Sunday, 31 January 2010

Sade - Making Of The Album Video// Listen To 4 New Songs

I do realise it might get a bit dull if I blog absolutely everything Sade does this year so err, sorry.

Links to listen to...

Sade – Babyfather
Sade – Bring Me Home
Sade – Be That Easy
Sade – Long Hard Road

Friday, 29 January 2010

Erykah Badu// New Amerykah, Part II- Jump Up in The Air (3:33 Leak)

Yowww. Head to for the teaser video/audio which is the first of (10?!) versions of Jump Up In The Air and Stay There ft L'il Wayne... 

Ty - Special Kind of Fool [EPK]

As yet there is no solid release date but as you can see Ty's new album Special Kind of Fool will be out on BBE soon...get excited and spread the word!

Download: DTMD - "The Basics" EP

Growing up I always had a sense of being behind somehow because Michael Jackson was so amazing aged 5, and I have that familiar feeling writing this.

Last time I was in DC I was introduced to Dunc and 'Toine, two emerging artists making their way up in the DMV hip hop scene who could count amongst their friends, collaborators and teachers some of the finest producers and MCs in the area. I was blown away by the way Toine basically spoke entirely in hip hop lyrics (many of them probably penned before he was born), and Dunc was sending eager yet far more established producers obscure samples he wasn't yet ready to flip. They're 19.

Oddisee is one of thier key champions and Dunc actually produced The Shining on the debut Diamond District Album, whilst Toine was featured on '95 North on Oddisee 101 - here's what he had to say about them...

"These two dudes are way doper than I was at their age. I can only imagine what they'll be on when they can legally drink." -Oddisee

That being said this isn't a prelude to make you feel sorry for them and download this EP - I genuinely like it and have a feeling I'll be hearing a lot more from DTMD in the near future.

<a href="">Intro by DTMD</a>

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Dirty (filthy) Projectors

I've loved this band for a while now, but it's taken till now to tell about them. I wanted them to be my little secret but I'm learning that I may not always get what I want.

Dirty Projectors are a band, they live in Brooklyn and are lead by a dude named Dave, Dave Longstreth to be precise. Right now there are 6 people in the band but there used to be more, at least eleven-teen. One of their former members is the mighty Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.

Dirty Projectors make vocal driven, soulful, silly and serious indie rock. They put a smile on my face, sometimes I giggle at how off "centre" their musical imagination wanders, because it's that good.

This video is fir Stillness Is The Move from their 2009 release Bitte Orca  just nuts, and beautiful, and silly all at once.

Llamas, Wolves, and Singers, Oh My!!

Mburu-Bowie xx

*Editors note - we featured a Dirty Projectors track called "Ascending Melody" on We Love Vol 14 and a DP cover by Solange Knowles on We Love Vol 5...sorry for ruining your secret Beth!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Sade “In Another Time”, “Moon” & “Skin”

I raced home to blog these!
Sade “In Another Time”

Sade “The Moon and The Sky”

Sade “Skin”

*Thank you to FWMJ for the tidy streams!

Oh, and in case you haven't seen the making of "Soldier Of Love" video yet...

Video: Mos Def "White Drapes"

From the upcoming album by Michael Sterling Eaton which will feature the likes of Mos Def, Curren$y, Ernie Gaines, The Cool Kids and various other assorted "cool" people. Creative Control were responsible for the video...

Video: Kidkanevil - "Minjo"

I have been waiting for this for time, finally it drops and I have to Twitter stalk Kid K for a link!

Credits: Directed & Edited by Ricky Kershaw, Camera by Chris Robson, Compositing & Colour by Matt Simpson @ PecoMotion.

Makes me want to go back to the V&A Digital Design Exhibition (highly recommended, on until April) to play with the all the screens... If you haven't checked out Kid Kanevil's current album Basho Basho you really should, I like very much. Out now on iTunes.

