The self titled Lilacs & Champagne debut will be released next Tuesday (31st January). Alex Hall and Emil Amos of instrumental rockers Grails are presenting us with, in their own words, “hip-hop, tape-collage and the darkest creases of 70′s film-soundtracks with their lysergic and perverse style of head-music.” Sounds intriguing doesn’t it. You can hear the superb Everywhere, Everyone taken from the self-titled below. Definitely looking forward to this one.
Joe Acheson of Hidden Orchestra has thrown out this rather wonderful mixtape to celebrate the release of the new Flight EP on Tru Thoughts. It’s an extensive collection and expertly woven with some of my favourite artists cropping up through it’s 86 minute run time. It’s also FREE courtesy of Paris DJs (which, by the way, is well worth a regular visit!).
Head here to Paris Djs to download the mix in it’s entirety. Tracklisting is as follows;
[00:00] 01. Hidden Orchestra – Flight
[00:01] 02. Shake Keane – One a Week with Water (excerpt from poetry recital)
[02:44] 03. Hamalais-Osakunnan Laulajat – Prelude – Kesa (by Matthew Whittall)
[02:48] 04. Origamibiro – Dissect Ephemeral
[02:51] 05. (interview) – Marke’s favourite sound pt.1
[05:19] 06. Hidden Orchestra – The Windfall (Drums-Only version)
[05:42] 07. Hidden Orchestra – Out of Nowhere (No-Drums version)
[06:01] 08. Björk – Hidden Place (acapella)
[07:03] 09. Hidden Orchestra – Stammer (Drums-Only version)
[08:06] 10. Hidden Orchestra feat. Julia Biel – Footsteps (Lost Twin Remix)
[11:40] 11. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller – Long Enough
[11:53] 12. Jeru the Damaja – War (acapella)
[13:51] 13. Origamibiro – Womb Duvet
[14:20] 14. Phuong Dung – Do Ai (Riddles)
[15:36] 15. Joe Acheson – Riddles
[16:59] 16. Long Arm – After 4am
[18:13] 17. The Pharcyde – Runnin’ (acapella)
[19:20] 18. DJ Cam – Free Your Turntable And Your Scratch Will Follow
[20:41] 19. Lewis Parker – Shadows of Autumn (acapella)
[23:40] 20. Guru – The Revolutionist (acapella)
[23:41] 21. Madlib – Distant Land
[27:34] 22. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae fi Dada (live poetry recital)
[27:37] 23. Boards of Canada – Everything you do is a Balloon
[27:38] 24. Gorodisch – Omaha
[30:08] 25. Madlib – Episode VI
[31:16] 26. Billie Holiday – One, Two Buckle my Shoe
[31:25] 27. Madlib – Slim’s Return
[31:31] 28. Björk – 107 steps (acapella)
[34:02] 29. Madlib – Episode XI
[34:40] 30. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy (acapella)
[35:03] 31. Quasimoto – Put a Curse on You (acapella)
[35:04] 32. Controller 7 – Untitled Demo 2
[35:44] 33. Mu-ziq – Hasty Boom Alert
[37:16] 34. Hidden Orchestra – Dust (Drums-Only version)
[37:28] 35. M.O.P. – Pounds Up (acapella)
[40:13] 36. Hidden Orchestra – Dust (Floex Remix)
[43:08] 37. Street Smartz feat. O.C. and Pharoahe Monch – Metal Thangz (acapella)
[45:51] 38. Jaga Jazzist – Real Racecars have Doors
[47:42] 39. Chali 2na – Comin Thru (acapella)
[49:54] 40. Madlib – Static Invazion
[50:22] 41. Talib Kweli – Some Kind of Wonderful (acapella)
[50:39] 42. Controller 7 – Untitled Demo 1
[51:10] 43. Thelonius Monk – Caravan
[52:21] 44. Radiohead – Paperbag Writer
[52:21] 45. Four Tet – Cload
[55:00] 46. Wu-Tang Clan – Chessboxin’ (acapella)
[56:25] 47. Peruvian Marching Band – Memphis Soul Stewed
[56:42] 48. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds (acapella)
[58:22] 49. Madlib – Funky Blue Note
[59:52] 50. Kuljit Bhamra & Orlando Consort – Tabla Talum
[62:38] 51. Origamibiro – Remnants
[62:48] 52. (interview) – Marke’s favourite sound pt.2
[63:39] 53. Xploding Plastix – Kissed by a Kisser
[66:11] 54. Dizzy Gillespie – Jambo
[68:36] 55. Radiohead – These Are My Twisted Words
[70:03] 56. Shake Keane – Poetry and Jazz (excerpt from interview)
[72:04] 57. Amon Tobin – The Killer’s Vanilla
[73:03] 58. DJ Shadow – Going Nowhere
[74:39] 59. Shankles – Branches
[75:00] 60. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller – Reminds to Teeth
[75:16] 61. Shake Keane – Soufriere (poetry recital and flugal horn solo)
[78:32] 62. (radio documentary excerpt) – Angel Horn – produced by Matt Thompson
[78:44] 63. Hidden Orchestra – Flight (Drums-Only Version)
[78:58] 64. Igor Boxx – Last Party in Breslau
[80:26] 65. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller – 7fingers
[80:57] 66. Profisee – Welcome (acapella)
[83:56] 67. Four Tet – The Butterfly Effect
[86:12] 68. Hidden Orchestra – Flight (No-Drums Version)
2012 is set to be a busy year for the Edinburgh based rap/hip-hoppers ‘Young Fathers’. Two years since releasing their debut single ‘Straight Back On’, the group have enjoyed a steady rise in popularity; given a boost when they were featured by the BBC as part of the ‘Introducing…’ series.
