Thursday, 30 June 2011

Video: Diana Ross Live at Central Park 1983

Tomorrow morning Beyonce will be performing a televised free concert at Central Park in New York, almost exactly 28 years after Diana Ross performed a concert there for 800,000 people (the first day in the beautifully choreographed video above was rained off part way through so she actually performed the full show the next day, Friday 22nd July 1983).

After watching Beyonce's undeniably amazing (say something, what?) and historical headline set at Glastonbury this week I'm too exhausted to watch her again anytime soon. However I have just found a link to Diana Ross's slightly more sedate but equally glamorous affair, complete with (just slightly) gushing heartfelt proclamations, an impossible number of hit songs, and miraculously - even bigger hair.

Watch Diana Ross Live in Central Park 1983 here/ buy it on Amazon.
*Disclaimer - the video seems to take at least 5 minutes to load but it does work so be patient!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

PMOI Presents: Tanya Auclair "Origami" Live [Dir. Will Hanke]

Photo by Oddisee 

It's hard to choose a favourite from an EP which only has three songs on it. They're all beautifully crafted, but the title track Origami might be my favourite to listen to live because it's paired down to just Tanya's voice and her trusty Microkorg.

If you haven't yet heard "Origami" you can listen & download here and I would highly recommend catching Tanya live at Love Box festival or one of the other gigs she has coming up this summer.

Listen + Download: Tanya Auclair "Origami" EP here

Biophilia Begins...

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I know I'm supposed to be really excited about this new Biophilia album/ project thingy from Bjork, presently debuting at Manchester International Festival. I am, I promise, I nearly attacked a producer who has been working on this album for details (not allowed to name him/ her, apologies). Crystalline (above) sounds like the closest thing to the Vespertine album since it came along and changed everything in my tiny mind, yet with it's own very distinctive textures and direction which seems to end up in experimental drum and bass wonderland - yes yes all very exciting. Now can we talk about this remix please??

Video: Bon Iver - I Can't Make You Love Me & Nick of Time [Live]

*Tries to think of something cool and interesting to say, fails*. Justin Vernon how I love your squeaky depths. Do you have the new Bon Iver album [iTunes link]? It sounds like this but even longer. Yeah.

Drink Fuelled Documentaries: Cee Lo "Distilled" & Araabmuzik's "Burn"

It seems that if you would like to get your documentary commissioned this year, look no further than the nearest drinks company! Honestly though, who cares as long as they're interesting and not massively compromised? I'm not sure you can "distill" Cee Lo but if you could his bravery seems like a good place to start. In the niche musical world many of us occupy it's easier to pursue diverse tastes and take brave steps, in fact it's expected, but Cee Lo is one of the last who are able to couple genuine artistic integrity with major pop success - and right now that really is brave.

Apparently director Alec Sutherland finished this piece on Araabmuzik months ago but Burn Energy drink (pause) wanted him to hold off releasing it until later on this year. He nobly declined claiming this way it could be seen as something other than an advert  (perhaps the reason we don't see Araab glugging energy drinks the way Cee Lo caressed his vodka above). Well, that and because Araabmuzik's album "Electronic Dreams" came out on June 14th [iTunes link] - I'm not feeling the whole thing but a few tunes are tough

Monday, 20 June 2011

Video: Metronomy "The Look" (Acoustic)

Some music just makes your heart shout "yayyyyy". Metronomy falls firmly in to this very official genre. Possibly one of the most endearing things about them is the gap between the real them (see above for slightly shy embarrassed west country blokes going slightly out of tune and giggly), and their commitment to making proper English sexy synthesized pop (see below for over the top glam par excellence).

Via PUBlication & Zeit

Now Playing: New Albums From Ebo Taylor, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo and Seun Kuti

I seem to have acquired three brilliant new albums from West Africa this spring, all on the funk inflected flex but not all strictly afrobeat.


