Tuesday, 30 December 2008
All of that aside, I find African Boy extremely entertaining (you may have heard him with M.I.A. on this track - Hussel featured on her most recent album Kala), and I will be heading to Bardens Boudoir in Dalston on Jan 30th to catch his show. Definitely going to hit Suya Express first - who's in?
Monday, 29 December 2008
You might remember the classic When I See Love (below), or this track All My Mistakes (clk to download) from By Day By Night. I'm about to put her on repeat for the evening, later...
Saturday, 27 December 2008
URBAN NERDS @ Cordy House, Curtain Rd Shoreditch (£25 adv)
Reggae, crunk, hip hop, jungle, dub, D&B etc; The Bug & FlowDan, Drums of Death, Oneman, Thunderclaps, A1 Bassline, Cotti & Cluekid. Snowbombing are hosting the roof 'smoking' terrace with a Caribbean BBQ...
Sounds good but a bit expensive? Line up looks quite dubstep-heavy too fyi
FWD>> vs RINSE FM @ Plastic People, Shoreditch (£20 adv)
Grime, dubstep, funky and bassline house; Kode 9, Zinc, Marcus Nasty, Chef, Luke Envoy, Crazy D, Geeneus...
If you like dubstep ain't nowhere else to be
WORK IT @ Visions Video Bar, Kingsland Rd Dalston (£10 adv)
90s party music; Think Twice, Tina Turnover, Johnny Dett, WAH Girls, Maxwell Jaye, Max Volume, Skamrok
Will probably be loads of fun as long as you don't mind being in a scene-kid sardine sandwich.
GASH! vs SKILL WIZARD @ Efes Snooker Hall Kingsland Road, Dalston (£10 adv, £12 on the door)
Mr Moneybags, Tapedeck, Feeding Time, Team Mega Mix, Florence and the Machine (Dj Set), MAGS, Trencher (Dj Set), Cocadisco, Prancehall, Rockwell (Real Gold), Will Tang Clan, Lovvers (Dj Set), Tiger (This is Music), Str8necklin Crew, Pure Filth, kill Wizard, Snish (Dj set), Run Tings (GOD Squad)
Yep, I'm going to this one because I can walk home. Joke. Gash is a grimy, anything goes affair with so many DJs you can't fail to hear something you like and it's in a snooker hall. OK there's lots of trendies but they're thin & frail - push them out the way. Pass through & say hello.
EAST VILLAGE & AFRONAUGHT @ East Village, Shoreditch (£20 adv)
Phil Asher, Stuart Patterson, Benji B, Orin (Bugz In the Attic), Version Excursion etc
The door fee also includes a free drink - should be a great night for all you broken beat, deepness galore types - nice sound system too.
DJ DEREK & HOODOO HUSTLE @ Nottinghill Arts Club (£15 adv)
DJ Derek, the patois speaking pensioner is always such good value, especially if you love reggae - but even if you don't (like me). Only thing is the advance ticket only guarantees your entry until 10pm?!
STACKED @ The Elbow Rooms, Angel (£20 adv, £30 on the door)
Hip hop/R&B/bashment & soul; DJ 279, DJ MK and the Doctor's Orders team DJ Lok & D.Bo. Apparently there's a VIP room, with drinks and table service, DVD player and a plasma screen, and a dress code - no caps, hoods or tracksuits. I imagine the venue thinks these are bonuses.
SOULBREW @ The Horse & Grooms, Curtain Road, Shoreditch (£15 adv)
Downstairs is hip hop, soul & funk; Spin Doctor, Mr Thing, Geto
Upstairs 'The Disco Loft'; Andy Bird, Yam Who?, Kyri From R2 Records
Should be good vibes but the Doctors Orders party with Jehst & Kashmere the following night looks wicked...
CRATES @ Juno, Shoreditch (£ FREE)
Nu soul, funk, boogie, jazz, rares and a touch of broken.
The ad said "Fun loving, funky, mature people, this one is for you, you will not be disappointed." - In other words this one's for the grown & sexy crowd (and the poor)?
WU YEARS EVE @ Sonar, Baltimore MD ($55 adv + flights...)
Yes you heard - the entire Wu Tang Clan in Baltimore. Baltimore is the STD capital of the US (maybe something to do with having sex on the dance floor instead of dancing?) and it's where they film The Wire so we recommend you get travel insurance if you go.
*I'm aware of loads of other parties but have put this together for our readers in particular - if you think something else should be on here or you think your night will be better than I think it will be feel free to leave a comment below.
