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  • Oscillations Launch Party in London

    30 avr. 2010, 12h08m par jeej

    Oscillations Launch Party in London

    To celebrate the recent release and phenomenal success of Jus Like Music & Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations Part 1 & 2, I’m pleased to announce that there will be an Oscillations launch party in London on Saturday 15th May. Presented by Bridging The Gap and Man Make Music, the party will be at The City Arts & Music Project near Old Street (EC1Y 2BJ). DJing on the night will be Oscillations artists; Slugabed, Om Unit, Kidkanevil and Mr Beatnick, as well as Bridging The Gap and Man Make Music residents; Count Chocula, Toot Sweet, The Fat C, Another Amit and Sketchy. Oh, and did I mention that entry is absolutely free?!

    Things will kick off at 9pm and go on until 4am. Each person in attendance will get the opportunity to put their mitts on a limited edition Oscillations mix CD, mixed by Mr Beatnick. There are only 500 of these in existence and each one is hand numbered. Plus, in even more limited numbers, there’ll be A2 size collectable posters of the flyer artwork available to grab – as designed by the talented Ross Gunter. So, whether you end up leaving with good music in your head, a CD in your bag, a poster in your hand, or all of the above, it promises to be an amazing night!

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    Jus Like Music & Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations Part 1

    Jus Like Music & Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations Part 2

    Jus Like Music Records

    http://juslikemusicrecords.bandcamp.com/

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  • FREE: BUG – Cosmic Lab / 20 Winks

    22 fév. 2010, 17h26m par jeej

    The debut single from London’s Bug, which is called Cosmic Lab b/w 20 Winks, drops for free today on Jus Like Music Records. I’m gonna sound a bit biased because this is our release (the name of that record label’s not just a coincidence!), but we’ve always maintained extremely high standards here at Jus Like Music. So, if we’re feeling something enough to actually put it out, then it’s got to be a bit special, right?!

    BUG, is a keyboard player, songwriter and producer. Under the moniker, BUG, he creates an experimental, instrumentally grounded style of music with a compositional approach. The BUG sound encompasses the finer elements of hip-hop and neo-soul, yet the real beauty is in the delivery. Think the smooth richness of the Dâm-Funk vibe, the solid construction of a J Dilla beat, the electronic wizardry of Flying Lotus and the soulful melodies of Lonnie Liston Smith’s jazz.

    You can download the single for FREE at the BUG site.

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  • EXCLUSIVE: Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong

    26 sept. 2009, 10h20m par jeej

    First things first: this is a Jus Like Music Exclusive! The very first single from Ninja Tune’s fantastic new signing, Andreya Triana, is called Lost Where I Belong. It’s taken from her forthcoming debut album, which will come out on Ninja Tune next Spring. This single officially drops on 14th December and the b-side will be a Flying Lotus remix.

    This exclusive sneak preview will only be around for 500 downloads – or until Ninja Tune chop my head off, whichever comes first! After that, you’ll just have to be patient and wait till December!

    Andreya Triana is an amazing vocalist, although that really does go without saying. She has featured on some quality tracks and albums over the past few years, and worked with artists like; Flying Lotus, Kid Kanevil, Mr. Scruff, Bonobo, Theo Parrish, Natural Self, Aaron Jerome, TM Juke and the Jack Baker Trio, Homecut and Fink. I’m very much looking forward to her debut album, which is being produced by the mighty Bonobo and I hear will also feature label-mate Fink. No doubt more information about the album (like an album name!) will become known in due course, and I’m confident that you’ll be reading about it on Jus Like Music first – so stay tuned.

