Wednesday, February 27, 2013
This is pretty much where 92bpm jumped off on this one. I still recall trying to get certain ppl around town to listen to this music in 2007 as something was taking place. I was trying to get ppl to listen to this Flying Lotus among a few others. But regardless, this is a H∆SHTAG$ episode that could have gone much longer. Depending on where you were, for many, discovering Flying Lotus was the chronological start of beat music. I really started to listen to Jay Scarlett, who for me - was near the top of the food chain with this beat music scene. Many including Flylo, have credited him for their early rise, and he would have been a great voice for this. Either way, listen to the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Dorian Concept, Benji B and others speak on this scene in this new episode of H∆SHTAG$.
Monday, February 25, 2013
What a year this has been. Montréal's Kaytranada has emerged as quote a proiduction force. Having been getting his feet wet chopping it up on the beat music side of town. But he soon found an ear creating masterful melodies in all measures and genres. Oh ya, and only in his very early twenties too. Now, we have a KAYTRA TODO EP release in a HW&W (US) / Jakarta Records (world) distribution release.
He got this KAYTRA TODO EP buzzing when he leaked his JMSN collab, All We Do - which garnered 70k plays in 6 days. Nice.
Either way, the KAYTRA TODO EP by Kaytranada is out on iTunes.
Celebrating their 2 years mark, Melted Music label has some freebies going around. Here's something from one of our faves out, a Sert One refix of a Willow Beats original. Quite the edit name I must add, but enjoy as Sert One slow that groove down and gives it some bounce.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I was talking to someone about having love for the art of hip hop production. There's something for ever special about the sample chop, and the layering of drums, efx and just letting it all go. I used to see the name Jansport J out and about the net (love the name btw, embodies history very well), and failed to spend enough time going through dude's catalog. Consider this an atonement. I've had this one joint (among many others) on loop, and although it was released a few months before Vday, this For The Love LP is just what the doc ordered. Take it in.
After what seemed like an endless layoff, trailblazing BTS Radio is back with what some thought might have been a shelved released. The 3rd S. Maharba release, the remixes, is finally available and features some of the faves we've grown to know and love.
Mike Slott, Sweatson Klank, Dibiase, Shigeto, The Clonious and more.... Take it in.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I love these.
Blue Notes' José James, who just released his new LP No Beginnings - has a remix contest up and running for his new single "Trouble". Now, we know that he's a jazz cat, but this brooklynite has been more than willing to step outside the known boundaries and has released works producing by Flying Lotus, adding spice and flavour to a known jazz release. They're accepting
What you get are 6 stems, and they're yours to use as you please. But here are some details:
What You Need to Know to Enter
You must use at least one of the provided audio stems to be eligible.
Do not include any material that you do not have the legal right to exploit.
Rights Managment Details
Stems include copyrighted material.
You may not sell your submission, nor may you post it on another website.
Entrants own the original elements of their mix.
You have until March 12st 2013 5pm EST. So there you have it. It's all there. And I've been listening to many of the submission, but I'd love to hear something a touch more abstract, more beat centric or even electronic. Check the site for more information and even prizing. You can listen to the original below.
Good luck, and let us know if you enter by posting the link below. Would love to hear these submissions.
Made a couple beats n things tonight..i'm going to upload a couple for download in a sec..— KXXTZ (@KUTMAH) February 19, 2013
Beats from Kutmah are always a pleasure, and this One For Detroit is a pulsing piece of dark matter, haunting in it's full length.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Some of you will recall this. Others won't.
Slum Village and Dilla had a special relationship w/ Toronto. As testified by House Shoes - Toronto knew Detroit. It likely started w/ that infamous show at the Comfort Zone in 99 maybe (I was there), and pockets of us were buzzing still. Torontonians have many Dilla stories to share as Jay Dee was here 4 times at the peak of both his career and health.
And in 2000, there was a special one.
I shared this one on the Drip.FM / Stones Throw boards as they were looking for the best stories to win a box set of the 45s. So here's how this one went:
"Allow me to share one of my fave Dilla stories, among the few I have. This is during the Goodvibe tour that featured Cali Agents, Bahamadia and Slum Village in the summer of 2000. The word was that during the tour dates, Dilla has been skipping some of the dates. He would show up @ some, go awol on others, and this was being documented online by fans in the pre blog era of the net: newsgroups. It was quite amazing. So I found myself looking to see what exactly had been taking place.
Then came the Toronto show. The tour was doing an In Store performance at what was one of the most important outlets, the HMV SuperStore on Yonge st. I made it out JUST to see if Dilla was going to be there. To my utter dismay, no sign of the Yancey boy. As much as I was still a big fan of Cali Agents (got some stuff inked), was distraught Dilla never showed. I went to the show anyhow, which was @ the famous Opera House in Toronto. This is where the story gets crazy.
