Sunday, 26 June 2011

Nightwave - The Feel EP

It doesn't seem like two minutes since the last Svetlana Industries release by Bnjmn and they are already following up hot on the heels with EP number 5 (vinyl release number 4) by Nightwave aka Maya Medvesek pka the 8 Bitch.

The five track ep is a mixture of a couple of tracks that have been previewed in demo forms for about a year and tracks that were sent in the morning of going to mastering! 

Title track Feel (see video below) sets the tone with a UK bass take on techno, building from subtle beats, whistles and breathless vocals to a full on warped head nodder. You Are My High and Bit Pony may be familiar to Nightwave obsessive geeks like myself who can now tick off a couple more from that very long list of demos we (ok I) want to see on wax, but they fit in with the IDM and techno sound of the ep as a whole. Whilst the original version isn't exactly restrained, the remix of Night Bird from Unknown To The Unknown is pure banging classic Chi town juke / vintage Dance Mania and is seriously worth the admission price alone.

Stream the tracks and follow the links to order it directly

Video for Feel

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Michael Jackson Anniversary

I thought as today marks the second anniversary of the loss of Michael Jackson, I would dig out this mix I did this day last year. If you want to check out the long, rambling piece I put with it, go here

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Brotto - Go Play Outside EP

Really pleased to hear new stuff from Brotto, now going it alone after his debut on teaandcakerecords.

Some great beats and glitchy stuff again but personally I can't get enough of out and out hip hop track, Tree'kle, featuring a very clever use of Roots Manuva's Join The Dots. As this is one of my all time favourites, this could have got very wrong for me but I'm really glad to say Brotto's beats flow naturally next to Rodney's rhymes as if they could have been there all along.

Download it now for free from bandcamp and keep your eyes peeled and ears to the ground for details of his full length album featuring a few guests which should be appearing fairly soon.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Trip To Space Part Six

Not a trip into the deepest, darkest, distant parts of the universe this time, just a trip with Neil, Buzz and the other one on Apollo 11. It's one small mix for (probably one) man (to listen to).

Unknown - Apollo 11 Man On The Moon (Cronkite Broadcast Pt1)
Fennesz - Made in Hong Kong
Unknown - Apollo 11 Launch (With Altitude And Velocity Data)
BNJMN - One Sea (Lukid Remix)
Aviv Geffen - It Was Meant To Be A Love Song (King Cannibal Remix Dub) 
QNS - 6 OF 6
Fatima - Cinnamon
Unknown - Apollo 11 Man On The Moon (Cronkite Broadcast Pt2)
Fatima - Red Light
Soap & Skin - Marche Funebre (Dj Koze Marxa Mix)
Oneohtrix Point Never - LL (Stresswave Edit) (Something I Never Had / Over)
Kassem Mosse - Untitled 3 (Workshop 12)
Unknown - Apollo 11 Man On The Moon (Cronkite Broadcast Pt3)
Laurel Halo - Something I Never Had
Zomby - Natalia's Song
Panda Bear - Surfer's Hymn (Actress Primitive Pattern Remix)
Fennesz - Before I Leave
Throwing Snow - Cronos (Drop/Dead's Liminal Sounds Remix)
Fennesz - Caecilia
Nathan Fake - Fentiger
Objekt - CLK Recovery
Svpreme Fiend - Exempt
Ena - Instinctive
Fennesz - Happy Audio
Harold Budd / Brian Eno - Wind In Lonely Fences
Antony and The Johnsons - Swanlights (Oneohtrix Point Never Edit)
Neil Armstrong - Moon Landing

Friday, 17 June 2011

Ray Keith History by Semtek

This afternoon Semtek took us to school with a history of rave / d'n'b legend Ray Keith.
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Gonna kick off my little Ray Keith history shortly with chapter 1.

Colchester born, Ray Keith started DJing at the ripe age of 12. At that time it was Soul and
Rare Groove that spun on the Essex circuit.

Party-goers were demanding artists like Lonnie Liston Smith and Keith Sweat

...and the productions of Jody Sims, like this Switch masterpiece - Am I Still Your Boyfriend

Simultaneously, so this is the mid-80's, OMD, Depeche Mode and Duran Duran being requested. Like this from 1985

The sound of soul, rare groove and boogie, and the gothic / industrial sound to me are both equally important to Ray Keith's sound.

By the late 80's Keith was working at City Sounds in Farringdon, round the corner from what would become Turnmills.

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By the late 80's the electronic sounds of the US were being adopted by UK DJs and artists, not least Mel & Kim

Even Stock Aitken and Waterman played a role in the development of young Ray, especially this number from 1987 Roadblock

Of course, in 1989 one 12" would change everything for DJs both in the US and the UK.

