Tuesday, December 29, 2009

End The Decade And Start A New One - All In 24hrs.

Can't believe 10 yrs have just past. Man, feels like I slept through my alarm. All good. So it's that time to toast again.



Come pop come corks with fam on Thursday Dec 31st. Serious, Circle Research, Grouch, Do Right & NFA fam. No dress code, all good times. A great way to pull the shades on that last decade.

When you wake up the next day, and a new sun is blazing through the curtains, realize that it's Friday Jan 01 2010, and need to post up and listen to 2020 riddims...



A simple night of future riddims. Circle Research, Ultragamma + Taktiks. And the whole night is FREE. No doubt.

H!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dam-Funk Is A Nice Guy. (DWNLD)

Is there a nice guy?? For real. Dude radiates positive energy man. I've rawked a few shows w/ him and it's been nothing but love, always. HVW8 Fam all day. Looking fwd to rawking again soon.



And if you're not following DF, tisk x 3.

So you know the drill...

Go.

H!

Friday, December 25, 2009

From Friends & Fam, to Friends & Fam: Merry Xmas (DWNLD)

As much as I wish all who frequent this corner of cyberspace all the best, Brainfeeder has delivered a bigger gift.
As it says. Now, you know the drill:



[download]

H!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Gonja Man: Gonja Sufi's Ancestry, Warp's Heirs. (DWNLD)

Bananas.
Shortly after WARP20 LONDON, I put out the call for anyone who had the Warp Sampler than was given to all ticket hoders (ARGH - none of this took place @ WARP20 NY!).
Featured on this CD were come 2010 goodies. Among them was San Diego's Gonjasufi.



You may recall dudes haunting and indelible baritone voice from Flying Lotus' Los Angeles, and before that, a Gaslamp Killer joint called Kobwebs off the From LA w/ Love compilation.
He recently dropped a wax exclusive this past summer, and I found myself desperately looking for the digital file (to buy). Well, prayers have been answered.



And best part, you can take the track along with you...

Thank you Warp. (just look along the right hand side). Warp scored a hot here. Totally looking fwd to future projects.

H!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

SVEDKA Vodka Soda, With A Twist Of Future Beats: Benji B x SVEDKA x Giant Step Podcast v3 (DWNLD)

The latest edition of the podcast has been released which is featuring the likes of Eglo Records' Fatima, French now London resident Débruit, and Krytal Klear (who was recently singled out as one to watch by our boy HudMo) among others.



The track listing goes as follows:

1. Funkineven Feat. Fatima – “Kleer” (Eglo)
2. Débruit – “149 Flying Dalston” (White Label)
3. Salvador Santana – “truth Fears No Questions” (Various Music/Quannum)
4. Krystal Klear – “Tried For Your Love” (White Label)
5. Zomby – “Tarantula” (Hyperdub)
6. Roska – “The Sheppard” (Roska Kicks and Snares)
7. Enzyme Black – “Oh My Daze” (White Label)

You know to expect that 2033 sound from Benji everytime.

Enjoy (responsibly).

H!

92bpm Presents: 2010 Space Odyssey (DWNLD)

To blast off the new year, another event for cats to vibe out to, featuring some of my fave friends:



Taktiks (88.1 Mixtape Massacre)
Ultragamma
mymanhenri (92bpm)
Circle Research (MPM)

To top it off, it's a FREE EVENT. Facebook event page is here.

Deets to come in the days following but my all means, pls direct your attention to the new Circle Research podcast: #38.

See you Friday Jan 01.

H!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Nosaj Thing Drifts Back Into Toronto: Live @ The Drake Hotel, Dec 29th 2009 (DWNLD)

The year's been a good one for LA's Nosaj Thing, née Jason Chung. Several tour dates, from the North Am borders to a recent string of dates in EU, his album Drift has been heralded as one of the top records this year by more than a few outlets, notably Bleep (and one that I loved as well), and he got tons of play and attention from his a/v experiment that just recently premiered in LA and one that had the in-ter-net-going-nuts for a hot min ;).
Well, after doing a small Aug date, Nosaj drifts right back into Toronto for a date @ the Drake during their yearly holiday What's In The Box campaign.



$5. And to boot, 92bpm will be in the building. Best is that I should be breaking out some new s/w. This might be a lot of more fun then even I realize. Love the sound down there. Totally looking fwd to this night and a perfect soirée to toast the holidays as well.

For those on Facebook, the event page is here

And to get you going for this night, make sure to grab this mix Nosaj Thing made for XLR8R.

LA Mix

Aiiight. See you on Dec 29th.

H!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hudson Mohawke x Mike Slott: Heralds Descend On Montreal For RBMA: Dec 18th 2009

Amazing.

