Marlow – This Is It

Mid tempo electronic music is getting ever more popular, and Marlow’s latest EP is a great example… Continue Reading

Fah – Prefahzers

Sometimes it’s worth a reminder that electronic music isn’t all about how much you can do – and some good old hardware synth action is a good way to do it. Continue Reading

Sebb Aston – Dirty Chillout Loops from the Crates

Grit, vinyl crackles, and bit crushed sounds. It’s vintage OD Music We Love this week…

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Soccer 96 – Soccer 96

Ah, the self titled LP. Check out this installment of Music We Love for our favourite debut of the week!

Comprising of two guys with some of the most ‘so bad they’re good’ names I’ve ever heard – Danalogue and Beatamax – Soccer96 are ostensibly an electronic act, but Beatamax is a ‘real’ drummer, which lends the self titled album more of an organic feel. It might not just be that; rather than sequencing and looping with MIDI and tweaking in a DAW until everything is just so, the guys prefer to play everything live, recording each track straight to tape.

This does give the LP a somewhat rough and ready sound, with levels bouncing around a little over its runtime, but it often serves to add to the energy and give the feeling leaning more toward live performance than sterile studio session.

Instrumentally the LP is bright and brash, with occasional soft underpinnings and hints at a little darkness lurking. Most tracks manage to combine all three of these aesthetics, not least Call to Arms, whose frenetic drum fills and bright polysynth chords are accompanied by an overdriven vocal and punctuated a deep, ripping bassline.

There are some interesting points sound design wise too – on EarthAttack it sounds like drums are going through a vocoder, and some serious gating and compression throughout helps the drums to feel right at home with the synthesiser dominated LP.

Check the video, check the album, give us your thoughts!

Mad Opal – Money Bubble

We’re not sure whether we’re missing a clever allegory slotted into Money Bubble and its tracks, but we’re certainly not missing the bounce… Continue Reading

Kwesachu Volume 2

Back in 2009, two relative unknowns made a mixtape that quietly cemented their statuses as Very Important People in music. Three years later, with numerous releases and accolades under their belt, Kwes and Micachu present Kwesachu Volume 2, the followup.

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Grant – Grant

Right from the tough production spicing up some well known breaks on the opener, I was fully tuned into Grant’s self titled Grant LP.

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Mud Collective – We Are Mud (Vol 4)

Going lone wolf is all well and good, but sometimes a collective is the way forward – Wu Tang, Odd Future, Soulquarians, the list goes on. There’s nothing like being part of something that makes everyone stronger, and that’s why this week we’re featuring Mud in our Music We Love. Continue Reading

Yung Miss – The J. Dilla Project

I know that Dilla tribute projects are ten a penny… perhaps more. It’s always easy to listen to some Dilla beats, but all too often the artists who jump on the tracks just aren’t up to scratch – and even when they are, the aforementioned glut of projects means that there tends to be a definitive version by that one emcee. Continue Reading

C2C – Down the Road EP

You may or may not know that in addition to all things music production, I’m also a turntable nut. C2C have thus been on my radar for a long time, considering they’re in strong contention for the greatest turntablism group act of all time, completely dominating the DMC Team Championships for pretty much the entire time they competed.

Unlike many excellent turntablists, who for whatever reason have either kept their DJ and production identities firmly separate or not quite been able to commit the excitement of their live performances to record, C2C have been able to cross over into the world of production and merge their quick fader fingers and record hands seamlessly into the mix.

Their latest EP – Down the Road – has been available for a couple of months, but promotion has been limited to their homeland (France) until now, when they’re gearing up for a big ole global release. What we love about C2C isn’t just the aforementioned ability to blend turntablism into their records, but their general ear for taking different sounds and mashing them into a coherent whole to create an almost genre transcendent record. Elements of hip hop, soul, dubstep, jazz, big beat, and more besides pepper the EP, and it sounds fantastic.

The video to F.U.Y.A. is pretty sweet too – not simply for the clever concept, but for giving you an idea of the separate parts of the production process. Check it out, and go get the full EP from iTunes, unless you want to wait for the UK Vinyl release on the 7th of May…

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