Saturday, September 01, 2012

Lord Echo x Jakarta


Lord Echo drops a ltd edition 7-inch edit of Thinking Of You on German label Jakarta Records soon, you can listen to the flipside here featuring Jennifer Zea, on a free album sampler of Jakarta's catalog, incls Fabulous/Arabia and Shogun Orchestra too...

 

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Sept 1

LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 - Padded cell remix
Was not was - Walk the dinsoaur
The cage feat Nona Hendryx - Do what ya wanna do - dub version
P-bass expressway - Easyride - Downtown Brown remix
Vera Hamilton - But I aint no more
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
DL Jones and DJ 2nd Nature - Whoa Bobby
Nas feat Olu Dara - Bridging the gap
Cutty Ranks - The stopper - Richard Dorfmeister remix
Big Youth - Waterhouse rock - Groove corp remix
Black uhuru - I love King Selassie
Dr Alban - Hello Afrika - Fast blast club mix
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 66 - Agua de beber
Didier's sound spectrum - Cupol
Curtis Mayfield - Doo doo wap is strong in here
Lyn Collins - Give it up or turn it loose
Jesse Johnson feat Sly Stone - Crazay
Rose royce - Do your dance -Amichay's skating rink edit (Soundcloud)
Edwin Starr - H.A.P.P.Y. radio  -Peter Mac edit
Eddie Kendricks - Going up in smoke - G's smoking edit (Soundcloud)
Franki Valli and the four seasons - Sun country
Wreckx n effect - Wreckshop
Estere - Cruel Charlie (Soundcloud DL)
Thievery corporation - 33:45

Friday, August 31, 2012

R.I.P. Chris Lighty

Chris Lighty, 2007. Photo: Jim Cooper/Associated Press
Chris Lighty, founder of Violator Management, has died. NY Daily News reports he "died Thursday morning after he shot himself during an argument with his ex-wife inside his Bronx apartment, sources told the Daily News.

"Lighty, 44 — a longtime manager of 50 Cent, Diddy, Ja Rule and Mariah Carey — put a gun to his head and fired after a spat with his former wife, Veronica, inside the South Riverdale apartment about 11:30 a.m., police sources said.

"Law enforcement sources said Lighty — who divorced his wife last year — may have been dealing with financial struggles, including owing about $5 million to the IRS..."

New York Times reports that "In one of his most notable deals, Mr. Lighty negotiated a partnership in 2004 between 50 Cent and the beverage company Glacéau that gave the rapper a stake in the company and his own flavor of its Vitaminwater drink. When Coca-Cola bought Glacéau three years later for over $4 billion, 50 Cent’s take was estimated to be worth up to $100 million..."

Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about Chris Lighty courtesy of The Big Payback by Dan Charnas.

New York Times: He Took Hip-Hop From Gritty to Global...excerpt... "Acquiring wealth was an obvious strategy against irrelevance or being overlooked. So the goal was to build rappers — and their brands — from the streets up, without ever sacrificing their connections to their background. Scale big and don’t dilute: those were the rules. That meant endorsement deals, vanity clothing lines and more, anything that could bear the weight of a rapper’s image, anything that could extend a reach.

So when Mr. Lighty partnered some of his clients with Sprite, the results were some of the most viscerally hip-hop ads of the day. Or even later, when he helped negotiate 50 Cent’s stake in Glaceau, the company that makes Vitaminwater, it was with an eye toward not just lending his client’s credibility but also letting the client do so on his own terms. Mr. Lighty didn’t change his artists; he encouraged them to infiltrate."

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jam this record



NZ On Screen have rediscovered this clip for NZ's first house record... Simon Grigg, who had a hand in it, has no recollection of this video existing... wonder who made it?

"NZ's first house record was a one-off studio project for Simon Grigg, Alan Jansson, Dave Bulog and James Pinker. With a nod to UK act MARRS' indie/electro hit 'Pump up the Volume' — and a sample from Indeep's 'Last Night a DJ Saved My Life' — it briefly featured in the UK club charts. The independently made music video borrows the record's original graphics (by novelist Chad Taylor) and marries them to a mash-up of 1960s black and white, music related archive footage (including C'mon) with the occasional novelty act and politician added for good measure." And there's Rob Muldoon. Woo.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jules Issa 1994



Jules Issa single on Deepgrooves from 1994, produced by Andy Morton aka Submariner, one of his early productions - he later went on to produce music for Dam Native, Dimmer, Che Fu, and Tha Feelstyle. Ragga MC vocals from one like Tuffy Culture, who also featured on Sound Foundation's Ram Dancehall single.

Both versions featured on her 1995 mini album Found In You - the Tuffy Culture Remix was renamed as Tuffy's Dub on Found In You.

 

Monday, August 27, 2012

3 The Hard Way



I've been doing a few interviews about the digital reissue of Three The Hard Way's debut album that I worked on. I found a copy of the CD (none of the band had one, apparently, when they attempted to reissue it back in 2003) and wrote the liner notes for the digital reissue. Read more about that here.

I had a chat with Aaron Hawkins on Radio One in Dunedin, Chip Matthews on BaseFM, and Charlotte Ryan on BFM (listen above, and available for download on BFM's site).

Charlotte remembers dancing to Three The Hard Way at her school social (dance) in third form, and was pleasantly surprised to hear the songs again and discover they had aged well - better than she expected!