I was chilling outside the venue during what might have been an opener - can't recall. But a limo pulls up. Now, you have to understand that a limo pulling up in front of this venue made no sense. A residential/industrial part of Toronto that's sits right across from a diner and a strip club. So I was like "This dude is lost". It couldn't have been further from that. Doors opens up, and out comes Dilla. !!!!!, and to make things even crazier, he had an MPC under EACH ARM. My head was spinning, and I ran inside to tell cats. And, like nothing had ever happened, SV rawked the show flawlessly.
Toronto was spoiled by Dills. he rawked shows at the height of his career and physical health, and I got to see all 4 shows (2 as SV, 1 LEGENDARY DJ gig <-- which was another ordeal/great story, and the JAYLIB one). Rest In Paradise. Hope you enjoyed that one."
Yup. And to boot, my man hit me up like... 2 week ago telling me he found the footage. After a move, he was going through bins and bins of DV tapes, and found the footage of the show AFTER some wedding footage. He actually had the whole show recorded. But decided to offer just a snippet. We're going to do something with the footage after.
Anyhow, enjoy Slum Village, with Baatin a very healthy Jay Dee during the summer of 2000 tour for Goodvibe. Notice - as you can tell from the still above - how he rawked the show w/ the 2 MPC 3000s. That was the craziest moment seeing him show up w/ those... Shouts to Cairo & YYZBRA for this one.
Friday, February 15, 2013
FAN-TAS-TIC FEBRUARY VOL. 2, as he so aptly calls it. Long time LA stalwart now in UK Kutmah, lays down his version of a tribute set on NTS Live, and just went up for all to download and enjoy.
In another Valentine's inspired riddim, we have this breakup anthem from the Canadian Potatohead People (Nick Wisdom & AstroLogical), and featured the story telling of the Detroit's Frank Nitt. This was set to celebrate both v-day and the availability of the 7" version of this release from Bastard Jazz & Jellyfish Recordings. It can also be found on the Kosmichemusik EP
FINALLY. The work is complete. After stepping away to work on his new project, we finally have a finished product - really to deliver. Sweatson Klank just released the new single F*ck & Fight ft Deniro Farrar, which is setting the tone for the LP You, Me, Temporary which is set to drop April 2nd.
F*ck & Fight features smooth and polished production, aligned w/ the raspy, raw and unvarnished raps from Deniro Farrar. We have a classic tale, exploring the tumult and turmoil of relationships adding that "all we do is f*ck and fight, break up today, make love tonight". This is the new sound of brash and unapologetic R&B influenced future riddims, with vocals to match - that mature bounce.
In a clairvoyant move, this was released just in time for Valentine's Day yesterday, you can scoop this new Sweatson Klank single F*ck & Fight ft Deniro Farrar @ the iTunes store now, and as I mentioned look for this 3LP full length April 2 from the good ppl over @ Project Mooncircle.
Now, just go kiss and make up.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Small worlds lead to big nights. Conversation among friends leading to opportunities. Long story, after kicking it w/ my man Steve, he used to tell me about one of his former students (among the many), and told me about how he and his pals had this beat session going on where they would flip a sample and complete it very shortly after. A quasi exercise in production. This then spread amongst friends, and eventually became what we know as Team Supreme, and they just released a record/compilation via Alpha Pup.
We had been in touch w/ LA's Djemba Djemba when he was still using his older moniker, and were glad to get back up with him. He's been very busy applying his craft producing under the Mad Decent flag, releasing on Jeffrees as well as his own label Rabbit Records. To boot, he's got that Team Supreme, a quasi book club for producers, as they've share samples and flip them for each other's enjoyment. HE stays busy. Djemba's 1st release came from the Jeffrees label in 2011, and has seen support from the biggest names (Diplo, Rusko & The Gaslamp Killer to name a few). On the heels of a recent Low End Theory performance, we are welcoming him to Toronto.
With that, it's our pleasure to announce:
** UPDATED **
We are very pleased to announce the addition of the mighty Christian Andersen (Xi) to this stellar bill, marking his glorious return to Toronto.
DJEMBA DJEMBA (mad decent/jeffrees, team supreme, LA)
w/ mymanhenri B2B Christian Andersen
Thursday March 7th 2013
Drake Undergound - 1150 Queen St West
Here's Djemba Djemba track from the Team Supreme comp which was release this past January.
Im addition, here's a 60 min mix that was done around the holidays - a special treat indeed.
