AC3Beats – Nostalgia

Lo-fi boom bap with Zelda and Mario samples? AC3Beats’ Nostalgia lives up to its name. I didn’t get my first games console until 1998 but I played on a few in the preceding years. Whether you were like me or you had them growing up, you’ll appreciate the subject matter on AC3Beats’s new album. Nostalgia has been described as “the musical equivalent of a big, warm…

Starchildluke – Boas Festas

An alternative Christmas beat tape by Starchildluke with a worthy cause attached. This is my album; I am Starchildluke. I refrain from promoting my music too much on the site but I thought this was relevant for two reasons: It’s for Christmas It has samples in it It came about while I was on holiday in Lisbon in November (hence the name). I got into…

Madlib, The Afro-Modernist​

Modernism might have a white visage but Madlib’s brand of afro-modernism shouldn’t be overlooked. Film director James Cameron once said, “People call me a perfectionist, but I’m not. I’m a rightist. I do something until it’s right, and then I move on to the next thing.” Fans of Madlib – and Dilla – will be familiar with this ideal. Perfection fuels many creatives in how they…

Interview: Imperial

Imperial is the first guest in our new mini interview series. It’s difficult to find a balance between long form and short form writing. Long form is extensive but takes time to read. Short form is quick to absorb but might not offer as much in comparison. We’ll never cease long form content but we appreciate readers might not have as much time to spend….

Bitiques: The Broken Orchestra – Blinded EP

This is Bitiques with S.A.M, our resident robot. It listens to music and gives short reviews, or bitiques, based on its findings. Here is its review of The Broken Orchestra’s Blinded EP. (All words written in this article come from S.A.M. Ratings are out of 10 🤖 symbols.) Artist: The Broken Orchestra Release title: Blinded EP Release date: March 2, 2018 Written by: The Broken…

Meet SAM, Our New AI Machine

We have a new addition to the team and it’s name is SAM. Technology is moving at lightning speed (although we still can’t get printers to print first time without messing with the Wi-Fi, but I digress.) Because of that, we’ve created a machine called SAM (Sampling Artificial Machine). It will feature in a few posts including a new series called Bitiques where we’ll do…

UK DJ Jaguar Skills Talks About Sampling

In an interview with Clash Music, Jaguar Skills shares his views on sampling and knowledge of hip hop. Donning a ninja-like mask (or the popular culture stereotype anyway), Jaguar Skills is notable for his eclectic mashups of old school hip hop, 80’s pop and jazz breaks. He got down with Clash Music to talk about sampling, from its early history synonymous with the fledgling days…