So much under one roof, I was uncertain how to tag it. One thing is irrefutable: this will be a night full of fireworks.
Short story shorter: after an incredible campaign this past summer, Canada had the 2nd most applicants. Amazing.
Better news was that we are sending 4 applicants to the big dance in London for 2010 (which may be tied for 1st). Amazing.
So to celebrate, there was plan of a send off.
To make it that much more grand, add two of The Red Bull Music Academy's more prolific graduate: Hudson Mohawke + Mike Slott. There you have it: a proper RBMA bshmnt.



This is so heavy:
We will see HudMo in full mode, rawking joints off his new Butter record
We will also see Mike Slott bang out sweet riddims from his new Lucky 9teen record.
A quasi Heards Of Change reunion.
A Lucky Me treat (Hudmo, Slott and yes Lunice)
A full RMBA extravaganza.

If you're in Montréal, come out for some history. If you're not, come out for some history.

RBMA Send Off featuring:
Hudson Mohawke (Lucky Me, Warp, Heralds Of Change)
Mike Slott (Lucky Me, Heralds Of Change)
Poirier (Ninja Tune)
Lunice (Lucky Me)
Ango (MTL)
Amenta (Toronto)

For those on FaceBook, the event page is here.

Tckts are avail @ the following locations:
MOOG Audio: 3828 St-Laurent
OFF THE HOOK: 1021a Ste-Catherine
oLDgOLD: 256 Mont-Royal
Wantickets (Online)

Hope to see you cats there. Should be a nice end of year treat for all before the holidays.

say wrd.

H!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Allez Les Bleus! Aside's Astronote Rmx MXTP (DWNLD)

92 has not been known to put out or promote mixtapes, but we will make an exception before we shut it down tonight.
I 1st heard about Astronote from Phat Kat a few years back, who had been going to EU quite a bit @ the time. He personally mentioned to me how impressed he was with this Frenchman's music and sound. Seen.
Though I had not heard from him in a hot min, he bubbled back to the surface after the leak of rmx for team mate, and crooner du jour Mayer Hawthorne (Just ain't gonna work out) that got some buzz.
So moments ago, I just saw a tweet releasing a mixtape featuring a series of rmxs by the French Aside ally himself.



This mixtape will feature Astronote's work including this infamous Mayer H rmx. Also included is this Dabrye rmx for Air feat Doom that I'm kinda digging right now.

Air by Dabrye ft MF Doom (Astronote rmx)








Again, not big on mixtapes but , Allez Les Bleus! Not been back to FRA in such a long time. Shouts to 14kt, MH, Buff1der (good bucking in LA) and the rest of Aside.

You know the drill.

GO.

H!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Reaching New Lows: Low End Theory Podcasts vX (DWNLD)

Ahhh... La ultima podcast del año. The last one of 2009 from Low End Theory.
The reins have been given to dignitary DJ Nobody as well as invited guests, Free The Robots.



Just cut to the chase, and grab it with the quickest of haste.

GO!

H!

North South East West: Where Giants Meet.

Back in September 09, I made my way out to NY for WARP20 NYC and a priceless weekend. Met some old friends, and made some new ones. But more importantly, in a conversation I was having w/ some cats from Warp and Bleep.com, I was privy to a conceptual plan to put an art/music project together that was going to unite members of this music community, and a photographer. Nice.
Fast fwd a few months and quod erat demonstrandum:
North East South West: A musical and photographical document.



Dec 1st, this project was a shipped reality. And best was the pkg was delivered in the mail a few days back.





The project essentially united 12 prominent producers from 4 different parts of the world and adding the photography prowess of Shaun Bloodworth and the graphic design genius of Stuart Hammersley. Music was delivered by 4 clans: North: Hudson Mohawke / Rustie / Taz Buckfaster representing Glasgow, UK. South: Skream / Headhunter / Geeneus representing London/Bristol, UK. East: Mike Slott / FaltyDL / Kotchy representing N.Y.C., USA and West: Flying Lotus / Matthew David / Daedelus representing L.A., USA.







I long ago felt that the musical experience was to take a new a/v turn, and this was it's manifestation. Visuals have long been a compliment to the audio, whether stills or motion as more and more events are using these components in concert.
Warp knows that. So to launch this undertaking, they released this project in 2 editions:

Edition 1: limited to a run of 100. Includes 14 high-quality photo prints and the twelve track CD plus an A2 poster featuring unseen shots from the project. All enclosed in a custom made package, designed by Give Up Art.
Edition 2: limited to a run of 500, and includes 14 high-quality photo prints and the twelve track CD, all enclosed in a custom made package.

No GPS needed when looking on this one, as all arrows will point to Bleep who are exclusive retailers for this one.
Warp, doing it for the collectors, indeed. And the music? Always tight, feature several exclusives...



