Thursday, 1 December 2011

Mile wide smile club radio podcast No. 2

I'm only 6 months late with this! Note to self : Must do better! Better late than never. Some of my favourite tracks of the last 5/6 months. Check!

JEFFRECLOOSE - Romantic remedy - Whatchawannado 12”
ODDISEE - The Carter barron - Mello music download
FELASOUL - Stakes is high - Gummysoul download
MODESELEKTOR - Berlin - Modeselektor download
FUNKINEVEN AND FATIMA - Yellowsound  - Eglo download
QUANTIC AND HIS COMBO BARBARO - Mas pan (DJ Day remix)- Tru thoughts 12”
JAY SIMON - Faith - Wild oats 7”
EDDIE C - Yeah - Red Mororbike 7”
MOSCA -Bunching - 5000 followers download
MR SCRUFF - Feel it - Tru thoughts 12”
GWEN STEFANI - Luxurious - Lapalux bootleg download
CHRIS READ - Sons d’Afrique - Breakin bread 7”
DJ NATURE - Let it ring - Golf channel 12”
RAINER TRUBY - Welcome to our world - Compost black 12”
KNOWING LOOKS - Last kiss at the plains hotel - West Norwood cassette library 10”
KRL - Nerve - Wolf music EP010 Download
KINK AND NEVILLE WATSON Feat. Kim Ann Foxman - A Saturday in November - Rush hour 12”
LANA DEL RAY - video games (Joy Orbison remix) - White download
FINK - Move on me (Marcus Worgull edit) - Innervisions 12”
SWITCH Feat. Andrea Martin - I still love you - Dubsided download
MAURICE DONOVAN - Call my name - White 12”
FLOATING POINTS - Arp3 – Eglo 2x12”
MARTYN - Popgun - Brainfeeder LP
PANGEA - Hex - Hemlock 12”
XXXY - Kerpow - All city 12”
RADIOHEAD - Lotus flower (SBTRKT remix) - Ticker tape LTD 12”
TRG - Broken heart (Martyn remix) - Hessle  Audio CD
ZED BIAS - Badness - Tru Thoughts 12”
MIZZ BEATS - Scientific Brainpriest - Eglo download
OM UNIT - Vibrations - Eglo download
THUNDERCAT - Daylight - Brainfeeder LP
GREGORY PORTER - 1960 What? - Motema music CD
MICHAEL KIWANUKA - Tell me a tale - Communion 10”
SUN RA / MIKE HUCKABY - UFO / The reel to reel edits vol2 - Kindred spirits 12”

DVA Feat. Vikter Duplaix - Madness. Badness!!

November charts

. . . . . . . holidays are coming, holidays are coming! Any excitement yet folks? Nah, thought not. I'm not an advocate of advertising Christmas before December. There are far too may things to do and concentrate on before that. Stop wishing time away, we are here and now!
Aaaanyways. We are in December, yes, the year has disappeared from under our noses. 
Thankfully, we can look back at November for a while in the form of the months hottest releases.

Kicking off with my favourite of the month, Floating points 'Shadow ep', simply, the bollo**s!
Killer new long player from Dimlite and closely followed by DVA feat Victor Duplaix. 
To be honest, this months top 10 has probably been the hardest for a log time to compile. Absolute unbelievable sounds. Check! Check! Check!

