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A Beat Happening

A Beat Happening

By A Beat Happening
An interview-based show about beat culture past, present, and future. Hosted by journalist Laurent Fintoni and producer and DJ Kutmah, every week they talk to guests from around the world whose work within hip-hop and electronic music keeps the culture moving forward.
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A Beat Happening: Suzi Analogue
On this week's show we welcome Suzi Analogue: a producer, songwriter, DJ, and label head whose forward-thinking, global outlook continuously provides fresh perspectives on beat culture. Originally from the Baltimore area, Suzi first came to attention in the late 2000s as part of the Philly-based Klipmode collective alongside mndsgn, devonwho, and knxwledge. Suzi then moved to NYC where she setup her Never Normal label as a home for her own music and that of peers and influences including Count Bass D, DJ Earl, Ezrakh and more. At the same time she also collaborated with Tokimonsta and Georgia Anne Muldrow, continuously pulling at different sides of her hip-hop and electronic music backgrounds, while involving herself in different aspects of the industry. Today she resides in Miami, where she continues to expand her practice and grow Never Normal into a home for new and exciting sounds and artists while traveling through sounds on her own, varied releases.  This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening. In this episode we discuss... Klipmode and coming up together in late 2000s Philadelphia  Female inspirations, meeting Georgia Anne Muldrow Connections to dance music through Baltimore upbringing  Working with MCs  Approach to writing using loops, samples, and replaying  Approach to live performances (DJing vs live shows)  Ambassadorship, mentoring, traveling to Uganda and taking a global view of the African diaspora  How Suzi chooses and works with artists for Never Normal  Tracklist: Mndsgn - yeau Suzi Analogue - Open Kall  Suzi Analogue - The Program (Instrumental) - Produced By Georgia Anne Muldrow DJ Sega - Lift Yourself Suzi Analogue - Bottled Drizzy Tears  Suzi Analogue - Super Smooth Suzi and RP Boo - She's Gonna Count Bass D - Shook Question Mark  Links: Suzi Analogue Bandcamp Never Normal Bandcamp  DJ Mag feature
01:25:34
October 19, 2021
A Beat Happening: Alexander Nut
This week we welcome Alexander Nut to the show! A DJ, promoter, and the co-founder of Eglo Records, Alex has been an integral part of the London scene for over a decade, both behind the scenes and behind the decks. In the late 2000s, he was one of the most vocal supporters of the global beat scene through his show on Rinse FM, the only non-dance music focused program on the station at the time, and his work as a promoter through the All Young Kings mailing list. A regular at Plastic People, it was there that he met Sam "Floating Points" Shepherd with whom he setup the Eglo Records label in 2008, as a home for a new school of artists inspired by the soul and funk of the past and energized by hip-hop and dance music.  This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening. In this episode we discuss... Skate culture and learning about music via mixtapes and videos Growing up in Wolverhampton and soaking up the local music history  Moving to London and becoming involved in the UK promotion industry  The importance of promotion and promo records  The birth of Eglo and the importance of Plastic People  Changes in club culture in big cities  Keeping the label going for a decade as both DJ, owner, and manager Radio and DJing as a means to play and support new music Tracklist: Roc Raida - Zoo York mixtape intro  Coki & Benga - Night  Black Pocket live at Plastic People Ordinary People - I'm Missing (Vocal Dub for Clubs)  Floating Points - Radiality  Natalie Slade - I Won't Cry (Broke One remix)  2tall ft Kashmere - The Most High Links: Eglo Records Bandcamp The story of the Zoo York Mixtape Black Pocket live at Plastic parts 2 and 3
01:28:05
October 12, 2021
A Beat Happening: Om Unit
This week we welcome another old friend to the show: Jim Coles AKA Om Unit. Jim and Laurent first met back in the early 2000s when Jim was blending youthful interests in electronic and dance music with the experimental approaches afforded by bedroom production and turntablism. Jim first attracted attention for his work in the liminal spaces between these two scenes as 2tall before eventually giving himself a fresh start at the end of the decade under the name Om Unit. As the 2010s rolled in, he was a part of the short-lived but much-loved club night Tempo Clash in London alongside Kutmah, Kidkanevil, Blue Daisy, and the late Offshore. At the same time, he also began to find a new musical voice at the intersection of UK club and dance culture, dub, and beats that earned him plaudits from peers and forebears including Fracture, Machinedrum, Mark Pritchard, Danny Breaks, Goldie, and Doc Scott.  This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening. In this episode we discuss... First meetings and the 2000s turntablist scene  Experimenting with beats and scratching  Tempo Clash and early 2010s eclecticism  Searching for the shock of the new  Different ways of listening to and for music  Inclusivity and representation in bookings   Using and making sample packs  The recent Acid Dub Studies album  How to stay supple and avoid pigeonholing  Tracklist: Ricci Rucker - Dirty Larry Rustie - Zig Zag  Ivy Lab - Suzuki  Om Unit - Ghosts  2tall - Killa  Links: Om Unit Bandcamp  Cosmic Bridge Bandcamp  DJ Mag mix and interview Om Unit's 10 influential records 
01:19:50
October 5, 2021
A Beat Happening: Jaubi - Part 2
