Thursday, November 27, 2008

I know no other way

Two shouts to kick us off:
  1. Our man in Spain, Dix, and his crew got some Samuri fm action: Plat du Jour presents K**O: Trapped In The Closet. Hit 'em up for a listen. Pull quotes include:
    The Spaniard's encyclopedic knowledge of all things Bassline, Grime and oh-so UK is enough to put 1Xtra's entire DJ base to shame! He's a regular contributor to Serie B magazine, he looks set to release Spain's first ever homegrown Baltimore record and his eclectic mixes are causing a stir amongst the heads. Don't sleep on Basque's finest!

  2. Our man in Sheffield, Wildabeast c90, has started a wine blog. Nothing stuffy about it, he's all about getting the wine to complement whatever wasted state he's in when he rolls in from one of our raves, e.g. hungary. Contributions welcome.
Over to this tuesday's show on ASR, I got cut off at the end by the time-limiter (licence til 10) mainly cos the guys playing trance before me locked me out and ran over. huh. None to shabby set mind you: coupla things sent in by listeners (Ez$, Hiem), always much appreciated so hit me up if you wanna send stuff, big shouts and thanks to those that did! Also got my hands on a copy of Bullion's 'Get Familiar' which came out over the summer but somehow slipped through my fingers, totally enjoy that one, made to be LOUD. Have it (links take you to artists and/or free releases if they're free online...):

  • Maggotron - 'I'm Looking For A Queen', The Bassman of the Acropolis
  • EZ$  - 'Baby Dubsteps' [unreleased] + MC Zulu 'Truthfully' [mashit] (JoeRuckus triple r edit)
  • Bullion - 'Get Familiar', [One-Handed 7"]
  • Yoshio Machida - 'A Bird In The Sun', Hypernatural [ltd release]
  • Hiem - 'Nightflyte (feat Kate Jackson) Coma Koln remix' [unreleased]
  • Yorgle - 'gge', [Lamadameaveclechien free release]
  • The Soft Pink Truth - 'Satie (Grey Corduroy Suit)', Do You Party? [soundslike]
  • Earl Sixteen - 'Real Love', Sons Of Jah [?]
  • Kingdom - 'Dance It Off (ft. Telfar and Melissa Burns)', The Official Mixtape Vol. 2 [$download]
  • Ed Case - 'Something In Your Eyes', [unit five 1999]
  • Timeblind - 'egyptian chicago', garage band [crucial-systems free download]
  • Donna Summer - 'Paintball commando', To All Methods Which Calculate Power [cockrockdisco download]
  • si-cut.db and Full Swing + / vs. Stephan Mathieu und Douglas Benford - 'divpops.stage', Reciprocess + / vs.2 [fällt / bIP-Hop]
  • Dev/Null - 'zombie sunset', Necrobestial Sadobreaks [cockrockdisco free download]

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Defective Diction

Yo - so I'm back after a bit of radio silence. What's new? Two recordings below, one from the night that Obama stormed the White House (before the result was known), and one from last night. The radioshow tracklists are building up, and they're starting to suggest patterns, including the following interests:

i) blood-temperature, occasionally-stifling drone sounds
ii) awkward, angular, bass-driven, electronic club music
iii) a lickle bitta JA for spice
iv) snippets of words which don't fully reveal their sense/reference

I've known for a while that this is where I live. Welcome back.

Other news. Gutterbreakz directs attention to the fact that Ed DMX Krew is doing some podcasting. I've grabbed 'em both so far, definitely recommend a listen - he's got real deep love for dance music — I met Ed at a clunge event in Sheffield back in April last year (they've now got a party called sulpHate that's lookin hottttt), where he was playing with Richard H. Kirk, and he talked passionately and intelligently about electronic music for a long time. In fact, the show he played seemed to be much the smaller part of the overall experience, and he seemed somewhat more interested in the discussion than the performance... He's got an admirable disdain for those who overemphasise genre boundaries, and a similar disregard for those who put scenes before music... But having said that, he's also got a very direct and certain knowledge of what gets filed where and with whom. And all of this comes across as he narrates his own musical biography, in fact, yeah, his podcast quite a lot like listening to a really interesting audio-book about a particular way of discovering a love for dance music. He's also a bit of an autodidact, particularly wrt physics. Go click!