1/ FLOATING POINTS - Shadows EP - EGLO 2 x 12"
2/ DIMLITE - Grimm Reality - STONES THROW CD
3/ DVA Feat. Vikter Duplaix - Madness / Polyphonic Dreams - HYPERDUB 12"
4/ BEHLING & SIMOSON - Behling & Simpson EP - FUTUREBOOGIE  12"
5/JOE GODDARD - Gabriel - Inc. Seiji / Peach Melba / Ossie Remixes - GRECO ROMAN 12"
6/ GERD - Palm Leaves (Larry Heard & Deetron remixes) - ROYAL OAK 12”
8/DEAN ‘SUNSHINE’ SMITH - The Sunshine Reworks Series #2 - SOULSHARE 12"
9/ DIRG GERNER - Preface EP ft. Fatima - HOTEP 12"
10/ KRL - Nerve - WOLFEP010 upfront download
11/OM UNIT - Transport EP - CIVIL MUSIC upfront download
12/ TOM CROOSE - Cho Chua (Dukes Dub) - RESISTA 12"
13/ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! - MAIS UM DISCOS cd
14/ NEW YORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY - Off The Traxx (Catch That Train) / Conqueror - LOBSTER BOY 12"
15/ TENSNAKE - Need Your Lovin (Tiger & Woods Remix) - PERMANENT VACATION 12"
16/ JAZZANOVA Upside Down (Motor City Drum Ensemble & Manuel Tur & Dplay Remixes) - SONAR KOLLEKTIV 12"
17/ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Supafrico Volume 1 - SUPAFRICO 12"
19/ LATECOMER - Cosmic Cart - Inc. SoulPhiction Remix -  MCDE 12"
20/ 1000 NAMES - Invisible architect - PROJECT MOONCIRCLE - upfront download

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Michael Kiwanuka, We were evergreen, Nick Mulvey @ The Hope.

This was a nice surprise. I had a text from my mate last week asking if i wanted to go and see Michael Kiwanuka. D.E.F.O! was my response. 
See, you take your eye off the ball for a moment and you risk missing what promises to be one of the gigs of the year.
I haven't been keeping up with what's on for a few weeks and if i'd have missed this . . . . well, i would have missed this. Tickets have gone.
Thanks Ollie and your hawkeye!
I first heard of Michael Kiwanuka back in the spring, when his sublime debut track 'tell me a tale' first broke.It sounded like an old track, booming soulful vocal, jazz style drum shuffles and afro horn stabs.
I was really pleased to find that he is a talent at a tender age of just 23. He has already been drawing comparisons with the likes Van Morrison and Bill Withers. High praise indeed and just. His first 2 releases have come via Communion records on ltd edition 10" vinyl. Tell me a tale is fetching a tidy £70 on Discogs.

There is stellar support from We were evergreen  - who i have to confess to having never heard of - and the excellent Nick Mulvey from the Portico Quartet. 
Gonna be a real good , feel good winter warmer!

New Julio Bashmore - Well wishers

Lovely new tune from the man like Julio Bashmore.

It's been a big year for this talented young producer.
I have at least 2 of his tracks in my top 50 of 2011.

I think this will lift the roof off many a club night. Big!!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Kinshasa One Two - The worldwide sound of DRC!

The Drc (Democratic republic of Congo) project is an Oxfam initiative spearheaded by former Blur frontman Damon Albarn, which saw a troupe of UK based musicians travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo to record an album with local musicians.
Damon is a partner in the Honest Jon's record label and is no stranger to the sounds of World music. Having been involved in numerous projects; none more so than the excellent 'Honest Jon's chop up' which i was lucky to see recently.
He was joined on the voyage to Central Africa by a varied cast of musicians including XL record label boss Richard Russell, Actress, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Dan The Automator, Jneiro Jarel, Marc Antoine, Alwest, Remi Kabaka, Rodaidh McDonald and Kwes.
The album, entitled Kinshasa One Two, was recorded in Kinshasa over a five day period in July this year and will see release via UK label Warp

All of the proceeds from the album go to Oxfam's work in the DRC, worthwhile indeed
I have just bagged a heavyweight vinyl package, which comes with an automatic download of the album.Whatever your flavour, check this album out and support by buying one of the formats.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Flaoting points on point.

For me, having listened to all 5 promo tracks on Floating points new Shadows EP, on Eglo records, i am of the opinion that this uber talented producer is one of our finest Electronic music pioneers.

I have been following him since his first releases back in 2009 and i think that his music has developed a mature sound of someone well beyond his 25 years.
From the outset, he has released lush atmospheric deep house music and over the last 3 years or so his sound has become instantly recognisable.

Check out this new EP, scheduled for release on the 21st Nov.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

October charts

Howdy folks.
Are we really in November? Jeeez! Where has the year gone? It seems just moments ago that i was preparing for Christmas 2010. Scary this time lark innit.
Anyhow, we are up to October in the charts, this year has been one of the best i can remember for Electronic music. Killer new producers and productions at every turn. Last month was no exception.