    GET THE DOWNLOAD HERE!
  • PODCAST: Jus Like Music Volume 35

    24 août 2009, 8h40m par jeej

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    - Jus Like Music Volume 35 -

    Volume 35 tracklisting:

    01. Quantic & His Combo Bárbaro - Undelivered Letter
    02. Souleance - One Step
    03. Hudson Mohawke - Rising 5
    04. Gangsta Red - I Should Tell Ya Momma on You (Alex Nut's Dees Nuts RMX)
    05. Little Dragon - My Step
    06. St Liquor-ish - Hater
    07. 14KT - Hello.
    08. Mayer Hawthorne - The Ills
    09. dipak chand - Love
    10. Robert Glasper - 4eva (Jeej Edit)
    11. anti-pop consortium - Volcano (Four Tet Remix)
    12. Juice Aleem - First Lesson (Rude Kid Remix)
    13. 2562 - Love In Outer Space
    14. Ital Tek - Massive Error
    15. Flying Lotus - Parisian Goldfish (Take Remix)
    16. Zomby - Digital Fauna
    17. Mount Kimbie - At Least

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  • PODCAST: Jus Like Music Volume 34

    22 jui. 2009, 13h51m par jeej

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    - Jus Like Music Volume 34 -

    Volume 34 tracklisting:

    01. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now? (Joker Radio Edit)
    02. Miles Bonny - I Don't Want You
    03. DJ Buzz - Stardust feat. Frank Nitty and Dorian Concept
    04. Tranqill - The Supplier
    05. Budamunky & Joe Styles - Black Prophet
    06. Juice Aleem - The Killer's Tears (Jeej edit)
    07. Blue Daisy - Space Ex feat. LaNote
    08. Floating Points - K&G Beat
    09. Débruit - Soles Sweat (Reso Remix)
    10. Blasta - Blast Air
    11. Little Dragon - Blinking Pigs
    12. Keaver & Brause - Awake
    13. Shafiq Husayn - Lil Girl (feat. Fatima)
    14. OP Swamp 81 - Another Day
    15. José James - Lay You Down
    16. Ragen Fykes - Love Life
    17. Bilal - All For Love

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  • REVIEW: Emanative - Space

    14 jui. 2009, 20h59m par jeej

    Nick Woodmansey is a British drummer/percusionist and producer. Emanative is his space-jazz project, and Space is the debut LP that recently dropped on Futuristica Music. There needs to be a fuss made about Emanative and this LP, and I’m gonna tell you why.

    There are a group of contemporary producers who are switching things on their head - whether it be a conscious thing or not, it’s happening, and I like it. I’m talking about modern sounds and techniques influencing old - so where as usually it’s things like jazz and funk influencing hip-hop, these guys are doing it the other way round. Eric Lau is producing soul music with hip-hop foundations, 2tall is exploring multiple genres from his roots as a scratch DJ, Dusty is making jazz music with a breakbeat/nu-jazz edge, and then we have Emanative. Firstly, this 14 track LP is simply beautiful - there’s just no escaping that notion, it really is incredible. It’s jazz with a hip-hop inspiration, but in the most subtle of ways - think of Madlib producing a Sun Ra album and you might be getting closer. But loose comparisons aside, Emanative stands alone with its unique execution and aural delivery. Any regular reader will know I’m extremely fond of ‘complete’ sounding albums that take the listener on a journey, and Space does this more so than any other new album I’ve heard this year.

    Tracklisting:

    01. Petite Planète
    02. Illusions
    03. We Travel The Spacebeats
    04. Wind, Sand & Stars
    05. Invaderlude
    06. Space In Veda
    07. Flip-Flop
    08. Snare Of The Venus Fly-Traps
    09. Low Motion
    10. When On Earth
    11. In Orbit
    12. Stars Collide
    13. Lights On
    14. Intersteller Outerlude

    Petite Planète initiates the one hour, five minute spectacular that is Space. From ethereal strings in the background, to the precise, yet loose, percussive arrangement, this track sways like a soothing jazz orchestra. Introducing warm bass and clarinet, the beauty is within the exquisitely arranged stanzas - peaks and troughs in just the right measure to ensure a fluent journey through bass and tone. The soft melodies cant hide the substance and attitude of this track - it’s fantastically crafted and rates up there with the likes of the Cinematic Orchestra as far as a complete and enriching organic sound is concerned.

