Midnight Mike has alerted us to the existence of a new track and video from disco-punk auteur Zongamin. Due for release next year on XL it sounds oddly kind of like the sort of track you reckon the Chemical Brothers would actually like to do if they didn’t have to worry about keeping mini Allen’s in pampers.
Anyway moving on, this Saturday is of course the Warp Records Christmas Party at The Great Eastern Hotel but should you be stuck down south London for the night, you can catch me playing 10 till 4 at the Dogstar in Brixton, it’ll be quite an easy going set, lots of fun, easy to drink and dance to hip-hop, electro and fidgety house. If you’re in the area come say hello.
After that it’s a little break for Christmas and then I’m playing at Cargo on the 28th with people like DJ MK, Mr Thing, Digitonal and many others, just in time to work off a few mince pies on the dancefloor.
And finally Nikhal from the rather good Man Make Music crew sent over this fine mix of bumping tracks to keep you going over the festive period, well worth a download.
Download: DJ Sketchy – Punctuality Problems
It’s utterly terrifying how much of a blur the past ten years have been, thinking back to the mid nineties I seem to remember being vaguely optimistic about the state of this country, the world, music and even my own future. My how things change, anyway before I sink into a morbid state of depression and spend the rest of the afternoon listening to Sisters Of Mercy records it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s not all doom and gloom and not everyone wasted the past decade.
Evidence for this more optimistic take on life comes in the rather natty shape of Well Deep a new compilation celebrating 10 years of Big Dada that dropped through the letterbox today, from it’s humble origins as a spin off of Ninja Tune, the label has in my eyes (and ears) gone onto eclipse it’s big daddy releasing some of the best leftfield music of the past few years.
Over 2CDs (or DVD) and 31 tracks it charts the labels progress from it’s gritty UK origins and roster of homegrown operators such as Roots Manuva, New Flesh and the brilliantly off-the-wall Infinite Livez to it’s current global lineup that has introduced the wider world to the likes of Diplo, Spank Rock and TTC.
And because we liked it so much we pestered the label for a couple of copies to give away as prizes. To win a copy email us the answer to this question before Tuesday (22nd) Midday and we’ll randomly select a couple of winners from the right answers:
Q: Mike Ladd’s Infesticons were the arch enemies of which other fictional high-rolling group?
Los Angeles based Flying Lotus has a new EP ‘Reset’ out now on Warp Records and should be right up there at the top of your shopping lists. 6 tracks of bass heavy mutant hip-hop and sci-fi soul that deserves to be pounded out through a proper soundsystem, a must for lovers of Dabrye, Prefuse 73 (whose new EP also on Warp is an absolute killer) and the likes of Danny Breaks.
Because they can, Warp have also commisioned this rather natty Asteroids game that features unreleased bleeps and beats from Flying Lotus and should kill a few minutes if you’re stuck in the office.
And as an extra treat we’ve also been alerted to these various Flying Lotus remixes and fixes that are well worth a download.
Flying Lotus – $tunt$ (Remix of Mr Oizo)
Dabrye (feat. Jay Dee & Phat Kat) – Game Over (Flying Lotus Moody Mix)
Madvillain – Shadows Of Tomorrow (Flying Lotus Remix)
Flying Lotus feat. Kelis – Bitch You Love To Hate
Damn! I guess having Q-bert as a dad helps but still these kids are hot sauce.
Question is can they drink 10 pints, do a spinback and then take the wrong record off the deck… I don’t think so!
Kid Acne – Romance Ain’t Dead (Lex)
Whilst the country’s group mind engages in one of its periodic fits of the vapors and starts demanding the immediate locking up of every teenager in possession of a hip-hop album it’s worth remembering there’s a whole lot more to the genre than sexually repressed, oiled up thugs brandishing machine guns and hoodied, granny bashing yoof.
And as if to prove that point here come’s South Yorkshire’s one man answer to The Beastie Boys, Kid Acne, with his third album Romance Ain’t Dead. Having previously laboured in the leftfield undergrowth, Romance Ain’t Dead sees the self proclaimed “rap Johnnie Briggs” emerge into the limelight with one of the most inventive and self assured hip-hop albums to have come from this country in years.
Avoiding nearly every hip-hop cliché available, Romance Ain’t Dead instead heads into territory that whilst less glamorous is certainly a ‘realer’ reflection of life for most people young people in the UK. Guns and bling are noticeable by their absence, instead we get tales of crap relationships, Fray Bentos pies and minor acts of drunken mischief rather than gang warfare. Neither though is he just another Pitman-esque novelty act, yes you’ll probably find yourself laughing out loud on the bus to some of his tales of comic woe but behind the laughs is a sharp incisive mind and an eye for the underbelly of modern Britain.
Musically, the album raises itself to a new level, if his debut album Rap Traffic was occasionally let down by it’s more willfully perverse moments, and 2003’s Council Pop was a solid slice of UK hip-hop, this latest effort is a quantum leap in terms of production. With M.I.A producer Ross Orton behind the boards alongside long term collaborator Req One, he’s finally managed to combine all his different influences from old skool hip-hop to punk rock and even rave into a coherent whole.
In fact what is most refreshing is the lack of reverence afforded to hip-hop, despite being deeply immersed in it’s culture (as well as an MC, Kid Acne is an internationally renowned graffiti artist) he is well aware of the ludicrousness of grown men taking it all too seriously, ‘Be Boys, Be Men’ he exhorts on You’re Not Wrong a track in which he also takes sideswipes at scratch happy ‘wank DJs’ all the better for being delivered over the kind of pristine early eighties beat that would have the aforementioned men rushing for their lino.
Throughout the album it effortlessly skips between such old skool preserved in amber hip-hop moments to the glorious hooligan rush of 2, 3, Break It, or Oh No You Didn’ts football terrace Oi! stomp without ever losing its momentum. It even has the good sense not to outstay its welcome and like most of the genuinely good albums out there the whole thing would fit perfectly on one side of a c90 cassette, a welcome change from many of it’s bloated, concept heavy peers and an even more welcome addition to anyone’s music library.
Romance Ain’t Dead is released on Sept 17th
and our own Kid Acne Interview from earlier this year.
Soundcrash asked me to interview Kid Acne for the second issue of their fanzine and as we like the Soundcrash boys a lot and Kid Acne even more it would have been churlish to say no, anyway we’ve put it up here for your reading pleasure. Continue reading
The second Pressure Sound mix was assembled by Bobby Corridor and captured the spirit of the night perfectly. Kicking off with some hefty dancehall rhythms, the mix progresses through jungle, grime, electronica and hip-hop taking in all forms of heavyweight bass music. It’s a low end tour de force and one of my most listened to mixes over the years. Continue reading