Sunday, 31 July 2011

Paul White - Rapping With Paul White (One Handed Music)

So One Handed Music has started teasing us about the new Paul White album and it's working, we're all juiced up and ready to dive into it.

Now if you don't know Paul White then you're missing out on one of the hottest young beatmakers in the UK whose been making waves since 2009. Amazingly Rapping With Paul White is the young producers third album so no writers block, good start.

Whilst the previous two albums were instrumental only the latest is the hip hop album that Paul White "always wanted to make" and we can only encourage him as modern hip hop definitely needs all the help it can get. We've also been musing for a while that adding some vocals over the avalanche of ever sophisticated and adventurous beats that have been hitting the market over the last couple of years could only be a good thing. Obviously getting quality MCs or singers over your bedroom beats takes time and support but we can only hope as the new beat generation develops and finds labels that actually have a budget/influence or people actually start buying music again this will be a growing trend.

So the first single from the album 'Trust' has already dropped featuring the vocal talents of Guilty Simpson and although the beats killed it (we played the instrumental on the radio show) we were a little disappointed with the generally great mans lyrics, not bad you understand but not the fire the beats deserved we felt. See what you think:

Don't worry though there are plenty more collaborations for the forthcoming album including Danny Brown, Marv Won, Homeboy Sandman, Jehst, Tranquil and Moe Pope not to mention Audio Texture non rapping favourite Nancy Elizabeth reading, in true quirky Paul White fashion, a 'peculiar' poem apparently.

If you're interest is still not perking up then the nice people at Paul's label, One Handed Music have, in proper hip hop fashion, just put out a mixtape mixed by underground Detroit hip hop stalwart DJ House Shoes. The mix is 30 minutes long and includes album tracks, unreleased remixes and exclusive beats - start to believe....

Rapping With Paul White - The DJ House Shoes Mixtape by alexchase

Paul White Bandcamp
One Handed Music Website (check the label out, they're great!)
DJ House Shoes Podcast
Paul White Discography

Audio Texture Radio Show - July 29, 2011

So this weeks show has a decidedly experimental slant with loads of hard to pronounce artists and track titles in the playlist which we feel is always a good sign. Fennesz kicked off the proceedings with some sublime electronic noodlings from his excellent new 10" before the great meeting of Scottish folk and subtle electronics which is the King Creosote & John Hopkins album kept the contemplative vibes flowing. Our senses were then teased by the no barriers sounds of Hertta Lussu Assu which sigueued nicely into the equally vague but more structured sounds of Tomutonttu.

Now I've still got a Danger Mouse mix CD he handed to me after a Jazzy Jeff dj session in London when he was still hustling hard, just before the Grey album changed his fortunes and his latest project with Daniele Luppi is a thing of cinematic joy despite EMI throwing Nora Jones into the equation. The wonderfully named 'The Gambling Priest' track is one of the many great tunes on the album. Nu Soul was then the order of the day with another winner from The Heart Vol. 2 compilation in the form of Colonel Red and 'I Will Be There' before Slakah The Beatchild dropped the equally as good 'The Cure' from his new deluxe EP on BBE.

King Midas Sound has had a couple of make overs, a broken beat purplization job from Kuedo and a dark dub from Mala, with the Kuedo twist making the show before Om Mas Keith dropped some cultured pop vibes from his All City EP before great Turkish disco edit vibes from Edip Akbayram & Dostlar prooves the Middle East also had the funk, if not the platforms and flairs. Nochexxx has ditched his computer for an MPC and Ramp are putting out the twisted results including our favourite 'Savage Herald' very soon. Now Raoul Sinier is a very talented producer and multi instrumentalist and we particularly liked the raucous beats of 'Green Lights' from his new Guilty Cloaks album.

Benjamin Brunn was responsible for the dreamy house vibes that changed the mood considerably before we gave you a little taster of the twisted disco delights of the new Nebraska material in the shape of, 'Phtalo Blues'. Zed Bias then ended the show in nice cover version style giving the Soul II Soul classic 'Fairplay' a great little update for today's bass obsessed dancefloors. Look out for his new album coming at the end of the summer on the ever diversifying Tru Thoughts.