The most recent is The 1st Album by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou of Benin released on June 7th through Analog Africa. Apparently Samy Ben Redjab came across a test pressing of a session by the band from 1973 which was rejected by their record label at the time because of background noise. The band had to record a second session which became their rare as hen's teeth official album, and The 1st Album features two tracks from each. OPR actually put out another album earlier this year on Strut featuring their first new recordings for 20 years entitled "Cotonou Club".
The 1st Album 07.06.2011, Analog Africa [iTunes link]
Cotonou Club 29.03.2011, Strut [iTunes link]


The second is also a set of re-releases but from Ghana's Ebo Taylor, hot on the heels of his album Love and Death last October. My lovely friends over at The Revivalist have a great interview and feature on the man as part of their Transatlantic Issue. You can download a track from the album for free from Nora Ritchie's Soundcloud player below.

   Ebo Taylor - Atwer Abroba by noraritchie
Life Stories 12.04.2011, Strut [iTunes link]
Love and Death 22.10.2011, Strut [iTunes link]

Finally, Seun Kuti's From Africa With Fury: Rise. The interview with Wax Poetics above is great, but I can't help but wonder what Africans who are based outside of Nigeria or Africa will be feeling in reaction to this kind of music.   
From Africa With Fury: Rise 1.4.2011, Knitting Factory Records [iTunes link]

Stream/ Download: Gil Scott-Heron - Live At The Bottom Line '77


"We have a feeling that everybody in the whole world speaks drum..." 

I've been digging through some of Gil Scott Heron's work I was previously unfamiliar with since his passing, and this is one of my favourite finds so far. I love the way as he speaks to the audience he jumps between hilarity, fascinating stories and the searing truth. At times it's tough listening to such a beautiful soul knowing he's gone, but comforting that recordings like this ensure the most important parts are still here.

It's easy to forget with so much information at our fingertips that Gil Scott Heron was aeons ahead of his time in terms of his knowledge of world politics and culture, I'm reminded here that he really was one of the griots he spoke of. The music itself has also lost nothing over the 30 years since this recording, which came just before the release of the album Bridges. Even classic songs like It's Your World feel brand new again with the addition of the beautiful introductions and live instrumentation. 

Download: Gil Scott-Heron "Live At The Bottom Line '77" [click here]

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Download + Interview: Tanya Auclair "Origami" EP


I'm so happy to be sharing this EP, Tanya Auclair is such an exciting singer songwriter and her work continues to exert a strong gravitational pull on my heart strings towards her live shows and recorded projects. I asked her a couple of questions about the new EP "Origami", the first 1000 copies of which are available for free download through her Bandcamp page so be quick.

I've searched high and low but can't find a single "ooh baby I love you/ you broke my heart etc etc", is it safe to assume the inspiration behind this EP was not your love life?

Haha! Yes, zero tolerance on the smoochy time policy on this EP. I kind of set myself these little 'rules' before setting out on the record. 1) no love songs 2) write everything live before even sniffing a computer...The rules were really just tools to push my songwriting skills. Its easy to write about love, I wanted to get better at telling stories. 

What exactly is a Sverige?

Sverige started out as an epic poem I wrote for my mates after we did a road trip round Sweden. Travel and movement have always been good catalysts for me when it comes to writing, whether its the rhythm of your stride or the random stuff you get up to or the newness of it all. That trip set me off, soon as I got back I wrote the EP Thrum. The lyrics ‘Hear that whistle blow’ is the call you hear when something needs to be done. 

Your last EP Thrum was a solo effort but for Origami you've worked with other people, what prompted the change and how did the process differ?

With the first EP it was me locked in my room with a Zoom recorder, Fruityloops and some instruments. This time I just wanted to try the opposite. I wanted to write and record as much of it ‘live’ as possible, rather than it kind of living on the computer. This last year I’ve been working with the brilliant drummer Joe Allen, and more recently double-bassist Arista Hawkes – and its really been a time of exploring making music of minimal means, whether by myself, in duo or trio. They’re such sick players that I had to have them and their personalities on the record. Then Jack Allett got on board to record/co-produce and he was also really into the idea of keeping the elements minimal. We managed to blag 6 hours of downtime in a studio to record the core parts, then all the rest was done in friends kitchens and flats. This time I’ve also been lucky enough to collaborate with some great filmmakers - Will Hanke on the ‘Gabriel’ video and Eleni Savvidou on the trailer for ‘Origami’. 

