Google+ Beathearts: 04.2014


Yasmin - Thinking about you (Billion remix)

Lazy bank holiday and we're reminiscing of Frankie Knuckles and other artists that left us too early. Stumbling over this great Whitney Houston cover from Yasmin.

Remixed by Billon remix (aka producers Cinematic and Drop Lamond) this tune is taken off Houston's debut album from 1985 and has never sounded better. Not many vocalists would be brave enough to take on the task of covering Whitney but Yasmin did a great job and transformed it into a driving deep house tune with gospel vibes. Enjoy.

Download: Yasmin - Thinking about you (Billion rmx)


Roska & Jamie George - Movin' #WorkWeekJam

Been really inspired by all these recent workweek concerts we’ve attended. From Danny Brown, Kraftwerk and Ebo Taylor to Myele Manzanza and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We decided to try out a new concept in the vein of tune of the day. Tunes that makes our heads nod and a smile on our faces on a crappy Tuesday. Why wait for the weekend when you can enjoy a #WorkWeekJam? :)


It's been a while since we heard that signature intro over a sub-bass track: "Roska! Roska! Roska!". But  this weekend we found this track and man have we missed him! This time teaming up with with vocalist and top line songwriter Jamie George signed to Rinse. Should be destined for an official release so get it while you can.


#WorkWeekJam: Flume ft Biggie Smalls – Space Cadet

Been really inspired by all these recent workweek concerts we’ve attended. From Danny Brown and Ebo Taylor to Myele Manzanza and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We decided to try out a new concept in the vein of tune of the day. Tunes that makes our heads nod and a smile on our faces on a crappy Tuesday. Why wait for the weekend when you can enjoy a #WorkWeekJam? :)


Now, I’m not a big fan of mashups – especially messing with the classics. But just to prove myself wrong, these last couple of weeks I’ve stumbled over a whole bunch of mashups that I really dig. Last week it was the HoodInternet blend of BBD and Disclosure. This week it's a fine blend of Flume and old Biggie Smalls vocals that makes me reminisce of the days of old but still with my eyes fixed on the horizon.

Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith are DJ's based in Perth, Australia and have put together this mini album combining the late B.I.G. with futuristic Flume instrumentals. Get it below.
While on the subject of Space Cadet don’t miss out on the very spaced out video of the original tune ft Ghostface Killah.


#WorkWeekJam: BBD ft Disclosure – When poison starts to burn (TheHoodInternet ReMash)

Been really inspired by all these recent workweek concerts we’ve attended. From Danny Brown and Ebo Taylor to Myele Manzanza and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We decided to try out a new concept in the vein of tune of the day. Tunes that makes our heads nod and a smile on our faces on a crappy Tuesday. Why wait for the weekend when you can enjoy a #WorkWeekJam? :)


Now I'm not a big fan of mash-up but this one caught me off guard and I can't seem to get it out of my headphones. Chicago based party collective TheHoodInternet brilliantly blended BelBivDevoe's new jack swing classic "Poison" and Disclosure's "When a fire starts to burn". Two tracks that at first glance have nothing in common but somehow now exists in perfect harmony. Get it while it's still available.


#WorkWeekJam: The Funkees - Akula Owu Onyeara (1970)

Been really inspired by all these recent workweek concerts we’ve attended. From Danny Brown and Ebo Taylor to Myele Manzanza and Mark de Clive-Lowe. We decided to try out a new concept in the vein of tune of the day. Tunes that makes our heads nod and a smile on our faces on a crappy Tuesday. Why wait for the weekend when you can enjoy a #workweekjam? J

Kickin' off the series with this awesome afro beat jam. Put out by EMI in Nigeria in 1970, this track from The Funkees was rediscovered through the excellent Soundway compilations. Check it out.


Mark de Clive-Lowe - Church (track-by-track album walkthrough)

Last week after the Myele Manzanza show at Fasching Jazz Club in Stockholm we got the first sneak preview into to the long awaited upcoming Mark de Clive-Lowe Church album. The album is the recorded version of his legendary live experience set in New York and L.A called Church. Mark was generous enough to give us a track-by-track walkthrough of the album.

Last time we met (2012) we were talking about the possibility of putting the Church experience on wax and keeping our fingers crossed. Now, through Kickstarter funding, it's almost here! Tell us about the album!

