It’s been a while, and it’s definitely long overdue, but I figured heading into ye olde yuletide season with the possibility of a bit of spare time it might be pertinent to get sticking some Stinkmixes and Stinkbombs up on Mixcloud again. So to kick things off here is #20 – Spikes, Quiffs & Rockets. There’s a little blah below and for a limited time (like a week from today) a link to a download of the whole thing at 320, please do check it out at Mixcloud and maybe even follow me for updates on the next mixes, as I may not post them all up here and it would be choice to get that Mixcloud account rumbling along.
Link to the mix on wetransfer here
Another one of the faves this here one from around 2003/2004. Basically it’s an off beat, off kilter and off early down to the pub meander through the beaty bison and groovy gazelle that like to sup upon the reggaematical oasis (no status quo-asis). Some big DJing out staples on here like Pablo’s dubwise dalliance with the Meter’s Cissy Strut, an overcovered cut that actually benefits from this re-rub and the Digital B lick of Queen Majesty graced by Sizzla before he started squeeking and swearing. There’s a few under-appreciated gems (Sporto Kantes, Revolvo and Fletch I’m looking at you), a little Studio One for the heart and soul and even one of my favouritest Unitone HiFi cuts that we ever made. Hope you enjoy it and don’t be afraid to hail up or share a comment, it really does make it all worthwhile and is much appreciaterated.
Title shout out to Mark & Decima, from a Xmas kard , an intensive and possibly unhealthy interest in Belfast slang may be required to work that one out.
Stinkmix 20 – Spikes, Quiffs & Rockets by Stinky Jim on Mixcloud
There’s not a great deal that needs to be said about this mix, so for once I won’t. Flung down in January 2010 this is a bunch of nu cumbia and latino digital sounds predominantly pulled from soundcloud. That’s kind of ironic because the money grubbing ass-hats at soundcloud pulled this mix down because one of the tracks ended up on a comp…schmert. Well mixcloud has it now, and there’s plenty more to explore out there from these artists so please do.
Stinkzip 001 – El Malodoroso by Stinky Jim on Mixcloud
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01 Villa Donde – King Coya
02 La Subienda -Sonidero Cordobestia
03 Sonando – Sonora
04 Danza Danza – Fantasma
05 Palante Mi Gente – Sonido de La Frontera
06 Cumbia Gualicho – Black Mandingo
07 Juego de Shabba – Joelito
08 La 3ra De Los Toquesitos – Sonido Kumbala
09 This is Real Shit (Bootlegumachine Outbreak Shitty Cumbia Rmx) – Unknown
10 Night (Sonido Del Principe Dub) – Coki & Benga
11 Yo Me Llamo Cumbia – Sonidero Cordobestia
12 La Inconformable – The Binary Cumbia Orchestra
13 Del Gusto por Sonido Changorama – Sonido Changorama
14 Lamento en el norte (Todo sigue igual) – Joel & Rebenga
15 Borracho Y Despeinao – Doma Tornados
16 Confort – Sonido Desconcido
17 Humano (Sonora remix) – Lido Pimienta
18 Mueve – Lido Pimienta
19 Aguita – Bazuko Digital
20 Ze Bula (Chancha Vía Circuito remix) – Figura
21 Murda Sound vs. El General (MushUp NiceNoise) – Dj NiceNoise
22 La Cumbia Es Un Tango – El Hijo De La Cumbia
Has been a while between drinks at the Stinkmix saloon but fear not because the drought is breaking – though you might be best to expect occasional showers or a bit of shizzle drizzle rather than a regular deluge for the time being.
Getting things back on the right track here is a firmly focussed set in the loungey/library/exotica/jazz frame from 99/2000. Originally this’un came with a cover shot of a mashed up Jerry Lee Lewis surrounded by cover-less records – a splendid and appropriate image I hope you’ll agree but sadly time has not been kind to that file, the book it came from is in storage etc etc – so brand new cover & corrected tracklist…thanks Cherry Sprinkles!
