Thursday, 29 January 2009

Free download: Ahu (Dolly) mix for Gilles Peterson World Wide International

The wildly talented & fascinating Ahu might have abandoned us and gone back to Turkey (grrr), but at least she's sent us this half hour mix - this goes out to all the people (like me) who are gutted they didn't make the World Wide Awards this weekend.

Click here to download
Worldwide Family Mixtape : Ahu Mix, Istanbul, Turkey

Carla Bruni - J en Connais - V2
Serge Gainsbourg - Diapositivisme - Universal
Little Dragon - After The Rain (Floating Points Remix) - White Label
Sarah White - Fade ( J Todd Remix) - White Label
Oddisee ft. Nikki Jean - Tell The Truth (White Label) - White Label
Paul White - untitled - White Label
Moon - Ghetto Love Night - Eklektik
Flying Lotus - Play Dead - White Label
Dolly - Lampshade - White Label
Bullion - Untitled - White Label
Madlib - Heavy Jones - Stones Throw
Oh No - Higher - Now Again
Samiyam - Sunrise - Brainfeeder

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Q Tip at the Roundhouse 14th March 2009

Yes you heard me right. Click here or call 0844 482 8008 to book, I've got my tickets. Thanks to Sam for the heads up at the weekend & Mrs T for texting me when the lines opened today at 4pm!

Sunday, 25 January 2009

FREE ARTIST MEDIA TRAINING - Top 5 Tips From Kanye West, Wale, Marilyn Manson, Amanda Diva & John Cena

These guys have done the hard work so you don't have to.

Rule # 1. Grow a very thick skin before you start - do not take it personally.

When Eskay posted the now infamous Amanda Diva is a Hustler - Amanda Diva vs. Nah Right comments section Round 3. article she was, quote, "internet raped" (savagely).

She looks like she has a prolific vagini..../ I give it five years before she finally calls it quits…failing at everything before finally being being purged from the bottom of the pr0n industry/ In two years that bitches legs will be straight cottage cheese/ i would hit it raw on a sunday

Eskay claimed it wasn't his fault when Amanda told him off on Twitter for instigating - putting up an unauthorised provocative pic and setting the scene with the "vs." thing. Most people would have considered jumping off the nearest bridge after such a public barrage of depraved sexual bullying - but Amanda shrugged it off pretty quickly and moved on. After all, she has a life.

Rule # 2. Don't be a twat (especially on camera).
Kanye West demonstrates this point beautifully here.

A message from kwest on Vimeo.

Rule # 3. Don't say yes to every single interview.
Marilyn Manson on Popworld 4 years ago, entirely unable to contain both his superior intellect and general sense of superiority, refusing to kowtow to the Amstell 'let's break all the accepted rules of making good interviews on purpose!' style.

Rule # 4. ALWAYS include the question in the answer. Especially if you go on CNN. Remember to read the release form very carefully, clever editing can turn you in to a drug-taking wrestler.

Rule # 5. Don't air your shit online, it's a very small world. Last week (Wed 21st Jan) Wale provided the perfect example on Twitter during an interview with DJ Semtex - check Semtex's blog for his take on it (you may recognize a few names in the comments section!). I wonder if Souljah Boy is now going to make an animated cartoon of Joe Budden showing up outside Wales' house, where Young Buck will be sitting on the front step crying in to Saigons' bare chest...

SEMTEX: “@WaleDC Thanks for the interview bro!

WALE: “am i the only artist who hates doin interviews??”

SEMTEX: @WaleDC I cant use the interview because it sounds flat compared to the stuff I got from Nas, Common, Lupe, etc

WALE: @djsemtex sayin I hate interviews means ..all the ones that are the same …for the same audience same questions…

SEMTEX: @WaleDC believe it or not, people may be interested on your take on the History that just took place in your hometown

WALE: “it seem like im dissin you because I say I “hate” interviews it seems a bit forced..I did several interviews b4 u that day..and after you.

WALE: @djsemtex every body has a part at they job that redundant or not exciting…in this day of 1000 websites and does become tedious

SEMTEX: @WaleDC sorry for wasting your time. I just caught a severe case of ‘why did I bother’.

WALE: “I aint never disrespect anybody…but now I see for myself that u can’t voice ur opinion on “twitter” without makin someone feel it abut thm”

WALE: “dr twitter friends…ask ur 10 best friends to ask u the same question…while ur at work/school..make sure its the SAME qustions… make sure they do this everyday for a at the end of this process u will understand what “I hate interviews” means

WALE: @Semtex see u take somethin that wasn’t directed at u to a whole other level..I had many intvws before u.and my publicist said that u wasnt "

SEMTEX: @WaleDC you put it on twitter that you hate doing interviews while people were interviewing u. I put it out on twitter that thats not cool.

