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.

Album: Branko // Atlas

I am going to do something a bit different today, an album feature! We have been following the Lisbon based label Enchufada for a short while now and really loving the sound they are putting out there.

Branko’s, co-founder of Enchufada, new album ‘Atlas’ (released early Sept, remember we are not a new music blog) is in a league of it’s own. I have started to listen to albums in order again after going through a rebellious stage of not, and I am glad I did with this one. The whole album flows into a really cool global vibe and every track fits together yet stands alone. I love the African influence throughout! This is definitely one to listen to from start to finish. Favourite tracks: Eventually, Out of Sight (So Right).

Tom Misch // Beat Tape 2

It seems like lots has changed for Tom Misch recently. He’s been quietly building up a following on soundcloud, releasing music here and there. There was the instrumental heavy Beat Tape 1 as well as a stunning collaboration with Carmody, singles like the hypnotic Memory and even a Soulection White Label.  As a result Beat Tape 2 feels like his first album in many ways. We’ve got the non-stop train of music hype to thank for that! However Beat Tape 2 is just a natural next step and extension of his music. The big, and apparently live, ‘proper’ album is still to come.

In many ways Misch wears his influences on his sleeve. He makes beautiful chilled beats seemingly without difficulties and lays lush, jazz indebted, guitar lines over the top. The exciting thing for me about this new release is that he has brought more vocalists in which allows him to show off his production and most importantly his songwriting to a much more satisfying degree.

Wander With Me‘ featuring Carmody on vocals is a wonderful follow up to their EP. It’s catchy as hell and her beautiful voice floats above the surprisingly punchy bass, layered up to form lush harmonies.

GC favourite Jordan Rakei’s contribution on ‘Wake Up This Day‘ is as good as you’d expect with a tightly wound breakdown that sounds straight out of D’Angelo’s live show.

For me the highlight of ‘In The Midst Of It All‘ is how that glockenspiel sits on top of the groove, closely followed by Sam Wills’ vocal.

Alfa Mist is represented as well on the emotional downtempo ‘Hark‘ lending his spacious piano to break up the sound of the album. Its great to hear him here after Tom Misch’s appearance on Mist’s excellent Nocturne from earlier this summer.

There are some great instrumentals on here as well with Misch experimenting more with the sounds and tempos that he used on ‘Sunshine‘ from earlier this year. Overall it’s a great release. The whole thing flows together and rewards a careful listen but at the same time doesn’t demand it. It’s chilled and grooving at the same time and definitely something I’ll be having on repeat.

What’s really exciting is where Misch goes next. I’m still waiting for the first ‘proper album’ and, based on the new ambition on Beat Tape 2, it’s going to be big.

Ollie.

Check out the whole release on spotify or soundcloud and get listening.