Gilles Peterson Worldwide Vol. 3 No. 1// Matthew Halsall

Wow. This is great. The info:

Back on a jazz tip, Gilles hooks up with Manchester-based trumpeter, composer, arranger, DJ, producer and band leader… pause for breath… and label boss of the mighty fine Gondwana imprint – it’s Matthew Halsall. Fresh from a wonderful Maida Vale session for Radio 1 (featuring Shuanise and Roger Robinson), Matthew joins GP for a chat and a few spins of his favourite tunes from the likes of Charles Lloyd, Alice Coltrane, The Cinematic Orchestra and Dorothy Ashby.

You can sign up to Gilles’ podcast series via iTunes or just right-click-and-save (PC) / ctrl+click-and-save (Mac) HERE to download this podcast.

Possibly one to save for Sunday morning but I have to say it's brightening up my Wednesday afternoon.

The Heavy

The Heavy

Ninja Tunes have a subsidiary record label called Counter Records. Among that roster you will find one of the most electrifying live bands that Britain has to offer. That band is called The Heavy, and pardon the cliché but, words cannot describe the flurry of emotions I experience when they're brought to mind.

A four piece band from Noid, they cite Howlin' Wolf, Bo Didley, and The Parliaments as a major influences on their music and describe their sound as a dangerous collection of beats and riffs aka 'dirt'. I believe it! They took me under their wing as a percussionist and backing vocalist during their European Summer tour in 2008, and I'm still reeling.

(L-R. Daniel, Spence, Chris, Swaby)

Their Sophmore Album "The House That Dirt Built" tonight, was released in October 2009 and they are currently taking America by storm. A recent appearance on The David Letterman Show left the host so desperate for more that for the first time in the history of the show, Dave asked The Heavy for an encore.

Beth Mburu-Bowiexx

DâM-FunK 5LP Box Set + Free MP3 Download "Speak The Truth"

"Funk is NOT a fad...It's a way of life" - DâM-FunK

Do I collect vinyl? No. Do I still want this box set? Yes. How clever are Stones Throw? Very.

 Sounds like DâM is craaazy busy right now -

Besides putting together the forthcoming STEVE ARRINGTON (Formerly of SLAVE) LP for Stones Throw as well as collaborations with NITE JEWEL, production for JODY WATLEY, various remixes for XX & the Hyperdub label, Exclusive Mix CD's for 101 Apparel, forthcoming collaborations w/ JOKER + traveling all around the world w/ the 'Modern-Funk' sound in tow...this is the newness that D-F has been up to 'so far' in 2010....w/ this one:

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Goodbye Little Brother...

I don't know about you but I was a bit sad when I heard the news today that Little Brother will be releasing their final album as a group, "The LeftBack" later this year. One of my favourite groups of all time, who made one of my favourite albums of all time "The Listening" (funnily enough we're all still listening to it), are finally going their separate ways. Sniff sniff.

"I didn't want our last record to be a bunch of second-rate material, I wanted to walk away from Little Brother knowing that I gave our fans all that I had to give, and said everything I wanted to say. With LeftBack, I've done that." - Phonte

I guess we all knew it would happen at some point and I'm sure Phonte and Pooh will make great solo records but still, end of an amazing era. To hear more on the subject from Phonte check out the first Gordon Gartrell Radio show of the year - my favourite podcast.

Tracklisting after the jump>>

Laura Marling ‘Devil’s Spoke’ Video

Shhh, don't tell anyone but I love really good folk music...probably because I love any really good music. Laura Marling is such a huge talent, and this is the second single from her second album "I Speak Because I Can", set for release on 22nd March. Enjoy.

Laura Marling - Devil's Spoke

Laura Marling | MySpace Music Videos

Monday, 25 January 2010

David J - Queen Nzinga

Loving this recent video from true powerhouse, pioneer and badman poet David J - a tribute to Angola's mighty Queen Nzinga. If you do one good thing this week (make that 2)...catch this man live, he'll be performing at Poejazzi's A Word for Haiti benefit this Wednesday.

Eric Lau - Kilawatt: V2 [Preview]

Check out Eric Lau's latest project, produced for Kilawatt Music, a double single featuring Muhsinah, Kaidi Tatham and Oddisee set for release on 1st March...

