Nov 21, 2010

Episode Twenty Three

She Vs. I features two guest DJ's and co-founders of a monthly Dub-Step event called Smash!. 80 Dub and King from 119 Sound.

80 DUB Mix

1. Feel It - Original Mix - V.I.V.E.K.
2. Breath So Near feat. Ryan Slack - Phychostep Remix (Fine Cut Bodies Remix) - Two Dollar Hooker
3. 7th Curse - Original Mix - Headhunter
4. Greybird - Original Mix - Subjazz
5. We Go Deep - Original Mix - Trolley Snatcha
6. Melancolie - Vyvyan Dubstep Rework - Niala'kil
7. Modern Day Slavery - Wonder Dubstep Mix - Spectral Band Replication
8. Itch - Original Mix - Kutz
9. Lazarus - Original Mix - Pinch
10.Vansan - Original Mix - Appleblim
11. Someone Like U - Original Mix - Deadly Habit
12. Rec Loose - Original Mix - NGUZUNGUZU
13. Until Next Time - Original Mix - Arkist


1. Om Unit - Ether
2. SDP vs DJ Lengua - Mi Camino
3. Coki n Benga - Night (SDP Dub)
4. Pop Dat Dyck Up - Sissy Nobby
5. Spank Rock - What It Look Like (Tod Edwards Mix)
6. Flinch - Register
7. Fantastic Mr. Fox - Evelyn
8. Mj Cole & Wiley - From The Drop (L-Vis 1990 RMX)
9. Mj Cole & Wiley - From The Drop
10. LV Feat Okmalumkoolkat - Boomslang
11. Acre - Ghat
12. Shy FX - Raver (MJ Cole Remix)
13. Bad Dudes - Blackout (Straight Percs)
14. Distal - Boss of The South
15. DJ Nate - We Can Work This Out - (Bad Dudes Remix)
16. DJ Rashad - It’z Not Rite
17. Bombaman - Harem Scream
18. Mensah - Stapelton Road VIP
19. Ghost Mutt - Thoroughbred
20. Flinch - No Alarm
21. ?? - French Fries Remix
22. King - Read You
23. Ghost Mutt - Platinum Skull
24. LV Feat Okmalumkoolkat - Zharp
25. Freddie Gibbs - Oil Money (Feat. Chuch Inglish, Chip Tha Ripper, Bun B Dan Auerbach)

Oct 30, 2010

Episode Twenty Two

Set 1

Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave - Jody at Morningside / Just a Dream?
Koji Kondo - Sub Castle BGM
Konami Kukeiha Club - Message of Darknes
Ritmo Sportivo - Dance in the Darkness
Daedelus - An Armada Approaches
Ayako Mori - Cavern of Fear
Amen Ra Double Helix- Broken Glass
Skream - Tortured Soul
Forensics - Revisited
Carlton Livingston's - Are You Afraid

Set 2

The Avalanches - Thank you Caroline (Andy Votel Remix)
Dj Egadz - Space Ghost (Egadz Remix)
The Simonsound - Nautilus
Andy Votel & Cherrystones - November (mix2)
Souls Unlimited - Raving Vampire
The Budos Band - Nature's Wrath
The Simonsound - Between the Wake and the Sl

Set 3

Nobuo Uematsu - Devil's Lab
Kim Sun - The Man Who Must Leave
Jeru Da Damja - Ain't The Devil Happy
The Gaslamp Killer - Shattering Inner Journeys feat. Computer J
Koji Kondo - Hunted House BGM
Jansport J - Guard Ya Guns
Nightjar - A Ko Tu Nori
MonoPoly - The System Crumbles
The Vampires of Dartmoore - Dr. Caligari's Gruselkabinett
Jimi Hendrix & Curtis Knight - Strange Things
Woo Woo's - Spooky Grinder

Sep 1, 2010

Episode Twenty One

Simply put, when an artist claims that his or her music is how music should sound, he or she better make sure that the music is something special – worthy of such a claim. Risking an aura of arrogance, producer Damu The Fudgemunk does just that for his latest album, How It Should Sound, Volumes 1 & 2. Preceded by a teaser-EP of the same name, How It Should Sound is another instrumental album comprised of beats made between 2003 – 2008, featuring some of Damu’s finest work to date.

check this video of him live on the MPC on the New York streets, jamming with some emcees, or then bounce to the blog he’s involved in.