By 1990 Ray Keith was an important player on the hardcore / breakbeat circuit, and a regular DJ at Raindance.

The parties would happen in the further reaches of London, places like Jenkins Lane:

1990 was the golden age of Acid House. Influenced by this Keith took on his first remix. Orbital's Chime:

By 1991 Keith had already abandoned the house sound for the hcore breakbeat groove. This samples Manix ' Feel Real Good'

By 92 you hear already some of the trademark RK sounds in this. Blame sampled the same Seal track for 'Music Takes You.'

Keith's first major success came when he teamed up with Nookie, who would go on to engineer many of his tracks, in 1993

What became his best known track, under the Renegade alias, which hit shelves in 1994. Terrorist

Terrorist was made by Keith and engineered by Nookie in 4 hours. It is still one of the best known tracks of the past 20 years.

Keith talks openly in interviews about how he came to Reggae and Dub later than many people think, around thi1993 / 1994.

In 1995 he started experimenting with the Ragga samples, to devastating effect, with this on Bryan G's Chronic imprint

And it was also in 1995 that he established the imprint that would go on to provide a home for the majority of his releases, Dread.

The first release on Dread, Yes Yes, sold out within days.

1995 was also the year Keith first started using Lemon D as an engineer, on this Pink Floyd sampling bomb.

Sing Time was recorded as Terrorist, an alias he adopted for much of the work with Lemon D.

Like 95, 96 saw nothing but hits from Keith. This appeared as London's Most Wanted on Chronic, sampling House Of Pain.

And then another outing as Renegade on Dread, which produced Dark Soldier, another anthem, bassline!

1996 was the year of the Tech Step sound, and, noting this, Keith inaugurated Penny Black with this from Twisted Anger:

Most of all though, 1996 was the year of Chopper. Of course Shy FX's remix was the hit. But the orig is 1 for the heads

1998 onwards. This was the year Keith elected to record on Dread under his own name for the first time:

Blackmarket records, where he worked at the time, was the hub of the drum'n'bass scene and it formed the ideal outlet for Dread and Penny B.

1998 was also the year he made his V Recordings debut with this banger. 'Do It'

In a similarly hard style he also remixed Mask (Roni Size) and Swabe (Die) on Dope Dragon

For me the final chapter in the story is really 2000 when he started UFO recordings to release "Something Out There".

The vocal was recorded when by chance he heard Leah singing in a neighbouring Brick Lane studio (one in the Truman Brewery to be precise).

I remember seeing him play in Bedford to a crowd of no more than 10 people in 2000, but he still put on a show.

Listening through the way his productions and DJing changed over the years you realise he was always in it to please the crowd.

Never can you accuse him of a shoegazing moment, always a professional, always giving 100% to support the scene and the ravers.

Ray Keith: big up. Don.

Leaving you with one of his lesser known but equally rolling moments. Have a good weekend each and everyone!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Jus A Lil Hip Hop

Very short, 20 min mix

Raekwon - New Wu (prod. by RZA) (Instrumental)
Outkast - Two Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)
Kanye  West - So Appalled (Instrumental)
Danny Brown - Squeeze Precisely
Wu Tang Clan - Cream (Instrumental)
J Dilla - Dilla Bot Vs. The Hybrid (feat. Danny Brown)
Clipse - Grinding (Instrumental)
Nas Featuring Bravehearts - Nasty N. 
Dabrye - With A Professional
Flying Lotus - Two Bottom Blues
eLZhi - Detroit State Of Mind 
eLZhi - Like This (Prod. Black Milk)

BNJMN's Svetlana Industries release and freebies

I've just been sent some links to a few free Bnjmn tracks. Firstly, the new ep, 141, is available to pre-order before it's release tomorrow but if you go now, you can already pick up two tracks immediately for nothing

And secondly, Svetlana Industries are giving away a track held back from the ep due to the master version being lost but it's such a good track, it deserves to be heard. Get Flash Flood here:

Friday, 10 June 2011

Summer Heat Part 2

Another summer-y, downtempo theme.

Listen to Part 1 here:
Summer Heat Part 1

Serge Gainsbourg & Jean-Claude Vannier - Jane Dans La Nuit
BJ Cole - Gnossienne No. 3
William S. Burroughs - Ah Pook The Destroyer / Brian Gysin's All Purpose Bedtime Story
Serge Bulot - Universalis
Soft Machine - French & German Lessons (Marbert Basement Extension)
Jonas Reinhardt – Eos, The Dawn
Rheingold - Dreiklangs Dimensionen
Jah Wobble / Ollie Marland / Polly Eltes - East
Arthur Russell - How We Walk On The Moon (Youth Rerub)
Herb Alpert - Rotation
Nicolas Jaar - Mini Calcutta
Antena - Camino Del Sol (Todd Terje Remix)
Nino Nardini and Roger Roger - Mowgli
Northern Lights - Bobbie's Blues

RIP Darryl Pandy

RIP The legend of Chicago house, Darryl Pandy. 

