Saturday, December 29, 2012

Grace: Cool world



From 1995's debut album Black Sand Shore, Grace with a spaced out Mark Tierney-directed clip for Cool World, also released as a single, cover below.

Reviewing the single in Real Groove (Dec 1995), Simon Vita described it thus: "The Polynesian soul crooners drop in with something cool and sultry in a mock Latino kinda way ... This is what Julio Iglesias would sound like if he were 30 years younger and as sexy as he makes himself out to be."


Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Dec 29



Cinematic orchestra feat Fontella Bass - All that you give
Marva Whitney - I am what I am
Fred Wesley and the JBs - Transmograpification (Fred Wesley live in AK March 21 2013!)
James Brown - The bose - Geisha boys remix
Chakachas - Jungle fever - Greg Wilson edit
Red Astaire - Mambo dinereo
Larry Graham - Sooner or later
Gloria Gaynor - Casanova Brown
Isaac Hayes - Love me or lose me
Supercat - Dolly my baby - Bad boy extended mix
Grace Jones - Pull up to the bumper - 12" remix
The Orb feat Lee Scratch Perry - Soulman -Villad RMX B
Candi Staton - Do your duty - Pepe Bradock remix
Martin Brew - Sand steppin
Shut up and dance - Tan so back
Junior Murvin - Roots train
Resonators -Wandering
Jackie Mittoo - Sunshine of your love
George Faith - Turn back the hands of time
Curtis Mayfield - Doo doo wap is strong in here, Freddie's dead
 Billy Preston - It's my pleasure
Marva Whitney - It's my thing (live)

Friday, December 28, 2012

RIP Fontella Bass



Fontella Bass has died, aged 72. Reuters reports that "Bass died in hospice care in St Louis on Wednesday night from complications of a heart attack she suffered three weeks ago, her daughter, Neuka Mitchell, told Reuters. Bass had also suffered from strokes in recent years.

"She's going to be missed," Mitchell said. "Her big personality. Her love for family. Her big, giving heart and her cooking." She was known as the "queen of soul food" to her family, Mitchell said."

From the LA Times: Two sides of Fontella Bass -  "Any appreciation of soul singer Fontella Bass, who died Wednesday at age 72, must first acknowledge “Rescue Me,” the propellant 1965 R&B banger that became her signature. But equally vital in her -- and the American -- pantheon is “Theme de Yoyo,” her rousing vocal turn during the free jazz collective Art Ensemble of Chicago’s 1970 album “Les Stances a Sophie.”

The two works illustrate the range of the singer’s power: One is a gut-busting soul cry, the other a nine-minute thrill ride that drives funk and boundary-busting jazz through one instrumental climax after another.



Don't be late: 98



From Ermehn's debut album Samoans Pt II, the single Don't Be Late. Watch out for the blue neon backdrop behind Ermehn (at 2.28), that's the Palace Hotel on Victoria st, demolished in 2010 after the developers weakened the foundations while renovating the 124 year old building.

From the deepgrooves.co.nz website: "" We had known Ermehn since the early nineteen nineties, even prior to the original OMC days. Like a lot of artists from South Auckland in the ninties [sic, it was not about whether they had talent but really it was more of a question of whether they had the confidence and determination.

"With Ermehn however, it was different, we had tried for a couple of years to get Ermehn to do an album, however his "lifestyle" and "other factors" always seemed to get in the way. Credit here really has to go to Mr. Philip Fuemana for carrying the load, perservering [sic] and continuing to re-join the dots. By the time we actually got to the point of recording Ermehn's album, Mr. Fuemana had left Deepgrooves and was busy recording MOIZNA and LOST TRIBE in Kaiun Digital for his Urban Pasifika Records Label. Enter again, Mr. Andrew Morton, now reggae, hip hop producer extraordinaire.