For those who haven't heard about Stevo, he is an excellent beat maker from Germany.
Stevo experiments his way through sound. Imagine a mixture of beats based with a chilled futuristic sound, hip hop slash soul. 15 track's long 'Antother Space Odyssey' & 'Muffins' are a great pieces of work that prove Stevo's skills & it paints a clear picture of how a great beat maker should sound.

Lone, is a producer that has been around for a minute. His music paints a dreamy landscape of with hip-hop beats and enticing synths in a disjointed fantasy world within each and every track. The best electronica dream beat you've ever encountered.

Minneapolis native Project Prospect laced each of the 10 cuts that can be found “As Of Late” with some very familiar samples. Described as “10 tracks that convey the feelings that I’m havin’ this summer”, “As Of Late” is just that, a perfect album for those summer evenings.

The British had those mop tops and rolling pebbles, but the States had Sky Saxon and the Seeds. These guys just hammered out their music until they dropped. So they dropped pretty quickly, except Sky kept himself on the road until he died. Best-known for their rock & roll standard "Pushin' Too Hard," the Seeds combined the raw appeal of garage rock with a fondness for ragged, trashy psychedelia. Supremely heavy organic psych-rock with snotty lyrics with none of the fruity flower power stuff they would later fall into, this album represents The Seeds finest moment.

This band started out as Bobby Jenkins and the Jades with a 45 from January 1964, by 1965 they had changed their name to Robb London and the Rogues, releasing three 45s. They played shows around San Antonio on the east side of the city and had a reputation as both a soul cover group and for British Invasion sounds. In 1967 the name of his backing band changed to Soul Unlimited, with one release, "Funny Situation" / "Gloria" on the Suzuki label. On the flip side of the record is a slow version of "Gloria" with Robb's best vocal performance, the band encouraging him with shouts. Most remarkable is the arrangement that dispenses with the repetitive chords and syncopated build-up of Them's version in favor of a relaxed pace that suits the lyrics. The opening guitar riff works well with the horns; it could of been one of there favorite song to play live.

Set 1

Q65 - Get Out My Life Woman
The Animals - I'm Mad Again
Robb London - Gloria
The Tempters - Boom Boom
The Seeds - Just Let Go
The Small Faces - You Need Lovin'

Set 3

Damu the Fudgemunk - Rock Climbing [Byte 1]
Onra and Quetzal - 476 Pourcent
Stevo - Foreign Love
Jay Dee - So Far To Go (Featuring Common & D'Angelo)
Flako - Milky Way
Jel - Oh Dear
Dreas - Lavender Rain
Teebs and Jackhigh - Splash
S.Maharba - M-L-M-H
Lone - Karen Loves Kate
Feashbeats - With Love
Project Prospect - Loser

This legendary progressive rock band, which was responsible for the UK's most expensive album was formed in 1668. They performed at a few local gigs, and as their playing got tighter, they decided to go into the studio and record an album. The six tracks, written and arranged by the band were recorded over a weekend in 1972 and consist of melodic progressive rock laced with lots of fuzzy guitar riffs. Only a handful of copies were pressed, and the first twelve copies were made into full-color gatefold sleeves, complete with booklets of photographs stapled together, augmented with handwritten notes. In 1994 the members got back together and decided to see if they could still play. Previously unrecorded tracks were dusted off, more material written, and in 1996 "Anonymous Days" was completed. They decided to do just one farewell gig, which turned out to be the Northampton Beer Festival, on May 31st, 1997.

The internet and streets have been buzzing about this young female Emcee from Brooklyn. Nikki NTU paints such vivid pictures through words. Her lyrics incorporate so much knowledge wisdom and understanding. She also has a Fierce competitive side that shows when she delivers her more harder music.
Here is what she had too say,

“For the past few months I’ve been working to the sounds of some of Brainfeeder’s greatest masterminds. Nikki NTU vs. Brainfeeder “Medulla Dinner” is a seven track EP featuring production from Ras G, Samiyam, Teebs, and Flying Lotus. It was definitely a challenge to take on such amazing music so I wanted to go where I haven’t gone both lyrically and conceptually.”

Alex B takes electronica, trip-hop, hip-hop, and electro-hop and throws all these sounds into a lo-fi mixing pot, pouring out the portions in small two-minute chunks over the course of his 45-minute debut. The tracks on "Moments" are intricately crafted with painstaking care and attention to detail. A careful mix of analog and digital sounds elevated by imaginative samples and the insight of a classically trained musician. The result is a blend of timeless warmth and future beats that is as easily adaptable to introspective time with one's headphones as it is to group mania on a mobbed dance floor.

