The homie Om Unit has been busy of late putting the finishing touches to his new label, Cosmic Bridge recordings. We’ve been lucky to get the early info on it and we can confidently say that the first release, a collaborative 12″ between Om Unit and dubstep veteran Kromestar, is going to be making a lot of noise and turning a lot of heads.
Ahead of the 12″ release, Om Unit is giving away a dub of the B-side, Merkabah, by French producer Moresounds. The catch? By downloading it you enter yourself into a prizedraw to win a signed copy of Cosmic Bridge 001 test press. The winners of the competition will be announced on Wednesday next week.
Cosmic Bridge 001 goes on sale monday via the Sirus shop and everywhere else on July 25. You’ll be able to find all relevant purchase links and info on the label site which goes live on monday too.
We’ll be airing tracks from the label on this month’s show and stay tuned for more info on the man and label very soon. For now enjoy!
So last night we took our regular Ustream show, La Maisonette Electronique, on the road so to speak with a live session broadcast from London’s Vibe Bar. The session was made possible thanks to Kid Kanevil who organised the first (of hopefully many!) Keroro Platoon Soundclash sunday session at the Brick Lane venue. He invited Mr Beatnick, Om Unit and myself along and so we thought this would be the perfect occasion to broadcast the show live from the venue.
We managed to record about 3h of it, as the wifi kept cutting out unfortunately. Above you can see the first 45 mins and below are embeds for the last two hours including 1h30 of back to back business between the four of us.
Enjoy and tune into our Ustream show every two weeks (more or less) on a Sunday – though we’ve been known to change it to a wednesday so best keep an eye on our twitter for up to date info.
So in between the constant aftershocks we’ve been getting here in Tokyo (nearly 1,000 earthquakes and shocks since March 11), organising the Nihon Kizuna release and parties and trying to actually have a holiday, I got chatting to Nasty Nasty on Twitter a few weeks back. I think it all started because Planet Mu are about to release a new single of his called ‘No Names’, which I thoroughly recommend you check out.
So we got chatting and the man kindly sent us some newer material to go alongside this new single – more on that in coming shows (or if you catch me DJing in Tokyo this weekend). Alongside this, he also sent a couple of club edits the other day – a totally tripped out Chopped n Screwed job and this one, a stadium-sized footwork edit of The Weeknd which he made for a recent Frite Nite party – the SF label/crew he works with. It’s pretty effin’ good, in fact it went down a treat when I dropped it last saturday in Tokyo and it seems to have turned into a crowd favourite overall, leading the man to kindly allow us to put it online for posterity. Don’t let the edit title fool you either, this is one of the nicest takes on the footwork sound I’ve heard in a while.
You can stream and/or download it below as a 320 mp3.
For more on Nasty Nasty have a listen on Soundcloud, and like I said look out for the Planet Mu 12 and more coming soon which we’ll be airing on the show for sure.
A couple of weeks ago an email came in with a track attached of a footwork remix of Omni Trio’s classic Jungle track ‘Renegade Snares’. This was followed this week by a four track EP that took four classics from the Jungle era and flipped them in a footwork style. The only information I was given was a name, Phillip D Kick, and the fact that he was an old jungle fan and wanted the tracks put out as they are, nothing more.
So here you have Footwork Jungle vol.1 featuring Omni Trio, Q Project, Krome + Time and Leviticus all rather amazingly re-imagined in the style of Chicago’s Footwork music. Whether you a fan of the old or the new elements, each of these is a surefire winner.
As per the artist’s request we are releasing this as a set via Soundcloud, 100 downloads of each track only. Then they’re gone.
Click on the set tracks below to download. Turn up the volume, enjoy.
Somehow I never quite thought I’d ever write something like this. But hey it’s happening, I’ll be doing a little tour of Japan and Tokyo in March and April representing Rhythm Incursions and taking in 5 dates across 4 weeks, with 4 shows in the capital and one outside.
Those that have been following us for a while, and over at our sister site Turntable Radio, will know that I lived in Japan in 2007/8 and that we’ve always had strong links to the country’s underground scenes – manifested through some pretty killer guest mixes over the last few years by the likes of Ichiro_, Himuro Yoshiteru, Olive Oil, Ken One and Yosi Horikawa among others as well as our regular Raid System podcast presented by XLII and Broken Haze from Tokyo.
Dates for the shows are below – if you are in area or know anyone that is please do come down and say hello or spread the word. Japan is now our third biggest listener base so it’d be great to meet some of the listeners whilst having a good time. I’ll be playing alongside some very dope people too including close friends of ours like Raid System, Ken One, Goth Trad, and ENA as well as Japanese beat maker RLP and Exodus from Leeds.
All dates are DJ sets and you can expect the same wide ranging approach as the shows but with the dancefloor in mind of course. I should also be doing a special beats set for the In Dope Like This party – a short promo mix for which you can stream/download above – and potentially a 2006/7 dubstep set at BTC as I’ll be recovering all my dubstep vinyl which has been left in storage in Tokyo for the last 3 years.
Also the March 25 gig with Raid System will be broadcast live on their Ustream channel so no excuse not to join us if you’re online at the same time – that should be a very special party.
Rhythm Incursions Japan tour 2011:
12/03 | Gnarbeats @ Q-tips | Hakuba, Nagano-ken, Japan | Facebook event page
18/03 | In Dope Like This vol.3 @ Harajuku U | Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan | Facebook page
25/03 | Raid System Radio vol. 15 @ Heavy Sick Zero | Nakano, Tokyo, Japan | Website + streamed live
07/04 | Back To Chill @ Club Asia | Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan | Website
09/04 | Mo’ Fun vol.12 @ Heavy Sick Zero | Nakano, Tokyo, Japan | Facebook page
A massive thank you to all the people who made this possible (in no special order): Goth Trad, XLII, Broken Haze, Asa, Keijiro and Dopement. And a special thank you to Serato and Rane for their support.