Friday, March 06, 2009

Mulatu Astatke Meets The Heliocentrics interview feature
Link to video. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics- Inspiration Information (out April 14th 2009, Strut). Seriously good, jazzy, funky business. One of the most exciting things you gonna hear this year.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

RIP Steve Android.
Just saw this via Simon Grigg's blog.
"Stephen (Steve Android). Passed away suddenly on Sunday night March 1, 2009."
See NZ Herald Classifieds: Deaths. Gig to follow at a later date.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Babylon you lose
Horace Andy is one of my favourite reggae vocalists - his dulcet tones have hit the spot on his solo work and with Massive Attack. Now he's hooked up with UK dance producer Ashley Beedle(X-Press 2 / Ballistic Brothers / Warbox / Black Science Orchestra) as part of the Inspiration Information studio album series on Strut Records.

"Recorded during an intensive five-day writing and recording session in London during September 2008, the album is a revelation for those that know and love Horace Andy’s music as he stretches out lyrically on a series of wry, topical commentaries around brotherhood, love and the family, all rooted in his rasta beliefs... Andy also voices two diverse covers, Bob Marley’s plea for reconciliation, ‘Hypocrites’, and a new acoustic take on The Rolling Stones’ classic, ‘Angie’.

Says Beedle, “We created some demo backing tracks to run past Horace before the sessions but found ourselves stripping them back when we went into the studio proper – we’ve tried to let the tracks breathe and allow Horace’s voice to shine as much as possible.”

The album package design follows on from the first Inspiration Information (provided by Sly & Robbie and Amp Fiddler) with a forthcoming volume on the way from Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics. For info on the series, check out:

Remixes coming soon from Soul Jazz Orchestra • Pinch • Toddla T • Cosmodelic.

Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle Inspiration Information (March 3rd, Strut)
Free track download, streaming audio, interviews and more

Babylon You Lose" download • Watch interview feature • Video of "Angie" behind the scenes

Monday, March 02, 2009

Judith Tizard lets rip
From today's Dom Post.
Ms Tizard says New Zealand music makers have been losing out because of piracy. "What we were worried about in particular was peer-to-peer file sharing. New Zealanders who make music and films can lose everything almost overnight if their work is illegally posted. One of the big recording studios told me that whereas a couple of years ago they were fully booked and when they were giving time away it was at 4am, now they are only about 60 per cent booked."

No, that would be due to home recording getting easier, cheaper and more accessible. NOT due to piracy. But wait, there's more!

"Protests against section 92a that saw some websites temporarily removed and bloggers black out their photos were "childish", she says.

"It is not going to get us any further forward. While I understand the concern of internet users who think that their rights to free music and free films are threatened, the right is not to steal New Zealand music and film makers' work. The right to use the internet is a vital one, but libraries can provide it."

But libraries are also liable under S92A, and must police their users. Oh Judith, your future as a comedian is assured. Just don't try and weasel back into Parliament while we aint looking, um-kay?

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlisyt, BaseFM, Feb 28
Bronx river parkway - La valla
Ray Barretto - O elephante (Shh remix)
DJ Hen Boogie w Kissey Asplund - Adore
Dub colossus - Shem city rockers
Noel Ellis - Stop your fighting
Johnny Osbourne - Line up
Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle - Babylon you lose
Jean Knight - Carry on
The Emotions - From toys to boys
Sons of slum - Right on
Sly and the family stone - Remember who you are
Fred Wesley and JBs - Blow your head (undubbed version)
Guilty Simpson - Mans world
Scientist - Dub 16
Love grocer - Salute to Sam
Manasseh - Pharaoh's dub
Mulatu and the Heliocentrics - Mulatu
Issa Bagayogo - Dibi
20th century steel band - Heaven and hell is on earth
Unity - Dont wanna change (Nostalgia77 remix)
Midnight star - Do it to me one mroe time (dub mix)
VV Brown - Crying blood (Andrew Weatherall dub mix)
King midas sound - Cool out
Hugh Masekela - Maseru
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Inspiration information