Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Record store and Vinylmania!

I absolutely love this time of year. Not because of the turn in season and weather; although it is nice.
No sa! I'm talking about the imminent arrival of the worldwide event that is record store day.

I won't go into full details of it's origins and reason, click the link above, it is explained in full and glorious detail there. My post today is just to bring this wonderful occasion to your attention.

Just for one day, the world of music comes together to support the institution that is, the independent record store.
Artists, Dj's, bands, Personalities and celebs, media types, music lovers and the like join hands to promote and celebrate what was once the lifeblood of the music industry.

Any town with a decent independent shop will be holding court on Sat 21st April, so get down there and show some love. Your support will most probably be rewarded with the opportunity of seeing one of your idols performing an impromptu gig. You will almost certainly have the opportunity of getting your hands on a rare track released just for this momentous occasion.

On looking at the Record store 2012 website, i was really pleased and excited to see a trailer for the upcoming documentary:

A project  by Italian Dj and film maker Paolo Campana ,Vinylmania is a 75 minute documentary about the vinyl record. He explores and shares the fascination, infatuation and soul baring love for this most important slice of wax. 

Paolo exchanges views and opinions with Dj's, artists and fellow vinyl maniacs including Philip Cohen Solal (Gotan project), Winston Smith (Dead Kennedy's/Green day record sleeve artist) and Dj Kentaro (2002 DMC champ). 

This film is being screened in Europe and the States and will no doubt find itself over here; sooner rather than later hopefully.
I believe that there are enough of us to stop this beautiful, amazing and enchanting format from going obsolete, it's just too important. 

I forget who it was that waxed lyrical about the joys of going into a record shop full of vinyl and the musky smell hitting your nostrils. The excitement of rooting through racks of records, only to find that missing gem that you have been searching for a decade for. Blowing off the dust and taking in the artwork before checking the quality of the sleeve and finally tipping that sexy slice vinyl into your hands. Finally, checking it for scratches and smears. Then the overwhelming feeling at the fact that you have just got your hands on a real piece of art . . . . . Actually, i'm pretty sure that i'm ad-libbing but that is certainly the way that it makes me feel. 

 Bring on the 21st April, bring on the Vinylmania!

Mar 2012 charts

Late again with the charts for last month. I'm trying, very trying!
Serious tunage anyways. 
Glasper album finally dropped. Amazing jazz from the 82 year old Ahmad Jamal! Scuba, Pearson Sound, Actress remix of Zodiac. Killers every one!
1/ ROBERT GLASPER - Black radio - Blue note cd
2/ GB PRESENTS: The abstract eye EP sampler - Eglo records
3/ MIDDLEWOOD SESSIONS -Red waters - Middlewood sessions
4/ AHMAD JAMAL - Blue moon - Jazz village cd
5/ MR SCRUFF - Chin up - Thirtyonesongs cd
6/ JAMES BLAKE - Love what happened here - R&S 12”
7/ SCUBA - The hope/Flash addict - Hotflush 12”
8/ KODIAK - Spreo superbus (Actress & Girl unit remixes) - Numbers 12”
9/ PEARSON SOUND - Untitled/Footloose - White label 12”
10/ GENE HUNT - May the funk be with you (Theo Parrish remix) - Rush hour
11/ EVA BE - Confusion of a lady (Rampa/Alex Barck remixes) - Derwin recordings
12/ EDDIE C & DANE - Red motorbike 2 - Red motorbike 7”
13/ PART TIME HEROES - Lightfalls - Wah Wah 45 cd
14/ GET THE BLESSING - OCDC - Naim jazz cd
15/ VAKULA - Dub as always / Untitled - White label 12”
16/ K. FRIMPONG & SUPER COMPLEX SOUNDS/UHURU DANCE BAND/CRANES - Ahweya (Hide and smile edit)/Untitled/Joy (Quantic edit) - Soundway 12”
17/ JAY SIMON presents: SAINE - Drifter EP - Musthave records 12”
18/ VAKULA - Asuwant - Schevchenko 12”
19/ FORGET ME NOT -‘What were you gonna say’ ft. Auntie Flo & Gullfisk remixes - Diamond & Raw
20/ MIDDLEWOOD SESSIONS SAMPLER - Ports EP - The Middlewood sessions

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Stepkids - Suburban dream (Union remix feat Pharoahe Monch and homeboy Sandman)

It seems as though the Stones Throw camp are spoiling us and happy about we are too.

To kick off the Stepkids US tour with Mayer Hawthorne, the label have put out a free download of a cracking remix of the bands 'Suburban dream'

Originally an electro tinged, rock vocal track off the much lauded self  titled LP from 2011.
The Stepkids have drafted in the vocal talents of Pharoahe Monch and last year's Stones Throw signing Homeboy Sandman to add a little lyrical trickery to the original recording.

The result is a beat laden head nodder, with scant use of the original vocals and lush tripped out synth stabs, set to compliment the excellent vocal boom bap of the guest MC's.

You can stream the track below

or got to the Stones Throw website and download the track FREE HERE! Just right click on the download link and click 'save link as'

If you haven't done already, go buy the album from here, wicked!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

THEESatisfaction @ The Hope Brighton

Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, aka Stas and Cat, aka THEESatisfaction, which is the official name for this super talented duo out of Seattle.

Think Odd Future, think Shabazz Palaces, think Erykah Badu, think the playfulness of De La Soul, think cool choreographed routines, think 'I really need to see these two!'
Well, opportunity knocks! THEESatisfaction play the Hope on the 23rd April.

The chemistry between these 2 soul sistas on stage is heightened for the fact that they are romantic as well as musical partners.
"On stage, the vibe is always there," says Stas, "because we're in love, you know? We're best friends, so we get to joke around and goof off."

It is another unmissable event for the Hope; much like last years low key visit by Michael Kiwanuka.
You have been told, so, go get yo' satisfaction!