“Unintentionally off-the-grid and committed to his personal sound evolution, Flako is more of a Soul-documentarian than a typical beat maker. With roots in Chile, raised in Germany, and currently living in London via Berlin – the man himself is a melange of flavor. His particular sonic palette is a mercurial blend of warm analogue colors and cutting-edge design. His writing is marked by manifest emotion.” (via Kwatro)
Flako remixes our beloved Lianne La Havas in a moving rendition of the already timeless, ‘Elusive’. Masterfully arranging a dynamic frame for Lianne’s powerful vocals to bleed through, Flako, all the while complements the ebb and flow of the vocal track with choral synth interludes, dashing percussion, and the cascading analogue tones of a jazz ensemble.
It would seem that the majority of the tunes I have been listening to lately feature a four-to-the-floor kick drum. So if you’re of the opinion that most of that “nst’ nst’ nst’” crap sounds the same, you should probably stop reading now and find something else to listen to… However, if you have read this far already, my guess is that you have a sense of what you’re getting into and that you too will share my enthusiasm for many of these funky soulful gems.
In this instalment of The Bootleg Tapes, you will hear new material from the likes of Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Booka Shade, Mount Kimbie, and Daft Punk alongside a handful of selections from the stacks…
TRACKS Hey Now – Romare [Black Acre] Rewind – Omar S [FXHE] Take Your Shirt Off – Cocolores [Compost] White Noise ft. Aluna George – Disclosure [Island] Confunktion – Dark Sky [Tectonic] Work It Out – Kastle [self-released] You Naked (Jimmy Edgar remix) – Jamie Lidell [Warp] Sicko Cell – Joy Orbison [Swamp 81] 1960 What (Opolopo Kick Bass re-rub) – Gregory Porter [Tokyo Dawn] So Into You (Inner City radio mix) – Michael Watford [Rhino Atlantic] Close – Squarehead [Sounds of Sumo] Wear It Well – Locked Groove [Hot Flush] Send A Prayer pt. 1 – Motor City Drum Ensemble [Rush Hour / MCDE] Black Out White Noise – Booka Shade [Blaufield Music] Waiting All Night ft. Ella Eyre (Kidnap Kid remix) – Rudimental [Warner Music UK] Too Much – Amateur Best [Double Denim] Headlock (Graphics remix) – Mr. Fogg [Kicking Ink] Ebonics – Theo Parish [Sound Signature] saṃsāra – unknown [unreleased] You Rock My World – Michael Jackson [Epic] Need You 100% – Duke Dumont [Ministry of Sound] Makin' Love – Sound Stream [Sound Stream] A Girl Like Me – Mason [Great Stuff] Same Old Place – Genius Of Time [Aniara] Made To Stray – Mount Kimbie [Warp] Get Lucky ft. Pharell Williams – Daft Punk [Daft Life \ Columbia \ Sony Music]
Why is this mix series titled “The Bootleg Tapes”? I have been pondering this question… Wikipedia describes a “bootleg recording” as “an audio or video recording of a performance that was not officially released by the artist or under other legal authority.” The article goes on to explain that “the process of making and distributing such recordings is known as bootlegging.” To be honest, I did not pay for any of these tracks, and some of them have not yet been released by their respective labels. I did not receive permission from the “copyright holders” to re-distribute this content, (as SoundCloud’s copyright infringement detection software pointed out to me when I tried unsuccessfully to upload the mix the first couple times.) In short, these mixes are conceived and distributed in contravention of music copyright law. For this reason, it would seem that the title of the series is fitting.
For this tenth episode, I put together a special two-hour mix comprised of an eclectic selection of house, techno, UK garage, and soul. Most of the tracks are contemporary, but you will hear a handful of classics from the likes of Fingers Inc., Rhythim Is Rhythim, Inner City, and Carl Craig.
Special thanks to the other Low-Life staff-writers who helped me find a great deal of this music–as well as to our followers.
Cirrus - Bonobo [Ninja Tune]
Harm In Change - Toro Y Moi [Carpark]
You Give Me Fever - Romare [Universal]
Whatnot - Machinedrum [Innovative Leisure]
Everything - Justin Jay [Southern Fried]
Turns Turns Turns (Blue Hawaii Flüchtig Mix) - Majical Cloudz [Arbutus]
Elegante - Squarehead [5AND7]
So Submissive - Citizen [MadTech]
Reykjavik - Brolin [Double Denim]
Guuurl - Lapalux [Brainfeeder]
Local Traffic - Wolfey [White]
The Variable - Wolfey [White]
Can You Feel It? (instrumental) - Fingers Inc. [Trax]
Something We All Adore - Solomun [Supernature]
Desire - 69 [R&S]
Brazil (slow version) - Luke Abott [Border Community]
Sandstorms - Carl Craig [Planet E]
The Fallout - Dark Sky and Breach [Naked Naked]
Tenderly - Disclosure [Make Mine]
Good Life - Inner City [Virgin]
Soul What (Boddika Remix) - Boddika [Swamp 81]
Sunshine (Uto Karem Remix) - Tomaz & Filterheadz [1605 Music Therapy]
Sad - Jerome LOL [Self-Released]
Phosphor (Norman Nodge Remix) - Onmutu Mechanicks [Echocord Colour]
Tomorrow Belongs To Us - Booka Shade [Defected In The House]
Beam Me Up (George Fitzgerald Remix) - Close [Aus Music]
Energy Flash - Joey Beltram [R&S]
Positive Education - Slam [Soma Quality]
Defiant Order - Birdy Nam Nam [OWSLA]
Loose Your - Günther Lause [Laut & Luise]
Mask - Pedestrian & Maribou State [Catz N' Dogz]
Closer - Lulu James [Sony / RCA]
Distant Shores - Petar Dundov [Music Man]
Ford Trax - Baby Ford [Virgin France]
Strings Of Life - Rhythim is Rhythim [Transmat]
Retrograde - James Blake [Republic]
For this latest installment of the Bootleg Tapes, I put together a mix-tape comprised of primarily melodic soulful jacking house music with a sprinkling of UKG, and techno–a handful of gems that I have been rinsing over the past little while.
