Saturday, April 30, 2011

We Just Love The Music [VIDEO]



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sketchbook Radio: Kutmah Mix [DWNLD]

For his bday (and a happy belated to a man), KUTMAH he recorded a mix under the infamous Sketchbook flagship of exclusive Madlib madness. Not sure I can add much else. GO.

** updated **

In light of the file's expiry on Soundcloud, I've thrown the file back up. Enjoy.

SKETCHBOOK w/ KUTMAH 13.04.2011 (MADLIB unreleased instrumentals set)




The New Error Vol 2: Kutmah

Now likely settled in his new UK life, KUTMAH is due to release the 2nd installment of The New Error, Vol 2, in tandem with KUTMAH's "Two Soups And A Honeybun" touring art show.

As with the 1st one, look for this comp to include some of the finest curation featuring "unreleased beats by MADLIB, FLYING LOTUS, DAKIM, JEREMIAH JAE, MONO/POLY, DIBIA$E, SHLOHMO, SHAFIQ, EPROM, LORN & more, plus original productions by KUTMAH featuring JON WAYNE and ZACKEY FORCE FUNK, as well as two dozen additional tracks including J-ROCC, JAMES BLAKE, LAZER SWORD, BROADCAST, MR. OIZO, VINCENT GALLO and OUTKAST"

KUTMAH "The New Error" Vol. 2 (sampler) by HIT+RUN

Due May 11h 2011. Will be on sale here



Ta-ku Presents Night & Day EP [DWNLD]

Barcelona RBMA grad and Perth born Ta-ku has recently assembled a banger of a tape. Approached by local sneaker boutique Highs And Lows, he was commissioned to supply a soundtrack for the drop of the latest New Balance kick Night And Day 577 (or is that Day and Night ??) . Regardless, Ta-Ku obliged, and the result is nothing short of banging.

Classics begets classics. Nice one.

You can grab the whole thing on the bandcamp page.



Tuesday, April 26, 2011

FRSH SLCTS x Mndsgn Present Birches / Contest [DWNLD]

Emerging from what seemed like self imposed exile, Kenny Fresh from FRSH SLCTS and Mndsgn or recently disbanded Klipm0de (cue dark cello sound - despondence!) connect to present and two pronged project entitled Birches.

On paper, (or in your iPod), Birches is wondrous mix full of the kind of carefully crafted landscapes one would expect from the likes of Mndsgn. But the added twist comes in the form of a competition.
For all producers, you're being asked to select a phrase of your choice from the mix and use it in a quasi-reinterpretation. F*ck it. Just use a sample from the mix and chop it up as you please to make a new beat!
Once done, you can send your submission to FRSH SLCTS via email and look for all instructions there after, and good luck.

FRSH SLCTS x Mndsgn Present Birches || download



Donky Pitch 002: Niño's Clase De 1984

From Brighton's Donky Pitch comes another big bass beat benefactor from Barcelona: Niño. Headlining Donky Pitch's second release is the spanish producer Niño with an EP soaked in melody, bass, funk and those kind of synthlines that make us Donkys go weak at the knees - as put by the good ppl @ Donky Pitch. Yes. Barcelona has been the site of the impressive Sonar festival, and Niño has taken his sound and aligned them with the famed party ppl from Brighton. Yes.

Niño's new EP Clase De 1984 is due out in May and can be sampled right here. Expect vinyl as well as a digi release which will include 2 extra cuts in his sonic syllabus.

DKY002 Niño - Clase de 1984 EP tasty taster by Donky Pitch

Tracklisting is as follows.

A1. Buio Omega
A2. Clase de 1984
A3. Innsmouth
B1. The Man And The Earth
B2. Buio Omega (Offshore remix)
B3. Bright Lights, Big City
DIGI 1. Innsmouth (Kelpe remix)
DIGI 2. Bright Lights, Big City (Krsur remix)

Say wrd.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Eglo Takeover: Rinse FM [DWNLD]

pic courtesy of these guys.

In a great surprise, Alex Nut's show on Rinse FM featured many members of the Eglo Records fam on set, each touching the tables for what was a very memorable 2 hr slot. In it were some soon to come exclusives from the crew. I won't get into the deets, but be assured it was amazing.

And if you missed it, it was thankfully archived for all to enjoy. You can stream it here or download for later.

Rinse FM || Eglo Records Takeover


Say wrd.



