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Podcast 19 – The Best of 2017

Apologies for the lack of posts over recent weeks, life has been extremely busy recently and what with one thing another and putting a lot of time in to promote my own album (The Dust Man Stirs), I have not had the time needed to update the blog as I usually would. So as a final post of 2017 I have put together a podcast of music that I have enjoyed this year. I have called it the best of, which it is but there are many other songs and tracks that I have enjoyed that do not feature on this podcast. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! See you in 2018 – LongDistanceDan

LongDistanceDan – The Dust Man Stirs

Yes, finally LongDistanceDan’s debut full length album, “The Dust Man Stirs” is available for download.
Carrying on from where his 2015, “The Other Side Of The Sky” left off, the album is a heavy mix of lo-fi, raw beats. Taking influence from raw funk, lo-fi hip hop, psychedelia, garage rock, library music and more, here is what people have been saying already –

“There seems to be some kind of crazy interference on my headset….nope…you’ve tuned into the psychedelic sound of Long Distance Dan. The Dust Man Stirs a pot filled to the brim with eclectic beats and sound textures. Moving between the electronic and the analogue, between downtempo trip-hop and speed psyche-beat. Strange variations found here for your third ear…” Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser)
“Sounds great!” Boca 45
“Dan’s beats are imaginative and intriguing, you never know what is going to come next!” Jonny Cuba (Soundsci)
“This shits dope man! It’s gotta cool sequence to it, well mixed and knockin. Good drums” Walter Gross 
“Sounds good man, I like those drums!!! Keep the nastiness alive” Psychopop (Skrapez/Gonjasufi)
“It’s freaky cinematic, deep psych bangers. There’s some track I absolutely love, massive breaks, dirty bass lines and a weirdness to it all that’s really cool.” Tom Caruana (Son Of Sam/Tea Sea Records) 
“It’s a dope piece of art” Jason Furlow (New Kingdom) 

The album is fully instrumental apart from two tracks, “Rescue You” which features Icelandic forward thinking hip hoppers Cryptochrome and “After Omega”. A hard edged, garage rock howler featuring Sam Crick, formally of Brighton ska, punk, garage band Wilf. The awesome album artwork is provided by Sun Moth.
The album is out now for Name Your Price download via the Dusted Industries bandcamp page.

Son of Sam – Cinder Hill

Son of Sam’s full length album, “Cinder Hill” is now released for your listening pleasure. The 4 piece live band have created a soulful, funky, with hints of rock, album in the vein of classic boom bap hip hop. The list of MC’s the band have got on board is highly impressive, including the likes of Sadat X, Guilty Simpson, Large Professor, Soundsci, Prince Po and more. The album works really well as a whole, but stand out tracks for us are “Forward March” featuring Oxygen and 7even Thirty, “Deep Breath” featuring Jamall Bufford and “Put It On Ya” with Soundsci and Mr Thing.
For anyone out there who likes their hip hop super funky, “Cinder Hill” is a must have for you!

Markey Funk – Witch Doctor

The ever reliable Delights label are back with a brand new 7″ single. The label’s head honcho Markey Funk gives a treat of pure delight with two tracks, “Witch Doctor” and “The Brew”. Both are drum heavy, synth and organ lead slices of fuzzed up funk. The mean and sharp Meters-meet-Goblin groove of “Witch Doctor” is extended into the mind-melting sound orgy of “The Brew” on the flip side, providing a perfect soundtrack for the wildest bad trip scenes in your favourite hippy/biker flicks.
Released on limited 7″ single and digitally on September 22nd, you’d be a fool not to grab this!

 

While you wait for the single to drop, check out this awesome mix Markey put together of tracks and sounds that have influenced the Delights label.

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo – En Route

Here is a great new album Estonia’s Misha Panfilov Sound Combo. “En Route” takes you on a futuristic journey to the golden days of European library music and music for cinema – bending and constructing different tones with instrumentations that creates a whole spectrum of sound with basement grit.
Ranging from downbeat darkness to loose, lo-fi, four on the floor disco, “En Route” is a must have album for any dirty space funk and library fans out there.

Son of Sam – Come A Long Way feat. Masta Ace & Large Professor

Son of Sam is new hip hop band masterminded by super producer Tom Caruana, best known for his Wu-Tang vs Jimi Hendrix and Beatles vs various hip hop classics mash ups. “Come A Long Way” features hip hop heavy weights Masta Ace and Large Professor and is the first single taken from the forthcoming album, “Cinder Hill”. The album features guest appearances from the likes of J-Live, Sadat X, Guilty Simpson, Prince Po, Quelle Chris and more. Sound good? Damn right it does! We’ll have to wait a little longer for the album to drop but now check out the promo video and get the single.

