Thursday, 29 April 2010

Video: Baloji "Indépendance cha-cha - Le jour d'après"


That's 2 out of 2. Both of the videos Baloji has put out this year have gone straight in to my top 10 of 2010. This is just brilliant. As many of you know it is 50 years of independence for many African countries this year, and of course it's also 50 years since Joseph "Le Grand Kallé" Kabasele Tshamala and Nicolas " Dr. Nico" Kassanda of L'African Jazz, from Baloji's homeland Congo, wrote the classic pan-African hit "Independence Cha Cha".

The video was filmed in Kinshasa, in the "Bon marché" (Barumbu) neighbourhood, and features the late Wendo Kolosoy’s backing band. I love the way parties are such an all ages affair back home, and the incredible stylishness that seems so everyday until it's captured on film. I can't wait for Baloji's album to come out on 15th  September, and hope he plans on making a lot more videos between now and then. If you haven't seen Karibu Ya Bintou yet you can, and must, here.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

MP3/ Video: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson & the Suite for Ma Dukes Orchestra "Untitled/Fantastic"

Download Untitled/ Fantastic [Mediafire]

"Untitled/Fantastic is the emotional hub of Suite for Ma Dukes. When Mochilla/VTech screened the film in Detroit last week somebody shouted out, "Now that's what I'm talking about..."

House Shoes has said several times, that he can't watch Untitled/Fantastic without tearing up. If Suite for Ma Dukes has unlocked the emotional power of Dilla's music, Untitled/Fantastic is the key. Here it is, our last offering from the three dvd set. To see the rest, you'll have to purchase them.

Rest in Peace Dilla"

Well, that last bit is not strictly true if you live in London, because at our new event "The M.F. Social Club" PMOI will be screening "Timeless, Suite for Ma Dukes" in full on Sunday 9th May downstairs @ The C.A.M.P. in Shoreditch. It's the only UK screening scheduled and there are some seats left. It's such a beautiful film, and it sounded great on gigantic speakers when I went to test it out on Monday, I hope to see you there. *This event is now sold out

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

PMOI TV: Maverick Sabre Acoustic Performance + Interview @ SXSW

Mav 500b

I didn't just catch up with US artists when I was out in Texas, my friend Zubin hooked me up with this exclusive little performance and interview with Maverick Sabre before his soundcheck for Ras Kwame's showcase.

Mav is such a talented and lovely guy, and he's so passionate about what he does that when a photographer asked to shoot him he stood there singing with the sun in his eyes for about 5 minutes when he could have just struck a quick pose. I really wish I could have kept the cameras rolling because after the interview he taught me some Irish dancing...

Keep your eye out for the track Mav has recorded with Professor Green (prod. by True Tiger) called "Jungle" that's being played on 1Xtra at the moment.

Mav 500 a


Monday, 26 April 2010

Video: M.I.A "Born Free" & new album tracklist

*Do not watch this if you are easily offended, at work or around young children*

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

I have to say musically it's not my cup of tea - the thing I've always loved about M.I.A. is her ability to make you fall in love with her music, and realise what you're dancing to and singing about afterwards, whether you agree with it or not. She might not be up there technically with the many musical greats who've done that in the past (The Beatles, Marvin Gaye, Fela Kuti, James Brown, the list goes on and on), but she spoke to our generation in a language we could understand - she was sippin on a Rubicon thinking about where she comes from too. For the first time, she lost me with the music, but after what's been happening in Sri Lanka perhaps she needed to make her message more overt.

I hadn't really  been listening to all of the hype about this because I heard the track and wasn't feeling it, so when I came to watch the video and she "tweeted" about it being explicit I was expecting that. The heart in mouth moment for me came when the arrestee got on the bus and the reason for his arrest became clear. The point was made to me then and there without all of the violence, it was the looks on the prisoners faces that told the story, though I imagine a sanitized version would have been pointless when so many far greater brutalities occur around the world every day. Whether I like the music or not doesn't really matter - I love M.I.A. for being herself, she's one of the most iconic and powerful artists in the world and she's not afraid to risk it all for what she believes in.

In blog land it seems everyone was waiting with baited breath to see what Pitchfork would say... to be honest they had the right idea and are letting M.I.A. speak for herself - by giving her their twitter account (@pitchforkmedia) all day. So far she has revealed the tracklist for her as yet untitled new album. You can follow the action there or (@_M_I_A_)


Download: José James prod. by Flying Lotus "Blackmagic" + new album news


This photo made me laugh - I think I actually bumped in to José in the Moroccan furniture shop on Calvert Avenue in East London a few months back where this would have been taken. I totally geeked out, went bright red and bowed. Anyway - for some reason I'm allowed to give away the title track from his brilliant new album Blackmagic (which I reviewed back in Feb) for free! I think it's to remind you there is now a deluxe edition you can buy which features new music, remixes and a music video (including one of my favourite José James songs ever, also produced by Flying Lotus, "Visions of Violet"). Download José James "Blackmagic" prod by Flying Lotus HERE

Also, on my internet travels (via The Findmag) I heard a snippet from another new album  -
"On May 11th, José James will release ‘For All We Know’, a new full length album together with Belgian pianist Jef Neve. All songs are recorded in a six-hour session, without a producer, retakes or overdubs"
Jose James & Jef Neve SNIPPETbyThe Find Magazine

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Video: Daedelus - Stampede Me

Daedelus - Stampede Me from Chris Shen on Vimeo.

