Saturday, March 21, 2009

Whitefield Brothers - In The Raw
Great reissued album from this German outfit (incl members of Poets of Rhythm, Karl Hector and Malcouns), originally released back in 2001 on defunct label Soulfire, now available thru the folks at Stonesthrow/Now Again. Try a sample here.

"Let’s rewind back to 2001, shall we? The Modern Funk and Soul scene was for a select few. When this record first came out, there were no Dap Kings yet. Sharon Jones had just started to do her thing via her 45s, and the El Michels Affair were just wee ones playing gigs as the Might Imperials (Thunder Chicken anyone?).

Here’s where the founding members of The Poets of Rhythm, Jan and Max Whitefield come into play. At that time, they came from Munich, Germany to New York to record this very record.

When they approached now defunct Desco Records honcho Phillipe Lehman to record their African inspired Funk, (think Fela Kuti doing Meters covers, heavy drums and that great African rhythm), he was game.

The sound, some may say is an acquired taste, like say, a Belgian white beer. What premonition guys like Gabriel Roth (co founder of Desco and Daptone Records), Leon Michels (El Michels Affair), and Neal Sugarman ( Daptone co-founder with Roth) had when they agreed to be involved with this project."
RIP Eddie Bo.
"Eddie Bo was a lifelong New Orleans resident, piano player, producer, and ambassador for the City..." most well-known tune is Hook and Sling. Passed away aged 78. Link.
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, March 21.
Dub syndicate - Pounding systems
Lee Scratch Perry - Killamanjaro
Big Youth - Feed a nation
Barrington Levy - Shine eye girl dub
Singers and players - Snipers in the streets
Junior Soul -Super love
Prince Fari - Hello love brother dub
Mophono - Edge remix
Little sister - Stanga
Miriam Makeba - Lumumba
Maceo and the Macks - Soul power 74
Aural Exciters - Emile
Beat Pharmacy feat Space ape - Ghostship
Noel Ellis - Stop your fighting
Junior Murvin - Cool out son
Kyenie - Lambsbread
Shingo Suzuki - Echo form the sky
Onra - The anthem
Unity - Dont wanna change (Nostalgia 77 remix)
Fantasy funk band - Smoove (Nina S vs James B)
The Emotions - I like it
Butch Cassidy sound system - Rockers galore
Lee Scratch Perry - Lucy charm
Don Carlos -Late nite blues (DJG bootleg)
Tosca - Springer
Lee Scratch Perry - International broadcaster
Nat King Cole - Day in, day out (Cut Chemist remix)
Singers and players feat Prince Fari - Bedward the preacher

Friday, March 20, 2009

Did a Black Band Invent Punk Rock Back in 1974?
"The original Afro-Punk? The group is called Death and you can read about this group's pioneering work in The New York Times here." From Different Kitchen.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fab Five Freddy sets the record straight on Illmatic.
Check this out. Hiphop pioneer Fab Five Freddy talks about "the subject of XXL Magazine's recent feature "Still Ill" where they go back 15 years ago into the making of Nas' first album masterpiece "Illmatic"... we start discussing how MC Serch, interviewed for the XXL piece, says some kinda flagrant sideways shit about Fab, his involvement in "Illmatic" and how he allegedly made the completion of said classic album very difficult..." Link to Fab Five Freddy interview.

Also discovered that Dante Ross (A&R credited with signing ODB, Pete Rock and Cl Smooth, Brand Nubians, Everlast, and Busta Rhymes,) has cool blog at slamxhype. And his own site is wicked, the layout is based on an MPC sampler. He's got a bunch of cool magazine articles (under Writings) there, and another blog.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Tosca tune for you.
"Tosca, the collaborative duo made up of electronic music heroes Richard Dorfmeister and Richard Huber, are back with their fifth LP, No Hassle out April 28th on !K7. Check out the first track to leak from the album, "Springer," linked below. Streaming audio, a video interview, and a free track are available at

- "Springer" [download]
No Hassle (April 28th, !K7) (video interview, streaming audio, free track & more)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Dust and grooves

Another post from this splendid blog cataloging record collectors and their records. This time talking with DJ Prestige of Fleamarket Funk. Check it!
Mighty sounds a-coming
RSD, Bristol bass and drum music stalwart Rob Smith (one half of respected production duo Smith and Mighty), has been pushing bass heavy rhythms for more than two decades.

Under the moniker RSD, Rob Smith produces fresh, innovative bass music that simultaneously pays dues to his deep soundsystem roots while pushing things ever forward - he remains firmly at the forefront of Bristol's endlessly inventive music scene.

And this week sees RSD hits NZ for three shows - Thurs 19, Welly, Fri 20, Dunedin & Weds 25, Auckland - check NiceUp for RSD interview & Top Ten!