Stinky Grooves playlist 15.02.11 & Vybz on the grades

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Me Wan Some Grades – Vybz Kartel (Rootical)
Burn Disgrace – I-Wayne (Rootical)
Right Now – Busy Signal (Penthouse)
Bleach – Exco Levi (Penthouse)
Dem Would A Love It – Daville (Penthouse)
OMG Riddim – Shane Brown/Penthouse Crew (Penthouse)
Clarks – Kenyatta (Kubiyashi)
Fully Loaded – Buggy (Kubiyashi)
Jonesin – Peter Ram (Kubiyashi)
Hello Bad Mind – Chan Dizzy (Head Concussion)
Mad Mi – Busy Signal
Tommy Ranks – Mr Williamz (Necessary Mayhem)
Soon As I Get Home – Kasi ft Tippa Irie (Necessary Mayhem)
Special Lover – Franz Job (Necessary Mayhem)
It Haffi Bun – Benny Page & Mr Williamz (Necessary Mayhem)
Pass The Kouchie Instro – Da Grynch (Necessary Mayhem)
La Cumbia De Gary!! – Third World Orchestra (soundcloud)
Since My Love Died – Cumbia Cosmonauts (Scattermish)
Ritmo de Amor – Los Macuanos (soundcloud)
El Dub Del Mr. Yuka (Dr’s Sin Pitch Edit) – Dr Ruddz (soundcloud)
Move Me – DCB aka Dany F (Cabeza!)
Bug In The Bassbin – The Dirtbombs (Scion)
Red Skin Girl (ATCR Remix) – A Tribe Called Red (soundcloud)
Blitzkreig Boogaloo – Los Ramones vs Pte Terrace (Acuzah Selectak)
Mazes – Moon Duo (Souterrain Transmissions)
Perfect Life – Belong (Kranky)
She’s So Up – The Knux (Interscope)
Levels (Instrumental) – Bilal (Plug Research)
Hip Hop – Richie Rakas (bandcamp)
I’ll Take Care Of You – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx (XL)
Camelo Cello (rhythmic) – Jean-Charles Capon & Daniel Humair (Magicabus)
Marchaleco – Jean-Charles Capon & Daniel Humair (Magicabus)
The Climax Bootleg – Carl Craig (Planet E)
Ur Soul And Mine – Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx (XL)
Arbol2011 – Pernett (soundcloud)
Cafe Loco – Jean-Charles Capon & Daniel Humair (Magicabus)
Kaleidoscope – 1000Names (Black Acre)
Hometown – Squid Boat Lights (soundcloud)
Cumbajo – Gameboy (Cabeza!) (soundcloud)
La Pollera Rebaja – Cumbia Cosmonauts (Scattermish)
Cumbia De La Melochita – Camacho y Cano (Tropical)
Cumbia Del Monje – Tulo Enrique Leon (Gamma)
Afinando Los Trombones (Sonolux)
Negra Chunga – Rufo Garrido (Philips)
La Ardilla – Los Hermanos Martinez De Allende (Discos Dominante)
Mass – Virtual Boy (Brainfeeder)
Ruffer & Tuffer (Dub) – Alpha Steppa
Versjon Wolfenstein _ Bjorn Toske (Smalltown Supersound)

Has been a good long while since we’ve had any Vybz up here and now seems like a good time to rectify that. Remarking on the lyrical inconsistencies of Jamaican artists is no new topic, most seem able to flit between preacher and certified badman in all of the improper arts, at the drop of a hat. However Vybz really works the span with the ability to wallow sub-gutter, sewer style and fashion when he deems it prudent or to be the ‘butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth’ gent when so inclined.
This’un is somewhere in the middle, it’s considerably tougher than all of the other averagely voiced tracks on the Cruising Altitude rhythm… but it’s hardly rough. Hanyways me likes it (the I-Wayne cut is the other one worth a listen in my rumble opinion), and I particularly dig the ‘In Gaza’ female sample – so many of Vybz’ tracks have extra little hooks or foolish palaver that I suspect he must suggest them himself, whatever… it works.
Big tune for the puffers, no less necessary audio for the abstainers, get to it…woh!
I’ll be spinning some tunes early and late at Aloe Blacc’s AK return tomorrow night, I didn’t check the first show as we were ensconced in wonderful (s)Mellbourne but apparently the blind could see, the deaf were on the i-pod and the dumb were neither dumbfounded nor dumbstruck .. ie, peoples said he was good. I interviewed him last year, just as ‘I Need A Dollar’ was blowing up and aside from being very switched on, he was fercoiously accommodating and genuinely keen to make the interview happen despite trying travel situations and a rammed schedule.. that’s far too rare these days and I’m hoping he follows through pon stage.
Also doing Aromatherapy as-per on Thursday, 8.30 kick orf, no retreat – no surrender!

