Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sola Rosa remixes

Sola Rosa have just dropped a brand new album, a collection of remixes of their latest album, Get It Together. Remixers include The Nextmen, DJ Vadim, Yes King, J-Star, Biggabush, TM Juke, Beatfanatic, Alister Johnson, Hermitude, Thomas Blondet, Richie Phoe and more. Best of all, if you head over to Sola Rosa's website, you can download the DJ Vadim remix for free. Preview below, or get it here. You can preview the other mixes there too.

<a href="http://music.solarosa.com/track/turn-around-ft-iva-lamkum-dj-vadim-remix">Turn Around Ft. Iva Lamkum (DJ Vadim Remix) by Sola Rosa</a>

If you buy the CD, you get 15 remixes, or if you buy the digital version at Bandcamp, you get an extra 5 remixes, including mixes from Barkin Soul and Benny Tones. Oh, and the instrumentals of all the remixes are over at Bandcamp too. Nice one.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 7

Mr Chop - Shut em down
Lyn Collins - Think - Simon S re-edit
Billy Watkins - The ice man
Daddy Cleanhead  -Something goin on in my room
Budos band - Chicago falcon - Washington Sq Lads remix
Kabanjak - Dub to go - Ancient astronauts remix
Manu Chao - A cosa - Prince fatty edit
Jah Batta - I don't want to wait
Jah Wobble - L1
Manasseh  - Western world version
The Beat - Twist and crawl
Mos dub - Johnny too beef
Lee Scratch Perry - Train to Doomsville
Rhythm and sound w Sugar Minott - Let jah love come
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby
Gwen Guthrie - Padlock - Larry Levan mix
Crown heights affair - Say a prayer for two
Nona Simone - Taking care of business - Pilooski edit
Kormac - People rising
Mishkin and Anna Mystic -Living trouble
Big youth - Feed a nation
The Resonators  -Sweet love affair/Sweet dub affair
Nacao zumbi - Organ de belle
Orgone - I get lifted
Pointer sisters - There's love in them there hills
Destronauts - Flight of the dead grizzly - Smoke machine dub mix
Prince Jammy - 42nd st dub

Friday, August 06, 2010

Talk about Walter

Walter Gibbons remembered by Danny Krivit & Tony Smith.... they talk about Walter's influence being perhaps even bigger than Tom Moulton, why the original producers were salty about Walter's mixes, and why hip-hop legends like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa looked up to Walter...

Jungle Music, Strut's retrospective of Walter's music, will be out August 17th.If you missed it, download a track from the album below:
TC James & The Fist O'Funk- "Get Up On Your Feet" (Walter Gibbons Mix) [mediafire] [soundcloud]

Destronauts are dub

Destronauts are a Brooklyn-based duo. From their bio: "The duo consists of American vocalist/guitarist/producer Chadwick Shao and Argentinean singer/actress Mimi Eayrs. They were formed in Brooklyn, New York in the Summer of 2009. Chadwick has been a rhythm guitarist, a drum and bass DJ in the DC electronic-dance music scene, and a producer. Chadwick and Mimi Eayrs met by chance while singing karaoke. Their first EP, 3 Moons, is the result of six months of writing and recording together in his home studio, and was remixed and engineered at Studio G Brooklyn. 3 Moons debuted in February 2010."

Anyways,  a fellow Brooklynite who works under the name Smoke Machine sent me this great dubby remix he'd done of one of their tracks, and you can download it for free. It's pretty damn tasty.

<a href="http://smokemachine.bandcamp.com/track/flight-of-the-dead-grizzly-smoke-machine-dub">Flight Of The Dead Grizzly (Smoke Machine Dub) by Smoke Machine</a>

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Next Stop, Soweto... jazz

DOWNLOAD Dennis Mpale- "Orlando" (mediafire) (soundcloud)
From: Next Stop ... Soweto Vol. 3 (August 3rd, Strut)
Giants, Ministers and Makers: Jazz In South Africa 1963 - 1984  

The first two installments of this series have featured some incredible music... looking forward to hearing more...
One of the regular players on the South African jazz scene splitting time between Cape Town and Johannesburg, Dennis Mpale plays trumpet in several of the outfits featured on Next Stop... Soweto Vol. 3. "Orlando" comes from an album under his own name, and is a tribute to his township. Documenting the vibrant South African jazz scene of the 50s, 60, & 70s, the final volume of the Next Stop... Soweto series comes out August 3rd on Strut.

