Based in Hereford & Blackburn U.K, teaandcakerecords has made the logical steps from reviewing and blogging about our favourite artists, to taking to the airwaves of the galaxy and now, finally, releasing our debut EP for the label.
teaandcakerecords began life in 2009 as nothing more than a profile on Mixcloud sharing the odd compilation tape. It grew into a blog to promote music, film and the arts and then in 2010, teaandcakerecords joined the intergalactic radio station Space Invader Radio with the popular Free Range Show. As well as playing the finest tunes from around the globe, the show has brought us guest mixes from Australia's Philly Blunt, Italy's Fededsm from Planet Soap & America's Marc Amigone of The Afrobeat Blog. Closer to their UK home there have been mixes from Ewan Hoozami, Nick Faber and Shooting Horses.
Towards the end of last year, plans were sketched out for making teaandcakerecords a proper label and the incredibly knowledgable Paul Riley was brought on board to help bring the project to fruition.
The first release delivers three unique and individual twists on the current beats scene by new producer Brotto based in Brighton.
However current and hip the sound of this first release is, do not be fooled into thinking this label is following fashions or limited to one certain sound. The only rules we follow are that it has got to be the best of it’s kind regardless of who it has come from.
Our aim is bring some of the most interesting and overlooked producers from around the world to the fore.
Brotto - Grassland, the first release for teaandcakerecords. It's out now.
Brotto's unique take on leftfield electronica has gained early support from Charlie Dark (Blacktronica), BNJMN (Rush Hour), and PieceOfShh.. (Svetlana Industries) who is also on remix duties under his new moniker Brickwall Brigade with Jan Nemeček of Kalope from Belgrade, Serbia.
Brotto Remixes follows up the huge success of our debut release by teaandcakerecords, Brotto’s Grassland EP which featured amongst other on Hold Box Flat, Grunge Cake and Bench's playlists
The remixes have an eclectic, international theme to them with mixes coming courtesy Italy's Planet Soap, Grillo and Railster, Slovakia's Foolk, Bunny On Acid from Israel and England's MTG better known as Space Invader Radio host and founder, Matt The Good. The package is completed with a brand new rework of the title track by Brotto himself.
We are very pleased to now give you our brand new third EP, Bandshell. Out today, Monday 30th May 2011
Peel It (Hour String)01:14
Memories Of Melting Ice02:53
Zebra Theory (Loomer)02:07
Borstal / Bull Skull03:35
Grassland (Planet Soap Remix)04:02
Grassland (Grillo Remix)03:41
Grassland (Railster Remix)03:33
Grassland (Bunny On Acid Remix)05:30
Grassland (Foolk Remix)02:28
Grassland (MTG Remix)04:30
Grassland (Brotto's Doom Rework)03:47
Money Tree Hugger03:23
Grassland (Brickwall Brigade Remix)06:15
2 Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D City
2 Joy Orbison - Ellipsis
Sorry for the radiosilence almost all year on here. A couple of little things happened which put music on the back burner a bit for me so here's a round of of the few mixes I did and in the coming days will be a round up of the records I bought.
The Luckyme mix Helix mentioned in the Heroes of 2011 chart, is now available:
100. Helix – Rapid Mixtape
100. Helix – Rapid Mixtape
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Helix is that dude with All Caps & Night Slugs 12″s out this apocalyptic 2012 which places him in unique position to quietly influence the best djs this year; just before the oceans evaporate forever… and so what’s he offering? Well he’s upping the tempo on all this pussy compressed laptop techno and trying to bring back something raw uncut with clattering, black-pepper drum programming that feels authentic. He builds music for 1AM and 4AM with equal weight – even his deeper, understated moments swing on long tape saturated pads. And with this tape for us, which could of easily just been a tribute to OJ Da Juiceman, he sorta surprised us with this perfect night drive soundtrack of rapid & classic techno that warrants bouncing to cassette just for the extra dose of fuzz as the planet moves slowly closer to the sun. Our 100th tape. Helix in the mix. Happy new year.
