ESSER – ENMITY (VIDEO)

LONDON’S ‘ESSER’ IS BACK WITH A NEW SOUND & EP!



ALL HAS BEEN PRETTY QUIET ON THE BEN ESSER PUBLIC FRONT, BUT BEHIND THE SCENES THE LONDON BASED MUSICIAN HAS BEEN WORKING AWAY ON NEW SOUNDS, AND EXPERIMENTING WITH A BUNCH OF GEAR TO BRING US ‘ENMITY’, HIS LATEST EP AND A KILLER NEW VIDEO DIRECTED BY THE MOST TALENTED  ELISHA SMITH-LEVEROCK.

THE NEW EP DROPPED ON GUM RECORDINGS LAST WEEK AND FEATURES A MORE MATURE AND SOMBRE SOUND FOR ESSER, DARK BEATS, SPUNKY SYNTHS AND ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTATION ABOUND…COUPLE THAT WITH SOME AMAZING ART AND VIDEO DIRECTION AND YOU HAVE SOMETHING REALLY QUITE COOL.

BUY – ENMITY EP:
UK – HERE! 
US – HERE!


ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO IN TORONTO I INTERVIEWED BEN ESSER, JUST BEFORE HE PLAYED A SHOW IN THE WEST END… YOU CAN CHECK THE INTERVIEW (AND MY UNSTOPPABLE BRITISH RAMBLING!) – HERE!

NOT SURE WHAT THE STORY IS IN REGARDS TO A FULL LENGTH, BUT HOPEFULLY THERE’S ONE IN THE WORKS. HE DID RECENTLY PUT TOGETHER A GREAT MIX OF ARTISTS HE IS CURRENTLY LISTENING TO FOR THEFOUROHFIVE.COM MIXTAPE SERIES…SOME GREAT LISTENING RIGHT THERE!

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ESSER AND UPCOMING SHOWS, CHECK THE ABOVE LINKS.

TRACK LIST:

Transmissions from Silver Rooms Mixtape part 1

edie sedgwick discusses dream time 
Lions – tones on tail 
machine is bored with love – Add N to X 
Junkins – John Carpenter and Alan Howath 
Dum Dum Boys – Iggy Pop 
Sonic Re-Entry – Tom Dissevelt/Kid Baltan 
Do the Mussolini – Cabaret Voltaire 
Beat – Chris Carter 
B6 – Electro Pulse no.6 
Caramel – Cluster 
Pipounes Dance – Serge Bulot 
Part 1 (Lucifer Rising) – Bobby Beausoleil 
I surrender – Suicide


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ESSER – ‘ENMITY’
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BONUS!! 

ESSER PRACTICING IN THE STUDIO AND MESSING ABOUT WITH NEW SOUNDS…WE CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEW RECORD IF THIS IS THE DIRECTION HE’S TAKING!

NEW GUEST DJ MIX! – DJ JAMBAZ

‘FALL ON ME’ MIX BY GENEVA’S DJ JAMBAZ




WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING GENEVA’S DJ JAMBAZ’S MIXES FOR SOME TIME VIA A FRIEND, AND REALLY ENJOY WHAT HE IS DOING. RECENTLY WE DECIDED THAT WE’D SHARE THESE AWESOME MUSICAL PICKS WITH YOU IN THE FORM OF A MONTHLY GUEST MIX SERIES. 

JAMBAZ’S DJING STYLE AND MUSICAL CHOICES, ARE AS ECLECTIC AND VARIED AS THE BLOGGERTRONIX SITE IT’S SELF SO ENJOY!

BUT FIRST A LITTLE Q&A WITH THE MAN HIMSELF –

BLOGGERTRONIX: How long have you been collecting music?

DJ JAMBAZ: I’ve been dj’ing since I was about 16. When I was in high school, I had a show at university radio station in the town where I grew up, CFRU in Guelph, Ontario, Canada! I’ve been collecting music, going to shows, traveling the world ever since.

B: Where did your DJ name come from?

J: DJ name comes from a small village near where I now live in the mountains in Haute-Savoie, Switzerland.

B: Do you ever have themes in mind for your mixes or do you just play what feels best sans constraints?

J: These days I tend to make a mix per season, and the environment is reflected in the music (this one was from fall), along with new music that I have found, not necessarily new, but new to me. I love cover songs, but that isn’t really reflected in this mix.
 I also love live tunes, and that comes out a bit in this mix.

B: Where can people find out more about your mixes?

J: Not sure where to point people to for the moment…I’m currently  working on a platform to release my work called ‘radioverte’, it isn’t ready yet though, so for the moment I think bloggertronix is my only outlet!

