Saturday, August 04, 2012

Sofrito groovers

Free download off the latest compilation Sofrito International Soundclash....out now on Strut Records...

"The Midnight Groovers, led by local legend Chubby, are one of the most influential and longest running bands to come out of the small but musically fertile island of Dominica. This late ‘70s track is a masterclass in cadence-lypso, mixing an angular cadence rhythm and rolling bassline with ominous synths and a minor key vocal."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 4

Round four feat Tikiman - Find a way - Vocal/version
Love grocer - Sitting on the fence
Keith Lawrence feat Rodney P - Style and fashion
Guts - And the living is easy - Dynamics remix
Boss tres bien - Quartet tres bien
Loopless - Pink blue hotel
Beastie boys - EVA humdinger - Hansi edit
DJ Kormac - Korma's scratch party
Three the hard way - Many Rivers
Ermehn - Walls of steel - Radio mix
Liam Bailey - When will they learn
Roots manuva - Agian and again - Moody boyz remix
Prince Fari - African queen
The Yoots - Me he manu rere
Willie Bobo - La descarga del Bobo - MAW remix
Youngblood brass band  -It's all over - Nathaniel Compton remix
Eddie Kendricks - The thin man
Cool breeze - Charlie dont surf
Wu tang clan - Gravel pit
Combinations - Many styles
War - Sing a happy song
Dub traffik control - Fresh prince of babylon
Fat freddys drop - Hope - Sonsine remix
Jules Issa - Dangerous dub

Friday, August 03, 2012

Jonwayne and Mono/Poly


On the 3rd of August Los Angeles' Jonwayne (Stones Throw/Alpha Pup) and Mono/Poly (Brainfeeder, Planet Mu, Warp) make their New Zealand debut.

Two of the leading lights of the new wave of Low End Theory associated beats artists to emerge out of California in recent years, Jonwayne and Mono/Poly will be supported by a shimmering collection of progressive local producer and DJ talent, underscoring the global vitality of the movement they're both become so central to.

Newly associated with Stones Throw Records, Jonwayne produces idiosyncratic, blunted beat music, sometimes pairing it with verbose yet slick West Coast microphone prowess. Sitting on a perfectly formed collection of Alpha Pup Records and Stone Throw Records released EPs, albums and an acclaimed series of mixtapes, Jonwayne is in peak form.

More established, musical genre polymath Mono/Poly has been releasing music which mixes celestial textures with sub aquatic bass pressure and hard edged drums for several years now. Along the way he has attracted support from Brainfeeder, Planet Mu and Warp Records as well as nods of affirmation from Radiohead, Erykah Badu and Jay Scarlett (1Xtra).

Due to release new albums this year, Jonwayne and Mono/Poly are two incredible talents, both sitting on the cusp of global recognition. On the 2nd and 3rd of August, catch them in concert at two intimate shows. Chances are you won't get another chance to see these talents this close up.

Friday 3rd August, Khuja Lounge, Auckland
Jonwayne and Mono/Poly w/ local support from Christoph El Truento, Julien Dyne, Mr Mime, Milo B and KXVGXN
Tickets available from Real Groovy & Conch Records

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Going Global Music Summit 2012

I went to the Going Global Summit last year, had some very interesting speakers, especially for those in the indie scene. Here's this year's lineup and info, and it's free...

Going Global Music Summit 2012 - What you need to know before you go.

"Independent Music New Zealand is proud to announce that the GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2012 will include  Christchurch  as well as repeat visits to Wellington and Auckland this September - the dates are listed below.

If you are looking to take your music overseas, come and hear from people who are working with both new and established artists on the global stage.

GOING GLOBAL MUSIC SUMMIT 2012 – Announcing The Delegates:

· Greg Vegas (International Rescue Artist Development / Cooperative Music, USA)
· Peter Jesperson (Newwest Records, USA)
· Brooke Black (Big Hassle, USA)
· Lisa Hresko (CMJ, USA)
· Cary Caldwell (Great Escape UK, SXSW USA)
· Andrew Dubber (author 'Music in the Digital Age', UK)
· Nick O'Byrne (Australian Independent Records Labels Association (AIR), Australia)
· Rene Chambers (Spotify, Aust/NZ) note, Wgtn 6th / Akld 7th ONLY
· Graham ‘Asho’ Ashton (Footstomp / Bigsound, Australia) note, Wgtn/Akld ONLY

Delegate bios & photos are available at

Venue Locations / Dates:
Thursday 6th September – WELLINGTON
Seminars: CQ Conference Centre, 213-223 Cuba St, Cuba Rooms 3-5 (free entry)

Showcases: Ten artists, two venues
Mighty Mighty, 104 Cuba St (free entry)
San Francisco Bath House, 171 Cuba St (free entry)

