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Monday, June 26, 2006

Playlist - 24th June 2006

Derailleur - Repeat Offender - Dust Science Recordings
Adem - Lauch Yourself - Domino
The Black Dog - 43ss 555 (Vince Watson Remix - System 23 Edit Version) - Dust Science Recordings
Bruce Cockburn - See You Tomorrow - Cooking Vinyl
MJ Hibbett and the Validators - The Gay Train - Artists Against Success
Big Bill Broonzy - Black, Brown and White - Munich Records
Chicken Legs Weaver - Desert Rose - Riverside Records
Elaine Palmer - Blue Sky - Cosmos - `
Fes Parker - I will be there - Pressupable Records
Ridder - Cheap Flights of Fancy - www.ridderonline.com
The Haddenham One - 40 Miles of Dickson Road - Pump
Saizmundo - Ers Dyddia Datblygu - C&P Recordiau Slacyr
The Russian Futurists - Paul Simon - Memphis Industries
The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health - Brille
Good Shoes - All in My Head - Brille
Nighmares on Wax - 70s 80s - Elevation
Regina Spektor - Fidelity - Warner Brother
De Rosa - Father's Eyes - Chemikal Underground
Test Icicles - Circle Square Triangle (Spank Rock Remix) - Domino
The Delgados - Pull The Wires from The Wall - Chemikal Underground Records
Smog - Rock Bottom Riser - Domino
The Twilight Sisters - I'M Ready - One Little Indian
Yellow6 - Rain (Again) - RROOPP
Yellow6 - Machine - RROOPP

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Playlist - 17th June 2006

Blackbeard (Dennis Bovell) - Cut After Cut - EMI
Blackbeard (Dennis Bovell) - River to the Bank - EMI
Dennis Bovell - Brain Damage - EMI
Dennis Bovell & The Dub Band - Dub Master - EMI
Dennis Bovell / 4th Street Orchestra - Ah Who Seh - EMI
Winston Francis - Mr Fix It (Dub) - Rude Rich Records
International Peoples Gang - This One - Em:t Records
Ammoncontact (feat. Cut Chemist and Brother J) - Drum Riders - Ninja Tune
MJ Hibbett and The Validators - Better Things to Do - Artists Against Success
Bardo Pond - Cry Baby Cry - All Tomorrow Parties
Now - Ra - Pickled Egg
Regina Spektor - On the Radio - Sire
David Alvin - Blind Love - Yep Roc
Paul the Girl - Human Bun - Inconvenient
Leeroy Stagger - Stupid Love Song - Boompa
Jaroslav Budnyk - My Friend - Demo
The Maytals - Louie Louie - Trojan
Bob Andy - Walk a Mile in My Shoes - Sanctuary Records
Dan Reeder - Clean Elvis - Oh Boy Records
Issa Bagayogo - Nogo - Putumayo
Pape Diouf - Partir -
Mogwai - Travel is Dangerous - Play it Again Sam
De Rosa - Camera - Chemikal Underground
Zukanican - Trawling for Horses - Pickled Egg
Tuxedomoon - Vulcanic, Combustible - Crammed Disc

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Playlist - 10th June 2006 - Funkology

Rosie Gaines - Welcome to my world - 12"Promo
David Morris - Midnight Lady - Expansion -
East West Connection - Love Music (Original Album Mix) -
Tony Allen - Moyege - Honest Jons
The Cuban Brothers - A Million Stories - Sunday Best
Senor Soul - Don't Lay Your Funky Trip on Me
Funkadelic - Standing on the Verge of Getting It On - Westbound Records
Jon Lucien - Would You Believe in Me? - BMG
Elektrons - Sunshine Love - Genuine
Carol Williams - Can't Get Away (From Your Love) - Soul Brother
Alexander O'Neil - Lord - BKO
Moses Mcclean feat. Nedra - Dream (isoul8 vox rmx) - Still Music
Antonio Adolfo feat. Brazuca - Transamazonica - Nascente
Four Flights - All I want is You - Soul Brother Records
Ray Robinson
280 West feat. Diamond Temple with Ray, Goodma and Brown - I Never Knew - Phuture Soul
Ron Hall & The Muthafunkaz feat. Mark Evans - The Way You Love Me - The Sound of Defected
Roman Andren feat. Gladys - Make It Happen - Soundscape
Kenny Thomas - Let It Rain - Curb

