Following in the label’s footsteps of releasing instrumental led hip-hop albums from J Dilla, Pete Rock & Will.i.am, Skeptik will be releasing his largely instrumental album entitled “Thanks For Trying”. Backed with an orchestra’s worth of musicians, the hip hop-rooted production is taken to cinematic heights. This album will be a classic.
(For those unfamiliar with The Last Skeptik’s work, he has worked with a varied list of musicians, including The King Blues, Sway, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Jehst and Lowkey, and has remixed everyone from The Streets to Marina & The Diamonds.
The Last Skeptik has come a long way from building his first beats whilst skipping class at school. From releasing his debut single in 2004 featuring Sway, he has been steadily gaining fans with his production prowess.
Fast forward to 2012 and The Last Skeptik re leased the critically acclaimed “How Not To Make A Living” album with rapper Rewd Adams, with lead single “Everything’s OK” being supported by SBTV, BBC Radio One, RWD, Jump Off and KISS100. Now he is gearing up to release his second album, a highly anticipated instrumental project for BBE Records in 2013 which also features as guest Jehst, a cult hero (NME, 2011) and legend of hip hop from the UK. He has influenced nearly every modern rap artist in the country with classic albums “Return of the Drifter”, “Falling Down” and “Nuke Proof Suit”, and runs the consistently successful YNR Production label. Gavin Fitzjohn also features having previously written with and toured the globe with Paolo Nutini.
Add to that residencies at London’s best hip hop night Livin Proof and new Knowledge and a blinding showcase at SXSW and U.S. tour, and 2012 has been a big year, with 2013 fast approaching we are very excited to have The Last Skeptik join a growing roster of London based acts all signed to the label.
From 2007’s “Broken Window” collaborative album with rapper Verb T to 2010’s genre-flouting “Same Day Different Sh*t”, a compilation of commissioned remixes of major label artists, Skeptik has been busy writing, remixing and producing for a bevy of world famous artists such as Gorillaz, Enter Shikari and Kate Nash.
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Brontide Release Debut Album “Sans Souci” In America (Featuring Members of La Roux, I Was A Cub Scout and Pictures)+free downloadPosted in News with tags Battles, Brontide, Don Caballero, Download, Free Download, Instrumental, La Roux, MP3, Pictures, Rock, Russian Circles, Was A Cub Scout on February 3, 2012 by E.N.
“Sans Souci is a continuous piece of music that ascends and descends with ease. Articulate, virtuoso and surprisingly entertaining!” - Clash Magazine
“A hugely accomplished debut” - Kerrang
Drawing upon the influence of Battles, Russian Circles and Don Caballero, Brontide are a riff-heavy, intelligent instrumental-rock band that possesses an almost limitless scope. Featuring members fromI Was A Cub Scout, La Roux and Pictures, Brontide explore and experiment beyond the boundaries of instrumental music with explosive effects. With dreamy melodies cast adrift by frenetic, technical drumbeats and big guitar loops, it’s no wonder they have already gained a cult following.
After racking up Radio 1 airplay, a tour with Minus The Bear and shows with bands such as Don Caballero, Cut Off Their Hands, The XX, Rolo Tomassi and Pulled Apart By Horses in the UK, the band are taking their ferocious tunes Stateside for a digital release.
Recorded as one continuous piece of music, “Sans Souci” has been played on the road it its entirety throughout the UK and Europe to sold out crowds. The band will be continuing to tour in support of the album with a UK tour in February 2012.
Listen their single “Matador” here:
Sans Souci album tracklisting:
2. Limehouse Ink
5. Bob Munden
8. Sans Souci
William Bowerman (Drums)
Tim Hancock (Guitar)
Nathan Fairweather (Bass)
For more information on Brontide go to:
OUT ON MOODGADGET RECORDS ON AUGUST 23, 2011
New Haven beatsmith and solo artist D. Gookin, a.k.a. Mike Birnbaum, is on a mission. Think of it as retaliation against a recession both economic and emotional. While his peers delve ever deeper into moodiness and sonic murk, Gookin flips life’s unsavory bits into maxed-out, genuinely uplifting music. Combining the adventurousness of modern electronic innovators like Tobacco and Daedelus with the playfulness of ’90s pop usurpers like Soul Coughing and Len, his sound is as propulsive as it is melodic, as freewheeling as it is meticulously orchestrated, and as blown-out bright as it is endlessly detailed.
