Google+ Beathearts: 03.2012


Beathearts rewind #41: Tricky - Overcome (Al Riley 2009 rmx)

When Tricky a.k.a. Adrian Thaws' debut album Maxinquaye hit me in 1995 I was blown away. He followed up with a crazy live tour where he was either lying down och standing behind the speakers shaking his head the whole show but still spellbound the audience. Magic. Or perhaps voodoo.

Tricky is one of those artist that never really left but hasn't exactly been present either. He's put out albums on a regular basis but hasn't got that much attention. His latest album Mixed race I believe is his 9th album was released in 2010. 

A while ago I stumbled over this rework of Overcome. I haven't been able to find out who's behind it but it's a brilliantly updated take on the Maxinquaye sound that so profoundly widened my pespective on music. If you know who's produced this updated version we'd love to hear from you.

Update! (July 4th 2012) The other week we were contacted by Al Riley who was the engineer for the Mixed Race album. He had read our post and told us the story behind this great Overcome remix:

"This was done in Paris during some downtime between recording sessions for Tricky for material that would eventually appear on his album Mixed Race. I wanted the remix to be stripped down to the vocal because it's such a great performance. The atmos parts were re-amped through a tiny speaker to keep them sounding lo-fi so all the lushness and warmth comes form the bass/vocal pairing.  Then I just added a pretty simple percussion break and a couple of acoustic guitar elements in the background."

We're such suckers for those great behind the scenes stories so we just had to share. Thanks Al!


Mecca:83 - Chapter two (for Lucie)

Our main man in Manchester put out, in our view, one of the best releases of 2011 entitled Life Sketches Vol. 1 & 2. Early this year he followed up with the stunningly versatile Daybreak EP. Last night he put out this free track dedicated to all DJ's, bloggers and fans that supports his productions.

Chapter two (for Lucie) is another crispy smooth Mecca:83 track to keep your head nodding on the daily commute. New material is due for release this summer. When the man keeps bringing tunes like this we can't wait!

Download: Mecca:83 - Chapter 2 (For Lucie)


Nas - The don (Prod. Heavy-D)

Nas is turning up the heat for his upcoming album. It's been a long time since we were this excited about a Nas album but with the tunes dropped so far is promising indeed. The dirty rugged beats of Nasty (covered here earlier) lit our hopes and the new tune The Don continue that trail.

Produced by the late Heavy-D this hard, straight forward with a ragga twist it got our heads nodding from the first bars. We took our eyes of Nas and he brings back this New York banger that floored us when we least expected it.

Nas - The Don (Prod. Heavy-D & Salaam Remi)

Wax Poetics 10th anniversary mix Pt. 2

The other week we brought you Dâm-Funk's bumpin' Prince mixtape he put together to celebrate Wax Poetic's magazine's 10th anniversary 50th issue.

We heard that the mag was a bit hard to come by and already sold out but the nice folks over at WP took notice. As a remedy for everyone who missed out they put out some of the articles online together with a second Prince retrospective mixtape. This time put together by FA (?) and it's just as good as the Dâm-Funk mix. Amazing!

Download: FA - Wax Poetic 10th anniversay mix Pt.2

Prince and the Revolution "Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)" (Warner Bros.)
The Time "777-9311 (propsEdit)"
Blood Orange "Champagne Coast (Krystal Klear Remix)" (Domino)
Jesse Johnson "Be Your Man (Specially Remixed Version)" (A&M)
Andre Cymone "Kelly's Eyes" (CBS)
Larry Graham "There's Something About You" (Warner Bros.)
94 East "If You Feel Like Dancin'" (Hot Pink)
Toro y Moi "Saturday Love" (Carpark)
Madhouse "Fifteen" (Warner Bros.)
The Family "Screams of Passion (Extended Version)" (Warner Bros.)
DJ Quik "Do Today (featuring Jon B. and BlaKKazz K.K.)" (Mad Science)
?uestlove, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, and Carlitta Durand "Purple Flip"
Prince "Wouldn't You Love to Love Me"
Frank Ocean "Songs for Women"
Prince and the Revolution "I Would Die 4 U/Baby I'm A Star (Live, Landover, MD, 1984)"
Frank Ocean "Voodoo"

