Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores. Over five albums of sonic invention, which, like all great hip-hop records, ran the gamut between funky fun and sharp-eyed lyrical incision, he’s carved out space for rappers in the UK, and become one the iconic voices in hip-hop from anywhere.
Produced by one of electronic music’s most exciting voices, NYC’s Machinedrum, ‘Like a Drum’ is the second cut from new single Facety 2:11. Urgent and reflective all at once, its percussion swings gorgeously behind a melody intricately weaved from jazz samples and warm pads, Smith’s vocal ruminating on his past, future and present.
In his inimitable words, the single is ‘a wee spring warmer in voodoo coptic dialect shape shifting: the remit the same as ever in awakening one’s inner, modern-day Sun Ra, ODB and Kate Bush on an overdrive of “doing because we can’t help ourselves…’
Facety 2:11 is out 4th May on Big Dada
This summer Hudson Mohawke will release Lantern, his first solo full length in nearly 6 years. The producer has been on a meteoric rise the last few years, working with some of the biggest names in hip hop, pop and dance music but everything started in a bedroom in Glasgow when he was barely a teenager. From age 15 he was an award winning scratch DJ producing happy hardcore on cracked software – he came to define a generation of electronic fusion producers but unlike many of his peers, Hudson has matured into a fully-fledged contemporary hitmaker continually working to break the mold.
Born of the underground club scene in the UK, ‘Hud Mo’ has been releasing music for the last 10 years, cultivating a formidable presence in the community. His US break-out came in 2012 with TNGHT, the collaborative project with fellow producer Lunice, which saw their production influence the A-list in rap and help reintroduce the US dance / EDM scene to Hip Hop as club music. In the two years following, Hudson has worked on releases from Drake, Kanye West, John Legend, Young Thug, Pusha-T, and Antony Hegarty. Despite becoming one of hip hop’s go-to producers, to his avid fans he’s never been tied to one genre – and with Lantern we hear the realization of everything he has been working on since that Glasgow bedroom.
“ This album is everything I’ve been working towards. I wanted to make a classic – at least for me and my friends. I never wanted to be any genre. I wanted to be my own thing. Everything.“ – Hudson Mohawke
02. Very First Breath (ft. Irfane)
04. Warriors (ft. Ruckazoid & Devaeux)
06. Scud Books
07. Indian Steps (ft. Antony)
08. Lil Djembe
09. Deepspace (ft. Miguel)
11. Resistance (ft. Jhené Aiko)
12. Portrait Of Luci
14. Brand New World
Fri, Mar 13 – Bloc Weekender – Minehead, UK
Sat, Mar 14 – Buku Music Festival (DJ) – New Orleans, LA
Tue, Mar 17 – Mohawk @ SXSW – Austin, TX
Thu, Mar 19 – Spotify House @ SXSW – Austin, TX
Thu, Mar 19 – AM Only BBQ @ SXSW – Austin, TX
Sat, Mar 21 – Hype Hotel @ SXSW – Austin, TX
TBA FADER FORT @ SXSW – Austin, TX
Sat, Mar 28 – RBMA Guest House, Sagamore Hotel – Miami, FL
Sat, Jun 06 – Field Day – London, UK
Sat, Jun 06 – XOYO – Field Day After-party – London, UK
Sun, Jun 07 – Parklife – Manchester, UK
Sat, Jun 20 – We Are Electric Outdoor – Eersel, Netherlands
Sat, Jun 27 – Mula Fest – Madrid, Spain
Fri, Jul 17 – Melt! Festival – Graefenhainchen, Germany
Sat, Jul 18 – Longitude – Marley Park, Ireland
Fri, Jul 24 – Fuji Rock – Niigata, Japan
Thu, Aug 20 – Pukkelpop Festival – Hasselt, Belgium
Fri, Aug 21 – Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Sat, Aug 22 – Positiv Festival – Montpellier, France
Fri, Aug 28 – Leeds Festival – Leeds, UK
Sun, Aug 30 – Reading Festival – Reading, UK
Rebel Rave 4 is a scrupulous odyssey across three discs swarming with rare remixes and special cuts from the long-standing label Crosstown Rebels. Highlighting material from former Bloc Party performer turned solo star Kele Okereke, standoffs between Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Eats Everything and Jamie Jones & Luca C and interpretions from dance music greats Cassius, Dixon, Adam Beyer, Tale Of Us, Maceo Plex, Herbert & more, these are future classics to shift your senses.
