The Mint Collective










The Mint Collective increases visibility for creative endeavors through music, the arts, live events and conversation.

Our mission is to foster a learning environment through creative expression and exploration.

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Silhouette Brown - Constant Questions

Dego Mc Farlane (4hero) & Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic) stepped on the scene 5 years ago with a collaboration called Silhouette Brown. Their debut album featured chantuese, Deborah Jordan and songwriting by a broken beat queen, Bembe Segue. With all this musical power working on this one project, magic was made. Finally, a new Silhouette Brown album entitled “Two” is to be released on February 8 on 2000black Records (and I cannot wait!) This time around, the guys have called in the undeniable “sanger”, Lady Alma, to take on the vocal leads. This album is a music lovers sweet dream and one of my personal most anticipated for 2010.                  -Angela Blanca

Enjoy a remix of Constant Questions, a track from the upcoming album “Two”.

Silhouette Brown - Constant Questions (2 Banks of 4 40 Degree Rinse) by TheMintCollective



Dego -> BTS Radio

Founding member of 4Hero, Dego kinda kills it with his set on the newly re-launched BTS Radio.

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Taylor McFerrin Interviews Dego

The one man show known as Taylor McFerrin builds songs from scratch with his ambitious solo project. Fender Rhodes, synthesizers, samples, vocals and beatboxing are meshed together in his Brooklyn bedroom studio as Taylor builds from his roots in ‘60s soul to his vision of future hip-hop.  Throw Dego McFarlane, London-based dj and producer and founding member of both 4 Hero and Silhouette Brown in the mix and you have an intense musical conversation.  Check it as Taylor jumps into Dego’s musical mind to get some insight on past present and the future.

Shouts to Playa Hadyn for putting us on!



Dj Spiñorita | Casual Play

LA-native DJ Spiñorita A.K.A Angela Blanca has a new podcast you must peep!  The long time record collector, music, event and homie connector drops her first fly podcast mixture of casual jams.  Some joints on here we hadn’t heard yet so we are giving infinite thanks to Angela B + all of the other music supporters putting mixes together giving visibility to artists worldwide.

(1) Kaidi Tatham - ‘I’m High’
(2) Miguel Atwood-Ferguson feat. Dwele - ‘Angel’ (Mochilla)
(3) Ski Beats feat. Mos Def & Whosane - ‘Taxi
(4) Dom Kennedy - ‘Long Way Home’
(5) The Nonce - ‘Bus Stops’ (Token And A Transfer Remix)
(6) Julia Spada w/ 35bag - ‘Do You Ever (Think About Me)?’
(7) L.A.U.S.D. feat. Jack Davey & Blu - ‘iFEEL’
(8) Erykah Badu - ‘Umm Hmm'
(9) Silhouette Brown - ‘Hear Them Often Say’
(10) Polyester The Saint - ‘Means The World’
(11) Big K.R.I.T. feat Smoke Dza & Curren$y - ‘No Wheaties’
(12) Broki vs 4Hero feat. Hector Calderon - ‘Y Do Re Mi’

CASUAL PLAY Podcast Ep. 01 by AngelaBlanca



A Yellow Man

Inspired by a collective of scriptures we’d like to introduce you to A Yellow Man. Brothers Emmanuel and Sam and their good friend, Summer call themselves a soulful, electro, experimental hip hop group.  This promo spread around the internet like wildfire securing over 9K views since it was posted a week ago.  Then, we saw a tweet from @4hero telling everyone to watch out for this project.  Indeed they were right.  Gonna be fly. 



Dego (4Hero) x BTS Radio

(Marc Mac + Dego = 4Hero) photo: cocoalounge

Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio just posted up one from the archives.  Definitely do not miss this mix Dego (4Hero) dropped back in 2006.  The whole entire mix will have you smiling and headnoddin, maybe even a little neck crackin’. No Joke.  Stream below and download this beautiful thang on BTS Radio.

