Tuesday, 29 September 2009

ArtDontSleep Presents: Skid Row AM Sessions w/ Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn, Om'Mas Keith & co

As anyone who reads this blog knows I'm a BIG fan of the whole Art Don't Sleep, Plug Research, Mochilla crew. If I were in LA I would be a complete pest they couldn't get rid of because all of their events, releases, exhibitions, film screenings, films, etc etc sound incredible. I heard about the Still Bill (Bill Withers biopic) from them and when I asked about the screening they arranged for it Dru informed me on Twitter "Grown men were crying. Appearance by James Gadson. Tons of special folks in the house". I imagine that's an accurate description for a lot of their events so follow @artdontsleep and check out www.mochilla.com
Info from the lovely J.Kim - 
A couple of weeks ago, we sent out video of Blu and Pharoahe Monch speaking about the upcoming Shafiq Husayn album entitled "Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka" dropping October 6th on Plug Research.  Later that night, an amazing array of musicians came together to take part in a jam session of epic proportions.  Featuring Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA), Om'Mas Keith (SA-RA), Brook D'leau (J Davey), Mark De Clive Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Suite for Ma Dukes), Thundercat, and more, it was definitely a night to remember.  Enjoy a video clip from the jam session, as well as the audio featuring special guest, Pharoahe Monch, on mic/hosting duties.

ArtDontSleep: Skid Row Sessions w/ Pharoahe Monch, Shafiq Husayn, Om'Mas Keith, and more.... from Plug Research on Vimeo.
Download the audio HERE

Monday, 28 September 2009

Some Freak, Andreya Triana & Ritornell - The Light / Video by Laura Nöbauer & Christine Schörkhuber

Some of my Red Bull Music Academy mates have been busy making dopeness!
They created this amazing work with the special support of Wildruf. The
record is still available at your favourite record-store and comes with
remixes by the likes of Dorian Concept, Patrick Pulsinger & Orakel.

Andreya Triana "Lost Where I Belong"


This weekend was hectic, so apologies for the delay on posting this one and thank you to all 1,256, 778 (approx) people who sent this to me! I adore Andreya Triana's voice and imagine big things will be going on for her next year - she's already worked with Mr Scruff, Flying Lotus and Theo Parrish! The lovely Gav from Jus Like Music got an exclusive from Ninja Tune for 500 free downloads of Andreya's new single - which as you can imagine disappeared almost instantly (sorry!) but at least you can listen here...

  Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong  by  juslikemusic

...and watch Bonobo's video for The Keeper ft Andreya which will be released on 19th October.

My-Choons with Eddie Kadi at the Roundhouse


*Mychoons Artwork by the super talented Ali Augur

I'm always worried about reviewing events run by people I know but I had a feeling Charlie Dark & Andrew Missingham's new Desert Island Disks style music talk show Mychoons was a pretty safe bet. Their guest this week was comedian Eddie Kadi, who I didn't know much about, but everyone I spoke to in the foyer said "my Mum loves him" so I wasn't sure what to expect.
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It turns out Eddie is a brilliant Congolese comedian who moved to London at the age of 8 with his family in 1992, and the first song he can remember blowing him away was Michael Jacksons' "Beat It", which he couldn't understand the words to at the time and was convinced MJ had to be from the Congo.

(Full review>>) 

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Currently Listening to....

A little update on what I really have been enjoying listening too....



I still have yet to purchase the album as I get paid tomorrow (hurrah!) but I oh so looove this song, Its perfect for my weekend morning jogs Ive started to take up and my mind just drifts...

The next song is something that my office regularly hear as we are addicted to Radio 6 (Go George Lamb and his antics every morning)...I havent heard their album..and it does seem a bit of a one hit wonder for my playlist (i get bored of Indie bands for the past 3 years as they all seem to blur in my ears a little)...its mellow style reminds me of if U2 and Muse if they were to get high and do a lil session in LA over summer....


(Full post>>)

Friday, 25 September 2009

Watch: Jose James "Facing East" The Music of John Coltrane + Other jazz news


The lovely Noah sent me a link to the concert above and I'm so pleased to post it. Any problems you can watch it in full here. This performance was on John Coltrane's birthday (23rd Sept), he would have been 85. You can actually catch this show in London this Monday 28th September at Ronnie Scotts - buy tickets HERE. Just in case that wasn't enough Jose for you, I don't think I posted the K-swiss ad he did with the title track from his forthcoming album Black Magic, which I have lonnnng had on repeat...