Whilst we're on the subject, your solo show involves an almost annoyingly impressive number of instruments, how many do you play (please list) and will the list continue to expand exponentially?

At the moment I’m playing Microkorg, ukulele, guitar, melodihorn, sticks, shaker and sampling my voice. I’m still having fun messing about with this set up, but definitely up for new elements, as long as it can fit in my granny trolley (what I cart all my equipment in) 

Your cover of "Gabriel" by Roy Davis Jr ft Peven Everett was rather beautiful, but if you could collaborate with anyone who would top the list?

Ingoma Nshya – the hottest drum troupe I’ve ever seen. They’re a company of female drummers from Rwanda – the first of its kind - traditionally women weren’t allowed to drum, but they broke the mould. Imagine being backed by 10 or 12 women dancing like cranes and drumming like thunder?! Powpow!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Download: 14KT "14KillaTape"


Anyone who can flip Jon B without it sounding utterly ridiculous is a hero in my book. 14KT is such a talented producer and I'm grateful he's dropped something new so I'm not just playing his Nowalataz LP from 2009.

Download: 14Killa Tape here [Mediafire Link]

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Video: Tanya Auclair - Origami EP Trailer

As you may have heard Tanya Auclair's new EP "Origami" will be released on Monday 13th June, (I'm so excited for you to hear it). We dropped her beautiful cover of Roy Davis Jr ft Peven Everett's "Gabriel" a couple of weeks ago, and today an appropriately interesting and intricate trailer by video and performance artist Eleni Savvidou.

The featured song "Fluke" will be on the EP, it has actually been floating around for a while in Tanya's head, the random parts it's made up of took their time to come together but did finally a couple of weeks ago.  The launch party for Origami is this Thursday 9th June at Servant's Jazz Quarters in Dalston, capacity is limited so I suggest you get there as early as possible.

"A week after I finished 'Fluke', I found Eleni's work by chance via twitter, as soon as I saw her films a light went on in my head. And then in both our heads! She experimented with different versions but this is the first take she did and she nailed it. Her film and my song are like 2 peas in a pod, or maybe more like 2 electrons jostling in the same atom. "

Monday, 6 June 2011

Video: Thunder Soul Trailer

I never thought I would get excited by something following the words "Jamie Foxx Presents" but I'm happy to be wrong about that in this case. Having missed it at SXSW last year I'm still very curious to see Thunder Soul, and although it now has distribution in the US not much news has come through about international screenings - fingers crossed.

Video: Chairman Kato x Chris Stoneman "Underbelly" Dir. by Rob McDougall

I interviewed the lovely Chairman Kato about his intriguing audio-visual installation "Underbelly" back in April, and now they've released a film directed by Rob McDougall which captures the experience for those who didn't get to see it this Spring.

PMOI Presents: d e g o "What Ever" feat LuvBugz [MP3 + Stream]

Photo by Lars Beaulieu

If this is what's not on the album I'm so excited to hear what is! Mr Good Good aka Dego has a new album coming out on 20th June via 2000Black and on CD, and in the meantime has blessed us with a little exclusive to ease the wait. Apparently you can only grab this one here at PMOI and but I think it needs to be shared...

   d e g o "What Ever" feat LuvBugz by ameliaideh

Download: d e g o "What Ever" feat LuvBugz [Click here]

Sunday, 5 June 2011

London Event Listings: Summer 2011

Baloji & Fatoumata Diawara @ Rich Mix 18th July

Sat 4th Jun
>>Theo Parrish @ Plastic People

Sun 5th Jun
>>Asa w/ Yolanda Brown @ Indig02
>>CDR @ Plastic People

Mon 6th Jun
>>Owiny Sigoma Band & Michael Kiwanuka @ Cafe Oto
>>Slum Village @ Jazz Cafe

