Thursday, October 08, 2015

Trevor Jackson vs On-U Sound: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics

Via On U  Sound: "We’re pleased to announce the details of brand new On-U Sound compilation Science Fiction Dancehall Classics. A curated selection of classics, rarities and unreleased tracks from the On-U Sound vaults by DJ & audivisual artist Trevor Jackson (aka Playgroup / Underdog). 

Renowned for his Metal Dance compilations of industrial-dance on Strut Records, having worked with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Four Tet via his Output Recordings Label, and a recently released acclaimed multi edition album of his own music (FORMAT) via the vinyl factory.

This is the electro-fried avant-garde side of On-U Sound. Whilst still containing the dub DNA that define Adrian Sherwood’s productions, these tracks document a period when this sonic vision was realised through saturated sheets of electronics, reverberating drum machines and extreme chopped-up tape edits.
Fully annotated with sleeve notes that tell the story behind each track. Features 3 completely unreleased tracks (including a crucial early cut by Neneh Cherry) and 6 tracks that have never been reissued on CD or digital (inc. the amazing debut recording by a pre-Massive Attack Shara Nelson).

Available on as a 2CD / 27-track set, or a 3LP edition that has 20 tracks on the vinyl plus the additional 7 tracks from the CD as part of the download card. Science Fiction Dancehall Classics will be released on triple LP and double CD on 2nd October 2015." Full track listing here.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Mark de Clive Lowe - Church remixed

"MdCL's 2014 CHURCH album is re­-envisioned through the ears of producers from all over the world -­ the UK, New Zealand, Angola, Sweden, South Africa and the US.

CHURCH REMIXED features the talents of AtJazz, Opolopo, Daz I-­Kue (Bugz in the Attic),Myele Manzanza and more creating dancefloor and head­nod gems ­from hip hop to deep house, afro dubs to electro funk.

New Zealand's Leonard Charles remixes 'The Processional' adding a powerhouse trio of NZ vocal talent to his downtempo refix: Ruby Walsh, Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle) and Kimbra.

The MdCL classic 'Brukstep' gets the deep jazzy flavors of a classic AtJazz Astro remix. Nia Andrews' vocal tracks get reconfigured for the dancefloor by Opolopo ('Now or Never'), Brian Keys Tharme ('Hollow') and QB Smith ('Hollow')."

Pains People - O, Siri

Some cool spaced out tunes from Johnny Pain (Hallelujah {Picassos) aka Pains People, name your price

Sun Ra x Gilles Peterson

Via Strut: "Legendary BBC 6Music / Worldwide DJ Gilles Peterson is the UK’s leading tastemaker for jazz-based sounds, and a long-time champion of the music and of Sun Ra. Peterson has handpicked a selection of some of his favorite moments from Sun Ra’s prolific output, compiled on a lovingly curated double-disc selection. It serves as perhaps the best introduction yet to the music of Sun Ra for a whole new generation of converts.

The 2CD version features a flowing mix by Peterson, while the 2LP version (available on limited 180g vinyl via the Strut store) features full-length versions of selected tracks from the mix, as well as the full mixed version on CD. 

If you buy either physical format, you will also receive a download code for the full unmixed digital version. The digital bundle includes the full unmixed selection along with Peterson’s mix. Sleeve notes on physical formats come from Gilles Peterson with a full Ra career biography by author Robert L. Campbell. 

The album also features previously unseen photos from the archives of Val Wilmer alongside full musician line-ups and session details.

Out Oct 30 - To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds is available for pre-order now on the Strut Store as well as via other fine digital retailers."

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Oct 3

Uncle Louie - Full tilt boogie
Chuck Higgins and the wild bunch - Funkyfied
Manu Dibango - Afro soul - Rob Mello disco re-edit
Risco connection - Aint no stopping us now
Lord Echo - Molten lava
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Magic tones - We shall overcome
Martha and the Vandellas - One way out
Margie Joseph - One more chance
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit wheels - Breakout
Isley Bros -Twist and shout
The Registers - Sweatin'
Helene Smith -You got to be a man
Aretha Franklin - Since you've been gone
Jose Feliciano - She's a woman
ESG - Dance
Grandmaster DST - Crazy cuts
Futura 2000 and The Clash - Escapades of Futura 2000
Incognito - Wild and peaceful - Kenny Dope mix
Freddie Cruger - Something good
Quantic - I just fell in love again
Frightnrs - Questions (version)
Dry and Heavy - Night flight pt 2
Diatribe - Dangerous game
Salmonella dub - Problems - Zion Train remix
American gypsy - The champ - Evil smarty edit
Cherelle - Dub on you  -Todd Terje edit

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

4th Coming – Strange Things: Complete Works 1970-74

Pictured: the only known photo of 4th Coming principals
J.S. Williams and Hank Porter. Hollywood. 1972.

