Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Wizard - Dutty Gash Face Music

Wizard keeps on showing the "one beat every three months" crowd why its time to hang it up!! (thats me at the moment btw haaa!)

He's just unleashed a new collection of beats entitled "Dutty Gash Face Music" , if you don't know what that is well ummm ask Wiz or go hit up urbandictionary! Short story even shorter; think the polar opposite to Wiz's super smooth Chill Pill series of beat tapes.

So what we got here are straight up bangers; screw face wild out getyourselflockedup music! remember this isn't a formal project; its more beats from the lab that match a certain theme; some are available and some are sold so make sure you hit up Wiz and get in touch if you want to use any of them!.

Wizard - Dutty Gash Face Music [2011]

* Cover is a bit too hot for TV lol, check Wiz's bandcamp for the full ver!

1.Air Bag
2.Flippin' Ridiculous
3.Fresh Out The Box (Remix)
4.Dirty Drainz
5.Big Bamboo
7.Huge Backhand
8.Stand Up
9.Get The Fuck Back
10.Pow! (Remix)
11.You Don't Listen
12.Happy Birthday
14.Silly Billy
15.Triple Beam Dreaming
16.Otis (Ski Mask Edition)
17.Night Time
18.4 Flats
20.Slow Down

DOWNLOAD: Pay what you want @bandcamp

Last time on LouisDen #Wizard
Wizard - Spare Time Remixes 3

Tommy Black - Interludes Of Life EP

I discovered Tommy Black from Sweeden the other day and was gassed enough at the material to share with you guys. I got hip to Tommy via searching out the production credits for Kendrick Lamar's awesome #Section80 (album of the year so far for me!!) he produced the interlude track "Chapter Six", at first I was convinced that with the onpoint snares, bubble bass it was a Nottz joint but after seeing Tommy's name crop up I did some homework.

Tommy Black

Dude is NIIIIICE, got a real soulful sound; he definitely a nice ear for twisting samples and working in spacey backdrops and synths. As well as producing for west coast artists like Kendrick, Ab-Soul, Butch Cassidy and Schoolboy Q he's also put out a free EP back in February entitled Interludes Of Lift. Check out this profile on him over at which contains some links to individual tracks as well as his free EP.

Tommy Black - Interludes Of Life EP

01) Interludes Of Life (The Undawater Boogie)
02) Street Breeze
03) No Need For Discussion
04) Star Traveler
05) Computer Gir


If you like what you hear; stay tuned as he's working on a mixtape entitled Medikit, also follow the dude on Twitter @TommyBlackML.

New heat from Jon Phonics & Jaisu - Garfunkled

Our boy Jon Phonics has given his soundcloud the once over and added a few new treats; one of which is a collab with fellow Den head Jaisu, check the track out below.

Jon Phonics & Jaisu - Garfunkled by jonphonics

Be sure to give the other jawns fron Phonz a spin too over at his soundcloud page, careful theres dangerous fonk levels out there!

Follow the boys on the Tweets @Jaisu @JonPhonicsand let em know whats good!

Last time on LouisDen #JonPhonics
Naive Machine - Robot Ramification & (Pete Cannon + Jon Phonics Remixes)

Apatight 2011 Beat Reel (beats for sale!)

Huddersfield native; Louis Den fam and star of Behind Closed Doors Vol 2 Apatight has let loose 30 minutes worth of snippets from his 2011 beat tape batches, snippets are available on his bandcamp page to bump and they're sounding mighty healthy.

Apatight 2011 Beat Reel

As always get in touch and work something out if you want to connect with Ap and use beats for a project; don't set yourself up for a gargantuan faill by lacing them and then ooming back with the classic "Im tryin to promote you", listen and appreciate/geek out or dig in your wallet and make something happen!

Connect with Apatight
  • Hit dude up on dee Gmail over at if you like what you hear
  • Follow @Apatight on Twitter
  • Listen to even more dope ish and downloads (like the Ayepee beat library trilogy) over at Ap's bandcamp

  • Last time on LouisDen #apatight
    Wizard - Chill Pill 3 (Free / Donate DL)

    Monday, 17 October 2011

    Pete Cannon with Commodore 64, Max MSP and Abelton Live

    Louisden's resident synth king Pete Cannon has added a new bit of gear to the Cannon lab, a Commodore 64!! yep the smash hit 80's home computer! with the aid of the Max MSP package and the MIDI box cartridge he's able to make use of the ill SID Chips inside the machine and control it via Abelton Live and the modelling software Max/MSP.

    Pete's excited...and we are too; looking forward to peeping new material that makes use of it!!, get em P.

    Commodore 64, Ableton, Max msp and an excited Pete Cannon AS

    Last time on LouisDen #PeteCannon
    Naive Machine - Robot Ramification & (Pete Cannon + Jon Phonics Remixes)

    Sunday, 25 September 2011

    Homework 90 - Otis Reflips

    Homework 90 - Otis Reflips

    Seeing as a million and one rappers have flocked to the instrumental of the recent Jay-Z and Kanye West collab; we figured it'd be a good homework to let the producers get in on the action too.

    The single from the pair utilized parts of an Otis Redding song "Try A Little Tenderness", many were quick to critize chop; many were quick to do stan remakes.

    Well of course we want to do things a little different so rather than remaking the track; we want you to use the same parts Kanye did as your source material; but then the gloves are off!! feel free to manipulate those bits of music however you see fit.

    Create a fresh beat from Otis Reddings "Try A Little Tenderness" with the twist of using the same parts Kanye used for his track "Otis", you are free to do whatever you like with the samples providing those are your only source material.

    Beats are due 2nd October (thats a week's time) by 17:00. submit the mp3 entries to streaming in the lab from 18:00 at

    Download a WAV of all the chops here - (right click and save target as)

    Eric G - Beat Frenzy (x4 new joints)

    Soul Council / Jamla producer Eric G recently let 4 new exclusive instrumentals go to celebrate him reaching 1000 followers on Twitter.

    Eric with the man the myth, 9th wonder

    To save wading through his timeline to find the links I've uploaded the joints he let go into 1 zip file below, some heat in there!! Eric's been behind some of my favourite tracks from the Jamla camp of late; needless to say he's on fire at the moment.

  • Eric G - Beat Frenzy (4 exclusive joints)
  • Follow @ericggg on twitter <-- make sure you do!! he may let even more joints go haha!
  • New Jaisu Beatmix

    So while the hordes of AB0181 subscribers patiently wait another beat tape video instalment; Edinburgh native and Louisden famalam Jaisu has hit you all off with the beats equivalent of bread and olives. A lil sampler and apatizer of whats coming round the corner.

    Jaisu Beatmix (Sept 2011)

    Beatmix0911 jaisu by Jaisu

    This beatmix contains brand new joints which are for sale; anyone wanting to work with Jaisu should hit the dude up ASAP if something catches your ear and the two of you can talk shop regarding rates, please do this the proper way; no cute Youtube "freestyles" of looped up snippets; get your hands on legitamite Jaisu production by emailing and get it crackin.