The Midnight Eez: 90s Unearthed [DWNLD]

A few months back, in our usual matinal chat, O and I were chatting about this new release he had coming from All City. It was some good ol fashion, four on the floor hip hop. Cool.
But as the real story goes, this was a demo that was given to the label on a US trip in '95/'96 by this production duo from the Bronx, excited to get the word out about the music pmce upon a time, in a pre internet age. The package?? A cassette tape (remember those?) and a beeper number (remember those?!?!).
Recently unearthed in a move, All City decided to remaster the beat tape and released to the fans. Presenting The Midnight Eez.

For those that long for the golden era sound, this is essentially it. Beats from the 90s as they were being blasted out of speakers in the East coast during what was arguably one of the most influential periods of hip hop history.
Though the sound may seem dated to some, it still resonates with nostalgia for many around the world (and in Scraborough), as one of the purest sounds out. Shot by NY Photog Sue Kwon of Ego Trip fame.

The Midnight Eez || Midnight Anthem

The Midnight Eez || Childhood Memories || download

This 30 min beat tape's trackisting will be as follows:

A1 Midnight Anthem
A2 Our Own Business
A3 How It Started
A4 Digging In The Crates
A5 Corrupted Industry
A6 New York's Devils
A7 The Last Chance
B1 Night Walk
B2 Childhood Memories
B3 The Plan
B4 Black Snow
B5 Everydays Chase
B6 Dust
B7 Day Break

Childhood memories indeed. The Midnight Eez's self titled record should be out this month. Check All City for more deets. Say wrd.



Friday, April 22, 2011

Débruit Drops New Vid off Sis Surpriz [VIDEO]

In support of his new EP from Civil Music, and what is signaling also the dawn of his new 3 piece ensemble, French Débruit has released a fresh animated video for Mezdé (or is it Medzé?) off the Sis Surpriz EP.
Débruit remains in a lane almost to his own, chopping samples and drawing stimulation from caribbean, arab and african riddims.
Sis Surprise is out now. Enjoy.


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mary Anne Hobbs Road Warriors Diary

As the Baroness Of Bass begins her North American tour, we can follow Mary Anne Hobbs' every move (and even her agent's - OUCH) on her URB blog as she details the nights transpiring (literally) during her shows.

So Follow Mary Anne won't you?? Make sure to check her dates, and your local listings for a show near you. And you're in Toronto, 1 week yesterday @ Wrongbar, March 27th. 1 week from tomorrow in Montréal.



New Video From Onra [VIDEO]

And it keeps on ticking. Long Distance, the acclaimed LP from Onra is still being discovered by music fans thirsting for something fresh and new, and is still being enjoyed by his long time fans and admirers.
Just a few mornings past, Jamie Woon was heard saying to Scratcha DVA that he was a fan of Onra's last record.
Nonetheless, as Onra is in the midst of recording Chinoiseries 2, Long Distance is, well... going long distance. 1 yr later almost to the day, we have a new video to speak of. Amazing.

Enjoy and, for those who don't have it - Long Distance is still available online and in reputable record boutiques, like Slinky in Toronto.

Say wrd.


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jon Phonics 7" Bruck Out / The One Dropping [DWNLD]

Just weeks after chatting his name, Jon Phonics readies his OFFICIAL 7" from the good ppl @ Chakra Sounds.

Bruck Out/The One will be available for purchase starting April 25th and can be pre-ordered here. Leading to the release will be a release party in London, there's an available mix for download featuring many of the special guests who will be in attendance.

TLG Jon Phonics Launch Party 22nd April @ Old Blue Last Promo Mix by jonphonics

01. Commix- How You Gonna Feel (Pedestrian Remix) (Metalheadz)
02. Naive Machine - Afrika (Hit & Hope Recordings)
03. Jon Phonics & Pete Cannon - Romes (Prism Tracks)
04. Blue Daisy - Man against machines (White)
05. Jon Phonics - Kush & Water (White)
06. K15 - Cocked (White)
07. Jon Phonics - Your Fault (White)
08. Jeeks - Prime Time (White)

Say Wrd.


NMBRS Show Premiere On Rinse FM [DWNLD]

So last night, after sending a totally random tweet from Sobey's, I came home only to be urged by man like Bloodworth to lock into Rinse FM.
So I did asap. Wow.
I was witnessing The Nmbrs Crew premiere show in Rinse FM. I was locked in right through the whole show whist I cooked up these tomatoes for this pasta dish. And to my surprise, the show is already up on the Rinse site site. Nuts.

