Sunday, 28 February 2010

FREE: SLik d - Midnight Vibes


As we (in the Northern Hemisphere) slowly come out of the cold times, I think it be only fair that we set a soundtrack to pre-empt the sweet, sweet warmer days we've so greatly earnt. Alas, here's a free album from California's SLik d called Midnight Vibes. It's presented as a free download via Bandcamp in conjunction with Apple Juice Break, LRGR Thn Lfe and The Soul Dojo.

Midnight Vibes is a 14-track laid back hip-hop album with SLik d on both the production and emcee/singing duties, but it also features production and co-production from quite a few others, including; Megan, Cam, Hi-Res, Polyester, Fresh Chuck, Bagir, Bhonstro, Two3, Euphonic, Decline, Elaquent, Nefarious! and Danny Perez. You'd be forgiven for not being familiar with many, or any, of those names - but I happen to think that's a very encouraging thing indeed. It shows there are still a lot of talented people out there putting in the graft and trying to establish themselves in the game. So, next time you hear someone say that there's nothing new or decent happening in hip-hop, you can point them in the direction of this post.

<a href="">In The Sky (Feat.Future Sound) (Prod.Decline) by SLik d</a>

Considering that pretty much every track on this release has a differing production credit, it is more like a mixtape or a showcase release - and that's pretty much how it is presented, by all accounts. It's like a taster, a little peak into the world of SLik d and to be honest, I like what I see. Stylistically his sound straddles a line between laid back hip-hop and neo-soul, but there's a refreshing innocence to the music. No pretensions or fronting, just generally pretty damn happy sounds. It's definitely something to lay back and chill to and I'll definitely be banging this out as we approach the lighter evenings and (hopefully) warmer days.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Events this week...

London is so insanely busy this week, and I thought I'd big up some of the events I'll be trying to make it to - I'm sure there's a lot more going on but I am a human.

Saturday 27th - Some Reindeer thing & Tomorroww w/ IG Culture...

I can't quite explain but tonight I'm going to Trinity Buoy Wharf for The Compass series to see an ambisonic narrative poem inspired by the Nord Route - when Sámi herders apparently migrate across arctic tundra with thousands of reindeer every year. All I heard was "audiences will be invited to sit or lie amidst a 12 speaker set-up upon reindeer pelts with lighting and visuals by Yeast Culture invoking the spirit of the arctic tundra, immersing them in a psycho-acoustic experience" - I'm in.

After that if my butt's not too frozen I hope to head down to Market Place for Tomorroww, run by the wonderful Eric Lau, Budgie and Juven where this month's special guests is one of my favourite DJs in the whole world - the legendary IG Culture.

Monday 1st - Polarbear Speaks a film...

Actually that's a big fat lie, it opens on Tuesday March 2nd until the 25th but I can't tell anyone I'm not coming to their event and going to see "Return" instead. In case you don't see the point of Twitter by the way - follow Polarbear, he often makes my day.

Tuesday 2nd - Poejazzi at the Roundhouse

Champions of their field, (well champions of everyone in their field and soon to be champions in their own right), Poejazzi take over the Roundhouse as part of their world domination of 2010 - Year of The Poet.

Wednesday 3rd - Deviation at the C.A.M.P.

Benji B and the crew (big up Zainab for her wonderful piece in the RBMA "Daily Note" on Saving Plastic People), will be trying out the basement of new-ish Shoreditch venue the C.A.M.P. with Skream doing a disco set and the RBMA allstars - oh yes, news on some PMOI events that should be going on there too soon, touch wood!

Thursday 4th - Little Dragon & Jono McCleery + OG Cultures + Statik Selektah & Saigon 

Yes, I will be splitting in to three different people on Thursday, and heading to The Garage for Little Dragon & Jono McCleery (if God could sing...),  Original Cultures at Corbet Place, and Doctors Orders presenting Statik Selektah & Saigon at Madame JoJos. OK I'll probably only end up at Doctors Orders - mainly because I'm so happy DJ Spin Doctor is supporting new hip hop talent in London!

Friday 5th - Taste of Sonar at the Roundhouse

It's sold out so I won't gloat but supposedly MF Doom will be there, alongside Matthew Herbert, Roska & Ryoichi Kurokawa...

