Monday, 16 December 2013

Documentaries To Expand Your Consciousness

Well today the mytea@om family will be heading to sunnier climes for a month over the hoildays...Needing to charge up the batteries before the coming of new life in 2014..So we'll wish all you lovely people a great time with friends and family and see you all in the New Year...And if you get totally drained of all the celebrations....check out some of these inspiring films, a smorgasbord of enlightenment..

Documentaries To Expand Your Consciousness

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Last Shop Standing

Some great stories in this documentary that was inspired by the book of the same name by Graham Jones takes you behind the counter to discover why nearly 2000 record shops have already disappeared across the UK. The film charts the rapid rise of record shops in the 1960′s, 70′s and 80′s, the influence of the chart, the underhand deals, the demise of vinyl and rise of the CD as well as new technologies. Where did it all go wrong? Why were 3 shops a week closing? Will we be left with no record shops with the continuing rise of downloading? Hear from over 20 record shop owners and music industry leaders as well as musicians including Paul Weller, Johnny Marr, Norman Cook, Billy Bragg, Nerina Pallot, Richard Hawley and Clint Boon as they all tell us how the shops became and still are a part of their own musical education, a place to cherish and discover new bands and new music.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


Fancy a stocking filler of goodies? The LA beat maestro Flying Lotus has just dropped a free bumper collection of, as the title says ideas, drafts & loops. With a new solo LP due any moment, this little bundle comes as a nice reminder of his innovative grooves.
FlyLo says of this crop of tracks “Some u'll know. Some u don’t,” You can grab it HERE.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Desire 願う

Looking thru drafts i had forgotten to post brought me to this, dropped back in April by Mark Redito AKA Spazzkid outta the LA beat scene via Manila..Desire is a work of lo-fi grittiness that switches the beats up multiple times within songs and allows the tracks to morph into entirely different beasts. With superb production that's sleek, bubbly, and really fresh, the beats are so crisp you could bite right into them...Quality stuff!!

A name your price D/L.


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Stylin' 600

Dropped back in August is another compilation worth investing your hard worked ears on, from Ozzie DJ and radio presenter Ennio Styles. Following on from his earlier Stylin' 500 Pt 1 & Pt 2, here he is celebrating 600 episodes and 12 years of 'Stylin' his radio show on Melbourne's 3RRR-FM. Covering his full radio repertoire with 30 tracks of jazz, juke beats, boogie, bass, brass, D&B, R&B, hip hop, house, soul, skweee techno, gospel funk! And offering it up all for free. A great comp to while away the winter blues....Get that shit!!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol​​.​​3

The next Installment in the Avant Garde Series outta New Zealand is dedication to Saturn born composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher ~ Sun Ra.
35 tracks bridging the similarities between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50's & 60's & the beat movement of Today

"Claiming that he was of the "Angel Race" and not from Earth, but from Saturn, Sun Ra developed a complex persona using "cosmic" philosophies and lyrical poetry that made him a pioneer of afrofuturism, free jazz. & electronic music. Sun Ra & his Arkestra's discography is one of the largest in music history and he is often regarded as one of the prolific recording artists of the 20th century. After departing Earth in 1993 Sun Ra legacy in music continues to influence artists worldwide and has changed the world of music as we know it." 

A name your price D/L.

Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol 2 - Alice Coltrane

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Real luv

With newz of an additional life arriving at mytea@om towers soon, you can imagine how much time gets eaten up with the washing shitty nappies and the like....
But we try here to keep it all rollin' along and believe me it's getting harder and harder as the years go bye!.Not because the desire for new or old music ever diminishes, it's just it takes up a lot of fucking time.....ya know what i mean!!  So we hack back on to Damiano von Erckert  who we bigged upped last time with his remix of Murat Tepeli's " "The Fee Fi Foe Funk For Me "
  And now he offers up a funky upload from his 'Love Based Music' LP..
Pure class IMHO!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Understanding Is Everything

Is Ian O'Brien's 10-track instrumental record with all proceeds going directly to provide materials for elementary schools in the Tohoku area , North Eastern region of Japan that was devastated by the Earthquake/Tsunami in March 11, 2011 and remains in desperate need of help....Support!!

He says of this project..

