Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday freshness
Some tunes to get you thru the day...

TM Juke and Jack Baker trio
- 'Fortune favours the bold' (link) ... gloriously skittish funk
AFTA1 - 'Honey dip' (link) ... blunted hiphop blurred into dubstep electronics
The Bamboos - King of the rodeo (link) can you say Aussie funk?
The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (link) features members of Antibalas, Dapkings and more. They describe theur sound as "anthemic, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive rock, disco, electro, and '60s soul with sprinklings of hip hop-styled orchestral breakbeats and moody, synth-heavy hooks."

If you like any of these, go and buy them! Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008



Free music.

In case you missed it, Amplifier are giving away a tune off my new Dub Asylum EP, offer good til thursday. Grab it here.

Just heard that my song "Smash Thru" has debuted on the KiwiFM Weekly Top Ten at #10 -choice!

Also, got my first review of the EP, from Groove Guide. "Ba Ba Boom is the latest release for Dub Asylum and the five tracks are hiving and jiving and the perfect selection of songs to shake your booty to.

The majority of the music is written by Peter McLennan and he is also the man behind the mixing and engineering on the tracks but the EP also features collaborations with some of NZ’s finest. Musically it opens with “Smash Thru” which features the incredible vocal and lyric writing styles of MC Kyla. Such an upbeat banging track that I’d be surprised if it doesn’t make it onto indie radio stations top 10s.

The second track features the horn section of the WBC and there’s something friendly about the track that reminds me of Sesame Street in a very good way! The real dub starts to shine through from tracks 2-4 and it gets mellower and slower as it goes on finishing with a beautiful track that features Sandy Mill on vocals. Love it!" - Fleur Jack, Groove Guide #237, 17 Sept 08.
Trailer for Biggie Smalls film 'Notorious'
Watch it here.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Benny Hill riddim
"Producer and artist Leftside samples Boots Randolph's Yakety Sax, perhaps best known as the theme tune for The Benny Hill Show, to create a fast-paced bashment rhythm propelled by handclaps, sax riffs and parping brass stabs." Versions from Lady Saw and Elephant Man. Silly.
Get it here.
Kanye and his crazy comb-voice
Heard the new Kanye single? Dude is all autotune... it's hideous... "On the finished single ['Lockdown'], it sounds like he’s singing through a plastic comb with some toilet paper wrapped around it. Link.

Monday, September 22, 2008

?uestlove (The Roots) interview
Link. Dude's t-shirt days "Future community organizer". Nice.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Ring The Alarm, BaseFM, Sept 20 playlist
Today's show was a tribute to Norman Whitfield, legendary Motown producer and songwriter.

Rose Royce - Sunrise
Temptations - Psychedelic shack
Temptations - Ma
Rose Royce - Do it, do it
Rare earth - Big John is my name
Jackie Mittoo - Chicken and booze
Brigadier Jerry - Ram dance master
Jimmy London - I'm your puppet
Bornx river prkway - Donde
Ernie K Doe - Here come the girls (Andy Smith reboot)
Dub Asylum - My sneaker collection weighs a ton (get it free from Amplifer)
Roy Ayers - Boogie back
20th Century steel band - Papa was a rolling stone
Overnight players - Shaka the great
Black seeds - Year of the pig
Ozomatli - Super bowl sundae (Peanutbutter wolf remix)
Nina Simone -Taking care of business (Pilooski re-edit)
Scritti Politti - Absolute
Temptations - War
Temptations - Ball of confusion
Madd racket - Get it (good god!)
Meters -Tippi toes
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Brass in Africa
Mungos Hifi - Ing dub
Hortense Ellis - People make the world go round
Temptations - Papa was a rolling stone
Money money money
Thanks to Robyn for posting this on the Public Address forums... It clearly explains just how the financial mess in the US came about.

"There's an hour-long special on NPR's All Thing's Considered radio show which explains the subprime crisis in simply, entertainingly yet thoroughly.

'This American Life producer Alex Blumberg teams up with NPR's Adam Davidson for the entire hour to tell the story—the surprisingly entertaining story—of how the U.S. got itself into a housing crisis. They talk to people who were actually working in the housing, banking, finance and mortgage industries, about what they thought during the boom times, and why the bust happened. And they explain that a lot of it has to do with the giant global pool of money.' There's a transcript too if you want to read it."
I read the transcript, well worth it. Made a lot more sense than the various long-winded reports in the Weekend Herald.