Tuesday, 27 December 2011

It's Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Three

Last mix of the year and I thought I'd finish off the Jazzy Jazzy series

It's Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy
It's Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Two

Again, it's a bit different from the other two but (hopefully) this one sounds good in that time of doing nothing between Christmas and New Year

Kraftwerk - Tone Float
Kraftwerk - Megaherz
Gbáyá - Naa Ndongoe (Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser Vol. 1)
Gbáyá - Piere (Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser Vol. 1)
Gbáyá - Dadte (Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser Vol. 1)
Kraftwerk - Ruckzuck
Kraftwerk - The Hall Of Mirrors
David Axelrod - The Human Abstract

Friday, 23 December 2011

Niteshade Inc Podcast

Many, many, many thanks to Snooks at Bm Soho for asking me to do a mix for his podcast series. By some chance and good fortune, it has come out this weekend as the offical xmas guest podcast.

Check his work:
Strago and Snooks - Kuru
Strago and Snooks - Pills


We would like to wish all who have supported Niteshade Inc a great christmas and a happy new year! And what better way than to celebrate the coming of a new year than with a great guest podcast!

After enjoying this guys mixes we found through mixcloud (he runs a pretty good blog too) we thought we would hit him up and see if he wanted to do one for us.. He brought the goods.. In his own words:
It's an 'influences' mix with a lot of nods to some producers, labels, djs and record shops who inspire me and have become good friends through music in the last couple of years, namely Blackclassical, Seja Herói, Second Layer Records, Toby, Andrea and Ben at Svetlana Industries, Semtek and Bandshell.

Download/Stream Niteshade Inc Podcast 8

Track List:
Delia Derbyshire - Track 01
Delia Derbyshire with Barry Bermange - Dreams (Edit B)
Marvin Gaye vs. Svarte Greiner - I've Got My Halves (Seja Herói's Ambient Edit)
Delia Derbyshire - Delia's Theme
Delia Derbyshire - Planetarium
Delia Derbyshire - Music Of Spheres
Daphne Oram - Rockets In Ursa Major (Excerpt 3)
Daphne Oram - Fanfare Of Graphs
Daphne Oram - Studio Experiment No.5
Ursula Bogner - Soloresonanzen
Ursula Bogner - Für Ulrich
Ursula Bogner - Atmosphere 1
Ursula Bogner - Modes
Ursula Bogner - Speichen
Ursula Bogner - 2 Ton
Ursula Bogner - Metazoon
Irmin Schmidt and Bruno Spoerri - Rapido de Noir
Grouper - A Lie
Grouper - Moon Is Sharp
Vladimir Cosma - Psychochisme
Emuul - Expectations
Coil - Is Suicide a Solution?
Mika Vainio - In Silence A Scream Takes A Heart
Ricardo Donoso - The Deck Of An Ancient Ship
Agitation Free - Rücksturz
Can - Return To BB City
Tangerine Dream - Rain In NY City
Tangerine Dream - 8.07 And 5.23
Tangerine Dream - Creation
Tangerine Dream - Sunset Drive
Tangerine Dream - Airshaft
Tangerine Dream - Running Through The Hills
Tangerine Dream - Alley Walk
Tangerine Dream - Alien Voices
Tangerine Dream - Cyro Lab
Tangerine Dream - Healing
Dead Can Dance - Song of Sophia
Aphex Twin - Kesson Daslef
Soft Machine - French & German Lessons (Marbert Basement Extension)
Rodger Stella / Kites - Interior Moon Side A
Harmonia - Vamos Companeros
Jean-Michel Jarre - La Cage
Kraan - Die Maschine
Oval - Citibase
Cluster - Avanti
Holger Czukay - Persian Love
Harmonia - Hausmusik
Autechre - Weissensee Against Im Glück
Farben - Swinn Off
Can - Future Days (Carl Craig's Bladerunner Mix)
Hidden Hawaii Solaris Series - hh.q.ii.qq.bb.qqq.h.r.iii.rr.g.rrr.ddd.s.ii.ss.aaa.
Hype Williams - Warlord
Actress - Maze
BNJMN - One Sea (Lukid Remix)
Stanley Crouch - Ain't No Ambulances For No Nigguhs Tonight Part I

Northern By Nature Blog
Paul Riley's Mixcloud

Heroes of 2011: Number 1

My hero of 2011 is Helix. Producer of track of the year, Stacks, which I have played almost constantly since the summer. The track, although still as yet unreleased, was picked up by many big named djs and was included in Ben UFO's recent Rinse cd. He is also part of the best new label of the year, Glasgow's All Caps, with a 100% hit success rate from their first releases.

