Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Dialogue:Incorporated:Radioshow #4 featuring Roy Shay

Dialogue Incorporated | June Newsletter : Dialogue Incorporated radio show #4 featuring LDN's Roy Shay & an interview with Far Out's Joe Davis

Hosted by Mister Joshua

Did Someone Really Request Burial Last Night?

... I woke up sunday morning and was slowly retracing my steps from the previous nights endeavors at the club. 1:45 am - this dude walks up to me between mixes wanting to make a request. I turn the monitor down and walk over to this unsuspecting guy in a blue button up shirt & glasses. He leans in and says "Do you think you can play any Burial?" I must have looked at him like he was out of his mind. I can remember the thoughts running through my head: "Did he just?! Did this dude really just say Burial?", "I can't play Burial! I'll have a dancefloor riot on my hands and not in a good way... Or worse yet, I'll have no dancefloor at all....". As these thoughts manifested themselves on my face in a combination of bewilderment & disbelief he added "I think it would go really well with what you're playing right now." Really? It was a night of heavy drink & I can't remember exactly what I was playing but chances are it was something along the lines of the new MSTRKRFT remix of Usher's "Love in this Club" or Lil Wayne's "Lollipop". If there is a relation to be traced between either of these songs and Burial it is a distant one. Very distant.

It was a brazen & reckless request. It was dead in the water upon inception. Or was it? I happened upon one of the most tasteful requests at one of the most inappropriate moments. Thankfully there's a time and a place for everything.

Thus begins Dialogue Incorporated Radio 4th edition.

It may have been unfortunate timing on the part of this musically informed stranger but none-the-less the seed was planted and this latest radio program started developing. I'd been caning Burial at the house for the better part of a year. I'd recently added N-Type's Dubstep Allstars vol 5 mix to my cd heavy rotation. Zed Bia's remix of Tawiah's "Every Step" was burning a hole in my pocket (or itunes folder). Redbud had just dropped a dubstep remix by Bigga Bush for their flagship artist Rob Symeonn. The growing dubstep fan base amongst my musical confidantes had put me on to Martyn & Pinch. With this and a wonderful opening warm up from The Cinematic Orchestra (taken from their truly brilliant recent live performance at Royal Albert Hall - accompanied by the 42 piece Heritage Orchestra) the first half of the show was a wrap.

Inspiration for the second part of the show comes from a different angle all together. My fascination with Brazilian music & my latin loving alter ego Dom Ritmo have yet to manifest themselves in the Dialogue repertoire, I felt I had to change this. With the help of key new releases from the prolific London based Brazilian meets Electronic label Far Out Recordings as well as a new project from Quantic & a remix compilation from Fania Recordings I had all the golden nuggets I needed to usher in the warm summer month of June and pay homage to one of my favorite labels: Far Out, one of my favorite artists: Quantic, & one of my favorite places: Puerto Rico. The pieces fell into place, beginning with the new project from WIll "Quantic" Holland, Flowering Inferno. A live band project recorded in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, Flowering Inferno sounds as if it is channeling vintage 60's era Skatalites into a new millenium mix of ska, dub, reggae, & cumbia. Not to be missed. From here we move into new material from the truly vintage Os Ipanemas lifted from their new album, Call of the Gods, for Far Out. With a recording career that began in 1962, Os Ipanemas have been championing their unique vocal samba style all these years and garnered a reputation as being the equivalent of The Buena Vista Social Club, but from Brazil. Concluding my Far Out set I included new tracks from Sabrina Malheiros sophomore effort "New Morning" and from Marcos Valle's new greatest hits collection for the label. Rounding out this set is a mindblowing 10 minute remix/edit of Puerto Rico's Pete Rodriguez, don by NYC house don Joe Claussel for Fania Recordings new remix compiliation: "I Like it Like That". Definitely worth seeking out.

-------- See the end of my earlier posting for an extended interview with Far Out label founder Joe Davis! ------------

