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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Playlist - 29th November 2008

Arthur Russell – Love is overtaking me – Audika Records
Juakali – Run Babylon – Foreign Familiar pre-release mp3
Abassi Allstars – Dub answer – Deep Root
Eating Betty – New new dub – ACEtone Studios
Dead J – Cold light – Modern Sky
Lena & the Free Roots Orchestra – Cheval vapeur – Plush
Marmur – Blackbird – pre-release mp3
Christina Carter – Original darkness – Kranky
Rodriquez – Sugar man – Light in the Attic lita
Al Green – You ought to be with me - Victor Entertainment
The Brothers Unconnected – Space Dragon Ogon – Abduction
Paavoharju – Sumuvirsi – Fonal Records
Kashiwa Daisuke – Stella – Midi Creative / Noble
Goldblade featuring Polystyrene - City of Christmas Ghosts -
The Wedding Present - Holly Jolly Hoolywood - Vibrant Records
The Peggy Lee Band - All I Really Want to - Drip Audio
calvin Party - 8 Days - Eli Records
Awesome Wells - I think I Just Heard teh Hens Applauding in the Hen-house - Red Deer Club
Abe Vigoda - Live-Long - Bella Union
Hot Drop - Tell Me Dub - A QuietBump
Joker + Rustie - Play Doe - Kapsize
Madtone - WP - Blossoms Kitchen
Pascal Comleade - Contre le Style - Because
Seeland - Call the Incrediable -lOAF
Francesco Giannico / Stefano Spataro - 4 Sonatas for electroacoustic thoughts - HysM

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Playlist - 22nd November 2008

Lee 'Scratch' Perry & AMS – Jungle relick version x – On U cdr
Peverlist – Clunk click every trip – Punch Drunk
Various Production – Hater (Zomby remix) – Various Production
Pinch – Midnight oil – Tectonic
Mikey Murka – Downpressor man – Maffi
Disrupt – Downpressor version – Maffi
Frankie Paul – Call the brigade – Soul Jazz Records
Supercat – Trash & ready – Soul Jazz Records
Martin Rev – Whisper – Mau Mau
Sulumi – Melts in your mouth – Modern Sky
Martin Rev – Places I go – File Thirteen Records
Sideshow – Bottletop dub – Aus Music
Gang Gang Dance - Bebey - Warp
Alan Braxe Ft. Killa Kella & Fallon - Nightwatcher (Show Me) (Instrumental) Eye Industries / Double S & True Tiger From Day True Tiger/Always
K-The-I??? - Finger Painting (Thavius Beck Remix) - Big Dada
Johhny Osbourne - Hill & Gully - Moodies Records
Paula Darwish - Mavilim - Purple Sheep
Gary Cail & On-U Sound System - Two Thieves and a Liar - On-U Sound
Issa Bagayogo - Filaw - Six Degrees
Mockery - Jambouree - Sonic360
Amadou & Mariam - Sabaili - Because
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Everything with you - Fortuna Pop
The Ugly Suit - Anthem of the Artic Birds
Delano Smith - Something for myself - Sunrise EP - Third Ear

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Playlist - 15th November 2008

Steinski – I'm wild about that thing – Illegal Art
Steinski – Solid air junk mood mix –Illegal Art
The Bug with Ricky Ranking – Flying – Ninja Tune
The Bug with Cha Cha – Poison dart (no f*ck2db) – dubplate
Dokkebi Q – Hardcore cherry bonbon – 3QREQ
Virus Syndicate with David Lewis – For the music – Contagious
Zomby – Test me for a reason – Hyperdub
Kode9 vs LD – Bad – Hyperdub
George Coleman – Cool it right – Mississippi
Ignatz – The Water – K-raa-k
Chang Loo – Sixteen tons – mp3
Todd Snider – Ponce of the flaming peace queer – Aimless Records
Blown Glass Typewriter – Mountains – Apestaartje
Sixto Silgado, Paito Y Los Gaiteros De Punta Brava - Merengue Faroto - Rough Guide
Franco - Esengo ya mokili - Sterns Music Africa
Mikey Dread / Singers + Players - Autobiography - On U Sound
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers -Roadrunner 1 - Castle Communications
Big Youth - Big Youth Special - Virgin
Orchestre Poly-Rhthmo de Cotonou - Mi Ni Non Kpo - Analog Africa
Waitless - I surrendaa (eu me entregou) - Poo Productions
Witchdoktors - Common Prayer (for a working Man) - Tribal Vibes
Okie Rosette - Sing the Hotel - Montreme Records
PSI - Clo - crafu Byw
Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid - Arrival - Domino

