New mix: Maps

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The Polaris-ization of my listening time has almost come to a close, which means hopefully more posts on this here blog. So many great records to gab about this year – Pixelord, Kamasi Washington, Earl Sweatshirt among them. In the meantime, you have this mix, which will sound nice – okay, vaguely threatening, but still fun – coming out of your subwoofer. Enjoy.

Mixed May 15, 2015 in Toronto for a-void.ca by Dave Morris a.k.a. Deemo

Deemo – Maps by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Dubspeeka & Visionz – Floorshow – Floorshow (Dext)
2. Salva – Move Dat Doh – $$$ SECRET STASH $$$ (unreleased)
3. Wen – Backdraft – Finesse (Tectonic)
4. Peverelist & Hodge – What Your Heart Knows – 21 Versions / What Your Heart Knows (Livity Sound)
5. Kelela – Keep It Cool (prod. Jam City) – 14 Tracks: Compute: Soul (Beatport)
6. Peverelist – Roll with the Punches – Roll with the Punches / Die Brücke (Punch Drunk)
7. Arovane – Il_Eth – Aarlenpeers EP (Touchin Bass)
8. Model 500 – Electric Night – Digital Solutions (Metroplex)
9. Cristian Vogel – Spectral Jack Climes – Werkschau03 (Shitkatapult)
10. Shackleton – Cast The Die – Deliverance Series No. 2 (Woe To The Septic Heart)
11. S-Type – Fire (feat. Yung Gud) – SV8 (LuckyMe)
12. Future – Coupe – Adult Swim Singles Program 2014 (Adult Swim)
13. Freddie Gibbs – White Range – Pronto – EP (ESGN)
14. Lee Bannon – The Muse – Cope (Chillectro)
15. Mike Gao – Thirst (feat. Mr. Carmack) – Migamo (Alpha Pup)
16. Aby Ngana Diop – Michael Ozone’s Liital Rhythm – Aby Ngana Diop Remixes (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
17. Ras G & The Koreatown Oddity – 5 Chuckles – 5 Chuckles (Leaving Records)
18. DJ Clent – Let’s Get High – Last Bus to Lake Park (Duck N Cover)
19. Zed Bias – Chokehold – Couch Life (81)
20. Jamie xx – Gosh – In Colour (Preview White Label)
21. Bok Bok & Sweyn Jupiter – Papaya Lipgloss (Club Mix) – Papaya Lipgloss (Night Slugs)

Albums: Lee Bannon remembers when drum ‘n’ bass was good

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Lee Bannon
Alternate/Endings
(Ninja Tune)
Jan 13, 2014

Bumbaclot! I just felt like typing that after listening to Lee Bannon’s Ninja Tune debut, mostly because all the skittering breaks and moody samples make me think of ragga jungle. Really Alternate/Endings is more like A Guy Called Gerald’s Juicebox singles in their Gothic atmosphere and convoluted but not comically overblown breakbeat science. Harder than latter-day Amen-tweakers like LTJ Bukem, more serious than cut-ups like Squarepusher — but still not so dour that he would resist the urge to call a track “Phoebe Cates,” Bannon is a throwback in the best way.

 

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Ras G
Raw Fruit Vol. 2
(Leaving)
Jan 13, 2014

You don’t need me to remind you how much I love Ras G, and Raw Fruit Vol. 2 is such a breath of fresh, er, herb that I don’t even mind that it was released on cassette. Because, you know, formats that needed to come back. Who the fuck was sitting around reminiscing about having to rewind things? Anyways, RF2 features lots of heavy smokers-delight breaks and movie samples (Denis Leary in Judgment Night is a major highlight — You’re in MY world now, Emilio Estevez!) along with some dynamite jazzy bits. My favourite aspect remains how samples from other songs he’s released show up again here, part of Ras’ personal cosmology of sampledelia that conjures up feelings of continuity, or at least, the sense that he may be too blunted on a regular basis to remember which samples he’s already used. It makes me smile either way. Don’t sleep.

