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FFF Hot Tape 005 – Cardopusher

For our fifth Hot Tape we invited one of our favorite, most consistent producers to take over the helm – Venezuelan-bred and Barcelona-based producer and DJ Cardopusher. An artist with some significant contributions to the electronic music landscape over the last 5 years, Cardopusher has been consistent to pumping out quality tunes across a range of genres stretching from breakcore, to dubstep, to his current incarnation as a mastercrafter of sinister, drum machine warping acid, house and techno.

A master of beat programming, Cardo’s productions stand out for their tight dynamics, sharp drops and capacity for high impact synth and sample work. He also has a bloody lot of fun making the tracks, and that shines through – every sinister synth is matched with a tongue in cheek playfulness that invites you in to boogie down til apocalypse. Drawing proudly on his influences of early old school Electro, Chicago House, Detroit Techno, and the combined output of Trax Records, Dancemania and Underground Constructions, Cardo blends these elements into something faster, heavier and unmistakably sounding like it came from the future. This retro-futurist dedication is undoubtedly what lead himself and labelmate Nehuen to form Classicworks, a hotly tipped label featuring work from the label honchos and up and coming artists such as Nick Hook, Vin Sol, Scratcha DVA and Matrixxxman.

His love for the drum machine and wierd fuzzy synthesis shines through in this absolutely blazing Hot Tape, which we are lucky enough to be launching today. Blaring through Acid House 303 marathons to straight booty and jacking house, Cardo has joined the dots betweeen underground classics and newer offerings from Bodyjack, Creepy Autograph, Borai and his own blistering productions. It’s all guns blazing on this one – crank it up in your headphones and instantly be transported to the best warehouse party you’ve ever been to.

Tracklist

1. Jared Wilson -Grave Stalking (Skudge)
2. Bonquiqui – Sansvotime (L.I.E.S.)
3. Andreas Gehm – 1000 Miles (Solar One Music)
4. Creepy Autograph – Back Alley (forthcoming Ultramajic)
5. Paranoid London w/ Mutado Pintado – Transmission 5 (Paranoid London Records)
6. Crackboy – Kiddo (I´m A Cliché)
7. Turbo Turbo – Jack Your House (GND Rec)
8. Jomanda – I Cried The Tears (Keep Cryin´Dub) (Big Beat)
9.  Borai – Last Time Out (forthcoming Tasteful Nudes)
10. Hank Jackson – Deposit (Mr. Saturday Night)
11. Bodyjack – Bodyjack001 (forthcoming Bodyjack)
12. Cardopusher – Control Your Body (forthcoming BNR TRAX)
13. Cybotron – Clear (Fantasy)
14. Steve Pointdexter – Work That Motherfucker (Giant)
15. Model 500 – No UFOs (D-Mix) (Metroplex)
16. Strictly Traxx – Untitled (I Can´t Take The Heartbreak) (Underground Construction)
17. Gunrose – Life (BNR TRAX)
18. Huerco S – Untitled (Opal Tapes)


FFF Hot Tape 004 – Baron Oneway

Our most high octane Hot Tape to date: it’s number four with a bullet from one of  Australia’s most reliable floor igniters, the esteemed Baron Oneway. Many followers of FFF Radio will already be familiar with Baron’s tight mixing and unbeatable diverse selection. For the rest of you: Baron One Way is one half of the Samedi Sound System, completed by vocalist Vir Asan; long time host of the Carmen Sandiego Show on Brisbane’s legendary 4ZZZFM. His musical appreciation is diverse and surprising – but one thing remains constant, the Baron knows a killer beat.

As a producer, his work reflects his wide reaching ear for global club sounds, anchored by his intense dedication to heavyweight bass and influences in Jamaican sound system culture. Recent releases with Samedi Sound System, ‘Duke Side A’ and it’s flip – “Side B” on Dub Temple records highlight the Baron’s own vision of pressure driven electronics and heavy, breakneck dance-floor rhythms. If you manage to find yourself in Brisbane, chances are you’ll hear these tunes tearing up the block.

The mix sees him slam through the crates across a heady range of BPM’s – hitting us with unexpected twists and turns like a boxer keeping us on our dancing game. Never missing a beat, the Baron has not only stepped up to the plate, he’s smashed the whole pitch into a multi-dimensional black hole of hip twisting and late night strutting. Steal a car, plug this into it’s pimped out sound system, and drive your getaway to this blistering soundtrack of bass music from all corners of the electronic music globe.

