Karma Kid’s 4AM Edit of the one and only Kendrick Lamar.
A hypnotic, pulsing cover of Hot Natured + Ali Love’s summer anthem ‘Benediction’. Taken from Raffertie’s debut album on Ninja Tune.
Eliphino’s remix of Kid A’s “BB Bleu”. Ooooh yeah!
It’s been only two weeks since we talked about Kode9’s “Xingfu Lu” which has been released on his own Hyperdub imprint. After a two-year break, we’re pleased to see the legend releasing new music again.
“Uh/Ok” are perfect soundtracks for a beach rave. Warm synths, short vocal samples, exotic riddims and heavy basslines to finish it all off. You can listen to our favorite track below.No Comments
Oh Sheit It’s X! The wild Thundercat is back with a new track from his forthcoming second album Apocalypse. The Los Angeles based bassist, songwriter and vocalist teamed up with co-producers Mono/Poly and Flying Lotus to deliver that unique Brainfeeder sound.
Thundercat himself describes the album as a record about “loss and rebuilding, trying to gain something back, and capturing that moment of clarity where one finally finds feet back on the ground again.” Blending pop, soul, electronic, rock and funk all successfully together, “Oh Sheit It’s X”, really makes you want to hear more. Listen to it below.No Comments
The landscape of house and techno has changed considerably in the past years. Locked Groove is a part of a whole generation of new faces in house music. With various releases on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings and Tiga’s Turbo Recordings, the Antwerp-based producer made quite a big name for himself in 2012. The new year doesn’t mean Locked Groove is slacking. He recently announced the launch of his self-titled label, which sounded like the perfect time to have a little chat. Oh, the man was so kind to throw in an ace podcast as well.
Interview by Jochem Daelman
Let’s start with something different. I saw on Twitter that you’re reading Murakami for the second time. What do you like about it?
The first time I read it I always felt I was missing a lot. After reading Kafka and some books on philosophy I feel like everything Murakami writes about has a double meaning to it. The coverquote “There’s one world but it has two moons” describes the entire book really, it’s actually how I want my music to be too. I have got my own style and people can interpret my tracks in various ways. Sometimes I’ll write a tune just for jokes and when I put it out some people take it seriously. Others will get it and have fun with it.
You recently started your own label Locked Groove Recordings. Is that a response to a certain urge you had? What’s your vision about it?
I’ve always wanted to start my own label really, it just felt like the time was right now. At the moment I’m going to do a few releases myself, but I’m planning to release music by some friends in the near future as well. Basically anything goes, I’m not setting any boundaries. I just want to put out good music, I don’t care what it is. As long as it’s good.
Last year was obviously huge for you. Where do you want to go with your career in 2013? When will you be satisfied?
I think I’ll never be satisfied. In my opinion you should always strive for the better. Not necessarily more, but better. I’m just going to continue to work hard and keep on building my career.
You always seem to bring a variety of different genres to the dancefloor, playing both old and new. Have you got a certain approach playing out? Any deejays that count as an inspiration to you?
When I DJ, I usually decide my first two tracks beforehand and then I’ll just take it from there. In my opinion being a DJ is all about reading your crowd and changing your direction according to that. There are so many people that have had some sort of influence on me, but DJ-wise I think Larry Levan has had the biggest. They recently pressed up his last set at the Paradise Garage on vinyl in different parts. If you listen to it and hear how he works the tracks… Gives me goosebumps every time!
About Berlin… you played Panoramabar a few weeks ago and you seemed ecstatic about it. What makes that clubbing experience so different from others?
If you look at it objectively it’s just a club like any other good club. But because of the ‘hype’, most people who get in are excited and really up for it. If you mix those people with the regular visitors, you’ll get a crazy bunch of people who are set for good music and are willing to let everyday problems behind for a few, probably more, hours.
The thing I love about the club is the ‘no picture / no video’ rule. That’s actually how it should be. We live in a time where showing people you were somewhere is more important than actually being there. I hate that. I love how the club focuses on the night and the music. People aren’t worrying about being in an indiscreet picture. What happens there stays there. That’s how it was before and I believe that’s how it should be.
As a closer: what music have you been listening to lately? Anyone we should know about?
There is a ton of great music out there. In order to avoid people being disappointed because I didn’t drop their name, I’ll go for something non-electronic. I’m listening to a lot of Slow Dive lately, that might have been because the weather was shit. But regardless that, Slow Dive is definitely a classic band people should check out.
