Jel, producer/beatmaker from the storied Anticon label/collective, takes time out of a live MPC performance in Oakland, CA to call out everyone’s favorite Apple employee, Dr. Dre, with some choice words…Check the video for a top quality MPC performance and see what he had to say…
Check out music by Jel at JelsMusic.bandcamp.com
New EP from Brooklyn’s Rogue Pharmacist!
Download it free in the shop up top, or listen on your favorite streaming service.
Rogue Pharmacist on Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/artist/3UiUlAkWI9p0SzFlW5N6bU
Rogue Pharmacist on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/rogue-pharmacist/id625290338
Brooklyn, New York City’s Rogue Pharmacist returns this year to follow up on their 2013 debut #IndieRockSuperhero. The downtempo, electro tinged ‘You are Bullet, You are Gun’ is the first single from the upcoming EP ‘Wash The Bones (Winter Season)’, which will release in February, exclusively through outlets which are free to consumers. No iTunes, Amazon or Google for this one. It will however be available to stream for free on Spotify, Deezer, Rdio, Soundcloud, AudioMack, DatPiff.com, Xbox & Playstation devices and for free download in the SM Shop up top.
Ahead of Rogue Pharmacist‘s upcoming new project slated for a February-ish release, we look back at the NSFW ‘One of The Many Ways’video, from their debut album ‘Indie Rock Superhero’. The short film was created with Four Chambers and has a dark, artsy, erotic vibe to it, even casting some of the ladies from Gods Girls(!) to appear instead of group members.
From Vex (of Four Chambers and God’s Girls, not to mention being in the video herself):
On the concept
“We based [the rogue pharmacist video] loosely on the idea of witches, and [society’s] fear of the power of feminine sexuality. I was actually in a theater production of “the crucible”…it’s still one of my favorite plays…”
On the shoot & production
“we shot this in freezing temperatures, in a burned out office building…with cars going by on the over pass…you can see us shaking from the cold in so many shots! When we shot the bits in the dark, we bumped into a group of kids [who were] looking for trouble to get into, and [we] convinced them [that] we were ghosts…”
Rogue Pharmacist is on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Xbox Music, Sony Music, Rdio, Deezer, Wimp, eMusic &
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!
UPDATE: Announcing ‘Bullet For The Rap’. Over the next few months we’ll be dropping a series of SubjectJazz tracks, produced in Paris and featuring a slew of different emcees from around the world. The first one is called ‘Bonne Nouvelle’ and features Oakland, CA’s CTZN and Brooklyn, NY’s JB Nimble. The set is rounded out with the instrumental, and a piano driven bonus beat called ‘The Study’ featuring cuts added by MarzAttacks. It’s now playing on Spotify and also available on iTunes and all digital outlets.
Bullet For The Jazz is out now!
Announcing ‘Bullet For The Rap’. Over the next few months we’ll be dropping a series of SubjectJazz tracks, produced in Paris and featuring a slew of different emcees from around the world. The first one is called ‘Bonne Nouvelle’ and features Oakland, CA’s CTZN and Brooklyn, NY’s JB Nimble. The set is rounded out with the instrumental, and a piano driven bonus beat called ‘The Study’ featuring cuts added by MarzAttacks. It’s now playing on Spotify and also available on iTunes and all digital outlets.
UPDATE: Poe & CTZN’s ‘Life’ EP is streaming in full and available to download for free in THE SM SHOP.
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.