Stinky Grooves 29.04.09 and a Cudi Prefuse, countrified honk sandwich


Sweat Until The Morning (Quiet Village Rmx) – Vagabond
Regalo – Prefuse 73 (Warp)
Can It All Be So Simple – El Michels Affair (Truth & Soul)
Zapatillas Galacticos – El Remolon (ZZK)
Dancehall – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
Cumbia Regional – El Hijo De La Cumbia (Soot)
Para Baillar Cumbia (El Hijo De La Cumbia Rmx) -Alika (Soot)
Escape (Dub Version) – El Remolon (ZZK)
Herb Tree – Collie Buddz (Massive B)
Vampire – Chezidek (Massive B)
What U Fighting For – Burro Banton (Massive B)
Bad Man Gonna Cry – Lady Saw (Big Yard)
You’re Not The Same – Ken Boothe (Jah Guidance)
Intro Mix – DJ Kentaro (Pressure Sounds)
Diverse Doctrine Version – The Village Bunch (Pressure Sounds)
Doctrine Dub – The Village Bunch (Pressure Sounds)
Hello, Love Brother – Prince Fari & The Arabs (Pressure Sounds)
Big Fight Dub – Prince Fari & The Arabs (Pressure Sounds)
Morning Star – Bullwackies All Stars (Wackies)
Anglo Ethio Suite – Mulatu Astatke & Heliocentrics (Strut)
Steel Legs 11 _ Julien Dyne (From The Crates)
Gold Splatter – Black Moth Super Rainbow (Memphis Industries)
La La La – The Time & Space Machine (5D)
Lair Of The Grolfax – The Advisory Circle (Lo)
She Came Along – Sharam ft Kid Cudi (Ultra)
Daps & Pounds – Kid Cudi
Higher Up – Kid Cudi
Haterproof – Onra (Favourite)
Verdad – Fedaden (Nacopajaz)
2080 – Subeena (Imminent)
Little Things – Martyyn (3024)
Black Sun – Kode 9 ( (Hyperdub)
2000 – Ghost (Tempa)
Traumatic Times – LD (Hyperdub)
Right? Star! – Martyn (3024)
Dante – Untold (Hot Flush)
Primavera En La Selva – Chicha Libre (Barbes)
Guajira Sicodelico – Los Destellos (Indie Record Store Day)
Genge Genge – Dengue Fever (Barbes)
I Am Very Sorry – Noor Jehan (Indie Record Store Day)
Riff Raff – Clutchy Hopkins (Ubiquity)
Movement 4 – Carl Craig & Moritz Von Oswald (Universal)
Once again a couple of tracks this week, what with it being so predominantly quiet around these parts for various raisins. First up is a right ripper from Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73, which came as a bit of a shock as I’d pretty much lost interest in his releases over the last few years. His new album ‘Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian’ arrived this afternoon, and this track immediately stood out like the proverbial, well documented, canine parts. There’s a definite Spaghetti Western thing going on that gets subtle-a-delic and well wonked out in ways that I find most pleasing. After only a cursory, pre-show listen it sounds like there’s a couple more gems amongst the 29 (!!) tracks….. what is it with these weirdbeard hiphop heads and their tiny beaterludes? Four minutes is like a marathon for these soap dodgers! He might have just been knackered or not having a good night, but he struck me as a bit of an overly-sensitive, moody fellow when I played with him at Galatos, I wonder if that has subsequently clouded my feelings about his music. Hanyways this track has got my beguile on big time, and I’m also rating the futuro-kitsch album cover which comes over all 70’s sci fi paperbackishness.