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Playlist - 3rd June 2006

Audio Active - Start Rec from -Apollo Choco -BRC-88( '97)
Audio Active - Mammoth Galactica from- Happy Happer- BRC-86(' 95)
Audio Active - Idle Dragon featuring I-Roy from- Idle Dragon- THC-01( '99)
Audio Active - Happy Shopper from -Happy Happer -BRC-86( ' 95)
Audio Active - Electric Bombardment from- Happy Happer- BRC-86(' 95)
Audio Active - Weed Specialist from -Apollo Choco -BRC-88( '97)
Audio Active - Return of The Space Ape(Metalic -O Remix) from -Weed Specialist - BRE-3(' 97)
Audio Active - Space Children from- Audio Active - ( '93) / - Tokyo Space Cowboys - BRC-85(' 94)
Audio Active - Sunset Doesn't Mean That We Lose The Sun from- Tokyo Space Cowboys- BRC-85( '94)
Audio Active - Citizen Zombie from -Apollo Choco -BRC-88( ' 97)
Audio Active - Suckers from - Back to The Stoned Age- BRC-75(' 03)
Audio Active - Ala-Mecka-Bickally Dub from -Tokyo Space Cowboys -BRC-85( '94)
Audio Active - The Red Line District from - Back to The Stoned Age - BRC-75(' 03)
Audio Active - Wanna-na from -Tokyo Space Cowboys -BRC-85( '94)
Audio Active - Free The Marijuana featuring Bim Sherman from- Tokyo Space Cowboys- BRC-85( '94)
Audio Active - Kick The Bong Around from -Kick The Bong Around -THC-03( ' 99)
Audio Active - Open The Gate from - Start Rec- ON-U DP37( ' 96) / - Apollo Choco -BRC-88( ' 97)
Audio Active - Weed Back from - Back to The Stoned Age - BRC-75(' 03)
Audio Active - Robot War from - Apollo Choco - BRC-88( '97)
Audio Active - Stiff Wheel from -Weed Specialist - BRE-3( ' 97) /- Robot War - BRA-5( ' 97)
Audio Active - U.G. from- Apollo Choco - BRC-88( '97)
Audio Active - Coolness In My Foolishness from -Apollo Choco -BRC-88( ' 97)
Audio Active - Burning Of The Midnight Lamp from - Tokyo Space Cowboys - BRC-85(' 94)
Audio Active - Paint Your Face Red from- Apollo Choco - BRC-88( '97)
Audio Active - Audio Active Declaration from -Tokyo Space Cowboys -BRC-85( ' 94)
Audio Active - Auditory Nerve Dub from- Audio Active- (' 93) / -Tokyo Space Cowboys -BRC-85( ' 94)
Audio Active - Penalty Taker from- Start Rec- O N-U DP37(' 96) / -Apollo Choco -BRC-88( '97)
Audio Active - Heart Of L-ion from - Apollo Choco - BRC-88(' 97)
Audio Active - The Giants Garden from- Audio Active - ( '93) / - Tokyo Space Cowboys - BRC-85(' 94)
DJ 3000 - Pipas Poem - Submerge
Alias and Tarsier -Dr C - Anticon
Madtone - Calling Live on Channel - www.madtone.co.uk
Shamek Farrah - First Impression - Soul Brother Records
Explosions in the Sky - First Breath after Coma - Bella
Sekehe Gender Bharanta Muni - Gending Langiang - CMP
Max Richter - On the Nature of Daylight - Fat Cat
Kenny Larkin - Falle French - Peacefrog
Alemu Aga - Sele Sene Seqlet - Rough Guide
The Memory Band - This is how we walk on the moon - Hungry Hill Records
Skane Revisted - Milano Bass Machine - New Speak
Aurthur Russell - Arm Around You - Rough Trade
Freeform - Nothing to say - Skam
Four Tet - My angel rocks back and forth - Domino
Pedro - Folded Arms - (Melodic)
Ear Sugar - Guitar Splinters - (EarSugar)
Yellow 6 - Cale - RR01PP

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Dub Review - June 2006

Benga’s had this out via his own website earlier in the year, a set of fifteen tunes from the past couple of years. He first reached out from South London on the now epochal “Tempa DubStep AllStars Volume One” from DJ Hatcha about a year or so ago, prior to that putting out tunes on the Big Apple label out of Croydon, the epicentre of dubstep. With “Newstep” the scope of this music becomes even more defined, whereas the surfaces of Burial’s album can get grainy like gravel under foot, this can come clean like cold chrome on skin, closer now to those long forgotten UK electro sounds than any hip hop styling. There are cuts here that just make you gasp: “Dominion” is a choreographed march of demented Scientologists whooping and chanting for L. Ron, scary; imagine “Zombie Jig” and you have it, a gristly mechanical half-stepper. In fact, in common with other new dubstep there is something disturbingly ceremonial about many of the tunes here; it will be intriguing to observe the inevitably emerging dance attitudes.

