Thursday, 31 December 2009

Thank you

I'm not really in to end of year lists - I've loved everything I blogged this year or at least been honest about it, so all I want to say is a huge THANK YOU  for listening and reading this year.

I hope 2010 brings us all lots of amazing music and happiness.

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Szjerdene "Collage: The Demo"

UK singer songwriter Szjerdene has talent for days and after blogging about her for a very long time it's lovely to be able to share her demo! Blue Lullaby is the one for me.


Listen below, and head to her website to download it! www.szjerdene.com/music/

   Szjerdene "Collage: The Demo"  by  ameliaideh

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

DJ Kunto's "Edits For The Floor" EP


This EP is from Ghanaian producer/DJ Kunto Ofori. "My dad likes them, as do my relatives, when I play them at family events" she says "so they're tried and tested!"

The previously PMOIed cut of Marvin Gaye's Calypso Blues has been re-EQed and mixed down.

You can Call me Al (DJ Kunto edit) - Paul Simon


Seeline Woman (DJ Kunto edit) - Nina Simone


Mayibuye I Africa (DJ Kunto edit) - Vido Jelashe


e gbe mi (DJ Kunto edit) - The Benders


Calypso Blues v2 (DJ Kunto edit) - Marvin Gaye (new mix)


Download as zip file HERE

Mike Love - Nigerian Gangster

OK, I'm really not normally a fan of mash ups but it seems DJ Mike Love is. I have to admit I kinda like this - it's been kicking around for a while but I wasn't aware of it until the lovely Tom sent it over to me today. Nice to remind the world today that we're not just a bunch of 419 alien eating Yahoo boy kidnapping terrorists some might have you believe - we've made some good music too...



Download the whole project here if you like it.

Bullion - Say Goodbye To What

New treats from the man like Bullion.

"The life of the romantic is not always an easy one"




<a href="http://bullion.bandcamp.com/album/say-goodbye-to-what">Say Goodbye To What by Bullion</a>

Monday, 28 December 2009

WE LOVE...VOL 11

Two chunky downloads in a row because I was late last week, oops! I don't know about anyone else but my English cynicism leapt to the fore when I heard the title of Black Milk's new album ("Album of the Year"), I hate gimmicks, especially from talented people - bah humbug. I am slowly being bludgeoned to death with Drake at home so in a bid to "get it" I've added one of his tracks on here *NB he's not doing that annoying "sexy talking" thing in this one, and I actually prefer Sonnymoon's version of Houstatlantavegas. Very, very excited about Tweet's new album Love, Tweet which is dropping in 2010 - I've got the first leak on repeat and I hope you enjoy it too!

Download HERE 

Tracklisting

Keep Going - Black Milk
Drake - Its Been A Pleasure - Drake
Didn't Cha Know (Biscope Boot Rmx) - Erykah Badu
Ancestors - Gonjasufi
Lost Frost (Devonwho Remix) - Graintable
Permission - J*DaVeY
I'm Beaming  - Lupe Fiasco
Just Begun - Reflection Eternal/Jay Electronica,/J. Cole/Mos Def
Soul Litchfield - Throw Ups - Saturn Never Sleeps
Houstatlantavegas - Sonnymoon
Don't Push Me (The Clonious Remix) Feat. Ty - Tettorybad
Love Again -Tweet

WE LOVE...VOL 10

The usual mixture of randomness from me. I haven't posted the J*Davey Mistape because every track is featured on a We Love already so I thought it was overkill. I'm really feeling the Jesse Boykins remixes, have laughed my ass off to "Egg Nog" by Kev Brown, and have been doing some serious face dancing to Ofege and the Ty rework.

Download and enjoy HERE

Tracklist 

Sunshine - Apple Juice Kid
I Mean Business (yU Remix) - Diamond District
Quakes - Flying Lotus
Heartbeat (J.Period Remix) f. Talib Kweli - J.Period & Nneka
Get Together - J*DaVeY
Stress & Survival f/ Rasco - Jaylib
Amorous_(AFTA-1_LOVE-MIX) - Jesse Boykins III
Shine (Ruckazoid REMIX) - Jesse Boykins III
Kev Brown - Egg Nog - Low Budget Crew
It Kills Me - Melanie Fiona Ft Ghostface
Gbe mi Lo - Ofege
Wait A Minute (Greymatter Rework) - Ty
Electric Love (Nicolay Remix) - Vikter Duplaix

Sade's "Sizzle Reel"

OK, I took a cheeky couple of days off for Christmas, back now with some goodies though. This is just hot, I keep watching it and getting overly excited. After listening to "Soldier of Love" approximately 1,867,897 times I can't say I'd put it up there with one of Sade's best but I love her voice so much, can't wait to see a video for it, and it's definitely still good music. I'm crossing my fingers for the rest of the album, especially after watching her "Sizzle Reel"...

