Longtime buddy of the blog, Ewan Hoozami, has taken a bit a of musical ‘left at the traffic lights’ move recently
Not being satisfied with smashing up dancefloors of the UK and Europe with eclectic, beat laden party styling sets, or releasing sample heavy mashups, he’s taken to singing …
It’s that time of the week again …
As you might expect, a load of the tracks that I’ve heard this week have been in some way ‘commemorating’ the untimely death of Adam Yauch, aka MCA from the Beastie Boys. Most, to be honest, are weak as fuck bandwagon jumping horseshit, and the people who made ‘em should have a bit more respect.
Seriously, absolutely nothing I’ve heard on this tip is much cop at all, so I’m not recommending it.
Right, rant over. On to the tunes.
Ho-ho-ho, Merry Christmas, and all that jazz. Come and let Santa unload his bulging sack of tunes all over your ears (ewww…)
Right, just to state this will not be a ‘three of the most tenuous Christmas themed bootlegs that I’ve had inflicted on me this week’. It will be a proper Three on a Thursday, with quality tunes.
Back in the dark days of the early Seventies, spurred on by the like of Enoch Powells “Rivers of Blood” speech, the National Front and associated far Right groups were on the rise, and were generally making life miserable for any immigrants in the vicinity.
Rock Against Racism, founded in 1976, was punk music’s attempt to raise awareness of the issue, and to counter the brainwashing of young people by, well, a bunch of jack booted thugs. They organised series of huge marches and multi-cultural gigs, supported by the luminaries of the day, such as The Clash, Buzzcocks, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex, Stiff Little Fingers, Aswad and Elvis Costello, to persuade people to turn their back on the fascists and embrace the melting pot of modern Britain.
In 2002, driven by the rise in activity of the National Front and BNP, the Anti-Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism relaunched the concept, this time called “Love Music, Hate Racism“, and carrying forward the founders of Rock Against Racism ideas, in that modern music is influenced by many cultures and traditions, and that it can be used to bring different kinds of people together. The modern run of gigs have been supported by Ms Dynamite, Hard -Fi, Akala, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Estelle, Lethal Bizzle, Roll Deep Crew and Basement Jaxx amongst a horde of others.
Just a quick note to let you crazy kids know that I’m playing at Arc Bar at the OFFICIAL opening party – banging junglism and dnb upstairs from Aquasky, Nicky Blackmarket, Remidy and Frilla, with Dub Boy, Ewan Hoozami, l’il ole me and the Arc Bar residents tearing it up with hip-hop, beats, breaks, bleeps and wobbles downstairs
Be there, or be square …
Been a huge fan of Featurecasts work for the last few years, and I’m so chuffed to be involved with this!
Would be great to see a few of you there …
A little late this week, but I’m here none the less, with three very different slabs of quality tuneage for you – there’s a some 50′s-esque Funk for whet your appetite, a Ghetto Funk banger for the main course, and a slice of UK Hip hop as a sweet little finish for you.
Right – onwards!
Wow – three months one from the first one of these, and I’m still going strong. What’s more I have a few days off work coming from today, so hopefully you’ll get a couple of ‘proper’ mixes from me, as I’ve got a bit of time – I do spoil you lot sometimes, don’t I …
If you’re enjoying the weather we’ve been having recently I’d
shamelessly pimp “recommend” my last Ctrl:Alt:The Beat show for you, plenty of summery vibes to be found on there…
Right – on to the records.
Another week, another Three on a Thursday for you. Seems like quite a few of people are liking this series, so as long as you lot keep clicking and listening, I’ll keep rummaging around the internet to find shiny stuff for you.
I thought of attempting to start this week with a witty quote or acerbic comment on the state of the world, but as I’m writing this after midnight on a school night my brain is not in the right place for such shenanigans – on with the music!
Second week into this little experiment and, as the abuse hasn’t been too severe, I thought I’d go rummaging again to see what I could find for you lot this time. Please find enclosed three more prime cuts that are new to me, and maybe to you as well.
If you like what you hear, pop and see guesting with DJ Vallee, from Bristol’s Finest Funkateers, Funk from the Trunk, smashing it up at Mr Wolf’s from very late this Saturday to the early hours of Sunday morning, where the flyer says we’ll be serving you “good old-fashioned funk & soul, classic hip-hop, and all those funky party breaks & mash-ups that keep the party rolling” – best leave the Perry Como at home then …
Right, pimping over, on to the tunes!