<a href="">Always Will (ft. Muhsinah &amp; Kaidi Tatham) [Preview] by Kilawatt Music</a>

Sunday, 24 January 2010

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life of José Gonzalez

I've just discovered that a documentary about José Gonzalez is opening the 33rd Göteborg International Film Festival...this is a bit of a strange blog post but we [if you're reading this that includes you] have to find a way to see it.

Apparently it was made "With a combination of video diary, surveillance camera, concert and tour footage as well as animations the filmmakers Mikel Cee Karlsson and Fredrik Egerstrand have followed one of Swedens most interesting artists - José Gonzalez."

- It is a fantastic film. Not only a portrait of one of Swedens finest artists but also a successful attempt to portray the creative process which turns it in to a forceful defence of the beauty of art and the people creating it, says Festival Director Marit Kapla.

Lets hope it's better than this Google interview anyway.

Saturday, 23 January 2010


Yep. I just burned a large hole in my credit card for the show on the 17th. You can do the same by calling Ticketmaster 0844 847 2514 (24hrs) or SEE Tickets: 0870 060 3777, or hitting up the Jazz Cafe website...

Friday, 22 January 2010


We know a lot of people have been waiting anxiously for this. Oddisee's back with another Put Me On It exclusive, the third installment in his season-themed series "Odd Winter". Not slowing down after his string of releases in 2009, he's also preparing to release his new instrumental album "Traveling Man" on Mello Music. Traveling Man will be available for purchase as a digital release January 26th and vinyl & limited edition slimlines (only at UGHH) February 23rd. Please visit Oddisee's new bandcamp page to download Odd Winter for free.
"This series has forced me to look at the seasons and time in a different way, they're like theme music." - Oddisee

*Update 10.05.2011 this project is no longer available for free download and is available to purchase on iTunes, CD & Vinyl.*


01 Ci'iy Life Feat. Tranqill
02 Frostbit
03 Winds From The North
04 Black Broadway Feat. X.O
05 Brain Wash Remix Instr.
06 Riiight Feat. Stik Figa
07 Carry On instr.
08 The Warm Up Feat. Homeboy Sandman
09 Queue With No Coat
10 60901 Instr.
11 All Because She's Gone Instr.
12 It's Over Feat. Tranqill
13 Blizzard Of 09

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Gilles Peterson vs Thom Yorke

You have 5 days left to listen here

Obligatory blogging: Gil Scott-Heron "Me And The Devil"

You know when Gil Scott-Heron talks about the devil he knows what he's talking about. Metaphorically speaking of course. Ahem. Best video I've seen thus far in 2010, I posted the clip of the spoken word section ages ago but had no idea it would turn out like this...Apparently the XX will be remixing his entire album "I'm New Here" [insert joy/ sorrow/ withering ambivalence here]. 'Me And The Devil' is released on February 22 through XL Recordings.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Plastic People fundraiser for Haiti: Sat 23rd January

There are so many great fundraising events & projects happening in support of Haiti, which is fantastic, (or it would be if I hadn't already sent all my cash there). Anyway, I'll still be at this on Saturday - see you there.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Video Snippet: Jay Electronica - Exhibit A

I don't normally post video snippets or teasers because they're not normally very exciting. This is Jay Electronica - that's exciting.

Monday, 18 January 2010

J-Live "Do The Knowledge Mixtape" Vol. 1

Legend (and friend) J-Live has put together this very timely and much needed mix of new music. I'd like to dedicate this to all those DJs in London who are currently murdering the future of (US) hip hop here by constantly playing the classic mega mix we could all buy on CD in Tesco 5 years ago.

"Basically, I got tired of hearing a lot of people say stuff like, "there's nothing new out" or "hip hop is wack now". Upon hearing this I usually run down a list of names of new artists and even old artists with new albums and ask if they've heard of'em. Nope! These people have no idea. There's a lot of good new hip hop. You just have to do the knowledge and keep your ears open. These are some of my favorites from 2009 alone. Enjoy!"

