YES JIMOTHY


We meant to post this a few weeks back and things got in the way. Jimothy is blessed, he loves this lifestyle.

YELLOW & VIOLET IN THE NORTH


Words from The Director, Dougal Thomson:

"I was asked to make a video for the music 'Yellow and Violet in the North' which was inspired by impressionism. I did some research and found that Impressionism was partly due to the advent of pure colour paint production from the world of science. This new colour pallet inspired some artists to leave the comfort of the cities and travel north to the freedom of the outdoors for a new challenge with the self belief of producing something original, a rebirth.

Armed with this new tool (pure colour paints) the artists ask the question, "does the mind see the same as the eye?". They would try to answer and measure this through painting the colour of a scene exactly. Breaking painting tradition by forgoing the detailed brush work in order to capture the transient nature of light with free brush strokes of pure brilliant colour to form impressions of the landscape.

Impressionism's lack of detail in the brush work evokes an isolating effect in the viewer. Artistically challenging, Impressionism took ten years to be considered art. This new, less detailed and free approach carries more space for the viewers to create their own reality and freedom.  So the film is more about what the viewer sees in the pictures and music than about painting as such. Perhaps the film shows how science would use art to measure music’s effects on us, asking the question, do we feel the same things when we see and hear? How do the senses come together to make a tangible, yet untouchable feeling?

It's a map made from the control of science and the freedom of art and music a fine equilibrium of soon to be, good friends. It's a new road, the old rules don’t work for rebirth, destroy to create.

P.S. I wonder why Noir is so hopeful?"

CRITICAL HAILSTONES - A LA FU


After a heady 4 years since 'I'll Drive You Pray', A La Fu has at last taken time out to complete E.P. No.2. titled 'Critical Hailstones.'

This collection begins with the spontaneous recording 'Gucci Bamboo' with Sandra Melody (Big Dada/Diplo/Lotek Hi Fi/Roots Manuva) in fine off the top/freestyle mode after hearing A La Fu's somewhat bewildering idea for a chorus and subject matter. 'Avoid Television' advises us to do just that, at all costs and that the stakes are now too high for us to stay home with our heads glued to television screens and smart phones, 'Synthetic Nite Owl' celebrates and laments late night/early morning recording sessions and lastly 'Yellow & Violet In The North' is a spacious ode to Aberdeen, Scotland the city of the artists birth.

All these compositions are nurtured in A La Fu's own inimitable style of refusing to be any one thing in particular and further cements his place in the upper echelons of obscurity.

Critical Hailstones will be available via our site soon and released via all good outlets on 13th April 2018.

MIKE LADD INTERVIEW FROM POP MATTERS


 In this extensive interview by Pop Matters, Mike Ladd discusses his career in hip-hop and academia, as well as his route from punk to hip-hop and the poetry of his work.

In this extensive interview by Pop Matters, Mike Ladd discusses his career in hip-hop and academia, as well as his route from punk to hip-hop and the poetry of his work.

TRAXPLOITATION SHEDDING LIGHT


Calling all cars (or at least self releasing artists), Traxploitation is a new service that provides information on the business side of the recording industry so you can focus on what you do best, creating music. Traxploitation was formed by our great friend, fellow artist, producer, engineer and cohort Wayne “Lotek” Bennett and offers one to one advice and consulting on the music business, royalty collection, label services, and workshops aimed at helping artists understand the industry.

For those who may not know, Wayne started in the music industry in 1993 as a “tape operator”, first at Motown UK’s East London studio and then Rollover Studios in West London, where he assisted in many recordings sessions for a wide variety of artists from Leftfield to Seal.

By 1997 he was the engineer for independent UK hip hop label, Sound Of Money records, where he helped shaped the sound of a young Rodney Smith, AKA Roots Manuva.

In 1999 Roots Manuva signed to Ninjatune’s newly formed Big Dada label and Lotek was enlisted to produce tracks for the first 2 albums (“Brand New Second Hand”, and the Mercury Prize nominated “Run Come Save Me”). He also directed the Run Come Save Me UK and European tours.

In 2003 Wayne signed to Big Dada as an artist in his own right and released 2 albums under the name Lotek Hi-Fi. He also produced the 2009 Mercury prize winning album “Speech Therapy” by Speech Debelle, who pipped artists such as Florence and the Machine, La Roux and Bat for Lashes to take home the prize.

