Wednesday, January 26, 2011

TV Troubles


Here's a colorful, tripped out video for a track off of UK beatmaker Boxcutter's upcoming album, The Dissolve.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Full Circle

Here's a new mix I've done featuring some of my favorite producers at the moment. A little more on the mellow tip, this one's for the pre-party. If y'all can donate just a couple bucks to my little soundcloud account fundraiser in the top right corner there I can stream future mixes so you can peep before you download. You'll just have to trust me on this one ;)

John Top - Full Circle

Tracklist:
Mondkompf - Eclipse
M.I.A. - It Takes a Muscle (Pearson Sound Refix)
Deadboy - If U Want Me
Creep - Days (Deadboy Remix)
Flying Lotus - Archway (Teebs Remix)
Jamie Woon - Night Air (Ramadanman Refix)
Jam City - Scene Girl
Pearson Sound - Blanked
Taylor - CMB
Gongon & Bad Autopsy - Mag (Remix)
Scuba - Before (After)
Pearson Sound - Down With You
Drake - Fireworks (Deadboy Slow-mo House Edit

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Future Sound

Jamie xx of The xx (if you couldn't guess) is on fire. This kid is only like 18 and is really bringing this optimistic new sound into the whole 'post-dubstep whachamacalit' genre. Steel drums galore, chopped and screwed vocals.... yeah I'm in. Here are some of his most recent remixes, just a preview of what this brilliant kid has in store for us in 2011.





Kaputt


Here's the video for the title track off of Destroyer's awesome new album.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Keepers of the Light

This is a great chillout mix by some of those who 'get it'.

LHF present Keepers of the Light Vol 3

Solar Man "Affirmation"
"Stories" (Interlude)
Amen Ra "Connected"
Low Density Matter "Love Affair"
Low Density Matter "Better Days"
"Higher Plains" (Interlude)
Low Density Matter "Wash"
Double Helix feat Amen Ra "Secret Portal"
Amen Ra and Double Helix "Soul Power"
"Narrow Is The Gate" (Interlude)
Amen Ra "Saved My Soul"
Double Helix "Inferno 2010 " (Helixs' 3rd Degree Mix)
No Fixed Abode "Fallen Queen"
Double Helix "Dance With The Devil"
Double Helix "Manoeuvres"
No Fixed Abode "For The Thrown"
"The Power Of Vibrations" (Interlude)
No Fixed Abode "Golden"
Low Density Matter "After 8"
Amen Ra- "Embalmer"
"Watchin Over Me" (Interlude)
Solar Man- "Twinkle In Your Eye"

Excerpts from Fact Mag interview:

Is it possible to explain what the expression “Keepers of the Light” means to you?

Amen Ra: “It was something I used to say a lot on the United Vibes show on Sub FM, especially when LHF beats were running – “The Keepers of the Light in session”. It’s not like we have meetings to say “hey, we should put this idea across”, it just seems to happen that certain ideas come to the fore. That’s why I say this thing feels like it has a will of its own sometimes. The light means many things. Mostly for me it is connected to illumination and forgotten wisdom. The light relates to our sound, there’s elements in there from the past that have been completely forgotten about, there’s an attitude in our music that doesn’t get represented any more. The light is the light that makes things new again: we can look at our history now and interpret it from where we are now; it’s not about looking back and saying “it was better back then”. The light allows us to do that, it illuminates the past in a pure way and allows us to see this moment more clearly and how we can apply history in a way that is useful now.”

Escobar: “I think it means something different to all of us because it’s a personal thing. It’s what you draw on at times of inspiration and creativity, where you go when you’re thinking deep. It’s that light which gets you through and clears the path when things are murky.”

Are there specific aims in mind for any of you when you make music?

Amen Ra: “To experience that feeling that comes from understanding something new. That feeling of newness is something that I seek in every lab session. Approach it with a beginner’s mind!”

No Fixed Abode: “A beginner’s mind! I always go in with that beginner’s mind: just go wild, no preconceptions, just expressions. I want to reach places I didn’t reach on the last tune.”

Does this phrase, “beginner’s mind”, come from somewhere in particular? Non-musical influences have been mentioned, in the context of samples and titles. Can you give a few examples of what you’re into?

Solar Man: “If any subject matter or topic takes my interest I’ll read around it and most probably try to find a source of material to sample some related dialogue from. I listen to a lot of films and documentaries late night while drifting off to sleep – never really watching the visuals, more keeping an open ear for samples, as you’re in a different place at those times.”

No Fixed Abode: “I love aphorisms, really short ones that can make you think for days, that’s what it’s all about – “half long twice strong” as GZA says. Bruce Lee’s one inch punch is inspiring in that respect, ’nuff power concentrated into one short movement. There’s something really exciting and deep in that, it’s like a Zen Koan; I try make tunes like that. They don’t seem to have loads going on but slowly they get under your skin.”

Amen Ra: “The Beginners Mind thing comes from Zen, it’s an expression that really resonates with us. You know how people talk about “beginners luck”, well how does it work that someone trying something for the first time can sometimes be better than a so called “expert” in that field? Because the experts mind ain’t fresh or open so maybe it doesn’t see the thing as clearly as the beginner, and maybe it isn’t as flexible as the beginner’s mind. Approaching music in this way results in more interesting sounds I found. This attitude is what makes LHF difficult to approach for some people because there’s constantly new spaces being found and we don’t settle on any definition. As soon as I feel like there’s a definite idea forming about who we are, I naturally change my approach because I always want to feel that newness. LHF is evolving all the time because members are always turning on lights for other members to see more possibilities, it’s a constant exchange between all of us.”

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

M∆KE M∆GIC H∆PPEN


M∆KE M∆GIC H∆PPEN by John Top

Happy New Year everyone! 2011 is here, time to get real. We're making magic happen this season. I recorded this mix from my set at Patchwork's holiday party last month. Hope you dig.

Tracklist:
Kingdom - That Mystic
Gil Scott-Heron - NY Is Killing Me (Jamie xx Remix)
Ramadanman - Don't Change For Me
Ramadanman - Bass Drums
Ghost Mutt - Thoroughbred
Zomby - Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix)
Zomby - Liquid Dancehall
Girl Unit - Showstoppa
Mosca - Square One VIP
LV feat. Okmalumkoolkat - Boomslang
Breach - Fatherless (Doc Daneeka MRR SNRZZ Remix)
Jacques Greene - (Baby I Don't Know) What you Want
Riva Starr - Black Mama
Renaissance Man - Fruit Loop
Kingdom - Bust Broke
Jam City - Magic Drops
Starkey - Robot Hands (Kaiser Remix)
Untold - Stereo Freeze
Redlight feat. Ms Dynamite - MDMA
Girl Unit - Wut