featuring 6 of south africa’s dopest artists riding a digital dub riddim and singing in their home language isixhosa.for our international friends, xhosa is the most widely distributed african language in south africa, with over 7.6 million speakers. it was the home language of president nelson mandela.
great tunes by crosby, quite a white ou feat teba, zoro, izajah korianda, daddy spencer and ginger cobra. the album artwork is a local graffiti piece by buntu fihla aka @bief37. please feel free to download this riddim, share it with your friends and family, and support the artists who have made this incredible ‘for the love’ project possible.
check out this latest music video from mzantsi’s own blackest white boy, quite a white ou, featuring a stellar performance from teba shumba. it’s great to produce music for such talented and relevant artists.
in this tune they engage more with social commentary and politics compared to the straight humour of his first vid.
the ableton university tour took place in cape town on 17 may 2014 at uct school of music in association with ableton live and tuerk music.
in this demonstration, we created a track entirely out of “found sounds” in the lecture room, sounds recorded from the audience and dropped onto the simpler instrument with some basic audio and midi effects. all the common instrument and effect controls are mapped to macros for ease of use with your push, apc40, or other control surface.
the track is called loopy fruits because most of the instruments were made from the word “fruit”, which was a member of the audience’s response when asked what he had for breakfast.
please feel free to use these devices and sounds in your own projects, if you make something interesting out of them, i would love to hear how this demonstration has inspired you. please send me a link via the contact form on the website. enjoy.
i’m happy to announce that the boys from berlin have given me their official stamp of approval. i am now officially an ableton certified trainer. check out my profile on the ableton live website. just so you know i haven’t been faking it all this time.
if you are thinking of upping your music production, live electronic performance, sound design or composing to picture game, i can be of service to you.
how it works: i only teach one person per day, so make a booking with me in advance at a mutually suitable time. a session is about two hours long, or until your brain explodes. i come to your studio, even if its your bedroom or the basement at your moms house, so i can optimise your working environment as well as your software and hardware workflow. we will spend half the time going through the theory of whatever topic you would like to cover and the rest of the time working on practical examples … that means making some noise!
get hold of me via the contact form on this website
i have recently returned from a long meditation retreat in asia and would like to share some of my experiences with you, particularly for those who might be interested in going on a similar internal adventure for yourself.
so what makes a sane person (everything’s relative ok) take four months out of their life to go and live with buddha monks in a country that most south africans have never heard of? well if you’re into surfing, it would be natural to go on an extended trip to indonesia with your board in a bag. if you’re into skiing, the swiss alps might be your destination of choice. if ayahuasca is your thang, you’re going to be buying a plane ticket to peru soon enough. and if you’re into exploring what the buddha taught, in a place where the teachings and practice are relatively uncorrupted and have intact lineages going back to the time of the old boy himself, myanmar might be your choice of destination for a meditation retreat.
nanaka vihara is a newly established meditation centre in the theravada buddhist tradition. i was lucky enough to meet the abbot, ven. dhammasubho during my retreat at pa auk tawya in myanmar and requested a short stay of residence there for meditation practice.
the following article will be published in a book about yogi’s experiences of different meditation centres in myanmar:
i came to pa auk with the specific intention of learning more about samadhi meditation and the jhanas. before this, i have only ever meditated according to goenka’s instructions which touch briefly on concentration before launching into vipassana based on physical sensations. from reading the maha satipatthana sutta i became convinced that right concentration according to the noble eightfold path is, at very minimum, the first 4 jhanas. with that in mind, i did my research via the internet and other meditators’ experiences and the name pa auk kept coming up as a place where yogis can learn all 40 samatha subjects as instructed by the buddha.
this is recording of a dj set i dropped at a great little night called natural selection hosted by kimon. it’s a very random & eclectic selection of friendly funk, remixes and mashups, dub, hip hop, reggae, glitch hop and nu funk breaks.
i’m off travelling for four months in se asia, so it was great to have a last shakedown with some of my favourite peeps and tunes.
1. peggy lee & ludacris – hallelujah (c@ in the h@ remix)
2. restless leg syndrome – britney spears
3. skittles – tip-i-cally
4. mix n blend – mercy feat yaelle trules
5. pupajim – international farmer
6. bo$$y ride – big booty gal
7. romare – your love (give me fever)
8. kromestar – dont make sense
9. bo$$y ride – original trap star
10. nerub – oglinda
11. alborosie – raggamuffin
12. craig mack – flava in your ear
13. odjbox – golden feat j5 & haynes
14. opiuo – trout snout
15. restless leg syndrome – ya nas
16. caspar – put a lid on it
17. funk ferret – whole lotta shizzle
18. beastie boys – ya dont stop (bnc fullshot)
19. palov – not a typical jamaican
20. dj alias – san francisco bay
21. the fritz – get it going on
22. too many t’s – ain’t it right (lewd behaviour & wbbl dub)
23. maceo & the macks vs m.o.p. – ante up the tracks (mix n blend one afternoon edit)
24. fort knox five – another message to rudy
25. caspar – charleston feat conscious
26. 7ft soundsystem meets fletcher in dub – evil bush doctor riddim
27. jstar – shake empty heads
28. the allergies – heartbreaker
29. danny byrd – red mist (featurecast remix)
30. toots & the maytals – hard to handle (stickybuds remix)
31. odjbox – otto croy
32. the funk hunters & skiitour – the plan
it’s with great pleasure that i announce the release of my new album. the project is called dhamma baby and the album is called laughing buddha bass and it’s your for free. after 2 years in the studio i’m finally happy with the finished product and i’d love to share it with you. so go on, don’t be shy, download it for free right now!
