Monday, 30 November 2009

Blur: No Distance Left To Run trailer


Blur will always be one of my favourite British bands, so you know where I'll be on January 19th when this hits cinemas...



Sometimes I wonder if they must get a bit bored with Song 2. I don't think I ever will. I'm very excited about seeing Blur back together and in their rightful places (not mashup trying to join in on stage with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble/Kanye West or writing food columns for the Guardian in pointlessly narrow scarves).

Still Obsessed With...Bat For Lashes.

I first fell in love with Bat For Lashes (or Natasha Khan) after the 2007 Mercury Music Prize because of this performance...



But it wasn't until Daniel came along from her second album Two Suns that I got a bit obsessive. I've seen this video, erm, too many times. I was thinking of posting the making of this video, but that often ruins the magic for me - and this is pure magic so I won't. I imagine you've seen it before but just in case there's one person who hasn't this post is completely justified.

Sunday, 29 November 2009

WE LOVE...VOL 7

This was such a joy to put together, there was loads of great stuff floating around this week, lots of exotic samples, soulful hooks, big horns and drums, classic boom bap, deep hypnotic rhythms and err, J*Davey. Sadly I'm not allowed to blog all of it but I hope you enjoy this selection. I love the Common track, so nice to hear music from him pre-midlife crisis, and Kev Browns' bell sounds are just beautiful. The Paul White tracks I've talked about - HUGE, and a few DJ friends have been jumping up and down requesting the DJ Kunto Marvin Gaye edit so the version on here is 320kbps. The Floating Points mix of Sebastien Tellier is predictably amazing, and the Soundspecies tune is also unsurprisingly brilliant (so needed right now, like summer in a bottle)... loving everything else on here too so just check it!


Download here



Full tracklist 

Blitz the Ambassador - Breathe feat. Rob Murat
Common f/ John Legend prod.by Kanye West - Strange Fruit
J*DaVeY - Outta The Window
Kev Brown - What You Got (feat. Asheru, Grap Luva, & Hasaan Mackey)
Marvin Gaye - Calypso Blues (DJ Kunto edit)
Paul White - Ultra Violet
Paul White - Wait For Me
Res - Sunday Nite Res
Soundspecies - Mas Del Bos
Strange Fruit Project - Home feat. Tre of Mojoe (prod. by Ninth Wonder)

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Matthew Herbert Big Band ft. Eska at the Barbican




To think that I almost missed this gig. For those of you with little time, I will spare any suspense you might have by getting right to the point. What I am about to write is not a review, it is a celebration. The British Council invited the Matthew Herbert Big Band and Eska to mark its 75th anniversary; and what these artists produced one late October evening must surely have been as magnificent as anything that had gone before.

To think that I almost missed this gig. It had been a slow, humid start to the working week, the day's only redemption being that it would soon be over. A ticket became available only hours before the event, and - mired in that familiar Monday misery - I initially turned it down, having a writing deadline awaiting me at home. But then I saw my folly. This was Matthew Herbert we were talking about. The man who'd produced Roisin Murphy's first album. Who'd produced for Björk (who in my creative affections I hold second only to Radiohead). So off to the Barbican I went.

The night was a sell-out; the first half featured three acts, the highlight tune being, on reflection, a collaboration between The Guillemots and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Their first two tunes didn't hit the mark for me, the first being a touch twee, but the final one was the kind of folk you'd hear in the closing credits for Pan's Labyrinth. (Which is goooood.)

So. The Matthew Herbert Big Band. Let me run the numbers for you. One drummer, one double bassist, four trumpets, four trombones, five saxophones. Monstrous. This was not a horn section, it was a foghorn section. That brass would have had Fela skanking in his grave. And then there was the small matter of a 78-piece choir, drawn from Goldsmiths art college and a range of budding bands. Matthew Herbert stood centre left, immaculate in tails, crouching every now and then over a sampling machine; and before them all stood Eska. I have been marvelling at her vocal chords for a decade, and have watched her sing backing vocals for artists infinitely less talented, but more marketable (whatever that means). Now she was front and centre. She didn't just own it, she was imperial.



She swaggered out there in black with a twist of gold; Matthew Herbert gave the cue to his cohort; and they began. But where I can I begin with a performance like this? The opening horns on "The Story" were like those you'd hear accompanying a victorious general on his return to Rome; then Eska's voice rolled in over them, a tide washing onto God's beach. "Battery", an ode to the inhumanity of Guantanamo, saw the entire choir and Eska singing through meshed hoods. Meanwhile, Matthew Herbert's sampling was a thing of infinite wonder. In the same week that Jan Moir had seemingly called out Stephen Gately's sexuality as the reason for his untimely death, Herbert opened one tune by asking each member of his ensemble to tear a copy of the Daily Mail to shreds, taking a recording of the resultant sound. Then, as his musicians playfully showered each other with this paper's entrails, Herbert - in an inspired act of recycling - turned his recording into dubstep, turning a middle-class missive to an urban anthem. Yet the clear highlight of this gig - which was by turns joyful and mournful, but always passionately political - was "One Life". Herbert told the story of how the NHS had tenderly brought his prematurely-born son to health, whilst at the same time his Government was complicit in the deaths of thousands of Iraq. He laid down the soundtrack of a life support machine, each soft beep representing the death of 100 Iraqis, over which his choir and orchestra layered six minutes of soaring, sorrowful harmonies. "One Life is...One Life is..." came their final refrain, with a resonance that could make the soul burst at the seams. This show was monumental; there was no act that could have followed it, save the last Tube ride home. And this review can only be ended by quoting, with vigorous approval, the cover of "There's Me and There's You", the Big Band's album: "We...believe that music can still be a political force of note and not just the soundtrack to over-consumption". Hear, hear, hear.