Those that are familiar with Berlin-based Matthew Styles know that he stands for timeless curation and is armed with a meticulous musical style. The DJ’s favourite DJ steps up to curate the third disc of Crosstown Rebels’ Rebel Rave series. As former label manager, Matthew Styles shaped and sculpted the first five years of the label’s existence, giving him an unrivalled insight into its foundations. His selection and integration attests to this with well-concealed gems from the likes of Seth Troxler’s The Royal We, Radio Slave (Canvas), Josh Wink, Mr G, Matthew Jonson, Freaks and Rob Mello.
“Putting together the track list for this mix, and listening to songs that spanned 12 years. I am still surprised by many of the records we worked all those years ago and how well many of those classics have stood the test of time. There is so much variety and it´s hard to pigeonhole, but I hope to have put some of my perspective on Crosstown Rebels.” Matthew Styles on Rebel Rave 4
01 Francesca Lombardo – What To Do (Matrixxman Remix)
02 Amirali – Melancholia (Deetron Unreleased Club Mix)
03 Kele Okereke – Heartbreaker (Recondite Amati Mix)
04 Subb-an featuring S.Y.F. – Say No More
05 Ida Engberg – Devil Dance (Adam Beyer Remix)
06 Him_Self_Her featuring Kieran Fowkes – Love Me Like I Used To (Francesca Lombardo Remix)
07 Mathew Jonson – Body in Motion (Akufen Remix)
08 Jamie Jones & Luca C – Tonight In Tokyo (Cassius Remix)
09 Azimute – Always
10 Russ Yallop featuring Aimee Sophia – The Journey
11 Pezzner & Amina – Exit
01 jozif featuring Little Bear – The 508
02 Him_Self_Her featuring Kieran Fowkes – Gone Too Long
03 Ali Love featuring Kali – Emperor (Maceo Plex Last Disco Remix)
04 Psychemagik – Black Noir Schwarz (Mineo Remix)
05 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Eats Everything – Lion, The Lion (Gerd´s Deep Dub)
06 Fur Coat – U Turn
07 Kele Okerkeke – Candy Flip
08 Luca Cazal & Mark Jenkyns – Bullfrog
09 Mathew Jonson – Kissing Your Eyes (Tale Of Us Remix)
10 Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Lover Eyes (Dixon Re-Edit)
11 Subb-an featuring The Million Plan – Vapour Trails (Matthew Herbert Remix)
CD3 Matthew Styles Rebel Rave Mix
01 Latex – The Porcupine
02 Dyed Soundorom featuring Aaron Carl – Naked
03 Jamie Jones featuring Ost & Kjex – Summertime (No Ears Mix)
04 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs & Eats Everything – Lion, The Lion (Gerd Sub Tech Mix)
05 Presslaboys – Electric Generation (No Ears Dub)
06 Canvas – The Cat
07 Peace Division featuring Pleasant Gehman – Voodoo (It’s In The Wall)
08 The Royal We – Party Guilt (Matthew Styles Remix)
09 Freaks – UMAKENOSENSE (Radio Slave MFF Mix)
10 Ida Engberg – Devil Dance (Mr. G NY Dub)
11 Raw District featuring Ellipsis – Ragged Star (Josh Wink Rethink 1)
12 Ali Love – Another (Tuff City Kids Remix)
13 Glimmer Twins v’s Ray Mang – UFO Is Coming
14 Dyed Soundorom featuring Aaron Carl – Naked (Stripped Mix)
15 Matthew Jonson – In The Stars
“Clubs have always been a reflection of the people that inhabit them. From the DJ to the lighting technician, the bar staff and the security, it takes a whole host of likeminded people to make a special venue work. Whether it be Trouw, Fabric, Plastic People, Sub Club, Space, DC10 or hundreds of other unique and remarkable venues across the world, they all connected by shared characteristics: a dedicated team working behind the scenes, front of house personalities and the unwavering, funloving crowds, all with a shared vision, establishing and framing their own culture. It’s the people that inhabit them that make the venues what the are, the feelings created and expressed in them, not the cold walls of the building itself.” Sean Brosnan on Future Disco 8
