CTZN on ‘Life': “Following up on ‘Debt’, we have ‘Life’. Part two of the #LifeAfterDebt project. To me, in a lot of ways, its darker in nature, both lyrically and sonically, but more or less it’s a continuation of the sound we’ve been building on and experimenting with…gritty drums, a lot of different takes on chopping and flipping various stringed instruments of the world, vintage movie samples…that kinda thing…our next project builds on this one and introduces live instrumentation into the fold…this kinda leads to that…”
UPDATE: Stream or download the album here:
In anticipation of their new release ‘Life’ next week, Poe & CTZN have unveiled the cover art, along with the track listing. The California duo will release the EP, designed by Boston artist Pete Cosmos, in two versions: A 6-track version will be available for streaming services and free download Dec. 15 via Soundcloud, Spotify, Rdio, Deezer, YouTube, Wimp, Sony and Xbox. Meanwhile an 8-track version will arrive for sale shortly after on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon. Physical packages to be announced soon.
Between projects, Dutch producer Mores drops a remix of a Notorious B.I.G. classic. His ‘Vexed’ EP dropped earlier this year and is available on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and all digital & streaming outlets. A new Mores instrumental EP and a collaborative effort with Poe are expected early 2015.
California’s Task1ne and Berlin-based Mad Flows have come together to release their debut EP as ‘Mad1ne’. The record is largely produced by 5th Sequence, along with contributions from M-Phazes, devonWho and Durazzo. Stream free or donation-based download below.
We caught up with Paul from SubjectJazz for a discussion on the album ‘Bullet For The Jazz’, the creative process, studio gear, what he’s listening to, and where you might find him digging for records and hanging out around his hometown of Paris, France.
Study Music : Lets start at the foundation, what gear did you use for the making of ‘Bullet For The Jazz’?
SubjectJazz: During the time I was working on the ‘Bullet’, I was working with my records, the [Akai] MPC2500SE & MPC2000, sometimes SP sounds sampled on my [MPCs], Fender jazz bass and [all run] into Logic Pro for the final edition. I didnt have the SP’s at the time. [Since the recording of ‘Bullet’] I’ve changed it a lot, the setup, with the [E-Mu] SP’s and the [Akai] S950, only using the MPC2000 as a sequencer, and a Mackie for the mix…
SM: What was the creative process like during the making of ‘Bullet For The Jazz’?
SJ: First, [I’d] listen and dig through movies from 1940-1967, take pieces of films…traditional French films mainly, [but also] gangster, jazz, experimental, Chinese…then [I’d] try to adapt the feelings of those, the old world mentality, and some specific scenes of everyday life into the composition…[to patch together] several pieces, and translate the music into images…like short stories, [like] the theater of sound…
SM: What artists and records are you listening to right now, old or new?
SJ: When it comes to listening to records [for the actual records themselves, not for sampling], I’ve been listening to a lot of instrumental stuff these last few months, like DJ Krush or DJ Shadow, [which I] didn’t listen to a lot before, but it’s damn ill. Lewis Parker also, and all of the Lord Finesse library, Buckshot…
SM: …and in the Crates?
SJ: Concerning actual records, it’s growing week after week…It’s all about sampling, so every kind [of genre]…70’s Italian records made my last month…Blue Note ones…always the same color to my ears… right now Yusef Lateef!.
SM: You’re based in Paris, France. What are some of your favorite record stores or places to go digging in the area?
SJ: Monster Melodies, Groove Store and Betino’s record shop…Discogs when it begins to be hard to find [records] that I need to have. I prefer to let the ‘luck of the dig’ into good places [dictate] the rest.
SM: Where do you spend your time outside of the studio? What are some of your favorite places to eat, drink or see live music?
SJ: Near Pigalle generally…favorite acoustic [venue] is Trianon, all day. Second… Bataclan. After, Duc des Lombards for mad live jazz. Mainly friends flats [for drinks], always better served by ourselves!
Drinks in Paris : The International.
Eats in Paris : Blend Burger, of course. Best burger in Paris!
Bullet For The Jazz is out now!
SM Podcast # 5 comes in the form of a remix tape from Pennsylvania’s Brother Spins, featuring vocals from some of your favorite emcees over funk-filled, choppy, soulful breaks and beats. Lookout for more from him soon.
Check out past podcasts at StudyMusicGroup.bandcamp.com/album/the-study-music-podcast
From Ethan Baxley (Drummer, The Brothers Cosmos) :
It is with an infinite amount of sadness that I release this information to the public. On Wednesday of this week, my bass player, my dear friend, my brother, Matthew Vierra took his own life. Since I was 16, I’ve never played original music or formed any group without him and up until yesterday morning I never ever thought I wouldn’t get another chance to play alongside him again. Never thought I wouldn’t get another chance to sit down and watch 30 Rock with him, or break down every second of every Chili Pepper tune, or exchange inside joke after inside joke. But really, truly, the saddest part is never playing with him again. Please, if you want to show your condolences, “if there’s anything that I [you] can do”, I don’t need a million I’m sorry for your loss’, we– GO LISTEN TO HIM PLAY. Listen to the music we made, download it, have it forever and listen to him. He was special, he made his own sound and played like no other bass player I have or will ever know and 90% of his music is unrecorded, unreleased but what we made together, what he played on our COLOURS ep or The Emcee’s Ecclesiastes is perfect and beautiful. He was his best self with a bass in his hands, on stage, jumping around like the beautiful soul he was, full of love, full of creativity, full of talent. We’re called The Brothers Cosmos for a reason: it’s a cosmic brotherhood and an eternal musical bond. Goodbye, Brother, I love you so very much.
I’ll post service information once I have it all, it will be either next Thursday or Friday.
CTZN’s latest release is the Debt EP with Poe.
Limited Ed. CDs available at Accesshiphop.com
or up top in the shop.