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Saturday, July 31, 2004

Playlist - 31st July 2004 - Baked Goods

Jeff Mills in interview

MOVE D -Ice Tango -City Centre Offices
THE BEANS -Number Four -Intr_Version
PENDLE COVEN -Jaunty Angle (Claro Intelecto Remix) -Modern Love
TELEX -Moskow Diskow -Azuli
DEODATO -Keep It In The Family -Azuli
DIPLO -Way More -Big Dada
ACTRESS -Credit Da Edit -Werk
SONAR BASE -Cyanide -SCSI}AV 12"
HOMELIFE -Harder -Ninja Tune
ARTO LINDSAY -Combustivel -Righteous Babe
ANTIBALAS -Indictment -Rope A Dope
MID AIR CONDO -Serenade -Type
AROVANE -Tokyo Ghost Stories -City Centre Offices
THE NECKS -The Sleep Of Champions -Fish Of Milk
SWOD -Nein } Gehen -City Centre Offices
HOOD -It's Been A Long Time Since I Was Last Here -Aesthetics
BLASTCORP -No One Might Ever Know -City Centre Offices

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Playlist - 24th July 2004

Lloyd Ricketts -Jahology dub -Rootical Dubber
The Bug / Warrior Queen -Aktion pak version -Rephlex
Beef Sharky -The spider -cdr
Archie Branson Outfit -Islands -Domino
Ben Weaver -Grieve all you want -Fargo Records
Great Lake Swimmers -Moving pictures silent films -Fargo Records
Twilight Circus -Lift off -ROIR
Reggae Disco Rockers -Steppin' the neighbours -For Life
Adrian Sherwood -Boogaloo -Real World
Charlie Ace -Superchamp -Trojan
The Heptones -Pretty looks isn't all -Soul Jazz
Lyn Taitt -Steppin' up -Motion
Jacob Miller & Inner Circle -80,000 careless Ethiopians -Trojan
King Tubby -Peace and love in the dub -Nascente
Earl Sixteen -Dread a general -Patate
DJ Spooky vs Twilight Circus -Riddim clash -Play
Mikey Dread -JBC days/Proper education dub -Auralux
Sly & Robbie -Top ranking style dub -Trojan
Grievous Angel vs. Niney the Observer -Blood and Fire mix -cdr
Kid 606 -Buckle up -Ipecac
Tapper Zukie -Born to be black -Trojan
Glen Brown -Tel Aviv drums -Trojan
Love Grocer meets Bush Chemist -Jaro dub -Conscious Sounds
Junior Dan -East of the Rio Cobre -Honest Jons
Glen Brown -Ska diap -Studio One
Ijahman Levi -I am a levi -Basic Replay
Butch Cassidy Sound System -Hear what I say -Fenetik Hunter
X Project -Ghetto geddon -Congo Natty Records

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Playlist - 17th July 2004

OTW Beijing and selector Neil Robbins

Glenn Branca-Lesson No.1 for Electric Piano-Acute Records
Deerhoof-C-All Tomorrows Parties
Anne Laplantaine-Dicipline-Emphase Records
Ear Sugar-Faust Chick-Ear Sugar
Tod Dockstader-Eight electronic pieces #3-Locust
Outhud-Hominid jump-Echo Beach
Zimoun-Ladung-Tonus Music
Vibracathedral Orchestra-Goodnight stars goodnight air-VHF
Micah p. Hinson-It's hard to look at you and breathe at the same time-Sketchbook
Kraftwerk-Tour de France-EMI
Ghost-Hynotic Underworld-Drag City
Jeff Mills-Expanded-Axis
Bunzen and Ohno-Rage et Fuge-Bunzen
Markus Wormstorm-Books Books Books-Soundink
Richard Devine -Asect:Dsect-Schematic
Keith Hudson-My Nocturne-Basic Reploy
Icarus-Frog Manik-Leaf
Text of Flight-052402 Echo 4-Table of the Elements
Akchote/Auzet/Ferrari-Sur Le Rhthme-Blue Chopsticks
A Certain Ratio-Rub Down-Factory
Jah Lib-Pillz-Stones Throw
Prince Po feat MF Doom-Social Distortion-Lex Records
Declaime-Life-Hum Drums
Viktor Vaughn-Mr Clean-Soundink
Mad-Villain-Shadows of Tomorrow-PIAS
Yesterday new Quintet feat Dudley Perkins-Nuclear War-Kindred Spirit
David Grubs-Coda (Breathing)-Fat Cat
Malik Flavours-Mind Expansion-Stonest Throw
Squarepusher-Kill Robok-Warp
Mike Kelley-Silver Ball (Light and Colour-Table of the Elements

