Sunday, 30 May 2010

RBMA Radio: Bobby McFerrin

Loving RBMA Radio for putting this together! We're such big fans of Bobby McFerrin at PMOI, and this almost makes up for me being in the US and unable to make his show in London tonight. I know he's doing a special collaboration project with Eska at Jazz à Vienne this year, I'll try and find out more for those lucky enough to be going, but for now, enjoy!

Bobby McFerrin - Dance With Me - Elektra Musician
Bobby McFerrin - Moondance - Elektra Musician
Bobby McFerrin - Blackbird - Elektra Musician
Bobby McFerrin - El Brujo - Elektra Musician
Bobby McFerrin - From Me To You - Blue Note
Bobby McFerrin - Turtle Shoes - Blue Note
Bobby McFerrin - Thinkin' About Your Body - Blue Note
Bobby McFerrin - Another Night In Tunisia - Blue Note
Chick Corea & Bobby McFerrin - 'Round Midnight - Blue Note
Chick Corea & Bobby McFerrin - Blues Connotation - Blue Note
Bobby McFerrin & Yo-Yo Ma - Musette - Sony Masterworks
Bobby McFerrin & Yo-Yo Ma - Allegro Prestissimo - Sony Masterworks
Bobby McFerrin - Freedom Is A Voice - Blue Note
Bobby McFerrin - Drive My Car - EMI-Manhattan Records
Bobby McFerrin - Simple Pleasures - EMI-Manhattan Records
Bobby McFerrin - Say Ladeo - Decca
Bobby McFerrin - Brief Eternity - Decca

Video: TRoy feat Wunmi - 'BoBo'

Are you hearing me Bobo? When I say I no do, I no do. You can believe Wunmi on that one - she's one of the most determined Afrobeat artists around. Love this video, shot in Ghana, big up to TRoy and Wunmi, (and to Wanlov the Kubulor looking all smooth at the end)!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Video: Flying Lotus, “Heave (n)”

This made me laugh - I'm such a nerd I've actually seen the program this video was made from, it was made by the BBC. It's about the life story of Nacht, one of workers who was part of building king Kufu's great pyramid, and you can watch it here. Flying Lotus tweeted the video out yesterday saying "I forgot to give you this..." - we'll forgive him this time.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Ahmad Jamal Trio - Swahililand (Live)

You know them stakes is high...very, very high. Wow.

*Via The Unknown

Saturday, 22 May 2010

If I were a new artist using Bandcamp...

Bandcamp Logo 400px

I'm a really big fan of Bandcamp, but after explaining how it works recently to a few aspiring and emerging artists their eyes all seemed to light up at the same point in the conversation - "you can also sell your music on there", and it's got me worried that they're missing the true value of it.

I must have downloaded well over 200 different projects on Bandcamp in the past year which means I've given out my email address and post code to all of those people, and so far only two artists have stayed in touch. [Disclaimer: the rest of this post will probably be boring if you're not a new artist or you know what you're doing.]

If I were an unknown or emerging artist looking to generate a fan base independently, I would create a couple of amazing projects and plan to give them away for free on Bandcamp. The first thing I would do is make a hit list of influential DJs, bloggers and journalists I think would like it, then approach them all with it personally well in advance of releasing it, letting them know when it will come out and asking for their support. Then when the release date came around I would send them the Bandcamp link and info (personally), and ask them to help me spread the word.

Once the email addresses started to come through I would sign up for a mailing list provider (YMLP is the cheapest & easiest) and email everyone who downloaded my music a thank you. I would also stay in touch with them on a monthly basis about what I'm up to - live shows, music, videos, photos, things that inspire me etc so that I could build a relationship with them - not just emailing them when I wanted something.

Then when I had another project to put out I would repeat exactly what I did last time, only this time I could also let my new found fans know in advance I would have a new project available soon and I'd love their support to spread the word. Once I started to get a decent sized list together and a buzz I would group fans by country/ town and use them to help me book a tour so I could make some cash. I might release a project for sale later on as a pay what you want (of course setting a minimum amount) and hope that 10-20% of my hefty new found fan base would be willing to support and pay for it. When the time came I would also be able to use my play counts/downloads/email addresses etc as leverage when talking to labels who approached me - after all if I could do all of this myself they'd have to bring a decent offer to the table to make it worth it.