I caught up with Helix earlier this week to chat about the record, the label, Ben UFO and where he is going next.

Hi there
Hi. hows things?
Pretty good. Building a lot of loops for my liveset
Really? What’s the plans with that?
Luckyme want me to do a mix for them so I'm just giving a lot of stuff its debut in the liveset for them. And then one day when somebody books me
Nice one.

Your earlier productions were more a Basic Channel / dub techno sound. Stacks is very different to them. Was that a conscious idea to try other styles or just how your style is developing or are you planning on doing more minimal / dubby techno again?Stacks was the product of another side of my production that I felt matured enough to the point of being able to make trax.
So would you say your techno tracks are still not where you feel comfortable with them yet? They sound ready now to me.
None of my trax are ever at a point where I'm entirely comfortable with them, especially not my loop-based projects.
My goal is to find the perfect loop.
How did Stacks come about then? Is it something you'd been working on for a while or just one of them moments were all the ideas came together quickly and just worked?
Lol! How did you manage to get an unreleased track onto Ben UFO's Rinse cd
I knew that was coming
Let's keep it mysterious then, ahah.
But seriously, Ben just happened to like it enough to include it on the mix.
It already got a bunch of publicity before Rinse 16.
And are all the hows, whys and whatnots about licensing pretty dull? So you actually see much money from compilations?
I've heard about money
Can you tell me more
How did you get the track to Ben? Was it through connections or has he been a friend for some time now?
Bake knows Ben more than I do. Since Bake was releasing it, he just got it into Ben's hands somehow.
About a year ago I spoke to you about the scene around Georgia and you said that no one really cares about techno around there. Has there been any change this year or are you still having to travel to clubs? 
No change. Still the only one making / playing trax I like. Although I'm slowly getting my friends into it through forcing them to hear my music all the time.
What scenes are big over there? I know its lowest common denominator stuff but hasn’t rave music broken through at all with mainstream r'n'b using so many (of the albeit crap ones) dance producers these days?
Well, we've got a bunch of "raves" thrown locally
But nothing worth bothering with?
Just house parties blasting the latest in either overly aggressive dubstep or beatport house. So nothing I ever deal with.
It seems really weird and a bit odd that everyone at that Hessle night at fabric earlier in the year has heard your track over a really good system about 5 times (or however many rewinds it ended up getting) whereas you can't.
Yeah, I've only heard it once on a club system, and I was the one playing it.
What was that night then? Are you getting bookings from a bit further afield now?
Nope, I was opening for Silkie in Atlanta. I figure bookings will come when my records finally come out.
Speaking of which - has there been a reason for the delayed release dates or was it just that ALLCAPS 001 was held back so its pushed your back too?
After the delays, we were looking at a December release, which we didn't really want to do. So it's most likely coming out in January.
You know, over here, they used to say you get weird chart hits in January as the post Christmas releases dry up...
Don't really have any preference as to when it comes out, I'm just happy for whenever it comes out.
Well you've kept me waiting about 6 months to get my hands on it so another 2 weeks isn’t going to hurt anyone.
Ahahaha. Could've sworn I gave you a copy. We fam-lay.
I’ve got the mp3 but i meant on wax.
Oh okay
Its my most played mp3 of the year. Though about 10 of them were rewinds on the day i got it.
Lololololol. Glad you like it
It’s the first tune in a while that I have really hammered but it never gets boring to me.
So plans for 2012? Finally getting the record out, then live stuff did you say?
Yeah I just want to get my liveset fully fleshed out and then I'm just going to keep making trax
Still working with ALLCAPS or are you in discussions with any other labels yet?
Well, I've got an EP coming on Other Heights, that Night Slugs thing, and I'm just casually chatting with a couple other label owners, throwing trax at them and just seeing where things go.
Any word of remix work yet or are you still just doing bootleg remixes at the moment?
I have a Jakob Altmann remix out digitally on Instabil

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 2

Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin made the best album in the world since his last album. And then went and bettered it again a few weeks ago.
The two albums he was on this year, firstly with David Borden, James Ferraro, Sam Godin and Laurel Halo on Frkwys then in his own Oneohtrix Point Never guise, were masterpieces of modern experimental ambient.
His remix work this year included a nod to one of the underloved originators of the sound, Harald Grosskopf, whose original 1980 lost synth classic was reworked by todays contemporaries. It is however another of his rewordings which was my personal favourite remix of the year; that of Anthony and The Johnson's Swanlights.