FFF Hot Tape 004 – Baron Oneway
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Track List

  • Paisley Parks – Dis Iz A Man’s World Wide Juke
  • DJ Pillsbury – Shake Yo Booty
  • 618 Footwork – Child Of The Ghetto
  • Drax – Amphetamine (Samedi Soundsystem Re-edit)
  • Deejay Earl – Fye Up Tht Cush
  • Boylan – Noiz Factory
  • Monster Zoku Onsomb – Ranz des Vaches (Samedi Smash Bros Version)
  • Strange VIP – Take Me From Heaven
  • Meek Mill – Young & Gettin’ It (Instrumental) (Prod By Jahlil Beats)
  • DJ Tray – Turn The Bass Up
  • DJ Booman – Its A Feeling (Instrumental)
  • DJ Booman – Its A Feeling (Instrumental) (Instrumental)
  • DJ Tameil – Fuck Em Up
  • Jon Kwest – Club Fighter
  • DJ Jayhood – Beat It
  • DJ Lil Jay – Jay Theme
  • L-Vis 1990 – Ballad 4D
  • Mad Professor – Boombox [Dub]
  • Cocky Balboa – Get Down
  • DJ Nehpets – Nonthink
  • RP Boo – Speakers R-4 (Sounds)
  • Baauer – Dum Dum
  • Battles – White Electric (Shabazz Palaces Remix)
  • Mad Scientist – Carmina Burana Riddim
  • DJ Sway ft DJ Adii – Crack So Dope 2k11
  • Nick Hook, Vin Sol & Matrixxman – 666 Wayz
  • DJ Marfox – Subliminar
  • Pangaea – Majestic 12
  • K Bo – Kaggua (feat Tshila)
  • Cevin Fisher – The Way We Used To (Acapella)
  • Rick Wilhite – War On Woodward Ave
  • Axel Boman – Purple Drank (Original Mix)
  • Aero Manyelo – Just In Time
  • Pachanga Boys – Black Naga
  • Natlek – At L’Ass
  • Lazy Flow – Helios (Slap In The Bass Remix)
  • Bonnie Banane – Billion 7


FFF Hot Tape 003 – Monkey Marc

Stepping up to deliver the third installment of our FFF Hot Tape series, we have a very sticky blend of beats, bass and dub from Melbourne’s Monkey Marc. Best known for his work as the brain behind activist hip-hop powerhouse Combat Wombat, and productions for rappers such as Roots Manuva and Soom T, he is a focused, prolific producer. His recent release, ‘Planet Smashers’, on Jahtari, demonstrates his knack for taming analog synthesizers, SP1200s and entirely solar powered studios and dub sound systems.

Because we know this man has a deep knowledge and connection to a lot of music we treasure here at FFF, we couldn’t not ask him to make us a Hot Tape. Drawing a lineage between UK Hip Hop, classic dancehall and frequency-crushing dub, Monkey has whipped us up a mix that reflects a very personal, rebellious and above all anthemic journey through sound system culture and it’s music. Turn it up, bruck out and get educated by this rare and comprehensive insight into the potent mix of influences behind one of Australia’s most distinctive beat-makers.



FFF Hot Tape 002 – Aoi

For the second installment in our FFF Hot Tape series, we’re honored to have the one and only AOI step up to the plate. The man has featured on our site many times, and given his output, it’s no surprise to see him back here.

Regularly heralded as one of Australia’s wildest and most prolific beat makers; when AOI isn’t producing albums for Lukey Cage, GDP, The Baroness or releasing an uncountable amount of skewed hip hop beats under his own name, the man is often found haunting the second-hand record shops of North Melbourne, adding to his ever expanding and always daunting record collection. Seriously, this guy has an entire living room dedicated to a vinyl collection that spans hip hop, electronic music, library records, 70’s soul, psych rock, Japanese anime soundtracks and all other bizarre points in between. It represents a lifetime dedication to digging in dusty crates, sampling and the vinyl format.

AOI’s sampling and digging prowess is what puts him ahead of everyone else in the game, and exactly why we asked him to make a 60 minute mix that digs deep into this collection. It’s a truly rare visit through the labyrinth of influences and sample sources of a hard working producer and obsessive collector – an absolute goldmine for the fellow record enthusiast or sample trainspotter. AOI has declined the opportunity to present a track list, and with over 60 tracks blazing in through the hour, it’s a much better idea to crank this baby up, light a phatty or take a sip, and enjoy the ride.

Download or listen below; podcast via iTunes



FFF Hot Tape 001 – Pacheko

This month, FFF Radio is excited to launch a fortnightly ‘FFF Hot Tape‘ mix series whereby we invite one of our favourite artists to step up to the plate and lay down a mix of music from their crates, collections and hearts. Sometimes you’ll get a sneak preview into new and emerging talent, bold statements by artists at the top of their game and specially crafted, connoisseur-ish insights into the record collections of some of the most talented musical minds emerging today.

So, now to present the first installment in our series, for which we invited Venezuelan bass aficionado Pacheko to step up. For those of you who don’t know, Pacheko (sometimes producing with his partner in crime Pocz), is best known for his role in shining light on Venezuela’s Tuki Changa scene.