After spending the summer playing the various ‘Introducing…’ stages on the festival circuit and collaborating with ‘Simian Mobile Disco’, the group have offered up the mini album ‘Tape One’ for free on their Bandcamp page.
The sound on this mini album blends a dense mix of electro-inflected hip-hop and rap with African music influences and great fuzzy lo-fi production. MCs Ally Massaquoi, Kayus Bankol and Graham Hastings – otherwise known as ‘G’ all bring a distinctive voice and clever lyrics to each track. The interplay between the tracks is reminiscent of early ‘De La Soul’ and the whole thing has a great energy to it. The album seamlessly moves between hook-laden heavy hip-hop to subtler moments with melodic/pop tendencies. It’s these elements that could see the ‘Young Fathers’ propelled towards mainstream awareness very soon.
Watch the video to ‘Rumbling’ here.
Young Fathers’ debut album The Guide is out on 29 January.
2012 is off to a good start already with some solid music discoveries and a release schedule that’s gaining momentum every day. Amongst the discoveries has been San Diego based Room E who has just this Monday released his new LP Penguin Child, a colourful blend of instrumental hip-hop, electronica and ambient. The album’s a heady mix of samples and live instrumentation with lush, warm production and a laid back vibe. There are some real moments of brilliance here where Room E creates some seriously catchy melodies and hooks that will stick with you for a while.
It may not be too far removed from his peers and is instantly reminiscent of Four Tet and Gold Panda although where Room E forges his own path is with the aforementioned vibe that’s consistent throughout. It may lean toward the safe side a little, but none of it sounds rushed and as a whole piece it comes across delicately compiled and considered which is a great strength as the album becomes instantly effortless to listen to. It also varies in style enough to hold the attention bringing in many offshoots of the electronic music genre and what you’re left with is an incredibly solid record. There’s also a fantastic range of sounds and instruments there with xylophone, melodica, accordion all making an appearance along with live drums which bring a looser, more organic feel to the tracks they’re used on.
It’s also benefitting from some seriously cool artwork courtesy of Cami Robinson, which is what grabbed my attention before I’d even hit play. I can’t emphasise enough how much decent artwork influences what I will choose to check out and this one (although subjective of course) is a great example of what works for me.
Through repeated listens of Penguin Child those little details within the production become apparent and even sitting down with my headphones and writing this review I can feel my appreciation of this record grow. It’s an album I can strongly recommend for fans of beat music who want something a little downtempo and unhurried. It’s a strong start for the year for both musicians and music fans alike. You could do a lot worse than to check this album out.
I spend quite a bit of time on bandcamp trawling through the countless albums and eps picking out the artwork that displays some excellent design or something with a creative name and then checking out the music that follows. It’s a fantastic way to find artists if you’re willing to put the time in and listen to some questionable music along the way. This will be a series of posts for 2012 I’ll be writing most weeks of the year, essentially when something interesting crops up. So, for the first of 52 I present you with this weeks find, Question.
What drew me to Question was actually bandcamps Gallery page which is a selection of artists whose design is worth you looking at essentially. He’s got a superb header on there and nice set of album artworks and that’s reason enough to have a closer look in my book.
So what’s the music like? Well, Question’s bandcamp bio goes like this “This Southern California beatsmith has been spinning hiphop since the early 90’s. His production style is a mixture of obscure jazz samples, heavy beats, and live orchestration. Question’s music can be defined as an interpretation of a timeless era, purely fueled by Jazz & Soul.” and this is exactly what you get, only it’s incredibly well made.
I started with the free downloads of Interludes & Interpretations and Re-Deux before purchasing the full length Standard Translation. All follow the same template, great straight up beats combined with a wide collection of obscure jazz. This plays to it’s benefit and where the music really excels is in this collection of the samples, all interesting and consistant throughout. It’s got the dusty analogue feel down to a tee complimented with warm production and speaking of consistency that’s pretty much where Question is elevated above his peers. His work flows incredibly well and is all of a superb standard, there’s no throwaway tracks or gimicky moments and for this I thoroughly recommend the above collections. There’s no frills here, it’s just straight up, well made, jazzy instrumental hip hop and that’s a good thing. It’ll be in my playlist for a while to come.
K. Flay has a new track up from her imminent EP Eyes Shut which is ready to drop in the new year. You can hear it either on her facebook page or head over to HIPHOP DX to check it out there if you’re not a facebooker. It’s got a big, in your face agressive sound as you can probably guess from the title We Hate Everyone and it’s full of big beats and K. flays usual vocal style. It’s brilliant. Eyes Shut couldn’t come soon enough.