grinding ambient from the 13th tribe

In a step away from his usual aftrobeat dancehall kinda style, 13th tribe maestro 13t has laid down eight minutes of metallic ambience.

He says: “I was goin for that kinda dirty industrial 8 bit machine driven sound. What i had in mind was a sound that i heard on one of those tin foil youtubes on radio signals from Saturn, u know the vibe.”

13t will be making his first 64 bar track of 64:5, here’s a taste of his usual flavour

So the ambient track was recorded on the fly, ‘with very few edits hence the rawness’ 13t revealed. Not that he should be sweating about the quality, it is what it is and that’s the good point. Mind you, I’ve only just been able to check this on a crappy Dell desktop with a mono speaker from the 1990’s.

But from some big name poeple who’ve heard his bizzle over big rigs, he’s getting alot of mad love. Check out some of the comments he’s got on his soundcloud page

“YEAH! Well funky!”-Gilles Peterson.

‘One of the best Club nites of the year – Brian Murnin Clash Magazine

‘Negro sums up our club night in just 205 perfect seconds! AND I love the track (Zaza B) BIG TIME… how do you keep pumping these out? you’re a machine!!.. thats pure Prefuse at times. Massive respect.Vocals are dope as too man!…Insanely prolific…” Huskiii FFTang @93 Feet East

‘Superb! Like a vocal booth full of Hospitalised Kool Kieths! Fans of Dr Octagon,The Pharcyde & Jurrassic 5 Will Love this’ – Steve (Sony Records,Peoplesound)

Have some more of him in the player down there…
The 13th Tribe feat Pili Monzon – La Routina by The 13th Tribe

So the reason we’re flagging this up today is that we’re glad to have 13t on board for 64:5. He says “Im really lookin forward to this 64 bc (and quite nervous!) as the standard has been very high and it seems to get higher every time.The quality in recent excursions has been superb and very inspiring,which is really what its all about.I love listening to stuff like this cos it makes me wanna go make a joyful noise too :) ‘

He’s asked me to link up the track below. It’s African Dancehall from mc Safa (Guinee/Madrid) Flows in French,Spanish+Fulani.
The 13th Tribe+AJK feat Safa-African Connection (Plastic Rat mix) by The 13th Tribe

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Imogen heap remixed by Proof of Concept


James Foster aka Proof of Concept has put his stamp on  Imogen Heap piece ‘Frou FrouBreathe in

It’s from eight years ago, he’s only just got around to posting it up.. but hell… it still sounds fresh:

He gives us the background: “Back in around 2002 Imogen heap was working with the awesome Guy Sigsworth on a project titled Frou Frou, I have always enjoyed Imogen’s voice since I first heard her on my blanket by Urban Species.

“When I saw that the stems had been put up by Sony for remix I just had to take a crack at it, and I did. My setup was very simple back then and I wrote this track completely in Reason v1 other than the drums which I just cut up a few breaks and sequenced up by hand (no midi back then in the editor I was using) in magix music maker version 2.0, which I used to like as it was 4 mono tracks and I could just cut up a break and sequence it visually.

“It is funny thinking about my production technique back then as times have changed so much in both hard and software, I did not use any of the stock soundbanks in reason, or any commercially available soundbanks, I preferred to spend my time tracking down obsolete soundbanks or akai sample disks and then spent hours converting them into reason refill soundbanks in the hope of creating a more original sound with reason.

“Though my setup is completely different now and I only use a few of my old akais, what I like about this track is how simple it is but you can see the roots of what later became my sound.”

Proof of Concept is a mainstay of the 64barchallenge mixes, appearing on every one of the first  five, with standout tracks on the first and fourth mix series. You can check them on our Soundcloud page