I had heard it said many times that the closest you will get to seeing a Fela Kuti show is by watching his son, Seun Kuti. I took the opportunity when he toured with members of Fela's original band, The Egypt 80 earlier in the year. The show was a visual and aural feast, mindblowing and probably one of the most memorable gigs ever for me. Now is the turn for Fela! This broadway show has been playing at the National theatre since Nov and runs until Feb. It charts the life and death of one of musics's most important ambassadors. Fela Ransome Kuti took further education in England, later, inspired by the black radical movement in America he changed his slave name to Fela Anikulapo Kuti and returned to Nigeria as a musical aggitator, to take on the might of a corrupt government. Afrobeat was invented by Fela Kuti and he took on James Brown inspired funk rhythms and merged them with Jazz and African highlife, to give us music, which i feel is as equally as important as any of James Brown's productions. I am off to catch the show on Fri night, i have been told it is pretty special. As well as listening to amazing and inspired tunes, you really should give yourself the opportunity of learning a very important musical history lesson.
Howdy folks. For those of you that may have missed this, you have until Sunday night to check it out (check the 1Xtra website or click on the link below) On Sunday night, The Tour de Force that is Theo Parrish took over the decks on Benji's Radio BBC 1Xtra show. The whole 3 hours was dedicated to the big man, with an hour of chat and tunes before Theo took over to play a two hour set. He talks about his influences, how he came to be and gives his views on DJ's and what skills he thinks makes them stand out from the crowd, interesting stuff indeed. Expect his usual array of styles from tripped out psychedelic funk rock to Soul, Disco and throbbing deep Detroit bizniz, delivered as always without dropping a beat. For those of you that are familier, you know that he is unmissable. For those who havn't had the pleasure, indulge yourselves and prepare to be educated. Word! Check this link;
Chris Read has always been one of my favourite local heroes. I have known him for 10 years or so and i can only class him as one of the good guys, a pal and great DJ. He dj'd many of our parties back in the day and never failed to educate us and the crowd. He deservedly picked up a slot on BBC radio 1xtra and since then he has released many of his own productions. He has played all over the world and released various quality mixtapes through his own website. He has just released a new mixtape as part of the BBE mixtape competition. See the links below and ch ch check him out, he's dangerous!!!
BBE was founded on a love of good music, and that's what they've strived to give you ever since. The line-up of artists that have released their music includes such greats as Jazzy Jeff, Marley Marl, DJ Vadim, DJ Spinna, Keb Darge, Paul Weller and Cut Chemist, Alice Smith and Masters at Work. Spanning 14 long years, Barely Breaking Even records has not sought publicity, it's not a label that has wallowed in its self, but has focussed on the music.
We're proud to shine the spotlight on BBE, and in association with Juno Download and WhoSampled.com we welcome DJ's across the world to browse the BBE catalogue and create a mix to upload on Mixcloud. The winner's mix will be released on BBE later in the year - BBE.
Moodymann unveils a new limited edition 12″ EP featuring five previously unreleased tracks from the vaults.Credited to Moody and on the producer’s own KDJ imprint it traverses a range of styles, from cracked jazz to his trademark low-slung house sound.Some brief notes on the provenance of each track are provided. Lead track ‘Ol’ Dirty Vinyl (U Used To Know)’ was apparently recorded in three hours “in Vienna in some hotel near the castle”, while ‘We Don’t Care’ (featuring Pitch Black City) is from some time in the late 1990s. The Mick Collins-featuring ‘No Feedback’ was recorded live in Detroit at a Dirtbombs show, and ‘It’s 2 Late 4 U And Me’ (with Bubs Fiddler on bass and Amp Fiddler on keys) was recorded in London, 2009. As for closing salvo ‘The Hacker’, Moody simply says, “Don’t remember (long fckin time ago)”. Quoted from Factmag.com
Mile wide smile club and Wolf Music in association with Go Bang! bring one of the uk's premier slo mo house dons to the south coast for his Brighton debut. Hypnotic is a word used often when describing dance music, but there's really no other way to describe what Mark E sounds like. It's pretty much his calling card, in fact, whether it be in his celebrated re-edits of tracks like Womack and Womack's 'Baby I'm Scared of You', Janet Jackson's 'R&B Junkie' or any of his original production, Mark locks into a throbbing groove and doesn't let go. Mark has won worldwide critical acclaim and Heavyweight DJ support has come from the likes of Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), Unabombers ( Electric Chair / XFM, Manchester ), Francois K and Danny Krivit ( Body and Soul, NYC), as well as nu- disco heroes like Lindstrom, Prins Thomas, Metro Area and DJ Harvey.