El-P vs Bieber

El-P talks about his new instrumental album in an interview with the LA Times here... he's out there previewing his new album of instrumentals at legendary LA clubnight the Low End Theory, home to Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus and more.

" ...his most impressive achievement may have come last month, when a Twitter in-joke with XLR8R magazine forced him to try his hand at remixing Justin Bieber’s “Baby.” Splicing in a sample of Paul McCartney and Wings'  “Live and Let Die,” and tarring and feathering Bieber’s teen pop with heavy dubstep rhythms, El-P set it loose onto the internet."

They've got the tune for download at the bottom of the interview too. Listen at your own risk.

"Rapper, producer and Def Jux founder El-P knows how to get to parts of the brain others can't. As a solo artist and frontman for seminal hip-hop group Company Flow or producer of Cannibal Ox, Cage, Mr. Lif, Aesop Rock, NIN, Beck, The Mars Volta (and many, many more), an El-P production can drive you to hide underneath the bed, punch a wall and nod your head all at the same time. Which brings us to Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3" (out August 3).

Grab some preview mp3s below...
Album Preview Trailer (YouTube)
El-P- "Meanstreak" (In 3 Parts) (mediafire)
El-P- "Whores: The Movie" (mediafire)

What it's really like to work in a music store - 1 to 5

from Bboybri (via LP). Awesomeness. My favourite is the 2nd clip.


There's always a vinyl revival story popping up in the media somewhere - it's a good story that never gets old (especially if you know that vinyl never went away, but hey).

The LA Times has this great headline - "Cassette tapes are back in the mix". It's a pretty funny article - check this quote.... ""Tape is like the weird uncle no one talks about... MP3s sound terrible anyways, so why not have something that sounds terrible that you can hold?"

So, will the lowly cassette make a comeback?

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Dr Cornel West

Dr Cornel West pops up on the bonus features of the excellent movie documentary The Night James Brown Saved Boston (as part of a discussion panel at the film's premiere), and I saw him  talking with Bill Withers in the Still Bill doco too. He's a fascinating gent, and here's yet more proof  - a tale from when he hung out with Prince last year, in Montreaux...

PLAYBOY: What was it like to record a song with Prince?

WEST: Lord have mercy, that man is a genius of unparalleled vitality, and going into the studio to record something for him was an extraordinary blessing.  But I just love hanging out with the man.  We were together in Montreux last summer.  He did two shows one night, two hours of jazz – Coltrane, Charlie Parker – and then came back with two hours of funk.  Unbelievable.  Afterward he said “Brother West, do you sleep?”  I said, “Well, I try not to.”  He doesn’t sleep at all.  

He said, “Let’s spend some time talking.”  First thing we did, we went on top of the hotel and watched some of Obama’s speeches.  Then we had a dialogue for about an hour, then we started talking about music for another hour, and then we talked politics for another hour.  We stayed up until 7:30, eight.  He packed and jumped on his plane.  Stayed up all night.  And another time Michael Steele and I were at a Prince concert together.

PLAYBOY: You and the chairman of the Republican National Committee went to a Prince concert?

WEST: Oh yeah.  Politics can’t stop you from rockin’ to a genius man! [laughs]

Hat tip to Pinboard blog for the story. Photo - New York Times.


Some tasty business from Electric Wire Hustle. Live in-studio sesh, especially for Pinboard...
"While in London for their session at Deviation, we caught up with Electric Wire Hustle and recorded their studio session for our ongoing 'Rehearsal Rooms' series. Exclusively performing 'Waters' for PinBoardBlog.com, Mara, Taay & Myele show us what they're about and what they do."

Monday, August 02, 2010

Askew's tales

Local graffiti artist Askew (aka Elliot O'Donnell) has been chronicling some of the key moments of his creative life on his blog, and the latest installment just went up.

We were talking via Twitter about a photo of Danny D from Dam Native back in the day, and I dug out an old copy of Planet magazine and scanned it for Askew. It's a great photo, and as Askew mentions, was a huge B&W poster that used to be all over walls round central Auckland at the time, including in the window of Bungalow Bills music shop on Symond St. Go read Askew's latest post here - "It's all about identity".

"... the groups that had the most impact on me were those that were most prolific around the time I started High School. Musically I’m referring to Dam Native (Which Bennet Pomana from Upper Hutt Posse was a member) and Urban Disturbance, and graffiti wise I speak of DLT, Opto, Daniel Tippet, DAF crew and Tank WL..."