WALE: @Semtex its like u WANT to start tension..I told u prior to the intvw what happend..but u ran with it anyways..u didn’t tell me u were upset”

SEMTEX: @WaleDC as a lot of people out here don’t know who you are. If you can’t see what the issue is….. There’s no tension, I’m just saying

WALE: @Semtex to my understanding that itvw was suposed to b two days ago…that should be the biggest sign to let u lnow u was even intwn me

SEMTEX: @WaleDC that’s it. Djs, journalists, bloggers, we support artists. I waited 90 mins to talk to you, and I probably did repeat a few Q’s..

WALE: @Semtex so for u to try to make me look smug for non reason isn’t all …I didn’t say anything about u ..u want it to lok tht way?y

SEMTEX: @WaleDC twitter works both ways. You hate doing interviews, I hate doing interviews with artists that don’t like being interviewed,.."

WALE: “Who was offeneded by my “I hate interviews” twitt it really wasn’t that serious…but I apologize nevertheless..I’m learnin as I go."

WALE: @Semtex I didn’t know u waited 90 min I have n LA publicist and a NY publicist that wernt aware of what was goin on

SEMTEX: @WaleDC especially after I’ve been blazing your music all year, and getting other djs to play it. Bro I edited both of your last mixtapes for airplay. Do you know how long that takes? Bro I told the head of the biggest station in europe to blaze your shit when it drops

WALE: @Semtex its not like u called me n was on hold…and like I said I had been doin intvws all I wa proly doin one while u waited

SEMTEX: @WaleDC there is no beef, no tension, no blackballing, I’m just saying please give a f*ck when the next kid interviews you."

WALE: “Ok..I’m 100 pct done with TWITTER it was fun while it lasted…I can’t do it..thnx to all for supporting me..and I hope u all continue to! 1"
FYI Wale returned to Twitter about 4 hours ago & apparently this is all sorted. Not getting a mention in the 2009 edition of how to make friends & influence people methinks.

There you have it folks - to summarize - don't act like a fool in front of other people, and try not to let it faze you when other people act the fool. Simple.

Friday, 23 January 2009

Yellowtail ft Jeni Fujita - Over It

I find myself singing this song constantly, it was featured on the first Brownwood Bubblers CD but I don't have that, just vols 2 & 3 (it's on my 'I want' list). I got it from the Every Dog Has Its Day mix CD by DJ Odin (clck the link, visit his myspace to download the lovingly assembled & track markered mix & get this song). I remember thinking, 'oooh nice mix', and then it got trapped under an avalanche of other music and I forgot about it, but I'm rinsing it right now.

Yellowtail is very much doing his thing, with releases on a huge range of soulful beat driven labels, plus collabos with Eska, Jose James, and Alison Crockett to name but a few. The divine, hypnotic, brain melting tones on this track (soul-shivery arrangements, ow!) are from Jeni Fujiyama, who has worked as a backing singer for Pink, Lauryn Hill (the doo wops on That Thing), Wyclef, John Forte, Joss Stone & Amy Winehouse to name but a few. Dropped from her deal with Sony, Jeni is currently doing her own thing, this year she released This Little Light of Mine, her debut album. I wanna hear her sing in Japanese! Funny, this particular song reminded me of Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon long before I knew where Jeni was from...

Jeni Fujita

Thursday, 22 January 2009

The most offensive blog post of '09

...but I really don't care, I'll take you all on.

I just visited a certain blog - (and I'm not about to give them the publicity by saying which one, this post will be without hyperlinks) and they've posted the Newham Generals video for "Bell Dem Slags". No thoughts about it, no commentary, just the video. I don't know if you've had the misfortune to come across that 'song' but I'm not afraid to give my personal opinion about it right here. I think is a sensationalist, devoid of artistic merit, purposefully offensive, juvenile, pathetic, attention seeking piece of worthlessness which I would normally completely ignore. The reason I refuse to ignore it is this: I just Googled 'Bell Dem Slags' - and no one is saying what they think about it, they're just posting the video on their blogs (aside from a couple of forums for discussion that popped up).

Posting offensive music (especially when the whole point of it seems to be to cause offense) on your blog and not saying what you think about it makes you a tacitly implicit supporter of it. You may not agree with me, but blogging is a form of promotion, so even if you personally don't like the message, by posting the music you are promoting it through your actions unless you say otherwise. I sincerely hope that the reason I haven't seen anyone writing about this song in a critical or analytical context yet is because people would rather not give it the publicity (normally I'm with you on that), not because they're scared to give their opinion on their own blogs or that PR people will stop sending them free music (aka easy content). I'm truly shocked & disappointed at some of the blogs who have silently posted that song - as a (former) subscriber I am offended - by the lyrics, the video and by your lack of balls.

