Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 10

Deodato - Superstrut
OJays - 992 arguments
Patti Labelle - Most likely you go your way...
Cherelle - Artificial heart - dance remix
P-bass expressway - Easyride - Downtown Brown remix
Dream warriors - Ludi - dropout mix
Morgan Heritage and Bounty Killer - Guns in the Ghetto
Toots and the Maytals - Bam bam
Augustus Pablo - East of the river Nile
Tiger ranks - Party wit me
Hypnotic brass ensemble - Spottie
Quincy Jones - Walkin
Booker T Jones - Walking papers
Esther Phillips - Catch me I'm falling
Cajun Hart - Got to find a way
Loraine Ellison - Got my baby back
Mr Chop - Greedy G
Fat freddys drop - Bohannon dub (free download here)
Three generations walking - Midnight bustling - Midnight rockers mix
Scritti politti - Sweetest girl
Million Dan - Dogz n sledgez
Rebel MC - The wickedest sound - Don gorgon mix
Lee Scratch Perry - Jungle youth - Congo natty remix

Muppet space funk

Raquel Welch and the Muppets. Just because. Funky as soundtrack too.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Mission Bay music fest postponed

Mission Bay Jazz and Blues Streetfest just posted this to their Facebook page...

"Unfortunately due to ongoing, and the threat of further, High Court action by the Mission Bay Business Association, Retail Holdings Limited and Drive Holdings Limited against Auckland Council in an attempt to stop the iconic Mission Bay Jazz and Blues Streetfest from proceeding, next year’s 11th annual Streetfest event is regrettably postponed until further notice.

"Despite the event’s support from tens of thousands of Streetfest fans, the majority of whom are local Mission Bay residents, the event organisers feel that it is untenable for the Streetfest to be staged when such legal proceedings continue to force the City to defend its right to permit large scale public events in Auckland at considerable cost to all Auckland ratepayers.

"This is the Event Organiser’s view and not that of Auckland Council. Thanks to all the event patrons & fans, awesome bands, suppliers, regulatory authorities and volunteers who all make the event happen and who have loyally supported the Streetfest."

ADDED Some background from a news item in February...
Mission Bay Jazz and Blues Streetfest raises concerns

excerpt: "... a sponsorship dispute before last year's festival resulted in the businesses being excluded from the streetfest with a fence covered in black scrim being put up between the hospitality strip and the festival.

"Our overall problem is the nature of the event has changed," Retail Holdings general manager Darryl Henry says..."

808 brass

What Time Is Love, played live at the Tate Modern...

More on Williams Fairey Brass and this release...

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Dam spiritual


DāM-FunK's ~ Spiritual Flight [The full un-edited presentation] by DâM-FunK

Dam Funk says "In 2009, I quietly recorded an all Gospel based, Boogie-Funk' mix for Stones Throw. That mix was released as one of their many podcast (Stones Throw Podcast #49), but was 'cut down' due to bandwidth rules on the record labels site. Well, here as I always promised (as a gift for all & after being repeatedly asked by many friends whom connect with my creativity, while on the road, about this full version) is the entire 'un-edited' recording to coincide with your holiday seasons festivities & listening pleasures.

| DāM-FunK's "Spiritual Flight" |

1. NEW JERSEY MASS CHOIR - "Yah Mo B There" ~ 1984 LP | Prelude Records
2. THE MICHAEL JOHNSON SINGERS - "Just A Little Talk" ~ 1984 LP | Plumbline Records
3. TONY COMER & CROSSWINDS - "Part Of You" ~ 1984 LP | Vidcom Enterprises
4. THE RAPPIN' REVEREND DR. C. DEXTER WISE, III - "I Ain't Into That" (Short Version) ~ 1986 12" | Fantasy Records
5. THE RANCE ALLEN GROUP - "I Can't Help Myself" ~ 1984 LP | Myrrh Records
6. KENNY SMITH - "Trust In Him" ~ 1985 LP | Message Records
7. MICHELLE & FAMILY LOVE - "Happy Song" ~ 1987 LP | Glenn Records
8. RICKEY GRUNDY - "Make Way For Jesus" ~ 1986 12" | S.W.E. Records
9. MINISTER JEFF JACOBS And The International Praise Gospel Music Workshop Group - "When It's All Over" (Instrumental) ~ 1988 LP | GosPearl Records
10. ANDRE CROUCH - "Got Me Some Angels" ~ 1984 LP | Light Records
11. EDWIN HAWKINS - "(Reprise) You Gave Your All" ~ 1981 LP | Lection Records
12. GABRIEL HARDEMAN DELEGATION - "I'm Givin' It Up" ~ 1983 LP | Birthright Records
13. MARY LOVE-COMER - "The Price" ~ 1988 LP | Love Records
14. JON P. KEE - "Happy" ~ 1987 LP | Tyscot Records
15. The DeBARGE FAMILY - "Coming Home" ~ 1991 LP | T.M. Records
16. WATSON BEASLEY - "Dimensions" ~ 1980 LP | Warner Bros. Records

