Londoners, Fenech-Soler, have just released their new single and music video for “Lies”. The electro pop wonderkids, have been gaining support in the UK from the likes of Annie Mac, Pete Tong & Eddie Temple Morris, as well as collaborations with Alex Metric. Ben of Fenech-Soler was most recently featured on Groove Armada’s “Paper Romance”. Looks like we’ll be hearing a lot more of these guys.
Big Jess and MaD SoN of the Unknown Prophets are part of the thick web of indie hip-hop woven around the Twin Cities, home of Rhymesayers Entertainment. Out here, if you’re not on Rhymesayers or Doomtree records, you’re on your own — quite literally. But the UPs are like the Switzerland of Minnesota rap — they’re not affiliated and they’re just fine with that, thanks. We sat down with the two MCs who have grown from rappers on the corner to daddies with a mortgage, and here’s what they had to say. Check out the two tracks for free download at the end of this post – “Forever” feat. Swedish MC Promoe is the answer to the UPs first single, “Never” feat. Slug.
Some people say you make rap for grown folks. What say you to that?
MaD SoN: Our music has matured and grown with us throughout the years. Being a great battle MC is not as important as being a great father and husband these days. We have always written music with themes that mattered to us at the time we wrote it. Our fan base has grown with us. We used to see teens to 20-somethings at our shows and now a majority of our fan base is 25 to 35 years old.
Big Jess: I like the fact we’re true to the music we make. We don’t write about a life we don’t live. We don’t party like we used to, so we don’t write about partying like that anymore. Our music tends to be on some “Grown Man sh*t”.
You’re one of the few Minnesota hip-hop groups not on Rhymesayers or Doomtree. Would you call yourselves underdogs?
Mad SoN: Everyone loves an underdog…but it can also get annoying after a while. We are definitely ready to shed that title. I’d rather us be known for making great music album after album. Being able to grow musically but still stay true to our positive message and themes. We are true DIYers. We write, record, mix, promote, and perform our own music. We have fans that stretch from California to Greece, from Canada to Japan and from Germany and Sweden. Not bad for a couple guys from Northeast Minneapolis.
How did you and Jess meet initially?
We met in high school. Jess had been writing/performing rap music since junior high — his dad was a incredible jazz/blues guitarist so he would record using his equiptment. I was a guitar player in a bunch of rock bands. My nick name was “Banger Mike” — ha. Jess hung out with the basketball players and I hung out with the freaks. Around our junior year, we started hanging out with the same crowd — the neighborhood hoodlums — and my rock taste turned towards hip-hop. Jess asked me to play guitar on one of his songs and that is what sparked my interest in making music with him. I wrote a 16-bar verse one day and used a karaoke machine to record my verse on Masta Ace’s “Terror” song. I played it for Jess and he was shocked when I told him that it was me rapping on the song.
So when did the band really start to form?
MaD SoN: Jess had been submitting his songs to rap and R&B station KMOJ’s Rush It or Flush It. He got flushed every time! We ended up writing two songs and submitting them and they were both anonymous “rushes.” Enter the Unknown Prophets. After that, in 2000, we did a song with Slug from Atmosphere called “Never” and the rest is history.
Tell us about the first time you recorded together and how it’s different now.
MaD SoN: We recorded the Prophecy album back in 1996 in Jess’ grandma’s basement (where he was living at the time). It was recorded on reel to reels and was a long process. We loved to record back then, and still do today. Today though, we have the ability to record on our own time without feeling rushed. We can bounce ideas back and forth with each other now when we want. Jess and I both put in an equal amount of writing the music nowadays whereas in the past Jess handled most of the production. Recording the final project at Jess’ home studio is always interesting. When we both combine our ideas it always turns out amazing in the end.
How do you define your style of production?
Big Jess: That’s a hard one. I listen to a bit of everything and somehow a bit of it gets thrown into the creative pot.
Are you happy with the amount of success the UPs have had?
Big Jess: Yes, I’m happy. Of course you want more, but we’ve done this for 10 years with no budget and no label. We’ve done pretty well.
Two of the illest dudes i know on the mpc and turntables had a nice little impromptu session last Saturday at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. Teeko of 4onefunk fame and Exile were on some next level business basically defying the laws of what i thought was possible on the mpc and turntables. Check the footage below.