Raised by journalists in the wooded suburbs of Maryland, Gookin found his way to music at a young age. He began piano at 5, encouraged by his family, and later an unhealthy obsession with Nirvana’s In Utero left him fiending for guitar lessons. By 9, he’d assembled a drum set out of paint cans and toy tambourines, and after a year of bootleg clanging, his folks surprised him with a legitimate kit. He soon became a beat-driven tyrant—that rare drummer who fancied himself leader of the band, ordering his kid friends to learn instruments so they could back him.
By the time Gookin left to pursue music production at the Hartt School of Music, he’d founded and dismantled at least one jam-thrash nü-funk outfit, and nurtured a deep love for IDM artists like Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert and Squarepusher, plus collagists like DJ Shadow. At school, he befriended jazz-addled glitch crew Landau Orchestra and became their drummer, gleaning the ins and outs of laptop production along the way. He took to it instantly and began to “just loop and listen,” the process he employs to this day. Hence, D. Gookin was born.
His first self-released record—2009′s LP How 2 Deal and 2008′s EP When You’re Lonely, Everybody’s a Celebrity(Moodgadget)—were steeped in ’80s electro and Italo Disco and yet oddly melancholic, like hearing someone else’s dance party through a wall, or a pop tune playing from the bottom of a swimming pool. After contributing to Passion Pit’s full-length breakthrough Manners, Gookin self-released 2010′s From Here the Wall of Undoing EP, where he took a different tack. He pushed his drums and vocals to the forefront, adopting a psychedelic, rock-driven, maximalist approach à la Dan Deacon. Meanwhile, he developed his kinetic live show to match, both locally and on the road with Mux Mool.
In 2011, D. Gookin returns with Spiral Style, his most raw and undiluted work to date. Inspired in no particular order by slam-dancing, Fat Boy Slim, general grooviness, vocoders, PacSun, and the feeling of freedom that comes with a wandering mind, the record covers a broad swath of styles while staying true to Gookin’s goal. From the anthemic electronica of opener “Way 2 Grow,” to the beaming optimism of “Spirit Link,” to the chopped chipmunk soul of closer “Stealing Sun Chips,” the Spiral Style EP is a candy-coated feel-good affair that effectively wrings good vibes out of the bad stuff that too often slows us down.
Download D. Gookin – Unbraid the Knot
Milan’s prodigious bleep freak Memory9 is back with ‘Mission’, his new single on Skanky Panky Records, complete with remixes from Ninja Tunes veteran King Cannibal, glitch hop champion Mochipet and UK Funky scenesters SPR All-Stars. ‘Mission’ is a crushing piece of ragga-tronica, with slamming drum hits colliding with brooding basslines and distorted lead hooks. Juakali brings his positive and unique vocal styles to the track, culminating in a huge anthemic chorus.
Memory9 a.k.a. Gadi Sassoon is a Milan-based producer who combines a virtuosic control of live electronics with organic musicianship to create truly intriguing music, influenced by the sounds of Modeselektor, Aphex Twin and Squarepusher as well as jazz and punk rock.
A largely self-taught musician, Sassoon started performing at the age of 15 in the Italian underground and shortly after achieved a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music on the grounds of his outstanding talent. The years that followed were spent performing many memorable shows across North America and Europe, eventually landing him in London, where he started playing regularly at clubs and festivals. A residency with Soundcrash established his reputation as a high-calibre performer through his unique setups – from solo work with peculiar machines and homemade software to a full live setup with two drum kits, live electronics and guitar.
On the remix front, the King Cannibal take on Memory9’s original is a floor shattering affair, stripping back the layers leaving huge drums that pin down cavernous bass and lead lines. The King has just dropped one of the biggest mixtapes of the year, and the “Way of the Ninja” compilation is currently up for a prestigious DJ magazine “Best of British” award.
Direct from California, Mochipet’s interpretation is a stripped down affair leaving Juakali’s vocals at the forefront accompanied by P-Funk synth licks and epic arpeggiated chorus. Wrapping things up nicely on a UK Funky flex is the SPR All-Stars remix, where a tightly syncopated kuduru beat and growling bass synths switching between half-time swagger and full pace keep things moving.
Stream EP at Soundcloud HERE