A lot of old heads in my Oct charts as well as new blood. Check them out and as always, BUY your music!

1/MARTYN - Ghost People - BRAINFEEDER 2 x LP
2/DAPHNI - Ne Noya/Yes, I Know/Jiao – JIALONG 12”
3/BRYAN FERRY - Alphaville / Me Oh My (Todd Terje & Quiet Village Remixes) - VINYL FACTORY
5/SUN RA - The Mike Huckaby Reel To Reel Edits Vol 2 - Kindred Spirits Holland
6/SIMON, Jay - Faith - Wild Oats US limited 1-sided white etched vinyl 7"
7/PANGAEA - Hex - Hemlock Recordings (HEK 013) 12"
8/MAURICE DONOVAN – Call my name - WHITE LABEL 12"
9/JEFFRECLOOSE aka RECLOOSE - Romantic Remedy - Whatchawannado US  12”
10/FINK / RED RACK'EM - Move On Me (Worgull Edit) / Kalimba - PHILOMENA 12
11/MAXIMILLION DUNBAR - Everyday / Stayin Away - L.I.E.S. 12"
12/KENNY DIXON PRESENTS URBAN TRIBE - My First Mistake (Moodymann mix)- rush Hour Holland digi download
13/MARK E - Call Me - Merc 12"
14/CHRIS READ - Sons D'Afrique / Dub Afrique - BREAKIN BREAD 7''
15/KON AND THE GANG - Sunlight – Hands of time gold 12”
16/MR SCRUFF - Feel It! - Ninja Tune 12"
17/MPESE MPESE BAND/CANADOES DANCE BAND - Highlife Underground - Sofrito Super Singles12"
18/ZED BIAS - Badness - Tru Thoughts 12”
19/T. WILLIAMS 12" – Break broke/Go in /Analog tour - LOCAL ACTION
20/XXXY - Kerpow - ALL CITY 12"

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Zed Bias - Music deep inside

Dave Jones aka Zed Bias/Maddslinky is possibly one of the hardest working men in elctronic music today.
Dave made his name in the UK garage scene and is possibly best known for his track 'Neighbourhood', which bothered the UK charts in Summer 2000. He has admitted that following that success, he turned away from the more main stream sound in search of more underground pastures. A place he feels much more comfortable.
This year has seen the release of his album 'Biosonic hotsauce' under his Zed Bias alias. This has been closely followed by another album 'Make a change' released as his other alias, Maddslinky. Both are laden with ear rattling basslines and the usual dubbed out house sounds that you would associate with either
pseudonym. For me though, one of the tracks of the year is the wonderful 'Music deep inside', forthcoming on Swamp 81.  On neither of the albums, it is a stand alone release and still with no official release date. Stop teasing us people, let it go!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Friday, 21 October 2011

Hypnotic brass ensemble double header!

I have seen the Hypnotic brass ensemble close up at a cracking gig in Brighton a year or so ago.
Electric is the word i can find to best describe their set. For anyone who hasn't had the pleasure yet, i seriously recommend doing what you can to purchase a ticket.
Consisting of 8 brothers, all fathered by one Philip Cohran, jazz musician and trumpeter for Sun Ra Arkestra.
All brothers were tutored in the musical arts whilst growing up, and have come together to form one of the heaviest sounding brass bands you are likely to hear.
They perform at two events in London in Nov;

1/ This is just a monster line up. Billed as 'Another Honest Jon's chop up' (chop up being the African slang for festival). The line up includes Damon Albarn, Flea, Tony Allen, Phil Cohran & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Shangaan Electro, Theo Parrish
Fatoumata Diawara, M.anifest and Cheick Tidiane Seck. Unmissable!

2/ Hypnotic brass ensemble play the world famous Jazz Cafe in Camden. Supported by the amazing Hackney Colliery band and Mr Wah Wah himself, Dom Servini.

It looks like the Barbican gig may have sold out already, so dig hard. You will find.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Two biggies!

1/ On Friday we have the pleasure of hosting Mr Simon Lee from
Faze Action. Having seen Mr Lee play a number of times i can honestly say that it is a show i'm very much looking forward to.
In keeping with the Mile wide smile club ethic, Simon plays music from across the board and aimed squarely at the dancefloor.

