We’re more than happy to say, that the second installment of our “Ode To..” series is coming July 17th. With “Ode To Delia” we intend pay tribute to Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. In addition to the sampling aspect, we wanted to incorporate the Radiophonic Workshop’s overall approach towards creating and manipulating sounds.
To cut the waiting time short, here’s a video and audio preview:
Just in case you’re not familiar with the work of the Radiophonic Workshop, here’s some information on the subject matter:
Created in the late 1950′s, the members Radiophonic workshop crafted beautiful futuristic sounds with the use of tape-recorders, by cutting up individual notes and manipulating the sounds in various ways. Thus, laying the foundation for rudimentary sampling techniques with very limited equipment. Without a doubt, the work of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop has had an enormous impact on modern electronic music in general. To worship their legacy and influence, we decided to dedicate the latest “Ode To…” compilation to Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
The Beatgeeks are talking beats with our good friend Sterio. Be on the lookout for his EP “Transmissions” set to be released soon via Jakarta Records. Also, catch him at the Splash Festival as part of the MPM vs. Jakarta Beat Battle. Shit’s gonna be epic.
“Second Chance” is S. Fidelity’s first single off his new EP “Five to Five”, which is available for Pre-order now via Feelin Music and Vinyl Digital.
From nine to five, from five to nine.
As soon as the dayjob is done, the formal shirt is replaced by a hoodie – buttons get pushed rhythmically. Nighttime brings out the Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and the S. Fidelity in this Swiss boy living in Berlin.
With his first EP “Five to Nine” S. Fidelity carefully compiled a small collection of gems kept secret – until now. Over the course of 8 tracks, he showcases a wide variety of styles, ranging from laid-back instrumentals to rap and futuristic neo-soul.
For the completion of his debut EP, the 22-year-old beatmaker joined forces with the Berlin singer LaNó and Tokyo’s Tajima Hal on one track and Rob Really from Moontroop featuring on a second one. The features add a complementary touch to S. Fidelity’s compositions and thereby contribute to the complete range of his sonic spectrum.
French beat-maker LinkRust blesses us with a brand new project. “Drive Me Back To Abidjan”, made up of all west african samples from the 70s and 80s, features mostly rap tracks, spiced up with a few instrumentals in between. Production-wise, LinkRust provides thick and bouncy sound carpets for the vocal artists to unfold their full potential. For now you can check out the mixed version. The whole album as individual tracks will be available for download soon.
Located in Cologne/Germany, Cruel Therapy is a newly formed hip hop crew, consisting of two english-speaking emcees (namely Fortified Mind and Edgar Wallis) and producer-duo Dienst & Schulter. Their self-titled debut album “Cruel Therapy” takes the listener back to that mid 90s golden era vibe with it’s dusty drumbreaks, deep basslines and minimal use of samples. Lyrically, the two emcees show a variety of flows and topics, thus making the album a diversified listening experience. “Cruel Therapy” is available for free download via bandcamp, or for those preferring a haptic format on CD and cassette tape.
Pragmatic Theory just released their latest instrumental compilation titled “Light Works”. Beat-makers featured on this album include Elaquent, GoYama, Melodiesinfonie, Ben Bada Boom, Amin Payne, Shuffle Jack, Robot Orchestra and many more. A soothing soulful and jazzy vibe is what runs like a golden thread through all 29 tracks, making this the perfect soundtrack to start off the summer.
As you might have heard, Soulpete released his album “Soul Raw” via EtRecs recently. The Line-up of emcees featured on “Soul Raw” is nothing short of amazing. In addition to the regular tracks, the vinyl version of the album, which is set to be released on June 27th will feature 4 exclusive remixes. One of he remixes comes from our own Robot Orchestra. Here is his take on “Undisputed Champs” with vocals by the one and only Guilty Simpson.
The lovely folks over at Pragmatic Theory have been putting out quality albums and compilations in digital format consistently since 2012. Then about a week ago, Pragmatic Theory dropped their first haptic release in form of Bläp Deli’s album “Whisper.Me”, which is available on vinyl.
Bläp Deli, hailing from California/USA takes the listener on a journey though a wide variety of sounds. Due to Bläp Deli’s unique and diversified style (one might even say one-of-a-kind), it’s not an easy task to describe the overall sound of this album in just a few words. The tracks featured on “Whisper.Me” range from electronic and futuristic anthems to straight up dilla-eque glitch beats. Bläp Deli’s ability to combine samples and synthesizers with acoustic instruments and his attention to detail make for a great listening experience. Be sure to check this one out!
Robot Orchestra made a mix for Radio Juicy recently, where he combined some of his favorite beats with acapellas from some of his favorite mc’s. Some kind of rap-beat-mash-up if you will. This is what came out of it.