Apparently we're not the only ones into these Wax Poetics Prince mixtapes. Since the issue dropped there has been a minor flood of Prince retrospective mixtapes appearing. As a bonus here's one of the better put together by the Citinite crew:

Download: Citinite Nitetrax Edition - Minneapolis Special Mixtape

Track List
Prince “Rebirth of the Flesh” (unreleased) 1986
Prince “Baby Go-Go” (unreleased) 1986
Mazarati “100 MPH (version)” (unreleased) 1984
Wendy & Lisa “Honeymoon Express (Honeymoon instrumental)” (Columbia) 1988
André Cymone “The Dance Electric” (CBS) 1985
Alexander O’Neal “Fake (extended version)” (Tabu) 1987
Change “Change of Heart” (WEA) 1984
The Family “Mutiny” (Paisley Park) 1985
Jesse Johnson’s Revue “Just Too Much” (A&M) 1985
The Time “I Don’t Wanna Leave You” (Warner Bros.) 1982
Bill Blow “Drop Funkin’” (Wide Angle) 1984
Ta Mara & the Seen “You Turn Me Up” (Hot Tracks) 1986
Mazarati “Champagne Saturday” (Paisley Park) 1986
The Girls “S-E-S-E-X (instrumental)” (Columbia) 1984
Sheila E. “A Love Bizarre (Parts I & II)” (Paisley Park) 1985
Prince & the Revolution “All My Dreams” (unreleased) 1985
Apollonia 6 “Sex Shooter (extended version)” (Warner Bros.) 1984
Prince “All Day, All Night” (unreleased) 1984
Prince & the Revolution “Computer Blue (long version)” (unreleased) 1983
Prince & the Revolution “Possessed” (unreleased) 1983
Dez Dickerson “Modernaire” (Citinite) 2008
Sheila E. “Too Sexy” (Warner Bros.) 1984
Vanity 6 “Vibrator” (unreleased) 1983


The New French Movement: #2. Zerolex - Musique Ré-Apprivoisée

In the second part of our new series, we turn to new mindblowing beats from Besançon, France. We gave you the heads up a couple of months back with the Beathearts exclusive instrumental from the new Don Da None EP. This time it's producer and poetry slam artist Zerolex who got some of his friends together for this remix EP entitled Musique Re-Apprivoisée (which means something like "re-tamed music").

This little gem really caught my attention. No surprise that we love instrumental beats and genre breaking productions but this really sticks out. It's organic, electronic, harmonic, rough and futuristic at the same time. The stand-out tracks for me are the Don Da None remix of Chambre indienne as well as Snubluck's rework of All over again.

We'll definitely keep our ears open for more music from these guys. Available for free (or name your price) now via Bandcamp.


Gilles Peterson - Worldwide Retrospective

And there it is. The final worldwide show with GP on BBC Radio 1.

Download: Gilles Peterson - The final show (2012-03-28)

Gilles Peterson. Founder of legendary record labels Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud and Brownswood Recordings. Long time host of the Worldwide show is finishing up his era at BBC Radio 1. Since the late nineties he's been one of our greatest sources of musical inspiration and was the first to put us on to a whole pile of artist. From broken beat pioneers Bugz In The Attic and UK rapper Ty to afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor and Detroit's soul prodigy Dwele. The list goes on and on.

What we find most inspiring about Gilles is that he never cares about limiting himself to genres. If the record is original and got soul he'll play it. It's a principle we admire and do our best to fulfil ourselves. Of course we can never meet his standards but we do our best to contribute to an open mind towards new music.

Quite often Gilles is one of the first DJ:s on the planet to play a new tune or a new artist on the radio. His show is one of the few where you feel that you're missing out if you for some reason failed to tune in for a week or two.

So it's hard not to get emotional now that he's putting together a retrospective series looking back on his years at Radio 1. The first part was his last ever Brownswood basement show. A show where he pulls out rare vinly only gems from the BBC archives. The second part was the World and Jazz Retrospective going through all the amazing artist he's broken onto a global following.

The third and fourth part was the Sound Culture & Dancefloor Retrospective and the HipHop & Soul Retrospective which is probably the sections that has had most influence on us. I quite honestly didn't realize how much of an inspiration he has been until I read the tracklist below and discovered that I have almost every single one of records below on my shelves.

