PMOI Presents: Eric Lau's Last Night On Earth [Mix #001]

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"Whenever I listen to this I picture the sky opening up. I feel that my last night on Earth would probably look this."

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[/wpcol_1third] [wpcol_2third_end id="" class="" style=""] My first experience of mixes (like many other eighties babies), were the cassette tapes my friends would give each other. We weren't trying to be particularly cool or clever, they were generally quite personal and sentimental, and I still have mine in a shoe box under the bed. I've always wanted to create a mix series on PMOI but was wary of the potential for disposable mixes full of music that's hot for a few weeks but doesn't make much impact emotionally. The "Last Night On Earth" series was my way of provoking some soul searching, and when Eric sent the first mix (he decided to re-do it, ever the perfectionist, I didn't even ask him for the detailed notes below!) I found myself moved to tears. I hope you keep this for a long time.  - AI - I often get approached to compile mixes and have free reign to do whatever but this time I was given a theme, ‘Last Night On Earth’. I was like okaaay, this is a challenge. Many thoughts and images came through but I never really thought about death as being my last night on earth, more that I would be flying to another place somehow. Probably on some craft or I would suddenly have the ability to fly, either which way I can picture myself with my iPod and Sennheisers on. There’s isn’t any contemporary music in the mix apart from Dilla because I would like to think everyone would be leaving earth too! The selection is based on a combination of good memories and what I personally look for in music. This is what I would like to listen to on my ascent away from Earth, I hope you enjoy is as much I do! - Eric Lau - 1. Hugh Hopper & Alan Gowen - Morning Order - Two Rainbows Daily (1980)

Just so calming, I like listening to it either very late at night or when I first wake up! Thought it would be a nice way to start. (Dilla also used it for Common ‘Nag Champa’ one of my favs too) - 2. Truth is The Key - Tarika Blue - Tarika Blue (1977)

Lyrics are so on point, I love the message and definitely resonates with what I stand for. Musicianship is next level too, especially guitar and synth solos! - 3. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Mayfield Live (1973)

This was the first song I heard in my life that was inclusive of ‘Yellow’ people and it really touched me. I was like, wait, he’s actually talking to me too! I played a live video of this to some students of mine once and found out that the performance was in aid of the charity ‘Save The Children’. I had just released a project for ‘Save The Children’ and it really choked me up. Made me realize I was on the right path. - 4. I think I’ll Call it Morning - Gil Scott Heron - Pieces of a Man (1971)

Reminds me when I was at Uni being all young and confused! This song reassured me that everything was gonna be okay! - 5. I Love You - Weldon Irvine - Sinbad (1976)

This song just makes me feel good, Master Wel + Mr Blackman = Magic - 6. Lucky Fellow - Leroy Hutson - Huston (1975)

Remember hearing this before I knew what sampling was, and found out that Erykah’s ‘No Love’ came from a whole different song. I rinsed ‘No Love’ at the time and loved it, but Leroy’s original version is next level. - 7. Kevin Moore - Speak Your Mind - Rainmaker (1980)

This was used in one of my favorite Dilla beats ever. Once I found it I was like woah, this song is incredible! Lyrics are on point and its so funky even without drums. - 8. Visions - Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)

Reminds me of when I was truly falling in love with music. The songwriting is just out of this world. Thought I would cut the song at ‘all things have an ending’ which I thought suited the theme of the mix! - 9. Rainy Day - Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information (1974) From one of my favorite records, I could listen to this all day. - 10. Dedicada A Ela - Arthur Verocai - Arthur Verocai (1972)

Reminds me of recent times with my father. He stayed with me for a month and it was the best time we have ever had together. Arthur Verocai was the soundtrack to this period of time. - 11. Luiza - Beto Guedes, Danilo Caymmi, Novelli, Toninho Horta - Beto Guedes, Danilo Caymmi, Novelli, Toninho Horta (1973)

Mr Mensah put me onto this, the runs on this just do something to me. Stupidness! - 12. Lihue - Nohelani Cypriano - Nohelani (1979)

Came across this through Karriem Riggins’ Music Kaleidoscope mix (One of my favs mixes of all time!) I’v always wanted to go to Hawaii but never had a chance, this song takes me there. - 13. Tell Me What To Do - Johnny Hammond - Gears (1975)

Had to Mizell it again, the groove is ridiculous. Makes me wanna move. - 14. Music Is My Sanctuary - Gary Bartz - Music Is My Sanctuary (1977)

Came across this through 4 Hero LifeStyles Comp a few years back. Ultimate cooking song. Try it. - 15. Instant Love with Minnie Riperton - Leon Ware - Musical Massage (1976)

