Sunday, September 17, 2017

New Zealand Hip Hop Summit is back

The New Zealand Hip Hop Summit is back and will be held at the Toia Recreation Centre & Ōtāhuhu Pātaka Kōrero Library in South Auckland on the 25th November 2017.

"This will be our 3rd event since 2012! Another fantastic opportunity to come along with your whanau and experience a dazzling day with live music, colourful aerosol art, live breaking and Deejay scratch jams, song writing and beat making workshops and showcase of Aoteraoa's best of the best in Beatboxing, Emceeing, Deejaying, Breaking and Popping, ending the day with our very own Hip Hop awards.

"Our aim is to bring communities together to celebrate NZ Hip Hop success with the focus on engaging with our young people in a positive fashion and developing their skills and talents thru the 9 elements of Hip Hop culture. Our Kaupapa is peace, love and unity and safely having fun. It will be a day the whole family enjoy and remember" - Queen Shirl'e.

Nicole Willis and UMO Jazz Orchestra album coming

My name is Nicole Willis album cover

"Nicole Willis, known for her collaborations with The Soul Investigators & Jimi Tenor, presents "My Name Is Nicole Willis", an album that includes some of the tracks she composed with the former as well as originals composed specifically for a fresh collaboration with UMO Jazz Orchestra.

Multi-faceted artist and musician Jimi Tenor has penned all arrangements for the big band and their talented rhythm section. Pete Toikkanen who is a mega-talented guitarist from The Soul Investigators, along with both Jimi and Ms Willis, composed those original tracks that highlight their alternative influences.

Indie god & personal hero of Ms Willis, Ian Svenonius introduces her on the first track and wraps up the LP on the closer. Ms Willis delves into her Northern Soul anthems with "One In A Million", "Together We Climb" and "Break Free (Shake A Tailfeather)" and with the never released "(Everybody) Do The Watusi".

For their part UMO Jazz Orchestra add extra horn dynamic and Tenor's arrangements shine throughout, as they have on The Soul Investigators' records. Pete Toikkanen, whose unique style has been a defining asset of the group, gives the UMO Jazz Orchestra a rawness in treatment that they have never quite exhibited before. The mixes flatter all involved and are full-bodied and rich."

Out Sept 29 on Persephone Records , LP/CD/Digital. Audio preview over at Kudos  Recs

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 16

Booker T and the MGs - Day tripper
Sugarman 3 - Turtle walk
Charles Bradley - The world is going up in flames
Ann Sexton  -You're gonna miss me
Laura Lee - Crumbs off the table
Barbara Trent - Heartbreak hotel
Big Mama Thornton - Hound dog
Zilla Mayes - Calypso woman
Four Blazes - All night long
Allen Toussaint - Tequila
Benny Spellman - Fortune teller
Nadine Brown  -Leave me alone
Rufus and Chaka Khan - Tell me something good
Bernie Worrall - Insurance man for the funk
Zapp - More bounce to the ounce
Dexter Story  -Eastern prayer
Ramsey Lewis Trio - Slippin' into darkness
Jimmy McGriff - Bug out
Lee Field - Ladies
King Floyd - My girl
Judy Clay and William Bill - Loveitis
The Emotions - Boss love maker
Freddie Scott - Run Joe
Manzel - Evil wicked mean and nasty (Dopebrother mix)
Radio city feat Bajka - The hop
Marc Mac presents Visioneers - The world is yours
Grace Jones - She's lost control (long version)
Ruts DC - Whatever we do  (RSD remix)
Specials - Ghost town (DJG bootleg)
Poets of rhythm  -Serengeti stroke
Fela Kuti  -Water no enemy

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Frightnrs - versions galore, out Oct 20

The Frightnrs dropped a glorious reggae/rocksteady album back in 2016, now here comes the version excursions...... looking forward to this one...

"It's rare for a debut album, especially one in such a polarizing genre like Reggae, to garner the kind of universal fanfare The Frightnrs' 2016 long player Nothing More To Say received.

Mainly because it's a record that transcends genre specific qualifiers and rhetoric that pigeonhole many albums. It is in the truest sense of the phrase, a great record.

Shortly after its release a single for Dispute (a featured track) was pressed, and like many classic reggae singles, it included a Dub (version) on the B-Side courtesy of famed reggae producer Victor "Ticklah" Axelrod. The single was a smash success which in return inspired Axelrod to produce Dub versions for all the songs on Nothing More To Say."

