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  • Album Review: Caustic Yoda - Mutant Beats

    Album Review: Caustic Yoda - Mutant Beats

    Caustic Yoda - Mutant Beats

    There's a saying they use when describing the vast pool of musicians in the Blue Mountains Hip Hop scene, 'There must be something in the water.' If this is the case then Caustic Yoda's studio must be built on an ancient spring. Caustic Yoda is a multi instrumentalist, beatmaker, turntablist, producer, visual artist and percussionist from the heart of The Blue Mountains.

    Caustic Yoda Live

    The Producer behind one of my favourite bands Cooking With Caustic, one half of the instrumentalist band GORO along with Waza, also the beatmaker/producer behind the politically charged and consciously hard hitting Hip Hop group Bomb Threat, a member of one of the mountains most well known original Hip Hop groups Two Toes, the beatmaker/producer behind Scratches Records recent signing Otherside among many other artistic ventures including mixing and mastering most of your favourite Hip Hop albums from the state.

    Caustic Yoda has a sound and a reputation in the industry, a reflection of decades of work.
    With all this under his belt its surprising to think that this latest album Mutant Beats is Caustic's first ever solo venture.

    The album has been described as Minimal Organic Boom Bap, which really helps give you an idea of what Yoda is known for.
    His sound is very analogue, rich and earthy. It has body, and a lot of the organic sound comes from Caustic Yoda's hands on approach to beat making. That's hands on literally, as both a drummer and a beat creator Caustic Yoda makes his sounds using live finger drumming on a drum machine, synths and playing percussion. He's not the sort of cat I often see with a loop or carefully constructed sample on a computer monitor, he's a live unquantised producer, both on stage and in the studio.

    Caustic Yoda Mpc 2500

    His studio is filled with instruments of percussion, pianos, turntables, heavy cassette players, vintage arcade machines and keyboards that look like they were lifted straight from the bridge of The Starship Enterprise.

    When I last visited his studio we went out the back to where he is hand printing the sleeves for his records. The walls and floor covered in oil paintings he's working on and cover designs.
    Caustic Yoda is a passionate and humble cat who creates works reflecting not only an expression or narrative, but also a personal take on what music means to him, and nowhere is this more clearly articulated than on his new album.

    Mutant Beats is an album with a rich fidelity. It has a nourishing sound and is beautifully spaced and each instrument and rhythm given time and room to breathe.Caustic Yoda's beats sound human, the kicks and snares have character and I've always been a fan of Yoda's ability to swing. The BPM is slow and smooth, very Blue Mountains.

    If you're lucky enough to pick up the vinyl I can't recommend it enough to get that A side B side experience out of the track list, as well as hearing the music the way it was intended.

    Caustic Yoda Studio

    Stand out tracks for me are Test Patterns, Anti-matter, and the stunning song Xtapolapocetl which in my opinion is the peak of the B side to Mutant Beats. (I have it on good authority that the closing song Juno Landing is dedicated to his dog.)

    I asked Caustic Yoda about the album and he told me it's not a record that's really meant to demand your attention, it is an exercise in minimalism to create whole songs while still leaving space.
    He told me Mutant Beats has been a handmade project from start to finish and seeing how he works in the studio I couldn't think of a better way of describing it.

    You can get the album on vinyl, CD, cassette (limited) or as a digital download here.

    And of course you can find Caustic Yoda on all streaming services and social media to stay up to date with releases and see him live in concert. Peace.

    Words By Mighty Ash



     
  • Gig News: Ableton Live 10 Showcase Perth

    Gig News: Ableton Live 10 Showcase Perth

    Ableton Live 10 Showcase Perth

    This is a free public showcase event of Ableton Live 10. & the first 2018 Perth Ableton User group meeting.

    If your into music production or a Ableton user... Novice or Jedi... This event is for you.... presented by Perth's Certified Ableton Trainers - Josh Hogan & Mat Hykus and co-hosted by Kosmic Sound Perth

    Learn about the new Ableton Live 10 features... Tell a friend, bring a friend, family or like minded Jedi. 

    Date: Weds 31st Jan 2018 
    Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

    Hope to see you all there!!!

    Pizzas will also be provided by Kosmic Sound Perth

     
  • 'Quality Beats' Episode 3: Scotty B & DJ Raine Supreme - Down Right Nasty

    Qualirty Beats 3

    The Chop presents "Quality Beats" a ongoing day in the life short video series featuring local established and upcoming Beat-Maker/Music Producers giving insight to their day to day lives, music, production process and more.

