Slang Tang Podcast – The Bug Interview


In this Interview Edition of the Slang Tang podcast series, I talk to Kevin Martin – aka ‘The Bug‘ – the ragga, dubstep and electronic producer whose new album ‘London Zoo’ was recently released through Ninja Tune.

The Bug has been releasing dark, deep and often brutally-heavy beats for well over ten years, but ‘London Zoo’ is only his second, full-length solo record and his first in five years. In this podcast, he talks about the intensity of life in London, how his early work foreshadowed the birth of dubstep, and about working with some of England and Jamaica’s finest MCs – such as Warrior Queen, Tippa Irie, Ricky Ranking and Spaceape. Underneath the interview, there’s a special re-edit of the album, cut together by dubstep producer and Hyperdub label boss, Kode 9.

Originally released August 2008.

Slang Tang Podcast – Episode 5

In Slang Tang Episode 5, we hear from Guyana’s Jahdan Blakkamoore, plus new Russian dubstep from S13, a Euro-Latino electronic blend from Argentina’s Villa Diamante, beat-heavy plunderphonics from Robot Speaker from Tokyo, low end hip hop from Cote d Ivorie’s Di Africano, two slices of Mexican electronica courtesy of Jack’s Son and Vektor, and round off with a cut from a new reissue from Barcelona’s El Guincho.

DOWNLOAD: Slang Tang Ep.5 (August 2008)

JAHDAN BLAKKAMOORE – Go Round Payola [Guyana] | Buy
S13 – Echo Om & Jah Bongo [Russia] | Download
VILLA DIAMANTE – Surtek Collective vs Modeselektor [Argentina] | Download
ROBOT SPEAKER – Amoebic Love [Japan] | Info
DI AFRICANO – I’m High [Côte d’Ivoire] | Download
JACK’S SON – Wasted on the Sidewalk [Mexico] | Download
VEKTOR – Cotbell [Mexico] | Download
EL GUINCHO – Cerrando Por Tajarste [Spain] | Download

Slang Tang is produced & presented by Stu Buchanan.

Post image: Jahdan Blakkamoore via Facebook

Slang Tang Podcast – Episode 4

Slang Tang Episode 4 takes us to Tunisia, Palestine, the Netherlands, Argentina, Japan, Cuba, Australian and Iraq. Checkpoint 303 kick us off with their unique take on the Middle Eastern situation, blending field recordings and news reports with electronica and acoustic instrumentation. We then grab two slices of digital cumbia – first from new producer Sonido Del Principe, who rubs some heavy electro into the mix, and secondly from Argentina’s DJ Negro with a track from the new Bersa Discos release, Volume 2 in their ongoing 12″ series. Japan’s Yoshida Brothers strip everything back to basics for a frenetic workout on the shamisen, before Man Recordings’ Daniel Haaksman brings on a remix for Cuban band Madera Limpia. We represent Australia with indigenous hip hop artist Wire MC and bring things to a close with DJ Foundation from Mosul in Iraq and his unique brand of sample-heavy plunderphonics.

DOWNLOAD: Slang Tang Ep.4 (June 2008)

Tracklisting:
CHECKPOINT 303 – Hawiya Dhayea [Tunisia / Palestine] | Download
SONIDO DEL PRINCIPE – Barranquilla [Netherlands] | Download
DJ NEGRO – Mundo Querido [Argentina] | Buy
YOSHIDA BROTHERS – Kodo (Hishou Version) [Japan] | Buy at iTunes Music Store
MADERA LIMPIA – Loco (Daniel Haaksman Remix) [Cuba] | Buy
WIRE MC – B.L.A.C.K. (Sven Simulacrum Gangsta Desi Fix) [Australia] | Stream
DJ FOUNDATION – Hot Girls Hot Guys [Iraq] | Buy

Slang Tang is produced & presented by Stu Buchanan.

Post image – Dj Foundation via Metal Postcard.

Fat Planet – Booka Shade [Germany] Interview


An interview with Arno Kammermeier from electronic duo and founders of the Get Physical label, Booka Shade. Recorded in 2008, the interview focuses on the making of the then-newly released album ‘The Sun & The Neon Light’, and the ongoing balance between performing and travelling world as a recording artist and the complexities of managing a label.