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Playlist - 10th July 2004 - Funkology

Max Sedley -Happy-Sunday Best
Circle City Band-Magic-Soul Brother Records
Wally Badarou-Chief Inspector (Precinct 13)-Fourth Broadway
Donny Hathaway-The Ghetto-Atlantic/Rhino
The Sunburst Band-Until the End of Time-ZR Records
Portrait-Turntables-Soul Japan
A Tribe Called Quest-Award Tour-Zomba
Amp Fiddler-Blacksmith r’n’b rub-Genuine
Earth Wind and Fire-Reel people-Charly
Fela and Roy Ayers-2000 blacks got to be free-Kal Akuta Records
Quantic featuring Spanky Wilson-Don’t joke with a hungry man-Thru Thoughts
Latoiya Wiliams-All for you-Doggstyle Records
Martin Solveig-Sur La Terre-Defected
Sunburst Band-Everyday-ZR Records
Leena Conquest-Boundaries-Natural Response
Donny Hathaway-Little Ghetto Boy-Atlantic/Rhino

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Playlist - 3rd July 2004

Deadbeat-A joyful noise pt. 2-~scape
Vauxhall 44-scrp-Inflatabl Label
Bill Wells-Pick up Sticks-Leaf bay
Bill Frisell-Boubacar-Nonesuch
Cloudead-The teen keen skip-Big Dada
To Rococo Rot-Miss You-Domino
Mum-The ghosts you draw on my back-FatCat
Terry Riley-Song from the old country-CDLA
Mahwash-Beshnaw az nai-Accords Croises
A Certain Ratio-Flight-Universal Sound
Voltaire Brothers-Trouble Man everyday-Fall of Rome
Krispy-Work-Damn Right
Laurel Atkin-Eatsen Standard Time-Trojan
Sean Paul-Brethren-Jet Star
Cecile-Haffi Chill-Jet Star
Johnny Clarke-Academy Award Version-EMI
Boredom-Boredom-Noize Anoize
Hope-Last Song-Noize Anoize
The Runs-End of Day Is-Noise Anoize
Ignition-Million and One-
Clinic-The Magician-Domino
Campag Velocet-It’s Beyond Our Control-Point
Falter-Nachtflug-Thinner Records

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Dub Review - July 2004






Creation Rebel's first album "Dub from Creation" was released in March of 1978. Originally a studio outfit known as the Arabs utilised by the mighty Prince Far I for rhythms, the band effectively provided the young Adrian Sherwood with the sonic equivalent of playdoh. Now available for the first time since its original appearance with the addition of two Far I tracks ‘Frontline Speech’ and its version both on the rhythm of the album’s opener and title track. Four of the other tracks were dubbed from Eric ‘Fish’ Clarke’s ‘A Love that Grows’ album as playgrounds for studio efx especially the dub staples of echo and reverb. On 1979’s much tougher outing ‘Rebel Vibrations’ Fish was replaced by the imported Style Scott, preceding "Starship Africa" by over a year both sets were instrumental dub affairs and can now be appreciated as largely experimental in their approach as breeding grounds for what was to follow. Of the six bonus tracks Dr.Pablo’s melodica led ‘Joyful Noise’ and ‘Creation Fever’ stand clear as the rest are mainly lightweight vocals. For committed On U devotees only.




The sound of Dubphonic is already implanted in the sub-conscious of many via the use of their dreamily insistent remix of G-Stone’s ‘Orozco’ on the cult TV show ‘Six Feet Under’, its included on this set. A further triumph was their handling of Linval Thompson’s ‘Jah Jah is a Guiding Star’ on a Blood & Fire remix compilation for Echo Beach. Following their touring support of Audio Active the French trio of Stefane Goldman, Sylvain Mosca and Alexis Maura a.k.a. Alexkid are back courtesy of the irrepressible dub adventurers at Hammerbass, pioneers of the Dub Federation for All. If the dedicated mission of Dubphonic is to achieve the sonic equivalent of a warm glow then they are already there, but by the time we get to ‘Djibouti Love Affair’ and the gorgeous stabs of Christian Lechevretel multi-tacked trumpet the effect is getting almost physical. Quite the most enervating music I have come across in a long time, without any effort, should come with some king of warning about driving or machinery.




