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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Playlist - 26th April 2008 - Baked Goods

DUSK - Focus (Keysound)
HARDROCK SOUL MOVEMENT - Double Def Fresh (Version) (Elite)
2562 - Enforcers (Tectonic)
HELIXIR - Narcotic Dub (7even)
T2X - Trusted (Norman Nodge Mix) (T2X)
ORIGINAL CONCEPT - Gottanotha Funky Break 4-U?Hit It! (Def Jam)
ROOTED - Babylon Boxer (Wonderland)
SARANTIS - Society (Subsonik)
THE KNIGHTS OF THE TURNTABLE - Fresh Mess (Jam... Your Radio) (JDC)
2562 - Basin Dub (Tectonic)
GRIEVOUS ANGEL - Lady Dub (Devotional Dubs)
RUSTIE - Just For Kicks (Inst) (Stuff)
TAPE - Fingers (Hapna)
NICO MULHY - Mothertongue (Pt's 3 & 4, Hress & Monster) (Bedroom Community)
THE ADVISORY CIRCLE - The Old Schoolhouse (Ghost Box)
PHILIP JECK - Chime Again (Touch)
CHRISTOPH HEEMANN - Magnetic Tape Splicing Part 1 (Robot)
PAAVOHARJU - Italialaisella Laivalla (Fonal)
NIC JONES - Ten Thousand Miles (Trailer)
KATH BLOOM & LOREN CONNORS - My Stupid Little Heart (Chapter Music)
PAAVOHARJU - Sumuvirsi (Fonal)
IGOR WAKHEVITCH - Materia Prima (Fractal)
BERNARD SZAJNER - A Kind Of Freedom (Path?Marconi EMI)


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Playlist - 19th April 2008


Scientist - Mr Babylon Dub - Jamaican Recordings
Jahtari - Samurai Showdown - Net 7"
Blackmass Plastic - Do the Mash - Combat
The Mountain Goats - Sept 15th 1983
The Animal Collective - Water Curses - Domino
Half Man Half Biscuit - Evening Of Swing (Has Been Cancelled) - Probe Plus
White Denim - Let's Talk Aboy It - Full Time Hobby
Friska Viljor - Oh Oh - Crying Bob Records
A Toys Orchestra - Cornice Dance - Urtovox
Evil Jack McDeath - Interference - PUMF
Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee - Sly and the Family Stone - Fortunapop
Di Naye Kapelye - Schwartz's Sirba/ A Briv Fun Yisroel - Rough Guide
Justin Currie - No Surrender - Rykodisc
Miracle Fortress - Maybe Lately - Rough Trade

Clash On the Wire - Straight To The Head – I Roy vs. Prince Jazzbo

Creation of the clash - two of the rhythms, x amount of the lyrics and even one of the original protagonists, but, most of all, the spirit of this first on record clash was resurrected over a decade later for the I Roy/Prince Jazzbo bout…

Derrick Morgan – Forward March –Beverley’s 7” (prod. Leslie Kong)
Derrick Morgan – The Blazing Fire –Beverley’s 7” (prod. Leslie Kong)
Prince Buster – Rough Rider –Fab 7” (prod. Prince Buster)
Prince Buster – Hard Man Fe Dead - Soulsville Center 7” (prod. Prince Buster)
Prince Buster - Black Head China Man –

“Prince Buster and I were good friends until I left him for Beverley’s and after ‘Forward March’ in 1962 he wrote a song about me called ‘Black Head China Man’ “

Derrick Morgan 17th July 2003

“And Derrick answered with ‘The Blazing Fire’ which he introduced in the Chinese language and then sung ‘Be still and know I’m your superior’.”

Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee 17th August 2006

Johnny Clarke – Do You Love Me – Bar Bell 7” (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)
I Roy - Straight To Jazzbo’s Head
I Roy – Version – Bar Bell 7” (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)
Prince Jazzbo - Straight To I Roy’s Head
Version – Black Art 7” (prod. Pete Weston)
I Roy - Jazzbo Have Fe Run
Version – Micron 7” (prod. Pete Weston)
Prince Jazzbo – Gal Boy I Roy –Justice 7” (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)
King Tubby & The Aggrovators - The Roots Of Dub –
King Tubby Presents The Roots Of Dub, Total Sounds LP (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)
Derrick Morgan - I Roy The Chiney Commer Around
King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Straight To I Roy’s Big Mouth - Attack 7” (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)
I Roy - Straight To Derrick Morgan’s Head
King Tubby & The Aggrovators - Straight To Trico Lee’s Head –Total Sounds 7” (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)
I Roy - Padlock
Padlock Version – Steady 7” (prod. Jo Jo Hookim)
Johnny Clarke – Do You Love Me – Bar Bell 7” (prod. Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee)

