Monday, June 22, 2009



Conch Sunday Grill says Make It Reggae!

This Sunday evening at the Ponsonby Social Club from 5pm, Peter Mac, Selecto, Mikey Sampson, Megan and The Chaplin play the music that Big Matt loved.

Come join us and the Conch Records crew and celebrate the music of the big guy.

There's tasty organic treats grilled on the BBQ and fine beverages available too.
Ponsonby Social Club (152 Ponsonby Rd), Sunday June 28 from 5pm-11pm, free entry.

Thanks to Conch Records, Havana Club, Pure Blonde & Westmere Butcher
More Bill Withers
Recent interview with the legendary soul singer from the LA Times.

So you have no interest in a comeback?

You know, this whole music thing for me was something that came into my life after I was formed socially. So it was fun, it served its purpose, I still like it, but it's not my main focus. In fact, it hasn't been for a long time. There are other requirements.

You're somebody's father, you're somebody's husband, you're somebody's friend. And for me, it was important that I not neglect those other requirements just to satisfy some personal need that I might have for approval or attention from people that I don't even know.

When "Ain't No Sunshine" was a huge hit back in 1971, my father and I had a competition going about who could count the number of times you sing "I know" during the bridge. Once and for all, how many was it?

We'll have to take the word of someone who counted it. And the most consistent number that has come up is 26.
Jahdan Blackamoore
"Gold Dust has teamed up with the Brooklyn-based Dutty Artz crew to present the debut album Buzzrock Warrior from Jahdan Blackamoore. A vocalist extraordinaire, Jahdan is as comfortable over classic roots-style reggae as he is over cutting edge dancehall and tropical dubstep riddims. Hip-Hop heads might recognize the Boot Camp affiliate from his verse on Smiff N Wessun's "Sound Bwoy Burreill."

He features on the Major Lazer album (new project from Diplo and Switch). Also see these...
Jahdan's Full Hundred podcast mixed by Matt Shadetek for free download via XLR8R: Fader's feature on Dutty Artz in issue 61: Go Round Payola (Bye Haters Rmx by Matt Shadetek) on RCRDLBL


Jahdan Blackamoore drops his album Buzzrock Warrior in late 2009 on Gold Dust / Dutty Artz http://www.myspace.com/jahdan1

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Carl Craig interview
"If Moritz Von Oswald suggests something cool, we do it."

How did the Re:Constructed [Craig's collaboration with Moritz Von Oswald, in which they "reconstructed" the classical work of Ravel and others] project come about?

“Well, I’ve known for Moritz for a long, long time; I love the guy. So if he suggests something cool, we do it. Moritz has a classical background, and we’d been talking about Versus for a while, so when he asked me to get involved with this Deutsche Grammophon project, it was a no-brainer." Link.

Ring The Alarm playlist, Basefm June 20
Beat conductor -Caribbean path
Horace Andy - Mr Bassie dub
Mungos hifi and Top Cat - Herbalist
Glen Brown - Wicked tumbling version
Lee Scratch Perry - Broadcaster version (Moody boyz remix)
Rodney Hunter - Vampire
Churchill stage band -Superstition
Kool and the gang - Jungle boogie
Roy Ayers - We live in Brooklyn, baby
MAW - MAW expensive
Oddisee - Chocolate city dreaming
Naomi Shelton and the gospel queens - What have you done?
Miriam Makeba - Ibande
King tubby - slow motion dub
Noel Ellis - Marcus Garvey
Bronx river parkway - Donde
Chanch via curcuito - Zorzal
Specials - Ghost town (DJ G mix)
Dub colossus - Shem city steppers
Orgone - Hambone
Edwin Bridsong - Rapper dapper snapper
The ReBelYell cover Wham.
What?
The ReBel Yell
- "Everything She Wants" (Wham Cover) (mediafire) (zshare)
Exclusive Unreleased Track, Love & War out August 4th on Rapster
http://www.myspace.com/therebelyellrevolution
Cafes go silent in Oz
Fees for playing music in restaurants will rise from $125 a year to $19,344 a year. Link.

"Cafe and restaurant patrons could soon be eating in silence, after a proposal by Australia's largest record labels to increase the cost of background music by up to 2000 times.

The push to raise the cost of playing recorded music could also make gym membership more expensive unless fitness classes use artists excluded by Australian copyright laws, including Elvis Presley and Beethoven.

The bid by the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia, which represents more than 750 record companies, follows a decision by the Copyright Tribunal to approve an increase of 15 times the music costs for the nightclub industry, which was recently endorsed by the Federal Court of Australia.

