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Duke Slammer – Simple Pleasures EP Teaser

Get into it: the Simple Pleasures EP by UK electro funk master Duke Slammer is coming June 9th. The digi version is supported by killer flips from skweee heads Fitzroy North, Mesak and RPG-H8R, and a sweet 7″ vinyl run of the first 2 tracks, Simple Pleasures and Seahenge seals the deal on that coveted wax.

Watch the official video for Seahenge!

Flogsta Danshall – Museum of Future Sound IV

The skweee label that started it all, Flogsta Danshall, is releasing another installment of their classic compilation series: Museum of Future Sound IV. This one celebrates the 10th anniversary of the label, featuring some veteran masters alongside newer talent that made their mark in the genre. Ancient Robot’s own Fengir earned the great honour of having a track on this double LP collection of icy synthetic funk jams. Check the promo vid below, and…


Mangrove Meets Ganjaman 72 in 5-Track Digital Dub

The original dubbed-out skweee legend Mangrove comes up big with this excellent release featuring 5 tracks and their dub counterparts, including one killer cut from the Skweee Inna Dancehall compilation. This is a crucial album to be studied closely.

Get it at Juno Download.

Nation of Skweee Monthly Production Challenge

We know about the weekly track production challenge, but the Nation of Skweee moves slower than that. Our version is a monthly challenge that fits our glacial pace just fine (barely) and has resulted in some interesting offerings in the past 2 months. This soundcloud set has compiled them all for your listening pleasure. Stay tuned for tracks based on the inspiring nature of melons and the healing properties of alcohol.

Radio Skotvoid – Ikea Crimejazz Vol 2

Check this thoroughly funky release from Boston-based 8-bit and skweee pusher Radio Skotvoid. Feel the heart and soul coursing through both tracks as the Skot does his thing on this aptly named release. Out now on his label RSVP Tapes, which put out the excellent Aces compilation tape last month.

Aces Compilation (RSVP Tapes)

Tape compilations are getting hotter in the extended skweee community, and this one doesn’t spare the heat. An interesting mix of minimal synth jams and forward thinking bass tunes, Aces is a wild ride through strange styles that come together under a tightly controlled 160/80 tempo guideline. This comp features a few veteran skweee masters alongside some new names that made a serious impact. Our very own Smoked Meat Fax Machine appears with a synth-laden r&b slow jam.

Fade Runner – Starwatcher EP Out Now on Tiburoni

Fade Runner - Starwatcher

Fans of the icy synth funk sound of skweee are in for a treat with this latest name-your-price digital release from the beloved Tiburoni records out of Paris. With the Starwatcher EP’s 8 tracks of masterfully crafted melodic funk, Montreal producer Fade Runner enters the sparse and rugged landscape of skweee as a promising contributor to the style. Angular yet infectious rhythms, tight crunchy bass and bright interlocking melodies course throughout this album, from the bubbling opener “Repeat” to the frosted new-jack swing of “Ploup.”  This is a sound we at Ancient Robot live for. We’re glad to see it thriving in our very own city.

Smoked Meat Fax Machine – Implacable

The inscrutable dark synth wizard Smoked Meat Fax Machine appears on a recent compilation entitled “Relief for Oklahoma,” whose purpose (other than offering a great series of tracks) is exactly as its title suggests: raising money for Oklahoma tornado victims. The SMFM track in question, “Implacable,” rolls out tense pads over stuttering beats suspended in space as it twists around a maze of hypnotic melodies. It sits among a strong showing of productions compiled by New Jersey’s own DJ Scratchin, a versatile young dance music maker with a keen ear for style and a firm grasp of structure. Listen and throw some cash at it.

Smoked’s Best Releases of 2012

Fitzroy North – AM Pear / White Paint (Tiburoni)

Moresounds – Breath Control EP (Cosmic Bridge)

Mr Oizo – Stade 3 (Self Released)

Yöt – Bitch Bender (Raha & Tunteet)

Lakritze – FCKN BRLN (Saturate!)

ARP 101 x Elliott Yorke – Fluro Black (Donky Pitch)

Duke Slammer – Spandex / VHS Distress (Bonus Round)

Motëm – Psychos (Gebbz Steelo)

Daphni – Jiaolong (Jiaolong)

Randy Barracuda – Random Works of Randy Barracuda Vol. II (Losonofono)

Smoked Meat’s Interdimensional Funk Report 2012 Q3

I don’t have time to dally on this post. Thanks to my new intelligent telephone I can now report my findings while in the field, and I am currently caught in a rather nasty spatial shearing storm off the 764th layer of the Plane of Infinite Scissors. The standard dimensions of physical objects around me are being stretched and sliced at an alarming rate, but fortunately my ship is well shielded and has kickass Wi-Fi.

Firstly, I’d like to share with you a most interesting find I came across while navigating the Inner Plane of Thoughts About Julienned Items, which is a universe entirely made up of everyday objects chopped into thin strips through the power of one’s thoughts. One can access this area by simply consuming a large quantity of fries / chips and then attempting to play Liberace’s Bumble Boogie backwards on the piano. It is one of the rare planes that does not require a sophisticated interdimensional vessel to access. Within this dimension the following appeared to me:

Motëm -  Emotional Outlaw

The next stop on my recent journey was a typically dark and cold dimension, rife with perils ranging from ethereal pyroclasms to ravenous wolf-shaped golems constructed out of coloured light. Time was severely dilated in this zone, which incidentally had no known name so I dubbed it the Realm of Syzygous Diffraction (from the peculiar behaviour of light beams in its space -a phenomenon I will have to study more in depth at a later date). After some uneventful experiments, I happened to release a cartridge of aged ambergris into the void. This caused a most interesting sonic manifestation, captured below:

Satisfied with my findings in this inhospitable plane, I hastened to unfurl the dimensional sails on the Gloryhallastoopid and set course for the uncharted Brane of Liquid Lattices, within which is contained the Demiplane of Soup. This was a rather pleasant place rich in all manner of breathable atmospheric broth, from thin aromatic stews to heavily creamed potages. The ship’s sonic traps managed to collect the following signatures, compiled for your perusal:

As the creaminess of the soupy atmosphere increased in density, the surrounding space eventually crystallized into discrete bowls of soup, then slowly transmogrified into frozen creamy desserts not unlike sundaes. Drizzles of fruity, candy-like liquid began to appear out of nothing, coating everything in a sweet multicoloured veneer. It dawned on me at that moment that we had entered the fabled Quasi-elemental Plane of Syrup, which yielded a bountiful aural harvest:

Following a most unusual vein of syrupy tincture that I likened to elderberry extract mixed with the fumes of a burnt orchid, I happened quite by chance on a splintered pocket dimension tenuously linked to the Great Plane of Feral Titans and Titanesses. Curious about this small offshoot of that legendary universe, I ventured squarely into its nexus to discover a delightful zone of layered mousse trees and tiny horses made of lightning. All the while, this was playing throughout the space:

Finally, in order to avoid getting sucked into the Great Plane itself, I had to engage the dimensional excision drive and punch a hole straight out of the pocket plane and into the Wheel of Astral Crosswinds, which spat me out dangerously close to the heart of the Plane of Infinite Scissors. While I managed to escape its pull unscathed, the long range vibrational collectors pieced together this transmission, which is most interesting:

Until next quarter!