It's in mastering right now. It's funny because it was supposed to be for a specific label. But then there were all kinds of label politics and I waited a year the decided I wanted to do it for myself. So that's when I decided to do a Kickstarter. And that was scary.

Especially because I grew up in the old model. I dig the new model but Kickstarter is a step beyond the new model. It's truly transparent and you find out if the people truly support me or not. But it worked out!

I worked very hard to make it work. It made it possible to make the record the way I wanted to make it. To get the people I wanted to work with. This will be the official launch of my Mashibeats label and I'm partnering with Ropeadope in America. The record will be out late May or early June and I'm super excited it will finally come out!

Mark de Clive-Lowe - Church (track-by-track walkthrough)

1.The Mission featuring John Robinson 5.41
John's great! He's been a resident for our Church shows in New York. Most of records was recorded in New York and a little bit was done in L.A. He's got a real nineties flow and a great story teller. He came through a crew called Science of Life who worked with MF Doom. The track is like a hiphop vibe with an anthemic kinda horn thing going.

John asked me what I wanted and I told him that I wanted him to tell the story of Church. So in three verses he tells the story of me and the concept of Church in rhyme. Which is amazing because, on a skill level it's dope but also because records don't really have liner notes anymore so this will be the audio liner notes for the record. I think it's a nice way to open the record and explain to the people who I am and where I come from.

2.Nova Roda featuring Contramestre Xingu 1.54
I've been doing Capoeira for three or four years and it's a huge part of my life. I train four or five times a week. And my Mestre Xingu he's been great for me I love the whole concept. Both the martial art, the music and the history. So through training Capoeira I've played Berimbau so I wanted to include that.

When ever there's a show in L.A. there's always a Roda where all the Capoeiras come out and mix dancing with Capoeira. It's crazy! So, I thought let's put that on the record. It's like a two minute interlude with Berimbau and some programming. I really wanted to include all that vibe in there.

3.Brukstep 5.09
Back in the day we used to call broken beats Bruk so it's kind a hommage to my West London days. Rhythmically it's got that kind of groove. Most of the record's got two horn players on it who plays the melody. It's kind of like a dance track on the jazz tip. It's a fun vibe.

4.The Processional 5.36
It's a homage to some of the great who've gone past. Specifically Alice Coltrane, Joe Henderson, McCoy Tyner and J Dilla. So it's kind of my imagining all of them. There's a great talent on there called Low Leaf  - she's a harp player. She plays harp, sings, makes beats and all sort of stuff. She's playing harp on that track. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is also on that track. Just a little tribute track to the forefathers.

5.Now or Never featuring Nia Andrews 4.14
We've performed it for quite a long time but never recorded a studio version. It's been kind of a theme song a Church. I was working on the track and actually was going to have someone else sing on it and she heard it and said "hey, this is me!". She wrote this amazing song called "A love letter to her wildest dreams" which is what it is. It's a fun jam.

6.Ghaziya 4.22
It's related to belly dancers. A Ghaziya is a middle eastern dancer and the track has kind of a middle eastern flavor to it. I've been playing with a group called Ethio Cali and we do a lot of mulato music together. So I guess I wrote that piece a bit inspired by my time with that group.

Ghaziya also means conqueror. So, I like the combination of a dance vibe and the conqueror aspect. It just felt right.

7.Sketch for Miguel 5.57
I was in South Africa, I had a day off and I thought I'd write some music. I wrote something very specific for Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. How I feel about him as a musician and how he sounds. So he played on that and it's a beautiful piece of music. Jamire Williams is on there as well. On the drums for ERIMAJ. Miguel is an artist I love collaborating with. He's just a great musician and great to work with.

8.Hollow featuring Nia Andrews 4.34
There's a lot of pain in that song. It's about nothing going right. It's like that moment in life when you're soaring in the sky but then your wings get clipped and you can't fly anymore. But all you want to do is fly. It's sounds kind of depressing but it's also very hopeful because I think there's a universal feeling about it that I think a lot of people have experienced. And it's something we overcome. That was important for me and Nea really captured that. She sounds incredible on that track. I think it's the best she's ever sounded.

It's funny, Bahamadia recently released a track also entitled "Hollow" with Swedish art/music collective MELO talking about the state of the word (read the whole story here). Did you hear that track yet?

No, but I have to check it out! I worked with Bahamadia on the Politik album. She's great!