In other jazz news, the line up for the London Jazz Festival 2009 has just been announced and it's pretty impressive. Our beloved Robert Glasper (did you catch our full stream of his new album Double Booked?)  is on the bill, and will be performing at the Southbank (QEH) on Nov 15th (buy tickets for that show HERE), supposedly with Bilal who isn't mentioned on the SB site but is, just, on the London Jazz Fest site...
Hip hop-influenced pianist Glasper follows the likes of McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock as the Blue Note label’s latest piano star to push the classic trio format into uncharted territory. A loose-limbed and expressive soloist, Glasper incorporates fractured and insistent melodic loops in his heavily rhythmic style. Tonight he is joined by regular collaborator and hip hop star Bilal.
All very irregular. Anyway, lastly Freddie Joachim has made another EP available for download - we posted Nights Alone a while back and I still listen to it on a Sunday morning.

I go now, to stroke my beard.

Feels just like it should - Jamiroquai (Sa-Ra remix)



Alright there lads!!! Let me tell you something! I was having my fry up with a nice cup of tea (milk and one sugar - no messin around here girls) at the Astro Cafe, reborn out of the ashes like a phoenix after a fire in June, I came across THIS ARTICLE in The Sun yesterday by Lily Allen. Ooooooo. Anyway here is the Kenneth o'Fever's take and policy regarding posting music on PMOI. If the track is out of print or only available on the second hand market or it is the intention of the producer to have it widely distributed, then I will make it available for download. If the track is available in a way that will provide income for the artist, then I will probably stream it and direct you to where you can buy it. Now anyone got a problem with that, come and see me and they'll be seeing the back of my hand!

I have a feeling that people don't really take Jamiroquai seriously and I don't really blame you with all that voodoo he's been doing with animals and stuff. He does like a bit of the nose ace, that lad. But you gotta remember there was a time (circa 95) when every c**t's room had a jamiroquai poster (another one being "take me to your dealer") but I never hear his stuff played out these days.
Well here's something I found in Amsterdam apart from all the brassferatu that makes the Dam such a wonderful place to be.

Feels just like it should - Jamiroquai (Sa-Ra remix)

Hustle Simmons Heat?

Hezekiah just sent this over, and it passed the 30 second rule...in 10 seconds. Basically my body started shaking itself. It's a preview of a track on the forthcoming Hustle Simmons LP (Dave Ghetto + The S Ence). From what I could work out this track features Porn, Dave Ghetto, Hezekiah, Poindexter, prod by Tha S Ence.



I'm looking forward to getting hold of that and...probably playing it to myself in my house. Unless I can convice a club DJ somewhere in the UK. This might be a contentious issue but what Dave mentions at the end about that being a "differential" song made me wonder. There must be loads of good music coming out that gets buried. What makes a song coming out of the so called "underground" scene blow up and stand out obviously as "differential" in 2009/2010 - is it the just music? Or is it something else?

Thursday, 24 September 2009

"Lookout Weekend" jazzed up to the max by Mr Confuse

How're we doin folks!!! It's Kenneth "am I the only one with an erection in here" Fever again!!!!
I came across this record at a night called "Struttin'" at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam. It's a cracker of a night with soul and funk music all night with a sprinkling of hip hop, R&B and reggae. Baaaaaam!!! That's what I'm talkin about! None of your crap! It's run by the boys from WAXWELL RECORDS and obviously I danced like a wizard the whole night.

Mr Confuse (http://www.myspace.com/mrconfuse) is a German producer who also worked under the alias of Breakout to do that Planet Rock cover played many a time in B-boy jams. Zun zun zun zun zun zun zun zun zun zun zun zun zu zu zu zun!
Planet Rock Pt 1 - Breakout


And the main topic of conversation here:
Lookout Weekend - Mr Confuse


You can buy HERE or on iTunes.

Here's the 80s original from a lady I used to date back in the day Debbie Deb. Good times! I used to help put curlers in her hair at night.

Why oldschool still rocks

Bestival 2 weeks ago signalled the end of the festival season. Out of the hundreds of DJs, new bands and artists two heritage acts came through as highlights of the summer in my mind.

One was Nile Rodgers at Camp Bestival. I always get a tingly feeling of dread when I go to see old school acts because they were part of your youth and they might be mince! They're just doing hits way passed their hey day - some of them should have retired long ago. You don't want your favourite artists to be crap.

Nile Rodgers turned 57 last week, and yes, he did all the greatest hits but he put on some show, taking centre stage leading the band, singing, and is still the gatsman of joy. Playing his Chic back catalogue first, he also played his productions for other artists such as Sister Sledge's "Thinking of You", David Bowie's "Let's Dance", "I'm coming out", Madonna's "Material Girl", Duran Duran's "Notorious" - basically the iconic tunes of the 80s were produced by the man himself (and sampled heavily thereafter).

