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10th May 2017
DJ Pugwash Traxsource Chart
DJ Pugwash selects his favourite tracks of the moment for May.
14th June 2016
Thru Jazz To Mars
Every now and again a release crosses your paththat makes you stop for a second and truly appreciate the talents that are within the music industry. Produced by “two Russian Hip Hop beatmakers” this is an EP with a difference.
Ladies & Gentleman Boorane have finally landed with their new release “Thru Jazz To Mars EP”.
Made using what might be considered “Old Skool” methods using Akai MPC 3000 & E-Mu SP – 1200 these two producers have pieced together an EP inspired by the Soviet Space Program. Heavily Swung beats, sophiticated techno with obscure Soviet samples , excerpts from long forgotten scientific and documentary movies with chopped drum breaks and a nod to the more progressive this pack has a track for every scenario. Deep and moody to Jazzy and dancefloor friendly.
Already featured heavily in the last few Soulcasts this package is going to see some heavy rotation from DJ’s worldwide, especially when it see’s its release on June 27th. Released on the In-Beat-Ween Music imprint and featureing the track “Find The Way” with Label owner Lay-Far the “Thru Jazz To Mars EP” will be available from http://www.juno.co.uk/products/boorane-thru-jazz-to-mars-ep/612553-01/
6th October 2015
Miloe Vocal Booth DJ Set
After the crazy fun in the sun for 5 days at this years Vocal Booth Weekender back in September the recordings of the dj sets are finally seeing the light of day thanks to Andy Wards unquestionable dedication to sharing the great performances by the VB residents & special guest DJ’s.
Miloe stepped up at 4pm on the friday afternoon poolside after Mikey Ward to bring a very special selection to ease the crowd into the vibe with the sun beaming down & 4 hrs into the weekender drinks, smiles & positive vibes flowing he provided a selection covering all bases with nods to Soul, Funk, Jazz, Disco, House & Deep House featuring music from artists & producers & labels such as Fouk, Fifty Fathoms Deep, Jazztronik, Mukatsuku, Monday Michiru, Yukihiro Fukitomi, Lay-Far, Aroop Roy, AtJazz Record Company, St Germain, Shur-I-Kan, Freerange Records, Truby Trio, Nicola Conte, Basic Fingers Records, Yoruba Records, Osunlade, Omar, Youngblood Brass Band, Tru Thoughts & many more . The response on the day and over the weekend was amazing and has since continued since his return from Spain with countless compliments from Vocal Booth family members & others whom have since enjoyed the podcast.
It seems only right to share the good good with the Downtown Family around the world with the set which if you choose to download for prosperity it can be found >>HERE<<
If on the other hand you can’t wait to download the set & want to get straight into the music then just press play below.
28th July 2015
Bring That Vibe
We are proud to announce the release of “Bring That Vibe” from Andy Ward & Sofia Rubina. The release comes via Tony Humphries record label Tony Records. The release is an all round Vocal Booth Family affair featuring remixes from Andy himself, SoulFunktion, Ricky Inch, Blackwax & our very own Miloe & The Brother-C under their SoulTwins production guis alongside a remix from Kenny Summit & Tom Gianelli. The track is without a doubt a summer sizzler to warm any dance floor up with each remix adding its own flavour to the package.
Be sure to support the release & of course we are biased when we say support the SoulTwins remix to help it get in the charts.
Buy it HERE
Support & BUY the SoulTwins remix HERE
17th June 2015
Prism Of Light
Its been sometime since we shouted from the roof tops about a release here on the site & with the inbox hotting up more & more since the start of the year it only makes sense to let you lovely people in on some of the good vibes hitting the shelves in the coming weeks, months.
So, this leads us to the new LP/Album from Katie Leone on Splash Music Productions titles “Prism Of Light” which gets released 10th July, 2015.
Katie Leone is an experienced gigging musician, Katie has worked with artists across the Soul/Funk/Jazz scene including; Jocelyn Brown, Chaka Khan, Leon Ware, Roy Ayers, Reel People (featuring Tony Momrelle), Imaani, & Omar. ‘Prism Of Light’ – her debut album has been a long time coming, the first tracks to be written – “Perfect Love” (a romantic ballad), the homage to summer in London that is “Yellow Flower”’ & the album title track and positive anthem “Prism of Light”. “If I’m Human” (an ambient piano ballad), the beautiful “My Song”, “Camel Ride”, the Rufus & Chaka Khan-inspired “Let Down Ya Hair”, catchy funky house tune “Stronger”, the ‘Grace Jones-esque’ 80’s vibe “The Grind” and epic house tune “Hold On!” Katie Leone’s ‘Prism of Light’ – an album that combines the flavours of disco, funk, neo soul, house and rare groove.
