Wednesday, 5 December 2012

"A soul-documentarian living in London by way of Berlin & Chile, fLako’s particular sonic palette is a mercurial blend of warm analogue colours and cutting edge design. His writing is marked by manifest emotion. In a world jaded – caustic with sarcasm and packaged in plastic, fLako is an example of an artist who’s fearless with his humanity. Not a fiend for the limelight, there’s no gimmick to his craft, cos in the end it’s all about an honest, well written tune."

Ghettos and Gardens Volume 2

Justin Martins garden has been pretty fruitiful this year already. But his harvest hasn't stopped just yet. The Dirtybird chap returns with the second installment of remixes from 'Ghettos & Gardens'. Volume 2 drops on the 18th December.

The standout mix for me is from Eats Everything. He gets fucking Ruff with "Ruff Stuff" with extra fat punchy bass this is a dance floor winner. Have a listen to the track in full below. Also sample the rest of the album, with edits coming courtesy of the likes of, Claude Von Stroke, Leroy Peppers and Kill Frenzy.

Stevie Wonder Gets Reworked

The Whiskey Barons are a dj and production duo based in Boston. Their work mainly revolves around updating classic funky music ready to be dropped on todays dance floors. That’s exactly what they’ve done on their rework of Stevie Wonders ‘As’ from 1977.
This is mid tempo disco at its finest. So much fucking groove!! This one will involve you and a dance floor. Guaranteed.

Friday, 30 November 2012

I'll wear your grandads clothes. Funkin Friday Freebies!!

Its Friday so we got a whole heap of free downloads ready for your party ears. Jacked up, mid tempo vibes galore!!

Kicking shit off, a huge edit of Lou Johnsons - 'The Beat' by Karim. A Czech-Lebanese chap apparently living near Barcelona . And yes, you do recognise it. De La Soul sampled the original for 'Ring Ring Ring'.

Dope Remix of '"Thrift Shop' by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, spliced and diced by
Record Time MuthaFunkers from Canada. Go wear your grandads clothes and get grooving.

Another Record Time MuthaFunkers tune next that samples Ella Fitzgerald. This be ghetto, glitching swing time.

This is Nu Cumbia! Apparently Nu Cumbia mixes tropical rhythms with fast Rock guitars and wicked Andean melodies. This Burundanga Remix of Los Destellos - 'La Cumbia del Japones' is pretty darned good. Check Check.

A couple of chunky chops of swirling bass and skanky organic funk, jacking grooves and carnival jams. Warp 9 who have just started releasing on 'Swing Set Sounds' are a duo working out of Miami, really feeling them!

The Beastie Boys must be one of the most remixed artists ever. Budding producers love to sample those well known flows, most however, do make a hash of it. Not Londoner NARSTI though. His big crunk beat remix of 'Intergalactic' give the Beasties a whole new lease of life.

Awesome summer swing jives from Monetrik of Athens. 100BPM swing hopping goodness.

Some more sounds from Canada courtesy of B-MID. This ones a monster of a track; straight up ghetto funk. Try and stop yourself bouncing to this one.

The Wonder Years work on a strict diet of funky electronic hip-hop and soul to great effect. Check out this sample based banger. Stroll across to their bandcamp if you like what you hear, to grab yourself a free 6 track album.

Finishing off with a few reggae dub vibes.

The 1973 tune by Zap Pow - 'Lottery Spin' gets an overhaul by Bashboomb. Proper Skankin!

Daytoner gives the classic Marcia Griifths tune from 1968 'Feel Like Jumping' a gentle little edit. Extra breaks and some vocal extensions. Jam on!

Dub/horns version of "Hate to Love" from the new 'Echo Outernational" LP by Richie Phoe. Laid back reggae niceties.

Great reggae edit of DJ Fresh - 'Gold Dust' by Heds. Shy FX did the original remix, Heds abandons the DnB to great effect.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Jill Scott - 'Golden' (Catching Flies Remix) (Free DL)

A superbly dreamy remix of R&B singer Jill Scotts 2004 hit 'Golden'. Catching Flies, a 21 year old from London produces a deep ambient beat and blends in the vocals perfectly. Grab Free download from his website.

Disclosure - 'Latch' (Kongsingwei Piano Cover)

This is just simply beautiful. Nothing more needs to be said. Enjoy.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Grimsby Trouser Disco (Free DL)

Bill Brewster has been there and pretty much seen it all. Having been in the game since the 80's, he collects records, writes books (such as 'How to DJ Properly'), co runs DJ, has ran various record labels and throws the Low Life parties in London (For more than 15 years!) and more recently done his thing in the Boiler Room. Fair to say he's basically an encyclopedic of music.

Grab a quality slice of disco funk edited by Bill for free - TCSS - All The Girls In France (Sure Know How To Dance). Following that make sure you listen to his boogielicious Boiler Room Mix.

Rudimental featuring Angel Haze (Free DL)

The Hackney 4-piece ‘Rudimental’ have teamed up with American rapper/singer Angel Haze for a freebie release from their debut album dropping next year.
The track revolves around Hazes vocal talents, mixing heavy rapped verses and laid back vocal chorus. The overall feel is a well-produced future soul, hip house kinda thing.
Listen below and grab it for free from Rudimentals Website.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Natalie Duncan - 'Find Me a Home' (Remixed)

Natalie Duncan is an extremely talented singer-songwriter, with a rich voice resonant with soul and the blues. She has had the pleasure of working with DnB legend Goldie and more recently, Magnetic Man. She released her debut album earlier this year to rave reviews. To follow this, a Remix package of Track 8 ‘Find me a Home’ has been released.
The standout remixes for me have to be the two by ‘Crooked Man’. Clearly he submitted two to the cause, and like myself Natalie couldn’t decide which one was best so both have been included in the package.
Two deep house vibes, really working and playing on the vocals to great effect. ‘Crooked Home’ is more of a laid back affair, whilst ‘Find Me a Disco’ has a more upbeat club groove to it.
Other remixes include a future bass twist by Dot Major and Drum and Bass from Ulterior Motive.

The Colonel

Now I’m not usually a fan of UK Grime. But this one track has caught my attention. The vocals area pretty decent, but that beat!! ‘The Colonel’ drops absolute bombs on this production.