I'm just in awe of this man's legacy.



See?

The other one was Kraftwerk at Bestival. A lot of people found the show dull and dated - four balding dudes standing behind synths and computers doing not much triggering a load of beeps and loops! And why are you doing tracks about nuclear meltdown and vitamin pills when you're headlining the main stage?! Well I liked it. You can just hear that every note is carefully constructed wavelength by wavelength and these knob twiddling 40 somethings are not just standing there looking German. Some of the kitsch dated sounds including vocoded vocals did bring a smile to my face (I'm sure he puts on that German accent when he sings). Readers might be more familiar with Trans-Europe Express (Planet Rock) but "The Model" was actually their biggest selling single in the UK.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Harmonic 313 Vs Daedelus

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Oh
My
Word.....

Its rare that pioneers manage to rock your botty and your cerebrum...these 2 take no prisoners with their pure sickness. Join the PMOI mailing list and get the chance to win FREE tickets!! (..as well as heaps of other regular goodies and spangly fresh music news/heads-ups from the PMOI treasure trove)...and I'll see you screwface and hardbopping on the dancefloor

Heres a taster of Harmonic 313 aka Mark Pritchard..(Disclaimer: sorry for lame visuals on this vid, I got my eyes firmly shut whenever this drops anyhoo so crank the volume and enjoy)

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Dudley Perkins "The God" + Georgia Anne Muldrow “Run Away”

*Post updated 25/09. This hurts to watch, Georgia is so talented and...well, nuff said.





iTUNES - Dudley Perkins - Holy Smokes (SomeOthaShip Connect/E1) 

c/o Kenny @ Fresh Selects

Still Bill - The Story of Bill Withers

Almost everyone I spoke to who came and watched the Soul Power Film, at some point mentioned how incredible Bill Withers' performance was. Personally it was my favourite moment and for days afterwards, everything I listened to had to pass "the Bill Withers test", if it wasn't at least 50% as amazing as Bill's music I couldn't listen to it. The movie about his life, "Still Bill", was released this summer and currently there are only 3 screenings scheduled in the UK, at the BFI London Film Festival on the 17th, 18th & 19th of October.

To make it super easy you can buy your tickets HERE - they go on general sale from the 26th Sept.



For more info about the film and where to see it in your country click here - www.stillbillthemovie.com


Blackroc project

To say I'm excited about this project would be a huge understatement...Mos Def, Raekown, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip, RZA AND more on a track together?!

Monday, 21 September 2009

Mr. Rascal

"Its probable they'll stop me, probably never."
Dizzee Rascal, Fix Up Look Sharp



source: mattboy

They did it to Misel (Sleep Over REMIXES)


Misel Quitno – Sleep Over Remixes Vol. 1 from Ehstrawlogy Produkte on Vimeo.

Ah. Dimlite. While I'm still brewing over the non-release of his third long-player, it's good to see an imminent release under his Misel Quitno moniker.

Sleep Over Pieces Vol 1 made for challenging listening, and while this remix project isn't exactly going to catapult Misel into any kind of mainstream, the samples suggest a much more inviting proposition, featuring retouches from Caural, Dorian Concept and Ritornell, and Dimlite himself, among others. As we used to say back in the day, if you don't know, now you know.

Blue Daisy - Strings Detached EP preview



I hate vague posts but this is a preview from Blue Daisy, a producer MAH and the rest of the electronic community have been bigging up for ages (particularly on Twitter, where I swiped this link the other day). I've been bumping to it over the weekend and I can't find any detailed info, but I hear this EP drops "at the end of September" on Black Acre Records. I await schooling from one of the afore mentioned electronic community, who I imagine will swoop down shortly from their bedrooms on high and, battling the condescension & bafflement provoked by my ignorance, kindly inform me of the minutiae of Mr Daisy's entire existence. 

  Strings Detached EP (Snips)  by  BlueDaisy

Saturday, 19 September 2009

About Time! (New Basement Jaxx album - Scars)

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Ive been a Basement Jaxx fan since as long as I can remember.. theres something quite euphoric about their tracks and when i reach certain high points of my life I always seem to get drawn into dropping a few tracks of theirs onto my playlist to keep me up in high spirits. Some of their classics include..
Wheres your head at? or even Lucky Star Ft. Dizzee Rascal

Their long awaited album Scars FINALLY arrives on the 21st of this month...