Fresh off the London Red Bull Music Academy Moscow-based beat elevator DZA makes himself known in 2010. DZA is central to the How2make crew which ties the loose ends of bass music in Moscow and pushes Russian talents. Quick, dirty and raw. His 16-track beat tape "Five-Finger Discount" hijacks you into his kinderzimmer wherein sticker-laden efx pedals render homage to the MPC. This tape has detailed textures and beats full of precise details.

Patience is a virtue, and few know that better than understated electronic beat-maker Daisuke Tanabe. After carefully honing his craft from the age of 16, it was his first EP release in 2006 named "Gas" that really brought him to the attention of Gilles Peterson and Pete Adarkwah. Since then he has remixed and and released music on labels like Ninja Tune, BBE, and Brownswood Recordings. Taking inspiration from jazz, folk, and reggae as well as the whole canon of electronic music, this member of Tony Nwachukwu's CD-R community knows that notes and melodies are just the guidelines for the feelings that lie beneath.

The subject is jazz! Dexter is taking an new look at the long going love affair between hip-hop and jazz. From Stetsasonic to Gang Starr to Madlib, it is not an easy path to follow, but the 26 year old producer is adding a new and fresh style to it. The sound design of Dexter's "Jazz Files" is dusty but with an unmistakable 2010 twist. By implanting quotes an samples from interviews and tv shows such as the classic NBC program "The Subject Is Jazz", Dexter is telling his own little story of jazz.

Set 2

Dark - Live For Today
Parva - Mosem E Gol
P.Monnehay - Tittle Tatle
Terry Cox - Strange Dream
Madlib - Episode XIV
Plawz - Gram 8 Into Gram 14
Nikki NTU Vs. Brainfeeder - Time Lords
Alex B - At Channel One
DZA - Shifty

Set 4

Janelle Monae - Sir Greendown
Quantic - Long Road Ahead
Daisuke Tanabe - My Fish
Prefuse 73 - Ampexian Tribe of a Lesser Time
Actress - The Kettle Man
Oddisee - South Central
Skylab - Evil
Exile - Your Summer Song
Dexter - Practice Noir
Jeremiah Jae - Mash Potatoes Spinach
G.Sklair/G.Galbraith - Killer Whale

May 24, 2010

Episode Twenty

Dear listeners, we are back from our spring break and we have some wonderful noise to share with you. With the recent change in weather we bring you some cumbia, some psych, and some library joints that will hopefully make you sweat.

The Vertigo Records label emerged at a time when rock was shaking off the "Sgt. Pepper" mindtrip of psychedelia to concentrate on heavy metal, progressive rock and fusion jazz. From 1969 to 1974, Vertigo's varied and truly experimental roster included Black Sabbath, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Vangelis (and Aphrodite's Child, the group Vangelis was in prior to going it as a solo artist), Gentle Giant and Status Quo. Those were the big names. But the label was also home to genuinely obscure acts who only ever recorded 1 or 2 albums for the label: Freedom, Tudor Lodge, Affinity, Atlantis, Cressida, Ramases. TIME MACHINE is a veritable capsule of the era. A three CD set which boasts crisp, clear and clean remastered sound, a lovingly crafted and highly detailed 48 page booklet and a veritable bounty of music from a wide variety of instant appeal to seventies rock fans. The beauty of it is its depth of coverage, with many different bands bringing out great examples of how "prog" back in the early mists of time (let's say 1972 or so) could mean many different definition.

If you dig that, I recommend Vertigo Mixed. Another brilliant, seamless mix by DJ Andy Votel. This time around he's rummaging through his own collection of Vertigo Records tracks from the 70's, and stitching them all together in a non-stop groove, complete with trippy/dippy sound-bites. Dope!

In a career spanning well over forty years, Alan Hawkshaw has always been at the top of his profession as one of the most in-demand studio musicians, owing to his virtuosic and sensitive technique on a variety of keyboard instruments, but most notably on the piano and Hammond organ. During the 1960s and ’70s - the golden era of the British session musician - Alan’s keyboard artistry featured on a staggering amount of recordings. His chameleon-like ability covers a diverse range of musical styles taking in jazz, guitar-pop, funk, easy listening and disco. "Next Stop L.A" from the de Wolfe Black Pearl album, shows his beautiful approach to orchestration and harmony.

Composer, arranger, and conductor Nick Ingman's vast body of work bridges the gap between classical, pop, and film music, and he has worked with virtually everyone on the contemporary commercial music scene. Born in London, Ingman attended several schools in the city, including Westminster. In 1966 Ingman began attending the Berklee School of Music in Boston, studying there for three years before returning to the U.K. in 1969. Ingman went freelance in the early '70s and began a long association with the BBC, working as a staff arranger and conductor with the BBC Radio Orchestra. In 1973 he released “Big Beat” on De Wolfe.

