Posts Tagged ‘production

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!

17
Sep
11

our first vinyl release…

I guess it’s every dj’s dream to one day be pressed to vinyl, at least it’s been ours for a long time. Well it’s finally happened. The lovely people over at Classic Recordings have just released Luke Solomon’s latest single “Interceptor” featuring remixes from Derrick Carter, Mark E, and yep, you guessed it: Kamo. We’ve always dreamed of being pressed to vinyl but we never thought it would happen with such an established label and never thought it would be next to the likes of Luke Solomon, Derrick Carter or Mark E…!!!!!!

Cruise down the page a little to “the smell of vinyl” post or hit this link.

07
Sep
11

S… S… Studio…

We were boys when we began our world-wide musical journey. Today, we are men. Men who drew plans and looked forward into the future. Men who saw a vacant space and imagined “what could be”. Men who took raw materials and cut, drilled and moulded them into something functional. Men who bought moderately priced power tools. Men who saw their dreams become reality…

That’s right, with some personnel changes at home we scrapped the bedroom studio and moved into our own dedicated space. Over the years we’ve had basement studios, bedroom studios, caravan studios!! Now we’ve got The Studio. Check out the pics…

Our old bedroom studio

Some progress pics building our new studio

The finished product

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

05
Nov
09

Downloadables

CaravanStudio

Kamo’s original productions and remixes are now available to download in the “beats” section.

Enjoy ’em…




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