Bird & Whale

Bird & Whale is a website founded by Brad Loving, a long time Chicago resident who has now relocated to Brooklyn.

Bird & Whale features carefully crafted DJ mixes from some thirty selectors including many local Chicago luminaries such as John McEntire, Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Dan Bitney (Tortoise), Wayne Montana, Damon Locks (The Eternals), and Rob Sevier (Numero Group).

My hard drive is going to hate me for discovering this site.

Download Brad Loving's most recent contribution to his site here.
Check out all the mixes here.

You should also check out his production work as Lobisomen via XLR8R.

EPROM / ESKMO Split 12" (Warp Records)

San Francisco brings it HEAVY with this split double A-side 12" from EPROM and ESKMO. Just released on Warp Records, the 'Hendt/Lands and Bones' split is one to grab.

Somewhere in the vast realm of Hypy, Psychedelic electronic music and Dubstep

Give each track a listen for yourself...

EPROM and ESKMO are on tour now and you can download Mixes for free here and here.

Eprom Upcoming Events
February 26th - New Orleans, LA
March 7th - With Shackleton and ESKMO
The Dark Room, Club Six, San Francisco, CA
March 10th - Sebastopol, CA
March 17th - Austin, TX (SXSW)
March 19th - Houston, TX
March 20th - Columbia, MO

Feb 26th , Club Manhattan, Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb 27th , The Rouge Phoenix, Arizona
March 7th - With Shackleton and EPROM , The Dark Room, Club Six, San Francisco, California
March 17th - Warp Showcase at The Phoenix
w/ Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke & Born Ruffians
March 18th - Fader SXSW Showcase , Levi's/Fader Fort
Mar 20th - SXSW , The Barcelona Club, Austin, Texas
Mar 27th , The Hat Factory w/ EOTO Richmond, Virginia
Apr 5th , Lord Nelson Bar, Calgary, Canada
Apr 6th , Temple Edmonton, Canada

Daptone Gold

This album was released back in November but, I really am happy to have discovered this 23 track compilation featuring rarities, classics and previously unreleased tracks from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Budos Band, Binky Griptite, Lee Fields, Antibalas and more now, in the middle of winter when my soul needs some extra soul.

Over the years I have learned to love the classic sounds of Soul and R&B deeper than I ever thought possible. Perhaps it has to do with my mother growing up near the Motor City tied in with years of working at Johnny Rockets that rotated 'the hits' of Motown in the jukebox (on a side note, certain songs like 'Respect' by Aretha just don't sound as good after hearing them somewhere in the neighborhood of 100,000 times). Either way, I am proud to love soul music.

This is a perfect compilation to introduce those unfamiliar Soul and R&B lovers to the Daptone collective. These songs are timeless and will sound as good today as in forty years prior or into the future. The collective is dedicated to recording their music the way it once was-cut to analog tape and released on 45 RPM singles and LPs.

So for all you time travelers of silky funk & deep grooves check this compilation out now.


Monkey Safari

Monkey Safari are two DJs hailing from Germany. The are the label founders behind What! What! Records along with studio partner Mike Okay. Monkey Safari are also a recent addition to the ever growing Jackmode Agency.

The duo has a new EP coming out called "Zulu." I am all about this record. It combines the choppy tech-house bounce I love along with an African vocal refrain that is sliced and minced. You can listen to the upcoming EP for yourself here.

Here's a DJ mix the boys put together for Jackmode. Get ready to shimmy and shake.

01 Electro Boy - Texas Drug Test (Pizeta Arizona Remix)
02 Super Flu - Didschn
03 Pizetta Klezmer - Reagadelica (Alvaro Arabic Nights Remix)
04 Chernobyl & Praga - Balanca (Renaissance Man Remix)
05 Riva Starr - Trompe D Amour
06 Monkey Safari - Zulu (Yankee Zulu Remix)
07 Nick & Danny Chatelain - Katrinyla (Mastiksoul Buff Buff Remix)
08 Daniel Haaksman - Senta Senta Mais Uma Vez (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
09 Jeff Doubleu - Foxy Jazz
10 Edith Piaf - Tiens Voila Un Marin

Monkey Safari - Jackmode Mix by Jackmode

Son Lux "Weapons EP" (Anticon)

The classically trained composer Son Lux who creates music for both Dance companies and the avant-blip-hop Anticon imprint uses 'Weapons' from his critically acclaimed full length "At War With Walls And Mazes" as the source material for six new and unique interpretations.

