Soft Focus by Vanilla

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Beat tapes are something im getting increasingly distracted by, not least because of the groove they are offering but because its good to hear influences on people making the beats.

Recently the ‘Soft Focus’ tape by Vanilla has been ever present. Again, its a bewilderment that a 27 track album can be offered up for free or on a name your price basis, especially when the beats have this much soul.

Its clear to hear the influences on UK producer Vanilla and rather point to that I’d like to point at this release that keeps the head bouncing and the inner groove going from start to finish.

Cut up beats alongside warm vocals and grooves conjure up a fantastic brew. Bag it and try to listen from start to finish without rewinding to play, at least, more than one track twice. No chance!

A personal favorite for starters is ‘A Chance’

Inspiring stuff. Grab it.

Freddie Joachim – The Joachim Remixes Vol. 1-4

Here at the Robot Bodypop our ethos has been the focus on future beats leaning more towards the more electronic side of music however we also feel anyone doing anything new with existing music also deserves mentions.
As big Hip-Hop fans we’re loving the work beatsmith Freddie Joachim has produced over the last few years with his fresh and ,dare we say it, more soulful take on some of some of hip-hops finest tracks. To take a look at how this guy works, check him out in his studio

Born in the Philippines, and raised in San Diego, CA, Freddie is a keen listener and collector of hip hop, jazz, and soul music. Starting as most of us do with DJing in 1996 he slowly progressed into recording and production, and musicianship. It’s these remixes that have caught our recent attention despite being available for some time. Tracks in there from Common, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Slum Village, Mothod Man & Redman and even the dark vibes from Mobb Deep is reworked into soulful brilliance

Not too sure how long these remixes will remain available as they are put out there by the man himself here. Full tracklisting below and a direct link to all the tracks can be found hosted here. Get involved.

VOL. 1 (2005)
01. Mos Def – Travellin Man (Freddie Joachim Remix)
02. Mobb Deep – Quiet Storm (Freddie Joachim Remix)
03. Talib Kweli – Get By (Freddie Joachim Remix
04. Common – The Corner (Freddie Joachim Remix)
05. Erykah Badu – On & On (Freddie Joachim Remix)
06. Mos Def – Work It Out (Freddie Joachim Remix)
07. Scarface – Smile Ft 2pac (Freddie Joachim Remix)
08. Reflection Eternal – Good Mourning (Freddie Joachim Remix)
09. Common – The Light (Freddie Joachim Remix)
10. Homeliss Derilex – Cash Money (Freddie Joachim Remix)

VOL. 2 (2006)

01. Mos Def – Mathematics (Freddie Joachim Remix)
02. Reflection Eternal – Move Somethin (Freddie Joachim Remix)
03. Cypher Optics – Stimutax (Freddie Joachim Remix)
04. Method Man & Redman – How High (Freddie Joachim Remix)
05. Beatjunkies – Sick Days Ft LMNO (Freddie Joachim Remix)
06. Little Brother – The Way You Do It (Freddie Joachim Remix)
07. Mos Def – Ms Fat Booty (Freddie Joachim Remix)

VOL. 3 (2007)
01. Common – Resurrection (Joachim Remix)
02. Common – The Light (Freddie Joachim Remix)
03. Freddie Joachim – Brown Crayon
04. Freddie Joachim – The Generations
05. Jill Scott – Love Rain Ft Mos Def (Head Nod Joachim Remix)
06. Nas – If I Ruled The World (Freddie Joachim Remix)
07. Nice & Smooth – Blazing Hot (Freddie Joachim Remix)
08. Talib Kweli – Get By (Joachim Remix)
09. Talib Kweli – Rock On (Joachim Remix)

VOL. 4 (2008)
01. Freddie Joachim – Marie Ft Choice37 (Remix)
02. Common – I Used To Love Her (Freddie Joachim Remix)
03. Common – The Light Ft Erykah Badu (Freddie Joachim Remix)
04. Freddie Joachim – Matter Of Time Ft Surreal (Remix)
05. Himuki – Hold On Ft Sene (Freddie Joachim Remix V.2)
06. Slum Village – EZ Up (Freddie Joachim Remix)
07. Slum Village – Get Dis Money (Freddie Joachim Remix)
08. The Office – Dunder Mifflin Infinity (Freddie Joachim Remix)
09. Freddie Joachim – Love Is Ft Profile & Latanya Lockett (Remix)
10. Son Of Ran – As Long As There’s You (Freddie Joachim Remix)
11. Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Freddie Joachim Remix)
12. Freddie Joachim – Color Blue
13. Freddie Joachim – Summer Breeze

www.freddiejoachim.com

Chemical Ally – Imagination of Yourself (Spirit RMX) / Insider

Welshman and Rude FM regular Chemical Ally comes to stage with his own brand new imprint Rooted Recordings. It’s a cut that takes a serious pop at the dancefloor. Kicking off with the Spirit remix of ‘Imagination Of Yourself’ from the man himself and Lady Flava, it’s a roller full of stabs and resonant horns to keep you moving whilst the flip sees Ukranian Fade pick up composer duties. ‘Insider’ sees warping b-lines and a host of spacefunk bleeps and bloops fll up the space before rocking the crisp amen breaks. A serious cut.

