French feels with Kitsuné 🌶, dope hip-hop 🔥 and soothing spring beats. 🌸
Expect some smooth vibes in the latest Kitsuné Hot Stream mix by the French musician and producer Molikasi. Influenced by African and Asian sounds, he works, samples and magnifies his own voice and instrument, to give an impression of coming from faraway places and break the rules of electro pop. We had a little chat with the French artist, you can read it here while you are listening to his excellent mixtape!
Props to our man @willsn, he’s no half steppin! This hip-hop mixtape is so dope, it really takes an attentive ear to notice where one track ends and another one starts. This selection is a sure shot if you’re into heavy names like Drake, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Future and co. You know the ledge!
With his latest mixtape, @benjami is doing a thorough exploration in sound with Pacemaker+. Starting off with relaxing bird chirping, getting to some modern classical jams, slowly heading into more psychedelic areas, future jazz making love with instrumental hip-hop and trip-hop. No matter the season, this selection is a blessing with all its creative twists and turns.
Stay inspired, keep your mixtapes coming – next week it could be your turn!
Influenced by African and Asian sounds, Molikasi works, samples and magnifies his own voice and instrument, to give an impression of coming from faraway places and break the rules of electro pop. We had a little chat with the French artist and you can also listen to his excellent Kitsuné Hot Stream mixtape!
How did you get interested in music?
I got interested in music thanks to my cousin who used to play guitar. I wanted to do the same so I first learned some standard guitar songs. Then I came to electronic music and production.
Tell us a bit about the Soundress label.
Soundress is a label working with artists like Dim Sum, Clanch, Candidat, Le goût acide des conservateurs…
How’s life in Paris as a musician? What inspires you the most in the city?
Paris is a really cool place for musicians. You can easily meet people and see the artists live. But sometimes you also needs space and time to get inspired so it’s cool to leave the city for the countryside.
Name 3 artists who inspire you the most when it comes to making music.
Bibio / Mura Masa / Fleet Foxes
Name 3 tracks from this year that made a big impression on you.
Whitney “No Woman”
Louis The Child “Love is alive”
If you could swap bodies with another artist for a weekend, whose skin would you like to sneak in and why?
Thom Yorke… it could be interesting to be in his mind for a weekend
What do you do when you’re not making music?
I’m drawing while thinking of music
What would you do if – for some mysterious reason – there would be no more music from tomorrow on?
I would be drawing the music instruments of my dreams
What are you working on right now?
New tracks that I will release soon.
Please tell us a bit about your Kitsuné Hot Stream mix, how did you pick these tracks?
I wanted to start the mix with a danceable part so I chose Moullinex “Open House” and Allen French “Nova Vida” which both match well with my track “Danse de l’hiver”. Then I chosed to lower the tempo with Young Futura and Saux and to finish with this incredible song “Umbo” by IFE.
How do you like Pacemaker? What are your favourite features?
Pacemaker is a very cool app, I love the idea! I love that it works with Spotify so that you can easily pick tracks in your library.
Weekend feels, humble hip-hop and deep house vibes! 👯
A super warm welcome to Hype Machine on Pacemaker! Their debut mixtape includes some of the best tracks from their Stack playlist, which is also a weekly newsletter featuring interesting new music, handpicked by the Hype Machine team. This week’s selection could be considered as a warm-up for the weekend. Curious rhythms and unusual beats, something for both your body and soul.
Nowadays @anacarolina is our #1 go-to person on Pacemaker when it comes to the hottest and slickest hip-hop mixtapes. The latest and the greatest include Gorillaz with Vince Staples, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and Cashmere Cat. Short and sweet with perfect mixes – you go, girl!
As you can see it in the title, this is the 15th episode of deep house grandmaster @since76’s spectacular series. Almost two hours of serious party vibes, mixed with Pacemaker+ for the ultimate carnival of beats. Featuring the best of the underground and above: Hot Since 82, Quivver, Winx vs. Nic Fanciulli, Kink etc.
We got MASSIVE news! Crop tracks, refine your mix and create unique mashups. Update now in App Store – you’re in for a treat!
