Saturday, 13 December 2014

$1 Bin: 'Bermuda' Remix; Scratch DJ Academy; 'A Week With $1 Bin' Feature

Shout out to $1 Bin, who chopped it up with the good people over at Scratch DJ Academy about his influences and his name change due to an indie rock band.  This short but sweet video intersperses $1 Bin in the Scratch studio along with scenes of the man himself performing at this years AFROPUNK festival. 



The festival, dubbed as 'a platform for the other Black experience, the one we don't see in our media' saw $1 Bin share the same stage as acts as legendary and diverse as Bad Brains, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, and Shabazz Palaces to name just a few, so props are most certainly due. 

'...$1BIN shared the same stage as acts as legendary and diverse as Bad Brains, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lianne La Havas, Body Count, and Shabazz Palaces to name just a few...'

To see an exclusive assignment of the week in the life of $1 Bin, running up to and including the big day at AFROPUNK, check out 'A Week With $1 Bin' by journalist Cara McGoogan.

caramcgoogan.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/a-week-with-harlems-1-bin/

And, if that is not enough for you, be sure to check out these tasty treats. 
 
 


Here's what I had to say about the sample pack previously:

''The Ensemble has a very satisfying selection of both one-shots and loops. As well as a rewarding variety of prerequisite kicks, snares and hats, the producer throws in some quirkier sounds to help get your creativity moving in a different direction. The left-field samples include the 'found sounds' of hair clippers and jet engines. Rounding off the pack, the beatmaker lets loose with audio interpretations of connecting dots and other humorous noises.

...This kit would be well worth checking out even with a price tag. Whether you are looking for...sounds to use as the foundation of a track; or hankering for something a little different, be sure to get rummaging in "$1 Bin's Drum Ensemble Vol.1...

This kit would be well worth checking out even with a price tag. Whether you are looking for some industry standard and time-honoured sounds to use as the foundation of a track; or hankering for something a little different, be sure to get rummaging in "$1 Bin's Drum Ensemble Vol.1''.

If you're loving the drum samples (which you should be), check out where to download them for FREE, here:

Video  Credit: scratchacademy.com

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M Slago 'Old Jonesy': A Satisfying Selection of Soulful Samples and Spacey Synths


The more eagle-eyed readers will have noticed The New Beatmaker has taken several short hiatuses over the last several months.

During this time, there were, of course, numerous releases that became the soundtracks to these short breaks away from the blogosphere.

Highly enjoyable throughout and worthy of repeated, regular listening, one of them was 'Old Jonesy', an instrumental project from an artist who is arguably one of the best-kept secrets in hip hop, M Slago.



Says M Slago about the release: 

"Old Jonesy could be considered the follow up to the Nag Champa Sessions (2009) release via Gritty Goat Records. This time around there is a more intimate journey into M Slago's production style. The music created for other artists and previous beat tapes has always been soulful, but this particular trip is definitely one to be felt as well as heard."

Agreed.  Throughout 'Old Jonesy', soulful samples are expertly sliced and combined with drums guaranteed to get you moving, whilst the occasional splashes of tastefully place keyboards add another welcome dimension to his productions.

...soulful samples are expertly sliced and combined with drums guaranteed to get you moving, whilst the occasional splashes of tastefully place keyboards add another welcome dimension... 

The album is filler-free, but immediate standouts include the spacey funk of  'Bordeaux' (featured  here) and the sensual, evocative 'Hazel Eyed Woman'. 

'High Trip' shows that this producer is just as comfortable with skillfully reworking much loved samples as he is with reshaping less well known sounds.

The more fortunate amongst you will have had this project on regular repeat since September.  For the rest of you, I advise, get introduced to 'Old Jonesy' today. 

soundcloud.com/m-slago
   
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Friday, 28 November 2014

Black Friday at The Producers Choice and The Drum Broker: 50% Off



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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Flying Lotus; J'Von, Blu and Ivan Ave; Cor Stidak and Es-K; Ackryte; Tracy Cruz and more! 'Soundcloud Sessions' Episode Seven

A Back-to-Back Collection of Future Beats, Hip Hop, Jazz and More.  

A little later than planned, here is episode number seven of 'Soundcloud Sessions'.  Can you believe we are seven months into this hugely popular feature?