Alfred is a legend for this (as is the director Chris Shen - his website says he's still studying!). I can't tell if I'm just really tired and unable to be objective at this very moment, but this video wrenches my heart. The music adds such an incredibly thick  layer of isolation and desperation to what might otherwise be quite menacing imagery and I keep watching it, trying not to cry (TMI, sorry). It reminds me of a Shane Meadows film.

Taken from Righteous Fists of Harmony, which I will now be buying on iTunes.

Video: DTMD "You"

DTMD - You from dunc & toine makin' dollas on Vimeo.

"Do what you do, as long as it's you..."

Wise words indeed and this is a dope video! I told you about DTMD back in January and they had some great feedback. Now Dunc and Toine have returned with a video from their debut EP The Basics (click to download). I love the way they're building things the right way, I'm pretty sure this video was filmed at their real jobs, and if that's not keeping it real I don't know what is.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Karen Pearson on BBC Breakfast for National Record Store Day

Ah I love Karen P, she's such an inspiration. Just had to share this video of her trying to explain it to the regular folks.

Download: DJ Sarah Love's Last Hip Hop Mix Show

Sarah Love

I wrote a blog post the other day about my feelings on DJ Sarah Love leaving 1Xtra - suffice it to say I wasn't happy - and there has been so much great feedback, the woman has so many fans and we're all gutted. For those who didn't manage to hear that last show or did and would like to listen or download it, I have erm, obtained it for you (I will not reveal my sources, ahem!).

Listen/ Download Here (*link re-upped)


1. Black The Ripper, Mystro & Loudmouth — Sarah Love Dub

2. Blak Twang — Before N After

3. Jay Electronica — Exhibit C

4. Saukrates — Wednesday (UK Remix feat Mystro & Loudmouth)

5. Pete Rock — Best Kept Secret (feat Lords Of The Underground)

6. SonnyJim — I Declare War Sarah Love Dub

7. DJ Spinna — Lyrics is Back (feat Torae)

8. Ben Grymm — Back In My World feat Shawn Jackson

9. Willie Evans Jr. — Communication

10. Homeboy Sandman — Not Pop

11. Ramson Badbones — 9 2 5

12. Ramson Badbones — Blackmags

13. Mix Show Moment: Kyza
1. Kyza — Love & Music

2. Big Boi — The Art Of Storytelling (feat Andre 3000 & Marsha)

3. Chester P — Inside Out (Gimme That)

14. Mix Show Moment: Pharoahe Monch
1. Pharoahe Monch — Simon Says

15. Black Milk — The Matrix (feat Pharoahe Monche, Sean Price & DJ Premiere)

16. Diamond District — Who I Be (Marco Polo Remix)

17. Joell Ortiz — Project Boy

18. Spec Boogie — Bed Stuy

19. Willie Evans Jr. — Sarah Love Joint

20. Mix Show Moment: Endemic & Cappo
1. Cappo — Loyalty (Live Freestyle)

2. Ben Grymm — Cry (feat Dubbledge)

3. Heltah Skeltah — Art Of Disrespekinization

4. Brooklyn Academy — Raise Ya Hands (feat Jean Grae)

21. Mix Show Moment: Souls Of Mischief
1. Souls of Mischief — Proper Aim (Live Freestyle)

2. Joker Starr — Welcome Back Home

3. Kashmere — The Jazz

4. Daniel Joseph — Reign

5. Orphans of Cush — Rainblood

6. Raekwon — New Wu

22. Mix Show Moment: Micall Parknsun
1. Micall Parknsun — Still Here

2. Black The Ripper — Look Around

3. Scorzayzee — Final Destination

23. Mix Show Moment: Skandal
1. Skandal — Sarah Love Dub

2. Fresh Daily — Video Gaming

3. eLZhi — Motown 25 feat Royce Da 59

24. Mix Show Moment: Phife of A Tribe Called Quest
1. A Tribe Called Quest — Buggin’ Out

2. Sean Price — That’s What We Want

3. J Dilla — Blood Sport feat Lil Fame

4. Jehst — Sarah Love Exclusive

5. Blu & Exile — The Narrow Path

6. Invincible — No Easy Answers

25. Mix Show Moment: UK Takeover Cypher
1. Cypher — feat Mystro, Ramson Badbonez, Jehst, Verb T & SonnyJim

1Xtra 30 Years of Hip Hop celebrations 

2. DJ Spinna — Melody (feat Shabaam Sadeeq & Erik Rico)

3. DJ Honda — Magnetic Arts (feat Mos Def)

4. M.O.P. — Blow The Horns

5. 2 Hungry Bros — Keep It Honest (feat Skyzoo, John Robinson & Shabaam Sadeeq)

6. Paten Locke — After You

7. P-Casso — Stress

8. John Robinson & Doom — There She Goes

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

PMOI TV: Sonnymoon Live @ SXSW 2010


I got overwhelmed by the hours of footage I filmed in Texas hence the delay, so to kick things off here is my favourite performance of the festival. It's quite tough at SXSW for performers, most of the sound systems were terrible and Sonnymon had to go on last after a crew of about 25 rappers (I exaggerate not) were politely forced off stage to make way for them (and you can see the sound guy just wandering around on stage). Despite that they were pretty damn good.