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The bleach is making Vybz look weird these days, love the track on the OMG riddim I played on that subject tonight ‘ thunderball in the bleaching shop’… yes indeed. JA cartoon view of the strangely desired whitening of Kartel below.
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ME WAN SOME GRADES – VYBZ KARTEL

Stinky Grooves 27.04.10, Vybz on the Scooby Doo’s & Scratch 22 on the remixeration

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Murderation – Gyptian ft Barrington Levy

Can’t Take No More – Brinsley Forde & Blackout (Maroon)
Hold Ya – Gyptian & Nikki Minaj (VP)
Life – Gappy Ranks ft Million Styles (Macro Beats)
Good Looking Boy – Mungos HiFi ft Warrior Queen (Scotch Bonnet)
Bad From Riddim -Mungos HiFi (Scotch Bonnet)
Hands Up – Admiral T ft Busy Signal
That’s How We Party – Bunji Garlin ft Busy Signal
Clarks Again – Vybz Kartel (Head Concussion)
Colegiala Pon De Floor – Copia Doble System (Copia.. soundcloud)
Marado Dios Remix – El Hijo De La Cumbia (EHDLC soundcloud)
Cumbia De Sal – Cumbia En Moog
El Carretero – Hermanos Oropeza (Disco Fuentes)
Mosaico: Roberto Ruiz – La Piña Madura – Angel Niño Y Su Conjunto (Discos Fuentes)
No Tears To Cry (Leo Zero Rmx) – Paul Weller (Universal)
Amsterdam – Paul Weller (Universal)
Again (Scratch 22 Rmx) – Electric Wire Hustle (scratch22soundcloud)
Closer – Space Invadas (Invada)
Skies Over Cairo – Django Django (Django Django Bandcamp
Fair Skin Man – The Afro-American Ensemble (GSF)
That’s All I Need – Andre Williams (Bloodshot)
Plundered My Soul – Rolling Stones (Universal)
I’m A Country Girl – Rolling Stones
CMYK – James Blake (R&S)
Cosy – Pursuit Grooves (Tectonic)
Hylo – LV & Quarta 330 (Hyperdub)
A Night On The Wonk (Gemmy remix) – Wedge & Aesoteric (If Symptoms Persist)
Molly – Swindle (Planet Mu)
Woof Woof (Hudson Mohawke Rmx) – Dan Deacon (Amazing Sounds)
Shark Chase – Floating Points (Peoples Potential)
Space Dock – Trans Am (Thrill Jockey)
Andromeda (Richard Hawley Rmx) – Paul Weller (Universal)
Anchor Records – Paul White (One Handed)
Let Me Trick You – Tokimonsta (Ramp)
Beat Domcooliado – Doma Tornados (Doma Tornados soundcloud)
Neo Bailongo En El Club Sarmiento – Lagartijeando (ZZK)
Lost/Early Mob/ Your Coat – LV & Josh Idehen (Keysound)
Medicate (LV Remix) – Logos (Radial)
Fridays (Shackleton Rmx) – To Rococo Rot (Domino)
AAA – Pilooski (Rvng Of The Nrds)
OK much to do and not too much time for writery, little skittles on the go. The star of this week’s show, somewhat surprisingly, is Paul Weller. As far as his solo career goes, for my money anyways, it’s no surprise that there’s some goodness (and quality remixes) on his latest, it’s just the number of crackers and the bold musical steps he’s taken that has pleasantly shocked me. Hanyways I’m not putting anything of his up because DMCA notices are so passe, so instead have a nibble on this little taste-ette from Vybz Kartel in praise of the footwear favourite, Clarks. Apparently this song and it’s predecessor have caused the price of Clarks to rise in JA, much to the chagrin of well shod yard folk whose dollars nah run.
Hanyways when Vybz is on he is ON, and this is one of them.. especially over this riotous rhythm from Russian and Head Concussion crew. No philosophizing needed, strictly winery and whistle blowing.