First broadcast on FBi Radio, June 2008.

Slang Tang Podcast – Episode 3

In episode three of Slang Tang, we start in South Africa for a new project from Spoek (Sweat.X) and Sibot, aka Playdoe, in a remix by Toxic Avenger, then head across to Mozambique for the ‘Lady of the Bling’, aka Dama do Bling. We then hit Mexico to celebrate the new release from the Nortec Collective stable, from Bostich & Fussible and drop into Tokyo, for a collaboration between U.S. ex-pat Marxy and U.T. from Japanese performance art / noise duo, Kiiiiii! We wind down the podcast with three dubbed out tracks of different persuasions: Disrupt’s Germanic samurai digital dub, New Zealand’s Brazilbeat Sound System ‘Capoeira Dub’ and abstract cumbia from Aregntina’s Peronists.

DOWNLOAD: Slang Tang Ep.3 (May 2008)

Tracklisting:

PLAYDOE – It’s That Beat (Toxic Avenger Remix) [South Africa] | Stream
DAMA DO BLING – Chamadas para Bling [Mozambique] | Buy
BOSTICH & FUSSIBLE – Shake It Up [Mexico] | Buy at GroupieTunes
MARXY & U.T. – Cat & Mouse [U.S. / Japan] | Buy at Boomkat
DISRUPT – Samurai Showdown [Germany] | Download
BRAZILBEAT SOUND SYSTEM – Capoeira Dub [New Zealand] | Buy
THE PERONISTS – Feria de los jueves en lules [Argentina] | Buy

Slang Tang is produced & presented by Stu Buchanan.

Post image Damo Do Bling via YouTube.

Fat Planet – Lindstrom (Norway) Interview

August 2007 saw the release of Norwegian producer Lindstrom‘s contribution to the ‘Late Night Tales‘ series, pulling together a selection of some of his favourite tunes that document the wee small hours. Previous contributors include Four Tet, Air and The Flaming Lips, so he’s amongst extremely fine company. The album came off the back of a couple of hugely successful years for Lindstrom – from the out-of-control breakthrough track ‘I Feel Space’, to the growth of his label ‘Feedelity‘ and the recent media buzz around his alleged position of the head of the ‘cosmic disco‘ genre. Hear what Hans-Peter had to say on some of these topics by listening to the Fat Planet interview, originally broadcast on FBi Radio on 18th July.

Fat Planet – Amon Tobin (Brazil) Interview

2007 saw the Australian release of Brazilian Amon Tobin’s studio album ‘The Foley Room’. as the title suggests, Tobin had worked to evolve from using vinyl sample sources to ‘found’ or ‘constructed’ sounds. It’s a huge testament to Tobin that the results remained defiantly accessible, and – unlike Herbert’s similar ‘Plate de Jour’ project – never fall into the realms of abstract sound art. The album, released through Ninja Tune, came with a documentary that documented the painstaking processes Tobin undertook in the construction of this record.

Tobin was in Sydney for a DJ show in January 2007, and I he joined me on the Fat Planet radio show to discuss ‘The Foley Room’ alongside his then recent soundtrack work on the Splinter Cell 3 video game.

Fat Planet – Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto) Interview

In January 2007, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Miho Hatori, formerly one half of the legendary Japanese band Cibo Matto, on the release of her debut solo album ‘Ecdysis’. Cibo Matto found success in the U.S. initially off the back of heavy rotation of their ‘Sugar Water’ clip, directed by Michel Gondry, which they backed up with two outstanding albums ‘Viva! La Woman’ and ‘Stereo Type A’ (the latter featuring an expanded Cibo Matto line-up with Sean Lennon on bass). My personal favourite Cibo Matto is seeing them on stage at ‘The Bronze’ in the season two opener of Buffy – a rare trans-pacific cultural crossover.

