Also Sprach Skinner

“People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have a corpse in their mouth.” Raoul Vaneigem – The Revolution of Everyday Life “Meaningful action, for revolutionaries, is whatever increases the confidence, …

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A small stack of random British dubby techno records – got cheap!

By the end of 2001 I’d completely fallen under the spell of Rhythm & Sound’s Burial Mix incarnation. There was something so perfect about those 10″ releases – exactly the correct intersection between the dreamy end of dub and techno. I played them over and over, scanned the web for more information. And tried to …

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put on your best dress…

v/a – Put On Your Best Dress: Sonia Pottinger’s Rocksteady 1967-1968 (Attack) Rocksteady is the holy grail for serious reggae obsessives – a narrow timeframe, a long time ago, means you can look down your nose at all the 70s/80s/90s/00s stuff, and discount ska as well. (Although obviously few people go that far). It’s great …

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junk food

Sickboy – Owley Girl 12″ (JUNK02) Second release for Aphasic’s JUNK label, and it’s a serious go-er. The title track is the expected mentalist twisted shit – fucked up beats, rolls and noises which almost escape into a gay S.A.W. disco stomp. Nice! One of those great 3 in the morning tunes which you thought …

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warrior queen and ras b

The Bug featuring Warrior Queen – Aktion Pak (Rephlex) I didn’t make the video shoot last night because the rest of the family went down with some fluey thing. I guess if you call your project The Bug, you bring this sort of thing along as baggage, eh? So here’s some thoughts on the new …

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do not miss

It’s common, traditional, fashionable and pretty easy to slag off UK dub. But it has to be said that amongst the indentikit productions there are some tunes that leap out, that Do Goddamn The Job Right. The thing that frustrates me is that there’s actually loads of those tunes, but I never get to hear …

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various artists – Godspunk vol. 2 (Pumf CD)

That old post-punk “cassette culture” is still going strong, you just have to look for it. Although regular readers of my comments boxes will note that it has a habit of coming to find me… Godspunk vol. 1 was one of my favourites of last year, so I was well chuffed to be sent the …

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Crazy Caribs – Dancehall Dub (Ariwa/Mad On Jamaica CD)

The cover doesn’t do this album any favours. There’s obviously nothing wrong with summery island imagery (that’s where the music originates!), it’s just that this sort of graphic is more usually wrapped around yet another generic compilation featuring a bizarre mixture of Ace of Bass, Marleys Bob and Ziggy and Inner Circle’s “Girl I’m Gonna …

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The Pixies, Brixton Academy 2nd June 2004

I’ve never been a massive Pixies fan, but they were a great band and there’s a whole load of nostalgia attached to their songs for me, and my sister, and my better half. When I worked briefly at the Rough Trade warehouse it seemed like whole days were spent shifting copies of Doolittle along with …

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sevens

Bug’s Life The Bug Vs The Rootsman ft. He-Man: “Killer” (Soundmurderer & SK-1 ‘Badman Rewind’ Remix b/w Enduser Remix) Razor (mi)X 7″ Bring it on! Stupidly adrenalised tear-out reconstructions of the Bug’s anthemic “Killer” – available for a limited period from a dealer near you (but almost certainly on CD at some point as well, …

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