In 2016 Wayne began working for PPL (Phonographic Performance Ltd), in the member services team helping artists and record labels get paid for their recordings.

It was while working at PPL that he realised how many artists and musicians there were who were missing out on royalties and other revenue from their music.  It was also apparent that there was no reliable source of information to guide people through the process of collecting the revenue due to them.

Get in touch today to find out how Traxploition can help you, your first consultation is FREE.

WILLIS ELLMORE REVIEW 2017


Willis Ellmore’s annual, end of year turntable workout of favourites and purchased music in 2017. 50 tracks of electric gear just in time for your New Year party and beyond, background or foreground, press play, sit back and you’re in for 3 hours of the years finest.

Includes tracks from Move D & Thomas Meinecke, Lee Gamble, Dbridge, Equiknoxx, Clap Clap, Errorsmith, Reginald Omas, Erskine Lynas, Tafi All Stars, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Shabazz Palaces, Joe, Teklife, A La Fu, The Jams, Actress, Paleman, Todd Terje, Prostitutes and Willis Ellmore among others.

Download link: https://we.tl/cxlTZMLWcI

TRACKLIST:

I Am You - Haramia Tapes
Babylon Correction - Deadbeat
Norfolk - Move D & Thomas Meinecke
Keep That High - Paul and Michael
The Nile - P Jam ft. Terror Danjah
Warning - Trunx
World A - DJ Sports
Ghost - Lee Gamble
Dot Hot - Dbridge
Way You Move - DJ Manny ft. DJ Chap
Silver Light - M.Sayyid of Antipop Consortium
Behind You Back - Shit And Shine
Lung Dart - Tuvalu (8Ball Remix)
A Rabbit Spoke To Me When I Woke Up
Centripetal - Clap Clap
Fly Away ft. Alozade & Gavsborg - Equiknoxx Music
Tunnel Snakes (Red Axes and Naduve Remix) - Last Waltz
Errorsmith - Retired Low-level Internal Server
Wake Up - Reginald Omas Mamode IV
Lexus Riddim - Rahhh
Craiger Caught the Sleeper - Erskine Lynas
Soul Crush (Manie Sans Délire Revision) - Digital Poodle
Gormedzedze - Tafi All Stars
An Intention - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
A2D - Shigeto feat. ZeelooperZ & Silas Green
Moon Whip Qu##z - Shabazz Palaces ft. Quazarz and Darrius
Quiet Flash - 7FO
Shudder - Bambooman
Tail Lift - Joe
Construire Un Igloo - Fantastic Twins
Ice Cream - Teklife ft. DJ Chap
A La Fu Joins The Jams - A La Fu Live at Burn The Shard Nov 23rd 2017
Audio Track 5 - Actress x London Contemporary Orchestra
I Will Make Room for You (Four Tet Remix) - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith -
Animus - Paleman
Jungelknugen - Todd Terje
Prey - Prostitutes
99% Ft.Haji - M.Sayyid of Antipop Consortium
I’m Interesting Cheerful Sociable - Errorsmith
Control Myself - Not Waving
Eye Contact - The Other People Place
Perpetuum Mobile - Mikrovolt
Untitled A2 - SW
A1 - Dresvn
M-80 - FLØRIST presents V. ROSSO
Deuce And A 1-4 - Seldom Seen
Todays Video Is For You - Willis Ellmore
Wednesday - Reece West
A La Fu Joins The Jams 2 - A La Fu Live at Burn The Shard Nov 23rd 2017

GUARDIAN'S BEST PHOTOGRAPHS 2017 // KEITH K. HOPEWELL


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The Guardian newspaper have compiled their defining images of 2017 which includes the above photograph that captures a festival-goer in front of our man Keith K. Hopewell's stunning piece painted in Notting Hill. The photograph was taken by Matt Stuart at carnival on 27 August during J’ouvert.

Guardian's best photographs of 2017: http://bit.ly/2CfRZj5

New Keith K. Hopewell coming 2018.

NEW STUDIO OFFICIALLY CHRISTENED BY THE JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU


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“Do you have a name for the studio?” - Bill Drummond

“No, too busy with building the thing.” - A La Fu

“How about Studio 23?” - Jimmy Cauty


 

And so it goes.

