Monday, February 19, 2018

Sly & Robbie meets Dubmatix

Okay, this has been out for a minute, but you need to check it... heavyweight business... great cover too...

"In reggae, all roads lead to the “Riddim Twins”, Sly & Robbie. They’ve been revered as style-defining icons for years, and together and individually have a massive influence on the genre. They are also renowned for their willingness to shatter boundaries and experiment with sounds. Over the past decades, they have never been shy of leaping over into other genres – for instance, their timeless, super-tight production work for Grace Jones...

Now, Sly & Robbie meet Dubmatix. The Canadian producer and multi-instrumentalist got his hands on original Sly & Robbie tracks and spent months crafting this new album, Overdubbed. Dubmatix is celebrated for his out-of-the-box thinking and willingness to experiment, and the album shines with fresh ideas.

Sly & Robbie’s tunes, which are originally without vocals, haven’t simply been dubbed: extracting the individual essence of each track, Dubmatix has added a plethora of tweaks, ideas and individuality, making his musical signature clearly audible. On some tracks, he invited vocalists, including Jay Spaker (John Brown's Body), Screechy Dan and Prince Alla, to contribute their unique style.

The result is an album that shines with eclectic diversity. From roots oriented tunes to dubs for the clubs, there’s a bit of everything. Dubmatix’s refreshingly playful, bass-heavy approach creates new highlights while at the same time paying deserved homage to two world-class musicians.

The guest vocalist line up is jam packed including: Prince Alla, Screechy Dan, Megative, Jay Spaker, Treson, Pato Irie, Bill King, Pablo Paul, Shaky, Illorn, Aaron Kazmer and The Heavyweights Brass Band."

Out now on CD/LP/Digital

Calibro 35 drop new album and video

"Italian cult combo Calibro 35 release the official video of the first single "SuperStudio", taken from their new album DECADE, their new album that celebrates 10 years of activity by the Milan combo.

Described by Rolling Stone magazine's as "the most fascinating, retro-maniac and genuine thing that happened to Italy in the last years" and already sampled by superstars such as Dr. Dre and Jay-Z, Calibro 35 count on a number of aficionados worldwide which includes VIP’s fans such as DJ Food (Ninja Tune), Mr Scruff and Huey Morgan (Fun Lovin’ Criminals)."

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sandy Mill single release bash

Sandy Mill has a diverse list of releases, collaborations, live and guest appearances as a vocalist, songwriter & percussionist here in NZ and the UK.

She has shared stages and studios with Spacesuit, Pitch Black, SJD, The Bellbirds, New Telepathics, Ghost Town, Basement Jaxx, Placebo & Flood amongst others. She's pulled together a cool band for this, featuring Milan Borich, Ben King, Dianne Swann, and Darryn Harkness.

Single release party at Golden Dawn, Thursday 15th February. get along!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Estere - Rent

 "I don't need to ask nobody else to know deep down, I'm doing well..."

PR blurb: "In a society that values material possessions as a measurement of success, how do we rebuild the meaning of ‘ownership’ to give true power?

Singer-songwriter, producer and social anthropologist, Estère encourages us to think about the preceding question in her hyper-percussive new track 'Rent'.

This new track is accompanied by a stunning self-choreographed video, which sees Estère twist her way around various physical obstacles, including an army of pink pastel doors. The effortless and entrancing new clip was filmed in the lush surroundings of the Waitakere Ranges, and was directed by Alexander Gandar (Humans) and produced by Billie Ruck.

'Rent' is the first taste of whats to come from Part Two of Estere's forthcoming double album, My Design, On Others' Lives. The two-part work is due for release on Friday 27th April, and will be available on CD, vinyl and all digital platforms."

Monday, February 12, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist February 10

Blue Mitchell - Dorado
Gary Bartz NTU Troop - Celestial blues
Herbie Hancock - Don't hold it
Peaches and Herb  -Roller skatin' mate pt1
The Oriental Express - Sexy bus stop
Bobby Womack - Where there's a will, there's a way
Holland Dozier - Don't leave me (inst)
The 8th Day - Rocks in my head
Glass House - Crumbs off my table
Nuyorican Soul - Nautilus (Mawtilus)
The Impressions - Can't satisfy
Gene Chandler - No peace, no satisfaction
The Triads - If you're looking for love
Joe Tex - I'm going and get it
Sam & Dave - You don't know what you mean to me
Eddie Floyd -  Hey now
Mable John - Shouldn't I love him
TSU Toronados - Play the music Tornados
Alvin Cash and the Registers - Sweatin'
Natural Yoghurt Band - Soft cheese
Jean Jaques Perrey & Luke Vibert  -Ye olde beatbox
State of Bengal - Chittagong hill
A R Rahman - Mumbai theme tune
New Telepathics - Goat magic (playing at Splore)
Electric wire hustle - Water
Kilodee - I want sushi and free wifi

New Telepathics drop new album, well fruity sez me

My Hallelujah Picassos bandmate Darryn Harkness has been working away on a brand new album by his outfit New Telepathics (in addition to playing in Loud Ghost and the HPs - busy chap!).

