Can a website be human enough to allow us to say that a website is another website’s friend? Seriously, I have no clue, I don’t even care so stop asking weird questions, will you?
Famelik here. I’ve decided to mark this transition to spring and to make some things more explicit : Unlog is, one way or another, connected to many people and projects. So lets do an update and introduce you to some of them. Not because they pay us, but because each one of them deserves it.
• Kalbut DSGN : Graphics you’d like to fuck
We can credit Mr Freezy for most of our visual and graphic identity at Unlog. The best ones I mean. Hailing from Belgium,
he and his partner in grime are talended hard workers who teamed up go way beyond your expectations in graphism, art and product design.
• High On Beats : Electronic music dream team from Montreal
Formerly JaimeLeDubstep.com, HOB is an art collective based out of Montreal, Canada. The core team consists of Construct, Def Child, Geoff Bukk, Amy DubSelekta, Wally and Rob Habit, working with an extended team of people who all are actors in the Montreal music scene. They all joined forces to share their love and passion for contemporary underground electronic music of all kinds, with a focus on bass, beats and sound culture. You’ll undestand it at the first look on their brand new website, which offers a variety of content that will make you a busy listener for the days, weeks, months (years?) to come. Long life to HOB!
• Stroll Around the Groove : Rare groove weekly radio show
Crate digging and rare groove here. SATG is a weekly radio show and event I’m proud to be part of. Pride is not even the right word, but the best I have in mind to express how amazing it is to discover by my teammates’ digging report every week. We’ve recently celebrated our 33th radio show, and we certainly won’t stop here. Sit tight, we bring the records.
• Rider Radio : Never ending stream of tunes
RR is an innovative web based music platform that provides exclusive mixes, playlists and live performances, as well as reports on emerging trends from our correspondents across the world. We teamed up with this brand new project to bring some Unlog vibes to the platform, so expect some more news on this side soon! +1 for their amazing interface and the quality of their live shows. Hard work, again.
• Beat4Battle : Cut it up f.f.fresh…
2013, and still, B4B is one of the most active boards for turntablists and beatmakers all around the world. Each day, new people with different levels, different music orientation join the family to share media, events and knowledge about turntablism, challenging each other on monthly scratch and beatmaker battles. What else, join the crew!
• Audace Radio : trip to Japan
Our crew members are based in France, Canada, Belgium, and Japan. For those among you who’re interested in the Japan part, here’s the link for you. Audace Radio is the main project of our friend Audace, DJ and producer based in Tokyo. Apart from his own events, label releases, mixes, he’ll also share content related to the hip hop/broken beat/electronics scene in Tokyo. Stay in the loop.
• Tales from the Crate : Radio show based in Belgium
Belgium again, with our friends Fabot and Reverend D (B4B, Pipolass) who’ll keep you in the loop on the latest releases linked to the turntablism and beatmaker scene in Europe and around the world. French language again, but you’ll like their selections. Tune in!
• BassMusic Magazine : Bass music, yes. But French style.
When DJ Noyl does not dig for Unlog on work on his beat-juggling patterns, he writes articles for his french family : Bass Music Mag. A web-zine magazine focused on bass music, with articles, interviews, portrait, chroniques, playlists and a diary of french events.
• Blackelk Recordings : A new beat scene based in Southern France
If you’ve been hanging around lately, you’ve obviously read several times about Blackelk Recordings. Created by UM, one of our very first podcasters, the label recently celebrated its first anniversary and plans some interesting things for 2013. All the catalogue of this new beat scene is available for free download, a good opportunity to discover previous works from artists such as Broken Drop, UM, Everydayz, Duff Ill, Hentitan, Killacam, Le Med, MLp, Freaks Show Spores, Famelik (who’s that guy again?) and many more. No shameless promo here : our connection being the logical consequence of our similar views on music, they definitely have to be on that list.
• Shabu Recordings : Splash
"post arty ambient electroacoustic synth music inspired by acid and techno" can be an option if you try to find a keyword combo to describe what’s Shabu about "whatever, just feed me new music" could be another combo. Either way, this Montreal based label holds the key to a world known to few people, full of immersive textures you’ll sometimes want to listen to at night. Axel Helios, Jesse Somfay, Avus, Niccolò Bianchi, Vaghe Stelle, Groj… are the core artists signed on this label, not to add the impressive list of artists about to join the spash (hehe, I know, you don’t). Thanks again to Axel Helios for mastering our Ravi Shankar tribute beat tape by the way!