B: YEEHAW!!

STREAM BELOW & DOWNLOAD FOR FREE! – HERE!
MANY GOODIES IN THE MIX…INCLUDING BLOGGERTRONIX FAVES…BONOBO, TALEN & DEER TICK!

‘FALL ON ME’ MIX – VOL.1 (DJ JAMBAZ)

Flox – Believe
Dany Suarez – Esta Guerra Tan Violenta
Ana Tijoux – 1977
Tiken Jah Fakoly – Marley Foly
Talen – Blaze
General Levy & the PSB Family – Flipping and flapping
Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno – Dog with a rope
Black Dub – Canaan
My heart belongs to Cecilia Winter – I made you a mixed tape (live in studio – Couleur3)
Rachel Harrington – Goodbye Amsterdam
Tripping Lily – Chasin’
Sarah Jarosz – Annebelle Lee
Bonobo feat Andreya Triana – Stay the same (live in studio – KCRW)
Ruth Moody – Nest
Bombay Bicycle Club – Ivy & Gold
Caitlin Rose – Spare Me
Deer Tick – Ashamed
Amanda Merdzan – The last song

CASPA IN TORONTO!

CASPA HITS THE TDOT’S WRONG BAR!




Caspa is one of Dubstep’s leading artists hailing from the genre’s motherland, London. He tours incessantly, runs three (yeah three) labels , and churns out plenty of remixes month after month, the latest being a slick remix for the Ludacris track ‘How Low’ – 

Ludacris – How Low – CASPA REMIX by Mercury Records


He also holds down a residency at the notorious club Fabric  in London, and has more big plans in the works for the rest of the year.

We managed to snag a killer interview with the man himself at the beginning of his North American tour in the Spring. Caspa had just performed at Toronto’s Wrongbar the night before and was set to jet off to Chicago, when we stopped him for a second to chat about, touring, his debut ‘Everybody’s Talking Nobody’s Listening!‘, running his labels and how on earth he manages to fit everything in!

Caspa’s been touring since early March and shows no signs of slowing down, booting about the States and Europe, performing for the masses until the fall…be sure to catch him at one of these summer festivals; Sonar, Splash, Lowlands, Lollapalooza, Bestival, the list goes on…Check his space for more dates.

BLOGGERTRONIX CASPA INTERVIEW:

– PART 1 – 


– PART 2 – 


SNAPS! – 

CASPA LIVE AT WRONGBAR:

Norman Palm Interview!

Norman Palm Shares Some Snaps!




Bloggertronix’s spent some time last month in Berlin and managed to snag a chat with Norman Palm about an exhibit he had at a small gallery in Mitte, called ‘Middletown Blues’. The exhibit featured a selection of small town polaroids that were taken of his home town. Palm recently released these images, along with other art work, and drawings in a nifty little hard-cover book, along with a re-release of his debut record.


I first met this soft spoken troubadour in 2007 when I interviewed him for my radio show`About the Music`. A truly gifted singer and songwriter, Palm first caught my attention with his humble, sweet songs, simple guitar playing and honest lyrics. After chatting with him I found out that he had done all the art work for his independent debut release, and that he was also responsible for the multimedia art shows that took place at his performances. 

A pretty talented human indeed!

Palm splits his time between living and working in Berlin and Mexico, he recently re-released his debut album, and revamped the 200 page art book that came with the original release. 

Join me as I take a walk around the gallery with Norman, chat about the photographs in the `Middletown Blues`series and find out about the stories behind them.

For more Palm info hit the above links and to get your copy of this beautiful cd + book package be sure to visit his site.


Norman Palm Interview – Kuma Gallery, Berlin:



Norman Palm – Bloggertronix – 2009 by Bloggertronix

The Gallery launch of the exhibit took place a few days before my visit to Berlin but here’s a video of Norman performing a song from the release ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ live….Lovely!

BONUS!! – 
Norman created 12 videos, one for each track on the album. These super videos feature the art work from the ‘Songs’ 200 page accompanying book. This video is the first in the series and is for the song `Floating Around`.

Interview with Bearcraft!

A Wee Chat with `Bearcraft`




Bearcraft – London, Ladbroke Grove

I’m late…so much so I missed the show, and yet there’s Dicky  standing there smiling. I’d been trying toget into the city from a London suburb, had left 2 hours early and still didn’t make it on time. I`m slightly miffed about having missed the show, but we order a pitcher of fruity deliciousness, we`re rather embarrassed about having to order it by name, but both agree that it sounds like the tasteiest and safest option on the menu. We grab our jug of ‘Sex on the Beach’ and make our way outside to the brightly lit patio.