Dj support comes from Mickey Duke and Wolf music(Matt Neale and Stu Clarke) and the night promises to be corker!!
Dance music is prone to hyperbole, but you'd be hard-pressed to come up with anything but words like "legend," "titan" and "giant" when describing Carl Craig's impact on the electronic scene. Producer, remixer, label boss, DJ, the list goes on and on.
Emerging at the end of the 1980s as the leading light of Detroit's 'second wave' of techno artists, Carl Craig has been relentlessly inventive, prolific and inspirational for over 20 years. His production work (as BFC, Psyche, Paperclip People and more) stands among the best electronic music ever made, while his esteemed label Planet E is without doubt one of electronic music's most treasured and important imprints.
He's been nominated for a Grammy, performed his music with a symphony orchestra and traveled the world evangelizing for forward-thinking house and techno from Detroit and beyond - and that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface.
It goes without saying that this very special intimate show is a unique opportunity to catch the man himself spinning the music that made him who he is today.
Part one of Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah trilogy, released in 2008, was a brain-bending blast of intergalactic psych-soul with a sharp political edge. Part two largely ditches avant-garde curveballs and instead mines a rich seam of mellow, rare groove moods, with some juicy live instrumentation. The prevailing theme is the complexity of love and relationships, with Badu’s lyrics delivered in her blurry, woozy, almost incantatory tones. But the loose, laid-back funk of tracks such as Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long, the uplifting vibe of the likes of Umm Hmm and the succulent bass of Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY) – at once a reworking of Sylvia Striplin’s classic song and a cheeky rethink of the Junior MAFIA track that sampled it – are so joyous it’s soon hard to concentrate on anything much except grooving.
Music to make you Smillie is a two-mixtape set dedicated to my lovely girlfriend Miss Sharon Smillie. It’s a selection of some her favourite tracks from my collection that she has grown to love since we met a few years ago, aaah sweeet! Fact is I have been promising to sort her some music forever and have only just got round to it. As you may have guessed I’m a bit of a slacker on that front. There is nothing clever here – not for the purists at least – just good old fashioned quality feelgood music, music to make you smiley in fact. It is unashamedly commercial in parts and brings back visions of many a contorted face and stomping of feet from various mash ups and house parties of the last few years. Kick off the moody blues and turn it up loud! Big love, Mickey x
Music to make you Smillie by Mickey Duke
1/ Carly Simon - Why 2/ Kenny Dope - Get on down 3/ Blaze - Think of you(Phil Asher remix) 4/ Little kids - Ordinary people 5/ Lemon Jelly - Soft 6/ Mark Ronson feat. Amy Whinehouse - Valerie 7/ Sunburst band - Far beyond 8/ Jamm edits 3 - Don't mess with my man 9/ Earth, wind and fire - Beijo 10/Imagination - Illusion(Lindstrom edit/original) 11/Rolling Stones - Miss you 12/Bad productions - You got the crazy love 13/Detroit experiment - Think twice 14/Jack re edit - Big birds 15/Amy whinehouse - Back to black(Rumble strips remix) 16/Sebastian Tellier - La Ritournelle
Music to make you Smillie 2 by Mickey Duke
1/ Womack and Womack - Teardrops 2/ Big audio dynamite - E=Mc2 - 3/ Husky rescue - New light of tomorrow(evil 9 remix) 4/ Sequel - Upsolid 5/ Starsailor - Four to the floor(Thin white duke mix) 6/ Simbad - Soul fever 7/ Fred faulke - Runnin 8/ Solution - Feels so right 9/ Tommy Sparxx - When we Were young 10/Kaori - Good life 11/Nillson - Everybody's talkin at me 12/Ian Brown - Fear 13/Block 16 feat Jhelisa - Find an oasis 14/Joy division - Love will tear us apart.