Posts Tagged ‘hip hop

19
Sep
11

interview and mix put up by teshno.com…

The lovely people at teshno have decided we’re worth hearing about and have put up an interview with a recent mix. I think we were supposed to send through some photos of ourselves but I guess if you read the interview you’ll find out just how poor we are at promoting ourselves. Sorry teshno – please accept our public apology… and our thanks for caring about who we are and what we do.

btw if you’re into techno type music and stuff, teshno deserves a bookmark on yer browsa bruv… blap!

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

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

28
Oct
09

Ladies…

Booty

I’ve had a bit of a thing recently for female vocals…

Lorna Bennett slays on “Breakfast in Bed,” a song that oozes the kind of vintage tongue-in-cheek sexiness that makes it seem twee when compared to the outright raunchiness of more recent pop music – a good example of which is Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s “Chick on the Side,” (1987 is recent?) an ode to cheating-ass marks and mark-ass cheats as oppose to Bennett’s sugar sweet dedication to fucking in the morning (that is what she’s on about, right?).

Now Siriusmo’s probably a bit more well known for dropping keyboard-led spacey, disco bombs than churning out vocal led, french house stompers (don’t worry the keyboards are still there on this one), but it’s the vocals that get me.  Meandering innocently through the melody, it seduces and makes German (Yes.  German.) seem like the sexiest language on the continent.

Both of Carmen’s tracks illicit the same vibe, translating Siriusmo’s filtered samples into a stripped back disco affair as well as uttering the same sort of generic party vocals that Dana is probably purring in German.  Though my friend Bart tells me that “Boot Geklaut” means “Boat Snatch” so fuck knows what Dana’s on about.

What strikes me about the Carmen tracks in particular is how well they sit next to the current sonic landscape.  1984 was a long time ago but I don’t see “Throw Down” feeling out of place next to La Roux or Little Boots (though I reckon it’s miles above either).  It seems weird that we harvest so readily from our past but we rarely investigate it with much more interest than a window shopper.  That’s us I guess.  Window-shopping through the past.

Finally Aretha Franklin’s performance brings the kind of dry honesty that I adore about soul music.  It preaches truth in a way church never could.  Unless you go to Aretha’s church that is.  And quite frankly, the band, though excellent, could be pissing in a flower pot in the background for all I care.  As long as those vocals, smooth, sweet, harsh or hoarse, are up front and proud, I’ll be there.

Lorna Bennett – Breakfast In Bed

Salt ‘N’ Pepa – Chick On The Side (Remix)

Siriusmo ft. Dana – Boot Geklaut

Carmen – Throw Down

Carmen – Time To Move

Aretha Franklin – Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

19
Oct
09

Bankwell Vol.1

We love mixtapes.

Ten years ago we started Dj-ing and ever since we’ve been stringing tracks together on tapes, cd’s, digital mixers and dusty old four-tracks.  Now after a decade technology has caught up with our imaginations and the Bankwell series is what has evolved.

We’re not stringing tracks together anymore.  We’re tearing them apart, stuffing them into the Ableton blender and pouring out beat puree.  Four bars of this, a little bass to taste, some yelping, a location recording, a whole lot of effects and you get the idea.  This is just as much a production process as it is a DJ set.

Hopefully the tracks on this mix are enough to whet your taste-buds, ear-buds, ass-buds and feet-buds.  It sure works for us.

Enjoy.

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Bankwell Vol.1

Tracklisting:

Defunkt – Defunkt

Doctor Rockit – Cameras and Rocks

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Welcome

Troubleman – Lullaby

Mr Oizo – M-Seq

Inland Knights – Dance Me

Funkstoerung – You Go Funk

Jahdan Blakkamore – The General (acapella)

Jahdan Blakkamore – The General (instrumental)

Troubleman – Pieces Of Ipanema (Mark Pritchard Remix)

S Tone Inc – Biera Do Mar

Awa Band ft. Tony Allen – Bababatteur (Quantic Mix)

Laird & John Pickett – Ohhhh Ma Ma Ma

Fela Kuti – Open And Close

Morgan Geist – Settle Down

Tipper – Jibber Jabber

Word Of Mouth ft. Dj Cheese – King Kut

Mr Oizo ft. Uffie – Steroidz

Hot Chip – Over And Over (Maurice Fulton Remix)

Modeselektor – Silikon (Siriusmo Remix)

Prince – Feel U Up

Morgan Geist – Detoured

Derrick Carter – Never (Ludovic Navarre Remix)

Super Collider – Darn Cold Way Of Lovin’

I-Cube – Mingus In My Pocket

Edu K – Sex O’matic (Solid Groove Mix)

Pheek – Magda Had A Little Troll ([a]pendics Shuffle Remix)

Pier Bucci – Hay Consuelo (Samim Remix)

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Midnight Marauders

Tipper – Flat Ripple

Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (acapella)

Stimming – Surfer Cat

Mr Oizo – Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog

Mark Farina – Do Things

Ragga Twins – Tan So Back

Appleblim – Fear

La Funk Mob – Motor Bass Get Phunked Up

Young Leek – Jiggle It (acapella)

Mr Oizo ft. Error Smith – Erreur Jean

Dabrye – Prospects

Jamie Lloyd – Bad Motherfucker

Jive Rhythm Trax – 129BPM

Jamie Lloyd – Sabana Salty




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