Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 24

Prof Oz -Waves and sun (Grant Phabao remix)
Grant Phabao, Lone Ranger, Carlton Livingston  - Message to you Rudie
Morwell Unlimited meets King Tubby - Morpheus special (Kid Loco remix)
Herbs - French letter dub
Manu Chao - Merry blues
Amadou and Mariam - Coulibaly
Johnnie Taylor - Strange things
Carla Thomas - Separation
Mad Lads  - Love is here today and gone tomorrow
Executive suite - You've got that kind of love
Chi-lites - (For god's sake) give more power to the people
Johnny Jones and the King Casuals - Purple haze
Vaughn Mason - Bounce, rock, skate, roll (pt1)
The Whispers - In the raw
Dynasty - I don't want to be a freak (but I can't help myself)
Indeep - Last night a DJ saved my life
MARRS - Pump up the volume
Stargard - Which way is up
SOS Band - Take your time (do it right)
Conquest - Action pt1
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Doing it to death
Sister Love - Give me your love
Lil Buck and the Top Cats - Monkey in a sack
Tony Alvon and the Belairs - Sexy coffee pot
Arthur Conley - A year, a month and a day
Salt  - Hung up
Dub traffik control - Fresh prince of Babylon
Bobb Deep - Got it twisted
Luciano - Police and thieves (State of Bengal remix)
Pitch Black - Unadrumma (Downtown Brown remix)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 17

Tomtom Club - Genius of love
Skyy - Skyzoo
Luther Vandross - She loves me back
Taka Boom - Middle of the night
Janet Jackson - What have you done for me lately?
Freez - I dub u
ESG  - Moody (spaced out)
The Vogues - Humpty dumpty
Gloria Jones - Tainted love
Four Tops - You keep running away
Little Tommy - Baby can't you see
Della Reese - If it feels good, do it
Booker T and the MGs - Sunday sermon
Otis Redding - Amen
Willie West - I'm still a man
James Brown - Get it together
Clarence Reid - Masterpiece (Kenny Dope edit)
Dapkings - Nervous like me
George Benson feat MAW - The ghetto
Primal Scream - Higher than the sun

Tunes for Big Matt (26-09-1964 to 15-06-2007)
Yush 2K - Fade away
Nextmen feat Dynamite MC - Bloodfire
Le peuple de l'herbe - Reggaematic
Love grocer - Sitting on a fence
Overproof - Get with it
Henry and the Revolutionaries - Skanking
Brentford allstars - Racetrack
Carlton Livingston  - 100 LBs collie weed
Courtney Melody  -Bad boy
PD Syndicate - Ruff like me
Ballistic bros - Prophecy reveal
Freddie Cruger - Running from love
Jackie Mittoo - Earthquake

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 10

James Bown - Time is running out
Lord Julien - Shades
Grover Washington Jr  -Masterpiece
Tina Turner -Whole lotta love
Barkays - Cant sit down
Otis and Carla -Lovey dovey
Jackie Wilson - Light my fire
Syl Johnson - Different strokes
Rufus Thomas - Sho gonna mess him up
 Lily Fields - Changes
Junior Walker - I'm a roadrunner
Shaladons  -We can do it
Barbara Lewis - I remember the feeling
The C.O.D.s - Michael
Ike Noble and the Uptights - That's what I get
Sidney Pinchback and the Schiller st gang - Soul strokes
Eddie Warner - Brutus drums
Sir Isaac and the Do-dads - The big dipper
Randy Maverick - Pure love
Joe Dukie & the Nextmen - Hold me now
Haggis Horns - Take it back (inst)
Idris Ackamoor & the Pyramids - Tinoge ya ta'a ba
East New York Ensemble - Mevlana
Little Walter - It's too late brother
Bo Diddley - Gun slinger
Bacao rhythm and steel - Was dog a doughnut
Dexter Story - Wejene aola
Prince - Housequake

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Soul Sugar drop debut album

I copped the single All I Know from Soul Sugar back in late 2015, it;'s a gorgeous lilting slice of reggae/downtempo. Their album is out now.

Led by Guillaume "Gee" Metenier, Soul Sugar throw in some tasty covers from Timmy Thomas (Why cant we live together) and Augustus Pablo (East of the River Nile) on this full length Chase The Light (Excursions in Soul, Reggae, Funk, and Dub). Check it.

