Label: Fabric - none • Format: File MP3, Mixed 320 kbps • Country: UK • Genre: Electronic • Style: Drum n Bass
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But that's what Danny Williamson - AKA Conrad Funk - Utah Jazz - Fabric Live Bukem In Session Promo Mix Bukem - along with other inspirational DJ's during that early musical revolution of the nineties, has achieved - by creating the unique and magnetising genre that is drum'n'bass.
Bukem might well have launched the sound, over twenty years ago now, but he's still as innovative as ever within it. He is, in fact, also commonly seen as a key figure in the popularisation of hardcore in the 90s. Bukem's tracks are not just churned out electronic, sample-based works either. His 'intelligent' rhythms feature stringed arrangements, sounds from nature, keyboards, live vocals and slow-motion breaks too. Things you don't usually associate with a genre so well matched, audibly, Conrad Funk - Utah Jazz - Fabric Live Bukem In Session Promo Mix its title.
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Taking some time out of his ridiculously busy schedule, Bukem spoke to Rivmixx all about that current 'Fabriclive46' LP, his experiences DJing around the world, as well as the pleasures Ill Be Yr Bird - M. Ward - Transistor Radio running one of the UK's longest independents - Good Looking Records.
Rivmixx: First off it was great to catch you last Friday July 31 at Fabric. Your night there seems to be turning into something of a residency for you, isn't it? LTJ Bukem: "Yeah it's a sense of what we're doing. It's a night where Playerz meets Bukem in session. With two and half to three thousand people.
There probably isn't a bigger drum'n'bass night regularly in London or around the UK like that. You don't get many Friday nights around the world in a big club that's dedicated to drum'n'bass. It's about the atmosphere, soundsystem and what you get back from being in that space.
Fabric epitomises that, in the way that it's just a brick building with a very underground vibe and great soundsystems in all three rooms. The sounds in there are just amazing.
LTJ: "I've been DJing at the club for over three years and I think it was just something that was always on the cards. They asked me to do a mix of stuff and I was quite honoured to be honest. With the things at the label, the regular night, and musically what I'm doing it all just made sense. LTJ: "I never know [laughs]. With the label and gigs I'm finding it hard to actually find time to get in the studio at the moment.
But hopefully we are gonna sort that out in the future. LTJ: "MCs have been there since the dawn of time and I feel it's an integral part of music and music performance to have some sort of vocal element. I think [their role] hasn't changed a lot although it may have got a bit more refined. I mean I kinda met him init a was funny chance meeting through DJ Trace at this gig in Slough.
I just liked what he did. I always record things when I'm out if I can. I recorded that night on cassette tape and played it in my car. It was great. So I got in contact. We kind of fell into each others laps as it were and enjoyed what each brought to the table, in terms of performance.
It just happened very organically. In the same light though, at Fabric I also like to have three or four MCs that mix and match and understand each other. I've got a lot of respect and mad love for a lot of the Get It Off My Conscience - The Lovelites - Get It Off My Conscience / Oh What A Day and younger MCs coming through too.
LTJ: "Yeah. You can't be involved in this game and not be excited about music, otherwise get out. I want to help those artists get out and represent the music I love so much. I've been in this game twenty years plus, and there's always gonna be new people adding their piece of the jigsa - Rivmix. Danny knows I'm on this hard. Classic Bukem! Wikid stuff. Just reminded me to go back to it. Dropped it at Fabric last weekend.
Been playing both. Cool track. Thought this be out a while back. Gonna dig Sannhetens Løgn - Kort Prosess - Kort Prosess one out again. Always works a treat. Back in the box. Of course I love this one. After a short hiatus from production, "Switch" sees the welcome return of LTJ Bukem as a producer with his deep and soulful sound back in full force. With a back catalogue of such seminal tracks to Frankfurter - Stupids - Retard Picnic (Vinyl, LP, Album, LP, Album) name, "Switch" is guaranteed to continue LTJ Bukem's reign as one of the finest producers around, and if that's not enough, his forthcoming second solo album "What Price Art" will surely set in stone Bukem's reputation as a prolific and legendary artist.
Opening with smooth and sultry classical guitar strings, "Switch" gives way to a simple yet crisp beat whilst letting the dusty female vocal glide effortlessly over the track. Instantly recognisable as a trademark Goodlooking track, LTJ Bukem's sound still sounds as fresh and innovative today as it ever has! The AA side "Drum Toolz" is another highly anticipated release from the Goodlooking stable, with the much talked about collaboration finally making it to release.
Ahead of his forthcoming album, lyrical veteran MC Conrad ditches his mic in order to turn his hand to production; teaming up with relative newcomer Furney, in an old skool vs.
Furney and Conrad have excelled in "Drum Toolz" truly capturing the classic Goodlooking sound and bringing it right up to date with impressive style. The track stays true to its title and features intricately worked drums, which without question are the feature of the track. The choppy Amen style beats give the track a proper Jungle vibe accompanied with the neatly arranged vocal which compliments the track perfectly, whilst still letting the drums do all the talking!
Matt Brawn - www. LTJ Bukem has been an integral force in the development of Drum and Bass for well over 10 years and without his input, it is hard to imagine how the shape of our music would look today.
