Saturday, 30 November 2013

Music That I've Been Feeling Recently

I've been listening to a heck of lot of music recently, some new and some old. Of all the stuff that I've been listening to, there are three labels in particular that have made me want to write this: 'Dirty Demos', 'Noisy Meditation' and 'Cambrian Line'.

I'm going to start off with an album by Guillaume Gargaud called 'Le Lieu'. It was released on Dirty Demos in June 2008 and is limited to 150 CDRs. I was lucky enough to receive one from Adam Baker who I interviewed for Futurepast zine and runs Dirty Demos. The album is great from start to finish, it is what I would call soundscape music, I'm not sure what else to call it. It's an album that I have listened to regularly while driving to work and back home again. I don't even know what exactly to write about it! It's very enjoyable to listen to and I think it's very accessible too. When I listen to it, it makes me feel like I am sitting deep in a cave somewhere and meditating. It's an immense album. I know it was released in 2008 but it is definitely one of my favourite albums for 2013. Some of the vibe of it reminds me of Massive Attack's 'Mezzanine' and '100th Window' albums - the sounds used are quite meditative, the feel of 'Le Lieu' is very organic and it's an absolute joy to listen to it really is. You can find out more about the album on the Dirty Demos webpage and there are some snippets of the album on there so feel free to check them out.

Next up are the recent releases on a label called 'Noisy Meditation'. It's quite strange actually because the music on this label is anything but noisy! The music released on this label is some of the most blissful music I have heard. The latest release by Noisy Meditation is called 'P.E.A.C.E' by Godfather Sage. P.E.A.C.E = Positive Energy Always Creates Elevation, and this is exactly how I would some up the release and the label in general, it is seriously elevating. 

A few months back my family and I went on a holiday and I loaded up my mp3 player with a load of tunes, and I was really blown away with the releases I had downloaded from Noisy Meditation, it's great journey music and really fitted in well when the sun was rising or when the sun was setting. There are plenty of good releases I would recommend from this label but it would take my ages to write about them, so I am just going to recommend one more:

Finally, I have been checking out a few releases from a label called 'Cambrian Line'. I don't know too much about the label to be honest, but I have really been feeling a few of the releases from their bandcamp page. I'm not even sure how to describe the label either as they have been releasing a wide range of music which I think is a great thing. I have really been feeling the releases on the house and techno side of things. Here's some of my picks (I'm still going through their catalogue though):

Aural Imbalance 'Toadstool'

Tobias Ruffler 'Second Time'

Some seriously magical music here.

Ok, while I've been typing this I decided that I wanted to add just one more :-)

Modern Urban Jazz (MJAZZ) have had a busy 2013, they've released some brilliant music throughout the year and to finish off 2013 they have just released an album called 'Works' and it is pretty damn hot :-) I think it's great they have released this at the end of year as it's a great way to close the year and begin a new one. The album consists of tracks which have been kept in the MJAZZ vaults that have not had a digital release, the tracks celebrate the 18 years that MJAZZ has been operating - that's a long time! If you have any inclination to breakbeats then I urge you to check this release by an innovative label:

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Betamax Heard mix for Futurepast zine

Here's a superb mix from Issue 6 interviewee(s) Betamax Heard :-) The mix was originally done for a CD for some of the backers of the Kickstarter project. And here it is for everyone else to enjoy:

And here's the tracklist:

1. Future intro
2. Loose kicks-Rawtrachs
3. Interlude
4. Oceanic-Rawtrachs
5. Glimtech-Betamax Heard
6. Stings-Betamax Heard
7. 8 Track Earwig- Betamax Heard
8. Field start- Consumer
9. Dogone-Betamax Heard
10. Old ting-Rawtrachs
11. Row-land-Betamax Heard
12. Electric soul- Icons

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Futurepast Zine Issue 6 & Goosensei mix

Here it is :)

Futurepast zine issue 6 contains interviews with Foci's Left, Paddy Tendergrass, Mono_Sono and Betamax Heard. It also contains a 'Tune of the Day' feature by writer Dj Law/Ricky.

As you can see in the picture there is a CD, sticker and badge that goes with the zine. However, the CD is only available to those that backed the project on 'Kickstarter'.