*Amelia Idehs last will and testament: my sister, boyfriend & friends can split my stuff between you, you can probably sell some of my kicks & furniture to help pay for the funeral. Oh yeah, donate my organs & cremate me please. Thanks, love you all!

A Late Night Sade Moment...

Flow (Clk to d/l), taken from Lovers Rock

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Floating Points & Paul White BBC 1Xtra Mix

Floating Points & Paul White in the mix as guests on *Mary Anne Hobbs' show last night. Check it!

Mark Pritchard - '?' (Ho Hum)
Pangaea - 'Memories' (Dubplate)
Joker & Ginz - 'Purple City' (Dubplate)
Squarepusher - 'Illegal Dustbin' from the EP 'Lucent Numbers' (Warp)
Starkey feat Durrty Goodz - 'Gutter Music VIP' (Keysound)
Jamie Vex'd - 'Junior Walker' (Planet Mu Dub)
Boxcutter - 'Sidetrak' from the LP 'Arecibo Message' (Planet Mu)
Martyn - 'Elden St' from the LP 'Great Lengths' (3024)
Gaslamp Killer from LA, on the Phone
Nosaj Thing - 'Coat of Arms' from the forthcoming LP 'Nosaj Thing - Nosaj Thing' (Self Titled)
Pan Sonic - 'Lahetys' from the LP 'Katodivaihe' (White Label)
Claro Intelecto - 'Thieves' from the Warehouse Session' (Modern Love)

Paul White in the Mix
Paul White – ‘Alien Nature’ (One-Handed Music)
Paul White – ‘Sea Life’ (One-Handed Music)
Paul White – ‘Nasty Business’ (Unreleased)
Paul White – ‘Carbon’ - (Unreleased)
Bullion – ‘Are You The One’ (One-Handed Music)
Paul White – ‘Uprising Of The Insane’ (One-Handed Music)
Paul White – ‘Grimy Light’ (Unreleased)
Burning Spear – ‘People Get Ready’ (Island)
Paul White – ‘Floating Free’ (One-Handed Music)
Mort Garson – ‘Let The Sunshine In’ (A & M)
Tangerine Dream – ‘Force Majeure’ (Virgin)

Floating Points in the Mix
Floating Points – ‘Cycle 11 DUB’ (unreleased)
Floating Points - ‘KG beat’ (unreleased)
Floating Points – ‘Peroration feat. Fatima’ (unreleased)
Floating Points – ‘JW beat’ (unreleased)
W Orbit – ‘Optical Illusions’ [Aaron Jerome Remix] (CDR)
Dabrye – ‘Game Over’ [Dorian Concept Remix!] (CDR)
Kona Triangle – ‘AIRLOCK’ (CDR)
Ras G & the Afrikan Space Program – ‘Sign Me Up’ (Poo-Bah)
Floating Points – ‘For You’ (eglo)

Ital Tek - 'Massive Error' (Planet Mu Dubplate)
Optikatechiniqua - 'Rinse It' (Dubplate)
Tor - 'Back On The Endz' from the LP 'Beatz International' (Pinch Of Salt)
Bun Zer0 - 'Psychedlic Flu' (Bass Tourist)
Reso - 'Octacon' (Dubplate)
Sh**mat - 'Best Before 10-11-1992' from the LP 'One Foot In The Rave' (Planet Mu Dub)
Hyetal - 'Pixel Rainbow Sequence' [Peverlist mix] (Reduction Records)
Ghettozoid feat Yolanda - 'Seeking' (Dubplate)
Ben Klock - 'Coney Island' from the album 'One' (Ostgut Ton)
Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch - 'Six Degrees' (Swamp 81)

*Is it me or does Mary Ann Hobbs sound like a really sexy Marks & Spencers advert for glitchy electronic music?

Dates For your Diaries people.......

Hey Put Me On It Family

Just a few dates for you IPhone, Blackberry and the rest of it.

Frank & Dank 6Feb At Herbal

J-Dilla Tribute 15Feb At Cargo 

Hope to see you there ;)

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Umi Says.

