Producer and multi-instrumentalist, Quantic, just released the video trailer from his forthcoming Magnetica album, along with title track “Magnetica”.
From downtempo to funk, soul, salsa, traditional Colombian rhythms, cumbia, and trip hop, producer and multi-instrumentalist William Holland aka “Quantic” has been making records for over a decade around the world, literally. Magnetica is the first Quantic album under his main solo moniker since 2006’s, An Announcement To Answer, and in the interim this [prolific artist] guy has raised the stakes further with acclaimed side-projects including The Quantic Soul Orchestra, Quantic y su Combo Bárbaro, Quantic & Alice Russell, Flowering Inferno and Ondatrópica (Soundway).
Having spent the last seven years living in Colombia (in both Calí and Bogotá), a base from which he has worked with many of the finest musicians from Latin America and the Caribbean, on Magnetica he now casts his net even wider to take in the sounds, styles and languages of the UK, Ethiopia, Jamaica, Brazil, Angola and beyond.
WATCH Magnetica album trailer, directed by Mochilla’s B+
Music is what Mr. Carmack does. Also, he does it extremely well and without a care about what you think. With a keen pair of parentals who’ve always been supportive and musical, it’s really no surprise that Mr. Carmack is able to combine so many different styles into one, cohesive sound. A background as a pianist since the age of 3, a drummer [who followed in his mother’s percussive footsteps] with a hip hop sensibility, a lover of house music and a knack for heavy hitting sounds, Mr. Carmack has really carved a unique style into the electronic music ecosystem.
Carmack doesn’t like to beef up his accomplishments or pat himself on the back, but if you walk into a conscious dance club on any given night around the globe, you will probably her a Carmack production or two without even knowing it. He’s stealth like that. Supported by worldwide tastemakers like RL Grime, Kaytranada, Djemba Djemba, Okayplayer and BBC Radio 1, Mr. Carmack has only begun to show us what he’s capable of – always leaving folks patiently anticipating his next musical moves.
After Carmack dismembered his Soundcloud – basically removing everything old from his page and uploading a dozen new sounds, we’ve low key [ok very high key] fallen in love with them all.
The first little nugget called “Ones” is by him and Canada’s Kaytranada (if you don’t know about Kay - seriously go here) and is kind of off the chain. ”Ones” is a super mellow bass-heavy tune that you can vibe out to at any time really.
The second selection here would be Carmack’s remix of Da-P’s “Dark Hadou”. The original track is a masterpiece in itself, but with that added little Carmack fake out where you think it’s going to be a cheesy trance song from the intro and then the bass drops and you loose your shit making the everything seem as though it’s in its right place. When that bass drops it totally changes your perspective on the predictability factor of electronic music. Very skilled this dude is.
Finally, you can do no wrong with an Aaliyah remix, especially this one. The ultimate waved out, sexy bass-filled tune we’ve heard in a long time. Definitely does more than justice to the original baby girl track.
Can’t wait to hear what Carmack does next. He’s definitely one of the most compelling artists in recent musical times - someone we’ll be following closely.
So excited today to find out that Seven Davis Jr' project is finally out on IZWID! This is the second release on Kutmah’s IZWID imprint and is a rare collection of bugged out electronic soul from LA-based vocalist, producer and poet, Seven Davis Jr.
Seven is reminsincent of early Spacek sounds – soulful and sexy yet experimental and always groovy. Have a listen to a favorite Spacek jam below for good measure.
The tunes from the Lost Tapes by Seven Davis were actually created about 12 years ago once lost in storage via a lengthly hiatus due to drug addiction and depression.
Doggystyle 20th Anniversary - Mix by DJ Snoopadelic
Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Doggystyle on November 23, 2013, Snoop aka DJ Snoopadelic put together a mix of all the samples used to make the album. Snoop offers exclusive commentary about each song and the behind-the-scenes stories that went on during the making of the historic record.
One of the best selectors this side of the Mississippi (we’re in LA btw), Miss Kronika always comes through with the best mixes and musical finds around. She’s your favorite dj’s ear to the street - always putting us on to the dopest of beats and emerging artists.
