Monday 30 January 2012

January Chart Part 2

The Venus Project January Chart Part 2

1. Scratcha DVA Pretty Ugly LP Hyperdub

2. Neon Jung Delirium Tremens (Nathan Fake Remix) Magic Wire

3. Jon Phonics Grid Games EP Prism

4. Red Rackem Various Nu Bergerac / Ramp

5. Deepeaters Amasotcha (M&M ft Christian Lamper Remix) Loud East

6. Aybee Atral Metronome EP Deepblak

7. Dr Jeep Turok CDR

8. Mala Enter Dimensions DMZ

9. Munchi Ft Mr Lexx Shottas (Stereotyp Remix) CDR

10. Nickodemus Nu Bits Wonderwheel

11. Rondenion Song A Faces

12. Mickey Pearce Dont Ask Dont Get Swamp

13. Margot 4 Aggressve Young Boys HYR

14. OOFT ! Memories (Esa's Rememory Mix) FOTO

15. Bambounou Fake Jake CDR

16. Gang Colours Fancy Restaurant (Deft Remix) Brownswood

17. Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka They! Live LP 50 Weapons

18. AnD Untittled Black Sun

19. Radiohead Feral (Kaytronik Re-Edit) CDR

20. Simbad & Thundercat Punch Drunk Love (ruff) CDR

Saturday 28 January 2012

Breakdance Project In Uganda (Part 2)

Aaaaah it took me a while to fully realize that i landed back in London almost 10 days ago... My head & spirit was still somewhere in Africa until now... What an fabulous trip !!
First of all, i gotta congratulate all the dancers for the 2 amazing performances of our Breaking Free Show in Kampala, both were an absolute success on every front & it made me really proud to have shared such an experience of dance, theater & music (and more) with all these talented individuals !!! We worked hard to create the full show from scratch (only in 20 days) & we became a proper family. Obviously with the help of a few others, especially for the costumes, lights & sound equipement, big up Caro. Hopefully we will soon be able to show the film for it & i really hope that the piece will come to Europe eventually. For now there's a few more shows planned in Uganda & in the countries nearby (set up by Alliance Française & Goethe Institute) this year but the ideal really would be for this adventure to carry onto the World and inspire... On a musical level it also inspired me so much as it was the my 1st time working on a show (with a choregrapher & dancers) & write with them a story, something really tangible and beautiful somehow... So yes, extremely positive experience that i'd love to renew in the future. On the last sunday before our departure (Seb Jaekwon & i) we went with the whole crew to Entebbe for a day by the lake at this beach resort (although we swam in the swimming pool nearby)... SO MUCH FUUUUUUUN !!!!!!! And well deserved too i must say :-) Next time im looking forwad to discover more of the Ugandan nature & get out more of Kampala. But for now, its 5º C outside on my balcony.

A GREAT THANK YOU & MASSIVE LOVE TO : Matthieu (Chinese Man), Caro & Semeko, Seb Jaekwon (the Don), the dancers Cathy, Remi, Fahaad, Miki, Ibra, Abdu, Hakim, Davis, Fizal (Immune Crew !!!), Ki, Abrams and his crew, Breakdance Uganda fam, Sharing Centre fam, Clotilde, Jean Jacques, Terry & Alliance Française, Marie & French Ambassy, Bettina, Goethe Institute, Mikele, Eleanore Val & Pamela (and the family), Simba, Patrick & Warehouse crew (despite the generator cuts due to the lack of kerosene in the tank... what ???), Fahaad's Family, Oscar, Ken, all the kids & all the enthusiastic youngsters i met during my stay, everyone who showed me their side of Kampala, All @ Namuli Suites, National Theatre Crew for letting me do the lights & mess around with the board... MUWULILIZE... T'WITCH KOLE !!! NJAGALLA MIREMBE, OTCHTE GUERE ..?

Thursday 26 January 2012

The Ones

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Monday 23 January 2012

January Chart Part 1

Back From Africa January Chart Part 1

1. Bonobo Black Sands Remixed Ninja Tune

2. Quantic & Alice Russell Look Around The Corner Thru Thoughts

3. The Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio LP Blue Note

4. Boog Brown Detroit CDR

5. Sonarpilot Freefall (Jonny Miller 808 Demo version) CDR

6. Ghost Mutt Figure You Out Donky Pitch

7. MJ Cole Red & Black Prolific

8. Kirk Degiorgio Divine Logic 12'' Rush Hour

8. Disclosure Flow CDR

9. Objekt Porcupine Hessle Audio

10. Hazylujah Too Many Ghosts EP Delsin

11. C.R.S.T What I Want (Vocal Mix) Valve

12. Spam Chop Frames Mimm

13. Darkhouse Fam In & Out EP Earnest Endeavours

14. Kelly Pavan Streaming With Audrey Space Breaks

15. San Proper & Aroy Dee Perfume EP MOS

16. Locked Groove Rooted EP Hot Flush

17. Klic Post CDR

18. Fau & Deam Life Act EP Dubporn

19. Grems Neutralia (Simbad Mix) CDR

20. Simbad Untittled Nu CDR

Monday 9 January 2012

Breakdance Project In Uganda (Part 1)