“It generated some life inna the music business! All of those things happened up at Tubby’s…”
Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee 17th August 2006

Selected by Harry Hawke

Monday, April 14, 2008

Steve on Resonance FM

Steve did a special mix for Adventures In Modern Music on 03 April 2008 - The Wire On Air - on Resonance FM. The show is hosted by Lisa Blanning.

Link to show with download - http://www.thewire.co.uk/articles/878/


I Roy
Total Togetherness
from Heavier Than Lead
(Kingston Sound CD)

Sekkutsu Jean & Kawabata Makoto
from self-titled
(Vivo CD)

Gavin Bryars
Danse Dieppoise
from Hommages

Dynamic Africana
Igbehin Lalayo Nta
from V/A - Nigeria 70: Lagos Jump
(Strut CD)

Luk Tung Klong Yao
The Son Of PM
from V/A - Shadow Music Of Thailand
(Sublime Frequencies LP)

Achterbahn (Shackleton Remix)
from Steingarten Remixes
(Scape CD)

Ateleia And Benjamin Curtis
Baghdad Batterie (excerpt)
from Baghdad Batterie
(Table Of The Elements 12")

Steve Lacy
Zoo (excerpt)
from The Forest And The Zoo
(ESP Disk CD)


Mantong Lusheng Music - Village round dance
Iz - Adamzat - (demo recorded by Wang Fan in Beijing 2003)
Beijing subway busker - Kwanyin 022
Dong Minority girls - We close the village for rituals
Traffic hoots - Kwanyin 022
Yan Bing - Wa bamboo pipa - Yunnan Yuasheng
Beijing Taxi meter - Kwanyin 022
Wu Jinglue - Chitchat between fisherman & woodcutter - China Record Co ccd94
A young girl sings - Ye Shanghai - Winter & Winter ww910-111
Huan Qing - Water (track 3) - Tu'an
Buddha machine captures (track 1) - Tu'an
Huan Qing - Fire (track 5) - Tu'an
Liu Lu - Sounds from the courtesan's courtyard - cdr
Street cry 1 & 2 - Kwanyin 022

*Kwanyin tracks from Peter Cusack's 'Favourite Beijing Sounds'

track 4 from SND 006
from 4,5,6
(SND 3x12")

Pauline Oliveros & Miya Masaoka
Afternoon (Hirusugi)
from Koto Accordian
(Deep Listening CD)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Playlist - 12th April 2008 - Funkology

Flora Purim - Love Lock - Warner Brothers
Barry White - Sheet music - Unlimited Gold
Ashford & Simpson - It Seems to Hang on (Tommy Musto Re-Touch) - Rhino
Queen Eve and The Kings - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - Freestyle
The Equals - Burn Ya! - Club - JABX58
Gloria Walker & The Chevelles - You Hit the Spot Baby - Flying Arrow
sun - Radiation Level - Capitol
Larry London Project - A Love Like That - Sundae Soul Recordings - Sundae Soul
Mint Condition - Somthing' ft Phonte - Mint Factory
Reel People - It Will Be - Papa - Papa
Algebra - You do it for me - J-Records
Swing out Sister - Butterfly - Swing Out Sister
Gil Scott-Heron - We Almost Lost Detroit - Arista
Boyd Jarvis - I Couldn't Love You More (Edited by Mr K.) - Promo 12"
chic - So Fine - Wounded Bird Records
The Embers - You're the Reason - Bluewater
Melvin Sparks - Thank You for Letting Me
Black Gold Massive - Sometimes it Snows in April - Freestyle
Mary's Mine - Marvin - Sundae Soul Recordings
Skin Flesh + Bones - Tit for Tat - Trojan
Johnny Clarke - None shall escape the judement - Trojan