Tinashé

This is why I blog.



Tinashé is the best thing since sliced bread in my book right now. Originally from Zimbabwe, lately of Hackney, soon the world. I'm totally in love with his voice. You can see him live on Thursday 3rd December at the Lock Tavern (Young and Lost Club) for free...





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Friday, 27 November 2009

Paul White Sounds from the Skylight Part 1

This doesn't need a review - "Brilliant" will do.

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<a href="http://paulwhite.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-from-the-skylight-side-a">Intro by Paul White</a>

The facts as we have them...

'Sounds From The Skylight' contains 19 weird and wonderful beat constructions fresh from Paul White's South London attic studio, known as 'The Skylight'. It's a free download available until Christmas. You can also buy it as a 12".

This is the first half of Sounds from the Skylight, the second half will be available next week.

If Wait for Me and Ultra Violet don't make you completely lose it you need help.

His next album 'Paul White & The Purple Brain' is finished and set for Spring 2010. It will be co-released by One-Handed Music and Stones Throw's sister label Now-Again.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Skye "I Believe"






I Love swiping links from Twitter. This one came from the lovely @SOUL_Magazine. I come from Brighton on the South East coast of England, where to this day every cafe and shop you walk in to will definitely be playing Morcheeba (of which Skye Edwards was the lead singer), Bonobo and Zero 7 albums from 10 years ago (probably Cinematic Orchestra and Air as well) every. single. day. Nice then to hear some new music from Skye... taken from her  second solo album Keeping Secrets, is I Believe 

SADE. SOLDIER OF LOVE. FEB 8TH 2010. EPIC.


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

PMOI Recommends...

Click flyers for Facbook info... I like Autumn, loads of good events. More next week.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Blitz The Ambassador

It seems Ghana is getting 'nuff love on the blog today. Just spied the trailer for the new Blitz The Ambassador live @ MTVu session at 2DBZ, looks like it's going to be dope. I posted a video of the one of his (fast becoming legendary) live shows directly on Facebook & Twitter a couple of days ago, which got hundreds of hits so I figured you lot must be fans - as am I of anyone who has a great band and also has Hypnotic Brass Ensemble on their album.


Blitz the Ambassador LIVE Sessions from MVMT on Vimeo.

Blitz's new album "Goodbye Stereotype" comes out in the UK this Friday, and this is my jam.

   Bliz The Ambassador "Something to Believe"   by  ameliaideh

Loving this one too...

Calypso Blues - Marvin Gaye (DJ KUNTO funky edit)


Kunto Ofori aka DJ Kunto is a Ghanaian DJ based in South London. Not only is she a great DJ, she is an amazingly accomplished lady with a Masters in forestry, cooks the most awesome jollof rice, and is actively working with her family's charitable foundation which provides help for orphans in Ghana. She's also the only DJ I know who has long nails.

In the past months, she's been coming through with some interesting edits which are mainly afro/funky based.

Here's one of those - an upbeat Afro house (sort of) edit of Marvin Gaye's Calypso Blues.



download here

Monday, 23 November 2009

Kiwi Steez


Some people might not associate New Zealand with a thriving music scene, yet this is just the case. When I've talked to people in NZL, I'm surprised at how much the people here appreciate/love/spend money on/prioritise music. Currently rocking the local music scene are Electric Wire Hustle, Isaac Aesili, Julien Dyne, Fat Freddy's Drop, Ladi6.... - all are Kiwi artists making amazing music.

I got to know a lot of this music thanks to Cian and Bobby from Conch Records - a great record shop in Ponsonby that is oldschool in the best of ways. The owners believe that a record shop should be a place to hang out so there's a cafe at the front and in Summer they open the back porch for some drinking and partying.

Now Bobby Mukai aka DJ Bobbito Brazuka (a Brazilian Japanese living in Auckland) who works there, has to be one of my favourite DJs ever. His selection is always on point which has made him busy with organising music for venues and events in and around the city. A strict vinylist (like many DJs here in fact - although Serato is a Kiwi company based in Auckland!!), he runs his Half the Size, Double the Flavour nights as well as being a resident at Auckland's good music night "The Turnaround". If Bobby's not at the record store or DJing, he's touring, playing football or doing radio shows at George FM next door, another Auckland institution.

Below is his latest mix in 2 parts: Cidadao da Mundo Vol 2, pt1&2. The first draws mainly from his Brazilian/Latin background and the second from his Kiwi and Japanese side. Yes it's winter in the Northern Hemisphere but this will give you a taste of the summer to come, south of the equator.