The Australasian Performing Right Association, which collects licensing fees on behalf of composers and artists, has launched a separate action for a tenfold increase in the fees paid by nightclubs for recorded music.

Buoyed by the nightclub ruling, the PPCA is now targeting eateries. It wants to increase licensing fees in a 120-seat restaurant to $19,344 a year — up from $125. Small cafes would be slugged with a 4729 per cent yearly increase from $124 to $5860.

The vinyl revival is here! (Story #260)
There's two stories that the news media love repeating endlessly about the music industry. One: music retail is dying, cos of digital downloads and piracy, and Two: Look, vinyl is making a comeback [it never went away - you just stopped paying attention].

The third story that they seem to manage to continually ignore, is that live music is the healthiest its ever been, especially in NZ. Shows sell out regularly now - this is not just restricted to international artists visiting our shores, it's even happening with shows by local artists.

Anyways, here's the latest culprits in the second scenario...

"Record players and the paraphernalia that goes with them - stylii, cleaning tools, vinyl records and old-fashioned amplifiers - are making a comeback.

The downloading generation has discovered the tangible benefits of vinyl, and records sales are soaring across the country." From Brisbane's Courier Mail.

And from the LA Times:"Vinyl sales to hit another high point in 2009" Link.

Friday, June 19, 2009



Dillanthology 2: Dilla's Remixes for Various Artists

Out June 23, check the tracks...

1. De La Soul - Stakes Is High ft. Mos Def & Truth Enola (Remix)
2. The Pharcyde - Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee Remix)
3. Masta Ace - Sitting On Chrome (Ummah Remix)
4. Slum Village - Fall In Love (Remix)
5. Four Tet - As Serious As Your Life (Jay Dee Remix)
6. Busta Rhymes - Whoo Ha (Jay Dee Remix)
7. Artifacts - The Ultimate (Jay Dee Remix)
8. Moods - Secrets Of The Sand (Remix)
9. Spacek - Eve (JayDee Mix)
10. DJ Cam -Love Junkie (Jay Dee Remix)
11. Brother Jack McDuff - Oblighetto (J Dilla Remix)
12. Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (Remix)

Monday, June 15, 2009

The Heatwave's Early Warming Mixtape
Grab it here - Dancehall fire! More mixtape bizzniz from the Heatwave over here.
Still Bill
Documentary coming about the soul legend, Mr Bill Withers. Hat tip to Crate Kings.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

eMusic's new deal with Sony is bad news for NZ users

And here's why, thanks to Radioscope's Paul Kennedy.

"Popular US-based music subscription site eMusic is to close the door on New Zealand users.

An eMusic spokesperson tells us existing New Zealand customers will continue to be able to use the service, as they "grandfathered" under the current US subscription plans. However, they will soon stop accepting new customers from New Zealand (or anywhere else outside the US, Canada or EU)...

American users faced with price increases will at least be getting access to a raft of new repertoire thanks to the Sony deal. Canadian, British and EU customers won't immediately get the Sony tracks, but their music prices are being maintained. New Zealanders get the worst end of both deals - no new content but increased prices nonetheless.

Full story here.


Saturday, June 06, 2009

DJ Spinna - The Recall mixtape
"An essential download for anyone who takes production seriously, DJ Spinna’s The Recall highlights a successful career spanning nearly 15 years DL it here.

Thursday, June 04, 2009



Smoking Cubans.

"The most eminent stars of Cuban hip-hop take some time to join the country's up and coming talent on this track from the Revolution album which drops next week, produced by Poet Name Life of the Black Eyed Peas.

The Revolution project unites several of the most promising musicians Winfield and Yoshizaki encountered (including members of Cuban groups like Sexto Sentido and AnĂ³nimo Consejo) with producers like Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim), Rich File (UNKLE), Poet Name Life (Black Eyed Peas), Guy Sigsworth (Bjork), Marius De Vries (Sugarcubes), and Cameron McVey & Jan Kybert (Massive Attack) for an album which unites Cuban musical tradition with Western production techniques and styles. Guests on the album include Roisin Murphy, Orishas, Lateef The Truthspeaker & more. "

The Revolution feat. Orishas- 14Me (Produced By Poet Name Life) (mediafire) (zshare)
From: The Revolution present The Revolution (June 9th, Rapster)
Watch a short feature on the making of the album.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Stink Mix - Musky Moments
DJ Stinky Jim has just posted a new mix for you folks, grab it from his excellent blog over here. Some serious musical murderation going down, worth DLing for this alone... Crying Blood (Andrew Weatherall dub) - VV Brown.
Steady vibes
Free mp3 - N.A.S.A's "Money" gets the remix treatment by French dubmeister Grant Phabao. Get it: http://tinyurl.com/mq246g