Fennesz - July (Touch Tone)
King Creosote & John Hopkins - Bats In The Attic (Domino)
Hertta Lussu Assa - Mehukkaat Luut/Juicy Bones (De Stijl)
Tomutonttu - Lautta Lahtee (New Images)
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - The Gambling Priest (EMI)
Colonel Red - I Will Be There (Tokyo Dawn)
Slakah The Beatchild - The Cure (BBE)
King Midas Sound - Goodbye Girl, Kuedo rmx (Hyperdub promo)
Om Mas Keith - Girls A Player (All City)
Edip Akbayra & Dostlar - Ayrilik (Nublu)
Nochexxx - Savage Herald (Ramp promo)
Raoul Sinier - Green Lights (Ad Noiseam)
Benjamin Brunn - Don't Cry For Yesterday (Ashes promo)
Nebraska - Phtalo Blues (Rush Hour promo)
Zed Bias - Fairplay feat Jenna G (Tru Thoughts promo)

Monday, 25 July 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - July 22, 2011

The Southern hemisphere's Jonti kicked off this weeks show with some wonderful musical beats and it looks like he's going to be hitting everyone's radar with the release of his debut album, Twiligi, on Stones Throw this autumn - bring it on. Stones Throw subsidiary Now-Again then provided some classic soul vibes courtesy of Thomas East from their hard earned, labour of love compilation True Soul. Buy association vs Organica feat. Bilal and Bilal Salaam then kept the soul vibes flowing and I'm happy to announce that the Manz At Work mixtape the track was gleaned from announces the imminent arrival of not one but two record labels which will initially be focused on the work of the one and only IG Culture. You will be hearing more about this as and when the labels develop, needless to say we are super excited.

We then had to remind you of how good Mathisas Stubo was with the fresh boogie vibes of 'I Never Knew' before the ever interesting David Borsu kept the disco vibrations vibrating with the unfortunately named but worthy 'Murtis Kayfield'. Om-Unit, like so many new producers these days, have just set up a record label called Cosmic Bridge (great name!) and their debut is a fine mix of bass heavy beats and some nice melodic keys. fLako then kept the beats rolling with some deep beats and soul flavours from the excellent fresh new compilation from Project Moon Circle focussing on the new beat making talent from the UK and Ireland. Mark Pritchard then provided the riddim for UK MC Trim, who is all over everywhere at the moment,  to drop some lewd London lyrics.

Afro vibes were then the order of the day, first off with the Jesse Hackett remix of the Owiny Sigoma Band and then surprisingly with 'Fassirimar' from the latest Soundspecies EP, which is more Konono no. 1 than UK soul boy, those boys are versatile. Alex HotFlush then provided the remix under his new Incyde moniker that strips down Falty DL's, 'Eight 18 Ten' to the bare essentials. Now Naive Machine is coming through with a new EP and it contains a couple of killer cuts and we are particularly liking the twisted percussive beats of 'Afrika'

Now Shabazz Palaces, once of the Digable Planets has come through like a modern day Watts Prophets with his new album, deep, dark, leftfield and uncompromising as the 'Youlogy' track ably demonstrates. We then had a guilty pleasure moment when we dropped Widowspeak's version of Chris Isaacs, 'Wicked Game' before Diagram launched some great quirky beats and a lyrical tribute to 'Woking' of all places. My favourite modern Italian soundtrack producer Teho Teardo then provided a great live soundscape recording which sees the launch of his new Specula label which we will be keeping a keen eye on.

Jonti - Begone Slumber (Stones Throw promo)
Thomas East - Slipping Around (Now-Again)
Buy association vs Organica feat. Bilal and Bilal Salaam - Space Volume/Change My Mind (Manz At Work Volume 1)
Mathias Stubo - I Never Knew (BBE)
David Borsu - Murtis Kayfield (Broadcite promo)
Om Unit vs Kromestar - Solar Cycle (Cosmic Bridge)
fLako - Blurry Dream (Project Moon Circle promo)
Pritch & Trim - Kiss My Arse (Planet Mu promo)
Owiny Sigoma Band - Margaret Okudo, Jesse Hackett Dancehall remix (Brownsood)
Soundspecies - Fassirimar (Round In Motion)
Falty DL - Eight 18 Ten, Incyde remix (Planet Mu promo)
Naive Machine - Afrika (Hit & Hope promo)
Shabazz Palaces - Youlogy (Sub Pop)
Widowspeak - Wicked Game (Captured Tracks)
Diagrams - Woking (Full Time Hobby)
Teho Teardo - Oh Hook (Specula promo)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - July 15, 2011

Atmospheric beat and bass adventures launched the show this week starting with another R&S winner with 'Lostwithiel' from the new ep from The Chain. This was closely followed by the nice XI remix of the great Sepalcure original 'Love Pressure' as Hotflush keep up the heat with a new remix EP of the dynamic duo, followed by an absolute gem from Emika and her forthcoming Ninja release - the girl's got talent and we eagerly await her album. Jono McCleery then raised his head again with his lovely version of 'Wonderful Life' from his recent EP and a taster of what is sure to be a great album. Now Karaoke Kalk are fast becoming one of our favourite labels so we had to give you an early taster of the Static, Freedom Of Noise album due out in September, not for the faint hearted but another excellent diverse addition to the label.

