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In this blog, I will be spotlighting a beat innovator from around the world each day. I will also provide the artist's bio, album releases, and more.

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Hailing from Southern California, Dayeve Xienze, real name Dayeve Masangcay is a skilled underground hip hop and trip hop disc jockey, who loves to make sample-based music with a touch of acoustic guitar and keyboard, ever since 1998. His music can be considered abstract, experimental, distinctive, eccentric, weird and wonderful. It can be categorize as trip-hop, underground hip-hop, turntablism, breakbeats, electronica, cinematic, avant garde, film score, and space age (The 13th Plate, 2010).

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19 September 10

Artist of the Day: The Heliocentrics

Led by the relentless drummer Malcolm Catto, the UK collective’s objective lays quite a ways beyond what ordinary listeners know or expect. In an alternative galaxy, where the orbits of Hip-Hop, Funk, Jazz, Psychedelic, Electronic, Avante-Garde and Ethnic music all revolve around “The One” – that’s where you might find The Heliocentrics.

A listen to a song or two reveals no small influence from the funk universe of James Brown. But there’s also the disorienting asymmetry of Sun Ra’s music. The cinematic scope of Ennio Morricone. The sublime fusion of David Axelrod. But the Heliocentrics’ music isn’t retro. It’s brand new. And it’s timeless. They have well-placed fans in the likes of Madlib (Catto was featured on his Shades of Blue album and on various Yesterdays New Quintet releases) and DJ Shadow (the band backed him on the song “This Time I’m Gonna Do It My Way” from his The Outsider album), who will tell you that this band is really the next shit but that they have the consistency and musicianship that seems to have been lost somewhere in the analog to digital shuffle over the past thirty years (Last.fm, 2010).

Malcom Catto – drums & piano
Jake Ferguson – bass & thai guitar
Mike Burnham – modular synthesizer & effects
Jack Yglesias – flutes, percussion & santur
Adrian Owusu – guitars, oud & percussion
James Arben – clarinet, tenor & baritone saxophones
Ray Carless – alto, tenor & baritone saxophones
Max Weissenfeldt – vibraphone & percussion

You can listen to The Heliocentrics’ music at:

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Heliocentrics

Released Albums:

The Heliocentrics - Out There

The Heliocentrics - Inspiration Information

The Heliocentrics - Fallen Angels

Reference:

(2010). The Heliocentrics. Last.fm. Retrieved from

http://www.last.fm/music/The+Heliocentrics

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18 September 10

Artist of the Day: Ayatollah (producer)

Ayatollah (Lamont Dorrell) is a hip-hop producer from Queens, New York, with a soulful sound who has provided beats for many of the big names in the genre, perhaps most notably Ms. Fat Booty for Mos Def. He has nine full length instrumental releases, including: Listen, Now Playing, Drum Machine, The Quixotic and the newly released Cocoon (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Ayatollah’s music at: 

http://www.last.fm/music/Ayatollah

Released Albums: 

Ayatollah - Listen

Ayatollah - Now Playing

Ayatollah - Drum Machine

Ayatollah - The Quixotic

Ayatollah - Cocoon

Ayatollah - Personal Legend Vol. 1

Ayatollah - So Many Reasons To Rhyme

Ayatollah - Live From the MPC 60

Reference: 

(2010). Ayatollah. Last.fm. Retrieved from

http://www.last.fm/music/Ayatollah

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17 September 10

Artist of the Day: Machine Drum (producer)

Born Travis Stewart on March 4th 1982, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, he has always been a trailblazer - bridging the gap between genres that would otherwise never have met before.

His debut Now You Know, was released in 2001 on the influential Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. It was heralded as the “standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” by Pitchfork.com

Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he dances between those elements on all his releases. This can be heard in the field recording and vintage synth laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of the This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London. His critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? was the latest showcase of his most recent production. With a combination of the songwriting skills of Timbaland, huge club sound of Daft Punk, and crafty experimentation of Aphex Twin, he manages to bring a new and bold take on electronic music.

This summer, Machinedrum dropped his Many Faces EP on LuckyMe and he performed alongside other label mates at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Under the name Sepalcure, he’s also released the Love Pressure EP on Hotflush with friend and collaborator Preveen Sharma- a sound they describe as “an exploration of chopped up 90s diva house acapellas and wooden sounding snares reminiscent of UK funky and dubstep”.

A true electronic music Renaissance man, Machinedrum blends together current pop music standards and trends with his own extensive knowledge of experimental production techniques, delivering his quality signature on every thing he touches (Last.fm, 2010). 

You can listen to Machine Drum’s music at: 

http://www.last.fm/music/Machine+Drum

Released Albums: 

Machine Drum - Now You Know

Machine Drum - Bidnezz

Machine Drum - Cached

Machine Drum - Want to 1 2

Machine Drum - Many Faces

Reference: 

(2010). Machine Drum. Last.fm. Retrieved from

http://www.last.fm/music/Machine+Drum

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16 September 10

Artist of the Day: Greyboy

Greyboy is San Diego producer and DJ, Andreas Stevens, he makes spacy acid jazz with hip-hop roots. Also variously known as Dj Greyboy and also contributed to The Greyboy Allstars.

