Pitchben is a past winner of the German DMC championship who has the DNA of electronic funk running through his veins. Working the turntables like an instrument, he was one of the key figures in the world of scratching and Turntablism. After winning the DMC finals he shifted his focus to production, sound design and audio engineering with the end result being his album Pitchslap which was released by Compost last month. Not happy simply aping the halcyon production methods of the eighties via digital methods Pitchben has slavishly recreated an expansive productions style with real musicians and live string and horn sections. We’re impressed and intrigued. So intrigued we decided to put Pitchben through our mini-inquisition.
Favourite part of the day to create?
Method or madness?
First musical love?
Last musical love?
One thing you cannot live with out?
One thing you would live without if you could?
Listen to PITCHSLAP and try to take a guess 🙂
Your biggest break so far?
Having them sometimes inside my dreams…
The existence of mathematics
The existence of music
Love of your life?
The music of course
Producing while sleeping
A place to create?
Really depends on my mood…
Teams, aka Sean Bowie has a new track called ‘Mile High’. Taking a clutch of loops from an indeterminate boogie-house jam, he gets stuck into distorting, filtering and generally messin’ with them to create a sub aquatic dance-floor workout that that sounds like the soundtrack to a particularly pleasing form of mental illness. Or a broken heart, or something. It’s good. And in related Teams news keep your eyes over the coming months, because according to Bowie’s FB page, he has two new albums arriving this winter. Check out ‘Mile High’ below;
If you are not aware of UK-based duo Coat of Arms, then maybe they will be better described as Futureboogie’s hottest new act consisting of Birmingham’s own Chris James (founder of Dubnoir label) and Eats Everything (Pets Recording, San City High) hailling from Bristol. Together they have combined their deep house, disco, funk and soul influences to create what they call ‘bumpin house’, the kind that has the subtle power to keep you boogying on the dancefloor at 5 in the morning, whether you want to or not.
With just one track under their belts, the British boys have already risen to fame – boasting support from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Julio Bashmore, Catz N Dogz, Justin Martin and Maya Jane Coles to name a few. The debut single ‘Is This Something?‘ features on Jamie Jones’ new mix for ‘Fabric 59‘ out in August, and has been dropped in countless sets surrounding its release last week. It also stars on Futureboogie Recording’s Summer Riot EP along with fellow label artist’s Lukas and Behling. Sampling snippets from a myriad of sources, including Faith Evans ‘Love Like This’ (check her out at 1min57secs in…”this is something I wanna hold on to”), and transforming it into a sexy Burial-like vocal with Detroit-esque synths and big bass. Put it all together and this is what you get:
With a forthcoming track soon to appear on Catz N Dogz label, Pets Recordings, these guys’ spacious house beats are definitely the one to watch. Interview with the pair to follow shortly.
Chromeo have been working on what is possiblly the world’s shortest album – a 3 minute "minimum opus" called Drive Time – containing 55 songs with catchy titles such as ‘Turn Left’ and ‘Follow’.. can you see where this heading?
Yes, the Chromeo Sat Nav voice has arrived complete with electro boogie musical accompaniment. The band claim that …"with Drive Time each track has actually been written. Take ‘Follow’ for example, in it’s seven seconds, there is a distinct bass riff, vocal harmonies, a chord progression and a lead line. In seven seconds!
Check out this ‘documentary’ of the Canadians talking about the project….