Friday, 30 January 2015

Austerity Audio 2015.1

Time caught up with me a bit towards the end of last year and I didn't always get round to posting the Austerity Audio mixtapes / podcasts / whatever you want to call them. But 2015 is here and we're BACK! I hereby promise to post at least one of these a month to keep you supplied with the best in new music.

Anyway, the rules haven't changed, but if you're new to this then here's what we do. I gather together the best in free (legal) downloads and put them all together in on handy mixtape for you. You download said mixtape (by right-clicking on the picture above) and listen to ten of the best new tracks. Then, if there's something you really like, you gather together a few pence / cents and buy a track or two from that artist, so they can afford to keep making lovely music for us. Everybody wins! There's no music snobbery and no specific genres here - if it's good it goes into the mix. Here's the tracklist for this one:

  1. Siskiyou - Deserter
  2. Crash Island - Time To Move On
  3. Sam Duckworth - 1989
  4. Closer - XYMBOL 01
  5. Red Pill - All Of Us (prob. by Apollo Brown)
  6. Joey Bada$$ - Born Day (AquariUS)
  7. Option Command - Burst
  8. Aphex Twin - Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]
  9. Matt Emery - Effervescent
  10. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love - Stop Spinning The Birdcage

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Video of the Day: 'Lie, Cheat, Steal' by Run The Jewels

The official video has just been released for one of the stand-out tracks from the hip-hop album of 2014. Filmed in London during their trip to the capital just before Christmas it makes them look at home in a murky car park. Run The Jewels are definitely an act that get better if you see them perform, as their personalities really come across if you can see the whites of their eyes (or the dark of their sunglasses). Enjoy!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Remix of the Day: 'Nasty (Zinc Remix)' by The Prodigy

I must admit to being rather nonplussed when I first heard the new Prodigy single. Sure, everyone wants The Prodigy to sound like The Prodigy, but it was just a bit too formulaic and out-of-date for my liking. This new version by Zinc though knocks off some of the old-fashioned edges, but still retains a classic feel. I can definitely see this goind down well in the rowdy clubs. Have a listen below.

Recommended music: 'B4.DA.$$' by Joey Bada$$

B4.DA.$$ [Explicit] [+digital booklet]

I've been singing the praises of Joey Bada$$ since back in 2012 when the '1999' mixtape first appeared. That was followed by two more, first 'Rejex' and then 'Summer Knights', which both served notice of a major talent on the way. So here we are in 2015, and 'B4.DA.$$' doesn't disappoint at all. Sure to feature as one of the best hip-hop albums of the year, it mixes the music and style of old-skool hip-hip with the swagger and commercial sensibilities of the best of today's rap acts. He shows that he can switch from the likes of 'Paper Trail$' to the pop smash of 'Teach Me', which features Kiesza and shows that big-time collaborations can be done with style and panache without having to pander to the lowest common denominator r'n'b clichés. I particularly like 'On & On' which features UK singer-songwriter Maverick Sabre, but really you'd be hard-pressed to find a track you couldn't like on this album.

As a bonus you can download a free track below called 'Born Day (AquariUS)' that Joey gave away on the day the album came out.

I expect Joey to pretty much be on a worldwide tour for the rest of 2015, this album is so good it's going to smash open the doors for him. You can stream some of the album below, but really you should be spending some of your hard-earned bucks on this. It's the first essential purchase of the year.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Track of the Day: 'Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]' by Aphex Twin

Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments pt2 EP

This is an alternative mix of the first tracl on the new Aphex Twin 'Computer Controlled Instruments pt 2' EP. Whilst I take pretty much everything Richard D James says with a pinch of salt, if you believe the blurb around the new release then he's apparently constructed a series of mechanical instruments which he controls via his computer. Whether this is true or not, I think I prefer this track to most of what was on last year's 'Syro' album, so I guess I'd better get hold of the EP and see what the rest of it's like.

Anyway, this mix of the track is available as a free download so grab it below and see what you make of it.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

EP of the Day: 'Learning To Punch' (EP)' by Red Pill

Learning To Punch (EP) cover art

Mello Music Group's latest signing hits us with this 3-track EP to celebrate his multi-album deal. The EP starts with 'Smile' produced by Oddisee, which is pretty much a stone-cold guarantee of quality (or, as Red Pill puts it "If it's Oddisee on the beat then you know it's a fuckin' classic"). So Oddisee does his stuff while Red Pill does one of those 'story of my life' raps.

Next up is 'All Of Us', produced by Apollo Brown. It's a pretty solid response to the recent spate of (police-led) violence in the US, calling for unity amongst communities to wrk through the problems. Finally 'One Day', produced by Duke Westlake, is a tale of believing in yourself in the hope that one day you can break through and make it.

It's all good quality hip-hop that bodes well for his future solo career. Stream the EP & download it for free below.

Recommended music: 'CVE Live 2011' by Caribou Vibration Ensemble

CVE Live 2011

This stunning three track EP, recorded at live shows at the end of 2011, is a perfect document of the live beast that is the Caribou Vibration Ensemble. Expanded out from usual Caribou live four piece, the band also featured Kieran Hebden (Four Tet), James Holden, Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and a brass quartet . The throbbing monster that's created by putting all of these talents on one stage is a sight behold, but now you can experience it even if you weren't lucky enough to be there. The two tracks recorded in Belgium, 'Bowls' and 'Sun', take the blueprints from 'Swim' and then supersize the tracks to another dimension. Meanwhile 'Ahmed, Colin, James, Kieran, Kyle, Rob and Steve' (from the London show that I went to) features the Vibration Ensemble minus Caribou in an improvised piece which turns into a full-frontal saxophone wig-out.

The release is dedicated to the memory of Caribou's former sound engineer Julia Brightly, with all proceeds going to

You can buy the vinyl at the Bleep store here or stream and buy the downloads at Bandcamp below. Also you can watch my video of 'Sun' from the Scala show.