In preparation for his new album, California-based Shlohmo has just put out a mix for FACT magazine. As a response to his continued association with the “LA Beatmaker” scene, he’s put together an incredibly diverse mix; Tears For Fears, Three 6 Mafia, Charles Manson and Tom Waits all feature
Bit too much R&B for my tastes but Tears For Fears, Tom Waits and Charlie Manson were a treat, albeit a jarring one. I really like the shaky quality and the track listed simply as “Broken Sinead O’Connor tape” is pretty funny; like a DJ’s very first attempt at scratching.
This is what Shlohmo had to say about his FACT mix: “I listen to a lot of different shit, so it’s kind of all over the place, both in genre and in sound quality. There’s some old shitty 64kpbs mp3s, some found cassettes, some broken cassettes, some music by friends, some Charles Manson, some screwed and chopped, you get it all.”
Download the mix below by clicking on the arrow on the right. It’s only available for three weeks, mind, so grab it now.
Brighton-based producer Ambassadeurs (Mark Dobson to his mum) has offered up a free download of ‘M.O.P.E.’ for reaching 1000 likes on Facebook. The unreleased track comes in the build-up to the forthcoming ‘Come A Little Closer’.
It might be a good idea to have a wee browse on one of your favourite blog aggregators for another free download he’s giving away, ‘Rossler Master’, as XLR8R seem to think a lot of it (quite right too) as it was ranked in their top 5 mp3s of the moment.
You can grab your copy of the new EP ‘Come A Little Closer’ when it comes out on October 10 via Jalapeño Records
Aside from working on Toddla T’s sophomore album and contributing vocals to Speech Debelle’s ‘Blaze Up A Fire’, ol’ Rodney aka Roots Manuva has been working on his fifth studio album. The new album, ’4everevolution’, is supposed to be an extension of previous albums and possibly Manuva’s best yet. There’s more of the Dub, Conscious Hip-Hop and Grime but elements of Soul and even House music are drawn upon.
Excitingly, though it includes production and performance from Steve Dub and the Easy Access Orchestra respectively, it is the most Roots-produced LP to date. There are still a couple of collaborations though as MCs Lotek and Blakitude assist with vocals on a track each.
Aside from Lotek and Blakitude, newbie Rokhsan contributes vocals to the first single from the LP, ‘Get The Get’. Remixes of the single come from Breakage and Slugabed.
You can stream ‘Get The Get’ below and then buy the album on 26 September on Big Dada.
Once again, we’re slightly late on this one but it’s worth the wait. Originally from Philadelphia but now living in Brooklyn, Rx has been consistently ahead of the game, putting EPs and singles such as the free ‘Bumble’ EP on Nightshifters and the ‘Kaleidoscope Island’ EP on Subdepth.
The ‘Bumble’ EP he released last year on Nightshifters was a free release that threatened to break the NS servers! 2000 hits in one day tells you this guy draws a serious crowd for a very good reason.
As bass music takes a darker turn, incorporating Techno and IDM, Rx rightly welcomes the change with open arms. It’s the type of music that makes your chest cavity rattle and your internal organs scramble.
This new mix bridges the gap between heavy bass and Techno with artists like Martyn and Mala attending to the Dubstep side of things while Rx himself offers up some Techier numbers. The 3/4 time stays more or less throughout, but with more arpeggiated synths, hip-hop leanings and even some IDM thrown in for good measure. That said, it’s still very much a club-oriented piece, always maintaining the pace to keep you dancing.
Besides collaborative EPs with Sonkin and Shiftee, there’s also a debut album on Made In Glitch featuring ‘Turquoise’ from this mix. Oh, and if you’re in NYC around the 3rd of the month, you really should check out the DUSK monthly parties he puts on at Pianos with another favourite of ours, Siyoung.
Central to this LP’s sound is multi-instrumentalist Chris Ward’s use of the Rhodes keyboard, a piece of equipment traditionally used in Jazz Fusion. Ward’s use of the Rhodes keyboard would certainly explain the rich, almost supernatural air to tracks such as the opener ‘Navajo’. The shimmering echoes emanating from the machine do have an air of familiarity, almost nostalgia, that feels simultaneously warm and cold.
From what the blurb on Planet Mu tells us, Ward is more concerned with channeling his own musical history through new technologies than putting his own spin on any musical trends pervading the airwaves and blogosphere. Instead, his music remains separate, in its own little bubble. It doesn’t care if you like it.
On tracks like ‘Wear Out’ Ward even sounds like a particularly ethereal Wayne Coyne as beautiful laid back vocals drift over sweet little melodies. It’s staggering that this is only his first album; the level of maturity in his approach to composition is comparable to that of a veteran producer, incorporating influences from across years.
I wouldn’t say this album was influenced by or part of any particular style floating around at the moment, but I would say it’s well-timed with the return of Deep House, Techno and abstract electronica. And you can expect to see a lot more of Chris Ward.
Title: Parodia Flare (Planet Mu)
Out September 19 on Planet Mu
Top Billin appear to have the Midas touch at the minute, putting out hit after hit after hit. 2011 has been a big year for them, and it’s only getting bigger with releases from the likes of Dillon Francis and Sir Nenis.
In the spirit of such success they’ve just released the latest Willy Joy EP, a remix package for the recent ‘Woman Like Me’ single. You may remember the track from the shimmering house mix he put together for our podcast last year; a thoroughly enjoyable affair with unforgettable vocals and a relaxed production style.
Well, now’s your chance to rediscover the track with storming remixes from the likes of Flosstradamus and of course Dillon Francis. One mix in particular stands out: Cousin Cole‘s Tech House reworking. It’s a little different from the remixes of classic Folk music on his ‘Tambourine Dream’ mixes but it still packs the same punch. Grab it below and then head over to Top Billin to grab the EP when it comes out.
Ben Westbeech‘s sophomore release under his own name appears to be imminent as slowly but surely more information and teasers for the album are leaked. His first LP ‘Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life’ is widely considered to be a groundbreaking release among those in the know.
Already the remixes for the leading single ‘Something For The Weekend’ have been flooding the internet. Among the contributors are Gerry Read, Lee Foss & Robert James, The Revenge, Joey Negro and Westbeech’s own Breach alias. The mix that stands out, however, is that of UK Funky debonair Roska.
Stripping the original down to the bare minimum, Wayne “Roska” Goodlitt takes the Disco flavourings and Westbeech’s own soulful vocals and spins them into the kind of heavy-as-hell drum-based funk we’ve all come to know and love from Roska. You can grab his version below and no doubt more of the remixes in the weeks leading up to the album’s eventual release via Strictly Rhythm.
Yet again I find myself blogging the living daylights out of Top Billin. This time it’s LA-based Dillon Francis with a return to his unique take on Dubstep.
You may be surprised to hear Dubstep on this record after his forray into Moombahton. Well, we’re told the Westside EP (originally released by Mad Decent) was actually scheduled to be released after the ‘Bossa Rocka’ but Mad Decent decided the two releases would clash so this EP got pushed back.
The title track is backed by the B-sides ‘Fiyah’ and ‘Money Slot’. Remixes come from Sharkslayer, MightyFools and Sir Nenis. You can grab your copy here.