Tue 7th Jun
>>Winyo, Bélo and Wanlov the Kubolor @ Rich Mix

Wed 8th Jun
>>Tune Yards @ The Scala

Thu 9th Jun
>>Tanya Auclair "Origami" EP Launch Party @ Servants Jazz Quarters
>>Jamie Woon @ Shepherds Bush Empire
>>United Vibrations @ United 80, Brixton Village

Fri 10th Jun
>>CDR Knowledge w/ Morgan Zarate, Cooly G & Funkineven @ Rivington Place
>>Keiran Hebden (Four Tet) @ Plastic People

Sat 11th Jun
>>Untold Songs Launch w/ Heidi Vogel, Tanya Auclair, Yarah Bravo, Stac & more @ Rich Mix   
>>Harmonic 313, Kode 9, Dorian Concept, King Midas Sound, Alex Nut @ Koko
>>Wu Tang Clan with support from Yelawolf + Hyro Da Hero + Young Dirty Bastard @ HMV Forum
>>Omar @ Jazz Cafe
>>Keiran Hebden (Four Tet) @ Plastic People
>>Soundcheck w/ Eska, Arun Gosh & more @ The Albany

Sun 12th Jun
>>Wu Tang Clan with support from Yelawolf + Hyro Da Hero + Young Dirty Bastard @ HMV Forum
>>Keiran Hebden (Four Tet) @ Plastic People

Mon 13th Jun
>>Alicia Keys @ The Royal Albert Hall

Tue 14th Jun
>>James Blake @ Koko
>>Angie Stone @ Jazz Cafe

Wed 15th Jun
>>Showtime Present Wiley, General Levy, Glamma Kid, Skibadee, Asher Senator, Lady Chann, Stush, YT, Riko Dan, Lady Leshurr, Stylo G, Serocee @ Cargo
>>Angie Stone @ Jazz Cafe

Thu 16th Jun
>>The Jungle Brothers @ 02 Academy Islington
>>Angie Stone @ Jazz Cafe

Fri 17th Jun
>>Amon Tobin @ The Roundhouse
>>Amon Tobin x Ninja Tune Afterparty @ The Lockside Lounge
>>Jehst Album Launch Party w/ Rob Swift, Stretch Armstrong, Spin Doctor @ Fabric
>>City Limits Vol 2 launch party w/ Loefah & Boddika, Silkie & Quest, Mumdance, Hatcha, Eddie K @ Cable

Sat 18th Jun
>>Space Children - George Clinton & Nona Hendryx @ The British Library
>>George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ The Forum
>>Classic Material w/ Chris Read, Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) & Nickname @ The C.A.M.P.
>>Nonsense @ Plastic People

Sun 19th Jun
>>Boglewaltz Tropical Garden Party @ Lati Ri

Mon 20th Jun
>>Rick Ross @ The Forum
>>Bobby Womack @ Jazz Cafe

Tue 21st Jun
>>The Local present: Buke & Gass + Tanya Auclair @ The C.A.M.P.
>>Bobby Womack @ Jazz Cafe
>>Ginuwine @ Indig02

Wed 22nd Jun
>>Electric Wire Hustle @ Electrowerkz
>>Tame Impala @ The Roundhouse
>>Bobby Womack @ Jazz Cafe

Thu 23rd Jun
>>Big Boi @ Heaven
>>Bobby Womack @ Jazz Cafe

Fri 24th Jun
>>Saigon live w/ DJ 279, Chris P Cuts, DJ Snips & DJ Snuff @ XOYO
>>Kode 9 @ Plastic People
>>Auditorium presents Joker @ The Westbury 
>>Rock The Belles w/ Miss Dynamite, Jay Brown, Bex & Natalie Ferol @ East Village
>>Vive La France Pony Pony Run Run + Naïve New Beaters + deBruit + DJ Gringo da Parada @ Rich Mix

Sat 25th Jun
>>Floating Points & (Guest TBA) @ Plastic People
>>Livin Proof @ The CA.M.P.