Friday, 26 December 2008
Thursday, 25 December 2008
01. A.M - Muhsinah
02. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Mayer Hawthorne and The County
03. Visions of Violet - José James Prod. By Flying Lotus
04. As - Miles Bonny / Madlib
05. The Hop (Hudson Mohawke Mix) - Radio Citizen
06. If I Ever Feel Better - Phoenix
07. Too Much (rmx) - Rich Medina
08. Everywhere - Common (ft. Martina Topley Bird)
09. MILF - Bilal & 88 Keys
10. On a Cloud - Platinum Pied Pipers (feat. Karma)
11. Where Would You Be - Yaw
12. All That You Give - The Cinematic Orchestra ft Fontella Bass
13. 100 days, 100 nights - Sharon Jones and the Daptones
14. Mushallah (NYC) - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
15. Tell The Truth - Oddisee feat. Nikki Jean
16. If We Were (bonus) - Arthur Lewis
17. Wayfaring Stranger - Jamie Woon
18. It's Not Up To You - Björk
19. Happiness - The Foreign Exchange
20. Peace - Stacy Epps
If I have time I'll put together a 'golden oldies' CD later.
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
2 years ago You Tube (now owned by Google), struck a deal with all of the major record companies. The deal was that when Google bought You Tube, record companies would just get a cut of the ads people saw when their content was watched instead of trying to sue You Tube. Lawsuits against You Tube are really hard to win anyway, since they’re protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This act protects people who run websites containing copyrighted content (including us bloggers) – it means the burden is on the owner of the copyright to tell the website owner the material is copyrighted and to take it down - which You Tube has reporting facilities for. The law around this only gets hazy when the whole point of the website is providing copyrighted material or the website owner has been asked to take down such links and they don't, or keep offending.
I can’t blame record labels for struggling to deal with the internet beast which is evolving so much faster than they are. Warner rushed in and were the first to strike a deal with You Tube so they don’t get great rates, and You Tube generates less than 1% of their annual income, (so last year it generated less than $6 million). That doesn’t sound too bad – until you look at what other people are making.
Universal 9,087 Videos; 3,025,854,115 Views
Sony BMG 1,782 Videos; 491,923,395 Views
ChrisBrownTV 17 Videos; 301,332,272
SouljaBoy 311 Videos; 268,283,129
Warnerbrosrecords are coming in 11th with 1,127 videos & 250,331,650 views
Universal indicates that its revenues run into the tens of millions, and it expects to make about $100 million from various video websites, (much of it from You Tube), this year. Chris Browns’ stats are the most impressive – and that must hurt.
What gets me is the constant comparisons between You Tube and MTV – and the inference that You Tube is the new MTV. It’s not.
To summarize; Youtube was founded in Feb 2005 by 3 former Paypal employees. It’s the third most popular website on the net, and in 2007 it used up more bandwidth in 2007 than the entire internet did in 2001 (ten hours of video is uploaded every minute, and over 100m Americans visited it last year). In case you don’t know bandwidth and high traffic cost a lot of money to host so they’re not just raking it in from advertising with no outlay – but it’s estimated they’ll make between $1-200m this year. 6 of its 10 most popular channels are music based.
MTV started in 1981, with the sole aim of being a music television channel (a visual version of radio), and the first music video shown on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles. It originally started with a rock focus and, prior to 1983 didn’t really play much pop music or music by black artists (Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean changed the face of their programming almost overnight). It was widely used as a promotional tool for the music industry and was highly criticized for detracting from the quality of music and accused of creating a single-led, visual-based music culture, although it did also launch the careers or many alternative and underground acts through dedicated shows. As early as 1997 the channel came under fire for not playing as many music videos as it had in the past – by 2000 it was down to 8 hours a day, and currently it’s just 3 hours.
Here my gripe. MTV has always been through phases of having a narrow musical remit in terms of programming. On You Tube Warner has over 1,000 videos they are gaining revenue from – and some of them are just behind the scenes or old concert footage, which cost nothing to make. I’ve heard many claims that the internet is the reason for MTV reducing the number of music videos it plays – but they were down to 8 hours a day by 2000 and You Tube wasn’t created until 5 years later, so really companies should think themselves lucky that You Tube was created and earns them revenue because regardless they wouldn’t be getting much out of MTV anymore. Maybe MTV shot themselves in the foot by narrowing their programming too far – who wants to watch the new Beyonce video 3 times an hour?.
