Producing since the mid nineties, Ashley Anderson a.k.a. Katalyst initially produced under the moniker of Moonrock, releasing a self-titled album in '98 and tracks on "Cafe Del Mar" and "Dope on Plastic".
2002 saw the release of the Katalyst's debut album Manipulating Agent. The first release for INVADA Records, a label formed by himself and Geoff Barrow (Portishead). The album received an ARIA nomination, also winning "Best Producer" and "Best Album" at the 2002 Australian DMA’s.
What's Happening (2007) features J-Live, Stephanie McKay, Steve Spacek, Supernatural, Diverse, Katie Noonan, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Adalita (Magic Dirt), Hau (Koolism) and more. What's Happening was nominated for Triple j's prestigious J Award followed by another ARIA nomination in 2008.
The track “Imaginist” with Steve Spacek was in Giles Peterson’s top 20 tracks for 2008. Katalyst went on to form the group Space Invadas with Spacek. Their debut Soul Fi (INVADA/BBE Records) received an ARIA nomination.
His third and final ARIA-nominated album in the Katalyst trilogy Deep Impressions (2011) on INVADA/BBE. Guests included Stephanie McKay, Bootie Brown (Pharcyde), Buff 1 and more.
2012 saw Katalyst taking a new direction musically, starting with the release of Quakers on Stones Throw Records. Hailed as an instant classic - Quakers is a hip-hop collective of 35 members which orbits around a core of three producers: Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. 32 MCs include Dead Prez, Phat Kat, Guilty Simpson, Jonwayne, Prince Po and Booty Brown. The album made Giles Peterson’s Best of 2012 and iTunes UK “Best New Hip Hop Act”.
2015 is a big year for Katalyst with Quakers 2, Guilty Simpson’s next LP and new Space Invadas.
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Quakers are a 35-member hip-hop collective centered around three producers - Fuzzface (Geoff Barrow of Portishead), Katalyst (Ashley Anderson), and 7-Stu-7 (Stuart Matthews). Their album drops on Stones Throw on March 27.
This is the "Hip-Hop Quake Mix" by Katalyst, a 40-minute set featuring some of the work that has inspired the project.
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"According to us, Quakers self-titled debut album, a 41-track sample fuelled frenzy, is quite easily one of the best rap records of the year. To celebrate its release, Australian beatmaker Katalyst put together this exclusive 30-minute mix for us. Turn it up!" Dazed & Confused
I put this mixtape together as a prelude to my upcoming album - DEEP IMPRESSIONS coming in September. Apart from a few sneaky edits (to highlight the moments used by some of the best producers to have turned on a sampler) the tunes are as they appear on the original wax. This series is dedicated to one of my musical inspirations and heroes The Left Rev Eugene McDaniel's who passed away 29th July 2011. If your reading this and don't know who the great man was... do yourself a favour and get familiar! This is Part 1... more in the series to follow so stay tuned... Peace.
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Katalyst brings us the second installment in the Katalyst mixtape series. This time Katalyst teams up with Monster Children to bring you Children of the Apocalypse.
If you enjoyed Back to Basics you'll dig Children of the Apocalypse. Delving further into the crates of some of the best known producers to bring you a selection of familiar, yet not so familiar sounds. As the mix suggests, sit back get comfortable and enjoy. Brought to you by Katalyst in conjunction with our good friends at Monster Children.
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Another 60-minute mix of soul, funk, rock and more as sampled by some of the pioneers of hip hop. This is the last instalment in the series. If you haven't checked the other two, 'Back To Basics' and 'Children of the Apocalypse', check them here. This third mix is presented by the good peeps at InTheMix. Enjoy, peace.
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Quakers is a hip-hop collective boasting 35 members which orbits around a core of three producers: Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst.
Fuzzface is better known as Portishead's Geoff Barrow, a long-time Stones Throw supporter in touch with Peanut Butter Wolf since championing the Jaylib album back in 2004. 7-Stu-7 is Portishead's engineer and in-house producer at Invada Records in the UK. Katalyst is one of the most respected producers in Australia and a partner in Invada Records.
Disillusioned with much of the hip-hop around them, the like-minded producers set out to create the type of rap record they'd want to listen to. That meant gathering one of the most varied arrays
of talent ever seen on a hip-hop record. Rather than just sending beats to the hottest names of the moment, the producers sought out genuine collaborators, regardless of whether they were legendary or simply stumbled upon around the world wide web. Invitations were sent out to golden era legends such as Prince Po and The Pharcyde's Booty Brown, indie rap titans such as Dead Prez and Phat Kat, and of course some of Stones Throw's finest: Aloe Blacc, Guilty Simpson, MED and newest signings Jonwayne and Dave Dub all make memorable contributions. There are also some lesser known talents present: Lyric Jones, Estee Nack & more hold it down with their more celebrated peers.