The selection is predominantly pure op shoppery and delightful digging with a few Dusty Grooves, Real Groovy and elsewhere hunobtainables thrown in for good measure/treasure. Since it’s taken me forever to get even this far into this post I think it may be wise to dispense with the running commentary. There is plenty to note but I’ll leave yous to discover that yourself – though it would be remiss if I didn’t point out the gorgeousness of Mel Torme’s finest moment rubbing up alongside the mighty NZ composer/arranger/musician Oswald Cheesman, the Walk On by version excursion (as is often the case there’s a lot of restraint going on here, I have dozens of Walk On By’s – sadsack that I am), a brace of my favourite John Barry pieces (props going out to Steve Law for putting both of those on a cassette mix from around 83/84 I still treasure and am attempting to rebuild digitally) and loads more. I have to say these loungey excursions really do weather the test of time well in the mixtape stakes – makes me think about sticking another one together sometime – maybe when we have a new locale….
Stinkmix 007 – Easy Way Out by Stinky Jim on Mixcloud
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01 Intro – Charles Wilp
02 Harlem Nocturne – Mel Tormé
03 The Girl from Ipanema – Oswald Cheesman
04 Hurry To Me – Roy Budd
05 Kalahari – Les Baxter
06 Melancholy Serenade – Bob Crewe Generation Orchestra
07 Ando Meil Desligado – Os Mutantes
08 Like Troika – Peter Thomas Sound Orchester
09 Walk On By – Pucho & His Latin Soul Brigade
10 Walk On By – Enoch Light & The Light Brigade
11 Bond Street – Enoch Light & The Light Brigade
12 Moody River – John Barry
13 Diamond Head – Al Caiola & His Islanders
14 Like Waltz – John Barry
15 A Flower & A Butterfly – Pepe Jaramillo
16 Enchantment – Sabu Martinez
17 It Ain’t Necessarily So – Cal Tjader Modern Mambo Orchestra
18 Don’t Rain On My Parade – Arthur Lyman
19 Maria – Lalo Schifrin
20 Moonshot – Sounds Orchestral
21 Space Reflex – Dick Hyman
22 Cosmic Ballad – Jean-Jacques Perrey
23 Teen Tonic – Pierre Henry & Michael Colombier
24 Moog And Me – Dick Hyman
25 Unknown Title – Charles Wilp
26 Un Homme Et Une Femme – Francis Lai
27 Daydream – Gunter Kallmann Choir
Kin ‘ell – having a listen now and there’s some right unmitigated niceness on this’un. From 2004 and 100% vinyl snaffled up on a trip back to the auld country – all London too by the looks. The Bathgate instro I checked in a shop, didn’t rate the vocal, loved the instrumental and bought it expressly to lead off the next mix – it does the job. From here is a romp round the reggaematical shack with Rodders offsider and soundsystem veteran Ricky Ranking and evergreens Mz Stephens (and yeah that was well old by then but I slept on it initially while it was getting hammered by all & sundry) and Lukie D. Couple of cuts from the Paragons re-form record Return which flies in the face of the current run (and by run I mean runs) of mortgage hungry, reconstituted acts – flogging heritage when it should be hermitage for them. It’s a great record and I was chuffed to find a repress in Sound Of The Universe, the cut that comes later has well reprehensible lyrics but they are so sweetly delivered – well it’s a crucial confusion. More vintage viberosity from my favourite Knowledge song, a guaranteed party starter in a gospel gone style from George & Jackie, before we go all retro-present-futuristic-schtick with the classic 007 rhythm re-licked.