If any of you beautiful people would like to come and join us for a good old fashioned stomp, follow the link below for more info;
Simon Lee / Mickey Duke / Chri5tian - Riki-Tik stomp!

2/ I have the pleasure of playing at the might Wah Wah 45 label night.
Quite simply entitled 'Wah Wah Live' this night is going to be a guaranteed smash!
An unbelievable line up that goes a little like this;
DJ'S; Greg Wilson, Gilles Peterson and MC Earl Zinger, Jazzman Gerald, Dom Servini, Scrimshire, Sampsa Vilhunen, Mickey Duke and DJ Konvex.
Live; Colman Brothers, Stac and Blue Daisy, The Boxettes, Scrimshire and Gideon Conn
On top of that there is the famous musical bingo, which is a must if you haven't played before.
I will be supporting Jazzman Gerald and Co, playing 'Tittyshakers', 'Surf rock' and '50's / 60's R&B'.
There won't be a better night out this year! Nuff said.

Monday, 3 October 2011

July, Aug, Sep charts (slightly late!)

3 months since i last charted. 3 Months!! Well, where the f*ck have i been?!
To be honest, playing and enjoying myself. Varying festivals, holidays, moving house (incidentally, that does not qualify as playing and enjoying myself ). Nevertheless, i've been a busy boy.

I won't bother giving you the schpeel on each specific monthly chart, i will be here forever.
There have been a ton of amazing records this Summer. Take a look and do some research, absolute essentials are in abundance.

1/ Move D - Workshop 13 -WORKSHOP13 12”
2/ John Tejada - Parabolas LP - Kompakt LP
3/ Quantic & His Combo Barbaro, Caliventura - Remix EP - Featuring mixes from Daedelus, Cut Chemist & J-Boogie - Tru thoughts 12”
4/ Motor city drum ensemble – Dj kicks – K7 records CD
5/ Seiji - No Other / Easy – Seiji 12”
6/ Moxa Vol.1 - Follow The X Larry Heard / Moodymann / Osunlade - Rebirth 12”
7/ Girl unit - Wut (Claude Vonstroke Remix) – Night slugs 12”
8/ Nicolas Jaar - Nico’s bluewave edits – Wolf + Lamb black
9/ Samiyam - Sam Baker's Album – Brainfeeder LP
10/ Radiohead - Give Up The Ghost / Codex / Little By Little Remixes (Illum Sphere / Shed / Thriller) – Ticker tape ltd 12”
11/ Benis Cletin - Jungle Magic EP - Sofrito specials 12”
12/ Dumb machines - Falling Up / Professional Widow – Groovemental 10”
13/ Damu - Mermaid - Local action 12”
14/ Heid Presents -The Jackathon - Get physical music CD
15/ Doctor Dru & Adana twins - Homework Black Jukebox 01 (Juicy) - Black Jukebox 12”
16/ Richard Sen and Casbee -Twilight Hearin' / Beatin' Bush / Freaky Dancing - Mixed blood cuts12”
17/ Breton - Counter Balance EP (Funkineven & Girl Unit Remixes) - Hemlock 12”
18/ Unknown artist - Luv.two - Love unlimited vibe 12”
19/ When saints go machine - Fail Forever Remix EP (Nicolas Jaar Remix) - K7 records 12”
20/ Little Dragon - Ritual Union - Peacefrog LP