From Fleamarket Funk: " From the get go, Gee Recordings has developed their own sound. Whether it’s funk, soul, roots, or dub, or a combination of all four, it’s distinctive and infectious. It has all the great records we have fallen in love with from Gee: “East of The River Nile”, their ode to Augustus Pablo, Leonardo Carmichael doing a bang up version of Timmy Thomas’s “Why Can’t We Live Together”, Courtney John featured on “Take A Chance” and “All I Know”, as well as bangers such as “Melllow Mood”, the Jackie Mittoo heaters “Get Up And Get It” and “Big Car”. Primarily this record is reggae through and through, however it’s got all of those excursions in each, Soul Sugar wears their influences well as it comes out in their music..."

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, June 3

Q-Tip - Manwomanboogie
Nuyorican Soul  - I am the black gold of the sun
Boozoo Bajou - Night over Manaus
Gil Scott Heron - Lady Day and John Coltrane
Bei Bei and Shawn Lee - Year of the funky
Eddie Bo  -The Thang pt2
Betty Harris - Mean man
EL Fields  Gospel Wonders - Heaven bound
Bob Wilson and San Remo Quartet - All turned on
Rufus Thomas - 6-3-8
Booker T and the MGs - Soul clap 69
Executive suite - You go that kind of love
Spanky Wilson - Non stop flight
Bobby Womack - Everything's gonna be alright
Edwin Birdsong - Rapper dapper snapper
Roy Ayers - Running away
War - World is a ghetto (special US disco mix)
Quando Quango - Love tempo (remix)
Big Youth - Chucky no lucky (Disciples remix)
E's E - Scratch's skank pt1
Ms Thing - Get that money
Kenny Dope feat Shaggy - Gunshot
Johnny Osbourne - Budy bye (Kenny Dope remix)
Manasseh - Skenga
Beat Pharmacy feat Spaceape - Ghostship
Improvisators dub meets Iration Steppas - Ghetto dub
Keith le Blanc - Taxcider
Doug Wimbish - Life in the arena (vers 1)

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Haggis Horns brand new biz

New single from the forthcoming album from Haggis Horns: "We release our fourth studio album in September 2017 and as a little teaser, we're dropping a summer single worldwide on June 9th via Haggis Records.

A feel good bouncing hip-hop/funk jam featuring guest UK MC/rapper Doc Brown. Think back to the dawn of hip-hop in the early 1980s when the first rap singles featured the Sugarhill Records house band laying down heavy funk grooves for MCs like The Furious Five and Treacherous 3 and you get the flavour.

No- nonsense party hip-hop/funk for b-boys, soul sisters and funk brothers! And keeping with that old school flavour, it will come with a limited edition 7" vinyl pressing alongside the digital single and feature an instrumental version on the b-side."

Abstract Orchestra present “Dilla”

Dilla - Abstract Orchestra cover art

"Released on the 30th of June on Leeds Jazz & Soul label ATA Records, the debut from Abstract Orchestra “Dilla” takes the work of legendary Hip-Hop producer J Dilla and translates it to the jazz big band format, recorded entirely live at ATA Records very own studios in the heart of Leeds.

"Dilla" by Abstract Orchestra is a tribute to the work of the highly acclaimed and influential producer. Opener"Welcome to Detroit/The Diary"takes the the vocal sample from Isaac Hayes's "Man's Temptation" and places it against lush brass and driving beats while"Workinonit" transplants the original 10cc guitar samples from the Dilla original onto biting trumpets and aggressive saxes, underpinned as always by Joost Hendrickx's on point drumming. On"Stop"vocalist Anna Uhuru handles the Dionne Warwick vocal with assurance while the band lay down an arrangement that is reminiscent of the work of David Axelrod and Don Sebeskey, both big sources of inspiration for Abstract Orchestra.

The middle of the album revolves around 2 Dilla medleys featuring versions and sections of"Airworks", "ULove", "Last Donut"and"Welcome To The Show"."Raw Shit"sees Farfisa organ underpinning the insistent brass figures with the bass taking on an almost bassoon-like quality while "Official/Fall In Love"sees Anna & Akin provide a stunning vocal performance, trading lines over the delicate horn arrangement. "Fantastic"features theRhodes intro of the original which is then taken up by the flutes and baritone sax. Inspired by the work of 20th century classical composers like Barber and Copeland the 2nd half of the arrangement takes on an almost orchestral feel with shades of Gil Evans.