Prior to this performance I had only really heard Sonnymoon's version of Houstatlantavegas which I preferred to Drake's original and featured on We Love Vol #11 back in December - the crowd begged to hear it but they didn't have the instrumental. Anna's voice completely blew me away live, she sounds just as effortlessly amazing as she does recorded and they instantly became my new favourite band. You can check out their debut album Golden Age below.

<a href="">Run Away by Sonnymoon</a>

I have to say a HUGE thank you to Maiya from Blind I For The Kids - a more wonderful hostess you couldn't ask for.





Tuesday, 20 April 2010

The Gaslamp Killer talks to Illum Sphere about Hoya:Hoya

I heart Willie (GLK) & Ryan (Shiny Ball of Light) very much - check out this fantastic video from Hoya:Hoya, probably one of the best nights I have never been to.

Have you seen the new Hoya:Hoya Tumblr by the way? It's very nice. 

Jónsi's "Go" tour 2010

jónsi - sinking friendships (live) from Jónsi on Vimeo.

Woaaahhh, I wanna go! I just spied this video from Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi's solo tour and I would totally believe you if you told me this was filmed in Rivendell and that Legolas & Galadriel were about to come skipping around the corner, (I mean his drummer is called þorvaldur þorvaldsson). The only London date is on 26th November and the pre-sale starts tomorrow at 9am, you can find tickets & all of tour dates HERE.

Thanks to Pitchfork

Taylor McFerrin Interview with Dego

Taylor McFerrin chats with Dego on CentricTV from Centric TV on Vimeo.

This might help brighten your day a little - I wouldn't really call it an interview, more of a quick chat between Dego and Taylor McFerrin. I found it interesting what Dego says about the "melting pot" being a bit more mixed in London, a lot of my American friends say the same when I take them on a walk through Dalston. I'm feeling pretty rubbish for not buying the new Silhouette Brown album yet, so I'm off to 2000Black to do so now.

I found this over at the Uprock blog - big up guys!

R.I.P. Guru


This has been such a sad month for the world of music, after Malcom McClaren and Steve Reid passed away, and we've just heard the unbelievably sad news that Guru has passed away from a battle with cancer, aged 43.

There are some strange statements floating around online concerning Guru at the moment but as far as I'm concerned we as music fans should remember and honour him for the musical legacy he has left behind.

Rest In Peace - Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal.

Video: Blissed Out "Rain Stream"

Blissed Out - Rain Stream from Jheri Evans on Vimeo.

Hmm, don't ask me why but I really like this strange little soundscape.

Thanks to MV

Beck ft. St. Vincent, Liars & Os Mutantes "I Need You Tonight"

Record Club: INXS "Need You Tonight" from Beck Hansen on Vimeo.

OK can I ask you for a favour? Open another tab or minimize this one as you listen to this, because you will enjoy listening to this so much more if you don't watch it. Annie Clark from St Vincent is amazing and in this cover she goes for a very subtle version of Michael Hutchence's intense sexual growling, which should make you feel a bit tingly as long as you can't see loads of nerdy musicians concentrating really hard. I doubt Beck is very aware of what's going on in the UK pop charts at the moment but it's interesting to hear another version of "I Need You Tonight" by INXS...

Thank you to Prefix

Monday, 19 April 2010

Album Recommendation: Ty "Special Kind of Fool"

It's out, finally it's out, and you can find out for yourselves why I've been banging on and on about it for such a long time. I've always been a fan of Ty's music, he is a true pioneer because whilst there are a lot of artists who hail from these shores and make great UK hip hop music, (I feel) Ty has always gone beyond that and just made great music full stop. Plus, plenty of people "keep it real", but most still try and maintain a veneer of cool - with Ty you get the whole story, warts and all. 

Depending on the weather I have so many favourites on Special Kind of Fool, (Emotions obviously), Heart Is Breaking ft Sway, Something Big - ah the horns!, Special Kind of Fool - ah the strings!, Me, in fact there's not a tune on there I don't like. It is a put it on and leave it album, if you are going to buy it I beg you not to just buy a couple of tracks on iTunes, it's a real journey.

Special Kind of Fool is out on iTunes now

Suzanne Vega x The Roots "Tom's Diner"

This totally made my day - found via Joe Mugg's Very Very Much, Tom's Diner was a song I tortured the customers in my Grandpa's bar with back in the day by tapping loads of credits on the jukebox (such folly to give me the key) and putting it on repeat.

Suzanne Vega has a pretty cool website you can check out for more info on what she's up to here.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Video: Clutchy Hopkins - Verbal Headlock

Whoever he is, Clutchy Hopkins is the man. This track in this ridiculously great video comes from his album "The Storyteller" out now on Ubiquity.

Shouts to Analog Giant

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Download: Ty "Emotions" Waajeed Remix

Ty's sold out album launch at Plan B in Brixton last night was serious! There are so few performers I've seen in my life who can hold it down live like Ty can, with or without a live band. His new album "Special Kind of Fool" comes out on Monday and to turn up the heat on this already gorgeous day he's given us the Waajeed remix of "Emotions" which I love. Weird, it sounds like such a London sound to me, let's twoooo step! (It's track two, the first one's the original)

<a href="">Emotions feat. Sarina Leah &amp; Shaun Escoffery by tymusic</a>

Click to download from Bandcamp HERE

Buy the full single on iTunes

Friday, 16 April 2010

Homeboy Sandman - Off The Wall Session love Homeboy Sandman so much. He's super honest in this Off The Wall Session (big up Alice!), and a very intense guy - listening to his hussle, journey and passion is inspirational. I'm beyond excited about his new album "The Good Sun" coming out on 4th May and I will be setting that day aside just to listen.