Episode 3, Part 2: Ali explains his decision to not become pigeonholed as the "hip-hop cover band," how Astigmatic helped put together the Lahore session with Tenderlonious and Latarnik, and various stories behind the sessions and the albums that came out of it.  This week we welcome to the show Ali Riaz Baqar, a musician, composer, and producer who bridges North Indian classical music with jazz and hip-hop. Baqar is the driving force behind Jaubi, a quartet based in Lahore, Pakistan who first came to many people's attention with a cover of J Dilla's "Time: The Donut of the Heart" that reimagined the original using the Indian melodic framework of ragas. Working with the London-based, Polish label Astigmatic Records, Jaubi released their debut album earlier this year, Nafs At Peace, featuring collaborations with 22a's Tenderlonious and EABS' Marek Pędziwiatr. The album is the result of a short but intense recording session in Lahore that helped crystalize Baqar's approach and capture the freeform essence of the band. This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening. In this episode we discuss... Moving away from covers, into composition Lahore sessions with Tenderlonious and Latarnik Creating the debut Jaubi album from the session recordings The story behind the photograph on the album cover, the meaning of its title  Collaborations  Tracklist: Tenderlonious - Kirwani (Part 1) Jaubi - Raga Gurji Todi Jaubi - Nafs at Peace  Jaubi - Satanic Nafs (The Gaslamp Killer & Mophono Remix) Links: Jaubi Bandcamp Interview with Ali in Pakistani magazine Video of Tenderlonious and Latarnik in Lahore
48:55
October 1, 2021
A Beat Happening: Jaubi - Part 1
This week we welcome to the show Ali Riaz Baqar, a musician, composer, and producer who bridges North Indian classical music with jazz and hip-hop. Baqar is the driving force behind Jaubi, a quartet based in Lahore, Pakistan who first came to many people's attention with a cover of J Dilla's "Time: The Donut of the Heart" that reimagined the original using the Indian melodic framework of ragas. Working with the London-based, Polish label Astigmatic Records, Jaubi released their debut album earlier this year, Nafs At Peace, featuring collaborations with 22a's Tenderlonious and EABS' Marek Pędziwiatr. The album is the result of a short but intense recording session in Lahore that helped crystalize Baqar's approach and capture the freeform essence of the band.  This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening. In this episode we discuss... Growing up between Australia and Pakistan and discovering hip-hop How hip-hop shaped Ali's early musical journey  Similarities between hip-hop and Indian classical music How Jaubi came together Jay Dee's influence and Ali's approach to creating covers Tracklist: Ila Zair - Back on Track Jaubi - Time: The Donut of the Heart Jaubi - Dilla Taal (For J Dilla) Jaubi - Lahore State of Mind + Al Dobson Jr. remix  Links: Jaubi Bandcamp Interview with Ali in Pakistani magazine
45:49
September 27, 2021
A Beat Happening: Pursuit Grooves - Part 2
Episode two, part two: Kutmah, Laurent, and Vanese discuss Jay Dee's impact, the different ways in which instrumental music can be presented, and the importance of mentoring and representation.  This week we welcome Vanese Smith AKA Pursuit Grooves to the podcast, one of our favorite people in this modern beat culture. Originally from Maryland, now residing in Toronto, Vanese first came to many people's attention - including ours - via the Beat Dimensions compilation eventually going on to collaborate with fellow beat scene alumni Onra as well as making inroads into the dance music world with releases on Bristol's Tectonic label. Rocking live shows with two SP-505s, Vanese left a lasting impression on the scene and has remained active with self-releases as well as mentoring work as part of the Loop Sessions series and most recently working as DJ consultant and instructor on Spin, a Disney movie about DJ culture. This episode was edited and produced by Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening. In this episode we discuss... Discovering and being inspired by Jay Dee  Beat tapes and themed albums for instrumental projects Representation and using music to talk about history  Deciding to self-release and remain in control of creative output Mentoring through Loop Sessions Toronto Working as a consultant on Disney's DJ movie Spin  Tracklist: Pursuit Grooves - Missing U Simply  Pursuit Grooves - Cloud Pusher  Links: Pursuit Grooves discogs Pursuit Grooves Bandcamp SP505 demo and interview @ Dubspot (2010) Beat Dimensions Vol.1 discogs
38:12
September 24, 2021
A Beat Happening: Pursuit Grooves - Part 1
This week we welcome to the show one of our favorite people in this modern beat culture: Vanese Smith AKA Pursuit Grooves. Originally from Maryland, now residing in Toronto, Vanese first came to many people's attention - including ours - via the Beat Dimensions compilation before going on to collaborate with fellow beat scene alumni Onra as well as making inroads into the dance music world with releases on Bristol's Tectonic label. Rocking live shows with two SP-505s back when everyone was moving to laptops, Vanese left a lasting impression on the scene and has remained active as an independent artist with multiple album projects as well as mentoring work as part of Loop Sessions Toronto. Most recently she worked as DJ consultant and instructor on Spin, a Disney movie about DJ culture. In this episode we discuss... Partying at APT in early 2000s NYC  Discovering and using the SP 505   Playing live with the 505   Touring Europe in the late 2000s  Beat Dimensions  Being independent and doing everything yourself Releasing on Tectonic and different beat aesthetics  Tracklist: Pursuit Grooves - Whisper Pursuit Grooves - Push Up  Links: Pursuit Grooves discogs Pursuit Grooves Bandcamp SP505 demo and interview @ Dubspot (2010) Beat Dimensions Vol.1 discogs This episode was edited and produced by Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening.
