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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Playlist - 29th June 2013

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Alton Ellis Sings Rock & Soul Pt.2 (Studio One)

 Alton Ellis – African Descendants –Coxsone
Otis (Wright) & Alton (Ellis) - Jesus Is the One –Light House
Alton Ellis – Mad Mad –Coxsone
Alton & the Sound Dimension – Mad Version –Coxsone
Dub Specialist - Lusaka – Studio One LP (USA)
Dub Specialist - Talkin’ Dub – Studio One LP (Jamaica)
Alton Ellis - Almost Anything (Showcase Style) – Studio One LP (Jamaica)
Lennie Hibbert - Reggae Rub A Dub – Studio One LP (Jamaica)
Alton & The Freed Singers - Almost Anything – Coxsone
Alton Ellis – Someone –Coxsone
Alton Ellis – A Fool –Studio One
Alton Ellis – A Fool (syndrums) –Studio One
Alton Ellis – A Fool (version) –Studio One
Soul Vendors – Whipping The Prince –Coxsone  7” (UK)
The New Establishment – The People Skanking –Bongo Man
Alton Ellis - The People – Coxsone LP (Jamaica)
Alton Ellis - Never Love Again –Coxsone  LP (UK)
Alton Ellis - I’m Just A Guy – Coxsone LP (UK)
Dub Specialist - Callie – Winro LP (Jamaica)
Ranking Michigan & General Smiley – Rub A Dub Style –Studio One
Roland Alphonso - Mellow Mood –Banana BA  7” (UK)
Alton Ellis - These Eyes - Coxsone LP (Jamaica)

Selection by the Rt. Hon. Brigadier N. Hawkings

Eden Ahbez - Tobago - Righteous
Bopol - Manuela - Syllart Production
Suns of Arqa - Zorasta (Muslimgauze rmx) - Emotional Rescue
The Ganges Orchestra - The Dream - - Emotional Rescue
Sarah Neufeld - Hero brother - Constellation
A Hawk and a Hacksaw - Where no horse neighs and no crow flies - LM
Helena Hauff - Actio Reactio - Werkdiscs
Blondes - Rei - RVNG Intl
Dismantle - Tamrat version - Honest Johns Records

Friday, June 28, 2013

Muslimgauze and Suns of Arqa

Suns of Arqa (Michael Wadada) and Muslimgauze (Bryn Jones)

Suns of Arqa (Michael Wadada) and Muslimgauze (Bryn Jones)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Totally Shuffled: A Year of Listening to Music

Extract from Totally Shuffled: A Year of Listening to Music on A Broken iPod (Kindle Edition):

I was a bit stumped when this came up. Not because it was unexpected, but because I wasn’t really sure what or how I was going to write about.  It’s not as if this is some widely experimental track that is so far off the radar that it would warrant something off at a tangent-it’s a great rocksteady classic. It’s not as if I’ve got a bad case of writers’ block or anything either; over the last six months I’ve always managed to string a few words together about any track that comes up. Sometimes the track that comes up is so self-evidently good that there’s nothing more that really needs to be said about it. It’s like the Ronseal of music-it does what it says on the record.
There are two things however, that sort of stem from this track. Firstly, a treasured CD I have that was ripped from On The Wire (a BBC Radio Lancashire show). I’ve written about this programme before but for now, it suffices to say that On The Wire was not typical local BBC Radio fare. This particular CD was ripped from a three-hour special broadcast sometime around 2001 and entitled “The A to Z of Jamaican Vocal Music”. It started with The Abyssinians and went all the way through the alphabet to The Wailing Souls. Not strictly therefore an A- Z ,but close enough. It was a brilliant journey through ska and rock steady. As I had recorded it on three different cassette tapes and just copied it to a hard drive without editing, it still has got the intros to all the tracks from the DJ’s; which to me is a good thing, as it was a useful primer and gave me an avenue into the myriad worlds of Jamaican labels, artists and producers. However, as I didn’t edit it, there still is the local news from Lancashire on the Sunday afternoon when I recorded it. Becoming slightly more technically proficient and having the software on the laptop, I have often thought of editing it out, but somehow if I lost the link between Carlton & the Shoes “Love Me Forever” and traffic conditions on the outskirts of Fleetwood something would be lost forever. Alton Ellis did crop up in the broadcast with this very song although it’s on the iPod from another route altogether, but I wouldn’t have got it unless I’d heard that On The Wire show.
The second thing is that for ages this show has been something that I’ve kept copied in lots of different formats; you know, “just in case”. Every single PC and laptop I’ve had has had a copy of it and every mp3 player (from really cheap ones with limited capacity to 80 gig iPods), and there are at least three copies of it burned onto CDrs scattered around the house. Just in case all the hard drives are wiped and all the mp3 players break I’ve got it backed up. (It’s also on a pen drive somewhere I think). All this now seems slightly redundant, as not only can I get all the tracks without too much messing about from the internet, but the proliferation of excellent box-set compilations at prices that years ago would have seemed impossibly cheap means that there really is no need to be so paranoid about losing it. (Just in case the unexpected happens, I have all the tracks written down in case I have to resurrect it. I’ve also saved the track listing as a word document and in excel on the laptop. And on a pen drive as well). 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Playlist - 22nd June 2013