Last mix of the year and I thought I'd finish off the Jazzy Jazzy series
It's Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy
It's Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Jazzy Two
Again, it's a bit different from the other two but (hopefully) this one sounds good in that time of doing nothing between Christmas and New Year
Kraftwerk - Tone Float
Kraftwerk - Megaherz
Gbáyá - Naa Ndongoe (Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser Vol. 1)
Gbáyá - Piere (Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser Vol. 1)
Gbáyá - Dadte (Empire Centrafricain - Musique Gbáyá / Chants À Penser Vol. 1)
Kraftwerk - Ruckzuck
Kraftwerk - The Hall Of Mirrors
David Axelrod - The Human Abstract
Many, many, many thanks to Snooks at Bm Soho for asking me to do a mix for his podcast series. By some chance and good fortune, it has come out this weekend as the offical xmas guest podcast.
Check his work:
Strago and Snooks - Kuru
Strago and Snooks - Pills
My hero of 2011 is Helix. Producer of track of the year, Stacks, which I have played almost constantly since the summer. The track, although still as yet unreleased, was picked up by many big named djs and was included in Ben UFO's recent Rinse cd. He is also part of the best new label of the year, Glasgow's All Caps, with a 100% hit success rate from their first releases.
I caught up with Helix earlier this week to chat about the record, the label, Ben UFO and where he is going next.
Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin made the best album in the world since his last album. And then went and bettered it again a few weeks ago.
The two albums he was on this year, firstly with David Borden, James Ferraro, Sam Godin and Laurel Halo on Frkwys then in his own Oneohtrix Point Never guise, were masterpieces of modern experimental ambient.
His remix work this year included a nod to one of the underloved originators of the sound, Harald Grosskopf, whose original 1980 lost synth classic was reworked by todays contemporaries. It is however another of his rewordings which was my personal favourite remix of the year; that of Anthony and The Johnson's Swanlights.
Frkwys 7 Lp
Harald Grosskopf Sythesist Lp
Anthony and The Johnson's Swanlights
Jamie XX may have been a bit ubiquitous this year. There must only be a few people on the planet he didn't offer his steel pans to. Gil Scott Heron, Radiohead twice, Falty DL, Adele, Rhianna and his own solo debut on Numbers. When working with the former legends, he produced some of the best work of his career and with the initially questionable moves of working with the latter mainstream artists, produced some of the best work of their careers. Add to that his increased dj schedule this year and rumours of working on new material with The XX and he has been a busy boy but it doesn't look like the start of 2012 is going to slow him down any.
We're New Here Lp with Gil-Scott Heron
Bloom Rework 1 and 3
Rolling In The Deep
Fact Mix 239 with Oneman
Hype Williams fuzzy, lo fi, low res rips, twenty-first century synth pop and foggy 2 step sound rumbled through the whole year. Kicking off was the One Nation lp back in Spring. Summer was soundtracked by Rise Up and the Kelly Price ep and by autumn, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland were putting out their first solo projects and mixing new label mates at Hyperdub, King Midas Sound.
One Nation LP
Kelly Price W8 Gain Vol II ep
Inga Copeland ep
King Midas Sound mix tape
If techno is futuristic funk, bleeping, buzzing, knocking, dripping and reverberating then Actress brought it all out of South London in every track he made this year. Deep and dubby as Rainy Dub, weird and wonderful as Gershwin. As epic the full 12 minute version of the Panda Bear remix, as delicate and nimble as many parts of the Parallel World tracks.
Harrier ATTK / Gershwin
Give Up The Ghost (Thriller Houseghost Remix)
Parallel World links 1 2 3 4 5 6
A living legend, though never really went away, really showed the younguns a thing or two about bass this year. Whether it was with Rinse FM's Funk Butcher, the meeting of most influential garage producers with Steve Gurley or the sound of the summer with Omar, he was always at the front of my box.
Plus he really was kind enough to check out my mix of old Chicago and Detroit stuff from earlier in the year.
Dancing / It's So (with Omar)
Last Forever (as Funkbias)
Roll (with Steve Gurley)
Artist, blogger, label owner and designer Will Bankhead of Trilogy Tapes has has created some of the the best artwork of the year, working with some of the best artists and labels of the year:
Hessle Audio compliation
Shackleton on Honest Jons
Moritz Von Oswald Trio on Honest Jons
The About Group on Domino
FunkBias on Swamp81
Radio show of the year is the Numbers fortnightly take over on Rinse FM with these two post carnival and post the post carnival shows amongst the many highlights since the show started in April
Ben UFO, Floating Points, Pearson Sound, Bok Bok, Joy Orbison, Jackmaster and Spencer
Record shop of the year is Honest Jons. Every week their recommendations are just that little bit deeper, a bit more exclusive and upfront and always on point. Where else can you pick up the latest German or Detroit techno monsters next to an encyclopedic knowledge of reggae as well as blues and jazz and funk or folk?