"This work represents my resolute opposition to war and violence of any nature. Despite the sometimes disturbing world we live in, I continue to dream of World Peace and co-operation between people and nations no matter how absurd that may sound, or how far we may be from that place and time. One day, the day will come when all wars and conflicts will end - the day the last person says "no more."
This album is simply my dream of that day". 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Nagoya Marimba Remake

Recently Repressed!! The extraordinary Steve Reich House remake by Stockholm's dj /producer Johan Cederberg AKA HNNY...After the original 12" got snapped up within days of it's release last summer and causing serious dancefloor mayhem and huge demand. The repress from new label NoRightsReserve has a new version complete with the original remake on the A and a brand new extended version on the flip....Seek out, Essential stuff!!

Available on Phonica

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Definitions of a Poet

As with the previous post we are such a sucka for anythang with a hint of the great poet/vocalist GSH infused within the groove here at mytea@om, and another little gem that fits the bill is from young Berliners, Elias Fughe AKA Saîle and Max Ardnt, who combine a bouncy b-line with raw shuffling percussion, interspersed with samples of GSH's vocal snippets.!...Available as a free D/L courtesy of ChevengurMelody net label.....Super duper!!

Friday, 11 October 2013

Peace Pt 1

Released at the back end of  September is this delectable slice of Gil Scott-Heron infused 4x4 grooveyness! Only the second release on this new imprint outta Scotland called Fifty Fathoms Deep, Both tracks swing effortlessly with Germany's Root Down’s master of rare vinyl  Rainer Trüby & Room With A View favourite Marlow on Part.1 duties, their very first collaboration together and Label boss Craig Smith on da flip ! A Beaut!!

Available from juno

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

20K Solid Gold

FaltyDL has dropped a Free 5 track EP under the moniker Donna Chambray Loren, who he says is not actually him, which would suggest  a collab somewhere, but with whom is the question? The EP is Titled "20K Solid Gold" Go grab that shit!!


Thursday, 5 September 2013

The Jazz Funk

After a little hiatus in August for some mytea@om downtime, we's back with a raw yet excitingly infectious deep minimal house groove remix from Damiano von Erckert that dropped on vinyl off Murat Tepeli’s debut EP "The Fee Fi Foe Funk For Me " back in March on Damiano's own Ava records Label, and he has now offered it up as a Free D/L...grab it up quick!.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Saturday, 27 July 2013

For the Record

Is a quality 16 min documentary on the people and places behind the controls of vinyl record production.

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Currently being giving the propa rinsing treatment on the White Island this summer.
From Argentinean producer Guti...who's bloated bass hits coupled with a dazzling female vocal casts this excellent deep track in a casual yet soulful light, that hits the spot just right!

Available thru  beatport/tracksource

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Chan Chan Edit

Straight outta Belgium and a 3B from Vijay and Sofia laying down a chugging slow burner of a re-edit on the Buena Vista Social Club's  "classic" - Perfect beats for ya swimming pools & bBq's.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Saturday, 13 July 2013

My Man

 Dropping next week is Verve Remixed: The First Ladies compilation features tracks by legendary female artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington. Marlena Shaw, Astrud Gilberto and Sister Rosetta Tharp. The original tracks have been remixed by 13 talented producers and DJs, with Billie Holiday's "my man" reinterpreted by critically acclaimed indie artist Toro Y Moi to a groovalicious effective sonic workout!

Track Listings

1. Ella Fitzgerald-Too Darn Hot (RAC Mix)
2. Astrud Gilberto-Fly Me To The Moon (Kaskade Remix)
3. Sarah Vaughan-Please Mr. Brown (Pontus Winnberg of Miike Snow Remix)
4. Nina Simone-Feeling Good (Bassnectar Remix)
5. Marlena Shaw-Woman Of The Ghetto (Flume's Jackin House Mix)
6. Nina Simone-Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (Zeds Dead Remix)
7. Billie Holiday-My Man (Toro Y Moi Remix)
8. Astrud Gilberto, Walter Wanderley Trio-So Nice (Summer Samba)(Azari & III Remix)
9. Sister Rosetta Tharpe-Jericho (C2C Remix)
10. Nina Simone-I Put A Spell On You (Pretty Lights Remix)
11. Ella Fitzgerald-Blue Skies (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
12. Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim-Corcovado (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
13. Dinah Washington-I've Got You Under My Skin (DJ Carnage & Victor Niglio Remix)

Pre-Order via Amazon

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Long Live the Jazz

Is the recent debut longplayer from Swindle who fuses the sounds of retro funk & jazz with grime, dubstep & UK bass grooves.....abSOULutly smokin' with a pulsating video to go with...Wicked stuff!!