    Brass and vocals make themselves present in Illusions. There’s a fantastic energy to this track - the rhythms suggest an uptempo affair, but there is still a very pleasing anchor in place in the form of these steady beats and brass stabs, keeping things in check. Science determines that this genuinely is around 160bpm in places, but the mood to the track takes it beyond simply being an uptempo jazz track. As will no doubt prove to be a theme through this album, it appears to be the orchestral elements that help to create actual stories out of the tracks, rather than simply being mere ditties or introductions to what they perhaps could be. This is the real deal.

    We Travel The Spacebeats exhibits the first obvious hip-hop essences on the record. Understated, yet heavy beats combine with an array of instrumentation to create a steady instrumental piece with delicate strings, some wood and subtle keys. Everything is crafted so beautifully - the layers fit seamlessly and entwine with one and other to output an extremely pleasing musical delight. It’s laid back, but meaty - never dull and constantly throws your ears more morsels to get your teeth into - there’s so much going on, but at no stage do you ever feel as if it’s too much, in fact it is in embarrassingly good measure.

    It takes something quite spectacular to make the hairs on my arms stand on end, but Wind, Sand & Stars does it every time. The piano, the gentle rhythms, the flute, the sax, oh and those vocals by the delightful Heidi Vogel are perfect! This piano driven track is infectious - it’s contemporary jazz at its finest. If you like Nostalgia 77 Octet or Cinematic Orchestra, well Emanative just raised the bar, and I don’t say that lightly. This is no carbon-copy though, the ethereal stylings and space-jazz atmospherics ensure this greets your ears with unadulterated freshness.

    Invaderlude continues the space-jazz journey, but with an electronic edge. Nearly two and a half minutes containing deep bass tones, static-tinged melodies and an array of other spacey effects - think Daedelus, Radiohead, Four Tet. Think Emanative!

    With its chilled out beats and soothing double bass, Space In Veda provides a delicate culmination of warm jazz sounds. The modern production techniques, including subtle cuts and scratches, are blended exceptionally well into what is otherwise an extremely organic composition. A well produced (nearly) instrumental track, featuring delicate, hushed vocals from Deborah Jordan, positioned neatly between the first and second thirds of the album - truly exceptional.

    Flip-Flop proceeds with laid back lounge stylings, perhaps in the vein of some of The Herbaliser’s more jazzy pieces. It’s both rich and soothing, exhibiting a plethora of sweet sounds. The introduction of hammond over flute and double bass, whilst matched with keys and steady percussion, encapsulates the mood perfectly. It’s a blissful track that invites the listener to invest their ears as much as they are willing - offering real depth, but with no pressure to take it, it’s up to you, but it’s all there if you want it.

    Whipping us straight back into space, Snare Of The Venus Fly-Traps is a brief uptempo affair with an eerie sense and atmosphere - no doubt designed to maintain the mood of the album. I’m a huge fan of ‘complete’ albums, where the listener is taken along a journey, and it’s the little, yet appropriate, touches like this that help to build such an experience.

    Low Motion balances bassline and melody with infectious breakdowns and jazz rhythms. It’s a great example, on the album, of the combination between the electronic and organic sounds - not that such a thing is a new revelation in music itself, but the pairing within this album is indeed a successful one - everything in its right place, as they say. I really appreciate how delicate and intricate the assembly of this track is. It seems obvious that great effort must have gone into such a creation - dare I suggest that Mr Woodmansey may be a perfectionist?!

    The longest track on the album, When On Earth, goes from eerie space-bass tones and builds slowly, introducing more percussion and adding depth to the timbre before the fantastic piano, drums and beautiful vocals from Liz Elensky and Deborah Jordan enter the fray. I don’t wish to fill my review with comparisons, but I feel like this is the direction that Zero 7 never managed to turn to, or even people like The Quantic Soul Orchestra - not that the aforementioned haven’t had their own successes regardless, just a certain angle of potential was perhaps never realised (maybe just in my mind, of course!). Anyway, the point is; this sounds incredible. Layered spectacularly, I can visualise each element of the track dancing around the next - it builds, it breaks and drops, then it builds again - frankly, blissful.