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Playlist - 5th April 2008


Kiko - Slave of My Mind - Different
Howling in the Typewriter - Weigh How - Pumf
The Raconteurs - Consoler of the Lonely - XL Recordings
Stars and Sons - Out of View
Calvin Party - Just Keep Falling - Probe - Probe
MIS - Escribeme Pronto - Cooking Vinyl
Johnny Dowd - Putting lipstick on a pig / C'est La Vie - Munich Records
Emily Loizeau - L' Autre Bout Du Monde - Fargo
Alexander Tucker - Phantom Rings (Slight Return) - ATP
John Fairhurst - Passing Time - Humble Soul

The Genius Of Lynford ‘Andy Capp’ Anderson - Dub Inventor

King Stitt, Andy Capp & The Dynamites – Herb Man – Clandisc 7” 1970 Prod. Clancy Eccles
The Dynamites – Phantom – Dynamite 7” 1970 Prod. Clancy Eccles
Little Roy - Hard Fighter –
The Hippy Boys - Voodoo – Syndicate 7” 1971 Prod. Lloyd ‘The Matador’ Daley
Derrick Morgan – Fat Man – Smith’s 7” 1960
Bop A Loos - South Parkway Mambo – USA Mercury 7” 1955
Derrick Morgan - Fat Man –
Val Bennett – South Parkway Rock – Lindel Records 7” 1969
Andy Capp – Pop A Top – Tiger 7” 1969
Andy Capp with Val Bennett - Poppy Show –
Andy Capp – Pop A Top (Version Two) – Tiger 7” 1970
Andy Capp - Pop A Top (Music Only) –
Derrick Top The Pop - Pop A Top (Reverb) – Dynamic Blank 1970
Iron Capone (Dennis AlCapone) – Pop A Version – Upset
Verse – Upset 7” 197??
Techniques - Pop A Top (Trombone Version) – 7” Prod. Winston Riley
Dave Barker & Ansel Collins - Karate – – Techniques 7” Prod. Winston Riley
Andy Capp - The Law (Part One) –
Andy Capp - The Law (Part Two) – Tiger 7” 1970
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Squeeze Up (Part One) -
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires - Squeeze Up (Part Two) – Dynamic 7” 1970
Just Like A River – Stranger & Gladdy – Amalgamated 7” 1968 Prod. Joe Gibbs
Andy Capp & The Pepperlights - Musical Recipe –
Andy Capp & The Pepperlights - Version Two - Jogib 7” 1970 Prod. Joe Gibbs

Selected by Harry Hawke

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Dub Review - April 2008

Horace Andy / King Tubby

I Don't Want to be Left Outside / Zion Dub

Wackie's 10"

The vocal here is usually revived by Bunny Lee on 7" or album as "Zion Gate", cut by Horace Andy in 1975 and dubbed out by Tubby in a doom-laded fashion that prefigures the heavy, heavy Radics sound that Scientist would carve out in the early eighties. The rhythm here though is created by the Aggrovators and features a descending horn riff, likely from Bobby Ellis on trumpet, Vin Gordon on trombone and Tommy McCook on tenor saxophone, that goes on to shunt the unrelenting pace through to the dub in this extended mix with vocals reverbed throughout to a concluding acapella that crackles into the run out groove. The sparser dub on the flip exaggerates the sheer weight of the bass in the mix and the percussion firing like ball bearings off the studio wall. Pressed as an export from Wackie's and available as 10" for the first time.

Badawi Vs Kode9 / Badawi vs. Juakali

Den of Drums / Crows

ROIR 12"

Mr Kode9 has busied himself up over the last few months in the remix department, in a way reflecting the wide spread of the material already issued on his own Hyperdub imprint and also on this occasion making an association content with more openly musical activists. His track is remixed from the version on Badawi's (aka Raz Mesinai) "Unit of Resistance" album (also featuring DJs Spooky and Rupture) itself reinterpretations of 2004 collaborations recorded as tracks of protest. Dropping into a sub-genre that could be horribly misinterpreted - 'dub-techno' – Kode9 get true Detroit and steps up the BPMs in line with other recent Hyperdub releases with his true sonic identity dropping into the mix about two thirds the way into the tune after a rapidly skittering break and before an urgent melodica drops in to trail the rhythm to a quick fade end – its just like a story. "Crows" is a darker prospect and, like so much dancehall derivatives, without an obvious lyric too hard work for me.