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Dirty Beaches - I dream in neon - Zoo Records
Portico Quartet - City of Glass (LV remix) - Real World Records
Leonard 'Santic' Chin - I don't want to lose you (Dub mix 1) -
Santic/Pressure Sounds
Macka Bees - Nation fiddler - Rebirth
Bullwackies AllStars - No equal rights in babylon version - City Line
Baba Leslie - Freedo dub - City Line
Gregory Isaacs - Mr. Cop - African Museum
Waynell Jones - The Chicken Dance - Highwater
Washington Phillips - Teach your child - Yazoo
George Cromarty - Poppy field - Thistle
Macka B. - Carry di box (lef wi yard pt.2) - Pull Up My Selector
Randy Valentine - Victory - Pull Up My Selector
Mr. Vegas - No plastic dolly - Pull Up My Selector
Papa San - DJ Business - Reggae Archive
Little John - Clark's Booty - Greensleeves

Jupiter & Okwess International - Djwende Talelaka - Out Here Records
Jamil Sheriff Big Band - T.T.F - GLP
Bed Rugs - Tell - Ample play Records - amplal
Dear Mark J. Mulcahy - He's a magnet - Fire Records
The Ex & Brass Unbound  - Bicyle Illusion - Ex Records

Idassane Wallet Mohamed - Ihinanes - Sahel Sounds
Invisible System - Nati dub - Harper Diabate pre-release
Juan Pestanas - 004000 - Opal Tapes
Nikolai - Continue his way - Opal Tapes
S. Olbricht - Sibu (feat Carla Under Water) - Opal Tapes

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Playlist - 15th June 2013

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 Magazine - The light pours out of me - Vinilissimo
P.I.L. - Public Image - Vinilissimo
John Wizards - Lusaka by night - Planet Mu
Tornado Wallace - Space tropics - Beat in Space
Magic Panda - Mothlight - Tigerbeat6
E.m.m.a. - Mood ring - Keysound Recordings
Geir Jenssen - Stromboli dub - Touch
Chihei Hatakeyama - Border feather - Monotype  Records
Seaworthy & Taylor Deupree - Wood
Saroos - Yukoma (Opiate rmx) - Alien Transistor
Wire Nest - Yellow-crowned night heron - http://wirenest.bandcamp.com/
Eat Lights Become Lights - Rowley Way overlook - Rocket Girl
Data 70 - Golden age of space travel - Enraptured Records
Circle Traps - Pop - Five Easy Pieces
Emika - Dem worlds - Ninja Tune

Sudden death of stars - Free and Easy - Ample Play Records
Sidewalk Doctors - All my loving - Hotshot scorcher
Sara Lowes - Let's start with an Instrumental - Red Deer Club
Songs for Walter - Stamping on Snails - Red Deer Club
Bruno Heinen Sextet - Taurus - Babel
Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band - Simon Found a Biscuit -

