August 22, 2009

Sublime Mix by Rewind Selector

Got this one from our friend and Sublime-fan Krust of the Fuck Television community. Sublime started out as a punk band in Long Beach, California in 1988, later mixing in lots of reggae and other stuff. Sadly lead singer Brad Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996, the bandmates continuing as Long Beach Dub Allstars. Reggae purist will dislike these guys from California, who mix a lot of punk, soul and hiphop in their white reggae grooves, but you gotta admit they know their foundation! The mix includes Supercat, Fishbone, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, and one of my personal favorites Half Pint. Not yet convinced? Check the tracklist of the mix Rewind Selector made: Sublime tunes mixed with their originals, some pretty known, other totally rare.
Download is splitted in 5 parts, check it here...

UK Soundsystem photos on Flickr

Mr T encountered some nice pics and flyers from the UK Soundsystem scene on the Uncarved blog. Especially the ones of the eigthies (like this one featured here of Fat Man sound from Tottenham, Philip Lane Tottenham, 1984) are wonderfull. Check the link to Reggae Music Store's photostream on Flickr here.

August 21, 2009

Global Cimax Mix by DJ Tommi

This weekend Dj Tommi will rock the Lowlands Festival 2009 (Netherlands) with his Global Climax party (check the Lima tent). However, you can also stay at home and get down to his Global Climax online mix: Worldmusic with a punkrockattitude and danceable as HELL!! Anything from Mexico to India and everything in between : Gypsy, Kumbia, Banghra all mixed UP!! Enjoy down here...

August 12, 2009

Cool Reggae & Dub 1975-1985

This morning, for some reason, I decided to go early to the local market. There's a very friendly guy selling records and to my suprise he had a whole bunch of interesting stuff today. Normally you would't find any Joe Gibbs maxis for 1 euro but today I got lucky and managed to get two! And lots more reggae maxis from 1975-1985: sweet voices, cool dubs and splendid dj versions. I made a little mix of some of the newly acquired grooves, but beware, these are the extended versions!

Israel Vibration – The Same Song (Harvest 1978) produced by Tommy Cowan
Dennis Brown & Trinity – Let Me Love You/Uptown Girl (Joe Gibbs 1980) produced by Linval Thompson
Horace Andy & Tappa Zukie – Natty Dread a Weh She Want (Stars) produced by Tappa Zukie
Revolutionairies – Headache (Island 1978) Produced by Channel One
Gregory Isaacs & Ranking Barnabas – How Can I Change my Mind (GGs 1980) produced by Alvin Ranglin
Sugar Minott & Captain Sinbad – Hard Time Pressure (Sufferers Heights) produced by Sugar Minott
Junior Byles – Fade Away version (Joe Frasier) produced by Lloyd Campbell
Upsetters – Grumblin Dub (Island 1976) produced by Lee Perry
Gregory Isaacs – Wailing Rudy (African Museum) produced by Gregory Isaacs
Revolutionairies – Cardiac Arrest (Ballistic 1978) produced by JJ Hookim
Paragons, Ruddy Thomas & Trinity - Windy Day (Errol T 1979) produced by Joe Gibbs & Errol T
Yami Bolo – When a Mans in Love (Techniques) produced by Winston Riley
Freddie McGregor & Dennis Brown – Raggamuffin (Greensleeves 1985) produced by Gussie Clarke

August 10, 2009

Rumble in the Jungle: Soul Power documentary

One of my all-time favourite documentaries is When We Were Kings (1996), co-created by Leon Gast, telling the story about the The Rumble in The Jungle, the epic 1974 meeting between George Foreman and Muhammed Ali in the Central African country of Congo (formerly known as Zaire). Even if you don't like boxing, surely you will appreciate Ali's charisma. And not the mention the music festival, which accompagnied the boxing event. A small part of this legendary festival (coproduced by Hugh Masekela) is already featured in When We Were Kings. However, Leon Gast recently released his new pic, called Soul Power, this time focussing solely on the musical events during Rumble In The Jungle. Appearing artist include James Brown, BB King, Celia Cruz and the Fania All-stars, Bill Withers, The Spinners, Sister Sledge and African superstars Miriam Makeba, Manu Dibango, Franco and Tabu Ley Rochereau. An amazing line up, and amazing footage of an event in which afro-american performers returned to the motherland, and celebrating it with their gift for music. If you enjoyed Woodstock and Wattstax you gotta dig this! Be sure to check out the trailer of Soul Power. Earlier, Leon Gast already created three terrific pieces of musical cinema: Our Latin Thing, Salsa the Movie and Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars in Africa (all re-issued on dvd by Vampisoul, but sadly already out of print).

August 03, 2009

Betty Davis lost album: Is It Love Or Desire?

Recently the Light in the Attic label re-issued the first two Betty Davis albums Betty Davis (1973) and They Say I'm Different (1974), which feature some of the nastiest Hendrix-Sly Stone girlpower funk around. The third and equally funky album Nasty Girl is also about to be re-released, but to my suprise there also seems to exist a fourth album, called Is It Love Or Desire. Never released and never bootlegged! I've heard some of the recordings she did at the end of the seventies (released as Hanging out in Hollywood or Crashin from Passion), but didn't like it too much. However, Is This Love Or Desire stems from 1976, and was recorded right after Nasty Girl (Island, 1975) in a remote studio in Louisiana. Due to creative differences the Island label decided not to release the album, and the material stay on the shelves till now. Personally I really like all three albums, so I'm really looking forward to this release, which is said to be her most expressive. Both Nasty Gal and Is It Love Or Desire are scheduled for October 6th.
For more info check out The Stranger here.