KING CANNIBAL SAYS…
So the end of 2010 is near and the blogs are full of round-ups and best of lists whilst the record shops take a breather from new releases. Last weekend saw my final two gigs of the year, at the Ninja XX after party at Concord 2 in Brighton and The Way Of The Ninja album launch at the Rhythm Factory in East London. Thanks to everyone who came out for the shows, extra thanks to those who mobbed out the launch making it strictly one in one out on the door and going nothing short of buckwild on the dancefloor.
Wednesday night saw me attending my first ever album launch as The Way Of The Ninja was up for DJ Mag’s Best Of British 2010 : best compilation award. I had stiff competition up against big names like Scuba and dBridge & instra:mental (who have been particularly influential to me this year) and wasn’t surprised to miss out to Autonomic Fabric 50. Congratulations guys. Also congratulations to Bonobo who won for Best Album and Ninja Tune for Best Label (so i guess i had a default win of sorts).
Before i head off to New Zealand tomorrow for a break over the christmas & new year period (i’ve got a large number of press interviews lines up for my stay, so if your in that part of the world stay tuned to your local favourite stations) i completed an interview for Miami crew Smut & Bass. Its fairly long and spills the beans a bit on how my second album is taking shape and what sounds you can expect as well as the thought process on my Blackout track and general production talk. You can check the piece out HERE.
NTSH London have put together a 15 minute documentary and behind the scenes piece on Ninja’s big XX show at Ewer Street earlier in the year. Its the best little doc i’ve seen on the label tied in to the 20th birthday – and i’m not just saying that as i feature quite heavily. honest.
With that being all things 2010 you can get a glimpse of 2011 with my remix of Memory9’s new single feat Juakali (whom i have also recently collaborated with) on Data Transmissions 2010 round up mix (podcast 075) which you can check out HERE or on soundcloud below. Whilst my material in the past has been very focussed on deep round low end and sharp high frequencies i decided to experiment with a ‘flatter’ sound for this, typical in more modern productions.
My second mix for Resonance FM’s Jonny Mugwump’s Exotic Pyloncast can be found here
Autechre: r ess
Fennesz: Badminton Girl
Plastikman: In Side
Michael Bundt: La Chasse Aux Microbes
Floating Points: Argonaut II
Mount Kimbie: Maybes
Rolf Trostel: Digital Track
Guilty Simpson: For the D (Harmonic 313 Instrumental)
Aardvarck: Afrik Slang
Brian Eno: Driving Me Backwards
Jamie Vex’d: Radiant Industry
Oneohtrix Point Never: The Returnal
So after my second Montreal show, this time at Passeport after Synkro’s deep sounds i was back off the very next morning to Madison in the mid-west. Primarily a college town the area had a nice studenty vibe to it, with plenty of DVDs spots to hit.
Despite my few days off in Montreal, being about halfway through the tour initially i was lacking in energy with my focus more on the subtitled Lewis Black special being shown about the bar than the other acts playing. Actually i was spoilt for choice for distractions as the venue had three bars (which seemed somewhat excessive for a venue that holds about 450 people) al of which had different programming being shown above it. I managed to catch a little of the Bond re-boot. Never being a fan of James Bond (the film franchise, not the fictional character – i’ve never read any of the novels) i didn’t really have my mind changed by what i did see of it. Whilst maybe the best way to view a film probably isn’t with audio off, subtitles on above a bar whilst the heavy WubwubWubs rattle your eyes, the things that annoyed me about the films still screamed out over the top of the peaking soundsystem.
The gig itself went down well, especially as i was a tad concerned that it was a large venue and about 5 miles out of town. The midwest has somewhat or a reputation for heavy drinking, and the night proved in keeping with that, as a downed shot after shot of drinks handed to me from people in the crowd. i actually had to turn down the shouted offers of drinks, and i’m glad i did as the hangover made what was a grotty Greyhound ride to Chicago the next morning even worse.
I think i must have mistakenly taken the ‘bum & welfare express’ that day and though long and hard before taking my laptop out to plough through the rest of Rifftrax’s tearing apart of Matrix Revolutions. All of those films / games / manga cartoons for THAT sunrise ending (no that isn’t a SPOLIER – the spoiler is everything that bore the Matrix brand after the first film). Due to a mix up and lose of details of who was picking me up i had about an hour wait at Chicago’s Greyhound bus station, which seemed to be a soup kitchen without the soup.