"Love","So Far To Go","A.N.G.E.L.", and"Sun In My Face"provide interesting takes on these well known Dilla originals while album closer"Two Can Win"(recently championed by Gilles Peterson on his BBC6 Music show) acts as a showcase for the variety of Anna Uhuru's vocals, blending the style of the original Sylvers track with Minnie Ripperton style harmonies, 70's funk and Lalo Schiffrin/JJ Johnson film score vibes."

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 27

Pied piper players - Hold to my baby
Marvin Gaye - Can I get a witness
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Four Tops - I got a feeling
Ringleaders - Grin and bare it
Glass House - Crumbs off the table
The Illusions - It's just an illusion
Mystiques - Put out the fire
McGregor Brothers - Every time I wake up
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Letter full of tears
James Brown - Dead on it Pt 2
Sylvia and the Moments - Sho nuff boogie
Willie Henderson - Soulful football
S.O.U.L. - Burning spear
Aaron Neville - Hercules
Joe Bataan  -Subway Joe
Johnny Colon - You gotta love me
Ray Baretto  -Mercy mercy baby
Tanika Charles - Soul run
Yandall Sisters - Sweet inspiration (DiCE edit)
Frightnrs - Gotta find a way
Blackjob feat Suz - Queen in my empire vocal/inst
Coldcut x On-U-Sound - Divide and rule
Winston King Cole - Black magic woman
Lord Echo - Terabu
Booker T and the MGs - Outrage
Jeanne and the Darlings - Hang me now
Rance Allen Group - I got to be myself
Melvin van Peebles - Sweetback's theme
Isaac Hayes - Walk on by
Betty Everett - Take me
Freda Payne - Unhooked generation
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Planeterium

Friday, May 26, 2017

Coldcut x Adrian Sherwood (On-U-Sound)

Stonkingly good collaboration. Dub-heavy bizznizz, go give it a listen.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Vinyl comeback #272

Dom Nola with part of her vinyl record collection. Photo- Ted Baghurst

And here we have a story on the vinyl comeback that makes some sense. Finally. Nice one, Alan Perrott...

"Natalie plays CDs in her car, uses an iPod when she's out and about, then puts a record on when she gets home.

It's her hierarchy of convenience and perceived authenticity - running from downloads to expensive vinyl - and from what is being heard at the shop counter, this is how increasing numbers of us are engaging with music.

So, with fingers crossed, I'm going to suggest Natalie's approach as the future, even if that's more in hope than in any great faith in the youth of the day after tomorrow. The alternative - gulp - is that vinyl, the vestigial nipple of music formats, is well into its final comeback, and it has had more than its fair share already.

Yes, new record sales in the US increased by 26 per cent last year, but the highest-selling album, Twenty One Pilots' Blurryface sold only 49,004 copies, while the bulk of the increase was likely because of grief purchases following the deaths of David Bowie and Prince.

Of course, there will be no end to the wide-eyed "believe it or not" reporting of this growth, but it remains hard to take the trend's medium-term prospects too seriously....

....Vinyl's best hope will be when it stops being seen as a hip and fashionable accessory and replaces the crappy T-shirt as the top-end expression of true fandom."

NZ Herald:For the love of vinyl

Nick Hakim debut album

“We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”

Heard this cat while listening to Bandcamp Weekly, a great way to cop some new music. Check it out. Released on ATO Records, home to King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Chicano Batman, and Alabama Shakes.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 20

Hank Marr - Watusi roll
Rose Mitchell - Baby please dont go
Mongo Santamaria - Sweet tater pie
Magic Tones - We shall overcome
James Carr - Come back to me baby
Idris Mohammed - Superbad
Misha Panfilov sound combo - Oliver robotron
Soul Children  - Hold on I'm coming
Booker T and the MGs - Heads or tails
March Wind - All the way down
Lily Fields - Changes
Shogun Orchestra - Sword of doom
Dexter Story feat Kamasi Washington - Wejene Aola
Wabine  -Sail on
James Brown - There it is
Fred Wesley and the JBs  -Blow your head (undubbed)
James Brown - I dont want nobody to give me nothing
Marva Whitney  - What do I have to do
James Brown - Get it together
Baby Charles - I bet you look good on the dancefloor
Tackhead  -Ticking timebomb dub
Ardijah - Which way is up
Bigga Bush - Deep Eastwood (DJ Fitchie remix)
Willie Williams - Armageddion time
The Maytals - Night and day
Lennie Hibbert - Real hot
Sly and the Family Stone - Soul clappin'
Chic - I'll be there JM edit
Screaming Jay Hawkins - I put a spell on you (Jeremy Sole edit)
Staple Singers - Washington we're watching you
Soul scratch - Pacified
The Playboys - Bumpin' bus stop Pt 1
Chi-lites - Stoned out of my mind
World wonders - Funky washing machine