From here I pass the reigns to my longtime musical cohort & soon to be regular contributor to Dialogue Inc LDN's own Mister Roy Shay. Originally from Jerusalem Roy's love of hip-hop & soul started at an early age & grew into a desire to spread this love."The second I figured out there is such a thing as playing music to other people, I wanted to do it. It started with putting together the first high-school radio station in my home city, Jerusalem. While the kids in my class were discovering their older brothers' Zed Lepplin and The Who records, I was blasting NWA in the school corridors. From there I made my way into pirate radio for a couple of years, which is where I developed a passion for radio - passion that I had to tragically give up in order to do my military service. Once I finished that, I couldn't wait to get stuck back in and I got my chance in the biggest college-run station in the United States, WNUR out of Chicago. I was playing everything they weren't: Broken beat, underground soul and that heavy, break-yo-neck hip-hop shit in a time slot people were used to hearing Goa-trance and minimal." Expanding our conversation to talk about the direct influences that are moving him in 2008 Shay added "I'm really excited by what's happening with the scene these days. Sure, there's a lot of bullshit out there, but there's also a bunch of guys intent on finding new directions for hip hop, guys who've obviously been influenced by the right kind of music. FlyLo, Hudson Mohawke, Mark Pritchard, Samiyam, Bullion... These dudes are making some exciting, banging music and it's nice to see people are listening. I just wished they played out more! I've also never been above playing popular stuff; I find there's genius in perfectly produced tunes, even if they are directed at a wider audience. Just look at Nas's new joint, or T.I.'s new belter, "No Matter What" - these are massive, infectious productions that sound amazing anywhere you drop them. In general, living all over the world has pulled me in different musical directions, but at the end of the day, at the heart of my selections lies a definite head-nod factor - whatever it is I play, it's usually got a certain knock to it. That's what I'm constantly after and what keeps me going."

On to the mix. "I decided to focus this mix around that sound, to show that smart, raw, soulful, unrelenting music is being made out there, from Glasgow to LA. I'm also hyped about the more commercial producers listening to what's coming out of Europe: That new N*E*R*D tune, Spazz, has a straight drum & bass break in it; I heard Pharrell say it was inspired by hitting up a drum and bass night in some club in Bristol. Seems like there's some back and forth going on here, which I thought was fitting for the whole concept of Dialogue Inc."

Nail on the head. This is Dialogue Inc! Let the conversation begin!

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Dialogue Incorporated Radio Show #4

Hosted By Mister Joshua


1st Hour -

Mister Joshua:
The Cinematic Orchestra “Familiar Ground” Live – Ninja Tune
Burial “Homeless” – Hyperdub
Pinch “Qawwali” – Planet Mu
Martyn “Velvet” – 3024
Rob Symeonn “Chosen One” Bigga Bush’s Dubsteppers mix – Redbud
Tawiah “Every Step” (Zed Bias rerub) – Sick Trumpet
Lykke Li “Everybody But Me “ (Diskjokke remix) – cd-r

Dom Ritmo:
Quantic presents Flowering Inferno “Alegria en Bella Vista” – Tru Thoughts
Os Ipanemas “Doriva” – Far Out
Sabrina Malheiros “Nova Estacao” – Far Out
Marcos Valle “On Line” – Far Out
Pete Rodriguez “Alejate” (Joe Claussel remix) – Fania

2nd Hour –

Exclusive mix from LDN's Roy Shay:
HudMo “Oops, Oh My” – Lucky Me
FLYamSAM “The Offbeat” – Ghostly International
N.E.R.D. “Spazz” – cd-r
Hudson Mohawke “Trace” – Rush Hour
Kraak & Smaak “That’s My Word” – Jalapeno
Samiyam “Box” – cd-r
Bang Bang “Too Tight” (FS Green remix) – cd-r
AFTA-1 “Believe” – Aftathoughts
Aeroc “Idiom” – Ghostly International
Flying Lotus “Tea Leaf Dancers” (HayZee remix) – cd-r
J.Rawls & Middle Child “Don’t Lock the Drummer Up” – Polar
DJ Spinna “Dillagence” – Cult 45
Madlib “Indian Bells” – Stones Throw
Sa-Ra Creative Partners “Bone Test 192” – cd-r
J. Rawls & Middle Child “Kick in the Door” – Polar
Samiyam “Beat #003” – cd-r
Flying Lotus “Message Situation” – Warp
Harmonic 33 “Call to Arms” – Warp
Caural “I Won’t Race You” – Raw Fusion
Eric Lau “I Don’t Do It To feat Tawiah” – Ubiquity
Ty & Kory “Million Dollar Nigga” – cd-r

Interview: Joe Davis | Far Out

Dialogue Inc Exclusive Interview with Joe Davis head of Far Out Records London

For almost 2 decades now London's Far Out Recordings has steadily cultivated the rich musical heritage of Brazil, unearthing rare treasures & bringing them to a wider audience around the world. They have furthered the recording careers of seminal Brazilian musicians, most notable Marcos Valle, Azymuth, & Joyce but their artist roster expands much wider than this. Incorporating modern day productions and musical styles into its repertoire Far Out has played a heavy part in reshaping the classic sounds of samba, bossa nova, & batucada adding their own unique chapter to Brazil's already extensive musical catalog.

