100wxxds presents: W33DW∆V3

Sweden

Enigmatic Swede beatmaker 100wxxds drops 4 tracks described as ‘weedwave’, and explains a bit about the dude behind the PC, the name 100wxxds, and weedwave as a genre.

100wxxds says:

Bio: I’m a 24 year old weirdo that makes ‘weedwave’ music. I currently reside in Sweden.

Name: Ok, so I’m from Sweden right?  And in Sweden we’ve got tons of woods, so I thought, what better way to represent where I’m from than to add the woods (wxxds) part to my name. The x instead of o makes it just look doper I guess. Haha!

Influences: Right now I’m really into electronic music, folk music, and alternative rap. My influences range from all kinds of shit, Bon Iver to XXYYXX, I just love music and finding new music, and a lot of weird shit inspires me as well.

Weedwave: The term ‘weedwave’ came to mind, cause people kept saying my music sounds something you would do drugs to, like it would trigger the brain to want to do a massive amount of drugs, especially weed for some reason. I can see where they were coming from by saying that, personally it’s just me trying to make something unique and fresh.

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Peep the weedwave vibes that have dropped thus far here:

Werrrrrd

JONGPADAWAN x I Kicked A Cloud Once: Dualism

As the EP title suggests, the dudes IKACO and JPW have formed a collab, blending their different, new wave production styles to create art. Released on Greased Up Records, “Dualism” is a 3-track hybrid EP that can only be characterised as ‘future’. Lo-fi, wonky and modular synth work over hip-hop influenced percussions and dreamscape sounds are delivered succinctly with each beat. Word, so similarly to the fellas’ names, expect to drift off, kicking clouds with jedi masters when listening to this next-type release.

Listen to the release here whilst you peep the Q&A, then cop it as ‘a name your price’ (0 included) download on the record label’s bandcamp:

 

So, Planetary went and set up an interview with the beatmakers to find out a little more about the dudes’ behind the computer screens, here’s what went down:

Planetary Beats: Right off the bat, you two dudes have some pretty interesting names. What went down in your respective name generation processes, and what meanings have you ascribed to your names?

 IKACO: I watched that disney show TaleSpin a lot as a child, and this guy Kit Cloudkicker has a cool name right? So I just played around with the words a little, and I came up with my name, which is too damn long! I can’t even type in my full artist name on twitter!

JPW: I have always been a fan of the Star Wars-movies and when I re-watched the movies a couple of years ago I heard the word “padawan”. To explain it, a padawan is a jedi-apprentice. At the time, the name suited me perfect, since I was a new beatmaker and I was still trying to find my own sound.

 

Planetary Beats: Both new artists on the electronic beat-scene with different production styles, what did each of you learn during the compilation of this collab release?

IKACO: I learned a lot of stuff from JPW. His take on producing is pretty cool, and he works in Ableton Live, and I’m on Cubase – so naturally, we have different approaches and techniques. This is my first collab actually, and it worked out extremely well. We had a pretty dope workflow overall! JPW’s use of clicky percussion sounds has inspired me a lot, and that has already influenced some of my newer tracks.

JPW: I learned the basics of another DAW and the basics of other instruments than the ones I’m using myself in my solo-stuff. Also, it’s just really inspiring to see how IKACO makes his music.

 

Planetary Beats: Who and what were you main influences for each of you during this collab project?

IKACO: My main influence must have been JONGPADAWAN’s music, since I wanted to incorporate his style into the project (naturally). I was already inspired by it to begin with. Besides that, we were frequently checking out tracks from some of the dope Project Mooncircle artists, just to get some extra inspiration.

JPW: For me it was listening to IKACO’s music, in order to give me some inspiration to the whole process and also to find out how we could combine our different styles into something great.

 

Planetary Beats: What would you guys say are the main challenges you face as new artists on the scene?

IKACO: Probably getting the hype your music deserves. So many unheard talents out there, and that’s a shame – but that’s also the game of course! You try to get people to post your things on blogs and stuff like that, but at the same time, you don’t want to come off as too eager. The best thing is when people randomly discover your music, and starts posting it, simply because they enjoy it.

JPW: Getting people to know that you exist. You have to be different from all the other beatmakers in order to get noticed. Of cause another challenge is to find your own unique sound.

 

Planetary Beats: If you were to liken this release to a cartoon character, which would it be and why?

