Saturday, October 27, 2012

Label Love 5: Jazzy bizznizz

Via Soulbounce: " Jazz is often forgotten in discussions about popular music. Once the sound of young America, it has now become the music of choice for those with a more sophisticated (read: older) musical palate. But that doesn't mean that jazz can't be young, fresh and even new once again.

The fifth (yes, fifth!) installment of the popular Label Love series sets out to prove just that. ...  the 15-track compilation proves to be a veritable smorgasbord for jazz aficionados. Running the gamut from traditional and vocal to modern and experimental, the compilation also brings along some familiar faces along with for the ride: LaBelle's Nona Hendryx turns up on Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnics' track "It's Time" and the ever progressive Nostalgia 77 turns up with "The Taxidermist." Plus Greg Foat, Dwight Trible, Matthew Halsall and more. Check it...

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Oct 27

Tiombe Lockhart - Mr Johnnie Walker
Universe crew - What's inside your afro
Rose Royce - Do your dance - Amichay's skating rink edit
Sparkles - Trying to get over
Cherelle - Artificial heart - dance remix
League unlimited orchestra - Don't you want me - Greg wilson edit
DJ Nu Mark feat Quantic - Oya indebure - main mix
Lord Echo - Things I like to do
Combinations - Many styles
Opensouls - Stickmen instrumental
George Faith - Turn back the hands of time
Wrongtom meets Deemus J - Riot ting
Foxy Brown - Sorry
Count Bobo and the bullion - El torro
Overproof sound system - Kingstep - Unitone hifi remix
Common - Come close - Boozoo bajou remix
Dub Asylum - What the funk -Woodcut remix by Matt Scott
Vibes alive - Mantra
Young Holt unlimited -Freddie's dead
Butta - O'kwawa se
Mandrill - Ali bombaye pt II
George Clinton - Hey good lookin - 'Rush This' mix
The collectables - Levy jive
DJ Vadim - Up to Jah
Hulamen - Working for a living

Friday, October 26, 2012


Stinky Jim has posted one of his mighty stonkarific mixes over on This one has not one but TWO versions of Agua de beber, some Quincy Jones, some Peddlers, some Ramsey Lewis Trio and even  Take It Easy My Brother Charles, awesome tune.

Jim says "this is very much on the loungey/soundtracky/library tip with a lot of op-shop scores, alongside some compilation and re-issue niceness from when I was treating Dusty Grooves etc orders like a jonesing jaunt to ‘the corner’. Love the fact that Mark Pritchard’s Harmonic 33 gear, which is the only modern/non-authentic tackle throughout, slips in so seamlessly with the vintage vibes." Some saucy vocal snippets too....

Track listing below, listen on Mixcloud, and there's a download for a limited time over at Jim's site (172mb)


01 Optigan -Harmonic 33
02 Jade East – Ramsey Lewis
03 Hair – Galt McDermot
04 Hawaiian Eye – Buddy Morrow & Double Impact Orch.
05 Big Shot – Keith Mansfield
06 Chief’s Drive To Mayor – Quincy Jones
07 The Departure Lounge – Harmonic 33
08 Safari Park – Roger Roger
09 Soul Coaxing – Norrie Paramour & His Orch.
10 Viva Tirado – Percy Faith
11 Cookin’ With Ali – Louie Ramirez
12 Yo Perdi El Corazon – Lita Branda
13 Agua De Beber – Astrid Gilberto
14 Agua De Beber – The Walter Wanderley Trio
15 Mu-Cha-Cha – Living Marimbas
16 Take It Easy My Brother Charles – Som Tres
17 Vodka Per Due – Franco Micalizzi
18 El Pa Raiso – Walter Kubizcick
19 Hangin’ Paper – Quincy Jones
20 Song for Delilah – Arthur Lyman
21 Delilah – Ramsey Lewis Trio
22 Impressions – Peddlers & London Philharmonic Orch.
23 Psychedelic Portrait – Jack Arel
24 Misty Canyon – Sven Libaek
25 Accadde A Bali – Accadde A
26 The In Crowd – Dick Hyman & Harpsichord

She Dubs Me remix ep out now

Way back in 2004, I pulled together some cool local producers to remix some tracks off my debut Dub Asylum album, She Dubs Me She Dubs Me Not. The remixes came out on a limited edition 12-inch vinyl as the She Dubs Me Remix EP, with specially hand-painted covers by artists DLT and Dan Tippett. That's me with some of the covers below. How choice are they?

