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]
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.]
Danny Native, a producer based in the UK, recently shared this understated rolling filtered-house remix of Filterwolf’s “Brooklyn via Montmartre” (via XLR8R).
It breathes- and unfolds slowly over eight minutes- looping infectious piano rhythms, punctuated by random brass riffs and crash cymbals.
Here is a freshly-picked bouncing melodic beauty from Four Tet: ”128 Harps.”
James and Jas of Simian Mobile Disco dropped the Unpatterns LP today on Wichita Recordings. The duo will be conjuring up magic live via subtractive synthesis at Fabric in London this Friday evening to celebrate the release; (tickets and info here).
The publishers have generously and wisely made the entire LP available for free streaming. (And thankfully, they have opted to leave out the frustrating fade ins/outs that are typical of many SoundCloud “previews” these days).
If you haven’t heard their classic debut LP Attack Decay Sustain Release LP, and you like to dance, I suggest you get your hands on it and stick it on a quality system when the mood strikes you. (Their second LP, Temporary Pleasure, also offers a handful of gems such as, “Cruel Intentions”).
Back in the late ‘90s, James and Jas were studying folklore and physics respectively at Manchester University, while crafting experimental electronic jams in the spare room of their shared house. Although he eventually dropped out of his program, Jas’s grounding in quantum physics served him later on in music: the drum pattern on SMD’s early white label “Tits & Acid” was based on the matrix mechanics of Werner Heisenberg.
Also, here is the new video for “Pareidolia.”
(“Pareidolia”: a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant).
Curated by Scuba, Hot Flush is a diamond in the rough with an impressive catalog of inspired UK dance music, despite its relatively young age.
“The Wait” is proper subterranean rave music. (I look forward to getting my hands on the full-length cut).
We will keep our ears open for more from Guy-
R.I.P. is a deep ethereal rave-weary lamentation.
Darren Cunningham is based out of South London. The organic warmth of his sound can be partly attributed to his exclusive use of hardware-based synthesizers, rather than software-based instruments.
Cunningham draws heavily on motifs from UK underground dance music, but his record is clearly not aimed directly at the dance-floor. Rather, R.I.P. creates a sombre solitary mood such as that of a lonely bedroom right before dawn.
R.I.P. is forthcoming on Honest Jon’s. Here is a bit of a tease:
Marcus Ortega conjures up a chilling nostalgic atmosphere through the interplay of a washed out discordant piano, and the deep strolling plucks of a double-bass.