A founding member of 4Hero, Dego is a true original and living legend. A chameleon with it comes to production, Dego has taken hand in influencing and spearheading new styles and movements ranging from Jungle, Drum & Bass, Broken Beat, Hip-Hop and Soul. With aliases and projects like Tek 9, Jacob’s Optical Stairway, DKD and Silhouette Brown among countless others, he’s solidified his place as a master of music. -btsradio

Taylor McFerrin chats with Dego on CentricTV from Centric TV on Vimeo.

Dego (2000Black, 4Hero) - Live on Andrew Meza’s BTS Radio (‘06) by The Mint Collective

(epic) TRACKLIST

Res - Golden Boys

Fiona Apple - Sleep To Dream

The Sylvers - Only One Can Win

Scientist - De Materialize

HU Vibrational - Calling To The Water Goddess

UNknown

J Davey - Everybody

Toshi Kubota - Nothing But Your Love (Jay Dee Remix)

MF DOOM - Coffin Nails

Quasimoto - Hydrant Game

Marcos Valle - Estrelar

Airto - Encounter

Unknown

Unknown

Likwid Biskit - Inner War (Co-Op Remix)

Dego & Kaidi Tatham - Bring it Up with Them



Dego (2000Black, 4Hero) Interview

The intersections of music always create a unique space for exciting, new sounds to rise.  Intimately involved with the creation and propagation of future music for the past couple of decades, Dennis “Dego” McFarlane, half of the super group 4Hero, is putting out his first solo album.  Over the years Dego has experimented and lead new developments within drum and bass, hip hop, jungle, soul and broken beat with groups like Silhouette Brown, D.K.D., and Jacob’s Optical stairway. 

We recently caught up with Dego to ask a few burning questions.  Quite a well-spoken gent with a glorious sense of humor who happens to make some of the most forward-thinking music on the planet.

Who is Dego, where are you from and what do you want people to know about you?

Dego is power source originally found in Kashyyyk. Its price has skyrocketed somewhat now due to the EX6 androids have stopped being manufactured (they mined this energy source) in my pure form I am capable of hyper jumping once every Myomar days. I am currently living on Earth in order to DESTROY it. LONG LIVE THE EMPIRE

You may know me better as a son of Jamaican parents raised in London and lover of the nutmegs on the hallowed turf.

When did you know you wanted to make music a full time gig?

I was made redundant from my job and thought to hell with this - I’ve got nothing to lose.  Dove into music full-time in ‘91.

For you, what has been the most influential sound/person that has helped shape Broken Beat? Why? 

Broken beat oh broken beat.  Number one, I don’t like the term because people’s interpretations were always incorrect. They thought it was solely ‘future rage’ & ‘loose lips’ but my they were very wrong.  The West London sound was more of an attitude rather than a particular groove.  It represented many influences such as soundsystem, electro, house, hip hop and soul.  I think the main leaders in this field were I.G, Bugz in the Attic and Domu(recently retired).  They shaped this by not conforming to one genre and letting anything drive the groove, feel and depth.

Collaboration has been a huge part of your career.  What have been some of the most memorable collaborations you’ve had and who are you looking forward to working with?

The best collaboration I have had and will NEVER be able to surpass is working with Mr Larry Mizell. He and his wife are great people and very easy to talk to.  The only collaboration I have in store is an LP with Mr Mensah, Matt Lord & Kaidi
Tatham - but that’s my team anyway.


Your sound and a lot of your musical career has been based out of London, with the Strong Island pirate radio show to the creation of Reinforced Records. How do you think your move to New York has added to your sound and you as an individual?

The only thing NYC has showed me, is that it’s a great place to live apart from the rat population, horrible winters and lip service folk!  As for music they have lost their creative magic and edge.  London wipes the floor with NYC.  I mean this for real, apart from indie bands in Williamsburg who is doing anything really?  New York was done by 2002 (my friends say late 90’s).  In London we are constantly reinventing and having scenes grow.  Maybe I don’t know ‘the right circles’ but right now a London sound system would beat the shit out of a New York one with dubplate innovation.  Yes a BIG TALK ME A TALK !

Your new album has some classic elements from your earlier days and definitely has the Dego stamp on it.  What was the process in creating the album?