What I definitely wouldn't do is put out a half finished, just ok new project every week and spam random bloggers who've never heard of me hoping they'd put it up. I also wouldn't upload my old album that wasn't very well received and try to get people to pay for it. Or be really short-sited and start trying to sell to my fan base when it reached 1000 to try and make £1000 (10% paying £10 each), when if I did my best to get it up to 10-15000 strong I might make £10,000 (10% paying £10 each).

I suppose my thinking is this - ask yourself how much a record label would pay for and invest in your project right now. If that number isn't high because you're a new artist, then use Bandcamp to help get yourself to the point where they will be making you offers, and then ask yourself if you really need them.

Obligatory blogging: The Roots – Dear God 2.0

A new album from The Roots is always an event, so I'm really looking forward to June 22nd. The intro to this is nearly a minute long, some of the harmonies remind me of vintage Motown, and we see the band in a reflective mood. Nice.

Download Dear God 2.0

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Favela On Blast Trailer

This is set for release on DVD in July...I wonder if it'll get a London screening... nudge nudge wink wink.

Favela on Blast, the directorial film debut from Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Diplo, and his partner Leandro HBL, documents a vibrant and innovative musical subculture that has emerged in Brazil's impoverished slums, known as favelas. Well beneath the radar of mainstream society for the last 20 years, they have their own language, style and heroes. Their music and culture have gone mostly unnoticed outside of South America until now.  Favela on Blast captures the rarely seen stories of MC's, DJ's, dancers, and cultural producers through the eyes of Diplo and Brazilian filmmaker Leandro HBL, with memorable appearances from funk superstars Deize, Tigrona, Mr. Catra, and Duda Do Borell.
Via Mad Decent

Mos Def & Lenny Kravitz – Ain’t My Fault

Wow. Recorded and shot for this features Mos Def, Lenny Kravitz, the Preservation Hall Band, Trombone Shorty, and Tim Robbins - I can't seem to find out if you can buy the track right now but hope it inspires you to give some money if you can to Gulf Aid (to help organisations supporting the environment and fishermen in the New Orleans area which is about to be murked by one of the biggest oil spills in history).

Video: The Black Keys – Tighten Up

I love the way the Black Keys are pretty much the only rock act who guaranteed make it on to every hip hop blog when they release something. Is it because they were on the Black Roc project? Or because of their bluesy sound? Because they made a hilarious video with a dinosaur puppet and girls in bikinis? I personally think it's just because they're the Black Keys.

In my book,  you're winning if the video makes me like the music more, and from what I've heard of the new album Brothers  is pretty good but these videos are killing it. I wonder who'll be fighting in the next one...

Monday, 17 May 2010



PART 1 [Click to Download] 
PART 2 [Click to Download]

People were starting to get annoyed with me so here's the new We Love - sorry for the delay! Sometimes it's a real trial to make these but to be honest there was so much great music floating around this time it was a joy, in fact there was so much (40 tracks!) I had to split it in to two parts. Some of the music is inspired by recent events I've been involved in - the MF Social Club Screening of Secondhand Sureshots & Suite for Ma Dukes and Tanya Morgan's live show. Hand on heart there isn't a single song on here I'm not loving right now, and it's the usual fairly diverse mixture so I really hope you find something on here you like and share it with someone else...

PART 1 [Click to Download) 
Find In Me - ArinMaya
Flying To LA - Arthur Verocai
Shutterbug - Big Boi
Levels (live at CMJ 2010) - Bilal
Cant Get Used To Those - Dimlite
Beat #1 - Rhettmatic
Look At (original mix) - Donn T
Want You To Want Me Reprise - Donwill ft Tanya Morgan
Dear London - Estelle
The Ghetto (Radio) - Freddie Gibbs
FANTASTIC/UNTITLED - Georgia Anne Muldrow Remix
Bonkers - Homeboy Sandman ft PackFM
Newports - Houseshoes
Zhane - Crush (K15 ReMix)
Wozani Mahipi - The Mahotella Queens
Lose My Fuse - Muhsinah
Juba May - Oddisee
A1. Ancient Treasure - Paul White ft Guilty Simpson
Full Circle - Dangerous Heresy (Tommy Tempa Remix)