1/ Thundercat - The golden age of Apocalypse - Brainfeeder
2/ BOOF - Shhh Dandelions at play - Bubble tease communications download
3/ Jacques Greene - Greene 01 EP - Ltd white label 10”
4/ Azari & III - Manic - Loose lips recordings 12”           
5/ Motor City drum ensemble - L.O.V.E. (DJ-Kicks) Remixes (Kyle Hall / Wolfgang Voigt / Smallpeople) -
K7 Records
6/ Arp 101 - U - Eglo (AYK promo)
7/ The Stepkids – Legend in my own mind / Suburban dream – Stones throw 12” 
8/ Inc - 3 – 4AD 12” EP
9/ Jay Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne – Roc-A-Fella records LP
10/ Osunlade - Envision Remixes (Incl. Ame & Dixon Mixes) - Innervisions 12”
11/ KRTS – Hold on EP – Project mooncircle - (AYK promo)
12/ Amenta – Sacred places EP- First word - (AYK promo)
13/ Klic & Article - 'Dachshund Skank Remixes' Ft. Greymatter, Pixelord, Gerry Read - Hit & Hope AYK promo
14/ Fudge Finga’s - As What Works EP (Vakula Remix) - Firecracker 10”
15/ Fairplay featuring Jenna G (Zed Bias Old Skool Remix) – Tru thoughts download
16/ Mark de Clive​-​Lowe - Hooligan feat. Nia Andrews - Tru thoughts download
17/ Noir & Haze - Around (Solomun Vox remix) - Noir music download
18/ Charles Bradley and the Menahan St band - Stay Away - Newermind  - (Spin magazine download)
19/ West Norwood cassette library - Abandoned Skip / Last Kiss At The Plains Hotel - WNCL 10”
20/ Milyoo - Biogram v2 / Biogram v2 (WNCL Remix) - WNCL 10”

1/ Alexander Robotnick - Various / Music Institute 20th Anniversary 12'' Series Part 3 - Ndatl muzik
2/ Mizz Beats - Scientific Brainpriest - AYK promo
3/ Evm - Groove Content EP - Meltdown records 12"
4/ Evm - Stay fresh - Bandcamp download
5/ Mark E - Call Me (Tensnake / Dixon Remixes) - Merc 12"
6/ DJ NATURE - Celebrate Your Life / Let It Ring - Golf channel recordings 12"
7/ Four Tet - Locked/Pyramid  - Text Records 12”
8/ Various - 15 years of Real Music for Real People - compiled and mixed by Chris Read - BBE CD
9/ Various Artists - WOLFEP009 – Wolf music records promo
10/ Auntie Flo / DJ Sdunkero - Oh My Days / Choosing Love - Huntley's and Palmer's 10"
11/ Runaway - Indoor Pool (Slow Hands / Soft Rocks / Beautiful Swimmers remixes) - Let's play house 12"
12/ Blawan - What You Do With What You Have / Vibe Decorium  - R & S Record 12"
13/ Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I put a Spell on you (Unissued / Alt versions) - All hallows 7"
14/ Bravado cuts - Rio Bowl EP - Bravado cuts 12"
15/ DJ Nature Edits Vol. 1 - Golf channel recordings  12”
16/ Brandt Brauer Frick - BOP (Pepe Bradock remix) - K7 Records 12”
17/ Don Froth - Balboa / Von - West Norwood cassette library 10"
18/ Paul Weller - Starlite - Inc. Drop out orchestra / Back van remixes- Island 12”
19/ Cubic Zirconia - Follow your heart - Fool’s gold records download
20/ Jimpster - Change In You / Infinity Dub - Freerange 12"

Mosaic meltdown; Omar, Don Letts, Miles Cleret.

So, Oct is on us and the last remnants of the Summer have been rinsed. Quite a remarkable couple weeks of weather have left me confused as to which season i'm living in.
However, two things are certain in Oct; 1/ The weather is certain to take a change for the worse, leaving me in no doubt of which season i'm living in. 2/ Brighton is bustling and the club night calender is bursting at the seams.
Just take a look along the right hand side of this blog and you will see what i mean, the list of quality nights out is a long one.

For this week, along with SBTRKT on Wed, this is the stand out night for Mile wide smile club;

Friday, 1 July 2011

Mile wide smile club June 2011 charts

Howdy doo deee!! You ok? Yes? Good, good.
We are into July territory and it's time for the Jun charts. Toooooo much goodness man!
I struggled to put this 20 together cos i had at least another 10 i wanted to include. Well, anyways . . .
Not gonna harp on about what's what, it's all killer goodness.
Check the tunes and as always, pay for your music and support your artists!!

