Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Nov 12

Bo Diddley - Hit or miss
Lonnie Smith - Afrodesia
Mr Chop - The world is yours
Hackney colliery band - No diggity
Mulatu Astatake and the heliocentrics - Chik chikka
Ikebe shakedown - Tujunga
S tone inc - Arejar - Soulstance remix
Lord Echo - Long time no see
Lancelot Layne - you think it sorf?
Amrals Trinidad cavaliers steel orchestra - 90% of me is you
Gwen Guthrie - Padlock - Larry Levan remix
Liquid liquid - Cavern
ESG - Moody
LCD sound system - 45 33 - Padded cell remix
Billie Holiday - That old devil called love - Moodymann remix
Staple singers - Take your own time
Diders sound spectrum - Impuls
Henry Mancini - Baretta's theme
Border crossing - Jump down
Farm fresh sound system - Still lifted
Brother culture - Foundation rockers - Disciples dub
Etherealites - Rocka shaka dub
Noiseshaper - Ruff like a what
Disrupt - Robot version 

Friday, November 11, 2011

De La Soulviet

De La Soul paired up with Soviet funk, soul and jazz. Hat tip to Fleamarket funk.

Track listing:
1. Oooh
2. The Grind Date
3. Stakes Is High
4. Trouble In The Water
5. Shoomp
6. Hold Tight
7. All Good
8. More Than You Know
9) Jenifa Taught Me
10. Much More
11. Itzsoweezee
12. Rock Co.Kane Flow

All tracks produced/mixed/mastered by TenDJiz at TenDJiz Miami Studio

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Fresh Splore acts

New acts added to the bill for Splore Festival 2012... DJ Qbert and beatboxer Reeps One doing The Bass Bizarre live show mixing dubstep, hip hop and drum n bass with digital art; Hudson Mohawke; DJ Sticky Buds; Latinaotearoa; Al Majik.

And then there's Soul II Soul, Erykah Badu, Gappy Ranks, Africa Hitech, Tiki, The Yoots, Ahoribuzz, Lord Echo and His Melodies, The Nudge, Disasteradio, J Star, Hermitude, Barons of Tang, Earl Gateshead, Shortee Blitz, @ Peace, Scratch 22, Alphabethead, King Kapisi, IM ENO, Smoke Eaters, DJ Amato, Optimus Gryme and Maya Vanya.

Spotify in NZ in Feb?

Just heard this via Indies NZ newsletter.. "According to well-placed sources, Spotify is likely to hit Australia and New Zealand 'in or around' February, and boots may already be on the ground. And, that will be complemented by a serious Asian expansion to be headquartered in Hong Kong, Singapore, or both.

"Spotify has declined any comment to Digital Music News, though sources are coming from label contacts in both the United States and Australia itself. The Australian & New Zealand headquarters will be in Sydney, and already, Spotify is seeking a label relations manager to liaise with hundreds of labels, distributors, publishers, and other content partner." More at Digital Music News

New from Tackhead

Fresh business from  Mr Wimbish, McDonald, Le Blanc and Sherwood. Tackhead covering Bob M. New album out early next year.

Tack>>Head - Exodus (dubvisionist 7" dub mix) by Echo Beach lifefidelity

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

BDO not so big

The 2nd announcement for the Auckland Big Day Out this morning revealed some changes to the festival, dropping several stages (from 8 to 4) and shrinking the lineup, including dropping Kanye West. Refunds are available for anyone who bought tickets on the basis of Kanye appearing, but only til Nov 30. Added to the bill were Noel Gallagher, Nero with live band,  Cavalera Conspiracy, and Das Racist.

So, lose Kanye, and gain Noel Gallagher. It's Noel's revenge for Jay-Z playing at Glastonbury, right?

The Lilyworld stage is gone, as is the Local Produce stage. I saw so many great, unexpected musical delights at the Lilyworld stage. There will now be only one main stage, not two as in previous years. The Adelaide and Perth BDOs also made similar announcements, downscaling their events and shrinking the lineup.

There's clearly some hard economics at work, as the organisers face rising costs. BDO NZ boss Campbell Smith said the restructure was ''vital'' for his team to be able to find a way to keep the Big Day Out in Auckland. "It's a very expensive show ... we needed to look at rebuilding it from the ground up. We want to make sure we still have a Big Day Out here," said Campbell.

But halving the stages and the number of bands, while keeping the price similar to last year doesn't seem likely to attract new punters.

So is it due to shrinking crowds? In 2009 the crowd was 40,000 punters, 2010 was 45,000 (sold out), and 2011 was nearly 45,000 according to news reports. Capacity for the event is usually round 40-45,000. So, the BDO audience isn't declining, it's holding steady.