Look at the MTV Music Video awards (The VMAs) and the categories they’ve lost: Most Experimental Video (1984-1987), Best Concept Video (1984-1988), Best Post-Modern Video (1989-1990), Best Alternative Video (1991-1998), International Viewer's Choice (1990-2003). Gone gone gone. The winner of the Youtube music video award this year was Tay Zonday with the weird & hilarious Chocolate Rain (32,454,737 views to date). The first ever MTV VMA best video award winner was the weird & futuristic You Might Think, by The Cars in 1984. This year it was Britney Spears – Piece of me. Need I say more?
Sunday, 21 December 2008
I have my own theory. I think it's Swizz Beatz, Rick Rubin or Scott Storch. One too many backpackers slagged them off online and they decided to play them at their own game - thus Clutchy Hopkins was born. Why do you think MF Doom really wears a mask? Because it's actually Jermaine Dupri under there! He sent out one of Dem Franchize Boyz as him to help him out when he was having a hard time with Janet and everybody got upset, saying he was a fraud.
OK I'm talking complete and utter crap but it'd be so funny if it were true...Whoever he is, Clutchys' music is great.
3:02 - Clutchy Hopkins
*I am Nigerian so I can make those jokes. En hen.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
I won’t attend your pity party /
I’d rather go have calamari.
Ne-Yo “So You Can Cry”
Skip dinner and gon’ rent a movie /
You order Chinese food right
before you do me.
Usher “Trading Places”
She ain’t a politician /
Honey’s a pole-i-tician.
Nas on Young Jeezy’s “My President Is Black”
Swagger tighter than a yeast infection /
Fly go hard like geese erection.
Lil Wayne “Dr. Carter”
There is obviously a glib smugness to be gained from cherry picking lines from songs and alienating them from their original context so that they instantly become meaningless (and, in this case, ridiculous) - but perhaps lyrics should stand up to such scrutiny. I'll confess - a lot of hip hop lyrics pass me by but the reaction a lot of people I know have had to much of Commons' Universal Mind Control has been real disappointment and incredulity. In the context of his career this album feels the least personal to most I've spoken to - coming from a hip hop poet who has such a talent for touching on the most universal of human emotions and story telling. The only song I actually like on the album, the stunning Everywhere (click to download) - largely featuring Martina Topley-Bird, he drops the second verse that begins "No pop, no pop, no pop, no pop/ We gon' do this thing/ Til the sky just drop"...to be honest I'd love to hear a version of the song without him on it.
I wouldn't normally post something from a mainstream press source ridiculing r&b and hip hop but there was a good measure of other music thrown in and er, 'pity party - calamari' is just inspired. I think this year has been really interesting musically, I've heard a lot of fantastic production but to be honest I think there is room for artists to really step up to the plate lyrically. Making music for endless mixtapes or the club doesn't mean you don't have to bother saying anything meaningful. I really hope someone will take up the challenge in '09 and realise the cheapening of music leaves many of us wide open and craving for something more substantial...
Monday, 15 December 2008
*This song, Sankofa is taken from Tony Allens' Losun. It's also that amazing tune Alexander Nut often plays when DJing and everyone asks me "who's this again?!" - come shock out with me to this in the dark tomorrow night.
This is a clip of them performing Brass In Africa (re-work of the Shaft in Africa theme tune!)
Here they are in Lagos, Nigeria (me & Tony Allens' endz) as part of Africa Express...
Little treat, for those of you who feel the way I do about Outkasts' Spottiottiedopalicious click right here to see HBE do the chorus...
53 seconds in - Tip realises that Prince has just walked on stage and he starts backing away briefly, I imagine to stop himself exploding/forgetting the words/ screaming etc etc. Very impressive - I would have lost my shit completely. If you were in the audience I officially hate you.
Props to Dean for sending me this one!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Saturday, 13 December 2008
LOVE ME LIKE THIS (would have been in my top 5 party tunes of the year)
SHANGRILA (don't sleep on this one)
*These links were re-upped on 28/12/08
These are promo tracks so if you're feeling it then leave a comment fools! He's a big boy he can take it.
Oh, and one more reason FPS is very very cool. He took this photo, apparently it only took 6 weeks.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
- Pick your top 5 party tunes of the year in comments below this post
- If you're anonymous write a name in the comment so you can enter the competiton
- If you can't choose & there were a couple by the same artist you can put them as an either/or
- The best gets their name + 1 on the (extremely limited) guest list for the Put Me On It party.