Nmbrs on Rinse FM || download

UPDATED. Shout to Anonymous for the tracklist:


Drexciya – Intro
Dense – VOMEE 1
Motor City Drum Ensemble – Raw Cuts #5
WAX – 40004 A
Machinedrum – ddd (rough2)
Rick Wilhite – Drum Patterns & Memories (Moodymann Unreleased remix)
DJ Marley Marl – Beyond (Original Mix)
lil louis – Super Clash (DJ Cease Rework)
Craig Loftis-Grand High Priest – Yes It’s Right (Original Mix)
Head High – It’s A Love Thing (Island Mix)
Mk Featuring Alana – Love Changes (Mk Club Mix)
jook 10 – growler
Maurice Donovan – Satisfied
Underground Resistance – Hardlife (Aaron Carl Remix)
RIP Production – You Cheated – Original Mix
mosca – ?????
Raw Milk – SPREO SUPERBUS (Numbers)
Machinedrum – SXLND
Convex – Falling Again
Claude Vonstroke – Monster Island (Christian Martin Remix)
Bad Autopsy – Stephanie Mills The Medicine Song Refix
Objekt – Objekt002 A – unmastered
Ben Klock – Red Alert
Martyn – Hear Me (Zomby mix)
Pearson Sound – Stifle [Mastered]
Drexciya – Water Walker
KMA – Cape Fear
Prince – The Future
jook 10 – megatron
Dark Sky – Armour MSTRD
Peverelist – Dance til the Police Come
The Men You’ll Never See – Not R Fault
Pangaea – Runout [Mastered]
Trina – B R Right
Hyetal – Phoenix
Ashanti – Happy (DND Vocal)
Africa Hitech – Glangslap
Ruff Sqwad – Lethal Injection
Africa Hitech – Out In The Streets
Sibian & Faun – i’m sorry (Numbers)

Shouts to mans like Bloodworth Photo.



Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Cosmopolyphonic Radio: Episode #24 [DWNLD]

No one could be happier than I to see the new Cosmopolyphonic Radio podcast up and running. This is the 1st since the cataclysm in Japan, but still found a way to put it together. Hats off gents. Hats off indeed. Shouts to the whole CPR crew.
As usual, a very well curated show, with all the info you need. You can stream the show here and/or click the download to download the show for your own listening pleasure.


02. Crooked human - Comma - White
03. DOTKRAFT - Lunar Surface - White
04. ELTONG - Dream of Jellyfish - White
05. MONO x MONKEY - My World - Show Tiku Bai
06. camifee - Cocoro No Sukima - White
08. Kan Sano - Oops Hops feat. Repeat Pattern - CIRCULATIONS
09. MASARU - imgn - White
10. shuten - BLACK ULUHU - White
11. Ogiyy & Val - Taste Of Freedom - 術ノ穴
12. EIKIRA - untittled - White
13. murako - you never stoppp - White
14. djTan - atomo - White
15. gallow - jiyuu - White
16. Pepin - uhhh - White
17. SOU - Time & Space - White
18. Yasuo Sato - Midtown - Logos Recordings
19. nov - from the sun - White
20. woodblue & koba - ingsai - White
21. Emufucka - August feat. Count Bass D - Citywurl



Chris Are: Hggrdswggr [DWNLD]

Love surprises.

A music studies graduate of the Institute of Audio Research in NYC who messes w/ drum breaks, field recordings (!!!!!), and an array of sampling hardware and software, Chris Are chops it all up creating this heterogeneous haze of foggy refrains with percussions and tambours. The result: Hggrdswggr (??)

hggrdswggr by chris△re

Go nuts. Download this joint (hit that little arrow). I'm feeling this. Hope you are too.



Kan Sano's Fantastic Farewell [DWNLD]

Thought I haven't covered much of it, I have always admired the Japanese sound. Great attention to melodies, rhythm and the perveying a jazz sound have been the hallmarks of their music in my books. So much that long ago, i had all intentions of doing a all JPN week on 92bpm. Le sigh. It was the thought that counted.
Thankfully, the good guys @ Circulations have been more than diligent in making sure the native sound has been hitting the airwaves. Enter Kan Sano. The name might come as a familiar one were you to have the Maverick Sessions 2 form Ubeat. He also saw placement on the Cosmopolyphonic compilation that saw a release a few months back. He was also on the Nihon Kizuna Bonus Compilation.
This time however, we are here to chat all thinks Fantastic Farewell, Kan Sano's solo LP from the Circulations camp.