What are you listening to today? Here's my soundtrack. (Amongst lots of other music - especially A Change Gon Come)
Umi Says by Mos Def - Original version
Umi Says by Mos Def - Zero 7 remix

I dont wanna write this down, [world... premiere]
I wanna tell you how I feel right now [world... premiere]
I dont wanna take no time to write this down, [world... premiere]
I wanna tell you how I feel right now, hey [world... premiere]

Tomorrow may never come
For you or me
Life is not promised
Tomorrow may never show up
For you and me
This life is not promised

I ain't no perfect man
I'm trying to do, the best that I can,
With what it is I have
I aint no perfect man
Im trying to do, the best that I can,
With what it is I have

Put my heart and soul into this song [yes yes]
I hope you feel me
From where I am, to wherever you are
I mean that sincerely
Tomorrow may never come
For you and me
Life is not promised
Tomorrow may never appear
You better hold this very moment very close to you [right now]
Very close to you [right now]
So close to you, so- close to you [your moment in history is right now!]
Dont be afraid, to let it shine

My Umi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
My Abi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
[I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
My Abi said shine your light on the world
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
Shine your light for the world to see
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
My Umi said shine your light on the world
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
Shine your light for the world to see
[want black people to be free, to be free...]

Sometimes I get discouraged
I look around and, things are so weak
People are so weak
Sometimes I feel like crying
Sometimes my heart gets heavy
Sometimes I just want to leave and fly away [fly fly fly, like a dove]
Sometimes I dont know what to do with myself [ow!]
Passion takes over me
I feel like a man
Going insane
Losing my brain
Trying to maintain
Doing my thang
Hey hey hey hey hey
Put my heart and soul into this yall
I hope you feel me
Where I am, to wherever you are [ha ha ha ha]
Sometimes I dont want to be bothered
Sometimes I just want a quiet life, with
Me and my babies, me and my lady
Sometimes I dont want to get into no war
[black people to be free, to be free...]
Sometimes I dont wanna be a soldier
Sometimes I just wanna be a man, but

Umi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
My Abi said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see
[I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
My dreamers said shine your light on the world
[want black people to be free, to be free, to be free]
Shine your light for the world to see
[want black people]
My elders said shine your light on the world
Shine your light for the world to see

I want black people to be free, to be free, to be free
All my people to be free, to be free, to be free
Oh black people to be free, to be free, to be free
Oh black people to be free, to be free, to be free

Thats all that matters to me

Black people unite and lets all get down
Gotta have what,
Gotta have that love
Peace and understanding
One god, one light
One man, one voice, one mic
Black people unite come on and do it right
Black people unite come on and do it right
Black people unite come on and get down
Gotta have what,
Love, peace and understanding
One god, one voice, one life
One man, gon shine my light
Black people unite, now hop up and do it right
Black people unite, now come on and do it right
Yeah baby thats what I like
Yeah baby thats what I like
Yeah baby thats what I like...
[black people, my people....]

Monday, 19 January 2009

Invincible’s dedication to Gaza: “The Emperor’s Clothes”

I never normally re-post from another blog but this is important - shout out to Fresh Selects on this one (if you don't know about that blog bookmark it now). Invincible is one of my favourite MCs (male or female, no matter) - Shapeshifters was one of the best albums of last year. Article from Invincible's own label/ website Emergence Music:

In response to Israel's horrific attack on the Gaza Strip, Invincible has dropped a new track, "The Emperor's Clothes" for free download. "The Emperor's Clothes" is produced by K Salaam and Beatnick. Invincible first performed the track live at the protest lock-down of the San Francisco Israeli Consulate (pictured above).

The situation in Gaza is critical, with massive damage to civilian infrastructure and more than 1,300 Palestinians killed and 5,300 wounded. Read more about the crisis in Gaza at Electronic Intifada.

As this track makes clear, one of the most effective strategies we can pursue right now is boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel, as we demand an end to Israel's assault on Palestinian life and liberty. Read more about and get involved in the Global BDS campaign.

Kareem Edouard, director of the acclaimed "Sledgehammer!" music video, is currently working on a video for "The Emperor's Clothes." Keep your ear to the ground for that.

LYRICS: "The Emperor's Clothes" by Invincible

"The Emperor's Clothes"

Phase 1: Air strikes all day and all night
Phase 2: Rockets hit the Gaza strip with phosphorus
Phase 3: Ground attack how we gonna counteract?