Roger Roger (better known under the name Cecil Leuter) started his career in classical music, composing symphonic poems and different soundtracks for the french "authors cinema". The Cecil Leuter project gave to him the possibility to explore new musical territories, notably the opportunity to manipulate the new coming (Moog) analog synth technologies. "Pop electronique" is completely "naive" and "spontaneous", using molecular effects and electronic loops to cover some sixties beat-psych-pop classics. He is backed by a small combo with organ, guitar, bass, and a very nifty drummer whose efforts make for plenty of great grooves and heavy breaks on the record.

Named after the biggest drug dealer of the city, Mashmakhan was a Montreal quartet that rose to national attention. By 1965 they were calling themselves The Triangle, and backing up local R&B singer Trevor Payne. They backed up Payne for four years until being discovered by record producer Bob Hahn, who helped them get signed with Columbia Records in Toronto. They changed their named and in 1970 they released their self title album Mashmakhan.

Just before the release of "Seahorse & The Storyteller", Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7's first full-length, Truth & Soul is putting out there second 45 taken from the upcoming record. Jaipur, is a dark and moody instrumental that sounds like a lost track from an Indian horror movie soundtrack. With strings and a full brass section leading the way, Jaipur is an instrumental gem that will surely please and appease beat diggers, hip hop fans, and all music lovers.

Set 1

The World Column - Lantern Gospel
Piero Piccioni - Psychedelic Mood
Can - I'm so Green
Manfred Mann Chapter Three - Travelling Lady
Heliocentrics - Vibration Of The Fallen Angels
Pram - The Last Astronaught (Andy Votel mix)

Set 2

Embrujo - Canto Sin Nombre
Spencer Mac – Ka-Ka Kabya Mow-Mow
Meaty Ogre - Kept (instrumental)
The Roots - Hot Sh*t (I'm Back!)
Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7 - Jaipur
Skeletons - 50 Degrees
Chakachas - Stories
Jerzy Millian Orklestra - Gacek
Nick Ingman - Trip Wire
Sixtoo - Incidental 6

Set 3

Leonor Gonzalez Mina - Navidad Negra
Albela - Quantic And His Combo Barbaro
Los Hijos Del Sol - Linda Muñequita
Los Guacharacos - Esperma y Ron
Andres Landero - Lolita
La Verdolaga - Totó la momposina
La Verdolaga - Totó La Momposina Y Sus Tambores
Pedro Miguel Y Sus Maracaibos - Gaita Y Sorongo
Voy A Miramar - Grupo Miramar
Arroz Con Coco - Pedro Miguel Y Sus Maracaibos

Set 4

Mashmakhan - Gladwin
Alan Hawkshaw - Next Stop L.A.
Antônio Carlos & Jocafi - Hipnose
Marconi Notaro - Desmantelado
Tullio De Piscopo - Coagulation
Cecil Leuter - Pop Electronique 01
Koushik - Cold Beats Outro
Mr. Chop - Intermezzo 4
Mia Doi Todd - Muscle, Bone, & Blood (Ammoncontact Remix)
Dj Egadz! - White Flag

Mar 21, 2010

Episode Nineteen

UK producer 2Tall has successfully made the transition from battle dj (as a UK team champ) to downtempo producer, working with Dudley Perkins & Georgia Anne Muldrow on 2007's Beautiful Mindz album. 2Tall takes a solemn, serious approach to beatmaking squeezing emotion out of his music.

Sea Inside Body is the debut album from Kelpe and was recorded using little more than a PC, a mini disc recorder and a range of house hold implements. This album is full of beautifully crisp glitched-up beats, edits, midtempo flows, headnod burners and beatless soundtracks to public library narratives. These sound bites run like a thread throughout the album, giving it a sense of inertia but never detracting from the oceanic beauty of the compositions.

Debut EP from the Parisian beatmaker, Débruit. Punchy and loud....just how they like it in Paris! This is the follow up to last years excellent ep by Fugelence and it's a great listen from start to finish with stuttering glitchy hip-hop beats, snippets of 80's electro and a whole truckload of cheeky samples. Débruit delivers an LP in the league of Dabrye, Modeselektor or Flying Lotus but with a strong individual personality. Check it!