Future Disco is renowned for heralding forthcoming heroes and were among the first to recognise the talents of artists such as Tensnake and Todd Terje, yet still unafraid to probe the more unexplored corners of electronic music. ‘Nighttime Networks’ goes further and examines those behind the scenes and the mystery contained in those lost nights and cavernous spaces. This is a musical odyssey that boldly entwines rare and feisty remixes of Hot Chip, Zoot Woman and Crazy P’s Danielle Moore through to intriguing material from newcomers MUSK, Johannes Brecht, VIMES, Weval and Few Nolder, in a coherent and connected sequence that pays homage to the networks that create those special memories.
CD1 – Mixed
1. Andras Fox – Your Life
2. Musk – Waters (feat. Merveille Mubakemeshi & Avidus)
3. Ron Basejam feat. Danielle Moore – Dippin’ In
4. HNNY – 12.00
5. Zoot Woman – Don’t Tear Yourself Apart (Chopstick & Johnjon Remix)
6. The Working Elite – Freedom (Tuff City Kids Acid Over Remix)
7. Bufiman – Running (The Chase)
8. Krystal Klear – Fumer Tue
9. Johannes Brecht – Another World
10. VIMES – Celestial (Gardens of God Remix)
11. Few Nolder – Clouds (Boso Reversion)
12. Fur – Pulp (Linkwood’s Stargazer Mix)
13. Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (James Zabiela Remix)
14. Portable – Surrender feat. Lcio
15. Weval – Something (Live)
CD2 – Unmixed
1. Bufiman – Running (The Chase)
2. The Working Elite – Freedom (Tuff City Kids Acid Over Remix)
3. Few Nolder – Clouds (Boso Reversion)
4. Johannes Brecht – Another World
5. VIMES – Celestial (Gardens of God Remix)
6. Hot Chip – How Do You Do? (James Zabiela Remix)
7. Musk – Waters (feat. Merveille Mubakemeshi & Avidus)
8. Ron Basejam feat. Danielle Moore – Dippin’ In
9. Weval – Something (Live)
10. Portable – Surrender feat. Lcio
FUTURE DISCO EVENTS
21-28th March Snowboxx festival, France
11-14th June Gottwood festival, UK
18th July The Garden festival, Croatia
What’s left of my music if I have it played by Classical musicians and omit the most important element, the beats?” This question was the starting point for INSTRUMENTS, the new Henrik Schwarz album.
Four years have passed now since the Berlin musician and producer was first invited to have a selection of his House tracks played by an orchestra. Now the Tokyo Secret Orchestra has recorded seven pieces arranged for chamber orchestra that are reminiscent of the minimalism of Steve Reich and Michael Nyman not least in their poetry and magnetic pull.
The last ten years have seen quite a few Classical performances of electronic club music. But many of these were in the “classic rock” tradition of the 1970’s, when symphony orchestras played the big pop hits of the day. “In most cases, electronic beats were then mixed into the orchestral arrangements, but I always found that a bit halfhearted”, says Schwarz. He wasn’t interested in so called Crossover; what interested him was what happens when club music is transferred to a body of Classical instruments. “I wanted to see whether this music still means anything when you take away all the synthetic sounds and the beats.”This prompted Henrik Schwarz to experiment with the scores, working together with arranger Johannes Brecht and various ensembles, without any computer sounds or acoustic percussion instruments that supply a rhythm in 4/4 time.