Def a comp to get your hands on. A digital only edition is due to drop this week. Massive shouts to Raj and the mandem @ Warp for this one. The bestest surprise ever.

H!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Brightest Side: 00Genesis Returns With Newness (DWNLD)

It had been a min since I had heard a peep from 00Genesis. Dude came out with what i thought was incredible tracks, with his very own footprint. And to boot, dude would keep his identity under a shroud of secrecy. Nuts. But there was no mistaking this Silver Spring resident's music.
In a convo, i had asked him why he had not applied to the Red Bull Music Academy a few years. He simply added, he was yet of age to do so.
[GULP]
Wow. I was getting the same feeling I got in the course of a RBMA interview w/ Black Milk in the Toronto office, and he mentioned having done some banging work @ 17yrs of age. Nuts.
Regardless, 00Genesis' early work def warranted some attention. Witness:

No Shoes On Trampoline by 00Genesis








I f*cking love that joint.
Fast fwd 1yr+ and we have new announcements. Not only is there new music from 00Genesis, he's also been admitted to the hallowed hallways of the Red Bull Music Academy from London 2010. The Maryland maestro will take his razor sharp snares, golden glitch and melodic wah wah for the world to hear.
I caught up w/ 00Genesis in October, moments after the announcement.



1. So tell me about your 1st reaction when you saw the email?!?!
When I saw the email I quietly smiled, then deleted the message... you know, Red Bull really isn't my thing. NOT! (ala Borat).
But really, at the time, I was in my graphic design class, and I had to walk out of the room so I could explode.. i was buggin out. Later, I called some fam and friends to spread the news!

2. How did you 1st find about the Academy ??
I first found out through [Flying] Lotus. I hit him up in '06, I think on myspace, and asked him what it was about, and the rest is history.

2b. is this your 1st time applying??
Nope, this is the second time for me. My style has really matured nicely since last year...

3. This is a long shot, but what do you think might have helped you make it into the academy?? music?? some of your answers ??
Hopefully my music ...

4. Have you ever been to London??
Nope.

4b. What are you most excited about being in London?
Red Bull should be pretty dope.

5. What are you most looking fwd to during the Academy??
Getting work done, making "moves", lol. Hopefully a "full" London experience is impossible in just two weeks.

6. Now that you're on your way to the academy, are you going to work on any special personal projects ? Feeling inspired??
I'm already working on a lot at the moment, but when I get to London, and if I connect with anyone, I'll probably start something new... why not?

7. what song 1st came to your head when you got in/was accepted?
A beat that I had just made during the prior weekend... I'll give you a lil sneak peak exclusive for this interview...








8. Is their someone you look fwd to meeting @ the RBMA that might have been there in the past??
I don't even know any of the names that got accepted, but we'll see ... maybe this is a good thing.


9. if you had a choice of someone to listen to lecture, who would it be??
Probably, Jneiro Jarel.

10. what skills are you looking to acquire or improve when you're @ the RBMA??
Engineering; that's what I've really been into as of late. The way sound hits the brain is really intriguing to me. It's all sound, and the way it's implemented makes a world of difference. Also I want to work with more vocalists. I can make music for myself all day, but I need to get "better" at making tracks for other people too.

11. what are some of your fave songs out right now?? Top 3??
Dayyyum a top 3? hmmm? Okay, some tracks that really put a smile on my face.

1. Clipse- I'm Good
2. Teebs, "Untitled 4"
3. 00Genesis - Oh Lucky Me

;)

12. Are you gonna bring a good luck charm??
A pot of my mom's cooking... Yeah I'll probably bring something, but I can't reveal that yet-- it'll spoil the luck.

Well, one thing that's certain not to be luck is the catalog he's assembled over time. I have a massive folder of joints that I play on the reg in my iTunes library, and just added some more.
He's now released a free EP that can be downloaded @ his website.



Here's a goodie...

My Sunshine by 00Genesis from Re:Runs of Re:Runs EP








All the best to 00Genesis in London.

Now, GO!

H!

Tonight! Amenta Live @ The Drake Underground, Thursday Dec 10 2009.

Canadian born Amenta had been working on her art for a min. From songwriting to arrangement to the occasional brush on canvas, she had been slowly crafting her works. Alas, feeling a need for change from the oft frustrating and too inhibiting inventive environment in Toronto, she simply picked up and went. With a song, a dream and an open ended tckt, she got on a flight to GER, where she made massive inroads in the music she loves. Amenta has now returned from EU to a heroine's welcome and will headline a party/performance to showcase her new works (notably collaborations w/ Flako) as well as a celebration for her acceptance to the exclusive Red Bull Music Academy. Congrats!