MIX 1
1. VINICUS DE MORAIS &TOQUNIHO - CARTA AO TOM 74
2. WERTHER - LENDA
3. JORGE BEN & TOQUINHO - CAROLINA CAROL BELA
4. SONIA SANTOS - POEMA RITMICO DO MALANDRO
5. OS INCRIVEIS - UMTA ROSA PRA DITA
6. EDSON FREDERICO - BOBEIRA
7. SUPER SOM LORD - BR SAMBA
8. QUARTETO EM CY - SALVE O VERDE
9. CAETANO VELOSO - IRENE
10. RAUL SEIXAS - MOSCA NA SOPA
11. NOAH FEAT. BLU - JUST RELAX (DAN AIKIDO REMIX)
12. WAAJEED - JEEDO SUAVE
13. UNO MAS TRIO - NOVA DO BRASIL
14. GREENWOOD RHYTHM COALITION - SALSA VERDE
15. GRC VS LUZ MOB - TABACO Y RON
16. MOCAMBO - THE NEXT MESSAGE (KENNY DOPE)
17. JULIEN DYNE - LAYER FEAT MARA TK
18. OS MUTANTES - A MINHA MENINA
19. QUANTIC AND HIS COMBO BARBARO - UNDELIVERED LETTER

(don't panic! There's like a 15 sec silence before the music starts)
Bobbito Brazuka - Cidadao do Mundo - Volume 2 by Bobby Brazuka

MIX 2
1. WILD COOKIE - SERIOUS DRUG
2. JULIEN DYNE - FALLIN DOWN (DJ MITSU & THE BEATS REMIX INST )
3. JULIEN DYNE - FALLIN DOWN FEAT PARKS (DJ MITSU & THE BEATS REMIX)
4. DJ MITSU & THE BEATS - PROMISE IN LOVE FEAT JOSE JAMES
5. ISAAC AESILI - RED HORIZON FEAT. DEVA MAHAL
6. ALISTER JOHNSON - INVITATION (INST)
7. ALISTER JOHNSON - INVITATION
8. ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE - PERCEPTION
9. DJ VADIM - THRILL 103
10. WAVELENGTH - FUNK DREAMS
11. GECKO TURNER - MONOSABIO BLUES FEAT ESKA (PHILIP OWUSU REMIX)
12. SPINNERTY - TIME TO CUT FEAT MILES BONNY
13. ARETHA FRANKLIN - ONE STEP AHEAD (FEATURECAST RE-EDIT)
14. FRANK NITT - L.O.V.E. (INST)
15. PIMPS OF THE JOYTIME - BONITA (DJ VADIM REMIX)
16. J.BOOGIE'S DUBTRONIC SCIENCE - REVOLUTION FEAT LYRICS BORN & THE MAMAZ
17. DJ MITSU & THE BEATS - LOVE NOTE (INST)
18. TRICK TURNER - I BE BLOWIN' UP
19. DAN AIKIDO - SOULJAH STRIDE
20. DAN AIKIDO - FLASHING TEA LEAVES

1- Bobbito Brazuka - Cidadao do Mundo - Volume 2 - Disc 2 by Bobby Brazuka

Kathy Diamond is the don


Hello it's DJ TKO here!!!! Bringing you the best of whatever music I've been playing on my belt drives!

Here's one from Kathy Diamond - a cracking Sheffield lass who I used to date back in the 90s, just before she got famous. She's been championed by many including Mo'Funk, resident at Pacha Ibiza and DJ Barry Peters of Halifax Hospital Radio, also manager of Zany's nightclub in Skipton and Corfu.

Mostly produced by Maurice Fulton of MU, her 2007 debut album contains some proper gems. This track from the album "Miss Diamond to you" will set your heart racing, feet shuffling and send your consciousness out into the ether.
This is one of my favourite tracks and I'm sure it's one of your favourites too. What a cracker!



Kathy Diamond - Racing thru time
Download here

Sunday, 22 November 2009

WE LOVE...VOL 6

You know the drill by now, We Love is a collection of the weeks' free downloads, a few exclusive and under the radar bits, and older gems, carefully sifted through for you. I'm particularly loving the Micachu refix, Muhsinah and Oddisee "That Day" is gorgeous, "WhateverUWant" remix is on repeat, and of course the old PMOI exclusive from Eska is beyond stunning. Enjoy!

Download here


Tracklisting

Blackroc - Dollaz & Sense (f. Pharoahe Monch & RZA)
Consequence - WhateverUWant Rmx (Feat. Common, KiD CuDi, Big Sean, John Legend & Kanye West)
Eska - Walking On The Moon - The Police Rework
Fyfe Dangerfield - When You Walk In The Room
Micachu - Turn Me Well (Tommy Tempa Refix)
Muhsinah prod. by Oddisee - That Day
Res - For Who You Are
Strange Fruit Project - Day by Day feat. Supastition (prod. by S1)
Theophilus London - Humdrum Town
Timbaland - Crazy Girl (Feat. Justin Timberlake)

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Andrew Meza "Lucky Me £ and Pancakes Mixtape"

Food porn alert...