The good news is that he's got a new show on BBC Radio 6. Let's just hope it gets global coverage so we all can continue to follow Gilles on his quest to find the perfect beat. Mr. Peterson we salute you.

Download: Gilles Peterson - Soundsystem Culture and Dancefloor Retrospective (2012-03-14)
Download: Gilles Peterson - Hip-hop & soul Retrospective (2012-03-21)

Tracklist - The final show:
Charles Earland — Coming To You Live
Panama — Talk About Love
OutKast — Aquemini
Jay Electronica — Exhibit C
Charles Earland — Coming To You Live
Cidinho — Samba Carinha E Amor 
Arthur Verocai — Na Boca Do Sol [Luv N’ Haight]
Nora Dean — Angie La La [Treasure Isle]
Débruit — Akoula
Mala — Cuba Electronica
Gary McFarland — Night Images [Skye Records]
Raphael Saadiq — The Answer
Darondo — Didn’t I [Ubiquity]
Dwele — Timeless
Jill Scott — Lovely Day [Hidden Beach]
Cerrone — Hooked On You (Kon Re-Edit)
Peven Everett — Stuck [Soul Heaven]
Recloose — Dust [Peacefrog]
Louis Perez And The Peruvian — Que Se Sepa [Fania]
Jay Electronica — Exhibit C
Albert Ayler — Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe [Shandar]
The Cinematic Orchestra — BlueBirds [Ninja Tune]
Art Ensemble of Chicago — Theme De Yo-yo [Disorient]
Sun Ra — Love In Outer Space [Leo]
Tigran Hamasyan & LV — Explode [Maida Vale Session]
Koreless — 4 D [Pictures Music]
Ol’ Dirty Bastard — Got Your Money
OutKast — Liberation (Instrumental)
Slum Village — Fall In Love
Bugge Wesseltoft — Feel Good [Jazz Land]
James Rivers — It Ain’t Over [Kon-Ti]
Earl Zinger — The Adventures Of Peterson

Tracklist - Soundsystem Culture and Dancefloor Retrospective:
Charles Earland— Coming To You Live [Columbia]
Pépé Bradock— Deep Burn
The Detroit Experiment— Think Twice
Jazzanova— That Night (Wahoo Mix)
Vikter Duplaix— Manhood
Seiji— Loose Lips
4hero— Hold It Down (Bugz Mix)
Kaidi Tatham— Betcha Did
Mark de Clive-Lowe— Relax... Unwind
Ty— Wait A Minute
Afronaught— Transcend Me
Roy Davis Jr.— Gabriel
DJ Zinc— 138 Trek
Wookie— Scrappy 1999
MJ Cole— Attitude
Simbad— Soul Fever (Remix)
The Streets— Has It Come To This
Dizzee Rascal— I Luv U
Wiley— From The Drop
Skream— Pass The Red Stripe
Benga— Night
Mala— Strangers From Paradise
Mala— Anti War Dub
James Blake— CMYK
Mount Kimbie— Maybes
Burial— Broken Home
Shackleton— Hamas Rule (Skull Disco)
Ramadanman— Blood On My Hands
Joy Orbison— Hyph Mngo
SBTRKT & Sampha— Colonize
Scuba— You Got Me
Switch— A Bit Patchy
Solid Groove— Flookin (Afrobeat Break)
M.I.A.— Galang
LCD Soundsystem— Losing My Edge
Drumagick— Easy Boom
Sambassim— Patife
Marky— LK
High Contrast— Racing Green
Avia— Rebirth
The Cinematic Orchestra— Evolution (Alternative Mix)
Kerri Chandler— Bar A Thyme
Moodymann— Shades Of Jae
Outlines— Just A Little Lovin
St. Germain— Rose Rouge
Recloose— Dust
Michelle Shaprow— If I Lost You
Matthew Herbert— The Audience
Floating Points— Love Me Like This
Four Tet— Plastic People

