I can not stop listening to this mixtape. Utter fucking talent, wisdom, brilliance and beauty. Young and yet unsigned ‘singer/songwriter’ cat From Toronto; that’s what they say. Easily record of the year so far; that’s what I say. And yes I really mean it.
Honestly, Gucci Mane never really caught my attention. But stir in some of my favorite UK producers like Hudson Mohawke, Sinden, Mosca, Rustie, Scratcha DVA, Duke Dumont etc and I’m all over that shit. Gotta luv this.
Might get a cupcake tat on my forehead now.
“Gucci has been on my radar a long time – I’ve always waited with baited breath for the next tape to drop. To have the opportunity to curate a mixtape of his material and A&R the project is a dream gig and I knew that with the talent over here it would yield some really interesting results.” -Sinden
I stumbled across this vid on the internetz yesterday and I can’t help but being utterly amazed. I’ve been quite a good fiddler as a youngster, learning to play the violin before I learned to properly walk and talk. However, I always thought it’s kinda ‘uncool’, so I quit before I turned a teenager and experimented with a bunch of different instruments before I eventually ended up as a turntablist (which obviously wasn’t too bad of a decision after all). Nuff respect to Nigel Kennedy and Miri Ben-Ari, but THIS is truly swagful violinism and on some next level 2011 live show shit IMO. Highly inspirational.
Shit, this 2010 went by like drunk horses over hills. It’s time to look back and reminisce about all those tunes that caught my heart over the last year. There’s plenty more than just 10 of course, kinda split into different categories (I won’t necessarily bump the hardest dancefloor banger while I’m taking a shower or changing a light bulb, and at the same time, I most likely won’t force my dreamy iPod faves onto a packed club that’s hungry for bangers).
However, with these 10 I’m trying to sum up the ones I’ve personally been appreciating most throughout 2010.
I’m glad I eventually decided to down some gins & juices, put on my dancing shooz and swing my ass out to Central Hong Kong last Saturday nite. Not only the mastermind of über-label Hyperdub, Kode9, was in the building to grace the SAR with his HK debut, but also my cherished neighbor Yao from 4 floors down, who threw down quite a magical opening set and luckily even managed to capture the audial heat in bits and bytes so I can throw it atcha now.
55 minutes of pure future funk dopeness. No tracklisting for yall tunesnatchers.
Facebook the chap. He makes the best pumpkin pie in Southern Asia, has an excellent sense of orientation, can get you the best deals on highly ergonomic yet affordable office chairs and might even reveal some of the track IDs for you if you ask him nicely.
What do yall know bout vintage UK hardcore rap? I sorta grew up on this shit, mostly thanks to my childhood brother from a different mother, Han Shock, who is now based in Berlin as part of Born 2 Roll crew fame and is also known as a heavyweight collector of vinyl from that particular era and movement. I remember hearing groups like Hijack, Son Of Noise, Gunshot and Killa Instinct for the first time in Han Shock‘s living room during the mid-90s, discovering an entirely unique and different style of rap music as a pendant to all the US rap I’ve already been a huge fan of. This era was pretty much a genre of its own. Mostly popular in the UK but also quite big in Germany, we Germans even went as far as coining the term “Britcore“. Hard and fast breakbeats, often politically themed raps with a heavy cockney slang, a certain ‘darkness’ to it and last but not least LOTS of fast and technical scratching that was way ahead of its time made this sound so significant. Here’s the ultimate mixtape covering the UK hardcore rap prime time from the late 80s to the mid 90s, compiled and mixed by Han Shock in 2003. Some nostalgia for those who are familiar and an important lesson in rap history for those who aren’t.
I almost forgot about this one. Homeboy says he stumbled upon an mp3 version of it on some Russian message board. This milestone of German turntablism was released on cassette tape in 2003, limited to 1000 copies. Gotta love those Russians. This is what they say: “This mixtape of the Lordz Of Fitness crew member contains a fresh selection of the finest and rare underground hip hop, stacked up with some evergreens, lots of exclusive skits and skratch action laced by the 5 times ITF-world & DMC world champion himself.” На здоровье!
It’s been a hot minute since I heard the last mixtape that was rotationworthy enough to be bumpin’ on my system non-stop. Dip dawg kicks off Brooklyn-based multimedia graphic collective Pomp & Clout‘s new mix series by delivering 60 minutes jam-packed with 60s rock&roll, 70s deep soul, 80s acid rock, 90s punk rock by the likes of The Sonics, The Silver Apples, Rotary Connection, Ken Nordine, The Hard-ons and even a Portuguese version of The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black”. No tracklisting revealed, but highly enjoyable from the first to the very last minute.