Off The Wall (Midnight) Sessions - Ep. 11 HomeBoy Sandman

Video: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings "I Learned the Hard Way"

Oops, been meaning to post this - brilliant brilliance! Have you got Sharon's new album I Learned the Hard Way? Well it's out, so you should. (iTunes link) 

VV Brown: Shark in the Water (Yellow Cab Sessions)

OK, in the past I might have referred to VV Brown as a singing pair of legs because it was all a bit fashion glossy and simple. However - she is very talented and when she really takes the gloves off she's brilliant. I prefer the acoustic version to the single so I loved this video.

Thanks to YK2

DJ Sarah Love Leaves 1Xtra, and Takes Real Hip Hop With Her.

Friday 9th of April was DJ Sarah Love's last ever hip hop mix show on BBC Radio 1Xtra, which is going to impact the hip hop community both in the UK and US in a profound way. That might sound overly dramatic but in all seriousness, 1Xtra has just lost a key hip hop specialist, MOBO nominated international club DJ, overqualified broadcaster, musician, writer, positive role model, and one of the most respected figures in hip hop in this country (not to mention unicorn-rare female who ticks all of those boxes).


For the unaware, Radio 1Xtra is a digital BBC radio station (and sister station to Radio 1), specializing in "new black music", and for the last three years DJ Sarah  Love (you may also know her from MTV Base & the legendary Kung Fu), has presented a three hour hip hop mix show on Friday nights from 1- 4am. Her shows typically include the kind of hip hop a scholar and purist of the genre would play without feeling concerned if told DJ Premier or Chuck D was listening in. That might sound like she lazily plays loads of golden era vintage - however Sarah is one of the only hip hop DJs in this country with as detailed a knowledge of and passion for brand new homegrown and Stateside quality hip hop talent as she has of the old school.

In February 2009, Ben Cooper was made Deputy Controller of BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra to "take the lead role in implementing the strategies for both Radio 1 and 1Xtra, overseeing both networks' mainstream and specialist programmes". He announced in March 2010 that Sarah Love and DJ G Child would be leaving and that "Radio 1Xtra must continue to evolve in order to offer our young audience the best Hip Hop and R&B music, as well as the freshest DJ talent." Which would be fair enough, if Sarah Love were indeed being replaced by a talented & respected hip hop DJ and broadcaster. I know of her replacement, rapper Charlie Sloth, for his Youtube videos and music (and he seems like a nice guy), but I've never seen him on a line up as a hip hop DJ, unless I'm much mistaken. So who is the guy making these decisions about a station specializing in "new black music"? A former Executive Producer at Capital Radio, who joined Radio 1 as Head of Mainstream, then Head of Programmes and now Deputy Controller of Radio 1 and 1Xtra. A real "new black music" specialist then.

I recently returned from SXSW in the US, where I found on the whole real, quality hip hop seems to be making a resurgence but the commercial radio sector is crippled. I came home so thankful for the BBC - where due to the lack of commercial pressures specialist DJs like Sarah Love, Gilles Peterson, Benji B, Mary Anne Hobbs, DJ Edu, Robbo Ranx, Ras Kwame and the rest can remain true to playing diverse, brand new, original, groundbreaking, quality, exciting music - they're expert tastemakers with a true connection to their cultures and they are relied upon to represent and inspire thousands of music fans around the world every week. They are the respected linchpins who maintain the authenticity of 1Xtra, they break new artists who make it from their shows to playlists to new audiences and live show bookings, and they are what make 1Xtra unique and different to their competition. It seems we've lost another soldier in the dumbing down & homogenization of BBC radio, not forgetting the proposed closure of BBC Asian Network and 6 Music.

So what does hip hop at 1Xtra look like without Sarah Love bearing in mind they aim to bring us "the best"? Well, having looked at Tim Westwood & DJ Semtex's recent playlists, it looks a lot like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tinie Tempah, Ludacris, the occasional Jay Electronica or J. Cole tune, and thanks to Westwood, teeny bopper Justin Bieber?! Does the word "sell out" not mean anything anymore?! *Don't give me the "he's young" line - you know even Bow Wow would have eaten him alive whilst still in nappies.

So who will be playing the new Pharoahe Monch, Kashmere, Elzhi, Homeboy Sandman, Skandal, Diamond District, Jehst, Invincible, Ramson Badbones, Blu & Exile, the next Jay Electronica (before everyone's on his nuts) etc etc on UK radio on a consistent basis? Who will be representing and breaking the kind of hip hop that's not made for the top of the charts but for the multitude of fans who know what real, quality hip hop sounds like (and trust me we're out there)? The kind of hip hop that doesn't mercilessly imply without balance that it's ok to model your image on a Barbie doll, steal other rappers flows, rap on beats best suited to a ring tone, talk constantly about clubbing, f*cking, money, violence, the inane and the meaningless, rappers who pride themselves on "not having lyrics", crap all over the legacy of hip hop and generally perpetuate images of black people as superficial over-sexed violent stereotypes with nothing of worth to say?
I have no idea.