Soul Mosaic” is the latest Greyboy album, and was recorded 10 years after the release of “Freestylin’,” the first Greyboy full-length album for Ubiquity. The tracks crafted into this fourth Greyboy album include groundbreaking territory for the Southern California based producer/DJ. For the first time he recorded full vocal songs adding a new soulful dimension to his music. The trademark laid-back West Coast Greyboy beats remain central to “Soul Mosaic” but are now enhanced by collaborations with folks like Sharon Jones, Bart Davenport (Honeycut), and Bing Ji Ling.

A decade ago “Freestylin’” became a surprise underground hit, it was a building block of the early acid jazz movement and still holds cult status today. Since then Greyboy has released the equally jazz-based instrumental “Land of the Lost” and the soundtrack and hip hop inspired “Mastered The Art”, which featured musicians and MCs in a prelude to the “Soul Mosaic” album.

Greyboy has recorded with AG (Showbiz & AG), and the Greyboy Allstars (whom he helped put together and produce). His music has been featured in movies like Get Shorty, Celtic Pride, The Kelly Slater Surf Pro video game, Budweiser commercials, and he was handpicked to provide a mix CD for DC shoes.

Over the years Greyboy has DJ’d in Japan, Europe, and across the USA. His largest DJ gig was to 5000 people in the countryside outside of Rome, but throughout the summer of 2003 he played to over 20, 000 people a night on tour with Ben Harper and Jack Johnson. His DJ philosophies have never changed, he practices to stay technically on top of his game but never practices a set for a specific night preferring to put together tunes and based on the vibe at each gig.

Working up the rough drafts for “Soul Mosaic” Greyboy recorded parts, solos, and lyrics with guests returning to the lab in his Long Beach home to deconstruct and sift through all the elements. And just like the aesthetic of Killingsworth, the well-known Case Study House architect who built the house which Greyboy recently restored (it was featured twice in Dwell Magazine), less is definitely more. In fact the process of restoring the home is not unlike his approach to making music. His mid-century modern building has been altered, remodeled and added onto over the years, Greyboy is currently putting it back the way it was supposed to be.

Vocalists like Bay Area underground favorite Bart Davenport sings on the two sold-out singles “To Know You is To Love You” and “Genevieve”, cover versions of a Stevie Wonder tune (originally recorded by Syreeta) and Cymande respectively. “Genevieve” was nominated as one of the songs of the year by Radio 1’s Worldwide host Gilles Peterson. East Coast based Sharon Jones has made a storming come back with Daptone Records over recent years and also appears on two tracks. San Francisco up n’comer Bing Ji Ling adds a lil’ Shuggie Otis folksy soul and guitar while MCs like Mainflo (TVT), and musicians and turntablists like D-Styles and Ricci Rucker (Sound In Color) maintain the hip hop pressure, and Robert Walter and Karl Denson (of the Greyboy Allstars) add a touch of jazz. Rounding out the mosaic are co-producers like the UK-based Quantic and West Coaster Mike Andrews, who recently had a hand in the Christmas #1 spot on the UK charts with a version of Tears for Fears “Mad World” from the Donnie Darko soundtrack (Last.fm, 2010).

You can listen to Greyboy’s music at: 

http://www.last.fm/music/Greyboy

Released Albums: 

Greyboy - Soul Mosaic

Greyboy - Mastered The Art

Greyboy - Freestylin’

Greyboy - Land of the Lost

Greyboy - Shades of Grey

Greyboy - 15 Years of West Coast Cool

Reference: 

(2010). Greyboy. Last.fm. Retrieved from

http://www.last.fm/music/Greyboy

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15 September 10

Artist of the Day: Pleq



Pleq is an experimental project by Bartosz Dziadosz, a 27-year-old philosophy student. Based in Warsaw, Poland; Pleq has developed his highly-synthetic competencies through a series of dis-reality attempts, monastery supervision and a romantic way of handling peer pressure. His motives in sound resemble an abandoned ironworks garage during the industrial revolution, where melancholy is paired with harmonies of magnetizing structure (Discogs, 2010).

You can listen to Pleq’s music at: 

http://www.last.fm/music/Pleq

Released Albums: 

Pleq - But it Does Not End There

Pleq - Lucid Dream

Pleq - The Fallen Love

Pleq - Metamorphosis

Pleq - Our Words Are Frozen

Pleq - A Minute Extra Thinking

Pleq - Intelligible

Pleq - The Lost Beauty

Pleq - Pocket Full of Blue EP

Pleq - Good Night

Pleq - My Life Begins Today

Pleq - The Seed

Reference: 

(2010). Pleq. Discogs. Retrieved from

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Pleq

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