Ta-Ku (Perth, Australia) In The Studio for Episode #126 (October 25, 2011)

Photos from Ta-Ku‘s interview and guest set from this week’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
switch – i stilll love you featuring andrea martin (dubside)
oddisee – uptown cabaret (mello music group)
b.bravo – kiss ‘n’ tell featuring zackery force funk (earnest endeavors)
the stuyvesants – tough love (because love is tough) (sd)
iSHE & Hezekiah – hold on (georgia anne muldrow remix) (self-released)
goapele – milk + honey (skyblaze/decon)
mux mool – palace chalice (ghostly)
sarah white – why cry? (cultura love)
3 – seekae (rice is nice/pop frenzy)
inc. – heart crimes (4ad)

The Interview
ta-ku – out of my way (self-released)
ta-ku – folk (self-released)
ta-ku + roughsoul – waves (self-released)
ta-ku – :::fanfare (highs + lows x new balance)
ta-ku – :::ladies night (highs + lows x new balance)
ta-ku – :::nine to five (highs + lows x new balance)
ta-ku – hey kids (brownswood)
ta-ku + miles bonny – down to earth club music (self-released/moovmnt exclusive)

Ta-Ku’s Guest DJ Set
ta-ku – sick
fitz amro$e – kassie
? – adams family isht
unthnkable – knxwledge
astronote – feel the heat
elaquent – teddy bear
? – NY4
? – lightmares
m-phazes – from russia with love
m-phazes – tryna do me
boombaptist – townsend-too late
christoph el’ truento – push on
ta-ku – bounce
b.lewis – your loss
co.fee – gypsy skirt
lunice – the name dunnit featuring troy dunnit
lunice – purp walk
eprom – elephantkillers2
duke hugh – yoshi’s island
hazel – twilight
mr. dibiase – track 10
? – get the job done (instrumental)
mndsgn – flybutter instrumental
mister bibal – black canary
stro elliot – dilla tribute (requiem for dilla)
bug – reach the clouds
the roots – upper egypt
m-phazes – eli porter deeed it
hazel – the v (raw)
thundercat – $200 TB featuring austin peralta
slum village – players (instrumental)
freddie joachim – meditation
a tribe called quest – crooklyn (instrumental)
thes one – target
tiron & ayomari – all my love featuring yummy bingham
tall black guy – ride the cali sun
zebrahim – zoning
zebrahim – zilch
zebrahim – beautifullest thing

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Ta-Ku (Perth, Australia) On The Main Ingredient 10/25!

Ta-Ku who featured heavily in my interview with Miles Bonny last week and has been popping up on more and more of my playlists, just turns out to be visit NYC right now. And he’ll be my guest on next week’s show.

This man is quite prolific. If you aren’t familiar with him, there is plenty to hear on his bandcamp (you can start with one of my favorite tracks).

About Ta-Ku:

Within just 3 years of operation in his chosen field, Regan ‘Ta-Ku’ Matthews has evolved from a self-taught student of music into a scholar of progressive beat production, cultivating a unique sound that has since resonated to all corners of the globe. As an astute observer of the melodic elements of soul music and the percussive elements of hip-hop, Ta-Ku takes influence from pioneering beatsmiths such as J Dilla, 9th Wonder and DJ Premier.

In 2008, an invite to the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona, taking counsel from the likes of of DJ Toomp, Chuck D, Bun B, Omas Keith and Dennis Coffey and sharing alumni status with artists like Teebs, Onra, Dorian Concept and Pursuit Grooves. The trip was a breakthrough moment for Ta-Ku as he channeled his experience and new found motivation to liberate a slew of free beat tapes within months of his return. Shortly after flooding the internet with a diverse array of releases, his output was rewarded with subsequent collaborations involving CyHi Da Prynce (G.O.O.D music), John Robinson, Raashan Ahmad (Paper Chain labelmate), Joe Scudda, Outasight, Kid Daytona, Phil Ade, Raaka (Dilated Peoples) amongst many others. Ta-Ku’s work ethic continued to garner worldwide attention and within two years of his return from the Red Bull Music Academy he’d become a regular fixture on countless blogs and online zines, securing himself a prized feature on Giles Peterson’s esteemed Brownswood Electr*c Compilation.

