Originally from Alabama and now based in Brooklyn, ModyWorks signing Aman Ellis makes electronic music that varies from extra-terrestrial-minded techno (All The Things) to down-south trip-hop (The Cacti). I spoke to him about his recent releases, his ongoing efforts in crossing musical boundaries, and how he’s inspired by BBQ.
First of all, what was the starting point for your recent Cacti EP?
Well, I’ve always been interested in the beat culture, specially the West Coast stuff. So I’ve always wanted to do a record that way. It’s a totally different style of production. One day I stumbled upon this hidden record store in Brooklyn with all the pristine records for $1. There were all these great old school records; jazz, classical, Hawaiian. Stuff like Exotic Strings, ya know! Now it’s my secret spot where I can go and I’m guaranteed to find something crazy.
I bought a bunch of vinyls in the hopes of doing the kind of record I’d always admired. I wanted a very melodic record with a melancholic, almost antique vibe to it. I wanted the dirt from the records. The scratches and pops play a big part in the way this EP sounds. For me, it’s the scratchy sounds and off-beat rhythms juxtaposed against the very pleasant melodies that makes it cool.
for my 200th post i thought i’d write something epic, but instead i’m just going to show you some cool stuff i found. i love getting the turntable lab emails because i get to see all the cool merch they sell. of course i never buy any of it – for a number of reasons – but that doesn’t mean i can’t admire it. check out these funky lil cameras from superheadz – they’re the smallest 35mm cameras in the world, and they take half-frame pictures. they also look funky as hell.
there’s also a new kanye acappellas album, featuring songs from throughout his illustrious and controversial career. will the world ever get sick of hearing the lyrics of one song over the beats of another? i hope not…
i had actually forgotten it was chart day until i saw nialler9‘s tweet – so i had to quickly gather my thoughts on what was rocking my world this week. i’ve been working on a mix for transmission so some of these tracks may well feature there, while others are just making me smile.
1 Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Death Suite
2 Kid Cudi f. Kanye West & Common – Make Her Say (Nadastrom 88 Dub)
3 Zombie Nation – Mystery Meat Affair (Shadow Dancer Remix)
4 Dakunt – T’a Surdou
5 Sam Tiba – Weed Barbie
6 Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
7 Eli Escobar – Glass House
8 Still Going – Untitled Love
9 The Field – Sequenced
10 Kanye West – Through The Wire
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Tagged Animal Collective, Boys Noize, Common, Dakunt, Eli Escobar, Erol Alkan, Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Nadastrom, Nialler9, Sam Tiba, Still Going, The Field, Zombie Nation
1 Kid Sister – Right Hand Hi
2 Chromeo – I Can’t Tell You Why
3 Ed Hustle – Best Western
4 Boy 8-Bit – Baltic Pine (Original Mix)
5 Consequence – Whatever U Want (ft Kanye West & John Legend)
6 Atlas Sound – Walkabout (ft Noah Lennox)
7 Vitalic – Disco Song (Docipede Remix)
8 Beastie Boys – Too Many MCs (ft Nas)
9 Out Hud – Put It Away, Put It Away, Put It Away, Dad
10 OutKast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious (Carl Mo Remix)
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Tagged Atlas Sound, Beastie Boys, Boy 8-Bit, Carl Mo, Chromeo, Consequence, Docipede, Ed Hustle, John Legend, Kanye West, Kid Sister, Nas, Out Hud, OutKast, Panda Bear, Vitalic