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: Bonobo- Black Sands

When I sit down at KWVA to do a mix, I always imagine myself on Solid Steel Radio, hanging out with the DJs that continue to inspire me with the amazing mixes they put out every week. Listening to Ninja Tune’s radio show has been a definite driving force behind my passion for DJing as well as their assortment of amazing artists.

Last week on my show I got my mits on the new Bonobo album, Black Sands. Definitely true to the Ninja Tune vibe, this album has a very laid back groove with some very cool layers. Its very organic sounding, but  with a very big and present bass. Its the kind of thing to listen to while winding down for the day, or to take away the pain of getting ready for your midterm on AJAX and the DOM.

Recommended Tracks: All. Just do what I did and sit, chill out and let the rich grooves take your mind to a more relaxing place. I think “All in Forms” sounds familiar for some reason, probably through my stalking of Ninja Tune on Soundcloud.

RIYL: Anything on Ninja Tune is pretty amazing, including stuff like Blockhead, The Cinematic Orchestra, Amon Tobin, Hexstatic, and one of my all time favorites, Mr. Scruff. If for some horrible reason you wanted to avoid Ninja Tune, stuff like For Tet and Portishead come to mind, although  Andreya Triana is a lot more soulful than Beth Gibbons.