Tonight she performs her material @ The Drake Underground. Doors @ 9. Show @ 10p.
92bpm will curate the sound waves.
Facebook event here

Come thru.

H!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Long Live And Prosper: iLLum Sphere Set To Drop New EP

Though London has been known to harbor some of the nicest cats, from native to transplants, tucked away in the city of Manchester lies some of the nicest talent. Having been the birth place of such bands as Joy Division, The Smiths and The Stones Roses, Manchester today is a centre of the arts and other media, factors all contributing to Manchester polling as the second city of the United Kingdom.
There lives a twenty something chap, Illum Sphere.
A DJ who has been polishing his production craft among other skills, and growing the scene he's so dearly associated with. As such, he was recently announced as one of the select sixty, a Red Bull Music Academy participants for London 2010.
Sick.



But in the mean time, as momentous the announcement and selection may be, illum Sphere is still grinding away. Between running a successful Hoya Hoya night that has seen kings from the scene pass through, he's still been banging away @ the MP.
He released Medusa ealier this year as part of Fat City's producer #2 series and now we await the soon to drop, and long awaited EP: Long Live The Plan.



This 7 track Plan will show his recent works and inspirations, the type of sound that has garnered some recent attention and some remix work, notably a Martyn rmx for Brilliant Orange (one of my fave tracks too, in fact) do to surface in Jan 2010.

Regardless, stay tuned and keep checking w/ FatCity as this should be in stores in the days/weeks following.

Until then, here's a track from the EP.

Never Lie Twice by illum Sphere off Long Live The Plan EP.








Say wrd.

H!

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Viral Radio show, Out Now (DWNLD)

Hace mucho tiempo.



New Viral Radio show out now. Tracklisting looks as follows:

Untold - Gonna work out fine
Fantastic Mr Fox & Rich Reason - Bleep Show
Gemmy - Dolla Digital
Untold - Stop What You're Doing (James Blake Remix)
Lone - Waves Imagination
Flying Lotus - I feel like dying
Ghosts On Tape - Straight From Cassette
Mike Slott - Sun Tan
Gonjasufi - Candycanelane
Dam Funk - Brookside Park
Dizz1 - Here we go again
Pharoah Monch - Simon Says (Slugabed Remix)
Starkey - One luv instr
Rebound x - Rhythm 'N' Gash
Eskiboy - Sorry Sorry Pardon What
Stagga - Tha Crisis Gurge Supply
Loops Haunt - Proton Pack
Mike Slott - Snow Birds Expansion
Bobby Caldwell - Carry On
Ghosts On Tape - Predator Mode
DVA - Jelly Roll
Mentor Roska - Feeline Vip

GO!

H!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Shafiq Husayn mix for Benji B's Deviation Show (DWNLD)

Been sitting on this one for a min as well. But a hot mix indeed.
The only time seeing Sa-Ra live was in NY for their release party a few years back, where Shafiq Husayn spun, then a show @ Harborfront in Toronto where he could not make it. But dude was cool enough to show up @ Gaslamp's bday jam session in the mountains a few weeks back (haha, yes), and bang away on some keys. If you've watched the EPKs, you know that Shafiq Husayn is an OG. So much history. Nuts.



Benji B had Shafiq guest mix for his Deviation show this past week. Tight.
I've been meaning to chat some more about the great En' A-Free-Ka LP that Mr Husayn released earlier this year on Plug Reserach. And I will this month. But regardless, enjoy this mix courtesy of Deviation.

Go! (right click)

H!

DOOMSDAY!! Doom x Mos Def @ KOOLHAUS, JAN 27th 2010. Toronto.

You know it. More official than a ref with a whistle.



Tickets go on sale Sat Dec 5th @ Ticketmaster.ca, Rotate This, Soundscapes & Play De Record.

See you then.

H!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Muhsinah Video: Always

Last few times I saw Muhsinah, she was busy touring w/ Common and handling hella road work. After that, she was in Barcelona for Sonar where she rawked for the Red Bull Music Academy Dome. Show was tight. We chopped it up and I then found out she was also working on new material.
As some of you know, i'm don't cover too many singers as I feel others are out there doing it, and well might I add, but I do dig Muhsinah's work - all day. Beats always bang, and that's where I get reeled in. ALWAYS.
Surfacing from her new album The Oscillations:Triangle (which is available now), comes a video for "floating single", Always.



Such a banging track. Muhsinah def knows how to work that MPC. Always.
The LP features production from Mike Slott, Oddisee and Flying Lotus to name a few. Just added this one to my list for Santa. Say wrd. LOL.
Be sure to keep up with Muhsinah's hectic sched by checking up and keeping tabs on her site, and a fresh one @ that. Always.

H!
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