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:

http://www.gofundme.com/enr64o

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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

Victory The Producer is featured on the forthcoming episode of 'Soundcloud Sessions': a back-to-back collection of future beats, hip hop, jazz and more.  To enjoy previous episodes click here.  To never miss a post again, subscribe below: 

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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

The New Beatmaker is very, very proud to present the first selection of videos that we are sharing in partnership with Today’s Future Sound (TFS).

To paraphrase, TFS is a charity that believes in the power of music to transform and inspire youth to create positive change in their lives and communities.

TFS not only introduces young children to beatmaking as an art form, but also as a vehicle to communicate maths and science in a way that is novel and, I dare say, more engaging and entertaining to many of the children than textbooks and chalk boards are.


Today's Future Sound depend on donors to sustain their organization, provide direct services, and put on events.  Please donate by sending Paypal contributions to donate@todaysfuturesound.org
TFS uses beatmaking as a vehicle to communicate maths and science in a way that is novel and, I dare say, more engaging and entertaining to many of the children than they find textbooks and chalk boards.
In addition, TFS uses rapping to promote positivity and to encourage children to recognise their own self-worth. 



Here's a bit more from TFS themselves:

'We view our work as having educational, therapeutic and social components that can empower individuals to build confidence, inspire creativity, and create change. Today’s Future Sound (TFS) has a team of volunteers ready to bring our mobile music production and DJ’ing center to you—schools, community centers and events...'
We view our work as having educational, therapeutic and social components that can empower individuals to build confidence, inspire creativity, and create change.
TFS and African dance and drumming group Afrique Sogue collaborated for a joint production of "Precious Drop" in the spring of 2014 which culminated in a final performance in June.  TFS students at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, CA had made a soundtrack based on the theme of water, which they then performed live with master drummer Lamine Bangoura. The soundtrack can be downloaded for free from the TFS website and bandcamp via the links below:

todaysfuturesound.org/music/student-musicalbums/
todaysfuturesound.bandcamp.com/album/todays-future-sound-and-explo-present-explo-beats-vol-ii

Students were asked what water meant to them and what they learned from the experience and they respond in the mini-documentary on the TFS/Afrique Sogue collaboration.



TFS depend on donors to sustain their organization, provide direct services, and put on events.  
Please donate by sending Paypal contributions to donate@todaysfuturesound.org

The New Beatmaker will be sharing videos in partnership with TFS on a monthly basis, for more information, visit todaysfuturesound.org.
 
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Ackryte, Nunca Duerma, Dagmxy and many More! 'Soundcloud Sessions' Five: A Special Double-Bill

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



What would a Bank Holiday weekend be without tunes?

Here is over two hours of lovingly selected and compiled tunes from the likes of, well, there's not enough space here to list everyone, but here are just some of artists featured:

Pomo
Ed Rowe and KVH, Central Parks, Sidewalk Chalk, Ackryte, Nunca Duerma, Vapor Eyes, Expansions Collective, walkingshoe, Jay Bishop, Black Milk, Madlib, J'Von X LAKIM, Pomo, Moduloktopus, M-Phazes, Loomis & Jones, T-Funk, Evil Alex, This Is Ethmo.

As per usual a big thank you to Phashara / Corry Banks and Evil Alex for the drops.

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How to Create Depth Without Using Reverb; Mixing Synth Pads Around Vocals (The Pro Audio Files)

If you have been making beats or mixing for a few months and really want to increase your skill set, buy and download The Pro Audio Files range of full length tutorial courses below.  

'Mixing Hip Hop' (beats and vocal bundle pack).
'Mixing with Compression'.
Weiss Drums 'The Maio Collection'.

A full review of the courses will be coming soon; as will more videos courtesy of The Pro Audio Files.  

Accomplished Mixing and Mastering Engineer Matthew Weiss (!llmind, 9th Wonder, Dizzee Rascal) shows how to use slapback delay, harmonic saturation and distortion to add depth to a track without, as The Pro Audio Files say, drowning it in reverb. 
These are the little things that help create a little bit more depth and little bit more harmonic richness to your sound... It's this little game of inches that, a lot of times, accumulates to a really great sounding mix.


And if that wasn't enough for you, Justin of Modern Mixing (http://modernmixing.com) shows you how to make synth pads wide, haunting and with enough space for the lead vocal.

Says Justin about the video:

'The original sound gave me a haunting, mysterious vibe, I wanted to accentuate it...I wanted to create something that takes up a wider spectrum, but wraps around the vocal, whilst carving out space for the vocal too.' 
 


This video gets extra props for showing just how much actually drawing how you want you track to sound can help.  With the simplest of paint applications and a couple of colours, Justin literally illustrates just what type of sound and effect he is after.
This video shows just how much drawing how you want you track to sound can help.  With the simplest of paint applications and a couple of colours, Justin literally illustrates what type of sound and effect he is after.  
Buy and download The Pro Audio Files range of full length tutorial courses below.  

Weiss Drums 'The Maio Collection'.

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