Out now, via Now Again: Eccentric soul and lost funk recordings from an unlikely crew of Los Angeles musical misfits – one of the finest and deepest examples of Los Angeles soul in the 1970s.

 "At its core, the 4th Coming was a songwriting duo – Porter and Jechonias “Jack” S. Williams – and a rotating cast of musicians – including members of lauded Los Angeles funk ensemble the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band – that Williams assembled at Artist Recording Studio to realize the pair’s ideas. They existed only from the latter half of 1969 until 1974; during that time they issued eight singles as 4th Coming and one as Impact! on Al Firth’s Alpha imprint.

When 4th Coming records surfaced in the ’90s, they were often disregarded as novelty. And some of their records were so rare that it took until the late ‘00s for them to reemerge, after the sinking of their initial pressing runs. Assembling a near set of 4th Coming recordings was nearly possible, until the issue of this, the lost 4th Coming album.

 And now, Strange Things, a thrilling listen, a mysterious trove of recordings made possible by an open minded and well-funded indie impresario, which document a very real and very weird Los Angeles of the past. It’s a city we’ll never know again, and one that might never again produce an ensemble like the 4th Coming.

If Firth’s faith only rolled snake-eyes in terms of commercial success, in terms of documenting Los Angeles’ vibrant soul and funk underground,he rolled boxcars. This, the album Williams and Firth always hoped would bring them real success, now sees its complete release and allows us to ponder the might-have and the would-have beens – had a 4th Coming album come together in the mid-‘70s."

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Sept 26

Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Dionne Warwick - Just being myself
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
Darondo Pulliam - Luscious lady
Saun and Starr - Blah blah blah
Shirley Ellis - Soul time
Otis Redding - Loving by the pound
Little Tommy - Baby can't you see
Harvey - Any way you wanta
Willie Mitchell - The champion pt 1
Sonics - Psycho
Soul Severes - I got it
Sister love - Give me your love
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Look-a-py-py
Charles Earland - Girl you need a change of mind
Junior Mance - Don't cha hear me callin to ya
 Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady (alt mix)
Joseph Henry and the Mighty Imperials - Never found a girl
Bronx river parkway - Aqua con sol
Cal Tjader - Soul sauce - Fila Brazilia remix
Pharoah Sanders - Astral travelling - Boozo bajou remix
Lord Echo - The creator has a master plan
Laurel Atkin - The rise and fall of Laurel Atkin
Techniques - Little did you know
Jackie Mittoo - Honey pot
Jo Jo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
Al Brown - Love and happiness
Benny Tones feat Joe Dukie - Home
Jet Jaguar - European funk standard
Snap - Sidewalk city
Timezone  -World destruction
Bob James - Angela (taxi theme)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Daptone Gold II out now

Serious soul biz from the crew at Daptone: "A collection of fan favorites, 45 only, and exclusive killers soooo good it turns Gold to Platinum. Dig on 21 tracks hand-picked by Daptone Staff, Musicians, and fans. But what's REALLY special are the exclusive tracks by Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, as well as "The Baddest Band in the Land" The Dap-Kings, who offer up a dance-floor dominator, "Thunderclap."

Still need more convincing? How about extensive liner notes from the foremost authority on SOUL Music, Mr. Fine Wine – the DJ behind WFMU's longest running SOUL program, Downtown Soulville. For the vinyl enthusiast, there are a couple special goodies inside each silver foil embossed 2xLP gatefold: a double-sided FULL-SIZED poster adorning all the album artwork that has made Daptone the world's #1 source for the modern yet classic aesthetic. 

 And for you crafty sorts, there's an iron-on Daptone Logo sporting the mantra "There's no Business Like Soul Business", you can put on the back of your favorite white denim jacket. …just saying. It's the perfect album for those down with the Daptone Sound, but who also enjoy consolidation. Voila! Daptone Gold Volume II. " Out on Daptone

Sunday, September 20, 2015

RIP Lady Bo

From Lady Bo's Myspace page: "So sad to have to report the passing yesterday (Wednesday) of Peggy Malone, nee Jones - aka Lady Bo. She was 75.

