Rites Of Spring

29082010 by

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Rites of Spring – Persistent Vision

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James Blake – Electronic Explorations Mix

29082010 by

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

Stop Making Sense

09082010 by

Hands down the best live music DVD I have ever seen.

This is the opening.

Buy it now.

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Talking Heads – Born Under Punches

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto

04082010 by

One of the greatest collaborations of recent times.

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon

(from the album Insen)

Truce

04082010 by

“Our installation explores reciprocal musical interactions between the mosquito and the computer. The computer produces a stimulus signal to which the living mosquitos synchronize. Subsequently, the computer sings a third voice that responds to the musical inflections of the mosquitoes’ buzz. These three voices come in and out of harmony depending on the mosquitoes propensity to maintain its sync with the stimulus signal.

In our installation, each mosquito is equipped with a loud-speaker for providing the stimulus signal, a sensitive microphone for picking up the mosquitoes’ buzz, a camera for giving us a closer look at the insect, a kinetic component that allows the mosquitoes to rest every few minutes and a light bulb that shows the mosquito’s activity.”

A collaboration between Robin Meier and Ali Momemi

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Cousin Mosquito #1 – Malinda Jackson Parker

The Peckham Terminator

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The Stooges – Raw Power

Byrning down the House

15062010 by

Here’s a fascinating talk by David Byrne on the simbiotic relationship between architecture and music that’s recently been published on TED. If you haven’t come across the TED talks, they are a great and enriching thing and well worth checking out. The site is full of fascinating lectures from some of the world’s foremost thinkers on Techonology, Entertainment and the like.

Max Richter

15062010 by

Max Richter is a new discovery for me thanks to Alex over at Selected Poems. Richter is a wonderfully open and diverse composer with collaborators varying from Vashti Bunyan, Future Sound of London to Roni Size. He’s had his work on a number of film soundtracks, ‘On the Nature of Daylight’ included below, features on Martin Scorcese’s 2010 film, ‘Shutter Island’.

I’ve just spent almost two hours playing this on repeat, safe in the knowledge that it will be punctuating my days for the foreseeable future.

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Max Richter – On The Nature of Daylight

CMYK

15062010 by

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)

Kavsrave

14062010 by

Having been a little bit out of touch over the last month, I’ve just checked out a new release from the ever brilliant Glasgow label ‘Numbers’. The fantastic ‘Quote’s EP’ is birthed from Croydon based producer ‘Kavrsrave’. Numbers’ description of it is so on point that I feel any addition from me would be purely superfluous.

“The sound of neon dipped maximum power R’n’B as it’s dragged through the sewers and elevated to the heavens. This is the DREAM, racing up and down a Croydon high street pumping out UK bass in a souped up purple Corsa”

Expect big things from this chap in the future – you can and should buy his EP here and follow him on Myspace here.

I’ve picked my favourite track ‘PClart’ for your delectation below.

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Kavsrave – PClart

TOKiMONSTA

25052010 by


TOKiMONSTA’s Cosmic Intoxication EP is an absolute banger, if you don’t believe me ask FlyLo & Mary Anne Hobbs, they’ll tell ya.

“WOW! This girl is absolutely incredible… She’s my favorite female producer on the planet!”  – Mary Anne Hobbs

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TOKiMONSTA – Doing It My Way

The Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive

06052010 by

Greetings all.

Just a short post today.  I want to draw your attention to the launch of the new online Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive.  This great website includes essays, rare videos and pictures and more concerning all the great youth tribes: rockers, hippies, skinheads, emos, mods, punks, New Romantics and so on.  You have to register to see most of the good stuff, but it’s worth it.

To find out more you can read this Guardian article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/02/youth-culture-photography-archive

Or you can visit the site itself: www.pymca.com

I will leave you with this nostalgic song about the 1960s by Brixton ska favourites Maroon Town:

Maroon Town- Nostalgia

Like what you heard? Maroon Town perform this Friday 7th May 2010 at the fabulous Hootananny, Brixton.  And it’s free!

For more info: http://www.hootanannybrixton.co.uk/brixton-live-music.html

Ooops

13042010 by

Definitely a contender for the best remix I have ever heard. Check out Hudson Mohawke on myspace here.

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Ooops – Tweet feat. Missy Elliott [Hudson Mohawke Remix]

Taz Buckfaster

13042010 by

I first heard of the aptly monikered Taz Buckfaster on Warp record’s recent release ‘North / South / East / West’ which you can and should buy here.

Alongside Hudson Mohawke and Flying Lotus, Warp is truly supporting and nurturing a UK dance scene teeming with innovation and futurism. ‘North / South / East / West’ showcases the strength of their web and makes a refreshing change from the notion that London is the only place where musicians reside. The package itself looks beautiful, with design by Stuart Hammersly and photographs from Shaun Bloodworth.