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mr. Scruff Reveals the 5 Rare Records No DJ Can Do Without
Argh, more records I want. Link.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, Basefm May 23
Metrophonics -Latin racer
Bronx river parkway - Nora se va
Beat pharmacy - Strangers
Manasseh - Creation dub
Norma Fraser - Respect
Mr Vegas - Must come a road
Butch Cassidy sound system - Rockers galore
Noel Ellis - Rocking universally
One essence - Blackness of darkness
Staff benda billili - Sala mosala
Quantic - En bella vista version
Gil Scott Heron - B movie
DL Jones - Whoa Bobby
Scientist - Dub 16
Hikoikoi - Blood on the sand
LD - Woodblock
Lee Scratch Perry - International Broadcaster (Moody boyz remix)
Chanch via curcuito - Selva
Comsic force - Ghetto down
Lee Fields - Ladies
Bambaata vs Breakout - Planet rock (DJ Ayres mix)
Open souls -Hold you close
Marcelo D2 - Kush
Albarosie - Kingston town (Bassnectar remix)
Mad lion - Take it easy


Ring The Alarm playlist, Basefm May 30
Natural self - Foundation pt2
Koliphones - Voyage into the sun
Dub Colossus - Shem city steppers
Joe Ariwa - Licenced to dub

Celebrating the conclusion of another fine NZ Music Month... with some of Aotearoa's tastiest beatmakers...
Pitch black - 1000 mile drift (International observer remix)
Dub asylum - Ba ba boom!
Aronas - Culture tunnels
Submariner -Tha natural
DLT and Che fu - Chains remix
Kingites - Polynesian panthers
Mike Fabulous - Wang east
Salmonella dub - For the love of it (Decks n fx mix from Sunshine sound system)
Dub connection - Mike quality
Sola rosa - Humanised
Fat fredys drop - Wild wind
Mark de Clive Lowe - Mesmerised
Eru Dangerspeil - Coq au vin
ends

DJ Day - Lucien
Black velvet - An earthquake's coming
Lightning head - Afro spot
Barrington Levy - Reggae music dub
Specials - Ghost town (DJG remix) LIVE IN AUCKLAND AUGUST 1
Skatalites -Coconut rock
Beat pharmacy - Strangers
Reggae Blends Galore
Just chanced upon this via RNZ, barrels of fun, especially Jackson 5 over Shanty town.

Track listing...

A1: The Fugees vs Max Romeo – Ready or not [Dreadsquad Blend]
Riddim: Chase the devil

A2: Jackson 5 – I want you back [Dreadsquad Blend]
Riddim: Shanty Town

A3: The Specials – Message to you Rudy [Dreadsquad Rmx]
Riddim: Message to yo Rudy RMX

A4: Sean Kingston vs Sound Dimension – Beautiful girls [Dreadsquad Blend]
Riddim: Soul Shake

B1: Rayvon vs Kurtis Blow – No Guns no murder [Dreadsquad Blend]
Riddim: The breaks

B2: Grandmaster Flash – The message [Papa Zura Blend]
Riddim: Lovely day RMX

B3: Diana King – Shy Guy [Dreadsquad Blend]
Riddim: Giggy

B4: Baha Men vs The Wiseguys – Who let the dogs out [Dreadsquad Blend]
Riddim: Ooh La La

Download it from here...

Friday, May 29, 2009


Dub Asylum gig on tonight
I'm dropping some Dub Asylum tunes playing tonight at a new venue called Live Bar, at 68 Hobson St. I'll be dropping some brand new Dub Asylum tunes with MC Word Perfect on the mic, along with The Retainers, and Brazil Beat Sound System. Doors open 8pm, happy hour til 10pm. Come on down!

Monday, May 25, 2009


Dub Asylum live bizznizz
Yes, time to leave the house and have some fun, this Friday night at a new venue called Live Bar, at 68 Hobson St. I'll be dropping some brand new Dub Asylum tunes, with MC Word Perfect on the mic, along with The Retainers, and Brazil Beat Sound System. Doors open 8pm, happy hour til 10pm.

Also, I've got a new tune up for free download (in case you haven't got it already) called Jump and Twist, it's in the audio player on the right of this page. Have a listen, and if you like it, click download.