DJ J-Live "Do The Knowledge Mixtape" Vol. 1 (THE LATE PASS) 2009 Hip Hop Cover Art

<a href="">01 J-Live ~ DTK Intro by J-Live</a>
01 J-Live ~ DTK Intro
02 Jay Electronica ~ Exhibit A (Transformations)
03 Skyzoo ~ Return Of The Real
04 Royce da 5’9” f / Bun B & Joel Ortiz ~ Hood Love
05 Wale ~ Mama Told Me
06 Marco Polo & Torae ~ Word Play
07 Senor Kaos ~ Automatic Classic Remix
08 Mos Def ~ Priority
09 Mr Lif & Bahamadia ~ Breathe
10 OC & AG ~ Give It Back
11 Nipsey Hussle f/ Snoop Dogg ~ The Life
12 Edo. G & Masta Ace f/ Pos ~ Good Music
13 DJ Spinna f/ Fresh Daily, P.Casso & Homeboy Sandman ~ Get On Down
14 Tanya Morgan f/ Blu ~ Morgan Blu
15 Zion I f/ Brother Ali ~ Caged Bird Pt. 1
16 Jay Are ~ The Lee Morgan Story
17 Chali 2na f/ Elzhi of Slum Village ~ When Will I See You Again
18 Jay Z f/ Luke Steele ~ What We Talkin’ About
19 Raekwon F/ Ghostface Killah & Cappadonna ~ 10 Bricks
20 Diamond District ~ I Mean Business
21 Tiye Phoenix ~ Stop Right There
22 Method Man & Redman f/ Ready Roc & Streetlife ~ How Bout Dat
23 Living Proofe ~ Rise
24 J. Cole ~ Lights Please
25 KRS-One & Buckshot f/ Talib Kweli ~ Oh Really
26 Busta Rhymes f/ Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige, John Legend & Common


I'm pretty excited about this one so I won't type much - just enjoy.

Download HERE

Into The Wind - Bei Bei & Shawn Lee
Disco D.Y.N.A.M.I.T.E. - Blu & Mainframe (Johnson & Jonson)
TIme Is Now - Co$$
The Chaconne Feat Matthew Santos - Dessa
Ascending Melody - Dirty Projectors
Tranch - Dynooo
Endure - Georgia Anne Muldrow Rapper Big Pooh MED Nick Tha 1Da
Before The Verdict - Guilty Simpson
Money's On Me (Produced by J. Cardim) - Joe Budden
Summer - Muhsinah
Put It In The Air featuring Joe Scudda - Rapper Big Pooh
Once In A Lifetime - The Roots
All Dead Instrumental - Shafiq Husayn
Cocoon - The Snare Bear 
Mamaya - The Souljazz Orchestra

*WE LOVE... is a big one click download of carefully selected individual tracks sourced from reputable blogs & artists we love...


I wasn't quite convinced last week about the selection I had, so here is the delayed but long mulled over We Love... Vol 13; a one click download of fifteen very random individual tracks, sourced from numerous reputable blogs and artists we love, all for your listening pleasure...

Download HERE


SKY - AdaD (prod Exile)
Run Lagos Town - Afrikan Boy
History (Live) - Blackstar
Spanish Winter - Blu
(The Bonus Song) My Boy Blu - Blu
Twirk - Destiny's Child
Media - Eliphino
Can't Stand Yo Love - Georgia Anne Muldrow
Endure (EthNick Remix) - Georgia Anne Muldrow Rapper Big Pooh MED Nick Tha 1Da
Another Day f/ Lenny Kravitz - Michael Jackson (Full version)
Breezin (ft. George Benson) - The Roots
Right Place - Sbtrkt
Why Does Summer Instr - Strange Fruit Project
Untitled - Zomby & Actress

Friday, 15 January 2010


I've never written a post about anything but music since starting PMOI, but if there was ever a time to do it, it's now. There has already been a great response to the situation in Haiti and I hope it continues - I've added some easy to click through links below. Thank you.

Action Aid/ By phone (UK): 01460 238 000
Disasters Emergency CommitteeBy phone (UK): 0370 60 60 900
Oxfam/ By phone (UK): 0300 200 1999
Red Cross/ text "HAITI" to 90999 to donate $10 (US)/ Call 0845 053 5353 (UK)
Yele or text "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 (US)

Thursday, 14 January 2010


They don't make 'em like this anymore - which is part of why it's beyond sad that Teddy Pendergass has passed away. I've been watching videos & listening to him all day and I wanted to post this one - if it doesn't make you laugh, cry, sing along, and feel slightly uncomfortable in your pants I'll be very surprised. What a legend.