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Paolo Novelli x Charlie Dark x Nike

I posted the track on this video back in the summer, "140bpm" by Goldielocks and Morgan Zarate and it has really grown on me since then. I have only just stumbled across this video though, made by ridiculously dope photographer Paolo Novelli featuring the legendary Daddy Dark.


Iam1 Journey - London from P9 paolo novelli on Vimeo.

"This is the result of a 5 days T&S time-lapse shooting that I did (as photographer and director) for Nike in early June of this year. It's a mix between the classic T&S from elevated places, psychedelic ground shots and aggressive close ups to the characters." PN

MADVILLAIN - Savior Beans (J.Rocc Exclusive on Benji B's 1Xtra Show)

Hilarious. Stones Throw posted this statement yesterday -

"ATTENTION MC'S AND PRODUCERS: IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR SHIT UNDER WRAPS TIL RELEASE DATE, DO NOT GIVE A COPY TO J.ROCC WHEN HE'S SCHEDULED FOR SOMETHING SUCH AS A DJ SET ON BENJI B'S SHOW ON BBC 1XTRA, WHERE HE PLAYED THIS."

Fiyah.

Steve Spacek x Katalyst - Space Invadas "Follow the Signs" mixtape

Space Invadas mixtape

I've heard nothing about this project so far but spotted this mixtape over at Trees for Breakfast (big ups). Space Invadas is a project from Steve Spacek and Katalyst, and the album Soul-Fi is due out in March...

Download the mixtape here

Info from their Myspace page -
So apparently the story goes something like this...In 1960s when aliens visited earth, they took many things back into space. One of the things they took was numerous examples of soul music. Feeling the music they proceeded to write their own songs. Not having the vintage equipment to record them traditionally, they sent them to Space Invadas to record. The music they made they called Soul-Fi.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Tinashé performing "A-Liar"

I don't know how many ways there are to tell you about Tinashé. I blogged about him a few weeks ago, and since then I've taken  friends to see him live, so many people I know are wandering around singing about mango trees, and I've seen them sending on links to his videos. Here's a new video clip from him - hope you enjoy and share it!

Zappy Zappy Toy Toy - Let's Go!

Wow. This has to be one of my favourite mixes all year - I'm currently listening on headphones and I look crazy, neck snapping and screw facing at a friends' house in sedate and rural Oxfordshire. Producer/ DJ extraordinaire Kid Kanevil for Musique Large, this is the Zappy Zappy Toy Toy mix.

Download/ Listen here



Tracklist

1. nintendo sound history series 30
2. shlomo – antigravity (fulgeance remix)
3. joker – digidesign (om unit remix)
4. eliphino – lovw
5. red – the nuts
6. que b.i.l.l.a.h. ft the cool kids – i got colors
7. red café – hottest in the hood (inst)
8. clipse – doorman
9. lupe fiasco – fire
10. mop – monster
11. mono/poly – ms-14
12. illum sphere – psycho (samiyam remix)
13. blue daisy – space ex
14. kidkanevil – minjo
15. robert glasper – j dillalude
16. mr beatnick – the 4th day
17. flying lotus – auntie’s harp (rebekah raff remix)
18. kidkanevil – megajoy
19. starky – o.k luv (inst)
20. terror danjah – piano madness
21. ikonika – we could be ikons
22. eskmo – from the standpoint
23. hudson mohawke – twistclip loop
24. src – goomba
25. sebastien tellier – l’amour et la violence (floating points remix)

Just in case you don't know about Kid Kanevil check out his single Megajoy/ Minjo from the new album Basho Basho the intro's a minute long but trust me it's worth it - I challenge you not to dance like a fool. Let's go!

<a href="http://kidkanevil.bandcamp.com/album/megajoy-minjo">Megajoy by kidkanevil</a>

Baileys on the Rocks (worst pun ever?)

