December 31, 2010

Artist of the Day: Eric Lau


Eric Lau is a London-based producer who has been busy making musical waves for others. He may well be a producer you`ve heard, but not heard of, by way of his productions for the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Dudley Perkins, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Guilty Simpson, Wildchild, Tanya Morgan, Hil St Soul, and a family of upcoming artists who feature on New Territories, his debut solo album.

His slick and edgy productions have turned the ears of Gilles Peterson (Lau appeared on his Brownswood Bubblers release of October 2006) and Fat City Records who released Eric Lau presents Dudley & Friends in January 2007. Tastemakers and peers like Benji B (BBC Radio 1Xtra) called Laus soulful street sounds Heavy, Phonte (of Little Brother) added that Lau is One of the illest beatmakers.

New Territories has a double meaning. Its the area in Hong Kong that the Lau family are from and regularly visit. People have a vision of Hong Kong being sky scrappers and high rises everywhere, says Lau. However, the area known as New Territories is full of mountain ranges, sea, villages and farm land. Its very peaceful and pure there, and these are qualities I try to incorporate into my production. Also, the title refers to the album and the global musical connections it made. There are many young artists on the record and our roots are from around the world, explains Lau. Even though we are from different backgrounds we approached the album with the same mindset and all want to help each other get to where we want to be. This record is a new territory for us as a group of artists, and I hope that it is, in turn, a refreshing listen.

UK born Lau has only relatively recently got into music production, but delved-in neck-deep. I dont really have a very musical family or musical upbringing, he says. But apparently my mother used to sing Chinese opera during the revolution in Hong Kong. Moving to London at the age of 19 his time at University there turned him on to the possibility of music as a way of life. Just being in London, with an open mind, thats all it took, he explains. Now 26 years old, Lau is either in the studio, or can be found teaching at RollingSound, a youth-led multimedia education company.

At RollingSound under-privileged inner-city kids get to learn music production, DJ-ing, video gamed design, photography, film and web design. I ve been their head tutor and artistic consultant for the last 3 years and have had a big say in the design of the courses and delivery, says Lau. If I was not doing the music thing I would definitely put all my efforts in to teaching and work in the youth sector as I have seen so many talented young people take their skills in multimedia and more importantly life to the next level (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Eric Lau's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Eric+Lau





Released Albums:
Eric Lau - New Territories
Eric Lau - Makin' Sound
Eric Lau - Kilawatt V2

Reference:
(2010). Eric Lau. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Eric+Lau

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December 30, 2010

Artist of the Day: Blue Daisy


‘Imagine yourself in a box, a normal four-by-four box, and you’re sitting in there, and you’ve got little holes to breathe….and different atmospheres are coming in- you’ve got the cold air coming in, the hot air coming in, and it overwhelms you. You pass out and wake up again in the same box, but that box becomes a new world. So now, where you’re sitting, it’s not a box anymore, the box becomes what you want it to be- it becomes your world. And that’s what I try to do with my music; you’re listening to my music but I don’t want you to just listen to it, I want it to grab you and sit you in the middle of the track. ’ - Blue Daisy (Last.fm, 2010)

You can listen to Blue Daisy's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Blue+Daisy





Released Albums:
Blue Daisy - Strings Detached EP

Reference:
 (2010). Blue Daisy. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Blue+Daisy

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December 29, 2010

Artist of the Day: Zomby


Where were you in ’92?” demands Zomby, as he throws you full-tilt through his system-rinsing debut LP, an awesome revival of early 90s hardcore with a modern, tweaked-out twist.

Whatever has been written about Zomby is probably wrong. Not because of who wrote it, but because the English producer Zomby loves to remain anonymous (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Zomby's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Zomby





Released Albums:
Zomby - Where Were U in '92?
Zomby - Memories EP
Zomby - Zomby EP
Zomby - One Foot Ahead of the Other EP

Reference:
(2010). Zomby. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Zomby

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December 28, 2010

Artist of the Day: MatthewDavid


Los Angeles-based Matthew David (or matthewdavid) makes some tangled up soundscapes based on lo-fi recordings, warped samples and various other abstract sonic elements.

He released his commercial debut EP “Spills” on Plug Research label in 2008. He releases free music through the websites of his own label, Leaving Records, and dublab.

In 2010 All City released a split EP with Take. An album is scheduled for release on Brainfeeder (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to MatthewDavid's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/MatthewDavid





Released Albums:
MatthewDavid - Los Angeles 2/10 EP w/ Take

Reference:
(2010). MatthewDavid. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/MatthewDavid

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December 27, 2010

Artist of the Day: Ikonika


Ikonika (real name Sara Abdel-Hamid) is a UK-based electronic musician, producer and DJ often associated with Hyperdub Records and the Dubstep genre.

