Percussion Mix is a collaboration between Bjørn Torske and Siob Latsyrc, two Norwegian house/techno producers. The two tracks are simply called 1 and 2; 1 is a smooth Rhodes-infused house track and 2 is a heavy techno pounder that would fit wonderfully in the SunkLo catalogue. Torske has been around for a while, DJing and producing with his first release back in the late ’90s. I couldn’t find much information on Latsyrc as it appears this is his only release. The center label credits Latsyrc with recording and producing and Torske with percussion.
Amens on Night Slugs? OG Grime producer P Jam serves up a curveball on the latest instalment of the White Label series. Known for seminal beats such as “Anger Management” and “Real”, P Jam’s old skool productions were right among the canon that influenced Night Slugs so much in the days before we were Night Slugs. Recently P Jam has been developing a unique production style that incorporates intricately edited hardcore breaks into an updated grime sensibility. A style that is ingeniously deployed on the A side of this 12″ – a sub-heavy 2013 jungle ‘cover’ of a certain very famous Frankie Knuckles production – which is a concept that’s just too perfect for the NSWL series. And it’s built solid and razor sharp. Ecstasy guaranteed on this one!
The above mix was recorded in my home studio. It features music from Inida, three different African countries, European folk music, experimental jazz, crickets, and some other stuff I can’t categorize. The tracklist consists of a dozen or so of my wildest records. Some of them are pretty old so you might here a few skips and a lot of crackle.
Verktyg is a brand new 12″ series from Sweden’s Aniara Recordings. This is the first installment and features Genius of Time’s edit of First Choice’s commonly-sampled 1979 song “Love Thang”. Very much looking forward to more of these! I would provide buy links but its sold out everywhere. Check out Aniara’s discogs page here.
It’s party time thanks to Slapfunk. This is the second installment of their ‘Raw Joints’ compilation, a limited track collection of dance tunes from the all-Dutch Slapfunk Collective. Featured this time around are Daniele Temperilli, Malin Genie, Stooge Wilson, Firdjel Medar and Samuel Deep (together on Funk Dat), and De Sluwe Vos.
Numbers, the label that has released names like HudMo, Kodiak, Randomer, and Mosca, have released a new gem: Deadboy’s Blaquewerk. This is his first release since 2011 and he’s back in full force. Each track is unique and equally exciting. The drum machine-laced ‘On Your Mind’ is sure to excited dancefloors. The darker and deeper ‘Geek’d Up’ is a minimalistic House track with a sick vocal sample. ‘Black Reign’ has a fast Garage feel that’s percussive and driving. The neo-Jungle ‘Nova’ comfortably wraps up the 4 track EP.
I love documentaries. They’re a wonderful opportunity to learn something new without all the reading that’s usually involved. People can do amazing things with docs from educating, to entertaining, to starting a revolution. The videos below are the first two. After watching them you’ll know more about the early Jungle scene, be introduced to new bedroom producers and see what their lives are like, see what sampling was like in the late 80s, and learn about the raunchy new hip-hop genre coming from New Orleans.
Gabriel Celestino Higgins is a Pacific Northwest-based American musician. “Lived In” was released in April of 2012 by Love All Day, a label specializing in ambient and drone music. This seven-track cassette release is incredibly impressive, boasting an array of ambient techniques from unidentifiable drones to meditative vocal hums to powerful sub-rattling sine waves. He covers the full spectrum of human emotion in 43-minutes taking listeners on a wild sonic journey. Beautifully crafted and expertly executed, Lived In is quite an experience.