Jay-Z’s legendary audio engineer, Young Guru and his Era of the Engineer team supports what Pacemaker embodies: “At Era, our mission is to empower the builder and Pacemaker gives everyday people a tool to be creative with music. Since it’s a mobile app, anyone can now create an incredible professional sounding mixtape or mashup from anywhere in the world.” – says Jerald Cooper, co-founder of Era of The Engineer.
– Studio ✂️ Crop the beginning and end of tracks, set your mix on more precise levels – phrase, bar and beat. You get 500 sessions for free to get a taste of the Studio.
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Your mixtapes just got so much better! Listen and be blown away.
@hairunhudson went totally berzerk with his latest mixtape, it’s probably one of the most – if not THE most – eclectic mix ever posted in the community. It does not matter what type of music you prefer, we guarantee you will find at least one of your favourites in here. Mashup madness!
Featuring: Beck, M.I.A., Placebo, HEALTH, Autechre, Clams Casino, Com Truise
@hertz’s debut mix flawlessly sums up what Pacemaker is all about: #MixEverything. In this super short but extra sweet mashup Enya meets Flying Lotus and together they bump into Marvin Gaye and The Notorious B.I.G. One B.I.G. happy family!
Featuring: Patrick Watson, Enya, Flying Lotus, Marvin Gaye, The Notorious B.I.G.
Meet @joebrokken, Pacemaker’s very own Zen Master. In his Meditation series he invites you to step outside yourself and let your soul breathe through the pores of the finest ambient and psychedelic vibes. A stream of (un)consciousness, It’s worth the trip!
Featuring: Explosions in the Sky, Ravi Shankar, Philip Glass, Pantha du Prince, Stars of the Lid
Watch The Hype is back with ‘Our Black Roots’, a mix dedicated to recognising the importance of black music in shaping electronic music. We have picked two more gems from the community that perfectly fit in the concept. Expect some exotic rhythms and organic beats!
Watch The Hype is back with their second mixtape on Pacemaker. ‘Our Black Roots’ is dedicated to recognising the importance of black music in shaping electronic music. The tracks in this mix were all curated by artists who contributed to their online Our Black Roots feature. So, while you listen, you can read each artist’s personal story behind each track. Mr. G, Matthew Herbert, Hieroglyphic Being and more take part!
Same concept, different style – @jlmickles selected almost 2 hours of dusty beats, booming kick drums, percussions and dub-disco inspired by various African countries and instruments. You can even hear a track from Lee “Scratch” Perry, the inventor of remixing who recently celebrated his 81th birthday.
Playing around with rhythm and beats is a highly rewarding experience, although blending the worlds of electronic and organic grooves can be a challenge. @provocateur accepted the challenge, his afrohouse mix is drawing inspiration from Angola, Mali, Nigeria and all the hidden tribes who shaped and keep shaping electronic music.
Kitsuné returns with a fabulous mixtape by Young Franco and we have two more house bombs to share!
Kitsuné returns with a fabulous mixtape created by the ever so amazing Young Franco. The Australian genius started DJing when he was 16 and got into producing just a few years ago. He’s inspired by hip-hop, soul and funk and keeps sweeping the world off its feet (quite literally!) with his unique funky beats. No dancefloor remains intact when he’s dictating the rhythm – join the groove with his excellent selection, just push play! We also had a cool chat with him, get to know him better here!
Even though nowadays @djculture101 drops a mixtape once a month, deep house specialists know that it’s always worth the wait. His last selection of deep classics is perfect both for relaxing this evening or warming up before a proper party this weekend.
@haunteverest’s motto is ‘nap all day, sleep all night, party never’. Hard to believe it after listening to this absolutely crazy selection of deep, lo-fi and outsider house tracks. It makes us wanna party all day, all night and sleep never. Care to join us?
Stay inspired, keep your mixtapes coming – next week it could be your turn!
We had a cool chat with the ever so amazing Young Franco and he even created a fabulous mixtape featuring Kitsuné tracks. The Australian genius started DJing when he was 16 and got into producing just a few years ago. He’s inspired by hip-hop, soul and funk and keeps sweeping the world off its feet (quite literally) with his unique funky beats. No dancefloor remains intact when he’s dictating the rhythm.
When was that point when you realized that music is going to be your biggest passion in your life?
