Snakes & Ladders 3
A few weeks back I listened to a show on www.jungletrain.net it was the Skutta Records show and there were a lot of mashed up breakbeat type tunes. I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff :-) The guys involved also played at Amusement 13 for a Listening Sessions event and they rocked it to the max. Anyway, I heard about a compilation album that featured tunes of that type of style ('mashed up breakbeat' haha). The album is called 'Snakes & Ladders 3', I think it will appeal to fans of Rupture (a club night based in London) and Scientific Wax Records. The compilation features 25 tracks! And everyone is pretty much a killer track too. I've only had it a few days so it's difficult to determine a favourite just yet, but I noticed a track called 'Amen Guidance' by Rumbleton which I remember hearing at Rupture a good few years ago. Got to give a special mention to a track called '5 Into 1' by Headgear, I think I heard this track featured at one of the Listening Sessions and it was damn good. I really love the feel of the tracks on this album because I'm so sick of DnB at the moment, it's just not where I envisioned it would be (in terms of the dominance of boring beats and all the fragmentation). To me this compilation of tracks from this particular 'sub genre' of Jungle/DnB (I hate this description but I couldn't think of anything else) represents a lot of what I love about music. The compilation is definitely worth checking out.
mono_sono 'Cosmos' EP
Next up is a wicked little EP by mono_sono (who featured on Futurepast Zine #6). The EP features 4 tracks, and one of them features a mix by Justice & Metro (these guys get around don't they ;-) ). The EP is brilliant. The first track 'Torus' is a DnB number, I think it's pretty outstanding and I did write a couple of sentences about it for the guy who runs Sector Twelve Twelve so I'm not going to repeat them here. This track is also features an alternate mix by Justice & Metro, it doesn't stray too much from the original but it is different and they've given it their own twist. The other 2 tracks on the EP are on a downtempo tip. See what you think:
Betamax Heard 'Follow the Heard'This album features 16 tracks on house/techno tip. Every single track on this album is wicked. Betamax Heard have had their tracks featured in the MJAZZ Modernists series. I really like these tracks because they're quite different to the popular house/techno sounds that seem to dominate. The album would sound great in a deep, dark, dingy basement. The music is rugged. Betamax Heard also make references to their influences such as Larry Heard and Kenny Larkin (you can find out more if you manage to get a copy of Futurepast Zine #6).
Dates for your Diary
28th March 2015: Futurepast Zine and K Francis are putting a little party at the 112 Space. It's a strictly vinyl thing, and you can expect to hear K Francis, Anjin, Hollow, Burlish and Rawtrachs playing some great music. There's a lot of events happening around Birmingham on that evening, but we start at 8pm and so you could start off at our event and then move onto the other events if you so choose :-) Also, the proceeds for this event will be going directly to The Children's Society. Also, got to give a special mention to the other excellent events happening on this night: Dubgasm at PST (fundraiser for a stolen Foodbank van); Listening Sessions hosting the alternative room at Alfie Birds; And DJ Pierre is playing at the Hare and Hounds!!! All unmissable events. However, feel free to come and check us out first and make your way to other places, or stick around!
3rd April 2015: Cache & Listening Sessions Present Audio & Visual Showcase. Forged by the collaboration between Cache and Listening Sessions we present to you an audio and visual experience, featuring artwork curated by both local artists and independent institutions, providing the ideal backdrop to a series of underground vinyl only sets orchestrated by Freerotation and Untilmyheartstops boss Joe Ellis, Cloak n Dagger resident Lewis Oxley and Cache & Listening Sessions residents.
Joe Ellis (Freerotation/
Cache Residents: Niall Wolfe Jayson Wynters Christy Lakeman Jon.E
Listening Sessions Residents: Goosensei Elkie Sekkta Rawtrachs Burlish Anjin
Local Artists: Listening Sessions format
All sets will be streamed live both visually and audibly on the Cache website (cachebirmingham.co.uk) using a live stream. This will accompany art work in association with IKON, PROVIDE shop and local artists. Lineup: (Vinyl Only)
For the first hour of the event, you can expect performances by both local artists who are keen to establish their careers in the city and also those who are already making headway overseas. With little to no constraint on genre this should offer a real eye opener into Birmingham’s music scene.
10th April 2015: Project Birmingham are organising an event at the 112 Space which will feature some bands and dj's. Anjin, Hollow and Burlish will be representing so come and check it out. More details to come.
5th June 2015: I'm not sure what I'm allowed to write about this, but I'll write the following: 'RUPTURE', 'LISTENING SESSIONS', 'SKUTTA', 'BIRMINGHAM'. More details to come soon hopefully. You know it's gonna be a big one, so save the date and get them dancing shoes ready :-)
Check it out, there some other interesting stuff too. I wrote a little about a book Abdul had released a couple of months ago, so here's some more info:
And that's it for now, peace :)