James Blake – “Love What Happened Here” … just nod your head

11 Nov

On Benji b. Expect this out soon on R&S records. Boooooommmm…

Whiling out to The Oscar Peterson Trio

7 Nov

After visiting the legendary London Jazz club, Club 606 and listening to some fantastic acts including Natalie Williams (whom I just discovered to a bunch of work with liquid DnB producer Nu:tone), Nikoletta Szőke and her husband Jozsef Barcza Horvath, I started digging out some jazz I hadn’t listened to in ages.

One that jumped instantly was The Oscar Peterson Trio which is the amazing work of Oscar Peterson and a range of other legendary jazz acts including Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, Charlie Smith and Irving Ashby. I can still see an old Oscar Peterson Trio record sleeve from an ex-girlfriend’s father sitting on the wall of her living room and listening to this track, what amazing piano…


Kwaito, as I remember it

6 Nov

So UK DJ, Benji B had UK funky/garage/bassline/house producer, Mosca on his most recent episode of his Radio 1 show and one of the tracks that was dropped in that show was a Kwaito track by DJ Mzi “Jaiva More”. It got me thinking about how, since DJ Mujava’s “Township Funk”, Kwaito has really started to infiltrate international DJ’s playlists and is now heard in electronica clubs the world over. However the atmosphere of this new wave of Kwaito feels very different to when I first listened to Kwaito in the 90’s in SA.

For those not familiar with Kwiato is a South African offshoot genre of house that emerged in the 90’s, merging influence from hip hop, house and local South African songs, sounds and lyrics. It has been a dominant musical force for predominantly young black South Africans and has enjoyed waves of resurgence over the last few years.

In memory of Pantsula dancers, grey Dickies trousers, white All Stars and “sporties”, Bop Radio and shitty car sound systems here are some real classic Kwaito tracks from the early days of the genre:

BTW if you are looking to get your hands on some of these songs check out this compilation Various – Kwaito Classics Volumes 1

Jackknife – Fester

Mashamplani – Is Fokol is Nicks

Makhendlas – Iminwe

Mdu – Mazolo

Jeru The Damaja in London in Dec ’11

6 Nov

Standing in the queue for the Lex Records party last night I overheard some guys talking about a Jeru The Damaja gig coming up soon. I instantly got my phone out and did some homework and yes he is playing in London in December! Details for the concert at The Garage are here

For those who know and love the early Jeru stuff here is something to get you excited about the concert if you are in London. For those who dont, you need to be getting The Sun Rises in the East and Wrath of the Math.

Jeru The Damaja – Can’t Stop The Prophet

Jeru The Damaja – Ya Playin’ Yaself

Jeru The Damaja – Me Or The Papes



Ghostface Killah and MF Doom: Top tracks

5 Nov

Doom vs Ghostface KillahOff to see GFK and MF Doom tonight at Roundhouse in London for the Lex Records 10th anniversary. In honor of the gig,  find a few of my favorite songs by these two awesome artists. Also check out the Lex Records 10th anniversary podcast here.

Madvillainay – Saliva

Ghostface Killah – Apollo Kids

DangerDoom – Sofa King

Ghostface Killah – Daytona 500

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