“that sound that seems to get inside you and rearrange you molecularly”

Don Letts came in for a bit of a hammering in Woofah issue 1, but he’s not too bad presenting this. Perhaps because the archive reportage and contributions from people such as Linton Kwesi Johnson, Vivien Goldman, Jazzie B, King Tubby, Trevor Sax, Daddy G, Ali Campbell, Caroline Coon, Lenny Henry, Rodigan and Tippa Irie …

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This week’s two essential grime downloads

As Wiley jogs casually up the UK Top 40 with Wearing My Rolex, it’s heartening to see the grass roots crew upping the levels for the hardcore. 1. Boy Better Know – Microphone Champion vol 1 mic_champ_vil1_cd.mp3 – FileFront.com 1 hour 4 minutes and 10 seconds of grimey biz from Jammer, Skepta, JME, Frisco, Shorty, …

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“Long Time Burning” digital release

Anyone who salivated over my review of Naphta’s album here and in Woofah issue 2 but hasn’t picked it up yet can now purchase it digitally – direct from the label! And now for the science bit: “The MP3s are DRM free 320s with full printable artwork (including the CD surface). Click on the image …

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Downpressor feat Trinity: “Jah Fire” 7″

My regular readers will have seen plenty of comments from the occasionally baffled Downpressor, who also does the Dubbing In Tokyo blog. He is also a reggae recording artist and producer who has sent me the occasional wicked mp3 and now a full blown vinyl release. I have managed to repay his kindness and loyalty …

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ON/OFF – Mark Stewart documentary trailer

I’m looking forward to this but I’m hoping the documentary includes a lot more disjointed and weird stuff than the trailer and isn’t a load of talking heads going on about how great Mark is. There would be some irony in having a conventional documentary which adhered to professional broadcast and narrative standards about Mark …

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Drugs Are Nice

Lisa Crystal Carver – Drugs Are Nice: A Post Punk Memoir (Snowbooks, 2006) I’d only ever been vaguely aware of Lisa Suckdog (aka Carver) and her ‘zine Rollerderby in the 90s but my interested was piqued when I saw Stewart Home quoting her book on his web page about Tony Wakeford. It’s actually not a …

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