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CLARKS AGAIN – VYBZ KARTEL

Also definitely worth a sniff, and undoubtedly even a snoot is that chap Scratch 22’s rerub of Electric Wire Hustle’s ‘Again’. There’s a 100 DLs on soundcloud with this and I don’t reckon they’re going to hang about too long (after that there’s a buy link too so NO EXCUSERATION!)
Look out for more major news about his Scratchlyness here and roundabout soon, but in the meantime don’t sleep on this gem, it has discipline and restraint and throws out a clear warning sign (if any were needed) to keep a beady eye on this geezer.. double plus.

Electric Wire Hustle – Again (Scratch 22 Remix) by Scratch22
(if the embedded player is not playing pop, follow the link in the playlist or head straight to the EWH site, aaaite)
I’m heading off to enjoy and appreciate something magnificent that I have waited many years for… let you in on what that is next week.

Stinky Grooves and some Gaza Goodness

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On Coming From A Broken Home (Part 1) – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)
Home Is Where The Hatred Is – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)
Me And The Devil – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)
Dope Of Power Suite (Four Tet Rmx) – Doug Hammond (Heavenly Sweetness)
She Just Likes To Fight – Four Tet (Domino)
Jahovia – Bitty McLean & Johnny Osbourne (ROL)
Thank Yuh Jah – Vybz Kartel (NotNice)
Can’t Stop Me – Busy Signal (Lifetime)
Murder – Busy Signal (Soul Vybz)
Rude Boy Town – Demarco (Soul Vybz)
Squeeze Off – Anthony B (Soul Vybz)
The Mist Riddim – Soul Vybz Crew (Soul Vybz)
Two Track Mind – Nocando ft Busdriver (Alpha Pup)
Treez – Ghostface Killer
Smokerface – Wiz Khalifa
Symphonies – Dan Black ft Kid Cudi (The Hours)
My Way -jj feat Lil Wayne (Sincerely Yours)
Kamera Song – Nite Jewel (Alberts Basement)
Wild Things – Richard Sen & Cazbee (Mixed Blood Cuts)
Bei’s Bossa – Bei Bei & Shawn Lee (Ubiquity)
El Hijo De La Diabla (El Pollo Loco Rmx) – La Pollera Colarada
Watch Dem – Sonido Del Principe ft Horace Andy
Cumbia Macabra – Sonido Desconocido II
Ya Me Vy (Chancha Via Circuito Rmx) – Dona Maria
Chase The Cumbia Devil – Tupolevsoundclash
Humano (Sonora Rmx) – Lido Pimienta
Cumbia Del Confort (Rmx) – Sonido Desconocido
Tenzado – Greena (Applepips)
Circles (Martyns Round & Round Rmx) – Detachments (This Is Not An Exit)
The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow (Actress Rmx) – Joy Orbison (Aus)
Un Dimanche Sans Fin – I Cube (Versatile)
Everything Will Be Alright – Golden Ages (Deerhaus)
Perikitus! – Pernett
Burn Brighter Flame – Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras (Macro)
Plastic People – Four Tet (Domino)
Loft At Sea – Sunburned Hand Of The Man (Smalltown Supersound)
Walking In The Clouds – Basement Jaxx (XL)
Remember – Lali Puna (Morr Music)
Behind The Stars – Pantha Du Prince (Rough Trade)
My Only Friend – Gonjasufi (Warp)
Whiskey Waltz – Bei Bei & Shawn Lee (Ubiquity)
The Greater Good (Fulgeance Rmx) – Jose James (Brownswood)
The Crutch – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)
I’ve Been Me – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)
On Coming From A Broken Home (Part 1) – Gil Scott-Heron (XL)

