Category Archives: beats

MR. E’s selection for La Mixette / Musique Large

Photo: Pippa Rankin
Photo: Pippa Rankin

A great new mix is up from Mr. E for Fulgeance’s La Mixette series, following his  frankly stunning Groovement podcast last week.

Catch him as part of the Taste the Diff’rence crew at Soundwave Croatia next weekend.

Listen on Mixcloud here or below.

http://soundcloud.com/dj-mr-e // Mixcloud: Mr. E // http://twitter.com/eddmystery

LAMIXETTE#78 MR.E by La Mixette on Mixcloud

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Anushka: Broken Circuits out now on Brownswood

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Sleeve: Fred Butler

Today sees the release of the debut album from Brighton’s Max Wheeler (on production) and Victoria Port (on vocals/songwriting) as Anushka.

Entitled Broken Circuits, it’s a melting pot of summery, bass-flittered future-soul from a pair of heads with extremely good musicality. I’ve ordered the vinyl over at Bandcamp, but there’s a bonus track on t’iTunes.

1. Impatient
2. Never Can Decide
3. Echo
4. Atom Bombs
5. Kisses
6. Broken Circuit
7. Down in Flames
8. I Have Love 4 You
9. These Things
10. This Time
11. Mansions
12. Fire To me
13. Blessings (Bonus track for itunes)

Keep an eye on upcoming tour date and news over at Brownswood.

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Download Generic Greeting Compilation Number 3

gg3Manchester’s Generic Greeting arts collective continue to be one of the most dynamic in the city. Their latest batch of electronic excursions is brewed and ready to go – this will be seeing me through the end of writing reports tonight.

I recently did a mix for them too, check that here.

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Lone – Reality Testing

I’ve not really had time to write something this week to do this album justice – suffice to say I ran out to grab the LP upon release, and haven’t been disappointed. As well as probably making banging instrumental hip hop fashionable again for the hip-heads, Lone effortlessly transcends genres to produce a collection of sounds that are unmistakably him. The hip hop flavours are my favourite tracks, but rest assured styles fluctuate well. Tempos might differ, but the soul remains consistent throughout. Grab it on yellow vinyl while you still can.

Konx-Om-Pax on sleeve design, Kyrstal Klear on photgraphy.

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Clap! Clap!: Tayi Bebba LP on Black Acre – preview

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An imagined island is the setting for this forthcoming conceptual yet banging work from Italy’s Clap! Clap!, to be released 8 September 2014 on Bristol label Black Acre.  Each track is set to represent a location on the island - the LP will be released with an island map inserted, plus the story behind each area. Preview a track below.

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Tracklist
01) The Holy Cave
02) Ashiko
03) The Rainstick Fable
04) Kwasi The Sorcerer
05) Black Smokes, Bad Signs
06) Conqueror (action / assault / conquest)
07) Conqueror (consequences / memories)
08) Conqueror (remorse / withdrawn)
09) Burbuka
10) Sahkii (Xirhuu)
11) Sahkii’s Elevation feat. DJ Khalab
12) Kwasi’s Storm (kyanumj) (tape dub)
13) Universal Modulator (kujhmak)
14) Sahkii’s  Knowledge
15) Universal Modulator (ujmubuam)
16) Sailing In The Seas of Wood
17) Kuj Yato

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My Dry Wet Mess – Laptop Lapdance EP preview

The Laptop Lapdance EP is forthcoming on Fine Grains, July 7th. His Magical Properties LP, Irrational Alphabet, was on loop for me for many months, and I’m excited to hear new music from him. 01 Twos Too 02 Nailed Scale 03 Eyelids’ Secret 04 Infinito 05 Nailed Scale (Auntie Flo Remix) 06 Nailed Scale (Dam Mantle Remix) 07 Eyelids’ Secret (Ikonika Scenario Adjustment Remix) 08 Eyelids’ Secret (Ikonika Shy Remix) @mydrywetmess
Soundcloud   Download the Ikonika remix of track Eyelids’ Secrets below.   Art: Alexander Horne   Press release: My Dry Wet Mess’ unique sound is recognisable for it’s multi-layered intricacy and offbeat charm. Skittering beats slide through surreal melodies and distorted vocals or keys. In ‘Laptop Lapdance’, Civitenga encapsulates these elements with four engrossing story-telling tracks.
 
Remixes come from Hyperdub‘sIkonikaDam Mantle and Auntie Flo. The latter comes with a dreamy analogue rework of ‘Nailed Scale’; a gentle breezy groove with a plethora of subtle details peaking out from the undergrowth. If Auntie Flo’s remix is a curious walk along the jungle path, Dam’s Mantle’s ‘Nailed Scale Remix’ is head first into the depths. Dark and prowling, Mantle strips down the emotive elements to tribal claps and creepy background echoes. Stepping further into techno territory, Ikonika’s ‘Scenario Adjustment Remix’ highlights the metallic and futuristic elements of ‘Eyelids’ Secret’. A stomping mechanical rhythm goes for the jugular from start to finish. In her ‘Shy Remix’, Ikonika wraps things up with a beat-less cinematic twist.

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Preview: Marc Rapson’s Dark vs Light EP on Expansions Collective

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Release: 27 June 2014

12″ and digital pre-orders at Expansions Collective Bandcamp

Marc Rapson returns, and I can’t add much more to the press blurb below, apart from get this pre-ordered! I love this Grapevine re-edit from a few years back.

Expansions have streamlined their past releases, including those under their former name of Freeform – there’s amazing stuff to download in there. Get on it. 

