AN E-MAIL EXCHANGE WITH CULP

CULP, Canada

LO-FI beatmaker and roller blade hockey player CULP takes time off making beats and listening to the sound of nature to chat via the webs of the internet, about the LO-FI movement, his latest album ‘MARINELAND’, and Steve Wiebe amongst other things.

Planetary Beats: Right off the bat, how did you come up with the name ‘CULP’ and what does it mean?

CULP:  It’s changed over time from CULPRIT303 – to CULP. It’s my last name.

             

Planetary Beats: On that point, what is the deal with all the lo-fi SP cats on the come-up putting their names in all caps?

CULP: THE CAPS USE TO BE A WAY TO SIFT THROUGH THE BULLSHIT, respectively. It was a way to let others know that you are making that lo-fi sound. Heavy compression, 0G vinyl sim, bounce to tape, etc. it’s the low end shit-gear theory. It was far out and not trending as hard as it is now, 5 years ago, that’s why I went CAPS. It made it easier to find like-artists. The sound is trending hard, so that theory has kind of gone dodo. There’s a lot of SP’s out there.

Planetary Beats: What SPs do you have at the moment, and what other gear do you use alongside them to make beats?

CULP: ‘At the moment’ SP 606. It’s the Tony Danza of the lab. All my audio sources talk to it. I think it has around 43 Mfx and 2 can be instantiated at the same time. There’s a 4 part sequencer and external re-sampling. It’s fast, and has some auto chopping features. It’s really a great machine. I still haven’t tapped into all its features. It’s my only SP with me right now. It has some impressive features that work with a computer. I always bounce out to Ableton live. Ableton is my multi track “tape deck.” It prevents me from forgetting about tracks I’ve made and lost. It glues everything together. I’m also a fan of the Micro-sampler, Juno-106, DX21, mkXL, 404, jobsPAD and monotrons. I just moved so I just flipped my whole set up to minimalism.

Planetary Beats: I’ve been on that SLF TAPES for a minute now and seen some mad unorthodox ways of using SPs, do you have any weird ways of utilising your SPs or just standard use?

CULP: I use the sequencer without quantize. Deep, I know. Honestly, I don’t think too many use it. I am under the assumption that brews like the re-sample method. I’m on the OG 404 and it has slight delay on the external banks–my timing is bogus with a delay-lag, this ruins my outfit. I think it’s because of my compact flash card? and those are a rarity to find now. I keep it on lo-fi brew, that’s the standard.

Planetary Beats: How would you describe your left-centre beats in one sentence?

CULP: I’m a right hand shot from the left wing.

Planetary Beats: What/who were your main influences on the MARINELAND album?

CULP: The Caribbean, Dpeee, collecting synthesizers, the death of Tuxedo Himself, Green Llamas, Perry of SLFtapes + affiliates, Lord beatjitzu, Gang bl00d, a dead muppet master, 90’s VHS cassettes, microwaved meows, and snorkeling.

Planetary Beats: Who did the album art for it and can you give a short explanation on the image?

CULP: I did the album art. It’s a lot of pictures from my phone and images that I have some relation with or found amusing.

http://culp.bandcamp.com/

Planetary Beats: Where did you get the vox sample in the intro of your track ‘GRANDBEND’, does it have any deeper meaning or is it just for the laughs?

CULP: It’s the hosts from the ‘Super Mario Brothers Super Show!’ It was one of the first TV shows I learned how to record on VHS back in like 1990. It’s where all this VHS recording started for me. It’s the stems of ‘dude bruhs’ and it made an impression when I was 7.  Definitely for laughs.

Planetary Beats: What are you doing when you aren’t making future sounds?

CULP: I stay active. You can’t hide out in your lab all the time in Canada, our warm weather lasts for 4 months. I have a fixed gear & I play roller blade hockey at an outdoor hockey rink with a tight crew of brews from ‘Canada man’. We smoke ganj and drink cheap beer, there’s a lot of roughhousing, falling over, cuts, body checking …There are epic shoot outs and showdowns—weekly grudges, shit talking, etc. we get shitty funny… it’s a competitive homeboy event, with a tight click.

Planetary Beats: I did a bit of surfing on the net to find out who this STEVE WIEBE dude is, but why did you dudes choose to sample him on SIDE B of the WU-CULT KILLAHZ collab beat-tape?

CULP: It’s the B side yo, it’s where I always have music. I guess that’s where I maintain well. It’s the humble Wiebe mentality. Billy Mitchell asked me to throw a high score tape together in a week, so I bought an fb-01 for $20 because it sounds like a Sega genesis and created everything from scratch… Billy has a ‘winners always win’ ego and needed to test Wiebe. He flipped the sample joints so I passed him my score synth tape and he headlined the show, it’s how it is. It’s an honour to be on a tape with Billy-li-Jitzu. I feel obligated to collaborate with dudes who pioneered ALL CAPS for me, ya know.