The S.N.F. is the Stiff Nacked Fools and apparently is a bit of a rarity. I didn’t know about that when I found it in the 7″s bin at the glorious old Rough Trade out West, but it’s got the perfect mix of old school respect with new school technique that bands hear should be taking some serious notes from. Couple more favourites from Willie ‘Armagideon Time’ Williams and that slightly sketchy Paragons cut and with a bit of bridge building from the Rt Hon JSt*r it’s into some slengtenging dancehall belters including one of Sizzla’s best of the new millennium and a scorchulator on the Indian tip from YT. I’ve always felt that Cornershop’s Topknot done over by the Sheffield steel of Caveman, was overlooked and listening back – it’s a cracking track and one of M.I.A.’s finest and up there with Cornershop’s numerous highlights. Penultimately – Lady Sov, before it all went horribly horribly wrong. Got the last copy of this from S.O.T.U. and it was getting rinsed hardout from the moment it made it back to Harrow Road, let alone NZ. Finally Tego & The Game, what’s not to love – huuuuuuuuge tune. Cover photo taken in Gerard Street on Chinese New Year 2004 by moi.
Stinkbombs 303 – Shaolin Fisticuffs by Stinky Jim on Mixcloud
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01 Badside (Instrumental) – Bathgate
02 Can’t Trick I – Ricky Ranking
03 It’s A Pity- Tanya Stephens
04 Too Long – Lukie D
05 Do Right My Brothers And Sisters – The Paragons
06 Good Luck My Friends – Knowledge
07 I’ll Take You There – George & Jackie
08 Things & Times – Tony Roots
09 What Happen To The Youths – Zulu
10 Man and Man – Easi B
11 007 Riddim – Players With Potential
12 Boy From The Country – The S.N.F.
13 Why Can’t I Have My Way – The Paragons
14 Rocking Universally – Willie Williams & Cousin Marshall
15 Thug Fever Dub – JSt*r
16 Sleng Teng Ressurection – Wayne Marshall & Bounty Killer
17 Someone Loves You – Sizzla
18 Bills Fi Pay – Vybz Kartel
19 Duttey Cup – Kid Kurrupt
20 Pop Your Body – Antione Stone, Zumjay & Iceberg Slimm
21 Sex Drive – Zagu Zar
22 Feel The Buzz – YT vs DSD
23 Topknot (Caveman Remix ft M.I.A.) – Cornershop
24 Random (DJ Menta Remix ft Riko) – Lady Sovereign
25 We Don’t Love Them Hoes – Tego Calderon & Game
Right after last weeks veritable epistle let’s keep this short’n’sweet. This looks like a 2001 mix from a quick reference check and it flirts around with a few styles from a loungey/library in to a moodstrumental exit. Inbetween there’s a missing track (grrrrrr), some seriously under-rated biz from the Beta Band Exodus 77 (aka Sean Reveron who only appears to have done this one EP under that name – what a shame , it’s a killer and he went on to do good thing with David Holmes/Free Association, the Rockers clothing label and much more – what a chap! a renaissance chap at that!) then there’s Roots Manuva’s most populist moment rendered in version excursionary vision, a choice spag west beat from Skitz and about the only decent song of Timbaland’s where he appears on the wrong side of the mixing desk. Throw in European Tribe casualties and proper ‘eadz Urbs & Cutex, some epic lovelyness in a mind the gap fashion from the King of Woolwoths and Ian Simmonds (The Sandals/Juryman and other hexcellent projects) and even Simian before they was a Mobile Disco (yes same peeps with extras and a very different MO) and before you know it you’re in the Votelosphere with Dakota Oak and it’s all over Rover….
…………………..enjoy……. bing bong
Stinkmix 16 – Teddy Boy’s Picnic by Stinky Jim on Mixcloud
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01 Richard Pine & Company – Left Right
02 Walter Wanderley – Protons, Electrons & Neutrons
03 Supsonic – Mach 2/2
04 Piero Piccioni – Puppet On A Chain (Main Theme)
05 ?? ??
