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Podcast No.18 Bethaniens Dust – The No Mystery Podcast

The marvel that is Bethaniens Dust has kindly supplied us with a brand new podcast! If you are not familiar with Bethaniens work, check out his recent releases on I Had An Accident Records or the mixtape come turntable noise montage of “Gauze” on Nohmad. He has worked with the likes of Tenshun and also recorded under the DJ Troubled Soul moniker. All can be bought, downloaded and listened to on his bandcamp page.
Here the man has provided us with a mix of experimental, left-field hip hop both vocal and instrumental. Starting off giving the MC’s some light, then moving into the harsher realms of beats and breaks.
Clocking in at around 1 hour 10 minutes, this mix is a trip through the darker side of Bethaniens Dust’s influences and contemporaries  and makes for great listening. Enjoy!

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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!

Podcast No. 16

We return with the latest in our series of podcast. With no guest host, we have put together some of our favourite tracks from the past few months. Covering hip hop, instrumental beats, funk, afro-beat, electronica and all that good stuff.

Tracklist –

Torb The Roach & Floppy McSpace – Tusen baht
AVER – The Land Of The Oversharers
Buddy Peace – My Rain
Your Old Droog – Help feat. Wiki & Edan
The Beta Club – Library Quakes
Revbjelde – Out Of The Unknown
SJOB – Let’s Do It
Clutchy Hopkins & Fat Albert Einstein – Mojave Dervish
El Michels Affair – Tearz feat. The Shacks & Lee Fields
Gonjasufi – Your Maker (Daddy G Remix)
Strange U – Cimmerian Shade
Sludge Factorie – Sunday
Carpetface – Don’t Get It Twisted
David Baron – The Steps
Keno – Studio One
Daryl Donald – Night Games

Podcast 15 Xmas 2016 : Best of 2016

As Christmas approaches we wanted to give you all a round up of some of our favourite music release this year. As things get busy round this time of year, this will be the final post of 2016. To everyone our there we just want to say thank you so much for your support, interest, music, and all round help, we truly appreciate it. We are looking forward to continuing throughout 2017 and bringing you the best underground music around.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, see in 2017 enjoy the podcast!

Full tracklist is as follows –
Elektro4 – The Asylum
The Gaslamp Killer – Shred You To Bits
Mongrels – Duppy Conqueror
Markey Funk – Face To Face
Bardo Land – Overture
The Dandelion Set – Third Programme
Gonjasufi – Maniac Depressant
Chew – Soap
The Difference Machine – Reel World
A Tribe Called Quest – We The People
Algernon Cornelius – Totally Node
The Comet Is Coming – Slam Dunk in a Black Hole
Herma Puma – Sagat X
Renegades of Jazz – Zebra Talk
Brookzill – Saudade Songbook (feat. Count Bass D)
The Heliocentrics – Phenomenon of Man
Mutant Wildlife – Wu Wei
Digital Midgets – In The Mean Time
Diesler – Repeat This Moment (feat. Double Yellow)
El Michels & The Shacks – No Surprise
Drumetrics – MRR-001
Adrian Younge – Memories of War
BadBadNotGood – Hyssop of Love (feat. Mick Jenkins)
J-Zone – Seoul Power

 

Podcast 14 : June 2016

Yes we have finally got a brand new podcast up for your listening pleasure. As it’s been awhile, we thought we would put together a 35 minute mix of tracks we have been enjoying over the past few months. Ranging from instrumental funk, underground hip hop, psyched out beats, future beats and more, all tracks were released or re-issued this year. More info can be found on the artists and releases on our blog archive. Enjoy!

Renegades Of Jazz – Podcast and Interview

Our man inRenegades Of Jazz - TheLeftHandSide Podcast (1) Germany, Renegades Of Jazz has kindly taken time out to put together an awesome mix for the latest LeftHandSide Podcast and answer a few of our questions. Have a read and a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

Please introduce yourself and what you do.
Yeah hi, my name is David Hanke and I’m a 37 years old, DJ and Producer from north Germany.
Most of the time I spent on producing music under various names and DJing at the weekends.

When did you first get into making music?
I think I was 15 or 16 when I started playing guitar. I was into Alternative Rock at the time, my friends and me were totally into Rock music and all started learning guitar. Unfortunately none of us managed to start a band. So at the end of the 90’s I was through with Rock music and a friend gave me a cassette tape with electronic produced music. For me electronic music was like Techno and Trance at this time, but then I found out how you can create organic sounding music by using sequencer and samples. So I started my first steps in producing around 2003.

What were your main influences? Have your influences changed over time?
At the beginning I was totally into the Ninja Tune sound. Up, Bustle & Out were my biggest heroes. As well as The Herbaliser, Amon Tobin, DJ Food and all the other Ninjas. Bobby Hughes Experience  and Kid Loco also had a big impact on me.
From 2000-2006 I was mainly influenced by the Tru Thoughts sound and Ninja Tune. It all started with
a big love for Downbeat music and later I became a big fan of contemporary Funk and Soul music. So yes, my influences change from time to time.