The recordings made in Japan supplied the source material for the album INSTRUMENTS. Seven pieces are rearranged here for Classical instruments, from Henrik Schwarz’s club hit “Walk Music” (which he used in the new arrangement as an opener for his live sets for a long time) through “Wamims”, the version of a 2006 remix, to the only piece on the record that is new and previously unreleased: “In Björndal”.
All the pieces have been arranged for strings (violins, violas, cellos and double bass) joined by low woodwind (bass flute, bass clarinet and bassoon) that not only supply individual timbres, but they are also a source of rhythm. In this context, the focus is on the magic and the magnetic power of minimalism, something that American composer Steve Reich used to influence the pop and techno scene with his cleverly interlocking rhythmic chains.
Right at the outset of “Walk Music”, we are offered a magical combination of single, lyrical notes from the strings and mysterious vibraphone figures in the background. And the following track, “Marvin”, literally sprouts from a single note that is constantly repeated. The piece “In Björndal” radiates a curious and seductive melancholy magic and time and time again, production techniques from electronic music such as loops or lowcuts are transformed into orchestral arrangements.
The result is a new kind of music played on Classical instruments. a music that doesn’t deny its roots in the club world and could only be created on the computer; a music that manages to transport the energy of electronic dance music to the Classical concert hall – with the bass drum only present in the listener’s head.
2014 saw production duo Snakehips release their latest single ‘Days With You’ feat Sinead Harnett alongside them regularly hitting the top spot on the hype-machine with their faultless remixes (Banks, Raury, The Weeknd, Wild Belle, Bondax). All of which aided the impressive growth of the London based act and resulted in them being one of the most in demand teams to seek out for remixes and DJ shows – here and in the US.
2015 however is focused on their own productions – kicking off with the brilliant ‘Forever (Part II)’ EP coming this spring on Hoffman West. A run of UK & EU dates have also been announced.
Recorded both here and in the US, the 4 track EP is inspired by golden-era hip-hop and R&B and demonstrates Oliver Lee & James Carter’s uplifting production and killer songwriting skills once again. True to form, the EP also showcases a stand-out roster of featured vocalists. London born R&B singer Kaleem Taylor who recently featured on Tchami’s chart topping single ‘Promesses’, now lends his silky, soulful sound to the first single ‘Forever (Pt. II)’. Snakehips mix up the original with the welcome addition of Kaleem’s tenacious lyrics combined with upbeat and playful percussion.
Next on the EP is the sensual ‘Gone’, which features Odd Future vocalist and The Internet member Syd on vocals. The singer’s sultry vocals are drenched with soul and are matched with warped, layered beats. ‘Overtime’ channels classic 90’s R&B with loose-limbed, freeing vocals from UK singer-songwriter Sasha Keable. The final offering on the EP ‘Poison’ is a sexy, melodic finale featuring a smooth and charming vocal performance from Daniella T.A.O.L which crescendos with arpeggiated, seducing synths.
With championing radio support to date from key players Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and Mistajam, the release of this new EP in advance of a debut album later in the year, 2015 already looks set to be all about the very talented Snakehips.
‘Forever (Part II)’ Tracklist:
1 Forever (Pt.II) ft Kaleem Taylor
2 Gone ft Odd Future
3 Overtime ft Sasha Keable
4 Poison ft Daniella T.A.O.L
Snakehips are hitting the road in March with a series of DJ shows in London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester and Dublin.
13/3 – The Laundry, London
20/3 – Marble Factory, Bristol
21/3 – Gorilla, Manchester
27/3 – Komedia, Brighton
28/3 – Opium Rooms, Dublin