One of the first records I bought, loved everything about this LP especially the cover! Had it on my wall when I was at Uni. - 16. Baby, This Love I Have - Minnie Riperton - Adventures In Paradise (1975)

I love most of her music but chose this because it reminds me when I first started sampling and studying how people like ATCQ and Pete Rock used the this track. On another note I wanna marry Minnie, she is an angel. Hopefully meet her in another lifetime. - 17. I Want You (Vocal & Rhythm Section) - Marvin Gaye - I Want You ‘Deluxe Edition’ (2003) 18. I Want You (Vocal) - Marvin Gaye - I Want You (1976)

If I could be any singer it would be Marvin. Sooo pimp without even trying. This record was played over and over. - 19. I Wanna Be Where You Are - Michael Jackson - Got To Be There (1972)

Wow more Leon Ware written music, shows how much of a great songwriter he is. Not an obvious choice for MJ but I just like the purity in this. - 20. All About Love (Outro) - Earth, Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World (1975)

Probably the best interlude ever. - 21. Konda - Miles Davis - Directions (1981)

Reminds me of Japan, great memories. - 22. Aisha - John Coltrane - The Heavyweight Champion: the Complete Atlantic Recordings (1995)

Flawless, makes me at ease. Nice in the winter. Could play this all day. - 23. Yutaka - Evening Star - Love Light (1981)

Had to have something east asian in the mix! Plus it was recorded the year I was born. The sound is just beautiful! - N.B

I HAD to do a little Dilla section. To be honest I could do several Dilla mixes showing why I like his music so much and what I’ve learnt from his music but wanted to stick with the theme. - 24. Im So Glad Your Dorothy - Jay Dee - Beat Tape (1998)

Dilla turned Evening Star into some sacred geometry. - 25. Marvine - Jay dee - Voodoo Demos (1998)

So simple, but the split second timing of the way he releases the guitar chops really gets me for some reason. - 26. Interlude - Slum Village - Fantastic Volume 2 (2000)

Funky as hell, makes me go crazy. Loved the way he did the fades to make it impossible to loop! - 27. Keep It Coming - Frank n Dank - 48 Hours

No one ever talks about this track, the patterns are craaazzy. - 28. Ma Dukes (Original Demo) - Jay Dee - Da 1st Installment (2005)

This track is just eerie, it haunts me in a good way. The way the guitar just floats, the voice, synth rise just makes me shake my head in disbelief... - 29. Fantastic Intro (Original Demo) - Jay Dee - Fantastic Volume 2 Demos (1999)

One of the most perfect chord sequences ever, this demo version also includes some other chops not used in the final version which seems to do something to my face muscles. If anyone knows the original sample please contact me! - 30. Fall in Love Remix - Slum Village - Fantastic Volume 2 (2000)

Whenever I listen to this I picture the sky opening up. I feel that my last night on earth would probably look this. -

Connect: @ericlaumusic


PMOI Sleeve Notes Session Podcast 001: DTMD's "Makin Dollas" LP

DTMD Photo by Oddisee for - PMOI caught up with the DMV's finest young upstarts DTMD to get the story behind their debut album "Makin' Dollas" for our new Sleeve Notes Sessions podcast. Rapper 'Toine and producer Dunc have been on our radar for a couple of years now so it was exciting to see their progression from the first self-released EP The Basics (2010), their continued self-awareness and humility, and gratitude to their mentors DC's Low Budget Crew and record label Mello Music Group. -

DTMD's Sleeve Notes Session by putmeonit - Connect: @dtmdmusic

Purchase: DTMD "Makin Dollas" LP

Amenta - On Her Mother, Curiosity, and Sacred Places [+Excl. Free Download]