The EP features co-production from Polyphonic, Alias and classical composer Nico Muhly.

Dreamy and delicate. Simple and graceful vocals. A beautiful addition to your listening rotation during this white cold season. I love when the rap kicks in half way through the Alias mix- it is at first odd in the spectrum of the EP but makes perfect sense a few seconds after it starts.

Put down all your weapons people.

Son Lux 'Weapons III' (via XLR8R)

Son Lux 'Weapons V' (via TerrorBird)

Weapons II Video:

Son Lux - WEAPONS II from anticon. on Vimeo.

video by Joshua Ott/superDraw

Son Lux MySpace

Anticon Website


Mumford & Sons

I love it when a new band just slips into your ears at exactly the right moment. The first time I heard Mumford & Sons was exactly one of those moments, actually minutes ago. This band just hit the spot like the Irish coffee I had just made myself on this cold February night in my Brooklyn apartment.

I will now dream of being the Little Lion Man.

Mumford & Sons 'Little Lion Man'

Mumford & Sons Website


Jamie Lidell 'Compass'

Jamie Lidell has been on the list of my favorite musical talents since I picked up 'Raw Digits' from his project Supercollider almost nine years ago. His sense of soul and intricate electronic productions are some of the most unique out there.

This May, Lidell will release his fourth album for Warp Records. The album is called 'Compass.' The album will feature collaborations with Beck, Feist, Jose Gonzales, Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear and Pat Sansone of Wilco. Now that's music to my ears.

Enjoy the title track.

Jamie Lidell 'Compass'


Dub War Podcast 11 - Incyde

Incyde dropped this in my email box about a week ago. He's just recorded a Podcast for the Dub War crew. The mix is filled with unreleased tracks from labels like Hessle, Wheel&Deal and Hotflush. A must download for all you bass heads and steppers.

Download: Dub War Podcast 11 - Incyde

Incyde MySpace

01. Dopplereffekt - Calabi Yau Manifold [Rephlex]
02. Al Tourettes - The Next Meal [forthcoming If Symptoms Persist]
03. Asusu - No Kya [dub]
04. XI - Slippin [forthcoming Immerse]
05. Pangaea - Neurons [Hessle Audio]
06. F - Forever [forthcoming 7EVEN]
07. Scuba - Three Sided Shape [forthcoming Hotflush]
08. Ben Verse - Inhale [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
09. F - Spacewalker [forthcoming 7EVEN]
10. FaltyDL - Body Down Mark [dub]
11. Sepalcure - Down [dub]
12. XI - Superwhatever (Incyde VIP) [dub]
13. Incyde - Station [dub]
14. Djunya - On The Verge [dub]
15. Al Tourettes - When I Rest, I Rust [forthcoming If Symptoms Persist]
16. Badawi - Lost Highway (Headhunter Remix) [forthcoming The Index]
17. Distance - Beyond [forthcoming Chestplate]
18. Ben Verse - Flip The Coin [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
19. Seven & Elvee - Breakdown [forthcoming Wheel&Deal]
20. Compound One - Perhaps The Darkness [Compound One]
21. F - Funk Injection [forthcoming 7EVEN]
22. EPROM - Never [forthcoming Surefire Sound]
23. Scuba - You Got Me [forthcoming Hotflush]
24. Peverelist - Clunk Click Every Trip [Punch Drunk]
25. Dopplereffekt - Compactification [Rephlex]


Panty Raid 'Beba / Get The Money'

01 Beba by pashoncoop

This 12" came out back in July on Marine Parade. I don't listen to much commercial Hip Hop these days but, if I did indulge in such guilty pleasures, I'd hope it sounded like this. The A Side 'Beba' uses my favorite aspects of Dubstep, Hip Hop and Bass music all at once. A monster cut to kick things off at the start of a night or to slow shit down with a heavy hitter at a peak hour.

Panty Raid is out of Brooklyn, so I do feel a little behind just catching up with their sound; I guess that's part of the side effect of buying vinyl again and doing a lot less downloading.

I was lucky enough to track this record down at my favorite NYC record shop Halcyon.