In the intervening years, Miho released a beautiful Brazilian collaboration with Smokey Hormel (‘Smokey and Miho’), dropped some vocals for the likes of Beastie Boys, Handsome Boy Modelling School and Blackalicious and also gave us the voice of Noodle in Gorillaz (re-listen to ’19-2000′ for some “shoe-shine” Miho goodness). There’s also a little curio that crops up on Ninja Tune’s ‘Urban Renewal Program’ compilation, a track titled ‘Night Light’ that sits alongside contributions from Tortoise, Prefuse 73, Mos Def and more.

The new album is, as expected, a thing of outstanding beauty – a more considered and organic version of Bjork‘s mid-career output, replete with a vast library of musical influences from around the world. The video clip (by Ishiura Masaru) is a dazzling accompaniment – an animated adventure, that could well be titled “Miho in the Underworld”; with a design style that calls to mind a cross between the twisted Charles Burns school of horror illustration and a psyched-out episode of Scooby Doo. Well worth 3:22 of your time.

Fat Planet – El Perro Del Mar (Sweden) Interview

Inspiration can strike at the most unlikely of moments. Sarah Assbring, aka El Perro Del Mar, broke years of “cold” and “empty” writers’ block, sitting on a beach in Spain, watching an “old salty sea dog” trot by. Somehow, in that moment of sunny, seaside bliss, the dog leant its name to a project that’s an inspired channelling of 1950s pop aesthetics, refracted through a dark, melancholic lens.

To label El Perro Del Mar a gloom-ridden project is to miss much of the point – underneath the dark and seemingly disparaging tones are rich undercurrents of humour and irony. No doubt inspired in part by her comrade and collaborator Jens Lekman, the ‘El Perro Del Mar’ album is replete with classic pop melodies and inspired lyricism – guaranteed to leave a twisted smile hanging on your lips all day long.

Listen below to the unedited Fat Planet interview with Sarah in which she goes into detail about her “quest” for the El Perro Del Mar sound, her qualms about facing a live audience, the vision for album number two and working with on Jens Lekman’s DVD project.

Fat Planet – Frederic Galliano (Kuduro Sound System) Interview

in october last year, i posted some music from a genre emerging out of angola known as kuduro – a fusion of local african sounds with ragga, techno, hip hop and caribbean influences. shortly thereafter, i interviewed french producer frederic galliano for fbi radio, discussing the first kuduro album to be released outside of angola – entitled ‘frederic galliano presents kuduro sound system’. Galliano wrote the album with a local dj, Kito Da Machina, and a group of “kudoristas” (Anagolan MCs) – Dog Murras, Pinta Tirru, Gata Agressiva, Zoca Zoca, Pai Diesel and the original creator of kuduro, Tony Amado (pictured, right, with Galliano above).

you can listen to the podcast of the interview above (featuring some short excerpts from the album), but if you’re too ‘time poor’ to check the podcast in its entirety, here’s a transcript. read it with a strong french accent.

 

fat planet: to the uninitiated, can you give us a brief background to kuduro?

frederic galliano: kuduoro is music typically from angola, created by tony amado ten years ago. when amado created kuduro, he was thinking about dance music at that time such as crystal waters and reel to reel. he mixed the kick of that kind of house music with programming inspired by traditional carnival music from angola. it was a strange idea and the result is of course this really fast mixture between techno and zouk. now kuduro is completely national, listened to by people from cape verde, mozambique – and also from portugal too. i’m now trying to bring this music to the world because i believe it is the first original electronic music from africa – and it really is a miracle.

how does this kind of electronic music sit with the congotronics series that was released by crammed discs last year?

congrotronics is not electronic music, it’s acoustic music with electronic amplification – but the realisation is not electronic. kuduro is electronic – the dj makes the music, just like i do. they have a computer, and that’s all. computer, vocals – that’s all. kuduro is like techno, it’s like hip hop, you know? that’s the real difference.

and what about the lyrical content?

it’s like hip hop in that it’s a social movement, originally created by poor people – so the lyrics contain critiques about society, critiques about politics – they explain the social situation of poor people. politicians don’t really like this music, because it it critical of them, but in fact it’s an obligation in angola to know about kuduro – because this is the only contemporary music that genuinely represents angolan people.

how did you first come in contact with kuduro?

it was two years ago when i was touring in angola with my project, the african divas. when i first heard kuduro, i felt it was completely new, completely fresh, yet typically african. and at the same time, the dj was working just like me. it was amazing.