Planetary Beats: What is next on the CULP project, can we expect any solo releases or collabs in the near future?

CULP: There’s always something on its way, but I don’t like to promise anything, this music is for serious fun though. There are too many obligations to fulfil.  I took it really negatively when MARINELAND was shared outside of Bandcamp. On a positive note, it had a lot of support from Bandcamp and that helps fund my life but specifically, fuels NEW MUSIC. Although, it’s a deterrent when someone shares your music without linking the artist, I’m guilty of sharing other peoples audio, don’t get me wrong, but I always let the artist know through an email that I consciously did it, usually because it has been inspirational to me. If they are unhappy about it; you stop.

I have put out half a dozen albums and countless free tracks-that I should have some control over regarding; what is free, and what should cost some ‘chump-change’…guaranteed you have purchased some dumb shit that has cost you more money than CULP -MARINELAND. Just reach out if you can’t afford it. Don’t be a shady lurker. Keep it personal. I’ll reply to you. Check SLFtapes.com, Microwaved Meows on Youtube, Soundcloud.com/CULPsp, /P00K, /L0HEESH, and GANG BL00D at the tumblr for some weekly microwaves—soon.

Planetary Beats: Last off, I know you sample a lot of rap vox so you must like that shit; if you were to start rapping, off top what would your rap name be?

CULP: L0NNIED0NNIEC0NNIEn’R0NNIE aka MADD BULLETZ aka R0BERT TURRETZ aka BIG-BABY-100.

 

Cop some side project  beats from ya boy CULP and then some tracks off MARINELAND here via these links:

https://app.box.com/s/jlanuya64sfq27a3ptt7       — P00K

https://app.box.com/s/wz6ge7sld2726f4hj5yv      — P00K, CULP, L0HEESH

https://app.box.com/s/8fg1r7jfkj7dqz2d9jbu  — MARINELAND – 05 – KELP
https://app.box.com/s/6d39up459toqbva47cr9 — MARINELAND – 15 – GRANDBEND
https://app.box.com/s/k230z7wt5n95teuf64eq — MARINELAND – 17 – ______
Werrd

UNDER EP

 

Earthly, spaced out, optic, and astral are some of the words that can be used to describe this ‘opposite of lucid’ upcoming release by PLACEHOLDER.

Release date unknown, the experimental EP mixes natural sounds with warm electronic synthwork and distorted instruments, creating a niche, in the form of a future ambient sound. Although an official release date has yet to be confirmed, the preview the dude uploaded shows we can expect a mature, yet edgy sound possibly influenced by nebulus and robots.

If space ships had sound systems in them, no doubt this pre-release would be stuck on repeat.

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Earthwolf, by Disco Izrael

Graphic designer and MC for Cape Town-based rap groups Sedge Warbler and PHFAT, Disco is currently in the works of his next project, in the form of a solo release.

A first-look at the project is a video produced by the dude, and shows a smoke-up in the cut that translates to a surreal monologue expressing his thoughts and influences using distorted images and blurry visuals. The stop frame vid is reminiscent of Disco’s imagery-based style of raps, and includes an airy analog synth lead ‘church beat’ that he produced as well. The vid ends off with a snippet of a rap song  in progress produced by Desert_Head off the project.

The solo project is still in the construction phase at this point in time, and when asked about it, the homie had this to say:

“The video is about as much as I want to reveal at this point. The more I reveal the more people might expect and I’ve got a lot on my plate with PHFAT and Sedge Warbler at the moment. I will take small steps and then release the album when I have more time to devote to it”.

Having that being said, peep the video and keep an eye out for Oh! Dark Arrow on Soundcloud to hear any of the church beats off the forthcoming project.

Release date: unknown.

Word

Ackryte x JOOB 森本

A collab experimental sample-based hip-hop beatstrumental from two dudes on the come up in the US beatscene.

Having featured on Planetary Beats before, the homie JOOB has just released his next beat in collaboration with Ackryte, a Minneapolis-based beatmaker. The dudes share similar production styles namely; dope sample use, raw drum kicks and mad basslines. The track they conjured up is called ‘149th’ and is a piece of sampling wizardry. The beat is ill, sample is tight, chops are on point, and the synth leads compliment the other instruments. JOOB’s electronic influence is evident in the synth-work, and the hip-hop elements of the track are made up of Ackryte and JOOB’s production techniques meshed together. The track bumps massively and is definitely easy to get down to.

Peep the collab beat here:

A free rap song produced by Ackryte:

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Modular Tapes_Vol. 4

Word, so the 4th and final drop of Modular Tapes features some dope hip-hop influenced experimental electronic producers on the come up.

JONGPADAWAN starts the tape off on a chillwave tip, with a warm, synthy track layered with cosmic sounds. Secondly, Jonwayne brings hip-hop in full effect with a beat for a rap song. Last off, homie I Kicked A Cloud Once finishes the tape with a lo-fi, phaser beat full of astral leads.