The Dirtybird crew are celebrating their 5th Birthday this Friday in San Francisco! Happy bday guys!
‘dirtybird’ – A fake German porn star, two brothers, their room mate, the new girl, and a bunch of good for nothings that together managed to put a smile on the face of dance music. The very first dirtybird record was released in January 2005. Since then Claude VonStroke, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, J Phlip & Worthy have been all around the world DJ-ing and spreading the gospel of their dirty San Francisco bass. On Friday, February 5th they all come together to celebrates the label’s birthday. This one is going to be bigger and better than ever before so we hope to see you there.
Along with this special birthday event, we are announcing a 5 year dirtybird birthday cd package for release this April. This triple cd pack includes a greatest hits cd, a special db mix cd by Justin Martin, and a 3rd cd of all NEW dirtybird tracks! It includes appearances by all the db favorites like Claude VonStroke, J Phlip, Worthy, Sascha Braemer, Riva Starr, Donk Boys, Tim Green, Tanner Ross, Christian Martin, and a ton of new and upcoming talent.
9-4am free before 11 and $10 after with RSVP RSVP to www.going.com/dirtybird,
Mezzanine 444 Jesse Street
The label will also be putting out a 3 disc mixed compilation (By Justin Martin) featuring the label’s tracks, remixes, and more.
CD One: The Past
01. Christian Martin & Claude VonStroke – The Capacitron
02. Justin Martin & Sammy D – Southern Draw
03. Claude VonStroke – Deep Throat
04. The Martin Brothers – Stoopit
05. Solo – Conogloid
06. Justin Martin – Cicada (Claude VonStroke Remix)
07. Sascha Braemer – Some Sweat
08. Claude VonStroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit?
09. Style of Eye – The Big Kazoo
10. Tim Green – Revox (Justin Martin Remix)
11. The Martin Brothers – Full Moon
12. Claude VonStroke – The Whistler
13. Christian Martin & Claude VonStroke – Groundhog Day
CD Two: The Present: Justin Martin’s 5 Year Dirtybird Mix
01. Intro (A Phone Call From the Boss)
02. Justin Martin & Sammy Dee – The Southern Draw / Justin Martin & Tanner Ross – Breff
03. Julio Bashmore – World Peace
04. The Martin Brothers – Duckface
05. Justin Martin & Claude VonStroke – Beat That Bird (Acapella)
06. Claude VonStroke – Vocal Chords (Voodeux’s Grumbly Mix)
07. Claude VonStroke – The Greasy Beat feat. Bootsy Collins (Robag Wruhme Mother Jones Mix vs J. Philip Mix)
08. Sascha Braemer – Some Sweat
09. Justin Martin & Sammy Dee – I Miss You… Please Call Me Back Someday
10. Mike Monday – Grace (Justin Martin Remix)
11. ICS – Espagnol / Edu K – Dos Gusanos
12. Tim Green – Revox (Justin Martin Remix)
13. Iz & Diz – Magnificent (Justin Martin’s No Heart & Soul Mix)
14. Justin Martin – Robot Romance
15. Claude VonStroke – Deep Throat (Just Martin Remix) / Claude VonStroke – The Whistler
16. Claude VonStroke – Twang Chung
17. Claude VonStroke – Chimps
18. Justin Martin – Cicada (Claude VonStroke’s 17yr. Mix)
19. Christian Martin & Claude VonStroke – Groundhog Day
20. Claude VonStroke – Who’s Afraid of Detroit? / The Martin Brothers – Stoopit
CD Three: The Future
01. Edu K – Dos Gusanos
02. The Martin Brothers – Duck Face
03. Claude VonStroke – Dood
04. Kink – Elevator
05. Justin Martin – Robot Romance
06. Hickup – Hickup Theme
07. Talal & Zoi – Silky King
08. Worthy & Yankee Zulu – Humble Mumble
09. Donk Boys – Hehu
10. Christian Martin – Polar Bear
11. Sascha Braemer – Club Foot
12. J Phlip – Droppin Bombz on Yer Momz
13. Jacob Seville – Groovin
Posted by: g.win on February 1, 2010 @ 10:11 PM
Posted in: Music
Germany is a country known more for dark techno and minimal house than it is for deep disco, however Hamburg’s Marco Niemerski (aka Tensnake) may be the exception. Tensnake has garnered respect in the dance world for his unique warm sunny blend of house, disco, and electro. With remixes for the likes of Junior Boys, Shally Shapiro,Toby Tobias (for Radio Slave’s rekids label) and even a remix for indie electro rock band, The Faint, Tensnake has been on everyone’s radar.
