Bank Holiday Business – Lazy Long Weekending

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It’s a long weekend treatathon round here at StinkInc acres, with a coupla clips I’ve been meaning to postulate and some mixes and tracks that have been burning a hole in my …err hard drive, I guess.
To kick off, I’ve been meaning to post the competition trouncing clip for James Duncan’s ‘The Cupboard’s Bare’ for a coupla weeks now, my procrastination knows no bounds. Without any assistance vid clip wise we have gone guerilla with his exceedingly excellent ‘Hello-Fi’ album enlisting talented, willing and frankly slightly susceptible folk to come up with eye magic beyond compare. For this track James suggested a step further, and we opened it up competition style and fashion. David O Gifford of Fielding, who came up with this brilliant interpretation, was a unanimous winner for his dusty, stop animation delight.

The best advice with me and Busy Signal is basically… don’t start me. His duff tunes still rate higher than many of his contemps best, and as this video medley amply demonstrates he’s not prepared to limit his talent stylewise. Seven cuts, several of which have featured up hear in the last year, flash past in record time and since the mark of VP is on this perhaps it means a follow up to ‘Loaded’ is imminent. Predictably the VP website reveals a fat load of fuck all, fingers crossed then. Enjoy.

In general I like to keep the nearest thing Stinky Grooves has to a vague rule type thing – if possible, why bother going through the same door as everyone else, when there are so many others to choose from – running on StinkInc. The exception is of course the exceptional, them things that shine so outrageously that to not play, post or draw attention to them would be downright foolish and self-defeating. So like the Busy vid above these next couple of bitses are well present elsewhere around the internets but more than worthy of a prod with the pongy pointer.
Some noise, in fact some riotously uproarious noise needs to be made about Sonido Martines’s ‘Nueva Cumbia Argentina’ compilation for DJ/rupture’s constantly probing Soot label. I first cropped up on this while searching for digital delights at Juno Downloads a few weeks ago, and having been fully primed by the utterly essential 12″ that pre-empted it a few months ago, had no hesitation in snaffling all of the tracks that I hadn’t already got my grubby mitts on, instantaneously. In fact you can find one of those already unleashed on wax, Mr Martines’s own stunning retool of Los Destellos, on ‘Stinkbombs 808 – Heavyweight Honking’, which can still be absorbed and what have you via this post (couple of the DL links are dead but there’s a few still standing).
Hanyways Sonido Martines has had quite an effect on Stinky Grooves over the last wee while, with gear like his incredible Chicha mixtape, and the crazy Cumbia Rebajadas mixtape that required something a little stronger than Robotussin, to fully appreciate. It’s pretty fair to say that if you see his name involved, then you’re in for a quality ride, and you’re going to be unlocking some gear that would probably be impossible to access otherwise. This album has many gems that have wafted their way across the Stinky Grooves airwaves including one of the veritable plethora of standout’s from El Hijo De Cumbia’s ‘Freestyle De Ritmo’ album (also on Soot, purchase without prejudice..one of the best albums of the year period), all four tracks from the aforementioned ‘lady’s on the mic/gents on the mixing board’ teaser 12″, a non-album track from Chancha Via Circuito (ditto on his breathtaking mini-mellow-mal album ‘Rodante’) and some gear that hadn’t reached me yet like DJ Taz’s borderline brilliant/dreadful ‘Danza Macabra’ and finally something from the very very promising Fantasma (we’ve run their Jerry Dammers approved ‘Ghost Town’ cover on SG) that isn’t un-usable 128kbps biz.
Basically it’s a bobby dazzler, a crucial compile an exceptional excess essential item. They’ve accommodatingly made two tracks available for blogger type action and those are presented for you below. Then it is your duty to your own ears and sanity to follow the links, and support these marvelous machinations with some of your pristine pennies or pesos, ching chinging cents or durrty dollars..
Buy from Juno DL, available at plenty of other places too. CD on way I guess.
Mr Martines

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Los Destellos … still going
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El Hijo De La Cumbia …. the don!
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Alika
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Not the usual DIV embedded malarkey, control click etc
Before we leave the cumbia circuit you simply HAVE to check this free mental mix from Zurita. The geezer got some well deserved shine here for his brave and brilliant nuevo cumbia transpant of Suicide’s ‘Ghost Rider’ so no big rants but his new mix ‘The Great Cumbia Swindle’ is simply stunning. Anyone messing with the acapella of Screechy Dan’s ‘Give It To Me’, one of the many Kenny Dope productions that is grafted into the heart of any and every worthwhile DJ who was dishing out the damage 15 or so years ago, is potentially doodling in the sacred texts in my metaphorical book – but dang if Zurita doesn’t absolutely slay it. The whole mix is an insane chop shop of Sud Amerikan flavour getting a vigorous workout courtesy of everything from Primal Scream to Daddy Freddy and all points inbetween. It ends with a Boredoms track fer chrissakes, this is gold. DO NOT DELAY YOUR DL. (ay?!) Is free.