In 2011, Ta-Ku aspires to take his hip-hop roots and apply them to further experimentation within the electronic and new soul realms. His musical identity continues to evolve with the progressive nature of the genres he has contributed to, illustrated most recently with a Soulection-endorsed 24 mixtape and his debut EP and 12″ releases through PROJECT: Mooncircle and DarkerThanWax respectively.

Miles Bonny (Kansas City) In The Studio for Episode #125 (October 18, 2011)

A photo from Miles Bonny‘s interview and guest set from this week’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
freddie joachim – looking back (mellow orange)
onra – flight or die (all city)
ta-ku – folk (self-released)
vindahl – monday i die (tokyo dawn)
jose james – trouble (self-released)
bug – reach the clouds (jus like music)
the stuyvesants – spank love (sd)
iSHE & hezekiah – so official (self-released)
eric roberson – right back to me (blue erro soul)
oddisee – all along the river (mello music group)
mayer hawthorne – no strings (new version) (universal republic)

The Interview
miles bonny – sing your song (innatesounds)
miles bonny – nothin’ but chu (self-released)
brenk – dedicated featuring miles bonny (melting pot)
miles bonny – rescue me (big pun suite) (self-released)

Miles Bonny’s Guest DJ Set
big pun – you came up
reggie b. – the traveler feat. pharoah
georgia anne muldrow – thump
brenk – wolves 2 (still hungry)
blue mitchell – harmony of the underworld
miles bonny – marc jacobs vamp
miles bonny – untitled
nicholas kopernicus – brisa (unplugged)
the impressions – you can’t be wrong
five special – baby
thundercat – fleer ultra
linquist & greer – #12
willie nelson – a song for you
sly stone – that’s lovin you
dreams – imagine my surprise

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Miles Bonny (Kansas City) On The Main Ingredient 10/18!

Miles Bonny who runs the INnatesounds label out of Kansas City will be in town to perform at the Brooklyn Bodega CMJ “We Got The Jazz” Showcase Tuesday, but will first be my guest on the 125th edition of The Main Ingredient.

He has had his hands in (probably a record high) 32 songs that I’ve played on the show, mostly as a performer and I offered him an open invite to be a guest quite a while ago. I’m really excited that it’s finally going to happen.

About Miles Bonny:

Miles Bonny was born uptown in NYC (Payson Ave.) and grew up in Teaneck, NJ until college when he returned to his parent’s roots in the midwest USA’s Kansas and Missouri regions. Grandson of a music therapist, son of a trumpeter, Miles also produced hip hop beats, leading to a feature in the now defunct Scratch Magazine at it’s height. Since first recording as a vocalist in 2006, he has traveled to Europe to tour 3 times in the last 4 years, focusing on Germany, where he records for Melting Pot Music. Currently residing in Kansas City, Missouri, Miles will play for the first time in NYC at the Brooklyn Bodega CMJ Showcase “we got the jazz” at DROM on Oct 18th.