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Found the info about this via Twitter, then Lucky Me, then !NS with the tracklist, then a website with really hot pics of food - guess what I'm making tomorrow morning? Mmmmm. It doesn't quite make up for the customs debacle that lead to Andrew not being able to DJ at Pause last week (Note: even if you're not getting paid it apparently counts as working in the UK, and they will Google your ass my DJ & promoter friends!), but I'm sure we'll find a way to smuggle him in. As a terrorist might be easier than as a DJ.
Ludacris - MVP (Island Def Jam)
Cupp Cave - Quarth (Thin Consolation)
Ras G - Alter Destiny 09 (CDR)
Paul White - We Want It All (One Handed Music)
Beastie Boys - Super Disco Breakin' (aka Monster) (Instrumental) (Grand Royal)
J Dilla - Shouts (Alt) (Stones Throw)
QB Finest - Da Bridge 2001 (Columbia)
Jay-Z - D.O.A. (Chase & Status Remix) (CDR)
I.N.T. - Beat #020 (CDR)
Nadsroic & Hudson Mohawke - Step Back (Instrumental) (LuckyMe)
Juelz Santana - There It Go (The Whistle Song) (Instrumental) (Def Jam)
Samiyam - Beat #013 (CDR)
Devonwho - Holup (Klipmode)
DJ Cam - The L (Inflamable)
Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot (Geffen)
JR & PH7 - Let's Move (feat. Skyzoo) (Clonious Remix) (CDR)
Guilty Simpson - Run (Instrumental) (Stones Throw)
Dibiase - Raw Original (CDR)
Black Milk & Fat Ray - Welcome To The District (Barak)
Break Reform - What Do You Do (Abstract Blue Recordings)

Baaba Maal "International" (Extended Version)

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Baaba Maal released his album "Television" <(iTunes link!) this year, after a hefty break, and "International" became one of the favourites at his live shows. The song has been reworked and extended with extra layers of horns (ah, the magic words!), strings and rhythms, giving it that live feel but recorded quality. Listen below.
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Wiley - Take That

Feeling this, and looking forward to hearing the remix with JME, Scratchy & Lethal Bizzle.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Shafiq Husayn EPK #6 with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

En' A-Free-Ka by Shafiq Husayn has to have had the best promotion for an album in 2009.  The more I hear about the heart and soul and detail that went in to the making of it the more I notice it and enjoy listening to it. That is the best promotion there is - when the music sells itself. I'm waiting for RBMA to edit the footage from last night's Broadcasting event at Cargo, (where I shook hands with Mr Atwood Ferguson as we left), before writing my review. I'm hoping some genius rubbed off during the handshake and now I can become an incredible composer/arranger too.


Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka EPK VI from Plug Research on Vimeo.

Blue Daisy


Please check this out. Blue Daisy used to study law and make music in his bedroom, I can't tell you how he makes his music now, but I can say that there are no other words to describe it but beautiful.

A stunning mix of what others have described as soul broken or not, dubstep and grime, but in the most subtle ways. It's not just a sound, it's a journey, an experience, immerse yourself in it please. You won't regret it.



Beth x

Nike SB vs. Ice Cube

This isn't new but I came across it while on my daily hunt for 'cool stuff'. Using Ice Cube's 'Today was a Good Day', the simple visuals and rythm of the skateboarder go hand in hand with Ice Cube's laidback flow...more reasons to love Nike's creativity.

(check out the cameo appearances!)

Undercrwn presents: DJ Jazzy Jeff x MJ

Clothing label Undercrwn have collaborated with DJ Jazzy Jeff to bring a nice collection of MJ mixes which I actually like. I know there have been a load but Mr.Townes has done the gloved one justice (unlike some artists - you know who you are). I wonder if he'll be playing any of the tracks when he comes to The Jazz Cafe on December 17th...



Thursday, 19 November 2009

Janet Jackson Spotlight (ABC Interview) X Make Me Video

Sometimes I worry about all the little girls who were born in the 90s, and didn't spend their days dancing to Rhythm Nation...what did they do for fun and who did they want to be when they grew up? I will love Janet forever, no matter how wack almost everything she's made since The Velvet Rope is (how amazing would it be if she'd just make an old school sounding track with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis now?!). How she managed not to cry even once when talking about everything this soon is the most incredible example of self control I've ever seen...




My jam. "If" from '93.


Updated! > "Make Me" Video (she looks great but no cigar.)

Blast from the past: D'Angelo

I'm wondering if I'm the only one slightly mesmerised watching D'Angelo speak? So intense, he could be talking smack and I'd still listen! This was obviously recorded pre-HD hence the grainy quality but it's clear enough for me, lol. Check out a young looking ?uesto!


Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Nneka "The Uncomfortable Truth" Video


Thanks to OKP 


This has to be one of my favourite songs by Nneka, the woman who seems to be receiving well deserved love from all corners. If you haven't yet, buy her album No Longer At Ease (< iTunes link!), whilst you wait for her new album Concrete Jungle which comes out in February.

