Supreme Standards Guest DJ Mix \\ Barcelona producer Karmasound

Following the release of ‘Probabilidades’, producer Karmasound has been establishing himself as one to watch both in his city of residence Barcelona and Internationally.
His music is hotly driven by jazz, hip-hop and – increasingly evidenced by his upcoming 12″ ‘Can See Thru You’ – broken beat. The new track, released via Phuture Shock Musik, is a smokey number, supported with vocals from emerging singer-songwriter Jedreck, along with a remix by Bristol’s soulful creative, Sean McCabe.
Ahead of the release of ‘Can See Thru You’ on 18 January, we invited Karmasound to record an exclusive mix for us, and took some time to get to know him the rising producer a little better.

\\ Tell us about the exclusive mix you’ve recorded for us.
In this mix I included some tunes from musicians and bands that have inspired me a lot such as Opa, Matias Pizarro, Joao Donato, Thelonious Monk and Roots Manuva. There isn’t a premeditated concept but I always love to make a mix of classics and new music, trying to create one path where both co-exist. Lately I’m more into the traditional South-American music and rhythms like Candombe, Bossa Nova, Samba; especially genres fused with jazz.
\\ You use various instruments single-handedly in your live sets. Why did this feel more natural for you than working with a live band?
I come from a 90’s hip-hop background. I started making beats in my bedroom with drum machines, vinyl records and all this kind of stuff. But on the other hand I like jazz very much. Also playing keys, synths and all that is related with improvisation, so I think it’s natural for me to perform my live set with this approach. I would like to build a trio or a small band in the future, although I’m already experimenting on that with some musician friends.
\\ Tell us about the music scene in Barcelona that encouraged you to settle in the city?
The culture was the main reason. I arrived from Galicia to Barcelona six years ago and since then I haven’t stopped discovering nice venues and people in the local music scene.
There’s good festivals like Sonar, Primavera Sound and Artenou, as well as spots like Jamboree, Freedonia, Guzzo, Laut or Curtis. Amazing record shops like Discos Paradiso or Wah Wah Records, nice radio platforms and DJ crews like Radio CC, Dublab, Canela en Surco and people trying to whip up the local scene like Surco, Wok Music to mention a few. Sometimes it is difficult to find your place in any big city, but I’m receiving support with my releases and for my live shows here.

\\ You just played your first UK show, tell us about it and your experience of Bristol.
It has been a really good experience. It was my first time in Bristol. I loved the city and its aesthetic and musical eclecticism. The live show was amazing, people loved it, and the after party “Roots of House” with Sean McCabe, Deli-G and Alex Dinham was incredible as well, they played really good music. I really enjoyed it. Thanks to Phuture Shock Musik for having me!
\\ Your new record drops in January; what step has your music taken since ‘Probabilidades’?
‘Probabilidades’ was my first step into creating instrumental music and with this EP I started to mix my South-American heritage with my main passion – broken beat. This new work ‘Can See Thru You’ will be a 12” in a collaborative way. The track was created this year together with my friend and amazing vocalist Jedreck Dudek (P.Unity), from Poland, whilst he was here in Barcelona. The great Sean McCabe did two awesome remixes of this track. I think this new record will be a game changer between my first EP and my next releases.
Full track list
1 \\ Thelonious Monk – Monk´s dream (Columbia)
2 \\ Ashley Henry – Monk´s dream (Silvertone/Sony)
3 \\ Herbie Hancock – Calypso (Columbia)
4 \\ OPA – African bird (Milestone Records)
5 \\ Antonino Restuccia – Cántico
6 \\ Matias Pizarro – Nordeste (Promúsica)
7 \\ Aquila – El viaje (Alba)
8 \\ Skuas – Chasing the Kid (Arco)
9 \\ Joåo Donato – Naquela Base (Discobertas)
10 \\ Skymark – Rhodes E serenidade (Mukatsuku)
11 \\ Pedro & Jenna Camille – Keep It H 2000 (Wolf Music)
12 \\ Ty -Trippin´ feat. Eric Appapoulaye (Big Dada Recordings)
13 \\ Emeson – Lenton (Galaxian Music)
14 \\ Kaidi Tatham – In My Life (2000Black)
15 \\ Roots Manuva – Motion 5000 (Big Dada Recordings)

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Canela En Surco 138 – Karmasound Special Guest (Phuture Shock Musik – AR – GZ)

Una de las mejores cosas que han pasado en la dirección de Canela En Surco este año pasado ha sido conocer y estar cerca de Damián Botigué aka Karmasound, para nosotros un enésimo ejemplo de que la ciudad de Barcelona está en contínuo movimiento, que siempre aparece alguien nuevo que te saca los colores y te hace ver que el mundo no para.