Deep Medi appear to be branching out into more varied sonic territory and the Old Apparatus EP is as diverse as it gets with the twisted UK hip hop of the 'Hammerhand' remix featuring Mowgli, but hold tight for the melodic, sweet vocaled flipside coming to the show soon! In your face hip hop then followed with the dream team of Pusha T, Tyler The Creator over a Neptunes beats - ouch. Anthony Joseph then dropped some deeply Afrocentric funk and a tribute to a rather older oral tradition, 'Griot', now if the rest of the album is this good we'll be first in the queue. The new Motor City Drum Ensemble DJ Kicks album is an eclectic winner from great deep house and techno to Sun Ra and it's a nice excuse to drop the great Timo Lassy track, 'African Rumble' which also features.

Another taster of The Heart volume 2 followed with rising soulster Amalia and the schizo B.Kun remix of 'All The Funk I Need' which led nicely into a great Funkineven remix of Breton's 'December' tune, he's not all acieeeeed you know. Now you don't hear much Catalan on international radio so we thought we would drop another taster of Guillamino's new material, he really is one of the shining lights of the Barcelona music scene. Now Tiger &Woods can be filed alongside Dam Funk as hype over substance but they've definitely had a moment with 'Curb My Heart' - great soul vibes. Funkineven, true to form, then hit us with the fresh acieeeed adventures of 'Take Back', forthcoming on Eglo before the deep Claude Vonstroke remix of Girl Unit's, 'Wut' ended the show in fine danceable style.

The Chain - Lostwithiel (R&S)
Sepalcure - Love Pressure, XI remix (Hot Flush promo)
Emika - Professional Loving (Ninja Tune promo)
Jono McCleery - Wonderful Life (Ninja Tune)
Static - Sad Rocket (Karaoke Kalk promo)
Old Apparatus - Hammerhand rmx featuring Mowgli (Deep Medi promo)
Pusha T ft Tyler The Creator - Trouble On My Mind (GOOD)
Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band - Griot (Heavenly Sweetness promo)
Timo Lassy - African Rumble (K7)
Amalia - All The Funk I Need, B.Kun rmx (Tokyo Dawn promo)
Breton - December, Funkineven rmx (Hemlock promo)
Guillamino - Fer Foc (Bankrobber promo)
Tiger & Woods feat 'Em - Curb My Heart (Running Back)
Funkineven - Take Back (Eglo promo)
Girl Unit - Wut, Claude Vonstroke's Undressed remix (Night Slugs)

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Fabric Live 58 - Goldie Radio Mix

We're guessing that Goldie doesn't need any introduction. Even if you weren't sweating in the Blue Note back in the day, you've seen him in the tabloids dating Bjork or his gold teeth gleaming in Eastenders or that James Bond film whose name we can't remember? From brushes with the law, painting up his estate to fine art, from long nights to intensive yoga sessions he is a larger than life, multi-dimensional geezer.

He's also been a long running DJ at the London nightclub institution Fabric so they've dragged him into the studio to put together their latest mix CD in the Fabric live series and we're happy to announce we have a little teaser mix for you to stream in anticipation of it's release.

Here's the mix:

Here's the tracklisting: 

1 Marcus Intalex - My Soul (Soul R),
2 D Kay & Lee - Eternal Sunset (Metalheadz),
3 Dillinja - Deep Deadly Subs (Deadly Vinyl),
4 Boymerang - Soul Beat Runn (EMI),
5 Doc Scott - Machines (Emotif),
6 Goldie - I'll Be There For You (FFRR),
7 Goldie & Dego - Still Life, Photek Remix (Razor's Edge),
8 Rufige Kru - Beachdrifter (Metalheadz)

We thought we'd spare you the full press release but we've copied a couple of paragraphs from the ever quotable man. Here's what Goldie had to say about the full mix which is released on July 18th and rather oddly, in this age of rampant piracy when most stateside D&B/Goldie fans will have already downloaded the mix, in the USA at the end of August:

"For me, if I get the alchemy right, which I’ve done on this mix, to me each of those are standalone tunes. It is dynamic, it does take you from one extreme to the other, because for me that’s what my life is like. It’ll be bikram yoga one morning, then DJing long into the night. Everything is balanced, not too much of one thing. Now my life is completely balanced. When I think of some D&B tunes, I think of it as spiritual euphoria, like I’ve been lifted out of something. "