These mixes give you a snapshot of the depth and breadth of Kronika’s style and delivery.
Mr. Jo Def has found something very special. He’s about to release an album – his first album – called Steps. Ahead of the Nov 19 album release [digitally and on cassette], the Oxnard-based producer drops 2 tracks - “SWIM” and “TookItThurr” both of which are pretty clear indications of a solid record.
The lead single “SWIM”, wraps a wavy, filtered sounding Sade vocal with bass stabs and head-nodding tempo for a sexy yet danceable time. “TookItThurr” pays homage to Slum Village’s “2u4u” - need we say more? Ok fine, “TookItThurr” is basically badass, marrying hip hop vibes with uptempo grooves – something Jo Def does with the utmost of ease.
Head over to Jo’s Soundcloud to listen to the depth of bredth of his past tunes (they are rad) and stay tuned to Steps dropping on Soulection Nov 19, 2013.
Last week JMSN's †Pllaje†dropped on his own White Room Records imprint. The Detroit-bred musician gently weaves his vocals through melodies and sounds that he has produced himself - giving him an interesting edge in this musical atmosphere where there’s often a vocal and production collaboration that happen independently of each other.
Here’s the single “The One”from †Pllaje†which actually happens to be our favorite jams on the album.
As the release dropped, the track “Flowers” which features LA-based vocalist Nikko Gray, veteran emcee Talib Kweli and turntable-master DJ Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies became available. The jam is a mellow hip hop groove seamlessly incorporating all of the unique voices that share the track space. If “Flowers” is any indication of how the record will sound [along with a few others leaked tracks like this], it’s looking pretty solid. The album itself also features T3 of Sulm V, Common, Posdnuos, Guilty Simpson, J. Rocc, Eric Roberson, Earlly Mac, and J. Pinder.
Manchester’s own Sivey put out the best mix we’ve heard in ages. The mix was originally made as a promotional tool for the Hit&Run takeover of RM3 at Fabric London last week. Producer and DJ, Sivey, nails it just about every time - each song on this mix is perfect.
Check the tracklist to learn more about the music you hear and then go dig for more!
1. Sivey - Multiples 2. Leon Vynehall - I Know Your Face, Heroine 3. Max Graef - A Tale of Love 4. Kaytranada - At All 5. Labuzinski & Max Graef - Löwengummi 6. Aztek - Am 7. Jaw Jam - Untitled 8. Werkha - Cube & Puzzle 9. Glenn Astro - The Power 10. Jordan Rakei - Add The Bassline (Evil Needle Remix) 11. Sivey - Waterbed Slow-Mo (Forthcoming Soulection) 12. Ariel Camusso & Persian Empire - Time (123Mrk remix) 13. Geode - Some Friday Flavour 14. Iamnobodi - Maputo Dance 15. Sivey - Doin It Again (Forthcoming Soulection) 16. Aztek - Peccadillo (Forthcoming Dusty Records) 17. Nikitch & Mart One - WNBDWN (Forthcoming ??) 18. Opal Block - Shivering Artery (Forthcoming Astral Black)
Can’t wait to hear more releases from Sivey in the future. Check here for past relases.
asdThe Young Turks label is turning up with more and more impressive acts. The latest, FKA Twigs, has a unique style, charisma, sound and a rather mysterious identity. Based in London and with melodic vocal work and rolling basslines, she is someone to watch.
Looking for a dancefloor banger? Well, don’t say we never put you on. Oxnard’s own Esgar just dropped his debut album on IZWID. Heard of IZWID? It’s Kutmah’s label, you know the dude who is arguably a godfather of the LA beat scene now based in London. Anywho, stay locked to this dude Esgar, he’s got jams for days and has been grinding for quite some time so it’s really nice to be able to hear the fruits of his labors.
Listen to Esgar’s debut album here, enjoy the “Gimme” banger which is lifted from the album and peep Esgar’s latest session on Dublab here.
