Monday, 22 September 2014

Alexander Nut interview plus more...

Here's the interview of Alexander Nut that was part of Futurepast Zine #8. Remember, he's coming over to play at 'Futurepast Zine presents' @Club PST in Digbeth Saturday 27th 2014.






Also, here's a pic from our in store takeover at PROVIDE in Digbeth. Respect to Matt Nation for letting us do our thing playing some great music!



Peace…...

Monday, 15 September 2014

Futurepast Zine meets PROVIDE on the 20th September 2014


Futurepast Zine meets PROVIDE on the 20th September 2014.

Wahey! Some of the Futurepast Zine/INWYK DJs are going to be spinning a few tunes over at PROVIDE in Digbeth (www.provideshop.com). It's a bit of a warm up to when we have the man like Alexander Nut come and play at Club PST. We're all really excited and can't wait!

So come on over, check the vibe, hear some sweet music, see what the store has to offer - there's a few books I would love to recommend - oh and pick up the latest copy of Futurepast Zine too :)

See you there!

Enjoy our new podcasts while you wait….

Futurepast Zine September 2014 Part 1:



Futurepast Zine September 2014 Part 2:




Saturday, 6 September 2014

6th September - It's been a looooong time!

Lot's has been going on with Futurepast Zine in the past few months hence the lack of blog posts. I've been writing stuff on scraps of paper so that I can blog it, but then I've ended up losing them - anyway, enough excuses!

Hear Me

'Hear Me' is something I've wanted to do for a while. I'm not sure if you've ever been in a library or a cafe and seen a book lying around - you pick it up and basically it's free for you to take. Once you've read it, you pass it on to someone else. I liked the idea of that and wanted to apply it to music, so I approached a few Record Labels that I'm a fan of to see if they wanted to take part - luckily a few of them did :)


I've left a few around in some random places, and also sent a couple out. The only response I've had so far is here, so if there is anyone out there that has these cd's - remember to pass them on!

Zine Hacking

I'm not sure if this is something that's done before or not, but it's something I've wanted to do for a long time. "What is 'zine hacking'?" You might be thinking. I interpret zine hacking as taking a magazine and turning it ('hacking') into something else - you might want to write over it, scribble on it, etc…. I see it as an opportunity to share thoughts and opinions that are prompted by reading that particular magazine. A part of me feels a little bit bad for doing because I sure as hell would not want anyone to do that to any copies of Futurepast Zine, but it's fun so what the heck :-)

Anyway, here's a few pictures of some of the ones I've done:




And here's another:



Half of these magazine are full of s**t anyway, so why not! Certain things really irritate me, to put it politely, and you can probably tell what that is from looking at the images above.

Futurepast Zine Issues 7 & 8

It has been a long time since a zine had been put together - October 2013 was when Issue 6 was created! However, I had been busy with the 'Light of Day' project earlier this year, and things happen for a reason! Anyway, here's what Issue 7 looks like:


The image on the issue 7 front cover was completed by regular zine contributor Goosensei (who's work was featured in a Birmingham Mail article!)

This zine features interviews/articles with Falty DL, DJ Trax, and Night Tracks. Also, features an article written by Matt Caulder who runs HandsomeZacks Recs.

As some of you may know, a few of us 'Futurepast Zine'/'INWYK' peeps thought we would put on a night and invite Alexander Nut of Rinse FM and EGLO fame to come and play some records for us. So we thought this would be a good excuse to do a zine to help promote the night. Here's issue 8:



You might be able to see that Issue 8 has got a slightly different format - it's an A3 sheet that's folded down to approximately A6, the zine opens up as you read it. This zine features an interview with Alexander Nut, and another article from Matt Caulder of HandsomeZacks Recs.

Futurepast Zine present Alexander Nut - 27th Sept 2014

So as I mentioned earlier, Alexander Nut will be spinning some good old vinyl at Club PST in Digbeth, Birmingham. If you're free that evening then please come and check it out. Support is provided by the INWYK DJs, you can hear what they are about in these podcasts:






And here's a flyer for the night created by Bears Art:


City of Colours

This is an event that took place today. I took my family along with me to spend the day there, and it was absolutely brilliant - it was great to meet a few familiar faces (and meet some people I'm friends with on Facebook but I've never actually met or communicated with them before :) ). The City of Colours festival took place in Digbeth (Birmingham, UK), the weather was great and there was plenty of great music, art, food & drink! I'm looking forward to the next one already!

