Saturday, August 29, 2009

Drowning or Heatwaving..?

Roight as promised, the word is im doing a 7-10 stint at the Vibe Bar tomorrow night and I am rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrready like Tony The Tiger on a sugar overload.
Upstairs At The Ritzy was VIP business, intimate but rocking, the combination of Bank Holiday, Reading and Leeds...let alone the summoning up of powers for Carnivalistic delight and crowdcrushery, always meant this would be one for the heads...but we did have a few bodies through by the end of the night too. Top notch, even if I did have to resort to a frikkin iPod when 'puter dramas made a spicy start to the night. Just as well I did dash to Soho for necessary vinylisation this morning....... and picked up some scorchers!!!
Talking of Carnival, I've been meaning to give a plugotito to Heatwave's Sunday night after shindig when they go toe to toe with LostBahnhoff. The promotionally savvy Gabriel was keen for me to post a track with this flyer featuring their erstwhile MC Rubi Dan getting a a bit house and garden on it. To be honest the track wasn't really in my metaphorical olfactory yard and plenty more efficient bloggers than I have answered Gabriel's klaxon call and posted it already....some time ago...come on, I've had an ocean or two to cross and a hemisphere to straddle.
So flyer below for what should be a monstrous evening (Heatwave are on's the new black) and check the track elsewhere if you fancy a bit of doofery. We're really hoping to make it but it may possibly be a tall order after consecutive gigging nights, a day of Carnival with the fam and a foolish and reprehensible journey down south in the morning (which is frankly far closer than is polite right now, in time and space terms) in search of 2nd hand goodness.
It's obviously late...and I'm obviously rambling, so lets wrap this up before I take someone's eye out..most likely my own.
post London post soon, once present London calms down a little........................................

Friday, August 21, 2009

London renkification imminent - Gigs next week

Righto, couple of gigs very much on the horizon for all In-gland dwellers and London larrikins, in fact it's next week. This trip has seemed to come about with remarkable speed and I can forsee little sleep and riddiculous industry between now and the shitey flighty.
First up is an engagement near my old stomping ground of Stockwell, on Friday the 28th. The venue is Upstairs At The Ritzy, above the Ritzy cinema (funnily enough) on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton Oval. The guff is all below but briefly, gates at 6, I'll be spinning from 8.45 for a good spell - and it looks like a noice and decent bar for some righteous renkeration, I can hardly wait!! It's a fiver for all and sundry, or four for benefitos and concessionary types... can't say fairer than that. South styles in effect, so I'm expecting to be digging deep on the JA and related tip, but naturally exhibiting typical audiophonic ADD activity and genre gerrymandering of a most despicable and olfactory nature all the while.
The following night Saturday the 30th it's all on at the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets for NZLDN, an entire night aimed at eradicating vowels violently in some kind of hand-across-the-hemisphere syntaxical showdown. Well it's a koiwi gig, and in all honesty outside of Mz Coddington and the D's (Mikki and Nick(y)) I'm not familiar with the rest of, what appears to be, a wide swathe of the musical spectrum. So a bit of interest on the night there. The early talk was of an outside set from 5-6 and then indoors and downstairs from 7 till 10 but I'm not 100% on that so I'll update, as and when I know fer sure. It all kicks off at 1pm, and it's i tells ya - before 8pm, four squiddly rankings afterwards. I have a feeling this will be one of those see what you play on the night scenarios, I've always had a gas playing at Spacific events and suspect scorcheration is on the cards.

PSA over...............

