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Truly transcendental electronica (oh yes) from Zomby after a couple of disappointingly lacklustre remixes (Franz Ferdinand, Animal Collective) to remind us of the prickly, luminous, highlighter-marker, cut-and-print quality of his best work, neatly sidestepping the increasingly hoary approach to percussion in dubstep/wonky/whatever it’s called this week by telling it to fuck off completely. Don’t build a groove, just place it in front of you and let it gently gather inertia until it spins with it’s own infinite momentum, an almost imperceptible pitch and yaw bending the image over time into recognisable yet subtley altered variations. With synths. Y’know, like these ones:

The images are of course from 2001‘s climactic, abstract epiphany, capturing wonderfully that hypnotic and nebulous sense of wonder that such absorbing music illicits. Me, I can’t help thinking of the Spinemelter 2000 – ‘I’l ta-a-a-ake i-i-i-it’



‘Beat Generation’ (young Dilla/Madlib obsessives grouped together by er… someone) doyen Paul White‘s cut&paste hip-hop sampledelica arguably owes a lot to the 90s Mo’ Wax affiliates of yore but it’s his approach to the shared studio armoury that defines his voice. A more frenetic aesthetic keeps most tracks around the 2min mark and the beats simmering rather than drifting into a self-indulgent haze, ostensibly linked to our supposed modern split-second attention span but more likely thanks to the man’s day job as purveyor of library music for (among others) our dear old BBC.

Unsurprisingly It’s as celluloid an experience as any instrumental hip-hop record with one track (‘Flying Over Tokyo’) fashioned almost entirely from elements lifted from Katsuhiro Otomo’s superlative anime epic Akira and a smattering of dialogue from generally adored cult classics. ‘So what’s new?’ you snap distractedly but there’s an underlying, woody aroma of wholemeal English prog which lends a pastoral, psychedelic decoration not unlike Boards Of Canada brought up on the early Vertigo and Def Jam back catalogue (on second thoughts, they probably were). Instances such as King Crimson’s ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ bursting in via ‘The Uprising Of The Insane’ combine curiously well with the bumpy hip-hop rhythms, giving this LP an earthy organic base on which to plant the boombox jams.

Listen to the album in full here (and find out how you can commission Paul to personally make you some beats!)

…and grab this mix, courtesy of the unrelentingly engaging FADER. In fact, head over there now for an interview with Paul and label mate/cohort Bullion.

Download:Paul White’s FADER Mix
King Stitt – Herbsman – Trojen
Todd Rundgren – International Feel – Bearsville
BBC Radiophonic Orchestra – Doctor Who – BBC Records
Peter Baumann – This Day – Virgin
Joe Zawinul – In A Silent Way – Atlantic
Todd Rundgren – Never Never Land – Bearsville
Paul White – Highlife – Unreleased
Paul White – Universal Thoughts – Unreleased
Paul White – Alien Attack – Unreleased
Paul White – Get Em Up – Unreleased
Jo Jo Bennett – Leaving Rome -Trojen
Batucada Fantastica – Atabaques E Surdos – Musidisc
George Duke – OMI (Fresh Water) – Epic
Gong – And You Tried So Hard – Virgin
Utopia – Singring And The Glass Guitar – Bearsville
Paul White – Time Wars (Extended Version) – One Handed-Music


Following the threads of genius through commercial hip-hop to the logical destination of tomorrow, there comes a collaboration of fwd-thinking youths (via label/collective creative powerhouse LuckyMe) with the potential to forge a white-hot vision of next-level funk worthy of a lot of the hyperbole already associated with the sound.

Ciorsdan Brown originates from Glasgow’s increasingly fertile beat farms and combines with the similarly vital creative mind of Hudson Mohawke to form NADSROIC, a project producing the most sophisticated and vivid future R&B since the glory days of Timbaland/Pharrell et al. Raised on Celtic fiddle and song she comes off like a languid Missy E, cloaking the lyrical barbs and potent flows with a delivery that matches the mellifluous to the delectably louche. Hudson’s shattered rhythms and starry-eyed sample clusters have never before sounded so completely at home.

Incoming ‘Room Mist’ EP on the 29th. Check LuckyMe for updates.

HudMo / Nadsroic mini mix culled from Mary Anne Hobbs Experimental: X Chromosome Special, 22nd of April 2009:

Nadsroic & Husdon Mohawke mix
Hudson Mo Loops – ‘M5000 Loop’
Damfunk – ‘Rhythm Trax’
The Blessings – ‘Faberge’
Nadsroic – ‘Room Mist’ (prod HudsonMo)
Nadsroic – ‘Saw You There’ (prod HudsonMo)
Nadsroic – ‘Peekaboo’ (prod HudsonMo)
Nadsroic – ‘Step Back’ (prod HudsonMo)
Nadsroic – ‘Allhot’ (prod HudsonMo)

(Thanks to A Shaving Of The Horn That Speared You)

…and if this slice of 2002 bumping future R&B didn’t predate/totally inspire the current wave of wonky hip-hop beatheads (which it did) then I ain’t writing this through a fug of instant coffee caffeine goodness (which I am). That shuddering rhythm and snapping, bubbling synth line is pure pop simplicity, like a haiku you can dance to. Ya dig?