Her debut 12”, “Please/Simulacrum” was released in 2008 on Hyperdub Records. She has released music on Planet Mu, as well as a remix of DJ Mujava’s “Township Funk”, released by Warp Records. Ikonika’s music combines melodic synth patterns, driving drums, melancholic sub bass and unorthodox song structures. She was described by The Observer as “a rare female face in the male-dominated world of dubstep, Ikonika melds the genre’s juddering bass with Aphex Twin-style melodic mischief-making" (Last.fm, 2010)

You can listen to Ikonika's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Ikonika





Released Albums:
Ikonika - Contact, Love, Want, Have
Ikonika - Ikonoklast EP
Ikonika - Edits EP

Reference:
(2010). Ikonika. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Ikonika

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December 26, 2010

Artist of the Day: Starkey


PJ Geissinger aka Starkey has been throwing it down in Philly for a number of years on the live pa and dj fronts. He was the 2005 Mid-Atlantic and North American Laptop Battle Champion, and has released music on the Slit Jockey label stateside and the Werk Discs label in the UK. He has performed with many of the key figures in the idm, breakcore, grime and dubstep scenes around the world. Starkey has an array of production releases in the pipeline, so stay locked (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Starkey's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Starkey



Released Albums:
Starkey - Ephemeral Exhibits
Starkey - Ear Drums and Black Holes
Starkey - Corner Store EP
Starkey - NC-17 EP

Reference:
(2010). Starkey. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Starkey

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December 25, 2010

Artist of the Day: Juj


Pronounced “jooooj/jewj/joodge.”
- Born and raised in LA
- Co-founder of the Wedidit Collective
- signed to HW&W Recordings 

You can listen to Juj's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Juj





Released Albums:
Juj - Slack

Reference:
(2010). Juj. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Juj

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December 24, 2010

Artist of the Day: Joy Orbison


“Cool” uncles have always gotten kids into all kinds of wonderful mischief, but 22-year-old Peter O’Grady from London , better known as Joy Orbison, was especially blessed—he credits uncle Ray Keith with introducing him to jungle and U.K. garage long before he could ever hit the clubs.

At the age of 13 he took up DJing and eventually moved into production, beginning with Fruity Loops-crafted 8-bar grime loops before shifting into headier territory that combined his love of house, disco, and dubstep with the atmospheric fuzz of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Josef K, and The Beach Boys. His debut single “Hyph Mngo” has become the forward-thinking dubstep/2-step tune of 2009, and was followed by “BRKL CLLN” on O’Grady’s own Doldrums label, which he runs in tandem with partner Impey (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Joy Orbison's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Joy+Orbison



Released Albums:
n/a

Reference:
(2010). Joy Orbison. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Joy+Orbison

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December 23, 2010

Artist of the Day: Ramadanman


David ‘Ramadanman’ hails from north London, but now lives near Bournemouth and goes to university in Leeds. He has been DJing from the age of 14, beginning with deep house and hip hop, becoming attracted to hip-hop and jungle as he grew older.

Ramadanman has been interested in music all his life, and began producing by recording keyboard songs onto cassettes. After learning how to make music on computer, Ramadanman started to use his brother’s copy of Fruity Loops at around the age of 15. He has stuck with this program ever since.

He heard about dubstep through making grime instrumentals, after several people commented that his beats sounded like it. Inspired by a Mala set after reaching FWD for the first time in April 2006, Ramadanman became involved in the dubstep scene. He made many tunes that summer after moving house, two of which he had professionally mastered at Transition Studios. These tunes were digitally released as WAVs, and were sold directly to DJs through Dubstepforum.com.

Since then Ramadanman has put out two more digital releases, and has seen his music appear on vinyl. His tune ‘Response’ was the first release on Bare Dubs, and the anthemic ‘Good Feelin’ came out on 2nd Drop Records with a Jamie Woon remix on the flipside. In late 2007 his track ‘Every Next Day’ opened proceedings on the compilation Box Of Dub 2, released by the legendary Soul Jazz Records. He has enjoyed DJ support from Skream, Kode9, Distance, Mary Anne Hobbs, Rob da Bank and many more.

Ramadanman decided to start a record label called Hessle Audio with fellow students Ben UFO and Pangaea at the start of 2007 and the first release by TRG sold out within weeks. He is involved in organizing the Leeds’ first 100% dubstep night ‘Ruffage’, as well as hosting a weekly show on internet radio station Sub FM. 2007 has seen Ramadanman DJ in UK cities such as London, Leeds, Bristol, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Cambridge, Stoke and Durham as well as international bookings in Amsterdam, Berlin and Brussels.

He has performed alongside dubstep artists such as Digital Mystikz, Skream, Benga, Kode9, D1, Rusko, Kromestar, Plastician, Mary Anne Hobbs, Heny G, Scuba and Headhunter (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Ramadanman's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Ramadanman



Released Albums:
Ramadanman - Ramadanman EP

Reference:
(2010). Ramadanman. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Ramadanman

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December 22, 2010

Artist of the Day: Bibio


Bibio is Stephen James Wilkinson from Wolverhampton, England. Wilkinson studied ‘Sonic Arts’ between 1999 - 2002 at Middlesex University in North London, it was during this time in London he came up with the name Bibio. The name was taken from a small black and red fishing fly which was favoured by his father on their fishing trips to Wales during Stephen’s childhood, the name therefore has nostalgic meaning which is often a theme in his music. 

