Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Sessions de la Sala d'Estar #1

New mix up on Soundcloud by Chef Gourmand ... no fancy edits this time, just back-to-back dusty vinyl gold!


1. John Williams - The Height Below
2. The Blackbirds - Mother/Son Bedroom Talk
3. Jordi Sabatés - Tot l'Enyor de Demà
4. King Tubbys - Corner Crew Dub
5. Bim Sherman meets Horace Andy - Dread (Dub)
6. Def Tex - Sing Sad Songs
7. Master Ace - Take a Look Around
8. Megaton - Diggin'
9. Ananda Shankar - Metamorphosis
10. Jim Sullivan - Jerome
11. Barrabas - Cheer Up
12. Neil Ardley - Fair Mirage
13. The Dudley Moore Trio - Bag of Chris
14. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Journey Into Space
15. Jimmy Smith - Portuguese Soul (2nd Movement - Ritual)
16. Woody Herman - Lancaster Gate
17. Fats Theus - Stone Flower
18. The Don Ellis Orchestra - Turkish Bath
19. Chosen Few - Shaft
20. Maynard Ferguson - Hey Jude

Monday, January 03, 2011

the raw and the cooked vol 1

Courtesy of my good friend Chef Gourmand, a fantastic freestyle and very funky mix to kick off 2011. The Chef uses 2 hours, essential mix style, to allow the many genres he showcases time to breathe and be heard - in fact many of the tracks are exclusively re-edited by the Chef himself.

And here, also exclusively, is the tracklist!

1 Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band - Oh Happy Gabe (The Chef's slight re-edit)
2 Eddie Harris - Sham Time (The Chef's slight re-edit)
3 Winston Riley - Stalag riddim (version)
4 Super Beagle - Dust a Soundboy
5 Major Lazer - Can't Stop Now ft Mr Vegas & Jovi Rockwell
6 Horace Andy - Champion Sound (Rhythmshack Dubwise) (The Chef's Velocity Version)
7 The Upsetters - Black Panta (A CG straightened version)
8 Johnny Osbourne - Budy Bye (Kenny Dope Super Dub Remix)
9 De La Soul - The Mack Daddy on the Left
10 Madlib - Funky Piano beat (Chef re-edit) / MED - Classic
11 J Dilla - Make it Fast
12 J Dilla - Make it Fast ft Bun B
13 Mor Thiam - Ayo Ayo Nene
14 Rudy Ray Moore - The Turning Point
15 Rudy Ray Moore ft Mobb Deep - The Shooking Point (The Chef's Mashup)
16 Landlords and Tenants - Back Up Pt 2 (A CG straightened version)
17 Woody Herman - Here I Am Baby
18 Odyssey - Battened Ships
19 Mr Scruff - Rocking Chair
20 Grinderman - Heathen Child (Andrew Weatherall bass mix)
21 Daedelus - You've Heard (The Chef's slight re-edit)
22 Carlos 'After Dark' Berrios - Doin It After Dark (Chef re-edit) / Candido - Jingo Rock (acapella)
23 Richie Havens - Going Back to my Roots (AC re-edit)
24 Joe Bataan - The Bottle
25 Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Running Away
26 Strafe - Set it Off (Walter Gibbons 12" mix)
27 C&C Music Factory - Guess Who? (Side 2)
28 Amoretto - Clave Rocks (Dub Rocks)
29 Egyptian Lover - What is a DJ if He Can't Scratch? (A CG straightened version)
30 The Rock Steady Crew - (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew (45 version)
31 Flying Lotus - Do the Astral Plane
32 Los Impala - Todo Gira (The Chef's slight re-edit)
33 El Chavo - Hola Muñeca
34 Marius Cultier - Coco Boogaloo
35 Patsy Gallant - It'll All Come Around
36 Millennium - Prelude (Neil McMillan edit)
37 Paul White - Let it Out
38 Julie Felix - Alma Llanera (The Chef's slight re-edit)


after an absence of four years, i've decided to start posting here again.

why? who knows - relocation, reinspiration ...?

whatever it is, the force of it will be told by time.

the cut'n'paste links are now up again ... more on this later ....