1/ Art department - The drawing board - Crosstown rebels LP
2/ Deadboy - Here EP - Numbers 12"
3/ Michael Kiwanuka - Tell me a tale EP: Isle of Wight sessions - Communion 10"
4/ Thundercat - For love i come - Download
5/ Virgo 4 - It's a crime (Caribou remix) - Rush hour 12"
6/ Move D - Workshop 13 - Workshop 12"
7/ Art Department ft Soul clap & Osunlade - We call love (Harvey & Daphne remix) - Crosstown rebels 12"
8/ Various - I wanna see all my friends at once - Wolf music CD LP
9/ Radiohead - Little by little(Caribou remix) Lotus flower (Jacques green remix) - Ticker tape ltd 12"
10/ Bok Bok - Southside EP - Nightslugs 12"
11/ Danny Daze - You're everything - Hot creations 12"
12/ Jamie XX - Far nearer/beat for - Numbers 12"
13/ Ossie - Set the tone EP - Hyperdub 12"
15/ Girl unit - Wut (Claude vonstroke remix) - Night slugs 12"
16/ Stubborn heart - Need someone - White 12"
17/ Tevo Howard - Beautiful granville days (The original theme track) - Tevo Howard recordings 12"
18/ Greg Foat group - Dark is the sun - Jazzman CD
19/ Various - Horse meat disco 3 - Strut LP
20/ Mr Beatnick - Synthetes - Don't be afraid 12"

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Friday, 17 June 2011

Mile wide smile club - Radio podcast No:1

Well , finally! I've been promising a radio podcast for quite sometime and here it is.
Planning it was an effort, seems so easy on paper. Biggest thing for me to overcome was actually listening to myself. Is that really what i sound like?! Blimey, you poor folk!
Anyway, i did it and although i'm not convinced by the sound of my own voice, there is a 3hr 20 minute show with some cracking tunes accompanied by some dulcit West Midland waffle.
I'm hoping to do a monthly show and see where it leads. I've already talked to someone about doing a proper radio show in Brighton. Aaah! I dunno, it's all new to me. Ultimately it's been fun doing it, so fingers crossed, once i overcome the dislike of my accent and get used to talking crap i may really enjoy it.
Good, bad or indifferent, it would be nice to get some feedback, so do drop me a comment on here, or
Facebook - mile wide smile club. Email -

1/ We almost lost Detroit             )
2/ It's your world                          )   -  Gil Scott Heron mini tribute
3/ I'm new here (Jamie xx remix)  )
4/ Elzhi - One love - Elmatic mixtape download.
5/ Leatherette - In and out - Ho-Tep records - AYK download
6/ Jehst - Starting over - YNR - AYK download
7/ Dego ft Luv bugz - What ever - 2000 Black free download
8/ Steve Arrington - Goin' hard - Stones Throw download
9/ Mayer Hawthorne - No strings (Jazzy Jeff roller boogie remix) - Stones throw 10"
10/ Ghostpoet - Survive it (Koreless remix) - Brownswood 12"
11/ Gang colours - Dance around the subject - Brownswood 12" EP.
12/ Fantastik man - Nuthin but a thing - Kolour LTD 12"
13/ Mic Newman - Fidelity - Freerange download
14/ Letta Mbulu - Kilamanjiro (Revenge edit) - Z records 12" EP
15/ Charlie Clemons - The devil has made this land his playground (Tom Noble edit) - Superior Elevation 12"
16/ KMFH (Kyle Hall) - Down - Wild oats 12"
17/ Joker - Aint got a name - Free download
18/ SBTRKT ft Yukimi Nagano - Wildfire - Free download
19/ Photek - Rings around Saturn (Breach remix) - White label 12"
20/ Kode 9 - Green sun - Hyperdub CD
21/ Stubborn Heart - Need someone - White label 12"
22/ Marcus Intalex - TB or not TB - Soul:r 12"
23/ Jacques Greene - Another girl - Lucky me records 12"
24/ Deadboy - Aint gonna lie - Numbers 12"
25/ SBTRKT - Ready steady loop - SBTRKT 12"
26/ Africa Hitech - Light the way -93 million miles LP - Warp
27/ Zomby - Natalia's song - 4AD 10"
28/ Greymatter - Tesla - Wolf Music records download
29/ Linkwood - Untitled - From the vaults EP - Prime numbers
30/ Mark E - Got to get you there - Stone breaker LP - Ghostly international
31/ About group - You're no good (Theo Parrish translation) - Domino 12"
32/ Dam Funk - Don't give up - Unreleased free download
33/ Neon Jung - Just can't leave it alone - Magic wire 12"
34/ Finn Peters - Purple - Mantella records 10"
35/ Ron Baseman - Sanfranman - Redux 12" EP
36/ Bibio - Don't summarise my summer eyes - Warp 12"
37/ Bibio - Anything new - Mind Bokeh LP - Warp CD