Tracklist - Hiphop & Soul Retrospective:
Slum Village — Fall In Love [Wordplay Records]
Dabrye — Untitled [White Label]
Amerie — One Thing [Columbia]
Mos Def — 'Umi Says [Rawkus]    
Q-Tip — Life Is Better (feat. Norah Jones) [Universal Motown]     
D'Angelo — Africa [Virgin]     
Bilal — Soul Sista [Interscope]     
Dwele — Angel [Talkin' Loud]     
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson — Fall In Love [Mochilla]     
J Dilla — Workinonit [Stones Throw]     
Spacek — Eve [Blue]     
Spacek — Eve (Dilla Remix) [Blue]     
Erykah Badu — Green Eyes [Motown]     
Erykah Badu — Annie Freestyle     
Kelis — Suspended [Virgin]    
Aaliyah — Try Again (Timbaland Remix) [Virgin]
Amerie — One Thing [Toxic]     
Jazmine Sullivan — Backstabbers [Tru Thoughts]     
Ty & Kory — Untitled [White Label]     
Morgan Zarate — Sticks & Stones [Red Bull Music Academy]     
Sunshine Anderson — Heard It All Before [Soul Life]     
Angie Stone — Wish I Didn't Miss You [Arista]     
Amp Fiddler — I'm Doin' Fine (Maida Vale Session)     
PlantLife — 3AM (Maida Vale Session)     
Cee Lo Green — I Want You [Elektra]     
Tye Tribbett — Mighty Long Way     
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings — 100 Days, 100 Nights [Daptones]     
Nicole Willis — If This Ain't Love [Timmion]     
Raekwon & El Michels Affair — PJs [Truth & Soul]     
Sun Ra — Space Is This Place [Blue Thumb Records]     
Mike Ladd — Feb 4th [Ground Control Records]     
Scienz of Life — Divine Powers [Sub Verse Music]     
Raw — Distant Traveller [Tetrahdron]     
Radio Inactive — Spaceways Incorporated [Mush]     
Dr. Octagon — Blue Flowers [Mo Wax]     
Quasimoto — Microphone Mathematics [Stones Throw Records]     
Pharoahe Monch — Agent Orange [Rawkus]     
Sa-Ra — Glorious [ABB Soul]     
Sa-Ra — Rosebuds [ABB Soul]     
Flying Lotus — 1983 [Plug Research]     
Dabrye — Unknown     
Lil Wayne — A Milli [Cash Money Records]     
N*E*R*D — Run To The Sun [Virgin Records]     
Q-Tip — Even If It's So [Sleeping Giant]     
Q-Tip — Blue Girl [Sleeping Giant]     
J-Live — Them That's Not [London Records]     
The Roots — Love Of My Life [MCA Records]     
The Roots — Unknown     
Kindred — If I (Maida Vale Session) (feat. Roy Ayers)     
Jill Scott — Slowly Surely [Hidden Beach Recordings]     
Tawiah — Watch Out [Bush Girl Records]     
Raphael Saadiq — Skyy Can You Feel Me [Universal Records]     
Hi-Tek — Get Ta Steppin' [Rawkus]     
Common — New Wave [MCA Records]     
Talib Kweli — Get By [Roc-A-Fella]     
Roots Manuva — Dreamy Days [Big Dada]


Tall Black Guy flips JB, Coltrain & Stevie

Man of the moment Tall Black Guy just released a new joint. James Brown's I feel good might not be the most exciting choice of tunes but just like Dilla (I can make a dope beat out of any sample) man did he flip it!

To celebrate his 5000th followers on Soundcloud he released the joint called What's good. It's short but on point. The closest description I can come up with is a reincarnation of Waajeed's electronic masterpiece Tron mixed up with the godfather of soul. Get it now while it's still available.

Download: Tall Black Guy - What's Good (James Brown-I Feel Good Flip Up)

As a bonus here are two more amazing reworks from the man. First Waajeed related soul singer Coltrain's where Tall Black Guy remixed the track Green. Last but definitely not least is probably the best re-edit of the year so far: Stevie Wonder - Too high (TBG re-edit).

Download: Coltrain - Green (Tall Black Guy Remix) 

  Stevie Wonder - Up In The Sky(Too High ReEdit)


Beathearts rewind #40: Black Science Orchestra - New Jersey Deep (1994)

Black Science Orchestra was one of many alter egos for multiskilled DJ/producer Ashley Beedle back in the mid ninties. For the BSO project he teamed up with Rob Mello and John Howard. Taken off the Altered states EP (1994) New Jersey Deep is one of those timeless garage jams that always bring a smile to my face. It's based on the 1976 disco soul banger Funkanova from Wood Brass & Steel who only released one album.