and then how did the ‘kuduro sound system’ album come about?

i went back to angola and recorded the album in angola in two weeks. i worked with a dj called kito da machina and some of the best kudoristas around.

were you the first producer from outside angola to work with local kudoristas?

dog murras, he’s the big star of kuduro, he introduced me at a live show recently and said “galliano is the first white guy to do kuduro”. this is true, because i’m the only white guy that’s travelled in angola and work with the kudoristas. you know you have some kuduro in portugal, but the angolan people say this is “kuduro de blanco”, “kuduro of the white people” because it is really cheap. some people think kuduro is really easy to do, but it’s not – it’s really complex music. the programming is based on traditional music from angola and the creation is hard, because it is so strict. that’s why i’ve travelled so many times to angola, to learn exactly how to do it. now, i’m not the best kuduro programmer, but today some kudoristas say “galliano can do it”, because my feeling is like their feeling. i will be there again in january to learn to new propositions, new feelings.

do you think it’ll be easy for kuduro to break out and translate across the world?

i’m sure it’ll be successful all over the world, because this music is completely new and completely fresh – and i haven’t heard new music like that for over ten years. also, you can mix this with house, with techno, with drum and bass – that’s what is so crazy about kuduro, its a mix between dance, ragga, techno, zouk, traditional african music and brazilian. it’s strong, it’s funny and it’s easy to listen to.

the artists and writers who are now championing kuduro are the ones who championed funk carioca not that long ago. do you see any relationship between the two genres?

there is no formal similarity between funk cariaca and kuduro. funk cariaca, baile funk, is a sort of hip hop, the beats are not original. the originality of baile funk is the social situation behind it, but the beats are really easy to produce. it’s an old school style with a west coast sound. kuduro is completely different. the feeling is the same because of the portuguese language, but the realisation is totally different. it’s easy to produce a beat of baile funk, but kuduro? no, no – it’s not easy, it’s really complex.

kuduro-sound-system.blogspot.com.au

Fat Planet – Annie (Norway) Interview

this fat planet podcast is taken from earlier this year when annie‘s anniemal album finally received an australian release. on the phone from norway, annie and i talked about finding inspiration in rave parties, metal, madonna and jap-pop; about how the album was nearly derailed following the death of collaborator tore andreas kroknes; and how pitchfork’s ‘single of the year’ award led to annie clocking up a guest list of over 7000 people in new york city.

to puff up the album release, annie rolled into sydney last week for a dj-set. sadly, i couldn’t make the dj gig, but by all accounts, annie should have left the decks well alone. ‘a series of train wrecks’ was one phrase being thrown around the morning after. there’s a downbeat review here. but i’m no hater, i love ‘anniemal’ – i just wish australia would get off the block quicker with such things.

DOWNLOAD: annie ‘chewing gum (fakeID remix)’

the above mp3 dropped onto the web this week – a bootleg re-rub of ‘chewing gum’ from bastard pop aficionado, fakeID. further web hunting reveals a couple of extra annie mp3 freebies. register at K7 and you’ll get the new track ‘the wedding’ from her dj kicks compilation (delve deeper into K7 to purchase a rare digital e.p. featuring a remix of this track from lindstrom). register again with 7 digital and you’ll cop the best of the three – the y$s productions remix of ‘always too late’, from the team who recently dropped mixes for m.i.a. and lady sovereign – ch-ching!

for your dollar, i advise a hunt for the patrick wolf remix of ‘always too late’ – of the many annie remixes around, this one bags the top spot.

Fat Planet – Filastine (U.S.) Interview

A ‘Fat Planet’ interview with Grey Filastine, originally broadcast on FBI Radio on 8th October 2006. Grey discusses his previous work with Tchkung! and his misadventures with the Infernal Noise Brigade, then bringing us up to speed with the genesis of Filastine and his audio travels around the world.

