Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wahwah45s - Allo Love Vol 5 drops

Latest groovy complation from Wahwah45s, delightfully eclectic:  "The fifth instalment of the Allo Love series sees our up-and-coming resident DJ, radio producer and presenter, chef de cuisine and young man about town, Neil Bopperson, take the helm and give us something of an insight into what makes him tick.

Having cut his teeth DJing in Sheffield, he then plied his trade in Seville, Lisbon, Manchester and finally East London where he now curates, produces and presents radio shows for Meat Transmission and Paris' Le Mellotron radio station, as well as producing our monthly Wah Wah radio show. In the clubs Bopperson is something of a party starter, challenging the crowd to keep up with his energy and eclectic taste.

And what great taste it has proved to be - Neil has pulled some very tasty morsels out of the hat for this compilation, including as it does music from Canadian wonder kid Jesse Futerman, Italian beat-mongers Turbojazz and erstwhile Resonator, Bunty

There's more than a hint of the Northern towns Bopperson frequented as a youth and the influences of the friends he's met along the way, as illustrated by contributions from Gideon Conn, Moth HiFi, Yields and Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra (signed to Neil's other day-time workplace - First Word Records).

We also gave this mutli-talented young chap free choice of the full Wah Wah 45s back catalogue. He came back at us with serious selections from The Gene Dudley Group, Dele Sosimi (remixed by Paper Tiger) and a sultry outing from Scrimshire, rounding off a perfectly pitched collection of music steeped in electronica, folk, dub, Afrobeat and downtempo goodness. Bon apetite!"

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 29

Dennis Edwards - Don't look any further
Nu Shooz - I can't wait
Deadly avenger - Malapso
Boozoo Bajou - Under me sensi - Thievery Corp remix
Lightning head - Area boy
Manu Dibango  -Soul makossa
War - City country city
Risco connection - Aint no stopping us now
Jo Jo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
The Survivors - Rawhide
Lennie Hibbert - Village soul
Jackie Mittoo - Hot tamale
Grace Jones - Shes lost control
Goon squad - Eight arms to hold you
The Dovells - You can't sit down
Eddie Platt - Tequila
Aretha Franklin - Since you've been gone
Four Tops - You keep running away
Isley Bros - I know who you been socking it to
Martha and the Vandellas - One way out
The Perfections - Why do you want to make me sad
Mystiques - Put out the fire
Roger  -Do it, Roger
Dynasty - I don't want to be a freak but I can't help myself
Lord Echo - Molten lava
DLT feat Slave - Poison
Fat Freddys Drop - Mother mother - Theo Parrish mix
Suns of Arqa - Ananta snake dance
Dennis Brown - Hold on to what you got

Friday, August 28, 2015

Alvin Cash and the Registers 7

I recently scored a copy of this smashing 45, it is so damn funky.

“Sweatin’ (Do What You Want To)” was recorded in 1965 at One-derful! but never issued. It features Cash, assisted by a male chorus, chanting lyrics mentioning a host of dances, The Twist, Boomerang, Pony, Shake, and Twine, plus the latest dances, “Barracuda” and “Shotgun.”

Years after it was recorded, a mislabeled instrumental acetate of the song surfaced in England. The acetate, under the incorrect name “You Got Me Baby” by The Kinettes, became a floor filler on the northern soul scene. This new 45 will be the first official pressing of the “Sweatin’ (Do What You Want To)” instrumental, and the discovery of the vocal take finally solves the mystery behind this sought after recording."

Out now on Secret Stash Records.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ennio Styles drops free comp!

Ennio brings the heat!  "Fourteen years and 700 episodes of Stylin' on Melbourne's 3RRR-FM, but you get the presents! Stylin' 700 includes many unreleased and under-the-radar cuts, with music from Australia, New Zealand [Tyra Hammond], UK, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal and no less than 13 US states. 

Mostly originals, as well as some surprising versions of James Blake, Bobby Womack, Thelonious Monk, James Brown and Ann Peebles.

