Archive for October 2011


Earlier this year Matt Woebot wrote an excellent piece for The Wire magazine on the musical deviants of Cambridge. Tomorrow night he and the various people featured will appear in London courtesy of the ever-generous Jonny Mugwump. More details below.

It will be good – see you there…

Woebot (DJ)
Former blogger supremo turned sonic dissectionist, Woebot’s latest album Chunks is one of the highlights of 2011. This event was inspired by Mat’s article for The Wire in March this year.

The Doozer
Joe Meek productions through folk ethnography. “Guitars reverberate; drums ebb; gamelan parts move like clockwork and hand cymbals tinkle”.

Man from Uranus
Cosmic junk-shop synth sci-fi – Sun Ra and Stockhausen via jean-Jaques Perry, Esquivel and Roger Roger. “I love to make sound a visible entity- to paint with it.”

Pete Um
Anarcho-poetic, comedic anti-music. “Imagine if Quasimodo was a Home Counties Vicar dispensing slurred homilies, or perhaps if 2 Live Crew’s Luke Skywalker were producing Position Normal”.

moving dancefloor synthesis into a parallel universe as heard via his records on Werk and RAMP.

More info, links and ticket details at exoticpylon dot com

Mr Mugwump has posted some handy Youtube links to introduce the artists on his blog.

Grange Hill – soundsystem session

“Only Glenroy’s records get played on Glenroy’s soundsystem!”

Young ‘uns and those outside the UK may not know that Grange Hill was an eighties kids’ TV series set in a London secondary school.

It was hugely popular and responsible for lots of school children outside of London adopting comedy mockney accents.

I’d completely forgotten this 1984 episode featuring a reggae soundsystem, but here it is thanks to youtube and Ras Stan on the Blood & Fire Board. Glenroy flings down some raw rub a dub and lovers rock as a backdrop to the end of term shenanigins.

I’m amazed it hasn’t been sampled to death already, frankly.

Easy to forget how massive soundsystem was back then – this 1981 NME cover story featured all the big names – Jah Shaka, Fatman and Coxsone Outernational, alongside a directory of over 100 sounds from across London. Alas, no mention of Glenroy, though!

Reggae’s influence didn’t just appear in Grange Hill with Sir Glenroy Hi-Fi either – this reminded me of another episode in which a rasta pupil at the school did an exhibition about his faith which lead to a brief exchange with the Headmistress about Haile Selassie: “to us, he is Jah!”.

For a lot of suburban white kids these episodes of Grange Hill, and perhaps a 5th generation VHS tape of Babylon would have been splinters of light coming through doorways which lead to other worlds…

Extra Classic – Brixton 7th October

Nice looking night from the man like Cool Hand Luke:

Liking the “vinyl-only” vibes.

On the same night the mighty Jah Observer are playing out for the last time – next door at Mass.

(In other news: Jah Observer’s space at Notting Hill Carnival is being taken over by Stoke Newington’s own Solution Sound next year).

Lovers Rock roadblock

Well that didn’t exactly go to plan:

I fell for my own hype on this one – figuring an 11:30pm showing of a reggae documentary would only attract the usual fan-spods, if that. So I didn’t book tickets and we turned up to find a huge posse of London’s finest, all dolled up to the nines and queuing up excitedly to get in.

Easy to forget how much Lovers Rock still means to people who were actually there – this was a humbling reminder!