A lot of effort has gone into this zine, it's been a real labour of love. But not just my love, some love was shown by: Goosensei, Helix The Space Cat, Bears Art, and Ricky. So please show some love and check them out :)

Futurepast zine is a free fanzine for music lovers, so if you'd like a copy then please contact me so I can send you a copy (email: futurepastzine at

A few days ago, Futurepast zine contributor, Goosensei put together a podcast for Spectrum blog ( check it out, and read what he had to say about his podcast:

Here's the tracklist:

2562 – Solitary Sheepbell
Burlish – LMcDIAT
Paul Kalkbrenner – Mango (Special Berlin Calling Edit)
Soul Minority – Take Me To The Rhythm (Dirt Crew Remix)
Groove Armada – Superstylin’ (G.A Diskotek Mix)
Owiny Sigoma Band – Nyiduonge Drums
Elmore – Big Booty
Space Oreo – Vindaloo
Rawtrachs – Old Ting
Kode 9 – Dislokated
TRG – Broken Heart (Martyn DCM Remix)
Dubsworth – No More
Cuddlemonster – Back Jah
The Bug – Skeng (feat. Killa P & Flowdan)
Bakir – Deep End
Krytikal – Pulse K
Moskra – Sentry
Kahn – Dread
Krytikal – Reach Out
Goosensei – Glass Mind
Cavalaska – Ancient Symbols
Gantz – Tesseract
Earth Is Flat – 5th Dimension
Elkie & M-Pathy – Hostile

Goosensei – One Roof

Saturday, 24 August 2013

'Positive Congruence' by Foci's Left (aka Muttley)

As some of you may know, Futurepast zine started a Kickstarter project which proved to be successful! £270 was raised (thank you to the people that helped in any way) - the money will be used to get some promotional material (badges and stickers :) ) and also get more copies of the zine printed to help it grow. Issue 6 is looking to be a brilliant read so far. One of the interviewees is 'Foci's Left' who backed the Kickstarter project. 

I've interviewed Foci's Left before and I find his mixes enjoyable, it's like when you watch a film and it takes you away from life just for a short period of time. Since he was being interviewed for the zine I also asked him to put together a mix. 

The mix is entitled 'Positive Congruence' and is just over 20 minutes. I recommend listening to it with your eyes closed and somewhere you will not be disturbed :)

Check his music out at 


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Futurepast Zine Needs Your Help to Grow

The time has come! :)

Futurepast zine Issue 6 Kickstarter project is here:

Please go and check it out. There are some excellent rewards for people that would like to back this project. Futurepast has got 30 days to raise £250, but it would be great to have more. I am really excited by the potential for the zine to get to new people, and have more copies printed.

Utmost respect to all involved, there's been so many ideas and it would not be possible to even conceive the idea without them.

I'm asking for anyone interested to please back this project, send some positive vibes to it, and please share it with people you think will be interested.


Saturday, 29 June 2013

Goosensei Live at SUKI10c Birmingham, UK

Check out this mix from Futurepast contributor and supporter Goosensei. It's a wicked mix of music, a live recording of his set at SUKI10c. More info here:

Futurepast Issue 5 Available Online

This issue contains:

- Interview with Jason oS (a top class jungle/d&b producer that has a lot of interesting things going on)
- Interview with Ryan Hughes (curator of [RHP]CDRs - a CDR label that has been releasing some really interesting stuff)
- Interview with Rawganic (an electronic music label that is pushing some real deep music)
- Article on Vex'd, written by Hollow/Jas
- Illustration by Goosensei/Mat

Futurepast Issue 4 Available to View Online

Futurepast 4 contains interviews with:

- Justice (Modern Urban Jazz), for those that don’t know he’s been releasing loads of excellent music since the rave days and is still making really excellent music, find out what’s happening now and in 2013
- Burlish is a Dj based in the Midlands, he promotes a night called Movement and another night called Heard Not Scene. Both of his nights are pretty unique for the Midlands, something different. There is a movement night coming up on the 23rd December so if anyone is around Birmingham, be sure to check it out
- Deadwood is a music maker I came across through twittering about fanzines and exchanging music, he makes a wide variety of music: folk, noise, field recordings and ‘experimental’ type stuff. His music is really interesting and he’s got a few live shows coming up too

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Futurepast Zine #3 Available Online

You can now check this out online over here:

Futurepast #3 contains:

- Interview with Chloe Harris/Raica from Further Records (, Chloe talks about her latest release on Further Records plus more
- Interview with LXC/Morphy (http:\\, LXC tells us about why him and Morphy started 45seven and their future plans for it
- Interview with Plastic Flowers ( and, I find out who Plastic Flowers are and what they are up to
- A review of a clubnight called 'Movement' - last week I was struggling to sleep and started checking twitter and discovered that Double O was dj'ing there playing Jungle and Detroit Techno. I'd never even heard of this night so had to go and check it out

I'm aiming to make the fanzines available online as soon as the paper copies have all been distributed.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Movement@PST, Birmingham UK

Another brilliant night organised by INWYK mastermind Burlish.

RSD was the highlight of the night, he played a wicked set with a good variety of tunes that kept everyone bubbling away. The system was sounding good too. My highlight was when he played this tune that had the vocal 'jump around because you have the stamina'. It reminded me of the old Jungle tune by Bizzy B and TDK (I think) because it uses the same vocal. That tune smashed it!

The local DJ's (Feva, Flo, Goosensei, Burlish) that played on the night did a wicked job of warming the crowd up, and then keeping them going after RSD.

Bring on the next one :)