You have one day left to check out Sarah Love's last show -, but you can download and keep her dope recent interview with Phife Dog (who left very little out!).

In future you can check for her at

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Yes you heard correctly! PMOI are starting a new event called the M.F. Social Club - a new platform for independent, specialist and archived music films to be shown in venues which normally host live music events & club nights. The aim is to take music films outside of the traditional passive cinema experience and straight to an audience of music lovers.

Info for the first one below - both London exclusives - flyer to follow shortly!

The M.F. Social Club & PMOI Present...

Secondhand Sureshots (Dublab/ Stones Throw)
Daedelus, Nobody, J.Rocc & Ras G on an experimental sound recycling safari...

Timeless - Suite for Ma Dukes (Mochilla)
One third of the Timeless documentaries, Suite for Ma Dukes sees the music of James 'Dilla' Yancey reworked by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson for a 60 piece live orchestra. Guests include Maureen 'Ma Dukes' Yancey, Bilal, Dwele, Amp Fiddler, Illa J, Shafiq Husayn, Talib Kweli, Karriem Riggins & more.

+ DJ sets from Alex Chase (Stones Throw/ One-Handed Music) & Eric Lau (Ubiquity/ Tomorroww)

Sunday 9th May 7-11pm (screening starts at 8pm GMT not BPT)
@ The C.A.M.P. 70-74 City Rd London, EC1Y 2BJ (Old St tube)
 Tickets £5 in advance below, availability limited

*This event is now sold out*

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

yU "Before Taxes"

yU Before Taxes

I really like yU from the Diamond District's solo album Before Taxes. The guy can rap his ass off and his beats are soulful without being boring or cliche so I thought I'd post up my favourite track from the album for you to listen to - "Breakdown" featuring Bilal Salaam makes me feel like my heart is going to explode every time I hear it but I keep listening.

   yU (feat. Bilal Salaam) "BreakDown" by ameliaideh

*Sniff sniff.

The video below is taken by yU's bandmate Oddisee of his "Before Taxes" instore release party at Fat Beats in NY yesterday with producer/ DJ Slimkat78 spinning... you can buy the album HERE.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Professor Green - F64 on SBTV

Stay with it, from 1 minute in it gets serious... Pro Green is super talented, his new single "I Need You Tonight" is not my cup of tea, but I'm not the core audience so that's probably a good thing, and I do like the track he did with Maverick Sabre (coming soon I believe).

Props to SBTV

Daru Jones + Kissey Asplund EP & interview with Rehes

I don't post interviews that often, but I do when it's just two lovely people chatting. I somehow haven't managed to meet Daru in person yet (despite being at SXSW - my bad), but I must say everyone I know who has always say he is the nicest person, and as you can see my new buddy Seher is too.

You can check out & download Daru's new EP with Kissey Asplund right HERE

Big ups to Giant Step

Jus Like Music & Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations Part 2

Another huge congratulations to the lovely Jus Like Music and Apple Juice Break blogs for the second part of the Oscillations project. The artwork is by my very talented friend Sri so I had to big her up too. The second part features PMOI favourites Greymatter, Kid Kanevil, Oddisee & Mr Beatnick - don't listen first just download the thing.

<a href="">Roll Upon You Like XLII by Jus Like Music Records</a>


01. XLII – Roll Upon You Like XLII
02. Slugabed – Power Of The Mind
03. Alex B – Murked
04. Greymatter – Too Much
05. Elroy 4.0 – Nemo’s New Shimmery Coat
06. 00Genesis – Dew
07. Constrobuz – Listen Close
08. Mr Beatnick – Plastic Memory
09. ANGO – Hep, Hep
10. Suzi Analogue + Stalley – Gate 28 (Analogue Radiowave Edit)
11. Kidkanevil – Zo0o0o0p!!! feat. Oddisee
12. Flick Brown – It Be Called N.C. feat. Akello Light
13. Cazeaux O.S.L.O. – Negro-Orgen
14. Piff Herrera – Windpipe
15. Debilorithmicos – Devil’s Hand feat. Racecar & Sarah G
16. 8Bitch – In The Moog For Love
17. Ghost – CIA
18. Stevo – untitled971
19. Inko – Komet Kameratene
20. Beatcasso – Untitled 48590
21. S.maharba – M/L/M/H

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Benin City EP Launch @ The Roundhouse 31st March 2010

This has to be the most belated review ever written and for that I apologise, but this was a great gig and so very much still worth telling you about.

Benin City

Normally I would go in to detail about the whole show, especially when the event was hosted by the legendary David J, and I caught great performances from singer/ songwriter Jem Cooke and poetry from Inua Ellams - but this was Benin City's night, and so this is their review.

Benin City

A little background on the band - Musa Okwonga and Joshua Idehen. Both have been (and still are) well known poets on the London circuit (they run Poejazzi!), they are extreme music nerds with an astounding diversity of taste, and their personalities are chalk and cheese. Ugandan gentleman Musa, wearing the bright red blaxploitation-fresh suit, sent himself to Eton at an early age as you do, and is officially the only person on the planet who can get away with sounding posh and rapping. Joshua is the boisterous Naija boy in black oriental silk pyjamas and Darth Vader helmet, whose hometown the band is named after. For all of their differences they match each other in intensity, with a brotherly camaraderie that makes you wonder if they had pushy mothers who made them form the band aged 5... (except for the fact they're African and were probably being encouraged to study law aged 5).