NSEW Warp

Taz Buckfaster himself represents yet another notch on the bedpost of UK dance music for Glasgow. As I have mentioned previously it is incredible the amount of talent that has come from there in the last few years.

Buckfaster has just produced a mix for April entitled ‘Spring In My Step’, embedded below for your aural refreshment and breeding purposes. Enjoy yourselves.

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Taz Buckfaster – Au Revoir

Can’t Hold On

13042010 by

I’m back after a period in the wilderness, literally. I’ve been spending most of my time in the UK’s only natural desert working on this so I hope you will accept my profuse apologies.

Here’s an absolute banger from  M.E.D aka Medaphoar interlaced with the estoteric production of Madlib.

‘Can’t Hold On’ is the fourth track  on Medaphoar’s 2005 album ‘Push Comes To Shove’ released by the super sharp Stones Throw.

Bring on the London summer, I’m ready.

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M.E.D – Can’t Hold On

I’m New Here

23022010 by

Photo : Mischa Richter

Gil Scott-Heron has returned from the wilderness with a album ‘I’m New Here’. Released on XL Recordings and wonderfully produced by label owner Richard Russell, ‘I’m New Here’ is a fitting addition to the prodigious legacy of the man. The record sees Scott-Heron in new voice, rich with his life experience and looking towards the future.

For those that have not come across Scott-Heron before, here is great Newsnight interview that goes some way to showing just how influential his work has been upon our culture.

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Gil Scott-Heron – Where did the night go

Thee Intolerable Kidd

22022010 by

Photo : Marina Abatista

I felt incredibly fortunate to catch Thee Intolerable Kidd play at the Duke of Uke recently for the album launch of ‘Fireworks’ by King and the Olive Fields. It was a momentous night in many ways and all three acts playing were on top form. Kidd held the packed out Duke of Uke crowd completely spellbound for the entirety of his set and I’ve not been able to get his cover of the Donaldson/Leslie song ‘T’ain’t No Sin’ out of my head since. He’s currently recording in a studio in Hackney Wick with some new band members – more news of this soon..

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Thee Intolerable Kidd – T’ain’t No Sin

Dimbleby & Capper

22022010 by

Photo – Tim Cochrane

Another record that I’ve been wanting to post about for some time is Dimbleby & Capper’s first EP, ‘Slick Maturity’, the title track of which you can listen to below. You’d do well to catch her at the Camden Barfly on Saturday night with Casiokids – see her myspace here.

I’m only posting a stream of this for now, as the EP hasn’t seen the light of day yet, but here’s hoping for an imminent physical release.

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Dimbleby & Capper – Slick Maturity

Vindicatrix – Die Alten Bosen Lieder

22022010 by

I’ve been wanting to write about the 2009 Mordant Music debut full length release of ‘Die Alten Bosen Lieder’ from South East London’s Vindicatrix (real name David Aird) for quite a few weeks.

The landscape that Aird layers his heavy and beguiling vocals upon is rich and varied – swelling string cadences rise and fall amongst an intricately arranged patchwork of effected samples, tuba lines, ambient techno and barbarous percussion. At times the unease and suspense in these tracks is practically unbearable and I won’t even try to pretend after two listens through this album that I have grasped anything more than a vague understanding of the narrative of these songs. Interestingly in this case this isn’t something that concerns me as a listener, I’m quite thoroughly bewitched every time I listen. Having pondered about this album for some time before posting, I believe, (and I might be wrong so please correct me), that the title for the album comes from Robert Schumman’s ‘Dichterliebe’ Op.48 in which we find the main character placing all of his grief inside a giant coffin to be sent out and sunk in the sea.

This is a work so alternate from the current stream that it merits the various accolades being bestowed upon it (a glowing review in a recent issue of the Wire for one) and the avid attentions of a much wider audience. ‘Die Alten Bosen Lieder’ (roughly translated as ‘The Bad Old Songs’) is sure to divide opinion, being as it is a startlingly forward thinking and musically dexterous piece of work. You can purchase a digital copy of the album here.

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Vinidcatrix – Insulinde

Stereo Music for Disklavier

21022010 by

A quite mindblowing piece of music –  more about Whitman here – buy his work here.

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Keith Fullerton Whitman – Stereo Music for Disklavier

DOOM

21022010 by

DOOM is coming to the Roundhouse, London, March the 5th for a soldout show. I’ve never seen him live and I can’t wait.

