Sunday, 31 January 2010


Well it`s been very hectic round these parts the last days and just haven`t had the time to blog up recently...January has seen us looking at some quality brand new muzik and we got a few more to check out....Kieron Hebden aka Four Tet comes roaring back after a 5 year hiatus from his previously released album "Everything Ecstatic" in `05. Released last week on Domino records,"There Is Love in You" is a 9 track LP of sublime sonic inspiration, taking his cues from old obscure jazz sounds to the newer beats of UK club grooves from dancefloor to downtempo...Here he delivers a beautifully crafted 4/4 house groove with intones of spiritual chanting vocals.... right up my strata east!.....enjoy!!

1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
3. Circling
4. Pablo's Heart
5. Sing
6. This Unfolds
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes to Fight

A look at the making of the artwork for the new album (japanese only)

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Splitting The Atom

More great new muzik just keeps on rolling in 2010. The Bristolian Massive are back releasing their long awaited 5th studio LP at the beginning of next month, and back to their best with tracks like "Paradise Circus", "Pray For Rain" etc....and the return of legendary Jamaican vocalist Horace Andy on "Girl I Love You" and here "Splitting The Atom" that originally dropped on the October released EP....Quality!!!!

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Sunday Acoustic

Introducing Tinashé, keep an ear out cause this guy will be huge. His debut EP is about to drop on Island records.....also check out his Mbira version of a track called "zambezi". Niceee!

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Heavy As Stone.

There's some great new music already this year Gil Scott-Heron`s new LP that we`ll blog about soon and something that's just tickling all the right places in my soul right now....Mark Pritchard (Harmonic 313) as well as many other aliases delivers a shockingly wicked tune. The vocals remind me of something like a United Future Organization track from the 90's, but in fact sampled from the Archie Shepp - Song For Mozambique / Poem: A Sea Of Faces, Great uplifting lyrics....just loving this!...Forthcoming on Deep Medi Musik.

A.Elephant Dub
B. Heavy As Stone

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Teddy Bear R.I.P.

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass, Sr. March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010

One of the most amazing soul voices of all time has passed on yesterday....R.I.P Teddy Bear, Truly blessed!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Mixcloud Best of 2009.

Those amazing people over at Mixcloud are having a Best Of 2009 vote for your favourite DJ mix, radio show or Podcast that was featured on Mixcloud and I have been included in the list for April for my "The Way Of The Dub Vol.4"

The voting ends on Friday 15th January, so if you feel inclined please vote for my mix....Many Thanks for all your support.

Yes peeps we came in @ number 45.

Monday, 11 January 2010


Double post today as we have another Japanese holiday celebrating the "Coming Of Age" of people reaching 20 years of life and thus over here maturity...(well that's debatable.!)
Anyway that's a long way off for my own. So i'll indulge you in a little afrocentric spiritual jazz for the moment.....The sublimely beautiful "River Luv Rite" from The Oneness Of Ju Ju's 1976 LP on
Black Fire Records. For me the warm, humanly emotive vocals of Lady Eka-Ete Jackie Lewis stretches the tune far beyond the tight polyrhythmic jazzy composition of Plunky.
Essential sounds inna world full of trouble and uncertainty...Given a well deserved re-issue by Strut records in 2002.

Oneness Of Ju Ju - river luv rite

A1.River Luv Rite
A2.Follow Me
A3.Soul Love Now
B1.Space Jungle Funk
B2.The Connection
B3.Love's Messenger

History Of The Amen.

This has been doing the rounds of the bloggosphere for a long time now, i'm sure some of you have seen it already, but following on from the previous post, it's apt to share now. The vid clip is a fascinating, 20-minute narration of the history of the "Amen Break," Nate Harrison's 2004 video is an interesting theory on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable drum break. Check out the 1Xtra history as well!

The Winstons - amen brother

A.Color Me Father
B. Amen Brother


Saturday, 9 January 2010

Elbow to Elbow

John Carraro's wall at the Roosevelt:pic courtesy of waxpoetics

While browsing a few online music mags the other day i came across this story of a recently departed New York record dealer and felt i must re-share it on here so as to get another side of the story about digging around for great music.

Create digging at the Roosevelt by John Carraro.

An eye opening story of a infamous record dealer at New York’s legendary record fairs that were held at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hotel located at E. 45th Street in the 8T's, who came to influence a whole generation of music producers, especially the Hip-Hop community.

"This is the tale of a convention where for a few sacred seasons, a certain magic was in the air as dreams were realized and friendships made. The Roosevelt was much more than just a big room filled with people looking for what they wanted. It was a show that for a few seasons actually helped to influence people’s lives and the music that some would create. So let us wind up our metronomes and begin with how it all came to fruition." Read On

part 2
part 3
part 4

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Black Nite

Daniel Janin

So we're back inna brand new decade peeps and here's hoping everyone of you had a peaceful and relaxing holidays....My Christmas wasn't exactly relaxing for me as i'm the main cook in my house at this time of year..but the Japanese new year, well that was days of doing absolutely nothing at all, except eating, drinking and sleeping!

We're kicking off 2010 with a classic french funky jazz drum break courtesy of composer & orchestrator Daniel Janin & J.C Pierric with this 1970's offering lifted from the LP "A L'Orgue Hammond" using his pseudonym Eddy Driver and Sampled by The Beatnuts on their track "muchachacha"


Eddy Driver - Black Night