A little over a year ago I wrote about five of my favorite podcasts. I was revisiting that list, and thought it was a good time to make some additions. Here are a few more of my favorite Broken Beat / Nu Jazz podcasts.
Timeless Inspiration is a podcast hosted by danYdan, and features Broken Beat, Future Jazz, Hip Hop, Drum & Bass and Electro.
Nu Jazz selections mixed by Don-Ray
Bopstar Radio Sessions
You know Bopstar right? He’s the DJ and producer who came up under Phil Asher and Afronaught, released music on Restless Soul, started the Patterns club night, and helped start the Coopr8 website. This is his podcast.
Do you have any favorites I should be listening to? Let me know…
Six “New Jazz” Web Sites
Whether you call it Nu Jazz, Future Jazz, Future Soul or Broken Beat, it’s all great music. But it can be hard sometimes to track down information on artists, their new releases, or where they’re touring. Below is a list of my favorite resources on the web for the music I like to call the New Jazz.
Back in 2000, IG Culture, Dego, Afronaught & Mark Force, Demus, and Phil Asher started the Co-Op club. Co-Op live sessions have since featured the best in Broken Beat with performances by everyone from Bugz in the Attic to 4Hero to Mark de Clive-Lowe to Likwid Biskit. The list is huge. In 2007, Bopstar and Afronaut set up the Coopr8 web site as an extension of the Co-Op club. Coopr8 is a social networking site, and probably the best resource on the web for all things Broken.
Beyondjazz is the premier online community for Future Jazz. The site features loads of interviews, profiles, reviews, playlists, and charts. Make sure to check out the forum where there are over 2700 registered members discussing the music you love.
The Basic Soul web site is home to Simon Harrison’s Basic Soul Show (broadcast across the globe) and Nu-World DJ mixes (broadcast on Samurai FM). Both feature the best in Soul, Jazz, Nu Jazz, Broken Beat, House, Drum and Bass, Funk, Hip Hop, and just about every style in between. The site also includes music reviews, features, and interviews.
If you’re interested in learning more about Simon Harrison, make sure to check out my interview with him right here.
Properly Chilled is all about Downtempo music and culture. According to the site, “Downtempo is so much more than a simple genre label. It’s a word that describes an attitude and a way of living that’s complemented and personified by a wildly varied, but closely knit family of musical genres that form a soundtrack to our lives.” If you agree, and you love Downtempo music, make sure to visit Properly Chilled. And while you’re there, check out this review of my album.
Tetsuo’s Nutriot is my favorite (relatively) new blog, and it’s a great site for finding out about new Broken Beat and Future Soul releases from artists such as Dorian Concept and Domu.
Norman Mayers’ New-Soul Magazine is all about bridging “the gap between the world of R&B/soul and the underground vibes of electronica, the common factor being a grounding in funk, soul and urban lifestyle.” The site includes articles, reviews and interviews with artists who make soul influenced music.
By the way, Norman shared some of his thoughts on the concept of “New Jazz” with Leisure Lab back in November ’08, and you can read that article here.
This list includes some of my favorite “New Jazz” web sites, but of course it’s not comprehensive. So who did I miss? Let me know in the comments.
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Back in August of ’08, Marc Kets interviewed Colonel Red for Basic Soul. When Kets asked, “What happened to Broken Beat?” Colonel Red responded:
Broken Beat is doing exactly what was intended of Broken Beat! Broken Beat evolved from a particular detail and attitude of mind that exists through our musical history and now you can hear the sound of Broken Beat permeating in the detail of new music everywhere simply because this art form was meant to escape us, so that it could be free, and to influence and inspire the imaginations and attitudes of all creatives who wish to be open to new things!
Below, Mark de Clive-Lowe discusses his relationship with Jazz, connects the music of Ellington and Coltrane to that of IG Culture and J Dilla, and connects the sounds of the big band to those of the MPC.
On his relationship to Jazz:
“I think I was first attracted to Jazz for the groove (especially in comparison to classical piano music which I’d been learning), and the freedom that it offered in improvisation. At each stage of my musical development, what, how and why I played was a reflection of where I was at in my life at that point in time. Now I feel a lot more settled, knowing how I want music to sound and how to make it sound like that while being conscious of keeping my own creativity evolving.”
On the meaning of Jazz to him:
“It’s more what it does not mean to me. Jazz to me is not about the vernacular or musical language that makes say, Bebop sound like Bebop. It’s about the concept and wider creative approach embodied by musicians like Ellington, Miles, Trane, Monk, Herbie and many others right through to the likes of J Dilla, IG Culture and Q-Tip.”
On Big Bands:
“I started off in a big band – in fact before the first big band gigs I did, I’d played big band in junior high school. I’m not sure I really knew what I was doing though! I’m doing some big band show in January 2009 in Holland, fusing the MPC and synths with a Jazz big band. That’s going to be dope.”