Originally planned as a Halloween special, there are spooky numbers from Flying Lotus, Venetian Snares, Nobody and another The New Beatmaker favourite and friend of the site, Mr Morbidly-o-Beats; check out the exclusive interview we did with the man himself - entitled 'Heavyweight Funk - here.

But it's not all chills.  As far as hip hop is concerned, we have gone collab crazy this month:

There is seductiveness from AR Wesley and Queen Tut; introspection from J'Von, Blu and Ivan Ave; social commentary from Ed Rowe,Concept and Sleep Sinatra; rugged realness from Cor Stidak and Es-K; and Pharaoh Monch and my favourite MC of all time, Black Thought, going in over a Marco Polo production.  Wowzers.




Looking for something to have a little boogie to? Well, check out the uptempo RnB of Tracy Cruz; the house-meets-soul of Adesha, the classic Todd Edwards remix of Pheonix's smash hit 'If I Ever Feel Better'; and rare groove goodness from Personal Life.

Beats-wise there are Ackryte, Radius, Lion, Young Heavy Souls, Sev Seveer and more, representing as lovely as ever. 

Speaking of Sev Seveer, you must check out this heartfelt and thought-provoking project by the Chicago beatsmith: Sev Seveer x Beats of All-Nations: "Constant Elevation: Odessa Star" is a Very Personal Exploration of an Oft-Misunderstood Epidemic

And, you absolutely owe it to yourself to cop the phenomenal new Mad Satta new album too.  They are featured with the sultry 'Reach Out' here.  The album has got to be heard (cough *bought* cough) to be believed: http://madsatta.bandcamp.com.

As usual, big love to all featured and enjoying the sessions; with an extra special set of thanks going out to Sev Seveer, Phashara / Corry Banks (bboytechreport.com) and Evil Alex for the drops.

Until next month, enjoy. 

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Sev Seveer x Beats of All-Nations: "Constant Elevation: Odessa Star" is a Very Personal Exploration of an Oft-Misunderstood Epidemic

The New Beatmaker favourite Sev Seveer delivers yet again with his latest offering, ''Constant Elevation: Odessa Star", which is presented by Beats of All-Nations.



Says Seveer himself:

'''Constant Elevation: Odessa Star'' is the soundtrack to my dementia-riddled late-grandmother’s journey through cosmic space at age 91.  It is the sonic narration of my experience caring for a person who has lost their mind.  A juxtaposition of the two circumstances that I find most terrifying- being lost in space with no control, compared to being an otherwise sober-minded person gradually witnessing the loss of their mental capacity– as I have come to imagine that the two circumstances may be very similar...''

'''Constant Elevation: Odessa Star'' is the soundtrack to my dementia-riddled late-grandmother’s journey through cosmic space at age 91...'' - Sev Seveer

For the full story, check out Beats of All-Nations here.


''Constant Elevation: Odessa Star'' is filled with samples that often collide with one another in a way that is disorientating and disturbing; an incessant xylophone sample argues with brassy synth notes which wander aimlessly up and down the scale; a scratched-up vocal snatch of 'one, two' reintroduces itself before disappearing back into the shadows.  Shortly thereafter the listener is left with nothing but various shades of static which feel both warm and familiar, yet cold and alien at the same time.

...The shades of static manage to feel both warm and familiar, yet cold and alien at the same time...

This later moment in particular perfectly encapsulates the emotional dissonance of those affected by dementia, be it first hand, or those looking after the sufferer, whereby situations and relationships can often flit between the two states of familiarity and alien seemingly at random.

Masterfully composed and performed, ''Constant Elevation: Odessa Star'' is another first-rate edition to Seveer's body of work and a powerful exploration of the complexity and, at times, potential fragility of the human mind.

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Jacob McCaslin: 'Let's Get It On' is a Classy Cover from a Megastar in the Making




Ever since coming to my attention via the Berklee College link-up 'Live at Berklee', Jacob McCaslin has consistently wowed me with his emotion-filled vocals and skillful instrumentation.

Jacob's 'Crossroads to Nowhere' has become a firm favourite of mine this year, being featured both in 'Live at Berklee' and rounding off 'Soundcloud Sessions' episode six in fine fashion here.

But how does this young talent fare when singing an all-time classic?  Fear not, as Jacob does not disappoint.

If I were a gambling man I would bet money on Jacob gracing the cover of Rolling Stone in the next five years at the very latest.  In the meantime, just sit back and enjoy watching a megastar in the making.