Dialogue Inc had the pleasure of conducting a mini interview with Far Out founder Joe Davis so we could dive a little deeper into Far Outs inception, its mantra, & how its keeping up with the quickly changing & turbulent world of Music in the new millennium. The world of dance music has changed dramatically since Far Out got its start in 1991. Over the years Far Out has flirted heavily with the West London dance scene incorporating broken beat, nujazz & the like into its Brazilian template. In the late 90's and early 00's it rode high on the huge resurgence of brazilian culture & music working its way into downtempo, drum & bass, and discerning dance music etc. With some of these musical trends on the wane (in the last year we've seen the final days of the Co.Op party, Straight No Chaser, Goya, and to a large extent 12" vinyl sales in general) Dialogue Inc inquired about this long and bumpy ride: how Far Out got its start, where it sees itself going in 2008, and some highlights in between.

Joe Davis: "The whole idea of Far Out Recordings was to present Brazilian music, the music I personally love, to new audiences outside of Brazil. I started in the business as a DJ and I became quite instrumental in then the UK jazz dance scene (before acid jazz), as the man playing special Brazilian tunes and providing them to the other dj's on the scene. These I had purchased as I made the move to start taking regular trips to Brazil, beginning as early as 1986. As our scene grew into a global scene, I found myself travelling all over the world and DJing and supplying great DJs with rare grooves from Brazil. This was a crucial A&R exercise for me: I was responsible for finding tracks that could be played in clubs. This went on for many years in between me flopping in and out of university and having other jobs, mainly around the music business, doing studio work and of course djing."

"I started the label with Ollie Buckwell who owned Dorado in 1991. After releasing a few house tunes it became clear to me that I had to get away from this and concentrate on reforming the label with a much stronger musical edge. I therefore started to research a bit more the possibilities of bringing back some of the artists I adored and producing new records with them. At this time in Brazil music was going through this whole commercial revolution and some of the greatest artists had found themselves out of the loop there. Outside Brazil and in the UK myself and friends like Gilles Peterson, United Future Organization, Patrick Forge, Nicola Conte and many others were banging out 60s and 70s samba tinged groves in clubs. This became a huge part of the growing London Jazz Dance scene. We had been through all the categories of American black music by the early 90s, from B Bop, to Boogaloo to Rare Grooves funk to Fusion and Brazilin tracks just became a whole new part of that scene that gave it a freshness. Giles Peterson and Patrick Froge were the guys pushing the whole thing as they had a voice on BBC Radio One London, Jazz FM, and Kiss FM. It was a great scene and the coolest scene to be part of. I was also deep into new forms of electronic music like rave and house music as well and indeed Hip Hop. I was extremely young, so all my schoolmates were going out to completely different places and I would hang out with them in between DJing and going out on my scene."

"So all this history was part of the make up of the label and, going back to your question, as I had chosen tracks from old Lps to play out in clubs, the idea was to integrate dance music and other forms and styalise productions for the European market and that has become the idea of Far Out recordings. We did not have the massive exposure to world music as we have now, there were few people and places to even buy American music let alone, African, Brazilian, and Latin music. It was completely different to today. We are so exposed to anything in music and it is great as it makes my job as a producer so much easier."

"Moving on to today, we have established ourselves well and built a great fan base for the label and I have always put the artists on the label first and sacrificed my own career as a DJ and doing my own tunes . As the whole world music scene has grown we have become an important part of that evolution. Luckily we are in a good shape to keep moving forward as a label. We have managed to manoeuvre in the best possible way. I think we were one of the first labels to have a good download presence, many Brazilian labels still have not started to do that and we are always active in looking at new ways at selling our products and marketing the label and artists with limited resources. It comes down to good management, effort, and especially the music and production. Keep things exciting and you will always find an audience, that’s what I have learned to believe in. This helps in our bid for survival whilst the things you have mentioned have come to a sad end."

Dialogue Inc: Lets focus now on the sunnier Brazil. I'm sure this is a question you're asked over & over again, but I feel its central to the Far Out story - can you expand on how Far Out came together, how you're love affair with Brazilian music & culture took root?

