Not posted for a while, but had to put this up… the debut album from Jai Paul. Remaining mysteriously anonymous, Paul released only 1 track in 2007, ‘BTSTU‘ which was enough to have record labels clamouring to sign him (XL got him in the end). Only one more track since then, ‘Jasmine‘, has been sufficient to cement his status as almost legendary. This album is beautiful and vital. 16 tracks in total – all tracks titled as numbers 1 to 16, it includes both ‘Jasmine’ and ‘BTSTU’. You can download it from Bandcamp, here, and listen to ‘Track 13′ below.
Our most recent project was Raj Pannu’s ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ Audio Visual remix which was performed live at ‘Space Invasion’ at the Sage Gateshead, alongside other local artists, Lulu James, Jethro Fox, and special guest Ghostpoet. The project was commissioned by the BBC for ‘The Space’ an online and Freeview channel, and the piece is featured along with a ‘making of’ documentary following the production process. If you have any queries about the project, please do not hesitate to contact Raj HERE!.
As a warm up to Fresh Hell on Sunday the 26th of August at the Star and Shadow Cinema with Coldcut, Matt Black gives an informal Q and A, ‘Apps Albums and Algorhythms – Coldcut, Ninja Tune, Ninja Jamm and Music on iOS‘. It’s at RPM Music, Newcastle (the finest record store in the UK tel:+44191 221 0201), at 5pm on Saturday the 25th of August (the DAY BEFORE Fresh Hell) Come down, it’s free!
Oh, and we have some serious Ninja Tune prizes (see below) to give away too, including Stevie Chick’s Ninja Tune book, T-Shirt, signed Albums, CD’s, DVD, badges and Stickers – bring down (to RPM on the day) your rarest/most original/most intriguing Ninja Tune related item or creation, to be in with a chance of winning some goodies!
Plus – go visit our Fresh Hell facebook page HERE to keep up to date.
For the Queen’s Jubilee Holiday weekend Sunday, we are continuing our Bank Holiday Sunday parties at the Star and Shadow Cinema, with special guests, and combining it with an all day warm up across the road in the Tanners Arms, also with special guests!
We are still adding to the line up – but confirmed so far…
Also! There will be a free ‘North East Dubtronic’ CD, featuring all the artists playing, and many more (inc Psyconaught, Smoove, Edmondson, Lucid Directions, the Skrufz and Mr. Bird) for the first 20 people in on the night. Latest tracks by North East Dubtronic
Fresh Hell are delighted to present… Young Montana?
Continuing our Bank Holiday Weekend Sunday events, we’ve got Young Montana? (yes the ‘?’ is part of his name) on Sunday the 6th of May at the Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle.
“Sure, plenty of-the-moment bedroom musicians carry a fixation on nostalgia and an (un)remembered past. However, there are more than a few knob-twiddlers making more futuristic sounds as well, taking pages out of the playbook of Flying Lotus and the Los Angeles-based Brainfeeder crew to create their own tech-strewn, off-kilter mechanized fantasias. As these things often go, some artists pull off the style better than others– but very few (if any) thus far have managed to fuse both the past and the future into something of its own time.
This is where Jon Pritchard, aka Young Montana?, comes in. Hand-plucked into the insiders’ spotlight after BBC Radio 1′s Mary Anne Hobbs called him out as her “Favorite Unsigned Artist”, he soon found himself riding an industry buzz and lauded from the likes of Pitchfork (read their review of his LP, ‘Limerence’ HERE) to The Gaslamp Killer as more and more people in the online underground received an earful of his sound. The UK producer’s style, captured aptly on the recent “Sacre Cool“, and his debut album “Limerence”, signed to the Los Angeles label, Alpha Pup, initially evokes Brainfeeder’s dope-hazy beat maths, after a cursory listen. Pop the hood open on this thing, then, and you’ll find that the engine humming under the song’s stuttered tones and warped beat is Made in Detroit – courtesy of J Dilla‘s still-landmark “Donuts“, to be specific. Similar to Dilla’s evocative use of chopped-up samples, Pritchard screws the shit out of some dusty soul vocals on “Sacre Cool”, with the only discernible lyrics being “love me like”. With one foot in the future and another in the past, Young Montana’s sound can’t help but sounding anything less than right now.”
With support from Raj Pannu, Coldcut and Ninjatune’s DJ. Coldcut say… “Raj Pannu has been part of the Coldcut live crew for 4 years and we’ve done over 200 amazing shows together. He is absolutely the best DJ Coldcut have worked with: his sick skills combined with a gobsmacking depth of musical knowledge are unique. Not all DJs can play the RIGHT records and play WITH the records! Raj excels at both. Plus, he rolls perfectly with Audiovisual tricknology too. Somehow, he never has an off day. We’re looking forward to working with him on new Coldcut projects. Raj Pannu rocks! And that’s official from Coldcut“
Advance tickets available through Skiddle, HERE, or on the door at £7/8.
Get one of their recent mixes HERE, featuring mostly their own material, plus check more of their tracks at the bottom of the page It’s their first time in Newcastle, and they are superb, so we look forward to having them here!
Plus, on the night…
Raj Pannu (Coldcut and Ninjatune’s DJ)
Funk Ethics and Lucid Directions (Brownswood Recordings), doing an EXCLUSIVE LIVE SET (as in, their first ever one!). Accomplished artists releasing stuff all over, including on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Records.