I also enjoyed this interview from two years ago, such a positive and beautiful man.

Video: Blu & Mainframe - Disco D.Y.N.A.M.I.T.E.

I'm a little confused - a video for the track that didn't come out on the Johnson & Jonson album in September '08. It was my jam though, and you can still download it from 2DBZ HERE. To be honest I wasn't expecting to see Blu in a video like this, and I haven't seen him promoting it, so enjoy the song and perhaps take the vid with a pinch of salt. Oh and in case you're after that GODLee Barnes LP you can download the separated tracks with listings HERE.

Video: Theophilus London "Humdrum Town"

This has really grown on me, I wasn't a massive fan at first but I'm totally getting my 80s pop dancing on right now.

Props to Vinyl Meltdown

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

ERIC LAU "Warm It Up" Mix for BTS Radio

My good friend and amazingly talented UK based producer Eric Lau, who is a complete perfectionist, has put together a new mix for BTS Radio (Andrew Meza who runs it is also a perfectionist) - as you would expect, it's pretty tasty. As you probably guessed, it's called "Warm It Up" because of the current ridiculously cold weather!

Download & listen HERE


Bill Evans - Solar
J Dilla - Untitled
Eric Lau - Bendy
Georgia Anne Muldrow - E.S.P. (Instrumental)
Karriem Riggins - Soul on Top
Madlib - Untitled
Jay Electronica - My World (Nas Salute)
Baatin - Girl
Slum Village - World Full of Sadness
Madlib - Untitled
D.Rose - Track #003 (Produced by Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave)
D’Angelo - Jonez In My Bones (Rehearsal)
The Roots - The Suits
The Robert Glasper Experiment - For You
Georgia Anne Muldrow - Child of The Sun
Herbie Hancock - Butterfly (Live)
Tarika Blue - Truth is The Key
Curtis Mayfield - We’ve Only Just Begun (Live)
Sapo - Nina
Ju-Par Universal Orchestra - Is Anyone Listening?
The Kinks - End of a Season

My Predictions for 2010 for On Point...

I was asked by On Point to give them some predictions about what I thought would happen in 2010 - as you know lists aren't really my thing but I had a think about both what I hoped and imagined might happen. What I didn't think would happen is that my hopes would be immediately attacked & misconstrued, as I was informed shortly after the post went up (but that's blog land for you)!

Just in case any of you get the wrong idea when reading this post - many of the artists I write about below are people I work with, and my pride in their progress comes from issues they have expressed to me and how they are overcoming them, and how the industry seems to be changing (gradually) to embrace them. I can say from experience that working as both a woman and a black person in music (and I imagine being in other minority groups and in other industries) it can be a real challenge, even in 2010. Other people who might not have that experience often want to ignore it because from their perspective it doesn't exist (and some might say that can make you part of the problem) - but that doesn't make it any less real!

I'm not sure it's "cruelly ignorant" to praise the progress that the women and artists of African origin I have mentioned are making in music at the moment. I certainly don't suggest that gender or race is what defines them as artists - just that those factors can often come in to play when artists are trying to develop their careers (in ways race and gender shouldn't!), so I think it's great to see so many talented people moving things forward. That's actually less than half of what I wrote the article about but it has unfortunately been turned in to a race and gender issue. Feel free to join in the debate over at On Point >

My predictions...

Female DJs & producers
We've had front runners like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Ikonika, Micachu, Cooly G, Goldielocks and Muhsinah making waves for a while, and this year I have the feeling Nadsroic, Tokimonsta, Eclair Fifi, Ahu, Josey Rebelle and DJ Kunto are names we'll be hearing a lot from. I think it will start to become much more commonplace for emerging female singer songwriters to take more control over their sound, and for women to get so sick of sausage-fest parties they'll get behind the decks more often.