Corrine Bailey Rae.
Remember her? Cute woman, cute music, cute voice, really nice, inoffensive sound/package. Really Sweet.
I was really surprised by her new single, I'd Do It Again. Strong, beautiful, painful, calm and progressive. I could talk about how recent tragic events in her life could have contributed to this new development but that would be cheap. It would take away from the song writing and that would be cheating you, I really felt it. I think you will too.

You have two options, the official video I'd Do It Again or the Jools Holland performance. (I hope his last name is Holland, after I wrote that I became unsure and now I'm positive that Jools Holland is a mayonnaise brand or something)

Mburu-Bowie x

OFFCIAL VIDEO


CORRINE BAILEY RAE on LATER WITH JOOLS

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Kelis - real talk.

It's a little bit sad we've gotten to the point that I think this is risqué, but it's been such a long time since I've heard a pop star speaking this honestly. Her thoughts on prettiness about 10 minutes in are such a breath of fresh air and I'm so glad someone is pointing it out. Not sure who this dreadful sycophant interviewer is but her new song "Acoustic" is terrible (whilst we're being honest), everyone's allowed an off day though - especially Kelis.


Popbytes.com interviews Kelis! from Popbytes on Vimeo.

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Greymatter - new single ft Domu, plus re-edits free download.

Our friend and UK producer Greymatter's debut album "Mind Over Matter" is coming out this February, and the first (double) single features the last ever music from the legend that is Domu, after his early retirement this year. PMOI are helping to promote this project so feel free to spread it far and wide!

Watch This ft. Domu PREVIEW by greymatter
We Are One ft. Domu PREVIEW by greymatter

You can also cop a tasty free download of 10 re-edits by Greymatter, the "Easy Money" edit was a PMOI exclusive earlier this year. Click the image to download!


Tracklisting

Magic Lady (Greymatter Rework) - Newban
People Make The World Go Round (Greymatter Rework)  - Angela Bofil
Outstanding (Greymatter Rework) - Gap Band
Blue - Gary Bartz (Greymatter Edit)
Chains- Teena Marie (Greymatter Edit)
Girl Watching (Greymatter Rework) - T Connection
Wait A Minute (Greymatter Rework) - Ty
Emotional Rescue (MeatMatter Edit) - Rolling Stones
Carambola (Greymatter Disco Steppa Rework) - Azymuth
Kudu (Greymatter Rework) - Eddie Henderson

NNEKA X KARMALOOPTV

I can't stop talking about Nneka, and in all honesty am slightly amazed by how an artist who is as Nigerian and forthright as she is has gained mainstream acceptance - it's so exciting. Long may it continue. Check out her interview with Karmaloop below.



The video for "Heartbeat" which she mentions in the interview...
         
Nneka .. Heartbeat . 

...and in case you still need help Christmas shopping? Click the image to buy the album.
http://shopbase.finetunes.net/shopserver/BinaryCacheServlet?albumid=1126174675588&datatype=fc600

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Steve McQueen to make Fela Kuti biopic

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Finally. Turner prize winning artist and director Steve McQueen (Hunger, 2008) has signed up to direct a biopic of the legendary Fela Kuti, and according to reports will write the screenplay with London based Nigerian born playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. We wait with baited breath.

Beyonce Naughty Girl - Cinematic Remix by Oli Chang

Beautiful.


Beyonce Naughty Girl - Cinematic Remix by Oli Chang from Unicorn Hunters on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

WE LOVE...VOL 9




Sorry for the delay - I try to get these up on Sundays but this week I wasn't convinced (after going through 100+ tracks!). I'm glad I waited, it's pretty random as ever but there are a few real treats on here. It appears El-P is back with a vengeance. I've been a fan for years but Def Jux seemed to go out of style or disappear from the radar a little for a while...thing is someone like El-P can't be out of style - he's just the man.

Download here

Tracklisting

AFTA-1 x GAS'D- Boom Clap Bachelors - Tiden Flyver (edit)
DJ Center - Leave the City Outside (Featuring Oddisee) Radio Edit
DOOM - GAZZILLION-EAR (MADVILLAINZ remix feat. Kanye West as KHAN)
eLZhi - Deep (Prod. Black Milk)
J.Period & Nneka - Walking (J.Period Remix) f. Jay Electronica
J*DaVeY - Crawl All Over
Jónsi (Sigur Ros) - Boy Lilikoi
Kidz In The Hall - Drivin' Down The Block (El-P Remix)
KRS-One & Buckshot - Oh Really (rmx) f. Talib Kweli & Geo (of Blue Scholars)
QuESt feat Lykke Li - Love Until We Bleed
Sade - Soldier Of Love
Young Jeezy - I Got This (El-P remix)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Georgia Anne Muldrow - Roses (Video)

Boy have we been waiting a while for this! The video was directed by Ogechi for Boom Art House and the song was written & produced by Georgia (if you didn't already know). I don't know about you but this song has made me smile on many a gloomy day.



