Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Is it on? It's on.

The Heatwave crew and a whole load of affiliates have been putting out the Blogariddims 60minute podcasts for nearly 6months now, and their tenth, as Wayne points out, is pretty dedamnably exceptional. Clockin in at around 90minutes, the idea's to go through the history of the UK MC:
"An England Story is our personal take on the history of MCing in England, and this mix by no means purports to be a definitive or chronological account of the past 20+ years. But it has ended up including tracks from most years since 1984 and as far as possible we've tried to represent all the big players. For reasons of space and also of not having material on vinyl, we've had to exclude tracks from the likes of of Deman Rockers, Asher Senator, Roots Manuva and London Posse - there's more than enough material for several other mixes, and a volume two is definitely in the pipeline..."

The tracklist is heavyweight, a great mix of uk hiphop, grime, triphop, dubsteppishness, and dancehall vibes. Go subscribe to the podcast immediately using this here feed, and go download the mix there.

1. YT - England Story, Sleng Teng remix (Sativa Records, 2006)
2. Kenny Knots - Watch How The People Dancing (Unity Sounds, 1986)
3. Ackie - Call Me Rambo (Heavyweight, 1986)
4. Rodney P - Riddim Killa (Low Life, 2002)
5. Estelle & Joni Rewind - Uptown Top Rankin' (Ill Flava, 2002)
6. Blak Twang - Red Letters (Blakjam, 1998)
7. Top Cat - Love Me Ses (Dance Vibes, 1988)
8. Glamma Kid - Fashion Magazine (Mafia & Fluxy, 1995)
9. General Levy - The Wig (Fashion, 1992)
10. Tubby T - Ready She Ready (Big League, 2003)
11. LD aka Da Riddla - Peace Ah Dat (Freedom Sounds, 2004)
12. Apache Indian - Chok There, Bombay remix (Island, 1993)
13. Jay Sean, Juggy D & Rishi Rich - Dance With You, Diwali remix (Relentless, 2003)
14. Dynamite MC & Emptyheads - Shake, Jstar remix (Surface2air, 2006)
15. Troublesome - More Girls, R'n'B mix (Mafia & Fluxy, 2000)
16. Yungun - Push (Heatwave special, 2005)
17. Shizzle - Rotate Dem (Kray Twinz, 2006)
18. Roll Deep - When I'm 'Ere (Relentless, 2005)
19. Slew Dem feat Jammer, G Man, Shorty Smalls, Ears, Chronik, Kraze & Knuckles - Joy Ride (Slew Dem, 2006)
20. Rossi B & Luca - Run 4 Cover (white label, 2005)
21. Klashnekoff - Jamrock Freestyle (white label, 2005)
22. Tippa Irie - Complain Neighbour (UK Bubblers, 1985)
23. Papa Levi - My God My King (Taxi, 1984)
24. Tenor Fly - Bump & Grind (9 Lives, 1994)
25. Massive Attack - Daydreaming (Wild Bunch, 1990)
26. Skibadee - Tika Toc (Ahead Of The Game, 2006)
27. Lady Sovereign & Riko - Random, Menta remix (Casual, 2004)
28. Dizzee Rascal - I Luv U (XL Recordings, 2003)
29. Lady Stush - Dollar Sign (Social Circles, 2002)
30. Warrior Queen & Sunship - Almighty Father (Casual, 2004)
31. Tricky - Hell Is Round The Corner (Fourth & Broadway, 1995)
32. Suncycle - Somebody (Jamdown, 2004)
33. Blackout JA & Marley - Hot Show (Ball A Fire Muzik, 2004)
34. Navigator & Freestylers - Ruffneck (Freskanova, 1998)
35. General Levy & M-Beat - Incredible (Renk, 1994)
36. UK Apachi & Shy FX - Original Nuttah, Bhangra Jungle remix (SOUR, 1994)
37. Top Cat, Shy FX & T Power - Everyday (Digital Soundboy, 2006)
38. Jakes & TC - Deep (DSR, 2006)
39. Smiley Culture - Police Officer (Fashion, 1984)
40. Jah Screechy - Walk & Skank (Blacker Dread, 1984)

next c90 - SKAM special

yes yes, that's right, the next c90's on dec 1st

we're hosting the cream of the skam stable (and other suitably mixed metaphors):
Team Doyobi
Rob Hall

head to for more info.
pikcha of poster by dust

Friday, November 17, 2006

Aspiring Autumnally

710 - Dwayne Sodaberk, from the LP 'Cut Open' 2006 on tigerbeat6 [buyable]

Trick is wishing for new luggage. . Kenneth's been fantasising over an mp3 player. Rut-pure meta-imagines music journalism with alternative logics. Wayne's doing academic workouts in a fantasy land.

[A voice-over with matronly tones recalls "as a child he always seemed more interested in the boxes that the toys came in..."]

I keep half-remembering conversations and trying to work out who I had them with. I have a feeling that I've met someone very interesting quite recently - was it yesterday? - and that we had talked about Anthony Burgess. I think there was more Enderby in the conversation than there was Orange, which was what made the conversation so charming. I recall that parting comments involved the new-to-paperback biography by Andrew Biswell, (titled 'The Real

Life of Anthony Burgess' because the 'the author and composer was a notorious fabulist of his own history").

Sadly, I suspect the conversation was merely dreamt, although it's encouraging to note that I find myself to make an engaging interlocutor.

Dreaming And Remembering - Jason Forrest feat. Timeblind, from the LP 'Shamelessly Exciting' 2006 on CockRockDisco [Buyable]

Making yourself fabulously essential is also the work of fabulation. One of those britprop wunderkinder Menswe@r said that he'd wanted one of those belts that linked with two S-shaped hooks, so he mentioned it on a radio show and lots of adoring listeners sent some in. These might be the entirely reasonable wages of such celebrity, but how do you get on that show in the first place so that you can make these entirely reasonable demands?

One way is to make sure that people think that other people pay you these respects already, with the intention that other people jump on the bandwagon, desperate to have a part of that action, struck by the unbearable thought that they might be behind-the-times and outmoded because they haven't yet partaken in this feast of altruism.

Sometimes people jump onboard because of who is already there, sometimes because they don't want to be left behind, and sometimes they jump just because you've given them something to jump on to / somewhere else to jump. But it definitely seems to help if you make it clear that you'll be doing this anyway, getting on with it regardless of whether they join in or not.

Gang Bang - The Sensational Alex Harvey Band

The rumour breathlessly accelerated all round the school-yard - "Darren's got a gang, and you're only in if he says you are". It fell in new ears, untouched by playground lore, ears so young that they hadn't yet felt the ruddy rugby blows of winter, curled as they were inside balaclavas, heads-down over conkers and pieces of string. But inside, each person who heard the rumour felt its resonance and recognised it; secretly, they each wanted to be in.

"Jon says you've got a gang." "That's right" said Darren. And then they asked his permission to join, and it was up to him if they could.