9.Prayer 2.20
I was with the band in the studio and I wanted to make sure we had a couple of interludes on the record. Things that capture the vibe and the emotion of the project but no whole pieces. Those kind of moments we play together and you don't know what's going to happen and you just trust in the music. To me that's kind of a prayer.

10.Imam (composed by Abdullah Ibrahim) 4.14
I love Abdullah Ibrahim. I love the South African vibe. Both Hugh Masakela, Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba - it's such a great soulfulness to their music. When I first heard the tune I loved it and we started to playing it out live a lot at Church shows. So when it came to the record it made sense I wanted to do my own version of it. t was a fun way to connect South Africa to the project. It's a fun, funky joint.

11.Sun Up Sun Down featuring theeKIDICARUS 5.07
(performed live at the Myele Manzanza show)
On the record there's KIDICARUS as a guest vocalist. He came through by working with a lot of stuff with Pharrell and Chad Hugo. He's from Virginia. He's an MC. Musically the track got a West London kind a vibe to it but also very influenced by Ornette Coleman, a 50's free jazz player. And Art Blakey as well. So it's kind of a combination of the jazz thing and the beats vibe.

KIDICARUS was in L.A. for a while. He's kind of gone under the radar for most people. I don't usually let people jump up on the stage during shows but he was cool. As an MC he didn't have a hiphop vibe but more of contemporary vibe to him.

12.Mason’s Galaxy (composed by Charles Earland) 5.10
It's from a Charles Earland record called "Leaving this planet". I did a version of the title track a few years ago. It's a great record and this track's got a real spooky vibe. Harvey Mason plays on the original track so I guess that's why Charles named it "Mason's Galaxy"? And I've been playing a lot with Harvey as well with his band so it just all made sense to include the piece.

Charles Earland - Mason's Galaxy (1973)

It's kind of a halfway thing between dubstep and a broken vibe. It's pretty mental. I can't wait to hear that in a club. And Nea Andrews guests again on a part of the outro. It's a fun, dark, breakbeat kind of vibe.

I think the whole record is very eclectic  when it comes to BPM perhaps but it's very cohesive with that most of it was recorded in one session in New York and the rest was one session in L.A. And the band is very cohesive. The same musicians through most of it. So it's nice to have everyone bring their own personality to it and their experience to the music I had written.

Have you set a release date yet?
It was supposed to be May 27th but right now it depends on artwork. As soon as the artwork is done I will now. But I'm hoping for May 27th.

I'm going to do a worldwide listening session for it for two weeks. I've done listening sessions before but this time I will be there in person. It will be L.A. New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Tokyo and Auckland over two weeks. And when we land back in L.A. there will be a launch party.

Any chance of a live stream? We all love those boiler room sessions!

You know what? That particular room doesn't have WiFi set up but now that you mention it that could be fun! Boiler room sessions are great - I'll look into that! We might do a listening session in New York with Red Bull. If so that will be streamed for sure.


Mark de Clive-Lowe - compositions (except 10, 12), piano, rhodes, synths, synth bass, live sampling, live beats + electronic manipulation

Tivon Pennicott - sax+flute (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) - (Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter)
Duane Eubanks - trumpet (1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) - (Elvin Jones, Alicia Keys, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Wu Tang Clan)
Robin Eubanks - trombone (12) - (Art Blakey, Dave Holland)
Tim Lefebvre - bass  (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) - (Arif Marden, Tedeschi Trucks Band)
Nate Smith - drums  (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) - (Jose James, Michael Jackson, Dave Holland)

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - viola (4, 7) - (Suite for Ma Dukes)
Josiel Perez Hernandez - trumpet (4, 7) - (Orlando Maraca Valle)
Low Leaf - harp (4) 
Ben Shepherd - bass (4, 7)
Jamire Williams - drums (2, 4, 7) - (ERIMAJ, Lonnie Smith, Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett)
Contra Mestre Xingu - berimbau+vocals (2)
Tim Stewart - guitar (13) - (Lady Gaga, Chris Dave)

Nia Andrews - (Janelle Monae/Common)
John Robinson - (Scienz of Life, MF Doom, Renee Neufville)
theeKIDICARUS - (Pharrell, Chad Hugo, Geechi Suede)

Mixed by Ty Macklin (India Arie, Erykah Badu, The Roots)

Mastering to be done by Pete Maher (U2, King Tubby)


Beat Generation Series: The Buscrate 16-bit Ensemble (The 2K14 Update)

It's hard to believe but it's been almost two years since our first feature in the Beat Generation interview series with Orlando "Buscrates" Marshall. This past weekend we caught up with Buscrates to get an update what's been cooking in the 16-bit basement.