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Other Crate Record Fair on June 10


The Other Crate record fair returns on June 10th, from 9am, at Allpress Gallery, 8 Drake st, behind Victoria Park Market. This event is well worth checking, gets a good range of folk selling records. Have heard that Tito From Rebel Soul, and Stinky Jim are among those with some wax for sale. Get in!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Equalise My Vocals


I recently had the pleasure of going to EqualiseMy Vocals, a very cool panel discussion put on by local musician/artist Coco Solid for NZ Music Month.It was held at the fale at Samoa House, up on K Rd.

RNZ: "Equalise My Vocals aims to address issues brought to the surface by a story published last year by The Spinoff, outlining serious allegations of grooming and sexual predation in the local music industry.

“We saw a lot of hurt people… a lot of people frustrated and in pain, and who were just excluded and don’t have a voice,” says Jessica Hansell - aka Coco Solid - who's spearheading the campaign alongside fellow musician Trixie Darko.

As RNZ notes of the panellists "They are no different to any other group gathering to talk publicly for New Zealand Music Month about their passion - except that none of them are men. The event is a panel, one of two organised for the weekend to bring Equalise My Vocals from its online domain into the real world."

I went along to the first panel, featuring Teremoana Rapley, Kat Sanders, Leonie Hayden, Nikolai Talamahina, Beth Dawson (Duckling Monster). It was freaking awesome. They told stories both funny and horrifying - like the guy that came up and told one of their female friends (who was playing her guitar left handed, cos you know, she's left handed) that she was holding it wrong. 

While the discussion covered what it's like to operate in the music scene, and the challenges and changes that need to happen, for me one of the best moments was when Leonie Hayden touched on who needs to change. 

Leonie: "The NZ Music Industry is 95% ‘GCs’ and 5% dicks, and that’s the same for any industry. Most people are good people and they’ve got good intentions. But you can’t be a reflection culturally if you’re not reflecting the people… [and] most of the media’s white, most of the music industry is white.

"That’s not on each of those individual people, they’re not going ‘yay white supremacy’, they’re just going about their lives … It falls on the shoulders of the heads of each major record label, and each government funding agency. You’re actually only talking about 20-30 people whose job it is is to make sure that their organisation reflects Aotearoa. So they’re the ones that aren’t doing their job, in my opinion." (declaration of interest - I write a music column for Mana Magazine, edited by Leonie.)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, May 13

Tina Turner  -Whole lotta love
El Michels affair - Tearz
Booker T and the MGs - Sunday sermon
Jean Knight - Carry on
Bill Doggett - Honky tonk popcorn
Joe Tex - Baby, be good
Teresa - He's a cooker
Bill Ricketts feat Mara TK - Mangi mangi
Dexter Story feat Kamasi Washington - Wejene Aola
Bobby Womack - Everything's gonna be alright
Sister Sledge - Thinking of you
The Whispers - In the raw
Mavis Staples - Good loving daddy
Gladys Knight and the Pips - On and on
Aretha Franklin - Jump
Cookie Jackson - Go tell it on the mountain
Flirtations - Nothing but a heartache
Patti La Belle - Funky music
Lee Scratch Perry - Last train to Doomsville
Lightning head - Superfunky bird
Bitty Maclean - Cornerstone
Grace Jones - Peanut butter
Heptones - Sweet talking (Richie Phoe dub)
Sharon Jones & the Dapkings - Stranger to my happiness
New Mastersounds - Witness
Mr Scruff  - He don't
Sola Rosa - Promise (Tall Black Guy remix)
Manfredo Fest - Jungle kitten
Liquid crystal project - Tribute to Troy