Music was always a big part of my life and I think I never had a point I realised it just became more and more important to me.
You’re from Brisbane, Australia. How’s the electronic music scene over there?
Really good! Lots of cool musicians coming up at the moment. Feki, The Kite String Tangle, Tyler Touche.
You did what many are only dreaming of: put your studies on hold to pursue your music career full-time. Was this a difficult choice to make?
Not really, it was a very natural progression.
What and who inspires you the most when it comes to making music?
I think anyone doing something cool in their own respective field is inspiring. Whether it be art or music or anything in the creative field.
You’ve recently been on tour with Kitsuné in Europe. Which show and city was the most memorable for you and why?
All the shows were amazing and were equally memorable. I thoroughly enjoyed the Madrid show. Goya Social Club is such a vibe.
When it comes to the audience, do you see any difference between shows in Australia and Europe?
I think it’s just what people are used to listening to. Australia has a unique style and Europe has so much culture and vibe. I think people are always up to have a good time though no matter where you are from.
If you could go back in time 10 years, is there anything you would like to change?
Who would you like to collaborate with the most and why?
Kaytranada, such an amazing artist.
Is there a music genre you can’t stand listening to?
I generally don’t listen to. Maybe heavy metal?
Is there some music you like but you’re ashamed to admit?
I love classical music! Not ashamed to admit it but it is a bit different.
Who would you like to meet the most? Dead or alive.
What’s your favourite place in the world?
I don’t have a favourite but Paris is up there. So is Sydney.
What’s your favourite thing on the internet?
Videos of Dogs.
What do you do when you’re not making music, touring or DJing?
Watching YouTube videos.
What are you working on right now?
My next single.
How do you like Pacemaker? What are your favourite features and what would you like to add or improve?
I love being able to use songs from Spotify. I found it hard to give a proper mix between some of the tracks.
Three fabulous mixtapes for the perfect love triangle: deep, house and chill!
To quote @proudspark’s description of his own mixtape: “WOW. Just #wow.” This is a spot on summary of just how nifty this mixed bag of goodies turned out. He mixed his own Discover Weekly recommendations from Spotify and let himself be surprised by the results. Push play and let yourself marvel at how easy it can be to have a top notch selection for your mixtape! 😍
Featuring: Borrowed Identity, John Talabot, Yuksek
“May cause an unsafe rise in blood pressure” – warns us @capturingphi. We turned ourselves into lab rats in order to find out the truth and we’re proud to share the results: this mix does what it says on the can! A gourmet selection of the finest deep house delicacies, ready to take you deep down the rabbit hole. 🐰
@ntropy is a producer, DJ and evil doer residing in Melbourne, Australia. He started his mix series when he joined Pacemaker and been blessing us with new episodes ever since! The journey continues with his latest selection, perfectionist as always – deep house and progressive house flawlessly mixed into an hour-long fervent voyage.
Featuring: Hot Since 82, Leon Vynehall, Detroit Swindle, Purple Disco Machine
We had a chat with Sean Adams, the founder of Drowned in Sound, UK-based music website. Focusing on a variety of quality sounds from electronic music to pop and rock, they have published interviews with everyone from Björk to Paul McCartney. Sean shared a special mixtape on Pacemaker and now gives you some insight on how the life of a full-time music influencer looks like.
When and how did you get interested in music? Was there a certain moment when you heard something that made you wanna dig further and deeper into music?
There have been lots of steps into the abyss. As a kid I was lucky that my mum had great taste and car journeys would apparently involve me asking to listen to side two of Low or The Cure. My dad also had a lot of records and I remember one Saturday afternoon when I was about 10 listening to Otis Redding ‘(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay’ over and over, trying to work out why it was so powerful and what it was trying to say. It was a whole other world and ever since I’ve found myself riding on the updrafts of Kate Bush or being blown sideways by Nine Inch Nails or finding myself sitting in an imagined bar with Arab Strap’s stories coming to life.
Tell us a bit about the birth of your platform Drowned in Sound – it started almost 20 years ago as a fanzine and throughout those years it became a vital part of the (indie) music community.
