July 2011

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Posted in: Tracks

Radiohead – Remixes (Pearson Sound + Four Tet) Of the 4 planned remix packages commissioned by Radiohead, this is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated with Four Tet and Pearson Sound on remix duties. Four Tet gets to remix one of our personal favourites from The King of Limbs LP 'Separator'. Four Tet keeps faith with Thom Yorke's superb haunting vocal whilst in the second half of the track adds an almost Massive Attack Mezzanine type dark quality to the mix amongst his trademark off kilter percussion, great stuff. Next up for us is emerging man of the moment Pearson Sound's remix of 'Morning Mr Magpie', however despite his growing ... Read more / Preview track
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DJ vs Producer Can you make it as a successful DJ without your own music? This is a subject that often leads to much debate and no definitive conclusion. So what’s the answer? Well the answer is not as straightforward as it may seem, and in order to fully understand what makes a DJ a DJ we need to delve into the past a little and work our way to the present day. Certainly when DJing first started to make a name for itself during the explosion of Disco, House and Northern Soul you most certainly could make it without the need of your own music. Clubs were built around (in the main) exclusive residents ... Read more / Preview track
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Four Tet – Fabriclive 59 (Album Review) Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, has always pushed musical boundaries. Whether it be with his inimitable style of electronica - glitching up folk samples into haunting hip-hop melodies - or live laptop jamming with jazz drummers, he always manages to do something different and subvert expectations. With the release of his latest and most accessible album, There Is Love In You, he has found himself sitting alongside the likes of Joy Orbison and Pearson Sound on releases and line-ups alike. These pioneers are re-inventing bass music and Pearson Sound's recent Fabric Mix is a good example of where ... Read more / Preview track
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Damon Albarn DRC Music (Oxfam Charity Album) A collective of producers led by Damon Albarn will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to produce a new album for Oxfam. Travelling with Damon to Congo are Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED), Dan The Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Richard Russell, Actress, Marc Antoine, Jo Gunton and Kwes. They hope to make an album in 7 days. Wracked by years of conflict, the DRC is home to one of the world's worst humanitarian crises, and proceeds from the album will go to helping Oxfam's work, helping thousands of the DRC's poorest people. Damon Albarn is possibly one of the most ... Read more / Preview track
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Kingdom Feat. Naomi Allen – Take Me (Fools Gold) New Yorks Kingdom is someone we have featured on the blog a number of times whether it be another superbly crafted mixtape or a fresh new tune. Each time Kingdom has put something out there we are always straight on it to have a listen as he has an innate ability to combine ideas from a variety of sources and twist them to his will. For those who haven’t come across Kingdom previously his sound predominately centres around a Bass House, Dubstep type flavour with a tasteful blend of R&B often thrown in. 'Take Me' is just one of those moments and it works really well, in particular the ... Read more / Preview track
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Solo – Strawberry Swing (Great Stuff) Bit of a Tech-House day, no sooner had I put the polishing touches to my Camel post and this landed in my inbox. So if you enjoyed the Camel EP this should be right up your street. Solo aka Stefano Ritteri (also of Italian roots) is no stranger to strong releases, what with EPs on Dirtybird, Deadfish among others, and Strawberry Swing is no exception. Right from the off Strawberry Swing (not to be confused with Coldplay's version) will have the dancefloor shuffling to its tight groove, chopped vocal loops and melodic flourishes. Overall this is a club track designed to get you moving, and Im ... Read more / Preview track
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Camel – Blow Up (Jackmode) Always been a bit partial to summery Tech-House, however of late ive grown a bit tired of the incessant use of eastern brass type sounds, however there is one producer who never fails to disappoint, Camel. It could be argued that Camel aka Andrea Floris doesnt really vary his style much from EP to EP and the more discerning arm folded chin scratcher's among you have probably stopped reading already. However its my opinion that Camel is simply one of the best at this sound with crisp production, punchy drums, always a great groove, and an impeccable choice of vocal samples and lead hook lines. ... Read more / Preview track
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The Black Ghosts – When Animals Stare (Album Preview) Here's a quick history lesson. The Black Ghosts released their debut, self-titled album in 2008 and are formed of Simon Lord (formerly of Simian and currently Lord Skywave) and Theo Keating (formerly of The Wiseguys and currently Fake Blood). In the lead up to the release of their new album 'When Animals Stare', The Black Ghosts have uploaded five tracks for us to sample. Theo's the man on the buttons here whilst Simon takes to the mic. If you've heard Lord Skywave's output then the vocals will sound familiar, but there's something about knowing the dance floor prowess of Theo's ... Read more / Preview track