Archive for the ‘downtempo’ Category


We’re New Here

March 4, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron

Jamie XX’s remix album “We’re New Here” of Gil Scott-Heron is stunning. I was admittedly sceptical, having been subjected to loads of horrendous spoken word and beats albums back in the 90s. Gil Scott-Heron, in addition to being considered the “godfather of rap” for his spoken word “The Revolution will not be Televised,” is also an insane crack fiend, blow torch by the sofa kind of fiend. In a brilliant article in the New Yorker he comes across as a musically gifted Bubbles.

The word you are going to hear alot of in reviews is soul. And that it does. Remixed by XX beat maker, producer, and dubstep DJ Jamie Smith and produced by XL’s Richard Russell it reminds me at times of early Massive Attack filtered through the XX. Which is pure ear drool for the likes of me. At other moments the tracks are anchored by some vintage sparse dubstep, not unlike James Blake’s new album of aural pleasure (the two albums compliment each other real swell). Buy it.

New York is Killing Me – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX

Filmic video for “I’ll take care of U” here.




in return for her favour

March 12, 2010

a couple long players back to back to get the weekend rollin

shine – peter kruder
groove a ‘k’ ordingly – karizma
gold bricks, i see you – mosca
jackmans rec – sully

in return for her favour


midweek music

November 13, 2009

under construction: chyder

the last two weeks I have been bouncing back and forth between downtown city life and rural footshills life.  one night finds me dodging vehicles, stop lights and late night partyers on my bicycle, the next finds me bombing down lease roads avoiding gravel and oil trucks in the north.  following are a bunch of songs that sound good whether gazing up at tower construction or searching in the dark for power plant signs.  all the following have been on repeat in the truck, hope you find them satisfying! first is one from a guy panda slap introduced me too – faulty dl.  this guy rules! next are a couple of tracks that are all over the blogs that are great listens (joy orbinson and an xx remix of florence and the machine).  lastly is a moderat remix done by untold (basically my favorite guy at the moment!) how can you go wrong – modeselektor with apparat remixed by untold.  wow.

01 Human Meadow

01 Hyph Mngo




alias collision

July 25, 2009

todd osborn = osborne = soundmurderer


Osborne – Ruling  (beautiful micro house)

Soundmurderer – Badman (ak47 furious jungle)



tadd mullinix = dabrye  = sk1


Tadd Mullinix – The Letter  (ambient blips)

dabrye – Gimme Lowlands  (go west young man)

dabrye – hyped up plus tax   (static metronome)



Soundmurderer & SK-1 – Call Da Police






(ckxu shesaid favourite)

cLOUDDEAD – Pop Song


at the confluence

June 26, 2009

at the confluence

Craters – Like You Used To Know

Canyons – Big City Lights

Daedelus – Soulfulof Child

Untold – Dante

Breakage – Clarendon



late afternoon

June 20, 2009


(Craig Stephens, 2008)

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Ernie



April 8, 2009


i had some good feedback on this little mix so i thought i would put it up.  flylo, hudmo, dilla’ style beats here….  it starts out raw but then gets smooth smooth smooth.  atertak means bear cub.  

the atertak mix