Shitkatapult´s inbuilt dub expert wanders across the corridor again to the offices of Daniel Peter’s Meteosound. Lars Fenin might be driven by dub but thankfully he’s also constrained by his own awareness of the tekno excesses that can make many of his European contemporaries now sound old-fashioned by comparison. Following on from his well-received ‘Driven EP’ he again wisely curbs any expansionist tendencies by holding down the tunes within an extended play vinyl format with six tracks in the style of a jump-up edition of Mark and Moritz around the corner at Rhythm & Sound. Fenin´s first cooperation on record with a reggae singer comes with Gorbi on ‘No C.I.A.’, the uptempo opener ‘3 Snares’ threatens to herald a classic 70s roots tune but the groove comes quick and stays, rootical electronic dub comes from ‘Half a Song’ and ‘Warning’ and the only slip is on ‘Shake’ that relies on a mid tempo techhouse shuffle.




The first in a promised epic series in the pre-Island history of reggae’ s most influential standard bearers, achievable via a deal between Danny Sims’ JAD imprint and the Universal owned Island. All the music has appeared on JAD over the past few years but suffered from poor or non-existent UK distribution. The lavishly presented long-book format contains 3 CDs, the first features early Tuff Gong output including a proto-version of ‘Lively Up Yourself’, ‘Concrete Jungle’, ‘Screw Face’, ‘Trenchtown Rock’ and U Roy’s DJ cut ‘Kingston 12 Shuffle’, the second has material from London sessions including the long-lost ‘Music Gonna Teach’ and the third disc has a retread of the Perry sessions that we know and love. The importance of the set is that its complier, Wailers and Perry expert Jeremy Collingwood, reworks the myth of Marley portraying a young, hip but hardworking musician focused on his eventual success and mainly influenced by the contemporary sweet soul and funk providing the soundtrack for the growth of black consciousness. Musically, apart from the aforementioned unreleased track, amongst the sixty nine tunes here there are twenty three versions which is a seriously brave move for this opening set of the series and should be applauded.




Although the title may overreach its claim in stretching the ‘best of’ definition through to 1985 this is still a great introduction to Jamaica’s most feted drum and bass due. The Taxi production unit they created in early 80s may have been responsible for those metronomic rhythms literally churned out for the first part of the decade but many of the productions collected here prove that Sly and Robbie had done it the hard way in sessions run by the likes of Jah Thomas, Bunny Lee and Linval Thompson. As members of the groundbreaking Revolutionaries, creators of the militant Rockers sound and relaxing into the production line that was the Aggrovators, Sly’s explosive style and Robbie’s sinuously melodic basslines revivified old rock steady rhythms and created endless new classic combinations. Fully expecting boredom to set in well before halfway in this massive two CD set the affair turned out to be a delight, especially the snatches of Gregory Isaac’s vocals in selections from his great ‘Slum Dub’ set and the intros to versions produced by Nkrumah ‘Jah’ Thomas. Head for ‘Sly & Robbie: The Kings of Dub’ a take on ‘Death in the Arena’ and ‘Lambsbread’ a version to John Holt’s ‘My Heart is Gone’ but save all admiration for the sublime Taxi dub to Dennis Brown’s ‘Revolution Part 2’ on which S&R replace brass with a heavenly peal of steel pans.




According to Linval Thompson all the songs and dubs on this collection were blessed by mind and fingers of the master, and certainly on listening to the dubs here that claim seems to hold true as Tubby takes a robustly classic course in application of effects and tweaks the hi-pass filter in that deadly subtle way of his. Remarkable that this material has remained hidden away until now as there’s a stylin’ version of Pablo’s ‘Rockers Dub’ voiced by Thompson as ‘Whe the Wicked’ and re-tweaked by Tubbs in a masterly restrained fashion with percussion claiming all the action plus a great opener by Horace Andy ‘Wise Man’ and a light jazzy take of ‘King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown’ on the albums title. Other fine vocal contributions come from the late Jacob Miller and the still great Johnny Clarke. Thompson’s rep as artist and producer moves up a notch or two with this debut of new UK imprint Auralux, a collaboration between eminent Scratch scholar Dave Katz and Dave Hill of the culturally sound dance label Nuphonic.




