When Mr. Raoul K left his Ivory Coast home for much colder territory (Germany to be precise), it appears he brought some West African warmth along with him and has been skillfully injecting it into his tracks ever since. "The African Government" is a perfect example of Mr. Raoul K's familiarity with sun-soaked regions, one in which he manipulates traditional instruments of his former continent into a blissful deep house tune, building and looping layers of some far-off African stringed instrument into a hypnotic state of repetition. His German influences stay in the background, showing themselves less in the particular sounds utilized by the producer and more in the structure of the composition, a classic 7-plus minute techno movement full of the usual build-ups and breakdowns honed throughout the years by Europe's techno pioneers. Mr. Raoul K has been running his own imprint, Baobab, for quite some time now, but "The African Government" will be found on his first release for the Mule Musiq imprint, Introducing My World (artwork above), when it's released on May 16.
This majestic Sumsun instrumental comes from the incredible Sample Based Life Vol.1 endeavor (artwork above), which has gathered over 30 tracks from a slew of collage/tape-music/lo-fi beat producers including the likes of Dog Bite, Ackryte, and Grass Mirror, among others. The concept for the release is the brainchild of Forrest Reiff (a.k.a. Off Balance Atlas), who had the idea to share his sample sources with fellow producers and see what they came up with. Looks like he had no trouble getting his cohorts to take part, and the results of the experiment appear to be just as diverse as the list of contributors. Sample Based Life Vol.1 is available as a "name your own price" download over at the project's Bandcamp, and those who contribute $8-$10 to the cause will receive a hand-dubbed cassette of the album courtesy of Mr. Reiff himself. We suggest checking out Sumsun's sole contribution to the compilation below before fully diving into the other 31 static-drenched, blissful beats that make up Sample Based Life.
The good people over at Scion A/V have passed along this interview with Parisian beatsmith Onra. You'll find the producer discussing how he began making tracks, what his early inspirations were, and sharing some insights into the process behind his newest All-City LP, Long Distance. Onra also has some North American tour dates planned next month, which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
Berlin's veteran producer and co-founder of the Get Physical imprint, DJ T, has announced he will be releasing a new LP entitled Pleasure Principle next month. The forthcoming record finds DJ T crafting 11 tracks in which he delves "into electronic music’s legacy of authentic soul," enlisting an impressive international list of collaborators along the way, including San Francisco's Dave Aju, Toronto's James Teej, and Paris' Jaw & Ginger (Jaw being of the group dOP). Read more »
The Endless Flight imprint (one of three labels that make up the Mule Musiq family) is set to release Unknown Parts, the debut LP from burgeoning nu-disco producer Eddie C, and has passed along this cosmic disco number to introduce us to the stylings of the Canadian producer. "Dub Me Gwen" is a deep disco edit, one with a somewhat sluggish step that twists and turns as the track goes through its various movements. Eddie C kindly invites you to drift away as shuffling percussions and space-age synths are joined by chopped and dubbed disco vocals and lush horn samples, all the while keeping the consistent, thumping bass as an anchor to your galactic voyage. A trip to the stars and back indeed, and one we're hoping to do more of when Unknown Parts drops on March 28.
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So, San Francisco's post-noise-punk outfit Mi Ami is a duo now, and Daniel Martin-McCormick and Damon Palermo have also shed their guitars and drum kits, wielding synths, sequencers, and drum machines in their stead. The band's first release with its new format is the forthcoming Dolphins EP, which will drop on March 15 via Thrill Jockey. The first sounds offered from that new record come in the form of "Hard Up." On that opening cut, Mi Ami's TR-909 and Juno-106 work out a psychedelic underground dance anthem with sporadic, Devo-esque vocal bits resonating over the top of it. And on the music video (check it out after the jump), directors Amanda Brown and Ben Shearn splice together fuzzy VHS footage of a lovely '80s babe traipsing around what looks like Miami Beach and scenes of Martin-McCormick and Palermo rocking a house party with their pulsing jam. We don't know about you, but we're kind of falling in love with Mi Ami all over again. Read more »
Early last year, the collaborative effort of Londoners Sinden (pictured above) and SBTRKT kicked off Sinden's own Grizzly imprint with the "Midnight Marauder" b/w "Kind of Familiar" single, and now the two are set to release another joint 12", the "Seekwal" b/w "Grazed" single. Read more »
Ninja Tune is busy as ever with a slew of new releases planned for the coming months, including an LP from LA's eccentric beatmaker, Daedelus (pictured above) and an EP from rising Viennese producer Dorian Concept. Read more »
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