Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Beat Me Up, Scotty

Hello again. Guess what, it's that semi frequent time where I go out and hook myself up to an IV of instrumental hip hop. That's pretty much all for this intro, tracks as usual after more art.

Indie 184 - Call The Shots

The Special Herbs series courtesy of MF Doom has been a major player since I got me mitts on it maybe a year or so ago, chock full of awesome instrumentals with fittingly foody names. Here's the closer to Vol. 2 that's pretty special (plus a little bonus track on the end after the silence).

MF Doom - Myrrh [click to download] |HTML5|

I finally got around to getting my hands on some of Swedish audio-visual artist Niklas Åkerblad's stuff, or as he's more commonly known El Huervo. His artwork is pretty sick, you should definitely check it out. Onto the track, this is another of those instrumentals that just scratches all my itches like Walking Endustries' Makee I posted some time ago. Think Nujabes or early Bonobo and you're in the right area.

El Huervo - Daisuke [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally, before the unique vibes of Los Angeles and the like, FlyLo had a more conventional hip hop sound going on. Given his on and off relationship with the [adult swim] crew this isn't that surprising and I appreciate the evolution he's done over his releases, but damn if these early instrumentals aren't sweet (no pun intended). I highly recommend you track down the demo tapes like this he has floating around the 'net, they've got some gold on them.

Flying Lotus - Gumdrop [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 28 July 2014

Nite Interviews: (exitpost)

Hey guys, Nite here once again! I was checking out some of the submissions we've been receiving the other day, and I happened to run across something (an LP) that perked my interests. So much so, that, within five minutes of briefly skimming over the LP, I fell in love with the whole thing. You're probably wondering : "Who is this guy?" Well, let me give you a brief rundown on him.

The guy's name is Kenneth Herman, and he operates under the alias (exitpost). Born in Tokyo and currently living in NYC, this gentleman creates downtempo-styled electronic music that is highly reminiscent of works like Bonobo, Kimchi, and Four Tet. His album, titled, Sweet Fade , takes these elements, and blends them together in a form of synergistic harmony.  The album was so impressive, in my opinion, that I could not help but set up an interview with the man himself, so you, the viewers can learn more about him. Let's get on, shall we?

 Nite: First off, Tell me a bit about yourself.
(Exitpost): My name is Ken, I reside in Manhattan and I perform and record electronic music under the moniker (exitpost).

Nite: Alright. What inspired you to get into the music business?
(EP):  I think music is pretty cool. As hopefully most people do. What inspired you to getting into music blogging?
Nite: I'd say the same thing myself. I've had a passion for electronic music for years, and felt that I could show others different types of electronic music that are not as well known stateside.

Nite: When composing music, what tools, equipment or program's do you use?
(EP): Yeah totally.
I would love to give a cool answer and name off countless analog synths and priceless hardware but I keep it relatively small. I just use a portable MIDI controller, a Telecaster, some pedals, a mic and an interface. Logic Pro is the bread and butter of all recording and sampling but I've started using Ableton a little bit for some sampling as well since I use that to play live. One day I'll probably try to do it all in one program - but for now I can record an idea fastest in Logic. When I'm working I like to have a little glass of soymilk on the side too. That's crucial.

Nite: Excellent. If there was one thing about being a musician that frustrates you, what would that be? More specifically, what about it frustrates you the most?
(EP): That's a good question. I'm not really sure to be honest because for every frustration, there's the validation of releasing music that resonates with people. The good tends to outshine the bad. I think the term 'musician' kind of frustrates me. It's a self-important title people latch onto. It's kinda meaningless, particularly today. Because of that, I think musicians and bands take themselves way too seriously just because they make music. They get so competitive! My favorite past time, other than crying and eating soup, is reading Facebook bios of bands I know. They're all so bad and all written by themselves. It's like being your own wing man at a party. Imagine introducing yourself in the third person. "My buddy Ken, now HE is unlike ANYONE else."

Nite: Very well said. Now on to a more album-centric question. Your LP, Sweet Fade was just recently released. What were your inspirations whilst making the album? 

(EP): Before making electronica, I was writing very forgettable indie rock anthems while trying to make exitpost more of a band. A couple of years ago, I got super into what guys like Mt. Kimbie, Bonobo, Four Tet, and Shigeto were doing. I was interested in a more electronic sound but I was learning the software while doing that so the first incarnations of tracks were pretty bad. 'Sweet Fade' starting taking off in the last 6 months, but the first track "Going" is from those early recordings. The whole thing has been cooking in the oven perhaps a little too long. I wanted to take a blend of real instrumentation, field recordings, vocal samples and electronic drum sounds into something emotive but also danceable. As I wrote this answer I learned that "dancey, "dancier" and "dancelike" are not real words but apparently "danceable" is. While making the album, I was getting really into Jon Hopkins, Bibio, some Bill Evans, and a little J. Dilla too so that informed the recordings. A lot of the samples are from my mom's record collection and stacks of CDs. She has a bunch of compilations from the Japan Airlines Midnight Cruise Radio series. It's all karaoke music. So yes, Japan Airlines was a big inspiration.

Nite: Very interesting. Where do you see yourself a year or two from now? 
(EP): As 24 and still getting carded. 

Nite: Alright. Lastly, do you have any advice to give to other music enthusiasts and upcoming artists out there?
(EP):  Support your fellow musicians. Listen and give feedback to each other. Also, when you wake up in the morning, have a glass of water before your cup of coffee. A nice, tall glass. Leave it by your bedside if you must. That quick morning hydration will kick start your day, I promise.

Thanks for chatting, Gavin. 
Nite: Likewise, thanks for taking the time to do this. 

 Ken's new album, Sweet Fade, is out now on bandcamp, for the low price of whatever you feel like paying for it. It's a nine-track EP, filled with etherial sounds and beats. I highly  recommend you guys listen to this. If my words are not enough to convince you, here's a few tracks from the EP that, hopefully, will do so.


Until Next Time,


Friday, 25 July 2014

So Many Songs. So Little time.

Its Relevant

Earl here with a couple new tracks for you to start you weekend with, lets get right to it.

First up is the Sun Glitters remix of the song "St Louis" by Shocking Pinks, its very ethereal sounding but also kinda groovy, the vocals are reminiscent  of shoegaze music, i love shoegazing.

This song is groovy, so groovy that i'll just shut up and let you listen to it .

i cant explain why i enjoy this song, it reminds me of tumblr for some reason.


- Earl

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Back In Blighty

I have returned over the channel to the familiar isles of Leeds, with no sunburn to report thankfully! Over there was surprised to find I don't have really any Spanish tunes in my archive, but at the risk of sounding nationalistic I do have a ton of British tunes, so have some of them why don'tya?

David Hockney - A Bigger Splash (1967)

Kicking off with my summer album circa 2007, Simian Mobile Disco's debut stands strong as ever even though it's only a ten tracker. The vibe captured on tunes like this is pretty much perfect and is just at home on the beaches of wherever as it is back in England at your uncles crap summer barbecue.

Simian Mobile Disco - Wooden [click to download] |HTML5|

Another moody bit from the 'Tron's debut. The LP Starts incredibly strong and even though it is pretty simple in comparison to their later work it has a real charm to it that's very sweet, no doubt helped by the strictly synthesized accompaniment.

Ladytron - Another Breakfast With You [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally yet another debut, this time the trip hop pioneers Massive Attack. Unlike their more mellow output circa 1998's Mezzanine, this track is much more rooted in the original trip hop stylings with more of an emphasis on the Hip Hop part, with just a sprinkling of some soul in there courtesy of Shara Nelson.

Massive Attack - Lately [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat