Not, as you might expect, from riding 60 odd miles from London to Brighton for the British Heart Foundation on Sunday, (what was that? You want to sponsor me? Oh, go on then … ) but more from having my first proper falling off incident about 9hrs before I was due to start. I’ve not had road rash like this since I was about 15 years old.
Lesson learned, don’t spend many hours in the Kernel Brewery and then try and cycle across town afterwards.
Right what was that, music? Oh yeah …
The first track this week is from one of the Godfathers of UK Hip-hop, Ty. He’s been dropping rhymes since the 90’s, and has produced some brilliant tunes both solo, on the standout Upwards and Awkward albums, as well as in collaboration with the likes of The Nextmen &Roots Manuva, but to be honest, I’ve found his recorded output to be patchy of late.
He’s just dropped latest offering A Kick, A Snare, A Idea (Pt. 2) on Tru Thoughts, stuffed with hypnotic synth lines, percussive vocal samples, understated scratching and his trademarked intelligent flow to top it all off .
Sounds like he’s back to his best then!
(Thanks to Nathan for furnishing me with the links – if only all PRs could be so helpful)
Next up is my almost standard Bristol-centric number for the week, and it’s those Allergies boys again. Fresh from the quietest gig I’ve ever (not?) heard them play at Sunrise Festival – cheers for that local parish council – they’ve worked their magic again.
Last up this week is a classic slab of reggae, from, erm. Shy FX. Yes, *that* Shy FX, him of the breakingest beats, beastliest basslines and general Drum and Bass awesomeness. Turns out his Grandad was a bit of a soundsystem legend, so he has stuff like Soon Come in his blood. Properly summery innit.