‘List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to’.
Neil at Transpontine tagged me for this latest meme. I usually sit on them for weeks, so here is some stuff off the top of my head:
1. Pato Banton – Gwarn
From the “Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton” LP – Mad Prof is still really underrated in my book. This is a nice slice of UK MC biz in a party style, with a completely over the top dub version following it.
2. The Cramps – Domino
My quiet Cramps revival continues. This one is all about the chugging drums and Lux’s vocals which veer from intense and restrained to mania. Great.
3. Wiley – Sky Is Falling ft. Jookie Mundo
“I don’t want easy life
I want a good one
Star in the hood one
A steak and kidney pud one
If you hurt me in the last ten years then I’m over you”
From Wiley’s latest mixtape “Grimewave”. I think everyone expects grime to by 100% aggy, but I really like the more reflective tunes. This is a nice downbeat 2step thing based around a female vocal sample.
4. Jammer – Skanking Ting feat. Skepta and Frisco
From the excellent “Are You Dumb volume 3”. Big.
5. General Levy – See A Man Face
New 7″ on the Heartical label – nice relick on the Fade Away riddim. Musicians are listed as “BDF” which I think is Basque Dub Foundation? Levy on fine form…
6. Brother Culture – Darker Side of Town
2006 tune on Manasseh’s “Roots Garden” label which did that Levi riddim last year. This is just a good – moody tales of nightlife.
7. The Bug – Judgement
The final track on the forthcoming “London Zoo” album, which is the best yet. Once again this isn’t some kind of huge growling monster of a tune but a bit more spacious, cavernous – subdued but still intense. Vocals by Ricky Ranking who manages to alternate between the top and bottom of his range in the verses and chorus. Killer.