Bondax- Mini mix for Annie Mac
George Townsend and Adam Kaye, two talented producers that together create the musical joy Bondax shared this sexy smooth mini mix a few months ago.
Considering I’ve got my ass shake on to Mystikal and finger snapped in reminising bliss to Pharrell’s frontin an unhealthy number of times through this mix with the added fact that I am forever grooving to Bondax sweet variety of tracks I have come to the conclusion that booties must shake to this mix.
Bondax delivers yet again with this exceptional blend of tracks new and old to encourage that bump and grind.
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Sweet Talk (Saux Remix) - Jessie Ware
Undress U - Giraffage
You Don’t Know - 702
In Those Jeans - Ginuwine
Are You That Somebody - Aaliyah
Fill Me In - Craig David
It’s Not Right But It’s Ok - Whitney Houston
Thinking About You - Frank Ocean
It’s - Synkro
The Love Scene - Joe
Nothing In This World - Keke Wyatt/Avant
Freak Me - Silk
All The Time - Jeremih
Russian Girlfriends - Perseus
Nelly - Hot In Herre
Baby I Got That - Bondax
Sunshine - Lil Flip
Frontin - Pharrell Williams
Shake Your Ass - Mystikal
Conbread, Fish and Collard Greens - Anthony Hamilton
Cool Runnings - Perseus
Where I Wanna Be - Donnell Jones
Smooth - D’angelo
What You Won’t Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
Blow Your Mind - Eve (Instrumental)
I Wish - Carl Thomas
Feel Like Makin’ Love - D’angelo
Fall In Love - Erykah Badu
Gold - Bondax
Words with Dpat
Recently I was given the opportunity to share words with Dpat, a truly talented producer out of the USA who has been providing my mind, body and soul with the most replenishing of vibes through his rather soul embracing selection of beats, enjoy and much love
Location: Houston, TX
Favourite Food: beats
Favourite Beverage: sweet tea
A childhood memory in regards to music: Being in love with Baby Spice
First album you ever bought: Sisqo “Unleash the Dragon” no lie
Best live performance you have seen so far: Kids These Days
Musical Inspirations: James Blake and neo-soul
A track to chill to: Noyce “Lucy”
A track to break it down to: Pharrell “Frontin”
So I’ve always wonder if or what is the story behind the name choice Dpat:
It’s just a nickname I’ve had for a while so I just ran with that.
When did you get into making your own tracks and how long have you been at it:
I taught myself how to play guitar and piano a long time ago and moving into a dorm that required me to be quiet, led me into making beats. I basically took the knowledge I had with other instruments and applied it to music I was making on my laptop. I was kind of off and on with beats until I got some recognition off a random beat I made, then I became really serious and it became my main focus shortly before I released Blurry in 2011.
Your tracks incorporate so much soul and bassy vibes amongst some truly enchanting vocals. Examples of your skills are show-cased through tracks like “Touch” “Atlas” and “Lust You/ Over You” all gracing ears from your impeccable ep “Blurry” released late 2011. What inspires that feel evident in your music and what process do you go through when selecting vocals to sample:
When I’m listening for vocal samples (or any music period), I’m attracted more to the melodies than the actual lyrics. I know it’s common for other producers to chop up certain words and then play with that, but I tend to use the voice as an instrument within the beat. So I’ll have a bunch of layered melodies from different parts of the original song all playing together to create something new - or how I was envisioning it at the time.
Your Blurry ep is pure genius and remains a favourite so much atmosphere carried through-out the ep, much love. What was it like putting “Blurry” together and what inspired its creation:
When I’m working on a project, I definitely want to create a mood or vibe throughout the entire piece. For me, Blurry was a weird/dark time in my life so I think that was reflected in it. The first songs I made were happier (“Make Me A Lover” and “You, Tonight”) and as time went on, I started making darker stuff. The album ends on a darker note. It was all a learning experience though. I didn’t really know much about audio at the time so I think that project is really raw and emotional.