His recording career as Bibio started with Mush records in 2004. His Mush releases consist of 3 albums and 1 EP. In 2009 he signed to Warp records and so far has released a further album and an EP containing remix contributions from other artists. Bibio’s music combines electronic and acoustic/traditional instruments, his main instrument being guitar. Bibio’s signature ‘grainy’ sound is partly due to the use of analogue tape and vintage recording equipment, which is more exaggerated in his earlier Mush releases. 

Wilkinson himself labeled his debut on Mush as “Saturated Folk”. Bibio’s recent output, particularly on Warp, has been more diverse, with an increasing use of his own vocals, drums/beats and electronics. His Mush debut ‘Fi’ was described by Marcus Eoin of Boards of Canada as: “The antidote to the modern laptopia of pristine electronic music…”. In 2009, Bibio contributed a cover version of Boards of Canada’s ‘Kaini Industries’ to the Warp 20th Anniversary ‘Recreated’ album (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Bibio's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Bibio



Released Albums:
Bibio - Ovals and Emeralds EP
Bibio - Hand and Cranked
Bibio - Fi
Bibio - Vignetting the Compost
Bibio - Avenue
Bibio - The Apple and the Tooth
Bibio - Maybe They Appear in Graveyards EP

Reference:
(2010). Bibio. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Bibio

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December 21, 2010

Artist of the Day: Balam Acab


Balam Acab, like Salem and oOoOO, traverse the same shadowy territories that seem at once sensual and unnerving. Balam Acab creates something akin to Burial being slowly drowned in an ocean of drone, a cybernetic limbo haunted by distant machine moans, those trademark ghostly digi-diva vocals positively lost in another world all together (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Balam Acab's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Balam+Acab

 

 Released Albums:
Balam Acab - See Birds

Reference:
(2010). Balam Acab. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Balam+Acab

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December 20, 2010

Artist of the Day: Dibiase


Hailing from LA’s very own Watt’s, Dibiase a.k.a Diabolic’s productions run the gambit from 8 bit video game classics to seductive soul to raw grungy bangers. This 12 time beat battle champion and runner up of the Los Angeles Red Bull Big Tune Beat Battle has no limitations. No sample is safe (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Dibiase's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Dibiase





Released Albums:
Dibiase - Machines Hate Me
Dibiase - EP
Dibiase - Dibiase Volume 1
Dibiase - Up the Joystick EP

Reference:
(2010). Dibiase. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Dibiase

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December 19, 2010

Artist of the Day: Nobody


Nobody (Elvin Estela), has been a fixture in the Los Angeles music scene since the early 1990s, first as a producer for many of the premier emcees at the Good Life Cafe/Project Blowed, and then as a remixer, producer, and important member of the global electronic and indie-rock communities. He has worked with, remixed, and toured in support of the Postal Service, Prefuse 73, The Mars Volta, Aceyalone, Mia Doi Todd, and many others.

His releases for Ubiquity and Plug Research have garnered him not only critical praise, but the clout to define and redefine his sound as he sees fit. His productions effortlessly flow from the hip-hop themes of his early career to the psychadelia and rock motifs of his most recent work, and his vast musical vocabulary allows him to deliver with each and every mix (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Nobody's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Nobody



Released Albums:
Nobody - Soulmates
Nobody - Pacific Drift
Nobody - And Everything Else...
Nobody - Revisions: The Remixes
Nobody - One For all Without Hesitations
Nobody - Earthtones EP
Nobody - Porpoise Song EP

Reference:
(2010). Nobody. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Nobody

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December 18, 2010

Artist of the Day: Young Jazz Rebels


A Madlib creation, appearing on the album Yesterdays Universe. A first album was released by Stones Throw in 2010 titled “Slave riot” (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Young Jazz Rebels' music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Young+Jazz+Rebels





Released Albums:
Young Jazz Rebels - Slave Riot

Reference:
(2010). Young Jazz Rebels. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Young+Jazz+Rebels

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December 17, 2010

Artist of the Day: Terror Danjah


One of the veteran UK grime producers. He recently released EP’s on Butterz, Hyperdub, Planet Mu and Rwina. His forthcoming release is his first full-length album ‘Undeniable’. It will drop on November 2 on Hyperdub (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Terror Danjah's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Terror+Danjah



Released Albums:
Terror Danjah - Hardrive Volume 1
Terror Danjah - Gremlinz
Terror Danjah - Undeniable
Terror Danjah - Industry Standard EP
Terror Danjah - Industry Standard Trilogy Ep

Reference:
(2010). Terror Danjah. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Terror+Danjah

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December 16, 2010

Artist of the Day: How to Dress Well


Tom Krell leads a double life. During the day, he’s a research fellow currently translating a book of post-Kantian philosophy in Cologne, Germany. But after work he’s making narcotized, below-fi R&B as How to Dress Well. In October of last year, Krell started posting batches of his clouded tunes to his blog. They’re marked by his high voice, piercing and fragile like the rest of his music.

