Saturday, June 09, 2012

Don't sweat the technique

Wicked edits from Jim Sharp, Eric B and Rakim, and one mashing up 90% of Me with Bam Bam from Sister Nancy.  Hat tip to Morgan H.

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 9

Bee gees - Love you inside out - Beaten space probe edit
David Ruffin - Discover me
Keni Burke - Rising to the top - AliOOFT edit
Herbie Hancock - Palm grease
Eric B and Rakim - Don't sweat the technique - Jim Sharp edit
Playboys - Bumpin bus stop pt 1
Liam Bailey - When will they learn
Frente cumbiero meets Mad Professor - La bocachico dub
Lord Echo  -Things I like to do
Concept neuf - The path - Sofrito edit
Mark de Clive Lowe - Relax unwind
Eddie Kendricks -Son of Saggitarius
Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
War - This funky music makes you feel good (from the movie Youngblood)
John Davis and the monster orchestra - Holler
MSFB - Something for nothing
Hypnotic brass ensemble - War (live in Auckland July 20, Wellington July 21)
Sisters love - Give me your love
League unlimited orchestra -Don't you want me - Greg Wilson edit
Cool breeze - Charlie don't surf
Gulls - Mean sound
Earlyworm - Dirty bass dread skies
Disrupt - Riddim grid
Rocket juice and the moon - Hey shooter
Dalvanius - Chudka pa poy
Kas Futialo - Kaufeai le nu'u

Friday, June 08, 2012

Stevie pon de reggae

Russell B over at Public Address posted a tasty rework of Stevie Wonder's Superstition by JT (free DL), here is JT's take on Living for the city...

JT aka Jamie Travers is straight outta Birmingham, so of course he's done a few UB40 mashups....

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Len Lye, the opera

Len Lye is one of the greatest artists to ever come out of NZ...  this looks like it might be a very interesting project... read more about Lye on New Plymouth's Govett Brewster Gallery's site - the gallery is home to the Len Lye archive...

Artist Len Lye celebrated in new multi-media opera, runs 5-8 September

In a feat of artistic innovation, the life and work of one of this country’s most inventive artists will soon be immortalised in an original New Zealand opera.

New Zealand-born Len Lye (1901-1980) was a pioneer of kinetic art and filmmaking whose work challenged traditional boundaries and forged new explorations of sound and movement.

Fittingly, then, LEN LYE the opera promises to be a multi-media extravaganza featuring a jazz-influenced score and an original mix of music, theatre, film, dance and spectacle.

The opera boasts an acclaimed cast of international singers including James Harrison (UK), sopranos Ursula Langmayr (Austria) and Lilia Carpinelli (Italy) as well as New Zealand favourites Anna Pierard, Carmel Carroll and Te Oti Rakena.

The award-winning creative team includes Eve de Castro-Robinson (composer), Roger Horrocks (libretto), Uwe Grodd (artistic director and conductor) and Murray Edmond (stage director), Shirley Horrocks (moving images), Kristen Sorrenson (costume design), Nik Janiurek (lighting design).

As a burgeoning young artist in Christchurch, Lye realised he wanted to “compose motion, just as musicians compose sound”. This revelation remained central to his life and art, informing six decades of creative work in the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States that included films, paintings, drawings, writings and sculpture.

In addition to his kinetic works, Lye was highly regarded as a filmmaker whose radical techniques broke new ground, particularly in the field of animation. His technique of “direct animation” – a process of drawing and scratching designs directly onto film – has earned him the accolade of “legendary” among many animators.

Composer Eve de Castro Robinson has long been fascinated with Len Lye, who she describes as the “quintessential creative figure - with an exuberant, quirky personality and a life story dramatic enough to be opera material”. The composer describes LEN LYE the opera as a “21st century opera,” with a varied score featuring both jazz and classical compositions.

Opera libretto and Len Lye biographer Roger Horrocks acknowledges the challenges of mounting a contemporary, original opera - and is confident that the production will do justice to its central figure.

“Len Lye used to say, ‘I think my art will be pretty good for the 21st century,’ and that is borne out by the rising interest in his work. We believe there’s a growing audience interested in what’s new and fresh in music, in theatre, and in the visual arts. A great team of creative people are contributing their ideas to this production to ensure it has lots of 'wow moments,' and to prove that contemporary opera can be entertaining as well as relevant, full of surprises for both eyes and ears!”