    Third up on Quality Beats we are lucky to have Scotty B The Digital Assassin and DJ Raine Supreme join up for a collaboration on this episode they take us on an adventure show a joint production routine and process where Raine dug the vinyl and laid  cuts and Scotty laid down his handy work on making the beat.

    Shout out to all involved and the  sponsors:  Akai Pro Australia,  Sailor Jerry,  PLAY BAR (for being the home of The Chop events), Well Dressed Vandals,  Phable Denim,  OZHIPHOPSHOP,  Aisle6ix Industries,  Hardcore Classic,  Crown.St Cut Collective

    Listen to full track version of "Down Right Nasty" here.

    Be sure to check out our other episodes.

     
  • Rahj On The Beat Episode 3

     Rahj On The Beat Episode 3, Hip Hop Beat Video

    Rahj On The Beat Episode 3!

     

    Producer Rahjconkas, from Wagga Wagga is back for episode 3 of his beat video series. The murky punches of his well known signature style has long been synonymous with that of production laid down for artists; The Funkoars, Urthboy, Hau, Jeswon, The Tongue, Seven,Tom thumb, Carl Roe, Ellesquire, Defron, Eloji, Mini Coop, Mdusa, Muph and Briggs.

    He is a producer well known for his role on many recent hip hop productions including the free album 'Parallel' which dropped early this year featuring former running-mate Mr Hill. Rahj On The Beat Episode 3 is yet another classic in his Rahj On The Beat Episodes. Peep the video below!

    Peep the new clip below.

     

    Purchase Rahjconkas production kits now exclusively at Ozhiphopshop via the links below.

    The Good Kit Vol 1

    Rahj's go to drums - 50 kicks, snares, hats, Fx and extras.

    Drums from: Funkoars Sessions (BMF), Eloji Sessions, MHRC Sessions (Telescope,Non Stop, Put The Work In, etc.)

    Dust Bunnies Kit.

    With over 50 kicks, snares, hats, Fx and extras.

    These are the rawest drums you want! All drums were dug from rahj's collection of vinyl. All sounds have been Eq'd,compressed and normalised and ready to go.

    Check out more music from Rahjconkas via the link below.

    Rahjconkas Youtube

     
  • Rahj On The Beat Episode 2!

     Australian Hip Hop Producer Rahjconkas On The Beat Episode 2, AUstralian Hip Hop, Hip Hop, Rap

     

    Rahj On The Beat Episode 2!

     

    Producer Rahjconkas, from Wagga Wagga is back for episode 2 of his beat video series. The murky punches of his well known signature style has long been synonymous with that of production laid down for artists; The Funkoars, Urthboy, Hau, Jeswon, The Tongue, Seven,Tom thumb, Carl Roe, Ellesquire, Defron, Eloji, Mini Coop, Mdusa, Muph and Briggs.

    He is a producer well known for his role on many recent hip hop productions including the free album 'Parallel' which dropped early this year featuring former running-mate Mr Hill. Rahj On The Beat Episode 2 is yet another drop from one of the industry’s finest. Peep the video below!

    Peep the new clip below.

     

    Purchase Rahjconkas production kits now exclusively at Ozhiphopshop via the links below.

    The Good Kit Vol 1

    Rahj's go to drums - 50 kicks, snares, hats, Fx and extras.

    Drums from: Funkoars Sessions (BMF), Eloji Sessions, MHRC Sessions (Telescope,Non Stop, Put The Work In, etc.)

    Dust Bunnies Kit.

    With over 50 kicks, snares, hats, Fx and extras.

    These are the rawest drums you want! All drums were dug from rahj's collection of vinyl. All sounds have been Eq'd,compressed and normalised and ready to go.

    Check out more music from Rahjconkas via the link below.

    Rahjconkas Youtube

     
  • Australian hip hop producer Rahjconkas has just released his brand new hip hop drum kit.

    Rahjconkas Dust, Bunnies, Australian hip hop, Aussie hip hop, Born Fresh Records, Hip hop, All Australian hip hop, Hip hop drum kit, Sound bank Rahjconkas - Dust Bunnies album art.

    Rahjconkas releases brand new hip hop digital drum kit.

     

    Australian hip hop producer and beatmaker Rahjconkas has just released his long awaited second drum kit 'Dust Bunnies'.

    The Dust Bunnies kit features some of the most raw drums you will hear, over 50 different sounds including drums, snares, hats and fx. All drums were dug from rahj's  massive collection of vinyl. All sounds have been Eq'd, compressed and normalised and ready to go.