An alternate version of my favourite track from DOOM’s collaboration with Dangermouse, ‘The Mouse and the Mask’

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Dangerdoom – Sofa King (Version Two)

Beaty Heart

21022010 by

New Cross based ‘Beaty Heart’ have just posted their first demo – ‘Cola’. It’s a beautiful and rambunctious tapestry that sees soaring vocals, music concrète and electronic manipulation intertwined into one of the most uplifting songs I’ve heard this year. Follow them on myspace here and find yourself in Deptford on March 5th and you’ll be able to see them live at the quite unhealthy Bunker Club, for the inaugural ‘Dead Gentlemen’.

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Beaty Heart – Cola

The Rise and Fall of the EMS

21022010 by

A beautifully edited and affected documentary film about the Electronic Music Studios, a cornerstone of modern electronic music. The film features the melodious squall of the VSC3, one of which I was most fortunate to have in my studio with me for the last few months.

as an added extra, I just came across this within which you will find the VCS3 described as a ‘state of the art songwriting computer’ and adopting the quite brilliantly English moniker, ‘The Harrington 1200’ (see 2 minutes 40 onwards)

One of my favourite Pink Floyd songs from Dark Side of the Moon, ‘On the Run’ features the VCS3 in a quite brilliant bit of madcap electronica.

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Pink Floyd – On the Run

King and the Olive Fields – Fireworks

23012010 by

The wonderful King and the Olive Fields new 10″ EP, ‘Fireworks’, is being released on February 22nd.

The EP launch party will be on Friday February 12th at the Duke of Uke near Brick Lane, I’ll be down there for sure, rumour is that they’ll also be doing an instore at Pure Groove sometime soon, so look out for that.

You can pre-order the record from their myspace or pick up a limited special edition on sale from Puregroove records in Farringdon.

King kindly got in touch to send PBP the second track from the EP, ‘Postcards’, a beautiful and lyrical slice of ukulele driven acoustic pop.

Apologies for my lack of recent posts, have moved studio and having just regained the internet, I’m back in the game.

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King and the Olive Fields – Postcards

“WON’T GET NONE OF YOUR CDS BACK”

11122009 by

Whoever took the time to make this is my official hero of the day. Prank call yo friends moms with the Tempa T sound board.

Next Hype SoundBoard

Southside…..that’s where we’re coming from

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As you may know , this blog is always ‘repping it’ for South London.  When I discovered this music video from a few years ago, I kicked myself for not finding it sooner, and immediately drove around Peckham in by Fiesta pumping it out and feeling very cool.  And then I realized that I’m actually from Bath and in my adopted hometown a Fiesta is not very cool.  Neither is playing music three years out of date.

But seriously, this video is hilarious.  I think.  I still can’t decide how seriously grime artists take themselves.  But it’s much funnier if you watch it believing they are taking themselves completely seriously.   

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Southside Allstars- ‘Southside’

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A Boom Bap Continuum

09122009 by

One of the best mixtape collaborations I’ve ever seen – so good to see this come out of London. Props to the most generous 2tall, DJ Clockwork and Kper.

To anyone with an interest in hip hop or electronica, you should get right on this.

The breadth and quality of the mix astounds me, check out the tracklisting below if you need any more convincing.

I’ll let the guys explain their reasoning behind the mix…

2009 was not just the year that the beat came back to worldwide prominence, it was also a year where Reynolds’ theory was broken down and rightfully (depending on where you stand) contested by a new generation of writers and producers. For me it was only right that any discussion about a Hardcore Continuum in the 00s should include hip hop’s influence on dance music mutations, and that is where the name came from – as I said a joke, but also a semi-serious statement. As far as I’m concerned the music of people like Loefah, a godfather of the dubstep sound, owes as much to hip hop’s golden era boom bap as it does dub and sound system culture. And that’s why two of his most famous tracks are included in the mix, as well as productions from people like The Bug, Joker and other not-directly-related-to-hip-hop producers. It’s the aesthetic we wanted to showcase, not the genres.

More information here : http://www.aboombapcontinuum.com/

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‘A Boom Bap Continuum’ (320kbps mp3)

Tracklisting after the jump

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Elvis Perkins – While You Were Sleeping

09122009 by

I’ve recently encountered the song writing of Californian born Elvis Perkins (thanks to King for this).

It seems almost unfair to focus upon his back story but I’m sure with a little investigation you can find that out for yourself.

Suffice it to say that he is a unique and beguiling songwriter with true great lyrical talent – his performance on the following Takeaway Show (a concept that in itself strips music back to its essentials), is the best I have seen.

‘While You Were Sleeping’ is taken from ‘Ash Wednesday’, released independently in 2006 and then by XL Recordings in 2007.

You can find out more about Elvis from his myspace

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Elvis Perkins – While You Were Sleeping

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