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Bonus track from the “EARSHOT” EP out on Darker Than Wax on Oct 3rd 2014
MonkeyRobot is an eclectic producer duo made up of Brussels-based beatmakers Eric P. and LuiGi (or Eric Paquet and Louis Van De Leest). Their trademark - exploring the boundaries of soulful music between 90 and 120 bpm. With their illustrious background in hiphop and jazz, they join forces to delve into the future of beatmaking. Not surprising then, that their music has been revered, having the privilege of releasing under labels such as Jazzy Sport, Bastard Jazz, Brownswood, and now, Darker Than Wax.
“Earshot” has a lovely intro in High Five, which kicks off with a wonky bassline before flipping into a total fusion workout. This immediately sets the tone for the Ep. “Dumpster Diving” takes over with a House mode, one which would prove to be extremely useful in getting a floor started. Beau on the other hand, provides a shade of contrast, with Glaper-esque keys which illuminate the journey of the album. The energy picks up again with the ethnic percussions and half step breakdown of Shango, showcasing the multi-faceted side of this duo, while “Bright” morphs into a late night House workout once again, this time employing slight Techno elements in its composition. And finally, capping off the Ep is “Generation”, a slick dub blend – the oscillating synths blanketed over groovy basslines are ingeniously comforting and catchy, ending the album on an exulting note.
@monkeyrobot - www.monkeyrobot.eu
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Refix/Remix of Dorothy Asby’s “For some we loved”, taken from the album “The Rubaiyat of Dorothy Ashby” (1969-1970).
STUFF. Boiler Room Brussels Live Set at Bonnefooi
A fully instrumental set from this cool keyboard combo a group who’ve recorded previously for Melting Pot and Brownswood, but who somehow sound even greater here than ever before! The group features two guys on keys including Fender Rhodes, moog, and Wurlitzer mixed with guitars and samples, and some sweet funky flute too all at a level that trips easily between 70s and 80s spacey funk modes a vibe that handles all aspects of influence from Herbie Hancock, plus lots more exciting bits from the underground too! There’s plenty of jazz in the mix, but the
"Gear Change"- LP now on sale at Dusty Groove
New unreleased track (sept ‘13) from the MonkeyRobot vaults.
BRUSSELEIRO (OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP) from album GEAR CHANGE by 74 Miles away
This clip gives you a look into our live experiences and backstage moments. The idea was basically to gather a sufficient volume of footage and content, during almost 2 years of live showcases, and to throw all those intense “on stage & backstage moments” into a video.
We take you back on a trip that all started in March 2011, where 74 Mies Away made their first introduction on stage. Discover images from gigs at Dour Festival (Dour), Gentse Feesten (Ghent), Bruksellive (Brussels), Elb Jazz Festival (Hamburg), local monkey business in the Bar du Matin (Brussels), … to radio showcases & interviews at Studio Brussel, Ferarock radio (FR) and Groove Merchants Radio Show (Vienna)
Hours and hours of footage that carefully has been handled and synced by our friends at saladetout.com
I’ve written before that if you want to make your music to stand out on the radio - make it dynamic. That bears repeating - crushed, hyper-compressed “loudness war” style music sounds even more lim…