To be released on 26th March 2012 on Tokyo Dawn Records, but available now for preview and pre-order, is this… The latest album from Oakland, California group Blaktroniks, entitled ‘Ready Set Blow’.
You might, like me, be wondering why a group from Oakland, California would be releasing an album on a German record label, with an album cover clearly depicting a Greggs on an English high street… I’m sorry, I can’t help you. I like it though. It’s what made me want to listen to the album, in fact.
If you’ve been keeping up with previous TDR releases, you’ll have heard a variety of tracks and remixes from Blaktroniks, but this is their first album for the label, and in my opinion fits nicely with the progression of both the group and the label.
Favourite track for me is ‘Occupy’, which features Edward Robinson over a track which wouldn’t sound out of place at the Bruk Up! event I’ve been twittering on about for what seems like an eternity. Perhaps while they’ve been over in the UK visiting Greggs, they’ve been paying attention to the apparent resurgence of broken beat music over here?
As usual, the kind people at TDR have allowed me to share a track with you from the album, and so naturally ‘Occupy’ is the track that I’ve chosen:
Preview / pre-order the album here from the TDR site.
For more on Blaktroniks, visit their site: http://www.urbanindependence.blogspot.com
Also, Blaktroniks on Discogs.
LATE EDIT: While you’re over on the TDR site, scroll down to the bottom of their Catalogue page, and you’ll find a few albums available for free download, that you won’t be able to find in the shops any more. Be sure to stock up on previous releases you might have overlooked too, they’re all worth a listen.