Benin City

On to the music. I don't know if afro-pop-funk is quite right but that's what it's labeled in my head. With a great live band (including a brass section) in a packed auditorium I was expecting it go get very hot and sweaty but I have to say the crowd were a bit boring. They did pick up for the refrain from my personal favourite "Work", screaming "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy!" with mid-week after work angst, but couldn't match the bands' energy for "Snakepit" and "Boogieman" - perhaps a tall order - I thought they might explode at one point.

Benin City

I have to say two of the highlights for me were poems. Musa moved me to tears with an incredible story about himself and his late father called "Passport", and in "My Love" Joshua cleverly and provocatively described his love in the third person. The honesty behind both pieces made me both slightly uncomfortable and thoughtful. The night ended with a hilarious remix of "Here Come the Girls" by the Sugababes, and a freestyle about the Northern Line set to "No Limit" by 2Unlimited - don't ask me how but it worked.

Benin City are a live act not to be missed, unless you're feeling a bit tired and rubbish, in which case wait until you've had a lot of sleep and Red Bull - then you might just be able to keep up. You can buy their EP "The Invisible Cake" HERE.

A huge thank you to Rajesh Taylor for the photos.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Wednesday (UK remix) - Saukrates ft Mystro & Loudmouth Melvin

Saukrates,Loudmouth Melvin,Mystro

This is so heavy I made an image to go with it, haha. Loved the original by Saukrates, big up Mystro & Loudmouth Melvin for jumping on the track for the UK remix. I heard this for the first time on DJ Sarah Love's hip hop mix show on 1Xtra which ended after three years last night - no idea where I'm going to hear pop-free hip hop on UK radio now but more on that later.

Download HERE

   Wednesday (UK Remix) - Saukrates ft Mystro & Loudmouth Melvin by ameliaideh

Friday, 9 April 2010

Clement & Co. Presents: We Are The New Standard - Kutmah

I really enjoyed watching this interview with Kutmah - his thoughts on seeking originality as a DJ and producer were very refreshing to hear, especially in the same week The Gaslamp Killer's set at Deviation redefined the parameters of what I thought "club" music was, and also for me set a "new standard". Big up changemakers.

Thank you to Clement & Co

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Just Blaze vs The Alchemist @ East Village 6th May

Excited much?! Apparently tickets are flying out the door already...


The Doctor's Orders & East Village present...
Just Blaze vs The Alchemist
Going head to head in a 2 hour sound-clash on 4 turntables

9.00pm – 2am Thursday 6th May 2010
East Village, 89 Great Eastern St, EC2A 3HX |

Just Blaze & The Alchemist
Spin Doctor
Mr Thing
Chris P Cuts

Limited £10 adv tickets from ticketweb / 0844-477-1000
£12 on the door if available

Chris Brown - Yo Body (*throw up in my mouth)

Argghhh, noooo! I am not a Chris Brown fan for innumerable reasons, so watching the clip above was disturbing, as he talks complete nonsense about women (who I sincerely hope for their sakes are fictional), over Hudson Mohawke's "Rising 5". I heard a rumour, from whence it came I shall not divulge, that Hud Mo actually turned down Rihanna who was after this beat a while back... just a rumour I heard.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Industry Insiders #1: PMOI @ SXSW 2010

Whilst I was at SXSW last month, a big music conference/ festival in Texas (which is a bit of a sausage fest), I met these amazing entrepreneurial women who seemed to be running the best showcases & companies, talking to and interviewing everyone, taking amazing photos and generally doing their thing. In the middle of all of that I somehow managed to grab a minute with each of them (literally all they had time for), to find out more.

I know that a lot of the people who read PMOI are artists, so the Industry Insiders series will be a way of highlighting talented individuals working behind the scenes in music you might not otherwise get to find out about and should definitely be connecting with.

Thank you so much to Alice Wonderland (Homebase NYC), Boyuan Gao (Beyond Race), Maiya Norton (Blind I For The Kids),  Michelle McDevitt (Audible Treats), Seher Sikandar (Rehes Creative), and Fadia Kader for being so lovely and inspirational.

LDN Event Listings: April

I love spring - my wallet doesn't. I know a lot of the people involved in these events and I'm sorry I can't put up everyone's flyers, as you can see that would take over the entire blog, (apart from Writers Block who shot a trailer, props for that)! I'll probably have to add to this and re-post it later in the month but for now- let's go.

Wed 7th April  
Method Man live @ Matter
Deviation: Floating Points + The Gaslamp Killer @ Gramaphone

Thur 8th April 
Brave & Bold Presents: dEbruit (Live), Blue Daisy (Live), Om Unit, Paul White, Mr Beatnik & more @ East Village

Fri 9th April 
Amp Fiddler & Alton Miller @ East Village
Passing Clouds Presents Alex Nut + Fatima @Passing Clouds, obv.