- I'll forward the whole list on to the DJs and if they can fit them in they will (I did pick these guys because they're amazing though so regardless this is going to be off the hook - bring kicks, a sweat rag, fan, change of clothes, deodorant - whatever you need).
- This competition closes on Tuesday 16th December
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
This is just beautiful - Richard Bona with Bobby McFerrin. I'm a little watery after watching it.
He's touring throughout Europe this Spring, I didn't see any London dates but I'm down to travel.
I'd heard about Taylor McFerrin too but never put two and two together (he's Bobby's son) - doh. If you haven't already please check out his myspace - he's one of the most exciting artists I've heard about all year. Every song on there is innovative, soulful, magical and a real pleasure. Here is Taylor performing with our very own Ty - I hate that I wasn't at this gig!
Sunday, 7 December 2008
?uestlove & Frankie Knuckles go at it
You Got Me
As soon as I find a video with one of the many awesome Tops/ Temps style routines I'll add it. Shout outs to my partners in crime & losing our minds & voices completely - Katy, Tanya & Justice.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Sign the petition against it here: http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Scrapthe696/
Click here to join the Facebook group & tell your friends.
For more info & an interesting insight in to the narrow minded, judgmental, stigmatic and unrepresentative argument being put forward by the police force for the form read the article below.
Form 696 is a risk assessment form for gigs and requires details of the performers and asks licence owners to predict the "target audience".
The singer claimed the form targets black music fans and is in place to "stop black kids from having gigs".
The Met police say the form is voluntary, and "not discriminatory".
The form has been in use in 21 London boroughs since October 2005, and requires names, addresses and phone numbers of performers 14 days in advance.
McClure claims Form 696 is racially discriminatory and has set up a petition on the Prime Minister's Office website.
McClure told BBC 6 Music: "For me, it is an attack on local promoters because it makes their job increasingly difficult, but also, it's a bit of a racist tool used by the London Met and other boroughs. For what purpose does the ethnicity of an audience matter in modern day society? Nothing."
David Isles, a detective superintendent with the Met Police Clubs and Vice Unit, explained: "I think that that's naive in the extreme because this is about black kids being shot and stabbed."
The Form 696 scheme was introduced when police became concerned about gun crime at clubs.
Detective Superintendent Isles said: "You have particular gangs aligned to particular types of music and that obviously created an environment where rival gangs would target them.
"It wasn't about the music, it wasn't about the venue, it wasn't about the promotion, it was because gangs were associated with those particular events."
He said the aim of Form 696 was not to shut events down.
"That is the last resort and we would only ever do that when the threat level is so high that no means of intervention could prevent someone from becoming a victim of violence."
Jon McClure is not the only musician to react against Form 696.
Head of UK Music and the former Undertones singer, Feargal Sharkey, has reported the use of the form to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
"UK Music is currently looking at the process of judicial review and that would involve all 21 local boroughs that we believe are involved in this," he said."We are already aware of a number of pubs that have had this now attached as a mandatory condition to their licence, which means if the landlord of that pub does not give that information, he is then in breach of his licence."
By Georgie Rogers
6 Music news reporter
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
I think the "Brooklyn We Go Hard" chorus sounded hotter as the opening bars to Santogolds' Shove It - (click the link to download the Switch remix) - which I haven't been able to stop listening to for ages.
SHOVE YOUR HOPE
WHERE IT DON'T SHINE
*It's not often I'll post something straight from Nah Right but I'd been planning on making sure you had Shove It anyway...
Monday, 1 December 2008
From her look & style I imagine she's going to have to deal with the Lady Sov. comparisons but to be honest I don't think that's such a bad thing. I wasn't a huge fan of Lady Sovereigns' music myself but I thought she had talent & could definitely see her appeal - pity she was shoved in to the US market with loads of marketing and no preparation then left to drown. Envy comes from a battle background so I can't imagine she's easily fazed - this is her winning the most recent Hip Hop Connection freestyle battle against Mickey Negro. Pause it & let it buffer, then scroll through to 3:30 unless you enjoy talentless people humiliating each other with their own wackness.
To be honest I'm not really feeling the quality of production on a lot of her stuff but you get a picture of her lyrical prowess and talent on Tongue Twister (below), and if you go to her myspace www.myspace.com/envy06 check out Sometimes I Think Deep which is a tune - wonder if she'll live to regret the "Fuck T4" lyric though...