Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas! MPCs & Beatbreaks [DWNLD]

MERRY XMAS!

I had been trying to get this mix done for a little whilst now and just when I was going to start it, I got a text from my man P.U.D.G.E.! More on him hella soon. Say wrd.
In any case, I 1nce again realize how hard it is to mix on an MPC esp when you have neighbors that you sorta want to respect @ 1am... ARGH. I love kids! ;) In any case, I do hope you enjoy this as I tried my best to slide down your chimneys but as you know, the last few days in yyz have been painfully cold and snowy! When Old Man Winter wratheth, be ywar and his way shun!

Regardless, this is not a Xmas gift, but more like a gesture of goodwill and amity. During this festive season, let's have a good laugh, quaffe well, break bread and break beats.

So, I present to you:

MPCs & Beatbreaks (click to download).



The track listing is as follows.

1. Intro (Alt.) - J Dilla
2. Exhibit A (Transformations) - Jay Electronica
3. Eff This - Samiyam & Hudson Mohawke
4. Be Acceptable – P.U.D.G.E.
5. Alll Reddaayy - ADAD/KEYS
6. JetBoat (Boozina Remix) - Muhsinah
7. My Comet - Onra
8. Never Fall In Love feat. Stray - Eric L & Cerebral Vortex
9. Nature Sounds (Lavender) - Elaquent
10. Whole Wide World feat. Pattie Blingh - Declaime
11. Soul Power - Common
12. On You - De Javaanse Jongens
13. Ruined My Record – P.U.D.G.E.
14. Color Of The Space - RLP
15. 90% Of Me Is You (midtro) - Gwen McCrae
16. Port Salut - Devon
17. Believe - Afta-1
18. Roberta Flack (Mike Slott's Other Mix) - Flying Lotus
19. Auuu / Imagine - Brenk
20. Knockout Kings - Super Smoky Soul & Guilty Simpson
21. Piece Of Art (rmx) - Lorett Fleur feat. LMNO
22. Second Synth Song v2 - Jay Scarlett
23. She Wanna - Hawthorne Headhunters
24. Rickshaw - Flying Lotus
25. Was, Is, Will Mathematik
26. Call To Arms - Harmonic 313
27. Saturn - Karizma
28. Her Fav Color - BLU
29. Like A Purple Shade - Yann Kesz
30. Shake It Down Pt. 2 - ILLA J
31. SynthaSizey ft Kissey Asplund – P.U.D.G.E.
32. too much nebula - Stevo
33. Apprendre - Leneko
34. Shangrila - Floating Points
35. UFOol u - Dyno
36. Lottahydro – Suff Daddy

Not a DJ mix, more like a ME-J mix. You know the deal. I play for myself hahaha. And... DISCLAIMER: no singing or any autotunin' on my part! LOL. That's the next one.
Big shouts too all who hit me with joints and love to all for the great riddims this year (esp Stones Throw for the heart shaped vinyl - perfect for the cover!). Looking fwd to catching up in 2000-mine. Sincerely, your man... AY!

Happy Holidays and hope you take some delight MPCs & Beatbreaks. Pt2 in development as we speak.

Be not afraid to leave kind utterances of adoration. ;) LOL.

H!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Red Inked: HVW8 show love to G-Funk BeatBoxer

As many of your around the globe saw, internet sensation Red has been making the rounds on your desktops, laptops and iPhones i'm sure. The acclaim has been loud and clear - ppl love Red. 400k views in just under 1 week. Seriously?? I had the youtube link book marked and watched it double in views with every passing hours/days. Nuts.
So the good ppl @ HVW8 have essentially come to some agreement with our fave West Hollywood G-funked and will show the ultimate love:
Red will have a release in 2009, courtesy of HVW8. Amazing. I love great stories, and he does to.



So look out for Red in the new year in some 7" capacity maybe?? Bring it back to 45s like it used to be. Could be fun. But before that, look out for Red in one of the forthcoming Music Is My Art podcasts by HVW8. Oh you don't know about those? Get cracking.

H!

Friday, December 19, 2008

IRIS Is Down With DVLPMNT

IRIS, is down with us... NSTRMNTL2URDVLPMNT is a must...

Just and FYI. I'll be running a set @ this WINTER 09 JUMP launch night. Taktiks, Marco Polo and I will be sharing duties as purveyors of fine riddims.



So if you're in the hood - Toronto that is, but sure to pass through. You can RSVP @ the FB group here. Be sure to say hi.

See you tomorrow.

H!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Labor Of Love, Sex & Relationships: Kitty Kat Kaboodle EP

Who loves the kat?? I DO, I DO!
Just got news of a fresh EP dropping soon.
Kitty Kat Kaboodle EP is the labor of love of Cerebral Vortex and your man Erik L (who spiritually finds refuge in Detroit - you know.)





Together, this dynamic duo deliver a themed opus for 2009 about love, sex and relationships. Relationships?? [cough - cough] Huh? ;)
Along for the ride in this Sexploitation production on the Kitty Kat Kaboodle EP are Stray, Ezekiel 38 & fave, Kissey Asplund.