Dillinger vs Trinity


Bushranger CD

A Burning Sounds release revived from 1977 produced by Clem Bushay with tracks voiced at Channel One in Kingston and Chalk Farm in North London. Bushay is perhaps best known for his co-production of Tapper Zukie's Man Ah Warrior and as one of the movers in the Lovers Rock scene at the time, this album is one of those sound system style clash affairs where the DJ chatted over rhythms imported from Jamaica with little or no efx added in the mix, Jah Woosh's Marijuana World Tour for Adrian Sherwood on Carib Gems is another example; consequently the mix can be a little ragged. Despite this occasional sonic indifference there's plenty of lyrical invention here especially on the opening combination style "Rizla Skank" an obligatory weed paean, a jibe at rival operator Count Shelley on "Shelly with the Electric Belly" and with the inclusion of Dillinger's "Stumbling Block" on the rhythm of "Love is not a Gamble" and versioned from the original cut for Carlton Patterson and dubbed by Tubby as "Page One" on the Black & White label.

Bob Marley & the Wailers

Another Dance

Heartbeat CD

Let's start by saying that not one of the tracks included on this album have been previously used in Heartbeat's series documenting the Wailers output for Clement Dodd at Studio One and, although the titles are familiar, selections are mainly original Jamaican single mixes, alternate takes or rarities – which makes the release of particular interest to Wailers fans, early ska and just plain great music. Recorded between 1964 and 1966 the Skatalites provide the backing in either ska or r'n'b styles, without any trace or nod to the Merseymania that gripped the rest of the world, and whilst the Wailers were still clearly in thrall to Curtis Mayfield as on the cover of "Another Dance" and although "Playboy" is certainly derived from the Contours big dance hit "Do You Love Me" its clear from such a beautiful tune as "I'm Still Waiting" that Marley song writing skills were there from an early stage. Also of interest here is the original single mix of the eventually world dominating "One Love" on which Roland Alphonso takes the sax break, the tune was inspired by Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready", "Guajara Ska" mistakenly credited to Soul Brothers and with vocal from Bunny and "I Left My Sins" an early gospel tune from the Wailers released on Clement Dodd's Tabernacle label. The album should, of course, correctly be credited to the Wailers alone.

The Meditations


Makasound CD

Although the name of the Meditations may not be the most familiar of Jamaican harmony groups their sound is certainly well known through their work with Bob Marley and Lee Perry, notably as backing singers on Heart of the Congos. In fact, on a few of the tracks of this album, reissued from 1978, the similarity to Jah Bob's vocal style is uncanny, check "Life is not Easy" – which is probably a Black Ark track from the sound of the stray steer in the studio – that could easily have been lifted from Confrontation era when lead singer as Ansel Cridland issues a 'whoah yeah' extended into a quivering falsetto, or "War Mongers" where the song structure itself is pure Marley at his best. "Play I" is surely a Perry product given the shimmering reverb on the rhythm guitar and the opening track "Justice", appearing to be a contemporary outtake, is as fine a roots song as on any of the Wailers great albums. Indeed the original 1979 album was scheduled for release on Island before a (predictable) money misunderstanding and came out in a dribble on Tad's in New York instead. Four extra tracks are included from the Message from the Meditations album which appeared in the same year.

The Mighty Diamonds

The Mighty Diamonds inna de Yard

Inna De Yard CC

Makasound's offshoot continues its acoustic sessions with Jamaica's best loved vocal trio; either as the Diamonds or the Mighty Diamonds, Tabby, Judge and Bunny have been together as a performing unit for nearly forty years and its fitting that their contribution to this series is perhaps the best. For some perplexing reason the set starts with an off-kilter version of the Stylistics' "Country Living" that thankfully is grossly unrepresentative – maybe this is just how it ran and we hear it just as it was. In any event 'Bodyguard" follows and sets the standard for the rest of the songs here, mostly selections from the groups' heyday whilst recording at Channel One. "I Need a Roof", "Right Time" and "Poor Marcus Garvey" are all here, as is "Have Mercy", one of the most affecting Rasta sufferer plaints but this time slowed down over rolling binghi percussion with chiming guitar responses from 'owner fe di yard' Earl 'Chinna' Smith whilst the Diamonds harmonies are muted for the occasion and continue beyond the vocal into the spoken outro. "One Brother Short", the plaintive observation on the localised 'war' of street violence, concludes this wonderful album.