If the tracklist is anything to go by..courtesy of Wikipedia..
  1. "Scars" (featuring Kelis, Meleka & Chipmunk) - 4:15
  2. "Raindrops" - 4:10
  3. "She's No Good" (featuring Eli "Paperboy" Reed) - 3:26
  4. "Saga" (featuring Santigold) - 2:42
  5. "Feelings Gone" (featuring Sam Sparro) - 3:42
  6. "My Turn" (featuring Lightspeed Champion) - 4:52
  7. "A Possibility" (featuring Amp Fiddler) - 2:45
  8. "Twerk" (featuring Yo! Majesty) - 3:30
  9. "Day of the Sunflowers (We March On)" (featuring Yoko Ono) - 5:59
  10. "What's a Girl Got to Do?" (featuring Paloma Faith) - 4:04
  11. "Stay Close" (featuring Lisa Kekaula) - 3:01
  12. "D.I.S.tractionz" (featuring Jose Hendrix) - 5:03
  13. "Gimme Somethin' True" (featuring Jose James) - 5:29
Amp Fiddler?! Jose James?! Kelis & Chipmunk?! This album could potentially be pretty decent!

Their first release from the album...i love the lyrics to this track...it definately has that Jaxx feel to it...Raindrops

This track ive been playing on replay for the past 2 weeks....very camp...very euphoric and the video is the campest video ive seen in a long while...featuring vocals from the amazing Vula -   Feelings Gone ft. Sam Sparro

and a little taster to the album....Kelis...Meleka and Chipmunk.....very different sound to what Basement Jaxx go for...Chase and Status came to mind....the animation is going to be part of the backdrop of their European tour at the end of this year... Scars Ft. Kelis, Meleka & Chipmunk

also a little heads up....Basement Jaxx..Fatboyslim...Stereo Mcs at a secret location on the 30th September ...tickets go to charity...click here for tickets

Review on Basement Jaxx album soon come!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Girls, Girls, Girls - A HowAboutBeth Rant by Beth Mburu-Bowie

This post is dedicated to Amelle Berrabah, every new member of every old wasteful band and every girl with a silly dream to work and succeed in pop music.
I have just read an article on the MTV website claiming that Amelle Berrabah has departed from The Sugababes. I'm aware it is a strange thing for me to be talking about but after joining a female fronted band in January this year, I have began to empathise and care deeply about music that previously could not even inspire me to blink.

My eyes have been opened to the craziness and I am really frustrated and generally sad for Amelle, and Keisha, and Heidi, and Mutya, and Siobhan. This rubbish is uninspiring, and it makes a mockery of the roles in the band that the remaining members think they are protecting by being unable to sustain a sense of community. It also devalues the music.

I am really angry that leading genius' in the music industry are yet to demonstrate better ways to encourage and inspire the same women they are unashamedly exploiting to sell their products. These women are supposed to be creating, not having their egos torn apart. For the most part, they’re all too fat, too pretty, too greedy, too stupid, too vain, too thin, too ugly and not talented enough - it keeps us distracted and confused enough to forget about creating. The important things about being in a band and working as part of a collective and even the music become a minor function, second only to keeping some soulless machine going.

Those hired to look after this kind of talent, should do more to protect that talent and make sure that their projects are worthy of inspiring the innocent market/public these poor dolls are humiliated in front of.

There is no excuse.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Nailah - Life In Session EP



Nailah was once an attorney from North Carolina, but not anymore. She's still from North Carolina, but Nailah made a conscious decision to walk away from her previous career in order to focus on her first love... music.

Citing the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Gil Scott-Heron as influences, this jazz songstress expresses a beautiful depth and richness through her music. A wonderful combination of mellow, downbeat melodies and uplifting lyrics and vocals make listening to Nailah a fantastically refreshing experience. A real throwback in one sense, any fan of soulful jazz sounds should instantly strike a connection with what they're hearing.

Life In Session is the new EP from Nailah - a release that has already caught the ear of our good friend Gilles Peterson over at Radio 1. I've been lucky enough to hear some of it and it truly is a beautiful collection of songs. From the raw and emotional 'Transcending', with it's haunting clash of orchestral elements and expressive percussion, to the calming tones of 'Sacred', the music really does hit the listener deeply. Cliched as it might sound, there truly is a genuine honesty and sense of sincerity in both Nailah's lyrics and the actual vocals themselves - this was something that I certainly felt very aware of as I was listening closely and intently.

Tracklisting:
  1. Transcending
  2. Hands
  3. Lillies & Birds
  4. Sacred
  5. Beautiful Anyway
  6. He Speaks (Live)
Nailah was not an artist I was previously familiar with, but I'm very pleased to have been given this opportunity to hear her music and would urge others to seek it out and realise first-hand what a blessing her art is. Nailah is not a typical jazz artist and upon hearing her it becomes very evident that her influences run deep and varied - there are elements of soul, r&b and blues in there, but it's definitely very spiritual music as well.