Replica Lp
Frkwys 7 Lp
Harald Grosskopf Sythesist Lp
Anthony and The Johnson's Swanlights

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 3

Jamie XX may have been a bit ubiquitous this year. There must only be a few people on the planet he didn't offer his steel pans to. Gil Scott Heron, Radiohead twice, Falty DL, Adele, Rhianna and his own solo debut on Numbers. When working with the former legends, he produced some of the best work of his career and with the initially questionable moves of working with the latter mainstream artists, produced some of the best work of their careers. Add to that his increased dj schedule this year and rumours of working on new material with The XX and he has been a busy boy but it doesn't look like the start of 2012 is going to slow him down any.

We're New Here Lp with Gil-Scott Heron
Far Nearer
Bloom Rework 1 and 3
Hip Love
Rolling In The Deep
Fact Mix 239 with Oneman

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 4

Hype Williams fuzzy, lo fi, low res rips, twenty-first century synth pop and foggy 2 step sound rumbled through the whole year. Kicking off was the One Nation lp back in Spring. Summer was soundtracked by Rise Up and the Kelly Price ep and by autumn, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland were putting out their first solo projects and mixing new label mates at Hyperdub, King Midas Sound.

One Nation LP
Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol II ep
Inga Copeland ep
Ramirez A.M.Y
King Midas Sound mix tape

Monday, 19 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 5

If techno is futuristic funk, bleeping, buzzing, knocking, dripping and reverberating then Actress brought it all out of South London in every track he made this year. Deep and dubby as Rainy Dub, weird and wonderful as Gershwin. As epic the full 12 minute version of the Panda Bear remix, as delicate and nimble as many parts of the Parallel World tracks.

Harrier ATTK / Gershwin
Rainy Dub
Surfer Hymn 
Give Up The Ghost (Thriller Houseghost Remix)
Parallel World links 1 2 3 4 5 6

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 6

A living legend, though never really went away, really showed the younguns a thing or two about bass this year. Whether it was with Rinse FM's Funk Butcher, the meeting of most influential garage producers with Steve Gurley or the sound of the summer with Omar, he was always at the front of my box.

Plus he really was kind enough to check out my mix of old Chicago and Detroit stuff from earlier in the year.

Dancing / It's So (with Omar)
Last Forever (as Funkbias)
Roll (with Steve Gurley)

Friday, 16 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 7

Artist, blogger, label owner and designer Will Bankhead of Trilogy Tapes has has created some of the the best artwork of the year, working with some of the best artists and labels of the year:

Hessle Audio compliation

Shackleton on Honest Jons

Moritz Von Oswald Trio on Honest Jons

The About Group on Domino

FunkBias on Swamp81

The website thetrilogytapes.com feeds a daily need for 90s house record centres, pictures of skateboarding and links to gospel goldmine websites

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 9

Radio show of the year is the Numbers fortnightly take over on Rinse FM with these two post carnival and post the post carnival shows amongst the many highlights since the show started in April

Ben UFO, Floating Points, Pearson Sound, Bok Bok, Joy Orbison, Jackmaster and Spencer

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 9

Record shop of the year is Honest Jons. Every week their recommendations are just that little bit deeper, a bit more exclusive and upfront and always on point. Where else can you pick up the latest German or Detroit techno monsters next to an encyclopedic knowledge of reggae as well as blues and jazz and funk or folk?


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 10

The Boiler Room has been consitantly amazing all year. Picking just a few favourites was incredibly difficult as the talent that has passed through this year has been ridiculous. Enjoy the music but you will have to make up your own banter for dissing people in the background to recreate your own chatbox.

BR #73 Carl Craig (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR#38 - James Blake from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR Berlin #003 Levon Vincent from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.


BR #69 Thom Yorke by BOILER ROOM

BR #68 Bake from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR Berlin #001 Kassem Mosse (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR 1st Birthday Ben UFO b2b Jackmaster b2b Oneman from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

Live From - FACT x Young Turks - Jamie xx b2b Oneman from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR #49 Fourtet from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR #44 - Blacktronica from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR #43 Alex Chase from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

BR #42 Addison Groove (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

NOTHING NEW #003/ Tri-Angle Records - Obsessions (circa 2001 - 2002) by BOILER ROOM

Monday, 12 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 11

Label of the year for me has to have released only 100% hits. This year with two eps from label boss Semtek and the first release by Northern By Nature favourite Mr Beatnick in over a year, Don't Be Afraid are the deserving receprecants.