Do you have a favourite track that you have produced if so which one and why:
If I had to choose a favourite, it’d probably be “Touch” because that was my moment of epiphany where I knew what my style would be like.
You’re also working on your new album “In Bloom”, very excited for its release. What can we expect with In Bloom and how would you like people to feel and take it on board when the album is released:
The main difference between “In Bloom” and “Blurry” is that I’m no longer making beats. The tracks on here sound like songs, and are structured like songs; it conveys a feeling of completeness. I’ve recorded a lot of live guitar, piano, and collabed with vocalists so it’s not just sampled instruments. The tracks aren’t “bangers” either. Anyone can make a banger and the only thing it really does is make you move, then you forget about it. Then there are songs that you can genuinely lose yourself in. Songs that are laid out like a narrative and unfold as you keep listening. It grabs your hand and guides you throughout your mind. This is the music I strive to make and what I’ve hopefully conveyed on In Bloom. I’m trying to stimulate the mind, not just the body.
Are you able to share any collaboration if there are any for In Bloom? Hints maybe:
Sango and Isles. Maybe Atu as well.
In regards to collaborations, you have done so with other musical talents such as yourself like Sango, on the sweet sweet track “Above Us” (Feat. Isles) and also your collaboration with Atu on the track “Missing you” from Atu’s newest and truly inspiring release Pictures on Silence, beautiful work. What was it like collaborating with Atu and Sango? And what’s it like making a track with another in comparison to on your own:
We’re all on the same wavelength so collabing comes easy. Sango and I have a bunch of songs we’ve done together and we’ve talked about making a collab EP. Hopefully we can lock ourselves in a studio for like a week and complete a whole project. Atu is funny because he’ll send ideas and they’re in the most neat, organized way ever. He sends like typed essays, MLA formatted with a works cited page and you’re just like ‘what.’ It’s so much more helpful though. I feel like Atu and I make similar music, except I incorporate more electronic elements and he is more neo-soul. That’s why it’s pretty interesting when we collab. Sango and I just kinda throw shit at each other and say ‘do whatever’ and it usually comes out great.
Anything coming up from your end that we should keep a look out for:
Pause. Just kidding. Yeah, I want to start doing shows after this album drops and then I want to take some time to work on producing for other people. I’m also working on Isles’ debut EP, Fractal Beach, which should come out this summer.
Check out Insightful because he’s on another level.
Any last words:
Read more books!
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Freddie Joachim- No Matter What
Freddie Joachim a talented producer out of Cali delivers yet another soul soother with this sweet track. “No matter what” opens with a pleasing tingle of hats which develops into this captivating arrangement of on point drums,revitalizing vibes and head bops that are complimented further with the track ending so smoothly with a snippet of the vocal skills of Common.
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Henry Krinkle, Tulpa, Atlas- Carried Away
A breath-taking track so skillfully delivered by a collaboration of musical talents each respected and embraced for their chilling yet heart warming approach to musical expressions.
Tulpa (Pittsburgh USA), Atlas (Leeds/Notts,Britain) and Henry Krinkle (Florida USA) are on point with this delicate yet fulfilling breath of fresh air on this cold yet soothing star lit night. Musical soothes before bed.
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Free download available via XLR8R. (forthcoming link)
Esta- Ms. Sundress
This track bought me back to chill after a day of coffee upped hustle and bustle and pasta cravings. I was introduced to the beautiful summery vibes of this beat, ironically during a cold nights walk in the rain.
I walked slowly to a near by tunnel where I lit up a jay and bopped my head to the remainder of this track. I was truly captivated by this tracks soothing string arrangement and clean delivery that ensured warmth on the inside and out.
Esta out of San Diego,Ca USA continues to release quality beat after beat. Tracks that connect and embrace all those feel good vibes and memories
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Summer on my mind. On some early 2000’s shxt
Ta-ku x New Era
An interview with the humble Ta-ku
Sev Seveer- Refreshments
I was going to wait till I finished work to post this but considering my alarm went of an hour early which was resolved with an hour of extra bed chills with raisin toast and tea and the introduction to this boom bap goodness by a talented beat-smith know as Sev Seveer out of Chicago, USA I’m feeling that lacking on the zzzz was worth it.
