After the success of James Blake’s second album “Overgrown”, Jesse Robinson takes you on a guided tour of his discography. Including the very first track Blake ever released on Hemlock Records, to his lesser known EPs and singles which feature his production chops coming from the dubstep scene in south London. Don’t wanna miss this one!
Different colored vinyl discs of the James Blake EP “CMYK”
James Blake Playing “CMYK” Live in Sete, France 3:56 is where it gets crazy!
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For my first show, I decided to go with a mix of different styles of music. Music that lifts my soul and gives you an idea of what to expect from Based on the Beat. Sounds from Brazil, Bristol, Brooklyn, Ghana, Jamaica, LA, London, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico and South Carolina! Hope you enjoy.
First track is from Amp Live named “Dhea”. From the EP named “Kaleidoscope Theory” definitely worth checking out! Also, make sure you hear the song “Mister Sarode” which is so wicked I’m not sure why I didn’t play it?! Maybe in a future show…
Typesun – The PL / First big release from this Bristol producer. Keep an eye on him!
Bilal – West Side Girl / Prince reincarnate! It took me a while to listen to the whole album (I love this song so much I couldn’t listen to anything else, Ha!) but once I did, I’m glad that I have the whole thing.
Ebo Taylor – Nsu Na Kwan / Ghana ‘Highlife’ guitarist extraordinaire! 77 years-old and still going strong.
Paco Zambrano Y Su Combo – Meshkalina / Wonderful find by Peruvian Londoner Martin Morales and founder of Ceviche restaurant in SOHO. This single is also available on “Peru Maravilloso: Vintage Latin, Tropical & Cumbia”
Ray Barretto – El Nuevo Barretto / If you don’t know Ray Barretto or own his seminal album “Acid” then I suggest you RUN not walk to this link and buy the whole thing. Every house must own this.
Lovebirds Feat. Stee Downes – Want You in My Soul (Original Mix) / I was djing a gig where the crowd and I were not on the same vibe; it wasn’t a good fit. I was frustrated and said to myself, “Fuck it, I’m going to play what I want if it means no one else likes it!” So, I played this song and to my surprise… two people stood up and proceeded to danced their asses off to this song! I thank them because it turned the whole evening around, and I learned a valuable lesson: go with your gut… and this is a kick-ass song!
Les Sins – Grind / Toro Y Moi’s alternate moniker… this dude from South Carolina can make some house music!
Milton Nascimento – Cravo e Canela (Clove and Cinnamon) / Classic Brazilian music at it’s best. Can’t go wrong with anything from this period. Another absolutely killer track is “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser” One word amazing.
Major Lazer – Can’t Stop Now (feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell) / If you like this song you will probably not like any of their other songs, Ha! Very forward thinking Jamacia music which honestky I’m not sure what I think about, but this song is so good as well as “Tudo Que Você Podia Ser”. Yes! It’s the same name as the Milton Nascimento track I just recommended. Weird?
Fat Freddy’s Drop – The Raft / I would say this is New Zealand version of UB40, but better.
The Gaslamp Killer – Nissim (with Amir Yaghmai) / From his first album, and I find myself keep going back to this song. Very diverse album.
Flying Lotus – Putty Boy Strut / If you don’t have the album you probably should get it. Everyone will tell you to do so. Actually my favorite song on the album is “Tiny Tortures” and “The Nightcrawler” is pretty good too. If you get a chance to see him live, do it! He was amazing.
Sons Of Kemet – Adonia’s Lullaby / I Love, love love, this band. 2 drummers, saxaphone and a tuba? Are you kidding me? Uber creative. The album is amazing! Just listen to “Going Home”… You will hear me play more of these guys for sure, Buy it.
People ask me all the time for recommendations on home stereos. Here’s an email from a friend…
“I’m not looking to spend an arm and a leg. I do not want subwoofers and whatnot. I want a compact set of portable wireless/WiFi speakers. Like a Jambox, but maybe something a little better. If I need to plug them in, that’s fine. But something I can use the bluetooth with my computer or my iPhone or pandora. Right now I only have the speakers that are attached to my work computer and those are a pain to unplug, disconnect, and move to the kitchen if I want to listen to music or something.”
Ok, so they want a cheap, compact, high-ish quality, portable speakers with no wires connected to it, right? No problem. Enter SONOS.
You might be thinking, “Hey I thought SONOS was some kind of multi-room music system thing-a-ma-bob?” Well, I use to think the same thing. It’s true, SONOS can distribute music to a variety of sources located in different rooms. But instead of a multi-room device, I like to think of it as a scalable (both in quality and quantity) digital music delivery system. I use it control my main system. I don’t have multiple systems located in different rooms. Just one really nice stereo in one room. So, why buy SONOS?
Well, I have instant access to my entire digital music library (a butt-load of music) with my iPhone! Yes, any iPhone or android device can control your SONOS stuff with a FREE app! I can connect a Digital-to-Analog (DAC) converter to it for a very high quality sound. I like to use the term “Hi-Fi” for a transcendental musical experience, which usually means spending a lot of $$$. “Hey, I thought we were talking about a cheap, compact, high-ish quality, portable speakers with no wires connected to it, right?
Yes, remember I said scaleable? That was the high side; let’s slide down to the “cheap” side. SONOS is a wonderfully elegant system and the cost of entry is only $199. Buy the PLAY:1 ($199) and BRIDGE ($49) and you’re done (get both when you buy the PLAY:1 GIFT PACK currently on sale for $199). Stop reading.
Okay, you could get the PLAY:3 GIFT PACK for $299 (includes the BRIDGE). I’ve heard the Play 3 and would highly recommend it! Okay, now you’re done…
Okay, well there is a PLAY:5 GIFT PACK for $399 (includes the BRIDGE). I’ve heard this too, and it’s damn good. Perfect for a kitchen counter. You choose: PLAY:3 or :5?
Ok, maybe we’re not finished yet. The BRIDGE lets you connect the music on your computer, i.e. your iTunes Library, to your SONOS devices, the PLAY: 1, :3 or :5 in this case. So, without the BRIDGE there would be a cord between your computer and say the PLAY:3. I should say there are a few minimum requirements for one of the GIFT PACKS to work: a Mac or PC running SONOS software (FREE) and an internet router to connect the BRIDGE to. If you have those 2 things, you’re ready to roll! Don’t forget to get the free SONOS app for your mobile device (it’s amazing on a iPad).
Once you get it all hooked up, you’ll see plenty of ways to stream free music and content to your SONOS: Pandora, Spotify, Songza, Amazon Cloud Player, TuneIn and MOG to name a few. All are available via the SONOS interface. You can even listen to radio stations around the world for free!
Once you’re hooked on SONOS then you can add more devices and extend your system. That’s the “quantity” part of scalability. If you have a pair of speaker laying around, hook them into a SONOS CONNECT:AMP ($499) and you’ll have music. Do you have a full stereo you want to add the SONOS experience too? Do what I did and get the SONOS: CONNECT ($349). There are plenty of other combinations, but you get the general idea.
So, my answer to my friend’s questions is to get the PLAY:3 GIFT PACK and enjoy.