Friday, February 29, 2008

RIP Buddy Miles
Passed away aged 60. Drummer for Jimi Hendrix, Wilson Pickett, the Delphonics, Stevie Wonder, Muddy Waters, Barry White, David Bowie and many more. Check Funky 16 Corners for more indepth bio and some audio from his great album Them Changes.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bluenote Mixtape
Spotted at Stop Smiling magazine - "Blue Note has just released "Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples From The Blue Note Lab" - a collection of records from their back catalog which have been sampled for tracks by Dilla, Dre, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Pete Rock, and many others.

J Rocc has these records and many of the records that sampled them, and J Rocc cannot stop making incredible mixtapes ...." Grab it from Stonesthrow here....

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Done and dusted.
I've finished mixing and mastering the RPM Challenge album, and it's in the post right now, winging it's way to RPM HQ in New Hampshire. Yay me! The cover looks like this....

Track listing...

1. Bang bang! [2.37]
2. Brass knuckles feat MC Free [2.19]
3. Blow your horn, baby [2.02]
4. Breathing is bad for you [1.26]
5. Meanwhile, at the rollerdisco... [1.56]
6. Groovy, man, groovy [1.26]
7. Doin the bossa nova feat Word Perfect [1.22]
8. Classic 85 feat Word Perfect [2.02]
9. Sesame St ska feat Jaq Mac [1.48]
10. Debbie does downtown [2.26]
11. Quick! Alert the jazz police! [1.17]
12. BONUS - Brass knuckles instrumental mix [2.14]

You will notice that the songs are quite short. Like it says in the liner notes... "Less is more".

Also, the interview I did with National Radio's Trevor Reekie along with Dave Karlotski from RPM Challenge is up on line over here, have a listen. Its at: under 'A' for Access All Areas...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Entourage is back on TV! Series 2 kicks off Wednesday night at 11pm (gee, thanks TV2), and if you're not a total TV geek like me (who already owns season 1, 2 and 3 on DVD), then set your recording devices accordingly. And is no-one here gonna screen the Oscars on free-to -air TV? Really? That's bogus.

Monday, February 25, 2008

RPM Challenge - 4 days to go.
Spent last night finishing and mixing down 6 songs. Added two more songs to the Myspace page - "Groovy, man, groovy" and Debbie does downtown".
Have a listen! Enjoy! Dance! Be amused!
R.I.P Joe Gibbs
The legendary reggae producer passed away last Thursday. He was 65.

"Reggae music lost another champion of the island sound this week. Joe Gibbs, legendary producer, recording engineer and Gibbs record label founder, died of a heart attack at the age of 65. Gibbs created one of my favorite reggae tunes of all time - "Two Sevens Clash" - recorded and performed by Culture from 1977-present. Gibbs also created many of the big roots and rock-steady riddims of the late 60's and early 70's and continued to produce hit after hit into the 80's dancehall era.

VP Records President Chris Chin offered his prayers for an artist who helped put the record label on the international map, stating, "We want to take this time to remember a truly pivotal producer in the reggae business. Our prayers go out to his loved ones. His spirit and music will live on."

VP Records imprint 17 North Parade was already in the process of re-releasing the complete catalog of Gibbs' music, starting with Barrington Levy Collection on April 26th and Joe Gibbs Reggae Anthology in May.

A press release from VP Records reports that the Sirius Satellite channel Reggae Rhythms has Joe Gibbs' last interview and they will air it on Sunday March 2nd." Source. Also more here.

Farewell also to jazz producer Teo Macero.