    In Orbit is a short track showcasing wild brass and steady bass. An interlude of sorts, it goes further to keep the mood of Space - unmistakeably jazz, in both sound and structure, like most of this album it is extremely visual. I appreciate that such a thing would be very much down to the individual, but if you like jazz and are willing to fully immerse yourself in what you are hearing, then I think you too will understand where I am coming from.

    Call it a reprise of the opening track, Petite Planète, Stars Collide is brilliantly placed near the end of the record, like a reminder of what we’ve heard so far. As I just suggested, there’s a relation to the opening track, and at around the same length as the aforementioned track, it brings back the ethereal sounds via strings, bass and percussion. But now there’s vocals from Deborah Jordan and the fit is phenomenal - providing depth, whilst remaining sweet and sincere, it’s a true pleasure for the ears.

    Lights On is an incredible instrumental track encompassing a hypnotic steady rhythm with flutes and strong brass. It’s very much a downtempo affair and actually sounds like it would go well with female vocals also. Alas it is instrumental and quite short, and as such works wonderfully as the beginning of the descent from Space, as it were, as the penultimate track on the album.

    The final track is Intersteller Outerlude, and it acts as just that, an outerlude. It actually reminds a bit of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and The Wolf with regards to the style of composition, although the arrangement is indeed of the jazz ilk. It’s an apt finale to a wonderful album and steadily coaxes the listener to the end of their aural journey - no doubt a more enriched being for it - it’s definitely the feeling I was left with.

    Clearly it’s no secret that I think a great deal of this album. I actually envy all those people who are yet to hear Space for the first time, because although I do believe that this album has great potential to grow and grow on the listener with each listen, it also strikes one mighty chord pretty much immediately. Forgetting genres or classifications, stylings or influences, it’s just amazing music and I’d pay good money to see an orchestra perform it in a concert hall - it’s that good. This is easily one of the best albums of 2009 and nothing could possibly make me think any differently. Each person has their own taste and takes pleasure from music in different ways - I personally love music with fantastic depth and arrangement that allows you to immerse yourself fully and be taken on a journey, and Space doesn’t just do this, it does it with style and grace. At the start of this review I claimed that there needs to be a fuss made about this release, and I hope you now understand why I would say this - everyone needs to hear this album… now.

    - Review originally posted, with taster mp3s, here... http://www.juslikemusic.com/emanative-space/

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  • PODCAST: Jus Like Music Volume 33

    29 juin 2009, 8h07m par jeej

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    - Jus Like Music Volume 33 -

    Volume 33 tracklisting:

    01. Rox - My Baby Left Me
    02. The Jivers - Do What feat. Anqui
    03. Lunice - Just Loosen Up
    04. KenLo Craqnuques - LLL’s Feelosophie
    05. Ghost - From The Beginning
    06. Guilty Simpson - Stress
    07. Juice Aleem - You Shut The Fuck Up
    08. M64 - In The Pocket
    09. Sa-Ra Creative Partners - I Swear (feat. Noni Limar)
    10. Constrobuz - Before My Eyes
    11. Circle Research - Stop, Look … Listen to Your Heart
    12. Ocuban - Phylum
    13. Miles Bonny - Fela
    14. Elan - Royal Blue
    15. Hi-Res - Brothaships
    16. Low Limit - Inspirational Jumpsuit
    17. Jamie Vexd - Radiant Industry
    18. Joker - Untitled_rsn
    19. Fat Freddy’s Drop - Big BW
    20. Nujabes - Child’s Attraction
    21. Gary Bartz - Gentle Smiles (Saxy) (Dj Day sax-less edit 1)
    22. Fink - Sort Of Revolution (The Cinematic Orchestra Radio Edit)

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  • GIG: Summer Bubblers @ Cargo

    21 juin 2009, 14h34m par jeej

    Sat 20 Jun – Summer Bubblers

    Last night saw the inaugural Summer Bubblers event at Cargo, in association with Brownswood Recordings and Peggy UNLTD. It was a fantastic night that saw immense performances from amazing singer Rox and her band, and also New York emcee MeLo-X. There was also support from the likes of Seiji (of Bugz in the Attic), Midnight Rockers Express and Lixo.