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Playlist - 8th November 2008 - Funkology

The Johnnie Taylor Chronicle - I Could Never Be President - Stax
Four Tops - Strung Out on Your Love - abc
James Brown - America is My Home Pt 1 - Polydor
James Brown - Bring It Up - Polydor
Gil Scott-Heron - Revolution will not be televised - Kent Soul
James Brown - Funky President (People It's Bad) - Polydor
The Pointer Sisters - Yes We Can Can - Soul Jazz
The Impressions - We're A Winner - Kent Soul
Great Peso & Papa Austin - Wrong Girls To Play - Smokin' Records
George Benson - When Love Comes Calling - Expansion Records
Glayds Knight & The Pips - Landlord - Columbia
Ann Peebles - I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down (from Take me to the River)- Kent Soul
Paul Humphrey - Scream & Shout - Stanson
Jazznova feat. Danny Krivit - Theme From Belle et Fou - Sonar Kollective
Garnett Mims & Truckin' Company - What It Is (Part II) - Arista Records
Somi African Lady - The Soul Feast African Suite Version - srm
Ultramagnetic MC's - Chorus Line - Next Plateau
Jorge Ben & Trio Mocoto - Pulo, Pulo (Live in Japan) - bbe
Mike "T" - Do It Any Way You Wanna - Golden Pyramid
Love Over Money - Keep On - Tone Control
The Creative & The Receptive - Skin Tight-Too - Tropical

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Playlist - 1st November 2008

Kung Fu Super Sounds - Electro Beat 5 - (from The Kung Fu Instructor) - de Wolf Music
Lion Of Judah - Emperor Selassie I (King Of Kings) - Congo Natty
Kemet Crew - Press The Buzzer - from Champion Jungle Sound - Parousia
McPullish / Luciano - Just Hold On - Charlie's Records
Dennis Alcapone - Usain Bolt of Lighting - Shady Lane
Bunny Lee - Thunder Dub it to Missy Elliott Super Version - Shady Lane
Beat Pharmacy / Spaceape - Ghostship - Deep Space

Jahtari Bass Invaderz Mix

Intro: El Fata Recording Session (London, May 2008)
John Frum – Happy Hanukah Disrupt – Inner City version (original by Mungo's Hifi)
Wadadda – Elders Refix – Jahtari
Clause Four – Whiskey Bar bootleg
Soom T – Smoke It (disrupt Refix, Mungo's Original)
Disrupt – Fleisch Dub – Jahtari
Mikey Murka – Downpressor Man - Jahtari
Solo Banton – Talk To Me - Jahtari
upcoming Disrupt – SEGA Beats (from the upcoming album)
Disrupt – The Brink Of Destruction - Jahtari
El Fata – ElFata Ina The Dancehall (upcoming 7")
Errol Belott – What A Wonderful Feeling (Rootah version)
Afrikan Simba w/ Rootah – Protect I (upcoming 12")
Mikey Murka – Get It Already Dub - Scotch Bonnet
Mikey Murka – Ride Pon De Riddim (Rootah version)
Rootah – Holy Mount Part 2 - Jahtari
Illyah & Ltd. Candy – Machines And Ghosts - Jahtari
Blaze Dem – Roots Defender - Jahtari
Disrupt – Bit Defender - Jahtari
Disrupt – Impossible Mission III (upcoming album)
Afrikan Simba w/ Rootah – Power Burial (upcoming 12")
John Frum – Dub with Ellis John Frum - untitled Jahtari
Riddim Force – Farmer In The Sky – Bastard Jazz

Analogue Minefield - Need a leader (dub) Malicious Damage
The Orb - Ba'albek - Malicious Damage
Caned & Able vs Billie Holiday - Trav'lin' Light Malicious Damage
North Sea Radio Orchestra - Copt Gilders - Oof! Records
Au - Summerheat - AAGOO Records
K@R - Nam am Nine - Atmosphere - Brown Bunny - http://www.brownbunny.co.uk/

Dub Review - November 2008

Admiral Bailey

The Best of Admiral Bailey


Glendon Bailey aka Admiral Bailey burst through in the mid 80s as a rambunctious goodtime DJ on Prince Jammy's Super Power Sound, like many of his predecessors he ran a fine line between conscious lyrics and pure slackness, on the one hand responsible for the banned "Punaany" - eventually re-recorded in a cleaned-up version as "Healthy Body" - whilst recording the anthemnic "Old Time Some Thing" these days known as "Nuh Way Nuh Better Than Yard" a celebration of traditional values. Whilst the former is exorcised from this collection many of Bailey's toughest proto-bashment tunes are here, including "Big Belly Man" on the "Agony" rhythm and a bunch of great one-away efforts such as "Me Head A Hurt Me" and "Try Some Hustling" providing plenty of source material for future anthropological scrutiny.


