Wednesday, 30 March 2011

6mix

Another Xcellent mix i heard yesterday by DJ, Producer and US techno music icon Carl Craig who takes over the 6 Mix. The best known of the second wave of electronic producers from Detroit in the early '90's, Craig took his cues from the likes of Derrick May and Jeff Mills, fusing their pioneering sounds with a more experimental, jazzy soundscape.....check this ASAP....you got only 11 days left. Essential!

Monday, 28 March 2011

World Peace Mix


As another 6.5 Earthjolt hits Japan this morning over breakfast and a blogpost, it's a good time to let you know about an old cohort of mine who has just dropped an Xclusive mix from back in 2002 on GenBass. I first meet Pathaan when he used to come into my record shop and bug me silly for new tunes with his unmistakable signature of world globetronic sounds that set off a very dear friendship with him. Together we started a club night AUDIO SUTRA @ the famous central LDN cavern called Bar Rhumba in the late '90's, with such legends of the dance music scene as Pressure Drop, Howie B, Paul Daley (leftfield), Tsuyoshi Suzuki & record shop co-founder Pete Herbert.

Pathaan says about the mix;

I’m not a politician but am human and sickened by the current world affairs.......... During a time of religious conflict, war, oppression, famine and racism etc etc, can music change & influence man ? I BELIEVE IT CAN !!! So here begins a story I feel I must share and a mix for you to download. Just under a decade ago, as a mark of respect and to acknowledge in my own way the 1st anniversary of 9/11, this was a 'Stoned Asia Music' priority release in Sept' 2002 that was never released in this form. The reason being, a few of the distributors felt nervous about the tracklisting especially the 1st track and the point I was trying to make through the music !!



So sit back and allow me to take you, back to the future’ on one of my musical voyages around the globe – From September 2002, 15 EXCLUSIVE & HARD TO FIND tranquil productions from artists around the globe....Smiles & Hugs !!! Pathaan x

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Lazer dick


Back into the frey comes Luke Vibert, under his Wagon Christ moniker, with his new LP 'Toomorrow' out on the ever so consistent and respected label NinjaTune..Stand out cut for me is the swinging tingly synth laden phunk of "lazer Dick", great name...enJoi!

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Friday, 25 March 2011

ArtOfFlight

This will be awesome...BrainFarm has gathered an arsenal of the most advanced and progressive film making technology to bring the masses a snowboarding adventure of epic proportions. Filmed on location in Jackson Hole, Alaska, Chile, Aspen, Patagonia, British Columbia and more, FLIGHT brings the viewer along for the perfect blend of adventure/travel drama and high-energy snowboarding action. 'The Art of FLIGHT' releases September 2011.



Music by a collaboration between Anthony Gonzalez from M83 and Curt Morgan from BrainFarm, Artist: The Three Corners of The Earth, Title: "The Fire Shall Devour Us"
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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

OT!

With many French citizens residing in Japan pushing the panic button over the nuclear crisis on these shores and the endless western media crap spewing forth, i thought a small amount of humour was in order to be thrown their way...So expatriés français you could have saved yourself the trouble and just sent an overseas telegram saying there's nothing to worry about and normal life carries on in Tokyo....

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Saturday, 19 March 2011

Nihon Kizuna


Worldwide artists contribute to Nihon Kizuna music compilation in aid of Japan disaster relief effort.

Over 40 international artists have donated music for the Nihon Kizuna compilation in aid of the Japan disaster relief effort. Nihon Kizuna, or 日本絆 in Japanese roughly translates as ‘bond of friendship with Japan’.

Following the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the northern coast and prefectures of Japan on Friday March 11th 2011, a small group of Tokyo-based artists (from Japan, Ukraine and France) and one visiting London-based journalist (from Italy) decided to pull their efforts and contacts together to do the only thing they could to help the country and its people – sell music to raise awareness of the devastation that hit the area and raise money for its people and the relief effort.

The motivation behind Nihon Kizuna was simple: in face of the feeling of helplessness many felt here in Japan in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami this compilation seemed like the best way to express our support and love for the country and its people. Amid widespread scaremongering and panic from the foreign media it felt only right to stand tall alongside the people of Japan who have always welcomed foreign artists and musicians with open arms and hearts.