With no shortage of amazing music this week, we bring you some tunes from Tru Thoughts’ first Los Angeles-based signee, Lost Midas.
Jason Trikakis a.k.a Lost Midas, brings forth a warm fusion of electronic sounds and percussive elements. In the single “Love Undone”off of his Memory Flux EP (out Sept 2), he seamlessly weaves in delightfully angelic vocals from Taylor O’Donnell which is put to work in a rad visual treatment by Adam Joyce-Ramirez.
"Broken Peace Is" was premiered and given away for download this week on XLR8R and it’s nothing short of genius. Incorporating broken beatish elements with glitchy percussive sounds and spliced in male vocals “Broken Peace Is” is sure to warm your heart.
Stay tuned for more from Lost Midas, he’s got some really progressive things in the works!
London-based Brownswood Recordings has been a leader in bringing visibility to new sounds from around the world. With globetrotting label head, Gilles Peterson, who consistently has access to the rarest of tunes and hidden gems sets this label apart from any other.
Building on the Brownswood Bubblers compilation series which has historically been a beautiful presentation of [mostly unheard of] music worldwide, the label adds it’s tenth release to the collection today. Brownswood Bubblers 10 showcases music from some of our under-the-radar favourites like Nia Andrews, ESKA, Philip Owusu and about a dozen more.
While Boiler Room continues to book the best music worldwide, this mix really just brought it home for us. A super duper mix for your summer sunshine vibes, the Freerange Records crew holds it down so hard. Listen and find out why.
Stay tuned to everyone who made this mix possible:
Iman Omari teams up with Sonnymoon for this summery and quite buttery jam enlisting the vocal stylings of MoRuf. Stay tuned for Iman’s forthcoming Viberations album out in the coming week. If you’re in LA, go to album release party!
Lifted from the forthcoming Jusayin compilation FWXRD, a beautifully timeless track “MichelleReis” from California’s Broke brings us back to a sound where hip hop was super simple and round [vinyl] sounding. Have a listen/look and you’ll see. Enjoy.
Machinedrum, the self-proclaimed “world-healer, connector of the sun father with the earth mother through the octahedron of love” resurrected his “Sunshine” mix, originally turning up through Clash Magazine last summer. Just in time for 2013 summer rediscovery, this mix maintains it’s value and timelessness with 90’s memories and footwork danceability. Nice work dude. Download that asap.
"This mix is a soundtrack to your Indian summer, if you’re having one right now, or a mix for those people that are in need of a lil’ sunshine. It’s a very summery/sunny mix to bring you out of your fall funk. Lots of juke/footwork and a lil’ jungle thrown in for good measure. There’s some jokes in there too. I went for the more soulful style of footwork instead of the colder minimal tunes meant more for the dancefloor. I played this exact set at the XLR8R boat party at Dimensions festival in Croatia this summer."
Recently launched UK-based label ManMakeMusic founded by bass music veteran George Fitzgerald is one to look out for. With a stronghold on meaningful house music and other forms of uptempo electronic sounds, the label is poised to continue pushing out quality tunes and bringing visibility to several notable artist affiliates.
IAMNOBODI | BDKMV Refix feat. The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra
WHOA! IAMNOBODI, super talented beatmaker out of Düsseldorf Germany, just dropped his version of The Clubcasa Chamber Orchestra’s “B*tch Don’t Kill My Vibe” [which was already epic orchestral version to start with] further transforming the recognizable melody into a bassy masterpiece. Stay tuned for more from IAMNOBODI.
To celebrate his four millionth play on Soundcloud, Australian beatmaker Ta-ku, who undoubtedly also has the best hair in the game (see: exhibit a), has shared his groovy “Handful” track that was just recently released on Soulection's Time In Between comp. Ta-ku has been doing it right from the very beginning by a) making AWESOME music, b) utilizing the digital musical landscape effectively and c) collaborating with a number of top record labels worldwide like Sunday Records [his own], Mushroom Music (AUS), HW&W (L.A.), Project Mooncircle (GER), Paper Chain (AUS), Soulection (L.A.) and LiveForTheFunk (L.A.).