You've been down since day one and was featured in the very first episode of the Beatgeneration interview series. The exclusive track you shared with us ("Phoenix rising") is still the tune that has gotten the most plays, buzz, shares and attention. You're still getting props every week about that groove with those sampled secret Polish drums. Still a wicked track. Did you ever try to add any vocals?

Thank you so much for reaching out to me, I'm so glad to have been there from the start! I kept that track in the vaults for a short while because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, but then the opportunity came along to feature it on Beathearts, so everything worked out there. The thought of vocals never crossed my mind at the time I made that, that's why I added that Moog synth lead, to fill in some space where a vocalist may have been singing.

Buscrates - Phoenix Rising (Beathearts exclusive)

It's such a pleasure following you on Soundcloud always generous sharing a wide variety of sounds and inspirations. The last couple of months we've been nodding our heads to your rework of Teddy Riley's classic tune "Groove me" off Guy's debut album (1988). A daring challenge that you pulled off brilliantly. Somehow you kept that eighties sound but totally rearranged the groove. Ever worked on any other Teddy Riley tracks? It would be interesting to hear what a touch of the 16-bit magic could do to tunes like "Teddy's Jam pt II" or Black Girl's "90s girl" or Kool Moe Dee's "Go see the doctor".

I was out record shopping one day, and came across that Guy joint on 7". I always liked the original, and when I saw that there was an acapella on the flip side, I just knew I had to try something out with it! The record was only about $0.50 too.  If any of those jams have a capellas floating around I'd definitely be into trying those as well. It had been a while since I had done any remixes (aside from the Lisa Stansfield remix I did not too long before), and me finding this record was right on time.

Exclusive download: Guy - Groove me (Buscrates funk hop swing remix)

We hear that East Liberty Quarters is at it again with an upcoming 7 inch on Rotating Souls. When is it due for release? Plans for any more releases with Grand Ear and Nice Rec this year? An album perhaps?

There hasn't been a set release date for it yet, but I'm sure it will be out sometime this Spring or Summer. We're always recording stuff, throwing ideas back and forth, and who knows what may come of it. I have both of my ELQ fam on an upcoming solo boogie/funk project due out this year sometime.I'm sure there will be a session or two when I go back to visit Pittsburgh in April. I moved to Atlanta in October 2012.

Back in 2012 you featured on a track on Copenhagen's finest Terry Testers debut album "Horses & Diamonds". Any plans for more collaborations with him?

That's the homie right there, anytime he has any ideas for collabs it's always on. I'm glad he reached out to us to put us on wax. Nothing's ever really planned, a lot of times things just happen haha..

What can we expect more from the Buscrates studio in 2014?

The aforementioned solo EP, some more stuff with my man Sam Champ (the other half of Extra Medium), a project I have with the homie Brett Eclectic - we formed a duo called Synthesiz, and we're on the boogie/funk tip. You can check two of our joints here:

Some stuff with Mecca:83 & DistantStarr, and probably even more that I haven't figured out yet! I'm playing catch-up on a lot of these projects, some of which I'm behind in due to an unfortunate incident where I was hit by a car on my bicycle back in February..I was sidelined for about a month. I have recovered swiftly..not at 100% but probably a good 85-90% and getting better daily.

Read more:

Beat Generation Inteview Series #1: Buscrates 16-bit Ensemble
East Liberty Quarters on Bandcamp
Buscrates 16-bit ensemble on Bandcamp
Buscrates on Soundcloud


Frankie Knuckles (1955-2014) - Top 5 FK moments

"It left me with a warm feeling that made me start listening to music" (F.Knuckles 1989)

This morning we got the sad news that another legend of soulful underground music has left us. Frankie Knuckles was one of the first artists that got us into house music so we thought it was appropriate to put down a few of our favourite Knuckles moment to honor his musical deed.


1.Morgana King - Like a seed (1973)
I remember reading an interview with the man from the late 80s. He told a story from the time he was about 8 years old and his older sister was playing records from Morgana King, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto all day long. He said that hearing those Morgana King tunes in the house back in 1963 "left me with a warm feeling that made me start listening to music".