Jah Wobble & Bill Sharpe - Spanish place - Storyville Records
Geno Jordan - You're A Peachtree Freak On Peachtree Street - Peoples
Potential Unlimited
Frank Zappa - Peaches en regalia - Zappa Records
Robert Vanderbilt and The Foundations Of Soul- A Message Especially
From God - Sensational Records
Arto Lyndsay - Complicity - Rykodisc
Bo Diddley - She's fine, she's mine - Chess
Echologist - The mechanics of joy - Prologue

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Playlist - 8th June 2013 - Funkology

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Dub Club - Every dub is a star - Stone's Throw
Alpha Steppa - Dub sacred swords (feat. Lutan Fyah) - Steppas Records
The I Kong - Zion come home - Right On ro1
Jah Roots & Biggy Ranks - Clean up you kingdom - Duke
Makiko - High stepper version - 176 Sound Records
Vibronics - Jah Music - Partial Records
Alborosie - Play fool (to catch wise) - VP Records
Alpha & Omega - Poor & clean - Partial Records
Ronnie Davis - That's life - King Spinna
Augustus Pablo - Columbo - Santic / Pressure Sounds
Augustus Pablo - Pablo in dub - Santic / Pressure Sounds

Harold Butler - Do it Any Day - Zed Records promo
Karen Bernod - Comfort Zone (Michael Orr Remix) Promo
Diana Ross and Supremes and Temptations - Sing a simple song - Motown - umc/
Billy Paul - People Power - Back Beats -
Peven Everett - I just wanna make you happy - promo
3rd World - Now that we have found love (John Morales instrumental remix) - BBE
TKC - Back Jack - Muggsy Compilation - BBE
Airto - Touque De Cuica - Souse Re-edit promo
Antonello Ferrari featuring Jesse Wallace - Make room for me (Joey Negro extended disco mix)
Yambee - Blacker Joey Negro Mix -
Sade - Red Eye - (Andy and Pete Edit) - Sony
Salsoul Orchestra - Get away - Harmless
The Chilites -Hot a thing called love 2013 mix - promo

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Playlist - 1st June 2013

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Ernest Ranglin & theMoutaineers - Earth Sound - Earth Sound
El Mahdy Jnr - Phantomatik (Alter Echo & E3 mix) - Boomarm Nation
Various Production - Shed - Version Records
Pale Rider - Undreamed - Cassava Outernational
Colin Stetson - What are they doing in heaven today? - Constellation
Faded Ghost - Ghost Ark - SVBKVLT
Barry Stoller - For & Against - De Wolfe Music
Mapstation - I begin to know the map - Staubgold
Delia Derbyshire - Liquid energy - Glo Spot
Joane Skyler - Red wine - Reckno
The Sun God - Being heiroglyphic - Bio Rhythm
Champion - Bowser's Castle - Hyperdub
Thundercat - Tron song - Brainfeeder
Homeboy Sandman - Peace & Love - Stone's Throw
Ken Camden - Eta carinae - Kranky
Richard Dawson - A parent's address to his firstborn son on the day of
his birth - Richie's Own Label

Robert Pollard - I killed a man who looks like you - Fire Records
Guided by Voices - Flunky Minnows - Fire Records
A Filetta - L'orme Sanguigne - Rough Guide
Hot 8 Brass Band - Big Girl - Tru Thoughts

William Basinski - Nocturnes (excerpt) - Temporary Residence Ltd.
Ijahman Levi - Chariot of love - Organisation
Jashwha Moses - Steel dubwise - Bristol Archive Records
Cornell Campbell - Weed out (vampires) - Med.Tone Records
Lee Perry - Labrish - Kingston Sounds
Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus - Run come (throw away your stony
face) - Trojan
Keith Goode - Jah Jah deliver us - Under-Ground/Pressure Sounds
Don Prendes - Ska-ba-boo-be-day - Under-Ground/Pressure Sounds
Om - Garden of dub - Drag City