We’ll be supporting this release in the lead up to its official release. Be sure to have your pennies saved up for July when it hits the shelves.
25th October 2014
Following on from the recent news that SoulTwins will be appearing behind the decks in Birmingham, UK next saturday night1st November we are pleased to bring the good news that their remix of Soulfunktion Ft Fama – Tease me is finally released & available on Traxsource.
Bringing a true Broken beat mix to the package its fair to say that their production talents are growing from strength to strength already recieving support & regular play from various dj’s on www.pressureradio.com
Listen for yourself here before going to Traxsource to grab your very own copy.
11th October 2014
Our good friends at Uber in Birmingham certainly know how to put a party on. Not only do they have exceptionally good taste in music they also do so with DJ’s, having brought the likes of MadMats, Max Graef, Karizma, Atjazz, Detroit Swindle, Craig Smith, the Vocal Booth Reunion and many more to their events.
Often recording the live sets and bringing mixes to their podcast from the residents & friends alike it is with great pleasure that we announce Miloe has been asked to supply the guys with an Ubercast & in true “Miloe” fashion felt duty bound to offer up something special for the guys. With 90 mins featuring a playlist of 25 tracks, yes you heard right 25. This beast of a mix has been put together with a lot of care, love & attention to detail. Covering everything from Soulful House to Deep House, Broken Beats to Bassline there truly is something for everyone. That leaves nothing more than for you to go over to their website & grab a copy for your mp3 player/ipod & get it turned up loud to throw down some shapes as it was meant for.
Here’s the link
Directly download the mix HERE
1st October 2014
SoulTwins VocalBooth Set
Yes thats right, this years recording of TheBrother-C & Miloe’s dj set Live at Vocal Booth Weekender 2014 is now Live & available online to download for FREE. A Poolside set recorded early evening over the official weekender as residents the mix features a very good broad range of music to keep you entertained. Go grab your copy now from the official Vocal Booth Weekender podcast site as well as being able to check out many of the other AMAZING Dj’s/Artists that featured over the weekend.
or alternatively if you just want to download it quickly for your mp3 player/ipod then download it HERE
10th June 2014
GOING DOWNTOWN WITH…Jonny Miller…
Every now & again there is an artist that we feel we’d like to ask a few questions , have a general chat & give a little exposure to. Previously we chatted to Jaidene Veda. With an EP being released this week on AtJazz Recording Company with fellow artist Lay-Far it felt right to have a chat to UK DJ & Producer “Jonny Miller” . Here’s how the conversation went…
1) Hi Jonny, thanks for taking the time out for a quick chat. Firstly congratulations on the new EP with Alexander Lay-Far coming out next week on Atjazz Record Company. How did you & Alexander come about working together & how did you find it? I mean Lay-Far is certainly putting some great material together at the moment!!
I’ve known Alex for years as it goes, we’ve been internet buddies since the mid 00’s thanks to our shared love of the broken beat sound and whole West London scene.
We finally met properly last summer at SunceBeat in Croatia, realised we both used Ableton Live and agreed to start doing some tunes together. We must have ping-ponged ‘Going Home’ and ‘Changes’ back and forth maybe five times, just adding, taking away and morphing them bit by bit into the finished cuts that came out on the Atjazz label. Lay-Far is very cool guy and a very talented producer and DJ, we both kinda have own individual sound and vibe but they came together really well on the tunes. We’re both really made up with how the whole thing turned out.
2) A few weeks have passed& hopefully you’ve recovered from the madness & excess of one of the UK’s longest running weekenders. How was the legendary Southport Weekender 50 for you?
Amazing as ever! This was my third year playing down there in the Dome, each year they ask me to do it i’m thankful and I feel very lucky to be part of such an institution. Myself and Gavin Kendrick also do the official SPW Radio Show on Mi-Soul every month – we were live from the weekender on the Saturday which was good fun, its always real nice to catch up with friends and DJ peers there each year. I got more sleep this though year too.
3) You’ve been in this music game for (cough cough) sometime now. Do you see much change to the way things are, do you feel that things have changed? If so do you feel its for the better or worse?
