RBMA Half Time


23 Tuesday 23rd February 2010

It’s halftime at this year’s Red Bull Music Academy, so plenty of time to kick back and have a look at what has been going on in the rest of the RBMA universe while the madness was on at Tooley Street HQs.

Class of ’04 Jonny Nash, a Scot formerly in Tokyo's Discosession crew, now based in London, has two new records coming out. Journey To The Centre of The Sun as Sombrero Galaxy (with Tako) will be out on Lovefingers’ new ESP Institute imprint next week, and can be pre-ordered here. Meanwhile, Jonny’s new solo track Solan will be released through London 2010 participant Mark Fader’s Elevator People – watch this space for more details, August-ish.

Toronto lecturer Nottz has made a shift from beat-making to beat-making-and-rapping with his debut single Shine So Brite, that sees the Virginia whizz-man paying tribute to J Dilla. We’ve heard more exciting song concepts before, but dude knows how to spit.

Nottz "Shine So Brite" from Raw Koncept on Vimeo.

The good folks at RDRD LBL have the title song off Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ new album, I Learned The Hard Way. Catch the link here and learn the slightly softer way with producer Gabriel’s London 2010 lecture here.

Plenty of new mixes from London alumni on the blogosphere as well: Poirier cuts up tunes from Buraka, Munich’s Schlachthofbronx and the ever-entertaining Wipe Out riddim on his Karnival Mix for Clash magazine. Dublab have kidkanevil splicing treats from the likes of fellow Academy alumni Illum Sphere, Sonicbrat, Débruit, Robot Koch and TOKiMONSTA on his thebestjourney session. And Germany’s Swede:art kicks off his new mix for Error Broadcast with Dizz1’s Academy ’08 collaboration with Om’Mas Keith, We Go Ridin’, before blending in exclusives from Slugabed and his own hard drive – the mixtape is called Analogue Frequency, and you can catch a (very digital) link here.

After first playing with Mala at Barcelona’s Macarena during the 2008 Academy, long-time teamster Mark Pritchard now has a 12” out on Deep Medi, boasting the quite self-explanatory title Elephant Dub / Heavy As Stone. Well, the flipside is not that heavy actually but fits super-nicely within the current range of housy dubstep / post-garage treats.

We can testify that James Pants doesn’t live inside an egg (he pretty much lived on the bedroom studio floor inside the Academy throughout the last two weeks, actually) but you should still consider copping his 7” of the same name, featuring three unreleased new songs along with the killer title cut. Everybody who doesn’t know what a 7” is will still have a lot of fun with this. Everybody who knows what a 12” is, and isn’t in the privileged position to listen to Cosmogramma over and over again, just as we are, should look out for Jose James’ limited sampler EP, featuring production from Moodymann and Mitsu The Beats next to the excellent Flying Lotus joint.

Blackmagic, indeed.

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  • Guest: andrew
    Thu 25 - Feb - 2010, 20:15
    the sombrero galaxy is now in shops... http://www.phonicarecords.com/product/view/61780