The compilation was put together in five days thanks to the internet. Every artist and/or label on the compilation donated a track, either previously released, unreleased or created especially for the occasion. Many of the tracks, artists and labels on the compilation have a direct relation to Japan, further highlighting the connection many people outside of the country feel towards Japan in the current situation. It’s no small thing to say that many of those involved feel a kinship to the country regardless of whether or not they’ve ever lived in or visited the country.

Nihon Kizuna is released on Friday March 18th using Bandcamp as a selling platform and with payments handled via Paypal. This will be followed by a release on iTunes Japan in the week of March 21st – as many Japanese residents do not use Paypal.
The compilation will cost £10, $15, 1,500Y or 12Euros and there will be the possibility to donate more should people want to via Bandcamp. The compilation will be available on iTunes Japan until the end of March, while the Bandcamp page and this website will stay up for the foreseeable future.

All proceeds from the compilation will be given to the Japan Red Cross directly.

Worldwide artists contribute to Nihon Kizuna music compilation in aid of Japan disaster Artists and labels involved in the compilation include Kode 9, Kuedo, Rudi Zygadlo, Broken Haze, Circulations Records, All City Records, Daisuke Tanabe, Yosi Horikawa, XLII, Memory 9, Ninja Tune, Kid Kanevil, Om Unit, Paul White, Illum Sphere, One Handed Music, BD1982, Fink, Emika, Mux Mool, Ernest Gonzales, Paper Tiger, Sesped, Jay Scarlett, Elliott Yorke (Royalty), Kan Sano, Onra and many more.
Represented on the compilation are over 7 countries, 40 artists and 10 labels.


Last Kiss At The Plains Hotel


Had this on constant play all week off of LDN's WestNorwoodCassetteLibrary Recordings 4th release. Canadian Jason Hopfner aka 'Knowing Looks' drops an interestingly quirky jazzy take on a UK garage leaning/UKfunky stylee tune that's just so right for now, groovy as f%@k...enjoy!

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Tracklist:
A.Abandoned Skip
B.Last Kiss At The Plains Hotel
WNCL004

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Melvin 'Sparkplug' Sparks R.I.P.

Sad day indeed for music men passing on, US soul/jazz blues guitarist died today from complications from diabetes. He would have been 65 next week. Played with some legends of the jazz/funk soul scene, Lou Donaldson, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff, Idris Muhammad, Johnny Hammond Smith and many more.

Smiley Culture R.I.P.

British reggae star David Emmanuel aka Smiley Culture passed on today aged 48 apparently during a police drugs raid on his home, suspicious or what!
Smiley Culture had a short burst of fame in the 1980s with singles 'Cockney Translation' and 'Police Officer' which both reached the UK singles charts.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

101

Fresh beatz from the Jungle/D&B/house maverick the man Rupert Parks AKA Photek. One of the most respected producers for his highly complex drum patterns, sequenced double bass lines and sophisticated sense for combining abstract sounds with jazz and classic techno influences that just keeps you begging for more...Now settled in LA, where he's scoring numerous soundtrack projects for major feature films, he's now back to the dancefloor with "The Avalanche EP" released last week on his own label Photek productions. Check out his recent interview with Red Ball Music Academy & his brilliant Influences Mix for FACT mag.....Essential!



And remember this from back in the day, '94 to be precise lifted from The Metalheadz 12" "Natural Born Killa EP", I used to drop a lot of D&B at 33⅓/half speed back then as the use of the amen break would lead to some propa break bizniz, but this used to be pitched right down for extra drum fest funkiness...Enjoy!

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The Avalanche EP available in all good web stores.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Citizens Rights

More ruffage drums from L2S Recordings. Their run of debuts keeps on rollin', this time courtesy of LoNDon Breakbeat/UKGarage Producer Beatloafe. 2 tracks that seemlessly fuse dubbed-out, minimal Garage/dubstep and breakbeats with an emphasis on heavy bass with rich electronic melodies. Here selecting the first offering “Citizens’ Rights”, it's the more breaky affair of the 2 tracks with chopped and skewed breaks, his signature down low heavy dirty bass and off-kilter uplifting melodies...Rocking'

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Tracklist:
A. Citizens’ Rights
B. Smudge
L2S047

Friday, 4 March 2011