    If you were feeling his first kit, The Goods Kit Vol 1 then this one will make your ears bleed and your beats bang.

    Available now exclusively from the store.

    Rahjconkas - Dust Bunnies

     
  • Gig News! The Chop XI

    The Chop

    BEDROCKER PRODUCTIONS & PLAY BAR are very excited to announce THE CHOP – ROUND XI.

    The Chop is an evening dedicated to showcasing the talents beat makers/producers.

    After missing last months THE CHOP due to Anzac Day, this month we have carved up a huge and succulent line for this May's gig. We will be also shooting a new video so get down and support your local scene and the only night of it's kind.

     

    Souluxe Souluxe

    FRESH BEATS

    ***SOULUXE***

    SOULUXE, a newly formed soullaboration between XL.SOULS and AKA.MARS is the place where to two like-minded, passionate Hiphop heads and all around creatives come together to explore sound and space as true disciples of dopeness.

    With influences ranging from Primo to Parliament, The Beatnuts to the Breakestra and everything in between, these cats bring an impromptu performance style that is at once soulful, jazzy, fun and lighthearted. Bursting to with countless colourful samples layered with crusty boom bap beats and technic 1200 trickery, have no doubt this is luxury for the soul.

    https://soundcloud.com/xl-souls
    https://soundcloud.com/akamars

    DJ Broke DJ Broke

    ***BROKE (NSW DMC CHAMP)***

    Skills, skills, skills more skills and impeccable track selection... not to mention a turntable wizard. Play a special beat and showcase set just for The Chop.

    2014 NSW DMC Champion
    2013 Australasian IDA Vice-Champion
    2013 Australian DMC Vice-Champion
    2013 NSW DMC Champion
    2005 ITF Regional Vice-Champion
    facebook: www.facebook.com/itsjustbroke 

    ***DEADLY YARRANIDGY***
    Deadly Yarranidgy is a crew of didgeridoo players with beatboxing and drumming/percussion mixed in for an epic clash of traditional rythms and modern beats.

    CHOICE CUTS

    ***RAINE SUPREME***
    Raine Supreme has quickly become the go-to DJ for all things Hip Hop, soul and funk. He regularly plays all around Sydney, and has held residencies at the most frequented concert venues, bars & clubs.

    His incredibly vast catalogue of music, and innate ability to remember small details about each of the releases, has earned him the title of Mr. Encyclopedia of Music. Already he has shared the stage with some big names including, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Pharoahe Monch, De La Soul, Charlie 2na, Apollo Brown, Def Wish Cast, Dj-JS1 (Rock Steady Crew), Boogie Blind (The X-Ecutioners), Afrika Bambaataa, Dj Suspect, Blak Twang, Dj MK, @peace and many more. As well as being an audio enthusiast, he also extends his love for music into the video realm, both as a solo artist and as apart of his AVDJ duo, NTSC, which sees him team with Sydney visual veteran, VJ Spook. Raine Supreme also throws his promoter hat on, working under the banner of HomeyDontPlayDat, and has been behind some incredible events in Sydney such as the 2013 & 2014 DMC NSW Finals, Destino @ The Abercrombie, Soul Shaker @ The Newtown Hotel and more!

    https://soundcloud.com/rainesupreme

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    ***BENNY HINN***
    Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beats for the masses… Although now only 34, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Spain, Wollongong and the South coast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finesse and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200s.

    The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Annual release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A.Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Sarah Love, Shortee Blitz, Frenzie, Total Eclipse, Mr. Doris, Cool Hand Luke, Normski, DJ Katch, DJ A.$.K, DJ KC, Edseven, Inkswel, Omegaman, Busta, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…

    Benny has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.

    His latest venture has been building and establishing PLAY BAR SYDNEY. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution that brings decent music into Surry Hills Sydney. He has programmed every bit of music that has come through the venue and supported a huge range of hiphop, breakbeat DJs and just awesome beat-makers and producers both local and abroad…

    https://soundcloud.com/bennyhinn

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    ***THE CHOP***

    The Chop is a night being held at Play bar in Sydney’s design, music and fashion hub of Surry Hills on a monthly basis. The Chop is an evening dedicated to showcasing the talents of up and coming, as well as already established beat makers/producers. The call has been sent out to all bedroom bangers, mpc masters, beat junkies and production prodigies to bring their finest cuts of A grade beat and they have answered with cleavers in tow.