Peep the tracks here:

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*gravy 001

South Africa

*gravy is a collective of South Africa-based artists making waves in the experimental electronic beatscene.

A somewhat newly formed crew with years of experience in the game between them, comprising of established as well as up-and-coming artists; *gravy is on that next tip. The dudes mix elements from genres such as hip-hop, trap, R&B, jazz, funk, amongst others to create left-centre productions. Members include; Sibot, Dank, liver, Card on Spokes, RVWR, Christian Tiger School, O’ltak, Richard the IIIrd, Narch, Slabofmisuse, and Mr. Sakitumi.

The first installment of the *gravy project dropped yesterday, in the form of an 11-track beat-tape “001”, offered as a free download. The release is dope as reflects the artists’ new directions in terms of beatmaking, and contrasts bass heavy beats with slower, synthed out joints. All in all, a diverse tape encompassing a variety of production styles by sought after local artists, capturing the right mix of party and anti-party beats.

Each musician in the outfit adds their own unique flavour to the project, and the album serves as a showcase of groundbreaking local productions.

Cop the release here for free: http://www.mediafire.com/download/3xefaawhgokuqdj/gravy+001.rar

Peep some of these buttery beats off the tape below:

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SLF TAPES

SEVEN LEGGED FACE, GROCERY STORE, Vatican City

SLF TAPES is an organisation of enigmatic experimental ambient, lo-fi beatmakers. The artists under SLF are unconventional in their productions as well as personalities, as seen by their left-of-centre names. Some SLF dudes include, WARM THIGHS, SENSAI HIMSELF,  and CULP. Their productions are hip-hop influenced in terms of drum patterns, and layered with fat analog synth leads.

Peep some of the SLF TAPES dudes’ productions here:

For more SLF TAPES peep the website here: http://www.slftapes.com

Safe

Africa Beats Vol. 1

Africa Beats is a series of experimental electronic hip-hop beat-tapes, showcasing some productions of artists residing on the continent.

Vol. 1 explores some beatmakers making moves in the electronic scene, such as White Nite and Slabofmisuse. The tape starts off with a cosmic, jazzed out beat by O’ltak, followed by a funky raw, headbanging hip-hop joint from the one they call Slabofmisuse. Next beat is from the dude White Nite, and is a synthed out hip-hop beat complimented by some smooth vocals. Lastly, the closing beat is one from DANk, and is a hip-hop beat with blues-type elements and glitchy sounds of a space age sort.

Peep the tracks here and note that two of the tracks (White Nite’s and DANk’s) are available for free download:

Africa is the future

Featured artist: Bläp Dëli

Healdsburg, United States

Member of  TheSandboxCollective, beatmaker Bläp Dëli produces abstract electronic hip-hop beats categorised as “NSIDM”.

According to the homie, NSIDM involves warped out sounds that are most likely to make the listener feel intoxicated and bizarre. These intoxicating productions come about through vinyl cut sampling, live recordings, remixes and dope beats bounced out of drum pads.

The homie Bläp D’s beats consist of elements of raw hip-hop instrumentals, dreamy soulful synths, and smooth vocal hooks. Another admirable facet of the dude’s productions, are his change-ups. His beats tend to start off fairly modest, easing into things, and at a certain point, the beat escalates about 5 notches towards the future.

Residing in the woods, it appears as though Bläp Dëli gains a lot of his influence from his surroundings, as his productions have an ambient, planetary element as well, whilst still bearing that bass heavy hip-hop. Furthermore, one can appreciate the creativity that goes into the creation of these abstract beats, as each one takes the listener on a different encounter. However, one of the things that makes this dude next level is his selflessness, as the majority of releases (beats and albums) are available for free download or name your price.

Finally, having released a 20-track album at the beginning of this month “Astral Wax Experience”, Bläp D has a few projects in the pipe, such as featuring on a Pragmatic Theory release in the near future.

Grab some of the homie’s releases here, particularly “Muddy Waters” because it’s extra dope: http://blapdeli.bandcamp.com/

Cop “Astral Wax Experience” as a pay what you want download here: http://sandboxcollective.bandcamp.com/album/astral-wax-experience

Some dope Bläp D beats to peep:

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A Sol Mechanic

Los Angeles, United States

A Sol Mechanic is an LA beatmaker that produces variations of experimental electronic hip-hop.

Sol’s productions comprise of a blend between new school and old school hip-hop, to create experimental sounds in the form of triphop, and chillwave. The dude’s beats are melodic and embody the boom bap-type hip-hop beats, and include raw, soulful vocal hooks.

A Sol Mechanic has a boatload of releases on his bandcamp available for download, and a variety of dope hip-hop oriented beats on his soundcloud. Peep some standout beats here:

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