After a couple of down days chilling with the other deejays playing and not seeing much of Chicago at all, despite a rather bizarre (and hard to believe) offer from Derek Carter to hook up during my stay. Instead i focussed on ploughing through the last few episode’s of Oz that i had on my harddrive and catching up with some work for Ninja. Chicago was the last stop of my tour that featured any time off, the rest of that dates (New York, LA, Seattle, Calagay, San Francisco) are all back to back, one day after the next. Still i managed time to fit in a live internet stream that saw one of my loosest sets ever with a lot of miss timed launches from myself and the midi going down briefly – i think sitting down whilst performing did it, although it might be interesting to one day play a gig sitting cross legged on a bar stool wading though my set in the manor of playing a heart felt ballad. Also a few hours before the show at Empty Bottle i just had enough time to dash over to a local radio station 88.7fm Joystyxx Radio and exercise some of the drum & bass that despite being part of my tour set, i never get enough playing time to touch upon (Madison being the exception). It was an odd sensation setting up in the corner of the room and (after my sloppy sat down set the day before) standing up and going for it whilst the two presenters sat and chat to each other.
Keeping up the multi-media themed long weekend, the whole night was being streamed, in both audible and visual, online which was interesting, especially hearing afterwards the amount of people on the accompanying chat room bemoaning the lack of a scene or events in Chicago (way to support it then, sit at home and watch it rather than pop out for the free show).
Maybe i ended up once again playing too late in the night (given it was a Monday night) but the place sadly emptied out a bit, it was good fun never the less. The weather no doubt played an issue too, with snow starting to come down pretty fast and heavy. I Began to worry about my flight being cancelled the next morning and the slow panic washed over me (slowed down by the 2 hours sleep that night) when i checked online and the red capital letters of CANCELLED flashed up. With my need to get back to New York that night all i could do was head over to the airport and prepare to sit it out with a huge plate of Marble pound cake. Luckily mine was one of the few flights heading out that day, and on time too. It was an odd sound though, listening to people clearing the snow off the top of the plane but my mind was focussed on getting back to New York and visiting KIms DVD, my favourite DVD haunt.
KING CANNIBAL PLAYS THE WRITE A CAPTION CONTEST…
A couple of weeks ago i was lucky enough to find myself once again waiting in Xfm’s reception spying at Jamie Theakston and a host of other morning show presenters i’m less familiar with – ahh i love the small of shared Xfm studios in the morning.
This time i was armed with a freshly burned Cd of tunes prepared for a soundclash with Eddy Temple Morris. To Celebrate 10 mighty years of The Remix Eddy has been inviting some of his biggest inspirations to share an hour of the show with him, play some tunes and shoot the breeze.
I feature on Fridays’ show along side the legend that is Jagz Kooner and Hadouken. I was fotunate enough to get an ULTRA exclusive new track from The Bug (no planned release date for this one yet) to premier on the show alongside a new one from myself mixed down only a few hours before we recorded the show. I even managed to crowbar some Anthrax in to the show. Bonus!
I’ll be doing my best to sort out a recording of the broadcast but as i’m away playing at Wrong Music in Brighton that night i may miss out.
KING CANNIBAL SAYS…
John Kennedy’s X-posure show this coming Wednesday (the 14th) will be featuring an exclusive mix and live phone chat with yours truly.
the Show airs between 22.00 – 02.00 and my section should be around the mid-point about midnight. Don’t forget if you can not receive the station on your radio or stream it online you can always check it out on Sky, personally i find that option easiest.
This is pretty much my deejay set right now put down in decent quality. Ableton stems mixed down in to Logic rather then recorded straight out in Live. Yeah there really are some tracks i need to update now, i’ve been playing some of the things in this for a long while!
“Filthy bass lines? Check. Rampaging snare patterns? Check. Dark synth noises? Check. King Cannibal brings his delicious poison back to Solid Steel this week to celebrate the release of his new opus ‘So…embrace the minimum”, out now on Ninja Tune. Tracks from Modeselektor, Benga, Roska and the King himself all make up the heady brew.
Boca 45 has the remedy in hour two with a superb selection of moves and grooves from Diplo, Music Heads, Bass Nectar and, of course, tracks from the man himself. No doubt the boy has talent.
Steel stalwart DK delivers us back home, fully recovered, with a perfect prescription of new and old from Quantic, The Heavy, Milton Wright and Harlem River Drive. Just what the doctor ordered.”
KING CANNIBAL SAYS…
Two versions of the All Time Top Ten XFM session i recorded are now available , both the original 10 minute mix i submitted and the broadcast mix and interview which clocks in at about 16 minutes. Massive thanks to Eddy and his team.