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Pianist, Hip Hop producer, Remix artist for the likes of Atjazz & Scrimshire: Marc Rapson is a man of many dimensions. From rocking BBC’s Maida Vaile and Later with Jools Holland as part of Ben Westbeech’s touring band, to releasing stellar re-edits of Marvin Gaye and Sarah Vaughan to the acclaim of Gilles Peterson: Marc has spent the last decade quietly building a following amongst those in the know. 

Dark vs Light seamlessly blends crunchy, low swung Hip Hop beats with Marc’s jazz inflected Fender Rhodes and synth sounds. Not one to be confined to a singular style, Marc also fires up the sampler for tracks such as ‘Click Loud’, combining surgicial chop skills with live instrumentation. Dark vs Light is the product of a mind that grew up on Ahmad Jamal as much as A Tribe Called Quest: the jazz pianist with a passion for raw beats. It’s a duality that should resonate with Hip Hop classicists and beat fans alike. 

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Groovement Interview: CHARLES EDISON

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I was blown away by Charles’ track My Name Is t’other month – you can find it right at the end of this Groovement episode. I holla’d at him with some questions to delve a little deeper.

Catch him on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud. He even has his own website here.

Also have a look at Beats Laying About and their Twitter.

Hi there, Charles! Please sum yourself up in a sentence.

The best producer in Essex that you’ve never heard of.

What can you tell us about the forthcoming long player, Lightbulbs?

It’s an album of instrumentals ranging from 1 to 3 1/2 minutes long and there’s allsorts on there. You have happy music, sad music, digital sounds, more traditional, earthy beats. You could consider it an introduction I suppose, as there are a whole range of different styles on it. I feel like I’ve developed my own sound, so the album has the cohesion I was looking for, but at the same time it takes you up, down and everywhere inbetween. The first track we shared was My Name Is and then after that, Bitstorm. They couldn’t be more different. I can’t wait to share Lightbulbs in its entirety.

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How long have you been making music, and how have you been doing it?

I’ve been making music for about five years using various versions of Fruity Loops. I’ve had brief periods using hardware like the Akai MPC (the hip hop beatmaker’s mainstay) but always came back to FL as I quickly realised there was nothing I could do with hardware that I didn’t already know how to do with FL.

At the moment I’m using Fruity Loops 10, an Alesis Q49 midi keyboard and a Technics SL1210 MK2 for sampling vinyl.

Terrible but necessary question – who are your influences?

I could talk about this all day, but the people I find myself constantly drawing inspiration from are:

Damon Albarn – The work Damon has done as Gorillaz has had a huge impact on the way I approach projects. Each of the albums they’ve put out have had a clear theme running through them and a strong concept tying everything together and I always strive for that cohesion. Not to mention Damon’s songwriting, which is often so vivid.

Kanye West – I’m really impressed with the way his sound has evolved over the course of his career. One of the biggest challenges I find is to continue to push boundaries and try to innovate without losing a sense of what defines my “sound” as an artist but I think Kanye’s done an amazing job of doing that.

Daft Punk – The Tron Legacy score in particular is one of my favourite albums of recent years. Working with samples, I find it’s sometimes difficult to lay melodies and synth sounds over them without sounding a little jarring or forced. What I loved about the Tron Legacy score was how well they combined raw, digital sounds with the warm, rich tones of an orchestra whichcomplemented the film’s visuals beautifully.

Who’s doing it right, right now – music wise? Who are you listening to?

I still have Disclosure’s ‘Settle’ on repeat and I think their talent is incredible. The fact that they’re only 20 and 23 is amazing. I also like London Grammar a lot. I love theirsound, it’s so eerie and emotive. I also listen to a lot of 60s bands like The Doors, Jefferson Airplane and The Zombies.

You’ve produced for the Delusionists. Who are they?

Delusionists are a three-man hip hop outfit consisting of Ben Black, DBF, and Slim Pickens. I heard an album they put out called Prolusion Plus and was really taken by it – the production, the concepts, everything. It just felt different to what everyone else was on. I loved what they were doing so I began sending them beats – one of which became Messiah Complex. That ended up being picked up by Radio 1, so I was really happy with that.

What’s the story with BLA Records? Is it a label you are heavily involved with?
Ben Black set it up to put out Delusionists’ music. I met him at a couple of gigs, sent them Lightbulbs and they decided they wanted to put it out.

What about Straw Man and Fisky?

Fisky is a rapper I’ve collaborated with. I did a few of the beats on his album recently and I’m always open to working with vocalists. I don’t know too much about Straw Man except that he’s putting together an EP for release on BLA after Lightbulbs.

What’s your experience been of getting your music out there in the age of Soundcloud, Bandcamp etc? What works well? What doesn’t?

I use Soundcloud a lot. When I make a beat that isn’t for a particular project or artist I’ll usually put it on there and I’ve found it a good way to test reactions. It’s always so difficult not to let your own feelings or opinions dictate what you do with a track. I might not like a beat because it only took a little while to make but everyone else might love it, so I think platforms like Soundcloud make it so much easier to understand what you’re doing right.

Lightbulbs is due on BLA Records quite soon. 

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Download: Depakote – Relapse & Sidetracks albums on LabelGroovement

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I’m well chuffed to be able to release these two collections from California’s Depakote over on LabelGroovement.

Both are actually re-releases of albums previously up for download on this very website, but streamlining them into the Bandcamp will hopefully give them a little more exposure.

Depakote’s a dope guy and a dope producer, unafraid of not following trends and carving out his own identity. His music travels an experimental path but flirts with slowed-down disco, trap and outer-space ratchet styles.

Have a listen to both albums below, and download at the…

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Also check out his release on This City Is Ours


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