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320 here, 71 Megs you need in your life
It is to my perpetual chagrin, that we never managed to make it to the dance that Heatwave were holding after Sunday’s Carnival exertions. However – DJ gigs the two nights before, jetlag and a most excellent and different day of Carnivalising with the fam, put paid to the kind of energy I’d need to get my senses properly singed by the Heatwave crew. I had hoped to find some more inroads into the appeal or hype of UK Funky at Carnival, but that didn’t really happen and short of pinching Kode 9’s record box (not a bad idea really, he had gear that was intergalactic dark funk(y) genuinely on another level ) I remain a slightly bewildered observer to the whole malarkey. This ‘Funky Bashment’ set (commissioned by the ultra checkworthy XLR8R site) goes straight to the heart of the matter, with the most raggacentric slant you could possibly wish to find. True to form it’s put together blindingly, undoubtedly mixed to buggery but still giving the tracks enough room, a heap of of un-inspiring net DJ folk could learn a lot from Heatwave. Funkywise I remain on the fence at best, naturally there’s some downright charming shit on the mix and a few real standouts, but those happy hardcore-esque riffs and sounds and the un-challenging nature of most of it just doesn’t reach me. Make your own mind up, enough of my wibbling.
Tracklisting etc roight ‘ere guvnor at the excellent Heatwave site
Heatwave mob on smile duty

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This was intended as a quick couple ootubes and a shifty song on a quiet Friday night, and I was also intending to big up James Duncan’s first live appearance, with a group rather than a laptop, for company. Well, by now, that was last night, and what a treat it was to hear the songs from ‘Hello-Fi’ resplendent in on-stageness. It began brilliantly, if a touch tentatively, with an intoxicating take on ‘A Obvious’ and concluded with a blissblitzathon ‘…Of Everyone Around You’ rendition, with the band getting well open, dolloping out shards of mesmeric massiveness with scant regard for public safety, and unustainable amounts of jaw-droppery and chin-strokery, from a crowd that really seemed to catch the JD vibes. Top props to James, Sean, Chris, Chelsea and Finn alongside SP Cartier, Nick Rough’un and Paul McK for making that event happen. Watch it grow.
Finally on a straight track tip here’s a couple to keep the wolf from the door and hopefully initiate some power of suggestion type shop-alopping arrangement. I’m (marginally) forgoing the usual lengthy meaningless ramble and links (you can all Google better than me no doubt) in order to not turn this post into a Monday, or worse, affair and to avoid epic postulatory proportions.
The most agreeable entry into the world of Traktor, and the ongoing dilemmas of how much space music takes up, has led me into going through the shelves of CDs and identifying those that demand entry into the NI klub/those that have only one decent track that can be siphoned off and sold/those that will be ulitmate keepers. As a result I can forsee a few joyful re-discoveries popping up on StinkInc, and to begin with here’s a smidgen of indubstrial inspiration from Coil in 1990. I’m so chuffed that I located the CD as my 12″ seems to have disappeared amongst the rabble, this psych-dub bellathon is still so fresh, and has got me looking forward to dragging some more Coil bits out of the CD boxes. As far as I can make out this is no longer available and even the CD goes for a decent price (hmmmm) so it’s up at 192 but if you want a 320 (the production is so good, every single sound is pristine and perfectly placed… you owe it to yourself) drop me a line or hail up in the much neglected comments and we’ll get it sauteed.

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WINDOWPANE (ASTRAL PADDINGTON MIX ) – COIL

Expect more odd delights from the past in the weeks and months, to come, in fact expect a fair bit as we are about to hit post #100 and not long after that StinkInc will be 1 whole year old. Usual scenario… you get the presents – I’ll be writing them posts and uploading that hooha. Next up one of the many Japanese DJ’s who I have a lot of time for, DJ Baku. It was a right delight to play alongside him a couple of years back, and like his buddy Kentaro he is a man who is mercifully free of herd like behaviour, choosing to find his own angle. He also doesn’t do the English but managed to express plenty with bows, grins and gestures (especially when presented with little local vegetable matter to see him through his trip…. his eyes were like the Blackpool Illuminations!) Baku’s records are another thing again and alonsgide the heavy-hop d’n’b metalising that laces his DJ sets, there always seems to be out of place, but spot-on, stuff like ‘Satya Dream’ – the track that really sent me from his ‘Dharma Dance’ album. In fact letting that album run, while I’ve been writing and musing and whatnot, has me fiending for his new’un ’12 Japs’ which looks a bit mighty, expect more on that soon. This track is very Sunday arvo really, enjoy, and hinvestigate.
Buy Dharma Dance, it will make your brain delightfully soggy
Good Baku interview here

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SATYA DANCE – DJ BAKU

Turnaround this Friday with Maiden Hong Kong getting amongst it on the decks, flyer and fandangle soon come up here. Don’t mess and don’t miss.