The song in the video above was featured on our weekly catch up compilation download We Love...Vol 1 if you haven't copped it yet click HERE.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Pinboard Blog interview with Brittany Bosco at Bitches Brew

Aww, thanks for the shout outs guys - more of these to come, we had loads of press there. If you missed it, well you really missed out - amazing DJs, live art, projections, a last minute live performance from Shuanise (told you there'd be surprises), and Brittany Bosco singing her heart out whilst jumping on the speakers.
PMOI know how to party.






Beyonce & Polyfiller "Video Phone"























Not quite sure how I dare follow Gil Scott Heron with Beyonce and Lady Gaga but this video is just impressive. Bey's rocking the Bettie Page look harder than Bettie Page, and it's so fierce that despite the lack of clothing and nature of the song, it goes past titillation. Gaga looks like polyfiller in every way, how did the conversation go down? "OK, you can be in the video but you can only have one outfit, I get to pick it (we don't want you looking like a starving Eskimo again), and you have to try to keep up with me".

Gil Scott Heron "Where Did the Night Go"


"Should have been asleep when I turned the stack of records over and over, so I wouldn't be up by myself"
I had to listen twice. It's not ipod music, but not everything should be.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

We Love...Vol 5

To follow up here's all the lovely stuff that wasn't grimy enough for Vol 4 - enjoy!


Download here

Full Tracklist

Build An Ark - Sunflowers In My Garden
Crookers feat. Kelis - No Security
Dil Jackson - Player Has Butterflies
Hawthorne Headhunters x Dam-Funk - PCH
Jackson 5 - Buttercup
K'naan (Apple Juice Kid Remix) f. Afrikan Boy - T.I.A.
Michael Jackson - Starlight Demo
Miss Dynamite - Bad Gyal
Preach - Oh Yes
The Sa-Ra Creative Partners (Featuring Jay Electronica & Ta'Raach) - Love Czars II
Solange - Stillness Is The Move [Dirty Projectors Cover]

We Love...Vol 4

I didn't put out a We Love... last week because, quite frankly, last week was pretty dry and if I don't like it I'm not blogging it. Back this week with two in a row to make up for it though - US hip hop seems to have turned nice and dark lately so Vol 4 is a special for those who like to walk around with their mp3 player in winter pretending* they're gangster (don't lie, you know you do it too).

Download here


*Real gangsters don't read blogs.

Full Tracklist

Black Milk - In the A.M.
Black Thought - The Professional
Buff1 & Damu - When The Winter Comes
Clipse - Door Man
Diamond District - Make It Clear (clean)
Madlib & Guilty Simpson - The Paper
Slum Village - Dope Man
Strong Arm Steady & Madlib - Money Right
TheRealFocus ft. Crooked I, Jay Rock, Marsha Ambrosius, Kida - Homage to Dr Dre
Wale f. Marsha Ambrosius - Diary
Crash feat. Thesis (prod. by Picnic)

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Roisin Murphy - Orally Fixated

Yumyum!! New single Orally Fixated from the rather magnificent and very preggers Roisin Murphy. Click on her name for a preview of the track, out on 16th November, in her words she's "trying to get the production as tough and modern as possible" so little wonder she enlisted the stellar skills of Seiji and Funkineven.

Heres an at-home with orally fixated Roisin, talking about new single, nesting, Djing and generally being fly



Dil Jackson - Player Has Butterflies



No doubt you can work this one out for yourselves; it's a J Dilla/Michael Jackson re-work. This track, Player Has Butterflies, is from the upcoming J Rocc project on Stones Throw called Share My Bed.

Player Has Butterflies has been floating around in cyberland for just about a week now, but I couldn't risk it slipping idly by anyone - you have to hear it! It pairs Jackson's You Give Me Butterflies with the Dilla produced Slum Village track Players. Now, Michael Jackson re-works are nothing new, at least conceptually, but I honestly cant remember hearing a better example of one. It's easy to say it on a whim now, but can you imagine if J Dilla had actually produced a Michael Jackson album?!

There's not much info around right now about J Rocc's project, pretty much just this track, but it certainly bodes very well!

Check it out...

mp3: Dil Jackson - Player Has Butterflies

The Flaming Lips at the Troxy


In the timeless words of Nigel Tufnel in This is Spinal Tap "..but these go to 11"..A day after The Flaming Lips euphoric return to the UK and I've still got a case of chronic cheek-ache from grinning so much between sporadic breaking into song.

Making their entrance from between the legs of a giant gyrating LED goddess, lead singer Wayne Coyne rolled out over a jubilant crowd in a giant inflatable ball, then launched into a breathless and ecstatic Race For the Prize, flanked by furry dancing white yetis, firing flurries of confetti and giant balloons to go bouncing through the auditorium of the 1930's former cinema/music hall/bingo palace....and that was just 10mins into the gig...where do you go from there? ...well the giant gorilla, intergalactic gong, shooting green lasers and strobing flaming megaphone were yet to come.