After many months of meticulous planning and impatience, Va Va Records are pleased to announce the first project recorded and edited at our new studio headquarters with would you adam and eve it, pop music’s greatest provocateurs Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, aka The Jams, aka The KLF, aka The Timelords (to name but a few handles). 

Our man A La Fu has been working with Bill Drummond on a handful of projects over the past few years and after being asked to perform at the closing of Drummonds 'The 25 Paintings' exhibition they even duetted together with a version of ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow?’ by The Shirelles, naturally.

As you may know Cauty and Drummond have completed their 23 year moratorium this year and returned as The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu. To celebrate they have written a book titled ‘2023’, a trilogy described by the governors as a “utopian costume drama, set in the near future, written in the recent past”.

It is the audio version of the book that has been recorded and edited by A La Fu and narrated by Daisy Campbell in the brand new Cauty christened, Studio 23.

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AND YOUR LOCAL POSTIES !!!!!

ROYAL MAIL TODAY PAID OUT A RECORD

BREAKING SIXTY EIGHT MILLION POUNDS

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THIS WHILE POSTIES AROUND THE COUNTRY

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AND AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS, A

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WINTER IS HERE. CHRISTMAS IS COMING. BUT ONLY

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JUDGE US BY OUR LIKES & YOU WON'T PRESS PLAY


Track 4 of 5 in this weeks run up to Willis Ellmore's 'Pop Life Crisis' E.P. "You don't engage properly with social media mate, you might as well give up."

This exists.

STAR MANGLED BANNER


Track 3 of 5 in this weeks run up to Willis Ellmore's 'Pop Life Crisis' E.P. The media circus rolls on.

TODAYS VIDEO IS FOR YOU


Track 2 of 5 in this weeks daily stream of tracks from Willis Ellmore's Pop Life Crisis. 'Todays Video Is For You' is a critique based on the slew of youtube ‘how to make it in music’ videos from alleged professionals, no mention of artistry whatsoever...welcome to the saturated world of the 'creative networker'.

'I know it's saturation point but I'm Willis Ellmo.'

YOU ARE FREE (TO DO AS THEY TELL YOU)


In the run up to the release of Willis Ellmore's brand new E.P. Pop Life Crisis, we'll be uploading a track from it everyday this week.

Track 1 of 5 is this gem featuring the vocal prowess of Dazzla (Lotek Hi-Fi/Big Dada). If you sign up to our mailing list here you get the track as a free download.

 

Rewind. Refresh.

POP LIFE CRISIS EP & PRINT (PRE ORDER AVAILABLE)


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Willis Ellmore quickly returns with his new work ‘Pop Life Crisis’. While perhaps a riff on the title of a classic Prince song (is there any other kind?) it certainly shines a light on the West’s clamber for false recognition and escapism through popular culture and social media that can cloud us from the humanitarian, political, economic and environmental crises that continue towards life threatening levels which we may not be able to overturn. Willis Ellmore suggests that it is time to address the crisis of meaning in popular life, work and society as the closing track (ft. The Dazzla of Lo Tek Hi Fi/Big Dada fame) states:

“We’re in the season of Donald, could it be society’s lost all morals? You know we’re in trouble when a businessman’s in charge of tomorrow.”

And so begins this collection of beautiful noises via electronic signals with ambience and drums that uplift alongside an inner charm rarely felt these days.

The track titles also convey a re-think to what some of us find important or not as the case may be, ‘You Are Free (To Do As They Tell You)’ reminds us that sixty-three million Americans voted for a psychopath, ‘Todays Video Is For You’  is a critique based on the slew of youtube ‘how to make it in music’ videos from alleged professionals, ‘The Star Mangled Banner & The Union Wack’ refers to the media circus in the recent US/UK elections along with the social media baiting ‘Judge Us By Our Likes & You Wont Press Play’ while the E.P. opens with the glowing chords of ‘Somewhere Over Belarus’ (a track written in the skies around 32,000 ft on return from a gig in Moscow that comes complete with hidden meaning). Anyone?

Despite his tender years, the self proclaimed young, ghetto occupant and East Londoner has already worked with the legendary Mike Ladd and is also one half of Video Tourist with the inimitable A La Fu and to quote the young man, “I know its saturation point but I’m Willis Ellmo.” Pop Life Crisis print designed by Willis Ellmore with font designed by Remi/Rough is available to order (pre order only) at our online shop here.