Saturday, September 18, 2021

SJDK - "There Was A Time” (Live at the Apollo)


This live video is just phenomenally good. Sharon Jones backed by an expanded Dap-Kings, at the Apollo. Rocking a James Brown song. Boom. Off the forthcoming live album out Oct 1st.

Daptone say "Of all the tunes played over the 3 sold-out nights at the World Famous Apollo Theater, SJDK's rendition of the James Brown classic, "There Was a Time", is a jaw-dropping example of how a band in their prime can take a classic and respectfully breathe new life into it, creating a spiritual connection with the crowd.

"It served not only as a fitting tribute to the godfather of soul and the house that put soul on the map, but also as a testament to the utter brilliance of the Baddest Band in the Land and their reigning queen, Miss Sharon Jones."

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Smashing debut album from Stinky Jim


Well worth checking, the stonkingly spectacular, musical magnificence of the mighty Stinky Jim has landed in all it's album-length glory. Current single 'Frying symbols' is all over student radio and hit the top of BFM's Top Ten recently. Check it! Out on Bandcamp and selected digital retailers, as Jim says, "No scheming streaming whatsoever."

Friday, August 20, 2021

Version Excursion comp selected by Don Letts coming Sept

Late Night Tales has announced a compilation from Don Letts, pulling together some great reggae cover versions together, including a tidy number of exclusives.

"The history of Caribbean music owes a debt to R&B as many of the early island releases were cover versions of US 45s. Ska’s breakthrough commercially, Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’, was originally recorded by Barbie Gaye in ’50s New York. Cover versions became quite a thing in Jamaica and Don, following in that tradition, has dug deep with a selection of interesting dubbed out covers including thirteen exclusives.

Letts:“A disciple of sound system, raised on reggae n’ bass culture my go to sound was dub. Besides being spacious and sonically adventurous at the same time, its most appealing aspect was the space it left to put yourself ‘in the mix’ underpinned by Jamaica’s gift to the world - bass. But that’s only half the story as the duality of my existence meant I was also checking what the Caucasian crew were up to not to mention the explosion of black music coming in from the States. That’s why this version excursion crosses time space and genre, from The Beach Boys to The Beatles, Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, The Bee Gees to Kool & The Gang, The Clash to Joy Division and beyond. You’d think it impossible to draw a line between ‘em but not in my world. Fortunately, the ‘cover version’ has played an integral part in the evolution of Jamaican music and dub covers were just a natural extension.”

There’s a diverse mix of classic and new, with legendary figures like John Holt, The Tamlins and Cornell Campbell, mixed in with British veterans Mad Professor and the irrepressible Dennis Bovell, while (relatively) young striplings Kiko Bun, Emily Capell and Prince Fatty deliver the goods, with laidback Texan groovers Khruangbin also offering an exclusive bass heavy-delight.

The song choices are diverse, from French dubsters’ OBF’s renditions of ‘Sixteen Tons’, the miners’ paean popularised by Tennessee Ernie Ford in the 1950s, to Ash Walker’s refix of Omar’s ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ and ‘All I Do Is Think About You’, immortalised by the ill-fated Tammi Terrell and preserved here by Quantic (the latter two both exclusives). Being a Rebel Dread compilation, there’s a cover (by Wrongtom Meets The Rockers) of The Clash’s ‘Lost In The Supermarket’ while Don’s exclusive, naturally, is a rendition of Big Audio Dynamite’s debut hit, ‘E = MC2’.

Truth be told I’ve wanted to work with the Late Night Tales crew from the get go. We’re talking nearly two decades such was the allure of their musical aesthetic typified by curators like Nightmares on Wax, The Flaming Lips, MGMT, Trentemoller, Khruangbin and countless others. Now being as old as rock n’ roll (born in ‘56) and having nearly 20 years of Culture Clash Radio under my belt I figured I was tooled up to musically juggle with the best of ‘em. But I wanted to carve out a space that was distinctly my own - something that reflected my musical journey and the culture clash that’s made me the man I am today.”