They must be getting on now but they haven't let up with the ebullience. Famous for their stage antics - mostly completely ridiculous but always a delight - a total unabashed celebration of life: a theme Coyne returns to throughout the night. From anyone else it might sound corny but somehow they tread that line. A healthy contrast to the life-affirming sun-drenched lushness of favourites off The Soft Bulletin and At War with the Mystics came in the darker more experimental material from new album Embryonic. This, their 12th album is sometimes a bit too self-indulgent but their heart is always in the right place. As was palpable in the touching homage to friendship 'Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' they dedicated to the crowd for their support through 20 years of mad-cap adventures in sound before even breaking the mainstream in the 90s.
Everyone walked out onto a rain-strewn Commercial Road a little bit floaty, slightly dazed from the strobe lasers. not caring about the rain. I'm working on maintaining a fully operational silly bone because I can't seem to hold onto umbrellas.
The Flaming Lips feat Stardeath & The White Dwarves: Borderline

Friday, 13 November 2009

Video Round Up; Pac Div, Muhsinah, Raphael Saadiq, Electric Wire Hustle

Apologies for the bulk of this post but I've been busy. Again. Had to share a few videos that have been floating around and caught my eye...

I like Pac Div. I like black and white videos. I like this song.


Muhsinah is always on point of course and I broke my neck bopping the first time I watched this little teaser for "The Oscillations:Triangle" due for release on iTunes Dec 1st.



Raphael Saadiq "Staying In Love" and staying with the retro theme he's working so well. I seriously hope his tour with Janelle Monae "Kings Keep Marchin" heads in this direction next year.



Bonus: Electric Wire Hustle "Perception" - I missed this video when it came out last month but I've been listening to their "Every Waking Hour" EP constantly. 

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Stones Throw Xmas in London - Guilty Simpson & MED live

Spin Doctor must have family from Detroit - if there were an annual prize for repping Motor City artists outside of the US he would easily win by miles.

It's rare I party south of the river but needs must...

New album from Gil Scott Heron "I'm New Here"

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In early 2010 XL Recordings will release Gil Scott Heron's first studio album since Spirits in 1994, and it will be entitled "I'm New Here". Gil will be 60 years old upon it's release and despite his recent issues, from what I've heard of the snippets, his ability to turn struggle in to the resounding base note of his rumbling poetry is undiminished.

Listen HERE

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Débruit please.

Sometimes a producer comes along and you know you're just going to love them. Unless I'm much mistaken Débruit is one of those. I've heard bits and pieces but "Nigerian What?" has to be one of the club songs of the year for me, and I would highly recommend the Spatio Temporel EP coming out on Civil Music on December 7th.
Debruit - Spatio Temporel EP

   Débruit  by  ameliaideh

Nigerian What? and 149 Dalston Airline are from the Spatio Temporel EP, and I'm Going With You ft Om'Mas Keith of Sa-Ra is on the Let's Post Funk EP which you can cop on iTunes HERE.

If you can't wait until Spatio Temporal drops you can cop the dope mix he did for Fact Magazine HERE


The Noisettes "Every Now and Then" Video



The Noisettes just get it all so right. I don't know if it's possible to get it more right. Probably not. Enjoy!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Broadcasting Present Build An Ark & IG Culture @ Cargo 19th Nov 09

Only 10 sleeps to go until what could well be the gig of the year.

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The night will begin with IG Culture's Zen Badizsm Workshop project - Channeling the conscious energy of jazz labels like Strata East and Tribe, the heart-melting soul of Eddie Kendricks, and the spirituality of Ra through the cutting edge musicianship of IG and collaborators including Bilal Salaam, CoreyWilkes, Pino Palladino and Heidi Vogel. The line-up for tonight’s incarnation of Zen Badizm is not yet confirmed but will include Kaidi Tatham, Akwesi Mensah, Eric Appapoulay, and  Fatima.

That in itself would be amazing. Karen P (who will also be DJing throughout the night) doesn't settle though and Build An Ark is set to be mind altering. The line up includes:  violinist Michael White, singers Mia Doi Todd and Diana Moriera, Tribe co‐founder Phil Ranelin, poet Kamau Daaood, spiritual baritone Dwight Trible, and tireless arranger Miguel Atwood‐Ferguson, all under the guidance of production standard‐bearer Carlos Niño. I have never seen any of the artists in this line up, apart from Dwight Trible at Cargo a few years ago - not a dry eye in the house.

Download: Build An Ark "Sunflowers in my Garden"


There's more. After Build An Ark IG Culture will return to the stage - "after spending the afternoon sampling, looping and re-working Build an Ark’s rehearsal and sound-check, IG will create unique and exclusive tracks to perform for the Broad Casting audience. Alongside these fresher than fresh Build an Ark dubs, will be dropping the bombs and specials as he has always been known to do. This will no doubt be a truly unique experiment to round off the evening in unique Broad Casting style and will be accompanied by jazz dancers such as Gary Nurse from Legends of the Underground."

Buy tickets HERE - it's on Thursday 19th Nov 7-1pm, the best £10 you'll ever spend

You can check out the show afterwards if you're not in the country (the only reason not to be there) on the Red Bull Music Academy Radio Website www.rbmaradio.com

... and you can listen to the new Build An Ark album coming out on Kindred Spirits HERE

BlakRoc – “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)” ft. Mos Def & Jim Jones Video

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I love this song, I love everything I've heard off the Blakroc project so far, but super lazy videos like this make me angry. Fair enough maybe there wasn't a budget but I'm sure if they'd had a whip round & put in a tenner each they could have come up with something a bit more interesting. Waste of a dope song. I put both this and Stay of the Fuckin' Flowers by Raekwon & The Black Keys on We Love... Vol 3 if you don't have them yet catch up HERE .