Saturday 6th - Jonzi D's The Surgery 

I will be making my own migration south, to The Albany in Deptford, because Jonzi's Surgeries in hip hop theatre are always brilliant and for this one he has some of South Africa's best emcees over as special guests - Gini Grindith, Hymphatic Thabs and Krook’d the Warmonger!

...and on Sunday, I will probably die of exhaustion.

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Krystle Warren at Soho Theatre, London

People kept asking me 'Have you heard Krystle Warren?'...i went to see her solo acoustic show last night at Soho Theatre and spent the evening with the same beatific look on my face as my friends did when talking about her. She generally seems to have this effect on people. She even managed to make a London crowd sing!... jazz licks sehn!..thats power. I want to review the show but I just drift into superlatives like 'amazing' and 'incredible'... both of which nearly describe that voice. A depth and breadth of feeling and humility that recalls a strange and lovely cocktail of artists like Tracy Chapman, Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Cassandra Wilson and Jeff Buckley.

Catch her live in London til the 27th February.

So heres a slice of whats fine from her latest album Circles out on Because Music
, yum yum yum!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

José James "Code" MP3 + Blackmagic (belated review)


I've been meaning to write something about Blackmagic for a while, but needed to keep it on rotation for a while. Code came out as a free promo download today but for once I would say don't bother, just buy the album.
        JOSE JAMES - CODE  by  Brownswood

José James seems to exist in a different world... It sounds a bit like this world but without war and farts and being skint, because it's too full of love and beauty and the kind of sex 14 year old girls think they'll have one day. I'm not cynical, but just before I press play (and it is definitely a press play & leave it on album) I have to take a deep breath and leap in with both feet.

That might sound like the prelude to a slagging off but it's not - Blackmagic is akin to heaven once you're in, just don't play it straight after a nasty break up. I don't write objective reviews because it's such a personal blog, (if you're male look away now), and I have to say Mr James is at his best when he moves from romantic and slyly suggestive to put it on repeat and make some babies "in the darkness...". Made for Love and Blackmagic will make you name your first born José, even if you're Nigerian.

It's quite hard to pick stand out tracks when it's such a gorgeously crafted album start to finish, but Love Conversation, a duet with Jordana De Lovely, is a real heart (and review) stopper. Don't try to operate any machinery or do anything sensible whilst it's playing, it doesn't work I tried. On a completely different tip I wasn't expecting Warrior, which I thought couldn't get any more intense until I heard the Sbtrkt remix- I need to hear this at Plastic People, on that soundsystem.
        Jose James - WARRIOR (Sbtrkt Remix)  by  Brownswood

I don't often say this, but I would highly recommend this to anyone I know, and I think you should buy it if you haven't yet - I'll certainly be playing it for years to come. (iTunes US/ UK)

You can catch him live in the UK from 18th - 22nd March

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

BUG - Cosmic Lab / 20 Winks on Jus Like Music Records


Better late than never! I intended to post this yesterday but time slipped away. Jus Like Music is one of my favourite blogs, and though I don't think very many could truly make the leap and put out music as a label - if anyone can it's them. This is their very first release, a free promo in order to build some support which they undoubtedly have a lot of already. I was actually feeling "Cosmic Lab" by Bug when he sent over an earlier unmastered version, it even featured on We Love Vol 2. A young London based producer, this is one for the beat heads - enjoy.

For more info check out

<a href="">Cosmic Lab by BUG</a>

Tranqill - Deadly Wintaz [Official Video]

I can't express clearly enough my belief in Tranqill as an artist. His "Hidden Treasures" EP will be released on One Handed Music March 9th, it has been a very long time coming, and the album (bits of which I'm privileged enough to have heard) will be an instant classic - it's incredible - believe.

Watch this space.

Tranqill - Deadly Wintaz from Haydn Davies on Vimeo.

Best Remix Ever? Hudson Mohawke vs Jodeci "Freek"

I'll tell you a secret - I was a serious 90s RnB chick, long braids and all. I still have the original (Jodeci's Freek'n You) on CD, and know all the words. To all the DJs I know, if you promise to play this remix I will come to your night - even if it's in South London. The official king of the RnB remix, bless Hudson Mohawke for this one, maybe Olivier DaySoul will sing it on their UK tour!

