Sunday, 30 August 2009

RBMA catch up with the GLK

Will, AKA The Gas Lamp Killer is just such a lovely guy, I'm gutted I didn't make it to what was apparently a legendary FWD session last Sunday (I was at J-Live @ Cargo), but I did bump in to Will & the equally lovely Illum Sphere in the street outside to say hello and the entire area was coated in beat heads, some walking past drunkenly shrieking at him "the muthaf*cking Gas Lamp Killllleeerrrrr, yeahhhh!!!" which was hilarious if a bit unnerving. RBMA caught up with him for an interview & mix - click HERE for some blurb or just listen below.

The Gaslamp Killer - Intro A - Brainfeeder
The Gaslamp Killer - Anything Worse - Brainfeeder
The Gaslamp Killer - FK Mega Edit 1 - Unreleased
The Gaslamp Killer - FK Mega Edit 2 - Unreleased
The Gaslamp Killer - Zalim - Obey
The Gaslamp Killer - Turk Mex - Brainfeeder
The Gaslamp Killer - Intro B Brainfeeder
The Gaslamp Killer - Baiafro - Brainfeeder
The Gaslamp Killer - Ruskie Electric
Flying Lotus ft. The Gaslamp Killer - GNG BNG - Warp
Prefuse 73 ft. Gaslamp Killer - Gaslamp Killer Feedback Text - Warp
The Gaslamp Killer - Show Stopper - Obey
The Gaslamp Killer - Kobwebs - Milan
The Gaslamp Killer - All Killer Mix Pts 1, 2 & 3 - Finders Keepers

Friday, 28 August 2009

The PMOI Last Minute Guide to Carnival Parties

In answer to the constant questions "can you put this flyer on your site/ tell your people" and "which Carnival/ bank holiday parties are you going to?" I decided to put something together that answers both! It's just parties, no sound systems (that's what Time Out is for!), but check it out & hopefully see you this weekend.

All of the flyers in the pdf are clickable so for more info on each event just click on it!


Listings include:

Why Not? Dubstep Carnival Party @ The Scala
Burntprogress & Boglewaltz Carnival  Special @ Plastic Ppl
Wah Wah 45s Present Stac & Tarr Baby @ The Jazz Cafe

The Reset @ Nike 1948
The Wise Children Present... @ The Royal Festival Hall
Tomorrow @ The Market Place
Urban Nerds Carnival Special @ Hearn Street Car Park

Chew The Fat! + Urban Nerds @ Liquid Nation
More About Music @ The Fat Badger
Instrumental Presents Waajeed & Om’mas @ The Westbury
Off The Meters BBQ Party @ The Korsan Bar
Coopr8 Carnival Special @ East Village
The Soul Brew Boat Party @ (Golden Jubilee) Temple Pier
Hoya Hoya @ The Roadhouse (Manchester)

More About Music @ The Fat Badger
Red Bull Major Lazer Party @ Under the Westway
I Luv Live @ Bar Rumba

Deviation Carnival Special @ Gramaphone

(Honourable Mention!) Doctors Orders 33 @ Herbal

Esta Menina É Algo Especial!

As the title says, this girl is something special! I don't know much about the extremely talented Cape Verdean, Cuban born Mayra Andrade who lives and records in Paris under the French division of Sony Music but believe me, I intend to find out soon! But until I do, I'll leave you with this clip I came across today... Enjoy/Support!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Dwele - Travellin' Girl

I first came across Dwele via Yahoo! Radio strangely enough - and have been hooked ever since. Having seen him perform a few times the video below is a perfect example of the cool calm that both Dwele's vocals and persona bring. Also, check out his YouTube Channel, he's started directing his own videos and they're pretty good...I just want to know when he's coming back to London!

