Saturday, October 06, 2012

STKS


I went along to the release party for the new album by local hiphop MC Ermehn last Thursday night. They had a lengthy list of performers, who got up and did two or three songs each. It kept the night moving nicely.

One act that stood out was a wild looking cat named STKS, who rocked a mohawk, yellow and black checks, and an acoustic guitar. He was distinctive.

He was helped out onstage by a beatboxer and a rapper. He was very lively, a natural performer. Here's a clip of what he sounds like, plus an interview.

His debut album Rhythm And Brown dropped in August of last year. Reads Graham Reid's writeup of it here.


Sulata, NZH 13 Feb 1997


Here's Deepgrooves artist Sulata, as featured on the cover of the NZ Herald entertainment section, 13 February 1997, for an interview with Graham Reid about her debut album Kia Koe. I spent some time recently at the Auckland public library going thru their microfilm of newspapers earlier this week, lotsa fun. They have copies of the NZ Herald going all the way back to 1863, how cool is that?


Andrew B White comments on 5000ways.co.nz that Sulata's video below was "actually meant to be for the single ‘Motion’ but Kane Massey (Deepgrooves boss and director) said he didn’t want to use the money for Motion and instead do a completely different song and video. His concept was to film a bunch of local scenesters at the time at Cafe Alba on Auckland’s Lorne St (now Shenkin) – a regular hang out for Deepgrooves associates due to its proximity to Kane’s offices.

"Kane enlisted me to get a few people in the video and help him out a bit with it. Hence I’m also in the video. He was trying to get me to get Bic Runga in there too but she was away at the time." Andrew was playing bass in Bic's band back then. He was also designer for numerous Deepgrooves' CD covers.

Others in the video include Deepgrooves artists Ermehn, Greg Fleming, and Rob Salmon and Ollie Green from Urban Disturbance.

Dean Mackenzie, who edited this video with Kane, adds that "from memory, I think Kane changed the mix of the song (remixed it?) from the original RnB one [listen below] to this. Why, who knows, he was kind out there at times."



Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 6



Overproof sound system - Get with it
Buju Banton - Champion
Wayne McGhie - Cool it
Scritti Politti with Ranking Ann - The word girl
The Yoots - Tutira mai
Noiseshaper - Moving together
Sergio Mendes and Brasil 77 - Mozambique
Joe Dukie vs the Nextmen - Blow wind blow
Billy Preston and Syreeta - Go for it - instrumental mix
 Fonda Rae - Over like a fat rat
Stylistics - Funky weekend
Ian Dury - Spasticus autisticus
Pointer sisters - Grinning in your face
Ramsey Lewis trio - The in crowd
Cal Tjader - La bamba
Lalo Schifrin - Black widow
George Faith - I forgot to be your lover (aka To be a lover)
Jefferson Belt - Gold dust
Concept neuf - The path - Sofrito edit
Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan - Stone cold dead in the market - Ticklah remix
Patato and Totico - Dilo como yo -  Antibalas remix
Grand Wizard Theodore - Can I get a soul clapp
The Staples - Pass it on
Candi Staton - When you wake up tomorrow

Friday, October 05, 2012

New album from Ermehn


I went along to the release party for the new album by Ermehn last night, good fun. Here's his new video, featuring PNC and Paul Bob.

Trained To kill - his third album - is out today. Produced by Anonymouz, the talented fella behind Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's Remix The Orchestra.

Ermehn - Trained To Kill album on Amplifier // iTunes



From Amplifier: "Ermehn, one of New Zealand's Hip Hop Pioneer's hustles his way back into the game with his brand new third studio album, Trained To Kill.

Widely renowned as one of the best lyricists and storytellers in NZ Hip Hop, Ermehn once again weaves true life stories and recollections of growing up in Otara over intricate Anonymouz productions.

The album also features stellar verses and hooks from guest artists such as Boo Yaa Tribe's Gangxsta Rid, PNC, Chong-Nee, Dei Hamo, fellow Otara rappers Tha Movement, Mr Sicc, Young Sid and many others.
It is an unflinching insight into the mindset of a youth growing up in 1980's South Auckland eventually joining and subsequently leaving gang life as told by a now much more wiser and mature proud father of three living in the Hibiscus Coast, practicing various martial art disciplines and running his own security company, Pride Security.