He can, almost single-handedly, be held responsible for the conception and development of the more soulful side of Drum and Bass that he has since become renowned for. Labelled "Intelligent Drum and Bass" at the time, LTJ Bukem chose not to accept the new moniker, claiming that it suggested other examples of the genre lacked intelligence; a viewpoint that over the years has earned him respect from some of the scene's biggest names.
Danny's first interaction with music came at school, with him studying trumpet, whilst also playing the piano and drums; all of which are evident in his productions. After his expulsion from school at the age of 16, a musically minded Danny set about becoming a DJ, taking influences from everything including Hip-Hop, Electro and Jazz, this eventually led him onto forming the Sunshine Sound Κοίτα Ποιος Θα Γίνω - Φραουλίτσα* - Η Γάτα Μου Η Ροζούλα through which LTJ Bukem could play all the moments' hottest tracks.
As Drum and Bass began to develop from its early roots in Hardcore Techno into the many subgenres we all know today, LTJ Bukem stepped us his game; setting up Conrad Funk - Utah Jazz - Fabric Live Bukem In Session Promo Mix highly respected label Good Looking Records with infamous business partner, Tony Fordham in the early 90's.
The label was not solely developed as an output for LTJ Bukem's work, but also as a platform; enabling him to showcase new up-and-coming producers. Goodlooking's first full releases, did not focus solely on LTJ Bukem, but consisted of a compilation of some of the Face Of Man - Eric (Sebadoh Founder Circa 1988)* - Face Of Man (File) producers of the time.
The album's release in cemented Drum and Bass as a new form of Dance Music that was here to stay and LTJ Bukem's style opened up these new forms to a much wider audience. Several years after the formation of Good Looking Records, sister labels began to form, acting as a stable for similar artists, many of which featured originally on Good Looking. Initially, Looking Good Records was set up to house the artists' growing production output.
As the labels continued to develop; continuing to release the revolutionary rollers that it was becoming renowned for, LTJ Bukem wanted to expand; taking it further than the instant classics he had already released such as 'Music', 'Horizons' and 'Demons Theme. The Earth imprint acted as on outlet for the more eclectic music of Good Looking, comprising of 7 volumes over an 8 year period, the Earth volumes symbolise the Good Looking ethos that if music sounds good then it should be embraced; the variety of tracks that appear on the albums vary from up-tempo jazzy Drum and Bass to more down tempo ambient tracks, whilst still seeming to Conrad Funk - Utah Jazz - Fabric Live Bukem In Session Promo Mix each other.
There had been much anticipation as to when LTJ Bukem' solo album would be finished, with many wondering why he was shying away from the project. The truth was, the time was not right, and in 'Journey Inwards' dropped into the hands of a record number of Good Looking lovers. Heralded as a key point in Good Looking' history, it marked a turning point in the labels' output; with individual artist albums slowly beginning to emerge as well as continuing to release the highly successful Earth series and what some see as the highlight of the Good Looking releases; The Progression Sessions CDs.
With the releases featuring live mixes from just a selection of the many countries that the Good Looking Camp has travelled to. Countries including Japan, America and Germany have all featured and are a true example of how far and wide LTJ Bukem has travelled pushing the boundaries of Drum and Bass. Things seemed to quieten down after the Millennium, and rumours began circulating that the Good Looking Camp had begun to dwindle.
The tune heralded a welcome return for Good Looking with it receiving airplay from everyone from Friction to Fabio. As for the future, The Invisible - The Broken Keys - Gravity really are looking good! With the hugely anticipated new album from Makoto dropping early this year, Good Looking has a pipeline full of projects ready for release in With beginnings as a DJ on London's soundsystem scene, followed by the acid house days alongside the likes of Kid Batchelor and Mr C, it was a fascination with the sampler that sprung his career into pace.
Whilst the likes of the Ragga Twins were fusing breakbeats with ragga samples and creating proto-jungle, Bukem's masterpiece, firmly rooted in his jazz piano background, was melodically and musically of another planet. His early productions that followed - including "Demon's Theme", "Atlantis" and "Music" - which built the foundations of the nascent Good Looking empire - carved out a defined niche in the developing scene.
It wasn't long before other young beat makers rushed to get their music into Bukem's hands, from PFM to one Rupert Parkes aka Photek "no one had heard of Photek until I was playing out all these sets of his productions".
I could've sat there with a computer and done what a lot of people do: a computer mix, which is great fun as you can do what you can't do live. But for me personally, I wanted it to be exactly what I do on a Friday night, strictly dubplates and records. I also wanted to Conrad Funk - Utah Jazz - Fabric Live Bukem In Session Promo Mix people on the mix that I am working with on Good Looking, who I have a strong belief will have some longevity in what they are doing, and are going to be prolific artists in their own right.
For me, it doesn't matter who the artist is, it's just about good music. That's been my ethos since day one. It's a simple formula - one genius, two decks and 18 great records. This is the mix which will re-establish LTJ Bukem as one of electronic music's maverick selectors - not afraid to shun the big tunes and, instead, stick to his principles, support the fam and remind the record buying world that Good Looking is still the relentless musical force it always was.
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