Classically trained in 88 keys, Kan Sano has studied jazz composition, performed @ The Monterey Jazz Festival and is now lending his writing as a member of Hip Hop group Mabanua Band. He has also just recently released his 1st full length, showcasing his production chops as a soloist is this beat science scene.
Presenting more soul than experimental, you get to hear much of the classics and standards that are oft overlooked of late, that also allow for him to showcase his prowess on keys. The attention to detail prevails, but that's par of the course for trained jazz musicians.

Fantastic Farewell by Kan Sano

Kan Sano - Oops Hops feat Repeat Pattern by CIRCULATIONS

And here's a mix you can download to keep you busy.

Kan Sano - Fantastic Farewell preview mix by CIRCULATIONS

And of course the LP is available now, and you can scoop it all up over @ iTunes.


Say wrd.


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ango: EP To Drop For Summer

Ango. Ango. Ango.

Remember the name. I met Ango, né Andrew MacPherson in 2009 during a Red Bull Music Academy tour stop in Montréal. Who knew this would have forecasted his application and eventual acceptance to the RBMA, the now famed and past London 2010 year.
That then led to a Sonar showcase which ultimately got him a chair @ the Lucky Me dinner table, breaking bread with the likes of HudMo, Mike Slott, Rustie, American Men, Machinedrum, Jacques Greene and Lunice to name a few.
Fast Fwd to 2011, Ango was part of the Canadian RBMA tour, criss crossing the country, performing material from his forthcoming yet to be titled EP. Included will likely be the song recorded w/ Katy B in LDN during RBMA, and a handful of remixes that are due to be confirmed.
So June 21 will mark two very important dates: 1st day of Summer and the official countdown until the Ango EP. So, whilst we patiently wait for these 2 rays of sunshine, just days ago we were treated to a Ango EP teaser. As well, he recently made an appearance @ MTV discussing all things RBMA and Ango.

And the EP teaser...



1. All That You Can Stand (intro)
2. Follow Me
3. Looking For Love
4. Love Me
5. What You Lose

In any case, stay tuned....

Say wrd.


Om Unit: Live @ Rinse FM 04-09-2011 [DWNLD]

Just a week ago, i woke up late not only to find that I had missed the 1st half of Alex Nut's show, but just as I wiped the gound out my eye, i hear that Om Unit was stepping up to do an exclusive set. SAY WHAT!?!?!
Still disoriented, I got my breakfast, settled in front of my lap connected to the panasonic receiver and JBL separates, and boom.
Om Unit, a man who's music I have long extolled, who's latest EP I still need to chat about, has a very busy 2011. He's just recently left his FT job to go @ this music FT. You mean you've not been @ it FT ?!?! Wowsers. Looking fwd to the new riddims.
In any case, the Om Unit mix was archived by the good ppl over @ Rinse. Listen for some exclusives riddims on this one. Say wrd.

Alex Nut ft Om Unit (exclusive) || Rinse FM || Download.



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Take & Free The Robots EU Tour [VIDEO]

Speaking w/ Take a few days back, he was beaming. He and Free The Robots had just returned from a few weeks overseas, and by all accounts, the most successful trip yet.
Here's a cool and quick 1st person video edit of the EU Tour. Enjoy.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hola, ¿Que Tal? RBMA Goes To Madrid

As you many of you learned a few weeks back, The Red Bull Music Academy were forced to reconsider the location of this year's host city. Thoughts and prayers are still w/ the ppl of JPN. No doubt.

With that, the announcement of the new city was made yesterday, and for the 2nd time in 3 years the RBMA is back in Spain. Madrid has been the chosen host this year. Amazing - I LOVE SPAIN. Looking fwd to hopefully see ppl like Mweslee and Skymark around.

Don't forget that with the city announcement was a new deadline. April 26th 2011.

All you need is here.

Good Luck.

¡Hasta la proxima vez!


Daedelus: Performs One and Lonely [VIDEO]

In his finest Victorian fashion and full regalia, Daedelus gives you sip of what you thirst for... a live performance. Don't forget to catch he along w/ TOKiMONSTA and Shlohmo on the Magical Properties 3 tour.


