Can’t Take No More: Babylon sampling mania!

Holy soundsystem culture convergence, Batman! Lots of sampling and rejigging of the classic film Babylon going on at the moment. Aswad’s “Warrior Charge” tune is of course the sonic conrnerstone of the film. It features on Dizzee’s Rascal’s latest album (which I have previously yacked about here) alongside Brinsley Forde’s “Can’t Take No More of …

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Heatwave dancehall grime mix up on Rinse FM

Great stuff from 2am last Friday morning, now available courtesy of the rinse podcast. Elijah and Skilliam also present and correct.

2009: The year grime began to pay

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/dec/31/grime-2009-dizzee-rascal-tynchy-stryder Five No 1 singles, record label feeding frenzies, influencing the US charts – no one imagined grime would get this big. Dan Hancox explains how Dizzee Rascal and Tynchy Stryder set the world alight. Nice overview from Dan with some great links at the end that show grime’s real talent away from the Top …

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tongue in cheek: the eternal return

I have no idea if I am the first person to comment on this or not, but Dizzee’s new album (almost) shares a title with an ancestor of his – Smiley Culture, one of the most commercially successful UK MCs of the eighties. Shall I bore you with the parallels and divergences? Yes, I think …

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who put the voodoo pon dubstep?

Blackdown: LDN011 Grievous Angel. (check this link for audio and full details) Two big tunes from my man Paul Meme coming out on Blackdown’s seminal Keysound label. Side A is a remix of Naphta’s Soundclash from the wicked “Long Time Burning” album. Flip is more abstract wonky business. Promo sounds fat as you like. Check. …

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Bug / Flowdan / Ranking / AMS / MS

The other night was a blast. I was gutted about missing the film (and the ensuing Q+A), but managed to hook up with Mr Grievous Angel (whose new funky tune is imminent) and Mr STN and posse for the party at the Rhythm Factory. I have to say I was in two minds about coming …

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