Music creators should be taking notes from this guy. Stay tuned for more from Ta-ku here, here and here.
Oh hey! A late pass on JSTJR, bass music producer from the Boston area who is kind of killin’ it with his rad remixes and original productions. Definitely a little harder than the sounds we usually post, but if this shit doesn’t make you move, you might as well go back to sleep.
Here are a few of our picks from JSTJR, find them all here.
Computer Jay, the LA-based musical genius who taught himself how to build a rapping, talking, super computer has teamed up with rad newcomer vocalist, Orfeo, for a spaced out, sexy tune “Hardships”. What a lovely and sensible collaboration, bringing out the signature sounds of both Computer Jay and Orfeo.
Eritrean-born, San Diego-based beat lover Eden Hagos brings visibility to those future sounds that you can’t quite put your genre finger on. Deep rooted in underground hip hop, sample-based, percussion-heavy tunes and future bass, Eden’s ear for unique sounds has kept her digging since her uncle gave her her first Fugees album at age 16.
Last year, Eden dropped her first mixtape,Blur, followed by Her Favorite Beats in the months following. The beat scene and local producers started listening and partnerships with artists, labels, and connectors in the community became plentiful.
I just dropped a mix yesterday called “Currently” and it features some of my favorite current beat makers that I feel carry the sound of tomorrow. There’s so much hidden talent out there and the ultimate goal is to be able to allow them to share that with the world. I want to be able to connect and play the middle-man for people and music. All the quality music I love is underground and has to be dug for, I want to share my musical jewels. I hope that “Currently” inspires you to discover new music and be open to all of the different sounds coming out of the beat scene.
Well look who’s back! Señor Quantic, one of our most favorite British sound makers (now based in Colombia) who runs the gamut of trip hop, house, cumbia, downtempo and then some! This time, he takes us through a short expedition into the much overlooked tipica cumbia sound of Panamá and says:
The heartache, melancholy and joy in the Panamá Tipica sound is hard to match and like no other to experience. It comes from a rich background of regional musical traditions, carnival rivalry and hotbeds like the legendary ‘Festival en Guarare’. As I understand it, Panamanian cumbia was first played on violin until the arrival of accordions on the Isthmus, most early acordeoneros were violinists first and foremost. This mixtape comprises of some of the best 45s from the Herrera and Los Santos provinces, from the mid 50s through to late 60s. Over the last few years I’ve had the good fortune to meet several of these wonderful artists. Featured here: Dorindo, Papi Brandao, Oswaldo,Fito Espina, Ulpiano, Ceferino and more… (photo compliments of Papi Brandao). Viva Panamá!
Enjoy and watch out for Quantic in a city near you very soon as he embarks on his 2013 US tour.
Wanda Group - No C Never Ever. Sir Froderick - Makeafamily ft TimeWharp. The Weeknd - The Fall (Sango Remix). CID RIM - Danger Ranger. XXYYXX - Fields. Howse - 08. Manni Dee & Deft - This One, The Art Of The Possible. Dane Chadwick - Cool EP. Fulgeance - Tokyo Blue Nostalgia. Manni Dee - Heatwave. Sibot - Magnet Jam. Dane Chadwick - Stilettos. Kidkanevil & Daisuke Tanabe - Harmonics Pt1. Terrorhytmus - Swagshirt. The Range - Lonely. P-Fang - The Beyond. Tokimonsta - Day Job. Manni Dee - Flowlight (Alphabets Heaven Remix). Chesslo Junior - Al Kindi. V.Raeter - Iloveit. Soosh - For You (devonwho remix).
Heard of Atu? The 20-year-old Malawian producer who has lived in 5 countries and now based in Michigan dropped his first full length album today, Pictures on Silence, on Soulection. It’s pretty amazing.
Atu delicately fuses bass and soul, adding his signature, elegant vocal sampling to the mix. He incorporates unique time signatures and plays nicely with the silence, consistently leaving you wanting more.
Free download here for a limited time, then lookout for the album on all major digital platforms April 12, 2013.