06 Terry Cox – Savannah
07 Malcolm Catto – Vibes
08 Beta Band ft Exodus 77 – Won
09 Readymade ft Juice Aleem – Lonely Boy
10 Roots Manuva – Witness (One Hope)
11 Roots Manuva – Witness (Dub)
12 Skitz – Cordless Mics At 20 Paces (Instr)
13 Exodus 77 – Just Time
14 Timbaland & Magoo – Indian Carpet
15 Urbs & Cutex – Up & Down
16 King Of Woolworths – Bakerloo
17 Wise In Time – Slowfall
18 Kings Of Convenience – The Weight Of My Words (Four Tet Remix)
19 Simian – Doo Be
20 Dakota Oak – How Danny’s Sorrowing Friends Defied Convention
Going back to ’99/2000ish (I suspect the former as this has a heap of sounds, noises and ting that ended up on the Phase 5 album and I wouldn’t have used them straight afterwards) this is a straight down the line, no argument dubwise versionary tale. A bit of a stroll through the days, this runs from vintage JA biz and golden age bounty through to some dancehall b-sides, UK flavour and homeland soundsystem faves – boom and shot your honour. Despite many hours spent descratching the big clicks and pops, there’s some still scratchy original pressings as well as the pick of re-issue bunch (nope – not proud or fussy on that tip) including the insanely epic, nocturnal niceness of Augustus Pablo’s extenderated Pablo In Moonlight City.
Like many, I’m sure my early reggaematic education was aided by those Trojan compilation tapes with those cringey covers and all the big chart hits of the early 70’s like Young, Gifted And Black, Everything I Own and all that gloriously cheezy shit that was at the same time, utterly undeniable, brilliant Caribbean pop. The Heptones Book Of Rules (based on the poem A Bag of Tools by R.L.Sharpe – it’s at the bottom of the post because they are words that can’t be said enough times) was always a (constitutionally sturdier) favourite amongst that company, and the dub just sends me to this day. From then on it’s straight into the meat of the matter with Tubbys, Pablo, Winston Riley, the Hoo Kim brothers etc and all manner of exceptionally equipped engineers laying it down, proper oper.
Moving through a beatific barrage of dancehall flipsides there’s a little bit of a canter through some indispensable UK soundsystem slaughterers like Lloyd Coxsone’s unconquerable Homeward Bound, and a brace of the multitude of earthshakers that could have been chosen from the Twinkle Brothers back cat. Topping off with a pair each from Joe Gibbs and King Tubby we are, as they say…. spent (aside from a loopy little outrotito).
All of those good dubmatical floorquakers and I laid off indulging in infinitesimal Perry trails or multitudinous Wackies tangents or…. or …. or… maybe its about time for another dubwise mix & blend from the stinking bunker…we’ll see.
Cover taken from a Nat Geo piece on NZ, one of the best I reckon, and the first to be strung together by the estimable hands of Chan before being given a spruce up and rework for this renking resissue in a digital style and fashion..
Stinkmix 6 – Reckless Versioneering by Stinkyjim on Mixcloud
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01. Book Of Ruling Dub – The Heptones
02. Don’t Mock Jah Version – Techniques All Stars
03. Headline Dub – King Tubby
04. Babylon Fall – Rockers All Stars
05. War Is In The Dub – Channel One Crew
06. Pablo In Moonlight City – Augustus Pablo
07. General Version – Hit Bound Crew
08. I’m Black Dub – Taxi Gang
09. Red Eye Dub – Levi Roots / Soundbox Kru
10. Strength Version – Bulby & Fatta
11. Boxing ’99 Refix Dub – Chucky Million
12. Give Me The Right Dub – Stone Love
13. Give Me The Right Version – Karlang Kong Regation
14. Africa Version – Danny ‘Axeman’ Thompson
15. Homeward Version – Lloyd Coxsone
16. Never Get Dub – Twinkle Brothers
17. Free Us Dub – Twinkle Brothers
18. Sly Want Dub – King Tubby
19. Still In Dub With You – Joe Gibbs
20. Two Sevens Dub – Culture & Joe Gibbs
21. I Got Dub – King Tubby
Below is A Bag Of Tools by RL Sharpe as referenced in the Heptones track Book Of Rules… good words.
Isn’t it strange
that princes and kings,
And clowns that caper
In sawdust rings,
And common people
Like you and me
Are builders for eternity?
Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass,
A book of rules;
And each must make-
Ere life is flown-
A stumbling block
Or a stepping stone.