Man what a week… Last Thursday’s Daedelus performance at Whammy was truly fantastic. The club may have smelt and felt like an armpit, but all of the other senses were fully taken care of. So very very good.
Yesterdays premier NZ Laneways seemed to get a bit of stick from pernickety punters after the fact, which strikes me as rather churlish. Mind you I was able to sneak me and mine backstage for seats, eats, pleasant beers and all the niceties which certainly made a difference.
Musically it started well with a gusty gutsy performance early out for The Naked And Famous (who were positively commented upon in the Herald review), then The xx were subsonic, sublime and somehow able to make their moody mid-afternoon set work, despite the decidedly inappropriate timeslot. I’ve never failed to be stirred and shaken by a Dirty Three performance and that was no exception, nearly copped Warren Ellis’s tambourine on the bonce from the side of the stage, but it would have been the most honourable tambourine related injury if it had stuck to its trajectory.
I was well dubious about seeing Echo & The Bunnymen without the mighty original rhythm section, I shouldn’t have been. You’d have needed a heart of stone, not to be swept up in their timless vibes after they opened with Villiers Terrace and Rescue. It was all a bit greatest hits, and most of them came after I’d stopped going to see them or taking much interest first time around, but Will Sergeant and Mr McCulloch delivered – and the ring ins rang alright. Read some foolish review today that mithered on about the mid-song tangents into the classics, obviously written by someone who never copped ’em at their bleary and wayward best, I’d have been well miffed if it had been sanitised or less loose. I’ve got to see Mac and Al Green (not together!) having a stroll through the standards already this year, and I have to say it’s alright by me!!
So tonights’ show was in the usual weirdspace after a long weekend, just always seems to be that way. Getting the new Gil Scott-Heron album today in the most exquisite and heavyweight vinyl packaging was a real treat. I nixed the opportunity of initially hearing this at lower than optimum quality, and I’m double plus glad about that after reading the brilliant statement on the inner sleeve about listening to your ‘investment’ without distraction etc, and just hearing what a sonically rich (and naturally lyrically over-endowed) album it is to enjoy.
As soon as I heard the opening track with a monologue over one of my favourite pieces of music of recent years, ‘Flashing Lights’, I knew that was how tonights’ show would have to start (and end). It’s out next week and on the one ‘proper’ play I managed this afternoon, I’d say you’d be a complete ass not to buy several copies.

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But I’m not going to run something from that, instead here’s a little bit of Vybz. For once Addi Di Teacha is living up to his (nick) name and not using his inestimable lyrical powers to denigrate or dirty up but instead giving it a bit of ….aaaaah niceness, and I’m up for that.
Buy links for dancehall?! I wish. So this is a 320 proper ting a ling.

Vybzspace
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THANK YOU JAH – VYBZ KARTEL

RIP Pauly – you were always alright to me and you’ll be much missed….

Dropping the Stinkbombs – A brand new Stinkmix for nix

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Well… the original idea was to be getting some podcastery action up here, with some of my radio honed, inane mumbling atop the musical malarkey, however a more prudent consideration suggests it would be far better and quicker to fling up the latest Stinkbombs, the first since November ’08. It’s a shade over a 100 MB’s all up, so I’ve split it into two and they are available from a choice of folks via Sharebee below, just follow them links and pick your download receptacle. Pretty much every track is very deliberately tagged with stings and diabolical dialogueical nonsense, so as ever if you want them tunes there’s easy links to buy ’em, please support the artists and labels…. serious biz, nearly all of them are actively available and just a click away!
Also took this opportunity to include a few of Jason Burgess’ cracking JA shots (Barrington, Lady Saw, Roof Intl van etc) from our visitation in 1993 (and a couple from a previous trip of Jason’s), that’s re-energised me on getting some more of these posted, so look out.
STINKBOMBS 808 – HEAVWEIGHT HONKING
Download link Part 1 (Tracks 1-11) (55.16MB) Zip
Download link Part 2 (Tracks 12-23 & cover PDF) (50.48 MB) Zip