Q-Tip - Kamaal The Abstract (Download)

Finally, the album Q-Tip was meant to release in 2002 after Amplified but his label didn't feel was commercial enough "Kamaal The Abstract" (clue is in the name!), will be out on 15th September on Battery Records. At the time Tip said -
I am really disappointed that Kamaal wasn't released. LA Reid didn't know what to do with it; then, three years later, they release OutKast. What OutKast is doing now, those are the kinds of sounds that are on Kamaal the Abstract. Maybe even a little more out. Kamaal was just me, guerrilla

Click to download “Damn You’re Cool” + 2 bonus tracks
: Q-Tip - “Heals”
: Q-Tip - “Reverber For Factory”

Downloads c/o Kevin Nottingham

Laurel Collective

A Recipe for Lushness

1. Take 6 extremely talented human beings of the male gender variety with Welsh, Italian, Nigerian, and English roots.
2. Slowly, add exceptional songwriting/performance.
3. Ferociously mix in crazy live antics & really, really good dancing.
4. Put it all on a record or on stage at a happening venue and what you will have before you is a band called Laurel Collective.

I went to their 'Ted Baker sponsored' Pure Groove in store yesterday and was totally blown away. Being in their presence is like being at carnival, when carnival was deserving of all the good hype it received. Check them out folks.


Just got this new beauty from uber modest and delightful UK artist Stac. Seems 'quirky' solo female artists are growing on trees at the mo (in the press anyhoo), so the earholes are mighty grateful for the freshness of her trademark lush harmonic work, tasty hooks combined with the rude beat-work of Afrosaxon on this joint. Check out singles Balls Bounce on 7 inch/digi download (plus nifty remix from Bonobo) and heartbreaking Glory out in the Autumn on WahWah 45's. Catch her at the Jazz Cafe this Friday night. It should be incendiary if her rumoured track record with setting fire to an old music teacher is anything to go by....its the quiet ones you got to watch out for..Enjoy!

The Foreign Exchange feat. Muhsinah - "House Of Cards" video

I'm late on this one, been busy as usual, but had to work backwards a couple of days and post this. Directed by Matt Koza, this has to be one of the most interesting videos I've seen this year, and in fact I had to watch it twice to really get a sense of it, for a great track from Leave It All Behind. Spot the cameos from Nicolay & RJD2.

The Foreign Exchange feat. Muhsinah - "House Of Cards" from The Foreign Exchange on Vimeo.

Floating Points BBC Maida Vale Session on Gilles Peterson

It's up. I am so excited for and proud of Sam (Floating Points) and the whole Eglo Records crew. Listen HERE


Photo pinched from Shook mag - check out their wicked taster article on the fam HERE


I woke up this morning with "Down on My Knees" by Ayo. in my head, which I don't think I've heard since I started PMOI. For anyone who doesn't know about the wonderful Nigerian/Romani gypsy/ German/ French Ayo. check the video below...

Her most recent album Gravity At Last came out in September '08, and she has been touring over the summer (which was unfortunately cut short due to an ectopic pregnancy). I haven't seen anything that says she'll be coming to the UK any time soon but we can cross our fingers! In the meantime here's her most recent video - Lonely

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Ash - The Alphabet Tour

I think Ash was the first ever live gig I went to (on my own), at the Oxford Zodiac in 1996 I believe - Rick the drummer was wearing a green dress & I was determined to marry Tim Wheeler (lead singer). Showing my age. I love the idea they've come up with for "The Alphabet Tour", hitting loads of small towns in an A-Z of the UK, so fans will get to see them in a smaller venue like I did all those years ago...

The tour will be used to launch the A-Z Series, starting with True Love 1980 on October 12. The series contains a collection of 26 limited edition 7″ and digital download singles released fortnightly after the first.

ash600Tickets go on sale tomorrow (August 27), you can click HERE for the dates

"Who the f*ck are Ash?!" do I hear ye soulful cry? I shall tell thee.
You can cop a free download of their most recent single below now that you love them too...

Nomo - RFWtv 2009

I don't care if they look like a bunch of awkward hairy jazz hippies who shouldn't really be interviewed on video, just close your eyes if you must and listen to the music and their story - Nomo are incredible.

Interview by the

Monday, 24 August 2009

Brownswood Bubblers 4 Release

I'm not really in to compilation CDs, apart from the Brownswood Bubblers series which are always as amazing as you would expect they'd be, and always yield a few songs which end up being my favourites for that year (Yaw "Where Would You Be", Jamie Woon "Wayfaring Stranger", Tawiah "Watch Out", Yellowtail ft Jeni Fujita "Over It" to name but a few). Bubblers 4 dropped today - huge congrats to yU of the Diamond District for making it on here, his album "Before Taxes" was dope! Long live Gilles Peterson.

