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26
Aug
11

The smell of vinyl…

Although we’re yet to receive our promo copies it would appear that our remix of Luke Solomon’s “Interceptor” on Classic Recordings is finally ready to grace the shelves of your local record store.  The package also includes remixes from Derrick Carter and Mark E and it’s a true pleasure to make our vinyl debut among such esteemed producers.

Blap!

Interceptor – Kamo Mix

“Interceptor” – Luke Solomon Main Mix

“Interceptor” – Derrick Carter Mix

“Interceptor” – Mark E Mix

26
Aug
11

New shit…

     

We’re gonna ignore the fact that we haven’t posted on here in ages. The important thing is we’ve had two new Ep’s released in the past couple of weeks and you people need to hear ’em.

We won’t bore you with our thoughts on what they sound like or anything, instead you can refer to the rather lovely review of our Hulme EP on Teshno.com.  There are also remixes of Set The Routine and Shoot Your Shot by Luke Solomon and Manuel Sahagun respectively.  Buy that shit!

Hulme EP on Losing Suki

Shoot Your Shot on Trendy Mullet

Set The Routine on Trendy Mullet

Shoot Your Shot (Manuel Sahagun Mix)

Set The Routine – Luke Solomon Mix

07
Jun
10

trendy mullets…

We’re back! It’s been a lengthy (if not unannounced and altogether unplanned) hiatus for the blog but after a few months of actual music making we’ve come crawling back for a rather exciting (for us) announcement.

Our first song was released today via the adorably titled Trendy Mullet Recordings. It’s called “Roadblocks” and if you go to Beatport.com you can purchase it along with a quartet of lovingly crafted remixes and re-edits.
On remixing duties are The Quirk Burglars, otherwise known as the proprietors of the Trendy Mullet empire, Marcus Aurelius of Soul Fuel Recordings and Toka Project, who is one half of gloriously boompty house duo The Inland Knights. Also on board is our original (der!) and a mix friendly edit of the original for those who like to play their records on top of one another.

There are audio samples on Beatport, but if you prefer to hear a whole track before purchasing it (a wise move), then the Soundcloud player below will help.

Go to Beatport.com Get These Tracks Add This Player

04
Feb
10

Where’s my virtuosity?

Resident Advisor have posted their respective lists of the top 100 (electronic?) albums and songs of the decade – And a good read it is.  As much as people like to question the point of such lists, it’s nonetheless time well spent scanning through the titles, wondering where and when one heard them all, (personally I can’t claim to know them all – what kind of electronic music lover am I?) kinda like sifting through an old photo album or in this case, an old box of records.

Metro Area, perhaps unsurprisingly, achieved both top track (“Miura”) and second best album, something I can’t really find issue with.  Every track on the record is equally at home coming out of your ipod or on the dance floor, that is to say they’re not just DJ tools of loops and basslines, but songs that transgress electronic music’s favoured forum – The Dancefloor.  Though I can’t say “Muira” was my favourite track off the album (that honour goes to the sublime “Caught Up.”  What a bassline!).

It’s interesting to read Morgan Geist’s thoughts about the making of the track, from it’s bedroom roots to the coming decade’s dance floor domination.  His comments about the song’s lack of virtuosity are intriguing, particularly as my definition of virtuosity doesn’t take into account how many notes are in a bass line or how fast or flawlessly one can play.  Virtuosity to me is playing the right notes at the right time.  Nothing more, nothing less.  And if you’re familiar with the album, these guys have virtuosity spades.

So instead of harping on and dissecting the list (this would be both arduous and more pointless than the list itself), I’m gonna leave you with a nice live recording of Metro Area doing what they do.  Turntables, priceless disco record collection, dance floor.  You’re welcome.

Also here’s a video of them doing a bit of live rejig of some of the tracks off the album.  Live keys and all…

Metro Area – Live @ Somewhere from Roman Filippov on Vimeo.