Say wrd.


Shigeto x Heathered Pearls [DWNLD]

Whilst we patiently wait for that rumored collab w/ Devonwho from All City, Shigeto has just released another collaboration w/ Heathered Pearls aka Ghostly team mate Tycho.
Heathered Pearls, the seemingly experimental alias/side project from design deity ISO50 aka Tycho aka Scott Hansen (stay with me now...) which is by sound all ambient canvases in varying luminosities and brightness is layered with the beat programming of natural born drummer Shigeto for a one time collab Porcelain, which is now availl on bandcamp as a name your $ offer.



Monday, April 11, 2011

Byron & Onra: The Big Payback [DWNLD]

I still recall this record. A bit of classic.

The Big Payback, one of the early LPs from Onra which saw limited distribution, has been let loose as a promotional gift for all his fans. Featured were some of Onra's earliest infulences musically, and even featured local dynamite (seriously), Isis before her Thunderheist blitzkrieg.

Anyhow, enjoy The Big Payback courtesy of Onra. You can get that here. Go nuts.



Nihon Kizuna: Bonus [DWNLD]

At last check, this Nihon Kazuna compilation had raised $30k. $30k less they'll need to spend for what will be a very long term rebuilding of the affected areas, let alone the radioactive cataclysm that's yet to be concluded - and in fact might not be fully ended for some years.

Overwhelmed but submissions, the ppl behind Nihon Kizuna were able to put together essentially what is a triple CD of music, assembling a whopping 50 tracks for the Japan relief comp.
Well, the tracks kept pouring in and they've now decided to release a bonus LP in continued support of the rebuilding efforts in Japan, Nihon Kizuna Bonus.
Set up as a pay what you can, this compilation once again assembles the young and bright form the production scene, spanning the globe. Another 34 tracks for all to enjoy, and man... you can probably use this as a tax receipt as well. Feel free to go through all the tracks here, or head over to the Bandcamp page.

You can get more info here.

Show love. Enjoy.

Say wrd.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Daedelus: Bespoke And Magical Properties [DWNLD]

It's been a busy last few years for Alfred Darlington bka Daedelus. He's released singles, EPs, done some remixing, been on 2 North American tours and now has embarked on his 3rd such crisscrossing of the continent, this time taking with him 2 of the brightest stars, TOKiMONSTA & Shlohmo. As he readies to drop his new LP Bespoke on Ninja Tune, we caught up w/ Daedelus to speak on all things Magical Props, the new LP and more.

Bespoke is the 3rd release in about 1.5 yrs or so but this is a full length.

It's interesting. I've been releaseing EPs and singles and not full lengths. In this day in age a single some can run around the world. You have these producers that can make a single dance song, it crosses them over... but i've never been that type of guy. I've always been more into LPs. Then I will do singles in EPs, but they seem to have a little less weight. There's meat to them and hopefully people get into them as well, but I tend to be so thematic that it seems to me that an LP will have a little bit more bearing. it's been a little whilst since my last full length - in fact 2 yrs - so I think i'm due for one.

Is that a personal choice?? If you can have a LP vs 3 EPs, you rather have an LP??

I would personally. The LP format i still relevant in terms of people's listening habit. It's hard to steal ears for any real length of time. I'm concerned about people listening and getting something out of the listening experience and hopefully a revelation with he material. Singles provides these tastes and the LP format will hopefully bring it home.

Agreed. And Essentially present who Daedelus is.

Yes. And it's worth having an idea behind the record. I like to keep things very thematic - just as I did w/ Bespoke, and I think that gives a richness in detail that I hope I can get into as well.

Speaking of Bespoke, tell us about the theme and inspiration behind the record.

It's kind of multilayered thing. I do feel like I draw lots of inspiration from other art forms, one of them being fashion. Over the years now, i've been occupying a space w/ Victorian fashion. One of the elements that has always agreed with me is that most of the items and objects that come from that era were made by one person: they would get the cloths. dye the cloths, sew the cloths, measure the person.... The assembly line that came about during the industrial revolution took matters out of individual's hands. We could make things really fast but rarely were those things ever made to measure. Rarely were those things ever made to really fit. The arts are one of the few forms left of creation that keep that individual outlook through composition. If someone paints a picture, they pick the colors, they put them on the page. They may not make the canvas but they do almost everything else. The same goes with music. You make the music and then you go perform it. You're pretty much a self contained vehicle in that regards. i feel there's a connection between this Bespoke outlook, most of the clothes of the past, and the music that's now in current - that I appreciate. I wanted to celebrate that on record.
I feel like I did that by incorporating a lot of live elements, by incorporating vocalists that have specific kind of voices. people like Busdriver, Bilal, who have very individual sound and I wanted to incorporate that individuality. I hope that this record communicates that joy towards the creation.