One of the main attractions is the live street art. I was also really keen to go and check out the Listening Sessions LIVE session that took place around the pool in the centre of the Custard Factory. We didn't manage to catch all the DJs that played but I've got to mention Onira who played some great music which I was really feeling and enjoyed it a lot. Later at home, I read on Facebook that Wooda played and people started jumping around in the pool :)

Listening Sessions put on a night every first Thursday of the month at Club PST, even if you're not into making music it's great to just go and check out what people are making and what they are up to. I've met a lot of good people down there and I recommend checking it out - it's a community vibe and PST serve up some tasty food too.

I wanted to mention a few purchases I made during the festival. First up is this print by artist Imbue (purchased from Provide):


It's a screen print that's housed in a metal tin. The lid has got the following marking:


I don't know much about Imbue but for some reason I 'follow' Imbue on Facebook and he posted something about sending free stickers to the first few people that messaged him, I was one of the lucky few :)


Next up I went to the indoor market area where there were plenty of stalls to check out. I purchased this from Goblin Art:


There were plenty of items on the Goblin Art stall that I would love to have bought but I settled for this :)

I also purchased this T-shirt created by the one and only Goosensei:


The final item I bought was an illustration made by Moises Furtado of my 2 living 'zinettas':


Goodbye

And so that's it for now. Remember the following date for your diary: 27th September 2014 - Futurepast Zine presents Alexander Nut at Club PST in Digbeth. It would be great to see a load of music freaks being blessed by some great music! We all be going 'in' on our selections.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Light of Day

It's finally here! For those that don't know about this Futurepast Zine project, check out this video:


It's available to buy at Norman Records, Provide and on Bandcamp:


This project started around autumn 2013. But the seed of this project was planted a few years ago. I'm a fan of an artist called 'Abdul Haqq' - he had created some stunning visuals for some of my favourite record labels (for instance: 'Underground Resistance'). He released a compilation called 'The Technanomicron' around 2008. It was a great experience to listen to the music and read the booklet that came with it - the CD was housed in a DVD case which looked really cool, and quite different from the standard CD cases. The album reminded me of buying records which had great artwork with them. I knew that one day I wanted to put something together like that.

In 2012 I went to a club night in Birmingham (UK) called 'Movement' at a place called PST. The music was breathtaking. I don't really go out much because I am sick of hearing the same old dj's/acts, but the night was different and pretty special - since then I've been to every single one. I mention 'Movement' because I met most of the artists that feature on 'The Light of Day' CD at this club. Some of them would send me tunes they had made and I would listen to their Soundcloud pages. Last year I burnt a load of their tracks to CD to listen to in my car. The music sounded awesome, I mean it was ridiculously good and it made me want to do something. I spent ages racking my brain dreaming about various things to do. The thing though, is that it's really difficult these days for music to be of interest to anyone because there is so much of it out there. I began thinking of my own record collection and what stood out was that some of my favourite things were based on a concept. There is a record label called 'Axis Records' (which is run by Jeff Mills - a Techno dj), and the music on that label is really interesting because it almost always ties in with some kind of concept - there is a sister label called 'Mission 6277' and I remember that when it was first being set up, Jeff Mills came up with a brief for demo submissions. So I decided that I would come up with my own brief and ask some of the artists (sonic and visual) that I had met at 'Movement' and also at another night in Birmingham called 'Listening Sessions' to take part, to tie it all together I knew there had to be a strong visual element to it which is why I asked 'Bears Art' to take part as she had created a great front page for Futurepast Zine issue 6.

Anyway, I think the CD is great and I hope that you enjoy it. The whole project came together very naturally and it was a lot of fun to do. The CD is housed in a white DVD case and comes with a 20 page zine containing short interviews on all the artists involved. The CD is limited to 100 copies.