What else new? I went to see BokBok&Manara at HushHush in Aberdeen, and they threw down a tasty tasty tasty set of bassline/niche/ghettofunk flavours. Some dubstep anthems in there, and the Aberdeen massive roared at every one of 'em, but my money was on the bounce'n'flex more than the dread'n'stomp. Both had recently been in NY, spinning records with T&B, Jace's Mudd Up! show, and at a party with Kingdom. They commented on how NY just doesn't have the roots in 2-step that we've got over here in the UK, so I guess playing a set there has to guide the audience in to the dancefloor using different hooks - hip-hop-related praps, crunk vocals and wotnot?

On the radar:

Hell yeah, Duuurrrrtttyyyy Goooooodzzz in the ADBN. Nice. Down at Origin on Thursday 27th - that's next week. He's probably one of the hottest grime mcs around at the moment (also on the list: Dot Rotten, Trim, +Giggs? - not sure, still in two minds about Giggs...). JahDan Blakkamore from the dutty artz camp has just been doing some tracks with Goodz, lookin forward to seein what'll come of it.

Ok, news done. Let's skip to the musics. Like I said, two shows, one from two weeks ago, one from yesterday. I had a lot of fun picking the tunes, hopefully there'll be something you like. Follow the links below to find FREE music - a lot of what's being played on the show has been made available as a free download by the artists/labels involved...

• Us - 'Let's Do It Today (unreleased full version)', Midwest Funk [jazzman]
• Cdatakill - 'Respirator', The Six Stigmata EP [zhark]
• To Rococo Rot & I-Sound - 'For A Moment',  Music Is A Hungry Ghost [city slang]
Monsieur Connard - 'contexte (s)', Faineantise comme simple offensive [antisocial 2008]
• Glowstyx - 'Aethema Remix', Class Of 1992 [cockrockdisco 2007]
• David Sylvian - 'A Fire In The Forest', Blemish [samadhisound]
• Joker - 'Grimey Princess', kapsize ep [earwax 2007]
• Davinche, 'Buzz Light Year (Spooky Bizzle Refix)', Spooky Party Package vol1
• The Books - 'Read, Eat, Sleep', Thought For Food [tomlab]
• Disrupt - 'bomb 20', Foundation Bit [werk 2007]
• Ulf Lohmann - 'The Dreams You Dread', On Frozen Fields [kompact]
• Jetone - 'Mtl Bass',  Ultramarin [force inc.]
• Utabi - 'Lighpotllution', Manchurian Candy [Adaadat]
• Maga Bo - 'Longa Nahawand feat. Mohammed Issa Matona', Archipelagoes [soot 2008]
• Supercat - '?', Don Dadda [Columbia]
• Tsehaytu Beraki - 'Atzmtom Keskisom', Selam

• Starkey - 'Pressure', Ephemeral Exhibits [planet-mu]
Mustard Pimp - 'Oh la la Satan', Satan Ep
The Very Best (Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit) - 'Wena',  The Very Best Mixtape
Yannis Kyriakides - 'rai singer/ electrician', Wordless [Unsound]
Re-Up Gang - '20k Money Making Brothers on the Corner', We Got it For Cheap Vol. 3
• Jahdan Blakkamoor - 'Buss it Pon Dem (prod. Chancha Via Circuito)',  We Are Raiders EP [Dutty Artz]
__Gnawa__  - 'Betterave'
• Tears For Fears -  'Shout (On Off On Remix)' 
• Actress - 'Lets Fly', Eroberung der Maschinen mit Stimme [werk]
• Lukid - 'Isis', Onandon [werk]
nicolasTone - 'Mono 3', I'm Tone Deaf (musicpourlessourds) [TRHP]
• Flo Dan - 'Big Mic Man'
• Drop The Lime - 'Get On It', Shot Shot Hearts EP [tigerbeat6 2006]
Ladyscraper - 'Hooke', The Death of Mary Poppins [cockrockdisco]

Friday, November 07, 2008

Future Thought

[unfortunately I have not performed a sufficient level of revision to pass this exam]

Just a quick link thing: BBC Radio 3 has a new series of spoken essays featuring new 'next generation' thinkers - upcoming young academics who present work from their field. AND last night's essay was given by a friend, Zoe Drayson, from the University of Bristol, talking about the philosophy of mind, specifically the 'embodied mind' hypothesis. Definitely recommend a click to hear it streamed (next seven days only), she's super clear and interesting. Head here to hear. Full-time media punditry beckons for Zoe, make sure you heard (of) her already. Zoe's page is here.

update: download available here (zshare, 14m32s, 20MB).