He gave me a copy of the album when it came out late last month, as I played guitar on a track, which I had completely forgotten about, but apparently it made to cut. Go me.

The album is called The End Of War. He says the album is "a powerhouse of punk ethics and intense groove, drawing upon the avant-garde, electronica, soul, dub, afrobeat..." In other words, it's well fruity!

New Telepathics are playing live in Tauranga at the Woodcock Festival on February 17 and at Splore on February 24. I caught their album release show at Wine Cellar late Jan and it was a super funky night of mad grooves. Nine piece band with extra percussion, check em out.

They've been described as "a vigorous synthesis of some of abiding influences: the cosmic vision and sound of Sun Ra's Arkestra, a touch of Afrobeat and James Brown funk-goes-rap, left-leaning politics...

"With a large band of guests (singer Sandy Mill,saxophonists Jeff Henderson and Nick Atkinson among them) and African vocalists Nuel Nonso and Phodiso handling the chantdown rap, influences from waiata, Congotronics, dub and more, this has a roiling energy..."

Here's the full album, have posted my fave track Never Know at the top...

Puzzles vol 3 - Raw Tapes

Some info on this cool, jazzy compilation - "Puzzles vol.3 is the 3rd volume of the Raw Tapes Compilations Series. This album features 13 of Raw Tapes' artists, presenting the most current feel of the label - a soulful blend of jazz, beats, hip hop & electronic music.

Raw Tapes is a Tel-Aviv based independent music label, focusing on beats, jazz, hip-hop and electronic music. With more than 70 albums released during its 10 years of operation, and with more than 25 artists in its roster, Raw Tapes is no doubt the most productive independent label in Israel.
The label has published works from the like of Buttering Trio, Nitai Hershkovits, Amir Bresler, Sol Monk, Sefi Zisling.

This release marks 10 years for Raw Tapes and includes unique collaborations between artists from the Raw Tapes family as well as incredible guests such as Stones Throw Artist MNDSGN, vocalist Jenny Penkin and guitar player Uzi Ramirez.

All the tracks featured are new and released here exclusively. ‘Flyin’ Bamboo’, a melody by Nitai Hershkovits feat. MNDSGN is the first single extracted from the compilation and features a video from renowned visual artist Felix Colgrave."

Out February 16th.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist February 3

Dennis Edwards - Don't look any further (Bobby Busnach edit)
Rose Royce - Do your dance (Amichay's edit)
Parliament - Give up the funk
Funkadelic - Undisco Kidd (Gay Marvine edit)
Hugh Masekela - Don't go lose it baby
Manu Dibango - Big blow
The Dramatics - Get up and get down
Staple Singers - Tellin' lies
Soul Children - Hold on I'm coming
Al Green - Wait here
Young Holt Unlimited - Soulful Strut
Willie Henderson - Soulful football
The Young and Company - I like what you're doing to me
Taggy Matcher - Rockit
Grace Jones - My Jamaican guy
Bjorn Torkse - Dub vendor
Lee Scratch Perry - International broadcaster
Ragga Twins - Shine eye girl
New Telepathics - Never know
Tuatara - Dark state of mind
Nitin Sawney - Dead man (Fink dub)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


This is bugged out. Go watch it... "At the heart of the #MTFLabs was singer Riikka Hänninen whose incredible voice spans traditional Finnish folk to hard rock. Blind from birth, Riikka was central to the experimentation and showcase of new ideas for accessible music technology, neurofeedback control of sound and visuals: a performance that wove the 19th century Finnish epic poem The Kalevala together with microprocessors, sensors and a live collaboration with cyborg and lab director Jasmine Isdrake.

"The team from MuArts, who combine EEG brainwave readers with performing arts, created a playable musical instrument adapted from clinical trials for people with anxiety disorders to recognise the pattern when their brain activity changes so they can train to control it. Most so-called ‘able-bodied’ people required at least 2 hours of training to be able to hit a particular note.

"On the second day of the lab Riikka put the neurofeedback device on her head and she was able to play. Instantly.

"The neuroscientists had never seen this before and a penny dropped in the room: a person who is, in a traditional sense, considered to have a serious disability, is, in terms of brain-computer interfaces, far more able-bodied than a so-called able-bodied person...."