DJ Spiñorita Presents Casual Play Ep. 25 w/ DJ AntiQ
Minty fam’s DJ Spiñorita dropped her 25th episode of Casual Play today and it’s oh-so-smooth. This time Spiñorita brings in guest DJ, AntiQ (LA) with his Good Night, Good Morning mix which by no surprise proves to be a splendid choice for this Valentine’s special.
1. Whole Lotta Love – Ike & Tina 2. In the Space - Janko Nilovic and Dave Sucky 3. Take Me Just As I Am - Lyn Collins 4. Don’t It Drive You Crazy – The Pointer Sisters 5. You’re Gonna Need Me – Dionne Warwick 6. You Gotta Believe – Rose Royce 7. Come Live With Me Angel – Marvin Gaye 8. Summer In The City – Quincy Jones 9. Inside You- Eddie Henderson 10. Legend In His Own Mind – Gil Scott Heron 11. Mind Blowing Decisions – Heatwave 12. You Remind Me – Patrice Rushen 13. Moonchild – Rick James 14. Gotta Get You Home With Me Tonight – Eugene Wilde 15. Risin To The top – Keni Burke 16. Superman Lover – Johnny Guitar Watson 17. Beddie Bye – Steve Arrington 18. Rock The Boat – Aaliyah 19. Closer – Goapele 20. You’re Making Me High – Toni Braxton 21. The Panties – Mos Def
Our homie from the Bay, Wonway, just dropped a fresh new [bedroom] mixtape for all the lovers out there on this Valentine’s Day. Have a listen below and download here.
Later On | Intro Jesse Boykins III | | Prototype” feat. Melo-X & Trae Harris Meshell Ndegeocello | Love Song #1 The Luv Bugz | Under These Covers The Weeknd | What You Need Von D | Show Me | feat. Phephe Pr!nce | The Beautiful Ones Aaliyah | One In A Million (Belief Remix) Portishead | It Could Be Sweet Siaira Shawn | Dusk RightNowRightNow? Interlude | The Stuyvesants | Yearning (For Your Love) Patrice Rushen | (She Will) Take You Down To Love Emily McLean | Affections The S.O.S. Band | Tell Me If You Still Care Mos Def | The Panties J Davey | No More Jessie Ware | What You Won’t Do For Love Bebel Gilberto | Mais Feliz Jose James | Bird of Space Little Dragon | Thunder Love Norman Connors | Invitation
If you haven’t checked Minty favourite, Makossa Classics from Wonway be sure to treat your ears here - a super eclectic offering perfect for a chilled out Sunday in the sunshine.
Brainfeeder’s Shigeto continues to amaze us. His ethereal, jazzy yet hip hoppy beats inspire. To celebrate the late, great Dilla who’s 39th birthday would have been this week, Shigeto connects with a host of characters: SKYWLKR (Detroit), Mux Mool (Brooklyn + peep our interview with him here), Cas (London), Devonwho (SF), Josef Deas (Michigan) and I.D to create awesome well-rounded Dilla dedication.
Shigeto gives a little insight into the Dilla dedication:
This set was curated and inspired by J Dilla’s constant integration of countless genres and relentless output. All unfinished tracks. Raw. Uncut. Mostly with friends - made in 1 hour or less. Hope you enjoy. Love you Jay Dee. Eternal thanks and respect.
So we’ve been following Vienna-based Roman Rauch for a few years now from his productions to his mixes to the radio show and this dude never disappoints. We recently came across a really nice guest mix on Roman’s Generell Deep Radio Show from Abby Lee Tee (Austria) that was super amazing – sweet track selection and mix.