Available from Deep Medi

Sunday, 16 June 2013


Check dis!...been bubbling around for the last couple of months on Soundcloud.
Neneh Cherry, probably Sweden’s greatest and grandest chanteuse, has teamed up with Nathaniel Hall aka Afrika Baby Bam of Golden Age hip-hop group The Jungle Brothers on this feverish new track, "Nina". Cherry and Baby Bam channel the spirit of Wanda Robinson and Gil Scott Heron, reciting soapbox poetry with style and verve interspersed with production from Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) whose processed African drums and half-heard bass breezes effortlessly thru the  Tune...Superb!.....and free D/L to boot.

more collaborative Cherry & Baby Bam releases are reportedly in the works.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

The World is Changing

“The World Is Changing,” the first single off the upcoming LP "No Place For My Dream", from Femi Kuti strikes a balance between father Fela’s socio-political outspokenness and his own sonic vision. Dropping June 25 on Knitting Factory Records

Read Femi's interview for okayafrica

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Wish Road

 From a old friend who's just released a new LP, the first in 10 years...In that time  Juryman Aka Ian Simmonds ex-Sandals has been living in Germany exploring the more complex musical landscapes that comes from more tangible, organic grooves with a deep poetic, political and social commentary...The last year he has suffered with chronic autonomic cephalalgia (chronic head pains 24 hours a day) and with this Album he dedicates it to all the people who suffer this terrible illness and to those who have helped and supported him throughout.....Support it!!!

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Dedications to the Greats - Umi Say's

With the summer months slowly edging our way in the Northern hemp'sphere at least. Something that dropped in January from the UK's NuNorthernSoul label. 2 stunningly re-crafted 90's hip-hop classics, Mos Def's 'Umi Says' and The Pharcyde's 'Runnin', both molded with folk flavours by self taught multi instrumentalist BJ Smith of Smith and Mudd fame. As the doffing of the cap to the originals suggests they are two faithful covers but ones that offer a new interpretation, adding a twist to the rich history of each track, perfect summer chill fodder. Classics in waiting!

Most of the vinyl is sold out now but you can still pick up the CD & on Digital via beatport/bandcamp/iTunes

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Jamaican Fruit of African Roots

An interesting story we came across recently about a long lost Jamaican Jazz Diva, Sheila Rickards. The Background to the story is narrated by Chris Flanagan,who traveled the world searching for the lady..

"Jamaican Fruit of African Roots is the lost vocal cut to one of King Tubby's most dramatic and devastating dubs from the 1970s. It was never released in Jamaica, but housed on an obscure compilation released only in Toronto in tiny quantities in the mid 70s.
This release is the culmination of a 10 year obsession to try and find out more about the song's enigmatic singer Sheila Rickards. It all started in a musty Canadian thrift store with the discovery of an incredible 10 cent record credited to one "Shella Record".
The singer's voice was unlike anything I had ever heard in Reggae before and sparked an international quest to find the lost siren. Beginning in Toronto where the record was pressed by local label Monica's in the mid 70s, I quizzed producers, collectors and Reggae artists, all of whom were as mystified as I was.
I traveled to Jamaica and tracked down legendary producer Bunny Striker Lee who recorded the song in 1975 with a full line up of Aggrovators, some of the most prolific and talented musicians who ever worked on the island. -
Bunny revealed that Shella Record was in fact Sheila Rickards, a Greenwich Farm Jazz singer from the Mento era who began performing as a child with artists like Lennie Hibbert and Carlos Malcolm.
He had not seen her since she vanished in 1975 after they worked on this song at Harry Js and later voiced the track at King Tubby's infamous Drumillie Ave studio. -
Despite tracking down many of the musicians who played on the song, Jamaican Jazz artists from the era and even Sheila's family, Sheila's whereabouts remained a mystery.
Hearing rumours of her relocation to Los Angeles or New York, I travelled the States desperate to find out what happened to this remarkable diva. Every clue led to a red herring which led to a dead end.
Now working with a private detective with a sideline in ghost hunting I hope to have more answers soon"

Worth dropping the pennies for this as sales from this release will help fund a documentary currently in progress-"Shella Record, A Reggae Mystery" about the search for the remarkable lost diva....grab it!