02 Big Cat [ft. Synato Watts]
03 Fitta Happier [ft. Guilty Simpson & MED]
04 Smoke [ft. Jonwayne]
05 The Lo
06 Russia With Love [ft. Coin Locker Kid]
07 What Chew Want [ft. Tone Tank]
09 Jobless [ft. Quite Nyce]
10 Sidewinder [ft. Buff1]
11 Mummy [ft. Diverse]
12 Belly of the Beast [ft. Emilio Rojas]
13 Up the Rovers
14 The Turk [ft. King Magnetic]
15 There it Is [ft. the Champs]
17 I Like to Dance [ft. Krondon & General Steele]
18 Dark City Lights [ft. Frank Nitty]
19 The Beginning [ft. Coin Locker Kid]
21 War Drums [ft. Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson]
22 R.A.I.D. [ft. Lyric Jones]
24 Something Beautiful
25 Chicken Livers [ft. FC the Truth]
26 Rock My Soul [ft. Prince Po]
27 Lost and Found [ft. Estee Nack]
28 My Mantra [ft. Dave Dub]
29 Hunnypots of Beeswax
30 TV Dreaming [ft. Booty Brown]
31 Don’t Make it Worthless
32 Soul Power [ft. Dead Prez]
34 Get Live [ft. Coin Locker Kid]
35 Sign Language [ft. Aloe Blacc]
36 Earth Quaking [ft. Akil]
37 You're Gonna Be Sorry
38 Outlaw [ft. Deed]
39 The Tax Man [ft. Sareem Poems]
40 Chucky Balboa [ft. Silverust]
41 Oh Goodness [ft. Finale]
Katalysts third and final album in the Katalyst trilogy was entitled Deep Impressions and released in 2011 on INVADA / BBE. Guests include Stephanie McKay, Bootie Brown (Pharcyde), Buff 1, Steve Spacek, Coin Locker Kid, Kween G, Jane Doe, Hau and Mr Clean. Again the album was met with critical acclaim both in Australia and abroad.
In 2007 Katalyst released What's Happening enlisting guest vocalists from the US, the UK and Australia including J-Live, Stephanie McKay, Steve Spacek, Supernatural, Diverse, Katie Noonan, Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls), Adalita (Magic Dirt), Hau (Koolism) and more. What's Happening was nominated for the prestigious J Award, followed by another ARIA nomination in 2008.
In 2002 Katalyst released his debut album Manipulating Agent which received critical acclaim - receiving an ARIA nomination, also winning "Best Producer" and "Best Album" at the 2002 Australian DMA's. The album is predominantly an instrumental producer record.. featuring a couple of guest vocalists such as Gift of Gab.
Katalyst is the Sydney based producer Ashley Anderson of international acclaim. All of his solo releases have been nominated for ARIA Awards in Australia and there's a strong fan base established for his work worldwide. He also runs the Invada label in Australia with with Portishead's Geoff Barrow
Steve Spacek originates form London landed in Sydney via and LA. He has worked with the likes of J Dilla, Mos Def, Slum Village, Common and many more. He is likened to classic soul singers Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye and has been championed by everyone from Entertainment Weekly to Mos Def.
Entitled Soul:Fi the album features an impressive cameo cast of guest talent, including the likes of Detroit rappers Dank (Frank & Dank) and Buff 1, Australian soul divas Jade MacRae and Fantine and Australian Jamican RuCL. On Soul:Fi Space Invadas successfully create an innovative, unique, futuristic sound by fusing bonafide Soul and laid back Hip Hop.
1. Soul Transportation (Interlude)
3. Original (feat. Buff1 & RuCL)
4. Super Sweet
5. Soul Ship (Interlude)
7. Life (feat. Jade Macrae)
8. See Em Hear Em
9. One Child (Interlude)
13. Ready or Not (Feat. Dank)
14. Give Me The Love
15. Check It Out (Interlude)
16. Done It Again
17. So Strong
'Dusted' is a collection of sounds that have inspired Katalyst over the years. This is not a collection of rare songs that no-one has heard of, more a collection of tunes that have withstood the test of time. Put it on, kick back, relax and enjoy the ride.
1. California Soul - Marlena Shaw
2. Let It All Hang Out [Pete Rock Remix] A.D.O.R.
3. Slow Down - Brand Nubian
4. I'm Your Mechanical Man - Jerry Butler
5. Satisfied - J-Live
6. Uprock This - Katalyst
7. I Need More Time - The Meters
8. Take Me Over - McKay
9. For What It's Worth - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66
10. I Got The... - Labi Siffre
11. The Red - Jaylib
12. Message from the Soul Sisters, Pts. 1 & 2 - Myra Barnes
13. I Put a Spell on You - Nina Simone
14. Cry Baby Cry - Ramsey Lewis
15. Get Down - Nas
16. Charlies Theme - The Jimmy Entley Sound
17. Burn Hollywood Burn - Public Enemy
1. I Chase the Devil - Max Romeo
2. Numbed in Moscow - Portishead
3. Cherrystones - Eugene McDaniels
4. 3 tha Hard Way - Bahamidia
5. We Live in Brooklyn - Roy Ayers
6. I Changed My Mind - Quannum
7. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
8. Home Is Where the Hatred Is - Gil Scott-Heron
9. Much Too Much (Mack a Mil) - Gang Starr
10. (It's Not the Express) It's the Jb's Monaurail, Pt. 1 - Fred Wesley & The New JB's
11. Check the Rhime - A Tribe Called Quest
12. Let the Music Talk - Katalyst & Ru.C.L.
13. Space Blues - The Shunters
14. Uzi (Pinky Ring) - Wu-Tang Clan
15. I Am the Black Gold of the Sun - Rotary Connection
16. Down with the King - Run-DMC