Two new tracks have been made by Yuvi Gerstein and released to Soundcloud in the past two weeks. The two tracks are instrumentals and were recorded and mixed by Gerstein at his studio.The first track is called African Resort and is inspired by african music, especially Ethiopian scales and style.
The second track is called Sclater street, is a bit more cinematic, based on some lush piano chords. Sclater street -
Listen to the new song written and performed by soul singer Leslie Phillips and Guitarist Yuvi Gerstein. The song is the duo’s second release, the first was a song in French entitled “Dans tes bras“. This song is called Spiders and is all about those creepy creatures..beware .
This year my band Coolooloosh was part of a very groovy night of shows including the ever famous Hadag Nahash, Ramirez brothers and Yossi Fine and the remix. It has been a while since we played live in Israel and this time we prepared a brand new set of songs which are much more hard hitting rock-hip hop in your face kind of vibe.
Coolooloosh live at Yaarot Menashe Festival, May 3rd 2013
Yuvi Gerstein and his Gibson Es-175
The special thing about the show was the collaboration between Coolooloosh and Yossi Fine. Fine is an incredible bass player and producer who has influenced us heavily as a band. His African style of music is infectious and his new group ‘Yossi fine and the remix’ is sounding great on stage.
Yossi Fine and his amazing godin fretless bass
The remix band with a fan dancing on stage
We collaborated with them on a track called Ebae and Soul (Listen) which was originally a remix made by Ori Winokur, combining Cooloolooshs’ ‘mind and soul‘ and the ex-centric song ‘Ebae‘. The crowd at the festival was very supportive, dancing all the way and we felt it was a great come back for us as a band and celebrating our 10th anniversary this year, it was a good kick off.
The song was recorded at Offtape studios in London, as part of as session in which three songs were recorded, to be released later this year. This video was directed by Cristina Picchi and the sound was mixed at rock of london studios by Yuvi Gerstein.
In the past year I’ve been working with a new band called files+flies. the band started out as a production project of Jake Williams, producing the songs of singer songwriter Dan Griffis. Williams started producing the songs of Dan Griffis, making simple acoustic guitar songs into semi electronic pieces with some quirky beats, found sounds and haunting vocals. I was asked by Jake, whom I knew from my MA studies at Goldsmiths University in 2011, to lay down some guitars for the EP project and was happy to collaborate with the two, I recorded electric guitar with some processing on every track.
Williams also recorded a talented cellist, Martin Kingston. By the end of the recording sessions, which took place at Musicland studios in Dalston, London, an idea of forming a band and performing the material was born. So the band consists of
Psalm is a singer songwriter from the US, based in Israel. The album entitled STORY, is her second studio album and was released on 25 November 2010. I’m not sure why it took me so long to find it online. It has been up on her bandcamp page for quite a while now.
The album was produced by Ori Winokur and I had the honor of playing acoustic guitars on it. We recorded it back in 2009 at Haogen studios in Israel. It was a fun session, I remember playing through the whole album in about two sessions. Psalm songs are beautiful, captivating stories (as the title suggests), memories and quite soft ballads. She has a great voice and her sister accompanies on backing vocals to completes the picture. My favorite songs are There I go again and Songs of angels. Some beautiful cello arrangements were played by the wonderful Hadas Kleinman. I think it’s a great album with subtle beauty and I wish it would get more exposure and reach more people. It’s hard to do that with the overflow of music, which is all competing for our attention these days but do give this one a good listen. This jewel is worth it. Listen to the whole album here, and you could also buy it and support the artist directly.
Inspired by the sounds of the old Nintendo console, which I remember playing quite a bit in the late 80′s, I made this new track called 8Bit Overground. The track was made using a cool free Ableton pack made by AfroDJmac and released on his website a few weeks ago.