1. The General – Jahdan Blakkamoore (Liondub International)

Matt Shadetek and Lion Dub lay down an impossibly heavy, minimal rhythm at a dubstempo while Jahdan drops one of his best vocals yet, it’s fire and frikkin ice business. Enormous things to come methinks from the Jahdan, Dutty Artz camp and related breadrun.
Buy (I copped it local from Samurai)
DuttyArtzspace check their blog on the panel right over there

Jahdan Blakkamoore

The General label

2. Murderation – Unknown/RSD (Love Is The Key)

Big, big, big tune that I slept on when it was initially released, one of those that a 30 second online sample can just sound like ‘meh another blend’. Oh no it’s not, anything but that…. this is exceptional. A copy, pretty literally, fell into my hands, which is well handy as it appears pretty hard to find these days. Best place to start looking would be here, if you want to be relieved of upwards of 25 Euros.
Love the photo of Barrington out the back of Bobby Digital’s, that waistcoat and the decidedly un-macho white Jeep that he was driving at the time with his Lipstick label logo made for quite an ..ahem interesting spectacle!
More Rob Smith here
Beenie
Beenie

Rob Smith

Rob Smith

Barrington Levy in the yard at Digital B, Kingston ’93. Courtesy Jason Burgess.

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Barrington at Sunsplash, Kingston ’93. Courtesy Jason Burgess.
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‘Murderation’ is an unadorned white label, this is the original classic.

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3. One – Aardvarck (Bloom/White)
Don’t know much about Dutch dude Aardvarck (Mike Kivits) apart from I haven’t really been too down with the little gear I’ve heard of his before this mighty, mysterious, untitled white label ‘Bloom 1′ EP. A bit of further investigation reveals he’s got some interesting gear bubbling, so what do I know? Not much… except this is a killer, very hard to find now and the follow up ‘Bloom 2′ sold out in a week. Heavy!
Buy digital-lee
Aardvarck label
4. Gold Dust – Earl Sixteen (Roots Garden)
5. Herb Dust – Nick Mansseh/Roots Garden Crew (Roots Garden)
Have ranted about these, previously… here, so check that for links, stinks, shits and giggles. This is a little foundation stone breather after the subsonic attackment of the intro trio.
Earl Sixteen & Nick Manasseh
Earl meets Manasseh
Mark-E

6. Vampire – Chezidek (Massive B)
7. What U Fighting For – Burro Banton (Massive B)
A brace of boomshots on Massive B, the NYC label that should be due for some sort of civic recognition for their phenomenal strike rate and staying power, over many years. Mr Konders rarely mis-fires, and this lick of ‘Declaration Of Rights’ is teflon tough and frill free. Chezidek’s ‘Inna Di Road’ album, handled by Bobby for Greensleeves is one of the best reggae/dancehall albums of recent times in my estimation, and ‘Vampire’ is one of the highlights. Burro does what Burro does, admirably, just ramping up the anticipation for his recording session with The Bug to be unleashed upon us.
Buy Chezi from NYC
or Burro from Japan
Chezidek

Chezidek

Burro
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Chezideks album is still available and it’s beyond fire, like molten or something….

Chezi LP

The Rt Hon Bobby Konders

Konders

Chezi - Vampire
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8. Bad Man Gon Cry – Lady Saw (Big Yard)

