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