Africa 2010
I don't mean the World Cup, I mean Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio), Nneka, Ty, Sade, Eska, Michael Olatuja, Tinashé, David Okumu, Charlie Dark, Tawiah, Kwes, Mpho, Bridgette Amofah, The Cock n Bull Kid, Tanya, Benin City, Beth Mburu and all of the other artists of African descent who are making truly brilliant original black music (that I think & hope will explode throughout 2010); and refreshingly they probably owe more to their parents' record collections and Radiohead than they do to current US R&B and hip hop.

Everyone and their Mum will get signed
Not just because of the number of indie labels out there, more than 25 MC based acts in the UK have been signed to major label deals recently. Labels have always played the numbers game (one Tinchy, or rather the Star in the Hood merch, will pay for 10 less succesful acts until they get dropped), but the cynic in me says that major labels are falling down a big black hole, clutching at branches they hope will all turn in to N Dubz, discarding the rest fast. It's turning mainstream UK urban music in to Primark and at some point labels will have to start relying on talent, not marketing and promotion.

If there's one thing the recession proved it's that a 9-5 doesn't equal job security, and with writers like Steve Pavlina and Seth Godin around I suspect a whole new breed of freelance creatives will emerge, feeling like they may as well try holding two fingers up to "The Man" for once. I mean how hard can it be to learn a bit of CSS, Photoshop, or Logic?

Remember you're an individual...just like everyone else.
People complained that the 00s were bland and nondescript but in 2009 artists started to look like the love child of Bjork and David Bowie, developed a mysterious secret identity, shaved some of their hair off, and generally had to beg borrow or steal an "alternative" quirk. I think live shows will continue to get more and more elaborate, and the low budget - high return tour will all but disappear as competition for gig revenues increases. I think we'll say goodbye to t-shirt and jeans, backing track PAs, lack-luster performers, and hello to more set, costume and lighting designers, great live bands, brilliant and interesting performances, and painful ticket prices.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Kid Kanevil: Basho Basho Album Launch Party

Big fans of Kid K over here & he's a great DJ as well as producer. This Friday we'll be heading down to Market Place for an all star DJ line up to celebrate the release of his new album Basho Basho (set for release on 18th Jan), free of charge.

 Check out his brand new mix "Basho Basho Mixtape Mixtape"
   Basho Basho Mixtape Mixtape  by  kidkanevil

Riow Arai & Tujiko Noriko – Once Again
kidkanevil – Megajoy
kidkanevil – Megajoy (TOKiMONSTA unsound bliss remix)
Sp:Mc – Taiko Dub
Sonicbrat – Audiography 001
Aphex Twin – Gwarek 2
Aphex Twin – Hy A Scullyas Lyf A Dhagrow
kidkanevil – Minjo (Blue Daisy remix)
ZX Spectrum Orchestra – Round
Ras G – Pennys Confession
Voice Of The Seven Woods - Departure
Monsters Of Folk – Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)
Gonjasufi - Ancestors
Max Richter – 32 Via San Nicolo
kidkanevil – when doves bounce
Akira – Dolls Polyphony

Afrikan Boy - Lagos Town (Video)

I say it on a very regular basis - I love Afrikan Boy.  The song has been kicking around for a minute but enjoy the video for Lagos Town. Thought I was going to die laughing - just eat some eba to get African swagger.

Jessie J performing @ iLuvLive

One of my favourite blogs Pinboard just sent this over - we blogged about Jessie J a while back and it's great to see more footage of her (I watched the last video about 257 times). Apparently her debut album will be dropping this year - good news.
Hailing from Essex, Jessie has already penned hits for Chris Brown and Miley Cyrus ("Laugh, but it's paying my rent" she says) and has just signed a major deal with Universal Music/Island Records.

i Luv Live has recently moved to Proud in Camden, and is one of London's most influential talent showcases - check it out!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Sade "Soldier of Love" Video

Wait, Sade, on a horse, in the desert. She really has been in a cryogenic chamber for the last 10 years. Ah well the lasso thing is hot and she looks amazing. Real talk she needs a new choreographer.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Bilal Finishing Off His New Album in the Studio...