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[wpcol_2third_end id="" class="" style=""] When I met Amenta last year in a cafe in London just after she'd finished at the Red Bull Music Academy, she reminded me of the actor Tom Hardy as she slid between accents in conversation without noticing - Toronto, Australian, German, English - they all seemed native to her. She told me then she was a bit of a chameleon, so I wasn't surprised to find when I listened to her new EP Sacred Places that it's a really eclectic piece. Her back story is fascinating, the daughter of Jamaican Jehovah's Witness parents who settled in Canada, she grew up between her fathers home in a farm town called Milton listening to reggae, ska & rockers, and her mothers place in a city called Mississauga just outside of Toronto where Nat King Cole and Tchaikovsky were the soundtrack. In the last few years Amenta has become a bit of a nomad, and is currently working on music in southern Spain where I caught up with her for an interview on Skype - - My mother is an amazing singer, I didn't appreciate how amazing her voice was when I was younger, and it's funny, she used to sing with me and to me and teach me a lot of Jamaican folk songs. I remember she told me once 'I really think you're tone deaf', so she's very surprised that I’m singing now. - I've been really influenced by her, she made me watch a lot of black and white films, I first started off singing musicals like Singing In The Rain and My Fair Lady, and I think I’m still kind of influenced by that kind of music. When I first started singing people would want me to sing RnB hooks and I would do what I thought sounded like a RnB hook and they would just look at me like wow, what? Have you listened to any RnB songs lately?? - Growing up I think my strongest motivating force was curiosity. I think it really was irritating for my parents, I was always getting in to something and I was very clumsy and I would ask a lot of questions, and I was very stubborn. Especially with my parents being religious, I guess they just didn't know what to do with me… I wanted to know about everything. - I was always interested in art, all different kinds. I read a lot and I wrote a lot. I wasn't allowed to have Barbies, I think I had one [my mother] got from the dollar store - you can't play with other people who have real Barbies with that plastic, hollow hairpiece. I had a pottery set and a telescope and a microscope… She wanted me to do things that were educational and stimulating. - When I was 11 I told an adult “I’m not going to get married until I’m 40, and I’m going to travel the world and I’m going to do music and I’m going to act and I’m going to be an entertainer”. Since I was small I had this idea, but as you get older things get in the way. -

I almost died in 2008, and getting through that taught me that life is precarious and it can be short, and you should really do what you want to do.-

- - Traveling comes with its difficulties, it's not always glamorous, but I find it’s worth the sacrifice, even sacrifices with relationships - it's hard to carry on one of those when you don't really live anywhere in particular. But the sacrifice is worth it because I’m doing what I love and I’m having the adventures I dreamed about as a little girl. Once I get used to it any place I am starts feeling like home… I’m still looking for a home, I’m still looking for someplace that feels right. - I got in to making music my career almost by accident. I always loved music and I always sang, whether I was good at it I didn’t know but I found it a comfort and a friend. One day I just got on Myspace and started listening to music and I would write to it, and I got a little hand held recorder off Ebay for $40 and I would record, and then one day it just occurred to me to share it. - Myspace in its heyday was amazing, it was filled with a lot of artists who were really in to the music and really hungry, and just happy to be a musician. I met fLako and Jay Scarlett on there, so many people I am still in contact with. fLako put up the songs we did together, 04500 and Do Ya, and that was the beginning of the beginning. - It was thrilling for me as I never had that confirmation from people I didn't know, that you can sing or we really enjoy this music and your voice. Coming to London and being accepted [to RBMA], with peers I really respect, it was such an amazing experience to feel like a part of something, to feel like I have an international musical family that I can call on and that can call on me. It's life changing. - I love this new EP, I separate myself from it and I enjoy it, there's a certain feeling to it. Not everyone may get it, or people may really get it and that's great, but I personally love it and know what went in to it. It's my first. I think I’m hoping people will observe that it's honest and that's its true. I always find that I appreciate an artists’ music early on because it's usually just so naked, almost like a blind effort, they're just putting out whatever they feel and I think that makes it special. - I’m going to keep exploring musically, I want to try different things, I feel like I’m still searching, I’m still looking for sounds that I like. I want to do everything, I want to do a psychedelic album, I want to do a folk album. It's not just like a job or something; it's my life experience. When I get old and I have grandkids I want to have amazing stories to tell them, and adventures - my Granny’s cool, she's traveled and she has tattoos! I couldn't tell anybody where I’m going to end up in 5 years but I know that I’m going to carry on making music and making art in some way for the rest of my life. - Purchase: Amenta "Sacred Places EP"

Connect: @amenta / 

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PMOI x Kidkanevil - Tokyorkshire Research Inc. Film & Beat Tape

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- "You very much got the impression he wanted to be left alone to work on crazy shit, I can sympathise with that..."

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"Raymond Scott was like a mad scientist, way ahead of his time"


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It turns out Raymond Scott was a fascinating guy, a gifted jazz musician and composer born in 1908, who broke ground creating instant hits for TV (previously his band had only been allowed to play the standards), he demanded the first racially integrated big band radio orchestra, and walked away from it all because "Hollywood thinks everything is great". In truth he was an inventor wanted to spend all of his time experimenting with sound, making some of the first pre-synths, keyboards and sequencers, pioneering sound recording and sampling, building his own speaker systems and electronic equipment, and eventually starting the Manhattan Research Inc. At one point he was even hired by Berry Gordy as Motown's director of "the electronic music and research department". I had no idea I grew up listening to the Raymond Scott - his music was widely used to score the Loony Tunes cartoons and on commercials.


