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Paul White - The Strange Dreams Of Paul White



Paul White The Strange Dreams Of Paul White
Paul White - The Strange Dreams Of Paul White
(CD) One-Handed HANDCD001, 2009-06-08

Paul White's debut album (and the first on One Handed) is a 21 track magic carpet ride of crate-digging psychedelia that takes in film soundtracks, hip hop, reggae, and his beloved progressive rock. The Strange Dreams Of Paul White matches the hazy ambience of Boards Of Canada with the spontaneity and ruggedness of Wu Tang Clan's RZA or Madlib, showing just why the young South Londoner is so widely admired by his peers in the increasingly fertile beats scene.

Paul White The Strange Dreams Of Paul White
Paul White - The Strange Dreams Of Paul White
(CD) One-Handed HANDCD001, 2009-06-08

Tracklisting :
01. Cheese Special & A Draw 1:45
02. Flying Across Tokyo 1:44
03. The Uprising Of The Insane 1:16
04. Time Wars 1:44
05. City Bright Lights 1:56
06. Alien Nature 2:48
07. One Eye Open 1:23
08. The Composers' Comeback 1:35
09. Burnt By The Sun 2:16
10. Waiting For Time 3:19
11. Sugar Free Airlines 1:32
12. Floating Free 1:49
13. Looking Out To See 1:50
14. Surfing Off The Coast Of Mexico 2:05
15. The Magic Tunetop 0:54
16. Road Rage 1:28
17. Sea Life 1:20
18. The Punch Drummer 2:13
19. Sleep Clapping 2:14
20. Let Your Imagination Go 1:00
21. Can't Sleep Make Music 1:39

Links:
myspace.com/paulmw
paulwhite.bandcamp.com

Press Release :
Paul White's debut album (and the first on One Handed) is a 21 track magic carpet ride of crate-digging psychedelia that takes in film soundtracks, hip hop, reggae, and his beloved progressive rock. 'The Strange Dreams Of Paul White' matches the hazy ambience of Boards Of Canada with the spontaneity and ruggedness of Wu Tang Clan's RZA or Madlib, showing just why the young South Londoner is so widely admired by his peers in the increasingly fertile beats scene. A peculiarly-talented library producer with BBC and Channel 4 credits to his name, Paul White's earliest transmissions took the form of a series of mesmerizing beat tapes: rapid-fire scrapbooks of rough-edged audio artifacts passed between small circles of music-loving friends and aficionados. A couple of sought-after 7"s and a handful of remixes later and Paul's was the name to drop amongst the cognoscenti, from old-schoolers such as Ashley Beedle and Danny Breaks to new heads on the block like Gaslamp Killer and Hudson Mohawke. Amongst his most vocal champions is Mary Anne Hobbs, who has invited him to perform as one of three cutting-edge producers at Londonãs Roundhouse on 15th May.

Benji B and Gilles Peterson have also widely broadcast his skills, the latter recently featuring Paul in his 'Beat Generation' special amongst the pick of the new breed. In print, Dazed & Confused enthused that he 'embodies all that is good about a new generation of producers' while FACT magazine have tipped Paul as a key practitioner in the renaissance in abstract instrumental hip hop. This last phrase is perhaps a key to distinguishing Paul from much of the pack: while he appeals to lovers of prog rock, electronica, and a multitude of bass-heavy hybrids, there's something unmistakeably 'two turntables' in his approach and sound, even if he hasn't looked for where the microphone plugs in.

Reviews and features confirmed in Dazed & Confused, Hip Hop Connection, FACT, and more to come. 'White really knows his stuff and has an uncommon lightness of touch, resulting in an album which ultimately flies free of genre constraints and expectations into a realm altogether more cosmic and dreamlike, strongly influenced by Boards of Canada and their peerless synthesis of pastoral textures and gut-punching electronics. One of the best albums yet from the current wave of smart hip hop producers - although you can draw myriad connections to peers and influences, you also get the impression that nobody else could've made this album, and you need to check it.'

Dollars to Pounds: Paul White and Bullion Interview & Mixes
This week we have exclusive mixes from Brit beatheads Paul White and Bullion who both sprung from little London label One-Handed Music, which sounds like a joke about the autoerotic nature of esoteric instrumental hip-hop. Thankfully there is no musical masturbation here. Bullion all but willed Summer 2009 into life with his luminous Young Heartache EP while his friend and label-mate's forthcoming LP, The Strange Dreams Of Paul White conjures a hallucinatory world which owes as much to guitarists dressed as wizards and epic songs about Stonehenge as it does to turntables and microphones. I asked the pair a series of increasingly irritating questions.