Has the venue costs gone up dramatically, after earlier reports that the BDO might be moving to North Harbour stadium, due to urgent repairs needed to Mt Smart? There was also the suggestion that "It's believed that the council, who run [Mt Smart] stadium, want more money for the location hire and bar sales in the future."

Kat did some number crunching and came up with this chart, on her blog... click on it to enlarge it...

Kat writes about her chart: "It shows in cold hard numbers what has happened to the Big Day Out and what this reduction means to your pocket... These numbers came from my original tickets and the final timetables (obviously, with the exception of the 2012 event, which is yet to release the timetable.

"The numbers for that line are taken from the Big Day Out website). Up until 2012, we were paying less than $2 per ticket for each band. Now we are paying twice that for a lesser festival. You might get a $20 merchandise voucher with your 2012 ticket, but NOTHING is $20 at the merchandise stand..."

now, go read this story in Time magazine... Live, at a Field Near You: Why the Music Industry Is Singing a Happy Tune. "...Music festivals are a rare bright spot in the struggling music industry..."

ADDED Promoter Ken West explains Big Day Out issues (on Triple J)

R.I.P Heavy D

TMZ reports that Heavy D has died, aged 44.

"Heavy D - real name Dwight Arrington Myers -- was rushed to an L.A. hospital around noon today ... and was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1 PM. He was 44 years old.  We've learned a 911 call was placed from Heavy's Beverly Hills home around 11:25 AM to report an unconscious male on the walkway . "

Spin Magazine and its sources confirm Heavy D's passing. "[He] is best known for a consistently great stream of albums in the late '80s and early '90s that seamlessly mixed hip-hop with pop aspirations, culminating in the Top 20 single "Now That We Found Love."

His "chunky but funky" persona, cushiony delivery and high-velocity flow garnered him five Top 40 records and memorable guest appearances on albums by both Michael and Janet Jackson. [Heavy D performed in the MJ memorial concert in Wales on Oct 8]

More recently, Heavy performed on television for the first time in many years, closing out the 2011 B.E.T. Awards with a medley of his classic hits. Earlier this morning, he appeared on Radio 1Xtra to tell Tim Westwood the story about the performance, which he said had him practicing eight hours a day for six weeks and almost vomiting from nervousness."

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Don Dada

New production from P-Money, for Aussie MC Sky'high. Dope sample, dope tune.

Don Dada by Sky'high

...and the Kenny Dope/Madd Racket rework, Supa, from 1991.

Liquid Liquid vs The Roots

From April 2010. Mega-long jam, wait for the outro. Original 1983 video below

Monday, November 07, 2011

Monotron madness

I borrowed a Korg Monotron off a mate of mine a while back, they make fantastic squelchy noises. Now Korg have launched two new versions of the Monotron, a Duo version and a Delay version which sounds glorious. Watch... via Engadget

Factory Dance:1980-87

Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987

I knew there were like about a million other acts that got signed up to Factory, you just never got to hear about them down here in NZ, on the other side of the planet. Sure, we got Joy Division, New Order and A Certain Ratio, but this new collection goes way deeper...

Review from Turntable Lab: "The good folks at Strut shine some light on the dancier side of iconic Manchester label Factory Records for Factory Dance. Everyone knows the label's iconic acts like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, but here we get treated to some of the lesser known bands that graced the label during the early 80's when Factory was exploring jazz funk, experimental soul, and even reggae territories.

Boogie heads will want to check the 52nd Street material, especially "Cool As Ice(1)" and "Look Into My Eyes(2)," while X-O-Dus "See Them A Come" is perfect for the dancehall. Did you know Factory ever took it there? Neither did I! You also get the underground disco-not-disco classic from Quando Quango ("Love Tempo") as well as the slept-on cosmic vibes of "Genius," plus post-punk on the disco side of things from Section 25 on "Dirty Disco" and electro on "Looking From A Hilltop."

There's even some heavy industrial house beats (The Hood's "Salvation"), chilled-out balearic (Durutti Column) and a good dose of experimental no-wave business from Swamp Children, Biting Tongues, Blurt, and Minny Pops. An outstanding collection compiled by Bill Brewster (author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life and founder). 24 tracks in all."

Sunday, November 06, 2011


Roy Ayers is playing his hometown Los Angeles soon, (with Pete Rock and live band) and DJ Anthony Valdez has put together a very cool mix for the occasion..

"In advance of the performance, KRCW DJ Anthony Valadez has created a stellar mix incorporating Ayers originals and their creative offspring. Appearances include the Roots, Ultramagnetic MCs, X-Clan, and more (the transition from Ayers and Carl Clay's "Shining Symbol" into Redman's "Creepin'" is masterful). But the Ayers effect has extended to a third generation. Also on the bill will be Thundercat, the Brainfeeder-signed fusion jazz artist who clearly channels the beautiful float of Ayers' most poignant compositions."

Homage - Roy Ayers mixed by Anthony Valadez by ArtDontSleep