Saturday, August 25, 2012

I feel love



Found this great version of Donna Summer's I Feel Love on the blog of author Will Hermes, the man behind the book Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever.

He has some great excerpts from his book on his blog, to mark the 35th anniversary of the 1977 NYC blackout.

My favourite moment is the day after the blackout, when power came back on, and Hermes writes that "...most of us New Yorkers picked up our lives as we had left them. But quite a few kids across the Bronx and elsewhere were wiring up brand-new sound systems—determined, now that they had the gear, to learn how to DJ."

LISTEN: Will Hermes, author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire talks to National Radio's Trevor Reekie about Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever." Listen to the interview on RNZ site here.

There's a great doco called NYC 77: The coolest year in hell (made in 2007) that is well worth watching, find it here on Youtube.


Also from his book, on the late Ms Summer...

"On May 13, 1977, Casablanca released Donna Summer’s I Remember Yesterday. A concept album about musical evolution, it ends with a song that is ostensibly the future: “I Feel Love.” She cooed, “Love To Love You Baby” style, over a chugging track made up entirely of synth beats and arpeggiated chord washes, a yin to Kraftwerk’s yang. New York DJs loved it instantly. As unprecedented as “Trans Europe Express,” it became just as essential, an electronic dance music template. 

Blondie covered it live, faithfully, with Chris Stein adding Santana-style guitar licks. In Berlin, Brian Eno rushed into the studio where he and David Bowie were working on Heroes with a fresh copy of the record, raving that it would change the sound of club music “for the next 15 years” (Eno was fond of grand statements). One can imagine the record spinning while the two Philip Glass fans listened to its hypnotic repetitions, the sonic possibilities blooming in their minds like flowers in a stop-motion film."

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Aug 25



New age steppers - My love
Jah warrior -What is right with dub
Soul vendors - Swing easy
Dream warriors - Ludi
Devon Russell - Make me believe in you
Nightmares on wax - Finer
Concept neuf - The Path - Sofrito edit
Temptations - Masterpiece
Staple singers/Curtis Mayfield - New Orleans (off Let's Do It Again OST)
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Deadly avenger - Malpaso
The Beat - Whine and grind/Stand down Margaret
Supercat - Dolly my baby - reggae mix with Trevor Sparks
Diplo w Sandra Melody - Newsflash
Rebel MC w Tenor Fly - Wickedest sound - Don gorgon mix
Kraftwerk - The model
The makers - Don't challenge me
House party - Dangerous game
Kas Futialo - Kaufeai le nu'u 
LeaLea Jones w Horace Andy - The road
Sound Foundation - Lethal dub
Stevie Wonder - Livin for the city - JT edit
Schoolly D and Joe Delia - The player - Ganja Kru remix
Youngblood brass band - It's all over - Nate compton remix
Sly and the family Stone - In time

Friday, August 24, 2012

Wake up



 First single off the new album from Aaradhna, produced by P-Money. Super soulful. Album out November.

Holding on to Jah

A cosy Sunday night event of inspiring cinema on deluxe sofas, with a 5000 watt soundsystem, Kohu Rd gourmet icecream, good coffee and a full bar. At Galatos....


Holding on to Jah film screening, 26th August 7.30pm


Holding On To Jah details the history of Jamaica, Reggae music, and the Rasta movement, bringing into focus the critical roles played by Marcus Garvey, and the 225th Emperor of Ethiopia, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie.

Reggae is the sound track that sets the history and struggle of the Rasta people, and of all Jamaicans, to music. Candid interviews with some of Reggae's greatest singers and musicians (some of whom are no longer with us) tell a collective story of hard times that were endured and overcome because of their great faith.

The film takes viewers on a journey to the heart of the Rasta movement and shows us how, against great odds, a message of salvation and redemption was born. With courage, tenacity, and faith, the Rastafarian movement emerged, struggled, and continues to thrive. Through all their tribulations they continue to stand firm in their convictions, HOLDING ON TO JAH.

Let it whip



Reissue on 45 thru Ximeno Records outta Japan - reggae versions of Let It Whip and Juicy Fruit (Susan Cadogan). Want! 200 copies only, rare as heck. Originally released in 1983 as Whip It.

Susan Cadogan pops up in the comments on this Youtube clip of the reissue, suggesting it's not her singing. "Dont know what this is!!.....I have never in all my years as a singer ever heard of two singers with the identical same name and especially not a name as uncommon as mine....I should make my own recording of this song... Sorry but this is a cold sound for a song that should be far warmer...."

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adrian Sherwood mix



DOWNLOAD: http://www.mediafire.com/?h3arf0kigh1ntkt
"This week’s FADER mix comes from the legendary Adrian Sherwood, the English pioneer of dub and zonked-out production. Sherwood just released the supremely heavy Survival & Resistance, his third album under his own name, via On-U Sound, the label he founded in the early ’80s, and his mix traces its beginnings in transcendental roots reggae. Download the mix below, followed by an interview on production technique, running a label and Lee Perry lighting someone’s sock on fire...." Read the interview here. Excerpt below...

