Another week, another Three on a Thursday for you. Seems like quite a few of people are liking this series, so as long as you lot keep clicking and listening, I’ll keep rummaging around the internet to find shiny stuff for you.
I thought of attempting to start this week with a witty quote or acerbic comment on the state of the world, but as I’m writing this after midnight on a school night my brain is not in the right place for such shenanigans – on with the music!
(There’s a tongue twister for you)
Ahoy all! Three in three weeks – aren’t you lot lucky!
To be honest I’m slightly surprised that I’ve not been my usual slack self on this, but here you are, three more nuggets to get you through Thursday, and warmed up for the weekend.
On this, the latest in the so far storming output of Keep Up! Records the clue is in the name, with the boys from Lopez taking the sound of last year’s Zapping EP, toning down the Disco, and walloping the big button marked ‘Synth Overdrive’.
The opening tabla samples and squelchy heavy chug of the opening track Frutika sets the tone for what you can expect on this five track EP, whilst the next track actually manages to go deeper, with the belching bassline under cut up cello lines of Wo almost hitting dubstep territory.
Next up, JP3 starts with a tweaking bounce, before it brightens with a swirling high line and filtered horns, before my pick of the bunch, Kiera, switches it up the tempo a notch with the breathy female vocal snippets, scratches and hand claps having something of the FlyLo about them. Finally Kongo Beats finishes you in a wall of metallic synth pulses with silky stings and snare-esque clicks sliding over the top.
The absence of all but the most minimal of vocal lines leaves you free to revel in the finely wrought structure of the beats, and appreciate the depth and layering of the synth programming. As the press blurb accompanying this release “the EP showcases Lopez’s misspent youth in the Asuncion, and misspent adulthood in the studios of South London”, and I can truly believe that these tunes are a labour of love, being both well crafted, but not unapproachable in the way that some instrumental EPs can be.
Lopez / Analogue Excursions Vol. 1 is available digitally from March/April 2011 , with a best of combined with tracks from the forthcoming Volume 2 available on vinyl from those nice chaps at Keep Up!.
Second week into this little experiment and, as the abuse hasn’t been too severe, I thought I’d go rummaging again to see what I could find for you lot this time. Please find enclosed three more prime cuts that are new to me, and maybe to you as well.
If you like what you hear, pop and see guesting with DJ Vallee, from Bristol’s Finest Funkateers, Funk from the Trunk, smashing it up at Mr Wolf’s from very late this Saturday to the early hours of Sunday morning, where the flyer says we’ll be serving you “good old-fashioned funk & soul, classic hip-hop, and all those funky party breaks & mash-ups that keep the party rolling” – best leave the Perry Como at home then …
Right, pimping over, on to the tunes!
One week on from when it was first broadcast on Purple Radio, here’s a bit of bassline wobbliness, some Ghetto Funk, and a fistful of mellow hiphop for your enjoyment from this fortnights show. Including tunes from Kormac, J Dilla, Stickybuds, and a lovely little number *finally* released by Mr Sus …
(Update – I’ve removed this from Soundcloud, as I’ve only got so much space, but it’s available on Postbocks here)
I was having a blog related quandary the other day – I know four posts in is a little early for existential crises – but I was struck by the thought. What this site is here for?
The initial idea was to have this as a on-line Electronic Promotion Kit, essentially somewhere I could point people when I was pushing for gigs, with mixes, a bio, some press shots and the like. I was also going to have links to the shows that I do on Purple Radio.
Thing is, it might be a little sparse at times, so I thought, what could I do to come up with more quality content? Then I realised I spend loads of my free time scrubbing through new releases and am often asked by mates where tunes have come from, what labels they’ve been released by, etc. and then it struck me – I should spread the love, and what better way to do that than to round up a few of my favourite cuts and chuck them to you in time to warm you up for the weekend?
BEHOLD! Three on a Thursday !
Some tunes are new, some are old ones I’ve only just discovered, some will be upbeat, some a bit more mellow – the only unifying factor is that I’ll have picked them up at some point over the week, I like ’em and I’ll do my best to put them up on a Thursday for you to have a butchers at.