    Last time on LouisDen #jaisu
    New Jaisu H33T featured in top drawer Parkour video

    Naive Machine - Robot Ramification & (Pete Cannon + Jon Phonics Remixes)

    Naive Machine is the electronica/beats driven outift from producer Naive (beat cypher 06 anyone? he tore it down alongside Apatight, Dockmini and Knox Brown), as Naive Machine it's given him the outlet to explore more electronic/synth driven stylings away from his hiphop persona

    His latest release Robot Ramification has two tracks "Call Of The Wild" "Electric Eccentric" that have been given the remix treatment from Louisden fam Jon Phonics and Pete Cannon, the whole thing has straight up beats, dubstep and electronica tinges and everything inbetween (classifying sucks!!) give it a listen dont be afraid of a bit of a different steez!

    Peep the snippets of the tracks over here at junodownload. 6 Track vinyl EP (with OM unit remixes) has been out a minute now; but the recently released digital joint also includes 3 other remixes (as well as the Jon and Pete joints)


    Louis Den Lab Session #89 - Sonnyjim Remixes (Highlights)

    As promised (and a little later than expected) here are the highlights from the last Louisden lab session w/ myself, Myke Forte, Sonnyjim and Redbeard; all edited down into a managable serving and in delicous HD!

    Louisden Lab Session #89 (highlights)

    If you'd like to watch the whole stream then peep the previous post from this homework which has it embedded; or check out ustream page out at

    new homework round the corner! stay tuned!

    Friday, 16 September 2011

    Pete Am Drum Legend

    Check Pete Cannon in his bedroom lab buggin over some illy drum breaks; 7 minutes of funk here and he raids the collection, posts up with the portable and a lil bit of oh so necessary commentary!

    Open drum breaks / Samples w/ Pete Cannon

    Breaks are dope; get em Pete! a true collector and all round champion

    Producer S1 recreates "Excellence" from Watch the Throne

    Producer S1 has gone from strength to strength in the last couple years; scoring a breakthrough placement with Kanye West's "Power" from his last LP; he's gone on to produce for Beyonce and Jay-z & Kanye with their recent "Watch The Throne" joint.

    He's made a short film showing him recreating parts of the beat in the lab and talking about how the track came about, a lil bit hollywood but dont get it twisted its more the filmmaker flexing some creative muscle as S1 is one of the most humble dudes out there!

    S1 recreating "Excellence" from "Murder To Excellence"

    While im on an S1 tip, be sure to check the new Strange Fruit Project joint (thats S1's group who he produces for).

    Strange Fruit Project - A Dreamers Journey (2011)

    Big Shug & Primo recording "Tha Way It Iz" (circa '05)

    spotted at Kil's will make beats for food

    Caught this on OKP earlier today, Kil from Will Make Beats For Food has upped a DVD rip of the bonus DVD that came with Big Shugs "Who's Hard" LP from 2006, check his blog above if you want to watch the other parts (pretty standard EPK/documentary steez) but whats interesting is the third part which shows Primo in the Headqcourterz lab getting busy with a blunt and the MPC60 (in his typical make beats for the artists on the spot), chopping up what ends up being shug's track Tha Way It Iz.

    He later hits the protools setup to lay the vox down, an interesting watch despite being pretty short.

    Big Shug & Primo in the lab

    Big Shug - Tha Way It Iz (2005)

    Thursday, 15 September 2011

    FLüD Presents: Beats Per Minute

    FLüD have recently released their Beats Per Minute range of digital watches; the MPC inspired design also doubles as a calculator and leaves me reminiscent of those throwback calculator watch joints from the 80's.

    To celebrate the launch of the line they hooked up with an array of producers and got them to talk shop about beats, current state of hiphop and inspiration; pretty refreshing seeing as they haven't got them onboard just to say how great the watches are, although there is the odd gratuitous artistic angle of them rockin them at any given point heh no such thing as a free lunch.

    Aiite peep the clips below, some nerd food for you beat heads!

    DJ Babu & J.Rocc



    Lord Finesse


    DJ Numark

    DJ Spinna

    (dudes rockin maschine now!!)

    Head over to the FLüD Watches site if you've a compulsion to cop!

    Wednesday, 14 September 2011

    Behind Closed Doors Vol 1 back in stock!

    If you missed out on one of the 300 copies of Behind Closed Doors, well good news! myself and Andy have repressed the project so its now back in stock for anyone who wants to see where the whole BCD journey began.

    The project features The Last Skeptik, S-TYPE, Darren Paul and Eyebs with Q&A's and beats from Budgie, Figaro, Jaisu, Kelakovski and Ed Strong; while its our first project (we started this back in 2008!) we're still very proud of it as it paved the way for the follow up and the third instalment which we're working our asses off to have finished soon!!

    We've also decided to throw together a BCD double pack; theres no commemorative packaging (just yet heh!!) but you can pick up both volumes with a discount if you still need BCD1 and BCD2.

    The repress of BCD1 does NOT come with a beat tape; instead you get a download code to get your hands on the compilation which features x2 beats from each producer in the project.

    Purchase BCD1 (or both editions) here

    BUG - Mechanical Soul EP

    Den producer BUG is on the verge of releasing his debut EP entitled "Mechanical Soul", on Juslikemusic if you are unfamiliar with BUG well he's the winner of the last Louis Den league and started appearing on radars worldwide with his first release Comsic Lab / 20 Winks which came out last year.

    Well he's now prepped an extended player that continues his unique brand of head crack funk drawing influence from his wide musical pallete; peep the snippets below as well as the space travelling 3D promo created by AB0181, (peep with headphones to hear the snippets zoom past you!)

    Im looking forward to the EP dropping and have heard a few treats from it so I will say be sure to cop if you enjoyed and downlaoded Cosmic Lab / 20 Winks, you'll be able to pick it up from 19th September on BUG's bandcamp page as well the usual digital outlets via JuslikeMusic, you can pre-order from iTunes right here.

    Mechanical Soul EP Snippets by BUGMusic

    Get em BUG!

    Tuesday, 13 September 2011

    Homework 89 - Psychonaut Headsplit Remixes

    Heres the Ustream session from the Louis Den homework we hosted a week or so ago. The weeks goal was to turn in remixes to the track Illmind produced track "The Headsplit" taken from Sonnyjim's new album "The Psychonaut LP".

    Louis Den Homework 89 - Headsplit Remixes

    In the lab were myself, Myke Forte, Sonnyjim (to pick his favourite) and EATGOOD's Redbeard. There's HD Youtube edit on the way as well as a new homework challenge; look out for em both, but for now enjoy!

    Just Blaze tells the stories behind his classics

    If you can bear the very wack (sorry guys) gallery interface to their many a "countdown list" article, Complex Magazine have put together the stories behind some of Just Blaze's classic joints from his catalogue (and in his own words)If you haven't seen or heard any interviews with Just then straight off the jump you can tell dude is a gear junkie and a real beat scientist.