Sherwood on mixing/producing... "I tend to use certain delay speeds, reverbs, plugging a reverb into a phaser, mixing things backwards, turning the mix over, and things like that to make a kinda really interesting sonic picture. You can almost do a performance, which is what classic dub mixing is. That’s what I’ve always loved. By being the producer, dub mixer, whatever, you’re shaping something to the final execution of the mix, not just sitting back minusculely making it perfect with a computer, but it’s attacking the bloody thing and, you know, making it leap out at you with your fingers. That adds a big life to the end of it, when you push it off..."

New Liam Bailey



New single from Liam Bailey, out on Truth and Soul Aug 21 (45/digital). His last single When Will They Learn is very tasty.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Estère via Welli


Great tune, catch the Erykah soul diva thing going on... Couldn't find much online about this talented singer from Wellington, but Martyn Pepperell wrote something about her on Vanguard Red earlier this month...

"An ode to a fictional ex-boyfriend named Charlie, ‘Cruel Charlie’ is the latest work from Wellington based singer Estère and her partner in beats and songs, an MPC named Lola. As a beatmaker, Estère has an natural funk to her hip-hop informed soul/Rnb production work. Likewise, as a singer, she has a rich, syrupy delivery and tone, literally dripping goodness all over the track."   Estère Soundcloud

Akalepse - For God Sakes

'Bling47 Breaks takes you on a journey into samples used by J Dilla. Filmed, edited and animated and directed by Waajeed.' Very cool series to dig thru. Here's DJ Akalepse talking about the Lee Feilds album that Dilla sampled...


Get the full story at http://bling47.com/site/for-god-sakes-akalepse/

and one more... Rich Medina on the melancholy in Dilla's later records...


Monday, August 20, 2012

Prince x Dam Funk

"For the Wax Poetics ten-year anniversary and Issue 50 Prince Issue, Dām-Funk (Stones Throw) creates an exclusive Prince DJ mix, including a new Dām-Funk track..."


Track list
1. Prince & the Revolution – 17 Days (original version)
2. DāM-FunK – 17 Days (D-F Re-Freak)
3. Prince – Irresistible Bitch (Props Re-Edit)
4. Prince (featuring Andre Cymone & Pepe Willie) – One Man Jam
5. Prince – Wet Dream Cousin
6. Prince – Dirty Mind (1981 Live Version)
7. Prince – Soft & Wet (original version)
8. Prince – Ballad Of Dorothy Parker (D-F Extended Re-Edit)
9. Prince – Sticky Like Glue (Props Re-Edit)
10. Prince & the Revolution – All My Dreams

D'Angelo and Jesse


I was reading the Jesse Johnson (The Time) article in a recent issue of  Wax Poetics magazine at the weekend - their issue #50 has a ton of great Prince and Prince-related stories.

From Wax Poetics: "Guitarist Jesse Johnson was an instrumental part of the Time, crafting some of their most well-known songs before departing on a solo career. While continuing to collaborate with idols like Sly Stone or jam with protégés like D’Angelo, Johnson charts new territory while staking a claim to the Minneapolis funk-rock sound that Prince and his affiliates created."

Today there's been a bunch of folk on Twitter raving about some live show D'Angelo is playing right now Stateside. I remember seeing Jesse Johnson playing with D'Angleo at an awards show recently, and a mate sent me this video (cheers, Jubt), of Jesse and D'Angelo blazing away on the guitars. Dude can shred.



Promotional mix by FA celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Wax Poetics!

Track list
Prince and the Revolution “Erotic City (Make Love Not War Erotic City Come Alive)” (Warner Bros.)
The Time “777-9311 (propsEdit)”
Blood Orange “Champagne Coast (Krystal Klear Remix)” (Domino)
Jesse Johnson “Be Your Man (Specially Remixed Version)” (A&M)
Andre Cymone “Kelly’s Eyes” (CBS)
Larry Graham “There’s Something About You” (Warner Bros.)
94 East “If You Feel Like Dancin’” (Hot Pink)
Toro y Moi “Saturday Love” (Carpark)
Madhouse “Fifteen” (Warner Bros.)
The Family “Screams of Passion (Extended Version)” (Warner Bros.)
DJ Quik “Do Today (featuring Jon B. and BlaKKazz K.K.)” (Mad Science)
?uestlove, The Foreign Exchange, Zo!, and Carlitta Durand “Purple Flip”
Prince “Wouldn’t You Love to Love Me”
Frank Ocean “Songs for Women”
Prince and the Revolution “I Would Die 4 U/Baby I’m A Star (Live, Landover, MD, 1984)”
Frank Ocean “Voodoo”

Count Bobo and the Bullion

Hat tip to Jen F for putting me onto these cats. "COUNT BOBO AND THE BULLION, a new 6 piece Ska band from Bristol and Bath playing traditional sax led and vocal harmony ska music, including tunes by The Skatalites, Prince Buster and Roland Alphonso...."

Count Bobo Soundcloud for more. Count Bobo on Facebook // Count Bobo website