Aside from his production work with Ciara, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and er… the Spice Girls (YA RLY) this is Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins‘ optimum joint – dirty and clean in all the right places. It’s also Brandy’s best, not so much o’ dat mawkish ballad shiz. If Alexander Nut hasn’t been dropping this all the time forever then I suggest he gets on it forthwith, as should you.

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Yet another fresh-faced young beatsmith, raised in the (supposedly) blinding sunhaze of L-fuckin’-A and influenced by the DIY tropical punk emanating from crucially kool venue ‘The Smell’ and its regulars (No Age, Mika Miko etc). It’s glitch-hop I guess, the loose, tumbling hip-hop rhythms and the paintbox crayon synths of FlyLo and Dorian Concept et al, and of NOW.

Interest was piqued (mine) by the inclusion of ‘FWD’ on tasty Dutch label Rush Hour’s Beat Dimensions series, the mouth-watering chunkiness of the central synth riff lending it a juicy weight that the surrounding tracks fell short of. His debut LP Drift is out now although nothing included, for me, quite lived up to the above cut. More and more of this ouevre strikes me as a regurgitation of the 90s golden era of electronica, directed through the more recent reference points of extreme sound squeezing and willfully fucked rhythms. Drift has a mix of the Doctor Who melodic eeriness of Not For Threes-era Plaid and the considered structure and careful mapping of I Care Because You Do-era Aphex Twin – both features are very much to his credit but maybe I’m showing my age when they cloud my judgement.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s a lot here to like – he’s capable of much more melodic depth and variety than most of his peers and boasts a rare and delicate approach to sound sculpting – but I’m just so eager for him to be less in thrall to his heroes, that’s when you see an artist truly bloom. Anyway, that’s just like, my opinion.

For a taste check out/buy the album here or grab this mix from the Mary Ann Hobbs show (which also includes Ras G for some similarly-styled fun and Appleblim’s BLOC set).

Mary Anne Hobbs – with Nosaj Thing, Mono/Poly, Hyetal, Ras G, Ben Klock, Appleblim [Hotfile download] [Rapidshare]

Nosaj Thing Mix
Chopin – ‘Prelude in E Minor’
Nosaj Thing – ‘Untitled’
Nosaj Thing – ‘Nightcrawler’
Nosaj Thing – ‘Wandering Star’ [Nosaj Thing Remix]
Nosaj Thing – ‘Coat of Arms’
Nosaj Thing – ‘1685/Bach’
Nosaj Thing – ‘Intro/Camel’ [Nosaj Thing Remix]
Nosaj Thing – ‘Aquarium’
Nosaj Thing – ‘Caves’
Nosaj Thing – ‘Harrison Ford’

Mono/Poly Mix
Mono/Poly – ‘The Beatles’
Mike Slott – ‘My Lightbridge’
Sir OJ – ‘Lightsabermass’
Mono/Poly – ‘Red & Yellow Toys’
Mono/Poly – ‘Ninja Turtle Feet’
Busy – ‘Avogadro’
T-Bag ft. Lil Wayne – ‘Cant Believe It’ [Mono/Poly Mix]
Mono/Poly – ‘Aquaschism + The Gemini Mermaid’

Hyetal Mix
Hyetal – ‘Pixel Rainbow Sequence’ [Peverelist remix] (forthcoming on Reduction Records)
Hyetal – ‘Gold Or Soul’ (forthcoming on Soul Motive)
Hyetal – ‘We Should Light A Fire’ (Dubplate)
Shortstuff – ‘Progression’ (forthcoming on Formant Recordings)
Jack Sparrow & Biggins – ‘Fullest’ (Dubplate)
? – ‘Secrets’ (Dubplate)

Ras G Mix
Ras G – ‘El-Saturn-Day/P.O.P/Brainfeeder Bent Intro’
Ras G – ‘Deep Space Nine’ (Dubplate)
Ras G – ‘HollyHood/Where Dem Trees @?’(Dubplate)
Samiyam – ‘Fishsticks’ (Dubplate)
Ras G – ‘Ancestrial Echoes’(Dubplate)
Ras G – ‘Elevators’ (Dubplate)
Flying Lotus – ‘Aboriginal’ (Dubplate)
Ras G – ‘In Coming!!!!’(Brainfeeder)
Hudson Mohawke – ‘Yonard’(Warp)
Ras G – ‘Speaker Smash [ruff]’ (Dubplate)

Ben Klock Mix
Ben Klock – ‘Grip’ (Ostgut Ton)
Levon Vincent – ‘Six Figures’ (Novel Sound)
Steffan Linzatti – ‘See’ (Stockholm LTD)
Steve Stoll – ‘Run in it – B1’ (Proper)
Norman Nodge – ‘Rush’ (MDR)
Telefon Tel Aviv – ‘Immolate Yourself’ [Ben Klock Remix] (BPitchcontrol)
Roman Lindau – ‘Simplicity’ (Fachwerk)

Appleblim Recorded At Bloc Weekend
Track listing to follow shortly…

Gotta post this video for grime firebrand Tempa T‘s ‘Next Hype’ banger on No Hats No Hoods featuring urban legend / national hate figure Mr. Tim Westwood (c’mon, I know us English warm to a bit of self-deprecation). It’s ‘proper jokes’ in the parlance of our times and pretty damn hype to boot. PS I get ‘par game’ but what the fuck is ‘pars’? Anyone? Maybe the joy is in the mystery. Carry on!

via The Fader and No Pain In Pop