she was a ruff rider

First vinyl release on Ruff Revival, following on from the tremendous debut of Naphta’s “Long Time Burning” album on CD. (See my gushing review in Woofah issue 3). And yes, some heavy involvement from Droid, so I am biased – but only because his programming ensures he always comes correct with this stuff. El-B‘s remix …

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The melancholy of hope: interview with King Midas Sound

FACT magazine: Interview: King Midas Sound I recently spoke to Kevin Martin, Roger Robinson and Hitomi about the superb new King Midas Sound album “Waiting For You” which is about to come out on Hyperdub. The interview is now up at FACT and is a great read, even if I say so myself. Topics covered …

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STEAL IT – on the pop theft epidemic

NME 1987 STEAL IT issue: now available at uncarved.org I’ve kept this part of the NME for 22 years because of the excitement I experienced when reading it at the time. The articles here show music journalism at its best – people who care about music getting swept away in the moment when they realise …

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shop local

Of course one thing that us music nerds can do during the postal strike is to support local independent record shops – while there still are any. I’m quite lucky in that respect – weeks after me moaning on here about the increasing uselessness of Stoke Newington Church Street, a new record shop opens up …

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Hackney Heckler – debut issue out now!

Hackney Heckler has been launched | Hackney Solidarity Network. Local troublemakers HSN have produced a spiffy newsletter! It covers a whole swathe of things that you won’t read about in Council-sponsored media – and it’s completely FREE! Oh yes, and it also features “the top ten tunes about Hackney” by yours truly: a terrifying cross-genre …

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Bloggers WAGs

This is a repository of the astute, mischievous, blase, rat-infested, paranoiac, half-baked, half-arsed, beatific, mendacious, sorry-owled, frivolous, crepuscular, moon-addled, canny, circumspect, broked-limbed, supercilious, sanguine and blown-fused critical comments from the wives and girlfriends of your favourite, self-esteemed, male cultural critics and bloggers. Bloggers WAGs. I see trouble on the horizon…

ragga dance new releases

wow, some “dance” promos which are actually worth writing about… lots of people will hate these – if you’re a reggae purist or some kind of minimal techno spod, then you need read no further! Talen – Kingston Book (Mouthwatering Records) Time to note the effect that globalisation has had on the ultra-localist dancehall world, …

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The curse of the Giant Paw

I’ve only mentioned Giant Paw in passing previously, because it’s too hard writing about mates’ bands. On the one hand you want to big them up, but on the other you feel a duty to remain objective (which is impossible at the best of times, but especially with your friends). Ooh, the emotional turmoil of …

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