Saturday, August 13, 2011


DLT talking about his post-UHP outift the Dam Natives (incl live shots), Rob Salmon (with footage of him DJing at the Box), Grant Kearney from Bassline Records, from 1993.


MC Battle in Christchurch from 1988, with a performance from Upper Hutt Posse... spot my man Word Perfect w MC Antsman...

and here's P-Money interviewed along with his Dad by Squeeze's Jane Yee, from 2002...

Pump that bass

More early Def Jam following on from the Junkyard Band post - this is Original Concept. They released an album on Def Jam, Straight From The Basement Of Kooley High!, but this single was their finest tune, from 1986.

Two members of the group went on to host Yo MTV Raps. "Doctor DrĂ© - went on to become a DJ for the Beastie Boys, a host for Yo! MTV Raps and a hip-hop radio host with Ed Lover. T-Money - went on to become a host for Yo! MTV Raps." Source: Discogs. {different Dr Dre from the west coast hiphop producer/ex NWA member]

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, August 13

Romanowski - Romjack steady
Cutty ranks - The stopper - Richard Dorfmeister remix
Oneself - Paranoid - Jstar remix
Revolutionaries - Kunte Kinte - DJ Kentaro remix
Sound dimension - Man pon spot
Scientist meets crazy mad professor - Rush dem dub
Wrong Tom meets Roots Manuva - Butterfly crab walk
Taxi gang and Lenky - Soul limbo
Rebirth brass band - Shake your body down to the ground
Bernard Wright - Master rocker
Deniece Williams - Watching over
Chico Mann - Close to me
Mark de Clive Lowe - Hooligan
Kilodee - Strings n ting
45nm - Rider
Seed organisation meets Big toes hifi - Bambam
Nas and Damian Marley - Nah mean - DJ Numark remix
Oddisee feat Musinah - That day
Dub terminator  meets Ras Stone - Love you do much
The Yoots -Tutira mai
Jackie Mittoo - Totally together
Johnny Osbourne - Ready or not
The in crowd - His majesty is coming
Cedric Brooks - Silent force
Pat Rhoden - Living for the city
Sizzla - Police oppression
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Soul shakedown party - Afrodisiac sound system remix

Overproof sound system - Kingstep - Unitone hifi remix
Rebel MC - Comin on strong

Friday, August 12, 2011

Blue smoke footage

The original pressing/cutting of Blue Smoke. Fascinating clip, hat tip to Amplifier, clip shot by the National Film Unit.

"For the first time, gramaphone records for sale to the public are being made entirely in New Zealand..."

...they created the master stamper to press the records - it was able to press 1000 shellac discs for sale, then they replaced the stamper. Blue Smoke sold over 30,00 copies...

Label Love

Great collection of recent releases from some fine labels, check out Hooligan, a new Mark de Clive Lowe tune off his forthcoming album out via Tru Thoughts. New Chico Mann, Colman Bros too. Free DL.... Happy Friday!


Waiata: Maori Showbands, Balladeers & Pop Stars is a new 2CD set from EMI, digging thru their vaults. Looks like there's some gems in there too, including Poi Poi Twist, Shaking In the Shaky Isles, Don't Let It Get You... out August 15.


Disc 1:
1. Johnny Cooper & Ken Avery & His Rockin Rhythm Group - Rock Around the Clock
2. Howard Morrison Quartet - Diana
3. Eddie Howell & The Bob Paris Combo - Kansas City
4. Jay Epae - Putti Putti
5. Maori Troubadors - Shaking In the Shaky Isles
6. Laurie Morrison & the Dell Kings...Nobody But Me
7. Ricky May with Bob Paris & The Peppermints - I Could Have Danced All Night
8. Sonny Day & The Sundowners - Wolverton Mountain
9. Lisa Nuku & The Quin Tikis...Naturally
10. The Kini Quartet - Under the Sun
11. Rim D Paul & The Quin Tikis - Poi Poi Twist
12. Rino Tirikatene & The Blockbusters - Times Is Tough
13. The Kini Quartet - The Hitchhiker
14. Gerry Merito...My Voice Keeps Changing On Me
15. Howard Morrison - Don't Let It Get You
16. The Quin Tikis - She's the Girl
17. JA-AR (aka John Rowles) - Please Help Me I'm Falling
18. Jay Epae - Tumblin Down
19. Billy Karaitiana - Cool Jerk
20. The Radars - Don't Get Around Much Anymore
21. John Rowles - If I Only Had Time
22. Frankie Stevens & The Castaways - Angelica
23. Howard Morrison - My Prayer
24. The Shevelles - Beat the Clock
25. Frankie Price aka Rowles - Another Tear Falls

Disc 2:
1. John Rowles - M'lady
2. Nash Chase - What Greater Love
3. The Quin Tikis - What Now My Love
4. Keri Summers - Via Con Dias
5. Eddie Low - I Can't Stop Loving You
6. Frankie Price aka Rowles - Sweet Mary
7. Frankie Stevens - My Elusive Dream
8. Tui Fox - Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart
9. Bunny Walters - Brandy
10. Rangi Parker - Everyday Is Sunday
11. Mortimer King - Why In the Name Heaven
12. Bunny Walters - Take the Money & Run
13. Billy T.K & Powerhouse - Move On Up
14. Dalvanius & The Fascinations - Love Train
15. The Maori Volcanics - Never Can Say Goodbye
16. Mark Williams - Yesterday Was Just the Beginning
17. Frankie Stevens - Dancing In the Moonlight
18. Tui Fox - Bounce Baby Bounce
19. Mark Williams - Sweet Wine
20. John Rowles - Tania
21. Prince Tui Teka and Rockinghorse - For the Life of Me
22. Dean Waretini - The Bridge (alt version)
23. Prince Tui Teka & Missy - E Ipo (first version)
24. Billy T James - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
25. Howard Morrison - How Great Thou Art

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Who shot ya?