At this point, he’s got nearly 30 songs up for download, and the recently P4k-highlighted tracks “Decisions” and “Ready for the World” are great places to start (Last.fm, 2010).


You can listen to How to Dress Well's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/How+to+Dress+Well



Released Albums:
How to Dress Well - Love Remains

Reference:
(2010). How to Dress Well. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/How+to+Dress+Well

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December 15, 2010

Artist of the Day: Metaform


Metaform (born Justice Aaron) is an American music producer, musician, and songwriter. He is considered a prominent figure in the development of instrumental Hip-Hop and first gained notice with the release of his highly acclaimed debut album Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, which was constructed entirely from samples.

Metaform grew up in Los Angeles in a musical household. His Dad played Leonard Cohen, Simon and Garfunkel, and Ravi Shankar records, while Mom listened to Whitney Houston and Curtis Mayfield. His parents divorced in 1988 and soon after he moved to San Francisco with his mother and three sisters. He spent the year of 1998 as an intern at Spark Studios in Oakland, California, in which time he had experience working with E-40, Tone Capone, and Scarface. He spent the year of 1999 shipping records for TRC distribution at which time he delved deeper into the already buzzing Bay-Area Hip-Hop scene. From 2000-2005, he worked as a free-lance sound engineer and worked with many high-profile acts including: DJ Jazzy Jeff, Afrika Bambaataa, Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Goapele, Zion-I, and many others. He graduated from San Francisco State University in 2005 before moving back to Los Angeles and then to Tokyo.

Metaform began playing piano at age 7, guitar at age 13 and at age 16 he started a heavy metal band with two classmates; they mostly played Metallica and Slayer covers. At age 18 Metaform joined the now defunct San Francisco punk rock band, The Breakouts, as rhythm guitar and they played several club shows in San Francisco. After the The Breakouts, Metaform met 4X-ampL (who now resides in Montreal) in an audio engineering class. The two quickly became friends and formed the rock group Team USA (along with Casten on drums) and Metaform played guitar and contributed vocals. Later, Metaform and 4X-ampL formed the electronica duo Razed High. During this time Metaform was known as Hai-Ding, a play on words in that he was “in hiding” and working on what would later become Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Metaform's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Metaform



Released Albums:
Metaform - Beats from the Crypt: Early Works
Metaform - Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Reference:
(2010). Metaform. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Metaform

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December 14, 2010

Artist of the Day: Pixelord


The Pixelord is Alexey Devyanin. He’s a Moscow-based veteran of experimental music, best-known for his Gultskra Artikler moniker. When we got to know that his new project is about BEATS, it was instantly clear that is has to be groundbreaking great.

His debut four-track EP “Lucid Freaks” brings forth a mixture of spliffed-out 8bit riddims, stumbling Hip Hop beats and a pinch of Euro Dance glam. However unique, the weirdo plastic Pop of Glasgow’s Hudson Mohawke is echoed in his tunes as well as bass-driven digital Reggae, Jahtari-style (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Pixelord's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Pixelord



Released Albums:
Pixelord - Lucid Freaks Part 1 and 2

Reference:
(2010). Pixelord. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Pixelord

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December 13, 2010

Artist of the Day: Forest Swords


One-man project Forest Swords is based in Wirral/Liverpool, UK. Forest Swords’ music reflects the sprawling Wirral landscape of river, coastland and woodland while echoing nearby city Liverpool’s enviable pop history. Foggy grooves rub shoulders with simple, skeletal R’n’B/hip hop influenced beats and snippets of striking, bewitching melody. It has been described as ‘psychedelic dub’ and ‘slow burning drone-step with soul’. In mid 2009 Forest Swords released CDR EP ‘Fjree Feather’ and limited edition cassette ‘Miarches’ (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Forest Swords' music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Forest+Swords





Released Albums:
Forest Swords - Dagger Paths EP
Forest Swords - Fjree Feather EP

Reference:
(2010). Forest Swords. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Forest+Swords

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December 12, 2010

Artist of the Day: Swede:art


Swede:art’s origins are based in 90s boom bap themes but developed since electronical music is spreading like these days to directions, which are formally based on 90 bpm productions but can’t be compared with old stuff from classical hiphop material.

His productions can’t be defined through genres nowadays but they’re linked to a “movement”, which is often called just “BEATS” from former heads, focusing on up and coming bedroom producers in electronical future beats after dilla. 

Strongly influenced from new generation warps like flying lotus, hudson mohawke, rustie and more skewing soundscapes are also matter as the typical warm and soulful drumset beyond the rustle. At 19, he’s definitely sharing in future stuff, especially considering collaborations with other producers and vocalists from Germany and worldwide (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Swede:art's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Swede%3Aart



Released Albums:
Swede:art - Emotional Colors

Reference:
(2010). Swede:art. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Swede%3Aart

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December 11, 2010

Artist of the Day: Fantastic Mr Fox


Fantastic Mr Fox started producing 7 years ago at the age of 14, with his music first being picked up in 2006 by Radio 1’s Steve Lamacq.