Friday 7th September – AUCKLAND
Seminars: IMNZ members only, not open to public

Saturday 8th September – AUCKLAND
Seminars: The Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds St, Hauraki Room (free entry)
Showcases: Ten artists, two stages
Galatos Upstairs, 17 Galatos St, Newton (free entry)
Galatos Downstairs, 17 Galatos St, Newton (free entry)

Monday 10th September – CHRISTCHURCH
Seminars: CPIT, 60 Madras St, Imagitech Theatre (free entry)

Showcase: Five artists, one venue
Dux Live, 363 Lincoln Rd (free entry)

If you’re an artist or band who would like to be part of the live music component of the Summit apply via the link below:

Artist applications close this Friday August 3rd at 5pm.

Bastard Planet

From the folk at Bastard Jazz: " Here's a preview of Captain Planet's upcoming cassette entitled Mystery Trip Vol. 1 - coming out on Bastard Jazz in mid September. "Bokazo" is a heavy and pulsing journey into Ghana mixed with deeper modern dancefloor vibes. Catch a FREE DOWNLOAD of this tune on our Soundcloud."


Walls of steel

I got my hands on a stash of Deepgrooves CDs  earlier this week, and have been digging my way thru them. Found a Jules Issa mini-album I've never heard before. And this gem popped out...

Ermehn - Walls of steel (radio mix) off the Deepgrooves cd single from 1995.  This is a different version from the one on Ermehn's 1998 album Samoans Pt II. Additional vocals from The Fieldstyle Orator (now known as Tha Feelstyle). Produced by DJ Nasty Nige/DJ Mamafa. Recorded and mixed at The Lab by Chris Sinclair. 

DJ Nasty Nige was later known as DJ Sub-Zero, and DJ Mamafa was an alias for Manuel Bundy. Thanks to Manuel for that info re DJ names.


Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg has announced he's changed his performing name to Snoop Lion, following an extended stay in Jamaica. A lot of folk are kinda sceptical about it, but here's the trailer for the documentary on his new album, recorded in Jamaica with Major Lazer (Diplo/Switch).

From LA Times:
"... The identity change, which he first announced last week, is suprising but not unprecedented in contemporary hip-hop (Nas recorded a collaborative album of reggae-infused tunes with Damian Marley). But it is a major re-imagining of the music and image of the man born Calvin Broadus.

A forthcoming album of straightforward reggae, "Reincarnated," is due soon on Vice Records, and features production by noted Jamaica-philes Major Lazer.

A documentary film of the same title, about the trip to Jamaica that spurred Snoop's new spirituality, will debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Snoop has been wearing Ethiopian-themed clothes at recent concerts, including his headlining Coachella appearance, and the documentary suggests it's the start of a real and profound new path for Snoop. In the trailer, he implies that the identity of Snoop Dogg is truly over.

In a statement, he described the change as a spiritual awakening. "I wanted to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion, but I didn't know that until I went to the temple and received the name Snoop Lion from the Nyabingi priest,” said Snoop. “From that moment on, I started to understand why I was there and was able to create something magical in this ['Reincarnated'] project ... something I haven't done before in my career.”

View the trailer for "Reincarnated" below:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Haz vs Moa

If you don't get Twitter, here's one of it's many charms - the joy of watching as conversations between folk take unexpected turns, like this one between Hazbeats of  Homebrew , and Anika Moa, with further comment from Tom of Homebrew...

and then Anika Moa says to Haz "don't be sorry I only jokesing cuz!"

IQU - Witchcraft EP

I digitised the vinyl of the title track off this ep last March and put it up on youtube. Then a bunch of commenters over time kept asking for the rest of the ep, so here it is... Auckland group from 1984...

Off the three song Witchcraft Ep from IQU, released on Jayrem Records in 1984. Composed by Jon Lowther. Band members listed on the cover; Betty Monga, Paul Agar - vocals; Jon Lowther - keyboards; David Meech -Guitar; Ryan Monga - Bass; Robert Mayo - Drums; Percussion - Jay Foulkes. 

Engineered by Mike Farmer, produced by Paul Crowther and ICQ. Recorded at Echo Park Studio, winter 84. Digitally mastered.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Peanutbutter Wolf talks cratedigging

He recently moved house, with his 15,000 records. The movers had fun with that, apparently.

Resonators - B​.​A​.​S​.​I​.​C.

Out August 20 on 7"/digital thru WahWah45s, the last tune is a free DL, in case ya missed it last week.

1. B.A.S.I.C. Album Version
2. Wrongtom's Labrynthitis Mix
3. Debian Blak Remix
4. AK-DK Cally Remix
5. Dub