Digging further beneath the surface of these tunes reveals producers and musicians with credits extending to everyone from Horace Andy, Robert Glasper, Butcher Brown, Roy Hargrove and Eddie Palmieri to Carl Craig, MF Doom, Tall Black Guy, Drake, Thundercat, Chance the Rapper, Louie Vega, Miles Bonny, Ayatollah and Q-Tip.

Stylin' broadcasts every Friday 12-2pm on 3RRR 102.7FM Melbourne and via live and on-demand streaming: 3RRR's is a non-profit station largely funded by listener support, especially during the August Radiothon:

Monday, August 24, 2015

K-Maxx drops 7 on Cherries

Brand new groovy funk from Cherries Records: "With his signature soul-centric boogie/funk, sound, San Francisco's K-Maxx brings two smooth, midtempo tracks for his first Cherries release. Side A, ‘Be Together’ has a bubbly bass line with playful synthesizer & piano melodies, all under an infectious vocal hook that will keep bodies swaying & heads bobbing.

The B Side ‘Reachin’ (Paradise)’ is an uplifting & introspective song exuding the message to never give up on your dreams, told through a funk melody in the positive and optimistic soul spirit of Kashif or Glenn Jones."

CH-010 ‘Be Together b/w Reachin' (Paradise)’ by K-Maxx available for purchase
on 7" vinyl & mp3 at

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How Bizarre: Simon Grigg's amazing tale of a song

Simon Grigg's brand new book How Bizarre documents the tale of one of our greatest musical successes - it's just hit the shop this week. 

I still remember the first time I heard that song - I knew two things about it: one, it was local, and two, it was going to be huge. It had that kind of hook that you just knew.

From NZ Herald's Russell Baillie: 'Grigg says the urge to record his own take on the Bizarre story came after attending Fuemana's funeral, where, as the book recounts, he and Jansson had been threatened by fellow mourners and told to "pay up".

He thought it was time he told his and Jansson's side of the story. He didn't have a book in mind when he first started writing.'

"I felt that when Pauly died it was the end of a really unique thing that happened in New Zealand. If I didn't write it then probably nobody else would ..."

Baillie notes that 'It's possibly the first insider's account of New Zealand and international pop industry politics, set in an era of excess before the digital era and the music industry's contraction. It captures the ride as the song went from the sound of the Kiwi summer of 96 to international chart topper.'

Elsewhere's Graham Reid reviewed the book, observing that "How Bizarre briefly changed the musical landscape in New Zealand and fired people here with pride and optimism, and altered the lives of Pauly Fuemana, [co-writer and producer] Jansson and Simon Grigg on whose Huh! label the song appeared.

Pauly – who died in early 2010 at just 40 – is no longer around to put his side of the story, but you could guess that it might still constantly change according to his mood.

... However this is not a Fuemana biography (although some of that obviously peppers the pages) but rather the story of the making of a great song from unpromising source material (Jansson's gift) and how a piece of music could be marketed.

In the latter regard it's also a story of the inside workings of record companies (PolyGram's boss in New Zealand couldn't hear a hit until he was pressed by Australians to get behind it) and how control over the song — and by association Fuemana's destiny — was gradually wrestled from Grigg's control.

In the regard this is an extraordinary story, and that makes this book unique in New Zealand publishing."

More: The story of OMC and their smash hit is captured in a TV documentary, How Bizarre directed by Stuart Page – best known for the Skeptic’s AFFCO music video.