So, we share with you Abby’s lovely mix as well as some of his own productions. Fairy floss? Sweet.
roots manuva - juggle tinges proper - big dad common - tribute to flea isntr. - mca karriem riggins - esperanza karriem riggins - summer maddness s.a. gangstarr - just to get a rep - emi mf doom - yellow dock - fatbeats madlib - track two (madlib invazion)- stones throw black milk - don cornelius - fatbeats rednose distrikt - beat from rockwell 1 - rockwell blu - since - nature sounds kidsuke - harmonics pt 1 - project mooncircle moody - born 2 die - kdj tim toh - strawberryeater - philpot rednose - beat from rockwelll 1 - rockwell Hot Coins - Geek emotions (jacob korn remix) - sonar kollektiv soul 223 - almost like it used to be - delsin andres - hart plaza - la vida anthony naples - mad disrespect - saturday night juju & jordash - loosey goosey - dekmantel johannes albert - jmoo mf - frank musik moonstarr - dust (todd sines remix) - public transit Lupo - Empty Bottles feat Julian Hruza (Roman Rauch refix) - schönrbunner perlen double identity - we play the music (isoul8 remix) - voltage ogris debris vs nina simone - see line woman (OD Edit) - cdr funkinevil - dusk - wildoats minor sick & abby lee tee - sunday day - ABBY LEE TEE GUESTMIX - klaus - neph theo parrish - reckasto / strange change jan jelinek - moiré (piano & organ) lol boys - changes (shlohmo remix) the reboot joy confession - bless you so high shigeto - field day (braille remix) burial, four tet & thom yorke - ego moodyman - i need you so much fantastic mr. fox - yesterdays fall disclosure - what`s in your head jacques greene - (baby i don`t know) what you want mosca - done me wrong paskal & urban absolutes - still in love (roman rauch remix)
Minty fam’s Abjo is back at it (as if he ever stopped)! This time with a jedi-ish flip of James Blake's “Wilhelm Scream”, which in it’s own right was amazing to begin with (see original below). This remix however, is absolutely fire.
Stay tuned for more from Abjo, and if you’re in Europe, Abjo is coming for you in the coming weeks. Follow him on Twitter for the up-to-date tour info.
Fat Freddy’s Drop, the epic soul/dub/funk/jazz band hailing from New Zealand, is back!!! They are set to drop a new album, Blackbird, in early 2013 and have just released their single “Silver & Gold” for free download to get you excited. Worked for us - sold!
Chesslo Junior of the Wotnot camp is making some serious sound waves from London to L.A., Japan and back. Poised to drop his third EP Graphic Description, on November 12th, this release proves to be a super special, bar-raising adventure.
Listen to a preview of the EP:
Enjoy our top jam from Graphic Description:
Watch a fresh visual from Graphic Description’s first track ‘Move South’ created by Visto
DJ Brainchild's Dego Mix | It's All Over The Place
A super fresh broken beatish mix to take your through your Friday and get the weekend started off properly from Dj Brainchild. Honoring the sounds of 4Hero’s Dego - this mix carefully puts key Dego-related tracks together telling a beautiful musical story. Enjoy and bigup Minty fam Punchdouble for putting us on!
B. Lewis came on the scene a couple years ago and has been bubbling amongst music lovers worldwide ever since. In September 2012, he dropped his La Semaine project - a lovely assortment of glitchy yet ancestral hip hop headnodders. Since then, he’s been banging out EP’s and LP’s like a mad man with 5 releases under his belt.
Today, his Soundcloud was populated with a creative remix of Marble’s “L.L” jam, an already dreamy assemblage of warm synths, symbols and percussion. A hard song to top, but Mr. Lewis pulls it off with style, grace and das bass.
17-year old UK-based producer Hardy comes to Minty by way of Soulection's Andre Power and his skillful ears. Hardy has an unforgettable and nostalgic sound, weaving everything from 808 trappy and trill sounds in with broken, angelic rhythms to create something new and fresh.
Well this is a match made in heaven. Master of music fusion – New York’s own Dj Spinna, beautifully lays out the many sides of Jose James' on this generous hour-long mixtape.
Jose James, vocalist/arranger/composer/sincere dude blends his baritone voice seamlessly with jazz, hip hop, soul, electronic sounds and heart which Dj Spinna captures perfectly adding his own flavor for good measure.
Enjoy the The Eccentric Movements of Jose James Mixtape: Presented by Dj Spinna.