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Stinky Grooves 18.08.09, WoodenShjipping and R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M. wrongness

Ball Fi Bun - Vybz Kartel
She Said - Jahdan Blakkamoore ft 77Klash (Gold Dust)
Dem Alone - Mavado (DJ Frass)
Never Believe You - Mavado (Daseca)
My Sweetie - Wale
Hard Boiled Babe - Lizzy Mercier Descloux (Ze/Strut)
Blue Snakes - Canyons (I'm A Cliche)
Phone Call (feat Coco Solid) - Kidz In Space (Move The Crowd)
Ocean Of Drugs - Kidz In Space (Move The Crowd)
Sleeping Bear Lament (Take Rmx) - Architeq (Planet Mu)
IOIO - Nosaj Thing (Alpha Pup)
NY To Tokyo - Anti-Pop Consortium (Big Dada)
Entropy - Etienne Jaumet (Domino)
Anything Worse - Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder Digital)
Pissed And Passed Out - Holy Ghost (Lo Recordings)
H.G.F.W. (Canyons Rmx) - Tame Impala (Modular)
Children Of The Sun - The Time And Space Machine (Tirk)
Contact - Wooden Shjips (Holy Mountain)
Il Pleut - Briggite Fontaine (Dirty/Born Bad)
Psychedelic Girl (ft Alisa Xayalith) - Kidz in Space (Move The Crowd)
Spotted - Hudson Mohawke (Planet Mu)
Worries - 6Blocc (Digital 6)
Sinners - Johnny Clarke vs Mala (Ringo)
WLTA - Teebs (Planet Mu)
Wind It Up - Mark Pritchard & Om'mas Keith (Hyperdub)
Sea Life - Paul White (One Handed Music)
Parisian Goldfish (Take Rmx) - Flying Lotus (Warp)
Rainbow Rd - Gemmy (Planet Mu)
LHC - Brackles (Planet Mu)
Pictures (Quiet Village Dub) - Grandadbob
Sweet - Unitone HiFi (incoming!)
45 This (Bjorn Torske Rmx) - Hit-The-E (Mantra)
Cola Lex Dub - El Remolon (ZZK)
El Ghetto Va A Mover - El Hijo De La Cumbia (Soot)
WuCumbia - Sonido del Principe
Chop Your Hands - Onra (Favourite)
Just Landed - Force Of Nature (Mule)
Cupids Got A Shotgun - Kidz In Space (Move The Crowd)
Tomb (VIP) - Appleblim & Gatekeeper (Immerse)
End Game - Anti-Pop Consortium (Big Dada)
First Lesson (Rude Kid Rmx) - Juice Aleem (Big Dada)
We Should Light A Fire - Hyetal (Planet Mu)
Spin Cycles - Flying Lotus (Warp)

Last show for a month - so tonight had to count, and I think it did. Great to be able to play the Kidz In Space gear before I head off ... and so much other goodness. Mary Anne Hobb's has dished out the damage on 'Wild Angels' and Big Dada seem to be on somewhat of a roll with the Anti-Pop Consortium album (which is demanding some headphone attention) and the awfully nice and decent Midlands man Juice Aleem.
However a treat instead in the shape of Wooden Shjips cover of Serge & Briggite Bardot's 'Contact' on the Mexican Summer label. It's 8 minutes of groove heavy, electrifying covers business that you can sadly no longer score from the store - and it wasn't easy or cheap to do that when you could a few months ago. Worth every penny.. and more, this is the kind of record I will never be able to resist, even as I sink further into the inevitable world of hitting the digital sections of the music vendors and Traktor totality. You can probably blame the Traktor fascination for the lack of posts over the last month or two, sussing the capabilities and getting my music files regimented and increased has been occupying a good chunk of my spare time. I'm looking forward to the fruits of that next Friday the 28th at Upstairs At The Ritzy on Coldharbour Lane, Brixton and at the Vibe Bar, Brick Lane the following night on koiwi tip with Anna Coddington, Miki D, Nick D (Clash of the D's perhaps) et al. Full details up in a seperate post soon.. meantime here's the tune, and then something disturbing from R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M., don't say I didn't warn you.

