Category Archives: New Music

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New music: Alphabets Heaven & Deft – Pride & Joy

staysCanadian label King Deluxe release the new Alphabets Heaven EP Everything Stays The Same digitally today, and there’s a stonkin’ video to accompany his collab with Deft. Look!

Alphabets Heaven & Deft – Pride & Joy from King Deluxe on Vimeo.

You can also buy the EP on real life vinyl here.

Devised, directed and animated by Thomas Knowler

Musical collaboration by Alphabets Heaven & Deft

Download: Show N Prove – Instrumentals Vol 3

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One of the top UK producers knocking about at the moment, Show N Prove offers his third volume of instrumentals, featuring beats made for Big Narstie, Meridian Dan, Tinchy Stryder, Benny Banks, Ghetts, Amplify Dot and more. 

Download via the Facebook


01. Intro
02. Get Down (103 bpm)
03. My Different (140 bpm)
04. Get Busy (84.5 bpm)
05. My People (145 bpm)
06. ESG (82 bpm)
07. Trouble (104 bpm)
08. Wanna Go (150 bpm)
09. California Love (86 bpm)
10. Respect Me (100.5 bpm)
11. Outro


Download: Trim – Notice Now (Antony Abstruse aka DJ X-Kutz Remix)

trim antThe Croydon-based artist formerly known as X-Kutz remixes Trim and presents it to you as a free download here. This one’s a klaxon of a tune and  all too brief.

He’s been banging out bass heavy remixes of the likes of Jadakiss, Cormega and Mobb Deep that are well worth your while which you can grab at that very same link. Follow him on Twitter.






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Interview: DJ Yoda previews Breakfast of Champions at Band on the Wall

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 20.17.38This Friday night will see the culmination of a week’s residency between DJ Yoda and a lucky team of collaborators working at Band on the Wall. Potential partners were asked to apply for the residency, but places were already cemented for Manc rappers Truthos Mufasa (Ape Cult), Sparkz (Voodoo Black) together with Rex Domino.

Find details on the collaborators and keep an eye on the process over at Brighter Sound. Day One is already up here.

I caught up with Yoda ahead of this weekend’s performance. All pics of participants are by Brighter Sound.

Buy tickets for the event over at BOTW.

Pic: Brighter Sound
Pic: Brighter Sound


Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement… 


First off, this is an unusual project in the grand scheme of things – have you done anything similar in the past?

I’ve always tried to work on interesting collaborations – from orchestras to beatboxers to brass bands – but this is the first time I’ve actually put together a band from scratch to make original music. It’s a lot more work, but also much more satisfying!

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Who’s behind the project? Why do you think they approached you in particular?

Band On The Wall in Manchester put on an “artistic residency” once a year (here’s a little info on last year’s with Snarky Puppy)- they approached me and asked if I’d be interested in putting together a band. I can’t say why! It’s an interesting idea to have a DJ be the driving force behind something that sounds musically bigger than just playing records.

Were you integral in deciding on your collaborators or are their talents going to be a surprise?

I was absolutely integral. They put a call-out to emerging musicians, and we had tonnes of interest. So I then had this “X-Factor”-style day up in Manchester where I whittled the selection down to the kind of group I would like to work with.

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How are you preparing? What form will the final performance take or is that a complete unknown at this point?

I’ve produced an EP’s worth of music that we will translate to a live band performance, and then we plan on creating about the same amount again of totally original music during a week’s jamming, rehearsing and drinking tea.

What are the overall objectives of the project?

To do something different and new! That’s pretty much the goal with everything I try.

Have you had a chance to meet Sparkz, Truthos and Rex yet? How will your relationship with them play out over the five days?

Yep I put these guys together from the start, and we’ve been working on music all this time – I’m really excited about getting to share the results of these sessions!

Sparkz, backed up by Dubbul O, David Insua-Cao and yours truly a couple of years back at In The Loop.

Why should we come and check out the gig?

Because there’s a lot of people working together to make something really unique – Breakfast of Champions is gonna be the start of a movement!

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Download: Run The Jewels enlist Jones from Police Academy for Oh My Darling Don’t Cry #RTJ2

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 19.35.31Having received the nicest promo email in the world from El-P and Killer Mike earlier today, announcing pre-orders of RTJ2, I’m proper excited for the release of the album.

Adult Swim have a preview of the LP (no pun intended) on their Soundcloud with a free download of Oh My Darling Don’t Cry, and it’s fat as fook (and also features robot voice from Police Academy’s Michael Winslow aka Jones).

RTJ2 will be released on October 27/28 – this time on Nas’s Mass Appeal label.

The duo hit Manchester on 11 December at Gorilla – check tour dates here.

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You can pre-order the album, including a number of exclusive, one-off bonus packages (I’m going for The Meow The Jewels package – Run The Jewels will re-record RTJ2 using nothing but cat sounds for music. You are free to profit from this album in any way you see fit up to 100k in net global profit or 3 years).

The album will also be a free download at the same link – but you know you want the vinyl.

Keep your peepers on


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New music: Mocambo remix Lee Fields’ Just Can’t Win

bacao lee fieldsPlaying with Lee Fields and the Expressions recently has obviously been fruitful for Hamburg-based Mocambo Records, whose live incarnation, the Mighty Mocambos, are one of the tightest live funk outfits around.

Juno has a preview of their upcoming 45 as the Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band remixing Lee Fields’ Just Can’t Win on a steel pan flex, following their recent Truth & Soul release Bacao Suave/Round & Round. Check Lee’s O.G. version here.

I chatted to Lee Fields a couple of years back.

New music: Big Lo – More Like 2.0 ft Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee & Mel Funk.

magnum opiatesSome dopeness out of Florida courtesy of Big Lo, with help from Junky Goods, Stess the Emcee and Mel Funk, produced by Timeless.

It’s from his album Magnum Opiates, available on iTunes here.

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Download: 1991 – 199X EP from Chile’s Dilema Industria

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Dreamy  lo-fi beats on 1991′s (aka Daniel Klauser) debut EP for Chile’s  Dilema Industria, infleunced by recent trips to Colombia, Switzerland and Germany.

Download - also download from Bandcamp


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New Music: Paper Tiger release Laptop Suntan Remixed ft SertOne, Werkha, LV, Murder He Wrote, Scrimshire and an anagram

Sultan Ant Pop is Laptop Suntan remixed, or indeed anagramised, and is out now. The space jazz/hip hop/blip hop outfit combine live band expertise with killer production, and released their debut long player on Wah Wah 45s last year.

This, then, is the sequel. containing not only remixes but new original music too.

Go and buy it (listen below), and look for them gigging near you in the next few months.

Also check out this improvised live mixtape, Sonic Boom Head Zoom 2.