Thanks to Kenny Fresh for sending this over, and if you need any help with your Christmas shopping here's a link to Umsindo on iTunes

Monday, 14 December 2009

DJ Center ft. Oddisee "Leave the City Outside" (Download)


 
You'll be hearing a lot more from DJ Center in 2010, and knowing his work rate a lot more from Oddisee too. Love the horns on this in particular.

Download here

The Foreign Exchange on their Grammy Nomination



This is a pretty inspirational story - fully independent artists getting a Grammy nomination is a truly wonderful thing. Without downplaying Nicolay's role (or indeed Muhsinah's) in all of this, the consistence with which Phonte has been part of projects that you go out and buy, then play for years afterwards is what really inspires me. I still listen to Connected and The Listening regularly. How many hip hop artists can you think of who give you the impression seven years in their best may be yet to come? (Personally I want to hear a solo album).

Sorry, that was a little of piste - it would be amazing if Foreign Exchange won and I will be crossing everything for them on Grammy night.


The Foreign Exchange's Grammy nomination video from The Foreign Exchange on Vimeo.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards - February 6th 2010 at The Garage

Wow. Buy tickets here

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DâM-FunK "Mirrors" (Video)

This photo is entirely unrelated, it's  taken from the Fader shoot which was so cool I bought the magazine, even though I don't buy magazines and I don't like cats.

The party at the end of this video has to be the emptiest DâM-FunK party ever. I imagine about 10 minutes later hundreds of sleepy eyed ravers who had awoken to the funk were queuing up outside trying to get on the guestlist... speaking of which if you're one of DâM's fans in London I hope you've bought his album Toeachizown - if not here's an iTunes link. Hint hint.

The Ecstatic is not the album of the year. Stop it.

http://groovelivre.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/mos-def-the-ecstatic.jpg

I keep hearing people describing The Ecstatic as the album of  the year. Personally I'm not keen on such titles, or all of this often self-serving tastemaker wannabe "best of" subjective list making  nonsense. But that's just me and I'm aware people need help with their Christmas shopping. As for The Ecstatic, I think this interview Mos did with DJ Semtex is very revealing...


Almost every conversation I've heard about this album has gone thusly -

"Yeah, I like it, but it's not as good as his earlier stuff"
"I like the one with Slick Rick on it"
"He needs to stop all that singing and start rapping again"

I'm not implying that an audience should dictate what kind of music an artist should make, but I think the general consensus in the world of people who don't feel they have to make lists or like new music is that this is not one of Mos Def's best - it's just not in the same league as Black Star or Black on Both Sides.  Perhaps what we hear is the difference between a man making what he thinks might be his first and last solo album (Black on Both Sides), and a man who is not. It would be really sad to think an "ok" Mos Def album was really the album of the year - that can't be what we'll settle for. So what to do? How about we kidnap him and recreate The New Danger album cover with someone else holding that gun and see what comes out. Just a suggestion.

I've posted The Supermagic video for anyone who missed it this week - artistic and enjoyable but just not a classic... Oh and to clarify how I feel about it: I think Mos Def is great, and I quite like this album - especially the song with Slick Rick on it, but it's not as good as his earlier stuff and I think he needs to stop singing so much...

InFormed London interview Peggy UNLTD

I admire Peggy from afar - if her name is attached to event it will always be incredible. Watch this inspirational clip of her talking about being a promoter - a woman after my own heart, it's definitely not about being cool.



Informed London is a new events blog you should definitely check out.

Lil Duval at Christmas...

I think this Christmas Carol reflects most people's sentiments this year. I'm waiting for the album.



Who is Lil Duval you ask? You may not have seen this video but we've all met a Lil Duval at some point...

Friday, 11 December 2009

ATL RMX



I swiped this from Hudson Mohawke on Facebook - I can't lie, the originals are so far out of my world I don't know what they sounded like, but the likes of HudMo, Fly Lo Rustie and co have been on this mainstream remix thing for a long time - sometimes it works but not always. This one works.