The Boiler Room has been consitantly amazing all year. Picking just a few favourites was incredibly difficult as the talent that has passed through this year has been ridiculous. Enjoy the music but you will have to make up your own banter for dissing people in the background to recreate your own chatbox.
BR #73 Carl Craig (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR#38 - James Blake from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR Berlin #003 Levon Vincent from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR #68 Ben UFO by BOILER ROOM
BR #69 Thom Yorke by BOILER ROOM
BR #68 Bake from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR Berlin #001 Kassem Mosse (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR 1st Birthday Ben UFO b2b Jackmaster b2b Oneman from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
Live From - FACT x Young Turks - Jamie xx b2b Oneman from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR #49 Fourtet from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR #44 - Blacktronica from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR #43 Alex Chase from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
BR #42 Addison Groove (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.
NOTHING NEW #003/ Tri-Angle Records - Obsessions (circa 2001 - 2002) by BOILER ROOM
Label of the year for me has to have released only 100% hits. This year with two eps from label boss Semtek and the first release by Northern By Nature favourite Mr Beatnick in over a year, Don't Be Afraid are the deserving receprecants.
Not only were they producing some amazing material themselves, their choices of remixers; BNJMN, Architeq, Photonz and DJ 3000, plus they are great djs and deep diggers right across the board and just generally nice guys. Sickening isn't it?
Semtek - Pizza (DJ 3000 Remix)
Mr Beatnick - Sythetes
Compliation of the year for me was Four Tet's Fabric mix released in September and it hasn't left the cd player much since. On paper it looks quite eclectic and unmixable yet it flows, not like a 70 minute going nowhere, rigid to the bpms blend, this was a collage of sounds. Far too many "where the fuck has he got that from?" moments, plus it included some brand new (and at that point) exclusive Four Tet tracks, both of which were of course amongst the many standout moments.
Locked / Pyramid
The hardest working man in showbiz this year must have been Caribou / Daphni Dan Snaith. Especially in the last few months, it seems like he has had a new record, edit or remix out every other week. Add to that the split record he made with Four Tet on Text earlier in the year plus the touring as a band and dj gigs all over the world, it is amazing how he finds the time and yet his standards have not slipped once all year.
Daphni - Ye Ye
Daphni Edits 1 - Mapfumo / NPE
Daphni Edits 2 - Hypersphare / Balladins
Radiohead - Little By Little (Caribou Remix)
Virgo Four - It's A Crime (Caribou Remix)
No Boundaries - Modular Pursuits (Dapnhi Remix)
Tri Angle was one of my favourite labels of the year, Wander / Wonder one of the best albums and yet it is for four remixes that Balam Acab is my hero this year. I don't know if the chillwave / synthwave / whatever they are calling it this week, will continue to be as big next year, but I'm for one will definitely be keeping tabs on where the likes of Tri Angle's Holy Other, How To Dress Well, oOoOO, Clams Casino, Ayshay and Balam Acab take it.
Twin Sister - Kimmi In A Rice Field (Balam Acab Remix)
Sleep ∞ Over Romantic Streams (Balam Acab Remix)
Lana Del Rey - Video Game (Balam Acab Remix)
Ghost Town DJ's - My Boo (Balam Acab Remix)
Radio station of 2011 for me has been NTS Live which began broadcasting earlier this year. Within under 12 months they have built up a great line up but my particular favourites are New Jerusalm with Alex Chase, Bullion and Mr Beatnick, Charlie Dark's School Of Dark and Tristian BpM's breakfast shows. Check some of those shows below.
The New Jerusalem-2011-10-11-20:00:00.mp3 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Airtime
The New Jerusalem w Bullion & Young Turks 28.06 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Scup
2011-11-01-20_00_00.mp3 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Scup
2011-11-23-09_00_00.mp3 by NTS RADIO. Uploaded with Scup
This years '8bitch award' for making loads of great tracks and sharing the demos and the the process of making music with me goes to teaandcakerecords.
Many thanks again to Tim, Brotto, Bandshell, Brickwall Brigade, Planet Soap, Grillo, Railster, Bunny On Acid, FoolK and Matt The Good and to everyone who supported, blogged, tweeted, downloaded and played any or all of the eps. More is planned for 2012.