After years of slaving in the studio, local producer NAIK (Nature And Its Killers) unleash his debut album 'In The Shadow Of Thunder Mountain'. An exotic blend of psychedelic guitars, twisted samples, booming synths and crunchy beats. The album was intricately compiled over a number of years at NAIK's personal studio and then mixed by Heliocentrics producer Mike Burnham, making sure every bit of analogue crunchiness was preserved.

Set 1

Inch Time - Suspended
Boom Bip - Soft & Open
2Tall - For Simon Cowell
Kelpe - Sea Inside Body
Debruit - Pointy
Ad Bourke - SP
AFTA-1 - Honey Dip
Qwel & Maker - No Joke
Saafir - The Instructor
Naik - Zootrip

Initially, I was drawn into Teebs’ world when I discovered his artwork. A gifted artist, Brainfeeder-signed Teebs has an approach to beat-making that's highly synesthetic, splashing electric colors against a backdrop of dusky, blurry beats. He just released the second part to his record sleeve series. Music wise, he’s nearly completed his debut LP for Brainfeeder and will be releasing a collaboritive record with UK producer, Jackhigh later this month on Svetlana Industries. Soo good!

Natural Yogurt Band - I almost forgot about this one but came across it on a rainy Sunday and remembered why it's sooo good. It's one of the hippest non-reissue records from the Jazzman Records empire. A massive set of grooves with a really odd sort of feel! Natural Yogurt Band work in spare, funky territory with a mix of heavy drums. Makes me think of a vintage Guy Richie soundtrack.

This sounds like someone's cassette mix tape from 1978 that has been sitting on the dashboard of a Pinto for the last 30 years baking in the sun. Neon indian's sound is immediately striking for how far it pushes the lo-fi angle. The album combines lo-fi recording techniques with electronic beats and samples to create a sound that flows like the score to a 1970’s exploitation film. Most of the tracks are pretty chill, and the kind of stuff you bob your head to. Eventhough I used two of the shortest tracks on the record the rest sounds like the future according to the '80s. Check it!

Neon Indian - Mind, Drips on Vimeo.

Set 2

Take - Make Believe
DJ Bootsie - Mosquito Dance
King Midas Sounds (Dabrye remix) - One Ting
Teebs - Golden Brown
Jaylib - Raw Addict
Neon Indian - 1am
Neon Indian - 7000 Reprise
Animal Collective - Daily Routine
Flying Lotus - Aunties Harp
Portishead - Elysium
Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill - I Love You Maryjane
Joe Beats - Sleep or Bust
Hubert Daviz - War Games
Natural Yogurt Band - Lament For Piano
Pantyraid - Enter The Machine
Emalkay - When I Look At You
Bar9 - Murda Sound
Bit Turner - The Ritual Noir
Jim Brown - Seen Him
Big Youth - Screaming Target
Jah Jesco - Warning
Little Joe - Gun Court

Set 3

Chico Magnetic Band - Pop Pull Hair
Desire - Oxygene
Blue States - Your Girl
Glasser - Learn (Yacht Remix)
Glass Candy - Beatific
Chromatics - Hands in the Dark
JD & The Evil Dynamite Band - Just some more Haaa Sheesh
Koushik - Dreams (Pt. 1)

Feb 13, 2010

Episode Eighteen

Set 1

Bobby Moore - Wanna Be Ur Man
Little Beaver - Do Right Man
Little Ann - Deep Shadows
The Monticellos - Plaid Stamps
Letta Mbulu - What's Wrong With Groovin'
Kenny Wells - Isn't It Just A Shame
Buddy Ace - True Love Money Can't Buy
Highlights - Go Down

Set 2

Ruth brown - I Don't Know
Lew conetta - You've Got Me Crazy
Johnny wells - Lonely Moon
Carol fran - I'm Gonna Try
Bobby Hamilton - How Come

Set 3

Thomas East - Slippin' Around
Black Velvet - Is It Me You Really Love
The Exprerssions - These Moments
Sly, Slick, & Wicked - Love's Gonna Pack Up (And Walk Out)
Rudy Andrews - Casanova
Joe Bataan - Ordinary Guy (Afrofilipino)
The Soul Fantastics - Ain't No Sunshine
Willie Tee - Concentrate

Set 4

Alton Ellis - You've Made Me So Very Happy
Hemsley Morris - You Think I'm A Fool
Johnny Clarke - Left With A Broken Heart
Pat Kelly - I'm Coming Home
Cornell Campbell - Girl Of My Dreams
Clancey Eccles - Auntie Lulu
Cecile Campbell - Whisper To Me
Mighty Vikings - Love Me Forever