Stinky Grooves 12.05.09 and the mighty El Hijo De La Cumbia

Moth – Burial & Four Tet (Text)
Little Things – Martyn (3024)
Shreds – Geoim & Appleblim (Berkane Sol)
Bear Witness – Pangea (Hot Flush)
Agosto Morado (Subeena Rmx) -Pepepe  (Imminent) 
Strangers – Beat Pharmacy ft Spaceape (Wave Music)
Sign Rhythm – Andre ‘Suku’ Gray (Soul Jazz)
Nah Go Dung There – Busy Signal
Step To We – Busy Signal (SSMG)
The Ansa – Busy Signal
Street Team Version – Fire Links Crew (Fire Links)
Primavera En La Selva – Chicha Libre (Barbes Records)
Guacharaca L.A. – DJ NEO
Ruff Bizniss – Ravel 
Emisor (Cumbia Style) – Villa Diamante
Nights – El Hijo De La Cumbia (Soot)
Varella Riddim  – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
Sweat Till Morning (Quiet Village Rmx) – Vagabond (Polydor)
Kunst Or Ars – Meanderthals (Smalltown Supersound)
A very small intro – Prins Thomas (Robert-Johnson)
Funky Bass (Idjuts Version) – Arpadys (Robert-Johnson)
Giorgio Carpenter – Cage & Aviary (Robert-Johnson)
King Of Witches (Rub N Tug Rmx) – Capracara (Robert-Johnson)
The Centre – Brassica (Dissident)
Wolf Cub – Burial & Four Tet (Text)
Flame Tree – Geiom & Applblim (Berkane Sol)
Traumatic Times – LD (Hyperdub)
Backwardation – Timeblind  (Version)
Northern Something – Tortoise (Thrill Jockey)
High Class Slim Came Floating In – Tortoise (Thrill Jockey)
The Hologram – Mark Pritchard (Ho Hum)
Dirtbox – Harmonic 313 (Soul Jazz)
Private Places (Shackleton & Mordant Music Version) – Vindicatrix (Mordant Music)
Dayrider – Ramadanman (Soul Jazz)
This week, and only up for a week is a subdued scorcher from the accordion architect and rey of rhythm building, El Hijo De La Cumbia. His album ‘Freestyle De Ritmos’ hasn’t really been catching as much shine it should, which in my book is full focus, umimitigated microscopic attention on a major scale. It did, deservedly, cop a Single Of The Week on iTunes in the States but this album should be going down as one of the essential releases of the year thus far, yet instead most folks are blabbering on about spoilt indie bands that won’t last two years, wavey ravey gravey templates and a  grab-bag of other transient, ephemeral, hipster-hugging junk….. nurse, the screens!
Ah well….. this top shelf album is very easy to get hold of if you’re using your d’s in the digital dump (download and disc), and hopefully there’ll be some more on wax from EHDLC soon. The track I played tonight went superbly after Villa Diamante’s drop-dead gorgeous ‘Emisor’ (which is easily findable with a google if you’re quick smart, or quick and smart), but it’s actually the mellowest moment on an album that isn’t afraid to go for the jig-ular when necessary. Alongside the (already much raved about here) Chancha Via Circuito  and El Remolon albums it’s a consistently solid, absolutely essential artist album from a scene that doesn’t seem to be suffering any of the usual issues with dancefloor music and full-length projects. Some of the first new cumbia stuff that really blew me away and set me off a-searching was from this geezer, and he’s got a ripe background that saw him kicking off his stage career pre-teens, mixing it up in Mexico and allsorts. This album feels like an expulsion or exposition of all those experiences,  with strains and strands that go far deeper than the norm, enhanced by a really unique musical signature.
I trust you catch my general drift, your life is a meaningless, interminable plod on the hamster wheel without these accordionised slices of awesomeness and retooled South American rhythms playing a part. You can find the links for DJ/rupture’s Soot label, who have done the rightest right thing in releasing it, in the Stinkbombs 808 post below. For now, all you need to know is that you can ……
Buy the disc
Or do the eMusic or iTunes thingumy and many others nae doubt
el hijo de la cumbia
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NIGHT’S – EL HIJO DE LA CUMBIA

If you haven’t already, please do nip downstairs to the previous post and grab yourself Stinkbombs 808, there’s going to be another, very different Stinkmix going up in the next week so keep ’em peeled skipper. 