The result is More To Say Versions. Out October 30 on Daptone Records

Victor Axelrod has worked with the band for a while, you can cop their earliest recordings from 2012 on their Bandcamp page as Name your price downloads, like their single Never Answer, with a tasty dub from Mr Axelrod on the flip. Quality vibes. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Clean out of their minds

The Clean, 1981
The Clean, 1981

Dunedin band The Clean will be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame as part of the APRA Silver Scroll Awards at the Dunedin Town Hall on September 28.

The Clean have rejected the Hall of Fame accolade twice in the past five years.

Last month the band were in the news regarding the supposed snub of Salmonella Dub for induction into the NZ Music Hall of Fame, with The Clean's Robert Scott saying "I think when we were asked it just didn't feel right for us. We feel we are outside the industry, and in the past we were shunned and dismissed and it seems like by saying yes we would be forgiving the industry for that. Of course, with time they are proved wrong as our music has stood the test of time. It's a strange thing dealing with other people's perception of your music and what you stand for as a band."

However, The Clean's David Kilgour explained the change of mind to the ODT this week: "I think the last time we were offered to be inducted, we joked ‘only if you did it in Dunedin’. So this time around ... it is in Dunedin."

ADDED: More background from Hussein Moses at The Spinoff:
The Clean have finally agreed to be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame. Here’s why they changed their mind.

Robert Scott tells Moses "I guess the planets aligned and they got us on the right day. Also, with Peter Gutteridge’s passing, it seemed like a good opportunity because he’ll be inducted with us as well. So it’s recognition for him as well."

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 9

Bassomatic - Fascinating rhythm (Henry's lost dub)
Massive Attack - Spying glass
Manu Chao - Merry blues
Cookin on three burners - Cars
Sam & Dave - Can't you find another way
King Floyd - Do your feeling
Len Barry  - Like a baby
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - I tried
James Dockery - My faith in you is all gone
Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose - Treat her like a lady
Prince - Controversy
Extra T's - ET boogie
George Kranz - Din daa daa
The Bose  - James Brown (Geisha Boys edit)
Jackson 5 - Get it together (4Hero remix)
Shirley Horn - Return to paradise (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
Beanfield feat Bajka - Tides (Carl Craig remix)
Salmonella dub - Problems (Sonsine remix)
Rhythm and Sound feat Willi Williams - See me yah/version
Randy's Allstars - Mission impossible
Augustus Pablo - Aquarius rock
Music Doctors - Bush doctor
Henry and Louis - Love and understanding
Wayne McGhie - Fire (she need water)
Jo-Jo and the Fugitives - Chips chicken banana split
Booker T and the MGs - Can't be still
Lonnie Mack - Memphis
Jimmy Castor - Ham hocks espanol
Henry Mancini - Baretta's theme

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, September 2

DJ Shinya - Nigerian reggae edit
Chief Ebenezer Obey & his International Brothers - Ajoyio
Ikebe Shakedown - Tujunga
Mulatu and the Heliocentrics - Cha Cha
Issa Bagayogo - Fimani
Sahara Allstars of Jos - Take your soul
The Fantastic Johnny C - Boogaloo down Broadway
Otis Brown and the Delights - Southside Chicago
Eddie Billups - I need someone
Ron Moody and the Centaurs - The new breed
Undisputed truth - You got the love I need
Syl Johnson - Back for a taste of your love
Temptations - Papa was a rolling stone
Ray White Revival - Superstition
Johnny Rocco band - Funky Max
Bootsy Collins - Body slam!
Carl Grubbs - Scorchers (inst)
Womack and Womack  -Teardrops
Gwen Guthrie - Seventh heaven
Cutty Ranks - The Stopper (Richard Dorfmeister meets Markus Kienzl vocal remix)
Ballistic bros - Peckings
The Ethiopians - I'm gonna take over now
Bill Deal and the Rhondels - May I
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Pimp version
Human League - Being boiled
Mantronix - Scream
New Order - Confusion
Gary Clail - Human nature

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Misha Panfilov Sound Combo LP coming

En Route LP by Misha Panfilov Sound Combo

Last year I picked up some great 45s from an Estonian outfit called Misha Panfilov Sound Combo, on the Funk Night label (outta Detriot). Fleamarket Funk described them as "...combining the best of deep funk, cinematic soundtracks, psychedelia and more, they are quite honestly the funk you have never heard of." 

They are about to drop an album called En Route, out Sept 3rd via - video trailer below...

You can cop their 45s back catalog over at Bandcamp.