Props to our team, our party friends, artists who contribute to the projects, to all those who listen, follow, support, help, love, share, read, acknowledge our existence, whatever. Many other websites and people would fit here but we’ll keep some for the next update. What an update.
As usual :
Some of you crate diggers around here might already have checked the Stroll around the groove radio show. If not, just know that a part of the Unlog team is also part of that project, a radio show hosted on CJLO (Montréal) every monday night.Stroll and Unlog are cousins, in a way, Stroll being the old school cousin, focused on rare grooves in all its forms.Last show led us to know a bit more about our two Montreal based guests, Sugarface Nene (Beat the world) and beatmaker Endong Engone, as you can hear in our latest podcast (french speaking, but not that hard to handle).
What leads us the point to that article, a.k.a. a free download release from Endong Engone, soon to be followed by new material in some weeks. We’ll repost about it soon.
ENDONG ENGONE : http://endong.bandcamp.com
BEAT THE WORLD : http://www.cjlo.com/onair/beat-world
PS : What about a new Unlog event?
STROLL AROUND THE GROOVE on CJLO (Lire en français plus bas)
Since we’ve been working hard lately on the Unlog Complex #1 beat tape project, this Unlog Cave section may have been a bit left out. Now is the time to revive it for all you crate diggers, introducing to you this Montreal based radio program dedicated to rare groove music. (the program is in french, but the vibe remains intact).
Between funk, jazz-funk, blues, soul, hip hop, bossa, early disco, reggae, scratch music and even more, Stroll Around The Groove deeply explores the magnificent world of groove music, with selection tastes that will content the vibe seekers as well as the most demanding ears.
Here’s the team’s latest podcast (currently listening to an exclusive scratch routine by Fong Fong aka J-One), followed by the basic yet useful links that you’ll need to keep the vibe every week.
Light it, tune in, enjoy.
|Mantronix||Needle to the groove|
|Mantronix||Who is it|
|Mantronix||Take your time|
|Dj Fongfong||Scratch routine|
|Mr. Scruff||Its dancing time|
|Black Star||You allready knew|
|Jimmy Edgar||Of the silent variety|
|The Wild Magnolias||Smoke my peace pipe|
|Ramsey lewis||Kufanya Mapenzi|
|Antonio Carlos et Jocafi||Simbarere|
|Duncan Lamont||Punch drunk|
|Alan Hawkshaw & Brian Bennet||Oddall|
|Frank Hooker et positive people||Ooh suga wooga|
|Peter Tosh||You cant blame the youth|
|Us3 and Joshua Redman||The scream|
|Muzion||Pas un jour sans une ligne|
|Rebirth Brass Band||I like it like that|
|Soul messengers||Do it till youre satisfied|
|Dave Barker and The Wailers||Don’t let the sun catch your cryin’|
|The Catalyst||Aint it the truth|
|Ryuichi Sakamoto||Free trading|
|Air (Kino Remix0||Sexy boy|
|Jesse Rose (Jessie rose garage dub)||Oi New york this is London|
|Jimmie Taylor||Out of space|
FR : Pourquoi faire un article en anglais sur une émission présentée en français? La réponse est contenue dans la question : l’émission est en français et on sait déjà que t’as pas attendu la fin de l’article pour balancer le beat et aller digger la vibe. D’ailleurs, je pense que t’en es déjà à la session Mantronix au moment où tu lis ceci. C’est pas encore fait?… Bon, remonte un peu pour cliquer, j’ai une minute…
Bien, maintenant on reprend. Stroll around the groove est une émission hebdomadaire diffusée sur CJLO, radio basée à Montréal et gérée par une méchante team de djs/diggers/chroniqueurs que je vois taffer dessus chaque semaine. La préparation est solide. Le son est solide, le pattern est respecté et bien plus encore, ils m’ont donné une méchante envie de me remettre au digging. On verra ca après la sortie de la beat tape Unlog Complex #1 tiens…
A while has passed since our last compilation has been released but just in time for the 2011 holiday season Project: Mooncircle and Finest Ego bring you the already fifth edition of our acclaimed compilation series. Shifting focus towards central Europe, we find the three countries Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sharing lots of their historical and cultural heritage, this copious collection contains work from producers of a wide range of musical manifestations – all located in the spectrum between traditional sample-based and organic sound to electronic and experimental compositions. Grown up in the nineties with the organic sounds from across the big pond and a long tradition of electronic music in the German speaking world, this compilation showcases the fusion of electronic and classical soulful organic elements in the beat scene. The sound is as diverse as the country and its people, from Spaetzle to Klopse and from HipHop to Techno, on this compilation you can find Boombap from the likes of Brenk & Suff Daddy but also electronic sounds from the likes of Robot Koch and Bit Tuner as well as atmospheric sonical waves from Glenn Astro and Anthony Drawn.
