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SO…I’ve been told that my blogs are quite epic – length wise. I’ll try to keep it short and snappy! Just don’t expect a lady to change over night!

You need to get familiar with this 29 year old producer who hails from Switzerland: CHIEF THE BEATMAKER! As a producer, his production is hip hop of the off beat kind, with a good splash of jazz, soul and electronica. I can’t remember how I came across this producer last year, but I remember really vibing to his production from the moment I logged on to his myspace page. I recently (as in two minutes ago) became alarmed at the fact that on his myspace page it reads CHIEF MYSPACE RIP. What does this mean? I don’t know. I’ve tried googling what the deal is, whether RIP is a reference to a new production, fearing it may be what it means. Last time Chief logged on to his myspace was  on the 11th of June, 2010, therefore I am going to dismiss the RIP since the internet has not released anything of the sort. I really fear to speculate the worst so let’s move on…

Many in the industry would consider him an up and coming producer and for a newbie, he certainly has an envious list of artists he has collaborated with. Chief has worked beat production for artists such as Blu, Sene, Abstract Rude, Kenn Starr, El Da Sensai, Kay – Dee, Moka Only from Swollen Members and Les Nubians to name a few. In 2005, he teamed with a friend creating the independent Swiss label Feelin’ Music which was then launched in 2009, opening the flood gates of international collaborations and international attention especially from the well respected and admired Shaman Works label, providing beats for  the highly anticipated compilation CD “Shaman Work Retrospective” released in 2007. Cut to 2010, Feelin’ Music is not only being distributed worldwide by Traffic Entertainment Group, but is also now seeing an influx in high quality collabs which have yet to be released.

Chief has recently  remixed the workings of internationally revered and legendary jazz pianist and multi-instrumentalist Chick Corea.

Chief is living and breathing music not only as a producer but is also member of the Swiss production duo team “Sushie F’lan” with female DJ/producer Ngoc Lan, has released two full length albums under his belt, with a vast list of premier collaborations to date.

Chief beatmaker is one boom bap producer you need to get familiar with!

Album trailer:

Isaac Hayes “I’m talking about the power of love”

Chief Instrumental Version of Pavement Special – Juss Yesterday



ERIC LAU

Signed to the Californian soul and rare groove label Ubiquity Records, Eric Lau is finally hitting Australia thanks to Grindin’ Music, a tour hitting Melbourne and Sydney only. It has been a while since I’ve heard from one of London’s groundbreaking producer of soul, hip hop and rare groove music. His debut album ‘New Territories’ was given by  a DJ friend of mine, whose musical knowledge far surpassed anyone I had ever met or have yet to meet. I can’t recall in detail how this exchange was made, but once I had bumped that CD in my car, I began to obsess over his production without knowing a thing about him. Soon this obsession seeped into my social realm, playing his album at various social gatherings, at home, in the car – as long as there was a CD player, it was HIGH on rotation.

New TERRITORIES DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED 2008

If you close your eyes and listen, his music production is reminiscent of  smooth soulful hip hop grooves heard from producers like J Dilla, SaRa or Pete Rock. It comes as no surprise when his influences stem from musical greats such as James Poyser, Shuggie Otis, Jay Dee, D’angelo and Roy Ayers. His blend of Soul samples fused with off beat drum production has him being admired from all corners of the globe from DJ’s to producers to musicians, to music lovers of all kind. Stonesthrow artist Dam Funk describes Eric Lau as being “In his top 5 artists”, Jay Electronica is quoted saying “when I talk with people about London, we talk Eric Lau”, Foreign Exchanges’ frontman Phonte labels him as “one of the illest beatmakers”.

There’s no denying this man’s potential of becoming one of music’s finest producer’s already having worked with artists from Dudley Perkins aka Declaime, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Lupe Fiasco, Guilty Simpson, and Tanya Morgan whilst producing quality soul hip hop within his more intimate family of musicians heard on his debut album. His family of talented musicians comprise of vocalists Rahel, Tawiah, Sarina Leah, Meshach Brown, and Tosin. Each vocalist is worth listening to on their own merits, so when you have the time, I IMPLORE you to check them out individually.

KILAWATT V2 RELEASED IN MARCH 2010

With the release of Kilawatt Volume 2 earlier in March of this year, you can be sure to know that this feel good EP is as he mentions in a recent interview on Soul Glow 2SER with Huwston,”an extension of his LP” . This 6 track EP is just a little taste on what is yet to come from Eric Lau. This EP features soul singer Muhsinah most notably known for her vocal work with Foreign Exchange, Kaidi Tatham from Bugs in the Attic and Oddissee.

During his formative years, Eric Lau had no intentions of pursuing music as a career, nor was he an avid listener as one would assume a producer to be, until the suicide of a close friend at university deeply affected him. From there,  his outlook and expectations shifted dramatically. There are a handful of artists that make you feel good. There are those that know a whisper is as good if not better than a grandiose note sung in one breath. At any given moment, whether it’s a stroke of a brush or a melody line, you can always refer back to those artists to make you feel good. That is all. Eric Lau’s music makes you feel good, it is light and airy enough for sounds to dance in and around each other, and heavy enough for basslines to take you for a walk.

He knows that less is more.

Audio Track from Kilawatt Volume 2:

ALWAYS WILL Ft. Muhsinah and Kaidi Tatham

http://kilawattmusic.bandcamp.com/track/always-will-ft-muhsinah-kaidi-tatham

NO REGRETS Ft. Oddissee

http://kilawattmusic.bandcamp.com/track/no-regrets-ft-oddisee

If you’re in Sydney, “RETURN OF THE REAL” Eric Lau will be at Melt Bar 12 Kellet St. Kings Cross featuring live performances by 13th Son with DJ Sandro, hot new Soul/Hip Hop/Reggae outfit 5 Coffees, and DJ’s Trey, JC Fundafied, Huwston and ERIC LAU. Don’t miss out!

ERIC LAU DJ SET at MELT ON KELLET STREET, KINGS CROSS

Melbourne sees a double EP launch featuring Eric Lau (Ubiquity/UK) and Frank Booker (Wonderful Noise) in this all star DJ line up:

THE CROFT INSTITUTE Double EP Launch featuring ERIC LAU AND FRANK BOOKER

Catch Eric Lau being interviewed on Fbi 94.5 Stolen Records with Shantan, Wednesday evening from 6pm. You can find the stream link on the Stolen Records website. Just click image:

SOUL GLOW 2SER 107.3 Interview with DJ Huwston found on Spare Hands blog

http://soundcloud.com/sparehands/eric-lau-interview

Grindin’ Music has officially launched its highly anticipated new website which features up-to-date information on tours, music and events.

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