Is this something that you've been tailoring for the least little whilst? Stitching this together slowly but surely??

Very slowly. This record took longer than most. Part of it was because of how special I wanted to be, and i wanted to the songs to have a real epic feel. Previous to this, my music touched on this @ moments but really was about intimate listening which I'm really into, but I wanted some of these songs to be triumphant. I've been making music for 10 yrs, now and I wanted to this record to be that thing. I miraculously still here. As a rapper, I might be done after 3 records. If I was a rock band, i would be lucky to have 4. To have 10 or 12 records - depending on how you want to count em - I feel very lucky, and blessed. This record is also kind of a celebration.

And Congrats. In this day in age where you can have a hit one year, and be forgotten the next, that's quite the accomplishment.

The hype machine really chews people up. it masticates artists, and doesn't want them to grow and flourish. I feel lucky that in Los Angeles, there are number of great musicians that are doing just that - flourishing, finding voices, pushing forward, not fitting into micro genres. Flylo, Tokimonsta, Baths, Low Limit, Matthewdavid, Nosaj Thing, they're producing really relevant work and they're pushing themselves as artists and i'm super proud to be part of that.

So speaking of LA, other than the fluoride, what's in the Los Angeles water that has made it such a Midi Mecca?

On my opinion, there's an aspect of competition to the city, but at the same time there's so much room to grow as an artists. The reason i feel that LA is flourishing now is that you have people like Marc McNeil @ Dublab (aka Frosty) who has created a space for people to play and perform and essentially mess around in the sandbox in a safe and encouraging environment. You also have people like Carlos Niño who has hosted programs and curated concerts for years, and has been an advocate for other kinds of outside music like free jazz and beats for ever - and if fact put me on my 1st show. people like that have been giving up their time so generously and the repercussion make for this strength, and the competitive aspect comes from environments like Low End Theory where it's extremely free environment in terms of sound - you never know what you're going to get. You may get psych rock, beats, dubstep, electro - not that new electro the [real] old electro -, you never know. You might get a Mr Oizo guesting or even a Thom Yorke, you never know. So as an up and coming musician, you inevitably are going to want to play there if you're interested or want to be involved in that world. There are certain things that push buttons @ that club: certain kinds of bass because of the sound system, certain kinds of highs, certain snippets and samples and you can literally see it going down when these kids have this exuberance for weirdness, and that's where the competition comes in cause you want to push the kids that much further, that much more into it. They'll just as crazy for a great jazz solo as they will for a wicked dubstep bassline. They're an amazing audience. As such, you want to do it justice and want to make sure that you're one of those names that's spoken of for weeks afterwards.

Is there an act in particular that your feel was spoken of for weeks afterwards?

There have been a number of people who really made their make. I think Baths in a way was a good performer and people didn't know what his story was, but he did a residency @ Low End Theory - which was unheard of - and did a few weeks in a row. But i literally saw some of the tougher looking cats openly giving him love and joy. I'm not saying that it's that surprising as his music has all the energy and everything but they gave him props in a way that was so telling. It was really something special. In that regards, i really feel like he had a breakthrough performance.
Also feel like Jon Wayne as well. He's been embraced so much by the scene. He himself was just one of those kids who was there week after week. And then when he came out with his sounds, people wanted it to be them, they wanted his sound to be part of their voice.

[Daedelus trips of a sleeping TOKiMONSTA on tour bus]

You've been around 10 yrs, and have been very fortunate and successful doing this sound. But there's been an evident surge in popularity recently esp in the last 2-3 yrs with things like Low End Theory as a catalyst. As a torchbearer, You must have a particular perspective. what's it been like seeing this scene develop so far?