I'm not sure what the future holds in store for Nailah, but I believe it's important to remember that there are a lot of extremely talented artists in this world who are not signed to major label labels, or under the umbrella of the latest trends, and they deserve our support as much as anyone else - the most important thing is always the music, everything else is secondary.

LISTEN: Nailah - Sacred

Koushik - Beep Tape (Free album D/L)

Free album download: Koushik - Beep Tape
BEEP TAPE on Vinyl
BEEP TAPE on CD
BEEP TAPE Free MP3 Download for one week 

I just picked this up over at Stones Throw. If there are prizes for music marketing they should win all of them. A few weeks back I heard about a book that was being given away online for free and was indeed called "Free: The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business" by Chris Anderson. The hype and discussion surrounding its message was interesting and I immediately went to download it...when I got to Wired magazine to do so however I discovered that the book was only free for a limited period of 6 weeks, which had expired, and that someone had studiously removed all easy to find download links from the internet. Now I am itching to read this book, and am doubly sure it's worth buying because everyone else who's in the same boat as me feels the same which makes it very very clever, and I have no doubt it's doing exceptionally well. This kind of "loss leader" marketing should work with music too - as long as it's good.

Be in Matthew Herbert's new video!

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Matthew Herbert is shooting a video for his new album One One. From the sounds of it this will be the only part of the project he's not doing all by himself (he's producing and peforming all instruments including vocals!). If you'd like to be an extra here are the details...
Date: Wednesday 23rd Sept (next week)

Location:
Fabric, 77A Charterhouse St, London, EC1M
               
Time: 10am - 6pm

Those interested should contact Joe Bentley at Accidental Records - joe@accidentalrecords.com

Baaba Maal - Television


Baaba Maal is back! Click HERE to download the single Television. His last (Grammy nominated) album Missing You came out in 2001 so this is a big deal... 
Television was made in London and Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Baaba Maal worked on its eight songs with various musicians, but most specifically in a collaboration throughout the recording with singer Sabina Sciubba and keyboardist Didi Gutman, both members of New York’s Brazilian Girls, who blend electronic dance music with a diversity of eclectic styles.
"The television set is like a stranger you didn’t ask for coming into your living-room," explains Baaba. "You don’t care about who he is: he just seems to come from nowhere and gives you information." 

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

DOOM - Unexpected Guests

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New album from Doom dropping on Gold Dust, October 27th. I have to say I'm trying to work out which one of these guests is unexpected...Christina Aguilera would be unexpected, this lot are fairly predictable (but very welcome). In case you missed it I posted a Dabrye ft Doom track a couple of weeks back.
 
1. Get ‘Er Done feat. DOOM - Jake One
2. Fly That Knot feat. DOOM - Talib Kweli
3. Sniper Elite feat. DOOM - Dilla Ghostface DOOM
4. Trap Door feat. DOOM - Jake One
5. Sorcerers feat. DOOM & Invizible Handz - John Robinson
6. Da Supafriendz - Vast Aire
7. Quite Buttery - Count Bass D feat DOOM
8. ? - DOOM featuring Kurious
9. All Outta Ale - DOOM
10. E.N.Y. House - Masta Killa
11. Bells of DOOM - DOOM
12. My Favorite Ladies - DOOM
13. Street Corners (Remix) - Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck & GZA
DOOM’s Unexpected Guests drops on October 27th.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Lowkey & Faith SFX - Alphabet Assassin

I met Lowkey randomly at the BBC a few weeks ago and was lucky enough to hear him spit the song below acapella - I was thoroughly impressed so I had to support the video. Enjoy & spread the word.

Shafiq Husayn - Nirvana (download)

Happy times. My favourite song from the new Shafiq Husayn album "En' A-Free-Ka" (which drops October 6th on Plug Research) has been made available for free download, thanks as always to the lovely J.Kim. One little request from me - IF YOU ARE A DJ PLEASE DOWNLOAD THIS AND PLAY IT!!! Thank you.

Download HERE

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Longplayer at the Roundhouse


I went to Longplayer at the Roundhouse yesterday to catch part of a highly ambitious and fascinating project. "Longplayer" is famously the longest non-repeating piece of music ever composed - 1000 years long to be exact. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the end of 2999, (at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again). You can hear it at any time in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where a computer is currently playing it, or streaming live by clicking HERE.