    So if you want to read some insightful stuff or some down right geekery (like the fact that 'Song Cry' by Jay-Z has approx 96 CHOPS!) then give the article a read..

    Jusst Blaaaaaaaaaze!

    Stories behind Just Blaze's Classics (part 1)
    Stories behind Just Blaze's Classics (part 2)


    Wizard - Spare Time Remixes 3

    One of the Den's hardest working Wizard; has recently put a few remixes out adding to his "Spare Time" series which see's Wiz throwing acapellas over bangers he's got in the stash; the latest instalment features artists like Elzhi, Rick Ross, Vinnie Paz, Young Jeezy and more getting the unofficial Wizard remix treatment.Peep his bandcamp below to get your hands on the free project.

    01.Monster Under The Bed - Ugly Talk (Wizard Remix)
    02.Lil' Wayne & Rick Ross - John (Wizard Remix)
    03.Vinnie Paz & Demoz - Bodysnatchers (Wizard Remix)
    04.Joey G-Zus - Usain Bolt (Wizard Remix)
    05.Rick Ross, Countri Boi & Slim Thug - I'm A Boss (Wizard Remix)
    06.Tempa T - Next Hype (Wizard Remix)07.Elzhi - Colors (Wizard Remix)
    08.Lethal Bizzle - Pow 2011 (Wizard Remix)
    09.OSB'z, Baron Samedi, Dweller & 777 - Punches (Wizard Remix)
    10.Young Jeezy & Akon - Soul Survivor (Wizard Remix)

    DOWNLOAD: bandcamp

    Connect with Wizard online
    Follow @WizardBeats on Twitter
    Check the latest beats for sale on Wizards "Beat Fanatic Batch"

    Tuesday, 6 September 2011

    Protecting the "Throne"

    These dudes are the Illest Motherf**ker's Alive after managing to hold down Watch The Throne from leaking on the run up to it's August 8th release, and this Billboard article explains all.

    Honestly, I didn't think it was possible but when you bring in fingerprint recognition external hard drive's, locks, keys, portable studios and three trusted engineers (who probably were sleeping next to the briefcase with the drives in them...) then it might just be do-able.

    "The boss asked for it not to be leaked," says Kilhoffer, referring to West, "so there you go."

    Read the full article over at Billboard

    Thursday, 25 August 2011

    Louis Den Homework 89 Video Blog

    Hopefully we'll be getting into the pattern of posting these each week explaining the goal of week's homework, makes it a lot easier for heads who dont want to read the wall of text that is a homework blog, plus should help get some new faces involved!!

    Here's me in the lab w/ Sonnyjim breaking down the goal of this weeks homework (due 4th September!), props to Redbeard handling filming duties....Share / Repost / Tweet and all that good stuff! (direct link to video -

    Louisden Homework 89 Video Blog

    Download Headsplit Acapella here:

    good luck!

    Tuesday, 23 August 2011

    Homework 89 - The Psychonaut Headsplit Remix

    NEW HOMEWORRRRRRRRRRRRRRK! rejoyce!! aite so I've been mad busy with a gang of life ish for the past few months; tried my best to keep the ldbb blog updated with various bits but for the most part I've had to take a bit of a backseat.

    Yes the league is still happening; We'll hopefully be ready for dope ass beat 3 to fall around the same time as it did back for the 2009-2010 league so get cooking in the lab!! before all that though We'll ease back into LDBB runnings with some homeworks! lets goo!.

    Homework 89 - The Psychonaut Headsplit Remix

    EATGOOD Records artist Sonnyjim has recetly dropped his ill "Psychonaut LP" which features production from M-Phazes, Illmind, Dag Nabit and Louis Den's Kelakovski, Pete Cannon and Eyebs; plus gang of others. The album is a joint release from EG and Australian label Obese (orchestrated from Sonny's tour out in Australia a couple years back) plus theres features/production coming from a few Oz artists.

    To peep the LP head over to Sonnyjim's Bandcamp page and also take a look at the videos for the tracks "The Psychonaut" (prod DJ IQ) and "Flying To The Moon" (prod Kelakovski).

    To celebrate the release of the album we've managed to prize an acapella off the project to let you guys give the remix treatment to. The original track "The Headsplit" is produced by Illmind and similar to our "Trading Standards Remixes" homework from a while back the best remix (picked by Sonnyjim in the stream) will get released via EATGOOD on an upcoming project, not bad eh?

    If youd like to get busy with a remix then download the remix kit here (right click and save), included is the Acapella and a snippet of the original track so you can hear how the vocals are supposed to fit.

    The track itself is 91.99 BPM, remember if you are new to remixing then do your homework with lining the vocals up!! the goal of a remix is to make your beat fit the vocals rather than the other way round; we'd only expect you to mess with the vox themselves if you are gonna draw from some dub/glitch influences but essensially if it's a straight up blap then get the BPM right!!

    Its useful if your software/hardware would allow you to freely move the vox around your beat to line it up; if it doesnt you could always bounce out the beat into a multitrack editor and get it right that time!! but dont let an out of time Acca cost you the chance of winning!!

    To remix the Sonnyjim track "The Headsplit", no restrictions or limitations just download the Vox and get it in!! however you are expected to turn in an original beat and not blend it with someone elses material.

    This is a two week challenge to ease back into the homeworks! turn in the beat by 17:00 on 4th September, email your entries to ; please attach the mp3 to the email message rather than a download makes things a lot easier for us this way!!.

    We'll be streaming at to hear the entries and pick a winner!! good luck!

    Hear/Buy the Psychonaut LP
    Listen to the full track of "The Headsplit"
    Download the Acapella and snippet of "The Headsplit" in a ZIP

    Myke Forte - Beat Making Series ep 1

    Den regular and King Of The Beats champion Myke Forte has decided to launch his own beat making video series on Youtube, I ain't mad at that!! peep game how he gets down with a chopped sample on his MP2500 and extra sprinkles on his Microkorg XL

    Myke Forte - Beat Making Series ep 1

    Be sure to checkout Mykes new Youtube channel as he's added a few other beat related videos from his archive! good stuff, get em Myke.

    Holla at Myke Forte
    Follow @MykeForte on Twitter
    Peep Myke's sounds on Soundcloud

    Pete Cannon guest mix on Nts Radio

    Louis Den family; production beast and all round good egg Pete Cannon swung by NTS Radio in London early last week and dropped an hour long mix of all his own material; looks like dude as been busy with it!!