There isn’t a great deal needed to be said about this one really. It’s the successor to Stereoscopic and reflects more (though definitely not totally) of the NYC end of that trip.
Very much of the time, and of NYC, there’s commercial hip hop of the finest order from the Neptunes and Timbalands of the world and some dancehall blends, bits and bobs to balance it out – and that’s about it.
As much as I’m a willing (or perhaps pragmatic) participant in the digitalamatization of music from every angle, and I love the reach it allows, and the aspects of democratization (countered by a lot of stuff too, that I won’t start on here) it really saddens me to think that these kinds of expeditions, defying baggage allowances and using every trick in the book to get the wax back home, can’t really happen now. Most of the shops aren’t there anymore and that thrill of ‘getting it on vinyl’ is a different sensation. I won’t say it’s gone completely for me, in the post today were 3 records from Juno that sent that old shiver down the spine ( if you’re asking….. Quiet Village’s epicalypsely excellent 24 minute DJ KAOS remix, Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeves Black Noise and a Romanian album of mind boggling magnificence that I was hipped to by the radio show of the dandy gent in the post below this…more on that later) …. as ever I digress…
So getting some of those tracks on vinyl, only 10 years ago, was just huge. Whether it was back of the van bootleg biz of Beyonce’s, yet to be fully released, but running all boro’s 24-7, Crazy In Love, which was scored hours before departure, or primo promo hooha – it was gravy, and an ocean of gravy at that. There was a shedload of stuff from this trip that never made it onto any of the mixes (Amoeba was on the way home and there were a bunch of soul, ez, jazz, library, psych & elsewhere records that didn’t fit) because they kind of demanded to be the sort of mixes they are…know yer limits son and don’t argue.
It’s all good clean fun, except it isn’t because Pitman popped up as the hidden track on this one..and he’s filthy… and juvenile… and it still makes me laugh. It would be guaranteed to pervert and pollute young minds …so fair warning, don’t blame me and get a brew on.
Stinkmix 19 – Ghetto Gold by Stinkyjim on Mixcloud
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01 Spinmata – Beatminerz Ft Doujah Raze
02 Sounds Like – Dead Prez
03 Guiness (Remix) – Elephant Man
04 I Know What You Want – Busta Rhymes & Flipmode Squad
05 Frontin’ – Pharrell Ft. Jay-Z
06 Beautiful – Snoop Dogg Ft. Pharrell
07 Like Glue Remix – Sean Paul
08 Snake – R. Kelly
09 Straight (Remix) – Wayne Marshall
10 Chiney Ting – Elephant Man
11 Row Like A Boat – Beenie Man
12 Shake That Ass – Party Joint
13 21 Questions (Remix) – 50 Cent Ft Nate Dogg
14 Bad Company Riddim – Scatta
15 Shake That Ass (Reprise) – Party Joint
16 Clappin – Capleton & David House Crew
17 Why Remix – Heartless Crew
18 Mr Lover – Elephant Man
19 Bring It On – Beenie Man & Tok
20 U Good To Go – Vybz Kartel
21 Under Mi Sensi – Mr. Vegas, Alozade & Hollow Point
22 Under Mi Sensi (Remix) – Mr. Vegas, Alozade & Hollow Point
23 In Da Club – Estelle
24 Beware The Stopper (Remix) – Cutty Ranks
25 Cop That Shit – Timbaland & Missy Elliot
26 Magnetic – Foxy Brown
27 Uh Oh Remix – Lumidee Ft Busta Rhymes, Fabolous
28 Busy Diwali – Lenky
29 Work It Remix – Missy Elliot
30 Crazy In Love-Beyonce Ft Jay-Z
(31 It Takes Tea – Pitman BOLSHY BONUS TRACK)
It’s quite hard to believe that this is from a decade ago now but indeed Stereoscopic is a memento from a rather mighty familiyzing/ketching up and very definitely digging around trip in 2003. This mix is one half of a two part tale that covers (mainly) the pick of the litter from the UK end of the odyssey, which included some harrying and hoohaaing of the London stores as well as fine foraging in Manchester, Birmingham and other locales. The second part Ghetto Gold covers off more off the NYC end and is probably the most commercial Stinkmix of the lot, maybe I’ll fling that up next to get a bit of continuity on the case.