*All original wax pressings were used for this mix. No mp3's whatsoever. Peace & with love I humbly present 2 U: "Spiritual Flight".

We need to make a change

Charles Bradley on WNYC's Soundcheck.

I've read three lists of Top 50 albums for 2011 in the past few days, and have come across a total of 3 albums on them that I own. Then again, most of those lists were very indie/hipster with a token hiphop artist thrown in.  Need to find some dance top 50s or something.

One of the best albums I picked up this year was a slice of solid soul from Charles Bradley. No Time For Dreaming, his debut album (at the age of 63), dropped on Dunham Records (via Daptone), an imprint run by Tommy Brenneck, leader of the Menahan St Band, who back up Bradley. 

Charles Bradley is playing dates in the US during February next year, then returning  to Australia in March (tour dates here).

Can someone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE bring him to New Zealand? He is an incredible singer. I need to see him.

Here's the latest video from Mr Bradley, a song about the loss of his brother. Available for free download at Rcrd Lbl, registration req'd.

Gilles Peterson dropped

Gilles Peterson outside Conch Records.

Via Fact Mag, Radio One  has had a reshuffle and dropped Gilles Peterson, Grooverider, Judge Jules and others, and added Skream, Benga, and Toddla T. Peterson is in talks with Radio 6 Music, so here's hoping he gets a new slot. Easily one of the best broadcasters on the planet.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Israel Starr

Israel Starr - Foundation by Newtown Sound

Copped this mean local tune a while back, it's a collaboration from Welli reggae DJ Art Official and vocalist Desta Buchanan, son of Aotearoa reggae legend Mighty Asterix.

You can read a great interview with the fellas over on Niceup. They were selected to perform at the Byron Bay Reggae Festival in Australia in September.

Wicked tune, gents. More please!

Here are download links to the wav files.


"So Desta, as you said, your dad is The Mighty Asterix, a legendary NZ reggae vocalist. What was it like growing up and having your dad as a mentor?

"Yeah having Dad around has played the biggest part in who I am as an artist. I mean in every way, from hearing him sing every day to listing to the tunes he was getting from all the top selectors around Aotearoa. So all the music that was hitting my ears from day one was the best of the best, and now I've acquired a taste for the finest high-grade music.

Dad would always listen to a lot of other types of music, especially gospel, P-funk and all the greats, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, the list goes on. So he provided me with an immense knowledge base of all types of music, which has made me more of a versatile artist.

Dad lives the lyrics too - I don't think I know anyone more ital living then Pops. I could go on about Pops but I'd have to write a book hahaha! Bless up Pop!"

BDP: Taxi Gang


But wait, there's more..

Red Hot Mittoo - Lowe1 & Jordinary K by Deejay Lowe1

DL here

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Be like summer

Long Hot Summer from local producer Soul Chef. Beat for Be Like by @Peace is in there too (see Mellow)...


Home Brew - Electro Magnetic Prod. INF by homebrewcrew

Very cool, laid back tune. Homebrew say "This isn't a girl song. It's a song for my girl." Go grab it.

Every time Wu-Tang says "Wu-Tang"

Via Village Voice. Some serious work went into this!

"... compiled by one Conor Lastowka: An audio supercut of every time the Wu-Tang Clan shouts itself out—by its collective name or individually—across the group's five studio albums. Lastowka spent "a few hours" putting together the clip, and he came to this conclusion, which might not surprise you: "They say Wu-Tang a lot. .."

Dub thriller

Tasty dub take on MJ classic, from Richie Phoe. Link on his Soundcloud page for a download too. Niceness!

Thriller dub style - free track! by richiephoe

...and a brief snippet of his Sesame St dub.

Richie Phoe 'Sesame Street Dub' by richiephoe

Monday, December 05, 2011

You got the funk?

I love a good cover version. Here's a cool new comp that's just loaded with them...