Bag this release on 12th November from Juno Records

Catnapp – Make Your Speakers Boom

Buenos Airies born Catnapp is the first ‘one-girl’ band that I’ve ever encountered. Holding down production and mic duties herself and using only a DJ in a live environment to spin her beats while she goes in on the mic. Originally setting out to make drum&bass and breakbeat in 2009, her mission has taken her through many electronic sounds bringing us into 2012 with the release of the ‘Make Your Speakers Boom’ remix EP. It features the original track as well as remixes from underground producers from London, New York, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Barcelona as well as Paraguay, taking in Electro, Bass, UK Funky, Techno and several other musical styles. Oozing with pure attitude this is a strong release and with another 5 already under her belt, this girl is going to continue to mould and morph all the while refusing to be boxed in by musical boundaries.

The remix EP is available on Berlin based label IF THE KIDS

Check out Catnapps other releases here on her Bandcamp page and keep your eyes on Robot Bodypop for a full interview with the woman herself in the coming weeks.

Robot Bodypop 01.09.12

artwork by Max Dean

This weeks Robot Bodypop show serves up more freebies than ever. Killian selects cuts from fresh producers Panda and Geode, a double header from Quantum Soul and some jungle vibes from Hi Fidel Cartel. They are stacked in between tracks that move through the vibes with some new beats and some oldies and this is topped off with this weeks Survivor.

1nejack moves in a different direction with some exclusive tracks most notably from Wolf Cub and Silent Dust. Theres some bassweight in there from RDubz, Eggchan and Major Lazor and a couple of grimy numbers from both selectors from Biome and Priceless. The latter featuring Wiley on mic duties.

No guestmix on this weekss selection as we have no space amongst all the beats we’re spinning but expect the Transmit selections to resume soon. Listen, share and enjoy.

Killian

Fate – Panda
On The Run – TGS (Horsepower RMX)
Punisher – Pinch (Loefah SE25 RMX))
Raising The Heat – Biome ft. Fugzi
Karnak – Quantum Soul
Reminisce – Quantum Soul
Subway – Cauze & Kbeats
Four – Numbernin6
Transfix – Geode
In The Sky – Author
Calle F – Mala
How Far – Hi Fidel Cartel
Blindspot – Submotion Orchestra (Opta Block RMX)
Maybe – Nkilla (Tronical RMX)

1nejack

Phyre – DJ Hoodcore
Crystal Clear (Feat. Wiley) – Priceless
Roland Garros – Wolf Cub
Population Me (Feat. Self Says) – Silent Dust
EFX – Teengirl Fantasy feat. Kelela
Get Free – Major Lazer
Twin Rays (Worst Friends Remix) – Gung Ho
Cool Party – Groundislava
Bourbon Flush – Aeolho
Oblivious – Eggchan
Can’t Spend The Day Without You – Enigma Dubz
Shadows – Walter Ego
Set Off (Ina Dance Mix) – Walter Ego feat. Trim
Moody – RDubz
Climax (Distinction Refix) – Usher

The Eyes – Harder

Estate Recordings goes from strength to strength showing that the recent Umbro bursary was well deserved. The new single, their 7th release, drops on the 20th August and it’s a killer.

On the A side it’s the first release from super-producer and selector Chimpo and ridiculously good vocalist Fox. They go by the name of The Eyes and it’s a fantastic mix of talents with each artist going back to the roots of music with the vibes on this plate. Both tracks found their way onto the playloist of this weeks Robot Bodypop radio show.

‘Harder’ is a reggae anthem with a hook, which should have people singing throughout the summer. On the flip you have ‘Come Again’ which switches up the vibes with a dancehall riddim this time featuring Strategy found recently rocking speakers worldwide with ‘Marka’

Talented video work from Joe Gavin once again. Really excited to see whats next from both Estate Recordings and The Eyes.

Beat Pharmacy – Nuclear Race (Appleblim & Komonazmuk RMX) – Free DL

Made available last year as a free download taken from the Wikkid Times E.P, Appleblim and Komonazmuk‘s remix is a huge slice of future bass. A smooth melody laced with deep volcals backed with some fantastic drums carry you through the duration of this 8 minute wonder. Still floating around on several links this needs to be picked up before they all disappear.

Download from Mediafire