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Radiohead - King of the limbs remixes

So, have you bought or at least heard Radiohead's 'King of limbs'?
Already one of my albums of the year. The download version came first, followed a few weeks later by the vinyl. Then a limited edition newspaper wrapped 10" vinyl. Jeeez! Music junkie i am, succomb i did and ended up with all formats - kind of hoping that the limited edition copy will pay me back some day.
So, now we have the King of limbs remixes.  Maybe this is in place of the mystery King of limbs 2 project, which seems like it never was.
To be honest, i'm happy to shell out again. The first 12" features 'Little by little' remixed by Caribou and my album fave, 'Lotus flower', remixed by Jaques Greene. I'm a fan of both artists and look forward to hearing these. More remixes are planned at different intervals throughout the summer, with Flying lotus worded to be part of the remix crew. They promise a great deal, let's hope they live up to the hype.

There seems to be no clips of the forthcoming remixes, so we will have to do with the album sampler.
Enjoy if you havn't heard it already.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

WAH WAH 45's LIVE in Brighton.

Big new night for Brighton's descerning clubbers!
The excellent WAH WAH 45 record label are bringing their heavy dancefloor sound to the seaside.

A few words from label head Dom Servini; Wah Wah 45s are one of London’s leading independent record labels, who not only specialize in bass heavy soul, dub reggae and big band funk, but also know how to put on a top notch event. As well as their regular London monthlies at venues such as Favela Chic and The Vibe Bar, the last couple of years have seen the label host two massive events at London’s famous Scala. Both nights saw over 1000 people attend and lose their minds to acts such as Quantic, Hackney Colliery Band, DJ Format, The Apples, Bonobo, Stac and many more.

Saturday June 11th sees the Wah Wah 45s crew take the Wah Wah Live show on the road. First stop for this year is Brighton, a city close to the label’s heart. The line up is a who’s who of the great and good of the left-of-centre music scene in the city. Whether it’s the uplifting dub reggae of the Resonators, the skanking soul of Tin Roots, the wobbly bass music of Tru Thoughts producer Hint, or exciting new beat maker Ambassadeurs, we’ve got it all under one roof. And with Wah Wah head honchos Dom Servini & Scrimshire taking up the rear, plus local boys done good, Pause and Mickey Duke, running things in the bar, we’ve got all corners covered.

Add to that the added bonus of bespoke optical delights, and the Wah Wah Shop for all of your limited edition tees, bags for life, stickers, vinyl and CDs and you know we really, really are spoiling you.

Spoiled indeed! If you havn't checked the WAH WAH sound, it's about time you got on board.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Mile wide smile club May 2011 charts

Howdy smilers ; )

The months go marching on at a pace i can barely keep up with. More big tunes, another big chart.
One of the tracks of the year for me so far and at No 1 in my chart this month, Tom Noble's remix of Charlie Clemons. These tracks were produced back in 1980 by Charlie and his buddies just before the collapse of the Disco scene. Following that the project was shelved but luckily Charlie kept the original tapes.Tom Noble has got hold of them and took them to Philly for remixing. The result is two killer deep Disco jams. Hurry up though, they are in seriously short supply!
The amazing Elzhi mixtape is available for free download. Killer tracks from Mizz beats, Finn Peters and Jef Gilson as well as the new Ghostpoet remixes, serious stuff!!
The Africa Hitech album has finally dropped, as well as Mark E's new album and a wicked mini album from new artist, Mo Kolours.

As always, check the tunes and support your record store.

