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Playlist: Mazoulew

Mazoulew - Retrospective

UK producer Mazoulew takes inspiration from various genres such as trip-hop, Motown, acid jazz and drum&bass.

His new single ‘Retrospective’ leans to the more ambient electronica instrumental with a focus on leaving the city and heading to the great unknown. To coincide with its release, he has put together an eclectic mix of songs for an Indietronica playlist.

You’ll be surprised at what songs he’s chosen!

Fugees – The Mask
The score was actually the first record I ever bought, I paid £1.5 in a charity shop for the cassette that I played so much it wore out completely. Definitely a defining album for me personally.

DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain Of
I mean, Shadow kinda set the pace for the rest of us back in the day, what he did with the Endtroducing record was just beyond anything else at the time.

Massive Attack – Dissolved Girl
This album sounds as good today as it did 22 years ago when they dropped it, there is nothing else to say, it’s just a masterpiece and it truly opened my eyes and ears to new ideas.

RJD2 – Smoke & Mirrors
Like Shadow, RJD2 just shows you how it should be done, his approach to sampling and composition is second to none. His music has consistently stayed at the forefront of my life since I was introduced to him in the early 2000’s.

Eskmo – Cloudlight
I remember the first time I heard this track it was so fresh and inspiring to me. Most artists nowadays fall into traps within genres, Eskmo punch a hole in this for me and delivered a sound that I never really thought about before.

Gonzales – Overnight
I had to include this record as I think we can sometimes get a bit lost with the production and technology available to us, we can now manipulate and modulate anything into anything. Personally I think it’s important not to lose the fundamental of great composition and harmony.

Amon Tobin – Lost and Found
Amon is another producer that changed my life and my music tastes forever. His ability to reimagine sounds, manipulate source material, taking things that were never designed to go together and make them sound like they had always been that way is simply inspired.

Brushy One String – Grays in My Blues
I included Brushy for much the same reasons that I included Gonzales. When I heard this record a few things struck me, the fact that it is recorded on the side of the road and that brushy only has one string on a beat-up guitar. There is nothing fancy, no tricks or anything to hide behind, it’s just emotion and art in a very pure form.

Foreign Beggars – One Take
It’s with a heavy heart that yesterday I learned my friend Ebow Graham (Metropolis) passed away. The Foreign Beggars made a huge impact on my life and my music. I played ‘Asylum Speakers’ over and over while I was studying, then when I moved to London and actually became friends with these guys I felt incredibly honoured and lucky to have them in my life.

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
It’s a strange time to be alive in 2020, every day you can turn on the news and for one reason or another there is reason to get a little stressed out with things, to say the least. I think we all need to remember, between all the headlines and noise, there really is some amazing stuff happening in the world still and we should all take a minute sometimes to stop and appreciate it.

Sounds like: Bicep, Kidnap, Model Man, Lane 8, Jamie xx

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Interview with Ripsy May

Ripsy May

Ripsy May

‘Black Wine’ is singer-songwriter Ripsy May’s debut release. The video, created by the same production team behind Joyrich’s campaigns, is a perfect depiction of the song’s more profound message; in which the phrase ‘black wine’ could be seen as synonymous with the role media plays in today’s conflicts of race and identity.

‘Third-culture kid’ aka “Rip” (an Armenian born in Latvia, and raised in London after the Soviet collapse, but currently living in Los Angeles) is hard to pinpoint. With her unconventional background, comes her unconventional sound.

We wanted to find out more…

Why did you start making music?

Hard to answer – I grew up listening to music and always celebrated it. But to be specific, it was about 2 years ago that I decided to pursue music full-time.

We know very little about you, but your music is already picking up a lot of traction on social media. Why do you think this is?

I have absolutely no idea. I wasn’t on social media before the day of the release. It’s hard to say what makes something successful or not – especially if it’s something creative. But I didn’t have any set rules or guidelines when creating the song or working on the visual – I think that can be very freeing, and perhaps that’s what people caught on to. I must say that I have an amazing team – Gabby (Endacott) has worked in management/A&R for a while and Kearra (Nicolle) is a digital media queen – their hustle definitely helped push it forward.

Describe your sound in three words. 

Honest, varied, and sometimes a little weird.

The video to your single, ‘Black Wine’, has an awesome concept behind it. Tell us some more about it!

The video is essentially a group of different people being subjected to different stresses, and then coming out of it. You get to watch them go through the different experiences, and ‘Black Wine’ is my word for propaganda in the song – so it’s watching them fight, or accept it. I could go on, but I want the viewer to have their own experiences of the song, and video.

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

Definitely the old cats. Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, the Bee Gees, Queen

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I love Tame Impala – who doesn’t? But I also think the most recent Alabama Shakes’ record is brilliant.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, Santigold, SBTRKT, Foxtrott

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