One of the best current producers in Holland, COCO BRYCE, just dropped a really great mixtape on the blog of that great bunch of guys from ROTTERDAM called LOWRIDERS, there’s also a great interview, so read below and blast the music daawwg! here we goooo:
COCO BRYCE – LOWRIDERS MIXTAPE001
The first in our series of mixtapes is here! This one is done by our friend and fellow Lowrider Coco Bryce. Formerly more active in the Tekno scene, he has now made the switch over to the skweee and hip hop territories. After releases on Harmönia and Myor (which was coined as one of our 2009 favorites) and some new tunes coming up these months, he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on. Check out the tracklist and interview we did with him after the jump!
1. ELIOT LIPP – FLASHLIGHT (HEFTY)
2. RUSTIE & 215 TFK – CAFE DE PHRESH (STUFF)
3. CANDY HANK & MC SHADE – WE ALL GO TO DIE TONIGHT (SONIG)
4. SAMIYAM – RETURN (HYPERDUB)
5. MAD MEN – KANZULU (HUM DRUMS)
6. 1000 NAMES – TERMINAL 5 (CDR)
7. COCO BRYCE – SLECHTE RIP OFF (CDR)
8. REKORDAH – BEDROOM SUITE (SOON TO BE RELEASED ON POLLEN)
9. POGFLIPPER – ANTHOLOGY – COCO BRYCE REMIX (CDR)
10. STARKEY – OK LUV – EPROM REMIX (PLANET MU)
11. COCO BRYCE – DIS CAM BELIE (CDR)
12. DEBRUIT – KO DEBOUT (CIVIL MUSIC)
interview with HERR BRYCE:
Please introduce yourself, where do you live and what do you do?
Senor Coco, residing in Breda, which is in the south of the Netherlands, right next to the Belgian border. DJ turned producer, and in REAL life I’m a messenger boy, about 3 days a week, which leaves me with just enough time to get some music done every once in a while..
Tell us a little bit about the mix you did.
well, I put in a couple of my fav tunes from the last few years, some unreleased tunes by myself and this fresh little gem by ‘1000 names’ which they were kind enough to supply me with..
I’ve been doing all my mixes in ableton lately.. I don’t own cdj’s and i barely buy vinyl anymore, and since I already had ableton to produce with it kinda figured to do my mixes in there as well..
About your production setup….. just Ableton?
Yup, Ableton, one plug-in (Vstation) and a shitload of random cut up samples.. I first started out with some hardware though. Got a TR505 drumcomputer from my uncle, then I bought these second hand crappy Korg machines and an Alesis drumcomputer. Did most of my tekno stuff on this set up. Later on I also got a Yamaha workstation sampler from a friend of mine on which I did some hip hop beats and inbetween all of that a lot of Fruity Loops tunes as well. But right now it’s all and only Ableton. I can get about a million times more stuff done on just that than on my hardware set up. But then again, mine is a pretty poor set up…
What is your musical background?
I guess my first love would have to be hip hop, though when i started dj’ing it was mostly hardcore and breakbeat rave, then tekno, funk, more hip hop, electro, club stuff, basically anything danceable, though i’ve never been too keen on trance ..didn’t really dig dubstep when I first heard it, but I got pretty heavily into that stuff as well since Joker and Zomby etc started putting out records.. though lots of folks will argue that to be dubstep…
Skweee originated from Scandinavia, there are some US and Spanish labels popping up, but it’s still fairly unknown in the Netherlands. How did you come in contact with the sound and when did you decide to produce?
To be honest i think it’s still fairly unknown everywhere exept for maybe finland and sweden. I mean, it’s spreading around, but it’s still a pretty niche thing. I first heard that term (skweee) used by Sjak (DMDN from Antenne and Trigga). He saw me buying all that hip hop-ish dubstep stuff at his store and gave me some Flogsta and Harmönia records to check out. It wasn’t really the skweee stuff that got me into producing though. I used to do a lot of tekno n break stuff under a different moniker, some hip hop beats as well… then through listening to Madlib 24/7 I got well into those crooked beats, into Flylo and Dabrye (which Hans, SIMcommander, tipped me!!) etc.. so I did a bunch of tunes and sent some over to Tatu at Harmönia and they put this ghetto freaks track on their compilation (thx a lot!!).. so now I’m a skweee producer I guess
With the newest Harmonia compilation being received very well by all the critics and other new compilations in the pipeline, would you reckon 2010 to be an important year for skweee? Maybe even pivotal?
Yeah, I guess so.. I HOPE it will be for sure. Though I think it’ll blend more with all the other crazy beats stuff going on right now. For example, Rekordah is working on this compilation right now which has both skweee and more hip hop kind of stuff on it. And I think those 2 genres suit each other perfectly. Plus it’s not bound to any bpm (like dubstep is), so there’s a lot more different directions for it to evolve into when there’s less ‘restrictions’..
What artists have caught your attention lately?
Definitely Slugabed, I haven’t heard a single bad tune from him (yet )
Really dig Debruit, 1000 Names, Nino, Gemmy, Guido… basically all those dudes doing hip hop and dubstep-ish stuff with sweet synth sounds… and I’m a big fan of Samiyam and Zomby of course… as for the new new new dudes, i’d have to say Nino and Pixelord.
Any future projects coming up?
Got a couple of collabo’s in the pipelines with Slow Hands Motëm (some weird lo fi covers and him rapping to my beats), 1000 Names (snippet of the first tune is up on both our soundcloud pages) and AK Kids. Those last guys are working on an album consisting entirely of collabo’s. and i’m working on getting together some tracks for the next Myor release, which is going to be a compilation 12″ with Mesak, Nino, Saccage, myself and a couple of other guys. Plus I got some tunes coming out on 2 other comps. and I just did 2 remixes for Nino, of which at least 1 should be released somewhere this year I guess..
Some final words?
Big up yer chest!