It's starting to feel like this year will be a reunion party in terms of albums - we eagerly await the new Jill Scott album "Light of the Sun", Sade "Soldier of Love", Ty "Special Kind of Fool", Erykah Badu "New Amerykah II Return of the Ankh", Sharon Jones and the Dapkings "I Learned the Hard Way", and albums from Maxwell, Marsha Ambrosius, and Plug Research's latest signing, Bilal. Here he is song writing with his good friend Hezekiah.

Read a recent interview with Bilal from Okayplayer after the jump, as he discusses his "alternative" Grammy nomination, the blues, being kicked out  and more >

Apply For A Development Grant For The BASS Festival 2010

The UK is an amazing place to live if you're an artist - this year I'm determined to post more opportunities up because they're out there in abundance and it's always worth applying. The BASS festival are offering urban/hip hop artists grants of £500-£3000 to develop their work!

BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds) is the UK’s only month long celebration of Black Music and Art. Every June, the UK comes alive with a phenomenal line up of events, new commissions, gigs, exhibitions, master classes, showcases, club nights, theatre, conferences and film.

I went to some great events as part of the festival last year and from what I can see, the right kind of people are involved. Sometimes going for funding and commissions for "urban" artists is worrying because you don't want to compromise or tone down artistic expression for a cheque - check out this video to get more of a vibe, though the festival has grown & developed considerably since 2007.

BASS 2007 from Punch Records on Vimeo.

For BASS 2010 Punch are opening up the commissioning scheme and they are offering awards of between £500 – £3000 to support new work developed for the festival.

They are looking for innovative and creative projects that explore the theme of DNA. To apply there is a short application form and budget section that you need to complete which you can download below.

Please ensure you read the guidance sheet before completing the application form.
The deadline for applications has now been extended to Friday 29 January 2010 at 12 noon.
Download the Application form
Download the BASS 2010 commisions guidance

RJD2 "Let There Be Horns" Video

I so wish I could read the treatment for this one..."so there's this huge pill popping minotaur, and he has a desk job, and..." You can check out the director Thom Glunt's showreel here. I've really enjoyed everything from the forthcoming album The Colossus so far - sounds very much like a film soundtrack without the film, but then RJD2 never was one to make what everyone else was making.

Josey Rebelle French Kiss Mixtape

I heart the overly talented Josey Rebelle very much and she made a rather fresh mixtape for Spine TV this week, which she described thusly - 'deep snowy start which culminates in a mind blowing orgasm before warming up into happy summer vibes!' Download it HERE.

Mystro 2009 UK Rap Up (Official Video)

This is just brilliant - huge big ups to Mystro for this one! To  all of my international friends who ask me about the UK scene I'll let the expert explain...

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Fancy DJing alongside Grandmaster Flash and Salt n Pepa?

Mixcloud got in touch because they are collaborating with UK electronic music festival BLOC Weekend and London promoters, Man Make Music; they're currently running a competition to win a slot on Man Make Music’s 4 hour Saturday night (13th March) showcase, starring Joy Orbison. The event also features Grandmaster Flash, Salt n Pepa!!, Roots Manuva, Skream & Benga, Derrick May and Nathan Fake, so if you want to DJ along side them check out the info below...

To enter:
1. Put together a 30 minute mix that represents you and what you’d want to play at BLOC, no restrictions.
2. Upload your mix to Make sure you name it “BLOC Make Music 2010 Competition Mix“, and tag it “BLOC competition“. If you fail to tag your mix correctly, it may be missed.
3. Choose some dope artwork. This is not necessarily part of the judging criteria, we just like nice design!

1. The winner will be selected by a combination of the community and the judges
2. The community means popularity (number of plays and number of favourites) as well as quality of comments/feedback.
3. The judges will be the Man Make Music team and the BLOC team.

1. 1 hour set at the BLOC Weekend on the evening of Saturday 13th March 2010
2. 1 x free entry to BLOC Weekend
3. Respect and kudos from your peers!

The closing date for mix submissions is Friday 22nd January 2010, and the winner will be announced a couple of weeks later. For more info visit the Mixcloud competitions page.