Not only were they producing some amazing material themselves, their choices of remixers; BNJMN, Architeq, Photonz and DJ 3000, plus they are great djs and deep diggers right across the board and just generally nice guys. Sickening isn't it?

Semtek - Pizza (DJ 3000 Remix)
Mr Beatnick - Sythetes

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Heroes Of 2011: Number 12

Compliation of the year for me was Four Tet's Fabric mix released in September and it hasn't left the cd player much since. On paper it looks quite eclectic and unmixable yet it flows, not like a 70 minute going nowhere, rigid to the bpms blend, this was a collage of sounds. Far too many "where the fuck has he got that from?" moments, plus it included some brand new (and at that point) exclusive Four Tet tracks, both of which were of course amongst the many standout moments.

Fabriclive 59
Locked / Pyramid

Friday, 9 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 13

The hardest working man in showbiz this year must have been Caribou / Daphni Dan Snaith. Especially in the last few months, it seems like he has had a new record, edit or remix out every other week. Add to that the split record he made with Four Tet on Text earlier in the year plus the touring as a band and dj gigs all over the world, it is amazing how he finds the time and yet his standards have not slipped once all year.


Daphni - Ye Ye
Daphni Edits 1 - Mapfumo / NPE
Daphni Edits 2 - Hypersphare / Balladins
Radiohead - Little By Little (Caribou Remix)
Virgo Four - It's A Crime (Caribou Remix)
No Boundaries - Modular Pursuits (Dapnhi Remix)

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 14

Tri Angle was one of my favourite labels of the year, Wander / Wonder one of the best albums and yet it is for four remixes that Balam Acab is my hero this year. I don't know if the chillwave / synthwave / whatever they are calling it this week, will continue to be as big next year, but I'm for one will definitely be keeping tabs on where the likes of Tri Angle's Holy Other, How To Dress Well, oOoOO, Clams Casino, Ayshay and Balam Acab take it.


Twin Sister - Kimmi In A Rice Field (Balam Acab Remix)
SleepOver Romantic Streams (Balam Acab Remix)
Lana Del Rey - Video Game (Balam Acab Remix)
Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo (Balam Acab Remix)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 15

From nowhere to working with Radiohead, it's not been a bad year for Objekt.
I think those first two white label eps will be future classics and collectors items.

The Goose That Got Away / Tinderbox
CLK Recovery / Unglued
Bloom (Objekt Remix)

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 16

Radio station of 2011 for me has been NTS Live which began broadcasting earlier this year. Within under 12 months they have built up a great line up but my particular favourites are New Jerusalm with Alex Chase, Bullion and Mr Beatnick, Charlie Dark's School Of Dark and Tristian BpM's breakfast shows. Check some of those shows below.

The New Jerusalem-2011-10-11-20:00:00.mp3 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Airtime

The New Jerusalem w Bullion & Young Turks 28.06 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Scup

2011-11-01-20_00_00.mp3 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Scup

2011-11-23-09_00_00.mp3 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Scup


Monday, 5 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 17

This years '8bitch award' for making loads of great tracks and sharing the demos and the the process of making music with me goes to teaandcakerecords.

Many thanks again to Tim, Brotto, Bandshell, Brickwall Brigade, Planet Soap, Grillo, Railster, Bunny On Acid, FoolK and Matt The Good and to everyone who supported, blogged, tweeted, downloaded and played any or all of the eps. More is planned for 2012.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 18

THE party anthem of the year. Mr Vegas, Pharoahe Monch, J Rocc. Every Saturday night of the year should start with this.

Mr Vegas / Pharaoahe Monch - Dicky Dicky / Simon Says (J Rocc Edit)

Friday, 2 December 2011

Heroes of 2011: Number 19

Although he died in 2000, it was only this year I discovered the work of the DJ Screw and the whole chopped and screwed sound. When one of my favourite record shops of the year, Second Layer, whose recommends can always be bought blind, made Rodger Stella's album 'Interior Moon' their album of the week, I had to find out more. The tags on the soundcloud clips included "DJ Screw" which has since lead me off another voyage of discovery but mainly it was this weird, slowed down, dubby, noise that had me hooked. A true headphone masterpiece.