Download hurrr.

Tracklisting

I Got This (El-P remix) - Young Jeezy
Patna Dem (Mad Decent Patna's remix by DJA) - Rich Kids
Imma G (Memory Tapes remix) - Dem Getaway Boyz
Is That You God? (Dabrye remix) - Goodie Mob
Take Off (Michna remix) - Young Dro
Hello Miss (Armani XXXChange remix) - Cee Lo and the Good Time Guys
Give It All You Got (Danger Beach remix- Lil Jon ft Kee
Photoshoot (Flying Lotus remix) - Gucci Mane
Lost (Starkey remix)- Gorilla Zoe
Dey Know (Prefuse 73 remix) - Shawty Lo
Breakin' Bread (Phaseone remix) - Kollosus
Lookin' (Chris Devoe remix) - Pill
Satellite (Hudson Mohawke remix) - B.o.B.
Sideways (SALEM Drag Chop remix) - Playboy Tre
Good Night (HEALTH remix) - OJ Da Juiceman ft Gucci Mane
Give It All You Got (Drums of Death remix) - Lil Jon ft Kee
   
Shout out to Adult Swim

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Review: Tinashé live at The Lock Tavern

You might remember I blogged about a singer called Tinashé recently, don't worry you will be hearing a lot more about him soon. I went to see him live at the Young and Lost Club on Dec 3rd, a regular session in Camden at the Lock Tavern I now recommend you check out.

The first act was a singer named Lissie, who sounded very much like she actually went back to the 70s to write her material - not in that cheesy retro throwback way either, it was honest and lovely. Born on the banks of the Mississippi, she sang of wedding bells and the Appalachian mountains, flitting naturally between melancholy and soaring joy. Oh, and she had a bass player playing drums and singing BVs all at the same time, plus a guitarist who sounded like Eric Clapton on a good day.

My first thought on seeing Tinashé was - is he a really talented child? I have now checked and can confirm he's in his 20s, but there was something about his energy on stage that makes him seem like someone gave him loads of talent for Christmas and he's so excited he can't stop playing with it...

Tinashe live 2

The set up for this gig was Tinashé plus very energetic drummer plus cardboard box. The chemistry really worked. I'd been listening to acoustic versions of his music and was slightly scared that the addition of other people might ruin the magic, but instead it had a similar effect to adding another battery. Musically it's quite hard to pinpoint Tinashé - extremely well written pop folk? Does using two such dirty words together cancel them out? I think I'll stay away from detailed descriptions until I hear the album.

Tinashe's drummer

I can't lie I was a bit sad he didn't play "Zambezi", the song I hear is leaving grown men I know close to tears, and my friend Zubin was pretty upset he didn't get to hear "Mr Presumption", but you can download  a live recording of it here.  If you missed the entire gig you can catch him on the 19th December or check out Tinashé on Myspace www.myspace.com/tinashemusic

Tinashe live

Huge thank you to Cavalry for the photos.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (Video)

I think it's totally fitting we should follow on from a post about Sade with one of the UKs brightest new soul stars. Andreya is wonderful in every way - she even smells lovely. Enjoy her new video!

Monday, 7 December 2009

Sade "Soldier of Love" debut single







Haven't heard a note from the new album "Soldier of Love" yet (arriving 8th Feb 2010 - if anyone wants to get me a Christmas present it's on pre-order now) but it matters not.

*Updated* Download here


Sade has clearly been in a cryogenic chamber for the last ten years writing it so I think it's safe to assume it will be incredible. Apparently she has also kept the original band in there writing it with her. Exciting! The single is due to hit the radio tomorrow (Dec 8th), and is said to feature a “pulsating and anthemic drum beat along with the haunting vocals that Sade is known for”. Huge thank you to Speeakz at Pinboard for the heads up, and here's a little something to tide you over...


Muhsinah "Lose My Fuse" Produced by Flying Lotus

New track from the Golden Girl, this time produced by Fly Lo (we put "That Day" produced by Oddisee on We Love Vol 6 ). This is lovely if a little short, and I'm really looking forward to hearing Muhsinah's self-produced stuff on the album...