Regular support of his early leftfield hip-hop productions from Mr Lamacq helped lead to remix work for Maps, Shitdisco, Just Jack, Soweto Kinch, Polar Bear, Fulborn Teversham, Kid Harpoon, Julia Biel, Riz MC, The Carps, Make Model, The Cansecos, Marissa Nadler, Son Lux and most recently Untold & LV.

Following his remix of Untold’s “Yukon” Fantastic Mr Fox decided to up the tempo of his productions and his first two efforts, produced along side Manchester DJ, promoter and producer Rich Reason, were signed to Untold’s Hemlock label (Last.fm, 2010).


You can listen to Fantastic Mr Fox's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Fantastic+Mr+Fox



Released Albums:
Fantastic Mr Fox - Evelyn EP
Fantastic Mr Fox - Sketches EP

Reference:
(2010). Fantastic Mr Fox. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Fantastic+Mr+Fox

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December 10, 2010

Artist of the Day: Teengirl Fantasy


Teengirl Fantasy is Logan and Nick, two friends at Oberlin College in Ohio. It’s tough to classify Teengirl Fantasy’s music within one genre - both Harmonia and CeCe Peniston serve as equal reference points. Teengirl Fantasy’s love of drone, 4/4, and warm gating synths force new classifications of electronic music (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Teengirl Fantasy's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Teengirl+Fantasy





Released Albums:
Teengirl Fantasy - 7 AM

Reference:
(2010). Teengirl Fantasy. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Teengirl+Fantasy

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December 9, 2010

Artist of the Day: 00Genesis


Having recently released his first EP Dream Catcher on Rxlngr, and performing on stage with accomplished future soul singer Muhsinah, it seems the blocks are starting to fall into place for Lloye Warner aka 00Genesis. The Maryland-based 19-year-old is on a constant curve, drawing hypnotic fuel from his self-penned cartoon characters and watercolour backdrops. Three years living amongst the soca- and calypso-fuelled nights of Trinidad & Tobago bring an additional bounce to 00Genesis’ sample-scattered hip hop beats (Last.fm, 2010).





You can listen to 00Genesis' music at: 
http://www.last.fm/music/00Genesis

Released Albums:
n/a

Reference:
(2010). 00Genesis. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/00Genesis

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December 8, 2010

Artist of the Day: Eskmo


Brendan Angelides is a San Francisco based electronic music producer who records and performs live as Eskmo. His multi-genre compositions have been featured on influential labels like Warp Records and Planet Mu (most recently having been signed to the mighty Ninja Tune). While Angelides’ tracks encompass a wide range of electronic styles, he avoids classifications. Bleep.com described his tracks as “Masterfully produced… sophisticated, post-Dilla hip-hop funk“ (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Eskmo's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Eskmo





Released Albums:
Eskmo - Machines On Task
Eskmo - Ascension
Eskmo - Eskmo
Eskmo - The Willow Grail EP

Reference:
(2010). Eskmo. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Eskmo

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December 7, 2010

Artist of the Day: Girl Unit


Girl Unit is an electronic artist from London, England, United Kingdom. He is the latest act to emerge fully formed and good-to-go from the Night Slugs enclave (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Girl Unit's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Girl+Unit





Released Albums:
Girl Unit - I.R.L. EP

Reference:
(2010). Girl Unit. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Girl+Unit

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December 6, 2010

Artist of the Day: Constrobuz


Constrobuz is a fine young gentlemen nineteen years of age, hailing from Raleigh, NC. His atypical sound will have artists of all styles of music striving for him to produce on their albums. The dimensions of his production will land him a career of producing music for a living and leaving college (Last.fm, 2010).

He currently has 5 beat tapes 2 remix tapes of various hip hop tracks (with instrumentals too), all can be downloaded at: http://soundcloud.com/constrobuz

You can listen to Constrobuz's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Constrobuz





Released Albums:
Constrobuz - Beat Tapes Vol. 1 - 5

Reference:
(2010). Constrobuz. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Constrobuz

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December 5, 2010

Artist of the Day: Kutmah


Justin “Kutmah” McNulty was born in the UK to an Egyptian mother and Scottish father. He moved to the US with his mother when he was 12 years old (Last.fm, 2010). 





You can listen to Kutmah's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Kutmah

Released Albums:
Kutmah - Warm Like the Sunshine EP

Reference:
(2010). Kutmah. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Kutmah

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December 4, 2010

Artist of the Day: Dam-Funk


Known as Los Angeles’ “ambassador of boogie funk,” DâM-FunK represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Culver City section of L.A., DâM (pronounced ‘dame’ as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-80’s styles known as boogie, modern soul and electro-funk.

As a DJ/selector, DâM-FunK attracts the most discerning boogie funk aficionados within driving distance of his storied Monday-night Funkmosphere parties. But it’s not just collectors at the bar toasting to the melodic sounds. Anyone who grooves to the likes of Slave, Aurra, early Prince, Prelude Records and the like, will get a dose of those groups’ unknown contemporaries – more obscure but equally funk-worthy.