It is with great ruefulness, that again, I just realized there’s never been any coverage of the second half (read pt I here) of my recent Euro voyage on this very blogue. It’s been several weeks since I returned to Southern Asia and ye olde brainial harddrive is mad rusty, trying to recollect whappened on the mother continent. Where have I left off? London or something? Did I mention I had chips and pints with my lovely pal, the leopard print- /midget-fetishist Maya M aka 8bitch in West London? Peep one of my favorite tunes of hers right here:
Just checked- last time I hit y’all with tour bloggage was from Ulm, Germany. My gig for Untitled at Su Casa was SICK and probably one of the best gigs of the entire tour with the nicest club, the nicest people and a very proper sound system. I like this Ulm.
Next up was Ingolstadt (home of Audi motors) and Munich, where I played a set at Crux with the most Bavarian of all DJs, Rob Reece straight outta Tegernsee, and Parisian homeboys Pfel & Atom of Beat Torrent/C2C fame. Another definitely mentionable gig was one I did for Mioki in Aachen, Germany with crewmate Rafik before I was floating through European clouds again on skinny, shaky little airplanes,
and ended up in picturesque Prague,
where I was magnificently hosted by the Bri’ish-italian connection aka the Olmos brothers. The Olmos clan’s very own DJ Tuco, alongside partner in crime, DJ Quime, just kickstarted their brand new Meanbucket label (congrats!). Download, from one of their first releases, Rio De Janeiro’s DJ Edgar‘s remix of DJ Tuco’s ‘Disco Kicks’ right here:
We guzzled loads of pivo and played an opening set for The Clipse‘s debut show in Prague at the Lucerna (gangster ass Czech fan: “are those jewels real? Must be expensive!” Pusha T: “nah man it’s not that pricey, shit is hollow on the inside.”). At last, no chainsnatching occurred, so errbody kept on grindin’. Big up to the organizer of the show and Czech godfather of the one-pant-leg-rolled-up-style, Affro! From Praha, I took a jet to Vienna to lay some heat upon the decks at Sass club alongside bromies DJ Beware, Functionist and Motorpitch of FM4. I had a few offdays in Vienna, so I killed some time with some public viewing of some public viewing of the world cup
and took a daytrip to Bratislava by boat.
Totes recommending that trip in case you’re ever in Vienna. Takes 1h.
You also might wanna call a style taxi whilst there. Just sayin’.
Keeping shit Eastern, I flew out to Warsaw the next day for a gig with Polish bruvas Mentalcut and Supra1. The latter managed to be opening the most recent Fabriclive compilation with their magnificent new tune ‘Ghoster’.
We took the train to Krakow next afternoon to meet the Zooteka fam and gulp down some more pivo before DJing at a ‘fake beach’ right by the river. Young polish gentleman and uber-talented producer Zeppy Zep kept me from getting arrested in the middle of the night confusing cop cars with taxis, even bought me some delish Pierogi Ruskie after the gig and shared his latest tunes with me. Watch out for this chap. One of his tracks even made it into Sinden‘s top 10 last week.
After sucking up a minimum amount of sleep, I was driven to the airport. There was a bit of an 11am vodka splurge in the car (gotta love those Poles), plus heavy quoting from the tipsy passengers made me learn about Poland’s most recent youtube phenomenon, a lesson in Pinglish by the illustrous street name of ‘forfiter’. No clue if it’s that funny if you have zero relation to Polish language, but this shit still cracks me up everytime I watch it.
After a quick stopover in Berlin, I boarded a late night flight to Reykjavik for a 5-day Icelandic roadtrip holiday. Not much to say about Iceland, except that it never gets dark during summertime and it’s probably the most beautiful and most enchanting piece of land I’ve ever laid my feet upon. Hands the fuck down. I’ll just let the visuals speak for themselves, if you don’t mind. Big up to my main man in Iceland, the magnificent Ragnar Gudmundsson, for being an A+ tourguide.
Before heading home, I had a short stopover in Bern, Switzerland, to play my last gig of the tour at lovely Bonsoir club, upon invitation of Swiss men of honour, the Round Table Knights, and had weird sexual related conversations (no homo) in the kitchen of Zurich’s best dressed dogsitter, Suivez, who I gotta give props to btw for his first release on Gomma records teaming up with this friendly guy Evangelos who I ran into while ingesting some quiche lorraine on Zurich’s Langstrasse the other night.
That’s pretty much about it! <3 u loads, Europe. I’ll see you next summer when you get warmer and greener again.