I basically made 50 tracks and picked out the most suitable for an LP.  This is not my normal way, I usually make 14 and choose 10.  I aimed for a broad range of elements and tempos.  I wanted an LP that was never one thing but everything as one!!! I think if I do more LP’s then I will be able to touch on more and give people a better perspective on what I am about and where I am going [musically].

 

Where did you get the name of the album  'A Wha' Him Deh Pon?' from?

I was born in London but the blood is Jamaican and the title just means “What Is He Up To? Or “What Is He Doing?”

  Who are some new artists that you’ve been excited about?

Really into Waajeed’s ESO [Electronic Street Orchestra] project, the Machinedrum EP on Mu, King Midas & Cosmos, Samiyam, Mr. [Kaidi] Tatham, Floating Points, Thundercat, Rockers Society, Taylor McFerrin LP and still listening to my favourite punk rocker Mutsumi (prod Maurice Fulton).

Your collective 2000Black was inspired by Roy Ayers’ lyrics ‘Think About the Future, Think About, Think About, Change’.  What do you think in store for your music, and the future of music in general?

I hope the pop market will be more creative musically and people realise how
valuable music really is because now its treated as something of no worth.

Anything else you’d like to let us know?

Hey America - stop calling football soccer!

Laugh Out Loud!  Sorry, we WILL! 

-Interview by Alex Floro



"The new album is gorgeous and reveals Dego’s profound love for the simple, physical pleasure of a perfect beat, but also his boundless curiosity for reinventing the most sophisticated elements of classic funk and electro.  Dego has composed a love letter to the subtle sonic textures of vintage keyboards, the musical intelligence of fusion jazz, and the farthest edges of progressive soul." 

A Wha’ Him Deh Pon?  features collaborations from Taylor McFerrin, Sharlene Hector, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Nia Andrews and Kaidi Tathum and more.

Have a taste of the first 12” off Dego’s record “Monday Blues”.

DJ Brainchild Mix - “It’s All Over The Place” mix here.

Listen + download an absolutely amazing mix from Dego on BTS Radio from 2006.



Eavesdrop Radio | Broken Beat Special

Our favorite Philly Radio show, Eavesdrop Radio, does it again with an amazing broken beat throwback episode. This is a nice reminder of the genre - that some of us often forget but love nevertheless. Thanks to Junior and Lil’ Dave for always keeping it fresh.

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New Sector Movements - The Sun ft. Dwele
Eska’s World - Dream Saftey
Mark de Clive Lowe - Relax Unwind
Mark Force - 40 Days/40 Nights
Beatless - Life Mirrors (Opaque Remix)
Reel People - Spiritual (Seiji Remix)
King Britt & Lady Alma - Give it all you got (Domu Rmix)
MM BLack ft. Roy Ayers - 2000 Black
4hero - Natures Plan
Afronaut feat Son de Batey - Carnival
Afronaut feat Son de Batey - Golpe Tuyo Calinda
Wale Oyejide - Cooba (Daz-I-Kue Edit)
Dom um Romao - Lake of Perseverance (Seiji remix)
Tate’s Place ft. Julie Dexter - Burning (Jazzanova Remix)
Susumu Yokota - Can Heaven Ever be Like This (Bugz in the Attic Rmix)
Yukihiro Fukutomi feat. Carl Hancock Rux - I am
Quango - Frantic (Boogie Rework)
IG Culture - DJ Power
DKD - Future Rage
Mpho Skeef - Whatcha Waitin’ For
Phil Asher - Namby It Ain’t (I Am Sorry)
Freedom Soundz - Feelings
Daz-I-Kue & Exile - Mellon Bounce
Ty - Wait a Minute (Dwele Remix)
Jeremy Ellis - Lotus Bloom
Pavel Kostriuck and Guest - Brand New Day
Don Ray feat Lady Alma - Give A Little (Dubline remix)
Taylor McFerrin - Broken Vibes (Isol8 remix)
Bugz in the Attic - Once Twice
Karizma - ICU
Agent K - Feed the Cat



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!

Check out our interview with Dego from 2011 to get a big more insight on dude.