Here he is with Farley Jackmast Funk going top 10 (well eventually, it was number 16 this week) with Love Can't Turn Around on FFRR and DJ International.

I also need to dig out that track he did on a JBO offshoot label in '98 called Raise Your Hands with Big Room Girl, that was another belter if memory serves. What a voice.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Grime Age

Another mix of mine that wanders off somewhere but this time actually ends up at an interesting spot. 

Virgo Four - It's A Crime
Blawan - Getting Me Down
Cursor Miner - Cursor Miner
Sorrow. - Glory
Sticky - Jumeirah Riddim
Bandshell - Emerald Tiger
Starkey - Gutter Music
Jamie XX - Far Nearer
Busta Rhymes - Throw It Up (Instrumental)
Fauxhemian - Hopscotch Riddim
Ludacris - The Potion
TRC - My Empire
Sorrow. - Grime Age 
Royal-T - Music Please
D.O.K - Keep On Making Grime
Spooky - Bashment Woooo
Sorrow. - Paranoia
Sorrow. - Glory
Sorrow. - Untitled

Aphex Twin mixes go a bit mental

I've no idea why but those Aphex Twin mixes I did a few weeks ago have suddenly been picked up by a few German blogs. Check out their kind words (although one of them does say they can't find any other information out about me????)!/ninjamixdump/status/78145774222970881

Friday, 3 June 2011

Summer Heat Part 1

I was thinking about the Winter Chill / Winter Warmer mixes from December ( and thought with the summer season now here for today at least, it's time to wind things down a bit in the Summer Heat.

Gold Panda - Marriage (Forest Swords 1am Hotel Room Redraw) 
Daphni - Mapfumo
Mo Kolours - Dead Of Night
Bob James - Nautilus
Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do for Love
Teddy Pendergrass - Love T.K.O.
George Benson - The World Is A Ghetto 
Bobbi Humphrey - Harlem River Drive
Arthur Russell - A Little Lost


Just a little round up of some stuff I've liked over the past month or so

First up Mixcloud


And for Blck's other Gil Scott-Heron meets Sun Ra tribute mix

Seja Heroi has also dropped a nice little mix from this week's show including a bit of a GSH tribute.

You can listen to these and more (including my stuff if you are mental) on Mixcloud's new Iphone app.

One of my all time favourite magazines, Muzik, has put the entire contents up as pdfs so you can go and find out what Sasha was playing in '96. My kind of fun filled afternoon.

Shook magazine has sadly ended it's print form but they are still putting up some quality stuff online including this recent mix by Bnjmn

who was also interviewed by German techno magazine de-bug

Check Ben's mix of Mr Beatnick's forthcoming release on Don't Be Afraid

Mr Beatnick - Casio Romance (BNJMN remix) by factmag

Ben UFO's Boiler Room started a spin-off series of mixes kicking off with this belting mix of classic d'n'b of the mid '90s.

WrongTom has started a blog with some great tales and gems from the post punk / dub reggae scene: Skank Blog Bologna

Passionweiss blog ran a great piece on 30 classic hip hop demos (with links - there goes your afternoon)

Charlie Dark put up a great video of a brief history of his Run Dem Crew and old Attica Blues days. Can't wait for part 2.

Charlie also linked to these other videos recently, the first is pure poetry, the second is about homelessness from the perspective of the children.

DARK SIDE OF THE LENS from Astray Films on Vimeo.

Sofa Surfers from walshbros on Vimeo.

Ghostpoet + Koreless = WIN for me.

Ghostpoet - Survive It (Koreless Remix) by ghostpoet

This tweet from Bake of All caps has got me very excited at the prospect of finally being about to check his music on wax.!/BAKEGLA/status/76043138283741185

Blawan has dropped a classic here. Sampling Brandy might seem like an idea everyone is doing at the moment but this one really rises above the rest. One of my favourite tracks of the year already I think.

On Bandcamp there is some interesting stuff including some nice freebies.

Mo Kolours debut on One Handed Music 

Stac's remixes by Blue Daisy and Kidkanevil amongst others

Tommy Tempa


Zoom Lens including a new track by Svpreme Fiend

And did I mention Bandshell had a new ep on teaandcakerecords?