Get Carter

Roy Budd plays his Get Carter theme. (Hat tip - In Crowd). I picked up a great reggae version of this earlier this year from Jah Wobble, out on Pressure Sounds.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Natural Self mix

Natural Self: My Heart Beat: Remixes and Versions promo mix, grab it here....

<a href="http://naturalself.bandcamp.com/track/my-heart-beats-remixes-and-versions-promo-mix">MY HEART BEATS:REMIXES AND VERSIONS Promo Mix by Natural Self</a>

Released 16 August 2010
The Shock You Heard (YULT’s Sub remix)
Midnight Sun (Prince Fatty Version)
Midnight Sun (J Sole’s Moonstomp remix)
The Origin (Kidkanevil remix)
All Static (Natural Self remix)
The Origin (Eliphino remix)
Street Spirit (Natural Self version)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, 31 July

War - Me and baby brother
Isaac Hayes - Zeke the freak - Todd Terje edit
Bonobo - Eyes down
Doug Cran  -Surital Ihklas - Fulgeance remix
Lightning head - NPG
Jo Jo Bennett - Canteloupe rock
Crabs corp and King Hammond - Bring down the birds - Flying High mix
Prince Jammy  -BQE dub
Prince Fari - African queen
Sly n Robbie  -Ballistic squeeze
Ninja man - Murder dem
Nardo Ranks - Burrrup
Mr Vegas  - Heads high
Ragga twins - 18" speaker
RSD - Corner dub
Dokkebi Q - Black vomit (hat tip to Stinky Jim and his Stink Inc blog for this mad bizznizz)
M.I.A. - It takes a muscle
Mophono's halftone society - Sinicism - Natural self remix
Cesaria Evora - Angloa   -Pepe Bradock dub
Joe Cuba - El pito
Quantic - Echate pa'lla
DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature - Whoa Bobby
Prince - Bonus track #77
Freez - IOU
Bill Withers - You got the stuff
John Gibbs and the US steel orchestra - Steel funk
Chickenwing allstars - Celestial Dub
LA Vampires and Zola Jesus - No no no

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Lloyd Miller's jazz tales

Lloyd Miller talks about his musical journeys,  taking him from Los Angeles jazz clubs to residencies in Frankfurt, Stockholm, Paris, and Tehran, and even nearly to the stage at Woodstock. Watch below as Miller discusses his musical evolution, and look for his new collaboration with The Heliocentrics, out next week on Strut. The Heliocentrics previous collaboration with Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu was absolutely stunning.

Tangible meets digital

"... it’s all about tangible music meeting the digital age. We put out records on 7-inches and there’s a line out the door when we release them, special editions. We also put it out on iTunes and MP3 portable format too. We’re trying to get a new generation into the idea of holding a record in their hand.

"I think of it like, imagine if movie theaters didn’t exist, and you’re trying to entice a new generation to the beauty of watching a film in a theater with the lights turned off and the doors closed, what’s that like. It’s part of that. I want to be a part of that. Vinyl is the only segment of music that’s growing in sales and interest, and I want to be part of that."..

Jack White, interviewed  in the Detroit Free Press. Love his analogy about watching a film in a theatre. And his Third Man operation in Nashville sounds way cool.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dear NZ hiphop haterzzz

Please read: "Kiwi pop stars sing with US twang" from NZ Herald (sourced:NZPA). Now, share the information...

Need a dollar?

I need a dollar by Aloe Blacc is Single Of The Week on iTunes NZ, and it's going for FREE. Get in there, great modern soul tune.Check the video below. Album out Sept 28, on Stonesthrow.

Chancha Via Circuito Mixtape

Spotted at Ghetto Bassquake - Chancha Via Circuito put out a fantastic album a wee while back, and he's got a new one - Rio Arriba - on the way thru Buenos Aries  label ZZK. Grab the mixtape here.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sound System Scratch

Previously unreleased music from Lee Scratch Perry out Aug 30 on Pressure Sounds, preview it here.

