Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 30

Angela Blofill - People make the world go round
Myron and E -Do it do it disco - Tom Noble remix
Orange Juice - Rip it dub - Dicky trisco edit
ESG - Moody (spaced out)
Dubblestandart - Terrarist and inhalers - Keith le Blanc remix
Farm fresh sound system - Roots once again - Max Rubadub remix
Michael Rose - One a we, two a we
Taxi gang - Soul limbo
Willie Hutch - All-American funkathon
Kool and the gang - Jungle boogie
Bobby Angelle - There goes my baby
Jean Knight - Carry on
Chester Randle's soul senders - Soul brothers testify
Nicole Willis and the soul investigators - Paint me in a corner
The Perfections - Why do you want to make me sad
Esther Phillips - Catch me i'm falling
Four Tops - Look out your window
Chi-lites - Give more power to the people
Donald Byrd - Love's so far away
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Dizzy Gillespie - Matrix
Allen Toussaint - Get out of my life woman
Dick Hyman - Give it up or turn it loose
Manasseh  - Mooch dub
Big youth -Waterhouse rock - Groove corp remix
Marcia Griffiths - Electric boogie - Dub 1
Dynamics - Rockit
Skatalites -Beardsman ska
The Wailers - Put it on
Jackie Mittoo - Hot milk
Cedric Im Brooks - Mun dun go
Jacob Miller - Westbound train
Lloyd Williams - Reggae feet

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mix: 45s galore

I've been picking up a ton of 45s lately - scored some cool soul 7s off DJ Sirvere at The Other Crate record fair last Saturday. Here's a mix of a few of em. Old ska, reggae, northern soul, gutbucket blues and r&b. And some Bo Diddley. Can't go wrong with some Bo.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 23

Clarence Reid - Masterpiece
Rare function - Disco function
Amanda Ambrose - I aint singing no more sad songs
Soul generals - Grandma's funky popcorn pt 1
Linda Lyndell - What a man
BB King  -Think it over
Billy Stewart - Billy's blues pt 1
Mystiques - Put out the fire
Earl Zinger - Song 2
Jackie Mittoo - Chinese chicken
The studio sound - Give me some more
Groove armada - Tuning in - dub mix
Grace Jones - Feel up - extended version
DJ Day - Land of a thousand chances - Lord Echo remix
Unitone Hifi - Sneeze off
DLT feat the Mighty Asterix - One love
Jody Watley - Friends - extended version
Nick Waterhouse - This is a game
Jackie Ross - Selfish one
Garnet Mimms - Prove it to me
Wabine - Sail on
Frank Ferrer - Hallelujah
Nightmares on wax - Survival
Henri Pierre Noel - Fifth of Beethoven - Reflex reversion
Sylvester - Rock the box - dub version
Souleance  -BBQ and Pimms
Tall Black Guy - I feel good
24 Carat Black - Ghetto: Misfortune's wealth
Breaks Co-op - Sound advice inst
Idris Muhammad - Superbad

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

NYC DJ John Morales (M+M) plays Akld this Saturday

From Special Needs Agency: "DJ John Morales was born in the Bronx, New York and has been involved in the creation of hit records for the better part of 30 years, playing at spots like Stardust Ballroom, Pippins, Bentleys, Limelight and the infamous Studio 54.

Like many DJs of the 70s, John ventured into the studio more through need than necessity, making medleys and remixes because the records in those days were too short and being a DJ, he needed to get more out of the records he was spinning.

His now infamous ‘Deadly Medleys’ and ‘Sunshine Acetate Medleys’ brought him to attention of New York disco producers Greg Carmichael and Patrick Adams who were impressed by his work.

Morales is a versatile DJ who plays disco, soul and funk - many edits of his own mixes from M+M mixes back in the 70s and 80's. John also has been playing house sets and has been doing very well around the world. Check his website here for more info on this living NYC Disco Legend -

Playing Saturday 23 May 2015 at Society & Nook on Exchange Lane in downtown Auckland. With local support DJs – Murry Sweetpants – Nigel Love – Ange.

Earlybird, GA & VIP Tickets available now via

Richard Marks: Never Satisfied anthology drops

New from Now Again: "Legendary soul and funk artist Richard Marks from Atlanta died of cancer in May of 2006, never having issued an album, or ever granting an interview.

Seven years in the making, Never Satisfied is Now-Again’s 21-track anthology of Richard Marks' recordings. This follows his stylistic development, from his earliest work for Tuska (c.1968-72) through his more mature releases on Shout and smaller regional labels."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Afrobeat legend Dele Sosimi - new album

"Wah Wah 45s are very proud to present You No Fit Touch Am, the first full-length album in almost a decade from vocalist, keyboard player, Fela Kuti collaborator and afrobeat legend, Dele Sosimi!

