Jon Hopkins – We Disappear feat. Lulu James

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Jon Hopkins released a new single from the Immunity album called We Disappear but features the vocals of Lulu James. Check it out below.


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ZHU – Cocaine Model Feat. Dashius Clay (Remix)

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With just over a week since the release of his debut EP, the once anonymous producer ZHU gets a remix from the likes of the red baron Dashius Clay. “Cocaine Model” is the perfect summer invitation.

Written and Performed By: Zhu / Dashius Clay
Label: 1Life Worldwide
Remixed By: Dashius Clay
Mixed By: PrimoMixx


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Nirvana – MTV Unplugged Full Concert

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Such a classic. [YouTube]


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Dozens of new photos released from Kurt Cobain death probe

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The Seattle Police Department released 35 never-before-seen pictures from the death investigation of Kurt Cobain. Very tragic. [Link]


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Mohammed Taher, Brave Wave & In Flux

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Mohammed Taher is the President and Creative Director behind the music label Brave Wave (formally known as Koopa Soundworks). My brother  previously wrote about Mohammed Taher when his label had released World 1-2, a  chip-tune album that featured renowned game composers and remixers. Since then Brave Wave have gone on to release World 1-2: Encore, World 1-2: the Complete Collection, a free EP called Year One. And early in March Brave Wave released In Flux, an album that features talented musicians from Japan working with talent from the West. Every track on it is pretty solid blending retro inspired video game chip tunes with more modern sounds.

Taher was recently at Bit Summit, an indie game festival held annually in Kyoto, Japan. He was invited to give a talk at the festival and to also promote his label and In Flux. I got in touch with him through Twitter and we were able to have an interesting conversation through email about how his business all started, discussed the music, and some future plans.

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Lets start at the beginning with how it all began. How did you meet your business partner and friend Alexander Aniel. 

I knew Alex from the NeoGAF forums, and started following him on Twitter years ago. I got in touch with Alex back in September 2011 when I first found Keiji Yamagishi on Facebook. He’s one of my favorite composers, and one whom I was always searching for — and so I wanted to chat with him and know what he was doing at the time, whether he’s working on new music and so on. I asked Alex to translate all my questions to Keiji (which resulted in an interview) and, slowly after the interview, Keiji began composing a track for World 1-2.

I needed Alex again when I found Manami Matsumae on Soundcloud, a social network of some sorts for musicians. I asked her to make one track for World 1-2 and she agreed, and also asked her to do an interview (similar to what I did with Keiji) and she kindly accepted, even though it took us two months of back-and-forth emails. And through this time, we bonded. I don’t remember exactly how, but we clicked and started doing more than one track. I ended up hooking her up with the game Shovel Knight, which landed her the Mighty No. 9 gig later on. All of this made her trust me and put her faith in me, which is what propelled me forward to continue what I’m doing and, ultimately, create an actual music label. She and Keiji are advisors on the label, overseeing everything I do and making sure it’s up to our standards.

Lets start discussing World 1-2; how did you get in touch with some of the  musicians. In your short talk at BitSummit you mentioned that you just sent out a lot of emails, was that the extent of it?

I found Eirik Suhrke’s Bandcamp page when he published the Spelunky soundtrack there, and he was the first composer I contacted. World 1-2 is named after my personal gaming blog, World1-2.net, and the idea was to create a small album (or EP) to celebrate the site’s anniversary. I thought, even if I end up not making money from it, then it’s fine — one yearly EP won’t drain my resources. But it then slowly expanded as I contacted more composers, and when I got Akira Yamaoka on board I knew I had to do something with it. Framing it as “an album to celebrate an obscure Arabic blog” was a bad idea, so I made a net-label called Koopa Soundworks and the rest is history.

I’m just a guy with a blog who wanted to make music with his favorite composers. Not the most grandiose image, but it helps to make people (especially here in Kuwait) realize that I’m just another guy who acted on his ideas. I have zero connections with the industry and its writers — I built this myself, brick by brick, through my love for music and its performers.

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Computerized – Daft Punk feat. Jay-Z

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Arcade Fire – Controversy (Prince cover)

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Heart-Shaped Box – Nirvana (covered by Kawehi)

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Heart Shaped Box from a robots perspective. Love it. [Vimeo]


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Twin Shadow – ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’

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Twin Shadow covering ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’ by The Smiths, as part of the UNDER THE CVRS series. [YouTube]


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