One thing I have always admired the FABRICLIVE series for is the diverse array and style of artists they showcase. I don’t always love every single addition in the growing series, but at least once year they pick an artist that really hits it hard for my tastes. Particular FABRICLIVE favs from the past include; Aim, Scratch Perverts, Diplo, The Herbaliser and DJ Format, all the absolute epitome of the modern mixtape.
Well now it is the turn of the King of Cut ‘n’ Paste … [read more]
The Herbaliser were one of the first acts I got into from Ninja Tune way back when, after Coldcut and Mr. Scruff. I own every single album and my all-time last.fm stats insinuate that I somewhat worship them. I shall cease my prayers – they’re back, baby!
Let’s have a couple of shocks, shall we? Shock number one: They’re no longer on Ninja Tune, they are now on !K7. Shock number two: This album sees the boys team up with band members in a … [read more]
Ninja Tune‘s finest is back! Daedelus‘ 2006 album Denies The Day’s Demise was one of the JLM albums of the year for 2006 – then last year we were blessed with the incredible Fair Weather Friends EP – and now we are on the cusp of the next chapter in the life of Alfred Darlington.
If you read my Best of 2007 post last week you would have noticed that I included Kutiman‘s self titled album. His soulful afrobeat creations, with a hint of Tel Aviv goodness, had those in the know grooving to the funk since the first 12″ (“No Reason For You”) dropped on Melting Pot Music last March (or maybe even the 45 (“No Groove Where I Come From / Chaser”) on Afro Kats back in 2006!). The full album then dropped … [read more]
Where does all the time go? Fear not, that was a rhetorical question. Alas today’s blog entry is a culmination of info I think you need to receive. Hence: The Catch Up…
Legendary jazz label Blue Note have released four new CDs celebrating their rich history via the music of; Lee Morgan, Grant Green, Jimmy Smith, and Thelonious Monk. I was lucky enough to receive the latter two. For anyone either too young to remember these fine artists, or just not … [read more]
Do you ever wonder what might happen if there was a musical amalgamation of Spank Rock and 2 Live Crew? Well do yourself a favour and stop wondering… Plastic Little have landed. This Philadelphian five piece have actually been around since the Summer of 2001, a period of time sadly remembered for less musical reasons, however, PackOfRats, Squid, No Body’s Child, Jon Thousand and DJ Si Young are about to hit your radar big style.
The Spank Rock and 2 Live Crew analogy was to … [read more]
…I shouldn’t have left you without a dope beat to step to.
Today I just wanna chuck in all the info, condensed stylee, that I should have really been giving in detail over the last couple of months. I’m falling desperately short with the amount of ‘meaningful’ blog entries on here, and for that I am sorry. I’m juggling my 6 working days a week and this blog, and the blog is getting a pasting by the opposition; the merciless 6 day … [read more]
A confession: I’m totally addicted to collecting 7″ vinyl. I just cant get enough of the little bastards. Got over 60 of them now, and that is less than three months of collecting. If you love your music and have a few coins to spare, buy a turntable and get collecting 7s! Your vinyl collection doesn’t take too much looking after, it’s not like a pet fish that will die of hunger. You just need to make sure you keep it stacked upright (not on … [read more]
I’m back with another edition of 6 Questions. This time I have Bless 1, an emcee (and producer) from Chicago. First time I heard Bless 1 I was instantly impressed with his flow. He raps intelligent, smooth, soulful, and catchy rhymes. I was also surprised to see how little exposure he seemed to have so far, criminal! So, on the cusp of his debut album release Starving Artist, I have the answers straight from the man himself…
1. Who are you? Bless … [read more]