Monday, October 27, 2008

The Hour is Now: Dour Festival snippet

Been away for a few. Betweem trying to reach some work deadlines, and been trying to manage this midi depression as a small mix up forced me to stay in town and miss out some good friends and events (see you next year @ some point), I staged my own strike. Just a victim of a short string of bad luck really...

But just in time to cheer me up is this video that my man Nick Holder shot me. Ahhhh... just what I needed.

Dour Festival Report '08 from Laid Back on Vimeo.

Oddly enough, this Dour Festival was in my crosshairs when I was in EU last summer, when I was looking for a date to see the Stones Throw tour. Just decided to stay in UK. Why is this not happening here?? Well thankfully, I just had some meetings last week. This is long overdue in Toronto. My man Dalton and I are seeing eye to eye here. Indeed.


Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stones Throw's MOVE: Tomorrow in Toronto

Beat Konducta, Hza, Funky President & Karriem Riggins circa march 07, MIAMI

Catch me @ Wrongbar tomorrow.. We toasting with my man Taktiks who's in celebration. Most importantly, we have J-Rocc, Mr Riggins and Madlib the Bad Kid in house. Madlib, coming off the new Stones Throw release, as well as the much to oft slept on Karriem Riggins who, to this day I think laid down one of the sickest sets @ MIA on record. Sh*t was bananas.

In anycase, tomorrow will be the truth. Motherf*cking Hza, Bday boy Taktiks, and Stones Throw.

All deets are on above seen flyer and/or here

See you then.


Monday, October 13, 2008

The Good Company Does It Unaccompanied: Stones Throw A Cappellas

Not quite in a chapel style as an italian might think, but you can still blast some Guilty Simpson on your way to church, can't you?? Stones Throw sure things so.

The good ppl @ Stones Throw have just released another compilation. [eyes rolling] - again! ;) . But leave it to ST to squeeze every op out of every single product they own - and I love them for that.

A Cappellas.

This is essentially a selection of a cappellas that they're putting out there for the basement beat head. The cats who produce but don't really put anything out there. Man, i've BEEN trying to get cats to rmx. Anything can happen. Cats were getting work off RMXs floating around the net... I'm saying though: this is your chance.

Track list reads as follows:

1. My World Premiere (A cappella) Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf
2. Watch My Moves (A cappella) Dooley O
3. Cash Money (A cappella) Homeliss Derelix
4. Blind Man (A cappella) LA Carnival
5. The Ride (A cappella) Oh No
6. Stomp That v. 1.2 (A cappella) feat. Cornbread Oh No
7. Definition of Ill (Remix - A cappella) feat. Planet Asia & Madlib Peanut Butter Wolf
8. No Time For Jokes (A cappella) feat. Chali 2na Percee P
9. Last Of The Greats - (A cappella) feat. Prince Po Percee P
10. Throwback Rap Attack (Oh No Remix - A cappella) Percee P
11. Watch Your Step (A cappella) feat. Vinnie Paz & Guilty Simpson Percee P
12. Broadfactor (A cappella) Quasimoto
13. Ode To The Ghetto (A Cappella) Guilty Simpson
14. Get Bitches (A Cappella) Guilty Simpson

Def some gems on this, and the last 2 guilty joints are the only 2 that cannot be bought individually. You need to cop the whole record for that. Sorry. Would love to hear someone like Ras G or Gas Lamp Killer get a hold of these. Anyhow, I want to hear more experimental and daring works. Put some effects on that MF! LOL. Looking fwd.

Make sure to hit Stones Throw online for more info on this comp.


Friday, October 10, 2008

Blu & Exile: from SoCal to Spain

As the Red Bull Music Academy concluded term 1 last weekend and gear up (literally) for term 2, I could only wonder what that closing party was probably like. I still clearly recall my nuit blanche in Toronto last year - in fact, I recall both! And this was before my man Wulf from RBMA kindly reminded me in an online chat (get better Wulf!).
One of the moments that I recall from the archived lectures from the RBMA 2008's Term 1 was the divine duo from Southern Cali: Blu & Exile. In fact, having just been in LA, I bumped into them this week and had not realized they weren't even on tour - they flew out simply to show love to the Academy and speak to these would be musical wizards. Say wrd.

Sparing you the bits and bytes of blather, I'll simply post he highlights from their couch interview in Barcelona, with a lovely MPC freestyle by your man Exile.

On a side note, rumors of a Johnson & Johnson and Exile show in Toronto. Say wrd?? Wrd.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Take: Souldier on EU tour of duty.

The name of the podcast escapes me, but I came across LA's Take when i heard this banger Make Believe off The Dirty Decibels of Thomas 2000 lp.
As I made my way around the seemingly perpetually congested streets of LA, I finally arrived @ DubLab.

What an event - after months of going back and forth online, we have finally met and were able to have mano y mano convo. Take and I sat and basically discussed all things LA for a min. Standing on the roof top of DubLab under a torrid SoCal sun, we chatted my love and his periodic reluctance for the LA scene. One of thing is most certain: Take is among a coterie of Kings in LA/SoCal. Be it the beat music scene, LA is pretty much home to US Gold Medalists.

We went from there to chatting about what he'll need to pack for the EU tour of duty he's been planning diligently over the last few months. I sided with going light as the climate swings will not be nearly as bad as he thought. Simple jacket, some disposable tees and a sweat shirt. But he wants his best foot fwd, so look for the golden shades among many other accoutrements. LOL.