A nice spot,  the club, called ‘Liquidation’  has apparently gone through a number of owners over the past few years, but this time they seem to have got it right. The location is a bit out of the way, the extreme West end of London,Ladbroke Grove. Inside a truly mixed mishmash of a clientele, young and  old, hipsters, yuppies  and your average Joe all coming together fora pint and a chat. 

Dicky likes the spot and points out that apart from being a tad out of the way; it’s a great venue to play and has shown an interest in helping up and coming bands and artists get some exposure. The club has a positive energy, he points to a huge black and white photograph that takes up the main wall of the patio,it shows your typical British copper with a big grin plastered across his face,standing in the centre of a parade, a big celebration with people from the community dancing about him smiling, all races, creeds and colours. It’s a wonderful scene and really makes you get the warm fuzzies, I reckon an image like that is few and far between in reality (just a hunch), Dicky thinks it’s a good thing for people to see, Iagree.

We murder our drinks and grab a few more mojitos on our way upstairs to find a quiet spot to do our interview. The upstairs patio is crowed but we find a wee table, and a couple of wobbly chairs to perch our  tipsy bums on, and start to talk about what I really came here to learn about, `Bearcraft`, Dicky’s latest musical project and passion. 

I’ve known of his work for a while, but more recently it has started to solidify into a signature sound, fun electro-pop, featuring some lovely synth magic, and 80`s sounds galore. 

Bearcraft`s debut EP entitled `The Werewolf`was released on the 21st of September by Hottwerk Records.

For a while Dicky was playing with Scritti Polliti and touring about all over the world. He`s now focusing on his own music, and is very excited about working on his own material and playing live. 

Check out the Podcast interview I did with the man himself, where we chat about how he began to develop the Bearcraft sound, the story behind the projects interesting name, what his influences are and from whence came his rather fetching, token piece of woolly red bling! – 

BEARCRAFT INTERVIEW:

Bearcraft – Bloggertronix – 2009 by Bloggertronix

BONUS!!

Spankin new vid for the single `The Werewolf, watch Dicky and co prance, then grab yourself a copy of the new EP on itunes!

BEARCRAFT – `THE WEREWOLF`

RQM – Recognize The Quest Is Mental!

EMCEE RQM SET TO DROP SOPHOMORE SOLO RELEASE!

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RQM is an emcee that we’ve mentioned quiet a bit here on Bloggertronix, a cerebral lyricist who has worked in the past with other eclectic, electro-hiphop, bass tainted groups such as Europe’s Jahcoozi, Milanese, Al haca & The Tape. Last year he released his first solo effort, a feisty little joint entitled ‘Miss Pacman’ that was put out by Shir Khan’s imprint ‘Exploited’, the track got some serious support from DJ Sinden & BBC1’s Maryanne Hobbs amongst others.

Currently based in Barcelona RQM is set to drop his second solo, digital release ‘Barely Evil’, with remixes by a whole slew of top notch talent including Stereotyp, Bass Weazal & Filewile (Check out his site to hear the latter Tropical flavoured remix streaming!)

‘Barely Evil’ will be released by OMG! Recordings on August 3rd. At the end of August another of RQM’s tracks, ‘Lover’s Voodoo’ will be featured on a compilation called ‘Basss Brains’, the release will also feature tunes by CLP, Jahcoozi, Puppetmastaz, datamc & Lexie lee plus loads more…Be sure to cop yours!

We caught up with RQM for a chat about his new release, the differences he’s experienced doing music in Berlin as opposed to his new home in Spain, & his plans for the rest of the year.

Check it out!

RQM INTERVIEW:


Bloggertronix – ‘Barely Evil’ is a pretty sexy little joint, what inspired the track?

RQM – Well the tune is actually a part of a whole sequence of tracks that
I wrote about love and relationships. The first track that came out was
Miss Pacman and it dealt with the stereotypical fun recklessness of sex,
drugs and club music. Barely Evil is in a sense a close up shot of Miss
Pacman, being that it’s a portrait of THE club girl icon personified by the
bubble gum chewing, coke snorting, head giving Roller Girl.

I think at the moment our culture is head over heels obsessed with her.
She’s practically in all the music mags, music videos, the fashion spreads,
she’s the front woman of a lot of contemporary music projects –  in a sense
she’s ubiquitous. And if we’re talking club culture all you have to do is
check the lastnightsparty portal and you’ll see her practically on every
single picture. But I gotta give it up to the artist Tilt cause it was his
photo/graff book Bubble Girls that gave me the final push to write this
song.