Once again powerfully delivered in his unmistakable rap tone and flow, it is a very raw, powerful and dramatic piece of lyrical and production artistry that is guaranteed to draw you deep into its mayhem, trials, tribulations, hope and triumph."

Sir Howard Maori medley



Not great audio quality, but you get Sir Howard's great swinging 60s beat-combo versions of some Maori tunes... not a million miles from the Neketini Brass...

In 1966, Sir Howard starred in a great Kiwi pop movie/musical extravaganza called Don't Let It Get You (directed by John O'Shea), here he is singing the theme tune, a marvellous uptempo groover... dude sure could swing... You can watch the full film at NZOnScreen.

There were only three feature films made in NZ between the end of WWII and 1972, and John O'Shea was responsible for all of them.

Nu-Mark, solid steel



DJ Nu-Mark, brand new tune off his new joint, out Oct 9, guesting is Quantic and crew, PLUS it has steel drums. What more could you want?

Nu-Mark sez "On Oct. 9 we are releasing our 4th Series from my upcoming Broken Sunlight release." There ya go.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

NZ Music Awards finalists

Len Brown, down with hiphoppers since forever. Just don't ask him about Ice Cube and that time he tried to get him banned from South Auckland. Photo by DJ Substance, with Homebrew

Full list of finalists over here, at The Corner. Kimbra up for six awards, and five each for Six60 and Homebrew. Kimbra was also announced today as a finalist at the ARIAs (Aust music awards). She's up for best female artist on BOTH sides of the Tasman.

Best hiphop/urban album finalists are Homebrew, Adeaze, and Savage. Best roots album finalists are Hollie Smith (and Mara TK), Tomorrow's People, and the Black Seeds.

Big news here is Toy Love get the Legacy Award. And the Neilson bros fight it out in the best alternative album, along with Ladyhawke. Oh, and Special Problems got all three nominations for best music video, so they are in with a shot.

Flying Nun announced on Twitter that "us and Real Groovy are getting together some releases for November, including a Toy Love 2xLP." Info here. Out Nov 3.

"To celebrate, Flying Nun and Real Groovy Records are proud to announce the upcoming double LP,Toy Love. Pressed on unique split coloured vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve, the 28 track compilation features all the band’s singles’ (A & B sides), a selection of demos recorded in 1979, a live track and even a radio jingle.

Plus, following on from their limited edition Toy Love – Live At The Gluepot LP released earlier in the year, Real Groovy Records have put together a Toy Love DVD Collection with 17 clips from 1979 and 1980 – as well as a yet to be released new clip for ‘Swimming Pool’. And, if that wasn’t enough, there will be a few more items of toy lust soon to be announced."

The 2LP set sounds like it might be a vinyl version of the Toy Love - Cuts release, which included their one and only album brilliantly remastered by Dale Cotton, plus rarities galore. 

From The Corner "The award ceremony takes place November 1 at Vector Arena while the Critics Choice showcase will be held on Wednesday October 17 at the Kings Arms and will be between Watercolours, Loui The ZU and Beach Pigs.

Technical Awards Winners (announced this evening)

Best Album Cover to Angela Keoghan for Dearly Departed (Bannerman)
MAINZ Best Engineer to Kody Nielson for Belle (Bic Runga)
MAINZ Best Producer to Neil Baldock for Me & Moon (Lydia Cole)

An aside: The SST let slip yesterday that Bic Runga and partner Kody Nielson are having a baby.

ADDED: Chris Knox reprised his previous appearance with Rackets last weekend, joining them onstage at the Kings Arms, covering Squeeze. Hat tip to Alan Holt for the link.

 

Grace interviewed, 95



Auckland band Grace (Anthony, Jason and Paul Ioasa) interviewed about their debut album Black Sand Shore, on music show Frenzy, TV3, from 1995. Directed by Ross Cunningham. edited by Gregor Boyd, animations by John Pain, voiceover by Kate Stalker. Thanks to Ross for the vhs.


Nick Bollinger felt the Grace debut album worthy of inclusion in his 2009 book of 100 essential New Zealand albums, excerpted below...

"Anthony, Jason and Paul Ioasa were first-generation New Zealanders whose parents had eloped from Samoa in the early '60s.