    All performances will be live and butchered to order for your audio taste buds.
    Along with show casing these talented artists, The Chop will be supported by some of Sydney’s finest DJ’s. They will spinning the most mouth watering assortment of funk, soul, boogie and hip hop to accompany these talented purveyors of cold cuts and dope beats.

    Play bar is an underground urban speak easy in Surry Hills frequented by everyone from corporate city slickers looking for a street style getaway to the cool kids of inner Sydney, which makes it the perfect venue for The Chop.
    This is a free event designed to promote the little known beat scene in Sydney and it is well worth stepping into this musical meat market to see the range of produce.
    Falling off the bone from May.

    If interested 
    Please send track demo's or previous sets to thechopbeats@gmail.com
    please include,
    Real name and alias:
    Contact information:
    Gear uses (hardware/software) and gear intended to use in a live set:
    A short description of intended live set:

    WHEN: SATURDAY 30 MAY 2015
    THE CHOP **LIVE BEAT-MAKER NIGHT**
    5PM-MIDNIGHT
    HAPPY HOUR 6-8PM

    WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY.
    BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS

    FREE ENTRY
    FIRST COME FIRST SERVED
    THE WORLD IS INVITED.

    DOORS OPEN AT 5PM
    FREE ENTRY ALL EVENING
    DRINK SPECIALS

    Sponsors: Akai Pro AustraliaSailor Jerry AustraliaStrangeLoveWell Dressed VandalsWestsyde Connection Crown.St Cut Collective, ozhiphopshop, Hardcore Classic, aisle6ix

     
  • Gig News. The Chop's 1st Birthday Featuring DJ Boogie Blind

    The Chop Ft DJ Boogie Blind

    The Chop's 1st Birthday Featuring DJ Boogie Blind

     

    BEDROCKER PRODUCTIONS, PLAY BAR & SKRATCH SAT-DEE!!! are very excited to announce THE CHOP – 1st BDAY

    It's 1st Bday of your favourite monthly beat maker night THE CHOP we are like the baby Jesus of the Hip Hop world and to celebrate we have the one and only Boogie Blind (from The X-Ecutioners/X-Men and the infamous Pharoahe Monch's DJ) will be headlining and bringing the party and along side him will be The Chop fam members Mumbles (Live), Ink Stains (Live) and Dj's RAINE SUPREME & Benny Hinn. Bringin' Grade-A Beat.

    Come party it's *FREE*

     ***BOOGIE BLIND***

     

    Boogie Blind is one of the most respected and trusted DJs in the industry. This 2001 Vestax World Champion embodies the phrase “turntablist” and “DJ” in every sense, he’s been Djing since he was 5 years old. Blind is also a member of the legendary X–Ecutioners, a tight knit crew of DJs known around the world for their turntablist skills. The crew’s roster consists of the late Grand Master Roc Raida, Rob Swift, Mista Sinista, Total Eclipse and Precision. Blind has been featured on tours such as Anger Management, Rock the Bells, Coachella, MTV Icons, Sony Playstation, ESPN Espy Awards, NBA All-star Weekend, Echo Getting Up Festival, Montruex Jazz Festival, Heineken Synergy Tour throughout the Caribbean, and the annual Dub Car Show.

    In the past he has been a tour DJ for Fat Joe, Jim Jones, and Jean Grae. He currently spins for Pharoahe Monch and D.I.T.C. Recently Blind joined Beatminerz Radio, which is run by legendary super producers Mr. Walt and DJ Evil Dee. On his show, The Execution (Thursdays, 6pm – 8pm EST), listeners get a taste of various genres including but not limited to Hip-Hop, Funk, House, Breaks, Reggae, R&B, Samba, Jazz and Rock. With every tour, show, and party Boogie Blind’s reputation grows, proving he is a force to be reckoned with.

    The X-Ecutioners is a group of hip hop DJs/turntablists from New York City, New York. The group formed in 1989, and currently consists of three DJs, including Total Eclipse, DJ Boogie Blind, DJ Precision. Original members of the group included Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, and Roc Raida (R.I.P.)

    ***THE CHOP***

     

    The Chop is an evening dedicated to show casing the talents of local Sydney beat makers & producers…

    The Chop is a night being held at Play bar in Sydney’s design, music and fashion hub of Surry Hills on a monthly basis. The Chop is an evening dedicated to show casing the talents of up and coming, as well as already established beat makers/producers. The call has been sent out to all bedroom bangers, mpc masters, beat junkies and production prodigies to bring their finest cuts of A grade beat and they have answered with cleavers in tow.


    All performances will be live and butchered to order for your audio taste buds.