A teenage protegee of Bo Diddley, Peggy toured and recorded with Diddley between circa 1957 thru 1961 and then intermittently until the mid-1990s. 

She also successfully led her own band, The Jewels (also variously known as The Fabulous Jewels and Lady Bo & The Family Jewel etc), which became a top R&B band on the New York/Boston/East Coast club scene in the 1960s & 1970s. 

The Jewels' single "We Got Togetherness", released on MGM Records in 1966, is now a popular staple on the current northern soul music scene.Sincerest condolences to Wally, Peggy's dear husband of 47 years  and to her family & friends at this sad and difficult time."

From Afropunk - Lady Bo, queen mother of the guitar (2011): "Peggy Jones, aka Lady Bo grew up in New York City, attending Manhattan's famed High School for the Performing Arts (of Fame fame) as a singer and dancer. She studied tap and ballet and trained in opera.

She had been playing guitar for only 2 years when a chance encounter with Bo Diddley before a show at the legendary Apollo Theatre led to a life-changing gig as Bo Diddley's lead guitarist. Diddley was awestruck by the sight of a beautiful young woman with a guitar and struck up a conversation.

When Jerome Greene (the single luckiest maraca player in the history of music) ran out to tell Bo that dinner was being served in the dressing room, Bo invited Jones in. Jones recounts in an interview with Lea Gilmore:

"After a while he opened his guitar, asked me to grab mine and play something. When I opened my case he laughed louder than anyone I’d heard before. I wanted to know what¹s funny? Hysterically he said what is that? He had never seen a Supro guitar.

I said, “Now that’s a dumb question! First you probably never saw a girl carrying a guitar down the street before and want to know if I played it, did you think that was funny?” He said, “NO!” I continued, “then you insult my ax and I listen to Wes Montgomery, Kenny Burrell and Charlie Parker and I THINK I’ve heard of you! Do you think that’s funny?” 

He said, “No, but I like your attitude, let’s play something.” I said OK and the rest is history."

From Ponderosa Stomp: "Lady Bo bought her first guitar in 1955, at the age of 15, and met up with Bo Diddley a year later, becoming his first of several guitar-slinging female sidekicks. Playing on Bo's recordings of "Hey, Bo Diddley," "Mona," "Say Man," "Crackin' Up," "Road Runner," "Bo Diddley's A Gunslinger," and the jaw-dropping "Aztec" and "Lady Bo Live"... 

... in 1962 she moved onto studio work that found her kickin' up a ruckus on hits by the Bopchords and the Continentals, but most notably Les Cooper ("Owee Baby") and the Soul Rockers' crazed smash "Wiggle Wobble" (King Curtis on sax) backed with "Dig Yourself." 

She later spent time in the rhythm sections of James Brown's and Sam and Dave's bands and, not surprisingly, was heavily influenced by the Latin rhythms of Mongo Santamaria."

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, Sept 19

Larry Young's fuel - Turn out the lights
Parliament - P Funk (wants to get funked up)
Chakachas - Jungle fever - Greg Wilson edit
Emotions - Blind alley
Dramatics - Get up and get down
Four tops - Nothing
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Heard it thru the grapevine
Tiny Topsy - Just a little bit
Eskew Reeder - Undivided love
Bo Diddley - Hush your mouth
Marvin Gaye - Got to give it up
Johnny Hammond - Fantasy  -Marc Mac remix
Hopeton Lewis - Express yourself
Ballistic bros - Peckings
Maytals - Night and day
Laurel Atkin - Skinhead train
Bitty Maclean with Ansel Collins - Cornerstone
Bjorn Torkse - Dub vendors
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope - 3 Generations Walking remix
Kid Creole - I'm a wonderful thing
Donald Byrd - Think twice
King Errisson - Disco congo
Eric B and Rakim - Paid in full - Coldcut remix
Jurassic 5 - Monkey bars inst
Marc  Rapson - The kalimba
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens - Trouble in my way
Binky Griptite - A lover like me
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Your thing is a drag
Nick Waterhouse - It no. 3
James Brown - Doing it to death

Friday, September 18, 2015

Apra Silver Scroll winners

Kody Neilson at Silver Scrolls 2015
Kody Neilson is ecstatic at winning the Silver Scroll with his bro for Multi-Love. Photo: UTR.

The 50th Silver Scrolls were held last night in Auckland,and what a splendid night it was. Running longer than previous events, thanks to the addition of the belated 1981 Scroll and the delightful verbosity of the MC John Campbell, who expounded at length on his love of music.