"The exclusive mixes showcased on this release have never been heard before outside of sound system dances. Some will be familiar through their commercial incarnations such as ‘Bucky Skank’, ‘History’ and ‘Groovy Situation’ but here they have been pushed and pulled, coaxed and cajoled in hitherto unexplored and previously unimagined directions. This is music from a man coming to the end of his tether…

The album comes in a stark, striking black and white design with hitherto unseen photographs, archive material and an accompanying seven inch single ‘Dub Plate Pressure’. The version side, with the rhythm dubbed into oblivion, does not feature on the album and the single comes in its own heavyweight cardboard picture sleeve." More info over at Pressure Sounds.

Sherwood means dub

This mix from legendary On-U-Sound producer Adrian Sherwood (Prince Fari, Lee Scratch Perry, Primal Scream, Depeche Mode) is the bizznizz... hat tip to Bestiblog.net

RIP Melvin Bliss

Tirbutes to the man over at Soulsides and Fleamarket Funk (including a list of songs that sampled his tune Synthetic Substitution - think Public Enemy, De La Soul, Ultramagnetic MCs, Ice T, NWA, Moby, Primal scream, Naughty by Nature...).

Saturday, July 24, 2010

BaseFM Ring The Alarm playlist, July 24

20th century steel band - Land of a thousand dances
Quantic -Swing easy
Augustus Pablo - Cassava piece
Yami Bolo  -Whan a man's in love
Viceroys -Every day
The Wailers - Put it on
Shabba Ranks - The stopper
The Pioneers - Sweet inspiration  - Justin Robertson remix
Havana boys - Paul's dub
Romanowski - Train song - DJ Sureshot remix
Kormac feat Koaste - Saturday morning TV
Rakaa - CTD
Nona Hendryx - Transformation
Prince Charles and city beat band  - Cash (cash money)
Eru Dangerspiel - Chilli moules
P-bass expressway - Easyride - Downtown Brown remix
Kinky electric noise - Campesino urbano dub
Little dragon - Constant surprises
J-Wow and Sui Zhen - River song
Blundetto - Nautilus dub
Jahdan Blakkamore -The general - Ticklah remix
Albarosie - Sound killa
Richie Phoe - Eyes on the eprize dub
RSD - Love of jah light
Colman brothers - She who dares - lounge mix
Dusty - An exotic breed
Donald Fagen - Ruby ruby

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Timeless screening tonight

Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes/ Mulatu / Arthur Verocai, live at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Screens Wednesday July 21 (tonight) at Khuja Lounge, 8pm, $5 entry, plus DJ set from Dan Paine.  More info at Thisculture.com. Check the clip below, looks amazing.

Various Assets – Not For Sale: RBMA London

Download a bunch of bent tuneage... watch out for kiwi lad Myele Manzanza (Electric Wire Hustle)... ""Red Bull Music Academy came to London earlier in the year, here’s the fruits from 5 weeks of musical exploration and education..." See Shook mag. (note: it's 2 CDs worth, a 320MB download)

Instrumental bizz from El-P

Some instrumental flavours off the new release from EL-P (Company Flow, Def Jux) - "Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3", out August 3rd. Physical copies of Volume 3 of the Megamixx series will include download links to the first two volumes, which were only available at live shows.

El-P- "Meanstreak" (In 3 Parts) (mediafire)
El-P- "Whores: The Movie" (mediafire)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


At the weekend I went to Barcamp Auckland. It's an conference where the participants provide all the content  - put forward topics to give talks on, and then turn up and make it happen. The term for it is unconference, apparently. The participants drew mainly from web development and design, but came from other fields too. There was the University lecturer who talked about Wikipediaphobia among academics, for example.

It was the 4th one, but my first time at it. It was a very stimulating day, some fascinating ideas thrown around. I gave a talk on LP cover art, and how Steve Jobs nearly killed it off  with the minimalist thumbnail in iTunes (same as the one I gave at Design Assembly). Anyways, here's the slides from my presentation, lotsa pretty covers... enjoy!

SlideShare presentation : Vinyl Flashbacks http://slidesha.re/9PXRgb

And as a bonus - stumbled upon this great presentation on how to start a record collection, from Barcamp Vancouver.   
Spinning the Black Circle - Getting into Vinyl ... http://slidesha.re/1FwgUI
Hat tip to Rick Vugteveen, rickvug.com

Gilles and Louie

Free track off Havana Cultura Remixed, latest compilation from Mr Gilles Peterson. 
Tune is Roforofo Fight (Louie Vega remix). Other remixes from MJ Cole, 4hero, Carl Cox, Rainer Tr├╝by, Gotan Project’s Philippe Cohen Solal, Seiji, Michel Cleis and Mocky.