Download Hudson Mohawke "Freek" HERE

Shameless excuse to post the video? Hell yeah.

Jodeci - I wanna freak u
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Monday, 22 February 2010

Joya Mooi - When I Take A Step Back

On occasion a lovely bloke called Tom who recognized me on a bus from the blog (I love such funny randomness) sends over links to great things. This is one of them. You can listen to more of Joya Mooi's stuff on Nalden.

Joya Mooi - When I Take A Step Back from Marcus & HeinZ on Vimeo.

Thanks to Tom.

Sunday, 21 February 2010



Bernard the manager called me about this last week - Plastic People, the most legendary underground club in London, with the most incredible DJs, and the best soundsystem (and let's face it pretty much our second home for many years), is having to appeal to the police to keep their license - they have until 11th March to make their case. I know PMOI friends & fam will do whatever we can to help.

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Join the Facebook group HERE to stay up to date on how to help keep it open. 

Video: RJD2 - Got The Glow

The last RJD2 video "Let There Be Horns" was so good we found ourselves watching it at dinner the other night at a friend's house! I have to say for me this video overshadows the song a little and I still haven't checked out The Colossus (his album which came out in January) but I'll get there. RJD2 is also playing at The Scala on 16th May.

Clutchy Hopkins "The Story Teller"

I was just perusing the wonderful Cubikmusic, and it seems  the elusive and mysterious Clutchy Hopkins is releasing a new album called "The Story Teller" on April 16th. I hope part of the story is revealing who he really is. Head over to Ubiquity to listen to some previews.

Ubiquity Records | MySpace Music Videos

Baloji Ft Konono No.1 "Karibu Ya Bintou"

Baloji, a Congolese (Belgian resident) artist who has been making a name for himself recently after releasing his debut album Hotel Impala in '07 and 2010s Kinshasa Succursale from which Karibu Ya Bintou (Welcome to Life in Limbo) comes... you can read an interview with him over at Strictly Niceness if you speak French!


Flying Lotus - Computer Face/Pure Being

Premiere: New Flying Lotus Track

Don't ask why but I was expecting something... different to this for the new album. My opinion is as yet unformed so I'll hold fire for now and let you form your own. Cosmogramma comes out in the UK on 3rd May in the Uk & 4th in the US.

Source [Pitchfork]

Video: Ledisi - Higher Than This

On the strength of this I'm heading over to Amazon to buy last years Grammy nominated album Turn Me Loose by Ledisi. Ridiculous.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Spec Boogie x Bed Stuy

The official video for Spec Boogie's Bed Stuy. Sampling Take 6's radio jingle from Spike Lee's 'Do The Right thing, the song is a JAM! Spec is a member of the Lessondary crew (also featuring Tanya Morgan and Che Grand).

Also worth checking out is the Spec Boogie x Melo X remix of Maxwell's Black Summersnight...very dope indeed.

How cool would this be as a holiday commercial for NYC?!

Friday, 19 February 2010

Dego x BTS Radio Mix

So this had some musically trustworthy Twitter crew all of a flutter the other day and rightly so, I've been listening all day. The very lovely if elusive Dego seems to be extremely busy at the moment, and BTS Radio is just off the hook.

His latest release is the follow up to the self-titled modern soul classic, Silhouette Brown. Written and produced by the trio of Bembe Segue (The Politik), Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic) and Dego, "Two" provides the high quality soul presentation you'd expect from such established names.

Silhouette Brown's "Two" is available now on 2000Black Records.

A true honor to have him back, dropping choice selections for BTS Radio.

For more on Dego & 2000Black, visit: 

Original Air Date: February 16, 2010
Running Time: 43 minutes

Listen/ download Dego's selector set for BTS Radio HERE

It's ok, they were joking.

The internet is so open to misinterpretation. When I first saw the "We Are The World" remake, I thought it was a joke which wasn't funny enough to post. Turns out I was wrong, it was real, and it was so bad both Rappers I Know & Ill Doctrine closed their sites - claiming it was so bad it killed hip hop.

