Just a quick update to let you know that higher quality digital downloads are now available in FLAC (CD quality) and MP3-320.
I love Makoto’s music, and the Human Elements album has long been a favorite of mine. Makoto jumps genres on the record in an expert fashion, artfully mixing chillout and drum and bass music. The songs’ soulfulness draws them all together.
Previously you could only get Human Elements on CD and vinyl, but Good Looking is finally wandering into the era of digital music, and releasing the album for download (more on that at Leisure Lab).
While “Time” featuring Cleveland Watkiss is the central single, and one of my favorite drum and bass songs ever, Makoto made a cohesive album with Human Elements, and every song shines. The record is an inspiration for me, and one I think you should check out if you don’t already own it.
I’ve dropped the price on Boom Bap Sunrise: Rural Sounds Volume 1. You can now get the CD for 8.99, which is actually less than the digital version! Get it right here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/zanetate
Just wanted to share a quick programming note with you: I just discovered that Phonic FM played “El Tiempo…” on the Roots and Shoots show last month. Phonic FM is out of Exeter in the UK. So peace to all my new friends in Exeter!
Also, you can hear “Harbor View” on the Klassik Lounge show on Klassik Radio tonight at 10pm CET.
Thanks for listening, and hope your new year is off to a great start!
Properly Chilled included “The Last Resort” on this month’s podcast. The episode is subtitled “Tripping Through Mushrooms” because the sounds are “mushroomy,” which is cool with me. I’m just happy to be on the playlist – I’m a huge fan of Properly Chilled. Maybe the mushroom reference has something to do with Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz?
Back when I was working on my first album, I was also producing the occasional Hip Hop song for artist friends of mine. You’d have a hard time tracking those down now, but this is one you can still find. And it’s one of my favorites. It’s called “Spirit Run,” and it’s by Daniel Jefferson, aka Motown Pride, with backing vocals by J’Nelle.
The mix is admittedly too hot, but I love this track. It’s cool because it’s not a typical verse-chorus structure, and Daniel laid down some amazing spoken word instead of more traditional rap. I definitely recommend listening for the lyrics.
I also love that the music has such a Gospel feel to it. That was one of my goals in writing the song. My other goal was to switch from a minor chord progression to a major one about half-way through the song. There’s probably a technical term for that, but I like to call it “redemptive” songwriting – starting out serious or painful or sad, and resolving to hopeful, uplifting and happy.
Anyway, hope you enjoy it as much as I do. You can get the track right here: Motown Pride – Spirit Run featuring J’Nelle (produced by Zane Tate)
The new single is out!
“El Tiempo es Circular” is the newest future soul / dance track from producer Zane Tate, and features silky vocals and lyrics by Latin Jazz singer Aline Esquivel, and a heavy bassline by the renowned Jazz and Fusion bassist Alex Bershadsky. On the b-side is the instrumental version of the song.
My new single is out soon, and here’s a preview…
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I don’t normally think of porters as summer-time beers, but it’s cloudy and rainy here today, and nothing beats a good porter on a gloomy afternoon. My favorite is San Francisco’s Anchor Porter.
I like porters in the same way I like coffee: solid, and without any gimmicky flavors. Just like I want coffee to taste like strong coffee, and not hazelnut, I want my porter to taste like porter, and not like mocha or oatmeal. Don’t get me wrong – the Anchor Porter does have all the overtones of caramel and chocolate that you expect alongside those malts, but they aren’t overwhelming. That’s because the Anchor is crafted and well-balanced.
Dark, creamy, smooth, and just about perfect. If it’s foggy your way, I recommend the Anchor Porter.