Now the EP is getting a digital reissue, with a special bonus remix - the flipside off my Ba Ba Boom 7-inch single, the Oogun remix, available digitally for the first time. Remixes by Timmy Schumacher vs Substax, Rob Warner and Josh Webb, Audioslut, and Oogun. Out now thru Amplifier, iTunes, etc. Listen below

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sofa So Good

From the last Deepgrooves compilation, Sofa So Good, subtitled The Deepgrooves Producers Selection (1998). Some well cool loungey grooves, a few years before all those chill-out comps like Lazy Sunday were everywhere.

Other contributors were Combinations (Andy Submariner Morton and Manuel Bundy, listen at bottom), Keng, Grace, Sulata, Breaks Co-op, and Grace.

Freaker were led by John Ozbourne (ex Slacker). According to the CD liner notes, this track was off a proposed album called Moltorubato, that didn't see release due to the closure of Deepgrooves.

Pause were led by Justyn Pilbrow (later of Elemeno P) with Jo Currie and Anna Copley. They released a 3 song single on Deepgrooves, called Only, in 1998, and apparently had an album ready to go.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

She Dubs Me Remix EP reissue

Way back in 2004, I pulled together some cool local producers to remix some tracks off my debut Dub Asylum album, She Dubs Me She Dubs Me Not. The remixes came out on a limited edition 12-inch vinyl as the She Dubs Me Remix EP, with specially hand painted covers by artists DLT and Dan Tippett (pictured above). That's me with some of the covers below.

Now the EP is getting a digital reissue, with a special bonus remix - the flipside off my Ba Ba Boom 7-inch single, the Oogun remix, available digitally for the first time. Remixes by Timmy Schumacher vs Substax, Rob Warner and Josh Webb, Audioslut, and Oogun. Out now thru Amplifier, iTunes, etc. . Listen below

Raggamuffin Fest 2013 lineup announced

Full lineup announced, Nov 25. Ad in Sunday News, and on Raggamuffin's FB page

Friday 1 Feb 5pm - 12am
DJ Sirvere and Club Kingz Pacific Reggae Mix
Darky Roots
Common Kings
The Black Seeds
Gappy Ranks

Sat 2 Feb Gates open 10am
Village Stage (12 - 6pm)
Zkabby Jamz (Smokefree Pacifica Beats Winner)
Hot Rain featuring Siaosi
Three Houses Down
The Green
J Boog (special guest appearance from Monsta G)

Raggamuffin Stage
Brownhill featuring SWISS
Tomorrow People
Ali Campbell's UB40
Toots and the Maytals
Ms Lauryn Hill

Via Raggamuffin's FB page... "1-2 Feb, 2013. Rotorua International Stadium.
Raggamuffin 2013 will feature an all-star international and local line up including…

ZKABBY JAMS (Smokefree Pacifica Beats winners)
With more acts still to be announced!

Tickets to Raggamuffin 2013 will go on sale 9am today, Wednesday 24 October, to subscribers only. Two day passes are only $125* or $40* (Fri 1 Feb only) and $85* (Sat 2 Feb only). These special prices will only be available to those who sign up at and will be limited so we urge you to act fast.

Any remaining subscriber tickets will be made available on general sale on Thursday 25 Oct at 9am. Once they’re gone, prices will jump to the Early Bird rates. *Booking fees will apply."