Rappers I Know was of course back the next day, and Jay Smooth has just moved. Which is lucky really because then we would have had to organise some kind of awareness campaign about the terrible dangers of touching classic material, the detrimental effects it can have on society, and the benefits of originality... maybe we should do that anyway before another masterpiece is destroyed in the name of charity.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Sucio Smash on Photo by Tone

The world is a small place - I was actually chatting to Sucio online yesterday, I have a lot of respect for what he's doing, and inevitably the issue of "scenes" came up and what London is like in comparison to NY. We never got in to it on the subject of radio but it looks like we'll have to next time. Good to see him on one of my favourite websites in the world, Tone knows this but I'll say it again, I'm one of his biggest stalkers fans.


You can also check out & download a radio rip of "Prowler" prod by Ski Beatz ft Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, & Mos Def from Sucio's Squeeze Radio show.
        "Prowler" (Squeeze Radio rip) Ski Beatz ft Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz, & Mos Def  by  ameliaideh

Roska "Squark"

No idea how I'd feel about this tune without the video because I can't imagine one without the other now. Really hope I don't start flapping my arms if I hear this in a club. Looking forward to hearing Roska's self titled debut album out on Rinse in April.

Breakage ft Newham Generals "Hard" [Hood Video]

Late pass. Didn't realise they'd made another video for this and I'll take ANY excuse to post it again. I was in Size? the other day with an American & a German and they both turned round and said "what's this?!!" (possibly because I was having trouble holding it down and my face was screwing itself). It's Breakage ft Newham Generals & David Rodigan "Hard" - if you haven't bought it yet you can do so here.

*BTW, no John Mayer calling it a "hood video", check the credits at the end.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Greymatter "Mind Over Matter" + Illum Sphere remix (free download)

As you know we've been supporting Greymatter's project from day one, so it's nice to see it building a buzz in all the relevant places (don't be late). Hope to see you at the launch party this Friday.


Mind Over Matter is available now

CD - Amazon // Bandcamp // Phonica // Picadilly

...and you can download the Illum Sphere remix of "Too Much" here for free!

<a href="">Too Much (Illum Sphere Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD by Greymatter</a>

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Ty "Emotions" feat. Sarina Leah & Shaun Escoffery


I have a really good feeling about this track, and the album, which is a brilliant mixture of music that's uplifting, touches your heart, makes you want to shock out and meditate on life all in the space of an hour or so. Picked as Mista Jam's "Jam Hot" single of the week, he'll be interviewing Ty this Thursday from 7pm on Radio 1Xtra... "Emotions" is released on 16th March, and the album "Special Kind of Fool" on 19th April.

<a href="">Ty &quot;Emotions&quot; feat. Sarina Leah &amp; Shaun Escoffery (Album Version) by tymusic</a>

Monday, 15 February 2010


Highlights from blog land over the last couple of weeks have to be The Roots working with Miguel Atwood Ferguson on Antiquity, Illum Sphere's Agent White (I love the way he makes proper songs), Miles Bonny Never Be The Same (check out his Bandcamp for more music), and that Freeway & Jake One tune is BIG. I can't explain to you why I like the Kate Nash song so much, you'll either love it or hate it, and I noticed over at Spine TV Ahu gave away the Mr Beatnick remix of Walk which I adore. Everything else is the usual random mix of things I love.

Download - Mediafire

*WE LOVE... is a big one click download of carefully selected individual tracks sourced from reputable blogs & artists we love. Please email us ( if we've uploaded a non-promo track in error or to send us something you love.