Damián es uno de los mejores productores que conocemos, o uno de los mejores que hemos conocido nunca, nacido y criado hasta los 14 años en Argentina para después vivir con su familia en Galicia, su música cuenta con un amplio espectro de estilos que van desde el Jazz Fusion al Broken Beat pasando por el Downtempo o el Hip Hop instrumental, aunque en sus dos últimos discos en el sello de Bristol “Phuture Shock Musik” deja constancia de sus orígenes con muchos ritmos cercanos al Candombe o la Batucada; algo que en sus próximos lanzamientos estará aún más presente si cabe (hemos puesto la oreja en la puerta de su estudio y podemos decir que este año 2019 su nueva música dará mucho que hablar).

DJ de hip hop y scratch durante muchos años así como coleccionista de Jazz y artefactos brasileños y del Río de la Plata durante toda su vida, para este episodio de Canela En Surco Damián Botigué aka Karmasound nos brinda un mix lleno de discos en su mayor parte centrados en el continente Americano, y más en concreto Chile, Argentina, Brasil y Uruguay, con un especial guiño a nuestro amado Vasco Martins (obrigado amigo!) y un par de cremas más..jeje

Sin duda uno de los mejores mixes alrededor del Jazz (escucharéis desde Spiritual a Jazz-Funk o Fusion) que hemos albergado nunca en nuestros archivos.

Gracias Damián!! Qué el surco te acompañe siempre!

 

Tracklist:
1. Skuas – Traversée (Traversée LP – Aroc,1983)
2. Ravi Shankar – Death (Transmigration Macabre LP- Olympo, 1975)
3. Vasco Martins – Universo Da Ilha II (Universo Da Ilha LP – Canela en Surco, 2018)
4. Uña Ramos – Palmeras (Quena LP – Sono Radio, 1974)
5. Jaime Torres – La Peregrinación (Charango LP – Mesidor, 1985)
6. Mercedes Sosa – Yo Vengo A Ofrecer Mi Corazón (Vivir LP – Tropical Music, 1987)
7. Daniel Viglietti – Construcción (Trópicos LP – Tacuabé / Edigsa, 1974)
8. Luiz Gonzaga Jr. – A Cidade Contra O Crime (De Volta Ao Começo LP – EMI, 1980)
9. Martinho Da Vila -Canta Canta, Minha Gente ( Canta Canta, Minha Gente LP – RCA, 1975)
10. OPA – Montevideo (Magic Time LP – Milestone, 1977)
11. Deodato – Whirlwinds ( Whirlwinds LP – Orlador, 1974)
12. Urbaniax – Song For My Mother (Burning Circuits LP – Sonet, 1985)
13. Azymuth – Orange Clouds (Fénix LP – Far Out, 2016)

Karmasound LIVE [CROFTERS RIGHTS / BRISTOL/UK] with support from Sean McCabe

Phuture Shock Musik are thrilled to welcome Damián Botigué aka Karmasound, all the way from Barcelona, to play his debut UK live gig at Crofters Rights in Bristol on 8th December, to launch his forthcoming single ‘Can See Thru You’.

Karmasound

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Damián Botigué aka Karmasound is a multi-skilled musician and producer hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently resides in Barcelona, Spain. In January 2018 he released his debut vinyl offering ‘Probabilidades’ EP via Bristol label Phuture Shock Musik, which garnered wide DJ support and international radio airplay by multiple stations including Jazz FM, Balamii and Dublab radio.

Given Botigué’s South American roots, his compositions draw on various Afro-Latin styles such as Candombe and Batucada, whilst encapsulating a diverse sonic brew of jazz fusion, funk, hip hop, broken beat and electronica, all of which makes up his soulful and highly musical sound.

In a live capacity, Karmasound takes a one-man band approach, performing with a hardware set-up made up of keys, synthesizer, drum machine and his own vocals to construct his mesmerising, groove-driven arrangements. The exciting opportunity to see this rising talent perform live on British soil for the first time; at Bristol’s Crofters Rights is sure to be special and therefore not to be missed.

Sean McCabe

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Providing stellar support on the night is special guest Sean McCabe, who will be playing a DJ set guaranteed to light up the dancefloor.