Permanent Vacation just dropped Tensnake’s single “Coma Cat” and it’s sick! A nice sampling of Marco’s sun-kissed disco house style. Tensnake is currently in the studio putting together his album. You can also check for new singles coming out on Ghostly and more.
Here is a five minute mini mix from Jamie XX of the band of the moment, The XX. This mix originally ran on BBC1’s Annie Mac show. The XX seem to have blown up overnight with their remix of Florence & The Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love” (a cover of the hit dance track from Jamie Principle and Candi Stanton). Rumors are swirling that The XX may be working on a new remix album.
For now, you can catch one of the hottest bands of the moment on tour with Hot Chip and JJ
Dorian Concept: “The Fucking Formula”
Jamie Lidell: “A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Remix)”
Flying Lotus: “Massage Situation”
Jack Penate: “Pull My Heart Away”
Jack Penate: “Pull My Heart Away (Jamie xx Remix)”
Harmonic 313: “Problem 4”
Roots Manuva: “Witness the Fitness”
Bullion: “Get Familiar”
Joker: “Digidesign (Om Unit Remix)”
Boogaloo Crew: “Calling All Dancers”
Tes La Rok: “Uprise”
Rich Reason & Fantastic Mr. Fox: “Lo-Fi-Ve”
Joy Orbison: “Hyph Mngo”
Skream: “Trapped in a Dark Bubble”
Fantastic Mr. Fox: “Plimsoul”
Deadboy: “U Cheated”
Florence & The Machine: “You’ve Got the Love (Jamie xx Rework)”
The xx: "Islands
New York label Wolf + Lamb just officially released one of the hottest tracks that has already been featured on many podcasts and DJ charts since late last year. Nicolas Jaar’s “Mi Mujer” from the EP “Time For Us” is an electronic masterpiece. The track is a creeper with seductive vocals that are sure to work it’s magic on crowds.
Nicolas Jaar was born in NY but quickly relocated to Santiago de Chile in the 90s only to come back to his birth place as a teenager. Haunted by Mulatu Astatke and Erik Satie, Nico started to make organic electronic music in 2004 at the age of 14. At 17, he made his debut with “The Student EP” on Wolf and Lamb Music with a remix by Seth Troxler who called him " one of the most talented minds dance music is about to see develop". At 18, he continued producing and played live at Club Der Visionaire and Arena in Berlin, at the Marcy in Brooklyn, at Communikey in Colorado and at Mutek in Mexico City. Now 19, studying at Brown University in Rhode Island, Nico has releases coming up on Circus Company, Wolf + Lamb and on his own label, Clown and Sunset (www.clownandsunset.com) of which he is the owner and founder.
Click Here To Purchase Nicolas Jaar “Time For Us EP” @ Beatport.com
Listen: Nicolas Jaar “Mi Mujer”
Posted by: g.win on January 29, 2010 @ 11:00 PM
Posted in: Music
Andreya Triana releases the first single from her forthcoming debut album, ‘Lost Where I Belong’, co-written with Fin Greenall (aka Fink) and produced by Simon Green (aka Bonobo). Video directed by Daniel Chester and Dave Prosser and produced by Sweetworld. Live-action directed by Robert Sanderson.
‘Lost Where I Belong’ is released on Ninja Tune on 8th February 2010 and features a remix by Flying Lotus.
We’ve gathered some of our favorite tracks from Mike Monday’s “Songs Without Words” and turned to the likes of Mark Henning, Hugo, Justin Martin, Hedberg, and even Mike Monday himself for remix work. Underground, deep, funky, techy, and strange…there’s a little for everyone on this single. The single, properly titled, “Remixes Without Words” is out now exclusively at Beatport and it’s charting.