The next phase of the ambassador’s mission: continuing the classic West Coast tradition into today’s scene with DâM’s own original “modern-funk” compositions. By plugging in his arsenal of vintage synths and drum machines, DâM channels the galactic harmonies of his inspiration into his own brand of new boogie. Stones Throw Records’ like-minded honcho Peanut Butter Wolf brought DâM on to the team to glide into the future with his unique, synth and bass-driven vibe. It’s a promising new chapter for Southern Cali space funk (Last.fm, 2010).


You can listen to Dam-Funk's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Dam-Funk


Released Albums:
Dam-Funk - Rhythm Trax Vol. IV
Dam-Funk - Toeachizown
Dam-Funk - Adolescent Funk 

Reference:
(2010). Dam-Funk. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Dam-Funk

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December 3, 2010

Artist of the Day: Lazer Sword


LAZER SWORD = LOW LIMIT & LANDO KAL
BAY AREA + LOS ANGELES + BERLIN + VOLCANOS

You can listen to Lazer Sword's  music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Lazer+Sword







Released Albums:
Lazer Sword - Lazer Sword
Lazer Sword - Batman EP

Reference:
(2010). Lazer Sword. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Lazer+Sword

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December 2, 2010

Artist of the Day: Yesterday's New Quintet


In 2001, Madlib took a turn away from traditional hip hop music, releasing his first Yesterdays New Quintet LP, Angles Without Edges. Yesterday’s New Quintet is a Jazz-based, hip hop and Electronic-influenced quintet made up of four fictitious characters, Ahmad Miller, Monk Hughes, Malik Flavors, Joe McDuphrey; and Madlib under his real name, Otis Jackson Jr. Madlib has continued to record other albums under the different guises of YNQ members, including 2002’s tribute to Stevie Wonder, Stevie, 2004’s tribute to Weldon Irvine, A Tribute to Brother Weldon, Joe McDuphrey Experience, and other singles and EPs released only on vinyl (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Yesterday's New Quintet's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Yesterday%27s+New+Quintet



Released Albums:
Yesterday's New Quintet - Angles Without Edges
Yesterday's New Quintet - Stevie
Yesterday's New Quintet - Yesterday's New Universe: Prepare for a New Yesterday Volume 1
Yesterday's New Quintet - Uno Esta EP
Yesterday's New Quintet - Bomb Shelter EP

Reference:
(2010). Yesterday's New Quintet. Last.fm. Retrieved from
http://www.last.fm/music/Yesterday%27s+New+Quintet

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December 1, 2010

Artist of the Day: Space Dimension Controller


In the year 2257, Planet Earth was invaded by an energy seeking race of aliens known as the Pulsovians, sparking a galactic war that lasted over two years. Sadly, the Pulsovian technology was much more advanced than that of the humans and Earth was lost. The Pulsovians drained the energy from the sun, turning it into a Pulsar. Earth died soon after, leaving the humans no choice but to flee into outer space to find a new home.

For over 75 years the last remnants of mankind lived aboard their escape vessels. It wasn't until the year 2334 that a man named Max Tiraquon discovered a distant planet in Mikrosector-50 of the deep space grid that was suitable for human habitation.

Shortly after the discovery of Mikrosector-50, Max Tiraquon founded the Tiraquon Security Council as the first government of mankind's new home. A man known as Mr. 8040 was made the Deputy Space Dimension Controller of the council.

By day, Mr. 8040 and Max Tiraquon defend the boundaries of the security barrier from astro bandits and rebels who seek to destroy the barrier and free the citizens of Mikrosector-50.

By night, Mr. 8040 lives a secret life… Travelling outside the barrier into deep space where no radar can detect him, Mr. 8040 creates music using ancient earth technologies alone in his Electropod.

When ready he ventures deeper into space to uncharted colonies where music is accepted. He plays in illegal night clubs on distant moons and alien proto-spheres. When asked to describe his music, Mr. 8040 doesn't really have much to say. The only way to describe it is... GALACTIC FUNK (Reprise Music Group, 2010).

You can listen to Space Dimension Controller's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Space+Dimension+Controller

Released Albums:
Space Dimension Controller - Unidentified Flying Oscillator
Space Dimension Controller - Journey to the Core of the Unknown Sphere EP
Space Dimension Controller - Temporary Thrillz EP



Reference:
(2010). Space Dimension Controller. Reprise Music Group. Retrieved from http://www.reprisemusicgroup.com/agency/artists/spacedimensioncontroller.php

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November 30, 2010

Artist of the Day: Dizz1


Dizz1 has been drumming since age 8, started scratching at 17 and has been making beats for about 7 years.

He was invited to the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona in 2008 and has toured internationally performing everywhere from the Sydney Opera house to London’s Corsica Studios.