Sweet vocal samples, cuts and scratches with that trippy yet utterly soulful vibe carried through-out the track. Sixth play already and my booty is grateful for this morning before work shake minus the bake. But that’s all good tonight I’ll enjoy this track further in a few smoke clouds, puff puff relax.
Much love <3
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“dat slompin dat booty slice”
Words with Melodiesinfonie
Recently I got the opportunity to share words with the talented and truly humbling Melodiesinfonie. Whilst reading over what this musical talent representing Switzerland had to share, I was overcome with a further strengthened sense of admiration and appreciation for not only the positives vibes Kevin delivers through his music but for the wonderful qualities he displays as a human being. Melodiesinfonie embraces love, focuses on the positives and creates sounds for the soul. Much love
Name: Kevin Wettstein
Location: Zürich, Switzerland
Favourite Food: Fruits
Favourite Beverage: Water
Last track you listened to: O’Donel Levy - Dancing Girl
A childhood memory in regards to music: My daddy listened to Jazz music everyday. Very often I sat down with my daddy and we talked and listened to jazz.
First Album you ever brought: I don’t remember but I used to listen to charts with 10/11 and I bought a charts Cd.
A track to chill to: Yagi & Ill.Sugi - Baby Come on Close
A track to bounce to: Dibiase - Skulltrack
Thanks for that, first things first thanks for taking the time to share words. Your contribution to music so far has been impeccable, true variety and taste. So how did you get into production? What inspired you to start creating your own tracks:
I’ve been into music since I was born… My daddys got a collection of 2000 jazz lp’s so that was my childhood influence.
Then I met Jazzo when I was 15 and we started to make music together, he was producing and I was the Rapper.
Jazzoholic & Tschäss, I remember we released some Swiss Hip Hop tracks. I started of just making the drums in the beats and percussion things because I started to play the drums when I was 13 years old. And when I turned 17 I bought a sp404 sx and started to produce with it, with the ”old” influence, jazz of my childhood I think is the reason why my music sounds always have that jazzy influence.
You’ve been a busy being over the past year releasing a variety of beats in many forms. Collaborations, beat tapes and beats for those to share their vocal flows and rhythms over. With all your releases I feel a strong and evident feeling of love, shared through the overwhelmingly positive vibes felt whilst chilling to your tracks. Something I am loving about your overall influence in today’s beat scene. What inspires your positive outlook and overall creation of refreshing beat after beat:
Yeah it’s like, I make music from the heart, and I love to create music. I put in so much positive vibes and energy with every song, because yeah music is love and I want to spread love and positivity threw music. There are so many bad things on earth and I think with music you can change things through good energy. I am a spiritual man and I really live it the ’ spread love’. It’s a lifestyle and a view…
What equipment to you use to put together your beats:
I use Roland Sp 404Sx, 2 Micro Korg, Yamaha an1x, Vinyl Turntables, Cubase, live recordings and electronic things.
In regards to collaborations you have produced a variety of blissful tracks with another talented beat producer also out of Zurich, Switzerland known as Jazzo aka Vojko Huter . Tracks like “Stiller See ft Soia”, “DonutVibesLove” and the beautiful “Black Rainbows” a track from Melbourne based vocalist Athalia’s EP “ThoughCrime” released in May of last year all embody real vibes. Under the collab Jazzo & Melodiesinfonie I’m further feeling the flow of love and positivity present in your work, bliss. How did you and Jazzo get together? And what were your common goals and differences in regards to creating music:
Yeah I love what I did with Jazzo, such lovely crispy groovy music!
As I mentioned before we met when I was 15 years old and started together as a Rap combo haha… When we started it was like he made the vibes and I made the effects and drums like in Treeology. Later on with our debut Album “Astro Funk & Weltfrieden” we made it all together and I really loved working with him and the process. It was so fun and real with good vibes always. Miss the old times. But yeah we both got our way and we will have to see maybe later we will collab again together.