Secondly this’uns been a round for a looong minute, but I keep on cropping up on folks who haven’t had a chance to fall in love with it  (or hate it, there’s no middle ground). I really wanted to play it at the Turnaround on Friday but that was Asterix’s night and in all honesty I was keen to squeeze as much of that Jah-blessed voice out of him as I possibly could, so I was happy to save them vocal rekids for another time. Big thanks to anyone reading who was there, that was a very special night – so many old heads tipping it up and unfortunately a fair few folk who couldn’t get in because it rammed up early. 
I digress, the crazy Cudi track with the Patsy Cline sample is produced by Sharam, one half of Deep Dish. His ‘Get Wild’ album isn’t really my cup of tea but this one-off, fruity delight is the lapsang souchon in the bonafide bone china. There’s something about this that really reminds me of a He Said Omala cut from over a decade ago called ‘Troubled Mind’ that did wonderful things with a Roy Orbison (‘Blue Bayou’) sample. I may have to try and dig that out and post it up soon.
you can buy the track proper sounding & ting from iTunes
Get the Kid Cudi – Dat Kid From Cleveland mixtape here

69-60 of ’08

Has been busy, and this post is well overdue, but I think this week could be even worse. Flying Lotus was ridiculous last week, I can’t remember the last time a DJ turned my ears out like that….Hanyways on we go..

69. Last Days Of Magic – The Kills (Domino)

Rawking gear probably doesn’t get as much shine as it should on this list with the year’s radio  playlists dominating the saucy source-ology. However this a track that simply couldn’t be denied…monstrous!
(buy) 7″ from Domino, and cheap as chups.
(KillsTV/bloggy type thing)

68. W.C.T.B.L. – Pilooski (Blue)

We have spoken about Pilooski before, please do refresh your memory tanks right ear. This Northern Souly stomper gets razored to buggery by the French fandangler, hurrah. 


67. Royal Flush – Big Boi, Andre 3000 & Raekwon (LaFace)

Away from all the heated discussions about trouser tightness and levels of the hipsterati hiphoperation, Big Boi reminded us what it’s all about dropping a depth charge of a single,  utilising the Isley Brothers ‘Voyage To Atlantis’ and his own considerable lyrical largesse. Admirable back-up from his copie and his right Raeyal Cheflyness but BB owns this one.

66. Router/You & I – Pangeaea (Hessle Audio)

Impossible to pick between sides, this 12″ is the full package. Thrashed to within an inch of its life on Stinky Grooves, and justifiably so..

65. People So Evil – Busy Signal (VP)

Nah, I’m not even going to link to the multiple Busy posts, consider Stink Inc a shrine to Mr  Gordon if you will.
busy loaded

64 Den Of Drumz – Badawi vs Kode 9 (ROIR)

I still reckon Kode 9 got a right raw deal, when the first Burial album overshadowed the superb Memories Of The Future. His instrumental remix of Badawi is a scorching standalone, that is downright scary on a big rig. 


63. Death Is Not Final/T++ Remix – Shackleton (Skull Disco)

Another impossible to separate doubled headed 12″ of magnificent doomlyness. The ‘Soundboy’s Gravestone Gets Desecrated By Vandals’ double-disc has both of these unfathomably deep tracks on it and the 12″ is still havailable, no excuses…………….
(Skull Disco web)


62 Day’n’Nite – Kid Cudi (10 Deep)
Links to the mixtape, and more on the Cleveland Kid and serial list offender, a few posts down. Couldn’t resist sticking New Jersey dubstepper Widdler’s take on it, he’s got a new 12″ on Thorpe’s Studio Rockers label which I’m currently a-waiting on.


61. CCTV – LV & Dandelion (Hyperdub)

This should be a statutory lesson for the BBQ dub crowd, carrying all the mellow vibes but real bite and purpose throughout. Proper oper stuff, and LV’s recent remix of Zomyby’s ‘The Lie’ and other bits and pieces rate him as a bit of a potential player for ’09. 

60 Calypso-On-Seng – Dubdub-On-Seng (Japonica)
see this post

the rest soon, but don’t hold your breath……

90-80 finally…

90. Special Request – Chronic Sonata (Tip Of The Iceberg)
See this post, go on have a gander.

89. Rockers Delight – O.S.C. (Steps In Time)

Babylon System’s Roommate and Antiserum from San Francisco make up O.S.C. and this simple but scorching 12″ lit me decks up something chronic this year. With the likes of Rusko eschewing his reggae roots for some kind of bassline arms race with Casper, and technoid noodling taking centre stage elsewhere, it has surprisingly mainly been left up to the yanks to keep the fire burning on reggae soaked dubstep biz. Sure this pushes the obvious buttons, with Scratch samples and whatnot, but them buttons do need some activation from time to time, so respect to the septics. 


