London Bashment 2011 – an old git writes

Madd Raff was a blast the other night. It was an absolute pleasure to play an eighties revival set with Cool Hand Luke, alongside Benjamin Heatwave on mic duties. The venue was a little basement bar off Great Portland Street, very close to my first ever DJ gigs at the students’ union of the Polytechnic …

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AGIT DISCO MIX AND LAUNCH PARTY

Agit Disco has just been published by Mute Books, compiled by Stefan Szczelkun, edited by Anthony Iles  The launch takes place on 8th December 2011, 6.30pm – 9.00pm at The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London, NW8 8PQ. ‘Agit Disco collects the playlists of its 23 writers to tell the story of how music has politically influenced and inspired …

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Eastman Connection

Uncle Dugs on Rinse FM with a blazing 1991 selection. But even better than that, he gets Kool FM founder Eastman in for an extended interview. (interview commences at about 1:37:00) Some proper history, covering North London reggae soundsystem, early raves, Jungle Fever, and the full story of Kool FM. An amazing bit of …

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Lovers Rock volume 2

Nominated in The Quietus’ writers favourite DJ mix albums 2015… Back once again with a seven inch selection by me and post production tweaking, polishing and shining from the man like Paul Meme (check the link for Paul’s new postpunk and techno mixes also). You would think from some of the coverage of Lovers Rock …

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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 …

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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 …

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The Story of Lovers Rock film

“The STORY OF LOVERS ROCK is a feature length documentary tells the story of an era and a music that defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s. Lovers Rock is romantic reggae that was uniquely British. It developed from a small UK scene to become a global brand through the likes of UB40 …

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Stars Dub featuring Champian and some nice artwork!

Mans like Abu Zaki and Woebot hipped me to this. A nice relick of the Stars riddim by Mr Benn featuring Champion on deejay duties. I’m assuming this is the same Champion as the microphone veteran at London’s Tighten Up nights. That Champion (aka Champian) has proper heritage – MCing in London back in the …

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2011 London Riot Songs (Reggae roundup)

UK reggae has seemed increasingly detached from current affairs in recent years, but anyone who’s checked my eighties mixes will know it hasn’t always been this way. I guess the focus has moved to a more international market which means the particularities of life in specific areas of London or Birmingham don’t get a look …

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No Ice Cream Sound issue 2 now out!

Second issue of this great zine – now out, bigger and even better than the debut! Same bad-ass bashment attitude! Great interviews with Dr Carolyn Cooper (author of the book “Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture At Large”) on her lucidly academic take on bashment, Solo Banton on working with Jahtari, Ward 21 on starting out …

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