Joe Davis: "As I mentioned previously, in the UK we had a massive black music scene and in the 70s and 80s. We had many stations and legendary DJs playing releases from the USA from the Jazz, Funk and Soul genres. There were many American releases of Brazilian artists like our own Azymuth, Airto and Flora Purim, Marcos Valle and others and these releases fit well along side Side Effect, Donald Byrd, Earth Wind and Fire and all the disco stuff that was being played. Actually in the UK many DJs in clubs would mix Jazz tracks with Disco and Funk, so I already had these tunes around in my head. My brother collected funk and soul records and gave me his records and I continued the collection when I was still in school. It was through American Black music that I became so into the Brazilian strand and began my research and work. When I left school in the mod 80s, the scene for dance music, inbedded in the 70s, was going through a weird time. In the UK, the first generation of dance music DJs found it really hard to accept all the changes in production and the development of drum machines so many got out of the scene (and to this day don’t play records from after 1982). There was a whole new bunch of DJs emerging. The ones playing the current releases (breakbeat, electro) and then many who had grown up listening to soul and funk in the 70s and early 80s. DJs went deep into the history of black music, like Norman J, responsible for the whole Rare Groove scene in London and Gilles P and Paul Murphy developing the whole jazz dance sound from the mid 80s to the 90s. I became instantly attached to the whole Brazilian music thing through this, tracks these guys were playing and had discovered."

"I used to watch football matches in the world cup and was mad about playing football, I loved the samba beat battering out of the Brazilian crowd and I saw the sexy girls in the crowds and I loved the Samba beat so I had to go to Brazil, which I did at the age of 17. Another thing was the players. It was amazing to see so many players who all looked like they could come from different countries in harmony playing killer football. This was really exciting for me as I don’t know if you know, for Asian and black kids, it was fucking tough growing up in the suburbs of England the 70s and 80s. Actually it was music that brought a lot of cultures together. I went, and as an Asian from the UK, it felt like a second home. I loved everything abou the country, the people were so nice to me, the food, beaches, ladies, the music, records, the history and the difference of the states, it is very interesting as a country for Europeans. That was it and it has remained part of me and my life 187 journeys down the line."

Dialogue Inc: Lastly lets focus on label specifics. Given the nature of my first question can you talk about whats on the horizon for Far Out in the remaining months of 2008 & the beginning of 2009? New albums, 12"s, label endeavors, artists, remixers?

Joe Davis: "We have some new 12"s and are looking for new waves and angles on electronic sounds, as there are some really exciting things coming out at the moment. We are about to release the new Sabrina Malheiros CD which is sounding really great and we have a 12” coming featuring Sofrito, Paradiso, Felix remixes and more remixes to come by Kraak and Smaak, IG Culture, Venom, Nicola Conte and more.

Here are the new releases and plans:

September 2008

Far Out Bossa Nova

Far Out boasts a catalogue which has been developed with artists who can only be described as some of ‘Bossa Nova’s greats’. To coincide with the celebrations of 50 years since Bossa Nova’s inception: ‘Far Out Bossa Nova’, is a comprehensive collection of the best Bossa Nova style releases from Far Out over the last 15 years. This album has been compiled by label founder and Brazilian music enthusiast Joe Davis and features tracks from Bossa Nova’s prominent artists such as Marcos Valle, Joyce, and Roberto Menescal as well as Victor Assis Brasil. Included are tracks by legends Marcos Valle, Joyce, Roberto Menescal and up and coming singers Sabrina Malheiros and Clara Moreno.

October 2008
Azymuth CD

The mighty Azymuth make their individual stamp in 2008 with a brand new studio album which acts as a follow up to ‘Brazilian Soul’ released in 2004. This brilliant new project displays the bands timeless ability to push the boundaries of jazz infused electronic music. With their distinctive version of Herbie Hancock’s jazz classic ‘Butterfly’ alongside a pioneering selection of new tracks, this album will appeal not only to the hardcore Azymuth fanbase but also to new fans of jazz and electronic music.

November 2008
Binario CD

A new direction for the output on Far out Recordings. The debut CD from Copacabana’s hot 6 piece rock-psych-jazz fusion collective Binario, can only be described as ‘out there’ - where samplers, amplified guitars and 2 drum kits collide to produce an epic sound of fresh and freaky rock-funk, live. Imagine if Hermeto Pascoal, jammed with David Axlerod & Liquid Liquid and were produced by David Holmes, and you’re on the right track. Two singles and some TV synchs along the line, this band are destined for some excitement and a bumpy ride. A must for fans of psychedelic soul and jazz rock.

2009 Planned Releases tbc - More to follow

Nicola Conte presents Viagem Vol 2
Alex Malheiros and Banda Utopia
Gilles Peterson in Brazil
Jose Roberto Bertrami and his Modern Sound
Marcos Valle – new CD Recording
Clara Moreno sings Clara Nunes

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Dialogue:Incorporated:Radioshow #3 featuring Aeroplane

Dialogue Incorporated Radioshow #3

Hosted by Mister Joshua

Hello All -

Dialogue Incorporated is happy to announce the latest installment of its radio show, its third in all, complete with a 2nd hour set from my new friends Aeroplane, mixed by DJ Stephen. More to come on Aeroplane but first lets set the stage with an introduction of the first half of the show.