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

hk podcast #2

this installment neatly precedes hi karate's appearance at the skye music festival on friday 16th june.

to download directly, right click and save target as, or left-click to stream, on the mp3 file below. to subscribe, and keep up to date with our podcasts, right click on the podcast icon and then copy the URL into your podcast subscription software (such as iTunes) to schedule updates. beware swearies, workers and parents.

hi karate podcast 2 - mp3

silver air - mercury
david vorhaus - snide rhythms
big will rosario and drumz - sound effects
fresh 4 (children of the ghetto) feat. lizz e - wishing on a star
skinnyman and dj flip - not bonny and clyde (instrumental)
biz markie - turn tha party out (instrumental) / kanye west - diamonds from sierra leone (acapella)
amerie - talkin about
abaco dream - life and death in g and a
flying fish - mr matatwe (keep it up)
kurtis blow - the breaks
banbarra - shack up (touche's bonus chops)
gnarls barkley - crazy
the great raspberry rip-off - concrete puppy
nas - halftime
common sense - soul by the pound (thump mix)
a tribe called quest - jazz (we got)
grand puba - ya know how it goes (t-ray instrumental)
madvillain - money folder (fourtet remix)
the beat konducta - the come up (the come down)
lupe fiasco - kick push
omega watts - that sound (inst) / q-tip ft busta rhymes - for the nasty (acapella)
jack daugherty and the class of 1971 - number nine
ike turner and the kings of rhythm - up hard
stereolab - cybele's reverie

Thursday, April 27, 2006

beat this! a hip hop history (bbc 1984)

arcane, sublime and ridiculous, see malcolm mcclaren, kool herc and sha rock amongst the theatrical intergalactic zulu nonsense. perhaps one for hip hop fans only, who will no doubt enjoy it merely for the sake of sample spotting (largely from gary byrd's excellent rhyming narration). but then again, it's surely a curiosity to behold for anyone wih a passing interest in the genre, in the new york of the early 80s, or in the bbc at its best, in its pivotal, tipping-point cultural role.

so hip hop broke through for many in the UK when the bbc broadcast the 'buffalo gals' video on top of the pops in 1982 (causing outbreaks of breaking in school playgrounds up and down the land); or when, like me, a few years later, they heard ll kool j on john peel. where this documentary fits into that, i'm not sure - i've never heard anyone cite it as an founding influence (perhaps it was late night, midweek, bbc 2, tucked away where no one would notice it) - and i for one only saw it a good fifteen years after its broadcast. but there it was, and here it is.

update: this video can now be found here. thanks crawf.

(with props to andrew for the initial tip-off.)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

back from the dead: hkpodcast #1

apologies for slipping into darkness for a month or so there: blame the new job and a trip to morocco; pix from that one coming later ...

but to make up for it, here is the first in a regular series of mixtape podcasts done by myself and dj partner crawford tait. back in the day we did a club in glasgow called
... of which the legendary record collector and bon viveur mr 'andrew' divine was also a large part. it indulged our passion for hip hop, breaks, funk, reggae, disco, cut-ups, and whatever else, and being the types never to quite give up on these things, we never quite gave up, as will be borne witness to here and elsewhere over the coming months.

to download directly, right click and save target as, or left-click to stream, on the mp3 file below. to subscribe, and keep up to date with our podcasts, right click on the podcast icon and then copy the URL into your podcast subscription software (such as iTunes) to schedule updates. as ever, beware the swearwords if yer at work or near children (although there's not as many masturbation references as in the jay-dilla tribute ;) )

hi karate podcast 1 - mp3

1. les crane - independence: a different drummer
2. ahmad jamal - genetic walk
3. rare earth - crazy love (re-edit)
4. cozy powell - el sid
5. jay dilla - two can win
6. c-swing ft krs-1 - my thing!
7. eddie senay - zambezi
8. red astaire - rockin with the...
9. gorillaz - dirty harry (instrumental) / soul 2 soul - back to life (acapella)
10. gringo starr - made you look (apache remix)
11. missy elliot - we run this
12. katalyst - showtime
13. lefties soul connection - organ donor
14. hai karate - linguistics baby (smalltown djs remix)
15. the younger generation - we rap more mellow
16. dennis coffey - son of scorpio
17. hero no. 7 - better learning thru chemistry
18. black sheep - strobelight honey (def mix (re-edit))
19. restless soul - namby it ain't (instrumental)
20. sound directions- the horse
21. charles pryor - what they doing (funky junky)
22. alton ellis & tupac - nothin like rocksteady
23. sizzla - one of those days

casting my eye over that tracklist, i felt the UK may not have been as amply represented as is appropriate, so to compensate, here's a bonus track featuring a british reworking of one of dilla's best. dirty diggers are also responsible for the epic 'for the haters', but here are in more tongue-in-cheek mode, so download and get the drinks in ...

dirty diggers - let the pound get around mp3

as ever your comments on the mix (or diggers track for that matter) are greatly appreciated, so let us know what you think... and i promise you won't have greyed too much before the next installment.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

it's my birthday in july ...