Download: New Jersey Deep - Black Science Orchestra

Download: Wood Brass & Steel - Funkanova

Black Science Orchestra also only released one album, Walter's room in 1996. If you're new to Ashley Beedle music you should also definitely check his classic album under the Ballistic Brother's pseudonym  London Hooligan Soul (1995).


Dela & Blu - WhatUWanna (DJ Spinna remix)

French producer Dela is getting ready to release the remastered edition of his second album Translation lost in May. As a warm up here's a free download of DJ Spinnas take on WhatUWanna. As always from Spinna it's a class rework. He's added that signature cinematic groove that makes your mind wander and push repeat when the track's finished. Ace!

Download: Dela & Blu - WhatUWanna (DJ Spinna Remix)

If you're a regular you've probably already got Dela's excellent ode to Robert Glasper. If not it's actually still available and not to be missed. We just love the story of how it came about. Check below.

Download: Dela - The Robert Glasper Beat tape

"The first time I heard Robert Glasper's music was in the summer of 2007. I was hanging out with the homie phinydee in the jazz record shop he used to work at, in Paris. We were trying to finish Changes Of Atmosphere at the time, so quite often I would stop by the shop so we could discuss featurings, label deals, yadda yadda.. So anyway, Phinydee had In My Element playing in the background, and of course Dillalude caught my ear... “hold on, what is this ?!” But shortly we got back into babbling about distribution, mastering, budget and all that, so I didn't get to give the album a proper listening. Until october 2009. A that time, Robert's latest, Doubled Booked, was on heavy rotation at the crib, and after I twat (twitted ?) about it, twitters @FROactiv and @fwmj advised me to get my hands on In My Element. A couple weeks later I found a copy in Archambault in MTL, so I copped it, went home and played it and... DAYMN! This album is 1) very dope 2) absolutely full of samples. Some of the interludes are basically hip-hop beats already... So.. I was like, I can't sample the whole album and get away with it, can I ? Can I ??? I felt guilty already, so I figured I might as well do it, but call it a remix album or something.. And I started making these beats. So there you go now, The Robert Glasper Beattape is up for free download. If you like it, please support good music by copping In My Element, you’ll like it too. It’s on iTunes, and you should be able to find the CD in the jazz section of your nearest record store.. Enjoy !"

MachineDrum - MixOfTheWeek

Travis Stewart a.k.a. MachineDrum is one of those producers I've had in my 'check-later-pile" for quite a while. Well, my loss. The other day we got this mixtape in our inbox and first now I realize what I've been missing out on.

First off the choice of tunes very much appeals the early heads of jungle/drum'n'bass kickin' of with what sounds like a '96 remix (in a good way!) of Christoffer William's classic banger I'm dreaming off the New Jack City soundtrack. Deeper in the mix he reveals some of his upcoming releases e.g. Heavyweight (31 minutes in) which has such an hypnotic groove somewhere in between Aril Brikha's Groove La Chord and 2 Live Crew's Me so horny if that makes any sense? Add Mark Pritchard and a whole pile of other electrofunk producers in the mix and you'll get what might be the most refreshing mixtape of the year so far. Get it below!

Download: MachineDrum - MixOfTheWeek

Miamijunglevice - Indreamz
Manix - Alright Wid Me
Escape - Escape (The Optical Mix)
Background Sound - Held Below
Machinedrum - Now U Kno Tha Deal 4 Real (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
RP Boo - Fat Hoes Aint Thick
Bambounou - Alpha (Slick Shoota Juke Edit)
Poirier - Who Got Di Riddim
Mark Pritchard - Manabadman
Magnum - Reflections
Rashad & Manny - Move Out
Traxman - Tilt
Dawn Day Night & Emilski - Invisible Hand
Traxman - I Need Some Money
Traxman - Bus- In
Machinedrum - Heavy Weight
Machinedrum - Digga
Makoto Feat. Paul Randolph - You've Got Sumptin (Sinistarr Remix)
???? - ????
Baobinga - TransPennine Express
D Bridge - Cornered
Scuba - Cognitive Dissonance
???? - ????
Dub Phizix & Skeptical - Marka (Feat. Strategy)
Wheez-ie - The Box of Sorrows
Om Unit - Originalculturesmix

Not convinced yet? Check his MachineDrum Juke Edit for Roni Size ft Bahamadia Nu forms and I'm pretty sure we'll get your head noddin'. Lesson learned. We'll not be sleeping on Mr. Stewarts releases form here on.