Tuki Changa is a style of techno distinct to Venezuela, combining simplistic, high energy synths with driving, grimey tribal beats. He recently combined with fellow Venezuelan Pocz for ‘Changa Letal’ on Buraka Som Sistema’s Enchufada label, as well as contributing to the crazy-good ‘Changa Tuki Classics’ compilation from the same label. Now based in Barcelona, the DJ and producer melds his local produce with influences of Chicago house, Detroit Techno and UK Bass music into a sweaty, pressure-driven junglistic space chamber.

Pacheko’s mix deftly spans this range of influences, while drawing the dots between drum machine-driven rhythms from around the world. It’s the perfect antidote to your mid week hustle, your ideal hype machine before heading out for a weekend of debauchery, and an excellent way to launch our new mix series.

Download or listen below; podcast via iTunes.

FFF HOT TAPE 001 – TRACKLIST

1- Soundhack: Vintage
2- Strip Steve: Calcium (tr 505 version)
3- ????
4- Pacheko: Morsa
5- Vin Sol: Voice Chip Activate (Matrixxxman remix)
6- Cardopusher: I know you will (Nehuen Remix)
7-Nehuen: Bad Automation
8- Pacheko: Where is everybody
9- Nehuen: Build and release
10- Dj Yirvin: Dale culo al wapero (Nehuen remix)
11- Dj Yirvin: Toca la boca (Pacheko remix)
12- Pacheko: Electra
13- Clip!: Get down
14- Dj Sluggo:
15- 2 men on wax: Active Beat
16- Dj Trajic: The horn dog
17- Dj Yirvin: Todo el mundo pa la pista
18- Nick Hook & Vin Sol Matrixxxman: I can feel it
19- The Panamax Project: Width
20- Downliners Sekt: Trim/tab
21- Burial: NYC



Salva: Underground Constructions

Salva’s been making beats as long as he’s been tying his shoelaces, and his tracks have been making little fires throughout the club sphere since at least 2008. But 2012 was owned by the man, helped in no small part by the huge success of his remix of Kanye West’s Mercy, with fellow beat head RL Grime (easily one of the loudest tunes of the festival season!).

Salva’s history is diverse, having cut his teeth in Chicago on hip hop, techno, house and everything else that makes the city great, before moving to Los Angeles to join the burgeoning beats scene. A regular in the legendary ‘Low End Theory’ Club, Salva’s productions swing wildly between genres, incorporating street rhythms with classic club drive. His tracks stand out for their brutal drum programming and sophisticated synth work.

We’ve loved him here at FFF for a long time, and finally got a chance to have a few words with him in Barcelona before his set at the Sonar 2012 Festival.



Brenmar: Divas, Dancefloors & Diamonds

Brenmar is a name running a storm through the dance underground. While his addictive Rn’B remixes have been hot for a minute now, 2012 was undoubtedly Brenmar’s own year. His new slew of dancefloor-focused productions, and relentless tour schedule have made him a must-see in many a dedicated raver’s summer handbook.

FFF pinned down Brenmar for a quick chat in Barcelona, just after his set as part of the Sonar 2012 Festival. He talks to us about his unrelenting work ethic, moving from Chicago to New York and his mission to bring more street into the club.



Nick Hook: Open 24 Hours

On the eve of the massive Sonar 2012 festival in Barcelona, Suckafish P Jones caught up with synth-wizard, studio guru and all round nice guy Nick Hook. Beginning his serious musical journey as the Keyboard player for Warner Brothers signed Men, Women and Children, Nick rapidly began to make waves in New York’s electronic underground, first as a member of Cubic Zirconia, and later as a producer for L-Vis 1990, El-P and famously, Azaelia Banks‘ crossover hit, ‘212’. Nick is currently making a stamp with his own productions, which see him exploiting his love of drum machines, vintage synthesizers and down and dirty dance music to ever-surprising results.

Go check his debut release for Scion, ‘Without You’, and his  forthcoming collaborative EP with Matrixxxman and Vin Sol for Classicworks (released in March 2013)



King Midas Sound: The Art of Intensity

As part of the Sonar 2010 festival in Barcelona, FFF caught up with King Midas Sound; made up of the ever-inspiring Kevin Martin (aka the Bug), Japanese vocalist Kiki Hitomi and dub poet Roger Robinson.

In this episode, the three talk about their dedication to making albums in the days of ‘no-albums’, how to keep music intense and immediate, and their own dedication to the cause of good, innovative music.

Recorded in the aftermath of their debut release, ‘Waiting For You’, this is an exclusive snapshot into the uncompromising world of a band unafraid to shake up their audience, and crush every expectation beneath their vision of apocalyptic lover’s rock.