Friday, 31 December 2010

CLOUT! Demo #1: Left To Right

This is the first in a series of demo clips to be uploaded each week documenting CLOUT!'s ideas and subsequent sketches of potential new tunes. 
This one is called 'Left To Right',


Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Seefeel are one of my favourite 90s bands, and I got to see them live for the first time recently as they reformed and played at the ICA.
I've never heard any band/artist create ambient textures anywhere near as luscious or genuinely breathtaking as Seefeel - search out their 'Quique' and 'Polyfusia' albums, you'll see what I mean. Their live show is equally as fascinating as their sound - using a traditional band set up of two guitars, bass and drums to create otherworldly electronic music that is as inspired by techno and dub as it is by shoegaze and the Cocteau Twins, without a single keyboard synth or drum machine sequencer in sight.



-Chris LM

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan

Sonik Re-Entry,
From the album "Song Of The Second Moon: The Sonic Vibrations Of Tom Dissevelt & Kid Baltan"

-Chris LM

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

DJ Babu's Comprehension Mixtape (1995)

My friend put me onto this recently and I’ve enjoyed listening to it this summer. Side B is my favourite, produced mainly by Kan Kick & Asthmatic. When I first heard it I thought it was early Madlib, but it turns out Kan Kick was friends with Madlib back in the day and actually became the fourth member of Lootpack for a short while. Kan Kick (AKA Kanzulu) produced in the same hot climate as Madlib, in their home town of Oxnard, CA, and these beats are saturated with the same summery charm as the recent documentation of the latter’s early recordings, History of the Loop Digga, 1990-2000, the fifth instalment of Madlib’s monthly Medicine Show series. 
Here’s an interesting insight into the production process behind these beats: 

As for DJ Babu's Comprehension (1995), this isn’t your average mixtape; it’s an eclectic, cut up affair, with plenty of surprises (look out for Guru’s vocals, R.I.P.). This tape is raw, and it crackles and hisses in just the way we like.


Here’s a link to Kanzulu's most recent sample heavy album, released last month:

Peace x 

Grant Armour

Bite Hard: The Music de Wolfe Studio Sampler 1972-1980

Keith Papworth - Hard Hitter


Monday, 23 August 2010

Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho - Paebiru


Found a short documentary on the making of Lula Côrtes e Zé Ramalho - Paebiru. BS



Herbie Hancock - Sextant

This tune is from my favourite Herbie Hancock record, Sextant, which was the last he recorded with the Mwandishi band.
From this one record you can find references to a lot of great 60s/70s musical developments that the band have mashed together - early electronic music, jazz, african rhythms, modernist composition, free improvisation....

By taking advantage of (then) current technology and compositional ideas, the recording produced a listening experience that sounds wildly futuristic and outlandish, but also maintains a very human and traditional/ritualistic feel through the band's performance. Both of these aspects anchor the record to the time it was made and, due to it's widespread lack of popularity when first released, allow it to retrospectively serve as a "what if?" for the future of music from that point on.

-Chris LM

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Babylon 1980 pt1/9


The CLOUT Summer Hip Hop Classics Mixtape

Hi people,

This is the first post on our blog and it features a mix of some of our favourite summertime hip hop tracks, recorded onto cassette. 

We originally made it for a night we put on a little while ago called Beauty & The Beat. 

 Due to the current season, it seemed appropriate to tweak it a bit and revisit some 90s classics, as well as some more recent gems. 

We recently gave it to the people at Experimental Circle Club to post on the website for Offset Festival, which we're playing on 5th September.

00:00 - 01. Afrika Bambaataa Presents Time Zone - Zulu War Chant (Funky Remix)
01:40 - 02. Edan - The Science Of The Two (Feat. Insight)
02:40 - 03. Gang Starr - Speak Ya Clout
05:06 - 04. The Young Holt Trio - Strangers In The Night
05:53 - 05. Crooklyn Dodgers '95 - Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers
09:40 - 06. Diamond D - Sally Got A One Track Mind (Showbiz Remix)
11:59 - 07. Black Sheep - To Whom It May Concern
15:31 - 08. Top Quality - Magnum Opus
17:30 - 09. Showbiz & AG - 40 Acres And My Props (Instrumental)
19:13 - 10. Jeru The Damaja – You Can't Stop The Prophet (Pete Rock Remix)
21:07 - 11. Lords Of The Underground - Lord Jazz Hit Me One Time
23:35 - 12. Pete Rock & C. L. Smooth - They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)
26:26 - 13. Main Source - Looking At The Front Door
28:17 - 14. Leaders Of The New School - What's Next?
30:24 - 15. Rumpletilskinz - Is It Alright? (Radio Remix)
32:34 - 16. K.M.D - Peachfuzz
35:39 - 17. Chi-Ali - The Fabulous Chi
37:21 - 18. Jigmastas – Dead Man Walking (Instrumental)
39:47 - 19. Dooley O – Aaahaa (Instrumental)
42:12 - 20. MF Doom – Arrow Root
44:15 - 21. Ronnie Foster - Mystic Brew
44:41 - 22. Madlib - Mystic Bounce
45:49 - 23. Flying Lotus & Declaime - Whole Wide World (Instrumental)
47:59 - 24. Danny Breaks – Hey Boo Boo!
49:30 - 25. Add N to (X) - Machine Is Bored With Love
52:05 - 26. Scarface of the Geto Boys – The Pimp
55:06 - 28. Tim Dog - Fuck Compton

You can give it a listen on Mixcloud:

Or download it from:

We'll be making more posts of our favourite tracks and mixtapes in the near future.

Peace x

Grant Armour