We've been fortunate to find a couple phenomenal cuts waiting for us in our inbox these past days. The mysterious Shoes Crew was gracious enough to send over the opening track, their housed up edit of Miles Davis' seminal "In a Silent Way". From there we break into a few current dancefloor hitters including the latest from Henrik Schwarz & Dixon for Innervisions & a choice edit of Juan MacLean's newest on DFA. Compost & sister label Drumpoet Community come correct with, respectively, a new Black Label contribution from TJ Kong & Quarion's remix of Foster, taken from their debut label compilation Drum Poems Verse 1. Other notables include the Max Essa remix of the amazing new Rubies single "I Feel Electric" & Todd Terje's impeccable edit of the Chic burner "I Want Your Love".

Second half the show we pass things on to DJ Stephen who contributed a choice mix peppered with forthcoming balearic & disco gems. Hailing from Belgium Aeroplane are one of the latest additions to Eskimo Recordings already impressive roster. They made a grand entrance onto the scene in 2007 with their debut self titled EP for Eskimo, the title cut landing the coveted #1 spot on the Dialogue Incorporated end of the year chart. Making their mark with nuff remixes over the last few months they are quickly becoming THE act to watch in the currently en vogue balearic/cosmic/afro/Italo revival. Getting things straight from the source DJ Stephen describes the Aeroplane sound as somewhere "between Disco, Pop and Psyché-Rock with a lot of cinematic and melancholic harmonies." Reading like a who's who of the aforementioned genres Stephen added "Our musical heroes are Brian Wilson, Giorgio Moroder, Serge Gainsbourg, Ron Hardy, Alan Parsons Project, Fleetwood Mac, Daniele Baldelli, The Rolling Stones, Dj Harvey, Elton John, Lucio Battisti,..."

We also discussed what's on the horizon for this high flying duo. "Our new 12" with singer Kathy Diamond is out last week and a remix for Allez Allez is out the same time." Both have officially hit the streets for Eskimo as of this weekend, in the US you can look for them from Groove Distribution: www.groovedis.com (physical) or on Beatport:www.beatport.com (digital). A lot of remixes are also in the works, including reworkings of Cut Copy (Modular), Lindstrom & Solale (Feedelity), David Rubato (Institubes), The Shortwave Set (Wall of Sound),… They are also putting together work for their first full length effort due out in early '09.

Big up to DJ Stephen & Vito for the contribution to the show!

Lookout next month for a bit of heavy dubstep action, a special Far Out Recordings showcase & a very special guest mix from my LDN musical counterpart, the immensely talented Mr Roy Shay!!

Let the conversation begin!

Mister Joshua P Ferguson

Dialogue Incorporated Radio Show #3

Hosted By Mister Joshua


Miles Davis “In a Silent Way” (Shoes remix) – Shoes CD-R
Henrik Schwarz & Amapondo “I Exist Because of You” (Dixon Version) – Innervisions
The Juan Maclean “Happy House” (Trim the Fat – Jeans edit) – DFA
Ben Mono “Hit the Bit” (Lorenzo Rhodes remix) – Compost
The Rubies “I Feel Electric” (Max Essa remix) – Telle
TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos “Trenentrekker” – Compost Black Label
Foster “Quiet Before the Storm” (Quarion remix) – Drumpoet Community
Chic “I Want Your Love” (Todd Terje edit) – Supreme
Sankt Goran “Angel Babe The Tin Man” – Bearfunk
Low Motion Disco “Love Love Love” (Aeroplane remix) – Eskimo

Guest Set: Aeroplane “Take Off Mix” Tracklisting:

Chateau Flight "GRN Aventurine" - Sonar Kollektiv
Soft Rocks "Look East" - Soft Rocks
Enzio Ponzio "Italian Boy" - Pizzico
Discossesion "Mahmoods Moon" - Cruel-I Future
Peter Visti "Tokyo by Night" - Eskimo Promo
Toby Tobias feat Kathy Diamond "The Feeling" - Rekids Promo
Late of the Pier "The Bears are Coming" (BTWS remix) - Zarcorp
Jose Gonzalez "Killing for Love" (Todd Terje remix) - Promo
Lullabies in the Dark "Song for M&E" (Aeroplane remix) - Permanent Vacation
40 Thieves "Theme from Nutrider" - Permanent Vacation
Hess is More "Would You Like to Disco" (dub) - Music For Dreams
Louis "Pink Footpath" (Instrumental version) - Max Music