Saturday, November 28, 2009

Technics to stop production of turntables?
Late last week I heard reports that Technics was stopping production of turntables, including their classic staple, the Technics 1200 and the 1210. This turntable is the global standard for DJs - walk into a club anywhere in the world, and you'll find 1200's in the DJ booth. It has even been recognised as an official design classic.

Pocket Lint report that "We’ve seen a couple of reports on message boards that seem to indicate that the iconic Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210s may be about to be discontinued. If true, it would be a surprise, as both models represent iconic turntables and are widely considered the industry standard in nightclubs.

"The rumours appear to originate from a New Zealand DJ shop called DMC World, which says on its product page: “Panasonic (the manufacturer of Technics) have announced that production of the world famous Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210 DJ turntables will stop at the end of February 2010.

"The turntables have been around for more than 35 years, and are featured in the London museum of Science and Technology as an important step in how music has been played and presented over the last century. Their popularity has ensued due to their tank-like construction, high torque and effective insulation from acoustic feedback....

".. an Australian dance music website,, has a quote from a Panasonic spokesman - Ian North - who says: "It is a sad day today but due to low sales globally in analogue turntables a decision to stop production has been made on Technics Turntables. For Australia this means we will receive our last shipment in March".

DMC originally posted this: "We have just heard the sad new from Panasonic (the manufacturer of Technics) that production of the world famous Technics SL-1200 and SL-1210 DJ turntables will stop at the end of February 2010. This marks the end of an era - Technics have been the industry standard for over 35 years with this turntable and the SL-1200 is synonymous with the DJ culture. It has been released and re-released over 9 times with different models and numerous other manufacturers have tried to compete with this deck, but above all, the Technics SL-1200 & Technics SL-1210 are the undisputed number one deck in the world."

It has been reposted to numerous message boards around the globe, but I have heard that DMC was asked to take it down from their website by Technics, as Panasonic NZ had been a bit premature with the announcement.

ADDED Dec9: Slashgear reports that  Technics has issued a statement saying they have “no current plans” to discontinue the iconic turntables.
Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Nov 28
Overproof sound system - Kingstep Unitone hifi remix
Jo Jo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
Dennis Bovell - None jah jah children (melodica version)
Rhythm and sound - What a mistry
Dubblestandart  -Terrarists and inhalers (Keith Le Blanc remix)
General Levy - The wig
Jackie Mittoo - Stereo freeze
Ernest Ranglin - King Tubby meets rockers uptown
Prof Oz - Waves and skank - Grant Phabao remix
Groove Armada - Tuning in
LV - Turn away
Dub Asylum - Bo ba boom orig/Oogun remix WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE
Jahdan Blakkamore - Earthshaking
Lightning head - Area boy
Kokolo - Magnificent seven
Lee Fields - Money i$ king
Willie Bobo - Roots
Menahan st band  - Esma
Fulgence - Tribute to Masekela
Horace Andy and Ashley Beedle  - Watch we
DJ Vadim - Hidden treasure
Zed Bias - Jigga up (ring the alarm)
Julien Dyne  - Falling down
Pimps of joytime  - PJT's high steppin

Friday, November 27, 2009

King Midas Sound mix
Grab it from Fact Magazine here. King Midas Sound is the latest project from Kevin Martin aka The Bug, and the tunes I've heard from them so far are wicked, kinda bleak dub with a lovers rock vibe on the vocals. Check out Cool Out, for example.

"This FACT mix reads like a list of influences on their twilight Lovers Rock sound, featuring sweet reggae in Tanya Stephens and Gregory Isaacs, dusty shoegaze in My Bloody Valentine and A.R. Kane and modern favourites Burial and Little Dragon, plus tracks from Sade, Larry Heard and Scritti Politti, and material from King Midas' forthcoming debut album, Waiting For You on Hyperdub", out the end of this month.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ah, lovely vinyl
Got my test pressing back today for my Dub Asylum 7"single, it looks like this....

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto
Lets face it, xmas music is crap. Lame jazz versions of xmas carols, riddled with lyrics about about playing in the snow - completely irrelevant when we go to the beach for xmas down in this part of the world.
Strut is about to drop a mad xmas album (nice takeoff of a James Brown LP cover for the art), try this sample below for size. 

JD McDonald- "Boogaloo Santa Claus" (mediafire) (zshare)
From: In The Christmas Groove, November 24th on Strut

1. J.D. McDonald – Boogaloo Santa Claus

2. Jimmy Reed - Christmas Present Blues

3. Electric Jungle - Funky Funky Christmas

4. Funk Machine - Soul Santa

5. Milly & Silly - Getting Down For Xmas

6. The Harlem Children's Chorus - Black Christmas

8. Isaac Clarke - Santa Claus Is Coming To town
9. Captain Elmo McKenzie & The Roosters - Home On Christmas Day

10. Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got A Bag of Soul

11. Zebra - Christmas Morning

12. Harvey Averne Band - Let's Get It Together This Christmas

13. Jimmy Jules - The New Year

14. The Black On White Affair - Auld Lang Syne 

And the title of this post is a song title taken from James Brown's Funky Christmas CD, which compiles the best tracks off the three Christmas LPs Mr Brown released during his career. You need that CD too.