Their father, a tough disciplinarian, distanced his sons from their Samoan roots, believing it was the only way for them to succeed in a predominantly white society. But he was also a musician, and when his boys weren't doing their homework he would coach them in drums, keyboards and guitars.

By the time they made Black Sand Shore, the brothers were all accomplished instrumentalists and fine singers.

On first hearing, it is hard to guess where Grace's mellifluous grooves come from. The tone and texture recall the sophisticated British pop of the period: Steve Winwood, Peter Gabriel, the Blue Nile and Scritti Politti. Musically cosmopolitan, it combines elements of jazz, classical and rock....

...But if Grace's music invites escape, the title song brings it all back home, vividly evoking Auckland's west coast in imagery and shimmering sonics....

...Sadly, there would not be a sequel to this bold debut. Before the decade was over, Jason had given up music to pursue a career as a merchant banker. Anthony flourished as a writer of hit songs, especially for reality TV band True Bliss, while Paul moved to the United States, where he was killed in a car accident in 2003."

This album came out in two versions of the artwork - this is the later one, repackaged for Australian release



Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Tipene vs Tui

Local hiphop MC Tipene dropped a cool tune called West Side Hori, repping his hood, Flaxmere, earlier this year (produced by Juse) - the bro is out on his front lawn with his mates, wearing his white gumboots and rapping up a storm.  It's wicked.

His new jam features a sample from Prince Tui Teka (was talking with DT at the weekend about Tipene, he hipped me to this tune), which instantly makes  me want to check it. Go have a listen... it's pretty damn sweet...

James Murphy is cooler than you



On Todd Terje's 'Let's Nerd' blog, he asked how you got that distinctive LCD Soundsystem drum sound. And you gave him every single clue, every single secret. Is that something you're cool with now?

'I've always been cool with it. I've never guarded a technique in my life. I want music to sound better. I think I'm good at making it, so I would like other people to know how it's done. If there's some kid that can use that information and a light bulb goes off in their head, that's great.'

But isn’t there a danger that everything could end up sounding the same?


'I don't think we're having that problem – I think the problem we're having is all drums sound like Daft Punk. I love them, but if another producer tries to make their drums sound like Daft Punk drums then put a pop/R&B thing on, I'm gonna fly to whatever city they're in and shoot them in the face.'

Murphy also gives  a shout out to NZers in London, making good quality coffee. Shot, bro. 

Ngātahi - Know The Links

Ngāatahi - Know The Links is a six part rapumentary series on street arts and activism amongst native and marginalised people in twenty-two countries. Creator Dean Hapeta a.k.a. Te Kupu presents the latest and final part in this series and will be in attendance to answer questions about his work.

Solidarity, a 23 minute music documentary on Upper Hutt Posse’s visit to the USA as guests of the Nation of Islam in 1990 will also be screened.

Tue 2 Oct, 5:00pm–10:00pm
Bizdojo MakerSpace Studio, Basement level, 155 Karangahape Rd, Auckland CBD
Restrictions:All Ages
Ticket Information: Door Sales Only

Reynosa

Hat tip to Martyn Pepperell at Vanguard Red for this saucy tune, straight outta Portland...

M'LR 041 - REYNOSA - "CARINITO" b/w "CABALLERAS" 7" US$5. 500 copies only.
"Shocking and exciting debut from these three young fire-breathers. Equal parts psychedelic cumbia and house show thrash, Fabiola, Ana, and Brisa are seriously one of the best live groups we've seen in years, and brand new on the scene! Transcendent Los Hijos Del Sol cover on the A-side, original shredding on the flip, all wonderful, GET PSYCHED.


 

MCOJ and Rhythm Slave, live 92



Shot at the Powerstation, uploader writes that "I shot this because the Manager of supergroove paid for the camera hire. However I as i got slightly more drunk the ability to shoot straight wore off."

Here's what NZ music retail looked like in 1992, via Billboard magazine, cassettes outselling CDs.. In the article, Roger Marbeck of Marbecks says CDs make up 46.8% of sales, and has surpassed cassette sales for the first time (at 44.3%).

PLUS, go read Graham Reid's writeup for Billboard on the state of NZ music in 92... He says "If any one album could be seen to symbolise what has happened in the small but vigorous NZ market in the last 12 months, it would be "What can we say" by rap duo MC OJ and Rhythm Slave..."  AND there's a pic of my old band, Hallelujah Picassos too....