Radio NZ's Trevor Reekie talks with director Stuart Page, OMC producer and co-writer Alan Jansson and Simon Grigg from Huh Records, who released the record.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 22

Ring The Alarm with Peter Mac, on BaseFM, August 22 2015 by Peter Mclennan on Mixcloud

Blues Magoos - Can't get enough of you
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Sam Cooke - Shake
Arthur Conley - Funky street
Margie Joseph - One more chance
Nicole Willis and the soul investigators - Paint me in a corner
Etta James - Seven day fool
Rod Piazza - Cissy strut
Alvin Cash and the Registers - Sweatin'
Lil Buck and the top cats - Monkey in a sack
The gentle rain - Use me
Prince Far I - African queen
Black Uhuru - Guess who's coming to dinner
Sugar Minott - Devil's pickney
Joe Tex and U Black - Standardisation
Junior Murvin  - Cool out son
Burro Banton - Boom wha dis
Reggie Steppa - Drum pan sound
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye - Kenny Dope remix
Dap-Kings - Nervous like me
Jackson 5 - Hum along and dance - United Future Organisation remix
Booker T and the MGs - Soul dressing
Barbara Trent - Heartbreak hotel
Diamond Joe - Gossip gossip
Roger and the gypsies - Pass the hatchet
Tyra and the Tornadoes - Hui hui
Tubbs - Soul loves the sun
Rose Royce - Funk factory
Temptations -Don't let the Joneses get you down
The Roger Webb sound - Grey sigh

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Proposed Flying Nun archive kicks off with series of meetings

Hamish Kilgour and Roger Shepherd in Flying Nun's office, mid 80s. Photo: Audioculture

Via NZ Musician: "David Pine (Sneaky Feelings) has initiated country-wide meetings in a bid to pull together a professionally curated and managed archive for Flying Nun.

The aim is to cover audio, film/video, press, posters, artwork, merchandising, interesting correspondence and anything else available.

"We're taking an open approach to the meetings. Anyone who wants to come is welcome. I've started by contacting the label, its owners, the artists and the main archives (Alexander Turnbull, Hocken, Nga Taonga and Audioculture).

"But one thing we're discovering is that you just don't know who is holding stuff so I'm trying to get the word out to anyone who might be interested. ", says Pine.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, email the Flying Nun Archive Project.

Meeting dates:

Wednesday 26 August, 3.00pm
Nga Taonga Sound and Vision
84 Taranaki Street

Tuesday 1 September, 5.00 pm
Hocken Library
90 Anzac Avenue

Wednesday 2 September 6.00 pm
Flying Out Store
80 Pitt Street Auckland

Venue and Time TBA

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 15

Willis Jackson - Nuther'n like thuther'n
Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca  -Funky Lowlives remix
Mark Murphy - Why don't you do right?
Charlene and the soul serenaders - Can you win
Edwin Starr - Time
Ebonee Webb - Something about you
Coati Mundi - Me no pop I - Biggabush edit
Boozoo Bajou - Yoruba Rd
Tony Allen - No discrimination
Hugh Masekela -Grazing in the grass
Benny Teller - Fortune teller
Jackie Mittoo - Stereo freeze
Techniques - Little did you know
Clarendonians - Rude boy gone a jail
Skatalites -Beardsman ska
Desmond Dekker - It mek
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Brain smashing dub
King Tubby - Wreck up a version
Coldcut - Man in a garage -King Jammy remix
Nightmares on wax - Ease Jimi
Bosq  -Never feel cold
Gwen Guthrie - Nothing going on but the rent - club mix
Cherelle - Saturday love
New order - Confusion
Material - I'm the one
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Bourgie bourgie
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Mama don't like my man
Fred Wesley and the JBs  -You can have your Watergate but gimme some bucks and I'll be straight

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Radio punks: New doco covers the history of NZ student radio

RADIO PUNKS (Prime promo 1) from Paul Casserly on Vimeo.

Via Aeroplane: "August the 18th sees Prime TV broadcast a new documentary entitled 'Radio Punks' - an insightful and entertaining look at the history of student radio in New Zealand.

Directed by Paul Casserly (Eating Media Lunch, Birdland) and presented by Jeremy Wells, the renegade history and rebel spirit of student radio is recounted by some of the people involved, including John Campbell, Mikey Havoc, Jude Anaru, Marcus Lush, Roy Torlesse and including all the B Net stations such as bFM, RDU, Active, Contact, Control/Massey, Radio One."

