Patten – RE-EDIT70

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Patten is a London-based experimental duo known for their awkward experimentation of electronic music. Their new remix compilation RE-EDITS Vol. 2 is jam-packed full of reworks from Boards of Canada (stream ‘REEDIT 70’ above), Cocteau Twins, Cypress Hill, even Rihanna. Each track gets  its own music video as well.

Futuristic, chaotic, next-level — Patten’s goal seems to want to be or smash together the avante-garde.

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DJ Rum – Induction & Protection

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DJ Rum AKA Felix Manuel (image courtesy the artist)

DJ Rum is UK electronic producer Felix Manuel. His latest drop the Forgetting EP blends a melange of vibes including jazz, juke, and breakbeat rhythms. The track ‘Projection’ sounds like a Cinematic Orchestra piece.

It’s hard to nail down the best track from the genre-hopping EP; all tracks are tasty in their own right. But the shifty pace of ‘Induction’ which made it debut on the Gilles Peterson show may delight your ears as well.

Be sure to check out the crunchy bass on the 2016 B-side release of ‘Abandon Me’ as well:

Grab everything on Boomkat

Witch Project – Pearly Gates

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Witch Prophet AKA Ayo Leiliani

Witch Prophet is the Canadian-based hip-hop MC and artist Ayo Leiliani. She’s also the co-founder of the arts collective 88 Days of Fortune and part of experimental rap group Above Top Secret.

On her latest solo project, a 4-track EP entitled H.P.B., she rhymes soulfully over Mobb Deep’s 2006 release ‘Pearly Gates.’ Her version is superior.

“Do we keep moving forward?/ And backward?/ And forward?”

Although music and life vacillate, let’s hope Witch Prophet keeps pushing things forward.

Buttering Trio – Unexperienced

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Buttering Trio is a three piece band from Berlin and Tel Aviv who interweave bits of soul music a la Georgia Anne Muldrow and Little Dragon into playful beats. Their Facebook bio encapsulates their raw sound: “We were never born. Killing it every day.”

The track ‘Unexperienced’ appears on the group’s third album entitled Threesome, which dropped just last week. According to their Bandcamp page, they recorded the album across three different studios in Berlin, London, and Tel Aviv.

DJ OK – It’s Fine

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DJ OK aka Dj Ja & Dj Nein

DJ Ok is a collaboration between the German electronic producers Dj Ja and Dj Nein. The track ‘It’s Fine’ first premiered on the Stamp the Wax, who also sum up the upbeat single nicely on their blog:

‘It’s Fine’ sounds like what I imagine the inner monologue of a tropical bird of paradise is like at all times, drenched in shimmering synth lines and flourishes of 808 State, yet with an added breakbeat kick that makes it equally suited for the Ibizan sunset as it is for the early morning Sundays of Berlin. It looks to the past yet doesn’t dwell on it, and conjures up images of late-80s hedonism in a year that there really isn’t that much to feel hedonistic about; perhaps this is where the name comes from? It’s a reinvigoration of rave, not a repetition.

Snag ‘It’s Fine’ on the 12 inch

DJ Lag – Ghost On The Loose

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21-year-old South African producer DJ Lag is helping pioneer a new form of house music called Gqom, which Fader describes as “a ruthless, minimalist, tensely percussive form of dance music. DJ Lag calls it, “a mix of elements of hip-hop and house.”

His new EP on the Goon Club Allstars imprint kicks off with a banging beat of zulu techno. Stream ‘Ghost on the Loose’ above and cop the album right here.

Earth Trax X Newborn Jr. – Sax & Flute 

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“Euphoria Guaranteed – or your money back!” That’s the tagline from Polish house producers Earth Trax and Newborn Jr.

Their two-track EP blends saxophone and flute samples into respective jazzy balearic cuts. I expect nothing than the less than timeless dance music from South London’s Rhythm Section International. Stream ‘Flute track’ after the jump.


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Solange – Cranes in the Sky (Kaytranada Edit)

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In the footsteps of Dilla… (image via FB)

Canadian artist Kaytranada has been making beats since he was 15 years old, so dedicated to the craft he made a new chop every day for three years thereafter. Just scroll through his SoundCloud page — there are mixtapes, a series of his own dope productions, and remixes of the Fugees, Jill Scott, and Danny Brown. But the remix he dropped today of Solange’s ‘Cranes in the Sky’ is exceptional.

“I couldn’t help it and i can’t deny how good it sounds. this is just an edit to play on my dj sets, and i played it once and everybody wanted it right away. Honestly i was gonna wait to see if Solange or her team or whoever works for her wouldve ask me to do an offical remix so if they still want to, i could make it sound better than that version but ohhhhh, what the hell….anyways i highly recommend you that new Solange album “A Seat At The Table”.”

From hip-hop to RnB, electronica, and funk, Kaytranada does it all, so eclectic he even leaves the genre blank with ‘?????’ on his Facebook page.

Mieux – Rust

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Chris and Felix are Mieux

Mieux is an electronic duo from Vienna, Austria. Their new single ‘Rust’ will appear on their forthcoming Music is Pain due out later this month.

I featured the fun, uptempo track on my weekly playlist last month and included the band’s track ‘Rush’ from their album Are You Happy last year on my Best of 2015 playlist. Gilles Peterson is also a big fan of the two man band.

Download ‘Rust’

 

Kirk Knight – Young Ones

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Kirk Knight is a 19-year-old Brooklyn producer and rapper from the hip-hop collective Pro Era, spearheaded by frontman Joey Bada$$.

‘Young Ones’ is the first single from his mixtape Black Noise coming out soon. He dropped his debut solo album Late Night Special  to much acclaim last year. Don’t sleep on the track ‘Brokeland,’ which reminds me of another New York based hip-hop crew.

Check out his site for upcoming tour dates and more info.

What I’ve Learned From My First Product

If there’s one thing about putting out great work, it’s that the marketing piece is hard.

I’ve done all the promoter outreach on Music 4 Japan myself.  No publicist, just good friends spreading the word, people with strong social networking influence, and me diligently reaching out to everyone from my old university to Soundcloud to even Seth Godin!

Sometimes you get a catch, sometimes you don’t.

On the sales side, I’ve had two major $100 donations so far, both of which came from my mom’s work friends.

These are people who kindly donated for the cause, not for the music.  To them, my story of raising money was enough.

But I’d also like to spread awareness through the music.

The music is excellent.  I’m sometimes surprised that I even got some of it.  Songs from bands like Purity Ring, Mighty Oaks, and Childish Gambino belong on major labels.

The music space is highly crowded.  There’s millions of musicians and just a handful that make it big.  Thank goodness the ones that keep producing and don’t make the profit, do it for the love, even if that means that they have a job on the side.

My ultimate goal out of this project was simply to get me started.  I’ve alway wanted to run a charitable campaign and use music as the hook.  I believe music has that special power to connect people and hit their hearts.

Again, thanks to all those artists and influences who’ve helped me out.  Your craft is a blessing.