Blakroc: Ain't Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo) Ft. Mos Def and Jim Jones from Jonah Schwartz on Vimeo.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Micachu...

I suddenly realised I don't think I've ever written anything about Micachu. I think that might be because I had no idea what to say so I kept forgetting to write something. I can't compare her or her music to anything very effectively, all I know is I like what she does. It's interesting and forward thinking without becoming inaccessible, and retains the melody that makes listening enjoyable - that fine line that characters like Bjork and the man who first signed her, Matthew Herbert, seem to tread effortlessly. I think the best thing is to stick up a few of my favourite bits and let the work speak for itself. 

Download the Kwesachu mixtape from June created by Micachu & Kwes
kwesachumixtapevol1formyspace

Play these videos all at the same time...



Wait til they have finished to play this one though...

Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Lightbox November '09

I have to say, I've never been anxious about going to a venue before (unless you count the roller rink for a mate's birthday), but The Lightbox in Vauhxhall looks a bit like a very intense fairground attraction you stay in for 4 hours. The lovely Zayns posted this video of Flying Lotus there from back in April the other day which was apparently incredible...


Two parties happening there this month might mean I have to trust everyone who says it's amazing. The first is Citinite x Luckyme with a huge line up -
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I swiped this mix from The Fader so enjoy - Download: Citinite x Luckyme Funk Mix

*The Broadcast – Gosub
*Hot Sex, Hot Love (demo) – Lil’ Kenny
Milk – Robert O’Dell
*Dirty Illusions – Rozzi Daime
*(untitled instrumental) – Michael Fakesch
(I Need A) Modernaire Lover – Complexxion
*The Last Time I Saw You – Gosub
Electro-? – John Davis
Modernaire – Hot Persuasion feat. Egyptian Lover
*Mirage – AD Bourke
*Hot, Raw, Sex – Jimmy Edgar
Interstella – Sweat.X
I’m That Alley – Sweat.X remixed by Mike Slott
*You’ll Understand – Markus Wormstorm
*Hang Glyde – Mynk Rychardz
( Tracks marked * are unreleased exclusives )

The second is a Ramp party. I haven't seen Tokimonsta yet but I've heard big things...


See you there if you're brave enough...or just normal.

HEAVy is no more...

I just randomly happened across Nicky from HEAVy's blog and noticed the following -




so HEAVy is no longer.
Big surprise? Eh, didn't think so.

Anywho. I've written this entry about 100 times already over the past 2/3 weeks, drafting it each time. Tearfully. Apologetically. Thankfully. Angrily. Spitefully.

I think brevity is best.

All in all, thank you guys for the love and support. And if you don't have the back catalog... HERE YOU GO.

HEAVy JAzzmonEY$$
HEAVy First Sessions
HEAVy Odds & Ends

odds & ends btw is Time/Make You Mine/Too Long Ago/Fire/Can't Be The Way

enjoy.

Now back to business as (un)usual.

oh, post script. please don't ask me whats next for me. 


Yow. Not sure how the label's going to feel about those download links but 'tis not for me to judge. Totally understandable not to want to be asked what's next, but I imagine we'll find out soon enough, both Nicky & Casey are very talented individuals.

Friday, 6 November 2009

Bill Withers Has Ruined Everything.

This was what kicked off all the problems...


I went to see the Soul Power film and after that the blog ran dry for a few days. Everything failed the "Bill Withers Test" (is it 50% as good as Bill Withers? No? Not posting it). I was so excited about it I put on an event because I felt everyone had to see it. I eventually got over this, but then I went to see Still Bill at the BFI and it all began again.



Now it keeps coming back in waves - sometimes I just can't post so and so's latest project because it's failing the BW test and I know I won't be listening to it in 6 months let alone 30 years. I've been listening to Bill Withers Live at Carnegie Hall which is a true masterclass in, well, class. Bill is without question one of the greatest songwriters of all time, who made music without compromise, broke rules, and can make you cry in under 0 to 10 seconds. If you send me music, I would really appreciate it if you could take the BW test for yourself before you do. Thanks.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Buff 1 – When The Winter Comes (Prod. By Damu The Fudgemunk)

This is a dope track, quite beautiful in fact, in particular the production from Damu but erm...is it me or is the artwork rather similar to something else that came out this month...just saying.

Download HERE (shouts to OKP)

Crookers ft Kelis - No Security



I wasn't feeling that Eve & Benga track at all, that was jumping on the bandwagon...yes Kelis & Crookers might be doing something similar here but quite frankly - she's Kelis she can do whatever she likes. This is a straight banger.

   Crookers feat. Kelis - No Security  by  ameliaideh

FREE: Zo! - ...Just Visiting Too



Looking to fill a hole with some soul? Look no further! ...Just Visiting Too is the new (and FREE) EP by Zo! It's essentially an EP of cover versions featuring the vocalists Yahzarah, Carlitta Durand, Sy Smith, Phonte and Darien Brockington. You can grab the EP as a free download from The Foreign Exchange website.