This is one of the 45s I copped, great tune...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 26

MAW - Zoe
Boca45 - Last word
Lee Oskar - Haunted house
Jorge Ben  -  Umbabaruma
Azymuth - Melo dos dois bicudos (Harmonic 313 remix)
Kode9 - You don't wash (dub)
Antibalas - Che che makossa
Ray Barretto - Acid
Cal Tjader - El watusi
Joe Bataan - Theme from Shaft
Willie Hutch - All American funkathon
Rose Royce - Funk factory
Ramsey Lewis - Jungle strut
Eddie Warner - Brutus drums
Houseguests - What so never the dance
Fabulous Counts - Lunar funk
Clarence Reid - Nobody but you
Gladys Knight and the Pips - Who is she and what is she to you
Marvelettes - Locking up my heart
Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Honey love
Marvin Gaye - Troubleman
Shriekback - Lined up (Disco mix)
Bomb The Bass - Bugpowder dust (Kruder and Dorfmeister remix)
The Nomad - Look around
International Observer  -The international pt 1&2
Breaks Co-op - Sound advice
Sulata - Mancini (inst)
Frightnrs - I'd rather go blind
One Blood - Be thankful for what you've got

Friday, August 25, 2017

Martyn Pepperell dropping wisdom on the freelance life and how to survive

My mate Martyn Pepperell (writer /DJ/broadcaster/cool cat) got interviewed by K Rd venue Neck of the Woods last month for their blog, ahead of his DJ slot at their monthly night The Boog.

It's pretty amusing seeing Martyn being on the receiving end of questions, cos he's used to being the interviewer, not the interviewee. He said lotsa smart stuff, but I dug this solid advice on survival for aspiring creatives, in any field...

I know a lot of young creatives entering the freelance world today struggle with the budgets, deadlines, and competition. What advice would you give to them based on what you have learned over the last ten years?

MP: This whole thing definitely isn't easy, and the landscape looked very different ten years ago. I've had to evolve, adapt, diversify, and really stretch myself at times. Some years have been harder than others. This year has been okay, but I've also been sick three times this winter, which is pretty stressful when you're freelancing.

I suppose the main things I'd say is this: don't be afraid of having some kind of part-time job alongside doing freelance creative work, or even just doing it on the evenings and weekends while you have a day job. Having the title of being a freelancer isn't worth it if you're stressed out, broke, and behind.

That being said, if you absolutely have to do it, save up a chunk of money first, that way you'll have a buffer. Try to find ways to minimalise your living expenses as well, that's a key. In terms of the actual work, be professional, communicate clearly, meet your deadlines (or at least explain why you aren't going to be meeting them, and when you can hand your work in).

Also, stay open to feedback and critique, and don't be afraid of regularly pitching and presenting yourself to prospective clients. The work isn't going to turn up if you don't ask for it sometimes."

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stylin 800

"Just in time for his 800th episode of Stylin' on Melbourne's 3RRR-FM, comes Ennio Styles' imaginatively titled new compilation, Stylin' 800. This is the fourth chapter in the free download series that launched the Heard and Felt label in 2011 with Stylin' 500.

... For the first time, this edition includes some brilliant 'Stylin' Sessions', performances by Jordan Rakei, Oddisee, Olivier St Louis, I'lls, Silentjay and Häzel, captured in the 3RRR studios and broadcast live to air between 12-2pm on a Friday afternoon."

Give it a listen, name your price download. Some great new music in thre...

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 19

Bobby Womack  -You're welcome, stop on by (Beaten Space edit)
Sam and Dave - Soul sister, brown sugar
The Emotions - Blind alley
Jimmy Hughes - What side of the door
TSU Tornados - Play the music Tornados
Major Lance - Girls
The Impressions - I aint supposed to
The Esquires - You've got the power
Cliff Nobles - My love is getting stronger
Detroit Emeralds - Showtime
Bacao rhythm and steel band - Was dog was a doughnut
Aurra - Make up your mind
Five Star - Let me be the one
Sly and the Family Stone - Thank you for talkin' to me Africa
Terry Reid - Superlungs my supergirl
Lothar and the hand people  -Sister lonely
Hank Marvin - Sunday for seven days
Keil Isles - Monkey stomp
Nash Chase - Gimme little sign
King Kapisi - Sub cranium feeling inst
DLT feat Che Fu - Chains hiphop mix (unreleased)
Mephisto Jones - Chocolate hot sauce
Mr Chop - Greedy G
Jackie Mittoo - Juicebox
Augustus Pablo - East of the river Nile
Butch Cassidy sound system - Cissy strut
The Clash - Magnificent dance
Hugh Masekela -Don't go lose it baby (dub version)
Tackhead - Ticking timebomb dub
James Brown - Let yourself go
Rufus Thomas - Jump back
Bill Doggett - Honkytonk popcorn
Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson -Soulshake