PART 2 [Click to Download] 
Like A Brazilian Girl - Arthur Verocai (Jneiro Jarel remix)
Lonely Joined By Happy - Carlos Nino
Come Back Like Spring - cody chesnuTT
Left & Right (Live) - D'Angelo
Deepest Cuba - Diesler
Love Junkie (Wallpaper Remix) - Donwill f. The Park & Ca$he
Think Twice (Marc Mac Remix feat. Danay & Carina) - Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band
Spottie - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Get right!! Or get left!! - ISHE prod. by Hezekiah
The Ghost of Christopher Wallace - Jay Electronica feat. Diddy
Blackmagic - José James
Episode XVI - Madlib
All I Want Is You - Miguel (feat. J. Cole)
UNTITLED/ FANTASTIC - Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
Long Distance - Onra ft Olivier DaySoul
Breakfast Blunts - Ras G
Wednesday (UK Remix) - Saukrates ft Mystro & Loudmouth Melvin
Comes To Mind (Josip Klobučar Remix) - Teebs & Jackhigh
All Times - Trek Life (prod by Rhettmatic)
Stop What You're Doing - Untold (James Blake Remix)

*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.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Video Director Edouard Salier

If I were an artist with a budget I know who I'd be talking to...

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Video: Freddie Gibbs "The Ghetto"

Late pass, this is a dope tune from Freddie Gibbs. I asked myself why and realised I liked it so much because it sounds like it could be a classic Kev Brown beat (that would be a nice collab). After a little dig it seems the original beat is actually from this...

Friday, 14 May 2010

Video: Mia Doi Todd, "Open Your Heart" (Dir. Michel Gondry)

Mia Doi Todd, "Open Your Heart" from self-titled on Vimeo.

I missed this when it came out in February, luckily my friend Meeshka just sent me a link to it because apparently Mia Doi Todd will be coming over to Europe soon. The Trisha Brown fan within me is currently losing the plot over this video, not to mention the music, my day has been made.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

PMOI Exclusive Download: Odd Spring


The fourth and final installment of Oddisee's season-themed download series has arrived! Ten stunning tracks inspired by and providing your soundtrack to Spring. Apparently the intro was made sitting outside a couple of weeks ago. We still can't believe Oddisee is giving these away for free (though rest assured they will be released on vinyl soon). Put Me On It are very proud to have been associated with this series, the diversity and quality of the production is outstanding and the feedback has been phenomenal.

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


The Blooming
Birds & Bees Feat. Diamond District
Juba May
Warmer In The Day
Anticipation Feat. Kingpen Slim & Oddisee
In The Now Feat. Olivier Daysoul
The Riches Instr
This Beat Is For Finale
I'm From PG Feat. Oddisee
Two Way Street Feat. Muneshine

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You can still download the rest of the Odd Seasons here -

<a href="">Ci'iy Life Feat. Tranqill by oddisee</a>

<a href="">The Supplier Feat. Tranqill by oddisee</a>

<a href="">In Your Eyes by oddisee</a>

Spine TV: Keep Plastic People Alive Part 1

*Music by FunkinEven, Fatima, Cessa, Mozez & The Raah Project

It's a bit weird and emotional watching this. Pretty much everyone in this video is a good friend or someone I've worked with on something, and seeing us all in what is our musical home brings back to me the seriousness of the situation. If it does get to the point they try and shut it down I know there will be thousands of people forming a human chain around it - we're not going out without a fight. #SavePlasticPeople.

Big up to Samira, Ruby, Nick and Jasper for putting in the work to make this.

M.I.A. – “XXXO”

Big up Annie Mac who had the first play of this tune a few hours ago on Radio 1 whilst standing in for Zane Lowe, you can listen to the radio rip below. I'm feeling this, just really good pop music, and an official version will be available tomorrow from iTunes.

   anniemacin4zl by user6352431

Via Paranoid Youth 

Monday, 10 May 2010

LDN Event Listings: May

Been meaning to do these for a minute, sorry! My top picks are starred & listed below in bold - very excited Tanya Morgan are doing a last minute live show, The Oscillations launch party should be big, I saw Crown Royal (Rhettmatic & Buff 1) in Texas and they were brilliant, you can catch a rare live appearance from Tranqill at Paul White's album launch, and Ty's album launch party has the most obscenely huge line up...