"Technology allows people to be lazy. You have to engage yourself from a spiritual point of view. The 70s were about the spirit but not about technology. The 80s were about discovering technology. And the 90s were about technology really arriving, and people not really knowing what to do with it. The naughties is about being lazy and letting Autotune do everything for you. We’ve actually regressed like fucking monkeys into what we’re allowing ourselves to listen to. And the way we’re re-wiring ourselves - we have so much to release that we can’t listen to an album anymore. We want to be in-the-now so much right now, and I understand for the youth generation it’s important that it’s current, but will that album stand up in 10 years time? Music, for me, has to have the sense of what I was brought here for: to be timeless. Metalheadz is that. It should be never aged, or like a mature wine. I’m only getting better with age - I’m 45, I’m in the best physical shape of my life, I’m in the best mental state. This album is the album that’s been in me, and I think that’s great."

Here's the full album tracklisting:

01 Rido feat. Thomas Oliver - Twisted [Metalheadz]
02 Marcus Intalex feat. S.P.Y. - Celestial Navigation [Soul:r]
03 Lenzman - Lasers [Metalheadz]
04 Need For Mirrors - Lofar [Metalheadz]
05 Enei - One Chance VIP [Critical]
06 Subwave & Enei - The Mines [Metalheadz]
07 S.I.N. & Mutated Forms - Right Now [Spearhead]
08 Fresh - The Gatekeeper [Ram]
09 DJ Hazard - Proteus [Playaz]
10 Critical Impact - Translation [Metalheadz]
11 Adam F - Metropolis [Metalheadz]
12 Mutated Forms - Crowlin [Metalheadz]
13 Jubei - Patience VIP [Metalheadz]
14 Rido - Focus [Metalheadz]
15 Basher feat. Xtrah - Convulsions [Ram]
16 Mutated Forms - Doubts [Grid]
17 A Sides - One DJ [ClearSkyz]
18 Mark System feat. Youngman - Hold It [Digital Soundboy]
19 Icicle feat. Robert Owens - Redemption (Alix Perez Remix) [Shogun Audio]
20 Lenzman - Open Page (Subwave Remix) [Metalheadz]
21 dBridge - Cornered [Exit] 
22 Jubei - Alignment (Boddika Remix) [Metalheadz]
23 Mikal - Higher Forces [Metalheadz]
24 Wickaman & RV - Ev's Dead [Ram]
25 J Majik & Wickaman - Old Headz [Metalheadz]
26 Commix - Be True [Metalheadz] 27 Goldie - Timeless [FFRR]

For the real trainspotters here is Goldies track by track breakdown of the mix:

01 Rido feat. Thomas Oliver – Twisted [Metalheadz]
An inverted track: a kid that comes from the classical world first, that then got into engineering, and then it was like he almost had this dirty little secret. He made this hybrid music that he didn’t really think could cross it over into what we’re doing. Of course, on seeing him in Europe and meeting him a few times, I told him that this is the label that will allow you to do that. Using his classical composition and his background, I’ve been allowing him to understand the power of arrangement, and how he can be slightly more journey-minded in his music. Rido came to see me at a Red Bull lecture, and it completely turned him around in terms of how he does music. I told him, ‘It’s about arrangement, and it’s about the primal aspects of yourself, and allowing your spirit to make the music, and not to get caught up in the technology.’
02 Marcus Intalex feat. S.P.Y. – Celestial Navigation [Soul:r]
This track I’ve been playing for ages. For me, it’s probably one of his best tracks. Marcus is a very, very, very talented guy. He’s a very straight-up guy, very straightforward. But when he applies alchemy to his music it becomes something else. And I think that particular track is so euphoric, it gives you the feeling of hope. It’s one of those tracks that I always wish was on the label – for me, it’s like the bird that got away.
03 Lenzman – Lasers [Metalheadz]
This guy – if he wants it – can be one of the most prolific producers of this time. I tell you that without a shadow of doubt. He did a bootleg of Alicia Keys’ ‘Unthinkable,’ and it’s one of the most soulful things I’ve ever heard. He has the capacity to put the soul back into this music. ‘Lasers,’ to me, is probably Lenzman on a roller’s vibe; it’s a little less musical than he normally does, but it shows he has other aspects to his production skills. It just gets down to some primal funk. He’s always, to me, had this slight Detroit edge to him. If I play this to Mad Mike, I know Mad Mike would dig it.
04 Need For Mirrors – Lofar [Metalheadz]
‘Lofar’ is that dirty little Goldie aspect, that strand I have in me. It reminds of that big, underground, Blue Note straight-up track that ‘Rider [Grooverider] would probably draw back in the old days. Something that would really send me out. It’s a cross between Spirit and Dillinja for me, that kind of vibe.
05 Enei – One Chance VIP [Critical]
Kasra’s been looking after this guy, he’s signed to Critical. I just think that it’s one of those tracks that’s technically together, his sound is really beautifully future. This track’s been around for a while, but this particular VIP – it just has everything. It’s got the bottom end, it’s got the travel, it’s just sharp. I’ve never met him but hearing this I’m very curious about him; you hear something like this and you know he’s got so much more to give as an artist. This track reminds me of an artist that has distillation.
06 Subwave & Enei – The Mines [Metalheadz]
With ‘The Mines,’ I wanted to show the strand, so you can see the difference between Enei solo and when he works with Subwave. Subwave’s slightly more musical, I think he has a really mature sound. And I want him to realize how far he’s come in a year. A lot of artists – when they have 8 tracks, the last 4 – to make it a full album – can be the most difficult time in their lives. You need to be able to split their heads even more. ‘The Mines’ is a really good track, I like the expansion of it – and I think he’s only going to keep doing more powerful work.
07 S.I.N. & Mutated Forms – Right Now [Spearhead]
This tune has been one of my favorite tunes for the last four or five months. The buzz of that tune reminds me of rippled glass. And the whole future horn thing is amazing. I think the vocal says something about “right now,” and I just love the way it switches into really progressive drum & bass music. I want these guys to not worry about what anyone else says, and to keep making music like this. This is their best piece of work, the most free-spirited thing they’ve ever done.
08 Fresh – The Gatekeeper [Ram]
This is the kid that keeps reinventing his bloody self. He’s probably in my top five producers of all time, along with dBridge. I like how he’s alway been very clever with a vocal lick. And also, when you think about it – this is the same guy that made ‘Signal,’ this is the guy from Bad Company, these are the tunes he was infamous for, and yet he’s never stopped evolving. I also like how he’s not scared to show people he’s from the sample generation. That’s the problem I think with music – once everyone got all electro-synthy and listening to dubstep, everyone just wanted to work with synths again. There’s something good about mixing it up with synth and sample sound. I guess that’s what the old guard of Metalheadz was about as well, it incorporated that. Spirit was very good at that. When hip hop stopped using samples and went primarily synths, it became very boring for me. So I like having an alliance with that – you can be right on the edge without being cheesy – and always have integrity.
09 DJ Hazard – Proteus [Playaz]
This for me, is actually drum & bass on a wider tip. Some of his production is really up there as well. When you just flip it a little bit, and allow yourself to be a little more roll-y like that, it works for me. It’s the epitome of drum & bass – the typical tune, but a real good progressive tune that can work – nail on the head. You need tunes like this, to help get you in a switch up and make a more dynamic sound. You need to mix up the textures of what this music’s about.
10 Critical Impact – Translation [Metalheadz]
Critical Impact is a guy that hasn’t been on the Metalheadz label for a very long time. For me, I keep saying to him – he thinks about everything too much! When I got into his head about this tune, I told him to make something that was a homage to the old Metalheadz, but with a new little twist on it. And I think the proof lies in the track I mix out of it – Adam F’s ‘Metropolis’ – because to me, it sits so well with it. It’s almost like two members of the family meeting.
11 Adam F – Metropolis [Metalheadz]
One of the golden oldies I pulled out. One of the best things Adam F has ever made – ‘Metropolis’ has stood the test of time.
12 Mutated Forms – Crowlin [Metalheadz]
I’d been talking about doing a project with Mutated Forms for a while, and I liked the step of this one – ‘Crowlin’ is almost like it’s going through this page of love. I like the way they angled the vocal on it, but I also like the way they bring you through this section of twisted brass instruments, it just steps out. This has a little bit more of a raw vibe to it, which I loved.
13 Jubei – Patience VIP [Metalheadz]
Lenzman and Jubei are the two guys that I’m really looking after right now, they’re my spear heads. Jubei can be quietly left alone, because he’s making some real steppers. I’ve said to him, ‘Mate, you’re making us look good right now – you’re giving our label a good name.’ It’s not just a one way street, this is about sharing something. ‘Patience VIP’ was also taking up the old Metalheadz habit of making a dub version, like ‘True Romance’ (dBridge), ‘Kemistry VIP’ (Grooverider), ‘Drums’ (Doc Scott). We always like to do that extra bit, just for the roll out, so when you do have a Metalheadz night, you can pull it from your war chest and it can deliver.
14 Rido – Focus [Metalheadz]
The reason why Rido is so heavily focused is that I wanted to show his different sides. I’ve given you his classical tune, but this is showing more of his technical skill as a D&B producer, more in line with Ulterior Motive kind of sound, and more in line with what Jubei and Mikal are doing. It shows what he can do in third gear as opposed to fifth gear.
15 Basher feat. Xtrah – Convulsions [Ram]
Basher’s been on the radar for just a second really, but he’s been on the scene for quite some time. He did 3 or 4 tracks for Andy C, which were really well received and his evolution has been steady. He’s quite complete and quite strong in the way he wants to style a tune.