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Monday, 10 November 2014

Help Today's Future Sound to Fully Launch and Sustain the Beats4Lunch Program at West Oakland Middle School




Today’s Future Sound (TFS) is a charity that believes in the power of music to transform and inspire children, creating positive change in their lives and communities.

Since the start of the 2012 school year, TFS has brought music production and DJing to West Oakland Middle School (WOMS) to teach sixth, seventh and eight grade students how to make beats, DJ and MC at a lunchtime after-school program titled Beats4Lunch.  TFS is a non-profit organization that relies on grants and donations for funding.

They need your contribution to sustain and improve the Beats4Lunch program.

To contribute, visit indiegogo here

As well as teaching musical skills, TFS, and the Beats4Lunch program also incorporate the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum into lessons; teaching the importance of fractions and ratios in counting beats and bars or the physics of sound, vibration and frequency response.  These activities, which in themselves are therapeutic and educational, allow Dr. Gann as a trained child and adolescent therapist to support and advocate for students at West Oakland Middle School.

TFS and the Beats4Lunch program incorporate the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum into lessons; the importance of fractions and ratios in counting beats and bars; the physics of sound, vibration and frequency response.

What TFS Need & What You Get

To contribute, visit indiegogo here

Beats4Lunch has been so successful, that managing and maintaining the program has become a full-time gig for Dr. Gann.

TFS and Beats4Lunch is run with very little to no operating budget and to keep it going, they need your support. Equipment and supplies need to be maintained and updated, and they are also in need of computers for staff members, as TFS volunteers currently use their own their computers to teach.



Your contribution would aid TFS in the organization and delivery of Beats4Lunch, volunteer recruitment and administration.  They would like to shift to paying TFS instructors and teaching artists with the goal of maintaining a core staff of best volunteers.  Finally, TFS would like to produce hard copy CDs of the end of year student compilation to give to students to take home. 

TFS are looking to raise $10,000 to maintain and update equipment and to expand their organization.

Help TFS raise $10,000 to maintain and update equipment and to expand their organization.

They are also in need of equipment donations in the form of old laptops, underused equipment or spare software licenses; all of which would go directly into gear bags for teaching beatmaking in the Bay Area and beyond.
 
If they do not reach their entire goal they will keep the donations and put them towards the above expenses.

As a thank you to donors, TFS have come up with a wide range of perks.  In addition to T-Shirts, USB drives and sound packs in exchange for smaller donations, they are offering their services as producers, DJs and educators as encouragement for donations higher up the scale. 

Please email info@todaysfuturesound.com with any questions.

To contribute, visit indiegogo here.



Related Post: Beatmaking and Charity: Today’s Future Sound Help Children Learn Vital Skills Through Beatmaking and Hip Hop Culture.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Praverb the Wyse Tribute, Expansions Collective, and much more: 'Soundcloud Sessions' Six Month Edition

A Back-to-Back Collection of Future Beats, Hip Hop, Jazz and More.  

With this being the sixth month of the highly popular and enjoyable 'Soundcloud Sessions' feature, this was meant to be a time of celebrating the sessions with plenty of cheer.

However, with many in the beatmaking community still reeling from the tragic and untimely passing of Earl Patrick McNease aka Praverb the Wyse, this month's selection begins with three cuts from Praverb, in tribute to the much loved artist, writer and champion of underground hip hop and beatmaking.

Earl Patrick McNease aka Praverb the Wyse
Praverb passed away on 17 September from unknown causes.  He is survived by wife Vanessa and young son, Matthew.

The New Beatmaker wants to offer its deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans and followers around the world.

A page has been set up in his honor to help pay for funeral costs.  Those who wish to contribute, please visit the weblink below:

http://www.gofundme.com/enr64o



As per usual a big thank you to Phashara / Corry Banks for the drops.
  
To those who wish to contribute to funeral costs for Praverb the Wyse, please visit the weblink below:

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Saturday, 6 September 2014

'Live at Berklee': Collegiate A Capella from Pitch Slapped, Reggae from Osiris Fire, and Indian, Middle Eastern and West African Percussion

Live, Intimate Performances from the World's Largest Independent College of Contemporary Music

The New Beatmaker is very proud to present the third in our regular series of monthly videos capturing live, intimate performances from students and alumni of the world famous Berklee College of Music.