Boycott Divest and Sanction

Israel– you should be ashamed
Kill and maim 1,000's of civilians in our name
Claim you hitting terrorists but children in your aim
Even murder relief workers blood spilling from they brain
While they tried to drive the ambulance, damn they couldn't stand a chance
Even bomb students, hospitals, mosques, Rafah, and Khan Yunis
Shot em in the back like the cops to Oscar Grant…
And in each case the good ol' united states sponsored that
7 million a day that we pay tax and AIPAC's lobbyists is robbin us
Sometimes it feels like they're ain't no stopping this
BUT now no body can deny it cuz you made it too obvious
Naked truth exposed like the emperor's clothes
The struggles getting hotter and the temperature rose
Since 1948 when you formed the state
Palestinian people still defending their homes
They aint been surrendering, NO

Boycott Divest and Sanction
Cuz they even bombed the United Nations

Look, i'm Israeli, my government's so arrogant
War criminals who call Palestinians terrorists
For resisting extinction and occupation
Comparing this to genocide and reservations of Native Americans
Its a massacre! Kick out they ambassadors!
Divest from their apartheid like South Africa
Boycott em like King to Montgomery buses,
Show them we want peace but only with real justice
They murdering the media and witnesses left
We gonna stop shopping at all the businesses that invest
In building they settlements and gentrifying our corners
Illegal walls over there and the US-Mexico border
Build a worldwide movement til the truth is heard
And supporting the Israelis who refuse to serve
All the C.O.s who AWOL when deployed to Iraqi stations
All the people rallying while the cops are chasing
If we enlisted in the system we got an obligation
We ain't got the patience, time to stop the occupation

Boycott, Divest, and Sanction
Til there's right of return for displaced and reparations

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Stupid Animals and Wasters

I have a confession to make. I got to the point this week where my laptop was completely full. Within an hour I had 20GB+ free space just through deleting music downloads (all legally obtained of course, ahem) and I realised how much I'm sitting on I haven't even unzipped yet let alone listened to. Slapped wrist & new years resolution starts here.
Whilst I work my way through the backlog allow me introduce someone who seems to have their shit together rather more than I do. AllyAl hit me up this week with a rather sweet selection he thought you may appreciate entitled WE ARE STILL GODS CHOSEN (Stupid Animals). It's pretty glitched out and after certain facebook conversations I was privvy to this week it seems the backlash has officially begun. I heard a few "ooh, it's not like it used to be, this isn't even music, it's just noise and how are you supposed to dance to it?!" conversations...there's loads of rubbish out there I agree but when it's good, it's goooood...


We are still gods chosen intro
Speakerface rmx – MusSck & One too many Three’s (
Beyond the Sky – Ras-G & The Afrikan Space Program (
Rawhide ft Rae & Meth – ODB
Sweetyard Sale – Dorian Concept (
Electric Red Current – The Billion Dollar Quartet (
Chocolate – DaM Funk (
Dream – Kijk een ster (
Eutow – Autechre
Finger Puppet Infinite Potentials (
JJ Tron – Dr Who Dat ? aka Jneiro Jarel (
One of those funky things – Quasar (
Bombs - Zackey Force Funk (
Boogiewat – NIQ (
Bulldoze Her – Dorian Concept
Overnight – Hudson Mohawke
Stupid Animals Interlude
Window Licker – Aphex Twin
Spacelab – Kraftwerk
Dancing On Holiday – Souled (
Galaxy - Innerzone Orchestra
Nice Acre Dust (Chemical Brothers rmx) – The Charlatans
Musique – Daft Punk
Cassius 99 (Rmx radio edit) - Cassius

Saturday, 17 January 2009

I can't believe in Butta

I was reading this outstanding article today c/o The Smoking Section entitled "Why Pretty Ricky Should Be Executed". It was a thoroughly researched and just argument, and I feel no jury would be able to come to another conclusion.

I did feel however, that one point raised, Exhibit E, AKA Butta Creame, the band Pretty Ricky 'signed' (implying they are able to read and write, which we all know cannot be true) actually warrants a unique hearing all of its own...

At first, the image provided just makes you think - amateur r&b girl group in desperate need of a stylist. Upon watching the video for their single Sugar Daddy I felt they should be tried on their own, on thousands of counts. They key point being:
Desecrating the memory of 90s r&b girl groups and icons with their alternative nightmarish vision of what would happen if you crossed TLC, SWV & Aaliyah with Khia then threw water on the whole mess & fed it after midnight.

The video is so extreme in it's horror I started to doubt the authenticity of the group - is this a smoke screen created by Pretty Rickys management to draw the world's attention away from just how incredibly heinous they are? We were all under the impression there was nothing worse in the world than Pretty Ricky, and if this fact is true then how could Butta Creame really exist? This is the case I put to you faithful readers, watch this video and decide for yourselves.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Am I stalking Jay Smooth?