Rattled on about this here.
Still available, Beat Merchants have it for the local yokels.
Or Buy ponline
Lady Saw at Sunsplash ’93 shots c/o Jason Burgess.
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lady saw star kingston 93
Bad Man label
9. Hustle – Collie Buddz (Massive B)
Huuuuge tune chopping up Barrington’s timeless ‘Prison Oval Rock’, once again from New York’s finest, Massive B. Everything about Collie Buddz just seems so incredibly wrong, and he looks ultra-irritating… but then he just keeps coming up with fire, the kind of feu that overcomes all obstacles and hinderances. I’m well partial to the flip of this ‘Herb Tree’ which is yet more lyrical license about vegetable matter – boasted, toasted and darkly roasted.
Collie
Hustle label
10. Smell Good – Captain Barkey (Roof International)
Couldn’t resist sliding in this olfactory 90’s gem from Barkey, ‘put up yu hands if you know yu smell good!!!’, indeed. Wouldn’t do if the smell bad posse were putting up their hands/arms and other odious appendages now would it! All pungent punning aside this is a killer tune, produced by Courtney Cole, and it very nearly sent the mix off on an unexpected 90’s tangent but I managed to hold back…this time.
Buy re-issue
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More photographic funda from Jason Burgess below with the Roof International mobile record shop, guess these are a thing of the past now, too. However Truck Back productions who came up with Erup’s ‘Click Mi Finger’ (and the Dashboard & Gearbox rhythms etc) do all their recording in the back of a container truck in Kingston, so the extra ordinary vehicular vibes live on in JA culture.
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11. Hussling – Busy Signal (Birch Hill)
12. Tek Back Yard – Beenie Man (Birch Hill)
13. Selassie Love We – Vybz Kartel (Birch Hill)
14. Baddaz Rhythm – Birch Hill Crew (Birch Hill)
Ok it may not be much more than a slight (but skillfully done) embellishment on Dave Kelly’s monstrously mighty Joyride rhythm but who cares? This is stencherific, and then some. Christopher Birch updates with aplomb and Busy, Beenie and Vybz all represent proper and correct in the voicing booth. Things get a little over-ethusiastic with the Kaos pad around these parts… such is life.

Busy getting his Bubbles on, as a paperboy for the day

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Vybz looking lairy.
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Baddaz
15. Bolivia – El Remolon (ZZK)
16. Aqui Princesa (Marcelo Fabian Rmx) – Princesa (Soot)
17. Calzada Rhythm – Chancha Via Circuito (ZZK)
18. Elsa (Sonido Martines Rmx ft Fefe) Los Destellos (Soot)
This little portion threatened to take over the mix, it’s so good to have an injection of fresh cumbionic vinyl. Basically there’s three indispensable 12″s that anyone with a penchant for nuevo-cumbia hoo-ha should peruse and pursue with great rapdity…they are..
El Remolon’s storming 6 tracker ‘Pibe Cosmo’
El Remolon label
Soot’s all-star magnificent remixery.
Neuva Cumbia Argentaina
The Chancha Via Circuito EP, that goes a treat with his Rodante album
Chancha 12" label
Buy El Remolon
Buy Nueva Cumbia Argentina
Buy Chancha Via Circuito 12″
More wibbling about Chancha Via Circuito here
El Remolon

El Remolon

Marcelo Fabian

Marcelo Fabian

Chancha Via Circuito

Chancha Via Circuito

Los Destellos

Los Destellos 1

Sonido Martines (this fellers mixdiscs are beyond crucial)

Sonido Martines

19. Guajira Sicodelica – Los Destellos (Vampi Soul)

From the superbly named ‘This LP Crashes Hard Drives’, which was put together by the fine people at Vampi Soul, Finders Keepers, Sublime Frequencies, Honest Jons, Numero Group, Jazzman, Daptone, Now Again, Light In The Attic and Timmion… phew. For my money this has got be the best, gregariously genre-free compilation thus far this year, and it’s encased in a meaty gatefold sleeve, as befits a release specifically designed to celebrate Record Store Day.
This cut from the ‘Cumbia Beats Collection’ is Peruvian mellow psych chicha fever, holy hell!
Buy it from Conch or here

Couldn’t resist another Los Destellos shot, they’re giving Barrington a run for his money!
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This LP Crashes...

