The ranks of LA’s beat scene have swelled exponentially in the past year, but even amongst the sea of FlyLo knockoffs, a small cadre of truly innovative producers continues to stand out. One of those producers is Matthewdavid, an accomplished beatmaker and sound collage artist who also happens to run the inventive Leaving Records label. Both David and the Leaving imprint are known for their love of unusual releases, whether it be limited-run cassettes with custom-made artwork or hand-painted floppy disks. So when we invited Matthewdavid to put together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series, it comes as little surprise that he elected to do something special. His All the Love I Feel for You mix is quite unlike any other podcast we’ve ever hosted, as David has combined abstract gems with field recordings, discarded cassettes, distorted vintage R&B instrumentals, and lots and lots of tape delay. When a mix includes song descriptions along the lines of “Mexican tape from the ’80s I ended up throwing away,” it’s clearly not the average DJ offering.
01 Pacific Rim “Hong Kong Rain” (Chi)
02 Michael Jackson “Man In the Mirror (Instrumental)” (Epic)
03 Nicki Minaj “Your Love (Instrumental)” (Cash Money)
04 Kenny Loggins “I’m Gonna Do It Right” (Sony)
05 Matthewdavid “Be Honest”
06 DJ DMD feat. Lil Keke & Fat Pat “25 Lighters” (Wreckshop – SoSouth)
07 Matthewdavid “Noche y Dia” (Brainfeeder)
08 Shai “Comforter (Radio Re-mix)” (Gasoline Alley)
09 Off Balance Atlas “Immortality”
10 Hologram “Street Beat” (HBN)
11 The Ultimate in Relaxation “Mountain Retreat” (Magic Moods / Madacy)
12 Matthewdavid “Will Go Higher” (Open Wide Mix)
13 Milli Vanilli “Girl I’m Gonna Miss You” (Arista)
14 Cameo “Honey” (PolyGram)
15 “Mexican tape from the ’80s I ended up throwing away”
16 “Quick flip of that Mexican tape I ended up throwing away”
17 Jodeci “Forever My Lady” (MCA)
18 Bell Biv DeVoe “Something In Your Eyes (Instrumental)” (MCA)
19 Lapti “Circadian Rhythms” (Error Broadcast)
20 RJR ’88 drop (Leaving)
21 Delofi “Untitled” (Unreleased”)
22 “Another ’80s tape I ended up throwing away”
23 “Field recording of Great Smoky Mountain Railroad in Bryson City, NC”
24 Jaye Williams “Let Me Be the One” (Local)
25 Matthewdavid “Desert Moon”
26 dak “youstandit”
27 Matthewdavid “Out Mind”
Everyone knows Piece of Shh… right?! since we posted – Desert Island EP (Black label 001)June 19.2009!Finally,…, most talked new EP from PIECE OF SHH for Svetlana Industries will hit the stores!
Stay tuned at EMN for free extra promos ,till then use search for previous promos from PIECE OF SHH… HERE if you missed!
SVETLANA INDUSTRIES IS PROUD TO PRESENT ITS THIRD VINYL RELEASE, THE DEBUT 12” FROM
PIECE OF SHH, WITH REMIXES FROM ZOMBY AND HEKTAGON.
If the number of documentary makers, photographers, journalists and general seekers currently wandering the streets of Belgrade is any indication, Eastern Europe is having some kind of moment.
With the huge attendance at EXIT festival (predominantly from the UK), the coverage of the Russian beats scene, and the mushrooming festival scene along Croatia’s Adriatic coast, it’s obvious that a wave is building and bringing a lot of interesting artists and scenes forward in its wake.
But although the Iron Curtain is long fallen, the information gap between East and West persists. So perhaps this recent flood of curiosity for hidden treasures from the Eastern side of the Berlin wall is the perfect time for Piece of Shh, a.k.a. Serbian producer Goran Simonoski, to be dropping his debut solo release. There is a deeper back-story, of course. Because Goran isn’t another fresh-faced young beatmaker from the ‘burbs. Rather, he is one of the longest standing producers on the scene in Belgrade. One listen to his sound tells you this is a producer fully schooled in the history and context of global bass music: Rhythm & Sound, UK Garage, Wordsound, El-B, Modeselektor, all the stuff going on in the early to mid 2000s when no one gave much of a damn outside of an enlightened few. Combine this with the fact that Goran cut his production teeth in a period where Serbia was possibly one of the most ‘difficult’ places on the planet – with an ugly civil war and a decade of sanctions and isolation – and you get an idea of what we’re talking about.
Growing up and working in this kind of environment, it’s no wonder Goran is something of a gritty individualist, who has worked in relative isolation to develop his own sound, somewhere at the indefinable point where dubstep meets roots reggae and minimalism. He also adopts a stubbornly independent stance, doing what feels right and nothing else. He was recently invited to play ten live dates in the USA. Once there he somehow got hold of 750 trucker caps and started throwing them into the audience in the middle of his live set, just to get the vibe going.
In the early 2000s, in the days before Twitter and Facebook and online access to XLR8R, he somehow discovered Horsepower Productions, got excited and started to smuggle in vinyl and beam it out weekly on Serbia’s famous B92 radio station in a late night radio show. About the same time he was involved in setting up the Dis-patch festival, which has brought luminaries like Kode9, 2562 and Pan Sonic to Belgrade.
His recording career started with the Belgradeyard Sound System, a heavy jazz influenced group that combined Goran’s production with live musicians and was one of the few Serbian acts to achieve success outside its borders, releasing a 7” on Berlin’s Ear Wax label and being featured by Bonobo on his Solid Steel mix CD for Ninja Tune as well as being selected to work with acclaimed UK choreographer Charles Linehan on an international project.
More recently he scored major success as one half of Cheap And Deep, whose Words, Breaths and Pauses 12”, put out through Berlin’s infamous Hardwax, got onto the playlists of Marcel Dettman,Josh Wink, The Black Dog, Laurent Garnier, DJ Hell, Surgeon and charted at #1 in Grooves Magazine among others.
We’re delighted to include two heavy hitting remixes on the record. The first is from Zomby who probably at this point needs no introduction. This is the first tune he’s dropped since his remix for Actress back in March 2010 and it’s typically idiosyncratic and progressive. We chose the – in our opinion – highly underrated Spanish producer Hektagon to deliver the second remix, and it’s a banger, combining dancefloor heat with some kind of anthemic minimal techno. The release has been played on BBC Radio 1 and Rinse as well as the wider universe.
The release continues Svetlana Industries’ visual collaboration with German designers Nous Sommes Des Soleils, and the mastering is from the incomparable Transition Studios in South London. Vinyl drops 8 November in all good stores, with digital to follow on 22 November.
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