Preorder from Late Night Tales (LP/Digital/CD). Out on 24 Sept 2021

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 14 August

Sugarman 3 feat Charles Bradley - Take it as it comes
Bill Withers - Kissing my love
Cook E Jar and the Krums  -Whole new world
Gene Faith - Family man
Zilla Mayes - All I want is you
Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Everyday people
Speedometer - Soul safari
Clarence Wheeler and the Enforcers - Hey Jude
Ann Winley - Watchdog
Sylvia Striplin - Can't turn me away
Chaka Khan - It's my night
Taka Boom - In the middle of the night
Gwen Guthrie - Seventh heaven
Skipworth and Turner - Thinking about your love
Debbie Harry - Backfired
Nuyorican Soul - Nervous track
Brand New Heavies - Sometimes (Ummah remix feat Q-Tip)
DJ Spinna - Dillagence (one-4-Jay)
J Dilla - Body movin'
Eric B and Rakim - Relax with pep
Junkyard Band -The word
Mara TK - Bad meditation
P-Bass Expressway - Easy ride (Downtown Brown remix)
Iglese - Groovalation
Sola Rosa - You don't know (DIZZ1 remix)
Salmonella Dub - Soul love trippa (David Harrow 7" mix)

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 7 August

Barbara Norris - It's heavy (Dope Beasts fierce dub)
The Equals - Black skinned blue eyed boys (Bobby Buschnach edit)
Paul Simon - Diamonds on the souls of her shoes (Scrimshire edit)
Donna Summer - State of independence (Ed Zone edit)
Chairmen of the Board - Life and death (Mr K edit)
Reuben Wilson - Got to get your own
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound - I am trying to break your heart
Unknown Groovers - Secret agent
Billy Hawks - Oh baby (I believe I'm losing you)
Inez and Charlie Foxx -Tightrope
Dynatones - Fife piper
Jeanette Nellis - Wait
Jo Ann Garrett - Foolish me
Amanda Love - You keep calling me by her name
Johnny Nash - Love aint  nuthin'
Gene Chandler - Such a pretty thing
Mitty Collier - Pain
Jimmy Sabater - Yroco
Dave Pike - Aphrodite
Mike Nock Underground - Space bugaloo
New Loungehead - Cloth (inst)
Jonny Faith - Open my eyes
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - My Jamaican dub
Jazzanova feat Joe Dukie - What do you want (Don Philippe mix)
Lido Pimienta - Te queira (Chancha via Curcuito remix)
Nona Hendryx - Transformation

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 31 July

Prince - Emotional pump
Cameo - Rigor mortis
Dalvanius - Who said that
Angelique Kidjo - Once in a lifetime
Gil Scott-Heron - The revolution will not be televised (Tahira Abayomy afrobeat version)
James Brown - Get on the good foot
The JBs - The grunt 
Eric B and Rakim - I know you got soul
Jurassic 5 - Quality control
Betty Wright - Clean up woman
Helene Smith - You got to be a man
Marie 'Queenie' Lyons - Your thing aint no good without my thing
Cold Blood - I'm a good woman
Dennis Mobley - Superstition
The Chi-lites  - We are neighbours
Marlena Shaw - Woman of the ghetto (live)
Keith Mansfield - Morning Broadway
Young Holt Unlimited - Wahwah man
Ramsey Lewis - Hey, Mrs Jones
Archie Bell and the Drells - There's gonna be a showdown
James and Bobby Purify - Let love come between us
The Supremes - You keep me hangin' on
Jamie and the Numbers - If this is love
Conclave - Sunny (Seven Davis Jr remix)
Sampology feat Jordan Rakei - My place
African Head Charge - Animal law (remix)
Althea - Downtown thing
Herbs - French letter dub

Friday, July 30, 2021

Double hit of Troy Kingi


Two slices of goodness from the very talented, very prolific Troy Kingi, check em out! Collab with The Nudge in Te Reo Maori, great funky dirty rock song, and a soundtrack tune with Diggy Dupe and choicevaughan from the 6 part tv drama about the Polynesian Panthers, screening soon.

Cool new tune from Karl Steven

"Karl Steven is a composer and producer, currently based in Pārāwai (Thames). While working mainly with music to picture, Steven's has also been a part of groups Queen Neptune, The Drab Doo-Riffs, Heart Attack Alley and Supergroove.