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Warpaint
Warpaint
(Rough Trade)
Jan 18, 2014

It’s sad when a group succumbs to an obvious and entirely preventable illness, like heroin addiction, ska-punk or the affliction I’ve dubbed “We don’t need your fascist 4/4 time.” Warpaint’s self-titled album has a handful of songs that are as strong as the bulk of their debut, and it’s no coincidence that they’re the ones that are tightly focused (the unspeakably hypnotic “Biggy,” the PiL-meets-ESG throb of “Disco Very”) as opposed to the ones where melodies spill lazily over barlines (“Keep It Healthy”) and shifts into weird, unrelated keys come out of nowhere (“Love Is To Die”). It seems to be the byproduct of listening to too much weedy British folk music, or more likely, Amnesiac-era Radiohead. But where they can get away with bizarro time signatures and high drama, Warpaint’s songs mostly don’t have the extremely compelling melodic/lyrical guts of a “Paranoid Android” or a “Pyramid Song”, so their wanky arrangements and tortured crooning come off as, well, just that. I certainly wouldn’t write off a group with an instant-classic dirge like “Go In” in them, but I hope they can shake whatever bug afflicts a few too many of this album’s tracks. Always practice safe influence-intercourse, kids.

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Actress
Ghettoville
(Werkdiscs/Ninja Tune)
Jan 27, 2014

The trends in urban music production over the last year summed up in one phrase: ‘Anita Baker Screwed & Chopped’. Everything sounds like it’s a tenth generation dub of a tape that had been retrieved from inside a club urinal. As a listening experience, Actress’ follow-up to R.I.P., and last under the name, is about as washed-out and grey as the album cover, but consuming Ghettoville in chunks makes it a lot more digestible. I don’t know why anyone would dirty up a track like “Rims” when the source material isn’t that sonically engaging in the first place – a bright lead voice ramps up and down in pitch with industrial-grade soul-crushing repetition while a cymbal clangs incessantly in the background.

I thought the dreary one-two punch of “Rims” and “Contagious” might drive me off in search of a civil defense bunker to hide in. But “Gaze” has a bit more texture and colour, with a wispy synth smeared across the track and a Chicago house-style beat that summons the atmosphere of a warehouse party where the speakers are half blown but everyone’s too out of their gourd to notice. “Skyline” and “Frontline” are similarly driving, and even the pummeling hi-hats of “Birdcage” are offset by some chilly electro synth vibes that balance things out nicely. Recommended for when you’re stuck somewhere with a boom box whose speakers will not reproduce treble frequencies of any kind. Could potentially sound great on a supermarket PA. Anyone want to test that theory?

Mix: Medium Cool

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DO U LIKE MY CHEESY PHOTOSHOP TYPE SKILLZ LOL. Somehow it seemed appropriate for a mix that could be described as ‘chillout’, though not quite meeting the Yacht Rock definition of ‘smooth music’ or being ‘lounge’-worthy. Still, I’m fond of the tracks here, including the Orb taking on Primal Scream for what I’ve decided is my favourite remix of all time, and I don’t care if it is kinda… smoove. This is good Sunday morning music, but it’ll do for Friday afternoon too. Peep it.

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1. Rammelzee & Jean Michel Basquiat – Instrumental (version) 1 (extrait) – Happy New Ear
2. Forest Swords – Irby Tremor – Bleep: The Top 100 Tracks of 2013
3. Freddie McGregor – I Man A Rasta – Studio One Ironsides
4. DJ Earl – Moodrinng (feat. Heavee D) – New Dimensions
5. Tame Impala – Mind Mischief (Ducktails Remix) – Mind mischief VLS
6. Primal Scream – higher than the orb mix – Higher Than The Sun CDS
7. The Ethiopians – Empty Belly – Studio One Rub A Dub
8. Ras G – Daal… Garlic Naan – 777
9. Salma Agha –  Come Closer
10. Fr̩d̩ric Mercier РSpirit РCosmic Machine: A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980)
11. Matthew Dear – I Can’t Feel – Black City
12. Michoacan – The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand – The Kingdom Of Heaven Is At Hand VLS
13. Q-Tip – Gettin’ Up  – Gettin’ Up EP
14. Sandro Perri – Changes (Zongamin Remix) – Changes, Love & Light Remixes VLS
15. The Drum – Sim Stem B – Boomkat 14 Tracks Best of 2013: Part Three

Deemo Medium Cool by Deejaydeemo on Mixcloud

Mix: We Goin’ There

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I was going to drop this yesterday, but the internet didn’t seem to have room for anything unrelated to crack. (Admittedly Kendrick Lamar does shout “I don’t smoke crack, motherfucker I sell it” in a funny voice, but we really ought not to encourage him to do more funny voices. Just rap, man, you’re pretty good at it.) Anyways this one took a smidge of editing to be presentable to the public but I’m quite happy with the results, so enjoy.