Sat 10th April
Fatima Mindtravelin EP Launch Party + Funkineven & Mr Wonderful @ Morrel House (98 Curtain Rd)

Tue 13th April
Mos Def @ Shepherds Bush Empire (not sold out yet, the 15th is)

Wed 14th April 
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings @ Koko
Jesse Boykins III @ Writer's Block 2nd Birthday (Cargo)
+ P.I.P (Joshua Idehen, Inua Ellams & Musa Okongwo), The Illersapiens, Deanna Rodger, Kersha Bailey, PoetiCat

Thu 15th April 
Plantain Events: Guerilla Suave ft Afrikan Boy @ Favela Chic

Fri 16th April
Tomorroww @ City Arts & Music Project
IG Culture, Josey Rebelle, Eric Lau, Budgie, Juven
On The Real: Ty "Special Kind Of Fool" Album Launch @ Plan B
Ty (Live), Big Ted Shortee Blitz, DJ 279, Spin Doctor, Snuff

Sat 17th April
Plain Janes @ Rough Trade Shops' RoTa afternoon
Ghost Poet, Elan Tamara, The Agitator + art & photo exhibitions
Shook Magazine 08 launch party @ The George Orwell
Special guest appearance from documentary maker Dick Fontaine who'll be showing his film, Sound

Tue 20th (+ Sat 24th April) 
Gil Scott Heron + Speech Debelle live @ Royal Festival Hall

Fri 23rd April
Chris Cunningham + Friends live @ Royal Festival Hall
Fela Kuti: music is the weapon screening @ British Museum
w/ performances from  Brother Niyi & Inua Ellams

Sat 24th April
Scratch Present: DJ Format & Bullion - Bones 2 The Stones @ Big Chill House

Fri 30th April 
Warriors - DJ MK, Morgan Zarate, DJ Yasmin, Smutlee @ Plan B

Video: Grooveman Spot feat. Ahu "Affection"

Ahu just sent over the video for "Affection" - I didn't think I could like this song any more but this video is adorable! This is taken from the new Grooveman Spot album "Change Situations", coming out on the 17th of April.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Video: Shafiq Husayn feat. Bilal "Cheeba"

S t u n n i n g .

Cheeba feat. Bilal from Plug Research on Vimeo.

Directed by: Kahlil Joseph

Make sure you buy "En' A-Free-Ka" if you haven't yet. (iTunes link)

Video: Ty "Emotions"

TY EMOTIONS music video featuring sarina leah and sean escoffery from tymusic on Vimeo.

So this is the brand new video from Ty for "Emotions" (available now on iTunes) - so nice to see so many familiar faces such as singer/ songwriter Sarina Leah and UK lyricist Motet doing their thing in the video. Looking forward to everyone finally being able to hear Ty's brilliant new album "Special Kind of Fool" on the 19th of April.

Check out Jerry Barnett's pictures from the shoot here
IMG_2362 by Jerry Barnett.

Monday, 5 April 2010




It's been a while since I put one of these up and so much stuff has accumulated I had to make two "We Love"s at the same time. A few things to mention; Danny Brown is musical marmite but I loved the sample flip, yes that DJ Quik & Suga Free track is brand new, I've been revisiting 14KT and Sonnymoon this week nonstop (two of my favourite releases of the last year so had to put them on here), you won't enjoy the Damu The Fudgemunk track without headphones or speakers, and I recommend leaving a gap between doing anything else and listening to Wildbirds & Peacedrums. This was Erykah Badu's week, and although we haven't posted video of her every waking moment we definitely love her...


14KT - The Meaning
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Beat The Devil's Tattoo
Black Spade - Planet Rock (Main Mix)
Damu The Fudgemunk - Judgement Day
Danny Brown - The Wizard
DJ Quik (Feat. Suga Free) - Nobody
Erik L (Feat. Frank n Dank) - Push It Up
Erykah Badu - Gone Baby, Don't Be Long
Flying Lotus f. Thom Yorke - ...And the World Laughs With You
Madlib - The Frontline (Liberation)
Mayer Hawthorne - Thin Moon
Mulatu Astatke - Yekermo Sew_remix Te'Amir
Paul White (Tranqill's Version) - So Far Away
Sonnymoon - Gills or Wings
Take - Neon Beams
Toro Y Moi - Talamak (Live)
Vivian Green prod. by James Poyser - All Lost
Whitefield Brothers (Oh No Ethio Remix) - The Gift
Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Fight For Me

*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.




Love the lovely Samiyam's Fishsticks, I've been raiding Now and Again Records' brilliant backcatalog of freebies, and the Tom's Diner sample on the Trek Life x J.Bizness rocks my world (look out for Trek's forthcoming album - all I can say for now is "Wow".)


Bonobo - We Could Forever
The Brown Acid (Ikonika Remix) - Bastard Kids
Damu The Fudgemunk - Fabrega's Discotecas
The Equatics - Ain't No Sunshine
Eska - Inside Out (Odyssey Rework)
Fashawn - The Ecology
Four Tet - Iron Man (Black Sabbath Cover)
Guilty Simpson - Cali Hills
Hawthorne Headhunters feat. Jessica of TeLuv and Dam Funk - Love Galactic
Kashmere Stage Band - Super Bad
Mux Mool (Paul White Remix) - Wolf Tone Symphony
Obba Supa x Hypedog - Cum On Cum On (instrumental)
P.E. Hewitt - Bada Que Bash
Quadron - Slippin
Reflection Eternal ft Bun B - Strangers
The Roots (Dilla Joints) - Donuts Outro
Samiyam - Fishsticks
Ski Beatz ft. Jean Grae, Jay Electronica, Joell Ortiz & Mos Def - Prowler 2
Snoop Dogg (Mayer Hawthorne G-Mix) - Gangsta Luv
Trek Life & J.Bizness ft. Wyann Vaughn & Oddisee - Can't Complain

*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.

