Google+ Beathearts: 11.2010


Brandt Brauer Frick - You make me real

Now here's a fresh take on new music crossing boundrys: Brandt Brauer Frick. The trio from Frankfurt has just released their debut album You make me real on K7!

Their working process is to make tracks with an electronic mindset of looping, filtering and layering but all through jamming with live instruments. Recording everything, taking the best parts, cut it up and go back to jamming. Just like Marvin Gaye, D'angelo and Matthew Herbert used to do it.

Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick are based in Daniel's mother's garage in a Frankfurt suburb which they rebuilt to suit their needs. Daniel continues:

"It’s a great place because it’s close to nature. We don’t have internet access in our studio and my mom is cooking for us every day. So we can really focus on making music. It’s kind of a holiday situation there.

In the beginning it was just a garage for cars, now there is great acoustics inside, totally dry sound to record. And of course we collected a lot of instruments and things to make music with. Like an old piano which we bought for 50 euros somewhere.

As we are kind of in a cave there with no media input or other tasks coming in from outside we have a great atmosphere there. And the fact that every single sound of our album has been recorded in the same room with the same acoustics makes it all stick together. At least we believe that… And it’s kind of close to the Robert-Johnson club where we go quite often after a session."

Brandt Brauer Frick - Mi corazon

Heading for great achievements in the coming years the hype has just started. Their scheduled Maida Vale session for Gilles Peterson on December 17th will be the launch of a new era for the Franfurt trio getting worldwide attention.

Also check their late-show-70's-inspired video for their current single Bop below:


Beathearts rewind #13: Digging in the crates

We thought it was about time to do some digital crate digging. This time we're digging deep. In Ghana and Kuwait. We've only been able to find low quality rips but the tracks are awsome. If you know where we can get a hold of a copy or if you're sitting on a better quality rip get in touch!

First up is the long lost Conflict LP from afrobeat legend Ebo Taylor. Originally released in Ghana in 1980 this never got the attention it deserves. First dug up by Frank Voodoofunk, (the don of African crate digging), the Conflict EP has the same kind of vibe as Fela Kuti's Water no get enemy. And from what we hear Ebo was also a close friend of Fela's back in the day. The first song, Victory, is based on a traditional song of the Asafo people.

The second tune is a revisited version of Love and death. Originally released on Conflict the new version is on Ebo Taylors new album Love and death that was just released on Strut Records. Check the tracks below and then go buy Ebo's new album here.

It's amazing how much great music that was produced in Africa in the 70's. If you want to learn more about African crate digging check Frank's ace voodoofunk blog.

Ebo Taylor - Love and death (revisited)

The third track is quite out there. It's something as rare as 70's Lebanese funk recorded in Kuwait. Recorded in 1978 The Bandaly Family fused that global 70's funk vibe with the traditional way of Arabic singing. This has been on constant rotation since we got it. Check it below!

During 2010 Mochilla has put out some amazing mixtapes from the likes of Madlib and Shafiq Husayn (of Sa-Ra Creative Partners). If you're into the Bandaly sound above you should definetely check the Mochilla mixtape put together by Jay Electronica, Coleman and Quantic on their recent trip to the Middle East. We challenge you to spot that sample used by Jay-Z...


Beatchild + Ebrahim + Tingsek - War within

Wow! Just got this. Not sure when it was released but appearantly Slakah the Beatchild hooked up with singer/beatmaker Ebrahim (Vancouver) and swedish singer songwriter Tingsek for a Detroit minitour. They met in Toronto to put this track together to promote their Vibe - Love - Smile - tour. When the tour was cancelled they decided to put the track out there for our listening pleasure. Deep bass, slick harmonies and a beat that instantly gets your head nodding. Just the way we like it. Get it below!

As a bonus here are two more amazing clips from the fellas. The first is Ebrahim putting together his version of Bobby Caldwell's classic Open you eyes. The second is Slakah's amazing video for Enjoy yourself. Still slammin!