(Tilt writing on Bubblegirl Kassi)

The book is so off the wall colorful and explicit. I just had to

paint my own picture of miss nasty and that’s how the song was born. Big
ups to Tilt!  I hope one day I have the budget so that we can collab and
finally do this video!

B – How did you hook up with Marvin Suggs to create the original track?

R – You know how they say that there are six degrees separating you from
every other person on this planet? I think in the music world it’s down to
only 3 and when you live in Berlin and you’re a musician it’s only two. In
the end it was all natural connect the dots.

B – The remixes for the song are pretty varied in vibe…How did you pick
the remix artists?

R – When I got the files to the song I just sent em out to all my peoples
and a lot of them answered off the bat and said they wanted to take a jab
at it. It was hella hard getting the final versions back and the
consolidating the final playlist because in the end there were a bunch of
tunes that didn’t make the final cut that were type large!

B – You’ve been away from Berlin your original home-base for a second, How
has being in Barcelona affected your music making?

R – I love the sound of Berlin, but at the same time I hate how monochrome
and one sided it can be at times. So it was good for me as an artist to
step out of that bubble and submerge myself in a completely new soundscape.
While living here in Barcelona I noticed that lot of the darker shades of
music that I used to listen to in Bln just didn’t sound right in this
context, but instead a lot of other styles did. I think more color crept
into my stereo. I was also tired of trying to keep up with the pace of
music consumption dictated by the blogs so instead I stopped trying and I
dug out all my favorite records from back in the day and really listened to
them to see why I loved them so much.  It was a great experience and it
showed me that good music really stands the test of time.  I think the next
batch of tunes that I’ll release will have more color and life in them or
at least I hope that it will.

B – Plans for the rest of the year…more singles? A full length?

R – I still have a few more tracks from this love and relationships series
that I want to release. And in the meantime I’ll be recording newness with
the aim of finishing a full length album, but with no concrete deadlines in
mind. As always I just want to take it one tune at a time.


ESSER IN THE HOUSE!

UK Based ‘Esser’ Hits Canada & The US!



(photo credit: Elisha Smith-Leverock)


Ben Esser is a 24 year old musician from Essex, who creates some pretty deadly, eclectic pop. His debut album ‘Braveface’ is already available in the UK, and is set to drop in North America at the end of July. The record features 10 decidedly British sounding, upbeat, straight-up and lyrically honest joints.

I’m not sure where I first heard his music, but I was immediately hooked. Esser’s voice is warm and refreshing, his music different enough to be interesting, and yet familiar enough for you to feel as though you’ve known it for years. Electronic beats and samples nestle up against drum kit, electric guitar and bass. Genre wise the record is all over the shop…rock, pop, ska and reggae vibes flowing effortlessly into each other as the album evolves….brilliant stuff!

Esser is nearing the end of his first American tour, an adventure that included a date in Toronto. I managed to catch up with him in the city before his NXNE Festival showcase at ‘Wrong Bar’, to chat about his new album, touring, producing other artists, and music that’s interesting him at the moment.

The show was killer! The lads where tight, full on entertainment embodied.  Ben was bursting with sprightly energy, banging on a floor tom, bouncing off the drummers bass drum, and hollaring into his mic with the steez of a well seasoned performer…sweeping the usually sedate Toronto crowd up into a dancing frenzy, so much so that during his performance of the single ‘Headlock’ one audience member created a dance that caught the singers attention and made him stop mid-song to remark on the spectacle (Check below video!) 

The following is a podcast of Bloggertronix’s Esser interview….enjoy! 

INTERVIEW WITH BEN ESSER – NXNE, TORONTO (17/06/09):



Esser Recommends: 

FrYars (London, UK) – 


Bloggertronix says: “Unique vocals, haunting choruses, fuzzy synth, lovely” 

Michachu (London, UK) – 


Bloggertronix Says: “Jingle-jangle, tap-tap, sweet harmonies.”

The Golden Silvers (S.London, UK) – 

Bloggertronix Says: “Bright, trippy drums, tight guitar, XTC vox, ohh-ohh-la-la”

Check out Esser’s space for a link to download his latest mixed tape!

BONUS!! –

Live footage of the band performing ‘Headlock’ at their Canadian debut show, the night the ‘Headlock’ dance was invented by Toronto based emcee ‘Mindbender Supreme’.  

This nifty video was shot by online music mag ‘ACCESS’ – 


ALSO…
Photos taken by the good people at ‘The Culture of Me’ photo blog (super deadly site…go check it!!), of Esser’s Show in NYC at Le Royale, on June 15th.