In his ten years or so in the guise of Twilight Circus (Sound System) Ryan Moore has been so prolific that there was always bound to be tunes at the end of quarter inch tapes, on cassettes at the back of drawers, hidden behind the mixing desk etc. and here they are into’d by new friend Big Youth at the album’s opening. The tracks vary from r’n’b styled noodling, ‘East of Memphis’ to a 80s Laswell tribute ‘Electric Africa’, from a fully fledged dubout that mysteriously escaped a release ‘One Drop’ and right through to a cool too-short binghi-sleaze groove ‘Lift Off’. So Ryan becomes a sort of dubstyle version of Money Mark or Tommy Guerrero – no bad thing!




Although the title may sound pretentious we are actually dealing with revolutionary music of the highest order consigned to what is still regarded by many as a sub-genre of a kind of subordinate provincial r’n’b. This essential double CD that has a trio of classic early Upsetter dub albums – the original 1973 JA version of Cloak & Dagger, the legendary collaboration between Perry and Tubby Black Board Jungle (the Auralux reissue is reviewed elsewhere) and the largely ignored 1975 set Revolution Dub, all cleaned up and with bonus tracks. Cloak and Dagger starts with the much sampled intro "Greetings Music Lovers …..", and moves into spooky horns instrumentals and drum and bass dubs and the more famous Dillinger’s deejay piece ‘Dub Organiser’. Bonus tracks are sourced from an impossibly rare 1974 7" 33rpm vinyl and there are instrumental and dub versions of Perry at his rare groove best on the ‘Jungle Lion’ rhythm. Revolution Dub never came out in Jamaica but appeared in the UK on the Cactus label and was recently bootlegged out of France. Moodily quirky describes the atmosphere as Perry takes liberties with his own material that other dare not touch - dialogue from the seventies British sitcom Doctor In The House being the most bizarre example as well as selections from Perry’s own repertoire of bodily functions. As long as Trojan continue to issue material of this quality then we can accept even more reissues of ‘Long Shot Kick the Bucket’!




Drive right past the generic series titling to reach this selection from Firehouse in Jamaica and Fashion in London, two foundation labels of modern reggae, and as picks come from the rarely-played Ian McCann there’s a quality guarantee. The Firehouse sits nicely alongside the Pressure Sounds overview of Tubby’s digital label from a couple of years ago, and the Fashion tribute is overdue as intimated in this column a few months ago. The ‘Tempo’ rhythm dominates the JA half with cuts from Redrose’s original , King Evarald, the mutated strain of ‘Crank Angle Pt.2’ via King Asha and King Kong’s strictly anthropological ‘Aids’. But other killers jostle to the fore, notably Little John staking a claim on Junior Byles’ ‘Fade Away’ and the return of King Evarald murdering Bacharach & David on the sound system paean ‘Kill Ole Pan’. Plenty intros from the late MC Fuzzy Jones and Redrose weighs in again at the close on the ‘Joe Frazier’ rhythm with tribute to the Tubbsmeister on ‘Dub Organiser’. The UK end at Fashion’s A-Class studio holds up well against such tough opposition, but with Cutty Ranks’ ‘The Stopper’ and ‘The Cutter’ book ending the selection it’s a head start. In there too is the ex-Jah Walton reverting to his original identity as Joseph Cotton with his yard-style gossip chat ‘No Touch the Style’ and the newly arrived in London Junior Delgado voicing ‘We A Blood’ generating x amount of versions in turn.




The death of a major figure in music usually signals the start of a distasteful wave of cash-in reissues, so we have been fortunate over the past few years that Clement Dodd presided over excellent Studio One retrospective programmes with Heartbeat in the USA and lately Soul Jazz in the UK. Fitting then that the latest in the Soul Jazz series is this dub set as many of the rhythms showcased here have proved so durable that they continue to be versioned twenty five years after their creation, ‘Pretty Version’ with dubbed vocals running through the mix from the Heptones’ ‘Pretty Looks’, put a name at last to ‘Running Dub’ from Delroy Wilson’s ‘Run Run’ and perhaps the most revisited rhythm of recent times ‘Creation Version’ derived from Dawn Penn’s ‘No, No, No’. Interviews Mr.Dodd and engineer Sylvan Morris who, along with Syd Bucknor, was responsible for engineering duties on the Brentford Road desk reveals only a few tantalising secrets of the recording sessions will always be best remembered by the sounds rather than the processes employed. Another vital chapter in this excellent series.