    The mix bends plenty of genre's as only Pete knows how and includes a gang of material with some heavy hitters like Guilty Simpson, Tony Yayo, Nutso, Stig Of The Dump, Dr Syntax and a whole host of others! tracklist is below. (Petes material
    starts 56 minutes in)

    Pete Cannon NTS guest Mix 15/08/2011

    1. Pete Cannon - Huntington Riddim
    2. Pete Cannon - Jah Ting
    3. Pete Cannon - Wobble head Skank
    4. Pete Cannon & Jim Raygun - exclusive
    5. Pete Cannon - Eggshell
    6. Pete Cannon - Flower Stretch riddim
    7. Pete Cannon - Foot Stomper
    8. Pete Cannon - breakcore do more
    9. Pete Cannon - Dang
    10. Pete Cannon - A big bag of Crips
    11. Pete Cannon - We love dj easygroove
    12. Pete Cannon - Wub rub sauce
    13. Pete Cannon - Demon Dan
    14. Pete Cannon - Rave in a pet shop
    15. Pete Cannon - More rave than you can throw a tick at
    16. Pete Cannon - Feeling Nookie, oh er
    17. Pete Cannon - Amen to the old skool
    18. Pete Cannon - Bun Charly, Bun.
    19. Hip hop Section
    20. Pete Cannon and Deadline - How the Sytem goes ft Serocee and Yogi
    21. Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon - Best friends
    22. Nutso ft Tony Yayo and Mainso - Pocket on swole (prod Pete Cannon)
    23. Yogi ft Youngman - She loves me (prod Pete Cannon)
    24. Guilty Simpon - We aint playing with them this year (prod Pete Cannon) NTS WORLD EXCLUSIVE
    25. Stig of the Dump - Bitches (prod Pete Cannon)
    26. Pete Cannon - Like that way you doin it
    27. Jazzy jeff and the Fresh Prince - Summertime (Pete Cannon’s very Northern mix)
    28. Pete Cannon - Off your face
    29. Lilly Allen ft Ll cool J and Pete Cannon - Ldn Town (Blackpool remix)
    30. Naive Machine - Robot Ramification ep (Pete cannon’s Gammon remix) (hit and hope records)

    You’ll soon know w/ Tim Parker & Special Guest Pete Cannon 16.08.2011

    please note at the time this blog was posted soundcloud were experiencing issues; should be working soon

    Hit up Pete and let him know whats up!
    Pete Cannon Beats on Facebook
    Pete Cannon on Twitter

    Eric Lau - This Is For You (Beat Video)

    Former Beat Cypher guest Eric Lau has dropped a little studio vid showing the breakdown of a beat he's made entitled "This Is For You", video shows Eric gettin busy with his Mac setup alongside Logic and his collection of MP's a MPC2500 and an MPC3000 (jelly!!).

    Eric Lau - This Is For You

    The track is up for free download on Eric's bandcamp if you want to scoop it for yourself!

    SA Beats - New Era Vol 1

    A newer regular to the last few homeworks and a frequent 22tracks playlister; SA Beats (from the Netherlands) has been smashing up our last few challenges and alongside the Hypedog Blog (whatup HD!!) he's dropped his New Era Vol 1 Beat Tape.

    Some ill selections on here and you can definitely see why SA is gonna be one to watch! the beat tape can be copped for the measly price of 1 euro or streamed from his bandcamp if you are strapped for cash!!

    1.Fresh Daily- Video Gamin' (SABeats Remix)
    3.Living on mars
    6.All night loving
    7.Back in the days
    8.Swag 2
    10.Drop it

    LINK: bandcamp

    Holla at SA Beats!
    Follow @SABeats on Twitter
    Check out @SABeats on Bandcamp

    Saturday, 9 July 2011

    New Raul Supreme Joints!

    Louis Den producer Raul Supreme has been busy in the lab cooking up new treats; noticed him post a few bits on facebook so I figure I'd post em here and share them.

    First up is a cheeky Youtube beat reel of new joints he's cooked up on FL Studio, looks like its straight out the iphone4 steez here so dont watch the guerilla editing as its the beats you need to be paying attention to! all crazy; especially the Candi Station flip..gheeeeeeeez!

    Raul Supreme New Beat Mix

    As well as the beatmix he's also been sprucing up the Soundcloud page with some new joints; check em out below.

    Latest tracks by Raul Supreme

    As always; beats for sale, rappers/vocalists; get your business/etiquette game up and holla.

    Raul Supreme Connect
    Holla at Raul on Facebook
    Follow @RaulSupreme on Twitter
    Check out Raul on Soundcloud for all his latest joints

    Wednesday, 6 July 2011

    Behind Closed Doors 3 Trailer

    Ok so me and Andy linked up last week and officially finished all filming for BCD3. To mark the occassion (and light a little fire underneath us to wrap everything up!) we've uploaded the trailer to the third instalment of the BCD series!

    Behind Closed Doors Vol 3 Trailer

    Here you can get a taste of the visuals we caught when we hit Berlin (in January), NYC/LA/NC (in February) and the last bits of footage from Birmingham and London.

    BCD 3 will drop late summer 2011 and we both can't wait to put this out! full roll call will be announced officially with release date until then we're sure you can work out a few names!!

    Stay tuned.

    AB & Kos

    Behind Closed Doors Vol 3 Mini Site
    Behind Closed Doors Magazine DVD on Facebook
    Follow @bcddvd on Twitter
    Any questions? hit BCDDVD on Formspring
    Behind Closed Doors Vol 2 (still available!)
    Behind Closed Doors Vol 1 (out of print!)

    Monday, 4 July 2011

    Beat Butcha - Raw and Uncut (Instrumental Beat Tape)

    Former Beat Cypher guest and star of BCD2 Beat Butcha has recently dropped his instrumental project "Raw and Uncut", the project is a compilation of instrumentals from previously released Beat Butcha tracks. For those who dont know Butcha has produced for some of the illest artists from out here the UK, The Netherlands and further afield all out in the US (Xzibit, Danny Brown, Havoc, Tony Yayo, M9, Brad Strut, Ciph Barker) the list goes on.

    Butcha is currently grindin out in NYC trying to further his craft; from what I can gather he's stayin mad busy and working hard! his tweets seem to reveal more and more ill stateside collabs as the days go by!


    Anyway support Butcha as theres some real heat rocks on the tape; I guarantee you'll be pulling all sorts of screw faces!

    Be sure to follow Beat Butcha on Twitter via @BeatButcha to stay up to date on his latest musical movements!

    Kosyne & Kelakovski & Yungun - Mozart Unwrapped

    Mozart Unwrapped is a project myself and Kelakovski got involved with a couple months ago; the aim of the project is to shed some light onto the works of the famous composer Mozart in an effort to bring his work to new audiences.

    Me and Kelz took on the challenge and were given three recordings of Mozart pieces which we were told to chop, twist and blend the samples anyway we saw fit and transform the selections into a blap.

    I started the beat and passed the project files onto Kela who worked it some more, finally inhouse EATGOOD mix/engineer Taharka added a few sprinkles and got the beat sounding even nicer. To top it off the hiphop artist (and previous beat cypher guest) Yungun added vocals to the track to make it the main theme of the project!

    Yungun (aka ESSA) on Kelakovski x Kosyne x Taharka - The Mozart Joint by Kings Place

    Mozart Unwrapped Promo Spot

    The project gets real interesting in these final stages where participants are encouraged to remix the tracks and create their own versions of the song with their vocals added. Our instrumental is one of the many tracks by other commissioned artists you can lace and submit back to the Kings Palace in order to be in the runnings for some ill prizes.