Soooo, our good friend of the label and all round exceedingly good bloke, bFM colleague for a fair chunk of time and what have you - Sean Grattan is about to head off to some fancy Californininayan film school where they probably have Wooden Shjips every day.. at recess man.
Sean has done some downright stunning and also severely not in-here (as in out-there) videos for us. It began with wrestlers at the beach bizarreness for SJD's 'Black Is A Beautiful Colour', I defy anyone to crack at least a sizable grin at this one and there's so many brilliant touches, edits and all important little things.

Then he went on to make a rapid turnaround, RTMstyle, clippy EPK (almost can't type that term it's like cdingle, just wrong) type thingummyjig for SJD's 'Dayglo Spectres' album.

Most recently he took his camera phone and a budget that is wayyyy smaller than catering alone on most jobs and just flumed the fark out on James Duncan's 'My New Flumes' with the delightful Bacheloretti.

You should probably stop here.
With his flatmate James of all Duncan, Mr Grattan makes up R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M. They are not afraid to plummet the very bottom of the taste barrel or brack out the tambourine to get the party started .... possibly not started right.. but definitely started. They are..
If I was to try to pictorially and sartorially combine the kind of visuals R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M. bring up to me it would have been something like this....
But all those quaint notions are gone, I have been tainted by strange images that have emerged from R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M.-osphere. Whether or not this has any connection to a suggestion from the RTM Marketing Think/StinkTank that a celeb sex tape would be an excellent marketing tool (ooh err) to raise James Duncan's profile (I'll stop) and get them copies of 'Hello-Fi' ringing the tills like there's no tomorrow.. well I don't know. It's just quite scary and concerning in so many ways.

The Death of R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M. at Department Of Conversation on Karangahape Road (or D.O.C. on K, if you prefer) this Saturday 22nd with R.A.D.S.Y.S.T.E.M. mixtapes vailable (lawd have mercy) and enough terrifying flashbacks to make a 'Nam movie. I apologize for this clip in advance and guarantee it will be 2.49 you'll never get back.

You're a strange and excellent man Sean Grattan and you'll be much missed, safe travels and give us a shout for some OST placement when you're directing 'High School Musical 17'.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Stinky Grooves 11.08.09 & some fierce francais from Christophe

I'm Still Waiting - Delroy Wilson (Pressure Sounds)
Young Girl - Juju ft Don Carlos
King Step (Unitone HiFi Rmx) - Overproof Soundsystem (Elephant House)
Violence In The Streets - Julian Marley ft Damian Marley
The General (Orig Instr) - Liondub (Liondub)
Walk Through Walls (LV Rmx) - Untold (Hessle Audio)
Moon Eclipse - Frosty
We Could Be Skweeroes - Eero Johannes (Planet Mu)
The Coconut Kestrel - Neil Landstrumm
Helter Skelter - Zomby (Ramp)
Godzilla - Zomby (Ramp)
Lost At Sea - Truth (Aquatic Lab)
Officer Nuh Kill Him - Queen Ifrica
Living The Life Of A Gun - Tarrus Riley (VP)
Addis Abbababa Dub - Wackies (Wackies)
The Creeping Tings Of The Earth - Jefferson Belt (Round Trip Mars)
Sneeze Off - Unitone HiFi (Round Trip Mars)
Kunat Kinte (DJ Kentaro Remix) - The Revolutionaries (Pressure Sounds)
Could You Be Loved - Mungolian Jetset (Smalltown Supersound)
Turk Mex - Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder Digital)
Indian Feeling -Tamborelli (Permanent Vacation)
Tremplin - C Perraudin (Permanent Vacation)
Skeleton Tiger (Canyons Rmx) - Tame Impala (Modular)
Selective Walking - Andrew Weatherall (Rotters Golf Club)
Murky Lambada - Mungolian Jetset (Smalltown Supersound)
Colours - James Duncan (Round Trip Mars)
The World May Shudder At My Joy (Sonic Boom Rmx) - Tim Love Lee (Tummy Touch)
ZAPPPPPP (Operation Exodus) - Clingtone (Clingtone)
IOIO - Nosaj Thing (Alpha Pup)
So Many Many Things - Make Do
Way You Make Me Feel - Guido (Punch Drunk)
Saturn's Reply - Jamie Vex'd (Planet Mu)
1001B (Panama Rmx) - Wax (Subsolo)
Layin In Bed - ? (War)
Grand Central Pt 1 (Deep In The Bowels Of House) - DJ Sprinkles (Mule)
Discosong (Pilooski Rmx) - Jarvis Cocker (Rough Trade)
Borracho y Despeinao - Doma Tornadoes
Norwegian Wood - JJ Band (Sonorama)
Sunny Road To Salina - Christophe (Dirty/Born Bad)
Inundare & The Moon - Rebel Peasant (Rebel Peasant)

