HANDFUL: Beats from Walrii
Up-and-Coming Artists Preview Five Tracks That Have Inspired Their Music26-Jun-2012
From Onra’s reimagining of lost Vietnamese pop in his admired Chinoiseries volumes, to the 8,000 records owned by Dilla, DJs and producers are first and foremost lovers and obsessive collectors of music. With the rise of sites like SoundCloud and Bandcamp, your average music-fancier is just as likely listening to a bedroom producer they uncovered the night before as the radio. Whilst they’re normally known for their up-all-night habits and bedroom-lurking ways, as well as a bit of a geekery for the latest Ableton program, it is often forgotten that these internet-based artists took their inspiration from a dusty record or two. You can use the scrolling above to listen to each track the artist has selected.
In HANDFUL we showcase up and coming artists and the tracks that inspired their own ambitions into music, starting with Brisbane-based DJ and producer Walrii. Isaac Ismail, a founding member of Brisbane’s forward thinking multimedia promotional crew, Dank Morass, has been creating and spinning some of the most avant-garde future bass music since his late teens. Kicking off the Brisbane scene by promoting Flying Lotus in 2008, he is an avid record collector as well as a heartfelt beat-maker. His handful of beats vary from classic soul to the latest bass-music, and you can stream his latest tracks Weaver and Return (Yet to Learn) below.
Ill Suono – Angel Beat (Dabrye Remix)
“This distinct tone and sound palette with swung groove is a precursor to the indefinable balance of human and machine that is so much a part of modern bass music, particularly witch house and the resurgence of R&B. This is hip-hop to the bone marrow however.”
GB (Gifted and Blessed) – Grandfather Fire
“GB has been hard at work for a while with astounding quality and quantity. I have particularly been feeling his move toward analogue hardware explorations and his ethos of mapping spontaneous thought patterns through his music.”
Dust Storm Jogger – Get On It
“I had the pleasure of working with this mysterious artist (at a factory) and getting to know him, his music and obsession with tape. He’s got stacks of tapes from the past 10 or so years, most of which no one has heard… until now. This track is circa 1999, made without using a computer.”
Rift – Yards
“Rift’s ear for balance and heart always astounds me, and working with him on our track Weaver was a learning experience indeed. Cop the free download too!”
Marvin Gaye – Sad Tomorrows
“A solemn and classy number about drugs or love or both. Beautifully composed around Marvin’s vocals, which sit like velvet amongst the strings.”
More beats and remixes over at Walrii’s SoundCloud.