Tue 11th May
Just Blaze vs The Alchemist: The Soundclash (Extra Date) @ East Village

Wed 12th May 
Tanya Morgan Instore @ Wyldpytch (4.30-7pm)
*Plantain Present: Tanya Morgan live @ Favela Chic

Thu 13th May
Emanative Live Album Launch w/ DJ Nicola Conte @ Favela Chic

Fri 14th May
Kyle Hall & Floating Points @ Plastic People
Mad Professor Live @ Plan B

Sat 15th May 
*Oscillations Launch Party @ The CAMP w/ Slugabed, Om Unit, Kidkanevil
Gut Instinct presents: On the Buttons @ Puregroove Records w/ Eric Lau (2-6pm)
Black Acre Records Label Showcase @ Corsica Studios w/ N-Type, Blue Daisy, Greymatter

Sun 16th May
C O L L E C T I V E @ Nottinghill Arts Club  w/ Martello, Josey Rebelle, Funkineven

Mon 17th May
DJ Premier @ The Jazz Cafe
Marcus the Sadist @ Bloomsbury Theatre w/ Bashy (written & directed by Jonzi D)

Wed 19th May
BrickBox featuring: Szjerdene @ Cargo 

Fri 21st May
*On The Real Presents DJ Rhettmatic & Buff 1 @ Plan B

Thu 27th May 
*Paul White Album Lauch Party @ Plastic People w/ Paul White, Bullion, Tranqill

Sat 29th May
Whats Good & Livin' Proof @ The C.A.M.P.
Hoya:Hoya-Release Party Special-Dimlite/Paul White/Illum Sphere @The Roadhouse, Manc.
Mon 31st May 
*TY - Album Launch Full Live Band plus Special Live Sets @ Jazz Cafe w/ Robin Mullarkey, Simon Collam, Richard Spaven, Vula Malinga, Sharlene Hecto + Carroll Thompson, Erik Rico, Black Einstein, Roses Gabor, Obenewa + Man vs Wife, DJ Bounce, Mr Thing & The Boogie Bunch

Mayer Hawthorne ‘One Track Mind’

Would it be an insult or a compliment to say Mayer Hawthorne is really good at playing a nerdy super-creep in this video? He seemed very normal and well adjusted in real life to me but hey...

*The video might take a minute to load

Saturday, 8 May 2010



I was on Facebook last night and saw Illum Sphere saying "Free Kutmah!". He told me that the talented artist, DJ and music producer and beloved member of the Los Angeles creative community Kutmah has been detained by the INS.

Now, as I understand it Kutmah is from Brighton (though his mother is Egyptian), which is the seaside town where I grew up, an hour south of London. I've been to LA, where Kutmah has been based most of his life, and I too would be horrified to be sent away from there and back to Brighton (nice as it is for a weekend), condemned to a life of poy on the pebble beach, with a never ending daily soundtrack of "The Sea" by Morcheeba, and shit trustafarian reggae cover bands outside Gemini's.

You can sign the petition to keep Kutmah in LA HERE (even if you come from Brighton). Also visit to order a t-shirt, get the full background and send letters to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

ChoiceCuts Present: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

ChoiceCuts presents Hypnotic Brass Ensemble from Loughlin McSweeney on Vimeo.

The inspirational Mark Murphy at ChoiceCuts sent me this video yesterday and I'm very excited about owning a copy of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's "Heritage" EP, a vinyl only release hitting stores next week. I don't know how anyone could add to Spottieottiedopaliscious (sacred in my house), but if anyone can it's them.

During one of their many stays in Dublin with ChoiceCuts, Hypnotic decided to shack up in a studio located high in the Dublin mountains to rehearse for a week and write new material. Hypnotic and ChoiceCuts had a bit of down time in between these sessions and with plenty of Guinness and Jameson in tow chose to rework some of their favourite records from other artists that have influenced them both.

   Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Heritage EP Snippets by ChoiceCuts

Friday, 7 May 2010

PMOI @ Soundwave Festival Croatia


Our lovely friends at Soundwave invited PMOI to come and do a couple of parties at what we think is one of the most exciting new festivals in the world, so we pulled together some of our favourite artists and DJ friends and now we can't wait until July!

To join us on a boiling hot private beach in Croatia use this link to buy your tickets, which will also get you a free exclusive EP featuring the artists on our line up (you won't get the EP if you don't use this link)!

Soundwave Croatia Video from noah ball on Vimeo.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Album Preview: Ye Fre Mi Richy Pitch


I have been listening to this album non-stop for two days, and almost feel bad talking about it now because it's not due out until 7th June on BBE.

