Interview time: peeps of Bite The Belt blog were kind to ask me this and that, and as the result, the interview became what’s probably the longest interview I’ve ever done.
It is a lot to read, but I think some good recent thoughts were covered, and some stuff was revealed that you probably didn’t know and which might interest you – or not.
Anyways, grab a cup of coffee (or many) to make it thru the whole shebang if you’re up for doing some long-ass reading.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you my official, Ninja-Tune-approved 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. It’s free. If you like it enough, please consider sharing it.
Original 101 South by Amon Tobin.
I had a little convo with Serato on their blog.
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?
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.
I did an exclusive mix for the legendary Ninja-Tune-operated Solid Steel show. Hope you dig it.
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)