Buy the CD HERE or download it from ITUNES

1. Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No
2. Souleance - Mañana
3. yU - Fine
4. El Michels Affair - Shimmy Shimmy Ya
5. Lisa Papineau - Rene Thomas
6. The Misled Children & Odean Pope - Dadadun
7. Kafka - The Kafka Anthem
8. Oumou Sangaré - Iyo Djeli
9. Jam De Silva - Dia Santo
10. Keaver & Brause - Awake
11. Sound Species ft Ahu - Can We Call It Love
12. New Look - Everything
13. Floating Points ft Fatima - Peroration Five
14. Lone - Sea Spray

As a little reminder of why they're so good, check this out!

'Best of Bubblers' A Brownswood Mixtape. by Brownswood

tracklisting :
1. Soundspecies - Can We Call It Love (with Ahu) [BB4]
2. Simbad feat. Steelo - Soul Fever [BB1]
3. Bullion - Get Familiar [BB3]
4. NSM - The Hype [BB2]
5. Katalyst feat. Steve Spacek - How Bout Us [BB3]
6. Cornish Waters feat. Duchess - Walking [BB2]
7. Ayak & First Man - Can We Go Back? [BB1]
8. DJ Day - A Place To Go [BB3]
9. Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No [BB4]
10. Iman - Who Was I Trying To Fool [BB1]
11. Flying Lotus - Tea Leaf Dancers [BB2]
12. New Look - Everything [BB4]

Sunday, 23 August 2009

14KT - Nowalataz LP (Download)

If you only download one thing this month let it be this dope project from 14KT. I read the press release but in all honesty found it a little off-putting (took me a while to open this) and the music really is brilliant so download it & do your own digging.

Download HERE

Thursday, 20 August 2009 f*cking amazing.

Sorry for the title of this post but I really didn't know what else to say. This girl, Jessie, is from Essex. Not a massive fan of the song or facial gymnastics but quite frankly - whatever. Girl can blow.

Props to LaWeez Hynes for this one.

Jay Z + Rihanna + Kanye - Run This Town Video

I was thinking about waiting for the official but may as well post this for now...

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Red - I Should Tell Yo Mama On You (Alex Nut Remix)

Yep, one of London's hottest DJs & head honcho of Eglo Records Alex Nut has turned his hand to production. Download HERE. *I posted the video to this tune a couple of days ago.

If you read this blog you know how highly I rate Alex and have done for a very long time. This pic is of Alex with DJ Cavalry back in the day at the night I used to run called Lookout at Favela Chic. From the look on his face I think he'd just dropped "Murda" by Klashnekoff... good times.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Mpho - "Heavyweight Champion of The World" (Reverend And The Makers' cover)

I am going to keep talking about Mpho, all the time, because she's special. New video of a cover from her, following on from the beautiful version of "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush.

Jamie T - Chaka Demus

For some reason I don't think I've ever posted about Jamie T, but I've liked him for years. There's something about his music that feels like the logical next step from the kind of indie music I was listening to in the 90s as a kid which featured hip hop influenced drum patterns and loops but still had a distinctly British sound...he just sounds like a London kid. His new album Kings and Queens comes out on 7th September.

VV Brown - Game Over (Video)

I was very much on the fence at first with VV Brown - I just couldn't work out if I thought much of her music or not. After numerous posts of that nature I've realised I'm not posting audio, just video, and as a visual creature she's certainly likeable. I do believe she probably has a lot of talent but seems to be turning in to a singing pair of legs, much like Amerie, but with an avant-garde, highly styled twist. I suppose there are worse things.

JME - Over Me

Try not to faint, I know this isn't my usual fare but I'm really feeling the production & overall vibe on this track from JME, my face is just screwing itself and I would love to hear it on a big system. It's out on iTunes 20th September.