Hokay this was the penultimate show for a wee while, I shall be driving the stenching grooves next Tuesday and then will be peesing orf for four whole shows which will be taken care of by the safe hands of Gin. Actually realising that there was only one more show after tonight for a wee while was a bit of a shock when it dawned on me yesterday, and despite mainly spending my day dealing with fuckery of various sorts, instead of getting knee deep in piles of files and downright dirty with the discs, tonight's show felt like it hung right (rather than to the right).
Hanyways will post news of a couple of northern hemispherical gigs up here in the next few days and expect me to be blowing my whistle at Carnival like a man possessed (does one still do that? am I truly out of step? is it strictly daggering and waving your weapon these days??).
So back with the show, sterling local contributions from Frosty (whose track enchanted me amongst so much mediocrity going through stuff this afternoon, even better I didn't know it was his till I HAD to check where the track came from - blind listening, a rare advantage to shabby file labeling!), as well as Scotty/Make Do and of course the RTM brigade (Messrs Duncan, Belt, Langeveld and Pinckney). Domesticology with no apology forthcoming or required... there! Loads of other goodness and I only got to play a couple from Zomby's new EP which is unbloodybelievable, and that Queen Ifrica tune is murderous and ... and I could go on.

This week I'm posting a treat, can't tell you much about the artist other than what I've gleaned from a quick scoot around the usual suspects. Christophe is described in the sleevenotes to the fantastically brilliantine 'Dirty French Psychedelics' as a 'master singer', and if that's what the Dirty lads of Paris say then I'll have to concur. He has a mighty track record (this cut is from 1970) and is still gigging today, not bad when it looks like he may be partial to the odd glass of red wine, a packet of Gaulloise and who knows what else too, so respect! He is also responsible for the first track on the comp which is a scorcher too, though very different. In all honesty there isn't a cut on this crucial compile that doesn't flick my settings to the 'le sizzle' mode, it's already made a sizable dent in the listening time at the stately stinky manor. Apparently he's also recently worked with Alan Vega, I can feel a mini-obsession emerging, watch this space kinda.

Thanks to the beneficial bountitude of my spar in music hunting up north (no not 'that' up north) I now have the vinyl and CD of 'Dirty French Psychedelics' and, completely out of character I'd recommend the digital disc. Not sure I could live without the wax now but the disc sounds magnificent and side-length of the vinyl version makes for a bit of a quiet and slightly compromised pressing. Having said that, aside from searching for somewhere to legally DL the tracks, I was not complaining with the voinyl versh I copped a month or two ago, just wary that I wouldn't play it out if there wasnt ample headroom etc. Blah blah... it's late, the track (192 kbps, trust me CDQ is the only way to go, this is a taste) and all the links a man, woman, child or music-seeking mollusc could possibly wish for are below (or a click away if you're on yer aahessess groind)

Buy 'Dirty French Psychedelics' on CD or Vinyl but check the postage first..Go on..I'm recommendualting the bejeezus out of this one...
Dirty Sound System etc and I mumbled about em here
Sooo many album covers on his myspace, this was my pick.