My first email fanzine/newsletter started when I was 15 so that is almost 20 years ago… I started it because I found the web a bit empty for people passionately talking about music and a bit overwhelming trying to talk about music in general on forums and newsgroups dedicated to Radiohead or Smashing Pumpkins or whoever. I’ve never been a one band guy.
Drowned in Sound was an evolution of that newsletter which was becoming lengthy as other people began to contribute. Hearing Muse’s first demo and seeing their rise and rise and rise – despite the music press being dismissive and a bit snobby about them – was definitely a big catalyst and wind in my sail to spot and champion artists who might one day headline a stadium.
Nowadays there are hundreds of music blogs / webzines out there, coming and going. You have tons of experience in this field and you’ve been having difficulties yourself with DiS to keep it going. What do you think it takes these days to create a blooming community, to grab attention, to create content that is well-received and keeps readers/listeners come back regularly?
I think not chasing hits has been fairly key. We try to make a site that we would want to read. I’ve shied away from deluging and overwhelming our audience. Our recommendations are infrequent. Our tone playful but thoughtful. Then there’s the forums which are allowed to have the freedom for users to be whoever they want to be and we only very rarely need to reign people in.
Curating music takes a lot of time and energy – where do you discover music these days? What are your trusted sources?
I think my trigonometry of recommendations is kinda the same as it ever was. The three prongs are:
Seeing what other writers and blogs are passionate about – you can always feel the enthusiasm when someone is eloquent and inspired
Record labels – there are a lot of labels I trust and always new labels in different scenes who seem to have all the best flagship artists of a sound. I’ll always check out a new release of it’s on 4AD or Erased Tapes or Hyperdub or Anti- or Sacred Bones or so many other great independent labels. I probably trust record labels more than anything else as I know how much investment, time and risk is required to help out something new into the world, which is so much more of an undertaking than just writing a complimentary blog of a stream.
Luck is still key. You can’t account for having your ears open and finding yourself curiously checking out an act in your feed or being intrigued to see someone at a festival, then finding something really special.
How do you listen to music most of the time? Do you buy lots of physical records or do you prefer the digital streaming nowadays?
Mostly on Spotify. I’ve never really been that interested in having a record collection. I’m far more likely to buy a tshirt of a band I like than a record that will probably stay sealed for months. I find the inflow of music totally overwhelming and I’m constantly listening to music through Sonos speakers or my beloved Bowers + Wilkins headphones. I also listen to the radio a lot as a lot of DJs and their producers are lucky enough to be able to spend the majority of their time rummaging for gems, and have the ability to present and make sense of things which are unfamiliar in the context of things I already know and like.
You have at least 3 jobs and they are all music-related in one way or another. How do you manage to keep it all going, how would you say a regular working day looks like for you?
There’s no such thing as a regular day. My “portfolio career” doesn’t allow much time for sleep. I’m often working from 7am until 7pm and then meeting people for drinks or going to gigs or just collapsing on the sofa.
How did you discover Pacemaker? You’ve been using the app for quite some time now. What do you like the most about it and what would you like to improve?
I first saw and loved the idea of the device that preceded the app. I often get asked to play music before and after bands at gigs and festivals, which can often be last minute and not massively well paid. I loved the idea of having my entire record collection and more at my finger tips and not need to lug stuff around. The app is far better than having 4 CDRs wrapped in dog-eared pieces of paper and I like that I can easily switch tracks in without worrying too much how the song’s intro and outro might neatly fit together without always relying on songs I know intimately. It’s really great for my radio show (once a month on Soho Radio and archived on Mixcloud) as it means I can concentrate more on what I’m saying than how the songs are mixing – found my vocabulary massively dropped when worrying about crossfading tunes. Definitely helps that tracks can be best matched and that I can trawl all of Spotify for songs to include rather than rummaging for CDs or importing tracks and burning CDRs (like, I don’t even have a laptop with a CD drive any longer….)
Please tell us a bit about your selection for ‘Swooning (Not Swooning)’, the mixtape you made for us.
It’s intended to be a bit of a bedroom party. None of the tunes are going to be big floor fillers but they will hopefully light up and expand a little corner in people’s mind’s eye. Lyrically bits of the tracks loosely riff on similar ideas but I’ll leave the listener to find the tenuous discourse and narrative woven between the choices.