Dâm Funk - Angel Reflections (Unreleased)

Dâm just put this new unreleased treat out & it's the closest you'll get to the joy of being on the beach without actually going. 12 minutes of bliss. Enjoy HERE

Monday, 17 August 2009

Soul Power After Party

Last night I attended the "Soul Power" after party put together by Put Me On It, Pause & Shook magazine. If you haven't seen the movie, you're crazy. If you've seen the movie, live in London and didn't come to the party, you're even crazier. This party really made up for the fact that I wasn't available in September 1974. The music, people and vibe was so on point I heard numerous people asking was this party a regular night. There was nothing regular about last night, the vibe was so good it felt like I partied with family.
Chantel & Amelia
Chantel of You Me We designs & Amelia from PMOI wearing them.
Soul Power Party People In The Place To Be
Smile made in Africa
Ophiona from Afripop Magazine
Don't read shook mag and skate drunk
Shook Magazine # 6
Rocking the South African Bush earrings
That Real Bling
Charlie Dark On The One's & Two's
The legendary Charlie Dark of Attica Blues, & Blacktronica

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

New 4Hero album "Extensions" (stream)

Believe it or not I listen to everything carefully before I post it, even a NEW 4HERO ALBUM! I picked this up at one of my favourite blogs Honey Soul this morning and have been listening to it all day. Before you groan "remix album?!", take a look at the playlist below (you won't find the Crazy Cousinz anywhere near this one) the whole thing below!

<a href="">Universal Love - Sonar Kollektiv Orchester by 4hero</a>

1. Universal Love - Sonar Kollektiv Orchester
2. Why don’t you talk? - Nu Tropic
3. Conceptions - Landau Orchestra
4. Planeteria - Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson
5. Third Stream - Robert Mitchell 3io
6. Give In - Ayanna Witter Johnson
7. Blank Cells - Luke Parkhouse with The Sharkfood Orchestra
8. Sophia - Christian Badzura & Liverpool Session Orchestra
9. Cosmic Tree - Andre Zimma vs YeSolar feat Oezlem
10. People Always Criticize Us - Vince Vella’s Cuban Collective
11. Humans - The Sub Ensemble
12. Star Chasers - RE:JAZZ

Jon Lucien

Wow. A serious young producer I know put me on to Jon Lucien (1942 – 2007) today, and I am now completely obsessed. With Jon, not Dunc (the producer). Saying that, you should definitely check out his new blog, he produced The Shining on The Diamond District album, and I am reliably informed he's an amazing source of crazy samples.

Jon Lucien, "Listen Love"

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Hudson Mohawke - Butter (new album)

Hudson Mohawke's debut album Butter will be released on Warp on 12th October...
“the Butter idea, as well as just wanting to give the album a simple striking name, also came from my attempt at a sort of prog rock meets vintage soul meets sleazy R’n’B aesthetic - Isaac Hayes ‘hot buttered soul’. I really wanted the title to somehow emphasise the arrangements on the record, how I’ve tried to create songs as opposed to just computer driven arrangements, how the record flows. I think compared to some of my earlier production it’s smoother in some ways as well, like butter for the eardrums.”
Download MP3 from Butter - 'Rising 5'
Hudson Mohawke / Hudson Mohawke by Mylou Oord

Monday, 10 August 2009

Mmm, LA - new treats from Mayer Hawthorne, Red & Oh No

I'm a little late with a couple of things, sorry, I'm a busy woman.

I might sound like I'm firmly on the Mayer Hawthorne Bandwagon, but really there must worse places to be. This video was shot at Venice Beach & if you weren't a fan before you must be now. I blogged the free download of this tune a while back which has to be from one of the most hotly anticipated albums of the year “A Strange Arrangement”

Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No from Stones Throw on Vimeo.

I somehow totally forgot to blog this a couple of weeks ago. Posted the original video a while ago and now the EP from Red AKA The Man Without The Machine is available to buy with remixes from Dâm Funk & Chops...

Last but definitely not least, Oh No's new album - Dr No's Ethiopium - will be out this month and was entirely made from Ethiopian music samples. Download this heavy snippets mix HERE
Oh No's Ethiopium coming exclusively to

Dope Event: CDR Knowledge-Beat Innervisions

The guys from CDR just told me about this event which is an absolute must for producers & anyone who's interested in the recently released Logic 9...