Sure, the business end has totally changed since the early 90s, when I started out. Back then you gathered a bunch of records together, worked out what bits you wanted to sample and then you went and hired out a studio for the day, thats back in the old rave days, haha…. I guess also it’s much harder to break through and make a name for yourself as music maker in any scene now, simply because the means of production and distribution of music, are freely available to all. But… I still think that if you’re doing something genuinely special, you’ll rise and people will notice you. Sadly though, that doesn’t necessarily equate to making much money these days.
4)Logic, Cubase, Ableton or Something Else? There are many Bedroom producers today than ever before & I’m sure many would be interested alongside myself to know what Software/DAW/Plugins or outboard equipment you use & why? Any favourites?
As I mentioned before, I use Ableton Live day to day which is great for getting really creative with audio and samples and importantly, getting an idea down fast. It’s part of what makes my sound, my sound I suppose. I don’t really ‘play’ keys so to speak, so I have to be more creative with ‘existing’ music, find a way to use it in a new light and twist it so its really mine. My roots in early 90s rave/jungle really help shaped that – guys like 4hero and people like Goldie (who I have the pleasure of actually working for these days) really inspired me. Dilla and Madlib are a more contemporary examples if you will. I should say, I teach Ableton Live professionally so if anyone wants to learn how to use it privately, just hit me up.
5) You’ve recently had a stream of material released on numerous labels such as Soul candi, Sonarpilot & DM Records alongside some amazing Live dates including a South Africa Tour if I’m not mistaken. Any highlights & whats in store that we can expect in the near future from you?
Yeah, the first half of 2014 have been mad busy for me and its been great. The ‘Lost It All’ release on Tribe Records blew up way more than I was expecting and the pre-release interest in the single on Atjazz’s label has also been huge.
I have loads of remixes coming out throughout the year alongside some other, new productions – I’ve kinda been “… and Jonny Miller” a lot recently but there is stuff in the can and coming out this year that is just me, or me producing a singer.
I’ll be back in South Africa in October, their springtime, its a great time of year to visit and i’ll be doing some tour dates with one of my best friends, D-Malice, who I have an EP with lined up for release on DM Recordings. It’ll be his first time in SA but for me it’s home from home – this will be my seventh trip. It’s a very special place for me, South Africa. I’ve never been anywhere else in the world where (good) house music is woven so tightly into so many peoples everyday lives. Its really inspiring there.
The “Going Home EP” from Lay-Far & Jonny Miller is released 13th June on AtJazz Record Company available from all good Digital outlets. Be sure to check the Soulcast over up & coming weeks to hear it.
Alternatively pick the EP up on promo digitally by clicking the sleeve art below
29th November 2013
So Many Ways
Every now & again there is an album released by an artist that not only takes you by surprise but makes you think OH MY DAYS!!!!
It was nearly the same time last year when Positive Flow released his “Flow Lines” Album on Tokyo Dawn Records doing just that, you know that moment when you drop the needle & immediately acknowledge true TALENT. Well , just under twelve months on & a little late out of the starting blocks admittedly that moment comes around again with full vigour. This time the artist is a guy that has been on our radar for a while hailing from Moscow, Russia with a discography already boasting some AMAZING releases spanning Broken Beat & the various House genres. This gentleman is Alexander Leyfa more commonly known as Lay-Far. The album in question is So Many Ways released on Glenview Records.
Featuring contributing artists including Yannah Valdevit from the Tru Thoughts camp, Pete Simpson, Dan Butler AKA Dragon, Souled & friend Mr Peter Oakden of Fifty Fathoms Deep Records from Scotland a label on which Lay-Far recently released his Green EP, this long player simply delivers from every angle both with talent, musical content & the ability to raise the goosebumps on your arms when listened to on a respectable sound system.
Still buzzing from taking the time out to listen to the album in its entirety all eleven tracks seem to work as a journey. With no track standing above the other this is without a doubt a collection of music that I will be returning time & time again to this album both for musical fix, inspiration & true escapism.
For those of you unaware of this Gem amongst the mass fog of music available in todays markets here’s a chance to listen yourself to Lay-Far’s talents as well as a link to purchase your very own copy, oh and the cover art to boot too.
In Summary…You NEED this album in your life & be sure to watch for Lay-Far on the shelves of record shops & digital outlets worldwide.