    Along with show casing these talented artists, The Chop will be supported by some of Sydney’s finest DJ’s. They will spinning the most mouth watering assortment of funk, soul, boogie and hip hop to accompany these talented purveyors of cold cuts and dope beats.
    Play bar is an underground urban speak easy in Surry Hills frequented by everyone from corporate city slickers looking for a street style getaway to the cool kids of inner Sydney, which makes it the perfect venue for The Chop.


    This is a free event designed to promote the little known beat scene in Sydney and it is well worth stepping into this musical meat market to see the range of produce.
    Falling off the bone 20th Nov.


    FRESH BEATS


    ***Mumbles***


    Mumbles is a Sydney based Producer/MC from the hip hop crew ‘Kosmic Culture’
    Specialising in Live MPC & Maschine BeatMaking. He is also one half of the Syd production duo "Outta Work Productions"
    https://soundcloud.com/outta-work-productions

    ***Ink Stains***


    Ink stains is a lofi hip hop sample-based project by Sydney producer Christian Whitwell, a combination of pure haze, hangovers and thought out samples. Bring your chill selves and enjoy…
    https://soundcloud.com/ink-stains

     

    CHOICE CUTS


    RAINE SUPREME & BENNY HINN holding down the ones and twos
    https://soundcloud.com/rainesupreme
    https://soundcloud.com/bennyhinn

    *FREE ENTRY*

    *DRINK SPECIALS*

    Sponsors: Akai Pro Australia, Sailor Jerry Australia, StrangeLove, Well Dressed Vandals, DJ Warehouse, Westsyde Connection, Crown.St Cut Collective,Ozhiphopshop

     
  • Tour News! Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014

    Grindin Presents - Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014

     

    Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014 Apollo Brown Australia And New Zealand Album Tour 2014


    Apollo Brown’s Thirty Eight is a contemporary throwback, inhabiting the realm of reverent reinvention and innovation. It deftly bridges the gap between ‘70s Blaxploitation soundtracks (e.g. Curtis Mayfield’s Superfly or Marvin Gaye’s Trouble Man) and the hip-hop records that sampled from them.

    The tracks on Thirty Eight are presented in gritty, heavily saturated Technicolor, the scratches and cigarette burns as purposeful as they are happily accidental. These are suites sounding from long barrels held by lone men lurking in grimy project hallways. Tinged with revenge and regret, shrouded in thick tendrils of hollow-point smoke, the songs have all the makings of an epic gangster tragedy. They’re also great when paired with anything Raymond Chandler.

    Crackle and sample hiss run like electric current throughout, charging the record with a retro feel and resonant warmth. Yet these qualities are only secondary to Brown’s impeccable ear for instrumentation. Thirty Eight is full of funk, soul, jazz, blues, hip-hop, and everything in between. The bluesy guitar twang of slow-burner “Black Suits” and the lush, orchestral strings of “The Warning” are just two examples of the depth and diversity Brown brings to the table.

    All singing on the album comes in the form of brief samples, some high-pitched and sped up, others left untouched. Taken together, they amount to glimpses of an emotionally affecting narrative, enabling the listener to fill in the plot and words between the booms and baps.

    Brown enlists New York mercenary Roc Marciano for the soundtrack’s two features. With the sharpest of eyes and the frostbitten wit of a Polo clad hustler slanging in the dead of winter, Marciano delivers his best verses in recent memory, his vivid narratives perfectly suited for Brown’s soulful production.

    TOUR DATES:
    Friday May 16th - The Espy, Melbourne
    Saturday May 17th - Rocket Bar, Adelaide
    Thursday May 22nd - Transit Bar, Canberra
    Friday May 23rd - The Manor, Perth
    Saturday May 24th - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
    Sunday May 25th - Ponsonby Social Club, Auckland

    For more info head over to the event page here.

     
  • Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair May 10th

    Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair

     

    Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair Brisbane Whale Mall Record Fair

     

    Shop up a storm at the biggest Vinyl Fair in Queensland, with over 50 dealers spreading across the Whale Mall and GOMA’s Bodhi Tree Terrace on Saturday 10 May.

    It’s back! After a great response to the Vinyl Fair last year and its connection to the Queensland Museum exhibition Collectomania, we have decided to bring it back in 2014. Find rare, ridiculous and rad pieces from all over the world as well as live music from The Wet Fish.

    Where: Whale Mall, Queensland Museum and Bodhi Tree Terrace, GOMA

    When: Saturday 10 May, 9:00am – 3.00pm

    Cost: Free admission

     

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