43:12
September 20, 2021
A Beat Happening: Sweatson Klank - Part 2
Episode one, part two. Sweatson Klank, Kutmah, and Laurent continue their remembrance of the early days of the L.A. beat scene including first meeting Ras G, the Sketchbook residents, moving to the Little Temple, and how Poobah's eventually replaced Aron's as the record store of the scene.  For the first episode of A Beat Happening we welcome Tom Wilson FKA Take and now known as Sweatson Klank. A part of the L.A. beat scene since the early 2000s, Tom first met Kutmah at Aron's Records and the pair eventually became the DJ duo at the heart of Sketchbook, a club night Kutmah started in Hollywood that set the ground for what would come next with Low End Theory. Tom is also responsible for introducing Laurent to Kutmah and schooling him on the historical importance of Aron's and Sketchbook.  In this episode we discuss...   How Tom and Kutmah both met Ras G at Aron's Coleman, Orlando and the Sketchbook residents  The second incarnation of Sketchbook at the Little Temple Dibiase and his boombox and the Sound of L.A. compilation  How Poobah's replaced Aron's  The importance of beat CDs to the early L.A. beat scene   Tracklist: Danny Breaks - The Jellyfish Poly - He Is At The Discotheque  Take - Hollywoodn't (Ras G Buddah Box remix) Links:  Aron's Records and the Development of the L.A. Beat Scene  Take Discography Poobah's Records  Sweatson Klank Bandcamp This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening.
47:03
September 17, 2021
A Beat Happening: Sweatson Klank - Part 1
For the first episode of A Beat Happening we welcome Tom Wilson FKA Take and now known as Sweatson Klank. A part of the L.A. beat scene since the early 2000s, Tom first met Kutmah at Aron's Records and the pair eventually became the DJ duo at the heart of Sketchbook, a club night Kutmah started in Hollywood that set the ground for what would come next with Low End Theory. Tom is also responsible for introducing Laurent to Kutmah and schooling him on the historical importance of Aron's and Sketchbook. In part one of this episode, the three of them reminisce about these early days and their formative importance to both Tom's and Kutmah's careers.  In this episode we discuss... Tom's early career in the Seattle area  L.A.'s early 2000s record store culture and how Tom and Kutmah first met The pair's DJing approach and philosophy and how they focused on the weird records no one else played The first incarnation of Sketchbook at The Room in Hollywood How Tom discovered Dimlite while working at Aron's Tracklist: Take One - Emergency Breaks [snippet] Sacred - Grow Your Own Dimlite - Generic Lo  Links: Aron's Records and the Development of the L.A. Beat Scene Take Discography Kutmah & Take - A Sketchbook Scribble Dimlite Discogs This episode was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower. This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening.
46:44
September 13, 2021
A Beat Happening - Trailer
A Beat Happening is a brand new podcast about beat culture past, present, and future presented by journalist Laurent Fintoni and DJ/producer Kutmah. In this trailer, Laurent Fintoni gives you a quick run down on how it came about and what you can expect. Stay tuned for episode 1 featuring Sweatson Klank dropping August 30.  You can find Tim Lawrence's book, Love Saves The Day, mentioned in the trailer, at indiebound.  This trailer was edited and produced by Laurent Fintoni and Will Horrocks. Intro and outro music by Duke Westlake. Artwork by Kutmah. Design assistance by Paper Resistance and Brandy Flower.  This show is a labor of love and if you enjoy what you hear and would like to support us in being able to continue, you can donate via PayPal at https://paypal.me/abeathappening.
04:40
August 23, 2021