13
Jan
10

from the vaults…

Here we are again and it’s the second post in as many days. Yesterday was our busiest day yet and I’d like to thank everyone that’s paid a visit to the Bankwell blog so far. It’s been far more successful than we imagined and as long as you keep coming, we’ll keep posting.
Today we have the first side of a vintage Kamo mixtape. Recorded in late 2001 on our trusty Zoom 10 track, it was the product of many months of hard work and, aside from a few little bits, sounds utterly charming to my ears today. The sound of two kids (I was about 15 and Liam was 18 or 19) trying to make a tape that measured up to their heroes.
The inheritance of “The Muppet Show” vinyl soundtrack from our recently departed Auntie Pat was the catalyst.  We were given about three crates of records stacked with Dean Martin, ‘Ol Blue Eyes and Boz Scaggs (why is “Silk Degrees” always tucked away in every old crate of records I’ve seen?), with battered copies of The Muppets 1 and 2 perched among the dust and crooning – With this we re-jigged the famous Muppet Theme Tune for the intro and lovingly interweaved skits from the record with tracks by Nas, Kool Keith, Pharcyde and a host of other mid-nineties hip-hop royalty. Not bad for a couple of kids. In fact, listening back to the Muppets soundtrack, we may just have to do a sequel.

So here it is in all it’s naive glory…
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Kamo – Muppophone Madness

1. Muppophone Madness Intro – Kamo

2. Cartoon Capers – Dan The Automator ft. Kool Keith

3. Ill Grammar (Rob Life Remix) – Beats In Progress ft. Chrome, TMO and Mad Flow

4. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Large Pro Remix) – Nas

5. Turn It Up A Little – The Nextmen ft. Ty

6. Fozzie & Kermit

7. Freedom – Jurassic 5

8. No Restriction (Kamo Blend) – Souls Of Mischief

9. Say That – Solesides Greatest Bumps

10. Try Me (PUTS Remix) – J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science

11. PLO Style (Kamo Blend) – Method Man

12. The Pressure – A Tribe Called Quest

13. How Ya Want It (Kamo Blend) – The Jungle Brothers

14. Cop That Shit (Kamo Blend) – Timbaland & Magoo

15. The Extravaganza – Quannum ft. Souls Of Mischief

16. 9th Wonder – Digable Planets

17. Devil Music – The Pharcyde

12
Jan
10

treats…


First things first – Happy belated New Year and Christmas everyone.  This blog’s been eerily silent for what seems like (and probably is) months now and for those who check it regularly I apologise.  Blame it on a long overdue visit to our homeland (Sydney) over the festive period.  We’ve been living in Europe and the UK for nearly three years now without a visit home.  It was a much needed recharging of batteries and reconnection with friends. So there.

The upside of said hiatus is that I was able to bring back a soulful and funky treat for your ear-holes in the form of DJ Spinna’s wonderful compilation “Strange Games & Things” released on the mighty BBE records in 2001.  It has since been re-packaged and re-released but I thought it necessary to post up the original as it contains a wealth of classic soul and boogie tracks some of which have been omitted from the re-issue, no doubt due to legal wrangling and licensing bollocks.

I used to rinse this CD when I worked at Hum on Miller, a tiny CD store in North Sydney until I finally had the cash to buy it for myself.  The battered price tag on my copy says $44.95, a lot of money for a CD release, even if it is a triple CD in deluxe faux vinyl packaging.  You’d be pretty hard pressed to find labels releasing CD’s in this kind packaging nowadays.

I’ve decided to leave out the third disc containing the DJ mix by Spinna as, although it’s a great mix, it’s easy to track down elsewhere and my mediafire account is fast filling up.  On the other hand I’ve uploaded them as 320kbps mp3’s, so they should be suitably punchy for DJ play.

