Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pinch and Shackleton

It pains me to have to talk of UK Dubstep, but comparing the North American variety with the gems coming out of Bristol and London is such a mismatch that I'd hate to tar Messrs Pinch and Shackleton with the same brush as their indie-wanabee-bass-head-counterparts across the water...

If you don't that think UK dubstep is so much better, you can check out every track on their new album in the video playlist below...


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Who is Ekiti Son?

Ekiti Son lives in the deep south of London. He is as reclusive as the late great J Dilla was. His beats fall somewhere in beyond Flying Lotus, Madlib, MF Doom and Dilla himself. I say beyond, because Ekiti Son's eclecticism is British. His beats are for the coffee table, to be chewed over by aficionados and ultra-hipsters.

It's hard to know where to start with Ekiti Son's output. He has already put out so much material on his Bandcamp page. So I´ve gone with a selection: Ekiti Son Specialities, which is a wicked beat tape featuring the choicest samples. A must for any beat head or budding MC...

And then I must include one of Ekiti Son´s own albums - the mighty Incarnadine.

Show some love for this music - and for artists publishing themselves :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Happenstancer Mixtape 3 - Tayo, Roots Manuva, Flying Lotus, Sufjan Stevens

Detail from Leonardo Da Happenstancer's photo montage "The Last Tune"...


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Purple Brain:Tripping And Rapping With Paul White

Paul White gets 7 of the best rappers around at the moment (including Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown and Homeboy Sandman) into the studio with him, records some blisteringly raw hip hop - then blows himself away with a set of instrumentals that are even better. That Madlib had the same problem on Madvillainy shows how good a producer Paul White is.

So what do you prefer? The original with Guilty Simpson, or the instrumental?

Listen/Download Paul White feat. Guilty Simpson - Trust

Listen/Download Paul White - Trust (instrumental)

If you prefer the instrumental version, check out Paul White and The Purple Brain - a psychedelic beats album released in 2010.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Shed - Shedding The Past (2008)

Looking for more Berlin (or US versions of...), dubby techno sounds, I stumbled upon Shed's 2008 album, Shedding The Past. It is true techno music. Apparently, Shed was originally an East German product of 90s techno culture after the Wall came down. although it wasn't until 2008 that he put out this debut album.

For me, It still sounds fresh three years later. More lively than his more repetitive Berlin counterparts, Shed's beats manage to be funky within a strict 4 to the floor framework.

Lots of good racks on this album, but my favourite is the intriguingly titled 'Estrange'.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Happenstance Mixtape 2 - Guido, Gonjasufi, Superpitcher, Dan Deacon, Primal Scream, Rolling Stones...

Sometimes music takes you out of your comfort zone in a nice way, gently lulling you with headphone candy then before you know it you are off you your chair, rocking....

1. Gonjasufi - Kowboyz & Indians
2. Clutchy Hopkins - 3:02
3. J Dilla - Workinonit
4. Guido - The Way You Make Me Feel
5. Dr Octagon - Earth People
6. Hugh Masekela - The Boy’s Doin’ It (Carl Craig remix)
7. Grace Jones- William’s Blood (Aeroplane remix)
8. Gonjasufi - Love Reign (Bear In Heaven remix)
9. William Onyeabor - Better Change Your Mind
10. Rolling Stones - Under My Dub
11. Superpitcher - Black Magic
12. Mental Overdrive - Pi
13. Dan Deacon - Snookered
14. Primal Scream - Stuka (TLS remix)
15. Fuck Buttons - Olympians