79-70 Countdown continues…

79. Das Feur (Pilooski Edit) – Holger Hiller (Dirty Edits Vol 2)
See this post.
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78. Colder Than Cold – Kari Jess/Drums Of War – Flowsion (High Stakes)

For the full skinny on High Stakes check this post. Kari Jess simply kills this, what a shame then that he’s talking rubbish and doesn’t have the reportage skills of Flowsion who flexes necessary lyrics about the outrageous Maori ‘terrorist’ raids at the end of ’07. The damage that hip-hop (and relatives) has done to Jamaican lyricism is truly massive, and hopefully not irrevocable, respect to Flowsion from little old NZ for reminding of reggae’s value as a vital news medium for those who don’t get a voice elsewhere.
(Karispace)
See this post for mas High Stakes.
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COLDER THAN COLD – KARI JESS
DRUMS OF WAR – FLOWSION

77. Click My Finger – Erup (Truckback)
Erup truly planted his flag on the ‘Gearbox’ rhythm, and the dancehall scene in general, with his digital snapping ‘Click My Fingers’. His flow is blinding on this (and he hasn’t bettered it yet), while the rhythm is some crazy kind of bashment meets teddy boy tune up. The vid below is one of many featuring folks shaking a hip or two to the track, the sound is rubbish on this clip, but I rate it the mostest in every aspect, especially the location.
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76. The Living Sea – Monkey (XL)
Until not so long ago I wouldn’t have given Damon Albarn a light, let alone the time of day. However from his Malian musings with Pablo’s bass player, to his Good, Bad & Queening with Simonon, Allen et al my respect, and enjoyment of his work, just grows. The Monkey Journey To The West soundtrack thingie is wicked but as Jamie Hewlett remarked when I interviewed him about the album (seemed like a most unaffected celebrity cartooner, and went well over time with a lot of good things to say) it’s not the kind of thing you want to play everyday. This track is. Albarn seemed a little bit titchy at my suggestion that this sounded like an Orientalised The Good, The Bad & The Queen song….but it does!

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(Monkeyspace) song is on the player here
(Monkeyweb)
(Operaweb)
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75. Bombon Asesino Version – El Hijo De La Cumbia (Bersa Discos)
There is so much potential in the nova-digital-cumbia gear and I’m praying that it doesn’t go the way of so many interesting tangents, and just become another dancefloor diversion for hipsterati mp3 djs. Lot of faith in this geezer and the Bersa Discos crew who just keep bringing new names through with every release. This version is from one of me Stinkmix CD’s (was all I had on hand, apologies) so has additional spoken verd piffle and sting-age on top, guess you’ll just have to pile on the files from Turntable Lab if you want it unobscured..
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BOMBON ASESINO VERSION – EL HIJO DE LA CUMBIA

74. Beautiful Gloom (Dennis Young Version) – Padded Cell (DC Recordings)
Could just as easily been the original from the pretty bloody marvelous ‘Night Must Fall’ album, but I’ve plumped for the version featured on ‘Death Before Distemper 2′. Dennis Young is originally from the legendary Liquid Liquid, is a percusso-power-puncher par excellence and has more collabos with DC Recordings artists on the way. Check his website (below) for detailia. The killer trumpet (and guitar) comes from Gerald Hammill, points and prizes!
(buy)
(PaddedCellspace)
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BEAUTIFUL GLOOM (DENNIS YOUNG VERSION) – PADDED CELL

73. 80’s – Joker (Kapsize)
Were I considering taking this list riddiculation even further (don’t worry I supsect I have already bitten off more than easily chewable) and going down the path of artist of the year and what have you, Joker would be right up there. More to come from him later listwardly, this is some frighteningly fierce future funk.
80’s – JOKER 

72. Pendulum – Sisters Of Transistors (This Is Music)
See this post
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71. Do Bodda Mi (In Digital) – Roots Manuva/Wrong Tom (Big Dada)
Wrong Tom, often found lurking around Hard-Fi remixes, did a stonking job of overhauling some of the highlights of Rodders latest epic in a dubwise slant on ‘Slime & Version’. This jaunty track was a highlight on both the original and the re-jig.

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70. Zeitghost – The Time & Space Machine (5D)

Following on from the exceptional Beyond The Wizards Sleeve series of edits and enhancements to 60’s and 70’s hooha (made with the oft-surprising Erol Alkan), ex-Gridster and thoroughly nice bloke, Richard Norris, struck out on his own as The Time And Space Machine. This release is, if anything, even better. Pretty sure this is hard to track down now, look out for a quick (unpublished) interview with the musically very well travelled Norris, about the whole re-edit fandangle up here in the next month or two.
(Time&Spacespace)
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ZEITGHOST – THE TIME & SPACE MACHINE
spanking you for your attention…..