Tracklisting:

01. Perfect Angel feat. Yahzarah
02. Nights Over Egypt feat. Carlitta Durand
03. Crazy You feat. Sy Smith
04. Holding You, Loving You
05. My Flame feat. Phonte
06. Somethin Special feat. Yahzarah
07. The Highways of My Life (Pts. 1&2) feat. Darien Brockington

So, who's up for a history lesson? Don't all raise your hands at once!

Perfect Angel was written by Stevie Wonder and originally performed by Minnie Riperton. Yahzarah does the vocal proud, as does the production and instrumentation by Zo!. Also worth noting that all the production and instrument playing on the EP is done by Zo! and nobody else!

Carlitta Durand sings on Nights Over Egypt, a track originally performed by The Jones Girls and released in 1982. It pays a sweet homage to the original, whilst the sharp production and delivery gives it that contemporary edge. It's very smooth, but holds a solid groove throughout.

The Prince track Crazy You sees Sy Smith provide the silky vocals. This is a fantastic take on a track originally performed by an artist of the opposite sex. I love how it's been flipped to give a different vibe, but still maintains the emotion of the original.

Holding You, Loving You is a Don Blackman track and gives Zo! an opportunity to flex his instrumental muscles. Some might recognise the track from numerous records that have sampled it. Like; Jay-Z, People Under The Stairs and Slum Village. This is both delicate and heavy, the end product of the combined strengths of quality production and inexplicable musicianship.

Phonte provides the vocals on the Bobby Caldwell track My Flame. It's an absolutely beautiful take on the track. Deeply soulful, full of sentiment, and with an infectious groove. Perfect soul for a soothing afternoon.

Yahzarah is back for the second time on the track Somethin' Special which was originally a Rod Temperton track performed by Quincy Jones with Patti Austin. This is another example of retro soul being represented in, not just a contemporary fashion, but a genuinely *decent* fashion. First off, it sounds crazy (to my old ears) to call early 80s soul 'retro', but hey, it's been nearly 30 years now! This stuff still sounds fresh as the day it was originally pressed!

The final track on the EP is The Highways Of My Life (Pts. 1 & 2) feat. Darien Brockington. This was originally by The Isley Brothers, and Zo! and Darrien do it a fantastic justice. It's simply beautiful and gives me nothing short of goosebumps. Darien's talent has never been a secret, but he has done a wonderful job of covering the vocals on this track, particularly considering there is only one Darien and not a trio of them!

Call it a sort of taster for the upcoming Zo! full LP, SunStorm, but this EP of covers is very much of its own being. A solid EP full of fantastic instrumentation and brilliant singing. It beats the hell out of a lot of new stuff coming out and stands up tall against the originals it has covered. Oh, and need you be reminded that this is FREE?!?!?!

Don't mug yourself, get it downloaded.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Illum Sphere we've got our eye on you...

Illum Sphere is very clever. He runs Hoya Hoya, he used to run Sketch City, he is a producer, he wins awards, he DJs at big events, he gets in to academies, he knows lots of people because he's a very nice bloke, and he makes interesting music videos. I'm sure there are all sorts of other clever things not on that list. If I had a "One to Watch" category on here I'd put him in it, but not in that "ooh we're predicting the future because we're bloggy tastemakers" way, oh no. In that "you want to watch that one, he'll have your job next", paranoid about clever young upstarts way. You mark my words Sonny Jim, you mark my words...

Chasing the Midnight Moth 


Murky (You Know)

SA-RA feat. Jay Electronica & Ta’Raach - Love Czars II

I spotted this at OKP & Nah Right, and I love the fact that everyone thinks this download is going up as a promo track on the eve of Jay Electronica's secret gig - when clearly it's going up because Sa-Ra are playing at Deviation tomorrow night. Obviously.

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You have the album version, now enjoy part 2 ft some guy called Jay Electronica & Ta'Raach.

Download HERE

Monday, 2 November 2009

Jay Z goes all art house...

I was going to just post up Empire State of Mind but realised a few people still haven't seen Brookyln We Go Hard. Bit late but I've been busy! He's come a long way since letting L'il Kim wander about in a blonde wig she clearly stole off a skint half-hearted drag queen.



We Love...Vol3

I tried to keep it to 10 songs but failed miserably this week with 12 - I couldn't leave any of them out.

Download HERE


Tracklisting

BigGIE DaM KON - DAM.KON! GOING BACK TO CALI
The Black Keys feat. Mos Def & Jim Jones - Hoochie Coo
Blakroc feat Raekwon - Stay Off The Fuckin' Flowers
Brittany Bosco - It Was You
Diamond District - Something For Ya'll (feat. Kev Brown)
Kulez - Creeep
Lupe Fiasco - Fire
Mary J. Blige - I Can See In Color
Sa Ra Creative Partners - Bitch Baby
Shuanise - Masudasante Naima
Strong Arm Steady prod. by Madlib - Get Started f. Talib Kweli
Timbaland - Carry Out (Feat. Justin Timberlake)

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