Peace.

Monday, 5 May 2014

May 2014 - Music, Interviews & News

Hello

It's been nearly 7 months and there haven't been any new issues of Futurepast Zine! There's a reason for that though (not an excuse!). Some of you may know of a project that's been in the works called 'The Light of Day'. You can find more about it towards the bottom of this post. Once that project has been completed, Futurepast Zine issue 7 will be worked on - it's going to be absolutely wicked so keep an eye out for it.

I've been writing bits and pieces about music on scraps of paper and I've got enough now for someone to digest, so here goes. Please listen and read :-) ……..

Marc Mac - Tell Me Now (feat Marvin)



This track features on Marc's album 'It's Right to be Civil'. The album itself is great from start to finish, it's almost like a documentary. My favourite track off the album is 'Tell Me Now'. It begins with the vocal: "I may be black but I am somebody!". Very powerful words. Straight away you can imagine what it must have been like in the USA in those days (even now dare I say ?!?) and what life was like. The tune itself is quite melancholic but full of hope at the same time. The vocal sung by Marvin is beautiful: "I wanna know, what's going on … what's goin on right here in my heart", and the bongo sounds wicked with the melodies. It's a brilliant tune. I'm listening to it while I'm writing this and it's giving me goosebumps. There's really nice things going on musically, melodies are coming in and out, and the vocals and speech work great together. "I may be poor but I am somebody, I am God's child!" If this song does nothing for you, I would question if you are even human! If this is the first time you've heard Marc Mac, please check out his band camp and do some of your own research.

Breakage - Meaning of Things


This track is taken from his album, 'This Too Shall Pass'. The CD album contains two CD's. This track is on the 2nd CD and is not available on the vinyl version. Like the Marc Mac track above, this track is quite melancholic but also full of hope. The drums feel jazzy and hypnotic, I think the bass is like a double bass sound. The music in this song builds slowly and effortlessly. There is a gradual build up and at around 3 minutes 20 seconds, the piano kicks in. Game over, the drug has hit the blood stream, eyes closing, mind melting into a dream. I don't know whether to cry or smile hearing this, but the sound is better than any kind of synthetic bliss. You can be surrounded by bad things but when that ray of hope touches you, it gives you what you need to get through. Yeah, I'm a fan of this tune!

The album is genuinely the work of someone gifted. Breakage must've been young when he made this, but it doesn't sound like that at all. It was released on 'Bassbin Records' which in my opinion was one of the best Jungle/D&B labels out there - all quality and no filler. Often releasing tracks by artists who then released on other well established labels. Anything on Bassbin (especially around this time) is worth it's weight in gold. I also highly recommend the 'Hindsight EP' also by Breakage.

Breakage is a great musician, the music he's made in recent years is good, but the music he made around the time of this album is mindblowingly unreal. It's outstanding and there's a very humble and honest feel about it.

London Philharmonic Orchestra - Super Mario Brothers Theme


This track is taken from the album 'The Greatest Video Game Music'. I came across this track when I was driving back home with my family, it was a long drive and there was the usual fight for controlling the car stereo. Eventually, I got my turn (after much kicking and screaming) and decided to opt for something relaxing so I stuck it on 'Classic FM' (not usually like me to do this, but I'd been listening to some hardcore Bollywood and needed something on the opposite end of the scale, plus I had no CD's with me). I can't remember the guy who presented the show - he was talking about snobbery within Classical music, and what made a piece of music fit that genre. He played this tune, and I was like "Shiiiiiiiiiiiiit, that's Super Mario!" I think it's wicked how they took the music and made a Classical version of it.

Jeff Mills & Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra - Gamma Player & Amazon



I've loved 'Gamma Player' since I was first introduced to it. It's an outstanding and emotional piece of music. A few years ago, Jeff Mills performed a lot of Techno music with the MPO, and Gamma Player was one of the tracks performed. It's pretty nuts, it's such a great idea to do something like this and Jeff Mills is definitely the right person to take this idea forward. Rave music has always had a relationship with Classical music - straight away I'm thinking of those tunes with the long piano intro's. And a really good example of the use of Classical music is Peshay's 'On The Nile' which uses Claude Debussy's 'Syrinx'.



