Back from a rip roaring time at ADE, this week we Scoured around the web and found money going to two very different worthy causes, the first hand account of the story behind one of our favourite clubs in the world, a chat with one of the year’s breakthrough stars and an essential history of one of electronic music’s most important instruments.
Meow The Jewels
After a man in Ohio famously raised over $55,000 to make a potato salad in July of this year, it appears Kickstarter is now fully in the throes of an extended silly season. The latest nonsensically brilliant endeavor to attract mass funding is ‘Meow The Jewels ‘ – a remake of Killer Mike and El-P’s forthcoming sophmore album comprised entirely of cat noises. This feline assisted rework initially started out as a joke on the group’s website – now taken down, which offered ‘Meow The Jewels’ as a ‘special package’ available for $40,000 that would see ‘Run The Jewels 2’ “re-recocrded using nothing but cat sounds for music.” The internet being what it is, it should probably come as no surprise that someone set up a Kickstarter page to make ‘Meow The Jewels’ a reality – with the page promptly going on the surpass its target with nearly 12 days to spare.
El-P being the good sport that he is has been fully on board with the idea, whilst also agreeing to donate money raised from the campaign to the families of recently slain African American teenagers Michael Brown and Eric Garner. As ‘Meow The Jewels’ picked up momentum, a host of top Hip-Hop producers agreed to take part in the project – chief amongst them Just Blaze, who promised to release a pack of drum samples plucked from used from his peerless run of 2001-2005. With the project set to be available to listen to next Tuesday, all there is to do now is watch El-P in the video above getting a facefull of cat arse as he auditions contributors.
Olaf Boswijk tell the story of Trouw
Once again this year we were part of the 350,000 strong exodus of music folk making the the trip over to Amsterdam for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event. Now in it’s 18th year it’s the largest event of it’s kind, with a full 5 day offering of day time conference talks, seminars, workshops and film screenings, as well as a night time programme that boasts 300 events and 2,000 DJs and performers spread over 80 clubs and venues.
Amongst the plethora of conference events we attended an immediate highlight was the RA Exchange with the co-founder and head booker of the Dutch capital’s premier industrial club space, Trouw. Throughout the hour long discussion with Olaf Boswijk, we gain an insight into his inspiring journey that touches upon his early days working in radio and music journalism, as well as his time transforming Amsterdam’s now defunct Club 11. Click below to hear the story of how Olaf, his brother and friend turned a disused newspaper printer into one of the worlds most-cherished underground clubs, and why all things good things must come to an end.
Some cracking exclusive music available to buy here courtesy of Miss Modular, with all proceeds from the above download going to making sure the always-excellent Truants Blog remains ad free. As part of Her Records alongside Sudanim, Fraxinus and CYPHR, Miss Modular has been speearheading an exciting mutation of instrumental Grime that incorporates stuttering Jersey Club rhythms in to its foundations to craft exciting new hybrids. ‘No Clouds’ – which you can listen to via the player above, lifts samples from Prince’s new jam ‘Clouds’ for a stuttering blast of melody and stabs of kick that all in all is pretty lovely. Available to download for only two weeks at the price of £1.99, this is great music for a good cause.
Max Graef does Slices
Responsible for one of our favourite albums of the year so far, 21 year old Berliner Max Graef defied the House and Techno stereotype attached to producers from his own town to craft a sound that draws from all over. Here he’s the focus of Electronic Beats’ never less than interesting Slices series, taking us on our tour of the city – including a stop off at Oye Records, where he still occasionally works. A genuine good bloke – with musical wisdom beyond his years, this is the perfect watch to get you in the mood for his set for comm•une tonight at Dance Tunnel.
An essential building block of most of the contemporary electronic music that you and I know listen to has been the drum machine. Around since the 1930’s but only really popularized in the 80’s, the most iconic versions of this essential piece of hardware were profiled on The Vinyl Factory this week by 12 of the DJ’s that love them. From Kerri Chandler and Dennis Ferrer (who requested to be buried with his) waxing lyrical on the 909 to Roni Size espousing the virtues of the Oberheim DMX and 808 State praising the erm 808, this piece is essential motivation for any prospective producers pondering whether to take the plunge and save to buy a drum machine of their own.