Silvah Bullet


There's an old dub triangle that lay between Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds in the county of Yorkshire, the latter point's epicentre is Chapeltown, traditionally home to Jamaican émigrés, students and hippies from a bygone age; judging by this new vinyl piece there's something stirring again basswise. "Silvah Bullet", perhaps a warning against easy answers to anything, is a stumbling but regular half step prodded forward by sneaky bass synth bubbles and, although from a different era and slower at the BPMs cut on this disc, reminiscent of Meat Beat Manifesto's epochal "Radio Babylon" in the feel of the track. The introduction of bongos and the reverbed "chanka chanka" reggae guitar upward chops imbue the track with a much warmer feel, as does the desultory, repeated vocal line. Usually tunes that come forward in a genre's slipstream are going with the flow, its good to hear this one going against it in a dubwise direction. Of the three other tracks on the E.P. the brittle "Punk 5" starts with a mournful violin that could be from either Bombay or Berlin before the breakdown arrives, the violin sounds are dubbed out on each reappearance holds wood clap style percussion the procession of sound above a murky bass whirlpool below.

Bo Marley vs. Disrupt

Bo Marley vs. Disrupt


Already downloaded to death from the Jahtari website (www.jahtari.org) this 12" previews a forthcoming collaborative album between Leipzig's Disrupt and Bo Marley, the back line from Danish reggae band Bliglad, though the dubs here are exclusive to the vinyl. Both "Bauhelm" and "Fleisch" are worked up in the originals in fairly skeletal old school digi-frame, except the latter has horns. Disrupt adds some Amiga game play sounds into the intros, takes the bass down and then down again and then starts having fun in the mix. Although his Foundation Bit album could come across as darkly European at times in it artful dislocation of the genre the main modus operandi for the Jahtari massive these days turns out to be fun, not an attribute usually applied to dub.

Bullwackies Allstars

Black World Dub


Originally out in 1979 on Wackies' subsidiary imprint Hardwax Black World could easily fit into the label's defining African Roots series; engineered by Bullwackie but it's the hands of Leroy 'Heptone' Sibbles steering the arrangement with arranger Clive Hunt to add the final quality seal, especially evident when the title's tracks punchily emphatic horn section splits and rules the toughest rhythm on the set. Opening with "Recording Connection" uncannily adjacent to the melody of Dr. Alimantado's "Born for a Purpose" from the same year and continuing with Joe Auximite's "Trouble Land" from an abandoned vocal album, there's the expected rework of old hits. "Tribute To Studio One" updates the Heptones' "Gonna Fight" aka "Hail Don D" with a percussions workout so gymnastic that the tunes re-emerges as a modern steppers whilst "Guiding Star" twinkles twice, once when someone in the studio has the delivery of a spanking new syndrum and proceeds to practice, "Morning Star", and more regularly for "Shining Star" where he's got the hang of it. A dub version of Delroy Wilson's immortal "Rain from the Skies" closes the affair. .

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics / King Sporty

Soul Movement / For your Desire


If ever proof were needed that music lovers were sold short by the music business' lack of appreciation when it came to early Jamaican popular music then it's fully demonstrated by reissue of a series of 7" singles featuring the island's top sax man Tommy McCook, all from the in-house label of Peckings record store in London's Shepherds Bush. McCook was an original member of the Skatalites then the Supersonics, the sound behind Duke Reid's rocksteady hit machine. "Soul Movement" has McCook reworking the front half of the melody from Justin Hinds' "Carry Go Bring Come" for the tune's intro and then the vamped rhythm that ride the beat before the horns enter with a unison riff, to replaced by a Jimmy McGriff style Hammond run (either Winston Wright or "Gladdy Anderson") before the mighty McCook takes charge with commanding sax solo. On the flip, the rhythm is sped up for a King Sporty chat which comes over as almost prosaic after the instrumental. Also around are "Our Man Flint" and "Sweet Lorna".


