Monday, September 28, 2009

Dukes Up

My day job is severely cutting into my blogging time of late, so I'm just gonna pass on the stuff that comes my way..

..For example, here's the latest podcast installment from Duke Etienne (Head High). 

Duke Etienne Podcast #14

Dark Knight  // Mutant Funk
Bookworms // African Rhythms
Zomby // One Foot Ahead Of The Other
Silkie // Spark
Red // I Should Tell Your Mama On Ya
Baatin // Marvelous
Jimmy Castor Bunch // It’s Just Begun (Larry Levan Mix)
Holzer & Kamura // Pure Love
Players Association // Let Your Body Go
Don Armandos Second Avenue Rhumba Band // Deputy Of Love
Fallout // The Morning After
Martyn // For Lost Relatives
F // Epilogue (Ramadanman Mix)
Kode 9 & The Space Ape // Do You See What I See
Elemental // Talk

Point of interest - Track 5 in the mix is "Ishould tell your mama on ya" by Red (some guy out of LA, who seems to be riding out a wave of interest right now), I fucking love.  Strange looking cat, but definately onto something.  Here's the Youtube vid, with some extra remixed bits:


Old Money

Just a sneaky repost of a mix from Akuma on Cash Rules celebrating his acceptance into the ranks of the elderly (Happy 30th Adam).

 Akuma - Old Man Mix

01. Jane Birkin And Serge Gainsbourg - Jane B
02. Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon - Shakey Dog Part II
03. The Delfonics - Trying To Make A Fool Of Me
04. The Isley Brothers - Footsteps In The Dark
05. Althea And Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
06. Betty Wright - Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do
07. New Birth - Blind Man
08. Busta Rhymes Ft. Uncle Murda - Director's Cut
09. Zapp - Computer Love
10. Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm
11. Alton Ellis - I'm Still In Love
12. Amy Winehouse - Cupid
13. Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo And Raekwon - Make Me Better (Remix)
14. Billy Paul - Let The Dollar Circulate
15. Crooklyn Clan - Let's Get Ill
16. Mary Jane Girls - All Night Long
17. Jimi Hendrix - Foxy Lady (Rob Tex Remix)
18. Big Daddy Kane - Ain't No Half Steppin'
19. Kellee Patterson - I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More
20. A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario
21. Diamond D - Sally's Got A One Track Mind
22. Matumbi - Brother Louie
23. Blu And Mainframe Are Johnson And Johnson - Why
24. Chicago Gangsters - Gangsta Boogie
25. Cam'Ron - Silky
26. Swizz Beatz ft. Lil Wayne - Up In The Club

Friday, September 18, 2009

12 Tone

Now I know I Said MTLM are my favourite band this decade, and they are, but I'm allowed more than one right? Wait, I don't need your  approval.  My Blog, my rules. Losers.

But, I digress...
A few months/years/unspecified time ago i saw a band called The Speakers Corner Quartet (SCQ) at the Jazz Cafe. And they were fucking dope.  Then more recently I saw United Vibrations perform in the Vibe Bar for Heads High.  They were fucking dope too.  As it turns out, both groups are part of a musical extended family called 12Tone, which incorporates them both and contains more stuff I haven't had a chance to look into yet.

I've been doing a little internet research, and pooled some of their best videos on-line for my blog. 

Speakers Corner Quartet @ jazz re:freshed 26.02.09

Speakers Corner Quartet - OneTaste's Festival Video Collection

United Vibrations - Maya

If you've been paying attention, you'll notice the bassist from UV (Kareem) is the Cellist from SCQ.


United Vibrations play sunrise set at Festa Junina '09

 Its fucking typical, that the night they're both playing (tonight)  I have to be somewhere else (Jazz Cafe with the Furious 5), but for those of you not going to Camden ...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Furious Bread

This Friday at the Jazz Cafe my Breakin Bread peoples are celebrating their 11th Birthday.  Doesn't that just make you feel fucking ancient? Anyway, its looking to be a pretty special night all in all.  Taking the headline spot are one of the flagship old skool hip hop groups, none other than the motherfucking FURIOUS 5.  That's right Dynamite, Grand Master Melle Mel, Kid Creole, Scorpio & Rahiem are all billed... Plus the one like Kurtis Blow will also be taking the stage to delight and entertain the Camden punters.

Breakin Bread have got the obligatory B-Boy contingent covered in the form of UK champions THE SOUL MAVERICKS facing off against RETURN 2 BURN from Germany. DJing duties are being covered by long-standing Bread mogul Skeg, and its all hosted by none other than perennial underachiever Dylan Sage.

Furious facts:
1st rap artists to win Grammy awards, 
1st to inject social commentary into rap, with the genre changing “The Message” in 1982, 
1st to endorse a political candidate with the song “Jesse” in 1984, 
1st to be inducted into the rock & roll hall of fame in 2007


Dj Grandmaster Flash is credited as being the 1st to scratch vinyl
Kurtis Blow was 1st Rapper to be signed by a major label

Full details are below.  If you're desperate, I should be able to get concessions for the main event, so if you know me - holla atcha boy. I'm not making any promises though -Jazz Cafe's notoriously tight with that kinda thing, but I'll do what I can.

Friday 18th September
Live Hip Hop Show: The Furious 5 & Kurtis Blow
Resident DJ: SKEG
B Boy Battle w. Return 2 Burn (Munich, Germany) vs Soul Mavericks (London, UK)
Host: Dylan Sage

Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden NW1
All night: (7pm - 2.30am) with Furious Five, Kurtis Blow & Breakin Bread.
£16.50 advance, more on the door
Late Session: (10.30pm - 2.30am),
£5 concession by emailing your names to before Friday 18th 4pm!
Or £10 on the door