20. Psychedelic Circus – The Time & Space Machine (5D)
Read all about it here.
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21. Major Blitzkreig – Higamos Hogamos (DC Recordings)
On the strength of what I’ve heard so far, the self titled Higamos Hogamos album is very much at the top of my shopping list. This single kinda out-Depth Charges, Depth Charge – which is major points and prizes round my gates. That delightful situation is enhanced by the a storming J Saul Kane mix that takes up the whole of the flipside. There’s also a surprisingly superb bonus, a percusso-pressure-cooker from Ed Banger artiste Mickey Moonlight, an alliterated gent I need to investigate further. It’s an embarrassment of riches really, as most DC Recordings 12″s are, I opted for the brief and blistering original version at the last minute when I was whacking this mix together, it’s very very hard to argue with.
Hig Hog
Hig Hog cover
22. Driving This Road Until Death Sets You Free – Zombie Zombie (Versatile)
I’m startled, nay shocked, by the fact that I haven’t posted about this mercurial French duo who come on like a modern day Silver Apples tussling it out kraut-fu style with John Carpenter on the soundtrack to a psychedelic, slightly sick, dimly lit, autoroute thriller movie… or something like that. It was their right renking remix for Kelpe last year that motivated chasing their album ‘A Land For Renegades’ up, and it’s subsequently become a real favourite. These decidedly un-mindless, synth and basheria merchants are definitely a pair to keep les yeux on, I reckon.
Buy from Piccadilly on all formats or CD is cheap here
Zombie Zombie
Zombie Zombie - A Land For Renegades
23. 2080 – Subeena (Imminent)
I read an intriguing review about this 12″ from Subeena on Imminent by the venerable John Eden on his Uncarved blog, and didn’t connect that it was the same disc when I ordered it. He was right, it’s an untypical wee gem and from a little synchronous investigatory behaviour it turns out that Subeena is hooked up with the mighty Coco Solid from their linkage at the RBMA in Barcelona. Small world and all that, but it takes a large tune to finish off a little mix and this does the biz.
Subeena
Subeena EP

Stinklinks & the proverbial, ubiqitous ting

I’m not a big fan of the endless re-posting of links malarkey, apart from thems that do it supremely well, but every now and then you’ve got to share a thing or two. I’ve got a few more hefty posts planned – right now, here’s some bits and places from around the place……………
Taliesin from those titans of tonal terrorism Dutty Artz pinged me a link to his ‘Samizdat Mix’ ,  which ranges from a bit of messed up dancehall including Busy Signal (and as you know we’re partial to that round here) through crucial cumbiafied cuts right up to some right undulating uptempo units and all sorts of messed up magnificence. Have a butchers below.

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direct link to the mix
dutty artz has it all naturally
Dutty Artz is showing promising potency at the minute with scorching releases that get out there, but somehow remain criminally under the radar.. at least for now. The Jahdan Blakkamoore EP that dropped last year was ridiculously tight (look forward to hearing Asterix over a couple of beats from that EP on Friday night) and his new 12″ The General (nowt to do with the rhythm of the same name) is some totally top ranking, highly decorated business. Produced by Matt Shadetek and LionDub (the label isLionDub International), and touching down on wax last week –  the original is THE joint. The subsonically seismic remixes from Noah D and Marcus Visionary are none too shabby either, as it goes. I’ll be running at least one version tomorrow night (if not more), and I can only predict monstrously musically satisfying things from Mr Blakkamoore, and his upcoming album ‘Buzzrock Warrior’. No mp3, support the quality and score it already.

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Cop a 22 minute slice of Jahdan mixtape business at XLR8R
And while you’re trawling a round why not have a squizz at……..
BAGnewsNotes is an excellent U.S. news pictures analysis site, check it…. particularly liked this one.

Oftentimes he can be such a nong, and his talent is more often squandered than done justice to, but on a good day Vybz Kartel is almost un-toppable and un-stoppable. It can only have  been a day or two after Sting when he recorded this hilarious broadside at Mavado, ‘Last Man Standing’.  At first I was just amused, and then for the last few months I’ve been severely hooked – on the daily style & fashion. There’s finally an official video which, even though it’s pretty standard fare, has a certain brusque charm. 

This track below is sending me right now, I would never ever have betted on this mob of fringe-farmers and ghoulish grinders to come up with something so substantial. It’s hardly a bundle of originality, but when it sounds this good – who cares. Thus far I’ve only listened to the full album in an intense reviewing frenzy for a couple of days so I’m curious to get back to it in a relaxed frame, who would have thunked it.  
Finally it’s been a bad spell for the curtailment of great minds with the loss of one of the very best, J.G. Ballard and also the razor sharp Clement Freud, we shall not be seeing their like again. I’ll leave you with a joke from the latter.