12 days ago i landed in Entebbe via Doha (Qatar) then straight to Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Tropical heat between 25 & 30°C everyday, the rainy season has just passed in East Africa... Right. Where do i start ?? Mmmmh... Ok . I got invited here by the Alliance Française & Goethe Institue to work with 10 top (selected) Ugandan dancers to create a unique piece that we're showing friday @ the Sharing Centre & saturday @ the National Theatre. Joinin me to work on the show is Seb Jaekwon, a wicked German/Korean dancer & choreographer (Reckless Crew) who's more involved in the dancing part as i take care of the music process, timing , selection & sounds thru the piece. We kinda came up with a ruff idea for the story then developped it with the dancers as we all got to know eachother more. Its called Breaking Free :-)
Seb & i are stayin in Boziga (one of Kampala many districts, as the city is really spread out) and everyday we ride a Boda-Boda to start the rehearsals around 9am in N'Zambya. Its a motorcycle-taxi bascially. No helmets. No speed limits. There are no rules here road wise !!! Trust me a already had a few near death experiences :-/ haha...
Everywhere the soil is red and everything grows. Very green, the city kinda reminds me a bit of Rio hill-wise. Despite the hecticness of everyday life people are very peaceful & friendly and all the tribes cohabit around Lake Victoria in a non-conflicting way. Although we've been workin everyday i've been to a few local bar/clubs but musically it was pretty horrid. Think Rihanna meets MTV crap mixed with some reggaeton mixed with some electro-dance shit. And scarely enough it didnt seem to bother no-one, locals or expats... ! Thats where commercial global culture destroys the soul slowly by slowly, where ever you may be on Earth, in my humble opinion... In Kampala you can come out from a good restaurant or a supermarket then enter the poorest ghetto just accross the road. Its all pretty mixed up here socialwise, apart of a few neighbourhoods that have Beverly-Hills types of houses & palaces (like in Kololo where i ended up in NYE, had to cancel my SA gig due to flight distance & timing...). Street food wise its a bit like in Jamaica, chicken & goat meet on grills, Rollex (rolled omelette in a chapati) & fries or samosas (also a big indian influence somehow) or the traditonnal matoke and rice (green plantain that isnt sweet). Tilapias (from the super polluted lake) is all you find fishwise but the beef is really tasty (if your not a vegetarian). Really enjoyin every moment here still (far from the cold !!!) and the dancers involved in the project are soooooooo good !We're mixing all kinds of styles : B-Boyin, Poppin, Lockin, House, Modern, Acrobatics etc... Really excitin. The Ugandan Breakdance scene is really spread here, giving the youth an opportunity to learn the moves & contribute to its worldwide movement. Somehow i hope that our Breaking Freee piece will be able to be shown accross a few countries, whether its in Europe or Africa... See what happens... But its nice to be involved in a project of this kind as its challenging & musically i get do share my vibes & do something very different. Will keep you posted of my further adventures in Uganda but for now gotta go back to work... Best wishes to you who's reading this and stay healthy amongst everything this year... 'Til next time.

Friday 6 January 2012

Simbad Share Your Light (Feat. P Randolph) OUT NOW


One of the most original modern day producers on the planet joins the ranks at Atjazz Record Company. We are very proud to introduced the incredible ‘Simbad’. A man of many tempos and talents teams up with Detroits' vocal hero ‘Paul Randolph’ who has had a glut of success over the last few years featuring along side Jazzanova, Kevin Saunderson, The Reese Project to name but a few.

A very bright end to a very productive year for us here at the label as ‘Share Your Light’ really does breathe a fresh wind of uplifting energy for us all to digest before we set sail for 2012. Simbad pleasures us not only with a bonus dance-floor instrumental mix but with a deep spaced out Dub that will push the buttons of the more discerning dance-floors around the globe.
released 23 December 2011
Written by P.L.S. Renouf & P. Randolph
Mixed & Produced by Simbad @ Key Recordings, London.
Vocals by Paul Randolph
Published by Healium Music / Westbury Music & RVP Publishing BMI
© & ℗ Atjazz Record Company 2011
Photo of Cracka Dawn dancing' by Velanche Stewart @ The Lift Party, Los Angeles 2011