It’s hard to pin down your sound; there are many different elements and styles in there. How would you describe your music?
Haha well, I call it my “Northern Jazz” which includes Jazz, Funk, a bit of Soul, B-boy elements, Breaks
or even Downbeat with a darker touch. I even did some dub music or Drum & Bass songs.

You have worked with a number of UK artists, including Greg Blackman and Aspects. How did these collaborations come about?
I usually write them a mail. In case of Aspects it was clear to me that I would love to do something with them. I knew them from their own material and a featuring on a Quantic song. So I wrote them a mail, showing them my idea and the song and we teamed up for “Fire”…Same with Greg. He’s a great chap…and he works very professionally. He loved the idea of the “Paradise Lost” album with it’s dark feel and was writing the lyrics and vocals for three songs on the album, I’m really happy that I have the chance to work with him. I only knew his material from his collaborations with DJ Vadim.

Are there any artists out there you are going to or would like to collaborate with in the
future?
Oh yes for sure. Currently I’m working with some new vocalists….there is a wonderful Lady from New York
and we just started working on some material as well as collaboration with Myles Sanko and Alexia Coley.

You regularly DJ at the legendary Mojo Club. Is DJing an important part of your music and life?
Yes it is important. While Djing I can test my new productions and remixes and I always enjoy seeing people dancing to my music. It’s kind of a balance, during the week I produce and at the weekends I’m Djing those songs or remixes.

On that note, you have supplied us with a fantastic new mix for our podcast. Can you give us a
little insight into the thought, inspiration etc that went into this mix.
Thanks, yes sure…The mix is more a podcast kind of selection what I listen to at the moment. So pretty different
styles in it and wildly mixed.

Which cartoon, old or new, would you like to supply the soundtrack to?
Haha…let me think…Maybe CatDog, I liked it a lot when I was a kid.

What’s next for Renegades of Jazz?
Next the “Moyo Wangu” album will see the light. It will be out early 2016 on Agogo Records. It’s an clubby Afrofunk
album with Artwork by Espen Horne.

Any shout outs etc?
Yeah shout out to the Agogo family, Pimpernel Jones, Deli-Kutt, Master Quest, Rhino Soulsystem, Felox @ The 45/7 Vinyl Club and all friends and people who support us. Thanks for having me!

Buy all Renegades Of Jazz releases HERE and check out the awesome podcast Renegades of Jazz have given us.

Podcast No. 12 – Memory Man

It’s been a lmemoryong time, and for that we apologies, but the Left Hand Side podcast is back!
For the 12th podcast we have a very special guest, the one and only Memory Man. Having recently released his excellent album, “Broadcast One”, featuring artists such as Edan, Paul Barman, Kool Keith and more, Memory Man’s podcasts reflects his influences and his supreme producing talents.
An interview with Mr Memory will follow shortly, but for now check out this excellent mix of hip hop, psychedelia and more…

 

Edan Radio show No.4

The one and only Edan is back with the 4th instalment of his radio show. Playing the usual, or should that be unusual mix hip hop rarities, psychedelia, funk and more. Always informative, always entertaining check it out now!

Solomon Caine – Podcast & Interview

caineWith his new album out now, Solomon Caine has kindly taken time out to be the guest selector for our latest podcast and answer a few of our questions…read on!

Please introduce yourself and let everyone know who you are and what you do.
My name is Solomon Caine; I am a visual philosopher, sorcerer of sound and surrealist. The name ‘Solomon’ equals wisdom and ‘Caine’ slew ‘Abel’. Together it equates to a balance of light and dark.

When did you start making music?
I studied Fine Art at University and translated the visual art forms into sound in the year 2000. That’s when it all begun.

What were your early influences?
To be honest my early influences is 90s hip hop, the golden era. Which is inspired by soul, rhythm and blues, jazz, funk and reggae. Understanding the principles of music is a journey, a journey which I still travel along to this very day.

Has it always been hip hop, or have you ever made or considered making any other forms of music?
It has always been hip hop, but roots reggae is a music that I would love to make. The knowledge, consciousness and wisdom that I have absorbed from roots reggae is something that I respect greatly.

You have a new album out, “Guerilla Godz…Unmasked The Phantom”, can you describe the album and explain the concept behind the music.
The album is classic 1990s, Wu-Tang inspired, concept based hip hop. The concept of the album is the reverse of evolution. Where science believes we descend from apes, the Guerilla Godz prophecy is that we evolve into apes, with a higher state of consciousness and a god like understanding of the principals of the universe. The MC’s on the album are human beings that are in touch with future Godz. This manifests itself through rhymes and music.

