This week’s Sunday mixtape comes from local beat maker Chad Krobrian aka Coredor who is currently producing exciting things out of his bedroom. Set to release an EP next week, we thought it a great chance to feature him and hear the sounds he is currently digging ahead of his release titled ‘Munchies Odyssey’, (a tribute to early Play Station titles such as Abe’s Odyssey, for you late 90’s gamers out there). We got the chance to listen to some demoes from the EP and they are banging! which means we can’t wait for it to drop. The mixtape we have for you here today features a bunch of sounds out of the US that are currently influencing Chad and it’s a doozy. Anyway enough talk, time to listen, enjoy!
Tell us about your musical background?
I used to play piano when I was a kid and then moved onto drums when I was in high school. My entry to electronic music was probably through discovering Kraftwerk and Aphex Twin with a friend when we were around 15, and then that led (via artists like Portishead and Massive Attack) to getting heavily into hip-hop where I’ve stayed for the last four or so years. I was really into percussion-heavy music in which the drummer was the focus, and as a result I think a lot of my beats focus much more on the rhythm than the melodies.
How did you get started producing music?
I think the first time I started consciously making “beats” was in 2007, primarily with Sony Acid Pro. Being able to figure out the beat mapper meant that my beats were more sample-heavy than what I do now, since I didn’t have access to any VSTs. From there I moved onto Logic in 2009 and I’ve stuck to that since.
Give us a short explanation of your creative process, what sort of stuff goes into creating and releasing a track?
I really just use Logic, Maschine, the EXS sampler and LSDJ to make songs now, with Zebra 2 or FM8 for synth leads + pads. In my spare time I take my laptop down to Guzman Y Gomez and mung out on burritos while I make my tracks. Engaging with a lot of music (whether just listening on Soundcloud or going to live gigs) is an important part of the process too.
I hear you have a release in the works. What can you tell us about it?
It’s called “Munchies Odyssey” in tribute to the Oddworld PSX games. Last thing I properly released was an EP in 2012, I was (and still am) working on an album called 2303 but I decided to take a few songs from it and make an EP in the meantime. Some of the Munchies Odyssey tracks are very recent, a few weeks old even, but there are one or two that I’m fairly sure date back to late 2012. I feel like I’ll be more musically productive now I’ve refocused. This EP will be the first new release on 5peed$nail and my new label MURDER IS NOT A CRIME. It features verses from TVMPST (who I produce for in our group King Rataxes) & Supa Sortahuman and scratching from Hamish Radford.
Finally, tell us a bit about the songs you chose in your mixtape. What drew you to them?
I’m featuring some rappers and producers mostly from the US that I’ve followed for a few years. I like how introspective a lot of the beats are, and I think that’s why I’m so drawn to the production style.
01 Denzel Curry - Stadium Starship
This one was only released a few days ago but felt like the most appropriate one to feature. His album Nostalgic 64 has some of the most original production I’ve heard in a while, with really otherworldly sounds and drum production (especially on Parents and A Day in the Life of Denzel Curry Pt 2). This track is more sombre than a lot of the album tracks. I really like the vocal samples and the pads.
02 Ryan Hemsworth - Against a Wall (ft. Lofty305)
I saw this track come up on my Facebook feed a few months ago and it’s casually been stuck in my head since then. It’s nice and upbeat, and puts me in a positive mood whenever I listen to it. Repeatedly listening to it also heaps me appreciate some of the more subtle production techniques, like the weird mouth popping sounds in the background (at least that’s what I think that sound is). I'm gonna go see him on Sunday in Newcastle.
03 Xavier Wulf - Kurokumo
I’m not sure what the sample source is (assuming it’s sampled) but the piano in this song is so nice. I think this is the hardest X Wulf has gone in ages too, it seems like on paper it wouldn’t work to have such a hyped delivery over such a relaxed and introspective beat but it comes together 100%.
04 Jet Age of Tomorrow - Telephones
I remember when Jet Age released this album, it was around 3am in the morning for me and I needed to go to Coles to get some food. I rode my bike in the rain while listening to this track (even though it’s the last track my MP3 player cued it up first) and found myself super immersed in it. The beat is unusual but fits the lush production really well. Probably one of the least interesting music related anecdotes I’ve told but ey. The song is cool.
05 Lil Ugly Mane - Uneven Compromise ()))____◎◎◎◎█████)
Maybe it’s pushing it to feature a ten minute song but I think this track is an opus. His production style is ominous and eerie as hell, and I think it’s kind of inimitable too. I’m looking forward to his mysterious last project/boxset that’s been mentioned lately (fingers crossed it’s actually not a farewell project). I admire how low-key and humble he is. Mista Thug Isolation is a cult classic for sure.
06 Vince Staples - Nate (ft James Fauntleroy)
This was only released a week or so ago but it’s gotten me reasonably hyped for his upcoming project. I’ve known him only by his guest verses in the past but I downloaded Stolen Youth recently and it’s pretty great, Mac Miller/Larry Fisherman is surprisingly impressive as a producer too.
07 fwdslxsh & MD$ - Got Me Saying
This is a track I heard only a few weeks ago. I haven't had the chance to check out more of the producer's work but I thought I'd include it because of how often I've played it lately. Hooked me from the first sample.
Follow Chad below and keep an ear out for his EP drop next week!
twitter: @coredor1 / @minac_420