This 4 tracker will certainly live up to all expectations. With Eric L banging away on his MP and an array of analog synths, he sets that electro-nice mood with just enough aggressive riddim w/o pissing your girl off and killing her mood. On vocals, to keep it all nice and smooth you have Swede songstress Kissey Asplund and Stray to keep it all in line. Add to that the texts from Cerebral Vortex and you get a solid little EP. The kind you can play for your girl, without having to wear shiny shoes and hold her hand. You know... LOL. ;)
In any case, look for the Kitty Kat Kaboodle EP to drop in the new year, Jan 16 2009 to be exact. You can grab it from the good ppl @ Melting Pot Music. This will be delivering with instrumentals as well. Say wrd.

Track listing will be as follows:

01. Never Fall In Love ft Stray [3:54]
02. Birds & Bees ft Kissey Asplund [3:45]
03. Golden Token (Speak) ft Ezekiel 38 [4:48]
04. Hey Cat ft Kissey Asplund [4:14]

In the mean time, here's a 2 fer. Here's the video for Hey Cat - Cerebral Vortex & Eric L ft Kissey Asplund (Um... like a 3 way?)



As well, listen to Fall in Love ft Stray. It's a certified banger por seguro!









All day.

H!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Applied Mathematical Mastery: Floatingpoints (FTPS)

Every so oft, you get a track that makes you simply lean back and nod your head. I was shot on email with a link to the track and despite having no idea who this was, I jumped on the link.
Oh sh*t.
What's this dude's name? Floatingpoints



What?? Well, looks like London's got another one on the come up. The 22 yr old accomplished pianist Floatingpoints aka FTPS has been bangin'em out since the tender age of 16. Very young, he's been courted and has made the playlists of the beat music British Lords: the Benjis, the Gilles and the Marie Annes. They've all anointed FTPS apparently shortly after his random submission of a Reel Peoples' rmx of 'Love Me Like This'.
Plans are to have a release in the New Year on a newly formed Eglo records. Def a little something to keep a lookout for right there... In any case, be sure to peep FTPS on his myspace and show love. In the mean time, make sure to take in this extra pretty track right here... Shangrila. I swear that if you close your eyes - you can see it. Shouts to my man Alex @ AYK









H!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Believe It (in a vocoder voice): HVW8 All Day.

My boy Ty G from HVW8 hit me with this last night.



They were getting their new podcast ready and he told me this happened right in the parking lot of the gallery. Can you believe this? DUDE IS HOMELESS. Ha. This is not what I would usually post about here, but this was absolutely classic. How do you even describe this?? I would love and sit down with dude and find out when the wheels fell off.
Someone get this dude in the studio. There's something special here. In spite of being homeless, and likely hungry, he's still got the will to write something fresh... wow.

Shouts to Ty G, Max and the intern from Scarborough. See you guys soon. Say wrd.

H!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Loco for Choco! Dorian Concept Maxes Out

Some weeks back, my man Harmonic 313 aka Trouble Man aka the most distinguished Mark Pritchard and I were chatting and he mentioned something about Dorian Concept having just been in AUS or something of the sort... I can't quite recall.
He did however sing the praises of his new release. HUH?? New release??
Yea... He's got this banger he adds. So, I went looking and behold, what did I just find...



Wow. Another release by the young Vienna virtuoso. Maximized Minimalization. Contradiction in terms you say?? Kind of like a young veteran, seasonsed teenager or even Dorian Concept. One thing is certain, this youngster is far beyond his years whilst most his age are struggling with FIFA09 tournaments on their xbox, Dorian Concept has been busy banging away on keys and frenetically warping waves into some very beautiful music.
@ a young age, you're almost scared into thinking of what he'll be capable of when he's in say... his more seasoned years? Just nuts...
Speaking of, I was just going loco for this choco, Chocolate Milk that is. Take in the whole track, and you'll see what I mean. Chocolate Milk does do the body good.









H!

Bad Santa! Move Dec 12th @ Wrongbar

Guess who's gonna blow the speakers @ WrongBar Friday Dec 12?? (this week)



Dâm Funk, Mayer Hawthorne aka Haircut, DJ Taktiks from CKLN's Mixtape Massacre and your fave ME-J... me. ;)

See you there. You should be a blast. I got a few new gems for mans.

H!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

In Search Of...: A Stevo Space Odyssey

So much music... As much as there is an upper crust of known musicians and producers in this matrix, much like an iceberg, there's a formidable mass below that is strong and as capable.
Some time ago I came across a recording Between Earth & Universe (now deleted, so if you find it...) authored by a young beatsmith Stevo. Slow, grimy electro-nice tempos with very spaced out imagery.



This young 22 yr old German native has been the classic fan of hip hop. With idols such as The Chocolate Boy Wonder, Gangstarr, Madlib the Bad Kid as well as they far, wide reaching and ubiquitous James Yancey, he has seen his fame rise through the broadcasts of the Lord Jay Scarlett @ AmpSoul Generation Radio and through the good ppl @ Monday Jazz.
He has now released his 2nd mixtape, Another Space Odyssey. The soundscapes are deeper, more nebulous and with same sharp snare and thick kicks.



But enough with the words and verbs. Take out your sharpest telescope and sit back and take in Stevo's sophmore release, soon to blow up like a Neutron Star.









Be sure to grab the whole mixtape, and hit Stevo's myspace . Show love. You know I will. And in fact, he rawks an MPD24 like I do. Say wrd. BTW, shouts to Fella Vaughn for Stevo's stellar artwork.

H!
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