16 Mutated Forms – Doubts [Grid]
When I’ve had a few drinks, this is the kind of tune that makes me want to tear my t-shirt off and jump into the crowd! I normally play this tune when the crowd starts being too trendy and they start looking at each other. It’s the kind of tune where unless you get down, you might as well leave the club! This is like an old Doc Scott tune – it just lets go. Let’s ‘ave it, or let’s forget it, you know what I mean? “I’m gonna put my boots on and kick your face in” kind of tune – I love it. Every now and again you need a real screw-face tune.
17 A Sides – One DJ [ClearSkyz]
A-Sides has been on the block for a very long time. What he’s good at is seeing things from a roller’s point of view: what works in a club, and what can get you from one tune to the next? This tune is really DJ friendly and really easy to mix, and it’s just got a really nice tonal bass, which is very much on the edges of jungle. It can get played anywhere – it’s a real party vibe.
18 Mark System feat. Youngman – Hold It [Digital Soundboy]
Youngman – wow, bloody hell. I love what Shy’s done with [Digital] Soundboy, and I love the fact that Youngman’s really coming up and all the work he’s done with Benga. And also it’s a really sweet vocal – it reminds me of the late 80s sort of funk/soul. He’s very different in that sense. It’s more like touching on RnB, without being really bad. (laughs)It suits Shy down to the ground, it’s the Digital Soundboy vibe.
19 Icicle feat. Robert Owens – Redemption (Alix Perez Remix) [Shogun Audio]
Owens have been around forever – a legend in terms of people sampling his voice or wanting to work with him. For me, what Icicle does with that track – the way that he uses the vocal…I haven’t heard someone use his voice that well since Photek. Alix Perez, meanwhile, did to this track what A.I. did to [Rufige Kru’s] ‘Letting Go.’ He looked at the format of the tune and thought, ‘How can I make this darker?’ He took an area of the tune and played it to his strength. He takes the musicality of the track and completely tones it down, he almost makes it binary. The way that he plays the vocal off, when it gets to that middle, there’s a reverse cymbal – it’s almost more on the lines of what Photek would do. Perez definitely stepped into Photek’s arena with this one. It’s almost like a dub version of the original: it’s stripped back, and it’s raw.
20 Lenzman feat Riya – Open Page (Subwave Remix) [Metalheadz]
When I play this tune, a lot of people never got it. They’re not even ready for this yet. It’s a hybrid of what Detroit drum & bass is to me, it really is. It’s simplistic beats but a real super big synth, and I love that. It’s a monotonous thing, with a bit of soul sprinkled over it. Just so future.
21 dBridge – Cornered [Exit]
Talk about someone suppressing a break. He has the art of sublime better than anyone else in the drum & bass scene. The beautiful thing about dBridge is the best mixes I’ve ever had for this label have come from dBridge: ‘True Romance’ – bam. ‘Something About You’ – bang. He has the ability to take your sound and completely remake what you’ve sent him; not a remix, but a remake. So with ‘Cornered,’ he’s taken one of the most popular breaks in hip hop – basically ‘Funky Drummer’ – and he’s suppressed it so hard, he’s made it into a minimal thing all of his own. He just releases it on command, when he wants to; it’s the control he has. For me, it reminds me of a breakdance crew where moves are being thrown and all of a sudden the quiet guy that’s been watching throws a 1990 in your face. He has such a style. He’s like the Ken Swift of drum & bass. He probably is my favourite producer, by far.
22 Jubei – Alignment (Boddika Remix) [Metalheadz]
I just like what he’s done with this – he’s wrapped the tune inside out. And he’s managed to pull off something where I don’t know what’s going to happen next in the tune. I can read a lot of tunes. 9 times out of 10, if you give me 16 bars, I can tell you who made the tune. But something like this tune, it’s almost another place I have to go to. I like the fact that we should be more experimental. I also like the fact that it’s harking back to the metal box-sets ['Platinum Breakz Volume 1'], where I made everyone make a drum & bass track & a downtempo track. It’s what I like to do with our music, because it’s like graffiti – you can get anything from it if you’ve got the samples; you’ve got a really beautiful palette that you can expand on. You’ve got a really good set of colours: let’s see what your take is on this canvas. I like what Boddika does a lot.
23 Mikal – Higher Forces [Metalheadz]
Mikal’s featured so heavily on this because I am spearheading the new. And I cannot give him more compliments. I’m trying to make sure that he expands all of his arrangement skill, and that he starts to give us different textures. His output is a lot more intense – he doesn’t have anywhere he can run and hide, he has to deliver something new and fresh. He’s just feeling his way around his breaks and his arrangements, and I’m allowing him to do that.
24 Wickaman & RV – Ev’s Dead [Ram]
Now this is a dirty little tune. When I asked him why he named it ‘Ev’s Dead,’ he said his mate’s pet had died, or something mad like that. It’s a lot of old samples put together, well arranged, but it’s another great tune I’ve been mixing for a while now. I really like it, I would’ve proudly put it on the label. This tune is me slightly harking back, but looking forward.
25 J Majik & Wickaman – Old Headz [Metalheadz]
I just think it’s probably the gem of the whole mix, only because J Majik has that sound that you will never forget where he’s come from, in terms of artists. People forget that every artist that was signed to Metalheadz went on to be signed to a major record deal – everyone. And I think the fact that J Majik came back to that track, after doing all this different stuff, that it’s a beautiful tune of solitude. It just drops the whole world on me. I can play that tune anywhere, and it works. People got it, and they hadn’t even heard it yet – that’s how good it is. It’s an inherent thing. And for me, when a song sounds like it’s already been here, like it belongs here, but it’s brand new, there’s something melancholic about that that you can’t take away from it. The tune has got complete harmony and alchemy to me, and I love it.
26 Commix – Be True [Metalheadz]
That was the spearhead for Commix, full stop. It came out of nowhere, and it got into the heads of everyone. It was a very clever way of using a vocal. I like that I could play it in Cambridge at Warning, I could play it at Jungle Fever, I could play it at a predominantly drum & bass place, I could play it at Metalheadz – it just had a passport for all areas.
27 Goldie – Timeless [FFRR]
If I can still be here after 16 years, playing ‘Timeless’ in a club…for instance, I was in Russia the other week, and I opened with ‘Timeless’ and closed with it, and people really loved it. People really wanted to celebrate that – people that were probably 2 years old when it was made! It’s done exactly what it said on the tin. It motherly embraces the whole scene to this day. It’s one of my most beautiful pieces of work, and it will still make my hairs stand up on ends ’til the day I die. I feel blessed to have been given so much love to make that tune. Because really, this was my record of my coming of age, and what it’s like to be a young teenage angst adolescent coming from the inner city. When ‘Inner City’ was made, it kind of went over a lot of people’s heads – we weren’t under as much pressure then as we are now, a lot has changed socially. So it means a lot playing it these days, in places where people are having a hard time, where people understand what it means now as opposed to just the novelty of a record. This is the song that really launched my career and allowed me to do the things I wanted to do.