Today he shares Freedom Bells, the first single from All of Human Emotion on Microfiche, an album planned for release in the later months of 2021.

Steven's upcoming output is a collage of organic and electronic sources, synthesised down into an ambitious and enigmatic sound.

"My intention with 'Freedom Bells' was to make something a bit anthemic about freeing oneself from existing paradigms" says Steven. "In the process I tried to get away from the computer and plug things in, experiment, and whack stuff. I wanted to depart from using membranophones or sounds inspired by them (like kicks, snares, and toms) and try idiophones instead, so you'll hear there's lots of wood hitting wood and wool hitting metal!"

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 24 July

 Tony Allen and Africa 70 - Hustler (Mad Rey remix)
Damon Locks and Black Monument Ensemble  -The colours that you bring
MAW - Zoe
Lightning Head - NPG
Ikebe Shakedown - Tujunga
Jimi Tenor - Mystery spot
Miriam Makeba -Lumumba
Manu Dibango - Big blow
Tina Turner - Whole lotta love
Betty Davis - If I'm in luck I just might get picked up
Martha High - Don't throw your love in the garbage can
James Brown - Don't tell it
Eddie Bo - The thang pt2
Betty Harris - Mean man
Lil Buck and the Top Cats - Monkey in a sack
Third Guitar - Baby don't cry
Carla Thomas  -Where do I go
Rufus Thomas - Chicken scratch
Dusty Springfield  -Every ounce of strength
Ollie Nightingale - It's a sad thing
Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Dirt off your shoulder
Miyiam Solomon - Pushing the tide
Kutiman - Guruji
Kamo Mphela - Nkulunkulu
DJ Format  -Strange sensations
Jeb Loy Nichols - Can't cheat the dance
Mara TK feat Troy Kingi - Every hori is a star
Fat Freddy's Drop  -Midnight marauders (DJ Vadim remix edit)
Salmonella Dub - Soul love trippa (David Harrow 7" mix)

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 10 July

Mosquito Hawks - Mosquito eater pt2
Bobby Byrd - If you got a love, better hold on to it
Sugarman 3 - Soul donkey
Cook E Jar and the Krums - Whole new world
Poets of Rhythm - 50 yards of soul
Charles Wright - You gotta know whatcha doin'
Spanky Wilson - Kissing my love
The Hawk feat Little Hannah Collins - Don't judge a book by its cover
The Supremes - Nothing but heartaches
Mary Wells - Bye bye baby
Gene Chandler - If you can't be true
Dionne Warwick - You can have him
Dee Dee Warwick - Suspicious minds
Bill Coday - When you find a fool bump his head
Ann Peebles - I can't stand the rain
Little Sister - You're the one pt2
War - Corns and callouses
Poopee and the NY Squirrel - Bust that nut (downtown mix)
Skyy - No music
The Totals - Total man
The Yandall Sisters - Sweet inspiration
Dalvanius - Voodoo lady
Mara TK - Highly medicated
Sisters Underground - In the neighbourhood (pacific acoustic mix)
Ardijah - Way around U (swing gat mix)
Sola Rosa feat Troy Kingi - Star to star
Lewis McCallum feat Deva Mahal - Take a step back
Benny Tones feat Dallas - Home
Nicola Conte - Missione a Bombay
Cal Tjader - Soul sauce (rough mix)

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Daptone Super Soul Revue "LIVE at the Apollo" LP coming

Daptone celebrates 20 years of soulful music with the release of The Daptone Super Soul Revue "LIVE at the Apollo".

"Performed and recorded over three nights in front of a sold-out crowd at The World Famous Theater in Harlem, NY (December 4th - 6th, 2014), this album brings the electrifying performances that helped put Daptone on the map directly to your living room! 
Featuring live sets from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens, Antibalas, The Budos Band, Menahan Street Band, Saun & Starr, The Sugarman 3, as well as our em-cee, Binky Griptite. This album is lovingly dedicated to the memory of our dear friends Sharon, Charles, Naomi, and Cliff."