"It was two years ago that Gilles visited Cuba for the first time on a reconnaissance mission to check out the new generation of Havana-based ... (more) artists. Suitably impressed, he was back within the year for a 5-day session at the legendary Egrem Studios with Roberto Fonseca and his superb band. Revelling in his role as executive producer, it was a hot, sweaty, intense session but a fruitful one nonetheless.

“I had a few covers as starters: one from Fela to capture that true Afro-Cuban fusion; a Blue Note joint as a 70th anniversary gift; and a couple of Cuban faves from my Ballroom days - 'Chekere Son' and some Juan Pablo Torres. The rest was pretty much controlled jamming, picking up the Rumba boys from the bar below, or convincing Mayra Valdes to hit it freestyle.”

Eru Dangerspiel live DVD out soon

Sneak preview clip below...

ERU DANGERSPIEL DVD/CD: out Monday 26 July

Auckland: Friday 8 Oct – Auckland Town Hall
Wellington: Saturday 9 Oct – Wellington Town Hall

Monday, July 19, 2010


I went to two films at the Film festival over the past two days - yesterday was Teenage Paprazzo, and tonight was Radiant Child: Jean Michel Basquiat. Both dealt with fame, in a way.

Teenage Paparazzo is directed by actor Adrian Grenier, who plays Vincent Chase in  tv show Entourage, which is all about an actor (Chase) and his mates from New York, who move out to Hollywood when their boy hits it big. Grenier discovered this 13 year old boy shooting his photo one night as he was coming out of a restaurant and cornered him and asked him what he was up to. Kid says "I'm just doing my job". Teenage Paprazzo is about Grenier getting to know this kid, Austin, and find out more about the world of the paparazzi.

Then Grenier decides to try being a paparazzi. He also talks to some famous people (Matt Damon, Eva Longoria, Paris Hilton) about fame and the paparazzi. He visits some of the magazines that publish these photos. As the film says, when these actors are on the way up, they need the paparazzi to get exposure. So the star's relationship with that media is rather complex, depending on where they are on the fame scale. The film evolves into a measured, thought-provoking  take on the celebrity culture we exist in.

In Radiant Child: Jean Michel Basquiat, one of Basquiat's friends, Fab Five Freddy, says that when they were coming up, they all wanted fame, but not like fame today, cos thats a complete mindfuck. Another friend, Julian Schnabel (who directed Basquiat, the feature film based on Basquiat's life) talked about the level of fame he had to deal with, and that Basquiat "did not have the tool to deal with that sea of shit."

Basquiat took part in a group show in Times Square in 1981 then got invited to be in a show at PS1 by Diego Cortez. Cortez invited anyone who wanted to exhibit along, as he was bored with conventional shows where, as he  says, there were "white walls, white people  and white wine".

Cortez invited gallery owner Anina Nosei out to see the show, and she held Basquiat's first solo show that same year. At the opening of that show, Basquiat sold $200,000 worth of paintings in one night. He was 20. He shot to fame in a short space of time, but didn't have a bank account (at first), he had piles of money lying round his studio, stuffed in books etc. He also found himself earning much more money than his friends which made him paranoid about people's motives. Add in drugs, that made him even more paranoid.

As highlighted in the film, he didn't feel accepted by the art world, especially as art writers tended to talk down to him - one example, an interviewer calls him  the black Picasso, which Basquiat responded to by saying "that's very flattering, but also demeaning".  In the main interview in the film, done with film maker and friend Tamra Davis (who directs this doco), she asks him about how critics and writers react to him and his work, and Basquiat says that they wouldnt write the same things if he were white, and that's racist.

It's a tough film to watch, as you know how it's going to end.  But it's also a fascinating glimpse into the New York scene in the late 70s/early 80s, which the crowd are labelled as the downtown 500. Fab Five Freddy talks about how back then, you could just say "I'm a film maker (or artist, or musician)", and then you'd make a film and people would turn up at your first screening and you were a film maker. And it was incredibly cheap to live - I recall reading a book called New York No Wave, where Lydia Lunch talks about renting an apartment for $100 a month, and that was considered expensive back then.

Recollections of Jean-Michel Basquiat by John Seed: Basquiat memoir by his former assistant during his time living in Venice, Los Angeles.

Fab Five Freddy talks about when he first met Basquiat.


