Sunday, August 31, 2014

Beat Appetit: Marc Rapson - Out Here

The joyful 'Out Here' is one of the standout cuts on British producer Marc Rapson's new 'Dark vs Light'-album, enjoy!

Download: BOATS - Minerals

With Oakland-based producer BOATS' new 'Minerals'-EP, Saturate once again succeeds to unearth the best in bass... Head over to bandcamp to download your copy, enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Rustie - Attak ft. Danny Brown

Although I got to admit I'm pretty disappointed in 'Green Language', the new Rustie-album, the indestructable Danny Brown-featuring 'Attak' will no doubt make my 'favourite songs of the year'-list... Enjoy!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Download: Diana Fire - Silent Music Culture

Very interesting, this collection of dissonant, creepy sounds by Diana Fire aka plaintext and GRNDRER ... Head over to Rare Nnudes' bandcamp to download the 'Silent Music Culture'-EP, enjoy!

The Ingredient: David McCallum - The Edge

In this new series I will be highlighting some of my favourite samples... First up is David McCallum's 'The Edge', which most people will immediately recognise as the basis for Dr. Dre's iconic 'The Next Episode'. Born as the son of a well respected Scottish orchestra leader (David McCallum Sr. was the head of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Scottish National Orchestra), McCallum Jr. attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and went on to play the popular Illya Kuryakin-character in the 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'-series and -films. Most young people will recognise McCallum as Dr. Donald 'Ducky' Mallard, the chief medical examinor in the immensely popular 'NCIS'-series. Being a talented multi-instrumentalist, McCallum released four albums in the late sixties. The second one, 'Music: A Bit More of Me' was produced by the great David Axelrod, which explains the asthonishing arrangements. Enjoy 'The Edge'...

Beat Appetit: YUMO - Pon Dem

The saxy 'Pon Dem' is one of my favourite tracks on Brisbane-based producer YUMO's new 'Immigrant Sound'-EP, enjoy!

Download: Araatan - Nymph

Earlier this week Cosmonostro released 'Nymph', a bassy four-track EP by Mongolian brothers Araatan. Head over to bandcamp to download their interesting debut, enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Kilo Kish - Locket

Kilo Kish released this cool video for 'Locket', one of the best tracks on her most recent 'Across'-EP, earlier this week... Enjoy!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Beat Appetit: Addison Groove - Push It

'Push It' is my favourite tune on British producer Addison Groove's new 'Turn Up the Silence'-EP, available via 50 Weapons... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Homeboy Sandman - Problems

Stones Throw released this wonderful, Knxwledge-produced track off of Homeboy Sandman's upcoming 'Hallways'-album earlier this week... Enjoy the brutally honest 'Problems'!

Download: Lorn - The Maze to Nowhere

Marcus Ortega aka Lorn took to bandcamp this week to release 'The Maze to Nowhere', a new EP containing 5 tracks showcasing the producers' dark, brooding sound... Enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Beat Appetit: Rusko - Rusko Theme

'Like a hyperactive slap bass adventure' is probably the best way to describe what Rusko's 'Rusko Theme' sounds like... Enjoy!

Download: LeXuS - After Ours: A Love Story...

This one has been out for a while now, but hasn't gotten the attention it deserves... On her latest project 'After Ours: A Love Story...', young singer-songwriter Alexis 'LeXuS' Hayward showcases her skills and amazing voice over production by the likes of Evil Needle, Elaquent and Giorgio Oehlers... Definitely one to watch, this lady! Head over to bandcamp to download 'After Ours: A Love Story...', enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Jonwayne - World Championship Karate Champion ft. Quelle Chris & Zeroh

If there's anything this truly awesome track teaches us, it's that the world needs more rhymes by Zeroh. Enjoy 'World Championship Karate Champion', the 6th track in Jonwayne's 'Wayniac Monday'-series...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Plat du Jour: Okmalumkoolkat - Allblackblackkat

Affine just blessed us with a crazy video for 'Allblackblackkat', the most frenetic track on Okmalumkoolkat's new 'Holy Oxygen I'-EP... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: Clap! Clap! - Ashiko