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series

Now on their second Vol. of  Avant Garde Cosmic Compositions, this 26 track compilation bridges the similarities between the Avant-Garde/Free Jazz movement of the 50's & 60's & the beat movement of today and is a dedication to American jazz pianist, organist, harpist and composer Alice Coltrane. Next up in the series is Sun Ra...Link for Vol.1 below.

''She was central to the Indocentric/Spiritual jazz of the early '70s and arguably the first instance of a female instrumentalist assuming a defining role in a jazz subgenre. She spent the majority of her life seeking spiritually in both music and her private life & shared her husband's [Jazz Legend John Coltrane] instincts in taking great artistic risks to pursue a spiritual quest.'' - Jazz Times

fee d/l..

Cosmic Compositions Avant Garde Series Vol​.​1 - Pharoah Sanders

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

YBJC Minimix

Took a break for a while over in Siam and now back to something just released on AllCityRecordLabel A Collab between Parisian producer Onra and friend - fellow producer, composer and arranger - Buddy Sativa Combining as the Yatha Bhuta Jazz Combo Check out this Minimix of the LP, with a free D/L on the down arrow.....Quality stuff!

Available from beatport/iTunes

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Sunday, 31 March 2013

'Here's To You Mr Robinson'

A quality little Smoky Robinson sampled house chugger to put a spring into your step. Track 1 from the recently released  EP on Brooklyn's finest, Razor N Tape, by The Groovers who are DJ/Producers, Finn Campbell-Notman founder of Imperial Dub Recordings and Steve Ferrand co-founder of youronlyfriend recordings, both with deep underground roots who met up in Barcelona to continue their shared adventures in proper deep house, you know, the stuff that makes you dance!!

Available on juno/bandcamp

Thursday, 28 March 2013

King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown

The classic '76 released Augustus Pablo skanker given propa extended treatment by the edit/re-mixer boy wonder Leftside Wobble. Free D/L on the down arrow....grabbbbbb it!!!

Monday, 11 March 2013

Phat Planet live in Paris

Something from the musical archives Leftfield's Phat Planet LIVE in Paris circa May 2000 with Cheshire Cat on tha Mic...Awesome!!!

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Taste of Honey (From the City)


Romare is back with another EP "Love Songs: Part One" after his much acclaimed "Meditations On Afrocentrism" from last year..On this track he's taking it in a more early '90's clubland style creating impressive rhythmic ripples by layering a variety of vocal samples atop a dusty break. Available next month 25th via Black Acre. Love this guys work, Highly Recommended!

1.Your Love (You Give Me Fever) 
2.Jimi & Faye (Part One) 
3.Taste of Honey (From The City) 
4.Hey Now (When I give You All My Lovin’) 

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Donald Byrd R.I.P.

Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II -  December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013

Great sadness this week learning of the passing of one of my musical inspirations last Monday at the age of 80. From my early teens he became the soundtrack to so many episodes in my life. See my Artist Review from 2008. For now we'll just leave you with the track  'The Emperor'  from the 1972 LP 'Ethiopian Knights'. 

Bless you Mr Byrd and thank you for the music sir!

Friday, 25 January 2013

No More

With the last couple of years, big rumbling basslines taking over on the UK underground house scene, Yorkshire's 2/step producer Hackman delves into his archives and conjures up  'No More' an unreleased funky skipper with sampled diva-ish vocals kicking off proceedings and flowing into pure dancefloor fodder. There's a long-rumoured debut LP forthcoming on PTN off-shoot of Ramp...Ears to the ground. Not everyone's cup of tea but it's a freebie so go grab it.


Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Film: Searching For Sugar Man

Well it's now the 1-3 and hope you all had a great start to the new year.  Here at mytea@om HQ we've been busy cleaning & cluttering out the cobwebs. So kicking off our first post for 13 is the enthralling Oscar-nominated story of  Sixto Rodriguez  probably the greatest '70s folk/rock icon who never was. He will be playing live this year at three major music festivals: Coachella, US in April, Primavera, Spain in May and Glastonbury, U.K. this June. Catch him if you can!!