AFTA-1 x Nikko - Chemical Reaction
Daedelus - Order Of The Golden Dawn
Diamond District - Who I Be (Marco Polo Remix)
Donwill - Chic
eLan - health master 3000 (ft. marzio)
Erykah Badu - Window Seat
Flying Lotus - Quakes
Freeway & Jake One - One Thing feat. Raekwon
Illum Sphere - Agent White
Joy Orbison - BRKLN CLLN (Michna's Brooklyn Bridge Remix)
Jungle Drums ft Ahu- Walk (MrBeatnick RMX)
Kate Nash - I Just Love You More
Lupe Fiasco - What U Want
Major Lazer - Sound of Siren (feat. M.I.A. and Busy Signal)
Miles Bonny - Never Be The Same
Quadron - Average Fruit
The Roots & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - Antiquity
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I Learned the Hard Way

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Diamond District x Trek Life European Tour

I had to post this up. A couple of years ago I ran a night called Lookout!, where we booked acts like Oddisee, Trek Life, and Blu (yes, they have all played in London)... but things have changed and as you can see they all tour Europe without stopping over here now. People still hit me up demanding to know why they don't have a show here but I'm not about to go in to my thoughts on all of that right now - another time. Anyway, check out the video to see the new edition of what we're currently missing - and listen really carefully to Trek Life's songs, they're brand new tracks off of his new album coming out in a couple of months I'm lucky enough to have heard (start getting excited, it's absolutely brilliant).

Trek Life, who needs to get a proper coat & stop being so LA.

Diamond District (X.O., Oddisee & yU L-R)

Blu & Oddisee

Video: Tinashé Performing "Miss You"

I bumped in to Tinashé the other day and apart from being a bit tired with a hectic schedule it sounds like things are going very well for him (quite rightly). He's currently supporting the Noisettes on their UK tour and you can pre-order his EP Mayday on iTunes now, set for  release on 28th Feb which features "Mayday" of course, and "Miss You", which you can hear below...special right?

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Jose James & Jordana de Lovely @ Jazz Re:Freshed

More than a little mad I didn't make it down to this - first time anyone had heard this ever ever ever as Jose briefly mentioned. Huge big ups to Adam Rock and love to the whole Jazz Re:Freshed crew who are doing something truly special.

Sun Ra Arkestra three day Residency @ Cafe Oto 12th April 2010

Age ain't nothin but a number...

The Arkestra are now lead by Marshall Allen who lead Sun Ra's reed section for 40 years.

Allen assumed the position of Arkestra Musical Director in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra's musical precepts and has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere "ghost" band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music, as well as composing new music and arrangement for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive.

Tickets are £22 adv / £25 on the door - more info HERE

Big ups to Sara for putting me on to this one!

Daedelus - Righteous Fists of Harmony

I didn't want to get too Brainfeeder heavy but I've been itching to post this gorgeous video for days. It's the title track to an EP set for release on March 23rd.

"After seventy years of China’s opium-related subjugation by Queen Victoria and her allies, a force of resistance fighters — termed “Boxers” by the British — rose to the challenge in 1898. Calling themselves “The Righteous Fists of Harmony,” this secret society of martial artists felt they held magical powers: they believed themselves bulletproof, able to fly, and capable of raising the dead (who would then fight alongside them). And so began the brief Boxer Rebellion; three years later 100,000 Boxers had fallen, their magic helpless against the cutting-edge machinery of war. The British prevailed only to face ultimate defeat, as their empire rapidly declined."

Ahem. I'm only half British.

Daedelus "Righteous Fists of Harmony" from DestroyRockMusic Inc. on Vimeo.

Video: Erykah Badu Ft. Lil Wayne - "Jump In The Air" vs Culoe de Song " Webaba "

Love. It.  *I had to update this post since someone posted a video on Facebook I missed from December by up and coming South African producer Culoe de Song [ft. Busi Mhlongo]. There I was all impressed by the kaleidoscopic effects in Erykah's video but Culoe's already been there & done that!

Thursday, 11 February 2010

dEbruit - Heart Beats for Haiti


Last time I posted about dEbruit everyone went a bit crazy so I was really pleased to hear from him about this project - all donations/profits from which go to the Unicef Haitian Relief Fund.

After seeing images of the devistation and destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti, dEbruit was inspired to do something to help 

Created in the few days after the Haitian earth quake, Heart Beats for Haiti is a charity EP, samples of Zook and Kompa, the traditional music of Haiti, are sliced, chopped and squashed along side dEbruit's home breed synths and beats. Lurching boom-bap rhythms, J-Dilla vibes mix with dEbruit's global electronic explorations and cross shoulders with cut-up, jagged synth chops and punctuating Haitian sounds and rhythms. All profit from this very special release go to Unicef's Haiti Earthquake relief fund.... making this a necessary purchase for sure....