    Details on the RJDJ remixer widget (which you can use on your dekstop or iOS/Android phone/tablet) are here, check it out and get busy!

    Sunday, 3 July 2011

    araabMUZIK:Burn (Documentary)

    Here's a short film about producer Aarab Muzik put together by Burn Energy Drink (A Coca-Cola Brand). I'll be the first to admit I wasn't "sold" on dude straight away; sure his live MPC drumming puts him in the higher bracket of those who do it but his various Youtube vids seemed to be more in-studio footage of heads being gassed at "seeing it for the first time" more than some actual beat construction.

    However; between his last in studio video (which got posted in the den forums) and his recent "Electronic Dream" album (that I've had in rotation heavily the last couple weeks), I'm definitely warming to the Aarab steez.

    This documentary has been put together by the Burn energy drink (a coca cola product) so theres obviously a healthy budget behind this but its a great watch.

    araabMUZIK:Burn (Documentary)

    Apparently the doc is going to be re-released later on in the year with all the "Burn" branding over it..

    Monday, 27 June 2011

    Wizard - Chill Pill 3 (Free / Donate DL)

    Producer Wizard is doing his best to carry on his rep as one of the Den's hardest working beatsmiths with his latest release; the third instalment of the "Chill Pill" series which see's Wiz dropping head nodding laid back instrumentals perfect for riding out too or zoning out on a late night tip!

    This time round he's done it a little differently and in a sly nod to the throwback "Tag Team" homework Wiz has collabed with a lot of Louis Den's finest to bring some joint productions to the table.

    On the project are Den prodcers Kelakovski, Myke Forte, Dockmini, S-TYPE, Pete Cannon, Apatight, Evil Needle, Budgie, Jeeks (Jeekay), Shears and Sivey...oh and me!! (as well as collabs with Jack Flash and longtime OSB'z rhyme partner/producer Scizzahs) To ge the collabs poppin' Wizard bounced track stems back and forth allowing the other producers to bounce ideas to form some very flamey blaps!

    Check Wizards bandcamp for the "Pay what you want" download and get some heat!! Great beats all round from Wiz and the rest of the den boys!

    Wizard - Chill Pill 3

    1.I'm Hooked (Featuring Jack Flash)
    2.Big Shades
    3.Help Me (Featuring Kelakovski)
    4.Diamond (Featuring S-Type)
    5.I'm A Fool
    6.June (Featuring Pete Cannon)
    8.Uh!...Bounce (Featuring Apatight)
    9.Southern Man (Featuring Evil Needle)
    11.Fresh Prince Nod (Featuring Kosyne)
    12.Round & Round (Featuring Scizzahz)
    13.Groove Joint
    14.Billy (Featuring Myke Forte)
    15.Dance (Featuring Budgie)
    16.Hammock Shit (Featuring Shears)
    17.Pimp Slap (Featuring Jeeks)
    18.Take It Off (Featuring Sivey)
    20.Spacecraft (Featuring Dockmini)

    DOWNLOAD: bandcamp

    Get em Wiz!

    Saturday, 25 June 2011

    RIP Michael Jackson

    Dang, 2 years since the King Of Pop passed, Rest In Peace Michael and thank you for the great music!

    Figure I'd post a Louis Den throwback and something from our extended fam to mark the event.

    First off is the audio reel from Louis Den Homework #24 which was our Michael Jackson challenge, this was one of the toughest homeworks to date as it required producers to dig through Michaels solo catlog and raid it for every single sound available to flip into a beat (thats EVERY sound...drums/basses/synths you name it).

    Some ill beats got turned in but a bit of a sleepy studio session meant that there was the traditional lab video to back it up with (that we used to put out weekly back then)..

    Anyway, short of a month its great to look back at a 3 year old homework!

    Louis Den Homework 24 Audio

    Remember, this is a retrospective look back! most if not all the producers here have improved incredibly in 3 years and some may have floated into Louis Den obscurity!!

    A requirement of the homework was to break down the process; although some didn't; read below for the process of those that did (I filled in the gaps where I could), this is copied and pasted from the original blog entry on the louisden myspace.

    I only used "Off The Wall" and "Thriller" as I refuse to own anything with "Dirty Diana" on it! When I started, all I had was a 7" of "Rock With You" so chopped some of the drums and some vocal stabs from there, and eventually layered them into the obvious kick and snare from everyone's fav, "Billie Jean". Once I had the drums rocking, I chopped up some bass notes from "Baby Be Mine" before adding a touch of guitar from "The Girl Is Mine". There's some additional vocal flavour sliced and diced from "It's The Falling In Love".

    BUDGIE (
    sample = lady in my life (thriller)
    bass = billie jean kick drum looped
    synth = billie jean kick drum looped
    kick = billie jean kick processed/ eqed to shit
    percussion = workin day and night (off the wall)
    snare = workin day and night or something else on off the wall
    random hiccups/ breaths = throughout off the wall and thriller

    CHEMO aka DJ BUM HANDS (lol) (
    Sounds like Liberian Girl from Bad formed the main part of the beat up im guessin the drum hits must have been from Thriller or Bad as they seem to be an 808 kit. (kos)

    KING JAY (
    Sounds like "I Cant Help It" formed the main part of this beat. (kos)

    Drums - from Beat It
    Samples - from The Lady In My Life

    I got the hi-hat from billie jean..layered kicks from rock with you..a snare from rock with you layered with a snare from billie jean..bass is from leave me alone..and main melodic sample is from rock with you.

    Sounds like "I Cant Help It" forming the main chop/loop. (kos)

    KOSYNE (
    The kick drums are layered they came from "Get On The Floor" and "Billie Jean"; I stuck a low pass filter on the "Billie Jean" kick to bring it out a little and used another one normally; the hihat came from "Billie Jean" as did the snare which I also layered with a rim from "Liberian Girl".

    Theres a hipass filter on some pitched down vocals I took from "Lady In My Life" and I took the synth keys from the start of "Just Good Friends" and finally I made my bassline by taking a snip of the "Billie Jean" kick setting loop points (so it repeats) and adding a filter/bass boost.

    Chopped "Human Nature".

    NIK (
    Kickdrum 1: Billie Jean (Thriller)
    Kickdrum 2: P.Y.T. (Thriller)
    Snare: Billie Jean (Thriller)
    HiHat 1: Billie Jean (Thriller)
    HiHat 2: Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' (Thriller)
    HiHat 3: Don't Stop Till You Get Enough (Off The Wall)
    Main Sample: Off The Wall (Off The Wall)
    Hits, short parts etc.: All hits and little parts and something else like thats cames from mj's "Off The Wall"!

    So you really got all I did with the beat...of course there is a lot of equalizing and compression work for drums, the main sample and its hits and little parts!

    PHOCUS (
    Seemed to take a lot of bits from various tracks, I reckon I can hear the "Billy Jean" drums, elements of "Rock With You" and "Smooth Criminal" but theres much more in there! (kos).