Martin Clark is perhaps better know to date as a chronicler of the development of the dubstep scene on his own blackdownsoundboy blog and as a regular contributor to the excellently uninhibited Pitchfork Media site. The condition of observer will not last much longer as his Blackdown persona assumes greater control. With fellow artist Dusk he released “Drenched/Submerge” on the label co-created for their output, Keysound, so called to reflect the sonic keystone loops that coalesce the atmospherics of the track into the rhythm, a technique employed in common with fellow dubstep artist Burial. This latest one has a sampled vocal from Indian songbird Lata Mangeshkar floating behind the heavy bass drop and drone – sinodub excursions are planned for the future. The flesh of “Crackle Blues” must be probed to find an acapella of the traditional blues song “Jack O Diamonds” lurking underneath, a Lomax recording of Leadbelly perhaps that’s virtually discarded on the Burial remix, as is the boom of the bass, replaced by clattering wood and furiously skittering light percussion.

Martin Campbell, British born but raised in Jamaica, is an artist whose entire reputation to date rests one single issued back in 1990, (“Why Must The) Wicked Rule”. A simple lyric, devastatingly delivered in a plaintive sufferer style, on top of a painfully pleading horn-riff, it was one of those tunes that just stepped out of time. And it still does, included here with its original horns version plus a strictly drum and bass stripped down dub, standing as it does at the forefront of the then burgeoning UK nu roots movement perhaps time is overdue for a proper reappraisal of that scene. Produced by Cambell in association with Channel One’s JoJo Hookim, with only three cuts on this showcase style set the rest of the space is occupied by dubs from house band Hi Tech Roots Dynamics and a great sax led instrumental from Bob Ormrod in tribute to the ‘other’ Channel 1 in Kingston “Roots Rock 29 Maxfield”.

It’s always been a point that rankles, the fact that the Wailers had an outstanding body of work both pre and post the solo Marley years, but there has never been a satisfactory dubwise collection of their tunes. Most of the early Perry produced sides were instrumental run thoughs, with the glorious exception of the twelve inch cut of “Keep On Moving” that finds Scratch a flicker short of total dub distortion, and the occasional Tuff Gong single only nudged into the lower reaches of the dub satisfaction zone. The album “Chalawa Exodus Dub” appeared last around ten years ago after originally popping up not long after the release of Marley’s album, likewise the “Uprising” set. By no means a revelation, these sets remain a great tribute to the spirit of the originals with some of the versions raised above a jazzy lilt to a tougher dub level, cool curiosities.

It’s just impossible to dislike some albums that trade so unselfconsciously on the dub genre, like the recent Easy Allstars’ Floyd tribute “Dub Side Of The Moon” (“Radiodread” is shortly to be unleashed!). This debut full-length release from Swiss trio Dub Spencer & Trance Hill (Adrian Pflugshaupt, Marcel Stalder and Christian Niederer) is just one of those as the gang take a modern slant reggae’s old pre-occupation with the Wild West, especially the spaghetti westerns. Coming from nowhere these boys adopt the persona of cartoon heroes and ride rhythms into town where they dub the feuding locals into submission, it sounds cheesy, it shouldn’t work, but it does.

Volume three was the one; back in 1977 greeted with derision by some purists but welcomed by others as a potential step for the genre towards more mainstream recognition, in other words – sales. It never really happened, either for this volume or its three companions which have all reappeared simultaneously via the Joe Gibbs French outlet. Earlier volumes are more formal drum and bass outings but number three comes with the sounds of thunder, sirens, gushing water and all the usual dub efx thrown in with abandon by the usually restrained Erroll Thompson, the one that is the sucker DJ selection is the title tracks take on “Hypocrites” a bass line directly related to “King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown” but there are other killer versions: “The Entebbe Affair” on Pablo’s “Cassava Piece” and “Jungle Dub” on the Mighty Diamonds’ “Ghetto Living”. In fact it’s all great fun from start to finish and essential for those new to the origins of the genre.

With the exception of the longtime hardcore or the more recent glut of moneyed reggae collectors the name of Kiddus I, aka Frank Dowding, was only known to those struck by his “Graduation In Zion” track from a brief early appearance in recently reissued ‘Rockers’, a truly remarkable document, masquerading as a feature film but managing to capture the excitement of Jamaica’s indigenous roots reggae scene of the late seventies. However Kiddus I never recorded an album and his entire work consists of a handful of singles on his own Sheperd (sic) label. Accompanied here by arranger and guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, who opened the Inna De Yard series experience with his own debut set, Kiddus I delivers a full manifesto of roots consciousness that has become unfashionable in these times. The package includes a bonus DVD with interview plus footage of the acoustic sessions.