Download the single HERE
Buy the album on iTunes HERE


Sunday, 6 December 2009

WE LOVE...VOL 8

You know the drill by now, download HERE



Full Tracklist

Alicia Keys (Ft. Drake) - Unthinkable (I'm Ready)
Black Thought - Mona Lisa
Diamond District x El Michels Affair - PJs Remix
Eric Roberson (Men Love Mary: Soulbounce Tribute) - My Life
Freddie Joachim - Gray
Freeway & Jake One - Know What I Mean
Jesse Boykins III (Men Love Mary: Soulbounce Tribute) - No One Else
L'il Wayne (Flying Lotus refix) - I Feel Like Dying
Mystro - Banishment
RJD2 - Games You Can Win f. Kenna
Rustie - Keyshia Cole resmak
Street Justice feat Buff1 - Meaning of Soul
Tinashé - Mr Presumption (Live for 4Intros)

Saturday, 5 December 2009

A Boom Bap Continuum Mix and Interview With DJ Kper & DJ 2Tall

Last week DJ Kper sent me a mix called A Boom Bap Continuum... ten years of beats from '99 to '09, which he and DJ 2Tall spent almost a year pulling together, with help from DJ Clockwork. This is one of those classic mixtapes that will go down in history - genre defining, thoughtful & insightful, and mixed to perfection. So many friends have sent this over telling me I'll love it (the playlist is a real dream come true for us beat-nerds) and they were right- so I had to shoot the guys some questions about what this Boom Bap Continuum means...



You put this impressive and definitive mix up a couple of weeks ago and it has been a big hit already - any producers you're kicking yourselves (or who have kicked you), for missing them out?

Kper
Even though we tried our best to include most of the producers we wanted to have on the mix, the thing about restrospective mixes like this is that you're always going to miss someone out - getting it 100% right for everyone is impossible. We had some funny moments in the last few months calling/texting each other every other day to check if producer X or Y was included in the other's mix (we worked on our mixes separately for most of the process). For example Joker was added at the last minute as we'd forgot him, and I somehow managed to slide in 15 seconds of one of his tracks on top of the mix which was already done. So yeah there's a lot of people I guess you could say I'm kicking myself for missing but that's the way it goes! Top of the head we missed guys like Edan, Mr Chop, Just Blaze... there's a few! And no one's kicked us yet for missing them out no! I'd like to think they'd understand why people are missing :)

2Tall Yeah Edan for sure, maybe a few more from Vadim, Spinna, Alchemist, and Pete Rock from my end. Also I'd like to have had some more UK producers in retrospect, people like Evil Ed, Lewis Parker, Last Skeptik, Ghost, IQ, Mentat, Stereotype and some of the other more new school guys - the list is long on that front, it'd be a good time for someone to follow suit with something exclusively UK maybe?

It's interesting you feel boom bap is an aesthetic rather than a genre - if you had to describe that aesthetic what would it look like?

Kper Ah that's the can of worms right there! For me the description of boom bap as an aesthetic rather than a genre stems from the work I did last year on a series of articles centered around the idea of a 'Return of the Boom Bap' in hip hop productions, looking at people like Flying Lotus, edIT, Nosaj Thing, LuckyMe collective etc... When we were going over the text for the website last month I think I wrote, unintentionally, something to the effect that boom bap was a genre and Jim pulled me up and was like 'nah'. Which is where I consciously started to write, and refer to, boom bap as an aesthetic because that's what it really is to me, in my head.
I dont know what it would look like, I don't see it visually but one of the defining things of a boom bap aesthetic for me is the headnod, or the head snap in some cases, that automatically happens when you listen to certain productions. That to me is the physical embodiment of boom bap and why it's not a genre, but rather something which transcends genre if you will. Classic 80s/90s hip hop productions have that boom bap, that neck snap, and to me the new generation, the one we've traced in this mix, has that same element in their music. So Premo or Marley Marl or Pete Rock made boom bap with their influences (soul, funk, etc...) and now people like Flying Lotus or Hudson Mohawke make boom bap with their influences (80s, video games, etc...)
If we take one of the dictionary definitions of aesthetic (the noun) as 'A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility' then to me boom bap is a guiding principle for production and beats - if your beat has that boom bap in it, chances are people's head will nod without them thinking, their bodies will start moving, there's just something in the music. And I hope we manage to translate that to the listeners with the mix, as for me every track in there has that 'je ne sais quoi' which is the boom bap aesthetic for me.

