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Friday, October 29, 2010

Pete Rock Interview @ Metallungies

Just came across and read a brief but informative interview with the legendary Pete Rock on Metallurgies.

Lots of interesting bits on what he has been up to production wise, from Smif N' Wessun to Kanye West.

Also, I did not know that Pete produced (or at least came up with the idea for) 'Juicy' by Biggie Smalls!

Anyhow, read for ya'self HERE.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Karriem Riggins Podcast x Stones Throw Records at Hella International

When Dilla's crew was looking amongst themselves as to who was the best person for the job of completing the late-great's 'The Shining' LP, who did they turn to ultimately?

Karriem Riggins. 

His mini-set for Stones Throw Records at Hella International 2008 is pure fire. Perfect for this oncoming lovely summer weather.

I have been back into this set in a big way of late after re-discovering it in my collection.

Most of the music here are his own productions; JAMS!!!

P.S. A LINK to his blog... Drummer for Diana Krall!

Monday Five - 25th October, 2010

Long weekend jams...

Two. Lloyd Miller & The Heliocentrics - 'Pari Ru'
Three. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - 'Appreciate'
Four. Cypress Hill - 'Black Sunday'
Five. Karriem Riggins Live at Hella International - Stonesthrow Podcast

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DJ Premier VS. Pete Rock x Tokyo

Man i've been a busy boy and blogging has taken a back seat for the last couple of weeks.

BUT, I had to make time post this when I stumbled upon the DL link!

Arguably the two greatest hip-hop producers of all-time (just quietly my vote goes to Dilla) battled in Ebisu a district of Tokyo City in May this year.

I was staying in Ebisu until April 23rd so I was dismayed to say the least when I realised I was gonna miss this jam and the Stonesthrow showcase that was happening a few days earlier.

Anyhow, the next best thing is to get our wax-holders on to the recording of this historical event, right?!

Right on brothers. 


Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Five - October 11th, 2010

Two. Javelin - 'Intervales' Theme' (Original)
Four. Comfort Fit & Wallis Bird - 'La La Land' (Comfort Fit Remix)

Caribou - 'Swim' Remixes

Official remix releases for one of this years finest records were always going to be a formality.

Having toured madly in 2010 the band doesn't seem to rest and rather than settle for an EP of mixes, we'll hear their stellar LP 'Swim' tweaked, re-edited and flipped by contemporaries on a full-length(!!!) remix album.

Slated for staggered worldwide release over late October and into November, artist involved in the project include Gold Panda, Nite Jewel and Motor City Drum Ensemble.

Check out their remix of my favourite track off 'Swim', 'Leave House', the LP version, and a live performance of the original at the Bowery Ballroom earlier this year.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Toro Y Moi - 'You Hid' Re-create

Toro Y Moi's 2010 LP on Carpark Records 'Causers of This' is one of my absolute favourite releases of this year.

And, with not much of the year to go, it has to be one of the front-runners for my fave record of the year.

On it Chaz Bundick, the 23 year-old native of South Carolina has given us a sound that I have kind of been looking out for for most of my life (big call, I know).

Great electronic drum patterns, lush layering, and sweet melodies with BOTH pop and hip-hop sensibilities.

Post-Dilla + Ride + Stone Roses + Hall & Oates + Four Tet + Shuggie Otis = This record.

Lead single 'Blessa' sounds kinda like what Bullion achieved with his J-Dilla & The Beachboys tribute record 'Pet Sounds (In The Key of Dee)', but totally original.

Hit the link up above for LP DL and check out the video below for a re-create of one of the best off the album, 'You Hid'.

Here he plays all the instruments himself, layers it up and creates a beautiful semi-acoustic version of the sample and beat-driven original.

Despite the fact he's rockin' a pair of boat shoes in the vid, I gotta say I think a bright future beckons.

P.S. I have to say that my favourite track off the record has to be 'Thanks Vision' with it's beautifully epic final minute. Plus, it also totally reminds me of the lovely beat that DJ Mitsu did for Gagle's track '若き匠たちへ' off their killer '3-Peat' LP.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Brian Eno - 'Small Craft On A Milk Sea'

Safe to say that I am reasonably excited about this record. 

It is also very significant in that it is being released by respected UK electronic label Warp Records (on their Bleep imprint), label home to the likes of Flying Lotus, Aphex Twin and dup-step auteur Rustie.

Brian Eno makes killer music, and his record with former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, 'Everything That Happens Will Happen Today' from 2008 is in my top 20 albums of the last decade.

Here is the first official leak from his forthcoming album 'Small Craft On A Milk Sea'; '2 Forms of Anger'.

Brian Eno - 2 Forms Of Anger (taken from Small Craft On A Milk Sea) by Warp Records

Well known for his spacious drum echos, lilting acoustic and ambient musical wanderings, this new track flips the script by dishing out a number that begins very Eno-esque but morphs into a rollicking three-minute electric-guitar and tom drum-driven thrash. 

To me it sounds like Sonic Youth in a hurry.

Nonetheless, it excites me. A clever teaser!

Check out a few early images below of the beautiful packaging and have a read here at Brian Eno's website for more info.

Monday Five - 4th October, 2010

Spring is here for real; some of these enhance the seasonal experience, others... not so much.

Two. Baths - 'Lovely Bloodflow'

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