On this episode of Excellent Reception, we are going to explore the syncopated world of the TR-808 Drum Machine.
here are only a handful musical artists that reach the zenith of fame and success in popular culture, of course the most notable being Michael Jackson, Madonna, and our featured artist, Prince.
As you know, the world lost one of it’s greatest music icons. Prince Rogers Nelson, known simply as Prince, departed from the earth on Thursday April 21st, 2016
In the hip hop world, there is a drive to find the most unusual or hard to find songs to sample from. Beatmakers are known for spending hundreds of dollars and man hours digging through dusty record bins just to unearth a rare sample that no one else ever used before.
On this episode, we talk about jazz musician Bob James, who’s song “Nautilus” became one of the most sampled songs in hiphop music.
On this episode of Excellent Reception, we talk about the women who are producing and arranging the hiphop, electronic, and soul music you love. Some are just starting to make a name for themselves, while others have achieved legendary status.
On this edition of Excellent Reception, we will celebrate the life of J Dilla as we focus on the genius that can be heard in instrumental hiphop and explore the evolution of beat centric music. Some tracks we’ll talk about are products of the post-Dilla era. Others are from producers, who just like J Dilla, have established there own signature style when it comes to using samples and drum machines to make music.
Some artists set rules and limitations for their music making process. This type of manifesto quickly narrows down the seemingly infinite possibilities they have to approach creating. At the same time, it gives them the opportunity to find all of the treasures that are hidden within those limitations.
If you are looking for music that takes you away from the mundane routine of modern day life and places you decades into the future, then you need to open your ears and your third eye to the music of Computer Jay.
While much of the music world looks to make songs that are shiny and perfect, the producer known as Actress looks to create something that is completely outside of that box. Actress, who’s government name is Darren Cunningham, is the founder of the reputable Work Discs record label, which has put out some of freshest music from the UK underground. He has spent the past decade pushing his own style of electronic music far away from the dubstep sounds of his early days.
Somewhere deep down in Auckland, New Zealand you can find Lord Echo tinkering away in his studio working on his weird and wonderful dubbed out music. Lord Echo is actually the alias of multi-instrumentalist and producer Mike Fabulous, who you may know from his work with the band The Black Seeds.
The debut album by The Arcs, titled “Yours, Dreamily”, was one of the hidden gems of 2015. During some downtime, Dan Auerbach, singer/guitarist of The Black Keys, pulled together a group of long time acquaintances and fellow musicians for two weeks of recording sessions to create this amazing side project.