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.
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.
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.
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.
the internet is a beautiful thing, don’t you think. just found this video on youtube. mr sean baker, whoever he may be, has mashed up my tune, dreadlox dub, with the british tv series rastamouse.
this is the reason i don’t believe current copyright laws are that useful to creative people. technically this is illegal. but it’s brilliant and should be encouraged! art does not happen in isolation, but through constant re-interpretation of existing ideas. that’s why i will be releasing all future work under a creative commons license which encourages sharing, remixing and mashups as long as the sources are credited and it is for non-commercial purposes. if this kinda thing interests you check out more at www.creativecommonsza.org.and for a giant library of creative commons media check out www.archive.org
here’s an exclusive mix i made for the xxxl bass show on muthafm.com, quake and microstripe’s last show on the legendary cape town radio station.
it’s full of hard hitting beatz, everything from glitch hop and ragga to drumstep and krunk funk. not for the faint-hearted looking for something nice & relaxing to listen to.
01 Son Of Kick feat RQM – From Here
02 The Streets – Going Through Hell (Diplo Remix)
03 Camo UFOS – Bashment Crue (Urban Assault drumstep remix)
04 Terry Lynn – Streetlife (WILDLIFE! Mix)
05 Bandish Project – Chase (Distrikt drumstep remix)
06 Two Fingers – Fools Rhythm
07 ill.Gates & Samples – Crystal Math
08 Schlachthofbronx – Wave & Wine (Toddla T remix)
09 Mix n Blend – Full Retard
10 Roots Manuva – Who Goes There
11 Jam Jarr – Krunk Jaw
12 ill.Gates & Ana Sia – Extraordinary Rendition (feat Chris Sia)
13 Koan Sound – Funk Blaster (Original Mix)
14 ill.Gates, Opiuo & Vent – TriLLogy
01 Flying Lotus – Beginners Falafel
02 Cypress Hill – Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk
03 1000names – Pocket Calculator (Lynx & Hellrazor Remix)
04 Mimosa – Drippin
05 Modeselektor – Fake Emotion [Dabrye Remix]
06 Liquid Stranger – His Fully Automatic Wheelbarrow
07 Om Unit & Kromestar – Solar Cycle
08 Tipper – Outsideinsideout
09 The Orb – Reefer Spin In The Galaxy
10 DJ Krush + Sly & Robbie – The Lost Voices
11 Blend Mishkin – Mafia
this is a great project i’m involved in. i spent my school years in the eastern cape, so xhosa has always been my second language, albeit with limited vocab and hilarious grammar. i wanted to brush up on my xhosa skills a few years ago, so i found some beginners classes run by ubuntu bridge. there i connected with the rather mad schoolmaster, teacher and all round fun guy, quite a white ou.
apart from his xhosa teaching skills, he’s obviously got some film and drama background somewhere because he wrote the song, scripted, directed, acted in and produced a music video with a small team and an even smaller budget. this is the result.
as you can see, my role is beatz, music production, and occasional cameo roles as a tennis umpire.
we’ve played a few gigs together from the mad hatter’s festival of the flamjangled tea party, all the way to a crowd of rastas and foreign girls at teba’s birthday bash in gugulethu. every time the response is the same: big smiles from the audience. and massive love from any xhosa speakers in the crowd.
this is what happens when you throw him into a random taxi on kloof street at rush hour.
you’ll be happy to know we’re in the process of writing more tunes. the process goes something like this: quite a white ou records himself rapping acapella on his phone, emails that thru to me, i stretch the vocals into time in ableton live and build a phat beat around his voice. then he comes to the studio and we re-record the vocals properly and i keep mixing and tweaking until everyone is happy. i do enjoy the possibilities of digital technology.
watch this space for more quite a white ou tunes.
here’s a little mix i put together to showcase the deeper, more spacious, subsonic sound of dubstep. some classics and a few special tunes that you can find at www.boomkat.com
1. Roughquest – Situation
2. Breakage – Open Up
3. Liquid Stranger – Full Metal Jacket (175PF Reload)
4. Objekt – The Goose that Got Away
5. Scuba – Three Sided Shape
6. Seven – Sinister
7. Jade & Matt U – Echoes
8. Cymantic – Glue
9. Scuba – Tense
10. TRG – Put You Down
11. TRG – Decisions
12. Dubwoofa – 7am Ghost
13. Cell – Doors Of Perception
the freedom charter is a 1955 ANC document outlining the rights that all south africans are entitled to. the graffiti pieces were located to strongly contrast the spirit of this document with the harsh current reality of south africa.
i produced the music with my brother kendal beadon on piano and electric things, sindy dondolo adding the smooth female vox and ragga mc, vumile sitokisi aka ginga cobra, brought with the ruffness.
click here to check out the pieces on faith47′s website
here’s a remix i made of the chronic clan’s massive ragga anthem, gimme da weed. produced as an exclusive for the blunted stuntman’s breakin za compilation
bigups to zoro, cros and g for the wicked vocal stylings and the blunted stuntman for being on my case.
click the little down arrow on the soundcloud widget to download for free
krushed & sorted revived itself from a long slumber with the sudden ability of home computers to work with video as easily as with audio. that wasn’t happening 10 years ago, i can promise you that. suddenly in about 2009, it was a fairly simple matter to download any video you can think of in the world from youtube, stretch into time with a phat dancefloor beat in ableton and render out an instant music video remix. try it at home, it’s easy and rather fun. from there it can get a little more complex if you want to play it live. . .
our current setup involves 3 macs sync’ed over wireless lan, one runnning ableton live and vdmx, a second running vdmx being controlled entirely by midi output from ableton, and a 3rd mac running ms pinky to scratch video on vinyl. right, back to english please.
here’s a clip of us playing live @ rezonance festival, new years 2009/10.