Based locally in Bristol, the prolific house producer/DJ is long renowned for his superb DJ sets and classy, soulful productions and remixes that have been released via the likes of the legendary King Street Sounds, Joey Negro’s Z records, Local Talk and his own Good Vibrations imprint; as well as regularly hosting the reputed party of the same name.

Expect an evening of soulful, forward-thinking beats and pieces; spanning house, broken beat, jazz, funk, soul and much more.

Doors: 7:30pm

Entry: £4 adv. tickets / £6 OTD

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Karmasound – Can See Thru You

 Hot off the back of a well-received debut 12” – ‘Probabilidades’ EP – published on Phuture Shock Musik some 10 months ago, Damián Botigué aka Karmasound returns to deliver his follow-up release on the Bristol label, by name of ‘Can See Thru You’.

For this second outing, the Barcelona-based producer steps into a collaborative mode and calls up on the smoky vocal talents of upcoming singer-songwriter Jedreck, to present a jazzy, late-night bruk affair with a range of influences that includes Neo soul, Latin jazz, Detroit house and broken beat, all doused in soulful warmth. In addition to the lead track, the release also features two inspired remixes by Bristol’s very own soulful house don Sean McCabe, plus a bonus original track on the B-side to top off the disc.

In support of his forthcoming release, Karmasound will be performing a one-off live show at The Crofters Rights in Bristol, UK on Saturday 8th December 2018. Advance Tickets can be purchased from Headfirst: bit.ly/PSM-KS

Listen:
credits
releases January 18, 2019

All tracks written & produced by Karmasound
Lyrics & Vocals by Jedreck
Track 2 & 3 remixed by Sean McCabe
Mastered @ Optimum, Bristol
Artwork by BenniBoi
Cat no. PSM013

PROBABILIDADES EP (Phuture Shock Musik)

 

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Following transmissions from Nubian Mindz and Cyclonix this year, Phuture Shock Musik returns to welcome new signing Damián Botigué aka Karmasound to the fold, who makes his debut outing on wax with the six-track strong ‘Probabilidades’ EP.

Hailing from Buenos Aires, though currently residing in Barcelona, the Argentine musician and producer has plied his trade for a number of years, which has yielded collaborative projects and releases beyond his homeland, including the self-released ‘Magnetic Love’ EP and later compilation appearances on Tokyo Dawn and BBE records as one half of electronic soul act Saturn’s Children – with London soul singer-songwriter Emeson. While further production has surfaced on releases by Spanish hip hop outfit K.A.O.S, collaborative works under the moniker Evan& Damian, not to mention a few low-key efforts of his own.

Here on ‘Probabilidades’ EP, Karmasound widens his highly musical, soulful sound, and delivers an electronic-tinged release, where his South American heritage and Latin musical roots remain at the core, while traversing through broken beat, hip hop, jazz, fusion, funk and Afro-Latin flavours. With six cuts varying in rhythm, tempo and influence, the 12′ highlights Botigué’s extremely diverse production style and makes for a perfect introduction to a very fine talent on the rise.

Kicking off side A is the stuttering bossa-bruk rhythms of ‘Compra Pan’ which playfully lopes its way around jazzy keyboard stabs that duet with chirpy synth melodies and supple basslines. The frenetic beats of ‘Flashback’ follows and ups the tempo, while running amok with solid double bass, spacey synths and an infectious Brazilian-infused keyboard groove that brings to mind the classic samba doido’ stylings of Azymuth. Before making way for the future jazz-funk of ‘Summer Rain’, where vocalist and regular collaborator, Sara Bee adds soaring vocal harmonies over syrupy Rhodes chords and a cascade of glowing synths, firmly underpinned by bristling Latin percussion and broken beats. Face down opens up with the beat-driven jaunt ‘Dulce De Leche’, which revolves around a hypnotic keyboard motif, interlocked with rolling synthbass and a tasty clave and cowbell-laden drum track that fluidly morphs between hip hop beats and lilting jazz-fusion grooves. Next up appears the up-tempo cosmic funk of ‘Probabadilidades’, where clunky, shuffling rhythms bordering on jazz jungle, collide with pattering hi-hats and claps, against a backdrop of sophisticated keys and a bulbous bassline that contorts through the arrangement. While rounding off the EP on a laidback tip is ‘Sobremesa Eterna’ – a composition guided by wah guitar licks, balmy Rhodes chords and shimmering organs that cruise elegantly over off kilter rhythms, all of which inhabits a sweet spot between soulful, late-night hip hop jams and the west London sound with a Latin swagger.