LEN LYE the opera will be premiered at the Maidment Theatre (7 Alfred St) from 5-8 September. Tickets are available from the Maidment Theatre box office on 09 308 2383

For more information about the opera visit

New Sola Rosa bizznizz

Brand new tune from Sola Rosa, feat LA Mitchell on the mic. New album out August 10

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Sofrito - International Soundclash

Raw dancefloor rhythms from Africa, the Caribbean and South America, out July 24.

From the press blurb: "Strut link up again with Sofrito, leading lights in the new generation of collectives celebrating heavy Tropical music. Fuelled by the unquenchable thirst of DJs Hugo Mendez and Frankie Francis to turn up new music and explore sounds from across the ages, Sofrito has built a unique reputation since it began life in the warehouses of East London in the mid ’2000s.

Now, following the success and critical acclaim of their debut compilation in association with Strut, ‘Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque’, Hugo and Frankie bring the long-awaited follow-up, ‘Sofrito: International Soundclash’.

The new selection effortlessly mixes the old with the new, plucking dusty gems from Trinidad, Colombia, Dominica, Congo, Cameroun and beyond. Exclusives include the deep Pacifico sound of Grupo Canalon’s ‘La Zorra y El Perol’ – a new project from Nidia Góngora, singer with Quantic’s Combo Barbaro - a previously unreleased track by UK/Kenyan sensations Owiny Sigoma Band, and a Tropical Treats edit of Haiti’s dynamite Les Difficiles de Petion-Ville.

Other highlights include an incendiary lesson in Soca groove from Lord Shorty, stunning up-to-the-minute carnival sounds from Guadeloupe’s Mas Ka Klé, all backed up by deep bassline Cadence, synthed-out Soukous and other Afro Latin encounters.

For this release, visual maestro Lewis Heriz interprets Sofrito’s fresh perspective on the world with a specially designed cut-out globe on a pull-out poster to accompany the CD and double LP."

Track list:
1. Lord Shorty & Vibrations International - Vibrations Groove
2. La Pesada - Cumbia y Tambo (En La Lluvia)
3. Midnight Groovers - O Ti Yo
4. Les Difficiles de Pétion-Ville - Fe'm Confiance (Tropical Treats Edit)
5. Owiny Sigoma Band - Nabed Nade Ei Piny Ka F
6. Mas Ka Klé - Lésé yo Palé
7. Kiland et L'Orchestre Mabatalaï - Pour Chercher le Magot
8. Bell'a Njoh - Ebolo
9. Concept Neuf - The Path (Sofrito Edit)
10. Grupo Canalon - La Zorra y El Perol
11. Les Vikings - Ambiance (Guhe Huiamo)
12. Sartana et Son Groupe Mistral - Information Par Le Mistral
13. Luis Kalaff y Sus Alegres Dominicanos - Agarralo Que Eso Es Tuyo
14. Afro Festival led by Fantastic Tchico Tchicaya - El Manicero
15. Melodica Teens Band - Mwekuru Muthao

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

James Murphy is cool

In the latest issue of Red Bulletin, there's a tiny interview with former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy. It further confirms my opinion of him as the coolest music dude walking the planet right now. See...

What advice would you give to young musicians?
Murphy: Make the music you'd want to listen to yourselves. And don't overdo it. Get a bass and just make a record with a bass. Strip it down, get to know your tools before you go layering everything up. It's like learning to fly a jet: fly a kite for a minute!

The LCD doco Shut up and play the hits is in this year's Film Festival, hitting NZ centres from July 19.

Phil Cohran and Hypnotic Brass

We're getting a visit by The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble very soon, but check this clip above... recorded live as part of Another Honest Jon's Chop Up at the Fiesta des Suds, Marseille, 30 October 2011.

The new album by Kelan Philip Cohran (85 years young!) & his sons, who make up The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, is out now on Honest Jon's Records. Hat tip to Egotripland for the vid below.

01. Cuernavaca
02. Stateville
03. Frankincense And Myrrh
04. Aspara
05. Ancestral
06. Spin
07. Zincali

Via The Artistic Heritage of Kelan Phil Cohran.

Mean sound of Gulls

A few tunes from Gulls released on Portland Oregon's Boomarm Nation, I was reminded of them by Mr Stinky Jim, who spun some new bizznizz from them on his fine radio show Stinky Grooves recently.

Boomarm Nation dropped Music For Saharan Cellphones (incls a Gulls remix), reworking the comp Music From Saharan Cellphones.

From the Mean Sound Ep by Gulls, free DL...

And from the Boom Miami ep from last year...Free DL too...

And there's a new ep on the way by Gulls, out July 1, called Running Times, but you can download a preview track via this link...

And there's a live cassette by Gulls from March this year, up for a free DL too... get in there!