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…
The theme of the album draws heavily upon Marvel Comics mythology, as Kashmere adopts the persona of Galaktus, a demi god of the Marvel Universe. Armed with such omnipotence, Kashmere goes interstellar with his tales of drugs, debauchery, and braggadocio; regaling too his inception and his creation of his first herald, the Silver Surfer.
Kashmere goes interstellar with his tales of drugs, debauchery, and braggadocio
The major points of canon are warped and appropriated with panache, and maybe some even finer points went over this comic book layman’s dome piece.
Production is handled by Jazz T and Zygote, who paint a seedy montage of thick breaks and vintage TV themes, both totally coherent as an album and hazily timeless in style. A side effect of a cohesive album is space for the seldom seen DJ track to make a welcome appearance. DJ Random’s on the cut, and the second half of the LP is littered with more excellent guests including Jehst, Micall Parknsun, Ransom Badbones, Daamacide, Severe, and Chubby Alcoholic.
Galaktus: Power Cosmic is available as CD, download, and a limited hand numbered double vinyl from Boot Recordings. Recommended!
Scratch heavy albums are thin on the ground – and they tend to fall into two camps; either bland and gimmicky, conspicuously ‘wikka wikka’ soundtracks, or deep, textured works of art where the finished result intrinsically reflects the production process. Thankfully, Hypermetabola doesn’t so much fall in to the latter camp as seep up through the ground sheets and permeate everything it touches.
A dark, often uneasy, listening experience, this album by Bedlam Mind, the pairing of Minimal-Orchestra (Inferno.79) and Chinch 33 is delirium in audio form. Low pitched vocals, neck breaking drums, crooked samples and crusty paranoia inspiring audio cuts submerged me deep into the sinister world Bedlam Mind and managed to make me thankful for it.
Veteran turntablist and producer Mike-L’s new album On a Columbo Tip throws thunderous drums, eclectic samples, and some seriously dextrous scratching skills into the ring and sees them scrap it out – before they promptly decide to make love not war instead and combine into a sweet, sweet serenade.
It’s classy, and never pastiche, and the fact that the source material for the entire LP is exclusively original vinyl lends authenticity to the character of the record.
Part sequenced, part scratched, but never sounding forced, On a Columbo Tip also manages to sidestep the ‘wallpaper music’ blight that affects a sizeable crop of sample based (and especially fusion sampling) instrumental hip hop, whilst confidently eschewing the LA-via-Detroit ‘beat scene’ style. It’s classy, and never pastiche, and the fact that the source material for the entire LP is exclusively original vinyl lends authenticity to the character of the record.
It’s even available on a limited vinyl run, completing the cycle, so to speak. Get it, or a CD, or a digital download, from Mike-L’s Bandcamp page
If ever any proof was needed that scratch music and turntablism is alive and well, this video would set the record straight. The Community Skratch Tour, now in its third year, travels across Europe showcasing mind-boggling scratch music, production, and cutting skills from some of the greatest and most hard working artists in the scene, from Grandeurs Of Delusion and Nozl to Jimmy the Hideous Penguin, Oslo Flow and a whole lot more.
mind-boggling scratch music, production, and cutting skills from some of the greatest and most hard working artists in the scene
Each year the guys at Nozl Recordings undertake the mammoth task of turning hours of footage into a high quality, professionally edited tour footage into a free video, and this year’s is the best yet.
Nozl also puts forward thinking and turntable centric music out on its Community Scratch Music imprint, and if this video piques your interest into this intricate artform you’d be remiss not to check it out.