When I was small I used to play a game with my brother and sister called Not Allowed To Touch The Carpet. It involved climbing and jumping around the house while avoiding the biggest and most obvious spaces. We stopped playing when my brother impaled his forehead on a stone windowsill by the front door. He's fine now. Cool scar. During this interview we're going to play Not Allowed To Mention Dilla. Who is your favourite hip-hop producer?
Paul White: Has to be Madlib, his creativity is so endless, the fact that he does it for him and for fun, the rawness, the innovation...and his discipline and dedication has been a major inspiration to me!
Bullion: It changes. Right now it's Paul White.

What other producers do you like?
Bullion: As far as hip-hop goes I like Edan a lot. Tightface is really good too, proper original London sound. I like whoever produced this band called Caravan in the Seventies - warm sounds!
Paul White: To be honest I'm listening more and more to just old records, but Bullion has been a big inspiration, we have long prog rock chats. Oh No, Kankick, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Dam Funk, some good friends of mine Sir Real and Tightface, I need to listen to more producers to be honest!

Paul, your album is called The Strange Dreams Of… I used to have a recurring dream about being stuck in a maze and being chased by huge boulders while my family watched from a nearby patio set. What's the strangest dream you've had?
Paul White: I have a recurring dream about never getting to surf. I'm always about to and something crazy happens, like the water disappears. But one of the strangest has to be when I was just an energy ball floating about. I could travel through anything, see everything, even myself. The feeling it gave me just being energy and not a person, it was crazy!

Bullion, let's talk about Time For Us All To Love. It's like bottled sunshine and arrived just as everyone was getting really sick of winter. Are you going to specialize in Optimistic Summer Jams?
Bullion: That'd be fun and everything, but I'd be stuck for the rest of the year when the weather's rubbish! Plus I never really sit down and decide to do any type of track. It's just whatever feels good at the time.

I hear you're doing a lot of remixes. What are you working on?
Bullion: I finished a few recently - Bat For Lashes, Amadou & Mariam and King Creosote.

What do you both think about all this Beat Generation stuff? Do you feel like there is a movement?
Paul White: To be honest what I love to do is just be in the studio making music, so I don't really think about that stuff. There definitely is a community of beat makers supporting each other though, which is really good!
Bullion: I hear a lot of it about so I guess there must be some kind of a movement. There's definitely a community of people in London who are into that stuff, but I don't think everyone is consciously trying to be part of that scene. It's just a lot of shared influences and tastes I reckon.

Some people think instrumental hip-hop producers are a bit humourless. What do you think?
Bullion: Bollocks.
Paul White: I think that's funny. The main reason I make music is to have a laugh and have fun. I try to put that in my music too sometimes.

Paul White FADER Mix :
Intro
King Stitt - Herbsman - Trojen
Todd Rundgren - International Feel - Bearsville
BBC Radiophonic Orchestra - Doctor Who - BBC Records
Peter Baumann - This Day - Virgin
Joe Zawinul - In A Silent Way - Atlantic
Todd Rundgren - Never Never Land - Bearsville
Paul White - Highlife - Unreleased
Paul White - Universal Thoughts - Unreleased
Paul White - Alien Attack - Unreleased
Paul White - Get Em Up - Unreleased
Jo Jo Bennett - Leaving Rome -Trojen
Batucada Fantastica - Atabaques E Surdos - Musidisc
George Duke - OMI (Fresh Water) - Epic
Gong - And You Tried So Hard - Virgin
Utopia - Singring And The Glass Guitar - Bearsville
Paul White - Time Wars (Extended Version) - One Handed-Music

Download MP3 : Paul White's FADER Mix

Bullion FADER Mix :
Brother Ah - Love Piece
Tightface - Track 24
David Earle Johnson - Grandma's House
Leon's Creation - Until You Were Gone
Ahu - Bitches Of The Past (Bullion Mix)
John Martyn - Smiling Stranger
Modern Sound Corporation - Safari
Maximum Joy - Searching For A Feeling
The Beloved - 1000 Years From Today (Todd Edwards' Dub Mix)
Breakbeat Era - Bullitproof (Steve Gurley Mix)
The Soulful Strings - Within You Without You
Paul White - So Far Away
Candi Staton - You Don't Love Me No More
Kraan - Young King's Song
Harvey Mandel - Shangrenade
B.W.H. - Stop
Bullion - Crazy Over You

Download MP3 : Bullion's FADER Mix
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m4rce1 m4rce1 ·  05 January 2010, 18:35

where can i find the genius song "Ahu - Bitches Of The Past (Bullion Mix)" ?

bernard bernard ·  10 February 2010, 13:47

im looking for a Tight Face prod...maybe im too lame but i cant find anything..no ep, no cd, no mp3s...is there a secret way ?
thanks for your openminded mixes!

bernard


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