If you like your street art you’ll surely have heard of Upfest, and if you haven’t -where the hell have you been?!?
Running since 2008 and now billed as “Europe’s largest free urban paint festival; Upfest, is now in its fourth year and is preparing to take over its cultural home Bristol by welcoming over 250 artists and 40 DJs, Groups & Human Beatboxers”, this is a fantastic event, and what’s even better it’s FREE.
Featuring live painting from big names from the national and local scenes, such as Inkie, Spqr, Cheo, Jody and Lokey alongside a multitude of others, the organisers thought you might need some music to go with the doodling, so have booked a host of talent to spin some tunes as well as l’il ole me.
I’m *cough* ‘headlining’ the inside stage at 1pm @ Tobacco Factory, so pop on down and say hello!
Just discovered this little gem from Hidden Riddim nestling in my inbox from those nice gents over at Cast-A-Blast and as I’m in a good mood, I thought I’d share the love.
I’m liking this paternity leave thing, despite the broken sleep and nappy changing, it’s given me plenty of time for tune rummaging. Still hasn’t stopped my prevaricating and posting this at almost 9pm – ah well. Still I hope the tunes are worth it! Continue reading
Yes, I know, it’s late … there is a reason though.
Charlotte Rose turned up on Tuesday night and threw all of our plans out of the window. Mum and newborn are fine, but I’ve only just worked out it’s Friday, . I blame sleep deprivation rather than the beer I was fed whilst wetting the baby’s head … Continue reading
Here you go guys, last weeks show from the mighty, throbbing Purple Radio
I’ve decided it’d be nice to try and make available as many of my old Ctrl:Alt:TheBeat shows as I can for you all. A few misguided individuals have been in contact with me asking for more mixes, and I don’t currently have too many of them online, so I thought I’d try to change that
Wasn’t sure I’d be able to do this weeks Three on a Thursday due to being 0n a (very sober) baby standby, but as my wife is showing no signs of going into labour any time soon I’ve managed to grab a little alone time with the laptop (not like that you dutteh bastid) and found three corkers for you this week. Listen up!
In some sort of vague attempt to make up for the lack of a Ctrl:Alt:TheBeat recording for you this week, I was going to give you some classic Nextmen shizzle as the next in my Mixtape Madness series. Then as if to taunt me, another spanner was thrown in the works when the mix I was going to point you at was taken down so at short notice I’ve selected another for you, and it’s an absolute corker.
To be frank, I’d be slightly surprised if you didn’t know Coldcut / Journeys by DJ – 70 Minutes of Madness, as it’s probably one of the most influential mixes of the last 20 years, spawning many imitators but to my mind, never being beaten.
Looking at the track list it seems almost wilfully schizophrenic, covering genres as from dub, drum & bass, house, techno, hip-hop, poetry, experimental electronica, jazzed up breaks and Dr Who, but somehow Ninja Tune founding fathers Matt Black and Jonathan More manage to not only make it work, but also raise it to an artform, with the tracks forming an almost continuous whole shifting between moods and styles effortlessly. It really is that good.
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!
Ahhh, I love the smell of promo in the morning …
If you’ve been listening to the Ctrl:Alt:TheBeat radio shows on Purple Radio or have seen me live recently, you’ll probably have heard me drop tunes from both of the reprobates responsible for the Dope Horn EP, as I’ve been rinsing both tOtALcULt’s Hardcore Cramp and Lebrosk’s amazing I Got You Got The Ooh Wee for a few months now. Imagine my delight when the guys sent me a review copy of their latest offering.