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]
Earlier today, Percussion Lab, a collective “dedicated to bringing you underground music for a new beat generation,” premiered an official compilation showcasing cuts from the likes of Sepalcure, Machinedrum, Daedelus and more. Praveen Sharma, who produces as Braille and figures as 1/2 of Sepalcure curated the lineup for Percussion Lab Presents: Cambio. So, with that in mind, head over here to stream and download the collection. Part of the proceeds will be directed towards Hurricane Sandy Relief.
Below, you can listen to Shigeto’s contribution to the pack. “Friends and Lovers” is a sumptuous, simultaneously beat and melody-driven piece that reveals a warmer side of the Detroit-based producer.
Download || Friends and Lovers – Shigeto
“Gelatin Silver (Flutters),” produced by one of Red Bull Music Academy’s forward thinking alumni, Anenon, can be found on Ouroboros, a compilation curated by Bryant Rutledge a.k.a Low Limit. Ouroboros is a showcase of North American artists who are pushing the boundaries of electronic music and features the talents of Machinedrum, HxdB, Obey City, and more. You can stream it over at FACT here.
“Gelatin Silver (Flutters)” is a short high. The melodies move so smoothly that, despite the fact that the track clocks in just over three minutes, it seems like it’s over before you’re ready. Nevertheless, the song is a generous taste of Anenon‘s signature atmospheric electronica. Brian Simon’s in-depth studies of composition over the years are evident in the organically textured percussion and harmonious tones of his latest piece.
[Machinedrum a.k.a. Travis Stewart]
Fact Mag just threw up this rather menacing dance number from Machinedrum. The tune is driven by the interplay between its dark skipping bass riff, and a torrent of skittering rim-shots and snares overlaid with a hypnotic guitar loop and the soft drone of vocal snippets.
The Berlin based label and collective, Leisure System, is back with another refreshing drop into their catalogue from two producers, Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum, working together in the collaborative effort, Jets.
[Machinedrum aka Travis Stewart]
In a recent interview with Fact Mag about the collaboration, Travis mentions that “you can kind of hear where we’ve been, and what we’ve come to, and everything.” What stands out in this duet is the presence of Edgar’s multi textured electro funk sounds and Machinedrum’s syncopated rhythmic tendencies. It may seem quite surprising for the producers to team up, but once heard, its pleasantly familiar.
Keep an eye out for the release from this pair on Leisure System.
[Travis Stewart, a.k.a. Machinedrum]
Travis Stewart, better known in the music world as Machinedrum, set free his remix of an unreleased, untitled Boards of Canada track earlier today. The edit is a step and a half away from Stewart’s previous work (see previously: Machinedrum | Alarmaa), which showcases his clearly eclectic taste in music. Below is Travis’s process in reworking the relatively unknown Boards of Canada song.
“I decided to take this bootleg recording and re-produce it for fun. Using the recording I laid new drums over the existing drum patterns (almost 100% accurate to original), replayed some synth parts and the bassline. The only thing I didn’t try to re-create was the original vocoder parts and some random samples so I used the original bootleg recording for that. I was tempted to make a shorter 4-5 minute version but I figured I should preserve the original piece in its intended length.”
Download || Untitled [Machinedrum Edit] – Boards of Canada
[Boards of Canada]
Travis Stewart aka Machinedrum was nice enough to give this gem of a track away for the free LuckyMe Christmas Advent, which the label released back in December. The highly acclaimed Glasgow label celebrated the festivities by giving away one free remix/unreleased/rare track from their astounding assortment of acts listing from Jacques Greene, Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Mike Slott & Rustie.
Alarmaa made its way around the Boiler Room with it’s in your face drums, bubbling synths and heavy winding bass. Don’t be surprised if this tune destroys your dancefloor.
Download || Alaarma – Machinedrum
The soundcloud download limit was reached within 4 hours of Mr. Lustman, better known as the N.Y. beatmaker FaltyDL, posting this track. The frantic percussion and spirit of this collaboration between FaltyDL and Travis Stewart, a.k.a. Machinedrum, mimics the same Black-Friday-esque chaos in which the tune was gobbled up in.
Download || Give In 2 – Machinedrum & FaltyDL
“Where ever the fuck you are, turn it up – turn it up!”
[Nosaj Thing performing in Vancouver]
Nosaj Thing touches down with a new mix, crafted for Miss Mary Anne Hobbs‘ Xfm show last Saturday. His set selection is immaculate, featuring the likes of Jonwayne, Jamie XX, Machinedrum and Jacques Greene. He signs off with a rework of the track he produced for Kendrick Lamar.
Nosaj Thing - Sci (Rough)
Nosaj Thing - Eclipse/Blue Feat. Kazu Makino
Nosaj Thing x Architeq - Untitled
D Tiberio - Raver 5
Jacques Greene - iwon’t123
Jamie xx - Touch Me
Lunice - Superman OG
Machinedrum - A New Meaning (Rough)
Jon Wayne - Jackknifee
Nosaj Thing x Teebs - Untitled
Nosaj Thing x Kenrick Lamar - Cloud 10 Rework