After an extended sabbatical the largely dub-themed revival label relaunches with a mid-priced compilation that turns out to be just like one of those great cassette selections that used to circulate amongst collections in the days before the CD revolutionised the market. Picking tracks from a back catalogue that may not have had the limelight of Blood and Fire or Pressure Sounds may seem risky but this is a pure joy right through with tracks that became instant and overdue classics on their reissue, such as the DJ’s delight, the ultra-funky “Fugitive Dub” from the Skatalites “Herb Man Dub” and Tubby’s seemingly respectful treatment of the old chestnut “Whispering Grass” which comes in for a severe binghi drum plunging after the guitar melody is stretched over a twisting reverb. Two tracks are included from the forthcoming Jacob Miller dub set both featuring Bernard “Touter” Harvey on an irresistibly fat and farting Moog synth over wah wah and wailing harmonica, but the jewel is the closing “Jah for I” a Rockstones dub from Niney the Observer a sparsely driven dubplate cut with martial horns dub at times acapella to seemingly reach up above the rhythm as if attempting to soar above Tubby’s swipe at the echo spring, as enormous a dub as the master ever created and all on an eight track.

This album crept out in the UK back in 1981 as the last crest of the dubwave was hitting with the series of album cut by Scientist, in the main, for producer/entrepreneur Henry “Junjo” Lawes and released by Greensleeves in those great sleeves depicting Championship Fights, Space Invaders, Vampires and PacMan cartoon style in the sleeve art. The technique employed by Scientist had steadily moved the bass of the Roots Radics’ Flabba Holt up into a dominant position in the mix, which at its best was truly rockstone, and although those Greensleeves albums still remain popular this lesser known work is equally as riveting. Scientist judicious use of the more gimmicky dub tricks is put to good use and often lends the tracks further dynamics and colour in the absence of a horn section. Produced by Linval Thompson the set takes tunes from Al Campbell, Rod Taylor and Barry Brown out of their vocal shackles and into new elasticated zones best checked by the young mixer’s re-imagining of Freddy McKay’s “Hey Stranger” once a fairly prosaic roots tune and now an inter-dimensional battlezone. Perhaps the inclusion of Volume 2 explains why the best dub albums are always around thirty five minutes long – a rest is advised before starting back on this one

The fact that Seven Dub’s tunes have been licensed by Chicago’s Guidance label gives a good clue of what to expect here – the smoother end of club reggae, although vocals from Zap Mama’s Angelique and Paul St.Hilaire plus a guest appearance from the legendary DJ Lone Ranger is enough to generate an anticipatory frisson the heights get no higher than the early wah-wah and stumbling bass of “Intro” as a form of cocktail reggae dub soul numbingly takes over proceedings. Maybe there’s a chain of European corporately branded and harmonized dub lounges commissioning this stuff.

FIGHTING DUB 1975-1979
Originally released in 1975 on the Love label “Fighting Dub” now reappears courtesy of Steve Barrow’s Hotpot label with eight extra tracks from producer Lloyd Campbell’s seventies output. The album itself is a competent enough outing with Erroll ‘ET’ Thompson at the desk turning out a crisp set of version, but the real star here turns out to be Vin Gordon whose trombone adds some beautifully unsettling tones to “Scotch Dub” particularly, a brooding cut where ET has the reverb set to max on all but the steady drum and bass. The bonus cuts supply most interest with Gordon on two extended later cuts with the Revolutionaries, “Soferno” is on the “My Conversation” theme and the “Cobra Rock” turns out to be a dub take on “First Cut Is The Deepest” voiced for Campbell by Joy White; also worth noting is the dub to Lloyd Hemmings “Africa” cut for Campbell when the singer was just fourteen, but the sparse mix predicts the darker regions explored by Scientist with the Radics a few years later.

Briefly out on the strictly ‘press and push’ UK Burning Sounds imprint in the late seventies, this ‘so-called’ self production by the “Reggae Don” Leroy Smart has been unobtainable since. This time it comes with the addition of four crisp rockers cuts to make the double vinyl worthwhile, including one coruscating extended dub mix “Walk Away From Trouble”. With Tubby, Jammy and Channel One’s Jo Jo Hookim at the desk for voicing it would have been great to have some of the dubs, especially as the uncredited horn arrangements of the great Jimmy Radway (who gets no mention in the predictably self-laudatory interview) pop up on opener “Mr. Smart”. One detects the fleeting shadow of Bunny Lee who’s the only producer to get a check here. Indeed there must have been rhythms like dirt lying around Tubby’s studio floor as there are re-cycled versions galore here including a staple Yabby You tune a la “Chant Down Babylon Kingdom”, Horace Andy’s “Zion Gate” and the Abyssinians’ “Declaration of Rights”. Having said that, it’s still good to have an original album from a vocalist on top form who remains one of reggaes greats, albeit one who carries such a fearsome reputation that it’s maybe not surprising his work remains so under-represented.