Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown | Datacide

Shaking The Foundations: Reggae soundsystem meets ‘Big Ben British values’ downtown. My article for Datacide issue 11 is now online. I wrote it a couple of years back in preparation for the talk I did at the launch event for the previous issue. But actually it has stood the test of time quite well, anticipating …

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Remembering the Embers: New Cross 1981

An interesting podcast about the New Cross fire, which includes documentary spoken word (both archival and new) and music:

Some of the music is taken from the Lovers Rock mix I did with Paul Meme. I find this recontextualisation very interesting (and saddening). These tunes may have been the last sounds that 13 of …

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Keith Allen in Gay Rasta Scandal

Or: Pseudo Gay Rastas part one Sex Boots Dread – Tickle Tune (Rinka, 1980) A nice bit of traditional toasting over the Pick Up The Pieces riddim: Me think about the lion as him rest upon the sand Me tink about the help that me have from white man And me want to crying Becah …

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the twentieth gig I can remember going to

Click here for a complete list of entries in the series  “the first 23 gigs I can remember going to”. I’d busied myself assembling a collection of virtually everything Psychic TV had ever done. Working back from the psych-pop of “Godstar” and the eclectic Live Albums Series to classic albums like “Force The Hand of Chance” …

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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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