Roots & Wire


When Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat lived in Montreal he had a Berlin label, now he's moved to Berlin he has a Montreal label. Up until late 2003, Scott worked for Montreal based company Applied Acoustics Systems, manufacturers of software synthesizers, maybe this industry link forged the connect with Robert Henke aka Monolake - and also Herr Ableton – although creatively this association is not detectable in a comparison of their musical outputs Henke has provided a "sounding board and inspiration in terms of strategies for both performance and pushing technology into the realm of real musicianship" for Monteith, they have played several joint live shows together. This new set is perhaps the most completely realised of all Deadbeat albums, its title aptly catching its intent. Collaborations with Paul St.Hilaire (ex-Tikiman) bookend the tracklist, the opener "Rise Again" a warm Rasta plaint with shimmering technodub undertow and the closer "Babylon Correction" where an expansive instrumental opening gives way to Tikiman in a vocal performance paralleling Sugar Minott at the height of his rub-a-dub phase, with a chopped and shuffling rhythm and a beautiful moment four minutes in as its dubbed out under the melodica melody. In between are six tracks that continue to resonate the deep chords between dub reggae and techno that have become the signature sound of the city of Berlin.

Dub Colossus
Dub Colossus EP


Dub Colossus is a new incarnation of Dubulah aka Nick Page, original member of both Transglobal Underground and Temple of Sound. Of the four tracks here the opener "Azmari Dub" has the most dubwise pretensions with Horns Of Negus swirling Sintayehu Zenebe intense lead vocal, followed by "Shegye Shegitu (One Drop Mix)" a call (Temerage) and response (Tsedenia and Sinteyehu) ethio-delta blues with Dubulah's slide complemented by shimmering runs from Little Axe's Skip McDonald. "Neh Yelginete" has a samba start-up, a Pharoah Sanders (in Africa) lounge sax and 60's organ solo in ethiopop style by Greek avant garde composer Jimi Papazanateas. Lastly the remarkable and startling "Ambassel in Box" is solo piano improvisation by Samuel Yirga, played on concert grand Bosendorfer piano, with a result that sounds like one hand belongs to Keith Jarrett and the other to Theolonius Monk – not for the weakheart! This project was a result of field recordings made in Addis Ababa in 2006 on a trip inspired by Buda's Ethiopiques series, recordings and selected musicians were brought back to the Real World Studios in Wiltshire for the recording of an album; perhaps the tracks on this taster are a little too rich and wildly eclectic a selection from the eventual album – dazed and confused is the effect after one listen.

Dub Gabriel

Anarchy & Alchemy


A relocation from NYC to SF has brought a degree of clarity about the things of value to be retained on this new album, Dub Gabriel's most realised and best so far, a move away from the explorations of 2005's Bass Jihad and more towards what has become a wider mainstream in the intervening years. No instrumentals here and not so much dubbing these days either, but the preoccupation with bass still dominates; opening the set is JahDan (Blakkamoore) fresh from the We Are Raiders E.P. with Matt Shadetek and DJ/Rupture in upscale smooth bashment style on "Chasing the Paper" followed by Karen Gibson Roc spat spoetics on "Spirit Made Flesh" which, to my ears, utilises a direct and intelligent lift of a Scratch produced female vocal scat from Superape days on a Black Ark style shifting shuffle rhythm – perhaps the highlight of the set if it weren't for the presence of REM's Michael Stipe on a reverential reading of Suicide's "Cheree" – with an string arrangement that at time evokes an early Velvet's dissonance. Juakali's jump-up "Mashup" has an urgency that makes an understanding of the lyric unnecessary whilst the centrepiece of the set, Judith Juileratt's "La Vie Senvole" has minimally undulating electric keys straight out of a Martin Rev tutuorial but with the nouveaux doo wop styling replaced by a dolorously whispered tale in French. All these are enough for the memory of the weaker, some might say iller, tracks to evaporate by the album's end.

Mungo's Hi Fi

The Sound System Champions


Glasgow's Mungo's Hi Fi first surfaced in 2001 via the now dormant Dubhead label, releasing tracks such as "Wickedness" and "Ing" on compilations and vinyl that took some time to hit but left impressions positive enough for the outfit to carry on. Like many other UK nu roots acts they were fired up by dub, slowly building a hardworking reputation to the extent that this, apart from a showcase set in 2002 shared with Brother Culture, is their first album. Of the twelve tracks all feature different vocal line-ups and stylistically it's almost a reggae primer, running through ska and rocksteady, roots, rub-a-dub, digi-roots and bashment dancehall, though no dub – maybe a companion is on its way. Kenny Knots and Mikey Murka from Unity Sounds 80s' vintage continue their renaissance, as do UK MCs Tippa Irie and Top Cat, Ranking Joe and Italy's Marina P, but its Suncycle, London's answers to Ward 21, who blow the lid of the thing on "Around the World" with a jump-up shout to globalised riddim and Glasgow's own female MC Soom-T from Monkeytribe who delivers the one modern feeling track on the set with "Did you Really Know".