Pre-order now, ships late September. And check out their other 20th anniversary merch including 45 centres, and custom record boxes.

Saturday, July 03, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 3 July

Parlet - Pleasure principle
War - The world is a ghetto (Special US disco version)
Ann Winley - Watchdog
James Brown - Get up, get into it, get involved
Donny Hathaway - Come little children
Lyn Collins - We want to parrty parrty parrty
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat
Prince - Hot thang (dub version)
Shannon - Let the music play (12" version)
A Certain Ratio - Shack up
Steel N Skin - Afro punk reggae dub
Rhythm and Sound feat Jah Cotton - Dem never know
Lovejoys - Let me rock you now
Tubbs feat Dallas - Five day night (Fat Freddys remake)
The Dapkings - NBL
Volcanos - Gotta be a false alarm
Gene Pitney - She's a heartbreaker
Swingin' Medallions - Here it comes again
Fontella Bass - Recovery
Donnie Elbert -  A little piece of leather
Claudine Clark - Party lights
Laura Lee - If you beat me rockin' you can have my chair
B.B. King - The B.B. Jones
Betty Wright - Shoorah shoorah
Hector Plimmer - Step (Daz I Kue remix)

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 26 June

Kokolo - Magnificent seven
Tony Allen - NEPA dance dub
Fela Kuti - Shuffering and shmiling (pt 2)
Shogun Orchestra - Bamako
Amadou and Mariam - Senegal fast food
 Hi-tones - Got to be at that party
Dennis Alcapone - Cassius Clay
Dandy Livingston and Rico - Rudy a message to you
The Chosen Few - Collie stuff
Poets of Rhythm - Augusta GA
Preston Love - Omaha bar-b-que
Charles Wright and Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Express yourself (alternate version)
Betty Moorer - It's my thing
Laura Lee - Crumbs off the table
Aretha Frankiln - Rocksteady (alt mix)
Chaka Khan - I feel for you
IQU - Witchcraft
Durutti Column - For Belgian friends
Soul Sugar - Never too much
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Stand up jamrock (Ashley Beedle remix)
Minyo Crusaders - Kushimoto bushi
Lido Pimienta - Te queria (Chancha via circuito remix)
Kamo Mphela - Nkulunkulu
DJ Format - Strange sensations
Jeb Loy Nichols - I just can't stop
Carla Thomas - Stop thief
Ramsey Lewis - Wade in the water

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Bar-Kays - Memphis Masters doco

This short doco on the Bar-Kays looking back on making their1968 album Gotta Groove is worth a watch. Also makes me want to go back to Memphis. Visiting the Stax Museum there was incredible. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ring The Alarm playlist, 19 June

Bacao Rhythm and Steel Band - Dirt off your shoulder
Booker T and the MGs - Bookerloo
Staple Singers - Pray on
Junior Lewis - Raise your hand
Rev Oris Mays - Don't let the devil ride
Deedee Sharp - Gravy
Della Reese - If it feels good, do it
Ann Peebles - Beware
Betty Wright -  Let me be your lovemaker
The Hueys - You aint no hippie
Jamie and the Numbers - Magic touch
Garnet Mimms - As long as I have you
Darlene Love - Too late to say you're sorry
Rita and the Tiaras - Gone with the wind is my love
Charlene and the Soul Serenaders - Can you win
Wendy Rene - Bar-B-Q
Willie Mitchell - The champion
Ike and Tina Turner - Somebody somewhere needs you
Sly and the Family Stone - Only one way out of this mess
Jeanne and the Darlings - Hang me now
Isaac Hayes - Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquidalymistic
Eddie Floyd - Baby lay your head down
Jackie Mittoo - Chicken and booze
The Marvels - Rocksteady
Manasseh - Skenga 12" mix
Solomonic Sound - Children of Israel (Blakdoktor version)
U-Roy and Francois K - Rootsman
Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns - Tumakokiri (Unitone Hifi remix)
Aaradhna - Keep my cool
Opensouls - Hold you close dub
Lord Echo - Molten lava
Phoenix City Allstars - White riot dub
Plumstead Radical Club - I shot the sherriff
Dr Tree - Eugino D