I've started to worry that watching all 70 of his Youtube videos in a very short space of time might get me in trouble, I know Youtube had to hand over loads of data about their users last year and I don't know who's analysing it or what for...
You may have heard of Ill Doctrine, the blog run by Jay Smooth, credited as the creator of the hip hop music blog (also see He also runs the longest running New York hip hop radio show, The Underground Railroad (Stop. Think about the title. Read on.) If those weren't credentials enough, he has to be the greatest video blogger of all time. Why? Because he's one of the greatest people you'll ever come across (online or otherwise).
To be intelligent, well rounded, sensitive, thoughtful, intellectual, creative, pragmatic, down to earth, open minded, mature, moral, empathetic, insightful, humble, interesting, funny and enlightening is probably too much to ask for most of us to achieve all at the same time at any one point in our lifetimes. Jay somehow achieves this in 5 minutes or less in almost every podcast - I sit there feeling really smug and happy, as though I were somehow on the side of right and his particular brand of wonderful has rubbed off on me just because I watched the mans podcast and agreed. OK, I didn't just agree, I might have yelled "Yeah! Exactly!! You tell 'em!!!" at my laptop a few times (all the time).
I've picked out a few of my favourite videos for you here. I'm so sad I've now watched them all and the last one he made was 2 weeks ago, so I'm having to re-watch them and hope no one discovers my secret. Damn it. Just subscribe to his Youtube channel.

Being First

Exactly what I think about blogging. Put much better than I can.

Machine Guns and Stupid Choices

Give this man a tv show, no a country.

Hipster Rap


Tuesday, 13 January 2009

When Robots Go To War: Daz-I-Kue ft Ty & Motet

I need to go out. A DJ needs to play this. Now. Who cares if it's Tuesday afternoon.

Monday, 12 January 2009

Cheap News For Free

Hi folks!
12 days into the new year and I decided to take time out of procrastinating aaaaannnnnddd fill your heads with rubbish. If you care about your intelligence, please skip along.

Can Someone please tell me what this means?

BBC 6 Music will this week launch an advertisment which will feature a "discerning ear-shaped nostril "which will sniff out quality music on the streets. The creator of the ad campaign, Damon Collins, released the following statement: "Such a cutting edge and fresh digital radio station requires something appropriately innovative to promote it, and we hope we've done that". But, can anyone what it is and what sniffing out music on the streets actually means? I don't get it. Am I stupid? I can't understand them.

Amy Winehouse; Because She Finally Cares
(from the tabloid that likes to rip her apart)
Ah! It seems that Our Country's beloved *cough, cough* can finally smell the coffee... When I think about it, my anger is slightly unjustified, because, why should I expect her to be able to smell coffee when her nose and all it's natural functions are constantly high. She says: "My skin was a spotty mess and I was so pale and skinny. I thought to myself, 'Girl, you got to sort yourself out or you'll be dead soon'".

Speaking of life before St Lucia, she continued: "I was depressed, doing drugs and had no life in me at all. Coming here has changed everything. Home is hell for me. I've escaped from it. There are drugs everywhere. I can't do anything without everyone thinking I'm off my head on drugs, although half the time they were right, I was. But here I feel so calm and peaceful and for the first time I can definitely say I am off the drugs. I haven't touched anything since I arrived and I feel the best I have in years".

She even told 'The Tabloid That Likes To Rip Her Apart' of plans to record new material; "Most nights I've done a few songs on the piano for a laugh but I'm starting to think about recording again. I want to capture how happy I am right now in some new songs".


KANYE WEST; Just Like Björk

This story gets two tittles because it leaves me speechless. I want to laugh and I'm scared at the same time. West
He told Vibe Magazine: "It's like Björk. If she wanted to pose naked, you'd be like, 'Oh, that's Björk'. But if I wanted to pose naked, people would draw all type of things into it. I definitely feel like, in the next however many years, if I work out for two months, that I'll pose naked. I break every rule and mentality of hip-hop, of black culture, of American culture". He better do it before Jan 20th, cos someone, and I'm not saying who, might just beat him to it.

Hope you enjoyed the trash!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Kidkanevil please.

For some reason Kidkanevil is one of those producers who remained in my guilty pleasures filing cabinet - I love you lot but I don't actually share everything I listen to with you, (I have seem to have DJ mentality, just not the skills). It's time.
Check him out, I truly cannot find a single thing he's made I'm not feeling - you can download his first album Problems and Solutions from his myspace but you need to buy his second Back Off Man, I'm a Scientist, ft Blu, Kissey Asplund, Bonobo, Justin Percival & Taprikk Sweezee. I'm going to take it further - I think he might be one of my top 5 favourite producers around at the moment (I will not divulge who the others are, dangerous territory).

Here's a mix he made recently for Wax Poetics, and you can catch him DJing at Herbal on 6th Feb for the Frank n Dank Doctors Orders Party - which we'll all obviously be at.