 Roni Size - Nu Forms (MachineDrum Juke Edit)


Beathearts rewind #39: The Winstons - Amen brother (1969)

When we put together our Beatheart rewinds we usually bring you lesser known tunes that we feel deserve more attention. Today, we chose probably one of the most frequently sampled songs of all times. It's the b-side to The Winston's 1969 release Color him father. The track is an instrumental jam entitled Amen Brother and is probably one of the most recognizable tunes most people never heard in it's original form.

The Winstons - Amen brother

Gregory C. Coleman was the drummer on the track and he could hardly imagine that his ingeniously improvised drum roll would create a whole new genre of music. In 1986 this 7 second break ended up on a collection of breaks called Ultimate breaks and Beats. When later sampled and put at double speed it became one of the founding elements of what used to be called jungle that then turned into drum'n'bass and then influenced the whole UK underground scene to what it is today.

Its importance for break based music in the UK can hardly be overestimated. The Economist (!) even went so far as to dedicate a recent article for it entitled "Seven seconds of fire: How a burst of drumming changed the face of music”. (Source:

One of my all time favourite uses of the Amen break is Rupert 'Photek' Parks remix of Therapy's track Loose. Brilliantly cut up it was one of the tracks that inspired us to create this blog covering beat based underground soulful music.

Therapy - Loose (Photek remix)

A more recent example is Scottish soul singer Emili Sandé's recent single Heaven. By using the Amen break she gives her nod of gratitude to the history of the UK scene. In the same vein the video is reminiscent of another UK classic track, Massive Attack's Unfinished sympathy. Check it!

BadBadNotGood - BBNGLIVE2

BadBadNotGood - Live @ Club Koko

And they're back! The band exploding on Twitter at the moment and our favorite live crew from Toronto, BadBadNotGood just released their second live installment BBNGLIVE2. As we understand it this is the warm-up for their upcoming album. Matt Tavares, Chester Hansen and Alex Sowinski are apparently busy in the studio putting their final touches on their studio release BBNG2 due for release later this month.

Recorded January 21st at Club Koko in London at the Worldwide Awards hosted by Gilles Peterson. This set includes 6 tracks and a beautiful video clip of the crew in action on stage (above). One of the standout tracks to us is the James Blake cover of CMYK. While waiting for the soon to come album don't miss out on their live EP available for free below.

Download: BadBadNotGood - BBNGLIVE2

Want more? Read more and get their earlier releases right here:


Karizma - Collection 1999-2011 (Limited edition)

"A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It's the shit that happens while you're waiting for moments that never come." Lester Freamon (The Wire)

Baltimore's own Karizma a.k.a. Kris Klayton is one of those few producers you can always trust to put out quality releases. This collection of hard to find and unreleased tracks is his response to the fast paced consumption of music today. He's put together a 3xLP limited to 500 copies. Never to be repressed. All with individually designed sleaves. Of the uptempo house tracks my take away is the highly sought after Donnie rework here entitled Twyst this (scroll down to track 13). Still five years down the line it still sounds as funky as the first time Benji-B dropped it on Deviation 1xtra.

But the greatest surprise for me were the "hidden" bonus tracks of instrumental hiphop beats. I mean we knew he had production skills and that he was into Dilla (check the story behind Lookin' at Blue) but I never guessed he take his music in this direction. The stand out track for me is Hidden track #3. It get the same kind of feeling as back in the day when I learnt that Kenny Dope was behind The nervous track and Boomin' in ya jeep. Listen below and be fast to track down a copy of your own before they're gone. Forever.

As a bonus here's Karizma's epic mixtape for FACT. Check the tracklist here.
Download: Karizma - Fact mix 286