Local folks including Ape School, Tadoma and King Britt – as well as outside-Philly names Benoît Pioulard and Lymbyc System – tried their hand at remixing Arc In Round‘s layered and heavy debut LP in the new ::::remixed:::: collection, available today as a free download. The set contains eight reconstructions of songs like “Spirit” (morphed into a driving krautrock rager by Pink Skull) and “II” (made all pulsing and dreamy by A Sunny Day in Glasgow), as well as two unreleased songs – “Even” and “Days Untried.” Give it a listen below, and download it at Bandcamp.
This fall, famed Philly DJ and producer King Britt released his latest EP, the electronic tapestry The Bee and the Stamen, on local experimental label Data Garden. He celebrated its release with a stunning set at the label’s second annual Switched-On Garden showcase, which culminated in a breathtaking operatic piece performed with singer Pia Ercole. Ever one to keep things moving forward, King this week announced Fragments, a sample pack for budding producers to download and use to make their own mixes. Says King:
A fragment is a part detached. In this series, I wanted to give people detached parts that when put together create basic foundations, where they can create from. This isn’t your typical loops pack. I go into the studio to produce these fragments, using unconventional methods. Each Volume contains not only fragments but a special process in making them, which makes them unique to all the other packs out there.
Below, get a taste of what he’s talking about with a free download from Fragments, and get the entire thing at SoundsToSample.com. You can also watch a video excerpt of King’s Switched-On Garden performance with Pia Ercole.
This afternoon, touring Philly space rock four-piece Arc In Round pushes towards the Triple Door in Seattle. Yesterday, King Britt gave a brilliant performance in Bartram’s Garden for The Switched on Garden 002 – the second showcase from local experimental label Data Garden. Last week, both artists were in much closer proximity – sonically speaking, anyway – when the Poconos-based label La Société Expéditionnaire released a King Britt remix of “Spirit,” the first single from Arc In Round’s self-titled debut. The driving, electric space rock of the original is flipped in favor of a glitchy, minimal electronic dub style, allowing Mikele Edwards’ vocals to float to the top. Download the remix below; listen to King’s new EP The Bee and the Stamen here and check out Arc in Round’s debut here.
Philadelphia DJ King Britt just released a new track, “Copper Speaks to Flesh,” as a free download on Soundcloud. The track, which is part of a “Sound Sculptures” exhibition going on throughout Philadelphia, was created to accompany Jim Sanborn’s Ars Mendedi sculpture in the Sidney and Ethal Lubert Plaza off Walnut Street. “Sound Sculptures” is an interactive art project sponsored by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority’s Percent for Art program that allows observers to listen to different accompanying sound pieces at physical locations of art throughout the city using mp3 players, cell phones and smartphones. King Britt, whose next album The Bee and the Stamen is scheduled for release October 16th, will be performing this Sunday at the Data Garden Switched-On Garden Show 002 at Bartram’s Garden in West Philly. Download “Copper Speaks to Flesh” below.
Experimental electronic music label Data Garden celebrated its launch one year ago this weekend by transforming Bartram’s Garden, the botanical garden in West Philadelphia, into an interactive art exhibit called The Switched-On Garden. There were numerous sound installations located throughout the park, and live performances by the musicians whose recordings made up the label’s first releases. This Sunday, to mark its one-year anniversary and to unleash a new batch of albums, Data Garden returns to Bartram’s for The Switched-On Garden 002.
Like last year, the goal is “to explore the relationship between plants, music and technology.” Over a few slices of pizza, Data Garden co-founder Joe Patitucci tries to explain to me what exactly that means. “We want to create an expression of our values that will make a statement about who we are as a label,” he says. “We don’t want to have a traditional record release show at a bar, because that’s not what we’re all about. Instead, we’re creating a place where people can go outside, get together, and experience nature and electronic music at the same time.” Continue reading
DJ, producer, multi-instrumentalist and Philly music making globetrotter King Britt has released the second episode of his Full Circle podcast. Full Circle was show that Britt used to host on WRTI at Temple University. Download the show here (right click/save as) or stream it below. As you can see from his playlist, he’s got remixes of songs by Massive Attack, Arc In Round, Laura Halo and more. In case you missed the first episode, you can download it here
The legendary DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist King Britt has revived his Full Circle radio show as a podcast. Here’s what he has to say about it:
In the early to mid 90s, I had a radio show at Temple University called Full Circle. For the time, it was groundbreaking with guests like 4Hero, Goldie, Omar, etc, and gave a beautiful platform for this music in Philadelphia. Anyway, that was before podcasting and such. I thought it would be cool to bring back the show on a regular basis, since there is so much amazing music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Enjoy the show.
Download the show here (right click/save as). Listen to it below.