Archive for April, 2008

The return of geek hop

April 30, 2008

I’ve really been getting back into geeky hip hop recently. There have been a few good artists coming out and some older artists coming with a fresh style. Glasgow has got two great producers at the moment. They are Rustie and Hudson Mohawke. Both have quite different styles. Rustie is on more of a dubstep tip, his tunes sound super futuristic. His debut ep Jagz The Smack, on Stuff Records, was a banger! It was a breathe of fresh air in the stale summer of Glasgow 2007. Hudson has been kicking about for years and its cool to hear his tech crunchy beats out there. The instrumental Heralds of Change ep he did with Mike Slott is pretty killer. Check it out if you can. You can find out more about both these producers over at the Lucky Me website.

Flying Lotus is another dope producer. He’s from LA. His first album 1983 is pretty good, though his Reset EP on Warp records was such a huge leap forward in his sound. I’ve seen him live a couple of times and he has been awesome. I am looking forward to his album LA which will be out at the beginning of summer. Another great act on Warp is Harmonic 313 which is Mark Pritchard from the Jedi Knights and Global Communication (I highly rate their album 76.14). I really liked his production for Beans on the track Bubonic. It’s all Detroit influenced bass heavy slow hip hop beats. Word Problems from the first Harmonic 313 ep is killer. A ridiculously heavy beat and a speak and spell! Dope, looking forward to hearing his album as well.

Finally, there is also Clause Four and Architeq. I am not sure how much Architeq is hip hop, but his tunes have a hip hop feel to them. His debut 12″ is out now and it is pretty damn good. You should check it out on Tirk records. Hopefully he’ll have more material soon. I would also be interested in seeing a live show from him. Clause Four is a bit of an oddity on the DC Recordings roster. His tunes are heavy weight 8 bit hip hop, which is not really like the rest of the cosmic roster. I’ve downloaded some of his mixes and they have always been highly enjoyable.

Watch out for these people. I am sure it will be a summer of hip hop geekery.

Errors – Toes

April 29, 2008

It’s great to hear some new music from Errors. This is the video for their new single Toes, which is out on vinyl and download on May the 12th on Rock Action Records. It’s a storming tune. It does remind me of Battles, which is no bad thing. Get this when it comes out!

Liquid Liquid Compilation

April 23, 2008

Liquid Liquid sleeve

Domino Records are set to release a compilation of Liquid Liquid songs. Mo’Wax and Grand Royal did this about ten years ago, which was a bit too early, probably. Anyway, this compilation differs as it contains some more live tracks as well as the original 3 eps. Check out the tracklisting:

1. Groupmegroup
2. New Walk
3. Lub Dupe
4. Bellhead
5. Rubbermiro
6. Spearbox
7. Lock Groove (In)
8. Lock Groove (Out)
9. Push
10. Eyes Sharp
10. Zero Leg
12. Where’s Al
13. Optimo
14. Cavern
15. Scraper
16. Out
17. Sank Into The Chair
18. Outer
19. Groupmegroup
20. Sank Into The Chair
21. Elephant Walk
22. Setmeonmyown
23. Not Again

The compilation is out on cd, 3lp and I am assuming digital download on the 19th of May.

Death Before Distemper Launch Party

April 22, 2008

flyer

Shit Happens

April 22, 2008

Shit Happens!

Praqtice Makes Perfeq

April 21, 2008

Architeq has done a wee mix for the people over at Mondayjazz.com and it looks pretty good! I recommend heading on over there and giving it a wee listen.

Praqtice Makes Perfeq
1. Tangerine Dream – Stratosfear (Virgin)
2. King Jammy – Time Is A Moment (King Jammy’s Gold Records)
3. New Age Steppers – Love Forever (Virgin)
4. Hubert Daviz – Smut Cut (Up My Alley)
5. Clause Four – Blue On Blue (DC Recordings)
6. Arthur Russell – You And Me Both (Rought Trade)
7. Lukid – Fela (Werk Discs)
8. Flying Lotus – Massage Situation (Warp)
9. Harmonic 313 – Word Problems (Warp)
10. Architeq – Into The Cosmos (Tirk)
11. Giallos Flame – Crime Squad (DC Recordings)
12. Tony Allen – Ariya (Honest Jons)
13. Spandau Ballet – Chant No. 1 ( I don’t need this pressure on) (Chrysalis)
14. Illija Rudman – You Got (Rong Music)
15. Jah Wobble – How Much Are They ? (Peter Black Re Edit) (Electropolis)
16. Peter Digital Orchestra – Juicy Lady (Eklectik)
17. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill Re-Edit (?)
18. Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Wake Up And Make Love With Me (Stiff Records)

Also, here is a little video of him performing Bird Of Prey live.

Psychopab versus the Soulsavers

April 17, 2008

Years ago I heard a rumour from an incredibly reliable source that Pablo from the Psychonauts had created a mix with Rich from the Soulsavers. I even found a snippet online one time, but now you can download the whole thing! Cracking!

Psychosoul part 1
Psychosoul part 2

Small, Medium Or Large?

April 17, 2008

My friend did this. It’s pretty good.

Shizzle from NYizzle

April 15, 2008

tee and cap from NYC

Props to Fuzzy for the tee and cap from NYC!

Rammelzee + Basquiat

April 15, 2008

Check it out! This is a cool wee video of Rammelzee MCing while a guy called Toxic C1 gets busy chopping up Billy Squire – Big Beat. It’s all been edited and altered by Basquiat! Rock on, to the break of dawn!