Music is music!

Anyway, check out Jeff Mills & MPO's version of Underground Resistance's 'Amazon'. The strings are immense and then the 909 kicks, and then the 'Amazon' riff! The video is amazing, you've got to respect the effort involved to put this all together. Long live Amazon and what it represents.

Goosensei Interview

A couple of months ago I went to check out Goosensei compete at Secret Walls, I took my video recorder with me so I could do a short interview with him. Here's what he had to say:


Check his latest music out here:



The Light of Day

This is a project which has been in the works since October 2013. It's taken a long time to put together and it will soon be available - hopefully middle to end of May 2014. Here's a short video:


There is a zine to go along with this, it's currently being printed. If your interested, keep an eye out for it. I will post again on here when it's out. Feel free to add the zine as a friend: www.facebook.com/futurepastzine or follow on Twitter @futurepastzine where you will be able to find out the latest information.

Hope you enjoyed the read and listen,
Futurepast zine

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Music Research - January 2014

HELLO

Since the end of 2013 I've really wanted to start working on 'Futurepast Zine' issue 7. However, there is a separate 'Futurepast Zine' project a few of us are working on and I wanted to keep the focus on that. At the same time, there's a few things I've been listening to that really made me want to 'put pen to paper', so I thought why not do a blog post instead.......


MIXES

There's three mixes that have been keeping me going that past couple of months. Anyone that is a friend of the zine on facebook will have seen me repost some of these mixes. 


Gumsoul

First up is a mix by Gumsoul, it's on a beats/hip hop tip and it's unreal, absolutely wicked. I love the vibe of it, I've been listening to it loads in the car and at home. Recently I went to a night called 'Secret Walls' where Gumsoul provided the soundtrack for some Graffiti artists to do their thing on the walls, it was real cool. I haven't got a clue about the track list for the mix, but here you go, obviously I rate it otherwise I wouldn't be posting about any of these.....




Gumsoul is part of the 'Brum Safari' collective, they play some excellent music in Birmingham at 'Temple Street Social'. They run the music every 3rd Saturday of the month from 8pm to 1am - and it's free entry all night : ) http://brumsafari.tumblr.com/


Metro

Next up is a mix by Metro who is part of the MJAZZ (Modern Urban Jazz) crew. As stated on his Soundcloud page: "Putting the jazz back into MJAZZ and then some, Metro presents a seasonal blend of spiritual and deep jazz, some classics and a few personal favourites. ". Personally, my knowledge of Jazz is terrible, all I know is a few tracks and so this is a really good education on some quality music that you may not have heard before - it's definitely opened my ears anyway.



Tracklist:
Pharoah Sanders - Greetings to Saud
Chico Hamilton - Nomad
Santana - El Nicoya
Birds of Town & Country (Dawn Chorus)
Dizzy Gillespie - In The Land of The Living Dead
Kool and The Gang - Wild and Peaceful
Earth Wind and Fire - Africano (Intro)
The Crusaders - A Ballad For Joe (Louis)
Roy Ayers - The Black Five
Marvin Gaye - T Stands For Trouble
Miles Davis - Sanctuary



Godfather Sage


The final mix which I highly recommend is a mix by 'Godfather Sage' who runs 'Noisy Meditation' which is a label I have wrote about in earlier posts on this blog. It's an excellent mix featuring some excellent music from Heny G, Blu Mar Ten, Nuage, Equinox,  and many others.




NEW MUSIC


Fushara

Last week I had a message from an artist named 'Fushara'. He sent me a few of his tracks that he has been working on and they are absolutely amazing. If I haven't heard too much of his music before, and I think the style of his new tracks are quite different to what he has made previously. I don't want to say too much about the tracks apart from the fact that I highly rate them and would love to have physical copies of these (i.e. vinyl or CD). He's put a couple of tracks on his Soundcloud page:



These tracks feel futuristic, I really enjoyed them and I haven't really heard anything like this before either. I hope you enjoy his tracks too.