'Radio Punks' : August 18th 8.30pm on Prime.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Sharon Jones doco to debut in Toronto

Miss Sharon Jones movie poster

Sharon Jones has had a tough few years. Acclaimed film maker Barbara Kopple has documented Jones'battle with cancer in this doco, debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Via Okayplayer: "A new documentary feature film on the life and music of Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings will debut at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival

Directed by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple, Miss Sharon Jones will focus on the modern soul legend’s perseverance through pancreatic cancer, cancelled tour dates, album delays and medical treatment. 

Jones was diagnosed with cancer in June 2013, a setback she ultimately overcame as she returned to live touring in November of that year. Soon after, her sixth LP Give The People What They Want was released to wide critical acclaim.

The new film was officially announced Monday in a posting by a just-established official Facebook page

Jones posted a message regarding the film on her Facebook page, stating:
"I am very excited that my film is going to premiere at the TIFF, one of the biggest film festivals in the world! I am so grateful to Cabin Creek Films and Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple for capturing my life and can't wait to share the love that went into making the film with my fans."

Monday, August 10, 2015

Like Jackie Wilson said

Been listening to this great Northern Soul mix from Greg Wilson, who talks about the fickle nature of that scene towards tunes it deemed 'popular', highlighting two different Jackie Wilson tunes that he's included in the mix... excerpt below...

"The scene was notoriously very snobbish about its music, dropping a previously loved record like a hot potato because it had subsequently achieved commercial success, although it was this fervent elitism that played a major part in its success and longevity.

It’s also the reason why a track many might consider to be as Northern as they come, like Jackie Wilson’s ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher’ (a Detroit artist doing an uptempo dance track with Funk Brothers backing) isn’t Northern Soul according to those at the cutting-edge of the scene, despite the fact it was a big favourite in the Soul clubs following its 1967 release.

It’s sin was that it became a UK hit in 1969, just before the Northern scene got into its stride, so, along with a whole heap of Tamla Motown tunes that are Northern in everything but their failure to connect with the masses, it was banished to the realm of pop.

This is why another famous Jackie Wilson track, ‘I Get The Sweetest Feeling’, this time a 1968 recording, which, on the surface, given it’s much mellower vibe, is far less stereotypically Northern than ‘Higher And Higher’, is, in contrast, considered a bone fide Northern classic – the reason being that ‘I Get The Sweetest Feeling’ didn’t become a hit until 1972, having broken out of the Northern scene, then in full swing..."

Jackie Wilson pop video for I get the sweetest feeling made by Giblets (Rob MacGillivray, Mike Sumpter, Carol MacGillivray and Michael Olley) for the rerelease of the record in 1987.

"We had already done a showreel piece of claymation for Jackie Wilson which resulted in Reet Petite becoming number one in the UK charts. The record company let us choose which single to rerelease next and let us shoot whatever we wanted within a small budget.

We had no good footage of Jackie to work with so we came up with this to try and express what our favourite Jackie Wilson song meant to us. We were just trying to create a moment in time for two people in love."

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Electric Wire Hustle sign to US label Bastard Jazz

In case you missed it some cool news for Kiwi outfit Electric Wire Hustle: "We are very pleased here at Bastard Jazz HQ to announce that we've signed New Zealand's Electric Wire Hustle!

 With two albums under their belt and rave reviews from the likes of Gilles Peterson, The New York Times, Questlove, Benji B, as well as number one single on the Hype Machine, this self professed "Psychedelic Soul" duo will be releasing their brand new Aeons EP at the end of the month, followed up by a brand new album and world tour in early 2016."  Bastard Jazz is also home to Kiwi Lord Echo.