Preview off Macro Duplates vol 3. Wicked business...  Biggie, Bob Marley, Beenieman...

Who Shot The Sheriff (feat. BIggie, Bob Marley & Beenie Man) by MACRODUBPLATES


Good news, Galaxy Records in Christchurch is reopening this Friday, from 6pm. New address is 336 St Asaph St. And there's a new record store opening soon in Wellington, at 140 Vivian St, called Rough Peel Music (RPM). It's rising from the ashes of Real Groovy Christchurch, according to their Facebook page. And remember kids, you need more vinyl.


The Junkyard Band were an early signing to Def Jam, a group made up mainly of young kids from Washington DC playing go-go, a musical style popular at that time, that originated in DC. Their single Sardines/The Word came out in 1986, and is still funky as hell. Search it out.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

More Coffey

More goodies from Mr Coffey, courtesy of Strut: "As a thank you to all of the fine folks who downloaded our Dennis Coffey remix EP, we're offering a free download of a slice of instrumental psychedelic funk from the original album. Download "Knockabout" below. The self-titled album, which featuresMayer Hawthorne, Kings Go Forth, Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs, Rachel Nagy ofDetroit Cobras, Paulo Nutini & more is out now.

Download: Dennis Coffey- "Knockabout"

Also if you missed it, check out House Shoes' amazing mix, covering Coffey's classic solo material, legendary soul tracks on which he performed as a sessions musician, and several tracks from the new album.
Constellations: The A to Z of Dennis Coffey - A Mix by House Shoes

Allo Love Vol.1

Allo Love Vol.1 is a brand new digital compilation from top UK label WahWah45s. There's some killer tunes on this, give it a spin... wicked remixes of Colman Bros and the Resonators (who opened for Fat Freddys in London recently), plus Greg Foat Group, Hackney Colliery band and more - out August 15.

"The first of a fresh new series of digital only compilations from Wah Wah 45s, each complied by a member of the Wah Wah family. We kick things off, as you would expect, with head honcho at the label and international DJ, Dom Servini.

Dom’s selection features recent gems from the Wah Wah 45s back catalogue, including music from the Colman Brothers, featuring sister Sara on vocals; a classic from last year courtesy of Stac; Hackney Colliery Band in a more mellow mood; plus recent remixes from junglist don Cyantific and our very own Part-Time Heroes for Resonators and Colman Brothers respectively.

But it doesn’t stop there, the “Allo Love” series also reaches out to our extended musical family, current office faves and perhaps a sneak peak at a future family member! So, check brand new cuts from exciting young Brighton producer Ambassadeurs; long time favourite Landslide, featuring Sabira Jade on vocals; electronic wizard Yult with the incredible Tanya Auclair; jazz maestro Greg Foat; Mancunian troubadour Gideon Conn; plus a brand spanking exclusive new cover of a Stevie classic from Scrimshire and Stac! And not only that, if you purchase the whole album through the Wah Wah on-line store, you’ll get a stunning piece of contemporary soul from rising star Szjerdene for free!"

Attention goths...

Chico Mann vs The Cure. Bit of fun!

Monday, August 08, 2011


Free DL from Julien Dyne, not on his album but an earlier tune, off his debut, Phantom Limbo EP (2007). Wicked track!

JB Hifi streaming

"JB ... plans to launch an online music streaming service called “JB Hi-Fi NOW” in the December quarter, which will allow subscribers unlimited access to up to 8 million songs." Hat tip to Nigel Horrocks for the link. Buried in the last paragraph. Interesting.

Don Letts in space

I've been hunting back thru the filmography of Don Letts, most well-known for Westway to the world (The Clash) and Punk Attitude /Punk Rock Movie. Since directing Punk Atiitdue in 2005, hes has done documentaries on George Clinton, Gil Scott Heron, the making of The Jam's All Mod Cons album, Tony Christie, The Notting Hill Carnival  and this film below, Brother From Another Planet: Sun Ra. Haven't found the others online yet tho...

More recently, Don Letts has been travelling round for screenings of a film about his life, called The Superstonic Sound: A Rebel Dread Documentary. Trailer below.

 Letts filmography.  He also hosts a show on BBC Radio 6  - last weekend he played Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Dope.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Stereo MCs

New album Emperor's Nightingale on the way from Stereo MCs, heres a sneak preview, free download too... It's a bit of a departure from their old sound,. more electro... out August 30.

Download: Stereo MCs "Manner" (Mediafire)

Stereo MCs- Manner by !K7 Records

Free Oddisee

For this weekend only, Oddisee's label Mello Music is putting his first relesse on the label , from 2008, up for free download. features, Little Brother, Jean Grae, J-Live, Flying Lotus... Listen below