Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sat Dec 18

Playing some of my musical faves from the past year...

Kormac - People rising
Mishkin vs Anna Mystic - Living trouble
Afrikan simba - Power in the version
Resonators - Sweet dub affair
Fat freddys drop  - The raft - Steppers dub
WIld Bill Ricketts - Riki
Lord Echo - Thinking of you
RSD - Love of Jah light
Colman Bros - She who dares - Lounge mix
Fitz and the tantrums - Money grabber
Pitchito - Frente cumbiero
The simonsound - Tour de Mars
Gil Scott Heron  -New York is killing me
Bei Bei and Shawn Lee - Hot Thursday
Benny Tones - On my way
Suizen - Cartesian space - 4D mix
Mos dub - History town
Roots manuva vs wrongtom - Butterfly crab walk
Dub Terminator and High Freequency  - Man like me feat Senita Mogul
Black seeds - Come to me - International observer remix
Blundetto - Nautilus
Colm K and the freestyle mellowship - Dancing skulls - main mix

Dapkings - Nervous like me
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Got a thing on my mind
Binky Griptite and the mellowmatics - The stroll pt2
Sharon Jones and the Dapkings - Better things,
Mama don't like my man, The reason, Something's changed
Antibalas feat Mayra Vega - Che che cole makossa

Friday, December 17, 2010

The not so big payback

Following on from his column last Friday on NZ On Air, John Drinnan returned to the matter in today's column, noting that NZOA had got a lot of reaction to stories on it funding the latest album from Annabel Fay, saying " supporters of the scheme criticised this column for not pointing out that NZ On Air is able to recoup money from sales.

"However, it is not clear that recoupment made a big difference. New Zealand On Air advises that 31 album grants were made in the 2009/10 financial year, which would amount to around $1.55 million.

" Recoupments from funded albums for the financial year July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, totalled $146,816, plus GST. Not all 09/10 funded albums have been released."

NZ On Air's annual report (pdf) says that of the 31 albums funded, " 80% are new artists (artists making their first NZ On Air-funded album) or emergent artists (artists making their second funded album)."


I just read Fact mag's list of the 40 best reissues of 2010, which alerted me to this tune being back in circulation. Ten seconds later grabbed it off Emusic. Stonking tune!

Thursday, December 16, 2010


So, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings are playing live in Auckland this Saturday, but its sold out so, y'know - if you got tickets that's all good, otherwise - snooze, you lose. BUT there's still tickets for the Gorillaz show (Dec 21), here's an extremely cool live clip of what you're in for...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Kinky electric noise

That's something you need, right? Go get some then... and don't forget all the goodies going at Round Trip Mars too. Much wonderful local eclectic electric bizznizz from SJD, Unitone Hifi, James Duncan....

Via Stink Inc - "I would like to point you in the direction of something quite excellent in the form of our mucker from Miami, Kinky Electric Noise's free EP from the eternally wonderful Cabeza! net label. Included are his remix of Unitone HiFi, our remix of his remix and three other gems from K.E.N. cannon.

May I strongly suggest you get thyself to Cabeza quick smart and grab one of these plump digital EPs (and they've got another new'un I havent even had a chance to check yet too....)"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

C42 say bye bye

C42 was launched back in May, during NZ Music Month with great fanfare over a guaranteed 30% NZ music content. The channel did a deal with local record companies where they got free ads for their artists (and the 30% was to come mostly from IMNZ artists) in return for waiving their right to royalties from video plays.

Now, with the rebrand/relaunch of C4 as FOUR early next year,  C42 is stepping aside as C4 moves over to its slot on Freview. From TV3s news site...

"Coinciding with MediaWorks Ltd’s launch of channel FOUR in early 2011, C4 will replace C42 on the Freeview platform.

C4 will go back to its roots of playing a cross-section of music and will stick to its policy to play at least 30 percent Kiwi content, says network executive Andrew Szusterman.
“Bringing C4 back to solely a music brand is a great result for music lovers,” he says. “Fans of C42 will still be able to see their favourite alternative music videos as C42 will become a show itself on the channel.”

Key C4 music shows like Video Hits, Homegrown and Biggest Records Right Now will remain in the schedule, and a new show hosted by Drew Neemia and Shannaon Ryan will launch on FOUR in the New Year. The final changeover date for the channel will be announced in the coming weeks."


No, not off on some mad politico rant, but some fine music from a duo called Karl Marx, comprising Isaac Aesili of Open souls/Solaa (aka Karl) and Mark McNeill (aka Marx). From Mint Collective...

"Germany’s own Meltingpot Music label has just signed Karlmarx, brothers Isaac Aesili (aka Karl) and Mark McNeill (aka Marx) from New Zealand.  The Mists EP is the first taster from their forthcoming full-length, The Karlmarx Project dropping in spring next year.