Beginning at the front, the cover is the view from my old mates Mark & Griff’s flat off Holloway Road which was the lair where many of these tunes, and many many others from the mixcds were first fully absorbed, critically rated over various concoctions and such like, and generally aired out after hours of trodding through the streets and under the ground in search of waxy goodness.
Onto the music and the kick off is a scorcher that I almost missed out on. Can’t remember the name of the shop now but it was downstairs in Berwick Street (and not Daddy Kool) and the punter before me had asked to have a listen to the excellent ‘Chapter 1 Dub Mix’ by Tad’s Logic Band. As soon as I heard the first tune, a scorching take on Thomas Dolby’s ‘She Blinded Me With Science’ I knew that record belonged to me but I had to wait an agonizing few minutes while the previous customer decided he didn’t need it and hence I wasn’t going to have to mug him in some Soho alley. I’m not generally big on ‘novelty’ cover versions but trust me this is no novelty and quite exceptional. From then on it’s over the river to Brixton and Blacker Dread’s mighty wee shop and label for some rootsical 45s, and of course just around the corner me old labelmate and mucker Lee ‘Digidub’ Berwick stepping out with JA legend and Specials trombone titan Rico Rodriguez. The reggaematical reckonings continue with another good egg Wayne Bennett (lately of Australia, but not the league gooroo) and a 45 by Est’elle that I had to brand with a couple of Stinky stings as I knew that it would get run on the airwaves etc without credit (and it did… as it remained tough to find till the Heatwave/Soul Jazzers put that right some years later).
There’s a heaping helping of homely hip hop including a firestarter from Keith Lawrence & Mystro, an overlooked gem featuring Ty and even a dash of delightful northern cynicism out of the mighty Chopped Herring camp. One of the other things that I’m not big on alongside gratuitous novelty versions is weakass jazzy blends and what have you, but fortunately the next few tracks have the creme de la creme of the likes of Tru Thoughts Rebtuz series, Raw Fusion and them kind of labels. Paul Murphy’s ‘Soul Call’ is a tune I play to this day and it just never gets old, while Mulatu should need no introduction these days (he kinda did then). Finishing it off is an unassuming beastie from Manchester’s RSL who were much better known for the (also excellent) ‘Wesley Music’ but ‘Stars’ is a fandangling finale that shouldn’t be slept on…..
That just about does it, usual palaver – dl link below and all that. These mixes have been picking up some serious numbers of downloads which is great, but an occasional comment (aside from ones pointing out knackered links) wouldn’t go amiss once in a while….. eh!
Stinkmix 18 – Stereoscopic by Stinkyjim on Mixcloud
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01 Science – Tad’s Logic Band
02 Terrorist (Who Done It) – Colour Red
03 Christ Is Black – Colour Red
04 Physically Critically – Eek A Mouse
05 Glorify The Lord – Fred Locks
06 Real Iron Version – Fire House Crew
07 Day One – Digidub Ft Rico Rodriguez
08 Ram Dancehall (Wayne Paul Dub) – Lotek Hifi
09 Uptown Top Ranking – Joni Rewind Ft Estelle
10 Keep On – Bone Idols & Aphletik Ft. Ty
11 Where Did The Sun Go – Foreign Beggars Ft Tommy Evan & Arc
12 Everywhere – Keith Lawrence & Mystro
13 Get A Grip – Staunch Liason
14 Follow Me – Red Astaire
15 Heard It All Before (The Quantic Soul Orchestra Mix) – Sunshine Anderson
16 Something That’s Real (Instrumental) – Quantic Soul Orchestra
17 Gingold’s Jackpot – Damn
18 Soul Call – Paul Murphy
19 Mètché Dershé – Mulatu Astatque
20 Stars – RSL