What it like creating beats by yourself in comparison to collabs with producer such as Jazzo:
It’s different. Now I do it all , the vibes ,the groove ,the drums just all, and I really love it. It’s different like, I can do what I want and close my eyes and put all my love into my songs and can decide which ways I want the tracks goes..
Do you have a favourite track that you’ve produced so far, if so which one and why:
S p r e a d L o v e. I really love the atmosphere and the vibes on that track. A track full of love to spread l o v e!
Apart from creating your own beats you’re also promoting and embracing the skills of other musical talents with yet another skilled beatsmith “Maloon TheBoom” through your joint record label Boyoom Connective. For those who don’t know already what does Boyoom Connective represent and what future goals or workings are on the agenda?:
Why is Boyoom Connective a necessity? There is a lot of raw undiscovered talent lingering in the Swiss Beat scene that urgently need a platform to not only be put forward, but also be supported and nurtured. Everyone on the label benefit from co- members. Passing on contacts through each other for example can help build up a community - or enlarge the already existing.
The most important thing is to spread L O V E and G O O D music. Much love to my man Maloon TheBoom who inspireS me so much in a lot of ways. A big inspiration in music. I remember when I started to produce I always made beats with 87 bpm haha. And Maloon came along and told me, Come on man, try 84. So now I have beats from 70 bpm to 125 bpm, THANK YOU MALOON!
And this guy is such a positive influence with a deep heart. It’s amazing to work with him on our label Boyoom to S P R E A D L O V E.
Any last words:
Much love and positive vibes to all!!!
I thank all my supporters and music lovers it’s just amazing!
O n e love to my man Maloon The Boom, and the Boyoom Connective Crew! Special Thanks to Radio Juicy!
S P R E A D
L O V E
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Bosstone out of Melbourne, Australia delivers another vibe fueled track encouraging those booty drops and head-bops with his track, “Static” for Soulections Time In Between Compilation released earlier this month which features other musical talents such as Sango, Ta-ku, Sweater Beats, Sivey and much more.
Although this track is perfect for weekend break downs with friends, embracing positive vibes. I seem to enjoy this track just as much alone, on drives to and from home with the volume on high in frantic head bops whilst expressing gang like facial expression and smiles at oncoming traffic. (Try this fellow road user seem to love it)
Being around ten months since I heard my introduction to Bosstone tracks, “Lean” (which caught me by surprise with its bassy goodness in a McDonald’s drive-thru whilst ordering) I can honestly say Bosstone with his unique take on bass instrumentals is someone to watch out for, vibing.
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Time In Between Complilation here:
Tajan- My All [2U]
A track that I can’t get enough off created by a talented producer of beats out of Utah, USA known as Tajan.
This tracks will have you head bopping and booty shaking for sure with a tasty array of percussion further embraced with that soulful bass-line and always incorporation of sexy Ciara vocals.
Tajan has even my mum breaking it down to this track which mum says “has a nice beat”, love you mum.
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Download All my [2u] here: http://www.mediafire.com/?lg2gzr3awa4qwl3
Ginuwine and Aaliyah looking so fine
Words with Weirddough
Recently I got to share words with a talented producer out of Las Vegas, Weirddough aka Francis Zapanta. With his steady flow of on point tracks and fresh approach to sound. Weirddough has you covered whether you’re in a state of chill or you’re in need of some head bopping goodness, press play on one of Francis’s tracks and enjoy, much love.
Name: Francis Zapanta
Family nickname: Butch or Butchukoy
Favorite Food/s: Japanese, Thai, Soul Food, Kare Kare.
Favorite Beverage: Water
Childhood memory in regards to music: Tried out for a talent show in first grade break-dancing to Rakim’s “Guess Who’s Back”. Didn’t make the cut lol.
Favorite live set you’ve seen so far: Haven’t seen one yet. I’d love to though. Saw Wu-Tang and they were live as hail!! (if that counts).
