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9th Wonder & Talib Kweli – Indie 500 (It’s A Wonderful World Music Group)
Friday, November 6th, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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Two of Hip Hop’s most cherished icons, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder have come together to create what undoubtedly will go down as an instantly classic album.

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Talib Kweli and producer 9th Wonder will be releasing a joint album called Indie 500
Monday, November 2nd, 2015 | Tags: , , ,
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Two of Hip Hop’s most cherished icons, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder have come together to create what undoubtedly will go down as an instantly classic album. INDIE 500 features an All Star supporting cast, including Problem, Slug (of Atmosphere), Rapsody, Pharaoh Monch, Brother Ali, Hi-Tek, NIKO IS and more. After exploding on to the […]

Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Tom Trago – The Light Fantastic

Image: 1582687 The Light Fantastic is a dancefloor orientated club album with a range of influences like – deep house, vintage synthesizers, classic boogie, disco, Chicago jack, acid house, and even a dash of full-throttle rave revivalism.
There are many ways to move forward as an artist. You can reinvent yourself, keep track of fashions, or try bold new things. Tom Trago has spent the best part of 10 years pushing his sound in impressive new directions. Yet on his new album, the well-regarded Amsterdam-based producer has done things slightly differently. This time round, his influences come from much closer to home, and he has admitted to being inspired by the dancefloor-focused style with which he made his name.

Welcome to The Light Fantastic. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the trip.

Trago is an old hand at this kind of thing. Back in 2009, his debut album, Voyage Direct, impressed with its warm, disco-centric blends of full-throttle deep house and boogie-influenced synthesizer funk. He cast his net wider on 2011’s Iris, choosing to work with a wide variety of international collaborators on an album that laid bare his myriad of musical influences.

On the Light Fantastic, he’s decided to “step back to move forwards” with a warm, involving set that puts the simple pleasures of the best dancefloor moments at its heart.

“I tried to go a bit back towards the style I was doing on Voyage Direct, so dancefloor beats with deeper impact,” Trago admits. “I was trying to male tracks that work on the dancefloor, but also move your heart.”

In some ways, The Light Fantastic is Trago in “back to basics” mode. Partly inspired by his ever-increasing travels around the world to DJ, it melds together a range of influences – deep house, vintage synthesizers, classic boogie, disco, Chicago jack, acid house, and even a dash of full-throttle rave revivalism on the raw funk of “The Elite” – on a set that sounds like it was painted in vivid colours by an artist at the top of his game.

“I’m like a professor in a lab, trying to make little ideas work,” Trago enthuses, warming to the theme. “The tracks are all there in my head, like a puzzle, and I have to make all the pieces fit together.”

The ‘back to basics’ theme extended to his choice of collaborators. Whereas Iris was notable for featuring an impressive cast list of international singers, musicians and producers, The Light Fantastic is more of a homegrown affair. While plenty of people lent a hand during the recording process, they were trusted locals from the Dutch electronic music scene, rather than outsiders.

“This time, I thought ‘whoever walks in the studio can get involved’,” he says. “If they walked in, they could sing, play some synths or do some mixing. A lot of people came to hang out and ended up lending a hand. It’s a much more fun way of working than sending your track to somebody across the other side of the World.”

There are many collaborations on The Light Fantastic, but listen out for contributions from Steffi, Ben Westbeech, “studio neighbour” San Proper, Makam, vocalist Holly Wood and, most surprisingly, a local club owner who just happened to swing by the studio. “Using my friends was a big part of the process,” Trago admits. “One of the points of the album was using people who were close to home, part of the family almost.”

It’s an approach that definitely paid dividends. Certainly, this celebration of Amsterdam’s blossoming electronic music scene adds a little extra frisson of excitement to The Light Fantastic’s impressive vibrancy.

By the time the rush-inducing positivity of “The Wrong Right” gives way to the mutant alien funk of album closer “Desire”, you’ll be ready to listen to it all over again. That’s the thing with The Light Fantastic – it’s a trip you’ll want to take again and again.

1. The Light Fantastic
2. True Friends
3. For The Children
4. Cosmic Blacksmith
5. Jack Me
6. Down Under
7. The Elite
8. Two Together
9. The Right Wrong
10. I Still Desire

DJ / Press Quotes
“great production and inspiration! lovely album indeed. is it only me or the 1st track is missing for the zip folder?” (Ouifonk [ Nuforms Radio Show ])

“have to listen deeper for sure but tracks like jack me have got straight my focus!” (Len Faki, Podium Records)

“Jack me! The Elite is a beauty as well!” (Deetron, Deetron)

“TOM as brilliant as ever – full support from me ” (Laurent Garnier)

“Cosmic Blacksmith, Jack Me, Down Under and The Right Wrong are the ones for me. Thanks!” (Dimitri Kneppers) Available from 25.10.2013

Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
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Strong Arm Steady was born in the streets of Los Angeles. SAS Gang set out to create a space for artists to stay connected to the street without having to sacrifice their personalities or artistic ambitions. The original crew consisted of like-minded MCs, DJs and producers who are among CA’s best: Krondon, Phil The Agony, […]

Strong Arm Steady
Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,
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Strong Arm Steady was formed in the shadows of the West Coast’s Death Row Records movement, which at one time, loomed large over much of the region’s talent. Many Los Angeles artists—themselves students and children of Death Row—were becoming frustrated at the gang mentality that colored perceptions of their burgeoning underground. Out of that frustration […]

Highly creative and forward thinking beats by Anchorsong …
Monday, November 21st, 2011 | Tags: , ,
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“Chapters” is the captivating debut album by hotly tipped Japanese multi-instrumentalist and producer Anchorsong, on Tru Thoughts. BBC Radio 1’s new music guru Huw Stephens, who has heartily championed Anchorsong since seeing him at SXSW in 2009, recently lifted the lid on the LP with an upfront play of the music, fuelling the buzz for […]

Staff Charts 2007
Monday, December 17th, 2007 | Tags: ,
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It’s no big secret that 2007 was another shocker for our beloved industry. You probably heard about it in the news. Artists were so broke they had to start to work at McDonalds. Record labels went out of business. Distribution companies had to close their doors. And almost every music industry jibb-jabb complained about disastrous records sales, the fucking internet and all these god damned kids who don’t want to spend their money for music anymore.

But you know what? That’s only one side of the coin. The other truth is that 2007 was a freaking great year for new refreshing music. One more reason to ask around again what Groove Attack‘s employees have been listening to during the past twelve months.

On this occasion the entire Groove Attack family would like to wish everybody a Happy New Year. Enjoy your holidays. And buy more records in 2008 …

Talib Kweli & Madlib
Monday, March 26th, 2007 | Tags: , ,
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Seems Talib Kweli and Madlib resolved to be more generous and giving in 2007, and they’re wasting no time with that. The pair delivers “Liberation“, a nine-track album featuring MC Kweli and producer Madlib. The free download collabo album is now officially available through Talib Kweli’s label Blacksmith.

A lo-fi affair full of soulful samples and plenty of name-dropping on the part of Kweli, “Liberation” includes guest verses from Consequence and Strong Arm Steady and should whet appetites a little bit until Talib drops “Ear Drum”, his previously reported new LP, originally slated for release late last year …

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