The title is an uncompromising message that this man means business, and with his mammoth afrobeat orchestra on board that is definitely the case. Recorded at the Fish Market Studios in North-West London by Benedic Lamdin (AKA Nostalgia 77) the album provides a musical representation of Dele’s strong socio-political opinions, as well as delivering classic song-writing that could have come straight out of 1970s Lagos!

Born in Hackney, East London, but soon to return to his parents’ native Nigeria at the age of four, Dele Sosimi was schooled and raised in Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s shadow at the height of early 70s afrobeat. Having been chosen by Fela to join his band at somewhat of a tender age, he was still a young man when sharing Fela’s Glastonbury stage in 1984, and became both Musical Director for both Fela’s Egypt 80 and Femi Kuti’s Positive Force.

After Fela’s passing in 1997, Dele went on to concentrate on his own solo career and, with diligent patience, carved out his own afrobeat crown. In London, where he now resides, his Afrobeat Vibration all-nighters are charged with his passion, labours and his unrelenting spirit.

Following on from his first two studio albums, Turbulent Times and Identity, this third long-player is sure to cement Dele Sosimi’s position as a major player within afrobeat and beyond."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

RIP B B King

BB King, 1960. Photo: CloserWeekly
Came across this cool piece from NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin...

"When BB Kiing was in a low point in his career (1985?) I went to see him at a little club with my father, who likes to joke that our table was so close he could touch his shoe without getting up.

I just remember the hugeness of his stature, his sound, and his personality. into my teens my tastes moved away from BB and towards rawer blues. as BB became more popular throughout the 1990s and had his club chain, fast food ads, etc, he came to represent to me a slick commodified blues establishment that had nothing to do with why I like the music.... but I was wrong about BB King and when I became a dj (and older!) I realized how ignorant I was. there's so much more to the man than his popular late 60s/early 70s stuff. 

He was so talented and had so many jams over so many eras! and lots of em move enough to turn on a dance party! if you're not hip to his unsung material I put links to my big three BB King dj jams three on Facebook: "think it over," (thanks @primopreems!), "my baby's' coming home" and "bim bam" - those represent late 60s, early 60s, and late 50s sounds respectively - but you should even go earlier also! 

When he wanted to rock he could do so with the best of em! BB King is such a towering contemporary cultural figure that we forget that he was a 1940s bluesman (or if you'd rather, he was already getting lessons from bukka white and playing around Mississippi as a young teen in the 1930s!) - rolling through hundreds of gigs a year for decades deep into the 21st century. 

In that sense you could say he was one of the last active living breathing physical links to 1930s Mississippi blues - the mythical time and place and music culture that represents the best things about American music and is the root of so most of yr best stuff ever - yet still remains so murky and mysterious. he was literally a bridge across decades and millions of miles to all of us! the end of an era! r.i.p."

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 16

Fela Kuti - Egbe mi o - Hober's carried on dub
Monophonics  -Strange love
Bobby Womack - Find me somebody
Sidney Barnes - You'll always be in style
Ron Moody and the Centaurs  -New breed
Side effect - Georgy porgy
Bohannon - Do the everybody get down
David Batiste - Funky soul pt 1
Herbs - Meteli
Mephisto Jones - Chocolate hot sauce
Joe Dukie and JD Fitchie - Midnight marauders - El Head version
The Nomad - Look around
Three generations walking - Midnight bustling
The Specials  - A message to you Rudy - Bombs edit
Derrick Morgan - I'm the ruler
Derrick Herriot - The Jerk
Desmond Dekker - It mek
Lord Echo - Bohemian idol - DJ Day's chair bro remix
Mr Chop - The world is yours
Lee Feilds and the expressions - Just can't win - Bacao steel remix
James Brown - There was a time -Kenny Dope remix
Lyn Collins -Do your thing
AABB - Picking up the pieces one by one
Ramsey Lewis - Back in the USSR
Third coast kings - Ice cream man
Eddie Bo - The thang pt 2
Ernie K Doe -Here come the girls
Little Richard - Nuki Suki
Jan Bradley - Momma didn't lie
Luther Ingram - Baby don't you weep
Joe Quijano - Fun city shingaling

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lord Echo vs DJ Day, new 12"

Lord Echo vs DJ Day 12 inch white vinyl

Brand new from Bastard Jazz, featuring our own Lord Echo... "Soundboard maestros Lord Echo and DJ Day link up across oceans to trade remix duties on each other's top tunes, flipping the pair onto a heavily dubbed out Double A-side single pressed up on frothing white vinyl in a custom die cut classic disco sleeve.

California dance-floor champ DJ Day gives Echo's iconic "Bohemian Idol" a 1980s drum machine reggae vibe and lets the delay run wild, while New Zealand's analog maverick Lord Echo transforms Day's "Land of a Thousand Chances" into a live disco dub studio jam session." Listen below:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Soulfest returns, 1st acts announced

Soulfest debuted on our shores late last year and proved to be an exciting addition to our music festival calender, with many great acts rocking the day.

