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New Interviews with Jack Splash, Rockwell and Golden Rules

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Check out my new interviews with Jack Splash (Cool Uncle, Plantlife), Rockwell (Shogun Audio) and Paul White of Golden Rules over at Cool Accidents.

It’s been great to be writing again – I hope you enjoy these interviews. The artists certainly gave in depth and thoughtful answers!

DJ Huwston live from The 45 Sessions (Sydney)

Guess Huw’s back?

 

DJ Shepdog – The Virgo

The Pharcyde – Soul Flower (Remix)

LL Cool J – Around The Way Girl

Fingathing – Apache

Banbarra – Shack UP Part II

The Tornadoes – Huihui

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Brass In Africa

The Quantic Soul Orchestra – Babaratiri

The Bamboos – Happy

Phirpo Y Sus Caribes – Comencemos

Onra – Keep on Loving Me

Raphael Cameron – Funtown USA

Cameo – I Just Want To Be

Idris Muhammad – Turn This Mutha Out Part 1

Razor Blades – Disco Cut (aka Willie Colon & Ruben Blades Plastico Bugz In The Attic Remix Part 1)

BT Express – Peace Pipe

Gary Tom’s Empire – 7654321 Blow Your Whistle

DJ Shepdog – Skankin In The Way

James Brown – Get Up Off That Thing

Angelina Goalie & The Football Funkateers – Rocksteady (Beef Jerky Edit)

Hector Rivera – I Want A Chance For Romance

Johnny Harris – Stepping Stones

The Bamboos – Amen Brother

Kings Go Forth – Now We’re Gone

Esso Trinidad Steel Band – I Want You Back

Eric Lau Comes Deep With It

Eric Lau is a British Hip Hop and Soul producer who burst on to the scene amidst a flurry of excitement with his debut New Territories on Ubiquity in 2008, satisfying fan across the Atlantic looking for some post Ummah sub bass Soul. Since then Lau has kept a fairly low profile until recently releasing the underground Kilawatt V2 EP ahead of his debut Australian tour. Speaking over the phone after a very late night mixing session, Lau name-checks recent visitor Dam-Funk and looks forward to reaching our shores after busily preparing brand new material.

“I saw the tweets that Dam was writing about, Dam is an ambassador of funk you know?’ he asks, adding ‘I have a lot of respect for Dam because he always gives.”

With somewhat of a more withdrawn demeanour than his Californian friend, Lau discusses how his new EP came about.

“Kilawatt is a new label run by a guy who did some work experience for me a few years ago,’ he explains. ‘He’s a music lover who was very ambitious and I kinda guided him in the right direction and he asked me if I wanted to do an EP and he saved up the money to do it,” he says, sounding genuinely impressed and keen to help.

The EP features vocalists Muhsinah and Oddisee, who, like Lau, have both been teasing the underground for years now with the promise of artists poised to take over. Also featured on the mini album is multi-instrumentalist Kaidi Tatham whose appearance gives the release another level of musicality and puts Lau in a new realm.

“This is an extension (of New Territories). I think as producer you’re always learning and whilst it might not sound it from a listeners perspective, New Territories was very raw,” he says in relation to the new EP’s lush instrumentation.

“I didn’t really have much knowledge of engineering back then… even composition,” he says, suggesting that his collaborative family was both a step up and in the right direction for him.

“Oddisee and I have a very similar journey as far as our upbringing is concerned. The song that he wrote really reflected how I felt about our journey.”

At the time his debut LP was released, Lau also dropped the Guilty Simpson collaboration For The D, which somewhat split fans of his smooth soul, whilst at the same time as gaining him a lot of respect from the Hip Hop community. Lau is not vexed by where he sits in the marketplace.

“I’m happy to have a ‘fanbase’ on both sides,’ he says. ‘I haven’t even ventured in to the dance music side of things that I want to go in to yet. Most of the stuff everyone has heard has been down tempo or mid tempo but I wanna make people dance as well.”

Overall, Lau is very relaxed about his situation in a grim marketplace.