88. Hustle – Collie Buddz (Columbia)/Que Lloren – Calle 13 (Sony BMG)
Exposing just how foolish the idea of a list of loved tracks like this being in any way robust, here’s a meaningless tie. Truth be told the 100+ tracks were divided into three rough chunks, and the ranking from then was arbitary at best. So honkamuffin Collie Buddz’ easy singjay style works a treat on Barrington/Junjo’s ‘Prison Oval Rock’, while Puerto Rican brothers Residente and Visitante take a pop at reggaeton royalty Queen Ivy (and others) on ‘Que Lloren’, swimming against the regressive tide in that particualr style of music over the past 12 months. Reggaeton’s year can best be summed up by Daddy Yankee’s lame endorsement of John McCain, not the sort of thing you’d expect from the likes of these politically switched on geezers (who actually had Reuben Blades guesting on their latest) or their compardres Voltio and Tego Calderon.
(buy) Calle 13’s 2008 album ‘Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo’


87. Luddite Dub – South3rn (Clandestine Cultivations)
See this post…

86. Timekeeper – Clouds (Ramp)

A scorching 12″ with a remix from Ras G that is so genuinely unhinged, it took a few plays just to get my head around the beat. Well miffed that I cannot find an mp3 to this anywhere though I know had it at some point, if I start getting into even partially digitizing stuff for this list I’m going to be in big trouble. 

85. In Your Eyes – Sanchez (John John)
A classic rhythm (Love I Can Feel/ Tempted To Touch), from one of the great studios and lineages (right royal Jammy’s & Sons Esq) with one of the most distinctive voices of modern reggae, it’s a slam dunk. Sanchez undoubtedly can cheese the fuck out, but get him on the right track and he’s unstoppable, and as for what he does to the ladies when he appears on stage in JA, well that is an experience in itself. As a bonus you’re getting the full Sanchez version and then a quick disc flip, before the Mighty Asterix takes over and lets off the Dionne Warwick. This was taped (thanks Anand and Vanita) at the tail end of a cracking session with the Newtown Sound/Nice Up kids down in Welli in ’07. Levels are a bit straight off the desk, Asterix is sans FX and like I said this is late into the session…. so it’s rough and ready. As I have commented before, Asterix is the only MC who has ever fully harnessed the pungent power and that’s how it’s been since we first linked the best part of 20 years ago. I’m really looking forward to our next assignment supporting the Bug in 3 weeks, and then getting a run on Vital Soundsystems’ scoops at the Cuba Street Carnival in February.
Sanchez in red.
His Mightyness in green.

84. Heaven At Night – Kid Cudi (10 Deep)
The hip-hop credits this year were shared by newcomers The Knux and Cleveland’s Kid Cudi. We’ll be hearing more about both of them further down the list, so I’l leave the talking to Cudi and this Andy Kaufman inspired stroke of genius on top of an irresistable beat from Nosaj Thing.
(Download) the whole mixtape from here for nix..

83. Buff Nuff – Roots Manuva (Big Dada)
My God this sounds good on a large system, Toddla T outdid himself with this one. More to come from the District of Rodney down the list.

82. Electric Love – Coco Solid (Coco Solid)
I have already rahed and rae rae’d about the wonderfulness that is Coco Solid here

81. Rude Effort – Bullion (One-Handed Music)
There was a whole heaping helping of wonky hip-hop beaty biz this year and this feller from Acton, who previously stuck his head above the parapet with a Beach Boys/J Dilla mixtape, nailed it with both sides of a vital (and now sold out) 7″. Tis Bionicaly Bullionic.
(buy) think the 7″s are done but this is the stinklink to digital relief.

80. Trading Places – Busy Signal (Jukeboxx)/ Drop Bombs (Loudmouth Rmx) – Mz Brat ft Griminal
See this post for ‘Trading Places’ and this’un for some chat and links about Loudmouth’s superb remix of Mz Brat & Griminal.