CD, LP and digital, the vinyl included a free download of the MP3s (oddly enough with misspelled tags.) If you buy directly from the label, you can also get your hands on a limited edition boxset (pictured above) including CDs and heavyweight vinyl of both the album and its instrumental versions, as well as two photo prints.

May 30, 2011 Check this interview with Jamie xx in which he talks about working with Gil Scott-Heron, who sadly passed away this weekend

SBTRKT – Living Like I Do

You probably remember this track from when it was aired as part of SBTRKT & Sampha’s live-session on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show. It’s easily one of the best SBTRKT productions to date and it will finally get a release real soon.

No infos on which track will be on the flipside, but Young Turks is once again be the label pressing this on wax. Take a good look in your store when this hits the shelves on April 11, 2011.

Update You’ve heard it from the man himself, the flipside contains a Machinedrum remix of Look at Stars.

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here

While being a huge fan of Gil Scott-Heron, his latest album I’m New Here was one of my biggest disappointments this year. The “modern” approach ended up being a weak copy of Tricky’s output back in the nineties and the sad shape of Gil’s voice could not add anything good to that.

A year after the release, Jamie xx (of The xx) is coming up with his interpretations of 13 songs from the album. Judging from the track below, the outcome might actually be ahead of the original.

01. I’m New Here
02. Home
03. I’ve Been Me (Interlude)
04. Running
05. My Cloud
06. Certain Things (Interlude)
07. The Crutch
08. Ur Soul and Mine
09. Parents (Interlude)
10. Piano Player
11. NY Is Killing Me
12. Jazz (Interlude)
13. I’ll Take Care Of U

The remix album “We’re New Here” will be out on February 21st, 2011, coming in a vinyl box set, CD or digital download. Pre-order your copy now and get the track above today.

Feb 21, 2010 The album is out today and the whole product looks just fantastic, especially the vinyl box-set that comes with an extra LP with the instrumentals

SBTRKT – MistaJam Guestmix

At one point it seemed a bit like routine to run into a mixtape by SBTRKT, but as of lately it was rather calm. Luckily, the masked producer is back with a new guestmix for MistaJam‘s programme on 1xtra.

01. Jessie Ware & SBTRKT – Nervous
02. SBTRKT – Deep Sea Creature
03. Benga – I Come From London
04. Humanleft – Arnaud & Bernard
05. Cosmin TRG – Liebesunde
06. Mr De – Whoneleeone
07. Seiji – The King
08. Headhunter – Prototype (Modeselektor Remix)
09. Terror Danjah – Power Grid
10. Pearson Sound – Wad
11. Mount Kimbie – Carbonated
12. Girl Unit – IRL
13. SBTRKT – Fright
14. Greenmoney – Suh Mi Stay (Karizma Remix)
15. Altered Natives – Restless Natives
16. Joe – Claptrap
17. Distal – Tortellis Slave
18. Boy 8 Bit – The Keep
19. SBTRKT – Step In Shadows

SBTRKT has some new music lined up on Numbers, Young Turks and Modeselektor’s Monkey Town imprint, some of it is featured on this mix. So without any further ado, here’s the download link!

SBTRKT – Step In Shadows

It seems there’s a new EP from SBTRKT around the corner, at least the Young Turks has posted two tracks on the SoundCloud page.

No release date mentioned, but you can already listen to the flipside titled Steppin’ Shadows.

SBTRKT – Soundboy Shift

It seems to become a habit to post a new article on SBTRKT every week, but the London based producer is simply too good to be ignored. This track is taken from his first official release on Young Turks, which will be out on plastic on March 15, 2010.

I should also mention this other new track from SBTRKT called Jamlock. It’s more on a dub-techno tip, but has some nice oldskool hi-hats on top. Expect a  release on Brainmath in March or April.