There is a large cinematic influence in your music. Has this had an effected on your music and sound?
Absolutely, movie soundtracks are the foundations of what I do.

On that note, what’s your favourite kung-fu film?
The Shoguns Assassin, everything you need to know about 70’s movies is contained in that film.

What’s your favourite Sci-fi film?
My favourite has to be The Omega Man, it’s a post-apocalyptic masterpiece.

For you, what makes a truly great track or record?
A song that is timeless.

Do you have plans to work with any MC’s in the future?
Yeah, I see and hear new things everyday, the way I see things is the possibilities are endless.

Is it hard finding the right MC’s to fit your sound?
Yeah it is, because I like to work with MC’s that are intelligent and articulate, with an open mind and a voice that tonally compliments what I do. In return I want to compliment what they bring, it’s a two-way thing. It’s like ingredient’s in a kitchen, use the right ingredients and you can create a tasty dish.

You are signed to Canadian label Make Believe Records, how did that come about?
I remixed a couple of joints for a group that are on the label, called Dragon Fli Empire. They approached me about joining the label and I thought it would be a great idea. They said I’m allowed full artistic freedom with whatever I do.

Do you try to make music that fits into the modern vision of hip hop, or are you happy just doing your thing and not caring about the rest of the world?
I’ve never felt the need to fit in to anything that is going on, because all the music I truly respect was innovative in the time of which it was produced. My philosophy is why try to be someone else when you can be yourself.

(I asked this to the last person I interviewed, but I like the question so) Which cartoon , old or new, would you like to provide the soundtrack for?
That’s a phat question, Afro Samurai.

What’s next for Solomon Caine? What can we expect to hear in the future?
I’m going to make a series of short films, an instrumental album and a lot more collaborations with talented artist.

Finally, any shout out or final thoughts?
Can I give a shout out to anyone who is doing their own thing for the right reasons. My final thought is to follow your dreams, if you believe enough they will become a reality.

“Guerilla Godz…Unmask The Phantom” is out now for name your price release on bandcamp, and listen to the excellent podcast mix here.

Interview and new podcast from Awkward

awkwardIt is our pleasure to present TheLeftHandSide Podcast No.10 with special guest Awkward. The Bristolian producer/MC/DJ has supplied us with one hell of a mix, definitely one for electronic hip hop and beats fans out there. With his new album, “Metal At The Core” out now, Awkward has also taken time out to answer a few questions from TheLeftHandSide.

You have been a big part of the Bristol hip hop scene for some years now. How did you first get involved in making music and what was your inspiration back then?
I got into hiphop music at the young age of 9 in 1985, mainly via ‘The Show’ Doug E Fresh. By the age of 11/12 I was making pause tapes of the hip hop that John Peel would play on his show. I didn’t stop from there on in. Cheap 4 track,radio shack mixer. Also listening to lots of pirate radio then. Bristol crews like 3pm and Un Deux Trois really made the music closer to home. I studied hip hop and practiced all 4 elements.
What inspires you now? What was your inspiration for the new album?
Exploration inspires me now, the pursuit. The lp is about the pursuit of the driving force.
For anyone who has not heard Awkwards music before, how would you describe your sound?
Hard,psychedelic,electronic hip Hop
How did you end up being signed to LA label Machina Muerte?
I was working independently with various members before the crew formed. I went to visit friends in LA and took a more active role within the crew/collective in 2010. This is my third lp for the label.
The label has an impressive roster and some well-known affiliates. What’s it like being the only UK artists on their books and was being surrounded with such talent daunting in any way? Or did it push you harder to create your own artistic vision?
Oh it definitely made me push harder. I had my first child around that time to so time is very precious. I definitely stepped up my work ethic put it that way.
Who are some of the artists you have worked with on the album? Did the collaborations come about organically or was it a case of, Machina Muerte being well-connected and you wanting to take advantage of this?
It’s more organic really and over time,as an when and people reaching out to each other. The same with Open Mike Eagle. We’ve a fair catalogue between by now,he works as fast as I do.
As you are from Bristol, who, if anyone, in the UK hip hop and beats scene you are really rating at the minute?
A few heads scattered. I’m feeling anything that pushes boundaries and sounds natural. I’m more into individuality more so than being patriotic.
Getting to the new Podcast you have generously supplied us with. What’s the theme or feeling behind the mix?
The theme is the ‘party’ that could be applied in however the listener feels best.
Where can people catch you live, or hear you playing?
I’ll be venturing out this year (as much as 2 small children will allow) but you can catch myself, Benjamin One, Fabia and Adam On Ujima 98 fm every Tuesday 9pm Till 11. We go in on the mix tough with plenty of new music, Universal Magnetic show.
Any last words or shout outs?
Last words would be look at the sky,take in some wild life and put it down. Shout outs to GhostLocust, Machina Muerte, Hellfyre Club and Universal Magnetic posse.

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