Diggin in the Digi-Crates - E1 - Glitch, Riddms and Roots
I spent 10 years on air as a Hip Hop DJ (granted, a very eclectic one) and radio producer. I'm not as compulsive as I used to be, but a DJ never really stops diggin' in the crates. These days, I don't have a weekly radio show to use as an excuse to spend crazy amounts of time, love and money on my music obsession, but I still love finding new sounds to listen to and keep me going when I have to catch up on the business side of freelance life. I also love sharing what I find, and before facebook or twitter, I used to send out tracks to my DJ friends in group emails - I know... too quaint, right? So I'm going to try to do a weekly list of music from mostly independent artists. I'll try to throw some of my radio show archives in the mix once I figure out how I want to host them.
Vinyl is and will always be my primary mode of listening. (At least until you can play 48b 96k audio files through a pocket tube amp). That being said here's my digi-crate for this week. Hope y'all enjoy my lil audio adventure.
- Amy G. Dala is someone who I totally stumbled on by accident, but this track is crazy beautiful to me.
2. Glitch Mob's new album teaser - I'm not sure how I feel about this track yet, but I keep coming back to it so there must be something. It has a lot of musical elements I like plus the video is what I imagine a Giger / Tron themed art piece at Burning Man would be like. I'll probably grab the album regardless because Glitch Mob's production value is so high that even if I don't love it, I learn something from how it's made. Very few artist collectives/groups consistently surprise me and embed that intellectual level into their work in the way that the Glitch Mob members do.
3. And since I was thinking of Glitch Mob, I pulled up edIT's Lightening in Bottle mix from 2017. This has been a goto work track for me since December. The entire mix is pretty addictive plus it blends well with caffeine for a productive work flow. There is a .wav download button by the share button so definitely save your ears and grab the higher quality file. Love that Ed still posts .wav files.
4. Machine Drum - I'm still feeling out Machine Drum but will probably track down his latest release on vinyl just because of this track. I love Ninja Tune so expect at least one Ninja Tune related track or dj mix in every digi-crate I send out into the world. I'll try to dig up my interview with Cold Cut to post at some point as well.
5. Get Crazy + Be Allright - I treated myself to Poirier's Be All Right Ep on vinyl a few months back so I've got that in rotation on the decks plus a throwback - Get Crazy. This track never gets old and neither does the video, which might have been the first hyper-lapse I'd ever seen. Poirier has always been one to do the unexpected and I never know what to expect from him, but I always like it. I have a bunch of his dj sets in my radio archives so expect to see more of him in future posts as well.
6. New Label Discovery - And I'm about to go on a 45 binge with my new label discovery: Philophon Records. If you saw my post with my Water and Wind animation, then you might remember I mentioned and artist named Bajka. Her most recent release is below along with another afro-roots dub track that I'm loving so much I'll pay for shipping from Berlin.
8. Drop the Mic - Sharon may be gone but her voice lives on and voices have power!
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