This weeks Chat & Mix comes from Wakefield born, London based beat producer Alvin Lee Ryan. He’s dished us up some brilliant tunes a little further away from our normal scope of dance-floor friendly beats from increbily soulful pop from Lion Babe to weird old FlyLo, and psychedelic rap man of the moment Chance The Rapper there’s some real gems in here that will leave you reaching for the track list!
With a particular penchant for complex rhythms, Alvin’s drum programming is astounding – no doubt due to previous work as a professional drummer for artists such as Clark (Warp), Debian Blak (Audio Donuts) and Black Gold Buffalo amongst others. The title track of his debut EP “Yes Is The Word” is off-kilter and ravey whilst maintaining a taut structure that beautifully showcases the talents of featured Los Angeles vocalist Genevieve Artadi.
Alvin has some great collaborations coming up, remixes for Raffertie, Debian Blak, and others, and is currently finishing up a second EP.
I asked Alvin to describe for us the idea behind the mix he’s provided:
“With the mix I wanted make a real nice progression from laid back to a little more dancey, sharing some beats I’m really feeling right now, including some producers that people may not have heard yet. Knx (who produced the homeboy sandman track) makes such warm, lop-sided, organic sounding beats – such nice movement to them. he’s a massive inspiration. Also Brandun DeShay who produced the Chance track. Incidentally I’m doing a my next single with Kiara Lanier, a featured vocalist on the Chance record.
As the mix progresses it moves into more dancey tones, we have Royce Wood Junior who I think one of the most interesting producers around right now, a cool Debian Blak remix, an old FlyLo track and finishing up with this LA band called Knower. Knower are one of the few artists around that can make dance music in odd time that flows real nice – this track “Around” is like 3/4 rave pop. It blows my mind. They make brilliant videos too!”
Don’t forget to check out Alvin’s Soundcloud to listen to more of his own productions
With all that in mind – click the link below!
DOWNLOAD [File > Save As]Tracklist: Treat Me Like Fire – Lion Babe Give you the world – Homeboy Sandman NaNa – Chance The Rapper feat Action Bronson, Produced Brandun Deshay Ersilia City – Alvin Lee Ryan Crush – Jai Paul (Jennifer Paige) Single Tear – Tyler James (Royce Wood Junior Remix) Push it – Debian Blak (Real Remix) Do the Astral Plane – Flying Lotus Around – Knower