Obviously the Roundhouse couldn't give up it's space for the rest of the project, but yesterday a 1000 minute section was played over the course of 12 hours, directed by Longplayer's composer Jem Finer, and performed by 26 musicians on a 20m wide instrument covered in 234 singing Tibetan bowls (described as a "giant ‘bronze age’ synthesizer), in the breathtaking interior space of the Roundhouse main space. Alongside the music was a 12 hour relayed conversation inspired by the philosophical implications of long time with some of the world's leading writers, filmmakers, scientists, academics and technology activists (think TED!), in the smaller theatre downstairs.

I got there just in time to catch playwright & critic Bonnie Greer (whom I love and used to watch Newsnight Review for), talking to mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (famous for popularizing maths) about the theatre of mathematics and Marcus's ability to explain and make maths accessible to people, much the same way Stephen Hawking did with A Brief History of Time. Or at least I think that's what they were talking about. After half an hour an usher gonged a Tibetan bowl, which signaled it was time for one speaker to leave and the other to remain, so Greer was replaced by Robert Peston (journalist & business editor for BBC news), who launched in to a coversation about the misapproriation of maths leading to the current financial crisis and why hedge fund managers are not inherantly evil. Interesting, but the next gong sent us upstairs for some music.

At this point, the contemporary dancer in me took over and my desire to take off my shoes and roll around on the floor slightly disabled my objectivity about the experience. The Roundhouse, a former steam engine repair shed, is an incredible space, especially in daylight, and the gloriously beautiful instrument comprised of six concentric circles sent my newly maths-addled brain in to raptures of joy. The layers of sound emanating across the room at a wide range of frequencies almost felt like a spiritual experience - some were so low you could really only feel them vibrating your chest. All of this performed by a solemn looking group of musicians whose intense concentration reminded me of monks in a temple performing a beautiful ritual as they beat and stirred the vibrations out of the bowls and in to the cosmos. I had a sneaking suspicion that some of the (mostly middle aged) characters dotted around the room, sitting on the floor in various states of bliss, sandals and bandanas were in it for the long haul - reminiscing about the post modern experimental movements and events of their youth and still reaching out to explore. I didn't stay too long - tourist in a mueseum style - because there was something so hypnotic about it those sounds, to sit down would have been to remain...

I got some fuzzy footage, trying unsuccesfully to stream from my phone, but for the Roundhouse's stream of talks & music click HERE

Friday, 11 September 2009

N'Dambi Can't Hardly Wait...and neither can we.

Is October 6th in your diary? No? But that's when N'Dambi's new album "Pink Elephant" drops on Stax so write it down. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw this video, is it me or do male leads for female singers' videos normally look a bit like the singers boyfriend picked the dude and it's probably his slightly gay not very attractive cousin? Well N'Dambi looks like she enjoys her shoots so much she made a video about it...

Rodrigo y Gabriela "Buster Voodoo" (download)

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I first heard about Rodrigo y Gabriela when I saw them at a festival a couple of years ago and have been a fan ever since. Their new album "11:11" came out this Monday, after being recorded in Mexico and what I've heard so far is just dope.
Comprising 11 new self-written compositions, “11:11” is Rod & Gab’s personal “Gracias” to a first XI of musicians, both past and present, who have inspired them along the way. Alex Skolnick of metal gods Testament guests on the album, as do widely respected acoustic veterans Strunz & Farah.
Check out "Buster Voodoo"

...and "Orion"

Thursday, 10 September 2009

PAUSE + PMOI PRESENT DJ SARAH LOVE - SUN 20TH SEPT

I am super excited about this. We're bringing in a big fat soundsystem too. For Facebook updates click HERE

Laura Marling - New Romantic

Oh. My. God.



www.myspace.com/lauramarling

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

The Year of the B.A.T.



Commands for this morning's mission:

1. Go here - http://www.myspace.com/thebatteryappletrees
2. Preview audio
3. Go here - http://www.archive.org/details/YearOfTheB.a.t.-ASide
4. Download first half of FREE ALBUM
5. Go here - http://www.archive.org/details/YearOfTheB.a.t.-BSide
6. Download second half of aforementioned free album
7. Add downloads to your "listen to on constant repeat" playlist.
8. Go back to the Myspace page and tell the Battery Apple Trees how much you love them for making such a lush, eclectic album. Because, you know, in the absence of fiscal rewards, bands thrive on hearing that their outputs are well-received.

If you're really pushed for time, skip the first two steps. Seriously.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Nicolay's City Lights Vol 2: Shibuya



There's hope somewhere in my heart that one day when I read the Foreign Exchange newsletter that they'll have a UK date somewhere on their tour list.