He is currently working on a project with Om’Mas Keith from Sa-Ra creative partners and has worked in the studio with Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek (live project in the works) and Stereotyp (Vienna) (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Dizz1's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Dizz1

Released Albums:
Dizz1 - 3rd Time Lucky EP



Reference:
(2010). Dizz1. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Dizz1

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November 29, 2010

Artist of the Day: MNDSGn


MNDSGn is a Philadelphia-based beatmaker in the Klipm0de crew, along with Knxwledge, devonwho and Suzi Analogue (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to MNDSGn's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/MNDSGn

Released Albums:
MNDSGn - Funraiser Vol. 2 Skrayons
MNDSGn - Lights and Tunnels EP





Reference:
(2010). MNDSGn. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/MNDSGn

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November 28, 2010

Artist of the Day: DZA

First Dza’s beat tape Five-Finger Discount has been released at Error Broadcast in 31st of May 2010.

DZA must’ve hacked into an old orbiting Sputnik or drifting Soviet satellite to get the sounds he uses to make his atmospheric beats. Since he set up his Myspace page only a few months ago, he’s already been collaborating with Aloe Blacc, Herrmutt Lobby, Shadow Huntaz, Om’mas Keith of Sa-Ra Creative Partners, and fellow 2010 participant Mujuice (As Cut2Kill). Meanwhile, taking his live show to MIDEM earlier this year has brought him plenty of new fans from overseas. Finding that elusive balance between heavy beats and weightless ambience, DZA is ready to snap necks and leave a zilla-sized footprint on Red Square (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to DZA'smusic at:
http://www.last.fm/music/DZA

Released Albums:
DZA - Five-Finger Discount



Reference:
(2010). DZA. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/DZA

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November 27, 2010

Artist of the Day: Cupp Cave


Francis bakes his beats by the dozen. Both his previous efforts on Carte Postale were filed under the Kingfisherg moniker - which leads me to believe that Francis skived spelling in primary. This is his first as Cupp Cave. His Garbage Pail Beats are a rump-shaking, head-nodding, feet-shuffling slap in the face, one for the crate-diggers and glitch-lovers. Think nice crunchy gravel. Think big, red, 8-bit family sedan. Think wearing sunglasses sitting in the passenger seat with the window open. Think sunshine. Thump, thump, clap; Cupp Cave is guaranteed Hennessy-free (ReverbNation, 2010).

You can listen to Cupp Cave's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Cupp+Cave

Released Albums:
Cupp Cave - Garbage Pail Beats



Reference:
(2010). ReverbNation. Retrieved from http://www.reverbnation.com/cuppcave

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November 26, 2010

Artist of the Day: Jeremiah Jae


Chicago based producer and emcee, and the newest member of Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder collective, known for his Dxnce EP, and also associated with Young Black Preachers (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Jeremiah Jae's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Jeremiah+Jae

Released Albums:
Jeremiah Jae - DXNCE EP



Reference:
(2010). Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Jeremiah+Jae

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November 25, 2010

Artist of the Day: Grooveman Spot


Grooveman Spot a.k.a. DJ Kou-G is a Japanese DJ/producer, member of the group Enbull. He is part of the Jazzy Sport label known for its quality Jazz/Hip-Hop-inspired releases. He has released several mixtapes, albums, and EPs including the recent Re:Eternal Development (Gold Star & Silver Star), remixes of his 2006 Eternal Development LP (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Grooveman Spot's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Grooveman+Spot





Released Albums:
Grooveman Spot - Eternal Development
Grooveman Spot - Change Situations
Grooveman Spot - Grooveman Spot EP

Reference:
(2010). Grooveman Spot. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Grooveman+Spot

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November 24, 2010

Artist of they Day: The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble


Another one of Madlib’s alter egos, who appears on the album Yesterdays Universe (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/The%2BLast%2BElectro-Acoustic%2BSpace%2BJazz%2B%2526%2BPercussion%2BEnsemble





Released Albums:
The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble - Miles Away
The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble - Summer Suite

Reference:
(2010). The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/The%2BLast%2BElectro-Acoustic%2BSpace%2BJazz%2B%2526%2BPercussion%2BEnsemble

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November 23, 2010

Artist of the Day: Dak or Dakim


A sneak-peek download in honor of the completion of our first digital release. “Standthis”, available July 7th on digital portals (itunes, boomkat, etc.) and limited hand-made cassettes, represents the future of psychedelic hip-hop in an addictive EP of epic proportions. Although Dak’s sound is rooted in basic hip-hop rhythms and structures, his main practice consists of insane post-dilla experiments in freepsychjazz. This exploration and ultimate transcendence of genre captures the spirit and scope of Leaving releases to come (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Dak's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Dak





Released Albums:
Dak - Standthis

Reference:
(2010). Dak. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Dak

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November 22, 2010

Artist of the Day: MillionYoung


“MillionYoung‘s hypnagogic, late night, loping pop loops bloom in the shadows of delirious dream territories; Mike Diaz’s aching, arching, always overhead vocals floating lonely above an effervescent, imagined coastal paradise of found tribal drum snippets, syrupy synth rushing and brilliantly colourful, drawn-out circular guitars that just absolutely refuse to fade or break, shading braincells in never-lived nostalgia; making stomachs shift with strange sickness in a beautiful, unshakeable way" (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to MillionYoung's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/MillionYoung