CDR Knowledge-Beat Innervisions

Production insights into tracks heard and developed at CDR

Wednesday, 19th August 6.30pm-11pm, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

We have teamed up with CW to bring you events that give you further insights into tracks heard and developed by your peers at CDR sessions.

It's also a chance for us to check out some new kit, share production tips,tricks and a drink or two!

Grab Your Free ticket from:

Drinks courtesy of Havana Club. Explore the modern arts of Havana at

Production insights:


Floating Points (Eglo/Planetmµ)

Simbad (Raw Fusion)

This session features Bullion, Floating Points and Simbad each sharing the production journey from one of their stand out recordings.

Working Logic

Your chance for you to get to grips with Logic Pro 9, supported by CDR community members including:

Morgan Zarate / Aaron Jerome / Soundspecies / Guynamite / Twin Cities

Running Order:
6.30pm - Working Logic - Beat making demonstrations / track productions
8.15pm - Introductions
8.30pm - 'Get Familiar' with Bullion
9.15pm - 'Soul Fever' with Simbad
10.00pm - 'Love Me Like This' with Floating Points
10.30pm - 'Open CDR' - Tracks produced during the session played - Loud!
11.30pm - END

Erykah Badu, Chaka Khan & Stevie Wonder Tribute to Diana Ross

I just scooped this over at Pinboard (have you voted for them in the Dazed Raw Blog Awards yet?), and I'm so glad people are paying tribute to artists whilst they're alive and can enjoy it...on that note I thought I'd share one of my favourite Diana Ross songs...she recorded it in 1991 and apparently redid it with Westlife a few years ago (wtf?!) so I had to dig really hard to find the original video, featuring her two gorgeous sons Ross & Evan. Apologies for the subtitles.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

New Little Dragon "Machine Dreams" album drops 17th August

Not much in the way of a big promo campaign but for a band this loved - who needs it? I've had a couple of songs from this for a while (Blinking Pigs & Fortune, which I might upload for you to listen to later), and the vibe is very different to the debut but of course - gorgeous. Check out Never Never below...

"The title Machine Dreams seems obvious. These days, humans seem more and more like machines, and as technology evolves, machines feel more human and it becomes fuzzy and beautiful and science fiction-ish. We feel dependent on our machines to create and live, and their sounds reflect us"
. - Yukimi Nagano

1. A New
2. Looking Glass
3. My Step
4. Feather
5. Thunder Love
6. Never Never
7. Runabout
8. Swimming
9. Blinking Pigs
10. Come Home
11. Fortune

Thursday, 6 August 2009

The Soul Power Party 16th Aug 2009!

It's been a minute since I put a party together but hopefully it'll be worth the wait! I'm so excited about this - Soul Power is the best film I've seen this year - moving, hilarious (occasionally feels like Spinal Tap but real), and of course the music is unbelievable - it's a must see. I hate watching amazing films like that then having nowhere to party afterwards - so I teamed up with Jez at Shook and Eric Lau at Pause and we did something about it. Check out the event on Facebook for full info!

Pause and Shook Magazine have teamed up to present this special event inspired by the Soul Power film which came out this summer. Soul Power is an amazing documentary about the three day festival which took place in Zaire in '74 prior to the infamous Ali/ Foreman "Rumble in The Jungle" fight, and featured performances from James Brown, BB King, Bill Withers, Miriam Makeba, Celia Cruz, the Fania Allstars and more. We were so inspired by the film we wanted to encourage everyone to see it, then bring it to life and throw a party to celebrate powerful afro/funk/soul music from '74 to '09. It is also a launch party for Shook # 6 which features an article about the movie.

We've roped in Charlie Dark (Blacktronica), Eric Soul (Afrogroov), Bemi (Amplified), Eric Lau, Juven and H!ts (Pause) to provide the soundtrack to a serious hot and sweaty dancing session that will make the Market Place feel like Kinshasa whatever the English summer is saying. We will also have an Afroboutique and in-house stylist who will be making you all look fine - it is the Market Place after all.

To make sure you get the full experience we've arranged a limited number of discount tickets for a screening of the film at The Electric Cinema on Portobello Road earlier in the day at 3pm. Tickets go on sale on 7th August so we will send you the discount code as soon as we have it, or you can email me at to receive it. You can then hop on the bus or a couple of stops on the tube afterwards to the Market Place for the afterparty. We will also have some t-shirts and DVDs to give away on the night, and maybe even a few more surprises...

