Saturday, June 16, 2012

HxH moonwalk

New bizzniz from HxH, I posted about them a while back. Soulful outerspace blip funk, all about MJ and MJ.


"HxH, the duo of Rodney Hazard and Kareem Hawkins, have come together to bring you their latest track entitled, "Moonwalk." "Moonwalk" features Kareem on the production and Rodney on vocals. Rodney uses a double entendre to express his reverence towards the two infamous MJ's - Michael Jordan and Michael Jackson. Spitting lines like, "smoove dude feel like Mike on my feet," Hazard conveys hows he felt when Michael Jackson did the moonwalk and Michael Jordan rocked the cradle."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, June 16

Prince Charles and the city beat band - Don't fake the funk
Gladys Knight and the Pips -Who is she and what is she to you
Richard Rome - Ghost a go-go
Eva Be feat Joe Dukie - No memory of time - reggae version
The Wailers - Black progress (Say it loud)
Sound dimension - Love Jah
Butch Cassidy sound system - Brothers and sisters
Vin Gordon - Steady beat
Sandoz - King dread
DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature - Notice
Kenny Dope and the Madd Racket - Supa
Larry Gold - Aint no stopping us now
Patea Maori Club - Poi-e - Peter Mac disco drums edit
Kas Futialo -Good morning Samoa
DJ DRM - Maya's dub - Tim Love Lee mix
Erykah Badu - On and on -Adi Dick remix
Frente cumbiero meets Mad Professor - Analogica dub
Henry and Louis - Love and understanding
The Midnights - Regeneration - Dub Asylum remix (Free download)
Bjorn Torske - Dub vendors
Patti Jo - make me believe in you
Wolrd wonders - Funky washing machine
Wilson Pickett - Born to be wild
Mickey and Them - UFO
David Ruffin - Eady, willing and able
Peoples Choice -  Do it anyway you wanna - Keep Schtum re-edit
Arken - Step off

Friday, June 15, 2012

Midnights regenerate

Auckland reggae outfit The Midnights are playing at Rakinos this evening. I did a remix for them a while back, here's another one I did, a tune off their debut album Outside, from 2010. Free download - enjoy! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Big Matt

It's five years ago today since DJ Big Matt passed away. Sending much love out to his family and friends.

We're having a session for him at the Conch Sunday Grill next Sunday, June 24. DJs include Selecto, The Chaplin, Mikey Sampson, Megan, and myself. Come on down and share some music and some memories of the big guy. Cheers.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Maverick beats

In early 2011 I wrote about a producer that was aligned with Oddisee, a cat named Maverick, from Washington DC. He's just sent me his latest release, some wonderfully grimy soul-infused instrumentals - have a listen below. Fave tune right now is Yesterday's Lament.


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Ring the alarm quick

Ring The Alarm is the name of my radio show on BaseFM, taken from a killer tune of the same name by Tenor Saw, on the Stalag riddim. Also on the Stalag riddim is this tune below, with Beyonce... Hat tip to Mr B

RIU flashback....

Author/broadcaster Chris Bourke pulled out a wee gem from the archives for Rip It Up's birthday celebrations - a list of the 50 most important people in NZ music, dating back to RIU's June/July 2003 issue.

It makes for fascinating reading, if only to see how many of the names have now departed the music scene, which Chris hinted at in the title of his post, "50 Ways to Leave an Industry." A number of the bands listed are no longer around, like D4 or Nesian Mystik, or labels like FMR or BMG.

And then there's the odd sight of Helen Clark and Judith Tizard on there. Can't think of any of the current lot of pollies who would make the list today.

Someone should have a go at doing an updated version of this list.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RNZ youth radio station?

Radio NZ eyes shared quake city offices as $9m cost bites (NZ Herald)

Half way down this story on Radio NZ's need for a new building in Christchurch is a rather interesting snippet about a youth radio station... (Hat tip to Glenn Williams)

"... Radio NZ has not had a funding increase since 2009, forcing it to find other ways to make savings rather than cut its services.

It intended to go ahead with an online-only youth radio site, which would include some Radio NZ content and "new tailor-made content produced as resources allow".

Mr Griffin said he believed there was a market for a web-based station aimed at youth and it would be a minimal cost ..."

Tami n Aly

Our country musicians have been in the news a little recently. Aly Cook was interviewed by Vicki Anderson of The Press, where Cook slammed NZ On Air, noting her success in Australia while being ignored by radio and NZOA here.  

"... Cook has hit out at the NZ On Air (NZOA) funding scheme as having a ''bad attitude'' to Kiwi country music, describing the organisation as ''ageist''.

''My comment is about nationwide commercial radio airplay and the New Zealand music industry at large, and its bad attitude to New Zealand commercial country music,'' she said."

The discussion in the comments on that story is interesting, with Cook responding to various reactions. Vicki Anderson has written a number of articles/opinion pieces openly critical of NZ On Air, one of which won her an award at the recent Canon Media Awards.

Tami on the cover of NZ Herald's Canvas magazine. Story not online.

Meanwhile, I saw recent Tui award winner (3x) Tami Neilson deal with some mainstream malarkey on her Facebook page...

"I've been getting so many emails and messages of outrage from fans in regards to the male host of Good Morning making fun of country music in my interview that I thought I had better comment. (It especially confused my Canadian fans who watched, as the genre is mainstream over there and isn't treated with disrespect.) 

I would like to say that off-camera he was very nice and complimentary of my music, but I think it is just a general attitude towards country music in NZ that spurred him to joke like he did. I tried to dish it back to him good-naturedly, as I am now used to being confronted with these sort of comments and as an entertainer it's not a good look to retaliate. 

I've found the best way to change this mind-set is to just get out there and play my music. I can't count the number of times I hear, "I don't like country, but I LOVE your music!" If you love my music, you love country, baby!"

The interview starts with some weak joke from the male host Rod Cheeseman (after his lame outburst at the end of her song when he says "Thank god I'm a country boy!"), who compounds it with saying "What was wrong with the Western part of it, that's what I don't get."

Tami responds to these stereotypes (as the female host Jeanette Thomas labels them) by saying to the male host "do you want a cowboy boot up your butt, is that a stereotype as well?" which makes the hosts laugh. Well, the female host anyways. 

Tami says in the interview that there is a huge audience here for country music, but it's a challenge to get into the mainstream media. 

Loop love

A handful of tunes of the latest Loop Select 009 comp... This free download was a bonus to the 18 track CD and 2 Hour DVD.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rip it up and start again

The 35th anniversary edition of RIP IT UP is on news stands now, tune in to Radio NZ today Sunday about 1.30pm for an interview with former editor of Rip It Up, Murray Cammick, and original editor Alistair Dougal.

Murray says "the [above] photo is in the Crummer Road (Grey Lynn) Rip It Up office in the 1980s before I died my hair grey!?" (Photo - via Murray Cammick/FB).

Interview available for download from RNZ here.