M.K. Ceesay directed this cool video for 'Ashiko', one of the tracks on Italian producer Clap! Clap!'s upcoming 'Tayi Babba'-album... Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beat Appetit: Rancido - 104

Fell in love with '104', the b-side to Rotterdam-based producer Rancido's 'Thief'-single - available via Atjazz... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Grems - Vacances

French emcee Grems admits he needs a vacation pronto... Enjoy the video for his new track 'Vacations' below...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Beat Appetit: HuSo - Rita

'Rita' is my favourite track on Dutch producer HuSo's new 'Gwon'-EP, available at Basserk... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Jordan Rakei - A Tribe Called Government

'A Tribe Called Government' is my favourite track on Australian artist Jordan Rakei's new 'Groove Curse'-EP- available at Soul Has No Tempo... Enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Beat Appetit: Dego - Celestian Ditton (FaltyDL Remix)

Lovin' this FaltyDL-remix of 'Celestian Ditton', one of the tracks on 'Nuts!' - the new 12" by 4Hero's Dego, available at Blueberry... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Ivan Ave - Obedience

'Obedience' is my favourite track on Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave's new Mndsgn-produced and Blu-reminiscent 'Low Jams', available via Jakarta... Enjoy!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Download: Kassett - Album 4

Despite having to deal with severe laptop-issues, Antwerp-based producer Kassett managed to release his new 'Album 4' earlier this week. Head over to DRLR's bandcamp to download a fresh collection of weirded-out experimental electronic beats, enjoy!

Les Chefs: Benny Sings

I never understood why 37-year old Dordrecht-born Tim van Berkenstein aka Benny Sings is not the internationally famous popstar he deserves to be. I know I've been hooked on whatever this guy produces since I came across his wonderfully fragile 'Twist You Around' on some Dutch 'new jazz'-compilation about a decade ago. Having started out as a DJ and beatmaker, Sings graduated to producer and songwriter and got picked up by the Dutch Dox-label who were impressed by his interesting blend of melodic soul and hiphop. They released his near-perfect debut album 'Champagne People' in 2004, a year later it got re-released by Jazzanova's Sonar Kollektiv. That same year Sings released 'I Love You', a recording of an enchanting live performance at Amsterdam's Bimhuis-venue. Two more solo albums ('Benny... at Home' and 'Art'), a collaboration with Rednose Distrikt ('EUH'), and a 'Best of'-album followed. Nowadays, Sings seems to focus on producing for other artists (Giovanca, Wouter Hamel, Faberyayo, ...) and working on various side-projects. A damn shame if you ask me, because I'm convinced Sings has at least another couple of pop classics in store... Check out this playlist containing my favourite Benny Sings-tracks below and you'll understand... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: Giorgio Oehlers - Clap

Always nice to hear some new work by Rotterdam-based producer Giorgio Oehlers... Head over to Expansions Collective's bandcamp to find your free download of 'Clap', enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Action Bronson - Easy Rider

Pretty damn impressive how Action Bronson is channeling his inner Dennis Hopper for this extraordinary cool, Tom Gould-directed video for 'Easy Rider', one of the songs on his upcoming 'Mr. Wonderful'-album... Enjoy!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Download: Beatmachinearon - a l w a y s.

Really dope, this batch of dusty beats by Icelandic producer Beatmachinearon... Head over to bandcamp to download his 'a l w a y s.'-EP, enjoy!

Plat du Jour: E.M.A.N. x Vlooper - Back to Me ft. Modlee

Although I really can't make anything of E.M.A.N.'s French-Canadian lyrics, I'm really diggin' the vibe on the sunny, Modlee-featuring and Vlooper-produced 'Back to Me'... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: Hamertje Tik - I Want You

Basserk hands out free downloads of 'I Want You', a great new tune by Utrecht-based producer Hamertje Tik, enjoy!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Download: Instramind - Summertime Kingdom

Nice'n'chill, these slow, moody beats by Belgian producer Instramind... Head over to bandcamp to download his 'Summertime Kingdom'-EP, enjoy!

Beat Appetit: Lil Jabba - FLeXiN. (JaBBa's CuT.)

