Archive for the ‘Producers’ Category

Susumu Yokota – Tobiume

04122011

‘Tobiume’ is taken from the album ‘Sakura'(1999)

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Susumu Yokota – Tobiume

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Balam Acab

16102011

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Balam Acab – Welcome

No Pain in Pop / Forest Swords / Echo Lake

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No Pain in Pop have had a formidable start to the year, with January and February seeing the release of two of the best debut EPs I’ve heard in recent months. Forest Swords’ ‘Dagger’ is  a stunning 6-track by Wirrall based producer, Matthew Barnes. The tracks are a consumate and direct vision of Barnes’ musical landscape – one populated by the spectres of Lee Perry, Pierre Schafer and Ennio Morricone.

You can buy the ‘Dagger Paths EP’, in a variety of formats, from the No Pain in Pop shop here.

Echo Lake’s debut EP, ‘Young Silence’, is an entirely different affair. Released on 14th February 2011, their reverb drenched guitar jams create a fragile and distant prospect, one made intimate by some truly haunting vocal melodies. The EP release party, at the Old Blue Last on February 19th, was a wonderful night with the Proper Ornaments providing an incredible support slot.

The video for the title track ‘Young Silence’, produced by Dan Nixon and Dom Jones using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, is something very special indeed;


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Forest Swords – Miarches

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Echo Lake – Young Silence

December

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From all of us here at PBP we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

This post is particularly aimed at my cousin Al, currently residing in Tokyo, Japan and making waves in the software development world:

If you haven’t come across Orange Juice, I reckon you’ll love them – you can hear the influence that Dogs Die In Hot Cars and countless other Scottish bands have drawn  from their work – Edwyn Collins was their front man and  you might know them for ‘Rip It Up’ a staple of Indie DJs everywhere. ‘Hokyo’ is a lovely rare B-Side I came across recently in a spate of mass record digitisation – I’ve been loving it for its weird synth inflected curves – the version below is a rip from a 12″, hence the crackiliness.

The Air track, ‘Alone in Kyoto’ features in the film ‘Lost in Translation’ – it’s a lovely slice of gallic electronica and through its use in the film is always going to remind me of Japan (and Scarlett Johansson!)

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Orange Juice – Hokoyo

Air – Alone in Kyoto

 

Today Of The Dead

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Over at Casa Del Malpas we celebrated Día de los Muertos in style last week – I thought I’d post a mix of some of the tracks that accompanied the evening.

My first proper foray into Mexican and Central American music was a pretty mindblowing experience. There’s some wonderful blogs out there covering specifically this, and they’re well worth checking out.

It has been a while since I’ve encountered a genre of music that is so completely unknown to me. Originating from a traditional courtship dance in Colombia and swiftly spreading across the whole of Central America, Cumbia is some of the most full on party music I’ve ever heard!

“Women playfully wave their long skirts while holding a candle, and men dance behind the women with one hand behind their back and the other hand either holding a hat, putting it on, or taking it off. Male dancers also carried a red handkerchief which they either wrapped around their necks, waved in circles in the air, or held out for the women to hold. Until the mid-20th century, Cumbia was considered to be an inappropriate dance performed primarily by the lower social classes.” more here

The songs in the mix are mainly taken from records put out in Mexico and Colombia during the so-called ‘golden age’ of Cumbia – 1950 to 1975.

To give you a little taste of the evening here’s a photo of a handmade Día de los Muertos skull, one of many made by Faye and Havva :


Tracklisting

1. Cumbia en do Menor – Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta
2. Cumbia – Alfredo Gutierrez
3. Cumbia De Sal – Los Falcons
4. Cumbia Arabe – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán
5. Cumbia Sampuesana  (La Sampuesana) – Chicken Y Sus Comandos
6. Cumbia Mexicana – Desconocido
7. Cumbia Y Guitarra – Los Mirios
8. La Cumbia De Los Cuervos – Juaneco y Su Conjunto
9. El Platanito – Los Dinamicos Del Ritmo
10. El Guamo – Anibal Velasquez
11. El Sucusu-Sucusu – Anibal Y Jose Velasquez
12. Mira Mira (Ella Baila el Pompo) – Los Curramberos de Guayabal with Anibal Velásquez
13. Has Regresado Viejo Amigo – Rodolfo

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Cumbia Mix (320k stereo mp3)

Cumbia Arabe – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán

Cumbia Sampuesana  (La Sampuesana) – Chicken Y Sus Comandos

James Blake – Electronic Explorations Mix

29082010

Here’s a wonderful mix a friend played me a few nights ago from London producer James Blake (see my previous post on CMYK below). I should explain I’ve cut the section below from a longer weekly 90 minute podcast, which you can hear in its entirety here.