IKACO: I would probably choose ‘Silver Fang’. Simply because he’s one of my favourites.

JPW: Good question…. Maybe I would choose Dwight from Frank Miller’s “Sin City”, since he’s this mysterious character, whose appearance changes quite a bit throughout the story.

 

Planetary Beats: Besides making beats, what other things do you dudes enjoy doing in your free time?

IKACO: I’m doing a lot of amateur photographing, and a little bit of film making, when I’m not producing music. Most of my time is currently occupied by producing though, as I’m working pretty hard on my forthcoming EP. Also, I’m participating whenever there’s a cool gig around.

JPW: Spending time with friends and family. I also like to spend time outside, preferably in a beautiful green area near my home, to gather my thoughts and get some inspiration.

 

Planetary Beats: Last off, who has the cooler studio space, and what makes it cooler?

IKACO: Aww man, this question hurts me, haha! I’m on two cheap ass hi-fi speakers, and no monitors at the moment. Working it out though… It’s just a matter of habituating with what you’ve got I guess. Other than that I own a few controllers to spice things up, but I’m doing almost everything on the computer itself. I know for a fact that JONGPADAWAN was using his kitchen as studio sometimes, during his time in Berlin, haha. I think I can top that one. Hopefully, he has settled with something better now that he’s returned to Denmark. But mark my words; it’s the man, not the machine!

JPW: In Berlin where we made the EP, IKACO definitely has the cooler studio with speakers, sub, a keyboard and a decent soundcard. My setup was in my small kitchen and I had to use headphones because of a music-hating neighbour, which is why we used IKACO’s studio.

123Mrk – Weird

Squelch and Clap artist 123Mrk, throws down a spaced out Saturday night UK/Future Garage jam called “Weird”.

Track 2 off the dude’s Refined Madness EP (2012), Weird, boasts sweet shuffling swing drum kicks, captivating synth leads, laced with weird, chopped up vocals. The 123Mrk beatmanship style is consistent and involves off-beat, yet melodic groove patterns from warm synth sounds, a fat sub-bass, complimented by glitchy vocal hooks supporting the left-centre beat.

Refined Madness can be copped here: http://boomkat.com/downloads/490781-123mrk-refined-madness

Start your Saturday night off right by peeping the track here:

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Africa Beats Vol. 2

The second installment of Africa Beats features well-regarded as well as up-and-coming producers in the Cape Town and Johannesburg electronic beatscene.

Established Jozi producer Liver opens the beattape up with an electronic swing jazz remix of a Mix n’ Blend x Fletcher track, followed by another remix from the new Cape Town dude on the scene who goes by the name of Remember Not To Forget. The remix is his experimental chillwave take on a Little Dragon track. Next beat is a synthed out psychedelic dream-hop beat from the duo Christian Tiger School. Lastly, the beattape ends off with a dubstep rap track from Sibot featuring Cerebral Vortex.

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Modular Tapes Vol. 1

Modular Tapes is a series of beat-tapes reflecting unconventional electronic productions from artists across the globe, who create weird and distorted 8-bit, wonky, space age sounds.

In this feature, the beatmakers hail from the United States, London and Belgium. xxyyxx starts Vol. 1 off right with an upbeat, experimental electronic track layered with some lady vocals, followed by a future bass track from the enigmatic Lesotho Protokol. Next up on the tape is a grimy, fat analog beat from NastyNasty, and lastly, finished off right with an even fatter beat from the dude Pomrad.

Peep the tracks here,  note that the NastyNasty track and the Pomrad track are available for free download:

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Spies On Bikes

Tampa, United States

Visual artist and actor Nathan Cochran, produces experimental folk, electronica and hip-hop under the alias, Spies On Bikes.

The Spies On Bikes project has been running just over 2 years now, and the dude has gone from creating hip-hop beats, to future garage, to electronica, to ‘folktronica’; his current style of beatmanship. Characterised by warm old school synths, hip-hop drum patterns, and folk vocals, Spies On Bikes productions make for laid back Sunday afternoon listening. The lo-fi nature of the beats allow the listener to unwind, and straight max and relax.

Dude’s latest release and debut album “Man Overboard” (2012), is an ambient, atmospheric, folktronica album with elements of hip-hop and future garage. Some personal favourite tracks off the release include, “Warm”, “Long Walks And Recorded Talks”, and “Love Like Hours”.