For the beat, I used what I call a “Yogi Loop”. That means a loop recorded by Coolooloosh’s amazing drummer Yogev Shetrit. He has his own studio and records ideas and loops straight to his iphone 4. They sound surprisingly well and compressed by the iphone in a very pleasing way. Almost like those old rare groove samples. Another trick I used to give the track some rhythmic variation is an Ableton effect which I call the “on off Panner”. It basically uses the trusted auto pan but with very harsh settings that make it effectively an on off effect. This gives a lot of rhythmic variations and I used it on the bass lines as well as the leads. I also used that effect on guitars, which I recorded for the track. They play around between the left and right of the stereo image. Finally I used a little sample I recorded my self on the London overground train. That’s why it’s called 8bit overground.
Phillips has a great voice, she is also a wonderful songwriter and we have been working together over the past year co writing songs and performing in London. The show at the Jerusalem Theater was the sold out highlight of the “End of summer” festival, which took place in Jerusalem on August 21-23rd, 2012. The video above is “Heard it through the grapevine” by Marvin Gaye.
1. A few weeks ago I released a free sample pack of quirky jazzy guitar samples of my own creation. It was a lot of fun to make the pack and the attention it received around the web was great and quite surprising too. Now here comes a first track based on one of the samples from that free pack. The track called “It’s only entertainment” was produced by Roy Stoler and has just been released on his soundcloud. Have a listen -
2. German software company Ableton has finally announced the long awaited update to their incredibly popular software called LIVE. Live 9 comes after quite a few years of Live 8 being one of the most popular software for new musicians, DJs and instrumentalists. As an Ableton fan and a user of live since version 6, I’m excited about the new announcement and can’t wait to get my hands on the new version. Check out some new features of Live 9 -
and the new controller called “Push” which was also announced today.
3. The Drum Machine is a project (And a lifestyle created by the incredible drummer Oded Kafri. I have had the privilege to work with Kafri over the past year and see him develop his solo act using his Mapex drum kit and Ableton as his controller.
I produced a lot of tracks for him and an EP entitled “Street Life” and helped him promote his project on every aspect possible. In the past year he has also become a Youtube phenomenon with over 1.2m views of his crazy drumming videos. His latest promo film will be released in the next few days and posted here, but in the mean time here is one of his most popular videos (443K) playing a street session on Liverpool street in London.
4. A new discovery I made through the Guardian app on Spotify. It is the singer Martha Tilston, with a voice and melodies which remind me of Joni Mitchel and other 60′s folk artists. Her latest album entitled “Machines of love and grace” is up on Spotify and probably all of the other outlets out there on the web. I think she sounds great and enjoying her music, it’s old and new and fresh and is perfect for me at the moment.
Here is the remix, which I call “Someone who wants to ill”-
Here is the original track Method Man / Freddie Gibbs / StreetLife “Built For This” [Man With The Iron Fists OST]
Some background about the approach to the remix
The remix is for the song “Built for this” by Method Man, featuring Freddie Gibbs and Street Life. The original song is a rather slow tempo (about 80 BPM) heavy Hip Hop groove track. I listened to some of the remixes on the contest page and thought, well, I must do something different with it. It doesn’t add much if you just replace the drums and change some of the breaks. So I started experimenting with the tempo. I sped the stems up to a pretty drastic 120BPM and used a drum loop I recorded of my good friend and wonderful drummer Yogev Shetrit. Yogi’s groove fit the mood I was looking for and gave it a nice “old sampled drums” feel to it. The I used the stems in their sped up form and they sounded very funky, especially the bass and guitars. They keyboard I left as is and it gives that open feel. I had to lose one of the rap verses because it was partially sang in double time which made the sped up version go even faster and felt unnatural at a lot of points. I also used some of the drums from the original track and cut out the sentence from the top which goes “Someone who wants to kill”, Only I changed it into “Someone who wants to ill”, by cutting the K off the “kill” word.
I used only Ableton Live for this remix and some plugins to add the spark to it.
If you like the remix please go to the contest page and vote for it. It would mean a lot to me to get your support on this. It’s easy to vote if you just log in through facebook.
And finally judging by the trailer and the fact that Quintin Tarantino is involved, this film looks very interesting. Can’t wait for the release. Check it out –