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Sunday, 10 July 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - July 8, 2011

Adventures from the more experimental side of jazz kicked off this weeks show courtesy of Splice and a track from their new album LAB before the more credible side of the whole cover band phenomenon reared it's head and Moondog lovers, Hobocombo, dropped the delicate, vocal delights of 'All Is Loneliness'. Now we've been keeping an eye on Raffertie and his ascent into the electronic music hall of fame and he just seems to get better and better as his new ep for Ninja Tune and the track  'You Could Be Forgiven For Thinking That' ably testifies. The new Mount Kimbie album is very near release and it's good to see the boys are not resting on their laurels as the melodic post dubstep tones of 'Flux' float out of the speakers.

Tokyo Dawn have been ploughing a solid release furrow over the last few years with a string of strong albums and they are about to release the second installment of their The Heart compilation series of nu-soul talent and it's another winner with everyone from Colonel Red and Reggie B to a whole host of lesser known but rising soulsters like Rachel Claudio, Amalia and Erik Rico, amongst others. We couldn't resist following that by a nice instrumental version of the ever fresh 'Get Down Saturday Night' which laid the carpet for the classic 'A New You In '82' from back in the day's Sheila Hutchinson-Whitt and yet another Mr. Peabody's classic from the latest in their Chicago series for BBE.

Now Marsmobil is a beat programming, multi-instrumentalist singer and the little taster from his new album is sounding wonderful as the prog rocky folds of 'Is It Tomorrow Now?' more than capably demonstrate and which, surprisingly and quite perfectly led, into 'A Devil Lay Here' a killer melodic bassline cut from the new Zomby album. Fresh beats were then the order of the day with the instrumental cut from the new Paul White EP, 'Trust' and then another quirky programmed winner from the prolific and amazingly consistent Jame Blake.