Cop the album here on the dude’s bandcamp: http://spiesonbikes.com/

Some Spies On Bikes tracks to peep:

Safe Sunday

B-Ju

Germany

Squelch & Clap (UK) artist, B-Ju, produces experimental electronica bass, and hip-hop tracks on a future tip.

B-Ju’s latest release, “Eclectic Zoo” (2012) is an experimental bass EP that features elements of UK/future garage, and electronica. Each of the tracks on the release have chopped and screwed vocals, supporting the left-of-centre, spaced out beats. In addition, the release features elements of cosmic jazz, in terms of the melody of certain instruments. The lush 80s synth pads, a prevalent element of the homie’s production, are smooth in texture and make for an enjoyable sound.

On the electronic hip-hop side, B-Ju released “Prozac People” also in 2012, still in line with the B-Ju style of lush synth and chopped vocals, however, the drum kicks being more ‘hip-hop’ in this release. Although the dude has been quiet of late, the current tracks on his soundcloud, as well as his current releases are straight up timeless.

Cop Eclectic Zoo here: http://www.beatport.com/release/eclectic-zoo/935501

Cop Prozac People here: http://www.beatport.com/release/prozac-people/858879

Some dope B-Ju tracks to peep:

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DESERT_HEΔD

Cape Town, South Africa

Desert Head, stylised as DESERT_HEΔD, is an experimental hip-hop producer residing in the MOM City.

Exactly 1/2 of Christian Tiger School, a psychedelic dream hop duo from Cape Town, homie Desert Head has created some trap, electronica, and raw hip-hop remixes, as well as boom bap beatstrumentals under his solo project.

In addition to his beatmaking en-devours, the dude has recently been involved in the creation of a monthly hip-hop event in Cape Town called “Button Bashers”, and is held in the Assembly Annex.

Regarding his productions, the Desert Head style involves thick drum kicks, and raw samples, significant of the 90s hip-hop era. Although the dude’s solo project has only been running for about a year now, he has performed a number dj sets, as well as live sets around the Cape Town city bowl, bringing that raw experimental hip-hop and electronica.

Button Bashers: http://www.facebook.com/buttonbashersZA?fref=ts

Some dope free DESERT_HEΔD tracks to cop:

Free mix:

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Insightful

Oakland CA, United States

Insightful is a Callie-based beatmaker that produces experimental electronic hip-hop tracks.

Synthed out, and packed with heavy sub-bass, Insightful’s fat beats are versatile as they make for headbobbing listening, and are club bangers in their own right. The dude has released a few albums on his bandcamp page, that range from experimental hip-hop to slowed up electronica. More often that not, his beats include tripped out vocal hooks that compliment the sub-bass and space age sounding instruments.

In terms of his releases, some standout ones are:

Fondle Package (2013), an electronic hip-hop remix release

The Shy Lanterns Glow (2012), an experimental hip-hop album

Both albums are available as pay as you want downloads on the homie’s bandcamp page: http://insightful.bandcamp.com/

Latest Insightful track:

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Featured artist: Lapalux

Britain, UK

BRAINFEEDER artist Lapalux, produces future experimental electronica beats.

Difficult to categorise because of their unorthodox and unique sound, Lapalux productions always seem to captivate the listener, and for that reason, are regarded as planetarybeats.

The dude’s beats are often slowed up, backed by smooth, lady-vocals and layered with complex grinding synth sounds, whilst still managing to sound musical. The distorted drum patterns and other captivating instrument sounds, with the occasional laser, are all symbolic of the Lapalux beatmanship. The dude’s creativity only adds to the listening pleasure of each track, by telling a different story. The melodic, sample-based Lapalux beats are truly encapsulating and possibly an idea of what the future will sound like.

Homie has recently released an album “Nostalchic” (2013), with incredible tracks such as “Without You (feat. Kerry Leatham)”, which features a music video that is just as, if not more creative, than the track itself. Dude has released a future garage album “When You’re Gone” (2012), which is still significant of the Lapalux style of production, differing from traditional UK future garage.

Cop Nostalchic here:

http://ninjatune.net/release/lapalux/nostalchic

Cop When You’re Gone here:

http://ninjatune.net/release/lapalux/when-youre-gone

“Without You” official music video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkWWJ9W5300

Some dope Lapalux tracks to peep:

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