Download here
1. Paddy Roberts – The Big DJ - Decca
2. Laura J Martin – Doki Doki (kidkanevil remix) – First Word
3. Waajeed – Tron – Bling 47
4. J Dilla – CDR beat - ????
5. Madlib – Get Dollaz (24-7) – Stones Throw
6. Radiohead – Reckoner (kidkanevil remix) - unreleased
7. Rustie – Dog Face – Up My Aly
8. The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Luckiest Charm remix) – Ninja Tune
9. Isao Tomita - Passepied – BMG
10. ???? – Cat Woman - ????
11. Kalyanji Anandji – Na Na Na Yeh Kya Karne Lage Ho – Polydor
12. Asha Bhosle & Chorus – Bongo Bongo - The Gramaphone Company Of India Limited
13. Joe Harriott – Contrasts – Atlantic
14. Eddie Harris – I Need Some Money – Atlantic
15. Cody Chestnutt – B***h, I’m Boke – Ready Set Go!
16. Q-Tip – The Renaissance – Motown
17. J Dilla – Featuring Fat Cat Inst – BBE
18. J Dilla – Creepin On You - ????
19. Kankick – Say – Up Above
20. Sa-Ra – Go Ahead – Jazzy Sport
21. Madlib – The Message - ????
22. Mighty Mo and the Winchester Seven – The Next Message – Peace St
23. 6ix Toys – Voodoo People – First Word

Friday, 9 January 2009

Banging on the wrong door?

I was at the copy shop today getting something scanned and I read the facebook conversation Ali, the guy working there had open - he and a friend were typing back and forth "you are black gay, no you are black gay, no you are black gay, no you..." - writing it here it looks like flirting.
I can't be bothered to go over the fact that black men as a group seem to be the least accepting people in the world when it comes to homosexuality. What I wonder about is whether there will ever be a day they discover someone who's music they adore (particularly hip hop) is in fact, gay, and instead of trying to kill that person (or themselves), they just get over it because the music's so good.
I've always been interested in the argument that "issue based" art in the past has often been seen as compromised - that the issue intereferes with or limits the purity of expression. I doubt many people would take that view any more. Art has become accessible to the masses and that democratisation to an extent points the judging finger away from lofty heirarchical whimsy and firmly towards quality and talent. You can be as angry as you like even if it's your debut single - if you're Kelis.
What happens however, if you're not very talented and you're only making "art" to express your own personal issues? I was trying to find an openly gay hip hop act - suprisingly easy - who was actually really good - not so easy. I came across the Homo Revolution Tour 2007 headlined by Deadlee (he does look like an LA gangster but then vests, big muscles and tatts - the line between the homoerotic and extreme machismo has always been blurry). Guilty pleasure time:

I listened to every song on the Homo Revolution site and was disappointed. As is often the case art categorised and grouped by issue rather than artistic quality can suffer and become 'ghettoised' - weaker artists are lumped in together with talented people and the message and music become lost and sidelined. At the end of the day no one will care who you're shagging and how people judge and harass you because of it if you sound so bad they have to turn the song off immediately.
That's why Yo Majesty are great. Three black, Christian lesbians making their own blend of hip hop/ baltimore club/ electro/ booty breaks with some rather unique lyrical content. Who they are is informing their music but it's not gimmicky or weak. Break Bread (clk to D/L) and Club Action were two of my favourite club tunes last year and you can catch them live in London this March. Be warned however - Shunda K tends to perform topless (well if LL & Fiddy can do it) and you'd best behave yourselves...

Wednesday, 7 January 2009


For some reason I missed out on my favourite pass time this Saturday afternoon, to hang out with a mate who is just as big a fan as I am. Duh. If you, like I, missed the aural blessings & super exclusive bizzle (always) you can catch up hurrr. If the first 3 seconds don't keep you locked I don't know what will. Oh and add Alex Nut on his new myspace.

Mixed Nuts X RinseFm (3/1/09)