You might put it on in order to set the tone for a night out (or in) with good company–but it’s perfectly suitable for grooving alone in your bedroom or bumping on your car stereo.
Nova – Burial + Four Tet [Text]
New For You – Andres [La Vida]
Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix) – Destiny’s Child [Self-Released]
Boiling (ft. Sinead Harnett) – Disclosure [Greco-Roman]
Ellipsis – Joy Orbison [Hinge Finger]
Pacific (0101 mix) – Pacific State [Tommy Boy Music]
Forgotten Notes – Hackman [Cymbidium]
The Perfect Blues (ft. Jesse Boykins III) (Jacques Greene Remix) – Jesse Boykins III + MeLo-X [Ninja Tune]
Away Away (Axel Boman Remix) – Dave Aju [Circus Company]
What I Might Do (Club Mix) – Ben Pearce [MTA]
Child – George Fitzgerald [Aus]
Flo Jam – Dusky [Dogmatik]
My Head Is A Jungle (Kasper Bjorke’s Liquid Lips Remix) – Wankelmut & Emma Louise [Get Physical]
Brandy & Coke (VIP) – dj Q [Local Action]
Paris Stabbing – Diva [Phonica]
Femme Fatale – Justin Jay [Dirtybird]
Pelican – Julio Bashmore [Broadwalk]
$tripper – Bicep [Love Fever]
Lost and Found (Maya Jane Coles Remix) – Liane La Havas [Self-Released]
Masks – Martyn [Brainfeeder]
Paris Dub 1 (ft. Paris Brightledge) – Paranoid London [Paranoid London Records]
So Will Be Now (ft. Pional) – John Talabot [Permanent Vacation]
Flutes – Hot Chip [Domino]
Night Light (Joe Goddard Remix) – Jessie Ware [PMR]
Say That – Toro Y Moi [Carpark]
What You Need – Flume [Future Classic]
Confidence Boost (Harmonimix Remix) – Trimbal [R&S]
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At the end of last month, T.E.E.D released an EP consisting of four intelligently juxtaposed adaptations of their impactful single, “Your Love“. We at low-life were immediately attracted to these two.
Pearson Sound‘s stripped naked edit showcases his signature drum finesse which in turn guides you through this active listening experience. Apologies for the snippet.
Similarly, Fake Blood retains their iconic sound with this turbulent dance floor edit.
It’s been a while since we last dropped a tape. Here is a selection of vitalizing numbers that have been cropping up in the rotation again and again for me and the rest of us here at L.L. lately.
Download || The Bootleg Tapes – Vol. VIII
Mixed by Wolfey
Jupiters - Four Tet [TEXT]
Default - Atoms For Peace [XL]
Au Seve - Julio Bashmore [Broadwalk]
Revolution - Mala [Brownswood]
A Species Out Of Control - Simian Mobile Disco [Wichita]
Prism - Jacques Greene 
Crystal Caverns 1991 - Lone [R&S]
Ye Ye - Daphni [TEXT]
Winterval - Sam Willis [Half Machine]
Thrown - Kiasmos [Erased Tapes]
Jagged Edge - Eats Everything [Pets]
Jasmine - Jai Paul [XL]
Missing You - John Talabot [Permanent Vacation]
Held - Holy Other [Tri Angle]
Control (Joe Goddard Remix) - Disclosure [Greco-Roman]
Blue Skies Red Soil - NeferTT [Hot Flush]
Joy - Atem. [forthcoming on Blenheim & Celtic]
Local Traffic - Wolfey [*unreleased*]
Small Talk (Four Tet Remix) - Ultraista [Temporary Residence Ltd.]
Yesterday low-life friendlies, Pleasurekraft dropped their impossibly groovy “retro” house reduction of Eric Sneo‘s Shut Up & Dance. ”The Voice” and his commands during the intro steal your attention allowing you to follow his voice until the initial melodies drop out from beneath you and you’ve plummeted into the next bars of Kaveh & Kalle’s sophisticated refinement of a hard-hitting house number.
Buy it here.
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The contest is officially closed, and the winner of our Coachella ticket giveaway is Neil Belen!
This week Minnesota and Paper Diamond embark on their Tiger Style Tour 2012 (Elm&Oak), and to whet our appetites, Christian Bauhofer has sewn together a slew of original tracks off his forthcoming record – anticipated through MalLabel.
The synth work on these forthcoming tracks seem to be where Minnesota has crafted his niche. These shine with an illuminated lustre – inspiring and full of vitality. A common practice of the artist includes integrating samples of metaphysical discussion, which induce feelings of the numinous.
Minnesota – Relax (Forthcoming Release)
Notorious B.I.G. – Gimme The Loot (Minnesota Remix)
Minnesota – Purple Daze
Minnesota – To The Floor (Forthcoming Release)
Minnesota – Stay Strong (Forthcoming Release)
Modeseleketor- Let Your Love Grow (Minnesota Remix)
Minnesota – Astral Projection (Forthcoming Release)
See Previously: Minnesota