Saturday, 20 December 2014

The Return of D'Angelo, Thundercat, Van Hunt and many more! 'Soundcloud Sessions' Episode Eight Christmas Special

So, this is Christmas, as a wise man once said.

In this month's roundup we have the much heralded comeback of D'Angelo - and what a comeback it is!  Elsewhere we have friends of The New Beatmaker including Phashara aka Corry Banks, Lanzo, Central Parks, Time Traveling Toaster, Van Hunt and Jay Bishop.  Part two is party time! Including more friends of The New Beatmaker: Malice and Mario Sweet and Tall Black Guy.



The New Beatmaker would like to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas / happy Holiday season and a happy New Year.  Here is to wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous new year.

Rest in peace to Praverb the Wyse and Larry Smith.

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Evil Alex 'Right Now': A Musical Triptych that Boasts both Signature Sound and Experimentation

Chicago beatmaker whets the appetite with a musical triptych that boasts both signature sound and experimentation



Regular readers already know that The New Beatmaker is team Evil Alex all day.

With his latest 3-track release  'Right Now', Alex has perfected the delicate balancing act of both maintaining a signature sound whilst taking chances and exploring new musical avenues.

Evil Alex has perfected the delicate balancing act of both maintaining a signature sound whilst taking chances and exploring new musical avenues.

The captivating title track, with it's relentless drums and filtered, multilayered sampling, is reminiscent of his earlier work; and yet there is an added feeling of verve and muscularity at the same time; an increased sense of confidence and, dare I say it, polish.  'Right Now' is a track of the year and no mistake.


[Video: 'Evil Alex: Snack Wrap'. One of The New Beatmaker's favourite Evil Alex tracks, from his previous album and a highlight of 2013, 'iGeneration'.  Read more about 'iGeneration' here.  Photography and Music by Evil Alex. "iGeneration" is available for free download on evilalex49.bandcamp.com].

Up next is the cheerily titled 'Quarter-Life Crisis'.  This track mixes the layers of samples that Alex has become known for, but with the addition of some big analogue synth chords and absolutely huge kick drums which pound away underneath the video game-style keys and tortured-soul vocal samples.

Up next is 'El Topo' which would sound right at home on earlier Alex outings like 'Hate' and 'iGeneration'.  Alex utilizes a drum fill sample wonderfully, whilst a set of unnerving vocal samples gnaw away at the listener's peace of mind.

[Video: 'Evil Alex Presents: The Thousand Frame Stare'.  A time lapse taken on Wacker Drive in Chicago, Summer 2011.This was done as a test run for the "Love, Chicago Style" video. Photography and Music by Evil Alex. "Love, Chicago Style EP" is available for free download on evilalex49.bandcamp.com].

With this three track outing, Evil Alex shows an exciting sense of progression, whilst retaining, even building on the elements that made him such an exciting artist in the first place.

Alex shows an exciting sense of progression, whilst retaining, even building on the elements that made him such an exciting artist in the first place.

Look out for 'Sounds in a Vacuum' Evil Alex's forthcoming LP in the new year.

Evil Alex has very kindly written an exclusive feature on one of his biggest beatmaking influences, Prince Paul, for The New Beatmaker.  Be sure to look out for that over the coming weeks.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Carlo Muscat: 'The Sound Catalogues - Vol. 1 (EPK)'

Featured recently on 'Soundcloud Sessions' Episode Eight with the wonderful 'Totoro', Carlo Muscat is one of The New Beatmaker's breakthrough artists of 2014.



His project 'The Sound Catalogues - Vol. 1' is one of the highlights of the year.  What better way to learn more about it, than by checking in with the man himself?

Says Carlo about the project:

'The Sound Catalogues' (2013) - A recent artistic concept with the objective of compiling various volumes utilising music composition and performance as the primary artistic medium, recording inspiring events, figures, eras, inventions, and more.

The first volume is titled 'Extraordinary Episodes'. In an attempt to flee the prevailing digital age, this album takes into account a series of historic events. By creating a specific set of jazz compositions, the emotions related to each event are explored and allowed to re-surface. The music will transmit these emotions.

The line-up for this album features saxophonist Carlo Muscat, guitarist Sandro Zerafa, pianist Joe Debono, bassist Mátyás Szandai, drummer Lionel Boccara and guest trumpeter Daniele Raimondi.'

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EPK by Laurent Coq
Recorded 8th May 2014 at Studio Sextan (Paris).
Mixing & Mastering by Katsuhiko Naito at Avatar Studios (NYC).

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'Live at Berklee': 3 Sudacas, The Berklee Indian Ensemble, Aviations, Simon Moullier Quintet, Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits and Apoena

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

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


In a Christmas bumper special, we have, from top to bottom: Latin jazz courtesy of 3 Sudacas, with their original composition "Tarde de Abril"; The Berklee Indian Ensemble cover A. R. Rahman's 'Jiya Jale" (Dil Se)' in honour of the living legend visiting Berklee; the supercharged metal of 'Concrete Kitten' by Aviations; the jazz of Simon Moullier Quintet's 'Birth'; folk in the shape of Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits; and last but definitely not least, we have 'Wild Bird' from a band that may just defies classification, so you will have to hear them to believe them, Apoena.

The New Beatmaker would like to wish all the artists below and all involved at Berklee a Merry Christmas / happy Holiday season.   Look for more 'Live at Berklee' in the New Year.
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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/

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''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''.

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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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