thanks to pete woo for the amazing artwork.
the first part is 74 minutes of deep space dub music, subsonic rumblings, glitched out melodies and frequencies from other dimensions. laughing buddha bass by dhamma baby part 2 is something a little unusual. with this recording you can learn the ancient mediation technique of feeling the touch of your breath, otherwise known as anapana sati. meditation has become a huge part of my life and i would like to share this with you. learn how to meditate by feeling the touch of your breath by dhamma baby i hope this music and the meditation gives you as much as pleasure as it has given me!
i’m loving the deep sound of drum & bass right now. here are a few gems i found from many nights lost deep in the jungle.
i put this little mixtape together for it came from the jungle, cape town’s longest running weekly drum & bass nite.
enjoy the download : )
01 break – love so true
02 die & break – tear down
03 enei – obsession feat mc drs
04 calyx & teebee – elevate this sound
05 calibre – smooth baby
06 chris su – disorientated
07 dub phizix & skeptical – marka feat strategy
08 netsky – love is gone (dub phizix remix)
09 break – something new (xtrah remix)
10 xtrah – discordance
11 btk – drop it
12 eastcolours – watch out
13 lynx & kemo feat alix perez – dangerous
14 spectrasoul – 4 points
15 octane & dlr – murmur feat break
16 enei – running feat georgia yates
17 dramatic & db audio – revolution groove
18 dub phizix – never been feat fox
i had an opportunity to jump up onto stage at rocking the daisies when another dj’s laptop died all of a sudden, oops! anyway, here’s some random dubstep, mashups and glitch hop that got pulled out of the bag for this impromptu set.
two of africa’s heavyweight dub champions take a once in a life-time adventure into the deep realms of dub. follow these two cape town audio-nauts on their escapade of spliffs and blips, as they journey from the deepest subsonic worlds to the land of psychedelic space echoes. fasten your sub and enjoy the ride.
music written & produced by fletcher & yves. mastered by matt @ timecode. wicked artwork handmade by luis tolosana.
if you were thinking about learning ableton live, now is the time. i have partnered with SAE cape town to bring you a humdinger of an ableton course. it’s 8 weeks long, 2 nights a week starting from 29 may 2012. i will be taking students starting from scratch, through the basics of audio and midi all the way to the complexities of producing finished tracks and remixes. all of this in a great environment. i look forward to be working in SAE’s state of the art mac’ed out classrooms and studios. click here for more information about the course and application details.
danny popper is a hooligan. he also likes to make very large pieces of art. he made this one for siemens on the durban beachfront for cop17. to show their commitment to the environment or something like that. danny asked me nicely to come up with a track for him for his video documentary. here’s the result of my time in the studio with guitarist, macro msg, from spain. the tune is called “dubsidedowntree”. i rather like it if i say so myself.
you can find out more about danny popper’s work on his website http://danielpopper.com
here’s my live dub set at ‘a taste of sonar’ in cape town. it was a wicked nite for me, i got to meet massive attack and modeselektor. but most importantly for me, i remembered to hit record before i started playing. i was the warmup for the evening so the mix starts from complete ambience and builds in intensity towards some heavy bass riddims. enjoy the deep dubs.
there is absolutely no point listening to this mix on your laptop speakers cos most of my basslines are subsonic. do yourself a favour and plug into a good pair of speakers.
to download from soundcloud, just click the little down arrow on the player. couldn’t be easier.
filastine is an interesting guy. what you might call a nomadic sonic terrorist. he travels the planet playing over 100 gigs a year dropping a heavy mixture of bass and eclectic global sounds with politically provocative video material. when i saw him live at a festival in reunion isalnd, he destroyed a shopping trolley on stage, mic’ed up as giant percussion instrument. he does not hold back when it comes to his socio-political views. the resulting cocktail is a heady brew of beat science and counter-cultutre propoganda. right up my street.
i was stoked when filastine approached me to do this remix for him, a track off his new album. the video was made at the sites of large scale natural disasters across asia. you can read all about the story here. it’s real.
my idea for the remix was to create my dub version to the original music video. i.e. use the original structure, but build and sound design my own tapestry of noise around the images. i would love to do more of this kind of hybrid remix / composing to video work.
wow this is a special one for me. sonar is coming to cape town for one night. i’m lucky enough to be included on a lineup with modeselektor. woah! if you know what i’m talking about, then nothing more needs to be said. if you don’t, then words are fairly useless. you’ll just have to come and listen for yourself. trust me.
i’m going to be starting the night off with a selection of handcrafted deep dubs. my live setup integrates ableton live, analogue delays, some bionic scratching on turntables and drum pads triggered by step sequencers. take a listen and download for yourself.
this night is a small taste of the original sonar festival in barcelona – the pinnacle of global electronic music festivals.
omnidirectional love machine is the result of my fascination with subtle psychedelic soundscapes that keep evolving organically into new shapes and forms thru the use of low frequency oscillators. it’s deep space music, echoes of an other worldly language filtered thru technology and a haze of sweet smoke. sit back and listen to the soundtrack of an unmade science-fiction film, enjoy the throb and pulse and wobble of my dubby universe. this is a new direction for me, i hope you enjoy.
listen and download the 3 track EP from bandcamp for free.
this is definitely one of my favourite festivals of the year. wicked lineup, gorgeous venue. and the fact that they’re kind enough to hold it on my birthday weekend every year also slightly influences my opinion.
as with all the best festivals in cape town, you don’t have to subject yourself to 3 days of trance, the redbull custom made soundsystem will be on site, hosting the best in urban beats, dub and techno.