Flying Lotus 'Paper Crane Gang'
Ras G '5AM Spliff'
Clouds 'Timekeeper; (Ras G remix)
Flying Lotus 'Camel' (Nosaji Thing)
Lukid 'Fela'
Black Milk 'Bounce'
Rhyan Hunn 'EP Track 6'
Flying Lotus 'Sympathy For The Biters'
Ahu/Bullion 'Bitches Of The Past'
Madlib 'Beat 08'
Melanine 'Progressive Revelation'
Brittany Bosco 'City Of Nowhere'
2Tall 'The Corridor' (forthcoming on Terror Rhythm)
Floating Points 'Always To This Point' (unreleased)
Jackson Conti 'Casa Forte'
Mos Def 'Boogie Man'
Hey Zeus/Tech D - 2am inst
Melanin Nine 'Children Of The Sun' ft Yasine
Kareem Riggins 'Life'
Tranqill + Rene 'U R Everything'
Bad Fx & Hey Zeus 'Feel that bump'
Flylo/Ahu 'Stay' (unreleased)
Shuanise 'Kingdom' (unreleased)
Jon Phonics ft Verb T 'Alternate Take'
RDL 'Demon.boi'
Floating Points 'CTI Beat' (unreleased)
Oddisee 'Memory Lane'
Taarach 'Baaaby'
Pursuit Grooves 'Love Dub Motion'
Harmonic 313 'The Returners'
Bad Fx 'The Ultimate'
Count Bass D 'The Block' inst
Reefer 'Let It Go' (Flying Lotus remix)
Shuanise 'Catch' (Mixed Nuts Excluse)
Dorian Concept 'Two Hour Power'
Eprom + Profisee ' Zoning'
Lukid 'Piano Nono'
Madlib + Stacy Epps 'The Way I Live'
Beyonce 'Diva'

The Crazy Cousinz make me feel really old.

Apparently this is what the kids are listening to nowadays. Quite hard to know these things if you don't have a tv and are mildly allergic to Choice fm.

Crazy Cousinz ft Kyla - Do you mind?
This comes out on 26th Jan with loads of remixes by Wiley, Bashy etc, and the Crazy Cousinz album This is Funky Vol 1 drops in March. I keep thinking I'm in a late 90s time warp and someone's going to start yelling reeewind selectah over the top. I'm not posting this because I love it, I'm trying to look young. (I'm 25, and I have been assured that despite this fact I'm a 'choong ting stillll'.)

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Talk to Me

Thanks for the heads up Peanut. A bit slow on the uptake, I watched Talk to Me, Kasi Lemmons 2007 film based on the career of legendary black radio and TV star Petey Greene the other day. Good times, very enjoyable indeed. The film explores the up and down relationship between Greene (played by The Cheadle) and Dewey Hughes (played by Chiwetel 'holding it down for the British-Nigerian faction' Ejiofor).

Although not entirely factual (there is a particularly Chuckle Brothers esque moment when Hughes locks everyone in their respective offices to enable a smash and grab take over of WOL by Greene) Hollywood doesn't seem to have sunk its grasping claws into this production too much and in my humble opinion, the feel good moments in this film just enhance the pleasure of being able to watch the life story of such a legend. If you haven't seen it yet, why not dust off your daishiki, throw up a fist and do so on Saturday to commemerate the death of Mr Greene.

The smoky pool hall scenes, day light eclipsing afros and absolutely world class, life affirming garms (there is a point to it all and it is dressing like a 60's go-go dancing queen to the best of ones abilities and at any available opportunity) reminded me some what of my life in Dalston. Bear with me here, but being unemployed does facilitate the spending of a lot of time in smoky pool halls, the growing and pruning of ones afro to perfection and the daily visit to Oxfam to play dress up. What better place to do all of this than glorious Dalston? It goes without saying that the sound track on Talk to Me is finger licking good too and so on this beautiful winters day in Dalston I have been listening non stop to Sly and the Family Stone If You Want Me To Stay, my favourite track from my favourite film of the week.

Salem Al Fakir - Swedens best kept secret

...and a new voice in soul..The Swedish-Syrian multi-instrumentalist /writer/producer don laid down his debut This is Who I Am on the DIY in his basement and bedroom all on his jacksie (with a little help brother Sami on horns)..loving his quirky fresh lushness here on Dreamgirl

Monday, 5 January 2009

Pure Filth - Zapp and Roger

First day back on the 9-5 and I think we're all needing a little wonder back in our lives now that Santas been and gone and we've pledged not to touch another drop of booze..ever again....So the other night something shifted in the space-time continuum when I was shown this clip of Zapp & Roger doing Computer Love live..behold the solo 2 mins in..pure filth and glorious

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Watch "Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes", by Byron Hurt

I came across this documentary today. The stats concerning what is happening to black women in America really shocked me. Here's the trailer:

To watch the full documentary online click here.

Friday, 2 January 2009

The Secret Garden - Sweet Seduction Suite

Nobody sings like this anymore. What happened at the end of the 80s/ early 90s that made most men start singing completely unbridled sexy time songs without a hint of irony that made you go all fidgety?! Bring it back! This might actually make you gag but I love it; Barry White, James Ingram, El DeBarge & Al B Sure! produced by Quincy Jones. Music porn for the laydees - download here.

We might have to talk about James Ingram and how amazing his voice is at a later date.


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