Swedish Chef covers Gershon Kingsley's classic Moog tune Popcorn. Brilliant. And check the subtitles.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

money money money

The top bosses at RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) have been attracting some heat recently, with stories on their massive legal bills and such like hitting the web.

Digital Daily News reports that RIAA "chief exec Mitch Bainwol pulled in more than US$2 million in salaries and bonuses....
... Major labels are picking up the tab on Bainwol’s salary even as their own revenues continue to drop. Other reported RIAA salaries during the same period include President Cary Sherman ($1.3m), EVP International Neil Turkewitz ($696k), EVP Government and Industry Relations Mitch Glazier ($566k) and EVP/General Counsel Steven Marks ($562k). In addition, there are seven other staffers with compensation ranging from $200k to $500k."

Sleeve face dance

Sleeve face dance video, very funny. Hat tip to Crate Kings

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Timeless film screening

Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes/ Mulatu / Arthur Verocai, live at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Screens Wednesday July 21 at Khuja Lounge, 8pm, $5 entry, plus DJ set from Dan Paine.  More info at Thisculture.com. Check the clip below, looks amazing.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Edits from Mr K

"... my whole life I knew people had leisure time, and were able to enjoy music in their leisure time. Now people have a shorter tolerance and patience so they tend to reach for gimmicks instead of music that grows on you. So much music I like now I didn't like at first. These days, you don't have the time for that and you might never like that song because you'll never give it time to grow on you.

"Places like The Loft - you had this twelve hour party every Saturday, with no mixing and long, obscure cuts. And people just absorbed the whole night. Now, it's every once-in-a-while. I don't know anyone that has the time and patience to stay for an entire evening. People are looking at their watches saying, "I don't like this song and if the next one isn't good, I'm gone." It's that kind of mentality...."

- DJ and re-edit king Danny Krivit, from 5 Magazine interview (photo from 5 Magazine also). He's responding to a question on music trends and cycles in music history.

Krivit got his start DJing in his Dad's restaurant, at 14. It was a steakhouse that was popular with musicians, but slowed down... "By the time I started there, the restaurant was beginning to fail and then it had its second life by implementing the disco. Prior to that, its big reputation came from folks like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Mingus and others. In the '70s there were some celebrities, but it was more of a happening spot as a disco. In the '60s it was completely straight, but just overnight it was completely gay..."

Danny Krivit - Edits by MR K Vol 2 coming Sept 14.

Tracks include in-demand Krivit rarities including his previously unreleased rework of Black Blood’s Afro-rock rarity ‘Chicano’, the revival of a soulful Patrice Rushen sleeper, ‘Music Of The Earth’ and an extended workout on the Chairmen Of The Board’s psychedelic soul classic, ‘Life & Death.’


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lloyd Miller

The Heliocentrics collaborated with Ethiopian jazz legend Mulatu Astatke for the Inspiration Information series last year, and dropped one of the years finest recordings. The Heliocentrics return this year to work with  Lloyd Miller, described as "a true jazzman and ethnomusicologist with a vast knowledge of Persian and Eastern instruments." Free tune below, plus some cool video of Miller.
Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics- "Electricone" (mediafire) (soundcloud) 
From Lloyd Miller and The Heliocentrics (August 3rd, Strut)

Monday, July 12, 2010


Peeped this over at Potholes in my blog, some very tasty jazzy hiphop from a producer named The Shelltoes, check out his his six-track remix EP, The Expired Dairy Gamble. Cool remixes of Erykah Badu, Grap Luva and Mobb Deep. Previews below.

<a href="http://shelltoes.bandcamp.com/album/the-expired-dairy-gamble">Love Of My Life (Shelltoes Remix) by The Shelltoes</a>

<a href="http://shelltoes.bandcamp.com/album/the-expired-dairy-gamble">Love Of My Life (Shelltoes Remix) by The Shelltoes</a>


One last soccer post before the World Cup wraps up... From Pat Le Stache's excellent blog: "With the World Cup winding down to it's last couple of weeks, I thought I would share Soccer's 1979 disco gem "Come And Get It On". This funky track was just one of the many classic disco tracks produced by Tony Valor. This dancefloor friendly cut was originally released as a Salsoul Records twelve-inch single before making it's way onto the 1979 self-titled Soccer LP. I was lucky to find a used copy of the single a couple years ago, and I've continued to play the record out often ever since. Enjoy!"

Listen to it here (DL too)

RIP Sugar Minott

some of his classic jams... More on Sugar Minott here...