NAIA

NAIA - Now Awakening Into Ascension

"NAIA is a global experimental collaboration between vocalist Malena PĂ©rez (P-Vine, Objektivity) and electronica/bass producers FIRST AID, Stiver and Kian Asamoah. Moody, reflective and deep, the first release is a four-track downtempo EP infused with soulful, melancholic vocals, expansive chords and driving basslines. Thematically, NAIA explores the shadow side of human emotion while planting seeds of healing."

There is an excellent interview over here: http://av-arts.net/av-exclusive-naia-naia-ep-noisy-meditation/

You can check all the tracks on the EP below:



And if you enjoyed what you listened to, you can purchase the EP here: http://noisymeditation.bandcamp.com/album/naia There is a limited edition CD also available, but only a handful of copies available on the Bandcamp page so get in quick.

OLD MUSIC

Justice & Metro - Solomon (Jason Os remix)



I've got a copy of this on vinyl and to be honest I never really checked it out properly. Then a couple of weeks ago I was going through a few records and I put this on. And boy! Oh my days, it's just a hot record. Instantly I was picturing scenes from 'Tron' and 'Bladerunner'. It's excellent and breathtaking. I don't know if anyone checked out the soundtrack for the film 'TRON' which Daft Punk did, it was ok - but it got me thinking what it would've been like if there was someone like Jason Os doing it instead - he would've smashed it!  Listen to this track to find out why! If you like this then you can purchase it for £1 over here: http://modernurbanjazz.bandcamp.com/merch There's plenty of good music on there so be sure to check it out.

Also, the other side has an excellent remix by PFM which is also excellent, but it's the Jason Os remix that resonates with me a little bit more.


Saturn Never Sleeps - The Machines Are The Stars



I'm not going to act like I'm knowledgeable about 'Saturn Never Sleeps', all I know is that this track is wicked, it's slow, thought provoking, it helps me to relax and not think about the pressures of life, it feels like a dream. I think that's because of the vocals, they are dreamy. It's beautiful and I would love to have a copy of this on vinyl.

'Saturn Never Sleeps' is King Britt and Rucyl Mills.


Troumaca - Lady Colour (Bangatang & Gumsoul minimal dub)



This track is seeeeeeeeeerious! It's on the Brum Safari mix by Gumsoul that I mentioned above. It's a wicked track, and if you enjoyed it then you can download it for free: https://soundcloud.com/brum-safari/lady-colour-bangatang

I know sweet FA about Troumaca apart from the fact that they are Birmingham based and they've released an album on Giles Peterson's 'Brownswood Recordings'. So I definitely need to do some music research! : )

OTHER STUFF

CUBIK

I really enjoyed this mix by Cubik:




Copied from the Soundcloud page: "The next to step into the Pigcast spotlight and represent are a Northern duo going by the name Cubik. These lads have a massive future ahead of them, so if this is the first time you've come across them, we can guarantee it won't be the last.
Undoubtedly talented and incredibly hard working, Cubik's unique sense of rhythm and groove result in sets whose numerous twists and turns will delight and enthrall even the most apathetic of listeners. The future is packed with a variety of releases and gigs for this duo, something that will seem blindingly obvious once you have a listen to the treats they have in store for you here.
Watch out for these fellas; they’ll be everywhere before you know it. And rightly so."
You can subscribe and download the podcasts here:itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/itchy…cast/id462818534

OMNI TRIO
For anyone that read Futurepast Zine Issue 6, you may remember an article by DJ Law from www.drumtrip.co.uk . He wrote and article about an Omni Trio track for the zine. And recently he wrote an article about Omni Trio for his site (http://drumtrip.co.uk/interviews/whatever-happened-omni-trio/). It's an excellent read and there is a link to an interview on Omni Trio. Omni Trio made some excellent Jungle/Drum&Bass tunes, for the past few years he has been making classical music. I listened to one of his tracks on Youtube recently and it's really good, I think I'm going to have to purchase the album as soon as I can.


GOODBYE

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. As I mentioned earlier I'm working on a separate 'Futurepast Zine' project which I will post about here as soon as it's close to finishing. It will hopefully be something interesting for you....

Peace, Love, Unity.