I came across Richy Pitch through my friend M3nsa who is a very talented rapper from Ghana based in London, and we've been cool ever since - he's such a lovely guy I was actually scared to listen to his music because I would have felt awful if I didn't like it! Luckily I truly love this album - it flits between Afrobeat, hiplife, highlife, hip hop, electro, and ragga with a proficiency that's truly outstanding for a guy from England who went out to Ghana to visit a couple of years ago. Perhaps it's a testament to his production skills, or perhaps to Richy's openness towards the culture of Ghana - the title means "they call me Richy Pitch" in Twi, because he refused to be known as "Obroni" (white man), and the album is littered with the kind of soundbites anyone with African connections will smile at.

I'm no expert in music from Ghana, but the features read like a who's who, including MOBO and MTV Africa winner Samini, Reggie Rockstone, known as the Godfather of Hiplife and MC's such as Wanlov the Kubolor, M3NSA and M.anifest - this isn't a good attempt, it's the real thing. To tide you over until the album comes out or I have more news, enjoy this Afromix from Richy...

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Video: Sade "Babyfather"

OK real talk, Sade's new album hasn't been on heavy rotation in my house. It didn't blow my mind but I do like this video, the colours alone made my day. I'm also still convinced of my theory she's been in a cryogenic chamber for the last 10 years and I think this video proves my point. Wikipedia claims she is 51 years old - what other explanation is there for looking that good at 51?  

Monday, 3 May 2010

In 2005 Bobby Mcferrin released a DVD of his astonishing live show called Live in Montreal. His set included a solo performance of the song Drive from Simple Pleasures, a studio project released in 1988. I didn't know a single singer who was not obsessed with that version of Drive; I was actually convinced that he would never top that. Today I heard VOCAbuLarieS and I was forced to swallow my words. What else can I say except you need this in your life?! If you love voices, harmonies, and perfect song arrangements, then this is the album for you.
Check out the promo video for Say Ladeo below. You can thank me later :-P


Sunday, 2 May 2010

The M.F. Social Club Presents "Secondhand Sureshots" x "Suite for Ma Dukes"

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Check out the flyer (better late than never!), made by the very talented Mister Collins. There are a few tickets left and 1 week to go - don't be mad at me if you don't get to see the only UK screenings of both of these films...


Trek Life new album sneak preview

I had to post this - I'm so excited about Trek Life's forthcoming album "Everything Changed Nothing" produced entirely by Oddisee, with one track from Hudson Mohawke. I'm lucky enough to have heard it (it really is brilliant), and now you can too, as they cruised around Cali listening to it in the car (of  course). Shame it wasn't a lowrider...

Saturday, 1 May 2010

SB.TV A64 - Andreya Triana

Go Drey! Love this lady so much, every time I turn around for a second she grows. Ooh, and I have some PMOI news relating to her and her looping station coming on Wednesday...

The Black Keys "Next Girl" video

I didn't think I could love the Black Keys any more than I do. This video says otherwise. Puppets win. Roll on May 18th and their new album.

BOSCO: Timeless

Brittany got it wrong here "the one special thing about me is..." there is definitely not just one special thing about this lady. Anyone who saw her live with us at our Bitches Brew party last October can attest to that. She better hurry up with this new album though, I'm dying to hear it.

Tickets for Fela! at the National Theatre now on sale

I can't remember booking tickets for anything this far in advance! It starts in November and you can buy your tickets here. I have to say, I went to see Music is The Weapon at the British Museum last week (with a brilliant introduction and poetry from Inua Ellams), a film made about Fela in 1982, and those really are some big boots to fill...

SCTV: Janelle Monae: The Arch Android Public Service Announcement

Big up to Soulculture for this. I have to say the more I hear of the music the more excited about Janelle Monae's album I get. The more conceptual talk I hear the more I get worried it might be a bit pretentious. Truly "transformative" albums generally don't need to be plugged as such in advance but hey, that's just my opinion. I'm still 99% convinced it's going to be a mind-blowing classic and can't wait to hear it.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Documentary in the works...

I somehow missed this despite being Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's biggest fan. No really, I am. Apparently the film maker, Reuben Atlas, hopes to have it completed this summer!
I began filming in the fall of 2006, during my last year of law school. (I snuck in shoots between classes and visits to the library.) Hypnotic's music is what sparked my initial interest—it also helped me pass the bar exam—but it was their nomadic, Utopian existence and deep commitment to uphold their family's values that inspired the documentary. About six months into filming, the band's career started to take off and I was fortunate enough to capture their evolution. The feature-length documentary is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2010.
Via The New Yorker


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