I'm a fan. And I do carry a torch for it. I'm a little too old to totally be embraced by those kids, which is totally fine. I dip in to some territory that may not be very natural for that environment. people seem to appreciate it, but it's not THE thing. that's part of my role in this whole thing, to bring a little something else, a little more samba than the typical Low End Theory guy would play. The people doing the most exciting things don't ever fit in to easy categories.

Thought you mentioned that you may play more samba than the typical Low End Theory guest, or @ least dip into territories unnatural to some of these kids, do you feel like you are being discovered a whole new generation of listeners??

Absolutely. I've been actually playing a lot more festivals and raves than ever before. Partially because my live sound has changed to being a lot more danceable, and then also teenagers are exploring, seeing what's out there in bass music in general, and ultimately the scene itself is being appreciated more by those promoters. As such i've been playing a lot more raves and festivals and these kids are really up for it.
So these are these new audiences who are used to being fed sugar. We talked about new vs old electro. That new electro is mostly just candy: jacked rhythms, 4/4, loud and in your face. But a lot of kids want more of an emotional release. I sure hope so. I'm gambling my entire life for that kind of thing and it seems there's a capacity for other rhythms, other tempos now.

Let's talk Magical Properties. We know it's a label with releases on the schedule, but it's also the name of the tour which you're currently taking across North America for the 3rd time. Is this a brand you're creating??

It is more of a feel. The label aspect is there more to show off young artists who are due credit and maybe don't have a voice w/ other labels, people who need to be heard - that's the aim of the label.
And it's kinda like the same basic idea w/ the live aspect, but two folds: trying to present evenings that are interesting and varied in music, but also a comfortable environment to perform and express themselves.
This is something that we hope to build into an experience that people are open to. It happens @ Low End Theory, it happens @ Change The Beat, it happens @ Hoya Hoya. Why not take it on the road and bring it to the people, to cities that have never experienced it, who are forced to maybe capture it via internet feeds. To experience it live is much more powerful.

So as the 3rd edition of Magical Properties tour, tell us why you chose TOKiMONSTA + Shlohmo this time around?

They're both fantastic. They both create sounds that defy expectations. With Shlohmo, listen to Shlomoshun and listen to Places. Both totally different yet totally him - beautiful, melodic and mellow. yet it all works in his world and he's created that kind of space.
And TOKi's show been on fire. From her 90s R&B accapella's to some crazy dubstep madness that's screwd and chopped, bringing a perspective that is all uniquely her own.
Gaslamp [Killer] was amazing on the last tour and Nosaj is super consistent, and i'm happy that i'm able to continue that legacy on this trip.

And basing on what's happened in the last year and change, are we going to see another tour in the fall of 2011??

I don't know yet. I want everything to be special. Don't want it to be roped or expected. So I'm waiting to see. Just like with the label, I'm not in any rush to push out artists. I have a few ppl on deck that are really talented and deserved to be heard, but I want to make sure that the press and the whole thing that surrounds them is perfect. Same with the touring idea: if it ain't right, I'm not going to do it. It's all about it being as right as right.

Speaking of the label side of things, the current release is My Dry Wet Mess. What else is happening??

The 1st act on Magical Properties was Jogger. The current release is My Dry Wet Mess - from Italy, now based in Barcelona. Next will be LDFD, a producer from Texas and 4th in line will be Galapagoose from Melbourne Australia, so we're spreading our wings, far and wide.

What happened to Jogger? Not heard from them since the 1st Magical Properties tour.

They released and amazing video for Nephecide which was well received around the world, but since then they have both been working on separate projects. Amir Yaghmai has been working on many projects, notably touring w/ Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jonathan [Laroquette] has been working on a very successful podcast called Uhh Yeah Dude and it's in TV development.

In closing I like to ask this question: what are five acts that are in your current play list - regardless of genre??

The new Matthewdavid EP + LP
Shlomoh's Places
The New LDFD
The HOYA002
The new Dorian Concept


Bespoke drops on Ninja Tune April 11th, world wide. And to spice it all up, enjoy a download - a remix of the lead track Tailor Made, remixed by dynamic duo, demons w/ the digital Sepalcure - all courtesy of the ppl @ FADER.

