Saturday, 30 January 2010
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Sunday, 24 January 2010
To many, the imminent release of Silhouette Brown's new album,Two, will mean absolutely nothing. However, to those who bought Silhouette Brown's début album five years ago, this is a huge deal. It was a cult hit that spawned such broken beat classics asWhose In Charge and Spread That. Silhouette Brown is Dennis "Dego" McFarlane (one half of4hero), Kaidi Tatham (half of 2000 Black) and Bêmbè Sêguè, long-time Mark de Clive-Lowecollaborator.
From that line-up you can guess the sound of Two. Guest appearances include singer Lady Alma (of Hold It Down fame) and rapper Sadat X from Brand Nubian. Two is scheduled for release in February, 2010
- Bitter Pills & Butterflies
- Casualties Of Honey
- Constant Questions
- Fools Gold
- Get With It feat. Sadat X
- Hear Them Often Say
- Leave A Note
- Strawberries In Vinegar
- We Used To Run Steady
The new single "Me And The Devil" is out February 22nd.
“I’m New Here” sees Scott-Heron reflecting on his life with his trademark vocal power and insight, sharing his visions among Russell’s flickering, electronic soundscapes.
1. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 1)
2. Me And The Devil
3. I’m New Here
4. Your Soul And Mine
5. Parents (Interlude)
6. I’ll Take Care Of You
7. Being Blessed (interlude)
8. Where Did The Night Go
9. I Was Guided (Interlude)
10. New York Is Killing Me
11. Certain Things (Interlude)
13. The Crutch
14. I’ve Been Me (Interlude)
15. On Coming From A Broken Home (Pt. 2)
Deluxe LP Bonus Track Listing
1. Piano Player (Intro)
2. Home Is Where The Hatred Is*
3. Winter In America*
1. Jazz (Interlude)
2. Is That Jazz*
3. A Place To Go (Interlude)
4. My Cloud (Unreleased exclusive track)
|JAY ELECTRONICA + support & Hosted by Benji B|
|Wednesday 17th February & Thursday 18th February 2010|
Jazz Cafe, London
Tickets £20 adv
Mean Fiddler & The Outfit Agency presents
Hosted by BENJI B
Jay Electronica is a rapper and producer known for his use of percussionless film soundtracks as a background for his abstract lyrical style, and his associations with J-Dilla, Just Blaze and Nas. He produced the first track, "Queens Get the Money", on the 2008 Nas album Untitled. The unconventional nature of much of his music, and the lack of conventional release methods for that music, have since 2007 made him the object of much attention. His track 'Exhibit C' has taken the
2010 promises to be a very big year for Jay Electronica.
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Saturday, February 20, at Canvas, Leicester 10:00pm - 6am
Friday, 15 January 2010
While vinyl can be traced back to the late 1800s with the development of the phonograph, the art of turntablism is a whole other story
By Dave Lipp
It may be an iTunes world, but vinyl isn’t dead yet. If records aren’t alive and spinning in your living room, rest assured that they’re safe and sound in the hands of certain disc jockeys (DJs) practicing turntablism—the art of moving a playing record back and forth under the needle to create an unmistakable scratching sound.
Though we can’t say for sure who the first person was to alter vinyl’s tune, many believe it can be traced back to the mid 70s and a DJ namedGrand Wizard Theodore. However, there’s no doubt music artists like the Sugarhill Gang, Kool Herc, and GrandMixer DXT were the ones who brought this art to the masses. Soon enough being a DJ was no longer about spinning in the background. Instead, it was about manipulating the turntable to create unique sounds unlike any other musical instrument.
Among the people who helped define this craft isDJ Rob “Swift” Aguilar (pictured above). Inspired by his Columbian father’s passion for spinning meringue in the early 80s, Swift began dabbling in the art at age 12. He has since mastered the techniques and successfully taken this genre to a new level.
Now one of the world’s most famous DJs, Swift has appeared on Jay Leno, Sesame Street, the 2007 documentary film As the Tables Turn, and is currently on tour promoting his latest album “The Architect” (due out February 23rd), which blends classical music with hip hop and scratching. At the same time, turntablism continues to gain popularity thanks to better equipment, DJ collaborations with mega artists, increased vinyl record sales (1.9 million were sold in 2008 and nearly 2.8 million in 2009), and the recent release of the video game DJ Hero by the makers of Guitar Hero.
“Turntablism has grown so much and taken on a life of its own. It will never stop growing. There’s still so more to accomplish,” Swift says. “In the 90s, it was a subculture that didn’t get the credit it, or we, deserved. Rappers and producers were getting all the respect. Nowadays, you have rappers turning to deejaying to stay relevant.”
As an instructor at New York City’s Scratch Academy, the world’s first DJ school, Swift makes it a top priority to teach his students to feel the music. “A lot of kids get caught up in the mechanics. You really have to listen to the music that you’re scratching to and become one with the tempo of the song. Once you do, it really influences your delivery,” says the 30-something Queens native. The second most important thing he tells them: “Have fun. When you have fun that’s when your creativity starts to flourish.”