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Why Ras G is the hottest in the game

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Make no mistake, there are a lot of red hot producers out there right now in the LA beat scene, or whatever you call it. The Shigeto album is killing. Teems, Dimlite, Om Unit, the list goes on – all over the world there are cats making subwoofer-melting boom bap-derived ear candy. But in terms of mystique, of prolific genius, of straight-up neck-snapping goodness, nobody holds a candle to Ras G. The eccentric beatmaker likes to lace his raw jawns with bone-dry snares and vocal samples scored from reggae classics and science fiction movie oddities. There are clickity-clack percussion loops, roughly assembled collages a la Madlib and wobbly basslines that’d loosen the bowels of even the hardiest dubstep aficionado. The spirituality of his work is what makes me come back to it over and over, though. A devotee of Sun Ra, the man from Saturn exerts a huge influence over Ras G (or “Cool Raaaaaass” as his ever-present signature sample drop would have it) from dialogue samples to album art. And as blasphemous as it might be to jazz heads, nobody else is carrying Le Sony Ra’s torch the way this beat brigadier is on his new album for Brainfeeder, Back On The Planet.

Lesser ears might be put off by Back On The Planet’s title track, a loose assemblage of noises and free jazz freakouts. But the beat is never far away. Heads may start with “OMMMM…,” which makes a melody out of white noise like it was the most natural instrument in the world. There’s a vaguely Dilla-like sense of time in his tunes, but there’s none of the late Detroit don’s R&B slickness in the beats, which often sound like they were unearthed from under a pile of dust taller than Dikembe Mutombo. “CosMic Kisses” is light on the low end, hanging close to a barrage of handclaps that are funky enough to be a song in themselves. But be careful with your subwoofer settings by the time you get to “Culture Riddim,” lest you knock the crockery off the wall; from “Been Cosmic” to “Injera Lentils and Kale” and the afrocentric-tao-of-Sun Ra-sampling “Natural Melanin Being”, there’s enough bass business to put a new face hole up in your cheek.

“G Spot Connection” is a particular highlight. The otherworldly chipmunked vocal samples and reggae drops bash up against hand percussion in a gloriously molasses-like slog, making it among the sludgiest tracks Cool Raaasss has ever dropped – and given his prolific nature, that’s saying something. Personally I’m holding out for a Jeremiah Jae/Ras G collab album — come on FlyLo, make it happen –, but Back On The Planet is to that dream as Bitches Brew is to the rumoured Miles/Jimi Hendrix collab: even if the latter never comes into being, the former has still ruptured the space-time continuum and let a whole new kind of ramshackle funkiness come tumbling out.

Peep an interview Frank Mag did with the man himself.

Mix: Back To The Garden

**this mix has been taken down**

I is returned! And this is one of the mixes I am prouder of than many. Let us begin with sounds. Bump it in your jeep.

Jermiah Jae & Oliver The 2nd – Purple Moonshine Pt. 2 ft IsReal [self-released]
Mike Gao – Precipice (Precipitate) [HW&W]
Tokimonsta – Park Walks [All City]
Siriusmo – Enthusiast [Monkeytown]
Boxcutter – Neo-Geocities (Web 2.0 Remix) [Planet Mu]
Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards [G.O.O.D.]
Quasimoto – Brothers Can’t See Me [Stones Throw]
Ras G – News @ 11 [Leaving]
Mo Kolours – Laser Wind Tunnel [One-Handed Music]
Letherette – Furth & Myre [Ninja Tune]
Pye Corner Audio – Wasted Evolution [Boomkat Editions]
Electronome – V = For ViewLexx [Viewlexx]
Mono/Poly – Swarm [Self-released]
French Fries – Everything [ClekClekBoom]
L-Vis 1990 – Signal [Night Slugs]
Martyn – Oceania [Dolly Dubs]
Salva – Drop That B [Friends Of Friends]
Rustie – Triadzz [Numbers]
TNGHT – Bugg’n [Warp]
Kingdom – Bank Head f Kelela [Fade To Mind]