The first single off the forthcoming EP is Brother Sun and features fellow kiwi Kimbra, and the EP will also include a remix of that tune by Fellow NZ producers (now residing in Berlin) Aron Ottignon & Scratch 22.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Bill Sevesi to be inducted to NZ Music Hall of Fame at this year's Silver Scrolls

Song of the South Seas – the life and music of Bill Sevesi from Blackbox on Vimeo.

Bill Sevesi is the latest inductee to the NZ Music Hall of Fame, and will be honoured at the Apra Silver Scrolls, on September 17.

From the NZ Herald: 'Born in Tonga in 1923, with a Tongan mother and English father, Sevesi came to Auckland at age 9, and it wasn't long before he fell in love with the idea of playing music.

"I started out on the ukulele, in a house on Symonds St. I learned the ukulele there and then the steel guitar. There was a Samoan lady in the flat where I was staying and she played the ukulele. I learnt from her."

He loved hearing on the radio the music that reminded him of home, so he took a job in a radio factory.

"I was so keen on music that I took a job making radios, and they had a big powerful radio in there that I thought was great. So I bought the components and I brought them home and built my own one.

"It was so powerful I could listen to the radio in any part of the world -- Jamaica, Italy, anywhere. And I learned a lot of new songs coming out of America by listening to the radio. I'd record them so I could listen to them a few times over and learn them, and then I'd teach the songs to my band members so we could play them at the dance hall long before the songs were released in New Zealand."
Bill Sevesi interview by Graham Reid (2011), excerpt:

"Bill Sevesi says he speaks three languages, but he actually speaks four. The three he will admit to are Tongan (he was born in Nuku'alofa almost 88 years ago), English which he learned when he came to Auckland at age 9, and Italian, picked up during World War II.

"I found out that making love to Italian girls was better than fighting Germans," he says with a wicked glint in his eye, "so I learned the language. I was only 21, and the next day you didn't know if you were going to be alive. So have a good time."

But he says war sickened him, and when he came home he burned his uniform and everything but his pay book.

"They sent me some ribbon, some star or whatever, and I threw it in the rubbish."

And back home it was a year before he picked up what he had been doing previously in civilian life, playing Hawaiian and Pacific music on steel guitar.

And that's the fourth language Sevesi speaks: the musical history of Auckland.

He may have opening for the Finn Brothers a decade ago - and played with Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn - but he can also tick off the names of great Auckland band leaders of the Thirties and Forties, such as Epi Shalfoon, whom he considers a crucial influence on his 60-year career playing and producing Pacific music with his bands which were renowned for their constantly changing lineups...."

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 8

Melvin Jackson - Funky skull
Mar-keys -Last night
Erma Franklin - Sweetest feeling
Sidney  Barnes - You'll always be in style
Chubby Checker  -You just don't know
Bill Deal and the Rhondels - What kind of fool do you think I am
Ron Moody and the Centaurs  - The new breed
Rose Mitchell - Baby please don't go
Little Stevie and Jay Dust Smith - Uptight
Lee Thompson ska orchestra - Fun Man Chu
Ticklah - Descent
Chosen Few - I love the way you love
The Studio Sound - Give me some more
James Brown  - Get up, get into it, get involved
Sugarman 3 - Cherry pickin
Binky Griptite and the Mellowmatics - The stroll part 2
Wayne McGhie and the sounds of joy - Fire (she need water)
Criminal element orchestra - Put the needle on the record
B52s - Planet Claire
Stranglers - Walk on by
Grace Jones - She's lost control
Angela Bofill - People make the world go round
Pittsburgh Phil - Total electric
R Dean Taylor - There's a ghost in my house
Mighty Hannibal - Good time
Barbara George - I know
The Apollas - Pretty red balloons
Eddie Kendricks - Keep on truckin
Recloose live band - Racetrack in France
Gene Dudley group - Inspector Norse
Nina Simone -Taking care of business - Pilooski edit
Lord Echo  -Bohemian idol - DJ Day chairbro remix
Rhythm force - Clap, children
Scientist meets crazy Mad Professor - Wondering drifter dub