To me, hearing those early Frankie Knuckles tunes in the late 80s had a similar effect. My world had just been turned upside down by Erik B & Rakim and NWA's first records and along came these obscure, hard but yet soulful tunes from a genre named after a strange warehouse in Chicago. That changed my perception of music and opened my mind to all genres of music. And for that that I'm deeply grateful. Rest in peace big guy.


2.Frankie Knuckles - It's hard sometimes (1991)
This is probably all time my favourite Knuckles tune. It still baffles me that this record never got more attention. Uplifting message, great gospel influenced songwriting, epic def mix production - all in all it had just as much potential as "Tears".

"Virgin wasn't ready for that record when it came out. To this day I'm sorry that I even gave it to them. Everybody was stammering for it in New York City, they wanted it, there was talk about it everywhere. People were trying to bootleg it or get it any way they can. We were very protective of it, didn't play it everywhere. We played it in the club, but I had to make sure that nobody was recording it or anything like that. Technology wasn't what it is now, obviously, or else somebody would've had it and it would've been on the internet before you could take your second breath. We protected it as best we could. But once it came out they didn't have enough vinyl. You couldn't find it anywhere. In New York City, the day it came out, they sold I think 500 copies in just one store. We had to call Philadelphia, we had to call LA, Miami, New Orleans, we called so many different cities to get them to ship what they had to New York City because the demand was so great for it. And it still wasn't enough. " (RBMA 2011)


3.Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie ‎– Tears (1989)
Anyone who ever claimed that house music lacked soul were stuttering for word when "Tears" came out. Again epic production lifting one of the greatest house vocalists of all time, Robert Owens. Satoshi Tomiie recently told the story of how the track came about:

"That collaboration was not an easy one. I think Frankie just moved back to New York from Chicago and I was a university student, I lived in Tokyo. Between the two of us, there was no Internet, not even a computer, nothing! We never were really in the studio together, until we recorded the vocal of Robert Owens for ‘Tears’. The instrumental part I did everything in Tokyo. I was sitting in my bedroom at my parent’s house. I wrote all the track there. There was no hard drive so I had to record it on tape, on a two-inches tape. Then I had to fly to New York to bring this demo to Frankie, because I wanted to play it for him. Back then, my English skills were horrible, so it was not the easiest collaboration ever (laughs). Then as Frankie liked it, I asked if we could cut the vocal of Robert Owens into it, because I was a big fan of his style and his voice on Larry Heard’s production. Nothing was easy, but it was not a bad start for sure! And obviously I was just making track to make music, not to make history." (The Standard Culture 2012).


4. Alison Limerick - Where love lives (1990)
The Def Mix founders dominated the remix scene in the early 90s and this tune is probably the best work Frankie and Dave Morales ever did together. It's featured on the rare double 12" RCA Bootcamp Bootlegger (1994). Not sure why but it's marked as the "Classic mix" on the cover but most definitely a special edit. Anyway, another one of Frankie's soulful tunes that lifts me up and makes me feel a little better. Every time.


5.The Night Writers - Let the music use you (1987)
With the rise of the jungle scene in the UK, that later transformed into drum'n'bass, one of the tunes that stood out was SL2 "DJ's take control" (1991). We were all blown away by the blend of influences and samples coming from all over the place. It wasn't until a few years later I discovered where SL2 had taken those epic strings and piano hook from. And when I heard "Let the music use you" and learned that Knuckels was behind the track it all made sense and the circle was complete.


August 26th 2004, president to be, Barack Obama christened the Chicago street where the legendary Warehouse once stood, Frankie Knuckles Way. It was almost 30 years since Frankie had put his first record on in that famous nightclub:

"It’s only a few blocks away from where I live. One of my favorite restaurants to have breakfast sits on the corner of the street I live on and Frankie Knuckles Way.  

I’m quite proud of this accomplishment. It was definitely one of the highlights of my career. To be thought of enough by the people of this city and, to have it presented to me by, at the time, State Senator and now The 44th President of The United States, Barrack Obama, I am extremely proud of this accomplishment.  

It’s something I share with every house music DJ in the world." (

Frankie Knuckles left us yesterday at the age of 59. For more insight into his musical heritage head over to this great Red Bull Music Academy session transcript from 2011:

Frankie Knuckles interview session @ RBMA Madrid 2011

Street sign on Frankie Knuckles Way in downtown Chicago

Obama & Frankie