Mon 27th Jun
>>AfroCubism w/ Eliades Ochoa, Djelimady Tounkara, Toumani Diabaté, Bassekou Kouyate and Kasse Mady Diabaté + special guest Fatoumata Diawara @ The Royal Albert Hall

Tue 28th Jun
>>Roy Hargrove @ Union Chapel
>>Paul Simon @ Hammersmith Apollo
>>B.B. King @ The Royal Albert Hall 
>>Circle Traps & Rocketnumbernine @ Cafe Oto

Thu 30th Jun
>>Mayer Hawthorne DJ set w/ Paul White & Eric Lau @ East Village
>>Janet Jackson @ The Royal Albert Hall 
>>Oumou Sangare & Anibal Velasquez @ The Barbican


Fri 1st Jul
>>iTunes Festival: Paul Simon @ The Roundhouse
>>Janet Jackson @ The Royal Albert Hall 
>>Kicker Conspiracy Presents: Ghostpoet, Entrepreneurs, Count Chocula & Work It DJs @ The C.A.M.P.

Sat 2nd Jul
>>Chilly Gonzales, The Hidden Cameras, Woodpigeon @ The Barbican
>>Janet Jackson @ The Royal Albert Hall  
>>The Doctor's Orders 6th Birthday Boat Party w/ Statik Selektah, Spin Doctor, Chris P Cuts & The Last Skeptik @ Temple Pier 

Sun 3rd Jul
>>Al Jarreau @ Royal Festival Hall
>>Janet Jackson @ The Royal Albert Hall

Wed 6th Jul
>>Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ The Barbican

Thu 7th Jul 
>>The Budos Band @ 02 Academy Islington

Fri 8th Jul
>>Tempo Clash w/ Kutmah, Om Unit, DJ Irk & Zone @ Rhythm Factory

Sun 10th Jul
>>Hugh Masekela @ Hackney Empire
>>The Last Poets @ The Jazz Cafe
>>Spin Doctor's Birthday Party - free all day w/ a dream team of DJs, BBQ & Quiz @ Cargo

Mon 11th Jul
>>Bootsy Collins @ Indig02
>>Esperanza Spalding @ The Barbican 
>>Hugh Masekela @ Hackney Empire

Tue 12th Jul
>>Congotronics vs Rockers w/ Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Konono N°1, Kasai Allstars, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Matt Mehlan @ The Barbican
>>Aesthetic Sounds 3rd bday w/ J*Davey, Jesse Boykins III & Sarah Fonteyne @ Vibe Bar
>>Ice Cube & Naughty By Nature @ Indig02

Thu 14th Jul
>>Ebo Taylor/ Fool's Gold @ Hackney Empire
>>Cut Chemist @ Jazz Cafe
>>Intelligent Movement w/ Charlie Dark @ Concrete (Southbank Center)

Sat 16th Jul
>Innerpoints (Floating Points & Âme) @ Plastic People
>>Classic Material w/ Harry Love, Chris Read & Nickname @ The C.A.M.P.

Sun 17th Jul
>>Erykah Badu @ 02 Academy
>Raphael Saadiq - Bluey Robinson @ iTunes Festival
>>Boglewaltz Tropical Garden Party @ Lati Ri
>>DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu @ Plan B, London (TBC)
>>Kelpe & Grasscut @ The Vortex

Mon 18th Jul
>>Baloji & Fatoumata Diawara @ Rich Mix
>>Maya Andrade @ Ronnie Scotts
>>iTunes Festival: Jamie Woon & Katy B @ The Roundhouse

Tue 19th Jul
>>Maya Andrade @ Ronnie Scotts
>Nothing To Display w/ Tanya Auclair & Joshua Idehen @ Nottinghill Arts Club

Wed 20th Jul
>Roy Ayers + Pete Rock @ Jazz Cafe

Thu 21st Jul
>Roy Ayers + Pete Rock @ Jazz Cafe
>José James @ Jazz Re:Freshed 

Fri 22nd Jul
>Lil Louis @ Plastic People
>Roy Ayers + Pete Rock @ Jazz Cafe

Sat 23rd Jul
>The Human Planet Prom w/ music by Nitin Sawhney @ The Royal Albert Hall
>>Osibisa @ Ronnie Scotts
>Deviation w/ Karizma, Martyn, Artwork, Jam City, Benji B @ Cable