Thanks for the chat. Is there anyone out there you want to Big Up?
Scuba, South London Ordnance, J.TIJN and History Discovery Channel for continuing their ancient alien series.
Morgan Geist – Linking Tunnel
Move D – Your Personal Healer
DJ Q – Law (Sascha Dive’s C2OH25N3O Remix)
Sebastian San – Rising Sun
Laura Jones – Every thought
Mano Le Tough – Oblique
Foremost Poets – Reasons To Be Dismal
Worst Friends – Billiards With A Midget (Dr Dunks Keep It Cheap Mix)
Malik Pittman – Walk Through Osaka
Jon Mcmillion – Solette Simms (San Proper’s Movetek Mix)
Frank De Wulf – Reforced
Tale Of Us – Another Earth
Space Dimension Controller – Music For Spaceports
Actually we should wait three more days, but we are just too excited about it. We Are Modeselektor, the 72-minute documentary about the German techno duo will be released this Wednesday on their own Monkeytown Records. If you happen to be in Berlin these days, then don’t forget to catch the exclusive premiere tomorrow.
The movie tells the story of Gemot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary who took their pounding beats to the world. They’ll be talking about the origin of their tracks, their Monkeytown label, some bizar roadtripping and the special friendship between the two of them. You can watch the trailer below.
Not only will Modeselektor be screening the documentary at various festivals across the globe this year, they’ll also be releasing their sophomore album as Moderat on the 2nd of August. The infamous collab with Apparat is probably one of the most anticipated releases of the year already. Tasty times to come!No Comments
Taken from Adventure’s Weird Work album, out April 30 on Carpark.
Taken from Project:Mooncircle’s new ΣCLIPSE compilation featuring Robot Koch, Daisuke Tanabe, Rain Dog and more.
It’s been wandering around the Internet for a few months now, and finally became official today. After more than two year break, Kode9 will release his music on of course his own Hyperdub imprint.
“Xingfu Lu” is titled after a Shanghai street and is set to be released on the 29th of April. The track is a juke roller with heavy synths and nervous, fast-hitting drums. It’s definitely a Hyperdub tune, captivating the forward-thinking identity of the label and its boss.
Let us all hope this is only a warm-up for a lot more new material coming from the Hyperdub master. Listen to the track below.No Comments
Gold Panda released his debut album Lucky Shiner three years ago. The album took him all over the globe, absorbing new influences and catching a lot of different environments. Its successor Half Of Where You Live is about all those various places. The man himself describes it as a “city album, a jump from location to location”.
The first stop on the album is ”Brazil”, the single is a soundtracked ride from the airport to downtown Saó Paolo. It starts off with a mesmerizing vocal sample to Big Up the colorful city, until it geadually gets lost in all the traffic and concrete jungle. Audio below.No Comments
Once again the location is kept secret and only announced to the ticket holders on the day of the event. What you can expect though is a breathing eco-system created by Kahori Maki, live A/V sets from the finest in the game, quality sound system, and darkness…
RROSE Live A/V (Sandwell District)
PRISM HOUSE Live A/V (Ceremony)
DAVE Q (Dub War)
Whatever you think, say or feel about dubstep today, THIS is an essential listening. Make sure you hit download, because you’ll need this for years to come. Mala. nuff said.
mark pritchard – ?
augustus pablo – east of the river nile
little roy – hurt not the earth
dennis brown – promised land
bob marley – running away
Rhythm & Sound – Friend
aly & robbie – shabby attack
mala & aimbad – noche suenos
ballaké sissoko & toumani diabaté – bafoulabe
mala – body clock delay
mala & sgt. pokes – answer me
quest – dubfoot
mala- lean forward
silkie – neckback
mala – blue notez
coki – intergalactic
loefah – punisher
mala – torn at the roots
coki – serious
coki – coral reef
fat freddy’s drop – cays crays (digital mystikz remix)
compa – alpha
pinch – swish (distance remix)
mala – miracles
las – tic
mala – changuito
mala – cuba electronica
loefah – disco rekka
tunnidge – twenty12
kromestar – jedeye
kode9 – 9 samourai
swindle – last minute googie
mala – anti-war dub (VIP)
mala – changes (james blake remix)