I'll post a review soon (OMG Shayne Carter rocking out playing Counting The Beat! - go check the livestream on BFMsYoutube below), but here's the official info from Apra on who won what:

"Brothers Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson have won the 2015 APRA Silver Scroll Award for the Unknown Mortal Orchestra song Multi-Love. Between the two of them, the gifted brothers have been finalists five times before, however this is the first time they have won the prestigious songwriting award.

The award was presented at the 50th annual APRA Silver Scroll Awards at Vector Arena in Auckland by legendary songwriter and recently appointed Chair of the APRA Board, Jenny Morris.

“It’s a mark of a great song that can feel both familiar and completely original at the same time” says APRA AMCOS’ Anthony Healey. “Ruban and Kody have crafted a modern classic in Multi-Love that is grounded in tradition but pushing the envelope of what’s possible.”

As well as the Silver Scroll Award for 2015, the highly anticipated ‘Lost Scroll’ of 1981 was also presented as a part of the 50th celebrations. The 1981 APRA Silver Scroll Award went to Phil Judd, Wayne Stevens and Mark Hough for Counting the Beat. The New Zealand classic was performed on the night by Shayne Carter with the support of an 18-piece orchestra.

The 2015 APRA Maioha Award was won by Stan Walker, Vince Harder and Troy Kingi for their anthem in te reo Māori Aotearoa. The soaring waiata was performed by Ngā Takere Nui o Ngā Waka - a twenty person kapa haka group – along with a marching band arranged by Mike Booth.

Ella Yelich O’Connor (Lorde) and Joel Little took out the Most Performed New Zealand Work Internationally for Royals, and Matiu Walters, Marlon Gerbes (Six60) and Priese Board won the Most Performed New Zealand Work in New Zealand for Special.

Chris Watson won the coveted SOUNZ Contemporary Award for his composition sing songs self, which was treated to an electro-acoustic cover by father and son duo Paul and Julien Dyne.

Prodigious songwriter, musician and composer Grayson Gilmour won the APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film Award with his score for Consent, and Tom McLeod won the APRA Best Original Music in a Series Award for the second year in a row for his work on Girl vs Boy (Season 3).

Alongside the award presentations, 92 year-old bandleader, composer and master of the slide-guitar Bill Sevesi was inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame. Mike Chunn paid tribute to Bill Sevesi, which was followed by a performance of Steel Guitar Haunt by John Segovia and Polytonix Quartet.

Established in 2007, The New Zealand Music Hall of Fame pays tribute to those that have made a significant contribution to New Zealand life and culture through music. Sevesi’s induction makes him the 17th addition to the Hall of Fame, and sees him join household names including Dave Dobbyn, Shihad, Herbs and Dragon.

During the ceremony Jordan Luck also paid tribute to the late Graham Brazier, which was followed by an emotional rendition of Billy Bold by troubadour Delaney Davidson.

The winners of all awards were:

2015 APRA Silver Scroll Award – won by Ruban Nielson and Kody Nielson for Multi-Love (Mushroom Music).

1981 APRA Silver Scroll Award – won by Phil Judd, Bones Hillmann (Wayne Stevens) and Buster Stiggs (Mark Hough) for Counting the Beat (Mushroom Music).

APRA Maioha Award – won by Stan Walker*, Vince Harder and Troy Kingi for Aotearoa (*EMI Music Publishing Australia).

SOUNZ Contemporary Award - won by Chris Watson for sing songs self.

APRA Best Original Music in a Feature Film – won by Grayson Gilmour for Consent.

APRA Best Original Music in a Series – won by Tom McLeod for Girl vs. Boy (Season 3).

Most Performed New Zealand Work Internationally – won by Ella Yelich-O’Connor* and Joel Little^ for Royals. (*Native Tongue Music Publishing on behalf of SONGS Music Publishing LLC / ^EMI Music Publishing Australia)

Most Performed New Zealand Work in New Zealand – won by Marlon Gerbes, Matiu Walters and Priese Board* for Special (Kobalt Music Publishing Australia and *Native Tongue Music Publishing).

New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee – Bill Sevesi

The ceremony was officiated by broadcaster John Campbell, and was streamed live via, and

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A monster night of reggaematical mightiness honouring Dubhead and Stinky Jim

BFM stalwarts Dubhead and Stinky Jim have been actively pushing fresh sounds and stonking riddims on the unsuspecting public for quarter of a century and they deserve to be celebrated for this splendid achievement. So get along and show them some love!  Much respect....