Released Albums:
MillionYoung - SunnDreamm EP

Reference:
(2010). MillionYoung. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/MillionYoung

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November 21, 2010

Artist of the Day: Kode9


Kode9 is a leading figure in the South London Dubstep scene. As a producer and DJ he most known for his collaborations with MC the SpaceApe aka Daddi Gee. He is also the founder of the pioneering UK label Hyperdub. Along with Pinch, Kode9 was one of the few producers at the dawn of Dubstep not from Croydon. He is often noted for his Memetic Philosophy on music and sonic culture (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Kode9's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Kode9



Released Albums:
Kode9 - Memories of the Future with Spaceape

Reference:
(2010). Kode9. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Kode9

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November 20, 2010

Artist of the Day: Star Slinger


Star Slinger is an Instrumental Hip-Hop project started in April 2010 by UK Producer Darren Williams. So far he has released an 11 track LP, a Remix EP and a bunch of singles for free. He has a few 12” & 7” releases coming soon (Last.fm, 2010)!

You can listen to Star Slinger's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Star+Slinger





Released Albums:
Star Slinger - Volume 1
Star Slinger - Untitled Album

Reference:
(2010). Star Slinger. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Star+Slinger

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November 19, 2010

Artist of the Day: Washed Out


Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Perry, Georgia, USA who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard.

There’s a sense of longing and distance in Greene’s somber, filtered vocals, but it’s what he does compositionally that makes Washed Out stand out. Backed by gently pulsing, Balearic-tinged disco, Greene’s voice takes on a new dimension. Reminiscent of groups like The Glass and the Chromatics, Washed Out is the music to end your night with, when the city is quiet and the walk home, long (Last.fm, 2010).
 

You can listen to Washed Out's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Washed+Out



Released Albums:
Washed Out - Life of Leisure
Washed Out - Untitled

Reference:
(2010). Washed Out. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Washed+Out

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November 18, 2010

Artist of the Day: Count Bass D


Some people DJ, others make beats. Heads everywhere spit lyrics—either off the dome or noted, and many are even recognized as true MC’s who actually manage to rock a crowd here & there. A few folks get by juggling two or more facets; and even a small number happen to be classically or self-taught piano players, drummers and strummers. Count Bass D does it all.

Count has been working to prove this since his decade-old debut, Pre-Life Crisis (Sony). Not only did he compose every note, pen lyrics, contribute the cuts and scratches—but he played most of the instruments (Last.fm, 2010).


You can listen to Count Bass D's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Count+Bass+D



Released Albums:
Count Bass D - Pre-Life Crisis
Count Bass D - Dwight Spitz
Count Bass D - Begborrowsteal
Count Bass D - 2006 (Some Music Part 2)
Count Bass D - Act Your Waist Size
Count Bass D - Ear Regardless (Some Music Part 3)
Count Bass D - L7 (Mid-Life Crisis)
Count Bass D - True Ohio Playas EP

Reference:
(2010). Count Bass D. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Count+Bass+D

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November 17, 2010

Artist of the Day: Computer Jay


Computer Jay is a Los Angeles-based musician who uses the sounds of dusty old video-game consoles to make hip-hop beats. You can hear the product of his labors on his Myspace page or listen to his nasty Atari 2600 mix “2600 Ways to Krush” at dublab.com (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Computer Jay's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Computer+Jay



Released Albums:
Computer Jay - Los Angeles 7/10 Split Album with Dam-Funk

Reference:
(2010). Computer Jay. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Computer+Jay

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Artist of the Day: Adventure Time


Come along for an escapade in surreal soundscapes. Adventure Time cut and paste and re-cut to taste. Their hopped up polyrhythms give majorettes and marionettes a reason to dance. This mission is fun for all so let’s make the action happen. Adventure Time is Daedelus and Frosty. Adventure Time are signed to Plug Research (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Adventure Time's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Adventure+Time



Released Albums:
Adventure Time - Dreams of Water Themes
Adventure Time - Glass Bottom Boats EP

Reference:
(2010). Adventure Time. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Adventure+Time

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November 16, 2010

Artist of the Day: Eprom


Eprom is known for his diverse, funky and energetic sets, which cross the lines between live remixing and manipulation of hiphop and dubstep with his own obscenely bass-heavy neurocrunk transmissions. Eprom has played alongside artists like Flying Lotus, The Glitch Mob, Skream, Lazer Sword, Kode9, Mochipet, Rustie, and many others. Eprom has worked with internationally renowned MCs and has slated multiple vinyl releases in the coming year. DJ supporters include Starkey, Jakes, Bassnectar, The Glitch Mob, Rustie, Megasoid, Zombie Disco Squad, Riton, Basement Jaxx, and BBC Radio One’s Mary Anne Hobbs (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Eprom's music at:
http://www.last.fm/music/Eprom



Released Albums:
Eprom - 64 Bytes EP

Reference:
(2010). Eprom. Last.fm. Retrieved from http://www.last.fm/music/Eprom

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