So here it is –

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DJ Spinna – Strange Games & Things – CD1

1. Strange Games and Things  – Love Unlimited Orchestra

2. If I Can’t Stop You  – Johnny Bristol

3. Mademoiselle  – Foxy

4. You Can’t Run Away  – The Bar-Kays

5. Reasons  – Minnie Ripperton

6. Bring Your Sweet Loving Back  – Starpoint

7. Hollywood Dreaming  – Father’s Children

8. Hunk Of Heaven – Lemuria

9. Elevate Your Mind  – Linda Williams

10. 90% of Me Is You  – Gwen McCrae

11. Another Day  – Al Goodman

12. Girl You Need a Change of Mind  – Eddie Kendrick

password – tittybum

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DJ Spinna – Strange Games & Things – CD2

1. Can’t Hide Love  – Creative Source

2. Easy Money  – Dee Dee Sharp

3. Heart’s Desire  – Don Blackman

4. Life Is Just a Moment, Pts. 1 & 2  – Roy Ayers

5. Magic Ride  – Bobby Lyle

6. Keep It Up  – Milton Wright, Jr.

7. Secret Rendezvous  – René & Angela

8. California Dreamin’  – José Feliciano

9. Wind Parade  – Donald Byrd

10. Passion Play  – The Sugarhill Gang

11. Lucky Fellow  – Leroy Hutson

12. Mary Jane  – Rick James

13. How Could You Break My Heart?  – Bobby Womack, Bobby Womack

14. Save Their Souls – Bohannon

15. It’s a Desperate Situation – Marvin Gaye

password – bumtitty

19
Nov
09

Annotations

As we said in our first post – we love mixtapes. There’s magic in the best ones. A story that winds through often disparate territory, connecting and revealing influences in both the DJ who mixes and the artists being mixed.
Now despite the fact that we posted Bankwell Vol.1 nearly a month ago, our original intention was to have a sort-of annotated tracklisting to accompany the mix, giving us a chance to write about the tracks and maybe reveal a little of how we mashed all of ’em together in the first place.
So given that the tracklisting is quite long and in the interest of keeping these posts short and sweet, we’re gonna take it about three or four tracks at a time and try to tell everyone a little about the who, why and how…

Defunkt, Cameras and Rocks, Welcome

Introductions are important. Just listen to any hip hop mixtape and you’ll hear that the effort put into making the intro generally results in it trumping the rest of the tape for entertainment value. Almost to the point where it seems a shame to continue on with the actual mix.
Examples include…

DJ Babu – Comprehension
DJ M-Boogie – Laid In Full
DJ Melo-D – Beat Junkies Volume 3
Grandmaster Roc Raida – Crossfaderz
Psychonauts – Time Machine
And any DJ Rectangle…especially this…and this

(N.B – If by any chance you’re reading this and have a copy of Top Rawmen “My Sides Better, Naw Mine Is” by DJ’s Mike C & Nando, please post it up and hit us with the link)

Now you’ll notice we didn’t do any scratching in this mix. Ableton hasn’t yet developed a function which allows you to scratch (though their recent involvement with Serato could prove otherwise). However we still don’t take the business of introductions lightly. We didn’t want to blow our wads too quickly with huge basslines or beats – we just needed something that builds, intrigues and makes you want to listen on.
Some of you may know Doctor Rockit by his more widely known pseudonym Matthew Herbert. Nowadays he can mostly be heard/read from through his website where he makes highly politicised musique concrete utilising found sound and a strict manifesto for creating pure “sound” music (no drum machines!!). Seriously, check out his blog for a project involving only sounds recorded during the life cycle of a pig.
Cameras and Rocks is a far cry from such projects. Essentially it’s a nice little building synth pattern giving way to a clicky house groove that makes perfect bedding for the multi-layered hoo-ha’s of Defunkt.
I’m not gonna act like I’m the hugest fan of Defunkt and their blend of funk, punk and disco. We discovered the song via the excellently curated series New York Noise on Soul Jazz Records and it’s acapella intro hit us immediately as prime intro fodder.
The lyrics are pretty straightforward. Dance. Party. Get Down. Something I think we can all aspire to and most importantly it sets the tone rather nicely for the next half hour.
The inclusion of Art Blakey’s introductory announcement is a straight-up cue from hip hop mixtapes the world over. Splicing a little thematically appopriate dialogue to say what would frankly sound pretty corny coming from the worldly portal of my own mouth.

And there it is. We’ve been introduced.

Bankwell Vol. 1




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