2Tall For me its just a taste thing, a lot of modern hip-hop or rap music production is centred around a straight 16th feel - i.e. its syncopation is based on triplets - so it looks more like a jagged angular design in my mind. The 'boom bap asthetic' is more of a loose thing, it's swinging and its heavier with the kicks and snares, the format has more freedom - it's more chaotic. Something about the unquantized groove to me engages you on a different level, my whole love for the style which has been sadly termed 'wonky' is that it forces you to listen and feel it, it's not so obvious and throwaway (although already the 'beat scene' has a stylised feel perhaps) - let's be honest, Dilla pushed that to the table, Madlib followed suit and between those two guys the whole world has taken note and ran with the ball to where we are now in this 'post Dilla era'.
For me its just 'the funk!' - when I was working with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins on 'Beautiful Mindz' back in 2007, we would constantly be evaluating what they termed the 'fonk' which apparenly paraphrases an African term for the same meaning, i.e. the groove. For them and myself I feel rhythm is part of our spirituality as people, and it should be explored. So for me the idea of a heavy humanized groove is more of a deeper design. As someone who has taken part in shamanic drum rituals and the like, I can definitely see similarities between some of the more complex earth-based spiritual rituals and the music of Flying Lotus for example. So to me 'wonky' has more meaning than that - its design is more colourful - this is why people seem to approximate some of the new styles with 'cosmic funk' or 'space music'. I should add that to me a straight 16th pattern does not really engage me on that same level, and to me seems to be why the more club based 'banger' format doesnt either.

The tracklist is heavily peppered with Madlib & J Dilla right up until 2006 where they both disappear, and the baton seems to pass over quite abruptly to names like Flying Lotus & Hudson Mohawke. Was the death of J Dilla in 2006 an intentional part of the narrative of your mix, or do you feel it reflected a natural watershed moment musically? 
(Click here to read in full)


New Year 2009: Livin Proof, Pause, Eglo, PMOI

New Years is going to be good this year. Livin Proof have asked us to rock upstairs at Big Chill House so PMOI family Eric Lau, Hits, Juven, Alex Nut, Floating Points, Funkineven & Fatima will be providing you with the best music in LDN - £5 tickets if you're quick!! Click here for details...


Thursday, 3 December 2009

Paul White Sounds from the Skylight Part 2

The first half to this was just beyond dope, and whilst this is a bit more snippety and strange it's still very much worth a listen...



<a href="http://paulwhite.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-from-the-skylight-side-b">Alien Attack by Paul White</a>

Daru Jones - Spirit & Soul Hip Hop Sampler

Obligatory listening from Daru. This guy works damn hard, I have so much respect for him, and judging by the crazy list of features on here, so does everyone else in the industry. Cop this.



<a href="http://darujones.bandcamp.com/album/spirit-soul-hop-sampler-09">Phonte - PhontigalloTro by Daru Jones</a>

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Plays "Scrabble"

Art Don't Sleep & Mochilla seriously make me want to move to LA. Not in a jokey whimsical way either. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Miguel Atwood Ferguson Quintet, Aloe Blacc, Madlib, Coleman & B+. There's only one group of people in the world who could make that show happen.

On this exclusive video for The Sounds of VTech, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, teamed up with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on viola, who wrote an arrangement specifically for them of the song “Scrabble”.  It is a song that influenced hip-hop producer J. Dilla.  Hypnotic rehearsed with Miguel that afternoon and the sold out and enthusiastic crowd of music lovers that packed their way into the Echoplex for this special show and were not disappointed at the magic they witnessed…. Exclusive music, top quality sound, stunning performance.


Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Shafiq Husayn - “Lil Girl” Video

Yeahhh, nice video but it features everyone in the world except the amazing Fatima who's singing the song! C'mon Son. Just so you don't walk past the girl on road, here's a photo of her taken at Broadcasting last month where she did an amazing job fronting IG Culture's Zen Badism.


*Photo by Simon Green

Shafiq Husayn ft Fatima "L'il Girl"

Lil' Girl from Plug Research on Vimeo.

Muhsinah "Always" (Video)

This video has to be an architect or Lego lovers wet dream. For more of the creators work check out Beeple.com. Refreshing and original, Muhsinah just goes from strength to strength.  Always is taken from The Oscillations: Triangle exclusively available on iTunes here.


Muhsinah // "Always" - The Oscillations:Triangle from Rock Slinger Incorporated on Vimeo.

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