Daedelus f. Milosh "Tailor Made (Sepalcure Remix)" by The FADER

You can catch The Magical Properties 3 in a city near you. The remaining dates are as follows:

April 7th Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
April 9th Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
April 13th Denver, CO @ Cervantes
April 14th Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
April 16th Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 19th San Francisco, CA @ Som Bar
April 18th Arcata, CA @ Humbrews
April 20th Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
April 21st Portland, OR @ Branx
April 23rd Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Rane SL2 For Serato Scratch Live

Something for the Serato users out there. For the ones who've yet to or needed seemingly not to upgrade past SL1, looks like there's now an improved SL2, better sound, and best - seemingly more compact! I actually hate carrying my box, as it's sooooo bulky, so this is nice news. But the price is the Q?

You can get addition deets here.

Say wrd.


Dorian Concept Podcast [DWNLD]

Great news.

More rare than an albino squirrel (there's one in Toronto btw), a Dorian Concept mix has emerged just in time to promote his new 12" and official release from Ninja Tune Her Tears Taste Like Pears. A heavy release from Ninja Tune that should likely be the 1st of many to come from the Vienna virtuoso who 1st made the rounds a few years back via some nutty youtubes. Remember those??
FFWD 3-4 years, some releases left and right, and we're seeing his genius in full bloom.

In any case, enjoy the mix (including, the unreleased Africa Hitech!)

Dorian Concept|| Get it.


01 Dorian Concept "Thank You All the Time Forever" (Ninja Tune)
02 John Coltrane "Your Lady" (Impulse)
03 Africa Hitech "Light the Way" (Warp)
04 Machinedrum "gbye"
05 Sam Irl "Safety Hertz (Cid Rim Remix)" (Fresh Minute)
06 FaltyDL "Tell Them Stories" (Planet Mu)
07 Manitoba "Paul's Birthday" (Leaf)
08 Sixtus Preiss & The Clonious "Specimen from Springbing" (Affine)
09 Funboy "Time Hates You"
10 Dorian Concept "Trilingual Dance Sexperience (Live Version)"


Say wrd.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011


This just popped into my inbox...

So I poked around trying to figure out what this was all about. When I looked @ Saturate Records discog, I see the familiar name of heRobust, and his Albumin EP. A friendly face. Nice.

So what we have here is essentially another compilation from the ever so growing beat science community, as more and more producers release their take on sound. Some nice gems on this comp, and more so I always invite the op to hear from new names. Yup. Outside of out friend Pixelord, i'm being introduce to a whole new batch of players. And hopefully, you will be as well.

And the great part is that it's a freebie. Go scoop it up.


Say wrd.


Monday, April 4, 2011

RBMA Deadline Extended. New City Announced April 11

My thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese. And sadly, as exciting were the plans of having the 2011 Red Bull Music Academy in TOKYO, the cataclysmic events that have besieged the Japanese coast and parts of the country have proven too great to manage and have forced the Red Bull Music Academy to move the 2011 event to a new city.
As well, the application deadline which was originally set for today has not been extended until the end of the April, the 26th to be exact. You can read the official statement here.
In the meantime, be ready for the official announcement one week today - April 11th - re: the new host city.

Get Ready.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mike Slott Interview [VIDEO]

Something that I just came across. Not seen dude in a hot min. Looking fwd to his new projects. Never enough Mike Slott.



Jon Phonics: Mutual Attraction/Sat Nav [DWNLD]

Jon Phonics.

Name kept coming up, esp on weekends on Rinse FM during roll calls. So I went looking around. FFWD through some emails back and forth and I'm more than pleased to finally post about his release.
Hailing from London UK, Jon Phonics has be working on a 7" due to come out late this month, April 25th via Chakra Sounds.

Skilled in the age old art form on sampling (can you see that S950?), Jon Phonics has slowly been getting ready for his Chakra Sounds release as well as a collaborative EP which will see him work with the likes of BUG among others.
But in preparation for these releases, he has dropped a few gems for all to enjoy until the big day.

Jon Phonics - Mutual Attraction by jonphonics

You can download this and the flip side on the Chakra Sounds page, or hit the little Soundcloud arrow as always.

And as an inaugural bonus, let's toss in another set of tracks.

Jon Phonics - A.M. Chakra Sounds by jonphonics

This track can also be scooped, again on the Chakra Sounds page, or hit the little arrow.

More to come.


Say wrd.


Saturday, April 2, 2011

All City Collabs: Shigeto + Devonwho?

All City has started their Collab series with the lead off having dropped earlier this year. But in anticipation of the next one, I couldn't overlook this tweet from Shigeto:

been working on this ALL CITY collab with @devonwho all daaaaayless than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Fingers crossed.

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