A new remix for Amon Tobin

Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you my remix for Amon Tobin.

Anyone who knows Amon Tobin knows he’s fucking insane with his drums – and with his everything. One of the true electronic masterminds of our time. And anyone who knows me knows I’m into drums. I think that’s the reason why I’ve always been drawn into his music so much: he’s constantly re-inventing himself, even with his beats. I suppose that’s what we both have always been into.
We connected for the first time when Amon was asking me for some of my early releases for DJ use, and that blew me away. Years later, I was honored for being asked to do a remix of Journeyman for the massive box set on Ninja Tune, and some time after that, I was listening to Stunt Rhythms, and the thought hit me again that I’d love to go in on one of those tunes. I was working on my now soon-to-be-released FatGyver hip hop works in early 2013 and asked Amon if I could do a hip hop remix of 101 South. I got the samples, but for some reason, that remix never really picked up, but I kept the samples. This summer, I went to the countryside, and the weather was just being pretty bad. The inspiration can really hit you when you’re in the nature, so I wrote this one in a few good sittings.

Getting to remix one of your musical heroes is a massive honor. I’m grateful to Amon and Ninja Tune for the opportunity – and all the inspiration they’ve provided me with. I’m not very good with words, so I’ll just let the music do the rest of the talking.

I hope you like it.

Original 101 South by Amon Tobin.
Remix written, produced, mixed, and mastered by Fanu.

http://www.amontobin.com
http://www.ninjatune.net
www.twitter.com/AmonTobinHQ
www.twitter.com/FanuJanne

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LIGHTLESS006 release date

I’m proud to announce the RELEASE DATE for LIGHTLESS006: September 15 (vinyl and digital).

This one has been hard and testing the nerves of everybody in the equation of making of this one, but we’re there soon, and I’m happy.
Is making vinyl worth it in today’s climate? What do you think? That remains to be seen, but this is a statement more than anything else: certain timeless pieces of music you need to be able to hold in your hands, and they should exist even if all the hard disks got wiped. This will be one of them, and I’m proud of this.

A lot of my fans have been asking for vinyl, and I heard you. Let’s show my distributor vinyl is still totally worth it.

GET YOUR PRE-ORDER IN NOW:
@ REDEYE
@ BOOMKAT
@ JUNO
@ EASTERN BLOC MANCHESTER

This one is likely to sell out, and we’ve already received lots of preorders, so I’m suggesting you place your order while you can.
Salute to each and every person out there supporting what I do – you mean the world to me!

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“Up To?” with Serato

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I had a little convo with Serato on their blog.

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Hip-hop-ism…it’s coming

Been keeping it quiet about my forthcoming FatGyver hip hop releases recently – we’re getting closer to them now (on Redefinition Records).
LP is done, EP is done, and we’re waiting for the artist (a dope artist, Joe Buck, who’s been doing stuff for De La Soul, for example) to work on the LP art. They’re coming.

Here’s a cool, simple beat for a hot day. Drink that coffee, hot or not.

To peep more of what’s coming, check out FatGyver on
Soundcloud
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

☕☕☕☕

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Mastering services

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Now offering mastering services to producers.
I used to do a bit of that at one point, and then I got too busy with other stuff and had to stop doing that. Might look into it again.
I master most of my own stuff these days, and have been increasingly interested in doing it myself. I’ve also learned a lot about mixing by learning mastering. During mastering process, I’m also ready to give you feedback on your mix.
I do it all in a digital domain, using UAD / Izotope / Slate Digital / A.O.M. to mention some plug-in manufacturers whose plug-ins I use (not necessarily using them all at the same time, of course).
Peeps needing to get their songs loud and clear could hit me up at fanusamurai@gmail.com and we could discuss pricing.

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Radio show archive (July 21)

Fanu @ Bassoradio – July 21, 2014 (DL using the player)

