Listening Roundup

One of the most important parts in both producing and DJing is listening. As such, I am always scouring the internet for cool new sounds to enjoy as well as inspire me in my own work. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of SoundCloud and connecting with a lot of very talented people from around the world. Today I’m going to share with you a collection of tracks I’ve found recently that I really enjoy, and I hope you dig them as well.

First up is this track from British producer Handbook. I haven’t been able to find out much about him other than that he is some sort of half man half citrus fruit that makes insanely good beats.

For Dilla by Handbook

This next one is another Hip-Hop beat from Serbian producer Drama Delight.  Once again, more information about the artist is shrouded behind a wall of amazing tracks.
RDZ by Drama Delight

This track is from one of my favorite artists, Daedelus. His stuff on sound cloud is a little different than a lot of his albums in an equally awesome way.

It’s Love (Daedelus Pacifically Remixed) by Daedelus

Ninja Tune never ceases to amaze me. I usually have SoundCloud open in a tab while I’m doing something else and then flip over when something catches my ear. Half of the time when I flip over,  it’s an artist I hadn’t necessarily heard of, but they are on Ninja Tune. As for a prime example of Ninja awesomeness, this is it.
Raffertie – ‘Mimetic’ (Ninja Tune) by Ninja Tune

There is a rule against buying yourself presents right before Christmas, and since the local record store didn’t get Mr. Oizo’s new album right after it came out, I had to wait until after to pick it up. Since I did, it has not left my car stereo.
MR OIZO – STADE 2 by oizo mr 3000

 

I hope you enjoyed the tracks. If you want to see more of what I’ve found on the interwebs, you can find me on SoundCloud. A lot of my tracks are there as well. Also, if you are a musician/producer, I listen to anyone who follows me. Who knows, you could be on the next listening post!

CD Review: Ed Rec Vol. 2

One of the things you will begin to notice in my DJing and reviewing is that I follow my own path towards finding music, and the stuff I get hyped up about is not necessarily new. I definitely feel that quality transcends chronology.

My latest musical obsession is Ed Banger. I was always a really big fan of Mr. Oizo, and then Justice came out a couple years ago and I saw them live. Last year I  listened to both the Lamb’s Anger and Cross albums pretty much constantly. Following the advice of one of my professors, I started doing a little research on my favorite artists, finding that the two  of my big ones of the year were conveniently signed to the same label. When I started DJing on KWVA, I rediscovered Lamb’s Anger as a great source for any of my house mixes. My wonderful girlfriend then got me  Volume III for Christmas.

A couple weeks ago, I was at the library here at UO, and I decided to do a quick search for Mr. Oizo, just for fun. Lo and behold, Volume II comes up on WorldCat. Now I am rocking out to the whole Ed Banger Crew thanks to the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, MN. Thank you Library!

As for the part you are probably more interested, here is what I found on the CD when I got home from the Library:

An amazing collection of everything I expect from Ed Banger! Driving, distorted House, some straight up vintage jams, and really tight vocal cut-ups. The only thing I really didn’t get was Uffie. I really don’t understand her appeal, other than that she’s the only girl in the joint. I also don’t think her lyrics are as cunning as the production that the rest of the Ed crew bring to the table.

Recommended Tracks ( if for some reason you haven’t heard this CD yet): All but no. 2, Uffie making fun of computer nerds on an album of electronic music.

RIYL: There are enough people on ED Rec. that they can keep you occupied for a while. They would include Mr. Oizo, Justice, DJ Mehdi, Mr. Flash, Krazy Baldhead, Feadz, Busy P, and Sebastian to name a few. Daft Punk is the typical group to think of with french house. Some of the cutting up reminds me a lot of Boys Noize, but he is not as witty.