Judging from the single Mists (download it below - 33MB wav file) the duo has this unique sound that fuses electronic, hip hop lofi uptempo ish!

Karlmarx have enjoyed early support by Benji B (BBC 1Xtra) and Lefto (Brownswood). The track “Mists” will also be featured on the forthcoming Brownswood comp “Lefto & Simbad present Worldwide Family Vol.1”

Karlmarx - Mists by MPMCGN

Monday, December 13, 2010

Lord Echo

Lord Echo is an alias for Mike Fabulous of the Black Seeds/ Fly My Pretties. He's just released his debut album, Melodies. It's an absolutely gorgeous collection of soul reggae and afro disco tunes, right in time for summer.

A few of the numbers have been floating around for a while, like Wang east and Cosmic echoes, both of which appeared on Mike's debut 7" single in late 2008 or Rhythm 77 from the excellent  Ricketts Meets Fabulous at Maitland Rd EP of earlier this year. It sounds as though some of these have been reworked for the album - the single version of Wang east was instrumental, and here we have a refreshed version with vocal added, courtesy of Mr Toby Laing of Fat Freddys Drop.

Melodies is a great blend of tunes that drift off into dubbed-out summertime vibes, or head over to Africa for some gritty afrofunk. Other guests include Will Ricketts (Phoenix Foundation) and Lisa Tomlins, who helps close the album with a magnificent reggaefied take on Sister Sledge's Thinking of You (listen below for an excerpt). I really need this tune on vinyl. It's an absolute stonker.

Some background... Mike Fabulous started releasing solo tunes in the early 2000s, on various compilations like Loop Select 002. He's one of the founding members of Wellington reggae band the Black Seeds, who have released about half a dozen albums to date over their 10 year existence. Mike also produced their latest studio album, Solid Ground, which gained release in the US on Easystar Records. They also did an extensive US tour to support its release.

The Black Seeds have become a regular feature on the European festival circuit over the last 5 years, making steady inroads into Europe/UK markets. Bret McKenzie was also in the Black Seeds, before his other band, Flight of the Conchords, got busy with some tv show.

Listen to the previews below, or full album preview over at, buy MP3s or CD from there too. And Lord Echo on Bandcamp

Out now on Economy Records - who are so budget, they don't even have a website listed on the back of the CD. Or contact details. That's seriously low key.

Also just out on Economy Records  - Self titled album by Shogun Orchestra, a fascinating mix of afro funk, carribean grooves and Ethio-jazz, led by Lucien Johnson, and featuring members of Fat Freddys Drop and The Black Seeds. Delightfully exotic. Check Shogun Orch on Bandcamp for audio previews. Album out now on CD/digital, coming on vinyl.

PLUS: Mike Fabulous interview from Niceup, around the time that Wang East came out on 7, in 2008. Above image from Niceup.

ADDED: Japanese label Wonderful Noise is releasing an album sampler on 12" vinyl, out mid-late 2011 (incls Thinking Of You). Bastard Jazz are releasing a vinyl 7/digital release of two new tunes from Lord Echo, out Nov 7, 2011.

ADDED (Jan 2012): Wonderful Noise will be releasing Lord Echo's album on double vinyl, more info at Conch RecordsRead some background on the folk behind Japanese label Wonderful Noise and the NZ artists they are working with. Article from NZ Herald.

Mike Fabulous also released a collaboration with local indie pop musician Lawrence Arabia last year, as Fabulous/Arabia. The album is called Unlimited Buffet. Out now on CD/digital, and coming soon on vinyl. Download a free track from Bandcamp.

ADDED Aug 7 2012: Bastard Jazz presents Lord Echo, Mobius Collective, Greenwood Rhythm Coalition playing live at Studio BPM, 237 Kent in Brooklyn. Sat. August 18. 10pm start, $10 suggested.

ADDED Sept 2 2012: 7"single from Lord Echo out soon on German label; Jakarta Records - Thinking of you edit/Rhythm 777 feat Jennifer Zea. Preview the latter tune on a free sampler from Jakarta Records over here.

ADDED November 2012 interview with Lord Echo, from Lumiere Reader

ADDED Oct 16, 2013, from Bastard Jazz: " The mighty New Zealander known as LORD ECHO will be releasing his second album Curiosities on Bastard Jazz in early November, Expect boogie-laced Funk, disco-primed Dub, futuristic Soul, and timeless African rhythms from this cult favourite.

Watch out for the first single - "Molten Lava / Digital Haircut" dropping digitally October 28th - Tune into Gilles Peterson's latest show on BBC Radio 6 for a taste" 

Free download of Digital Haircut at XLR8R  

Out Nov 15 on Economy Records (home to The Yoots, Shogun Orchestra), NZ release thru Rhythm Method/DRM on CD/digital/vinyl. The album is being released on Wonderful Noise in Japan, Bastard Jazz in the US, UK and Australia, and Jakarta in Europe and South America.