Om Unit – Ulysses [Sweatson Klank Remix] (Civil Music)
Triceracorn – Porcelain [Recue's Anger Management Mix]
Borealis – Not of This Reality [Recue rework]
Desto – Don’t Lose Yourself (dub)
DJ Rashad & DJ Manny – Drums Please (Hyperdub)
Danny Breaks – Firin’ Line VIP (Droppin Science)
Graeme S – Autofac (Hsüan Records free DL)
Minus & Interface – Hardwork (Gutterfunk)
Moresounds – Sound Bizness (Cosmic Bridge)
K-AZE – Warrior Groove (Gutterfunk)
Boxcutter – Neo-Geocities (Planet Mu)
Sully – M141 (Keysound)
Fracture – Loving Touch (Exit)
Sonis – Keep It Dark (dub)
Deft – Arx Him
Sully – Solitaire (Keysound)
Deft – I Don’t Use MPC
SB81 – Four Tun (Metalheadz)
Nonfuture & Indica – Gwan60 (dub)
Nonfuture – The Watcher (dub)
Trisector & Creep – Hollow [Phuture-T Remix] (Alphacut)
Coleco – Tryptamine (dub)
Graphs – Ixtlan (Ground Mass)
Gremlinz – Fallen [J.Robinson & Ink Remix] (Architex)
Optical – Bounce (Virus)
Nucleus & Paradox – Analogue Life (Metalheadz)
Dom & Roland – Outta Endz VIP (Metalheadz)
Fistfunk – Raindance (Lightless)
Wish – Panopticon (dub)
Fracture – All My Love (Astrophonica Bandcamp free DL)
Stray – Long Lost (free DL)
Kate Tempest – The Beigeness [Stray Remix]
Om Unit – Vibes Is Right (Cosmic Bridge)
Stray – Triangles (free DL)
Aki – Murot On Loppu (dub)
Aki – Scope (dub)
Abdominal & DJ Fase – Fast Food (Fry Antics)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Streamline [Instrumental Version] (Redef Records)
Twit One – Seemy (http://twitone.bandcamp.com/)
Damu The Fudgemunk – Trenchcoat, Fedora & Briefcase (Redef Records)
Curren$y x The Alchemist – BBS
Gravediggaz – Mommy, What’s A Gravedigga?

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LIGHTLESS006 test pressings + PREORDER

Loud-and-clear test pressings of LIGHTLESS006 vinyl have arrived (use player above to listen or peep on Soundcloud).

This has taken over three months (I sent the initial files to manufacturing in early April). I got two batches of non-satisfactory test pressings, which were so quiet we couldn’t put those into commercial production. We went thru over 200+ emails discussing what goes wrong on production end (I had nothing to do with it), and to this day the plant can’t say. As I was about to say “Fuck it, I guess I won’t be doing vinyl after all”, we hired a 3rd party engineer to create a loud lacquer that helped the plant to create a loud record. Today, I got loud test pressings, which will go into production ASAP (they’ll have art on labels, of course…this is a test, hence it’s white).
These tunes have been supported by Om Unit and Grooverider, for example, if you need that sort of assurance from the DJ world.
At this point, even though it wasn’t in my hands, I’d like to say sorry to all of those who have placed a preorder at an early stage.

You can place a preorder:
Redeye Records
Boomkat
Juno

We’ll do a limited pressing and no represses, so make sure to get yours while you can, for every Fanu release always sells out.
I’ll make sure to let ya’ll know about the release date etc once I hear that. Shouldn’t be too long now.

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“Bad Dreams” – another unreleased one

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Oh-So-Random EP # 2 out now

On this release I wanted to study the 160 bpm slow/fast type of drum and bass. I also brought in a friend, DJ Pushups, with an even slower track that fits the aesthetics well. The slower tempo has been in the air for a while, and I’ve been playing with it and feeling excited. The tempo allows for more space. There are so many good and genuinely fresh vibes in that field.

BUY:
BANDCAMP
BEATPORT
DIGITAL TUNES
BOOMKAT
JUNO DOWNLOAD
iTunes

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Greets from countryside

Greetings from far away, dear friends. Yes, far is relative, of course, but the chances are I’m far away from wherever you are. So yeah, whaddup from Finnish countryside – northern Ostrobothnia region, to be precise, some 600 kilometres north of Helsinki.
Came to the country for 1.5 weeks to chill out, take some distance from the city life, and sniff the clean country air for some added inspiration. The nature here is amazing. The distances are fairly long, they don’t have corner stores or skateparks here – but what they do have is absolute serenity. And the nature is breath-taking. Just did a 16-kilometer bike ride and even saw a fox couple play out in the field. Stopped and took a photo during my bike ride and wanted to share with ya’ll. Oh yeah – we’re having “nightless nights” here as well, which is kind of surreal.
Can’t forget music on holiday, however…just fired up a long overdue remix for a Ninja Tune artist we all know dearly, and thought I might go and get an inspirational beer or two to make that even more fun. Oh, and some red wine. Now, let me get busy with the beats in the middle of nowhere. I hope you’re enjoying your summer, too!

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Q&A session on FB

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This has been in the plans for a while now, so here we go.
I receive questions relating to music production as well as handling the artist/label/etc life all the time, and I’m always happy to answer, because that’s what I put all my time on, after all. So, I thought it might be fruitful to do this publicly.
I’ve found Facebook the best place in terms of mutual interaction today, so let’s fire up the Q&A session on Facebook.
Drop your Q, and I’ll reply. I may not be able to answer everything right away, but I promise to answer every Q eventually.
Keep it relevant (or not)!

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Mix for Solid Steel

I did an exclusive mix for the legendary Ninja-Tune-operated Solid Steel show. Hope you dig it.