Up first this month we have a fantastic performance from Pitch Slapped, I'll let the good folks at Berklee themselves tell it:

'Watch and listen to the arrangement and choreography that brought Pitch Slapped the 2014 International Championship of Collegiate A Capella (ICCA). They perform a medley of "Take Your Time," "Radio Song," "Ain't it Fun," "Take Back the Night," "Say Something," and "Come on Over."

Pitch Slapped is a student club at Berklee College of Music. Their 2014 auditions will be held September 17-19 from 8PM-11PM at 921 Boylston St., Room 411.

Auditions: facebook.com/events/1508543872721332'
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I'm no Collegiate A Capella expert, but this is surely a wonderfully performance in anyone's book!
I'm no Collegiate A Capella expert, but this is surely a wonderfully performance in anyone's book!


Following on from that, we have reggae band Osiris Fire take it to the rooftop in a very different, but equally memorable performance of 'Shacklebreaker'.

This is an electrifying performance and serves as a perfect introduction to the band.  As a side note, check out The New Beatmaker favourite Frankie Leroux (Lowtone Society) right there in the thick of things yet again with his stellar work on the drums.  Well done guys.
Check out The New Beatmaker favourite Frankie Leroux (Lowtone Society) right there in the thick of things yet again with his stellar work on the drums. 
Be sure to check out the band on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.  I particularly enjoy the rousing 'Locked Down' which features the impassioned vocals of Frankie's Lowtone bandmate Joanna Teters (also of Mad Satta and Drew OfThe Drew fame).


Last but not least we have a wonderful performance using Indian, Middle Eastern and West African percussion.
Whether you are the proud owner of any of the instruments featured; are using samples and wondering how to make them sound more life-like, or just looking to vibe out, just sit back and enjoy.
Whether you are the proud owner of any of the instruments featured and looking to get tips on how to play; are an artist using samples of Indian, Middle Eastern and West African percussion and wondering how to make them sound more life-like in your productions, or just looking to vibe out to the gorgeous, hypnotic sounds that this instruments make, sit back and enjoy.



Here's a bit more info for you, again from Berklee themselves:

Tabla duet: "Kaida in 16-beat Tintal, Faukhabad Gharana" (Ustad Keramatullah Khan)
Frame drum trio: "A Quality of Six" (Jerry Leake)
West African Ensemble: "Fume Fume" (Maustafa Tete Addy)

berklee.edu/percussion
   
Well, another set of wonderful performances I'm sure you'll agree!  The New Beatmaker is honoured to bring you these videos in association with Berklee College of Music.
  
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Your Beats: Victory The Producer Provides High-Octane Hip Hop Instrumentals on 'Zuocai "The Sound of Victory Vol.1"'

'Zuocai "The Sound of Victory Vol.1"' is a Gift for Both the Beat Tape Fanatic and the Lyricist Looking for Inspiration 

It's always a pleasure to receive new music direct from an artist.

It's even more of a pleasure when the music is as satisfying as that recently sent to The New Beatmaker by 28 year old Delaware 'DJ turned rapper turned producer' Victory The Producer who has just released, for free, his mixtape 'Zuocai "The Sound of Victory Vol.1"'.


The project is 18 tracks of high-octane instrumental hip hop which is sure to be as equally enjoyable for all the beat tape fans immersing themselves in the adrenaline pumping tracks as it will be for all the MC's who'll be using these cinematic-sounding backdrops as inspiration for the next all-night session in the vocal booth.
The project will be equally enjoyable in its own right or - for the MC's amongst you - as cinematic inspiration for the next all night session in the vocal booth.
Full of epic beats based around samples that range from sci-fi, to Oriental, to 80's pop and rock, 'Zuocai...' shows off Victory's ear for melody, compositional skills and technical savvy, with every track having just the right mix of polish and knock where they are needed the most.

Whilst the project is of very high standard throughout, immediate favourites of The New Beatmaker include the journey into deep space 'Try-Outs', the funky, electronic quirk of 'Chika' and the melancholy finisher 'Red Autumn'.

Check out 'Zuocai "The Sound of Victory Vol.1"' today and be sure to join Victory The Producer on the winner's podium.

'Zuocai...' on datpiff.com
instagram.com/victory_the_producer
soundcloud.com/victorytheproducer
youtube.com/tyorzel
facebook.com/tyorzel

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