Tokyorkshire Research Inc is Kidkanevil's tribute to Raymond Scott in free beat tape form, released onSeptember 10th, Scott's birthday. -




Stac "Turn That Light Out" Kidkanevil & Blue Daisy Remixes [Excl. Free Download]

Stac, Blue Daisy & Kidkanevil

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Stac - All Or Nothing (Kidkanevil Remix)

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Stac - Head On Me (Blue Daisy Remix)

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There is usually a big difference between the promotional campaign an artist would like to have and the promotional campaign they end up with. Well unless you're Beyonce, then I'm pretty sure you can have what you like. One of the most common complaints is remixes - when your beautiful acoustic ballad is turned in to something J-Lo didn't want as a b-side in 1999. Even if you get to pick the remixer there's that awkward moment you have to let go of your baby and let someone tear its arm off and stick it on it's face. Nice. Stac seems to be fairly minimal on the whole self-promotion strategy (she refused to tell me when her music was out at one point because I know her?!), so an entire project of remixes was an interesting choice. I tried my best to ask her about it without insulting any producers, (this was before I heard how good they all were, thus rendering my concerns pointless).


Most songwriters seem to hate remixes, how do you feel about this EP? I love remixes! When I first started writing songs I just wrote acappellas and gave them to people to do their thing with, so actually I am really used to it. I get really excited when I get remixes back because its so interesting to hear somebody else's take on your song. It breathes new life into your song and if the person remixing it is amazing then why would the remix be anything else? Having said that I have asked for a few tweaks here and there but only tiny ones that wouldn't mean anything to anyone other than me!


Is it strange giving someone a song you've made as a collection of (potentially quite personal) "parts" to put back together in a different way?  It is strange but its also really exciting. Its like getting photos developed, you have an idea of what you think they are going to be like but there are often lots of surprises, so far so good!


Do you have any favourites or is that like asking you to pick a favourite child?  Haha! I am going to be boring and deliver the standard answer in saying that I couldn't pick a favourite. It's bloody impossible because they are all so different and all give me oodles amounts of joy!


If you could choose any of your own songs to be reworked by any artist (or combination of artists) dead or alive what would you go for? Blimey! Well. I would give my left arm (I need my right) to have Quincy Jones do 'Head on Me'. I reckon that would be pretty sick and also, I was drunk the other night and I thought it would be a good idea to write Timberland an email asking him to save the pop world from all the RnB auto-tune euro trash awfulness that's in the charts at the moment. I didn't send it but I think it would be interesting to have him do 'Glory' or a really wonky Balls Bounce, maybe? I'm gonna think about this question some more cause it's a good one!


Free download: Stac "All Or Nothing" (Kidkanevil Rmx) / Stac "Head On Me" (Blue Daisy Rmx)

Purchase: Stac "Turn That Light Out" Remixes Vol. 2

Connect: @Stacca /





The Quixotic Tommy Tempa on Fragments, Found Sounds, and Wishlists [+Excl. Free Download]

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Tommy Tempa "Fragments" 

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How did you get the name Tommy Tempa? You seem so nice, do you loose your rag often?

Hehe, well yeah people have wondered that before, and I must say I wouldn't consider myself an angry kind of guy! Its actually tricky to remember when it stuck, but it definitely came from my teen years when I was big into break-dancing - and if you want to be a proper B-boy you've got to have your name right? Somehow ended up with Tempa - think perhaps it was my battle style? Hehe its just like a second name to me now.


Can you describe your creative process? Judging by the music I always imagine you begin by going for a quick jaunt through the rainforest with a tape recorder and spear.

If I lived in Brazil then you're pretty much spot on! I actually definitely do like to start with recording sounds I can find. Outdoors and indoors - kitchen utensils is always a favorite. I've got a tape recorder and a dictaphone which add nice character to field recordings, street recordings etc... plus I like to multi-sample instruments. The thumb piano on 'Fragments' for instance, that way I can play it on the keys and twist it up with effects or pitch it etc quite easily. I've got things like a beautiful hissy recording of a grand piano, and a spinet from a museum all mapped out on a sampler which is great to use. Sampling from records I don't really do so much in a direct sense. I usually just start with any small noise and manipulate it beyond recognition and work from there.


Are you a particularly quixotic person or is it just the EP? 

Well as far as I understand the meaning of the word I would say when I was making the EP it definitely came from that quite idealistic, romantic train of thought - when you can just be lost in your own little musical world and not care about who or what scene is gonna like it and how to sell it etc. So yeah its a quixotic EP! And perhaps it sums up my general attitude towards the music industry and my part in it...