DOWNLOAD: FILASTINE judas goat (terror mix)

DOWNLOAD: FILASTINE figuig

regular readers will know i’m a fan of dj rupture (aka jace clayton) – undoubtedly at the forefront of marrying global sounds with radical contemporary production. think ‘afro house’ and then think of its exact polar opposite – and that’s where you’ll find rupture.

rupture‘s label soot has previously brought us egypt’s incomparable mutamassik as well as releases from japan’s ove naxxand jace’s own nettle project; and their next release comes from seattle-based solo producer filastine. having studied rhythms and worked with percussionists worldwide, filastine filters all those experiences into his new album ‘burn it’ (available now through boomkat).

short album samples on filastine’s site suggest that ‘burn it’ will deliver a diverse mix of hip hop, broken beat, ragga and deep electronic dub, all fused together with vocal samples and field recordings that represent an incredible diversity of music from around the world. note, once more, the term ‘world music’ does not apply.

the above remix of ‘judas goat’ kicks off with a feeling that you’re falling into a deep mantra, reflecting on bush’s ‘war on terror’ – and as you’re drifting through that elongated moment of discovery, filastine’s drops a mix of heavy dub (double-)basslines and eastern percussion and pipes. the original version of the track can be found on a recently released soot 7″, b/w a dubhop excursion with sweet french vocals (clip).

the second mp3 comes via comfort stand, described as a “community-driven label where all releases are free … striving to bring you recordings that we find interesting, compelling and downright enjoyable. everybody needs free music.” well said. the mp3 album is called ‘people doing strange things with electricity too‘ and is 25 tracks of artists that i’ve never heard of. i sense of morning-worth of downloading approaching.

more filastine: check out parts one and two of his mix as part of sonar calibrado (with maga bo), and this field recording entitled ‘mob destroys bank in argentina’.

Fat Planet – OMFO (Russia) Interview

A Fat Planet interview with Russian producer German Popov, aka OMFO (Our Man From Odessa), originally broadcast on FBI on 27th August 2006. German talks about his new album ‘We Are The Shepherds’ (due on Essay Recordings later this year), trading records as a kid in Russian ports, his love of spacemen and his new best friend, Kazakhstan’s number one export – Borat.

www.omfo.net

Fat Planet – Cansei De Ser Sexy (Brazil) Interview

Sao Paulo’s Cansei De Ser Sexy (aka CSS) have had a flogging on various blogs over the last few months, but I make no apologies for throwing my own two cents into the ring. Truth is, I’m in love with this band – their debut Sub-Pop album is one of the most refreshing and liberating releases this year. Devoid of pretension and rammed with attitude, the self-titled ‘Cansei De Ser Sexy’ is a pop album like no other.

Cansei De Ser Sexy (“tired of being sexy”) epitomise smart party music – their heads are just as likely to be found inside Pitchfork as The National Enquirer. They seem to be both simultaneously repulsed by and deeply attracted to trash celebrity, all the while thrashing out tunes that recall the communal party spirit of Blondie, Chicks On Speed, The Sugarcubes, LCD Soundsystem, Peaches – they’re all in there somewhere.

Backstory: Brazil’s Trama Virtual is similar to Myspace, with 35,000 bands vying for your download attention. Five girls, a vocalist named Lovefoxxx, punk pop songs, short shorts, lyrics about J-Lo and Paris Hilton – is it any wonder CSS left 34,999 other bands in their wake? Fotologs apparently played a large part in this story; each member of the band has their own individual photo blog, and there’s a sixth communal photo blog for the band. Then there’s the Myspace pages, the band blog, the web site, the label site…

I had the good fortune to interview bassist Ira Trevison this week, who told me that they were not a Brazilian band, and not a Sao Paulo band – rather the internet is their geographic terrain, and without such citizenship, their career would have gone nowhere; the resultant signing to the legendary Sub-Pop would have been nothing but a wet dream.

CSS’ self-titled album is out now on Sub-Pop, the ‘Let’s Make Love And Listen Death From Above’ single features remixes from Spank Rock and another from the ubiquitous Diplo. Also worth a hunt is a 2005 Brazilian release which features their cover of Madonna‘s ‘Hollywood’, plus their own original bastard pop tracks featuring heads-to-heads such as Blondie vs The Undertones, Missy versus Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the hilarious track ‘i Want to be your J-Lo’.