The mix comes courtesy of Electronic Explorations a great website run by Rob Booth that does exactly what its title purports and has been an instrumental factor in Blake’s recognition.

Blake’s hitting a lovely style with his forthcoming material, some of which he showcases in the mix- I’m looking forward to catching him perform it live.

Tracklist:

01 – James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Cover) [Unreleased]
02 – Pinch – Airlock [Tectonic]
03 – James Blake – Air and Lack Thereof [Forthcoming ‘Hemlock Recordings’]
04 – Mala – Hunter [DMZ]
05 – James Blake – Sparing the Horses [Forthcoming ‘Hemlock Recordings’]
06 – Untold – Bones (Hemlock Recordings)
07 – Mount Kimbie – The Mighty Gee [Forthcoming ‘Hotflush’]
08 – Starkey – Time Traveler [Planet Mu]
09 – James Blake – I Never Learnt To Share [Unreleased]

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James Blake – Electronic Explorations Mix

CMYK

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New Cross based producer James Blake has been making waves on the UK underground for nearly 18 months now. Blake’s EP ‘Air & Lack Thereof’ (released on Hemlock in 2009) was a breath of fresh air amongst a bewildering array of derivative dubstep / wonky / 2-step garage releases, with the title track included on Soul Jazz’s ‘Steppa’s Delight 2’ and the flip ‘Sparing the Horses’ featured on Dubstep Allstars Volume 7.

2010 has seen Blake release his ‘CYMK’ EP on the seminal R&S recordings, resulting in a legion of excitable dance music journalists dusting off unfamiliar language and extolling the virtues of chord progressions and harmony whilst stuttering in amazement at the sheer precocity of someone singing over programmed material. Comparisons to Jamie Lidell abound, but in all honesty this is a unique and well crafted record with some of the most well considered sampling I’ve heard in recent years. It’s a big leap in both style and individuality from ‘Air & Lack Thereof’, a testament to Blake’s growth as a musician and a strong sign for Blake’s future releases.

One of the most engaging things about this EP is the feeling of subtle depth in both the samples and the production styling (The paring of Kelis and Aaliyah for example). ‘CMYK’ feels like something quite different compared to the average UK underground release. Blake deserves the praise that is being heaped upon him. Here’s hoping that he continues along his current path.

The title track of the EP, ‘CMYK’ sees the vocal skills of Kelis and Aaliyah juxtaposed to beautiful effect over a hissing sea of noise, clicking rim-shots and warm synths – I’ve included it below.

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[James Blake – CMYK]

James Blake – CMYK [removed by request]

Mount Kimbie – Maybes (James Blake Remix)

“Put a dick in your ear an fuck what you heard”

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What gets me with this track, is that before listening to it, I always had Fabolous down as a bit of a poser. And yet, the moment homes boasts about being “gucci’d down to his tighty whites”, my ears pricked up. What follows is one of the most effortlessly swaggering verses in a while. From comparing his Colombian ladyfriends “blow-game” to that of the late Dizzy Gillespie, to taunting fellow rappers, likening them to “s’mores” (soft in the middle you dig), ‘Loso proves that when it comes down to the nonchalant punchline, dude is bonkers.

Oh, and its also produced by Alchemist, which means the beat is a certified banger.

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Fabolous – Lullaby

Burial and Massive Attack

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Through the webvine comes news that Burial is working on some remixes for the new Massive Attack album.

A mighty combination they will be.

The animation above is by the wonderfully talented  Takeshi Murata, a Los Angeles based pyschedelic animator. The piece is called ‘Tarpit’ and was made in 2004. More information about Takeshi can be found here.

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Burial – Unite

Massive Attack – Angel

‘Love We A Go Spread’ – Trojan Sound System

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A formidably epic new tune from Trojan Sound System.

‘Love We A Go Spread’ is a special on Rusko’s monster dubstep tune ‘Jahova’, that sees MC Superfour and singer Chuckie Bantom unleash an epic call to action amid the shattered landscape of Rusko’s swooping basslines and sirens. It’s intense and wholesome business and comes highly recommended; nine out of ten cats prefer it.