 

DJ Pnutz – 16 Psyche

Get ready for the latest terrestrial album from Dj Pnutz on Bulabeats Records, “16 Psyche”. “16 Psyche” introduces 17 brand new radio friendly hip-hop and breakbeat instrumentals with out of this world interludes and retro sci-fi sound bytes. Often compared to the production styles of The Avalanches and Dj Shadow, Dj Pnutz new album “16 Psyche” offers an uptempo riff on instrumental beat albums while taking the listener on a cosmic funk journey through the galaxy.
“16 Psyche” is a definite must for all breakbeat fans, keeping the head nodders and dance floors happy. Pnutz has crafted a fun and funky album that gets dark at times, but in the best possible way. One thing is for sure she definitely knows her heavy hard hitting drums!

 

Welcome To Zamrock Vol 1 & 2

Now Again records are at it again. Yes we have not one, but two new excellent compilations of the best vintage Zamrock music out there.
By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though the country’s first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itself under his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambia from war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty.
This is the environment in which the ’70s rock revolution that has come to be known as Zamrock flourished. Fuzz guitars were commonplace, as were driving rhythms as influenced by James Brown’s funk as
Jimi Hendrix’s rock predominated. Musical themes, mainly sung in the country’s constitutional language, English, were often bleak.
In present day Zambia, Zamrock markers were few. Only a small number of the original Zamrock godfathers that remained in the country survived through the late ’90s. AIDS decimated this country, and uncontrollable inflation forced the Zambian rockers that could afford to flee into something resembling exile. This was not a likely scene to survive – but it did.
‘Welcome To Zamrock!’, presented in two volumes, is an overview of its most beloved ensembles, and a trace of its arc from its ascension, to its fall, to its resurgence.
Out now on LP, digital and 103-page hard cover book with CD from Now Again.

Podcast No.17 – Torb The Roach

For our 17th podcast we have a very special mix courtesy of Torb The Roach. Earlier this year Torb The Roach and Floppy McSpace released the excellent instrumental hip hop album, “Tape Echo – Golden Floppies”. A lo-fi, beat crunching, bugged out album that pushes the musical boundaries while keeping its feet firmly in the realm of hip hop. The promotion for the album gave us one of the best and most bizarre short films we’ve seen in a long time, if you’ve not seen check out here.
The mix Torb has provided shows the influences on his production, gathering funky breaks and beats from all over the world and from all spectrum’s of music. Torb had this to say about the mix and making music in general –

“I started making music and collecting records shortly after I started breakin in 1999/2000. The last 8 years I got more heavy into producing music and also started to dig deeper for rarer and lesser known stuff. This is a mix of tunes that inspires me on my work on the tape echo gold floppies release. I love weird and obscure stuff, and always try to find something that is new to my ears. I don’t care about the genre or style to much, I look for a certain vibe and feeling in the music. This is mostly 60’s and 70’s records, from all over the planet including Japan, Korea, China, Singabpore, US, Jamaica, Belgium, Sweden etc. When I dj I normally play more dance related stuff for bboy jams or clubs, it iss the same kind of vibe but more uptempo.”

Sit back, relax and enjoy this awesome mix!

Abstract Orchestra – Dilla

Inspired by the legendary live performances of The Roots with Jay-Z and the 40 piece orchestral arrangements by Miguel-Atwood Ferguson of the work of J Dilla, classic arranging techniques underpin modern loop-based structures.The band itself is based on the classic jazz big band instrumentation of saxes, trumpets and trombones and features the cream of the north of England’s jazz scene who collectively have played with Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae, Mark Ronson, Martha Reeves, John Legend & the Roots, Roots Manuva and Amy Winehouse.
“Dilla” by Abstract Orchestra is a tribute to the work of the highly acclaimed and influential producer. Opener”Welcome to Detroit/The Diary”takes the the vocal sample from Isaac Hayes’s “Man’s Temptation” and places it against lush brass and driving beats while”Workinonit”Transplants the original 10cc guitar samples from the Dilla original onto biting trumpets and aggressive saxes, underpinned as always by Joost Hendrickx’s on point drumming. On”Stop”vocalist Anna Uhuru handles the Dionne Warwick vocal with assurance while the band lay down an arrangement that is reminiscent of the work of David Axelrod and Don Sebeskey, both big sources of inspiration for Abstract Orchestra.
This album will please any Dilla fans, taking the original Dilla tracks and his sample sources and presenting back to the listener and a new and unique way. The album is released on June 30th on limited vinyl, CD and digital. Pre-order your copy now.

 

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