WotNot music is a conglomeration of uber talented gentleman based in London that make so many different genres of music come together beautifully, that it’s pretty much impossible to pigeonhole them. SPLENDID, really.
The state of music as of late has been in large part a resurgence of simple electronic sounds which have then been flipped and chopped into entirely new sounds making the old sounds new and new sounds insane!
The WotNot label is a perfect example of this shift in sound as the collective runs the gamut of juke, house, hip hop, beat-infused bass, footwork, future bass, drum and bass, moody breaks and much, much more.
I recently met up with JJ Jumbles, co-founder of WotNot [and amazing beatmaker] as well as Deft, epic producer and labelmate while I was in London last month. I was late to meet with the guys (typical) and yet they were so gracious and helpful as I was traversing south London to connect with them in a city I’d never been to. It was about 7pm, warm and still very light outside. London is such a beautiful city. We met right near the River Thames on the South Bank and the two greeted me with smiles and hugs. We walked across Golden Jubilee Foot Bridge (that pretty bridge below)
and decided that instead of conducting an interview in a quiet room in the Royal Festival Hall, that we’d go on a mission for food since we were all hungry. We walked around Soho and before I knew it JJ lead us down some random stairway into what definitely did not look like a place with food but in fact turned out to be an underground noodle spot! Score!
We sat down over noodles and proceeded to completely geek out about music – all translations of it – the state of radio, events in London and worldwide, what music we listened to growing up and even our guilty music pleasures. I learned a lot that night about each of the gents. For one, I discovered that Croydon-based (deep south London) Deft, teaches kids how to produce music and when he was growing up he was heavy into punk and ska – how cool is that? You’d never guess if you listened to his Clotting EP:
WotNot co-founder JJ Mumbles is equally as awesome and had such charisma about him – a very engaging, yet humble dude. I found out we have a common musical love interest called MachineDrum and I also was put onto a sweet band from Canada called New Look.
JJ, Deft and I talked for quite some time while I took a shitload of notes but the one thing that really stuck out was when I asked JJ how and why WotNot was started and he nonchalantly said “WotNot’s sole reason for existence is to bring visibility to music we love”. At this point, I was floored and everything else the two said seemed to be wrapped in gold leaf or something, because what they said after that point made so much sense. This hit me as a call to action to remember to do what you love and love what you do. WotNot serves as a reminder to us all to lift those up who are awesome, to contribute to the bigger picture and to make a difference with your art whether it’s inspiring others or being inspired by others – increasing visibility for creative expression only fuels goodness.
Instead of boring you some more with a description of our noodle extravaganza, I’ll just let the music speak for itself. Here is a perfect sampling of the labels’ music mixed by Charo – WotNot’s other Co-Founder.
To learn more about WotNot go here http://wotnot.tv/and to learn more about their rad artist roster click on any of the links below:
The Soulection fam is back at it - this time with their 15th release (yup!) on the label with Viriginia’s own LAKIM. Seamlessly and effortlessly clean bass and soul infusions are really the only ways to characterize his music without painting a picture of something too far removed from his sound. Lakim describes the Esoteric project as “tapping into a new sound” and “trying different styles out” that very can explain but once you listen to it, you’ll understand it’s beauty.
Explore the free 7-track release here and have sampling of our favs below.
Mysterious Brussels-based blog, mix series and aspiring label, Half Out - is something to keep your eye on. With only a Soundcloud page and 2 mixes up you can hear the direction they are going and it’s golden. Yesterday they dropped a rad house-y mix from Ore that is quite bangin’ and a nice start to your weekend.
Label Love is back again and it’s epic. Volume’s 1, 2 and 3 were home to some of the best worldwide tracks of the past couple years compiled by Miss Jasmine De La Paz. Back again with a firey tracklisting for Label Love 4 – Jazz shares with us [for the love of music] an amazing sampling of music from labels all over the universe and specifically from some of our favorites like Quantic & Alice Russell, Charles Bradley, Onra and Dotmatic to name a few. Have a listen to some of our favorite jams then head here to download all of these bangers!