.. but it's not too early to buy:

unbelievable- everyone can have their own two-foot-high b-i-z! well, 1000 people can. it can beatbox. it can pick its own nose. it comes in a cereal box. it's diabolically good!

if you're still not convinced to part with $69.95 for the pleasure, just watch the ad. like i said, diabolical.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

my lips is like the oowop as i start to spray it...

at the end of a piece by joey from straight bangin, another controversial occurrence of the n-word:
there was one notable crowd event: during the house DJ's set that was spun before the performers came on, said DJ threw on "return of the crooklyn dodgers," a song that, like many others, contains multiple invocations of the n-word. like every other hip-hop show ever, the crowd was rapping along to its favorite songs, "return" being one of them. as chubb rock spit his verse, a white guy standing next to me used the n-word while rapping along, just like most everyone else there. a black guy and his two friends who were standing next to this white guy took offense, and the black man said to the white man "what did you just say?!" the white guy got all nervous and apologetic and said "look, i was rapping along to the song. i didn't mean to offend anyone and I am not looking for a problem."

the situation was defused fairly quickly (although the black guys kept joking about the white guy among themselves for the rest of the night), but it got me thinking: should non-blacks be using the n-word when reciting rap lyrics? it's a complicated question.

this reminded me of the furore and subsequent, highly illuminating discussion around the MLK n-word episode of US cartoon series the boondocks. martin luther king comes back from the dead and ends up referring to a particularly stereotypical group of underclass blacks as 'ignorant n*****s'. the following uneasy denials, affirmations and soul-searchings from a variety of black thinkers, with as great a variety of positions on the word and its use, only served to underscore how culturally axiomatic the n-word is, and how many isues of ownership, appropriation, difference and prejudice are unpacked when it comes into such public focus.

for me, the asterisks in the above quote probably serve to show my own views. like the guy from joey's gig anecdote, i'm a white man who loves hip hop - one of the many whom hip hop itself is often in such denial about - but unlike him i'd really be thinking twice about articulating the word in public. at home, on my own, my lips will make like q-tip's and i *will* rap along no matter the language - and who's there to complain? but ultimately, in terms of public space, it's not my word to use - and i'd be keen not to reduce the complexity of my reasoning on that, keen *not* to make it a 'simple question'. the white guy from the story felt hellish uncomfortable, no doubt. but so he should have. the fact that the next time he might not use it, that he might even think about the political and historical implications of him saying it, will do some justice to the contradictions of race, language and history that the word represents.

two more points. there's a different n-word where i live. in glasgow, scotland, the underclass is white - very white, we're talking about a city covered by a perpetual raincloud - and wear lots of sportswear and burberry. they hang out in similarly clad groups on street corners, wind people up, drink tonic wine, smoke hash. they are the uneducated, unrespectable working-class youth - the 'neds' - the n****** of scotland. people who are not neds love the word 'ned'. they use it to laugh at these kids, to despair at their pointless lives, to articulate their fear of them. they don't notice their energy, their style, the way they're reinventing the english language. they don't pay attention to the cultural and economic conditions which have created them.


oh, 'neds' don't refer to themselves as 'neds' - yet. see the parallel? in their honour, and in anticipation of the day they take the word for themselves, for me they are now n***.

final thing. where do women fit into this? no matter where you stand on either n-word - n***** or n** - you would probably stop short of using it to describe a woman. in glasgow, the clumsy term 'nedette' has emerged. i have also heard this suffix used on n*****. aside from that, black women are faced with the ever-predictable b-word or h-word... what kind of a choice is that? tell me ... but before you do, consider this. language has always excluded and silenced women more fundamentally, more comprehensively than any other grouping. whether your n-word is for a black person, white person or whatever colour, whatever class, think of the way the 'person' is assumed to be male and wonder, uncomfortably, like the white guy from the story, how many more silences and asterisks might have to creep into your discourse before you've thunk it through properly.