25 years of The Rhythm Selection and Stinky Grooves

"95bFM and Allsusd are preposterously proud to present a celebration of 25 years of continuous broadcasting for 95bFM’s The Rhythm Selection and Stinky Grooves.

Sterling Sounds at Neck Of The Woods on Saturday September 26th

Running the midweek airwaves since 1990, Dubhead and Stinky Jim have carved out their own DJ signatures built on a bedrock reggae foundation, with a discerning eye in other directions when prudent and necessary.

They will be bringing that full weight of experience to bear in extended sets, featuring long time MCs Tuffy Culture and the Mighty Asterix. Completing the lineup are three of the stand up individuals who have taken the reins of these top-ranking radio shows when Dub and Jim have been impossibly otherwise engaged in elsewhere business: Oblex B, Geezer Guy and compere for the evening MC Slaves LOGGcabin as well as organising supremo DJ Mooch.

Kicking off at 7, with sly sounds and jerk chicken on the BBQ, this promises to be a monster night of reggaematical mightiness and musical majesty, in the old school style.

Selectors and hosts, Dubhead and Stinky Jim have been giving listeners the silver service since the start of the 90s, a time when an antidote to hackysack and half baked grunge bands was more necessary than ever. On a weekly basis they have delivered an unrelenting bounty of musical treasures, both new and old, sourced and administered with the passion of zealots.

Fiercely loyal to 95bFM, and most importantly the listeners, this pair of musically obsessed, low end loving UK ex-pats have delighted several generations of tuned in types as well as helping to inspire and introduce a whole range of up and comers, down and outers, DJs, music makers and their ilk.

As producers (Dub with Sound Foundation, Jim with Unitone HiFi) compilers and curators (the Dub Combinations and Sideways series respectively) writers, selectors and passionate enthusiasts in a variety of other guises, they have both left a musical footprint that is far larger than just their long running radio shows.

However it’s after 9pm on Monday and Tuesday nights, when the energy is right and the vibes are running, that you will hear the purest distillation of what makes these two gentlemen tick.

Bringing the beat bullion and rhythmic remedy on 95bFM for a quarter of a century, Dubhead and Stinky Jim have assembled a formidable line up for this crucial celebration. Joined by the Mighty Asterix, flying in especially from Australia, and a very rare outing for Tuffy Culture, they will be spinning the new, old, rare and some classics from their 25 year tenure, alongside solid support from Oblex B, Geezer Guy, Mooch and MC Slaves LOGGcabin. All this for only a piffling ten dollars on the gate - Sterling Sounds promises to be a night to remember.

Neck Of the Woods, K Road, Saturday September 26 from 7PM, $10

Dubhead & Stinky Jim, Tuffy Culture & The Mighty Asterix, Oblex B, Geezer Guy, Mooch, MC Slave's LOGGcabin.

The Stylee Crew in the early 1990s, clockwise from top left: DLT, Roger Perry, Stinky Jim, Dubhead, Slowdeck - Photo by Darryl Ward. (Dubhead collection, via Audioculture)

Brand new album from Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators

From Finland's Timmion Records, a cracking slice of modern soul: "This [northern] autumn, Nicole Willis rolls out with her third album made together with The Soul Investigators: Happiness In Every Style. It is bound to send shivers down backs all around the world. As the name suggests, the new album will offer variety and tilt towards a more positive note after the murky Tortured Soul from two years back.

This means Nicole and the boys have made things a bit more soothing for the listener, offering upbeat modern soul and even embracing more sophisticated melodies alongside their highly evolved raw funk sound. To get a taste of this, one only has to put on 'Let's Communicate' or 'One In a Million' to get their hands clapping and toes tapping in no time, or respectively, witness the dance floor explode. 

From minor key ballads such as 'Thief In The Night' to the unapologetically poppy 'Angel', the new album is bound to bring to the hearts of humans in every shade and style. Whether you know Nicole Willis from before or not does not hold any weight here. 

After hearing her with The Soul Investigators on this new album, you will know they are for real, and out to offer you everything you need to fill up your soul supply. With Nicole's insightful lyrics and the band's hard-hitting music you are in good care.

Out October 2nd on LP/CD/digital. 

01. One in a Million
02. Where Are You Now 
03. Let's Communicate 
04. Angel
05. Bad Viberations 
06. Together We Climb
07. Open Sky 
08. Paint Me in a Corner 
09. Thief in the Night 
10. Vulture's Prayer 
11. Hot Sauce (not on vinyl version of the album)