While I'm waiting, I'll now have a third album to play on repeat for days on end. Nicolay's City Lights Volume 2 is currently available as a digital download. There seems to be some iTunes drama with the album (Phonte explains all via YouTube) but you can download it from Amazon.

There's a lot more information on Nicolay's actual site, but judging from the sampler below it sounds like it's going to be another winner for The FE boys.

download the sampler

Sene "Please Don't Rain" ft Kissey Asplund - Produced by Blu (as GODlee Barnes)

 
I'm squeezing out the last drops of summer and this tune is really helping, been bumping it all day, thanks to J. Kim.
September 15th, Sene will drop his Maltas & Music mixtape flavored by Sucio Smash of High Water Music and NYC's Squeeze Radio Show.  In preparation of the release, here is the first official song from the upcoming mixtape, entitled "Please Don't Rain" featuring Kissey Asplund and produced by Blu as GODlee Barnes w/ post production by Erik L.
Download here:http://www.divshare.com/download/8421730-8bd

My prom date with Mahler and Mendelssohn

Got a good heads-up on some musical cultivation from the esteemed Floating Points in an interview he did hyping the composer Messaien..and realised that here lies a gaping hole in mine and many of my generation's musical education.

Classical music shouldn't be for the elite but with ticketing prices as it is it can be a real challenge getting your fix (actually scrap that...£50 a ticket to see Jay-Z playing at the Roundhouse wah?!!)..and at school it was taught in full dryness. Apart from a tasty slice of Arvo Part last year from the all-knowing-all-hearing Miss A, i feel like PMOI should show some love to the classical world, so when the good ticket fairy gave me some freebies to the BBC Proms last night I jumped at the chance.

Entering the hallowed Royal Albert Hall is a bit like going to church...but without the guilt and not nearly as posh as I was expecting...lots of funny little rituals between the conductor (lovely excitable Italian with big chops) and solo players via handshakes, nods, winks...brought the audience to a reverent hush and once the orchestra had filed in and tuned up. Bows were raised in unison and they got to it with Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.25. Pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar's incredible lightning fingers had conversations with beautiful romantic sweeping strings on whats considered one of the first concertos of the Romantic age, which he wrote in 3 days(?!) at 22 (??!)

Second part was an explosive 80mins and 5 movements of massive orchestral lushness (he didn't do things by halves.. i counted about 30 violins, 9 double basses, 12 cellos, umpteen brass and wind and the fattest timpanis, tam tam, gongs..) with incredibly emotional highs and lows in texture, dissonance and harmony from Austrian rebel-man Mahler and his final and unfinished 10th symphony, written under ailing health and an equally failing marriage. Always pushing boundaries and wanting to encompass many genres and styles, he was never accepted by conservative critics during his lifetime.

It was really a special experience being able to see orchestral music come alive...and a refreshing holiday from your 3 minute banger to just float in the music and let it take you through its movements. I'm not rocking the pipe-n-slippers and Classic FM look just yet but it was good to step out of the old comfort zone and get why the old greats got their name.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Roisin Murphy x Seiji "Mama's Baby"

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Those are just magic words! I love both Roisin Murphy and Seiji so much - anything new from her is a really big deal. Enjoy this video of her and her amazingly iconic and inspirational self live at Burlectric performing the brand new track "Mama's Baby".



Bonus download: "Drumming Song" - Florence and the Machine (Seiji's Squelchy Rub)

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Videos from J*Davey & Flying Lotus

Mmm, nice new videos.

Jack & Brook are back with the heat, making me want to hop a plane to LA right now.

End of Your World (Mama's Back) from KPL TV on Vimeo.
Props to Speeakz from Pinboard for this one

Sooo late with this, but I want to post it anyway. "Infinitum" by Fly Lo directed by Daniel Garcia. Beautiful.

Michael Jackson’s 1993 Oprah Winfrey Interview

I came across this interview today and it made me exceptionally sad. I've seen clips but never the whole interview (I was living in Nigeria in '93 & we didn't exactly have Sky). It struck me that MJ had kept silent and not done interviews for 14 years, and a couple of months after this interview was filmed (Feb 1993), the first allegations of child abuse (Evan Chandler & son) began. Watching this just made me wish he'd maintained his silence. I was never clear on the allegations because I don't read tabloids, but when you read the facts and see interviews like this, and the explanations between all of the ridiculous & abhorrent lies told about the man, you'd have to be a very cynical person not to think there was at least a chance he was telling the truth all along. I'm with Phonte on this one.

Friday, 4 September 2009

Lazy Loosies...

I didn't suddenly just get really clever, just wanted to share a piece by a young artist & beat maker called Teebs whose work is breaking my heart at the moment, whilst I'm sharing all the musical goodness of the last week or so...