'FLeXiN. (JaBBa's CuT.)' is my favourite track on Lil Jabba's new 'Gully'-EP, available at True Panther Sounds... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Paul White - Where You Gonna Go?

Cool video for the infectious 'Where You Gonna Go?', one of the songs on British producer (or should I say 'producer/singer') Paul White's upcoming 'Shaker Notes' - set for release September 29th via R&S, enjoy!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Plat du Jour: Okmalumkoolkat - iJusi

South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat just released this video for 'iJusi', one of the tracks on his stellar new 'Holy Oxygen I'-EP... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: FloFilz - Nomind

Nice Robert Winter-directed video for 'Nomind', one of the tracks on German producer FloFilz' upcoming 'Metronom'-album... Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Download: KlassKlownKarl - The Klown EP

'The Klown' is a nice collection of short, dusty & jazzy beats by London-based producer KlassKlownKarl... Head over to Growllective's soundcloud to find your free download, enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Submotion Orchestra - 2L84U

'2L84U' is a baffingly beautiful track by Submotion Orchestra, who have a new album ('Alium') coming out November 3rd via Ninja Tune... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: LTGL - Catharsis

I think by now it's quite safe to say we're all very much looking forward to this guy's first EP... Enjoy LTGL's crazy new 'Catharsis'...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Beat Appetit: TUFO - Lupin IV

'Lupin IV' is my favourite track on Italian duo TUFO's 'Egoistic Coma'-EP, available at Five Easy Pieces... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: The Black Keys - Weight of Love

A bunch of young, beautiful women are gradually going crazy in this Theo Wenner-directed video for The Black Keys' new single 'Weight of Love', enjoy!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Docu: Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary

Spike Lee celebrated the 25th anniversary of his classic 'Do The Right Thing' by going back to the Bed-Stuy block where the movie was filmed and throwing a party with the likes of Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dave Chapelle and Public Enemy... Enjoy!

Download: J-Louis - Soulection White Label: 010

L.A.-based producer J-Louis provides a couple of nice, mellow house tracks for the tenth installment of Soulection's 'White Label'-series, listen below and download 'em right here... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: Chemist - Defiance

Loving this great title track off of grime-newcomer Chemist's debut-EP 'Defiance', available at Coyote... Enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Statik Selektah - Long Time ft. Action Bronson

The Action Bronson-featuring 'Long Time' is one of my favourite tracks on Statik Selektah's new '#WhatGoesAround'-album, dropping August 19th via Duck Down... Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Beat Appetit: Circula - The Fact

'The Fact' is British producer Circula's contribution to Push & Run's new 'Things in Boots Vol. 3'-comp, enjoy!

Plat du Jour: Karl Hector & The Malcouns - El Gusto

Now Again recently released 'Unstraight Ahead', Karl Hector & The Malcouns' long-awaited follow-up to the excellent '08 'Sahara Swing'-album... Enjoy 'El Gusto', one of the many great tracks on the LP...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Plat du Jour: Otis Brown III - The Thought of You ft. Bilal

The Bilal-featuring 'The Thought of You' is the title track from drummer Otis Brown III's debut album for Blue Note - dropping September 23rd... Enjoy!

Beat Appetit: Floating Points - Sparkling Controversy

Floating Points dropped another mindblowing beauty via his Eglo-imprint earlier this week, enjoy 'Sparkling Controversy'...

Download: King Mono - Straight to VHS

Completely in love with this very eclectic brand of funk the Antibalas- and Chin Chin-affiliated duo Little Shalimar and Jeremy Wilms aka King Mono (and guests including Chico Mann, David Lee Roth and Tiombe Lockhart) are bringing on this new EP... Head over to bandcamp to download the impressive 'Straight to VHS', enjoy!

Docu: Okmalumkoolkat

Platform Magazine got to accompany South African rapper Okmalumkoolkat on a trip to Cape Town, watch the mini-documentary below to get yourself acquainted with Africa's rising star... Enjoy!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Beat Appetit: FloFilz - Vigal

German producer FloFilz recruited Anthony Drawn to play the saxophone on 'Vigal', one of the tracks on his upcoming 'Metronom'-album - available September 5th via Melting Pot Music... Enjoy!