The Main Ingredient Radio Show NYC – Episode #124 (October 11, 2011)

The Main Ingredient Radio Show NYC – Episode #124 (October 11, 2011)
linn & freddie – blip blop (homegrown)
MONOm.i.c. – three beat magic (onkyovizion/disques corde)
mayer hawthorne – can’t stop featuring snoop dogg (universal republic)
iSHE & hezekiah – pressure done (self-released)
kissey – cry (kissey.co)
livications – plutonic lab (3rrr-fm)
icebird (rjd2 & aaron livingston – the return of tronson (rj’s electrical connections)
vindahl – out and about (tokyo dawn)
ta-ku – backwards (self-released)
b.lewis – free raffle (self-released)
com truise – brokendate (ghostly international)
dan electro – two wings (soulab)
maverick sabre – i need you (zed bias remix) featuring donaeo (mercury)
roots manuva – get the get (slugabed remix) (ninja tune)
ben westbeech – summer’s loss (strictly rhythm)
tiron & ayomari – fin (cafeteria line)
island – robot koch (project moon circle)
salva – blue (FoF)
gang colours – fireworks in pocket (dj dials remix) (brownswood)
blu – jazmine (new world color)
dj shadow – i’ve been trying (verve)
the dynamics – little pablo (favorite records)
format none – giedra (renegades of bump)
SBTRKT – heatwave (young turks)
has-lo – perfume trail (mello music group)
evidence – you (rhymesayers)
colonel red – i will be there (tokyo dawn)
nomo & shawn lee – upside down (ubiquity)
sir froderick – DOODOOonSHOE pt. 2 (swarvy) (record breakin)
brenk – lupo (melting pot)
thundercat – boat cruise (brainfeeder)
miles bonny – 5 o’clock suff (mpm)
julien dyne – fallin’ down featuring parks (bbe)
quadron – tone (emoce/cremedelacrack remix) (cremedelacrack)
krts – whatever (project mooncircle)
alias – talk in technicolor (anticon)
phonté – sendin’ my love (the foreign exchange music)

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.

Majestic Mood (Vienna) In The Studio for Episode #123 (October 4, 2011)

Photos from Majestic Mood‘s interview and guest set from this week’s The Main Ingredient.

My Set
oddisee – for certain featuring diamond district (mello music group)
tall black guy – sweet europe (self-released)
dj shadow – scale it back featuring little dragon (verve)
vindahl – inside out (tokyo dawn)
zaki ibrahim – heartbeat (RNH)
ben westbeech – falling (strictly rhythm)
tiron & ayomari – jack kerouac (the cafeteria line)
maddslinky – moonshine
evidence – the red carpet featuring raekwon + rass kass (rhymsayers)
phonte – who loves you more (the foreign exchange music)
9th wonder – now i’m being cool featuring mela (traffic entertainment)
sola rosa – all you need (melting pot)

Majestic Mood’s Guest Set
abby lee tee – stuck into (minor sick remix)
elliot – warm jazzz rain (abby tee remix)
eskmo – cloudlight
gianna charles – i need you
flying lotus – shadows
trishes – bitcrushed
gold panda – quitters raga
hazel & slakah the beatchild – this
strand – mac 8
HudMo – ooops (on my)
paul white – the doldrums
cid rim – bumpy red tower
fLako – blurry dream
mancini & the creepers – gold sand
robot koch – hard to find
knx. – freedomb
roman rauch – relax
fantastic clik & sport g – she’s like …
jon phonics – the one
fella vaughn – jailbait
knx. – broklin
feux&kalifornia kurt – gossip
brenk – murda dem
tettery bad – unite (dj buzz & twintowas remix)
danny breaks – moonpah
bibio – fire ant
two inch punch – love you up
beatvadda – dafunk
leatherette – in july focus
monkey robot – so amazing
ad bourke – 100
cid rim – cut the knife
fulgeance – analove
mosca – tilt shift
young montana? – midnight snacks
hazel & slakah the beatchild – chill back
this is why – jed and lucia
fantastic mr. fox – sepia song

The Main Ingredient is a weekly radio show covering brand new soulful underground music from around the world, featuring as in-studio interviews with the artists making it. New episodes can be found Wednesdays at noon at jonolivermusic.com. The show began in May 2009 as a weekly broadcast from East Village Radio’s storefront studio on 1st Ave. & 1st St. in NYC and continued there until EVR closed it doors in May 2014. This episode is from the East Village Radio Archives.