But beyond staring @ him, I do recommend that you do check for him during his EU dates. They're as follows:

Oct 10 Fabric London ENGLAND
Oct 11 Stealth, Nottingham UK
Oct 17 Loud Minority, Vienna AUSTRIA
Oct 18 Hugs & Tugs party, Cordy House, London ENGLAND
Oct 24 Biminuis - Beat Dimension Party - Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS
Oct 25 Back To The Wood, Corbet place, London ENGLAND

So if you're in the area, make a move to see my man Take. He's got a special set all ready to go for cats - Bomb-Squad-@-90bpm type shit bpm. ;)

But in the meantime, here's a treat right from Take himself.

Another world Mix. Ready for download. Take it in....


Saturday, October 4, 2008

The U.K Invasion: Lycky Me Tour

Blitzkrieg. Fusillade.

The Glasgow Gang @ Lucky Me (Hudson Mo, Slott, Rustie & Dom Sum) have gone on a 4 date mini tour through North America with beats, with the 1st belting of bass taking place tonight in La Belle Province, for the POP Montréal Festival.
(Welcome to Canada gents. Told you about the early cold! Enjoy the poutine though.)

They play the lone Canadian with the Megasoid clan. Would have made it down, but there was a slight change in plans. :(

They then make their way down to the world infamous Low End Theory in LA for a Oct 8th date.

This night has the makings of something pretty legendary. LA's been the North American anchor for beats, electo-nice riddims et al, with many of the barons of beats residing in the area. So their arrival will be a sort of Coming to America with EU statesmen joining in an allied front. I hope to hear rumblings of live footage/audio for this night.

They then make their way up to SF for a Oct 9th date and then back to the east coast for the monthly Low End Theory NYC installment on Oct 11th.

This will be a tour to check for indeed. If you're out there, get some footage and hit us back. Say wrd.


Friday, October 3, 2008

dATA-BWoY Killin


I hate mail. Ever since moving to my new spot about 2 yrs ago, I get an immeasurable amount of junk mail and it's nothing short of aggravating. They want to save paper?? Get these guys to stop!
Anyhow, upon checking my communal mail box yesterday, I got this odd looking pkg. Looked closely, noticed that it came from kinda far....

OH SH*T! This was that promo from Eat Concrete (ironically, i ate some a few weeks back)

Say wrd.

// dATA-BWoY, a new 12" release from famed Eat Concrete (the ones I needed to thank for Take among other releases). // dATA-BWoY (is that d-Advanced Technology Attachment?) is from the magnetic platters and motherboard of D-Frost Beats (Hawaiian né Damon Frost - Go OBAMA!) of Swedish duo Hearin' Aid. I 1st came across these cats via a Raw Fusion comp and their sound always peaked my curiosity.

D-Frost Beats has now manufactured a banger of a release. This 12"-only 5 banger is simply that: A banger. Although I'm never sold on dancefloor riddims, this release has the appeal for booties to shake, heads to nod and arms to gesticulate. Say wrd.

Enough of my textual traipse though as this is simply a must cop as it just dropped in stores Sept 25th (last week). Free up some bandwidth (and your purse strings), and take in some of this // dATA-BWoY from D-Frost Beats himself. Big shouts to Teun. Enjoy the medley!


Thursday, October 2, 2008

Muhsinah v3.0: From Toronto to Common

Haha. New Patch!

So Monday night, Toronto was host to a Common x N.E.R.D. show. Yeah, the ppl piled into the Koolhaus to see Skateboard P and C to the O dbl M O-N. But off to the side, in charge of supporting vocals long side some keys and what looked like some pads (cuz you know damn well that pads are an instrument now) was Muhsinah.

Sinah and I met in March of 2007 during WMC @ a Waajeed x Benji B gig for Zune (real talk: I usually have lamentable memory, but I do recall this event very clearly). In a group convo, Waajeed had told me to keep and eye on her, real closely. Ok 'Jeed. Got ya. She handed me some music and we went from there.
FFWD to Sept 07 to YYZ airport, and who comes waltzing out of Terminal 3 exit? Muhsinah. She was part of the 1st Term of RBMA 2007 participants and I was picking her up. Say wrd.

For 2 weeks, I got to see her bang it out in the studio, collaborate, and even call me out on a track (for those with the RBMA Toronto CD, if not go look for it). But until this past Monday (literally 1 year to the day), I had not seen her since despite having been in NY a few times.
Anyhow, it was all love catching up. Chatted about her lp Daybreak (v.1, v2.0 and beyond), her touring with Common (NorthAM and EU) as well as what apparently will be some production credit on the new Common LP (say wrd!).
Post tour, she's due to start on a new record, if she's not bangin em out for other cats. Unbeknownst to many, she's silly on the beats and even crazier with ProTools. Yep. Certified. So it's all in-house. Not just a radiant smile and enchanting voice.

Speaking of voice, our convo led to chatting about this collabo that Mike Slott hit me with sometime back. It's apparently out on 7" as we speak. DOPE.

So here's Deux-Three, a banger from Mike Slott and the LuckyMe clan, feat Muhsinah on vocals - one of my faves and sold @ a store near you! Enjoy.


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

What the game's been missing.

Just plain fun.

I've been saying it for years man. When I'm out Me-J'in?? I'm trying to have fun as well man. Cats are too hung up trying to make that money, instead of having a good time. I'm not mad @ either, just don't play yourself.
I've seen this cat Boon Doc @ work in the past, but someone just sent me this clip. Pretty inspiring. This belongs with beat music.

Say wrd.

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