Funkmammoth : Retirement Resort *album feature + interview*

Another amazing producer we are into right now is Funkmammoth who is also in that ‘sample world’. His new album ‘Retirement Resort’ takes you on a magical sonic journey to different areas of this made up resort.

We had a chat with Funkmammoth about this album, enjoy!

You have called this album your dream album, can you please expand on this?

When I say it’s my “dream album”, that could be interpreted using the definition of “dream” as either an aspiration someone has, or the series of occurrences / stories that occur during sleep. It’s up to the listener what kind of story they’re listening to. The little samples that pop up throughout the album aren’t as random as they might initially seem on the first listen.

What is your favourite sample from the album?

That’s a tough question! In the 200sum samples used to piece the record together a lot stand out, but I think that Ornella Vanoni’s L’appuntamento is my favorite. I’m a total sucker for French Easy Listening music and L’appuntamento is the gold standard for that genre. It’s also a nod to the Ocean’s movie trilogy, which I like to do in my music quite a bit.

Favourite classic soul record?

I would say Bobby Caldwell’s What You Won’t Do For Love. I initially found it through Flamingosis’  track “Down For The Fifth Time” which uses Bobby’s track Down For The Third Time. After checking out the rest of the album I was hooked. Each track is an absolute gem and the entire thing is consistently great.

Favourite production inspiration album, new and old?

Old: Röyksopp’s Melody A.M. got me into electronic music. Tracks like Poor Leno, Eple, and So Easy were repeats on my iPod growing up. Looking back at how those guys created the album, it’s honestly beyond me how they did it without modern day DAWS.

New: The Kount’s Virtually Yours. The Kount is finally blowing up and getting the recognition he deserves but this album is still severely under appreciated. Everything sounds like warm molasses. I recommend putting some good headphones on to truly appreciate it.

 

What should our readers be listening to right now?

Dirty Art Club is a guy who doesn’t get enough credit in my opinion. His latest release Gardens is a good representation of his discography. It’s what I imagine Mild High Club making chillhop would sound like.

Mtbrd : Damn Fine *Album feature + interview*

We were so thrilled to hear that Mtbrd had released a new album after supporting his last album on Genre Confused back in 2016, you can check that out here.

We love anything sample ridden and music that is pure vibes, and this album is just that!

We caught up with Mtbrd to have a chat about it!

What would you say your favourite sample on the album is?

My favourite sample from the album is probably the one used on When I Tell You. It has some great, clean sections that are wide open for messing with and others that are perfect for classic soul chops.

What is your favourite soul album, ever?

My favourite soul album is easily What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye. Sometimes if I get really obsessive about an album I’ll listen to it over and over until I’ve listened to it too much and reach a saturation point and ruin it for myself, but I’ve never seemed to hit that moment with this album.

Favourite production on albums, new and old?

I love the production on Con Todo el Mundo by Khruangbin. It’s so well balanced and simple. I particularly love the drum sound on that album. And as for an older album, I’d have to mention What’s Going On again. I recently upgraded my speakers and listening to that album again I can hear claps, percussion and breathiness that I’d never noticed before. As cliché as it sounds but it’s been like listening to it for the first time again.

Thanks for reading and listening!
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Premiere: HOODBOI // CLOSER (FEAT. ASTR) (KID FROOPY REMIX)

So you might remember a while back we posted Hoodboi’s track ‘Closer’ and we looooove it. It is constantly on the speakers.

The remixes are here and this is an amazing one from Kid Froopy. We are lucky to bring it to you first. Like honestly, the way it is chopped up and made to feel lighter than the original is seriously a dream.

Sit back and absolutely vibe to this, perfect mid-week banger! PLUS you can download load it right here.