Views on out of body experiences: Anyone can have them if they’d like to.
Last track that you listened to: Kan Kick - Sun Soul
A successful midnight feast for you would include: Fried chicken (leg and thigh), rice, and honey+tapatio for the sauce.
Track to break it down to: Quasimoto - Greenery
Track to chill to: Howard Roberts - Ah-moor
Thanks for that man,I wanted to start of by saying much love for your recent musical treat “sandwiches&cereal” so very smooth. Have enjoyed some really plesant moonlite drives to this album as a whole tracks in particular like connected, lemmewait (soulful guitar finger snap beat bliss) ,one and luciddreams which has to be my favorite from S&C, such a sucker for that sexy sax. What was it like putting S&c together what inspired the tracks:
Thank you, glad you like it. Honestly, I feel like it was just a filler album before I dropped ascension. I just wanted to put something out. It was a collection of loose joints I made during that time and some older unreleased stuff. That lemmewait beat was from an unreleased ep called rare love. I had no idea what to call the album, so I named it after what I’ve been eating every night during that time so I could sleep. haha
Loved the caption saying thanks for all the love and support and also given reason to the album name sandwiches&cereal, your consumption of many sandwiches and bowls of cereal, yummm. Fill us in on your cereals of choice and sandwich style:
Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut, and Cinnabon cereal. Sandwiches were based on whatever meat was in the fridge. I would microwave a slice of cheese on turkey, ham, or roast beef, toast the bread, add mayonnaise or bbq sauce, and eat it. Sometimes I’d add tomato if i felt like cutting it haha
Do you have a favorite Track that you’ve have released so far if so which one and why:
Yeah, probably enhale because I haven’t gotten tired of it yet.
How long have you been playing with music and what sparked your interest in producing your own beats:
On and off for a while, but probably officially in 2010. When I was in a family trip in the Philippines in ‘07, my cousin John was messing with Reason and showed me the basics of it. My girlfriend got me a copy of Reason 3.0 and I made my first beat late 07. I was making ambient/experimental stuff on and off for a couple years and learned how to sample in ‘09. I would say late ‘10 I started making hip hop and that’s when I took it more seriously. Making beats was always one of my life long ambitions ever since high school.
Now I’ve always wondered who vocal skills are present in the track “gotmeopen”? Always get caught up in that track a favorite track for myself, complete bliss and what was it like putting that track together:
It’s Syleena Johnson on the vox. I just did the drums first, chopped the sample in quarter notes and played em similar to the original arrangement. Took another part of the song and added a filter to it, layered it over the chops, and turned the bassline up a little bit. I was happy how it came out.
Any thing coming up from your end that we should look out for:
A few EPs coming out with some emcees. Hopefully finish an album with my dude Bhonstro this year. Uhh, possibly an LP sometime and hopefully some releases through some labels. We’ll see…
Any last words: Shouts to the homies that’s been there since day one, wouldn’t be here without you. To name a few: Bhonstro, One, Side B, Miek, Broke/, Negrosaki, DAILON, phedee, Osiris-1, professor logik, AL_PD, KVZE, Tuamie, LAKIM, Dink, stikz, Millen, KIYANI, Royale_Swerve, Intalek, Languid, PJWizrd, yahnlookepicard, tekst, a-robb, kirvy, Brock Berrigan, oh foreal my Ox City fam: Vegamonster, J-Shock, supakoopa, Smash Tales. Shouts to the everybody in the Astral Basement family. Anyone who I’ve talked to or connected with through music. Shouts to all the listeners and supporters, you mean the world to me. Thanks to the Creator and thanks to you. I love you. Peace and one love!!!
Nolan House- Jordan
A truly beautiful track by a musical talent out of Australia known as Nolan House. This track is saturated in vibes and all round good feeling from the press of play.
Atmosphere, slight but effective chimes n rattles complimented with soul tingling vocals that are carried so smoothly through-out the track.
Nolan House creates that soul warming ambience that leaves you revitalized and relaxed, wided eyed till next play, enjoy and vibe.
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