The influences vary from Jazz records, video games, Hip Hop, Drum ‘n’ Bass and Techno. But are there two different camps clashing here? Retro vs future, mountain village vs urban center, winter vs summer…
The compilation includes acts like Chief, Brenk, Dexter, Mono:Massive, Hulk Hodn, Captain Crook, Stroe, Hubert Daviz, Comfort Fit, Robot Koch, Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie, Quendolin Fender, Ju-Ar, Twit One, Suff Daddy, Figub Brazlevic, Szenario, Portformat, Flowtec, D-Fekt & Mr. Beef, Bit-Tuner, Feux, Kalifornia Kurt, B-Ju, Playpad Circus, Flex Fab, Ill-Luzion, Anthony Drawn, Hazeem, Minor Sick, XL The Red One, Glenn Astro, Frederic Robinson, and Willy Sunshine.
The Unlog cave opens.
You already have sooo many reasons to follow our team on this blog, from newest wonky releases and free downloads, podcasts, forthcoming DnB bangers, etc…
So why would we, again, open a new category on this blog?
Are we facing an ageing crisis, in this music scene in which faster=newer = better? Are we becoming already dayum old bastards turning into an "Old school forever, fuck CD" mode?
Which leads us to the question : for fuck’s sake, who the fuck are you? Who cares? Where’s my bass massage?
1) Honestly, I don’t understand why you are asking such gross questions. I mean, seriously, we’ve been knowing each other for a long time now, right? If not, you might be new here, so it’s time to update and refresh your ears with our Podcast section.
2) The REAL reason : This new category is a pretext, an open field to "non-new" music experiments. We want to dedicate a new space to sharing some different and inspirational gems to all of you music enthusiastic, and here’s a first one to illustrate my words.
Released on Now Again Records in early 2011 (say what? Exclusive vinyl package on Stones throw?), this anthology gathers a selection of Indonesian psychedelic funk and progressive rock major tracks originally released between 1970 and 1978, during Suharto’s long lasting dictatorship. Wasn’t Obama in high school in Indonesia in this period? hmmm… interesting…
Ivo’s Group- That Shocking Shaking Day
"The progressive music scenes in 1970s Indonesia were largely underground as a result of strict censorship imposed by the dictator Suharto. Those who performed music marked by relentless fuzz, over the top, politically charged lyrics, strong rhythms and a cranky low-fidelity were truly rebellious. And the resulting output has been largely outside of the confines of this island nation unheard or ignored. Indonesia, based in large part on the restrictions imposed by Suharto, is better known for the coffee it exports than the music it creates. This situation hasn’t been remedied by the rough-hewn Indonesian bootlegs that dotted the psychedelic landscape over the past five years. Thanks now to the tireless and expensive research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason Moss Connoy – and the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again Records as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the rights necessary for us to offer you this anthology – we feel like we can, in good spirits and conscience, shine the light on some of the most impressive organizations to offer their take on the psychedelic and progressive rock and funk sounds during the early shocking, shaking days of Suharto’s regime."
The Brims ‘Anti Gandja’
Rollies ‘Bad News’
Shark Move ‘Evil War’
Golden Wing ‘ Hear Me’
Aka ‘Do What You Like’
Ivo’s Group ‘That Shocking Shaking Day’
Ariesta Birawa Group ‘Didunia Yang Lain’Terenchem ‘
Jeritan Cinta’Benny Soebardja And Lizard ‘
Candle Light’Super Kid ‘People’
Koes Plus ‘Mobil Tua’The Gang Of Harry Roesli ‘
Don’t Talk About Freedom’Black Brothers ‘Saman Doye’
Aka ‘Shake Me’Rasela ‘
Pemain Bola’Freedom Of Rhapsodia ‘
Freedom’Rhythm Kings ‘The Promise’Duo Kribo ‘Uang’"