1/ Charlie Clemons - The Devil Made This Land His Playground (Tom Noble Remixes) - Superior elevation 12”
2/ Elzhi - Elmatic mixtape - Download
3/ Mizz Beats - Pimpin’ - AYK promo
4/ Finn Peters - Purple_Yellow - AYK promo
5/ Ghostpoet - Survive it (Koreless remix) - Brownswood 12”
6/ Mark E - Stonebreaker - Ghostly International LP
7/ Mo Kolours - Drum Talking - OHM
8/ Sun Ra - The Mike Huckaby Reel to Reel Edits Vol. 1 - Kindred spirits 12”
9/ Jef Gilson - Jef Gilson EP - Jazzman 7”
10/ SBTRKT - Ready steady loop - SBTRKT 12”
11/ Africa Hitech - 93 Million miles - Warp records LP
12/ About Group - You're No Good (Theo Parrish Remix) – Domino
13/ Dego album sampler - Love and hate you feat. Obanewa - AYK promo
14/ Various - Wolf Music EP08 - Wolf music 12”
15/ Neon Jung - Just can’t leave it alone - AYK promo
16/ Mayor Hawthorne - No strings (Jazzy Jeff roller boogie remix) – Stones throw 10”
17/ Mungolian Jetset - Moon Jocks N Prog Rocks (Todd Terje Remix) - Smalltown supersound
18/ Wolf + Lamb edits - Disco Edits - Wolf + Lamb Black
19/ T Williams - Heartbeat (Paul Woolford Rewurq / Original Instrumental) - Local action 12”
20/ Linkwood - From the Vaults Pt. 1 - Prime numbers

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Tribute - Gil Scott Heron

We have lost yet another great from the black music world. Gil Scott Heron died aged 62 on May 27th of an illness he picked up whilst travelling aroung Europe.
Like many of my era who attended Blues, Soul and Jazz Funk parties back in the mid - late 80's, i was introduced to Gil's work after dropping foot and sweating profusely to 'The Bottle'. The rhythmic kick of the bass drum and snare, the repetetive keys riff and the free flying, dancing sounds of flautist and long time collaborator Brian Jackson, all topped by Gil's flowing, emotive vocals. First time i heard it, i went nuts, we all went nuts and people still go nuts when they hear it today. That was just the beginning of my journey up this musical mountain. There are too many great songs from his catalogue for me to pick a favourite. 'We almost lost Detroit', 'It's your world', 'New York is killing me' and 'The Revolution will not be televised' are just a few of many that have made an impression on me. You only have to look through the untold scrolls of tributes from the general public, to artists, politicians, musicians etc etc, the love and appreciation goes on and on; watch out for television and radio tributes aplenty.
Gil Scott Heron was widely regarded within the Hip-Hop/Rap world as the 'Godfather of Rap', a moniker he apparently hated. There are tributes from the likes of Chuck D, Mos Def, Eminem, Talib Kweli and Snoop Dogg who all cite him as a major influence. He certainly laid down the template for such artists.
Poet, novelist, singer, songwriter, musician, political agitator, inventor of rap music, maybe? His own worst enemy in latter years, definately. He released the major body of his work between 1970 and the early 80's, picking up his recording career again in 1990 and onwards, culminating in the release of 'I'm new here' in 2010 and the follow up remix album by Jamie XX, 'We're new here'.
As with many in life, Gil Scott Heron has lived his fair share of trauma. Coming from a broken home as a child, he seemed to break free of the ghetto and made a living preaching through his music to Americas black communities, to take control, be proud and break the cycle. Unfortunately, he fell into the same trap he warned against just halfway through his career. Crippled by artistic impotence, he spiralled into a life of drug addiction. Arrests and jail time followed for drug possession. At the time of his death, Gil was also HIV positive.
Of all the tributes i have read over the last few days, i liked these words from Richard Russell, founder of XL records. As well as releasing both albums, he helped produce 'I'm new here' and conceived the idea for the remix album 'We're new here'.
"Gil was not perfect in his own life. But neither is anyone else. And he judged no one. He had a fierce intelligence, and a way with words which was untouchable; an incredible sense of humour and a gentleness and humanity that was unique to him." On the trappings of fame, Richard says; "He could have had all those things. But he was greater than that. He seemed wholly uninterested in money. His talent was immense. He was a master lyricist, singer, orator and keyboard player. His spirit was immense. He channelled something that people derived huge benefit from."

As sombre as i feel at the passing of this bonafide legend, i will take the music and the memories and keep playing them over and over and over . . . . . .