    Sounds like "Human Nature" forming the main chop (kos)

    Used the drums from "Billie Jean" and chopped up part of "Lady In My Life"

    Finally, P.L.O from Associated Minds (Den heads my recognise him from Wrapped Up 2009 and Wrapped Up 2010) decided to remake "Beat It" from scratch; right down to the very intricate Eddie Van Halen guitar solo....incredible!! check it out and shouts to the AM camp!.

    P.L.O of Associated Minds - Beat It Instrumental Remake

    Wednesday, 22 June 2011

    Get Em Pete! - Pete Cannon Beat Making Vid

    Something fresh and brand new, one of the dens finest "Pete Cannon" drops a beatmaking video for heads to see one of his many approaches.

    True school approach here as he digs for a sample and the drums and stitches it all together in what looks like Abelteezy and his trademark sneaky synth stylings....magnificent, get em P!!

    Pete Cannon makes a quick hardcore beat

    Saturday, 18 June 2011

    Young RJ Beat Series Episodes 1 & 2

    Spotted at nahright.

    Here's Young RJ (formerly of B.R Gunna w/ Black Milk) and Barrak Records mainstay breaking down the beat he made which became "Morning Rize" for De La Soul. Nice to see the lab setup (customized MPC3000, Pro Tools and an SP1200 for good measure!).

    Young RJ - Beat Series EP 2 "Morning Rize"

    Nice beat and a great sample although #geekyobservation...I think S1 might have just edged his flip of the same sample.

    I was a bit slow on the jump and didn't realise I missed the first episode of the series which also showed the break down of another track from the same De La Soul x Nike Mixtape - Are You In; the joint "Forever", this ones also nice as he breaks down structuring sequences on the MP and using inbetween BPM's for swing.

    Young RJ - Beat Series EP 1 "Forever"

    Tuesday, 14 June 2011

    Day In The Life Of Alchemist

    Always great seein ALC in the lab! heres a quick interview with him telling you about his typical day and its also a sneaky segue into his brand new Soul Assassins clothing line which is coming soon!

    Day In The Life Of Alchemist

    Kela Got That Crack 2011 Batch

    Ok so the homeworks maybe MIA (we'll be back stay tuned) but Kelz has still been busy cooking up that good good, check his latest batch of beats below on his newly setup Soundcloud account. These joints are for sale, holla on his official website for more info.

    Kela Got That Crack 2011 by Kelakovski

    Follow @Kelakovski on Twitter
    Check Kelz online at

    Dockmini June Batch (beats for sale!)

    LouisDen Alumni Dockmini has unleashed another great batch of beats for artists to check through and purchase if they hear anything which takes their liking. Needless to say its a dope tape with a mix of soulful and grimy beats, plus a few double time joints for good measure!

    Rappers/Singers alike holla at dock and get in touch if you like what you hear!

    Follow @Dockmini on Twitter!

    Thursday, 26 May 2011

    New Jaisu H33T featured in top drawer Parkour video

    In February this year Jaisu was busy connecting the dots with music stuff out in L.A and it's fair to say he came back more inspired than ever! Since then Jai has been in his lab creating new heat, bringing in more creative ways of working with the MPC and samples.

    I've been up at the Jai lab recently to film some stuff and there's a new video coming on the AB0181 channel, until then have a look at the homie Tim Shieff's latest visual documentation on one of his Parkour friends Phil Doyle using all new, exclusive Jaisu heat throughout as a soundtrack.

    Them dudes are doing something crazy with their free-running skills and I wish I could swing around trees like that..haha.

    Let Jaisu know what up on Twitter: @Jaisu or on Facebook

    Give Tim a shout @Timothyshieff or watch more crazyness on his YouTube.

    This dope video was produced by Visive Productions.

    Until next time, peace!

    Tuesday, 26 April 2011

    Homework 88 - Louis Got The Jazz

    Homework 88 - Louis Got The Jazz

    This week the title speaks for itself, JAZZ WEEK!! to expand upon that we're after beats that make use of your jazz crates so dig deep, feel free to bring out those dusty loops or get chop heavy and turn in a synth banger either way we want jazz sampled and influenced beats.

    Feel free to get even more creative with it similar to jazz stylings, try 3 bar loops for instance or maybe a different time signature or use a jazz sounding kit for your drums, all not necessary but something you could try to add a little extra to your beat this week.

    This week the goal is to turn in a jazz sampled and/or influenced beat, using extra instrumentation is fine but make sure the sample forms the body of the beat.

    Beats are due 1st May; submit your entries to as an attachment and a little description about the beat! we'll try to get the squad together earlier this week!! hit the Ustream for around 18:30 at for it to kick off.

    Kev Brown In The Lab

    By the same guy who brought you the "Behind The Beats" series on Youtube; they caught up with Kev Brown over a fellow Low Budget crew member Kaimbr's spot to shoot a short beats video.

    Kev goes over some new joints and slightly breaks the process down; obviously too much isn't given away here but its nice to hear some new bits and see that Kev stays busy....nice!

    Kev Brown In The Lab

    Sunday, 24 April 2011

    Redefinition Records Presents: Kev Brown "Classic Joints"

    Here's an easter treat courtesy of Redefinition Records, a free compilation of some great joints Kev Brown has produced/released over the years entitled "Classic Joints", tracklisting and download links below.

    Be sure to hit up the Redefinition Records blog which are the guys who put this together as well as the recent physical release of Kev Brown & Kaimbr's "Alexander Green Project" which features all sampled works of Al Green.

    Kev Brown - Classic Joints

    01.Marley Marl - Feat. Kev Brown & Grap Luva - “What Ruling Means”
    02.Kev Brown - “Another Random Joint”
    03.Busta Rhymes - “Packin’ Them Things”
    04.Biz Markie - “Games”
    05.Kev Brown - “Batida”
    06.Grap Luva feat. Kev Brown - “Power Bars”
    07.Kev Brown Ft. Asheru, Grap Luva & Hassan Mackey - “What You Got”
    08.Kaimbr & Kev Brown - “Songs” (From The Alexander Green Project)
    09.Jay-Z - “Threat” (Kev Brown Unofficial Remix)
    10.Kev Brown - “Always” EP Version
    11.Kev Brown - “Work In Progress” (Damu The Fudgemunk Remix)
    12.Kev Brown - “The Crowd”

    DOWNLOAD: mediafire

    Remember you hit up Kev's bandcamp where theres a wealth of material to download/purchase so support him directly!

    Heres a couple joints from the new Alexander Green project.

    Kev Brown & Kaimbr - Great Adventures Of Alexander Green, Pt. 1

    Kev Brown & Kaimbr - 260°

    Ypnotiq - Whorldwidewhack EP (free DL)

    I found this EP the other day as I stubmled upon a Kev Brown remix to one of the tracks; It wasn't until I gave the rest of the project a listen did I realise this guy is nice with it himself; deep, heavy and bouncy beats here, real nice indeed. I do hate comparisons but just to give you an idea its reminiscent of "1983" / "Reset" era Flying Lotus and some of Afta-1 or Mike Slotts material.