See you in the middle of the dancefloor!

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Shook # 6 has landed

Why am I posting about a magazine which is surely my competition? They're so deep we're in different realms. I love Shook, and the fact that they're doing what they do for all the right reasons - every issue is just beautiful and I would strongly suggest you pick one up.

The Quantic Y Su Combo Barbaro album is dropping soon, and photographer, filmmaker & all-round good guy B+ generously offered a picture he took in Colombia to put on the cover. Check the rest of the photos & the full story inside the mag. In the new issue we speak to Raekwon from the Wu about an album more hotly awaited than the second coming - Only Born 4 Cuban Linx II. We do some ghetto-turismo in Morò de Providencia, the oldest favela in Rio, thanx to French artist JR. We capture the UK’s premier ‘house dance’ crew InDaHouse in full effect. There’s an intvw with one of our favourite producers 9th Wonder and his True School crew. We spk to Rashad Smith (if you don’t know who that is, check the back of your ‘Woo Hah’ 12-inch or CD-single) . The eglo crew represent (Floating Points, Alex Nut & the whole 9 yards).There’s the story behind the 1974 concert in Kinshasa when James Brown, Bill Withers and Celia Cruz lined up alongside Miriam Makeba and Franco – it’s the subject of the new Soul Power film. Also check the story of Rahaan & the Chuck Brothers, the crate diggers outta Chi-city – and while you’re at it you need to download their mixes. Speaking of mixes, we speak to the one like Karizma who has a new album out via R2. We also have an in-depth story about the life and times of Freddie Hubbard, as remembered by Creed Taylor (of CTI and Impulse! fame). We publish a short story by Charlie Dark (‘The God of Road’), we remember French novelist Boris Vian and we speak to Bob James too. There’s also a revamped back section where we cover anything from Congolese sapeurs to boutique stores in the heart of Hoaxtown. What else? There’s a lot, and our fingers are getting tired so do yourself a favour and seek it out.

Maxwell has some seriously Bad Habits...

Like living in a rubbish apartment, eating way to many pies & having terrible taste in women. As you can see clearly demostrated all the way through this video.

Arts Own Kind & Wahala TV - Afrobeat Documentary

For anyone who missed the lecture at Rich Mix back in June (to read my little review click HERE), featuring Lemi Ghariokwu, Tony Allen, Dele Sosimi, Rich Medina and Wunmi, I've just been sent this documentary about it presented by Eric Soul.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Miles Bonny - A Song From Miles (Kermit the Frog Cover)

I can't quite believe I just wrote "Miles Bonny - A Song From Miles (Kermit the Frog Cover)" as the title of a blog post. More unbelievably - this is going straight in to my top 10 of 2009 so far. Miles has just surpassed himself with this heartachingly beautiful piece - I was going to post the video of Kermit but if I don't this will always be that gorgeous Miles Bonny song to you...please download it HERE. (If you do want to check the videos click here.)
It's part of Hooch Soul, a collection of songs Mr Bonny is adding to or covering which I believe will be on sale soon.
Props to Jus Like Music for the heads up.

The Doctor's Orders presents DJ Neil Armstong

The Doctor’s Orders presents


(Jay –Z / 5th Platoon)

& Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders)

9pm – 3am FRIDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2009

@ a secret London Location.

Tickets £8 in advance only!

Buy tickets HERE

Also, check out Doctor's Orders MJ Tribute

Enjoy People

Mpho at Cargo "Running Up That Hill" cover

Kate Bush + Mpho = pure gorgeousness.

Monday, 3 August 2009

Jay Electronica “Dear Moleskine” produced by Just Blaze Video Teaser

Busy weekend means I'm posting this late - was hoping no one would notice. I was wrong. The track below by Jay Electronica is produced by Just Blaze & is called “Dear Moleskine.” I can't help but laugh - my sister was berating herself for buying a Moleskine last week because it was No. 122 on this will make her feel better. Apparently this is a part of a a collaborative film/music project between Jay Electronica’s The Dogon Society and DECON, and the footage was shot at Pashputinath Hindu Temple and The Bodinath Buddhist Temple in Kathmandu Nepal.

