Shaka the Zulu Warrior

Wembley Park tube station is a pretty weird place. It’s designed solely for hordes of football fans going to the stadium, so you feel eerily small when its deserted – cavernous walkways, loooong empty roads past empty carparks. Quiet. We arrived at the venue about midnight, and joined the small queue. A sign on the …

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Ariwa 81 Sessions

Various Artists – ARIWA 81 Sessions (Ariwa CD) This CD is the first in a series which acts as a counterpart to the recent Method to the Madness compilation put out by Trojan. Tracks from the vaults which have either been completely ignored for years, or have achieved classic status and now instigate serious competition …

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Rewired For Dub

Horace Andy, Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa – Rewired For Dub (Ariwa CD) Horace Andy’s From The Roots album for Ariwa was apparently such a stormer that people have been begging for this dub set for some time now. Mad Professor gives the people what they want, they just have to wait a while sometimes! …

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Three The Hard Way: some dub compilations

Mad Professor – Method to the Madness (Trojan double CD, 2005) “Two Decades of Crazy Dubs: A Trip Hop, Techno, Dubwize Vibe” Mad Prof is well overdue for a decent retrospective and this one goes some way to covering the vast amount of his output since setting up in 1979. Much of the material here …

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Papa Levi chapter 3

Previously: Chapter 1 / Chapter 2 After his stint with Island, Papa Levi recorded for a number of independent labels. This is some way from being a complete discography… Militancy/Baby Mother (Jah Records JRW02 1986) Militancy maybe shows more optimism with the record company being prepared to stump up for a picture sleeve. The back …

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do what thou chill

The back end of my holiday was spent at the Big Chill at Eastnor. I always have mixed feelings about festivals, really. I think maybe it’s because they are supposed to be relaxing in some way (getting away from yer cities and work) but they actually provide such a bewildering amount of stuff to do …

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I’d just like to thank

Belated thanks to kode9 for the CD-ubplate of their 2nd release on the Hyperdub label. Very effective vocal dub-steppy business. Check out the mp3s or take the record for a test drive when it comes out. And thanks also to the enigmatic Peter M for his great CDR of 21st Century dub material. Much appreciated, …

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DFC

The pamphlet launch was great – Use Your Loaf is a really good space, much more approachable for people not immersed in the counter culture than many occupied social centres I’ve visited. Nice bunch of local trouble makers, anarchos, young ‘uns in bands and random hangers on like myself and Danny. Neil did a nice …

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Solution Sound 3rd April 2004 – Niceness/Worries in the Dance

The rest of the crew were out of town or otherwise engaged. I was fighting off a cold. That’s how I ended up on my own in Dalston at 10:30. The first one through the gate. The shame of it! I had a nice chat with the guy on the door about recent sessions, setting …

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