Janelle Monae ft Big Boi "Tightrope"

"Tightrope" [ft. Big Boi]

New single from Miss Monae which will be available on her site as of this Friday, February 12.  I really like it, I always have to take a second listen to JM's lyrics, she's usually saying something pretty real and often quite profound which is refreshing to say the least. I think we've all been on this particular tightrope.

DJ Spinna -ft. Homeboy Sandman, P.SO, Fresh Daily (AOK)"Get On Down"

I'll say it again. HOMEBOY SANDMAN IS THE SH*T. 

DJ Spinna -feat. Fresh Daily, P.SO, Homeboy Sandman (AOK)"Get On Down" from CHANCLETAFILMS on Vimeo.

Review: Gilles Petersons World Wide Awards 2010


On Saturday I went to Gilles Peterson's World Wide Awards (not the World Wildlife Awards as my sister put it) at the Garage, arriving just in time to catch the first act of the night, the Floating Points Ensemble, who absolutely blew me away. A 16 piece mini-orchestra (the full band will be 19 I'm told), fronted by Fatima which was so incredible I was ready to kill the persistently noisy audience. They were followed by the ever lovely Andreya Triana (who brought Fink and Bonobo on as her backing band!), I promptly had a nerd out moment as I was the only person who whooped when she decided to sing Tea Leaf Dancers. Pure gorgeousness. I couldn't get in upstairs to see Elan Tamara and the other acts unfortunately.


It was the first time I'd ever seen an award ceremony where the winners were artists I appreciate in my day to day life and it was a wonderful feeling to see them recognised. It really put in to perspective the rather meaningless end of year blog list madness I'm not too keen on; Gilles puts on events, a festival, runs a radio show, a record label, creates projects and hosts an award ceremony to showcase the music he believes in [which I feel is infinitely worthier than just mouthing off about your opinion]. Mulatu Astatke was there in person to pick up the Album of the Year Award and he [rightly] received one of the biggest cheers of the night - there was a tangible outpouring of love towards the stage which I hope made up for Gil Scott Heron not being very interested in the Lifetime Achievement Award. I felt very grown up for owning 3 out of 5 of the jazz albums of the year, I thought I wasn't very in to jazz.


Robert Glasper, who made a hilarious acceptance speech, played a fantastic set and drummer Chris Dave who missed his flight had his very large boots filled heroically (and thoroughly) at the last minute by an extremely talented young guy named Josh McKenzie. I got really excited when Theophilus London came out on stage to the sounds of "I Want You", and gave a rendition of "Calypso Blues" both by Marvin Gaye - which is a very brave move. I'll probably get beats for this but I wasn't feeling anything he did after that; too much hype, not enough substance, and he mutilated "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston in what I can only describe as Bruno's Eurotrash-Remix which the (beyond messy by this point) crowd seemed to love. I'd been there since 8 o'clock and had to bounce before seeing Lee Fields & El-Michels Affair (the main reason I bought a ticket, along with Jose James with band which just wasn't mentioned?!), but all in all it was a brilliant night. Peggy who put it together deserves a knighthood, the DJs were seriously on point, and the sound was fantastic everywhere I stood. Sterling. Check out the video by LeFtOoO.

Full list of winners HERE

Top two photos c/o Spine Magazine, third photo c/o GPWW

Tuesday, 9 February 2010


Just in case you haven't heard yet.


Flying Lotus (Brainfeeder, Warp, Los Angeles)
Kode9 (Hyperdub, London)
The Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder, Low End Theory, Los Angeles)
Martyn (3024, Washington DC)
Dorian Concept (Kindred Spirits, Vienna)
Dimlite (Now-Again, Bern)
Daedelus (Brainfeeder, Ninja Tune, Los Angeles)
Nosaj Thing (Brainfeeder, Alpha Pup, Los Angeles)
TOKiMONSTA (Brainfeeder, Los Angeles)

PRICE: £12.50

Buy tickets HERE

Monday, 8 February 2010

Download: Matt Stevens "Echo"

I received a lovely email a few days ago from Matt Stevens, and I have to say my inbox is a place of woe at the moment so I have only just checked it out. He is fabulous. He has also been renamed Javier in my head because of the way he plays guitar - please check this one out, it's pay what you want until the end of February and is very highly recommended!