As turntablism continues to evolve, some things will never change: You’ll always need two turntables, a mixer and, of course, vinyl. For Swift, the most significant of his record collection is the double album“Take Me to Mardi Gras” by jazz great Bob James. As the first record he learned to scratch on, he cherishes it so much that he owns two copies, one of which he had signed by James himself when they worked together.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Two Technics SL-1200 MK2's and a Realistic mixer
Of Vinyl, CD And Laptop SyStems. Which Do You Prefer?
First of all, I like to use vinyl. Am a turntablist and nothing is better than cutting up, trick mixing or beat juggling on the turntables so I am forever vinyl using the Serato software.
Which Equipment Do You Insist On For Gig's As Part Of Your Rider?
Two Technics SL-1200/1210's Turntables. Technics SH-EX 1200 Mixer, Vestax PMC-07 Pro Mixer or the Rane TTM 57SL DJ Mixer (one out of the three). I'll bring the rest, which is my headphones, mic, needles, slipmats, serato scratch live.
Do You Carry Any Additional Equipment To Gig's Such As Effects, Samples Or Drum Machines?
No. I can do all the effects on my Serato Scratch Live but on my Bongo Scratch nights I do have a Percussionist that brings alot of stuff along with him.
What Are The Most Common Technical Problems You Encounter At Gig's?
Bad Calibrating from the use of old turntables or turntables that have the pins pushed back from the use of other needles like Ortofons. I use Shure needles.
Can You Imagine Ever Changing The Way You Play Technically?
That's already happen with Serato and Tracker Scratch in the game. I can do the same thing that i do now on vinyl with CD's with the Pioneer CDJ's 900 but I love the feel of vinyl. Anything can happen so yes is the answer. It's all about giving it to the people.
Psykhomantus Top 5 Party Tracks
1. The Jimmy Castor Bunch "It's Just Begun"
This track set's of any B-Boy event, could be a B-Boy showdown or a party in a club for the norm's people get down. I have fun trick mixing or beat juggling this one.
2. Nutmeg "Bicycle Kick"
As people already know, I Am a big fan of Broken Beats and love the work of 4hero, IG Culture, Domu, Jazzanova Mark De Clive-Lowe and Bugz In The Attic. The list goes on and as the prime time of broken has gone (2004 to me was it's best time), I still do a tribute set when am giging. I Love DKD's "Future Rage" and NSM's DJ Power (IG Culture mix) but sometimes i think those tracks are a little to dark for the massive. Bicycle Kick is the same but i always give it that push. They must learn.
3. Leaders Of The New School "The International Zone Coaster"
Just Like Jimmy Castor, this track has something in it to make the people wanna get down. I Love my Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop to me means love, peace, unity and having fun, not money, cars and bitchies. This one sets the vibe in any event that the dancers wanna flex to.
4. Omar "It's So"
This is a all rounder. It's Reggae, Calypso, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz, Broken all in one. This can be played anywhere and everywhere.
5. The Rebirth "Evil Vibrations"
The Rebirth do a good job of covering Mighty Ryeders "Evil Vibrations". This goes well in any club and i usually mix De La Soul's "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturday" after just so they know where it comes from.
Don't forget to check Psykhomantus every Saturday @ The Turkey Cafe, 24 Grandy St, Leicester, LE1 1DE
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Saturday, 2 January 2010
02. Coke Up in Da Dollar Bill
03. I Wanna Rock
04. Blood Missles Feat. AZ
07. The Set UP
08. Real Talk
09. Stick Up Muzik Feat. Busta Rhymes & Uncle Murda
10. Yessir Feat. Ghostface & Crooked I
11. Crime Wave
12. Heat Rocks
And Other News...
A British radio presenter has been sacked after he pulled the plug on Queen Elizabeth II's traditional Christmas Day speech, telling listeners it was "boring".
Tom Binns has lost his job at Birmingham radio station BRMB after a number of listeners complained over his interruption of the monarch's traditional December 25 broadcast to Britain and the Commonwealth.
"Two words: Bor-ring," he said on air as he stopped the broadcast, before quipping "from one Queen to another..." as he put on Last Christmas by pop duo Wham, featuring openly gay singer George Michael.
Binns explained that the incident occurred after the Queen's Speech - a decades-old tradition still watched by millions of Britons and others every year - came on at a point when he had expected a regular news bulletin.
"I was working on my own on Christmas Day; I'd even had to let myself into the studio. After the guy before me finished, we should have taken the news from Sky, and then my show would start," he told the Chortle comedy website.
"But instead of the news, we got the Queen's speech. I knew it shouldn't be there, but having never heard it before, I didn't know how long it was going to go on for.
"I'm not trained to make editorial decisions, but I decided to get rid of it and make a joke. I said: 'Two words: bor-ring'.
"I then went into an old riff about how people say the royal family are good for tourism, but the French beheaded theirs and people still visit France," before cueing up the Wham song, he said.
He added that one listener got really angry.
"He sent me a message saying I should be sent to Basra and hoped I'd get killed by a roadside bomb... but other than that almost all the texts we received were in support of what I'd done."
The radio station's parent company, the Orion Media Group program, said the DJ's comments were "inappropriate", adding: "We do not condone what he said in any way, whether said in jest or not.
"Tom will now not be featuring again on our radio stations," said its program and marketing director, David Lloyd, quoted by the Birmingham Post.
Binns added: "Nobody would have tuned in to hear the Queen's speech; and I tried to deal with it in a funny way. After all, they employ comedians to make jokes."