Mayer Hawthorne - No strings (Jazzy Jeff roller boogie remix)

Stones Throw can't seem to go wrong this year. One fantastic release after the other spiced up with secret freebies almost every week. This week they let Jazzy Jeff remix No Strings for Mayer Hawthorne to promote the ongoing US tour.

"I'm a big Mayer Hawthorne fan," DJ Jazzy Jeff explained, "so when the chance came up to do the remix, I jumped at it. It made me feel like I was at a roller disco, so I went with the roller boogie feel… I had a blast doing it."

If you missed the original version it was released to promote the start of the tour. Get them both below!

Mayer Hawthorne - No strings (Jazzy Jeff roller boogie remix)


T.Calmese - The Calm

More new talent from Detroit. Second week of T.Calmese's new project Audio Drops is a smooth Sade tribute entitled The Calm (produced by Jaye Burough). Dropping new tunes every two weeks for our headnodding pleasure is Calmese's way of preparing us for his album scheduled to drop early next year. Check it below!

And if you missed out on his earlier new jack swing tribute project it's still available here.


Hi-Hat Club Vol.5 - Eggs and pancakes

Dutch producers FS Green (Franklin Samuel Groen) and Full Crate are on a roll. When they're not busy putting on parties like The Gardens in Amsterdam they've got a steady flow of amazing beattapes, compilations and mixtapes.

Their most recent output is volume 5 of their instrumental album series Hi-Hat Club. This one entitled Eggs and pancakes and is in our view their best output so far. Bouncy electronic beats, deep bass and smooth harmonies. Available now at their bandcamp.

FS Green & Full Crate - Trooper cat

FS Green & Full Crate - Monoshow

They also put together a beautiful (!) promoclip for the album.

Last but not least as a bonus here's November Niceness: A geniusly laidback November mixtape put together by Full Crate and DJ Manga. Enjoy!


1. Mista – Blackberry Molasses
2. Slum Village – Don’t Fight The Feeling Ft. Dwele
3. FS Green Tycoon Thug
4. Electric Wire Hustle – Chaser
5. Busta Rhymes – Illvibe (Remix)
6. Chico DeBarge – Soopah Man Lover Ft. Redman
7. Musiq Soulchild – Reallove
8. Full Crate – Bobby & Melinda
9. Platinum Pied Pipers – Fever (DJ Spinna BK Banger Mix)
10. Heavy – Do For You
11. fLako – 04500 Ft. Amenta
12. Dam-Funk – Mirrors
13. Prince – The Ballad of Dohorty Parker
14. Q-Tip – Even If It Is So


Beathearts rewind # 12: Martyn - Hear me (Zomby remix)

You know those tracks that always stay put when you update your playlists in your phone? Well, this is one of them. It dropped about a year ago from dutch producer Martyn, now residing in Washinton D.C.

Taken from his excellent debut album, Great lenghts, this version is refixed to perfection by dubstep champion Zomby. Wait for the drop...

Martyn - Hear me (Zomby remix)

If that's not enough check the mixtape he put together from Gilles Peterson's Worldwide show a while back. Featuring that fantastic Tron track by Waajeed. Don't miss!


Cooly G – ‘Love Dub Refix’ (Hyperdub)
Roy Davis Jr. – ‘About Love’ (Classic)
Actress – ‘Hazyville’ (Prime Numbers)
Roska – ‘Gone To A Better Place’ (Roska Kicks & Snares)
Erobique – ‘Arf Patzo’ (Mirau Music)
Martyn – ‘For Lost Relatives’ (Aus Music)
Martyn – ‘Phone Lines’ (3024)
Flying Lotus – ‘Disco Balls’ (Hyperdub)
Slum Village – ‘Disco’ (Capitol Records)
Waajeed – ‘Tron’ (Bling47)
Martyn – ‘Natural Selection’ (Flying Lotus’ Cleanse Mix) (3024)