I'm currently bumping Only Built 4 Cuban Links II, The Blueprint 3, and the Spectrum EP constantly, and I've gotten really badly behind on lots of other music. So, if like me you haven't got time to check for everything, I've sifted through my favourites over the last week or so & put it together for you - great week, it's not normally this rich - huge big ups to all the amazing artists and bloggers I love who work damn hard. Some of these came from those "sign up here" to get your free download artist sites but I've provided links so you can do so at your leisure.

Download all 15 HERE (*in one click)

Tracklisting (alphabetical)

Apathy ft Phonte - "True Love"
Black Milk - "In the AM"
Dam Funk - "Love Is Here 2nite (I Can Feel It)"
J.Period & K'naan - "Let's Start (Fela Kuti Tribute)"
Jade ft Theophilus London - "Take The Hit feat. Theophilus London"
Jaguar Wright - "Beautiful"
KRS-One & Buckshot ft Mary J Blige (prod by Black Milk) - "The Way I Live"
Mayer Hawthorne - "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out (Astronote El Camino Remix)"
Melanie Fiona - "It Kills Me"
Obba Supa vs Floating Points - "Beat3"
Paul White - "So Far Away"
Radiohead - "These Are My Twisted Words"
Strong Arm Steady & Madlib - "Money Right"
Sy Smith (for Soul Culture) - "If Your Girl Only Knew (Syberized)"
Vikter Duplaix -  "Electric Love"

*Please buy the Mayer Hawthorne album this week if you're going to buy it at all, he beat Madonna & Pitbull to get in to the top 10 and has slipped out so all of you who support good music - do the right thing. Click to buy "A Strange Arrangement" on iTunes

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Waajeed "The Eternal Mixtape" (RIP Baatin) + Good


I'm not in to raking over it eternally when someone has passed away, but this (Ghostly International) podcast by Waajeed is a beautiful thing. I've only just about recovered from his killer DJ set at The Westbury this Sunday - one of the most enjoyable sets I've ever witnessed. He has crafted something here that takes you on a serious emotional roller coaster, I was ecstatic, on the verge of tears, dancing round my room, and wining like a...well anyway it's amazing, download it HERE.
Bonus download; Waajeed "Good"

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Dabrye ft MF Doom (Flako & Robert Koch Remix)


If I were male, the above title would probably have made me jizz in my pants. If it didn't have that effect on you wait until you hear it.  Taken from last years "Get Dirty", the Kode 9 remix was pretty heavy but more screw face than neck snap. I've loved Dabrye since One of Three in 2001, and in a way was suprised it took 5 years for artists like The Heralds of Change & Fly Lo to come along and blow up when Dabrye (and Prefuse 73 & all the Hefty crew etc) laid such a perfect blue print...anyway, enough musing - LISTEN AND DOWNLOAD!
      Dabrye-air feat mf doom flako robot koch remix  by  ameliaideh

Bonus download: Game Over Feat. Jay Dee and Phat Kat (Flying Lotus Remix)

The XX, "Do You Mind" (Kyla) cover...

I love this XX rework of the funky house classic Do You Mind. The dude singing slightly ruins it (needs to learn to land his notes), but I still love it - part lovely, and a little bit hilarious. Download it HERE
 
If you don't know what the original sounded like check it out...*be warned, you will not be able to get it out of your head ever again....

Props to The Fader for the d/l

If Alexa Chung knows about Pac Div why don't you?

I infinitely prefer Pac Div to any of the other acts they might be compared to (you know who I mean) because, quite simply, I think they're making better music - yet they still haven't been over to England. I thought Church League Champions was dope & posted it back in July, if you missed out click HERE. Now enjoy this interview they did with Alexa Chung, who must have put all of her infinitesimally tiny pairs of shorts in the wash at the same time for once.

*Disclaimer: they do seem to be a bit awkward in front of the camera here - I met them & saw them perform live in LA & they were really nice and put on a great performance.

Brittany Bosco 'Spectrum' 2.0

I wrote about Brittany Bosco earlier on this year and the Spectrum EP proved ridiculously popular - I was still getting requests to re-up the link a couple of weeks ago. I personally fell in love with it and was really excited to hear this new version, 3 songs longer, which has been re-visitied, re-recorded & remastered. I'm also helping Bosco to book tour dates in the UK & Europe this September/ October so if you want to see her live leave a comment (she's playing at the Lyric in Hammersmith on 25th Sept as part of a showcase but she needs a proper set somewhere!), and if you want to give her a gig, email me! info@putmeonit.com



Need a little reminder? Check out the video for Blues for Blue/ Black and White 

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