Echo Cover Art

<a href="">Burning Bandstands by Matt Stevens</a>

NB Bandcamp is taking over!

Download: Mark de Clive-Lowe presents...Rahel "Hope"

I've been wondering what Rahel's been up to. Supremely talented vocalist from the UK (you know her from working with the likes of Eric Lau, Georgia Ann Muldrow and now Mark de Clive-Lowe!), let's hope we don't have to wait too long for more...

Rahel - Hope Cover Art

<a href="">Rahel - Hope by Mark de Clive-Lowe presents...</a>

Straight Outta Ghana: Kweku Ananse's LIBATION

Ghana is not the same hub of underground musical activity as say London, New York or Tokyo. However, there is a small, growing group of producers, DJs and artists trying to expand the local notion of popular music beyond the usual R&B, dancehall and hiplife suspects (oh, Celine Dion and Westlife too... I'm not kidding. If you want to make money in Ghana, get those two acts on one stage and organize robbers to plunder everyone's empty homes while they attend the concerts. Anyway...)

Kweku Ananse just released his new mixtape, LIBATION (download here) and it's a great slice of the other side of modern Ghanaian music.

Makes sense that it would come from Ananse. He hosts the capital's only real underground music show every week, hosting everyone from Wanlov the Kubolor, M3nsa and Tawiah to Wunmi and DJ Edu. Whoever is dope and passing through Accra passes through Ananse's studio.

I've been pressuring the man to drop a mixtape for ages, so I'm a pretty damn happy camper. Think of it as Ghana Soundz: the Next Generation, because when your kids grow up, this is the 'classic African' music they'll be downloading.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Tavis Smiley Interview with Bill Withers

I'm a huge fan of Bill Withers as anyone who reads PMOI knows. Not so much of TS but hey. There is an autostart on this video interview so I've added it after the jump>

Rumor: Björk working with Michel Gondry on a new project...

“It’s very undefined, so it’s hard to give more precision.”
- Michel Gondry [Source]

OK, why is this news? Michel Gondry has directed loads of Björk videos! Answer - well if it's "very undefined" it might be more than a music video (film?), which Björk never wanted to do again after working with Lars Von Trier on Dancer in the Dark. Exciting if you're a very nerdy fan of both artists.

One of my favourite Gondry x Björk videos is still Human Nature from 1993...

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Q-Tip Live at The Roundhouse

Easily one of the best gigs I've ever been to - Tip is a master showman and his all star band were amazing - so happy some footage has appeared! Really hoping a bit more surfaces because this is pretty short but you get the idea...I actually saw Q-Tip a couple of weeks later at the Wireless Festival where the crowd weren't up on things, and his performance was still head and shoulders above everyone elses (without the aid of the gold painted women and wildly expensive sets his set was cut short due to!)....

Q-Tip Live at The Roundhouse, London 5/09 from KSPACE.TV on Vimeo.

Big up to Semtex for the link.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Obligatory Blogging: New Flying Lotus Album "Cosmogramma"

Yep. Really looking forward to this hearing this one, partly because it sounds like it might be a bit different. Personally, I like Fly Lo's first two albums and recognize their significance, but I'm not too sure I'll be sitting around listening to them in 15-20 years and the more material I can add to that collection of the future the better.

As you can see it features some big names including Ravi Coltrane, Thundercat, Rebekah Raff, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Thom Yorke, Laura Darlington and the rumor mill says possibly even Erykah Badu. Extra good news on top of the info that Radiohead have finished making their next album...

01. Clock Catcher
02. Pickled!
03. Nose Art
04. Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05. Zodiac Shit
06. Computer Face//Pure Being
07. ..And The World Laughs With You (feat. Thom Yorke)
08. Arkestry
09. Mmmhmm (feat. Thundercat)
10. Do The Astral Plane
11. Satelllliiiiiteee
12. German Haircut
13. Recoiled
14. Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph
15. Drips//Auntie’s Harp
16. Table Tennis (feat. Laura Darlington)
17. Galaxy In Janaki

Warp have kindly put up a download of three non album tracks HERE
...and I noticed Vinyl Meltdown put up a link to the old Fly Lo Remix of Radiohead's The Reckoner.