From Cultures Of Soul, The World's Funkiest Covers (CD/LP)...

that's a pretty grand claim in the title, have a listen and see what you think...

1. Johnny Jones and the King Casuals – Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
2. Mighty Mo and the Winchester Seven – The Next Message (Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five)
3. Afrosound – Jungle Fever (chakachas)
4. Fruko y sus Tesos – Bang Bang (New Swing Sextet)
5. Nostalgia 77 – Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes)
6. Ray Barretto – Pastime Paradise (Stevie Wonder)
7. Mongo Santamaria – Cloud Nine (The Temptations)
8. Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra – I Turn My Camera On (Spoon)
9. Ebony Rhythm Band – Light My Fire (The Doors)
10. The Johnny Frigo Sextet – Scorpio (Dennis Coffey) * (CD bonus track)
11. Antibalas – Rat Race (Bob Marley) * (Cd bonus track)

World's Funkiest Covers Preview by Culturesofsoul

R.I.P Philip Fatis Burrell

I saw a bunch of rumours of Burrell's passing on social media over the weekend with contradictory reports that he was dead, had a stroke but was still alive...  Jamaica Observer has now confirmed his passing.

"PHILIP ‘Fattis' Burrell, CEO of Xterminator Records, has died.

Fattis, as he was called by most persons in the music business, made his transition last evening after slipping into a coma early that morning.

The producer and artiste manager had been a patient at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) Mona, where he was admitted two weeks ago after suffering a mild stroke.
Burrell took a turn for the worse last Tuesday when doctors discovered a blood clot near to his lungs.

The family of Philip ‘Fattis’ Burrell wishes to thank friends, well-wishers and the staff at the UHWI for their care and support and asks for prayers at this time.
At the time of his death, Fattis was the manager for reggae artiste, Sizzla. He has played a major role in establishing the careers of Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Pinchers, Thriller U and Sanchez on an international level.

Fattis has also worked with several of reggae’s greatest artistes including Beres Hammond, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Charlie Chaplin, Capelton, Cocoa Tea, Gentleman and Ini Kamoze."

DJ Dubhead describes Burrell as "a huge force in the conscious roots renaissance, producing artists like Luciano, Cocoa Tea, Sizzla, Capleton, Prince Malachi, Turbulence and Ras Shiloh at a time when Rasta and one-drop rhythms were not fashionable in Jamaica."

ADDED: NY Times obit for Burrell. He died of a heart attack, according to his wife. Burrell had recently returned from a trip to Zimbabwe with the singer Cocoa Tea.

It's Monday - take five

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Fakery and bass

Today's Sunday magazine (in the Sunday Star Times) has a story on dubstep, written by Grant Smithies (not online yet). "The dubstep divide" talks to a variety of folk, like producer Jay 'Bulletproof' Monds (who appears to have changed his surname to Roland, if Sunday mag is to be believed), Jeffrey Stothers of Southbound Distribution who has sold 5000 copies of Ministry of Sounds latest dubstep compilation, and a few folk from GeorgeFM, including radio DJ Thane Kirby. The latter expresses his deep dislike for dubstep in no uncertain terms.

"When the Maui gas pipeline blew out a while back, I said that was the reason there'd be no dubstep on air that day. Another time, I invited people to bring dubstep CDs to the station and we set fire to them in a big metal bin on the deck. People were overjoyed to have an opportunity to torch the stuff".

That reminded me of another radio DJ by the name of Steve Dahl. He had a huge hatred of disco (perhaps because he got fired when his previous employer switched to a disco format), and in 1979, organised a disco demolition rally. in Chicago.

It took place at half time at a baseball game and resulted in a riot, which led to the game being forfeited  The stadium had a capacity of 52,000 and apparently 90,000 people turned up, for a weekday game.

Nile Rodgers of Chic told the Independent in 2004 that the disco demolition rally "...felt to us like Nazi book-burning. This is America, the home of jazz and rock and people were now afraid even to say the word 'disco'. I remember thinking - we're not even a disco group."

That  article also notes that "By the turn of 1979, the disco industry was estimated to be worth US$4bn, more, according to Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life..."

Read Panic at the anti-disco rally, written on the 30th anniversary of the riot, which says "Did you know that Nik Cohn's 1976 New York article "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" -- the basis for Saturday Night Fever, and thus probably for everything you think you know about disco - was a fabrication? Instead of investigating the discotheques of America, the Brit writer conjured up a story inspired by his homeland's Mod subculture. So Saturday Night Fever is really Quadrophenia."