The chopped and screwed, slug paced, dubby, syprupy, pitched down noise was then taken further with his double cassette 'remix' package. If you haven't heard it, you only need to  know the words which had me hooked: King Tubby meets Cluster meets Steve Reich meets Terry Reilly. Go buy. Right now.

Interior Moon A / B
Kosmische Dub A / B
Reich / Reilly A / B

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Heroes Of 2011: Number 20

It's that time of year again and love them or loathe them, think they put the spotlight on missed and skipped gems, give a lazy cheats guide to discovering new music or just simply highlight the obvious anyway, I've whittled down a long list of 22 down to the Northern By Nature Heroes of 2011 Top 20.  

First up is one of the few newcomers in the chart. Although I'd been aware of Koreless as a dj as member of Glasgow's ALL CAPS crew, it was his first productions and remixes that really blew me away this year.   

In the year that James Blake disappeared somewhere off to some other planet called Radio 1 Live Lounge, it was left to Koreless to pick up the baton of young, exciting 2-step producers to push the sound on again.  

I can't think off the top of my head of a better debut this year than '4D', on Pictures Music which was picked up by the likes of Jamie XX, Benji B and Gilles Peterson who not only had him remixing one of his artists on Brownswood Recordings, Ghostpoet, earlier in the year, he even went as far comparing him to some of the heavyweights of the scene after just that one record; "Remember when you first heard James Blake and Ramadanman? Well, remember this is where you first heard Koreless."

He ruined Jacques Greene's 'The Look' for me though as I bought the record based solely on his bootleg remix. His version was a million times better than the original source material, so thanks mate!  

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

1000names Machine City EP

This week sees the release of a new ep on Svetlana Industries, something I am always excited and pleased to report and once again they do not disappoint.

Long before the current wave of Russian and Eastern European beats and glitch producers, Bulgarian duo 1000names were in at the foundation of the sound, debuting with the now classic Melonball Bounce alongside Rustie on Beatnick’s Vol 1 in 2007. Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, their geographic isolation and relatively long musical development has helped Margg and Nikko (their real names) develop a truly individualistic sound: quirky, bubbly, and human. They are identifiably part of the global beats scene without ever being generic.

They released their debut album with French label Eklektik Records, before moving over to Black Acre, dropping the first ever long player on that label. In January 2010 Mary Anne Hobbs invited them to contribute a mix for her legendary BBC Radio 1 show, and since then they’ve been featured and recommended in Pitchfork, XLR8R and every publication of note.

Svetlana Industries’ connection with Bulgarian duo 1000names goes back to maybe 2006, and they are one of the reasons we set the label up in the first place. So we’re delighted to finally drop their first full official release with us, and we can say that it’s been worth the wait. Following on from their acclaimed Illuminated Man album on Black Acre, Machine City is in our opinion easily their best work to date.
The five track EP is Svetlana’s format of choice: a concise but unified statement of where the artist is at a moment in time. 1000names have used to Machine City to showcase a new direction, retaining their signature touches - blissful synth melodies, abstract vocal samples - but moving away from the LA style beats sound towards a sound that Sonic Router described as a “slowed up house sound that’s firmly rooted in hip hop production”.

To us there’s a strong hint of Moroder and late 70s/early 80s new wave in there as well. This is the territory between disco, house, electropop, and hip hop, also being explored by artists like Dam Funk, Funkineven, and Om Unit - danceable but different.
Conceptually the record is a vision of the future. Equal parts Fritz Lang, Steve Jobs and Philip K Dick, it’s neither utopian or dystopian, it is simply machine - but a machine absolutely saturated with emotion. Propulsive, unstoppable, the humanity hidden in snatches of masked speech, occasional glitches in the sound. La Boheme is a miniature disco anthem. Zelda a cloud of Technicolor fog. Planet Video the delirious joy of the mechanised workplace. Machine City is the threat, surveillance, control. The very Teebs like First Postcard from Tokyo is a euphoric ascent through the clouds to a holiday destination in the sky. 

Pick up a copy now direct from the Svetlana shop here:

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

News Round Up

A little round up of some mixes, downloads and videos etc everyone will already have checked from the past month or so.

First up, a stream of the new King Midas Sound lp

Recent mixes from Blackclassical and Seja Heroi

Some band camp free downloads:

Paul White

Which made me dig out his first album again which is also still available as a free download


How to Dress Well

7even Recordings

Claws For?

Interview with Helix by The Kort


And finally, check this video by Scrimshire - Home feat. Faye Houston