It will be returning again this October, with a strong first lineup announcement featuring..... Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Jhené Aiko, Charlie Wilson, De La Soul, Talib Kweli, Dwele, Floetry, Eric Benet, Kamasi Washington, and BJ The Chicago Kid.

ADDED 2nd lineup announcement: Lauryn Hill, Black star, Jazmine Sullivan, Miguel. 

Monday 26th October (Labour Day holiday)
Western Springs Stadium and

From the press release: 
SoulFest Members Pre-Sale: Monday 18th May, 10am or until exhausted
General Public On-Sale: Wednesday 27th May, 10am
Tickets from

Platinum VIP Club (Limited Capacity) - $327.00 (First Release until sold out)

Ticket features include:
Access to an exclusive purpose built marquee with the best unobstructed views to the main stage
Private full bar service
Express VIP lane entry 2 x complimentary drink vouchers & 1 x complimentary food voucher
1 x Exclusive SoulFest Tour T-Shirt Voucher (Redeemable at the show)
Free entry into the official After Party in your City
Hostess service and exclusive tour lanyard
**Please see for exact positioning of VIP area in each venue prior to purchase**

General Admission: $147
VIP Front of Stage: $187
Platinum VIP Club: $327

SoulFest is pleased to introduce a part-payment ticketing system where our ticket buying friends can choose to pay their ticket off fortnightly. See for further information.

Dance til dawn, well, 4am anyway

photo: Stuff events

Auckland Council today heard the provisional Auckland Council Local Alcohol Policy (LAP) – Hearings Panel recommendations and voted to approve them. They have extended the club hours beyond their original 1am suburbs/3am city closing times.

Radio NZ reports that "Sales at off-licences and supermarkets are being reduced to 12 hours a day - between 9am and 9pm [currently 7am-11pm].

Opening hours for bars and on-licences in the city will remain until 4am while, outside of the city centre, the closing time will be 3am.

The policy also introduces a two-year ban on new off-licences in areas deemed most at risk of alcohol harm."

The Council's original proposal, prior to public consultations and submissions (2,600 of them) last October, was for 3am closing for inner city and Ponsonby, and 1am closing for suburban bars with off-licences limited to sell alcohol to between 9am and 10pm, including supermarkets.

Given that "off-licences sell 40 times more alcohol between 9 and 10pm than bars/nightclubs do between 3 and 4am in Auckland" (source; "Restriction on Hours of Trade for Alcohol Licensees in Auckland" - Economic Impact Assessment for Auckland Council, 2013), the Council's decision to restrict their hours to 9pm seems like a good one.

The next step will be for the Council to hear any appeals (expect the supermarkets to weigh in), before this comes into effect.

More: Tell the new prohibitionists: dancing is good for you! (Aug 2014)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Pains People new EP

Some cool new music from Johnny Pain (Hallelujah Picassos, Nudie Suits), have a listen

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 9

Wild Magnolias - Battlefield - Joe Claussell parkside lounge remix
Al Green - Love and happiness - Shoes edit
Jones Girls - Hey Lucinda
Shannon - Let the music play
Pete Shelley - Homosapien - elongated dancepartydubmix
Round four feat Tikiman - Find a way
Ackie - Call me Rambo
Supercat - Don Dada
Phyllis Dillon - Rocksteady
Paragons - Tide is high
King Everand - Kill ole pan
Ragga twins - Shine eye
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Going to a go-go
Carleen and the Groovers - Right on
Mitch Ryder and the Detroit wheels - Breakout
Erma Franklin - I get the sweetest feeling
Margie Joseph - One more chance
Alice Clark - Never did I stop loving you
Keith Mansfield - Morning Broadway
Willis Jackson - Nuther'n like thuther'n
Flaming souls - Mosquito
King Sunny Ade - Synchro system
Manu Dibango - Big blow
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind - Shoes edit
Funky lowlives - Bellaluna - Boozoo Bajou remix

Friday, May 08, 2015

Saun & Starr - Big wheel video, album out May 19

Looking forward to this gsoul gem: "Following their 2014 breakout single "Hot Shot"—Daptone's most successful 45 release—longtime Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings backing singers, Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan-Lowe, (known as Saun & Starr) are set to release their debut full-length album, Look Closer, on May 19th.

Look Closer was produced by Gabriel Roth and recorded with The Dap-Kings at the House of Soul studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn in 2014. Preorder the album here:

Here's some background on Saun and Starr, who first met Sharon Jones in a wedding band in the 90s - there's a pic of that band in the clip too. 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Other Crate Record Fair, on May 16

The Other Crate Record Fair16th May 9.30am-2.00pm, gold coin entry. 
On at 8 Drake St (behind Victoria Park Market) , Allpress Gallery, Freemans Bay.