Monday, October 01, 2012

Maze Hill LV remix, free DL

Via XLR8R: "Maze Hill is the new collaboration between producer Andy Highmore, vocalist Holly Bestic, and singer/spoken word artist Joshua Idehen, who just sent over a remix of its forthcoming debut single by London trio LV.

The outfit exercises supreme control on its version of "Long Haul," keeping Bestic's and Idehen's soulful and jazzy vocals wrapped around their collective finger, so to speak, with an exceptionally tight production. Never rigid, the synth melodies shift seamlessly between varying levels of fluidity around the high-stepping beat. 

The rest of Maze Hill's four-track Long Haul record will be released on October 29 via Wah Wah 45s."

DJ Vadim - new album!



Album Don't Be Scared out in Europe now. PLUS, from a wee while back, LISTEN: TJ-Kid x DJ Vadim x Julien Dyne - New Zealand Special.

Carmen vs Jack Body

Carmen, image credit: Jack Body
The APO, Carmen, Jack Body and more... exciting!

"The APO unveils a programme of returning stars, new sponsors and New Zealand premieres and rarities at its 2013 season launch, held tonight at Auckland Town Hall.

Songs and Dances of Desire, the world premiere of a significant new work by current Composer-in-Residence Jack Body, is one of two major pieces the APO presents for the Auckland Arts Festival.

It examines issues of identity by celebrating the life and personality of one of our great cultural icons, Trevor Rupe – known to all as Carmen. Described by Body as “a total entertainment” featuring a guitarist, three singers (including countertenor) and dancer, Songs and Dances of Desire promises to be as flamboyant and captivating as its subject.

The second work, presented association with the Auckland Arts Festival, is a closing night performance of Benjamin Britten’s immense War Requiem in the centenary year of the composer’s birth.

“The Auckland Arts Festival is central to the city’s cultural life,” says Barbara Glaser, Chief Executive of the APO. “It’s both a responsibility and a pleasure for the APO to play a key role in the festival, and by presenting one of the great 20th century choral works and a major new piece by our own Composer-in-Residence, we hope to honour that responsibility – and bring pleasure to audiences, too.”

Mr Beatnick presents Sun Ra

OHM Dedication Series #4: Mr Beatnick presents Sun Ra...

"The OHM Dedication Series has returned after a summer break and this one is a peach. Mr. Beatnick offers you a mix dedicated to Sun Ra, the legendary jazz musician, bandleader and afro-futurist philosopher from Saturn. 

Whether you're an expert on his music or a total newcomer, this will be mind-expanding and a lot of fun. Listen below (137mb DL)....



Tracklist:
Discipline Intro
Outer Spaceways Incorporated
Love In Outer Space
Somebody Else’s World
Mayan Temple
The Antique Blacks
Island In The Sun
There Is Change In The Air
Night Of The Purple Moon
Lanquidity
Space Is The Place
Nuclear War
Journey Onwards
The Cosmic Exploror
UFO
Stargazers
God Is More Than Love Can Ever Be
Strange Worlds
Where There Is No Sun Outro

Cinema - Kuru



Cinema - Kuru (Radio Mix). Released on Deepgrooves, 4 track cd single, 1995. The music video for this song is below...

Cinema were Jolissa Tasi (lyrics/vocals), Anthony Ioasa (music/arrangement), Kane Massey (concept/video). Engineered by Chris Sinclair, programming by Simon Holloway, produced by Anthony Ioasa. They also contributed this same track in a longer version to the Deepgrooves 95 compilation.

Cinema also had a track called Anatomy on the Sofa So Good compilation (1998). The liner notes on that release say Anatomy  was from their album, called Someone Has To. Deepgrooves imploded around that time and I can't find any sign of that album coming out. Anyone know?

Deepgrooves website in 1997 said "cinema is rather odd group which produces music in japanese, english and samoan. the group released its first single kuru in 1994 and is currently in the studio producing an album due for released early 1998. a new single is due out this year." [I've left this without any capitalisation, as that's how it originally appeared. Kane Massey loved using lower case. Also the release date for the single listed (1994) differs from the one on the cd.]