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Trojan Soundsystem – Love We A Go Spread (A Trojan Sound System special on Rusko’s Jahova)

Isla

21102009

From the moment ‘Isla’ starts, the listener embarks on a journey through an aural landscape of surprising variety and virtuosity. The innate bond, instrumentation and improvisatory skills present between the four members of Portico Quartet create a truly unique sound, lending them fans of all ages, from the niche audiences of London’s underground jazz scene right through to the listeners of BBC Radio 1. It is a rare thing indeed, when a group appears who balance such a wide variety of genres with definitive individual style.

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Artwork by Duncan Bellamy

Glimpses of the inspirations for Portico’s music are fleeting but striking – scenic references to Africa and Arabia abound, entwined within contemporary minimalist rhythms and electronics. These references provide the listener with an idea of what the Quartet have been up to since their 2007 Mercury nominated Babel Vortex release ‘Knee Deep in the North Sea’. The months of touring abroad and at home have influenced and broadened their compositional skills, with innumerable musical refractions woven expertly into their musical tapestry.

Duncan Bellamy’s drums shimmer and push, providing a tangible energy for Jack Wyllie’s storytelling saxophone lines. In ‘The Vistor’, Wyllie’s melodies find an endpoint in a haze of delay; a use of electronics that marks a development in the established sound and one that works superbly. Nick Mulvey’s ubiquitous Hang is given just the right amount of lightness and room in the mix, and is particularly bewitching in the opening figures of the title track, ‘Isla’. Milo Fitzpatrick on Double Bass provides an integral and magnificent definition to the album with the second half of ‘Isla’ showcasing his exceptional arranging skills. The additional instrumentation used (electronics, marimba, cello, viola and violin) is explored in a delicate and subtle way, lending a new found poise to Portico’s wholesome soundscape.

Recorded at Abbey Road and Fish Factory studios in May of this year, John Leckie’s production gives this second album both clarity and atmosphere. The quality of Leckie’s work lends real progression to Portico’s sound, a true sign of his versatility as a producer.

This is an album that you make space for. I’ll admit I’ve been listening to it through and through in the last seven days prior to writing this post. That is not to say that ‘Isla’ isn’t immediately appealing and gratifying – ‘Clipper’ the sixth track on the album, and probably my favourite, has been on pinball style rotation around my temporal lobes since my first listen. The album is constructed in such a way that a thread seems to run all the way through it – an almost filmic aspect, and deserves listening to in full each time.

In short, Portico Quartet’s ‘Isla’ is an accomplished, sincere and beautiful album providing a natural growth from their first, ‘Knee Deep in the North Sea’.

If you hurry, you might still be able to buy tickets for the ‘Isla’ album launch at Camden’s Koko on the 2nd November.

‘Isla’ is the new album from UK based Portico Quartet. It came out two days ago and you can purchase it here.

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Portico Quartet – (Something’s Going Down On) Zavodovski Island

Felix’s Machines and Leila

12012009

On Saturday I went to go and visit Felix’s machines at the Gasworks in Vauxhall.

Felix creates futuristic automatons from pieces of instruments and other material. They play his own compositions, which are somewhere close to a cross between Yann Tiersen and some of Aphex Twin’s more ambient work. Rumour has it he will be taking his machines on tour with the mighty dance bass playing maestro Squarepusher very soon so it’s worth getting down there before it shuts on January 18th [and as a bonus it is free!].

Here is a rather crudely shot video so you can grasp the concept a little better..


More information can be discovered here..

At the opening night of the exhibition, Leila [signed last year to Warp Records] played a DJ set.. I’ve got to draw attention to just how good her album ‘Blood, Looms and blooms’ really is. You can buy it here.

It also brings a realisation of how strong an influence Iran is having upon popular culture in recent times. Two of my closest friends are half Iranian and I can name at least three more people in my friendship group who have Iranian heritage. Early this morning I finished reading the brilliant graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

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Leila – Little Acorns

Alice Coltrane and Flying Lotus

12012009

Today, I discovered that Alice Coltrane was Flying Lotus’ aunt. Suddenly a lot of things fell into place.

Right now Flying Lotus is flying the flag of musical-futurism.


Here is his November BBC Essential mix in it’s entirety. Also the tracklisting, click to enlarge..

Also the beautiful ‘Sita Ram’ from Alice Coltrane’s ‘Universal Conciousness’

The picture of FlyLo was one I took at the Bug’s launch party for London Zoo at Third Base in Brixton..

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Flying Lotus – BBC Essential Mix 29th November

Alice Coltrane – Sita Ram