The second volume of our ‘Worldwide Family’ series comes courtesy of LA native Kutmah, London’s recently transplanted DJ, producer, visual artist and eternal beat-seeker. Kutmah is a king amongst cratediggers; a musical iconoclast who has gained respect and recognition the globe over. There’s a certain grace that follows Kutmah’s every creative pursuit: an attention to detail, an intricacy, a mysticism. Both his visual work and musical explorations conjure a feeling of entering a new world.read more
For the underground music and arts community of Los Angeles (and a worldwide legion of supporters) Kutmah is one of their most mercurial creatives, leading the city’s inimitable artistic renaissance. Starting his Sketchbook Sessions in 2004 at Little Temple alongside Take, Eric Coleman (Mochilla) and DJ Nobody (Low End Theory), the city’s first instrumental beats and art night paved the way for the likes of Low End Theory and Brainfeeder.
First and foremost Kutmah is a DJ. His devotion to the art form borders on obsessive and his energy is infectious. Perpetually ahead of the pack, his DJ sets and NTS Radio playlists are crammed with new heat harvested from his Worldwide Family and his passion and commitment to the discovery and promotion of new talent mirrors ours. Curating the second volume in this series, his is a fitting tribute to the breadth and depth of talent blossoming in our beloved Worldwide underground.
With ‘Worldwide Family Vol. 2’, Kutmah not only brings back the art of being a selector, but he has also decided to create a compilation with his fellow DJ in mind. It’s not a 60min Ableton mix, with fast, easily digestible soundbites of songs – in fact, it’s not mixed at all. It’s a wonderfully deep collection of tracks that each merit your undivided attention and appreciation. Not content with simply curating the sonics, Kutmah has painstakingly created all of the artwork – the fruits of numerous all night sessions with pen, ink and sketchbook – collaborating with his good friend Brandy Flower (Hit+Run LA).
Choosing 21 adventurous, idiosyncratic tracks, most of which have never officially been released, each record here is a push-pull journey in itself: at once calm and restless, sanguine and dystopian, beautiful and devastating, freeing and arresting. There’s something for the heartbeat, with uplifting and floating forays – and something for the heartbreak, at times feeling melancholic and torn… not forgetting something for the head-fuck, with many disorienting, raw moments tucked in for good measure.
A truly epic culture clash, ‘Worldwide Family Vol.2’ is not only a genuine reflection of Kutmah’s deep-seated LA roots and his new home in London, but it is symbolic of the reciprocal flow of ideas that ignites mutual inspiration in these two cultural capitals. His family in Los Angeles stand strong, proudly contributing exclusive jam after exclusive jam from the likes of Mono/Poly, Dibia$e, FlyLo, Samiyam, Jonwayne, Seven Davis Jr., The Darkhorsemen… the roll call here is a clear sign of the respect and affection that extends to Kutmah and a reflection of his longstanding and unwaivering commitment to the promotion of the West Coast’s experimental music and art subcultures. Arriving in London little more than a year ago, via a US Detention Centre and a short stay in Manchester, the influence of UK bass culture has seeped into the LA exile’s subconscious – just listen to the way ESMK’s ‘Blunt Hopes’ flips into its twitchy UKG cadence, or the rise and fall of fLako and Dirg Gerner’s eerily beautiful opus ‘Lonely Town’.
Worldwide Family Vol. 2 is a hypnotic backspin through shuffling beats, smoky ideas, moonlit melodies and colourful bass landscapes that leave the listener filled with wonder and curiosity. The tracks Kutmah selected are all so intriguing, in fact, that we predict you’ll fall into a deep rabbit hole of Googling each producer to find out more… just as we did the first time that we listened.
Mo Kolours // Groundislava // ESMK // Seven Davis Jr. // Slugabed // Sam Irl & Ritornell // Dibia$e // Hudson Mohawke // Tehbis // Lapti // Shash’U // The Darkhorsemen // Samiyam // Mono/Poly // Bruce Haack // Tadd Mullinix // Flying Lotus // Dakim // Doc Daneeka & Abigail Wyles // Gaby Hernandez // fLakoclose info
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