Video: Aloe Blacc "I Need A Dollar"

Right, I've been arguing about this song with a friend who says Aloe Blacc can't sing and this song is wack. I beg to differ - maybe he doesn't have the strongest voice in the world but he does have something I really appreciate - authenticity. Plus there are few live performers who could claim to be even 10% as good live. Love the irony that this heartfelt song about needing a dollar will probably provide the biggest pay cheque he's ever had (I hope anyway).

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Why Crediting Other Bloggers Matters.

Normally I wouldn't share my thoughts on something like this at PMOI - I use this space to promote artists and to share with my friends the most exciting music & event news I come across.

Yesterday I listened to a panel discussion online called "If I Ruled The Blogosphere, Hip Hop Bloggers & Social Change Panel", held at Busboys and Poets in DC, and I felt it was important to address a point that was part of that discussion. Speakers included Meka Udoh (2 Dope Boyz), Dallas Penn (Dallas Penn & the Internets Celebrities), Jason Reynolds (OkayPlayer), Frank William Miller Junior (FWMJ of, Casey Rae-Hunter (Future of Music) and DC native rapper/ producer Oddisee.

Watch live streaming video from webillishus at

The question of whether bloggers who take content from other sites and paste it to their own should credit the blog they sourced that information from was roundly dismissed as smaller bloggers being juvenile and petty when bigger bloggers don't link back to them.
I beg to differ for several reasons.

First and foremost I believe that credit where credit is due is an inarguable common courtesy.

The fact that bloggers behave badly and give us all a bad name on a daily basis doesn't give you the right or excuse to be lazy and do the same (but perhaps to a lesser degree in your eyes), no matter how big your blog is. It definitely doesn't give you the right to belittle people who expect you to do the right thing.

The fact that you are busy running your blog is not an excuse - if you have the time to copy and paste someone elses content you have the time to copy and paste their URL and credit them - they've just saved you time researching & writing a post after all.

You have no idea where other bloggers get their information - it could easily have been directly from the artist (for example, my blog is pretty small but if you scroll down to the bottom of the page today I know or have worked with every single artist & venue on the page apart from Erykah Badu and Janelle Monae). Assuming other blogs took their content from another blogger so you don't have to bother crediting their work is pretty arrogant (and lazy).

During the discussion the question of "plagiarism" came up and was shouted down. It is a strong word - perhaps because of the consequences of it when studying or publishing work professionally. However the definition of plagiarism is "the unauthorized use or close imitation of the language and thoughts of another author and the representation of them as one's own original work." Is there a different word for it when it happens online? Until there is one, plagiarism sounds pretty accurate.

For some bloggers the reason for wanting a link is not always numbers as was suggested. It is the question if dilution. When you copy and paste someone elses content on to your larger site, and they had it first, viewers might assume they have copied you which isn't fair to them - it is possible they don't even want to be associated with you and your site, let alone being seen as copying you. They're probably not sitting at home crying about it because it does happen all the time, I'm sure most bloggers don't think about it for more than a couple of seconds because of that, but that still doesn't excuse the fact it's a lazy thing to do.

Some panelists talked about using their blogs to support artists who are on their way up or are independent. The advice was also given to smaller or new blogs to support those artists who are emerging. If your intention to support emerging artists is genuine, surely you would also want support other bloggers who have different audiences to you and are helping to promote those artists, by linking back to them if you use their content? 

Lastly - traffic numbers do matter to an extent. Larger blogs use their content to generate hits and that translates in to advertising money, it doesn't cost them anything to link back to where they got the information which is helping them to generate that money. Smaller blogs can use increased traffic numbers to better support the artists they write about, generate better exclusives, and find advertising sponsors if they choose to, so it does matter.

Personally I support and link to other bloggers all the time because I feel part of a community with them and respect what they do, and I know my readers might enjoy their sites as well.

Don't hide behind the internet - credit where credit is due is just common courtesy.

*Apologies, my comments section seems to be broken - feel free to hit me up on email, Twitter or Facebook if you want to talk to me about this. 

Friday, 2 April 2010

Fela! The Musical @ The National Theatre London


I just discovered on Facebook through Gabrielle of PMOI & The Nu Black that Fela! The Musical is coming to London from Broadway later this year! You can sign up for updates on the National Theatre's website HERE

I'm super excited because one of my favourite choreographers Bill T. Jones, who is the director & choreographer of the musical on Broadway will be coming over to London to direct it here, and he will be bringing the two actors playing Fela in NY (Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo) with him. Apparently the production at The National's Olivier Theatre will have to rely more heavily on projection because it won't be possible to recreate Fela's nightclub The Shrine. I wonder if they could ever recreate the show in Lagos...

I had to show you this little video interview with Bill, I met him 10 years ago (and went a bit wobbly), and he doesn't appear to have aged, just gotten more wonderful.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

DāM-FunK "Things That Dreams Are Made Of" (Human League Cover)

DāM-FunK as we have never seen him before.

I was really desperate to find a tenuous link between the flying carpet in this and the Imagination "Body Talk" video, but that's a very different type of humor.

Big up to Choice Cuts for this one

Video: J*DaVeY "Outta the Window"

I was kinda hoping the Darjeeling Limited would pull up at some point.

J*DaVeY "Outta the Window" from SOCKETUMi Iam on Vimeo.


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