Whilst we're on the subject of idealism, what is the optimum situation for this EP to be listened to in? If I had my way I'd go for a swimming pool in Plastic People.  I love it! This is gonna have to happen for the release party. It wouldn't be too hard to sort right? (Actually we are having one but not sure of details yet - will keep you posted). Well I would say ideally not skipped through on laptop speakers hehe, and all in order - the tracks are intended to lead on to each other. But however people are comfortable I guess... Just with open ears.


You have a habit of remixing that which should never be touched (Micachu, Caribou etc) and somehow pulling it off with great success - any collaborations in the pipeline? [If not who would you like to work with?] Ha! Thanks! Yeah you mentioned two of my wishes right there... Well I actually live with some very musical people; Raisa from Micachu and The Shapes, and Olly from another band The Laurel Collective, plus a girl who's a classical double bassist. Theres definite passing of ideas going on - watch this space! Got one or two other people there's ideas forming with as well... Animal Collective would definitely be another on the wishlist, I love the kind of free-wheeling nature of their music. Maybe one day!


Free Download: "Fragments" 

Purchase: Tommy Tempa "The Quixotic" EP

Connect: @tommytempa /



Tanya Auclair on Origami, Her Rules, and Music of Minimal Means →

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Travel and movement have always been good catalysts for me when it comes to writing, whether its the rhythm of your stride or the random stuff you get up to or the newness of it all...

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It was a long time before I started to really notice songwriting, it was fairly incidental, as long as it wasn't cheesy (though to tell the truth the cheesier the better circa 1998) I was OK with it. Fast forward to 2011 and an inbox full of rappers refusing to say what they think about anything of genuine import to them (let alone anyone else), and a matching set of female singer-songwriters whose sole preoccupation seems to be love, or lack thereof. Tanya Auclair is more of a gale of wind than a breath of fresh air in comparison, so I thought I'd check whether she's asexual or just being creative. - I’ve searched high and low but can’t find a single “ooh baby I love you/ you broke my heart etc etc”, is it safe to assume the inspiration behind this EP was not your love life?

Haha! Yes, zero tolerance on the smoochy time policy on this EP. I kind of set myself these little ‘rules’ before setting out on the record. 1) no love songs 2) write everything live before even sniffing a computer… The rules were really just tools to push my songwriting skills. Its easy to write about love, I wanted to get better at telling stories.  -

What exactly is a Sverige?

Sverige started out as an epic poem I wrote for my mates after we did a road trip round Sweden. Travel and movement have always been good catalysts for me when it comes to writing, whether its the rhythm of your stride or the random stuff you get up to or the newness of it all. That trip set me off, soon as I got back I wrote the EP Thrum. The lyrics ‘Hear that whistle blow’ is the call you hear when something needs to be done.


Your last EP Thrum was a solo effort but for Origami you've worked with other people, what prompted the change and how did the process differ?

With the first EP it was me locked in my room with a Zoom recorder, Fruityloops and some instruments. This time I just wanted to try the opposite. I wanted to write and record as much of it ‘live’ as possible, rather than it kind of living on the computer. This last year I’ve been working with the brilliant drummer Joe Allen, and more recently double-bassist Arista Hawkes – and its really been a time of exploring making music of minimal means, whether by myself, in duo or trio. They’re such sick players that I had to have them and their personalities on the record. Then Jack Allett got on board to record/co-produce and he was also really into the idea of keeping the elements minimal. We managed to blag 6 hours of downtime in a studio to record the core parts, then all the rest was done in friends kitchens and flats. This time I’ve also been lucky enough to collaborate with some great filmmakers - Will Hanke on the ‘Gabriel’ video and Eleni Savvidou on the trailer for ‘Origami’.


Whilst we're on the subject, your solo show involves an almost annoyingly impressive number of instruments, how many do you play (please list) and will the list continue to expand exponentially?

At the moment I’m playing Microkorg, ukulele, guitar, melodihorn, sticks, shaker and sampling my voice. I’m still having fun messing about with this set up, but definitely up for new elements, as long as it can fit in my granny trolley (what I cart all my equipment in) 


Your cover of "Gabriel" by Roy Davis Jr ft Peven Everett was rather beautiful, but if you could collaborate with anyone who would top the list?

Ingoma Nshya – the hottest drum troupe I’ve ever seen. They’re a company of female drummers from Rwanda – the first of its kind - traditionally women weren’t allowed to drum, but they broke the mould. Imagine being backed by 10 or 12 women dancing like cranes and drumming like thunder?! Powpow!


Purchase: "Origami" is out now on Bandcamp

Connect:  @tanyaauclair /