    Personally "Love" and "newbeatsontheblock" are the joints I rock with the most, got that headcrackkk.

    ypnotiq - whorldwidehack EP

    1.Ypnotiq - Euromsayin'
    2.Ypnotiq - Airin
    3.Ypnotiq - Newbeatsontheblock
    4.Ypnotiq - Love
    5.Kev brown - Remix on the block
    6.camEleon - lanquidyti

    DONWLOAD: megaupload

    If you want to peep it before you download you can either head over to ypnotiq's bandcamp or peep the embedded player below.

    Friday, 22 April 2011

    Evil Needle - Cirrostratus LP

    French beatmaker/producer Evil Needle has just droped his free LP "Cirrostratus".

    What you've got here is great project serving a medley of beats drawing from all sorts of pockets from straight up hiphop bangers down to jazzed out soul stylings with tinges of R&B all with the trademark Needle headcrack.

    Theres even a collab thrown in there with fellow Den head BUG and some of you homework fiends may even recognise the odd homework joint in there! Great music!! get your download on (the bandcamp free DL's have expired so you'll have to either use the mediafire link or dig in your pockets for the €5 to get it (well worth it)

    As a side note its nice to see some of the blogs get their wakey wakey on and take start to take notice of Needz...dude BEEN had heat!

    Evil Needle - Cirrostratus

    01. Intro Groove
    02. First Look
    03. 9999HP
    04. Jazzolude #1
    05. Loungin
    06. Lo-Fi Bumper
    07. Summer Blap
    08. Hope
    09. Jazzolude #2
    10. Chillaxing
    11. Time Travel
    12. Fuse
    13. Hat It Or Love It
    14. Disco Inferno
    15. Astro Belt with BUG

    DOWNLOAD: bandcamp | mediafire

    Remember to hit Evil Needle up on Twitter @ItsMeNeedle if you are feeling the music! and if you want to hear even more you can check some of his previous Louis Den homeworks over at

    Beat Society @Tammany Hall Feb 2011

    The homie Slop has just posted some recap footage of the recent Beat Soceity event from February, this marked the return of the flagship producer night from a 6 year hiatus! damn! well it looks like it went off with a bang.

    Producers on the night were Illmind, Khrysis, Don Cannon, Nottz and DJ Revolution.

    Beat Soceity @Tammany Hall Feb 2011

    9th Wonder x LRG x Price Films - The Wonder Year (preview)

    I've been looking forward to this for sometime; can't wait for it to drop. Film maker Kenneth Price (who is also behind most the IWWMG / Jamla music videos for 9ths Artits) has been putting the finishing touches to his "Wonder Year" documentary which spends a year in the life of Grammy award winning producer 9th Wonder.

    Little snippets have cropped up here and there but now a full trailer has surfaced it makes the project even more appealing!! heres hoping for a general release!

    The Wonder Year (Trailer)

    A year in the life of CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder. The film follows one of soul music’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between.

    Featuring: Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist & more.

    Phone & 9th Wonder - Peter Rosenberg's Noisemakers

    Pete Roesenberg's "Noisemakers" sessions are relaxed sit down interviews similar to what you may have seen at the Red Bull Music Academy; every so often he'll host one of these events getting a range of musical artists to break down their trials and tribulations in the industry.

    After the last event with Diddy he's managed to follow suit by getting one of the first sit down interviews with a reunited 9th Wonder and Phonte (formerly of Little Brother) the two discuss mending their differences and Little Brother's rise to stardom. This was about a couple weeks back.

    Producer related 9th touches on great topics such as making the "Threat" beat for Jay-Z, initally getting rejected by Beat Society and influencing a whole generation of computer based producers. The event's musical interludes were handled by hiphop band Dujeous who played cover versions of 9th Wonder produced joints (as well as a couple Foreign Exhange ones), Illmind as on hand to trigger samples over the live instrumentation which made for very unique versions of the joints!! this also finished with a freestyle cypher over the "Threat" beat featuring a whole range of artists who came out to the event!

    Rather than steal or re-up the links I'll just point you in the direction of the great "All The Way Live" blog where I found their recording of the session.

    9th Wonder & Phonte - Peter Rosenberg Noisemakers
    via "All The Way Live"

    Beat Butcha - Bandcamp Exclusives

    Former Beat Cypher guest (April 2010) Beat Butcha has recently dropped a project of previously unavilable instrumentals from his production resume entitled "Bandcamp Exclusives" check it out as you get tracks he's produced for the likes of Jehst, M9, Ciph Barker, Triple Darkness and more sans vocals as well as a couple of bonus instrumentals thrown in there for good measure.

    All for the low low price of £5.00! you can't be mad at that eh! peep the bandcamp stream below.

    Hit up the bandcamp direct to listen at your leisure an be sure to hit dude up on twitter @BeatButcha.

    Tuesday, 19 April 2011

    Homework 87 - Mobster Week

    Rolling with another challenge!! lets do it

    Homework 87 - Mobster Week

    This week the goal is pretty clear cut and simple!! We want you guys to get the crime family / mobster / mafia flicks out and get digging through the musical scores / soundtracks!

    Search out your favourite soundtrack/original score to a mobster film and turn the source material into bangin beat!.

    No other rules other than the standard den parameters synth work or anything else to fill out the beat (dialog, scratches, one shots etc) all good as long as it doesnt draw away from the source matieral!

    Beats are due Sunday 24th April, we'll be streaming from looking forward to checking the them to no sendspace/mediafire/zshare just attach the beat!!

    Heres's top 35 mafia films, its a great start!

    Friday, 15 April 2011

    Behind Closed Doors Volume 3 news!

    We've been back from our travels to the US a good while now; but Andy and myself have decided to drop a little writeup blog to let you guys know what we were up to out there and how the project is coming along.

    A couple sneaky pictures here and there too so peep game and enjoy!

    Organising a trip like this is definitely a day job in itself. What started out as a joke whilst filming BCD2 in 2009 turned into a "can we actually do this?" brainstorm and ended with an actual real, physical trip across the Atlantic, going "what the frig are we getting ourselves into??".

    It wasn't until we touched back down in Heathrow after a week away that it started to sink in. I've never travelled so much in such a short space of time and I think we defined hitting the ground running!

    It was pretty surreal to be welcomed by a lot of people I've looked up to, listened to and geeked out to over the years but was only natural to geek down and get on with the job at hand. (Did manage to get pissy pissy quite a few nights, highlights include - 10 cent chicken wing night, linking up with Jaisu and seeing fatlip from Pharcyde spin runnin'). Sleep became a bonus and working out what time it became confusing as body clocks were left in Heathrow.

    Can't really speak about who we filmed because I wana leave that for the trailer... but I think we got some great footage and hopefully this is going to be another volume of inspirational producer food for all y'all out thurr.

    To break it down with some stats ( it looks a little something like this.

    13,211 miles
    140gb's of footage
    x45 10c chicken wings
    27.5 hours flying
    6 planes
    4 trains
    1 rental car

    Footage is ingested, converted and waiting to be edited. Summer is coming and so is BCD3!