“Music is an art form. I’m lucky enough to be able to do it and I think Hip-hop and Soul go hand in hand, so I don’t see it as a problem, I see it as a blessing to be able to do both types of music and reach both types of people.”

Currently preparing a 2 track single for the Save The Children charity where all proceeds go directly to the cause, Lau says this will be peoples first opportunity to hear the more dancefloor based gear, with Aussies possibly the first to hear it before anyone else.

“There’s a lot of things going on in the world and I thought ‘why not come together with some people and let’s make music with a purpose?’ he says. ‘One track is vocal with Rahel and Fatima and a couple of guests all singing on it and the other is a live version of Understanding which I am really enjoying at the moment.”

Eric Lau Interview

Ahead of his debut Australian tour, Eric Lau discusses his new EP on Kilawatt and his forthcoming new release…

Spare Hands – Jus’ Quality (exclusive)

(together at last)

(Download link after the jump)

So, about 11 years ago I got started in the music industry and ‘Keep It Unreal’ by Mr Scruff was one of the first albums I ever got to work on. I also met Mr Scruff on his first Aussie tour with DJ Vadim and Strictly Kev of DJ Food and have since been lucky enough to meet up with him on subsequent tours and keep in touch with him.

Fast forward to 2010 and I’m finding my DJing chops are at a level where I’m comfortable rocking most forms of Soul music but my heart remains embedded in Hip-Hop. I have always been influenced by DJs who are physical with the decks, who get busy, who create layers and really push the boundaries as to what can work on the floor: DJs like Mr Scruff, for instance.

One thing I’ve always found that if you’re playing an instrumental and an acappella is that unless you’re rocking a 4 channel mixer with a CD cued up or are doing the three deck thing, you’re either short a channel or you need another hand…

hence Spare Hands.

Welcome to the first in a series of edits I’ve made to help DJs along by putting acappellas that sit really nicely over instro beats for you, so you have a spare set of hands to cue up your next track.

This first one marries the Jurassic 5 ‘Quality Control’ vocal over Mr. Scruff’s monstrous ‘Jus Jus’ beat that was given a booster in the 10th anniversary edition of the unreal ‘Keep It Unreal’ album. Many thanks to Mr Scruff for his help with the Super Lover Cee and Casanova Rud sample which does not appear on the 12″ acappella.

Many hands make light work.

Get Spare Hands’ ‘Jus Quality’ here in 320 kbps MP3

Or… Purchase Mr Scruff’s ‘Jus Jus’ instrumental on iTunes here or the 12″ here and Jurassic 5’s ‘Quality Control’ 12″ here and do it yourself.

DJ Huwston April 2010 Mix of New Goodness

http://www.zshare.net/audio/742922201497692e/

Fatima – Higher – Eglo
Erykah Badu – Turn Me Away (Get Munny) – Motown
Dela – Dizzy – Dela
Paul White – The Bright Future – One Handed Music
J Dilla – Safety Dance – Stones Throw
The Deep Fix – Time Centre – Compost
The Raah Project – All Of Your Things (Blue Daisy Remix) – Summer Dawn
Flying Lotus feat Thom Yorke – And The World Laughs With you – Warp
Gonjasufi – Duet – Warp
Quadron – Average Fruit – Plug Research
Suff Daddy feat Mariama – Feelin Fly – Melting Pot Music
Lady Daisey – Magical – BBE
Snoop Dogg – Gangsta Love (Mayer Hawthorne Remix) –
Space Invadas – Closer – Invada
Mr Savona feat Horace Andy – Change Your Ways – Elefant Traks
The Bamboos – Up On The Hill – Tru Thoughts
Bonobo – We Could Forever – Ninja Tune
Fourtet – She Just Likes To Fight
Tosca – Elektra Bregenz (Bottin´s Disco Spritzer Mix) – G-Stone
Space Ranger – Phase Fever
Ron Basejam – For The People (Ashley Beedle Mix) – Ism
Greymatter – I Wish You Knew (Souled Dub Remix) – Unique Uncut