Lee Scratch Perry

Chicken Scratch (Deluxe Edition)

Heartbeat CD

Those expecting a bunch of whacky tunes will be sorely disappointed, for this is Lee Perry as journeyman at Studio One, clawing his way through as an artist whilst he performed x amount of other tasks for boss Clement Dodd. Not that there are no highlights here, the plainly filthy "Roast Duck" sets the hilarious, almost single entendre standard for the album – there was no such thing as PC back then as proven by "Rape Bait" and "Open Up" – as was just par for the early reggae course back in the sixties. "Help the Weak" credited to Lee 'King' Perry is an early glimpse of social consciousness, "Run Rudie Run" the first mention on a Perry track of the bad boy phenomenon and "Madhead" a pop at rival Prince Buster who had just got a monster smash hit with "Madness". And whilst the playing courtesy of the Skatalites is immaculate throughout this is more of an item for a Scratch collection than a representation of a genius' real contribution to reggae.

Ernest Ranglin

Ranglin Roots

Water Lily CD

Arriving back in Jamaica in 1976 after a spell at Ronnie Scott's club in London's Frith Street, Ernie Ranglin, amongst a number of like-minded Jamaican jazzers – Harold Butler, Boris Gardiner and Beres Hammond – went into the Aquarius studios in Kinston to cut an album for Arco records. Released from strict formats the result is an early jazz-reggae-soul fusion stamped with Ernie's signature guitar style, wild arpeggios, filigree patterns down the scale and the nagging invention of the perfectionist at work. Taken in through tired ears thirty years later this set could be easily misfiled in the 'easy listening' bracket, reggae fans best start from the last track "Hail Count Ossie", a jazzed nyabinghi tribute to the great Rasta drummer, before arriving at the more soul inflected pieces. Save to say any album combining Ernie with Mikey Chung's guitar, Boris Gardiner's bass and the saxes of Cedric Brooks and Herman Marquis is a cultural experience.

Steel an' Skin

Reggae is Here Once Again

EM Records CD

Besotted as I am by Amrals Trinidad Cavaliers' version of Gwen McCrae's "90% Of Me Is You" (Weedbeat 7" 1979) with its dubbed out steel pans like waterfalls, it's a delight to stumble on this delight from those chronically eclectic people at Japan's EM Records. Steel an' Skin were formed as a community education project in the early seventies by Bubbles, Bravo and Mickey - refugees from the Pan Am Steel Band - linking with Peter Blackman of Ginger Johnson's Afrikan Drummers. Afrocentrism may have been their intended theme in the fusion of reggae, funk, soul and jazz with traditional ritual styles but the outcomes were wildly diverse with some tracks now sounding like sad anachronisms whilst others provided accurate barometers of things to come and still prove exciting today. Maybe the closest to come to Steel an' Skin were African Head Charge but even they did not stretch as far as "Afro Punk Reggae Dub" or generate a vocal as joyous as the Ghanaian calypso "Hi Life". The package includes a DVD of the band at work in Liverpool from 1978 whilst engaged on an Arts Council sponsored workshop programme for 'deprived communities' at which the track "Reggae is here once again" was recorded.

Various D.J.s

Bushyard Telegraph

Tamoki-Wambesi CD

Its inevitable that in any DJ collection where the late Prince Far I is featured the authority of his voice will stand out from the rest, and so it is here although the other contributors – save the Big Youth soundalike, Baba Dread – can also be considered heavyweights, Jah Stitch, I Roy and Charlie Chaplin. The album has been out before in Roy Cousin's rolling reissue programme and the tracks here are of a vintage between 1974 and 1983 recorded at Channel One with all the usual suspects involved. Charlie Chaplin and Jim Kelly's "Stur-Gav Special" pays tribute to the Jamaican sound system King Sturgav Hi-Fi operated by foundation DJ Daddy U Roy from the early seventies, I Roy's "Coxsone Time" makes a reappearance and Jah Stitch's "Domino Game" is a much more civilised affair that the real thing despite the murderous language. But the surprising jewel is "Ejarsa-Gora" (birthpace of Ras Tafari Makonnen aka Haile Selassie) launched by Far I on top of Vivian Jackson's 'Yabby You' rhythm with traces of Gregorian chant and mixed by the redoutable Sir Freddie Viadukt at Naffi Studios in Warrington.