Interesting to see Herbs in there, given that previously they had taken legal action against Raggamuffin and Pacific Herbs (these ex-Herbs members due to play at Raggamuffin in 2010), and Herbs got the previous company running Raggamuffin pushed into liquidation. Read more on that -
Herbs vs Raggamuffin (March 2011)
PLUS Ali Campbell owed money by Raggamuffin (July 2012)

ADDED Lauryn Hill recently pleaded guilty to failing to pay taxes to the tune of $1.5m, and is due for sentencing Nov 27 -she faces 3 years jail time,according to the Huffington Post (hat tip to Mark Thomson for the link). Will she make it to Raggamuffin?

Fat Freddys meets DJ Vadim

New from the Freddys crew... DJ Vadim + The Electric vocalists, soulstress Sabira Jade and lyrical marvel MC Pugs Atomz, remix six classic Fat Freddy's Drop tracks. Clear 12" vinyl with hand screen printed sleeve. Very limited! Available direct from FFD website, and....

Bonus Fat Electric Drop FREE single MP3 downloads, over here.

That A
1. Flashback
2. Ray Ray
3. Big BW 

That B
1. Pull The Catch
2. Wandering Eye
3. Midnight Marauders

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

RZA vs Black Keys - who will win?

The Black Keys duke it out with RZA over a fortune cookie. Mean tune. Off the soundtrack for The Man With The Iron Fists, written and directed by RZA... their previous collaboration was on the 2009 album Blackroc.

Doco heaven

I got introduced to Documentary Heaven at the weekend (thanks, Mark G!), there's a ton of great documentaries listed there. I picked out a few of the music titles, here's a few...

"Moog, a documentary about Robert Moog, inventor of the modern synthesizer, is a portrait of the legendary figure in music and technology and his ideas about creativity, design, interactivity, spirituality and his collaborations with musicians over the years."

Legendary ska musician Rico Rodriguez: Rico: The Legacy..

 Sun Ra, Brother from another planet...
"... Sun Ra and his Arkestra were the subject of a few documentary films, notably Robert Mugge’s ‘A Joyful Noise’ (1980), which interspersed performances and rehearsals with Sun Ra’s commentary on various subjects ranging from today’s youth to his own place in the cosmos. Today’s documentary, Don Letts’ ‘Sun Ra, Brother From Another Planet’ from 2005, reuses some of Mugge’s material and includes some additional interviews..."

Robert Mugge directed a great film on Gil Scott Heron, using conversations with Heron and concert footage shot in Washington DC in 1982. The film came out on dvd in the early 2000s and is easy to track down (watch some clips here).

Then there's the excellent doco on the artist Jean Michel Basquiat, by Tamra Davis, or Detroit Lives, or Helvetica, the film about a typeface. Or Fear and Loathing in Gonzovision, a 30 year old doco from the BBC..

Or The Mexican Mormon War, about how the drug cartels of Juarez, Mexico, are at war with a group of Mormons, some of whom are related to Mitt Romney

Go take a dig. Full list of all the docos here.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Ghetto Bros mix

Truth & Soul are rereleasing Power Fuerza by the Ghetto Brothers, out November 20.

From the liner notes (hat tip Egotripland): "One might expect the GB band’s oeuvre to be that of socially-conscious protest songs. But Power Fuerza isn’t nearly so easily categorised. Stylistically, it’s a confluence of both driving and gentle sounds and sensibilities. 

"It’s the product of teenaged Puerto Rican New Yorkers weaned on ’60s pop-song romance and lovely Beatles harmonies experimenting with traditional Latin and heavy Latin-rock rhythms, proudly declaring their nationalist allegiance while creating their own distinctly Nuyorican inner city blues. 

"At its root it’s a celebration of life – an inspired, emotionally unguarded cache of tracks cut by the band as though turning the tide of devastation of their crumbling South Bronx surroundings could be achieved through the exuberance of their performances."

Truth & Soul’s DJ Akalepse has put together a mix of highlights from the super deluxe CD/LP reissue of Power Fuerza, which will feature remastered audio and an extensive 80-page liner notes booklet filled with rarely-seen photos and interviews...