Herbie Hanock x Harvey Mason x Marcus Miller live at TED

TED is a slightly unhealthy obsession of mine, but luckily since I only write about music on PMOI I can't just post all my favourite TED videos on here rendering the blog utterly pointless... Back to the point, well sort of, what is Herbie Hancock eating, does he look like or sound like a 70 year old man to you?! Watch to the end for Watermelon Man.

J Dilla "Take Notice" - the 60 piece orchestral refix.

Late pass. Shamefully I added this magical piece to last week's We Love download and have only just gotten around to writing about it. Anyone who reads this blog knows that a large chunk of my heart wishes it was in LA right now witnessing the Mochilla/ Art Don't Sleep/ Plug Research movement as it unfolds. I'd be happy just to make the tea. Another wonderful piece of footage from the landmark Timeless series.
Timeless describes moments outside of time— moments that exist so deep inside history that they break through that finite grid. Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series is an homage to the composer-arrangers that have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways.
As you know Take Notice featured on J.Dilla's Ruff Draft, and the incredible Miguel Atwood-Ferguson composed and arranged the version in this video for the 60 piece orchestra as part of the second Timeless concert "A Suite For Ma Dukes". It was mixed and mastered by legendary Grammy award-winning producer/mixer Bob Power. At first it reminds me of Le Sacre du Printemps then dives in to a 70s cop show - that description sounds terrible but it is the exact opposite.

Download here, watch below.

The Timeless concerts box set will be released on 30th March 2010. It's my birthday on the 25th March - very subtle hint.

The Timeless DVD Box Set

Thursday, 7 January 2010

DOOM LIVE @ "A Taste of Sonar" 5th March 2010 - CONFIRMED

I have just confirmed with the Roundhouse programming department, DOOM might WILL be playing his first ever London show at the "Taste of Sonar" festival presented by RBMA at the Roundhouse on 5th March 2010 - you can buy tickets for it HERE. I was told his paper work has been processed, they are aware of past issues but as far as they are concerned he will be performing.

I hope he knows if he doesn't show or sends a stand in there will be a lot of broken hearts (and other things).


Monday, 4 January 2010

Mos Def ft. Talib Kweli – History (Video)

I was thinking of waiting for the official upload but this makes me smile too much. Enjoy. *Updated 09/01/10*


I went through 140+ new tracks this week to cherry pick these and it was well worth it. A very very random selection but I'm not pulling together a seamless mixtape, it's more like a best of compilation. The "cover star", X.O., is one third of the Diamond District and I'm really feeling some of his new free album One One Ten < make sure you click that link. I also have to say, big shout outs to all the other bloggers who work hard and whose blogs I love.

Download here


Heaven Can Wait - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Nosaj Thing Remix)
Gazzillion Ear - DOOM (Dr. Who Dat? Remix)
Floozy - The Knux
Party Done- Medina Green Ft Mos Def
Another Day - Michael Jackson Feat. Lenny Kravitz
Take  Notice - Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & Carlos Nino
Step Clap - Mpho
Am I Gonna Make It - Nite Funk
3008 - Ras Kass
Blue Lullaby - Szjerdene
The Blast RMX ft Erykah Badu - Talib Kweli + DJ Hi-Tek Are... Reflection Eternal
Soundwalk - Tall Black Guy x Hollyweird
Black Broadway - X.O. prod by Oddisee
Blah Blah - X.O. prod by Oddisee

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Little Dragon "Never Never" Video

Little Dragon are one of my favourite bands in the world, and they posted a new "home made" video on Youtube yesterday for the beautiful "Never Never" from Machine Dreams (one of my favourite albums of last year). It was created by Ulla Tom Tom. Enjoy!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Muhsinah "Rediscovered" Video

This is more like it. Lovely new video from the Golden Girl...

Muhsinah // "Rediscovered" - The Oscillations:Triangle from Rock Slinger Incorporated on Vimeo.

New music by old people

I apologise for kicking off a new year with a bunch of golden oldies but it had to be done.

A Reflection Eternal Mixtape ft new, unheard & unreleased tracks
(Click the pic to download)

Some (predominantly) unreleased material from Common c/o Kevin Nottingham - (Click the pic to download)

A beautiful new video from Jay Z so stylish he and (in particular Swizz Beats) are the least stylish things in it. Fabulous.


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