Posts Tagged ‘Skills

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

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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