More on Music Tech Labs here. 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist January 27

Hugh Masekela - Ingoo Pow Pow, Languta, Grazing in the grass
Jackie Stoudemire - Invisible wind (Shoes edit)
Luther Vandross - Shes loves me back
Carl Carlton -She's a bad Mama jama
Gary Davis - The professor is here
The Squires - You've got the power
Mel and Tim - Backfield in motion
The Fantastic Johnny C - Boogaloo down Broadway
Gene Chandler - No peace, no satisfaction
Como Mamas - Move upstairs
Jerry Butler - I'm a telling you
Mr Clean and the Soul Inc - What's going on
Bob Wilson and the San Remo Quartet - All turned on
Patrice Rushen - Music of the earth (Danny Krivit edit)
Chakachas - Jungle fever (Greg Wilson edit)
Ocote Soul Sounds - Divinorum (Quantic remix)
Erykah Badu - Bag lady (Cheeba sac mix)
DJ Krush and Ronny Jordan - Season for change (Dawn of the season mix)
Quantic  - Mas Pan (DJ Day remix)
Harry Beckett - Facing it
Black Seeds - Make a move (Downtown Brown remix feat Mighty Asterix and Switch)
Unitone hifi - Up to eleven (playing at Laneway on Monday 29th Jan)
The Frightnrs - Never answer
The Beat - Rankin' fullstop

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Tear It Down - SJ&DKs

And another gem from Daptone... well worth supporting...  "Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings recorded “Tear It Down” during the Soul of a Woman sessions in 2016. Sharon was always passionate about progressive political issues and was a vocal critic of Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall dividing two nations.

"In honor of the Women’s March, please take a listen and, should you be so inclined, purchase the song directly from Daptone at the price of your choosing, starting at $3. All proceeds from sales of “Tear It Down” will go the to the National Immigration Law Center, a policy education, legal training and litigation support resource for immigrants: ."

Orquesta Akokán album coming

Very cool new outfit on Daptone Records, album out 30 March... "Assembled and led by Cuban vocalist José “Pepito” Gómez, Orquesta Akokán is a big band collective of the finest Cuban musicians, both young and old. Their upcoming album on Daptone features all-original music and was cut live to tape over a three-day session at Havana’s hallowed state-run Estudios Areito."

Ring The Alarm playlist January 20

Laura Lee - Crumbs off the table
Aretha Franklin - Rocksteady
Betty Wright - Clean up woman
Ricky Calloway - Get it right pt1
Howard Morrison - Keep on running
Billy Karaitiana - Cool jerk
Freddie Scott - Am I grooving you
Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters - Cry baby
The Cookies - Stranger in my arms
Otis Redding - Loving by the pound
Lily Fields - Changes
David & Reuben - I love her so much it hurts me
The Shaladons - We can do it
The Impressions - We're a winner
Sweet Pea Walker - Sweet pea
The Royals - Gas happy Mama
Gianmarco Lguori -Beat instrumental
Gil Scott Heron - Home is where the hatred is
Theo Parrish - Flip the funk out
Beat Spacek - Ring di alarm (vocal)
Jose James - Desire (Moodymann remix)
Omar  - I love being with you
Electric Wire Hustle feat Billy TK - Burn
Shannon - Give me tonight (dub version)
Newcleus  - Jam on revenge (dub version)
DNA feat Suzanne Vega -Tom's diner
Bomb The Bass - Bug powder dust (La Funk Mob remix)
Stranglers - Walk on by
The Sonics - Psycho
James Brown - Hot pants pt1
Alter Ego - Bongo rock
Oliver Sain - London express

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Khruangbin - new single

Khruangbin are straight outta Texas. Their second album is out soon, this is the first single, very groovy psyche funk.

"Formed of Laura Lee on bass, Mark Speer on guitar, and Donald “DJ” Johnson on drums; Khruangbin’s sounds are rooted in the deepest waters of world music infused with classic soul, dub and psychedelia. Their 2015 debut album ‘The Universe Smiles Upon You’ was heavily influenced by 60’s and 70’s Thai cassettes the band listened to on their long car journeys to rehearsal in the Texan countryside. ‘Con Todo El Mundo’ takes inspiration not just from South East Asia but similarly underdiscovered funk and soul of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, particularly Iran."

Album out January 26 on Digital/CD/LP/Cassette 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Ring The Alarm playlist January 13

Ramsey Lewis - Sun goddess
Dinosaur L - Go bang
Roy Ayers - I am your mind (Pepe Bradock main mix)
Chancha Via Circuito - Amelia
Aural Exciters - Maladie d'amour
Mo Kolours - Biddies (Truth is light edit)
OoGun - ClapDance (agoraphobic marching band mix)
Opensouls - Sweet love (Sequence 19 remix)
RJD2 - The stranger
Marva Whitney - What do I have to do to prove my love to you
Lyn Collins & James Brown - What my baby needs now is a little more loving
Howard Tate -Look at Granny run run
Clarence Reid - Gotta take it home tomother
Paul Humphrey and his Cool Aid Chemists - Detroit
Habitual Parking Violators - One to twelve
DJ Spinna  -Abyzmal
The Isley Bros - Layaway
Bobby Womack - Where there's a will, there's a way
DJ Day - Land of a thousand chances (Lord Echo mix)
Millie Small - My boy lollipop
Joe Higgs - I'm the song my enemies sing
Skatalites - Beardsman ska
Dawn Penn - No no no
Prince Jazzbo - Fool for love
Risco Connection - Aint no stopping us now
Fat Freddys Drop - Hope (3 Generations Walking remix)
Little Stevie Wonder - Contract on love
Ray Charles - You're about to lose your clown