Monday, August 14, 2017

Salmonella Dub snubbed

Salmonella Dub, 2017
Salmonella Dub, 2017

Back in early August, I saw some comments pop up on Facebook on Salmonella Dub's official page, about the band getting dropped as NZ Music Hall of Fame inductees this year because their preferred band to cover them (Beat Rhythm Fashion) was rejected. "We are not welcome with Beat Rhythm Fashion as our choice of a seminal band to represent a Sal Dub tune.... There were other options but Beat Rhythm Fashion was our preference. We never got to the finish line."

The story has been picked up in the media, with Star Times/Sunday News reporting 'Dub snub! Salmonella Dub turn down Hall of Fame over clash with organisers.'

Acording to the story (no author credit online) "... The legendary dub band was approached to be given a Legacy Award at the New Zealand Music Awards in November and were told they could select a band or performer who had influenced them to perform at the awards ceremony ... organisers deemed their selection, Wellington post-punk band Beat Rhythm Fashion, too obscure for TV audiences and rejected it. In response, the band then turned down entry to the NZ Hall of Fame."

The story also says .... 'Frontman Andrew Penman refused to confirm the band's involvement in the dispute [despite confirming it on the band's Facebook page two weeks ago]. "Salmonella Dub are a young band not yet deserving of a legacy award. We feel it would be more fitting to be invited into the NZ music industry's award ceremony in 2043 when we celebrate our 50th birthday," Penman said in a statement.'

Flying Nun band The Clean have rejected the Hall of Fame accolade twice in the past five years. "I think when we were asked it just didn't feel right for us," said Robert Scott.

"We feel we are outside the industry, and in the past we were shunned and dismissed and it seems like by saying yes we would be forgiving the industry for that. Of course, with time they are proved wrong as our music has stood the test of time. It's a strange thing dealing with other people's perception of your music and what you stand for as a band."

Meanwhile Beat Rhythm Fashion have posted the Stuff story on their Facebook page, saying "With the number of people worldwide who own the Beat Rhythm Fashion Album and their 3 iconic singles we wonder what upset the NZ Music Hall of Fame) about BRF being selected by Salmonella Dub to perform one of their songs at their now cancelled induction.

BRF were originally post punk anarchist in direction but their music is hauntingly beautiful and timeless, and hardly offensive.

Check out their album on band camp and see if it offends you in the slightest." 

Salmonella Dub are planning shows this summer reuniting with former frontman/soundboy Tiki Tanne...

Salmonella Dub 25th anniversary tour featuring the return of Tiki Taane!
31st December 2017 | Mangawhai | Northern Bass (R18)
13th January 2018 | Christchurch | Hagley Park
3rd February 2018 | Taupo | Owen Delany Park

Lord Echo remixed

Some crisp biznizz from Lord Echo, out on 12" vinyl/digital late Sept. Club mix, plus remixes from Julien Dyne and Borrowed CS, and a dub.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ring The Alarm playlist, August 12

Charles Wright  -You are the one for me
Idris Mohammed - Express yourself
Little Sister - Stanga
Bernard Wright  - Haboglabotribin'
Myele Manzanza - On the move
War - Youngblood (livin' in the streets)
Omar - I love being with you
Sisters Underground - In the neighbourhood
Nightmares on Wax - Ease Jimi
Unitone Hifi - Boomshot
Ticklah - Queen dub
The Yoots - E Papa Waiari
Staple Singers - Washington, We're Watching You
Otis and Carla - Knock on wood
Eddie Floyd - Under my nose
Gene Chandler - Such a pretty  thing
Marvin Gaye - One more heartache
The Parliaments  - (I wanna) testify
James Brown - Shades of brown
Bill Doggett - 25 miles
Len Barry - Like a baby
Cliff Nobles - Judge, baby, I'm back
Sam & Dave  -You got me hummin'
The Champs - Tequila
Brenton Wood - Oogum boogum
The Brownettes - Baby don't you know
Sister Sledge - Love don't you thru no changes
Sue Ann Jones - I'll give you my love
Esther Phillips - Just say goodbye
Gloria Jones - Tainted love
Labelle - Moonshadow
Laura Lee - If you can beat me rockin' (you can have my chair)