Ahead of a Madlib tour that is supposed to take him to Japan and China, Stussy and Madlib release Pill Jar. A collection of tracks from Madlib Medicine Show 1-12. You can check out the full deets here
01 Static Invazion
02 Episode XVI
03 The Paper feat. Guilty Simoson
04 What Can U Tell Me Featuring MED
05 The Frontline (Liberation)
06 African Voodoo Queen (Drama)
07 Interview #4080
08 Funky Butt, Part 1
Hard to believe that it's been 6 yrs? Wow. I feel like I recall it like it was yesterday. Anyhow, enjoy the annual Valentino mix from a certain Hudmo aka Hudson Mohawke. Maybe I should go back an dig out the other 5 from the archives for those who missed out?
Download and enjoy.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
A few of us will have tons to say about this one. I grew up during the golden era of hip hop as many around me. I saw the internet come, and saw how the changes came about. And as much as I'm a massive proponent for discovery, I do feel it came for the better and the worse. And as much as I think that you can study your way into the good books, I believe nobody cares anymore. So with that being said - let's look @ the new video from the RBMA and the H∆SHTAG$ series and the effect of the net on music, and this time: Rap or #CloudRap. Take it in and start the discussions.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Looking fwd to goodness.
Something that had been sent over sometime back from Sert One. His collab efforts w/ Bolt in the for of Almighty Sion is releasing 'The Beat Generation' via the good ppl @ Original Cultures. The 1st leak is a teaser of what's get to come from the duo.
Look for deets soon from the good ppl over at Original Cultures.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Detroit's very own Karriem Riggins goes on camera with Yours Truly x Stones Throw and speaks on Dilla's influence, and creates a track in memoriam for Jay Dee.
Enjoy and Celebrate.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
In time for Feb 14th?? Not sure. But either way, i have a soft spot for that slow flow, beat groove - and Cali's Elusive just dropped LUV POTION . I mean, if there was ever a beat producer equivalent of garage bands, this would be it: just raw loops, samples and sounds, juxtaposed to fit. Take it in.
I recall getting an email about this sometime back. Chicago's 3LLL of Junkhouse hit me with this release SEED001, and he's is taking you back to the times where you did that asynchronous head bop that your friends never understood. They swung on the snare, you swung on the kick. Right?? Just saying, you need to take this in. Those "sloppy drums" as ?uestlove so aptly described one day, are in full effect, and that lovely slow flow featuring efx, synths and all... nice one. This is the 1st of a trilogy all set to come out in the next few months. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
EVERYTHING ON OUR BANDCAMP IS AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD FOR A LIMITED TIME, CLICK THE LINK BELOW:... fb.me/zNrHu5uz— HW&W Recordings (@HuhWhatandWhere) February 5, 2013
He does love you. Really.
So for the next 48hrs, you were able to peruse his catalog like you owned it, and were free to grab anything you wanted - for free. What a kind man.
Then this happened...
WOAH, THE 25,000 DL's I HAD TO GIVE AWAY ARE ALL GONE. I HONESTLY THOUGHT IT WOULD LAST 48 HOURS :'( what now?— Ta-ku (@TakuBeats) February 5, 2013
Are you kidding me?? 25k downloads in 7 hrs (nearly down to the minute). That's a ton of bandwidth, and as he mentioned, his site crashed. And to make things worse, much of this happened whilst most ppl slept. Imagine had this taken place during some decent EST hours?? THAT would have a treat.
Oh well. Look for more goodies soon... seriously.
Feb 7th. Toronto. Wrongbar. We toast.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Do recall he will be in Toronto Feb 22nd and Montreal Feb 25th.
In the 3rd instalment of this All City concept re interpreting Sun Ra tracks, Machinedrum has offered his own version of Door of The Cosmos. What started in frenzied drums turned to that classic Sun Ra esoteric sound from Machinedrum.
It's a wax only release, and it's out now from All City.
Friday, February 1, 2013
As a follow up to the H∆SHTAG$ mini doc series, and specifically the 1st one touching on the state of R&B, the Red Bull Music Academy have an exclusive track from Toronto's Zodiac. PE1 is that dark dark, that left left, the eerie moods that have struck a chord, and have been injected in the new sound. Enjoy.
At time of writing, I haven't take this in yet but I simply urge you do go out and get this record, as a music fan, a producer, as a follower of progressive sounds. The early Sa-Ra must credited in influencing beat production early on, and that still remains. Ironically, this comes as the H∆SHTAG$ mini doc dropped discussing where R&B has gone and is going... BTW, look for appearances Shafiq H as well as a certain Badu.
But this is not even the end of it. The zipped pkg contained instrumentals AND a cappellas. Wow. Download City Pulse on his blog.