Props to Rappers I Know

Quantic - Un Canto a Mi Tierra

Quantic & Art Don't Sleep can do no wrong apparently. More video gorgeousness from them. Get your tickets now for the Quantic Soul Orchestra at the Roundhouse on 4th September.

Un Canto a Mi Tierra from Quantic on Vimeo.

Sunday, 2 August 2009

DJ IQ mix July 09

...I'm just posting it a little late, sorry. DJ IQ is really starting to make some waves at the moment, you may have caught him last month on Big Brother with Professor Green, his guest appearance on Mixed Nutz (Rinse FM), and you probably will catch him on 1Xtra throughout August on the hip hop mix show.

The details I have for this are "Got bored....done a mix. All live, no edits or effects". Boredom is clearly very productive for some people.


Mayer Hawthorne & The County "Maybe So Maybe No'"
Soundspecies Feat. Ahu "Can We Call it Love?"
El Michels Affair "Cherchez La Ghost"
Quantic Soul Orchestra "Heard It All Before" remix
Busta Rhymes Take It Off
Dam Funk "Killa Dat Mutha Fu*ka"
Mos Def "Quiet Dog"
Q Tip Feat Amanda Diva "Mannwomanboogie"
Roots Manuva "let the spirit"
Chemo Unreleased beat
Keaver & Brause "Awake"

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Rest In Peace Titus "Baatin" Glover of Slum Village

The details surrounding the tragic death of Baatin are as yet unknown, but I have posted the details reported in the press so far. PMOI's thoughts are with his family and friends, I can't imagine how terrible it must be to lose a loved one so young so suddenly, especially so soon after J. Dilla's passing.

Story from Free Press:

Titus (Baatin) Glover, the Detroit rapper who co-founded the much-acclaimed Slum Village, has died.

The circumstances of his death remain unknown, associates said this afternoon. Baatin's body was found this morning in the 14000 block of Anglin Street and is at the Wayne County medical examiner's office, said family friend Ty Townson.

Funeral arrangements are not yet set. Friends and family members will gather for a public remembrance at 8 p.m. Sunday at Elements Gallery, 2125 Michigan Avenue in Detroit.

Baatin, who turned 35 in March, left Slum Village in 2002, later telling the Free Press he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He continued to record and play occasional solo dates before returning to the Slum fold for the group's upcoming album, "Villa Manifesto," due Sept. 22.

He was with the group for its gig at June's Rock the Bells Tour stop at DTE Energy Music Theatre, and last week performed in a video shoot for Slum's new single, "Cloud 9."

"This is just very shocking," said friend Biba Adams. "We were all hoping this would be the return of the original group."

"Baatin will be missed," Slum Village's T3 told the Free Press in a statement. "I'm glad we got a chance to work together before he passed. We lost another Slum soldier, a dear friend and a brother. He touched many lives."

Word of Baatin's passing circulated quickly this afternoon in music circles both locally and nationally, where Slum Village has long been an exalted name in underground hip-hop.

Fellow group founder James (J. Dilla) Yancey, Baatin's Pershing High School classmate, passed away in 2006.

"Deepest sympathy to the family, friends and fans of Slum Village on the passing of Baatin," said J. Dilla's mother, Maureen Yancey, in a statement. "We loved him and his kind heart and spirit will be forever be in our hearts."

Slum Village emerged in the late 1990s amid major street buzz, attracting fans of organic hip-hop and supported by acts such as A Tribe Called Quest. The group's 2000 national debut, "Fantastic Vol. 2" landed on critics' best-of lists and set the stage for Slum's highest-profile commercial release, "Trinity," two years later.

"He was a very spiritual brother," said Detroiter Khalid el-Hakim, founder of the Black History 101 Mobile Museum. "He brought a spirituality to Detroit hip-hop that you didn't see with other artists. That's what he was known for."

Baatin is survived by his son, Michael Majesty Ellis, 9; his daughter, Aura Grace Glover, 1; his parents Howard and Grace Glover; and his sister, Tina Glover, all of Detroit.


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