Now Deep Medi have signed a Robbie Williams style 3 album deal with graphic designer and electronic experimentalist Ulrich Troyer for a series of dub albums, the first of which, Songs Of William, which is coupled with a comic-novel, is about to hit the world and it's well worth checking it's deviant dubbed delights. Now Ezekial Honig is another consistent performer with a great line in thoughtful track titles and his new offering on Type, Folding In On Itself, is yet another winner. Diverse house music was the order of the day to end the show kicking off with the musical Arabic tones of 'Midnight Mawal' from Zepherin Saint before things got deep, dark and dirty with my favourite cut from new Martyn sampler for his forthcoming Brainfeeder offering the London's Arches edit of 'Viper'.

Splice - Ballade Fortuite (Loop)
Hobocombo - All Is Loneliness (Trovarobato/Parade)
Raffertie - You Could Be Forgiven For Thinking  That (Ninja Tune promo)
Mount Kimbie - Flux (Hot Flush promo)
Bobby - Amends (Tokyo Dawn promo)
The Wonderful Sound Of Induce - Get Down Saturday Night (Wondersound promo)
Sheila Hutchinson Whitt - A New You In '82 (BBE promo)
Marsmobil - Is It Tomorrow Now? (Compost promo)
Zomby - A Devil Lay Here (4AD)
Paul White - Trust, instrumental (One Handed Music promo)
James Blake - Order (Hemlock)
Ulrich Troyer - At The Workshop (Deep Medi promo)
Ezekiel Honig - Subverting The Memory Of Your Surroundings (Type)
Zepherin Saint - Midnight Mawal (Tribe promo)
Martyn - Viper, London's Arches Edit (Brainfeeder promo)

Monday, 4 July 2011

Audio Texture Radio Show - July 1, 2011

It's the third week running we've played a track from the new Finest Ego 12" from Project Moon Circle and for good reason -it's great, especially the Pavel Dovgal side as 'Faust' again proves. Experimental AngloArabic fusion was then the order of the day courtesy of the interesting new Aida Nadeem album, Beyond Destruction. The experimentalism continues with 'Heist' by Softland followed by a pleasing (albeit not so experimental) Natural Magnetic remix of Beautiful Lie from the recent and recommended Nostalgia 77 album.

The intriguing Vegetable Orchestra then twisted their home made vegetable instruments into a moody, crackly, stringy, atmospheric downbeat killer before Sqaramouche injected some melody into his quirky and engaging beats. Offshore then provided some great, catchy, indie vocal drum and bass which deserves a bigger audience. Now we almost didn't play any Com Truise on the show because his name is so bad but 2 or 3 tracks from the recent album are pretty dope as the stuttering beats and synth funk melodies of 'Cathode Girls' showed.

Now La Fine Equipe have just released a monster compilation showcasing the next generation of French beat making talent so we picked out 3 of the best tunes with a soul heart and a progressive outlook. Look out for the likes of oOgo, Blanka and Hoosky to be taking up the mantles laid down by Onra and the like in 2012. Now Michael Kiwanuka is a hot young soul talent from London in the great tradition of the genre and his 'Tell Me A Tale' is almost as good as it gets.

Ilyas Ahmed then graced the show with some loose, scuzzy, pysched out folk vibes before B.Bravo dropped some of his trademark instrumental soul. As you may have read in our previous blog post Banda Black Rio are back with a new album and 'Isabels' featuring Elza Soares and Cesar Camargo Mariano, not to mention the large part of the album, showed they have lost none of their quality and fusion expertise. BBII then provided a nice jazz funk fusion end to the show.

Pavel Dovgal - Faust (Project Moon Circle promo)
Aida Nadeem - Ahlam (URUK)
Softland - Heist (Spezialmaterial)
Nostalgia 77 - Beautiful Lie, Natural Magnetic Rmx (Tru-Thoughts)
Vegetable Orchestra - Nightshades (Transacoustic Research/Monkey promo)
Sqaramouche - Traitarious Queue (Nonine)
Offshore - Pearls & Butler feat. Cienfuegos (Big Dada promo)
Com Truise - Cathode Girls (Ghostly International)
oOgo - Canistrelli (La Fine Equipe promo)
Blanka - Fraisier ((La Fine Equipe promo)
Hoosky - Dog Cookies (La Fine Equipe promo)
Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale (Communion Records)
Ilyas Ahmed - Ignored The End (Immune)
B.Bravo - Bubble Showers (Earnest Endeavours)
Banda Black Rio - Isabela feat. Elza Soares & Cesar Camargo Mariano (Far Out)
BBII - Car Chase (Fresh Up)