"Coincidentally, around this time video production values jumped exponentially when we secured access to an Aaton XTR Prod equiped [sic] with a Canon 18-64mm (Without the right glass it is nothing) S16mm Zoom and struck a post production deal with the Film Unit (We believe it is now owned by Mr. Peter Jackson of "Brain Dead" Fame) in Wellington.

"We shot this clip in the Auckland Art Gallery. Credit goes to Rosanna Raymond for the styling and extras and Marc Swadel for the tireless camera operating (Dusk to dawn - Marc - "Is this the norm?" ... Us - "What do you mean?")." Deepgrooves now has a youtube channel too.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Pon the twitters

Earlier this year, the NZ Herald did a list of NZ's 50 Top Tweeters (Twitter users) and somehow I got my name in there, which was both weird and cool. Yesterday the NZH published a follow up to that, with a list of their top tweeters' top tweeters. Here's mine....music-related, surprise surprise... @martynpepperell, @robyngallagher, @chipmatthews


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Vinyl revival: Mumbai/Dundee reports


Independent record store in Dundee says vinyl is making a comeback
"... Groucho's Record Store, which has featured in a pop video by Dundee rockers, The View, has said that 2012 has been its toughest year. But the store said it does have a future and that people are searching for old gems which can only be found on vinyl..."

and Vinyl market still not resurrected in India
"... There are a few major hurdles that need to be resolved for vinyl to be more feasible choice for consumers. For one the price has to come down. This of course has to do with the economics of demand and supply. An LP's steep price often deters buyers from making the purchase, but the purchase is pegged high due to the low availability of supply. Moreover, a number of records are collector's items which can fetch very high prices later on.

"The lack of proper record players in the market is also a drawback. The good machines- semi automatic and automatic ones are usually imported. And with the duties, it makes very little sense to purchase one. A turntable which costs Rs 5-600 in the US will cost three times in India...."

Captain Planet



From the Bastard Jazz crew... "In honour of this very special solstice, the ending of a 5,125 year Mayan calendar cycle, and the dawning of a new era of higher consciousness... I present you with this tropical tribal dancefloor heater." Free DL.

Monday, December 24, 2012

RIP Marva Whitney



"Marva Whitney, one of the greats of funk and soul and the woman whom James Brown called “Soul Sister #1″, passed away last night (December 23, 2012). She was 68....

...In 1969, Whitney made her first solo recordings for King, Brown’s label at the time. She scored a Top 20 hit on the R&B charts with ‘It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It To)’, which was a rewrite of the Isley Brothers hit, and the follow-up, ‘Things Got to Get Better (Get Together)’ just missed the R&B Top 20. Much of Whitney’s work has been sampled in hip hop tracks, most notably ‘Unwind Yourself’.

In December 2009, Marva collapsed on stage in front of thousands of fans at the Falls Festival in Lorne, Australia, while performing with The Transatlantics. Taken to Geelong Hospital and diagnosed with a stroke, she made a recovery and was performing again in 2010..." Source: Noise11.

Whitney's most recent recordings were an outstanding album with Japanese funk outfit Osaka Monaurail released in 2006, called I Am What I Am. There are some live clips of them playing together in London in 2009.

Jakarta Recs, feeling festive

"A little thank you gift for everyone's support in 2012 and a little preview what we have coming up in 2013.

"Festive season music" ranges from unreleased exclusive music like "Everyday is christmas" that Blu sent us earlier this month to songs that will be released on Jakarta Records in 2013 like Ta-Ku's & Mr.Troys tracks. Most songs are yet unheard, some are exclusive to this selection. The actual cassette tape will be given away to friends and partners of the label, some will be given away for free on our facebook site (grab one at facebook.com/jakartarecords), some thru our firends at vinyl-digital. We printed a total of 130 numbered copies.

Have a look at some of the releases we have coming up in 2013:

Ta-Ku - Dowhatyoulove
Mr. Troy - Introduction
Shuko - Sleepless
Umse - Wachstum
Raashan Ahmad - TBA
Blu & Sene - A Day Late & A Dollar Short (Vinyl Edition)
Tyra Hammond - TBA