TRACKLIST:
01. Damu The Fudgemunk – Assembly Line (Redefinition Records)
02. Damu The Fudgemunk – 2004 Beat Original (Redefinition Records)
03. Pete Rock – Strange Fruit (Loud Records)
04. Cypress Hill – Funk Freakers (Ruffhouse)
05. DJ Shadow – Heavy Mood (Reconstruction Productions)
06. FatGyver – Monday Stroll (Redefinition Records forthcoming)
07. FatGyver – Celestial (Redefinition Records forthcoming)
08. Danny Breaks – Beat Biter (Droppin’ Science)
09. Fanu – Street Sermon (Lightless)
10. Photek – Consciousness (Metalheadz)
11. Om Unit – Timelines (Metalheadz)
12. Coleco – Spatial (Inflect)
13. Photek – Aleph 1 (Virgin)
14. Paradox – Play Twice Before Listening (Paradox Music)
15. Fanu – Ninja Chicks (Darkestral Ice)
16. Adam Elemental – Poly6 (Runtime)
17. Fanu – Paracosm (Lightless Recordings)
18. DJ Krush – Maze (Mo Wax)
19. Jay-Z – Dead Presidents (Priority)
20. Lonnie Liston Smith – A Garden Of Peace (Doctor Jazz Records)
21. V-Love – The Wilderness (Icon Records)
22. Klaus Layer – Immer Noch Hungrig (Redefinition Records)
23. Raw Poetic & K-Def – Stealin’ Bread (Redefinition Records)

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Unreleased

Pushing the 160 bpm movement. Unreleased.
100 % saturated fat.

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D&B shows w/ Fanu & Docius separately from now on

From next month on, I and Docius will be doing our own DNB shows, taking turns each month (I’m doing July, starting July 21, Docius does August, etc). No drama (we thought of putting out mad drama just for the promo value, though)! Musically we’re just going in different directions and developing our interests in different ways. I’m increasingly interested in what the 160 bpm / slowfast / footwork-jungle-juke field has to offer, while Docius is firming his grip on all things tech and stuff (he’s been taking classes from Optical, Break etc).
Good music either way. Braaap!

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Vinyl Bear t-shirts back in stock

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Back by popular demand!
The “Vinyl Bear” – it started as a podcast logo and has since become a symbol for digging good music & good things, not taking things or life seriously, cratedigging, vinyl loving, just taking it easy…and stuff!

We’ve got a limited edition of 60 shirts back in stock, so get yours while you can thru Bandcamp! (regular sizing)

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“Should I make music?”

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I addressed a question, ”Should I continue making music” on a music forum, and upon finishing, I thought that the reply, which came out way longer than I initially expected, would make a decent blog post, for it’s been in the back of my mind to blog about that particular topic because, every now and then, I am asked how long I’ve been making music, how long did it take until I started getting songs released – ”Should I quit because I’ve been making music for X years and still haven’t got signed” etc… so here we go.
Should I make music? Should you make music? Let’s find out. Continue reading

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LIGHTLESS006 (Paracosm / Yin Dub) vinyl taking preorders now!

You can preorder it thru Redeye at least. It should be out in early-ish July. Get it!

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“Parade” (unreleased)

A tune that was signed to a bigger label. We had disagreements – in their words, they wanted to make the person behind the Fanu artist name way bigger and had “massive plans” for that (quoting them), hence refusing to release anything under the “Fanu” name even though I said that’s an artist name I’ve put a hell of a lot of work in for. The last straw for the project was when I suggested taking one tune off the project (not this one) for a project of my own, and they kicked me out straight away, calling it quits. No questions asked, no discussion. On top of it all, they, in their own words, said they’d make sure that no label would touch Fanu in the future either. People are a funny breed, aren’t they?
Forthcoming on Lightless at some point.
Moral of the story? Do your own label and stick with it.

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Electronic music tuition by Fanu

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As some of you may know, I’ve been doing small-time Ableton tuition business, Fanu’s Ableton Live Training, teaching how to use Ableton Live. I’ve been thinking of expanding my tuition a little – to cover making electronic music basics in general. So far I’ve only been teaching Ableton Live, but I’m capable of also teaching Akai MPC (Renaissance / 4000) as well as Maschine (MK1 / Studio) – or, we could take a look at studying making electronic music in general without emphasis on any device per se. For now, this’d happen in Helsinki area, but nothing says I can’t travel internationally if the fees are covered – after all, this is what I’ve been doing as a DJ for a decade, and I’m also offering to teach the basics of DJing using Technics turntables as well.
So if you or your friends are interested in learning how to make electronic music, hit me up at fanusamurai@gmail.com / 0456718221. I’ve been making electronic music for 20 years, and I also happen to be a qualified teacher (MA from the University of Helsinki).
Spread the word and let’s make some beats!

-Janne

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Siren Song – free download

To celebrate the 10 years anniversary of the song that opened so many doors for me. There is no other tune in my catalogue that’s done as much for me as this one, and it’ll always be the one I’ll cherish the most. Thanks for all the love for it throughout the whole decade. It’s an amazing thing you’ve given me, and I’m in debt to you all for that.

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