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach Orchestral Trailer

Just wow. I have to say the first Gorillaz single this year Stylo really didn't rock my world (despite being a fan of all of the artists on it), but I am still looking forward to the album Plastic Beach - the features list is an absolute wet dream.

Watching this trailer really makes me wish Plastic Beach was a film.

Download: Alex Nut "Anti Focus + Wotberry"

Really glad to see Mr Nut is sticking with production because he's such a badass DJ, and it's been a while since we posted his remix of "I Should Tell Yo Mama" by Red.

This month Alex has been locked away in his studio concocting crazy sounds from his haunted soul in preparation for his debut release on Eglo. As a result he has plenty of old material to let loose and giveaway for free, see below for  the first of his ZSide Series

Download: Alex Nut 'ZSide Giveaway Part 1' Anti Focus + Wotberry HERE

*Update* Alex just sent over "Sweatpants". I don't want to know what that's about. Download HERE

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Nneka - Heartbeat Live on David Letterman

Naija stand up. Feeling pretty proud of the kinfolk right now - Nneka killed it on David Letterman, and next week my Nigerian bro Inua Ellams will be the first ever African to have a one man show at the National Theatre, London.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Brittany Bosco "Ragdoll"

BOSCO is back with a new track from her forthcoming debut album "Black". We have a lot of love for this artist as you know, and apparently "Black" draws a lot of inspiration from her recent debut European tour which PMOI and several other promoters had the joy of bringing her out for. (This lady is fantastic live). Thoroughly looking forward to hearing the album and sorting out some more shows...details soon!


Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Stream: "I'm New Here", Gil Scott Heron's new album.

Anyone else have the feeling this year they will be spending a lot of money on really great quality albums? I love this, Gil Scott Heron is an absolute badman - and yes he did sample Kanye's Flashing Lights. Year of the poet.


Via The Fader

Goldielocks - Cold Sweat Video

This one is a grower, but whilst you're listening to it. First 30 seconds I wasn't too keen but there's something about Goldielocks that always makes me stick with it, and by the end of the video I loved the song. Then I watched it again from the beginning and the exact same thing happened. Weird.

This is from the new EP, I'm Not Her, which came out yesterday on iTunes. Launch party is tomorrow at Puregroove records in Farringdon, Facebook info here.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Jose James - Code [Video]

Hold tight for an album review. I will hopefully not be writing it myself after going bright red and bowing when I bumped in to the guy in a Moroccan furniture shop the other day. Ah the shame of the music geek...


I think this is my favourite so far. Having a new D'Angelo track from James River and a new(ish) Erykah Badu track appear in the same week is almost too much for me. Also very excited to have two of my favourite rappers around on here - Homeboy Sandman and Professor Green. They're very different of course but I will be watching both of them closely this year and expecting good things. The rest is my usual selection of random things I love.

Download HERE

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


Collie Buddz - Phonecall
Corinne Bailey Rae - I'd Do It All Again (Acoustic Version)
D'Angelo - 1000 Deaths
Damian Marley & Nasir Jones - As We Enter
DTMD - What That Mean
Erykah Badu - Jump In The Air (feat. Lil Wayne & Bilal)
Fingathing - You Fly Me
Flying Lotus - Sangria Spin Cycles
Folk & Stress - Drainos (prod by Madlib)
Little Dragon feat. 1-O.A.K. - Blinking Pigs (1-O.A.K. 'God Made Me Funky' Remix)
Oddisee - Khartoum
Oddisee - San Fran
P.SO - Incredible (Soundmen Remix) f. Homeboy Sandman, 8thW1 & Fresh Daily
Pharrell & The Yessirs - Young Girl f. Jay-Z
Professor Green - Ballers Is Bouncin' (London)
Wiley - Never Be Your Woman (feat. Emeli Sandé) (Solo REMIX)
6th Sense & Homeboy Sandman - The Abduction


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