    South London songstress, Rox, really turned the heads of those (like myself) in the crowd who were unfamiliar with her work. Such a powerful voice, she delivered beautiful songs, filled with passion and sentiment. Ranging from soul to pop to reggae, it was plain to see that this dynamic performer would be going places in no time at all. Backed up by keys, bass, guitar, drums and a pair of backing singers, as a group they really set the place on fire. Not that I had any preconceptions, I was pleasantly surprised to witness a live performance with such energy and talent in equal measure - I was very impressed. Look out for Rox!

    I was already aware of Melo-X from his appearance on the track Let It, from Machine Drum’s recent Want To 1 2? album. An emcee with a wicked flow and refreshing attitude, he took to the stage with his MPC and proceeded to loop beats live and then rap to them. Always good to see performers approach their live act with something refreshing or different, and this worked perfectly. Melo-X really got into his performance and fully engaged the crowd, who in turn totally lapped it up. I spent quite a lot of time talking to Melo-X after his performance, about hip-hop and music in general, and he was an extremely approachable and well rounded guy. We then went onto the Brainfeeder event that was also on last night (hosted by Flying Lotus and friends), stayed about an hour and caught some of Joker’s set - which was heavy! Anyway, keep your ear to the ground for the man Melo-X, cos I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot more from him very soon, and rightly so!

    - Review originally posted, with taster mp3s, here... http://www.juslikemusic.com/gig-summer-bubblers-cargo/
  • PODCAST: Jus Like Music Volume 32

    9 juin 2009, 0h23m par jeej

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    - Jus Like Music Volume 32 -

    Volume 32 tracklisting:

    01. Hudson Mohawke - Velvet Peel
    02. Slugabed - Once A Philosopher
    03. Red - Ice Cold
    04. J Dilla - Mythsysizer
    05. 1000names - Cloudride (with 215 TFK)
    06. Machine Drum - Roll & Feel (feat. Nami Unreal)
    07. Débruit - Echtah
    08. jackhigh + 00genesis - Long Time
    09. Benny B. Blonco - Wizard Swing Warriors
    10. fLako - Fragile
    11. Constrobuz - Alright You Have To Leave
    12. Little Dragon - After The Rain (Floating Points remix)
    13. Fatima - Do I Know You? (feat. Cohen, Cuthead & Dorian Concept)
    14. The Lions - Think (About It)
    15. Shawn Lee - Stay Away From Me feat. Darondo
    16. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Ladies
    17. Myron and E with The Soul Investigators - I Can't Let You Get Away
    18. El Michels Affair - C.R.E.A.M.
    19. Misel Quitno - A Fancy Friendship
    20. Mount Kimbie - William
    21. King Midas Sound - One Ting (Dabrye remix)
    22. indigo jam unit - The Light

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  • PODCAST: Jus Like Music Volume 31

    3 mars 2009, 23h52m par jeej

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    - Jus Like Music Volume 31 -

    Volume 31 tracklisting:

    01. Hudson Mohawke - Ooops
    02. Prefuse 73 - No Lights Still Rock (Featuring Dimlite)
    03. Starkey - Dark Alley
    04. Samiyam - Savagely Attacked By Space Aliens
    05. Three 6 Mafia - Stay Fly (Dorian Concept remix)
    06. Mr. Scruff - Nice Up The Function feat. Roots Manuva (Remix)
    07. Unity - Escape (Diesler Remix)
    08. Tuomo - Don’t Take It Too Hard
    09. 6ix Toys - Cannibal Lunch
    10. 1000names - Beauty Surrounds You
    11. Wizdom - I’m So In Love With You
    12. The Keystones - Double Dutch feat. Malcolm Catto
    13. The Olympians - How Can I Love (Now That You’re Gone)
    14. The Whitefield Brothers - American Nightmare feat. Guilty Simpson
    15. Onra - Relax In Mui Ne
    16. Exile - San Pedro Cactus
    17. Onra & Quetzal - Let Me Know
    18. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band - Inner City Blues
    19. Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Fall In Love

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