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Stinky Grooves 04.08.09, Zomby droppings and rampant Duncaneering

Lost At Sea - Truth (Aquatic Lab)
Layin' In Bed - ? (War)
Bubble Bubble - Zomby (Ramp)
Godzilla - Zomby (Ramp)
Purple City - Joker & Ginz (Kapsize)
Heartbroken (Noah D Rmx) - Liondub, Jahdan etc (Earwax)
General (Noah D Instrumental Rmx) - Liondub ft Jahdan (Liondub)
General (Original Instrumental) - Liondub (Liondub)
Violence In The City - Julian & Damian Marley
Good Girl Gone Bad - Tarrus Riley ft Konshens (VP)
Hand Inna Di Air - Assassin (Daseca)
Hot Hot - Mykal Rose ft Dada
Herbs Promotion - Tarrus Riley, Demarco & Vybz Kartel (VP)
Zion In Dub - Sly & Robbie (Greensleeves)
Sneeze Off - Unitone HiFi (Round Trip Mars)
The Creeping Tings Of The Earth - Jefferson Belt (Round Trip Mars)
Antes Que Nadie - Chico Sonido
Let's Do The 7 Again - Andrew Weatherall (Rotters Golf Club)
Fail We May, Sail We Must - Andrew Weatherall (Rotters Golf Club)
Creepy - Mungolian Jetset (Smalltown Supersound)
Anything Worse - The Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder)
Discosong (Pilooski Rmx) - Jarvis Cocker (Rough Trade)
You Are The Sun - James Duncan (Round Trip Mars)
Rendezvous - James Duncan (Round Trip Mars)
(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny - Rowland S. Howard (The Passport Label)
A Pox On The Pioneers - Andrew Weatherall (Rotters Golf Club)
Coaster (Idjut Boys Rmx) - Mendes & Alcada ( Claremont 56)
Murky Lambada - Mungolian Jetset (Smalltown Supersound)
PLSN - Ramadanman (Hessle Audio)
Mescaline Cola - Zomby (Ramp)
The Coconut Kestrel - Neil Landstrumm (Planet Mu)
You Know - Burnkane (Planet Mu)
Stumble Groove - Make Do
Way You Make Me Feel - Guido (Punch Drunk)
In System Travel - Jamie Vex'd (Planet Mu)
We Could Be Skweeroes - Eero Johannes (Planet Mu)
Officer Nuh Kill Him - Queen Ifrica
Picante - Busy Signal
Confort - ?
Borracho y Deseinao - Doma Tornadoes
La Cumbia Es Un Tango - El Hijo De La Cumbia (Soot)
Las Mil Caras (Instr) - Fauna (ZZK)
Hay Guey - Tzochitl Soundsystem vs Toy Selectah (Bersa Discos)

We have told tales on Zomby before, so there's nae need for a full fandangle... but this new 2x12" on Ramp is as undead as they come - in fact it's completely alive with creeping squelches, angular blips and totally, totally gone rhythms. Loving it to pieces, except every track feels shorter than it need be, I'll stop moaning about with these wonkanauts once they start to fully resolve their bleepscapes for longer than a couple of minutes, three at a stretch.
Enjoy the track and then make like a ship-shape shopper and follow the links for the EP/MiniLP stinkstravaganza, flanking you mildly.
Buy wax or digi, locally seek Samurai stockists
There only seems to be one releiable pic of Zombie and we've run it... so I googled 'shit zombie' and found this instead.


And yes (parp of trumpets optional) the James Duncan album is out, and blowing peoples socks off...justifiably. Next week it's the turn of JD on 45 and also the brand new and exceptionally fruity Unitone HiFi/Jefferson Belt 7", maybe we'll post up snippets for you sooooon.
James Duncan release type celebratory shenaniganisations at DOC on the K on Saturday night. Flyer below and check that DJ line-up!! Last week supporting The Specials (with Felix Hall and that gent Trevor Jackson), then this week Messrs Duncan, Donnelly, Cartier and Grattan behind the deckage alongside yours truly, blessed and spoilt is how I feel.

There will be blog love when the dust settles...promise.