Sun 24th Jul 
>The Human Planet Prom w/ music by Nitin Sawhney @ The Royal Albert Hall

Mon 25th Jul
>Antipop Consortium @ Plan B

Tue 26th Jul
>>iTunes Festival: Magnetic Man @ The Roundhouse

Wed 27th Jul
>Quantic & his Combo Barbaro @ Koko
>>Nicolas Jaar @ Fabric

Thu 28th Jul
>>Nicolas Jaar @ Fabric

Fri 29th Jul
>>Patrice Rushen, The Jones Girls & Kenny Thomas @ Indig02
> Mixcloud Present Hoya Hoya x Donky Pitch x Streets of Beige @ Big Chill House

Sat 30th Jul
>>African Jazz Allstars @ The Jazz Cafe
>Floating Points & DJ Nature @ Plastic People
>Livin Proof @ The CAMP


Tue 2nd Aug 
>Richard Bona and Raul Midón "The Duwala Malambo Project" @ Jazz Cafe

Wed 3rd Aug
>>Dead Prez @ The Garage
> Doctors Orders Present Blitz The Ambassador & Embassy Ensemble @ Cargo
>Richard Bona and Raul Midón "The Duwala Malambo Project" @ Jazz Cafe

Thu 4th Aug
>Nick Mulvey @ The Vortex

Fri 5th Aug
>Theo Parrish @ Plastic People

Thu 11th Aug 
>Portico Quartet @ Cafe Oto

Sat 13th Aug
>>Matthew Herbert Big Band @ Ronnie Scotts
>>The Nextmen Boat Party @ Temple Pier

Fri 19th Aug
>>The Roots @ HMV Apollo

Sun 21st Aug
>>Boglewaltz x Do-Over Street Party Special @ Lati Ri

Fri 26th Aug
>>Q-Tip @ Indig02

Sat 27th Aug
>Norman Jay & Max Vangeli @ Plan B

Sun 28th Aug
>Tribute to Stevie Wonder w/ Omar, Carroll Thompson & Janet Kay @ Jazz Cafe
>David Rodigan, Dillinja, Trojan Sound System, Heatwave @ Plan B


Heads up...

Sat 3rd Sept
>>Jimmy Cliff @ Indig02

Tue 6th Sep
>>Teebs & Jeremiah Jae @ XOYO

Thu 8th Sep
>>Public Enemy Performing Fear of A Black Planet @ HMV Forum

Fri 16th Sep
>Charlie Wilson @ The Indigo 02

Sat 17th Sep
>Soundcrash ft Daedelus, Luke Vibert & Kutmah @ Koko

Wed 21st Sep
>Michael Kiwanuka @ Bush Hall

Fri 23rd Sep
>>Lovers Rock Live w/ Susan Cadogans, Ginger Williams, Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson & more @ Indig02

Sun 25th Sep
>Rahsaan Patterson & N'Dambi @ Shepherds Bush Empire

Sat 1st Oct
>Soundcrash Presents The Cinematic Orchestra @ The Barbican

Mon 3rd Oct
>An Evening with Todd Rundgren & Special Guests @ Jazz Cafe (to the 5th)

Wed 5th Oct 
>Fink @ Union Chapel

Thu 6th Oct 
>Dels @ XOYO

Thu 13th Oct 
>Soundcrash Presents Ghostpoet @ The Scala

Thu 20th Oct 
>Doctors Orders Present Random Axe @ The Scala

Mon 24th Oct
>>Bon Iver @ HMV Apollo

Wed 26th Oct
>Tinariwen @ Koko

Thu 27th Oct
>>Lenny Kravitz @ HMV Apollo

Thu 3rd Nov 
>Nitin Sawhney @ Union Chapel (& the 4th)

Wed 30th Nov 
>Nneka @ Dingwalls


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