    Like Andy said the whole trip was surreal; After much procrastination and back and forth's about plane journeys; connecting flights and actually pulling this off everything seemed a bit more real once we "George Bushed" the button on purchasing our outward bound flights.

    We kicked off proceedings with a Nando's (as always) once Andy touched down in Birmingham; after which everything was just a whirlwind of "what the hell are we doing", "is this gonna work" and more "what the hell are we doing". This was my first time in these cities and it was just as Kela had hinted saying it'd be like walking onto a movie set, big cars, big roads, big freeways, (big servings heh!) I was gassed just being there!

    It was crazy to be in the studio's of some people whose music/beats I've been a massive fan of; just being able to chop it up with them and ask geeky questions (just like I would any of my Den fam) and have just as enthusastic responses was crazy humbling.

    If you caught some of the tweets flying around then you may have a clue as to where and who we visited; but to keep things fresh me and Andy have a self imposed gagging order on some Kanye "Dont tell anyone anything about what you're doing" steez.

    We put the distance in and travelled across three different states and 2 coasts; we also had to cop a rental car and travel a 160+ mile round trip to get to the other side of the city to see one producer (shook driving the other side of the road hahaha) came back needing 2 weeks worth of sleep recovery and a sour after taste from data roaming charges but it was all worth it.

    We've got gold here...oh yeah if you guys liked the progression between BCD 1 and BCD 2 then BCD 3 is a just as big (if not a quantum leap) in terms of what you're gonna get; coupled with what we got in Berlin earlier on in the year and what the remaining UK based footage we've gotta get I reckon we've got about 75% of Volume 3 captured (and backed up, and backed up and backed up some more).

    Sounds sooo cliche; but I now understand why certain artists come out with the trademark sentence "Cant wait to share this with you".

    Shout Outs!
    * Slop for holding us down executively producing the trip on some Suge Knight ish
    * The homie greg for the hospitality in the West
    * Homegirl Thea for the mini Brooklyn tour and Alphabet City; the amazing 10c wing spot
    * What was possibly the wackest ever chinese take out we got in Jamaica Queens
    * Fat lip for his DJ slot at the ill Dilla tribute we were at droppin runnin and spat his verse
    * minus half a shout to lip for bumpin hi-tek's sungod in the same set #slippin heh!!
    * A faded Killa priest at the same night who blessed the mic with random wu hooks
    * Bumping into XXXXXXXXX out in the west coast after we had interviewed him in Brooklyn only a few days earlier

    Great trip, even better footage captured...stay tuned!

    Tuesday, 12 April 2011

    Homework 86 - 2.5 Seconds Of Funk, SP1200 Week

    Yoooo! been a minute since the last few challenges; apologies for the stop start but I've had a few things going on which would have made it hard to get to the lab the last couple of weeks! rather than set a x2 week challenge (which people normally sleep on as they think they've got forever to do it) here we are..Tuesday and a new challnege for this Sunday, maybe the more of you on it will get me in gear to kick this league off eh?? heh..

    Ok so the last hardware battle we did was a while back with Homework 67 - DMX Week and we're continuing this on with another (and probably more so) legendary sampler adopted for hiphop.

    Homework 86 - 2.5 seconds of funk "SP1200 Week"

    This week we want you guys to go back in time and virtually equip yourselves with the legendary Emu Sp1200 if you dont know get to know (Vintage Synth // Wikipedia). This iconic machine was behind many a classic hiphop record and formed part of the production arsenal from some of hiphop productions heaviest hitters (Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Dr. Dre, Large Professor, Da Beatminerz, Easy Mo Bee and countless others!!) as we dont have real SP1200's to dole out you guys are going to have to improvise but this still can form quite a fun challenge.

    To cut a long story short you are going to have to make a beat as if you were equipped with one of these badboys and heres how.

    The goal of this weeks challenge is to make an SP1200 inspired beat, to get as near as possible to the constrainsts of this machine you will be forced to use the original factory discs that came with the machine which featured pre-loaded sounds to form your own kit and get busy programming.

    The total sample time of the SP1200 could not exceed 10 seconds, the unit had 8 velocity sensitive pads (as opposed to the MP's 16) and x4 banks of sounds; meaning you had 2.5 seconds per bank to play with (dont forget you still would have to count in the drums too), thats why producers would do all sorts of tricks like the decay repeat, or the 16 levels equivalent to pitch notes and the classic sampling a 33 record in at 45 and then slow down.

    While we dont expect you to get crazy chop/reassemble happy we'll approximate all this by stating the following.

    * Only use the drum packs provided for your drum sounds
    * for samples you can choose whatever you like but total sample time cannot exceed 10 seconds
    * not mandatory but extra hiphop points to anyone who makes use of a bitcrusher/ring mod/or samples in at 26Khz / 12-bit to attempt to replicate the crunch (I know its not the same but hey)
    * extra extra points if you find this challenge laughable as you own an authentic SP!! heh..kudos!! turn in a beat!

    Synth's are okay but dont go crazy; whilst it wouldn't be impossible to MIDI up a keyboard back in the SP1200 hey day and add encorporate that into a beat; this challenge is more about fancy chop skills and bringing the best out of those stock drums so save a bassline or a little lead dont go all Jean Michel Jarre on us.

    Beats are due Sunday 17th April, we'll be streaming from looking forward to checking the them to no sendspace/mediafire/zshare just attach the beat!!

  • download the SP1200 kit here (originally sourced from the sp1200 forum)

    peeace....keep it crunchy!
  • Phonix - The Beat Leaks EP

    Phonix is US producer out in the West Coast (not to be confused with our guy Jon Phonics), dude behind some joints for likes of 50 Cent, Pac Div and Stat Quo, pretty serious resume and no shortage of bangers! anyway he dropped his Beat Leaks EP over Twitter a couple weekends back and I'm suprised I havent seen it posted plenty other places.

    What you've got here is a selection of instrumentals of various tracks from his production resume (including all those above!!) that have leaked in the last year or so as well as some unreleased treats; I suggest you bag it now as theres some serious heat on there!

    I hollered at dude and asked if a repost was cool so here it is!! I took the liberty of sticking some basic artwork on there (iTunes heads can relate heh!) and tweaking a couple tracks as some had a few seconds of extra silence at the start..

    Phonix - The Beat Leaks EP

    01. Intro
    02. Division (Stat Quo)
    03. Roses (Pac Division)
    04. Quarter After 2 (Sheek Louch)
    05. Building (Jadakiss)
    06. Sugar (50 Cent)
    07. The Change Up
    08. Quality (The Game)
    09. Dream'n Of Money (Tiron)
    10. Light Weight (unreleased)
    11. Burn (unreleased)
    12. Thank You Focus (unreleased)
    13. Motown (unreleased)
    14. Soulstar (unreleased)

    DOWNLOAD: sendspace

    Bonus Phonix Beatmaking Video!
    (check dude out making the 50 Cent joint)

    Make sure you follow him at @PHONIXBEATS if you like what you hear!.